Blu-ray Review: The Great Outdoors (1988)

Angsty teenage drama aside, John Hughes had the market cornered during the 1980s and early 90s when it came to vacation perils. Following what’s arguable his best work, the timeless classic Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Hughes returned to wholesome quality of a family getaway with The Great Outdoors, which is…

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Blu-ray Review: Sweet Country (2017)

Injustice towards the indigenous populous of Australia has been well documented in cinema, with stunning titles such as The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Rabbit Proof Fence and The Tracker just to name a few. Released earlier this year to widespread praise from critics and audiences, Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country is…

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Blu-ray Review: The Beastmaster (1982)

Needless to say sword-and-sorcery was a staple of 80s cinema. From the savage revenge quest of Conan the Barbarian to the more family-friendly The Princess Bride, it’s a genre that caters to a wide audience. Don Coscarelli’s (Phantasm) The Beastmaster falls between the tone of those two films and has recently…

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Blu-ray Review: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (TV 1981)

From a festive-themed community dance to a climactic scene within a lush pumpkin patch, Dark Night of the Scarecrow certainly has an appetising Halloween flavour. Despite not knowing of the appealing trait, I couldn’t help but wish I was watching the popular TV movie on October 31st. Produced by CBS…

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Blu-ray Review: Bride of Re-Animator & Beyond Re-Animator

Not one to leave fans hanging, Umbrella Entertainment’s second volume of its dedicated sub-label, Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film, brought with it sequels Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator. Producer Brian Yuzna takes the reins from Stuart Gordon and while the results were mixed, Umbrella’s Blu-ray treatment of both films…

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Blu-ray Review: What the Peeper Saw (1972)

Completely restored, uncut and presented in glorious widescreen, What the Peeper Saw is an intriguing horrific thriller about a young woman named Elise who suspects her seemingly innocent step-son of murdering his real mother, and now fears she may be next. Having recently seen the trailer presented on Umbrella Entertainment’s…

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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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