Archive for the ‘DVD Reviews’ Category

Billy Blanks

Monday, March 26th, 2012

More hardgore next Monday, today is back to Video Hell with two martial arts action films starting no less than Billy Blanks.

Showdown (1993) is fairly made, but completely derivative, while Expect No Mercy (1995) has a more original storyline, it could just have used a little more of it. Both are perfectly enjoyable films though and expect more from Mr Blanks in April.

Burning Moon (1997)

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The latest release from US DVD company Intervision, due for release tomorrow, Burning Moon is a complete gore-fest from the German Underground that will appeal to all fans of the video nasty era.

Asylum double bill

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

It wouldn’t be a look at straight to video trash without a look at two films from the new masters of the genre – The Asylum.

The Haunting of Winchester House (2009) is marketed as a scary modern horror, but it is actually a very mild and old fashioned ghost story that manages to build some good atmosphere despite being filmed in the vintage red/green 3D format.

100 Million BC (2008) is a rather less forgiveable attempt to make an elaborate thriller with no budget, but most of the flaws come from lazy script writing.

Cyborg Cops

Monday, January 30th, 2012

More straight to video hell with a double bill of Nu Image films from the 1990s – Cyborg Cop and Cyborg Cop II – packed with explosions and gunfights with a dash of gore and gratuitous nudity, these should appeal to all B-movie action fans.

Flight 747

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

More straight to video action with Lance Henriksen and Lorenzo Lamas starring in the no budget thriller Flight 747.

Afghan Knights (2007)

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

So starting off this series of DTV reviews is a modern war/horror film that is marketed as a gung-ho action flick but is actually a surprisingly effective horror – Afghan Knights

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3 – released today!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Released today by Nucleus in the UK (and available for just £8.99 at HMV at present), this third selection of classic Grindhouse era trailers focuses mostly on Deep South American films from the 1970s, but also includes a variety of international trailers to the mix. One for all Grindhouse fans:

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3 review

Why not also check out my review of the earlier part 2.

The Odd Angry Beer

Monday, November 14th, 2011

So we ship out for the last time today to bring Forgotten ‘Nam week to a close.

Australian war film The Odd Angry Shot shows the often forgotten Aussie contribution to the Vietnam war and provides a realistic look at life behind the lines.

84C MoPic

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

So Forgotten ‘Nam takes in an American film today with 84C MoPic (1989), a little known war film but an incredibly fascinating and unique one – offering an amazing first person perspective of the war. A must see film.

Just one more film to go in this series, coming Monday morning…

Jungle Rats 2 – Black Warrior

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Marketed in Germany as the sequel to yesterday’s Teddy Page film, this Hong Kong production certainly seems to borrow a lot of ideas, or might well lend them as no production date or any other information at all seems to be available for this incredibly obscure production. Unfortunately obscurity does not a good film make and this is a poorly edited mess without even the action packed climax of Page’s film to make it worthwhile. Read the review of Black Warrior aka Super Platoon and then never bother to track down the limited edition German DVD.

Still two days of Forgotten ‘Nam to go, but this marks the end of the Filipino/HK productions, tomorrow I bring you a forgotten American film and on Sunday a production from Down Under, a reminder that many other countries were also involved in the conflict. If you want to learn more about the Far Eastern takes on the Vietnam war, check out this excellent blog – When the Vietnam War raged… in the Philippines.