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    Hands Of The Ripper (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 31st, 2013

    In the 1950’s and 1960’s Hammer picked up where Universal had left off. They became the studio for the very best in horror films. With names like Lugosi, Karloff and Chaney finally reaching the end of their reign, Hammer offered up the likes of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. They resurrected all of the famous Universal monsters in their own image. Now we had a new cycle of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and The Mummy. While the films were somewhat low-budget and released mostly through the drive-in circuit, these films made a bloody splash with horror fans all over the world.
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    Street Trash – Special Meltdown Edition (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on July 22nd, 2013

    Some cult classics you have to just wonder how it is they manage to stand the test of time.  For the life of me I’ll never understand the love for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but yet when someone mentions the cult classic Frankenhooker, I can’t help but light up with geeky delight.  As film geeks most can admit these cult classics are far from great films, but yet there is a charm about them we can’t resist, and not only do we rewatch these guilty pleasures, but we also have the irresistible urge to thrust these films on our friends.
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    The Life and Death of a Porno Gang (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on August 29th, 2012

    “We decided to tour round Serbia. We’ll go to villages. It will be interesting to see farmers’ reactions to our sexual provocations. Sexual education for Serbs. Widening the horizons. This is our guerilla mission.”

    I like to think I am not a prude. My taste in film runs to the controversial, and I don’t shy away from extreme cinema. I think Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom and Caligula are masterpieces; A Serbian Film impressed and affected me, although I have no intention of watching it again
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    Twins Of Evil (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 24th, 2012

    “Satan has sent me Twins Of Evil.”

    Okay, it wasn’t really Satan, at least I don’t think it was. It was the folks over at Synapse who sent me the Blu-ray release for Hammer’s Twins Of Evil, and I’m pretty glad that they did. If you’re a horror fan of any worth and are old enough, you have some wonderfully frightful memories of Hammer’s run of horror films starting in the late 1950’s. Hammer pretty much began where Universal ended their celebrated cycle of horror films. Like Universal, the cycle produced a new generation of atmospheric horror films that included the classic creatures.
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    Red Scorpion (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on June 19th, 2012

    “Nikolai Petrovich Rachenko…our warrior elite…a very powerful and valuable tool…if he can be controlled.”

    It’s no secret that they just don’t make action movies like they used to. (Sylvester Stallone just shot a brawny arm into the air in protest. I see you, Sly!) These days the odds of seeing a pretty boy like Matt Damon and a perennial tough guy like Bruce Willis headlining an action flick are just about even. You’re just as likely to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in family fare like Journey 2: The Mysterious Island as you are in an manly romp like Fast Five. Heck, the Arnold Schwarzenegger role in the upcoming Total Recall remake is being played by…Colin Farrell.
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    42nd Street Forever (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on May 24th, 2012

    “His name is Samson. He’s big with his cat, with mama and with his stick. Black Samson… he’s mean and clean and rules the scene.”

    In the 70s and 80s, filthy little theaters littered New York’s 42nd Street, sandwiched between adult bookstores, porn theaters, and peepshows. These dens of celluloid sin hosted an endless loop of “B” movies affectionately known as grindhouse films. They ran exploitation films, drive-in double features, and European softcore of every subgenre, ranging from Blaxploitation to Sexploitation, from Euro-crime to Sci-Fi and Horror. Some theaters projected these movies 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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    Thou Shalt Not Kill… Except (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on April 10th, 2012

    “Don’t you ever touch the sacrificial fluids… okey dokey?”

    “Okey dokey” indeed; in 1985, director Josh Becker gathered his friends, including Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, and they shot Thou Shalt Not Kill… Except in Detroit around Campbell’s childhood home. Working with a microscopic budget, they created a tribute to the savage exploitation films of the sixties and seventies, full of bad lighting, crappy sets, leaden acting, cheap makeup gags, horrible dialog, and a certain goofy infectious fun.
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    Gurozuka

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on March 8th, 2012

    A group of high school girls heads off into the woods to make a movie for their film club. What only the two organizers know is that they are heading for the site of a previous film club’s massacre. Their shoot descended into madness, with a participant in a deigan mask killing all the others, and the whole thing was recorded on tape. It isn’t long after the girls arrive that things start to go wrong, and it seems that history might be repeating itself.
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    Intruder – Director’s Cut (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on December 22nd, 2011

    “I’m just crazy about this store.”

    Anyone who has worked the night crew in a grocery store, restocking shelves after the place is closed, knows how creepy it can be walking the aisles in the belly of a half-lit behemoth. Now imagine if you were being stalked while you stocked by a mutilating psychopath. This was obviously the motivation for writer/director Scott Spiegel when he created his Super-8 short film Night Crew with childhood friends Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Frankenhooker (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on October 31st, 2011

    “In a blaze of blood, bones, and body parts, the vivacious young girl was instantly reduced to a tossed human salad… a salad that police are still trying to gather up… a salad that was once named Elizabeth.”

    Ah, there is nothing that can bring an exploitation movie alive like the unhinged imagination of Frank Henenlotter.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” The Exterminator (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 27th, 2011

    “The punishment’s gotta fit the crime.”

    Believe all of the hype and controversy. In the language of the day The Exterminator was one bad mother. And when I say one bad mother, we’re not talking Casey Anthony. The Exterminator came at the tail end of the era of grindhouse, exploitation, and revenge films. So, how do you close out a memorable era like that?
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Frat House Massacre

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on October 16th, 2011

    “Rush Week just became Death Week!”

    Let me say first off that director Alex Pucci knows something about production values. For a film shot on Super 16mm for a reported budget of around $1 million, Pucci delivered a film that looks and sounds far more expensive. Reportedly attempting to be a homage to the seventies grindhouse slasher/revenge flicks, Pucci’s focus on detail is amazing, even if his seventies period piece comes with a few anachronisms.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” South Of Heaven

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 15th, 2011

    By Natasha Samreny

    South of Heaven carried far too much violence and gore for me to look past. Maybe enjoy isn’t the best word, but I had a hard time stomaching and therefore appreciating the film fully because of its nature. If you’re not a fan of such horror movies, even with beautiful design, cinematography and acting elements, don’t watch this.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Maniac Cop (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on October 14th, 2011

    “You have the right to remain silent… forever!”

    Maniac Cop is a movie that has all the elements of being a cult classic.
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    The Dorm That Dripped Blood (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 30th, 2011

    When you want to get the most bang for your buck in a low-budget 1980’s slasher film, you could do a lot worse than The Dorm That Dripped Blood. It’s an elusive film that has never really enjoyed much of any kind of wide release even in the video market. It was really nothing more than a student film put together as a thesis for UCLA students Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow. Like most student films, the piece utilizes locations on the UCLA campus and makes use of local talent both in front of the camera and behind.
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    Embodiment of Evil (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on April 1st, 2011

    One of the (many) reasons that Scream 3 was such a weak entry is that it tried to riff on the rules of trilogies, when, at the time of its release, there really weren’t any horror film trilogies, with notable exception of the Omen series (and the not-so-notable exception of the trio kicked off by Captive Wild Woman in 1943). But the last few years have seen the completion of two horror trilogies, whose third parts were a very long time in coming. Dario Argento wrapped up his Three Mothers trilogy with the disappointing Mother of Tears in 2007. And now, hitting home video, is a primal roar that also happens to be José Mojica Marins’ 2008 conclusion to his Coffin Joe saga.
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    Vampire Circus (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 23rd, 2010

    “And now I wish to present an entertainment which has given pleasure to many of the crowned heads of Europe. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight for your eyes alone…”

    In the 1950’s and 1960’s Hammer picked up where Universal had left off. They became the studio for the very best in horror films. With names like Lugosi, Karloff and Chaney finally reaching the end of their reign, Hammer offered up the likes of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. They resurrected all of the famous Universal monsters in their own image. Now we had a new cycle of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and The Mummy.
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    Resonnances

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on December 15th, 2010

    Six young men and women head off in two cars for a weekend trip in rural France. Along the way, the car with the three guys runs out of gas, fortunately within pushing distance of a filling station. There, our boys inadvisedly pick up a hitchhiker, who turns out to be an escaped psychopath. But no sooner have they started to worry about their new passenger when a mysterious fog and a ghostly vision send them careening off a cliff. Wounded and lost, they find that not only do they have a killer to contend with, but there is something monstrous and huge under the ground that is hunting all of them.
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    Death of a Snowman

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on December 12th, 2010

    A mysterious figure or organization going by the name of War on Crime is apparently engaged in just that in the streets of Soweto. Known drug dealers are being gunned down. On the case is Lt. Deel (Nigel Davenport). Caught up in the case is newspaperman Chaka (Ken Gampu), who is contacted by War on Crime and given tips as to when the next attack will take place. Deel and Chaka are friends of long standing, but their friendship is challenged by the fact that the police captain now views Chaka as a possible accomplice in the vigilante killings. The question, too, is whether there is more to these killings than meets the eye.
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    Graphic Sexual Horror (Special Edition)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 11th, 2010

    “This documentary is about a website that engaged in the commercialization of bondage and sado-masochistic imagery and performances. It in no way represents bondage and sado-masochism as practiced by many adults in their private lives.”

    In recent years the horror film industry has created the term torture porn. When you hear the term, it usually applies to that sub-genre of film where there are intense depictions of torture, mutilation, and most often death. Eli Roth’s Hostel films are likely the most cited examples,
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