Preview: Bad Dreams (Bluray)

After the success of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in 1984, many a movie that moulded together slasher thrills and supernatural chills was rushed into production – from SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK (1988) to THE HORROR SHOW (1989) and Wes Craven’s own SHOCKER (1989). None, however, were quite as notable […]

Preview: The Vengeful Beauty

Meng Hua Ho, the man behind FLYING GUILLOTINE, returned to his hit property with this essential action movie epic in which a beautiful, two-month pregnant female avenger goes into battle against a Qing-era Monarch and his team of deadly decapitators! With many a lost limb, and head, not […]

Preview: Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji

Praised by Japanese film critics and much admired by his contemporaries Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirô Ozu, Tomu Uchida nonetheless remains a little-known in the west. His 1955 masterpiece Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji is an excellent entry point for the newcomer. Set during the Edo period, Bloody Spear […]

Preview: Missing (Limited Edition Bluray)

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 […]

Preview: Alice Sweet Alice

When ten year old Karen (Brooke Shields, in her first screen appearance) is killed in church on the occasion of her first communion, her seemingly innocent older sister Alice (Paula Sheppard) becomes the prime suspect. Matters become complicated as more of Alice’s family members are attacked, along with residents of […]

Preview: Miss Leslie’s Dolls (Bluray)

A rare specimen from the more deranged end of the Grindhouse spectrum, Miss Leslie’s Dolls is a memorably demented tale of possession and transvestitism from director Joseph G. Prieto (who, under the name Joseph P. Mawra, directed the outrageous 1965 lesbian sexploitation “documentary” Chained Girls). Believed lost for […]

Preview: Death Line (Bluray)

Donald Pleasence gives a memorable performance as an idiosyncratic police inspector hot on the trail of a nest of inbred subterranean cannibals in this notoriously violent arthouse slasher movie from the early 1970s. A long-time cult favourite, Death Line features stylishly grim imagery from Oscar-nominated cinematographer Alex Thomson […]

Preview: Assault (Bluray)

A hard-hitting psychological thriller, Assault stars Frank Finlay as a career policeman willing to employ unorthodox methods to catch a sleazy murderer and Suzy Kendall as a plucky teacher willing to put her life in jeopardy to help him do so. Tautly directed by Sidney Hayers, this controversial […]

Preview: Shadows – The Complete Series (DVD)

Memorable, atmospheric and superbly scripted, this remarkable series gave ’70s schoolkids an unforgettable anthology of spine-tingling psychological and supernatural tales. Strongly remembered to this day, Shadows remains one of children’s television’s quintessential drama series. Producers Ruth Boswell and Pamela Lonsdale – both renowned for many landmark children’s series, […]