Category: Reviews

DVD Review: The Wicked Lady (1983)

Posted on 07/20/16 by Ben
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By Tristan Bishop Dear old Michael Winner. Loathed by serious film critics and restaurant owners worldwide, and engendering responses in the public ranging from revulsion to fascination, Winner was undoubtedly an original – an opinionated playboy whose films often seemed more like excuses for him to hang out with his Hollywood heroes than personal works […]

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Blu-ray Review: Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)

Posted on 07/14/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Well, here’s a blast from the past: if I remember correctly, and that’s a big ‘if’, Return of the Killer Tomatoes was one of the ragtag assemblage of films which seemed to play regularly on my dad’s illegal cable film channel back in the mid-to-late eighties. Between this film, Adventures in Babysitting, […]

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Blu-ray Review: Southbound (2015)

Posted on 07/14/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey The new wave of anthology horror has tended to be a little haphazard; take the none-more-random ABCs of Death movies, or the Dread Central-produced Zombieworld and Monster Land, which literally strung together entirely unrelated short films. It’s nice, then, to see portmanteau movies which harken back to the great days of the […]

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DVD Review: Captive (2015)

Posted on 07/11/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Saw has a lot to answer for, doesn’t it? Since it appeared a little over a decade ago, it’s had a long-lasting and far-reaching impact on horror – for good, and for ill. Saw showed us that a horror story could be effective and gripping whilst being incredibly economical with characters and […]

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Blu-ray Review: Crimes of Passion (1984)

Posted on 07/11/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey The late, great British auteur Ken Russell was never one for doing things by halves. As such, when he crossed the pond to give Hollywood a whirl in the early 1980s, no way was he about to leave his abrasive, in your face attitude behind. Russell’s time in the US was brief […]

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Film Review: Model Hunger (2016)

Posted on 07/09/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Most horror fans who have delved beyond the physical jerk-invoking shitfests being screened every Halloween will probably have an idea who Debbie Rochon is; add in a soft spot for low budget indie cinema, and chances are you’ll have seen more than a few offerings from her very extensive CV, especially if […]

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Review: Monsterland (2016)

Posted on 07/05/16 by Ben
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By Marc Patterson Around these parts we’re big fans of short horror films. Creating a perfect anthology of shorts is a significant challenge to any producer. There’s a real art to the curation of shorts into a masterful anthology. One needs to consider the broad theme, the mood, and what overarching story (if any) there […]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974)

Posted on 07/04/16 by Ben
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By Nia Edwards-Behi I can’t say I’m overly familiar with the cheerleader subgenre (can we even call it that?) of exploitation filmmaking, but to say that The Swinging Cheerleaders lives up to my expectations of what a cheerleader film would be like is almost right. Luckily, it’s got those little Jack Hill flourishes that make […]

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DVD Review: Blood Orange (2016)

Posted on 06/30/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Rock stars in movies have a somewhat chequered past. For every David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth, there’s a Roger Daltrey in Vampirella; for every Mick Jagger in Performance, there’s a Mick Jagger in Freejack. The original wild child Iggy Pop doesn’t exactly have a spotless track record here […]

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Review: The Lighthouse (2016)

Posted on 06/28/16 by Ben
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By Nia Edwards-Behi We’re big fans of Chris Crow’s work here at Brutal as Hell, following Devil’s Bridge, Panic Button and The Darkest Day. With the arrival of his latest feature, I don’t think that’s going to change. It’s an unconventional film, which I’m certain will frustrate some viewers, but for me it’s Crow’s most […]

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Review: Killer Piñata (2015)

Posted on 06/27/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey There are many approaches a no-budget horror movie can take in order to stand apart from the crowd, but surely one of the most effective is to come up with the silliest premise imaginable. So many cash-strapped productions shoot themselves in the foot from the off by trying to play it too […]

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DVD Review: i-Lived (2015)

Posted on 06/18/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea ‘Based on an idea by Franck Khalfoun’: these are surely words to warm the heart for many horror fans, albeit based on rather little. But his remake of Maniac in 2012 was stylish and redemptive, and his subsequent absence from what I’m reluctant to call ‘the scene’ has no doubt been noted. […]

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Blu-ray Review: Blood Bath (1966)

Posted on 06/17/16 by Ben
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By Tristan Bishop Reshoots have been in the news recently, with a couple of forthcoming blockbusters apparently having footage reshoot to ‘lighten’ the dark tone (presumably in panicked response to the critical drubbing of Batman Vs Superman), but reshoots are nothing new, as this 2 disc package from Arrow Video attests. Blood Bath is perhaps […]

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Review: Baskin (2015)

Posted on 06/13/16 by Ben
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By Nia Edwards-Behi In 2014 I saw the short film Baskin while at Celluloid Screams in Sheffield. My thoughts on that film were that I liked what I saw, but that it felt far too much like a scene from something bigger. Delight, then, when I heard that director Can Evrenol was indeed working on […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2016)

Posted on 06/13/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey It’s never ideal to open a review on a disclaimer, but here goes anyway: I don’t know Pride and Prejudice at all. Naturally I’ve always been well aware of it – I’m British, and the image of a sopping wet Colin Firth is irrevocably burned into our national consciousness – but I […]

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Review: The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Posted on 06/11/16 by Ben
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By Dustin Hall Back in 2013 I posted a review for The Conjuring, and in many ways I feel like I could just copy and paste that same review here and be done with it. That shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a criticism. The Conjuring was a very successful horror film, a rarity these last […]

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DVD Review: Even Lambs Have Teeth (2015)

Posted on 06/09/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Hello again, BAH readers. Given that we’ve been offline the best part of a week (another story for another time), there’s nothing I’d love more than to welcome you back with word on an upcoming new release that I know is going to blow your minds. Alas, I’ll have to disappoint you. […]

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