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Mom and Dad

Director: Brian Taylor

Writer: Brian Taylor

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zachary Arthur, Robert Cunningham, Samantha Lemole, Lance Henriksen

Cert: 15

Running time: 83mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: Brent (Cage) and Kendall (Blair), both in the grip of mid-life crises, live in a state of increasing resentment with their kids Carly (Winters) and Josh (Arthur). Then, without warning, parents all over the country begin violently turning on their children.

What’s the verdict: Reportedly, Nicolas Cage declared this the most enjoyment he has had making a film in ten years. We’re right there with you Nic. What seemed like another direct-to-rental dud, Mom and Dad is a short, sharp, sensational satirical shock.

American Beauty meets 28 Weeks Later, this is a film for...

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Leatherface

Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Writer: Seth M. Sherwood

Cast: Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse, James Bloor, Jessica Madsen, Sam Coleman, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Finn Jones

Cert: 18

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: 1960s Texas. The young Jed Sawyer is taken from his murderous family and placed in a mental institution. Years later, a gang of inmates escape and a bloody road trip begins.

What’s the verdict: Having reached film number four, we predict directing duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury will never match their astonishing 2007 debut feature Inside.

That film carried the same ferocity as Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The duo’s last film, Among the Living, owed a debt to the 1974 horror classic in its hillbilly vengeance plot...

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Blu-Ray Review: The Hills Have Eyes

the-hills-have-eyes-arrow-films-blu-ray-dvd-coverDirector: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven

Cast: Martin Speer, Robert Houston, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier, Virginia Vincent, Russ Grieve, James Whitworth, Michael Berryman, Lance Cordon

Cert: 18

Running time: 89mins

Year: 1977


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What’s the story: A white-collar suburban family, stranded in the California desert, are targeted by a cannibal clan, igniting a desperate fight for survival.

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What’s the verdict: On the accompanying audio commentary (recorded in 2003 for an Anchor Bay release of The Hills Have Eyes) the sadly departed Wes Craven refers to this 1977 mini-classic as his second movie, omitting his 1975 porn film The Fireworks Woman, made under the pseudonym Abe Snake.

Fitting however for the Craven canon that The Hills Have Eyes is the official second movie as it s...

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The Wild Side of Cinema Hits London!

London Film Festival - Tokyo Tribe - Sion SonoCalling all cult film fans. London is the place to be this October for an embarrassment of riches courtesy of The London Film Festival and FrightFest.

TTDS_01347.NEFBeginning Wednesday 8th October, the London Film Festival boasts a treasure chest of horror, fantasy and cult fare that should whet the appetites of those who know their Golan-Globus from their wire-fu. Click the films below to be taken to the respective festival pages.

Left-field film aficionados must check out Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films...

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Among the Living (2014)

Among the Living - EC comics posterDirector: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo

Writer: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo

Cast: Francis Renaud, Anne Marivin, Theo Fernandez, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Damien Ferdel, Beatrice Dalle

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: The directing duo behind Inside and Livid deliver another slice of “all in the family” horror. Three boys bunking off school and playing in an abandoned movie studio discover a woman bound up in a car boot. Unfortunately, her kidnapper spots them and vows to keep his bizarre secret safe. 80s stalk n’ slash meets equally 80s family movies in a solid offering from the Gallic splatter merchants.

Among the Living - Theo Fernandez, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Damien FerdelAmong the Living - Anne Marivin

The full verdict: Maury and Bastillo debuted with Inside, a five star shriek of Grand Guignol that announced them as major new players on the horr...

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The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

The Most Dangerous Game - poster, Fay WrayWelcome to Cinematic Greens

#4 – The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Director: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Writers: James Ashmore Creelman, Richard Connell (short story)

Cast: Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson

Cert: 12

Running time: 63mins

Year: 1932

Contemporary review:
“Banks grabs everything worth grabbing among performance honors. Fay Wray has no opportunity to be anything but decorative. With McCrea and Robert Armstrong (as a booze-guzzling simpleton) miscasting is evident.” – Variety, Dec 31st 1931

Electric Shadows rating:

The lowdown: Roaring RKO ripping yarn based on perhaps cinema’s most oft-filmed story...

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