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Monday, July 27, 2015

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












  Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/28:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN  [DVD & Blu-ray]
GHOST TOWN  [Blu-ray]
*  MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000:  XXXIII  
*  STRANGLER OF THE TOWER / MONSTER OF LONDON CITY Double Feature


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Check out the visual stunning trailer for ATTACK ON TITAN


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2072230/?ref_=nv_sr_2 
  I recently found a very cool horror website called  "theblood-shed.com".    While browsing this site recently, I ran across a trailer for a movie called ATTACK ON TITAN.   The trailer blew me away with it's visuals.   Here is the official synopsis taken from theblood-shed.com website:

  The sudden arrival of the Titans—mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other—brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward to more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend against the Titans. Yet, once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 5o meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter.
  The Protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to life confined behind these walls. “Nothing I do would make a difference,” he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which have become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa… and for mankind itself?

  I knew nothing about this title, but upon further research found that is based on off of a anime comic and TV series of the same name.   This film looks remarkable.  It's being released August 1st in Japan.  Hopefully we will get a chance to see this one here in the states very soon!  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blu-ray Review: SPIDER BABY (1967)


http://mvdb2b.com/s/SpiderBabyBluRayDVD/MVD7366BRSPIDER BABY 
a.k.a. THE MADDEST STORY EVER TOLD
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment

  Wow!  How did I go this long without seeing this film?!   SPIDER BABY is one of those weird cult classics that I had always heard about, but had never seen.  In fact, I've had an earlier DVD release of this film in my collection for years, but had yet to watch it.   Well, that DVD is obsolete now thanks to the great folks over at Arrow Films.  Arrow continues to put out some of the nicest Blu-ray releases I have ever seen, and this one is no different.   Here is the synopsis of the film from the MVD website:

  The credits dub this "the maddest story ever told", a promise that's well on the way to being fulfilled in the opening scene alone, when Virginia traps and kills a hapless deliveryman in her makeshift web. She's one of three siblings who suffer from a unique genetic disorder that causes them to regress back to childhood, while retaining the physical strength and sexual maturity of adults. Lon Chaney Jr gave one of his most memorable late performances as Bruno, their guardian and protector, who has managed to cover up their crimes until two distant relatives lay claim to their house. When they insist on moving in, Bruno has to cross his fingers and hope that the 'children' behave towards their new guests... This was the first solo feature by Jack Hill, whom Quentin Tarantino dubbed "the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking", and it remains one of his wildest and weirdest.

 This is definitely one of the weirdest and wildest films I have seen, and that is saying a lot!  I can't imagine how audiences reacted to this film back in the late 60's when it was originally released.  I am sure they had never seen anything like this before!
 
  While I sometimes shy away from older, black & white, horror films, I almost always end up really enjoying them.   The black & white is so nostalgic and it's a lot of fun coming across an old classic like this that I haven't seen before.   The picture quality looks amazing on this blu-ray.  Arrow always does a remarkable job with their blu-ray transfers, and this one is no different.

  I knew I was going to like this film from the opening credits, and the opening scene cemented this for me.  In the opening scene we see young Virginia lure a delivery man up to her house and to the window.  Little does the man know he is the 'bug' to Virginia's 'spider' in her sick and twisted game.   Once the 'spider' catches the 'bug', it's all over for poor Mr. delivery man.  Virginia, Elizabeth, and Ralph  (played by Sid Haig of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS) make up the trio of kids who do some awful things.  They are all mentally unstable and no one is safe when they are around! 

  This was such a fun, weird, creepy film.   This is one I will definitely be watching again in the near future.  I highly recommend this one.  If you have never seen SPIDER BABY, do yourself a favor and pick up this new Blu-ray release asap!

 SPIDER BABY is available now on blu-ray from Arrow Films.  It is being distributed here in the U.S. by MVD Entertainment.  Arrow films always contain tons of special features/extras, and this release is no different.  Special Features on SPIDER BABY include:

*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature, available in the UK for the first time
*  Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
*  High Definition transfer of the feature supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
*  English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired
*  Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig
*  Panel discussion from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences FILM-TO-FILM Festival, recorded September 2012, featuring Jack Hill and stars Quinn K. Redeker and Beverly Washburn
*  The Hatching of Spider Baby - Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film
*  Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein - The composer of 'The Terror' and 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque's Chris D. and others
*  The Merrye House Revisited - Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film
*  Alternate opening title sequence
*  Extended scene
*  Original Trailer
*  Gallery of behind-the-scenes images
*  The Host (1960) - Jack Hill's early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role [30 mins]
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
*  Collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, and an extensive article re-printed from FilmFax: The Magazine of Unusual Film and Television featuring interviews with the cast and crew, illustrated with origin


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


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

http://mvdb2b.com/
 
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

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












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/21:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)


AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BOUQUET OF GUTS AND GORE
HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD
HOUSE ON THE HILL
I, MADMAN  [Blu-ray]
*  THE MEAT PUPPET
THE ORPHANAGE
REMINISCENCE:  THE BEGINNING  [DVD & Blu-ray]
VAMPIRE JOURNALS  [Blu-ray]


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blu-ray Review: GOD TOLD ME TO (1976)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075930/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1GOD TOLD ME TO
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by Blue Underground

 I remember seeing this movie years ago, but I really didn't remember too much about it.  I do remember the picture was so grainy, it was hard to watch.   I am happy to report that the great folks over at Blue Underground have released a beautiful version of this film.   GOD TOLD ME TO is now on Blu ray and it looks amazing.   Here is the basic plot from the Blu Underground website:

A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. And each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: "God told me to." Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective (Tony Lo Bianco of THE HONEYMOON KILLERS and THE FRENCH CONNECTION) must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind.

  This is by far one of the strangest films I have ever seen.  I guess being written and directed by Larry Cohen, this shouldn't have come as a surprise to me.   The film feels like two different movies stuck together.  The first half you have what I was expecting, a film about people going crazy and killing other people for what seems to be no real reason whatsoever.  This is one of the scariest films I have seen in a while, not in a ghost, zombie, vampire, or monster sort of way, but scary in the sense that this could happen at any time, and as we've seen as recently as a few weeks ago in Charleston, SC, things like this do happen all the time.   This film was somber reminder that we are never really safe and are never guaranteed another day here on earth.  Our life can be taken at any time at any place by any psycho with a gun.   Ok, this review is getting too deep and depressing, lets now look at the second half of the film.
 
  The second part of this film is like a different film entirely.  The second half now centers on an alien abduction and insemination, virgin births, and our main character seeing a God like vision.  I'll be honest, the second half of the movie downright strange.  It's a good strange, though, one that will definitely keep you entertained.   

   GOD TOLD ME TO is a must see in my opinion.   The film is available now on a beautiful Blu-ray release from Blue Underground and contains the following special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
*  Heaven & Hell On Earth - Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco
*  Bloody Good Times - Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill
*  God Told Me To Bone - New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen
*  Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen
*  Theatrical Trailers
*  TV Spots
*  Poster & Still Gallery


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


http://www.blue-underground.com/




Monday, July 13, 2015

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












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/14:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN  [Blu-ray]
CELLER DWELLER / CATACOMBS Double Feature  [Blu-ray]
EX MACHINA  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE HOWLING II  [Blu-ray]
IT FOLLOWS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE OUTING / THE GODSEND Double Feature  [Blu-ray]



Friday, July 10, 2015

Have you seen the ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD comic con trailer?


http://bloody-disgusting.com/videos/3352696/ash-vs-evil-dead-trailer-premiere-sdcc/











  If you haven't, stop what you are doing right now and watch it!   I have to admit, I was nervous going into it.  I was scared that it wouldn't live up to what I hoped it would look like.   Well, I am more than happy to report that the trailer lived up to my hopes and expectations and then some!    This show looks like it will be so much fun!  

  ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD will premier Halloween night, October 31st of this year on the STARZ Network.


CLICK HERE to read the full article on Bloody-Disgusting.com
and watch the trailer!

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Check out the trailer for the new killer wasp film, STUNG


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3300572/?ref_=nv_sr_1  I love killer insect films.  From the classic ANTS and THE SWARM to the more recent BIG ASS SPIDER.  These films are a lot of fun.  This new killer wasp film looks like it will be a great time, as well!   The film is called STUNG and is available now on VOD.   Here is the basic plot from the film's imdb page:

Mrs. Perch, an elderly, wealthy lady from rural America, is throwing a fancy garden party at her remote country villa. Same procedure as every year - except this time her illegally imported plant fertilizer seeps into the ground. Subsequently, a local species of killer wasps that usually lay their eggs into other insects mutates into 7 ft tall predators. And the celebrating upper class company provides just the right kind of prey. It's up to Paul and Julia, the two catering staffers, to stop the creatures, fight for their lives, and incidentally getting their stumbling romance in order

  I can't wait to check this film out.  If you have seen it, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer


Monday, July 6, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/7:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)


ALIEN OUTPOST  [DVD &  Blu-ray]
BITTEN:  THE COMPLETE 2ND SEASON
THE CELL  [Blu-ray]
DARK SUMMER  [DVD &  Blu-ray]
FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
MAGGIE  [DVD &  Blu-ray]
ROBOT JOX  [Blu-ray]



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



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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]