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Doomsday

Review Two packs of werewolves, one that lives to hunt and kill and the other that lives in peace with society, are signaled by the moon of the coming of an ancient prophecy. A 13-year-old-boy -- half wolf, half human -- will control the destiny of the species triggering an all-out war between the two packs as the boy's life hangs in the balance.
Here Alone

Review From the director of The Descent comes an action-packed thrill-ride through the beating heart of hell! To save humanity from an epidemic, an elite fighting unit must battle to find a cure in a post-apocalyptic zone controlled by a society of murderous renegades. Loaded with ferocious fights and high-octane chases, Doomsday grabs you right from the start, and doesn't let go till its explosive end!
The Void

Review Loud, violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall, who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday, though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins) to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following a viral outbreak. The disease has surfaced in London (now a walled city), and Mitra is dispatched to find a scientist who may possess a cure. Marshall's vision of Scotland in ruins brings together the punk/modern primitive costume design of George Miller's Mad Max trilogy with some eclectic homegrown elements (knights on horseback defending a gang leader's castle), and while these touches are novel, the picture as a whole should ring overly familiar to any viewer who's spent time in the exploitation trenches during the past 25 years. Younger and less discerning audience members will undoubtedly enjoy the plentiful violence and gore, as well as the unbridled performances of the supporting cast, especially stuntwoman/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg as the heavily tattooed Viper. --Paul Gaita

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The Girl With All the Gifts

Review Highwaymen (DVD)

When murder is no accident, revenge is no crime. A deadly battle of wits and wills between a vigilante and a killer is about to move intooverdrive -- and caught in their headlights is a tormented beauty whounwittingly holds the key to the ultimate showdown. When his wife iskilled by a maniac, Rennie Cray, played by Jim Caviezel ("The Passion ofthe Christ," "Frequency"), takes to the road in his classic PlymouthBarracuda muscle car to find her murderer -- James Fargo, played by ColmFeore ("Chicago," "Pearl Harbor"), a merciless, wheelchair-bound serialkiller. Fargo hunts down and kills women using his massive 1972 CadillacEldorado, which he has transformed into a monstrous extension of his owntwisted body and mind. But one of his targets has survived. Now asFargo hunts Molly, played by Rhona Mitra ("Sweet Home Alabama," "GetCarter"), to finish what he started, Cray uses the innocent would-bemurder victim as bait to snare Fargo.

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Night Cries

Review Disgraced and retired mixed martial artist Wes "The Jailor" Baylor (Scott Adkins) couldn't refuse the million dollar purse offered to fight in Myanmar. When he arrives to fight, he learns he's been tricked into becoming the target of a human hunt. Carrying only water and a ruby-filled money belt for the last person standing, Wes must outsmart the heavily armed group who's paid to kill him. As Wes fights for his life in the treacherous jungle terrain, the hunters become the hunted. Hard Target 2 is a must see film for action and martial arts fans featuring Adkins in incredible fight scenes.
Stake Land II

Review Two packs of werewolves, one that lives to hunt and kill and the other that lives in peace with society, are signaled by the moon of the coming of an ancient prophecy. A 13-year-old-boy -- half wolf, half human -- will control the destiny of the species triggering an all-out war between the two packs as the boy's life hangs in the balance.
House on Willow Street

Review From the director of The Descent comes an action-packed thrill-ride through the beating heart of hell! To save humanity from an epidemic, an elite fighting unit must battle to find a cure in a post-apocalyptic zone controlled by a society of murderous renegades. Loaded with ferocious fights and high-octane chases, Doomsday grabs you right from the start, and doesn't let go till its explosive end!
The Thinning

Review Loud, violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall, who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday, though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins) to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following a viral outbreak. The disease has surfaced in London (now a walled city), and Mitra is dispatched to find a scientist who may possess a cure. Marshall's vision of Scotland in ruins brings together the punk/modern primitive costume design of George Miller's Mad Max trilogy with some eclectic homegrown elements (knights on horseback defending a gang leader's castle), and while these touches are novel, the picture as a whole should ring overly familiar to any viewer who's spent time in the exploitation trenches during the past 25 years. Younger and less discerning audience members will undoubtedly enjoy the plentiful violence and gore, as well as the unbridled performances of the supporting cast, especially stuntwoman/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg as the heavily tattooed Viper. --Paul Gaita

Beyond Doomsday on DVD

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Doomsday on Blu-ray

More from Director Neil Marshall



Stills from Doomsday (Click for larger image)












Shoot 'Em Up

Review Highwaymen (DVD)

When murder is no accident, revenge is no crime. A deadly battle of wits and wills between a vigilante and a killer is about to move intooverdrive -- and caught in their headlights is a tormented beauty whounwittingly holds the key to the ultimate showdown. When his wife iskilled by a maniac, Rennie Cray, played by Jim Caviezel ("The Passion ofthe Christ," "Frequency"), takes to the road in his classic PlymouthBarracuda muscle car to find her murderer -- James Fargo, played by ColmFeore ("Chicago," "Pearl Harbor"), a merciless, wheelchair-bound serialkiller. Fargo hunts down and kills women using his massive 1972 CadillacEldorado, which he has transformed into a monstrous extension of his owntwisted body and mind. But one of his targets has survived. Now asFargo hunts Molly, played by Rhona Mitra ("Sweet Home Alabama," "GetCarter"), to finish what he started, Cray uses the innocent would-bemurder victim as bait to snare Fargo.

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Savageland

Review Disgraced and retired mixed martial artist Wes "The Jailor" Baylor (Scott Adkins) couldn't refuse the million dollar purse offered to fight in Myanmar. When he arrives to fight, he learns he's been tricked into becoming the target of a human hunt. Carrying only water and a ruby-filled money belt for the last person standing, Wes must outsmart the heavily armed group who's paid to kill him. As Wes fights for his life in the treacherous jungle terrain, the hunters become the hunted. Hard Target 2 is a must see film for action and martial arts fans featuring Adkins in incredible fight scenes.

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