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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blu-ray Review: OBSESSIONS (1969)

Directed by 
Distributed by Cult Epics / CAV Distributing

 I haven't done a review for a Cult Epics release in a while, so I was glad to get the chance to review one of their latest releases, OBSESSIONS.  This is a very interesting crime/thriller from director Pim de la Parra and was co-written by Martin Scorsese!  I had never heard of this film before, but I really enjoyed this one.  Here is some more info about the film from the Cult Epics website:

  The obscure film OBSESSIONS (aka HOLE IN THE WALL) was directed by Dutch artsploitation auteur Pim de la Parra and co-produced by longtime collaborator Wim Verstappen (BLUE MOVIE). This gritty, psychedelic Hitchcockian mystery, which is notable for being the first Dutch film shot in English-language, starts in a savagely brutal fashion. When a bloody painting of Vincent van Gogh falls from a wall and exposes a makeshift peephole, student protagonist Nils Janssen (played by the film’s German co-producer Dieter Geissler) becomes an unwitting witness to a gruesome sex crime next door.  When his young fiancée Marina (Alexandra Stewart of Truffaut’s DAY FOR NIGHT), an enterprising journalist, tells him about a report of a murder that she is writing, he naturally wonders if it’s the very same killing.
  This classic exploitation film was the birth of auteur cinema in Holland, and inspired legendary filmmakers such as Paul Verhoeven to make their start in the industry.  Originally distributed in over 100 countries, the film remained unreleased in the U. S. (and France) – until now.  Perhaps most notably, the film was co-written by a young Martin Scorsese, who shot the legendary erotic dream sequence for his first feature WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR (1968) in Amsterdam, that same year.  Additionally, the film also stars legendary Dutch filmmaker Fons Rademakers (MIRA, THE ASSAULT), is edited by Henry Rust (CHILDREN OF PARADISE) and scored by Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann (TAXI DRIVER, SISTERS, VERTIGO). OBSESSIONS is a curious cultural hybrid where late-1960s Dutch exploitation and classic Hollywood Hitchcock collide in a provocative and revolutionary fashion. Blu-ray/DVD Combo.
  This was a very interesting film, not horror so much, more of just a dark mystery/thriller.  It reminded me of the early Giallo films of Dario Argento, although this is not a true Giallo film by any means.    The movie was very well made and was different in that a lot of the key action takes place in the apartment next to our main character, Nils,  with the camera looking through the peephole in the wall.  This was a unique way to witness key scenes and made you feel like you were a part of the action!  
   The film was very suspenseful throughout, but especially so in one scene where Nils breaks into the neighbor's apartment and gets trapped there as the man comes back before he has a chance to get out.  Nils hides under the bed hoping to not get caught, while his girlfriend makes a distraction and gets the man to leave his apartment so Nils can finally escape.  I was on the edge of my seat during the scene, nervous that Nils was going to get caught! 
  While OBSESSIONS is pretty tame by today's standards, it has a good story and keeps you entertained the entire running time, or at least it did me anyway.   I would definitely recommend this one!

  OBESSIONS will be available May 30th on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and will contain the following special features:

. New HD Transfer (from original 35mm film)
. Introduction by director Pim de La Parra (HD, 2017)
. Introduction by actor/producer Dieter Geissler (HD, 2016)
. Interview with Pim de La Parra (HD, 2017)
. Interview with Dieter Geissler (HD, 2016)
. Interview with Martin Scorsese (Volkskrant, 2017)
. Scorpio Films (Excerpt from Parradox documentary, HD 2010)
. Original Dutch Theatrical Trailer (HD)
. Script notes by Martin Scorsese 
. Obsessions photo video gallery

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer  (**NSFW**)
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray/DVD combo



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blu-ray Review: DARK WATERS (1994)

https://severin-films.com/dark-waters-films/DARK WATERS
Directed by: 
Distributed by CAV Distribution / Severin Films

  I always love getting films for review that I have never heard of before.  I think of myself as being pretty informed when it comes to horror movies, but every now and then I find a film that I have heard nothing and know nothing about.  DARK WATERS is one of those films.   I went into it not knowing what to expect, I came out of it wondering how this one is not more well known.  Maybe it is more well known and I just missed it somehow.   It's a remarkable film that has some of the creepiest imagery I have seen in a long time.   Here is some more info about the film from the CAV press release:

It has been acclaimed as visually amazing (Videoscope), deeply disturbing (BBC Radio One), a must see for serious horror buffs (Film Review), and compared to the works of Bergman, Bava and Argento. Now experience the modern Nunsploitation masterpiece from co-writer/director Mariano Baino as you've never seen or heard it before: When a young Englishwoman attempts to discover her mysterious connection to a remote island convent, she will unlock an unholy communion of torment, blasphemy and graphic demonic depravity. Louise Salter (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE) stars in this stunning and horrifying debut (Digitally Obsessed) - filmed on location along the grim Ukraine coast - now transferred in HD from the original 35mm negative and featuring over 4 hours of startling Special Features.

  The film is very strange as it is not very dialog heavy at all....as I mentioned before the imagery is some of the best, and the director lets that take the main stage in the film.   The camera work is amazing and the practical effects are very well done.  While I found it interesting that the film was told more with imagery than with dialog, the lack of dialog could have led to my confusion about the plot/story.   It was a little hard to follow at times, and some things weren't explained as well as I thought they could have been, but honestly this did not keep me from enjoying the film.

 While this film is advertised as a "Nunsploitation masterpiece", this is not your typical Nunsploitation flick at all.  In fact, I would not even begin to put this film in that classification.   This is a dark Italian horror film that just happens to have a plot that revolves around Nuns and a convent.  These are not like any Nuns you have ever seen before....they are almost coven like and very evil.

  This is a very creepy film that I highly recommend for all horror fans, especially Italian horror fans.
DARK WATERS is available now on DVD and BD from Severin Films and CAV Distributing and contains the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary With Writer / Director Mariano Baino
  • Lovecraft Made Me Do It Featurette
  • Let There Be Water Featurette
  • Controlling the Uncontrollable Featurette
  • Deep Into the Dark Waters Featurette
  • Director Intro
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Silent Blooper reel With Audio Commentary by Director Mariano Baino
  • Short Films Of Mariano Baino: Dream Car, Caruncula, Never Ever After
  • Making of Never Ever After

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



    Monday, May 15, 2017

    This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, May 16th

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 5/16:

    *  ANOTHER YOU  [DVD & BD]
    *  BEN  [DVD/BD combo]
    *  CABIN FEAR  [DVD]
    *  WILLARD  [BD]

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Check out this hilarious killer clown prank compilation!

     I love a good prank, especially when they are a good horror related prank!  I ran across this awesome prank compilation on Facebook that involves some creepy killer clowns!  Check it out and imagine what you would do if you came across one of these guys!  

    *** If the video doesn't play from here, click the link at the bottom left of the video to go to the
    original link and it should play from there***

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Check out GRINDHOUSE GUTMUNCHERS, available now on DVD!

      If you are a follower of this blog, you might recognize the name Scarlet Fry.  I have reviewed a few films of his in the past, 2 of which are now being re-released in a cool double feature DVD set!   The new DVD is called GRINDHOUSE GUTMUNCHERS and it includes the films SCREAM MACHINE  (read my original review HERE) and SCARLET FRY'S JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST  (read my original review HERE).    

      Here is a bit more about the new DVD set from the film's official press release:

     Gutmunchers don't have to be Zombies They can be anything that will get under your skin and eat away at your flesh and your soul! Gutmunchers is two discs worth of horror, gore and more that will have you crying home to your momma. Demented Nurses, Freaky Perverts, Satanic Slashers, Zombies, Vampires & more Grindhouse Gutmunchers is full of Gutmunching Madness, so dive in and get your awesome gore fix on! Scarlet Fry's Junkfood Horrorfest: Scarlet Fry takes you on the thrill of your life with: Blood-Thirsty Cannibals, Satanic Zombies, Demented Nurses, Junkie Serial Killers, Freaky Perverts and More! This Blood Drenched Deluxe Horrorfest isn't for the weak of heart. A drug dealer has made his last deal after he decides to hand a junkie serial killer some bad junk. Scream Machine: As a gift to Dr. Fry from his long lost friend Lloyd Kaufman, comes 5 twisted tales guaranteed to make you faint, puke and quite possibly soil your pants! Not even the Plague can survive the Scream Machine and only a few have made it through to the end of these six twisted tales of Gore Stew!

      I was a big fan of these films.  I love the 80's VHS throwback feel and the practical gore effects were a lot of fun!   If you haven't seen these films, I highly suggest you check them out!

      Scarlet Fry's GRINDHOUSE GUTMUNCHERS is available now on DVD from World Wide Multi Media...it's a 2 Disc buffet of gore!! 

    CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, May 9th

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 5/9:

    *  BODIES  [DVD]
    *  BRAIN DAMAGE  [Arrow DVD/BD combo]
    *  CLOWN KILL  [DVD]
    *  PSYCHO  (remake)  [BD]
    *  SERIAL MOM  [BD]
    *  TALL MEN   [DVD & BD]
    *  THE VOID  [DVD]

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    Guest Blu-ray Review: CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER (1959)

    https://mvdb2b.com/s/CaltikiTheImmortalMonsterBlurayDVD/AV086CALTIKI:  THE IMMORTAL MONSTER
    Directed by:   and
    Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group

      I haven't had a guest review posted on my website in a long time.  I figured it's about time to change that.  You're all probably tired of my ramblings anyway!   This time though, you don't get just one guest reviewer, you get two!  It's not a fellow blogger, or a known writer, either.  Nope, this time the guest review is being done by my twin 10 year old boys!   I don't review too many horror films that the boys can watch with me, so they were super excited to be able to watch this one.  It's a pretty tame black and white horror film from 1959 called CALTIKI:  THE IMMORTAL MONSTER.  Here's the synopsis of the film courtesy of the MVD website:

     Arrow Video presents a collaboration between two giants of Italian cult cinema - Riccardo Freda (The Vampires, The Horrible Dr Hichcock) and Mario Bava (5 Dolls for an August Moon, Blood and Black Lace)! A team of archaeologists led by Dr John Fielding (John Merivale, Circus of Horrors) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters - the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki. Though Riccardo Freda received sole directing credit, a significant portion of the film was in fact the work of Mario Bava, who also served as its cinematographer and was responsible its striking special effects. Drawing on a diverse array of influences, from The Quatermass Experiment to the works of HP Lovecraft, Caltiki the Immortal Monster is a unique and unforgettable sci-fi chiller which showcases these two legendary filmmakers at their most inventive. Presented here for the first time in a newly restored high definition transfer, Caltiki shines - and terrifies! - like never before.

      I've shown my kids THE BLOB (1958) and THE BIRDS (1963), and they loved those, so I figured they would enjoy this one.  I also knew being from 1959 (and doing a little internet research) that it was going to be tame enough to let them watch it.   So here you go, each review is just a short paragraph, but I think they did a pretty good job!   **SPOILER ALERT **  Bewarned, there are some spoilers in these reviews! 

      I have not seen too many horror movies in my life but I enjoyed this one. Caltiki came out in 1959 so it was tame enough for me to watch.  This movie had good parts and bad parts. One of my favorite scenes was when Max was running from the police. It was very intense and kept me on the tip of my chair.  Another one of my favorite scenes were when the mother and the baby were crawling outside the windows trying to escape from the monster that was taking over their house.  Something that I really enjoyed about this movie was the music. I think it really fit the movie considering the intensity of it. Also considering the effects were not as great as they are today back in the late 50’s,  these effects were pretty good. A few things bad were that some of the story was sort of hard to follow. Also, they quickly came to the conclusion that you could just burn him, making him not that immortal. Over all the movie was great.  Good for someone who doesn’t want something too scary, but just a little creepy.
       - Levi

      I am not the biggest horror movie fan but I enjoyed “Caltiki the immortal monster” because it was not as scary as some as the new movies coming out today. I liked the scenery on the jungle ruins, they showed a lot of hard work and effort put into them. The music was not often played as in some other movies, but when it was played it sounded really good! The effects were good for the time of 1959. A bad thing that I found was that the natives wore American looking clothing instead of tribal and/or old clothes. Another not so great thing was that they said “You can only kill it with fire but they only tried 2 things, guns and fire.  It’s more like “Caltiki the bullet proof monster”. Also they killed the “immortal” monster and there wasn’t even a twist ending that he was still alive, so much for immortal! Finally the fire effects and fire tanks where really cool! If you love horror movies or even if you're not a big fan like me,  you can still enjoy this movie whoever you are.
      - Luke

    Well, there you have it.  I couldn't have said it better myself!  I think they did a great job and I found it interesting that they both mentioned the music in the film, pretty good observation I thought.

    CALTIKI:  THE IMMORTAL MONSTER is available now from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment and contains the following special features:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • From Quatermass to Caltiki, a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on Caltiki
  • Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master, an archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa
  • The Genesis of Caltiki, an archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi
  • Archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa
  • Alternate opening titles for the US version
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Kat Ellinger and Roberto Curti

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



    Monday, May 1, 2017

    This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, May 2nd

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 5/2:

    *  CAMINO  [DVD & BD]
    *  FEAR INC.  [DVD]
    *  PANDEMIC  [DVD & BD]
    *  RINGS  [DVD/BD Combo]
    *  VIRUS  [BD]

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Clive Barker's classic RAWHEAD REX gets new BD release!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091829/?ref_=nv_sr_1 This is something I have been hoping and waiting a long time for .  Clive Barker's film RAWHEAD REX is finally getting re-released!   An old DVD is available, but it is long out of print and very hard to come by.  Some copies have gone for around $100 on eBay recently.   I had always wondered why this film hasn't had a re-release over the years, and I had pretty much given up on it. 

     Well, the wait is over!  The great folks at Kino Lorber have recently announced that they are in fact releasing RAWHEAD REX!  They will release a 4K restoration of the film theatrically, and then a Blu-ray later in the fall.   No exact release date has been announced yet, but be sure to follow Kino Lorber on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the details!

    CLICK HERE to watch the RAWHEAD REX trailer
    CLICK HERE to visit the Kino Lorber website

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 25th

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 4/25:

    *  DARK WATERS  [BD]
    *  DOUBLE EXPOSURE  [Vinegar Syndrome BD/DVD combo]
    *  GOREGASM  [DVD]
    *  THE PORTAL  [DVD]
    *  PSYCHO COP RETURNS  [Vinegar Syndrome BD/DVD combo]

    Saturday, April 22, 2017


    http://synapse-films.com/dvds/the-violent-shit-collection-five-film-special-shitition-3-dvds/VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION 
    Directed by 
    Distributed by  Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

      If there has ever been a title that so perfectly described the film, VIOLENT SHIT is the one!    VIOLENT SHIT was made back in 1989 by filmmaker Andreas Schnaas, followed by VIOLENT SHIT 2 in 1992, VIOLENT SHIT 3: INFANTRY OF DOOM in 1999, and then VIOLENT SHIT 4:  KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE in 2010.   In this latest release from Synapse Films, all 4 films are collected in this one Special Edition.

      Here is the basic plot synopsis of each film courtesy of CAV:

    VIOLENT SHITThe legend of "K. the Butcher Shitter" is born in this German DIY video roughie, shot on the low-fi Video-8 format. A demented killer escapes the police & leaves a trail of blood & gore in his wake. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.
    Set twenty years after the original film, Karl the Butcher Jr. continues his late father’s legacy. After receiving a machete as a birthday gift from his mother, Karl Jr. turns into a maniacal killer slashing, chopping, shooting & disemboweling his way through the German countryside. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.

    A group of friends get lost at sea & land on a remote island, but they are not alone! Captured by Karl the Butcher Jr. & his father, these men are subjected to a sadistic version of The Most Dangerous Game brought on by the Butcher Shitters and their army of metal-masked killers! Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.
    The year is 2023, & the world has become a desolate wasteland with gangs taking over the streets. Karl the Butcher Jr. returns from the bowels of Hell, on a mission to kill a new mass murderer named Axe. Original English Language Version.
    Shot for a reported $2000 between the filming of VIOLENT SHIT 1 & 2, ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE follows two bumbling doctors as they investigate a zombie outbreak. After a military plane crash releases strange chemicals into the German countryside, the dead rise to attack the living! Can they be stopped? Transferred from an original PAL 1” master given to us by Cinematographer Steve Aquilina.
     I had always heard of these films, but had never seen them.  The DVDs used to be hard to come by and quite expensive to get online.  Luckily Synapse has put out this amazing collection so the films are readily available to everyone now!    I have only watched the first 3 movies so far, but I can already tell how amazing this collection is.  

      The first film is very low budget and looks like it was shot on a VHS camcorder.  It is pretty roughly made, but that does not take away from the enjoyment of it at all.  In fact, it almost makes it feel more real!    The gore is pretty amazing, and of course, all practical effects since it was made back in 1989.  The only negative here is that the blood looks like bright red paint, in fact, it reminded me of the blood from the old Herschell Gordon Lewis films like BLOOD FEAST and COLOR ME BLOOD RED.  
      The second film is my favorite of the 3 I've watched so far.  It was amazing to see the difference in quality of film from the first film to part 2.  You could tell the budget was a little more  (although still very low) and looks like it was shot with a slightly better camera.   Again the gore here is amazing.  The special effects look great, and the blood looks much more realistic than in the first film.
      The third film gets really crazy, as Karl the Butcher is not the only killer, but he has an entire army of mask wielding maniacs joining him this time!   Again, you can see the progression with each film in terms of quality.   This gore effects were once again amazing, including some genital mutilation scenes that made me have to actually turn away from the screen!   That is quite an accomplishment considering I've watched some nasty stuff and not much bothers me!

      I am really looking forward to checking out part 4 and the bonus movie.  This is a great collection and the $29.95 price tag is a steal for this 5 movie collection!  I highly recommend this DVD set and would say it is a must have for any gore fan!

      The VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION is available now on DVD from Synapse Films and CAV Distribution.   Special Features include:

    The first three VIOLENT SHIT films, remastered by the original owners, plus VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
    Liner notes from Ted Geoghegan (Screenwriter of NIKOS THE IMPALER, & Writer/Director of WE ARE STILL HERE)
    Special BONUS DVD, including the English dub version of ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE & VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE

    CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD collection



    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Blu-ray Review: THE MONSTER (2016)

    Written & Directed by
    Distributed by Lionsgate

      I love a good creature feature, and it seems like that is a sub-genre of horror that we just don't see much of these days.  Nowadays, it's all zombies and Vampires, not that there is anything wrong with that.  I love those types of films, but I just really miss the days of a good creature feature!   Luckily those days are back the the release of THE MONSTER.  A fun creature film that is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish!  Here is the basic plot courtesy of the Lionsgate website:

      Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (THE STRANGERS) directs this suspenseful and scary film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late-night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads — a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave.

      This was a very fun film, it was simple in plot, but kept you entertained the entire running time.  The film was very well done, with good acting and great creature effects...all which looked like practical effects.  That is always a plus in my book.   The film did a good job of keeping you in suspense with some very tense moments as the woman and daughter are trapped inside their car with the creature lurking about.   There were some genuine scares as well, and a good amount of blood/gore. 

      One thing I didn't like about the film was the lack of explanation about what this monster was.  Was it an alien, a deformed animal, or something completely different?   While some might like the mystery surrounding this creature...I would have liked to see some explanation.  Was this the first time the monster appeared and started killing?  Seems like if this had happened before, people would know to stay away from this area.  Regardless, I am just a curious person so I really want to know what this monster is and where it is from.  Oh well, maybe that's a story for an eventual sequel (or  prequel)!

      THE MONSTER is available now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on both DVD and Blu-ray.  I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of creature features.

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


    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 18th

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 4/18:

    *  ARBOR DEMON  [DVD & BD]
    *  THE ASSASSIN  [Arrow BD]
    *  CONTAMINATION .7  [Scream Factory BD]
    *  DONNIE DARKO  [Arrow BD 4-Disc Box Set]
    *  SPLIT  [DVD & BD]
    *  TALES FROM THE HOOD  [Scream Factory BD]

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Check out the Indiegogo campaign for the upcoming Cult Epics hardback book!

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cult-epics-hardcover-book-film-cinema#/   If you are a horror fan, you probably know about the amazing DVD/BD label, CULT EPICS.  They have some amazing releases, including the new releases of the Jorg Buttgereit films NEKROMANTIK, NEKROMANTIK 2, and DER TODESKING.   They also specialize in art-house films and vintage erotica.  They are a great company, and you can check out their website by clicking HERE.  Cult Epics is in the final stages of an Indiegogo campaign raising money to produce a beautiful hardback coffee table book called  CULT EPICS - COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO CULT CINEMA.  This looks like it is going to an amazing book filled with great info and interviews about some of the top cult films of our time.  Here is some info taken from the Cult Epics Indiegogo page about the book:

      Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cult Epics, this commemorative book covers 150 essential releases 
from filmmakers such as Tinto Brass, Fernando Arrabal, Radley Metzger,
 Walerian Borowcyzk, Jean Genet, Abel Ferrara, Rene Daalder, Olivier Smolders, Jorg Buttgereit, Nico B, Irving Klaw, and pinup legend Bettie Page.
      The book is divided into chapters on specific directors or genre (such as arthouse, horror, erotica, and music), and includes over 100 extensive in-depth reviews, essays and interviews by top writers – Mark R. Hasan, Michael Den Boer, Nathaniel Thompson, Ian Jane, Heather Drain, Rayo Casablanco, Matthew Whoolery, David Kerekes and Marcus Stiglegger, among others. The book will be fully illustrated in color with rare photos, poster art, and memorabilia – including images and rare personal notes from Bettie Page. Size is approximately 8.75" x 11.25" x 1" with 256 full color pages (and over 200 pictures).

      As you can probably tell, this is going to be an amazing book!   There are only 12 days left at the time of this posting, so you need to hurry and get in on this amazing offer asap!  There are only going to be 1000 of these hardcover books made, so these are an extremely limited edition!   The featured perk to get this book is only $50 + shipping, and not only will you get a hardcover copy of this amazing book, you will also get a digital copy of the book, a Cult Epics trailer reel DVD, and your name in the acknowledgments of the book!  Your name could be etched in history!   There are other perks as well, including some awesome signed DVDs and Blu-rays.  Click the link below to check out all the perks and support this great campaign!


    CLICK HERE to visit the Cult Epics Indiegogo page to claim your perk today!


    Monday, April 10, 2017

    This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 11th

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 4/11:

    *  21 DAYS  [DVD & BD]
    *  THE BYE BYE MAN  [DVD & BD]
    *  CATHY'S CURSE  [BD]
    *  DEMENTED  [Scream Factory BD]
    *  HEIDI  [DVD]
    *  HOUSE - TWO STORIES Collection  [Arrow BD]
    *  NACIYE  [DVD]
    *  NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE  [Shout Factory BD]
    *  THE VAMPIRE  [Scream Factory BD]

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Check out the awesome short film, FANTASY

     While cruising around on Facebook, I came across a post from Heavy Metal Magazine about a short film called, FANTASY.    I clicked on it and was blown away by this awesome animated short film.

    Check it out and let me know what you think!

    DyE // Fantasy from Vova Sadwave on Vimeo.

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    DVD review: MARQUISE DE SADE (1976)

    http://www.fullmoondirect.com/Jess-Francos-Marquise-de-Sade-DVD-UNCUT_p_1135.htmlMARQUISE DE SADE  (a.k.a. THE PORTRAIT OF DORIANA GRAY)
    Written & Directed by    (a.k.a. Jess Franco)
    Distributed by Full Moon Entertainment

      That crazy Jess Franco, he has some wild movies for sure.  No matter if you are a Franco fan or not, you can't deny he was one of the hardest working film directors ever.   He made his first film at age of 27 and never stopped until his last film in 2013, the year of his death at the age of 82.  That is over 200 directing credits in a 55 year career.   That averages to almost 4 movies a year!  In fact, in 1976, the year he made MARQUISE DE SADE, he also made 9 other films.  I honestly don't see how that is possible!     While I could go on forever about this man's career, I'll try to focus on my current review.  Here is the main plot from the Full Moon Direct website:

     Lust, Sex and Death…Sisters Share Everything!
    A lonely aristocrat Miss Gray has a twin sister who's in an asylum. They share a strange bond. Miss Gray is rational but frigid while her sister is insane yet feels sexual pleasure for both of them. Soon, a female reporter arrives at the mansion - Miss Gray possesses vampire like qualities and lives alone when new reporter comes to do a story on her. It appears Doriana needs to suck the life out of various men and women - in a sexual way, in order to stay young. However, she gets no sexual feelings or pleasure out of it. Those ‘feelings’ go to her TWIN sister who is locked up in an asylum. There she goes through various sexual ‘violent and sexual fits’ whenever Doriana is pleasing and killing.

      I have seen a lot of Jess Franco movies before, and I have to admit they all seem to have a common theme, and that is a lot of sex and female nudity.  While some of his films have some good story lines, a lot of them feel as if the plot is just there as an excuse to show the sex scenes.   That is how I felt with this film.   The plot here is pretty simple,  a woman has sex and her twin sister feels the sensation and pleasure from it.   This amounts to sex scenes where the woman is having sex, and then we see her twin sister flailing around in her bed as she experiences the feelings and then pleasuring herself because of these feelings she is getting.  

      Now I know some of you might be saying....but that sounds AWESOME!  Ha!  Well, I have to admit that it is for a the first few scenes, but after that it becomes kind of pointless without any more of a story line to back up these sex scenes. 

      From a technical standpoint, this film is one of the better made Franco films I have seen  (although with over 200 film credits, I have to admit I've only seen a handful of his work).   It had some great scenery and camerawork, and the main star Lina Romay is undeniably beautiful to look at.  If you are a fan of Jess Franco's work, then you know what to expect here.  If you like his other films, I'm sure you'll like this one as well. 

      MARQUISE DE SADE is presented here in a fully UNCUT form, which is good news for Franco fans.   Full Moon has released this DVD as the latest part of their Jess Franco Collection, this being #7 in the series.  If you collect all 10 DVDs, they will form a portrait of the late Jess Franco when the spines are lined up together (see photo below).   This makes for a very cool collectible set.  

      MARQUISE DE SADE is available now from the Full Moon Direct store.  Click the link below to get your copy today!

    CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD


    Monday, March 27, 2017

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

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 3/28:

    *  WITCHTRAP  [Vinegar Syndrome BD]

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The 4H blog is on Spring Break!

     You might have noticed I haven't posted anything in the last few days.  I'm off work for Spring Break, so will be doing some traveling and hanging out with family this week.  I'll resume postings starting next week!   Until, then, watch some scary movies and stay scared!

    -Zombie Hayes

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Blu-ray Review: FRANCESCA (2015)

    Directed by 
    Distributed by Unearthed Films / MVD Entertainment Group

     Giallo film fans will want to do themselves a favor and pick up a copy of Luciano Onetti's FRANCESCA asap!   I knew nothing about this film going into it and was amazed I have not heard more about it.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the MVD website:

      It's been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned poet and playwright, Vittorio Visconti. The community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of "impure and damned souls". Moretti and Succo are the detectives in charge of finding the killer of these "Dantesque" crimes. Francesca has returned, but she is not be the same girl they once knew.

     The first thing that really impressed me with this film was the overall look of it.  Although just made a couple of years ago, it has the exact look and feel of an original Giallo film from the 70's.   In fact, I actually had to look up the film on imdb.com to see if this film was a re-issue of an old film or if it was a new film.  I thought it was a new film, but as I watched I started to question that.   Very well done by the filmmakers. 

      Another thing I noticed was the color of the film, very vibrant in some scenes and reminiscent of Dario Argento's work.  The film also has some very good camera work, includind some impressive shots and camera angles.  There is also some very creepy imagery in this film, which is always a plus in my book.  

      The film is a bit slow moving at times, I have to admit, but honestly I find most Giallo films are like this at some point.  There are a few good kills, and a little blood, but gorehounds need to know that this is not a slasher/splatter flick by any means.  It is a much more art house type of horror film, an intelligent horror film that honestly you don't see too much these days.

      This was a very impressive film to me.  I highly recommend it for anyone that is a fan of the Giallo subgenre.

      FRANCESCA is available now from Unearthed Films and MVD Entertainment.  It was released as an impressive Blu-ray/DVD/CD Limited Collector's Edition combo pack and contains the following special features:

    *  Behind the Scenes Featurette
    *  Deleted Scenes
    *  Interview with Lucianno and Nicolas Onetti
    *  Unearthed Trailer Reel

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



    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Blu-ray Review: WE ARE THE FLESH (2016)

    https://mvdb2b.com/s/WeAreTheFlesh/AV077WE ARE THE FLESH
    Written & Directed by
    Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group

      I have seen some strange movies in my life, but WE ARE THE FLESH ranks up there
    near the top for sure.   This is one of the newest releases from Arrow Video, who always puts out great films and a quality product, so I went into this one hoping for an amazing experience.  I knew nothing about this film, in fact, I had never even heard of it before.   I was hoping for a new, modern day classic....instead, I got a crazy piece of cinema that I am still not sure exactly what to think of it.  Here is the basic plot courtesy of the MVD website:

      A visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican arthouse cinema, We Are The Flesh is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldly dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire. A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behaviour. Mixing the graphic, powerful imagery of Gaspar Noe's Love and Enter The Void with the surreal, hallucinatory impact of Alejandro Jodorowsky, We Are The Flesh is a bizarre, psychedelic head trip, mixing intense, outrageously explicit imagery with a profound allegory on the nature of existence, to make this an unforgettable, boundary-pushing experience unlike anything you've ever seen.

      Now I will start off by saying this film is extremely well made.  It has some amazing visuals and scenery in the film.   It contains some amazing camera shots and looks like a much bigger budget film than it probably actually was.  That being, said, I honestly have no clue what was going on most of the time during this film.  The plot is very simple, yet very complicated at the same time...if that makes any sense.   There are basically only three actors in the film, and all the "action" takes place in this guy's underground hideout.  So while that's basically the plot, so much stuff happens down in the hideout that it's hard to keep up with.  I honestly don't know what was going on or why.  At one point, the man was having the guy and girl have sex while he watched and pleasured himself as he watched.  I have no clue what this was for, other than sheer shock value, as the film didn't just imply this was happening, but it graphically showed it.
      After the man climaxes, he dies...but a little while later he is reborn from a womb like structure down in his cave.  This isn't a figurative re-birth...he literally falls out of a womb in the wall, coming out naked and covered with slime.  Hey, I told you it was weird!    Now I'm sure this is some genius inspirational symbolism for something that went way over my head, but to me it was just flat out weird.  

      I wouldn't say this was a bad film by any means, as it was extremely well made and acted.  I was really impressed that this was the director's first feature length film, so that tells me a lot about this director and the talent he has for future films.  I just felt like this movie was made mainly for the shock factor (graphic sex scene) and to me, it is not one that I would want to re-visit any time soon. 
    Now, that being said, remember that this is my opinion and you might love this film.  In fact, I read a few reviews online to see what most people thought of this film, and some people just loved it and deemed it an instant cult classic, while others were kind of on the fence about it (like me) and then some just hated it.   It is really a film you need to watch for yourself and make your own opinion of.

      WE ARE THE FLESH is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Arrow Films and is being distributed in the U.S. by MVD Entertainment.   Special Features include the following:

    *  New interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel
    *  A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy
    *  Original theatrical trailer
    *  Two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter; Dentro and Videohome
    *  Stills gallery
    *  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
    *  5.1 surround and uncompressed stereo 2.0 audio options
    *  FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Anton Bitel, and a note from the producer on the film
    *  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
    *  Optional English subtitles

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



    Monday, March 13, 2017

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

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 3/14:

    *  DEMON SEED  [BD]
    *  ELLE  [DVD & BD]
    *  FIRESTARTER  [Scream Factory BD]
    *  KILL GAME  [BD]
    *  LUNG  [DVD]
    *  THE SKULL [DVD & BD]
    *  Z NATION: SEASON 3  [DVD]

    Friday, March 10, 2017


    http://www.wellgousa.com/phantasm-special-edition-boxset  Recently you might have seen that the company Well Go USA released the first PHANTASM film and the new 5th film (PHANTASM:  RAVAGER) on Blu-ray.    That was a quite a treat, but now we are in for an even bigger treat as Well Go USA has announced they will release the entire PHANTASM series on a Special Edition Box Set coming out April 11th!   

      Here is a look at what will be included in the 6-disc set courtesy of Well Go USA:

    The all-new bonus materials included in THE PHANTASM COLLECTION break down as follows:
    Disc 1: PHANTASM

    • Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, co-producer Paul Pepperman and visual consultant Roberto Quezada
    • Additional home movie footage
    • “Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy’s Stunt for the Ages - The Phantasm III Car Stunt” – This featurette shows the planning and behind-the-scenes footage of the dangerous stunt performed in the film and includes recently rediscovered material.
    • “It’s Never Over: The Making of PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD – This featurette  includes  interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury,
      Gloria Lynn Henry, Stuntman Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects artist Kerry Prior, special makeup effects designer Dean Gates and Production Assistant Kristen Deem.
    • Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli and editor Norman Buckley
    • Behind the Scenes Compilation
    • “Death is No Escape: The Making of PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION – This featurette includes interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury,
      special makeup effects artist Gigi Bannister, stunt co-ordinator/actor Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects designer Kerry Prior, cameraman Justin Zaharczuk and special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman.
    • Behind the Scenes Compilation
    • Phantasm sequels Conceptual Art Gallery by Justin Zaharczuk
    • “The Making of PHANTASM V: RAVAGER featurette
    • Interview with actor A. Michael Baldwin
    • Interview with actress Kat Lester
    • Interview with actor Stephan Jutras
    • Behind the Scenes Promo with Angus Scrimm Tribute
    • Phantasm V Red Credit Sequence
    Disc 6: BONUS DISC
    • “Phantasm and You” – a comic recap of the first 4 films by PHANTASM V: RAVAGER director David Hartman
    • Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Panel Discussion (2008)
    • Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Cast Panel (2014)
    • Flashback Weekend concert performance by Kat Lester
    • 2016 Fantastic Fest Premiere and Q&A

    Also included with the collection is Phantasm Compendium, a 120-page book featuring exclusive interviews and rare, behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the history and impact of the franchise, plus a 21” x 27” reversible poster featuring the iconic original theatrical artwork.

    This set looks like it will be an amazing collection!   The box set will be released on April 11th, and you can pre-order your set by clicking the link below!

    CLICK HERE to pre-order the PHANTASM Box Set from Amazon.com


    Monday, March 6, 2017

    This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, March 7th

    Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 3/7:

    *  INCARNATE  [DVD & BD]
    *  THE LESSON [DVD & BD]
    *  PULSE  [BD]