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Once Were Warriors – Lee Tamahori (Second Sight)

We used to scour the video shop looking for films to grab for a nights entertainment and always went to the new releases as a first stop, hoping to get something watchable or at least downright rubbish that we could… Continue Reading →

Lair Of The White Worm – Ken Russell (Vestron Video)

The late Ken Russell was certainly a divisive character and love him or loathe him a person who was hard to ignore. As far as his films were concerned they often courted controversy and indeed still do so. He baited… Continue Reading →

Der Todesking – Jorg Buttgereit (Arrow)

The king of death resides resplendent on his throne, it will not be too long before you sit at his feet, it could happen in an instant, a heartbeat. It could take a long suffocating agony, the release from which… Continue Reading →

Wishmaster – Robert Kurtzman (Vestron Video)

“Master! Apprentice! Heartborne, 7th Seeker Warrior! Disciple! In me the Wishmaster.” Ah no wrong section, get thee out of here Nightwish! Actually only the mighty belong and that’s Motorhead who get the closing credits song, but let’s go back and… Continue Reading →

The Gate – Tibor Takács (Vestron Video)

Anyone who used to hunt through the shelves of the old video rental stores in the 80’s will no doubt remember the label and the logo that was Vestron Video. It was their horror films that if you are reading… Continue Reading →

In the Fade – Fatih Akin (Magnolia Pictures)

AKA  Real Life Horror  Original title:  Aus dem Nichts  (out of nowhere) There is a Stoic practise connected to the Latin phrase memento mori (remember death). It’s not a practise for the faint-hearted. The practitioner is asked to remind him-… Continue Reading →

Unchained Melody: The Films Of Meiko Kaji – Tom Mes (Arrow)

I am sure I am not alone but after watching the film and all the extras I always read the booklet that goes with them before putting back on the shelf. Not all Blu-Ray companies bother with these but Arrow… Continue Reading →

Ben – Phil Karlson (Second Sight)

Hot on the heels of Willard in 1972 Ben follows on directly from where its predecessor finished. Due to events of the previous film Ben and his rat pack are forced to move. They have detectives, cops, local cats and… Continue Reading →

Willard – Daniel Mann (Second Sight)

I was watching favourite Grindhouse movie I Drink Your Blood (David Durston 1970) recently and the extras connected it with these films mentioning that they shared some cast members. I would normally have known this but we are not talking… Continue Reading →

Capture Kill Release – Nick McAnulty, Brian Stewart (Eureka)

There’s some sickos out there. One thing people are always going to be fascinated in is murder, an act that most will only experience themselves thankfully second hand in the news and on film. It’s a fascination that has led… Continue Reading →

The Evil Within – Andrew Getty (Screenbound)

“The young man stepped into the hall of mirrors where he discovered a reflection of himself Even the greatest stars discover themselves in the looking glass.” The shining star in question here is director Andrew Getty of the famous Getty… Continue Reading →

The Amityville Horror – Stuart Rosenberg (Second Sight)

I guess if you went out Family Fortune’s style and asked the average person on the street to name a haunted house it wouldn’t be long before Amityville popped up. The name is embedded in popular culture, due firstly to… Continue Reading →

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