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Friday, February 27, 2015

DVD Review: ZOMBIES: THE BEGINNING (2007)


http://www.severin-films.com/zombies-beginning/ZOMBIES:  THE BEGINNING
Directed by  (as Vincent Dawn)
Distributed by Intervision Pictures/Severin Films

 I am loving these releases that Intervision Picture Corp. has been putting out lately!  Their latest releases are Brunto Mattei's  ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD, and the subject of tonight's review, ZOMBIES:  THE BEGINNING.   Here is some info about the film from the Intervision website:

  For his final film, the late sleaze maestro Bruno Mattei – notorious director of MONDO CANNIBAL, RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR and HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD – delivers his ultimate over-the-top masterpiece: In this insane rip-off of ALIENS, Mattei (aka ‘Vincent Dawn’) packs the screen with shredding flesh, munching guts, exploding heads, undead births, borrowed footage, stolen plots, zombie midgets and more. Yvette Yzon (ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD), Alvin Anson (THE GREAT RAID) and Diana Croyston (THE JAIL: THE WOMEN’S HELL) star in this mind-blowing mash-up from the producer of IN THE LAND OF THE CANNIBALS, now presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America!

  If you have seen any of Bruno Mattei's films, at least his later films, you know what to expect going into this. The films are dubbed in English and the dubbing is just awful.  I don't know how they choose these voice actors to read the parts but some of them have a completely different voice than what it looks like they should have! Also, the dialog is pretty awful, and actually laughable at times.  Now don't get me wrong, while there are a lot of things wrong with this film, just like any Bruno Mattei film, it entertains for sure, and that is really all we are asking for as horror fans, isn't it?  In fact, some might put this in the "so-bad-it's-good" category.

  While the acting and dubbing might not be that great, the movie itself is full of some great gore and zombie carnage, including a midget zombie and a zombie baby popping out of it's mother's stomach!  One thing you have to say about Mattei's films is that they are fun, and this one is no exception.  This is a fun film that I would highly recommend to fans of B-movies and low budget horror films.

  ZOMBIES:  THE BEGINNING is available now from Intervision Pictures and contains the following Special Features:

*  Zombie Genisys - featurette with screenwriter Anonio Tentori
*  Original Trailer
*  Widescreen version of the film


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

http://www.severin-films.com/



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Check out the trailer for the new Fox TV series, WAYWARD PINES


http://www.fox.com/wayward-pines/#  When I first watched this trailer, I was thinking I was watching a trailer for what was going to be a crazy new horror film.   At the end of the trailer when I saw the Fox logo is when I realized this was actually a new TV series coming out.  The show is called WAYWARD PINES and it looks really good.   The show stars Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, and Terrence Howard and is produced by M. Night Shyamalan.  The show centers around a creepy town where once you are there, you can never leave.  You have to follow the rules and do exactly what you are told at all times.  The show is being compared movies such as THE STEPFORD WIVES, SILENT HILL, CHILDREN OF THE CORN, and even the TV show TWIN PEAKS.

  WAYWARD PINES is  a 10 episode movie event that will premiere on the FOX Channel on Thursday, May 14th, at 9/8c.   Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.  I know I will be watching this for sure!


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to visit the shows official website
CLICK HERE to visit the show's facebook page

Monday, February 23, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

DVD Review: HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS (2009)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1266073/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS
Written & Directed by
Distributed by MVD Visual

  So this might be the hardest review I have ever written. Not only because I really don't know if I liked this movie or not, but because I'm not even sure I know what I just watched!  Here is the plot from the MVD website:

"House of Flesh Mannequins" is a nostalgic homage to the classic "fantastic" films of the 70's with movie sets that resemble live stages. The film itself is divided in 3 acts, and boasts authentic period costumes and hair. The cinematography of Mirco Sgarzi successfully recreates the "personality" and atmosphere of some of Fulci and Argento's best work. This is film made by those who love the cinema. A movie rich with winks and clever nods that the most die hard Euro-Horror film fans will enjoy: from David Lynch to the surrealism of films from the 30's. The film also features international adult film stars and "regular" actors sharing the screen for the very first time. Extreme body art performers were used in the film's torture sequences,ensuring that everything you see is 100% real. Quite disturbing but yet compelling. HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS presents a compelling case against the use of gratuitous violence on TV as well as the self-righteous, sanctimonious ways that society chooses to confront children's issues.

  I don't think I have ever come across a film that is both utterly repulsive yet brilliant at the same time. This could be that movie.  I definitely saw spots of true art on film, while other spots were just plain nonsense.  The description above mentions similarities to Fulci and Argento.  I did not see this at all.  If I had to compare this film to another film maker it would be Tinto Brass.  In fact, one scene in particular seemed to be directly influenced by a similar scene in Brass' SALON KITTY.

  One interesting thing about his film is that most everything you see in terms of the torture scenes were 100% real using actual Extreme Body Art performers.  That was definitely a plus and gave the movie it's realism.

  Well, I'm not sure I could recommend this to most fans of mainstream horror.  If you are into graphic, extreme horror or film in general, then you will most definitely want to check this one out.
The DVD is available now from MVD and contains the following special features:

*  5 Snuff Films featured in the movie
*  Special Make up Effects Featurette
*  Interviews with Cast & Crew
*  Italian Subtitles

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


http://mvdb2b.com/





Monday, February 16, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015











  Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 2/17:
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)

ALL SAINTS EVE
ALTER
ANIMAL  [DVD & Blu-ray]
BEYOND
THE CASEBOOK OF EDDIE BREWER
DR. MORDRID MASTER OF THE UNKNOWN  [Blu-ray]
HILLBILLY HORROR SHOW VOL. 2
LAST HOUSE ON CEMETERY LANE
*  MALIGNANT
MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH  [DVD & Blu-ray]
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [Blu-ray]
TWILIGHT HUNTERS
V/H/S:  VIRAL  [DVD & Blu-ray]


Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's not too late to stock up on your favorite FULL MOON films during their massive 50% OFF Valentine's Day sale!!


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/

 








 




  I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day!  If you didn't get what you really wanted for Valentine's Day (which I assume is tons of Full Moon movies), well you are in luck!   The Full Moon Valentine's Day sale is still going now through Monday, February 16th!    Don't miss out on your last chance to get tons of great DVD's, Blu-rays, and Toys for 50% off the normal price.  This is a great sale so stock up while you can! 


CLICK HERE to visit the Full Moon website
CLICK HERE to watch a Valentine's Day message from Charles Band and some of the classic Full Moon Scream Queens!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015











Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that came out today, 2/10:
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


DEAD WALKERS:  RISE OF THE 4TH REICH
DON'T LOOK NOW  [DVD & Blu-ray]
FARM
FEAR CLINIC
FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY
ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD
THE LEGEND OF BLACK ANNIE
LOVE AT FIRST BITE/ONCE BITTEN Double Feature  [Blu-ray]
NEKROMANTIK 2  [DVD & Blu-ray]
POKER NIGHT  [DVD & Blu-ray]
PREDESTINATION  [DVD & Blu-ray]
PROOF OF THE DEVIL
VAMPIRE'S KISS/HIGH SPIRITS  [Blu-ray]
Z NATION Season 1
ZOMBIES:  THE BEGINNING


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Have you watched the trailer for the POLTERGEIST remake yet?


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029360/?ref_=nv_sr_2 If not, do yourself a favor and check it out now!  I haven't really been too excited about any new horror films coming out lately, but this one looks like it could be really good!  I loved the original POLTERGEIST and can't wait to see what producer Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures does with this new film.  Here is the plot of the new film from the movie's imdb.com page:

  Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

  POLTERGEIST is scheduled to hit theaters on July 24, 2015 in both 2D and 3D versions.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Book Review: THE ART OF HAMMER by Marcus Hearn


http://titanbooks.com/the-art-of-hammer-posters-from-the-archive-of-hammer-films-4828/THE ART OF HAMMER
Published by Titan Books

 As some of you may know, Titan Books is one of this best publishers in business when it comes to film related books.  They have books about many films, but their books on the old Hammer Films are really spectacular.  The one I am reviewing today is titled, THE ART OF HAMMER:  POSTERS FROM THE ARCHIVE OF HAMMER FILMS.
Here is the description of the book from the Titan Books website:

  Hammer is almost as well known for the way it promoted its films as for the films themselves. The legendary British production company supported each new release with eye-catching posters that have become classics of their kind.
  This is the first collection of these iconic posters, with nearly 300 examples drawn from Hammer’s own archive, and private collections worldwide. Some are well remembered, most are extremely rare.
  The Art of Hammer is a testament to the company’s pioneering mastery of film promotion, and a celebration of movie art at its best.


  This is by far one of the best horror related books I have ever had the pleasure of looking at.  I can't say reading, because this is not really a book you read.  Inside this book you will find nothing but hundreds of movie posters from all of the Hammer films...some you will remember, and some films you've probably never heard of.  You will find multiple posters for various films, different versions, artwork, etc.  All the photos are in glorious color on glossy paper and the posters are showcased by decade (1950-59, 1960-69, and 1970-79).

  This is one of the prettiest poster books you will ever see.   The book is presented in a hardback with slipcover and contains 199 pages.  This is a big, beautiful book that would be perfect on the coffee table of any horror fan.   Do yourself a favor and check out this book or any of the other great books that Titan Books has to offer!


CLICK HERE to purchase the book



http://titanbooks.com/






Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Blu-ray Review: DRACULA UNTOLD (2014)


http://www.draculauntold.com/DRACULA UNTOLD
Directed by 
Distributed by  Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

  I used to think I wasn't a big fan of vampire films, but I have seen quite a few lately that I have really enjoyed.  The latest is last year's hit film, DRACULA UNTOLD, which turned out to be even better than I expected it to be.   Here is the film's plot synopsis courtesy of the film's official website:

  Witness the origin story of one of legend's most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series), the prince of Wallachia. But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia's boys – including Vlad's own son – become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must enter into a Faustian bargain to save his family and his people. He gains the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star, and the power to crush his enemies. In exchange, he's inflicted with an insatiable thirst for human blood that could force him into a life of darkness and destroy all that he holds dear.

  This film was a very interesting take on the Dracula story.  I honestly have never been a big fan of vampire films  (I'm more of a zombie type guy), so I know very little about the Dracula story.  I don't think I had ever heard much of a background story about Dracula, so it was interesting to see how and why he became a vampire.  He is shown as a hero in this film, the good guy, which is something I have never associated Dracula with.

  The film was a very well done.  The acting was superb from everyone involved and the cinematography was amazing.  The scenery and some of the shots were tremendous, and while most all of it was CG, it still looked great.  While the film is a vampire movie first and foremost, it was also war/battle movie similar to the likes of a film like 300.   The battle scenes were spectacular and it was nice to see the good mix of horror and action.    

  DRACULA UNTOLD is a film I would highly recommend.  The films was great and is actually pretty family friendly overall.  If you have older kids, they could probably watch this film as there was not any real gore and no explicit sex scenes.   Now don't get me wrong, I love my horror with lots of gore and nudity, but it is nice every now and then to find a fun film in the horror genre that the whole family can enjoy together.

  DRACULA UNTOLD is available now on DVD and Blu-ray and contains the following special features:

  • Luke Evans: Creating a Legend  (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Alternate Opening with Optional Commentary by Director Gary Shore and Production Designer François Audouy  (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Gary Shore and Production Designer François Audouy  (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Day in the Life - Luke Evans
  • Dracula Retold
  • Slaying 1000
  • The Land of Dracula  (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Feature Commentary with Director Gary Shore and Production Designer François Audouy


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


    http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/


    Monday, February 2, 2015

    This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015










    Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 2/3:
    (Click on a title to watch the trailer)

    *  90210 SHARK ATTACK
    ABCs OF DEATH 2   [DVD & Blu-ray]
    AXE TO GRIND
    *  BLEEDING HEARTS
    DRACULA UNTOLD  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    DEMON'S ROOK
    EXISTS
    JURASSIC CITY
    OUIJA  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    SCAVENGER KILLERS
    STARRY EYES  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    ZOMBIE KILLERS:  ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD

    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Blu-ray Review: ABC's OF DEATH 2 (2014)


    http://www.magpictures.com/profile.aspx?id=8aaad27d-3ecc-425c-a189-33a94e485631ABCs OF DEATH 2
    Directed by:  Multiple Directors
    Distributed by Magnolia Home Entertainment

      2012's ABCs OF DEATH was one of my favorite horror films of recent years.  I loved the concept of 26 directors each taking a different letter of the alphabet and making a short film about death based on one word (or short phrase) that starts with their given letter.  It seemed like a very tough project to put together, but it was worth it for sure.   Well, 26 new directors are back for a 2nd go around in the ABCs OF DEATH 2.   I honestly didn't think part 2 would be as good as the first one, but I am happy to report that I think it wasn't just as good, I think this 2nd installment even surpasses the first film.

    Here is a complete list of directors and a plot synopsis for each of their segments from the film's Wikipedia page:

    A is for Amateur (directed by E. L. Katz)
    A hitman's meticulously planned hit doesn't go quite as planned.

    B is for Badger (directed by Julian Barratt)
    A wildlife documentary goes awry when the team encounters a giant badger.

    C is for Capital Punishment (directed by Julian Gilbey)
    A man is violently beheaded for a crime he didn't commit.

    D is for Deloused (directed by Robert Morgan)
    A stop-motion animated short about a large bug that helps an executed man get revenge on his killers.

    E is for Equilibrium (directed by Alejandro Brugués)
    Two castaways have their friendship tested when a beautiful woman washes ashore.

    F is for Falling (directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado)
    An Israeli woman is caught in a tree by her parachute and is found by a hostile Palestinian boy.

    G is for Grandad (directed by Jim Hosking)
    A young man discovers his grandfather has been sleeping under his bed.

    H is for Head Games (directed by Bill Plympton)
    A man and woman kiss, which turns into a surreal power struggle.

    I is for Invincible (directed by Erik Matti)
    A family tries to kill the matriarch for her inheritance.

    J is for Jesus (directed by Dennison Ramalho)
    A young man is violently martyred for being a homosexual.

    K is for Knell (directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper)
    A woman experiences the effects of a black liquid that turns people into killers.

    L is for Legacy (directed by Lancelot Odawa Imasuen)
    A ritual sacrifice goes horribly wrong.

    M is for Masticate (directed by Robert Boocheck)
    A man runs down a street in slow motion, attempts to eat someone, and is shot by police. It's revealed that he did bath salts 34 minutes earlier.

    N is for Nexus (directed by Larry Fessenden)
    A man hurries to meet his girlfriend on Halloween.

    O is for Ochlocracy (mob rule) (directed by Hajime Ohata)
    A woman is sentenced to death by a courtroom full of zombies.

    P is for P-P-P-P SCARY! (directed by Todd Rohal)
    An homage to black and white comedy in which three prisoners encounter a strange man and a baby.

    Q is for Questionnaire (directed by Rodney Ascher)
    A man takes an intelligence test on the street, juxtaposed with footage of the man's brain being transferred to a gorilla.

    R is for Roulette (directed by Marven Kren)
    Two men and a woman play Russian roulette while hidden in a basement.

    S is for Split (directed by Juan Martinez Moreno)
    A woman is attacked in her home while on the phone with her husband.

    T is for Torture Porn (directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska)
    A woman (Tristan Risk) is treated misogynistically at an audition, but when asked to strip, reveals tentacles where her vagina should be.

    U is for Utopia (directed by Vincenzo Natali)
    An unattractive man is singled out in a mall full of seemingly perfect people and publicly executed.

    V is for Vacation (directed by Jerome Sable)
    Two men are killed by a prostitute they hired while on the phone with one man's girlfriend.

    W is for Wish (directed by Steven Kostanski)
    Two kids wish themselves into a fantasy world, only to be violently taken prisoner by the villain.

    X is for Xylophone (directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo)
    A babysitter (Béatrice Dalle) is emotionally affected by a child's xylophone playing.

    Y is for Youth (directed by Soichi Umezawa)
    A young girl violently fantasizes about the deaths of her abusive family.

    Z is for Zygote (directed by Chris Nash)
    A pregnant woman has been staving off birth for 13 years and living with a 13-year-old inside her stomach.

      While most all of the short films are excellent, just like the first film there were a handful that I just didn't care for at all.  Overall though, this is one of the best films I have seen this year (Ok, so it's just January 31st, but I have a feeling I would still say that even if it were later in the year)! 
      This is one you will definitely want to check out and add to your DVD/Blu-ray collection!  ABCs OF DEATH 2 is available Tuesday, 2/3, from Magnolia Home Entertainment and contains tons of special features, including "Behind the Scenes", "Making Of" and "Still Galleries" for almost every letter/segment!


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


    http://www.magpictures.com/
     
     
     

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    DVD Review: BIG DRIVER (2014)


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3831810/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1BIG DRIVER
    Directed by
    Distributed by Lionsgate

     Here is another film I had never heard of before it arrived on my doorstep for review.   The first thing I noticed was the description on the cover that said "From a story by Stephen King".  I was immediately intrigued and then was even more so after reading the plot synopsis.    Here is the basic plot of the film from the Lionsgate website:

      From best-selling author Stephen King comes BIG DRIVER, starring Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, Joan Jett, and Will Harris. Tess Thorne, a famous writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing. On a lonely New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually a serial killer who assaults her. Left for dead, Tess escapes, determined to find her attacker and seek revenge...

      I love rape-revenge films.  I always have, ever since I watched THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE years ago.  I love seeing the bad guys get what's coming to them, so when I read that this was a rape-revenge film, I was really looking forward to checking it out.  I am glad to say that this film did not disappoint!  In fact, I am really surprised I haven't heard more buzz about this film. 

      First off, the acting in the film was excellent.  There was  not a bad performance in the entire film, which is always a bonus.  Maria Bello does a remarkable job as the main character and was a perfect choice for the roll.  

      The film was shot very well and was paced extremely well.  Clocking in right at 90 minutes, the film was the perfect length that never had much of a dull or slow moment.  The film kept me entertained the entire running time.

      Another great thing about this film, is that not only was  it rape-revenge style horror film, it also had a very interesting and unique twist to it.   In the film, the main character in an author and throughout the film she is constantly seeing and conversing with characters from the books she has written.   This really come into play as she is in the midst of her revenge sequence.  This gave the film an almost supernatural/psychological feel to it.

      BIG DRIVER was a big hit in my book.   I would highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a fresh, new take on the rape-revenge sub-genre of horror films.  The film is available now on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


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


    http://www.lionsgate.com/




    Monday, January 26, 2015

    This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015












    Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 1/27:
    (Click on a title to watch the trailer)

    BIG DRIVER
    BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH
    FEED THE GODS 
    MAS NEGRO QUE LA NOCHE
    MISS MEADOWS
    OPEN WINDOWS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    *  THE UNLIVING
    WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL  [DVD & Blu-ray]


    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    Check out the gruesome short film, HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME


    http://hetookhisskinoffforme.com/ While browsing on one of my favorite movie websites, Moviepilot.com, I ran across a short film entitled, HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME.   The story is that of a man that takes his skin off for his girlfriend.  That it...there is no explanation of why or how he did this, other than just because his girlfriend wanted him to.  The story is actually very touching in parts, and even darkly comedic in others.

     The film was directed by Ben Aston and was his London Film School graduate project.


    CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website and watch the short film



    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Blu-ray Review: CHRISTMAS EVIL


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081793/?ref_=nv_sr_1CHRISTMAS EVIL
    a.k.a. YOU BETTER WATCH OUT

    Written & Directed by 
    Distributed by Vinegar Syndrome

      I have to admit I had never heard of CHRISTMAS EVIL when it was sent to me for review.  I have seen what I thought was most all of these Christmas related horror films, but somehow this one has alluded me all these years.  I love Christmas themed horror movies for some reason.  I guess the vast differences in feelings you get from horrible things happening during what is normally one of, if not, the happiest times of the year just really works for me.  My favorite Christmas themed horror film has been SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, but after viewing Vinegar Syndrome's release of CHRISTMAS EVIL, I think I have a new favorite!   Here is the plot synopsis from the Vinegar Syndrome website:

     When he was a boy, Harry idolized Santa Claus, but one Christmas Eve, he witnessed something horrifying that forever shattered his innocent understanding of Santa. Now an adult, Harry wants to embody the pure Santa Claus he grew up loving. He works at a toy factory and keeps records of who’s been naughty and nice, but the spirit of Christmas isn’t what it used to be and he can’t take it. So, garbed in his red suit, Harry decides that the only thing he can do is to become Santa himself and make all of the naughty townspeople pay…in blood!

      This is a film I will be sure to revisit over and over.  In fact, I think I have found me a new holiday tradition!  CHRISTMAS EVIL is a very well made film on all levels.  I found the acting to be great, especially from lead actor Brandon Maggart , who gives a great performance as a man who has some obvious mental issues!  His character keeps a list of all the neighborhood kids and writes down anytime he sees any of them do anything wrong.  Some of these lists are pretty funny and include such awful things such as "picks his nose" and "improper body hygiene"!  Ha!    The film has some dark comedy intertwined into it, but the film is mainly a straight horror flick, and a fine one at that!  Great camera work, great music, great acting.....CHRISTMAS EVIL has it all!

      I also must comment on the Blu-ray transfer of this film.  The picture quality is remarkable and if it weren't for the horrible clothes and big hair, I would have never believed this film was from the 80's.  The picture clarity was remarkable.  

    Vinegar Syndrome has done an excellent job releasing Lewis Jackson’s cult favorite Christmas Evil newly restored in 4k and on blu-ray for the first time!  Special Features include the following:

    + Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack | Region Free | DTS-HD Master Audio
    + Restored in 4k from 35mm archival elements
    + Commentary track with Lewis Jackson
    + Commentary track with Lewis Jackson & Brandon Maggart
    + Commentary track with Lewis Jackson & John Waters
    + Archival video interviews with Lewis Jackson & Brandon Maggart
    + Original theatrical trailer
    + Deleted scenes & screen tests
    + Storyboards & comment cards gallery



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


    http://vinegarsyndrome.com/




    Sunday, January 18, 2015

    Did you know famous horror director Lucio Fulci made a western?


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073594/?ref_=nv_sr_1 I sure didn't...not until I ran across a copy of his film FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE on ebay!  A Spaghetti Western by Fulci is something I had to see for myself.  Maybe most everyone knew this, but somehow I had never heard of this film before.   I won the auction on ebay, so hopefully will be checking it out soon!    Fulci is best known to us horror fans for his great gore filled films such as ZOMBIE, CAT IN THE BRAIN, and THE BEYOND.  It should be interesting to see what he did with a western! 
      Click the link below to watch the trailer and let me know what you think!  If you have seen this film, please comment and let me know how it is!


    CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    Check out the trailer for the upcoming horror/comedy film, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3416742/?ref_=nv_sr_1  If you are a fan of horror-comedies, then you will definitely want to check out the trailer for the upcoming film, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.  Here is the basic plot from the film's imdb page:

     Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

      Check out the trailer and leave me a comment to let me know what you think.  I think this film looks absolutely hilarious!   WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS has a release date for this February the 13th.


    CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

    Monday, January 12, 2015

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










    Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 1/13:
    (Click on a title to watch the trailer)


    ALIEN ABDUCTION
    HONEYMOON  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    JESSABELLE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    LUCY  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    MONSTER MADNESS:  THE GOTHIC REVIVAL OF HORROR
    NIGHT CREW
    NOT HUMAN
    SCORPION KING 4:  QUEST FOR POWER
    SUPERNOVA  [Blu-ray]
    *  VALLEY OF THE WITCH
    *  VENUS FLY TRAP

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

    DVD Review: KILLER MERMAID (2014)


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3171764/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1KILLER MERMAID
    Directed by 
    Distributed by  Epic Pictures Group

      I posted the trailer for KILLER MERMAID a while ago on this blog.  I was finally able to sit down and watch the full film and I am happy to report that this film is just as good, if not better, than the trailer led us to believe!    KILLER MERMAID is a Serbian film with the original title being NYMPH.  One thing that was interesting was that the film was marketed as a creature feature type film, with obviously a killer mermaid as the main killer.  The film is actually more of a slasher type film as the caretaker of the mermaid does most of the actual killing.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the Epic Pictures Group website:

    Two beautiful young women go on an exotic Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival.

     This was a very interesting film in that is a perfect mash-up of part creature feature film and part slasher film.  While the mermaid does some killing, the majority of the film centers around the mermaid's caretaker who lives on an island fortress.  The man lives on the island taking care of the mermaid and he kills anyone who comes to the island turning them into fish food, or mermaid food to be more accurate!   When the main characters from the film go to the island to explore, they run across the crazed killer and are picked off one by one. 

      There is some very good gore in this film as the killer picks off the island visitors.  The acting is very good as well.  Some of the Serbian actors were a little hard to understand at times, but overall everyone puts is a very solid performance.  It was great seeing genre fave Kristina Klebe as well, and she does a great job as always. 
      The film is shot very well also, with some cool camera angles, beautiful underwater shots, and contains beautiful scenery throughout the film.  The film was shot mostly all in Montenegro which looks to be a very beautiful place.

      I thoroughly enjoyed KILLER MERMAID. It is a solid horror film with a cool story.  The DVD is available now.

    DVD Bonus Features include the following:

    *  Making of the Mermaid Featurette
    *  Bonus Clip:  Crowdfunding Promo
    *  Interviews with Cast and Crew
    *  Official Trailer and Additional Trailers from Epic Pictures Group


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


    http://www.epic-pictures.com/









    Thursday, January 8, 2015

    Check out the trailer for the Aussie Zombie film, WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2535470/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1Check out the awesome trailer for the upcoming film, WYRMWOOD:  ROAD OF THE DEAD.   The film is the first feature length film from director , and from the looks of this trailer, I think we are all in for a treat!  Here is the plot synopsis from the film's imdb page:

    Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor - together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.

    WYRMWOOD will be released on February 13th On Demand and in select theaters.  Click below to watch the trailer and let me know what you think! 


    CLICK HERE to watch the trailer



    Monday, January 5, 2015

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












    Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 1/6
    (Click on a title to watch the trailer)


    CANDYMAN 2:  FAREWELL TO THE FLESH  [Blu-ray]
    *  ESPIRITISMO
    FINDERS KEEPERS
    THE GUEST [DVD & Blu-ray]
    HORNS [DVD & Blu-ray]
    THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT
    NINJA ZOMBIES
    NO GOOD DEED  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    SICK:  SURVIVE THE NIGHT


    Sunday, January 4, 2015

    This 1-minute short film is one of the creepiest things you'll see...


     Who knew you could pack such a punch into just a 1 minute short film!  TUCK ME IN from director Ignacio F. Rodó is a very well made, super creepy film, and is only one minute long!  Turn down the lights and check out TUCK ME IN!




    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Happy New Years!!


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082806/










     I hope you all had a wonderful (and safe) New Year's celebration!  Enjoy the day with your friends and family, and watch a great horror movie!  I suggest you watch the 1980 classic NEW YEAR'S EVIL!    Ok, I honestly don't know if it's good or not, I admit I have never seen it.  It looks pretty campy from the trailer, though, so I bet I would love it!  I will be looking for a DVD copy of this one for sure!  Check out the trailer and let me know if you have ever seen this one!



    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014












    Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that came out today, 12/30:
    (Click on a title to watch the trailer)

    THE BIBLE BELT SLASHER
    GROUPIE / DETENTION double feature    [DVD & Blu-ray]
    PHOBIC  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    RIKI-OH:  THE STORY OF RICKY  [Blu-ray]
    TUSK   [DVD & Blu-ray]



    Sunday, December 28, 2014

    DVD Review: THE CEMETERY (2013)


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1844793/?ref_=nv_sr_1THE CEMETERY
    Written & Directed by  Adam Ahlbrandt
    Distributed by Massacre Video / CAV Distributing

      I have been seeing a lot of talk lately about filmmaker Adam Ahlbrandt and a couple of his latest films, CROSSBEARER and THE CEMETERY.  I am seen folks in the horror DVD facebook groups raving about these films.   I was glad I finally got the chance to check one out for myself, and I have to say that the people talking about Adam and THE CEMETERY where 100% correct.   This guy is the future of the horror genre in my opinion.  Before I go any further, here is the plot synopsis of THE CEMETERY from the CAV website:

     Deep in the Pennsylvania hills, a cemetery for those who died during exorcism remains a dark secret for the church. In 1671, hundreds of men, women, and children suffered in bloody, torturous rituals at the hands of priests unable to contain the evil of the possessed. Were these possessions real, or is the story a hoax to cover up the sins of the deranged priests thirsty for human blood? Bill and his team of cynical paranormal investigators plan to find out the truth…..will they leave the cemetery alive?

      This is by fare one of the most enjoyable horror films I have seen in a long time.  This is what independent filmmaking should look like.   The story is simple and easy to follow, and the acting is decent overall.  I was a little worried about the acting at first when the film started with the character set ups and such, but the acting got much better as the movie progressed. 

      THE CEMETERY has some amazing gore all throughout the film, and from what I can tell it was done with 100% practical effects.   Another thing I loved about this film was the extremely creepy imagery throughout the film.

      This film was obviously made by a fan of the horror genre that was tired of the recent films and wanted to make a "real" horror film like we haven't seen in some time.    This movie had everything you look for in a horror film. 

      I can't say enough good things about THE CEMETERY.    Do yourself a favor and check this one out asap!   THE CEMETERY is available on a 2-disc Special Edition DVD or a limited 4-disc Blu-ray!   Special features include:

    *  Director/Cast Audo Commentary
    *  2 Hour Making of Documentary
    *  Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery
    *  Trailaers
    *  "M is for Memoirs" Short Film


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



    http://www.cavd.com/
     

    http://massacrevideo.com/site/




    Monday, December 22, 2014

    This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014












    Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 12/23:
    (Click on a title to watch the trailer)


    BACKWOODS
    DOMINION:  SEASON 1  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    INTRUDERS:  SEASON 1  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    SANATORIUM



    Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Check out the awesome limited edition release of MR. RAPE'S FIRST DATE!


    http://videotrashproductions.bigcartel.com/product/mr-rape-s-first-date-limited-bluhttp://videotrashproductions.bigcartel.com/product/mr-rape-s-first-date-limited-blu  With a name like that, it's gotta be good!  Right?  MR. RAPE'S FIRST DATE is available now on a limited edition Blu-ray from Video Trash Productions.   And when I say limited edition, I mean it.  This is not one of those "limited editions" where there are thousands of copies made.  No, with this release there aren't even hundreds.  In fact, this limited release is limited to 15 Blu-rays!   That's right, only 15 of these have been made and each one will come numbered.  This is an awesome opportunity to get an extremely limited release that I am sure will become quite the collectors item!  

      The film is from Director  and this is the very first release from Video Trash Productions!  As of this post, only 7 Blu-rays remain, so get yours soon before they are gone!


    CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
    CLICK HERE to order the limited edition Blu-ray

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    DVD Review: COLLAR (2014)


    http://mvdb2b.com/s/Collar/UN-1061COLLAR
    Written & Directed by 
    Distributed by MVD Visual & Unearthed Films

      I have been a big fan of director Ryan Nicholson ever since 2006's LIVE FEED.  After that came the wonderful GUTTERBALLS, and then other great films.  I was super excited to get the chance to review Nicholson's latest feature, COLLAR.  Here is the basic plot from the MVD website:

    A rookie cop starts her shift like any other but soon it will all change for the worse. A derelict with a reputation of satanic violence, attacks the officer and collars her with a dog leash which is just the start of his abusive ritual.

      I was super excited going into this film, I was expecting another instant classic like the last few films from this director.  Unfortunately, I viewed what is in my opinion his worst film to date.  If you were to look at all his films and compare, I would have said that COLLAR was one of his earliest films, if not his very first one.  The production quality was horrible, making the film look very cheaply made.  The acting was pretty bad overall, especially from the one of the characters that film the "Bumfight" type videos.  The only really good acting was from star Nick Principe  who played the main character named "Massive".  Nick did a great job as always and gave the film some credibility in the acting category.

     The only real saving grace for me for this film was the gore.  As you would expect from a Ryan Nicholson film, COLLAR has some great gore, but even that is not enough to save the film overall.  I am hoping for better things to come from Mr. Nicholson in the future.  Every film can't be a "home run".  Every director is entitled to a few misses.  Nicholson's next film is the sequel to GUTTERBALLS which I expect to be back on par with his other films. 

      If you have seen COLLAR, let me know what you thought of this film.  I have seen plenty of good reviews for it, so maybe I just missed something with this one.  As with any film review I do, I suggest you take my opinion for what it's worth, and watch the film and see what you think of it.

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

    http://mvdb2b.com/
    http://www.unearthedfilms.com/