Blu-ray Review: Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)


Zombie Flesh Eaters BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Lucio Fulci

Starring: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver, Auretta Gay

A seemingly abandoned boat in New York Harbour sees the investigating cops get attacked by a huge zombie that emerges from below deck. The boat belongs to the father of Ann Bolt (Tisa Farrow), who had left mainland America to do research on the island of Matool in the US Virgin Islands. Reporter Peter West (Ian McCulloch) is assigned to investigate the mysterious boat and meets up with Ann, where they discover a note from her father saying he is suffering from a strange disease.

The pair travel to the Virgin Islands where they meet up with Brian Curt (Al Cliver) and Continue reading


Blu-ray Review: Squirm (1976)


Squirm BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jeff Lieberman

Starring: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan

There was a period in the mid-1970s when it seemed that every animal under the sun was getting its own movie, and not in a cute and funny way. It’s all the fault of Jaws of course, but then again, sharks are supposed to be predatory and aggressive, and they look pretty mean to boot. Worms, on the other hand, are small, slow and have no discernable features whatsoever, which makes the idea of producing a film about killer invertebrates something of a challenge and, if truth be told, the list of films about such a thing is fairly short. However, Jeff Lieberman’s Continue reading

DVD Review: Pin (1988)


Pin DVD CoverDistributor: ArrowDrome

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Sandor Stern

Starring: David Hewlett, Cynthia Preston, Terry O’Quinn, John Ferguson

Not a film that immediately springs to mind when discussing all things 1980s but 1988′s Pin is something of a forgotten gem that really should be more widely regarded. Tapping into the same kind of psychological terror that made films like Psycho so memorable, Pin is a film about the mental breakdown of a young man who has grown up with a damaged sense of what love and relationships mean and uses a medical display dummy named Pin to project his alter-ego.

The Linden’s are a wealthy family spearheaded by the firm-but-fair Dr. Linden (Terry Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Stuff (1985)


The Stuff Blu-ray CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Larry Cohen

Starring: Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Danny Aiello, Paul Sorvino, Patrick O’Neal, Scott Bloom

Well, it was only a matter of time really, wasn’t it? We’ve had killer sharks, killer piranha fish, killer crocodiles, killer dolls, killer cars and even Killer Klowns, so killer food wasn’t going to be far away. Originally released in 1985, The Stuff was written and directed by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive/God Told Me To) and became a staple of video shops up and down the country during the latter half of the 80s, building something of a cult following along the way, which makes it a perfect candidate for a Blu-ray Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Halloween (1978) – 35th Anniversary Edition


Halloween BR CoverDistributor: Anchor Bay

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Tony Moran, Nancy Loomis

It’s hard to believe that there was a time when John Carpenter’s seminal horror film Halloween didn’t exist, but there was and it was over 35 years ago. Before that moment the slasher film wasn’t even a genre; Hitchcock’s Psycho and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas paved the way but Carpenter’s vision and pioneering filmmaking techniques defined what would become known as the slasher film and would go on to spawn a seemingly unending number of imitators, the most notable being Friday the 13th. But although there would be more gruesome and gorier masked killer films, Continue reading