To New Beginnings! – Friday the 13th Part Five & Me

It’s summer. School’s Out as Alice Cooper said and I’m riding my bike through the narrow woodland that runs parallel to my street and down the hill to a friend’s house. We don’t have a plan for the late afternoon, just the usual hijinks; a clandestine look at his older brother’s collection of ‘special interest’…

No Animals Were Harmed: A Brief History of Animal Cruelty on Film

In a 2014 interview with, Sergio Martino was asked about the animal cruelty on display in his film Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) and his thoughts 36 years on. For his part, Martino expressed regret, saying: “The only sequence … the python kills the monkey. I didn’t want that. I don’t know what happened….

Box of Delights – My Favourite Movie Box Sets

Any movie collector loves a good box set.  There’s something indescribably exciting about removing the wrapping for the first time and owning a set of films collected together, with a ton of extras and a booklet (if you’re lucky). It’s even more exciting when the movies are either being released for the first time or…

A Nightmare on Cuesta Verde: Poltergeist and the Spielberg Summer (Part one)

Thornton Heath, England, August, 1972 3:17am The house was still. Diane Thrower* stirred quietly, pushing off the duvet cover and rolling over to face the open window. Beside Diane, her husband William draped an arm across his wife. She gently placed moved his arm away, whispering gently, “It’s too hot.” Soon both were fast asleep….

Horror Films I’ve Never Seen: #7 – Audition

Takashi Miike’s career can be described in two ways; as both the director of over 100 films, and a genre-hopping cinematic master. Granted, he has to go some way to best John Ford or Michael Curtiz – 175 and 140+ respectively – but Miike shows no signs of slowing down and may well eclipse Curtiz…