DVD Review: Darkness Descends (2014)

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Darkness Descends DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Marc Clebanoff

Starring: Danny Trejo, Kinga Philipps, Frank Krueger, Nicci Faires, Louis Mandylor

In Darkness Descends, Danny Trejo (Machete) plays Angel, an outlaw living beneath the streets of New York amongst dozens of homeless people in the endless array of disused tunnels. Chelsea (Kinga Philipps – Austin Powers in Goldmember) is a documentary maker who goes beneath the city to expose what is happening under people’s feet but she soon runs into Angel, who is gearing up to wage war against pretty much everybody above the surface and is recruiting soldiers from the derelicts living in the Continue reading

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DVD Review: Camp Dread (2014)

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Camp Dread DVD CoverDistributor: Image Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Harrison Smith

Starring: Eric Roberts, Danielle Harris, Felissa Rose, Kyle Patrick Brennan

Self-referential horror movies are ten-a-penny these days, especially slasher movies where the characters are as clued-up on the conventions of the genre as the audience. Camp Dread is another one of those postmodern slashers that thinks it is cleverer than it really is by mixing in traditional filmmaking with hidden camera footage whilst nodding furiously at all of those summer camp horror movies of the ’80s like Friday the 13th and The Burning.

But Camp Dread has three things in its favour, namely Eric Roberts (Best of the Best/The Dark Knight), Continue reading

DVD Review: Night of the Wolf: Late Phases (2014)

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Night of the Wolf: Late Phases DVD CoverDistributor: Metrodome Distribution

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Adrián García Bogliano

Starring: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tom Noonan, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda

Having been poorly served since the renaissance double-whammy of An American Werewolf in London and The Howling way back in 1981, the werewolf genre is in desperate need of a quality watershed movie that is less than 30 years old, and seeing that vampires and zombies have been given upgrades over the past decade the time is right to turn our attentions to our lycanthropic friends.

There have been a few werewolf movies sneaking out over the past few years that have been Continue reading

DVD Review: The Forgotten (2011)

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The Forgotten DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Steven Berryessa

Starring: Ron Berryessa, Bethany Berryessa, Steven Berryessa, Theresa Berryessa, Olivia Bishop, Sam Dalton

Within the opening five minutes of The Forgotten a few things are made clear – writer/director Steven Berryessa has a large family as at least three other cast members share the same surname, the film isn’t going to be an easy watch (in more ways than one) and the budget is about the same as a family bucket at KFC. Of course, great things can come from low-budget filmmaking and Berryessa does immerse you in his post-apocalyptic world pretty quickly, but there are some major problems here. Continue reading

DVD Review: Lurking Fear (1994)

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Lurking Fear DVD CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: C. Courtney Joyner

Starring: Blake Bailey, Ashley Laurence, Jeffrey Combs, Allison Mackie, Vincent Schiavelli, Jon Finch

Two years before From Dusk Till Dawn mixed dusty crime thriller with a creature feature, Charles Band’s Full Moon Features produced Lurking Fear, a (very) loose adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story. In this film, ex-con John Martense (Blake Bailey – The Killer Eye) returns home and visits old family friend Knaggs (Vincent Schiavelli – Lord of Illusions), who gives him a map that will lead him to a cemetery in the small town of Leffert’s Corners where there is a body buried that is apparently stuffed with cash, left Continue reading