Blu-ray Review: The Serpent & The Rainbow (1988)

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The Serpent & The Rainbow BR CoverDistributor: Fabulous Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Wes Craven

Starring: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Michael Gough, Dey Young

Possibly the most underrated movie of Wes Craven’s career, The Serpent & The Rainbow originally sneaked out in 1988 and was sandwiched between the woeful Deadly Friend and the unintentionally hilarious slasher franchise wannabe Shocker in the director’s output. After the massive success of A Nightmare on Elm Street Craven found himself in something of a commercial slump, and although The Serpent & The Rainbow made more than twice its budget back 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

Digital Review: Cell (2016)

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Cell DVD CoverDistributor: Signature Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Tod Williams

Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach

Cell, the latest Stephen King novel adaptation sees John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson reunited on the big screen. This is their second pairing after their Dolphin Hotel roles in 2007’s 1408. Personally I really enjoyed 1408 and was looking forward to Cell; Two powerhouse actors in a modern techno zombie-like movie – what’s not to love? On paper the possibilities were endless so let’s see what happened in actuality.

Like 1408 and almost nearly all King adaptations there are some striking differences between the movie and the book. This is not necessarily a deal breaker provided the movie gives us a coherent script Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

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bride of re-animator2Distributor: Arrow Video

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Director: Brian Yuzna

Starring: Jeffrey Coombs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, David Gale, Mel Stewart

Four years after the Miskatonic Massacre that saw the re-animated corpses from the hospital morgue go on a murderous rampage, Dr. Herbert West is back and more obsessive than ever. Arrow Video has been happy to help Dr. West with that obsession in the form of a newly packaged release with some great extras packed in for good measure.

It’s been a long time since I read the original source material, Herbert West – Reanimator, written by the master of weird tales, H. P. Lovecraft, so I took the time to re-read the short story. Lovecraft is great to read although he wrote Continue reading

Digital Review: JeruZalem (2016)

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Distributor: Solo Media/Matchbox Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: The Paz Brothers

Starring: Yael Grobglas, Yen Tumarkin, Danielle Jadelyn, Tom Graziani

 

JeruZalem is an interesting and eclectic mix of religion and zombie/monster horror shot in the found footage style. This style tends to spark apathy in many viewers of the horror genre but add in that it is shot through the perspective of smart glasses and I can hear the collective eye roll of horror fans worldwide. Hold that eye roll at least for a bit because directors Doron and Yoav Paz have managed to capture something unique with this one. Of course there is some shaky camera syndrome and pacing issues, specially in the third act, but overall this is an innovative and well-crafted Continue reading