Thankskilling

ORDER DVD I was actively dreading watching this DVD. I mean, ANOTHER wise-cracking-turkey-reanimated-by-dog-piss film… how many more of those do I have to watch??!!! Seriously though, this 2007 film directed by Jordan Downey and shot on lush HD Video is surprisingly entertaining and belies its $3,500 (!) budget in many ways. As revealed by Downey […]

Drive-In Delirium [Volumes 1 & 2]

ORDER DVD They have many varying and wonderful names – cult films, exploitation, drive-in, midnight movies – but whatever you call them, the ‘b’ movies of the 60s, 70s and 80s represent a time of remarkable freedom and adventure in cinema. Typically, this was done under restrictive budget pressure and often well outside the mainstream […]

Slasher House

ORDER DVD The modern era of digital filmmaking has meant the tools of creating movies are within the reach of more people than ever. With the barriers lowered, microbudget features have become a reality and, in some cases, a success. Naturally, this democratisation of filmaking has also led to a dilution of quality, with many […]

Dead Sushi

ORDER DVD Keiko (Rina Takeda) is the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, but his disdain for women and her general ineptitude mean she cannot live up to his standards. Sick of his vicious and gruelling karate-style sushi training, she runs away and finds a job at a rural hot springs hotel renowned throughout Japan […]

Diary of the Dead

George Romero is rightly feted as one of the greatest horror directors of all time. Not for intelligent, underrated fare like Martin, The Crazies or Monkey Shines, but for the Holy Trilogy of Horror Movies – Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. To say Romero’s zombie trilogy […]

Let the Right One In

Ah, the poor vampire. As a movie monster, it has been used as a metaphor for everything from AIDS to drug addiction. It has been the staple of the housewife romance novel and even the teen celibacy parable. Surely its potency as an on-screen creature of the night as long since passed? If that was […]

Deadly Blessing

ORDER DVD Wes Craven has had a long and interesting career as a director. Working almost exclusively within the horror genre, he has turned out disturbing films (Last House on the Left), post-modern classics (Scream), underrated gems (New Nightmare), lousy cash-in sequels (The Hills Have Eyes 2) and complete disasters (Cursed). Such an erratic oeuvre […]

The Silent House

ORDER DVD With jaded modern audiences, in can become increasingly difficult for horror filmmakers to engage their audience with any kind of tension or scares. Some resort to extreme shock tactics, but there is also the ‘found footage’ subgenre, where the camera itself is part of the story in an attempt to fully immerse the […]

Frankenhooker [Blu-ray]

Henenlotter is (or should be!) a well recognised name among devotees of psychotronic celluloid, he’s the man behind such awesome cinematic atrocities as Brain Damage, Basket Case and more recently  the excellent Bad Biology. Frankenhooker was made somewhere in-between the above-mentioned titles and plays out as a horror-comedy, a subgenre that in my opinion almost always falls flat, but when handled […]

Tokyo Gore Police

ORDER DVD Set sometime in the future, Tokyo Gore Police tells the story of Ruka (Eihi Shiina of Audition fame) a member of the Tokyo Police Corporation whose specialty is hunting Engineers, a mutant breed of super-criminal with the ability to transform any injury into a weapon. While fighting the good fight Ruka stumbles upon evidence relating to the […]

Vampyros Lesbos

ORDER DVD Uncut & Uncensored screams the cover, “The Citizen Kane of European Exploitation Cinema” squeals the quote, a psychedelic musical score that’s “World Famous” – come on now people! Get a grip! This is Jess Franco we are talking about here – hot sheilas, cheesy muzak, subtitles, plotlines with holes bigger than some of […]