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Death Call [DVD]
Death Call [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kane Hodder
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A demo music project masquerading as a horror movie., 28 July 2016
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Kane Hodder best known for his role as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th films and Bill Moseley who has starred in a whole batch of horror movies and well known throughout the genre star as a pair of serial killers. They use an old ambulance to intercept real distress calls pick up the victims and well, hack em' to death. They do this because ol daddy used to do this when they were kids and so now as adults their all loopy. So hapless teens get it.

As for the teens here- all are pretty obnoxious and forgettable and the movie really is a hollow one- running time without credits is 72 minutes. The director used the name Alan Smithee which should get alarm bells ringing- it's a name used if the director is embarassd by the movie. The director seems obsessed by light and glare everyother scene is swamped in it- the other scenes are filled with end of the barrell pop tunes obviously by unsigned bands hoping to make that break. Do me a favour go through the right channels and leave horror movies alone. So this becomes beyond annoying.

Hollow characters and even hollow deaths. There is literally no good gore scenes for gore fans- most are cut away and when we do get one decent gruesome death- saw cutter to the neck, well let's just say don't blink. As for the killers, Moseley is an underrated actor, but really it's a surprise he took this part, it is below him. Hodder is just Jason without the mask, mute and all eyes. Though he still looks menacing. All in all this is a movie you watch once. It just has next to no redeeming qualities. Oh and the whole ambulance story is used once in entire movie. And please there are more flashbacks here than in THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2. Herein lay what could have been a decent horror flick, ruined by writers and a director that obviously never had their hearts in the project in the first place. Shame.


House [Special Edition] [DVD]
House [Special Edition] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Autry

3.0 out of 5 stars Made a jump in the 80s but not so much now. Still decent fun., 19 July 2016
William Katt stars as an author with a past and he decides to go back to his childhood home after his aunt dies to write his next book on
his Vietnam experiences. Once there he learns quickly that the house is haunted- big time. Some how he sees no reason to leave, though one of those is to relocate his son who he believes was snatched by the ghosts years ago.

George Wendt stars as his caring but nosey neighbour. Effects especially for the time are pretty good- and though this is in reality dark humour there are still a few scares haunted house style to be had. Fans of Friday the 13th take note, Sean S. Cunningham and Steve Miner are behind this one. It hits and misses- on occasions, and there are some plot stories that go nowhere- the sexy neighbour and her son? Wendt and his Jack Daniels stay over? Feels like something is missing despite the whole chaos of it all. Good fun but hollow.


The Visit [DVD]
The Visit [DVD]
Dvd ~ Deanna Dunagan
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent horror but could have been a great one. Missed opportunity., 19 July 2016
This review is from: The Visit [DVD] (DVD)
Two kids are put to stay with their grandparents, but they quickly realise that their grandparents are off the loop. Especially Grandma who does strange things in the middle of the night. Very creepy in places although uses the jump scare tactics one to many times. The Visit is decent but could have been a great terrifying horror movie that never quite reaches those heights- still some really good creepy scenes.
The ending is a total blow it out of the bag letdown, which is a shame given the twist just before hand worked so well. Good but a missed opportunity.


Halloween II [DVD]
Halloween II [DVD]
Dvd ~ Scout Taylor-Compton
Price: £4.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A very decent take on the Halloween series better than Zombie's first effort, 7 May 2016
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As a huge fan of the old Halloween movies, the first one is my favourite horror movie of all time I came in with trepidation to Rob Zombie's take on the story. Halloween by Zombie was a movie of two parts- the first was decent enough because it played out largely as an original piece however the second half descended into a kill em all piece that at best just got a little messy. Halloween II then was not high on my list of must watch films. But surprise surprise Zombie has created a movie that only gives very quick references and nods and is another original piece.

First up the grain and camera angles that Zombie has used are particularly striking, the guy is an artist even if you don't like his movies. The acting is very good and the movie never drags even at 100 mins for a horror film. The movie is much more violent than say all out gore and the camera does swing around a lot, was this to make sure the movie got a big screen release in America? It's a nice surprise to see Danielle Harris here who of course played the little girl in both HALLOWEEN 4 and HALLOWEEN 5 though it should be noted that she is playing a different character here but the fans loved this touch from Zombie. It's great too to see how Zombie hasn't copied like for like the role of Sam Loomis- Malcolm McDowell's character is polar opposite to Donald Pleasence's and this was a great touch.

Critics will be annoyed with all the kills and random ones at that and Zombie's wife Sheri Moon Zombie has a prominent role as a ghost type figure who encourages Michael to keep on killing. Some of it works, some of it doesn't but it never gets to that point of cringeworthy. Halloween II is a nice surprise then, it's a very decent slasher movie and even better than some of the older Halloween sequels.


Python [2000] [DVD]
Python [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frayne Rosanoff
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Price: £2.78

3.0 out of 5 stars SSSShhhhhhhhh fun., 6 May 2016
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Good but pathetic cheesy fun sees a mutated giant snake the size of a small skyscraper escape from a plane and set havoc on a small community. A nod to classic 50's B movies though the CGI monster snakes looks really goofy. The cast here is who's who of under the radar actors. Think Robert Englund, Casper Van Dien, William Zabka, Will Wheaton (doing his best Scott Weiland impersanation) even Ed Lauters in here. It's all switch off your brain fun and for what it is it's rather good with a few cold beers. Hey so good in fact we got a sequel.


The Tomb Of Ligeia [DVD]
The Tomb Of Ligeia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
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Price: £4.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price delightful once again with the help of Roger Cormans camera, 6 May 2016
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Vincent Price and Roger Corman team up once again in this delightful and wicked tale. Price mourns his wife Ligeia and buries her and becomes somewhat of a slave to her spirit. But when he meets a new woman his cat is most displeased..... Excellent all round acting but it is the camera of Corman that surprises the most. Using strange angles, moving the camera about in a way seldom seem back in the time this movie was made, the film is superb because of it. The movie does tease us with scenes that start to drag but thankfully it never goes down that route and ends up being a very polished film at just under 80 mins.


Hide And Go Shriek [DVD]
Hide And Go Shriek [DVD]
Dvd ~ Skip Schoolnik
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Price: £5.96

1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but destroyed by the lightning of the movie., 5 May 2016
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Oh dear- and the thing is this movie had all the right ingredients- cheesy 80s movie and a bunch of likeable kids having stuck in a furniture store all night and ready to party, but boy is this one bland. First up you have to get past the fact that these kids think playing hide and seek in a furniture store is going to be and I quote the greatest night of their lives- I mean really. Okay moving on, this acting is bland as is the script, but we know this tained many 80s cheesy movies but stuff still worked right? Well here what destroys this movie is the lightning- for nearly 90 mins we the viewer are submerged to watching darkness- who the hell in their right mind wants to watch a movie where 90% of the picture is dark and to make it worse it's all intentional- oh dear. The kills are terrible and the killer when they are revealed is a major let down- most of the group survive anyway. A good idea terribly executed.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Leatherface [DVD]
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Leatherface [DVD]
Dvd ~ Viggo Mortensen
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £2.41

3.0 out of 5 stars Average return for Leatheface but not too bad., 5 May 2016
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This isn't as nearly as bad as some will have you think, but there isn't much else here either. Basic plots sees a couple stop off for gas get lost and then given directions to a road that will lead to hell and the family. Cinematography is actually very good for the first half hour- but movie is then mostly shot in the dark. What you'll have to do is forget everything that happened in the sequel, so Leatherface's chainsaw to the gut and some of the family being killed off means little here as most return and they have new members too? Emm confusing.

Ken Foree is always a welcome site and he stars as one of the heroes trying to make sense of it all as he helps out. Beware of the uncut version it adds miliseconds and even those are not gory, indeed gorehounds will feel let down. Movie rounds up with one of the all time worst horror ending ever, it feels like the ending was being rewritten as it was being filmed. One saving grace it never bores but this movie wasnt needed.


976 Evil II - The Astral Factor [1991] [DVD]
976 Evil II - The Astral Factor [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick O'Bryan
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £9.41

2.0 out of 5 stars Tired lame sequel to Robert Englund's original, 3 May 2016
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Boring sequel see's Spike the original guy return as a biker loner type, actor sleepwalks through the whole movie. So when the phone starts its tricks again he acts like he never went through the experience of the first movie, perhaps he's living in a parallel universe or just found good weed. This movie jumps the shark so to speak- all the little good things that made the first movie watch able are missing here and this sequel is nothing more than a possessed man who is out for revenge- it just doesn't have that bite that the original had.

The acting from all is terrible and the script is plain bad. The one thing going for the movie are some of the neat locations and there are plenty of explosions- pretty surprising for a movie with this budget. Watch out for an appearance by Bridget Nielson of all people and the ending is just plain weird, open for a 3rd movie which thankfully didn't happen. For horror completest s only, everyone else would rather watch paint dry.


The Loved Ones [DVD]
The Loved Ones [DVD]
Dvd ~ Xavier Samuel
Price: £4.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Good effort but ultimately feels hollow., 3 May 2016
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The Loved Ones is a decent Aussie horror, shot really well and good production values, but it is a strange beast. Strange because it works and it doesn't, it feels quite hollow and predictable. Basically this is an up to date version on CARRIE with a few spins. Good looking guy rejects geeky girl to the dance and so with the help of her dad they kidnap him and then proceed to torture him. Can he escape? And really that's all there is to the movie. But it is enjoyable and catches you out with how dark it becomes in the final two acts. The parellel running story of the slighly geek guy who gets the beautful women and it all works out is quite funny and ironic but then again not much happens in this story arc. Considering the budget and the effort put in, this is a good movie but the DVD blurb suggesting masterpiece is well wide of the mark.


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