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The Human Centipede: First Sequence (2009)

Tom Six’s notorious body-horror movie from 2009, “The Human Centipede”, caused a bit of a stir when it first came out. Depicting the experiments of the Mengele-like Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser) it plays out what would happen if 3 people were kidnapped and surgically joined together by mouth to anus to form a human centipede. Clearly this concept is quite ‘out there’ and not for the squeamish but is it the most horrific film to have ever been produced as has been suggested? Read on for our review… if you can stomach it. Continue reading

The Raven (2012)

James McTeigue’s third feature film, “The Raven” (2012), sets out to explain the last days in the life of the American writer, Edgar Allan Poe. The author of such dark and macabre works as “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Black Cat”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Tell-tale heart” and “The Raven” among many others, Poe’s untimely death was as mysterious and as tragic as the tales he wrote. Continue reading

TV Vault: “Breaking Bad” Series One (2008)

This American TV series from AMC is now in its fifth and final season. With the show taking a mid-season break and the final eight episodes scheduled to be broadcast during the Summer of 2013, now seemed a good time to attempt catching up by giving series one a try. Especially as it currently sits … Continue reading

Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)

A homeless man (Rutger Hauer) rides a freight train into a new town. World weary, this old drifter hopes for a quiet life in this new setting and modestly aspires to buy a $49.99 lawnmower. So far so “Straight Story”. Heartwarming stuff. Lovely in fact. “Welcome to F**ktown!” bellows the corrupt Chief-of-Police. It quickly transpires … Continue reading

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

In some parallel part of 1980’s America, the Arboria Institute exists. There a young woman called Elena is kept sedated and kept prisoner under the watchful eye of polo-necked Dr. Barry Nyles. The pretext for this is that she is too unwell to see other people and is being ‘treated’ at this futuristic “happiness” institute. … Continue reading

“Oracle Night” by Paul Auster (2005)

Set exactly 30 years ago in Brooklyn, New York, Auster’s eleventh novel concerns a seismic nine days in the life of novelist Sidney Orr. Newly rehabilitated into ‘the land of the living’ after a prolonged spell skirting with death in hospital, Sidney is our first-person guide through a series of misadventures in his life, his … Continue reading

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Paying homage to Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” (1977), this 92 minute tale from English writer-director Peter Strickland casts Toby Jones as a mild-mannered sound engineer (Gilderoy) recruited to fly over to piece together all the sound elements of a graphic horror movie in an Italian sound studio. We only ever see the opening titles for this … Continue reading

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