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

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Blu-ray Review: Runaway Train (1985)

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Runaway Train BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Andrei Konchalovsky

Starring: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Danny Trejo, Edward Bunker, T.K. Carter, John P. Ryan, Kyle T. Heffner, Kenneth McMillan

Despite being made in the mid-1980s Runaway Train has the feel of a ’70s action film, the kind where the lead characters were real men on real adventures and the testosterone levels went through the roof, the sort of tough movies that Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson made their reputations with.

Runaway Train stars Jon Voight (Deliverance/Heat) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight/The Expendables) as Oscar ‘Manny’ Manheim and Buck McGeehy respectively, prisoners at Stonehaven Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013)

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Ninja: Shadow of a Tear BR CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Isaac Florentine

Starring: Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi, Mika Hijii, Tim Man, Markus Waldow

Of course, back in the golden years of the 1980s you couldn’t move for a tidal wave of ninja films that seemed to fill up the shelves of VHS rental shops across the whole of the country. They were usually made by production companies like Cannon, starred Michael Dudikoff, Shô Kosugi or Cynthia Rothrock (if you fancied a female spin on the genre) and had titles like American Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Pray For Death and Ninja III: The Domination. Apart from Shô Kosugi’s Ninja Assassin in 2010, the ninja film hasn’t really been well served since those halcyon days but maybe that will change now that Ninja: Shadow of a Tear is here to dazzle us with displays of brilliantly choreographed violence and a lead actor with Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Wolverine (2013)

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The Wolverine BR CoverDistributor: 20th Century Fox

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Haruhiko Yamanouchi

Ever since 2000s X-Men brought the superhero film out of the limbo that Joel Schumacher’s limp Batman & Robin dragged it into in the late-90s, Hugh Jackman’s take on Wolverine has proven to be one of the most popular modern movie protagonists, albeit one that hasn’t quite had his defining film made yet. Despite being the standout character in the X-Men films, they were really ensemble pieces and 2009s X-Men Origins: Wolverine proved to be something of a disappointment to many fans with a jumbled mess of a back-story, too many secondary characters and cheap CGI effects losing ground to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Marvel’s production line of Avengers-related product. Which brings us to Continue reading

DVD Review: Hammer of the Gods (2013)

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Hammer of the Gods DVD CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Farren Blackburn

Starring: Charlie Bewley, Alexandra Dowling, Clive Standen, Glynis Barber, Ivan Kaye

Hammer of the Gods is the debut feature film from director Farren Blackburn and sees a pretty strong cast of veteran actors and rising stars going head-to-head in a tale of Viking invasion and brotherly betrayal.

Set in 871 A.D. the film is based around Viking Prince Steinar (Charlie Bewley – The Twilight Saga), who is ordered by his ailing father King Bagsecg (James Cosmo – Trainspotting) to go and find his long-lost brother Hakan Continue reading