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 196: Held, Gates of Darkness, Shadows, Scream Legacy, This Game’s Called Murder, Lucid, Wolves

Episode 196: Held, Gates of Darkness, Shadows, Scream Legacy, This Game’s Called Murder, Lucid, Wolves

April 25, 2022

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve tackle four new features and a fan film...

We start off with HELD, a film which fits into a particular niche of thrillers, where the protagonists are stuck within a single location.

Next is GATES OF DARKNESS, a film which definitely split opinions between us! A wayward teen is suspected to be possessed in this messy but interesting movie!

We've covered many fan films before but this is the first time we've reviewed one which looks to be part of the Scream canon. SCREAM LEGACY finds the daughter of Sidney Prescott returning to Woodsboro with the expected Ghostface shenanigans. if you are a fan of the franchise we think you should definitely check this out - clicking the link will take you to the whole 65min film!

In SHADOWS, two young sisters and their overbearing mother try to survive a post-apocalyptic land and avoid the Shadow creatures which live in the daylight...

Our final feature review is THIS GAME'S CALLED MURDER, and its a film which has made me realise there is a particular type of film which i react rather strongly to. 

Our Short Shot is an excellent horror film called LUCID - click the link to check out the film-maker's website which includes access to the film.

Finally we check out Jason Momoa and Lucas Till in WOLVES, a teen werewolf movie - again, this split opinions!

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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 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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Episode 186: One Shot, A Violent Man, Caught in Time, Glasshouse, Margaret, Desert Heat

Episode 186: One Shot, A Violent Man, Caught in Time, Glasshouse, Margaret, Desert Heat

February 5, 2022

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve are joined by irregular regular Sean Malloy of I MUST BREAK THIS PODCAST, who joins us to talk about two particular films that bookend the show...

we start with one of the most anticipated films of the past 6 months: Scott Adkins and Ryan Philipoe starring in ONE SHOT, a film made to look like its one continuous unedited sequence from start to finish. 

Next is A VIOLENT MAN, starring Craig Fairbrass as a murderer serving a life sentence who finds his simple existence turned upside down with the arrival of a new cell-mate.

Our next film was a huge surprise - CAUGHT IN TIME is  period police procedural from China starring Daniel Wu as the head of a gang of armed robbers who always seem a step ahead of the police.

GLASSHOUSE is a post apocalyptic movie with a Victorian aesthetic, about a group of young women trying to protect their home from marauders.

Out Short Shot is MARGARET and all you need know going in is that its directed by Larnell Stovall, who's worked with both Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White in the past. And if you like that, please also check out ATOPRHN.

Our DTV Throwback stars Jean-Claude Van Damme in DESERT HEAT, aka Inferno. The plot is very similar to that of The Stranger, which we covered back in episode 182! Its officially free to watch on Youtube so clicking the link will take you straight to the film!

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Episode 184: Killing Field, Seance, The Devil to Pay, See For Me, Swarm, The Demolitionist

Episode 184: Killing Field, Seance, The Devil to Pay, See For Me, Swarm, The Demolitionist

January 21, 2022

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve tackle yet another Bruce Willis movie!

KILLING FIELD is the UK title of Survive The Game, in which Bruce and his partner end up in a stand-off with some criminals on a "farm"...

Then we have SEANCE, the latest film to be released on DVD by Shudder. This is set in a prestigious girls academy where the elitist students might be haunted by one of their own, who'd committed suicide...

THE DEVIL TO PAY is set in the Appalachian mountains and sees a young mother forced into starting a turf war between two clans....

and in SEE FOR ME, a blind woman finds herself trapped in a mansion when three thieves who've broken in to rob  a safe/

Our Short Shot is SWARM, in which a young MMA fighter has her training session interrupted by zombies...click the link to watch the whole film!

and finally our DTV Throwback is THE DEMOLITIONIST, which is effectively a low-budget ripoff of a well loved 80s classic! This film is available legally on Youtube - click the link.

 

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Episode 183 - Jakob’s Wife, Silencio, The Protege, The Serpent, Fuelled, Savaged

Episode 183 - Jakob’s Wife, Silencio, The Protege, The Serpent, Fuelled, Savaged

January 10, 2022

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve take a look at a whole bunch of films with female protagonists, most of who are called a variation of Anna!

First up is JAKOB'S WIFE, starring Barbara Crampton as Anne, whose life is turned upside down when she is attacked by a vampire.

Next is SILENCIO, in which a woman called Ana must locate a mysterious stone in order to save her kidnapped son.

In THE PROTEGE, Maggie Q stars as Anna, a highly skilled assassin tracking down the killers of her mentor/father figure. (Available on Amazon Prime)

Gia Skova spoils the fun as her character in THE SERPENT is called Lucinda. (Also available on Amazon Prime).

Our Short Shot is FUELLED, an animated short featuring cute animals, but packs a bitter punch! Click the link to watch the whole 9min film.

Finally, our DTV Throwback is SAVAGED, in which a deaf-mute woman is raped and murdered, then possessed by the spirit of an apache warrior to wreak revenge! (Available on Amazon Prime).

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Episode 181 - End of Year Review 2021

Episode 181 - End of Year Review 2021

January 1, 2022

Before we embark on a new year of films which didn't make it to the cinema but instead found their way to dvd, blu ray and streaming media, lets take a moment and reflect on what a year 2021 was.

 

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve (and a cameo from Will) talk about their top 10 short films from the year, followed by our worst 5 and top 10 features. All films discussed have been covered on previous episodes.

 

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