DVD Review: Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)

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Frankenstein: The True Story DVD CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Jack Smight

Starring: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour Nicola Pagett, Ralph Richardson, Tom Baker, John Gielgud

It is a bit misleading to title your version of Frankenstein as ‘The True Story‘, seeing as Frankenstein is a work of fiction (in case you didn’t know), but there you go. Universal’s 1973 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel is a rather lavish affair that was initially a made-for-TV movie and takes a few liberties with the original text, making the title even more baffling, but, as with any adaptation of the classic stories from previous centuries, a few changes are Continue reading

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DVD Review: Varsity Blood (2014)

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Varsity Blood DVD CoverDistributor: Image Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jake Helgren

Starring: Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon, Natalie Peyton, Jesse Ferraro

And so the retro-slasher trend continues, with filmmakers apparently having no shame in trying to resurrect the joy we all felt in the ’80s when a new Friday the 13th or Halloween sequel was released. Unfortunately, it seems that trying to recreate brainless slasher films with a production-line of teenagers waiting to be offed isn’t as easy as it probably looks on paper.

Varsity Blood is the directorial debut of Jake Helgren, who wrote the abysmal slasher Bloody Continue reading

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

DVD Review: Dark Skies (2013)

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Dark Skies DVD CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Scott Stewart

Starring: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons, Kadan Rockett

‘From the producers of Sinister and Insidious…’ says the press release for Dark Skies; throw Paranormal Activity into that particular melting pot and you’ll either go “Ooh, that sounds scary” or it will induce a stress-related nosebleed and you’ll feel inclined to purge yourself with some serious video nasty action. Mmm… video nasties!

Daniel Barrett (Josh Hamilton – The Bourne Identity) and his wife Lucy (Keri Russell – Mission: Impossible III) live in suburbia with their two young sons Jesse and Sam. The struggles of everyday life Continue reading

DVD Review: The Innkeepers (2011)

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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