DVD Review: Varsity Blood (2014)

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Varsity Blood DVD CoverDistributor: Image Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jake Helgren

Starring: Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon, Natalie Peyton, Jesse Ferraro

And so the retro-slasher trend continues, with filmmakers apparently having no shame in trying to resurrect the joy we all felt in the ’80s when a new Friday the 13th or Halloween sequel was released. Unfortunately, it seems that trying to recreate brainless slasher films with a production-line of teenagers waiting to be offed isn’t as easy as it probably looks on paper.

Varsity Blood is the directorial debut of Jake Helgren, who wrote the abysmal slasher Bloody Continue reading

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DVD Review: Bad Milo (2013)

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Bad Milo DVD CoverDistributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jacob Vaughan

Starring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Toby Huss, Mary Kay Place, Peter Stormare, Steve Zissis

Remember when horror comedies actually made you laugh and wince at the same time? Quite a difficult thing to achieve and not something that has been successfully done in recent times. A few rare exceptions aside – Slither, Infestation and Bad Biology immediately spring to mind – horror comedies try to appeal to a mass audience and end up being ‘ironic’ or something for hipsters to cling on to (**ahem** Sean of the Dead **cough, cough**) and claim as their own but never really give you that Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The ‘Burbs (1989)

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The 'Burbs BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Joe Dante

Starring: Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Bruce Dern, Wendy Schaal, Rick Ducommun, Henry Gibson, Courtney Gains, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo

Playing on the themes of suburban paranoia that seemed to permeate a lot of dark comedy films that emerged in the late ’80s/early ’90s, The ‘Burbs sees ‘normal’ suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump/Big) and his fellow neighbours Art Weingartner (Rick Ducommun – Groundhog Day), Ricky Butler (Corey Feldman – The Lost Boys) and the military-obsessed Lieutenant Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern – Django Unchained) wondering about the mysterious new arrivals in their street, the Klopeks. Never seen Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Runaway Train (1985)

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Runaway Train BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Andrei Konchalovsky

Starring: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Danny Trejo, Edward Bunker, T.K. Carter, John P. Ryan, Kyle T. Heffner, Kenneth McMillan

Despite being made in the mid-1980s Runaway Train has the feel of a ’70s action film, the kind where the lead characters were real men on real adventures and the testosterone levels went through the roof, the sort of tough movies that Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson made their reputations with.

Runaway Train stars Jon Voight (Deliverance/Heat) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight/The Expendables) as Oscar ‘Manny’ Manheim and Buck McGeehy respectively, prisoners at Stonehaven Continue reading

DVD Review: Dark Skies (2013)

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Dark Skies DVD CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Scott Stewart

Starring: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons, Kadan Rockett

‘From the producers of Sinister and Insidious…’ says the press release for Dark Skies; throw Paranormal Activity into that particular melting pot and you’ll either go “Ooh, that sounds scary” or it will induce a stress-related nosebleed and you’ll feel inclined to purge yourself with some serious video nasty action. Mmm… video nasties!

Daniel Barrett (Josh Hamilton – The Bourne Identity) and his wife Lucy (Keri Russell – Mission: Impossible III) live in suburbia with their two young sons Jesse and Sam. The struggles of everyday life Continue reading