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CPR 1200 Number Capacity Nuisance Call Blocker - Grey
CPR 1200 Number Capacity Nuisance Call Blocker - Grey
Offered by CPR Distribution
Price: £39.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far it seems to be working great, 10 Oct 2014
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I bought this due to the sheer frustration of receiving literally hundreds of scamming calls over the last few months from a wide variety of lowlife bottom feeding scheming con artists ringing up about my Microsoft/windows accounts, surveys, dial 2 to speak to an adviser about boilers and any number of Government grants.
I was with Sky and bought call blocking but that only allows 10 numbers and these vermin breed like rats in a sewer so I had to be selective in blocking numbers that called repeatedly. Some days all of my allowed 10 voicemail messages were filled with these nuisance calls, the exact same message but coming from lots of widely different numbers.
Neither the phone companies, the neutered Telephone Preference Service or the Information Commissioner's Office seem to really give a damn so in frustration I bought this as the worst that could happen is I would lose about £40.
It was easy to install and there's a variety of options for blocking including the current caller, the last number that called you or any specific individual number and various combinations all explained in the user guide.
A month or so in and there's been a massive difference in the amount of phone calls we get, now almost all are from people we actually know and want to hear from. Understandably a few of these dregs of humanity still get through but that's due to them changing phone numbers constantly to try and fool us. If I don't recognise a number I'll ignore it check it on Google and if it appears anywhere as a known scam caller (as they almost invariably do) I can block it.
It's a shame that we as consumers have to purchase items like this solely because there are so many thieving shysters out there whose sole function in life is to con money from people but frankly £40 is a small price to pay for the peace premium of stopping countless calls and avoiding having to listen to any of those semi literate morons that used to get through trying to explain how lucky I am that they are only there to save me money.
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House of Death [DVD]
House of Death [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Sandvoss
Price: £5.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Re-animator Light, 28 Sep 2014
This review is from: House of Death [DVD] (DVD)
The first thing you'll notice when you insert the disc is the menu shows the film under a different name "Exquisite Corpse" and please note you can find the exact same film here on Amazon at about half the price ... Exquisite Corpse [DVD]
Biology student Nicholas is experimenting to find a way to revive the dead, trying to revive newly dead mice with a serum derived from a chemical produced by orgasms that has to be extracted just after death along with Frankenstein's top choice for reviving the dead electricity. The day before he, his girlfriend Sophia and two friends take a weekend break in the mountains one of the mice revives.
Whilst in the mountains he plucks up courage to ask Sophia to marry him as they walk beside the lake and after she accepts his proposal they head back to the cabin. Sophia heads back to walk alone by the side of the lake whilst Nicholas tells his friends the good news and Liz goes to find and congratulate her but instead finds her body floating in the lake and all attempts to revive her fail.
Now you can pretty much guess a lot of what happens next but suffice to say her death affects Nick in really strange ways and the caring character that we saw at the start of the movie disappears very quickly when he realises what he has to do to bring her back.
There's lots of elements from Re-Animator here but whereas Re-Animator was a clever black comedy this is a romance with a horror twist and doesn't quite work, although the last quarter or so the movie does pick up steam.
There's a couple of decent plot twists at the end including one major one that I wasn't expecting.
There are no extras at all.

Werewolf Rising [DVD]
Werewolf Rising [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Oberst Jr.
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Beware The Beast, 27 Sep 2014
This review is from: Werewolf Rising [DVD] (DVD)
Recovering alcoholic Emma returns to her Arkansas home to seek solitude and a chance to dry out. Neighbour Wayne pops round to see how she is getting on as does his nephew Johnny Lee who is an escaped convict and is hanging round the area shacked up in a nearby empty cabin. When he is attacked by some kind of beast she helps tend to his wounds and the film will pretty much play out as you expect it from thereon in.
Of course right from the opening scene on we know exactly what's happening as the other escaped convict played by Bill Oberst Jr (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies [DVD]) is rudely interrupted whilst attempting to assault a female driver. Oberst gives a decent enough menacing performance in the scenes he is in and gives the film a bit of much needed gravitas as there's not a lot else to really recommend it, they even throw in a gratuitous if brief nude scene late on for good measure.
At only 76 minutes it's quite a short movie and with only a handful of actors involved it is largely character driven which is a good job as the werewolf make-up effects are quite corny.
However there's still a reasonable enough storyline crammed into the short running time to make it a decent nights viewing if you are in the right frame of mind.
There are no extras at all.

The St Francisville Experiment [DVD]
The St Francisville Experiment [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Baldini

3.0 out of 5 stars The Power of White Light ...., 23 Sep 2014
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Made in 2000, I first saw this film many years ago and thought at that time it was a decent enough horror movie but sadly it has not aged well.
No doubt this is partly due to the haunted asylum/hospital/prison genre being largely flooded with dross in recent years that my expectations are much lower nowadays.
It's a simple enough plot 4 people visit an abandoned Louisiana building believed to be connected to Delphine LaLaurie Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House who as the rather lengthy introduction tells us used to torture and experiment on slaves.
It takes a long while to get going and there are lots of false starts along the way involving a cat, a doll, a chair, a Ouija board and a chimney amongst others.
When the four investigators separate to try and cleanse separate rooms the inevitable happens.
The chant of "power of white light" gets a little monotonous and the off camera throwing of objects into view has not dated well.
That said for its time it was a reasonable enough low budget film but the likes of Grave Encounters [DVD] have thankfully moved the genre on.
There are no extras at all.

Haunting of Cellblock 11 [DVD]
Haunting of Cellblock 11 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeffrey Johnson
Price: £7.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The show is called Ghost Sightings not Ghosts that we kind of think are there...., 21 Sep 2014
I bought this on the off chance as I'm a fan of ghost movies and to be honest I was expecting the usual haunted asylum/hospital/prison rubbish but this was a pleasant surprise.
It's very well acted, the cast are normal human beings not teen pin-ups, it doesn't go in for too much of the wavy camera crap and the cast don't feel the need to scream every thirty seconds.
With their ratings falling the makers of a paranormal investigation programme are called in to get them to start looking for better material, better than Nicky D's Wood-Fried Pizza anyway.
When they get a visit from Ben Gaffney who tells them he has a bit of a ghost problem at an old prison Freeling State Penitentiary they see this as a perfectly timed opportunity to capture some real evidence.
Within minutes of arriving one of the team is injured in a weird accident and taken to hospital, the remaining four set up their equipment inside the prison to spend the night there and it's not long before things start to happen.
It builds up the suspense pretty well, there's no in your face cheap copy-cat shots that you find in most of these movies, a few scenes are telegraphed but there's far more originality here than in most ghost movies. The ending you may be able to guess from a few clues mentioned along the way but it does give the story a decent closure.
There are no extras at all.
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Abominable [DVD]
Abominable [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt McCoy
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars There is something out there., 20 Sep 2014
This review is from: Abominable [DVD] (DVD)
This is a new release of a movie made back in 2006, I've seen it several times on TV over the years and finally a DVD release so I can watch it without those annoying channel logos.
There's an opening pre-credits scene that sets the film up quite nicely and leaves no doubt as to the source of the threat.
Wheelchair bound Preston Rogers is persuaded by a friend to spend some time in a remote house near the hills where the accident occurred that killed his wife and left him disable. Whilst looking through binoculars one night he sees a girl in the next house vanish and something else that scares him.
He tries to warn the other girls in the cabin and the local Police but no one believes him, just like Rear Window [DVD] [1954] but with plenty blood thrown in.
The creatures themselves aren't that spectacular but they are good enough for the low budget thrills on offer here and the surprise ending won't shock too many of us but it was a nice touch.
Horror genre regulars Lance Henriksen and Jeffrey Combs also star, Combs is almost unrecognisable as the store clerk.
If you want a decent low budget creature movie that offers plenty action then this may fit the bill, just don't expect too many bangs and whistles.
I'll be watching it again and again.
The only extra is the UK trailer.

I Really Hate My Job [DVD]
I Really Hate My Job [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neve Campbell
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't order the chicken, 14 Sep 2014
This review is from: I Really Hate My Job [DVD] (DVD)
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Originally made in 2007 the film revolves around the five main female leads all of whom work in a posh London restaurant and a single night that starts off bad when the chef is drunk and gradually gets worse.
The cast themselves do a pretty good job with the material and there's some decent performances but as a whole it just did not grab me.
It was just too much of a mish-mash affair with bucket loads of angst, stressed waitresses working to try and fund their budding careers (a writer and an artist) and a bit of slapstick with a rat loose in the kitchen) disastrous meals being served, lots of wine being drunk and a really odd nude scene.
The fact that so many of the characters are smoking in the restaurant instantly dates it.
As for extras, there's a reasonably good behind the scenes documentary with interviews featuring the main cast and crew.

From Beyond [DVD]
From Beyond [DVD]
Dvd ~ H.P Lovecraft
Price: £9.11

5.0 out of 5 stars It ate him... bit off his head... like a gingerbread man!, 3 Sep 2014
This review is from: From Beyond [DVD] (DVD)
This has long been one of my favourite genre movies from the mid 80's days when I had it on VHS and watched it dozens of times, now finally we have a decent DVD version.
The film is based on a very short Lovecraft story and as Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli say in the extras the events described in the original Lovecraft story are pretty much covered in the pre-credit sequence.
The main feature follows in the aftermath of what happened when Dr's Pretorius and Tillinghast first switched on the resonator to look into parallel dimensions. A young Doctor (Barbara Crampton) persuades patient Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs) to repeat his experiment to prove he was not responsible for that tragic event.
There's plenty horror, a little eroticism and a decent dose of humour thrown in.
The fact that this version contains several of the lost sequences that were cut by the censor to ensure it made an R rating is a major bonus. There's even a documentary about how the short clips were found and digitally edited to blend in with existing scenes.
There's a whole rake of extras, an interview with Barbara Crampton, features on the special effects and music as well as a commentary by Lovecraftian stalwarts Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Jeffrey Combs.
There's so much crammed onto this one disc, I'm going to be playing it regularly over the next few years.

Patrick: Evil Awakens [DVD]
Patrick: Evil Awakens [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charles Dance
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evil awakens, 20 Aug 2014
This review is from: Patrick: Evil Awakens [DVD] (DVD)
A decent remake of the 1978 horror classic Patrick (1978) (35th Anniversary Edition) Blu-Ray (Region A, B, C)
Nurse Kathy (Sharni Vinson) starts a new job at a remote hospital that looks after comatose patients and takes a special interest in one patient Patrick who, unlike the other patients, has his own separate room and receives special attention from the doctor (Charles Dance) and Matron (Rachel Griffiths).
It's a decent well paced movie that slowly builds up the suspense as a series of strange and increasingly sinister events occur and Kathy realises that Patrick is not all he seems.
It definitely misses the wide eyed menace that Robert Helpmann managed to portray in the original film but that apart it's a movie that I'll definitely be watching again.
The only extra is a trailer.

Varsity Blood [DVD]
Varsity Blood [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lexi Giovagnoli
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Halloween for beginners, 19 Aug 2014
This review is from: Varsity Blood [DVD] (DVD)
It's Halloween night and after a winning game of American Football a bunch of college jocks from Hogeye High and their cheerleader girlfriends head off to spend a drink, sex and drug filled night in a nearby, albeit well isolated abandoned house.
Unknown to them a killer is on the loose dressed as the team's Native American mascot and is slowly thinning their numbers down.
It's largely a rehash of lots of ideas you may recognise from many different slasher movies with lots of disagreeable characters, a dose of unrequited love and an odd twist along the way.
As for the killer, I'd guessed it was one of three and it was the least obvious of those subjects; however they may have decided to choose the identity that ties in best with a possible sequel that the ending surely warns may be coming.
There are no extras at all.
If you've nothing better to do one night and you like low budget horror movies then it may be of some minor interest to you.

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