Saturday, March 23, 2019
INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS
Written & Directed by Ed Adlum
Distributed by CAV Distribution / Severin Films
Severin Films continues to impress me with the titles they have been releasing lately! One of their latest releases is the VHS classic, INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS! I remember seeing this VHS on the shelf of my local video store back when I was a kid. I never watched it back then for some reason, so I was thrilled to get the chance to see it now on Blu-ray! Unfortunately, the cover art might be the best part of this film!
Here is some info about the film from the official press release:
In 1972, a team of New York City exploitation outlaws that included Ed Adlum (SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED), Ed Kelleher (PRIME EVIL) and Michael & Roberta Findlay (THE TOUCH OF HER FLESH, SNUFF) – along with first-time assistant cameraman and future award-winning cinematographer Frederick Elmes (ERASERHEAD, BLUE VELVET) – descended on bucolic Westchester County with 8½ bottles of stage blood to make a movie about a Druid cult seeking to resurrect their dead queen. The budget was $24,000. The cast was paid in beer. And the result remains one of the greatest achievements in schlock/shock cinema history. Severin Films is proud to present this “accidental masterpiece” (Horror News) as you’ve never seen it before, now scanned from the original negative for the first time ever and spurting with all-new Special Features.
I was really hoping to find a rare, awesome, grindhouse film that would immediately become a new personal favorite of mine. Unfortunately, that is not what I found. This movie is pretty bad to be completely honest with you. BUT....it is so bad that it falls into the "so-bad-it's-good" column. In fact, this would be a great movie to watch with a group of friends while drinking and laughing at the film. I could see this as being a lot of fun to watch in a group. Watching by myself was not as fun!
So, what's so bad about it you ask? Well, the first thing I noticed was horrible editing/camera work. A guy would be talking and then all the sudden it would jump to a close up of his face for 1 second and then back to the original camera angle. I have no clue what that was for! Secondly was the horrendous acting. I guess if the cast is paid in beer, then you can't be too critical of their acting ability. Also, the lady that played the "Dead Queen" needs to learn that dead people don't breathe! I could not take her seriously when I could plainly see her chest moving up and down during her scenes!
Now, as bad as this was, it did have some scenes that were pretty good, mainly the few scenes they show when they capture people and take them to the shack to drain their blood. These could have been extremely disturbing, was it not for the ridiculous audio dub of the people...not so much screaming, but just whooping and hollering. That made what could have been a horrifying scene into something laughable again.
INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS was a cool idea, and could have been a great movie if it had more of a budget and better actors. This is one of the few times I wish someone would remake a film. I think this film had tons of potential, it just wasn't executed well at all.
As always, this is just one reviewers opinion. I encourage everyone to check out the film and make their own decision of it. Fans of low-budget schlock films might absolutely adore this one!
INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS is available now on DVD & Blu-ray and contains the following special features:
* Audio commentary with director Ed Adlum and actress Ortrum Tippel, moderated by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women
* Nothing You’d Show Your Mom: Eddie Adlum’s journey through exploitation, coin-op & rock n’ roll
* Interview with actor Jack Neubeck
* Painful Memories: An interview with cinematographer Frederick Elmes
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray
Monday, February 18, 2019
Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 2/19:
* ANTIDOTE [DVD & BD]
* THE BOY NEXT DOOR [BD]
* COLOR ME BLOOD RED [Arrow BD]
* DRACULA (1979) [BD]
* DRACULA'S FIANCEE [DVD & BD]
* NIGHTMARE VACATION [BD]
* OVERLORD [DVD & BD]
* PARASYTE - THE MAXIM: COMPLETE COLLECTION [BD]
* SKINNER [DVD & BD]
* THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE [BD]
* WHITE NOISE [BD]
Monday, January 28, 2019
Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 1/29:
* ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK [DVD & BD]
* ALL THE COLORS OF GIALLO [BD]
* CUTTING CLASS [BD/DVD combo]
* PETS [BD/DVD combo]
* SCREAMERS [BD]
* SPLATTER UNIVERSITY [BD/DVD combo]
* SUSPIRIA [BD]
* THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE [BD/DVD combo]
* UNINVITED [BD/DVD combo]
Friday, January 4, 2019
Written & Directed by Doug Robertson
I love finding out about lesser known, independent horror films. I find a lot more passion and heart goes into these films than a lot of the well known, mainstream horror films that we are constantly fed these days. This was the case when I came across Doug Robertson's low budget horror film called, HAUNTEDWEEN. I love checking out low budget horror films, and I am so glad I had to opportunity to watch this one!
Here is the basic plot synopsis courtesy of the film's IMDb page:
Twenty years ago a deadly accident forced Eddie Burber from his home. Since Eddie was younger he wanted to be part of the family business "The Burber Haunted House." A note is placed on the local Fraternity giving permission to use the old house as a fund-raiser. While the students prepare the house, they soon are hunted down and placed in the Haunted House for amusement. One thing is for sure. Nobody knows it really happening - People are dying, and people are laughing.
First thing I have to get out of the way right away is to mention again that this is a very low budget movie. Know that going into the film and you will have a lot of fun with this one. Yes, you have to get past some pretty bad acting, but it is still a lot of fun. I could tell from the beginning that this was a film made by horror fans that knew what other horror fans wanted in a film. They did not disappoint at all!
The film has a very cool premises of a killer that makes his way inside a haunted house and turns one of the supposedly fake rooms into an actual killing room. In this room, the maniac kills off the college kids one by one, in some crazy, bloody ways. All this happens while the customers of the haunted house look on and cheer the killer on, believing what they are watching was set up by the makers of the haunted house. It's really quite eerie if you think about it, and makes you wonder if this has or ever could happen in real life.
All of the effects are practical, of course, and the filmmakers did an amazing job with the budget they were working with.
If you are a fan of low budget, independent cinema, you will definitely want to give this one a watch. The DVD is available now and contains the following special features:
* 45 minute making of Documentary
* Photo Album of the cast and crew
* Director and Producer running commentary
* Scene titles and jump to feature
* Hauntedween - the music video
* Original movie trailer
CLICK HERE to view the HAUNTEDWEEN Facebook page
CLICK HERE to visit the HAUNTEDWEEN website and purchase the DVD
Back when I started this blog, I prided myself on being one of the only independent horror blogs that made daily posts. I did that for years, never a day went by that I didn't make a post (check out the archives for tons of old posts).
Well, as my kids have gotten older and more active in school and extra curricular activities, I find that I just don't have as much time these days to post as often as I used to. But, don't worry. Like any good zombie, you can't keep me down. The sight might seem dead at times, but it will always pop back out of the grave every few weeks to show the world I'm still here! Plus, I don't get nearly as many movies sent to me anymore to review, so I'll mainly post a review when I do get a movie sent to me. Speaking of that, I recently had a cool independent horror film sent to me that I will review next!
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