Category: In Retrospect

Dog Soldiers

2002 Director: Neil Marshall Starring: Emma Cleasby, Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee Words: Scott Burns. . “Six Men. Full Moon. No Chance.” Making a long-overdue appearance on UK Blu-ray and streaming is Neil Marshall’s lad’s-mag inflected and gore-soaked horror debut Dog Soldiers from… Continue Reading “Dog Soldiers”

Press Eject: The Video Nasties Saga

. Words: Scott Burns.  . The Eighties: Margaret Thatcher, the Falklands War, David Hasselhoff. But what about the good stuff? Well, there was Rik and Ade, Factory Records, the Summer Blockbuster (if, like me, you were of an age in single digits) and films… Continue Reading “Press Eject: The Video Nasties Saga”

Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD

1966 Director: Gordon Flemyng Words: Scott Burns. The ambitious sequel to 1965’s Dr. Who And The Daleks and based on the popular William Hartnell-era story, The Dalek Invasion Of Earth by Terry Nation, Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD sees a returning Peter Cushing as… Continue Reading “Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD”

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

1965 Words: Scott Burns.  . Produced in 1965, two years after the first transmission of the legendary BBC show (broadcast the same day as the assassination of John F. Kennedy) which followed the adventures of The Doctor (William Hartnell), his granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann… Continue Reading “Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)”

Blade Runner & The Thing; one day in 1982.

1982 Directors: Ridley Scott, John Carpenter Words: Oliver Innocent. . 1982 was a milestone year for American popular cinema, with a slew of future classics dominating the box office. Steven Spielberg was the undisputed king with his family-friendly E.T. the Extra Terrestrial achieving the… Continue Reading “Blade Runner & The Thing; one day in 1982.”

Demons (1985)

1985 Director: Lamberto Bava Starring: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento, Paola Cozzo, Fabiola Toledo, Nicoletta Elmi, Stelio Candelli, Nicole Tessier, Geretta Geretta, Bobby Rhodes, Guido Baldi, Bettina Ciampolini Words – Oliver Innocent. By the time Demons was unleashed in 1985 Italian horror… Continue Reading “Demons (1985)”

Drive

2011 Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Ron Pearlman Words: J. Senior It seems surreal to be talking about Drive, now over a decade on from its original release, as it still feels… Continue Reading “Drive”

Wrong Turn – A Trilogy of Backwoods Terror

2003 – 2021 Words: Oliver Innocent. In 1996 Wes Craven’s hip teen meta slasher Scream became a box office smash. Following in its wake came a slew of films seeking to capitalise on Craven’s winning formula. Entries like I Know What You Did Last… Continue Reading “Wrong Turn – A Trilogy of Backwoods Terror”

Shogun Assassin (1980)

1980 Director(s): Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi Starring: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Kayo Matsuo, Tokio Oki Words – Nathan Scatcherd. The kind of bloody, balletic Samurai film you rarely see made anymore, Shogun Assassin stands as perhaps one of the finest examples of the Jidaigeki… Continue Reading “Shogun Assassin (1980)”

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

1978 Director: George A Romero Starring: Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, David Emge, Scott H. Reiniger, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France, Howard Smith Words – Oliver Innocent In 1968 director George A Romero rocked the horror genre with his zombie classic Night of the… Continue Reading “Dawn of the Dead (1978)”