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Monday, February 8, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, February 9th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD releases that come out tomorrow, 2/9:

*  E.N.D

Saturday, February 6, 2016

DVD Review: BLOOD PUNCH (2014)

http://midnightreleasing.com/blood-punch/BLOOD PUNCH
Directed by: 
Distributed by:  Midnight Releasing

  If you are one of those horror fans that complains about there not being any new or original ideas when it comes to horror movies these days, then you will definitely want to check out BLOOD PUNCH from Midnight Releasing.   Here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Midnight Releasing:

On the promise of the ultimate drug score, brilliant chemistry student Milton breaks out of court mandated rehab to follow the mysterious and seductive Skylar and her boyfriend, Russell, to an isolated hunting lodge, where they intend to produce enough meth to set them up for life. Caught in the middle of a love-triangle, Milton and Skylar murder Russell, burying his body in the woods. The next morning they are horrified to find him alive and well, with no memory of the day before. Forced into an endless cycle of death, carnage, and mayhem, Milton is desperate for answers and a way out. But the truth is more horrifying than he could have ever imagined, nothing is as it seems, and there is no one to trust–least of all himself.

  So the film basically centers on a guy and girl who are secluded in a cabin in the woods.  The girl's boyfriend then finds them and goes to the cabin and is killed.  Then he comes back, and they kill him again.  Each day the boyfriend keeps showing up and the guy and girl have to dispose of him in any way they can.    This leads to some very entertaining kills, and provides lots of good gore and bloody effects.

  The film is shot very well with a production value that looks much better than what it's actual budget was I am suspecting.   The acting is excellent from all involved and it's cast perfectly.  Actor Ari Boyland does an excellent job as the psycho boyfriend.  I have to imagine getting killed in a horror movie would be a lot of fun, to think this guy got to do it over and over again with each time being a different kill!   I imaging this film was a lot of fun to shoot.  Actors Milo Cawthorne and Olivia Tennet also give wonderful performances.  Acting can really hurt a horror movie like this, so I was very glad to see such a great job from the entire cast.  

  While we might see this "ground hog day" type of situation is other genres, most notably comedy films, I can't think of any horror film where this has been used before.   Horror is a perfect use of this kind of repetitiveness, and makes for a very fun and entertaining film.  

  I highly recommend this one if you haven't seen it yet.  BLOOD PUNCH is available now from Midnight Releasing and contains the following special features:

*  Deleted Scenes
*  Outtakes
*  Test Footage

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


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blu-ray Review: BLOODY KNUCKLES (2014)

http://www.artsploitationfilms.com/film/bloody-knuckles/BLOODY KNUCKLES
Written & Directed by
Distributed by:  Artsploitation Films

  Very seldom can you mix horror with comedy and make a good film.  Good horror comedies are few and far between for me, but every now and then a film can mix the two elements just right and come away with a great film.  Luckily, writer/director Matt O'Mahoney has managed to do just that with the great comedy/horror film, BLOODY KNUCKLES.  Here is the basic plot courtesy of the Artsploitation Films website:

  Travis, an underground comic book artist with a penchant for obscene caricatures, upsets a Chinatown crime lord who responds by cutting off the young man’s hand. As a despondent, drunken Travis wallows in post-severed hand depression, his decomposing limb returns to life and is determined to exact revenge. Soon, Travis and his mischievous appendage join forces with a masked S&M superhero to rid the city of evil. Filmmaker Matt O.’s debut feature strips Canada of its “land of nice” image with this deliriously offensive, gory, and happily un-PC horror-comedy!

  Now I have to admit, some of the humor in this film is a bit childish and crass, but I admit I laughed out loud multiple times.   If you don't like crude humor, you will probably not like this film, but if you can appreciate some good rude humor (like I do), then this will be your type of film.   In addition to the humor, the horror aspect of this film is just as much in the forefront and is a huge part of what makes this movie so good for me.   There is some great effects and gore on display here, most of which look to be practical effects, which is always a plus in my opinion.  

  The film looks great, and I have a feeling it looks like a much bigger budget film that it probably was.   The film is shot and edited well, contains great camerawork and all the actors do a wonderful job.   This was a top notch production which is amazing considering this is writer/director Matt O'Mahoney's first feature length production!  I look forward to seeing more from this great filmmaker in the future!

  Check out BLOODY KNUCKLES if you get the chance.  It is a fun film and well worth your time (and money).   The DVD and Blu-ray are available now and contain the following special features:

*  Director's Commentary
*  Deleted Scenes
*  Short Films "Electric Fence" and "Adjust Tracking"
*  Featurettes

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


Monday, February 1, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, February 2nd, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 2/2:

*  HELLIONS  [DVD &  Blu-ray]

*  MARTYRS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  RAGE [Blu-ray]

Thursday, January 28, 2016


https://www.tromashop.com/class-of-nuke-em-high-2-blu-rayCLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH 2
Directed by 
Distributed by Troma Entertainment

  If you are familiar with Troma Entertainment, then you know what you are getting when you put in a film called CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH 2:  SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWN.   You are a getting a film that is just plain crazy, and that's what we like about Troma films, right?  Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of the Troma website:

  First there was the super successful theatrical smash hit CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH...now comes the hyper-riotous, big budget sequel: CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH PART II: SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWN! The lovable cretins from Tromaville high school have graduated Summa Cum Weirdly, and the once peaceful Tromaville Institute of Technology is awash in a wave of violence and corporate greed. Meltdowns, massacres, and mutations abound on campus where humongous giant squirrels and obnoxious talking belly buttons are the least of your problems! Gloriously restored in all its anarchic glory, it's CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH PART II: SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWN like you've never seen it before!

 Now I must admit, I have never seen the original CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, but I really don't think you have to have seen that one to enjoy this one.  In fact, the film give you a recap of what happened in the first on at the beginning, so you should be good to go.  Not that you really need to keep up with any sort of plot though, this just isn't that type of movie!   The plot is very unimportant to this film, as the focus here is more on all the crazy stuff going on around the college/nuclear power plant.   There are crazy experiemnts on the students, a gang called the Squirrels that terrorize the students, and worst of all, an actual giant radioactive squirrel that tears the place apart!   

  There is no denying this is a Troma film.  It has everything you'd expect from a Troma film including crude humor, bad special effects  (some so bad, it's good though), bad acting and gratuitous nudity.   If you are a fan of the Toxic Avenger films, you will love this one.  

CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH 2:  SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWN is available now on Blu-ray and contains the following special features:

*  HD transfer of the movie from original materials
*  Audio commentary
*  Music Video trailer
*  Interview with Troma star Lisa Gaye
*  Nuke 'Em High Saga trailers including Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1 & 2
*  Premiere of Mystery's music video "Return to Nuke 'Em High"
*  Lloyd Kaufman interviews James Gunn on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy
*  Troma at the Museum of Modern Art
*  The American Cinematheque honors 40 Years of Troma

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


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Congratulations to the winner of my latest Blu-ray Giveaway!!

 Congratulations to the winner of my latest Blu-ray giveaway courtesy of Universal Home Entertainment and ThinkJam Distributing!!   Up for grabs was a Blu-ray copy of THE GREEN INFERNO from director Eli Roth.    The results are in, and the random number generator picked comment/entry # 16 which is Alfred Guy!

  Congratulations Alfred!!  I'll be in touch to get your mailing address, and your Blu-ray will be sent to you directly from ThinkJam. 

  Congrats, and don't worry if you didn't win this time.  Check back in a few days when my next giveaway will go live...up next will be the chance to win a blu-ray copy of SINISTER 2!

 Thanks to all those that entered!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Only 1 more day to enter for your chance to win THE GREEN INFERNO on Blu-ray!

http://www.hayeshudsonshouseofhorror.blogspot.com/2016/01/enter-for-your-chance-to-win-free-blu.html  Time is running out on my latest giveaway!   If you have not entered to win yet, please do so by visiting the original giveaway post  (HERE) and leave a comment to be entered to win!   Up for grabs is a FREE copy of THE GREEN INFERNO on blu-ray! 

Hurry, enter today!

CLICK HERE to go to the original post to enter

Monday, January 18, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, January 19th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 1/19:

*  12 MONKEYS:  SEASON 1  [DVD and Blu-ray]
*  THE GUARDIAN  [Blu-ray]
*  HANA / DAMA :  THE ORIGIN   [Blu-ray]
*  LUTHER THE GEEK  [DVD/Blu-ray combo]
*  NIGHTMARE WEEKEND  [DVD/Blu-ray combo]

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Check out the interactive horror movie, THE OUTBREAK


  I happened across this site while looking for a certain zombie game online.   This is a site that features an interactive zombie film called, THE OUTBREAK.   As the film progresses, it pauses at certain points where you have to make a decision  that will determine if you survive the zombie outbreak or if you die!   I've died twice so far, I guess I'll keep trying! Ha!  

 Check it out for yourself, it's actually a very well made zombie film with some good gore.  Getting to changed the scenes based on your choices is a lot of fun!

CLICK HERE to watch and play THE OUTBREAK

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Enter for your chance to win a FREE Blu-ray of THE GREEN INFERNO!!

  It's time for another Blu-ray Giveway from the 4H blog and the fine folks at Universal Home Entertainment and ThinkJam Distributing!  Universal and ThinkJam are giving you the chance to win some FREE Blu-rays of Universal's hottest new  horror Releases!!

 In all, we will be giving away 3 Blu-rays over the next few weeks.  We've already given away a copy of M. Night Shyamalan's latest film, THE VISIT.   We'll be giving away the frightening sequel SINISTER 2 soon, but up now for giveaway is a Blu-ray of Eli Roth's terrifying Cannibal film, THE GREEN INFERNO

Here is the basic synopsis of THE GREEN INFERNO from the Universal Home Entertainment website:

  The mastermind behind the Hostel franchise and Cabin Fever, horror auteur Eli Roth, serves up a feast of gut-wrenching terror in the gruesome fear-fest The Green Inferno. Determined to protect the Amazon rainforest, a group of student activists fly to Peru only to crash-land deep in the jungle. Captured by a pack of bloodthirsty cannibals, the survivors suffer unspeakable acts of butchery at the hands of the very tribe they were trying to save. A non-stop barrage of carnage and chills, The Green Inferno is an unhinged blast!

  If you didn't get a chance to check out THE GREEN INFERNO in theaters, now is the time to do so with the Blu-ray release.  THE GREEN INFERNO was released on Blu-ray and DVD January 5th, 2016, but you can win a copy FREE by entering my latest contest today!!

CLICK HERE for more info and to watch the trailer

  In order to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post below, and tell me what your favorite Eli Roth film is.   Include your email so I can contact you.  If you would rather not leave your email address, then just comment on the post and then shoot me an email (zombiehayes@hotmail.com) so I will be able to get in touch with you if you are the winner.  The contest will run from now through Saturday, January 22nd and the winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, January 23rd.   I will send an email to the winner to collect their mailing address, and then the Blu-ray will be sent directly to the winner from ThinkJam.   Only 1 comment/entry per person please.

Thanks, and GOOD LUCK!!



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, January 12th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that came out today, 1/12:

*  CONTRACTED:  PHASE 2  [Blu-ray]
*  HOWL  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  SINISTER 2  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Saturday, January 9, 2016

DVD Review: CONDEMNED (2015)

Directed by 
Distributed by RLJ Entertainment

 I watched a movie the other night that I had never heard of before.  I knew nothing about it and had seen no reviews/comments on it in any of my online browsing.  The film is called CONDEMNED and I have a felling the more people start seeing this movie, the more you will begin to hear about it.  Here is the plot synopsis from the RLJ Entertainment website:

  Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend, who is squatting in an old condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.

  The film is in the same vein as the REC and QUARANTINE films.  It's a claustrophobic nightmare of disease and filth.   While obviously a lower budget film than the ones just mentioned, CONDEMNED managed to entertain me just as much as those bigger budget films did.   While not exactly a zombie film, it has that feel to it as a people get sick and turn into flesh eating creatures. 

  One thing that really stuck out was the use of practical effects in this movie.  In fact, I don't remember seeing any CG at all, but if it was used it was mixed in with the practical effects so well that I didn't notice them.  Practical effects are very rare these days, and they just look so much better overall.  I always appreciate when a movie goes that route over the cheaper, yet inferior, CG effects.

  CONDEMNED kept me entertained the entire running time.  The film was shot well and the acting was great with all involved.  I highly recommend this film to all my horror loving fans.  CONDEMNED is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from RLJ Entertainment and contains the following special features:

*  Cast Interviews and Script Readings
*  Watch in "42nd Street Mode" with a live audience commentary
*  TV's "Entertainment Tonight Canada" On-Set Interview with Dylan Penn

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


Friday, January 8, 2016

Blu-ray Review: 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS (1982)

http://www.blue-underground.com/product.php?product=2571990:  THE BRONX WARRIORS
Directed by 
Distributed by  Blue Underground

 Blue Underground has had some amazing DVD/Blu-ray releases lately, and continue to show why they are one of the best film companies out there with the release of 1990:  THE BRONX WARRIORS.  This is is another cult classic I had heard of before, but I had never seen before.  Here is the plot of the film courtesy of the Blue Underground website:

  It's 1990 and the Bronx has officially been declared a "No Man's Land." The authorities have given up all attempts to restore law and order. When a beautiful young woman runs away from Manhattan into this wasteland of motorcycle gangs and marauding warriors, her corrupt father sends a ruthless mercenary to bring her back at all costs. But gang leader Trash has other plans, uniting the rival outlaws to wage an all-out guerilla war against their corporate oppressors.
  Co-written and directed by Enzo G. Castellari (THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS), this action-packed post-apocalyptic cult classic is a delirious mix of elements from THE WARRIORS and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Starring Vic Morrow (TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE), Christopher Connelly (MANHATTAN BABY), Fred Williamson (VIGILANTE), and Mark Gregory (ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX), 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS has been newly transferred in High Definition and includes exclusive new Extras created especially for this release!

  While not a horror film, it is still a great grindhouse type of exploitation flick, so that's good enough for me to cover it!  As I mentioned, I had never seen this film before, but I immediately fell in love with this one and it will definitely get some repeat viewings from me in the near future.   The first thing I noticed was the remarkable HD transfer.  This looked like a film that was shot just recently with the crystal clear picture it had.    As for the film itself, it was action packed and entertaining all the way through.  There were no real dry or slow sections here...it was paced very well and kept the thoroughly entertained the entire running time.  The film reminded me a lot of THE WARRIORS with all the different gangs making up this new post-apocalyptic Bronx, so if you are a fan of that film, I am sure you will love this one as well. 

  1990:  THE BRONX WARRIORS is available now from Blue Underground and contains the following special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Enzo G. Castellari
*  Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio De Angelis In Conversation Part 1
*  Sourcing The Weaponry - Enzo G. Castellari visits the Italian Weapons Rental House of Paolo Ricci
*  Adventures In The Bronx - Interview with Actor/Stuntman Massimo Vanni
*  Theatrical Trailers
*  Poster & Still Gallery

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


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Blu-ray Review: LA GRANDE BOUFFE (1973)

http://mvdb2b.com/s/LaGrandeBouffeBlurayDVD/AV017LA GRANDE BOUFFE
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow Video / MVD Entertainment Group

  I've seen some weird, messed up movies in my life, and now here's a new one I can add to that list.  The film is a French/Italian film titled, LA GRANDE BOUFFE, which translates to "The Big Feast".  Here is the main plot of the film courtesy of the MVD website:

  The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini's 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le métro) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum), who seems to be up for anything... At once jovial and sinister, the film's jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.

  Now I must point out that this is not a horror movie in any sense of the word.  I guess you could call it an exploitation film of a sort, so for that reason I'll cover it!  I honestly don't know what genre you would put this into.  If I had to choose, I guess I would say a dark comedy...an extremely dark comedy!  The fact that the four men would choose to kill themselves by eating themselves to death is pretty disturbing, which fits perfectly for this film.  You will witness all kinds of crass and disturbing behavior in this film, as the four men not only gorge themselves on food during their final weekend, they also gorge themselves on drink and sex.  You will see all of their degenerative behavior on film and at some points it does get a little long winded.  The film clocks in at 130 minutes, and I think the actual plot would only need about half of that time.  The other half is just witnessing countless acts of over indulgence in women and food, but that's what is really the heart of this film.

  Disturbing on many levels, LA GRANDE BOUFFE is a film you will remember long after you watch it.  It's tough to sit through at times, but watch it all the way through and I think you will see why this film has become such a cult classic over the years. 

  LA GRANDE BOUFFE is available now from Arrow Video and MVD Distribution and contains the following special features:

*  Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
*  Original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
*  Newly translated English subtitles
*  The Farcical Movie - A French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which the director discusses, among other things, the influence of Tex Avery, Luis Buñuel and Tod Browning's Freaks
*  Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande bouffe, containing interviews with Ferrari and actors Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret
*  Extracts from the television series Couleurs autour d'un festival featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival
*  A visual essay on the film with by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone
*  Select scene audio commentary by Iannone
*  News report from the Cannes Film Festival where La Grande bouffe caused a controversial stir, including Ferreri at the press conference
*  Original Trailer
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
*  Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

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



Monday, January 4, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, January 5th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 1/5:

*  CONDEMNED [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  DEATHGASM  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  THE VISIT  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Sunday, January 3, 2016

And the winner is.......

 Congratulations to the winner of my latest Blu-ray giveaway courtesy of Universal Home Entertainment and ThinkJam Distributing!!   Up for grabs was a Blu-ray copy of THE VISIT from director M. Night Shyamalan.    The results are in, and the random number generator picked comment/entry # 5 which was Tony Brock!  

 Congratulations Tony!  I'll be in touch to get your mailing address, and your Blu-ray will be sent to you directly from ThinkJam. 

  Congrats, and check back in a few days when my next giveaway will go live...up next will be the chance to win a copy of the cannibal gore fest, THE GREEN INFERNO!

 Thanks to all those that entered!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Only 2 days left to enter my giveaway for a FREE copy of THE VISIT on blu-ray!!

  If you have not entered my latest giveaway, please go do so now!   There are not many entries, so your chance of winning are awesome!  Just go to my original post by clicking HERE, and leave a comment on that post for your chance to win!!   A winner will be picked on Sunday, 1/3!

Good luck!!

Monday, December 28, 2015

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, December 29th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 12/29:

*  BONE TOMAHAWK  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Sunday, December 27, 2015


by Gene DeRosa
Published by Samson Publishing Company

  FRIDAY THE 13th is probably my favorite horror movie franchise of all time.  I love all the films in the series and I really love reading about the films in various books on this franchise.   Recently I ran across author Gene DeRosa at the Tulsa Comic Con and his trivia books based on the FRIDAY THE 13th films and the HALLOWEEN films! 

  6-13:  A FRIDAY THE 13th MOVIE TRIVIA BOOK is a very comprehensive look at the Jason Voorhees films.   There are some very tough questions here, giving you some wonderful details into the films.  Along with the normal trivia you would find in a book like this, there is also just a lot of great information on the films. DeRosa's book is much more than just a trivia book, it is also a great reference book for the FRIDAY THE 13th films.   Some examples include a great section of the book that lists every actor that has ever played the part of Jason Voorhees and the films they appeared in.  Another is a list of every film in the series and the location the movie takes place in along with all the actual filming locations for each film.   Here are a few more great reference items you will find in this book:

*  A list of the number of kills and type of kills from each film
*  A list of every FRIDAY THE 13th comic book series
*  A list of every survivor from each film
*  A list of every way Jason was killed at the end of each film
*  A kill list of every character killed in the films and how they died

http://www.samsonpublishingcompany.com/#!product/prd13/3985973061/10-31-a-halloween-movie-trivia-book10-31: A HALLOWEEN  MOVIE TRIVIA BOOK
by Gene DeRosa
Published by Samson Publishing Company

 Halloween is another one of my favorite horror film franchises, and just like the FRIDAY THE 13th trivia book above, DeRosa's HALLOWEEN trivia book is just as in-depth and informative.  10-31 is almost twice a thick as the FRIDAY book and in addition to an abundance of great trivia questions, it too is jammed full of useful info and stats.  Lists in this book include:

*  every actor to portray Michael Myers in each film
*  every comic book series produced about the HALLOWEEN films or Michael Myers.
*  pictures of each mask used in each HALLOWEEN film
*  release dates and box office numbers for each film

  As you can see these are more than just trivia books.  These are must have in-depth reference books for fans of these films.  I can't imagine the research that had to go into each of these amazing books.  I highly recommend picking up a copy of each from the Samson Publishing website.  Right now, you can get both books for just $20!

CLICK HERE to purchase the FRIDAY THE 13th TRIVIA BOOK for $9.99
CLICK HERE to purchase BOTH books for only $20!


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Speaking of Christmas.....how would you like some free Blu-rays?!!!! Blu-ray giveaway #1

 Merry Christmas!  Just when you thought Christmas was over, here comes the 4H blog and the fine folks at Universal Home Entertainment and ThinkJam Distributing giving you the chance to win some FREE Blu-rays of Universal's hottest new upcoming horror Releases!!

 In all, we will be giving away 3 Blu-rays over the next few weeks.  The titles will include M. Night Shyamalan's latest film, THE VISIT.   The frightening sequel SINISTER 2, and Eli Roth's latest film, the terrifying Cannibal film, THE GREEN INFERNO!  

  Needless to say, Christmas is not over yet!   What better time to start this giveaway than right now!!

Up first is M. Night Shyamalan's THE VISIT.  Here is the basic synopsis from the Universal Home Entertainment website:

  When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents' secluded Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right with the elderly couple. Faced with strange rules and increasingly frightening behavior, the children soon realize it will take all their wits to make it home alive. Critics rave, the latest heart-pounding thriller from the director of The Sixth Sense and Signs and the producer of Paranormal Activity and The Purge is a “deliciously creepy triumph.”** **Scott Mendelson, Forbes.com

  If you didn't get a chance to check out THE VISIT in theaters, now is the time to do so with the upcoming Blu-ray release.  THE VISIT will be released on Blu-ray and DVD January 5th, 2016.  

CLICK HERE for more info and to watch the trailer

  In order to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post below, and tell me what your favorite M. Night Shyamalan film is.   Include your email so I can contact you.  If you would rather not leave your email address, then just comment and then shoot me an email (zombiehayes@hotmail.com) so I will be able to get in touch with you if you are the winner.  The contest will run from now through Saturday, January 2nd at Winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, January 3rd.   I will send an email to the winner to collect their mailing address, and then the Blur-ray will be sent directly to the winner from ThinkJam right after the film's release date.   Only 1 comment/entry per person please.

I hope you all had a great wonderful Holiday weekend!!

 Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but it was a very busy week this past week getting ready for Christmas!   My family had a wonderful day yesterday, and I hope yours did as well!

http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/hellraiser-the-scarlet-box-limited-edition-trilogy/ While presents aren't the reason for Christmas, of course, they are a fun added bonus!  Especially if you get some cool horror related presents!!  This year, I just gone one horror related present, but it was a doozy!  I got the Arrow UK release of the HELLRAISER:  SCARLET BOX Blu-ray box set!  This release is pretty amazing and includes the first 3 HELLRAISER films, a 4th disc about the legacy of Clive Barker including some of his short films, and a 200 page hardback book about Clive Barker and the Hellraiser films.   This was my favorite gift for sure this year!

 So, leave me a comment, let me know what your favorite gift was, especially if it was anything horror related!

  Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Blu-ray Review: BLOOD RAGE (1987)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085253/?ref_=nv_sr_1BLOOD RAGE
Directed by: 
Distributed by Arrow Video / MVD Entertainment Group

 It looks like I am continuing to find hidden horror gems from the 1980's that I somehow missed.   The latest is the amazing Arrow Video release of BLOOD RAGE.  This is another film that I have always heard of, but had never seen.  After finally getting a chance to see it, I am upset that it took me this long to see it.   This is a classic in every sense of the word.   For those unfamiliar, here is the basic plot courtesy of the MVD website:

  IT'S NOT CRANBERRY SAUCE! What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. Why, it's Blood Rage of course! Todd and Terry seem like sweet kids - that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalised, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped - and he's heading their way. But has the killer twin in fact been in their midst all along? One thing's for sure, there WILL be blood... Filmed in 1983 at the tail-end of the slasher golden era but not released until 1987, Blood Rage (also re-cut and released to theatres as Nightmare at Shadow Woods) has been lovingly restored from the original vault materials for its first ever appearance on Blu-ray and DVD. Happy Thankskilling!

  "This Thanksgiving, it's not cranberry sauce"!  Ha!  What a great tagline, and yes, an actual line from the film.   I have a feeling a lot of people might have missed seeing this one, and hopefully with this new release that can be corrected.  This is definitely a film that any horror fan needs to see.  The story is very interesting with the twin aspect, as no one knows for sure who they are dealing with once the commotion starts.  The acting is pretty good, although pretty cheesy at some points.  Also, there is no getting around this film being from the 1980's with the clothes and big hair!  That is part of the film's character, though.

  There were tons of slasher films that came out in the 1980's, but what sets this one apart from all the others is the amazing effects and gore.   The effects were done by genre vet Ed French  and they are truly amazing.   You gotta love practical effects, and BLOOD RAGE is full of them, including a severed hand, severed head, split open head, and a completely chopped up person!  The gore is over the top in this film and while most slashers cut away when they go in for the kill, this one does not.  

  This film instantly goes on my top horror films of all time.  I can't say enough good things about BLOOD RAGE.  Get yourself a copy of this film asap!  You will not be disappointed.

  BLOOD RAGE is available now on Arrow Video in a awesome 3-disc set and contains the following special features:

- Three versions of the film – Blood Rage, the original home video version, Nightmare at Shadow Woods, the theatrical re-cut, and an alternate “composite” cut combining footage from both versions
- Original Stereo 2.0 sound (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
- Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joseph A. Ziemba, author of BLEEDING SKULL! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey

- Brand new 2K restoration of the “hard” home video version, transferred from the camera negative and featuring the original title card Slasher
- Audio commentary with director John Grissmer
- Both Sides of the Camera – an interview with producer/actress Marianne Kanter
- Double Jeopardy – an interview with actor Mark Soper
- Jeez, Louise! – an interview with actress Louise Lasser
- Man Behind the Mayhem – an interview with special make-up effects creator Ed French
- Three Minutes with Ted Raimi – an interview with actor Ted Raimi
- Return to Shadow Woods – featurette revisiting the original locations in Jacksonville, Florida
- Alternate opening titles
- Motion still gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes make-up photos

- Nightmare at Shadow Woods – the re-edited 1987 theatrical cut featuring footage not seen in the Blood Rage home video version
- Alternate composite cut of the feature combining footage from the home video and theatrical versions
- Never-before-seen outtakes

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the BD/DVD combo pack



Friday, December 18, 2015

Blu-ray Review: BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1981)

https://severin-films.com/shop/bloody-birthday-blu-ray-2/BLOODY BIRTHDAY
Directed by
Distributed by CAV Distribution / Severin Films

  It has always been my opinion that the greatest decade of horror films is the 1980's.  So many great movies came out during this time, and I feel like I have seen most of the more popular ones.  Somehow along the way, I missed this one, though.  The film is BLOODY BIRTHDAY and it is by far one of the best horror films I have watched in quite some time.  Here is the basic plot synopsis courtesy of the Severin Films website:

  Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the ’80s that may also be the most disturbing ‘killer kids’ movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings and beyond. Can the town’s grown-ups stop these pint-sized serial killers before their blood-soaked birthday bash? K.C. Martel (E.T., Growing Pains), Joe Penny (Jake And The Fat Man), Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja), screen legends Susan Strasberg and Jose Ferrer, and MTV vixen Julie Brown – whose nude bedroom dance remains a landmark of celebrity skin – star in this still-controversial shocker from director Ed Hunt (The Brain, Diary Of A Sinner), now featuring an all-new HD transfer from the original vault elements.

  I love finding gems like this one that I have never seen before.  This is definitely a very unique slasher film, as the killer(s) is a group of 3 young kids.   The kids look sweet and innocent enough, but they are anything but that.   They are a vile group of killers who have no problem with killing off the adults in town, including their own parents and siblings!  Slasher films are usually disturbing to some extent, but that is greatly increased when it is kids doing the killing. 
   This is classic 80's horror at it's finest. If you have not seen BLOODY BIRTHDAY,  I suggest you get buy the DVD or Blu-ray asap and give it a watch.  I would honestly put this film in my top 20 horror films of all time!

  BLOODY BIRTHDAY is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Severin Films and contains the following special features:

– Audio Interview With Director Ed Hunt
– Don’t Eat That Cake! Interview With Star Lori Lethin
– A Brief History Of Slasher Films Featurette
– Severin Trailers

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



Monday, December 14, 2015

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

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 12/15:

*  AXE / KIDNAPPED COED Double Feature  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  BLOODRAGE  [Blu-ray/DVD combo]
*  THE CAR  [Blu-ray]
*  COUNT DRACULA  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  EUGENIE   [Blu-ray/DVD combo]
*  ZOMBIE HIGH   [Blu-ray/DVD combo]

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blu-ray Review: HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD / RATS Double Feature

http://www.blue-underground.com/product.php?product=242HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD / RATS  Double Feature
Directed by
Distributed by Blue Underground

 Blue Underground continues to put out some of the greatest horror, cult, and exploitation flicks around.   One of their newer releases is this great double feature consisting of two of director Bruno Mattei's best films, HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD, and RATS:  NIGHT OF TERROR.   If you have not seen these films, do yourself a favor and pick up this awesome double feature blu-ray as soon as you can.  Even if you have seen these, you will want this new 1080p HD release of these films, for sure.   Here are the basic plots of each film from the Blue Underground Website:

  An accident at a chemical plant unleashes a horrific virus, and an elite SWAT team is sent to New Guinea to investigate. But when they arrive on the hellish island, they discover a plague of flesh-eating zombies as well as a beautiful female reporter who practices nude anthropology. Can the commandos survive this cannibal rampage, uncover a shocking government secret, and still find time for the occasional cross-dressing before the ravenous hordes of the living dead infect the entire world?
  Directed by the notorious Bruno Mattei (THE OTHER HELL), this '80s Italian gut-muncher is infamous for its eye-popping gore, jaw-dropping dialogue and heart-stopping use of inappropriate stock footage. Also known as VIRUS, NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES and even ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH, HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD has been newly transferred in shocking High Definition from the original uncut and uncensored negative!

 In the year 225 A.B. (After the Bomb), a group of post-apocalyptic bikers discover an abandoned research laboratory filled with food, water... and thousands of rats. But these are no ordinary vermin; these are super-intelligent mutant rodents with a ravenous appetite for human flesh. Can a bunch of heavily armed but not-too-bright human scavengers survive a night of terror against the most hungry and horrific predators on earth?
  Directed by the notorious Bruno Mattei (WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE), this hilarious Italian shocker is filled with over-the-top gore, bottom-of-the-barrel dialogue and attacks by what appear to be thousands of painted guinea pigs, all capped with a twist ending that must be seen to be believed. Also known as RATS OF MANHATTAN and BLOOD KILL, RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR has been newly transferred in flesh-ripping High Definition from the original uncut and uncensored negative!

  Both of these films are classics in my opinion, and perfect examples of early 80's Italian horror films.  Both feature some amazing gore, some impressive sets, and fun story lines.   I have to admit they also both contain some very cheesy dialog, but that is actually some of the character of these films and doesn't take away from the enjoyment of these films at all.

  While I love zombie films, I think between the two films I liked RATS the best.   HOTLD was very good, and reminded me of the early zombie films of George Romero such as DAWN OF THE DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD, but RATS was the more enjoyable of the two for me.  RATS was a very unique film as it wasn't just a creature film, it was a post-apocalyptic film is well.  It was like MAD MAX meets WILLARD.  I liked the post-apocalyptic part of the story, with most people living underground and only a few groups of outsiders living up top.   The gore was very impressive with this film and since this was before CGI, the filmmakers used actual rats in the filming of the movie.

  If you are a fan of Italian horror, or just like good zombie and killer animal movies, then you will want to pick up this great double feature blu-ray from Blue Underground.  The blu-ray is available now and contains the following special features:

*  Bonded By Blood - Interviews with Co-Writer/Co-Director Claudio Fragasso and Stars Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garofalo, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua & Massimo Vanni
*  Hell Rats Of The Living Dead - Interview with Director Bruno Mattei
*  Theatrical Trailers
*  Poster & Still Galleries

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for RATS
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray Double Feature


Friday, December 11, 2015

Blu-ray Review: THUNDERCRACK! (1975)

Directed by: 
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

 Synapse Films is known for releasing some of the greatest horror films, as well as come off-the-wall films as well.  They have some crazy, wild films in their catalog, but I think I just found the weirdest film they have released to date.  The film is called THUNDERCRACK! and it is one of the strangest movies I have ever seen.   Here is the synopsis from the Synapse Films website:

  Witness if you dare… THUNDERCRACK!… the world’s only underground kinky art adult horror film, complete with four men, three women and rampaging circus animals. With the initial setup of an atmospheric gothic tale — a dark and stormy night breakdown featuring a creepy old house on the hill — it quickly turns into an eerie orgy of graphic humor, horror and sex. A tour de force of underground filmmaking with a plot beyond description, this film fully exposes itself with amazing dialogue and trash-noir lighting through which to peer at the pickles, the puke and the polymorphs.
  In 1975, Curt McDowell and writer/actor George Kuchar created the exceptionally perverse and utterly brilliant THUNDERCRACK!, a film not recommended for those with tender sensibilities. A true cult classic that has shocked, excited and amazed audiences worldwide for 40 years, this presentation is the first ever official North American video release!

  This is the 40th Anniversary release of this film, and it amazes me and says a lot about this film that it is still around and even celebrated this many years after it's initial release.   As I mentioned, this is one of the strangest films I have ever seen.   The plot was amazing in that it started out like a horror film, as a group traveling along a country road have car trouble and find refuge in an old creepy house.  It then goes in about 20 different directions, including a sub-plot about one of the men who was recently released from the "loony bin" after his friends tricked him into having sex with a gorilla.  This scene is told from the man's point of view, complete with flashbacks of the event.  Seriously, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried!  That is honestly about the most tame plot point of this film, everything else pretty much just revolves around the members of the house having sex with everyone (and everything) in the house!

  While I can't say this is a film I will be re-watching anytime soon, I can at least say I have seen it.  Although, now that I think about it, maybe I should not mention to anyone that I actually watched it! Ha!  It's definitely good for a laugh 40 years later, and is a must see for anyone that is into very strange, underground cinema.

THUNDERCRACK! is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Synapse Films and CAV Distribution, and contains the following special features:

*  All-Region (Region Free) Release!
*  Rare archival interview segments with director Curt McDowell presented as audio commentary
*  BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE Bonus Feature - IT CAME FROM KUCHAR (87 mins): Directed by Jennifer Kroot. Documentary about the twin underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar
*  BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: An additional BONUS DVD loaded with fun additional extras! Rare interviews, short films, THUNDERCRACK! audition footage, outtakes and MORE!
*  Multiple language newly-translated removable subtitles in English SDH, French, German and Spanish
*  Chapter Selections

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



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Blu-ray Review: CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (2014)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2945892/?ref_=nv_sr_1CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
Written & Directed by
Distributed by  Artsploitation Films

  Just when you think you have seen it all in a certain horror sub-genre, a film will come along like a breath of fresh air and totally rejuvenate the film's topic.   With CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, the topic is vampires and this film does just that.   This is not your typical vampire film by any means.  This film focuses on children that have been turned into vampires.  Here is the synopsis from the Artsploitation Films website:

  A secluded colony of child vampires come under attack from vengeful villagers in this darkly funny horror tale by Argentinean filmmaker Ivan Noel. A journalist visits a secluded orphanage where children suffer from an unknown skin disease. She soon learns that they are in fact not children, but vampires aging from 4 to 120 years old and who have been bitten at an early age and forever remain in that physical state. They are led and protected by a strange and deeply religious ex-nurse whose destiny in life is to find these ‘lost souls’ and raise them in her sanctuary. Through religious teachings, nocturnal rituals and the occasional visit to local towns for fresh human blood, she keeps them safe  – that is until a cultish band of men from a nearby village plot to destroy the refuge. Now the children, headed by the 90-year-old grandson of Count Dracula, must defend their way of life.

  As I mentioned before, this is a very original take on the vampire film.  The film has a very unique and interesting story, with a nice plot twist along the way.  While the "children" look like kids, they are actually a variety of ages.  It is very interesting to see what looks like such young kids talk about adult things and engage in adult dialog with the journalist.   There really isn't  much blood and gore in this film, although it is really not needed.  This film focuses more on the vampires and this new society that they live in.   There are few instances of blood, but don't go into this expecting a vampire bloodbath!  Instead, enjoy the interesting story, and what I thought to be some wonderful acting from all those involved.   I highly recommend you check this one out.

  CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Artsploitation Films and includes the following special features:

*  Director's commentary
*  Making of featurette
*  Trailer

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