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Cassadaga [DVD]
Cassadaga [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelen Coleman
Price: £2.73

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good., 9 May 2012
This review is from: Cassadaga [DVD] (DVD)
Anyone expecting another tedious 'torture porn' romp will probably leave this feeling rather let down. The gore and nastiness is there, but largely takes a backseat to plot and characterisation. It twists and turns at a satisfying rate, and both acting and direction are good. This won't blow you away, but if you fancy an engaging, slightly offbeat macabre thriller, then 'Cassadaga's worth a try.

Nightfall Mysteries: Curse Of The Opera (PC CD)
Nightfall Mysteries: Curse Of The Opera (PC CD)
Price: £2.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre and buggy, 10 Mar. 2012
The 'spooky' plot, script and 'acting' are pretty weak, and the puzzles so-so at best. Most significantly, however, the game has a habit of deleting your progress, obliging you to start from the beginning upon reboot, demanding more dedication (and masochism) than I can muster. It is cheap, but there are numerous superior puzzle games available, so unless you have some other compelling reason to buy this, I'd look elsewhere.

Undead Or Alive [DVD]
Undead Or Alive [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Kattan
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 21 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Undead Or Alive [DVD] (DVD)
This film won't change your life, but if you're looking for something to watch with friends while eating fiery homemade chilli and drinking far too much beer, then you've found it. Well-paced and likeable, it's a good deal better than most of the low-budget zombie fodder out there, and the Western setting works well. At the price, it's difficult to go wrong.

Amer [DVD]
Amer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cassandra ForÍt
Price: £3.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hipster horror?, 6 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Amer [DVD] (DVD)
This is without question an artful production, which in some ways is what makes it so infuriating. A slavish tribute to fashionable cult genre filmmaking, it is a definitive triumph of style over substance - a movie that looks beautiful but lacks any real soul or purpose of its own - simultaneously highly sophisticated and profoundly stupid. While some cult film fanatics adored this, I confess that I struggled to stay awake - and I would count myself as a pretty dedicated cult horror veteran.

Approach with caution...

Whores of the Devil: Witch-hunts and Witch-trials
Whores of the Devil: Witch-hunts and Witch-trials
by Erik Durschmied
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bewildering rather than bewitching..., 15 Jan. 2012
While the subject is fascinating and the approach has some potential, the execution is woeful, as the author seems to lack any basic appreciation of the role of the historian. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using dramatic reconstruction or imaginative prose to try and enliven your text, so long as you clearly delineate where fact ends and fancy begins. In 'Whores of the Devil', however, not only are fact and fiction casually interwoven, but logic and basic research take a backseat to overheated purple prose and pompous pronouncements, most of which lead nowhere in particular. Sad to say, while this often makes for a fun read, 'Whores of the Devil' is pretty worthless from a historical pespective.
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Criminal (Volume 1): Coward
Criminal (Volume 1): Coward
by Ed Brubaker;
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treat, 1 Nov. 2011
If you like crime fiction, if you enjoy graphic novels, or if you just enjoy masterful storytelling, then you'll enjoy 'Coward'. Is it pulp? Maybe, but a fine example of just how good pulp can be in skilled hands.

Mortification: Writers' Stories of their Public Shame
Mortification: Writers' Stories of their Public Shame
by Robin Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More moribund than mortified., 1 Nov. 2011
On the surface, the idea of getting writers to reveal their most embarassing moments seems a good one. But in practice, the limitations quickly become painfully obvious, as we read one variant after another on the 'I was invited to perform a reading and nobody came' story. There is some variety - with grinding predictability Irvine Welch soils himself outside a football match for example - but overall this is pretty dreary stuff.

While they routinely deny it with telling insistence, it's hard to get away from the sense that the writers in this collection remain bewildered that the world fails to recognise the lofty nature of their calling. They're largely a pretty unlikeable bunch - prone to self-obsession, whinging and pettiness - more damningly, few of them write particularly well. While I love books, I've always loathed 'literary' fiction, regarding it as insular, pompous, myopic and dull. If nothing else, 'Mortification' confirmed that prejudice in spades.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [DVD]
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Cera
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.97

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nerds only., 28 July 2011
The movie isn't without merit - it's bold and inventive - but quickly gets seriously repetitive and dull. The lead character is an irritating charisma vacuum, the dialogue weak, the music insipid 'indie' pop. If your philosophy includes 'the geeks shall inherit the earth', you might enjoy this. I was praying for one of the bad guys to beat the hero to a bloody pulp within the first twenty minutes.
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Salvage [DVD]
Salvage [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shahid Ahmed
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £8.40

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Feeble, 25 April 2011
This review is from: Salvage [DVD] (DVD)
I was hoping for a lot from this - a new low budget British shocker that isn't 'torture porn' or another redundant zombie romp. Sad to say, Salvage really doesn't deliver. While commendably competent I suppose, there's simply not much here to like.

From early on I felt the sinking feeling that I was being patronised, that this was the work of someone with little knowledge of or respect for the horror genre, but confident that horror fans will watch anything. (Judging by the positive reviews, some of us evidently will.)

You certainly don't need sympathetic central characters, but annoying protagonists is not a good start. You can get away with gaping plot holes, but only with good pacing. The whole 'maternal insincts = superpower' cliche really gets my goat too. None of which matters if your final reveal - i.e. the threat being built up throughout the film's entire grinding progress - is good. It ain't. The movie's monster - a sort of syphilitic ewok - is the final cherry on the turd pie.

Some folks obviously liked this, but I'd advise true horror fans to look elsewhere.

Bayonets for Hire: Mercenaries at War, 1550-1789
Bayonets for Hire: Mercenaries at War, 1550-1789
by Urban William
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far from worthless, far from a triumph..., 17 Feb. 2011
As the previous reviewer noted, the book's focus on mercenaries is rather vague to say the least. What you do get is an overview of European warfare in the Early Modern period, though this lack of focus makes it feel somewhat haphazard somehow.

Lack of focus is perhaps Urban's chief problem here. 'Bayonets for Hire' hangs uncomfortably between an academic text and a popular history book. With too little original scholarship to please the former audience while remaining a touch too dry to draw in the more casual reader. He's a competent writer, but his prose seldom sparkles, and there is some sloppy editing (though that's scarcely the author's fault).

A pet hate emblematic of this is footnotes. While I recognise them as a necessary evil in some scholarly works, as a rule they're worth avoiding. If it's relevant, work it into the text. If it's not, then delete it. Please. I don't want to have to keep scanning between the main text and the foot of the page all the time unless absolutely necessary.

On a positive note, I did enjoy this, though that had a lot to do with reading about aspects of European military history I was unfamiliar with. To conclude, not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but solid and interesting none the less.

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