DVD & Video File (Starburst Reviews) DVD File and VideoFile by Ian Atkins
From Starburst's monthly Reviews section
selected from Starburst #271

Selected this month:
BBV's Cyberon and more Candyman on VHS

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Cyberon
1 December • £16.00 • Cert 15 • BBV Productions

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They Want To Telos A Story

While Doctor Who is officially dead and buried, it’s down to people other than the BBC to keep it alive. BBV have a large number of such titles under their belt, and it’s their ambitious Cyberon to which we turn our attentions.

Medical trials being hurried through by an American raise the suspicions of Doctor Lauren Anderson. But what is this seemingly miracle drug Cyberon? How is it effecting astonishing cures? And what are the silver shapes glimpsed by anyone who takes it?

The story is, on the surface, a chance to revamp the Cybermen, and on that level it manages very well.But it’s much more than that: Lance Parkin has provided a script more about drug addiction than pseudo-Telosian invaders, and it’s a story which would work even without the Doctor Who trappings. The direction creates wonders from what is clearly a tiny budget and the special FX are astonishingly well used. If this is what a private production company are capable of, then BBC arguments that Doctor Who is too expensive to produce are clearly guff.

Starburst rating: 8

Candyman – Day of the Dead
8 January • Cert 18 • Mosaic Movies • VHS (also on DVD)

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Give Bees A Chance

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Horror is the film equivalent of Colonel Sanders’ restaurants, in making large sums of money out of unsubtle franchises. Children of the Corn, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, all have started with a good effort which has become worse with overuse. One of the more recent of these is Candyman, though this sequel bucks the trend by actually not being complete rubbish.

Donna D’Errico is the latest hook-fodder playing Caroline. Robitaille is the Candyman, summoned by saying his name five times in the mirror. He wants to unite with (i.e. kill) his last relative, and pursues Caroline while butchering all who get in his way (and a few who don’t).

It’s unsubtle and messy stuff, but it is capable of surprising, and D’Errico does manage to steer her character successfully between scream queen and strong heroine. However, the show belongs to Tony Todd who plays the Candyman with a grace and poise and a refreshing lack of one-liners.

Starburst Rating: 6

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