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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Check out the trailer for the upcoming zombie film, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS


  It's been a while since I've seen a really good new zombie film.   It looks like we will be seeing a new great addition to the zombie film with Director 's new film, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.   The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Mike Carey.   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's production company's website

  The near future; humanity has been decimated by a virus that turns it's victims into flesh eating "hungries".   Only a small group of children are immune.  They still crave human flesh, but they can think and feel, making them vital in finding a cure.  
  At an army base, these children are subjected to experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell, under the guard of Sergeant Parks.  But one little girl, Melanie, stands out.  She's inquisitive, imaginative, and loves her favorite teacher Miss Justineau.
  When the base falls, Melanie escapes with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks, and Dr. Caldwell.  Melanie embarks on a journey to discover the world, what she is, and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

  I just watched the trailer and I think this looks like it could be an instant classic.  Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think!

  THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS will be released by Warner Brothers on September 9th in the U.K.   No U.S. release date has been set yet.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, June 28th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 6/28:

*  CIRCUS OF FEAR / FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS Double Feature [Blu-ray]

Friday, June 24, 2016

Blu-ray Review: VENOM (1981)

Directed by 
Distributed by Blue Underground

  Tonight's review is of another film I had always heard about, but somehow had never got around to seeing.  The film is called VENOM, and it's a fun mix of creature feature and kidnapping/heist film. 
Here is the basic plot courtesy of the Blue Underground website:

   It was supposed to be the perfect crime: the sexy maid (Susan George of STRAW DOGS), a psychotic chauffeur (Oliver Reed of THE BROOD) and an international terrorist (the legendary Klaus Kinski) kidnap a wealthy ten-year-old boy from his elegant London townhouse. But they didn't count on a murdered cop, a desperate hostage siege, and one very unexpected houseguest: a furious Black Mamba, the most lethal and aggressive snake known to nature. It can attack from ten feet away. Its bite brings excruciating death. And it is on the loose. Now, terror knows no antidote... and the ultimate in slithering mayhem is VENOM.
   Sterling Hayden (THE KILLING), Nicol Williamson (EXCALIBUR) and Sarah Miles (BLOW-UP) co-star in this gripping suspense thriller based on the novel by best-selling author Alan Scholefield and directed by Piers Haggard (THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW). VENOM has been newly transferred in 2K High Definition from its negative and features some very real - and extremely deadly - Black Mambas!

  I went into this thinking it was just another run of the mill creature feature, this time featuring a snake.  It's actually a much smarter film than that, with the snake being just part of the main plot.  The main part of the film focuses on the kidnapping of the young boy, and the police stakeout of the house they are holding up in.  While it would have been a pretty good heist film on it's own, why not through a killer snake into the mix!   I have to admit, it made this kidnapping film a lot more interesting!   You never know where the snake is going to be or strike next, which put some extra intensity into the already thrilling film. 

  Some people might go into this film hoping for more of a gory creature feature, so just realize what you are going into and I think you will enjoy this one.  I was definitely a big fan of this movie.  It probably would not be taken seriously if made today, but this is classic 80's cinema at it's best.  The acting was great and the remastered 2K High Definition transfer looks amazing for a film that is 35 years old! 

  VENOM is available now on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and features the following special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Director Piers Haggard
*  Theatrical Trailer
*  TeaserTrailer
*  TV Spots
*  Poster & Still Gallery
*  BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by Fangoria Editor Michael Gingold

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


Monday, June 20, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, June 21st, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's coming out tomorrow, 6/21:

*  THE CRUSH  [Blu-ray]
*  THE WAVE  [Blu-ray & DVD]

Monday, June 13, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, June 14th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's coming out tomorrow, 6/14:

*  JAWS 2  [BD]
*  JAWS 3  [BD]

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Do you know the story about D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's lost "Nightmare on My Street" video?

 I don't know how I didn't know about this, but apparently  all copies of the original video for the song "Nightmare on My Street" by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was forced to be destroyed by New Line Cinema.    I had never heard about this before, so I apologize if I am bringing you common knowledge.  

  I heard the song today for the first time in years and thought it would be fun to post about it on my blog and post the video for everyone to enjoy.   Well, that was easier said than done,  because as soon as I started by search for the video it was nowhere to be found.  There are lost of fan-made videos for the song, but the original video seems to be lost forever!

  Apparently the music label didn't get permission to use Freddy Krueger's name/image, so New Line Cinema sued and the case was settled out of court, with one of the stipulations being that all copies of the video be destroyed.  Now that wouldn't work in today's internet age....there would be copies out there to find for sure, but this came out back in 1988, so there is no evidence of the video left at all, which is very sad.  I remember it being a very fun video, and the actor that portrayed Freddy was pretty good if recall correctly.

 So, my challenge to everyone reading this is to find a copy of this video!  Someone has to have an old VHS recording of it somewhere!   If you find a link to a copy of this video, please let me know.  Until then, here is the audio of the song so you can at least listen to it if you haven't heard it in a while.  It's a really fun song!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Blu-ray Review: SYMPTOMS (1974)

Directed by
Distributed by Mondo Macabro / CAV Distributing

  One of my favorite film labels is Mondo Macabro.  They have some of the best releases out there...most of which are very obscure films you might have never heard of before being released by Mondo.   Such is the case with one of their newest releases, SYMPTOMS.  I had never heard or seen anything of this film before getting this new Blu-ray.  I knew nothing about it going in, which is a good thing in my opinion.   Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of the CAV Distributing website:

  A dark and haunting study in psychological horror, Symptoms takes us deep into the twisted mind of a damaged girl.
  Helen, who lives alone, invites her new friend Anne to stay with her in a lonely house, lost in the English countryside. The house, the woods that surround it and the figures fleetingly glimpsed through its windows, all seem imbued with a deep sense of mystery. Helen appears to be hiding a secret and the more Anne tries to uncover it, the deeper she is pulled into its dark heart.
  Symptoms was the official UK entry to the Cannes film festival in 1974 and was highly praised at the time. Subsequently the film sank into obscurity and was recently listed as one of the UK’s top 75 “lost films”. This release, taken from the original negative and fully restored, brings this quiet masterpiece back into view, where it can now be appreciated as one of the most under rated films of the 1970s.

  I have to start out by warning you that this is a very slow moving film.  It is not action packed by any means, and there is no gore or real violence.  SYMPTOMS is a very different horror film, one that a lot of people might not be used to.  It's more of an artsy, atmospheric film.  It is very eerie and moody, and just gives you a tense feeling throughout the entire film.  While I am usually blown away with most of Mondo Macabro's releases, I am on the fence with this one.  I didn't dislike it by any means, but it was definitely not one of my favorite films that they have released.  It's somewhere in the middle for me.

  Now, I do have to say that the special features that Mondo has included on this release is reason enough to own the Blu-ray.  The documentary on director Jose Larraz was very entertaining and informative, which was great considering I knew very little about this director before viewing this doc.    Check it out for yourself and see what you think.

SYMPTOMS is out now from Mondo Macabro and CAV Distributing and contains the following special features:

On Vampyres and Other Symptoms - documentary about Jose Larraz directed by Celia Novis;
Eurotika! - documentary about director Jose Larraz
Interview with Angela Pleasence
Interview with Lorna Heilbron.
*  Interview with editor Brian Smedley-Aston
*  Mondo Macabro previews
Specially commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

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




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pre-order Shout Factory's upcoming THE THING [Deluxe Limited Edition] Blu-ray!

 It was just announced that Shout Factory is releasing a limited edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter's THE THING!  Right now you can get the website exclusive Deluxe Edition which features a 2nd slip case with alternative cover art and two posters featuring the new cover art.  This set is limited to only 1,500 copies!  You can pre-order your copy now by clicking HERE.

  Shout Factory has done an amazing job with this release.  It includes tons of special features including"

*  NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
*  NEW 4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack
*  NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
*  Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
*  NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney And More…
*  NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay
*  NEW Behind The Chameleon – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman And Brian Wade And More…
*  NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth
*  NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster
*  John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Matte Artist Albert Whitlock And More! (80 minutes – SD)
*  Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
*  Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin (12 minutes – SD)
*  Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING (1982 – 14 minutes – SD)
*  Vintage Product Reel – Contains A Promotional Condensed Version Of The Film With Additional Footage Not In The Film (19 minutes – SD)
*  Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage (2 minutes – SD)
*  Annotated Production Archive – Production Art And Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (48 minutes – SD)
*  Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
*  Teaser Trailer
*  Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German)
*  TV Spots
*  Radio Spots
*  Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards)
*  And Still More To Be Added!

 That is quite a list!  I'm sure a regular version will be available at some point, but I'd grab  a copy of this limited edition set while you can!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Get ready for a new Horror film label, REEL GORE RELEASING!


   Horror fans will be happy to hear about a brand new Horror movie releasing label coming soon called REEL GORE RELEASING!   This sounds like we are in store for some amazing releases from this new label.  Read all the details in the press release below:


 Los Angeles, CA (June 2016) 

For immediate release. Cult Epics founder Nico B and film producer Steve Aquilina will be launching a new horror label REEL GORE RELEASING as of August 2016, distributed thru CAV (home of Cult Epics, Synapse, Grindhouse) in North America. With the recent success of the horror films of Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik) and Angst, Nico B teamed up with Steve Aquilina from 8-Films to launch a new label for newly produced gore horror films to premiere on video and digital. The first three films are VIOLENT SHIT – THE MOVIE (August 2016), a bigger budget revamp of the cult-schlock-gore classics from the 80s, shot in Italy featuring a soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin; followed by MASKS (September 2016), German giallo gore feast from the director Andreas Marschall (Tears of Kali, German Angst), and the return to directing of Luigi Cozzi (Contamination) with BLOOD ON MELIES’ MOON (October 2016) with guest appearances by Dario Argento & Lamberto Bava. For more info see www.reelgorereleasing.com and join us for updates at www.facebook.com/reelgorereleasing and www.twitter.com/reelgoremovies


  Be sure to like the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates!   I'll also try to bring you any updates I can here on the 4H blog!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blu-ray Review: SORCERESS (1995)

Directed by
Distributed by  Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

  I love coming across a horror movie I have never seen or even heard about.   I like to think I'm "in the know" on most horror films, but I find out everyday there are films that have just missed me somehow.  This is one of those films.  Synapse Films has released the 1995 film SORCERESS to DVD and Blu-ray.   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the Synapse Films website:

  Larry Barnes (Larry Poindexter) is on the fast track to a partnership in a prestigious law firm, and his sexy witch wife Erica (Julie Strain, HEAVY METAL 2000) will do anything to keep her husband happy. But Erica makes a fatal mistake when she tries to kill Larry’s main competition for the partnership, Howard Reynolds (Edward Albert, GALAXY OF TERROR). With Howard now crippled for life from Erica’s dark magic, his wife Amelia (Linda Blair, THE EXORCIST) plots her revenge. Using witchcraft and a mystical medallion, Amelia tries to destroy everyone and everything in Larry’s life!
  All the pleasures of the flesh and malevolence of black magic collide in this newly remastered and uncensored version of Jim Wynorski’s SORCERESS (aka TEMPTRESS). Presented for the first time ever from a new 2K scan of the original uncut film element, this release features sex scene footage and additional nudity removed from the original release.

  I had no clue what to expect going into this film. What I got was a fun film full of witchcraft and tons of nudity.  What else would you expect from a film like this?!   This film feels like a typical 80's horror film.  I actually find it hard to believe it was made in 1995.  I would more easily believe this was made in 1985.  Everything about this film screamed 1980's to me, especially the hair and wardrobes of some of the main actors and actresses.
  Speaking of the actresses, this movie has some of the most beautiful actresses you will see in a film, and pretty much every single one of them has a nude scene (or multiple nude scenes) throughout the film.  I normally don't mention much about the nudity in films, but this film just had so much of it that a review would not be complete without mentioning it.  It basically feels like you're watching a movie on Cinemax or some other pay channel late at night. This is definitely not a film you want the kids around while watching!

  Other than the nudity, the film was actually pretty tame by today's standards in term of violence/gore. Most violence comes from people being shot, and there is no real gore to speak of in this film.

  While some may be disappointed in the gore/scare factor, or lack thereof,  I think everyone would have to admit they enjoyed watching this film.  If you haven't seen it yet, check it out for sure.  

  SORCERESS will be released on June 14th from Synapse Films and CAV Distributing.

CLICK HERE to pre-order the DVD
CLICK HERE to pre-order the Blu-ray



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Congratulations to the winner of my latest 4H Blog Giveaway!!

I apologize for the lack of posts lately!  It's been a crazy busy week, so I am way behind on announcing my latest giveaway winner.  Well, the wait is over and the winner is Jeramie Bacon

  Jeramie will be getting a Blu-ray of the awesome horror film, KILD TV.  

 Check your email Jeramie, and shoot me your address and your Blu-ray will be on it's way!

Don't worry if you didn't win, you can still purchase a DVD or Blu-ray of KILD TV the the film's official website:  http://www.kildmovie.com./page4/

  Also, keep checking back regularly as another DVD giveaway will be posted soon!

Monday, May 23, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, May 24th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's coming out tomorrow, 5/23:

*  DUSK  [DVD]
*  MANHUNTER  [Blu-ray]

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Take a look at the limited edition blu-ray of the thrillers A MEASURE OF THE SIN and BLIND

  I recently got a press release for a great looking 2-disc limited edition Blu-ray of the films A MEASURE OF THE SIN and BLIND from Brink Vision.  I just watched the trailer and these films look excellent!   Also, when Brink Vision says they are releasing this Blu-ray in a limited edition, they are not kidding....the Blu-ray is limited to only 200 copies!


“2-Disc Limited Edition (200 Copies) Blu-Ray of two feature-length films sold exclusively through BrinkVision.
This limited collector’s set is hand-numbered and signed by director Jeff Wedding includes all new special features
BrinkVision is releasing a very limited 2 disc Blu-ray collector’s edition of the critically acclaimed thriller A Measure of the Sin and mystery thriller BlindThis 2-disc blu-ray is packed with tons of bonus content, hand numbered with reverse sleeve, and signed by director Jeff Wedding. Only 200 copies will ever be made of this collector's edition, and will only be for sale exclusively through the BrinkVision website, so get them before they are gone forever!

-Feature Film without Narration
-Isolated Score & Effects Track
-Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Wedding
  and Original Story Author Kristy Nielsen
-Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Wedding,
  Actor/Producer Katie Groshong and Actor Stephen Jackson
-Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Wedding
-Gracie: The Diary of a Coma Patient, a Super-8mm
  Short Film (28mins - 2006)
-Promotional Artwork
-Stills Gallery
-Easter Egg
-Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Co-Director
  Jeff Wedding, Co-Writer/Co-Director Steve Wedding,
  Producer Ryan Jackson, and Editor David Bowen
- Isolated Score Track
- Vintage Making-of Featurette
- Perry’s Wait, a 35mm Short Film (24mins - 2004)
- Promotional Artwork
- Stills Gallery
- Trailers
Price: $24.95
PRE-SALE DATE: 05/13/2016
STREET DATE: 05/24/2016
A Measure of the Sin:
Every childhood is normal to the child who lives it. For Meredith that means an enchanted seclusion that is shattered when she is deprived of her mother. Desperate and alone, Meredith must join a household with other women and their children, a sinister man who controls every facet of her existence, and a vicious bear that only she can see. As life in this world becomes increasingly strange and frightening, Meredith realizes that she must flee, even though she fears she has not learned enough to survive on her own.

For happily married detective Richard Larson, the hunt for a demented serial killer gets personal when he begins to experience mysterious visions of the killer’s victims - before their bodies are discovered! The trail of evidence points to Clive Rudolph, a seemingly affable locksmith with a disturbing past. When yet another woman is abducted, the tension mounts as the race to save her life grows ever more desperate. But the closer Detective Larson comes to uncovering the facts, the nearer he gets to exposing a shattering secret that will haunt him forever
Retail Link:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a FREE Blu-ray of KILD TV!

http://hayeshudsonshouseofhorror.blogspot.com/2016/05/its-giveaway-time-enter-for-your-chance.html If you haven't already entered to win, what are you waiting for?!   Head on over to the original giveaway post HERE and leave a comment to be entered for your chance to win KILD TV on Blu-ray! 

CLICK HERE to visit the original contest post and enter for your chance to win!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

CD Review: MUSIC TO BE BURIED BY by Gravetone Productions

http://www.gravetoneproductions.com/Albums.htmlMUSIC TO BE BURIED BY
Music CD by Grave Tone Productions

  One of the great things I ran across at this year's Texas Frightmare Convention, was the Grave Tone Productions booth.  As I got near the booth I heard some great music coming from a speaker system they had set up.  It was a very cool sound so I stopped and talked a bit.  I left with a copy of their 1st CD, MUSIC TO BE BURIED BY.  I have been listening to it off and on the car on the way to and from work over the past couple of weeks and I find myself liking it more and more with every listen.

  According to their website, "Grave Tone composes music for films, sound design for film/tv, haunted attractions, websites and more."   I have heard some music similar to this in the past, made for use in horror films and haunted houses and such, but I have never heard anything quite like this. This is haunted house music pumped up with some heavy metal mixed in.  All of the songs are written and arranged by Grave Tone Productions, and they have some very talented musicians on hand.  All of the songs are very well done, and the heavy guitar riffs add a very cool edge to the creepy sound of the album.  A lot of the songs make you think you're listening to the soundtrack of a horror movie, which is obviously what the musicians were going for.

  If you have never heard anything by this talented group of musicians, I urge you to check their stuff out as soon as you can.  MP3's of their songs are available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon,  or click the link below to purchase a physical CD.

CLICK HERE to purchase the CD


Friday, May 13, 2016

Blu-ray Review: THE BOY (2016)

https://www.uphe.com/movies/the-boy-2016THE BOY
Directed by 
Distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

  This is a film I remember really wanting to see in the theaters, but never got a chance to.  The previews looked so creepy, I just had to see it.  Finally I got the chance now that THE BOY has been released to home video.  I am happy to report that the film lived up to the creepiness of it's trailer!  For those unfamiliar with the film, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment website:

  The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) and starring Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead). Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that they care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

 Dolls in horror movies have always creeped me out.  Just when you think they can't get any worse comes THE BOY!  This is honestly one of the creepiest dolls I have ever seen in a horror film. 

  The film looks amazing, taking place in a beautiful English countryside.  The shots and cinematography are top notch.   The acting is very good as well, especially from Lauren Cohan, who plays Greta in the film.  Most all horror fans will recognize Lauren as Maggie from THE WALKING DEAD.  It was nice seeing her in something other than TWD, and she did an amazing job here.

  This is not a gory, over the top horror film at all.  Instead, it is a very atmospheric, low key film that exudes a creepy, disturbing vibe throughout the film.  Well, that is until the last 20-30 minutes of the film, all that goes out the window and it is an action packed free for all!  I won't tell you anything more about that, so as to not spoil anything for you.  You'll just have to check that out for yourself!

  I know a lot of horror fans shun PG-13 rated horror films, often saying that a "real" horror film has to be rated 'R'.  This is a film that will probably change the mind of a lot of those type of people.  PG-13 films can be scary, and THE BOY is proof of that for sure!    I highly recommend this one and urge you to check it out as soon as you can!

  THE BOY was just released to DVD and Blu-ray this week from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.   You can find it at all major retailers or click below to purchase from Amazon.

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


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Blu-ray Review: THE ZERO BOYS (1986)

http://mvdb2b.com/s/ZeroBoysTheBlurayDVD/AV036THE ZERO BOYS
Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group

  If you recognize the name of Director Nico Mastorakis, it's probably from his infamous 1976 film, ISLAND OF DEATH.     That was the only film I had ever seen of his until watching this new release from Arrow Films titled, THE ZERO BOYS.   While not as wild and depraved as ISLAND OF DEATH, it is a great film by this legendary director.  Here is the basic plot from the MVD website:

   From cult director Nico Mastorakis, the man behind such eclectic offerings as the controversial Island of Death and the Oliver Reed-starring actioner Hired to Kill, comes The Zero Boys - the genre-bending '80s classic with gruesome sequences that anticipate the torture porn horrors of Hostel and Saw. For a group of young friends, a weekend of survival games in the wilderness turns into a genuine battle of life and death when one of their number turns up dead. Finding themselves hunted by a bloodthirsty band of maniacs intent on slaughtering them one-by-one, the self-styled "Zero Boys" must now play their war games for real. Starring Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall) and featuring an early score from the legendary Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy), The Zero Boys mixes action, survival and all-out slasher movie elements in a thrilling horror yarn that falls somewhere between Friday the 13th and Deliverance.

  I had never even heard of this movie before I got it for review.   This really surprises me, as I was huge into horror movies as a kid, and this came out when I was 10 years old...I should have seen this one.  Somehow, this one slipped past me.  Luckily, this film holds up 30 years later!   This was an extremely fun film which started out pretty silly with all the paintball stuff, but transformed into an action packed slasher film.

  One thing I noticed multiple times throughout the film was the amazing camera shot and cinematography.   One scene in particular made me say "Wow!" out loud and demanded a rewind to see it again.  This is a scene when one of the girls is in the car and looks out and sees the killer for the first time.  He is standing there holding a knife  and all you can see is his silhouette in front of the dark blue of the night sky.   This scene can be seen briefly in the trailer below, but looks so much better on the Blu-ray of the film.

  Another thing I noticed about this film was how much ahead of it's time it was.  There is part of the film where the guys find a video camera set up in the barn pointed at an empty chair.  Later they find a TV which is broadcasting what is happening in the barn through the video camera setup.   This was a very unique twist to the film and reminded me of something you'd see in more modern horror films.

  As always, Arrow Video has done an amazing job with this release.  Their releases are always packed full of great special features and this one is no different.   THE ZERO BOYS is available now on Arrow Blu-ray/DVD combo from MVD Entertainment and contains the following special features:

*  Brand new 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
*  Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
*  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  Audio Commentary with star Kelli Maroney, moderated by Shock Till You Drop’s Chris Alexander
*  Nico Mastorakis on… Nico Mastorakis – brand new interview with Mastorakis on the making of The Zero Boys
*  Brand new interview with star Kelli Maroney
*  Brand new interview with star Nicole Rio
*  Original Theatrical Trailer
*  Stills Gallery
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
*  Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

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



Sunday, May 8, 2016

It's giveaway time! Enter for your chance to win a copy of KILD.TV on Blu-ray!!

http://www.kildmovie.com./ Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there...enjoy your day and your gifts!  But why should Moms get all the gifts today!   Hayes Hudson's House of Horror is giving you a gift today too! Well, one of you anyway!!

 Last month, I did a review for the great independent horror film,  KILD TV.  You can read that review HERE.  Now, thanks to the fine folks behind the film, you can win your very own FREE copy of the movie!   I was sent a Blu-ray to send to one lucky blog reader, and that could be you!  Follow the contest rules below to enter, it's super easy and completely FREE!  I even pay shipping!   What are you waiting for?  Enter now by following the simple steps listed below.

If you can't wait to win it, you can watch it instantly on the following platforms:

Amazon Instant Video
Google Play

Or, you can purchase the DVD or Blu-ray from the film's official website:



 In order to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post below that includes your name and email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.  If you would rather not leave your email address, then just comment with your name and then shoot me an email (zombiehayes@hotmail.com) so I will be able to get in touch with you if you are the winner.  The contest will run from now through Sunday, May 22.   The winning comment will be chosen at random using random.org.  I will send an email to the winner to collect their mailing address, and then mail them the Blu-ray directly.   Only 1 comment/entry per person please.  Due to shipping costs, contest is open to U.S. residents only. 
Thank you, and GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I'm baaack!

  That's right, I'm back from another amazing trip down to Dallas, TX for the world famous TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND!!   I always have such a great time.  People from all over the world come to this convention.  This year I met a guy from the U.K. who flew over here just for TFW!  It was his first time to the states!  Horror fans are awesome!   If you ever get the chance to go, I really urge you to do it.  Start saving now, and by next April you too can be walking among the horror stars! 
  If you are new to the 4H horror blog, welcome!  I passed out some post cards and business cards at the convention, so hopefully we'll have a few new blog readers!  If you are visiting because you saw my postcards at TFW, leave me a comment and let me know!   
  We have some exciting stuff coming up, including a Blu-ray Giveaway coming up in just a few days!  Check back soon!

Friday, April 29, 2016



  There will be no new posts for the next few days, as I am headed down to Dallas, TX to take in the sights and sounds of TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND!   This will be my 9th year in a row to attend, and it is always a blast!  I'll tell you all about it upon my return!  


Zombie Hayes

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blu-ray Review: BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (1989)

http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/bride-of-re-animator-dual-format-blu-ray-dvd-limited-edition/BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR
Directed by: 
Distributed by: Arrow Video / MVD Distribution

  Have I told you that Arrow Video is becoming my favorite DVD/BD company?  They are constantly putting out amazing releases of some classic horror.   One of their latest releases is of Director Brian Yuzna's classic, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR!   This is a sequel to the classic film, RE-ANIMATOR, which just so happens to be one of my Top 5 favorite horror films of all time! 
While nothing can compare to the original classic, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR comes about as close as you can get.  This is an amazing film that re-creates the tone and fun of the first film.  I'll go ahead and toss out the plot synopsis courtesy of the Arrow Films website, although I have a feeling most true horror fans are already well aware of this one:

  The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) – would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.
  It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life – starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?
  With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations – including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider – Bride of re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Gordon’s original cult classic.

  Again, I wont go into much of the film, as it's over 25 years old, I'm sure most of you have seen it before.  You probably already own this on DVD.  What I want to bring you attention to here is this limited edition release that Arrow has put out.  They have awesome special features with most all of their releases, but this limited edition 3 disc set is truly an amazing release.   Buying this new set, even if you own an older released DVD is a no brainer.  Check out all these special features:

*  Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
*  Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
*  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
*  Limited Edition Collector’s Booklet
*  Limited Edition Packaging

*  Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
*  Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
*  Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom
*  Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
*  Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
*  Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator – brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
*  Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator – Brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
*  Getting Ahead in Horror – archive making-of featurette
*  Deleted Scenes

*  Brand new 2K restoration of the R-rated version

So there you have it....this set has hours of special features for you to enjoy!  This set was released just a few weeks ago, and is already out of print and is selling out fast!  Amazon.com still has a few copies, so get your hands on a copy asap before they are gone!

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



Monday, April 25, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 26th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's coming out tomorrow, 4/26:

*  KRAMPUS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  SSSSSSS  [Blu-ray]
*  THE ZERO BOYS  [Blu-ray/DVD combo]

Sunday, April 24, 2016

DVD Review: DEAR GOD NO! (2011)

http://www.bigworldpictures.us/dear-god-no-2011/DEAR GOD NO!
Written & Directed by
Produced/Distributed by Big World Pictures

 This film is nasty, and extremely offensive....so needless to say, I loved it!!

 If you are a fan of crazy, weird, and wacky exploitation horror films, then you are in for a treat with the film, DEAR GOD NO!  I've had this one for a while and just realized I had never done a review of it.  I popped it in the DVD player with very low expectations to be honest.  This is a very low budget independent film which we all know can go either way.  Usually these types of films are pretty bad, but I am happy to say that this film doesn't go down that road.  This film goes down a completely different road, one filled with bikers, babes, Nazis, and Sasquatch!   Ha!  It sounds crazy, I know, but somehow it all comes together and works!   Here is the official synopsis from the Big World Pictures website:

  Grab some popcorn, gas up the jalopy and grab your favorite girl. Big World Pictures presents the retro Bikers vs. Bigfoot feature film DEAR GOD NO! A thrill ride here to save cinema by delivering all the carnival fun of a 1970’s drive-in movie.  A vicious gang of thrill-kill bikers invades a home after a bloody shoot-out in a strip club. Humiliation and murder follow, but there is something in the basement and in the woods… Sasquatch! This shot on film politically incorrect exploitation throwback is a fun grab bag of biker film, home invasion flick, Bigfoot monster movie, stag loops, and even some Nazisploitation.

  One thing to take note of here is how well the filmmakers capture the look of an old 70's grindhouse flick.  Upon further research, I found out they shot this movie on 16mm film using vintage cameras, resulting in a sincere and unique dated look to the film.  This is a perfect throwback film and really makes me miss those old sleazy grindhouse films of the 1970's.  Thank goodness filmmakers like James Bickert are around to bring us new films that take us back to this great film era and genre.

  DEAR GOD NO! is not a horror movie per say, but it does have some horror elements throughout it.  It contains a good amount of gore, which all us horror fans love, and all of it seem to be practical effects.  This is crucial in making a throwback film, and the filmmakers did an excellent job with the blood and gore. 

  This film won't be for everyone.  It is pretty tasteless and offensive, so some viewers might be turned off by that.  For me, I loved every second of this film and hope to see more like it in the future.  It looks like that wait wont' be long, as director James Bickert has made a 2nd feature, a sequel to DEAR GOD NO! titled, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS!   It just premiered at the 40th annual Atlanta Film Festival, and will be making the festival rounds in the coming months.  Expect a review of this new film right here on the 4H Blog as soon as I can get my hands on a copy of this film.   Until then, check out DEAR GOD NO! available now on DVD and Blu-ray!

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


Thursday, April 21, 2016


http://midnightreleasing.com/silent-retreat/SILENT RETREAT
Directed by
Distributed by Midnight Releasing

  I had never heard of this film when it arrived in my mailbox for review.  I honestly didn't expect much going into it, and I am happy to say that this film was a very pleasant surprise for me.  I really didn't expect it to be as good as it was.  Here is the basic plot from the Midnight Releasing website:

  Six members of a media company go on a weekend business retreat at an isolated lodge in the woods. When one of the members goes missing, they discover that the lodge was formerly a private mental institution. One by one, they fall victim to the dark secrets buried at the lodge.

  I'll be honest, I think why I wasn't expecting much out of this film was from that plot synopsis. I felt like this was going to be just another generic people get killed one by one type of film that we have all seen many times before.   It turns out, this film is so much smarter than that.  The film is full of dark humor and some great kills, including a horrifying bear trap incident!    The film also contains a very engaging story line and includes a great plot twist that had me second guessing the entire film I had seen up to that point. 

Another thing worth noting here is the acting, which I thought was very good from everyone involved.   This is a great, fun film that I would recommend for sure!  

  SILENT RETREAT is out now on DVD and contains the following special features:

*  Interviews
*  Trailer
*  Slideshow
*  Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Ace Jordan and Associate Producer Colin Carey

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


Monday, April 18, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 19th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's coming out tomorrow, 4/19:

*  THE STUFF  [Arrow Blu-ray/DVD combo]

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Check out the trailer for FUN WITH HACKLEY: AXE MURDERER!


  Take a look at the hilarious trailer for the upcoming horror/comedy, FUN WITH HACKLEY:  AXE MURDERER!   Here is the plot synopsis from the film's official website:

  Since 1980, Hackley has personified fear. This prolific masked serial killer has axed his way through hundreds during his reign of terror. He doesn’t kill because he’s crazy.  It’s just his job.
 Hackley is one of the many killers employed at Revelation Killing Solutions! The third most profitable corporation in the growing industry! Hackley is the longest tenured team member in the “Slashers” division, but has lost the enthusiasm he once had for the job.
“Fun With Hackley” is a comedy feature film that chronicles the adventures of Hackley as he stumbles at the office and rethinks his life, love and career.
  This looks like it is going to be a very fun film!  The film was written by  and directed by .   Check out the film's official website to keep up to date with info and updates on when/where you can see the film!




Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blu-ray Review: ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX (1983)

http://www.blue-underground.com/product.php?product=259ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX
Directed by: 
Distributed by:  Blue Underground

  A couple of months ago I posted my review of Director Enzo G. Castellari's 1990:  THE BRONX WARRIORS.  You can see that review HERE.  Castellari is back with his sequel to that film, ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX.   As much as I enjoyed the original film, I think this might be one of the few times when the sequel is actually better than the first film.   Here is the basic plot of ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX courtesy of the Blue Underground website:

 The year is 2000 and the Bronx has been reduced to a decaying, desolate wasteland infested with swarms of vicious street gangs and outcast scavengers. When an imperialistic mega-corporation plans to rebuild the doomed "No Man's Land" into a perfect metropolis, they unleash their secret army of sadistic death squads to wipe out the few remaining inhabitants. But beneath the twisted rubble, fierce legions of resistance fighters arm themselves for the final onslaught - ready to die for their homeland. And ready to kill for it. 

  As I mentioned above, I think I actually enjoyed this film better than the original.  This film was action packed throughout the entire running time, and even had quite a few instances of some good gore, which is a always a plus in my opinion!  The film is very bloody and violent, and in fact, boasts a body count of 174 deaths!   That's more than any horror movie I think you could find! 

  Now I have to admit, it had it's faults, including some pretty silly dialog and some laughable action scenes.   Some of these include our lead character Trash blowing up a helicopter with about 3 or 4 shots of his pistol!  He also shoots at a van (with what seems like unlimited bullets) until it explodes as well.   Maybe vehicles back in the 80's were just highly explosive compared to today's vehicles and our safety standards!   Although these scenes are a bit silly, they actually give the movie as certain charm and definitely don't take away from the enjoyment of this film.

  I highly recommend this one for all fans of exploitation, grindhouse type cinema.

  ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX is available now on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Blue Underground.  As always, Blue Underground has done an amazing job with this package with a beautiful Blu-ray transfer and some great special features including:

*  Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
*  Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 3
*  The Hunt For Trash - Interview with BRONX WARRIORS Superfan Lance Manley
*  Theatrical Trailers
*  Poster & Still Gallery

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


Friday, April 8, 2016

Blu-ray Review: KILD.TV (2016)

http://www.kildmovie.com./KILD TV
Directed by 
Written by

  Here is a film a lot of you probably know nothing about.  It's a great, low budget, slasher flick called KILD TV about a local horror show where the murder is real!   Here is the basic plot synopsis:

  Ten years after a series of unsolved serial killings, a determined journalist cracks the case and prepares an expose for air, all the while keeping his secret that the twisted killer now works in his own station. As he covertly prepares, a skeleton crew of the local TV station begins to air their live, late-night horror show, featuring a ghoulish host named Dr. Perseco.
  Unbeknownst to all, one crew member has already been viciously murdered and her body hidden. A violent thunderstorm rolls in as two more of the crew and the journalist disappear.
  The TV show continues with over-the-top macabre antics and Perseco’s dark humor until the mutilated body of one of the missing is discovered. The midnight crew is now in a full panic and frantically tries to flee the building, only to find all lines of escape and communication sabotaged. They are trapped inside with the killer somewhere in the station!
  Thunder strikes and the lights go off, leaving only emergency power available, and one hope for rescue; they must broadcast or die. They plea for help on the air, but the plan falls on deaf ears when viewers believe it’s just a hoax. No help is coming. Soon, more lifeless, brutally slain bodies turn up and the pressure mounts to identify the killer before another is found slaughtered.
  As the mystery begins to unravel, it becomes clear that the killer is among them.  Friends and colleagues begin distrusting each other, and, with every step inching ever closer to discovering the killer, another body falls.

  I love finding movies that I have never heard of and have read nothing about.  I like being able to go into a film without any prior knowledge and without anyone having any preconceived opinions of a film based on any reviews I might have seen or heard.   While I had not read anything about this film, after viewing it I think it is just a matter of time before we all start hearing a lot more about this film.

  I loved the concept of this film, with a local horror movie show coming under attack by a killer and their only means for help was broadcasting to ask viewers to call the police.  Most everyone watching assumes it is fake, and just part of the show.   That is terrifying to me to think that could be happening and people are just sitting on their couch laughing and having a good time while people are actually dying!  I know...it's just a movie, but that concept is creepy as hell!

  The movie is very well done, with everyone turning in a great acting performance.   Dr. Perseco played by actor D.C. Douglas  was especially good.  He played a wonderful cable horror host, and it almost makes me sad that he is not a real horror host.  He would be a great one for sure!    The effects are also pretty good in this film, with some great gore including a nasty head bashed in with a computer screen!   Also, to go along with all this doom and despair, their is some humor throughout the film, although some of it is pretty dark humor.  I did literally laugh out load at one point, though, so well done to the filmmakers for throwing in some pretty good humor.

  I really liked this film.  KILD TV is not a huge budget, blockbuster type of film for sure.  It's a low budget independent film, but it is just as enjoyable as some of the big studio horror films I have seen lately. 

  The film is being self-distributed by the filmmakers, so make sure to grab a copy today and support indie filmmaking!  Visit http://www.kildmovie.com./ to purchase a limited edition, unrated and uncut version of the film on DVD or Blu-ray.  You can also order autographed copies of the film! 

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