Martin Unsworth

Martin Unsworth
Martin Unsworth'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
9/10 96% Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2019) Sullivan's film is a rollercoaster of emotions for fans of Sievey; it's hard not to see his end as a cruel tragedy, but there is enough joy in his work on show in the documentary to offset the ultimate sadness. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Polterheist (2018) Polterheist has cult classic written all over it; lock-stock and ghosts. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Cannibals and Carpet Fitters (2018) Mixing the laughs with scares and gore in equal measures, it's a delight and a very pleasant surprise and doesn't shy away from being downbeat. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
8/10 100% Next of Kin, (Hell House) (1982) An unsung classic of the video age, so much so that hardly anyone mentions it. It's the perfect example of less-is-more, moving at a measured pace before reaching a bombastic action-packed climax. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
8/10 51% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) There are going to be plenty of people who just won't get Beverly Luff Linn, but fans of offbeat humour and absurdist surreal performances will lap it up. You'll end up wanting to watch it straight after to catch all the gags you missed the first time. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Butterfly Kisses (2017) If you think the subgenre is done and finished, Butterfly Kisses might change your mind as it's head and shoulders above the rest. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Toxic Schlock (2017) It's certainly not for everyone, but if you're seeking out a Troma film, you should know and deserve everything you get. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
8/10 67% Razorback (1984) It's gorgeous to look at and plays brilliantly as a horror thriller, be it of nature vs man or locals vs outsiders. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
8/10 87% Upgrade (2018) It doesn't take too long before we've sussed out what's really going on, but getting there is an exhilarating self-driving ride. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
8/10 81% Await Further Instructions (2018) Gavin Williams' script has managed to pre-empt so much of the division and bias that we see in today's society and skilfully focuses it back on the root problem: hereditary abuse and toxic masculinity. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Eyeball (Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro)(The Secret Killer) (1978) Eyeball isn't Lenzi's best giallo, but it's certainly a lot of lurid fun. The stunning Spanish vistas are shot beautifully by Antonio Millán and Bruno Nicolai's jaunty score adds to the sleaziness in the best possible way. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994) Whether you know the Hammer story inside and out or not, this is a wonderfully entertaining run through the ups and downs of one of the UK's biggest film exports. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
8/10 84% Mayhem (2017) It's a hell of a ride that gives us a deeply satirical look at office politics and provides a massive amount of wish fulfilment. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
6/10 39% Mary Shelley (2018) Perhaps the approach taken by the forgotten Lewis Carrol biopic Dreamchild (1985) would have better served the subject as the author clearly saw herself as the creature of her creation: lonely, outcast, and neglected. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
9/10 No Score Yet Simon Marsden: A Life in Pictures (2018) As visually striking as Marsden's work itself, this a documentary that not only educates on the subject but is also entertaining and fascinating. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
8/10 46% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) [It] is very rewarding for those in the right frame of mind and is destined to be a cult classic of the future. Just like the director's other work. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Fairy Tales (1979) Watching forty years on, the result is quite painful. None of the musical numbers neither work or nor are memorable -- not even the one sung by Motown queen Martha Reeves (yes, of the Vandellas fame!). - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
8/10 80% Alice, Sweet Alice (Communion) (1976) Well regarded among horror fans, Alice Sweet Alice has aged surprisingly well and stands up to repeated viewings like many of the best films of the seventies, particularly with its look and style. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
8/10 83% Ghost Stories (2018) The three stories are all brilliantly relayed in an almost effortless way, and there's an undercurrent of social commentary throughout. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet A Cat in the Brain (Un gatto nel cervello) (Nightmare Concert) (1990) It has got enough going for it to merit interest, and shouldn't be overlooked if you have a penchant for ocular trauma. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
8/10 50% Crucible of the Vampire (2017) As it is, it's a fine stab at bringing back a style of movie that is sorely missed by many. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Bigfoot Country (2017) It's certainly worth your time if you have a penchant for crypto movies and undemanding thrills. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Fair Game (1986) Beautifully shot and making the most of the Outback location, had it not had the occasional scene that takes place in the town, it could easily be mistaken for post-apocalyptic in scope. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
7/10 70% X: Night of Vengeance (2011) A stylish but totally realistic view of the subject. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
9/10 95% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) This is a documentary worth checking out. If you're remotely interested in exploitation movies, or indeed, world cinema itself, it's invaluable and thoroughly entertaining. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Bag Boy Lover Boy (2014) It's certainly not for everyone, but there will definitely be an audience for this oddity. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
9/10 No Score Yet Cremator (Spalovac Mrtvol) (1969) Not only is it an immensely entertaining movie, it's a work of art that should be on the list of anyone looking to understand filmmaking and cinematography. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Suffer Little Children (1984) It's certainly not essential, but as an example of what you can do with a bit of ingenuity, it's worth checking out. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
9/10 95% House of Wax (1953) The film's place in cinema history is already secured as it's genuinely one of the best of the fifties horror thrillers from Warner Bros, with Price at his best - being both sympathetic and sinister. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/10 73% The Ritual (2017) It's just a shame the same old Blair Witch and cabin in the woods ideas are rehashed, as the central premise of guilt, grief, and the handling of trauma in a group of friends is interesting - particularly the very 'laddish' ensemble we're presented with. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet #FromJennifer (2017) Taking a timely swipe at the Internet-fame hungry crowd we're faced with on a daily basis (and that make us dread using YouTube these days), #FromJennifer is a brilliantly entertaining - and shocking - tale. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Granny Of The Dead (2017) You might be amused and lured by the quirky title, but Granny of the Dead has much more going for it. It might not reach the lofty commercial heights of Edgar Wright's classic, but neither does it simply ape or riff on it. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
8/10 87% Hounds of Love (2017) It's undeniably uncomfortable viewing in places, but there are few thrillers that pack as much of a punch or are as relentlessly traumatic as Hounds of Love. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
6/10 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) While the flashy visuals, fast cutting and idiosyncratic lads banter will appeal to some, the result is less impressive. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet 2 Jennifer (2016) Ultimately, it's a more enjoyable ride than the first, with a payoff that packs quite a wallop. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
9/10 100% Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) For a four-hour film, it sure does fly by, and you certainly won't be snoozing during it. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
8/10 100% Everlasting (2016) Everlasting is a remarkable film that's perhaps a little too understated and low budget to be on the mainstream's radar, but for those able to check it out will be greatly rewarded. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet Wolf Mother (2016) Wolf Mother is a slickly-made, powerful film about regret, secrets, and redemption. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
9/10 83% This Giant Paper-Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy (2018) There are so many fantastic moments it's hard to single some out. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Preternatural (2015) What could have been too clever for its own good becomes a totally unpretentious and wild ride. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
6/10 61% Legend (2015) All in all, it's not quite a misfire, but could have been so much more. Hardy, however, will come out of it higher than ever as he cements himself as a true acting powerhouse. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
9/10 64% Suburban Gothic (2015) It won't be to everyone's taste, but for those who like it offbeat, it's well worth a look. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2015
9/10 85% Santa Sangre (1989) While it's not especially easy viewing, and unquestionably not for all tastes, Santa Sangre is exhilarating, challenging, enigmatic and distressing, but entirely rewarding and entertaining. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013