Category: Reviews

Celluloid Screams 2014 Review: Starry Eyes (2014)

Posted on 10/29/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey A young woman stands in front of a mirror in her underwear. Anyone in their right mind would agree she looks beautiful, and yet as she runs her eyes up and down her body her insecurity is written all over her face; seeing nothing but flaws, she is deeply uncomfortable, and […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Graduation Day (1981)

Posted on 10/28/14 by Ben
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Review by Tristan Bishop The American school system was a very dangerous place in the eighties. Forget the over-emphasis on sports scholarship, the rife bullying of nerds and the horrendous idea of having to find a date for the prom (I’m glad we never had to do that in the UK) – the worst aspect […]

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Celluloid Screams 2014 Review: Spring (2014)

Posted on 10/28/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea A couple of years ago, I saw the first horror feature penned and directed by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson. This film was Resolution – a film which easily made it into my favourite films of that year, though to tell the truth, I lost touch with what the directors had been […]

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Celluloid Screams 2014 Review: The Editor (2014)

Posted on 10/28/14 by Ben
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Review by Nia Edwards-Behi Astron-6 are modern genre filmmaking’s renaissance men, writing, directing, editing, SFXing and scoring their immensely popular short films and their first two features, Manborg and Father’s Day. All their films demonstrate a love for the golden era of the VHS, as much children of the early 1990s as the 1980s, which […]

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VOD Review: The Houses October Built (2014)

Posted on 10/28/14 by Ben
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Review by Quin A large percentage of found footage film reviews start the same way. I’ve been guilty of perpetuating this format before, but I intend to either stop the cycle right now, or just cleverly disguise it. It seems there always has to be this overblown proclamation of how many of these types of […]

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Review: The Book of Life (2014)

Posted on 10/28/14 by Ben
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Review by Svetlana Fedotov Just in time for Halloween, Book of Life has charged into theaters this past couple of weeks to the delight of kids and animation geeks everywhere. Beautifully designed to embrace that ever-so-festive Mexican Day of the Dead vibe, this little bit of kiddie-sedation has received praise across the board for being […]

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Celluloid Screams 2014 Review: Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2013)

Posted on 10/27/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey Stuart Simpson would appear to be a filmmaker for whom “start as you mean to go on” was never the maxim. After breaking through internationally with 2010’s gleefully trashy neo-grindhouse movie Monstro! (AKA El Monstro del Mar), the Australian indie director has taken a rather different path for his next movie […]

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DVD Review: Phobia (2013)

Posted on 10/27/14 by Ben
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Review by Quin You may have either seen or read about a film released last year called Motivational Growth. It’s been covered here quite a bit on Brutal as Hell (see Ben and Karolina’s reviews). I have to admit that I still haven’t seen the film, but my reading up on it has been so […]

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DVD Review: Grave Halloween (2013)

Posted on 10/24/14 by Ben
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Review by Karolina Gruschka With having ‘Halloween’ in the film title and being released on the run up to this particular holiday, it would imply that what you get is a horror story set in front of a backdrop of Pagan shenanigans. However, while Grave Halloween has the element of solemn customs, remembering the dead […]

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DVD Review: The Spanish Chainsaw Massacre (2013)

Posted on 10/24/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Judging by the (albeit limited) filmography currently attributed to Manolito Motosierra, cannibalism seems to be his theme of choice. There’s his first film, Corpse Grinders 3, for one; I’m sticking my neck out here, but I’m guessing that the ‘somewhat peculiar family’ of 2012’s Jodidos Kabrones may be up to the same […]

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Review: Ghost Bride (2014)

Posted on 10/24/14 by Ben
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Review by Nia Edwards-Behi I must confess, firstly, that I am not remotely familiar with the work of David Blyth, though he seems to be something of a cult filmmaker, for films such as Angel Mine (1978) and Death Warmed Over (1984). Sadly, this latest film hasn’t made me want to rush out and explore […]

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Review: The Possession of Michael King (2014)

Posted on 10/24/14 by Ben
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Review by Quin Horror movies never begin with a good decision. If the newly wedded couple never moved into that creepy, old house that was such a good deal or if those kids never stopped at the gas station to get directions from the old man, we would have a lot less scary movies in […]

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Film Review: Seed 2 aka Blood Valley – Seed’s Revenge (2014)

Posted on 10/23/14 by Keri
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By Tristan Bishop OK, It’s a fair cop, I admit it – I rather enjoyed Seed (2007). I watched it when I was in the mood for something nasty and nihilistic and boy did it deliver. Yes, it wasn’t the classiest slasher film ever made, but it easily stands as one of the most grim […]

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Review: Horns (2013)

Posted on 10/23/14 by Ben
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Review by Stephanie Scaife Alexandre Aja’s take on the Joe Hill novel Horns is a difficult sell and I imagine the reason it’s been floating around for so long is that it is a marketing department’s worst nightmare. The only way to describe it is as a realist magical murder mystery black comedy, and even […]

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DVD Review: Day of the Mummy (2014)

Posted on 10/23/14 by Ben
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Review by Ben Bussey It’s putting things very mildly to say that I tend not to approach the latest direct-to-DVD found footage horror movie with the utmost confidence. I’ve been at this horror reviewing lark for about six years now, and in that time barely a month has gone by without another cut-price first-person shakey-cam […]

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Review: The Butchers (AKA Death Factory) (2014)

Posted on 10/23/14 by Ben
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Review by Matt Harries Big Dumb Fun. Maybe the three words I’d use to describe this slab of low ambition bunkum. Sometimes big dumb fun is okay though, and for ticking most of the boxes of low budget horror The Butchers at least scores a bonus point. And although I would stop some way short […]

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Blu-ray Review: The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Posted on 10/21/14 by Ben
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Review by Stephanie Scaife This is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen, and why it has been deemed a cult classic that warrants the Arrow Video treatment is completely beyond me. I can only assume that it is a direct result of Rick Baker’s make-up work because everything else is almost entirely unwatchable. […]

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