Blu-ray Review: Re-Animator (1985)

Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s 1922 serial novelette Herbert West–Reanimator, director Stuart Gordon brought the twisted Frankenstein-esque tale to the big screen after original plans for a stage production and television pilot were scrapped. Since its release over thirty years ago, Re-Animator has become a celebrated favourite among horror fans, due…

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Blu-ray Review: The Guardian (1990)

In a bizarre case of the hand that rocks the cradle, director William Friedkin points the lens at nature’s dark side in The Guardian, released on Blu-ray earlier this month from Cinema Cult. Originally marketed as Friedkin’s first return to horror since 1973’s The Exorcist, our story from the annals…

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Blu-ray Review: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972)

Not all that long ago, exploring a director’s early filmography would often be a short venture with a number of titles having not make the convenient leap to home video. In recent years the rise of many independent distributors have provided a great service to audiences by unearthing many cinematic…

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Blu-ray Review: Death Wish 4 & Death Wish 5

Due to popular demand, Umbrella Entertainment have answered the call from genre fans by releasing action sequels Death Wish 4: The Crackdown and Death Wish V: The Face of Death in a second Cannon Classics Double Feature on Blu-ray, echoing the monotone warning of our white-collar protagonist, “This ain’t ovah!”.…

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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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