We've all had mornings like that... Joanna Ignaczewska in The Scopia Effect

The Scopia Effect

October 29, 2017 Matt Blake 0

If there’s one thing that the makers of The Scopia Effect can’t be accused of it’s a lack of ambition. Whereas most low budget science fiction films try to make the most of their limited resources by reducing their scope – relying on a small number of characters and settings – this does something rather different

Fascinating stuff in Silverhide

Silverhide

October 5, 2017 Matt Blake 0

There’s been a bit of a resurgence in British werewolf movies recently. Over the past year or two we’ve had the likes of Howl and Blood Moon, both of which were reasonably effective, and Silverhide, which quite frankly is not.

Boring boring, boring... The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

September 8, 2017 Matt Blake 0

OK boys and girls, time for another found footage horror movie. Hey ho, whoop di do and hip hip hoo-sodding-ray, just what the world needs, another found footage horror movie.

Joseph Morgan in The Captive

The Captive

August 10, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Given the overly-familiar nature of many low budget films, anything which comes up with an idea that’s at all novel should be congratulated. The Captive (which was also released as Armistice) deserves some credit for trying something different.

George Blagden and Shaun Dooley in Blood Moon

Blood Moon

June 29, 2017 Matt Blake 0

One of the most positive developments in the world of cinema over the past few years is the resurgence of the western genre. At one point last year cowboys seemed to be literally falling out of the sky: Slow West, Salvation, The Dark Valley, The Hateful Eight and so on.

Rupert Evans in The Canal

The Canal

June 1, 2017 Matt Blake 0

British ghost stories tend to break down into two basic types. On the one hand, you have your ‘gothic’ haunted house horrors, which are generally set in enormous country piles and often – although not always – in the past.

Not exactly Wings of Desire... Godforsaken

Godforsaken

May 11, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Although it never quite manages to overcome the limitations of its budget, Godforsaken is a step up from other films of similar means because it’s skilfully shot, features an excellent soundtrack by Deborah Mollison (who also scored East is East) and acting of a much higher calibre than usual.