BIG­GLES: AD­VEN­TURES IN TIME MERCY

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated -

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1986 | PG | Blu- ray Shame­lessly bas­tar­dis­ing WE Johns’s RAF pi­lot ( hero of a se­ries of books), this low- bud­get ef­fort welds to­gether Back To The Fu­ture and In­di­ana Jones- style ad­ven­ture, then sets them to the strains of cheesy power synths from Yes’s Jon An­der­son. Turns out Big­gles has a “time twin” in ’ 80s New York, who’s re­peat­edly zapped back to 1917 to help the plucky hero de­stroy a Ger­man sonic weapon. It’s corny, rel­e­gates Big­gles to a sec­ondary char­ac­ter, and the ef­fects have dated, but there’s some ef­fec­tive aerial pho­tog­ra­phy, and the film hurls you back and forth so rapidly you don’t have too much time to dwell on the stu­pid­ity of it all.

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2014 | 15 | DVD The Walk­ing Dead’s Chan­dler Riggs ( Carl Grimes) stars in this adap­ta­tion of Stephen King story “Gramma”, di­rected by Peter Cromwell, helmer of The Haunting In Con­necti­cut. A sin­gle mother and her two sons move in with the boys’ se­nile grandma. Soon strange things start oc­cur­ring and fam­ily se­crets are un­cov­ered; turns out Granny made a pact with sum­mat ’ or­ri­ble… Riggs car­ries the film well, in­ter- fa­mil­ial ban­ter pro­vides plenty of quirky hu­mour, and when the film en­ters darker ter­ri­tory it’s pretty creepy – though there’s some dread­ful CGI, and King fans may be an­noyed to find that the story’s end­ing has been fid­dled with.

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