Black Rainbow Blu-ray Review – Outstanding 80’s Psychological Horror Thriller?

Are you looking for stylish horror thriller? Well I’m taking a look at Black Rainbow (1989) released on blu-ray by Arrow Video last year. It stars Rosanna Arquette and Jason Robards. Is worth a look? Let’s find out here’s my Black Rainbow blu-ray review.

You can pick it up on Amazon for £13.49 at the time of writing this review or direct from Arrow’s own website for £8.

  • Black Rainbow (1989)
  • Genre: Psychological Horror Thriller
  • Directed by Mike Hodges
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released by Arrow Video
  • Blu-ray Released: 6th July 2020
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Martha Travis is a medium that tours America with her father (Jason Robards). They put on a fake show and collect the cash and move on. However when Martha begins to predicts actual life changing events journalist Gary Wallace becomes intrigued.

Style / Direction

Director Mike Hodges expertly delivers this fabulous psychological thriller. It’s not only well shot but also does a fantastic job of creating an unsettling feeling. The cinematographer for the film was Gerry Fisher.

Mike Hodges also directed one of my all-time favourite films, the brilliant Get Carter (1971) starring Michael Caine.

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Music / Audio Effects

The film’s score comes from John Scott.

Acting / Characters

The film largely revolves around three main characters. Rosanna Arquette plays medium Martha Travis and I found her character to have quite a bit of depth. In fact she is quite a complex character and not always easy to like. Arquette’s performance is excellent.

Jason Robards plays Martha’s father, Walter Travis. He’s spends most of the time in a drunken state and dismisses Martha’s apparent gift. Again the role is expertly performed by Robards.

Finally there’s local journalist Gary Wallace who is sent to cover these miraculous predictions. He’s a sceptic and not easily impressed.

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  • Rosanna Arquette as Martha Travis
  • Jason Robards as Walter Travis
  • Tom Hulce as Gary Wallace
  • Olek Krupa as Tom Kuron

Conclusion: Black Rainbow (1989) Film Review

I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed Black Rainbow (1989), writer / director Mike Hodges delivers a truly compelling psychological thriller. Add this one to your list of movies to watch I think you will be impressed.

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Conclusion: Black Rainbow Blu-ray Review

The first thing to say is that this Arrow Video Blu-ray release is very good with the picture quality pretty much perfect. There really is nothing to complain about on the image side of things, this is because the film has undergone a new restoration.

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  • Audio Commentary
  • Archival Audio Commentary by Mike Hodges
  • Message in a Bottle (Making of Documentary)
  • Archival Interviews with Jason Robards, Tom Hulce & Rosanna Arquette
  • Trailer
  • Reversible Sleeve

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Popcorn Cinema Rating: Black Rainbow (1989)




Black Rainbow (1989) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version

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What Do You Think?
Summary: Black Rainbow (1989) Blu-ray Review
black rainbow blu-ray review

Movie title: Black Rainbow (1989)

Movie description: Medium Martha Travis, tours America with her father.

Duration: 103 mins

Director(s): Mike Hodges

Actor(s): Rosanna Arquette, Jason Robards, Tom Hulce

Genre: Psychological Horror , Thriller

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Rating


A compelling psychological thriller


  • Exellent Picture Quality
  • Compelling Story
  • Fabulous Cast
  • Good Extras


  • None