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3 from Hell (2019, USA) Lionsgate UK Blu-ray Review

3 from Hell (2019, USA) Lionsgate UK Blu-ray Review

There’s a problem with Rob Zombie. As a filmmaker he’s a conundrum. He’s a jigsaw puzzle, but with a few pieces missing and those missing pieces are what’s stopping him from connecting fully with fans of the horror genre.

Never has a director in the horror genre been as polarising. There are the people that see Zombie as an extremely creative talent and there are the ones that absolutely despise him

“The evil returns.”

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The Ingress Tapes (2017, UK) Review

The Ingress Tapes (2017, UK) Review

‘There’s a few things I’d like to get off my mind before I go’ confesses the deep voice of an unseen man with a South London accent. Before us is a desk with three objects laid out on its surface; a reel to reel tape recorder, a telephone and an ashtray. In The Ingress Tapes we will hear the detailed and confessional musings of an unidentified criminal but intriguingly neither they nor their interviewer are ever identified, a detail which adds to the film’s overall atmosphere of ambiguity. It would appear that the tapes are first-hand accounts of a catalogue of brutal and shocking crimes.

“Fantasy, confession or evidence?”

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Joker (2019, USA / Canada) Review

Joker (2019, USA / Canada) Review

There’s a very poignant line given by a therapist to character Arthur Fleck in the movie Joker that basically sums up its overall message: “Nobody gives a fuck about people like you.” The character of the Joker has been featured on screen four times previously, but this is the biggest change in dynamics than ever seen before. So too is the environments those previous incarnations have played in. This time around there’s no mention of superheroes or capes. This is the most grounded, gritty and most realistic take on the character and the city of Gotham ever.

“Put on a happy face.”

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Skinner (1993, USA) 101 Films Blu-ray Review

Skinner (1993, USA) 101 Films Blu-ray Review

Skinner is an American slasher flick that has been frequently and unfairly compared with Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991); overshadowed by a high-profile scandal involving its director Ivan Nagy, and his ex-girlfriend, the “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss; cut to shreds by the Motion Picture Association of America; whose original film elements were thought to be lost; and stars Ted Raimi in the leading role as Dennis Skinner! Yes, Skinner is sick, slick and most definitely sleazy!

“He’ll get under your skin.”

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The Dollmaker (2017, USA) Review

The Dollmaker (2017, USA) Review

2017 horror short The Dollmaker packs a lot of creepiness into a short runtime. It starts in the opening shot, which depicts a casket containing a child’s corpse. The image lingers uncomfortably long on the screen as we listen to a conversation possibly even more ominous than the visual. A bereaved mother is speaking with a man who requests something the dead child wore, a lock of hair, and one of his prized possessions. In any horror story, nothing good ever comes of messing with a dead person’s stuff.

“Do not spend longer than one turn of the hourglass with him. Ever.”

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Clickbait (2019, USA) Review

Clickbait (2019, USA) Review

The Oxford online dictionary defines Clickbait as: ‘material put on the internet in order to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page’. The 2019 film directed by Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein of the same name is probably best defined as a comedy peppered with elements of horror; a parable that serves to warn us against the dangers of the dark web. The premise is clear enough- college student Bailey has been topping the ranks on a social media platform called Streaker with her video uploads.

“You only die once. Make sure it’s live!”

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Down by Kontact (2018, USA) Review

Down by Kontact by Matthew Myers and Dixie Filloy (2018, USA) Review

Punch Button has scheduled a Mortal Kombat arcade tournament, which our four inebriated protagonists plan to dominate! But first, they’ll need more alcohol for their inevitable victory celebrations! It was a culture they believed would never end; getting drunk, getting high, and mastering Scorpion’s six-button ‘Fatality’. And yet tonight, these four friends would soon find themselves taking on the undead; struggling to survive in this horrifying George A. Romero-style nightmare.

“Tranquility stood strong while embracing a culture they believed would never end.”

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Dead Celebrities (2018, UK) Review

Dead Celebrities (2018, UK)

Meet Mick, he’s a psychopath who wants to be famous and he’s found a way of achieving his dream – but Mick is no ordinary killer, he knows a secret. A secret he shares with Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Judy Garland, and other dead celebrities.

Dead Celebrities is misleading, with the narrator Mick seeming like he has a fetish for dead celebrities, or at the least, a conspiracy theorist with his tales of a get famous quick scheme. However, as the story unfolds there are attempts to make his tale seem credible.

“Who doesn’t want to be famous?”

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The Church (2018, USA) Review

The Church (2018, USA) Review

The Corinth Baptist Church has hit some troubling times, its congregation is diminishing and funds in the collection box are low. However, this is the least of its problems. For Pastor James, the future of his family legacy is looking grim. This is The Church, directed by Dom Frank whose principal setting also happens to be the place of worship that his own family have attended for decades. Although pressured to sell the church for reasons ranging from reaching the community to big screens that will deliver the message of God to 2,000 people, Pastor James appears to have reservations.

“Vengeance is His.”

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Antichrist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2009, Denmark) Cold Spring Records Limited Edition Vinyl Review

Antichrist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2009) Cold Spring Records Vinyl Review

Just like the film itself, Antichrist’s soundtrack is uncomfortable to listen to. The award-winning score from Lars Von Trier’s frequent collaborator Kristian Eidnes Andersen was composed using only natural sounds and samples using organic materials.

“Nature is Satan’s church.”

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Volumes of Blood (2015, USA) Review

Volumes of Blood (2015, USA) Review

Volumes of Blood is a horror anthology movie featuring five short films, each helmed by a different director. The overarching story focuses on a college study group in a public library trying to create a new urban legend as part of a class project. As in just about every anthology, some of the stories were better than others, owing to variances in acting, cinematography, and screenplay. Yes, it’s a low-budget film, but that’s not where it falls short: what failed the movie was the writing.

Nevertheless, it’s an entertaining film, one worth your time.

“Some libraries make a killing!”

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The Butcher (2016, USA) Review

The Butcher (2016)

The Butcher is one of the many, many horror movies that seem to have been inspired directly by the murderous antics of one Mr Edward Gein. For those inexplicably unfamiliar with his work, Mr Gein was a serial murderer who haunted Plainfield, Wisconsin in the late 1940s and early 50s. Though he was from a small town and his “career” lasted barely half a decade, Gein made himself a name in the serial killer community for the – how shall we put it? – joie de travailler with which he went about his work. Almost all of the tropes beloved of the serial killer movie – the suit made of human skin, the mock-crucifixions, the skull crockery – have come from the details of Ed Gein’s trial.

“You are what’s on the menu…”

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