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

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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

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

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: Dead Shadows (2012)

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Dead Shadows DVD CoverDistributor: Bulldog Film Distribution

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: David Cholewa

Starring: Fabian Wolfrom, Gilles Barret, Laurie Cholewa, Sylvain Dubois, John Fallon

Dead Shadows is a French film dubbed (badly) into English and comes with the sort of premise that would make any self-respecting sci-fi/horror fan weep with joy, if it weren’t for the fact that this is a film that tries to overthink and overdo too much in a 71-minute running time.

After witnessing the death of his parents on the same night that Haley’s Comet was visible from Earth, Chris (Fabian Wolfrom – 3 Days To Kill) has grown up Continue reading