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A Perfect Engine, An Eating Machine: The Jaws Series
3 Mar 2019
From the earliest age, everyone knows what a monster wants to do: it wants to eat you. Therefore the most primal horror movies tap into that fear that something menacing and powerful out there wants ...

Phwoar, Missus! Sexytime for Hollywood
24 Feb 2019
The phrase "Sex Sells" was one that could have been invented for the movie industry, as part of the reason audiences go to watch films is to see attractive people going about their adventures, though ...

He-Maniacs: Ridiculous 80s Action
16 Feb 2019
The one thing you must do with action movies is take them very seriously indeed. They deal with life and death, placing characters in great peril, and there is nothing funny about that. Got it? Wel...

All's Welles That Ends Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 1 on DVD
7 Feb 2019
Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock: two famed directors, and they both had anthology shows collecting thrillers and horrors in compact packages for the viewing public. Alfred Hitchcock Presents wa...

Shut It! The Sweeney Double Bill: Two Blu-rays from Network
30 Jan 2019
Ah, the nineteen-seventies, and in British cinema, television is King. This was mostly down to popular sitcoms (and some unpopular ones, what the hell) being adapted for the big screen, all taking th...

Network Sitcom Movie Double Bill: Till Death Us Do Part and Man About the House on Blu-ray
25 Jan 2019
The British sitcom film was a phenomenon that never went away, as while some slipped through the cracks, so there were no It Ain't Half Hot, Mum or Yes, Minister movies, plenty more were...

No, THIS Must Be the Place: True Stories on Blu-ray
24 Jan 2019
Bands like to make movies, or at least their management like them to make movies, be they the Beatles in A Hard Day's Night, Slade in Flame, or Pink Floyd The Wall, the attraction...

Alf Garnett's Life After Death: Till Death... and The Thoughts of Chairman Alf on DVD
23 Jan 2019
Although Alf Garnett as a character belonged to the nineteen-sixties, under the tutelage of writer Johnny Speight and actor Warren Mitchell he proved unexpectedly long lasting, turning from the reacti...

Balance of Power: Harold Pinter at the BBC on DVD
20 Jan 2019
There's some credible claim for Harold Pinter as the greatest British playwright of the twentieth century, and his prolific quality means there's plenty of material from him to judge by. He eventuall...

Strange Days 2: The Second Science Fiction Weirdness Wave
1 Jan 2019
Weird science fiction at the movies fell out of favour in the nineteen-eighties and into the nineteen-nineties, certainly there was the occasional release that gathered some attention and higher profi...

Strange Days: When Science Fiction Went Weird
23 Dec 2018
When Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, it ushered in a new era of science fiction; yes, there were the movies that adhered to as much realism as they could muster, a...

Ha Ha Haaargh: Interview With Camp Death III in 2D! Director Matt Frame
17 Dec 2018
Matt Frame is the Canadian director of the 80s slasher spoof Camp Death III in 2D!, a barrage of cheerful bad taste where no joke is too stoopid to include, and it has been picking up fans worl...

Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
13 Dec 2018
The history of urban myths informing horror movies has been one the film industry itself has been slightly reluctant to acknowledge, but the horror genre has benefited more than others, maybe more tha...

A Name to Conjure With: David Nixon's Magic Box on DVD
2 Dec 2018
There was a time in Britain, from about the nineteen-fifties to the nineteen-seventies, when David Nixon was one of the most famous men in the country, although as is the way with many a huge celebrit...

Which 1950s Sci-Fi was Scariest? Invaders from Mars vs The Blob
28 Nov 2018
If there was one thing you could rely on during the nineteen-fifties, it was science fiction movies were not always intended to fill you with awe, nope, they were intended to frighten the wits out of ...

The Empire Strikes Back: Khartoum vs Carry On Up the Khyber
27 Nov 2018
For many decades, the British depicted their Empire in film as the heroes but come the nineteen-sixties a remake of Sanders of the River just wasn't going to cut it no matter how fashionable vi...

Stan and Ollie's Final Folly: Atoll K on Blu-ray
26 Nov 2018
Not every movie star gets to go out on a high, and for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy their final roles in a film were of great embarrassment to them both, for everything involved with it seemed to go d...

The Big Grapple: Escape from New York and Its Influence
20 Nov 2018
"1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane." Whoever came up with the tagline for John Carpenter's Escape from New York truly e...

The Conquest of Everett: The Kenny Everett Video Show on DVD
15 Nov 2018
Kenny Everett (1944-95) was one of the most popular radio presenters ever to emerge from Britain, a regular on the airwaves on various stations for decades, but that was not only where he was to be fo...

Bout for the Count: Hammer's Dracula in the 1970s
31 Oct 2018
Britain's Hammer Studios were to begin the nineteen-seventies seemingly geared up to continue as they had done in the sixties, churning out a bunch of horror pictures every year, and enjoying the frui...

Nopes from a Small Island: Mistreatment of American Stars in British Films
26 Oct 2018
The United Kingdom has, since the Victorian times saw P.T. Barnum and Buffalo Bill's shows imported, been fascinated by entertainment from the other side of the Atlantic, sure it's sometimes looked do...

You Know, For Kids: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box
21 Oct 2018
From its beginnings in the early nineteen-fifties to its winding down almost four decades later, The Children's Film Foundation was a well-intentioned attempt to entertain Britain's kids specifically ...

If He Were a Carpenter and It Was the 80s: The Fog, Prince of Darkness and They Live
17 Oct 2018
Halloween, it is safe to say, was the movie that made John Carpenter's career, and once that slasher classic had been unleashed on the world there was great anticipation at what this new talent...

Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
12 Oct 2018
Horror and science fiction movies were as popular as they ever had been in the nineteen-eighties, particularly the ones out of the United States where state of the art make-up and visual effects were ...

Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
12 Oct 2018
Spiritualism, the idea that one can communicate with the spirits of the dead, had been around since the nineteenth century thanks to the worldwide sensation caused by the American Fox sisters who were...

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