Tombs of the Blind Dead

tombs-blind-deadThe four entries in the Blind Dead series of films, all of them directed by the late Amando de Ossorio between 1972 – 1975, made for some of the most effective horror fare to come out of Europe that decade. Inspired by the legend of the Knights Templar (an order who flourished in the 14th Century before being disbanded following charges of heresy and witchcraft), the Blind Dead films thrive on atmosphere, haunting visuals and a disturbing sense of creeping dread, mixed in with a healthy dose of swinging seventies pop style and fashions – big hair, knee-high go-go boots, mini-shirts, short shorts, long sideburns and bell-bottom jeans.

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Swiss Army Man

swiss-army-manHank (Paul Dano) is a man with no reason to live. Alone, stuck on a desert island with no hope of rescue, he is just about to end it all when a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on the beach. It quickly turns out this is no ordinary corpse.

First off, the corpse’s chronic and apparently endless flatulence allows it to be used as a jetski. And can also be used to fire projectiles. Soon, more talents are revealed, such as the ability to store large quantities of drinking water and a head so hard it can be used for campground construction.

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Oasis: Supersonic

oasisGrowing up during the 90s in NZ it felt as if I lived in Britain. The Royal family were basically the Kardashians of the era, everyone watched Coronation Street and the music was all Brit-Pop. This may be triggering to some but I hate the Beatles, and being a 9/10 year old girl when they hit big, Oasis were essentially my Beatles. I still hate the Beatles and yes I realise the guitar at the beginning of  Don’t Look Back in Anger clearly rips of that annoying Imagine song. I get it. I hear T-Rex and Bowie, but even if they are  a tad derivative they  definitely had their own sound.

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Comin’ at Ya!

cominatyaThe 3D format, which in the last decade has become a rather commonplace option for moviegoers (particularly when it comes to films of the comic book and science-fiction variety) was initially popularized in the mid-1950s as a ploy by Hollywood filmmakers to combat the rising popularity of television and its potential threat on box-office takings.

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Caesar & Otto’s Paranormal Halloween

paranormal-halloweenAnother entry into the continuing series of flicks starring failed actor Caesar (director/writer Dave Campfield) and his half brother Otto (Paul Chomicki), all of which take a stab at the horror genre but with genuine love and understanding.

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All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

all-things-must“Music is DEAD”. Well at least that’s what Colin Hanks wants us to think in this documentary based on one of America’s most iconic record stores, Tower Records.

Now, if you were born after 1995 this will probably mean nothing to you so put down your “Applepods” and your “ilaps” and carry on ruining music like the ungrateful sods you are!

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Back in Time

back-in-time“Woooa this is heavy Doc!”

Did you know it’s been over 30 years since Back to the Future was first released? Well I didn’t!

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The Damned – Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead [Blu-ray + DVD]

damned-dvdDon’t You Wish That We Were Dead is a three year labour of love by film maker Wes Orshoski whose last subject was the legend that is Lemmy.

This time Orshoski tackles UK punk pioneers The Damned, first UK punk band to release a 45 (the classic New Rose), the first LP in Damned, Damned, Damned and the first Limey punks to tour the US of A. All this and yet they still don’t get the accolades they deserve, or at least that’s the way the band sees it. Nor the money which is a re-occurring theme through out the doco. This is a band who fell apart, got back together, feuded, argued, have now split into two camps and still complain about the bucks! It would almost be funny except for the fact we’ll probably never see the original band playing together again.

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Giveaway: Nirvana – Come As You Are [DVD]

come-as-you-areWe have one copy of Nirvana – Come As You Are to giveaway on DVD.

To find our more about the DVD you can read our review for it here.

To be in to win:

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Nirvana: Come As You Are

come-as-you-areNirvana – Come As You Are is a  rare live television concert from 1992.

I have to warn you that the release is not the greatest quality. Visually it is very pixelated to begin with and remains murky throughout from afar, but when the cameras are up close it’s a lot better. The audio isn’t super great, but it’s not terrible.

The DVD cover is a bit misleading as it features In Utero-era Cobain. To some this will be a cash-in item, but for Nirvana enthusiasts the chance to see any rare shows and own them will be worth the purchase price.  I couldn’t find out where the performance was, I am thinking maybe South America, comment below if you know.

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Dead End Drive-In [Blu-Ray]

dead-endBrought to us by Ozploitation icon Brian Trenchard-Smith (Turkey ShootThe Man From HongKong, BMX Bandits) our story starts with a string of disasters including racial riots in Sydney, a nuclear disaster in the Pacific and the crash of Wall Street leading to a dystopian future where the economic chaos means Tow Trucks fight it out for business, cops are corrupt and the kids form gangs of carboys, roaming the roads stripping cars and raising hell.

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The Dicks From Texas

dicks-from-texasThere should be a template for these documentaries… influential band you’ve vaguely heard of, famous talking heads (cue Henry Rollins), fuzzy clips of said band, more talking heads (band mates, scenesters, Henry Rollins) etc etc.  That said, this is The Dicks and they kicked arse!

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople [Blu-Ray]

wilderpeopleTaika Waititi has been a talent constantly on the rise. First making his name as an actor, he then broke through as a director with the Oscar-nominated short film Two Cars, One Night before a sequence of feature films drew him further into the spotlight. As such, this may be his last New Zealand film for a while, as he has at time of writing been deep in directing Thor 3: Ragnarok. If this really is the send-off for his laid-back style of local filmmaking, it’s a hell of a way to finish.

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