Review: Aliens

The film is a nightmare envisioned on the screen - call it Ripley's nightmare, indeed she's asleep when we first meet her at the beginning and she's asleep when we leave her at the end. It's one of those dreams where you're being chased and you just can't seem to wake yourself...

The Goonies (Donner, 1985)

[ad#Google for posts – rect with border] Companion review for Top 10 American Coming of Age Dramas In a suburban home, in a dusty dark attic, behind some damp old boxes, in a wooden picture frame lies the key to an adventure only dreams can create, but in Richard Donner’s...

Review: Taut Thrills Abound In “The Hitcher”

Driving through America’s mid-west can be a tough thing, especially if you’re just a young kid transporting a car to another state to earn a little extra cash. Night falls, an eerie mist envelops the road, rain crashes down and thunder roars. Your eyes feel weary, tired and you...

Near Dark (Bigelow, 1987)

[ad#Google for posts – rect with border] Companion review for Top 10 1980s Horror Films & Top 10 Modern Vampire Films A classic that frequented the sort of top 100 polls that read: ‘The Best Films To Rent You’ve Never Heard Of’, Near Dark wilted soullessly in the...

Review: Return of the Living Dead (O’Bannon, 1985)

[ad#Google for posts – rect with border] Companion review for Top 10 1980s Horror Films George A. Romero set them free, and now the ‘undead’ refuse to lay silent in the grave. Like his walking-corpse creations, this sub-genre in horror cinema keeps birthing new young and...

Review: Stand By Me (Reiner, 1986)

Stephen King’s stories are extremely difficult to bring to the big screen. Not only because of such things as the complexity of the overall narrative, the multi-character plots, or the lack of a pivotal driving force; but the fact that most of his stories contain ‘horror’ that...

Review: Class (Carlino, 1983)

[ad#Google for posts – rect with border] The 1980’s produced some of the best and most cherished coming-of-age, comedy-dramas to grace theatre screens, and it is these that the era is most fondly remembered for. George Lucas’ 1973 ensemble piece American Graffiti and...

Review: Big (Marshall, 1988)

[ad#Google for posts – rect with border] Companion review for Top 10 Tom Hanks Films 1984 – 1989 Big (Penny Marshall, USA, 1988) Dir. Penny Marshall; starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, Jon Lovitz, Mercedes...