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Monday, May 4, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015












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


THE DEMON
DUEL  [Blu-ray]
LOST RIVER   [DVD & Blu-ray]
MAD MAX   [Blu-ray]
THE PYRAMID   [DVD & Blu-ray]
ROAD WARS
ZOMBIE KILLERS:  ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD   [Blu-ray]




I'm back from TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND 2015!!


http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/









  As usual, I had an awesome time!  I met some great celebs and saw some great films at the screenings.  I'll get all my pics together soon and do a full report in the next few days.  Until then, if you are new to the 4H blog, welcome!  If you are here because you picked up one of my cards at the TFW event, please leave a comment and let me know!   Thanks!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts this week....

 
  It's been a very busy week this past week, and the last few nights have been tied up with packing and preparing for the 10th annual TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND!!  I can't believe another year has past and it's time for the convention again!   I'll be back next week with more blog posts.

  If any of you are going to this year's TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND, leave me a comment and let me know! 


http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/

Monday, April 27, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/28
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


THE BARBER  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE BOY NEXT DOOR  [DVD & Blu-ray]
FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM  [Blu-ray]
GHOST STORY:  THE TURN OF THE SCREW
HUNTED
LORD OF THE FLIES  [DVD & Blu-ray]



Thursday, April 23, 2015

CD Review: ROPE BURN by THE BLOODY JUG BAND


http://www.bloodyjugband.com/ 
















  Here is a band that the majority of you have probably never heard of, but you should have.   The group is called THE BLOODY JUG band and they are an extremely talented group of musicians who make some excellent music!    The Bloody Jug Band consists of eight members: Cragmire Peace, Stormy Jean, Brian Shredder, Steevil, Bloody Rick Lane, Seth Funky, Bid Daddy Jerm and Baby Dingo.  They all play traditional Jug Band style instruments such as the washboard, washtub bass, mandolin, harmonica, and even the spoons! 

  Their new album is titled, ROPE BURN, and it is one of the few albums I own that I can put in and I actually listen to every single song on the album.  Most CD's have a few mediocre songs that you might skip past, but you will not have that issue with this one.  I can listen to this one from track 1 all the way to track 13 and then just let it repeat and start over.   Their sound is very southern Rockabilly, with a horror vibe thrown in one some tracks.   They say that some of their musical influences were Tom Waits, The Band, Johnny Cash, and others.  While listening to the CD, I also picked up hints of Hank III and The Raconteurs.  
  
  While Cragmire Peace sings most of the lead vocals, Stormy Jean takes lead on a couple of tracks, including my personal favorite, 13 Steps.  Having Stormy take over on some tracks is a nice change of pace and gives the band a completely different sound, and adds a little variety to the mix.  Speaking of variety, that is another reason I love this CD.  With a  lot of CDs,  the group's music sound the same for the most part.  With ROPE BURN, you get a nice mixture of sounds, from rocking Rockabilly tunes to slower Blues like sounds. 

  For fans of this type of music, I highly recommend ROPE BURN.   I will be purchasing THE BLOODY JUG BAND's first album soon as well, titled COFFIN' UP BLOOD.  If it's even half as good as ROPE BURN, I know I will be happy with it.    ROPER BURN is available now at group's official website.


CLICK HERE to visit the band's official website
CLICK HERE to visit the band's official Twitter Feed
CLICK HERE to visit the band's official Facebook page
CLICK HERE to check out the band's YouTube channel and watch music videos

Monday, April 20, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/21
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


ARACHNOQUAKE
AUTEUR
BEDLAM
BLOOD RITES
CHILLERS
DEEP IN THE DARKNESS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK  [Blu-ray]
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT  [DVD & Blu-ray]
GHOULIES / GHOULIES II  Double Feature   [Blu-ray]
*  JONAH LIVES
MANSION OF THE DOOMED
THE MOTHMAN CURSE
MY DEMON WITHIN
NOTHING SACRED
*  PETE WALKER COLLECTION: VOL. 2 
THE PIGMAN MURDERS
SNUFF:  A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT KILLING ON CAMERA
SORROW
TEN
TERRITORY 8
WAKE BEFORE I DIE
THE WALKING DECEASED


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blu-ray Review: SHOCK WAVES (1977)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076704/?ref_=nv_sr_1SHOCK WAVES
Directed by: 
Distributed by:  Blue Underground

"Beneath The Living... Beyond The Dead... From The Depths of Hell's Ocean!"

  As much of a fan of zombie movies as I am, I am even more a fan of Nazi zombies.  There is something about these two evils that come together into one truly barbaric monster.  SHOCK WAVES is one of the earliest of the Nazi zombie sub-genre.  It is also one of my all time favorites as well.  Here is the synopsis of the SHOCK WAVES blu-ray courtesy of the Blue Underground website:

  In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi High Command ordered its scientists to create a top secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers - un-living, unfeeling, unstoppable monstrosities that killed with their bare hands. They were known as The Death Corps. No member of this horrific SS unit was ever captured by the Allied Forces - and, somewhere off the coast of Florida, they have survived...
   Peter Cushing (STAR WARS), Brooke Adams (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS) and John Carradine (THE BOOGEY MAN) star in this suspenseful and genuinely creepy shocker co-written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II). One of the great horror "sleepers" of the 1970s, SHOCK WAVES has been freshly transferred and fully restored in High Definition from the only known surviving materials!


  One thing you'll immediately notice with this film is the lack of gore.  Unlike a lot of the zombie films of this time period, this film does not rely heavily on the blood and gore.  In fact, most kills are very tame, especially by today's standards.  What the film lacks in gore is completely made up by the film's creepy vibe.  There is something about seeing these zombies rise from the water after being down there for who knows how long, that is very frightening.   The film is very atmospheric and is perfect viewing for a dark, rainy night.

  The new 1080 HD transfer looks extremely good, especially since the last time I watched this film was back on VHS!  The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is an ALL REGIONS disc.

SHOCK WAVES is available now on Blu-ray from Blue Underground and contains the following special features:

* Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ken Wiederhorn, Make-Up Designer Alan Ormsby and Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray
* Nazi Zombies On A Budget - Interview with Producer/Cinematographer Reuben Trane
* Notes For The Undead - Interview with Composer Richard Einhorn
* Sole Survivor - Interview with Star Brooke Adams
* From FLIPPER To SHOCK WAVES - Interview with Star Luke Halpin
* Theatrical Trailer
* TV Spot
* Radio Spots
* Poster & Still Gallery


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


http://www.blue-underground.com/product.php?product=247




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 is coming...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1883367/

 



 



 

  This is the one we have been waiting on for a long time.   The final film of the HUMAN CENTIPEDE series is finally here.  The official title is THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE:  FINAL SEQUENCE and it looks like it is going to be the most outrageous entry of them all!  The film is set at a maximum security prison in the desert.   Apparently the inmates are the guinea pigs this time around, and are used to make the longest Human Centipede yet...500 people long! 

  The trailer is out now for your viewing pleasure.  The film has a tentative release date of May 22nd.  Give the trailer a watch if you haven't seen it yet and  let me know what you think.   


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer


Monday, April 13, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/14
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


*  ALL THE DEVILS ALIENS
THE BABADOOK  [DVD & Blu-ray]
CARRIE / CARRIE 2:  THE RAGE  [Blu-ray]
CLASS OF 1984 [Blu-ray]
ECHOS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND  [DVD & Blu-ray]
FROM THE DARK  [DVD & Blu-ray]
JINN
LONG WEEKEND  [Blu-ray]
MAPS TO THE STARS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
ROADSIDE
THE TALL MAN/THE RESIDENT Double Feature  [Blu-ray]
WOMAN IN BLACK 2  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Check out the traielr for the SHARKANSAS WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3403194/?ref_=nv_sr_1  Holy cow!  How the heck have I never heard of this film before!   I was born, raised, and still reside in Arkansas, yet I had no clue about this film until browsing one of my favorite horror sites, Dreadcentral.com.  The film is called SHARKANSAS WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE and it stars Dominique Swain and Traci Lords .   The film is directed by veteran horror director . Here is the basic plot from the Dreadcentral website: 

When a fracking mishap accidentally rips apart the earth’s crust, the resulting hole opens up a gaping underground waterway to a vast and mysterious ocean somewhere deep below. Instantly, giant prehistoric sharks begin wending their way upward toward a murky bog in the heart of the Arkansas Bayou. Unfortunately for a group of female prisoners on a work detail in the swamp, the deadly sharks attack without warning – pinning a hapless group of intended victims in a small deserted cabin in the heart of the wetlands. Death may be the only means of escape!

I don't know about you, but this sounds amazing to me!  It's listed as a TV movie, so I can only assume that this is a SyFy original, but I am not certain of that.  It's listed for release sometime in May.

In the meantime, CLICK HERE to check out the Dreadcentral article and watch the trailer for SHARKANSAS WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blu-ray Review: LONG WEEKEND (1978)


http://synapse-films.com/synapse-films/long-weekend-blu-ray/LONG WEEKEND
Directed by: 
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

  I recently watched a film that was sent to me for review that I had never heard of before.  It's rare that I come across a film I've never heard of.  There are plenty that I haven't seen, but I at least know about, but this one I had never even heard of the title before.  The film was LONG WEEKEND which is a great revenge flick from 1978.  Instead unlike most revenge flicks, in this film it's animals that are getting revenge on humans! 
  Here's the basic plot from the Synapse Website:

 Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (John Hargreaves, THE ODD ANGRY SHOT) and Marcia (Briony Behets) set out on a camping trip to a deserted stretch of the Australian coastline hoping a long weekend in the sunshine will help them patch their differences. They are a careless couple, littering the countryside with garbage, shooting guns and even driving away after wounding a kangaroo with their automobile. Their callous disregard for the environment soon becomes apparent when the animals start to seek vengeance. Marcia and Peter have proven themselves to be destroyers of nature. Will the animals allow them to leave or will they too be destroyed?

  This was a very fun film that I highly recommend.  It's not gory or even really that scary, in fact, it's quite tame by today's standards.  I'm sure it was quite shocking at the time of it's release, though. That being said, it's still a wonderful entertaining film.  The movie will make you think about how you treat nature, as this couple found out the hard way by being attacked by birds, dogs, snakes, and even an opossum!
 
  The new HD 1080p transfer looks great on this new blu-ray release.  Sometimes you would forget this film was shot in the 1970's if it weren't for the clothing and hair!

 LONG WEEKEND will be released April 14th on Blu-ray and will contain the following special features:

*  High-Definition 1080p Transfer Supervised by Synapse Films
*  Re-mastered DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround Soundtrack
*  Audio Commentary from Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer Vincent Monton
*  Motion Still Gallery Featuring an Audio Interview with Actor John Hargreaves
*  Original Theatrical Trailer


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to pre-order the blu-ray


http://www.cavd.com/
 


http://synapse-films.com/







Sunday, April 5, 2015

DVD/Blu-ray Review: RABID GRANNIES


https://www.tromashop.com/rabid-grannies-2-disc-combo-blu-ray-and-dvdRABID GRANNIES
Written & Directed by
Distributed by  Troma Entertainment

  Here is a film a lot of you might not know about.   It's a rare gem from 1988 called RABID GRANNIES.   I had heard about this one a while back, but it flew completely under my radar back in '88 when it came out.   I think I first heard about this film just about 3 or 4 years ago!    Here is the plot of the film from the Troma website:

Grannies are the greatest. They bake pies, tell stories and take you to the zoo. They don't ask for an arm and a leg in return. THEY WANT YOUR WHOLE BODY! It's off to grandmother's house we go for Rabid Grannies, the blood-splattered tale of two little old ladies who open a surprise package from Hell. Out slithers a mysterious fog that turns the grannies into ghouls who can't wait to sink their dentures into human flesh. Luckily for them, they have a houseful of juicy guests. Unluckily for their guests, these bone-crunching battle-axes just can't get filled up. RABID GRANNIES, these biddies bite!

  If you are a fan of '80s horror films, this is not one to be missed.  I think the 80's are by far my favorite decade of horror films, followed closely by the '70s.    This film has a very '80s feel to it and reminded me at times of the great gore movie, BRAINDEAD / DEAD ALIVE.   One reason I love horror movies from the '80s is the practical effects.  These always look so much better than today's CGI special effects.  This film has tons of great makeup and practical gore effects.  In fact, with this newly released 'Producer's Cut' of the film, we get to see some of the gore that was cut from earlier releases!

  Now, I do have to warn you about the Blu-ray transfer of this film.  All the day time shots are washed out in a yellow color, like a sepia tone, while all the night shots are washed in a blue color.  I assumed that is just how the film was since it was so old, but thankfully Troma packaged this with a DVD as well, and the DVD color is just fine, without the yellow and blue tinting.   I'm not sure what happened with the transfer, but it is a shame it is like this.  As I stated, the DVD is perfectly fine, though, so I watched the DVD.

  RABID GRANNIES is an extremely fun film, and I highly recommend it!   RABID GRANNIES is available now on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Troma Entertainment and contains the following special features:

*  HD transfer of the movie from original materials
*  Producer's Cut of the film
*  Deleted Scenes
*  Interviews
*  Trailers
*  and much more!


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


http://www.troma.com/
 
 



Monday, March 30, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 3/31:
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


*  THE DARIO ARGENTO COLLECTION  [Blu-ray]
HOUSEKEEPING
INTERSTELLAR  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  THE LUCIO FULCI COLLECTION  [Blu-ray]
NIGHT GAME
OUT OF THE DARK


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Blu-ray Review: MARK OF THE DEVIL


http://mvdb2b.com/s/MarkOfTheDevilBluRayDVD/MVD7119BRMARK OF THE DEVIL
Directed by   and
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Visual

  I love old horror films from the 70's and 80's.  They have such a nostalgic feel to them.  MARK OF THE DEVIL is indeed a true classic from the 70's.    I had seen this film on DVD just last year for the first time and loved it.  I was excited to see it was being released by Arrow Films on Blu-ray here in the U.S.!   Watching this film on Blu-ray was like watching a completely different movie!  Here is the main plot from the MVD website: 

  Once proclaimed as "positively the most horrifying film ever made", Mark of the Devil arrives in a director-approved edition featuring a new restoration of the feature. A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder's apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic Albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black. Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later pen Eskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years.

  The first thing I noticed about this film is the clarity versus the DVD I had watched before.  Some scenes looked as if they were filmed today based on how crystal clear they were.   I also noticed quite a few scenes that I had not seen before. I looked on my DVD and noticed it was 96 minutes.  This new Arrow Blu-ray clocks in at 108 minutes, so this is definitely the version to go with.

  This is great fun film that reminds me a lot of the old Hammer films.  The film holds up well and contains a few torture scenes that look very good, especially considering the film was made over 40 years ago!  A couple of noteworthy scenes are a couple of women being burned at the stake, and one woman getting her tongue ripped from her mouth!   If you think the SAW films were the first with the crazy torture contraptions, think again! 

  I highly recommend MARK OF THE DEVIL.  This is a must see for horror fans and this is the definitive version of the film to get.

  MARK OF THE DEVIL is available now on Arrow Blu-ray and contains the following special features:

*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
*  Optional English and German audio
*  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  Newly translated English subtitles for the German audio
*  Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell
*  Mark of the Times - exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the 'new wave' of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies
*  Hallmark of the Devil - author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to American cinemas
*  Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schoner and Herbert Lom
*  Mark of the Devil: Now and Then - a look at the film's locations and how they appear today
*  Outtakes
*  Gallery
*  Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
*  Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork

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


http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/

http://mvdb2b.com/






Thursday, March 26, 2015

DVD Review: BLOOD CAR


http://www.kinolorber.com/video.php?id=1933BLOOD CAR
Directed by 
Distributed by Horizon Movies / Kino Lorber

I have to admit I had never heard of BLOOD CAR when it arrived on my doorstep for review.  It had a pretty ridiculous story and looked to be very low budget, so needless to say I was not expecting much going into this film.   Fortunately, my first feelings about this film were proven to be 100% wrong after viewing this film.   This film was a blast and one of the better horror/comedy films to be released in years!   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's press release:

  In the all-too-forseeable future, gas prices approach $40 a gallon, causing some Americans to abandon their vehicles and others to seek alternate sources of fuel. When a mild-mannered schoolteacher (Mike Brune) invents an experimental engine that thrives on blood, he attracts the attention of two women who vie for his affection: Denise (Katie Rowlett), the proprietress of a butcher stand, and Lorraine (My Girl's Anna Chlumsky) who runs a rival veggie stand in a grim urban landscape. But Archie's need for speed soon surpasses his body's ability to regenerate fluids, so he takes desperate measures to satisfy the Blood Car's thirst.

  First and foremost, this movie was just flat out FUN!   This is a truly entertaining movie.  It had buckets of gore, but at the same time, gallons of laughter!  The acting was very good, and it was a lot of fun to see Anna Chlumsky on screen again.  I know she has done a lot of acting, but I had not seen here since MY GIRL back in 1991!  The main character played by Mike Brune was very likeable and played the role of Archie perfectly.   It was fun to watch him go from a guy that cried when he killed a squirrel to someone that didn't think twice about throwing a man (or woman) into the trunk of his car for "fuel"

  I really hope more people start talking about this film and checking it out.  I think it is an instant cult classic from director Alex Orr. 

  I highly recommend BLOOD CAR to all fans of the horror-comedy genre.  The DVD is available now from Kino Lorber.  It contains the following special features:

*  Theatrical Trailer
*  The Adventure  (short film)
*  The $100 Short Short  (short film)


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



http://www.kinolorber.com/index.php

http://www.kinolorber.com/index.php






Saturday, March 21, 2015

DVD Review: SCREAM MACHINE (2015)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4110664/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1SCREAM MACHINE
Written by Walter Ruether and
Directed by Walter Ruether (Scarlet Fry)

  As I have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of horror anthologies.  I like them so much because they play well to my short attention span!   The latest anthology I watched is called SCREAM MACHINE, from Walter Ruether, aka. Scarlet Fry.  You might know that name from his past films that I have reviewed like NIGHTMARE ALLEY, SCARLET FRY'S JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST, and DEATH BY VHS.

  This latest film brings us 5 new tales of terror:

1.  "SLEDGEHAMMER" - a tale about a baseball pitcher with a truly killer fastball!
2.  "CANNIBAL PEN PALS" - a creepy tale about a man infatuated with Jeffery Dahmer, vowing to carry on his traditions after learning of Dahmer's death.
3.  "APRIL FOOL'S PARTY" -  a group of friends decide to play a joke on their druggie friend, only the joke goes too far!
4.  "SEPTIC SHOCK" - an unhappy wife has a plan to get rid of her husband by burying him alive in the septic tank!
5.  "THE DEADLY INDI DRIVE-IN" shows a crazy lady who hears voices in her head, and from the movie screen telling her to kill the man she is there with.

  As I have mentioned in past reviews of Scarlet Fry's films, you have to go into them realizing that they are very low budget.  I was kind of disappointed that I haven't seen much quality improvement over the years in his films, but then at the same time, I think that is what gives them their unique quality.   The film feels like you are watching an old VHS tape of gritty horror tales.   Mr. Ruether works very hard on his films, writing, directing, producing, and even starring in them!  You can tell this film was made by a fan of the horror genre.   I really appreciate Mr. Ruether sticking with practical effects as well, that always makes a movie so much better in my opinion than going the cheaper route with CGI.

  SCREAM MACHINE will not be for everyone, but if you love low budget, campy, B-grade, Troma type movies, I think you will agree that SCREAM MACHINE is bloody good time!



CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official Facebook page for news and updates


Friday, March 20, 2015

Blu-ray Review: MUCK (2015)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2207484/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1MUCK
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment

  Wow!  That is all I can say after watching the film MUCK.  I had heard nothing about this film going into it, so I had no clue what to expect.  This film blew me away and had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning.   Here is the basic plot from the Anchor Bay website:

  This throwback horror film just raised the hacked-up bar: Horror legend Kane Hodder andPlayboy Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg star in this scary, sexy, indie shocker that joins a group of friends just as they emerge from the thick, murky darkness of the marshes tattered, bloody, and lucky to be alive. But they will soon find out that the lucky ones are already dead. Muck is packed with old-school gore effects and brutal stunts, without any CGI or apologies. Lachlan Buchanan (“Pretty Little Liars”) co-stars in writer/director Steve Wolsh’s searing directorial debut that unfolds like a blood-stained love letter to horror fanatics everywhere!

  I am going to go on record that MUCK is one of the best horror films in that last 10 years.  I honestly can't remember when I enjoyed a movie this much.  I have nothing but good things to say about this one.   What really amazes me is that this is the directorial debut of Steve Wolsh.  Mr. Wolsh has set the bar extremely high for his next films! 

  The acting in this movie is superb.  There is not a single bad actor in the entire film, which is pretty rare to find these days.   Most everyone in this film were actors I had never seen nor heard of before (other thane Kane Hodder, of course, that actually had a very small role).  I think we will be seeing a lot more of everyone involved in this film. 

  Another great thing about this film were the effects.  Everything was practical effects, no CGI at all which is the way all horror movies should be in my opinion!  

  Also, as dark, scary, and gory as this film is....it also contains tons of humor.  Lots of tongue-in-cheek humor and horror movie clichés. A lot of times when you try to mix real horror with humor, you don't get good results.  With this film, though, the filmmakers created a perfect blend of humor and horror.   The movie has a SCREAM like vibe to it with all the horror movie references and clichés, but on a much darker level.  Think SCREAM if it was actually scary and a real horror film more than the comedy than it is. 

  I highly recommend MUCK to all horror fans.   This is one  that you need to stop what you're doing and go get your hands on a copy of this immediately.   MUCK is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment. 


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


http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/Entertainment.aspx





Thursday, March 19, 2015

DVD Review: THE DEMON'S ROOK


http://www.demonsrook.com/THE DEMON'S ROOK
Directed by 
Distributed by Cinedigm and Tribeca Film

  I am a huge fan of practical effects, especially when it comes to blood and gore.  Unfortunately, we don't see as much of that these days with the ease and affordability the CG effects allow.  THE DEMON'S ROOK is good news for those of us who love our practical effects.    Here is the basic plot of the film from the film's imdb.com page:

  A young boy named Roscoe finds a portal to another world where he is taught magic by an elder demon known as Dimwos. Dimwos raises the boy into manhood, revealing to him many secrets.

  I was a huge fan of THE DEMON'S ROOK.   This movie really took me back to the 1980's splatter films.  It reminded me of a film I would have watched after riding my bike down to the local movie store and picked out a horror movie I knew nothing about, but loved the cover.   I found some great gory horror films this way, and THE DEMON'S ROOK is a great ode to those films. 
  Most movies this day rely on heavy computer effects, which to me is not the way a horror film should be made.  Director James Sizemore wrote and starred in this film, and he obviously knows how a horror movie should be made. 
  Most of the acting in this film is great, with a  few exceptions as you will find with most low budget horror films.  The film is shot very well with crisp colors and some nice angles.  The real star of this show, though, is the effects.  Along with this is the makeup and costumes.  The make up and costume people did an amazing jog on this film and should be extremely proud of the end result.

  THE DEMON'S ROOK is available now on DVD and contains the following special features:

*  "GOAT WITCH" - a short film by James Sizemore
*  Making of a Demon
*  Filmmaker Commentary
*  Deleted Scenes
*  Gag Reel

  I must add that the short film, GOAT WITCH, which is found in the bonus features is a must see.  This is a very creepy film shot with little dialog, relying heavily on costumes, effects, and make up.  Just like in THE DEMON'S ROOK, the make up and effects were done extremely well.  

  I highly recommend THE DEMON'S ROOK to all you horror fans.  They don't make films like this one much anymore, so when they do, definitely give it a watch and support it.  I look forward to future films from Mr. Sizemore!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Movie Review: VOICES FROM THE GRAVE


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2619106/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2VOICES FROM THE GRAVE
Directed by ,


 As I have stated in posts before, I am a huge fan of anthology movies.  The CREEPSHOW films are probably my favorites of all time, but there are tons of good ones out there.  The recently released ABC's OF DEATH and V/H/S films have made the anthology film popular again.  While these are big budget type of anthology films, I have also seen and appreciate some of the lower budget ones that have come out over the past few years, including Scarlet Fry's JUNKFOOD HORRORFEST and NIGHTMARE ALLEY.    VOICES FROM THE GRAVE is similar to those last couple of films, as it is a very low budget anthology film, but it shows you that you don't need a huge budget to make an entertaining film. 


  VOICES FROM THE GRAVE is comprised of 3 different tales.   Here is a description of the film from the movies official website:

  This Anthology film deals with deadly spirits, back from the grave with vengeance in mind. Myles Brandt is a Horror fiction fan that wanders into a mysterious bookstore in search of something different. He finds a book and in the corner of this bookstore begins to read three tales of supernatural horror.
  From Filmmakers Richard Stoudt and Laurence C. Holloway comes a terrifying film experience called “Voices from the Grave”. Three tales of terror, including one story adapted from the work of master horror writer Gary Brandner author of “The Howling”, to make your flesh creep and your heart race!
  “Invitation” based on a short story by Gary Brandner, tells the creepy tale of Len Krager, a life loser who attends a party he’ll never forget!
  “All Hallows’ Eve” is an exercise in suspense and atmosphere set on an eventful Halloween night. Robert Mundy is bitter since the accidental death of his brother, who returns as a vengeful ghost, seeking retribution.
  In the turbo-charged yarn “Re-Possessed”, we find young Jeff purchasing a killer car for a killer deal…not knowing the car wants his body and soul! 
  A true exercise in style and terror, ‘Voices from the Grave’ will thrill any horror fan.

Very seldom with a horror anthology such as this do you get all the stories to be real winners.   There seems to always be at least one story that is not on par with the others.  For me, that story was the “Invitation” segment.   This was the middle story and I found it to be rather slow and just not much substance to it.   But, the segment before and after this one made up for it for sure!  And remember, this is obviously just my opinion, as someone else might find “Invitation to be their favorite segment.  It just did not do anything for me, personally.

 My favorite was probably the first segment called “All Hallows’ Eve”.   This was a creepy story about a boy who was killed in a drunk driving accident after a Halloween party.  He then returns the next Halloween to seek revenge on those that let him die.   I have always been a big fan of these "Monkey's Paw" type of stories.  “Re-Possessed” was my other favorite, as I have always been a big fan of possessed car films for some reason.  You wouldn't think there would be that many films about possessed vehicles, but there really are!  This is a nice addition to possessed car films.  

  VOICES FROM THE GRAVE is a must-see for fans of low budget horror.  The film is currently seeking distribution, so hopefully a DVD will be available soon! 


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website


Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th!!















  I hope everyone is having a great Friday the 13th!!    I honor of this great day, I wanted to share with you some videos I've seen lately of some great Jason Voorhees pranks!  These are hilarious, but I would think would be pretty dangerous to pull off these days with so many people carrying guns around!  Seems like a good way to get yourself shot, but thankfully, no one in these videos was hurt. So enjoy!


CLICK HERE to watch a montage of Jason pranks
CLICK HERE to watch Jason with a chainsaw prank
CLICK HERE to watch the Jason in the lake prank

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Check out the trailer for the new Eli Roth produced film, CLOWN


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1780798/?ref_=nv_sr_1 A while back I mentioned that Eli Roth was producing and staring in a new film called CLOWN.  Well, a new trailer has been released and the film looks absolutely terrifying!   If you weren't afraid of clowns before, you probably will be after watching this! 

 The film is about a cursed clown suit, that once worn, begins to actually become part of that person.   Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer.

Monday, March 9, 2015

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












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 3/10:
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


AEON:  THE LAST VAMPYRE ON EARTH
COME BACK TO ME
THE CULLING
DARK HAUL  [DVD & Blu-ray]
DEVIL MAY CALL
DOG SOLDIERS  [Blu-ray]
DON'T GO IN THE WOODS  [Blu-ray]
R100 [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  ROBOT REVOLUTION
VAMPYR
WOLF COP  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  TEETH & BLOOD

Friday, March 6, 2015

Blu-ray Review: NEKROMANTIK 2 (1991)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102522/?ref_=nv_sr_2NEKROMANTIK 2
Directed by 
Distributed by  Cult Epics / CAV Distributing

  A little while back I had the privilege of reviewing Cult Epics release of the 1988 film, NEKROMANTIK.  Now I am proud to present my review of the film's sequel, NEKROMANTIK 2.  This film has also been released by Cult Epics in a limited edition DVD and Blu-ray!  Here is the basic plot of the film from the film's Amazon.com page:

  From director Jorg Buttgereit comes Nekromantik 2, the gore horror sequel to his 1987 classic Nekromantik. Monika (Monika M.) is a beautiful necrophiliac who lives alone in Berlin. By day she works as a nurse. By night she prowls through cemeteries while searching for fresh corpses. When she reads about the suicide of Rob (Nekromantik's Daktari Lorenz) she finds his grave to dig up his body and brings it home. Mark (Mark Reeder) lives across town and makes his living dubbing sex films. After meeting Monika, romance blossoms and they fall in love. But all is not well in Monika's world. Her relationship with Mark begins to falter and she has to make a final choice between loving the living or the dead.

  Very seldom does a sequel outshine the original, but such is the case here with NEKROMANTIK 2.   While the original was a good film, you can see vast improvements in all aspects with this 2nd installment.  I assume the budget was much larger for this 2nd film, as the production quality seems much improved. 

  One thing that really stood out in this film was the cinematography and some of the very unique camera angles and shots.  This film has a very artistic feel to it, which is very strange considering the unique subject matter.   Gorehounds will be very satisfied as well, as there are some very gruesome images, and some very slimy, nasty looking corpses on display! 

  This is shock cinema at it's finest, and fans of shocking, taboo cinema definitely need to check this one out if you haven't seen it.  The new transfer from Cult Epics is wonderful.  While this film won't be for everyone, it's an important part of film history for sure. NEKROMANTIK 2 is available now on limited edition DVD and Blu-ray and contains the following special features:

*  New Director's Approved HD transfer (taken from the original 16mm negative)
*  New Introduction by Jorg Buttgereit (2014)
*  Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit, co-author Franz Rodenkirchen, and actors Monika M. and *  Mark Reeder
*  The Making of Nekromantik 2
*  Still Photo Gallery
*  JB Trailers
*  Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
*  Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011) Live
*  20th Anniversary Live Concert performed by Monika M. and Friends - Video (2011)
*  A Moment of Silence At the Grave of Ed Gein, Short film by Jorg Buttgereit (2012)
*  Half Girl Lemmy, I'm A Feminist, Music video by Jorg Buttgereit (2014)
*  LIMITED EDITION 5000 (BD) Copies /  2000 (DVD) Copies
*  Includes Nekromantik 2 Collectible Artwork by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia photo of Monika M.


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer  (**WARNING - Not Safe For Work**)
CLICK HERE to purchase the film



http://cultepics.com/new_releases.html


http://www.cavd.com/
 
 


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Check out the trailer for DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3816458/?ref_=nv_sr_1

  I finally watched the trailer for the new DEAD RISING movie, called DEAD RISING:  WATCHTOWER.   This is the movie based off the hit video game of the same name.   I knew there was a film coming out based on the game, but I was assuming it would be a normal theatrical movie or a straight to DVD film.  As it turns out, the film is a CRACKLE original film and will begin streaming on crackle.com starting March 27!  

The movie looks like it is going to be a lot of fun with some great zombie killing action mixed with some humor.  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Monday, March 2, 2015

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












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

BLACULA / SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM  [Blu-ray]
BLOOD CAR
EXTERMINATORS OF THE YEAR 3000 [Blu-ray]
INNOCENCE  [DVD &  Blu-ray]
JAWS - 3 movie collection
PSYCHOTIC
SPLASH AREA:  NIGHT OF THE FREAKS
*  THE SPRING BREAK MURDERS

Friday, February 27, 2015

DVD Review: ZOMBIES: THE BEGINNING (2007)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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


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

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


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

Monday, February 23, 2015