ALLURE

When does lust get out of control? Well, that’s what first-time directors Carlos and Jason Sanchez answer in this unsettling and uneasy story about obsession and manipulation. Allure sees a troubled woman with a history of abuse and failed intimate relationships becoming entangled in an obsessive relationship with a young girl who is dealing with … Continued

PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

If we’re being honest, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was a movie that promised so, so much, yet to many it ended up being a bit of a disappointment. Some saw that 2013 film as a loving homage to monster movies of yesteryear, whilst others saw it as a soulless, formulaic picture that was a … Continued

FLESH AND BLOOD: THE HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR

Originally a two-part TV documentary screened by the BBC in 1994, Flesh and Blood has been reformatted and expanded by its director Ted Newsom to a mammoth two-and-half-hour running time and is still as captivating as ever. Narrated by Hammer veterans Peter Cushing (the recording was mere months before his passing) and Christopher Lee, it … Continued

THE DEAD HOUSE

A trio of maniacal and heartless criminals make the ultimate mistake when they target the wrong family to hold hostage and unintentionally let loose a dangerous experiment from the depths of The Dead House. Directed by Italian Filmmaker Amerigo Brini in his debut (and shot in his native land), The Dead House (formerly known as … Continued

IT LIVES

What would happen if, instead of Bowman and Poole aboard the Discovery One, NASA had instead sent Jack Torrance to Jupiter, all by himself? That’s the question Richard Mundy essentially poses in his debut feature, which arrived two years ago at UK film festivals and is now being rolled out across home media – as … Continued

THE COMPLETE SARTANA

This set brings together the five films in the Sartana series. The mysterious gunslinger was a character that became famous in the period following Eastwood’s Man with No Name films as Italian producers flooded the international market with a huge number of similarly-themed westerns. Sartana, seemingly styled like Eastwood by way of Dracula, like Django … Continued

CANNIBAL FEROX

Having kick-started the Italian cannibal genre with 1972’s The Man from Deep River and continued it with his Rev. Jim Jones suicide cult parody Eaten Alive (1980), gino-of-all-trade Umberto Lenzi’s third bite of the savage cherry threw away the artifice and put flesh-eating centre stage. Released in 1981, Cannibal Ferox (‘ferox’, we are told early … Continued

BLACK MAGIC 2 (1976)

How does somebody market a film and when is the right time to release it? This is a question that Calum Waddell poses in the excellent booklet-flyer that is provided with 88 Films’ brand-new Blu-ray release of the cult 1976 Shaw Brothers occult classic Black Magic 2, with his insightful analysis of the evolution of … Continued

PETER RABBIT

Anyone who’s acquainted with Nickelodeon’s current animated version of Peter Rabbit, in which the eponymous bunny is reinvented as a loveable small-scale scoundrel along the lines of a furry Han Solo, will know what to expect from Will Gluck’s first movie adaptation. Following the success of Paddington – another vintage children’s character who made his … Continued

POKÉMON MOVIE 14-16 COLLECTION: BLACK AND WHITE

Assembling all of the Pokémon movies set during the Best Wishes iteration of the show, Black and White is four films that while not being terrible are nothing special either. The 14th Pokémon movie was the first (and to date, only) entry in the franchise to have two versions in a way that is akin … Continued