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By Alex Fitch on 21 June 2012 Comments Off

Slickly made, the film is captivating in its set pieces which utilise 3D post-production well, including a duel between Abe and a vampire in the midst of a horse stampede and recreations of battles during the civil war…

By Mark Clapham on 17 March 2011 Comments Off

To my surprise, ‘Being Human’ creator Toby Whithouse managed to not only provide a satisfying conclusion to a season I’ve had mixed feelings about with this episode, but also retroactively fix a lot of my issues with the season as a whole.
By the end of ‘The Wolf-Shaped Bullet’ I was left feeling optimistic about the [...]

By Lance Parkin on 31 December 2010 Comments Off

This is a movie that practically begs you to compare it to things that are a lot better.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 29 December 2010 Comments Off

The B-movie is something that is quickly falling into irrelevance. With the drop in the cost of producing movies in the digital age, what was previously considered camp trash is now indie, and with it comes a greater measure of respect than previously.

By Mark Clapham on 23 November 2010 2 COMMENTS

I’m finding it hard to get quite as worked up about the Joss-free ‘Buffy’ remake as many fans of the series are.

By Mags L Halliday on 20 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Suck’ combines vampires with a rock’n’roll movie, and wears its cheapness on its leather sleeve.

By Mark Clapham on 22 September 2006 Comments Off

Marvel simultaneously relaunch ‘Blade’ and ‘Union Jack’, two of their less popular night stalkers…

By Mark Clapham on 14 February 2005 Comments Off

With a revival of ‘Doctor Who’ as a fully-fledged TV series on the cards, BBC Worldwide have conveniently released this story from the show’s last season.

By Mark Clapham on 12 December 2004 Comments Off

‘Blade Trinity’ is a natural development of what we’ve seen before in this series, but with a quirkier sensibility…

By Jim Smith on 02 November 2004 Comments Off

The notes in the back of the first issue by author, and former ‘Infinity Inc’ hero, Roy Thomas make clear the writer’s great pleasure in this comic book being the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel in any medium.

By Eddie Robson on 20 September 2004 Comments Off

Well, that was all a bit of a waste of time, wasn’t it?

By Stephen Lavington on 12 May 2004 Comments Off

For the first half this is a rip-roaring, rollicking, righteous fantasy swashbuckler – exactly as one would expect from the director of The Mummy.

By Eddie Robson on 09 May 2004 Comments Off

This is the least gothic vampire comic I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s also the least vampire-related vampire comic I’ve ever seen.

By Jim Smith on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

‘Sword of Dracula’ # 2 delivers on the considerable promise of the first instalment…

By Mark Clapham on 10 October 2003 Comments Off

Let’s get Hammered…

By Jim Smith on 02 March 2003 Comments Off

A summer blockbuster sufficiently early to arrive with the dawn of Spring, ‘Blade 2′ is both significantly more violent and appreciably less nasty than its predecessor.
With Guillermo del Toro of ‘Cronos’ and ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ fame behind the camera, the visuals have flair and a certain kind of grim glamour. The costumes too, are remarkably [...]

By Mark Clapham on 15 June 2002 Comments Off

Rules of vampire related drama no #347, enacted October 2000: after any pivotal and dramatic storyline in the series ‘Angel’ there
must, by law, be a requisite 2-3 nonsensical filler episodes…

By Jim Smith on 23 May 2002 Comments Off

‘Buffy’ moved up a gear this week, with a few surprises wrapped up in what could (in lesser hands) have been an utterly predictable episode, what’s more after six seasons, they’ve finally found a look for Willow that does something for me. Nice

By Jim Smith on 19 May 2002 Comments Off

Villains is a Buffy episode I have issues with. Not big issues. Not life-changing, life-threatening, arguing-about-the-important-things-in-life issues. Story issues.

By Stephen Lavington on 17 May 2002 Comments Off

It is hard to imagine the same director making two more disparate vampire movies than Cronos and Blade II.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

And so the inevitable Fred-centric episode arrives, and mercifully it’s a good one, cementing her position at Angel Investigations. When Fred’s parents arrive in LA, determined to find their daught

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Welcome to the world’s shortest story arc! Remember that guy Angel pulled out of hell in ‘That Vision Thing’? Well, turns out he wasn’t being lined up for a major storyline, but for this excitin

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Of the straight (that is to say, non-singing) episodes of Buffy featured in the first half of seasons six this is arguably the best. The central conceit – the gang all lose their memories – is simple,

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Big explosions, big plot developments, and lots of scenes taking place in the rain…

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

This unashamedly double length story in two halves suffers from something that was once thought to be the eternal plague of the double-episode on US TV. That is to say, the two-parter which begins we

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Still wondering why Warren, Jonathan and Andrew were stealing that big diamond in ‘Smashed’? Wonder no longer, as Warren assembles his best invention yet – an invisibility ray. The trio accidental

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

In this episode, Buffy gets a job in McDonalds (or the Sunnydale equivalent).

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

After last week any kind of light relief (well, except more burger bar antics) would be welcome, but there’s not really much of that on offer here.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

After the intensity of recent weeks, this nifty, albeit silly, episode sees a cooling off of the ongoing plotlines as Angel comes to terms with fatherhood…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Buffy’s life is not the best it could be. Working in a burger bar, sleeping with someone she hates… not brilliant…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

This is something to get excited about – an episode both written and directed by Joss Whedon. As his attention is split between more and more projects, so the rarity of getting a single, undiluted do

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Like almost everything since Christmas, this episode of Buffy works for only about half of its running time.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Ally McBeal may be on its way out, but its good to see someone taking on the mantle of camp office romantic comedy…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

After a shaky first year, it’s in this second season that ‘Angel’ steps out of the shadow of its Big Sister show…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

‘Blade II’ is a very, very violent film. Take that as either a warning or a recommendation, but bear it in mind.

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

There is no such thing as a Vampire Slayer. There are no such things as Vampires. Sunnydale isn’t a real place. Like Dawn, Spike, Willow and Xander it only exists in the mind of Buffy Summers, a girl in a mental institution whose parents want her to get better.
It’s an intriguing premise for an episode, [...]

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Talk about being born under a dark star – poor little Connor really doesn’t stand a chance, does he?

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

This week, Angel takes the concept of anti-hero to exciting new heights.

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

It’s difficult to discuss – let alone review in a public forum – this episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This is because some of that which occurs in it invokes issues far beyond those you would or should normally engage with in a TV review.