Blu-ray Review: Deadly Blessing (1981)

Between the raw unrelenting nature of The Hills Have Eyes and the huge commercial success from A Nightmare on Elm Street, director Wes Craven was in a transitional phase with Deadly Blessing, a rural slasher in which a widow grows paranoid over a neighbouring god-fearing community, who see her as…

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DVD Review: Society (1989)

After producing a number of horror staples during the mid-to-late 80’s, Brian Yuzna made the leap to directing with the twisted Society, which offers a satirical and highly grotesque portrayal of the elite and their self-serving appetites. We discover this horrifying final rung on the social ladder through the ordinary…

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Blu-ray Review: The Funhouse (1981)

Being partially unfamiliar with a noted director’s filmography can be adventitious for prospective viewers. Upon the unexpected passing of Tobe Hooper last year, discussion of his twisted horror/slasher The Funhouse, a title I had never heard of, spiked significantly online among fans, and has since found its way Down Under…

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Blu-ray Review : The Fly Ultimate Collection

October 2017 saw the release of five creature features centred around the most common of household pests; packaged together on Blu-ray under the eye-catching title of The Fly Ultimate Collection, from Australian distributor Via Vision Entertainment. Being today is the ominous Friday the 13th, one of only two such occurrences…

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Review: Beetlejuice (1988)

Tim Burton was sent several scripts following the success of his directorial debut feature Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, but quickly became disheartened by their lack of imagination and originality; then came a script from novelist and screenwriter Michal McDowell, whom Stephen King had once called “the finest writer of paperback originals in America…

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Blu-ray Review: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

Films like Wake in Fright, Picnic at Hanging Rock or Pricilla Queen of the Desert are the “masterpieces” off Australia cinema that usually get thrown around when the topic of conversation arises. However, while recognized as such in its own right, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith isn’t as well known…

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