DVD Review: The Quiet Ones (2014)

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The Quiet Ones DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: John Pogue

Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke, Laurie Calvert

If, like me, you are of a certain age and your body is advancing in years way ahead of your mental state, there is a certain joy in seeing the Hammer logo flashing across the screen in blood-red letters before the start of a film. Whilst not always a guarantee of a great film per se it is at least a brand name that you can trust to entertain you, a name that tells you before the opening credits roll that this is a film that is going to give you certain things – creepy Gothic settings, supernatural monsters, swashbuckling heroes, buxom wenches and so on – and since the Hammer name was resurrected during the last Continue reading

DVD Review: Blood Orange (2016)

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Blood Orange DVD CoverDistributor: Metrodome Distribution

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Toby Tobias

Starring: Iggy Pop, Ben Lamb, Kacey Clarke, Antonio Magro

Any filmmaker looking to cast a grizzled, ageing rock star can’t really go wrong with Iggy Pop. Starring in his first leading role, Pop plays Bill, said ageing rock star now retired to a villa in Spain and living off his vast wealth. Bill also has a sexy young wife called Isabelle (Kasey Barnfield – I Spit On Your Grave 2) who loves Bill very much but because of Bill’s ill health and carefree attitude, Isabelle is free to sleep with whomever she chooses, which usually means their pool attendant David (Antonio Magro) is the lucky guy.

But one day Lucas (Ben Lamb – Divergent) shows up and demands that Isabelle pays Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Michael Cimino

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, George Kennedy, Catherine Bach, Gary Busey

In a decade chock-full of road movies, 1974′s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is one of the real standouts, mainly thanks to the chemistry between the two leads – always a bonus in a buddy movie – and a strong supporting cast, but also to some solid direction from Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate).

Retired thief Thunderbolt (Clint Eastwood – Dirty Harry/Gran Torino) is filling his time doing a bit of preaching when he is attacked and chased by a gunman. As he escapes he runs into young car thief Lightfoot (Jeff Bridges – Iron Man/True Grit) and the pair Continue reading

DVD Review: My Amityville Horror (2013)

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My Amityville Horror DVD CoverDistributor: IFC Films

MPAA Classification: Not Rated

Director: Eric Walter

Starring: Daniel Lutz, Susan Bartell, Laura DiDio, Lorraine Warren, Peter Jordan

In 1977 author Jay Anson wrote a book called The Amityville Horror: A True Story and somewhere around 1978-79 I picked the book up and to this day this has been the only book to scare the shit out of me. Maybe it was my age at the time, or maybe it was the tag line of ‘A True Story’ I am not sure but I know it took me years to get over this tale.

In December 1975 the Lutz family purchased a house on 112 Ocean Ave in Amityville, NY, and 28 days later they fled the house claiming that evil spirits physically and emotionally abused them. This tale has spawned books, websites, a movie in 1979 and, of course, the Continue reading