Chris McEneany

Chris McEneany has been writing about films for many years, providing in-depth coverage of cinema and Blu-ray releases, and CD film scores. He has a particular fascination for the horror genre, with an undying devotion to the classic chillers from Universal right through to the splattery excesses of Cronenberg, Romero and Fulci, and a downright embarrassing obsession with the 80's and the cult icons that the decade of delinquency gave birth to.

His life quite literally revolves around movies. When not watching films, he is listening to their soundtracks, and his house has become a veritable shrine to Hollywood, with props, replicas, posters and memorabilia filling all available space.

His long-suffering wife and kids have to put up with his expensive and cringe-worthy attempts to emulate his heroes, from costumes to hairdos, and his ceaseless quest to escape reality and responsibility.
If pushed he would probably cite his favourite films of all time as being Jaws, The Thing, Mad Max 2, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Gladiator and Escape From New York … but, like his reviews, the list could go on and on.

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    Maggie Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Big Arnie gives a genuinely emotional performance in Maggie, a hauntingly melancholic tale of fatherly devotion in the aftermath of a zombie plague; whilst Universal/Lionsgate serve up a decent Blu-ray release.  
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    Dr Terror's House of Horrors Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Five men. One train carriage. No coincidence. Odeon release the classic inaugural Amicus horror portmanteau Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors in a splendid, shiver-packed limited edition steelbook. Tickets please!  
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    Dr Terror's House of Horrors Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Five men. One train carriage. No coincidence. Odeon release the classic inaugural Amicus horror portmanteau Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors. Tickets please!  
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    Hellraiser Scarlet Box Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Arrow Video unleashes its long-awaited Hellraiser Scarlet Box limited edition set that contains the first three films in the series, all with fabulous new 2K restorations and a stunning wealth of incredible extras.  
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    Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Third in the original trilogy of Clive Barker's most well known franchise isn't a patch on the previous two, but does Pinhead have what it takes to be a leading man?  
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    Black Cats Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of murder and moggies gets two extravagant Italian makeovers in this splendidly lavish double-bill of wicked desires and dark revenge.  
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    Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key Review

    by Chris McEneany
    'Vice' is a terrific little movie that successfully mingles sex and death with tempestuous psychology and marital anguish to deliver chills, mystery, arousal and twists.  
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    The Black Cat Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Toned-down in terms of the excessive ultra-violence the approach suits this small-time tale of vengeful bedevilment and remains a stylish exercise in offbeat chills and suspense  
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Hammer's exquisite retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes mystery gets a fabulous release from Arrow Video.  
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    Sir Christopher Lee – In Celebration of a Legend

    by Chris McEneany
    Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015). We look back at his impressive life through the eyes of the medium that he was synonymous with - Cinema  
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles Review

    by Chris McEneany
    An in-depth review of Hammer's masterpiece of moorland mystery and menace - The Hound of the Baskervilles.  
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    Society Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Arrow Video's release of the infamous body-horror film Society includes picture, sound and extras that do justice to the stomach-churning effects.  
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    Mad Max: Fury Road - Inspired Artists Review

    by Chris McEneany
    The Mad Max universe is as broad as it is long and the illustrations that inhabit this wonderful collection capture the spirit and character of the story, as well as the sense of chaos that prevails throughout.  
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    Society Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Famous for its orgy of grotesque assimilation, Society may have lost some of its audacity and vulgarity, but Brian Yuzna’s deliciously subversive horror satire still works in a gross-out Twilight Zone way.  
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    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Walerian Borowczyk’s film interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most famous novel is ripe with fervent erotica and comes to vivid life on Blu-ray thanks to Arrow.  
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    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Walerian Borowczyk’s film interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most famous novel is ripe with fervent erotica making it one of the most faithful “alternate universe” adaptations of the literary classic.  
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    The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road

    by Chris McEneany
    Art and design of Mad Max: Fury Road in glossy hardback is more than a read; it's essential viewing.  
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    Mad Max: Fury Road - A Fan Appreciation

    by Chris McEneany
    A Super-Fan takes on Max's guise and drives the Fury Road in what is a triumphant return to the franchise.  
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    An Uber-Fan's Appreciation of Escape from New York

    by Chris McEneany
    All Hail the Snake! A full-throttle ultra-fan appreciation of John Carpenter’s noggin-bashing genre classic: Escape from New York!  
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    Escape From New York Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    John Carpenter's dark and gritty Escape From New York gets a new US release on Blu-ray using difficult source material with an altogether brighter outlook.  
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    Blood and Black Lace Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    This Blu-ray release of Mario Bava’s flamboyant but hugely influential thriller delivers the director's visual showboating in style.  
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    Blood and Black Lace Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Bava’s flamboyant direction and showboating visual invention smooth over Blood and Black Lace's limitations to create a hyper-stylish and hugely influential thriller that would set the template for the iconic Spaghetti genre to come.  
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    Late Phases Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Decent picture, sound and extras make this Region A Blu-ray of the little-seen but impressive werewolf film Late Phases worth seeking out.  
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    Late Phases Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Great photography, a brooding score and a main character that inspires whilst never being played for sympathy ensure that Late Phases leaves a lasting impression and stands out from the pack.  
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    The Tales of Hoffmann Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger vividly bring the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann" to life and this Blu-ray release gives you the fullest version possible with the best picture and sound.  
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    The Tales of Hoffmann Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger vividly bring the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann" to life - dramatising the three great romances in the life of the poet-hero, though her loses love he gains poetic inspiration.  
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    Day of Anger Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Arrow Films sprinkle their usual high definition magic over Day of Anger, a Sergio Leone influenced Western about a gunslinger's creation turning on him.  
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    Day of Anger Review

    by Chris McEneany
    The Sergio Leone influenced Day of Anger is an interesting take on the Frankenstein myth of a lost creation finding its path and turning upon its creator.  
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    Rollerball Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    Thought-provoking SF collides violently with fantasy escapism in Norman Jewison’s classic tale of motorbikes, skaters and a deadly steel ball.  
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    Man of the West Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    We look at Eureka's Masters of Cinema Blu-ray release of Man of the West; which does the best it can with limited source material and offers a better set of extras that the US release.  
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    The Haunted Palace Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    This Roger Corman/Vincent Price film version of an Edgar Allen Poe interpretation of an HP Lovecraft story arrives on Blu-ray thanks to Arrow Video.  
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    The Haunted Palace Review

    by Chris McEneany
    This Roger Corman/Vincent Price film is based on an Edgar Allen Poe interpretation of an HP Lovecraft story; so Gothic Horror at its finest even if it's a step away from Corman's usual fare.  
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    Man of the West Review

    by Chris McEneany
    We look at the Gary Cooper starring Man of the West, which sets itself apart from the crowd by deliberately crafting a deeply psychological re-rendering of the clichés and becoming an 'existential western'.  
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    Rabid Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    We look at Arrow Film's Blu-ray disc of David Cronenberg’s second feature film about a vampiric plague that's best known as former porn star Marilyn Chambers’ first mainstream outing.  
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    John Carpenter's Lost Themes

    by Chris McEneany
    We take a listen to director John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes', which is not composed of missing film scores, but rather his first studio album.  
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    Rabid Review

    by Chris McEneany
    We look at David Cronenberg’s second feature film about a vampiric plague that stems from a quirky skin-graft operation though the film is probably best known as former porn star Marilyn Chambers’ first mainstream outing.  
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    The Thing Soundtrack Review

    by Chris McEneany
    We dissect, disembowel and drool over Ennio Morricone's wonderfully evocative score for John Carpenter's best film, in an unashamedly spoiler filled appreciation of music and film that form the perfect whole.  
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    Best Movie Soundtrack Releases of 2014

    by Chris McEneany
    We look at some of the best movie soundtracks released in 2014, some modern, some not so much, but all awesome.  
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    The Dark Half Blu-ray Review

    by Chris McEneany
    We look at George Romero's and Stephen King's teaming up to bring King's novel of the same name to 'life' with varying degrees of success on High Definition  
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    The Dark Half Review

    by Chris McEneany
    George Romero and Stephen King team up to bring King's novel of the same name to 'life' with varying degrees of success  
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