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The Revenant [Blu-ray]
The Revenant [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ David Anders
Price: £7.71

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious horror, 27 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Revenant [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Horror comedy is tricky to get right. Too much humour and there's no room for the horror, and too much horror and it's difficult to find the laughs. Very few films manage to pull this off, but The Revenant gets closer than most to the old school movies such as Re-Animator, American Werewolf, The Evil Dead and Braindead.

I saw this at a special preview screening with Bizarre Magazine in March and the crowd went mad for it. Essentially the story of a US war veteran who inexplicably comes back to life with a taste for human blood when back on US soil (there's one great scene where he and his best buddy debate as to whether he's a zombie or a vampire, before finally deciding on the fact that he's a 'revenant'), The Revenant is a great buddy horror / comedy that pulls in many aspects from other genres - plenty of guns and action for the action fans and a dark side of humor which should satisfy fans of the comedy genre too.

The performances from the two leads (David Anders as the 'revenant' Bart and Chris Wylde as his friend Joey) are pitch-perfect and provide most of the laughs as they embark on a mission of vigilantism to clear the streets of scum (and to keep Bart in food). The action and gore special effects are above par for a film with a restricted budget, and if you've ever wondered how a severed head can possibly talk, you'll be in for a treat with a scene near the end that spoofs Re-Animator in a brilliantly original way. And the ending - well, without wanting to say too much, it takes a deliciously dark turn that could well give an entry point to a great sequel. Here's hoping...

Thoroughly recommended.


Catfish [DVD]
Catfish [DVD]
Dvd ~ Henry Joost
Price: £4.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking look at Social Media, 20 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Catfish [DVD] (DVD)
Although nowhere near as 'scary' as some people are suggesting, Catfish is a very interesting look at how social media can be misused in the modern-day era. Starting off light-hearted as the main guy interacts with an 8 year old painter he's never met through Facebook, before going on to have a virtual relationship with her older sister, the mystery does get darker when it becomes apparent that the person he's communicating with may not be who she seems.

The true answer does reveal itself just passed the midway point, at which point the film does veer off into a decent explanation of the whys and wherefores of what has happened up to this point, and in doing so actually becomes something almost sweet and tender by the climax.


Talihina Sky : The Story Of The Kings Of Leon (Limited Edition Special Packaging) [DVD]
Talihina Sky : The Story Of The Kings Of Leon (Limited Edition Special Packaging) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Caleb Followill
Offered by lightningdvd
Price: £17.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the 'real' band, 20 Oct. 2011
Rather than go the normal 'concert footage' route, Talihina Sky is a fascinating look at the Kings of Leon in their home environment, how they came to be in a band together and then charting their rise with the odd segment of their best songs in a concert environment. This makes this documentary far more interesting than the majority of any music docs out there and interesting to everyone, even with only a passing interest in the band. If you are a fan though, then it is pretty much essential.


The Woman [Blu-ray] [Region-Free]
The Woman [Blu-ray] [Region-Free]
Dvd ~ Pollyanna McIntosh
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £9.99

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the year!, 21 Sept. 2011
The Woman had it's UK premiere at this year's Film4 FrightFest and quite rightly came away as one of the best, if not the best, film of the whole festival. An amazing return to form for the director Lucky McKee (who first came to the world's attention with the film May), The Woman is an outstanding story of a American middle-class father who stumbles upon a feral woman in the woods whilst out hunting. He then decides to capture her and hold her captive in his cellar in an effort to 'civilize' her - a decision that affects both him, his family and The Woman herself. Amazing performances all round (especially by the Scottish actress Pollyanna McIntosh as The Woman), great direction and a brilliant soundtrack - all building to a simply jaw-dropping climax - make this one of the year's MUST-SEE films. Do not miss!


Iron Lord [DVD]
Iron Lord [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yaroslav. Tysyachu let nazad
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.09

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic with great action sequences, 2 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Iron Lord [DVD] (DVD)
Seems the sword and sandles genre is back in fashion of late - following on from other classic medieval films of the last two years such as Black Death, Iron Clad, Centurion and The Eagle, come this film from Russia which surprises by have a great budget to play with showing epic scenes of tremendous battles and romantic intrigue.

Featuring a great lead role by Alexander (something?) as the mean and broody Prince Yaraslav, the film follows his attempts to please his father Prince Vladimir by standing up to a group of bandits who have been stealing and robbing the local villages of the area of their rule. Plenty of fighting ensues with swords, arrows, horses and armour (and some great sequences with real life bears!), and if this is your thing, you won't be disappointed.


Ghosted [DVD]
Ghosted [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Lynch
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £9.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly acted and directed, 16 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Ghosted [DVD] (DVD)
Brilliantly directed by debut filmmaker Craig Viveiros, GHOSTED may feature a lot of cliches from other prison drama / thriller films, but what makes this film stand out from the pack are the truly exceptional acting performances from the main cast.

The ever reliable John Lynch (from Black Death / Sliding Doors) excels as Jack, a model prisoner who is trying to keep his head down and avoid the prison monster Clay (Craig Parkinson in a Rottweiler of a performance). The balance is upset with the arrival of young arsonist Paul (Martin Compston from The Disappearance of Alice Creed) and the story develops as the two older inmates battle for control of the young boy.

Yes, there are the typical cliches (shankings in the yard / shower abuse scenes etc), but Ghosted is extremely well filmed and keeps you engaged all the way through to it's surprise ending. Easily one of the most interesting British debuts of recent years - the director is clearly someone to watch.


The Devil's Rejects [Blu-ray]
The Devil's Rejects [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sid Haig

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rob Zombie's best by a mile, 16 Jun. 2011
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This is the film that showed that Rob Zombie could have become a legend as a horror film director - before throwing away that reputation with a couple of insipid Halloween remakes.

His first film, House of a 100 Corpses is a fun throwaway movie, but The Devil's Rejects, which picks up with characters from his debut film, it a tour de force of trash horror which deserves a lasting place in horror history.

With many a quotable line of dialogue, some fantastic music (you'll never listen to Freebird by Lynard Skynard in the same way again after seeing this film) and some truly demented and horrific imagery (witness the girl running out of the motel wearing the face of one of her friends before being run over by a passing truck!), The Devil's Rejects is one of the very best horror films of the 21st Century.

The blu-ray is packed with phenomenal extras, including an fantastic two and half hour making of, as well as bloopers, interviews, and much much more. Treat yourself to a Tutti Frutti!


Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
by Kim Newman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best edition yet, 16 Jun. 2011
I love Kim Newman. He was the man who really got me into horror films when I'd pour over every word of his horror reviews in early editions of Empire magazine.

I discovered the second edition of this book in the early 90s and thumbed through it several times, but this fully updated third edition is an absolute MUST for all fans of genre films.

The first half is a reprint of the earlier edition, except with added footnotes where Kim has revisited his earlier work and re-evaluated certain film reviews. The second half is all brand new though, covering pretty much every horror (or 'nightmare' film) released since the late 80s.

Extremely readable, and written with enormous passion, integrity and wit, you simply cannot call yourself a fan of horror films until you've read this book - more than twice!


Miracle At St Anna [DVD] [2008]
Miracle At St Anna [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ John Turturro
Price: £13.61

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and action-packed, 16 Jun. 2011
Spike Lee turns his hand to World War II stories with Miracle At St Anna, in which he focuses on the little known Buffalo Soldiers, a battalion consisting of 15,000 African-American soldiers based in Tuscany in 1944.

Book-ending the film with a modern-day setting (the opening scene in a post office is a fantastic and shocking opening), the main meat of the movie takes place in WW2 when four men from the Buffalo battalion get caught behind enemy lines and are forced to take shelter in a nearby Italian village, some of whom have never seen men of colour before. With the Nazi troops advancing, and the US Generals giving the men tough orders, the fight is on to survive and strike back against the oncoming enemy.

A very strong cast (including John Turturro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kerry Washington) add a lot of class and Spike Lee's direction is strong, particularly with the action-packed battle scenes. It is quite a long film however, so some moments do drag, but overall it's a very worthwhile film shedding light on a little-known story from World War 2.

Definitely recommended for fans of Spike Lee and fans of big-budget epic war films.
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Blooded [DVD]
Blooded [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nick Ashdon

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, original and full of suspense, 24 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Blooded [DVD] (DVD)
I managed to see BLOODED at it's world premiere at the Bradford Film festival (with the writer, director and producer present) and have to say it was a very interesting and original film, beautifully photographed, and with lots of points to make about it's subject matter.

Indeed, the film has already apparently upset a lot of Animal Rights groups for the supposed portrayal of a (fictitious) extreme Animal Rights group called the Real Animal League, but it has to be said that Blooded does not take sides in the debate, instead it presents a possible scenario and asks us, the audience, how we would react in that situation.

The story follows five young people who have gone for a mini-break to the Isle of Mull in 2005 (at the time of the hunting ban) to get away from it all and hunt a stag or two. However, they are soon kidnapped, stripped to their underwear and left out in the far reaches of the desolate island. Not only that, but the balaclava-clad RAL soon starts taking pot shots at them - and the hunters have suddenly become the hunted.

Combining 'real interviews' with 'reconstructed footage' and 'genuine footage from the final RAL viral', BLOODED takes a unique approach to the mockumentary canon and makes it work with sympathetic characters, exciting footage of the hunt sequences, and enough food for thought for both pro and anti hunt campaigners. Definitely worth checking out...


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