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

Digital Review: Beyond The Gates (2016)

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Beyond The Gates PosterDistributor: Precision Pictures

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Jackson Stewart

Starring: Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Matt Mercer, Justin Welborn

Authentic retro-style filmmaking is difficult to achieve but when you can find the sweet spot it pays off dividends for the audience. Well-executed examples include House of the Devil, Lost After Dark and the Netflix original series Stranger Things. Beyond the Gates starts out on the retro note but is this just some opening notes or can we add this film as another example of a retro film done well?

Beyond the Gates was directed by Jackson Stewart, co-written by Stewart and Stephen Scarlata and stars the lovely Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator/From Beyond) and Brea Grant (Halloween II), along with Graham Skipper (The Mind’s Eye) and Chase Williamson (The Guest). It got 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