DVD Review: The Vineyard (1989)


The Vineyard DVD CoverDistributor: ArrowDrome

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: James Hong, Bill Rice

Starring: James Hong, Karen Witter, Michael Wong, Cheryl Madsen, Sean P. Donahue

The Vineyard isn’t a title that immediately springs to mind when one thinks about ’80’s horror but veteran actor James Hong’s third directorial feature is really something of a last hurrah for horror as the end of the decade approached and the fashion was veering away from zombies, vampires and slashers and moving towards a darker, more serious direction. However, as Freddy and Jason kept coming back to diminishing returns there were still one or two films that slipped through the net and found an audience on VHS, and The Vineyard was one of them.

Mad scientist and winemaker Dr. Po (Hong) has invited several youngsters to his island Continue reading


Blu-ray Review: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)


Big Trouble in Little China BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Suzee Pai

Despite being a commercial failure at the time, John Carpenter’s 1986 film Big Trouble in Little China endured and became something of a cult hit on the home video market. Twentieth Century Fox wanted Carpenter to deliver them an action adventure film in the style of the Indiana Jones movies and instead he delivered a genre-mashing comedy that was way ahead of its time by, ironically, harking back to the martial arts films of the 1970s.

Jack Burton (Kurt Russell – The Thing/Tango & Cash) is an all-American truck driver who accidentally becomes embroiled in a war between ancient Chinese Continue reading