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Zombie Hamster | July 29, 2015

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Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

July 8, 2015 |

Wildly imaginative but achingly dreadful, Texas Chain Saw maestro Tobe Hooper’s fiery oddity is a fascinating so-bad-it’s-good B-movie, now available on limited edition Blu-ray from Code Red. 

Let’s be completely clear: Tobe Hooper’s SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION is one cruddy movie. Yet despite … Read More

Milano Calibro 9 (1972)

June 23, 2015 |

A career defining film from Fernando Di Leo, Milano Calibro 9 stands atop of the neglected Poliziotteschi genre, having had a marked influence on filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and John Woo. 

“One of the first films I watched was … Read More

A Haunting at the Rectory (2015) / Andrew Jones Interview

June 16, 2015 |

Swansea’s finest delivers one of his best films yet, so what better time than now for ZOMBIE HAMSTER to catch up with the low budget auteur, to quiz him about life behind the camera. 

Andrew Jones is barely into his … Read More

Delirium Retrospective: The Fear (1995)

June 14, 2015 |

Our own lil’ Hamster Dave Wain’s look back at neglected mid-90’s slasher THE FEAR is up at DELIRIUM MAGAZINE‘s site now. Featuring a chinwag with this direct-to-video pearl’s scribe, Ron Ford, you can check it out after the jump:

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The Shadow (1994)

June 13, 2015 |

Shaggily scripted but gorgeous to look at, Highlander helmer Russell Mulcahy’s entertaining superhero flick makes its UK Blu-ray bow from distributor MediumRare.   

Described by Quentin Tarantino as “the poor man’s Ridley Scott” in Mark Hartley’s cracking Ozploitation doc Not … Read More

From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)

May 25, 2015 |

Scream Factory deliver a flawless edition of Jeff Burr’s overlooked horror portmanteau, with a wealth of special features whose level of detail is astonishing.

I always used to regard Jeff Burr as the sequel guy. A lazy dismissal I’ll … Read More

Nemesis: The Complete Boxset (1992 – 1996)

May 20, 2015 | | One Comment

Director Albert Pyun’s nineties video classics make their long-awaited British Blu bow in a half-hearted Platinum Cult Edition port from 101 Films.

Occupying a spot at the top end of much maligned schlock auteur Albert Pyun’s dense resume – neatly sandwiched … Read More

Society (1989)

May 11, 2015 |

After much delay, splat auteur Brian Yuzna’s classic psychosexual satire arrives on UK Blu-ray in an exquisite set from Arrow Video. 

The mullets and garish fashions may have dated but in a world now completely overshadowed by greed and austerity, the … Read More

God Told Me To (1976)

April 18, 2015 |

A genre-spanning mix of elements result in a career highlight for one of cinema’s most underrated talents. 

Larry Cohen doesn’t fit.

You can’t group him with that explosion of visionary horror filmmakers that the seventies spawned; Romero, Craven, Carpenter, Hooper. … Read More

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)

March 22, 2015 | | 2 Comments

Fred Olen Ray’s delirious cult schlocker is given a spectacular, extras-packed HD overhaul, courtesy of Retromedia and 88 Films. 

One of the all-time great B flicks – number four according to men’s mag Maxim – a UK release worthy of director … Read More

The Ghoul (1933)

March 3, 2015 |

In the third of our bi-weekly British horror profile series, Matty Budrewicz takes a look at the first UK shocker of the sound era. 

Weird happenings in a house of mystery!

An air of enchanting menace and macabre delight hangs over … Read More

Izzy Lee Talks Nevermore

September 12, 2014 |

Boston based filmmaker Izzy Lee has been very active on the festival scene this year, with two of her pieces (Legitimate, Picket) doing the rounds internationally. This Halloween she is co-producing a very special showcase of Nevermore, starring … Read More