Category: Reviews

Review: The Neon Dead (2015)

Posted on 08/24/16 by Ben
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By Karolina Gruschka Going by the artwork and the trailer for VFX artist Torey Haas‘ (V/H/S Viral, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie) first attempt at directing a feature, I had high hopes for The Neon Dead. I was expecting to see a serious horror film interlaced with comedic elements and a camp sensibility; the […]

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Blu-ray Review: The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Posted on 08/19/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea When is a giallo not a giallo? Sure, the cinematic tradition is expected to deliver crime drama as per the print publications which gave us the term ‘giallo’ in the first place, but the expectation is also there of a certain aesthetic on our screens, usually invoking sexuality as well as criminality; […]

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Review: The Shallows (2016)

Posted on 08/17/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Isn’t it well past time that sharks became truly scary again? Beyond the original Jaws, it’s debatable any film has ever presented those formidable sea dwellers as true objects of terror, and in recent years it’s pretty much a given that any film which features the creatures in the title is going […]

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DVD Review: Tank 432 (Belly of the Bulldog) (2015)

Posted on 08/16/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey When the most prominent words in the PR of a new release are ‘from executive producer Ben Wheatley,’ two key thoughts immediately come to mind: firstly, it’s a shame that writer-director Nick Gillespie doesn’t get full credit for his own work (although he’s hardly the first director to be overshadowed by an […]

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Review: Chopping Block (2016)

Posted on 08/08/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey I’ve reviewed more than my fair share of no-budget horror movies over the years, and it often proves a challenging business. The same complaints come up time and again; horrendous production values frequently render the action almost impossible to follow, and more often than not the subpar writing and acting mean that […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Female Prisoner Scorpion – The Complete Collection

Posted on 08/03/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Imagine a sequence of films, emanating from Japan over forty years ago, which melded – literally – riotously strong female characters with insurrection, violence, sexuality and even the odd dash of social commentary. ‘Women in prison’ films (for the most part) like no other, the Female Convict movies (or ‘Female Prisoner’, in […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Solaris (1972)

Posted on 08/01/16 by Ben
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By Nia Edwards-Behi For my sins, I’ve not seen nearly as much canonical European ‘art’ cinema as I probably should have, all things considered. I am, however, a big fan of one Ingmar Bergman, and when he’s claimed that Andrei Tarkovsky is “the greatest”, then really it’s a bit of a crime that it’s taken […]

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DVD Review: Tale of Tales (2015)

Posted on 07/27/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey As a site primarily focused on horror, BAH has of course noted the resurgence of the anthology format in the genre this past half-decade or so. While it would be a pretty big stretch to declare Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales symptomatic of this new wave of portmanteau horror, in its own […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Microwave Massacre (1983)

Posted on 07/25/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey The label of ‘worst horror movie of all time’ is a strangely coveted one within cult fandom. Many self-professed lovers of what would typically be regarded as trash cinema will go out of their way to see that which is proclaimed to be the poorest known example of its craft, and director […]

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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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