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The Appointment

I’m just going to cut right to the chase, without all the usual preamble and context, and say that Lindsey C. Vickers’ The Appointment absolutely floored me. I was utterly compelled and hypnotised by it, and ultimately disturbe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beware My Brethren (AKA The Fiend)

There is something inherently frightening about religious fanaticism meeting delusional violence. The monsters of these stories are real. These aren’t creature features or supernatural tales of paranormal sightings; no, this is...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Burning Sea

While Hollywood and specifically the Master of Disaster Roland Emmerich might feel they have cornered the market on big budget disaster films Norway has been quietly creating disaster films that are much more grounded in realit...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Corrective Measures

In March 2022, Bruce Willis’ family announced the beloved actor’s retirement after being diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that affects language cognition. For the last few years, Willis’ cinematic output has been brief roles...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

In the vein of Bruce Campbell’s delightfully zany My Name is Bruce in which the star played himself in a bizarre adventure, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent puts the spotlight on Nicolas Cage in a surprisingly poignant m...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat, 1943’s British deception operation to disguise the Allied invasion of Sicily, is one of the most remarkable stories in the history of war. Dressing the corpse of a vagrant as a Royal Marines officer equippe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Untouchables – 4K

In the 1980s, filmmaker Brian De Palma gave us Scarface, Body Double, and Blow Out – three films that feel so of their era, that they have aged accordingly. But in ‘87, he also dropped the epic crime saga The Untouchables...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wrath of Man

After a run of duds including King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the live-action Aladdin remake, beloved Britflick filmmaker Guy Ritchie returned to form with 2019’s all-star crime thriller The Gentlemen. The instantly quotab...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Card Counter

Ever since he announced himself to Hollywood with his script for the blood-spattered nihilism that is Taxi Driver Paul Schrader has never deviated from his path. A writing and directing career spanning more than 40 years Schrad...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Batman – 4K

It’s always risky to reboot a character as iconic as Batman, who has already had so many cinematic adaptations – especially ones so beloved in film fans’ hearts, like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Matt Reeves’ neo-noir t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wild Things – Limited Edition Arrow Films

The erotic thriller, at one point a staple of Hollywood churn has slipped by the wayside. In many ways the likes of Hitchcock touched on it before DePalma raised the ‘erotic’ part and finally, when it reached its zenith, the li...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Proposition – 4K

Back in the good old days of the Hollywood Western, black hat-wearing bandits and white hatted do-gooders would battle in light, cheery romps that romanticised the period and made it all look darn swell. Actors like John Wayne ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape from L.A. – 4K

Although certainly dated in places, John Carpenter’s 1981 action classic Escape from New York remains a favourite of mine. There’s something about its dark, dystopian thrills that is oddly charming – it’s a film I often f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chopper: 20th Anniversary

Digitally remastered and reissued for its 20th anniversary in cinemas and on digital, Andrew Dominik’s Chopper remains one of the most viscerally entertaining gangster films of its era. Taking the viewer into the mind and world...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shooter – 4K

Perhaps a strange choice of film to get the 4K UHD treatment, Antoine Fuqua’s thriller Shooter wasn’t met with any particular acclaim from critics or audiences upon release in 2008. The mindless, by-the-numbers Mark Wahlberg-st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Matrix Resurrections

Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s seminal 1999 The Matrix is easily one of the most celebrated and iconic films of its era. With its pioneering special effects and influential story, it has become something of a gold standard for its ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midnight

From Hotel Del Luna, to All of Us Are Dead, from Uncanny Counter, to Space Sweepers, the Republic of Korea has produced some of the most innovative, daring, and out-and-out cute films and TV series of the last few years. And on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black Cat

Following the success of Luc Besson’s seminal 1990 action thriller La Femme Nikita, filmmaker Stephen Shin wanted a piece of the action with a Hong Kong remake. And when he couldn’t secure the rights? Well, he did it anyway wit...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Caveat

Acorn Media’s addictive series of Shudder titles continues with Caveat, Damian McCarthy’s slow-burning and nightmarish directorial debut. The Irish horror film stars Jonathan French as Isaac, a mysterious amnesiac drifter hired...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Delirium

Beloved purveyors of the so-called ‘video nasties’, 88 Films have always put so much heart and passion into their releases – and their latest is no exception. A long unavailable VHS rarity, the sleazy and insane Delirium ...