PREHYSTERIA!

If you were eight years old in 1993, there’s a chance you’ll have fond memories of the three Prehysteria! films – and maybe those memories will carry you through the hokey dialogue, cheesy performances and contrived action. The first of these movies, being given its US Blu-ray bow courtesy of Full Moon Features, might have … Continued

THE HITCH-HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

If you’re not yet convinced by the BBC’s current inclination to release Blu-ray HD editions of SD TV material recorded (often on videotape) in the 1970s and 1980s, it’s unlikely that this new 3-disc ‘special edition’ of the 1981 six-part Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy TV series will change your mind. The slipcover of the … Continued

THE HATRED

There are a few good ideas floating around The Hatred. Not necessarily original ones, but the kind of building blocks it’s possible to make a decent movie out of if you have the right talent. The Hatred isn’t that movie. It starts promisingly and it’s nicely shot. But the script soon betrays its lack of … Continued

PATIENT ZERO

Filmed in 2015, unceremoniously dropped from the release schedule by Sony in 2016 and left sitting on the shelf, forgotten and unloved ever since, Patient Zero, the Matt Smith-starring viral infection thriller – go on, call it Doctor Who and the Zombies of Doom if you must – is finally creeping out to meet a … Continued

THE CHANGELING (1980)

In The Changeling, George C. Scott plays John Russell, a composer who moves from New York to Seattle after the tragic deaths of his wife and child in an accident. Trying to rebuild his life, the grieving Russell has taken a job lecturing on music, and has rented a large, old house from the local … Continued

XTRO (1982)

If you don’t know, Xtro is a British science fiction horror from 1982 that tells the story of Sam (Philip Sayer), a young father who is playing outside his idyllic country cottage home with son Tony until he is seemingly abducted by aliens. Some years later, Sam returns, in a way, to reclaim his son … Continued

THE FOG 4K ULTRA HD

Hot on the heels of John Carpenter’s legendary Halloween getting the 4K Ultra HD treatment, next up is 1980’s The Fog. A classic ghost story that has long been a favourite of many a genre fan, let’s take a look at this new release of a truly beloved picture. Not to get ahead of ourselves, … Continued

DOWN A DARK HALL

As much as it might want to be, Down a Dark Hall is not your ordinary teens-in-peril horror movie. There’s no deranged murderer stalking a bunch of girls around campus. And don’t let the fact that this was produced by Twilight’s Stephanie Meyer put you off either, although the heroine of this adaptation of the … Continued

RESCUE UNDER FIRE

Most Spanish films that fetch up on these shores seem to be either psycho-sexual thrillers or psychological horrors, so this true story about the rescue of an AS332 Superpuma helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan in August 2012 is something of a novelty. It’s no Black Hawk Down, but director Adolfo Martínez gets assistance from the … Continued

POPCORN

1991’s Popcorn was made on the cusp of change for the horror film. Much of it is very eighties, a well-made but not hugely interesting slasher. The other side experiments with the aware, self-referential horror films that would follow throughout the 90’s. It tells the story of Maggie (Jill Schoelen), a college student having reoccurring … Continued