Exorcist II: The Heretic (Blu-ray Review)

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18 – 117mins – 1977


 

CALL ME BY MY DEVIL NAME

Cynically made on-the-cheap by a new creative team after the two Williams (original Exorcist director Friedkin and author Peter-Blatty) flat-out refused to be involved in a follow-up, The Heretic was also beset by a mountain of production problems (its script was rewritten FIVE times DURING filming by uncredited writers; the final product scarcely resembles the first draft) and – rather predictably – it garnered near-universal derision upon release. Frankly, it’s a miracle that the franchise survived such a monumental blunder, but clearly the power of Pazuzu conquers all set-backs!

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It Comes At Night (Blu-ray Review)

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15 – 91mins – 2017


 

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

Having been intrigued by the stark and mysterious marketing campaign, I was devastated to miss writer/director Trey Edward Shult’s post apocalyptic horror at the cinema. Therefore, It Comes At Night was an instant blind buy on Blu-ray for me, on the strength of its critical acclaim alone. I purposefully refrained from reading up too much on the intricacies of the plot, only aware from a couple of podcast reviews I had listened to that it was ‘nothing like you expect’.

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Lost in Paris (Blu-ray Review)

Lost In Paris

LADIES AND THE TRAMP

My latest film review was published over on the 60 Minutes With website this past weekend, looking at the recent Arrow Academy Blu-ray release of French ‘comedy’ Lost in Paris (AKA. Paris pieds nus) from husband and wife burlesque duo Abel and Gordon.

Click HERE for a direct link to my critical analysis – emphasis on the critical!

2017 in Review: TOP 5 SURPRISE FILMS

TOP 5 SURPRISE FILMS

I don’t tend to write too many blogposts which aren’t reviews of individuals titles or releases, but as we wave goodbye to 2017 I have been looking back over my movie diary for the year (yes, I keep a movie diary – don’t mock me!) and have been inspired to do a string of ‘year in review’ posts. My Top 10 Films of 2017 will be published on the 60 Minutes With website in the coming days, but I have a few companion ‘sister blogs’ to compliment this main piece, which I will publish here on The CR@Bpendium.

First up, as the title of this post reveals, is a rundown of my TOP 5 SURPRISE FILMS of 2017 – the films which may not have necessarily been the most awe-inspiring or flawless masterpieces, but they bowled me over nonetheless. This could have been because I had little to no prior knowledge of them, or I expected a flop and was pleased to be proved wrong. Prepare to be surprised!

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Ouija: Origin of Evil (Blu-ray Review)

15 – 99mins – 2016


 

THE MYSTIFYING ORACLE

“This game was designed to make us scare ourselves.”

My questionable foray into Whaley House aside, my film viewing in the run-up to Halloween largely consisted of rewatching recent blu-rays I have bought (The Boy, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Witch) and first time viewings of genre classics I really should have seen sooner (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play, Critters). So, on All Hallows’ Eve, I reserved a recent release I had long anticipated… what a fool I was!

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Erik the Conqueror (Blu-ray Review)

Erik the Conqueror Blu

VIKINGS VIA ITALY

My third review for entertainment podcast website 60 Minutes With went live yesterday, so this is just a heads up and polite nudge to follow THIS DIRECT LINK to read my take on Arrow Video‘s new 2K restoration – and sumptuous double-disc, dual-format release – of Mario Bava’s 1961 swashbuckler Erik the Conqueror.

Ben (Blu-ray Review)

Ben Blu

NEVER BE ALONE

Released on its own on DVD and Blu-ray as well as in a super-duper hi-res exclusive boxset alongside big brother Willard at the start of this week, you can now head on over to entertainment website 60 Minutes With to read my review of Second Sight’s restoration of 1972 rat horror sequel Ben.

Click HERE for a direct link to my musings.

Click HERE for a direct link to my thoughts on 1971 predecessor Willard.

Click HERE to read the Willard/Ben boxset announcement on Second Sight Films’ website.

Willard (Blu-ray Review)

Willard Blu

I am thrilled to announce that I have recently been introduced onto the website review team for brill entertainment and interview podcast 60 Minutes With. My debut review – of remastered and soon-to-be-re-released 70s rat horror Willard – went live today. Click THIS LINK to take a read of my thoughts, feelings and opinions and look out for future reviews from yours truly (as well as the rest of the 60MW team) coming soon!

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Blu-ray Review)

18 – 97mins – 1987


 

INTO THE FIRE

“Welcome to the snake pit!”

Both ANOES creator Wes Craven and breakout star Heather Langenkamp return to Elm Street after sitting out subtext-heavy, quick-fire follow-up Freddy’s Revenge (reviewed HERE). Like its immediate predecessor, Dream Warriors hits the ground running with a wealth of fiendishly fresh ideas and retrofitted backstory, contributing emphatically to dream-stalking child-killer Freddy Krueger’s (Robert Lake Placid vs Anaconda Englund) grizzly mythology.

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Rupture (Blu-ray Review)

15 – 102mins – 2016


 

PETRIFIED PAST DEATH

“We’ve been waiting for you for a long, long time and finally we have you…”

Arachnophobic single mother Renee (Noomi Unlocked Rapace) is kidnapped by a mysterious organisation and subjected to a string of chemical and psychological tests in an effort to rupture her genetic code and transform her into something more than human in this slow-drip sci-fi-hued thriller from Secretary director Steven Shainberg.

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