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More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £13.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary about one of the classic 80s movies., 17 April 2015
Very good account of how the Return of the Living Dead movies were made. There is an impressive cast call, with almost every original cast member present, including the main ones, James Karen, Clu Gulager and Thom Mathews. If you love the movies, especially the first one then you'll really like this documentary.

However it could have been presented a bit better. We keep switching at a rapid rate from actor to actor and especially for the first hour they don't have much interesting things to say. Gulager and Karen can light a room up and perhaps they just were not given the right questions to do so. It is still of course a very good and essential piece to have, the movies were great fun and it's great to dive in and go behind the scenes of all of that. It's 2hours long and gives us what we want. But it can't live with documentaries such as the Street Trash one and so on. Of course the bottom line is if you love Return of the Living Dead then you'll love this.

Harold And Kumar Get The Munchies [DVD]
Harold And Kumar Get The Munchies [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cho
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: £4.72

4.0 out of 5 stars First installment is still very funny often than not., 17 April 2015
Mix in ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, WAYNES WORLD, BOB AND SILENT JAY with a dash of Bill and Ted- ramp it up even more and you get at the other end Harold and Kumar. A fun if wacky comedy that hits the right notes more than it misses.

The plot in a nutshell is about two stoner dudes that have great careers waiting for them but just don't know it, bored and hungry one night. So they decide after seeing a TV advert to drive across town to buy some burgers. But they get up to about a zillion adventures inbetween.

The two main characters work well off of each other and it just becomes very hard to dislike this movie. Is it juvenile? Yes it is, but it certainly isn't for kids- teenagers will absolutely love it though. It does go left field sometimes- like riding a CGI Cheetah through a forest- but more than not it's simply a fun switch your brain off comedy. Certainly has repeated views all over it.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [DVD]
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Price: £1.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Stiller is a standout in sluggish comedy that gets better as it goes on., 16 April 2015
Incredibly predictable but fun all the same movie about two rival gym owners, one a rich arrogant and odd owner (Stiller) the other a down to Earth working Joe (Vaughn). Vaughn's unsuccessful gym needs to find $50,000 dollars within the month or Stiller will be able to take over his gym. Along comes the Dodgeball Championships and a chance to win that money.....

Stiller is a standout as the evil charmer but utter idiot, though Vaughn simply seems miscast. The laughs are few and far between and most of them are aimed at the amount of times the ball in the game smashes an opponents face. But it's all played in lighthearted fun, which makes these scenes quite funny.

Dodgeball could have been much better though- it gets off to an awkward slow start but gets better in the second half. Look fast for loads of cameos including- William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Chuck Norris and a now cringeworthy scene with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Rip Torn stars as coach!

My Bloody Valentine [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
My Bloody Valentine [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best slasher movies of all time- and avoid all versions except the region 1 special edition., 15 April 2015
Excellent slasher movie from the genres most important year- 1981. A miner in a small town is unhappy that the old Valentines dance is to be resurrected 20 years on, so he goes on a killing spree. But is the miner the old man that is supposedly locked away in an asylum or someone else that we know?

My Bloody Valentine is one of the better slasher movies from the hundreds that were released in the 80s- and this comes down to the character building. Yes it is here. And the movie doesn't follow the lazy slasher rules, so the fat guy with the moustache gets respect from other characters and even has a gorgeous girlfriend, now that's refreshing.

The gore and killings are here but it isn't like Friday the 13th, these massacres are paced pretty well. Having said that there is a clear nod to the infamous slasher that came out a year before this one. For Crazy Ralph see the bar man- and at one point the date of Friday the 13th even appears on screen.

This has been reported to be Quentin Tarantino's favourite slasher movie, and for good reason.

Finally onto the various releases. AVOID ALL except for the Lionsgate Region 1 Special Edition. This is the only edition that has the movie uncut. And it is extremely gory and certainly worth paying out extra for. We're not talking about small snippets, we're talking mintues having been cut out. So for the real deal you need to get this version. There are also some very good extras, and a doc about slasher movies.

The Killing [DVD]
The Killing [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sterling Hayden
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick lands in Hollywood with his third movie, 15 April 2015
This review is from: The Killing [DVD] (DVD)
A bonafide classic and a early directorial film his 3rd from Stanley Kubrick. Sterling Hayden leads the movie as part of a gang of thieves who plot to steal 2m dollars from the racetrack. Highly entertaining throughout and the non linear story obviously influenced Quentin Tarantino. Check out Hayden's stare towards the end, this is a classic movie. The quickest of eyes will see comedian Rodney Dangerfield in the fight scene. A movie that gets better with each viewing.

Neon Maniacs - Special Uncut Edition
Neon Maniacs - Special Uncut Edition
Dvd ~ Clyde Hayes
Offered by dvd-uncut
Price: £12.90

2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the most memorable 80s cheese movies but has its moments, 12 April 2015
Neon Maniacs had all the tools in here to be a cheesy 80s classic, but lacks the charm that some of the better known movies had in abundence. At times it's here, but only briefly.

Plot involves mutant type killers who live by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and yet are terrified by water- go figure. Acting is very borderline as expected. But there's next to no character likeability, gore or story, so is quite a let down.

There are a lot of dumb characters in the story, including cops carrying water pistols and wooden characters and huge plot holes. Check out our lead female character who has just saw her brother and best friends die but still needs to catch up on that suntan. There's silly and silly- and Neon Maniacs would have gotten away with it had the story been more fun and perhaps more bizarre. But movies like this live by the likeable characters and goofiness and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Neon Maniacs mostly fails.

Oh and the battle of the bands is simply cringeworthy- it feels like Rick Astley v WASP. If you love 80s horror trash you'll find something in here, but there are many better movies from this genre and era worth checking out first.

Diary Of A Madman [DVD]
Diary Of A Madman [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Price: £12.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Overlong, drawn out but Price saves this movie, 12 April 2015
This review is from: Diary Of A Madman [DVD] (DVD)
Vincent Price saves this one- where he plays a respected magistrate who ends up getting demonically possessed and becomes a killer. Great sets, great atmosphere and the actin is decent all round. However the movie seems to play its cards too soon and is about fifteen minutes to long- to the point where it starts to drag- shame because the first half and climax are well done.

Diary of a Madman is a good movie, but Price was making great movies at this time, and it may be best to check those out before venturing here.

Dead Man Running [DVD] [2009]
Dead Man Running [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Danny Dyer
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Nosedives into unbelievable territory, but fun in parts, 12 April 2015
Danny Dyer and Tamir Hussain team up again in a fairly enjoyable movie that fizzles out like a balloon gasping for air in the final third. Like them or not and yes their acting talent is limited, Hassan and Dyer have a good working chemistry and were made to make these gangster type movies. However Dead Man Running isn't simply a gangster flick, there's elements of comedy and even slight drama.

50 Cent plays the head guy- though it's no more than a cameo role as he simply bookends the film. There are some interesting characters here though- so we get Brenda Blethyn here and the excellent Phillip Davis. The story concerns Hassan who owes 50 Cent 100k, but he needs to collect the money in 24 hours or he and his mother will be killed. So Hassan takes Dyer with him on this adventure to raise the cash.

As the movie goes on it just becomes more and more silly- able to take up to a point, but the last scenes and climax are just too much to take in. East End geezers do good and all wears way too thin in this movie. However the first half of the movie is fairly enjoyable- some will love this movie, but even for its genre there are plenty of flaws, entertaining trash at its best.

Cabinet of Dr Caligari [DVD]
Cabinet of Dr Caligari [DVD]
Dvd ~ Werner Krauss
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Silent classic- a must own and essential movie to watch, 12 April 2015
This review is from: Cabinet of Dr Caligari [DVD] (DVD)
Genuinely classic silent horror concerninga young man who tells us a backstory about the strange Doctor Caligari and his even stranger assistant. Delicious cartoon esque sets only add to mad atmosphere. Some stunning scenes, including one brutal murder and the awakening of the assistant himself.

But there are a few problems- some scenes are extended without text, or the text hangs on the screen to long. Yes this was a sign of the times and how things were done, but unless we're witnessing something truly terrific on screen, these long pauses simply take away from the magic of it all.

Of course this is a landmark horror movie and a superb example of German Expressionist films- it is on the whole a delight to watch.

Gnaw [DVD]
Gnaw [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hiram Bleetman
Offered by Helpful Publishing
Price: £3.13

1.0 out of 5 stars Atrioucious acting and cliched ridden horror- a huge letdown, 12 April 2015
This review is from: Gnaw [DVD] (DVD)
Gnaw is the type of movie that is seriously damaging the British Film industry- it's a cliche ridden mess of a film. The acting is absolutely atrioucious and the script is poor. Basic plot involves a group of obnoxious middle class students who spend a weekend together in the backwoods and rent out a small cottage. Only its owners are cannibals and their visitors are the next meal.

There's a lot of hype here about the gore, something we must fall back on because there is nothing else but if you're coming here looking for lashings of blood you've come to the wrong place. There are no look away scenes and surprisingly little gore. If these films are your thing you'd be best to visit the French market- MARTYRS, FRONTIERS etc- they deliver whilst this movie puts you to sleep.

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