Digital Review: Cell (2016)

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Cell DVD CoverDistributor: Signature Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Tod Williams

Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach

Cell, the latest Stephen King novel adaptation sees John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson reunited on the big screen. This is their second pairing after their Dolphin Hotel roles in 2007’s 1408. Personally I really enjoyed 1408 and was looking forward to Cell; Two powerhouse actors in a modern techno zombie-like movie – what’s not to love? On paper the possibilities were endless so let’s see what happened in actuality.

Like 1408 and almost nearly all King adaptations there are some striking differences between the movie and the book. This is not necessarily a deal breaker provided the movie gives us a coherent script Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Burning (1981)

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The Burning BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Tony Maylam

Starring: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua, Fisher Stevens, Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Lou David, Shelley Bruce, Bonnie Deroski

Out of all of the Friday the 13th clones that arrived in the wake of Sean S, Cunningham’s seminal slasher, 1981’s The Burning rates as one of the best, mainly thanks to strong production values and the fact that it sticks very closely to the established slasher movie formula and keeps things simple, the only deviation being that the film spends quite a long time setting up its characters before any of the killing starts, In a lot of slasher movies this would be – and has been on many occasions – a problem as there is a theory that says you shouldn’t go for more than 15 minutes without a kill, but The Burning manages to overcome this by Continue reading

DVD Review: Vamp (1986)

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Vamp BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Richard Wenk

Starring: Chris Makepeace, Robert Rusler, Grace Jones, Dedee Pfeiffer, Sandy Baron, Billy Drago, Gedde Watanabe, Jim Boyle

When two fraternity pledges venture off into the big city to hire the services of a stripper to hopefully assist their application and entertain their new college friends, things take a turn for the worst when they enter the world of the After Dark Club and the nest of vampires that dwell within. Ever had one of those nights…?

Now30 years old, Vamp remains one of the most stylish and undervalued vampire movies of the era and possibly of all time. Sandwiched in between the teenage angst of Tom Holland’s Fright Night and Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys, and also a Continue reading