Yakuza Law

Yakuza Law (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. “The Yakuza are groups of men bound by ironclad rules.” So boasts the legend at the start of this film, which may very well be true but it does also give the “King of Cult” Teruo Ishii an opportunity to … Continue reading Yakuza Law

Truth Or Dare

Truth Or Dare US (2013) Dir. Jessica Cameron They say the truth hurts but I don’t think it is supposed to hurt as much as it does in this indie gore flick. And if this claret soaked yarn is also meant to serve as a parable to warn people against the inherent vanity from achieving … Continue reading Truth Or Dare

Juan Of The Dead (Juan de los muertos)

Juan Of The Dead (Juan de los muertos) Cuba/Spain (2011) Dir. Alejandro Brugués They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but there remains a fine line between inspiration and creating an original work worthy of being judged on its own merits. Alejandro Brugués actually pulls this off with his low budget political satire … Continue reading Juan Of The Dead (Juan de los muertos)

Raw

Raw France/Belgium (2016) Dir. Julia Ducournau Having already been familiar with the synopsis of this French/Belgian film and going by the first 20 minutes or so, my initial summation was “Like Animal House with the emphasis on Animal”. Little did I know that I would regret such premature flippancy. Teenage vegetarian and aspiring vet Justine … Continue reading Raw

Redeemer

Redeemer Chile (2014) Dir. Ernesto Díaz Espinoza We’ve seen Martial Arts heroes arise from all corners of the globe over recent years and now it is Chile’s turn, as genre director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza teams up with martial artist and stuntman Marko Zaror to bring us this action packed and rather gruesome tale of vengeance … Continue reading Redeemer

Parasyte The Maxim Collection 2

Parasyte The Maxim Collection 2 (Episodes 13-25) (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 274 minutes approx. Part two of this superlative sci-fi/horror series kicks off with central protagonist Shinichi Izumi in the doldrums after witnessing the death of schoolmate Kana Kimishima at the hands of the parasites. Having exposed … Continue reading Parasyte The Maxim Collection 2

Tag (Riaru onigokko)

Tag (Riaru onigokko) Japan (2015) Dir. Sion Sono Sion Sono has been busy in 2015. Tag is his sixth film of the year (five theatrical films and one TV movie) and follows in the great tradition of Sono’s prior output by crossing genres on a whim. Tag is a unique adaptation of the novel Real … Continue reading Tag (Riaru onigokko)

WER

WER (Cert 18) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Entertainment One) Running Time: 89 minutes approx. Over the past few years two of horror’s most enduring monsters, the vampire and the werewolf, have been subject to some homogenising thanks to Twilight and its many clones that followed in its wake. Writer-director William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) … Continue reading WER

Helldriver (Nihon bundan: Heru doraibâ)

Helldriver (Nihon bundan: Heru doraibâ) Japan (2010) Dir. Yoshihiro Nishimura A meteorite hits Northern Japan spreading a toxic ash cloud which infects people and turns them into flesh eating zombies with antler shaped tumours on their heads. With the country divide by a fortified wall the Government is divided as to whether the zombies should … Continue reading Helldriver (Nihon bundan: Heru doraibâ)

Yakuza Weapon (Gokudô heiki)

Yakuza Weapon (Gokudô heiki) Japan (2011) Dirs. Tak Sakaguchi & Yûdai Yamaguchi In a South American jungle tough as nails Yakuza fighter Shozo Iwaki (Tak Sakaguchi) is on a four year mission raising all kinds of hell when he receives word that his Yakuza boss father Kenzo (Akaji Maro) has been killed. Upon returning to … Continue reading Yakuza Weapon (Gokudô heiki)