DVD Review: Bad Milo (2013)

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Bad Milo DVD CoverDistributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jacob Vaughan

Starring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Toby Huss, Mary Kay Place, Peter Stormare, Steve Zissis

Remember when horror comedies actually made you laugh and wince at the same time? Quite a difficult thing to achieve and not something that has been successfully done in recent times. A few rare exceptions aside – Slither, Infestation and Bad Biology immediately spring to mind – horror comedies try to appeal to a mass audience and end up being ‘ironic’ or something for hipsters to cling on to (**ahem** Sean of the Dead **cough, cough**) and claim as their own but never really give you that Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: The ‘Burbs (1989)

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The 'Burbs BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Joe Dante

Starring: Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Bruce Dern, Wendy Schaal, Rick Ducommun, Henry Gibson, Courtney Gains, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo

Playing on the themes of suburban paranoia that seemed to permeate a lot of dark comedy films that emerged in the late ’80s/early ’90s, The ‘Burbs sees ‘normal’ suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump/Big) and his fellow neighbours Art Weingartner (Rick Ducommun – Groundhog Day), Ricky Butler (Corey Feldman – The Lost Boys) and the military-obsessed Lieutenant Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern – Django Unchained) wondering about the mysterious new arrivals in their street, the Klopeks. Never seen Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Last American Virgin (1982)

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The Last American Virgin BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Boaz Davidson

Starring: Lawrence Monoson, Diane Franklin, Steve Antin, Brian Peck, Kimmy Robertson, Joe Rubbo

Every genre of film has what many would call an ‘underrated gem’- a great piece of work that never really gets the credit it deserves – and director Boaz Davidson’s 1982 film The Last American Virgin (a remake of his own 1978 film Lemon Popsicle) is definitely one that fits that description. A quick discussion with anybody about 80s teen sex comedies will always throw up the same few titles – Porky’s, Screwballs, Blame it on Rio, Class, etc. – but for some reason The Last American Virgin often gets overlooked by all but Continue reading

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

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