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Hawk The Slayer (1980) (Blu-ray film review).

July 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Hawk The Slayer (1980) (Blu-ray film review).

In vogue at the time, fantasy thrillers seemed to dominate the B-movie lists and this one is no exception. ‘Hawk The Slayer’ was made in 1980 and starring Jack Palance, John Terry and a host of other well-known British actors, it takes us to a battle between good and evil in a mysterious magical world […]

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The Happiness Of The Katakuris (2002) (film on Blu-ray/DVD review).

July 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Happiness Of The Katakuris (2002) (film on Blu-ray/DVD review).

‘The Happiness Of The Katakuris’ is one of the most stupid and idiotic films you will ever see, surreal, baffling and mindbending, yet it is oddly catching in a strange sort of way. Coming from Japan and directed by Tashiki Miike, it tells the tale in glorious colour of four generations of an unfortunate family […]

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Chappie (2015) DVD (film review).

July 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Chappie (2015) DVD (film review).

A combination of ‘Robocop’ and ‘Frankenstein’, with a little ‘Star Wars’ chucked in, ‘Chappie’ is the latest offering from director Neill Blomkamp (‘District 9’) and, again, it is set in Johannesburg, South Africa. Chappie (voiced by Sharlto Copley) begins life as a law enforcement robot designed to help the human police forces keep a lid […]

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Contamination (1980) (Blu-ray/dvd film review).

July 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Contamination (1980) (Blu-ray/dvd film review).

Doubtless you have heard of spaghetti westerns but less well-known are the spaghetti Science Fiction movies of which ‘Contamination’ is an excellent example. Made over 30 years ago, set in the USA, shot in Rome and with the obligatory English-speaking actor, in this case Ian McCulloch, it disappeared from sight a long time ago to […]

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Tusk (2014) (Blu-ray film review).

July 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
Tusk (2014) (Blu-ray film review).

If ever there was a strange movie then ‘Tusk’ is it. Written and directed by Kevin Smith, it tells the sad tale of radio DJ Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) in his fanatic quest to secure weird podcasts for his show. Wallace talks constantly and will just not shut up, an endless issue of verbal diarrhoea […]

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Spider Baby (1967) (Blu-ray/DVD film review).

June 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Spider Baby (1967) (Blu-ray/DVD film review).

Half a century and more has passed by since director Jack Hill made ‘Spider Baby, The Maddest Story Ever Told’. It hasn’t changed. It’s still mad. A surreal weirdo of a movie, it has passed the barrier of being a complete lot of rubbish to being a cult classic of the black humour genre. Made […]

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Society (1989) (DVD/Blu-ray film review).

June 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Society (1989) (DVD/Blu-ray film review).

If you could plot a graph of weirdness against time, this movie would start quite low but then increase in intensity until it went way off scale towards the end. Yes, ‘Society’ is definitely weird and well done to Arrow Films for rescuing it from obscurity. Made in 1989 and directed by Brian Yuzna, his […]

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Island Of Death (1977) (DVD/Blu-ray review).

May 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Island Of Death (1977) (DVD/Blu-ray review).

‘Island Of Death’ was made before the Greek economy turned upside down in 1976 which makes it almost 40 years old and here we have a movie set on a beautiful Aegean island. Maybe you can picture a scene of Demis Roussos singing ‘Forever and ever and ever you’ll be the one that shines on […]

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Eden’s Ore Revelations (book 2) by BV Bayly (ebook review)

May 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Eden’s Ore Revelations (book 2) by BV Bayly  (ebook review)

‘Eden’s Ore Revelations’ is the second volume in BV Bayly’s sequence of novels concerning a futuristic energy source and all the complications surrounding it. Basically, the story involves a man called Gabriel who has become a type of super-hero after being exposed to shards of this new source of energy, Eden’s Ore. In the future, […]

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The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osborne (1981) (DVD/Blu-ray review).

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The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osborne (1981) (DVD/Blu-ray review).

Dredged up from the bowels of 1981, here we have a very strange French horror movie, ‘The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osborne’. Directed by Walerian Borowczyk and starring Udo Kier, Marina Pierro and Patrick Magee, it is a weird adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of ‘Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde’. It’s […]

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