Category: Reviews

DVD Review: Fight Like A Girl (2015)

Posted on 04/30/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey The arrival of yet another no-budget zombie gore movie – even one that involves female wrestlers – is liable to be met with little more than a dismissive shrug by many of us. However, the UK DVD release of Fight Like A Girl is a more momentous occasion than we might realise. […]

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Imagine Film Festival Review: The Lure (2016)

Posted on 04/27/16 by Ben
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By Tristan Bishop Discounting the big 80’s comedy hit Splash (and its sequel Splash Too) and a certain Disney film, mermaids haven’t really made much of an impact on the cinematic world. Sure, there was the bit in Cabin In The Woods, but that amounted to little more than a throwaway joke (albeit still the […]

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DVD Review: Worst Fears (2016)

Posted on 04/26/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey It seems the grand old British tradition of cheap and nasty anthology horror is alive and well in the 21st century. We have of course seen our share of anthology horrors in recent years, the most prominent being the V/H/S and The ABCs of Death movies, but we haven’t seen much that really […]

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Review: These Final Hours (2013)

Posted on 04/26/16 by Ben
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By Tristan Bishop We’ve all, no doubt, seen enough of the post-apocalypse genre to last a lifetime, but what of the time leading up to the big event? Films dealing with the pre-apocalypse are few and far between, with only 1988’s excellent Miracle Mile and 1998’s Last Night sticking in the mind. These Final Hours, […]

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Double Bill Review: Cleaver: Rise of the Killer Clown and Hollower (2016)

Posted on 04/19/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Just about every megabudget major studio production to hit the multiplexes these days seems to come with the promise of it being part of a new cinematic universe. However, it’s not just the $100 million + blockbuster crowd who are at it, as anyone who’s been following the progress of microbudget British […]

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Review: The Break-In (2016)

Posted on 04/18/16 by Ben
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By Quin I have long had an optimistic view of the found footage sub-genre. Even though I can count on five fingers the ones I’ve really loved, I recognize a found footage film really has the potential to deliver something innovative and truly frightening. However, after seeing Justin Doescher’s film The Break-In, I have to […]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Ninth Configuration (1980)

Posted on 04/12/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey The Ninth Configuration is a film which, at a glance, appears to offer something radically different from what you actually get. Look at the cover art below: above the title we have the name of William Peter Blatty, writer of legendary horror movie The Exorcist; the title itself seems arcane and almost […]

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DVD Review: Craze (1974)

Posted on 04/08/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Crazed acolytes! That’s always a good start to a film, be in a golden oldie or a modern piece of cinema – and that’s just how we get going in Craze, a lesser-known horror movie from the oeuvre of British director Freddie Francis (a man with a distinguished filmography to his name, […]

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Magazine Review: Bride of Frankenstein 1935 Ultimate Guide (Classic Monsters)

Posted on 04/06/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey It’s strange for thirty-somethings like myself to realise that many of you reading this now might not remember a time before everyone had access to the internet. Now that we’re all online every hour of the day, able to uncover just about any nugget of film trivia as soon as it comes to mind, […]

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Film Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Posted on 03/31/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Frantic, clumsy, urgent, the first thing we see in 10 Cloverfield Lane is a young woman who turns out to be named Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) throwing several of her personal possessions into a box, before hurrying to her car with them and driving away at top speed. This act is not, […]

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DVD Review: Scream Park (2015)

Posted on 03/31/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey There’s always a special charm to horror movies set in amusement parks. The two institutions share a lot of common ground; we go there to let it all hang out, cathartically unload our anxieties, confront our fears in an ostensibly safe environment. Of course, we’ve all heard stories about rides going wrong, […]

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Film Review: Anguish (2015)

Posted on 03/29/16 by Keri
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By Tristan Bishop Your teen years can be a scary place, what with all those possibilities and unknown quantities rubbing up against hormonal explosions – things can get weird and extreme quite quickly, so it’s unsurprising that filmmakers tend to keep mining the teenage experience for horror films. Of course, the vast majority don’t really […]

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Film Review: Cord (2015)

Posted on 03/28/16 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea I’ll be the first to admit that I’m something of a fan of post-apocalyptic cinema: give me a filmmaker who can show us some unpalatable possibilities for humankind’s future via a dramatisation of just how frail our structures and norms are and, in an odd way, I’m happy. The opening scenes of […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Re-Animator (1985)

Posted on 03/13/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey It can be an interesting business covering DVD and Blu-ray reissues of older movies. Sometimes we wind up with stuff we always meant to see but never got around to; sometimes they’re movies we’ve never even heard of before. But other times, they’re movies which really need no introduction at all – […]

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DVD Review: Among the Living (2014)

Posted on 03/05/16 by Ben
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By Keri O’Shea Whatever happened to the ‘new wave of French horror’, then? I guess the wave just broke. After dominating the horror scene just shy of a decade ago, turning everything, everywhere into a blue-filtered torture fest overlaid with religious anxiety and women in very functional underwear (okay, I’m paraphrasing, but still…) it seems […]

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Review: The Forest (2016)

Posted on 02/28/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Taking a real-life location which – in living memory – has been the site of numerous suicides, and then using it as the setting for a horror movie, always felt like a very risky proposition. Had a Hollywood movie opted to produce a similar treatment of the English town of Brigend*, which infamously […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Deathgasm (2015)

Posted on 02/25/16 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey In Keri’s earlier review of writer-director Jason Lei Howden’s headbanging horror comedy (consider hers an insider account of sorts, given Keri’s a lifelong metalhead and I’m not), Keri contemplates the ‘special relationship’ between heavy metal music and black magic. It’s fair to say there are similar links between heavy metal and horror […]

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