Willard (1971) and Ben (1972)

1970s cinema has many noteworthy qualities, but amongst these, the decade is certainly remarkable for its brief, but intriguing phase of imagining animals ‘going rogue’ and attacking humans; some of the resulting films were breakthrough hits, such as Jaws (1975), whereas some, such as Day of the Animals (1977) would be long-lost to obscurity if […]

Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful & Things Strange by Adam Scovell

As horror is increasingly picked up by the academic community, with more seminars, papers and conferences emerging yearly, it’s little surprise that the renewed interest in folk horror is also making its way into print via this new wave of academia and its authors. Adam Scovell’s book, Hours Dreadful and Things Strange, is a meticulous […]

UK DVD Review: Who Can Kill A Child?

Who Can Kill A Child? (AKA ¿Quién puede matar a un niño?/Island of the Damned) (1976) Distributor: Eureka DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011 Directed by: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador Starring: Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome Review by: Ben Bussey A comfortably middle class English couple, with two children at home and a third on the way, take a trip […]

DVD Review: 70s Supernatural Sexploitation in ‘Virgin Witch’

Virgin Witch (1971) Distributor: Odeon Entertainment DVD Release Date (UK): 28th February 2011  Directed by: Ray Austin Starring: Ann Michelle, Vicki Michelle, Keith Buckley, Patricia Haines Review by: Ben Bussey Two beautiful, virginal, adolescent sisters run away from home with dreams of fame and fortune in London town. Promptly picked up by a smooth-talker in […]

UK DVD Review: A Bay of Blood

A Bay of Blood (AKA Twitch of the Death Nerve/Reazione a Catena/Carnage/Bloodbath/Many, many more…) (1971) Distributor: Arrow Video DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date (UK): 13th December 2010 Directed by: Mario Bava Starring: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pustilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati Review by: Ben Bussey Deep in an idyllic wilderness lies a serene, unspoiled bay. Amongst all […]