Mark Costello

Mark Costello

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A bored accountant who can't wait to get home in a day and ignore his wife and child in his home cinema........

Favorite films

  • Alien
  • The Godfather
  • Blade Runner
  • Dazed and Confused

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  • The Medusa Touch

    ★★★½

  • Colt 38 Special Squad

    ★★★

  • Suicide Squad

    ★½

  • Blood and Black Lace

    ★★★★½

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  • The Medusa Touch

    The Medusa Touch

    ★★★½

    A very British take on the burgeoning ultra-modern horror themes of the 70's - imagine if Scanners or Carrie had been made by the BBC as a Panorama special - it makes great use of its cast even if it can't escape it's somewhat televisual feel.

    Richard Burton is an author who has been violently assaulted. The police investigation into his attack as he lies near comatose in a hospital bed leads to his psychiatrist who begins to share the…

  • Colt 38 Special Squad

    Colt 38 Special Squad

    ★★★

    This poliziotteschi from the tail end of its golden age cycle is stuffed full of the action beats the genre is famous for but very little else, rendering it all just a little bland unfortunately.......

    An opening farm raid sees the brother of a French crime lord known only as The Marseillaise killed by the police and in retaliation, the inspector's wife is mercilessly gunned down in their home. This prompts the establishment of the titular special forces unit of…

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  • Blood and Black Lace

    Blood and Black Lace

    ★★★★½

    So influential, Mario Bava's ravishing proto-slasher/giallo grand daddy remains an utter treat.

    While you can take or leave the fairly basic narrative - a black gloved killer is killing beautiful women in and around an Italian fashion house - its all about the style employed in its telling. Visually opulent, Bava's use of colour is nothing short of stunning: no this, no Suspiria, its primary colour drenched images almost sear the eyes. And yet they never feel out of place,…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    It remains peerless - Kubrick's clinical gaze and style gives everything so much room to breathe, the tension just oozes out of the screen. The polar opposite of modern super-quick, jump scare horror, there are almost no setpieces as we think of them today, more a steady and unsettling escalation of events, where nothing more than a woman reading a few sheets of paper is one of the most terrifying things ever committed to screen.

    That clinical visual style is…