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...

DVD Review: Hazard

Atrociously acted, poorly scripted and lacking any real scares or tension, my immediate plan after watching Hazard (or Hazmat as it was known in the US) was to lay into it big time. But for some reason, and I’m still not sure why, I actually ended up...

Rental Review: American Heist

You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. If there’s a lesson to be learned from American Heist, it’s that. Well, that and any bank job that relies upon the participation of jittery, nasal, sad giraffe face Adrien Brody is doomed to...

DVD Review: 2 Jacks

When you hear a film is based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy, perhaps the first reaction is one of dread. The works of Tolstoy are so delicately woven and expansive; the task of taming them in cinematic form is far from easy and has conquered many a fine...

DVD Review: In The Blood

By Liam Freeman And here we go again – yet another British film that revolves around heists and gangs. Just that simple sentence is often enough to stir up very mixed opinions, meaning that many films that deserve to be shouted about get swept away...

DVD Review: Island Of Death

One of the unfortunate side-effects of the whole ‘video nasties’ craze of the 80s was that a whole raft of films gained an element of notoriety and fame they did not deserve. And, in my younger and more impressionable days, I admit I went with the flow...

DVD Review: Discopath

I know this is a pretty rubbish thing for a supposed ‘film reviewer’ to admit, but there are times when I just can’t come to a conclusion about a film. What that basically means is I can’t quite work out whether or not something I sat through was a...

DVD Review: Can’t Come Out To Play

A real slow-burner that drip feeds the tension until all hell breaks loose in a fiery climax, Can't Come Out To Play is a film that pretty much demands, and for that matter rewards, concentration. A fast-paced gorefest this is most definitely not, but if...

DVD Review: Birdman

The tale of a washed up, former star, famous for playing a costumed superhero, making a last desperate bid for relevance and respect by appearing in a pretentious Broadway play, Birdman is a smugly nauseating exercise in meta-storytelling that feels just as...

DVD Review: The House At The End Of Time

Alejandro Hidalgo’s intriguing Venezuelan suspense-horror has finally reached home entertainment release, pretty much two years after its homeland release (and a spot at last August's Frightfest). It is one of those films that, the less you know before you...

DVD Review: Beneath

I think it’s safe to say that at some point of pretty much every review you will read for Beneath, Brit shocker The Descent will be referenced. I know, I know, I’ve just gone and done the same, but the point I want to make is that by shunting in Neil...

DVD Review: Open Windows

In the modern age of near unrestricted access and connectivity, through the marvels of the technological web spun between all of us, bringing us closer to objects of desire that once were seemingly out of reach, a new world of fears have been born. With...

DVD Review: The Samurai

Every now and again comes a film that gives you something you have never seen before. More rare still, is a film that gives you something you’ve never seen before…and is absolutely remarkable. Till Klienert’s Der Samurai is such a rare delight; it is a...