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Episode 176 - Repeat, Knocking, Every Last One of Them, Apex Predator, CERA, Collection

Episode 176 - Repeat, Knocking, Every Last One of Them, Apex Predator, CERA, Collection

November 8, 2021

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve deal with some highs, some lows and a real surprise!

Kicking off with REPEAT, a UK "hard sci-fi" film in which a professor discovers a way to talk to the recently deceased.

Next is KNOCKING, a Swedish film about a woman who starts hearing loud banging noises in the walls of her new apartment.

We've covered director Christian Sesma's work before: you can hear our reviews of Take Back and Paydirt on previous episodes. His latest is EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM and features Paul Slone on a vengeful rampage!

Bruce Willis picks up his latest paycheck in APEX PREDATOR, a "most dangerous game" style movie with futuristic trappings.

Out Short Shot is CERA, which features Jason Isaacs trying to keep his family safe.

Our DTV Throwback is COLLECTION (aka Reach Me) and has a cast list which needs to be seen to be believed. Despite its very trite subject matter, this one is certainly a curiosity piece! This can be found on Prime but also on The Midnight Screening Channel on Youtube!

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Episode 175: The Flood, Paranormal Prison, Disappearance at Lake Elrod, Coven, Lore, The Haddonfield Nightmare, Bride of Candyman, Savage

Episode 175: The Flood, Paranormal Prison, Disappearance at Lake Elrod, Coven, Lore, The Haddonfield Nightmare, Bride of Candyman, Savage

November 3, 2021

In this episode we cover five new DTV releases as well as two fan films and one of the craziest throwbacks we've had in a while!

We start off with THE FLOOD - a brutal but well made film which contain some extended rape scenes, so be warned! You can find our review starting at 1.20

To cleanse the palate so to speak we have something complete different next. PARANORMAL PRISON finds some youtube paranormal investigators on their biggest case yet. Review starts at 16:52.

Next up is DISAPPEARANCE AT LAKE ELROD (originally known as Through the Glass Darkly in the US) - ignore the dvd cover for this one as the tone is completely different! Review starts at 21.58

COVEN sees a group of college witches search for a new recruit to help them unleash a goddess...Review starts at 43.13

LORE is another film given a disingenuous DVD cover, something we discuss in our review, which starts at 58.02

With Halloween Kills hitting the cinemas and splitting fan opinions straight down the middle, we look at a recent Fan Film based on the franchise, THE HADDONFIELD NIGHTMARE (click the link to watch the whole feature!) - this is set after the events of Halloween H20 and follows one of the surviving characters. Our review starts at 1.08.59

Our Short Shot is another fan film, except from the Candyman universe. BRIDE OF CANDYMAN can be seen in all its glory by clicking the link and you can hear our thoughts at 1.22.29

finally our DTV Throwback is a barnstormer. Olivier Gruner (Nemesis) stars SAVAGE This can be found on Youtube so click the link to bask in its awesome nuttiness! Review starts at 1.31.42

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Episode 174: Warning, We Need to Do Something, Bigfoot Hunters, Kingdom of Ashes, Here to Stay, The Last Survivors

Episode 174: Warning, We Need to Do Something, Bigfoot Hunters, Kingdom of Ashes, Here to Stay, The Last Survivors

October 28, 2021

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve tackle four very different new releases!

We start with the most prestigious  of them with WARNING, which features Thomas Jane, Alex Pettifer and among its cast. 

Next up is WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING, a tense horror thriller set almost entirely within one setting.

BIGFOOT HUNTERS is a very humorous mockumentary which sees a couple of film-makers working for an online news network are sent to do a piece on Bigfoot, much to their chagrin!

Finally there is KINGDOM OF ASHES, a Spanish production shot in English.

 

Our Short Shot this week is HERE TO STAY, a very creepy tale with some great sound design - i recommend watching with headphones!

And finally our DTV Throwback is THE LAST SURVIVORS (available on Prime).

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Episode 173 - Whitetail, Potter‘s Ground, The Ghosts of Borley Rectory, Yellow Belt Fury, Tiger House

Episode 173 - Whitetail, Potter‘s Ground, The Ghosts of Borley Rectory, Yellow Belt Fury, Tiger House

October 20, 2021

This week we have three new features to review. Mike and Steve kick off with WHITETAIL, about a family trying to bond after a tragedy by shooting a deer, only to find something more sinister out in the woods!

Next is POTTERS GROUND - I was initially nervous about tackling another low budget film set during the American Civil War, but this one surprised me!

Mike and Will then take a look at THE GHOSTS OF BORLEY RECTORY, the second film to be set in Borley by prolific director Steven M Smith. His previous film ended up hanging around the DVD top 100 chart for months - time will tell if this does as well!

Our Short Shot is YELLOWBELT FURY in which a woman starts taking karate lessons to wreak vengeance on the aliens who killed her husband!

Finally our DTV  Throwback is TIGER HOUSE, a British home-invasion style movie starring Dougray Scott and Ed Skrein.

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Episode 172 - Death Ranch, The Survivalist, Night Drive, The Time Travelling Sheriff, Fanboys

Episode 172 - Death Ranch, The Survivalist, Night Drive, The Time Travelling Sheriff, Fanboys

October 13, 2021

For this episode Mike, Rich, Steve and Will were joined by special guest, Leo from GEEK LEGION OF DOOM  to help review the latest batch of films.

We kick off with DEATH RANCH, the latest film from indie film-maker Charlie Steeds, who is fast becoming a favourite of mine and a name to take note of! Be warned, that trailer is extra splattery!

Next up is THE SURVIVALIST. The director, Jon Keeyes, didn't impress us much with his previous film Rogue Hostage - perhaps he does better here with the likes of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Julian Sands!

Then there's NIGHT DRIVE, in which a "ride share driver" picks up a mysterious passenger and shenanigans unfold! This is a film none of us had heard of prior to this week - take a listen to hear what we thought!

Rich then joins us to discuss the latest Short Shot - THE TIME TRAVELLING SHERIFF by youtuber Zach King - definitely check out this short and also anything else by this man, he's literally magic!

Our DTV Throwback is FANBOYS, in which Star Wars fans try to break into Lucas's ranch to steal a copy of The Phantom Menace. The whole idea seems so stupid in retrospect, doesn't it? Take a listen to hear what we think of this....film.

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Short Shots Ep 9: Broken, The Witch, Warlike, Blood Thirsty

Short Shots Ep 9: Broken, The Witch, Warlike, Blood Thirsty

October 10, 2021

A much belated episode this, we recorded it back in the Summer but have struggled to find time to get it published, so without further ado...

In this episode, Mike and Rich tackle for action shorts worthy of your time. We start off with BROKEN, the latest fight scene from Art School Dropouts. Check the link for the short.

Next is THE WITCH, which gets points for trying something a little different!

Then there is BLOOD THIRSTY, which doesn't seem like it at first but is in fact a fan film, uniting two very different sets of heroes from the Marvel-verse!

Finally there is WARLIKE, in which a team of Spec Ops suddenly realise their target is right in amongst them.

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Episode 171 - The East, The Inheritance, Dementer, The Last Exorcist, Deadlock, Open Graves

Episode 171 - The East, The Inheritance, Dementer, The Last Exorcist, Deadlock, Open Graves

October 6, 2021

In this episode Mike, Will, Rich and Steve take a look at an eclectic bunch of films...

Starting with THE EAST, a Netherlands film set in Indonesia just after WW2. Next up is THE INHERITANCE, a US film set in The Ukraine and bears certain similarities to Agony, starring Asia Argento which we covered Episode 159!

Will and Mike then take a look at DEMENTER, a film I really wanted to see as it was by the director of Jugface (which we covered in Episode 105!

Then Mike and Steve check out THE LAST EXORCIST and we have some....choice things to say about this one!

 

Our Short Shot this week is DEADLOCK, which takes the concept of Ghostbusters, ditches the humour and adds a more real-world take.

Finally, our DTV Throwback is OPEN GRAVES, a 2009 horror which was a US/Spain co-production and features Eliza Dushku!

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Episode 8 - Fighting Spirit Film Festival Round-up

Episode 8 - Fighting Spirit Film Festival Round-up

October 3, 2021

In this slightly belated episode, Mike and Rich give their thoughts on this year's Short Film Competition which is an integral part of the Fighting Spirit Film Festival, held this year in Stratford in September.

We also single out the following films as they are readily available for you to watch, and we recommend you do!

DEADLY SHAPES OF SHAOLIN A tribute to the Kung Fu classics of old, dedicated to the onscreen heroes of Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest, and many others...

JIU JITSU SAVED MY LIFE TWICE Born in the favelas of Brazil, we follow the unbelievable life story of Neto Nunes - the journey of London's strongest Jiu Jitsu fighter and family man.

QUARANTINE WITH LOVE Joseph filled his fridge with his favorite candy to face quarantine, while Dagmar forgot to buy her own and is taking his chocolates one by one...A homage to Jackie Chan and the silent greats will take place when these two lovers face each other.

WELCOME TO THE STING A fresh faced fighter takes his first step into the deadly world of crime syndicates, endeavoring with an undercover detective to bring it all down, but he has to survive his audition first. 

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Episode 170: Hall, Sacrilege, The Manor, Interview with David Creed

Episode 170: Hall, Sacrilege, The Manor, Interview with David Creed

September 26, 2021

With Rich and Steve taking a week off, it's down to Mike and Will to tackle this week's slate of horror films. 

We kick off with HALL, a new  Canadian horror which is set primarily in the a corridor of an upmarket hotel. We follow this with SACRILEGE, a British folk horror film in which four female friends unwittingly become sacrifices to a pagan goddess!

Our Short Shot is THE MANOR, directed by Blake Ridder and features four film-makers scouting out a new location for their horror film. Click the link to see the whole 14min short!

Instead of a DTV Throwback this week we have an interview with the director of Sacrilege, David Creed!

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Episode 169 - FSFF Special: The Paper Tigers, Notorious Nick, Yakuza Princess, Fight to Win, Shootfighter, Interview with FSFF Programmer Will Blaik

Episode 169 - FSFF Special: The Paper Tigers, Notorious Nick, Yakuza Princess, Fight to Win, Shootfighter, Interview with FSFF Programmer Will Blaik

September 8, 2021

This episode is being released in the leadup to this year's Fighting Spirit Film Festival (FSFF), being held on the 11th and 12th of September at the Stratford Picture House. As a tribute to the festival, which is now in its sixth year, this episode is all about Martial Arts, starting with THE PAPER TIGERS which is getting its UK premier at the festival.

Then we have NOTORIOUS NICK, based on the life of Nick Newall, who fought his way to a MMA Championship despite being born with just one arm!

After this its off to São Paulo in Brazil, which apparently has the largest number of  Japanese residents outside of Japan itself. This is where the dark, brooding action thriller YAKUZA PRINCESS is set!

Coincidentally, our Short Shot is also set in São Paulo - FIGHT TO WIN finds a young man's antibodies try to defend him against the Coronavirus! Click the link to watch the whole 5min short.

For the DTV Throwback we have a classic - SHOOTFIGHTER stars Bolo Yeung, as well as Cobra Kai alumni Martin Kove and William Zabka! This is available on Amazon Prime so if you are a subscriber, check it out!

Finally we finish the episode with a very interesting chat with Will Blaik, one of the programmers for this year's Fighting Spirit Film Festival!

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