STARSHIP TROOPERS: TRAITOR OF MARS

The first Starship Troopers, closely following the style of Robocop, writer Ed Neumeier’s debut collaboration with director Paul Verhoeven, was a searing satire on neo-Nazism that incorporated all the trappings of 1940s fascism transposed into outer space and re-envisioned for a generation that would eventually produce a president like Donald Trump. But there’s no point … Continued

LEATHERFACE

Many horror films – be they classic (Halloween) or cult (Puppet Master) – have inspired a franchise, some are forgettable, some are fun and some are just at the point of sheer madness. The lineage of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre can most certainly be placed under the latter description. Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror milestone is … Continued

FLATLINERS

It seems that pretty much anything and everything is fair game for a remake, reboot, reimagining or rejig these days, and so the news that a new take on 1990’s Flatliners was in development was met with a nonplussed reaction by most. Arriving in cinemas last year, that redo is now set to arrive on … Continued

THE WITCHES (1967)

The popular expression ‘well, that’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back’ will have never been more appropriately uttered than by anyone who chooses to give up their precious time to experience this messy, pretentious, barely-watchable vanity project instigated in 1965 (and releases two years later) by Dino De Laurentiis in the hopeless, … Continued

CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE (1980)

‘POWs in Vietnam… starved in captivity… released with a taste for human flesh.’ Margheriti’s notorious 1980 nasty does pretty much what it says on the cover. Three Vietnam veterans (played by Saxon, Radice, and Tony King) return home from the war to find that what they first assumed to be post-traumatic stress disorder turns out … Continued

SWEET VIRGINIA

Every now and then, cinema gives us certain independent drama films that are so psychologically thought-provoking and occasionally intense that they would stay in your head for days afterwards for you to take in and process. Sweet Virginia is like one of those films, although it’s nowhere near as exceptional as some other intense indie … Continued

MONSTER HUNT (ZHUO YAO JI)

Breaking domestic records (albeit in controversial fashion, too complicated to go into here) on its 2015 release to become the then highest grossing film in Chinese cinema history, Raman Hui’s debut children’s feature (having helmed shorts in the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda franchises) arrives on Blu-ray and DVD to test Western audiences with its … Continued

ORCA – THE KILLER WHALE (1977)

Orca, The Killer Whale finally surfaces on Blu-ray from Aussie distributors Umbrella.  We’ve waited a long time for this 1977 Jaws cash-in from Dino De Laurentiis to reach our shores, but sadly, the forty years or so since this movie hit our screens have not been kind. It’s the tale of a vengeful killer whale … Continued

JERRY LEWIS – THE MAN BEHIND THE CLOWN

It was rather bittersweet to see a recent interview with the late great comedy legend Jerry Lewis who looked very uncomfortable in the presence of a reporter who was trying to do his level best to ask him questions, but it was clear that the talent himself was at the very of a life that … Continued

REVOLT

Earth has been invaded and the fight is all but already lost as machines maraud across the planet, rounding up the remaining people and sucking them into their motherships, never to return. We are thrust straight into the action as a team of American soldiers are taking the fight to the robots in a Kenyan … Continued