Category: Reviews

The Seasoning House

A sense of conviction and commitment to realism prevents the film from seeming an exercise in exploitation.

/ June 16, 2013

Infection Z

Flounders between drafts, as confused as its one-dimensional characters. A jarring edit does nothing to help matters.

/ June 7, 2013

Hellsing Ultimate Volume 5–8

Follows original events more closely and benefits from this with a much more coherent and progressive storyline.

/ May 19, 2013

La Belle Dame sans Merci

A read with huge amounts of intrigue; there are enough unanswered questions to leave the reader looking forward to part two.

/ May 15, 2013

Konga

A hoot from beginning to end, this is sheer B-movie lunacy of remarkably bad proportions, and all the more essential for it.

/ May 13, 2013

Slice & Dice: The Slasher Film Forever

Enjoyable enough, but is more fond nostalgia as opposed to a true study of the subgenre.

/ May 12, 2013

The ABCs of Death

The real standout is "Dogfight" from Marcel Sarmiento, an unsettling piece that lingers longer than any other story here.

/ April 26, 2013

Evil Dead

Overall, what the film does, which is torture porn, it does well. But Evil Dead does not do The Evil Dead well.

/ April 18, 2013

Evil Dead 2

The extras on offer here earn this release its entitlement to the term 'special edition', where so many others fail.

/ April 15, 2013

I Didn’t Come Here to Die

Thoroughly unlikeable characters played by terrible actors spout unnecessary predictive dialogue in lieu of characterisation.

/ April 14, 2013

The Corridor

A movie which feels like the filmmakers knew what they wanted to achieve, but were unsure on how to go about it.

/ April 4, 2013

Repeaters

Accepted for what it is, an enjoyable experience which admirably avoided becoming Groundhog Day in another guise.

/ March 22, 2013

The Bay

Piecing together its story in multi-format, it's an interesting spin on found footage, but it falls victim to an over-zealous edit.

/ March 18, 2013

247°F

Two opportunities for interesting subplot that could alleviate the tedium of watching an unlikeable trio pant and bicker were missed.

/ March 18, 2013

The Fallow Field

That rarest of films, one that genuinely keeps you guessing to culminate in some palpable tension come the third act.

/ March 11, 2013

Dracula (1958)

This new cut includes previously excised moments, while the top-drawer special features are worth the retail price alone.

/ February 28, 2013

Midnight Son

Eschews many of the vampire subgenre's tropes to present something more akin to a quietly observed character study.

/ February 11, 2013

London Falling

An interesting slab of urban fantasy, but while Cornell is incredibly talented at setting the scene, he isn’t as gifted in capturing dialect.

/ February 4, 2013

Chained

When the film achieves nuance it hints at its unrealised potential. Conversely, attempts at non-visual metaphor are clumsy.

/ February 1, 2013

Piranha

Schlocky good fun, but Piranha straddles the line between dull and entertaining, twiddling its thumbs between fish attacks.

/ January 23, 2013

Vampire Ecstasy

After I had viewed it as many times as I could stand, I had to put on Red Roses of Passion to restore my respect for Sarno.

/ January 21, 2013

Christmas Evil

A classic in its own unique way, embraced now for 30 years by those who savour off-beat films that foil expectations.

/ December 21, 2012

Deadbeats

An incredible amount of humour, some memorable characters, and contextualisation that adds extra depth.

/ December 7, 2012

The Night Child

As the epitome of seventies B-movie charm, it boasts the strong elements of enjoyable kitsch that one would hope for.

/ December 3, 2012

Excision

Masquerades as a teen horror comedy, but the real story is the degenerative mental condition of the lead character.

/ November 12, 2012

Some Guy Who Kills People

Wants to be a comedic horror film with hidden depths, but the horror is scarce and the humour largely average.

/ November 8, 2012

Stitches

Lacklustre, featuring little by way of horror or indeed comedy, relying on thinly spread visual gags over real thought.

/ October 26, 2012

Basket Case Trilogy

This limited edition steelbook is a sight for sore eyes; teeming with extras, no B-movie aficionado should be without it.

/ October 23, 2012

The Devil Rides Out

As a classic tale of good versus evil, the film required a strong representative of either side, and does not disappoint.

/ October 22, 2012

Devil Bat Diary

As an independent piece of literature, it’s fun, original, and can stand on its own two legs aside from the movie.

/ October 16, 2012

Cube

Vincenzo Natali's debut holds a beauty in purity that matches the mathematical conundrum its characters find themselves in.

/ October 15, 2012

The Curse of Frankenstein

The transfer does not hold quite the same clarity as other recent restorations; an important package nonetheless.

/ October 15, 2012

Rosewood Lane

Really, this is average TV drama fodder at best, plodding its way to a clumsily made point that makes little sense.

/ October 13, 2012

The Thompsons

More concerned with style over substance; fast and fun, there is no pretence here for anything other than a bloody ride.

/ October 12, 2012

Frankenweenie

The puppetry is simply superb as is texture; it's excellent attention to detail from puppet-makers Mackinnon and Saunders.

/ October 10, 2012

The Harsh Light of Day

An arduous affair with a cringeworthy script that provides no value for the subgenres it attempts to straddle.

/ September 28, 2012

The Pact

Juxtaposes the supernatural with real-life threat, whilst holding a very strong point in maintenance of mystery.

/ September 27, 2012

Arachnoquake

There's very little to recommend this film; any comedy present is lacklustre, while the predictability is too pronounced.

/ September 26, 2012

Zombies At Tiffany’s

Fun, quirky and dark; this is a brilliantly authored piece of steampunk literature, and then some.

/ September 25, 2012

Santa Sangre

A trip that was calculated carefully, the near constant use of slightly off-key circus music adding to its hypnotic quality.

/ September 21, 2012

Dragon Wasps

The biggest mistake here is that the genetically-engineered insects of the title take a backseat. Truly dreadful.

/ September 12, 2012

The Devil’s Business

With a hell that breaks loose quietly, The Devil's Business metes its tension effectively to insidiously creepy result.

/ September 10, 2012

ParaNorman 3D

The puppetry is impressive — the ghosts and zombies are a feast for the eyes — and the stop-motion is fluid.

/ September 6, 2012

A Night in the Woods

A taut atmosphere is effectively created, emphasised by drip-feeding of subplot, with one particular twist genuinely surprising.

/ September 5, 2012

Underground

Dreadful acting and a basic, sweary script is the order of the day, with poor use of light making the film difficult to follow.

/ September 3, 2012

Berberian Sound Studio

Strangely accessible for a giallo come art-house film; a pleasure from beginning to end, with lavish attention to detail.

/ August 31, 2012

The Possession

The exorcism makes a refreshing change in not being Bible-based, but this is strictly Hollywood horror by numbers.

/ August 31, 2012

V/H/S

Naturally there is variance in quality, but overall an exhilarating experience that brings pleasure back to found footage.

/ August 23, 2012

[REC] Genesis

A bizarrely playful addition to the [REC] series that opts for comedy over horror, despite plenty of blood on offer.

/ August 23, 2012

The Inside

Refreshing for its solid reason for found footage, with some effective moments, but let down by uncontrolled camera.

/ August 22, 2012