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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Check out the second trailer for Billy Pon's upcoming film, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2782232/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_2 Last week I did a post about the first trailer for director Billy Pon's upcoming film, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD.  Well, now we have a second trailer to watch!  'Bloody Bill" has a released a NEW trailer that is very cool.  It's a more artsy trailer than the first one, but really shows you the tone that this movie will have. 

  CIRCUS OF THE DEAD will have it's world premiere at this year's TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Dallas, TX May 2-4!  I will be there to watch the premiere, so expect a full review upon my return!  Until then, check out this second trailer and let me know what you think!


CLICK HERE to watch the second trailer


Monday, April 21, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014













Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/22
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

ANCIENT DEMON SUCCUBI
COTTAGE COUNTRY
DARK SATANIC MAGICK
HOUSE OF GOOD AND EVIL
THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW [Blu-ray]
INSANE
LEGEND OF THE PSYCHOTIC FOREST RANGER
LONG LIVE THE DEAD
*  THE LOST EMPIRE
*  MAKING OF
SCREAM PARK
TIN CAN MAN
UNSEEN EVIL
*  YETI:  GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Check out awesome website, 80sCards.com!

   
http://www.80scards.com/ A while back I told you about an indiegogo campaign for a new website called 80sCards.com.  Well, they met their goal and the 80scards.com website it up and running!!  While it's called 80sCards.com, the website actually sells movie card packs from the 1970's, 80's, and 90's!  
  One of the indiegogo campaign perks was 3 free packs of cards with a contribution!  I contributed and just got my free pack in the mail today!        My free packs included the following:  1989 GHOSTBUSTERS II, 1987  A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET STICKERS, and 1992 HELLRAISER.   These are some awesome cards, and you can buy any of these packs over at the 80sCards.com website!  Other great card packs you can buy include packs of 1986 THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORROR, 1978 JAWS 2, 1979 ALIEN, 1983 JAWS 3-D,  and 1984 GREMLINS just to name a few.
  Head on over to 80sCards.com right now and check them out!  Also, for a limited time, use the special code 5OFFCARDS when you check out for 5% off your order!


CLICK HERE to visit 80sCards.com!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DVD Review: CAMP DREAD (2014)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2419354/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1CAMP DREAD
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Image Entertainment

  I really like Eric Roberts.  I really, really like Danielle Harris.  I really like slasher flicks.  I really, really like slasher flicks set at summer camps.   CAMP DREAD contains all of the above, yet for some reason, this film just didn't work for me.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the Image Entertainment website:

The “Summer Camp” horror trilogy was one of the most popular movie franchises of the 1980s. However, the decade ended and so did director Julian Barrett’s career. Now Barrett plans to resurrect his gory series via a modern reboot patterned after reality filmmaking. With his former leading lady and an eclectic group of 10 young “contestants,” Barrett returns to the same locale where his old splatter-fests were filmed. When one of the campers is found savagely murdered, they discover there’s more at stake than just fame and fortune. Each of them is in a fight for their lives as they realize summer is over – forever.

  CAMP DREAD had some good moments.  The film had some good kill scenes with some good gore.  The main problem is the pacing of the film and the dialog.  The film is very slow in parts, especially the first half of the film.  The second half is better when all the killings start taking place, but the beginning and middle parts seemed to drag on.  The script was good in terms of story line, but some of the dialog was just goofy and some was flat out dumb.   I do have to give props to the ending though, as it had a nice plot twist when it was revealed why all the "kids" were really at the camp.

 There is not much else I can really say about this one.  I was really excited for this film, and it was a let down for me.  It was nice to see Felissa Rose  back in a summer camp slasher flick for old time's sake, though!  Also, while Danielle Harris is very prominent on the DVD cover, she makes a cameo appearance with a total of about 2- 3 minutes of screen time  (that is my estimation, anyway).  One of my pet peeves is when movies bill a certain actor or actress as a main actor, then you find out they are only in the film briefly.

  Well, as I always say, this is just my opinion of the film.  Hopefully you all will like it better.  Watch it if you get the chance and let me know what you think.  If you have already seen CAMP DREAD, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of it.

CAMP DREAD is available now on DVD.


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

http://www.image-entertainment.com/

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The first trailer for Eli Roth's upcoming cannibal film, THE GREEN INFERNO, is here!!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2403021/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_2









  I can't remember the last time I was so excited about an upcoming film.   I heard about Eli Roth's upcoming film THE GREEN INFERNO awhile back and have been anxiously awaiting a trailer.  Well, the wait is over.  We finally have a short teaser trailer, which while not really showing much at all, shows us everything we need to know about this film.  Here is the basic plot of the film:

A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.

Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think.  Hopefully we will have a full trailer soon that will show us more of the good stuff.  Being such a fan of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, I am super excited about this film! 


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Monday, April 14, 2014

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












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/15
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

BELA KISS;  PROLOGUE
CAMP DREAD
DEAD SEA
DEATH DO US PART
EVIDENCE
THE VISITANT


 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Check out the first trailer for Billy "Bloody Bill" Pon's upcoming film, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2782232/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  I have been looking forward to this film for a long time!  Some of you might remember me mentioning CIRCUS OF THE DEAD back when I did my review of Billy Pon's short film, DOLL BOY  (see review here).  Doll Boy is a character that is in the full length feature, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD.   Billy Pon is a fairly new name among horror fans, but soon he will be mentioned among the greats, in my opinion.  You can tell "Bloody Bill" is a fan of the horror genre, and knows what us horror fans want to see in a horror film.  I love the fact that he embraces the old grindhouse style of horror film. 
  I have been eager to see a trailer for this film for a while now, and now we finally have our chance to see one!  Fangoria.com has the exclusive first look at the trailer for CIRCUS OF THE DEAD! 

Here is the basic plot synopsis taken from the fangoria.com article:

Family man Don’s visit to an old, rundown big top circus and chance encounter with a nihilistic group of clowns leaves him fighting for his life and the lives of those he loves. As Don becomes drawn deeper into lead clown Papa Corn’s games, he comes closer to the edge of reason and sanity. Armed with guns, knives and a ’68 Camaro, the clowns lead Don on an all-night crime spree through oil-soaked West Texas. Papa Corn’s wild ride brings blood, gore and mayhem to all he encounters.

Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!  CIRCUS OF THE DEAD will have it's world premiere at this years Texas Frightmare Weekend, May 2-4!


CLICK HERE to ready the Fangoria.com article and watch the trailer!

Then, check out these other great sites:

CLICK HERE to visit the official website of director Bloody Bill
CLICK HERE to visit the official facebook page of CIRCUS OF THE DEAD
CLICK HERE to visit the official website of CIRCUS OF THE DEAD

Friday, April 11, 2014

Check out the "looks so bad, it's good" trailer for POSEIDON REX!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2690160/?ref_=nv_sr_1  If you are a fan of the cheesy cross-breed creature features on the SyFy network, you are going to love this gem.  It's called POSEIDON REX and it looks amazing...it a bad, but good way.  The film is about a Tyrannosaurus Rex that lives in the ocean.  Yep, you read that correctly.  Here is the plot from it's amazon.com page:

A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet's distant past, when deep sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil. Jackson Slate and his team of underwater cave explorers unearth much more than long-lost Mayan treasure while plumbing the depths of a world famous blue hole. They disturb a creature that's been hibernating for over 60,000 years - a rampaging behemoth of death and destruction not only at sea but also on land.

POSEIDON REX will be released onto DVD May 13th of this year.

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


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Check out the teaser trailer for the next PHANTASM film!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3627704/?ref_=nv_sr_5  I know this is old news now, but I hadn't posted anything on this yet, so figure I should before I completely forget about it!   Fans of the PHANTASM films will be excited to hear that a fifth installment has been made!  It's called PHANTASM V:  RAVAGER, and yes, Angus Scrimm is back playing The Tall Man!  There are no plot details yet, but in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, writer  did mention that part of the film would take place on "The Tall Man's home world."
  Sounds like this could be a pretty interesting entry into the PHANTASM world!  Click the link below to watch the trailer and let me know what you think!    


CLICK HERE to read the FearNet.com article and watch the trailer!


Monday, April 7, 2014

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












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/8
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)


*  BIKINI SWAMP GIRL MASSACRE
*  
DEAD ON  APPRAISAL

*  FIELDS OF THE DEAD
*  LUST OF THE DEAD 3
*  THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER  [Blu-ray]
*  PARANORMAL ACTIVITY:  THE  MARKED ONES  [DVD and Blu-ray]
*  VINCENT PRICE:  THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

*  VOYAGE TO AGATIS (Warning - Trailer for 18+ only)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Check out the HOUSE OF MANSON trailer!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3100678/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  One of the most interesting and intriguing stories I have ever known about is the story of Charles Manson.  What he and his followers did was something that if you saw in a movie first, you could never believe it could really happen, but it did.  There have been numerous films about the Manson murders, and a teaser trailer for the newest one has been released!  The film is called HOUSE OF MANSON!  Here is some info about the film from the film's official press release:

House of Manson chronicles Charles Manson's life from his childhood up until his arrest following the raid on Barker Ranch months after the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders that sent a shockwave not just through Los Angeles, but through the entire world.

The film was written and directed by Brandon Slagle, who was recently deemed the "go-to-gore-guy" by The Hollywood Reporter during their coverage of the European Film Market. While not a "gory" film, House of Manson is poised to take a more intense approach to the subject matter than previous film and TV iterations have. The film was produced by Britt Griffith, (co-star of Syfy's "Ghost Hunters"), who also produced Slagle's previous directorial effort, the dark creature feature Dead Sea, set for retail release in the United States and Canada in May.

Actor Ryan Kiser (Truth or Dare) stars as Charles Manson, having previously played the role in the acclaimed short film "Lie." Rounding out the cast is Reid Warner (Oren Peli's Area 51) as Tex Watson, Chriss Anglin (Call of Duty: Black Ops) as Ronald Hughes, Devanny Pinn (The Black Dahlia Haunting) as Susan Atkins, Serena Lorien as Patricia Krenwinkel, Erin Marie Hogan (Paranormal Entity) as Linda Kasabian, Suzi Lorraine (Music and Lyrics) as Sharon Tate, and Tristan Risk (American Mary) as Abigail Folger as well as Julie Rose, Adrian Quihuis, Mel Turner ("Deadliest Warrior"), Jason McNeil, Ryan Cleary, Keith Kraft (Beowulf), Trish Cook (Dark Tide), Tawny Amber Young, Max Wasa, Darius Devontaye Green, and many more.

Charles Manson has been a hot topic as of late due to the recent parole of family member Bruce Davis as well two upcoming television series - one from Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis and the other from NBC, starring David Duchovney. Additionally, this year marks the 45th Anniversary of the Tate and LaBianca murders.

House of Manson will debut later this year.

 Check out the teaser trailer and let me know what you think! I think actor Ryan Kiser's portrayal of Charles Manson looks super intense!


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DVD Review: MEMORY OF THE DEAD

 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1826720/MEMORY OF THE DEAD
Directed by
Distributed by Artsploitation Films

  I have said it before and I will say it again...I LOVE foreign horror films!  There are so many great horror movies being made all over the world, you owe it to yourself to check out some of these great foreign films!  I just watched a film from Argentina called MEMORY OF THE DEAD.  This was a visually stunning film that was heavily influenced by some of the top names in horror.   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the Artsploitation website:

  A stylish supernatural shocker that has been a hit at film festivals around the world. Argentina’s Memory of the Dead boasts some terrifying FX setpieces bathed in a candy-colored visual palette that makes Mario Bava’s gothic classics look monochromatic by comparison. Following the sudden death of her husband, Alicia assembles all his friends at a vast country manor for a reading of his final letter. But Alicia also has other plans in mind – helping her husband return from the grave with a spell that will put all of the gathered guests in mortal danger. Scary, hysterical and packed with mind-boggling visuals, Memory of the Dead is the cinematic equivalent of a funhouse ride.

  I love the reference comparing this film to a funhouse ride.  That is spot on as there is something different going on with each person in the house...a different surprise around every corner!  There are some crazy death sequences in this film, and just some crazy visuals all throughout the film.   One thing I noticed from the beginning was the excellent camera work.  There are some very cool shots throughout the film, great camera angles and such.

  It's interesting that this film was compared to a Mario Bava film in the plot synopsis.  I can totally see that, but I can also see influences from Dario Argento  (use of color),  and most of all, Sam Raimi and the EVIL DEAD films.  There are a few scenes taken directly from the EVIL DEAD films, a nice homage for sure!

  Fans of gore will be thrilled by this film...there are some crazy gore effects in this film, some that truly made me cringe, and I don't get bothered by too much!

  I highly suggest you check out MEMORY OF THE DEAD.  The DVD is available now from Artsploitation Films.


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

http://www.artsploitationfilms.com/




Monday, March 31, 2014

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












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 4/1
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)


666: KREEPY KERRY
ABOUT A ZOMBIE
THE DEPRAVED
FORGETTING THE GIRL  [DVD & Blu-ray]
KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  L'IMMORTELLE  [DVD & Blu-ray]


Friday, March 28, 2014

DVD Review: BORDELLO DEATH TALES


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1312230/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1BORDELLO DEATH TALES
Directed by James Eaves , Pat Higgins, and Alan Ronald
Distributed by Chemical Burn Entertainment

  I love horror anthology movies.  In horror anthologies, you have multiple mini movies within the movie, so if one story isn't interesting you, there is something completely different coming up soon.  Seems like with most anthologies, I find there is at least one story that is not so good.  That was not the case for me with BORDELLO DEATH TALES.  The film is comprised of 3 short films, all centered around the same brothel.  The films are quite different in styles which makes for a fun, enjoyable film.   Here is the plot synopsis from the Chemical Burn Entertainment website:

  Death, Booze, Sex, Ghoulish Grindhouse Murders Galore and more in this terrifying anthology film brouht to you by three of the most fiercely original, independent directors, working in horror today. “Bordello Death Tales” is an ambitious and impressive recreation of the golden age of Amicus with their trademark portmanteau horror anthologies. Jim Eaves (“The Witches Hammer,” “Bane”), Pat Higgins (“KillerKiller,” “Hellbride,” “TrashHouse”) and Alan Ronald (“Jesus vs the Messiah”) bring you three dark tales from behind the closed bedroom doors of Madame Raven's bordel

The three stories in this anthology are as follows:

THE RIPPER:  This story is about a serial killer that targets prostitutes.  He lures them to his home and tortures them in his garage, but the last one he takes home is not going out without a fight.  This was probably my favorite of the three stories, mainly because I'm a sucker for gore and this film had tons of it.

STITCHGIRL:  This story is about a man looking for the perfect girl for his time at the bordello. If the madame of the bordello doesn't have just what the men order, then she will make the perfect girl for him!   This was a very good film, shot mostly in black and white, this one is very atmospheric and cool visually.  Stitchgirl is made from the best parts of several prostitutes, making her like a modern day Frankenstein's monster.  She actually resembles Sally from THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and at one point the film looks awfully like a Tim Burton film.  If the director is a Tim Burton fan and was trying to pay respect to him, then he hit a home run with this one.  My sole complaint is a weird music video featuring Stitchgirl in the middle of this segment.  It seemed out of place and messed with the flow of the film. This didn't cause me to not enjoy the film though, but seemed worth mentioning.

VICE DAY:  I guess this one was my least favorite of the three stories, although I still enjoyed it.  This one is about a web cam session gone wrong.   A prominent politician has a web cam session with a local prostitute on what he calls, vice day.  It's a day celebrating a game he has played each of the last few years where he puts a bullet in a pistol, spins the barrel, puts the gun against his head and pulls the trigger.  Each year he adds a bullet, so every year his chances of survival get slimmer.   Will the prostitute on the other end of the web cam chat witness his final game?

BORDELLO DEATH TALES is available now from Chemical Burn Entertainment.

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


http://www.chemicalburn.org/home.html


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review: HIDDEN HORROR: A CELEBRATION OF 101 UNDERRATED AND OVERLOOKED FRIGHT FLICKS


http://www.kitleyskrypt.com/hiddenhorror.htmHIDDEN HORROR:  A CELEBRATION OF 101 UNDERRATED AND OVERLOOKED FRIGHT FLICKS
Edited by Aaron Christensen
Published by Kitley's Krypt

  I'll be honest, I don't read much these days.  I just don't seem to find the time with a full time job and a family, to sit down and read most books.    Also, I am a bit of a slow reader, and I have an awful memory, so if I am reading a book and I go a few days without reading, I tend to forget what was going on and have to go back and re-read chapters.   I tell you this to explain why I love books like HIDDEN HORROR from Dr. AC!   I love books about movies and reference books like this are perfect for me.  If you don't have time to sit and watch a movie, it is a lot of fun to be able to take a few minutes and read about it! And each essay is about a different movie, and only 2-3 pages long on average, so you can read just a few minutes if that is all you have time for.

 Now, a lot of reference books are like this, but you tend to start reading about the same mainstream or cult status films when you read a horror movie reference book.  What this book does differently is focus on those films that normally wouldn't get much, if any, write up in any movie reference book. That is one of many things that sets this book apart from others like it.  Another is that each essay was written by a different author, so if you don't like the style one of the essays is written in, well the next one will be completely different since it will be by a brand new author!  I had a good time reading all the different authors and was excited to see that I knew a couple of them from my blogger circle of friends!  I know B.J. Colangelo from the "Day of the Woman" Blog who wrote an essay on the film, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE  (a movie I don't think is overlooked, but definitely underrated) and John Squires from the "Freddy In Space" Facebook page/blog who did a great article on the film, PSYCHO II.

  One of the things that was so much fun about this book was finding some horror films that I had never heard of before, and reading about those I might have heard of but had never seen.  There were only a handful of films I had never heard of, but there were quite a few I have to admit I have never seen.  In fact, I went through and counted which ones I had seen and I had only seen 32 of the 101 films reviewed in this book!!  And I consider myself a horror fan!!  Shame on me, I obviously have some work to do!  

  This is one of the best movie reference books out there right now in my opinion.  Any and all horror fans need a copy of HIDDEN HORROR on their bookshelf for sure.   This is very nicely put together book.  The book is 313 pages and includes tons of pictures from the films being reviewed.  The price tag is awesome too, costing just $15!  That is bargain for such a great book that is full of great movie info!

CLICK HERE to purchase the book
CLICK HERE to visit the book's official Facebook page


http://www.kitleyskrypt.com/

Monday, March 24, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 3/25
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

*  AMERICAN GORE STORIES:  SHOT ON VIDEO
THE APPEARING
BENEATH [DVD & Blu-ray]
BLACKFACE KILLER
THE CONSPIRACY
*  COUNTDOWN
DISCO EXORCIST  [VHS/DVD combo pack]
*  DRILLER  [VHS/DVD combo pack]
ED & HIS DEAD MOTHER
FLESH OF THE LIVING
IBS: IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
THE LOST BOYS  [Blu-ray]
MACHINE HEAD
MOLD  [VHS/DVD combo pack]
ODD THOMAS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
PATRICK  [DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack]
*  PSYCHOPATHIC TENDENCIES
THE RING  [Blu-ray]
SATAN, HOLD MY HAND
SEVEN  [Blu-ray]
STALLED
ZOMBIE DAWN

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Check out the teaser trailer for the upcoming film, JUNE


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3379814/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_2
  If you don't already "Like" the Fangoria Feed Facebook page, you should go do so right now!  They are constantly posting great horror news and info.  Yesterday they posted about an upcoming film called JUNE.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the Raven Banner Entertainment website  (the film's production company):

  June is the story about a nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves a trail of damaged and destroyed foster homes in her wake. June quickly bonds with her new adoptive parents Lily and Dave. But she must discover her true identity to overcome this inner demon in order to save herself, her new family, and to find love and acceptance in a chaotic world.

  JUNE is currently in production.  I think by the looks of this trailer we are in for a real treat with this film!  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Friday, March 21, 2014

Check out the crazy trailer for the upcoming film, JINN


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562899/ I just watched a crazy movie trailer I just had to share with you all.  The trailer was for a movie called, JINN from a company called Exxodus Pictures. Here is the basic plot from the film's imdb page:

  Shawn, an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife Jasmine until it is interrupted by a cryptic message. The message warns of imminent danger and a curse that has afflicted his family for generations. Having lost his parents as a child, Shawn doesn't believe this unsettling revelation of his past....until strange things start to happen. Unable to explain the threats and fearing for his life, Shawn turns to Gabriel and Father Westhoff, a mysterious duo claiming to have answers. With their help, and the aid of Ali, a shackled mental patient, Shawn discovers that there is far more to this world than he ever imagined. These revelations set Shawn on a collision course with the unknown, and he alone must find the strength protect his family and confront the ancient evil that is hunting them.

  I think this looks like it could be a very cool film.  It looks like it has elements of  horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, and martial arts, mixed into a creature feature!  This looks like lots of fun!

JINN will be in theaters 4/14 of this year! Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.


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

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blu-ray Review: HYSTERIA (1997)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116590/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3HYSTERIA
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Cult Epics

 I had never heard of this film when it arrived in my mailbox for review.  There are a lot of horror films I haven't seen, but usually I have at least heard of them.  Especially those that have been around a while.  HYSTERIA was made in 1997, but has just been released as an unrated director's cut from the great folks at Cult Epics. Here is the basic plot of HYSTERIA from the film's imdb page:

 The inmates of an insane asylum are subjected to experiments using collective consciousness and surgically implanted chips in an attempt to create perfect citizens.

 This film is true psychological horror at it's best.   What a crazy, messed up movie this is!  The film was made in 1997, but was shot to look  more like an old grindhouse film from the 1970's.  But you don't have to get too far into the film to realize this is not a simple grindhouse film, but a very smart, sophisticated foray into many topics involving the human mind, including greed, power, individualism, etc.

  The acting in this film is great.  The actors portraying the patients in the mental hospital do a remarkable job.   I would easily believe it if I was told they used actual mental patients to film this movie.  Obviously they didn't, but the actors gave that good of a performance.

  The main plot revolves around a mad doctor that is implanting the patients with some kind of microchip that basically lets them all be on the same brain wavelengths.  It lets them feel what all the others are feeling, both emotionally and physically.  This is a very crazy scenario and makes for some very creepy scenes involving the patients.

  I would highly recommend HYSTERIA, but don't go into it thinking it is a pure horror film.  There is no blood in the film, and only a few scenes of violence.  Most of the film is a suspense/terror film that just messes with your mind, but I would definitely check this out if you get the chance.  

  HYSTERIA is available now from Cult Epics and contains the following Special Features:

*  New HD Transfer
*  The Making of Hysteria
*  Original Theatrical Trailer


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


http://cultepics.com/new_releases.html





Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blu-ray Review: RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH: VOLUME 1


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2279922/RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH:  VOLUME 1
Directed by
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment

  I can't tell you how happy I am to have seen this film.  I grew up loving Troma movies, they were great back in the 80s and 90's.   But there haven't been any good original Troma movies in quite some time in my opinion.  Troma hasn't put out on original movie in years.  Now they put out tons of DVD's each year, but they are just films that Troma has bought the rights to distribute....they aren't true Troma made films.   I grew up loving the TOXIC AVENGER films and films like SGT. KABUKIMAN N.Y.P.D.  I was extremely excited back in 2006 when a new Troma film was coming out.  That film was POULTRYGEIST:  NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD.   As excited as I was, I was a little let down by the film....it just didn't live up to the Troma standard I was used to.  Well, Troma is back with RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH:  VOLUME 1, and I am proud to say that this is exactly what a Troma movie should be.  This feels like a Troma movie straight out of the 1980s when Troma was in it's prime.   Here is the plot synopsis from the RTNH official website:

  Quentin Tarantino has been a fan and friend of Troma for years, and when he made Kill Bill in two volumes to create an “Event Film,” Lloyd Kaufman took note. “Michael Herz and I decided that to mark Troma’s 40th year we, too, would produce an ‘Event Film’ in two volumes just like Quentin did,” says Kaufman, “except slightly less lavish in the budget area.” Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1 & 2, directed by Lloyd Kaufman, is a hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi “Event Film” with themes ripped straight from today’s headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world’s food supply, rampant bullying, and LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence. The film, a revisiting of Troma’s 1986 Class of Nuke ‘Em High is in the same vein as other classics such as Class of 1984, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and Carrie, but seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lesbian lovers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Can they and Kevin the Wonder Duck save Tromaville High School and the world?

  I honestly don't remember the last time I had this much fun watching a Troma film.  This movie had everything you would expect from a Troma film and more.  One great thing about this movie was the humor.  While some jokes did fall a little flat, most were laugh out loud hilarious.  The movie was well written and paced perfectly.  There were never any slow or dull moments throughout the film's run time. All the great Troma characters and stereotypes were present, but also present were some great young actresses who played the leads of Chrissy and Lauren.  I expect to see much more from these two actresses in the future.  Oh, and I couldn't do a review of a Troma horror film without mentioning the crazy, over-the-top gore. There is plenty of that on hand here, so gore hounds will not be disappointed!

  RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH:  VOLUME 1 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on March 18th from Anchor Bay Entertainment.  Special features include the following:

·         Audio Commentary with Actors Zac Amico, Clay von Carlowitz, Catherine Corcoran, Stuart Kiczek and Asta Parades;
·         Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Lloyd Kaufman, Producer Justin A. Martell, Executive Producer Matt Manjourides, Associate Producer Regina Katz and Writer Travis Campbell;
·         Casting Conundrum;
·         Pre-Production Hell with Mein-Kauf (Man);
·         Special (Ed) Effects;
·         Cell-U-Lloyd Kaufman: 40 Years of TROMAtising The World;
·         “Architects of Fear – Edison Device” Music Video
·         Return To Nuke ‘Em High, Vol. 2 trailer 


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


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

http://www.troma.com/

Monday, March 17, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014













Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 3/18
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

BARRICADE   [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  BATTLE OF THE UNDEAD
*  BLOOD FEUD
*  BUCK WILD [DVD & Blu-ray]
CONTRACTED
THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW  [Blu-ray]
FRIGHTMARE  [Blu-ray]
HERE COMES THE DEVIL   [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  THE HORROR AT 37,000 FEET
OUTPOST 3:  RISE OF THE SPETZNAZ  [DVD & Blu-ray]
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE   [Blu-ray]
TOM HOLLAND'S TWISTED TALES

Saturday, March 15, 2014

DVD Review: ANTISOCIAL


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2772092/ANTISOCIAL
Directed by 
Distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures

  I always knew social media could rot our brains, but this is ridiculous!  ANTISOCIAL is a great virus film with a cool twist. The infected ones are reminiscent of the fast zombies from films like 28 DAYS LATER and such   They are not really zombies, as they were not dead first, but just highly infected people.  Here is the official plot from Breaking Glass Pictures:

  Five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this outbreak. Information and video footage over flow their computers as they descend further into the cause and the ensuing chaos. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Who is safe? Who can they trust? Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness...and there is no going back.

  I love movies like this where people are trapped in a building and something crazy like this is going on outside around them.  Before laptops and cell phones, no one would have known what was going on outside.   This movie shows us know that with all the electronic gadgets we have nowadays, we are never truly alone and we can see and hear everything that is happening outside, whether we want to or not.

  This was a very enjoyable film for many reasons.  The acting was so-so, nothing amazing here, but the way the film was made was worth the watch.  The film had some great visuals, especially when the infected start to hallucinate.  The film also had a good amount of gore.   The writing was good with some very intense scenes, especially one in which a friend of the people barricaded inside the house comes to the door begging to be let in.  The scene inside is just what I would imagine would really happen, with some of the people saying to let him in and others saying to keep him out.  The struggle inside between the friends concerning a friend outside in need of help was very effective.

I recommend ANTISOCIAL for sure.  It is out now on DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures. Special Features include

*  Behind the Scenes Featurette
*  Director's Commentary



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


http://bgpics.com/

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Blu-ray Review: MANIAC COP 2

 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100107/MANIAC COP 2
Directed by
Written by
Distributed by Blue Underground

I am a pretty big fan of the first MANIAC COP film.  I hadn't seen it until I reviewed it on this blog a couple of years ago  (see that review here).  So needless to say, I had never seen the two sequels of the film. I have never known too many sequels that matched the original in terms of enjoyment, let along surpass the original, but I really think MANIAC COP 2 managed to do this!  It is at least as good as the original, but I would go as far as to say this one is even better. I enjoyed it more, anyway.  Here is the basic plot of the film from the Blue Underground website:

  The "Maniac Cop" is back from the dead and stalking the streets of New York once more. Officer Matt Cordell was once a hero, but after being framed by corrupt superiors and brutally assaulted in prison, he sets out on a macabre mission of vengeance, teaming up with a vicious serial killer to track down those that wronged him and make them pay... with their lives!

  This was a very cool film with a simple plot, just the maniac cop going around killing people, but it was done so well that you have to give it credit when it comes to the cinematography and general camera work.  That is the one thing that really stuck out for me was the camera work, something that normally goes unnoticed and under appreciated in most films.  There were a couple of car chase scenes that were done remarkably well, leading me to ask myself how there were able to get some of those camera shots.

  I also liked that the maniac cop had some more creative kills in this film, my favorite being when he handcuffs a woman to the steering wheel of a car through the window  (she was standing outside the car), then puts the car in neutral and pushes it down the downhill street!  This was another instance of some great camera work and some great stunt work as you could tell this was actually a performed stunt, not a computer trick or green screened.

  I would encourage you check out MANIAC COP 2, especially if you are a fan of the first film.  MANIAC COP 2 is available now on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and contains the following
special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Director William Lustig and Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn
*  Back On The Beat - The Making Of MANIAC COP 2
*  Cinefamily Q&A with Director William Lustig
*  Deleted Scene
*  Theatrical Trailers
*  Poster & Still Gallery
*  Isolated Music Track
*  Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems


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



http://www.blue-underground.com/



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Enter to win a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of YOU'RE NEXT on the Shattered Ravings website!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1853739/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  My buddy Scott over at the Shattered Ravings Blog is giving one lucky winner a FREE Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the great horror film, YOU'RE NEXT

  If you don't already own this great film, this is an excellent chance to get your hands on a copy!  Hurry and enter quickly, as this giveaway ends tomorrow, 3/12. 


CLICK HERE for details on how to enter for your chance to win!


 

Monday, March 10, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014










Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 3/11
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

*  101ST A-COMPANY
ARMISTICE
DARK HOUSE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
DEAD KIDS (1981)  [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack]
DOGS  (1976)  [DVD & Blu-ray]
DRACULA REBORN
HANGMAN
IN FEAR  [DVD & Blu-ray]
NECRONOS:  TOWER OF DOOM
THIRST  (1979)  [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack]



Friday, March 7, 2014

Blu-ray Review: HERE COMES THE DEVIL (2012)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2107648/HERE COMES THE DEVIL
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Magnet Releasing

  I love foreign horror films.  There are so many great horror films out there from all over the world.  If you are not checking out foreign horror, then you are really missing out.    HERE COMES THE DEVIL is a great horror film made in Mexico. Hers is the plot of the film from the movie's official website:

  HERE COMES THE DEVIL combines modern indie filmmaking and storytelling with a hint of ‘70s-styled psychological horror that may not just be psychological. Francisco Barreiro and Laura Caro play parents Felix and Sol whose preteen son and daughter inexplicably re-appear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside after a casual hike became every parent’s nightmare. The good luck and good fortune of their return soon changes, as the children’s behavior suggests ominous and unspeakable events the night the children were lost that continue even now. As a loving couple - and loving parents - try to care for and protect their children, the ancient and half-whispered legends around the caves and the mountain and those who have gone there before become too strange to believe...and too dangerous, no matter how insane, to ignore.

  I highly recommend this movie.  This film kept me entertained the entire run of the film.  The acting was good, especially by the actors playing the grieving parents.   One thing I loved about this film was how original it was.   There is a huge twist in the film involving the kids, and it is one I never saw coming.  I obviously can't reveal the twist here, but it is one that will really make you think.  

  While blood and gore wasn't the main focus of the film, there were a couple of instances of some very good gore.  This film is more about the story and it is a good story for sure.  Very creepy and entertaining.   My one complaint with this film was the cinematography.  It looks like a different camera was used for some scenes, resulting in two different video qualities throughout the film. Also there was an over excessive use of the "fast zoom" in this film. I don't know if there is a technical term for it or not, but it's like what they used in old spaghetti westerns and kung-fu movies.  You will know what I am talking about when you see it, and you will see it way too often in this movie.  It doesn't take away from the film as a whole, but it was a little distracting.

 Overall this is was a great film, I thought.  This is one I would recommend to any horror fan, especially those that are fans of foreign horror films.

 HERE COMES THE DEVIL will be released on DVD and Blu-ray March 18th from Magnet Releasing.  Special Features include the following:

*  Extended Nightmare Scene
*  Behind the Scenes
*  Rehearsals
*  Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
*  AXS TV:  A Look at HERE COMES THE DEVIL
*  Commentary with Director Adrián García Bogliano


CLICK HERE to visit the official website of the film and watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to pre-order the Blu-ray
CLICK HERE to pre-order the DVD


http://www.magnetreleasing.com/

Monday, March 3, 2014

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014












Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 3/4
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

*  ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK:  VOLUME 2
BIG BAD WOLF
BILLY'S CULT
BLOOD RUSH
BLOODLUST (1961)
CHILDREN OF SORROW
THE FACILITY [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE LAST DAYS ON MARS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
RABID LOVE
UNCUT
THE VISITOR [DVD & Blu-ray]

Sunday, March 2, 2014

DVD Review: SLAUGHTER DAUGHTER



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140403/SLAUGHTER DAUGHTER
Directed by
Distributed by Brain Damage Films

  I haven't seen many films from Brain Damage Films, so I wasn't sure what to expect from SLAUGHTER DAUGTHER, but what I got was very well made, entertaining slasher / drama film with some excellent gore!  Here is the  basic plot of the film from the Brain Damage Films website:

After being left at the altar, Farrah has a mental break. Now she spends her time flipping through the 24 hour news cycle, and fueling her obsession with serial killer Jackson Miles. When her mother announces her upcoming wedding, Farrah seeks help from her jailed love to plot out the perfect murder

  This was a very well made film with some great acting from lead Nicola Fiore, who plays the part of Farrah. She is a beautiful actress, but can play the part of a sadistic killer perfectly.   It's hard to describe what sub-genre off a horror movie this fits into.  It is part crime film, part slasher flick, part revenge film...all rolled into one.  Gore hounds will love the large amount of blood in this film.  There are some great gore scenes including a stabbing scene that is brutally realistic.

  SLAUGHTER DAUGHTER is available now on DVD from Brain Damage Films and the DVD includes the following Special Features:

*  Original Webisodes
*  Promo Video
*  Blooper Reel
*  Deleted Scenes


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


http://braindamagefilms.com/

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Check out the trailer for the Spanish horror film, HERE COMES THE DEVIL


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2107648/?ref_=nv_sr_1  I just got a screener in the mail for a Spanish horror film called HERE COMES THE DEVIL. The film was written and directed by , who I first heard about from the 2012 film THE ABC's OF DEATH  (he did the B is for Bigfoot segment).  I had never heard of HERE COMES THE DEVIL, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I went and watched the trailer for it tonight and it looks really good.  Here is the basic plot of the film, courtesy of Magnet Releasing:

  A couple's son and daughter inexplicably reappear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside. Becoming withdrawn and beginning to exhibit strange behavior, their parents quickly assume something sinister happened to them while missing and alone. But after hearing an ominous local legend... the concerned mother and father begin to realize that their children may have fallen prey to something inhuman - and that this dark, unstoppable evil has now returned home with them.

Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!  I will have a full review of the film in the upcoming week! 


CLICK HERE to watch the Red Band trailer **Warning - Contains nudity**


 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Help out the indiegogo.com campaign for the awesome website 80sCards.com!!


http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-spread-the-love-of-the-80-s
 
  I just found an awesome project on indiegogo.com that I just have to share with the readers of this blog.  A man by the name of Marc Ferman is putting together an awesome new website called 80sCards.com.    This site will feature all of the awesome trading cards the 1980's had to offer, which includes some awesome horror related cards!  I love the old Fright Flicks cards, and hopefully this site will have some available for us fans!  Marc has started an indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to get the website up and running.  Here is a description about this project from Mr. Ferman himself:

LETS GO BACK TO THE 80'S!!!!!

For the past two years, I have been sharing my love of the 80's by hosting retro movie events in Miami, Florida.  Fans have joined me for big screen engagements of the "original" ROBOCOP, GOONIES, GREMLINS, BEETLEJUICE, BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, CHILD'S PLAY, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4, plus many more.  I have hosted these screenings through my music and movie site Keepitclassic.com and the recently launched PopcornNights.com
One of my favorite 80's memories was collecting trading cards.  Anything from STAR WARS to HOWARD THE DUCK.  I have been wanting to launch a site that focused on these hard-to-find collectables, so I came up with 80sCards.com
I need is to build enough inventory to launch with and I need your help to do it.
80's movie lovers like myself are totally going to dig this site and if you help make it happen, I will have some most excellent perks for you.

Donate $10 - You will receive 1 surprise original pack of 80's movie cards
Donate $25 - You will receive 3 surprise original packs of 80's movie cards
Donate $50 - You will receive 8 surprise original packs of 80's movie cards
Donate $100 - You will receive 20 surprise original packs of 80's movie cards

The money you donate will go towards us tracking down and stocking up on these collectable cards.  The first of our awesome new inventory will we awarded to those of you who helped us create 80sCards.com
 

Other Ways You Can Help

Just because some of you cannot contribute, doesn’t mean you can’t help spread the word.  Use the Indiegogo share tools to let your friends know about my awesome campaign.
 
Thank You
Marc Ferman



CLICK HERE to help fund 80sCards.com