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  • “31 Nights Of Terror” Halloween: The Complete Collection Limited Deluxe Edition

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 31st, 2014

    “I met him fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”

    AnchorBay and Scream Factory have tapped into that pure evil. It’s the collection we’ve waited years to see.
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    Nightcrawler

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on October 31st, 2014

    “On TV it looks so real.”

    When I first walked out from the theater after watching Nightcrawler, the thing that stuck with me the most is how great Jake Gyllenhaal was in this film.  This isn’t the first performance he’s caught my attention in; he’s an actor who pretty much any time I see him in a film he’s one of the most memorable aspects of the film.
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    Whiplash

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul O'Callaghan on October 31st, 2014

    Whiplash has gotten so many raves that I want to make sure I address the things that are bad as well as the things that are good about the film. First thing I will say is that the movie is implausible, and I had a hard time to totally buy into it for different reasons. The film is about a young jazz drummer at a prestigious music academy who gets to play in the band of the top instructor at the school. It becomes apparent early on that the instructor is crazy. He browbeats and actually beats his students into compliance without a hint of mercy.
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    The Reckoning

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on October 31st, 2014

    Just because an actor shares the same last name of their more popular sibling, the talent doesn’t necessarily carry over as well.  In the case of The Reckoning, the Australian thriller has two siblings with much more marketable star power. Jonathan LaPaglia comes into The Reckoning and ripping a few pages from his brother’s acting book in playing a detective whose partner is the victim of a heinous act of “random” violence. Also joining the film with famous siblings is Luke Hemsworth, whose brothers Liam and Chris Americans may be more familiar with.  Does the hereditary star power help this little Aussie film, or does it flounder down under?
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Exclusive Interview With Malek Akkad From Free Fall and Halloween Franchise

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on October 30th, 2014

    Free Fall just out on Blu-ray/DVD from Anchor Bay might be Malek Akkad’s first feature film as a director. That doesn’t mean he’s exactly new to the business. You could say he was born to it. He’s been officially part of the Halloween franchise since The Curse Of Michael Myers (Halloween VI). His father was along for the ride from the beginning. I got to talk to Malek about both Free Fall and Halloween. I was a bit envious to hear him talk about “running around the set of Halloween as a child”. There’s even some news on the next chapter to be found here. If you want to hear all of that, just bang it here to sit in on my chat with Malek Akkad.

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    Plastic

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Delia on October 30th, 2014

    Well-acted and directed, a surprisingly good action flick Plastic has hit the home video market on DVD.  The movie offers its own interpretation of a several million dollar diamond heist that actually took place by a group of men in 1997.  The original robbery spanned from Manchester, England to Los Angeles, CA and involving the prestigious Bejon Jewelers on Rodeo Drive.  This film’s story adds a little comedy with their creative crime caper and that’s a good thing because if not, it would have been just be another heist movie.
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    Behaving Badly

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 30th, 2014

    “Everyone in this story is guilty of something.”

    With the exception of bland do-gooder/ dream girl Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez), all of the characters in Behaving Badly seem desperate to live up to — or rather down to — the movie’s title. The plot revolves around strippers, nuns, dead Latin teachers, and Lithuanian mobsters, so it’s clear the filmmakers were going for mindless raunch. But instead of a gleefully debauched 97 minutes, we get “comedy” that lacks wit and laughs that feel totally uninspired.
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    “31 Nights of Terror” A Letter to Momo (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 29th, 2014

    As the spookiest holiday of the year draws closer, we’re all probably a little more sensitive to anything that goes bump in the night. Almost every creature associated with Halloween is meant to terrify us, but what if some of those horrific-looking monsters were actually tasked with watching over us? In the Japanese animated drama A Letter to Momo, a young girl encounters a trio of mischievous spirits that only she can see and hear. The monster shenanigans, however, were merely one aspect in what turned out to be one of the more affecting family films I’ve seen this year.
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    Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 29th, 2014

    “It was the gang that ran amok. You have people who were being extorted, who talked of having a shotgun barrel stuck in their mouths or machine guns pointed at their groin. Body bags were shown by Bulger as he shakes them down. It was absolute terror.”

    It amazes me that I really had very little idea who James J. Bulger was before I watched this film by director Joe Berlinger. How could I have missed this guy? On the run for over 16 years, Bulger was once #2 on the FBI’s most wanted list. Who was #1? That was Osama Bin Laden. So who was this man that came in second only to the world’s most infamous terrorist?
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    Rick & Morty: Season 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on October 29th, 2014

    For a while now it has been accepted that cartoons are no longer for kids, and it can be argued that most of the popular animated shows now are more geared towards adults rather than kids these days.  I’ve grown up with The Simpsons, and I’ve enjoyed the run that Family Guy has had, but really these have been the only animated shows I’d consider myself loyal to.  Upon seeing some ads promoting Rick and Morty as well as hearing my friends talk about the show, I couldn’t help but think perhaps this could possibly be a new animated series I could get excited about.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Don’t Blink

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on October 28th, 2014

    Here we have a film that knows all the rules and stereotypes of horror films, but instead of twisting things around and turning the genre on its side, we get a convoluted mess that actually had some real potential.  The film is stacked with some solid B-list actors who actually put in performances that remind the viewer why at one point these actors had relatively successful careers.  Brian Austin Green (90210), Mena Suvari (American Pie  and American Beauty), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story and Postal),  and Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13) are some of the actors that fill this cast, all with solid resumes such that you’d expect at any point they could make the leap to the A-list.
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    Contest: Win Plastic on DVD From Arc Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on October 28th, 2014

    Our friends at Arc Entertainment have more than horror on their minds this October. The 28th sees the DVD release of Plastic. A very young gang of criminals runs against a mob boss who has an offer they can’t refuse…or can they. They’ve got to come up with $2 million or else. Arc Entertainment gave us an offer we just couldn’t refuse. We have 3 copies of Plastic on DVD and we’re going to shoot them out to 3 lucky winners.

    To win just follow these instructions.

    1. Fill out your name and email address in the comment form below – your email address will remain private and visible only to us.
    2. Do not post your address as an actual comment!  Instead tell us – What’s your favorite crime/heist movie?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada only, and will conclude on Sunday, November 30th, 2014.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Birdman

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul O'Callaghan on October 28th, 2014

    Wow! OMG! WTH! This is a towering achievement in every way. It is staggering. It is literally staggering; you will leave the theater drained because all your adrenaline will have been used up. Fragmentary, flowing, electric, and it shows the disintegrating of a man’s mind in a vibrant phantasmagoria. Any director in the world who sees this will slap himself in the face and say, “Why didn’t I do this!” It is a technical tour de force, and everyone in it delivers at full throttle. It is breathless and exhilarating and your mind will be blown.
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    The Prince (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 28th, 2014

    “That man brings hell with him wherever he goes.”

    The “man” is supposed to be Paul Brennan (Jason Patric), a retired mob enforcer-turned-unassuming auto mechanic who reluctantly returns to his violent ways after his daughter goes missing. But the real culprit might be director Brian A. Miller. With The Prince and this year’s The Outsider, the director has made two consecutive sub-Taken crime dramas that lack the cohesion, refinement or energy to work even as satisfyingly junky action movies.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Contest – Win Whitewash From Oscilloscope

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on October 27th, 2014

    31 Nights Of Terror is coming to an end this week. We have one more giveaway make this the most prizes we’ve ever given in October. Oscillascope offers Whitewash staring Thomas Haden Church. “Hell can be a cold dark place”. An accidental death leads to terror in this DVD. One lucky winner gets to find out for free.

    To win just follow these instructions.

    1. Fill out your name and email address in the comment form below – your email address will remain private and visible only to us.
    2. Do not post your address as an actual comment!  Instead tell us – What review site has the best reviews, interviews and contests?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada only, and will conclude on Sunday, November 30th, 2014.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    “31 Nights of Terror” Deliver Us From Evil

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 26th, 2014

    Inspired by the actual accounts of an NYPD sergeant.”

    Deliver Us From Evil comes attached with what may be the most flowery variation yet of the “Based on a True Story” tag I’m always wary of. The deliberately-worded phrase is designed to lend an air of verisimilitude to the inherently supernatural demonic possession genre. (Not unlike what The Conjuring did with its real-life paranormal investigators on its way to becoming a smash.) While Deliver Us From Evil has a few decent jolts, it doesn’t come close to capitalizing on the promise of its unique source material.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Exclusive Interview With Sarah Butler

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on October 25th, 2014

    Most of you know Sarah Butler from her strong performance in I Spit On Your Grave. The remake might have gotten mixed reviews but Butler’s strong showing has helped to create a promising career. In Free Fall she gets to work with Halloween producer Malek Akkad and screen legend Malcolm McDowell. I had a chance to chat with Sarah about the new film coming October 28th from Anchor Bay. She’s got tons of energy and our time together was far too short to ask everything I had hoped. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Sarah Butler.

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    The Mentalist: Season 6

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 25th, 2014

    The Mentalist was once the highest rated drama on television. There was a lot to like here, as I’ll discuss throughout this review. But I think most of us had gotten a little sick and tired of the Red John story. The show milked the single case for over five years, and the fan base had dissolved to the point that the once #1 show has been on the bubble for the last two seasons. Next year it will return, but only as a January mid-season replacement, a place many shows begin their lives. Fans’ patience has worn thin, but at long last the show’s producers discovered what we’ve known since the second season.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Scribbler

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 24th, 2014

    by John Delia

    Here’s a young adult targeted DVD that’s based on a graphic novel called The Scribbler. Perfect for those who want to cozy up on Halloween night, this science fiction thriller has a wicked tone and some ghoulish ghastly scenes. Actually, it’s very well acted for a low-budget indie, and the special effects are also a treat. The story gets kinda funky and way off the wall, but that’s what science fiction’s all about.


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    “31 Days Of Terror” Life After Beth (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on October 23rd, 2014

    Imagine if you had a second chance to tell that loved one you lost how much you loved them, or were able to do the things you wished you had done the first time, but you hesitated because you didn’t take into account the fragility of life.   Life After Beth shows us the joys that can come with when getting that second chance while at the same time revealing the dark consequences that may come with this new opportunity.  There are numerous zombie films and series out in the market, but Life After Beth may be the most unique take on the genre in some time.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Contest – About a Zombie From Revolver

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on October 22nd, 2014

    Our friends down at Revolver Entertainment have really hit the target with a copy of the DVD About A Zombie. They’ve got a documentary crew following that Zombie Apocalypse we’ve all been hearing about. They’ve also given us a copys of the film on DVD to give away to you guys. Zombie Apocalypse and free stuff! It doesn’t get much better than that. Now that’s a 31 Nights Of Terror we can all scream about.

    To win just follow these instructions.

    1. Fill out your name and email address in the comment form below – your email address will remain private and visible only to us.
    2. Do not post your address as an actual comment!  Instead tell us – Who is your favorite horror actress?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada only, and will conclude on Sunday, November 30th, 2014.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 22nd, 2014

    Billy Crystal has built a legendary career as one of the most multi-faceted entertainers in all of showbiz. He’s a successful actor, comedian, writer, producer and director. At various points, Crystal has been a major star on television, on stage, and at the movies. He’s entertained everyone from musicians to movie stars, thanks to his gigs as a three-time Grammy host and nine-time Academy Awards emcee. But what works best about his return to the stage in 700 Sundays — Crystal’s Tony-winning one-man show — is how it illustrates the idea that virtually every entertainer gets his or her first round of applause in the family living room.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” The Inside From Revolver Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on October 21st, 2014

    31 Nights Of Terror continues. We do the celebration. You get the goodies. This time it’s our pals down at Revolver Entertainment that have loaded a contest. Their new horror DVD The Inside streets on DVD/VOD on October 21st. A strange video tape turns up in a pawnshop camera. What it contains is going to be a shock. Allow us to deliver a little shock-treatment right to your front door. One lucky winner walks away with this terrifying DVD from Revolver.

    To win just follow these instructions.

    1. Fill out your name and email address in the comment form below – your email address will remain private and visible only to us.
    2. Do not post your address as an actual comment!  Instead tell us – What’s the most frightening film you’ve ever seen?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada only, and will conclude on Sunday, November 30th, 2014.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    The Last Supper (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 21st, 2014

    “Kings are made, not born.”

    It’s a provocative thesis for any story, especially since the same debate about kings has played out over centuries’ worth of world history. Unfortunately, filmmaker Lu Chuan largely decided to take a “tell, don’t show” approach with The Last Supper, which depicts the last gasp of China’s Qin dynasty and the rise of the Han dynasty and its commoner-turned-emperor.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Haunting at Preston Castle

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on October 20th, 2014

    For fans of many of the ghost-hunting shows, Preston Castle is a location many will already be familiar with.  Once a former reform school for boys that opened in 1894 and finally shut down in the 1960’s, it was a location rumored to hold many atrocities against its young occupants.  Whether you are a believer in the supernatural or not, Preston Castle is a location that upon appearance is beautiful as well as foreboding, and is the perfect location for a haunted house film.  Of course the film boasts that it is inspired by true events, but I don’t think anyone should exactly hold the filmmakers up to a fact-checking examination, but instead just simply sit back and enjoy the ride.
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