DVD Review: The Thing (2011)


The Thing DVD Cover Distributor: Universal Pictures UK

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Kim Bubbs, Stig Henrik Hoff, Kristofer Hivju

Remake, reboot, prequel, sequel, premake, re-imagining – there, that’s got all of those irritating phrases out of the way, although there aren’t many movies that can claim to be most of those in one. Held in high regard amongst genre fans, John Carpenter’s 1982 version of The Thing (itself a retelling of the 1951 sci-fi classic The Thing From Another World) is seen as up there with The Exorcist as one of those films that should just be left alone and not tampered with. Although The Exorcist has had sequels and prequels, none have come close to touching the majesty of the original and, at the very least, none of them ever tried to Continue reading


DVD Review: Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)


Hellraiser: Revelations DVD CoverDistributor: ARC Entertainment/Dimension Home Entertainment

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Victor Garcia

Starring: Steven Brand, Nick Eversman, Tracey Fairaway, Sanny van Heteren, Jay Gillespie, Stephan Smith Collins, Fred Tatasciore

The moment it was announced that the proposed remake of Clive Barker’s original 1987 Hellraiser was to be scrapped in favour of another straight-to-DVD sequel there were cries of anguish from fans desperate for another slice of those Cenobites and their demonic wrongdoings. When it was also announced that original Pinhead actor Doug Bradley would not be reprising his role in said sequel, therefore continuing the character in the same universe but Continue reading

Digital Review: The Void (2016)


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)


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)


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