DVD Review: Camp Dread (2014)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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