DVD Review: The Thing (2011)

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The Thing DVD Cover Distributor: Universal Pictures UK

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Kim Bubbs, Stig Henrik Hoff, Kristofer Hivju

Remake, reboot, prequel, sequel, premake, re-imagining – there, that’s got all of those irritating phrases out of the way, although there aren’t many movies that can claim to be most of those in one. Held in high regard amongst genre fans, John Carpenter’s 1982 version of The Thing (itself a retelling of the 1951 sci-fi classic The Thing From Another World) is seen as up there with The Exorcist as one of those films that should just be left alone and not tampered with. Although The Exorcist has had sequels and prequels, none have come close to touching the majesty of the original and, at the very least, none of them ever tried to Continue reading

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

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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

Blu-ray Review: Halloween (1978) – 35th Anniversary Edition

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Halloween BR CoverDistributor: Anchor Bay

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Tony Moran, Nancy Loomis

It’s hard to believe that there was a time when John Carpenter’s seminal horror film Halloween didn’t exist, but there was and it was over 35 years ago. Before that moment the slasher film wasn’t even a genre; Hitchcock’s Psycho and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas paved the way but Carpenter’s vision and pioneering filmmaking techniques defined what would become known as the slasher film and would go on to spawn a seemingly unending number of imitators, the most notable being Friday the 13th. But although there would be more gruesome and gorier masked killer films, Continue reading