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D.J O'Brien

D.J O'Brien has written 113 posts for Musings of a Film Fanatic

This Ain’t No Game, I Genuinely Like Super Mario Bros. (1993) And Here’s Why!

It’s been way too long since I last posted about a film (sequel or otherwise), but after the last few weeks of creative frustration I thought the best remedy was to write something just for fun, and completely unrelated or connected to the book I’m currently writing (I’m starting to get delirious from seeing the … Continue reading

Uncles Teaching Their Nephews A Cinematic Education…. Of Sorts

It was a bright weekend afternoon. With ninja like precision I crept unnoticed into my Nan’s front room and placed myself round the back of one of her armchairs. My breath held tightly, I dared to peer from my stealthy location. My uncle (in his early twenties at the time) was watching some tall guy … Continue reading

Video Nasties: Draconian Days – Audio Interview w/ director Jake West and Marc Morris

It’s been a while since i’ve either blogged or written online so I thought as a special treat i’ll posted this unpublished audio interview from last July. For whatever reason, it was sadly not chosen to be uploaded last year and so, it has lingered on my hard-drive for well over half a year. When … Continue reading

Thoughts On – Godzilla (2014)

Warning! This post contains a handful of minor spoilers. If you have yet to see Godzilla and would not like to have anything spoiled, please see it first before reading this post. If you have seen it, then feel free to jump right in. When I first started this blog post I was intending for … Continue reading

My Love – Hate Relationship with Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Warning this post is NSFW For months now I have wanted to write a piece on a personal horror favourite of mine. Actually to call it a personal favourite might seem a bit bizarre, but out of all of the Italian cannibal movies Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust has stood the test of time and still … Continue reading

“New to The Yabba?”: Wake in Fright (1971)

For a few years now I have heard murmurings among assorted film folk of the legend of Wake in Fright. More recently I missed out on a London screening of it, it seemed that this particular film was continuously eluding me. Thankfully patience won out and (at the time of writing this) I have now … Continue reading

Bad Milo! (2013)

After first hearing about it back at the end of 2012, I have finally got to see the truly bizarre Bad Milo!. I don’t know about you, but I feel that in recent years genre films have lost their way somewhat; more specifically genre films with monsters have become dime-a-dozen. It seems that lately they … Continue reading

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears – Website Review

If you head over to Onemetal.com you’ll find my recent review on the arthouse follow-up to Amer – The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears 

Would You Buy This For a Dollar? : My Views on Robocop (2014)

All there seems to be lately is remakes or reboots (or sequels) populating the local multiplex. A sad state of affairs where we find film companies repeating a tried and tested formula for success. Last year we had a double whammy of decent remakes with the likes of Maniac and Evil Dead. Following hot on … Continue reading

You’re Next (2013)

(This post contains minimal spoilers) At last year’s London Frightfest I sadly missed out on several features that got rave reviews from both the critics and audiences. Call it laziness, but I just didn’t fancy watching one of the hotly tipped films when it was theatrically released. The film in question would be You’re Next, … Continue reading

Re-evaluating Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

I find it amazing how your own film tastes can change over the course of a few years. Certain films that are revisited suddenly appear to be better than when they were first viewed. Case in point would be my first reaction to watching Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth back in the late 90s. Having … Continue reading

“It ate him… bit off his head… like a gingerbread man!” – Revisiting From Beyond (1986)

(Warning! there will be spoilers) So it’s the New Year finally and I thought it was high time I cracked on with my first piece of writing for 2014. As you can tell from the title I’ve decided to do a new Revisiting piece, mainly as I enjoy writing them so much.  Now get yourself … Continue reading

Existential Violence and Karaoke: Re-evaluating Only God Forgives (2013)

Warning: This post will be filled with the occasional spoiler, so if you have yet to see Only God Forgives please don’t read this yet. If you have seen it, keep reading for my views on this interesting cinematic nightmare. Possibly one of the most polarising films this year (maybe even the last few years), … Continue reading

A Selection of Recent Website Reviews

As i’ve built up a bit of a backlog of reviews and features for other sites over the last few weeks, I thought I would list some of the more recent ones. Below you will find a couple of links, which will lead you to the various websites. For those interested I have also included … Continue reading

“It’s time to play!”- Views on Curse of Chucky (2013)

Originally for my 100th blog post I was going to write about Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein (1994). I recently saw 5th sequel to the Child’s Play franchise and just wanted to blog about it more. So for my official 100th post, may I present my views on Curse of Chucky. Horror fans, we’re a devoted and … Continue reading

“There is much to be learned from beasts” – Revisiting Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

“Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways. And to you there shall be many strange things” – Dracula to Harker As Halloween is almost upon us, it seems only fitting that I look at two of my favourite re-imagined pieces of gothic literature before All Hallows Eve. For this blog I’ll be … Continue reading

“Pizza dude’s got thirty seconds” – Revisiting TMNT The Movie (1990)

With the three original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films being re-released on Blu-Ray and DVD this month, it felt appropriate to give the first film another revisit for posterity’s sake. If like me you’re of a certain age group, you will remember when the first TMNT film hit cinemas back in 1990. I remember the … Continue reading

Looking Back At Anger

I’ll be absolutely honest right off the bat, I have never (until recently) seen any of Kenneth Anger’s much lauded back catalogue of film. I feel a little ashamed at myself for say this, especially since I enjoy watching the strange and obscure. Thankfully this has now been rectified after my recent purchase of Magick … Continue reading

Friday Night Frights # 2 – Friday The 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

A similar piece to this was originally published back in May 2011, but I’ve decided to attempt another as part of my Friday Night Frights series. As its Friday the 13th today (if you are reading this on a Friday that is), now seems as good a time as any to have another look at … Continue reading

C’est un Maniaque

Last year I was told about how different and interesting the remake of William Lusting’s 1980 Maniac was. But being my usual stubborn self I thought of it as yet ‘another’ remake (minus the original sleaze), casually dismissed it as hyperbole. Not being a fan of remakes (minus John Carpenter’s The Thing and Chuck Russell’s The Blob) I … Continue reading

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