Note: My rating of four stars out of five or (8/10) refers to director Jake West's and Producer Marc Morris' excellent and essential documentary 'Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape' only. I'd give the entire Nucleus Films limited edition 3-disc 'Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide' set ELEVEN out of ten if I could as the accompanying trailers and introductions are absolutely fantastic. In fact, I'd even argue they surpass the main documentary feature. A must buy release for all horror fans!
Note: My rating of four and half stars out of five or (9/10) is solely based on Jake West's 'nostalgia-nirvana' leaden feature-length documentary 'Draconian Days'. A perfect five-star score or (10/10) would easily be achieved if accounting for all of the superb supplementary materials to be found on Nucleus Films' comprehensive 'Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide: Pt. 2' 3-disc DVD set. Between this and the Nucleus Films limited edition set for Jake West's previous video nasties doc 'Moral Panic, Censorship…
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…