Human Desire (1954)

Hollywood remakes of European films are nothing new, Fritz Lang’s Human Desire, which has just been released in the UK in a very nice dual format Blu-ray and DVD as part of Eureka’s The Masters of Cinema series, is a remake of French master Jean Renoir’s La Bete humaine (1938), which was freely adapted from…

The Jurassic Games (2018) The Friday Morning Creature Feature

Described as The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park, The Jurassic Games reminded me more of Norman Spinrad’s story The National Pastime where teams of violent criminals are put into teams to play ‘Combat Football’ a game where all rules are suspended and anything allowed with a touch of Arne’s The Running Man thrown in. Set…

The Unholy (1988)

Is Priestsploitation a genre? If it isn’t, it ought to be just to find a convenient home for movies like The Exorcist (197), Borderlands (200), Stigmata (1999) and The Unholy which has been restored and remastered on Blu-ray as part of the Vestron Collector’s Series for release on 25 February in the UK. Ben Cross…

Slow Lump Jump by Jack Swift

You can always rely on Red Rattle Books to turn out something a bit quirky and Jack Swift’s Slow Lump Jump is no exception. On the face of it Swift’s post-apocalyptic tale bears certain resemblances to, at one end the cosy-catastrophies of John Wyndham. The UK has been devastated by a plague that has left…

Class of 1999 (1990)

Class of 1999 sort of follows on from director Mark L Lester’s high school gone bad flick Class of 1984 (1982). Only this time around the we are transported into a dystopian future where parts of US cities have been taken over by youth gangs and become no go areas for the cops known as…

Late Night with Cthulhu at the London Lovecraft Festival

Our final visit to this year’s London Lovecraft Festival took place on Saturday night (9 February) when we joined the sell-out crowd for the chat show with a difference Late Night with Cthulhu.  To set the scene it’s a few hundred years since the Great Old Ones rose up and enslaved humanity, but now things…

The Lurking Fear & Other Stories at the London Lovecraft Festival

The house-full boards were up for our second visit to the London Lovecraft Festival to partake of The Lurking Fear and Other Stories by Broken World Productions. Upstairs  in the black room at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre we are taken to a bar in the Catskills in the 1920s. A pair of intrepid lady…

Albertina West: Reanimator at The London Lovecraft Festival

The first show we got to see at this year’s London Lovecraft Festival, was the gender switched Albertina West: Reanimator by TL Wiswell. This was something a bit special as it was an opportunity to experience a work in progress as it evolves from the printed word to the performance space. So no costumes, minimal…

Crucible of the Vampire out now on Dual Format and Digital

Around this time last year we got our first look at Iain Ross-McNamee’s Indy Brit horror  Crucible of the Vampire. On Saturday (2 February) we finally got to see the finished movie on the big screen at the movie’s London premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. The rough cut we originally saw…