Intruder (1989)

By the turn of the 90s, the censorship boards at the BBFC and MPAA had all but slayed the slasher movie.

Back in the early 1980s, the ‘video nasties’ scandal would trigger a moral outrage, a diet of shock politics and tabloid sensationalism striking fear into the population, leading to the once explicit sub-genre’s descent into mediocrity. Many tricks and gimmicks would succeed in stretching its lifespan, and no more so than in the Friday the 13th series, which would rely on 3-D, false promises, impostor killers, Carrie clones, and iconic (if barely seen) locations to keep the lolly rolling in, all of it tied to a new tongue-in-cheek meta approach that would somehow make a protagonist out of the inimitable masked killer […]

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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

It took producers a whole year to renege on Friday the 13th’s promise that part IV would indeed be the final chapter, and the $22,000,000 it raked in – more than ten times its allocated budget – tells you exactly why.

Jason was far too big a draw to put to bed in 1984, and you have to believe that the studio was aware of this; in all likelihood, Jason’s demise was nothing more than a cynical marketing gimmick […]

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Brain Damage (1988)

Sometimes a movie comes along that really takes you by surprise.

Brain Damage is much more than just a trashy B-movie horror. It is that – but beneath the one-dimensional characters and schlocky special effects there is a film with a social conscience, a dreamy, often brutal commentary on the pitfalls of drug addiction which far exceeds its budget, displaying visual ingenuity one can’t help but admire […]

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Beverly Hills Cop 3 (1994)

Whatever happened to Eddie Murphy?

For those of you who recall¬†his comedic prime you will remember a man of great wit and enthusiasm, a star attraction who sold out arenas with his cutting edge act of irresistible profanity. So unique was Murphy’s off-the-cuff style it was inevitable that he would follow idol and mentor Richard Pryor into the movie world […]

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Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood (1988)

The New Blood is a mutilation of a movie, and not as a result of Jason himself, but because of the Motion Picture Association of America, who hacked away the majority of the gore and set out to castrate the franchise forever.

Because of this the movie is particularly bland. Forget the total lack of dramatic tension and technical ingenuity; more disconcerting is the complete lack of good, honest gore […]

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Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)

The last time we saw Jason Voorhees his head was sliding along the edge of a machete.

That particular instalment was advertised as The Final Chapter, and although Part V stayed true to the studio’s promise by introducing a copycat killer, you never really believed it was the end for the madman in the hockey mask. There was simply too much money at stake […]

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