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About Matt McAllister

I grew up raised on a diet of cheap sci-fi and bad comedies, which soon morphed into a foolish desire to see every movie in the world ever made. It also inspired me to write and direct my own epic movies Plantamania and Devonshire Crocodile which, alas, failed to spark a Nouvelle Vague style film revolution.

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Runaway Train

July 30th, 2013 | by Matt McAllister

Runaway Train is an unusual hybrid indeed. A thunderous proto-Speed with exploitation trappings, it also works as an existential art

Oz: The Great and Powerful

March 8th, 2013 | by Matt McAllister

Sam Raimi has described his take on L. Frank Baum’s stories as a “love poem” to 1939’s masterful The Wizard


November 30th, 2012 | by Matt McAllister

Ben Wheatley is carving out a name for himself as one of the most interesting British filmmakers of the decade,

The Uninvited

October 12th, 2012 | by Matt McAllister

“This is horrible, unhealthy stuff!” someone declares midway through Lewis Allen’s 1944 shocker. The Uninvited doesn’t seem particularly horrible or

Secret Beyond the Door

December 4th, 2011 | by Matt McAllister

The rise of psychoanalysis and the experience of World War II meant that themes of psychological trauma, repression and madness


November 14th, 2011 | by Matt McAllister

Wim Wenders’ first Hollywood outing after such Euro-hits as The American Friend and Kings of the Road is a colourful

Conan the Barbarian

August 14th, 2011 | by Matt McAllister

Since his creation in the 1930s by prolific pulp writer Robert E. Howard, Conan the Barbarian has been successfully rebooted

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

July 18th, 2011 | by Matt McAllister

Over the course of his career, Fritz Lang wrestled with many of society’s hot topics, including the perils of capitalism

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