Movie Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH

THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 poster | ©2014 Relativity/Hammer

Stars: Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, Oaklee Pendergast, Jeremy Irvine, Leanne Best Writer: Jon Croker based on a story by Susan Hill Director: Tom Harper Distributor: Relativity / Hammer Films Original Release Date: January 2, 2015 One of the better haunted house films in the last ten years was 2012’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK – an eerie period film that was produced by the newly rejuvenated British film company Hammer. Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, starred in that film which was a great, old school British horror movie with just the right amount of scares and a truly great film ghost […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

THE WOMAN IN BLACK Blu-ray | ©2012 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill Director: James Watkins Suggested Retail Price: $35.99 (Blu-ray), $30.99 (DVD) It’s hard to craft an old fashioned ghost story in a world where found footage films seem to be the only thing pulling horror fans into theaters. Thank goodness for THE WOMAN IN BLACK, the latest attempt at the classic Hammer Films label to bring back the vibe and tone of their 1960s heyday. They’ve found great material with the James Goldman script based on the novel by Susan Hill. It’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

THE WOMAN IN BLACK movie poster | ©2012 CBS Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill Director: James Watkins Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: February 3, 2012 For those who have a fondness for old-school Hammer horror films, and even for those who have no idea what those are but just like spooky period ghost stories, THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a treat. This isn’t just an homage – Hammer is listed in the credits as one of the production companies. If this is how they’re going to return to the big screen, a big “Welcome back!” […]Read On »

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AFM 2011 Breaking News: The scoop on Dario Argento’s DRACULA 3D

Dario Argento's DRACULA 3D | ©2011 Film Export Group

Many have dipped into the Bram Stoker well in re-inventing the classic   fable, but now giallo master Dario Argento is taking his bite out of the vampire legend with his latest film – DRACULA 3D The film, shot in stereoscopic 3D, was teased to potential AMERICAN FILM MARKET buyers this year with a 30-minute show reel, and it definitely created a large amount of buzz at the 2011 event. With a look and feel of the old Hammer Films, this DRACULA features many of Argento’s stables – hardcore gore, sexy femmes and an unmistakable shooting style. Producer Roberto Di […]Read On »

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DVD Movie Review: THE RESIDENT

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Rating: R Stars: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, Aunjanue Ellis Writers: Antti Jokinen & Robert Orr Director: Antti Jokinen Distributor: Image Entertainment Release Date: March 29, 2011 Hammer Films is back in business, and THE RESIDENT is true to that venerable studio’s old form, even including a supporting turn from that company’s biggest star, Christopher Lee. These are probably good reasons to see THE RESIDENT, which hews a little too closely to the old days in style. What was deemed terrifying in the ‘50s and ‘60s is now a bit tame, and what was accepted as […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: VAMPIRE CIRCUS Blu-ray/DVD combo

VAMPIRE CIRCUS - Blu-ray | ©2011 Synapse Films

Cast: Adrienne Corri, Laurence Payne, Thorley Walters, John Moulder-Brown, Lynne Frederick, Anthony Corlan, David Prowse Writer: Judson Kinberg Director: Robert Young Distributor: Synapse Films Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 It’s a shame that British production company Hammer Films hasn’t received its due with more special re-releases on Blu-ray and DVD. Movies have certainly come out (Anchor Bay did a nice job in the early days of DVD), but rarely does Hammer get the deluxe treatment it deserves. Thankfully, the recent Blu-ray/DVD combo of VAMPIRE CIRCUS remedies some of that as Synapse Films takes this classic circus horror film and delivers an […]Read On »

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