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Dvd ~ Mika Hijii
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tonnes of fun!, 26 Jan. 2011
I saw this film at FrightFest last year in the midnight slot and it was brilliant fun! Seriously you just cannot go wrong with both ninjas and aliens in the same film.

The fight scenes are incredibly well choreographed - both shot and edited hyper fast - and the ninjas use a whole range of cool weapons, first in a inter-clan battle, and ultimately against the alien(s) of the title. Incredibly funny, with great cartoon gore (think Bad Taste) and rubber-suited aliens, this film also benefits from having an ultra-sexy and kick-ass female ninja with an amazing outfit to boot. Perfect late-night viewing with a couple of beers and a few mates - can't wait to see it again!

Blood River [DVD] [2008]
Blood River [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Ian Duncan
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.46

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of 2010, 15 July 2010
This review is from: Blood River [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I first came across Adam Mason with BROKEN, a film screened at FrightFest back in 2006. That film was flawed, but considering the budget was only $10,000, it stands as an incredible achievement with some genuine stand-out moments of brutality.

Mason's next film, THE DEVIL'S CHAIR was also very interesting, albeit a bit slow to start with before it delivered well on the horror level in the last 30 minutes.

BLOOD RIVER however, is Adam Mason's greatest work to date and borders on masterpiece. Again, utilising a low-budget to the maximum, the film uses only three main characters to boil the tension and suspense to nerve-shredding levels.

The opening uses elements from other classic 'outback' movies such as DUST DEVIL and THE HITCHER (the original) as a young couple find themselves stranded in the desert following a near-fatal car crash. Stumbling on the deserted town down the road, Blood River, they encounter the mysterious hitch-hiker Joseph (the outstanding Andrew Howard) and that's where things get really interesting..

Everything about this film is fantastic, from the performances (all brilliant) through to the beautiful cinematography (the helicopter shots look amazing), the music and not least of all, the story which holds true all the way through to it's amazing ending.

I simply cannot recommend this film enough to all fans of horror films, and although Adam Mason currently resides in LA, this film truly marks him out as one of the best British genre filmmakers working today. A must-see!
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Zombie Women Of Satan [2009] [DVD]
Zombie Women Of Satan [2009] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Victoria Hopkins

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 10 Jun. 2010
Screening first thing on Bank Holiday Monday last year at FrightFest, Zombie Women of Satan was great entertainment for the start of a final day at a horror festival - a true UK indie movie made with a lot of passion and fun.

The humour is a bit far out, but if you're in to films such as Bad Taste and Braindead, you'll get a lot of enjoyment from this film. The two lead guys are hilarious, as is the dwarf, and as a bonus, there are lots of lovely lady zombies in various states of undress! Lots of guns, gore and topless girls - perfect for a late night B-movie night in!
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Salvage [DVD]
Salvage [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shahid Ahmed
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.72

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best British horror of the year, 16 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Salvage [DVD] (DVD)
There's been a huge increase in British horror over the last couple of years - both in quality and quantity. We've had Mum & Dad, Eden Lake, The Children, Tony - all great films, but Salvage tops them all and gives us a new talented director - Lawrence Gough - who is definitely going to be someone to watch.

Screening at London's FrightFest last year, Salvage gripped a rabid horror crowd with a fantastic concept of terror invading a quiet British cul-de-sac (actually it was the last production to be filmed on the set of Brookside Close).

Whilst one mother (Beth - an outstanding an Award-winning performance from Neve McIntosh) is desperate to heal wounds with her daughter Jodie, the whole street is suddenly thrown into turmoil by a group of heavily armed soldiers ordering the residents back into their homes. Is the threat from some terrorist organisation, or something much worse...

Brilliantly written (the sense of dread increases in a perfectly pitched escalation) and directed and with terrific performances, Salvage really is the real deal and further establishes the UK as a forefront of horror film production. Do not miss this film!
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Tony [DVD]
Tony [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gerard Johnson
Offered by Digizoneuk
Price: £18.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome British serial killer, 26 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Tony [DVD] (DVD)
TONY screened last year at the Manchester Grimm Up North festival. Not sure what to expect from a British serial killer film, TONY really impressed a genre-savvy audience - not least because of a genuinely creepy and haunting performance from Peter Ferdinando as the lead character.

There have been other films that have been compared to the classic HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, but in TONY deserves the comparison, and more. With great cinematography and awesome support from the entire cast, TONY is a true UK classic, all the more impressive considering the budget the crew were working with. Shot with hand-held cameras on London's streets, TONY feels real, in a good way, and at it's most scary moment it sends shivers down the spine.

Yet despite it's gritty subject matter, TONY is also darkly humourous, showing moments of humanity that contrast beautifully with the shocking kill scenes. Tony himself is a lonely character, more concerned with old VHS action films (Jean-Claude Van Damme being a particular favourite of his) and trying desperately to connect with the people he encounters rather then any pre-meditated killing spree. His loneliness touches the viewer, allowing us to (almost) sympathise with a man who thinks nothing of strangling a TV Licence man for threatening to take away his precious TV.

For all fans of British horror - this is one of the best debuts to emerge from the UK for years, and director Gerard Johnson and Peter Ferdinando have marked themselves out as big names to wtch. Also worth noting that the score was written by the director's brother, Matt (THE THE) Johnson.

Danny Dyer's Football Foul-Ups [DVD]
Danny Dyer's Football Foul-Ups [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny Dyer
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £5.95

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny's the man when it comes to football compilation DVDs, 30 Nov. 2009
Amidst the usual Christmas run of football compilation DVDs, Danny Dyer is an inspired choice for a host, offering much more value than the usual presenters such as Danny Baker etc..

In his own style, Danny presents a solid selection of clips of cock-ups and moments of footballing skill. As a huge football fan myself this was a very enjoyable DVD and I certainly recommend as the perfect football DVD Christmas present this year.

Christmas In Wonderland [DVD] [2007]
Christmas In Wonderland [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Patrick Swayze
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £13.97

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family film with Patrick Swayze, 30 Nov. 2009
As a big fan of Patrick Swayze (more Road House and Point Break) I was hoping for a good fun film with Christmas in Wonderland and certainly wasn't disappointed. As one of his last films, it's great to see Swazye in a thoroughly engaging and funny comedy in the same vein as Home Alone.

Also good to see Tim Curry back in action, and Carmen Electra brings a dash of glamour. All in all, a perfect Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy, especially if you've swooned over Swayze in Ghost / Dirty Dancing (for the girls) and enjoyed his action movies as a guy.

Let the Right One in [DVD]
Let the Right One in [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kåre Hedebrant
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film of 2009, 9 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Let the Right One in [DVD] (DVD)
Without a doubt, this was my favourite film of 2009 - a terrific 'coming-of-age' story with a pitch-perfect script and some of the most gorgeous cinematography ever put to film.

The fact that it's a vampire tale is almost immaterial, it's more about the journey of two 'young' outsiders and how they reach out to each other to help each other overcome their problems that life has dealt them.

But, if you're a horror fan, don't be put off by this - there's enough gristle in this film to satisfy even the most ardent gorehound, especially with THAT finale!

The best film of 2009 without a doubt, and ranks up their with other classic foreign language 'genre' titles of this decade such as Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage.

Vinyan [DVD]
Vinyan [DVD]
Dvd ~ Emmanuelle Beart
Offered by ZavviOutlet
Price: £5.43

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and genuinely horrific, 15 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Vinyan [DVD] (DVD)
Fabrice Du Welz's first film, Calvaire (The Ordeal), was a genuine original cult movie that delighted horror and genre fans alike with it's off-the-wall approach, black humour and relentlessly horrific ending. His much-anticipated second film, VINYAN, is easily as powerful, but with a bigger budget and more well-known cast, the film looks absolutely phenomenal.

Emmanuelle Beart and Rufus Sewell (both terrific in their roles) have lost their son six months previously in the Asian tsunami disaster while holidaying in Thailand. Whereas Rufus has almost given up hope, Emmanuelle is still convinced she will find Joshua, and when she glimpses some graniy footage of a children's camp in Burma, she becomes convinced that it is her son, and persuades her husband to negotiate with some drug-traffickers to give them passage to the neighbouring country.

However, when they reach their destination, they find that not all is as it seems, with one of the most powerfully haunting and horrific endings ever put to film.

Beautifully shot, very well performed, and with a story that will resonate with anyone who has, or is thinking of having, children, VINYAN is a first-class horror that will leave you emotionally drained, in a way that only the best horror films can do.
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Fermat's Room [DVD] [2007]
Fermat's Room [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Lluis Homar
Offered by Digizoneuk
Price: £19.89

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable Spanish thriller, 4 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Fermat's Room [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The Spanish are putting out some great genre films lately with the likes of The Orphanage, Time Crimes and to some extent Pan's Labyrinth. Fermat's Room is no exception, a brilliantly devised puzzler of a thriller that keeps the viewer thoroughly engaged throughout it's taut run time.

The concept is genius - four leading mathematicians are brought together to an isolated house with the promise of being involved in solving a great enigma. However, it's not long before they realise that the room they are in is a deathtrap and will squash them all unless they answer a succession of puzzles and riddles, least of all, who has brought them all together and why is he out to kill them all..

Don't let the fact that this film is in Spanish put you off, it's incredibly enjoyable with a killer ending, and ranks high above any recent English language thriller. Very highly recommended...
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