Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon

Zombies Of Mass DestructionFirst out of the cells for the month is the zombie flick Zombies Of Mass Destruction, with imaginative gore and broad satire on the state of America. Where an island community sees a zombie plague as an excuse to mistreat blameless folk, which they themselves are not comfortable with, namely a gay couple and an Iranian girl.

Tales From The Crypt (1972)Next up comes the re-release of the 1972 film Tales From The Crypt. Based on the old EC Comics from the 1950s, it brings together 4 short stories of horror and mayhem. With Ralph Richardson as the Crypt Keeper, the host of the show, with such stories as Joan Collins being pursued by as psych Santa and Peter Cushing as a heart-ripping zombie, there’s lots to choose from.

DefendorFrom under the radar we have a would-be superhero in the form of the Defendor, played by Woody Harrelson. Though at its time of release had to compete with the media dearly that was Kick-Ass so never got the attention that it deserves.

The Loved OnesFinally we have Kim’s Dungeon Breakout release, from Sean Byrne, The Loved Ones. Another tied-to-the-chair-and tortured film from Australia, though this entry as a focused, thought through storyline with characters that have a heart that is often missing from such films. Staring Xavier Samuel who as now gone onto star in Twilight: Eclipse.

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

Adam Akers