Review: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

In some ways it felt like a cruel joke, one that prodded at our inner child. Even as the lights dimmed for the usual serving of trailers and commercials, the enormous tunnel slide situated on our right remained a glaring sight. Despite being locked tight, awaiting the next Vjunior session,…

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DVD Review: To Catch a Killer (TV 1992)

We’re in the midst of a new Golden Age of television with an abundance of high-quality content available via traditional broadcasting and streaming services, often rivalling theatrically released features. Decades before this big-budget era took hold, made-for-TV movies paled greatly in comparison, especially during the early 90s, which was arguably…

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Blu-ray Review: Tully (2018)

Films about the monotonous routine of domestic life are far from rare in mainstream cinema, particular those centred around maternal figures and the thankless tasks that fill their busy days. Departing from the usual superficial take, Jason Reitman’s new comedy-drama Tully delves much deeper, following a mother of three young…

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Review: Halloween II (1981)

Setting aside Rob Zombie’s ‘hell-billy’ sequel from 2009, we now have an official new follow-up to John Carpenter’s Halloween, titled Halloween, which continues Laurie Strode’s traumatic existent 40 years later. However, if you’re not one for the controversial retcon approach, then I highly recommend the seamless Halloween II, extending ‘the…

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Blu-ray Review: Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

Hammer and vampires go together like peas and carrots, boasting a wide selection of films centering on the infamous creatures of the night, more often than not starring Christopher Lee as blood-sucker No. 1, Count Dracula. Out now from Cinema Cult for the first time on Blu-ray in Australia, Kiss…

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Review: Halloween (2018)

I introduced myself to Michael Myers in the mid-nineties when I was allowed to rent John Carpenter’s original Halloween on VHS. Due to the brightness and colour being all but depleted on my parent’s remote-less TV, my first viewing involved a great deal of squinting, especially during Michael’s escape from…

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Hammer Review: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Usually when we think of Hammer Horror, images of Christophe Lee as Dracula or Peter Cushing as Doctor Frankenstein spring to mind; characters who were originally popularised on screen during 1930s by Universal. If you’ve ever wondered where it all began for the iconic film stable, Hammer’s first significant experiment…

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Review: In Like Flynn (2018)

Currently playing in cinemas across Australia through Umbrella Films, is the action-adventure biography of one of the country’s most beloved film stars, In Like Flynn, from veteran filmmaker Russell Mulcahy (Razorback). Starring newcomer Thomas Cocquerel as Tasmanian-born actor Errol Flynn, our story follows his roust-about early days of gambling, prizing…

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Blu-ray Review: The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)

Fifth film and fourth sequel in the Invisible Man series, The Invisible Man’s Revenge accompanies Gill-man sequel Revenge of the Creature from September’s vengeance-fuelled titles on Blu-ray under Shock Entertainment’s dedicated label Cinema Cult. All but completely removed from the 1933 original, fugitive Robert Griffin is aided by an eccentric…

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Review: Cargo (2018)

Based on the Tropfest finalist from 2013, filmmakers Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke have adapted their appropriately viral short film Cargo to the big screen, which opened in select cinemas across Australia back in May through Umbrella Films. Four months later the film has made its way to Blu-ray under Umbrella…

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