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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blu-ray Review: CURTAINS

  
http://synapse-films.com/synapse-films/curtains-blu-ray/CURTAINS
Directed by  (as Jonathan Stryker)
Distributed by Synapse films / CAV Distributing Corp

  The only thing I love more than watching one of my favorite 80's slasher flicks, is watching an 80's slasher flick nowadays that I have never seen before!  Such was the case with the 1983 classic, CURTAINS.   I had never really heard much about this movie, but I remember always seeing the VHS box back when I worked at a video rental store.  For some reason I just never checked it out.  I hate I missed out on seeing such a great film so long ago, but I love that I get to see it now on Blu-ray thanks to Synapse films!    If you are unfamiliar with this film like I was, here is the synopsis courtesy of the Synapse films website:

  A group of women gather for a weekend casting call at the secluded mansion of director Jonathan Stryker (Vernon). He’s searching for the perfect woman to play the role of the crazed character “Audra”, and these women are just dying for the chance to play her! Stryker’s last star, Samantha Sherwood (Eggar), is so determined to get the part, she committed herself to an asylum to prepare for the role. Unfortunately for all, a crazed killer in a disgusting “hag” mask is viciously murdering everyone one by one. Who will survive the final curtain call?

  This is a great film, and while it is a slasher film, it feels more like an Italian Giallo film, which makes sense being an early 80's slasher.  The modern slasher film derived from the Giallo sub-genre, so I guess this is a bridge piece where you can see the two horror sub-genres crossing paths.   There is not much blood/gore which is more the Giallo characteristic, but it has all the makings of a Slasher film as well, with some very unique and crazy kills.   One in particular involves the killer wearing an ultra creepy "old lady" mask as she ice skates across a frozen pond to get to her victim.  The close up of her skates in slow motion really builds the tension, and I just can't get over how creepy of an image this is.

  Another creepy aspect of this film (as if the creepy old lady mask wasn't enough), is the presence of a creepy doll throughout the film (as seen on the Blu-ray cover).  Killer dolls in movies always scare me, so this was a nice added feature to go along with the already creepy vibe given off by this film.   The film is also a mystery, or a "who-done-it" type film, as we don't know who the killer is until the very end, although I have to say I have seen enough of these type films by now, I caught on to who the killer was very early in the film, as you will probably too.  Regardless, it is still a very enjoyable film that I am very glad to have finally got the chance to view.

  This film is a must see for 80's slasher films.  CURTAINS is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Synapse films, and contains the following special features:

*  Brand-New 2K High-Definition Transfer from Original Vault Materials
*  5.1 Surround Remix Specifically Created for This Release
*  THE ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE: THE MAKING OF “CURTAINS” – An All-New retrospective featuring interviews with Director Richard Ciupka, Stars Lesleh Donaldson & Lynne Griffin, Editor Michael MacLaverty, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Greg Cannom, and Composer Paul Zaza
*  CIUPKA - A FILM-MAKER IN TRANSITION - Director Gordon Thornes vintage documentary short, featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage from CURTAINS (Blu-ray exclusive)
*  Audio Commentary with Stars Lesleh Donaldson & Lynne Griffin
*  Audio Interview with Producer Peter R. Simpson
*  Audio Interview with Star Samantha Eggar
*  Theatrical Trailer


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


http://synapse-films.com/http://www.cavd.com/index.php


Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm back!!


Ok, not back from the dead as the pic might suggest, but I am back from Summer vacation!  Regular blog posts will begin again immediately!  Thanks!

-Zombie Hayes

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014













Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/29
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

BLIND DEAD:  THE COMPLETE SAGA
CURTAINS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE DEN
*  I'LL KILL YOU, I'LL BURY YOU, I'LL SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE TOO
THE PYRAMID
TWIN PEAKS:   THE ENTIRE MYSTERY  [Blu-ray]


Friday, July 18, 2014

Hayes Hudson's House of Horror is taking a vacation!
















 I just wanted to let you all know that I am going to be taking about a week off from blogging for a much needed vacation, so don't expect any new posts over the next week or so.  Once I'm back, I'll start up the blog posts again!   Thanks!!












-Zombie Hayes

The Sci-Fi classic TRANCERS now available on Blu-ray!


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/Trancers-1-Blu-Ray-_p_913.html  I thought all you Sci-Fi fans might like to know that the classic Sci-Fi film, TRANCERS, is now available on Blu-ray!   For those not familiar with this film, here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's imdb.com page:

Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler - an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert people into zombie like creatures known as trancers. Whistler has managed to escape through time travel and is loose in 1980s L.A. but Deth is on his trail.

 TRANCERS is available on Blu-ray for the first time from fullmoondirect.com, and has been remastered with AMAZING Widescreen color correction, 5.1 surround sound, and an incredible amount of extras including the following special features:

* Audio Commentary by Tim Thomserson and Charles Band
* Daniel Griffith's Trancers Featurette
* Rare Interview with Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, and Megan Ward
* Complete Trancers: City of Lost Angels Segment from the Pulsepounders Trilogy
* Rare Stills Gallery
* Rare Full Moon Trailers

 Hopefully, I will have a full review of the film coming soon!!

CLICK HERE to order the Blu-ray!
CLICK HERE to watch an excerpt from the Trancers Featurette exclusively available on the Blu-ray

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DVD Review: SCARLET FRY'S HORRORAMA


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1267169/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  I have seen and reviewed a few of director Walter Ruether's movies before on this website.  First, back in 2010 with  NIGHTMARE ALLEY (see that review here), then SCARLET FRY'S JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST back in 2011 (see that review here), and finally DEATH BY VHS just last year (see that review here).

 These are all very low budget movies, made by someone who obviously loves the horror genre. What director Walter Ruether lacks in terms of budget is made up for in his fun stories and gore effects. Ok, let's be honest, the gore effects are not state of the art by any means...they are cheap, practical, fun effects, which is why I like them.

   This latest review is actually for one of Mr. Ruether's earliest films, called SCARLET FRY'S HORRORAMA.   Host Scarlet Fry takes you on a trip through 6 short segments in this horror anthology. This film is actually my favorite of Ruether's films, I believe. This film was made back in 1989 and watching this immediately brought back memories of the VHS days. The transfer looks like a VHS film, and the sound is not great, which makes you feel like you are watching an old VHS. This is how you would have seen the film back when it was originally released and brought upon me a very fun, nostalgic feeling.

   As I mentioned earlier, the film is broken up into 6 segments or short films. Some are better than others, but all are entertaining and fun.  A couple of my favorite segments were "IN THE SACK" about a psycho woman who makes an evening with her one you will always remember...or should I say, dis-member!  My other favorite was "MANWICH", mainly because of the awesome gore scene involving a chainsaw and a man's leg.   The rest of the segments were good too, you will see everything from zombies attacking people in a graveyard, to a abusive wife who abuses her husband one too many times, which turns out to be the last time!

  Like I mentioned before, this film is very low budget, and it looks every bit of the 25 years old that is, but if you go into it knowing what to expect, I think you will really enjoy this film.  I know I did!

 SCARLET FRY'S HORRORAMA is now available in a 25th Anniversary Edition DVD, loaded with bonus features such as a trailer, music video, and an interview with Walter Ruether. This new DVD is available directly from the director, Walter Ruether, for only $15 in the U.S (or $35 overseas) by emailing him directly at waltruether@yahoo.com.  Mr. Ruether will even sign the DVD for you at no additional charge!


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer


Also, Mr. Ruether is already hard at work on his next feature, SCREAM MACHINE, but he needs our help!   An Indiegogo campaign is underway to help raise funds for this new film!  There are tons of great perks for donating to this new film!

CLICK HERE to visit the SCREAM MACHINE indiegogo page


Monday, July 14, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014













Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/15
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

DEADLY EYES  [DVD/Blu-ray Combo]
*  KILLER LEGENDS
MUNECOS INFERNALES
OPEN GRAVE [DVD & Blu-ray]
SCANNERS (CRITERION COLLECTION)  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE SURROGATE
SX_TAPE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
TOXIN
TORMENT
UNDER THE SKIN  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Check out the trailer for the upcoming film, DRACULA: UNTOLD


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0829150/?ref_=nv_sr_1
 I have always been a zombie fan, but Vampire movies are starting to slowly become one of my favorite sub-genres of horror.  The latest vampire film is called DRACULA: UNTOLD and tells the story about how the man we know as "Dracula" came to be.  

  This trailer looks great, sort of a Dracula film with a the fighting and style of a film like 300 mixed in.  I will be checking this one out in theaters for sure!   The film is directed by , who from the looks of his imdb.com page is a first time feature director.  This film seems like a huge undertaking for a new director, but from the looks of the trailer, he did an amazing job!

   DRACULA: UNTOLD will be released to theaters  October 17th of this year.  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think about this one...are you excited to see this one?



CLICK HERE to watch the trailer


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It's World Cup [Zombie] Fever with GOAL OF THE DEAD!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2787824/?ref_=nv_sr_1  I just watched the trailer for a new foreign zombie film called, GOAL OF THE DEAD.  I figured with the World Cup going on right now it would be the perfect time to feature this new soccer, or I mean, fùtbol film, on the blog.  I can't say I have ever seen a zombie film based around this sport, so this should be a fun one to check out!  Here is the basic plot of the film from the Fearnet.com feature on the film:

 For the Olympique de Paris soccer team, this away match scheduled against Caplongue was merely supposed to be one last chore before the end of the professional season. Yet no one could ever have imagined that an unknown rabies-like infection was going to spread like wildfire, turning this small town's inhabitants into ultra-violent and highly contagious creatures. For Samuel, the former golden boy who is nearing retirement, Idriss, the arrogant wunderkind, Coubert, the team's depressed coach and Solène, the young ambitious journalist, this will turn into the most important confrontation of their lives.

  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Sunday, July 6, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014













Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/8
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

ART OF DARKNESS
THE BABY  [Blu-ray]
THE BACKPACKER
BANANA MOTHERF#CK#R
BLOODY BIRTHDAY [Blu-ray]
BLOODY MOON  [Blu-ray]
FAVOR
HUNTING THE LEGEND
RIGOR MORTIS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
SERIAL KILLER CULTURE
STAGE FRIGHT  (2014)  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THIRTY PROOF COIL

DVD Review: GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074569/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_plGESTAPO'S LAST ORGY
Directed by
Distributed by Intervision Pictures/Severin Films

  I have always been a huge fan of exploitation films.   I can really appreciate a film that shows something different, something you aren't expecting, and something truly shocking.   There are many different sub-genres to the exploitation films, one of my favorite being the naziploitation films of the later 70's.   GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is by far one of the craziest of the naziploitation films.  Here is the plot synopsis from the film's imdb.com page:

  Lise Cohen is taken to a special prisoner-of-war camp for female Jews, a camp run as a bordello to entertain the German officers and troops going in to battle. The camp is run with an iron fist by Commandant Starker and his minion Alma. Starker becomes frustrated when Lise demonstrates no fear, and devises cruel experiments to scare her, to no avail. Once she realizes her guilt is unfounded, Lise begins to play Starker's game, but even though she begins living a better life, she doesn't forget the atrocities she has seen and experienced.

  This is one of the better films in the Nazi exploitation film library in every way.  The film is well made and shot well, even if what we are viewing on screen is not a pretty subject.    The movie is hard to watch, of course, and reminds viewers that atrocities such as this actually happened during Hitler's Nazi reign.

  The filmmakers didn't hold anything back when it comes to showing the horrors that the Nazi soldiers put upon the women of the camp.  The women at the camp were basically sex slaves, and were treated very inhumanly, all for the enjoyment of the Nazi Generals and the wicked warden, Alma.   One only has to watch the scene where Alma throws a menstruating woman to a pack of hungry dogs to see just how cruel this woman is.

  The main character Lise figures out quickly that the best way to survive is to form a special sexual relationship with one of the head Generals.  She plays this game the entire time which makes life easier for her inside, even though she has to watch and even participate in some of her fellow inmates deaths.

  GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is not for the squeamish.  It has some scenes that are extremely hard to watch, but if you like films like SALO, SALON KITTY, and ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE S.S., you will definitely like this one.

  GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is available now on DVD from Intervision Pictures and contains the following special features:

*  A Brief History of Sadiconazista- Interview with Film Historian Marcus Stiglegger
*  Theatrical Trailer

  Also, I want to point out the super cool retro looking cover art to this new release.  This DVD cover art is much more fitting to this film than that of previous DVD releases.  This release is totally uncut and uncensored, so you are getting the best cut of the film with this release. 


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


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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Check out the trailer for the upcoming zombie comedy, LIFE AFTER BETH


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2581244/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1










  Have you seen the trailer for the upcoming zombie comedy film, LIFE AFTER BETH?  I am on the fence about this one...it could really go either way.  Parts of this look like it could be really funny.   The plot is simple...a boy looses his girlfriend, only to have her rise from the grave a zombie. 
  I love horror themed comedies if they are done well, especially zombie comedies.  Watch the trailer and leave me a comment to let me know what you think about this one!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer


Monday, June 30, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, July 1st, 2014












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/1
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

THE AFFLICTED  [DVD & Blu-ray]
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST  [Blu-ray]
CITY OF LUST
DARK ISLAND
THE FINAL TERROR  [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack]
GRIZZLY RAGE
INFLICTION
KILLERVISION
LUCKY BASTARD
THE MUMMY:  RESURRECTED
NO VACANCY
SCAVENGER KILLERS
*  THE TWILIGHT ZONE:  ESSENTIAL EPISODES
VAMPERIFICA


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Check out the trailer for the creepy Dutch film, BORGMAN


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1954315/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  I have seen some talk of BORGMAN on the internet, but knew nothing about the film.  I finally sat down and watched the trailer tonight and I have to say I am very intrigued.  This doesn't look to be a true horror film, it's more of a psychological thriller, but some of the imagery in the trailer is just downright creepy!  Here is the plot of the film from the Drafthouse Films website:

  A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, BORGMAN follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle.
  Charming and mysterious, Camiel Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn't long before he has the wife, children and nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. However, his domestic assimilation takes a malevolent turn as his ultimate plan comes to bear, igniting a series of increasingly maddening and menacing events.


Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.  I think this looks like it could be a very creepy film!!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blu-ray Review: DEVIL'S KNOT


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804463/?ref_=nv_sr_1DEVIL'S KNOT
Directed by
Distributed by RLJ/Image Entertainment

  If you have followed the case of The West Memphis Three, then you surely know about the book DEVIL'S KNOT by Mara Leveritt.  That book is one of the best resources about this tragic case.   There have been many films about this case, all of which were documentaries if I recall correctly.  Most well known is the trilogy of PARADISE LOST films produced by HBO.   Atom Egoyan's film DEVIL'S KNOT is based on Leveritt's book, and is the first "Hollywood-ized" version of the WM3 story that I know about.   I was a little leery going in, wondering what a film with a big name actors would do to the WM3 story. Turns out, even though this is a big budget Hollywood film, it was just as informative as any other films or books out there on this subject.    Here is the basic synopsis from the Image Entertainment website:

  Academy Award® winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, 2010) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, 2005) lead an all-star cast in this gripping, heart-wrenching true story that shocked the nation. May 5, 1993. West Memphis, Arkansas. Three young boys playing in the nearby woods never come home for dinner. In the rush to find and convict the killers, police focus on a trio of teenagers suspected of devil worship. As the mother of one of the murdered boys (Witherspoon) tries to come to grips with this unspeakable tragedy, she is desperate to believe that the killers have been found and will be brought to justice. It is only when an investigator (Firth) reveals that the evidence doesn’t all add up, that the community is forced to face the reality that the true killer might still be out there.

  First off, if you do not know anything about the West Memphis Three case, it a very sad and tragic case to follow.  I highly suggest you Google the subject and read up about it.  It is a truly fascinating case and should anger you at the way our Justice System works sometimes.  Everything started back in 1993 when three 8 year old boys were brutally murdered and the police accused and convicted 3 teenage boys of the crimes, even though they had zero evidence that tied any of them to the murders.
That sparked years of appeals and petitions to "Free the West Memphis Three", as most people could see that the teenage boys convicted of this crime most likely had no involvement in it.

  The film DEVIL'S KNOT gives a very accurate portrayal of all the events that occurred in this case.  The films is brilliantly acted from everyone involved, especially Reese Witherspoon who gives an incredibly touching and emotional performance as one of the Mothers of one of the murdered young boys.   Also, the actors they got to portray the 3 convicted teenagers, or the West Memphis 3, were spot on.  Each one looked remarkably like the real person they were portraying.

  This film is not easy to watch.  In fact, in a couple of places the film brought tears to my eyes.   Being the father of two 8 year old boys probably made this film hit home more than it would to some, but I think anyone and everyone will be effected in some way when they see this film.  The image of when the cops find the boy's bodies is truly heartbreaking, and was extremely well done in terms of looking very realistic.   That was the first scene that really got to me.   There were many other scenes that got to me, some that made me very sad, and then some that made me extremely angry.  You can't help but wonder how the West Memphis police department could do such a horrible job like they did with this case.   Evidence was lost, evidence not taken, etc. Very sad situation for all involved.  You feel for the parents of the murdered little boys, and you can't help but feel for the three teenagers that most likely did not do this crime.  The three convicted teenagers were finally released from prison back in 2011 after entering Alford Pleas, after serving over 18 years of their lives behind bars.

  Weather you know nothing about this case or think you know everything there is to  know, do yourself a favor and watch DEVIL'S KNOT.  While hard to watch due to the subject matter, it is a very well made film and worthy of your attention.

  DEVIL'S KNOT is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from RLJ/Image Entertainment and contains the following Special Features:

*  Deleted Scenes
*  The Making of Devil's Knot
* Getting Into Character:  The Cast of Devil's Knot featurette


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

http://www.watchimage.com/product/devils-knot/e261a733-d556-e311-a376-020045490004



Monday, June 23, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Blu-ray Review: KILL ZOMBIE!

 
http://www.wellgousa.com/kill-zombieKILL ZOMBIE
Directed by   and
Distributed by  Well Go USA

  I have a feeling a lot of you have probably never heard of this movie, but you should have!  KILL ZOMBIE! is a hilarious horror-comedy from the Netherlands that succeeds at being both gory and funny.  Here is the plot synopsis from the Well Go USA website:

  A Russian Space station crashes in Amsterdam, releasing a deadly virus that turns everyday citizens into flesh-craving psychopaths. Aziz (Yahya Gaier), his brother Mo (Ouled Radi) and several strangers emerge from jail, oblivious to the mayhem until they team up with a local police officer (Gigi Ravelli). After receiving a desperate call for help, this unlikely band of heroes sets out on an insane rescue mission - and it's going to take a seriously crazy plan if they want to get out alive...

 I am always a little nervous when it comes to horror-comedies, because most of the time they are just really not that good.  I was worried about that when I started watching KILL ZOMBIE!, but I soon realized that this was not going to be the case with this film.  The film is hilarious with some laugh-out-loud moments for me.  The acting was great, and the production value seems very high.  The post-apocalyptic look of the film is very well done.  I also enjoyed the zombie effects, complete with gross green slimy stuff mixed with their blood. You see a lot of this splattered all over the place, which is a good thing, except that most all of the effects are CG.   That is probably my only complaint about this film, but that is a very minor complaint.  I usually hate when horror movies use CG blood and effects in movies, but I guess I didn't mind it as much in this film since it was more of a comedy.   Since the CG blood splatters have almost a slight goofy look to them, it really takes away from the eerie feeling in a straight horror film, but since this is more of a comedy, it actually kind of works.

  If you are a fan of horror-comedies, especially zombie comedies like SHAUN OF THE DEAD, you definitely need to give KILL ZOMBIE! a shot.  The movie is available now from Well Go USA on DVD and Blu-ray.


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


http://www.wellgousa.com/

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Check out Tim Burton's 1982 short film, HANSEL AND GRETEL


http://www.fearnet.com/news/news-article/watch-tim-burtons-lost-hansel-and-gretel-short














  I found this while browsing one of my favorite horror websites, Fearnet.com.  It is a short film about by Tim Burton on the classic Hansel and Gretel story.  This was made by Burton back in 1982 when Burton worked for Disney.  The article states that Burton's HANSEL AND GRETEL played one the Disney Channel one time back in 1983 during Halloween.  It has not been seen since, until now! 
 While not truly horror, the short film has some very creepy elements in it, including a super creepy gingerbread man that makes Hansel eat him!  

  It's amazing way back then you can see such Burtonesque designs and set pieces.  Check out the short film and let me know what you think.


CLICK HERE to read the full article and details about this lost film.
CLICK HERE to watch the short film

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/17
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

13 SINS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
ALMOST HUMAN
ASSUMED KILLER
BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS
BLOOD SOAKED
DARK SOULS
DOCTOR FAUSTUS
FLATLINERS
GHOSTS OF MARS
HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN  [Blu-ray]
*  INVASION OF THE SCREAM QUEENS
JOY RIDE 3 [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE MACHINE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
A MEASURE OF THE SIN
THE MONKEY'S PAW  [DVD & Blu-ray]
NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN
THE OCCUPANTS
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK  [Blu-ray/DVD combo]
PSYCHOPATHS:  SEX WITH HOSTAGES
RISE OF THE DINOSAURS
SHIKI:  THE COMPLETE SERIES
SOLO
WRATH OF THE CROWS
*  ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday the 13th!!













  I hope you all are having a great Friday the 13th!  If you're reading this, you have survived it so far!  I hope you all have a great night, hopefully filled with a FRIDAY THE 13TH MOVIE marathon!!

  I've seen a lot of sites ask about picking your favorite F13TH film, but I'm curious as to what your LEAST favorite of the F13TH film series is!  Mine would probably be JASON GOES TO HELL, followed closely by part VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN.   I haven't seen either of these in years, but I remember not caring for them much at the time.  Maybe I need to revisit them and see if I can garner some appreciate for them now.

  So which of the F13TH films do you dislike the most?   Leave a comment and discuss!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Check out FEARnet's list of the best annimated Horror


http://www.fearnet.com/news/news-article/ten-animated-horrors-are-killer










   Recently FEARnet.com published a great article on animated horror features.  They picked their top ten, and while I agree with most of them, I'm not sure I would put a few of these on a top 10 list.  Also, I think a couple of features were left off of this list, most notably two of my favorite horror animated shows, TALES FROM THE CRYPTKEEPER and the Japanese anime HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD. 

  Take a moment and check out FEARnet's list and see what you think!  Leave a comment with any animated horror films or shows you think should have made the list!


CLICK HERE to read FEARnet's top 10 animated horrors list




Monday, June 9, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/3
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

BIGFOOT VS. D.B. COOPER
DEVIL'S KNOT  [DVD & Blu-ray]
FRACTURED
GHOST OF GOODNIGHT LANE
HAUNT
HIDE AND SEEK
KILL ZOMBIE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
PATRICK:  EVIL AWAKENS  [DVD & Blu-ray]


Sunday, June 8, 2014

DVD Review: EMPIRE OF THE APES (2013)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3033160/EMPIRE OF THE APES
Written & Directed by
Distributed by MVD Entertainment

  Wow.  I have seen some bad, low budget movies before, but this one is up there among the worst.
Here is the plot synopsis from the MVD website:

  In a distant galaxy three escaped female convicts crash land on a primitive world inhabited by a race of warlike apes. They fight for survival as the humanoid apes fight for their possession, body and soul. A daring escape is their only way out. Hot on their heels are the blood lusting gorillas and a prison warden bent on their return to the prison ship they escaped from.

  EMPIRE OF THE APES is one of those films that could have been in the "so bad, it's good" category.  Unfortunately, it is just in the "so bad, it's really bad" category.   I really don't like giving negative reviews, as I know how hard it is to make a movie.  So much time and effort goes into making a film, that I feel bad for writing negatively about someone's work.  But, I don't really fell bad this time because I think the filmmakers know this is a bad film.  They have to...how could they not?  The actors also had to know they were in a bad movie the first time they saw the actors dressed up in the ape costumes and read any line of dialog for the film.  Also, anytime you put "special effects" in your film that look this bad, I can't help but think that it was intentional.  Maybe it wasn't, but I am giving the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt.

  I usually like to point out some good things in a negative review, but I honestly just can't find anything good to say about this one.  What could have been a fun, cheesy, sci-fi/horror/exploitation film turned out to be nothing but a big dud.  Better luck to the filmmakers on their next effort.

  If you want to give this a watch and see for yourself, the DVD is available now from MVD Entertainment.


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


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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Check out the trailer for the upcoming film, SHARKNADO 2!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3062074/?ref_=nv_sr_2
 Ha!  Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...or back on land...or anywhere for that matter, comes SHARKNADO 2!  The tornado full of sharks is back and it is bigger and better than ever!!  This time, the freak weather condition is happening in New York City!  

 The brilliantly named SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, and horror fan fave Tiffany Shepis!

Check it out when SHARKNADO 2 premieres Wednesday, July 30th, at 9/8 Central on the Syfy network


CLICK HERE to watch the teaser trailer

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Blu-ray Review: DRACULA (1974)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070003/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_27DRACULA
Written by
Produced & Directed by    
Distributed by MPI Home Video

  There have been tons of films made about the story of Count Dracula.  There are a few good ones, and there are some really bad ones.  Luckily, the subject of tonight's review falls into the category of good ones!   Dan Curtis' DRACULA was released in 1974 as a TV movie, which explains the lack of gore in the film.  Yet even with minimal gore, this is a very well made adaptation of the Dracula story!  Here is some info on this new release from the MPI press release:

  Academy Award winner Jack Palance stars in this terrifying adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel Dracula, written for the screen by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone, I Am Legend, Duel) and produced by the legendary Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, Trilogy of Terror, The Winds of War). Palance (City Slickers, Batman, Shane, Contempt) is Count Dracula, whose centuries-old existence is threatened after he attacks the lovely Lucy Westenra (Fiona Lewis, Dr. Phibes Rises Again), and her fiance (Simon Ward, The Tudors, Young Winston) calls in famed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Nigel Davenport, A Man for All Seasons; Mary, Queen of Scots) to investigate. Originally shown on CBS-TV in 1974, DAN CURTIS' DRACULA has long been considered among the most frightening versions of the Dracula story; the
Los Angeles Times called Palance "the definitive Count Dracula - as flesh-crawling an experience as you've ever had." Filmed on location in England and Yugoslavia,
DAN CURTIS' DRACULA has been transferred and restored in 2K High Definition from the original 35mm camera negative and presented here on Blu-ray for the first time.
 
  I have to admit, I had no idea of this movie's existence.  I never knew Jack Palance had ever played Dracula. I really haven't seen Jack Palance in too many things, other than his later stuff like when he hosted Ripley's Believe it or Not back in the 80's or for his role in the film CITY SLICKERS.  I am not familiar with his earlier work, but if this performance is any indication, he was a remarkable actor in his day.   Christopher Lee has always been my favorite "Dracula", but after seeing this film, Mr. Palance may have taken my top spot!
 
  This film had some great names involved, and it is hard to believe it was a made for TV movie.  The production value is very high for a TV movie from this time.   The film was written by and was produced and directed by  who gave us the TV show,  DARK SHADOWS.   So with that much talent behind the camera, and the talent of Mr. Palance in front of the camera, this film was sure to be a hit, and I believe it is.   
 
  The film is pretty tame by today's standards.  There is very little blood except for when a couple of the vampires get staked, then they spit up some blood, but overall it is very tame.   I didn't know it was a made for TV film before I started watching it, but as I watched it I noticed some fade to black breaks in the film that seemed like a perfect spot for a commercial break.   Once I read the press release, I saw that is was in fact made for CBS Television.  That explains why the film is not gorier than it is, and contains no nudity or bad language.  The film could probably get a PG rating if released to theaters today, yet it still manages to have a very creepy/scary feel to it.
 
  I would highly suggest you check out this version of DRACULA if you are a fan of that character.   Dan Curtis' DRACULA is available now on Blu-ray from MPI Home Video and contains the following special features:
 
*  Interviews with Actor Jack Palance
*  Interview with Producer/Director  Dan Curtis
*  Outtakes
*  TV cuts
*  Trailer
*  Spanish & French Audio Tracks
*  English SDH Subtitles
 
 
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray
 
http://www.mpihomevideo.com/
 
 
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Check out the trailer for PRO WRESTLERS VS. ZOMBIES


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2240046/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Ok, when I first heard about this film, I had every intention of posting it for you all to see more as a joke than anything. But when I actually went out and watched the trailer, well....it actually looks like this could be a really fun movie!   The movie is called PRO WRESTLERS VS. ZOMBIES and it is exactly what you think it is.   Here is the official plot synopsis from the film's imdb.com page:

T  he Franchise Shane Douglas accidentally kills a wrestler in the ring. The wrestler's brother Angus seeks revenge by surrendering his soul to an ancient demon to gain the power to raise the undead. Angus then pays for a private show at an empty prison to lure Douglas and his friend Rowdy Roddy Piper into a death trap.

 The film stars some of the biggest names in Pro Wrestling history, including "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Kurt Angle, Shane Douglas, Matt Hardy, and Rowdy Roddy Piper!   The movie looks pretty low budget, but still looks like it could be very entertaining.  Some of the gore scenes shown in the trailer look like a lot of fun!   Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!    


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to pre-order the DVD

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What if.....FULL HOUSE was a horror movie?!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m4-lSllrXk














  Ha!  If you were a fan of the TV show FULL HOUSE, you should get a kick out of what fan Jay Somsen did for a movie trailer assignment for the Seattle Film Institute.  He takes the wholesome Tanner household and turns it into what looks like a nuthouse!  It's amazing what some different music and some re-editing can do for the look of a show.  Pretty creepy!! 

CLICK HERE to watch the FULL HOUSE video.

This reminds me of some other shows and films that have been re-edited to look like horror films!  Here are some you might want to check out:

MARY POPPINS
MEAN GIRLS
MRS. DOUBTFIRE
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
TOY STORY 3
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Monday, May 26, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014













Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 5/27
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

*  BLUE MOVIE
CHEAP THRILLS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
DAN CURTIS' DRACULA  [Blu-ray]
DEATH SPA  [Bluj-ray]
THE DINOSAUR EXPERIMENT
EDEN AND AFTER  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE EVIL WITHIN
GHOSTQUAKE
HOUSE IN THE ALLEY
INDEPENDENCE DAYSASTER
THE MAN WHO LIES  [DVD & Blu-ray]
SLEEPAWAY CAMP  [Blu-ray/DVD combo]
SUPERCOLLIDER





Sunday, May 25, 2014

Check out these great Dr. Seuss inspried H.P. Lovecraft stories for kids!


http://drfaustusau.deviantart.com/gallery/34469914  Thanks to Fearnet.com writer Alyse Wax for her recent article about an Australian artist called DrFaustusAu who has taken some of H.P. Lovecraft's most well known stories and made them suitable for kids!  He has turned them into books done in the style of infamous kids author Dr. Seuss! 

  In addition to the full stories, he has also made some great covers based on some great horror movies, these too done in the style of Dr. Suess books.  Some of his fake covers include THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE EVIL DEAD, and SILENT HILL just to name a few!  Check out DrFaustusAU's website to take a look at all his great artwork!!



CLICK HERE to read THE CALL OF CTHULHU for beginning readers
CLICK HERE to read THE TOMB for beginning readers
CLICK HERE to read DAGON for beginning readers