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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [DVD]
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dennis Hopper
Price: £3.28

3.0 out of 5 stars Texas Chainsaw for the MTV generation, 11 Feb. 2016
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Entertaining sequel to the all out grim 70s classic. But whether you will like it or not if you love the original is anyone's guess. Be sure this sequel is more open, even has some lines of comedy in it and is a far different beast to the original.

Part 2 concerns a DJ who gets a prank call but the pranksters get killed by Leatherface and the family whilst out on the road and the whole deaths are recorded on air. When she plays it again at the request of bounty hunter Dennis Hopper, 'the family' come for her at the radio show. First half of the movie is played out mostly in DJ headquarters whilst the second half is played out at the family's new underground home. You can tell the budget is 10x bigger than the original, the sets look very good.

Tobe Hooper who directed the first movie is back again, and yet his touch never feels like it's here, as said before this sequel is very different from the first movie. Dennis Hopper at first is very good as the hunter whose family member Franklin from the first movie was killed by Leatherface. Hopper has some of the best lines and we even get a chainsaw duel between him and Leatherface. But arguably stealing the movie is Bill Moseley as one of the family members. So good was he that Michael Keaton took inspiration from his character to play Beetlejuice.

There are a few problems with this sequel- the police apart from the beginning are nowhere to be found, even though the tape recording was supposed to bring them out of the cracks. The movie never tells us the fate of some of the characters and the finale is taken from the original. A little tired, though final shot looks great.

All in all this is a good sequel for what it is trying to be which is ultimately to be more open for teenagers at the time who could see the character of Leatherface and family as more cool, hence the original promo posters at the time.

Alone in the Dark [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Alone in the Dark [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

5.0 out of 5 stars All star cast in minor horror classic., 6 Feb. 2016
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Alone in the Dark was director Jack Sholder's first ever movie and what a way to start your career. The movie echoes what was popular at the time in the horror genre with the slasher film. But it is much more than just that. The cast includes Donald Pleasence as a doctor at an asylum who has some alternative methods to treat his patients. Martin Landau and Jack Palance are amongst the patients who are convinced that their new doctor has killed their old one and now they must escape and kill the new doctor and his family. Doctor is played by Dwight Schultz, yes that is Howling Mad Murdoch who would go on to star in The A Team.

As expected the acting is very good, and the movie has a great free flowing feel to it filled with interesting characters. This was back when horror movies would invest in character arcs and it pays off here with a very good crafted horror film. This Region 1 is the only way to go, comes with stacks of extras and a small but informative booklet guide on the movie, picture is sharp too.

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Unseen Edition [DVD] [2015]
Fifty Shades of Grey: The Unseen Edition [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Jamie Dornan
Price: £4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Because I'm rich you'll do exactly what I want you to do., 6 Feb. 2016
Thing of it is if 50 Shades had just stuck to the simple moments in the movie this could have been passable. But oh dear. The acting is low key, the dialogue is wickedly amateurish and the music during the sex scenes is something you'd expect from a 13 year olds bedroom.

Biggest faux pas is that Dornan explictily tells female what he does and who he is- she agrees and then wants to tame him, oh dear. The sex scenes are boring and never feel erotic and surely that was supposed to be a key point within the movie?

The only thing the movie has going for it is the sets and structure but with a movie that had a budget of $40m you'd expect it to be. Dakota Johnson is of course beautiful to look at- but there's only fun in the nudity department for the men- Dornan spends the film with jeans on and creeping up on his 'love'. A missed opportunity that feels like a TV movie but audiences loved it, it made millions.

Six Days, Seven Nights [DVD] [1998]
Six Days, Seven Nights [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
Price: £5.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly decent Ford movie passes the time, 6 Feb. 2016
Breezy action adventure with hints of comedy has a group of four people, who end up by consequence cheating on each other. One pair Harrison Ford and Anne Heche get into all kinds of adventures in the jungle, getting chased and almost killed. It's like Romancing the Stone for the 90s. You're going to have to suspend belief on a lot of occasions, but it's all harmless and at least has a feel good factor. David 'Friends' Schwimmer also stars.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger [DVD] [2010]
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The truth is Allen is making some of his finest work but no one will notice in his life., 4 Feb. 2016
A group of vignettes with stories some inter connected where we don't even get a resolution. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger should have failure written all over it, but director Woody Allen teases us and gives us just enough. Ableit this kind of story telling will not be for everyone. The scene for instance where Josh Brolin finds out that he will be found out with his script never gives us an ending. But Allen is telling us it will be the ending you will most expect. Because of this Allen involves us the viewer and whilst film after film would not work a one off does.

The movie is shot in London and captures it (from the rich half) very well. The cast is good too, Anthony Hopkins as a rich playboy who finds out his freedom means lonliness too. Philip Glenister in a supporting role, Antonio Banderas and Pauline Collins also star.

The Omen Trilogy Box Set [DVD]
The Omen Trilogy Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lee Remick
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The chosen one comes to you in a chosen box set, 3 Feb. 2016
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I have longer individual reviews on each movie as a single DVD. However just to summarize here the first Omen film is a genuine horror classic. The sequel fails to live up to the first movie but certainly has its memorable moments. The third movie is the second best of the trilogy.

As for this box set it's fantastic value and is as cheap as chips on here. Strange given that it is a limited edition and numbered. The set opens up like a crucifix. All in all excellent value for money, commentaries on the films,bios, trailers and documentaries, we get spoiled here. Good package.

Omen 3 - The Final Conflict [DVD]
Omen 3 - The Final Conflict [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Neill

4.0 out of 5 stars "Take Him!", 3 Feb. 2016
Damien is all grown up in this third and final movie to round up the trilogy. Inch by inch he becomes more powerful and influential as head of Thorn Industries and now he has gathered seemingly thousands of disciples. Sam Neill does a very good job of portraying Damien. So much so that we finally feel his evil which isn't all that evident in the first two movies. Don Gordon plays his business pal well and remains loyal to him until he realises that his own baby is under threat as Damien must destroy any babies born on a certain date.

This isn't anywhere near as effective as the first classic film but it is an improvement on the tiresome sequel. However Omen III isn't without its faults. The story at times feels spoon fed to us and the finale feels more anti climax than anti christ. A little rushed, perhaps?

But the setting and acting is of a good standard and this is a very solid horror movie.

Damien - Omen 2 [DVD]
Damien - Omen 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Holden
Price: £4.13

3.0 out of 5 stars Sequel is a shadow of the classic original., 1 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Damien - Omen 2 [DVD] (DVD)
As good as William Holden and Lee Grant are there was always going to be that emptiness after us coming from Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in the first movie and it does show here. Because these two characters especially Holden take up much of the time in this sequel. The Omen 2 does unfortunately plod along switching back from the Thorn Company to the military school where a teenage Damien now resides. He has 2 protectors now, one is Lance Henriksen, however his acting skills aren't used to any effect.

But Jonathan Scott-Taylor is very good as Damien who is a confused young boy but by the films end understands his powers and now relishes in it. There are some interesting if predictable kills and the movie ends clearing the way for the final one. Omen 2 isn't a great horror film but it still serves enough chills and genuine creepiness to keep us mostly interested.

The Omen [DVD] [1976]
The Omen [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Gregory Peck
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £3.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Still has the power to creep you out. A horror classic, 30 Jan. 2016
This review is from: The Omen [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
When you have Gregory Peck acting and Richard Donner directing then you know you have a great chance to watch a fulfilling movie and The Omen ticks all the boxes in the horror cannon. Peck's adopted son is the son of Satan and strange things start to happen around them. Mother is played by the much missed Lee Remick. Bille Whitelaw is superb as Damien's nanny who protects him. The music is almost as infamous as the film itself. But it is the acting that elevates the movie as Peck starts to believe that indeed his son is evil. He teams up with photographer played by David Warner to learn the ultimate terrifying truth.

The only slight let down is that we don't see much of Damien, however the kid was only 5 years old when he played him. An excellent chilling movie, which relies on imagery and piure horror rather than gore. Indeed only the infamous decapitation scene has any gore. If you don't want more frights avoid the extras titled Curse or Coincidence........

Night of the Eagle [DVD] [1962]
Night of the Eagle [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Peter Wyngarde
Price: £8.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting with genuine fright moments., 29 Jan. 2016
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Skeptical college professor played by Peter Wyngarde gets the surprise of his life when he finds out this his wife has been studying witchcraft after their recent holiday to Jamaica. She's in much deeper than he thinks and slowly things in his personal life start to fall apart after he burns all of her items that she has collected. Now he faces a race against time to save his wife from certain death.

This is a very well made British horror film and what stands out is the wonderful acting. Peter Wyngarde and his wife played by Janet Blair are very believeable and Margaret Johnston can put the creeps on you just with her smile.

There are some genuinely creepy moments, the eagle chasing Wyngarde is a major highlight and this is a quality horror movie. True there are some loose ends- the college student's faked relationship with her teacher was worth more story progressing if only for the weirdness of the character and there is a lull at the half way point. But all in all Night of the Eagle is a very good horror movie.

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