Blu-ray Review: Theatre of Blood (1973)

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Theatre of Blood BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Douglas Hickox

Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Diana Dors, Ian Hendry, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley, Dennis Price, Eric Sykes, Madeline Smith, Coral Browne

1960’s The Fall of the House of Usher marked the beginning of the most successful period of Vincent Price’s career, when he made several notable films with legendary filmmaker Roger Corman, and it was arguably 1973′s Theatre of Blood that signified the end of that era for the veteran actor. Not that Price didn’t make any more films after that – indeed, he kept working up until 1990 – but, much like with his good friends Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Stephen Chiodo

Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Royal Dano

When going into Killer Klowns From Outer Space it is necessary to be aware of two things – a) the title really does say it all so don’t be surprised when that is all you get, and b) the film is basically a showreel for the Chiodo Brothers and their particular brand of filmmaking and special effects tomfoolery. Armed with this information Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a whole heap of fun and pretty much beyond any major criticism, despite the film not exactly setting the world on fire when it was originally Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Score (1974)

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Score BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Radley Metzger

Starring: Claire Wilbur, Casey Donovan, Lynn Lowry, Gerald Grant, Carl Parker

Score is an adaptation of a stage play by Jerry Douglas that shifts the story from a grubby New York tenement to an imaginary (and presumably European) coastal resort called Liberation, which may give you an idea about what you’re about to get involved in. The score that the title refers to is the point-scoring match between husband and wife Jack (Gerald Grant) and Elvira (Claire Wilbur), a pair of bisexual swingers who try and outpoint each other with their sexual conquests, scoring double points if they Continue reading

DVD Review: Vamp (1986)

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Vamp BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Richard Wenk

Starring: Chris Makepeace, Robert Rusler, Grace Jones, Dedee Pfeiffer, Sandy Baron, Billy Drago, Gedde Watanabe, Jim Boyle

When two fraternity pledges venture off into the big city to hire the services of a stripper to hopefully assist their application and entertain their new college friends, things take a turn for the worst when they enter the world of the After Dark Club and the nest of vampires that dwell within. Ever had one of those nights…?

Now30 years old, Vamp remains one of the most stylish and undervalued vampire movies of the era and possibly of all time. Sandwiched in between the teenage angst of Tom Holland’s Fright Night and Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys, and also a Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Michael Cimino

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, George Kennedy, Catherine Bach, Gary Busey

In a decade chock-full of road movies, 1974′s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is one of the real standouts, mainly thanks to the chemistry between the two leads – always a bonus in a buddy movie – and a strong supporting cast, but also to some solid direction from Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate).

Retired thief Thunderbolt (Clint Eastwood – Dirty Harry/Gran Torino) is filling his time doing a bit of preaching when he is attacked and chased by a gunman. As he escapes he runs into young car thief Lightfoot (Jeff Bridges – Iron Man/True Grit) and the pair Continue reading