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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Episode 192: Shudder Special - Superhost, Psycho Goreman, The Seed, Blink, Frankenhooker

Episode 192: Shudder Special - Superhost, Psycho Goreman, The Seed, Blink, Frankenhooker

March 29, 2022

For this episode, we decided to delve into the depths of horror streaming service Shudder,,,

 

First up is SUPERHOST, which is shortly arriving on Blu Ray, This concerns two young Vloggers who get more than they bargained for when they review a remote vacation home for their website!

Next up is PSYCHO GOREMAN, which is a film which certainly wears its influences on its sleeve, mixing everything from Power Rangers, Calvin and Hobbes to Rick and Morty!

Recently added to the streaming service is THE SEED, in which three supermodels hang out at a remote desert luxury home and have to contend with a strange creature which lands in their swimming pool!

Our Short Shot is BLINK - this has amazing production values, it looks great and is proper scary to boot! Click the link to watch the whole short!

Finally, in our DTV Throwback we revisit a classic, Frank Henenlotter's FRANKENHOOKER - a deranged medical student rebuilds his recently deceased fiancé using body parts taken from dead prostitutes!

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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 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 165: Werewolves Within, Mass Hysteria, Rot, D-Railed, Daddy’s Wallet,Demonic

Episode 165: Werewolves Within, Mass Hysteria, Rot, D-Railed, Daddy’s Wallet,Demonic

August 15, 2021

Note: This episode was recorded back-to-back with Ep 164, when I was in week 3 of recovery from COVID, so you may hear a bit of coughing in the background and my voice go "funny" in a couple of places!

 

In this horror heavy episode Mike, Rich and Steve tackle four new releases, starting with the excellent WEREWOLVES WITHIN. I mention in our review that I'm keen to see what director Josh Rubin does next, forgetting that his previous film Scare Me is currently available on Shudder!

Next up is MASS HYSTERIA, set in Salem during Halloween, about a young actress playing a witch and being accused of witchcraft herself! I was lucky enough to interview the cast and crew of the film last year - you can check that out HERE.

Next we have ROTInterestingly Rich was so put off by the name and cover art for this film that he decided not to watch it. However Steve and I were rather surprised by what this film actually contained!

Finally there is D-RAILED, in which a bunch of passengers are threatened with:

a. Violent train robbers

b. Drowning in a lagoon when their train carriage derails,

c. Being eaten my monsters, or

d. All of the above.

 

As a palette cleanser from the horror, our Short Shot this week is DADDY's WALLET. This is directed by Matthew Kyle Levine, whose film Miss Freelance we covered on the Short Shots Episode 4.

Getting back to the horror theme, our DTV Throwback is DEMONIC, in which Frank Grillo and Maria Bello team up to solve a multiple murder scene with supernatural overtones. This film is currently available on Amazon Prime.

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Episode 162: Occupation: Rainfall, The Tomorrow War, Lapsis, Molly, Crazy Samurai 400 vs 1, The Soul Collector, The Dark and the Wicked, Witch Hunt, The Return of Dr Bees, Collision

Episode 162: Occupation: Rainfall, The Tomorrow War, Lapsis, Molly, Crazy Samurai 400 vs 1, The Soul Collector, The Dark and the Wicked, Witch Hunt, The Return of Dr Bees, Collision

July 6, 2021

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve tackle another bumper crop of new releases, starting with four sci-fi movies:

We start with OCCUPATION: RAINFALL, the 2nd instalment of the Australian alien invasion franchise which a mixture of bitter grit and big flashy fx set-pieces. We follow this with another big-budget sci-fi movie, THE TOMORROW WAR starring Chris Pratt - this one is currently available to watch on Amazon Prime.

Our third sci-fi movie is LAPSIS, an off-kilter look at the plight of workers who are part of enabling a new level of technology.

Then it is off to a post-apocalyptic future in MOLLY, a sequel of sorts to a film we covered way back in episode 95 called Kill Mode. Molly features a 30 minute fight sequence made up of long takes as its finale. Meanwhile our next film goes even further. CRAZY SAMURAI: 400 vs 1 sees real-life samurai Musashi Miyamoto (Tak Sakaguchi) enter into a 77minute one-shot, unedited fight scene against 400 angry warriors! 

THE SOUL COLLECTOR (aka 8) is the first of three horror films discussed in this episode, a folk horror film set in South Africa. This is followed by the atmospheric THE DARK AND THE WICKED where supernatural shenanigans occur around a rural farm.

Finally, we discuss WITCH HUNT, a film which it is fair to say took all of us by surprise!

Our Short Shot this week is THE RETURN OF DR BEES, from animator Harry Partridge. We highly recommend you also check out his other DR Bees shorts, DR BEES and #CHANGETHEBEES!

And finally...in our DTV Throwback we stand around and gawp at COLLISION, in which a clean-shaven Frank Grillo and his femme fatale wife get caught up in a traffic accident in the Moroccan  desert! This is available on Amazon Prime but be warned there are key moments missing subtitles!

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Short Shots Ep 6: Etheria Special

Short Shots Ep 6: Etheria Special

June 21, 2021

In this episode, Mike and Rich take a look at the films selected for this year's Etheria Short Film Festival, which showcases films from female directors and filmmakers. 

As this is a live competition at this time we are unable to link to the actual films, however if you are a SHUDDER subscriber you will be able to see them between June 25 through July 25. 

There are nine films altogether, covering a diverse range of genre, from time travel, murderous rampage, post-apocalyptic nightmares, westerns, racial tensions and good old fashioned schlock. I dare say there is something for everyone here and not a weak link among them.

For more information about the films and the people who made them, CLICK HERE.

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