The DTV Digest
Episode 198: Hell Hath No Fury, The Boy Behind The Door, The Highwayman, Wyrmwood: Apocalypse, The Next Girl, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Faye, Twisting Tiger, Feast

Episode 198: Hell Hath No Fury, The Boy Behind The Door, The Highwayman, Wyrmwood: Apocalypse, The Next Girl, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Faye, Twisting Tiger, Feast

May 17, 2022

In this bumper episode Mike, Rich and Steve tackle seven new films!

We kick off with HELL HATH NO FURY, directed by the one and only Jesse V Johnson. We've been waiting with baited breath for this one, so does it live up to the hype??

Next is THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR, a film curated from the SHUDDER streaming service, and does a good job of upholding its reputation for quality horror! 

Steve Lawson is a director we have a lot of time for, and we review his latest period action/drama, THE HIGHWAYMAN...

The Australian brothers Tristan and Kiah Roach-Turner crafted a love-letter to both Mad Max and zombie movies with their first film Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. Seven years later they have produced the next chapter in the bloody WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE.

THE NEXT GIRL is a hallucinatory trip of a film which split opinions - check out our review in the episode!

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN is a dramatic retelling of the true-life tragedy which befell an elderly person when police are dispatched to provide medical assistance.

and in FAYE, actress Sarah Zanotti has to carry the whole film as she is the only one in it!

 

Our Short Shot is the excellent TWISTING TIGER, which would make an great pairing with Paper Tigers! Click the link to watch the whole 30 min film!

Finally, our DTV Throwback is FEAST - another film which wildly split opinions this week!

 

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Short Shots Episode 14: Beyond The Dark Anthology - Midnight Clear, Malacostraca, Pipe, The Wound, Peopling, The Colour of Your Lips, Maggie May

Short Shots Episode 14: Beyond The Dark Anthology - Midnight Clear, Malacostraca, Pipe, The Wound, Peopling, The Colour of Your Lips, Maggie May

May 7, 2022

In this episode sees Mike, Rich and Steve checking out some of the shorts contained in the recent BEYOND THE DARK anthology. All of the films reviewed here are freely available either on Youtube or Vimeo - click the links for each.

We start with MIDNIGHT CLEAR, which puts new meaning into the Nuclear Family! This is followed by the grotesque/Lynchian MALACOSTRACA, in which an artist goes slightly mad when his wife gives birth...

Next is PIPE, a post-apocalyptic western starring Zoe Bell, in which a young girl discovers a body and decides to give it a proper burial.

THE WOUND is a perplexing tale about a wounded man trying to get home to his girlfriend. 

PEOPLING is just crazy and horrible - watch if you're curious.

THE COLOUR OF YOUR LIPS - a diver surfaces to find all of the Earth's oxygen has suddenly disappeared, and in the harrowing MAGGIE MAY, a young mother agrees to help out after a funeral but soon comes to regret her decision!

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Episode 197: Bluff, The Bezonians, Cad Bane, Wounded

Episode 197: Bluff, The Bezonians, Cad Bane, Wounded

May 2, 2022

In this episode Mike and Rich tackle two very different British Crime dramas. First up is BLUFF, in which an undercover cop tries to worm his way into the inner-city drug trade.

Next is THE BEZONIANS, about the patrons of a North London social club/gambling den who happen to get on the wrong side of Vinnie Jones....'s mistress. This is directed by Savvas D. Michael, whose previous films we covered back on episode 151!

Out Short Shor is the Star Wars fan film, CAD BANE, and the film-makers have done an excellent job handling this character. Click the link to watch the whole 18min film!

Finally, our DTV Throwback is WOUNDED - Madchen Amick and Adrian Pasdar star in this cat-and-mouse thriller which is definitely worth checking out. You can find it free on the Roku channel, or else available to rent online.

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Episode 194: The Last Rite, Anonymous Animals, ATOM, Above the Law

Episode 194: The Last Rite, Anonymous Animals, ATOM, Above the Law

April 9, 2022

This week Mike, Rich and Steve look at two new releases. The first is THE LAST RITE, a possession/exorcism film which marks the feature debut of its director,

Next up is ANONYMOUS ANIMALS - and although we've linked the film's trailer, we urge you to go into this one blind. It is a film which is sure to divide people's opinions!

Our Short Shot is ATOM - in which an android lives in solitude aboard a terraforming spaceship. Click the link to watch the whole 10 minute film.

Finally, our DTV Throwback is ABOVE THE LAW - no, not the Seagal one. This is a Belgian production and finds a crew of bank robbers framed for a political assassination. This is available on IMDB TV, via Amazon.

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Episode 193 - Spirit Walker, Broadcast Signal Intrusion, The Darker The Lake, Fortress, Salvajes, The Ice Forest

Episode 193 - Spirit Walker, Broadcast Signal Intrusion, The Darker The Lake, Fortress, Salvajes, The Ice Forest

April 3, 2022

This week, Mike and Steve tackle four new releases, starting with the excellent SPIRIT WALKER, a Korean action thriller which never takes its foot of the pedal and demands the audience keeps up with its complex plot!

Speaking of complex plots, next up is BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION, a very compelling mystery surrounding some pirate tv broadcasts!

THE DARKER THE LAKE proves to be both complex and perplexing as it spins a murder mystery set in a small Austrian town!

Finally we have FORTRESS, co-starring Bruce Willis an Jesse Metcalf. Please note that our comments about this film came before the news about Willis retiring for health reasons- having said that, we hardly mention Bruce anyway!

Our Short Shot is SALVAJES - this is some very high grade action, be sure to check it out as well as director Stephen Renney's other shorts!

Finally our DTV Throwback is THE ICE FOREST, an Italian film which resembles a Nordic Noir - but can it pull it off?

 

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Episode 191 - Escape from Mogadishu, The Fourth Musketeer, Dragon Knight, Don’t Hide, Absolute Force

Episode 191 - Escape from Mogadishu, The Fourth Musketeer, Dragon Knight, Don’t Hide, Absolute Force

March 20, 2022

This week Mike, Rich and Steve kick off with the much anticipated ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU, which had great word-of-mouth but does it live up to the hype?

We follow this with the latest film from independent film-maker Steve Lawson, THE FOURTH MUSKETEER, a bit of a departure from his previous films!

Then we wind up the main reviews with the DRAGON KNIGHT, the latest from Lawrie Brewster,  another film-maker we've covered in the past, when we looked at The Devil's Machine.

Our Short Shot is DON'T HIDE, from Dillon Vibbart, who had previously impressed us with his short Somniphobia. Click the link to watch the whole short, and check out Dillon's other work!

Finally we have ABSOLUTE FORCE starring Timothy Bottoms, in our DTV Throwback. You can find this available on YouTube (click the link but beware, there are advert breaks every five minutes!)

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Episode 190: The Ledge, The Misfits, Restless, Jester Must Die, Deep Freeze

Episode 190: The Ledge, The Misfits, Restless, Jester Must Die, Deep Freeze

March 14, 2022

This week Mike, Rich and Steve start our 190th episode (!) by reviewing THE LEDGE, the latest film from Howard J Ford (The Dead, Don't Let Go). This sees a young climber having to scale a mountain with minimal equipment to escape some killers...

Next is THE MISFITS, starring Pierce Brosnan as a thief recruited by some "Robin Hood" types to pull off a daring heist. This is currently available on Amazon Prime!

Over on Netflix, we cover the recent French thriller, RESTLESS, which sees a corrupt cop having what could possibly be the worst day of his life! This is a remake of a Korean thriller called A Hard Day, which can itself be rented via Amazon (and other streaming sites). 

Our Short Shot is JESTER MUST DIE in which a bodyguard helps the daughter of his boss escape from his clutches. This is directed by Michael Lehr, one of the best fight choreographers out there. Check the link to watch the whole 16min short but do check out his other work too!

Finally we take a look at DEEP FREEZE in our DTV Throwback - a team of post-grad students arrive at a deep mining platform in the Antarctic only to discover something has awoken deep under the ice.

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Short Shots Episode 12 - Uncharted vs Tomb Raider vs Indiana Jones, Payback, Symphony of The Ronin, Sifu

Short Shots Episode 12 - Uncharted vs Tomb Raider vs Indiana Jones, Payback, Symphony of The Ronin, Sifu

March 9, 2022

In this action packed, action centric episode, Mike and Rich take a look at four awesome shorts, kicking off with UNCHARTED vs TOMB RAIDER vs INDIANA JONESWith a concept like that you'd be forgiven for assuming its ambition outweighs its execution - but you'd be dead wrong! Click the link to see the whole glorious film! 

Next up is PAYBACK, the latest fight film from Art School Dropouts, whose work we've enjoyed covering on previous episodes. This is once more a very hard-hitting fight movie but there are attempts at an actual story this time out!

Next up is SYMPHONY OF THE RONIN, which is the most French Arthouse fight film we've ever seen!

Finally, we have SIFU, a promo film to promote the new Playstation game of the same name, If you've played the game, or seen a promo for it, you will be impressed how close this short film matches both the aesthetics and the action from it.

 

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Episode 189 - Last Man Down, The Diesel, Incarnation, Zeros and Ones, Life is But a Dream, Intruder

Episode 189 - Last Man Down, The Diesel, Incarnation, Zeros and Ones, Life is But a Dream, Intruder

March 5, 2022

This week Mike, Rich and Steve take a look at a couple of films currently available on Netflix. First up is LAST MAN DOWN, starring bodybuilder-turned-actor Daniel Stizen. Then we have THE DIESEL, an Egyptian action film about a stuntman who becomes embroiled in a weird conspiracy...

We also check out INCARNATION, starring Taye Diggs and Michael Madsen, involving a couple who move into a new house only to find themselves sucked into demonic shenanigans!

Mike and Rich then attempt to review ZEROS AND ONES, the latest film from Abel Ferrara and starring Ethan Hawke. Its certainly a ...ahem...challenging film in that it challenges you to find anything to recommend it, and is certainly worth watching just for Ethan Hawke's own reaction to it at the end!

We're on much firmer ground with our Short Shot, as its directed by Park Chan Wook! LIFE IS BUT A DREAM sees a village undertaker rob a grave of its coffin, only to be haunted by its occupant, a long dead swordsman, who forces the undertaker to explain himself. Not only is this a great little film but it was (mostly) shot using the latest iPhone! Click the link to watch the whole film!

We wrap up with our DTV Throwback - INTRUDER is directed by Scott Spiegel and contains a lot of his directorial motifs such as shooting strange POV angles. It does surprise me though that this isn't a more well-known slasher! (Warning - the trailer gives away who the killer is!}. This film is currently available on the SHUDDER streaming service. 

 

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Episode 188: Demigod, Exorcist Vengeance, Death Block 13, Night Hunt, Into The Sun

Episode 188: Demigod, Exorcist Vengeance, Death Block 13, Night Hunt, Into The Sun

February 24, 2022

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve take a look at three new releases, starting with DEMIGOD, a German production which sees a young couple travel back to the Black Forest to the wife's childhood home, only to discover supernatural shenanigans!

Then we have two films which star Robert Bronzi, a Hungarian actor who has built a career out of the fact that he bears an uncanny resemblance to Charles Bronson! First up is EXORCIST VENGEANCE, in which he plays a priest who carries a bible in one hand and a gun in the other!

Next, Bronzi stars as a man wrongly convicted and sent to DEATH BLOCK 13, an old prison from which he must escape. 

 

Our Short Shot is NIGHT HUNT, which compares favourably to Brotherhood of the Wolf. Please check out this link and support the film, as we really want to see the next chapter!

 

Finally in our DTV Throwback we have Anthony Michael Hall (not Michael C Hall as i mistakenly announce!) and Michael Pare in INTO THE SUN, which is a nice mash-up of The Hard Way and Top Gun! This is available on the IMDB movie channel, which is free but contains ad breaks.

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