James Evans

James Evans
James Evans's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Starburst
Publications: Starburst

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
10/10 60% Next of Kin (1989) A truly wonderful film, spending time to build character and atmosphere before unleashing a brutal and exciting final half hour that pays off every expectation. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Sweeney! (1977) The end result is a very entertaining film that arguably doesn't work fully as either The Sweeney or bleakly cynical thriller but is still very good fun. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
No Score Yet Sweeney 2 (1978) Stripping things back to their core, it's a more satisfying approach and manages to feel truer to the appeal of the series and at the same time expand upon it. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
7/10 96% My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) It's not the most essential of film noirs but nevertheless has much to enjoy, more so as a Gothically-inclined tale of abuse and survival. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Man About the House (1974) It's entirely predictable comedy but none the worse for it. Though there's absolutely nothing compelling about the film, it's inoffensive stuff that's likely to please fans and convert no one else. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
7/10 72% Class of 1984 (1982) Whatever statement Lester wanted to make is lost as a result, whether he did predict the decline of schools a moot point. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
9/10 No Score Yet The Fifth Cord (Giornata nera per l'ariete) (1971) It's so much more than the murderous mayhem that unfolds onscreen. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% World on a Wire (2011) A challenging and rewarding film experience. A three-hour film in German with English subtitles, is no easy watch, but it moves along at a pace, and the sheer artistry of the cinematography is every bit as important as the dialogue. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
9/10 No Score Yet Le Foto proibite di una signora per bene (Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion) (1970) The plot is arguably nothing remarkable, and the denouement might not work for you, but overall this is an excellent example of how the Italian industry could marry entertainment with art. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/10 No Score Yet West of Hell (2018) Made for now and unable to hide budget limitations, the film tries to keep your attention with basic philosophizing on good and evil and occasional nudity and gore, but it's all for nought because there's little substance here. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Welcome to Spring Break (Nightmare Beach) (1988) Is Nightmare Beach really that bad? Yes, for the most part, but it still has its charms. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Deadbeat at Dawn (1990) Deadbeat at Dawn is a great example of what someone can achieve when they have a clear vision and self-belief. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
8/10 37% Popcorn (1989) Popcorn has a lot going for it. There are some solid performances, the films-within-the-film are witty pastiches of sci-fi and horror of previous years, and it's all done with a good-natured sense of fun. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
7/10 87% Eye of the Needle (1981) For those who appreciate an exercise in classic Hollywood thriller filmmaking techniques, or twisted romantic entanglements, Eye of the Needle gets a solid recommendation from us. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Miss Leslie's Dolls (1972) An intriguing oddity from the Grindhouse era. Unashamedly mashing up the old dark house horror, the psycho-thriller and the Gothic amongst many others, there's not an original idea to be found. Despite this, it's off-kilter and agreeable fun. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
7/10 64% Victor Crowley (2017) Green and his cast and crew achieve exactly what they set out to do with this film. There's zero pretence, just a desire to make a slasher film for the fans with the gore dial turned up to 11. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
8/10 81% The Changeling (1980) Sharing much of its cinematic DNA with the type of captivating, classy horror Hollywood had been producing at the time, where it deviates from this, it does so in genuinely fascinating ways, not least in the emotionally brutal ending. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
8/10 56% Rollercoaster (1977) It's often beautifully shot and comes with a heavy late-'70s vibe that now acts as a fascinating time capsule of America as it was as well as writing and filmmaking techniques. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Doom Asylum (1987) This reviewer found it tiresome and eventually irritating but, and this really is the key here, other viewers will find it all a hoot. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
8/10 46% The Beastmaster (1982) The Beastmaster is a film shot through with love for the genre. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
8/10 43% Xtro (1983) Xtro has... some great attempts at atmosphere and an emotional core to the story and if you get with the general sense of escalating weirdness you'll have a good time. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Evil of Dracula (1974) The trilogy is completed with 1974's Evil of Dracula, with a stronger European influence in its tale of breast-biting, boarding school-dwelling vampires. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Lake of Dracula (1971) If you're into Japanese horror or British and American gothic horror classics (or both) you're unlikely to be disappointed. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Yûreiyashiki no kyôfu: Chi o suu ningyô (Fear of the Ghost House: Bloodsucking Doll) (1970) It's a deft and entertaining mix of all of its influences. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
7/10 75% Breakheart Pass (1975) It's a fun film that whips by and, a few moments of brief but bloody violence aside, is one for the whole family. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
9/10 No Score Yet La morte ha sorriso all'assassino (Death Smiles on a Murderer) (1973) This is one of [Joe D'Amato's] very best films. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
5/10 58% Dark Blue (2003) It's not totally without merit (Kurt, mostly) but there's little nuance or replay-ability here. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet The Boneyard (1991) Writer-director James Cummins actually plays a pretty nifty double hand here. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet The Passion of Paul Ross (2017) Whether you consider any of this good or bad or if you find Enk's experimentation compelling or irritating is entirely subjective. It's almost redundant to offer review for work like this. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
7/10 64% The Lair of the White Worm (1988) If you're a Russell fan you should know what you're in for and, overall, it's a well-constructed, entertaining film. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches (2018) It's no salacious biography, so you're not going to find any mention of scandal or any dark side to the dream Taylor went after. It's instead more a celebration of his achievements and as such is going to be of most interest to Taylor's fans. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
3/10 5% Hangman (2017) Karl, we hate to do things like this ... But really, no-one should think maybe because it's got you in it, or Pacino, or they like other films like Seven or that type of film, that this might be good, because it isn't. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (1973) It's a dreadful misfire, alternately laughable and dull and never managing to become more than a cult oddity. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Fear in the Night (Dynasty of Fear) (Honeymoon of Fear) (1972) There's some influence from the burgeoning giallo films, but here done with a drab, autumnal early '70s British approach, which is actually interesting. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
9/10 No Score Yet Witches' Hammer (Kladivo na carodejnice) (1969) It's subversive, haunting, horribly compelling stuff, and that comparison with The Devils is one Witchhammer can well withstand. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
8/10 75% The Vikings (1958) Curtis' 'hero' is an unmitigated swine who cuts a swathe of destruction through the lives of all around him. Highly recommended. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/10 60% The Return of Captain Invincible (1984) This film is one of those bizarre ideas that you're surprised in retrospect ever got off the drawing board. It's not especially funny, but it's hard to hate a film where a bad guy tries to kill Invincible with a machine gun hidden in a plastic fish. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
9/10 No Score Yet J.D.'s Revenge (1976) Its appeal is certainly wider than simply a Blaxploitation curio and it transcends any labels to be a great thriller, horror film and social commentary. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
8/10 91% The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) The film itself stands alongside other contemporary films as an example of how science fiction can be used to comment on the world it exists in at the same time as being a very entertaining spectacle. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet The Moose Head Over the Mantel (2017) It's a compelling, bleak film that's well made and worthy of your attention. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/10 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Bay assures us this is his last Transformers film but really, it doesn't matter, the damage is already done. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Cuadecuc, Vampir (1970) If you're a Franco fan or like interesting takes on how film is constructed, or how film can subtly comment on the world it exists in, then you're likely to get something out of this and for you. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
5/10 No Score Yet Dementia 13 (2017) If you do manage to catch this, you're not likely to be thrilled but you'll probably not hate it either. By no means is this inessential or worth seeking out, but overall, it's alright for what it is. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
9/10 100% The Public Enemy (1931) 1931's The Public Enemy is still at this stage one of the best gangster films ever made. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Ghosts Of Darkness (2016) It has a commendable ambition to simply entertain and benefits greatly from its two central performances. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet Primal Screen (2017) Even though you might not think dummies are that creepy or scary it's rather the themes that are universal and that's what works. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
5/10 No Score Yet Black Gunn (1972) It's not a particularly great thriller and even at 96 minutes is too long. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/10 No Score Yet Psychos (2017) It aims for the status of psychological thriller but is not deep enough in either character or motivation and certainly it doesn't thrill. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
5/10 No Score Yet Teenage Ghost Punk (2014) Limited, undemanding and slight certainly, but ultimately sweet and inoffensive. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/10 No Score Yet American Exorcism (2017) Unnecessary and inessential, this film is definitely, inarguably a film. Meh. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017