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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Live by LARP: Knightriders (1981)

It’s always interesting when a director known for a particular genre suddenly deviates or changes from their usual style and subject matter. However, there’s the risk of these ambitious projects becoming overlooked. I feel this is the case for George A. Romero’s Knightriders, a unique and personal drama nestled between…

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Blu-ray Review: Jungle (2017)

Daniel Radcliffe returns to the wilderness, not as the versatile dead body we saw in 2016’s Swiss Army Man, but as young Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg in the biographical drama Jungle from Australian director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek). This survivalist feature was subject to a limited theatrical run following its…

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