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Re-Animator

Born out of director Stuart Gordon’s belief that there were too many Dracula movies around at the time, Re-Animator has since become a cult classic of the comedy horror genre. Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West – Re...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Moon Man

Originally released in 2012 as a short film, German animation Moon Man (Der Mondmann) now emerges on DVD as feature length and redubbed into English.  Based on the 1967 children’s book by illustrator Tomi Ungerer, who also brou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Machine

The Turing Test is an idea that plays an important part in The Machine.  It is the concept that a true artificial intelligence is one that a person could communicate with, and not be aware that they are not conversing with a hu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Proving there’s life in the ‘Young Adult’ genre after the sun setting on Twilight, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of last year’s biggest success stories.  Raking in a massive $863.9 million at the global box office it ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ender’s Game

Perhaps too easily pigeon-holed as Harry Potter in space, Ender’s Game comes at a time where any ‘Young Adult’ novel on the planet is getting the movie treatment.  Based on Orson Scott Card’s novel, originally published in 1977...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Stuff

Larry Cohen is a name known in film for very off-beat projects, often blending in old-school elements updated with a sense of modern satire.  From the notorious killer baby movie It’s Alive, to the insane areas God Told M...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gravity

Blazing a trail with box office, critical and award success Gravity was 2013’s essential cinematic viewing.  It was a film that had more force than, well, gravity itself.  Released on the home formats just in time for it to pot...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Europa Report

Europa Report treads that age-old adage of Sci-fi thriller which sees a group of brave astronauts travel to the farthest reaches of our solar system to find out if we are alone in the universe.  But unlike an Alien or even the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Days

Similarities predictably abound between this and José Saramago‘s Blindness, itself adapted into a film directed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles in 2008. Here however, it is an unseen and free-flowing infection ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frost

Found footage horror films don’t seem to be going anywhere, and now we have Iceland’s stab at the genre.  In many ways the wilds of Iceland are an ideal place for such a film, as the glaciers and wastes can create a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Scavengers

Some films are so breathtakingly, tragically terrible that they boldly leap across the boundaries of good taste and into the world of kitsch ‘so bad it’s good’ cinema. Sadly Scavengers isn’t one of those films. The story deals ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Colony

The post-apocalyptic action/horror genre has in recent years had a major new glut of titles.  While the world continues to live in times of uncertainty, such films will always be relevant, as when done well, it can give hope th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upstream Colour

Shane Carruth’s debut film Primer offered audiences an experience as intoxicating as it was baffling. Made for almost no money at all, the film told of a pair of nerds who invented time travel as a means of gaming the stock mar...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elysium

In a summer rife with remakes, sequels and superheroes, Elysium stood-out as a rare blockbuster of originality.  After the success of District 9 much was expected of writer director Neil Blomkamp.  Having seen his planned adapt...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Ass Spider!

The concept is hardly an original one. Mankind falls pray to a giant bug beast terrorising the city. We’ve been there before with Mimic and Starship Troopers. Yet there is something cringingly enjoyable about Mike Mendez’s Big ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

With Hollywood churning out sub-standard remakes it is fitting that Arrow should pick such a prime moment to give Invasion Of The Body Snatchers a much warranted Blu-ray release.  Philip Kauffman – the man who wrote Raiders Of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Purge

Trying hard to be more than just the sum of its parts, The Purge is a horror that sets out an interesting premise, builds well and then, unfortunately, forgets to scare, shock or thrill. Set in a very near future, crime is at a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lifeforce

Lifeforce was originally billed as “from the director of Poltergeist“.  That’s only partially true, as it has become legend how little control Tobe “The Texas Chainsaw Massace” Hooper actually had ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Superheroes Must Die

Now is truly the age of the superhero on screen.  Marvel and DC blockbusters may continually dominate the cinema charts but there is certainly always room for movies that attempt to deconstruct the superhero genre.  Think Watch...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Iron Man 3

A glance at any Iron Man 3 poster will reveal the badge of honour that proudly states: “From The Studio That Brought You Avengers Assemble”.  Given that film’s record-breaking box office haul it’s clearly worth shouting about. ...