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A Teenage boy with a passion for all things nerdy! Expect a lot of Doctor Who, Cult/Horror Movies, Literature and Novels, History, Comic Books and random thoughts. Posts published weekly on a Friday evening. DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the items reviewed on this site and i also do not own of the pictures (unless stated so). If you own one of the photos and wish for it to be removed contact me at this adress: Super.pig@live.co.uk. However all of the written work is my own and is protected under copyright law.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Animal (2014)

‘Chiller Films’, is the film production out-put of the US Horror Channel ‘Chiller’, films produced for Theatrical and Video on Demand release, but followed by an exclusive premiere on the channel itself.  As far as I can tell they’ve been producing  films from 2011 onwards for Television Broadcast only but these new Theatrical Ventures seem to have gained a great deal more attention. It’s understandable too, looking at the slim collection of titles, it’s almost as if they’ve been assembled to appeal to your average horror-fan. There’s ‘Deep in The Darkness’ (2014), an adaption of a novel that sounds like someone took the Morlocks from HG Welles ‘The Time Machine’ and stuck them in a small American town  (from the images I’ve seen online the creatures even look similar to those from the 1960 movie Adaption). Then there’s the Monkeys Paw, a story which every Horror Fan knows and loves. And finally the film I’m discussing today- ‘Animal’, a throwback ‘Cabin-In-The-Woods’ type film which seems to have been the most well received and most well known of all their efforts. However when looking at the critical reception to a lot of their output one has to wonder if that’s saying much.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Edge of Darkness (TV 1985)

More often than not when an individual begins to watch, read or even listen to a piece of entertainment that has achieved mass acclaim and approval, it’s difficult for expectations to be met. When I sat down to watch ‘Edge of Darkness’, I knew that it had won Six Bata’s and was nominated for a further five, that the BFI had called it the fifteenth greatest British Television Programme, that the Radio Times had claimed it was one of the top 40 TV programmes and that Channel 4 had named it the third best TV Drama Ever. Naturally then I expected a lot from what is essentially a six episode mini-series capitalising on the fears and paranoia of Thatcher’s Britain, a period in which I have only textbook knowledge, not having been alive to experience it myself. The fact that it lived up to my expectations and gripped me to the point that I had to marathon the whole thing in one day shows that unlike a great deal of BBC productions of the time it still stands up as a tense, dark and intelligent thriller. Indeed aside from perhaps one of the best things the BBC has ever made, I think it’s one of the best things my eyeballs have ever had the pleasure to witness. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Sarah Jane Smith: Series 1 (Big Finish Audio Drama)

I think the popularity of Sarah Jane Smith and Elizabeth Sladen’s portrayal of her can be seen in the amount of times she’s appeared in her own solo adventures. Of course there was the 1981 ‘K9 and Company’- a pilot for a TV series, but one that failed to capture the public’s imagination. Then with the revived series in 2005 she featured in several episodes with David Tennants Doctor before being given her own spin-off, the CBBC show ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’. One other spin-off Sarah Jane received however is not perhaps as well remembered and certainly is not as mainstream, indeed in the years since Sladens passing this odd little audio series has passed almost into obscurity. I’m speaking of course about Big Finish’s range of audio’s dedicated to the character, Big Finish being well known for their Doctor Who audio drama’s as well as those featuring beloved cult TV characters such as; The Avengers, Terrahawks and upcoming Prisoner audio series. The Sarah Jane Smith audio series was released between 2002 and 2006, it comprises of two series and nine audio dramas in total, picking up her story post The Hand of Fear (her final Doctor Who story) and the events of K9 and Company. However those familiar with the lighthearted Russell T Davies spin off best be warned- this is a very different beast....

Sunday, 22 February 2015

The Sacrament (2014)

As far as last year’s horror offerings went, I regret to state that I let the side down a little in how many I get to see and exactly what it was I got to see. I saw the big budget monster movie letdown that was Godzilla and the decent but flawed Quiet Ones however smaller indipendant projects slipped very easily under my radar and perhaps due to a desire to catch up on a few Classic Movies, I missed out. Happily though, now we’re into February of 2015 there’s a ton of excellent ‘Best Horror’s of 2014’ Videos on You Tube which make an excellent ‘must see’ guide for last year, should you too have missed out. One which particularly caught my eye was ‘The Sacrament’. I’ve always been a sucker for movies about Cults but not really having read up on the film at all I suppose I suspected the film to have more of a supernatural element than it did. What I got, whilst admittedly unexpected, was bloody brilliant. Brutal, unnerving and truly terrifying in the most disturbing of senses- the Sacrament is an extremely good start on my journey through 2014's Horror flicks. One word of warning though- if you are intrigued, stop reading and go watch as I will be discussing the ins and outs of the film in some depth. Don't even hesitate just go now, you won't regret it.

Friday, 19 December 2014

The Old Dark House (1932)

Something of a flop on its initial American release (although doing somewhat better here in Britain, supposedly breaking House records at the Capital Theatre in London), time has been kind to The Old Dark House, having since become something of a classic for fans of Gothic Horror Cinema, not to mention a rediscovered Gem for lovers of the work of James Whale. It’s rather sad then that after its pathetic box office takings it spent the next Thirty to Forty years sat  forgotten on a shelf in the Universal Vault, gathering dust and unseen by anyone, considered a lost film despite its phenomenal UK takings. Perhaps spurred on by its continued British reputation as a classic, Hammer and William Castle in 1963 chose to remake the film leading to even more interest in the forgotten original. Eventually in 1968 Curtis Harrington was able to track the negative down and convinced Kodak to attempt a restoration- causing an immediate revaluation. Almost fifty years since it’s rediscovery it’s a reputation that still persists amongst horror fans and is often hailed as the best of its type giving birth to an entire sub genre of horror entitled ‘Old Dark House’ Movies. Despite all that though, personally I think it’s important for another reason- it’s one of the first Horror Comedies and even after all this time it somehow manages to be one of the few to get the balance just right.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Ritual by David Pinner

Ritual is something of an odd novel, but one with a very colourful and slightly bemusing history.  Originally receiving only a very short print run, the book later became highly sort after when a connection was revealed between it and the 1973 film The Wicker Man, with copies known to have sold for up to £600. Now, being a student, I’m saddened to say that I do not own an original copy and indeed were it not for a marvellous little company called ‘Finders Keepers’ (cult movie soundtrack lovers you should defiantly check them out) then  it’s doubtful if I would  of been able to read this little oddity at all. Admittedly my interest in the novel only came about because I happen to be something of a Wicker Man fan, indeed I would probably go so far to say it’s the most well made and artistic (even if it’s not my personal favourite) British Horror Movie ever.  Despite that though I was always aware that Ritual was supposedly a very different beast from its predecessor, and although having bought the film rights to the book, all those involved in the making of the Wicker Man constantly state that its influence was very limited. Which if true, I admit I am somewhat grateful for.