Gladiator (2000)
Fantasy / Film

Gladiator (2000)

WARNING: SPOILERS! A throwback to the days of Italian peplum and Hollywood epics like The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Ben-Hur (1959) and Spartacus (1960), Ridley Scott’s Gladiator may seem an odd choice for a website dedicated to fantastic cinema but it earns a place here on the strength of its heroes visions of … Continue reading

Abducted by the Daleks (2005)
Film / Science Fiction

Abducted by the Daleks (2005)

The team behind the Fantom Kiler series of “torture porn” atrocities (sold as Polish productions, complete with nonsensical dubbed over dialogue but actually made in Britain by former fanzine editor and film festival organiser Trevor Barley) made this shot-on-video mini-feature in which the most famous of the monsters from television’s Doctor Who capture and torture … Continue reading

Uzumaki (2000)
Film / Horror

Uzumaki (2000)

The surreal comedy of David Lynch collides head on with the Lovecraftian horror of escalating madness in Higuchinsky’s Uzumaki which, for western audiences, served as an early warning of just how odd some parts of the post-Ring (1998) J-horror boom was going to get. Wild and hallucinatory, it isn’t particularly scary (Higuchinsky told author Matthew … Continue reading

Santa’s Slay (2005)
Film / Horror

Santa’s Slay (2005)

David Steiman’s Santa’s Slay is an extremely stupid but very funny addition to the killer Santa cycle which at least features the “real” Santa, albeit one far from the cuddly, benevolent figure we’re used to. On Christmas Eve, the appalling, self-absorbed and fractious Mason family is massacred by a hulking Santa (former wrestler Bill Goldberg) … Continue reading

P2 (2007)
Film / Horror

P2 (2007)

Produced by Alexandre Aja and GrĂ©gory Levasseur and directed by former actor Franck Khalfoun (who appeared in Aja’s breakthrough film Haute tension/Switchblade Romance (2003)), P2 is a frustrating affair that has some genuinely impressive moments bolted onto a weird and unconvincing hybrid of “torture porn”, William Wyler’s The Collector (1965) and John McTiernan’s Die Hard … Continue reading