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Stu review: Cannibal Holocaust Blu ray.
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Released by: Shameless screen entertainment.

Stu kicks off Horror film month with the notorious Cannibal Holocaust -now on Blu ray with the new directors cut. Do you have the stomach for it - or indeed, the silverware? 

Who has a previously cut version of CH? Anyone? That 2 disc version with ‘House by the edge of the park’ released by VIPCO? Well that was my introduction to CH all those years ago - and it was a raw clever movie - one of the much better inductees into the 'British banned list’ -it has the power to shock, its handheld camera parts took away the safety net of conventional filming methods when the world had yet to deal with the true horror of reality tv and brought up the message that maybe we, the 'civilised’ people, can be just as barbaric. And I felt that way about the cut version, imagine my surprise at seeing the blu ray with Deodato’s new edit.

Cannibal Holocaust is the tale of a professor (Robert Kerman) who goes in search of a missing film crew who went into the Amazon jungle to film a documentary. Halfway through, the professor discovers the missing cans of film and sees just what really happened to the crew. So its a film of two halves, the trek to find them, and the watching of the film footage of Alan Yates (Carl Gabriel Yorke) and co.

So how does that re-edit sit? Well, for all the director’s claims that he’s toned down the animal violence, there is still alot of animal violence shown, so animal lovers be warned - its not pretty and part of why this movie stayed so heavily cut/ reviled for years. Deodato himself regrets the animal scenes as no animals should suffer for just a movie (He was given a suspended sentence and fined - all of which is explained in the special features.). If you’ve only viewed a heavily cut version of the movie previously (as had I with that VIPCO version) you’ll be in for a surprise. It was resubmitted to the bbfc in May 2011 and passed with even less cuts. I felt like i’d fallen asleep on previous watching of CH, wondering why I’d missed out on so much of the movie, (before brain kicked in and I realised the version I had before was cut- i’m clever like that) which shows that CH can still shock and is as powerful and full-on an experience than it ever was, which might be the best compliment to give any horror film. Its certainly not an easy film to watch by any means. 

So the Blu ray specs - yup, its a decent transfer, i’m not going to worry about picture too much unless it really is that awful that I cant see what’s happening and the sound is still there (always a bonus) - Riz Ortoland’s score still able to switch from beautiful to haunting at a moments notice.

Then there is the extras? The features 'long road back from hell’ and 'film and be damned’ give us insight into the filming of CH, to which the back story to the movie’s filming is just as interesting as the movie. Introductions by Deodato to both versions (his re-edit and the original) included on the disc appear before either movie starts, but dont add a huge amount.

Would I recommend? Depends on who to. Definitely to horror fans - like it or not it had an impact not only on films (Blair witch, Cloverfield, reality tv even?) but on the UK’s video viewing laws and has a message - not many films can boast doing all three. To those who’re curious? You’ve been warned, its not for the screamish. To my vet or local MP? Probably not.

4 organs out of 5. Its still one of the films ill pull out at Halloween.

Blu-ray Review: Clown

The release of Clown has been a long time coming, but it’s hard to complain considering the fact that the film was essentially willed into existence. It began as a clever fake trailer, which went viral in 2010, purporting to be directed by Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno). While he was not actually involved, Roth liked the video so much that he hopped on board as a producer for a feature-length version.

Production began in late 2012. The film was released overseas beginning in 2014, while the US continued to wait, despite securing distribution from Dimension Films. In the years since, director Jon Watts has released his sophomore effort, Cop Car, and signed on to helm the highly-anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming. Finally, 2016 sees the domestic release of Clown - and it was worth the wait.

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Blu-ray Review: Psychic Killer

1975’s Psychic Killer (also known as The Kirlian Force) is an odd mix of ‘70s melodrama, exploitation motifs, and B-movie camp. In other words, it’s exactly the kind of drive-in favorite you’d expect Vinegar Syndrome to pluck from obscurity and give new life to with a high-definition release.

After being implicated in the murder of his mother’s doctor, mild-mannered Arnold Masters (Jim Hutton, Ellery Queen) is institutionalized by reason of insanity. He befriends a mysterious fellow patient (Stack Pierce), who gifts him with a unique power known as the Kirlian Effect. By putting himself in a comatose trance, he possesses the ability to control things with his mind. When the real killer in his murder case is caught, the charges against Arnold are dropped and he is released.

While I initially thought he might harness his power for good and become a Dexter-esque killer of killers, Arnold instead uses it to exact vengeance on those who put him behind bars and left his mother for dead. The rash of freak accidental deaths causes Lt. Jeff Morgan (Paul Burke, Valley of the Dolls) to become suspicious of Arnold. Morgan refuses to give up in his pursuit, even as Arnold openly mocks the police.

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