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The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest horror films of the 50s., 17 Dec 2014
Henry Daniell steals the show as the evil Doctor who is behind the Drakes family curse. This is an highly effective movie, in fact it is one of the best horror films of the 1950s. Ahead of its time, oozing with atmosphere and actually rather quite gory for its time. The acting is very solid and assured Never a dull moment, but sadly overlooked in the genre and stil unavailable to purchase on Region 2. Easily a top best of 100 horror movies.

Count Yorga Vampire & Return of Count Yorga [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Count Yorga Vampire & Return of Count Yorga [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Robert Quarry

4.0 out of 5 stars Two very decent Vampire movies from the 70s., 15 Dec 2014
Since Return of Count Yorga is not available as a single release DVD, you'll need to get this package, and it is great value. The first movie I have reviewed elsewhere. But it is the sequel I want to talk about. Far better than the original, the sequel just found its footing much better. Good atmosphere, some genuine chills, a bit of blood and a comedic cameo by Craig Nelson, making his movie debut here. He would later go on to add the initial T as a middle name.

The movie brings back dead characters from the first, ableit with different names, something Return of the Living Dead Part II would do some 17 years later. This one is full of characters, which you always need and Robert Quarry returns as the Vamp and a very good one at that. Great film and a delicious ending.

Count Yorga Vampire [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Count Yorga Vampire [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Robert Quarry
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £18.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Vampire movie based in the modern age, 15 Dec 2014
Not too bad, 1970s Vampire movie that is set in modern day LA. Though you would never know it as much of the film is concentrated to an old mansion. Certainly has atmosphere and Robert Quarry is terrific as the Count. Even has a few chilling moments.

Count Yorga's main problem is that the characters are rather dull and the movie takes an age to get going- but this doesn't hamper it totally. A decent movie, but probably more of a curiosity- the sequel was actually better.

Cass [DVD]
Cass [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nonso Anozie
Price: £4.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations you have just met the ICF, 11 Dec 2014
This review is from: Cass [DVD] (DVD)
Decent account of ex hooligan Cass Pennant's life, from his fostering to being the only black kid in his area to growing up and forming the infamous ICF. Nonso Anozie plays Pennant to a tea, almost uncanny in some scenes. Other actors do a decent job, though hardly memorable.

It seems totally catharic for Pennant that he got his story out onto a film as the guy certainly has/had issues with his childhood, the extras of Pennant screaming down the camera at the abuse he had at school because of his original name, Carol confirms this. The biggest problem with Cass is that it leaves out way too much about the mans life- was this budget restrictions? Shame if so because the movie could easily have been a 2hr one. The fight scenes are all done pretty well, and it's interesting how he turned his life around.

The Comedy Of Terrors [DVD]
The Comedy Of Terrors [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough and an all star cast to boot., 10 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Comedy Of Terrors [DVD] (DVD)
What a superb cast- Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone- writing from Richard Matheson and directed by Jacques Tourneur. The acting is superb as you would expect from such a team. This is more of a comedy than a horror, indeed there is nothing horrific about the movie. Unfortunetly the jokes don't always work and the plot is ultra thin, However take this as a theatre play which it is certainlly made this way, and just enjoy the fact that we had these great actors all in one film. Writer Matheson would later go on to say after the films disappointing box office return that the title pulled customers away from the movie- neither underlining that it is horror, or comedy.

Kill List [DVD]
Kill List [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neil Maskell
Price: £6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Expect the unexpected., 10 Dec 2014
This review is from: Kill List [DVD] (DVD)
Kill List has divided a few people and rightly so. The film is bold enough to come across as a gangster hitman film and then spin that on its head to become The Wicker Man and a horror crossover least when you are expecting it. What Kill List does promise is tons of graphic violence, the hammer torture scene is look away stuff.

Kill List is ultimately very entertaining and fairly gripping. Neil Maskell is excellent as the hitman on the edge slowly losing the plot and he is supported aptly by Michael Smiley and his onscreen wife MyAnna Buring.

The climax will either throw you to one side or form a grin on your face. All in all a very decent thriller.

The Uncanny [1977] [DVD]
The Uncanny [1977] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: £9.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not for cat lovers, but works a treat nonetheless., 9 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Uncanny [1977] [DVD] (DVD)
Delightful little anthology sees Peter Cushing trying to sell his manuscript about the truth about cats to Ray Milland. Having Cushing and Milland share scenes is worth admission price alone. Whilst the two chat away in Milland's study we are introduced to the 3 different stories on offer. All of course involve devious cats.

The first story is the strongest, where a maid tries to steal her dying employer's will to be with the man she loves. But her cats have other ideas. The second story is about two young girls with one of them being jealous of the other because of her cat. And the final segment stars Donald Pleasence and John Vernon, in which Pleasence does everything to rid his house of a feline monster. This one plays out like a Tom and Jerry cartoon.

The stories are not very memorable but there certainly competent. The Uncanny was a late movie for the great Peter Cushing, and was shot in Canada. Worth a look.

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot [DVD] [1974]
Thunderbolt And Lightfoot [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Price: £4.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent poignant road movie, 8 Dec 2014
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot hits all the right notes. Jeff Brdiges and Clint Eastwood play two loners out on the road who bump into each other, and decide that they need money. Eastwood's enemies are after him, though they all group together one last time to pull off a bank job.

This film is funny, but surprisingly more poignant that most viewers would expect. It also came out in 1974, one of the greatest years for cinema.

Brilliantly directed by then debutant Michael Cimino- this is fast paced but never forgets about character development. George Kennedy also stars and a quick eye will catch Gary Busey.

Interstellar [DVD] [2014]
Interstellar [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Matthew McConaughey

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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but still spectacular. A must see., 8 Dec 2014
This review is from: Interstellar [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Interstellar had much hype surrounding the movie and for the most part that hype was justified. Starting slowly, though you will need to concentrate on the beginning, the movie gets going when McConaughey dons his suit and comes out of retirement agreeing to go on one final mission to find another livable planet. The story is intense and apart from some lapses in the script that dumb down the spectacle that we are watching all is good.

The cast is A list as you would expect, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway and Matt Damon for starters. Damon gives one of his best performances in his support role. The tension builds up until the finale, which tries a little to go down the 2001 route. Still keeps you gripped. However like Gravity you wonder if this film will work as well outside the big screen?

Christopher Nolan has made another monster- flawed but still spectacular. Those that find slow films boring may want to avoid despite the hype. The film may make more sense on an emotional level to anyone that has kids- this it turns out is Interstellars tour DE force.

The Firm [DVD] [2009]
The Firm [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Paul Anderson
Price: £3.54

2.0 out of 5 stars Passable but not memorable- a missed opportunity, 8 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Firm [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Nick Love's The Firm certainly has a love for the 80s, but the film doesn't quite pull it off. We are never emotionally attached to the actors, and by the end you don't care who gets hurt when the fighting breaks out. This is partially due to the poor script but also because the film focuses only on two main characters- Bek, the head of the firm and Dom a naive shy kid who wants a bit of excitement but bites off more than he can chew.

The realism of the hooligans which dogged English football in the 80s is pretty much spot on and there are as you would expect in a Nick Love film some hilarious scenes. But dare I suggest there could have been more impact violence? Not violence for violence sakes, but for an emotional response, from us the viewer. Without it, we are left with an empty yet fairly enjoyable 90 minutes.

Try and find the original TV movie that this film was based from, it has A list actors and is much better.

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