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Monday, October 12, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 10/13:

*  BATES MOTEL:  SEASON 3  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  THE BROOD [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  BEFORE DAWN   [DVD/Blu-ray combo]
*  MOSQUITO  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Blu-ray Review: TURKEY SHOOT (1981)

http://www.cavd.com/product.php?productid=2573TURKEY SHOOT 
(a.k.a. ESCAPE 2000)
Directed by: 
Distributed by CAV Distribution / Severin Films

 I have had the DVD of ESCAPE 2000 for years, yet have never even opened it.  I had no idea what a cult classic I was holding onto until I recently got the chance the check out the new Blu-ray of the film from Severin Films, using the original title, TURKEY SHOOT.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the CAV website:

  In a totalitarian near future, defiant citizens are labeled ‘deviants’ and sentenced to brutal ‘behavior modification’ camps. But when new prisoners Anders (Steve Railsback of THE STUNT MAN and HELTER SKELTER) and Walters (Olivia Hussey of ROMEO & JULIET and BLACK CHRISTMAS) are chosen as human prey for rich people to hunt, they will be thrust into a nightmare of depravity, dismemberment, cleaved skulls, exploding heads, lesbians with crossbows, the insane hungers of a deformed cannibal circus freak, and more. Michael Craig (THE VAULT OF HORROR), John Ley (BMX BANDITS) and Roger Ward (MAD MAX) co-star in this notorious blood-and-thunder shocker – also known as ESCAPE 2000 and BLOOD CAMP THATCHER – from maverick Ozploitation director Brian Trenchard-Smith (STUNT ROCK, DEAD END DRIVE-IN) and producer Antony I. Ginnane (PATRICK, THIRST), now fully restored in HD from the original vault negative.

  This is a film I don't see talked about much for some reason, as to me it was an amazing film deserving of many accolades!  The film stars one of my favorite genre actors, Steve Railsback.  This is probably my favorite performance of his that I have seen.  In fact, all the acting was pretty good in this film, although some of the dialog is pretty funny.  Some of it is intentionally funny, I'm sure, but some is not.   That is one thing that gives this film it's charm, though.  

  One thing to note is that TURKEY SHOOT is action packed from the beginning to the end.   This is not really a horror movie by definition, although are some good kills and gore.  It's more of a good 'ol exploitation film.   It reminded me a lot of the ILSA films and the other "women in prison" flicks from the 1970's, especially the first part of the film as we see the new arrivals to the prison.  The second half of the film plays out more like a RAMBO type revenge flick, as Paul and Chris have to stay alive as they are being hunted for sport. This second half is where we see some of the best gore, like a man getting his hands cut off with one swipe of a machete! 

  This movie is a lot of fun, and I can't recommend it enough. This would be a great film to get together and watch with a group of friends that like this type of film.   The new transfer looks amazing on Blu-ray and is well worth the purchase. 

  TURKEY SHOOT is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Severin Films and CAV Distribution and contains the following special features:

The Ozploitation Renaissance roundtable discussion with Brian Trenchard-Smith, Antony I. Ginnane and Vincent Monton (26 minutes)
Turkey Shoot: Blood & Thunder Memories - featurette with actors Michael Craig, Lynda Stoner and Roger Ward (24 minutes)
Brian Trenchard-Smith Interview (10 minutes)
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: Extended Interviews with Brian Trenchard Smith, Antony I. Ginnane, Steve Railsback, Lynda Stoner, Roger Ward, Gus Mercurio and Bob McCarron
Audio Commentary with Brian Trenchard-Smith
Turkey Shoot Trailer
Escape 2000 Alternate Title Sequence
Blood Camp Thatcher Alternate Title Sequence

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



Saturday, October 10, 2015

DVD Review: HONEYSPIDER (2014)

Directed by
Distributed by Brain Damage Films

  This is one of those films that can really grab your attention just from the DVD cover art.  I mean, look at that cover...looks pretty cool doesn't it?  I even love the font they used for the title.  But, does HONEYSPIDER the film live up to the snazzy cover art?  Well, before I give you my opinion, lets check out the plot synopsis from the Brain Damage Films website:

  It’s Halloween in 1989 and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester. Her friend Amber persuades Jackie to come to the annual Monster Mash party on campus after her shift at the local movie theater. As murder plays out on the silver screen during the theater’s Horrorthon, Jackie begins to fall under a strange spell, all while a mysterious stranger watches her every move. As the night unfolds, Jackie slowly unravels. Everyone around her is turning up dead. Jackie finds herself helplessly trapped as the night comes to a shocking and gruesome end.

 From the looks of the cover, I was expecting this to be more of a "creature-feature" type film.  It turns out, spiders play a very small role in the film, and it actually a mixture of a slasher and occult film.  That might sound like a weird combination, but it actually fits together pretty well.  Now keep in mind this was a pretty low budget film.  For being such a low budget film, I think the filmmakers did a remarkable job with all aspects of the film.  There were some great sets and costumes, as well as a few pretty good gore effects (using all practical effects) that looked really good.   

  The plot of the film sounds simple enough, but I have to be honest about this...I had a hard time following what was going on.  The movie was kind of all over the place, and just when I thought I knew what was going on, something else happened that confused me.   Maybe I'm just easily confused, though!  Ha!  Either way, this did not keep me from enjoying the film overall.   There are a few dream/hallucination sequences that were very creepy and atmospheric, almost giving this film a sort of art-house feel to it.  Also worth noting is the acting.  I thought everyone involved did a great job, which is something you don't see a lot of the time with these low budget independent films. I especially liked newcomer Mariah Brown, who plays the main character of Jackie.  Her gorgeous smile and dimples were very nice to look at, and she did a remarkable job with some of the hard scenes she had to act in.

  Overall, HONEYSPIDER was a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend this one. The DVD is available now from Brain Damage Films and contains the following special features:

*  Director Commentary
*  Producer Commentary
*  "The Ghost in You" Music video
*  Menu with Poster Art
*  Trailer

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


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Blu-ray Review: EATEN ALIVE (1976)

http://mvdb2b.com/s/EatenAliveBlurayDVD/AV015EATEN ALIVE
Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow Video / MVD Entertainment Group

  This is another example of a classic horror film that somehow I had never seen.  Director Tobe Hooper's TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is probably my favorite horror film of all time.  Actually, it might be my favorite film of all time, period!  It would naturally make sense that I would check up Hooper's follow up to TCM asap!  Why I never have I really couldn't tell you, but better late than never I guess.  I am so thankful to have finally seen this film.  It's not in the same league as TCM, but it is very close and actually has a lot of the feel of the original TCM.  Here is the plot synopsis from the MVD website:

  MEET THE MANIAC & HIS FRIEND. Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger's famous red and green sweater, horror icon Robert Englund delivered a supremely sleazy performance in Eaten Alive - another essay in taut Southern terror from Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the ramshackle Starlight Hotel, destination of choice for those who like to check in but not check out! Presided over by the bumbling, mumbling Judd (and his pet croc which he keeps in a large pond out front), the patron of this particular establishment may seem like a good-natured ol' Southern gent - but he has a mean temper on him, and a mighty large scythe to boot... Oozing atmosphere from its every pore (the entire film was shot on a sound-stage at the famous Raleigh Studios, which lends it a queasy, claustrophobic feel) Eaten Alive matches The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for sheer insanity - and even drafts in Chain Saw star Marilyn Burns as the terrorised woman-in-peril, alongside William Finley and Mel Ferrer.

  As mentioned above, this film has a very familiar feel to it.  You can definitely tell this is by the same director that did THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, as it has the same gritty, dirty feeling that TCM did.   In fact, the owner of the motel (played by Neville Brand) could easily be a member of the Sawyer family from TCM, as he has the same crazy feel to him.    Worth noting also is Robert Englund's early performance as Buck.  It was neat seeing "Freddy" in this early role. 

  While this is technically a "creature feature" since it contains a killer crocodile, the real stars of this film are the creepy characters and especially Judd, the hotel owner, who actually feeds the people to the hungry croc.  Judd is the true killer, here....his pet croc being his "weapon" of choice.   

  If you are fan of director Tobe Hooper and especially of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE,  you will definitely want to add this one to your movie collection.

  Arrow Video has recently released EATEN ALIVE in an awesome Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.   Arrow Video has easily become my favorite film company, as they always do a remarkable job with their film restorations, special features, and packaging/artwork.   EATEN ALIVE 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, approved by director Tobe Hooper
*  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
*  Audio commentary with co-writer and producer Mardi Rustam, actors Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards, and make-up artist Craig Reardon
*  New introduction to the film by Hooper
*  Blood on the Bayou – a brand new interview with Hooper
*  Gator Bait – a brand new interview with star Janus Blythe
*  Monsters and Metaphors – a brand new interview with make-up artist Craig Reardon
*  The Gator Creator – an archive interview with Hooper
*  My Name is Buck – an archive interview with star Robert Englund
*  5ive Minutes with Marilyn Burns – the Texas Chain Saw star discusses her role in Eaten Alive
*  The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball – featurette looking at the true-life story of the South Texas bar owner on whom Eaten Alive is loosely based
*  Original theatrical trailers for the film under its various alternate titles: Eaten Alive, Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter and Horror Hotel
*  TV and Radio Spots
*  Alternate Opening Titles
*  Behind the Scenes Slideshow
*  Stills and Promo Material Gallery
*  Audience Comment Cards
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
*  Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

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



Monday, October 5, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 10/6:

*  AIR  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  BURYING THE EX  [Blu-ray]
*  DARK PLACES  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  GRAVY  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  INSIDIOUS 3  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  THE MUMMY   [Blu-ray]
*  OLD 37
*  SHARKNADO 3  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  THE STRANGER  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  TREMORS 5:  BLOODLINES  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  WE ARE STILL HERE  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Blu-ray Review: POLTERGEIST (2015)

Directed by 
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

 Most horror fans will know that this is a remake of the 1982 film of the same name.  While many horror remakes are frowned upon by most true horror fans, every now and then a remake comes along and you realize that a remake can be a very fun way to re-visit a great movie from the past.  POLTERGEIST was one of those films for me.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the 20th Century Fox website:

  From legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Grudge) and director Gil Kenan (Monster House) comes this “thrilling” (Justin Lowe, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) film starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. After the Bowen family moves into a seemingly perfect suburban home, sinister spirits begin to haunt them. And when the terrifying apparitions abduct Maddy, their youngest daughter (Kennedi Clements), the Bowens must find a way to rescue her – or they’ll lose her forever. With suspenseful storytelling and jaw-dropping visuals, this electrifying take on a spine-chilling classic will haunt you from its early nightmarish moments to its exhilarating climax!

  It seems like all Hollywood is putting out these days is possession and/or "haunted" films of some sort, with the likes of the the INSIDEOUS and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films, and movies like THE CONJURING.  While POLTERGEIST fits into those categories, it still manages to seem fresh and new, and really sets itself apart from the above mentioned films.   This film has some crazy, over the top effects, just as you would expect if you were a fan of the original series of POLTERGEIST films.  While this new film relies on more CG effects than the original did, they are used very well and fit in well overall.    The acting is very good in this film as well, from the adults to the kids.  Everyone put in a very good performance, with the children putting in some very powerful acting jobs. 

 The original POLTERGEIST is one of my all time favorite horror films.  This new re-envisioning of the film does a wonderful job re-creating the fun and scares that the original delivered to us back in the early 80's, although I will admit that I will always be biased to the original.  The original came out when I was 6 years old, and I probably saw it a few years after that, so I was still very young.  It really freaked me out and I have always had a spot for it in my horror loving heart!

  I have a feeling that younger audiences will get the same feeling from this film if they are seeing this one without ever seeing the original. I can only hope they will have as fond of memories of this film as I do of the original.

  POLTERGEIST is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and contains the following special features:

*  Alternate Ending
*  Still Gallery
*  Theatrical Trailers
*  Extended Cut of the film  (Blu-ray only)

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray
CLICK HERE to purchase the 3D Blu-ray


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blu-ray Review: NIGHTMARE WEEKEND (1986)

http://vinegarsyndrome.com/shop/nightmare-weekend/NIGHTMARE WEEKEND
Directed by             
Distributed by Vinegar Syndrome

  Let me start by saying I LOVE the 80's.  I love everything about that decade.  It is the decade I grew up in and have such fond memories from.  I love the wacky music, the crazy clothes and the weird and wild movies.    I truly think the 1980s was the best decade for horror films, followed closely by the 1970's.    NIGHTMARE WEEKEND is a perfect example of a wild, crazy, 1980's horror film.   Here is the basic plot from the Vinegar Syndrome website:

  A brilliant computer scientist has just finished work on his greatest creation: a super computer with the ability to transform the personalities of bad and disobedient people. In anticipation of sharing his work with the scientific community, the scientist invites a fellow expert to test the machine on a group of debauched young women. Little does he know that his colleague intends to use the computer to turn their subjects into bloodthirsty mutants!
  Made by a French crew in Florida, NIGHTMARE WEEKEND is a non-stop assault on the senses. Head explosions, gratuitous nudity and softcore sex, bikers, roller-skating, and a telepathic hand puppet named George rank NIGHTMARE WEEKEND among the weirdest and most jaw droppingly absurd horror films of the 1980s. Long available only in low quality transfers of the R rated version, Vinegar Syndrome presents this forgotten trash masterpiece fully uncut and in widescreen, on Blu-ray for the first time!

  You can tell this film is from the 80's as it is very dated with the wardrobe and props, but I have to admit it was fun seeing guys with huge Walkmans and earphones and women doing jazzercize and roller skating!    While that was a lot fun and brought back some memories, the film itself was a lot of fun, although it was very strange.  In fact, one of the main characters is a talking hand puppet.  I still don't quite get how he fit into this film, but the actors act like he is just any other co-star and act totally normal with the puppet as a character.  Very weird for sure...and again, only from a movie from the 80's! 

  The film has some great gore scenes for fans of that (aren't we all), some great kills, and some great action, including a killer car that is controlled by a video game!?  Ha!  Did I mention how crazy and weird this film was?   This is a film you will need to check out for sure if you have never seen it.  This is such a nostalgic 80s flick and one that surely belongs in any DVD/BD collector's library!

  NIGHTMARE WEEKEND is available now on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack from Vinegar Syndrome and contains the following special features:

*  Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Region Free | 1.85:1 OAR
*  Restored in 2k from 35mm internegative
*  All extras on both Blu-ray and DVD
*  “THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY” – Surviving Nightmare Weekend with Dean Gates (23min)
*  “KILLER WEEKEND” – An Interview with Marc Gottlieb (13min)
*  Alternate R rated edits
*  Original theatrical trailer
*  Reversible artwork
*  English SDH subtitles

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


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blu-ray Review: MORITURIS (2011)

Directed by: 
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

  Very seldom do I get a movie to review that I have never heard of, but that was the case with MORITURIS.   I am really surprised that I had never heard of this one, as it was a very fun, entertaining horror film!  Here is the basic plot of the film from the Synapse website:

  Two lovely Romanian girls take a trip with three Italian men to a rumored midnight rave in the middle of a dark forest. As the gang proceeds on foot to their final destination, a mysterious graveyard is discovered, a shockingly vile plot twist is revealed and bloodthirsty undead Roman gladiators rise from the dead to torture and mutilate their victims! For the two women, an already terrifying night is about to get much, much worse, as the zombified warriors hunt down the group to tear their heads off! Will anyone survive the night? An interesting mix of old school 1980s Italian horror, with a touch of the brutality of Wes Craven’s THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, MORITURIS is an unflinching, strong, cruel and extremely violent film featuring gruesome effects from Italian SPFX maestro, Sergio Stivaletti (DEMONS, DEMONS 2, DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE, Dario Argento’s OPERA).

  This film is very strange to say the least.....the first half is very uncomfortable rape/revenge type film while the 2nd half is just a completely crazy kill fest involving zombie Roman Gladiators.  I know it sounds weird and it is, but somehow it works and makes for a very fun film!  While there is not as much gore as I had hoped, what we do see if very well done.   The picture quality with this Blu-ray release is very good as is the acting.   Synapse always puts out some of the best films and this one is a very nice addition to their catalog. 

  This is a great film that all horror fans should check out.  Horror fans are always complaining that no good, original horror films come out these days.  Well, I for one have never seen resurrected Roman Gladiators rise from the dead and kill young adults in the middle of the forest.  This one definitely brings something new to the table!  Check this one out for sure!

  MORITURIS is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Synapse Films and contains the following special features:

*  Original Theatrical Trailer
*  Reversible Cover Art

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



Monday, September 21, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 9/22:

*  ALLELUIA  [Blu-ray]
*  BLEADING LADY [Blu-ray]
*  THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: 40th Anniversary edition [Blu-ray]
*  THE SENTINEL  [Blu-ray]
*  THE WOODS  [Blu-ray]

Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's GIVEAWAY time!!! Enter to win an awesome DVD/VHS prizepack from Wild Eye Releasing!

 Wow, I had no idea it has been sooo long since I've done a giveaway here on the 4H blog!  So, let's not make it any longer....let's do a giveaway right now!!  Up for grabs is what I consider one of my greatest prizes ever!  This is a LIMITED EDITION Collectors VHS / DVD bundle of the film MOLD! courtesy of the fine folks at Wild Eye Releasing!   Enter for your chance to win this awesome prize, completely FREE!  That's right, I'll even pay the shipping to you (U.S. only).  You've got nothing to loose!  Tell your friends! Enter today!


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6. Due to shipping costs, contest is open to U.S. Residents only. Thank you for your understanding.



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Blu-ray Review: TROMA'S WAR (1988)

http://www.troma.com/films/tromas-war/TROMA'S WAR
Directed by  , & 
Distributed by Troma Entertainment

  I can't tell you how much I love Troma films.....they are just so goofy and wild. They are impossible not to like.   TROMA'S WAR is one of Troma's films that I had never seen before, and I can't believe I went this long without seeing it.  While I love most all of Troma's films, this one catapulted to the top of my favorite's list for sure!   Here is a brief synopsis of the film courtesy of the Troma website:

  TROMA’S WAR is Troma’s masterpiece. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, TROMA’S WAR is packed with gargantuan battle scenes, heart stopping stunts, and never-before-seen special effects. TROMA’S WAR is the action film that all good citizens of the world can be proud of and enjoy! TROMA’S WAR is Troma’s answer to PLATOON and APOCALYPSE NOW. It is the first war picture that combines satire, sex, special effects make-up, stunts, gore and a beautiful love story.
   A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite. The freedom of Tromaville and the world is at stake! TROMA’S WAR creates new kinds of heroes. A used car salesman, a handsome environmentalist, an obese junk-food gourmand, a seventy-year-old housewife, some sensational young women, a year old jingoistic baby and more sensational women all become deadly soldiers in the most unusual and explosive, action-packed combat film ever produced by the Troma Team.

  To me, this is Troma's true masterpiece. While the Toxic Avenger films might be more popular, TROMA'S WAR is probably the best made Troma film I have seen.  You can tell the budget was high on this film.  The acting is good, although some of it is very campy which is very typical of most all Troma films.   There are a lot of characters in this film, all of which are fun to watch in their own unique ways.  Aside from the silliness of the film, it is actually quite action packed with lots of gun play and tons of explosions!

  This is one I will definitely be revisiting soon.  If you are a fan of Troma films, this one is a must have in your collection.

  TROMA'S WAR is available now on Blu-ray which contains the following special features:

*  Director's commentary
*  London's War
*  Post war reflections
*  Kill-O-Meter
*  2 minutes with Rof
*  Veteran's Day: a post-tromatic reunion
*  Original theatrical trailer
*  Troma trailers

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


Monday, September 14, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 9/15:

*  THE LEGACY  [Blu-ray]

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Blu-ray Review: ANGST (1983)

Directed by: 
Distributed by Cult Epics / CAV Distributing

 Cult Epics has been putting out some wonderful films lately, and this latest release is no different.   Their latest release is the Austrian film ANGST from 1983.  Here is the basic synopsis from the CAV website:

  ANGST, photographed by legendary Oscar-winning Polish animator/experimentalist Zbig Rybczynski and scored by Krautrock synth god Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream), is one hell of a gorgeously stylized and shockingly visceral experience: a forgotten classic on the fringes of the slasher cycle. Erwin Leder (Das Boot, Schindler's List) plays a maniacal killer based on the real-life serial murderer Werner Kniesek. As he stalks through the bland Viennese countryside, Schulze's music pulses darkly, and Zbig's innovative "first-person" camerawork grabs you by the throat, never letting go. Angst is one film that, without any empty hyperbole, we can guarantee you'll never, ever forget.

 This is definitely one of those films that will stay with you long after you view it.  To say it's disturbing is an understatement.   The film focus on a psychopath that knows nothing more than killing.  Once he is released from prison, he can't help but continue on his killing streak.  The film is very realistic and has a very dark, disturbing feel to it.  That is a great accomplishment of the filmmakers for sure.   The acting is also very good by everyone involved, especially by Erwin Leder who plays the part of the killer.

  The camerawork is something that really sets this film apart from others like it.  The cinematography of ANGST is amazing, with some very good camera shots and setups.  These shots really let you get inside the mind of the killer as you follow directly behind him as he goes about his killings.

  I'm sure I won't be the first reviewer to compare this to the classic serial killer film, HENRY:  PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER.   This film reminded me of that film in spots, but ANGST was the better of the two films in my opinion, as it just feels more real.   Kudos to director  for this great film.  I find it very strange, and sad, that this was Director Gerald Kargl's only film!  If this was his first feature film, I would have loved to have seen more by this great filmmaker.

 ANGST is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Cult Epics and CAV Distribution.  Special Features include the following:

- New High-definition Transfer
- Optional playback with or without Prologue
- New Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Introduction by Gaspar Noé (2015)
- Featurette: Erwin Leder in Fear (2015)
- Interview with Gerald Kargl by Jorg Buttgeriet (2003)
- Interview with cinematographer Zbigniew Rybzcynski (2004)
- Audio Commentary by Gerald Kargl conducted by film critic Marcus Stiglegger
- New HD Trailer

The Blu-ray also includes the following:
- 40 Page booklet which includes Interviews with Gerald Kargl, Erwin Leder, Silvia Rabenreither, Illustrated with rare photos and Werner Kniesek original Kurier articles.
- Colectible Blu-ray Slipcase and Sleeve

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


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that came out today, 9/8:

*  ANGST   [Blu-ray]
*  THE EDITOR  [DVD/Blu-ray combo]
*  SHOCKER  [Blu-ray]
*  SUPERNATURAL:  SEASON 10  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Sunday, September 6, 2015


http://mvdb2b.com/s/CliveBarkersOriginsSalomeAndTheForbidden/MVD7219DCLIVE BARKER ORIGINS:  SALOME AND THE FORBIDDEN
Written and Directed by:  Clive Barker
Distributed by MVD Entertainment

  If you are a fan of Clive Barker, you will definitely want to check out SALOME & THE FORBIDDEN,  two short films made by Barker back in the 70's.   SALOME was made in 1973 when Barker was only 21 years old.  THE FORBIDDEN was filmed in 1978 when Barker was 26.   It is very interesting to get to see these early works of Mr. Barker's.   These two short films have been released together on one DVD from MVD.  Here is a bit about the films from the MVD website:

  In 1970s Liverpool, Clive Barker and a small group of friends from college made two short films. "Salome" (1973) and "The Forbidden" (1978) feature early footage of Barker, who also did most of the special effects, and Doug Bradley, who went on to fame as Pinhead in the "Hellraiser" films. Also included are interviews with Barker, Bradley and other key players. Contains graphic violence and nudity. "Salome" is an 18-minute version of the tale based on the Oscar Wilde play and "The Forbidden" is a 35-minute short.

  These films are very strange to say the least.  There is very little to no dialog in the films.  They are very "art-house" type films full of weird, creepy imagery and scenes.  Seeing as how they were shot in the 70's on pretty cheap film equipment, the quality is pretty bad so keep that in mind when you go to view these films.  Also, if there were plots for these films, I sure couldn't find them upon viewing these short films.  I'm not sure if plot is really what Barker was concentrating on here, though.   I think these were filmed more as a showcase for his special effects and creepy imagery.

  It's pretty amazing to see what Barker went on to do when you compare these early films to his more modern stuff.  I think everyone would agree that the HELLRAISER films were his greatest achievement.  Some of the imagery is similar and it is very interesting to see how he started his career.  

  Included on this DVD is a great interview with a young Clive Barker about his early films.  This was a very interesting interview I had never seen before and to me, makes this DVD worth the purchase for sure.   The DVD is available now from MVD.

CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD


Friday, September 4, 2015

Blu-ray Review: DER TODESKING (1990)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098486/DER TODESKING
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Cult Epics / CAV Distributing

  If you are familiar with the films of Jorg Buttgereit, you will know what you are in for when you go into your first viewing of DER TODESKING (The Death King).  Buttgereit is the mastermind behind the cult films, NEKROMANTIK and NEKROMANTIK 2.   With DER TODESKING, Buttgereit has once again given us a very powerful film.  His films are shocking to say the least, but you can't help but want to watch.   As vile and disgusting as the subject matter and scenes might be, Buttgereit somehow manages to find beauty in them at the same time.  Here is the basic plot of DER TODESKING from Cult Epics:

Cult Epics presents the third release in the series Corpse F##king Art; Jorg Buttgereit’s powerful masterpiece Der Todesking (aka The Death King), made in-between Nekromantik (1987) and Nekromantik 2 (1991). Seven stories on Death and Suicide, each taking place on a different day of the week, enframed by the decomposition of a human body. Warning: extremely graphic.

 That's it...pretty basic.  This film focuses on death, both murders and suicides.  While hard to watch, it's even harder to turn away.    I love Buttgereit's film style with his great camera angles and choice of music. This film was a little different than his others in that it is basically 7 scenes, each for a day of the week, put together to form the film.  Each day focuses on a different set of characters and situations, all resulting in death in some manner.  In between each day we get a scene of a decaying corpse, that gets progressively worse during each of the 7 days.  Again, the film can be hard to watch, as death is something that most people are not comfortable with.  Death is just as much a part of life as life itself is, so it is not something we should shy away from when it comes to a film's subject matter.  I can understand, though, how some people might find this film disturbing, so watch at your own risk.

DER TODESKING is available now on limited edition DVD and Blu-ray from Cult Epics and
contains the following special features:

* New Director’s Approved HD transfer (taken from the original 16mm negative)
* New Introduction by Jorg Buttgereit (2015)
* Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit and co-author Franz Rodenkirchen
* The Making of Der Todesking
* Still Photo Gallery
* JB HD Trailers
* Corpse F##king Art (Documentary) 1983, 60 Minutes, HD transfer
* Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
* The first 3000 Blu-ray copies include Collectible Artwork
* 25th Anniversary (Silver embossed) Slipcover and Corpse F##king Art Postcard

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



Thursday, September 3, 2015

Check out the "HELL AND BACK" trailer

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2141773/?ref_=nv_sr_1  You don't see many rated R stop-motion animation films, but that is exactly what HELL AND BACK is.   The movie is about a couple of friends that set out to rescue one of their friends that has been dragged to Hell.  It's obviously more comedy than horror, but I think it will be a lot of fun!  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!

  HELL AND BACK will be released in theaters October 2nd of this year.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Monday, August 31, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 9/1:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

THE HARVEST   [DVD & Blu-ray]
MAD MAX:  FURY ROAD  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Check out the trailer for the must see horror-comedy, THE FINAL GIRLS

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2118624/?ref_=nv_sr_1  I am a big fan of horror-comedy films when done right.  The problem is that very few are done right. It's a fine line between horror and being funny vs. being stupid.  Unfortunately, most horror-comedy films are pretty dumb.  This one looks very promising, though!   The film is called THE FINAL GIRLS and it looks like it is going to be lots of fun!  Here is the basic plot of the film from it's imdb.com page:

  A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.

  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.  This is one I am really looking forward to!   THE FINAL GIRLS has a release date set for October 9th of this year.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DVD Review: i-LIVED (2015)

Directed by 
Distributed by XLrator Media

  I recently got the privilege of checking out a new horror film called i-LIVED.  This was a very interesting film with a fun interactive experience...more on that later.  Here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's press release:

 Josh Fosse is a 20-something guy whose life is going nowhere. His girl left, his rent is late, and he lacks a real job. He is trying to make it as an app reviewer online and decides to review a self help app called i-Lived for fun. He's signs on and immediately his life turns around. He meets the girl of his dreams and he gets a job offer he can't refuse. Convinced it's him and not the app, he signs out... and loses everything. He signs on again but this time the terms are different, the app is asking him to do things that are out of his moral comfort zone... but essential to becoming the success the app tells him he can be

  This is one of the better films I have seen this year.  It kept me thoroughly entertained and I honestly don't have a negative thing to say about it.   The acting was superb by all involved and the film was shot very well.  The film has a very intriguing story which was very fun to watch pan out.    What made this film extra fun was the interactive "Second Screen" experience.   By downloading the i-LIVED app from your smartphone's app store, you will have access to this interactive experience that runs parallel with the film.  You will get [fake] text messages throughout the film, just like the ones that are being sent to the main character on screen!  The interactive app also utilizes your phone's flash, and speakers for some very spooky scares.  Also, there are little inside jokes sent to your phone during a scene, some of which are laugh out loud funny!  It would be a lot different watching this movie without the app, but I bet it would still be pretty enjoyable.   I think this app adds an extra element to the film, though, that you really need to check out.  I can really see this idea going places and improving, especially as our phones and tablets continue to improve.  

  Be sure to check out i-LIVED as soon as you can.  The DVD is out now on DVD from XLrator Media.

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


Monday, August 24, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 8/25:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

THE SENDER  [DVD & Blu-ray]
SORROW  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE WALKING DEAD Season 5  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Check out the trailer for the upcoming film, BITE!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4264426/ Ugh..this film looks downright disgusting.  So, naturally I can't wait to see it!  The film is called BITE and is being directed by .  The film was produced by Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment.  Here is the basic plot of the movie from the film's official website:

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she's able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.

  The film is playing film festivals now and there have been reports of people fainting and getting sick (puking) from watching this film.  If that isn't an excellent incentive to watch this film, then I don't know what is!   Hopefully I will have more info on a release date in the near future.

CLICK HERE to view the film's official website
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Monday, August 17, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 8/18:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

BURN, WITCH, BURN  [Blu-ray]
CUB  [DVD & Blu-ray]
DEVIL HUNTER / CANNIBAL TERROR Double Feature  [Blu-ray]
EJECTA  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  NOMADS  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Blu-ray review: HORSEHEAD (2014)

Directed by 
Distributed by  Artsploitation Films

  Wow.  This is a visually stunning film, and an amazing achievement in film making in my opinion.  I have to admit, though, I can't say I understand it 100%.  Heck, I'm about 50/50 on understanding this thing.  The film is called HORSEHEAD and it is a basically a nightmare shown on film.   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the Artsploitation Films website:

  Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, HORSEHEAD is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant. Director Romain Basset’s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family’s countryside estate for her grandmother’s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of “lucid dreaming” to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (The Beyond‘s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman’s past traumas and visions. HORSEHEAD is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares.

  If you are a into visuals and symbolism, then this is definitely a film for you!  The film is shot beautifully with some amazing sets.   The acting is very good from everyone involved.   Like I mentioned above, I didn't understand a lot of this film, it's one I will need to watch a 2nd or even 3rd time to understand all the symbolism probably.  Even with the lack of understanding a lot of the film, that didn't take away any of the enjoyment factor whatsoever.  Basically, you can sit back watch and enjoy the visuals on display, some of which are beautiful, and some of which are downright terrifying.

  This is the first feature film from director Romain Basset, and is an amazing first effort in my opinion.  I can't wait to see what his future projects consist of!  This is a must see in my opinion. Check it out and let me know what you think.  If you've already seen the film, please leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of the film.
  HORSEHEAD is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Artsploitation Films.  Special features include the following:

*  Trailer
*  Inside Horsehead - The Making Of
*  Four Short Films

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


Wednesday, August 12, 2015


http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/lakeplacidvsanaconda/LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA
Directed by 
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  With a title like that, it's gotta be good...right?  Well, LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA won't be winning any awards any time soon, but it achieves what it sets out to do which is entertain you with some mindless crocodile vs. giant snake action!   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's press release:

  Anacondas large enough to crush an SUV. Crocodiles strong enough to leap onto speedboats. When they’re not hunting for human prey, they’re more than willing to take on each other. Get ready for a non-stop bloodbath unlike anything you’ve seen before in this heart-pounding battle between mutated crocodiles and genetically engineered anacondas. Packed with hot sorority girls, big guns, and jaws massive enough to swallow a human in one bite, this is one screaming good time!

  If you're wondering what to expect with this film, keep in mind this was made for the SyFy  network.  If you are familiar with the movies they've been putting out lately, you will know exactly what you are in for with this film.   Let me start by saying that most of the acting in this movie is atrocious...except for horror icon Robert Englund, who is way out of his league with this film in my opinion.  But, we don't really watch these movies for the characters and the acting do we.  With a film like this, we are here for some great crocodile and anaconda action, and luckily, the film delivers when it comes to that.  

  Now again, realizing this is a SyFy movie, the creature effects are not something you will find in a big budget blockbuster film.   The animals are all CGI and it shows, very badly at some times.  If you can keep from letting that bother you, then you will be able to sit back and just enjoy the crazy croc vs. snake carnage!  The crocodile kills people, the anaconda kills people, then they fight each other in a crazy reptile title match!   While it's not the best of the LAKE PLACID or ANACONDA series, it is still a very fun creature feature that should keep you entertained for the entire running time.

LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA is available now on DVD from Sony Home Entertainment.

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