DVD Review: Zombies vs. Strippers (2012)

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Zombies vs. Strippers DVD CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Alex Nicolaou

Starring: Circus-Szalewski, Eve Mauro, Victoria Levine, J. Scott, Don Baldaramos, Tanner Horn

So just what are you expecting from a film with a title like that? The use of ‘vs.’ in a film title has become something of a genre unto itself over the last few years, not to mention the fact that the stripper has also become something of a genre character like the zombie or werewolf that they’re usually facing off against. However, whilst that combination might look good on paper (or in the mind of a teenage boy) it very rarely turns in a film worth raving about, but titles like Cockneys vs. Zombies (very funny), Zombie Strippers (amusing) and Strippers vs. Werewolves (crap) Continue reading

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DVD Review: Bullet (2014)

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Bullet DVD CoverDistributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Nick Lyon

Starring: Danny Trejo, Torsten Voges, Jonathan Banks, John Savage, Eve Mauro, Eric Etebari

You’ve got to hand it to Danny Trejo, the man keeps busy. Bullet is his 23rd acting credit since the beginning of 2013 and there are 40 more listed after it on his IMDB profile, most of which are in post-production. Not bad for a man who celebrated his 70th birthday this year (not bad for a man celebrating any birthday, if truth be told).

In Bullet, Trejo (Machete/Machete Kills) plays Frank ‘Bullet’ Marasco, a tough LA cop who has to rescue his grandson from ruthless cartel boss Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Dollman (1991)

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Dollman BR CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Albert Pyun

Starring: Tim Thomerson, Jackie Earle Haley, Kamala Lopez, Nicholas Guest, Frank Collison

Words like ‘trashy’, ‘cult’, ‘fun’, ‘violent’ and phrases like ‘so bad it’s good’ are often banded about in the murky world of low-budget films, and if one film were to capture all of that and deliver it to you in 82 minutes of pure B-movie goodness then Dollman is surely that film.

Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson – Near Dark) is an intergalactic traveller with a large gun who chases Sprug (Frank Collison), a disembodied floating head, through space and ends up crashing on Earth, in the Bronx to be precise. Unfortunately, whilst Bardo and Sprug are normal size on their own planet, here on Earth they are tiny – approximately thirteen inches tall in Bardo’s case – and they soon find themselves being picked up (literally) by some of the locals; Bardo by caring single mother Debi (Kamala Lopez) and Sprug by vicious gang leader Braxton Red (Jackie Earle Haley – Watchmen/A Nightmare on Elm Street). As you may imagine, all sorts of Continue reading

DVD Review: Christmas Evil (1980)

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Christmas Evil DVD CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Lewis Jackson

Starring: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick, Brian Neville

The Christmas holidays are upon us already and those dark winter evenings are closing in, so now is a good time to get out all of those seasonal films you always like to put on at this time of year and get into the festive spirit. But if It’s a Wonderful Life or Elf aren’t quite dangerous enough for you then you could always give Christmas Evil (a.k.a. You Better Watch Out) a viewing, although preferably not just after the Queen’s speech when the whole family are settling down to watch a film.

Back in 1947, young Harry Stadling sees his mother and father having a little ‘special Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Castle Freak (1995)

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Castle Freak BR CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Stuart Gordon

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller, Jessica Dollarhide, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon

Stuart Gordon’s 1995 film Castle Freak is something of a underdog whenever the spotlight of discussion falls on the director, the film often trailing behind Re-Animator, From Beyond and even Dagon in terms of being a film that gets talked about. Which is a shame, as Castle Freak is easily a better film than one of those three and, out of all of Gordon’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, is possibly the closest in feel to the author’s literary works although, like his other Lovecraft adaptations, the actual links to the original source Continue reading