Category: Reviews

Review: All Hell Breaks Loose (2014)

Posted on 09/18/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey Ever wondered what would have happened if Brad and Janet in Rocky Horror hadn’t had car trouble right by Dr Frankenfurter’s place, but instead ran afoul of a demonic biker gang, with Janet kidnapped as an offering to Satan and Brad left for dead, only for him to return as an [...]

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Review: Legacy of Thorn (2014)

Posted on 09/17/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey In an arena typically dominated by filmmakers who often seem to making no effort at all, we certainly can’t fault writer-director MJ Dixon for ambition. Following on from 2012’s Slasher House, Legacy of Thorn sets out to build a rich mythology around the earlier film’s most formidable figure: a masked colossus [...]

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DVD Review: From Dusk Till Dawn the Series, Season 1

Posted on 09/17/14 by Ben
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Review by Karolina Gruschka From Dusk Till Dawn, as a series – who would have envisaged this to happen back in 1996? I remember recording it on VHS while my parents were asleep, and then watching it every single day for a couple of weeks. George Clooney, then mainly known from TV Drama, surprised (and [...]

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Blu-Ray Review: The ‘Burbs (1989)

Posted on 09/15/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey When it comes to Hollywood outsiders, Joe Dante’s in a class of his own. Not unlike John Landis, he seems generally accepted as directorial royalty in horror circles, despite the fact that comparatively few of the films in his back catalogue can really be classed as horror. The vast majority of [...]

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Comic Review: Cloaks #1

Posted on 09/15/14 by Ben
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By Svetlana Fedotov Magicians are pretty freaking sweet. With their billowing capes and sultry assistants, you know the next hour of your life is going to be filled with illusory brain teasers and child-like wonder as cascades of doves flutter from every corner of the stage. From children’s birthday parties to Vegas stage shows to [...]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Shout (1978)

Posted on 09/15/14 by Ben
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Review by Karolina Gruschka The Shout; what an odd little film. Watching it felt like listening to Pink Floyd: chilled, mystical, heavy, deep, dreamy, trippy, intricate, surreal, sophisticated, powerful, sensual. It is a story about the intimacy of marriage, about adultery, about power struggles, about subjective realities, about isolation, about madness, about mysticism, about sound. [...]

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DVD Review: Devil’s Tower (2014)

Posted on 09/12/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea When you get press releases that proudly proclaim the presence of a soap star in a film’s cast, it gets you thinking about how ubiquitous soap operas are, still – especially if you don’t watch any of the soaps, ever. For instance, total strangers, when unsure how to make conversation, will usually [...]

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Blu-Ray Review: Twins of Evil (1971)

Posted on 09/11/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey If you’re hoping for a concise, unbiased, even-handed appraisal of the conclusion of Hammer’s Karnstein trilogy, you may as well stop reading now. Twins of Evil is far too big a deal to me. For various reasons – some screamingly obvious, others somewhat less so – this 1971 vampire movie proved [...]

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Blu-ray Review: Heli (2013)

Posted on 09/10/14 by Ben
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Review by Stephanie Scaife Heli may seem like an unusual choice of film for us to cover here at Brutal as Hell, but although it may not be a genre film, it’s certainly brutal and it falls firmly into the extremely bleak camp of films-I-never-want-to-see-again, along with the likes of Requiem for a Dream and [...]

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DVD Review: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Posted on 09/10/14 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop Even as a fan of director Jim Jarmusch – his 90s efforts Dead Man (1995) and Ghost Dog (1999) are among my favourite films – I wasn’t exactly jumping up and down in my seat at the prospect of Only Lovers Left Alive. The undoubtedly top-notch cast didn’t gloss over the [...]

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DVD Review: Catacombs (1965)

Posted on 09/10/14 by Ben
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Review by Matt Harries In 2014 it is fitting that we focus on Catacombs – a supernatural thriller made way back in 1965, originally released in the States as The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die – for it was earlier this year in January that saw the sad passing of director Gordon Hessler, aged 83. Those [...]

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Blu-ray Review: RPG (2013)

Posted on 09/09/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey There are few things more tedious than a film which takes the seeds of a potentially interesting idea, before promptly getting lazy and churning out something so bland, unimaginative and illogical it almost hurts. When such a middling production manages to procure the services of a genuine cinematic heavyweight like Rutger [...]

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Blu-ray Review: Countess Dracula (1971)

Posted on 09/06/14 by Ben
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Review by Karolina Gruschka Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of Them All… … Ingrid Pitt, that’s for sure! Not only one of the most attractive film sirens of all times, Ingrid was beautiful on the inside too. She embraced her iconic position in the horror genre and appreciated her supporters and fans. [...]

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Blu-ray Review: The Monster Club (1981)

Posted on 09/05/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey The end of an era tends not to be the prettiest sight, especially not for those with particularly fond memories of the way things used to be. Not all devotees of the Universal monster movies were best pleased when that cycle reached its lampoonish conclusion in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein; [...]

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Comic Review: Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story

Posted on 09/04/14 by Ben
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Review by Svetlana Fedotov For fans of horror videogames, one of the first games that come to mind is Konami’s Silent Hill franchise. A careful mix of 3rd person action and puzzling solving platforms, this survival horror managed to join the ranks of other breakthrough exploration games such as Resident Evil and Castlevania, while creating [...]

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Blu-Ray Review: Bound (1996)

Posted on 09/03/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey What a difference eighteen years can make. Widely dismissed on release as little more than a spoke in the 90s erotic thriller cycle (which, by 1996, was rapidly losing momentum in the wake of Showgirls and Striptease), I think it’s fair to say Bound has since become something of a cult [...]

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DVD Review: The Hypnotist (2012)

Posted on 09/03/14 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop The Northern European crime thriller, now commonly referred to as the Nordic Noir, has been quite the hot export in recent years. In much the same way as Germany’s pop art-infused krimi films of the 60s and the stylish and savage Italian gialli which dominated the 70s, these Scandinavian murder tales [...]

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