Ian Berriman

Ian Berriman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
SFX Magazine
Total Reviews:
59

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " Despite all appearances, World War Z isn't really a zombie movie. It's a disaster movie, one in which the agent of apocalypse just happens to be walking (and running) human corpses, rather than glaciers or a meteor strike." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2.5/5 —— Devil Girl from Mars (1955) " Sadly, the PVC-clad Nyah is a crashing bore." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Into Darkness is in large part designed to make Trek fans nudge one another in the ribs and emit excited fanboy yelps of recognition. How much you enjoy the film will depend on your appetite for homage." — SFX Magazine
Posted May 8, 2013
2/5 78% The Innkeepers (2012) " A gruelling trial of audience patience." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2012
3/5 36% In Time (2011) " Andrew Niccol's dystopia never really feels like anything other than a depthless, stylish sleek surface." — SFX Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2012
4.5/5 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) " As before, this third entry in the franchise brushes aside such fripperies as a complex, involving narrative and drills straight down into our most primal fears. The results are as nerve-jangling as ever." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2011
87% Save The Green Planet (2004) " Clearly designed to win a cult following, its "chuck everything, including the kitchen sink in" approach to weirdery treads a fine line between "endearingly bat's-arse" and "trying a bit too hard". " — SFX Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2011
90% Hausu (House) (1977) " If you crashed a teenage girls' pyjama party after necking some bad acid, this is probably what it'd feel like. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2011
69% The Blob (1958) " The Blob is one of those B-movies that will always inhabit a warm little nook in the affections of SF fans but, truth be told, it's never quite as fun as it should be. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2011
63% The Crawling Eye (The Trollenberg Terror) (1958) " Although hampered by a low budget and some laughable model work, The Trollenberg Terror certainly has its moments. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2011
86% Warriors From the Magic Mountain (Zu Mountain: New Legend of the Zu Mountain Swordsmen) (Xin shu shan jian ke) (1983) " The narrative moves at such break-neck speed and hits you with such a rapid succession of gags that you're soon too dizzy to fuss over the details." — SFX Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2011
55% The Sentinel (1977) " The cast is certainly impressive, but in every other respect this horror in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist is a second-rate piece of tut. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2011
64% I Bury the Living (2001) " Sure, this is basically just like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone, but that's no bad thing, since it's like a good episode." — SFX Magazine
Posted Feb 21, 2011
—— Night of the Hunted (1999) " This Alzheimer's nightmare has an uncanny, downbeat atmosphere that can't be dissipated, even by the comical regularity with which Rollin's stars disrobe, or some crude scissors-in-eyes gore. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2011
69% Versus (2003) " Being dumb is cool, dude, and Versus is as knowingly dumb as a three-chord thrash by The Ramones. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2011
96% Orphée (Orpheus) (1950) " If you're the kind of amateur existentialist who admires the ring of a sentence like "look a lifetime in a mirror and you will see Death at work", then this beautiful film is for you." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2011
45% Blacula (1972) " William Marshall brings considerable nobility to the lead role - no mean feat when you've got patches of hair glued all over your face and keep turning into a giant bat. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2010
65% Q: The Winged Serpent (1982) " Q works because Larry Cohen plays it pretty straight. Guerrilla filming on the streets of NYC helps create a sense of verisimilitude, and the characterisation is both unusual and strong." — SFX Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2010
67% The Asphyx (1973) " What stops the film from sliding into irredeemable silliness is the performance of Robert Stephens, one of those dependable British thesps you can always rely upon to pull out the stops." — SFX Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2010
—— Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (The Last Combat) (1983) " Moments of wry whimsy maintain interest, as do frequent flashes of Besson's knack for a striking image. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2010
3.5/5 88% Let Me In (2010) " it's impossible to deny that the subtlety has been dialled down by a good 5-10%... still, as Hollywood remakes go, a mere 5-10% is a good result. " — SFX Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2010
—— The Bed Sitting Room (1969) " This example of post-apocalyptic absurdism sits midway between The Goons and Threads." — SFX Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2010
65% Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) " Some things are best watched at 3am, wrapped in the warm glow of drunkenness. Plan 9 From Outer Space is one of them." — SFX Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2010
64% The Aerial (La Antena) (2007) " A hauntingly beautiful work: inventive, elegiac, gently surreal." — SFX Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2010
50% Hardware (1990) " One of those lovingly crafted movies where ingenuity and enthusiasm overcome the budgetary limitations." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2010
66% Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007) " This road movie romcom won’t leave you reaching for the razor blades." — SFX Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2010
98% Eyes Without a Face (1962) " Wedding lyrical beauty to a gruesome scenario, it bridges the chasm between arthouse poetry and exploitation voyeurism." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2010
70% Brain Damage (1995) " A horribly funny addiction allegory, equally likely to make you feel sympathy and sorrow, or burp up a tiny bit of sick." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2010
71% Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) " It's a one-gag movie, but while some of the iterations of that gag are about as hilarious as a squirt in the face from a plastic flower, a few are genuinely rib-tickling." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2010
55% Paura nella città dei morti viventi (City Of The Living Dead) (The Gates of Hell) (1980) " Whilst not as outlandish as The Beyond, undoubtedly Fulci's finest fever-dream, City Of The Living Dead is still startlingly crackers." — SFX Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2010
81% Night of the Comet (1984) " What really makes Night Of The Comet such a joy isn't the nostalgia rush it provides, but the two central characters. These girls just get on with it, dealing with the apocalypse with resourcefulness, crackerjack wit, and machine guns." — SFX Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2010
79% Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti (Let Sleeping Corpses Lie) (Don't Open the Window) (1974) " Much of the pleasure of this UK take on Night Of The Living Dead comes from seeing the undead wandering round the grey landscape of '70s Britain as if they've accidentally lurched into an early Mike Leigh film." — SFX Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2010
86% Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972) " This under-rated British horror has the ragged edge and grim tone of a film made two years later - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." — SFX Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2010
88% Colossus - The Forbin Project (1970) " A crisp, well-crafted movie that achieves its effects by calmly stating the facts, with the bare minimum of histrionics." — SFX Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2010
—— Blind Beast (Môjû) (1969) " Shining a flashlight on some murky corners of human sexuality, it's a continually astonishing piece of work - by the end you may feel somewhat dazed and bewildered." — SFX Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2010
—— Wild Zero (2000) " The sort of film that makes you want to down a bottle of vodka, throw your TV out of the window, set your house on fire, and pogo naked on the roof screaming, "ROCK AND ROLL!!!"" — SFX Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2010
67% It Happened Here (1999) " A chilling and thought-provoking film because it resists the clichés of Hollywood war movies, where good and evil are often clearly delineated." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2010
88% Fantastic Planet (1973) " Grotesque yet graceful, it's a hallucinatory vision quite unlike everything you've ever seen." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2010
—— Nude Vampire (2007) " A heady mix of old-fashioned romanticism with pulp comic books, Kenneth Anger, gratuitous nudity, S&M%u2026 and just a teensy hint of Ed Wood" — SFX Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2010
44% Zardoz (1974) " While it can't hope to achieve its grand ambitions, it's smart, it has some sharp dialogue, and the surrealism-on-a-shoestring visuals are undeniably striking." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2010
86% Forbidden Zone (1982) " You could toss definitions at this thing all day and never hit the bullseye." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2010
95% Suspiria (1977) " An eye-popping maelstrom of visual excess." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2010
—— Jubilee (1978) " Flawed but fascinating, deliriously self-indulgent and perverse, it's the cinematic equivalent of having a mouthful of bile gobbed in your eye." — SFX Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2010
—— The Skull (1965) " The Skull succeeds against the odds... Freddie Francis enlivens a rote script with his visual flair." — SFX Magazine
Posted May 24, 2010
100% The Sorcerers (1967) " The Sorcerers interrogates the swinging sixties morality of 'pleasure with no consequences', prefiguring the way the hippy dream turned sour at the end of the decade." — SFX Magazine
Posted May 17, 2010
83% Android (1982) " In a line-up of all of Roger Corman's New World productions, Android stands out for its sensitivity and gentle humour." — SFX Magazine
Posted May 4, 2010
50% Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1999) " Like watching a George Romero rip-off, directed by Ed Wood, with a script scribbled by Joe Orton while he was ripped to the tits on poppers." — SFX Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2010
—— Matango:Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) " A surprisingly downbeat example of Japanese horror, with an extremely cynical view of human nature." — SFX Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2010
67% Fiend without a Face (1957) " A cinematic bad trip of the highest order." — SFX Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2010
3/5 34% The Wolfman (2010) " An adequately respectful but fairly forgettable film, which earns brownie points for the werewolf mayhem, good intentions and simply for not being Van Helsing." — SFX Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2010
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