Category: Reviews

Review: The Demon’s Rook (2013)

Posted on 08/28/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey I get the sneaky suspicion I may have just seen my favourite film of the year. So many of the things I have long mourned the lack of in contemporary horror are present and correct in The Demon’s Rook: awesome practical monster make-up and gore FX, eerie artificial lighting, billowing dry [...]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Posted on 08/27/14 by Ben
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Review by Karolina Gruschka Edgar Allan Poe – a “brilliant and disturbed man” (R. Corman) The first time Roger Corman read E.A. Poe was aged thirteen for a school assignment. He was so fascinated by The Fall of the House of Usher that, the following Christmas, he wished for the complete works of Poe. About [...]

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Film Review: The Rover (2014)

Posted on 08/26/14 by Ben
The Rover

Review by Karolina Grushcka Technically not a horror film, The Rover is definitely a movie for alternative audiences. I base this on the director’s experimental approach, the bleak tone of the film and the depictions of graphic violence. The Rover is an Aussie production, written and directed by David Michod. The story is set in [...]

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Frightfest 2014 Review: The Green Inferno (2013)

Posted on 08/24/14 by Ben
The Green Inferno

Review by Karolina Gruschka Every year I promise myself that I will attend the next FrightFest. But each time August approaches, I realise that I do not have the funds for it, yet again. This year, to make up for it, I decided to at least treat myself to one movie. Despite a few film [...]

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Review: Killer Legends (2014)

Posted on 08/24/14 by Ben
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Review by Quin The amount of creative inspiration that can be drawn from urban legend seems never-ending. So many of our favorite horror films have a clear basis in urban legend, but when they are bad they really fall flat. The most obvious of the bad stuff is the straight-forward no-creativity-necessary entitled the Urban Legend [...]

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Film Review: Sonno Profondo (2013)

Posted on 08/23/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea I hope I’m a reasonably neutral member of the team when it comes to the giallo genre – not really a big fan, but having seen a fair few by-the-by, enough to know what the features are. Essentially, I hope I came to the film without a weight of expectations. Reaching a [...]

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DVD Review: Blood Orgy of the She Devils (1973)

Posted on 08/23/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea With a title like Blood Orgy of the She Devils, a film is setting itself up for a time of it, I think we’d all agree. Yes, it’s bound to get one’s attention, but it also then has to live up to a hell of a lot; any lack of blood, orgies [...]

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DVD Review: Killers (2014)

Posted on 08/20/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey If Shion Sono remade a Michael Mann movie, I would expect the result to be pretty close to Killers. Writer-director duo Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (AKA the Mo Brothers) have crafted a tale of an unlikely brotherhood between two drastically different individuals who somehow find themselves arch rivals as they [...]

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Comics Review: The Delinquents #1

Posted on 08/18/14 by Ben
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By Svetlana Fedetov Ever since Valiant got back into the comic game mid-2012, they have been burning up the superhero game with old favorites and new creations. While never at the Marvel or DC level, many fans have fondly returned to the 90’s megastar and for great reasons. Solid writing, kick-ass art, and an ever-expanding [...]

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Film Review: Evil Feed (2013)

Posted on 08/13/14 by Keri
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By Matt Harries About as meaty as a half-pound chilli burger and at least as subtle, Evil Feed sees stuntman and stunt co-ordinator Kimani Ray Smith (Watchmen, X-Men) make his directorial debut with the kind of film that epitomises a fast food approach to horror. If you are looking for nuance and refinement, delicacy of [...]

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Comic Review: Hexed #1

Posted on 08/12/14 by Keri
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By Svetlana Fedotov When DC comics invented Vertigo over twenty years ago, there was a certain elemental magic to it that was never quite seen again; a type of connection between reader and creator that was lined with blood, the occult, and the dark magic of the earth itself. Whilst, for the most part, DC/Vertigo [...]

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Blu-ray Review: Faust – Eine Deutsche Volkssage (1926)

Posted on 08/11/14 by Keri
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By Karolina Gruschka The importance of Faust to German culture is comparable to that of Hamlet to the British. All Germans encounter the tragedy at some point in their lives, mainly via the educational system. It is interesting that F.W. Murnau chose this material to be the content of his last German film before his [...]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Toxic Avenger (1984)

Posted on 08/06/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey This, for better or worse, is one of those “where it all began” movies. Though Troma had already been in the filmmaking/distribution game for a full decade before The Toxic Avenger came along, this is the film on which their legend is built, and with which their enduring formula was established: [...]

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Comics Review: Dark Ages #1

Posted on 08/05/14 by Ben
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By Svetlana Fedotov Arguably one of the most brutal periods in human history, the Dark Ages were so impeccably grim that being sold into medieval prostitution and dying of consumption were perhaps the highlights of your short and miserable life. Alright, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but this particular dim era in our few thousand [...]

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Review: Bound By Flesh (2014)

Posted on 08/01/14 by Ben
Bound By Flesh

Review by Quin If you have read at least a handful of my reviews, you may have noticed that I review quite a bit of documentaries. Just like my bio says – I love documentaries. In fact, along with this film right here, my next review is going to be a documentary as well. While [...]

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Magazine Review: Exquisite Terror #4

Posted on 07/28/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Just when we might have thought that the rise and rise of the internet and the proliferation of new types of technology might eventually edge out older media altogether, we’ve been proved wrong: I certainly never expected to see audio tapes making such a comeback, for instance, and – more to the [...]

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DVD Review: Almost Human (2013)

Posted on 07/28/14 by Ben
Almost Human - Metrodome DVD

Review by Ben Bussey Following the microbudget horror scene can be a curious game. A lot of it is instantly forgettable, but now and then along comes the odd small scale DIY movie that manages to capture the attention of the (quote-unquote) horror community. Sometimes it’s easy to see why these cheap and cheerful efforts [...]

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