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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 to come out of South Korea proving that the spate of successful horror films and thrillers in the wake of those films by the likes of Kim Ki-duk have ...
 
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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...
 

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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)...
 

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Adult Fairy Tales (1978) Blu-ray Review
Adult Fairy Tales (1978) Blu-ray Review
Adult Fairy Tales (1978) Blu-ray Review

Adult Fairy Tales (1978) Blu-ray Review

The 1970s was a decade for saucy cinema. We’re not talking Carry On films here but films of a more soft core porn nature that nevertheless look tame today. To a modern eye the popularity and box-office success for mainstr...
 
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Acts of Vengeance (2017) DVD Review
Acts of Vengeance (2017) DVD Review
Acts of Vengeance (2017) DVD Review

Acts of Vengeance (2017) DVD Review

While the plot of Acts of Vengeance (2017) resembles many other similar plotlines of action thrillers from numerous efforts from the Steven Seagal potboilers to the slick Liam Neeson action films. Filmed entirely on location in...
 

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The Magic Flute (1975) Dual format Review
The Magic Flute (1975) Dual format Review
The Magic Flute (1975) Dual format Review

The Magic Flute (1975) Dual format Review

This film is in many ways one of Ingmar Bergman’s most unusual films for a number of reasons. It is a filmed version of one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most beloved operas and is much lighter in tone than most of t...
 
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Marty (1955) Blu-ray Review
Marty (1955) Blu-ray Review
Marty (1955) Blu-ray Review

Marty (1955) Blu-ray Review

Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine) is 34-years-old, single and lives in the Bronx with his Ma (Esther Minciotti). He works as a butcher and has been given first dibs by his boss to buy the business and seeks help and advice. But M...
 

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Braven (2018) DVD Review
Braven (2018) DVD Review
Braven (2018) DVD Review

Braven (2018) DVD Review

The first thing to say about Braven (2018) is how beautifully shot the landscapes and nature is in the film. In the opening credits the camera glides over the crisp Newfoundland landscapes played out to a moody score, giving th...
 
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They Came to a City (1944) Blu-ray Review
They Came to a City (1944) Blu-ray Review
They Came to a City (1944) Blu-ray Review

They Came to a City (1944) Blu-ray Review

By 1944 Britain was already thinking about the aftermath of the Second World War. In June 1944 D-Day took place and with their American Allies were pushing up through Italy under what Churchill called Europe’s ‘toug...
 

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The Touch (1971) Dual format Review
The Touch (1971) Dual format Review
The Touch (1971) Dual format Review

The Touch (1971) Dual format Review

To celebrate BFI’s widely publicised retrospective of the career of Ingmar Bergman BFI have released two of the lesser known films by the celebrated Swede. One is Bergman’s take on The Magic Flute (1975). The other ...
 
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Cure (1997) Dual format Review
Cure (1997) Dual format Review
Cure (1997) Dual format Review

Cure (1997) Dual format Review

It’s about time Kiyoshi Kurosawa had some recognition. And no, he is not to be confused with the maestro, Akira Kurosawa, director of Seven Samurai (1954), but is a quality director in his own right. His 2008 film Tokyo S...
 

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The Super Inframan (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Super Inframan (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Super Inframan (1975) Blu-ray Review

The Super Inframan (1975) Blu-ray Review

Crazy. Zany. Frankly, nuts. The Shaw Brothers excel themselves with this Superhero fantasy film. The Super Inframan (1975), in the Chinese language titled Zhong guo chao ren, which is translated literally into English as ‘...
 
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Lies We Tell (2017) DVD Review
Lies We Tell (2017) DVD Review
Lies We Tell (2017) DVD Review

Lies We Tell (2017) DVD Review

Were it not for the fact this film stars Gabriel Byrne with a cameo from Harvey Keitel (although given the publicity anyone would be forgiven for thinking that he was the star) this sleeper may have passed unnoticed. For the fi...
 

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Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years - Vol. 2 Border Crossing: The Crime and Action Movies dual format Box-Set
Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years - Vol. 2 Border Crossing: The Crime and Action Movies dual format Box-Set
Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years - Vol. 2 Border Crossing: The Crime and Action Movies dual format Box-Set

Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years – Vol. 2 Border Crossing: The Crime and Action Movies dual format Box-Set

This is the second volume released by Arrow Video of the early films directed by Japanese genre director, Seijun Suzuki. The format is the same as before, a collection of 5 of his early films presented with an introduction to a...
 
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Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Blu-ray Review
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Blu-ray Review
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Blu-ray Review

Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Blu-ray Review

Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) was released under several names including Communion and Holy Terror. The slip case and the title is generally known on the new fantastic release by 88 Films as Alice, Sweet Alice, although the version...
 

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review

The 1980s were full of crazy, zany and eccentric films and few were as eccentric or zany as Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988). The film’s premise and title are as ridiculous as they sound. The basic story has smoochin...
 
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Offerings (1989) Blu-ray Review
Offerings (1989) Blu-ray Review
Offerings (1989) Blu-ray Review

Offerings (1989) Blu-ray Review

For those who have seen Offerings (1989) it would hardly be a revelation to state that this film is directly influenced by and copied the formula of Halloween, which of course was made some 12 years previous to Offerings, which...
 

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The Bone Yard (1991) Blu-ray Review
The Bone Yard (1991) Blu-ray Review
The Bone Yard (1991) Blu-ray Review

The Bone Yard (1991) Blu-ray Review

The Bone Yard (1991) was released when the market for horror films was becoming so saturated they were being released at a fast rate direct to VHS. What better label to revive long dead horror films from the VHS age than 88 Fil...
 
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Blade of the Immortal (2017) Blu-ray Review
Blade of the Immortal (2017) Blu-ray Review
Blade of the Immortal (2017) Blu-ray Review

Blade of the Immortal (2017) Blu-ray Review

Much has been made in the publicity for Blade of the Immortal (2017) that this is director Taskashi Miike’s 100th film. According to IMDb at any rate. Taskashi Miike came to prominence to western audiences, even notoriety...
 

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Terrifier (2017) DVD Review
Terrifier (2017) DVD Review
Terrifier (2017) DVD Review

Terrifier (2017) DVD Review

Over recent years, clowns have become conduits for nightmare creatures, villains or bogeymen. Most obviously of course there are the two It! films (1990 and 2017) based off the Stephen King novel, the Killjoy films, the laughab...
 
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McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) Dual Format Release
McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) Dual Format Release
McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) Dual Format Release

McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) Dual Format Release

By the 1970s Westerns became more realistic and gave a more naturalistic interpretation of the Old West than say that of the The Three Mesquiteer Western serials of the 1930s or even the romanticised West of John Ford’s f...
 

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Badlands (1973) Dual Format Review
Badlands (1973) Dual Format Review
Badlands (1973) Dual Format Review

Badlands (1973) Dual Format Review

Back in 1980 BBC2 ran a series of films on Sunday nights called ‘The Great American Picture Show’, showcasing films made between 1969-1975. These films were the modern classics about life in America, particularly fi...
 
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Amazon Women of the Moon (1987) Blu-ray Review
Amazon Women of the Moon (1987) Blu-ray Review
Amazon Women of the Moon (1987) Blu-ray Review

Amazon Women of the Moon (1987) Blu-ray Review

Released by 101 Films is an almost forgotten film from the 1980s, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). It is an anthology piece with few connections, coherent ones at any rate. The men who brought the project together were both dir...