DVD Review: Pressure

How long can you hold your breath for? I’m not talking about trying to get rid of a mild case of hiccups, I mean really hold it. Like your life depended on it. Try it now. Take a deep breath and hold it. Don’t hyperventilate first, taking a...

DVD Review: Monsters – Dark Continent

If 2010’s Monsters was an offbeat love story of sorts that featured very little in the way of actual ‘monsters’, I suppose it’s quite fitting that this follow-up turns out to be in essence a war film featuring – yep, you’ve guessed it – very...

DVD Review: Infernal

I’ve spent a few days mulling over Infernal before penning this review. A chance to gather my thoughts perhaps? Articulate just how much I enjoyed it? Look back over the plot nuances to see if everything fell neatly into place? Sadly nope – it’s...

Blu-Ray Review: Madman

Getting by on old school charm, Madman is a veritable checklist of slasher movie clichés. For anyone who lived through/loved the craze in the early to mid 80s, you know exactly what to expect – gory campfire tales, some idiotic counselors, even more...
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DVD Review: Unconscious

More a psychological ‘whodunnwhat’ than an out-and-out horror as such, Unconscious (aka Amnesiac) proves an interesting, if at times frustrating watch. A film that not only asks for, but virtually demands, an audience’s concentration, chances are the...

DVD Review: Sinister House

I’ve just lost about an hour and a half of my life, time I will never retrieve. Okay, so that may sound like a dramatic opening for a review, but I guess I’m trying to highlight how annoyed I am with the film I just watched. Its funny how precious time...

DVD Review: Robot Overlords

It’s the near future, three years after a race of giant killer robots have invaded the Earth, subjugating humanity, declaring martial law, and confining the population to their homes under virtual house arrest where they are monitored night and day by...

DVD Review: Run All Night

“I’ve done terrible things in my life,” Liam Neeson’s haunted Irish Mobster mournfully intones in his latest collaboration with Jaume Collet-Serra (who directed him in Unknown and Non-Stop) Run All Night, “Things for which I can never be...

DVD Review: Cub

If you go down to the woods today, you’re going to get…well, a pretty impressive horror flick actually. Taking the familiar tropes of the summer camp slasher flick and giving them a very welcome overhaul, writer/director Jonas Govaerts has presented us...
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DVD Review: Killer Mermaids

Tweaked from its original UK title Nymph, Killer Mermaids is a Serbian monster movie about a murderous fish-bottomed lady a la Ariel but without the red hair and Disney smile – her teeth are pointier. The film takes a mythological character with a pinch...

DVD Review: The Treatment

The death of innocence is perhaps the cruellest and most devastating crime of all, and as such depictions of such a heinous corruption are treated in cinema with both aggressive and tender examinations. Hans Herbot’s thriller The Treatment, based on the...

DVD Review: The Gunman

In a world where Taken has become a franchise and the Expendables has found much joy out of bringing the good ol’ boys of action back to the fore, the recent trend of older actors kicking arse has been welcomed into the hearts of modern audiences. Such...

DVD Review: The Face Of An Angel

When English student Meredith Kercher was murdered in 2007 while studying in Italy and her flat-mate Amanda Knox was charged with her murder (along with boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and friend Rudy Guede), the resulting cack-handed investigation and media...

DVD Review: The Dead 2

Back in 2010, the directorial team of the Ford Brothers made waves with their original The Dead, a vibrant, fresh take on the well-worn zombie genre that added some much-needed bite to tired traditions. Mixing in-your-face gore and frantic action with an...

DVD Review: Sacrament

Not to be confused with Ti West’s starts-off-great-then-blows-the-ending The Sacrament, Sacrament is an ultra-low budget offering that takes us back to cannibal culture. It also has a sad hook, being the last film appearance of Texas Chainsaw Massacre...

DVD Review: The Boy Next Door

When he won the Oscar for his role in Hannah And Her Sisters, Michael Caine famously was unable to pick up his wee gold man as he was in the Caribbean shooting Jaws: The Revenge, a film so awful it prompted Caine to state years later: "I have never seen it,...

DVD Review: The Voices

Some things you just never expect. A case in point: at a friend’s birthday drinks recently, I fell into conversation with a self-described pom pom maker. Someone who makes their living making POM POMS! That could only be described as…unexpected. On a...

DVD Review: It Follows

It Follows. It. Follows. Evocative, mysterious, bold and pure. Rarely does a title so perfectly encapsulate the mood and mastery of the film it represents, but for David Robert Mitchell’s remarkable horror, it stands as a testament to a film...

DVD Review: Blackhat

Movies about computer hackers, well, they tend to…kinda suck. I mean hacking isn’t really a spectator sport, is it? Which is why every movie ever made about hackers features the same ludicrous stereotypes; upbeat techno music, cyber raves, characters with...