Blu-ray Review: Porky’s (1981)


Porky's BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Bob Clark

Starring: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Kim Cattrall, Cyril O’Reilly, Art Hindle, Chuck Mitchell, Nancy Parsons, Scott Colomby, Boyd Gaines

In recent years the teenage sex comedy has been measured by how gross the filmmakers were prepared to be, thanks mainly to American Pie and its food-based adolescent humour. But before American Pie set the benchmark for this generation and urged filmmakers to go more over-the-top and disgusting there was Porky’s, the late writer/director Bob ‘Black Christmas‘ Clark’s coming-of-age tale set in the 1950s that laid Continue reading


Blu-ray Review: Possession (1981)


Possession BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Andrzej Zulawski

Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent, Shaun Lawton

Originally banned in the UK as part of the video nasties furore of the early 1980s, director Andrzej Zulawski’s controversial cult classic Possession made it to Blu-ray thanks to Second Sight Films, and despite the Satanic implications of the title this is no Exorcist clone, although it does share a few of that film’s more cinematic qualities.

After being given the news that his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani – Nosferatu the Vampyre) wants a divorce, Marc (Sam Neill – Jurassic Park/Dead Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: The Brood (1979)


The Brood BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: David Cronenberg

Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Susan Hogan, Cindy Hinds

Following on from their Blu-ray release of Scanners Second Sight Films returned to Canadian body horror maestro David Cronenberg’s earlier works to add to their catalogue of genre classics given the HD treatment with The Brood, which is arguably the point where Cronenberg started to be taken seriously by critics after his grimy ultra low-budget shockers Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977).

Devoted father Frank Carveth (Art Hindle – Porky’s/Invasion of the Body Continue reading