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Zombie Hamster | August 29, 2015

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Blast (1997)

August 13, 2015 |

Schlock specialist Albert Pyun’s agreeable Die Hard variation receives a pleasant but flawed budget issue as part of 101 Films’ lackadaisical Cult Movie Collection.

Die Hard is the perfect action template. Witty, suspenseful and tremendously exciting, the blueprint drawn by creators … Read More

Robot Jox (1989)

July 27, 2015 |

Stuart Gordon’s much maligned creation gets dusted down for a Blu-ray release. Its flaws are still apparent, but then so is David Allen’s marvellous stop-motion, which almost neutralizes all the negativity.

ROBOT JOX! The film that bankrupted a studio! … Read More

Split Second (1992)

July 23, 2015 |

The best of Rutger Hauer’s bonkers schlock back catalogue, Tony Maylam’s back-end-of-the-schedules type treat makes a welcome return to the UK market on a typically lax 101 Films Blu-ray.

About a year or so ago, a friend of mine introduced … Read More

Garden of the Dead (1972) / Shriek of the Mutilated (1974)

July 14, 2015 |

Retromedia continue their plundering of selected seventies curios, and provide us with a double-bill of of fist-chewing mediocrity that’s gloriously entertaining.

Launched in 2001, Fred Olen Ray’s Retromedia label has been a constant source of schlocky mayhem with releases … Read More

Blu-ray Bites: Stone Cold (1991)

July 13, 2015 |

Blu-ray Bites are concise explorations of new back catalogue releases, designed to help you decide if they’re worth parting with your hard-earned cash for. This time, Dave yearns for the flowing, artificially coloured locks of Brian Bosworth

What is … Read More

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