Digital Review: Final Recall (2017)

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Final Recall DVD CoverDistributor: Signature Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Mauro Borrelli

Starring: Wesley Snipes, RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Laura Bilgeri, Niko Pepaj, Hannah Rose May

Final Recall, a.k.a. The Recall in the US, is the latest entry into the alien abduction library, stars action veteran Wesley Snipes (Passenger 57/Blade) along with RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Laura Bilgeri, Niko Pepaj and Hannah Rose May, is directed by Mauro Borrelli (Total Recall). In short, five friends go camping in the wilderness and run into ‘The Hunter’ (Snipes) and an alien attack.

As the story unfolds the campers mistake the Hunter for a “mountain man who may or may not be a cannibal”; it seems like the five main characters have spent as much time watching hillbilly cannibal Continue reading

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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

Blu-ray Review: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Stephen Chiodo

Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Royal Dano

When going into Killer Klowns From Outer Space it is necessary to be aware of two things – a) the title really does say it all so don’t be surprised when that is all you get, and b) the film is basically a showreel for the Chiodo Brothers and their particular brand of filmmaking and special effects tomfoolery. Armed with this information Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a whole heap of fun and pretty much beyond any major criticism, despite the film not exactly setting the world on fire when it was originally Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Guyver (1991)

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The Guyver BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Screaming Mad George & Steve Wang

Starring: Mark Hamill, Michael Berryman, Greg Joung Paik, Jimmie Walker, Peter Spellos, David Gale, Spice Williams, Jack Armstrong, Vivian Wu, Linnea Quigley, Jeffrey Combs

Based on the Manga series of the same name, 1991’s The Guyver is a bizarre movie about a young man named Sean Barker (Jack Armstrong – Student Bodies) who discovers ‘The Unit’, an alien artefact that morphs the body of whoever wears it with alien DNA to make them into a half-breed super soldier. The Unit was stolen from the sinister Chronos Corporation by their employee Dr. Tetsu Segawa (Greg Joung Paik – Crash) so Chronos’ president Fulton Balcus (David Gale – Re-Animator) sent Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Lifeforce (1985)

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Lifeforce BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Tobe Hooper

Starring: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, Patrick Stewart, Frank Finlay, Aubrey Morris, Christopher Jagger

Although he’ll forever be known as the director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre over anything else he may have done before or since, Tobe Hooper has put his name to quite a few well-regarded genre films since that groundbreaking classic but has never quite managed to replicate the artistic and critical success of that film, with much of his output being fairly inconsistent when you compare it to the careers of many of his peers such as John Carpenter or Wes Craven. Lifeforce originally came out in 1985, three years after Hooper directed the relatively Continue reading