• Chris McEneany

    Blu-ray Reviewer

    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

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Nov 30, 2015 at 11:48 AM

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    Dr Terror's House of Horrors Blu-ray Review

    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!

    by Chris McEneany, Nov 18, 2015 at 7:45 AM

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    Dr Terror's House of Horrors Review

    Five men. One train carriage. No coincidence. Odeon release the classic inaugural Amicus horror portmanteau Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors. Tickets please!

    by Chris McEneany, Nov 16, 2015 at 12:56 PM

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    Hellraiser Scarlet Box Blu-ray Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Oct 26, 2015 at 8:45 AM

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    Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Review

    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?

    by Chris McEneany, Oct 25, 2015 at 7:23 PM

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    Black Cats Blu-ray Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Oct 19, 2015 at 6:13 PM

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    Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key Review

    '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.

    by Chris McEneany, Oct 19, 2015 at 10:34 AM

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    The Black Cat Review

    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

    by Chris McEneany, Oct 10, 2015 at 10:52 AM

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Review

    Hammer's exquisite retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes mystery gets a fabulous release from Arrow Video.

    by Chris McEneany, Jun 15, 2015 at 8:22 AM

  • Sir Christopher Lee – In Celebration of a Legend

    Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015). We look back at his impressive life through the eyes of the medium that he was synonymous with - Cinema

    by Chris McEneany, Jun 12, 2015 at 8:28 AM

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles Review

    An in-depth review of Hammer's masterpiece of moorland mystery and menace - The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    by Chris McEneany, Jun 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM

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    Society Blu-ray Review

    Arrow Video's release of the infamous body-horror film Society includes picture, sound and extras that do justice to the stomach-churning effects.

    by Chris McEneany, Jun 9, 2015 at 7:49 AM

  • Mad Max: Fury Road - Inspired Artists Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, May 31, 2015 at 9:03 AM

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    Society Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, May 27, 2015 at 1:44 PM

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    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne Blu-ray Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, May 27, 2015 at 7:50 AM

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    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, May 26, 2015 at 3:55 PM

  • The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road

    Art and design of Mad Max: Fury Road in glossy hardback is more than a read; it's essential viewing.

    by Chris McEneany, May 22, 2015 at 8:41 AM

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    Mad Max: Fury Road - A Fan Appreciation

    A Super-Fan takes on Max's guise and drives the Fury Road in what is a triumphant return to the franchise.

    by Chris McEneany, May 16, 2015 at 4:34 PM

  • An Uber-Fan's Appreciation of Escape from New York

    All Hail the Snake! A full-throttle ultra-fan appreciation of John Carpenter’s noggin-bashing genre classic: Escape from New York!

    by Chris McEneany, Apr 25, 2015 at 10:21 PM

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    Escape From New York Blu-ray Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Apr 22, 2015 at 7:49 AM

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    Blood and Black Lace Blu-ray Review

    This Blu-ray release of Mario Bava’s flamboyant but hugely influential thriller delivers the director's visual showboating in style.

    by Chris McEneany, Apr 13, 2015 at 1:10 PM

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    Blood and Black Lace Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Apr 13, 2015 at 7:50 AM

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    Late Phases Blu-ray Review

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

    by Chris McEneany, Mar 31, 2015 at 3:19 AM

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    Late Phases Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Mar 30, 2015 at 2:36 PM

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    The Tales of Hoffmann Blu-ray Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Mar 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM

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    The Tales of Hoffmann Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Mar 30, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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    Day of Anger Blu-ray Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Mar 27, 2015 at 8:44 AM

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    Day of Anger Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Mar 24, 2015 at 3:25 PM

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    Rollerball Blu-ray Review

    Thought-provoking SF collides violently with fantasy escapism in Norman Jewison’s classic tale of motorbikes, skaters and a deadly steel ball.

    by Chris McEneany, Mar 23, 2015 at 8:06 AM

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    Man of the West Blu-ray Review

    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.

    by Chris McEneany, Mar 22, 2015 at 12:25 AM

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