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  • Colt 45 | Blueprint: Review
    Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Film Reviews COLT 45 Andrew Skeates August 25 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Director Fabrice Du Welz Screenplay Fabrice Du Welz Fathi Beddiar Starring Gerard Lanvin Joey Starr Alice Tagilioni Ymanol Perset Year 2014 Country France BBFC Classification 15 The director of Vinyan and shudder Calvaire dials back the weird but not the bleakness and violence for tough French cop film Colt 45 Short and sharp much like the copious bullet ballets on display Du Welz s film hits hard as it charts the plight of a young police marksman whose skills with a gun lead him down a dark path as he is constantly pushed and pulled by several superior officers to become the killer he instinctively is When the young man s skills force him to kill he becomes entangled in corruption and deceit that s leads to more and more deaths no matter how hard he tries to extract himself from the situation At once gritty and often bleak with regular bursts of bullet riddled action Colt 45 sees Du Welz confidently switching to the crime genre and delivering another dark tale Rather than a preachy diatribe on the evil s of guns and the need for gun control the film respects the skill and power that comes with being a gifted gunman but never resorts to cool posing or gun fetish action fantasy The characters know their weapons and ammo and use them for their jobs and in many cases to save their lives The expertise the main character has with a gun seen in a brilliantly staged scene early in the film when he takes part in a shooting competition brings him to the attention of nefarious sorts who want to turn him into a killing machine Rather than do that and be turned into some badass action hero type he constantly tries to avoid becoming a killer but can t seem to outrun this destiny a destiny the makers may seem to be suggesting comes with knowing and using guns so well It s an interesting take for a film with lots of gun action and gives the protagonist a refreshing moral journey to navigate Still Du Welz and his crew know when to pull back from being too po faced and deliver some good old cops and robbers entertainment Colt 45 serves up the gritty cop goods and while it dips into melodrama now and again swaying from cool hard grit to pulpy action shenanigans on occasion the film is grounded by Ymanol Perset s intense lead performance He s incredibly believable as an expert sharpshooter and as a troubled but good soul who finds himself rapidly being pulled towards the role of a killer Perset makes one feel for his character even when he does the wrong thing and when his arc reaches its

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  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown 1976 | Blueprint: Review
    Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Film Reviews THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN 1976 Andrew Skeates August 14 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Director Charles B Pierce Screenplay Earl E Smith Starring Ben Johnson Andrew Prine Dawn wells Jimmy Clem Year 1976 Country USA BBFC Classification 18 Charles B Pierce s 70s now cult classic gets a glorious and long overdue disc release and while The Town That Dreaded Sundown is often a roller coaster ride in the tone department there is no doubting the taught tension and shocking violence of its kill scenes Loosely based on killings that took place in the town of Texarkana which straddles the Texas Arkansas border in the mid 1940s the film attempts to document the slaying spree the murderer known as The Phantom Killer went on during one hot spring summer Switching between a documentary style approach complete with narration and a more linear dramatic narrative The Town That Dreaded Sundown for all its faults vividly and alarmingly recreates the killer s murders to often startlingly effect Along with the original Black Christmas The Town That Dreaded Sundown could be seen as one of the prototype slashers that paved the path for genre landmarks such as Halloween and Friday the 13 th Certainly the Friday franchise with The Phantom Killer s hooded visage no doubt influencing Jason Voorhees s similar cloth bag head look in Friday 13 th Part 2 Filmed in sumptuous widescreen in the sweltering town of Texarkana the film when focusing on the killer achieves a sort of suffocating gothic dread that has the town in its grip The first 20 minutes are incredibly tense from the shocking first killing to the local deputy Prine desperately trying to figure out what is going on but unfortunately director Charles B Pierce squanders this in favour of some abrupt and startling shifts in tone When Ben Johnson s The Wild Bunch bas ass Texas Ranger shows up the tension unfortunately dips bizarrely switching to comedy cop hi jinks complete with a going for laughs car chase and a spot of random cop cross dressing meaning the sense of dread that was expertly building is all but obliterated Sure it gives the viewer a bit of a breather from the atrocities perpetrated by The Phantom Killer but unfortunately threatens to derail the film from becoming the great horror it was starting to be The switching between docu like storytelling and the more traditional dramatic narrative actually works quite well meaning it s really only the shift to comedy which unfortunately mars proceedings The pacing is a bit slow

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  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown 2014 | Blueprint: Review
    Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Film Reviews THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN 2014 Andrew Skeates August 14 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Director Alfonso Gomex Rejon Screenplay Roberto Aguirre Sacasa from an earlier screenplay by Earl E Smith Starring Joshua Leonard Gary Cole Edward Herrmann Addison Timlin Veronica Cartwright Anthony Anderson Ed Lauter Year 2014 Country USA BBFC Classification 15 This remake reboot of Charles S Pierce s original moody cult shocker gets a slick modern meta overhaul and while this Town is well made gorier and faster paced it unfortunately pales to the original due to it being well just a bit too meta for its own good Rather than a straight remake this 2014 version sees the inhabitants of present day Texarkana the original film s setting and where The Phantom Killer struck having an annual drive in showing of the 1976 film a real life tradition in Texarkana apparently and a couple of young love birds who are attending said showing scoot off for a little bit of romance in their car No sooner has the making out begun than the hooded Phantom Killer has shown up and attacks the couple much like in the original film It seems there is a copycat murderer on the loose using the original The Town That Dreaded Sundown as a template to wreck havoc on Texarkana The girl Timlin from the initial attack escapes wisely warns the authorities and then teams up with a local researcher Trope to find out who the Phantom Killer was and now is once and for all The 1976 version also recently released on disc of The Town That Dreaded Sundown is an effective low key chiller that despite its dips into absurd and pointless comedy shenanigans still terrifies due to the raw energy of the kill scenes This remake jettisons much of the comedy save for a bit of dark humour here and there but unfortunately can t quite replicate the sheer terror of the Phantom Killer that the original captured so well This is due in part to the kills while competently staged and often gory seem to be rushed through short and sharp they may be but everything happens and is over far too quickly and with the cast of characters constantly referring to watching and even ridiculing the original film means tension all but evaporates If the original got one thing right it was the muggy tension that built around when the Phantom Killer may strike That tension is sorely lacking here and while proceedings are well made and kudos to the makers trying to

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  • The Night Crew Review | Blueprint: Review
    2016 Competitions Featured Features Interview with Steve Oram admin January 11 2016 Featured Features Interviews Our Favourite Films of 2015 David Brook January 4 2016 Featured Features 2 Comment Haiku Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Film Reviews The Night Crew Andrew Skeates July 23 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Director Christian Sesma Screenplay Christian Sesma Paul Sloan Starring Luke Goss Bokeem Woodbine Chasty Ballesteros Jason Mewes Danny Trejo Year 2015 Country USA BBFC Classification 15 This rough and tough action thriller sees a group of bounty hunters led by the rough and tough Luke Goss saving a mysterious woman by the name of Mae Chasty Ballesteros from being kidnapped by some nasty cartel thugs She is on the run from evil drug baron Aguilar Trejo who is desperate to get her back The crew grab her and head off into the Mexican desert hoping to get her across the border before Aguilar s men catch up to them However and as is the norm proceedings don t go smoothly and the bounty hunters have to hole up in a deserted desert motel There they plan to hold off against Aguilar s ever strong and swarming gun toting goons hoping to survive the night Meanwhile Mae goes from deathly sick to incredibly strong revealing there may be more to her than meets the eye and this crew of just want to make a quick buck bounty hunters are now in way over their heads At once a little too rough around the edges but also delivering hard edged action with aplomb The Night Crew utilizes it concept and low budget to its best efforts to deliver a full firepower action ride Luke Goss continues his quest to become an all out low budget leading action man and is backed by a game cast including Bokeem Woodbine Danny Trejo ushered in to do his obligatory extended cameo Chasty Ballesteros Paul Sloan who co writes and stars as one of the crew and a host of genre stalwarts popping up here and there Jason Mewes Don Swayze While in the first half after the smash and grab of Mae proceedings take a while to get going and there is a little too much wannabe tough guy talk with lots of standing around trying to out swagger and out F bomb one another things pick up considerably once the gang hunker down in the motel and the shit hits the fan Even a little bit of soap opera style plotting can t derail the furious action that ensues as the gang come under an increasing amount of firepower

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  • Ealing Studios | Blueprint: Review
    Reviews 5 0 Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Recent Spoiler Episode 11 A Separation Andy Goulding April 22 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 10 Ready Player One Andy Goulding April 10 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 9 Mad Max Fury Road Andy Goulding March 26 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 8 Dumbo Andy Goulding March 12 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 7 This is England 90 Andy Goulding March 1 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint on the LAMBcast Roll Your Own Top 5 David Brook February 15 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Best Movies of 2015 David Brook January 7 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Star Wars The Force Awakens David Brook December 22 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Episode 6 Melancholia Andy Goulding December 4 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Recent Haiku Review April 16 admin April 11 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review 4 5 Trash A VHS Festival Justin Richards March 27 2016 Featured Features Reviews 4 5 Interview with Amber Fares Katy Vans March 3 2016 Featured Features Interviews Haiku Review February 16 admin March 3 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Last Shift on DVD David Brook January 18 2016 Competitions Featured Features Interview with Steve Oram admin January 11 2016 Featured Features Interviews Our Favourite Films of 2015 David Brook January 4 2016 Featured Features 2 Comment Haiku Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews

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  • Googie Withers | Blueprint: Review
    Tootsie admin April 13 2016 Film Reviews Reviews 5 0 Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Recent Spoiler Episode 11 A Separation Andy Goulding April 22 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 10 Ready Player One Andy Goulding April 10 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 9 Mad Max Fury Road Andy Goulding March 26 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 8 Dumbo Andy Goulding March 12 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 7 This is England 90 Andy Goulding March 1 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint on the LAMBcast Roll Your Own Top 5 David Brook February 15 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Best Movies of 2015 David Brook January 7 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Star Wars The Force Awakens David Brook December 22 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Episode 6 Melancholia Andy Goulding December 4 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Recent Haiku Review April 16 admin April 11 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review 4 5 Trash A VHS Festival Justin Richards March 27 2016 Featured Features Reviews 4 5 Interview with Amber Fares Katy Vans March 3 2016 Featured Features Interviews Haiku Review February 16 admin March 3 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Last Shift on DVD David Brook January 18 2016 Competitions Featured Features Interview with Steve Oram admin January 11 2016 Featured Features Interviews Our Favourite Films of 2015 David Brook January 4 2016 Featured Features 2 Comment Haiku Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game

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  • Gordon Jackson | Blueprint: Review
    Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Recent Spoiler Episode 11 A Separation Andy Goulding April 22 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 10 Ready Player One Andy Goulding April 10 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 9 Mad Max Fury Road Andy Goulding March 26 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 8 Dumbo Andy Goulding March 12 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 7 This is England 90 Andy Goulding March 1 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint on the LAMBcast Roll Your Own Top 5 David Brook February 15 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Best Movies of 2015 David Brook January 7 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Star Wars The Force Awakens David Brook December 22 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Episode 6 Melancholia Andy Goulding December 4 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Recent Haiku Review April 16 admin April 11 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review 4 5 Trash A VHS Festival Justin Richards March 27 2016 Featured Features Reviews 4 5 Interview with Amber Fares Katy Vans March 3 2016 Featured Features Interviews Haiku Review February 16 admin March 3 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Last Shift on DVD David Brook January 18 2016 Competitions Featured Features Interview with Steve Oram admin January 11 2016 Featured Features Interviews Our Favourite Films of 2015 David Brook January 4 2016 Featured Features 2 Comment Haiku Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review

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  • Robert Hamer | Blueprint: Review
    admin April 13 2016 Film Reviews Reviews 5 0 Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Recent Spoiler Episode 11 A Separation Andy Goulding April 22 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 10 Ready Player One Andy Goulding April 10 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 9 Mad Max Fury Road Andy Goulding March 26 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 8 Dumbo Andy Goulding March 12 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 7 This is England 90 Andy Goulding March 1 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint on the LAMBcast Roll Your Own Top 5 David Brook February 15 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Best Movies of 2015 David Brook January 7 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Star Wars The Force Awakens David Brook December 22 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Episode 6 Melancholia Andy Goulding December 4 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Recent Haiku Review April 16 admin April 11 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review 4 5 Trash A VHS Festival Justin Richards March 27 2016 Featured Features Reviews 4 5 Interview with Amber Fares Katy Vans March 3 2016 Featured Features Interviews Haiku Review February 16 admin March 3 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Last Shift on DVD David Brook January 18 2016 Competitions Featured Features Interview with Steve Oram admin January 11 2016 Featured Features Interviews Our Favourite Films of 2015 David Brook January 4 2016 Featured Features 2 Comment Haiku Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews

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