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Question Review and Opinion

2016/10/17

? (2005)
Directors: Alex Harz and Tom Kennedy

review by Richard Bowden

The most striking independent feature seen by this reviewer since Reflections Of Evil, the interrogatively titled ? shares some themes in common with that earlier film. An angry suspicion, or rejection, of the American

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Quatermass experiment Review and Opinion

2016/10/16

The Quatermass Experiment (2005)
Director: Sam Miller

review by Patrick Hudson

As part of its recent 'TV on Trial' season, the BBC recently remade Nigel Kneale's groundbreaking sci-fi drama as a live broadcast from his original scripts. With only two epsiodes of the original 1953 broadcast available - the last four episodes long ago lost in one of the

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Q the winged serpent Review and Opinion

2016/10/15

Q - The Winged Serpent (1982)
Writer, producer and director: Larry Cohen

review by Tony Lee

After a decade of episodic TV scriptwriting (including the creation of Quinn Martin production, The Invaders) Larry Cohen already knew genre conventions inside out. Since breaking into low budget indie films over 30 years ago, Cohen has frequently delivered

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Road to nowhere Review and Opinion

2016/10/12

Road To Nowhere (1993)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Efficiently filmed and very much in the style of the director as it may be, Michael J. Murphy's 1993 film Road To Nowhere falls down on the script. Too reliant on too few characters, the first hour is spent moving

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Reaping Review and Opinion

2016/10/11

The Reaping (2007)
Director: Stephen Hopkins

review by Tony Lee

Ecological shocker meets biblical horror in Stephen Hopkins' grisly The Reaping, written by Carey and Chad Hayes, twin brothers who graduated from TV scripting on stuff like Baywatch, to movies like

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Rec Review and Opinion

2016/10/10

[REC] (2007)
Directors: Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza

review by Paul Higson

I don't hand out five-star ratings too often (check this site for proof of that) and I find myself conducting a short examination as to what is so special this time. The simple fact is that I find myself unable to fault Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's [REC]. Oh, to

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Reconstruction Review and Opinion

2016/10/09

Reconstruction (2003)
Director: Christoffer Boe

review by Paul Higson

I always like to see the year out on a good film. Some years ago I bade farewell to 1998 by seeing the only promising looking film on the art house screens at the time, the Icelandic thriller Insomnia

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Regenesis Review and Opinion

2016/10/07

ReGenesis: Season One (2004)
Creator: Christina Jennings

review by Steven Hampton

Good science-based drama is extraordinarily difficult to produce for television. There is a seemingly unavoidable tendency on the part of programme makers to exaggerate when it comes to the technothriller antagonist (human, bio-weapon, or whatever) or, worse still, the

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Reign in darkness Review and Opinion

2016/10/06

Reign In Darkness (2002)
Writers and directors: David W. Allen, Kel Dolen

review by Steve Anderson

Okay... if you ever wanted a convoluted, unnecessarily complicated movie about vampires, where the writers and directors are either so hard up for cash or so egomaniacal that they take the starring roles in their own movie then Reign In Darkness

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Revelations Review and Opinion

2016/10/02

Revelations (2005)
Directors: Lesli Linka Glatter, David Semel, and Lili Fini Zanuck

review by Alasdair StuartSpoiler Alert!There's a certain morbid fascination with the apocalypse that transcends the traditional boundaries of science and religion. Bird flu, a rogue asteroid, the antichrist and WWIII all

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Rise: blood hunter Review and Opinion

2016/09/28

Rise: Blood Hunter (2006)
Director: Sebastian Gutierrez

review by Barbara Davies

There seems to be a vogue for vampire films that start with reporters investigating obscure vampire websites. The Last Sect was one such. Rise: Blood Hunter is another. But

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Rose red Review and Opinion

2016/09/26

Rose Red (2001)
Director: Craig R. Baxley

review by Christopher Geary

Failing to be as entertaining as the critically hammered remake of The Haunting, and not even as 'scary' as the cinematic Scooby-Doo movies, this four-hour TV show

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Sangre enterna Review and Opinion

2016/09/21

Sangre Eterna (2002)
Director: Jorge Olguin

review by Paul Higson

The trick to attention grabbing in film today is to go the postmodern route. It is not important whether a film is good or bad, a successful game or a failed experiment, the willingness to examine the medium or genre and reconfigure it with a nascent knowingness will give a young filmmaker

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Saw 2 Review and Opinion

2016/09/19

Saw II (2005)
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman

review by Shiraz Rahim

There isn't much to say about Saw II than that if you've seen the first one, you've pretty much seen the second film, too. This sequel picks up where Saw left off and continues to present its story in the same

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Saw Review and Opinion

2016/09/18

Saw (2004)
Director: James Wan

review by Tony Lee

Part-time photographer and wannabe private investigator Adam (Leigh Wannell, also the screenwriter of credit) wakes up in a bath, chained to a wall in a filthy basement with fellow prisoner Dr Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes, from The Princess Bride, and Twister). At first, neither of the men

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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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Scooby doo 2: monsters unleashed Review and Opinion

2016/09/16

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Director: Raja Gosnell

review by Eric Turowski

I'm a fan, and I still do the 'Doo' when I see a rerun of the old cartoon (the original, mind you, "Scooby Doo, where are you!?" not the ones with the horrendous Scrappy, the new ones with real monsters, or even the 'movies' with special guest stars like Phyllis Diller

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Secret window Review and Opinion

2016/09/13

Secret Window (2004)
Writer and director: David Koepp

review by Eric Turowski

Johnny Depp, John Turturro, and Stephen King - you'd think you couldn't go wrong with this one. I'm giving it one star just for the big names. We have Mort Rainey (Depp) as a writer who sleeps all the time, John Shooter (Turturro), a farmer who claims Rainey stole one of Shooter

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Serenity Review and Opinion

2016/09/12

Serenity (2005)
Writer and director: Joss Whedon

review by Richard Bowden

Before reviewing Serenity, perhaps I should mention that I've not seen Firefly, Joss Whedon's original, allegedly mishandled and abruptly cancelled TV series - a show which by now probably holds the record for having

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Serpent, 2007 Review and Opinion

2016/09/11

The Serpent (2007)
Director: Eric Barbier

review by Paul HigsonSpoiler Alert!Eric Barbier's The Serpent is a massively entertaining French thriller to which my awarding of a four star rating was seemingly in the bag. Reviewing the film one day after seeing it, I find myself in the odd position of

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