The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1 (Episodes 1-12) (Cert 15) 4 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 290 minutes approx Judging by this first instalment of this dark fantasy series, the title The Ancient Magus’ Bride feels a little misleading as no marriage has taken place yet; scratch that, there hasn’t even been … Continue reading The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1

Hilda (Nunca he tenido una Hilda)

Hilda (Nunca he tenido una Hilda) Mexico (2014) Dir. Andres Clariond You know what they say about people with money - they might be able to buy a big house and flashy cars but they can’t buy class. It’s nice to have a healthy bank balance but being a decent human being should always be … Continue reading Hilda (Nunca he tenido una Hilda)

I Walked With A Zombie

I Walked With A Zombie US (1943) Dir. Jacques Tourneur The year of this film’s release might imply it to be an early zombie movie (the first was 1932’s White Zombie) but the zombies in both of these films are not the reanimated corpses we’ve come to associate with zombies per George A. Romero’s seminal … Continue reading I Walked With A Zombie

Grimoire Of Zero

Grimoire Of Zero (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 302 minutes approx. As theme tune to classic US sitcom Diff’rent Stokes inculcated, “It takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world”, including the fantasy world of Grimoire Of Zero where witches, humans, and half-human half-beasts co-exist and are all under threat from a … Continue reading Grimoire Of Zero

Black Venus

Black Venus (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 165 minutes approx. I’m wondering if Abdellatif Kechiche is capable of making a film of reasonable length. Looking at his resume, only one runs under two hours and that is only by a few minutes. In between 2007’s 150-minute Couscous and 2013’s 3-hour … Continue reading Black Venus


Baskin Turkey (2015) Dir. Can Evrenol “Arthouse horror” is the latest trend in cinema to come from South America and parts of Europe, with Mexican effort We Are The Flesh the first one experienced by yours truly - “experienced” being the operative word as these surreal descents into unimaginable psychedelic and psychotic worlds can’t really … Continue reading Baskin

Blind Mountain (Mang shan)

Blind Mountain (Mang shan) China (2007) Dir. Li Yang “How can anything survive / When these little minds tear you in two..” So sung Gene Pitney in his 1961 hit Town Without Pity and while the central location of this stark and incendiary Chinese film is a mountain village and not a town, the above lament … Continue reading Blind Mountain (Mang shan)

Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong)

Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong) Korea (2015) Dir. Kwon Hyung-Jin Fans of Korean genre films generally know what they are letting themselves in for, so, no matter how shocking the content is, we are in fact in familiar territory. Deep Trap is one of those films but in this instance, it is made all the … Continue reading Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong)

Spirits’ Homecoming (Gwi-hyang)

Spirits' Homecoming (Gwi-hyang) Korea (2016) Dir. Cho Jung-rae The Japanese occupation of China from the 1930’s to the end of the World War II has been the subject of many films from that country, yet the Koreans don’t seem so forthcoming in reflecting on the same treatment they endured on film. Understandably the memories will … Continue reading Spirits’ Homecoming (Gwi-hyang)

The Legend Of Tarzan

The Legend Of Tarzan US (2016) Dir. David Yates So, 98 years after Elmo Lincoln first donned the famous loin cloth to play Edgar Rice-Burroughs’ legendry creation, Hollywood unleashes it’s long awaited, long gestating modern entry into the Tarzan canon. Can British director David Yates (helmer of the last four Harry Potter films) do the … Continue reading The Legend Of Tarzan