Blu-ray Review: Afflicted (2013)

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AFFLICTED-dvd-art2Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

MPAA Classification: R

Directors: Derek Lee & Clif Prowse

Starring: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse, Michael Gill, Baya Rehaz, Jason Lee

Afflicted is a horror release in the found footage genre, a genre that is typically dismissed by horror fans as the badly-done shaky camera style of cinema. This genre certainly has its badly-made movies but it is still viable, so can filmmakers still make good, relevant films using this method?

Afflicted can hold its own with any of the better found footage films any day of the week and twice Continue reading

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DVD Review: Vamp (1986)

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Vamp BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Richard Wenk

Starring: Chris Makepeace, Robert Rusler, Grace Jones, Dedee Pfeiffer, Sandy Baron, Billy Drago, Gedde Watanabe, Jim Boyle

When two fraternity pledges venture off into the big city to hire the services of a stripper to hopefully assist their application and entertain their new college friends, things take a turn for the worst when they enter the world of the After Dark Club and the nest of vampires that dwell within. Ever had one of those nights…?

Now30 years old, Vamp remains one of the most stylish and undervalued vampire movies of the era and possibly of all time. Sandwiched in between the teenage angst of Tom Holland’s Fright Night and Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys, and also a Continue reading

DVD Review: Black Water Vampire (2014)

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Black Water Vampire DVD CoverDistributor: Image Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Evan Tramel

Starring: Danielle Lozeau, Andrea Monier, Anthony Fanelli, Robin Steffen, Bill Oberst Jr.

There are two things that make Black Water Vampire stand out from the rest of the found footage crowd, the first being that it has the distinction of being the first found footage vampire film, which is something. The second is that, for once, the level of performance doesn’t induce fits of anger and the need to self-harm, Again, it’s something.

But where the film loses points is that it basically follows the same plot as The Blair Witch Project – students making a documentary go into the woods carrying a Continue reading