Blu-ray Review: Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)


Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers BR CoverDistributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Dominique Otherin-Girard

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr, Wendy Kaplan, Don Shanks, Jeffrey Landman

It’s a year after the events of Halloween IV and young Jamie Lloyd is now mute and living in a psychiatric hospital. Aware that she has a psychic link with her killer uncle Michael Myers (Don Shanks), Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) doesn’t believe that Michael is truly dead and is trying to get the terrified youngster to get a fix on him, but Loomis doesn’t have to wait long as Michael returns on Halloween night (after being in a coma whilst in the care of a vagrant) and tries to finish what he started, only this time Loomis has a plan to stop the killer once and for all.

Surprisingly, despite not being many people’s favourite film in the series, Halloween V has stood the test of time a little better than the films that were released immediately before and after it. Perhaps because of director Dominique Otherin-Girard’s European influence or Continue reading


Blu-ray Review: Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)


Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers DVD CoverDistributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Dwight H. Little

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, Michael Pataki, George P. Wilbur

After the disappointing box-office returns of Halloween III: Season of the Witch maybe the sub-title of this film should have been called ‘The Much-Needed Return of Michael Myers’, as audiences clearly did not take to John Carpenter’s idea of an unrelated story for each film in the series. Since Rob Zombie’s divisive Halloween remake and its sequel brought the character back to mainstream popularity during the last decade it’s all been a bit quiet on the Myers front, so until the much-mooted sequel to Zombie’s Halloween II appears – if, indeed, it ever does – Anchor Bay have put out Continue reading

DVD Review: I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)


I Spit On Your Grave 2 DVD CoverDistributor: Anchor Bay

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Steven R. Monroe

Starring: Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom, Yavor Baharov, George Zlatarev, Michael Dixon, Kacey Barnfield

2010’s remake of Meir Zarchi’s controversial 1978 classic could justifiably claim to be one of the most brutal revenge movies ever filmed, setting up a tragic figure and a nightmare scenario and boiling over into some genuinely startling scenes of retribution. This sequel, again directed by Steven R. Monroe, tries the same trick again and whilst it isn’t a total disaster it is somewhat lacking, although quite what it is lacking isn’t entirely clear.

Again we get a very unsettling rape scene followed by more abuse as the attackers try to cover their tracks and we get to see the victim taking her revenge in some very Continue reading

DVD Review: No One Lives (2012)


No One Lives DVD CoverDistributor: Anchor Bay

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura

Starring: Luke Evans, Gary Grubbs, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, America Olivo, Gary Grubbs, Laura Ramsey

Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train), No One Lives sees an unnamed man (Luke Evans – Fast & Furious 6) and his girlfriend Betty (Laura Ramsey – The Ruins) on some sort of road trip. Stopping at a small-town diner they get hassled by a member of a local gang of thugs, led by Hoag (Lee Tergesen – The Collection), but Hoag calls them off. Once they leave the diner the gang attack again and kidnap the couple, killing Betty and forcing their unnamed captive to break free and show his true nature as the gang discover a) what the Continue reading

DVD Review: Embodiment of Evil (2008)


Embodiment of Evil DVD CoverDistributor: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: José Mojica Marins

Starring: José Mojica Marins, Jece Valadão, Adriano Stuart, Rui Resende

For those who have been a follower of Josefel Zanatas, otherwise known as Coffin Joe, for the past 45 years, the arrival of this movie – the third in a trilogy that began in 1964 with At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul and continued with 1967’s This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse – will be nothing short of the second coming. To those who aren’t up to speed on their Brazilian horror movies and have never heard of him, it may take a bit of selling.

In short, Coffin Joe (played by writer/director José Mojica Marins) is an undertaker whose wife was unable to bear him a son to carry on his bloodline. After killing her he Continue reading