80 Years Of Hammer: The Viking Queen (1967)

The Viking Queen

80 Years Of Hammer continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Viking Queen starring Donald Houston, Don Murray and Carita. Hammer made many fine movies… they also made some pretty average movies and, from time to time, some downright terrible ones too: The Viking Queen falls into the category of the downright terrible. It’s evident that the studio was trying to contribute... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: Dr. Who And The Daleks (1965)

Dr Who and The Daleks

Tim Wickens takes a trip through time and space in the TARDIS as Gather Round The Tele focuses on Dr. Who And The Daleks (1965). (It was fun to write that sentence… if only it could happen). I have been a Doctor Who fan since the late 70’s when I first heard the other worldly sounds of Ron Grainer’s theme and the wild Bohemian Tom Baker smiled across the tele. For me, Doctor... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Man Bait (1952)


80 Years Of Hammer continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Man Bait starring George Brent, Marguerite Chapman and Diana Dors. Hammer are most famous for their horror films, especially their Gothic melodramas. Prior to the success of the Dracula and Frankenstein cycles, the studio dabbled in other genres: swashbucklers, war films, sci-fi’s, comedies and even film noirs. It is the... Read More

Shootin’ Westerns: Breakheart Pass (1975)

Breakheart Pass

Shootin’ Westerns continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Breakheart Pass starring Charles Bronson, Richard Crenna and Jill Ireland. It was an unexpected step when Alistair MacLean – author of war novels and action thrillers including the likes of Where Eagles Dare, The Guns Of Navarone and Bear Island – opted to write a western. Breakheart Pass, the book, stands... Read More

Film Review: Ransom


Jonathon Dabell takes a look at Ransom starring Sean Connery, Ian McShane and Robert Harris. Ransom is available now on DVD & Blu-Ray. Sean Connery plays Colonel Tahlvik, a police chief in a fictitious Scandinavian country. His trademark Scottish accent remains intact, yet in spite of this he manages to convince as a tough, uncompromising man who won’t stand for the sort of... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: Dressed To Kill (1980)

Dressed To Kill

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Dressed To Kill starring Michael Caine and Angie Dickinson. Please note: this review contains Spoilers. Having already analysed films best described as exploitation movies, this next instalment may, at first glance, seem a little out of place. This month This Is Not A Woman’s Picture looks at Brian... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Never Take Sweets From A Stranger (1960)

Never Take sweets

80 Years Of Hammer continues with Tim Wickens looking at Never Take Sweets From A Stranger starring Patrick Allen and Felix Aylmer. 80 years Of Hammer looks at another true to life scenario Never Take Sweets From A Stranger (also known as Never Take Candy From A Stranger 1960) from the studio. My review of The Camp On Blood Island (1958) was from a recollection of a prisoner in... Read More

Film Review: Lucy (2014)


Leon Nicholson takes a look at Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. So to the main question – does anyone remember the days when Luc Besson’s movies were awesome? There was Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element (the obvious few that come to mind) but of late he seems to have gone off the boil. Whether he is producing or writing, the EuropaCorp... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: The Men Of Sherwood Forest (1954)

The Men Of Sherwood Forest

80 Years Of Hammer continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Men Of Sherwood Forest starring Don Taylor and Eileen Moore. Chiefly associated with their horror output (even in their newly resurrected guise they seem to be focusing solely on horror movies) it’s easy to forget that Hammer ventured into many other genres down the years. In fact, they’d existed for more than... Read More

Shootin’ Westerns: Rio Conchos (1964)

Rio Conchos

Shootin’ Westerns continues with Leon Nicholson looking at Rio Conchos starring Richard Boone and Stuart Whitman. Many people may not know much about director Gordon Douglas but they will certainly know about his films. Over the course of his career which spanned near five decades, he helmed a range of movies of different genres. These included pictures such as the classic B-movie... Read More