Tucker & Dale vs Evil begins with a typical horror cliché; a group of teenagers heading out to the wilderness for fun and frolics, only to be seemingly followed and terrorised by a pair of hillbillies. There are subtle nods to successful similar titles such as Deliverance, Wrong Turn and even Texas Chainsaw Massacre and you’d be forgiven for believing that you’ve seen and heard all of this before, but you’d be mistaken.
Nucleus Films have been quietly making a name for themselves recently, releasing some older forgotten genre fare as well as this series of trailer collections. They seem to have recognised that some people enjoy the trailers before a film on a trip to the cinema and have gone back to the golden era of exploitation to handpick trailers that embody the time period of the late 70s to early 80s. It was a time before the infamous Video Nasty era which so sadly optimised the censorship debate in the UK, and exploitation, sex and violence sold even the weakest and cheapest films, regardless of quality.
Take one ex-music video director, add one rain lashed city, two cops and a race against time to prevent a serial killer from fulfilling his gruesome masterpiece, and you have Seven. Correct? Well yes and yes and possibly no, if you happen to be thinking about this grisly little offering and not Fincher’s step up to the big time.
Found footage horror films are ten-a-penny these days. Since The Blair Witch Project did so well at the box office, over a decade ago, it has been a cost effective plot device that is constantly reused to belie a meagre budget.
Simon Rumley’s latest feature is a tricky and troubling beast. It’s also one of the most memorable DVD releases of the year. Ostensibly Red, White & Blue takes on your typical revenge scenario beloved of so many violent, exploitative B-Movies and twists this familiar trope until it snaps. The film’s been called a ‘slacker revenge movie’, and that phrase sums up best how it works. There’s certainly a lot more going on than a simplistic plot and graphic bloodshed.
Resident reviewer, Gareth Jones, spent his Halloween weekend in West End Vue cinema for Frightfest’s annual Halloween all-nighter. He returns, sleep deprived, terrified and with an unnatural fear of exoskeletal insects. But were the films any good? Read on for the definitive verdict.
Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Robert Freeman) is on the last evacuated plane out of an unnamed African city, following what appears to be a worldwide zombie apocalypse. The plane crashes and he’s the sole survivor, washing up on a coast and facing a long trek across unforgiving landscapes to get to safety. Along the way he meets up with Sergeant Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei), a soldier whose village has been torn apart by zombies and who is now on the trail of his son and they decide to join forces, heading for a military base in the north.