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Book programme: dennis wheatley Review and Opinion

2017/05/29

The Book Programme: Dennis Wheatley
- A Letter To Posterity (2005)

review by Andrew Darlington

As a human being, Dennis Wheatley was a fake. A fluent chancer, a self-promoting story spinner in slicked-back hair and a foppishly camp, velvet bow tie... and also an advocate of a hideous and repellent elitism. Although now neglected and seldom read

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Earthlings Review and Opinion

2017/05/26

Earthlings: Ugly Bags Of Mostly Water (2005)
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

review by Alasdair Stuart

My final year at secondary school is not one I remember fondly. As well as the usual pressures of exams, the final choice of university and the horrors of adolescence I also had to deal with facing the reality of leaving the island I grew up on, the

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Eden lake Review and Opinion

2017/05/25

Eden Lake (2008)
Writer and director: James Watkins

review by Jonathan McCalmont

In the 2009 edition of the Time Out Film Guide, noted film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum argues that going to the cinema is no longer an adult activity, the large screens are dominated by costumed vigilantes, the smaller screens by CGIed animals, and the entire comedy

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Elektra Review and Opinion

2017/05/24

Elektra (2005)
Director: Rob Bowman

review by Jeff Young

Since her 'tragic' death in Daredevil, vengeful heiress Elektra has been magically revived by kung fu guru and mentor Stick (Terence Stamp, giving probably the best performance of the supporting players), and now makes a living as near

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El topo Review and Opinion

2017/05/23

El Topo (1970)
Writer and director: Alejandro Jodorowsky

review by Steve Aylett

Feeling like a spaghetti western crossed with Peter Brook's Meetings With Remarkable Men, El Topo comes with a lot of mythical baggage, both within the film and around its release history. The story goes that John Lennon saved the movie from obscurity by raving

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Elvira's haunted hills Review and Opinion

2017/05/22

Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)
Director: Sam Irvin

review by J.C. Hartley

In this review I will be abandoning all pretence of gentlemanly good conduct and considering a lady�s age and her physical attributes.

This is the second movie outing for Elvira the sepulchral-coated creation of actress Cassandra Peterson, whose first big feature was

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Embodiment of evil Review and Opinion

2017/05/21

Embodiment Of Evil (2008)
Director: José Mojica Marins

review by Paul Higson

Issue three of Tim Paxton's Monster International published an enthusiastic letter from reader Lux Interior. Oh, to have known what Mr Interior's opinion on the then-current issue might have been, as I was never to see another issue, particularly what he thought about

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Eragon Review and Opinion

2017/05/19

Eragon (2006)
Director: Stefen Fangmeier

review by Steven Hampton

A shallow, creatively barren, and cynically derivative fantasy adventure embarks on a potential blockbuster franchise quest, uniting Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings (as never before!) in a monstrously unoriginal and shameless

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Escaflowne Review and Opinion

2017/05/18

Escaflowne (2002)
Director: Kauki Akare

review by Amy Harlib

Escaflowne (aka: Escaflowne: A Girl From Gaea), a Japanese anime featurebased on a hugely popular TV series, has found limited distribution here in the USA and can readily be found on video/DVD. The up and coming director and creators, with considerable experience already, working

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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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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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Eye 2 Review and Opinion

2017/05/14

The Eye 2 (2004)
Directors: Pang brothers

review by Christopher Geary

Struggling to emerge intact from a broken relationship with a married man, the beautiful Joey (Taiwanese starlet Shu Qi, from action movies The Transporter, Corey Yuen's enjoyable-tosh So

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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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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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Fantastic four Review and Opinion

2017/05/07

Fantastic Four (2005)
Director: Tim Story

review by Christopher GearySpoiler Alert!Perhaps the first superhero movie aimed squarely at the 'family' audience, Fantastic Four wears its thematic emphasis upon loyal friendship and traditional family values like a merit badge on its spandex-costumed sleeves

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Faq: frequently asked questions Review and Opinion

2017/05/06

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004)
Writer and director: Carlos Atanes

review by Paul Higson

Before Star Wars, before the space opera overcame, there was an exciting and obscure strand of science fiction. Much of it rose out of Europe, particularly France, and stayed there, largely overlooked, surreal, pretentious or intelligent but distant

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Ferryman Review and Opinion

2017/05/05

The Ferryman (2007)
Director: Chris Graham

review by Paul Higson

Chris Graham's The Ferryman is another bastard of a British horror film, that is to say it's actually a New Zealand and UK co-production with trite evidence of the involvement of our regal isles in the finished film (which was shot around Waiheke Island and at the Kelly Park Studios

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Firestarter Review and Opinion

2017/05/02

Firestarter (1984)
Director: Mark L. Lester

review by John Percival

Do you remember back when they used to turn Stephen King stories into good movies? There were many greats such as The Shining, Cujo and The Dead Zone. Well here we have a welcome blast from the past in the form of Firestarter, the film that proved Drew Barrymore

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Flight of the living dead Review and Opinion

2017/04/29

Flight Of The Living Dead: Outbreak On A Plane (2006)
Director: Scott Thomas

review by James A. Stewart

There is a popular train of thought in the movie industry that states you should never work with kids and animals. After watching Flight Of The Living Dead you could add zombies to this list. Director Scott Thomas and his strictly C-list cast

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Forgotten Review and Opinion

2017/04/26

The Forgotten (2004)
Director: Joseph Rubin

review by Tony Lee

Telly Paretta (a great performance from Julianne Moore) has lost her young son, Sam (Christopher Kovaleski), in a still-unsolved air crash. Consumed by the frustrations of grief, and trapped in a psychological prison of her own memories, she gets comfort and support but precious little understanding

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Farscape: the peacekeeper wars Review and Opinion

2017/04/22

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004)
Director: Brian Henson

review by Alasdair Stuart

Farscape's greatest strength has always been its chaos. It was always a show where the main characters were eight steps behind the people who wanted them dead, on the run and frantically improvising whilst doing their best not to kill one another. Anarchic,

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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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Gandahar Review and Opinion

2017/04/20

Gandahar (1988)
Writer and director: René Laloux

review by Paul Higson

One Sunday in the 1970s, my family followed up a Sunday morning picking blackberries with cinema visit. I and my sister quite young, so we were looking for a family film. The only double-bill on offer at the Studio 1-4 bore the promising titles of Crystal Voyager and Fantastic

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Ghost Rider Review and Opinion

2017/04/17

Ghost Rider (2007)
writer and director: Mark Steven Johnson

review by Tony Lee

If there's a serious problem with this adaptation of the popular Marvel comic, it's simply that director Mark Steven Johnson (the maker of Daredevil) attempts too many things at once. Ghost Rider aims to be

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Ghost in the shell 2: innocence Review and Opinion

2017/04/15

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Wrieter and director: Mamoru Oshii

review by Amy Harlib

When Japanese director Mamoru Oshii's SF anime feature Ghost In The Shell (1995) debuted in the USA, it became a hit, an instant classic building on the success of an earlier, equally classic stateside SF anime release, Katsuhiro Otomo's

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Godsend Review and Opinion

2017/04/14

Godsend (2004)
Director: Nick Hamm

review by Alasdair Stuart

After their son Adam is killed in a tragic accident, Paul and Jessie Duncan are distraught, until Richard Wells, an award-winning doctor, approaches them with a proposition, he can clone Adam and give them their son back. The price they have to pay however is to relocate to an isolated town

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Godzilla: tokyo sos Review and Opinion

2017/04/12

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Director: Masaaki Tezuka

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

The millennium series of Godzilla films has divided many fans of the big G. The most trying thing about these movies is accepting the new mythology, which seems to change from film to film. King Ghidorah is now a guardian dragon - not Monster Zero (a creature from

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Going to pieces Review and Opinion

2017/04/11

Going To Pieces:
The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Movie (2006)
Director: Jeff McQueen

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Based on an identically titled book by Adam Rockoff, that charts the progress of the first wave of slasher movies between 1978 and 1985, Going To Pieces attempts to cover similar ground, but also to chronicle the evolution of the

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Gozu Review and Opinion

2017/04/10

Gozu (2003)
Director: Takashi Miike

review by Mike Philbin

You're a member of the Azamawari yakuza gang. You've got the outline of your yakuza tattoo on your back. Your name is Minami. Your immediate superior Ozaki (the man who once saved your life and whom you call 'Brother') seems to be going nuts - he sees paranoia in seemingly everyday things, yakuza

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Grudge Review and Opinion

2017/04/08

The Grudge (2003)
Writer and director: Shimizu Takashi

review by Tony Lee

I have long felt that few ghost films are as spooky as they ought to be. If someone we meet appears distressed, it's a commonplace and reassuring clich� to say 'you look like you've seen a ghost' but, I'd suggest, it's not really the notion of seeing a ghost in movies (and,

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Grudge, remake Review and Opinion

2017/04/07

The Grudge (2004)
Director: Takashi Shimizu

review by Michael Bunning

When a person is killed in the grip of powerful emotions, the place where they were killed becomes haunted by 'Ju-On', a supernatural curse. The curse haunts anyone who passes the threshold.

Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a student nurse who is living in Japan with her architecture

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H6: diary of a serial killer Review and Opinion

2017/04/05

H6: Diary Of A Serial Killer (2005)
Director: Martin Garrido Baron

review by Jim Starkey

H6 is an extremely muddled and confusing film which is fairly well directed and competently acted. There appears to have been some sort of problem transferring the script to the screen, which is a shame as much of what is presented here is surprisingly good

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Halloween resurrection Review and Opinion

2017/04/04

Halloween Resurrection (2002)
Director: Rick Rosenthal

review by Steve Anderson

It's all crapped out to this, folks. Michael Myers as reality-TV show complication. But before we can get to the chopping and the slicing and the bad acting, we've got to sit through five billion previews of coming attractions on the DVD release. Everything from Scream

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Hansel and gretel Review and Opinion

2017/04/03

Hansel & Gretel (2007)
Director: Yim Pil-sung

review by Jim Steel

Korean films named for western myths and fairy tales are not expected, by now, to adhere to fidelity. What we often find is something analogous to Miles Davis' Porgy And Bess, where an original creation is used as scaffolding to build something entirely new. Kim Yong-gyun's

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Happening Review and Opinion

2017/04/02

The Happening (2008)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan

review by Alasdair Stuart

In Central Park, a woman forgets where she is in her book and asks her friend. Then she asks her again. And again... Across the park, people stop for a moment and then begin to calmly, silently kill themselves. In Philadelphia, high-school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg

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Hard candy Review and Opinion

2017/04/01

Hard Candy (2006)
Director: David Slade

review by Paul Higson

Risky territory is dipped into with comparative reserve in David Slade's Hard Candy as a paedophile and a girl respectively groom one other as potential victims. Bold and dangerous as the subject matter might still be, don't get carried away with the reports of blood, torture and the

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