Revisiting . . . Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter’s Halloween was guilty of a great many crimes.

So successful was his low-budget revelation that it spawned an entire decade of sleazy, half-baked imitators, movies so devoid of technical competence that the genre had no other option than to descend into self-parody. Fortunately, for those of us with a taste for the unthinkably inept, lots of those movies have found a special place in our hearts […]

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Character Battles – Xenomorph vs The Thing

It is a wholly ridiculous concept, but who hasn’t pondered a hypothetical battle between two of their favourite movie stars, particularly when they possess similar personalities and attributes. We have already had Freddy vs Jason and Alien vs Predator, and while those movies sucked beyond comprehension, it didn’t stop us from flocking to the movies in our legions.

Part of the reason why we fail to accept these crossover extravaganzas is that they answer questions that don’t need answering […]

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John Carpenter: Five of the Best

What better place to begin than with Carpenter’s original cult classic? A bleak ode to Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo, Assault of Precinct 13 is a precursor to the dystopian pictures that would follow, the tale of a soon-to-be defunct precinct put under siege by a group of heavily-armed gangbangers in the Wild West of South Central Los Angeles. The movie is very much cowboys at high noon, but also pays due homage to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead […]

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Greatest Movie Posters of the 80s Part Three

Back in the 1980s a trip to the video store was an experience in itself.

In a era before widespread graphic design, movie production companies relied on a more traditional art form in order to promote their pictures, employing canvas artists to turn their predominantly low-budget VHS Vehicles into the kind of visual spectacular that would leap off the shelves amidst an oversaturated market […]

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