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Critters (1986) Came out on this day 30th November 1986, and currently celebrating its 30th anniversary.

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On this day 30th November 1986 this little jem was released, following on from Gremlins and Ghoulies we had another creature feature, this time starring very hungry space aliens, who have found a liking to human flesh. Although marketed as a comedy, it has some great gore moments in, starring Dee Wallace, in once  again a small agricultural setting, with a family protecting their farm against these very hungry Aliens. The film was far from perfect, but still a great laugh, spoilt by very cheaply produced sequels, another film once again so set in the eighties, with other alien bounty hunters chasing these Critters, with great 80's mullets, with the one actor looking like Pat Sharp a British Children's TV presenter at the time. A great nostalgic look to, in my opinion the best decade for horror, the decade I have fond memories of, and renting VHS cassettes from my local rental store, something that has long since gone, among the digital age of streaming, oh!!! I do miss the goo…

The Devil's Advocate (1997) Film review. Distributed by Warner Bros. Directed by Taylor Hackford. Rated R US, Certificate 18 UK. 146 minutes running time approximately.

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I came across this the other day clearing out a cupboard, well cleaning I was really looking for something, as I recently gone retro and purchased myself a working VCR, to go with my Laserdisc player, in my spare room, or I'm calling it my retro room, alongside my PS2 and Nintendo SNES, still looking for a decent working Megadrive, anyhow I came across this, in a limited edition VCR boxset, with a film stills, a copy of the original book, and obviously the VCR and I watched it for old times sake the other day. Apart from the grainy images, which to be honest I like, and the reason I'm going backwards with film quality, I forgot what a great film this was, and being almost 19 years young how good it was, from the direction from Taylor Hackford, the visuals, the outstanding performance of Al Pacino, even the wooden Keanu Reeves was half decent in this, and will say it is in my top 5 Keanu Reeves performances, with Speed, The Matrix, Constantine and John Wick my only other notabl…

House will finally see the light of day, with a successful crowdfunding campaign the four films below will be released in a boxset by the always reliable film company Arrow Films.

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With great news these films will finally see the light of day on Bluray, with deleted and out of print versions of these films, especially the 1986 original in the UK, that was briefly released on DVD, then went out of print, and although I love this film, I was not willing to pay £45,00 plus for this movie on eBay, and third party sellers on Amazon. It was such a loved film especially in the UK, that a petition group was set up on Facebook, alongside with a crowdfunding campaign to get the rights for this great movie, and release it finally. And you know it worked, and with great news, Arrow Films are going to not just release House (1986) but all four movies, in a boxset, complete with the usual love and affection they give to all their DVD and Bluray releases. No release date yet unfortunately, but I will put any news of a date as soon as I learn about it. The four movies all produced by Sean S. Cunningham, go from great, to weird, to dam scary and violent to weird again, with rea…

House (1986) Film Review. Directed by Steve Miner. Distributed by New World Pictures. Rated R US, Certificate 15 UK , running time 89 minutes. Currently showing on The Horror Channel UK, with a release soon from Arrow Films.

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A wonderful film released in 1986,starring William Katt, as Roger Cobb,a respected Horror writer,with writers block. After the death of his favourite Aunt,he moves into her house,because of the great memories he had as a child. Roger is also, getting over the disappearance of his only child,a year earlier,with a divorce on the table also. When Roger decides to confront all his fears by writing of his experiences of the Vietnam war,against his publishers wishes,it brings up bad  memories,of his time in Vietnam especially the loss of his good friend Big Ben. The thing is the Horrors of War manifest into horrible creatures,demons,to torment Roger even further. All this is because of a gateway to Hell in the cupboard space in the bathroom. Now I'm being honest I have not seen this film for over 20 years, so all this review is from memory alone. As in the UK this film is so hard to get on DVD as Anchor Bay the distributor,has deleted this title, and with silly prices for this film,£45…

My apologies for lack of posts in the month of November, please understand, and read underneath.

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My apologies for lack of posts and reviews recently, the thing is I have been exhausted recently, I suffer from chronic depression and GAD ( Generalised Anxiety Disorder), and have been suffering a lot of sleepless nights, and days  with insomnia which comes along with the mental illness. I used to watch films, as I finished work, this was the early hours of the morning, as I work nights. Being mentally exhausted from work in the run up to Christmas, as I work in retail, then the insomnia I have been extremely exhausted the last few weeks, and it is a known phenomenon that the darker nights, lack of daylight does attribute to conditions of mental illness. In the UK the clocks moving back an hour at the end of October, then getting an average darker at night by 5 minutes, this has affected my mood, more than normal this year, it is a struggle to go to work, netherless write and review on this blog. I will get through this, as I Normally love films, but everything seems to be such an ef…

Slayer to get their own Graphic Novel, based on their album Repentless. Distributed by Dark Horse Comics, and being released in three monthly issues, and promises to be a violent and bloody affair, and I for one cannot wait.

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One of the big four is getting their own graphic novel, based on the continuing videos from the comeback album of the same name Repentless. The two uber-violent videos Replentless and You Against You, were great videos, super violent, and I have already done a piece on this blog about the video Repentless, and how cool it was. Well the graphic novel, is going to be released monthly in the US by Dark Horse comics, in three issues, with a starting price of $4,99  as seen on image to the top left, it looks to be very bloody and violent.
The album Repentless released 9/11 2015 is the most profitable, and successful albums written by the band, and I can agree it really is a great album, with not a single duff, or filler track on the entire album, and was more popular than their previous album World Painted Blood in 2009. Not bad though for a band who most of the music press has written off, after the tragic death of Jeff Hanneman in 2013, and Dave Lombardo leaving the band, most said they s…

Ghostbusters (2016) Film Review. Distributed by Columbia Pictures. Directed by Paul Feig. PG13 US, certificate 12 UK running time 116 minutes standard cut, extended version 134 minutes

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With this film being released on DVD and Bluray this week in the UK I think it deserves a review, even though I did see it months ago. A film surrounded in controversy from the start, and not for the wrong reasons either, just a general hate campaign had started before the movie had been screened. Firstly it was voted the most hated trailer on YouTube, with record amounts of thumbs down. Accomplished reviewers were refusing to review or watch the film. The worst of all was the bigoted hate towards co star Leslie Jones, with vile racist Twitter abuse, even she said " I only starred in a film, I don't deserve this Hate" with the abuse so bad she left Twitter, and her main abuser was banned from Twitter. But why the abuse? Was it because they dared to remake a classic, I never saw this much hate aimed at the Robocop stars, or Total Recall, or when a Poltergeist was remade, what about the abysmal Conan The Barbarian, A Nightmare On Elm Street, or Friday The 13th was all poor…

Ghoulies (1985) Bluray review. Distributed by 101 Films UK only. Directed by Luca Bercovici . Certificate 15, running time 77 minutes.

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Ghoulies the 1985 classic, and in my opinion to cash in on the recent Gremlins, creature features were the new norm, after 5 years of slasher movies, followed by numerous sequels, and other copycat movies such as Critters, and Basket Case. With in my opinion Ghoulies 2 was actually better as a sequel and a stand alone film than the first film, that gives barely any screen time to the infamous Ghoulies. A film more about Devil Worship, than little demonic creatures, a film so set in the eighties, you have the mullets, the sunglasses, the big hair, you have the stereotypical characters, the two stoner dudes, the jock, the nerd, the sleazy lady. We have Killer Clowns, Dwarfs, A Zombie Devil Worshiper, and the little Ghoulies themselves, that are barely seen in the first movie. With absolutely nothing happening in the first 45 minutes, with it only being a 77 minute film, is not a good sign, but eighties movies did have a habit of dragging out character development in films, rather than g…

Predator 2 was released Stateside on this day 21st November 1990, yes this film is celebrating its 26th anniversary, and is still a better film than the dreadful Alien Vs Predator travesties.

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This film was released on this day 26 years ago, yes 26 years have passed, and you know, it looks a little dated, but still stands up as a decent sequel. I'll admit I never liked it at the time, and was angry that the great Schwarzenegger was not involved, but on repeated viewings it isn't a bad sequel, like Die Hard 2 Die Harder, has got better with repeated viewings, so has this movie. Set in an Urban setting, bringing the Predator into the concrete jungle, was a brave move. This movie was much more violent than the previous movie, with double the kill count and violence. Danny Glover still popular after his success with Roger Murtagh from Lethal Weapon, was still a strong leading man, with excellent support from Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, and Rubén Blades. The ending is still a dream for Easter egg spotting, with trophies from other kills, and if you spot carefully you can see a Xenomorph, or Alien head, which had been hinted at for years, since the Alien Vs Predator comic c…

On this day 20th November 1998 this groundbreaking and controversial film was released. American History X

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This brilliant movie was released on this day 18 years ago, and apart from Fight Club is one of  Edward Norton's best movies. Directed by Tony Kaye, and written by David McKenna, and the warning of extreme racism, and proving that racism usually and always starts in the home environment. Being brought up by racist parents, Derick (Edward Norton) and his younger and impressionable brother Danny (Edward Furlong) have to listen to rants of their father who is loosing his job to a black worker, because his job position needs to be more diverse. When Derick's father is killed in a drug accident, whilst attending a fire at a local drugs den, his fireman dad is killed unfortunately by a black dealer, and sets Derick on the road to full on racism, joining a Neo Nazi gang, intent on causing mayhem, and assaulting other minorities including, black shop workers, Korean and Chinese business owners. Until his arrest for killing two black men stealing his car. Serving three years in prison…

Independence Day Resurgence (2016) Review. Distributed by 20th CenturyFox. Directed by Roland Emerich. Rated PG13 US, Certificate 12 UK.Running time 121 minutes.

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Was Independence Day Resurgence worth the wait?  Well no, but is it a bad film? I don't think so, yes the script is clunky, awful in places, has some terrible casting issues, plot holes that are huge, but amongst all the crappy elements of this movie we have two actors, who refuse to take this seriously, and actually improve the movie, and that is the great Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner. Who's comic timing, and refusing to take this movie serious, is what makes their roles stand out. I do wish Bill Pullman had a greater role in this, but at least he does do another rousing speech. My main problem with this movie, and like most massive budgeted films, is that good, or even great actors suddenly become awful almost overnight, Maika Monroe, who I praised to the hilt in It Follows, and was fantastic in The Guest, then turning in such an underwhelming performance in this, Liam Hemsworth, the lesser known Austrailan brother of Chris Hemsworth, who is great in The Hunger Games, Tri…

Does Clive Barker's Nightbreed have more relevance now in American society, than it did twenty six years ago, or was Clive Barker warning of the dangers to come.

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Nightbreed 1990 has more relevance now than it did 26 years ago, once again why do filmmakers have a habit of almost predicting current events. The great movie from Clive Barker, and in my opinion his finest work, yes Hellraiser and Pinhead are iconic horror movies and horror icons, but Nightbreed chose to be a different monster, tackling mental illness, minority's being harassed and hunted, by an Unforgiving bigoted majority, that so now represents current extreme conservative values in The United States at the moment. With President Elect Trump's whole election campaign of fear of minority's, Muslims and Mexican's being the scapegoats, making the rest of the country blame these minority's for the problems wrong with America, whilst avoiding the real reasons, of Corporate Buisness, and the top 1% sharing all the wealth, but having nothing trickle down to the working masses. Like Decker the serial killing Psychotherapist, representing that Cororate Monster, killing …

Devils Domain (2016) Directed by Jared Cohn. A film about the dangersof social media, especially online bullying. 77% of teens arebullied.LGBT teens are 3 times likely to commit suicide. 8,000 teens ayear, 22 per day, 1 per hour take their own lives. Half areCyber-bullied.

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An interesting trailer has dropped of this film, and at first I thought typical film about social media, but using the one thing that happens far to frequently, and that is online bullying, from cowards sitting behind their laptops, tablets and mobile phones. A story of a girl, having to deal with her sexuality, In a society that is cruel anyway, but one with this new President Elect will get worse for the LGBT. With her being outed and named and shamed on social media, by cruel bigoted individuals, a friend request from a woman, who can ease all her suffering and pain, and make it all go away, for one simple request in return to carry her baby. Thing is once you accept the friend request, she then cannot be Unfriended, with a trail of bodies, of bullied teenagers, proving the Devil can appear in many forms, to temp even the weakest of souls. Starring Michael Madsen, Nadi Vodane, Linda Bella. Directed by Jared Cohn director of Hold Your Breath (2012) and Jailbait (2014). Unfortunatel…

I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016) Film Review. Distributed by Floodland Pictures. Directed By Billy 'OBrian. U.K. Premiere on 9th December. Running Time 104 minutes. Not yet rated.

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Starring Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary, Tony Papenfus. Directed by Billy 'OBrien. Distributed by Floodland Pictures. Not yet Rated. Running time104 minutes. UK release 9th December.
The trailer was released for this great film the other week, and I finally got a chance to see this quite remarkable film, the first book of many from Dan Wells about  the character John Wayne Cleaver, a teenager, who is extremely confused about his own state of mind, being I think wrongly diagnosed with having socialpathic tendencies, obsessed with death, and the human anatomy, probably due to the fact being brought up in an environment as his mother is an undertaker, and he regularly helps out with the preparation of the dead bodies. He like Dexter is so convinced he is going to kill, he has a set of rules to follow, be normal and do normal teenage stuff with his close friend, he has his therapist on speed dial to talk to at any time about his impulses, but the fact he has em…

Horror News week, from Monday 7th November/Sunday 13th November, hope you enjoy.

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Welcome to this weeks news round up, and what a week it has been, with one story pushing all other stories to the back page, and that is the outcome of the Presidential Election, but no politics today just news, and the first to break is Suicide Squad will be getting a darker cut, with more Joker footage, with the original just 20 minutes of screen time. Jarred Leto has already hinted he will never play the role again, and after seeing him in the theatrical version, I was disappointed by his performance, with the actor saying he'd shot enough footage for a stand alone movie. Well we actually get another whole 11 minutes more Joker mayhem, and it promises to be more darker. With apparently Jared Leto staying in character throughout the shoot, and freaking out his co stars, by throwing in dead animals and meat onto the set to make his co stars unnerved, before filming scenes, and seeing more screenshots he does look incredibly scary. Does this improve a film that is so very average …

Dead Snow (2009) Film Review. Produced by Tomas Evjen, Harald Zwart. Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Distributed by Euforia Flm. Rated R US, Certificate 18 UK. Running time 91 minutes.

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Starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henricksen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavalan, Lasseter Vadal, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jeppe Beck Laursen.
Dod Sno or Dead Snow as it is called outside of Norway, where this great movie was made is a great movie, with in my opinion a great nod to the early horror films of Peter Jackson, with excessive violence, bloodshed but also with great wit and charm, with even one character wearing a Braindead T-shirt, which is Peter Jackson's finest work.  Dead Snow is so good though I forgot I was actually watching a foreign movie, the script, dialogue is amazing, with surprisingly no unlikable characters, with superb special effects, and like Peter Jackson's Weta all the effects were created by the film makers, creating their own special effect studio, which is why this movie needs to be admired.
Plot Summary; Seven medical students take an Easter break at an isolated cabin, for a weekend of snowball fights, snow fun, and alcohol induced partying, unbeknownst to…

A very Sad day for America today, and these films becoming scarily real. Why do Hollywood have a way of predicting future events.

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How scary and realistic do these films feel today, after that election result. How do Hollywood have a way of predicting the future, Trump's name was mentioned in Back To The Future 2, predicted in The Simpsons, and if you follow the story in these films, after years of political unrest voters feeling like they have no voice The Founding Fathers appear, to give all the right to bear arms once more, as long as it is only on one night Purge night. When that angry man or woman can take all their frustrations and anger out on that one night, and hide the true reason behind it all to kill minorities, the poor, the impoverished and sick in society who cannot afford health care. How scary is it to be American at the moment with the man they have just elected, is so very close to the ideals of The Founding Fathers, wanting to abolish an affordable health care, wanting to create divisions between races, and to encourage the Second Amendment the right to bear arms, will give every conserva…

2016 has been a great year for horror, and proving for the last 15 years the most profitable genre of any movie made.

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We all love horror, well bit of an overstatement, obviously some don't, but the one thing that has been apparent in Hollywood for the past 15 years, and consistent is the returns that horror movies makes studios. It is the most profitable genre, with disastrous number  of blockbusters failing miserably this year, the likes of Independence Day Resurgence, Tarzan, Star Trek Beyond, and although being slated by fans and critics the likes of Batman VS Superman, and Suicide Squad are considered financial successes by its studio, even though they are dreadful films. The likes though of The Conjuring 2, Purge Election year, 10 Cloverfield lane, Phantasm Ravenger, on modest budgets have all been profitable for its studios, and yes for every Conjuring, Annabelle, or Purge movie, we will have a lot of tripe, Such as Knock Knock, 31, Cabin Fever, proving not all horror films are good, but at least they are being made. As proven on a tiny minuscule  budget, with steaming, DVD sales you are lik…

VIY the Russian produced film of 2014 is getting a sequel with somesurprising mainstream Hollywood stars attached.

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VIY or Forbidden Empire as known in the UK is getting a sequel, the 2014 3D hit has warranted a sequel, with some great names attached as guest stars, already confirmed is Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rutger Hauer, and Jackie Chan, with the producers already saying it's the Expendables cast the fans really wanted. This Russian produced  languaged film, then dubbed into English, but still starring Brit Jason Flemyng as Jonathan Green an 18th century cartographer who intends to map uncharted parts of the world, mainly Transylvania, coming across, creatures, monsters, demons and other mythical creatures. This time the sequel is to be set in China, with more monsters promised, and definitely going now into post production, is something to look forward too.


Mirrors (2009) Film Review. Distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Unrated version R rating, certificate 18 UK. Running time 111 minutes.

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This film has been on my radar for years, but always seeming to pass me by, the second American feature for Alexandre Aja with The Hills Have Eyes remake being his first, starring the always reliable Kiefer Sutherland, with great kills all seen on YouTube I gave this a watch the other day, and....... I was a little underwhelmed by the whole film. A film that I thought was incredibly slow, yes some scenes are very unsettling, but it is a slow mover, that plods along, with Kiefer seeming bored with the whole idea, and just made it to take a break from 24, Paula Patton, as his ex wife in this, is underused, miscast, shame as she has been in great films, and the young lad who normally stars in the Disney Chanel's Jessie, is probably the best thing in this.
Plot summary; A disgraced cop takes a security guard job, to look after a derelict shop, that had recently been burned through arson. Whilst on the night shift the mirrors play tricks with his mind, as he questions his sanity, and do a…

Is AMC Breaking Bad a direct prequel to The Walking Dead, a favourite with fan theories for years, with a fan made video appearing yesterday on Netflix, could it be part of the same Universe?.

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So is it now almost official that a rumoured fan theory on the Walking Dead could be true, that the Walking Dead is actually a direct sequel to Breaking Bad. With comparison for years from fan theories, mainly that both shows were produced by AMC in America, but could Walter White, and his chemistry skills have actually created the Zombie virus. With a fan made video dropping yesterday on Netflix give exclusive proof, that the two shows could be part of the same universe.  There are three points that hinted this, mainly on season Two and Daryl  finds his brothers Mearle's drug stash, with pills of various kinds, including a bag full of blue crystal meth. The same car Walter brought his son, a rare Dodge Challenger and had to take back, being told to ask for "Glenn" and in season 1 of The Walking Dead Glenn is seen driving the same vehicle, is it a coincidence ? With the third coincidence again involving Daryl talking to Beth in season 4 about a drug dealer he knew, " a…

Carrie is officially 40 years old, celebrating its 40th Anniversary yesterday 3rd November, the official date it came out in America in 1976.

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It is hard to believe that this film yesterday was celebrating its 40th anniversary, yes 40 years have passed since this great movie came out, and probably most agree one of the best Stephen King's film adaptation from one of his books. Starring a brilliant cast, with John Travolta, Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, and of cause Sissy Spacek, who was absolutely perfect for this role.  We all the know the story Carrie is raised by a overbearing church going mother, looked away from the world, apart from her schooling, not like the usual teenager, who is abused terribly by her mother, but with a cruel prank planned for her by her bullying classmates, to get the hot school jock to ask her out for the prom, to play a horrible trick on her, by dropping a bucket of cows blood on her at the prom. Unknown to them that Carrie has telekinesis and can move things with her mind, which she uses for devastating results at the end of this movie. Directed by Brian De Palma, in his best directing roles, bu…