Blu-ray Review: Blood Rage (1987)

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Blood Rage BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

MPAA Classification: Not Rated

Director: John Grissmer

Starring: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Marianne Kanter, Julie Gordin, Jayne Bentzen

Blood Rage is a straightforward 1987 slasher that will tick all the boxes needed for a good killing spree. You know the ones – high body count, teen sex, tragic event in child’s life, good kills… you get the idea. Also known as Slasher and Nightmare at Shadow Woods, the version under consideration is the recent Arrow Video release in both the UK and US. Welcome to the US Arrow Video.

Blood Rage was written by Bruce Rubin, directed by John Grissmer (False Face) and stars Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), Mark Soper (White Oleander) and Marianne Kanter. Todd and Terry are two 10-year-old Continue reading

DVD Review: Baise-Moi (2000)

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Baise-Moi DVD CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Virginie Despentes & Coralie Trinh Thi

Starring: Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot, Adama Niane, Delphine McCarty

After suffering a brutal gang rape Manu (Raffaëla Anderson) bumps into Nadine (Karen Lancaume), who is going through her own traumas brought on by the local scumbags that have just shot her friend. Realising that they share something on an empathetic level the pair take to the road, escaping from the drudgery of their everyday lives and turning to robbery, sexual deviancy and murder to get their kicks.

There are those that say this film is nothing more than sadistic porn that pretends to have an artistic feminist message. There are also others who say that this is a film about female empowerment, a savage take on the Thelma & Louise ideas of freedom, role reversal and fighting back. Which is it? Probably both to some extent, but whatever side of the argument you fall on there’s no denying that Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Creepshow (1982)

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Creepshow BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: George A. Romero

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, E.G. Marshall, John Amplas, Gaylen Ross, Fritz Weaver, Joe Hill, Bingo O’Malley, Tom Savini

The horror anthology has had something of a renaissance in recent years, with the likes of Trick ‘r Treat, Tales of Halloween, the V/H/S films and the overly-ambitious The ABC’s of Death plus its sequel all being received to mixed results but proving that the style is still a viable one. Creepshow is one of the better known horror anthologies from the past, originally coming out at a time when the format had dried up a little bit after the run of successful portmanteau films of the 1960s and ’70s from the likes of Amicus Productions and the burgeoning home video market was beginning to take off, and Continue reading

DVD Review: Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1973)

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Blood Orgy of the She-Devils DVD CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Ted V. Mikels

Starring: Lila Zaborin, Leslie McRay, Victor Izay, Ray Myles, Kebrina Kincade

Directed by Ted V. Mikels (The Corpse Grinders), the wonderfully titled Blood Orgy of the She-Devils is a 1973 occult thriller that, on the surface at least, is comparable to many other black magic themed movies of the era by having a provocative title, scantily clad women dancing at a black mass, murder, sacrifice, etc. But where Blood Orgy of the She-Devils differs from other titillating titles like Virgin Witch, Season of the Witch, The Toy Box or even Hammer’s classic The Devil Rides Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Rocky (1976) – Limited Edition Steelbook

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****This review does contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen Rocky you may wish to do so first****

Rocky BR CoverDistributor: 20th Century Fox

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: John G. Avildsen

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Joe Spinnel

There can’t be many media savvy people who aren’t aware of the character of Rocky Balboa and the way that he has infiltrated popular culture over the last 40 years, and like with any popular fictional character the years bring about parodies, homages and rip-offs that may be funny or cool at the time but they only really serve to dilute the power of the original, and that is certainly true about Rocky, both the character an the movie. Whilst the films from Rocky III onwards have all been enjoyable on an action movie level (even Continue reading