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Artist John Stephenson (Romain Roll) awakes to find himself next to the corpse of Italian art dealer Livia (Michelle Esclapez), her being the subject of his latest painting, a painting done in his own unique style. His own unique style being a technique which involves stripping (nice), being tied up (depends on my mood), tortured (maybe not) and killed.
Believed to be a serial killer responsible for ten victims so far, with a habit of using the blood from his victims/subjects to 'paint', Stephenson takes the easy way out when he finds himself surrounded by police, and blows his brains out. Unbeknownst to Stephenson, someone else was present as he and Livia chatted in his Marseille home, watching from the shadows.
French undercover agent Georges Albert (Jeso Vial) is keen to get to the bottom of whether Stephenson was the murderer or not. He enlists the help of art connoisseur Oliver Davenport (Troy McFadden), who is an expert on the deceased artist, having written a book about him. Oliver confirms that a recently discovered painting may not actually be the handiwork of Stephenson, as was first suspected, and could be a forgery. This leads George to conclude that either the painter worked with an assistant or it was someone else killing the subjects.
Oliver and Georges travel to Ladang Geta, Thailand to seek out painter dealer Lec (Laurent Guyon) who owns some rare Stephenson pieces and also knew the man, as well as possessing a similar painting style. So could Lec be their killer? Oliver soon finds himself swallowed up by the sensual and drug spiked world Lec inhabits with his lover Blanche (Carole Derrien) and soon finds his life spiralling out of control.
From Nature Morte's DVD cover, and also from watching its opening scene, the viewer could be forgiven for thinking they had strayed into yet another entry in the already redundant torture-porn sub genre. Fortunately this is not the case here; with the tone being of a more psychological bent than empty thrills and chills.
Nature Morte plays like low budget art house horror spiced with an erotic flavour, aided by an almost dreamlike, atmospheric Gothic tone. Mood is very much the essence of writer/director Paul Burrow's movie, but it's not just about such styling. Its better written and less trashy as many of its ilk. Instead the viewer is afforded a more accomplished affair, remaining tasteful even when being sleazy, with most of the gorier moments occurring off screen rather than on.
Dougal and the Blue Cat or Pollux et le Chat Bleu, as it's original French title would have it, is finally getting released on DVD in the UK. This is great news for fans of this cult hit as by now their video copy must be well worn. The DVD is stacked with extras (unavailable for review) and for someone who, as a kid, never really watched The Magic Roundabout, of which this is a feature length movie; the film has a certain charm and surreal quality.
After hearing a female voice in the dead of night coming from a closed down treacle factory Dougal senses all is not right when a blue cat Buxton starts befriending the inhabitants of the magic garden.
Unlike most children's films there is an edge to Dougal and the Blue Cat, deliberate or otherwise that verges on the creepy and sinister. Most of this is attributable to the Blue Cat of the title. The Magic Roundabout has always had certain associations levelled at it; as did most classic children's TV of that time. The vibe is easy and pleasant with an undercurrent of malevolence - no really, it has - with the voice of the Blue Cat, the voice at the disused factory and some rather unnerving masks.
It is directed by Serge Danot and narrated by Eric (father of Emma) Thompson for the English version. Thompson also scripted it and provided various voices (with Fenella Fielding practically the only other cast member.) He also did the same for The Magic Roundabout series, which became such a sensation on British TV that when the BBC changed the time of the broadcast to an earlier slot there was a huge outcry. As with shows like Dr Who it wasn't just the kids tuning in, but their parents and other adults too - and the earlier time slot would have meant the grown-ups missing it...no VCR's in those days you see.
Wolf von Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone), son of Henry, arrives back in Europe from America, twenty-five years after his father's death, with his wife and child, to claim his inheritance, his father's castle. After a far from friendly reception from the locals, Wolf sets about looking to restore his family's honour.
Enlisting the help of the dubious blacksmith Ygor (Bela Lugosi), Wolf is shown the Monster (Boris Karloff)'s body, lying in a hidden crypt. At first repelled by what he sees, Wolf soon comes round to the idea that reviving the Monster would be a good way of regaining his family's honour – Doh! With the 'armless' local Inspector Krogh (Lionel Atwill) hanging around and hassling Wolf, matters do not improve when it becomes clear why Ygor was keen for the Monster to be resurrected.
Following on from director James Whales' Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939) was the third in Universal Studio's Frankenstein series. Until Son's release there had been a decline in the fortunes of Universal's horror output at the box office and they had all but ceased producing them.
Imagine that the events played out in Romero's original Night of the Living Dead are placed against a 1950's back-drop where, following a Zombie War, the walking dead have been tamed by a neck brace that curbs their carnivorous leanings and become domestic helps.
Young Timmy Robinson (K'Sun Ray) has never been convinced that the world is now a safer place and believes that a zombie outbreak is never far away. When his mum Helen (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) decides against her husband's wishes to buy a zombie to help out round the home, Timmy finds himself with a new friend, albeit one that's dead and likes to eat people.
Tim befriends the zombie help and nicknames him 'Fido'. Tim soon finds out that he was right to question whether the zombies are really under control when Fido's collar malfunctions and sets into motion another potential zombie outbreak.
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