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Retview #47 – The Grudge (2004)

Title: The Grudge Year of Release: 2004 Director: Takashi Shimizu Length: 91 mins Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Bill Pullman, KaDee Strickland, Takako Fuji First up, let’s address the big fuck off elephant in the room and put to bed any lingering speculation; this is the 2004 Hollywood remake of the 2002 J-Horror classic […]

RetView #46 – Threads (1984)

Title: Threads Year of Release: 1984 Director: Mick Jackson Length: 112 mins Starring: Karen Meaghr, Reece Dinsdale If you grew up in the 1980’s, you inevitably grew up in the looming shadow of the Cold War and all the associated bullshit. The prospect of nuclear Armageddon was never far from anyone’s thoughts, the tragedy being […]

Retview #45 – The Beast Must Die! (1974)

RetView #45 Title: The Beast Must Die Year of Release: 1974 Director: Paul Annett Length: 89 mins Starring: Anton Diffring, Calvin Lockhart, Marlene Clark, Charles Gray, Peter Cushing As regular readers of the world-renowned Retview series will know, I’m a sucker for a good werewolf movie. Or even a bad one. You could say werewolves […]

Retview #44 – Predator (1987)

Title: Predator Year of Release: 1987 Director: John McTiernan Length: 107 mins Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Richard Chaves The story goes that after Rocky IV came out, a joke circulated around Hollywood that since Sly Stallone had levelled all earthly opponents, he would have to fight an alien if a […]

RetView #43 – Outpost (2008)

Title: Outpost Year of Release: 2008 Director: Steve Barker Length: 90 mins Starring: Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Richard Brake, Michael Smiley I talked about my fondness for undead Nazi films in my post about the 1977 Peter Cushing vehicle Shock Waves. There’s something fundamentally terrifying about the juxtaposition of two evils, and the unholy malevolence […]

RetView #42 – The Blob (1958)

Title: The Blob Year of Release: 1958 Director: Irvin Yeaworth Length: 86 minutes Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Olin Howland, Stephen Chase This gets off to a thoroughly bizarre start with some bouncy, sax-led dance hall number called, imaginatively enough, Beware of the Blob by a group called the Five Blobs. All five blobs in […]

RetView #41 – Megan is Missing (2011)

Title: Megan is Missing Year of Release: 2011 Director: Michael Goi Length: 89 mins Starring: Amber Perkins, Rachel Quinn, Dean Waite The story behind Megan is Missing is almost as remarkable as the film itself. Despite being initially released in 2011 it was shot in the found footage format made famous by the Blair Witch […]

RetView #40 – Mysterious Island (1961)

Title: Mysterious Island Year of Release: 1961 Director: Cy Endfield Length: 101 mins Starring: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Dan Jackson, Herbert Lom I remember seeing this film one wet afternoon as a kid, and being absolutely captivated by it. It’s the kind of boy’s adventure that just appeals to your sense […]

Retview #39 – They Live (1988)

Title: They Live Year of Release: 1988 Director: John Carpenter Length: 94 mins Starring: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, Peter Jason And now we arrive at yet another worthy entry in this series for horror maestro John Carpenter following The Fog, The Thing and Christine, and we haven’t even come to Halloween yet. […]

RetView #38 – Rabid (1977)

Title: Rabid Year of Release: 1977 Director: David Cronenberg Length: 91 mins Starring: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan Before Scanners, Videodrome, and the 1986 remake of The Fly made Canadian writer and director David Cronenberg a household name, came this comparatively little-known cult classic. Despite the implications of the title, Rabid has […]