Blu-ray Review: Theatre of Blood (1973)

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Theatre of Blood BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Douglas Hickox

Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Diana Dors, Ian Hendry, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley, Dennis Price, Eric Sykes, Madeline Smith, Coral Browne

1960’s The Fall of the House of Usher marked the beginning of the most successful period of Vincent Price’s career, when he made several notable films with legendary filmmaker Roger Corman, and it was arguably 1973′s Theatre of Blood that signified the end of that era for the veteran actor. Not that Price didn’t make any more films after that – indeed, he kept working up until 1990 – but, much like with his good friends Continue reading

Short Film Review: Rainy Season (2017)

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Director: Vanessa Ionta Wright

Starring: Brian Ashton Smith, Anne-Marie Kennedy, Kermit Rolison, Jan Nelson

By way of introduction, Rainy Season was made as part of Stephen King’s Dollar Baby program. For those who haven’t heard of this, Stephen King provides filmmakers the opportunity to adapt his work for a dollar, albeit with caveats – these films can only be shown as part of film festivals and no money can be made from them. There are some other narrow times the film can be viewed and one of those is for review purposes. These are meant to help upstart filmmakers adapt a known work for a very low cost thereby allowing artists to hone their skills.

The actual short story, Rainy Season, is located in Mr. King’s compilation Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: C.H.U.D. (1984)

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Distributor: Arrow Video

MPAA Classification: R

Director: Douglas Cheek

Starring: John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, Kim Greist

C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) is a near-perfect encapsulation of pure ’80s cheese, overacting, practical monsters, evil government agencies and off-the-rails monster story, and in late 2016 the US got a Blu-ray release from the wonderful folks at Arrow Video. The disc is packed Continue reading

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

Blu-ray Review: King of New York (1990)

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King of New York BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Abel Ferrara

Starring: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Janet Julian, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes, Steve Buscemi, Joey Chin

When you look at the history of cinema there are often films that are released around the same time that never quite get a look in or reach the same status as the so-called ‘classics’. These films are often just as good – if not better – than their more successful brethren but don’t get the same exposure and usually get branded ‘cult’, which is a word that gets used far too often and often loses much of its meaning. However, Continue reading