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A Cat in Paris

Dino is a black cat leading a double life. During the day, he is the placid domestic pet of a little girl named Zoe, but at night he scales the rooftops with acrobatic burglar Nico as he conducts various daring robberies. Meanwhile, Zoe’s mother – the chief of police – is closing in on notorious […]

Splice

ORDER DVD Ever since a 19-year-old named Mary Shelley wrote a novel called Frankenstein, the scientist who plays God and creates life has been a staple of fiction. Indeed, Shelley realised her work’s place in a long tradition by subtitling it, The Modern Prometheus. From the dawn of cinema, the concept has been brought forward repeatedly by […]

Donkey Punch

ORDER DVD Things start very promisingly for this UK horror/thriller. Some naturalistic dialogue, a measured build-up and then a sudden mistake leading to recriminations and panic. Unfortunately, that is where the good ideas run out and the second half of Donkey Punch is formulaic and pedestrian, wasting a lot of promise. When three Northern British girls (including […]

A Band Called Death

The exact birth of punk rock is an endlessly debated topic. Some say it began in earnest with The Ramones in New York in 1975, others with the punk explosion in the UK in 1976. But what nobody ever thought was that the first salvo of angry young punk rock was actually fired by three […]

Jug Face

ORDER DVD Deep in rural America, a backwoods community have their own way of doing things. Arranged marriage is the tip of the iceberg. In return for apparently supernatural healing, the people perform ritual human sacrifice to The Pit, a muddy hole in the depths of the forest. The method for selection is based on […]

Survive Style 5+

A man with a seemingly unkillable wife. An advertising executive with ideas as bad as they are frequent. Unrequited homosexual love. A husband and father hypnotised into thinking he is a bird. All of these and much more are packed into the madcap Japanese cult hit Survive Style 5+. The structure is of five interlocking stories, […]

Bad Biology

A woman born with seven clits. A man with a detachable penis that goes on a rape spree…no, its not Woody Allen’s latest…its the (semi) triumphant return of genre favourite Frank Henenlotter. Like most Love & Pop readers (well, the older ones anyway) I first encountered the legend of Frank Henenlotter through the pages of Fangoria magazine. His 1982 film Basket Case was […]

The Walking Dead [Volumes 1 and 2]

AUTHOR: Robert Kirkman | Order Vol. 1 | Order Vol.2 Zombies are a horror trope that have gone through a number of phases in their undead history. Originally, they were very much the subject of pulp from their voodoo origins as unwilling victims brought back from the dead to serve evil masters. Then, in 1968, George Romero’s Night of […]

Tokyo Zombie

Based on a manga by Yusaku Hanakuma, Tokyo Zombie is a wild ‘n’ wacky ride through the zombie-ridden, post-apocalyptic carcass of Tokyo city. Fujio (Tadanobu Asano) and Mitsuo (Sho Aikawa) work at a fire extinguisher factory in midtown Tokyo… well, I say work but in reality they spend most of their time practicing Jujitsu. Mitsuo is attempting […]

Rubber

Directed by French DJ Mr.Oizo (Quentin Dupieux), Rubber is a bizarro horror-comedy about a killer tire named Robert and his murderous adventures in the Californian desert. Opening with a fourth-wall-breaking monologue concerning the film being a homage to the “no reason” theory often employed in cinema, Rubber proceeds to mess with genre conventions by having an on-screen audience […]

Deep Throat

ORDER DVD Even the most uptight prude has heard of Deep Throat. It caused a bonafide cultural phenomenon and single-handedly changed the face of adult film forever. As the first mainstream hardcore (and at the time, illegal) sex film, Deep Throat’s producers and performers were hauled into court on obscenity charges and after a long & arduous battle […]