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Possum - Blur-ray review
Posted on Tuesday 12th March 2019
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Certificate 15
Bulldog Film Distribution

Attending FrightFest as part of the Horror Channel team is a blast, getting to mingle with the regulars, the whole Horror Channel team, the guests, the FrightFest crew etc but the downside is that sometimes you miss a movie you've been dying to catch. This was the case for Possum, the debut feature film from writer/director Matthew Holness. I had heard so much about this and the creepy poster gave little away so when my review copy came through the post I immediately sat down to watch. What I saw made my jaw drop, my skin creep and my mind race.

The story follows disgraced children's puppeteer Philip (Sean Harris)...

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Halloween (2018) - 4K HD Review
Posted on Monday 25th February 2019
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4K HD review
Universal

Probably one of the most anticipated movies of 2018, Halloween had a lot to live up to. The early signs were good; Jamie Lee Curtis was back as Laurie Strode, John Carpenter was around as Creative Consultant and composer and more importantly it would be set 40 years after the very first movie ended. Yes folks, gone are the memories of Hospital murders, psychic nieces and awful reality TV events! This would be a true sequel and fans loved the idea.

Forty years after the events of 1978's Halloween, Laurie Strode (Curtis) now lives in a heavily guarded home on the edge of Haddonfield, where she's spent decades preparing for ...

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One Cut of the Dead - Blu-ray review
Posted on Sunday 24th February 2019
One Cut of the Dead
Certificate 15
Third Window Films

One of the finest movies that I've ever seen at FrightFest, One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) is a film which takes the "meta movie" idea and pushes it right up to 11. With a budget said to have been around $27,000 it has raked in far more across the globe and taken its rightful place in countless "greatest film" lists from the last 12 months.

Believe me, you need to believe the hype.

The movie opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film... Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It's been said that it's the site of where military experiments took place... O...

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The Best of 80s Scream Queens - Blu-ray review
Posted on Saturday 2nd February 2019

The Best of 80s Scream Queens
88 Films
Certificate 18

The Best of 80s Scream Queens

For those of us of a certain age, the 1980s was a time of the video cassettes and computer games and whilst our adoration of pixels may have diminished our love for 80s horror/thrillers remains. This triple-bill from the good folks at 88 Films is a reminder of the golden age of direct-to-video releases and the scantly clad ladies who helped make them such a rental hit as well as the notorious director behind them all, David DeCoteau.

Now, DeCoteau was behind the classics Creepozoids, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama and Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge but these t...

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Halloween (2018) Original Soundtrack review
Posted on Thursday 18th October 2018
Halloween OST

For most horror fans out there 2018 has been a golden year with the genre regularly topping box-offices around the globe. But, as they say, the best is usually last and this year it's a real biggie, Halloween is back, and this time John Carpenter is attached to the project. Not only is he one of the Executive Producers but he's also composed the score alongside his son Cody and Daniel A. Davies.

Let's get things straight, I love the Halloween series of movies (yes, even the sequels) and having Carpenter connected in such a way is pure horror fan bliss and I didn't want my admiration for both to cloud my judgement but this is a classy score packed with invention, new interpretations of a class...

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Frightmare - Blu-ray review
Posted on Thursday 27th September 2018
Frightmare Blu-ray case

Frightmare

88 Films

Certificate 15

Another lost shocker from the early 80s gets a tasty release from 88 Films and this one from 1983 is pretty obscure. Frightmare (or The Horror Star as its known on this print) is one of the movies that is really of its time. Shot at the height of home video fever the film, when viewed now is tame with an incredibly camp turn from Ferdy Mayne as the Vincent Price/Christopher Lee wannabe actor Conrad Razkoff.

This slasher tells of a celebration for a late, great horror star... only the actor in question might not be entirely dead and soon the participants at his supposed party are being picked off one by ...

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Death Line - Blu-ray review
Posted on Sunday 23rd September 2018

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Death Line

Network

Certificate 18

The 1970s, a time of wood-chip wallpaper, the faded dreams of flower power and industrial change. Britain was experiencing three-day weeks, power shortages and general misery. Cinema reflected this depressing time and none more so than Death Line. This gritty, grimy, gory piece is rightly regarded as a classic and Network have given it a transfer that gives it a new lease of life.

When a philandering politician goes missing on the London Underground, the subsequent police investigation uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden since the 1800s. Who - or what - is turning the Underground tunnels into a Death Line..? Re...

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Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story - Blu-ray review
Posted on Saturday 15th September 2018
Amazonia Blu-ray cover

Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story
88 Films
Certificate 18

Known around the world under several different titles such as White Slave, Cannibal Holocaust II, Blonde Captive and Forest Slave, Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story was one of the last hurrahs of the Italian Cannibal movie genre. Like most gut-munchers it claims to be based on fact, but the real fact here is that its more melodrama then splatter movie. This isn't a bad thing at all.

Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story tells the story of a western blonde (Elvire Audrey) who is captured, stripped and tormented by a group of jungle head-hunters. Can she escape from this tribe or will s...

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Bad Dreams - Blu-ray review
Posted on Monday 13th August 2018
Bad Dreams Blu-ray cover

Bad Dreams

Certificate 18

88 Films

When A Nightmare on Elm Street re-introduced the world to the power of supernatural shockers the whole movie industry seemed to want to be in on the act. Who could forget Shocker, Child's Play and let's face it the Friday the 13th series near its end. Within this slew of movies, one really did stand out, 20th Century Fox delivered Bad Dreams.

A young girl, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin) the only survivor of a cult's mass suicide awakens in a psychiatric hospital after spending thirteen years in a coma. She's convinced the leader of the cult, Harris (Richard Lynch) still wants her dead and is appearing all a...

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Cannibal Ferox - Blu-ray review
Posted on Wednesday 11th July 2018
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Cannibal Ferox

Shameless

Certificate 18

Another month another cannibal classic from Shameless, this time its Umberto Lenzi's intestinal-churning gut-muncher, Cannibal Ferox. Often used as a test for one's ability to stomach some of the hardest scenes filmed on celluloid, this brutal movie from 1981 has troubled censors constantly. Now available on Blu-ray in its fullest form ever in the UK, thankfully most of the scenes of animal cruelty have been removed.

An academic, Gloria (Lorraine De Selle), journeys to the Amazon jungle where things go awry when her party encounters sadistic druggy villain Mike (Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka John Morghen), as ...

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The Boneyard - Blu-ray review
Posted on Thursday 21st June 2018
Cover for The Boneyard Bluray from 88 Films

The Boneyard

88 Films

Certificate 18

I pride myself in owning a large library of horror movies, whether it be on tape, laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray and now 4K editions but for some reason The Boneyard has escaped being a member of my collection. Now this has finally been put right thanks to 88 Films who have given this under the radar schlocker the Blu-ray treatment.

The plot is straight forward as a cop, a psychic and two coroners try and halt a possible "zombie children" outbreak in a mortuary. But this is just the start of their problems.

Way, way, way over-the-top in style and substance, The Boneyard is a joyous and go...

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Attack of the Adult Babies - Blu-ray review
Posted on Sunday 10th June 2018
Blu-ray cover for Attack of the Aduly Babies

Attack of the Adult Babies

Nucleus Films

Certificate 18

Dom Brunt's bizarre and genre breaking Attack of the Adult Babies delivered one of the most inventive and gross-out pieces at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017. No one could have guessed what this movie was going to be about and let's just say it split the audience right down the middle. It's a stomach punch of satire, horror and surreal comedy that takes time to sink in so this Blu-ray edition is the perfect opportunity to watch the film several times, so you can "get" what the message is and that all the weird stuff going on means something in the end!

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