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Brothers of the head Review and Opinion

2017/09/10

Brothers Of The Head (2006)
Directors: Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe

review by Paul Higson

Brothers Of The Head has never been off the production slates since Brian Aldiss' graphic novel was published in 1976, several companies and film directors shaking their heads and walking away, chalking it up to experience. Too strange and not enough money

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Impelled by gary fry Review and Opinion

2015/11/22

The Impelled & Other Head Trips
Gary Fry
Crowswing paperback £10

review by Sean Parker

It's all in the mind. Well, almost all. Gary Fry has a background in psychology (something he shares with several of his characters) and he uses this to good effect in the 18 tales contained here. The

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Unborn Review and Opinion

2016/06/18

The Unborn (2008)
Director: David S. Goyer

review by Gary McMahon

There seem to have been a slew of horror films released lately from Hollywood, most of which involve themes and images that were done so much better in Japanese cinema a few years ago. The Unborn continues this trend, and while not a remake it certainly feels all too familiar...

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Ghosts of mars Review and Opinion

2018/12/16

Ghosts Of Mars (2001)
Director: John Carpenter

review by Trent Walters

They warned you not to go. They pulled their hair and screamed you'd regret it if you went through with it. But you didn't listen... to the critics of Ghosts Of Mars.
   The idea is actually interesting but almost as thin as the plot. Scientists open an ancient tomb that

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Psycho diver, soul siren Review and Opinion

2016/10/21

Psycho Diver - Soul Siren (1997)
Director: Mamoru Kambe

review by Tom Matic

This supernatural technothriller tells of a psychic investigator with a difference: he can telepathically dive into people's subconscious minds with the aid of an electronic device. He uses this ability to assist Yuki, a glamorous pop star, in her attempts to exorcise her inner

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Re-animator 2 Review and Opinion

2019/05/31

Bride Of Re-Animator (1990)
Director: Brian Yuzna

review by Ian Shutter

Bride Of Re-Animator (aka: Re-Animator 2) is a wickedly amusing sequel. Brian Yuzna, the producer of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator, pulls double duty here producing and directing, and follows his successful

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Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind Review and Opinion

2019/02/05

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2003)
Director: Michael Gondry

review by Debbie Moon

Geeky Joel (Jim Carrey) still longs for his lost love, free spirit Clementine (Kate Winslet): but when he tracks her down and tries to make up with her, she seems to think she's never met him before. In fact, she's had a radical new treatment pioneered by Dr Mierzwiak

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Beautiful monsters Review and Opinion

2016/03/23

Beautiful Monsters:
The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To The Alien And Predator Films
David McIntee
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Every now and again, a film emerges fully formed and pre-wired to plug straight into the popular conscience. From the musical

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Execution plan Review and Opinion

2019/01/31

Execution Plan
Patrick Thompson
HarperCollins paperback £6.99

review by Steven Hampton

Mick is a computer programmer. A child of the 1970s, he's a perpetual loner and socially inept collector of techno junk, clearly traumatised by some painful incident in his past (the particulars of which are not fully revealed until the story's tragicomic climax),

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Jeepers creepers 2 Review and Opinion

2017/02/11

Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Writer and director: Victor Salva

review by Steve Anderson

Every twenty-third spring for 23 days, our newest demon du jour gets to 'feed'. And we're not talking Taco Bell.

If you leave the DVD menu alone for a while, you get a variety of scary scenes, along with plenty of subtitles and bonus features, including: storyboards

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The tower by simon clark Review and Opinion

2015/05/25

The Tower
Simon Clark
Leisure / Dorchester paperback $6.95

review by Andrew Darlington

Somewhere out beyond an unnamed river crossing one-hour from York, the indie five-piece formerly known as Cuspidor are getting it together in the country. In a house, a very big house, in the country... This is

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Mulholland dr Review and Opinion

2018/08/10

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Director: David Lynch

review by Trent Walters

This movie deserves more than three stars, but two hours into David Lynch's "love story in the city of dreams" (as he called Mulholland Dr.), you're likely to find the story is suddenly not the story you thought it was. Luckily, you don't have to shell out the extra theatre bucks

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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick Review and Opinion

2018/05/04

A Scanner Darkly
Philip K. Dick
Millennium paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

A Scanner Darkly is one of Philip K. Dick's later novels and as such it hit me right between the eyes like a punch from a featherweight, it didn't knock me unconscious but my eyes started to water and my legs turned to jelly. I nearly puked at one point as the

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Ozone Review and Opinion

2016/11/15

Ozone (1998)
Director: J.R. Bookwalter

review by Tony Lee

Scream House, a label of Odeon Entertainment, purports to be "the true home of indie horror" and is fast becoming the favoured genre ghetto of no-budget exploitation, bringing fans J.T. Petty's Soft For Digging (2001), Brian Clement's anthology

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Only forward Review and Opinion

2018/07/20

Only Forward
Michael Marshall Smith
Voyager Classics paperback £8.99

review by Debbie Moon

Stark has a rather shaky career as a P.I., an apartment with wonky internal gravity, and the coolest trousers on the planet. He also has another line of work, but that won't rear it's ugly head for a while yet. Right now, he's been employed by Zenda Renn, one

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Pleasantville Review and Opinion

2018/06/21

Pleasantville (1998)
Writer and director: Gary Ross

review by Debbie Moon

Teenager David is obsessed with a 1950s' TV show, 'Pleasantville', featuring a happy family living in an idyllic community. Given his erratic home life, his desire to escape to a world of fantasy is understandable. However, when he and his worldly sister are sucked into the show

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Book of dave by will self Review and Opinion

2016/03/22

The Book Of Dave
Will Self
Penguin paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Will Self may masquerade as a mainstream literary figure but, after years of dropping hints, there can now be no doubt: Will Self is a science fiction writer. He's tried to mask it for a while, by writing humane and intelligent novels about desperation and the world of ordinary

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Blood moon by a.w. gryphon Review and Opinion

2016/03/27

Blood Moon
A.W. Gryphon
Sense Of Wonder hardcover $24.95

review by Alasdair Stuart

The war between the witches and the hunters has raged for almost as long as history has been recorded. The schism that incited the conflict has been the engine behind countless events and now, at last, in

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The one Review and Opinion

2018/07/21

The One (2002)
Director: James Wong

review by Trent Walters

You already know why you want to see The One. It isn't for Jet Li's award-winning acting but his anticipated martial arts action sequences. No, you can't differentiate his glee-club performance from the loss of his wife aside from a closing of eyes and a hanging head. At least the monotone

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Perfect creature Review and Opinion

2016/11/08

Perfect Creature (2006)
Director: Glenn Standring

review by Alasdair Stuart

It's difficult to find anything new under the Sun and even harder when it's under the Moon. Modern vampire fiction is arguably the ultimate fictional dead horse, with the last ten years seeing endless variations on the theme, many of them involving spandex, long coats and industrial

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Island of the sequined love nun Review and Opinion

2015/11/12

Island Of The Sequined Love Nun
Christopher Moore
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by J.C. Hartley

I'd never read a Christopher Moore book before but I'd definitely read another. I was attracted to this by the title, and the suggestion of 'pulp' fiction exploitative sleaze, which the blurb promised, with jungle paradise islands, cannibals, secret laboratories

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Zardoz Review and Opinion

2017/12/08

Zardoz (1974)
Director: John Boorman

review by Gary Couzens

It's the year 2293. Zed (Sean Connery) is an exterminator, whose role it is to cull the population of brutals, primitive humans. He and the other exterminators receive orders from their god, Zardoz. This is a flying stone head, which makes pronouncements like "The gun is good, the penis is evil

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Eye infinity Review and Opinion

2017/05/13

The Eye Infinity (2005)
Directors: Danny and Oxide Pang

review by Tom Johnstone

In the latest sequel to their acclaimed The Eye, the Pang brothers seem unsure whether or not to play it for laughs. The opening sequence shows a group of monks chanting around a woman,

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Joan of arc: the messenger Review and Opinion

2018/10/26

Joan Of Arc: The Messenger (1999)
Director: Luc Besson

review by Tony Lee

A pretty laboured historical war epic (originally titled: The Messenger: The Story of Joan Of Arc), Luc Besson's movie boasts a remarkable supporting cast, top-notch production values, some lavish visuals and impressively staged battle scenes yet - unfortunately - it relies

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Thunder cops Review and Opinion

2018/02/13

Thunder Cops (1987)
Director: Lui Chan Wai

review by Richard Bowden

Thunder Cops (aka: Meng Gui da Sha, Operation Pink Squad Part 2) is a frenetic horror farce, on the edge of genre expectations for western audiences. It's a film characteristic of cut-rate Hong Kong exploitation cinema, where wacky comedy and slapstick farce frequently

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It's only temporary by eric shapiro Review and Opinion

2015/11/13

It's Only Temporary
Eric Shapiro
Permuted paperback $8.95

review by Debbie Moon

It's the end of the world - what are you going to do? Pray, panic, run, roll over and die? For newly graduated Sean, facing the fact that the life he's been preparing for is never going to happen, it's simple. He wants to be with former girlfriend Selma when the asteroid

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The Jacket Review and Opinion

2017/02/12

The Jacket (2005)
Director: John Maybury

review by Jonathan McCalmont
Spoiler Alert!I don't know... you wait a decade for a decent psychological thriller to come out and then ten turn up at once. The last time we saw such a glut was the 1990s and the long drawn out slide into soft-core porn that started

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Dracula II Review and Opinion

2017/06/04

Dracula II: Ascension (2003)
Director: Patrick Lussier

review by Noell Wolfgram Evans

Dracula II: Ascension reminded me a lot of my cousin Mike. Although he has some good genes, something along the way went bad and now you secretly hope you don't see him at family dinners. Dracula II: Ascension has good parenting (Wes Craven) and good ideas

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Unbreakable Review and Opinion

2018/01/16

Unbreakable (2000)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

review by Ceri Jordan

After the worldwide success of The Sixth Sense, hopes were high for Shyamalan's second feature. Of course, it could never live up to the hype, and perhaps it was designed specifically not to. Unbreakable is one of those ideas that you either accept or you don't, and

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Hollow man Review and Opinion

2018/11/25

Hollow Man (2000)
Director: Paul Verhoeven

review by Peter Schilling

"It's amazing what you can do when you don't have to look at yourself in the mirror anymore," says Kevin Bacon's maniacal scientist, threateningly, in this millennial update of the science fictional 'Invisible Man' theme. The witty title is a pun - not just on the quantum shifted mad

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Memoirs of a master forger by william heaney Review and Opinion

2015/09/27

Memoirs Of A Master Forger
William Heaney
Gollancz hardcover £9.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

William Heaney is not the man you think he is. In this, his sensational tell-all memoir, the head of the National Organisation for Youth Advocacy reveals a past (and present!) of drunken debauchery, fraudulent dealings, and dabbling in the occult! Sort

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Descent Review and Opinion

2017/06/24

The Descent (2005)
Writer and director: Neil Marshall

review by Christopher Teague

Neil Marshall burst onto the genre cinema screen with aplomb and gusto, not too mention copious amounts of blood, in the werewolves versus soldiers in Scotland shocker, Dog Soldiers.

With The Descent

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Butterfly effect Review and Opinion

2017/09/25

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

review by Alasdair Stuart

One of the bleakest genre offerings in years, this is a highly original take on the traditional time travel story, with a good dose of suburban horror thrown in for good measure.

Ashton Kutcher delivers an utterly uncharacteristic, restrained performance

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Strange itineraries by tim powers Review and Opinion

2015/06/15

Strange Itineraries
Tim Powers
Tachyon paperback $15.95

review by Duncan Lawie

Strange Itineraries is a fabulous book, a book of fables. Each story contains a whole world, sometimes wrapped in itself and swallowing its own tail, sometimes unfolding and expanding to infiltrate our universe and infect our thought patterns.

The first story

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Chroicles of riddick: dark fury Review and Opinion

2017/07/10

Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
Director: Peter Chung

review by Debbie Moon

After the events of science fictional horror Pitch Black, escaped convict Riddick is on the run with a slightly bewildered holy man and a girl called Jack. When a massive ship picks them up, Riddick suspects

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Ash: a secret history Review and Opinion

2019/07/02

Ash: A Secret History
Mary Gentle
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Ceri Jordan

Ash is a child of war: growing up parentless among camp followers, she takes naturally to the life of a soldier, and builds a renowned mercenary band under her leadership. This brings fame, riches, a thoroughly unwanted noble husband - and involvement in a conflict that

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Angel: the casefiles volume 1 Review and Opinion

2019/07/09

Angel: The Casefiles volume one
Nancy Holder, Jeff Marionette and Maryelizabeth Hart
Pocket paperback £12.99

review by Donald Morefield

It's not often that a spinoff TV show grows to become just as successful as the original series but, with Angel, creators Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt prove that not only does lightning strike twice, it's

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