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BUDGET BIOMORPHS: THE MAKING OF THE GUYVER FILMS Review: Dom O’Brien’s Tantalising Tokusatsu Tome

BUDGET BIOMORPHS: THE MAKING OF THE GUYVER FILMS Review: Dom O'Brien's Tantalising Tokusatsu Tome

Imagine if manga artist Go Nagai consulted on the Japanese tokusatsu television series Ultraman or Kamen Rider! The result may have been something more…macabre! A violent tokusatsu mutation… The Guyver is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers oozing Zoanoid slime!

“Out of inexperience, we proceeded to break every rule in Hollywood…”

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DARK WINDOWS (2023) Review: A Slow Burning Thriller Lacking in Thrills

DARK WINDOWS (2023) Review: A Slow Burning Thriller Lacking in Thrills

Directed by Alex Herron and written by Ulvrik Kraft, Dark Windows, at first glance, could be perceived as another formulaic “cabin in the woods” slasher; revenge being wrought upon a group of isolated teenagers by a mysterious masked assailant. Sound familiar?

“We don’t deserve this. You don’t deserves this.”

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STEPHEN KING ON SCREEN (2022) Review: A Master Class in Visual Storytelling

STEPHEN KING ON SCREEN (2022) Review: A Master Class in Visual Storytelling

Directed by Daphné Baiwir, Stephen King on Screen examines not the literary work of Stephen King, one of the best-selling authors of the last century, but instead focuses on the extensive, never-dwindling big and small screen adaptations of his novels, novellas, and short scares!

“Everybody who hasn’t read a Stephen King book has still seen a Stephen King movie.”

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PLAY DEAD (2022) Review: Suspense with Surgical Precision

Play Dead (2022, USA) Review: Suspense with Surgical Precision

The healthcare system in the United States must be well and truly fucked if people are resorting to the black market for organ transplants. Directed by Patrick Lussier, known for his numerous collaborations with Wes Craven, Play Dead stars Bailee Madison as criminology and forensic medicine student Chloe.

“All that you are, all that you’ve done… is worth considerably less than the sum of your parts.”

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021, Canada / Germany) Review

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021, Canada / Germany) Review

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City brings all the original characters from the video game series (specifically Resident Evil 1 & 2), like Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Albert Wesker, Sherry Birkin, William Birkin, and many others.

“Witness the beginning of evil.”

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Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014, Norway / Iceland) Review

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014, Norway / Iceland) Review

Like the tagline, you shouldn’t take this film seriously. If you’re a horror fan who has never seen this sequel before, I would recommend it. There’s plenty of humour where you don’t expect it, great fight scenes, and it’s bonkers in a way only an independent film can be.

“The sequel you did Nazi coming…”

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Ditched (2021, Canada) Review

Ditched (2021, Canada) Review

Ditched delivers stomach-churning exploitation whilst flirting thematically with social-horror, but it is the classic “fuck you” ending that will linger with you long after the closing credits; feeling like a .44 caliber projectile piercing your brain.

“Tonight, each one of you is going to die, because… you deserve it.”

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Beast Within (aka Hunter’s Moon) (2019, USA / Canada) Danse Macabre DVD Review

Beast Within (aka Hunter's Moon) (2019, USA / Canada) Danse Macabre DVD Review

When will I learn that a great premise doesn’t necessarily mean a film will be great or even good. Just like the enjoyable Werewolves Within, the similarly titled Beast Within is a werewolf whodunit that references the party game. However, that is where the similarities end. The acting in Beast Within is woeful. There is no emotion, no chemistry, and no believability in most of the characters. When the werewolf is finally revealed, that particular character becomes a bit more three-dimensional and believable. I don’t know how much of the film’s issues lie with the bad writing or directing.

“It’s no longer a game.”

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