DVD Review: The Forgotten (2011)

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The Forgotten DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Steven Berryessa

Starring: Ron Berryessa, Bethany Berryessa, Steven Berryessa, Theresa Berryessa, Olivia Bishop, Sam Dalton

Within the opening five minutes of The Forgotten a few things are made clear – writer/director Steven Berryessa has a large family as at least three other cast members share the same surname, the film isn’t going to be an easy watch (in more ways than one) and the budget is about the same as a family bucket at KFC. Of course, great things can come from low-budget filmmaking and Berryessa does immerse you in his post-apocalyptic world pretty quickly, but there are some major problems here. Continue reading

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DVD Review: You Are Not Alone (2013)

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You Are Not Alone DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Mark Ezra

Starring: Nathan Nolan, Evie Bicker, Simon Dutton, Louise Houghton, Seth Sinclair

It is time again to take a look at another low-budget found footage horror film, this time set in Glastonbury, Somerset as American couple Matt (Nathan Nolan) and Ginny (Evie Bicker) swap their L.A. home for the chance to stay in a British mansion house for six months. Matt is a writer and Ginny a musician so they relish the chance for a more relaxed and quiet way of life as they embark on their latest projects but – and this may come as a bit of a surprise – it isn’t long before strange things start to happen (like a Continue reading

DVD Review: The Pit (2013)

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The Pit DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Chad Crawford Kinkle

Starring: Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Kaitlin Cullum, Larry Fessenden, Sean Young

Set deep within the backwoods of America, The Pit (a.k.a. Jug Face) tells the story of Ada (Lauren Ashley Carter – The Woman), a teenager born and raised in a religious community who worship a muddy pit in the woods. The pit has the power to heal and keep the community safe but demands a sacrifice every so often, a sacrifice it chooses by putting the local potter into a trance and making him create a clay ‘jug face’ of Continue reading

DVD Review: Cellar Dweller (1988)

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Cellar Dweller DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: John Carl Buechler

Starring: Yvonne De Carlo, Debrah Mullowney, Brian Robbins, Jeffrey Combs, Vince Edwards, Pamela Bellwood

Directed by special effects master John Carl Buechler (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) and written by Don Mancini (Child’s Play), Cellar Dweller is one of those low-budget, straight-to-video creature features that emerged on VHS rental shelves at the end of the 1980s. The film begins with comic book artist Colin Childress (Jeffrey Combs – Re-Animator) in his basement drawing the latest edition of the Cellar Dweller horror comic, but the creature that Continue reading

DVD Review: Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)

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Pumpkinhead II DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Jeff Burr

Starring: Andrew Robinson, Ami Dolenz, Soleil Moon Frye, J. Trevor Edmond, Linnea Quigley, Kane Hodder, R.A. Mihailoff, Joe Unger

The 1990s weren’t kind when it came to horror franchises, with Freddy and Jason both temporarily calling it a day early on in the decade. Michael Myers and Pinhead lumbered on to diminishing returns but there weren’t any new series or characters that really hit in the way that A Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th did in the previous decade, with only the Scream, Candyman and Wishmaster films really doing anything in the mainstream. Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings was originally released in 1994 and, Continue reading