POLTERGEIST ACTIVITY

3 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 29th June 2015 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Andrew Jones (The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund / Robert / Conjuring The Dead / The Haunting At The Rectory / The Last House on Cemetery Lane  / Theatre of Fear / The Amityville Asylum)

Cast: Lee Bane, Natalie Martins, Judith Haley, Patricia Ford with Sam Harding and Jared Morgan

Writer: Andrew Jones

Trailer: Unavailable at time of press

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – RESURRECTION

5 out of 10

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Release Date: 30th November 2012 (DVD Premiere)

Director: James Plumb (Kerb Crawlers / Silent Night, Bloody Night (2013))

Cast: Sule Rimi, Kathy Saxondale, Lee Bane, Terry Victor, Rose Granger, Mel Stevens, Aaron Bell, Roger Bailey, Richard Burman, Richard Goss and SJ Evans

Writer: Andrew Jones & James Plumb

Trailer: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (2012)

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THE FALLING

5 out of 10

Release Date: 24th April 2015

Director: Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life)

Cast: Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh, Maxine Peake, Monica Dolan, Joe Cole, Anna Burnett, Morfydd Clark, Rose Caton with Mathew Baynton and Greta Scacchi

Writer: Carol Morley

Trailer: THE FALLING

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This oddity has a masterpiece contained in it, but overall its a muddle of storylines that bewitch then alienate in equal number. A strong start and a good set-up is squandered as the story throws in a gigantic plot turn from which it never recovers. To be more specific, the film has the wind taken out of its sales and then it drops in a further plot clanger which is at odds with the rest of the film.

None of it is the fault of the cast, nor is it the directors. The fault lies in the script (by director Carol Morley) which shuts off its beating heart early on. The void is replaced by a sotry that seems to being made up as it goes. There’s a bit of incest between the main character and her brother and it just sits in the film like an unwelcome guest, as it doesn’t really connect to the storyline, so it’s frankly an ill-judged gross-out.

Kudos for the early scenes goes to lead Maisie Williams (GAME OF THRONES) and newcomer Florence Pugh, as the two inseparable school friends. Pugh plays Abbie, who has just begun to have sex with boys, whilst the besotted Lydia is enthralled. Lydia’s brother, Kenneth (JOE COLE – GREEN ROOM) is also in her awe. When Abbie begins to have a spate of fainting fits, the other girls begin to mimic her, or is there more to it? Throw in a bit of incest and a weird performance by the usually brilliant Maxine Peake (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) as Lydia’s shut-in mother. Elsewhere Greta Scacchi (PRESUMED INNOCENT) and Monica Dolan (W1A) impress as the bemused teachers.

The film is very stylish but after a point it refuses to dip beneath the surface of the strange world of girls schools and the connected hysteria that causes mass fainting fits. But it fails to connect with the confused characters so we’re left with an reasonably good attempt to present something original but it pales by comparison to the forgotten Andrea Scott film Cracks and any passing resemblance to Picnic At Hanging Rock is just cosmetic.

5 out of 10 – Shame that this doesn’t go deeper and is just satisfied with being a bonkers arthouse movie instead. A very good first half hints at what could have been.

Second review below by Matt Usher

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STILL LIFE

6 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 6th February 2015

Director: Uberto Pasolini

Cast: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Andrew Buchan, Bronson Webb, Karen Drury, Neil D’Souza, Ciaran McIntyre, Tim Potter and Paul Anderson

Writer: Uberto Pasolini

Trailer: STILL LIFE

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MR HOLMES

7 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 19th June 2015

Director: Bill Condon (Beauty & The Beast (2015) / The Fifth Estate / Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 / Twilight: Breaking Dawn / Dreamgirls / Kinsey / Gods and Monsters / Candyman 2 / Sister Sister)

Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Roger Allam. Patrick Kennedy, Nicholas Rowe, Frances Barber with Phil Davis, John Sessions and Frances de la Tour

Writer: Mitch Cullin / Jeffrey Hatcher

Trailer: MR HOLMES

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Ian McKellen: Beauty & The Beast (2015), Vicious (TV), The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies, X-Men 4, The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug, X-Men: Wolverine 2, The Golden Compass (voice), Flushed Away (voice), Extras (TV),  X-Men 3, The Da Vinci Code, Coronation Street (TV), Asylum, The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King, Emile, X-Men 2, The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men, Apt Pupil, Gods and Monsters, Swept Away, Bent, Restoration, Richard III (1995), Jack & Sarah, The Shadow (1994), To Die For (voice)(1993), Six Degrees of Seperation, And The Band Played On, The Ballad of Little Jo, The Last Action Hero, Scandal, Plenty, The Keep, Priest of Love
  • Laura Linney: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (2016), Genius (2016), The Fifth Estate, Hyde Park On The Hudson, The Nanny Diaries, Breach, The Savages, Jindabyne, Driving Lessons, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Squid & The Whale, Kinsey, Love Actually, Mystic River, The Life of David Gale, The Mothman Prophecies, The House of Mirth, You Can Count On Me, The Truman Show, Absolute Power, Primal Fear, Congo, A Simple Twist of Fate
  • Milo Parker: Robot Overlords
  • Hiroyuki Sanada: Minions (voice), The Railway Man, 47 Ronin, X-Men: Wolverine 2, Speed Racer, Rush Hour 3, The White Countess, The Last Samurai, Midnight Samurai, Ring 2 (1999), The Ring (1997)
  • Hattie Morahan: The Outcast, Beauty & The Beast (2015), Summer In February, Having You
  • Patrick Kennedy: London Has Fallen, The November Man, Boardwalk Empire (TV), The Last Station, Me and Orson Welles, Bleak House (TV)
  • Roger Allam: The Lady In The Van, A Royal Night Out, Endurance (TV), The Book Thief (voice), Game of Thrones (TV), The Angel’s ShareThe Woman In BlackThe Iron Lady, Tamara Drewe, V Is For Vendetta, Speed Racer, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, A Cock and Bull Story
  • Nicholas Rowe: Da Vinci’s Demons (TV), Dr Who (TV), Seed of Chucky, Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Enigma, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, True Blue, Young Sherlock Holmes, Another Country
  • Frances Barber: Silk (TV), May I Kill U?, We’ll Take Manhattan, Dr Who (TV), Goal 2, Goal, Suzie Gold, Shiner, Photographing Fairies, Soft Top Hard Shoulder, Secret Friends, Young Soul Rebels, We Think The World Of You, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, Prick Up Your Ears, A Zed and Two Noughts, White City
  • Phil Davis: Paradise UK, Golden Years, The Rapture (2015), Manor Hunt Ball, Dough, Age of KillIn The Blood (2015), Silk (TV), Whitechapel (TV), Being Human (TV), Borrowed Time, Fast GirlsOutside Bet,  Brighton Rock (2011)Another YearDead Man RunningThe Big I AmJust For The Record, Cassandra’s Dream, Notes On a Scandal, The Baby Juice Express, Vera Drake, Rose & Maloney (TV), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Photographing Fairies, Crimetime, I.D. (dir),  Blue Ice, Alien 3,  High Hopes, The Bounty, Quadrophenia
  • John Sessions: Alice In Wonderland 2, Legend (2015), Pudsey The Dog, Filth, The Iron Lady, Made In Dagenham, Nativity, The Good Shepherd, The Adventures Of Pinocchio, In The Bleak Midwinter, Princess Caraboo, The Pope Must Die, Henry V (1989), The Bounty
  • Frances de la Tour: Alice In Wonderland 2, The Lady In The Van, Vicious (TV), Survivor (2015), Into The Woods, Trap for Cinderella, Private Peaceful, Hugo, Harry Potter- Parts 4 & 7, Alice In Wonderland (2010), The Book Of Eli, The History Boys, Rising Damp (TV)

THE KNIFE THAT KILLED ME

5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 24th October 2014 (DVD Premiere)

Director:  Kit Monkman & Marcus Romer

Cast: Jack McMullen, Reece Dinsdale, Jamie Shelton, Oliver Lee, Rosie Goddard, Richard Crehan, Kerron Darby, Reece Douglas, Natalie Gavin with Andrew Ellis and Charles Mneme

Writer: Anthony McGowan / Kit Monkman & Marcus Romer

Trailer: THE KNIFE THAT KILLED ME

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THEATRE OF FEAR

4.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 8th September 2014 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Andrew Jones (Werewolves of the Third Reich / Cabin 28 / The Toymaker / Robert 2 / The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund / Robert / Conjuring The Dead / Poltergeist Activity / The Haunting At The Rectory / The Last House on Cemetery Lane  / Amityville Asylum)

Cast: Jared Morgan, Lee Bane, Nathan Head, Shireen Ashton, Sam Harding, Tiffany Ceri, Kenton Hall  with Victor Ptak and Kevin Horsham

Writer: Andrew Jones

Trailer: THEATRE OF FEAR

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