Category: Reviews

Blu-ray Review: The Burning (1981)

Posted on 12/07/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Apologies if this is a bit of a trite analogy, but it’s hard not to note clear parallels between slasher movies and punk rock. Both genres emerged more or less at the same time, in the downbeat days of the mid-to-late 70s, and tapped into a similar vein of youthful discontent and […]

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Review: Slasher House II (2016)

Posted on 11/28/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey If I were to do some of that word association business, my response to the word ‘Mycho’ would be ‘bold.’ It applies to the company’s work in just about every meaning of the word. On an aesthetic level, bold is an accurate summation of their in-your-face approach, particularly when it comes to […]

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Blu-ray Review: The Driller Killer (1979)

Posted on 11/16/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Shakespeare’s celebrated adage “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” may carry some weight, but it’s fair to say that when it comes to exploitation movies, by any other name they might not get such great numbers. Director Abel Ferrara’s more-or-less debut feature (he’d previously […]

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DVD Review: Mai-Chan’s Daily Life (2014)

Posted on 11/13/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Japanese cinema has a proud tradition of body horror and over the past ten years or so, the Sushi Typhoon phenomenon alone has given us a whole host of flying limbs and mad mutations which are lots of fun to watch. For many of us, films of this ilk have pretty much […]

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Review: Fear, Inc. (2016)

Posted on 11/08/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Novel concepts in horror movies often seem hard to come by. Fear, Inc., the feature debut of seasoned short film director Vincent Masciale, comes close to doing something relatively unique in what initially seems a fairly fresh and funny fashion, but it winds up hitting pretty wide of the bullseye. I’ll do […]

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Review: Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (2016)

Posted on 11/03/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey One good microbudget indie horror anthology movie deserves another. 2015’s Volumes of Blood (my review here) was an enjoyable addition to the pantheon of portmanteau horror made with a cut-price charm and unmistakable affection for the genre, so it should come as little surprise that the sequel Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories […]

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Blu-ray Review: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Posted on 10/28/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Given that at the time of writing the filmmaker and musician has been thrilling audiences all over the globe with live performances of his classic synthesizer scores, I find myself wanting to open this review with the note that John Carpenter is very much in fashion at this moment – but that […]

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Celluloid Screams 2016 Review: I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

Posted on 10/27/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Anonymous small-town middle America: always the last place anyone anticipates crazy things happening, yet more often than not the first place crazy things happen in horror fiction. Stephen King’s main stock-in-trade for much of his career has been presenting us with an average, humdrum little place, going to lengths to ensure we’re […]

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Celluloid Screams 2016 Review: The Devil’s Candy (2015)

Posted on 10/26/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea I’d been wondering what had happened to director Sean Byrne since his brilliant debut feature The Loved Ones assured audiences that you could still weave an effective, horrific and ultimately heartwarming story out of elements which – on the surface – seem tried-and-tested. Incredibly, it’s been seven years since that film was […]

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Celluloid Screams 2016 Review: Creepy (2016)

Posted on 10/26/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Just when you thought ‘Sinister’ was the most generic horror title you’d ever heard… but, much as was the case with Scott Derrickson’s 2012 film, this may belie a film which sports more surprises than you might initially expect. That’s pretty much where the similarities with Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest film end, however; […]

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Review: Patient Seven (2016)

Posted on 10/26/16 by Ben
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By Quin I get so giddy with excitement every time another anthology horror film is released. They always remind me of some of the older films I saw as a kid and there’s just something comforting about them. I also find the length of each segment more appealing as I get older. Sometimes it’s nice […]

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Celluloid Screams 2016: Ben and Keri talk aboot Yoga Hosers (2016)

Posted on 10/25/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey and Keri O’Shea Sheffield horror festival Celluloid Screams hosted a screening of Kevin Smith’s (how to put this generously) somewhat divisive latest movie Yoga Hosers, starring the writer-director’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp (daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, who also co-star) in a reprise of their roles from […]

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Celluloid Screams 2016 Review: What We Become (2015)

Posted on 10/25/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea There seems to be a minor trend in modern horror (and posssibly other genres, though I see less of those) for starting the narrative of a film at around three quarters of the way through the arc you’ll eventually get to see in full. I noticed the same thing about the very […]

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Review: The Rezort (2015)

Posted on 10/20/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey As high concept one sentence pitches go, ‘Jurassic Park with zombies’ isn’t a bad one. Playing on much the same vacation from hell theme, The Rezort presents us with a literally post-apocalyptic vision of a world which has survived a rampant zombie plague. A few years on, with the world’s (living) population reduced […]

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DVD Review: One Million Years BC (1966)

Posted on 10/18/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Do creature features get much more iconic than this? The classic combination of eye-catching monster and attractive leading lady has served filmmakers well over the decades, but to take one of the most renowned big screen beauties of all time and pit her against the creations of the most celebrated creator of […]

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Review: Wekufe: El Origen del Mal (The Origin of Evil) (2016)

Posted on 10/13/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey The recent release of Blair Witch, to considerably lower box office and critical acclaim than anticipated, prompted my colleague Dustin Hall to question whether the film marked the last nail in the coffin of the found footage horror movie, remarking that it would be a “sad, but fitting place to end” the […]

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Review: Phantasm: Ravager (2016), plus a Look Back at 40 Years With the Tall Man

Posted on 10/12/16 by Ben
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By Dustin Hall As the fifth and final Phantasm film hits the screens, we examine it and have a look at the previous installments in the legendary cult classic. One last time, let the Tall Man release you from your imperfect flesh, which ties you to time and space… But before looking at Ravager, let […]

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