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The Bigfoot Tapes [DVD]
The Bigfoot Tapes [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephon Stewart
Price: £3.30

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Aka Bigfoot County, 11 May 2013
This review is from: The Bigfoot Tapes [DVD] (DVD)
*** Mild spoilers ***

A found footage movie about three friends who travel to Siskiyou County in California in search of Bigfoot after having heard of the first apparent aggressive sighting of the creature.
After meeting some of the local rednecks they find the man whose dog was attacked by the creature who agrees to guide them into the woods. The guide who is a but of a religious nutter with anger issues soon takes off leaving them to fend for themselves. The first night they hear growling in the woods and when they set out to investigate they come across a gun toting "get off my land" stereotype who makes his hatred for them pretty clear.
The three friends grab their gear and run off to try and find their way back when the creature comes on the scene and they have to flee for their lives.
This is where as a hand held camera style movie it fails big style as frankly you see nothing of the creature, there's a few attacks, lots of running and some crazy Deliverance style local hunters. There's a few jolts along the way but not enough to maintain interest and the ending is weak and pretty much what you expect.
There has been a clutch of mediocre Bigfoot movies recently and despite Director, Writer and Actor Stephon Stewart's efforts frankly this fails to deliver the frights.
It's by no means a lousy movie but the creature is seen in more of a supporting role which was disappointing.

Showcase Presents: Justice League of America v. 3 (Showcase Presents 3): Justice League of America v. 3 (Showcase Presents 3)
Showcase Presents: Justice League of America v. 3 (Showcase Presents 3): Justice League of America v. 3 (Showcase Presents 3)
by Gardner F. Fox
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The JLA 1965-1968, 4 May 2013
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Veering away from the old stories whereby the whole team splits up into groups of 3 to combat evil these tales mostly feature a reasonable sized grouping of members which moves the plots round a lot quicker.
It opens with a two part tale featuring Earth 2's Justice Society of America with its own Atom, Flash , Green Lantern and Hawkman with the superb Dr Fate and the sub-par Mr Terrific and Johnny Thunder .
Throw in The Key, The Unimaginable (featuring Metamorpho), The Royal Flush Gang, evil aliens, The Shaggy Man, Anti-Matter Man with Solomon Grundy and Blockbuster (guesting the JSA), Felix Faust, The Lord of Time, Zatanna and Elongated Man, the Impossibles and Queen Zazzala with Batgirl. There's also a feel-good story about race relations.
The JLA-JSA crossovers are the stars here but most of the others tales, all written by Gardner Fox are still pretty good. The artwork has a few ups and downs but there's 21 Silver Age tales here so at around 50p an issue it's pretty good value even in black and white .

Devils of War [DVD]
Devils of War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jerry L. Buxbaum
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £2.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to raise Hell ... if you buy it, 27 April 2013
This review is from: Devils of War [DVD] (DVD)
Once again the DVD cover looks pretty good with Nazi zombies prominent at the front and rear so ignoring the "a cult classic" pseudo quote I gave it a try.
The verdict after one long 72 minute ordeal; what an absolute load of tripe.
Poland 1944, the allies get news of Nazi's doing satanic experiments inside a "heavily fortified demonic den" and choose a group of their finest soldiers to parachute in and rescue their female undercover agent. The crack-pot team consists of 4 soldiers including a black athlete with a Japanese fixation and a racist, now how's that for great planning in a really small group.
The Nazi's are using some ancient mystical books to turn soldiers into demons to try and create a demon army and the hapless American heroes are heavily outnumbered. There`s lots of fire fights and both sides couldn't hit a camel's ass with a shovel so they seem to go on forever. The two female leads are both blonde and appear to have been chosen for only one reason. The special effects are laughable, the female spy on the motorcycle is particularly bad, the only slightly funny thing in the whole movie is the fact she has a camera secreted between her breasts which she works by squeezing them together.
When the Nazi demon soldier is turned loose it barely registered with me as my interest had long since waned. Needless to say there's more bullets and grenades and finally ..... who cares !!!!
The Nazi fascination with the occult has been used to make a few great movies notably Raiders Of The Lost Ark, some pretty good ones including The Devil's Rock, Shock Waves and The Keep but there are some bottom dwelling critters like this and Nazi's at The Centre of The Earth that need to be given a really wide berth.
It was written, directed and filmed by Eli Dorsey, a name to watch out for in the future, he must surely be planning a sequel.
There are no extras at all, not even an apology.

No Tell Motel [DVD]
No Tell Motel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angel McCord
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £3.61

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars People keep secrets from each other, 26 April 2013
This review is from: No Tell Motel [DVD] (DVD)
Five friends, all of whom hide a dark personal secret, are on a touring holiday. When the drug fixated former college sports star overturns their RV on a road in the middle of nowhere they come across possible refuge for the night in the nearby abandoned Round The Bend motel.
Once inside the motel they see visions of a ghostly young girl Angela. When a drunk driver arrives in tragic circumstances events soon take a turn for the worse as not only Angela but visions of her parents appear as they relive past events and one by one the friends' seedy little secrets are revealed.
It's not a bad movie but there as a ghost story it misses the mark as there are no truly outstanding creepy moments so it didn't really grab me. There's only one remotely likeable character Megan, and by the end as the plot twists unravel you'll maybe change your mind about her as well.
That said there's a few reasonable jolts and the action is nicely paced but despite the bold tagline it is unlikely to scare the hell out of you.
There are no extras of any kind at all

The Final Rites [DVD]
The Final Rites [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christian Slater
Offered by videosanddvds
Price: £2.25

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Conned by the back cover blurbs, 25 April 2013
This review is from: The Final Rites [DVD] (DVD)
This film has two things going for it a decent poster and DVD cover and a great cast.
Shame it did not live up to my reasonable expectations which were fueled by the packaging.
Once again the back cover blurb has been written by someone who has obviously either not seen the movie or more likely fell asleep part way through as the write-up leads you to expect a decent revenge style movie.
Sadly the plot is nothing like the blurb and that has seriously downgraded my rating.
There is no car crash here, Christian Slater is not a lone survivor seeking revenge on these students; his family were killed by a drunk driving student years ago and he now has a downer on all students.
Basically a college student persuades his teacher to take a group of students to his family home for a weekend break and to try some Chumash hallucinogenic drugs.
As befits the writer of Point Break it opens with a surfing scene, cut to brief introductions in a class room with teacher Stephen Dorff and some over-sexed students; throw in some Native American Chumash Indians who always seem to be on a drug fuelled high then off to a house party with drink and drugs and a weekend road trip and you have some fairly good ingredients but what do you do with them? Sadly the movie doesn't have the right recipe. It's not really a stalker movie, characters are drugged up so much of the time there's no real rhyme or reason to the killings. Christian Slater is more like a slimmer homicidal Johnny Vegas complete with cloth monkey (seriously), one female character Squirrel is so unlikeable you will cheer when she departs. In summary, it's a complete mess.
The back cover blurb bears no relation to the movie and frankly takes the P. It's just about bearable but in no way is this "set to become a genre-busting classic"
There are no extras at all just the usual previews of other DVD's.

Swiffer Sweeper 2 In 1 Mop And Broom Floor Cleaner Starter Kit
Swiffer Sweeper 2 In 1 Mop And Broom Floor Cleaner Starter Kit
Offered by We Ship Supplies
Price: £12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for laminated floors, 14 April 2013
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I bought this to replace a plastic Vileda mop that was great on laminated floors but had accidentally broken in two a while back and I had not found a suitable replacement, until now.
It consists of four short metal tubes that are easily clicked together and the head, there are one spare dry and one wet wipe refills and to be honest that is why it loses a star as the price of the refills is ludicrous. However, they measure 25.4 x 20.3cm and for a fraction of the cost you can buy most supermarket's own brand large floor wipes. The ones I use just fit, only just but they do work.
As my backroom is full of electronic items dust tends to gather around a maze of wires and vacuum cleaners are pretty useless, this however works a treat.

Essential Marvel Team-Up - Volume 4 (Marvel Essential (Numbered))
Essential Marvel Team-Up - Volume 4 (Marvel Essential (Numbered))
by Chris Claremont
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Volume 4, a few hiccups but still a good read., 14 April 2013
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This volume collects tales from 1978 to 1980 mostly featuring Spider-Man teamed up with another Marvel hero, often one of the less illustrious ones against enemies both old and new.
The opening three tales are excellent featuring Spidey, Dr Strange and Ms Marvel against Silver Dagger and soon after Dr. Strange, Clea and Satana fighting for Strange's soul.
Followed by Wonder Man against The Griffin, then a four issue gem as Black Widow, Nick Fury and Shang-Chi fight against Viper, Silver Samurai and Boomerang and a plot against the heart of the US Government.
Also featuring The Guardians of The Galaxy (well some of them) against Hammer and Anvil; The Black Panther, Invisible Girl, Nightcrawler, The Beast against Killer Shrike and the mediocre Modular Man; Ghost Rider then with Hawkeye against Mr Fear even Howard The Duck gets a look in.
There's a couple of linked supernatural tales with The Werewolf and The Shroud before the first appearance of Mockingbird as she takes on SHIELD single handed.
Spidey takes a back seat for a tale featuring Hulk and Spider-Woman before the Black Widow returns joining Spider-Man against The Owl.
It also features two annuals first with Spidey and the Hulk against a plot by a renegade Russians; the second is the closing tale and features Hulk, Power Man, Iron Fist and Machine Man ganging up on Nightshade.
There is some great artwork by Sal Buscema, Howard Chaykin, Gene Colan and a few others but the series suffers slightly from the lack of a constant writer/artist partnership. That said I grew up reading these tales and Team-Up was always on my buy list and this is a reasonably cheap way of catching up with some great memories.
Issue 79 featuring Red Sonja is missing presumably over copyright issues.

Thale [DVD]
Thale [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Sigve Skard
Price: £6.00

16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trick of the Thale, 28 Mar 2013
This review is from: Thale [DVD] (DVD)
Bought as an impulse buy as frankly there wasn't a great deal on offer that day and it is a pretty good movie, based on the Norwegian folk tale of the Huldra, a spirit of the woods.
It starts off pretty slow with 2 crime scene cleaners Leo, the stoic practical one and Elvis the more nervous type get a job to clear out a house deep in the woods. They find a basement full of long out of date canned stuff and the walls papered with clippings and diagrams as well as old electronic gear, a bath full of some milky fluid and an old cassette recorder. Then just when you wonder when something is going to happen, it does as Thale appears, naked and menacing.
Most of the movie revolves around the often amusing interplay of the two male leads and the unravelling of the story of Thale as they play the old recording and learn how she came to be in the old basement.
It's a reasonably short movie about 75 minutes and, although it takes a while to get going, once it starts it keeps up a reasonable pace and throws a decent curved ball with regards to the attack on the house.
Note that it is in Norwegian with English subtitles, if you can live with that and you don't expect another action packed Troll Hunter type movie then you may like it. It helped that I was in the correct mood when I watched it and was not expecting one of my usual low budget creature features. It will not be to everyone's taste however so there will be a few negative reviews.
There are no extras at all.

Showcase Presents Hawkman TP Vol 02 (Hawkman (Numbered))
Showcase Presents Hawkman TP Vol 02 (Hawkman (Numbered))
by Gil Kane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkman's wings are clipped, 26 Mar 2013
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This volume collects the last of the first batch of Silver-Age Hawkman tales from 1966 to 1969 mostly written by creator Gardner Fox and drawn by Murphy Anderson with later artwork by Joe Kubert.
These 1960's DC tales are pure escapism , husband and wife Hawkman and Hawkgirl are police officers from the planet Thanagar sent to Earth to study police methods and so as not to give them an unfair advantage they fight with medieval weapons such as maces. Sounds daft but just accept the flaws and it's good old fashioned knock about fun.
Together the winged duo travel across the universe fighting ll manner of weirdness such as two aliens stuck in a timeless feud, giants, CAW the Criminal Alliance of the World, Makkar an ancient lizard-like menace, flying gorillas, the Raven, Lion-Mane, the Falcon, dinosaurs, Medusa, Yeti's, Hindu Gods and a Highwayman's ghost .
Also featuring Batman, Adam Strange, and the Atom. Both the Atom and Hawkman titles were struggling so they were briefly combined but it was a plaster rather than a proper fix and the plug was pulled at Atom and Hawkman #45. The tales here included the solo Hawkman tales from that brief 7 issue run but we are still missing the solo Atom tales that were not included in the Showcase Presents The Atom vol 2.
There are no really classic tales here but it is still good fun, without his wings he is just a policeman in a strange mask with an anti-gravity belt and wings and once criminals learned to damage or tear his wings off his goose was cooked.

Island of the Dead (DVD)
Island of the Dead (DVD)
Dvd ~ Christian Campbell
Offered by simply-well-priced
Price: £3.20

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Dead will rise.... but they soon fall flat, 21 Mar 2013
This review is from: Island of the Dead (DVD) (DVD)
Once again I bought a DVD on the strength of the cover and the tag line and once again it fails to live up to its expected billing.
Also known as Immortal Island but as that no doubt failed to grab viewers attention then why not change it and insert "The Dead" somewhere into the title and have a misleading cover showing hands reaching up from the soil and watch unsuspecting buyers (like me) grab it.
First despite what the cover may lead you to think it is not a zombie movie as such. DEA Officers are called in when a lone girl is found on an abandoned boat that belonged to a drug runner, the story then continues in flashbacks. A group of students on spring break hire a boat to take them to an island and Captain Jack tells of a "legend" that on route to America Columbus landed on an island and his crew went berserk raping and killing the villagers. The witch doctor issued a really lame curse that I still don't quite get that endowed the earth with some strange properties and Immortality is involved somewhere but what the hell is that "chug a dun" or whatever it is called. As curses go this one scores a lowly 1 on the Cursometer.
On the island they look for some recreational drugs and Captain Jack gives them an unusual powder that is tied in to the garbled curse we were partly told about.
As you would expect from a movie of this type the numbers start to fall when a lone native starts to pick them off one by one. Throw in a back story of the guy they hire the boat from and the woman who controls the drugs and the DEA officer trying to find out what happened from the sole survivor and you get a very disjointed movie.
The repeated slow motion flashbacks are really annoying and to be honest there are no characters I could sympathise with, there's lots of women in bikini's but apart from that it largely failed to grab my attention.
The actual ending is reasonable enough though as the way the curse works actually comes clearer but it is too little too late not enough to tempt me to watch it again in the near future.
The lone extra, well it is a short trailer for this movie which perfectly adds the icing to this disappointingly half baked cake of a movie.

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