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Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers [DVD]
Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Donald Pleasence
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £14.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag, 10 Sep 2007
It's been mentioned in the other reviews so i shall get it out of the way early, the bootleg producer's cut of this movie is superior by a large margin, the druid subplot is much better handled, the ending is a vast improvement and the characters feel more rounded. But until Dimension feel the need to milk some more cash from the franchise and release it officially this version is what we have.
Attempting to be both a continuation of the plot from Halloween 4 & 5 as well as a new story Curse maybe tries to take on more than it can chew, the Jamie Lloyd character from the previous films is dismissed much to early and Dr Loomis seems to be pushed to the sidelines (both these problems are solved in the alternate cut), of the newly introduced characters only Paul Rudd's Tommy Doyle has any real substance, Rudd brings a nice quiet mania to the role. Another big sticking point is the new motive for Michael's killing, giving the silent slasher from Haddonfield this rather convoluted back story takes away a lot of the terror the original film imbued Michael and for a horror film this is a big problem.
I understand that problems with director Chappelle and failing health meant that Donald Pleasence seems relegated to bit player in this one, but i still felt the character deserved a better send off, despite this Pleasence still commands any scene he appears in and will always be as much a part of the series as Michael.
Of course it's not all bad, the cinematography is top notch, Alan Howarth's redone score is effective, returning Myer's performer George Wilbur is a good Shape and the mask looks better than it did in the previous films also some well lit tightly edited kill sequences are most effective, in fact for a casual fan, this is an entertaining shocker but it could have been so much more and maybe then we wouldn't have had the horror-lite H20 as Halloween 6 effectively buried the series and demanded it be overhauled.

Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris [DVD]
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shinobu Nakayama

5.0 out of 5 stars Turtle Meat No More!, 7 Aug 2007
Shusuke Kaneko achieved the impossible here, he improved on the stunning Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, which itself was a notch up over Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. From the start the tone is different, it's still a monster movie, but not since the original Godzilla has the destruction of people and cities seemed so personal, they are not filmed for spectacle alone although they look stunning, they carry resonance, the effects shock and carry the story along allowing us sympathy not only with the human protagonists but also with Gamera himself ( would have liked to have seen more of the underwater grave of past Gamera's ), it seems absurd to say so of a man in a rubber suit, but the story and Kaneko's attention to the situations makes Gamera as fully fleshed out a character as a giant fire breathing turtle can be, the environmental message is there but never pushed nor does the film become preachy, never ignoring the fact that as a monster movie it must still deliver the goods, the ending ( which annoyed some hardcore Gamera fans ) is, i think perfect for the tone that the film has set from the offset and completely restores the series to at least on par with Toho's Big G if not,in it's more emotional moments, surpassing that series and should be viewed by anyone wanting to see how to use huge visual effects as a storytelling method.

Godzilla: Final Wars [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Godzilla: Final Wars [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Masahiro Matsuoka

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Entertainment!, 22 July 2007
Celebrating the anniversary of the Big G in real style, i don't think i have seen a movie that is as simply entertaining in a long time, two hours just flew by. Essentially a jazzed up variation on Destroy all Monsters (Aliens control monsters, unleash monsters, humans fight back), Final Wars steals outrageously from every major US sci-fi film of the last fifteen years including The Matrix and Independence Day, but given the amount of ideas Hollywood has pinched from Japanese cinema i'm not really complaining. The monsters, all 15 of them are all given some great scenes, and look as good as they have ever done, Toho obviously spent some money on this monster bash and the film benefits from the great suit and set work, Big G himself doesn't show up properly until halfway through the picture, but is given a great entrance and is as mean and tough as ever.
Trying for something different this time, prog rocker Keith Emerson contributes to the score which kicks off with a beefed up version of the classic Godzilla theme and throws in typical synth beats and vocal work, it's not typical of a Godzilla film but it suits this film perfectly.
There is even a brief moment of reflection as Godzilla's rage is explained, and we hark back fifty years to what started this all in the first place, as i said at the start as a fan you will struggle to find a film that is as purely entertaining as this, it also features the most wicked cinematic in-joke at the expense of Godzilla's US counterpart that is worth the price of admission alone!

Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor
Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor
by Doug Bradley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, 13 July 2007
Famous for essaying the role of Pinhead in the Hellraiser series (he was credited as Lead Cenobite in the original, the fans dubbed him Pinhead and the legend was born), Doug Bradley should know a thing or two about the power of the mask and the rigeurs of acting behind the makeup. And just as Bradley himself is much more than Pinhead, this book transcends it's premise and becomes part autobiography, a history of theatre, and of the horror movie, it also takes in cave painting and shamanism.
It's well written and consistantly entertaining, Bradley knows his stuff and seems humble of his efforts in the genre, crediting his co-workers and those who came before him at all times. A fascinating read.

Revelation [DVD] [2002]
Revelation [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Natasha Wightman
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 12 July 2007
This review is from: Revelation [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Having an interest in the Knights Templar and Alchemy i was initially exited when i heard about this film, especially as it seemed to have a large budget for a british genre piece and featured a great cast including Udo Kier, Terence Stamp and Ron Moody... Then the reviews came pouring through, i don't think i can remember a movie coming in for such vitriolic comments before, phrases like 'unintentional comedy', 'complete disaster', 'waste of time' and others being hurled at it. I kept a thin vein of hope, then rented the DVD.
It's flaws are rather obvious, some of the effects look amateurish, Terence Stamp seems to have sent in his performance via carrier pigeon, some of the dialogue is risible, it occasionally borders on the pompous and there are some odd moments of misguided character development. So, why do i give it four stars.
Well, it's script, whilst pulled from several other esoteric sources plays like an adult Indianna Jones movie, and came a few years before Dan Brown's overhyped Da Vinci code, it covers the underground stream, sacred geometry, patterns of the night sky, the P2 enquiries, masonic orders it's a real kitchen sink affair, but it's a treat to see it all in a relatively commercial movie and not being dumbed down, although it does treat the source material liberally, the script moves along nicely and does have a sense of mystery to it.
The location work and cinematography are exceptional as is the powerful yet subtle music score. Udo Kier is fantastic, it's nice to see him in a role that lasts more than a few minutes and Liam Cunningham adds a few nice touches as a priest
If you have an interest in the material, i recommend checking it out it's a decent little thriller much better than it's critical drubbing would lead you to beileve.

Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988]
Prince Of Darkness [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Donald Pleasence
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £21.98

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, 11 July 2007
The general concensus by so called film critics is that after the mid-eighties John Carpenter lost his touch and became a hack remaking his previous films with little or no imagination, ignoring the Lovecraftian post modern terrors of In the Mouth of Madness, the violent, politically incorrect western style Vampires, his anti-capitalist sci-fi They Live and Prince of Darkness, probably his most underrated piece.
The tone of unease is set from the beginning as Carpenter and frequent collaborator Alan Howarth's chilling score plays against the stark white on black credits interspersed with short scenes opening the story. This tone does not let up for the rest of the running time, as even relatively light or intimate scenes are bathed in this sense of menace. Many films since Romero's first living dead movie have benefitted from hauling it's cast off to a single location and trapping them there, none more than this as it leaves us with no escape from the main story, no cops on the hunt, no roving bands of kids, we are trapped in the church with the cast.
Obviously inspired by the writing of Nigel Kneale (even going under the pseudonym Martin Quatermass for the story) and the visual style of Dario Argento, the film still remains very much a Carpenter movie, with crisp 2:35:1 widescreen camerawork and a lot of his pet themes from his other movies such as mistrust of the church, the cynical none ending and and the effective use of special effects.
The main crux of the story allows for some interesting interpretations of classical theology and throws in Schrodingers Cat, Tachyons, Differential Equations and Modern Psychology, some would argue that this just muddles the script, but i believe it takes the classic horror movie themes of prophecy and fate and adds a secular slant to it
The fairly large cast acts well, with Dennis Dun, Victor Wong and Donald Pleasence making the most impact, Pleasence is perfect as the Priest discovering the truth behind his creed and searching for a way to deal with it.
In the end, ignore the critic's unjust dismissal of Prince of Darkness, take a chance it's one of Carpenter's best and an intelligent alternative to all the plotless splatterfest's that are ruining the genre.

Destroy All Monsters [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]
Destroy All Monsters [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Akira Kubo
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £67.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monster Fest, 10 July 2007
After initially being a force of destruction in the original and classic 1954 film, Godzilla eventually became a hero figure, coming to the aid of humanity whenever aliens or other giant reptiles threatened the world (mostly in the form of Tokyo). At their worst, some of these films resembled poor episodes of the Power Rangers, Destroy all Monsters is a few rungs up the ladder than that fortunately, mainly because nearly all of Toho's rubber monsters get a look in, including Mothra, Rodan, Varan and the mighty King Ghidorah. The plot is workmanlike and the cast not especially gifted, but the music by Akira Ifukube is majestic and the scenes of destruction are most entertaining, and more importantly it's a darn sight more watchable than the terrible hollywood remake.

Easy Tiger
Easy Tiger
Offered by westworld-
Price: £19.98

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back, 27 Jun 2007
This review is from: Easy Tiger (Audio CD)
After listening with astonishment to the material released on his website this last two years, a proper album is a welcome treat. Appearing at times like a look back at where he has been and a portent of the future, Easy Tiger is as accessible as Gold and as poetic as Heartbreaker or Cold Roses. Halloween Head is catchy and rocking, the addition of Sheryl Crow into Two rises an already great song to another level, and I Taught Myself to Grow Old is one of the best things Ryan has ever recorded. The album doesn't feel like the contractual obligation many believed it to be and his vocals seem to be only getting better, fitting the passion and anger of the lyrics. This should tide me over until the proposed boxset of unreleased albums later this year.

Maniac Cop [1988] (Region 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
Maniac Cop [1988] (Region 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Tom Atkins
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £9.56

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, 25 Jun 2007
A decent low budget action/horror/thriller from writer Larry Cohen and director William Lustig that benefits from great New York locations, a good score from Jay Chattaway and personable performances from genre vets Tom Atkins and Bruce Campbell, it's not going to change the world, but it's a more than reasonable way to pass ninety odd minutes. This new synapse release has a good widescreen transfer great sound mix and some decent extras including footage done for the japanese release and an interview with the Maniac Cop himself, Robert Z'Dar

Glitter In The Gutter
Glitter In The Gutter
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking, 22 Jun 2007
This review is from: Glitter In The Gutter (Audio CD)
Introduced to Malin through my interest in Ryan Adams i didn't know what to expect but this is a stunning album, from the anthemic opening track to the heartwrenching finale this is splendid stuff, the duet with Bruce Springsteen is a great comparison between the two singers, with similar styles but unique vocals. Having now seen Malin live the humour and warmth of the man shines through on stage and on this album.

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