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The Most Dangerous Game – Chess

First things first what’s the attraction to Chess? The King of Games…Well first it’s one of the oldest games known to man, it’s technical and shows a lot of character of the person playing.  As soon as you see a chess game set up in the movie you know there is a mental war going on. The cunning tactics that you need to lure a person into a trap, the poker face antics that are played until the final moments are all time which a director can really hit the message home that he’s playing for keeps, the characters are so high class and sophisticated if you’ve not picked up on a think or two then you’d better start taking notes.

There is usually a battle of minds, more than a battle of brawn, someone is up to an evil plan, so check the finer details and see if you can out play the director, and the most devastating move, death, usually this battle will result in some death in some way or in some scenes it will be played by death.

There has been a long lasting kinship between chess and cinema, often seen as the thinking man’s game it’s often used to display character and intelligence. Here’s a list of a few films that have some kind of chess connection.


01.Pawn sacrifice (2014)

The film that inspired this list. I am not a chess player myself, I struggle with draughts but I was really interested with this film, it had an usual atmosphere and based on real events, it was a chance to learn something and be entertained. Tobey Maguire, stars as Bobby Fischer, who battled against the soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber). The film is as concentrated about the game as it the characters and tells a thrilling but tragic life story, filled with mental health issues and the US vs USSR cold war and how any event between the two countries was considered a  full on war.  9/10

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New French Extremity Vol 1.

I’m sure there are book written about this subject and I’m not claiming to be an authority on it but here’s an easy and slightly obvious guide to the new wave of French bizarre and disturbing films.

The term was originally coined by James Quandt to summarise a collection of transgressive films by French directors. Despite this list claiming to be French a couple of these films are Belgique or even Canadian but are just French in language.. Don’t get your knickers in a twist.

So in no particular order at all, here are 10 easy to find and probably most talked about French Extreme Movies, Vol 2 will be a little more obscure.. or at least I hope so.

01. Proie /Prey (2010)

This movie is probably the most recent that I’ve watched and it’s the only reason why it’s in this top position. It’s a disgusting buckets of gore body shocker that highlights the dangers of chemical waste being released into the nature and breeding mutant creatures. A family who are spending time in a remote cabin fancy a bit of hunting are soon have their weekend turned into a nightmare when they become the prey of a large mutated bore.  A delightful step up from Razorback (1984) and Pighunt (2008), this film fixates on the pungent rotting mess that the abandoned pesticide has created, and if the stronger stomachs can sit through this it has a lot of gory and disturbing action scenes to top it off. It’s all kinda their own fault as it is the patriarch of the family who authorised the dumping of the waste in the first place..  8/10

02.Frontière(s) /Frontier(s) (2007)

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January 2017 Film List


A bit of a lame start to the year but I had quite a few operations and medical check ups so I had a bit of downtime but sadly spend most of that sleeping 😦

*Alan Poza 2/10 N
*Where I Belong 5/10 N
HoneymoonThe Honeymoon
The Perfect Getaway
Black Cat White Cat
The Gift
Life is a Miracle
Cradle of fear
*Vanity 6/10 N
Angel Heart
*Baby Oku In America 6/10 N
Silence of the lambs
*Deserie 6/10 N
*The Family Affair 7/10N
Das Experiment
Eyes without a face
Girl with the pearl earring
*Corporate mechanic 6/10 N
*Twitter Babes 6/10 N
*Revolting Rhymes 8/10
The Punisher
30 Days of Night
Green Inferno
*Instant Justice  6/10N
Towering Inferno
Mad Max
The Collection
*The Facility
*Night Caller from Outer Space
From the Dark
Red Dragon
blue-ruin-iv*Blue Ruin 8/10
Vanishing Point
*30,000 leagues under the sea 1/10
*Doghouse 2/10
Passenger 57
The Omen
*Wer 7/10
Underworld awakening
The Devil’s Rejects
Paranormal Activity
*Terminal Invasion TV
Ninja Scroll
*The Judgement 6/10 N
*End of Vanity 6/10 N
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Ghosts of Mars
Hellboy 2
The Tears of Cassandra N
Crying Game
Escape from LA
The Hills Have Eyes
* Promiscuous 3/10
* Bond of Bondage 5/10 N
*The Bloodstained Butterfly 7/10
The Hobbit (2)
*Screams on a dark Winters Night 5/10
Fellowship of the Ring
* I hate everything about you N 6/10
Cockneys Vs Zombies
Young Guns 2
*Black cat 7\10

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5 selected – Tim Robbins

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A cherub faced star with an ability to take on difficult and energetic roles, Tim Robbins has made some blinding performances over the last couple of decades

01.Shawshank Redemption (1995)

Possibly the greatest film of time? Quite possibly… Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, but shares the main role with so many iconic actors and roles that everyone’s a winner. He’s a mild mannered guy who ends up going to prison for the murder of his wife. While protesting his innocence, he rises above all the attempts to break him down, either from other cons or the corrupt system. It’s strangely heartwarming while also being melodramatically cruel. It did wonders for Robbins career and really gave him a step up into many more unusual roles but he certainly does thrive as Andy and I feel that this role immortalizes him and possibly Morgan Freeman (or maybe just his voice?). 10/10 Continue reading 5 selected – Tim Robbins

My Favourite Found Footage To Date…

I’ve been asked many times to pen this and while I’m not one to shy away from a movie list no matter what the subject, I do find it hard to justify one of my favourite genres as it’s so wildly hated. So time for me to gleefully skip into the world of Found Footage.

My Favourite Found Footage To Date…

There are only a few found footage films that I dislike, for me the genre is exciting and really does get my adrenaline flowing, so much attention has to be incorporated into the making of the film which often leads to some really interesting shots and ideas that creep in, but on the flip side too much over thinking and determination to be sensational can lead to some terrible mistakes and often destroys a film.

There are a few things that really make a Found Footage work

  • Realistic use of cameras
  • Realistic camera expectations, cracked screen poor sound
  • Unknown actors, plausible for real life missing persons etc
  • Incorporating real events and places
  • Thrilling mystery

Some things that really ruin a found footage movie include.

  • Invincible cameras
  • Known actors
  • the footage is not cut it doesn’t appear to be found
  • Plays out like a normal movie
  • Too perfect and no mistakes
  • Anyway back to the list.

cannibal holocaust01.Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Following the disappearance of a group of filmmakers in the Amazon, a Doctor embarks on a rescue mission. His trip does eventually lead him on the path of the remains of the crew after experiencing his own personal taste in cannibalism. The film is gory and rightfully maintains a stance as a golden oldie of the video nasty era and one of the pioneering found footage movies. It’s brave and not without mistakes but does depict real animal killings and is still rumored to be a genuine snuff film. I do adore it’s brutality amidst the 70’s hedonistic values that crept into the early 80’s.7/10

noroi-the-curse02.Noroi the Curse (2005)

A bizarre Japanese film that follows a paranormal film maker documenting some very bizarre events, the documentary switches between several stories and clips but if you stick with it then it can be quite rewarding. As with a lot of Japanese films it’s incredibly jumpy going from one thing to another but the scares are great and imagery pretty disturbing, there’s more than the typical ghosts with long hair, check out some intense psychic, flocks of dead animals and lots of unexplained mysteries, a terrifying twist and a brilliant ending to top it all off, it really is marvelous. I really loved the freaky guy with the tin foil hat and was impressed by the effects, they weren’t expensive but executed well.7/10

afflicited03.Afflicted (2013)

After getting “Afflicted” by a vampiric virus while on holiday in “Europe” one unlucky backpacker tries his best to deal with his new unwanted lifestyle. The sickness is apparent at first but around the time that he and his best friend starts working out that he might be a bloodsucker he ends up killing his friend who was doing his best to care for his friend not matter how creepy he was acting. So alone he tries to deal with being a sucker and find the source of his virus, what he finds isn’t quite the cure he was looking for. The film seems low budget but is quite imaginative and actually interesting to watch, there is a lead into part 2 which I think could be really exciting if this could get some more backing.6/10

edtidad04.Entidad (2015)

Spain have a lot to do to if they ever want to live up to the nightmares that REC (2007) created. But the Entity (English translation) does offer some really awesome scares. A group of students start their own ameture investigations into supposed haunted videos from the internet, unfortunately one of them turns out to be true and they end up unleashing some kind of demonic force which stalks them. It’s actually really creepy, and one of the few found footage movies that utilises those creepy moments in the corner of the room, or off screen rather than missing the big events, it builds up terror but then DOES deliver. Some scenes reminded me a lot of Silent Hill 4 but that was a scary pill to swallow so well done.6/10

rec spanish horror movie05.REC/2 (2007) (2009)

I know I preach about top 10 lists then then have millions of honourable mentions and how they suck but I am incorporating a few sequels in this list, if you don’t like it “go fuck a duck”. So REC, one of the more recent films that caused the bedroom light to be left on, and a sequel that I had to watch during the day and rightly so because it brought all the fear back, sadly 3 was shit and 4 was OK but not as scary as it could have been. The whole narrative of combining “zombies” and demons isn’t new but it was a brilliantly executed in these two dark as fuck movies. A film crew are following a group of firefighters for their TV show, but one call gets them into something that is just pure nightmarish. After attempting a rescue mission they become imprisoned in an old tenant building where a zombie like virus is spreading through the remaining residents, after some investigations while fighting tooth and nail through the ever increasing numbers of infected they discover that there was a secret vatican experiment in the attic involving a priest and a young girl (not as kinky as you think). The storytelling is sound and the action scenes are literally to die for, a great cast and use of practical effects even for the most bizarre monster manageable, acted by the insanely elongated Javier Botet (check out his youtube channel). On the return we have a similar cast and more religious connotations as a new priest has to get a sample of the infected blood from the original test subject, but things go wildly wrong. Both films are dark and scary, and have a brilliant comedy zombie death scene (I know I’ve used both zombie and infected but just to clarity these are infected).9/10 – 9/10

trollhunter06.Trollhunter (2010)

Norways slick answer to the found footage monster crisis. A group of film students making a movie about bear poaching stumble on a shady character who after some stalking takes them under his wing and reveals that he is a lone Troll Hunter keeping Norway safe from REAL trolls. The film utilises a host of impressive computer generated effects, usually something I argue against but they are so detailed and executed right in this comedic horror. A sterling cast and a fierce and brilliant approach to something dynamic in the found footage pantheon.10/10

VHS/2 (2012)/(2013)

Another double whammy here, and really this entry speaks for a lot of interesting hard work. These are certainly some of the more inventive and freakily fun found footage movies of the decade. Each film has a different director but the shocking brutality of each is strong. There are different flavours and styles, along with ABC’s of Death (2012) it feels like the directors were trying to out do each other on the surreal scale, and it’s a brilliant opportunity to be outlandish and creative that really gives this shorts some zing, but there is a deeply dark under current, with a lot of mystery surrounding some of the stories, that vary from strange harpy dates, a zombie “go pro” mountain biking trip to alien abductions and my all time favourite, a satanic strange general alternative reality.. something for everyone I’m sure.8/10

poughkeepsie-tapes08.Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

This film blew me away and continues to do whenever I watch it. in a similar vein to the banned August Underground films this mock snuff film is a little bit more approachable. This film details a documentary of a serial killer who recorded most of his exploits, it shows various law officials and psychology tutors details parts of his psyche and actions in order to gauge what insane nightmare of a person the killer must be to exact this level of degrading torture. From clips of prostitutes popping balloons for him to the bludgeoning of a little girl and the systematic re programming of his longest lived “slave” the film picks apart the most gruesome scenes from thousands of hours of home video. What’s special about this graphic content is that it does look like old 80s/90’s home camcorder tapes and it has been suggested that it is real found footage for that reason. Brilliant shocking stuff!9/10

manbitesdog09.Man Bites Dog (1992)

Whenever anyone suggest found footage to me I always totally forget this film! If you’ve seen it, you’ll wonder how anyone could possibly forget it. A deeply dark graphic insight into a serial killer, laced with tons of black comedy and gratuitous violence. The killer is a racist sociopath whose poetic and totally unpredictable. The film crew that follow him about and up getting pulled into his killing frenzies, unwillingly of course, but there is little holding anyone back in this movie, but the magic happens by how calm and “inviting” the killer is, as he brutally kills and maims people while often explaining to the filming crew and director his methods and his victims gasp for breath and plead for help, he remains joyous and doesn’t often break a sweat. 8/10

apollo1810.Apollo 18 (2011)

Just around the time when all Found Footage films were starting to feel the same, Apollo 18 came out, somehow freaking out a lot of people who inundated NASA with questions on the mission!? I thought all that hysteria died out with Blair Witch (1999) So this regular space mission goes awry when the US astronauts find remnants of a Soviet crew that look like they have been attacked but by what? Searching the barren moon landscape they find nothing… all that obvious but strange occurrences start to play on their minds but the fear is much more real. I really enjoyed the film, but I’m partial to a slower paced film, I really enjoyed the threat as it looked so unassuming but there are flaws with this film and so many questions but overall I really appreciated the old film/radio approach to the look and feel of the film.Admittedly it could have done more to bring in the crowds, been a bit flashier but I admire it’s reluctance to do that and how it remains a slow burning horror. 6/10

borderlands11.Borderlands (2013)

Ever since it’s showing at the Abattoir film festival this has been an absolute favorite of mine, a passionate priest is sent to a remote church with a film and sound specialist to investigate a proposed act of god that was caught on film, but before the Vatican are willing to accept it, they need to make sure it’s not a hoax. After arriving and setting up cameras and attempting to capture everything the two are joined by one other official but after the death of a local priest and unexplained happenings more Vatican backup is required after they realised what they have stumbled upon. It’s a brilliant display of great story writing, superb acting and a fairly unique story that the like of Ben Wheatley would be proud of and topped off with sterling performances from Gordon Kennedy and Robin Hill. The only thing that lets the film down is the final scene,it’s brutal which is a great kick at the end of a harrowing plot but i’ll let you work out why it doesn’t work. 8/10

august-undergound12.August Underground (2011)

Found footage is often the “cheap”option when it comes to making a movie, something that M Night SHalayalaylayam was accused of when he attempted a comeback with The Visit (2015), but this has to be the cheapest and most thrilling on the list. Much like Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) the look and feel is incredibly  degraded home videos follow a couple of guys as they kill, humiliate and mame anyone who is unfortunate paths. As an example of the creativity of Fred Vogel in one scene they have a girl tied up in the basement who they beat and rape, her decaying boyfriends body is in the bathtub next to her, they abuse her, cutting off a nipple and later smear her with feces and urine, then force her to eat her beau’s toe… then things get more disturbing. It’s kinda brilliant if you like things on the disgusting side, and if you’re like me you’ll love the trilogy. 8/10

banshee chapter13.Banshee Chapter (2013)

Bejsus!! This film really got me good, and for that I adore it. I’m one of those horror fans who watches horror to be scared, I’m always looking for the next fright and this delivered it and has had long lasting effects on me. The beginning starts out simple enough, a college kid wanting to try a version of DMT that was pioneered in the MKUltra experiments, moments later his buddy films something wearing his skin.. a journalist gets involved and begins her investigations into this drug and the film gets deeper, probing into the government experiments and linking “Numbers Stations” this H P Lovecraft story had a new modern remake that makes it all terrifying once again.9/10

5 Selected – M. Night Shyamalan

For a while I thought that M Night was trying to be the next Hitchcock. He kept appearing in his own films, although he didn’t have the grace of Hitchcock and attempted to blend into the background instead he gave himself some major parts.. He’s famed for blasting his audience away with impressive plot twists which

sixth-sense01.Sixth Sense (1999)

One of the first films that really planted M Night on the map. A haunting (literary) thriller starring Bruce Willis and “that kid”. To be honest at the time of writing this I’ve never watched the movie all the way though mostly because i got exposed to the “plot twist” waaaay before finishing the movie and everything was ruined. It doesn’t mean the entire film is ruined though it’s well crafted and pretty deep throughout. A cop befriends a kid who can see dead people. It pretty iconic and was certainly different for it’s time. 7/10 Continue reading 5 Selected – M. Night Shyamalan

April 2016 film list


Bangkok haunted
Once upon a time in America pt 1
Young and dangerous
The Hearse
Once upon a time in America pt 2
*Rage 2/10
Lone wolf and cub 4
Lone wolf and cub 5
Red cliff
*Red 2 6/10
Dear God no!
*Hazard jack 1/10
Night Train Murders
Horror express
Ninja scroll
Class of 1999
League of extraordinary gentleman
The man who came back
Die hard
Terminator salvation
Perfect storm
Last of the Mohicans
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Frost /Nixon
House on Haunted hill
*13 Assassins 7/10
North Face
*Messiah of Evil (1973)l 8/10
Brother where art thou
*Southbound 8/10
Dracula untold
The Fly
The assassination of Jessy James …
The collector
For a few dollars more
Dawn of the dead
Night of the dead
The Commitments
*The man from deep river 6/10
Ufc 197
Night of the dead
*Jack the ripper 4/10
The-Bat-(1)*The bat 4/10
Aeon flux entire series
Silent scream
*Babadook 8/10
*Lavalantula 2/10
*Shock Waves 6/10

Total 61
New 12

Best Messiah of Evil
Worst Hazard Jack


  • Babadook
  • Silent Scream
  • Southbound
  • 13 Assassins
  • Frost/Nixon

no country for old men

February 2016 Film List


Phew the shortest month of the year but I manged to fill in a few films around the beginning of the Rugby 6 nations.

Robocop 2
Regression 5/10
Hostle 2
The Hunted 4/10
Down Terrace
Southern Comfort
Moby Dick (1956)
Apollo 18
Undisputed 2
The Beyond
The Wrestler
From Beyond
Under the bed 3/10


Straw Dogs
The Collector
The Walk
Pandoras Box
Saw V
The Danish girl 7/10
Jeruzalem 7/10
Life 5/10
Truth or Die 6/10
Wishmaster 8/10
Flash Gordon
Master and Commander
The Gorgon
Narcopolis 4/10
Abandoned 5/10
Kantemir 2/10
Harbinger Down 6/10

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Hard to be a God (1989) 7/10
Snow Beast 1/10
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Bridge 7/10
Race to Extinction 5/10
Samurai Cop 2 3/10
Night of the Living Dead (r)
The Craft
The Cook the thief his wife and her lover
Once were Warriors

Total – 64
New  – 17
Best NewDanish Girl
Worst New  – Snow Beast

*The Bridge
*The cool the thief his wife and her lover
*Moby Dick



10 films NOT to watch on a first date

I think I started this list last April so it’s been a long time coming, Everyone is writing valentine movie lists and I’m more concerned with sociopaths…. I’ve had some pretty awful first dates, and a few of them have included a movie, now I know a lot of people go by the book and attempt to impress a girl by taking them to a “romantic” movie, whereas I’m more interesting in seeing something that I’d enjoy like Predator (1987) which was one of my choices a few years ago at a nostalgia night and turned out to be an awesome night.. if not all that romantic.. no prizes for guessing correctly that I’m single..

So here are some anti-valentines movies for twisted perverts who have no romantic bones in them and who really want to unnerve a date and/or attract a fellow psycho! Continue reading 10 films NOT to watch on a first date