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Thursday, May 28, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


http://www.cavd.com/

http://synapse-films.com/









Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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












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

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



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blu-ray Review: ISLAND OF DEATH (1976)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Monday, May 18, 2015

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












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

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.troma.com/



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blu-ray Review: VAMPYROS LESBOS (1971)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

https://severin-films.com/












Monday, May 11, 2015

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












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

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



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Blu-ray review: SOCIETY (1989)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DVD Review: CRAZY MURDER (2014)


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

http://braindamagefilms.com/





Monday, May 4, 2015

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












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


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




I'm back from TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND 2015!!


http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/









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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

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

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


http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/

Monday, April 27, 2015

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












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


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



Thursday, April 23, 2015

CD Review: ROPE BURN by THE BLOODY JUG BAND


http://www.bloodyjugband.com/ 
















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

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

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


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

Monday, April 20, 2015

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












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


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


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blu-ray Review: SHOCK WAVES (1977)


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 is coming...

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

 



 



 

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

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


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer


Monday, April 13, 2015

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












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


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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blu-ray Review: LONG WEEKEND (1978)


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


http://www.cavd.com/
 


http://synapse-films.com/







Sunday, April 5, 2015

DVD/Blu-ray Review: RABID GRANNIES


https://www.tromashop.com/rabid-grannies-2-disc-combo-blu-ray-and-dvdRABID GRANNIES
Written & Directed by
Distributed by  Troma Entertainment

  Here is a film a lot of you might not know about.   It's a rare gem from 1988 called RABID GRANNIES.   I had heard about this one a while back, but it flew completely under my radar back in '88 when it came out.   I think I first heard about this film just about 3 or 4 years ago!    Here is the plot of the film from the Troma website:

Grannies are the greatest. They bake pies, tell stories and take you to the zoo. They don't ask for an arm and a leg in return. THEY WANT YOUR WHOLE BODY! It's off to grandmother's house we go for Rabid Grannies, the blood-splattered tale of two little old ladies who open a surprise package from Hell. Out slithers a mysterious fog that turns the grannies into ghouls who can't wait to sink their dentures into human flesh. Luckily for them, they have a houseful of juicy guests. Unluckily for their guests, these bone-crunching battle-axes just can't get filled up. RABID GRANNIES, these biddies bite!

  If you are a fan of '80s horror films, this is not one to be missed.  I think the 80's are by far my favorite decade of horror films, followed closely by the '70s.    This film has a very '80s feel to it and reminded me at times of the great gore movie, BRAINDEAD / DEAD ALIVE.   One reason I love horror movies from the '80s is the practical effects.  These always look so much better than today's CGI special effects.  This film has tons of great makeup and practical gore effects.  In fact, with this newly released 'Producer's Cut' of the film, we get to see some of the gore that was cut from earlier releases!

  Now, I do have to warn you about the Blu-ray transfer of this film.  All the day time shots are washed out in a yellow color, like a sepia tone, while all the night shots are washed in a blue color.  I assumed that is just how the film was since it was so old, but thankfully Troma packaged this with a DVD as well, and the DVD color is just fine, without the yellow and blue tinting.   I'm not sure what happened with the transfer, but it is a shame it is like this.  As I stated, the DVD is perfectly fine, though, so I watched the DVD.

  RABID GRANNIES is an extremely fun film, and I highly recommend it!   RABID GRANNIES is available now on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Troma Entertainment and contains the following special features:

*  HD transfer of the movie from original materials
*  Producer's Cut of the film
*  Deleted Scenes
*  Interviews
*  Trailers
*  and much more!


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


http://www.troma.com/
 
 



Monday, March 30, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 3/31:
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


*  THE DARIO ARGENTO COLLECTION  [Blu-ray]
HOUSEKEEPING
INTERSTELLAR  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  THE LUCIO FULCI COLLECTION  [Blu-ray]
NIGHT GAME
OUT OF THE DARK


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Blu-ray Review: MARK OF THE DEVIL


http://mvdb2b.com/s/MarkOfTheDevilBluRayDVD/MVD7119BRMARK OF THE DEVIL
Directed by   and
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Visual

  I love old horror films from the 70's and 80's.  They have such a nostalgic feel to them.  MARK OF THE DEVIL is indeed a true classic from the 70's.    I had seen this film on DVD just last year for the first time and loved it.  I was excited to see it was being released by Arrow Films on Blu-ray here in the U.S.!   Watching this film on Blu-ray was like watching a completely different movie!  Here is the main plot from the MVD website: 

  Once proclaimed as "positively the most horrifying film ever made", Mark of the Devil arrives in a director-approved edition featuring a new restoration of the feature. A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder's apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic Albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black. Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later pen Eskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years.

  The first thing I noticed about this film is the clarity versus the DVD I had watched before.  Some scenes looked as if they were filmed today based on how crystal clear they were.   I also noticed quite a few scenes that I had not seen before. I looked on my DVD and noticed it was 96 minutes.  This new Arrow Blu-ray clocks in at 108 minutes, so this is definitely the version to go with.

  This is great fun film that reminds me a lot of the old Hammer films.  The film holds up well and contains a few torture scenes that look very good, especially considering the film was made over 40 years ago!  A couple of noteworthy scenes are a couple of women being burned at the stake, and one woman getting her tongue ripped from her mouth!   If you think the SAW films were the first with the crazy torture contraptions, think again! 

  I highly recommend MARK OF THE DEVIL.  This is a must see for horror fans and this is the definitive version of the film to get.

  MARK OF THE DEVIL is available now on Arrow Blu-ray and contains the following special features:

*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
*  Optional English and German audio
*  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  Newly translated English subtitles for the German audio
*  Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell
*  Mark of the Times - exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the 'new wave' of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies
*  Hallmark of the Devil - author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to American cinemas
*  Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schoner and Herbert Lom
*  Mark of the Devil: Now and Then - a look at the film's locations and how they appear today
*  Outtakes
*  Gallery
*  Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
*  Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork

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


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

http://mvdb2b.com/






Thursday, March 26, 2015

DVD Review: BLOOD CAR


http://www.kinolorber.com/video.php?id=1933BLOOD CAR
Directed by 
Distributed by Horizon Movies / Kino Lorber

I have to admit I had never heard of BLOOD CAR when it arrived on my doorstep for review.  It had a pretty ridiculous story and looked to be very low budget, so needless to say I was not expecting much going into this film.   Fortunately, my first feelings about this film were proven to be 100% wrong after viewing this film.   This film was a blast and one of the better horror/comedy films to be released in years!   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's press release:

  In the all-too-forseeable future, gas prices approach $40 a gallon, causing some Americans to abandon their vehicles and others to seek alternate sources of fuel. When a mild-mannered schoolteacher (Mike Brune) invents an experimental engine that thrives on blood, he attracts the attention of two women who vie for his affection: Denise (Katie Rowlett), the proprietress of a butcher stand, and Lorraine (My Girl's Anna Chlumsky) who runs a rival veggie stand in a grim urban landscape. But Archie's need for speed soon surpasses his body's ability to regenerate fluids, so he takes desperate measures to satisfy the Blood Car's thirst.

  First and foremost, this movie was just flat out FUN!   This is a truly entertaining movie.  It had buckets of gore, but at the same time, gallons of laughter!  The acting was very good, and it was a lot of fun to see Anna Chlumsky on screen again.  I know she has done a lot of acting, but I had not seen here since MY GIRL back in 1991!  The main character played by Mike Brune was very likeable and played the role of Archie perfectly.   It was fun to watch him go from a guy that cried when he killed a squirrel to someone that didn't think twice about throwing a man (or woman) into the trunk of his car for "fuel"

  I really hope more people start talking about this film and checking it out.  I think it is an instant cult classic from director Alex Orr. 

  I highly recommend BLOOD CAR to all fans of the horror-comedy genre.  The DVD is available now from Kino Lorber.  It contains the following special features:

*  Theatrical Trailer
*  The Adventure  (short film)
*  The $100 Short Short  (short film)


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



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

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






Saturday, March 21, 2015

DVD Review: SCREAM MACHINE (2015)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4110664/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1SCREAM MACHINE
Written by Walter Ruether and
Directed by Walter Ruether (Scarlet Fry)

  As I have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of horror anthologies.  I like them so much because they play well to my short attention span!   The latest anthology I watched is called SCREAM MACHINE, from Walter Ruether, aka. Scarlet Fry.  You might know that name from his past films that I have reviewed like NIGHTMARE ALLEY, SCARLET FRY'S JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST, and DEATH BY VHS.

  This latest film brings us 5 new tales of terror:

1.  "SLEDGEHAMMER" - a tale about a baseball pitcher with a truly killer fastball!
2.  "CANNIBAL PEN PALS" - a creepy tale about a man infatuated with Jeffery Dahmer, vowing to carry on his traditions after learning of Dahmer's death.
3.  "APRIL FOOL'S PARTY" -  a group of friends decide to play a joke on their druggie friend, only the joke goes too far!
4.  "SEPTIC SHOCK" - an unhappy wife has a plan to get rid of her husband by burying him alive in the septic tank!
5.  "THE DEADLY INDI DRIVE-IN" shows a crazy lady who hears voices in her head, and from the movie screen telling her to kill the man she is there with.

  As I have mentioned in past reviews of Scarlet Fry's films, you have to go into them realizing that they are very low budget.  I was kind of disappointed that I haven't seen much quality improvement over the years in his films, but then at the same time, I think that is what gives them their unique quality.   The film feels like you are watching an old VHS tape of gritty horror tales.   Mr. Ruether works very hard on his films, writing, directing, producing, and even starring in them!  You can tell this film was made by a fan of the horror genre.   I really appreciate Mr. Ruether sticking with practical effects as well, that always makes a movie so much better in my opinion than going the cheaper route with CGI.

  SCREAM MACHINE will not be for everyone, but if you love low budget, campy, B-grade, Troma type movies, I think you will agree that SCREAM MACHINE is bloody good time!



CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official Facebook page for news and updates


Friday, March 20, 2015

Blu-ray Review: MUCK (2015)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2207484/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1MUCK
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment

  Wow!  That is all I can say after watching the film MUCK.  I had heard nothing about this film going into it, so I had no clue what to expect.  This film blew me away and had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning.   Here is the basic plot from the Anchor Bay website:

  This throwback horror film just raised the hacked-up bar: Horror legend Kane Hodder andPlayboy Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg star in this scary, sexy, indie shocker that joins a group of friends just as they emerge from the thick, murky darkness of the marshes tattered, bloody, and lucky to be alive. But they will soon find out that the lucky ones are already dead. Muck is packed with old-school gore effects and brutal stunts, without any CGI or apologies. Lachlan Buchanan (“Pretty Little Liars”) co-stars in writer/director Steve Wolsh’s searing directorial debut that unfolds like a blood-stained love letter to horror fanatics everywhere!

  I am going to go on record that MUCK is one of the best horror films in that last 10 years.  I honestly can't remember when I enjoyed a movie this much.  I have nothing but good things to say about this one.   What really amazes me is that this is the directorial debut of Steve Wolsh.  Mr. Wolsh has set the bar extremely high for his next films! 

  The acting in this movie is superb.  There is not a single bad actor in the entire film, which is pretty rare to find these days.   Most everyone in this film were actors I had never seen nor heard of before (other thane Kane Hodder, of course, that actually had a very small role).  I think we will be seeing a lot more of everyone involved in this film. 

  Another great thing about this film were the effects.  Everything was practical effects, no CGI at all which is the way all horror movies should be in my opinion!  

  Also, as dark, scary, and gory as this film is....it also contains tons of humor.  Lots of tongue-in-cheek humor and horror movie clichés. A lot of times when you try to mix real horror with humor, you don't get good results.  With this film, though, the filmmakers created a perfect blend of humor and horror.   The movie has a SCREAM like vibe to it with all the horror movie references and clichés, but on a much darker level.  Think SCREAM if it was actually scary and a real horror film more than the comedy than it is. 

  I highly recommend MUCK to all horror fans.   This is one  that you need to stop what you're doing and go get your hands on a copy of this immediately.   MUCK is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment. 


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


http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/Entertainment.aspx