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The Human Goddess (1972) Blu-ray Review
The Human Goddess (1972) Blu-ray Review
The Human Goddess (1972) Blu-ray Review

The Human Goddess (1972) Blu-ray Review

The Human Goddess (1972) is one of the most unusual releases by 88 Films. It has everything in it. Directed by Meng Hua Ho, director of such horrors as the two Black Magic films, The Oily Maniac and the fantasy, The Mighty Peki...
 
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Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo Blu-ray Review
Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo Blu-ray Review
Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo Blu-ray Review

Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo Blu-ray Review

Hong Sang-soo is a South Korean director not so well known in the UK. His films are highly praised by film critics but still rarely seen in this country. Good, therefore that Arrow Academy are releasing at least two of the dire...
 

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Allure (2017) DVD Review
Allure (2017) DVD Review
Allure (2017) DVD Review

Allure (2017) DVD Review

On the surface Allure (2017) might appear the perfect film to celebrate Pride, the story of an obsessive relationship between a damaged young woman and her love for a 16-year-old girl, but Allure is a very dark and complex film...
 
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Dark Crimes (2016) DVD Review
Dark Crimes (2016) DVD Review
Dark Crimes (2016) DVD Review

Dark Crimes (2016) DVD Review

Now, a serious dark neo noir thriller set in a concrete Eastern European city is not what you’d expect a heavily bearded Jim Carrey to appear in. Carrey normally has a face that’d make you laugh, but here he doesn&#...
 

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The Endless (2017) Review
The Endless (2017) Review
The Endless (2017) Review

The Endless (2017) Review

The Endless (2017) is the 2nd feature from the young filmmaking pair of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, following their first film, Resolution (2012) in which it shares many similarities, not least its UFO story line. There ...
 
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The Addiction (1995) Blu-ray Review
The Addiction (1995) Blu-ray Review
The Addiction (1995) Blu-ray Review

The Addiction (1995) Blu-ray Review

In the 1990s there was a resurgence of vampire movies. There was in the mainstream Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Interview with a Vampire (1994), Quentin Tarantino’s action vampire pic From Dusk till Dawn (1996) ...
 

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The Children's Hour (1961) Dual Format Review
The Children's Hour (1961) Dual Format Review
The Children's Hour (1961) Dual Format Review

The Children’s Hour (1961) Dual Format Review

Pride is with us again this month and is celebrated and marked by the LGBT community this time every year. For anyone who is gay, bi-sexual or believe they are not the gender they were born with, ‘coming out’ is a b...
 
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Jackals (2017) DVD Review
Jackals (2017) DVD Review
Jackals (2017) DVD Review

Jackals (2017) DVD Review

The opening titles of Jackals (2017), the latest home invasion horror thriller, tells us that it is March 1983 and is “inspired by true events”. We’re not really fooled by these being told that the tale is bas...
 

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Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-ray Review
Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-ray Review
Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-ray Review

Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-ray Review

When you attach Wes Craven’s name to a film as a part of the title (Mind Ripper, 1995 is also known as Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper) you know there is a desperation to get bums on seats or rentals from Blockbuster. The...
 
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Jubilee (1978) Blu-ray Review
Jubilee (1978) Blu-ray Review
Jubilee (1978) Blu-ray Review

Jubilee (1978) Blu-ray Review

It’s hard to believe that Punk is well over 40 years old, largely heralded by the release of the Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy in the UK’, in the Britain at any rate. Punk meant different thing to different people: to ...
 

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Last House on the Left (1972) Blu-ray Review
Last House on the Left (1972) Blu-ray Review
Last House on the Left (1972) Blu-ray Review

Last House on the Left (1972) Blu-ray Review

Wes Craven was one of the most iconic of horror film makers of the past 50 years. After all he made such cult classics as The Hills Have Eyes (1977) as well as such cineplex classics as the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream ...
 
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Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Box-Set
Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Box-Set
Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Box-Set

Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Box-Set

The latest release by BFI is a box-set collection, a 9 disc, 7 film collection that should be seen as a celebration, a celebration of some of the greatest films in British cinema history. Woodfall may not have the same househol...
 

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The Spiritual Boxer (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Spiritual Boxer (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Spiritual Boxer (1975) Blu-ray Review

The Spiritual Boxer (1975) Blu-ray Review

It was the nationalist Japanese boxer belief that through their spirituality they could beat off knives and bullets. This sounds like the perfect set-up for a Hong Kong Shaw Brothers film and indeed the opening of the film demo...
 
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The Defiant Ones (1958) Blu-ray Review
The Defiant Ones (1958) Blu-ray Review
The Defiant Ones (1958) Blu-ray Review

The Defiant Ones (1958) Blu-ray Review

Released along with No Way Out (1950) by Eureka Entertainment, another 1950s film that tackles racism and starred Sidney Poitier is The Defiant Ones (1958). This in a very literal sense have two men, one white and one black lit...
 

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Black Magic 2 (1976) Blu-ray Review
Black Magic 2 (1976) Blu-ray Review
Black Magic 2 (1976) Blu-ray Review

Black Magic 2 (1976) Blu-ray Review

Forget what you thought about Italian zombie horror movies and the likes of Lucio Fulci as the originator of splatter zombie movies with all their flesh dripping, worms devouring flesh, decaying flesh and wot not. Released by 8...
 
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No Way Out (1950) Blu-ray Review
No Way Out (1950) Blu-ray Review
No Way Out (1950) Blu-ray Review

No Way Out (1950) Blu-ray Review

In the post World War II there were a number of films that tackled the subject of racism in the United States. This went up to and after the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. In many senses the USA took part in a war that was...
 

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Birth of the Dragon (2016) Review
Birth of the Dragon (2016) Review
Birth of the Dragon (2016) Review

Birth of the Dragon (2016) Review

In 1964 there was an alleged legendary fight in San Francisco between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man, some 9 years before Lee made the cult classic, Enter the Dragon. It was alleged that Wong was unhappy that Lee was training West...
 
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Smash Palace (1981) Blu-ray Review
Smash Palace (1981) Blu-ray Review
Smash Palace (1981) Blu-ray Review

Smash Palace (1981) Blu-ray Review

Following the recent release of Sleeping Dogs (1977) by Arrow Academy a couple of weeks ago, Arrow have followed this with another early film by Roger Donaldson, Smash Palace (1981) (following this there will be another 1980s f...
 

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Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu-ray Review
Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu-ray Review
Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu-ray Review

Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu-ray Review

Released in dual format by Eureka! and made in 1960, Stanley Kramer’s Inherit the Wind was based off a long running Broadway play written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (no not that one) centered around a trial that...
 
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The Lost Viking (2018) DVD Review
The Lost Viking (2018) DVD Review
The Lost Viking (2018) DVD Review

The Lost Viking (2018) DVD Review

The success of ‘Game of Thrones’ cannot be understated. It is bearing fruit as the progenitor of some fresh new talent. In the case of the new low key historical drama and action film, The Lost Viking (2018) it is t...
 

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Gifted (2014) DVD Review
Gifted (2014) DVD Review
Gifted (2014) DVD Review

Gifted (2014) DVD Review

Over the past few years there have been some very good and interesting films coming out of South Korea, proving that the spate of successful horror films and thrillers made in the wake of some films by the likes of Kim Ki-duk p...
 
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Black Venus (2010) Blu-ray Review
Black Venus (2010) Blu-ray Review
Black Venus (2010) Blu-ray Review

Black Venus (2010) Blu-ray Review

Black Venus was the fifth film for Tunisian born French director Abdelatif Kechiche. Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013) is probably his best known film. Black Venus pre-dated this film and is similar in the manner it tackles dif...
 

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The Old Dark House (1932) Blu-ray Review
The Old Dark House (1932) Blu-ray Review
The Old Dark House (1932) Blu-ray Review

The Old Dark House (1932) Blu-ray Review

The release of The Old Dark House (1932) has generated much excitement from horror film fans, me included. It has been available to view on home entertainment for a number of years (including a decent release on Kino Video), bu...
 
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Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray / 4K UHD Review
Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray / 4K UHD Review
Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray / 4K UHD Review

Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray / 4K UHD Review

I’m going to start this review by getting that controversial issue off my chest – Die Hard is not a Christmas film. Set at Christmas, yes, but that don’t make it a Christmas film. There, I’ve said it. Th...
 

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The Bloodthirsty Trilogy DVD Review
The Bloodthirsty Trilogy DVD Review
The Bloodthirsty Trilogy DVD Review

The Bloodthirsty Trilogy DVD Review

When I was a boy I owned several illustrated books on the history of horror cinema written by Alan Frank. These books were my gateway into the wonderful world of horror cinema. In one of those books there was a still from Lake ...
 
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Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu-ray Review
Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu-ray Review
Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu-ray Review

Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu-ray Review

By the mid-1970s the Western genre was winding down following its dominance in Hollywood for so many years, short of a few Westerns by Clint Eastwood that kept the genre ticking over. Another series of films winding down by the...
 

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Irma Vep (1996) Blu-ray Review
Irma Vep (1996) Blu-ray Review
Irma Vep (1996) Blu-ray Review

Irma Vep (1996) Blu-ray Review

Made in 1996, Irma Vep is an anagram of ‘vampire’. At one point in a black and white silent scene towards the end of the film we see the letters dance about to spell “vampire” out of “Irma Vep̶...
 
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Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu-ray Review
Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu-ray Review
Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu-ray Review

Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu-ray Review

Released by Arrow Video on a shiny new 4K restored version that has also extended the edges from the 4:3 aspect ratio when it was more commonly seen on video to the proper full screen. Rawhead Rex (1986) was one of those must s...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Dark Blue (2002) Blu-ray Review
Dark Blue (2002) Blu-ray Review
Dark Blue (2002) Blu-ray Review

Dark Blue (2002) Blu-ray Review

The story of Rodney King became a bi-word for a racist or at least an institutionally racist police force in the United States. Of course, anyone familiar with the news stories coming out of the U.S., those problems still remai...
 
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Grizzly (1976) Blu-ray Review
Grizzly (1976) Blu-ray Review
Grizzly (1976) Blu-ray Review

Grizzly (1976) Blu-ray Review

Nature goes wild! Again. Or, more accurately, creatures of the wild which have been projected onto our psychology and transformed into creatures a little bigger and a lot more aggressive than they are in reality. Grizzly (1976)...