Review: Lords of Chaos (2018)

Swedish-born filmmaker and drummer Jonas Åkerlund has quite the impressive resume with 139 credits as director, mostly various music videos for the likes of Roxette, Madonna and Metallica just to name a few. With a body work spanning over thirty-years, Åkerlund adds to his respectable list of feature films with…

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Blu-ray Review: Cat People (1982)

Cinema Cult wrapped up 2018’s slew of releases with two very distinctive horror classics; Wes Craven’s Haitian nightmare The Serpent & the Rainbow and Paul Schrader’s erotic fantasy Cat People. Based loosely on the Val Lewton original from forty-years earlier, screenwriter Alan Ormsby (Deranged) pens this re-imagining about a young…

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Blu-ray Review: The Chain Reaction (1980)

Trailing the exhaust fumes left in the wake of Mad Max, Australia’s brand of exploitation cinema reached new heights in the form of The Chain Reaction from veteran film and television director Ian Barry. Unearthed and fully remastered by Umbrella Entertainment, the obscure action sci-fi smashed its way onto Blu-ray…

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Review: The Mule (2018)

Event cinema can easily be defined in this day and age as the next studio tentpole-release, of which there are many throughout a single year, but personal taste and anticipation are also defining factors. If you’re a long-time Clint Eastwood fan like myself, then his latest feature The Mule is…

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Blu-ray Review: You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Scottish-born director Lynne Ramsay only has a handful of films to her name, but is synonymous with well-crafted and hard-edged narratives. Her latest feature, You Were Never Really Here had come with much anticipation ahead of its brief run in Australian cinemas last September. Now available on Blu-ray from Umbrella…

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Blu-ray Review: Frog Dreaming (1986)

Capping off 2018’s slate of ‘Ozploitation Classics’ Umbrella Entertainment have given Brian Trenchard-Smith’s childhood-centric Frog Dreaming (The Quest, The Go-Kids) a welcome HD upgrade, restored from a new 4K scan. Often dubbed a ‘VHS favourite’ among those who grew up during the mid-80s and early 90s, Cody is young American…

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Blu-ray Review: This Island Earth (1955)

While last year’s line-up of Cinema Cult releases focused on the lesser known from names synonymous with horror, I was glad to see the label find dip their toes into some 50s science fiction with This Island Earth. Often regarded as a quintessential title, Universal Studio’s first colour entry in…

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