Angeldust - My Video Collection

My Video Collection

After cataloguing my music collection I thought it was about time I did my films as well.  I have controversially listed all sequels alongside their original counterpart so that series can be viewed as one.  Many thanks to  Amazon for the plagiarised review data & artwork, where available this has saved me an enormous amount of time.

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The War Of The Worlds - 2005 Remake
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Despite super effects, a huge budget, and the cinematic pedigree of alien-happy Steven Spielberg, this take on H.G. Wells's novel is basically a horror film packaged as a sci-fi thrill ride. Instead of a mad slasher, however, Spielberg (along with writers Josh Friedman & David Koepp) utilizes aliens hell-bent on quickly destroying humanity, and the terrifying results that prey upon adult fears, especially in the post-9/11 world. The realistic results could be a new genre, the grim popcorn thriller;; often you feel like you're watching Schindler's List more than Spielberg's other thrill-machine movies (such as Jaws or Jurassic Park). The film centers on Ray Ferrier, a divorced father (Tom Cruise, oh so comfortable) who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town and soon is on the road with his teen son (Justin Chatwin) and preteen daughter (Dakota Fanning) in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion. The film is, of course, impeccably designed and produced by Spielberg's usual crew of A-class talent. The aliens are genuinely scary, even when the film--like the novel--spends a good chunk of time in a basement. Readers of the book (or viewers of the deft 1953 adaptation) will note the variation of whom and how the aliens come to Earth, which poses some logistical problems. The film opens and closes with narration from the novel read by Morgan Freeman, but Spielberg could have adapted Orson Welles's words from the famous Halloween Eve 1938 radio broadcast: "We couldn't soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the best next thing: we annihilated the world." - Doug Thomas, Amazon.com
Warp Vision: The Videos 1989-2004

A compilation of Warp music videos that range from great creations from the likes of Chris Cunningham to the less impressive fair of an early Javis Cocker. Warp Vision also covers a surprising mix of musical tastes with the only thing in common being that they are all less commercial & more artistic in nature. With the exception of underground hit LFO. The only quibble? why are the Chris Cunningham videos the edited for TV versions? Good job I already own the Chris cunningham collection. NB
Westworld

Westworld is one of the great 70's Sci-Fi's that you may find played late at night on the television. It follows a couple of guys who take a holiday to Westworld, the ultimate theme park populated with robotic people who act just like the real thing.  Set in the wild west they have the opportunity to bed the loose women of the bars & have a showdown with anyone who they take a dislike to.  Unfortunately things get tricky when after shooting a robotic cowboy, the cowboy decides to take revenge & hunts him down.  NB

Futureworld

In this sequel to WESTWORLD, the robots have rebuilt the theme park. Not content with the simple aims of capitalism, the robots, led by the indomitable Duffy (Arthur Hill), are bent on complete global domination. When powerful leaders are invited to the park, they uncover a sinister cloning plan to carry out the mission. The film stars Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow's mum), and Yul Brynner, who reprises his role from the first film.
- Amazon Synopsis
Wales: An Unforgettable Journey

the breathtakingly huge IMAX screen, this nature documentary has been digitally remastered to preserve the beauty and clarity of the original film. The gorgeous camera work captures the dramatic migrations of blue whales, right whales, humpbacks, orcas, and even dolphins. Experience close-up encounters with these large marine mammals through the magic of underwater technology. - Amazon Synopsis
What Lies Beneath What Lies Beneath

What would Hitchcock have done if he had had modern digital effects? The answer is almost certainly: something very like What Lies Beneath, Robert Zemeckis' technically accomplished supernatural thriller that pays open homage to Suspicion, Rear Window and Psycho, to name but three. Michelle Pfeiffer delivers one of the finest, most nuanced performances of her career as a woman in an ideal relationship whose perfect life begins to unravel with terrifying consequences. Harrison Ford plays sympathetically against type as her husband who may or may not be telling her the truth. Although made in the middle of his filming Cast Away, while the director waited for Tom Hanks to shed some pounds, this is no quickie throwaway picture. Zemeckis loads this character-driven story with genuinely scary suspense, using subtle camera moves, mirrored reflections and red-herrings in a classic Hitchcockian manner--the difference here is that he has access to the most up-to-date digital effects and employs them with characteristic imagination, creating seemingly impossible camera angles that only enhance the tension. The Production Design is equally carefully considered, as even the idyllic household setting with its pristine bathroom is gradually transformed into an object of terror. Composer Alan Silvestri's score winds up the drama several notches further with an appropriate Bernard Herrmann pastiche. - Amazon

WhenWorldsCollide
When Worlds Collide

Made in 1951, This pioneering sci fi movie tells the story of an impending collision with the earth, involving a fast approaching star.  Surprisingly, the government refuses to listen to warnings, so industrialists decide to finance the building of a rocketship, which is hoped will carry a chosen few to a newly discovered planet, In hope that it will support life.  Those involved in the building of the ship will be allocated a "raffle" ticket, and the limited lucky winners will gain a place on the voyage, Joining an already chosen few.  Spectacular special effects (for the time) provided by George Pal (War Of The Worlds, The Time Machine) showing storms, tidal waves, floods and earthquakes, the rocket finally blasts off, with the scenes of the collision behind it.  This is an excellent slice of 50's sci fi, Highly recommended.  - Alan James
White Noise

In the 1920s, Thomas Edison speculated that a device would be created which would allow humans to conduct conversations with the dead. In the 1970s, Sarah Estep picked up some mysterious voices on her husband's reel-to-reel tape recorder, and set up the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) to help track the phenomenon. In 2005, following a welter of evidence gathered by Estep and others, EVP forms the backbone for director Geoffrey Sax's shocking feature film WHITE NOISE. Architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) has little time to mourn the passing of his wife Anna (Chandra West) when he starts receiving signals from her. A faint sound of her voice is caught by Rivers in radio static on the night of her death, followed by incessant cell phone calls coming from Anna's old number. Rivers is convinced he can hear Anna's voice saying 'go, Jon' to him in the resulting calls. With a little help from expert EVP practitioner Raymond Price (Ian McNeice), Rivers contacts Anna and begins a hazy dialect with her. From the garbled dialogue Rivers receives, he deduces that Anna is sending him to save the lives of people who are about to die. This joins Rivers, in his plight, with a former client of Price's, Sarah Tate (Deborah Kara Unger). However, meddling with messages from the dead leads the pair into a world of trouble, producing some startlingly anxious moments, and a spine-chilling forewarning of the possible consequences facing real-life users of EVP. - Amazon Synopsis

White Noise: The Light

White Noise 2, is of course a sequel to the original, however this time its with different characters,
This follow up focus's on a man who after losing his wife and son in a murder in a cafe, he finds himself wishing for his life to end, so he trys to commit suicide, and is brought back, but around certain people he see's a light that seems to hang over them like a invisible blanket. He soon realises the people with this light are dying, so he decides to save the people, but of course this courses other problems this is a well structured, well acted little shocker that actually made me jump more than i have in years the characters are likeable, the script has a few new things to say (including a nice in-joke about nathan fillion in serenity) well directed, and i would recommend this little gem its not going to change the world, but its a good film that doesnt try too hard i give this a 4/5 for all the above and its nice to see a horror movie that doesn't need to gore us in the process and rely on story instead!
 - J Powell

The Whicker Man The Wicker Man - 1973 Original

It must be stressed that despite the fact that it was produced in 1973 and stars both Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland, The Wicker Man is not a Hammer Horror film. There is no blood, very little gore and the titular Wicker Man is not a monster made out of sticks that runs around killing people by weaving them into raffia work. Edward Woodward plays Sergeant Howie, a virginal, Christian policeman sent from the Scottish mainland to investigate the disappearance of young girl on the remote island of Summer Isle. The intelligent script by Anthony Schaffer, who also wrote the detective mystery Sleuth (a film with which The Wicker Man shares many traits), derives its horror from the increasing isolation, confusion and humiliation experienced by the na´ve Howie as he encounters the island community's hostility and sexual pagan rituals, manifested most immediately in the enthusiastic advances of local landlord's daughter Willow (Britt Ekland). Howie's intriguing search, made all the more authentic by the film's atmospheric locations and folkish soundtrack, gradually takes us deeper and deeper into the bizarre pagan community living under the guidance of the charming Laird of Summer Isle (Lee, minus fangs) as the film builds to a terrifying climax with a twist to rival that of The Sixth Sense or Fight Club. - Paul Philpott

Wolf Creek - Australian

WOLF CREEK is a grim and disturbing horror film, based on actual events in the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE vein. It's also beautifully shot, with director Greg McLean (in his feature film debut) making the otherworldly majesty of Australia's outback emerge as a part of the story. Cassandra Magrath and Kesti Morassi play the two young British girls travelling with their Aussie friend, Ben (Nathan Phillips), to Wolf Creek, the remote location of a giant meteor crater. When their car breaks down, a jovial, Crocodile Dundee-type named Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) offers to tow them to his even more remote auto camp. What happens next ensures, among other things, that surviving audience members will never think of Crocodile Dundee in quite the same happy way again. In addition to McLean's painterly use of scenery in establishing mood, the film benefits from the slow, methodical build-up of character detail; the actors are given space to develop a believable rapport, something all too rare in this kind of film. The characters are people, not stock slasher-film types, and this makes the ensuing scenes of cruelty and violence all the more unbearable. This is one carefully crafted, genuinely scary horror film. 
- Amazon Synopsis
World War Dead
World War Dead

A TV documentary crew travel to the battlefields to unearth new mysteries surrounding one of history's bloodiest battles. However, what they unearth is far from a new story of those that died 100 years ago but an army of the undead.

This is a pretty poor film.  I thought it was just me but I couldn't find any positive reviews online.
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black

Based on the classic ghost story, The Woman In Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.  Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town's tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror. - Amazon
Woman In Black Angel Of Death
The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black.

- Amazon
The Woods
The Woods

In 1965, after provoking a fire in a forest, the rebel teenager Heather Fasulo is sent to the boarding school Falburn Academy in the middle of the woods by her estranged mother Alice Fasulo and her neglected father Joe Fasulo. The dean Ms. Traverse accepts Heather in spite of the bad financial condition of her father. The displaced Heather becomes close friend of he weird Marcy Turner, while they are maltreated by the abusive mate Samantha Wise. During the nights, Heather has nightmares and listens to voices from the woods, and along the days she believes that the school is a coven of witches. When some students, including Marcy, simply vanish, Heather believes she will be the next one  -   Claudio Carvalho, IMDB.

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