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Episode 156: Justice League: Snyder Cut, Batman: Dying is Easy, Darkman 2: The Return of Durant

Episode 156: Justice League: Snyder Cut, Batman: Dying is Easy, Darkman 2: The Return of Durant

May 26, 2021

Mike and Rich embark on the 4 hour marathon which is the JUSTICE LEAGUE SNYDER CUT and are pretty impressed by the sights along the way! In keeping with the superhero theme, our Short Shot is a Batman fan film called DYING IS EASY. The company behind this short are called Bat In The Sun and we recommend you check out some of their other shorts!

To round things off, our DTV Throwback is a DTV sequel to Sam Raimi's Darkman. In DARKMAN 2: THE RETURN OF DURANT, Arnold Vosloo takes over from Liam Neeson. Cue melting faces and big explosions!

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Episode 155: Initiation, Great White, Daughter of the Wolf, The Swordsman, Snake Dick, The Final Girls

Episode 155: Initiation, Great White, Daughter of the Wolf, The Swordsman, Snake Dick, The Final Girls

May 23, 2021

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve check out the new slasher INITIATION, which is heavily influenced by the Brock Turner rape case from a couple of years ago and has a lot to say about toxic Fratboy culture. The its off to Australia for the latest Shark Peril movie, GREAT WHITE, which finds five people adrift in shark-infested waters!

Gina Carano and Richard Dreyfus star in our next review, DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF, which surprised us with some of its narrative choices. Last but certainly not least, we review THE SWORDSMAN, the latest "man seeks kidnapped child" movie, this time from Korea. 

Our Short Shot is the very on-the-nose titled SNAKE DICK, in which two attractive ladies turn the tables on some guys harassing them when their car breaks down at a gas station. A quick shout-out to ALTER for hosting this on their youtube channel!

The DTV Throwback is THE FINAL GIRLS, a meta love letter to 80's slashers and a big favourite of the team, so take a listen as we enthuse about it!

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Episode 148: Pharaoh’s War, Russian Raid, Sentinelle, SAS: Red Notice, SOF vs Sci Fi, Legionnaire

Episode 148: Pharaoh’s War, Russian Raid, Sentinelle, SAS: Red Notice, SOF vs Sci Fi, Legionnaire

March 19, 2021

I was so excited about this action packed episode, I forgot to introduce the team! So, Mike Rich and Steve tackle a whole bunch of International action movies this week. We start with PHARAOH'S WAR - Mike Tyson and  Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Kickboxer Retaliation, Game of Thrones) feature prominently on the DVD cover but do they feature much in the film iteslf? Take a listen to find out!

Next up is RUSSIAN RAID, heavily influenced by Gareth Evans' film (hence the name) but does it stand up on its own merits? 

Off to France next, for SENTINELLE, starring Olga Kurylenko as a damages soldier seeking vengeance for a brutal attack on her sister. There a lot of negativity online about this film, but take a listen to see if we are in agreement! (Available on Netflix).

We then catch the, ahem, Eurostream train from London to Paris, which is promptly hijacked by Ruby Rose in SAS: RED NOTICE based on a novel by Andy McNab. This one promised a lot, but does it live up to expectations?

Our Short Shot is SOF Vs Sci Fi, in which a team of Spec Ops are pitted against zombies and a well-known alien hunter!

Finally, in our DTV Throwback we review Jean-Claude Van Damme's LEGIONNAIRE - soon to be re-released on Blu Ray and available on Prime.

 

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Episode 144 - Red Dot, Gatecrash, The Owners, Broil, What Lies Below, Archenemy, Squadron, Steal

Episode 144 - Red Dot, Gatecrash, The Owners, Broil, What Lies Below, Archenemy, Squadron, Steal

February 25, 2021

In this bumper episode Mike, Rich and Steve cover a whole half-dozen of new releases, starting with the Swedish thriller, RED DOT (available on Netflix) in which two campers are terrorised by someone with a sniper rifle.

Then we take a look at GATECRASH, a film with few characters but loads of tension! We welcome back former Doctor Who, Silvester McCoy in THE OWNERS, in which Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams wishes she had better taste in boyfriends. BROIL gives us a vampire dynasty story much more successfully than Vampires of New Orleans did. WHAT LIES BELOW involves a teenage girl discovering her mother's new boyfriend might not be who he appears to be and ARCHENEMY touches on ideas from Will Smith's Hancock but with its own flourishes.

Out Short Shot is SQUADRON, a Star Trek fan move from the Czech Republic - make sure you switch on the Closed Captions for the subs as the ones impriinted on the film are tiny! This is set in the midst of Deep Space 9's Dominion War and is well worth a look!

Finally, in our DTV Throwback we take a look at STEAL, starring Stephen Dorff, Natasha Henstridge and Bruce Payne.

 

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Epidode 140 - Synchronic, Outside the Wire, Anti-Life, Faster, Dark Breed

Epidode 140 - Synchronic, Outside the Wire, Anti-Life, Faster, Dark Breed

January 31, 2021

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve look at a whole bunch of sci-fi movies. We kick off with SYNCHRONIC, starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan as two paramedics who come across a new drug messing people up. Anthony Mackie also stars in our second film, OUTSIDE THE WIRE, a Netflix original in which he plays a cyborg hunting terrorists in the Ukraine. Our final feature is ANTI LIFE, also known as Breach in the US. This co-stars Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane and is set on board a spaceship infected with an alien parasite.

 

Our Short Shot is FASTER - this is a follow up to the excellent The Cure, which we reviewed last year. Click the link to watch the whole thing.

 

Finally, we take a look at DARK BREED, a PM Entertainment film starring Jack Scalia as an ex Astronaut tasked with locating colleagues who have been infected/possessed by an alien parasite.

 

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Episode 137 - Review of 2020, Vanguard, Deliver Us From Evil, Let It Snow, Blackout: Invasion Earth, Robot Riot, Burnt, Julia X

Episode 137 - Review of 2020, Vanguard, Deliver Us From Evil, Let It Snow, Blackout: Invasion Earth, Robot Riot, Burnt, Julia X

January 15, 2021

Happy New Year, everybody! In our first episode of 2021, Mike Rich and Steve take a look back over the past twelve months and discuss - at length - the many films we've reviewed in a series of round-table Top 5s. If you want to know which were our favourite Action, Horrror, tough guy/gal movies, then take a listen!

In this episode we also review Jackie Chan's latest action adventure movie, VANGUARD. He may not be centre stage but he's still doing his own stunts and fight-work! Speaking of fight-work, we next look at DELIVER US FROM EVIL, a Korean action movie which introduces us to the iconic badguy, Ray The Butcher!

We then head over to Georgia to review LET IT SNOW, a survival horror movie in which a young couple are terrorised on a mountain slope. Then its a short hop to Russia for BLACKOUT: INVASION EARTH, a big-budget sci fi movie. Finally, we take a look at ROBOT RIOT.

Our Short Shot is BURNT, in which a couple moving into their new home finds a little gift left by the previous tenants - click the link to watch the whole 11min short. Finally, our DTV Throwback is the controversial JULIA X, which proved to be very interesting to talk about!

 

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Episode 124 - Twin Murders, To The Wire, The Plagues of Breslau, Lost Souls: Mortal Kombat, Faults

Episode 124 - Twin Murders, To The Wire, The Plagues of Breslau, Lost Souls: Mortal Kombat, Faults

September 27, 2020

In this episode, Mike, Rich and Will take a look at three Euro thrillers available on streaming services. First up is THE TWIN MURDERS: SILENCE IN THE WHITE CITY (Netflix), set in Spain, in which a serial killer reappears after a long absence. From there we move to Hungary for TO THE WIRE (aka X) (Amazon Prime), in which a reclusive detective is forced back into the field when she discovers a series of deaths ruled as suicide were in fact murders. And finally we go to Poland for THE PLAGUES OF BRESLAU (Netflix), in which a killer is using a set of historical executions to take exact revenge.

Our Short Shot is LOST SOULS: MORTAL KOMBAT - a fan film using characters from the video games.

Finally, our DTV Throwback is FAULTS (Amazon Prime), in which a psychiatrist is hired to kidnap and deprogram a young woman involved in a cult.

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Episode 108 - Payback - Extraction - A Sock and a Hard Place - Jungleground

Episode 108 - Payback - Extraction - A Sock and a Hard Place - Jungleground

June 2, 2020

In this episode, Mike Rich and Tom welcome back the iconic duo of French (Scott Adkins) and Sue (Louis Mandylor) in the sequel to The Debt Collector, PAYBACK. A small point to note - we refer to the film as "Debt Collectors", as that was the title when we recorded this episode. 

Next up is the action packed EXTRACTION, courtesy of Netflix, starring Chris Hemsworth. You may be surprised by some of the opinions given in our review!

Our Short Shot is HELD OP SOK, aka A Sock and a Hard Place, directed by Thijs Meuwese whose feature KILL MODE we reviewed in Episode 96. 

Rounding off this week in our DTV Throwback is JUNGLEGROUND, starring Roddy Piper and available on Amazon Prime. 

 

Episode 107 - The Platform, Code 8, Interface, Deadly Instincts

Episode 107 - The Platform, Code 8, Interface, Deadly Instincts

May 25, 2020

For this episode, Mike and Rich are joined by Tom Jolliffe and Will Bentley as they check out two recent acquisitions by Netflix, the Spanish horror/sci fi move THE PLATFORM and CODE 8, starring Robbie and Steven Amell. Code 8 is a feature length adaptation of a short which also starred Robbie Amell, which you can see HERE. Out Short Shot this week is INTERFACE, from director Ben Ramsay (Blood and Bone). Normally at this point we would link to the short itself, but as it's a pay-per-view, we've linked to the trailer and suggest you listen to what we have to say about it before renting it. 

Finally we take a look at DEADLY INSTINCTS, aka Breeders, where an alien is on the loose in tunnels beneath a Boston university (available on Amazon Prime).    

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Episode 102 - The Village in the Woods, Bloodline, Greenlight, The Code, The Sweeper

Episode 102 - The Village in the Woods, Bloodline, Greenlight, The Code, The Sweeper

April 13, 2020

In this episode, Mike and Rich review 3 main features. First up is the low budget, atmospheric THE VILLAGE IN THE WOODS, in which a pair of confidence tricksters get in over their head....next up is BLOODLINE, starring Sean William Scott as a school counselor indulging in extra-curricular activities - you can find this one on Netfilx. Then there is GREENLIGHT a dark thriller set in and around a film production.

The Short Shot this week is the WW2-set THE CODE and our DTV Throwback is THE SWEEPER, starring C. Thomas Howell and comes from the infamous PM Entertainment studio. Their films invariably went to DTV and were packed full of car chases, explosions and amazing stunt set-pieces, and The Sweeper is a great example of their work and you can find it on Amazon Prime!

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