A bit of a puzzler: Cryptic, starring Ed Stoppard (centre) and Vas Blackwood (right)

Cryptic

December 28, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Taking two prominent strands of low budget British cinema – gangsters and vampires – and combining them seems like a logical enough step. After all, many would argue that crime is a kind of vampirism, that criminals and vampires share an innately parasitic nature…

War is hell... The Battle of El Alamein

The Battle of El Alamein

December 23, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Despite being second billed here, George Hilton really only has a minor role as a British Lieutenant. The main purpose of his character is to act as a humanising force to the hero, Giorgio (Frederick Stafford).

The Walking Dea... oh, no, it's Age of the Dead

Age of the Dead

December 18, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Marco Ristori and Luca Boni appear to consider themselves modern day successors to Lucio Fulci, the Italian maestro behind zombie classics such as The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and The House By the Cemetary.

Carlos Areces in the demented The Last Circus

The Last Circus

November 20, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Director: Álex de la Iglesia Writer: Álex de la Iglesia Stars: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang It’s a great mystery to me […]

The woods are alive with the sound of... Howl.

Howl

November 15, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Director: Paul Hyett Writers: Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler Stars: Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Shauna Macdonald It’s not meant as an insult by any means, but […]

A close shave for George Hilton in Dead for a Dollar

Dead for a Dollar

November 10, 2017 Matt Blake 1

Roy (Gordon Mitchell) fakes his own death in order to bamboozle his old partners by burying their stolen booty in his coffin. He enlists Glenn (George Hilton) to help him. The Colonel (John Ireland) and Portugese (Piero Vida) are not so easily fooled.

Gabriele Spinelli contemplates the evidence of visitors in The Last Man on Earth

The Last Man on Earth

November 6, 2017 Matt Blake 0

2011 was a decent year for Italian science fiction, what with the release of the superior The Arrival of Wang and Gian Alfonso Pacinotti’s distinctly odd but rather engrossing The Last Man on Earth (L’ultimo terrestre).