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Anton van Beek  |  Dec 03, 2015  |  0 comments

A case a cannibalism in a New York hospital leads to a group of investigators coming face-to-face with flesh-eating natives, ghastly ghouls and a mad scientist in this 1980 horror. A mash-up of two of the most popular strains of Italian horror cinema at the time (zombies and cannibals), Zombi Holocaust (aka Doctor Butcher, M.D.) is unquestionably a weak film. However, in delivering such a delirious mix of laughable dialogue, terrible acting and unconvincing gore, it's also a lot more fun than modern genre trash like Cockneys vs. Zombies or Ouija.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 30, 2015  |  0 comments

Since it started airing back in 2005, the CW's fantasy-horror series has gone from strength-to-strength, becoming a must-watch for savvy genre fans. For those unfamilar with the show, Supernatural follows the adventures of brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) as they travel the US in their iconic 1967 Chevrolet Impala hunting ghosts, monsters, demons and other things that go bump in the night. And while it may have started off as a way of doing 'homages' to popular horror films and urban legends, as Supernatural has progressed and become more confident in its abilities, the show has developed into something much more expansive, building its own mythology around the war between demons and angels, introducing fan-favourite characters Castiel (Mischa Collins) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) into the mix to spice up the format.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 22, 2015  |  0 comments

Two decades after the disastrous events of Jurassic Park, John Hammond's dream has become a reality and Isla Nublar is home to Jurassic World, a fully-functioning prehistoric theme park/biological preserve. But in order to stave off audience apathy regarding dinosaurs, the park's scientist team – led by Jurassic Park survivor Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong) – have been working on cooking up a new, genetically-modified hybrid: the Indominus rex.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Back in 2004 Anchor Bay gave UK-based fright-fans a real treat with its Hellraiser: Limited Edition 4-Disc Lament Configuration DVD boxset, which collected together the first three films in the long-running horror franchise alongside a bumper crop of bonus goodies. Now, a little over a decade later, Arrow Video has finally given those same fans a chance to ditch their DVDs and upgrade to hi-def with its own deluxe boxset.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 09, 2015  |  0 comments

It's been 30 years since 'mad' Max Rockatansky last graced the silver screen with a new adventure. Judging from this two-hour filmic firecracker, time has done nothing to diminish the character nor the ambitions of his creator, 70-year-old Australian writer-director George Miller, who returns to the wastelands for a spectacular sequel/reboot of operatic proportions.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 28, 2015  |  0 comments

After a series of duds stretching back several years, Will Smith rediscovers his mojo playing third-generation con artist Nicky Spurgeon in this likeable cinematic caper. Nicky's perfectly ordered life starts to get a little more tricky when he agrees to mentor inexperienced grifter Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie), only to start falling in love with her. But is their relationship real or just part of yet another con?

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 26, 2015  |  0 comments

Having already conquered the small screen, Gerry Anderson's iconic puppet show targeted cinemas with two feature film outings. Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) has International Rescue called in to oversee the launch of the Zero-X spacecraft due to fears of sabotage. Following this, Thunderbird 6 (1968) involves The Hood gaining control of a futuristic airship as part of yet another plan to acquire the secrets of the Thunderbird vehicles.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 24, 2015  |  0 comments

Washed-up former hitman Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) finds himself going head-to-head with his best friend, Irish mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), when he kills Shawn's son in order to save the life of his own estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman). With the mob, corrupt cops and a hired killer hot on their trail, Jimmy and Mike must go on the run in order to stay alive…

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 20, 2015  |  0 comments

Ambitious young drummer Andrew Nayman (Miles Teller) thinks he's finally on the path to greatness when he's invited to join the top jazz ensemble at the elite music conservatory he attends. But in order to stay there, Andrew will have to prove himself to the band's ruthless instructor Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a man who will stop at nothing when it comes to pushing his students to the limit…

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 18, 2015  |  0 comments

Eight years ago black ops specialist Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) had to flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo after being involved in the assassination of the Minister of Mining. However, the past has finally caught up with Terrier and somebody from his old organisation appears to want him dead. Forced to go on the run across Europe, he tries to discover who is out to get him while unexpectedly reconnecting with the lover (Jasmine Trinca) he was forced to abandon all those years ago. 

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Short Circuit crashes headlong into RoboCop in Neill (District 9) Blomkamp's latest sci-fi thriller. In a near future version of Johannesburg where state-of-the-art robots are used to police the streets, rogue police 'bot Chappie is given true artificial intelligence by his creator (Dev Patel), only to end up being raised on the streets by a group of gangsters.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Hailed today as one of the greatest shows in the history of TV, David Simon's The Wire rewrote the rule book for serialised crime drama over the course of its five seasons. From its debut on HBO in 2002, the show eschewed the usual formula of individual episodic narratives in its favour of following a single Baltimore police investigation aimed at bringing down a major drug dealing organisation.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Rarely have promising filmmaking careers imploded quite as spectacularly as those of Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski. Having impressed critics with their inventive crime thriller Bound in 1996, the duo then delivered 1999's best science-fiction film (The Matrix) – something few could have predicted in a year that would also see the long-awaited start of a brand-new Star Wars trilogy. Yet since then they've endured a steady decline through dismal sequels and epic follies. Which brings us neatly to the duo's new space opera, Jupiter Ascending…

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Rock star/neurosurgeon/particle physicist Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller) is called upon to save the day when Earth is threatened by inter-dimensional 'Lectroids from Planet 10' led by the insane Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow). The very definition of a cult film, …Buckaroo Banzai is like nothing else you've ever seen. Packed full of crazy characters and concepts, this bonkers genre hybrid is borderline incoherent at times, but it's also a absolute blast of pure, unadulterated, nutty fantasy that should leave a big grin on your face.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 06, 2015  |  0 comments

Having graduated to shooting on 35mm last time out, British secret agents Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) made the leap to gaudy colour with this 1967 run.