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Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon

Bear - Just Play DeadFirst to be thrown into the cells this month we have Bear, another one of those films where nature takes a turn for the worst and looks for revenge. After a curious grizzly bear is shot, its mat seeks revenge on those responsible, this time being two young couples trapped inside their broken-down car. Can the couples escape before hidden truths start to tear the group apart before the Bear does it for them?

Haunting of Winchester HouseNext up before the dungeon keeper is The Asylum’s The Hunting of Winchester House. A family moves into the mansion to act as caretakers, but when a malevolent force abducts their daughter they discover why the house deserves its reputation as one of the most haunted places in America. The film is loosely based on story of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California

Van Diemen's LandNow for a true story from down-under based on the escaped convicts from Macquarie Harbour and Alexander Pearce, Australia’s most notorious convict, Van Diemen’s Land. A movie showing the harshness of the Australian wilderness and the brutality of man, as the escapees turn to cannibalism to survive the unforgiving landscape.

Road TrainFinally for Kim’s Dungeon Breakout, he brings us another slice of Australia, in the road movie terror, Road Train.  A film by Dean Francis, where a bunch of teenagers are involved in a case of road-rage with one of the large ‘road trains’ that travel across the Australian outback, however things take a turn for the supernatural.  As Kim puts it ‘It has all the hallmarks of great Ozploitation – terrific road action, gorgeous scenery, unpredictable characters and wry, very black sense of humor’, one to pick out.

For the full Video Dungeon review get the October copy of Empire magazine.

Adam Akers