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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.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Woman In Black (2012)

In hindsight I think that in my review of Hammers Let Me In, I was perhaps too generous in my praise for that film. On hindsight whilst managing to correct some of the mistakes of the Swedish original (getting rid of that awful “cat attack” scene), it was perhaps too American a Hammer film and when re-watched comes across as a bit, well, bland. I didn’t see either The Resident or Wake Wood after that but hearing reviews neither of them were what Hammer really needed to get themselves established as a major producer of horror movies again. I was disappointed to be truthful, I wanted old Hammer back, and I wanted great period horror movies. So along comes the Woman in Black, an adaption of a successful novel and play that was once disastrously adapted by the BBC into a film. So I was anxious to see how this would turn out, I was happy that it was a period horror (very familiar to Hammer of course) and I thought Daniel Radcliffe may be a sort of young Peter Cushing (Radcliffe did admit to being happy to follow in his footsteps). On the other hand, a Woman in black film had failed once and could it do so again?

Friday, 3 August 2012

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

It’s a shame really that All the Boys Love Mandy Lane has such a convoluted release history, meaning that it never received even a DVD release in the USA. Here in the UK however we’re slightly luckier, the film being released straight to DVD and getting semi-regular showings on television. If Mandy Lane was a bad film then I couldn’t care less that even today a lot of people still haven’t seen it, the problem is though, it isn’t a bad film it’s actually pretty good. Sometimes slasher movies bore me, I find the routine of a scene Teenagers having sex/doing drugs for ten minutes and then a kill scene and then another scene of Teenagers having sex/doing drugs mind numbingly boring if it is not done well. Mandy Lane however is actually pretty inventive with an interesting use of music, camera work and a plot twist that actually surprised me.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Sequels rarely top the original, a fact that Cinema fans all over the world have had to accept. If Einstein dictates that E = mc2, then the rules of Cinema dictate that a good film must almost always be followed by one of a lesser standard. Of course every now and then a sequel will waddle along that can top the original, sadly Dr Phibes Rises again fails at this despite giving it a decent shot. It’s still greatly superior to many films in this genre but sadly it’s a step down from the incredibly insane original. The reason why Phibes Rises again just isn’t in the same league as the original? Of course there are many separate reasons but it all boils down to the fact that it just isn’t as entertaining as The Abominable Dr Phibes. Mind you, it does do a bloody good job at trying.

Monday, 9 July 2012

The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971)

Watching the Abominable Dr Phibes is an experience I think would be quite similar to going insane. However if going insane is this enjoyable, then I think the majority of the population is missing out on what appears to be a tremendous amount of fun. Made in 1971 the Abominable Dr Phibes is a film that one has to wonder how it ever got made. By the early 1970’s American International Pictures had released an endless stream of Vincent Price movies based more often than not on the works of Edgar Allen Poe. The films soon became tiered, lacking inspiration and originality. Film goers who were used to AIP Price pictures such as Cry of the Banshee (1970) and The Oblong Box (1968) must have been shocked when they saw Phibes...