DVD Review: Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)

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Frankenstein: The True Story DVD CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Jack Smight

Starring: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour Nicola Pagett, Ralph Richardson, Tom Baker, John Gielgud

It is a bit misleading to title your version of Frankenstein as ‘The True Story‘, seeing as Frankenstein is a work of fiction (in case you didn’t know), but there you go. Universal’s 1973 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel is a rather lavish affair that was initially a made-for-TV movie and takes a few liberties with the original text, making the title even more baffling, but, as with any adaptation of the classic stories from previous centuries, a few changes are Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: The Serpent & The Rainbow (1988)

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The Serpent & The Rainbow BR CoverDistributor: Fabulous Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Wes Craven

Starring: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Michael Gough, Dey Young

Possibly the most underrated movie of Wes Craven’s career, The Serpent & The Rainbow originally sneaked out in 1988 and was sandwiched between the woeful Deadly Friend and the unintentionally hilarious slasher franchise wannabe Shocker in the director’s output. After the massive success of A Nightmare on Elm Street Craven found himself in something of a commercial slump, and although The Serpent & The Rainbow made more than twice its budget back Continue reading

Digital Review: Evil Feed (2013)

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Evil FeedDistributor: Solo Media

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Kimani Ray Smith

Starring: Laci J Mailey, Terry Chen, Alyson Bath, Alain Chanoine, Carrie Genzel

There have been some novelty promotional gimmicks put out before but a press release in the style of a Chinese restaurant menu decorated with quotes from Jeffrey Dahmer (made up ones, of course) is quite different so, if nothing else, Evil Feed scores well on the attention-grabbing front. However, it also came with an air of contrivance about it, like we should immediately announce it as a new cult favourite that’ll be applauded by fans and critics alike for years to come. Sorry, but that is not how films get cult status – we (the audience) shall be Continue reading

DVD Review: Varsity Blood (2014)

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Varsity Blood DVD CoverDistributor: Image Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jake Helgren

Starring: Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon, Natalie Peyton, Jesse Ferraro

And so the retro-slasher trend continues, with filmmakers apparently having no shame in trying to resurrect the joy we all felt in the ’80s when a new Friday the 13th or Halloween sequel was released. Unfortunately, it seems that trying to recreate brainless slasher films with a production-line of teenagers waiting to be offed isn’t as easy as it probably looks on paper.

Varsity Blood is the directorial debut of Jake Helgren, who wrote the abysmal slasher Bloody Continue reading

DVD Review: Bad Milo (2013)

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Bad Milo DVD CoverDistributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jacob Vaughan

Starring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Toby Huss, Mary Kay Place, Peter Stormare, Steve Zissis

Remember when horror comedies actually made you laugh and wince at the same time? Quite a difficult thing to achieve and not something that has been successfully done in recent times. A few rare exceptions aside – Slither, Infestation and Bad Biology immediately spring to mind – horror comedies try to appeal to a mass audience and end up being ‘ironic’ or something for hipsters to cling on to (**ahem** Sean of the Dead **cough, cough**) and claim as their own but never really give you that Continue reading