Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic review by Con
Available from all good retailers (Welbeck) 5 Stars
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If you’re a fan of Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy or just the art of Make-Up effects on screen, this is a must own table top book for you. It’s packed with incredible photos, information about classic movie and TV characters, plus interviews and insights with the people behind the creation of many iconic effects. Highly Recommended!!!
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Avatar was always meant to be seen on IMAX in 3D. This is the best way to see this incredible theatrical spectacular!!!
AVATAR is the highest grossing movie to ever grace an IMAX screen despite having approximately 300 cinemas worldwide in 2009, compared to over 1,500 cinemas today. Interestingly, IMAX was also the deciding factor for the final runtime for the original release of AVATAR, which was 2 hours and 42 minutes. This was the maximum amount of film that could physically fit onto an IMAX film platter. Relive and experience AVATAR the way director James Cameron intended, in IMAX 3D – the world’s most immersive cinematic format.
Avatar: The Way of Water in IMAX 3D Cinemas 16/12/22!!!
Ever wondered why so many people still love Elvis Presley? This movie perfectly celebrates why the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll is still popular today for a modern audience. Even if you don’t like Elvis’s music, you’ll really enjoy Baz Luhrmann’s new movie. This is the Elvis movie we needed – Highly Recommended!!!
Back in 1996 when Wes Craven released the first of his iconic and highly successful horror franchise, no one thought it would be as influential as it ended up being. Cited as the main film to revitalise the slasher genre. Scream made over $173 million, more than any slasher film until 2018’s Halloween. Pretty good going for a first in its series horror film!
Now after 25 years and with the release of the fifth instalment, much has changed with Scream 5 not just being a one-off popcorn flick slasher like its first incarnation, but instead a further chapter in of one of the most successful and best loved horror film franchises of all time.
Scream itself was loosely based on the real-life murders of the Gainesville Ripper, an idea the franchise leans into heavily with pretty much all of the films. The series and story also links to the world of real life movie producing and with its ‘in movie’ parodic film franchise ‘Stab’, as lead character Sidney Prescot desperately tries to escape the attempts on her life by the mysterious ‘Ghost face’ killer.
Following a ‘Who dun it’ format, each film has the audience questioning who the killer is with even the lead Sidney being a viable suspect at one time or another throughout the films. No one is safe in these movies and Scream loves to show you the killing of old and new characters in very gruesome and creative sequences.
The series also provides a satirical commentary on the formulaic structure and tropes of the genre as each movie tackles its respected place in the franchise, eg; the original discusses the rules of a slasher, the sequel uses the laws of a sequel, the third, the rules of a trilogy, the forth, remakes and so on and so on. This is one of the things that makes these films so good as they do ‘self-aware’ better than almost any horror franchise I have ever seen.
The latest in the series takes on the most recent fad in movie making known as the ‘Requel’. A requel is where a franchise revisits the original subject material with new characters but also continues where the last film left off including the return of key players to the story. Highly successful examples of this type of storytelling have been the latest Star Wars movies, Ghostbusters, Cobra Kai and the Star Trek films. Often these movies will drop the number in the series and return to the original title, hence Scream 5 is called ‘Scream’.
One of the things that brings the fans back to these movies is the characters. The main cast, as vulnerable as they are to a knife in the gut, have been brilliantly developed over the past 25 years. Their likeability and flaws make them so watchable and loved by the fans worldwide and you sit on the edge of your seat hoping you don’t lose another one in each adventure.
If it’s Dewy and Gales ‘Will they? Won’t they?’ relationship or Randy’s ironic commentary criticising characters actions like going down into the abandoned basement alone along with saying “I’ll be right back!”. These characters have allowed the franchise to flourish and always remain fresh for new audiences to enjoy.
Scream has seemingly done the impossible by pretty much following the exact same format with the same characters for five movies, while never getting monotonous or repetitive and the fifth installment continues in that stead.
I can’t wait for the day when I can show my own Teenagers ‘Scream 12’ and the potential “Ghost face” stories, long after the demise of Sidney Prescot.
Does Sidney die in Scream 5? Or is she the killer this time? You’ll have to watch the latest movie to find out – we’re saying nothing.
Anything is possible in the Scream franchise and that’s what makes it the best horror movie series of all time!!!
Available Now to Download and keep and on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K 11/4/22 (18) 4 Stars
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If you love the Scream movies you are in for a real treat. This is the greatest Horror Franchise of all time with every film worth watching. Highly Recommended!!!
Scream 1-4 available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K and Digital Download!!!
Jada –The Batman Diecast Vehicle with Figure review by Con
Available from all good retailers (8 Years +) 5 Stars
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These cars are just so cool and look lovely displayed on a shelf or a desk. Along with the new vehicle, there’s four classic Batman cars available and they will make the perfect gift for any collector. Highly Recommended!!!
We love Agatha Christie and Sir Kenneth Branagh is brilliant as the legendary Hercule Poirot. It’s cheesy, it’s camp, but it’s bloody good fun and wonderful big screen escapism. If you’ve not had a break abroad for a while – you’re in for a treat. Death on the Nile is like going on a Murder Mystery Holiday in Egypt for two hours. You can almost feel the sun on your face as you watch!!!