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Anton van Beek  |  Mar 26, 2018  |  0 comments

Given the appalling reception it received from critics when it belly-flopped into cinemas this Summer, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this bigscreen Baywatch remake must surely rank among the worst films ever made. You'd be wrong. True, it's not some kind of underrated masterpiece, but providing you're in the mood for some deliberately crude, cheesy and over-the-top hijinks, peppered with knowing winks to the original TV series, then Baywatch is more than capable of tickling your funnybone.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Thriller fans are in for a treat with this boxset that brings together four very enjoyable – but also very different – examples of the film noir genre.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 22, 2018  |  0 comments

The creepy doll from The Conjuring is back and the good news is that this new movie represents a vast step up in quality over the previous solo outing.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 18, 2018  |  0 comments

When the dying driver of a crashed car tells the five motorists who stopped to help him about $350,000 in stolen cash that is buried near the Mexican border, it kicks off a madcap dash across the US by any means possible to recover the money.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 16, 2018  |  0 comments

It begins with a small group of British soldiers walking through a seemingly deserted French town while pieces of paper declaring 'We surround you!' fall around them. Suddenly, shots ring out and they are sent running for their lives, scrambling over walls and through gardens until only one survivor, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), emerges onto a beach alongside thousands of fellow troops waiting to be evacuated.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 14, 2018  |  0 comments

'I'll see you again in 25 years,' said Laura Palmer to FBI Agent Dale Cooper in 1991 during what appeared to be the final ever episode of Twin Peaks. But she clearly knew what she was talking about, as here we are some 26 years later (okay, Laura was one year out) and co-writers David Lynch and Mark Frost have returned with 18 new episodes of the show.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 12, 2018  |  0 comments

'Please make me a handsome Tokyo boy in my next life!' cries country girl Mitsuha, frustrated at her rural village existence. Clearly, nobody ever told her to be careful what you wish for, as Mitsuha wakes up one morning to find herself occupying the body of city boy Taki. Similarly, for reasons he can't fathom, Taki finds himself occupying Mitsuha's body.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 08, 2018  |  0 comments

Hammer's fourth and final Mummy movie dispenses with the bandage-clad baddy altogether in favour of a buxom Egyptian queen preserved in a state of suspended animation as she awaits her rebirth.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 04, 2018  |  0 comments

Following four years of incarceration in an asylum for the criminally insane, wheelchair-bound Nica (Fiona Dourif) has finally accepted that she murdered her family (see 2014's Curse of Chucky) and that Chucky was nothing more than a symbol of her psychosis. But when her doctor brings in an old Good Guy doll to aid with her therapy, it isn't long before the killing starts again.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 26, 2018  |  0 comments

While the huge influence his Night of the Living Dead/Dawn of the Dead/Day of the Dead trilogy had on horror cinema ensures that the late George A. Romero will always be remembered as the 'father of the zombie film', his 40-year career as a filmmaker understandably dealt with more than just the undead.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Following a lengthy gap with no new UK releases, fans of Hammer Studios' classic output are currently enjoying a Blu-ray bonanza. First came four solo titles from Studiocanal (Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, Demons of the Mind, Fear in the Night and Scars of Dracula), and now we have the first in a series of four volumes of Hammer boxsets planned by indie label Indicator.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments

Now in its penultimate season, HBO's epic fantasy series has moved far beyond where author George R. R. Martin has got to with the source novels and is carving its own path to a suitably big finale.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 20, 2018  |  0 comments

In the weeks leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, MI6 operative Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) arrives in the snow-covered city to track down a confidential list of undercover agents before it falls into the wrong hands. Aiding Lorraine in her assignment is eccentric local MI6 agent David Percival (James McAvoy) – although it isn't long before she starts to suspect that he may have his own plans for the list. And where does the mysterious woman (Sofia Boutella) who keeps tailing her everywhere fit into things?

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 14, 2018  |  0 comments

The Summer of 1982 saw the release of two films that flopped at cinemas, but which have since gone on to be seen as classics of their respective genres. One was Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and the other was this, John Carpenter's horrifying remake of The Thing from Another World (1951).

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 10, 2018  |  0 comments

Enjoyably silly creature-feature It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) kicks off this three-film boxset in fine style with its story of a giant radioactive octopus attacking San Francisco. While the human characters are as dull as you'd expect, Harryhausen's beast is an absolute triumph – even if it does only have six tentacles because the budget wouldn't stretch to animating eight of them.