Blu-ray Review: Donnie Darko (2001) – Limited Edition


Donnie Darko BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Richard Kelly

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Arthur Taxier, Drew Barrymore

Every decade has its defining movies and during the post-millennial fallout, when nobody was sure what would happen to the internet and the computers controlling our way of life, there were a plethora of movies that tapped into the collective subconscious and tried to relay our fears back at us in an often surreal and non-linear fashion. David Fincher’s Fight Club helped usher in the new century by changing the rules on straightforward storytelling and in 2001 Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko gained a similar reputation, Continue reading


DVD Review: The Quiet Ones (2014)


The Quiet Ones DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: John Pogue

Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke, Laurie Calvert

If, like me, you are of a certain age and your body is advancing in years way ahead of your mental state, there is a certain joy in seeing the Hammer logo flashing across the screen in blood-red letters before the start of a film. Whilst not always a guarantee of a great film per se it is at least a brand name that you can trust to entertain you, a name that tells you before the opening credits roll that this is a film that is going to give you certain things – creepy Gothic settings, supernatural monsters, swashbuckling heroes, buxom wenches and so on – and since the Hammer name was resurrected during the last Continue reading

DVD Review: My Amityville Horror (2013)


My Amityville Horror DVD CoverDistributor: IFC Films

MPAA Classification: Not Rated

Director: Eric Walter

Starring: Daniel Lutz, Susan Bartell, Laura DiDio, Lorraine Warren, Peter Jordan

In 1977 author Jay Anson wrote a book called The Amityville Horror: A True Story and somewhere around 1978-79 I picked the book up and to this day this has been the only book to scare the shit out of me. Maybe it was my age at the time, or maybe it was the tag line of ‘A True Story’ I am not sure but I know it took me years to get over this tale.

In December 1975 the Lutz family purchased a house on 112 Ocean Ave in Amityville, NY, and 28 days later they fled the house claiming that evil spirits physically and emotionally abused them. This tale has spawned books, websites, a movie in 1979 and, of course, the Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Possession (1981)


Possession BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Andrzej Zulawski

Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent, Shaun Lawton

Originally banned in the UK as part of the video nasties furore of the early 1980s, director Andrzej Zulawski’s controversial cult classic Possession made it to Blu-ray thanks to Second Sight Films, and despite the Satanic implications of the title this is no Exorcist clone, although it does share a few of that film’s more cinematic qualities.

After being given the news that his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani – Nosferatu the Vampyre) wants a divorce, Marc (Sam Neill – Jurassic Park/Dead Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Berberian Sound Studio (2012)


Berberian Sound Studio BR CoverDistributor: Artificial Eye

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Peter Strickland

Starring: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni, Chiara D’Anna, Fatman Mohamed

Every so often a film comes along that gives you the same chills and thrills as many of the classics yet does it in a way that defies the conventions of genre. The Canadian film Pontypool did it a few years back by taking the zombie genre and totally giving it a fresh spin by using language to transfer the zombie infection, and British thriller Berberian Sound Studio has seemingly done something similar by documenting one man’s descent into delusional hell by way of just doing his job in unusual circumstances.

English sound engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones) arrives in Italy at the request of Italian Continue reading