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Awful dr orlof Review and Opinion

2019/06/23

The Awful Dr Orlof (1962)
Director: Jess Franco

review by James Starkey

This rather amusing melodrama was fairly typical of the early-1960s' European crime/thriller genre that rose up and disappeared almost overnight. Influenced by the work of Ed Wood in the US and the British Hammer studios, Jess Franco went about producing his own little slice of terror

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Furnace Review and Opinion

2017/04/21

Furnace (2006)
Director: William Butler

review by Christopher Teague

Far be it for me to pour scorn on a low-budget horror flick, but unfortunately from the opening minutes of Furnace it quickly became apparent that I was about to watch something that is a mongrel cross between an episode of Diagnosis Murder and something you'd discover

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Body Review and Opinion

2019/06/05

The Body (2000)
Director: Jonas McCord

review by Ian Shutter

This is a dramatic and intriguing, if ultimately spineless (excuse that awful pun), international conspiracy thriller about science versus religion. Dr Sharon Golban (Olivia Williams, from The Sixth Sense) is an archaeologist working at a dig in Jerusalem where she discovers a skeleton

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Challenge, 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/08/13

The Challenge (2005)
Writer and director: Johannes Jaeger

review by Christopher Geary

Apparently derived from a short film, Kampfansage 2 (2002), The Challenge (aka: Kampfansage - Der letzte Schüler), translating as 'Challenge: The Last Apprentice' is reportedly

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Moonraker Review and Opinion

2018/08/13

Moonraker (1979)
Director: Lewis Gilbert

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Even to this day, the influence of Star Wars on films cannot be ignored. In the late 1970s, however, every film seemed to jump on the space opera bandwagon, and the Bond series was no exception. Although Moonraker was a hit at the box office, time has not been kind to it

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Zencore edited by d.f.lewis Review and Opinion

2015/04/26

Zencore!: Scriptus Innominatus
editor: D.F. Lewis
Meganthus paperback £8

review by Mario Guslandi

Zencore! is nothing but the latest instalment in the Nemonymous magazine anthology series, created, edited and published by D.F. Lewis, the basic idea of which is to present the reader

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Fallen angels Review and Opinion

2017/05/08

Fallen Angels (2003)
Director: Ian David Diaz

review by Steve Anderson

Every time Jeff Fahey stars in a cheap, poorly done piece of direct-to-video slop, an angel gets its wings. Right now, by my count, there are about three angels in heaven still taking the bus to work.

And you can tell right off that this one's going to be a doozy. We kick it

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Kingdom hospital Review and Opinion

2017/01/27

Kingdom Hospital (2004)
Director: Craig R. Baxley

review by Alasdair Stuart

Adapted from Lars Von Trier's original TV mini-series, The Kingdom, this version is produced by Stephen King and occupies some very odd ground. It mixes horror with black comedy, surrealism

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Dracula 2000 Review and Opinion

2019/03/03

Dracula 2000 (2000)
Director: Patrick Lussier

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Originally titled 'Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000', the video release, now simply titled Dracula 2000, (aka: Dracula 2001, in UK) was marketed as a completely new retelling of the vampire myth. The film died at the box office, and rightly so, because there is nothing new

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Exorcist beginning Review and Opinion

2017/05/16

Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
Director: Renny Harlin

review by Steve Anderson

Sequels are risky. No, not to the studios - the studios scream "Known quantity!" every time a sequel script slips into their hot little hands and anticipate slightly diminished returns from the first. They know that if the original did well at the box office, the sequel, no

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Gospel according to philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/12/11

The Gospel According To Philip K. Dick (2002)
Director: Mark Steensland

review by Patrick Hudson

A documentary on PKD is a great idea - he's an important but overlooked writer, with a biography full of eccentricity and incident and plenty of interesting friends still alive to talk about him. Unfortunately, this cheaply produced movie will provide little

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Alien abduction Review and Opinion

2017/10/26

Alien Abduction (2005)
Writer and director: Eric Forsberg

review by Christopher Geary

"Something big is about to happen..."
"An invasion?"
"Off the record, yes."

Here's another Z-grade slice of sci-fi horror lunacy from The Asylum stable, cursed with ambitions beyond its meagre resources

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Airwolf Review and Opinion

2019/07/24

Airwolf (1984)
Director: Donald Bellisario

review by Mark J. Cairns

Airwolf was a futuristic action adventure from the mid-1980s about a sleek, awesome, Mach 1+ chopper that could 'kick butt' (via 14 firepower options), and its loner, cello-playing, hotshot pilot, Stringfellow Hawke (played perfectly by Hollywood hellraiser, Jan-Michael Vincent

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Star wars: the phantom menace Review and Opinion

2016/07/22

Star Wars - episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Director: George Lucas

review by Tony Lee

Star Wars has always been about bigtime spectacle. But the first blockbusters also had a measure of heart, imagination and simple charm, and delighted audiences young and old with their clever mix of traditional space opera and postmodern references. This

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Spider-man 3 Review and Opinion

2016/08/15

Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Director: Sam Raimi

review by Eric TurowskiSpoiler Alert!If this weren't a film about everyone's favourite web-slinger, I'd have dropped the rating down to a one- or zero-star film. After all the promise of Spider-Man 2

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White noise Review and Opinion

2016/05/28

White Noise (2005)
Director: Geoffrey Sax

review by Tony Lee

With its supposed real-world parallels in the peculiar realm of 'psychic research' concerned with 'Electronic Voice Phenomenon' (EVP), this immodest supernatural thriller pitches its gimmicky 'psi-fi' elements and disquieting mystery-drama frills with about the same vigour as it examines the

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Exte: hair entensions Review and Opinion

2017/05/15

Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)
Director: Sion Sono

review by Paul Higson

"My nose hair is out of control lately," is the first line in Sion Sono's Exte: Hair Extensions (original title: Ekusute), the new Japanese comedy-horror film. The opening scene continues with the dock supervisor proceeding to investigate a reeking container, one of

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Scarred Review and Opinion

2016/09/17

Scarred (2005)
Director: Steve Looker

review by Paul Higson

If we are missing something in 2005 it is the turkey film. That must in this instant sound ominous to the makers of the film under review. Recently I saw a low-budget American film named Near Death and half an hour in was thinking, 'this is the worst porn film I have ever seen', on the

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Atlantis, 1990 Review and Opinion

2017/10/13

Atlantis (1990)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Heck and a half! The Italians provided Michael J. Murphy with the example that convincing costumes, sets and effects weren't essential to a film sale. So busy had Murphy been in the 1980s that, come the end of the decade, perhaps

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Tideland Review and Opinion

2016/07/07

Tideland (2006)
Director: Terry Gilliam

review by Paul Higson

Picture this! The Texas chainsaw parents are off down the local and need a family film to keep the hyperactive, hard to please young Leatherface quiet for the night for yet another new babysitter. Terry Gilliam's Tideland is that DVD rental.

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House of wax Review and Opinion

2017/03/09

House Of Wax (2005)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

review by Paul Higson

Ah, so this is what they mean by a re-imagining! But a re-imagining of what... a re-imagining of a remake? - because Michael Curtiz's 1932 The Mystery Of The Wax Museum was the forerunner and Andre de Toth's The House Of Wax the original retelling (sic!). What you couldn

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Thir13en ghosts Review and Opinion

2019/08/07

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Thomas Cropper

Looking at Thir13en Ghosts there is no mistaking what you're gonna get. There will be screaming, there will be ghosts (13 at the very least) and there will be girls in tight tops running down corridors and screaming. (I mention this because in movies of this genre you should

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13th warrior Review and Opinion

2019/08/06

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Ian Shutter

Ever since the mega-hit of Jurassic Park ensured every preteen kid wanted a cuddly dinosaur for Christmas, Hollywood's profit-hungry moguls have been falling over themselves to option Michael Crichton's older novels for the big screen. This tenth century tale of an Arab living

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One more for the road by ray bradbury Review and Opinion

2019/08/05

One More For The Road
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Ray Bradbury's name conjures recollections of greatness in the average science fiction reader. He is the author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, principally, and of a great deal of other work as well, much of it short stories. However, very

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One million years bc Review and Opinion

2019/08/04

One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Director: Don Chaffey

review by Ian Shutter

A British remake of Hal Roach's 1939 classic One Million BC, this prehistoric adventure was produced by Michael Carreras for Hammer and it became the studios' biggest ever success, making an international sex symbol of its star, Raquel Welch.
   The story of primitive

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2001: a space odyssey Review and Opinion

2019/08/03

2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Christopher Geary

A handy special edition in hardback format, this timely reprint of the novel that evolved alongside the screenplay of Kubrick's classic, is likely to have become a collectors item already. In addition to the diversive main text's variations on the film's narrative

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28 days later Review and Opinion

2019/08/01

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle

review by Paul Higson

Whilst Dog Soldiers and My Little Eye (both 2002) were winners, the former did load both barrels of the shotgun with cartridges of comedy and horror

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4 sided triangle Review and Opinion

2019/07/30

Four Sided Triangle (1953)
Director: Terence Fisher

review by Tony Lee

Speculative SF (predating The Fly, 1958) in which scientist Bill (Stephen Murray) and old friend Robin (John Van Eyssen) build a homemade reproducer machine that can duplicate an object (a watch chain, a signed cheque) in

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6th day Review and Opinion

2019/07/29

The 6th Day (2000)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode

review by Steven Hampton

Here you get two copies of 'der Arnold' for the price of one, as a sinister tycoon clones Schwarzenegger - to mask his own illegal carbon copy resurrection after being assassinated.
   A helicopter pilot is shocked and disturbed to find an identical 'twin' has taken his place

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8 mm Review and Opinion

2019/07/28

8MM Eight Millimeter (1999)
Director: Joel Schumacher

review by Steven Hampton

A rich widow discovers a reel of Super-8 millimetre film in her late husband's safe at home. The footage appears to be an authentic 'snuff movie'. Wary of this traceable evidence of a serious crime, she hires a reputable private investigator, Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), and

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Abominable snowman Review and Opinion

2019/07/27

The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Director: Val Guest

review by Steven Hampton

Another DVD release from Anchor Bay's 'Hammer Collection' that's certainly an uncharacteristic offering from the famous British studio's heyday. A monster hunt set in high Himalayan mountain valleys instead of their favourite locale - a European castle, and very much happening

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Affinity trap Review and Opinion

2019/07/25

The Affinity Trap
Martin Sketchley
Simon and Schuster paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

In a future of colonisation and contact with alien races, Earth has become a major player, throwing its weight around to prevent interstellar conflicts that might be bad for trade. To stabilise a potential flashpoint, tyrannous General Myson plans to father

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Affinity trap Review and Opinion

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