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Lucky by Eric Cotenas (17th November 2018)

At age ninety, Lucky (Paris, Texas's Harry Dean Stanton) finds his routine of yoga, breakfast at the local diner, gameshows and smokes, and evening drinking thrown off-kilter by a fall one morning. His doctor (She-Devil's Ed Begley Jr.) can find nothing wrong with him other than "You're old and getting older." Refusing the suggestion of home care, Lucky also resents (in varying degrees) the concerned inquiries of diner owner Joe (Collateral's Barry Shabaka Henley), waitress Loretta (Yvonne Huff), convenience store cashier Bibi (Nothing But Trouble's Bertila Damas), bar owner El...


Midaq Alley by Eric Cotenas (16th November 2018)

Rutilio (The Evil That Men Do's Ernesto Gómez Cruz) is a bar owner wiling away his evenings playing dominoes with wealthy shop owner Fidel (Claudio Obregón), shakedown artist Zacarias (Ravenous's Abel Woolrich), dentist "Doc" (The In-Laws' Álvaro Carcaño), and intellectual Ubaldo (Cabeza de Vaca's Óscar Yoldi) while avoiding his amorous wife Eusebia (All of them Witches's Delia Casanova) and despairing of the shiftlessness of son Chava (...


The Forest of Lost Souls by Eric Cotenas (16th November 2018)

Every country has its share of suicide spots, and between the border of Portugal and Spain there is the "A Floresta das Almas Perdidas" or The Forest of Lost Souls. Ricardo (Jorge Mota) has come there following in the footsteps of his daughter Irene (Lília Lopes) who was found floating in the forest's arctic age lake. His suicide attempt disrupts that of teenage Carolina (Daniela Love) who counters his arguments that she is too young to commit suicide – along with his dismissive remarks about her being a hipster more attracted to the intellectual concept of suicide and ready to throw away her potential – with how mundane his reasoning is, having "failed as a father" and noting how his lack of a suicide note and intention to use a knife more than likely means he will find an excuse not to go through with it, as well as their contrasting attitudes towards the dead they find along the path to the lake. They both believe that dead is dead, but only one believes that the sadness of life ends with it. As they tour the forest, c...


The Quiet Earth by James-Masaki Ryan (11th November 2018)

"The Quiet Earth" (1985) Zac Hobson (played by Bruno Lawrence) awakens alone in a motel room bed, but he is more alone than he could imagine. It appears that every living being in the world has mysteriously vanished without a trace. The motel staff are gone, cars are left empty, streets are vacant, with no sign of life whatsoever. Zac is a scientist that was working on a project linking worldwide satellites together and going back to his workplace reveals that something may have happened that caused the issue, which he starts calling "The Effect" in his tape recorded notes. Desperate struggles in searches for life eventually turns to madness over time, but some sort of hope comes when he finally encounters living people - Joanne (played by Alison Routledge) and later Api (played by Pete Smith). But with the three of them bonding together, will they find what caused The Effect and how to turn things back or are they destined to live in a frozen in time world? "The Quiet Earth" shares a lot in common with many e...


Please Stand By by James-Masaki Ryan (11th November 2018)

"Please Stand By" (2017) 21 year old Wendy (played by Dakota Fanning) is the biggest "Star Trek" fan there could be. She continues to watch reruns, knows every little detail about every episode and every character from every series down to the most obscure detail. Paramount Pictures is having a Star Trek script contest in which a $100,000 prize would go to the chosen script. Wendy diligently works on typing the incredibly detailed 500 page script, and is nearly ready to be mailed in, but there are issues in Wendy's life that are making it difficult to complete. First, she is Autisic and lives in a care home run by Scottie (played by Toni Collette). Wendy is free to go out, has a pet dog named Pete and even has a job at the local Cinnabon where she works part time, but she also must live by set rules such as where she can go and can't go, and daily routines that she must abide by, all for her safety and helping with her cope with basic "normality". While she does have some basic freedom, her ultima...


Candyman AKA Clive Barker's Candyman (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (11th November 2018)

Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992) Graduate students Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) and Bernadette Walsh (Kasi Lemmons) are researching their thesis on urban myths and oral folklore by interviewing freshman students about terrifying stories they believe to be true. During one of these interviews, Helen is told by a freshman about the murders of a young couple, Clara (Marianna Elliott) and Billy (Ted Raimi), which occurred after Clara said the name ‘Candyman’ five times in front of a mirror – an action which, it is said, calls the Candyman (Tony Todd), a supernatural being with a hook for a hand. It is while Helen is transcribing an audio recording of this interview in a classroom at the university that Henrietta (Barbara Alston), one of the university’s cleaners, overhears it. Henrietta and her colleague, Kitty (Sarina C Grant), tell Helen of the murder of a black woman, Ruthie Jean, in the Cabrini-Green housing complex. Ruthie Jean, they say, was killed by the Candyman. Helen investigates this...


Brainscan by Anthony Arrigo (11th November 2018)

The last time I watched “Brainscan” (1994) was a couple of years after its theatrical release, on VHS, and still very much in the 90's. Since that time nostalgia for that era has come back in a big way, and this film is firmly entrenched in that period. Watching a couple of teenagers into horror, gum-flapping away on the phone, thumbing through a print issue of Fangoria, and getting excited about a CD-ROM game is a microcosm of 90's flashbacks. Thankfully, the film holds up surprisingly well, too. Furlong was still a hot commodity, the plot is still a bit of a novelty (tech-horror has always been niche within the genre), and seeing Trickster in action again made me kinda wish we’d gotten a sequel to further explore his character. Michael (Edward Furlong) is a latchkey kid with an absentee father and, as the opening car crash flashback shows, no mother. He spends his days watching horror movies, hanging with his best bud, Kyle (Jamie Marsh), and spying on the hot girl next door, Kimberly (Amy Hargreaves). One night, Kyle excitedly tells Michael about a new game he saw advertised call...


House on Haunted Hill: Collector's Edition by Anthony Arrigo (11th November 2018)

There was a sense of promise that came about when mega-producer Joel Silver and director Robert Zemeckis, along with producer Gilbert Adler, formed Dark Castle Entertainment. The production company planned to focus on remakes of William Castle pictures – this in a time before “remake” was such a vilified term. Let’s also not forget that many of Castle’s pictures were famous more for their showmanship and gimmicks than their quality and content… with the exception of the first film Dark Castle chose to remake, “House on Haunted Hill” (1959). A classic of both the haunted house subgenre and lead actor Vincent Price, this new take on an old story added a few interesting new elements to the tale, though by the end the story pretty much fizzles out. I remember having a blast with this movie and really enjoying it, but my last viewing was probably 15 years ago. Time hasn’t been too kind, and while the first act is still plenty of fun it’s all ...


Midnight Bus by James-Masaki Ryan (10th November 2018)

"Midnight Bus" 「ミッドナイト・バス」 (2017) Riichi (played by Taizo Harada) is a bus driver who operates long distance drives between Tokyo and Niigata on midnight runs. In Tokyo he frequents a cafe run by Shiho (played by Manami Konishi), a divorcee with whom he is having a romantic relationship. Riichi is also a divorcee who raised his two children as a single father. The two grown children are in their early twenties now: His son Reiji (played by Ko Nanase) suddenly returns to Niigata after quitting his job in Tokyo with no plans for the future. His daughter (played by Wakana Aoi) forms a pop idol group with friends and is concentrating on her cutesy character while also contemplating about marriage to her boyfriend. There is already complication with Riichi having a long distance relationship with Shiho and having things go to the next step becoming awkward when the kids suddenly appear. And things s...


A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die by Robert Segedy (10th November 2018)

Let’s round up the posse and hit the dusty trail again partners, I have yet another Spaghetti Western from my pals at Kino Lorber. With a catchy title like ""A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die" I was practically salivating at the thrills yet to come, but this film was lacking the needed artistic vision of Spaghetti Western master Sergio Leone and even the soundtrack composed by veteran Carlo Rustichelli was simply okay, thus making the film seem somewhat second rate because there was no commanding central theme song. Looking back at the production I realized that this film was more a homage to a typical Hollywood western than glorified Spaghetti style film, though there are plenty of scenes of senseless killing, extended torture and other trademark signatures of the genre. Possibly the problems stem from even before filming began: the film was originally intended to be directed by Sergio Corbucci and the cast was to include Raffaella Carrà and Renzo Palmer. Instead we have ...


A Strange Adventure by Robert Segedy (10th November 2018)

I had hopes that this would turn out to be an excellent crime thriller or film noir, but it is neither of these. This is strictly a B movie outing and expectations should be lowered accordingly. Director William Witney was a veteran film director, churning out countless Westerns and serials for Republic Pictures; he cut his teeth on plenty of oaters, being promoted to director at age 21, and helped revolutionize film making by filming fight scenes in segments rather than sequentially, thus keeping the stunt men and actors fresh instead of worn out and exhausted. The screenplay was from Houston Branch, Republic’s in house scribe, who scripted over fifty screenplays for various studios; he favored westerns and action yarns. The title is an apparent misnomer because nothing strange really happens, but is a prime example of Ballyhoo in practice. Nevertheless this is an enjoyable short film that really could have used the acting chops of a strong leading man, say Dan Duryea for example, which would have helped the film considerably. The plot consists of Hal (...


Bloodlust by Robert Segedy (10th November 2018)

The film starts with a preface; a warning that the following story is based on a true story and that the events shown could happen again. An old proverb appears on the screen: “As the twig is bent-So grows the tree!” Within the preface is a warning that all adult behavior is the result of childhood influences and experiences and that this film is shocking evidence that the aforementioned axiom is absolutely true. There’s nothing like the ballyhoo of the past to set the scene for this film. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines "Bloodlust" as the following: “the desire to kill or to see people killed.” However there is a psychological condition that is applicable to this condition: paraphilia’s are defined as “abnormal sexual behaviors or impulses characterized by intense sexual fantasies and urges that keep coming back. The urges and behaviors may involve unusual objects, activities, or situations that are not usually considered sexually arousing by others.” (see the sexual conditions guide here). If that doesn’t define the main characters condition, then I will eat my hat. Based upon the criminal acts of ...


Dynasty: Season 1 by Eric Cotenas (5th November 2018)

In a world where family and business are the same thing, the Carrington dynasty is couched among the Kardashians, the Murdochs, the Koches, and the Trumps; and Carrington-Atlantic is in the business of power – from fracking to hacking – and patriarch Blake (Melrose Place's Grant Show) is not ready to hand over the reins. With first born son Steven (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales's James Mackay) having banished himself to Haiti and relief work after taking on his father on his attempt to mine a cultural site for underlying shale, daughter Fallon (Vacation's Elizabeth Gillies) thinks that her father is planning to promote her from Head of Acquisitions to Chief Operating Officer. She and Steven are thoroughly blindsided when they arrive at the family estate to discover the...


La Belle et la Bête by James-Masaki Ryan (4th November 2018)

"La Belle et la Bête" AKA "Beauty and the Beast" (1946) Note this review was originally published on August 5, 2018 with the initially faulty pressed disc which has now been replaced with a corrected disc. Details and differences on the updated disc can be found in the Video section as well as information on the disc replacement program for affected customers. A widowed merchant (played by Marcel André) is going through some tough times in his career as well as with his family. Collectors are looking into his debts which in turn is causing a rift with his dependent grown children. His son Ludovic (played by Michel Auclair) is headstrong yet frustrated with how his father is handling and not handling the issues. His elder daughters Félicie and Adélaïde (played by Mila Parély and Nane Germon) are all about glamour and status and not looking toward a life of non-dependency. His youngest daughter Belle (played by ...


Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again by Eric Cotenas (4th November 2018)

A year after her mother Donna (A Cry in the Dark's Meryl Streep) dies, daughter Sophie (Mean Girls' Amanda Seyfried) is planning a grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna on the Greek isle of Kalokairi. Although her mother lived her entire life for her, Sophie's husband Sky (Miss You Already's Dominic Cooper) is not so sure it is healthy for her to do the same as he is in New York learning the hotel business and has just been offered an incredible job opportunity. Sophie has invited the three men who were her potential fathers who agreed to share "custody" of her, but only architect-turned-artist Sam (Goldeneye's Pierce Brosnan) can make it...


You Never Know Women by Eric Cotenas (4th November 2018)

On the way to a performance as the female lead in a Russian circus revue, Vera (The Other Half's Florence Vidor) is nearly killed by a falling girder at a construction site. She passes out and wakes up in the arms of wealthy Eugene Foster (Bachelor Apartment's Lowell Sherman) who has taken credit for saving her from the construction worker who actually pulled her out of the path of danger. She arrives at the theater ready to perform but glowing with an account of her peril and her romantic rescuer which makes magician Norodin (Slightly Scarlet's Clive Brook) jealous. Norodin's dislike of Foster is exacerbated when the man, in the front row of the audience, insults his knife-throwing act, although the magician is able to wow even him with his death-defying act of being trapped underwater for three minutes. To get close to Vera, Foster positio...


This is Us: Season 2 by Eric Cotenas (4th November 2018)

The second season of NBC's attempt to replace Must See TV's schmaltz allocation recently vacated by Parenthood (2010-2015), This is Us – created by Dan Fogelman (Galavant) – starts off on the shared thirty-seventh birthday of twins Kate (American Horror Story: Freak Show's Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Smallville's Justin Hartley), and their adopted sibling executive family man Randall (American Crime Story's Sterling K. Brown) who was born on the same day that their parents Pearson (Heroes' ...


Daisies by Eric Cotenas (3rd November 2018)

Convinced that the world is going rotten, two women, a redhead (Ivana Karbanová) and a brunette (Jitka Cerhová), decide that they should go rotten as well. In a string of vignettes, the two girls – so interchangeable (and capable of interchanging personalities) that neither warrant a name, although some references christen them Marie I and Marie II – provoke reactions from "polite society" with unconventional behavior and manipulate members of the male sex, challenging them as push male notions of female manipulation to the extreme (buying the most expensive items on the menu before obliging a middle-aged lecher to take them to the station to make a train and then buying several magazines when he asks one of them to buy him a newspaper). Those who attempt to engage with their behavior become objects of ridicule, like a singing restroom attendant whose tips they steal behind her back. Their campaign of rottenness escalates from the surreal – in which director Vera Chytilová's husband/cinematographer ...


City Slickers: Shout Select Collector's Edition by Eric Cotenas (28th October 2018)

After having survived the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona the previous year with a goring, radio advertising salesman Mitch Robbins (Analyze This' Billy Crystal) resolves not to let himself get talked into another thrill-seeking vacation with his macho sports equipment salesman friend Ed Furillo (Good Morning, Vietnam's Bruno Kirby) and childhood friend turned grocery store manager Phil Berquist (Home Alone's Daniel Stern) who is so henpecked by his shrewish wife Arlene (Forever Young's Karla Tamburrelli) that he has a death wish. On the day of his thirty-ninth birthday, however, Mitch has his authority to buy ads taken away by his boss Lou (...


The Unborn by Anthony Arrigo (28th October 2018)

The idea of having a narcissistic, deranged doctor impregnate unsuspecting, desperate women with “superhuman” fetuses in an attempt to steer human evolution sounds frightening… if this was real life. On film, well, the results leave much to be desired. Despite being produced by the legendary Roger Corman and directed by Rodman Flender, whose “Idle Hands” (1999) is still a fun freaky blast “The Unborn” (1991) is – to pick some low-hanging fruit – a picture that should have been aborted early in the production process. Woefully paced, frantically acted, and mostly just plain ol’ boring the film is Corman & Flender’s love letter to mutant baby pictures, specifically Larry Cohen’s “It’s Alive” trilogy (1974-1987). Unfortunately, and surprisingly, Corman wasn’t able to bring much of a B-movie/exploitation vibe to the picture, leaving it zonked out like a patient on too much valium. Virginia (Brooke Adams) and her husband, Brad (...


The Horror of Party Beach by Anthony Arrigo (28th October 2018)

As someone who spent the formative years of his life growing up in Connecticut and watching monster movies, seeing a campy goof-fest like “The Horror of Party Beach” (1964) and knowing it was filmed in my home state lends a touch of affection that otherwise would not exist. It’s a trip to think that some twenty-odd years earlier, Del Tenney and his low-budget band of misfits were making a schlock-fest on beaches not far from where I used to romp as a child. This knowledge made digesting “Party Beach” a bit easier since the film itself is, well, not good. It’s campy as hell and packed with just enough weird insanity to maintain interest but Tenney knew he had a (literal) turkey on his hands. Nobody dumps $50K into a feature and expects an amazing product to come out the other end. But Tenney, like William Castle, was a consummate showman who knew the devil didn’t lay in the details but in the hype. What better way to entice love-to-be-scared ladies and macho men to the theater than by making a big to-do about having patrons sign a “Fright Release” before viewing the picture? Not that they’d actually need it, of course. The scariest ...


The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday by Robert Segedy (28th October 2018)

Some critics have remarked that the 1970’s was a great time for filmgoers and there certainly was a huge influx of influential films being produced during that decade. Films such as "The French Connection" (1971), "The Godfather" (1972) , "Serpico" (1972), and "The Exorcist" (1973) made plenty of box office records and films such as "Deep Throat" (1972) ushered in new developments in adult filmmaking. In 1974 Mel Brooks released "Blazing Saddles", a comic western that had audiences howling with laughter, and soon after a string of lesser films followed suite. Lee Marvin, long a familiar face to movie goers found a new found success by breaking out of his classic tough guy roles and in 1965 he starred in the comedy "Cat Ballou" which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor and suddenly Marvin, he of the craggy face and heroic stance, was now a comedian. In 1969 Marvin starred in "Paint Your Wagon" alongside Clint Eastwood and ...


Scream for Help by Anthony Arrigo (28th October 2018)

Michael Winner was a great director, and Tom Holland is a fantastic writer (and director), but sometimes great talents pair like oil & water - which is exactly what happened when these two entered into production on “Scream for Help” (1984). Winner was an action director, best known for his work with Charles Bronson on a handful of legendary pictures including the seminal 1974 smash-hit “Death Wish”. Holland, though, is more adept with horror/thrillers and was just coming off “Psycho II” (1983) with director Richard Franklin, who would’ve been at the helm here had he not committed to another project. This clash of styles was, unfortunately for Holland, a swift battle because as every writer who isn’t his own director knows once the script is in someone else’s hands it will be bent to that director’s will. The potential for Holland’s script is evident, though not entirely clear, but Winner delivered a film bereft of subtlety and suspense in favor of something ham-fisted and clunky. ...


Disorder AKA Désordre (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (26th October 2018)

The Early Films of Olivier Assayas Désordre (Disorder, 1986) Henri (Lucas Belvaux), Yvan (Wadeck Stanzack) and Anne (Ann-Gisel Glass) break into a music shop with the intention of stealing instruments that can be used in an upcoming performance by their band. However, they are interrupted by the shop’s owner, who holds Henri at gunpoint. The shop’s owner is surprised by Yvan, who uses a guitar string as a makeshift garrotte and throttles the shopkeeper, killing him. The remorseless Yvan makes Henri and Anne take a vow of silence, though Henri suggests that they should go to the police. The trio return to the warehouse which their band have made their rehearsal space, where they interrupt the group’s ‘roadie’ Marc (Philippe Demarle), who is in flagrante with Cecile (Juliette Mailhe), the girlfriend of another member of the band, Xavier (Remi Martin). When Xavier and Gabriel (Simon de la Brosse) return, they chastise Yvan for failing to return with the new instruments they need for their upcoming gig. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Anne, who i...


Winter's Child AKA L'enfant de l'hiver (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (26th October 2018)

The Early Films of Olivier Assayas Désordre (Disorder, 1986) Henri (Lucas Belvaux), Yvan (Wadeck Stanzack) and Anne (Ann-Gisel Glass) break into a music shop with the intention of stealing instruments that can be used in an upcoming performance by their band. However, they are interrupted by the shop’s owner, who holds Henri at gunpoint. The shop’s owner is surprised by Yvan, who uses a guitar string as a makeshift garrotte and throttles the shopkeeper, killing him. The remorseless Yvan makes Henri and Anne take a vow of silence, though Henri suggests that they should go to the police. The trio return to the warehouse which their band have made their rehearsal space, where they interrupt the group’s ‘roadie’ Marc (Philippe Demarle), who is in flagrante with Cecile (Juliette Mailhe), the girlfriend of another member of the band, Xavier (Remi Martin). When Xavier and Gabriel (Simon de la Brosse) return, they chastise Yvan for failing to return with the new instruments they need for their upcoming gig. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Anne, who i...


Jackie Chan's Project A & Project A Part II by Eric Cotenas (25th October 2018)

"A pair of incredible action-adventure extravaganza’s from the legendary Jackie Chan, Project A and Project A Part II make their long overdue debut on Blu-ray in the UK from brand new 2K restorations. Starring three of the greatest martial-arts action stars of all time (Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao), the Project A films blended unparalleled martial artistry, death defying stunts and physical comedy in a way that has yet to be matched." Project A: In turn-of-the-century Hong Kong, the Coast Guard's efforts to suppress pirates who have been raiding ships going in and out of the harbor has been unsuccessful, and mainland police Captain Chi (Hard Boiled's Hoi-San Kwan) argues that the money and resources allocated to the Coast Guard would be better spent on the police force rather than the admiral's (Hark-Sun Lau) "Project A." The enmity between the two forces is felt down the chain when the Coast Guard and the police fo...


Jackie Chan's Project A & Project A Part II by Eric Cotenas (25th October 2018)

"A pair of incredible action-adventure extravaganza’s from the legendary Jackie Chan, Project A and Project A Part II make their long overdue debut on Blu-ray in the UK from brand new 2K restorations. Starring three of the greatest martial-arts action stars of all time (Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao), the Project A films blended unparalleled martial artistry, death defying stunts and physical comedy in a way that has yet to be matched." Project A: In turn-of-the-century Hong Kong, the Coast Guard's efforts to suppress pirates who have been raiding ships going in and out of the harbor has been unsuccessful, and mainland police Captain Chi (Hard Boiled's Hoi-San Kwan) argues that the money and resources allocated to the Coast Guard would be better spent on the police force rather than the admiral's (Hark-Sun Lau) "Project A." The enmity between the two forces is felt down the chain when the Coast Guard and the police fo...


The Blood of Hussain by James-Masaki Ryan (21st October 2018)

"The Blood of Hussain" (1980) Hussain and Selim are brothers by blood but couldn't be further apart in nature. Both were born into the upper class, and Selim continued his life through western values and politics, becoming an international banker and marrying an English woman. Hussain on the other hand is a landlord of a peasant community in which he favors equality for all rather than using his upper class status for control. While their lives may clash, the brothers still have a deep bond and respect each other as men. The bigger concern comes when martial law is declared in Pakistan, giving the military greater power, and in turn forcing peasants out of their lands. With Selim on one side of the law and Hussain on the other, unfortunate politics tears apart the family and brotherhood even further. The story of Hussain's rise as a leader to the peasants against the oppressive forces should sound familiar to the story of Imam Hussain from the 6th century, as well as countless inspired stories and films. "The Battle of Algiers", ...


Goldstone by Robert Segedy (21st October 2018)

Ivan Sen is almost a force of nature as he seemingly can do it all; the director, who is also the screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and composer, for this mash up that contains elements of several genres, including the western and film noir. A tale about the indigenous outback of a small, corrupt Australian town called Goldstone. The credits roll over a series of black and white photographs of a frontier mining town and even though the film is set in modern times, the past is ever present throughout this haunting film. Set in a small rural setting in Queensland, it feels like time has stopped completely, and in the opening scene we are shown why: the local authority Josh (Alex Russell) is puzzled when he pulls over an intoxicated driver, Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) who is working on an unsolved missing person’s case. How the aboriginal lawman could even be a detective is part of the overall mystery that Director Sen sets up; this is a story of corruption in a small town where nothing is what it first appears to be. Racial discrimination, political corruption, a human traff...


Goldstone by Eric Cotenas (20th October 2018)

The aftermath of Mystery Road finds aboriginal detective Jay Swan (Jack Irish's Aaron Pedersen) in a bad place. When introduced in Goldstone he is pulled over outside the mining town of Winton by its sole representative of the law Josh Waters (Chronicle's Alex Russell). Swan sleeps off his hangover in jail only to discover the his cell door unlocked and that Josh has had his car towed to the local motel after discovering that Swan is a cop. Swan is not forthcoming about his purpose in Winton to Josh, and saccharine town mayor Maureen (Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver) would very much like to know as well, along with aboriginal town council leader Tommy (...


TECHNICAL REVIEWS
Hackers by Rick Curzon (16th November 2018)

They can break any code and get inside any system. They are often still in their teens and already under surveillence by authorities. They are the hackers. Zero Cool - real name Dade Murphy - is a legend among his peers. In 1988 he single-handedly crashed 1,507 computers on Wall Street and was forbidden by law to touch another keyboard until his 18th birthday. It’s been seven years without a byte... and he’s hungry. Kate Libby, handle Acid Burns, has a souped up lap-top that can do 0 to 60 on the infobahn in a nanosecond. When the two collide, the battle of the sexes goes into hard drive. But all bets are off when master hacker The Plague frames Dade, Kate and their friends in a diabolical industrial conspiracy. Now they are the only ones who can prevent a catastrophe... unlike any the world has ever seen....


The Best of 80's Scream Queens by Rick Curzon (15th November 2018)

When people think of VHS-era SCREAM QUEENS three names come to mind: Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens - the threesome of fear that sliced and seduced a generation of gorehounds and whose greatest hits can finally be seen in HD from the schlock-lovers at 88 Films! In this charming and chilling collection, addicts of excessive violence, gratuitous nudity and breathtaking bloodshed can rock out to the likes of DEADLY EMBRACE (1989) which highlights AIRWOLF's main man Jan‑Michael Vincent as a hunky Beverly Hills husband with babes to spare. However, before long he is being stalked by a heartbroken high heeled pin-up and the result is both creepy and creatively nasty! Also included in this behemoth of a boxed set is NIGHTMARE SISTERS (1988), in which our frisky Scrsam Queen threesome are in fine form once again. This time around, they mutate into monstrous but marvellously sexy male-hunting mutants in this low budget wonder that features ample flayed flesh and an equal enthusiasm towards sublime set-pieces of splatter movie madness! Finally comes MURDER WEAPON (1989) - a hard to forget frightener that also offers a number of laugh-out-loud moments of pre-SCREAM comedy-laceration, not to mention some truly...


The Best of 80's Scream Queens by Rick Curzon (15th November 2018)

When people think of VHS-era SCREAM QUEENS three names come to mind: Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens - the threesome of fear that sliced and seduced a generation of gorehounds and whose greatest hits can finally be seen in HD from the schlock-lovers at 88 Films! In this charming and chilling collection, addicts of excessive violence, gratuitous nudity and breathtaking bloodshed can rock out to the likes of DEADLY EMBRACE (1989) which highlights AIRWOLF's main man Jan‑Michael Vincent as a hunky Beverly Hills husband with babes to spare. However, before long he is being stalked by a heartbroken high heeled pin-up and the result is both creepy and creatively nasty! Also included in this behemoth of a boxed set is NIGHTMARE SISTERS (1988), in which our frisky Scrsam Queen threesome are in fine form once again. This time around, they mutate into monstrous but marvellously sexy male-hunting mutants in this low budget wonder that features ample flayed flesh and an equal enthusiasm towards sublime set-pieces of splatter movie madness! Finally comes MURDER WEAPON (1989) - a hard to forget frightener that also offers a number of laugh-out-loud moments of pre-SCREAM comedy-laceration, not to mention some truly...


The Best of 80's Scream Queens by Rick Curzon (15th November 2018)

When people think of VHS-era SCREAM QUEENS three names come to mind: Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens - the threesome of fear that sliced and seduced a generation of gorehounds and whose greatest hits can finally be seen in HD from the schlock-lovers at 88 Films! In this charming and chilling collection, addicts of excessive violence, gratuitous nudity and breathtaking bloodshed can rock out to the likes of DEADLY EMBRACE (1989) which highlights AIRWOLF's main man Jan‑Michael Vincent as a hunky Beverly Hills husband with babes to spare. However, before long he is being stalked by a heartbroken high heeled pin-up and the result is both creepy and creatively nasty! Also included in this behemoth of a boxed set is NIGHTMARE SISTERS (1988), in which our frisky Scrsam Queen threesome are in fine form once again. This time around, they mutate into monstrous but marvellously sexy male-hunting mutants in this low budget wonder that features ample flayed flesh and an equal enthusiasm towards sublime set-pieces of splatter movie madness! Finally comes MURDER WEAPON (1989) - a hard to forget frightener that also offers a number of laugh-out-loud moments of pre-SCREAM comedy-laceration, not to mention some truly...


Zastrozzi, a Romance by Rick Curzon (14th November 2018)

Channel 4's 1986 adaptation of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Gothic novel from David Hopkins, featuring early screen performances from Tilda Swinton and Mark McGann.England has been taken away from us by mucky profiteers. We've been sold out. England has been cashed in. Watch it, they'll have your dreams next. A riveting and haunting four-part drama and contemporary retelling of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Gothic horror novel, considered a precursor to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Characters from the original tale are transported from 19th century Germany and Italy to modern-day England in this visceral exploration into the wicked depths of human nature, and the failed frameworks of society, religion and romance. In this tale of obsession and revenge, outlaw Zastrozzi (Geoff Francis), aided by courtesan Matlida (Hilary Trott), kidnaps his half-brother Verezzi (Mark McGann) and torments him into believing his lover Julia (Tilda Swinton) has been murdered. He thus begins a tortuous campaign of psychological abuse against Verezzi, in this thought-provoking and timeless look at demonic manipulation and soul-sapping vulnerability. What the Press Said: The darker corners of the subject of desire transform[ed] into a scathing commen...


The Gravy Train by Rick Curzon (14th November 2018)

Chrisoph Waltz and Ian Richardson star in this satirical look at politics in the European Union, written by Malcolm Bradbury. Co-starring Jim Carter, Alexei Sayle, Judy Parfitt and Ron Donachie. First shown on Channel 4 in 1990, this political satire looking at bribery and corruption residing within the EU sees young idealist Eurocrat Hans Joachim Dortman (Christoph Waltz) find all is not what it seems when he starts his new job in Brussels. He's instructed to report in to the cynical and self-serving British diplomat Michael Spearpoint (Ian Richardson), where he accepts a brief to discover fraud while ridding the market of a huge surplus of rotting plums.’ Dorfmann is also brainwashed’ by shady fixer Vlad Milcic (Alexei Sayle), and seduced by the beautiful and mysterious Nadine (Almanta Suska).’ Easily manipulated, the well-intentioned Dorfmann blunders along in his role, upsetting rivals, and causing chaos, in the web of double-dealing misadventure. What the Press Said: One of the finest of contemporary satirists - The Telegraph...


The Gravy Train Goes East by Rick Curzon (14th November 2018)

A second slice of Malcolm Bradbury's satirical look at EU politics starring Ian Richardson and Christoph Waltz. As romantic novelist Katya Princip (Francesca Annis) is appointed as president of the newly independent and post-communist Eastern European enclave of Slaka, she promises to push for entry into the EU to take advantage of the benefits of its free market economy.’ But can an economy based on tin and beetroot (and tinned beetroot), ever be fit to join the gravy train? We again follow the hapless Hans Joachim Dorfmann (Christoph Waltz), champion of 'glasnost with plums' within the European Union, who is quickly swept back to Brussels where he will have to face familiar’ friends and enemies, as well as fresh faces.’ As Dorfmann visits Slaka with the secretive Galina Vitali (Ccile Paoli), who tells him about a missing Slakan fortune, it's apparent that the entire nation is completely corrupt. And with indecisive business agent Ferenc Plitpov also deeply involved (Roger Lloyd Pack), Dorfmann and his superiors may have bitten off more than they can chew.’ What the Press Said: One of the finest of contemporary satirists. The Telegraph...


The Case of the Bloody Iris by Rick Curzon (11th November 2018)

Topless wrestling? Check. Brutal murders? Check. A trippy sex cult? Check. Edwige Fenech in various states of undress? Triple check! Debonair George Hilton? Of course! Shameless proudly presents giallo s own royalty, the iconic Fenech-Hilton dream-team in their third sensuous outing on Shameless: THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS. Now for the first time ever on Blu-ray in this 2K restored special edition. After two beautiful women are murdered in an apartment block, Jennifer (Edwige Fenech) and Marilyn (Paola Quattrini) move into the flat of one of the slaughtered girls. But before long, the unknown predatory pervert turns his salacious attentions to the gorgeous Jennifer. The list of suspects includes a woman and her deformed son, a crazy lesbian and even Jennifer s own lover. Serenaded with Bruno Nicolai's enrapturing score and featuring lush cinematography from Stelvio Massi, this long-sought-after 70s sleaze gem, directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (of jaw-dropping RATMAN fame), is now available for your delectation. Shameless invites you to solve THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS!...


Rats: Night of Terror by Rick Curzon (1st November 2018)

It took some time for fright-fans to really groove to the eclectic, insane and often inane brilliance of the late Bruno Mattei (ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH). Now, belatedly, viewed as a master of cut-price plasma-spillage, the time is ripe to revisit one of the great man's wildest accomplishments - RATS: NIGHTS OF TERROR. Unveiled to audiences of video-violence in 1984, this post-apocalyptic pot-boiler sees some of the last humans alive grapple with a horde of flesh-eating rodents - and a shocking final revelation that has fast become Mattei's signature 'twist'. Also featuring a superlative ensemble cast that includes such Italian gore legends as Ottaviano Dell'Acqua (ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS), Geretta Geretta (DEMONS) and Massimo Vanni (ZOMBI 3), RATS: NIGHTS OF TERROR is a creepy creature feature that positively oozes with intrigue in this beautiful new Blu-ray release!...


William Castle at Columbia Volume One: The Tingler by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’, ‘Percepto’, the ‘Punishment Poll’, ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME ONE features four classic fright films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, newly filmed introductions and appreciations, exclusive new audio commentaries, interviews with actor Pamela Lincoln and publicists Barry Lorie and Richard Kahn, archival featurettes, and much more – this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 copies....


William Castle at Columbia Volume One: 13 Ghosts by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’, ‘Percepto’, the ‘Punishment Poll’, ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME ONE features four classic fright films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, newly filmed introductions and appreciations, exclusive new audio commentaries, interviews with actor Pamela Lincoln and publicists Barry Lorie and Richard Kahn, archival featurettes, and much more – this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 copies....


William Castle at Columbia Volume One: Homicidal by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’, ‘Percepto’, the ‘Punishment Poll’, ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME ONE features four classic fright films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, newly filmed introductions and appreciations, exclusive new audio commentaries, interviews with actor Pamela Lincoln and publicists Barry Lorie and Richard Kahn, archival featurettes, and much more – this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 copies....


William Castle at Columbia Volume One: Mr. Sardonicus by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’, ‘Percepto’, the ‘Punishment Poll’, ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME ONE features four classic fright films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, newly filmed introductions and appreciations, exclusive new audio commentaries, interviews with actor Pamela Lincoln and publicists Barry Lorie and Richard Kahn, archival featurettes, and much more – this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 copies....


Zombie Flesh Eaters 3 by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

In 1979 director Lucio Fulci created a video nasty legend with his masterpiece ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS. A sequel was born in 1988, for which Fulci returned, but the best was yet to come with 1988's outrageously gory and ghastly ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS 3! Directed by Claudio Fragasso, the man behind the notorious TROLL 2 and the producer of the infamous and formerly banned splatter opus ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH, the innards and excitement comes thick and fast in this first class follow-up which returns its witless characters to the Caribbean and a voodoo legend that unleashes hordes of shambling corpses seeking to chow down on anyone stupid enough to be trespassing on hallowed ground! Years since it scandalized audiences, the third in the ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS franchise is back to bite a way into your Blu Ray collection!...


Nightmare Beach by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

The late great Umberto Lenzi gave audiences some of the most notorious video nasties including his legendary gut-crunchers THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (1972) and CANNIBAL FEROX (1981). However, the maestro of macabre, nightmare-making images was rightly most proud of his giallo classics - most famously represented by the colourful intrigue of SPASMO (1974) and the grueling gore of EYEBALL (1975). For NIGHTMARE BEACH, released in 1988, Lenzi would claim that a troubled production process meant he took a 'backseat' role - although it is difficult not to notice his blood-splashed paw-print all over this terrifying tale of a madman in a motorcycle helmet who is taking out drunk and delicious young co-eds all over the sparkling sands of South Florida. As the body count creeps up, Miami detective John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) tries to keep ahead of the curve in this carnage-packed, late-day Lenzi gem that is only now gaining a belated British bow for horror-hungry addicts and completists of Italian trash-terror!...


Play for Today: The Imitation Game by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

A passionate drama, first shown on BBC One in 1980, inspired by Ian McEwan's research into Alan Turing's cracking of the Enigma Code during World War Two, and the stories of the women who helped. It starred Harriet Walter in her first major screen role, and was produced and directed by Richard Eyre. 19-year-old Cathy Raine (Harriet Walter) is frustrated that she is expected to see out the war in a dull job on the production line at a local munitions factory in Frinton-on-Sea. Against the wishes of her father and fiance, in an effort to find a job with more self-fulfilment and excitement, she signs up for the Auxilliary Territorial Service (ATS). In her workplace training she finds a friend in working class Mary (Brenda Blethyn), and finds a role in a listening station deciphering encoded German transmissions. She soon moves to the famous code-breaking facility at Bletchley Park, meeting Turing-like mathematics genius John Turner (Nicholas Le Provost) and admires his boundless curiosity. But Cathy is kept in the dark about the secretive male hierarchy at the centre, until she comes across a secret intelligence file that may put her in danger. The Play for Today series showcased some of the best of British acting talent ...


Play for Today: A Fishing Party by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

First shown in BBC One's renowned Play for Today series in 1972, Peter Terson s sparkling comedy of class and manners stars Brian Glover, Ray Morto and Douglas Livingstone. Derbyshire miners Art (Glover), Ern (Mort) and Abe (Livingstone) head north to Whitby for a boys-only escape and a spot of sea fishing. Checking into a shabby B&B run by haughty landlady Audrey (Jane Freeman) and her henpecked hubby, the trio are bamboozled into paying a high price for their rooms. They board their chartered boat piloted by a taciturn ex-fisherman, who stares grimly ahead while offering stern warnings about mixing chips and brown ale on a swelling sea. But the boys are half-cut before they've left the harbour, and as they reach the cod grounds they're decidedly off-colour. With his unshakeable poise, fervour for self-improvement and back-of-the-sauce-bottle learning, Art is the well-meaning group leader who anchors the action as they head for deep water. The Play for Today series showcased some of the best of British acting talent and most prolific writers from 1970 - 1984. Some of the most iconic films to come out of the ’ series included Abigail's Party and Boys from the Blackstuff. ...


Play of the Week: Our Day Out by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Different teaching approaches clash as the emphatic Mrs. Kay (Jean Heywood) and disciplinarian Mr. Briggs (Alun Armstrong) supervise a coach trip of chaotic children from an inner-city Liverpool school. In this hilarious romp showing what happens if you let a bunch of naughty schoolkids off the leash for the day on a trip to Conwy Castle in Wales. Stopping off at a sweet shop, the zoo, a beach and a funfair along the way, the children take every opportunity to attempt to cause havoc. Filmed on located with a cast made up of untrained child actors, to add to the chaos, Our Day Out is a riotous celebration of youth and what it is like to be 14 and free from school. Although a comedy at heart, it also provides commentary on the bleak and hopeless lives of poor and un-educated children living in Britain. This emotional comedy was directed by 1996 BAFTA winner Pedr James (Our Friends in the North), and draws on creator Willy Russell's own experiences on school trips both as a youth, and supervising them as a teacher. It was later adapted for stage, and is still a regular school text. The Play for Today series showcased some of the best of British acting talent and most prolific writers from 1970 - 1984. Some of the mos...


Night of the Demon by Rick Curzon (22nd October 2018)

Based on M R James’ classic tale of terror, ‘Casting the Runes’, and adapted for the screen by regular Hitchcock collaborator Charles Bennett, Jacques Tourneur’s (Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past) Night of the Demon is considered to be one of the seminal horror films of Twentieth-Century cinema. Released on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the film is presented here in four different versions, and is accompanied by an incredible array of new and archival special features. Also includes a Limited Edition exclusive double-sided poster and 80-page book. ...


Two Evil Eyes AKA Due Occhi Diabolici (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (16th October 2018)

It was the team-up of the century in 1990 when the Italian auteur of excess Dario Argento made this double-feature compendium creeper with DAWN OF THE DEAD helmer George Romero! The result brings together the very best of the United States independent sector with the kingpin of things giallo - giving us the much-loved splatter shocker TWO EVIL EYES! The latest in 88 Films Italian line, Romero's outstanding opening salvo offers us an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", highlighting the sublime Scream Queen Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG/ SWAMP THING) as a scheming widow seeking to exploit the estate of her terminally ill husband. Little does she know, however, that her husband is already ahead of the curve... and planning a little ghoulish vengeance of his own! For Dario Argento's Poe adaptation "The Black Cat", Harvey Keitel (RESERVOIR DOGS/ TAXI DRIVER) essays an eccentric photographer obsessed with death and dismay... although eventually his livelihood encourages him to embark on the ultimate crime. However, there is a super-sick sting in the tale that will leave the hapless camera-man literally hollowed-out from head to toe! We dare you to endure the gruesome and gruelling special effects ...


Popcorn (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th October 2018)

Canada took the slasher movie to the next level when the country produced the trendsetting BLACK CHRISTMAS in 1974, at the height of what has become known as 'Canuxploitation'. Later shockers from the nation of moose, Mounties and maple syrup included the equally effective MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (1980) but by the turn of the eighties the terror-trend was drying up... at least until the plasma-spilling shocks of POPCORN in 1990! This is Canadian slice and dice action par excellence - and returns to the good old days of splashed blood, high body counts and a mysterious killer as a young female screenwriter (played by the great Scream Queen Jill Schoelen from THE STEPFATHER and CUTTING CLASS) suffers nightmares of a strange figure who may well be breaking into the 'reel' world... postmodern and provocative, and featuring a genre ensemble cast that includes Dee Wallace Stone (THE HOWLING) and Kelly Jo Minter (THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS), POPCORN has maintained a following of macabre movie fans for decades since its release!...


Porky's Revenge AKA Porky's 3: Revenge (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (11th October 2018)

Long-demanded by fans of the franchise, and by followers of eighties sex comedies in general, PORKY'S REVENGE was released in 1985 and marked the conclusion of the blockbuster teen-centred trilogy. In this hilarious and superior sequel the boys from Angel Beach High School are in their senior year, but when old enemy "Porky" steamrolls back into town with his illegal casino and brothel, the likeable - and every horny - lads find themselves tied-up in an unwelcome plan to compromise the upcoming basketball game! Adding to the headaches is an unwanted marriage, old acquaintances, bad dates and the usual hormonal overload (thanks to the presence of the frequently topless Playboy Playmate Kimberly Evenson) that one would expect from a PORKY'S movie. Unseen in the UK since the days of VHS, and gaining this gobsmacking HD restoration from 88 Films, PORKY'S REVENGE reunites all the old favourites including the late Wyatt Knight as Tommy Turner, Dan Monahan as Pee Wee, Tony Ganios as Meat, Kaki Hunter as Wendy and, of course, the great Nancy Parsons as Beulah Balbricker. Also boasting a hit soundtrack from eighties fave Dave Edmunds, PORKY'S REVENGE is a must-see rib-tickler that conclusively stands the test of time!...


Harlequin AKA Dark Forces (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (10th October 2018)

For fans of Ozploitation it is the likes of MAD MAX (1980) or even the trash-tastic TURKEY SHOOT (1982) that may first pop into many a horror hound's mind - however, the cycle offered so much more and never is this clearer than with the surrealist shocks of HARLEQUIN (1980) a true genre standout that was also released under the more ominous moniker of DARK FORCES. In this oddball mix of sci-fi, horror and political espionage (yes, you read that right) a mysterious healer appears in the abode of a leading American senator who finds that his terminally ill son is quickly cured of his leukaemia. The appreciative politician opts to keep this puzzling presence around... although all is not as it seems. With a cast that includes such acclaimed thespians as Robert Powell (TOMMY) and David Hemmings (DEEP RED), the thrills come thick and fast in this genuine curiousity that, once seen, is hard to forget - exactly what one might expect from a script penned by the legendary Ozploitation hand Everett De Roche (LONG WEEKEND, PATRICK, ROAD GAMES, FORTRESS)!...


William Wyler’s The Collector AKA The Collector (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (26th September 2018)

The great Hollywood director William Wyler (Jezebel, Wuthering Heights, The Heiress, Ben-Hur) took John Fowles’ celebrated novel and turned it into one of the finest – and most controversial – psychological thrillers of the 1960s....


Absolution (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (24th September 2018)

At a Catholic boys' school, domineering disciplinarian Father Goddard (Richard Burton, Look Back in Anger, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold) rules over his pupils with an iron hand. When one of his teenage charges confesses to murder, the dogmatic but deeply repressed Goddard finds his faith challenged and his life spiralling dangerously out of control. Also starring Billy Connolly (in his first feature-film role), Dominic Guard (The Go-Between, The Picnic at Hanging Rock) Kes star Dai Bradley, and the inimitable Brian Glover (Kes, Jabberwocky, Alien 3), and written by the great Anthony Shaffer (The Wicker Man, Sleuth), Absolution is one of British cinema’s most underrated chillers, not least for a towering central performance by Burton....


Missing (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (19th September 2018)

This tense real-life political drama about the 1973 kidnap and murder in Chile of young American journalist Charles Horman, directed by provocateur Costa-Gavras (Z, State of Siege, Betrayal), follows the efforts of the journalist's wife (Sissy Spacek - Carrie, The Coal Miner's Daughter) and father (Jack Lemmon - Some Like It Hot, The China Syndrome) to uncover the crime and bring those responsible to justice. Causing controversy upon its release (prompting the US government to condemn the film), this powerful indictment of US foreign policy went on to win an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture....


Ministry of Fear (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (19th September 2018)

Set during Blitz-torn wartime England, Ray Milland (Dial M for Murder, The Lost Weekend) stars as a man just released from a sanatorium who stumbles into an elaborate and murderous Nazi plot. Reminiscent of Lang's early expressionist films (The Spiders, Dr Mabuse the Gambler, M) and full of bravura set pieces and hallucinatory visuals, Ministry of Fear is one of Lang’s finest films – a mature and beautifully crafted thriller, a vivid adaptation of Graham Greene’s celebrated novel....


Mind of Mr. Soames (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (17th September 2018)

Based on a best-selling novel by Charles Eric Maine, Amicus Productions’ The Mind of Mr. Soames is a contemporary reworking of the Frankenstein story. Terence Stamp (The Collector, Far from the Madding Crowd) is a young man left comatose from birth, who is awakened live on TV into a world he can’t comprehend, and exploited as a living curiosity. Remarkably prescient in its depiction of reality television and media turpitude, the film also boasts a superb supporting cast, including Robert Vaughn, Nigel Davenport, Christian Roberts, Donal Donnelly and Vickery Turner, and features luminous cinematography by the great Billy Williams (Women in Love, The Wind and the Lion, Gandhi)....


Oleanna (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (14th September 2018)

Based on his own controversial and incendiary stage play about a young college student who accuses her much older professor of sexual harassment, David Mamet’s riveting drama features two grandstand performances from leads William H Macy (Fargo, Magnolia) and Debra Eisenstadt. Now more relevant and provocative than ever, Oleanna is both a reaction against the plague of political correctness, and a powerful, yet teasingly ambiguous, plea for tolerance between the sexes....


Born of Fire (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (13th September 2018)

Following the mysterious death of his beloved father, classical musician Paul Bergson (Peter Firth, Equus, Tess, TV’s Spooks) is haunted by visions and nightmares. With his lover (Suzan Crowley, The Devil Inside), he travels to remote Turkey on a quest to find The Master Musician, only to encounter a creature of unimaginable evil. Steeped in mysticism and music, and mixing the avant-garde with supernatural fantasy, stunning visuals and a terrific score by Colin Towns, Born of Fire is a bold and poetic horror film from one of international cinema’s great maverick talents....


Odessa File (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th September 2018)

Hamburg 1963. German journalist Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, Coming Home) finds himself in possession of a diary detailing the unspeakable crimes of cruelty, torture and mass murder perpetrated by an SS captain, now veiled as a top industrialist. Neame’s compelling mix of conspiracy thriller and action-adventure, adapted from Frederick Forsyth’s bestseller, is a fine addition to the post-war spy thriller genre, and features an outstanding performance from Voight and glorious location photographed by the great Oswald Morris (Lolita, The Pumpkin Eater)....


Frightmare AKA The Horror Star (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (11th September 2018)

Also known as THE HORROR STAR, the 1983 [1981] cult creeper FRIGHTMARE offered audiences postmodern shocks long before Wes Craven gave us his game-changing SCREAM in 1996! An underrated and underseen gem, FRIGHTMARE tells of a celebration for a late, great horror star... only the actor in question might not be entirely dead and soon the participants at his supposed party are being picked off one by one! Highlighting a notable supporting performance Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR) and assured direction from Norman Thaddeus Vane (who also worked on the X-rated cult favourite DRACULA SUCKS), this is one of the most stylish and sublime of all the eighties slice and dice horror-pack and 88 Films is thrilled to present FRIGHTMARE as part of its Slasher Classics collection!...


Iris: The Movie AKA Airiseu: Deo mubi (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (2nd September 2018)

A whole continent was glued to the small screen when the hit South Korean television series IRIS made its prime time premiere! And now British viewers can experience the 2010 motion picture adaptation of this balls-to-the-wall action thriller in beautiful HD!! Featuring performances from Seoul superstars Lee Byung-hun (A BITTERSWEET LIFE), Jung Joon-ho (ANOTHER PUBLIC ENEMY) and T. O. P (the sex symbol rapper from Kpop chart toppers Big Bang), this rough edged tale of North vs. South military stand offs and a secret agency of bad ass license-to-kill fighters who have Kim Jong-un quaking is timely and terrific. As we all face nuclear annihilation in the Trump/ Pyongyang showdown at least enjoy the heart thumping fun of IRIS before the world comes to a crippling conclusion!...


Deadtime Stories AKA Freaky Fairytales (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (22nd August 2018)

In the creepy compendium style of CREEPSHOW (1982) comes DEADTIME STORIES (1985) a collection of stories with teeth and torment that are sure to send chills down the spines of viewers even today! A sleazy and shocking pack of splatter fairy tales - this contemporary spin on the likes of "Little Red Riding Hood" has gore aplenty, a sick sense of humour and enough splattered limbs to make for essential late night viewing. Directed by genre veteran Jeffrey Delman and packed full of plastic fantastic charms, 88 Films is enthusiastic about keeping you up at night with this perfectly restored version of a VHS cult classic!...


Surf Nazis Must Die (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (19th August 2018)

Troma Entertainment, the company behind such classics as THE TOXIC AVENGER, really outdid themselves with the 1987 cult classic SURF NAZIS MUST DIE. Set in a futuristic California hell-hole, in which an apocalypic natural disaster has left the iconic Baywatch-perfect beaches of Malibu and Venice as gang-lands, various parties battle one another in an attempt to control the sand and sea of this former West Coast paradise. This is sex, surf and splatter in a sordid sci-fi setting and thirty years after it first gained the attention of video shop loyalists and marginal movie followers, SURF NAZIS MUST DIE is back to brutalise a new generation of fright-fans!...


 


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