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Candyman 3: Day of the Dead [DVD] [2000]
Candyman 3: Day of the Dead [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Tony Todd
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £9.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A SEQUEL THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE., 29 Oct. 2014
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Reviewed version: 2001 Mosaic Pictures UK DVD

Director: Turi Meyer

Cast: Tony Todd as Candyman/ Daniel Robitaille, Donna D'Errico as Caroline McKeever, Nick Corri as David de la Paz and Mark Adair-Rios as Miguel Velasco

SYNOPSIS

Several years after the events of CANDYMAN 2: FAREWELL TO FLESH, the infamous Candyman (Tony Todd) is back, haunting a descendent of his, Caroline McKeever (Donna D'Errico). Caroline, daughter of CANDYMAN 2's Annie Tarrant, owns a gallery and her current theme is of course Daniel Robitaille. During the exhibition she calls out Candyman 5 times to satisfy the crowd and thus summons the hook-handed killer, who wants to claim her soul and starts killing people associated with her making her the prime suspect.

THE MOVIE

It was bound to happen. Every successful series has its death by a horrible sequel and for Candyman it's DAY OF THE DEAD.
This direct-to-DVD/VHS sequel misses everything that made the previous entries so unique and great.
Gone is the brilliant score by Philip Glass, replaced by an unmemorable score by Adam Gorgoni.
Cheap scares intended to make the audience jump replace a compelling and gripping story, the opening scene makes this quite apparent within the first five minutes.
The acting is terrible - the only good actor, Tony Todd, didn't seem interested at all in being in this movie, and it shows. The female lead Donna D'Errico might be a looker but her acting is terrible and so is Jsu Garcia, whom she teams up with.
Director Turi Meyer, whose other directing credits include a direct to video horror film called SLEEPSTALKER and some BUFFY and ANGEL episodes, also co-wrote this mess. Neither is done well at all. He seems to have taken an extract out of the original, making that the entire plot of DAY OF THE DEAD, making sure to omit anything halfway suspenseful. Sitting through this movie is a test of patience. It offers nothing new to the series and unlike FAREWELL TO FLESH it does not enhance the Candyman myth or background in any way.
The kills are all the same, kept somewhat bloody (standard R-rated stuff) but we've seen it so many times before it just makes one yawn.
Candyman's little cameo appearances for some private chit-chat with Caroline during her daydreams is just annoying as he has lost all of his mystery and menace.
The whole idea with the Candyman congregation is utterly stupid but by that time logic has been thrown overboard a long time ago.
I strongly recommend the original CANDYMAN and its first sequel FAREWELL TO FLESH, but steer clear of DAY OF THE DEAD.

THE DVD

Feature running time: 90 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 / 4:3
Audio: English 2.0
Subtitles: None
Extras: Cast and crew biographies (text), Production notes (text), Photo gallery, Theatrical trailer
Region: 2 (locked), PAL

Picture quality: D
Audio quality: C
Extras: F+
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Candyman : Collectors Edition [1992] [DVD]
Candyman : Collectors Edition [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Virginia Madsen
Price: £3.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ESSENTIAL HORROR CLASSIC!, 27 Oct. 2014
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2008 Universal Pictures Collectors Edition UK DVD

Director: Bernard Rose

Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Ted Raimi

SYNOPSIS

A student, Helen Lyle (Virgina Madsen), decides to write her thesis on urban legends. During her interviews she hears about a local legend of the Candyman brilliantly played by Tony Todd), a hook-handed killer who appears after his name is called out five times in front of a mirror and kills those who have summoned him.
Helen learns that the Candyman was the son of a slave and a well-known and talented artist, specialized in portraits. After falling in love with a white woman and impregnating her, a lynch mob hired by his lover's father; cut off his hand and replaced it with a hook. They smeared him with honey and chanted 'Candyman' as he was stung to death by the bees.
Helen becomes obsessed with the Candyman myth and calls out his name five time in front of her bathroom mirror.
The Candyman appears to her and around her people start getting killed in grisly ways...

THE PROS & CONS

CANDYMAN is one of the best "slasher" / horror films ever made, although not really a "true" slasher film. The Candyman character is a great cult villain, far better than all the Jasons, Freddys and Michaels out there and far more tragic.
The story draws you in, there is more to it than gruesome killings, there is a lot of mystery here, that is unfolded slowly and there is not a dull moment in this brilliantly paced movie.
The actors are brilliant, starting with Tony Todd as the Candyman, whom the audience can easily sympathize with, a very convincing Virginia Madsen who is totally believable every second she is on screen, Xander Berkley as her husband and Kasi Lemmons as her friend. And be on the lookout for Ted Raimi!
No premature sex-crazed teenagers making one dumb decision after another, no simple canon fodder here. This one actually has believable characters and a great, captivating story which is enhanced greatly by its first sequel FAREWELL TO FLESH.
Directed by Bernard Rose, CANDYMAN is based on Clive Barker's short story THE FORBIDDEN. The scenery was switched from England to Chicago, U.S.A.
CANDYMAN was a critical and commercial success and spawned two sequels: FAREWELL TO FLESH and the direct to video final part DAY OF THE DEAD.
The movie's haunting and ingenious score was written by Philip Glass and really adds to the climax.
While on VHS the widely available version was the US Unrated and fully uncut version, unfortunately all DVD releases seem to have used the same US master and contain only the censored R Rated theatrical version. I will take nothing off the rating, however, since these are not actually cuts but alternate (slightly less graphic) takes of two scenes with no runtime difference, so we do not miss anything. This concerns two murder scenes and only makes out a few seconds. It still is a shame that the Unrated version was not used.
If you like horror movies or thrillers with a bit more substance this cult classic is a must have!
On a sidenote: some scenes were actually filmed in the imfamous Cabrini-Greens housing projects and the producers had to make a deal with the ruling gangs to assure the crew's safety during filming. The bees used were specifically bred for the movie, being only 12 hours old so they would look like mature bees but their stingers weren't developed fully yet. Eddie Murphy was considered for the title role.

DVD Details

Feature running time: 95 mins. (cut by the MPAA)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 2.0, French 2.0, Polish 2.0 (voiceover)
Subtitles: English HoH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
Extras: Audio commentary, Candyman Mythos Featurette (23:48), Clive Barker Featurette (10:46), Storyboards (5:22)
Region: 2, 4, 5 (locked), PAL

Picture quality: C+
Audio quality: C
Extras: B
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Candyman 2 - Farewell To The Flesh [DVD]
Candyman 2 - Farewell To The Flesh [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tony Todd
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SEQUEL TO A CLASSIC HORROR FILM., 27 Oct. 2014
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THE STORY

Continuing the story from CANDYMAN, CANDYMAN 2 is set in modern day New Orleans after the author of book (Michael Culkin) on the Candyman is brutally murdered... with a hook.
The story centers on Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan), sister of Ethan Tarrant (William O'Leary), the prime suspect of the murdered author, who was seen earlier spouting death threats at the man.
Annie soon discovers that her brother wasn't the murderer, but that the Candyman (Tony Todd) is back.

THE MOVIE

CANDYMAN (2): FAREWELL TO FLESH is a surprisingly good sequel! Unlike many sequels it actually enhances the story by going deeper into the Candyman's origin, the tragic love story of Daniel Robitaille, a slave who falls in love with his owner's daughter and is brutally maimed and lynched by a mob as "punishment". The movie and the Candyman myth benefit greatly from this background.
Yes, the gore was also increased, especially during that flashback sequence, but it never feels out of place and is justified by context.
The brilliant music once again composed by Philip Glass adds greatly to the climax.
The story is loosely based on a short story by Clive Barker (HELLRAISER) and the screenplay writers Rand Ravich and Mark Kruger did a great job and got the most out of the story they could.
Directed by Bill Condon who mostly had done TV movies up to then, he really shows some talent here in his well and effectively paced film.
Good performances by - as usual - Tony Todd, as well as lead actress Kelly Rowan and the supporting cast.
CANDYMAN 2 is not your typical mindless teen slasher, it actually has a very menacing atmosphere, a "villain" who also is a true victim, a compelling and deep background story and most of the characters in the film are not just reduced to canon fodder, but actually "real" people. The IQ of these people is a lot higher than that of your typical slasher film "heroes".

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2004 MGM UK DVD
Feature running time: 91 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 2.0, French 2.0, Spanish (Castellano) 2.0
Subtitles: French, Spanish, Dutch, Polish
Extras: Theatrical Trailer
Region: 2 (locked)

Picture quality: C
Audio quality: C
Extras: F
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See No Evil 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
See No Evil 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: £10.21

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LACKLUSTER SEQUEL TO THE 2006 SLASHER FILM., 26 Oct. 2014
THE STORY

Taking place right after the events of SEE NO EVIL (2006), Jacob Goodnight's presumably dead body is admitted to the morgue, where Amy (horror icon Danielle Harris) and her co-worker Seth (Kaj Erik-Eriksen) are preparing to perform an autopsy. After a few cheap genre typical scares they store the corpse in a room to celebrate Amy's birthday. Her friends (including Katharine Isabelle) unexpectedly show up for the surprise party, which gets out of hand after a drunk girl tries to mount Goodnight's body to make her boyfriend jealous.
Needless to say that Jacob goodnight rises again (nobody saw that coming) and goes on a killing spree (he couldn't just have had few drinks and played nice).

THE MOVIE

SEE NO EVIL was a descent slasher flick with some really nasty kills, but there was no need to make a sequel: the story was told and the Jacob Goodnight character is just far too mundane to be a memorable cult horror icon.
When I read that the Soska twins were supposed to direct SEE NO EVIL 2, I decided to give it a try, since I really enjoyed AMERICAN MARY quite a lot.
Unfortunately SEE NO EVIL 2 does not do the sisters' reputation any justice: the movie is filled with genre clichés and utter boredom, especially during the first 45 minutes.
I can't blame this on the twins entirely, the script by Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby deserves a fair share of the blame.
While SEE NO EVIL 1 has some really disturbing and intense gore scenes, the sequel fails to deliver here as well: for the first 45 minutes all death scenes are completely off screen. The movie's sole highlight kill is a throat slashing (yeah, we haven't seen enough of them yet) followed by a few minor and poorly executed CGI effects. Those few effects that we do get to see are just not inventive or impressive, just dull.
The story is a complete rip-off of the original HALLOWEEN II (1981) and is as unoriginal as it gets. While HALLOWEEN II managed to deliver much suspense and atmosphere, SEE NO EVIL 2 lacks both.
Overall SEE NO EVIL 2 is very predictable and follows the simple formula of 80s slasher flicks of scare and kill tactics which just doesn't cut it anymore for slasher movies made today.
The characters are unmemorable and show the same stupid behavior patterns as their 80s templates.
This movie lacks a style of its own - it just feels like a carbon copy when it could have been so much more.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2014 Lionsgate US Blu-ray
(obtained at Wal-Mart, some features may vary from the regular retail edition)
Feature running time: 90 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Extras: Twisted Twins featurette (10:44), Dissecting the Kills featurette (8:46), Kane's Goodnight Featurette (7:40), Lionsgate Trailers, Digital HD copy.
Region: A (locked)

Picture quality: C
Audio quality: B
Extras: D
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Mercenaries [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mercenaries [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £3.75

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN ALL FEMALE "THE EXPENDABLES". SOLID B MOVIE AND BETTER THAN THE EXPENDABLES FRANCHISE!., 26 Oct. 2014
THE STORY

Cassandra Clay (Zoe Bell) leads a team of 4 disgraced soldiers in a search and rescue mission when the President's daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom my a ruthless Third World wannabe dictator (Brigitte Nielson). The team includes Kristanna Loken, Vivica A. Fox and Nicole Bilderback. The four are promised full pardons by Mona (Cynthia Rothrock) if they are successful.

THE MOVIE

I actually liked this better than the EXPENDABLES... and it is certainly the best movie The Asylum has made so far (although this doesn't say much, now does it). Basically think of it as a female version of THE EXPENDABLES minus the huge budget, that is what it was meant to be and that is what it turned out to be.
Directed by Asylum veteran Christopher Ray and written by Edward DeRuiter and Edward DeRuiter delivers overall good action and a few good puns although it sometimes can be quite corny. Make no mistake, the budget seems to have been bigger than usual this time but MERCENARIES is still a B movie and it shows.
Similar to the popular franchise the makers of MERCENARIES could gather a few familiar faces from 80s movies, including Cynthia Rothrock and Brigitte Nielson as well as some familiar faces from 90s/2000s flicks, Kristanna Loken, Zoe Bell, Nicole Bilderback and KILL BILL's Vivica A. Fox. The leading ladies do their jobs well as does Rothrock in her very limited screen time, just Nielson is a horrible actress. I will not mention the secondary cast...
A few well-placed plot twists come a bit unexpected (not used to that from The Asylum) but are very welcome.
While MERCENARIES (aka PRISON RAID) is in no way a great or brilliant movie, it certainly is better than THE EXPENDABLES 2 and 3 and if you enjoyed the EXPENDABLES franchise and are up for a few ladies to fill in for Stallone & Co. than this will be right up your alley. I'm glad to see this was not turned into a kiddie movie as the latest EXPENDABLES movies, this is a solid Unrated movie (although I am pretty sure it would have passed as an R if The Asylum had submitted it to the MPAA).

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2014 Asylum US DVD
(obtained at Wal-Mart, some features may vary from the regular retail edition)
Feature running time: 89 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / Not yet rated (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: None
Extras: Making of Featurette (8:00), Gag Reel (2:14)
Region: 1 (locked)

Picture quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 4/5
Extras: 2/5
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]
Texas Chainsaw Massacre [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOODLESS, BUT OUTSTANDING HORROR CLASSIC, BUT ITS SHOCK LEVEL IS OVER-HYPED., 25 Oct. 2014
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THE STORY

A group of 5 teens (or twens) tour through Southern Texas in a van to visit an old homestead, among them Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) and her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain).
They pick up a crazed hitchhiker (Edwin Neal) and meet the notorious family of cannibals, including the family patriarch (brilliant: Jim Siedow) and the cult favorite chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) who pick them off one by one.

THE MOVIE

Although not really graphical in its depiction of violence (director Tobe Hooper was aiming for a PG rating which the movie didn't receive), the movie had a lot of problems in several countries, being banned for a long time in several countries including Australia, England, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Norway, Sweden and Finland. A bit ridiculous, since the film does not show much violence and most killings are off-screen.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE claims to be based on a true story, which isn't entirely true, there was no chainsaw-wielding cannibalistic family in Texas, but rather the notorious Ed Gein, whose story has been used for several movies, the one closest to the truth being DERANGED.
This 1974 original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE will NOT satisfy gorehounds, don't let the title deceive you. While it is deservedly regarded as a cult classic it features hardly any visceral gratification and I found it nowhere near as terrifying as its hype.
As a grotesque and somewhat unique and crafty little horror film TCM does hold its own and is a definite must have for any serious horror buff. The Leatherface character sure beats all the Jasons, Freddys and Michaels out there in creepiness.
Descent acting with a few highlights (Jim Siedow) and great directing by Tobe Hooper make this low budget production (less than $ 300,000) very effective despite the lack of special effects. Personally I could have done with a lot more of the red body fluid with such a title, but we do get that in the sequels.
The 40th Anniversary Edition has a better video quality with much better coloring but far from great. It is doubtful that much more could have been done considering the age of the film and the low budget. Note this is a new 4k digital restoration. It also features a newly created but unimpressive 7.1 audio track.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2014 Dark Sky Films US 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
(obtained at Wal-Mart, some features may vary from the regular retail edition)
Feature running time: 83 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 7.1, English 5.1, English 2.0 Stereo, English 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Extras: 4 Audio Commentaries
Region: A (locked)

Picture quality: B-
Audio quality: C
Extras: C*

* There also is a 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition edition which includes a bonus disc with a lot more extras.
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Deranged [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Deranged [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Dvd ~ Roberts Blossom
Price: £19.74

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DATED BUT STILL DISTURBING, GHOULISH AND QUITE HARD TO RATE., 25 Sept. 2014
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THE STORY

Ezra Cobb (excellent: Roberts Blossom), a grown man lives with his dominant and sickly mother. Since he was young, the religiously fanatic woman has indoctrinated Ezra to hate women - all except for her of course.
When his mother dies, the already deeply disturbed Ezra becomes very lonely and isolated. He becomes delusional and imagines his mother talking to him, telling him to bring her back home. One night he drives to the cemetery and digs her up.
Slipping away more and more from reality with each passing day, he begins to dig up more bodies of deceased women restoring them from their decomposition even using some as home decor.
His obsession soon grows stronger and goes far beyond merely digging up the dead, as he begins to kill the women himself, finding more and more creative ways to decorate his home.

THE MOVIE

DERANGED is based on the real life serial killer Ed Gein, as are THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PSYCHO and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, but neither of them are as close to the real Ed Gein as DERANGED. Perhaps that is the reason why DERANGED is probably the most disturbing of the lot.
I personally find DERANGED just as good as the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It has less action than the CHAINSAW MASSACRE but has the better acting.
DERANGED is very macabre and has a lot of dark humor. It is definitely not for everyone's taste, despite not being overly violent or gory, most of the more graphical scenes are kept off-screen. The setting will definitely offend most people as it deals with murder, grave robbing and necrophilia.
The acting, is top notch, all actors are convincing and the movie is rather slow-paced and well directed by Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby. The story was written by Alan Ormsby.
Another thing about DERANGED that deserves mentioning is the music: a sombre church organ tune that is repeated over and over again without getting boring adds to the dark and depressing setting very effectively.
The movie is often times interrupted by a narrator speaking into the camera, giving it more of a "documentary" feel.

Buyers beware, the US DVD features the cut R-Rated version of the film, missing the notorious brain scooping scene, the UK 18 Certificate version as well as the German FSK 16 version (also includes the English audio track) are the fully uncut and unrated version of the film.

I find it rather hard to rate this movie. It is a classic, but I am sure most people will disagree with my rating because this definitely is NOT mainstream entertainment. If you liked the (original) TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE you will most probably like DERANGED as well, if you thought TCM was sick and disgusting, don't bother with DERANGED. If you prefer the later TCM movies for their visceral gratification you might also want to give DERANGED a pass - the effects are 70s level and rather poor and scarce compared to today's blood fests.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2013 Arrow Video UK DVD / Blu-ray Dual Format
Feature running time: 84 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) (cut) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English 2.0 PCM (stereo)
Subtitles: English HoH
Extras: Introduction by Tom Savini (0:12 mins.), "A Blossoming Brilliance" interview (10:22 mins.), "Ed Gein: From Murder to Movies" (14:52 mins.), "Wages of Sin" (12:00 mins.), Theatrical Trailer (1:33 mins.), Trailer with intro/commentary by Adam Rifkin (1:54 mins.)
Region: B (locked)

Picture Quality: B
Audio Quality: B
Extras: B (considering the age of the movie)
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Wolf Creek 2 [DVD]
Wolf Creek 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Jarrett
Price: £4.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A RARE EVENT OF THE SEQUEL BEING BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL. FREDDY, JASON AND MICHAEL ARE WUSSES COMPARED TO MICK!, 19 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Wolf Creek 2 [DVD] (DVD)
THE STORY

After showing us the proper way to deal with two obnoxious cops Australia's favorite diabolical killer Mick Taylor (brilliant: John Jarratt) continues doing what he does best: hunting and killing tourists across the Outback, starting with a German couple (Philippe Klaus and Shannon Ashlyn). When British tourist Paul (Ryan Corr) intercepts, he becomes the new target in Mick's cat and mouse game which includes a little sing-along and a very special (and painful) version of the popular game 10 questions...

THE MOVIE

This is the long-awaited sequel to the 2005 commercially successful but critically ripped apart independent horror film WOLF CREEK. Critics were deeply offended by the original's brutality - well, they're in for a real treat here! WOLF CREEK 2 cranks up the violence, gore and sadism tremendously, making the original look like a PG-13 in comparison. WOLF CREEK 2 required extensive cuts to be released in Germany with an 18 rating, it also was cut by approx. 2 minutes to secure a MA-15 rating for the Australian theaters. Luckily the version in England (DVD and Blu-Ray) is the fully uncut R18+ version in all its gory glory.
If you are appalled by graphic violence and sadism, avoid WOLF CREEK 2. The special effects are well done, but at times over the top.
While Mick had little screentime in the original, not making an appearance until the second half of the film, he graces us with more screen presence in the sequel, making his first appearance within the first 5 minutes of the film.
As I mentioned before, John Jarratt makes the movie with his awesome performance and hilarious one-liners, though his humor might not be to everyone's liking. Unlike its predecessor, WOLF CREEK 2 is less thriller and less suspenseful, relying more on gore and "torture porn" elements.This doesn't mean it lacks suspense, it is just very predictable.
The other actors deliver good and convincing performances, none as memorable as Jarratt's, but they are also not given the opportunities due to limited screen time and their roles (canon fodder).
WOLF CREEK 2 was co-written and directed by Greg Mclean, who also wrote and directed the original as well as ROGUE. Descent job here, but nothing extraordinary.
The scenery is where WOLF CREEK 2 (and any movie filmed in the Outback) really shines, really good cinematography by Toby Oliver.
Overall WOLF CREEK 2 is great entertainment if you like the genre and can stomach the violence. It could have used a bit of trimming in between as it has its lengths. At times it reminded me of the 1986 film THE HITCHER. I can't help but confess, I really like Mick, the secret "(anti)hero" of the film. An extremely creepy finale is the undisputed highlight of the film.

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2014 eOne UK DVD
Feature running time: 102 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 / 16x9
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English HoH, English non-optional for non-English dialogue
Extras: Making of (50:59 mins.), Deleted Scenes (24:50)
Region: 2 (locked)

Picture Quality: A-
Audio Quality: B+
Extras: D

CONTAINS THE COMPLETELY UNCUT AUSTRALIAN R18+ VERSION.
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Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Michelle Fairley
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CARBON COPY OF IRONCLAD 1 WITH SOME FLAWS, 14 Sept. 2014
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THE STORY

A Celtic raiding party is slaughtering its way through Scotland near the border to England in retribution for atrocities prior committed by the English.
They lay siege on a castle owned by the De Vescis, the Lord, Gilbert De Vesci being the uncle of Guy the Squire from the oringinal IRONCLAD.
De Vescis is mortally wounded during the raid and so is the Celtic leader's son and it falls to De Vescis middle child, Hubert (Tom Rhys Harries) to seek out his cousin Guy (Tom Austen) to aid them.
Guy has changed though, not only is he played by a different actor, he has become a cold mercenary who takes Hubert's coin in exchange for his services rather than rushing to his family's aid out of the goodness of his heart. Along the road they pick up a few more helpers, Berenger, who owes Guy a debt, an executioner and a murderess.

THE MOVIE

IRONCLAD 2 - BATTLE FOR BLOOD is not a bad movie but it is a couple of steps backwards from IRONCLAD.
The budget is notably lower than that of the original. Don't expect any big names such as James Purefoy to make a comeback. Look close enough though and notice a few familiar names: Michelle Fairley and Roxanne McKee both appeared in the hit series GAME OF THRONES before.
The story is a carbon copy of IRONCLAD 1 - this is not much when you think they had 4 years to come up with a more original story.
There are many historical errors, especially in regards to the timeline. Do not expect a history lesson here.
The movie was entirely shot in Serbia. The scenery is marvelous. This and the well-choreographed action scenes is where IRONCLAD 2 shines.
I could have done without the shaky camera however.
Director and co-writer Jonathan English directed an co-wrote IRONCLAD 2 as well, doing a descent job at directing bit seemingly lazy at writing (or shall we say recycling) the story.
Decent actors, especially Fairley, McKee, David Caves as Berenger and Serbian actors Predrag Bjelac as Mad Dog and Dragana Atlija as Shiba.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2014 Warner Bros. UK Blu-ray
Feature running time: 108 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 / 16x9
Audio: English DTS-HD 5.1
Subtitles: English HoH
Extras: Behind the scenes (15:40 mins.)
Region: A,B,C (region free)

Picture Quality: A-
Audio Quality: A-
Extras: F
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Devil's Rock [DVD]
Devil's Rock [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gina Varela
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3.0 out of 5 stars ATMOSPHERIC NEW ZEALAND OCCULT HORROR MOVIE SET ON D-DAY., 24 Aug. 2014
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THE MOVIE

At night on June 5th, 1944, 2 New Zealand soldiers, Captain Ben Grogan (Craig Hall) and Sergeant Joe Tane (Karlos Drinkwater) paddle to to Forau Island to sabotage German gun emplacements located there. They land on the beach dodging mines and traps and make their way to the German fortification. From inside they hear screaming.
They are surprised by a German soldier running out of the bunker, screaming and pleading for help. Grogan easily kills the soldier and when they hear a woman screaming, they decide to investigate. During this, Tane is killed and Grogan is knocked unconscious by another German officer.
Grogan is interrogated and tortured by the German officer (Matthew Sunderland). During the interrogation Grogan repeatedly hears a female screaming from another room. Grogan eventually manages to break free and injure Meyer, the German officer.
He discovers the woman who was screaming. It turns out the woman is a shape shifter demon, summoned by black magic, a weapon the Germans plan to use against the Allied Forces...

THE DEVIL'S ROCK is an interesting little horror film with a unique and tense atmosphere and superb actors. Almost the entire movie takes place in the bunker, focusing on Grogan (superbly played by Craig Hall), Colonel Meyer (equally impressive: Matthew Sunderland) and Gina Varela, playing the demon.
Paul Campion directed and co-wrote THE DEVIL'S ROCK, which at 82 minutes is a rather short movie, but well paced and without unnecessary lengths. A bloody chamber drama with quite well-written dialogue.
Occult horror, of course is not to everyone's liking, but the occult is rather subtle, no demon worshipping or blasphemy, it should not be to offensive. The gore section, however is a different story: there is quite a lot of blood, guts and gore to go around, gore hounds should be pleased. The special effects are very well done - real makeup effects instead of cheap CGI effects.
Fortunately the movie spares us the usual cheesiness one would expect from a movie such as this, I was pleasantly surprised.
Not great, but definitely worth a look and most certainly better than I expected.

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2011 Metrodome UK DVD
Feature running time: 82 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Not Rated (MPAA) (not yet released) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: None
Extras: Making Of Featurette, interviews
Region: 2 (locked), PAL

Picture: B
Audio: B
Extras: D-
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