RAWHEAD REX (1986)

Cult horror, demon, monster movie Rawhead Rex is brought in glorious clarity to home screens from Arrow Video. A film watched on grainy videos in living rooms by children too young to have been allowed, Rawhead Rex has its own small following. He may not be as recognisable to the general public as Frankenstein’s monster, … Continued

BEYOND THE WOODS

A somewhat dysfunctional group of young friends unite for a weekend of serious drinking, recreational drug-taking and ill-advised sexual liaisons in a cottage in an unnamed wooded expanse of the Irish countryside. Those in the party hoping to enjoy some fresh country air are disappointed as the whole area is mired in the noxious stench … Continued

DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special 2017 ‘Twice Upon a Time’

And so the time to bid farewell to not just Peter Capaldi’s twelfth Doctor, but also Steven Moffat’s showrunnership has arrived. Except the funny thing is, we already did that in The Doctor Falls – until Moffat realised we wouldn’t be getting a Christmas Special this year unless he was able to somehow extend Capaldi’s … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 12: “THE DOCTOR FALLS”

After an entire 45-minute Doctor Who episode concerned with waiting, here comes another one. Only this week, with fifteen minutes’ extra waiting – and four extra characters to do the waiting.   The Doctor Falls took the premise of the previous Doctor’s regeneration story, The Time of the Doctor, to a whole new level. In … Continued

DR. WHO Series 10, Episode 10: ‘THE EATERS OF LIGHT’

Survival, Rona Munro’s last brush with Doctor Who back in 1989, is a story about the rise and fall of civilisations set against the coming of age of a group of self-dependent teenagers, with a great deal of metaphor threaded throughout its science fiction script. To some people, it’s one of the original run’s all-time … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 9: ‘EMPRESS OF MARS’

A few weeks ago, we learned about the discovery of a prop Ice Warrior helmet that had originally been used in the Martians’ eponymously titled, fifty-year-old debut story, and that had then been “missing” since presumably sometime around the early 1980s. Mark Gatiss’ script for Empress of Mars feels like something he has unearthed from … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 8: “THE LIE OF THE LAND”

This writer came home at midnight tonight, fresh from having watched this weekend’s Doctor Who and recording a Blue Box Podcast about it, only to find out about the terror attack in London. It seems strange to be writing about a “children’s” television series when nine people lie dead and the nation is once again … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 6: “EXTREMIS”

Steven Moffat has never been one for taking the easy way out. He’s been setting challenges for himself pretty much his entire writing career. His philosophy seems to be, push yourself, make yourself work harder as a writer to take your writing into places you’ve never been before, and – this being the tricky bit, … Continued