Review: Alien vs Predator Requiem

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Tweet Review“Who ever wins, we lose” boasts the tagline for Paul W. Anderson’s first film in the hotly anticipated franchise mash up, and it’s not wrong – we did lose any way you look at it. Its no surprise that when the second film came along in 2007, some 3 years after the original, people didn’t hold out much hope it could undo the whole Alien on earth fiasco it was left to follow on from, and that the little known ‘Brothers Strauss’ were unlikely to be the directing duo to redeem a franchise whose first film had single handily […]

Review: The Dark

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Tweet Review‘The Dark’, another of the years festival movies to have made an impact on both fans and press alike is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this autumn. Take note to, it was a competitive summer! The plot: Following his abduction and subsequent slaying of his captor, a blind teenager Alex finds an unlikely guardian in Mina, an undead teenager who haunts and hunts in the woods aptly nicknamed ‘The Devil’s Den’. Once they meet, they form a strong bond, instinctively protective of each other, a connection which is both catalysed and strengthened by their own abusive pasts. The story […]

Review: Toxic Schlock

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Tweet ReviewThe Troma badge stamped on the artwork of a movie’s promotion is a seal of sorts, one which stands for many things, not least of which is tenacity. The (in)famous, furiously independent label has released no less than 1000 independent films over 40-odd years; naturally the quality of films released within such an extensive back catalogue vary, but typically, one thing is for certain, you know what you are getting with a Troma release – and ultimately, sit down to view one, you get what you deserve! UK horror ‘Toxic Schlock’ is soon to be distributed by Troma and […]

Review: A Doll Distorted

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Tweet ReviewNiall Shukla’s ‘A Doll Distorted’ has already enjoyed a spate of awards at festivals, and its acceptance at numerous others is a testament to the potential genre critics/fans are seeing in this unsettling short film. Frankly, success well deserved. The plot revolves around Jane, a middle-aged woman who suffers from a haphephobia, which, as the film’s opening screen conveniently informs us is the pathological fear of touch. Tormented by memories of her high school crush and the ensuing years alone in isolation she decides to recreate he fantasy love life with the help of a synthetic love doll she […]

Review: The LA Bondage Murders

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Tweet ReviewIn a short film whose content is as subtle as its title, the plot of the short film entitled ‘The LA Bondage Murders’ tells plight of two models lured into a photoshoot with promises of cash and production values similar to the ’50 shades’ franchise. As you might imagine, the ‘organisers’ aren’t quite as up front about their intentions as they seem to be, and the photoshoot turns bad. The story unfurls in a very linear manner, which is unusual for a short film, as typically you sit for 20 minutes or so trying to play catch-up only for […]

Review: Monkey Shines

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Tweet ReviewDespite ‘Monkey Shines’ not being the first movie you might associate with the late horror titan George A. Romero, Eureka have saw to it that it has a release worthy of the man’s legacy with a dual format HD presentation, including a tonne of extras. ‘Monkey Shines’ sees Romero skirting the boundaries between the horror and thriller genre, and rather than focussing on the shambling undead which formed the backbone of his career, this time we see his film (based on the novel of the same name by author Michael Steward) focus on the living, in a cautionary tale […]

Review: Bad Samaritan

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Tweet ReviewRounding off my weeks watching, Dean Devlin’s taut cat-and-mouse thriller ‘Bad Samaritan’ is fully deserving of the weeks (unprecedented) 2nd 5-star review. From the first act’s somewhat shocking opener, the tight-crafted story only seeks to escalate as our anti-hero Sean (Robert Sheehan) is engaged in a deadly battle of wits with the resourceful sociopath Cale Erendreich played by David Tennent of ‘Dr Who’ fame. The plot opens as two petty thieves go about their business of burglary and scamming. Offering to valet at a local restaurant, the pair take advantage of their ‘customers’ dining engagements, driving the car back […]

Review: Night of the Creeps

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Tweet ReviewIn simple terms my review of Eureka’s Blu-ray release of the 1987 classic ‘Night of the Creeps’ can be summarised in two words: “Buy it”. From start to finish this sci-fi zombie crossover is an absolute blast, putting a host of fun characters into a nightmare scenario which showcases all the best ingredients from Horror’s heyday decade, in a HD-remastered ‘deluxe’ package. The plot pitches a prom princess and her geek admirer against a legion of the walking dead, controlled by a worm-like alien parasites which enters the mouths of the unsuspecting coeds. As the night draws to its […]

Review: Deathline

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Tweet ReviewReleased in 1973, ‘Death-line’, whilst seldom referenced in film, must have been an influence on many a slasher in the years that followed. Bridging the gap between classic monster-man horrors, and what would soon be a booming sub-genre of horror, ‘Deathline’ carries many of the hallmarks which put the British horror films of the time on the map. ‘Death Line’ also known as ‘Raw Meat’ follows the plight of two young students, who after finding a collapsed man in the London subway find themselves caught between a police investigation led by an eccentric police inspector, and a crazed killer […]

Review: Assault

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Tweet ReviewIn a frankly stunning restoration, the 1970 British ‘giallo’ sees new life on Blu-ray courtesy of ‘Network’ who release the film this September (2018). In perhaps stereotypical fashion, Sidney Hayer’s delivery of a rather typical stalk and slash who-dunnit could be accused of being a little too British.  Favouring technical competence and straight-up narration of the plot over the visual flare and flamboyant characters of its European influences, ‘Assault’ might lack some identity when compared with its peers but is an entertaining flick never the less. The plot opens with the brutal rape of a young school girl on […]