Review: The House That Jack Built (2018)

Master of the profoundly weird, Lars von Trier, is back after a five-year gap with the serial killer portrait The House That Jack Built, currently screening in selected cinemas across Australia through Monster Pictures and Umbrella Films. Set over a twelve-year period during the 1970s and 1980s in the State…

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Blu-ray Review: Apt Pupil (1998)

Umbrella Entertainment’s announcement of Apt Pupil Blu-ray release to come out of left field but was met with a generally positive response from fans of the suburban thriller. Based on Stephen King’s novella of the same name, our story takes place in Southern California, 1984. Todd Bowden, a 16-year-old student…

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Blu-ray Review: The Serpent & the Rainbow (1988)

I can still remember quite vividly the poster for The Serpent & the Rainbow hanging in the window of my town’s once prosperous video store. Call it my introduction to horror as the sight of a ghoulish Bill Pullman clawing out of a coffin was an image that fractured my…

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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 of work spanning over thirty-years, Åkerlund adds to his respectable list of feature films…

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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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