Blu-ray Review: White of the Eye (1987)

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White of the EyeDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Donald Cammell

Starring: David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Alan Rosenberg, Art Evans, Michael Green, Alberta Watson

In the small desert town of Globe, Arizona, a serial killer is targeting housewives in their homes and leaving their bodies horribly mutilated. Local sound engineer Paul White (David Keith – An Officer & a Gentleman) falls under the suspicion of the police and his wife Joan (Cathy Moriarty – Kindergarten Cop), and as Paul tries to prove his innocence Joan uncovers more than she would ever want to know about her husband.

Conceptually, White of the Eye has a pretty straightforward plot and some recognisable – if not the most commercial – faces amongst its cast but in the hands Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Pit Stop (1969)

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Pit Stop BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Jack Hill

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, George Washburn

There’s nothing gets the adrenaline going than a bit of competitive car racing, and in director Jack Hill’s 1969 action racer Pit Stop the stakes are high as the track is the deadly Figure Eight. Street punk Rick Bowman (Richard Davalos – Cool Hand Luke) is arrested after a street race goes wrong and is bailed out by a race promoter looking for a new driver. Rick is persuaded to race on the Figure Eight against the best drivers around, including the cocky current champion Hawk Sidney (Sid Haig – The Devil’s Rejects), who doesn’t take kindly to the ruthless young newcomer.

Also featuring Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Pit Stop is 90 Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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Big Trouble in Little China BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Suzee Pai

Despite being a commercial failure at the time, John Carpenter’s 1986 film Big Trouble in Little China endured and became something of a cult hit on the home video market. Twentieth Century Fox wanted Carpenter to deliver them an action adventure film in the style of the Indiana Jones movies and instead he delivered a genre-mashing comedy that was way ahead of its time by, ironically, harking back to the martial arts films of the 1970s.

Jack Burton (Kurt Russell – The Thing/Tango & Cash) is an all-American truck driver who accidentally becomes embroiled in a war between ancient Chinese Continue reading

DVD Review: Grave Halloween (2014)

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Grave Halloween DVD CoverDistributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Steven R. Monroe

Starring: Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Dejan Loyola, Graham Wardle, Jesse Wheeler, Hiro Kanagawa

Directed by I Spit on Your Grave remake director Steven R. Monroe, the awfully titled Grave Halloween is a striking mixture of J-horror, zombie gore and some quite fancy photography that had the potential to offer up something a little deeper than the standard teenage-led Halloween horror releases that get banded around this time of year, but when you throw so much into the mix it doesn’t necessarily mean something substantial is going to come out the other end.

Maiko (Kaitlyn Leeb – Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings) is a young woman who has Continue reading

DVD Review: Frozen (2010)

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Frozen DVD CoverDistributor: Momentum Pictures

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Adam Green

Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers, Kane Hodder, Rileah Vanderbilt, Adam Johnson, Ed Ackerman

Directed by Hatchet director Adma Green, Frozen revolves around the trio of Dan (Kevin Zegers – Wrong Turn), his girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell – Final Destination 5) and best friend Joe (Shawn Ashmore – X-Men) who have gone to the ski slopes of Mount Holliston to have a weekend of fun and frolics. Having spent the day accommodating Parker on the beginner’s slopes, as evening hits the group bribe the cable car worker to let Continue reading