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31 (2016)

Rob Zombie is one of the most divisive genre filmmakers working today.  Often derided for his white trash characters, threadbare scripts and overabundant violence, he’s incurred the ire of many a horror fan.  On the other hand, he’s praised by his fans as a demented visionary and one of the […]

The Purge: Election Year (2016)
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The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It’s hard to think of a recent genre movie series with more squandered potential than The Purge movies. If this instalment provides a conclusion to a firm trilogy then it’s a perfectly adequate trio of nastiness and nightmarish imagery. But, as hinted at throughout, it could have been so much […]

Cell (2016)
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Cell (2016)

The 2016 edition of the annual gore-fest or schlock-fest or scream-fest, FrightFest got under way last night at its new digs adjacent to a branch of JD Wetherspoon in London’s glittering Shepherd’s Bush. One of the movies chosen to proudly kick off this year’s festival was Cell, Tod Williams’ adaptation […]

Vigilante Diaries (2016)
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Vigilante Diaries (2016)

It’s my own fault. I saw a cool cover. I saw some names listed in the cast that I liked. My mind went with the old phrase that has managed to get me in trouble so many times before: how bad can it be? Vigilante Diaries, to be fair, isn’t […]

World Cinema Wednesday: Godzilla (1954)
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World Cinema Wednesday: Godzilla (1954)

AKA Gojira. It would be easy for me to write a lengthy essay about the circumstances that affected Japan so seriously it ended up creating Gojira (to give him his proper name). Okay, it would take some more time and research, but I would still end up covering ground that […]

Black (2015)
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Black (2015)

Disharmony at the heart of Belgium has turned into an unwelcome hot topic of late. Terrorist attacks and an increasing focus on cultural discord occupy headlines. Much of this shines through in Black, the breakout feature from Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, but their raw and frenetic re-telling of […]

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)
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David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

Reviving classic comedies on the big screen is a treacherous business. The desire to live up to cherished memories whilst also creating fresh ones is often an impossible challenge – just ask the makers behind Dad’s Army. That’s why Ricky Gervais’ move to bring back his most iconic creation nearly 13 […]

World Cinema Wednesday: The Tribe (2014)
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World Cinema Wednesday: The Tribe (2014)

World Cinema can mean different things to different people. To someone living in America, I guess even our British cinematic output could qualify as World Cinema. In fact, those two words together, if you think about it, mean nothing other than, well, cinema. Because it’s all from somewhere in the […]

Cry Wolf (2015)
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Cry Wolf (2015)

AKA Crying Wolf (or even Crying Wolf 3D, of course). Some people really believe that I always write movie reviews by just putting down the first thoughts that pop into my head. While that is part of the process, and I actually pride myself on trying to minimise the filtering, […]

The Haunting Of Emily (2015)
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The Haunting Of Emily (2015)

AKA Delirium. The plot description for The Haunting Of Emily makes it sound like a potentially decent chiller. It states that young Emily has returned to her mother and stepfather after being missing for over a year. But she hasn’t come back alone. Plot descriptions are there to sell the […]