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Hollow (REVIEW)

Certain films succeed almost entirely because of plot devices, singular performances, concepts, or settings. Others fail because of one missing piece to that same puzzle. Unfortunately in the case of "Hollow", it fails despite having a setting so engrossing that it distracts you of the film's pitfalls for nearly three quarters of the film.

Episode 208 - "Kill List"

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An oft requested film gets the BGH review treatment.

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The Wicker Tree (REVIEW)

Let’s start this off by saying I’m not going to spend a lot of time comparing Robin Hardy’s 1973 “The Wicker Man” with his latest film “The Wicker Tree”. Surely enough people out there have grouped “The Wicker Man” amongst films such as “Rosemary’s Baby”, “Don’t Look Now”, and many others as a paramount example of prestige horror. It’s a movie that many genre fans and critics point to as an “excuse” for genre films or to show horror detractors that, yes; these movies are worth their salt. But this isn’t a review of comparing this unofficial/spiritual “sequel” to its noteworthy ancestor.

Netflix Instant Watch: "Mum & Dad" (2008)

Polish immigrant Lena accepts a ride with her cheerful co-worker Birdie, only to find herself knocked unconscious and imprisoned by a deranged family of murderers. Now Lena must find a way to appease the demented clan or suffer an agonizing death. This is a sick and twisted little gem that just recently became available on instant watch and is definitely worth a watch. Acting, set design and sound direction are all top notch in this oddly different slasher flick.

Trailers: "Inbreds" looks Britishy

Not sure if the fact that this is British is enough to make up for the fact that I've seen this movie a few dozen times by other names. Still, the trailer had me by the end. No solid release info yet but "Inbred" is a current selection at the UK's annual Fright Fest.

Kill List (REVIEW)

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"Kill List" opens on a small dinner party. Jay and Gal, two average looking English blokes, eat a lovely meal prepared by Jay's wife. Gal has a new lady friend by his side. The friends laugh and, by all appearances, enjoy a happy night. Slowly but surely, marital tension begins to seep out of the glances between Jay and wife Shel. The creep of caustic remarks mixes with a healthy flow of alcohol before eventually erupting into a full-bore domestic incident. Gal, obviously familiar with this scene, acts quickly to settle his friends' young son, and to defuse the near-violent exchange.

Episode 180 - "Attack the Block"

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Everyone makes room on their "Best of the Year" lists as we review this raucous British horror comedy.

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Circus of Horrors (REVIEW)

The close kinship between circuses and horror fiction has been well documented. Tom Browning’s early silent films articulate this relationship quite beautifully. The physical act of viewing segmented attractions and being moved by what the viewer is witnessing is certainly an apt comparison to the act of early movie watching. The cinema of Meilies, the Lumière Brothers, Alice Guy, or Thomas Edison have perhaps more in common with this form of artistry. And indeed, early film exhibition found its earliest home in vaudeville shows.

The Shuttered Room (REVIEW)

"The Shuttered Room" is a 1967 British psychological horror movie ostensibly based on an HP Lovecraft story. It's about a couple, with a wide age gap, who move back to the lady's childhood home on a remote island to visit the old mill she's due to inherit. The locals however, do not intend to make her feel welcome. Aside from Oliver Reed, who instantly needs to do the mad nasty with youthful wife Susannah.

Oh and there's a monster in the attic. But, y'know, whatever.

Trailer: New UK Film "Salvage"

Nothing good ever happens on a cul-de-sac. Every time there's an outbreak or some sort of awful invasion it starts on a cul-de-sac. Just look at the new UK horror flick "Salvage". Some weird virus washes ashore and people start going nuts, just guess where it all goes down. A freakin cul-de-sac, people. Take a look at the new trailer below and see what happens when your house hunting skills aren’t up to snuff.

"Salvage" hits the DVD selves in the UK on March 22nd and should land in the US around July 6th.

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