Blu-ray Review: Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Robert Fuest

Starring: Vincent Price, Robert Quarry, Valli Kemp, Hugh Griffith, Peter Cushing, Beryl Reid, Caroline Munro

In an unusual move for the early 1970s, a sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes was released just a year later and saw Vincent Price return to the role of Anton Phibes, the former musician who has kept himself in a lifeless state since the events of the first film. When the moon aligns itself with the planets (or some such nonsense) Dr. Phibes awakes and discovers his house has been destroyed, the ancient papyrus scrolls that will help direct him to the River of Life in Egypt so he can Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Robert Fuest

Starring: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas, Caroline Munro, Peter Jeffrey

Presumed dead after a road accident whilst rushing to the bedside of his dying wife, Anton Phibes (Vincent Price – Theatre of Blood/The Pit and the Pendulum) sets about executing a plan to kill the nine doctors who failed to save her life. Basing each murder on one of the Egyptian plagues, Phibes goes about releasing locusts, bats and bees, as well as coming up with a few other ingenious ways to torture and kill with his Continue reading

DVD Review: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa DVD CoverDistributor: StudioCanal

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Declan Lowney

Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu, Tim Key, Simon Greenall, Phil Cornwell, Monica Dolan, Sean Pertwee

Whenever a popular television programme character is given a movie you can almost hear the collective sighs of the nation as the inevitability of stretching out a half-hour sketch to fit a 90-minute movie usually means that all the good stuff will be done within the first act and the rest of the running time is spent with the main characters in a fish-out-of-water situation, thus taking away the reasons why the nation liked it in the first place. The difference with Continue reading

DVD Review: Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)

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Some Guy Who Kills People DVD CoverDistributor: Koch Media

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jack Perez

Starring: Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, Lucy Davis, Ariel Gade, Eric Price

At first glance you would think that Some Guy Who Kills People is set to join the ranks of films with titles that say it all but it is really less of a slasher and more of a low-budget dark comedy. The film is about a former mental patient named Ken Boyd (Kevin Corrigan – True Romance) who works at the local ice-cream parlour and generally keeps himself to himself but he suffers from flashbacks of when he was brutally tortured by the high school basketball team. He is also continually ridiculed by his Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Porky’s (1981)

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Porky's BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Bob Clark

Starring: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Kim Cattrall, Cyril O’Reilly, Art Hindle, Chuck Mitchell, Nancy Parsons, Scott Colomby, Boyd Gaines

In recent years the teenage sex comedy has been measured by how gross the filmmakers were prepared to be, thanks mainly to American Pie and its food-based adolescent humour. But before American Pie set the benchmark for this generation and urged filmmakers to go more over-the-top and disgusting there was Porky’s, the late writer/director Bob ‘Black Christmas‘ Clark’s coming-of-age tale set in the 1950s that laid Continue reading