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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/

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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


http://www.cinedigm.com/







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

Friday, February 20, 2015

DVD Review: HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS (2009)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1266073/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS
Written & Directed by
Distributed by MVD Visual

  So this might be the hardest review I have ever written. Not only because I really don't know if I liked this movie or not, but because I'm not even sure I know what I just watched!  Here is the plot from the MVD website:

"House of Flesh Mannequins" is a nostalgic homage to the classic "fantastic" films of the 70's with movie sets that resemble live stages. The film itself is divided in 3 acts, and boasts authentic period costumes and hair. The cinematography of Mirco Sgarzi successfully recreates the "personality" and atmosphere of some of Fulci and Argento's best work. This is film made by those who love the cinema. A movie rich with winks and clever nods that the most die hard Euro-Horror film fans will enjoy: from David Lynch to the surrealism of films from the 30's. The film also features international adult film stars and "regular" actors sharing the screen for the very first time. Extreme body art performers were used in the film's torture sequences,ensuring that everything you see is 100% real. Quite disturbing but yet compelling. HOUSE OF FLESH MANNEQUINS presents a compelling case against the use of gratuitous violence on TV as well as the self-righteous, sanctimonious ways that society chooses to confront children's issues.

  I don't think I have ever come across a film that is both utterly repulsive yet brilliant at the same time. This could be that movie.  I definitely saw spots of true art on film, while other spots were just plain nonsense.  The description above mentions similarities to Fulci and Argento.  I did not see this at all.  If I had to compare this film to another film maker it would be Tinto Brass.  In fact, one scene in particular seemed to be directly influenced by a similar scene in Brass' SALON KITTY.

  One interesting thing about his film is that most everything you see in terms of the torture scenes were 100% real using actual Extreme Body Art performers.  That was definitely a plus and gave the movie it's realism.

  Well, I'm not sure I could recommend this to most fans of mainstream horror.  If you are into graphic, extreme horror or film in general, then you will most definitely want to check this one out.
The DVD is available now from MVD and contains the following special features:

*  5 Snuff Films featured in the movie
*  Special Make up Effects Featurette
*  Interviews with Cast & Crew
*  Italian Subtitles

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


http://mvdb2b.com/





Monday, February 16, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015











  Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 2/17:
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)

ALL SAINTS EVE
ALTER
ANIMAL  [DVD & Blu-ray]
BEYOND
THE CASEBOOK OF EDDIE BREWER
DR. MORDRID MASTER OF THE UNKNOWN  [Blu-ray]
HILLBILLY HORROR SHOW VOL. 2
LAST HOUSE ON CEMETERY LANE
*  MALIGNANT
MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH  [DVD & Blu-ray]
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [Blu-ray]
TWILIGHT HUNTERS
V/H/S:  VIRAL  [DVD & Blu-ray]


Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's not too late to stock up on your favorite FULL MOON films during their massive 50% OFF Valentine's Day sale!!


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/

 








 




  I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day!  If you didn't get what you really wanted for Valentine's Day (which I assume is tons of Full Moon movies), well you are in luck!   The Full Moon Valentine's Day sale is still going now through Monday, February 16th!    Don't miss out on your last chance to get tons of great DVD's, Blu-rays, and Toys for 50% off the normal price.  This is a great sale so stock up while you can! 


CLICK HERE to visit the Full Moon website
CLICK HERE to watch a Valentine's Day message from Charles Band and some of the classic Full Moon Scream Queens!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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











Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that came out today, 2/10:
(Click on a title to watch the trailer)


DEAD WALKERS:  RISE OF THE 4TH REICH
DON'T LOOK NOW  [DVD & Blu-ray]
FARM
FEAR CLINIC
FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY
ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD
THE LEGEND OF BLACK ANNIE
LOVE AT FIRST BITE/ONCE BITTEN Double Feature  [Blu-ray]
NEKROMANTIK 2  [DVD & Blu-ray]
POKER NIGHT  [DVD & Blu-ray]
PREDESTINATION  [DVD & Blu-ray]
PROOF OF THE DEVIL
VAMPIRE'S KISS/HIGH SPIRITS  [Blu-ray]
Z NATION Season 1
ZOMBIES:  THE BEGINNING


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Have you watched the trailer for the POLTERGEIST remake yet?


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029360/?ref_=nv_sr_2 If not, do yourself a favor and check it out now!  I haven't really been too excited about any new horror films coming out lately, but this one looks like it could be really good!  I loved the original POLTERGEIST and can't wait to see what producer Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures does with this new film.  Here is the plot of the new film from the movie's imdb.com page:

  Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

  POLTERGEIST is scheduled to hit theaters on July 24, 2015 in both 2D and 3D versions.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Book Review: THE ART OF HAMMER by Marcus Hearn


http://titanbooks.com/the-art-of-hammer-posters-from-the-archive-of-hammer-films-4828/THE ART OF HAMMER
Published by Titan Books

 As some of you may know, Titan Books is one of this best publishers in business when it comes to film related books.  They have books about many films, but their books on the old Hammer Films are really spectacular.  The one I am reviewing today is titled, THE ART OF HAMMER:  POSTERS FROM THE ARCHIVE OF HAMMER FILMS.
Here is the description of the book from the Titan Books website:

  Hammer is almost as well known for the way it promoted its films as for the films themselves. The legendary British production company supported each new release with eye-catching posters that have become classics of their kind.
  This is the first collection of these iconic posters, with nearly 300 examples drawn from Hammer’s own archive, and private collections worldwide. Some are well remembered, most are extremely rare.
  The Art of Hammer is a testament to the company’s pioneering mastery of film promotion, and a celebration of movie art at its best.


  This is by far one of the best horror related books I have ever had the pleasure of looking at.  I can't say reading, because this is not really a book you read.  Inside this book you will find nothing but hundreds of movie posters from all of the Hammer films...some you will remember, and some films you've probably never heard of.  You will find multiple posters for various films, different versions, artwork, etc.  All the photos are in glorious color on glossy paper and the posters are showcased by decade (1950-59, 1960-69, and 1970-79).

  This is one of the prettiest poster books you will ever see.   The book is presented in a hardback with slipcover and contains 199 pages.  This is a big, beautiful book that would be perfect on the coffee table of any horror fan.   Do yourself a favor and check out this book or any of the other great books that Titan Books has to offer!


CLICK HERE to purchase the book



http://titanbooks.com/






Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Blu-ray Review: DRACULA UNTOLD (2014)


http://www.draculauntold.com/DRACULA UNTOLD
Directed by 
Distributed by  Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

  I used to think I wasn't a big fan of vampire films, but I have seen quite a few lately that I have really enjoyed.  The latest is last year's hit film, DRACULA UNTOLD, which turned out to be even better than I expected it to be.   Here is the film's plot synopsis courtesy of the film's official website:

  Witness the origin story of one of legend's most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series), the prince of Wallachia. But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia's boys – including Vlad's own son – become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must enter into a Faustian bargain to save his family and his people. He gains the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star, and the power to crush his enemies. In exchange, he's inflicted with an insatiable thirst for human blood that could force him into a life of darkness and destroy all that he holds dear.

  This film was a very interesting take on the Dracula story.  I honestly have never been a big fan of vampire films  (I'm more of a zombie type guy), so I know very little about the Dracula story.  I don't think I had ever heard much of a background story about Dracula, so it was interesting to see how and why he became a vampire.  He is shown as a hero in this film, the good guy, which is something I have never associated Dracula with.

  The film was a very well done.  The acting was superb from everyone involved and the cinematography was amazing.  The scenery and some of the shots were tremendous, and while most all of it was CG, it still looked great.  While the film is a vampire movie first and foremost, it was also war/battle movie similar to the likes of a film like 300.   The battle scenes were spectacular and it was nice to see the good mix of horror and action.    

  DRACULA UNTOLD is a film I would highly recommend.  The films was great and is actually pretty family friendly overall.  If you have older kids, they could probably watch this film as there was not any real gore and no explicit sex scenes.   Now don't get me wrong, I love my horror with lots of gore and nudity, but it is nice every now and then to find a fun film in the horror genre that the whole family can enjoy together.

  DRACULA UNTOLD is available now on DVD and Blu-ray and contains the following special features:

  • Luke Evans: Creating a Legend  (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Alternate Opening with Optional Commentary by Director Gary Shore and Production Designer François Audouy  (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Gary Shore and Production Designer François Audouy  (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Day in the Life - Luke Evans
  • Dracula Retold
  • Slaying 1000
  • The Land of Dracula  (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Feature Commentary with Director Gary Shore and Production Designer François Audouy


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


    http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/


    Monday, February 2, 2015

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










    Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 2/3:
    (Click on a title to watch the trailer)

    *  90210 SHARK ATTACK
    ABCs OF DEATH 2   [DVD & Blu-ray]
    AXE TO GRIND
    *  BLEEDING HEARTS
    DRACULA UNTOLD  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    DEMON'S ROOK
    EXISTS
    JURASSIC CITY
    OUIJA  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    SCAVENGER KILLERS
    STARRY EYES  [DVD & Blu-ray]
    ZOMBIE KILLERS:  ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD

    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Blu-ray Review: ABC's OF DEATH 2 (2014)


    http://www.magpictures.com/profile.aspx?id=8aaad27d-3ecc-425c-a189-33a94e485631ABCs OF DEATH 2
    Directed by:  Multiple Directors
    Distributed by Magnolia Home Entertainment

      2012's ABCs OF DEATH was one of my favorite horror films of recent years.  I loved the concept of 26 directors each taking a different letter of the alphabet and making a short film about death based on one word (or short phrase) that starts with their given letter.  It seemed like a very tough project to put together, but it was worth it for sure.   Well, 26 new directors are back for a 2nd go around in the ABCs OF DEATH 2.   I honestly didn't think part 2 would be as good as the first one, but I am happy to report that I think it wasn't just as good, I think this 2nd installment even surpasses the first film.

    Here is a complete list of directors and a plot synopsis for each of their segments from the film's Wikipedia page:

    A is for Amateur (directed by E. L. Katz)
    A hitman's meticulously planned hit doesn't go quite as planned.

    B is for Badger (directed by Julian Barratt)
    A wildlife documentary goes awry when the team encounters a giant badger.

    C is for Capital Punishment (directed by Julian Gilbey)
    A man is violently beheaded for a crime he didn't commit.

    D is for Deloused (directed by Robert Morgan)
    A stop-motion animated short about a large bug that helps an executed man get revenge on his killers.

    E is for Equilibrium (directed by Alejandro Brugués)
    Two castaways have their friendship tested when a beautiful woman washes ashore.

    F is for Falling (directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado)
    An Israeli woman is caught in a tree by her parachute and is found by a hostile Palestinian boy.

    G is for Grandad (directed by Jim Hosking)
    A young man discovers his grandfather has been sleeping under his bed.

    H is for Head Games (directed by Bill Plympton)
    A man and woman kiss, which turns into a surreal power struggle.

    I is for Invincible (directed by Erik Matti)
    A family tries to kill the matriarch for her inheritance.

    J is for Jesus (directed by Dennison Ramalho)
    A young man is violently martyred for being a homosexual.

    K is for Knell (directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper)
    A woman experiences the effects of a black liquid that turns people into killers.

    L is for Legacy (directed by Lancelot Odawa Imasuen)
    A ritual sacrifice goes horribly wrong.

    M is for Masticate (directed by Robert Boocheck)
    A man runs down a street in slow motion, attempts to eat someone, and is shot by police. It's revealed that he did bath salts 34 minutes earlier.

    N is for Nexus (directed by Larry Fessenden)
    A man hurries to meet his girlfriend on Halloween.

    O is for Ochlocracy (mob rule) (directed by Hajime Ohata)
    A woman is sentenced to death by a courtroom full of zombies.

    P is for P-P-P-P SCARY! (directed by Todd Rohal)
    An homage to black and white comedy in which three prisoners encounter a strange man and a baby.

    Q is for Questionnaire (directed by Rodney Ascher)
    A man takes an intelligence test on the street, juxtaposed with footage of the man's brain being transferred to a gorilla.

    R is for Roulette (directed by Marven Kren)
    Two men and a woman play Russian roulette while hidden in a basement.

    S is for Split (directed by Juan Martinez Moreno)
    A woman is attacked in her home while on the phone with her husband.

    T is for Torture Porn (directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska)
    A woman (Tristan Risk) is treated misogynistically at an audition, but when asked to strip, reveals tentacles where her vagina should be.

    U is for Utopia (directed by Vincenzo Natali)
    An unattractive man is singled out in a mall full of seemingly perfect people and publicly executed.

    V is for Vacation (directed by Jerome Sable)
    Two men are killed by a prostitute they hired while on the phone with one man's girlfriend.

    W is for Wish (directed by Steven Kostanski)
    Two kids wish themselves into a fantasy world, only to be violently taken prisoner by the villain.

    X is for Xylophone (directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo)
    A babysitter (Béatrice Dalle) is emotionally affected by a child's xylophone playing.

    Y is for Youth (directed by Soichi Umezawa)
    A young girl violently fantasizes about the deaths of her abusive family.

    Z is for Zygote (directed by Chris Nash)
    A pregnant woman has been staving off birth for 13 years and living with a 13-year-old inside her stomach.

      While most all of the short films are excellent, just like the first film there were a handful that I just didn't care for at all.  Overall though, this is one of the best films I have seen this year (Ok, so it's just January 31st, but I have a feeling I would still say that even if it were later in the year)! 
      This is one you will definitely want to check out and add to your DVD/Blu-ray collection!  ABCs OF DEATH 2 is available Tuesday, 2/3, from Magnolia Home Entertainment and contains tons of special features, including "Behind the Scenes", "Making Of" and "Still Galleries" for almost every letter/segment!


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


    http://www.magpictures.com/
     
     
     

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    DVD Review: BIG DRIVER (2014)


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3831810/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1BIG DRIVER
    Directed by
    Distributed by Lionsgate

     Here is another film I had never heard of before it arrived on my doorstep for review.   The first thing I noticed was the description on the cover that said "From a story by Stephen King".  I was immediately intrigued and then was even more so after reading the plot synopsis.    Here is the basic plot of the film from the Lionsgate website:

      From best-selling author Stephen King comes BIG DRIVER, starring Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, Joan Jett, and Will Harris. Tess Thorne, a famous writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing. On a lonely New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually a serial killer who assaults her. Left for dead, Tess escapes, determined to find her attacker and seek revenge...

      I love rape-revenge films.  I always have, ever since I watched THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE years ago.  I love seeing the bad guys get what's coming to them, so when I read that this was a rape-revenge film, I was really looking forward to checking it out.  I am glad to say that this film did not disappoint!  In fact, I am really surprised I haven't heard more buzz about this film. 

      First off, the acting in the film was excellent.  There was  not a bad performance in the entire film, which is always a bonus.  Maria Bello does a remarkable job as the main character and was a perfect choice for the roll.  

      The film was shot very well and was paced extremely well.  Clocking in right at 90 minutes, the film was the perfect length that never had much of a dull or slow moment.  The film kept me entertained the entire running time.

      Another great thing about this film, is that not only was  it rape-revenge style horror film, it also had a very interesting and unique twist to it.   In the film, the main character in an author and throughout the film she is constantly seeing and conversing with characters from the books she has written.   This really come into play as she is in the midst of her revenge sequence.  This gave the film an almost supernatural/psychological feel to it.

      BIG DRIVER was a big hit in my book.   I would highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a fresh, new take on the rape-revenge sub-genre of horror films.  The film is available now on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


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


    http://www.lionsgate.com/