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Hair Extensions (2007) - Film Review

Shion Sono’s 2007 Japanese masterpiece EKUSUTE known in the U.K. as HAIR EXTENSIONS screened at The Bram Stoker International Film Festival earlier this year. This film is so demented that I was almost left speechless. HAIR EXTENSIONS is a stunning spectacle of insanity which, whilst tongue-in-cheek also focuses very touchingly on family issues and child abuse.

The film opens with a container being opened to reveal a dead body amongst mountains of human hair. Once the body shows up at the mortuary madder-than-hell mortuary assistant Yamazaki is utterly taken with her. In particular he is fascinated by her hair,

Colin (2008) - Film Review

It’s been a while since I saw Marc Price’s COLIN at the Mayhem Festival in Nottingham, and there’s a reason I haven’t reviewed it sooner – I’ve been thinking. Thinking that I’ve heard so many people say this ‘isn’t a bad film for £45’, and wondering if Marc Price is sick of people saying this – surely it’s better to just have a good film? Mentioning the budget is surely just excusing the fact that it isn’t actually any good at all? So in spite of my reservations about the budget, which I’ll come to later, and in spite of the fact that I found Marc Price to be a funny, friendly guy – in fact, ignoring everything I know about COLIN, and reviewing the film on its merits alone, did I enjoy it? No, not really, but it isn’t all bad.

Colin opens with some great close-in action scenes of Colin as he writhes round his kitchen trying to tend to a nasty wound on his arm, taking great advantage of the overexposure, leaving a great bleached-out effect and using a strange and eerie quietness Price directs well and I was already anticipating a really good film.

An American Werewolf in London (1981) - Film Review

John Landis’ 1981 film AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is an interesting mix. First and foremost it’s a horror movie, but there is no denying the wicked vein of warped, black humour which runs deep through the entire film. The blending of comedy and horror has been done many times before, but this is different - this is done without flinching, it’s played straight as normal folk would act and without a wink at the camera. This is the humour found in real life - and it works perfectly. Thrilling, scary, and funny AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is a must-see for anyone who has managed to avoid it for the last 28 years.

David Kessler (David Naughton) and his best friend Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) are two Americans embarking on the most ill-planned backpacking tour of Europe the world has ever known. So brilliant

Shuttle (2008) - Film Review

Edward Anderson’s directorial debut SHUTTLE has some great cinematography, in fact I was very impressed when I realised this was his first attempt. Whilst the story is good, and has some tense moments, sadly I felt I was ten minutes ahead of the plot, so nothing really kept me guessing - and this was the obvious intention with SHUTTLE. However, in spite of the not-so-hidden plot twists it did manage to keep me entertained.

Melanie (Peyton List) and her good friend Jules (Cameron Goodman) arrive home from their girly weekend away, Melanie is suffering from travel sickness and is eager for them to collect their bags and be on their way. Unfortunately, one of their bags is missing, and after waiting for ages they find themselves somewhat stranded at

Orphan (2009) - Film Review

Jaume Collet-Serra’s 2009 film ORPHAN has confirmed what I have long believed, there’s nothing much scarier than a sinister child. God help the neighbours’ children if they should ever sleepwalk into the Robinson household – I swear to god if I saw a ghoulish child by my bed at night, I’d attack it - it’d freak me out, and I’d attack it! And not since those girls in THE SHINING has there been a more sinister child than ORPHAN’s Esther, a fantastically wicked, perfectly acted, truly evil little girl. If you want a film that’s going to put you off having children for life, then this is it!

Orphan opens with a scene of chaos, bloodshed, and horror as Kate relives the ordeal of giving birth to a stillborn child. Kate is in therapy to help her cope with her loss, and months later she’s managed to quit drinking, and in spite of a few niggling doubts, feels that she and her husband John are ready to adopt.

Cape Fear (1991) - Film Review

Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake of the 1962 film CAPE FEAR was not only Scorsese’s first remake but also his first thriller and his first really high budget offering. With films like Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver already under his belt and with the incomparable Robert De Niro on board, expectations were bound to be high. The problem with high expectations is that things so very often fall short - but not this time!

When Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is released from prison after serving 14 years for rape and battery, he has only one thing on his mind - revenge! During his time in prison, when not being

Grace (2009) - Film Review

Paul Solet’s 2009 film GRACE was the last film to screen at Nottingham’s Mayhem Festival this year, and it proved to be one hell of a finale! Unlike Josef Rusnak’s recent remake IT’S ALIVE, this macabre story of a blood lusting child is a very well made, well acted, and sometimes heart rending, thriller.

After losing a couple of previous pregnancies, Michael and Madeline Matheson are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child. Madeline is a health freak who lives on a vegan diet and insists on her midwife guiding her through a natural birth. Michael is a mummy’s

Revenge of the Zombies (1943) - Film Review

If ever I had any misgivings about how the horror genre had progressed over the years Steve Sekley’s 1943 flick REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIES laid all of my doubts to rest. Made as a follow up to KING OF THE ZOMBIES, I knew not to expect too much. Not only is it not scary but the zombies don’t actually do anything throughout the entire film! They don’t look frightening and they don’t bite (in fact they make polite conversation with guests!) This film had moments of hilarity that made me so glad I’d watched it. But as far as horror films go, well all I can say is that the folk in 1943 must have been nervous wrecks if this made their pulses race, had they ever seen an episode of Scooby Doo, then I fear they may have needed the smelling salts. At only 61 mins long I didn’t mind that I’d sat through the most scare-less film ever made because in places it was so entertaining.

Dr Van Altermann (John Carradine, more famous for playing early Dracula) is up to some really weird stuff, namely bringing the dead back to life. His experiment is to create an army of invincible soldiers for the Third Reich. When Dr Van Altermann’s Wife dies,