Blu-ray Review: The Machinist (2004)

Sixteen years doesn’t quite qualify a film for ‘classic’ status by its technical definition, but I think some exception can be given to The Machinist, which really made a mark on audiences, especially enthusiastic horror fans back in 2004. Now on Blu-ray in Australia under Shock Entertainment’s sub-label, Cinema Cult,…

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Blu-ray Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Science-fiction cinema throughout the 1950s was usually reserved for B pictures; low-risk money makers for the major studios. However, with the threat of Communism reaching high levels of paranoia throughout the United States, the popular genre became the means for a terrifying public service announcement amidst the ‘Red Scare’. Invasion…

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Pioneer Slasher: Black Christmas (1974)

Bob Clark is one of the few directors whose had both ends of the holiday spectrum covered, with the nostalgic fable A Christmas Story (1983) and the morbid classic Black Christmas, released nine years prior. Despite the latter’s lack of seasonal cheer, it quickly became the beloved seasonal favourite of…

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Blu-ray Review: The Monster Squad (1987)

Cinema Cult came out swinging in September with a massive lot of eight titles released on Blu-ray and DVD, including Fred Dekker’s horror-homage classic The Monster Squad for the first time in Australia. Co-written by Shane Black (The Predator), a group of kids with a mutual love for the Classic…

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Blu-ray Review: They Might Be Giants (1971)

Cinema Cult welcomed the world’s greatest detective (no, not Batman) to its broadening Blu-ray library of genre classics with They Might Be Giants, a charming comedy-mystery with a splash of romance. Starring Oscar-winners George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward, the story follows a wealthy New York City judge, Justin (Scott),…

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Blu-ray Review: Hollow Man (2000)

I personally wouldn’t place Hollow Man on any ‘favourite film’ lists, but I do hold some nostalgia for the 2000 staple, which echoed the excitement and optimism for filmmaking in the new millennium. It also proved a valuable test subject for one of my first attempts at hooking one VCR…

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Blu-ray Review: Hideaway (1995)

Home video often meant a second life for underperforming films, enabling them to eventually find an audience, but sadly there were some that still feel through the cracks. Hideaway was one of those casualties, a film practically written off upon its release, but has since been revived by Cinema Cult…

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Blu-ray Review: Fright Night (1985)

When it comes to vampire movies I don’t think you’ll find one more era-defining as Fright Night, Tom Holland’s atmospheric suburban nightmare and celebrated high-point of 80s horror cinema. Unfortunately, the landmark title has been somewhat scarce within the Australian DVD & Blu-ray market until its re-issue by Cinema Cult…

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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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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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