Blu-ray Review: Nightmare City (1980)

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Nightmare City Blu-ray CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Umberto Lenzi

Starring: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Francisco Rabal, Ugo Bologna, Mel Ferrer

You know the saying ‘It’s so bad, it’s good’? Well, Cannibal Ferox director Umberto Lenzi’s 1980 movie Nightmare City is exactly that, being a film that is so totally ridiculous and terribly put together that anybody not versed in Italian exploitation cinema will probably be laughing too hard at it for all the wrong reasons, and you couldn’t fault them for doing so. However, it is also a joy to watch because it is so typical of the Italian way of making horror movies that it is pretty much a textbook example of how to make a fun and stupid horror film that covers all the Continue reading

DVD Review: Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

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Frankenstein's Army DVD CoverDistributor: Entertainment One

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Richard Raaphorst

Starring: Robert Gwilym, Hon Ping Tang, Alexander Mercury, Luke Newberry, Joshua Sasse, Klaus Lucas

Frankenstein’s Army is set towards the end of World War II as a group of Russian soldiers make their way into eastern Germany. The soldiers discover a secret lab where the Nazis are performing experiments based on the writings of Victor Frankenstein, experiments that involve creating an army of super-soldiers from the corpses of dead soldiers fused with working mechanical parts.

To sum Frankenstein’s Army up, it would be fair to say that it is a film with scope and potential but no real idea on how to put them together into a coherent Continue reading

DVD Review: Spiders (2013)

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Spiders DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Tibor Takács

Starring: William Hope, Shelly Varod, Brian Hankey, Patrick Muldoon, Christa Campbell

You know you’re in for something truly special when a forensic scientist in a film about spiders that is called Spiders declares that spiders are insects and lay insect eggs. And that’s probably about the most memorable thing about this low-rent monster B-movie that features Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers), Christa Campbell (The Iceman) and William Hope (Aliens/Hellbound: Hellraiser II), presumably all wondering where it went wrong for them.

Amazingly, despite looking like one, this isn’t a creature feature made by SyFy but Continue reading