The Company of Wolves by James Gracey

The Company of Wolves (1984) really is a force of nature – a vivid array of stories-within-stories which capture the insurrectionist tendencies of Angela Carter’s book, The Bloody Chamber, a collection of familiar fairy stories reworked into unfamiliar forms. The film brings several of Carter’s tales to the screen, albeit via a new, modern framing […]

The Colours of Horror: Bad Science and Unnatural Nasties in 80s Cinema

By Keri O’Shea Since the widespread colourisation of film replaced black and white as the go-to format for popular cinema, horror movies have frequently led the charge when it comes to the most creative use of colour palletes, special FX and lighting. It’s something of a myth, a myth which persists, that horror always takes […]

DVD Review: John A. Russo’s ‘Midnight’ (1982)

Review by Keri O’Shea. If it’s true that ‘the Devil has all the best tunes’, then what does that tell us about unholy forces on our cinema screens? Well, it appears that Satan not only sells, but has found himself a comfortable niche in horror and exploitation movies. The results of this can be great; […]

UK Blu-Ray Review: Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Funhouse’

The Funhouse (1981) Distributor: Arrow Video Blu-Ray release date (UK): 18th July 2011 Directed by: Tobe Hooper Starring: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Sylvia Miles Review by: Stephanie Scaife Tobe Hooper is an incredibly inconsistent filmmaker; when he is good he is very, very good (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist) but when he is bad […]

DVD Review: Vamp

Vamp (1986) Distributor: Arrow Video UK Release Date: 21st February 2011 Directed by: Richard Wenk Starring: Chris Makepeace, Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer, Gedde Watanabe, Grace Jones Review by: Ben Bussey “I’m in the mood for love, simply because they’re naked!” It all starts out like any other 80s college comedy. Keith (Makepeace) and AJ (Rusler) […]