The Count's Verdict: Long overdue first-watch and unfortunately I found this mediocre 90s effort from my beloved David Cronenebrg to be more FREDDY'S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE than VIDEODROME in regards its merits as an exploration of 'alternate virtual realities', social commentary and cultural media (this time videogame dynamics). One of the blandest depictions of an artificial game world I have ever witnessed. Performances left me totally unengaged with what was happening or NOT happening. Big disappointment. In retrospect, I…
First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.
Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…
Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.
The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…