Digital Review: The Void (2016)

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The Void PosterDistributor: Signature Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski

Starring: Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Art Hindle, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, James Millington, Grace Munro, Stephanie Belding, Mik Byskov, Daniel Fathers

This morning I read an article written by movie director Harrison Smith (Camp Dread/The Fields/Death House) bemoaning the “dumbing down of horror” for moviegoing audiences. I agree with Smith’s assessment, particularly in that horror movies need to make you think; sure, popcorn movies are good but we also need movies that work on another level. If one subscribes to the premise that cinema is art, isn’t that art meant to invoke an emotional response that is unique to the viewer? If we believe this then horror movies should also do the same. By accident, fluke, serendipity or whatever Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Guyver (1991)

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The Guyver BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Screaming Mad George & Steve Wang

Starring: Mark Hamill, Michael Berryman, Greg Joung Paik, Jimmie Walker, Peter Spellos, David Gale, Spice Williams, Jack Armstrong, Vivian Wu, Linnea Quigley, Jeffrey Combs

Based on the Manga series of the same name, 1991’s The Guyver is a bizarre movie about a young man named Sean Barker (Jack Armstrong – Student Bodies) who discovers ‘The Unit’, an alien artefact that morphs the body of whoever wears it with alien DNA to make them into a half-breed super soldier. The Unit was stolen from the sinister Chronos Corporation by their employee Dr. Tetsu Segawa (Greg Joung Paik – Crash) so Chronos’ president Fulton Balcus (David Gale – Re-Animator) sent Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

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bride of re-animator2Distributor: Arrow Video

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Director: Brian Yuzna

Starring: Jeffrey Coombs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, David Gale, Mel Stewart

Four years after the Miskatonic Massacre that saw the re-animated corpses from the hospital morgue go on a murderous rampage, Dr. Herbert West is back and more obsessive than ever. Arrow Video has been happy to help Dr. West with that obsession in the form of a newly packaged release with some great extras packed in for good measure.

It’s been a long time since I read the original source material, Herbert West – Reanimator, written by the master of weird tales, H. P. Lovecraft, so I took the time to re-read the short story. Lovecraft is great to read although he wrote Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Basket Case – The Trilogy

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Basket Case - The Trilogy BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Frank Henelotter

Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Beverly Bonner, Annie Ross, Heather Rattray, Dan Biggers, Jim O’Doherty, David Emge

He may have only seven feature film directors credits but Frank Henenlotter has certainly left his mark on genre cinema over the last 35 years, mainly down to the very strange nature of his exploitation films. Although films like Brain Damage and Frankenhooker proved popular amongst fans of cult cinema it is his Basket Case films that have given Henelotter his reputation as a film maker with a unique style, and a style that isn’t always easy to get to grips with. However, once you put logic and good taste to one side there Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Re-Animator (1985)

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Re-Animator BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Stuart Gordon

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Al Berry

Along with Evil Dead II and The Return of the Living Dead, director Stuart Gordon’s 1985 debut feature film Re-Animator stands as one of the finest examples of horror comedy from a decade that became known for madcap splatter movies.

The film opens in Switzerland, where medical student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs – From Beyond) is caught with a syringe full of green liquid in his hand and leaning over the convulsing body of his mentor Dr. Gruber (Al Berry), which then seems to implode in a gooey mess as West declares “I gave him life”.

West returns to the US where he continues his studies at the Miskatonic University Continue reading