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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DVD Review: i-LIVED (2015)

Directed by 
Distributed by XLrator Media

  I recently got the privilege of checking out a new horror film called i-LIVED.  This was a very interesting film with a fun interactive experience...more on that later.  Here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's press release:

 Josh Fosse is a 20-something guy whose life is going nowhere. His girl left, his rent is late, and he lacks a real job. He is trying to make it as an app reviewer online and decides to review a self help app called i-Lived for fun. He's signs on and immediately his life turns around. He meets the girl of his dreams and he gets a job offer he can't refuse. Convinced it's him and not the app, he signs out... and loses everything. He signs on again but this time the terms are different, the app is asking him to do things that are out of his moral comfort zone... but essential to becoming the success the app tells him he can be

  This is one of the better films I have seen this year.  It kept me thoroughly entertained and I honestly don't have a negative thing to say about it.   The acting was superb by all involved and the film was shot very well.  The film has a very intriguing story which was very fun to watch pan out.    What made this film extra fun was the interactive "Second Screen" experience.   By downloading the i-LIVED app from your smartphone's app store, you will have access to this interactive experience that runs parallel with the film.  You will get [fake] text messages throughout the film, just like the ones that are being sent to the main character on screen!  The interactive app also utilizes your phone's flash, and speakers for some very spooky scares.  Also, there are little inside jokes sent to your phone during a scene, some of which are laugh out loud funny!  It would be a lot different watching this movie without the app, but I bet it would still be pretty enjoyable.   I think this app adds an extra element to the film, though, that you really need to check out.  I can really see this idea going places and improving, especially as our phones and tablets continue to improve.  

  Be sure to check out i-LIVED as soon as you can.  The DVD is out now on DVD from XLrator Media.

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


Monday, August 24, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 8/25:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

THE SENDER  [DVD & Blu-ray]
SORROW  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE WALKING DEAD Season 5  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Check out the trailer for the upcoming film, BITE!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4264426/ Ugh..this film looks downright disgusting.  So, naturally I can't wait to see it!  The film is called BITE and is being directed by .  The film was produced by Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment.  Here is the basic plot of the movie from the film's official website:

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she's able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.

  The film is playing film festivals now and there have been reports of people fainting and getting sick (puking) from watching this film.  If that isn't an excellent incentive to watch this film, then I don't know what is!   Hopefully I will have more info on a release date in the near future.

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

Monday, August 17, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 8/18:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

BURN, WITCH, BURN  [Blu-ray]
CUB  [DVD & Blu-ray]
DEVIL HUNTER / CANNIBAL TERROR Double Feature  [Blu-ray]
EJECTA  [DVD & Blu-ray]
*  NOMADS  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Blu-ray review: HORSEHEAD (2014)

Directed by 
Distributed by  Artsploitation Films

  Wow.  This is a visually stunning film, and an amazing achievement in film making in my opinion.  I have to admit, though, I can't say I understand it 100%.  Heck, I'm about 50/50 on understanding this thing.  The film is called HORSEHEAD and it is a basically a nightmare shown on film.   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the Artsploitation Films website:

  Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, HORSEHEAD is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant. Director Romain Basset’s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family’s countryside estate for her grandmother’s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of “lucid dreaming” to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (The Beyond‘s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman’s past traumas and visions. HORSEHEAD is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares.

  If you are a into visuals and symbolism, then this is definitely a film for you!  The film is shot beautifully with some amazing sets.   The acting is very good from everyone involved.   Like I mentioned above, I didn't understand a lot of this film, it's one I will need to watch a 2nd or even 3rd time to understand all the symbolism probably.  Even with the lack of understanding a lot of the film, that didn't take away any of the enjoyment factor whatsoever.  Basically, you can sit back watch and enjoy the visuals on display, some of which are beautiful, and some of which are downright terrifying.

  This is the first feature film from director Romain Basset, and is an amazing first effort in my opinion.  I can't wait to see what his future projects consist of!  This is a must see in my opinion. Check it out and let me know what you think.  If you've already seen the film, please leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of the film.
  HORSEHEAD is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Artsploitation Films.  Special features include the following:

*  Trailer
*  Inside Horsehead - The Making Of
*  Four Short Films

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer  (NSFW)
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray / DVD


Wednesday, August 12, 2015


http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/lakeplacidvsanaconda/LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA
Directed by 
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  With a title like that, it's gotta be good...right?  Well, LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA won't be winning any awards any time soon, but it achieves what it sets out to do which is entertain you with some mindless crocodile vs. giant snake action!   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's press release:

  Anacondas large enough to crush an SUV. Crocodiles strong enough to leap onto speedboats. When they’re not hunting for human prey, they’re more than willing to take on each other. Get ready for a non-stop bloodbath unlike anything you’ve seen before in this heart-pounding battle between mutated crocodiles and genetically engineered anacondas. Packed with hot sorority girls, big guns, and jaws massive enough to swallow a human in one bite, this is one screaming good time!

  If you're wondering what to expect with this film, keep in mind this was made for the SyFy  network.  If you are familiar with the movies they've been putting out lately, you will know exactly what you are in for with this film.   Let me start by saying that most of the acting in this movie is atrocious...except for horror icon Robert Englund, who is way out of his league with this film in my opinion.  But, we don't really watch these movies for the characters and the acting do we.  With a film like this, we are here for some great crocodile and anaconda action, and luckily, the film delivers when it comes to that.  

  Now again, realizing this is a SyFy movie, the creature effects are not something you will find in a big budget blockbuster film.   The animals are all CGI and it shows, very badly at some times.  If you can keep from letting that bother you, then you will be able to sit back and just enjoy the crazy croc vs. snake carnage!  The crocodile kills people, the anaconda kills people, then they fight each other in a crazy reptile title match!   While it's not the best of the LAKE PLACID or ANACONDA series, it is still a very fun creature feature that should keep you entertained for the entire running time.

LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA is available now on DVD from Sony Home Entertainment.

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


Monday, August 10, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 8/11:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)


Saturday, August 8, 2015

"FEAR, INC." Commences Production in Los Angeles

Check out this press release I recently got.  Sounds like we are in for a real treat with this one!

http://www.lonesuspect.com/films-portfolio/fear-inc-2/LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6, 2015 –Lone Suspect announces that production will commence today in Los Angeles on its latest feature film FEAR, INC.  Written by Luke Barnett and directed by Vincent Masciale, who are best known for their viral videos on Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die,” the film stars Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”), Caitlin Stasey (TV’s “Reign”), Chris Marquette (ALPHA DOG) and Stephanie Drake (“Mad Men”).  The supporting cast is rounded out with Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”), Ashlynn Yennie (THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE), Patrick Renner (THE SANDLOT), Ronnie Gene Blevins (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) and Richard Riehle (OFFICE SPACE).

Luke Barnett, Vincent Masciale along with Heather Kasprzak and Natalie Masciale are producing FEAR, INC. under their Lone Suspect banner. Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance as well as Tanner Thomason and Frank Masciale are executive producing the film.

FEAR, INC. follows a company of degenerates who can be hired for a premium to bring your greatest fears to life. But when horror junkie Joe Foster's customized scare seemingly begins, he and his friends must decide if this company is there to scare them, or make them pawns in their own sick game.

"With the self referential humor of films like SCREAM and CABIN IN THE WOODS and our background with Funny or Die, the goal is to add a large comedic element to the dark material," said director Vincent Masciale.

 I love the idea of the comedic element being added to the horror film.  If done right, it can make for an extremely enjoyable film!   Hopefully I can post more news on this new film as it becomes available.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DVD Review: THE WIFE KILLER (1976)

http://www.cavd.com/product.php?productid=2563THE WIFE KILLER
Written by 
Directed by (as Dacosta Carayan)
Distributed by Mondo Macabro / CAV Distributing

  I am a big fan of foreign horror films, but one country's films I am not very familiar with is Greece.   In fact, the only Greek horror film I could name you was ISLAND OF DEATH.  Well, now I can add a 2nd film to my Greek knowledge.   The film is called THE WIFE KILLER, or DEATH KISS as it was originally known.  I honestly don't think I would classify this as a true horror film.  It is more of a Giallo type crime film in my opinion.  Here is the basic plot of the film from the CAV website: 

Penniless playboy Captain Jim is in hock to his rich older wife, Helen. She has even bought him the fancy yacht that now bears his name. But Jim does not want to be Helen’s toy boy any more. He wants to marry his lover, Laura. He pays a psychopathic killer of women to murder Helen so that he will inherit his wife’s millions. But the psycho killer has his own plans. Suspecting Jim will double cross him, he engineers a complex scheme that will give him the upper hand. Very much in the style of the violent and baroque “Giallo” thrillers from 1970s Italy, The Wife Killer is a twisted, shocking and brutal exploration of the devious male psyche. Previously only released to cinemas in a cut version, this is the first official DVD release of the film in the U.S., complete and uncensored.

 As I mentioned, this is not what I would really refer to as a true "horror" film, although there is a lot of killing and blood.  The film is a crime drama, and a very good one at that.  I must admit, when I first started watching this film, I was afraid it was going to be a very boring, dull film, as it starts off very slow.  Stick with it, though, and you will be rewarded with a very entertaining film, full of plot twists and some great double crossing by the likes of the killer.

 While this won't be for everyone, if you are a fan of crime dramas and particularly 70's Italian Giallo films, you will definitely want to give this film a watch.

THE WIFE KILLER will be available on DVD August 18th, and will contain the following special features:

- Brand new transfer from film negative
- Uncut Version
- Greek/English audio choices
- Newly created optional subtitles
- Extensive production notes
- Interview with producer
- Documentary on Greek Cult Cinema
- Trailers
- Mondo Macabro previews

CLICK HERE to pre-order the DVD



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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


Monday, July 27, 2015

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

  Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/28:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

GHOST TOWN  [Blu-ray]

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Check out the visual stunning trailer for ATTACK ON TITAN

  I recently found a very cool horror website called  "theblood-shed.com".    While browsing this site recently, I ran across a trailer for a movie called ATTACK ON TITAN.   The trailer blew me away with it's visuals.   Here is the official synopsis taken from theblood-shed.com website:

  The sudden arrival of the Titans—mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other—brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward to more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend against the Titans. Yet, once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 5o meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter.
  The Protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to life confined behind these walls. “Nothing I do would make a difference,” he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which have become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa… and for mankind itself?

  I knew nothing about this title, but upon further research found that is based on off of a anime comic and TV series of the same name.   This film looks remarkable.  It's being released August 1st in Japan.  Hopefully we will get a chance to see this one here in the states very soon!  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blu-ray Review: SPIDER BABY (1967)

http://mvdb2b.com/s/SpiderBabyBluRayDVD/MVD7366BRSPIDER BABY 
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment

  Wow!  How did I go this long without seeing this film?!   SPIDER BABY is one of those weird cult classics that I had always heard about, but had never seen.  In fact, I've had an earlier DVD release of this film in my collection for years, but had yet to watch it.   Well, that DVD is obsolete now thanks to the great folks over at Arrow Films.  Arrow continues to put out some of the nicest Blu-ray releases I have ever seen, and this one is no different.   Here is the synopsis of the film from the MVD website:

  The credits dub this "the maddest story ever told", a promise that's well on the way to being fulfilled in the opening scene alone, when Virginia traps and kills a hapless deliveryman in her makeshift web. She's one of three siblings who suffer from a unique genetic disorder that causes them to regress back to childhood, while retaining the physical strength and sexual maturity of adults. Lon Chaney Jr gave one of his most memorable late performances as Bruno, their guardian and protector, who has managed to cover up their crimes until two distant relatives lay claim to their house. When they insist on moving in, Bruno has to cross his fingers and hope that the 'children' behave towards their new guests... This was the first solo feature by Jack Hill, whom Quentin Tarantino dubbed "the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking", and it remains one of his wildest and weirdest.

 This is definitely one of the weirdest and wildest films I have seen, and that is saying a lot!  I can't imagine how audiences reacted to this film back in the late 60's when it was originally released.  I am sure they had never seen anything like this before!
  While I sometimes shy away from older, black & white, horror films, I almost always end up really enjoying them.   The black & white is so nostalgic and it's a lot of fun coming across an old classic like this that I haven't seen before.   The picture quality looks amazing on this blu-ray.  Arrow always does a remarkable job with their blu-ray transfers, and this one is no different.

  I knew I was going to like this film from the opening credits, and the opening scene cemented this for me.  In the opening scene we see young Virginia lure a delivery man up to her house and to the window.  Little does the man know he is the 'bug' to Virginia's 'spider' in her sick and twisted game.   Once the 'spider' catches the 'bug', it's all over for poor Mr. delivery man.  Virginia, Elizabeth, and Ralph  (played by Sid Haig of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS) make up the trio of kids who do some awful things.  They are all mentally unstable and no one is safe when they are around! 

  This was such a fun, weird, creepy film.   This is one I will definitely be watching again in the near future.  I highly recommend this one.  If you have never seen SPIDER BABY, do yourself a favor and pick up this new Blu-ray release asap!

 SPIDER BABY is available now on blu-ray from Arrow Films.  It is being distributed here in the U.S. by MVD Entertainment.  Arrow films always contain tons of special features/extras, and this release is no different.  Special Features on SPIDER BABY include:

*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature, available in the UK for the first time
*  Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
*  High Definition transfer of the feature supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
*  English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired
*  Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig
*  Panel discussion from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences FILM-TO-FILM Festival, recorded September 2012, featuring Jack Hill and stars Quinn K. Redeker and Beverly Washburn
*  The Hatching of Spider Baby - Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film
*  Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein - The composer of 'The Terror' and 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque's Chris D. and others
*  The Merrye House Revisited - Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film
*  Alternate opening title sequence
*  Extended scene
*  Original Trailer
*  Gallery of behind-the-scenes images
*  The Host (1960) - Jack Hill's early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role [30 mins]
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
*  Collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, and an extensive article re-printed from FilmFax: The Magazine of Unusual Film and Television featuring interviews with the cast and crew, illustrated with origin

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



Monday, July 20, 2015

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

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/21:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

I, MADMAN  [Blu-ray]

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blu-ray Review: GOD TOLD ME TO (1976)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075930/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1GOD TOLD ME TO
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by Blue Underground

 I remember seeing this movie years ago, but I really didn't remember too much about it.  I do remember the picture was so grainy, it was hard to watch.   I am happy to report that the great folks over at Blue Underground have released a beautiful version of this film.   GOD TOLD ME TO is now on Blu ray and it looks amazing.   Here is the basic plot from the Blu Underground website:

A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. And each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: "God told me to." Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective (Tony Lo Bianco of THE HONEYMOON KILLERS and THE FRENCH CONNECTION) must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind.

  This is by far one of the strangest films I have ever seen.  I guess being written and directed by Larry Cohen, this shouldn't have come as a surprise to me.   The film feels like two different movies stuck together.  The first half you have what I was expecting, a film about people going crazy and killing other people for what seems to be no real reason whatsoever.  This is one of the scariest films I have seen in a while, not in a ghost, zombie, vampire, or monster sort of way, but scary in the sense that this could happen at any time, and as we've seen as recently as a few weeks ago in Charleston, SC, things like this do happen all the time.   This film was somber reminder that we are never really safe and are never guaranteed another day here on earth.  Our life can be taken at any time at any place by any psycho with a gun.   Ok, this review is getting too deep and depressing, lets now look at the second half of the film.
  The second part of this film is like a different film entirely.  The second half now centers on an alien abduction and insemination, virgin births, and our main character seeing a God like vision.  I'll be honest, the second half of the movie downright strange.  It's a good strange, though, one that will definitely keep you entertained.   

   GOD TOLD ME TO is a must see in my opinion.   The film is available now on a beautiful Blu-ray release from Blue Underground and contains the following special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
*  Heaven & Hell On Earth - Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco
*  Bloody Good Times - Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill
*  God Told Me To Bone - New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen
*  Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen
*  Theatrical Trailers
*  TV Spots
*  Poster & Still Gallery

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


Monday, July 13, 2015

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

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/14:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

CELLER DWELLER / CATACOMBS Double Feature  [Blu-ray]
EX MACHINA  [DVD & Blu-ray]
IT FOLLOWS  [DVD & Blu-ray]
THE OUTING / THE GODSEND Double Feature  [Blu-ray]

Friday, July 10, 2015

Have you seen the ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD comic con trailer?


  If you haven't, stop what you are doing right now and watch it!   I have to admit, I was nervous going into it.  I was scared that it wouldn't live up to what I hoped it would look like.   Well, I am more than happy to report that the trailer lived up to my hopes and expectations and then some!    This show looks like it will be so much fun!  

  ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD will premier Halloween night, October 31st of this year on the STARZ Network.

CLICK HERE to read the full article on Bloody-Disgusting.com
and watch the trailer!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Check out the trailer for the new killer wasp film, STUNG

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3300572/?ref_=nv_sr_1  I love killer insect films.  From the classic ANTS and THE SWARM to the more recent BIG ASS SPIDER.  These films are a lot of fun.  This new killer wasp film looks like it will be a great time, as well!   The film is called STUNG and is available now on VOD.   Here is the basic plot from the film's imdb page:

Mrs. Perch, an elderly, wealthy lady from rural America, is throwing a fancy garden party at her remote country villa. Same procedure as every year - except this time her illegally imported plant fertilizer seeps into the ground. Subsequently, a local species of killer wasps that usually lay their eggs into other insects mutates into 7 ft tall predators. And the celebrating upper class company provides just the right kind of prey. It's up to Paul and Julia, the two catering staffers, to stop the creatures, fight for their lives, and incidentally getting their stumbling romance in order

  I can't wait to check this film out.  If you have seen it, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Monday, July 6, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 7/7:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

THE CELL  [Blu-ray]
DARK SUMMER  [DVD &  Blu-ray]
MAGGIE  [DVD &  Blu-ray]
ROBOT JOX  [Blu-ray]

Monday, June 29, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/30:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

1990:  THE BRONX WARRIORS   [Blu-ray]
GHOST HOUSE / WITCHERY  Double Feature [Blu-ray]

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blu-ray Review: THE GRAPES OF DEATH (1978)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078077/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2THE GRAPES OF DEATH
a.k.a. "Les raisins de la mort"            
Directed by 
Distributed by Kino Lorber/Redemption Films

  If you are not familiar with Kino Lorber and Redemption Films, you really need to be.  They have been putting out some amazing Blu-ray releases over the last few years, including lots of films from the late, great, Jean Rollin.    The latest release that I watched was THE GRAPES OF DEATH, one of the scarier and gorier films from Rollin's body of work.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the Kino Lorber website:

  The polluted wine produced for a village's annual Grape Harvest Festival has left all but a few rabid with some chemically- engendered form of zombiism. They may saunter about like sleepwalkers, but these are not the zombies of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968); they are, rather, oozing transmitters of an impassioned insanity that can only be termed anarchy.

 This is a very interesting film, as the "zombies" are caused by a physical sickness, one that turns their skin into oozing mounds of puss and blood.  Yes, that is gross for sure, but seeing it on film is even worse!   Rollin did an amazing job with this one, greatly increasing the amount of blood and gore that are usually found within his films.   

  Like his other films,  THE GRAPES OF DEATH is very atmospheric and gives off a very creepy mood.   Rollin always uses great set pieces and great locations for his films.  Unlike his other films, he focuses on story and horror elements rather than just nudity and sexuality like a lot of his other films. 

  If you've never seen a film by Jean Rollin, this is a great on to start with.  THE GRAPES OF DEATH is available now on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Entertainment and contains the following special features:

*  Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative
*  Introduction by Jean Rollin
*  Interview with Jean Rollin, by Patrick Lambert and Frederick Durand (2007, 49 min.), in which Rollin discusses his varied literary influences
*  16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
*  Original theatrical trailer
*  Original trailers of other Rollin films

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



Friday, June 26, 2015

Check out the newest trailer for Fli Roth's GREEN INFERNO


  As most of you know by now, Eli Roth's newest film, THE GREEN INFERNO, finally got picked up for distribution and has a new theatrical release date of September 25th.   Hopefully it will be a wide release so we will all have a chance to see it.  I haven't been this excited for a horror film in a long time! 
  A new trailer was recently released, check it out and then let me know what you think of it.  Do you plan on seeing THE GREEN INFERNO in the theater?

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


https://www.tromashop.com/THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II
Directed by  and
Distributed by  Troma Entertainment / CAV Distribution

  If you are a fan of Troma films, then you definitely know about the TOXIC AVENGER films.  This is probably the #1 film series I think about when I hear the word Troma.   The Toxic Avenger character is by far their most popular character and I would assume most profitable.  He is truly a unique super hero!   Now, I have to admit, I had only seen the first Toxic Avenger film before now, so I was very happy when I saw that THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II had now been released on Blu-ray!  Here is the basic plot of the film from the Troma website:

  Toxie’s mean, green, and back on the screen! Melvin Junko was a nerdy 98lb weakling until he fell into a vat of toxic waste, turning him into the first ever superhuman superhero from New Jersey. This time the hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength takes on Tokyo. The Toxic Avenger Part II is a spectacular sequel with even more ingenious special effects, even more bizarre action, and even more unbelievably famous fight scenes. He’s come a long way from Tromaville, baby!

  Now usually sequels are not nearly as good as the original, but I have to say that I think THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II is just as good as the first.  I loved this film from the very opening scene till the end credits.    Like most of Troma's films, the film does not take itself seriously at all.  It is a cheesy movie with crazy dialog and some corny humor, and the typical Troma style gross out humor as well.   What this movie had that I wasn't expecting, though, was some excellent gore!  Most of the gore is pretty over the top and ridiculously unrealistic, but there was some gore in this film that looked amazingly real and actually made me cringe at times.  Part II of this film series also gives us some crazy, over the top fight scenes. 

If you were a fan of the original TOXIC AVENGER, you will definitely want to get your hands on a copy of this new Blu-ray.  THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II is available now on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and contains the following special features:

*  Lovingly remastered HD presentation
*  New intro by Lloyd Kaufman
*  Director's commentary
*  Up close and personal with Toxie
*  A word from Troma's villainess Lisa Gaye
*  The Toxic Avenger on Japanese TV
*  The Toxic Avenger Saga trailers
*  The American Cinematheque honors 40 Years of Troma

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



Monday, June 22, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/23:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

HORSEHEAD  [DVD & Blu-ray]

Monday, June 15, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/16:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

CHAPPIE  [DVD & Blu-ray]
TENTICLES / REPTILICUS  Double Feature  [Blu-ray]

Monday, June 8, 2015

This week's Horror related DVD/Blu-ray releases: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Here are this week's horror related DVDs and Blu-rays that come out tomorrow, 6/9:
(Click on a title to see a trailer for that film)

DER SAMURAI  [DVD & Blu-ray]
SPIDER BABY  [Arrow Blu-ray & DVD combo]
*  THE STRAIN:  SEASON 1  [Blu-ray Box Set]

Sunday, June 7, 2015


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/Babes-Behind-Bars-DVD_p_887.htmlBABES BEHIND BARS
Directed by  Charles Band
Distributed by  Full Moon Features

I am a huge fan of trailer compilations, and Full Moon Features Grindhouseflix line of dvds have been putting out some great ones lately.  The latest one I watched was called BABES BEHIND BARS.   This is a compilation of all the great "Women In Prison" flicks from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. 
Here is some more info on the dvd from the Full Moon website:

Welcome to Babe Jail, where the best shower a girl can get is from the warden's hose, and interrogation always ends in intercourse! This outlandish compilation of trailers and clips spotlights the women-in-prison sub-genre of grindhouse exploitation films, which were most popular in the 70's and 80's. Hosted by the illegally-sexy “Roxie” and her demented ogre-of-a-cellmate, “Lavondra,” you've been sentenced to watch the best of the most degrading, perverse, and sadistically sexist filth ever sent to the slammer. The prison bars may be cold, but the babes are hot!

  As I have mentioned before in reviews for trailer compilations, these are perfect for me due to my short attention span.   Plus, I could never watch all these films just due to all the time it would take, so this is a great way to get all the highlights and pick out a few that I really want to track down and see.  I thought I knew most all of the Women In Prison flicks out there, but this DVD showed me I was way wrong.   There are titles featured on here that I have never heard of in my life.   There are also all the more well knows ones such as BIG DOLL HOUSE, CAGED HEAT, and the ILSA films.

  This is another great Grindhouseflix title to check out from Full Moon Features.   You can purchase the DVD below, or watch this and tons of other great grindhouseflix on Full Moon's awesome streaming service!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to visit Grindhouseflix.com and sign up for Full Moon's amazing streaming service.


Wow...has it really been that long since I have posted on here?

 Yikes, I just logged on to my blog and I see my last post was on May 28th!! I think that might be the longest I have gone without posting on my blog!  I'll blame it being my birthday last week and then the start of summer so it's getting to be a busy time with the kids.  I will try to be better and not go so long between posts, though!

 Thanks for sticking with me!

Thursday, May 28, 2015


http://www.cavd.com/product.php?productid=2549SAMURAI AVENGER:  THE BLIND WOLF
Directed by: 
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

  This quite possibly could be the best movie you have never heard of.   I had no idea what to expect going into my viewing of SAMURAI AVENGER:  THE BLIND WOLF.  I had never heard of the film and hadn't read any reviews.  I came away from the viewing blown away at just how good of a movie this is.  In fact, I honestly can't remember the last time I was this entertained by a film. 
  Here is the basic plot synopsis of SAMURAI AVENGER courtesy of the Synapse Films website:

 After losing his eyesight, his wife, and his daughter at the hands of a deranged psychopath, a man is transformed into an unstoppable killing machine hellbent on revenge! Eight years after the massacre of his family, the “Blind Wolf” has returned as a highly trained swordsman ready to seek justice. But he doesn’t know seven deadly (and even undead) assassins have been hired by his sworn enemy to make sure he doesn’t leave town alive!
 Set in nowhere and in no time, SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF is a bloody sushi-western and a modern day action film with a classic samurai essence.

 Again, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun with a film.   The acting is great on all accounts, the story is simple yet intriguing, and the effects are spectacular!  There is a good mixture of both CG and practical effects on display, including some great gore and blood spray reminiscent of ICHI THE KILLER and other such films.   Everything about this movie is perfect in my eyes.  The music for each scene was spot on, and music is something I don't always notice in a film.  Director and star, , did an amazing job and I can not wait to see what else he does in the near future!   

  I honestly can't say enough good things about this film.  In fact, me trying to put into words a description of the greatness of this film is a waste of my time and yours.  My review can not do it justice.  This is one you just need to trust me on, and then go out and buy you a copy asap!  You will not be disappointed. 

SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF is available on Blu-ray now from Synapse Films and CAV Distribution and contains the following special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Director Kurando Mitsutake, Producer Chiaki Yanagimoto and Editor John Migdal
*  Sword Fight Choreography
*  Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
*  Blooper Reel
*  Theatrical Trailer

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website