DVD Review: Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

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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

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DVD Review: You Are Not Alone (2013)

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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

Blu-ray Review: Night of the Comet (1984)

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Night of the Comet BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Thom Eberhardt

Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Geoffrey Lewis, Peter Fox, Michael Bowen, Mary Woronov

Quite underrated when the subject of 1980s zombie movies comes up, 1984s Night of the Comet begins with a ’50s sci-fi-style narration that uses words like ‘orbit’, ‘space’ and ‘time’ in a way that sounds impressive but doesn’t actually mean anything  – although the phrase “…citizens of Earth” was a nice touch – before we meet Reggie (Catherine Mary Stewart – Weekend at Bernie’s), an 18 year-old working at the local cinema and obsessed by an Asteroids-style arcade game in the Continue reading

Digital Review: The Dark Tapes (2017)

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Distributor: Epic Pictures (US)/Thunder Road Inc. (UK)

Directors: Michael McQuown & Vincent J. Guastini

Starring: Emilia Ares Zoryan, Danielle Baez, Katelyn Bailey, David Banks, Jonathan Biver, Layne Castro, Sara Castro, Heather Compton, Michael Cotter, Sherry Dargahi, Trey Everett, Denise Faro, Brittany Fisheli, Jo Galloway, Mary Rachel Gardner

The latest entry into the found footage game, The Dark Tapes, was written by Michael McQuown and directed by McQuown and Vincent J. Guastini and the one unique thing this movie has going for it is that it is also an anthology. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of found footage and anthology movies so this ticks two of my favorites boxes. Wraparound stories can be essential to the movie and can be funny like in Body Bags or of a more serious nature like in Continue reading

Digital Review: The Void (2016)

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The Void PosterDistributor: Signature Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski

Starring: Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Art Hindle, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, James Millington, Grace Munro, Stephanie Belding, Mik Byskov, Daniel Fathers

This morning I read an article written by movie director Harrison Smith (Camp Dread/The Fields/Death House) bemoaning the “dumbing down of horror” for moviegoing audiences. I agree with Smith’s assessment, particularly in that horror movies need to make you think; sure, popcorn movies are good but we also need movies that work on another level. If one subscribes to the premise that cinema is art, isn’t that art meant to invoke an emotional response that is unique to the viewer? If we believe this then horror movies should also do the same. By accident, fluke, serendipity or whatever Continue reading