DVD Review: The Innkeepers (2011)


The Innkeepers DVD CoverDistributor: Metrodome Distribution

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Ti West

Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, Jake Ryan, George Riddle

For fans of what one may call ‘proper’ horror movies, director Ti West’s 2009 retro-shocker The House of the Devil was something of a revelation. A slow-burner in the proper sense of the word, the film took inspiration from the best of classic Hammer by way of Rosemary’s Baby, The Amityville Horror and The Exorcist and proved that gratuitous CGI gore, cheap jump scares and a faceless cast are no match for pacing, escalation, a knack for storytelling and stylistic flair. The Innkeepers is West’s follow-up and sees the Continue reading


DVD Review: Hostel: Part III (2011)


Hostel: Part III DVD CoverDistributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Scott Spiegel

Starring: Kip Pardue, Brian Hallisay, John Hensley, Sarah Habel, Chris Coy, Zulay Henao

You know that’s it now, don’t you? Those of you who were hailing Eli Roth’s Hostel as one of the new millenniums great hopes for the horror genre can now be silenced as the so-called ‘torture-porn’ benchmark has now gone the way of the straight-to-DVD horror film, alongside other such notable franchises as Hellraiser, Amityville and Wrong Turn. To be honest, Hostel has gotten a lot of flak over the past few years as many see it as a blight on the horror scene, a tasteless, talentless and scare-free excuse 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

DVD Review: You Are Not Alone (2013)


You Are Not Alone DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Mark Ezra

Starring: Nathan Nolan, Evie Bicker, Simon Dutton, Louise Houghton, Seth Sinclair

It is time again to take a look at another low-budget found footage horror film, this time set in Glastonbury, Somerset as American couple Matt (Nathan Nolan) and Ginny (Evie Bicker) swap their L.A. home for the chance to stay in a British mansion house for six months. Matt is a writer and Ginny a musician so they relish the chance for a more relaxed and quiet way of life as they embark on their latest projects but – and this may come as a bit of a surprise – it isn’t long before strange things start to happen (like a Continue reading

DVD Review: Hammer of the Gods (2013)


Hammer of the Gods DVD CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Farren Blackburn

Starring: Charlie Bewley, Alexandra Dowling, Clive Standen, Glynis Barber, Ivan Kaye

Hammer of the Gods is the debut feature film from director Farren Blackburn and sees a pretty strong cast of veteran actors and rising stars going head-to-head in a tale of Viking invasion and brotherly betrayal.

Set in 871 A.D. the film is based around Viking Prince Steinar (Charlie Bewley – The Twilight Saga), who is ordered by his ailing father King Bagsecg (James Cosmo – Trainspotting) to go and find his long-lost brother Hakan Continue reading