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

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

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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 BabiesAttack 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...

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Offerings - Blu-ray review
Posted on Tuesday 5th June 2018
Blu-ray cover for OfferingsOfferings 88 Films Certificate 18 Another slasher gem from the end of the VHS video boom get the 2K restoration treatment thanks to 88 Films. Offerings was originally released way back in 1989 and was the first movie from writer/director Christopher Reynolds. The plot concerns a young mute boy, John who is kept at home by his abusive mother who likes to remind of his hobby, that ...

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Alice, Sweet Alice - Blu-ray review
Posted on Sunday 3rd June 2018
Alice Sweet Alice Blu-ray coverAlice, Sweet Alice 88 Films Certificate 18 A superior slice of 70s grindhouse has been given the 2K restoration treatment from 88 Films. Also known as Holy Terror (as it is on this transfer) Alice, Sweet Alice was released in 1976 and was the first movie for Brooke Shields. It was re-released a few years later and re-titled as Communion to cash in on her fame. When te...

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The Mountain of the Cannibal God - Blu-ray review
Posted on Sunday 3rd June 2018
Cover image for The Mountain of the Cannibal GodThe Mountain of the Cannibal God Shameless Certificate 18 A true "nasty" from the golden era of moral panic, Sergio Martino's The Mountain of the Cannibal God (La montagna del dio cannibal) was caught up in the furore mainly due to its graphic violence, questionable sex scenes and animal cruelty. Now, thanks to Shameless we can view this Italian gut-muncher in a sm...

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Gifted - Blu-ray review
Posted on Thursday 24th May 2018
Gifted 88 Films Certificate 15 Thanks to 88 Films, my experience of Asian cinema has been wildly and widely expanded and Gifted, their latest title is one of their best as it's a true punch to the head and guts piece that is shocking as it is powerful. In this tense thriller, Min-soo, one of life's losers is laid off from his job whilst his fiance's life is on the up. His brother-in-law to be helps him land a freel...

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Grizzly - Blu-ray review
Posted on Sunday 22nd April 2018
Grizzly 88 Films Certificate 15 The "nature-runs-amok" genre is littered with plenty of forgettable pieces but there are a few gems such as Frogs (1972), Night of the Lepus (1972) and Dogs (1976) but apart from Orca: Killer Whale (1977), Grizzly is the one that gets closest to being the most realistic, if you take it with a very large pinch of salt and swap the jaws for paws! Starring Christopher George and directed by...

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Sweet Sixteen - Blu-ray review
Posted on Wednesday 18th April 2018
Sweet Sixteen 88 Films Certificate 15 Another rarity from the 1980s slasher boom courtesy of 88 Films, this time around its Jim Sotos' Sweet Sixteen. To be brutally honest it's not aged very well but for completists out there I gather that this will still be a must. Starring Susan Strasberg, Bo Hopkins, Dana Kimmell (straight from Friday the 13th Part III), our very own Patrick MacNee and Don Shanks, who would go ...

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Ghost Stories - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack review
Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018
Ghost Stories - OST Frank Ilfman Varese Sarabande One of the best movies of 2018 has one of the most atmospheric soundtracks which helps crank up this stunning paranormal picture to petrifying perfection. Ghost Stories concerns a debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) who has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own televisio...

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Slaughterhouse Rock - Blu-ray review
Posted on Wednesday 4th April 2018
Slaughterhose Rock 88 Films Certificate 18 More 80s gruesome goodness from 88 Films, this time a rarely seen rock shocker from 1988, Slaughterhouse Rock. Prepare yourself for mullets, shoulder pads, loose perms, horny college kids, and plenty of SFX latex jump cuts. Alcatraz once housed some of America's most infamous criminals, but nothing ever inhabited the island like the force of evil encountered by some ...

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The Dragon Missile - Blu-ray review
Posted on Tuesday 3rd April 2018
The Dragon Missile 88 Films Asia Collection Certificate 15 The best thing about 88 Films is that they're giving us the chance to view some of the most obscure movies past and present and this cracker from Asia is one I've never heard of never mind seen before. The Dragon Missile or Fei long zhan as it is known as in Hong Kong is a powerhouse of a picture with a great cast and way above average effects for its time. It's a...

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The Gate - Blu-ray review
Posted on Friday 30th March 2018
The Gate Vestron Series/Lionsgate Certificate 15 One of the best from the golden years of VHS, The Gate from 1987 has been given the Vestron Blu-ray treatment thanks to Lionsgate. As with the rest of this collection they've given the movie a release to be proud of, but before we cover that here's what it's all about. When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen's backyard, they q...

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Wishmaster - Blu-ray review
Posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018
Wishmaster Vestron Series/Lionsgate Certificate 18 Ahh, just imagine what could have been. Wishmaster had all the elements needed for the birth of a great horror franchise; a superb cast, a great story and just the right amount of respect for the horror genre. Then followed a trio of ever decreasingly poor sequels. But let's not dwell on those sloppy entries, let's just revel in this little horror gem (pun inte...

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Terrifier - DVD review
Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Terrifier Signature Entertainment Certificate 18 "Coulrophobia: the fear of clowns." There's been a spate of "killer clown" movies of late as well as that trend of people posting increasingly boring videos of themselves dressing up as clowns and scaring the crap out of people. After we've been treated to the Eli Roth produced Clown and the remake of IT, step forward a movie that truly does make clowns scary, Terri...

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Friendly Beast - FrightFest review
Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow was a true showcase for world cinema. One of the stand out pieces came from Gabriela Amaral Almeida who wrote and directed Friendly Beast, a film so visceral yet beautiful at the same time, it left an indelible mark on this reviewer's mind. It's nearly closing time at a struggling restaurant. Staff want to go home while the boss struggles with money troubles and a desire for more power in his life....

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Blood Harvest - Blu-ray review
Posted on Wednesday 7th March 2018
Blood Harvest 88 FIlms 18 Certificate When this movie was originally submitted to the BBFC for home release in 1989 nearly 3 minutes of cuts were made to the piece. Now, thanks to 88 Films we can enjoy this overlooked slasher in all its uncut gory glory. In fact, the BBFC site tells you "All previous BBFC cuts waived and material originally pre-cut by company restored" so hurrah! 88 Films are also giving ...

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Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil - FrightFest review
Posted on Tuesday 6th March 2018
Ever wished that Terry Gilliam made more movies? The man who gave us Jabberwocky, The Fisher King and Brazil gave the world a new perspective and encouraged budding movie makers around the world to make their own visions and to stick by what they wanted to create. Step forward Paul Urkijo whose demonic movie Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil just had its UK premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow. This film is...

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Pyewacket - Frightfest Review
Posted on Monday 5th March 2018
You know the feeling you get when you see a film that you know nothing about, not even the title gives anything away and you view with an open mind and then it blows your proverbial socks off? Well this is exactly what happened to me with Pyewacket. Confused and infuriated for being forced to move away from friends after the death of her father, Leah (Nicole Munoz) performs a blood incantation calling on an ...

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Attack of the Bat Monsters - FrightFest Review
Posted on Saturday 3rd March 2018
For a movie that's had a longer gestation period than any project I've known of, Attack of the Bat Monsters looks as if it could have been made yesterday, or the 1950s where its set! More on this later, here's what the film is about: The movie follows schlock impresario Francis Gordon as he and his intrepid crew attempt to shoot an impromptu monster movie in the three days left over from the film th...

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Cat in the Brain - Blur-ray review
Posted on Friday 23rd February 2018
Cat in the Brain 88 Films 18 Certificate Lucio Fulci, a man who never resisted to cross the line in horror cinema went through a lean period in the late 80s. His work was suffering from ever reducing budgets and it seemed as if his inspiration was lacking. Cat in the Brain, also known as Nightmare Concert, I volti del terrore and Un gatto nel cervello is a patchwork piece, assembled from little pieces of other movies with Fulc...

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Dogs - Blu-ray Review
Posted on Sunday 18th February 2018
Dogs 88 Films Certificate 15 The 1970s saw a rise in the "nature runs amok" genre of cinema. Thanks to movies such as Frogs and Night of the Lepus (both released in 1972) and obviously Jaws in 1975 the idea of animals turning against us was a nice idea though some movies had more impact than others. Dogs, from 1976 is a rare gem of the genre. Starring our very own David McCallum, an actor who adds a lot of gravitas to the mo...

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Tokyo Ghoul - Live action movie review
Posted on Saturday 10th February 2018
Tokyo Ghoul Anime Ltd Certificate 15 Although I'm not the biggest expert on Asian cinema, I'm even less of an expert when it comes to Anime. I do know what I like, though and Tokyo Ghoul is a damn fine piece of cinema. Quiet and bookish, Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) was all but dead to a world living in fear of "Ghouls": creatures who not only share our skin but crave its taste. When a nightmarish enc...

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Jigsaw - 4K Ultra HD Review
Posted on Monday 29th January 2018
Jigsaw - 4K UHD Lionsgate Certificate 18 Just when you thought that good old John Kramer was dead and gone along comes another movie where the gruesome games are about to begin again. Please note this review does contain spoilers, read with caution. After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement finds themselves chasing the ghost of a man, dead for over a decade and ...

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