THE PREDATOR

Shane Black’s The Predator is a confounding film. The story grasps at reinvention before inevitably succumbing to its genre-typical sensibilities, resulting in an uneven film devoid of payoff and personality. Gone is Black’s trademarked keenness. Gone is any illusion of quality. The Predator is missed opportunity at its most disappointing, a laughably hollow attempt to … Continued

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: CLASSIC OMNIBUS VOL 2

Star Wars has a lot to answer for. Not only did it lay the ground for the arrival of silver screen Star Trek, it also paved the way for a small screen explosion led by Glen A. Larson’s long-gestating brainchild Battlestar Galactica. Arriving on television in 1978, Galactica hit the four-colour funnies the following year … Continued

AN ARTIFICIAL REALITY

We’ve gotten used to the notion of ‘Big Brother is watching you’ over the years, but do we stop to think how deep this surveillance goes? This documentary, narrated in sobering tones and accompanied with dizzying visuals goes someway to make us woke. Often terrifying, the future (and indeed, past and present) that’s described here … Continued

BOJACK HORSEMAN: THE ART BEFORE THE HORSE

Bojack Horseman may have initially appeared to be just another Adult Swim-alike parody of a Hollywood sitcom actor in their twilight years, but it a complex agenda that belied this impression, immediately whipsawing us into a crazy existential odyssey. Raphael Bob-Waksburg had delivered a genuine Netflix surprise. One where human and animal co-existed in a … Continued

AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS [FRIGHTFEST 2018]

Family Christmases are fraught at the best of times, particularly when there’s a new member being introduced to the clan and that pressure cooker situation we’re all familiar with is the perfect setting for this very British slice of sci-fi horror. The Milgrams are your average middle-class family and are being joined for the Yuletide … Continued

HEATHERS (1988)

Michael Lehmann’s seminal teen angst movie makes its 30th birthday victory lap with this exquisite 4K restoration. The tale of Veronica (Winona Ryder) and psycho sociopath bad-boy, JD’s (Christian Slater) journey through the high school class system is just as shocking and deliciously dark-humoured as it was three decades ago. Filled with sharp-edged dialogue and … Continued

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

When it comes to bad comedies, there’s only so many times you can say “that’s not funny”, and on top of that, there’s only so much annoyance a person can take. That is especially the case with the long-belated ‘passion project’ from Brian Henson (son of the legendary Jim Henson), The Happytime Murders, a film … Continued

WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE [FRIGHTFEST 2018]

Jules (Brittany Allen) arrives to celebrate the first anniversary of her wedding to wife Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) at a family lake house and seemingly all is well in the honeymoon period. However, the arrival of an old school friend of Jackie’s, who lives across the water in a house opposite inadvertently and indirectly starts … Continued

CHUCK STEEL: NIGHT OF THE TRAMPIRES [FRIGHTFEST 2018]

If there are any filmmakers wondering if they are ever going to get that ever elusive break with their dream project, then this little number will create eternal hope. One of the picks of this year’s London FrightFest and a fan favourite ever since the early experimental shorts were screened in previous years, Chuck Steel: … Continued

EYEBALL (1975)

Italian legend Umberto Lenzi is perhaps best known to casual film fans for his controversial cannibal films (Cannibal Ferox being the peak of controversy) and naff-but-fun ‘zombie’ flick Nightmare City. He was, however, accomplished in many genres and the giallo was one in which he shone. Eyeball revels in the tropes of the murder mystery … Continued