DVD Review: Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s classic tale of twisted science and the nature of existence has stimulated the imagination since it’s debut in 1818, and it’s constant adaptation on stage and screen in the years that have followed illustrates its power, and the cultural...
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DVD Review: The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

“I had sex today…Holy shit!” 15-year-old Minnie Goetze declares, jubilant, flabbergasted, in the opening scene of ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’. She’s triumphant, in such a way I’ve only ever seen portrayed by a boy after successfully securing...
(L to R) MC Ren (ALDIS HODGE), DJ Yella (NEIL BROWN, JR.), Eazy-E (JASON MITCHELL), Ice Cube (O’SHEA JACKSON, JR.) and Dr. Dre (COREY HAWKINS) in “Straight Outta Compton”.  Taking us back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.

DVD Review: Straight Outta Compton

It's 1986 in Compton, Los Angeles and an unlikely group of youths form a successful hip hop group by the name of NWA - a group that will revolutionise the genre forever. With different musical abilities, growing fame and fortune, tensions run high and the...
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DVD Review: Ghost Story

Four old men (Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Melvyn Douglas and the inimitable John Houseman), lifelong friends who all themselves the Chowder Society, meet on a regular basis to drink and tell ghost stories, giving each other the willies into the wee...

DVD Review: The Stranger

Intent on finding his missing wife Ana (Lorenza Izzo) and travelling only by night (that’s not ominous at all), the taciturn titular stranger, Martin (Christobal Tapia Montt), appears at the door of teenage graffiti artist Peter (Nicolas Duran) and his...

DVD Review: A Christmas Horror Story

In the realms of horror, Halloween is always the golden holiday, the one that entirely belongs to the spectacle of the macabre. As such, horror cinema often returns to this seasonal treat for a reliably perfect setting to create nightmarish tales where men in...

DVD Review: Howl

After failing to secure a coveted promotion at work, train guard Joe (Ed Speleers) finds himself relegated to the graveyard shift on the last train out of Waterloo. It’s the usual collection of drunks, tired commuters, privileged city wankers, day-trippers...

DVD Review: Cooties

Horror cinema has seen its fair share of sinister pandemics and possessions take over everywhere from the rickety old cabin in the words to the state of the art shopping mall. However, in the shape of Cooties, that sacred space of adolescent joys and pains,...
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DVD Review: The Nightmare

Nightmares are one of the most deeply traumatic and personal spaces in our lives. We descend into a space we all must venture, but a space whose intricate eccentricities are still beyond the realm of understanding. However, there is a strange kinship between...

DVD Review: Slow West

It's 1870 and a 16-year old hopeless romantic, Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has journeyed from the cliffs of Scotland to the heart of Colorado in search of his love, Rose, and her father. Unaware of the bounty on the head of his beloved, and naive to the dangers of...

DVD Review: Pay The Ghost

Going into a film with low expectations can be a wonderful thing. On the one hand, there is the prospect of being genuinely surprised, caught out by something that actually turns out to be pretty tasty. On the other hand, if the film turns out to be a...

DVD Review: Hellions

Life’s pretty sweet for teen Goth high school hottie Dora (Chloe Rose); it’s Halloween, she’s ditching school to kick back in the arms of her boyfriend Jace (Luke Bilyk), smoking a joint and generally be a teenager in love while later that night...

DVD Review: Stung

I’ve always been a fan of creature features, which is why I was pretty gutted to miss Stung when it was unleashed as a late-night offering at Frightfest back in August. But here it is, swiftly packaged for me to mull over on DVD. Was it worth the...

DVD Review: The Connection

Released in 1971 and the winner of five Oscars, among them Best Film, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor (Gene Hackman), The French Connection is a hard act to follow. Enthrallingly shot with an almost documentary immediacy, its bleak, gritty and...

DVD Review: V/H/S Viral

V/H/S – a film that I would never have guessed would get a sequel, let alone a third instalment. I felt I had to see just one more instalment to double check I’m not missing out on the one that finally brings all the ingredients together to make the...

Blu-Ray Review: 80,000 Suspects

New Year's Eve will never be the same again after a smallpox epidemic erupts in the city of Bath, cutting a deadly swathe through its terrified inhabitants. Dr Steven Monk (Richard Johnson) is the first to diagnose the illness and finds himself pitched into...

DVD Review: San Andreas

The disaster movie is perhaps the guiltiest of guilty pleasures in cinema. There is something truly spectacular about the scale of destruction and creativity on display; in the 1970s heyday of this genre, films like The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon...

DVD Review: Deadly Virtues

A home invader – who has a key to the front door – interrupts a married couple having sex. He ties the husband up in the bath using rope and a series of intricate knots. He ties the wife up in the kitchen – even more intricately – and tells her “You...

DVD Review: John Wick

Sad Keanu turns Mad Keanu – mad as Hell – in what may just be the best American action movie in decades, the stylish, neo-noir John Wick. Reeling from the death of his beloved wife (Bridget Moynihan), the grieving, distraught John Wick (Keanu Reeves)...