Dead Dicks (2019, Canada)

Artsploitation continue to bring us teh best of weird world cinema with Canada's Dead Dicks. Written and directed by Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer the film features Jillian Harris as Becca who on the day she accepts a college place to study nursing gets a phone message from her mentally unstable brother Ritchie (Heston... Continue Reading →

Say Your Prayers (2020, UK)

Two orphaned brothers are brought up in the loving care of Church of England vicar Father Enoch (Derek Jacobi). What could possibly go wrong? Well radicalised by Enoch's extremist Christian teachings hardnut Vic (Tom Brooke) and his sensitive brother Tim (Harry Melling) are sent off to the Ilkley Literary Festival where the celebrated atheist Professor... Continue Reading →

Melancholic (2018, Japan)

Despite being a graduate of Tokyo University, shy Kazuhiko (Yuji Minagwa) is unemployed and lives at home with his folks. A chance meeting with the vivacious Yuri at a public bath house encourages Kazuhiko to apply for a job at the bath house so that he can see her again. However what Kazuhiko does not... Continue Reading →

TOS2020 – ReMission International

When the Mission's Wayne Hussey heard that a group of NHS workers had adopted the band's Tower of Strength as an anthem during the COVID-19 crisis, he decided to rerecord the song with contributions from a few friends to raise some money to help Covid charities. The contributors include: Andy Rourke of the Smiths, the... Continue Reading →

This Gun For Hire (1942, USA)

This Gun For Hire was the first movie pairing for the sultry Veronica Lake with Alan Ladd. Just released in the UK on Blu-ray as a 4K scan from the original elements it was also the fourth billed Ladd's breakout picture which turned him into a star. Ladd palys Raven a cat loving, but ice... Continue Reading →

Mara (2018, USA)

Mara which has just been released to stream on Amazon Prime comes from the producers of Insidious. Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace and The Courier) is assigned to the murder of Matthew, whose wife Helena (Rosie Felner) has seemingly strangled him in his sleep and the only witness is Sophie (Mackenzie... Continue Reading →

Lake Michigan Monster (2020, USA)

We like a strange sea monster tale at the Hothouse and they don't come much weirder than Ryland Brickson Cole Tews's Lake Michigan Monster, which is out on the Arrow Video Channel and as a digital download in the UK and USA. Captain Seafield Strictly speaking its not a sea monster at all, but then... Continue Reading →

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