The Hearse (1980)

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Director:George Bowers
Starring: Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotten, David Gautreaux . USA. 1h m

A newly divorced woman, Jane Hardy (Trish Van Devere) decides to spend the summer in a home left to her by her deceased aunt, on the way there she has a dangerous encounter with an old hearse and it doesn’t take long for her to discover that the house is haunted. The locals don’t take to her easily and it’s not just because of her being an outsider but due to the legacy that her late aunt left behind, no one openly wants to be around her or her home. After some poking around and several visits from the mysterious hearse she discovers that her aunt used to dabble in the occult with her lover, who is much like the kindred spirit Tom Sullivan (David Gautreaux) who has often turned up on Jane’s door, the only kind face she really knows and who she is highly attracted to, so much that she ignores any signs of him being the ghost of her dead aunt’s lover. Continue reading The Hearse (1980)

Below (2002)

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Director: David Twohy.

Writer: Lucas Sussman, Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Holt McCallany, Bruce Greenwood, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Chinlund, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng, Tim Plester, Zach Galifianakis, Christopher Fairbank. USA/UK. 1h 45m.

This was a curious film, an underwater mystery that take a while to get going but it does turn up the atmospherics in the later half.

A handful of survivors are plucked from a damaged ship and brought aboard the USS Tiger Shark submarine that’s on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean during WWII. A conscientious doctor a wounded soldier and a few others become welcomed guests on a sub with more mysterious than the Mary Celeste. Continue reading Below (2002)

The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)

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Director : Matt Cimber Writer: Robert Thom Producer: Jefferson Richard  Starring: Jefferson Richard. 1h 28m. USA.

Synopsis : A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.

I accidentally stumbled on this movie after falling in love with the artwork for the, then video cover. But I was lucky to have stumbled on one of the best and unsung psychological horrors of the 70s exploitation movement. Now I am the proud owner a gorgeous shirt from Rabbit In Red, which was originally a painting taking from the cover of Waren Comic’s Vamprella #11, so what’s all the fuss about? Continue reading The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)

Find Me (2014)

Find me

Director: Andy Palmer.
Starring: Cameron Bender, Kathryn Lyn, Rachelle Dimaria . USA. 1h 25m.

A young couple are still unboxing when an unwelcomed entity becomes a terrifying pain in the ass. Yep I’m going there with this film, it has to be done. There are shedloads of these poor horrors that are neither sensible, linear or entertaining, Fine me doesn’t offer as much as it promises and only slowly eeks out a twist that we all saw coming. Continue reading Find Me (2014)

Frida (2002)

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A lavish biopic, half artistic masterpiece half Spanish soap opera, this historical account of the life of Frida Khalo is a stunning as her work. I’m a little bias here as I’ve always studied artist and art literally for my whole life. And i wish there were more artist movies like this when I was school as it would have saved me a lot of reading.

It’s never easy to try and sum up an entire life in one film, it’s hard enough to summarise in it in a book, and there is always more in the book than a movie.. but this film does a great job at detailing a lot of the great features in this unusual diva’s life. Continue reading Frida (2002)

The Veil (2015)

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Director: Phil Joanou
Writer: Robert Ben Garant (screenplay)
Starring: Jessica Alba, Lily Rabe, Thomas Jane. USA. 1h 33m

This film can fucking do one! It’s one of those films that makes you start to lose faith and horror, it takes a perfectly amazing concept which is scary enough in itself then combines the tragic real life events of  Jonestown Massacre the Applewhite/Heavens Gate incident but instead of maximizing on this disturbing topic that involves mass suicide, mind control the dangerous cult behaviors and paranoia, it ditches all of this to make a really lame and ever so tedious ghost story full of false jump scares, flash photography and everything that we would expect from a really cheaply made TV movie and somehow manages to muster ok actors Jessica Alba and Thomas Jane. Continue reading The Veil (2015)

The Wizard of Mars (1964)

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Director: David L Hewitt.
Starring: John Carradine, Roger Gentrey, Vic McGee, Jerry Rannow, Eve Bernhardt. USA. 1h 25m.

A group of amazing explorers venture deep into space on an amazing adventure!! This film does promise a lot of adventure. Four American astronauts are trying to orbit and map Mars, but a strange and MYSTERIOUS force pulls them down through the atmosphere and they explore the surface of the red planet in order to find the source of their capture. After discussing the options the intrepid team leave their ship and embark on a journey of suspense. The find golden roads that lead them to rivers filled with giant leech infested waters, bizarre martians and of course the Wizard, who seems to be the source of all martian consciousness.

Three Earthmen and a girl encounter the horrors of MARS!

This decrepit low budget sci fi movie developed from L Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Yellow Brick Road becomes Golden and the inhabitants all weird and kooky. Three guys and one girl become a brazen science fiction version of Dorothy and her companions, the only thing missing is Toto and he’s probably missing the rains down in Africa… . The budget alone cannot be blamed for this movie being so poor, the acting is like a highschool musical and the sets look shifty.

Despite the story not being all that original, the concept of rewriting a classic can sometimes be a fruitful process but all aspects of this film are quite bumbling, even down to crediting an actor who has nothing to do with it, maybe the Wizard knows why Lon Chaney is mentioned in the cast. Sadly it’s not one of hidden sci fi gems that offers an interesting look into the future from the past, throughout most of the movie I felt sorry for the cast walking about the desert in shiny silver and gold space suits.

There is just no imagination here, and it feels like a bunch of adults acting out a children’s play, it’s not even so bad it’s good and it’s not something that I’ll return to.

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Rating 2/10

RWizard of Oz (1939), Planet of the Vampires (1965)
L – Space Explorations, A-Z of Sci Fi, Astronauts,
5S – John Carradine
Vs – Wizard of Oz Vs Wizard of Mars

may 2016 film list

Pretty eventful month…. although not that exciting it did see a range of good and bad movies. ..

Mad Max
Vice1
Vice
Vinyan
The professionals
Spawn
Undisputed 2
*Old 37 2/10
Citizen gangster
Point blank
*Citizen gangster 5/10
*Treehouse 3/10
Tower block
*Horror hotel 6/10
*The Terror 5/10
*the corpse vanished 4/10
Scanners
*Fields of the dead 1/10
Mad Max 2
Scanners
The amazing Mr no legs
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Doll graveyard
Scanners
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Death machine
Scarface
Day of the dead
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*10 Cloverfield Lane 8/10
Unstoppable
Escape from new York
Scanners
Scarface
Persuasion
Wristcutters (a love story)
*Crumb 9/10
Unborn
The Borderlands
Scanners
*Alps 5/10
Total recall
Journey to the 7th planet
The Exterminator
The drownsman
Arn the Knights templar
citizen gangster (2)
Citizen gangster
Undisputed 3
Taxidermia
Saw 3D
The final destination
*The invitation 8/10
Dead Man’s Shoes
Ufc 198
Pusher
Dogpound
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*The Hallow 6/10
Wilde
Maggie
Lake placid
Cabin fever
Prometheus
Dead end
Ring
Zombie
Fargo
Robocop
TheJInn
*Jinn 2/10
*Case39 4/10
*Nighrnare city 6/10
*The veil 1/10
*Under the skin 10/10
Jinn 2/10
*triple 9 3/10
Alps
*338 arletta way 5/10
Body bags
*Marquis 9/10
*The brain that wouldn’t die 6/10
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*The Witch 8/10
*Goodnight mommy 9/10
Creepshow
Robocop 2
*The Exorcism of Anna ecklund 2/10
Bullhead
Snowpiercer
Reservoir dogs

Total 86
New 24

Best New The Witch / Under the Skin
Worst New The Veil

Noteable

  • Marquis
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Crumb
  • 10 Cloverfrield Lane
  • Horror hotel
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • The Hallow
  • The Invitation
  • The Invitation (1)

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

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Director : Joseph Green.
Starring : Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Eddie Carmel. USA. 1h 28m

One of the more experimental and exploitive sci fi films from the 50s? I’m not getting my dates wrong, the film was made and completed in 1959 under the working title of   The Black Door  but was not released until 1962!? A brilliant scientist manages to find a way to keep the brain alive outside of the body, then after a tragic car accident his girlfriend is tragically injured but he manages to save her head, unlike the other brain he’s been keeping alive his girlfriend’s head had the ability to look around, talk and experience new psychic abilities that are the side effects of the chemicals that are keeping her alive. While her beloved travels around trying to find her a perfect body, she starts connecting psychically with a “thing” kept in the laboratory with her, but her only source of reasoning comes from the deformed lab assistant, a sort of retro Igor. Continue reading The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

Essex Vendetta (2016)

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Director:Terry Lee Coker .
Starring: Michael McKell, Kris Johnson, Danniella Westbrook. UK. 1h 29m.

There is this uprising of Essex movies, initially it kicked off after all the footie films, Cass (2008) soon turned into Rise of the Footsoldier and then due to it’s popularity but the time the sequel came out it was lost in among all of the other Essex flicks and the all insist on having Essex in the title! And now we have the Essex Vendetta… What a load of bollox.. Continue reading Essex Vendetta (2016)