3 out of 10

Release Date: 26th December 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Nicholas Winter (Hooligan Legacy)

Cast: Kris Johnson, Simon Cotton, Ali Bastian, Munro Graham, Patrick Connolly, Tim Berrington, Sapphire Elia, Aggy K Adams, Eric Colvin with Ryan Winsley and Chris Simmons

Writer: Nicholas Winter


I had high hopes for Nicholas Winter’s second film as director after Hooligan Legacy. Seems like a ridiculous statement but in context his debut was a tough little gangster movie with pace, good performances and proved to be a good calling card for the director and it’s leading man, Kris Johnson (WHO NEEDS ENEMIES). Sadly, this time around their latest one,Undercover Hooligan proves to be heavy work. Johnson, usually a confident actor, who’s already proved to be one to watch, falters with a bad script, and this time delivers a less than cocksure performance. The plot and acting from some of his supporters leave much to be desired too.

Undercover Hooligan follows the first underground assignment for ‘Violent Cop of the Terraces’ Michael Clarke, who has to go to jail for six months just to look authentic enough to get in with some people traffickers lead by Patrick Connolly and his children, played by Simon Cotton (RISE OF THE KRAYS) and Sapphire Elia (VENGEANCE). Cotton further solidifies his rep, at Britpic Crescent, as one of low-budget cinemas biggest over-performers. He doesn’t quite ruin the film, that’s a group effort.  Plot holes and character dopiness sabotage a potentially entertaining film but familiarity with this kind of plot arch scuppers Undercover Hooligan in more ways than one. It’s not Kris Johnson‘s only dud, see Essex Vendetta for that – but he’s not the problem in that one.

The violence is a bit sickening and every bit gratuitous, as it was in Hooligan Legacy, but here it seems stitched on to make up for the cardboard acting and tired story. Again it would seem like the word ‘hooligan’ has been wheeled out by the SEO boys to sell a few more units but it’s connection to football or hooliganism is on the thin side, as you’d expect. I look forward to Kris Johnson‘s next appearance, but for Mr Winter the director and writer he’s currently hung at a 1/1 tie-off. Please come back with something better next time.

3 out of 10 – Leaden and drawn out crime non-thriller starring the usually confident and natural Kris Johnson. This time he’s either miscast or unsure about the script as he comes across uncomfortable this once. Simon Cotton overcooks the principle baddy and the rest of the cast set about doing wooden furniture impressions. Underpowered Hooligans.




5 out of 10

Release Date: 1st August 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Eugene McGing

Cast: Lachlan Nieboer, Lisa Kerr, Nick Julian, Kitty McGeever and Robert Daws

Writer: Eugene McGing



This low-budget poltergeist movie is the perfect choice for those looking for yet another ‘found-footage’ horror. Or is it? A lot of the footage was certainly shot on a hand-held by characters within the narrative, but as the story also seems to be occurring at the end of the world, who is been left around to edit it? Squirrels?

A precariously happy couple venture to a haunted house on Dartmoor to investigate some supernatural occurences at a remote country pile. The boy, (LACHLAN NIEBOER – IDENTICALS) seems to think that its important to capture a ghost on film before the world blows up (or something). His girl, (LISA KERR) is also psychic and highly strung like most girls in films about haunted houses. Things go bump in the night, knifes get thrown, a voice in the cupboard and icy pipes kick proceedings off, so the couple reluctantly stick around to find out more. Seeing as they’ve come all this way, they may not have enough time to drive all the way home. Several people pop in to help like Robert Daws (OUTSIDE EDGE) as an ineffectual professor of the supernatural. There’s a dinner lady, sorry a medium and a disposable best friend. It’s all pretty straight-faced and reasonaly well-accomplished within it’s limited area.

Is it scary? Yes, at times. It’s rather good at building suspense, but the results and outcomes are regularly disappointing and lead nowhere. An invisible garden seems to hint at the girlfriend’s ability to time travel but the idea is dropped almost as soon as its picked up. The end of the world hook isn’t great either because it doesn’t fit the central story. Why prove ghosts exist when the world is at an end? Why not? But its a clunky match.

The Unfolding is solid if you are particularly undemanding and make a habit of watching this kind of film. It offers the odd surprise but nothing incredible so that you’d recommend it to your friends. Very middle of the road.

5 out of 10 – Well acted by a committed cast, it’s periodically scary but overall it’s business as usual for this over-familiar found-footager.

Review by Matt Usher below


  • Lachlan Nieboer: Trendy, Identicals, Suspension of Disbelief, Into The White
  • Kitty McGeever: Emmerdale (TV), B-Monkey
  • Robert Daws: Poldark (TV), Casualty (TV), The Royal (TV), Coronation Street (TV), Roger Roger (TV), Outside Edge (TV),  Jeeves & Wooster (TV)




5 out of 10


Release Date: 30th October 2015

Director: Kevin Allen (Benidorm (TV) / Agent Cody Banks 2 / The Big Tease / Twin Town)

Cast: Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Church, Nia Roberts, Sara Lloyd Gregory, Boyd Clack, Sue Roderick, Steffan Rhodri, Bradley Freegard, Matthew Owen, Buddug Verona James, Dai Protheroe, Aneirin Hughes, Helen Griffin, Di Botcher, Lisa Palfrey, Carlton Bunce with Llyr Evans and William Thomas

Writer: Dylan Thomas / Kevin Allen, Michael Breen and Murray Lachlan Young

Trailer: UNDER MILK WOOD (2015)


  • Rhys Ifans: Alice In Wonderland 2, Dominion, Serena, She’s Funny That Way, The Amazing Spider Man, Anonymous, Mr Nice, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows- part 1, Nanny McPhee 2, Greenberg, The Boat That Rocked, Elizabeth I- The Golden Age, Hannibal Rising, Garfield 2 (voice), Chromophobia, Enduring Love, Once Upon a Time In The Midlands, The Shipping News, The 51st State, Hotel (2001), Human Nature, Little Nicky, Kevin and Perry Go Large!, Love Honour and Obey, You’re Dead, Janice Beard 45wpm, Notting Hill, Dancing At Lughnasa, Twin Town, August (1996)
  • Charlotte Church: Under Milk Wood (2014), The Charlotte Church Show (TV), I’ll Be There
  • Nia Roberts: Just Jim, The Facility, Patagonia
  • Sara Lloyd Gregory: S.N.U.B!, Patagonia, A Way of Life
  • Boyd Clack: Risen (2010)
  • Sue Roderick: Coronation Street (TV), Rebecca’s Daughters, Hedd Wynn
  • Steffan Rhodri: Under Milk Wood (2014), Gavin & Stacey (TV), Solomon & Gaenor
  • Aneirin Hughes: Just Jim, Holby City (TV), Eastenders (TV), Judge John Deed (TV), Doctors (TV), Family Affairs (TV)
  • Helen Griffin: The Machine (2014), Risen (2010)
  • Di Botcher: Stella (TV), The Gospel of Us, High Hopes (TV), Twin Town
  • Lisa Palfrey: Pride (2014), Maybe Baby, Guest House Paradiso, House of America, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
  • Llyr Evans: Twin Town
  • William Thomas: Just Jim, Torchwood (TV), Mr Nice, Solomon & Gaenor, Darklands, Twin Town


3 out of 10


Release Date: 22nd May 2015

Director: John Henderson (Benidorm (TV) / Saxondale (TV) / Hyperdrive (TV) / Greyfriars Bobby / Bring Me The Head of Mavis Davis / Loch Ness / Spitting Image (TV))

Cast: Bobby Lockwood, Richard Wisker, Shannon Flynn, Dionne Bromfield, George Sear, Ethan Lawrence, Louisa Connolly-Burnham, Tyger Drew Honey, Nathan Bryon, Marcus Brigstocke with David Mitchell, Kevin Eldon and Angus Barnett

Writer: Toby Davies



  • Bobby Lockwood: Access All Areas, Mum’s List, Wolfblood (TV), House of Anubis (TV)
  • Richard Wisker: Dani’s Castle (TV), Friday Download (TV), Tracey Beaker Returns (TV), The Tracey Beaker Survival Files (TV)
  • Shannon Flynn: Dani’s Castle (TV), Waterloo Road (TV), Friday Download (TV)
  • Dionne Bromfield: Friday Download (TV)
  • George Sear: Friday Download (TV)
  • Ethan Lawrence: The Bad Education Movie, Bad Education (TV)
  • Louisa Connolly-Burnham: Time Will Tell, Wolfblood (TV), House of Anubis (TV)
  • Tyger Drew-Honey: Horrible Henry Movie
  • Marcus Brigstocke: Have I Got News For You (TV), The Wright Stuff (TV), The Late Edition (TV), What’s The Problem? (TV)
  • David Mitchell: Ambassadors (TV), Peep Show (TV), QI (TV),  Have I Got News For You? (TV), That Mitchell and Webb Look (TV), David Mitchell’s Soap Box (TV), Magicians, I Could Never Be Your Woman, The Mitchell and Webb Situation (TV), The Jack Doherty Show (TV)
  • Kevin Eldon: The Comedian’s Guide To Survival, Danger Mouse (voice)(TV), Set Fire To The Stars, The Wedding Video, Faintheart, Hyperdrive (TV), Hot Fuzz, Nathan Barley (TV)
  • Angus Barnett: Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Wedding Video, Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, Flood, Pirates Of The Caribbean


6 out of 10


Release Date: 11th December 2009

Director: Alexis dos Santos

Cast: Deborah Francois, Fernando Tielve, Michiel Huismann, Iddo Goldberg, Katia Winter, Alexis dos Santos, Al Weaver, Lucy Tillett, Tim Plester and Richard Lintern

Writer: Alexis dos Santos



  • Deborah Francois: Populaire, The Monk, The Page Turner, L’Enfant
  • Fernanado Tielve: Fernando’s Ghost, The Devil’s Backbone
  • Michiel Huismann: Game of Thrones (TV), The Age of Adeline, Wild, Treme (TV), World War Z, Black Book
  • Iddo Goldberg: The Last Passenger, Peaky Blinders (TV), The Tournament, Secret Diary Of a Call Girl (TV), Defiance
  • Katia Winter: 1066, LVJ, Knight of Cups, Everywhere + Nowhere, Sleepy Hollow (TV), Dexter (TV)
  • Al Weaver: The Last Photograph, Consider Yourself, We Are Tourists, Kill Your Friends, Honeymooner, Powder (2011)
  • Tim Plester: Bone In The Threat, Captain Webb, Love Me Till Monday, Cuban Fury, Magicians, Control
  • Richard Lintern: Heartbeat (TV), The House of Elliott (TV)


2.5 out of 10

Release Date: 12th June 2015

Director: Russell England

Cast: Ameet Chana, Poppy Drayton, Thomas Law, Marcus Griffiths, Morgane Polanski, Rachel Petladwala, Paul Raschid, Andrew Lewis and Will Thorp

Writer: Paul Raschid


Unhallowed-Ground-PosterSomebody’s been overdosing on Scooby Doo! Out of all the haunted house movies I’ve ever seen this is the one that resembles the plot template to every single episode of the popular ghost busting cartoon dog show.  The only thing missing was a dog. Well, the dog is the finished movie really.

The makers left suspense at home on this occasion and thought that they could swap the usual band of frightened team of self-loathers with a bunch of posh school kids playing at soldiers on their last night at boarding school.  Said poshos get given this task 350 years to the day that four head boys where ritualistically murdered during the days of the bubonic plague. Uncanny shadows with glowing eyes turn up in unexpected places whilst the kids carry on oblivously working out their place in the world and amongst their peers. Meanwhile, a pair of really thick cat burglars (AMEET CHANA and WILL THORP) turn up to raid the school archive to steal some first editions books. So our plummy Famous 5 (or 6 in this case) split up and look for clues as to what’s making noises, duffing up the Asian characters and throwing spiders into shower cublicles. I think “Lets split up!” is one of the main bits of dialogue. Even with the added peril of having a human threat (the burglars) as well as the ghosts, the scare level is dialled down to around 1 out of 10. It seems to take an age for the ghostly spirits to attack anybody.

The acting is reasonable by the whole of the cast, yet the script and story is so clunky that any potential it does have leaks away before the mystery is solved. The unmasking of the non-supernatural killers is very Scooby Doo. I think the baddie even says “I would’ve gotten away with it if wasn’t for you…blah, blah…”

The setting is fairly creepy but the whole film is bloodless and fairly boring for a horror. The only fairly well-known actor is Ameet Chana (WILD WEST) who was in Eastenders for a long time. Subsequently, he hogs top billing but he’s not the main character and he seems to be fairly relieved when it’s his turn to go home.

The DVD box gets a mention for being the most misleading cover ever. It has an American style ranch house on the front, not a boarding school (ala Stow) (not the picture included above). The written description also describes the plot to an altogether different film which sounds no better than the effort enclosed. It’s like the synopsis was written long before the film got finished and the wrong word.doc got sent to the PR / Copywriters. It talks about a haunted derelict house on the moors where a group of friends take shelter for the night? The mind boggles.

2.5 out of 10 – All potential is lost by a lack of pace and fear. There’s nothing new to report in this flat exercise in how to make a horror with zero number of scares. Well acted but slight and ultimately botched.

Read below for second review.


  • Ameet Chana: Cash and Curry, Eastenders (TV), The Story of F*ck, Bend It Like Beckham, Wild West
  • Poppy Drayton: Down Dog
  • Thomas Law: Eastenders (TV)
  • Rachel Petladwala: MI High (TV)
  • Andrew Lewis: Holby City (TV)
  • Will Thorp: Coronation Street (TV), Dr Who (TV), Casualty (TV)


3 out of 10

Release Date: 26th January 2015 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Gary Sinyor (In Your Dreams / The Bachelor / Stiff Upper Lips / Solitaire For 2 / Leon The Pig Farmer)

Cast: Jack Donnelly, Jonathan Broke, Ryan Pope, James Rastall, Matthew Avery, Robert Portal, Dana Haqjoo and Anouska Mond

Writer: Gary Sinyor


Review by Matt Usher below