Sunday, December 13, 2015
Blu-ray Review: HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD / RATS Double Feature
HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD / RATS Double Feature
Directed by Bruno Mattei
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:
HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD:
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!
RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR:
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