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Mortal (2020, Norway / USA / UK) Review

Mortal (2020, Norway / USA / UK) Review

A grubby and disheveled young man wanders through the Norwegian countryside. He’s clearly distressed and disoriented. He sticks to lonely places and avoids people, but everyone has to eat and eventually he ventures close to town. Trying again to escape into the woods, he is harassed by a gang of youths. The encounter is one he attempts to evade, but it ends up being far more disastrous for the bullies, than for him. In Mortal, director André Øvredal again delves into Scandinavian mythology as his did in Trollhunter.

“He’s been in the woods all this time?”

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The Fanatic (2019, USA) Dazzler Media DVD Review

The Fanatic (2019, USA) Dazzler Media DVD Review

Supposedly based on Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst’s encounter with an obsessive fan, The Fanatic manages to offend every trope in the human spectrum. I try not to pan movies, no matter how much they deserve it, but The Fanatic welcomes, yes even begs the audience to do just that. Where to begin? Why not with the film’s star, John Travolta. Travolta has had a career downturn of late with Gotti roundly recognized as his worst performance, but here he plunges into a deep, bottomless ravine. The Fanatic makes Battlefield Earth look like Blade Runner by comparison.

“Moose didn’t just cross the line. He fucking nuked it!”

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Dragonheart Vengeance (2020, USA) Review

Dragonheart Vengeance (2020, USA) Review

The latest Dragonheart was only released this year, but continuity wise it takes place between Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse and Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire. This is a standalone film however, and the only mention to a previous film in the series occurs during the opening minutes, when it explained that this story focuses on one of dragons born from the dragon eggs in Dragonheart 3.

Dragonheart Vengeance is a film of Dragonheart firsts in many regards, and I wonder if this will be a new direction for the franchise.

“I’m out to avenge the death of my mother and father.”

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Home Invasion Horror HUNTER’S MOON Arriving on DVD & Digital from Dazzler Media (UK / 24 August)

Home Invasion Horror HUNTER'S MOON Arriving on DVD & Digital from Dazzler Media (UK / 24 August)

In this twisted home invasion horror, Hunter’s Moon follows three young women who throw a party in their new country home when their parents leave town. After a group of dangerous local boys with bad intentions show up, the women are forced to defend themselves from a predator, as well as a mysterious evil lurking in the orchard outside.

Starring Thomas Jane, Sean Patrick Flanery and Katrina Bowden, Hunter’s Moon is a creepy tale of terror from rising writer/director Michael Caissie.

“Something evil lurks within…”

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Screen Legend John Travolta as You’ve Never Seen Him Before in THE FANATIC ★ Available on DVD from Dazzler Media (UK / 20 July)

Screen Legend John Travolta as You've Never Seen Him Before in THE FANATIC ★ Available on DVD from Dazzler Media (UK / 20 July)

Screen legend John Travolta stars as Moose, a celebrity obsessed fan who feels slighted by his favourite movie star at an autograph convention. He quickly embarks on an unhinged quest to get a response, leading to a home invasion and a very long night that changes both men irreparably.

Written and directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and co-starring Devon Sawa and Ana Golja, The Fanatic is a tense and suspenseful thriller which boasts a commanding central performance from Travolta.

“When the Hollywood dream becomes a nightmare.”

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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015, USA) Review

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015, USA) Review

On the night of a Condor Badge ceremony, three unlikely teenage scouts find themselves battling zombies in an attempt to save their town, prevent a pan-American outbreak and impress as many girls along the way as possible. This movie had me from the premise, but it could have easily been a total disaster. There haven’t been many stand out zombie movies over the last ten years, the exceptions being those with a fresh perspective, such as Maggie or Warm Bodies. So, I was well prepared for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse to leave me underwhelmed. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a genuinely funny zombie flick with excellent production values and a perfect cast.

“Always bring protection.”

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Alien Outbreak (2020, UK) Dazzler Media DVD Review

Alien Outbreak (2020, UK) Dazzler Media DVD Review

Special effects master turned director, Neil Rowe gives us this disturbing, and disorienting tale about aliens and mass suicides. Audiences will immediately recognize touches of Alien, Night of the Living Dead, and War of the Worlds in this slow burn of a sci-fi/horror that shifts tone from scene to scene offering some surprises and disappointments along the way. Dark and brooding for the most part, the movie also uses its daytime scenes to great advantage. This bizarre mash of genre is reminiscent of so many other movies, at times it looks like a string of trailers.

“No one gets out!”

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Dazzler Media Presents Tense Sci-Fi Action in ALIEN OUTBREAK Available to Own on DVD & Digital Download (UK / 20 July)

Dazzler Media Presents Tense Sci-Fi Action in ALIEN OUTBREAK Available to Own on DVD & Digital Download (20 July)

In a rural English town, two police officers begin their normal shift but soon realise something is wrong. With residents behaving strangely and horrific events unfolding before their eyes, they learn they are under attack from terrifying alien creatures and must fight to defend their town and community. Prepare for tense, sci-fi action starring Katherine Drake and Ritchie Crane, written and directed by award-winning VFX artist and filmmaker Neil Rowe.

Dazzler Media presents Alien Outbreak, available to own on DVD & Digital.

“The deadliest plague has come from above!”

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Saint Maud (2019, UK) Review

Saint Maud (2019, UK) Review

Producer Jason Blum was quoted as saying, “There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror”. It wasn’t long before Blum had to backtrack on his statement when it was pointed out to him how many female directors there were in horror, all of which were eligible to create imaginative horror features. Recently added to that group is Rose Glass, who has set her first feature, Saint Maud, in the traditionally male-dominated horror genre and was named the winner of the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award.

“Never waste your pain.”

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ARMOUR OF GOD II: OPERATION CONDOR, WITCHCRAFT (aka LA CASA 4) & BEYOND DARKNESS (aka LA CASA 5) Available Now on Blu-ray from 88 Films

ARMOUR OF GOD II: OPERATION CONDOR, WITCHCRAFT (aka LA CASA 4) & BEYOND DARKNESS (aka LA CASA 5) Available Now on Blu-ray from 88 Films

The Asian Hawk is back! Undeterred by nearly dying while making the first Armour of God, Jackie Chan returned to battle for a sequel that’s bigger, better and even more daring. Witchcraft is a carnage fuelled splatter fest, and what lurks Beyond Darkness?

“On his most dangerous mission ever, the world’s toughest secret agent isn’t going in alone.”

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Luz (2018, Germany) Review

Luz (2018, Germany) Review

Luz is a cryptic, supernatural chiller and the directorial debut from writer-director Tilman Singer. It hearkens back to the horror style of the 1980s, offering grainy 16mm film, a creepy mood and an unsettling, synth-heavy score. It is the kind of film that will be enjoyed by fans of David Lynch or Peter Strickland, but Singer creates his own brand of surreal eccentricity. It’s challenging to describe Luz’s narrative because it’s far from straightforward. The film begins with a long-fixed take – a Chilean-born taxi driver called Luz, staggers into a German police station.

“My girlfriend has a very special gift.”

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First Love (2019, Japan / UK) Review

First Love (2019, Japan) Review

About to enter his fourth decade of filmmaking and with over 100 movies to his name, Takashi Miike is one of the most prolific filmmakers working today. With such a huge output (averaging four films per year) his work can vary in genre and in quality. Some of Miike’s crime features can be humorless and gory, but his latest feature First Love, sees him at his most anarchically playful, his trademark ultra-violence is present, but here it is tempered by black comedy and a touch of romance. First Love is the kind of film that is a treat for genre fans who are familiar with Asian gangster tropes.

“Why boxing? It’s all I can do.”

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