Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon)

Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon) Japan (1966) Dir. Shigeo Tanaka Following the success of the first Gamera film Daiei Studio president Masaichi Nagata immediately ordered a second, with an increased budget and an epic story to match. The result is the most Godzilla-like entry of the series. Set six months after the … Continue reading Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon)

Get The Hell Out

Get The Hell Out Taiwan (2020) Dir. I-Fan Wang Politics is a messy business to get involved in. It is where people shed their humanity, and their instincts for self-preservation reduce them to committing acts of shameless venality and display levels of immorality unthinkable to most. In short - it turns people into monsters. A … Continue reading Get The Hell Out

The Shining

The Shining US (1980) Dir. Stanley Kubrick “Heeeeeere’s Johnny!” And here is another late to the party review of a classic film. Like the recent first time review of Carrie - also based on a Stephen King novel - The Shining is another movie perennial with a host of memorable scenes I have seen many … Continue reading The Shining

The Cat (Go-hyang-i: Jook-eum-eul bo-neun doo gae-eui noon)

The Cat (Go-hyang-i: Jook-eum-eul bo-neun doo gae-eui noon) Korea (2011) Dir. Byun Seung-Wook If you follow me on social media or note the occasional comments on this site, you’ll know I am a dog owner of a pug named Penny. So, you’ll forgive me if I concur with the theme of this Korean horror which … Continue reading The Cat (Go-hyang-i: Jook-eum-eul bo-neun doo gae-eui noon)

Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau)

Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau) Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Herman Yau Death, contrary to popular belief, isn’t always the final word - if it was, there wouldn’t be any horror films or tales of the supernatural to spook us out with. So, keep on haunting you spirits, like the one in … Continue reading Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau)

WWE – Payback 2020

WWE – Payback 2020 (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 150 minutes approx. For reasons only known to Vince McMahon and the voices in his head, this show was held exactly one week after Summerslam. This isn’t the first time - in 2006, the WWE version of ECW had their infamous … Continue reading WWE – Payback 2020

Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai)

Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai) Japan (1964) Dir. Hideo Gosha For many, Samurai are seen as mighty warriors, demons with the sword usually found under the employ of a powerful warlord or dignitary. But there are also ronin, wandering samurai with no master to control them, roaming from town to town looking for a … Continue reading Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai)

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories UK (2017) Dirs. Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman “We have to be so very careful what we believe in” A maxim we should all heed but likely, we never will. And as the film’s title suggests, this isn’t about religion though it does play a small part in the cynicism of the main … Continue reading Ghost Stories

Carrie

Carrie US (1976) Dir. Brian De Palma Bullies always get their comeuppance, but it is a shame that when the victim finally retaliates it is they who are persecuted and not the culprits. As someone whose school and early work life was ruined by bullies, I can always sympathise with the victim. 16 year-old Carrie … Continue reading Carrie