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Waxwork & Waxwork II [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Waxwork & Waxwork II [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price: £3.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Go to movies for horror fans., 27 Nov. 2015
These two movies are what horror fans could call 'GO TO MOVIES', you know nothing to watch, but want to be cheered up by watching over 3 hours of horror that pay the ultimate reference in a comedic style and genuine nod to horror films. The first movie is a slice of how great horror comedy movies were in the 1980s, and the sequel is just a frantic mess but in a good way. I have longer individual reviews on the movies, but let's run them down briefly:

Waxwork- concerns teenagers in a dull small town who are invited to a newly opened waxwork museum for one night only and they must arrive at midnight. Here there are wax works of some of the greatest horror villians ever, but once you enter past the rope you enter that time period and must fight to survive.

Waxwork II- the two survivors from the first movie now enter a time warp and go forward in time, back in time, jump into cult movies and get chased a lot. Great switch your brain off fun- you'll have a hoot and lose count at the many horror references mentioned. The only disappointment of this disc is that there are no extras to be found. But the price is very cheap to own these 2 cult movies.

Waxwork 2 - Lost in Time
Waxwork 2 - Lost in Time
Dvd ~ Zach Galligan
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Price: £24.90

3.0 out of 5 stars A reference and homage to old classic movies- It's a hoot!, 27 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Waxwork 2 - Lost in Time (DVD)
Anthony Hickox got behind the lens again to make this sequel to the 1988 horror movie. Waxwork II starts off immediately after the first movie's events and gets off to a frantic pace that it pretty much keeps up for its running time. Deborah Foreman refused to return as Sarah but it was no big deal and another actress took her role. However Zach Galligan did return, as did more surprisingly Patrick Mcnee although only in a very small role. This time the pair who are the only survivors from the waxwork are in trouble as evil has found its way on Earth, so now they must travel through bizarre time zones.

We get adventures that take in everything from Baron Frankenstein, Nosferatu, Aliens, a ghost story, medieval times. Hell theres even a great re do if you like of Dawn of the Dead in the shopping mall- the movie doesn't take itself seriously and there are obviously comedic moments, but it feels as if the makers are having a great time and just throwing everything into the mix.

The cast is very varied too, so think Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet and the great Bruce Campbell in the black and white segment. Even David Carradine makes an appearance. Waxwork II is hardly a landmark movie, but for what it is, it's a very entertaining piece of horror/sci fi time travel trash.

Vampyr [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1932]
Vampyr [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1932]
Dvd ~ Julian West
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed horror with haunting images., 27 Nov. 2015
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Vampyr was director Carl Dreyer's first effort in 5 years and this 1932 movie was then of course his first talkie. However there is very little dialogue to be found in Vampyr and thus the movie feels like a silent picture. This has affected the movie somewhat and one could lend some critcism to Dreyer that he failed to jump into modern cinema. Vampyr at 72 minutes long is a slow beast of a movie, indeed the first half an hour could have easily taken up less than ten minutes as we follow our lead character who has come upon a very strange and supernaturel village.

There are many wonderful moments captured within the film. The feeling of bleakness and dread never leaves us and there are some great sillouhette captures, a nice reverse shadow and the 3 man character arc of the lead actor is done well. However Vampyr does not capture on a consistant basis the beautiful imagery that has been spoken about elsewhere, and it does have faults of its own. Vampyr is a good movie but 10 years prior we were treated to the real vampire masterpiece, Nosferatu which was able to give us a much more flowing story and beautiful shots consistantly throughout the movie.

Nonetheless Vampyr is a welcome addition to any horror collection, but one feels that whilst Hollywood had embraced the new decade of the 1930s, Dreyer was still stuck in the 20s.

This DVD is par excellence, with the best ever restoration and 2 commentaries on the film. Deleted uncut scenes, which would have been welcomed as spliced into the movie and more extras. The creme de la creme is by way of a book, can't call it a booklet because we are presented with 80 glourious pages about the movie.

Criterion Collection: Carnival of Souls [DVD] [1962] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Carnival of Souls [DVD] [1962] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £21.30

5.0 out of 5 stars A stand out classic low budget horror movie from the 60s, 26 Nov. 2015
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If every low budget horror movie put this much of effort and love into their craft there would be no such thing as a bad horror movie with no money. Made for just $17,000 director Herk Harvey who also stars as the 'man' in the movie has pulled something very unique here. Carnival of Souls was of course a box office disaster and faded from memiry until the 70s and 80s where the movie was frequently shown on late night TV. I myself caught an original airing and was petrified of the movie. As an adult it can all be taken in and appreciated much more now.

The imagery and nightmarish world that our character must go through to learn the truth of her fate is top class, and there are genuine creepy moments laden throughout the movie. The acting is very fair considering most 'actors' were just locales from the film set, but the movie works just fine. In fact countless horror movies have copied many scenes from this film, you end up losing count half way through.

The one criticism towards the film could be that you know what's coming and the cards are dealt early on, but it's such an horrific and glorious encounter that you don't mind one bit. A very important horror movie for the genre.

This review is from the Criterion 2 disc edition which has 2 versions of the movie, commentary, and a ton of extras with booklet so well worth getting over the other editions available.

Island Of Terror [DVD]
Island Of Terror [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Offered by claires_media_store
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A great British horror movie, 26 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Island Of Terror [DVD] (DVD)
Superior British horror movie which sees the great Peter Cushing and Edward Judd called to a small island to investigate mysterious deaths where bodies pile up melted without bones. Island of Terror has an engaging cast, thought out scenes and plenty of 'monsters'. On reflection you will laugh at the hideous things and there are plenty of funny moments, though they are probably unintentional. But one can believe that if Peter Cushing were alive today he would be laughing with us.

This can't take away from a really well developed and very fun movie. Sure Island of Terror has taken many moments from 1950s B movies and is hardly original, but there isn't one boring moment at all and the body count sure does pile up here. It's also refreshing to spend the movie early on with the monsters and not have to wait until the final minute for the 'reveal'.

The climax of the movie is a slight letdown only in the fact that the movie suddenly ends without much clarification, but this is a small snag given that for the previous 80 odd minutes we are duly entertained.

This is the edition to go for as we are treated to a superb Christopher Lee interview on the extras where he talks about the great Terence Fisher, who of course directed Lee several times and directed this movie. There is also viewing notes which go into detail about the movie. Great stuff.

The Brood [1979] [DVD]
The Brood [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Samantha Eggar

3.0 out of 5 stars You'll need to stretch your imagnation for this creepy movie from Cronenberg., 24 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: The Brood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Very good horror movie from David Cronenberg and yet you always feel that Cronenberg's movies, so happy to give us the weird without explanation but always wanting to aim higher than say a slasher movie end up a little hollow. The plot surrounds child abuse (nice topic, right?) A little girl is being abused possibly by her mother who is being treated for childhood abuse problems herself. Her estranged husband wants to get to the bottom of it all. Oliver Reed plays the doctor so to speak who tries to get inside mothers head played by Samantha Egger- of course both harbour dark secrets which will be revealed to her. Reed and Egger hold this movie together and both give startling performances, Egger is especially brilliant here, whilst Reed comes across as an old style authoritian figure who won't be crossed.

Art Hindle who plays the father gives a weak performance, anyone could have played it, but the young girl who has very little to say does a good job in terrifying circumstances. The Brood has some genuine scares and dread together with that 70s horror atmosphere. But fatally there is too much to have to swallow for us to take this seriously, as Cronenberg and the masses would want us to do. Mutant kids born with no parents? Babies born from a sack attached to a persons stomach? It's a little hard to take when The Brood is supposed to be 'adult horror'.

Taken as just a horror movie where you have to really stretch the imagination, The Brood is a good creepy film, but only just that good.

Pontypool [DVD] [2008]
Pontypool [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Stephen McHattie
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.91

3.0 out of 5 stars It's not original but it is enjoyable., 24 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Pontypool [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
The blurb on the DVD box claims this is a unique and original horror film. However this isn't true, the plot behind Pontypool has been seen in everything from STAR TREK to THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Indeed anyone who remembers the T Zone episode Wordplay would be inclined to think that the makers of Pontypool took that idea and just ran with it.

What does make Pontypool is its setting, entirely in a basement that hosts a popular local radio station. Stephen McHattie is simply terrific as the maverick DJ host, make no mistake if he wasn't running the lines this movie could well be forgetable. So on his show he is fed news of something very bizarre happening outside where seemingly normal people are attacking each other. We later learn that the English language is now a virus, and if you say the wrong word then you're infected. Slighty bizarre and off the cuff this is certainly a fairly decent enjoyable movie with decent enough acting.

Pontypool's success is that it never drags for 90 minutes even though we are confinded to basically one room. However the movie also lacks, we can't help but think that we want to see what's going on outside and even though McHattie does a fine job here he never convinces us that him or his team are in much danger. We shouldn't be too harsh on Pontypool though because there are a lot of terrible virus movies in the same mold out there, and this is certainly a few levels above those ones.

Blood Feast [DVD] [1963] [US Import] [NTSC]
Blood Feast [DVD] [1963] [US Import] [NTSC]
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Let's go home Frank"., 20 Nov. 2015
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One of the very first if not first splatter movies and that means a lot if you're a horror fan and a lover of the red stuff. You have to keep reminding yourself that this was shot in 1963 because this is a gruesome movie. Legs cut off, heads bashed in, naked women, how director Herschell Gordon Lewis got away with it is anyones guess.

Blood Feast is about a serial killer who kills women and takes body parts to make an ultimate feast. Gorehounds will love this movie, however the acting is very bad. You can tell that the actors are reading off paper but the script isn't too bad and for a B movie it has been directed fairly well. At 67 mins it isn't too much of a task to get through. Throughout the movie you will be laughing too but not fully aware if the comedy is intentional or not, by the movies end you will realise that some parts are very much intentional. Blood Feast is a must for any serious horror collector. Certainly not the greatest of movies but it does have historic value behind it, say what you will but the movie did push the envelope for Hollywood to make more gorier and violent movies in the 70s.

The Wicker Man (Limited Edition Wooden Box Set) [1973] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
The Wicker Man (Limited Edition Wooden Box Set) [1973] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]

5.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward light up the screen in superior British horror, 19 Nov. 2015
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Superior and haunting British horror film. The Wicker Man has certainly grown into a genuine horror masterpiece since its release in the early 1970s. Edward Woodward is excellent as a policeman who has arrived on a deserted Scottish island to look for a missing girl. But the townsfolk are not welcoming, and seem to have no respect and no desire to help him. His deep religious values are tested to the limit by the strange and weird locals. Ingrid Pitt and Britt Eckland both star and give this movie spice and of course the late great Christopher Lee is at the head of proceedings calling the shots as the movie reaches its harrowing climax.

A wonderful movie with what has to be the most bizarre but very beautiful soundtrack for a horror movie. This review is from the wooden box edition. There are 2 discs, the normal running time and the extended version. It's worth watching the extended version as it is 15 mins longer. Unfortunetly the added scenes have not been remastered and look very patchy on a big screen, but at least we are able to view them. A genuine classic movie.

Grave Misdemeanours
Grave Misdemeanours

4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting finale to 80s horror movies, 17 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Grave Misdemeanours (VHS Tape)
Grave Misdemeanors was always that one movie in the video store that no one ever rented. So I went for it based on the cover and loved the movie back then. The movie's US title is NIGHT LIFE. It is perhaps the last great horror comedy to come out of the US in the 1980s.

Scott Grimes works in a mortuary so he can pay for his college education, Grimes of course is best remembered for his roles in the Critter movies. Here he plays a kid that constantly gets bullied by the kids in school and by his uncle who runs the mortuary with an iron fist. But everything changes for Grimes when his bullies are all killed in a freak car accident and now he has to bring them in. But when lightning hits the bodies they are re animated into zombies and want their revenge on him.

Night Life is a fun movie, and even though the plot sounds wacky it is a slow moving thoughful film. Nothing of much happens in the first hour, but because of that we get character development and in many ways this movie could also be sub catergorized as a drama. Teen stuck in small town with no hope etc etc.

The only fault with the movie is how dark it is, the picture I mean. The director David Acomba really screwed up on this one. The movie needs a DVD Blu ray release and needs remastering so we can watch it properly, because in its current state some scenes are so dark that its easy to be put off by the film. However for now, Night Life is a great movie and a fitting end to 1980s horror.

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