Blu-ray Review: Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013)


Ninja: Shadow of a Tear BR CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Isaac Florentine

Starring: Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi, Mika Hijii, Tim Man, Markus Waldow

Of course, back in the golden years of the 1980s you couldn’t move for a tidal wave of ninja films that seemed to fill up the shelves of VHS rental shops across the whole of the country. They were usually made by production companies like Cannon, starred Michael Dudikoff, Shô Kosugi or Cynthia Rothrock (if you fancied a female spin on the genre) and had titles like American Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Pray For Death and Ninja III: The Domination. Apart from Shô Kosugi’s Ninja Assassin in 2010, the ninja film hasn’t really been well served since those halcyon days but maybe that will change now that Ninja: Shadow of a Tear is here to dazzle us with displays of brilliantly choreographed violence and a lead actor with Continue reading


DVD Review: Killing Season (2013)


Killing Season DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Starring: Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Milo Ventimiglia, Elizabeth Olin

Killing Season brings Hollywood giants Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver/Raging Bull) and John Travolta (Grease/Pulp Fiction) together on-screen for the first time in a story about two veterans of the Bosnian War who both carry the baggage of what they did in the conflict. Retired US Colonel Benjamin Ford (De Niro) lives a quiet life in a log cabin up in the hills, having swapped hunting rifles for a camera to photograph the wildlife. Ford still suffers from a leg injury caused by trapped shrapnel from the war and, along Continue reading

DVD Review: The Quiet Ones (2014)


The Quiet Ones DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: John Pogue

Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke, Laurie Calvert

If, like me, you are of a certain age and your body is advancing in years way ahead of your mental state, there is a certain joy in seeing the Hammer logo flashing across the screen in blood-red letters before the start of a film. Whilst not always a guarantee of a great film per se it is at least a brand name that you can trust to entertain you, a name that tells you before the opening credits roll that this is a film that is going to give you certain things – creepy Gothic settings, supernatural monsters, swashbuckling heroes, buxom wenches and so on – and since the Hammer name was resurrected during the last Continue reading

DVD Review: See No Evil 2 (2014)


See No Evil 2 DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

MPAA Rating: R

Directors: The Soska Sisters

Starring: Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, Chelan Simmons, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Glenn Jacobs

See No Evil 2 is a slasher release produced by WWE Studios starring professional wrestler Kane (or Glenn Jacobs to his mother) as the ‘towering-can’t-be-killed-bad-guy’ Jacob Goodnight. Let’s reflect on a couple of things before we move any further: WWE Studios and a former professional wrestler trying to create a new iconic horror slasher. This combination may raise a few eyebrows but before we dismiss this film out of hand just because of a professional wrestler’s involvement let me remind you of little John Carpenter movie called They Live starring Canadian wrestler Roddy Piper. Director Adam Green has also tried to create a new horror icon, Victor Crowley, in the Hatchet franchise but what people seem to forget is that horror icons take time to develop. Just take a look at Halloween; it came out in 1978 and Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Sabotage (2014)


Sabotage BR CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: David Ayer

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway, Joe Manganiello, Mireille Enos

Sabotage sees Arnold Schwarzenegger break away from the fun nostagic trip of The Expendables movies and into a different kind of ensemble gathering where he plays John ‘Breacher’ Wharton, the leader of a team of DEA task force agents whose raid on a drugs cartel’s safe house results in Breacher’s team skimming a few million dollars from their target’s horde of cash. Unfortunately, when they come to collect their takings the cash is missing and, after an internal investigation brings nothing but Continue reading