Blu-ray Review: Blow Out (1981)

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Blow Out BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Brian De Palma

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, Curt May, John Aquino

Blow Out is a thriller directed by Brian De Palma (Scarface/Carrie)that draws inspiration from real life political scandals and mixes it up with some classic sleuthing that uses the filmmaking technology of the day to piece together the events that take place and apprehend a killer.

Jack Terry (John Travolta – Carrie/Pulp Fiction) is a sound engineer who is trying to capture some new sound effects for a slasher film he is working on. Whilst out one night with his reel-to-reel recorder he records the sound of a car Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Evil Dead (2013)

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Evil Dead BR CoverDistributor: StudioCanal

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Fede Alvarez

Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jim McLarty, Elizabeth Blackmore

It was only a matter of time before somebody got round to remaking The Evil Dead (in this case just called Evil Dead). Although the pros and cons with regards to remakes is an ongoing argument that isn’t going to go away anytime soon, it seems the idea of remaking Sam Raimi’s infamous low-budget gore classic got many people choking on their entrails and wondering how a vision created with such style and energy could be interpreted for a new generation who expect certain things from their horror films, things that don’t include stop-motion special effects and Continue reading

Movie Review: Crawl or Die (2014)

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Crawl Or Die PosterDistributor: Backyard Films/LLC

Director: Oklahoma Ward

Starring: Nicole Alonso, Torey Byrne, Tommy Ball, Wil Crown, David Wilde

Crawl or Die is an independent horror/sci-fi film released last year. It blends some nice alien bits with strong psychological parts to round out the “horror” elements of the film. For what looks like an apparent lower budget this film does more than some of it’s recent higher dollar counterparts, and was written and directed by Oklahoma Ward and stars Nicole Alonso, Torey Byrne, Tommy Ball and Wil Crown. With the large studios seemingly unable to get it together when it comes to horror, independent horror films look to be the future of the genre. Sure, films like Sinister 2 are made at a larger studio but it seems that what is left is being funnelled into remakes, reboots, Continue reading