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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil [DVD] (2011)
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil [DVD] (2011)
Dvd ~ Tyler Labine
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest horror comedy movies ever., 22 Sep 2014
WARNING: I came in fresh to this movie- this review contains spoliers that may ruin the movie's fantastic plot line.

Incredibly funny and at times gory movie about two beer drinking hillbilly's and a group of self centered students who after a huge misunderstanding take battle to the death in the forest. The plot is simple yet ingenuious. How about instead of making a 1,000th movie about students getting hacked to pieces by a killer in a forest you shake that down, turn it over and sprinkle humour over it? The students think the hillbilly's are crazed psychos, the hillbillys think the students are out to commit mass suicide, and the film must rank as one of the greatest comedy horror movies of all time. The writing is fresh and good and the acting is of a great standard. Trust Canada to get it right when so many have failed miserably. The Canadians time and again have always been able to keep the horror genre fresh and interesting, it's as if they look down at their neighbours, tweek a little and get what needs fixed, fixed.

The two hillbilly's played by Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk have so much natural chemistry, that their lines never feel forced. There is a superb homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the gore crowd will be more than pleased with what is on offer. There are dashes of charm, social commentary on class and laugh after laugh. If you know someone that despises horror but loves comedy, this is still highly recommended. An absolute standout gem in a limp era for horror.

Running Scared [DVD]
Running Scared [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gregory Hines
Price: £7.44

4.0 out of 5 stars An 80s cop buddy movie classic, 17 Sep 2014
This review is from: Running Scared [DVD] (DVD)
One of the great cop buddy movies from the 80s. Running Scared's success lies in the strong script from Gary Devore and Jimmy Huston, who deliver some fantastic dialogue between it's two main stars. Headed by Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. Both light up the camera, with their craziness and eagerness to entertain. It's as if they are doing it personally for you. That is what makes the movie a winner. A lot happens in the film also, many different locations, and you get a real feel through director Peter Hyams for Chicago.

There are many fun moments, and unlike Amazon's personal review this is not a moody picture. The chemistry between Crystal and Hines is electric.It's a film soley all about them. It's a shame a sequel never materialized, there was one in the works called Still Running. But both Hines and Crystal thought the scripts they were being shown were poor. In hindsight and with so many sequels not being able to live up to the potential they made the right decision.

The final quarter of the movie dwelves into that 80s goofy moment where everything convienatly comes together, but this is just a slight aggrivation. Running Scared is an extremely enjoyable flick.

Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
by Gene Wilder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb from start to finish., 16 Sep 2014
Gene Wilder is personally one of my favourite actors- and he seems a very humble man in real life. This autobiography is refershingly different given that Wilder has actually penned it- no ghost writers here. It's not traditional either, though some parts are chronological, Wilder dips into his life page by page and this works a treat.

It has its laugh out loud moments as you would expect, but this book is very moving also. It is such a great read. Still puzzled that the great man's last film was Another You in 1991. But hey ho, if he's happy then that is all that counts. A very underrated actor who defined movies in the 70s and 80s. And a superb read.

Suck [DVD]
Suck [DVD]
Dvd ~ Iggy Pop
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.87

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent horror comedy laced with rock heroes, 16 Sep 2014
This review is from: Suck [DVD] (DVD)
Tongue firmly in cheek with this one. Suck is about a rock n' roll band whose sexy bassist becomes a vampire. Suddenly their loser status is vanquished and they become popular because of it. Though Suck dances close to either being very good or plain average, it comes out a winner because of the likable characters and in jokes which are aplenty. Though to get them you would have to be a fan of rock music. Director Rob Stefaniuk goes the full tilt and brings in some great names. Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins and Moby for starters. Rollins is hilarious as an out of date 80s DJ- (check out the wig). Alice Cooper is just cool. Iggy Pop plays it well too and Moby is unlike himself, all guest stars ham it up well. Malcolm McDowell plays Van Helsing, aptly named Eddie Van Helsing, genuis! There is a scene where McDowell thinks back to his younger days and actual footage of him as a youngster in 1973's O Lucky Man has been spliced into the film, a neat trick and well appreciated.

There are some good jokes all round and a little blood. But for the most part this is a comedy. And the vamperism in a rock band is of course a metaphor for drug addiction and the curses of being famous. There are some slight lows in the film and some jokes hit the wall or simply don't work as intended. But this is a good effort. Mind you it is a film loaded with rock songs and if that genre doesn't rock your boat you may be put off. Otherwise Suck is a success and definetly didn't suck like many recent vampire movies have.

The Company of Wolves (Special Edition) [DVD] [1984]
The Company of Wolves (Special Edition) [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ Angela Lansbury
Price: £4.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric horror fantasy- one of the finest Werewolf films made., 15 Sep 2014
Not just one of the great werewolf films but surely one of the best horror/fantasy also. Director Neil Jordan gives us something very close to our hearts, a grim fairytale amid beauty.

The movie's plot is fairly simple- there are wolves in the forest and don't stray from the path unless you want to meet your fate. The movie is a play on, of course Little Red Riding Hood. But it ends up being so much more. The stunningly beautiful and I have to be careful here, for she was only 12 years old at the time, Sarah Patterson is sublime as the lead girl. She commands your attention. Her brunette hair, pale skin and innocence blend with the films atmosphere seamlessly. There are wonderful scenes and characters aplenty. The great David Warner plays Patterson's father and Stephen Rea plays Patterson's mothers ex. Her mother played by Tusse Silberg is terrific, a method actor, but so what? And it doesn't stop there- Terence Stamp plays the Devil a role that was originally for Andy Warhol, though Warhol wouldn't travel to England so Stamp got the job. Brian Glover plays the neighbour and Angela Lansbury is just perfect as granny.

Gorehounds will not be disappointed, there are a few cracking scenes. Let's just say that the image on the cover actually happens. The haunting soundtrack is superb, and the film is laced with atmosphere and superb directional skill by Jordan. Sadly Patterson quit the acting business soon after- goodluck to her, a huge loss for us nonetheless.

The Special Edition has plenty of features including director commentary and there is a lovely booklet included which explains how the film was made. An instant classic, that there is no doubt.

Tyson vs Douglas - The Fight That Shook The Boxing World [VHS]
Tyson vs Douglas - The Fight That Shook The Boxing World [VHS]
Offered by shannon-raven
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Biggest shock ever in boxing history, 14 Sep 2014
Perhaps the biggest shock in boxing history- when James Buster Douglas knocked out and beat the undefeated champ Mike Tyson. This was one of those sporting moments that shook me- seeing Tyson losing, never thought it would happen. Back in the day this was on satellite and I believe was free. But not many people had satellite, then it went to VHS retailing for around 10 pounds. You just couldn't see any footage of this fight unless you paid up.

For boxing fans I suppose this is pretty interesting to own and have, though its on you tube for free. Anyway what a shock and it was only after that we learned Tyson had many personal demons going on outside the ring. As for Douglas he ended up being a false hope, when Evander Holyfield smashed him soon after and Douglas faded.

Bad Dreams & Visiting Hours [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bad Dreams & Visiting Hours [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Michael Ironside
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £6.63

4.0 out of 5 stars Two great 80s horrors on 2 discs, 11 Sep 2014
Two very good 80s horrors on one affordable set.

Bad Dreams has always been fondly remembered- dealing with a survivor from a suicide cult pact who is now haunted by the head of the pact- as she sees those closest to her die in grisly ways. Acting makes this one a winner.

Visiting Hours is like marmite, you either love it or hate it. But if you like the thought of Michael Ironside as a serial killer chasing his victim in an hospital, you should like this little thriller. Stars William Shatner to boot and is recommeded.

This set is a great price and Badr Dreams comes with a stack of extras including director commentary. Visiting Hours sadly only has trailers, and TV spots etc. Both have excellent transfers and this is a 2 disc set.

Bad Dreams [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bad Dreams [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Rubin

4.0 out of 5 stars Superior acting and a few chills make this one a winner, 11 Sep 2014
Jennifer Rubin stars as a woman swept up by a local cult who agrees with the rest of her clan to commit a suicide pact, egged on by its leader played by Richard Lynch. But when she survives, the ghost of Lynch hunts her down in her psychariatic ward- or does he?

Bad Dreams is entertaining from the beginning, makes you think, has a decent script and great acting. Those that remember A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors may take a double take at this movie. Rubin seemingly plays the same type of character, with the same problems and in a psycharitic ward. And everyone around her is being bumped off. The story is quite similar, though director Andrew Fleming wrote Bad Dreams before Elm Street 3 was released.

Rubin is very good here. Of course the movie belongs to the great Richard Lynch- every time he appears he steals the show- and is quite terrifying. Bruce Abbot he of Re Animator fame plays Rubins doctor and special mention must go to Dean Cameron who is outstanding as a psychotic patient.

Indeed this is what drives the film, the excellent acting by all. The only slight problem is the finale which doesn't quite satisfy- indeed the ending was reshot after the movie had wrapped. Guns N'Roses fans will get a treat as credits roll with the song Sweet Child O'Mine.

Shadow of the Cat (1961) dvd UK Release
Shadow of the Cat (1961) dvd UK Release
Dvd ~ Andre Morell
Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Average horror- yet has its moments., 10 Sep 2014
This is the film that all Hammer films have been waiting for, for a long time. The Shadow of the Cat is finally here. However unfortunetly the movie does not live up to the hope.

It is high on atmosphere though, and the acting is good. But the script isn't the best and the movie plods along at a slow rate and if that happens your story better be good.

Alas Shadow of the Cat you will want to own as a collector, but it won't get many views, I suspect.

Dracula: The Legacy Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dracula: The Legacy Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Onslow Stevens

4.0 out of 5 stars All Dracula Universal movies on one set- worth getting., 10 Sep 2014
A collection of all four of the Dracula movies in one set.

Dracula, whilst being the original movie to kick off the Universal cycle of monsters just isn't a good film. Bela Lugosi is terrific as the count but the film drags it's heels through 70 painful minutes. A few words almost save the movie, but it's too flat. But included on here and this is why I am giving an extra star is the superior Spainish version of the film which was filmed on the same stages. It seems that even fans of the first movie prefer the Spanish one, which should tell you something.

Draculas Daughter is a good film, production values and most importantly the acting go up four fold, and it has great characters in it. But this is upstaged by the excellent Son of Dracula, the best movie from the franchise for me. Free flowing story, great acting and nevermlnd Lon Chaney Jr's accent, the movie works. House of Dracula which fittingly was the final Universal monster mash up not counting the comedy movies done with Abbot and Costello is good enough- Saturday afternoon fare. It contains all the monsters, and at times is a ball. Though you feel the movie was never really needed and doesn't add anything to the Dracula legend. The price for this set is very good, so if you don't have the movies it is worth getting.

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