DVD Review: Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)


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


DVD Review: Frozen (2010)


Frozen DVD CoverDistributor: Momentum Pictures

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Adam Green

Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers, Kane Hodder, Rileah Vanderbilt, Adam Johnson, Ed Ackerman

Directed by Hatchet director Adma Green, Frozen revolves around the trio of Dan (Kevin Zegers – Wrong Turn), his girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell – Final Destination 5) and best friend Joe (Shawn Ashmore – X-Men) who have gone to the ski slopes of Mount Holliston to have a weekend of fun and frolics. Having spent the day accommodating Parker on the beginner’s slopes, as evening hits the group bribe the cable car worker to let Continue reading

DVD Review: Wishmaster (1997)


Wishmaster DVD CoverDistributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Robert Kurtzman

Starring: Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Robert Englund, Ted Raimi, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, George ‘Buck’ Flower, Angus Scrimm, Joe Pilato, Reggie Bannister

Somewhere between the franchise heavy days of the 1980s and the more recent remake frenzy of said franchises there was a decade known as the 1990s, where, in the world of horror movies, not a lot happened. Freddy and Jason said their (temporary) goodbyes, Michael Myers limped on to a climatic showdown with Buster Rhymes after a brief glimmer of hope with Halloween: H20, Leatherface became a limp-wristed cross-dresser and Pinhead became… well, not quite sure what he became but he wasn’t as good as he used to be. That’s the big boys done, leaving a few second-tier film series floating around in Continue reading

DVD Review: Hatchet III (2013)


Hatchet III DVD CoverDistributor: Metrodome Distribution

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: BJ McDonnell

Starring: Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Derek Mears, Parry Shen

Saw may have been the most profitable horror franchise of the 21st century and Hostel probably the most notorious, at least amongst mainstream audiences, but neither of those film series’ has had as much good will aimed towards it as the Hatchet films. This is most likely because Hatchet creator Adam Green gets it; Green has obviously watched and studied every Friday the 13th and Halloween film, as well as probably every other slasher film to have come out of the ’70s and ’80s, and he knows exactly how to make his films work with the right Continue reading