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Castlevania (2018, USA) Season 2 Review

Castlevania (2018, USA) Season 2 Review

Netflix have done a brilliant job at exploring the Castlevania story with this season, which is twice the length of the first and has a lot more Dracula. For anyone who didn’t see the first season there’s only two things you need to know: First- Dracula has declared war on the human race after the Church killed his wife. Second- Trevor Belmont (the last descendant of the famous monster fighting family) and Sypha Belnades (a witch) have joined forces with Alucard (Dracula’s son) to defeat the vampire lord himself.

“In killing my wife, humanity has proven to me that they don’t deserve the Earth… We will scour them off the land!”

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Super7 SHOGUN ReAction & M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures: Great Mazinger, Mazinger Z, Garada K7, Doublas M2 & Rokuron Q9

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Super7 SHOGUN ReAction & M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures

Inspired by the 1970’s Shogun Warriors toy line licensed by Mattel Inc., Super7 have released their 3.75-inch Shogun ReAction Figures! Super7 have also released Shogun 1.75″ M.U.S.C.L.E. 3-Packs (featuring 12 different figures)!

“I, Kouji, am your pilot Mazinger Z, and you do as I say, and I said stop!”

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Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (1980, Japan)

Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (1980)

I heard of this anime film years ago but heard such bad things it put me off, then last week I found a good review on it that mentioned the plot and I thought I’d give it a go. Firstly like many other reviewers I must admit this is probably the craziest Dracula plot ever. It’s based of Tomb of Dracula issues 40-75 and as such there’s a lot going on…

Overall this film is very true to the comic and has a good storyline but it’s too rushed. The visuals in part are faithful to the comic but frequently seem low budget. If you liked Tomb of Dracula I’d definitely recommend this. If you’re looking for a different Dracula film you should enjoy it.

“Darling, I want to tell you about the man I used to be before I became the cursed slave of Satan.”

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“Feeling a little inadequate?” Tank Girl, Riot Grrrl

Tank Girl, Riot Grrrl

Tank Girl’s protagonist is a sexually-liberated, confident, independent woman who, quite literally, spits in the face of her oppressors. Kesslee doesn’t want to beat Tank Girl, he wants her to join him. But she refuses to be co-opted by the mainstream. It’s the fault of riot grrrl, of course. There’s a bold, alternative spirit to Tank Girl, thanks in no small part to its soundtrack.

“In 2033, justice rides a tank and wears lip gloss.”

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The Dead of Night Film Festival (Saturday 21st October 2017)

The Dead of Night Film Festival

The Dead of Night Film Festival took place at The Atkinson, Southport, UK between 20th-21st October 2017. Overall this was a brilliant festival with two films – Sequence Break and The Corpse Series – which I would put in the top 10 films I’ve saw this year. I’d definitely go again next year.

“Made for horror fans by horror fans.”

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8 Horrifying Films from Grimmfest 2017 (Saturday 7th October)

Grimmfest Saturday 7th October 2017

Grimmfest, screening the best in fantastic film, took place at Vue Printworks, Manchester, UK between 5th-8th October 2017. Overall this was a brilliant event where I enjoyed all but one film and even that was only a short, so it wasn’t too bad.

“Grimm up North.”

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Waxwork Records Presents CREEPSHOW Vinyl Soundtrack and Enamel Pins

Waxwork Records Presents CREEPSHOW (Deluxe 2017 Soundtrack and Enamel Pins)

Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the deluxe soundtrack re-press of George A. Romero and Stephen King’s seminal 1982 horror-anthology classic, Creepshow; along with six large vibrant and detailed 1.75″ Creepshow enamel pins; designed by Ghoulish Gary Pullin.

“Where’s… my… cake? I… want… my… cake!”

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Waxwork Records Presents CREEPSHOW 2

Waxwork Records Presents Creepshow 2

Waxwork Records have worked directly with composers Les Reed and Rick Wakeman to acquire the original source material (after a lengthy search for the original masters) and re-master for vinyl. This stunning deluxe, double LP soundtrack release marks the very first time that the music from Creepshow 2 has been released in any format.

“Good to the last gasp!”

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Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 (1987, Japan)

Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 (1987) Promotional Poster

Animated by Hideaki Anno, Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01’s plot centers on Koji, an engineering student who accidentally discovers the Madox-01; a heavy mechanised, armoured exoskeleton. This military weapon, successor to the Madox-00, is equipped with a large array of weaponry and was designed to fight against heavy armoured vehicles. Glancing through the conveniently included instruction manual, Koji climbs into the Madox-01 exoskeleton.

“I…I’m not ready yet!”

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Japanese Animation: A Worldwide Culture

Devilman: The Birth (1987)Japanese anime has become a global worldwide culture for many reasons. Becoming popular in Japan after the second world war, anime provided an alternative format for storytelling. The common misconception in the west is that animation is primarily aimed towards the children, but this is not the case in Japan.

“For most Japanese consumers of anime, their culture is no longer a purely Japanese one (and indeed it probably hasn’t been for over a century and a half). At least in terms of entertainment, they are as equally interested by Western cultural influences as they are by specifically Japanese ones.”

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5 Forgotten 80s Films You’ll Want to Rediscover

The Mission (1986)The Mission (1986): Other than the all-star cast—Jeremy Irons, Robert De Niro and Liam Neeson—the score of this historical drama by Ennio Morricone alone makes it material for a best of list, and while it’s not the only great reason to watch the film, it’s definitely one of the reasons you’ll come back for more.

“If might is right, then love has no place in the world. It may be so, it may be so. But I don’t have the strength to live in a world like that…”

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Ninja Scroll (1993, Japan)

1993’s Ninja Scroll is critically acclaimed with good reason. The Japanese animated action thriller has its roots placed within the groundwork laid by Ninpocho, a series of historical fiction by Futaro Yamada; specifically Makai Tensho. For me, Ninja Scroll is one of the most memorable Japanese animated films that I have seen.

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