DVD Review: Darkness Descends (2014)

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Darkness Descends DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Marc Clebanoff

Starring: Danny Trejo, Kinga Philipps, Frank Krueger, Nicci Faires, Louis Mandylor

In Darkness Descends, Danny Trejo (Machete) plays Angel, an outlaw living beneath the streets of New York amongst dozens of homeless people in the endless array of disused tunnels. Chelsea (Kinga Philipps – Austin Powers in Goldmember) is a documentary maker who goes beneath the city to expose what is happening under people’s feet but she soon runs into Angel, who is gearing up to wage war against pretty much everybody above the surface and is recruiting soldiers from the derelicts living in the Continue reading

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DVD Review: Camp Dread (2014)

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Camp Dread DVD CoverDistributor: Image Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Harrison Smith

Starring: Eric Roberts, Danielle Harris, Felissa Rose, Kyle Patrick Brennan

Self-referential horror movies are ten-a-penny these days, especially slasher movies where the characters are as clued-up on the conventions of the genre as the audience. Camp Dread is another one of those postmodern slashers that thinks it is cleverer than it really is by mixing in traditional filmmaking with hidden camera footage whilst nodding furiously at all of those summer camp horror movies of the ’80s like Friday the 13th and The Burning.

But Camp Dread has three things in its favour, namely Eric Roberts (Best of the Best/The Dark Knight), Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Filth (2013)

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Filth BR CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Jon S. Baird

Starring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, Kate Dickie, John Sessions, Jim Broadbent, Joanne Froggatt

Based on the 1998 novel by Irvine ‘Trainspotting‘ Welsh, Filth offers up another story set in Scotland full of scumbags and deviants. Welsh’s novels aren’t the easiest of works to adapt to the screen and Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Trainspotting did set a precedent that has never been matched, let alone bettered, so Filth director Jon S. Baird needed to do something special with the material to make it count – and he Continue reading

DVD Review: Night of the Wolf: Late Phases (2014)

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Night of the Wolf: Late Phases DVD CoverDistributor: Metrodome Distribution

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Adrián García Bogliano

Starring: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tom Noonan, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda

Having been poorly served since the renaissance double-whammy of An American Werewolf in London and The Howling way back in 1981, the werewolf genre is in desperate need of a quality watershed movie that is less than 30 years old, and seeing that vampires and zombies have been given upgrades over the past decade the time is right to turn our attentions to our lycanthropic friends.

There have been a few werewolf movies sneaking out over the past few years that have been Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Escape Plan (2013)

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Escape Plan BR CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Mikael Håfström

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviesel, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan, Curtis Jackson

It has taken decades but finally we get to see the two greatest action movie stars of the 1980s co-headlining a standalone film. Why it didn’t happen 25 years ago is anyone’s guess but luckily Escape Plan is a little more forgiving towards the advancing years of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger than perhaps The Expendables and some of their other recent movies have been, and at least there are no “I’m getting too old for this” jokes in it. Continue reading