3.0

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...
3.0

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...
2.0

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...
5.0

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...
1.0

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...
4.0

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...
5.0

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)...
4.0

DVD Review: Faults

After a rough divorce that has left him without any money, foremost cult expert Ansel (Leland Orser) is on tour giving seminars about such brainwashing. Approached by Claire’s distraught parents, he agrees to help them, and their daughter’s de-programming...
4.0

DVD Review: Julia

Physically and psychologically traumatised after being drugged, brutally gang raped, beaten and left for dead while on a date with a supposedly ‘nice guy’, shy, vulnerable nurse Julia Shames (Ashley C. Wiliams) finds herself drawn into a dark sisterhood...
4.0

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...
3.5

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...
1.0

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...
3.0

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...
3.0

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...
1.0

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...
4.0

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...
4.0

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...
4.0

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...
2.0

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...