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Monday, June 29, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/30:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)


1990:  THE BRONX WARRIORS   [Blu-ray]
ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX   [Blu-ray]
FORBIDDEN EMPIRE
GHOST HOUSE / WITCHERY  Double Feature [Blu-ray]
MOM
SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED / GARDEN OF THE DEAD Double Feature


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blu-ray Review: THE GRAPES OF DEATH (1978)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078077/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2THE GRAPES OF DEATH
a.k.a. "Les raisins de la mort"            
Directed by 
Distributed by Kino Lorber/Redemption Films

  If you are not familiar with Kino Lorber and Redemption Films, you really need to be.  They have been putting out some amazing Blu-ray releases over the last few years, including lots of films from the late, great, Jean Rollin.    The latest release that I watched was THE GRAPES OF DEATH, one of the scarier and gorier films from Rollin's body of work.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the Kino Lorber website:

  The polluted wine produced for a village's annual Grape Harvest Festival has left all but a few rabid with some chemically- engendered form of zombiism. They may saunter about like sleepwalkers, but these are not the zombies of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968); they are, rather, oozing transmitters of an impassioned insanity that can only be termed anarchy.

 This is a very interesting film, as the "zombies" are caused by a physical sickness, one that turns their skin into oozing mounds of puss and blood.  Yes, that is gross for sure, but seeing it on film is even worse!   Rollin did an amazing job with this one, greatly increasing the amount of blood and gore that are usually found within his films.   

  Like his other films,  THE GRAPES OF DEATH is very atmospheric and gives off a very creepy mood.   Rollin always uses great set pieces and great locations for his films.  Unlike his other films, he focuses on story and horror elements rather than just nudity and sexuality like a lot of his other films. 

  If you've never seen a film by Jean Rollin, this is a great on to start with.  THE GRAPES OF DEATH is available now on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Entertainment and contains the following special features:

*  Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative
*  Introduction by Jean Rollin
*  Interview with Jean Rollin, by Patrick Lambert and Frederick Durand (2007, 49 min.), in which Rollin discusses his varied literary influences
*  16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
*  Original theatrical trailer
*  Original trailers of other Rollin films


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD or Blu-ray


http://www.kinolorber.com/index.php

http://www.kinolorber.com/redemption-films.php






Friday, June 26, 2015

Check out the newest trailer for Fli Roth's GREEN INFERNO


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2403021/?ref_=nv_sr_1








  As most of you know by now, Eli Roth's newest film, THE GREEN INFERNO, finally got picked up for distribution and has a new theatrical release date of September 25th.   Hopefully it will be a wide release so we will all have a chance to see it.  I haven't been this excited for a horror film in a long time! 
  A new trailer was recently released, check it out and then let me know what you think of it.  Do you plan on seeing THE GREEN INFERNO in the theater?


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blu-ray Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II



https://www.tromashop.com/THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II
Directed by  and
Distributed by  Troma Entertainment / CAV Distribution

  If you are a fan of Troma films, then you definitely know about the TOXIC AVENGER films.  This is probably the #1 film series I think about when I hear the word Troma.   The Toxic Avenger character is by far their most popular character and I would assume most profitable.  He is truly a unique super hero!   Now, I have to admit, I had only seen the first Toxic Avenger film before now, so I was very happy when I saw that THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II had now been released on Blu-ray!  Here is the basic plot of the film from the Troma website:

  Toxie’s mean, green, and back on the screen! Melvin Junko was a nerdy 98lb weakling until he fell into a vat of toxic waste, turning him into the first ever superhuman superhero from New Jersey. This time the hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength takes on Tokyo. The Toxic Avenger Part II is a spectacular sequel with even more ingenious special effects, even more bizarre action, and even more unbelievably famous fight scenes. He’s come a long way from Tromaville, baby!

  Now usually sequels are not nearly as good as the original, but I have to say that I think THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II is just as good as the first.  I loved this film from the very opening scene till the end credits.    Like most of Troma's films, the film does not take itself seriously at all.  It is a cheesy movie with crazy dialog and some corny humor, and the typical Troma style gross out humor as well.   What this movie had that I wasn't expecting, though, was some excellent gore!  Most of the gore is pretty over the top and ridiculously unrealistic, but there was some gore in this film that looked amazingly real and actually made me cringe at times.  Part II of this film series also gives us some crazy, over the top fight scenes. 

If you were a fan of the original TOXIC AVENGER, you will definitely want to get your hands on a copy of this new Blu-ray.  THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II is available now on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and contains the following special features:

*  Lovingly remastered HD presentation
*  New intro by Lloyd Kaufman
*  Director's commentary
*  Up close and personal with Toxie
*  A word from Troma's villainess Lisa Gaye
*  The Toxic Avenger on Japanese TV
*  The Toxic Avenger Saga trailers
*  The American Cinematheque honors 40 Years of Troma


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray / DVD combo pack


http://www.troma.com/



http://www.cavd.com/

Monday, June 22, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/23:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)


ANGELS DIE SLOWLY
A BOX FOR ROB
THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE  [Blu-ray]
DEAD WOMAN'S HOLLOW
DOG SOLDIERS  [Blu-ray]
GHOUL
HORSEHEAD  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE HULK BLOOD TAPES
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU  [Blu-ray]
MEET ME THERE
NEEDFUL THINGS  [Blu-ray]
JURASSIC PREY
SILENT RETREAT
THROWBACK


Monday, June 15, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/16:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

BEYOND THE REACH  [DVD & Blu-ray]
CHAPPIE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES
THE LAZARUS EFFECT  [DVD & Blu-ray]
TENTICLES / REPTILICUS  Double Feature  [Blu-ray]


Monday, June 8, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015













Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/9:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)


AMERICAN BACKWOODS:  SLEW HAMPSHIRE
BLOOD STORY
DER SAMURAI  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME  [Blu-ray]
SLEEPAWAY CAMP 2  [Blu-ray]
SLEEPAWAY CAMP 3  [Blu-ray]
SPIDER BABY  [Arrow Blu-ray & DVD combo]
*  THE STRAIN:  SEASON 1  [Blu-ray Box Set]
STRANGE BLOOD

Sunday, June 7, 2015

DVD Review: BABES BEHIND BARS


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/Babes-Behind-Bars-DVD_p_887.htmlBABES BEHIND BARS
Directed by  Charles Band
Distributed by  Full Moon Features

I am a huge fan of trailer compilations, and Full Moon Features Grindhouseflix line of dvds have been putting out some great ones lately.  The latest one I watched was called BABES BEHIND BARS.   This is a compilation of all the great "Women In Prison" flicks from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. 
Here is some more info on the dvd from the Full Moon website:

Welcome to Babe Jail, where the best shower a girl can get is from the warden's hose, and interrogation always ends in intercourse! This outlandish compilation of trailers and clips spotlights the women-in-prison sub-genre of grindhouse exploitation films, which were most popular in the 70's and 80's. Hosted by the illegally-sexy “Roxie” and her demented ogre-of-a-cellmate, “Lavondra,” you've been sentenced to watch the best of the most degrading, perverse, and sadistically sexist filth ever sent to the slammer. The prison bars may be cold, but the babes are hot!

  As I have mentioned before in reviews for trailer compilations, these are perfect for me due to my short attention span.   Plus, I could never watch all these films just due to all the time it would take, so this is a great way to get all the highlights and pick out a few that I really want to track down and see.  I thought I knew most all of the Women In Prison flicks out there, but this DVD showed me I was way wrong.   There are titles featured on here that I have never heard of in my life.   There are also all the more well knows ones such as BIG DOLL HOUSE, CAGED HEAT, and the ILSA films.

  This is another great Grindhouseflix title to check out from Full Moon Features.   You can purchase the DVD below, or watch this and tons of other great grindhouseflix on Full Moon's awesome streaming service!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to visit Grindhouseflix.com and sign up for Full Moon's amazing streaming service.


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/







Wow...has it really been that long since I have posted on here?

 Yikes, I just logged on to my blog and I see my last post was on May 28th!! I think that might be the longest I have gone without posting on my blog!  I'll blame it being my birthday last week and then the start of summer so it's getting to be a busy time with the kids.  I will try to be better and not go so long between posts, though!

 Thanks for sticking with me!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blu-ray Review: SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF (2009)


http://www.cavd.com/product.php?productid=2549SAMURAI AVENGER:  THE BLIND WOLF
Directed by: 
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

  This quite possibly could be the best movie you have never heard of.   I had no idea what to expect going into my viewing of SAMURAI AVENGER:  THE BLIND WOLF.  I had never heard of the film and hadn't read any reviews.  I came away from the viewing blown away at just how good of a movie this is.  In fact, I honestly can't remember the last time I was this entertained by a film. 
  Here is the basic plot synopsis of SAMURAI AVENGER courtesy of the Synapse Films website:

 After losing his eyesight, his wife, and his daughter at the hands of a deranged psychopath, a man is transformed into an unstoppable killing machine hellbent on revenge! Eight years after the massacre of his family, the “Blind Wolf” has returned as a highly trained swordsman ready to seek justice. But he doesn’t know seven deadly (and even undead) assassins have been hired by his sworn enemy to make sure he doesn’t leave town alive!
 Set in nowhere and in no time, SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF is a bloody sushi-western and a modern day action film with a classic samurai essence.

 Again, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun with a film.   The acting is great on all accounts, the story is simple yet intriguing, and the effects are spectacular!  There is a good mixture of both CG and practical effects on display, including some great gore and blood spray reminiscent of ICHI THE KILLER and other such films.   Everything about this movie is perfect in my eyes.  The music for each scene was spot on, and music is something I don't always notice in a film.  Director and star, , did an amazing job and I can not wait to see what else he does in the near future!   

  I honestly can't say enough good things about this film.  In fact, me trying to put into words a description of the greatness of this film is a waste of my time and yours.  My review can not do it justice.  This is one you just need to trust me on, and then go out and buy you a copy asap!  You will not be disappointed. 

SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF is available on Blu-ray now from Synapse Films and CAV Distribution and contains the following special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Director Kurando Mitsutake, Producer Chiaki Yanagimoto and Editor John Migdal
*  Sword Fight Choreography
*  Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
*  Blooper Reel
*  Theatrical Trailer


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website


http://www.cavd.com/

http://synapse-films.com/









Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that came out today, 5/26:

DELIRIUM
EMPIRE OF THE ANTS/JAWS OF SATAN Double Feature [Blu-ray]
THE FOOD OF THE GODS/FROGS  Double Feature [Blu-ray]
ISLAND OF DEATH   [Blu-ray]
SEVENTH SON   [DVD & Blu-ray]



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blu-ray Review: ISLAND OF DEATH (1976)


http://mvdb2b.com/s/IslandOfDeathBluRayDVD/MVD7365BRISLAND OF DEATH
Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment

   This might be one of the sleaziest, nastiest, filthiest movies I have ever seen, and I loved every minute of it!  Let's not take too much time thinking about what that says about me, instead lets talk about one of the craziest films to come out of the 1970's, ISLAND OF DEATH.   Here is some plot info from the MVD website:

THE LUCKY ONES GOT THEIR BRAINS BLOWN OUT!! Welcome to Mykonos, the holiday destination of choice for sun, sea and slaughter! From cult director Nico Mastorakis, Island of Death is a travelogue of atrocities with scenes so strong that the British Government was once compelled to ban it as a "video nasty". Arriving on the idyllic Greek island, Christopher and Celia appear to be every inch the perfect, handsome young couple. Little do the welcoming locals realise that they are in fact a pair of murderous degenerates, determined to spread their own particular brand of perversion across the island. DIY crucifixions, opportunistic bestiality, sexual peeing and murder by all conceivable forms ensue - including death by makeshift blowtorch, samurai sword, dump truck and more! Shocking, brutal and totally politically incorrect in its outlook, Island of Death is a gruelling cinematic experience devised by director Mastorakis to out-do the excesses of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which he was hugely inspired by. Now fully uncut and newly-restored from the original negative, fans can enjoy Island of Death in all its sleazy, lurid glory.

  This film has been hard to find on DVD lately, only being available in an out of print DVD from Image Entertainment. Luckily, the wonderful folks at Arrow Films have got their hands on this film and have released it as a beautiful Blu-ray/DVD combo pack which is being distributed through MVD Entertainment.  This new 2K restoration of the film is pretty amazing.  From the film quality there is now way you could guess that the film was over 38 years old!  Arrow always does a remarkable job with their releases and this one is no different. 
 
  The film itself is one that is really hard to explain.  The only real story is that a couple go on vacation to a Greek island and then just kill people at random. That's about it!   But, the way they go about it is what makes this movie.  They take pride on killing people in pretty unique ways, many times after just seducing them and/or having sex with them.  To say this is a strange movie would be a remarkable understatement.  

  The movie is very hard to categorize as well.  While it's horror for sure, it has elements of a giallo, exploitation, and sexsploitation film as well.    If you have never had a chance to see this wonderfully messed up film, now is the time to do so with this wonderful Arrow release.

  ISLAND OF DEATH will be released this coming Tuesday, May 26th.   The Blu-ray will be loaded with tons of special features, which include the following:

*  Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative, approved by writer-director-producer Nico Mastorakis
*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
*  Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
*  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  Exploring Island of Death – film historian Stephen Thrower on the making of a cult classic
*  Return to Island of Death – Mastorakis returns to the original Mykonos locations
*  Archive interview with Mastorakis
*  Alternative opening titles
*  Island Sounds – five original tracks from the Island of Death soundtrack
*  Original Theatrical Trailer
*  The Films of Nico Mastorakis – four-part documentary charting the director’s filmmaking career [Blu-ray only]
*  Nico Mastorakis Trailer Reel [Blu-ray only]
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
*  Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by academic and film historian Johnny Walker


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer  (WARNING - Red Band Trailer - Contains Nudity - NSFW)
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray


http://www.musicvideodistributors.com/
http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/

Monday, May 18, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 5/19:

*  AFTERMATH
*  ALL SINNERS NIGHT
*  AMERICAN POLTERGEIST
*  AWAKE IN THE WOODS
*  AWAKEN THE DEVIL
*  CAMP MASSACRE
*  CREATURE (Peter Benchley)   [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  CURSE OF THE WITCHING TREE
*  EVIL EYE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  IT!   [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  POLTERGEIST II  [Blu-ray]
*  POLTERGEIST III   [Blu-ray]
*  POLTERGEIST II & III Double Feature  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK
*  ROOMATE WANTED
*  SAN ANDREAS QUAKE
*  STIGMATA [Blu-ray]
*  THEY WILL OUTLIVE  US ALL
*  TRANCERS 2  [Blu-ray]
*  A ZOMBIE EXORCISM

Saturday, May 16, 2015

DVD Review: FROM ASIA WITH LUST Vol. 1 [CAMP & HITCH-HIKE]


https://www.tromashop.com/from-asia-with-lust-dvdFROM ASIA WITH LUST VOL. 1 [CAMP & HITCH-HIKE]
Directed by Ainosuke Shibata
Distributed by:  Troma Entertainment

  Troma recently released this nice double feature of two Asian rape/revenge films by director Ainosuke Shibata.  The DVD contains the director's two films, CAMP and HITCH-HIKE.   Both films are centered on the theme of the strong female, who is raped and beaten, but comes back to inflict revenge on their predators.   Here are the more formal plot synopsis' from the Troma website:

CAMP: A camping trip will turn into a nightmare for sisters Akane and Kozue when they become trapped by five men who abuse and torture them. Kozue is brutally murdered but her sister manages to escape. Now, with the help of Misaki, a mysterious female vigilante, Akane is ready for her vengeance. And nothing will stop her until her sister's murderers pay for their crime!

HITCHIKE: The brutal Yoshio and his quiet young wife Saeko are on a road trip. Their drive will take a wrong turn when Yoshio decides to pick up a hitch hiker along the way. When the man reveals himself as a deranged bank robber and serial killer, the couple will be forced to cooperate in his getaway. Now it's Saeko s turn to take revenge on the man who drove her through hell!

  I am a huge fan of rape/revenge films.  As hard as it is to watch a woman being abused and raped, the payoff is always good when we get to see our strong female lead rise up and take revenge on those that did here wrong.  I love seeing the bad guys get what's coming to them!  Both of these films have that strong female character that do just that.  

  These films are very similar and star some of the same people. Both contain some great gore, although HITCHIKE relies on some CG gore in some scenes that just doesn't work.  It looks very fake and unrealistic.  Both films are very entertaining, though, with good stories and some great action.    This is a great double feature DVD at a great price, I highly recommend picking this one up.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD

http://www.troma.com/



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blu-ray Review: VAMPYROS LESBOS (1971)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066380/VAMPYROS LESBOS
Directed by Jess Franco
Distributed by:  CAV Distribution / Severin Films
  
  I have always been a fan of Jess Franco.  All of his films, weather good or bad, have a certain charm to them.   VAMPYROS LESBOS is no different.  Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of Severin Films:

From Jess Franco, the filmmaker The Vatican called the most dangerous director in the world , comes the most celebrated movie of his legendary career: Stunning Soledad Miranda stars as a vixen vampire who lures women to a Mediterranean island to satisfy her insatiable lust for female flesh and blood. It s a mind-bending odyssey of surreal erotica and 70s EuroHorror, featuring the psycho-sexadelic soundtrack that remains a global phenomenon. Ewa Strömberg (SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY), Dennis Price (VENUS IN FURS), Paul Muller (NIGHTMARE CASTLE) and Franco himself co-star in this landmark cult classic, now remastered in HD and featuring all-new Extras filmed with the director shortly before his death. Experience Franco’ masterpiece like you’e never seen or heard it before!

  Fans of Exploitation and Sexploitation films are in a treat with this film.  The film has been around for years on DVD, but it has never looked as good as it does here on this new Blu-ray transfer.  Severin always does a remarkable job with it's re-releases, and this one is no different.

  The film itself is pretty tame by today's standards.  In fact, if it weren't for the rampant nudity throughout the film, it would easily be a PG or PG-13 movie at the most.    Maybe it was shocking for back when it first came out, but with no killings really, or even any real gore, the movie is pretty tame. This one is definitely more of a sexploitation film than a true horror film, but still worth checking out  for sure.  One thing this new release has going for it is the packaging.   If you are a sucker for cool packaging/artwork like I am, then you will love Severin's presentation.  The packaging here is very cool and makes this an instant collectors item.

VAMPYROS LESBOS is available now on 2-Disc Collectors Edition Blu-ray, which features a dye cut slip case with newly created cover art by Wes Benscoter.   Special Features include the following:

Disc 1 (Blu-Ray):
*  Newly remastered HD presentation of the feature in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio
*  “Vampyros Jesus”: Interview featurette with Director Jess Franco
*  “Sublime Soledad”: Interview with Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown
*  “Stephen Thrower on Vampyros Lesbos”: Interview with Author of ‘Murderous Passions – The Delirious Cinema Of Jess Franco’
*  “Jess Is Yoda” Clip
*  Alternate German Opening Title Sequence – ‘Dracula’s Heiress’
*  German Trailer

Disc 2 (DVD):
*  "Las Vampiras" – Alternate Spanish Language VHS Version With Optional English Subtitles


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Special Edition Blu-ray


http://www.cavd.com/movies.php

https://severin-films.com/












Monday, May 11, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 5/12
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)

THE DROWNSMAN  [DVD & Blu-ray]
EXTRATERRESTRIAL   [DVD & Blu-ray]
ICETASTROPHE
SATAN'S BLADE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THESE FINAL HOURS   [DVD & Blu-ray]



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Blu-ray review: SOCIETY (1989)


http://www.musicvideodistributors.com/s/SocietyBluRayDVD/MVD7364BRSOCIETY
Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow FilmsMVD Entertainment Group

  Here is another example of a classic horror film that I have always heard about, but for some reason or another had never seen!  I remember seeing the VHS for SOCIETY back when I worked at a movie rental store, and always told myself I was going to rent it and watch it, but for some reason I never did. I really wished  I would have watched this sooner, because I have been missing out on a perfect 80's horror gem for years now! 
  For those unfamiliar with the film, here is the plot synopsis from the MVD press release:

  Teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has always felt like the odd one out in his wealthy, upper-class Beverly Hills family. For some reason, he just doesn't seem to fit in. But his sense of alienation takes a sinister turn when he overhears a surreptitious audio recording of his sister's coming-out party, which seems to implicate his family and others in a bizarre, ritualistic orgy. And then there are the strange things he's been seeing - glimpses of people with their bodies contorted impossibly out of shape... Is Billy going mad or is there something seriously amiss in his neighborhood?
   Packing stomach-churning grue and thought-provoking social commentary in equal measure, Society is a biting horror satire which culminates in one of the most leftfield, gag-inducing "climaxes" in all of horror history - just don't eat beforehand!

  SOCIETY was directed by one of my favorite horror directors, Brian Yuzna. Mr. Yuzna directed some of my favorite horror sequels including BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR, and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD III.  SOCIETY was actually Mr. Yuzna's directorial debut.    One thing I love about movies from the 80's is their goofiness and their awesome practical effects.  This film has both of those things and is a perfect example if you wanted to show someone what horror movies from the 80's looked like. 

  The movie is a little complicated and I'm still not sure I understand it completely, but that does not keep you from enjoying this film for sure.   The film is about a secret "society" of the rich that feeds on the poor, or at least on those they don't deem as good enough for their society.  When I say "feed on the poor, I mean that literally in this case! What's strange is that in this film, the "society" is pretty much made up of every single person in the town, except for the main character Bill, his best friend Milo, and just a couple of other people.   All of Bill's family is in the "society" and try to get him to join, but he refuses.

  This film has an amazing climax where the secret society comes together in a huge orgy/party that must be seen to be believed.   Here is where the practical effects are really showcased with some excellent gore and body contortions.

  SOCIETY is a must see for horror fans.  The Arrow USA Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will be available 6/9 and will contain the following special features:

*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
*  Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  New Audio Commentary with Director Brian Yuzna
*  Governor Of Society with Brian Yuzna
*  The Masters Of The Hunt with stars Billy Warlock, Devin Devasquez, Ben Meyerson and Tim Bartell
*  The Champions Of The Shunt with FX Artists Screaming Mad George, David Grasso and Nick Benson
*  Screaming Mad George music video
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
*  Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to buy the Arrow Blu-ray/DVD combo pack



http://www.musicvideodistributors.com/http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DVD Review: CRAZY MURDER (2014)


http://braindamagefilms.com/dvd/horror/serial-killer/crazy-murder/CRAZY MURDER
Directed by  and
Distributed by Brain Damage Films

  Wow...so I'm not really sure what to say about this one.  This is one of those films that must be seen to be believed.  There is really not much of a plot to speak of, but here is the basic synopsis from the film's press release:

  A homeless man (Kevin Kenny) begins a killing spree on the streets of New York City. Completely deranged and barely aware of his own identity, he makes little attempt at concealing his actions. But in a city with 50,000 homeless citizens our killer finds himself effortlessly camouflaged. 
  Steel yourself for a non-stop onslaught of violence and disgusting imagery.  Blending horror, drama, and black comedy, Crazy Murder is a disaster film at its core -- featuring a tornado of death, a tsunami of blood, and a volcano of feces.

  Again, I'm not really sure what to say here.  This movie is just plain nasty.  Vile is a good word for it.  Some might like that, I'm not really into that for the most part, though.  I will say this, the gore in this film is excellent, including some stabbings that look so real they made me cringe.  The movie basically just follows this mentally disturbed man around as he does gross stuff and kills people.  That's it.  That is all there is, really, in terms of a plot.  Actor Kevin Kenny gives a remarkable performance as the crazy guy/killer.  If you didn't know better, I would have actually thought they just followed a crazy guy around and filmed him, his performance was that believable.  So kudos to Mr. Kenny on such a great performance.

  Like I said, If you are into gross out movies such as the Vomit Gore Trilogy and the August Underground films, you will definitely want to check out this film.   Other more classic/mainstream horror movie fans might need to be cautious going into this one.   I personally think there is something in this film that any horror fan will like, but there are other parts that could be quite a turn off.  Check it out for yourself and see what you think. 

  If you have seen CRAZY MURDER, leave a comment and let me know what you thought.  The DVD is available now from Brain Damage Films.


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD

http://braindamagefilms.com/





Monday, May 4, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015












  Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 5/5
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


THE DEMON
DUEL  [Blu-ray]
LOST RIVER   [DVD & Blu-ray]
MAD MAX   [Blu-ray]
THE PYRAMID   [DVD & Blu-ray]
ROAD WARS
ZOMBIE KILLERS:  ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD   [Blu-ray]




I'm back from TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND 2015!!


http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/









  As usual, I had an awesome time!  I met some great celebs and saw some great films at the screenings.  I'll get all my pics together soon and do a full report in the next few days.  Until then, if you are new to the 4H blog, welcome!  If you are here because you picked up one of my cards at the TFW event, please leave a comment and let me know!   Thanks!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts this week....

 
  It's been a very busy week this past week, and the last few nights have been tied up with packing and preparing for the 10th annual TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND!!  I can't believe another year has past and it's time for the convention again!   I'll be back next week with more blog posts.

  If any of you are going to this year's TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND, leave me a comment and let me know! 


http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/

Monday, April 27, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/28
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


THE BARBER  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE BOY NEXT DOOR  [DVD & Blu-ray]
FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM  [Blu-ray]
GHOST STORY:  THE TURN OF THE SCREW
HUNTED
LORD OF THE FLIES  [DVD & Blu-ray]



Thursday, April 23, 2015

CD Review: ROPE BURN by THE BLOODY JUG BAND


http://www.bloodyjugband.com/ 
















  Here is a band that the majority of you have probably never heard of, but you should have.   The group is called THE BLOODY JUG band and they are an extremely talented group of musicians who make some excellent music!    The Bloody Jug Band consists of eight members: Cragmire Peace, Stormy Jean, Brian Shredder, Steevil, Bloody Rick Lane, Seth Funky, Bid Daddy Jerm and Baby Dingo.  They all play traditional Jug Band style instruments such as the washboard, washtub bass, mandolin, harmonica, and even the spoons! 

  Their new album is titled, ROPE BURN, and it is one of the few albums I own that I can put in and I actually listen to every single song on the album.  Most CD's have a few mediocre songs that you might skip past, but you will not have that issue with this one.  I can listen to this one from track 1 all the way to track 13 and then just let it repeat and start over.   Their sound is very southern Rockabilly, with a horror vibe thrown in one some tracks.   They say that some of their musical influences were Tom Waits, The Band, Johnny Cash, and others.  While listening to the CD, I also picked up hints of Hank III and The Raconteurs.  
  
  While Cragmire Peace sings most of the lead vocals, Stormy Jean takes lead on a couple of tracks, including my personal favorite, 13 Steps.  Having Stormy take over on some tracks is a nice change of pace and gives the band a completely different sound, and adds a little variety to the mix.  Speaking of variety, that is another reason I love this CD.  With a  lot of CDs,  the group's music sound the same for the most part.  With ROPE BURN, you get a nice mixture of sounds, from rocking Rockabilly tunes to slower Blues like sounds. 

  For fans of this type of music, I highly recommend ROPE BURN.   I will be purchasing THE BLOODY JUG BAND's first album soon as well, titled COFFIN' UP BLOOD.  If it's even half as good as ROPE BURN, I know I will be happy with it.    ROPER BURN is available now at group's official website.


CLICK HERE to visit the band's official website
CLICK HERE to visit the band's official Twitter Feed
CLICK HERE to visit the band's official Facebook page
CLICK HERE to check out the band's YouTube channel and watch music videos

Monday, April 20, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/21
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


ARACHNOQUAKE
AUTEUR
BEDLAM
BLOOD RITES
CHILLERS
DEEP IN THE DARKNESS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK  [Blu-ray]
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT  [DVD & Blu-ray]
GHOULIES / GHOULIES II  Double Feature   [Blu-ray]
*  JONAH LIVES
MANSION OF THE DOOMED
THE MOTHMAN CURSE
MY DEMON WITHIN
NOTHING SACRED
*  PETE WALKER COLLECTION: VOL. 2 
THE PIGMAN MURDERS
SNUFF:  A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT KILLING ON CAMERA
SORROW
TEN
TERRITORY 8
WAKE BEFORE I DIE
THE WALKING DECEASED


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blu-ray Review: SHOCK WAVES (1977)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076704/?ref_=nv_sr_1SHOCK WAVES
Directed by: 
Distributed by:  Blue Underground

"Beneath The Living... Beyond The Dead... From The Depths of Hell's Ocean!"

  As much of a fan of zombie movies as I am, I am even more a fan of Nazi zombies.  There is something about these two evils that come together into one truly barbaric monster.  SHOCK WAVES is one of the earliest of the Nazi zombie sub-genre.  It is also one of my all time favorites as well.  Here is the synopsis of the SHOCK WAVES blu-ray courtesy of the Blue Underground website:

  In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi High Command ordered its scientists to create a top secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers - un-living, unfeeling, unstoppable monstrosities that killed with their bare hands. They were known as The Death Corps. No member of this horrific SS unit was ever captured by the Allied Forces - and, somewhere off the coast of Florida, they have survived...
   Peter Cushing (STAR WARS), Brooke Adams (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS) and John Carradine (THE BOOGEY MAN) star in this suspenseful and genuinely creepy shocker co-written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II). One of the great horror "sleepers" of the 1970s, SHOCK WAVES has been freshly transferred and fully restored in High Definition from the only known surviving materials!


  One thing you'll immediately notice with this film is the lack of gore.  Unlike a lot of the zombie films of this time period, this film does not rely heavily on the blood and gore.  In fact, most kills are very tame, especially by today's standards.  What the film lacks in gore is completely made up by the film's creepy vibe.  There is something about seeing these zombies rise from the water after being down there for who knows how long, that is very frightening.   The film is very atmospheric and is perfect viewing for a dark, rainy night.

  The new 1080 HD transfer looks extremely good, especially since the last time I watched this film was back on VHS!  The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is an ALL REGIONS disc.

SHOCK WAVES is available now on Blu-ray from Blue Underground and contains the following special features:

* Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ken Wiederhorn, Make-Up Designer Alan Ormsby and Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray
* Nazi Zombies On A Budget - Interview with Producer/Cinematographer Reuben Trane
* Notes For The Undead - Interview with Composer Richard Einhorn
* Sole Survivor - Interview with Star Brooke Adams
* From FLIPPER To SHOCK WAVES - Interview with Star Luke Halpin
* Theatrical Trailer
* TV Spot
* Radio Spots
* Poster & Still Gallery


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray


http://www.blue-underground.com/product.php?product=247




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 is coming...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1883367/

 



 



 

  This is the one we have been waiting on for a long time.   The final film of the HUMAN CENTIPEDE series is finally here.  The official title is THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE:  FINAL SEQUENCE and it looks like it is going to be the most outrageous entry of them all!  The film is set at a maximum security prison in the desert.   Apparently the inmates are the guinea pigs this time around, and are used to make the longest Human Centipede yet...500 people long! 

  The trailer is out now for your viewing pleasure.  The film has a tentative release date of May 22nd.  Give the trailer a watch if you haven't seen it yet and  let me know what you think.   


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer


Monday, April 13, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/14
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


*  ALL THE DEVILS ALIENS
THE BABADOOK  [DVD & Blu-ray]
CARRIE / CARRIE 2:  THE RAGE  [Blu-ray]
CLASS OF 1984 [Blu-ray]
ECHOS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND  [DVD & Blu-ray]
FROM THE DARK  [DVD & Blu-ray]
JINN
LONG WEEKEND  [Blu-ray]
MAPS TO THE STARS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
ROADSIDE
THE TALL MAN/THE RESIDENT Double Feature  [Blu-ray]
WOMAN IN BLACK 2  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Check out the traielr for the SHARKANSAS WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3403194/?ref_=nv_sr_1  Holy cow!  How the heck have I never heard of this film before!   I was born, raised, and still reside in Arkansas, yet I had no clue about this film until browsing one of my favorite horror sites, Dreadcentral.com.  The film is called SHARKANSAS WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE and it stars Dominique Swain and Traci Lords .   The film is directed by veteran horror director . Here is the basic plot from the Dreadcentral website: 

When a fracking mishap accidentally rips apart the earth’s crust, the resulting hole opens up a gaping underground waterway to a vast and mysterious ocean somewhere deep below. Instantly, giant prehistoric sharks begin wending their way upward toward a murky bog in the heart of the Arkansas Bayou. Unfortunately for a group of female prisoners on a work detail in the swamp, the deadly sharks attack without warning – pinning a hapless group of intended victims in a small deserted cabin in the heart of the wetlands. Death may be the only means of escape!

I don't know about you, but this sounds amazing to me!  It's listed as a TV movie, so I can only assume that this is a SyFy original, but I am not certain of that.  It's listed for release sometime in May.

In the meantime, CLICK HERE to check out the Dreadcentral article and watch the trailer for SHARKANSAS WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blu-ray Review: LONG WEEKEND (1978)


http://synapse-films.com/synapse-films/long-weekend-blu-ray/LONG WEEKEND
Directed by: 
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

  I recently watched a film that was sent to me for review that I had never heard of before.  It's rare that I come across a film I've never heard of.  There are plenty that I haven't seen, but I at least know about, but this one I had never even heard of the title before.  The film was LONG WEEKEND which is a great revenge flick from 1978.  Instead unlike most revenge flicks, in this film it's animals that are getting revenge on humans! 
  Here's the basic plot from the Synapse Website:

 Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (John Hargreaves, THE ODD ANGRY SHOT) and Marcia (Briony Behets) set out on a camping trip to a deserted stretch of the Australian coastline hoping a long weekend in the sunshine will help them patch their differences. They are a careless couple, littering the countryside with garbage, shooting guns and even driving away after wounding a kangaroo with their automobile. Their callous disregard for the environment soon becomes apparent when the animals start to seek vengeance. Marcia and Peter have proven themselves to be destroyers of nature. Will the animals allow them to leave or will they too be destroyed?

  This was a very fun film that I highly recommend.  It's not gory or even really that scary, in fact, it's quite tame by today's standards.  I'm sure it was quite shocking at the time of it's release, though. That being said, it's still a wonderful entertaining film.  The movie will make you think about how you treat nature, as this couple found out the hard way by being attacked by birds, dogs, snakes, and even an opossum!
 
  The new HD 1080p transfer looks great on this new blu-ray release.  Sometimes you would forget this film was shot in the 1970's if it weren't for the clothing and hair!

 LONG WEEKEND will be released April 14th on Blu-ray and will contain the following special features:

*  High-Definition 1080p Transfer Supervised by Synapse Films
*  Re-mastered DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround Soundtrack
*  Audio Commentary from Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer Vincent Monton
*  Motion Still Gallery Featuring an Audio Interview with Actor John Hargreaves
*  Original Theatrical Trailer


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to pre-order the blu-ray


http://www.cavd.com/
 


http://synapse-films.com/