Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Bride of Re-Animator (Brian Yuzna, 1989) Blu-Ray Review


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“This is no longer about just re-animating the dead – we will create new life.” Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (1985) has, quite rightly, gone down in the annals of cinema as a landmark in horror. Brian Yuzna's 1989 sequel, however, has somewhat lurked uncomfortably in the shadows of its progenitor – but it deserves a re-evaluation, and with this in mind, Bride of Re-Animator reveals itself to be consumed with the idea of unrequited love as it circles the boundaries of necrophilia through the complex entanglement of not merely a love triangle, but a love pentagon...


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Dr Alien (David DeCoteau, 1989) DVD Review


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“One minute I'm standing there and the next thing I know they're all over me like mud on a pig.” Following on from Creepozoids, Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-o-rama, and Nightmare Sisters, David DeCoteau rounded out the 1980s with this teen boy fantasy/comedy that was also known as 'I Was A Teenage Sex Mutant'. Zany from the get-go, it features deliberately on-the-nose humour, many-an-exposed-set-of-norks, substitute professors in lingerie, and an alien proboscis that sprouts from a college nerd's head to act as a powerful aphrodisiac!


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Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Void - a quick review...

What's it about?
A police officer encounters an injured and delirious man out in the woods, and rushes him to the nearest hospital - which happens to be in the process of closing down after a fire gutted its basement levels. However, upon arrival, the officer - with a few staff and patients - finds himself surrounded by strange figures dressed in all white with black triangles where their faces should be. Soon things get out of control as hideous monstrosities erupt from dead bodies, unleashing something worse than hell upon the Earth.
Who would I recognise in it?
Ellen Wong, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, and others.
Great/Good/Alright/Shite?
Written and Directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, who have worked in various capacities on some of the Astron-6 projects (such as Manborg and Father's Day), The Void wears its metaphysical body horror influences on its sleeve...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Flavours of the Month: April 2017...

The Walking Dead Season 7 in review, comedians doing their thing, and time travellers from Finland - just a handful of what's been setting the tone of my April 2017...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Emanuelle and The Last Cannibals (Joe D'Amato, 1977) DVD Review


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“The tribe we are to locate are indeed cannibals – tie up their victims, rip open their bellies, tear out their insides, and eat it.” Joe D'Amato – otherwise known as Aristide Massaccesi – the director of such grotesque delights as Anthropophagous (1980), is unlikely to go down in the annals of cinema history as a master filmmaker with a deeply considered artistic vision. His work may skew towards slap dash schlock, but he got the job done and knew to never play coy: if his audiences wanted devoured innards and boobies flopping about everywhere then that's exactly what he was going to give them – and this is undoubtedly the case with Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals...


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Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Bogey Man (Ulli Lommel, 1980) DVD Review


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“The Most Terrifying Nightmare of Childhood is About to Return!” Combining dark themes of childhood trauma with slasher movie tropes, The Bogey Man (or Boogey Man, if you prefer) – a former 'Video Nasty' in the UK – tries to do something original with the genre at a time when the formula was being set that others would blindly follow...


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Monday, 3 April 2017

Cuck Edition: The Walking Dead 7x16 Memes...

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Click to Enlarge: Randy Rick...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Flavours of the Month: March 2017...

Dirty coppers, saucy times in Venice, and antics around San Francisco are some of what's been setting the tone of my March 2017...

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Lady Nuts Edition: The Walking Dead 7x15 Memes...

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Click to Enlarge: You have balls ... I like balls.

That's all for this week - it was a good episode, but not particularly meme-inspiring. I think from Season 8 onwards I'll step down a gear and not try to get one for every episode like I've been doing since Season 3 (to appease my completionist nature!), but from Season 8 I'll only do them when something good springs to mind - that's how the best ones usually come about.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Creepozoids (David DeCoteau, 1987) DVD Review

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“More acid, more megatons – it ain't over yet.” David DeCoteau's low budget creature feature has aspirations walking in the footsteps of Aliens (James Cameron, 1986), but let's be honest, those are far out of reach. However, influenced at the time by the last dregs of Cold War nuclear paranoia, Creepozoids – with its bleak world view and gooey practical effects – provides a charming dose of VHS era sci-fi horror. The year is 1998 and World War III has turned planet Earth into a nuked-out husk where nomads and survivors populate the wastelands as the fighting rages on...


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Monday, 20 March 2017

BFF No More Edition: The Walking Dead 7x14 Memes...

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Click to Enlarge: Simon took a shot to the feels...

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Noah Knows Edition: The Walking Dead 7x13 Memes...

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Click to Enlarge: Why, AMC? Why?!

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Killer Workout (David A Prior, 1987) DVD Review


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“The workout will kill you!” Otherwise known as Aerobicide, David A. Prior's (Deadly Prey) late-in-the-cycle slasher flick – and feature d├ębut – is perhaps the most unabashedly 'eighties' of them all. Beauties clad in Day-Glo Lycra writhing to terrible pop music in the quest for bodily perfection? Check. Convertible Porsches and muscled-up bros with dodgy hair styles? Check. Conspicuous shots of condoms in the wake of the AIDS crisis that was dominating the decade? Check. Visor caps, frizzy hair, and ankle socks? That'll be a big old check on that, too. In some ways, for good and bad, the 1980s have never left us – not in these specific ways, mind you – but the decade of greed and synthesised music has been back in vogue for a while now. But does that mean Killer Workout is any good? Let's find out...


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Monday, 6 March 2017

In Pieces Edition: The Walking Dead 7x12 Memes...

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We're half way through Season 7B, and three quarters of the way through Season 7 in general. This was a fun episode, it felt a lot like that Rick & Daryl episode from Season 6B in which they first encountered Jesus. Good stuff!

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Click to Enlarge: Tough Luck Rick...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Flavours of the Month: February 2017...

Music biz excess snuffed out too soon, alternative history meets flying lead, and the guy you send to kill the Boogey Man: some of what's been flavouring my February 2017...

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Smarty Pants Edition: The Walking Dead 7x11 Memes...

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Click to Enlarge: Seriously, Negan, stand up straight - what would your mother say?

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (Fred Olen Ray, 1988) Blu-Ray Review


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“What's the matter, chainsaw got your tongue?” Shot in five-and-a-half days over two weekends using borrowed equipment, re-cycled sets, and left over 'short ends' of film stock, Fred Olen Ray's particularly silly comedy horror/film noir spoof Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers – featuring Gunnar 'Leatherface' Hansen as the leader of a buzzsaw-worshipping cult – pretty much does what it says on the tin. Do you want naked ladies of the night hacking up dopey Johns with chainsaws and getting covered in blood? Then step this way...


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Monday, 20 February 2017

Darva Edition: The Walking Dead 7x10 Memes...

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Darva? Sharyl? Diva? Hmmm ... Carol's got some competition.

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I don't know who originated the 'If Daryl dies...' meme, but hat-tip to whoever they are.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Lessons with Gregory Edition: The Walking Dead 7x09 Memes...

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It's back! Ricky, Margaret, and the whole gang are starting to pull things together ... look out, Negan, the slice capades are in town!

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Click to Enlarge: Gregory sucks, but Xander Berkeley rocks...

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Don't Answer The Phone! (Robert Hammer, 1980) DVD Review


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“RUN – if you must. HIDE – if you can. SCREAM, but … He'll Know You're Alone!” Conceived of before John Carpenter's Halloween blew the doors wide open for the slasher movie craze that swept the horror genre during the 1980s, Robert Hammer's one and only film – Don't Answer The Phone! – is a curious schism between disturbing realism, dark humour, and jumping aboard the killer thriller bandwagon...


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Friday, 3 February 2017

Only God Forgives: quick review...

What's it about?
An American drug dealer living in Bangkok is sent into the criminal underworld by his domineering mother to seek revenge for the murder of his brother. Bloody, stylish, straight-faced chaos ensues.
Who would I recognise in it?
Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Tom Burke.
Great/Good/Alright/Shite?
I recently posted my thoughts on Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film - The Neon Demon - and found it to be extraordinarily stylish and obsessed with obtuse symbolism, but I was disappointed by how it sought to dispense with as much plot, story, characterisation, and redemption as possible (and it was decidedly over-long at an indulgent two hours). So I figured it was time I caught up with Only God Forgives, the film that sits between TND and Refn's 2011 film Drive (a richly textured, yearning, ultra cool modern classic). Where, I wondered, would it fall on the scale between those two films...

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Flavours of the Month: January 2017...

Killer thrills in the late 80s, chaos in Kyrat, and coming of age on 42nd Street - just some of what's been setting the tone of my January 2017...

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama (David DeCoteau, 1988) Blu-Ray Review


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“Demons murdering your friends? I gotta tell you both, kids – drugs are not the answer.” Hailing from the heyday of the video rental store, when movies like this were hidden away at the back near the infamous beaded curtain and teen boys had few options for titillation if they couldn't find a discarded smut mag on the railway tracks, David (Creepozoids) DeCoteau's goofball cult favourite makes quite an impression. Not only did they make a movie in such a short time (ten days to write, two weeks to shoot), but  Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama is still being talked about thirty years on...


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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Triple Bill Mini Musings: Animal Instincts, Bunker Troubles, and Organic Gore...

Zootropolis:
What's it about?
The animal kingdom has evolved beyond its base instincts and created a world where predator and prey of all sizes can live side-by-side. However, when fourteen mammals go missing under suspicious circumstances, it's up to the first rabbit in the Zootropolis Police Department and a sly fox to figure out what's going on.
Who would I recognise in it?
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Jenny Slate, Idris Elba, Nate Torrence, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, and others (voices).
Great/Good/Alright/Shite?
With a strong and clear message at its heart, Zootropolis (otherwise known as Zootopia) still manages to avoid coming off as preachy, because the message is intrinsically lodged into the well-constructed story...

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Four Flies On Grey Velvet (Dario Argento, 1971) DVD Review


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“Seeing all these worms make a living out of death, kind of knocks the fear out of you, right?” Dario Argento's third giallo film and, at the time, intended to be his last, Four Flies On Grey Velvet is a curious mix of murder mystery and offbeat comedy in which a drummer in a prog rock band finds himself framed for murder – but his blackmailer has no intention of calling the cops on him, so what is it they're after?


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