30 Years of Stage Fright

Note: this feature contains spoilers! In a small US theatre, the cast of avant-garde performance The Night Owl are readying themselves for their big opening night. In true Stanislavsky style, the director wants everyone locked in, so that they can really get into their roles. This is a health and safety disaster waiting to happen […]

Advance Review – Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era

Ben Bussey with a fairly exclusive early look at Jason Paul Collum’s documentary on the three female superstars of straight to video B-movies. The 1980s: arguably the era of film history that is closest to the heart of contemporary horror fandom. The genre enjoyed unprecedented mainstream success with all the great slasher franchises reigning supreme at the box […]

DVD Review: Arrow Video Presents ‘Pieces’

Review by Stephanie Scaife. Pieces (1982) is a cult classic exploitation slasher flick from Spanish filmmaker Juan Piquer Simon (Slugs, Monster Island) and here it is in a fantastic and lovingly created brand new edition from Arrow Video, sporting a vast array of special features and some rather eye catching newly commissioned art work. The […]

Thrill Me! 25 Years of ‘Night of the Creeps’

by Ben Bussey READER ADVISORY: spoilers ahead (though perhaps that’s a given on a retrospective…) 22nd August 1986; a day that will live in… well, I can’t honestly say I have any conscious memory of that particular day. I was six years old and living in North-East England. As such, I certainly wasn’t aware that it was the […]

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: Slaughter High

Slaughter High AKA The Jolly Killer (1986) Distributor: Arrow Video DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011 Directed by: George Dugdale, Mark Ezra, Peter Litten Starring: Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore, Carmine Iannaconne, Donna Yeager Review by: Ben Bussey Good afternoon class. Can I have your attention please? Don’t give me that look, I’m just as anxious […]

UK Blu-Ray Review: Dario Argento’s ‘Tenebrae’

Tenebrae (1982) Distributor: Arrow Blu-Ray/DVD Release Date: 27th June 2011 Directed by: Dario Argento Starring: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Veronica Lario Review by: Nia Edwards-Behi It’s possible for Dario Argento’s body of work to be considered as being markedly in decline, post-Tenebrae. Despite some solid films – Phenomena, Terror at the Opera, Sleepless […]

UK Blu-Ray Review: New York Ripper

New York Ripper (L’Eventreuer De New York) (1982) Distributor: Shameless Screen Entertainment Blu-Ray Release Date (UK): 27 June 2011 Directed by: Lucio Fulci Starring: Jack Hedley, Almanta Keller, Alexandra Delli Colli Review by: Nia Edwards-Behi A maniac terrorises New York City, slicing up attractive young women and taunting the police with bizarre phone calls. The […]

DVD Review: Fulci’s ‘The Beyond’

The Beyond (AKA E tu vivrai nel terrore – L’aldilà/7 Doors of Death) (1981) Distributor: Arrow Video DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: 14th March 2011 Directed by: Lucio Fulci Starring: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Moreale Review by: Nia Edwards-Behi What can one really say about Lucio Fulci without resorting to hyperbole? Be it through over-stating his […]