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Sexy Killer [DVD] [2008]
Sexy Killer [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Macarena Gómez
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Price: £1.26

3.0 out of 5 stars Lusty Bloodlust, 29 Jan. 2012
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"Sexy Killer" is the tale of a psychopathic femme fatale serial killer, Barbara, who likes to butcher her numerous victims on her school campus in interesting ways while dressing in provocative clothing. As the bodies pile up Barbara continues with her bloodthirsty antics not suspecting that her victims are about to rise again as an undead horde ready to wreak revenge.

With its colourful, badass-bubblegum tropes and the protagonist addressing the camera as she dispatches her victims, while it's a bit slicker than the "Troma" films, this Spanish horror comedy has more of the sexy surreality of some of the Troma or Troma-style comedy horrors about it (for example see Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town or Maniac Nurses Find Ecstacy ) than, say, other zombie comedies such as Peter Jackson's Braindead or Shaun of The Dead.

A bit of light-hearted, leggy lunacy.

Julia's Eyes [DVD]
Julia's Eyes [DVD]
Dvd ~ Belén Rueda
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Price: £3.09

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3.0 out of 5 stars Julia's Eyes, 24 Jan. 2012
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Julia's Eyes is a psychological thriller following the story of a woman suffering from an eye disease due to eventually make her go blind, who discovers the hanged body of her sister and refuses to accept that it was suicide. After having an operation with the objective of saving her sight, with bandaged eyes she makes the somewhat unlikely decision to move alone into her sister's house to try to piece together her final days. Believing she is being watched or followed by a presence both in and out of the house, she tracks her sister's movements learning that there was also someone with her, too - just that nobody can remember who it was or what he looked like.

With scenes often set on stormy nights, the film is fairly atmospheric and often keeps the viewer guessing as to whether there is a natural or supernatural element to the mysterious presence apparently stalking Julia, as it may have been with her sister. On the downside, much of the film plays out as somewhere between a "bump in the night" ghost movie and a take on the Invisible Man/Hollow Man, where the presence of an unseen person is perceived rather than actually viewed. Some scenes are done particularly well, particularly the scene in the changing rooms where a group of blind girls are trying to work out if there is an extra person standing among them.

The film's somewhat predictable final quarter makes overall for a slightly-above-average psychological thriller.

5150 Elm's Way [DVD]
5150 Elm's Way [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marc-André Grondin
Price: £2.11

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4.0 out of 5 stars Corpse Chess, 15 Jan. 2012
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5150 Elm's Way is the story of a young film student who comes off his cycle outside the eponymous address. Cut up and with a broken bike, he and heads off up the driveway to ask the man on the porch if he can use the 'phone.

Through the unfortunate occurrence of then seeing something he shouldn't, the student ends up held prisoner by the man's strange family - nervous, submissive wife, silent young daughter, sadistic elder daughter - and forced to play endless games of chess with his captor where only a win will secure his freedom.

While by no means as gory, the film shares something with other "meet my sadistic family" movies (cf. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mum And Dad, The Woman , The Loved Ones et al), and the man of the house's holy quest for righteousness in his deranged concept of "God's Work" has something of the film Frailty about it. Those who enjoyed such films will probably also like this one.

With some very good acting from the family members and an interesting plot development as the captive begins slowly to enter the mind of his captor, only the ending somewhat disappointed; maybe that's because I had wrongly hoped/guessed for something more dramatic or revealing. Despite that, this subtitled French-language movie is a very good watch.

Troll Hunter [DVD]
Troll Hunter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Knut Nærum
Price: £3.80

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Halls Of The Mountain King, 13 Jan. 2012
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Troll Hunter follows the story of three college students who are attempting to follow and interview a mysterious hunter who has arrived in the local mountain forest area and is suspected by the local licensed hunters of illegally killing bears.

However as the student reporters finally manage to clinch the desired interview and blag a trip accompanying the hunter, they learn he is hunting something (as the film title reveals) much larger and stranger than one of the unusual amount of foreign bears that have been turning up dead across the countryside.

A crash course in Troll Hunting ensues, as they proceed to learn more about the varied types of Troll, their habitats, and the government conspiracy surrounding them.

The trolls are done wonderfully; while using CGI the film maintains elements of their fairytale depictions and the lower order of trolls look like huge versions of the troll puppets, gonks, and costumes reflected in Norwegian folklore.

Filmed using "found footage" in a non-narrated "documentary" style, the film actually plays out much more like a linear movie and for time to time you forget it's supposed to be a "found footage" style tale.

The cinematography, featuring a beautiful sweeping scenery of mountains and forests is great, though I'd wished they'd used more of Greig's "Peer Gynt" in the actual soundtrack, rather than just a few seconds of it during the film set-up options before the film begins.

I had a look at both the version dubbed in English, and the version in original Norwegian with English subtitles, and after ten minutes of viewing each decided that the subtitled version was far better in terms of characterisation - the dubbed version seems to give everyone rather samey, bland, whiny overdubbed voices and the film lost some atmosphere.

A great fantasy film to settle down and watch. (Don't forget to cover yourself in troll stench first though, to keep them at bay ...)

Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988]
Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Donald Pleasence
Offered by Disc-uk
Price: £16.30

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter Becomes Quatermass, 12 Jan. 2012
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John Carpenter (whose output includes some of my very favourite films) - with a nod to the Quatermass stories by writing the script under the pseudonym of "Martin Quatermass" - heads into quantum physics territory with "Prince Of Darkness".

A group of scientists studying the nature of quantum physics are roped into a scientific weekend project in a local church; they're not told what it's about, just to pack their bags and go, which pretty much mirrors the viewer's instructions too.

As the film ploughs on, it breathlessly invokes quantum physics via antimatter theories to a chalkboard mathematical equation for pure evil that results in local homeless people turning into zombies along with some of the scientists (except for some reason the one who turns into cockroaches instead.)

In an often incoherent and fast-moving jumble of ideas - occasionally leaving the viewer with a sense of bewilderment - it emerges that via quantum physics, antimatter can create an entity of pure evil which can be summoned through the use of mirrors, and that time is now running out to prevent its manifestation.

To get the best enjoyment out of this film, one's brain needs to be left well and truly outside the door, (and preferably locked in a lead safe) while the rest of you enjoys silent shuffling zombies haunting side streets, expected levels of gore and violence, a demon made from antimatter, and enough bad science to give Ben Goldacre a seizure.

Good fun, actually creepy in places, and eminently watchable silliness.

Apollo 18 [DVD]
Apollo 18 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Warren Christie
Price: £2.43

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just About Landed, 8 Jan. 2012
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Apollo 18 is a science-fiction film in the "found footage" style (used now by so many horror movies since The Blair Witch Project popularised this format).

While NASA has alway maintained that the Apollo missions 18, 19 and 20 never got off the ground, the internet is awash with conspiracies that they did, and not only that but they found aliens, and the US government covered it up. Apollo 18 takes these theories and imagines what may have happened to Apollo 18 had the project been launched.

Well-filmed, and in many places generating a genuinely eerie atmosphere, the story follows the astronauts on the moon in the style of moon-landing footage, as they stumble across an unexpected lunar landing module which isn't supposed to be there, and cannot work out what happened to its occupants. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that the moon is not as barren and uninhabited as the astronauts thought ... and further more, they'd been kept in the dark about it by people who knew.

While a little disappointed in both the life-forms, the missed opportunities to make the film creepier (although I guess for box-office reasons they reach a wider audience with a 15 rating than an 18 rating) and the film's ending, it was overall not a bad film.
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Real Men In Black: Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and Their Connection to the UFO Phenomena
Real Men In Black: Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and Their Connection to the UFO Phenomena
by Nick Redfern
Edition: Paperback
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Men In Black .. Though I Suspect A Lot Of Pretend Ones, 8 Jan. 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book - but I must say, in a case of "style over content", it was because it was a grippingly enjoyable, easy-to read potboiler of an investigation, not because I thought it was a particularly good investigation.

The book falls roughly into two parts - the first being a collection of both historical and contemporary MIB experiences, and how this history and that of some early experiencers played a part in what became a much more fleshed-out modern phenomenon. I had some difficulties with parts of this. While the history behind the first recorded MIB experiences was very interesting and informative, I found some of the the subsequent "cases" a bit hard to swallow. That's no disrespect to the experiencers - all experiences in my book being personal and valid as an experience. But they mostly revolved around exactly the sort of people who already believed in such things and were perhaps more likely to experience unusual phenomena, and the experiences themselves were often breathlessly-related tales relating not much more than the sighting of a man in a suit in a car, or hanging around near where somebody lived, or a temporary problem with a 'phone line. All of these cases could be explained by coincidences or misinterpretation of regular people going about their business - it's only Redfern's colourful use of Lovecraftian adjectives to describe these 'events' that makes some of them worth reading about. And to post photographic 'evidence' such as a photo taken of a man dressed as a MIB at a UFO conference of all places ... that stretched even my patience a bit.

The second part is, in my opinion, in many ways more interesting and important. This section deals with various theories on where the phenomenon may stem from and what it actually is and means. Theoretical discussions take in the 'daemonic' (from Tulpa to Trickster), plain hoaxes and government agents, to hallucinations, time-travellers, and misidentification. There's also a member of the clergy who not too surprisingly supports the theory that anything paranormal and occult is the work of the devil.

I'm with Redfern in concluding that the MIB phenomenon is likely to be a mixture of many different things, from government agents to hoaxers to people with overactive imaginations interpreting a someone in a suit parking nearby as the sinister MIB phenomenon.

So my two questions would be, why devote so much of the first part of the book to experiences that read exactly like such misidentifications? And the second is - if people who poke their noses in to MIB business often end up harassed, hounded, lose their minds or end up dead (leading Redfern, somewhat MIB-like himself, to warn readers of the consequences of dabbling too deeply), how come he chose to?

Cannibal [DVD]
Cannibal [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicolas Gob
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Price: £6.36

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chewing It Over ..., 8 Jan. 2012
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Cannibal follows the story of an odd male loner and a female who eats flesh, after the male discovers her one day while out trying to play golf in the middle of a forest. Their tense, confusing relationship and individual idiosyncrasies bring out a bag of emotional responses from both of them as they begin to share their lives in the man's woodland house, him helping her to find new prey. In the meantime, a parallel story of a gangster and his thugs connected to an extreme-fetish club on the trail of the woman is playing out, until the inevitable meeting of the golfer and the gangster.

The delivery of the story is fairly minimalistic. A lot of the films is shot in black and white (or in scenes of near-total darkness, relying on sound effects and the viewer's concentration to put together the picture). Additionally the film features pretty minimal dialogue - not quite in the way of other similar European fayre such as Soft for Digging [DVD](which is practically a silent movie in terms of the script), but enough for the film to have to rely largely on the imagery for the viewer to piece the story together.

For me the film seemed to be trying to be deeper than it was - the frequent deep emotion, long mournful looks, sobs, and silent machinations of the characters reflecting a deep sense of confusion and frustration about their own bizarre circumstances but not particularly moving the story along. In fact there's not that much of a story for the viewer to get their teeth into, and even when the cannibal girl leaves and her lover tries to find her it was unclear what the stakes were, and the conspiratorial 'secret club' concept of the girl's and gangsters' special tattoos were only lightly utilised.

Occasionally vivid but mostly dull, I had the sense that this film could have been something better than it turned out to be, and panned out as only average despite glimpses of the very good.

House Of The Devil [DVD] [2009]
House Of The Devil [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Jocelin Donahue
Price: £5.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old School Horror, 3 Jan. 2012
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The House Of The Devil is the tale of female college student who, in desperate need of cash to pay her rent, agrees to babysit at short notice for a complete stranger in a remote house across town, and is informed at the last minute that the job isn't exactly as advertised, and is lured to remain with a generous amount of extra cash.

The film has a lovely brooding atmosphere, and when the couple leave the babysitter on her own, there's no cheap "passage of time" tactics - the viewer really does get the sense of isolation and brooding chill as the babysitter struggles to find things to occupy her time, tentatively exploring rooms, and beginning to get scared when the girl who was picking her up becomes unreachable and the creaks from upstairs begin to get to her.

It turns into more predictable fayre later, with its old-school Wheatleyesque plot emerging to conclude the film, as hinted at in the opening credits detailing the percentage of Americans who believed in Satanic Ritual Abuse (a mistaken belief that resulted in a plethora of scares, false allegations and people wrongly arrested in the UK as well as the USA when the psychological fad reached Scotland in the late 1980s).

A good atmospheric watch, though for me it loses a point for predictability.

Kill List [DVD]
Kill List [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neil Maskell
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £4.17

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guns and Hoods, 3 Jan. 2012
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Kill list is the story of two ex-army pals who find work as hit men. While they may pack up with ammo and go from job to job casually chatting and joshing with each other, Pulp Fiction it most certainly isn't - there's no glam here, and the men's home lives are mired in a depressing level of domestic brawls and dissatisfaction.

The film changes its genre abruptly in its final quarter, the last 'hit' suddenly invoking robed occultists. With a twist in the tale worthy of a Dennis Wheatley novel, it reminds the viewer exactly what it was about this genre that the conclusion of Hot Fuzz was parodying.

A gritty, brutal film that then turns into something completely different; while it's not a bad watch, it never really finds its true nature and in some ways lets itself down because of it.

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