Exorcist II: The Heretic (Blu-ray Review)

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18 – 117mins – 1977



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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Ben (Blu-ray Review)

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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)

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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



“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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Jaws: The Revenge (Blu-ray Review)

12 – 90mins – 1987



My overriding takeaway from watching this great white four-quel in my youth was one of complete astonishment: astonishment at how poor the shark looked despite being made 12years after Spielberg’s Oscar-winning original; astonishment at the laughable number of movie magic-ruining continuity errors; astonishment that original star Lorraine Gary and megastar Michael Caine were happy to have their names attributed to such a sorry production. Even as a child I knew this was so-bad-it’s-hilarious.

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Ley Lines (Blu-ray Review)

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18 – 105mins – 1999



“Go home if you don’t like it!”

Two years after Rainy Dog, Takashi Miike closed out his uneven and indecent Black Society Trilogy with another hard-hitting drama exposing the disreputable underbelly of his home country. Sick of being bullied and treated like outsiders, three optimistic Japanese youths of Chinese decent (among them Kazuki Kitamura, who would go on to star in Hollywood action sequel The Raid 2) move from the countryside to seek their fortune in Tokyo… and end up falling foul of the trigger-happy boss (Naoto Takenaka) of a city crime syndicate.

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Rainy Dog (Blu-ray Review)

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18 – 95mins – 1997


Two years after his theatrical debut with the ultra-icky shock-fest Shinjuku Triad Society, Takashi Miike returned to his thematically-connected Black Society Trilogy with this precipitation-lashed middle segment, shot entirely in a washed-out Taiwan and with star Tomorowo Taguchi returning, albeit in a new and unrelated antagonist role.

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