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Review: Evil Ed (1995)

New to buy from Arrow Video, Evil Ed is a fun Swedish horror comedy which plays loving homage to Evil Dead and other cult horror classics and definitely has its tongue firmly in its cheek.

Ed (Johan Rudebeck) is a film editor who is transferred to a ‘Splatter and Gore’ department to work on the gory Loose Limbs horror film series, editing hours upon hours of grisly footage. The on-screen violence soon gets to him, and Ed becomes a killer – despatching of his victims in increasingly gruesome ways.

Evil Ed is about the strong film censorship in Sweden, which ran until the mid 90s, but it’s also a true horror film fan’s movie – fast camera shots moving through houses from the perspective of Ed,  a staple of Sam Raimi/Evil Dead and one of the characters even says ‘Groovy!’ like Bruce Campbell. There’s hints of Troma and the comedy horror of Lloyd Kaufman. Keeping the movie going is Rudebeck’s portrayl of Ed – he is wonderful to watch and has a great, cult film face.

If you’re not familiar with it, check it out if you love horror. We think you’ll enjoy it.

GORE RATING: 3/5

SCARES: 1/5

DISTURBIA: 1/5

RATING: 6/10

Watch it for: A loving homage to horror 

Watch out for: The beaver did WHAT?! 

Review – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

An atmospheric, beautifully shot Iranian vampire Western, A Girl Walks… is a stunning film which also features one of the best cats in cinema – just as good as Ulysses from Inside Llewyn Davis.

Arash (Arash Marandi) is a hardworking young man who cares for his drug addict father. He also looks super cool, like James Dean. The Girl (Sheila Vand) stalks the streets of Bad City dressed in a chādor, taking drug dealers as her vampiric victims, and listens to moody indie music in her home. One night Arash and The Girl meet – Arash aptly dressed as Dracula, straying from a Halloween party – and she takes him back to her apartment. The rest…that’d be telling.

There are nods to David Lynch throughout – the point of view night time driving, people dancing and throwing strange shapes, the general oddness – and it’s an achingly hip film. Vand is captivating as the quiet but threatening Girl, and Marandi is an old school cinematic heart throb. Be prepared to be absorbed into the strange goings on in Bad City, and to be swallowed by this movie.

GORE RATING: 1/5

SCARES: 2/5

DISTURBIA: 1/5

RATING: 7/10

Watch it for: The cinematography is exquisite

Watch out for: Finger lickin’ good 

31 Days of Halloween – Day 22 – Demons (1985)

This bonkers Lamberto Bava Italian classic is produced by Dario Argento and features a large amount of exploding pus, gratuitous 80s heavy metal and some reallllllly nasty demonic transformations. It’s also oh so self reflexive, yes!

Student Cheryl (Natasha Hovey) is stalked on the Berlin subway by a mysterious masked man. When he catches up with her, he gives her an invitation to a free film screening at a cinema. Cheryl turns up with her friend, and lots of other guests too – why they are selected is never explored.

A prostitute Rosemary (Geretta Giancarlo) puts on a demonic mask in the cinema lobby, which scratches her face. Whilst watching the free movie – which turns out to be a bloody horror film – her friend notices what is happening in the film is also happening to Rosemary. The mask is making the protagonist on screen bleed uncontrollably from his cheek, and so is she – Rosemary staggers to the bathroom and turns into a demon. Then all hell breaks loose.

Demons is a relentless gorefest but also stylishly done. Some bits make absolutely no sense – for example, the punks in the car who are completely pointless demon fodder – but it really doesn’t matter. It’s a joy to watch – frantic, scary and deeply unpleasant, and a real horror movie fan’s favourite. We love a bit of cinema reflecting cinema!

BEST HEAVY METAL BAND ON THE SOUNDTRACK: MOTLEY CRUE

GORE RATING: 5/5

SCARES: 4/5

DISTURBIA: 5/5

TOTAL HALLOWEEN VIEWING RATING: 10/10

Watch it for: Revenge by motorbike, sword and heavy metal

Watch out for: Carmen’s surprise tongue. YUKKKKK

31 Days of Halloween – Day 5 – When Animals Dream (2014)

This is a fine Danish werewolf movie, with our sixteen-year-old protagonist Marie (Sonia Suhl) realising that the changes in her body may be a bit strange – especially the excess hair and bloody nails which seem to have something growing under them. Her mother (Sonja Richter) is catatonic and wheelchair-bound, and it looks like things run in the family with father (Lars Mikkelsen) desperate to protect his daughter from the fishing village folk who may want to cause her harm.

The tension builds as Marie slowly realises her destiny, and there’s an effective denouncement. It’s a smartly put together horror film, and well worth checking out.

AWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO: *awwooooooooooooooooo* 

GORE RATING: 2/5

SCARES: 2/5

DISTURBIA: 2/5

TOTAL HALLOWEEN VIEWING RATING: 5/10

Watch it for: Sonia Suhl is fantastic as she embraces her fate

Watch out for: A jumpy doctor  

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