Review: Minutes to Midnight

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Tweet ReviewBoasting an ensemble cast of both known actors and genre familiars including Bill Moseley and William Baldwin to name but two, Christopher Ray’s ‘Minutes to Midnight’ is a solid, if a somewhat by-the-numbers slasher movie. The Synopsis: “What happens when a night of fun turns into a night of horror?  Seven friends and a mysterious backpacker converge at a desolate ski lodge in the mountains and as the clock begins the countdown to the New Year, they discover that the end of the old year may be the end of all their years as they are systematically hunted down […]

Review: The Jurassic Dead

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Tweet Review‘The Jurassic Dead’ aka ‘Zombiesaurus’ aka ‘Z:Rex’ – a film so good it needs three introductions? It has always been a common phrase in horror that films become popular for ‘being so bad, they are good’, but such titles were infamous, but not abundant; and certainly not a commercial success. The recent phenomenon of Z-rate monster movies is unprecedented in my opinion, and I do wonder whether they have an actual fan base or just people purchasing on the occasional whim en-mass. Either way, this title, promising a cross genre mash-up of Zombies and a giant Tyrannosaurus vs. marines. […]

Review: Pool Party Massacre

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Tweet ReviewIf the red-band trailer we posted earlier this month and the retro-themed poster art weren’t enough of a hint, Drew Marvick’s ‘Pool Party Massacre’ is a throw-back 80s style slasher. There are plenty of slashers which promise to live up to the lofty standards of slasher mayhem set in its heyday decade, but often the banner of homage stifles a titles identity and, well I suppose, being honest (despite hope) the copies seldom come close to the originals. I am pretty pumped to state that ‘Pool Party Massacre’ nails it. In the vein of many second wave slasher movies, […]

Review: The Grandson

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Tweet Review‘The Grandson’ formally known as ‘American Pets’ is a simple yet clever thriller starring Rhys Wakefield of ‘The Purge’ fame. The synopsis: ‘High in the hills, among the last remnants of Hollywood’s golden age, Tod, 24, and his sister Lani, 22, live a breezy and charmed life in the sprawling mansion of their grandmother Judy, a former movie star now relegated to hosting a dying home shopping show. Tod’s carefree and narcissistic existence takes a dark turn when he accidentally (perhaps) shoots Judy, killing her instantly. Desperate to maintain his decadent lifestyle, Tod hatches a diabolical plan to cover-up […]

Review: Epidemic

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Tweet ReviewSharing more similarities with outbreak films such as ‘Cabin Fever’, with just a little nod to other body horror movies than your standard zombie flick, Giglio’s ‘Epidemic’ utilises familiar elements from a number of genres to ensure his character driven movie makes the right impression. The plot revolves around a mysterious, flesh consuming infection which is brought to Dana’s (Morales) 30th birthday party by an unwitting friend. As well as being a landmark birthday number Dana was hoping this year was the year her and her estranged alcoholic father Rufus (Hunsicker) would be brought closer together; and he’s intent […]

Review: The Devil’s Well

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Tweet ReviewThe Devil’s Well marks another notch on the bedpost of paranormal found footage films and sadly whilst it has its moments (even these are questionable) fails to present any new ideas. Husband and wife paranormal investigation team Bryan and Karla are in Connecticut to unveil the mystery of the Devil’s Well, a so called portal to hell. Make way for the films first stumble, after running low on battery Bryan leaves Karla in the pitch black to grab a new one….what could possibly go wrong? On his return Karla is of course missing and Bryan is taken into custody. […]

Review: It Lives

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Tweet Review“It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives It Lives”, the final ominous text displayed to caretaker Roy (Andrew Kinsler) from Arthur – Plethura bunker’s omnipresent AI. Roy is a caretaker, charged with ensuring that the fallout shelter dubbed ‘Plethura’ is ready for ‘priority one’ (mankind’s surviving elite) when the signal is given. The world above is teetering on the end, and we join Roy at ‘two-minutes to midnight’ – the term used to describe an impending nuclear strike. Roy is all alone deep underground, […]

Review: The Basement

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Tweet ReviewWriting team Brian Conley and Nathan Ives craft an interesting mash up of psychological thriller with some decent gore effects thrown into the mix as we delve into the titular basement of kidnapper, murderer and all-round nut case – Bill aka ‘The Gemini Killer. For one unfortunate victim, a local musician named Craig (Caleb Long), the Gemini killer isn’t dubbed as such just because it sounds cool, oh no. Not only does the chap carve the astrological sign into the heads of his victims, the fella also suffers from multiple personality disorders – 12 to be precise. On the […]

Review: Jigsaw

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Tweet ReviewIts back! After a good few years hiatus the trap-ladened horror phenomenon returns in a film titled after the man himself: ‘Jigsaw’. As we are always honest on BTG I will ‘fess up and state that I put off watching this movie because, quite frankly, I thought it was going to be pretty poor. I wouldn’t describe myself as a mega fan of the franchise, although admittedly there are more good entries than rubbish ones, but after 7 films annually released I felt its already limited concept had run its course. Still, holidays beckoned and so I picked up […]

Review: Unfriended

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Tweet Review‘Filmed’ entirely using social media mediums ‘Unfriended’ is a unique and ambitious horror movie which pits 6 unwitting friends against the ghost of one of their former classmates. The plot sees Blaire and her closest friends stuck in a chat room with an anonymous account that they cannot get rid of. Initially they consider the anomaly just that, but when various personal and threatening posts are made they begin to realise that the ‘glitch’ is somehow related to a girl whose recent suicide they all played a part in. As I mentioned in my opener ‘Unfriended’ is shown in […]