Blu-ray Review: 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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300: Rise of an Empire BR CoverDistributor: Warner Home Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Noam Murro

Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Callan Mulvey, Rodrigo Santoro, Peter Mensah

There were two films made during the last decade that pushed what a movie based on a graphic novel could be and, ironically, both of those films were granted sequels this year. But when a considerable amount of time has passed between a film and its follow-up is there a need to push the boundaries again or is it enough that there is some more material in a similar vein to what was so popular nearly a decade ago? In the case of Sin City and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For it seems that opinion was divided by those praising the film for sticking to the first film’s style and those Continue reading

DVD Review: Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

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Alice, Sweet Alice DVD CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Alfred Sole

Starring: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula Sheppard, Brooke Shields, Niles McMaster, Alphonso DeNoble

Alice, Sweet Alice (or Communion or Holy Terror) is a 1976 slasher film that pre-dates John Carpenter’s Halloween by two years, although it’s really a slasher in name only due to the fact that there is a masked killer with a knife and it doesn’t really carry many of the trademarks that Halloween would go on to establish. Alice, Sweet Alice leans more towards the giallo-style murder mystery Continue reading

DVD Review: Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

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Leprechaun: Origins DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Zach Lipovsky

Starring: Dylan Postl, Stephanie Bennett, Andrew Dunbar, Melissa Roxburgh, Brendan Fletcher, Garry Chalk

The Leprechaun films have gathered something of a following over the last 20-odd years, despite – or more likely, because of – their sheer ludicrousness. Most of this is down to the actor who plays the lead role in all of them, Warwick Davis, whose name gets plastered all over the posters and DVD covers and whose charismatic performances are the only real reason to watch them. In Leprechaun: Origins Davis has been replaced by WWE star Dylan ‘Hornswoggle’ Postl, whose name is also all over the posters and DVD cover but, unlike with Davis’ films, that doesn’t mean very much as outside of Continue reading

DVD Review: Infestation (2009)

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Infestation DVD CoverDistributor: Icon Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Kyle Rankin

Starring: Chris Marquette, Brooke Nevin, Kinsey Packard, Ray Wise, Wesley Thompson, Deborah Geffner, E. Quincy Sloan, Wesley Thompson

Infestation is one of those gems that pops up every once in a while to show how great old-fashioned monster movies really are. Taking its cue from other mutant creature features like Tremors, Eight Legged Freaks and Slugs, Infestation stars Chris Marquette (Freddy vs. Jason) as Cooper, a wise-cracking slacker who has taken his employer’s loyalty to the limit and is about to get fired. But just as his boss is about to issue his cards a strange sonic screech starts up Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Car (1977)

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The Car BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Elliot Silverstein

Starring: James Brolin, Ronny Cox,

When a film comes along with the prefix of being a bit like another classic film but in a different setting – for example, Under Siege is often referred to as ‘Die Hard on a boat’ – then eyebrows can, quite rightfully, get raised. In the case of 1977 exploitation movie The Car the prefix is ‘Jaws on wheels’, which is really setting itself up for a fall if it doesn’t live up to Steven Spielberg’s game-changer.

Police Captain Wade Parent (James Brolin – The Amityville Horror) goes on the hunt after a mysterious car starts doing away with the locals in the desert town of Santa Continue reading