Michael Haneke unleashed Funny Games on the world in 1997. It won instant acclaim, being up for the Palm D’Or at Cannes, but drew just as much complaint for its aggressive, fourth wall-breaking assault on the fans of violent movies. Haneke’s own status as an art film enfante terrible meant that the film neverRead More →

As a kid I fondly remember trips to the local video store and being lured in by the cover art of many of the classic exploitation titles. These flicks were forbidden fruit for me at the tender young age of eight or nine as my parents refused to let meRead More →

Finally a local release of the Ultimate Edition of Dawn Of The Dead! Better late than never that’s for sure especially for the poor folk like me who couldn’t afford to splash out for the R1 Anchor Bay release. The Ultimate Edition lives up to its title and then some containingRead More →

John August has built up a solid reputation as a screenwriter since his breakthrough with 1999’s Go (where he also directed second unit) and subsequent work with Tim Burton. Now comes his feature debut as director in the metaphysical indie flick The Nines, an expansion/riff on his own short from 1998 (which isRead More →

Death Note began as a manga, then an anime and the phenomenon burst over into two live-action films. The second of these, Death Note: The Last Name seemed to wrap the story up as the owner of the death note, a book where any name written means the death ofRead More →

FW Murnau’s Nosferatu is one of the indisputable classics of horror cinema. The 1922 film arose from the German expressionist movement and has been hugely influential in its look, style and even ideas – such as vampires being destroyed by the rays of the sun. The image of the NosferatuRead More →

A good plot twist can be a potent weapon in the armoury of a movie. Ideally, these serve as an addition, an extra to an already-effective plot. The story has seemingly been resolved and then the twist arrives to reveal the hidden extra layer to all that has gone before.Read More →

Some of you might know Nocturno Culto from his Darkthrone fame, but today I received a pleasant email with the replies to my questions on his film The Misanthrope. If you haven’t watched, rented, downloaded or stolen this film then do yourself a favour and get a copy now. The NakedRead More →

Wow, what can I say? Robot Chicken Star Wars… I have never to this date seen an episode of Robot Chicken or Star Wars, but thankfully this was a 23 minute episode and featured a bunch of characters from Star Wars that I am pretty familiar with. If you knowRead More →

It’s France 2013 and the gangs rule the ghettos of Paris so the government whacks up some concrete barriers and leave the slums to the drug lords and street gangs. Into that slum drops a nuclear weapon that needs recovering. Sounds kinda familiar don’t it? But this Escape from NY ‘homage’ doesn’tRead More →

A long term labour of love this Aussie independent horror film first saw the light in 2001 as a short film before Simpson expanded the storyline and started filming the long version in 2003. It took until 2006 to complete it with a volunteer crew, a cast of unknowns andRead More →

Pervert! is a modern-day homage to the films of Sexploitation king Russ Meyer. I went into this not expecting much as I’m really not a big fan of the recent flood of “homages” and “tributes” being churned out by directors pathetically trying to cash-in on the current “retro” / “grindhouse”Read More →

The ‘Video Nasty’ furore in Great Britain in the 80s was perhaps the ultimate argument that any publicity really isn’t necessarily good publicity. When an attempt by Go Video to build interest in the UK release of Cannibal Holocaust included a faked letter of outrage to moral crusader Mary Whitehouse,Read More →