HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Trust, The
Steve Jobs
Doctor Slump and Arale-Chan
Raideen
Visit, The
Blood Rage
008 Operation Exterminate
Famille BĂ©lier, La
Journey to the Shore
Mother Lode
Golden Rendezvous
Weapon, The Hour, The Motive, The
Youth
Wild Eye, The
Spotlight
All the President's Men
Hello Dracula 2
Batman vs Dracula, The
Scorch Trials, The
Safelight
Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, The
Morbo
Dressmaker, The
Endangered Species
Fright Night Part 2
Outcast
They Came to Rob Las Vegas
Unearthly Stranger
Please Open the Door
Sexy Cat
   
 
Newest Articles
Whicker Ask It: Whicker's World on DVD
Pawn Takes King: The Hunger Games and Death Entertainment
Short Sharp Shocks: Worst Fears on DVD
Spare Us the Cutter: Ian McCulloch's Video Nasties
Hooked on Classics: Ken Russell at the BBC
Shakin' with Laughter or Stirred into Action: Silly Bond vs Serious Bond
They Know What They Like: Art Bastards
Interview with American Epic director Bernard MacMahon at 2016 Sundance Film Festival
Bum Notes: When Musicals Went Bad
Ninja Binger: The Cannon Ninja Trilogy
   
 
  Cradle Of Fear Buy this film here.
Year: 2001
Director: Alex Chandon
Stars: Dani Filth, Emily Bouffante, Eileen Daly, Edmund Dehn, Stuart Laing, Louie Brownsell, David McEwan, Emma Rice
Genre: Horror
Rating:  9 (from 2 votes)
Review: Convicted child murderer Kemper (McEwan) wages a campaign of death and destruction from his padded cell in the aptly-named Amicus Asylum, using loyal servant ("The Man", played by Dani Filth) to exact the bloodiest revenge on those responsible for his incarceration.

Made as an irreverent homage to the horror anthology, Cradle Of Fear serves up a quartet of in-yer-face tales, beginning with a close encounter between a couple of rock chicks (Bouffante and Melissa Forte) and the filthy one. This gory episode may seem a hard act to follow but, believe me, this is just a warm-up.

Check out: the two petty criminals who get far more than they bargained for, during an ill-advised burglary; a Crash-inspired tale of hit-and-run, featuring Eileen Daly 'doing a Vaughan' over Louie Brownsell's amputated limb, and you will not believe Stuart Laing's magnificent portrayal of a diligent monitor of dodgy web sites, who slowly loses his mind, courtesy of 'The Sick Room.'

In fact, Laing delivers the strongest performance here, edging out Edmund Dehn's world-weary cop - the final name on Kemper's hit-list. Given its two - hour running time, Cradle Of Fear works extremely well, generating enough plot and character interest to keep you involved throughout, as opposed to merely waiting for the next outrageous slice of mayhem to surface.

Director Alex Chandon has built up a small army of fans raised on blood and guts, and this latest offering should add to the numbers; the web-site story in particular, comes over as a mind-blowing assault: quite simply, this is shock cinema at its nastiest! The only real disappointment relates to a few less-than complimentary reviews, highlighting a handful of 'amateurish' SFX shots. As Chandon frequently adopts a tongue-in-cheek approach to his subject matter, I'm sure the scenes in question were intentionally shot that way, thereby acknowledging his formative directorial steps; it's also worth adding that most of the gore scenes are very realistic - sometimes alarmingly so. It may still be too early to confidently state that British Horror has found a new home but, at the very least, my money is on a long-term lease.
Reviewer: Steve Langton

 

This review has been viewed 16112 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme music?
Superman: The Movie
The Dark Knight
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three ('74)
Star Wars
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Great Escape
Halloween
The Ipcress File
The Magnificent Seven
Back to the Future
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Shrimpton
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Dan Schneider
  Arvinder Seehra
   

 

Last Updated: