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Anton van Beek  |  Jun 20, 2016  |  0 comments

The 1970s saw the British film industry at its lowest ebb, with the biggest domestic box office hits of the decade coming from TV sitcom spin-offs (1971's On the Buses actually beat out Diamonds Are Forever at UK cinemas) and flaccid sex comedies. But cinema's loss was television's gain, and filmmakers interested in dealing with more challenging and experimental concepts found an outlet for their work on the small screen instead.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Arrow Video's ongoing quest to give every classic Italian giallo it can get its hands on a hi-def makeover continues with this double-pack of terrific murder-mysteries from director Emilio P. Miraglia.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 01, 2016  |  0 comments

Like several other Roger Corman productions we could name, the story of how Blood Bath came to be is far more interesting than the movie itself...

Anton van Beek  |  May 04, 2016  |  0 comments

Eight months after the Miskatonic Massacre, Doctors Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) return from serving as medics in a South American civil war to take up jobs at the Miskatonic University Hospital. Moving into a house next door to the cemetery, Herbert continues his experiments re-animating the dead. When he comes across the heart of Dan's former lover Megan in the hospital morgue, he gets the idea of bringing her back to life in a body assembled from disparate parts. As you do.

Anton van Beek  |  May 01, 2016  |  0 comments

When his tomboy cousins mock Max (Emjay Anthony) for writing a letter to Santa, his love of all-things Christmas reaches breaking point and he tears the letter up and scatters it to the wind. The following day, Max's family wake up to discover that the entire area has been hit by a sudden blizzard and they are soon under siege by a horned ghoul and his army of misfit monsters.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 29, 2016  |  0 comments

Not one of the most prolific Italian filmmakers, Luciano Ercoli demonstrated a sense of cinematic flair and style that makes it hard not to wonder what he might have gone on to create had he not retired after directing just eight films. This is especially true of his two forays into the giallo genre with the actress who would become his wife, Nieves Navarro (credited in these flicks as Susan Scott).

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 28, 2016  |  0 comments

Thirty years have passed since the fall of the Empire and the galaxy is in turmoil once again. Luke Skywalker has disappeared and a new threat calling itself the First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire, bringing with it a new world-destroying super-weapon. Meanwhile, on the desolate desert planet of Jakku, a spirited young scavenger called Rey (Daisy Ridley) befriends a cute little droid and ends up on the run with former Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega).

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 18, 2016  |  0 comments

One of William Shakespeare's most iconic plays, Macbeth has been catnip to filmmakers over the decades. Heck, just a few month back we were casting our eye over the Blu-ray release of Justin Kurzel's recent adaptation in the pages of Home Cinema Choice magazine. But one still reigns supreme as the definitive cinematic incarnation – Roman Polanski's The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971).

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 15, 2016  |  0 comments

Picking up exactly where The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 left off, this franchise closer opens in media res, with the realisation of what happened to her former Games teammate Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) giving Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) a new thirst for revenge against President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Exactly how many times can HBO's fantasy series pull the rug out from under its viewers? Even in the aftermath of the Red Wedding, it still has the power to shock and surprise audiences and this fifth year is no exception.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 16, 2016  |  0 comments

With each season of zombie series The Walking Dead opening to monster ratings for cable channel AMC, it's no surprise that the broadcaster fancied another bite of the decaying cherry. Which is why we now have Fear the Walking Dead, a six-episode prequel series that dials back the clock to show the onset of the zombie apocalypse through the prism of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 14, 2016  |  0 comments

When extraterrestrials misinterpret footage from classic videogames beamed into space in 1982 as a declaration of war, they decide to wipe out all life on Earth using technology based on the likes of Galaga, Centipede and Pac-Man. And with the military hopelessly outclassed, humanity's only hope lies with a trio of former arcade game champions (Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad).

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 12, 2016  |  0 comments

If you like your films to challenge as much as they entertain, then you'll get a kick out of this limited edition boxset collecting three thematically-linked works by one of the leading lights of Japanese 'New Wave' cinema.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 10, 2016  |  0 comments

Earlier in the year, superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron lit up the box office but failed to capture the energy and thrills of the original. 2015 suddenly looked set to be the year that the cracks started to show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, what hope was there for the studio's next outing; a film about a hero whose powers consist of shrinking and talking to ants? Let alone one that had already been tarnished by the acrimonious departure of fan-favourite filmmaker Edgar Wright. Could it be that we were looking at Marvel's first major flop?

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 08, 2016  |  0 comments

Having already reworked Conan Doyle's master detective for the bigscreen, director Guy Ritchie now turns his attention to the iconic figure of the gentleman spy with this cinematic 'reimagining' of the classic TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.