Sam Raimi‘s cult classic Evil Dead has been controversially resurrected, but, despite a few new plot additions, director Fede Alvarez hasn’t quite managed to breath new life into the story. It has some satisfying similarities with the original – gallons of spewing blood, an integral chain saw, an evil force rushing through the forest at an ungodly pace and non-consensual tree sex – but RIP low-budget aesthetics and downright silliness, you are greatly missed.
When it comes to the ocean, nothing quite terrifies us measly humans like a great white shark. Jaws is still the best and Deep Blue Sea held its own but beyond that this monster of the deep has had some rather pitiful cinematic representations. In 2012, the Land Down Under in conjunction with the Lion City sought to remedy this terrible Hollywood failing, with a shark tale that turns out not half bad.
Is there any name better known than that of Wes Craven? It’s pretty hard to forget the man responsible for unleashing the fiendish Freddy Krueger and effectively making sleep an impossibility. The man takes his place as a legend of the slasher flick genre, every era spawning another attempt to scare the bejeesus out of people. A directing career that started in the XXX industry (not surprisingly really seeing as sex and violence usually go hand in hand) led to such horror classics as the The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes and most recently the Scream franchise. With his popularity never waning, Shout! Factory has taken it upon themselves to scrounge up one of his earlier works and release it for the first time as a Collector’s Edition on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Dead End Drive-In is a thrilling reminder of grindhouse cinema and everything that made it unique. The story is pretty straightforward, but a particular part of the plot that is presented as a turning point in the characters’ lives is nothing more than baffling. Still, watch with a nostalgic open mind and a loud set of speakers, and remind yourself of one of cinema’s best-loved genres.
Notorious for scandalising even the French, Baise-Moi fought extremely hard against the label of ‘pornography’ given to it by the certification board. Boasting “prolonged sex scenes of an extremely explicit nature and scenes of graphic violence” and continued bans in many countries, this low-budget sexploitation is known more for its reputation rather than its content. All controversy aside, Baise-Moi is an midly enjoyable, if uneven, feminist punk fantasy.
Fancy a film which features a group of medieval jousters riding modern-day motorcycles? Then you’ve definitely come to the right place; Knightriders comes from the director of zombie classic Dawn Of The Dead and, despite the change in tone, is just as iconic, just as spectacular and just as epic…
Seeing director leviathans Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Peter Jackson reduced to giggling, bright-eyed fanboys gushing over Ray Harryhausen is quite something. They have good reason to go weak at the knees – Ray Harryhausen Special Effects Titan is a fascinating insight into the life’s work of one man with a love of animation in his DNA.
You know the end is truly near when even little indie pics opt to remake rather than create anew. Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac is in fact a slightly artier version of William Lustig’s 1980 horror flick of the same name. The original was nominated for a Saturn Award and inspired Dennis Matkosky to compose the song “Maniac” of Flashdance fame. With the 2013 version we get essentially the same plot with only a slightly unusual choice in filming to make it stand apart.
It has taken Antique Bakery almost 5 years to make it to our lovely shores. Kind of surprising really since it is known to be one of South Korea’s most successful movies having raked in over a million movie goers within the first two weeks of its release. Time to see what all the fuss is about…