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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


http://synapse-films.com/dvds/horror/just-desserts-the-making-of-creepshow-special-edition-blu-ray/JUST DESSERTS:  THE MAKING OF "CREEPSHOW"
Directed by 
Distributed by  Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

  Rarely does a film's special feature get it's own HD Blu-ray release, but that is just what has happened with JUST DESSERTS:  THE MAKING OF "CREEPSHOW".   After watching it, you can see why.  This is no ordinary "special feature".  Clocking in at 90 minutes, it's a legit feature film itself, that just happens to be about the making of another film.    Here is the basic synopsis of the film from the Synapse Films website:

  In 1982, Author Stephen King and Director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the controversial EC comics of the 1950s.  Told through five jolting tales of terror, CREEPSHOW has become a celebrated horror classic over the past three decades. With an all-star cast, and featuring groundbreaking special effects by genre legend Tom Savini, CREEPSHOW stands as a horrific and hilarious tribute to the stories that helped influence (and corrupt) a generation of writers and filmmakers.  Now the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told!
  Featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” also contains over a dozen interviews, including George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and many others.  These are the terrifying stories behind the film that promised you…“The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have…BEING SCARED!”

  CREEPSHOW has always been one of my favorite horror films of all times.  I love anthology style horror films, and no one has done it better than CREEPSHOW.   George Romero and Stephen King are two masterminds of horror, so a collaboration of those two is bound to be good.   Watching this documentary about the making of the film made me remember just how good CREEPSHOW really is.    I haven't seen it in years,  but after watching JUST DESSERTS, I am really wanting to watch CREEPSHOW again very soon! 

  I am a big fan of "making of" documentaries of horror films, and this is probably one of the greatest I have ever seen.   Other than the strange absence of Stephen King, everyone involved with the movie is on hand here to give you first hand accounts about their experience on the film.  My favorite interviewee was Tom Savini, the mastermind behind the effects of the film.  He is my all time favorite effects person, so seeing him on screen talking about this film was truly awesome.

  Along with the interviews, we get to see tons of behind the scenes photos and footage, along with scenes from CREEPSHOW.   The movie is broken up into segments, talking about each entry in the film, along with a beginning section explaining how the film came to be and the influence the old EC comics had on Romero and King, and on the film itself.   I was a huge fan of EC comics growing up, so that's one reason I always loved this film....it is like watching an old VAULT OF HORROR or TALES FROM THE CRYPT come to life onscreen.

  I cannot recommend JUST DESSERTS enough...it is a must have for any fan of CREEPSHOW.   The special edition Blu-ray is available now from Synapse Films and contains the following special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Director & Editor Michael Felsher
*  Audio Commentary featuring interviews with Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, and Make-Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
*  Creepshow Days – An interview with Director of Photography Director Michael Gornick
*  Extended Interview Segments with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Bernie Wrightson
*  Behind The Screams – A compilation of on-set video footage from Tom Savini
*  Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark
*  Scream Greats Volume One: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects with Optional Audio Commentary with Tom Savini
*  Vintage 1982 Evening Magazine Segment shot on the set of the film, featuring rare cast & crew interviews
*  Behind-The-Scenes of CREEPSHOW Photo Gallery

CLICK HERE to watch a clip of the film
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray



Monday, August 22, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, August 23rd

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 8/23:

*  ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD Season 1  [DVD & BD]
*  CLOWN  [DVD & BD]
*  LUCIFER  Season 1  [DVD & BD]
*  THE WALKING DEAD Season 6  [DVD & BD]

Friday, August 19, 2016


http://www.koreropress.com/sex-and-horror-the-art-of-emanuele-taglietti/SEX AND HORROR:  THE ART OF EMANUELE TAGLIETTI 
Published by Korero Press

  If you have never heard of Emanuele Taglietti, don't worry, I hadn't either.  But if you are a fan of horror comics like I am, then it is a name you need to know.   I don't know how I have never heard of Mr. Taglietti, but I am glad that I have finally made acquaintance with his amazingly beautiful artwork!    Luckily we don't have to go round up all his comic book art to look at, as Korero Press has compiled some of his greatest works into this beautiful coffee table art book.   Here is a description of the book from the Korero Press website:

In the late 1970s and early ’80s Italy became crazy about the 'fumetti sexy', a home-grown style of erotic comics that subverted every genre with its own brand of twisted humour, violence, and up-front sensuality. Wilder and weirder than you can imagine, they were some of the most outrageous and shocking comics ever produced – most wouldn't be allowed today. These weren’t underground comics: they were totally mass market and their highly erotic covers were seen on every news stand and kiosk across the country. At their peak leading publishers were releasing a new 100-page comic every few days, with artists having to draw 150 to 200 pages a month. In the late 1980s, the advent of video and the global mono-culture of international media companies brought it all to an end. However, the work of one of the leading fumetti cover artists, Emanuele Taglietti, remains highly collectable and has been brought together for the first time in this book, providing a long-overdue look at this forgotten genre.

  This is one of the most beautiful comic art books I have ever seen.  It is a nice, thick book clocking in at 160 pages, all in full color.  Along with each painting that is seen here, there is a brief description telling you the title of the comic it was from, the issue number, and the publication month and year.  Some of the more popular comics have a brief description telling you what the general plot of the comic was.  The book also has a small section at the front that gives some brief biographical info on Mr. Taglietti. 



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's time for another DVD giveaway!!

17146539-my-master-satan-3-tales-of-drug-fueled-violence-dvd  A few weeks ago I reviewed a low budget independent film called MY MASTER SATAN: 3 TALES OF DRUG FUELED VIOLENCE (you can read the review HERE).   It was written and directed by who has graciously given me one autographed copy to give away to one lucky 4H blog reader!   

  Here is the basic plot of the film:

My Master Satan: 3 Tales of Drug Fueled Violence is an anthology horror film that features three tales that revolve around serial killer/druggie Alister (Dakota Bailey) & his equally demented serial killer friends Woody, Charlie and Bubba & takes the viewer deep into a seedy underworld of crime, drugs, depravity & murder. In the first tale, Bubba (Matt Marshall) enlists Alister's help to exhume the corpse of his deceased unfaithful wife who he murdered. Afterwards the two of them decide to take some LSD resulting in an acid trip where they briefly see Satan.   The second tale follows Alister and his twisted friend Charlie (Brian Knapp) as they go out at night committing murder, & other deviant acts.
  Finally in the third and final tale, Alister & Bubba go on a quest for more LSD, meeting their serial killer friend Woody and committing violent acts along the way, and finally having the ultimate ritualistic acid trip that once again brings them face to face with Satan himself.

  Enter now to win a FREE autographed copy of MY MASTER SATAN: 3 TALES OF DRUG FUELED VIOLENCE!  Follow the steps below to enter, it's super easy and completely FREE!

 In order to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post below that includes your name and email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.  If you would rather not leave your email address, then just comment with your name and then shoot me an email (zombiehayes@hotmail.com) so I will be able to get in touch with you if you are the winner. 
 The contest will run from now through Sunday, 8/28,    The winning comment will be chosen at random using random.org.  I will send an email to the winner to collect their mailing address, and then mail them the DVD directly.   Only 1 comment/entry per person please.  Due to shipping costs, contest is open to U.S. residents only. 

Thank you, and GOOD LUCK!

Monday, August 15, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, August 16th

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 8/16:

*  11 MINUTES  [DVD]
*  SESSION 9  [BD]

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Produced & Edited by  John Borowski

 I have always been a fan of True Crime, and especially stories of serial killers.  I guess they are just so far from what I consider "normal" that they fascinate me.  I just can't fathom how someone could take another person's life, let alone multiple lives.  And it's usually done with little to no remorse.  There are some crazy killers out there throughout history, but none have a story quite like that of Plainfield, Wisconsin's own Ed Gein.   

  Ed Gein was had a very bizarre fascination with his Mother, to the point of not being able to let her go once she died.  He dug up her body and kept her corpse on her bed, basically making an alter to his Mom.  He also killed a couple of other people from the small town he lived in, and desecrated numerous graves, stealing and using body parts from the deceased.   Ed's most gruesome murder was that of a lady named Bernice Worden, a local hardware store employee who was found hanging in Ed's shed, strung up like a deer that had just been killed.   After Bernice went missing, the body was eventually found at Ed's farm, along with all the other "things" he had collected.  He had organs on the stove and fridge, in preparation for consumption.  He also had lampshades and furniture made from human skin.   Ed Gein's case was so bizarre that many Hollywood films have been based (although some very loosely) on Ed Gein.  

  Now, if you want to ready more about the details and specifics on his life and crimes, there are many books out there you can find on this subject.   But...if you're already familiar with the story, then you need to pick up THE ED GEIN FILE by John Borowski to delve much deeper into the Ed Gein case.   This book is a truly amazing reference to have.   The amount of research that must have gone into this book in astounding.    The main component of the book is a transcription of the complete interrogation of Mr. Gein, complete with his confession.  It's completely eerie to actually read all of Gein's own words, I could hear them in his voice as I was reading them.    While this is the main bulk of the book, there are so many other great items in this book including the complete physical and psychological profile of Ed Gein, the official autopsy report of Bernice Worden, a copy of Gein's death certificate, multiple newspaper clippings of articles related to the Ed Gein case,  and some great illustrations and photos of Ed Gein.    You might read about some of these items in other books about Gein, but in this book you get to see the actual item itself. 
  THE ED GEIN FILE:  A PSYCHO'S CONFESSION AND CASE DOCUMENTS is a must have for any fans of true crime and/or the Ed Gein story.    The book is available now on Amazon.com.

CLICK HERE to purchase the book

Click the banner to visit the official website of auther/filmmaker John Borowski

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Blu-ray Review: MICROWAVE MASSACRE (1983)

http://mvdb2b.com/s/MicrowaveMassacreBlurayDVD/AV062MICROWAVE MASSACRE
Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group

  Finally!  I have always heard of MICROWAVE MASSACRE, but trying to get my hands on a copy of it was extremely hard to do!  The DVD was out of print for a long time, so copies were extremely pricey.  Luckily, the great folks at Arrow Video have released this film on an amazing Blu-ray/DVD combo pack!    For those not familiar with the film, here is the basic plot from the MVD website:

 THEY CAME FOR DINNER...TO FIND THEY WERE IT!! Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife's predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism. Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life - his nagging wife and his lack of tasty meals - when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he's got a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying... Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick's Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from lead Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as "I'm so hungry I could eat a whore". Vegetarians need not apply!

  Now I must warn you, the cover of the old DVD release touted this film as "The worst horror movie ever made".   So going into this film, I was kind of expecting a "so bad, it's good" type of experience.  Well, I am proud to say that is exactly what I got.   I would definitely not consider this the worst horror movie ever made, I have seen far worse for sure!  That being said, it was pretty bad over all, but it was also extremely fun and  full of character. The dialog is pretty cheesy, and the blood/gore is pretty fake looking, but that is all part of the charm that this film displays. 

The film reminded me of a cross between a Troma film and a Herschell Gordon Lewis film.  If you are fans of those type of movies, you will love this one.   This movie was so much fun, I definitely see myself watching it again in the near future.  This is a must have for cheesy B-grade (or maybe even C-grade) horror!   

 MICROWAVE MASSACRE will be available on 8/16 and will contain the following special features:

*  Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
*  Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
*  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler moderated by Mike Tristano
*  Brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed
*  First pressing only: fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower

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



Monday, August 8, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, August 9th

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 8/9:


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Blu-ray Review: THE STUFF (1985)

http://mvdb2b.com/s/TheStuff/AV050THE STUFF
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group

  There are quite a few horror films I remember fondly from my childhood, and THE STUFF is one of those for sure!  The film came out when I was 9 years old, but I probably didn't see it until a few years after that.  I remember seeing it at a sleepover at a kid's house who had HBO!  That was a big deal back then, as not as many homes had HBO as they do today.   THE STUFF was coming on and we all quietly gathered around to watch it, knowing we would get in trouble if his parents came out of their room for any reason and saw us.  Luckily they didn't, so I got to see the entire film, and luckily Arrow Video has released this classic on a beautiful Blu-ray edition so I can enjoy it for years to come, and even introduce my kids to it someday!  Here is the basic plot if you're not familiar with the film courtesy of the MVD website:

  Are you eating it ...or is it eating you? The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It's delicious, low in calories and - better still - doesn't stain the family carpet... What's not to like?! Well, for a start it has a life of its own, and we're not talking friendly live bacteria... Young Jason seems to be the only one who doesn't love The Stuff - in fact he won't go anywhere near it, after having seen the pudding crawling around the fridge one night. What's more, everyone who eats The Stuff has started acting really weird... Now, teaming up with wise-cracking industrial saboteur "Mo", Jason must put a stop to The Stuff and the organization behind it or face a gooey, gloopy demise. Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It's Alive series and scribe behind the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a titillating treat for the taste-buds which blends elements of films such as Street Trash with the straight-up B-movie flavor of The Blob. So grab a spoon and dig on into The Stuff - the taste that delivers... much more than you bargained for!

  This is one of my favorite horror films for sure.  It might be considered toward the cheesy side by todays standards, but it still holds up pretty good overall.  The concept is very cool, and pretty original I believe.    While the acting is pretty bad overall, the movie more than makes up for that with the awesome story line (albeit with a few plot holes) and some great effects.   

  One scene in particular reminded me a lot of 1982's THE THING.  A man's head (played by the great Garrett Morris) has his head stretched and ripped open by The Stuff.  Being from the 80's, the film is all practical effects which is always a plus.   80's horror films have such a unique quality to them, it's hard to put my finger on, but you know them when you see them.  This is as perfect example of a great 80's horror film and one every horror fan needs to have in their collection!

  As always, Arrow Video has done a remarkable job with both the restoration and extras of the film, as well as the amazing packaging of the film.  This Blu-ray is available now and contains the following Special Features:

*  New High Definition restoration of the film from a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative
*  Original stereo 1.0 uncompressed PCM Mono audio
*  Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  "Can't Get Enough of The Stuff: Making Larry Cohen's Classic Creature Feature" - Documentary featuring Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, actress Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Neill (mechanical makeup effects) and Kim Newman
*  Introduction and trailer commentary by director and The Stuff fan Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw III)
*  Original Trailer
*  Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
*  Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joel Harley, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials

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



Friday, August 5, 2016


http://www.storenvy.com/products/17146539-my-master-satan-3-tales-of-drug-fueled-violence-dvdMY MASTER SATAN:  3 TALES OF DRUG FUELED VIOLENCE
Written & Directed by: 

  Let me start off my saying this is not the type of film I would normally review.  I am not a fan of Satan at all, and [as a Christian] I in no way promote the glorification of Satan or devil worship.  What I do support is independent filmmakers, no matter what the subject matter (to an extent).   This is true independent horror, self distributed by the filmmaker through his store envy site.  This is underground filmmaking at it's extreme.  Before I go any further, here is the plot synopsis from the film's IMDB.com page:

  My Master Satan: 3 Tales of Drug Fueled Violence is an anthology horror film that features three tales that revolve around serial killer/druggie Alister (Dakota Bailey) & his equally demented serial killer friends Woody, Charlie and Bubba & takes the viewer deep into a seedy underworld of crime, drugs, depravity & murder. In the first tale, Bubba (Matt Marshall) enlists Alister's help to exhume the corpse of his deceased unfaithful wife who he murdered. Afterwards the two of them decide to take some LSD resulting in an acid trip where they briefly see Satan.
  The second tale follows Alister and his twisted friend Charlie (Brian Knapp) as they go out at night committing murder, & other deviant acts.
  Finally in the third and final tale, Alister & Bubba go on a quest for more LSD, meeting their serial killer friend Woody and committing violent acts along the way, and finally having the ultimate ritualistic acid trip that once again brings them face to face with Satan himself.

  If you are a fan of underground, raw, violent cinema, this film will be right up your alley!  Think AUGUST UNDERGROUND TRILOGY or AMERIKAN HOLOKAUST.  These are films that  MY MASTER SATAN reminded me of.   The film was shot over 20015-2016, but it was shot with what looks like a VHS recorder and was made to look older and very rough.  This is intentional for sure, and definitely adds to the gritty feel of the film.   There are some great effects, although quite a few are cutaway scenes, but still effective.  The intentionally bad film/sound quality make this film feel very real, which makes for a very disturbing viewing experience! 

  Hardcore underground film lovers should give this one a shot for sure.   DVDs are on sale now for only $5.99 + shipping! 

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, August 2nd

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 8/2:

*  BITE  [DVD & BD]
*  VIRAL  [DVD & BD]

Saturday, July 30, 2016


http://www.bearmanormedia.com/death-by-umbrella-the-100-weirdest-horror-movie-weapons-softcover-edition-by-christopher-lombardo-and-jeff-kirschner?search=umbrellaDEATH BY UMBRELLA:  THE 100 WEIRDEST HORROR MOVIE WEAPONS
Written by:  Christopher Lombardo and Jeff Kirschner
Published by:   Bearmanor Media

  I don't do as many book reviews on the site as I'd like to, so I am trying to change that.  Expect more book reviews in the coming months, as there have been some amazing horror related books released lately!  

  One of the best I have found lately is the book DEATH BY UMBRELLA, an easy read with 100 different short essays on the strangest deaths imaginable in horror films.  This is perfect for the short attention spanned person such as myself.   Each entry is no more than a page or two, so is nice to just read a few entries whenever I have just a few minutes to spare.

  This is an extremely fun book, with 100 of the best kills from horror movies spanning many years.   The authors split the kills/weapons up into 7 chapters/categories, including kills by weapons found around the home, in the kitchen, sports and recreation, machinery, tight squeezes, and more.

  Here are some of the more crazy weapons described in this book:

*  Umbrellas - used in both SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 2 and STITCHES
*  Coffee Maker - used in LEPRECHAUN 2
*  Ear of Corn - used in SLEEPWALKERS
*  Electric Toothbrush - used in BOOGEYMAN 2
*  Mounted Deer Antlers - used in SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT
*  Condom - used in KILLER CONDOM
*  Basketball - used in DEADLY FRIEND
*  Fishing Lure - used in BLOOD HOOK

  Read about these and  92 other crazy weapons in DEATH BY UMBRELLA!   This book is available now from Bearmanor Media.  I highly recommend this fun book for all horror fans!

CLICK HERE to purchase the Hardcover edition
CLICK HERE to purchase the Paperback edition


Monday, July 25, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, July 26th

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 7/26:

*  KILLERS THRILLER COLLECTION (Baby Yaga, Night Train Murders, Strip Nude For Your Killer)  [3-Disc BD]
*  RIVER  [BD & DVD]

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The BLAIR WITCH 3 trailer is here!!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4426214/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_3  As you may have heard by now, director Adam Wingard's new horror film, which has had the title "THE WOODS", is actually the  next instalment in the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT films!   The fake title was used to keep it a secret for as long as possible, but it has now been revealed that this is BLAIR WITCH 3.   The film is titled just BLAIR WITCH, and is supposed to be a direct sequel to the original BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.   This is what 2000's BOOK OF SHADOWS:  BLAIR WITCH 2 should have been, but as you recall the filmmakers took that "sequel" in a completely different direction.  I am glad we have a true sequel to the first film now. 

Here is the basic plot synopsis from I found from an article about the film on the Dread Central website:

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think....I think this film looks like it is
going to super scary and a great follow up to the original!

CLICK HERE to check out the film's official website

Monday, July 18, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, July 19th

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 7/19:

*  BAD MOON  [Blu-ray]
*  THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD  [Scream Factory Blu-ray]

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Blu-ray Review: DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D. (1980)

https://severin-films.com/shop/doctor-butcher-m-d-blu-ray/DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D.
Directed by  (as Frank Martin)
Distributed by CAV Distribution / Severin Films

  If you are a fan of Italian zombie films, then you will love DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D.   If you are a fan of Italian cannibal films, then you will love DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D.  If you are a fan of mad doctor movies, you will also love DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D.!   Ha!   This is one horror film that you truly can't categorize into a sub-genre.  It's part zombie film, part cannibal film, and party mad scientist/doctor film.   It's almost as if the filmmakers couldn't figure out what type of horror film they wanted to make, so they just put a little bit of everything into it!  That is fine with me, because it gives us one of the most entertaining horror films I have seen in quite some time!  Here is some basic info and plot synopsis courtesy of the CAV website:

  It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: Ian McCulloch (ZOMBIE), Alexandra Delli Colli (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Sherry Buchanan (TENTACLES) and Donald O'Brien (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS) star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece.
  Severin Films now presents both films fully restored for the first time ever from original vault elements discovered in Manhattan and Rome, and loaded with all-new Bonus Features that finally reveal the unbelievable truth behind its bizarre history, infamous marketing and still-deviant legacy.

  As I stated above, this is a highly entertaining film, and contains a little bit of everything for every horror fan.  I love Italian zombie films...there is something about their zombies that are just so much better than the ones in our films.  These zombies all look very decayed and dirty, which is how I would think they should look.  It reminded me a lot of Fulci's zombies or the zombies from the 1981 film, BURIAL GROUND.  The gore in this film is pretty amazing, with some very realistic looking throat slits and some guttings.   This film has tons of blood and gore which should satisfy all you gore lovers out there! 

  Included in this awesome set is both cuts of the film, the American cut called DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D. and the original Italian cut called ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, presented here for the first time ever uncut in HD!    This is the definitive version of this film to have, so I highly suggest pre-ordering this one now!   The film is set for release on July 26th, but can be preordered now from the Severin Films website.  The Blu-ray and DVD will contain the following special features:

*  Featurette: Butchery & Ballyhoo: Interview with Aquarius Releasing's Terry Levine
*  Featurette: Down On The Deuce: Nostalgic Tour Of 42nd Street With Temple Of Shock's Chris Poggiali and Filmmaker Roy Frumkes
*  Roy Frumkes' Segment Of Unfinished Anthology Film 'Tales That Will Tear Your Heart Out'
*  Featurette: The Butcher Mobile: Interview with Gore Gazette Editor & Butcher Mobile Barker Rick Sullivan
*  Featurette: Cutting Doctor Butcher: Interview with Editor Jim Markovic
*  Illustrated Essay: Experiments With A Male Caucasian Brain (...and other memories of 42nd Street) by Gary Hertz
*  Theatrical Trailer
*  Video Release Trailer 1
*  Video Release Trailer 2

*  Featurette: Voodoo Man: Interview With Star Ian McCulloch
*  Featurette: Blood Of The Zombies: Interview With FX Master Rosario Prestopino
*  Featurette: Filmmaker Enzo Castellari Remembers His Father Director Marino Girolami
*  Featurette: Sherry Holocaust: Interview With Actress Sherryl Buchanan
*  Featurette: Neurosurgery Italian Style -Interview With FX Artist Maurizio Trani
*  Featurette: New York Filming Locations Then Vs. Now. A look at the Big Apple locales as they are today
*  Audio Bonus: Ian McCulloch Sings Down By The River
*  International Trailer
*  German Trailer

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to pre-order the 2-Disc Blu-ray
CLICK HERE to pre-order the 2-Disc DVD



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Blu Ray Review: THE CITY OF THE DEAD (1960)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053719/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Directed by: 
Distributed by VCI Entertainment

  I always love when I come across a movie for review that I know nothing about.    I pride myself on being very knowledgeable about most horror films, but there are always a few that have flown under my radar and I have just not had the chance to see or even know about.   Such is the case with tonight's review,  THE CITY OF THE DEAD, also known as HORROR HOTEL.    Here is the basic plot of the film from the VCI website:

  A college student, Nan Barlow is researching the history of witchcraft. Taunted by her brother and fiancé, who have voiced their concern over her silly notions, Nan arms herself with resolve and drives into the small New England village of Whitewood. She is glad that at least she was able to count on the support of her professor. A bit anxious but consumed with curiosity, she will soon embark herself on the journey of her life!

  First off, I have to mention the title of this film threw me off a little.  I knew nothing about the film, so going by the title I thought I was getting into an old zombie film.   Instead, I was treated with a very interesting and eerie film about witchcraft in the same vein as a film like MARK OF THE DEVIL.   The main thing that I really noticed and enjoyed about this film was the very creepy imagery and scenery.  The filmmakers used tons of fog in the filming of this picture, and it is amazing how a little fog will make a scene look so spooky!   This film was shot very well with some great cinematography.   

  I will admit that the film is a little slow moving at some points, but I find that with a lot of the old black and white horror films from the 1960's.  Regardless, that did not keep me from enjoying the film overall by any means.   This is an intriguing story full of mystery and suspense!

  VCI has done a remarkable job with the transfer on this Blu-ray.  The picture quality is superb and is crystal clear.  

  THE CITY OF THE DEAD is now available on Blu-ray from VCI Entertainment and contains the following special features:

*  Horror Hotel, the American Version of City of the Dead
*  Feature length Commentary by Bruce Hallenbeck
*  2nd Feature length Commentary with actor Christopher Lee
*  3rd Commentary by Director John Moxey
*  Interview with Christopher Lee
*  Interview with Venetia Stevenson
*  Interview with Director John Moxey
*  Theatrical Trailer
*  Photo Gallery
*  Liner Notes by Mike Kenny, Film Reviewer
*  English Subtitles

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


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, July 12th

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 7/12:

*  13 CAMERAS  [DVD]
*  CARNIVAL OF SOULS  [Criterion Collection BD]
*  CAT IN THE BRAIN  [Grindhouse Releasing DVD/BD combo]
*  SEXY SISTERS  [Full Moon's Jess Franco Collection DVD]


Saturday, July 9, 2016


http://mvdshop.com/products/return-of-the-killer-tomatoes-blu-rayRETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES
Directed by: 
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group

  Just when you think it's safe to go back to the produce isle comes RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES!   I have to admit, I had never seen this film before now. It's a cult classic that I have always known about, but somehow just never managed to watch.  Here is the plot of the film from the MVD website:

  THE VEGETABLES OF DOOM! The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they're going to have to contend with late '80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet... Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Nope, it's Return of the Killer Tomatoes! Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen - played with gusto by the great John Astin from TV's The Addams Family - sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men). Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. So what are you waiting for? Make Return of the Killer Tomatoes one of your five-a-day now!

  Ok, you know what you are getting yourself into as soon as you put in a movie about killer tomatoes.  You expect cheesiness and that's exactly what you get.  This is 80's cinema at it's finest and it is a lot of fun! The first thing this film made me think of was some of the old Troma films, like CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, and TOXIC AVENGER.   If you love those types of movies, then you will love this one for sure!  It follows the exact same mold of those films.  

  One thing I always knew about this film was that it had George Clooney  in it.  I expected a very small role, but he was one of the main stars in the film.  It was interesting to see him acting at such a young age, and while most of the acting  (or over-acting to be more precise) was pretty bad, you could see at early in his career he was way ahead of most of the other actors.
  Overall this was an extremely fun film that I encourage you all to check out.  Arrow Films has done another great job with this release.  RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES is available now from Arrow Films and MVD.  The Blu-ray contains the following special features:

*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
*  Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
*  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
*  Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
*  Original Theatrical Trailer
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
*  Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

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



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Check out the latest Blu-ray giveaway over at the SHATTERED RAVINGS Blog!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4819498/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  Check out the latest Blu-ray giveaway over at my buddy Scott's website, SHATTERED RAVINGS.  He is giving away 2 copies of the film CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE.  Here is the basic plot of the film:

  The Mongolian Border, 1979: Massive fossils of unknown creatures are discovered in the mountains, and the research team assigned to excavate the remains includes acclaimed Professor Yang (Wang Qingxiang), Hu Bayi (Mark Chao), and Ping (Yao Chen), the professor’s beautiful daughter. When a freak explosion triggers a rockslide, only a handful of explorers survive the fall to the mountain’s floor…unearthing an ancient temple and the hideous creatures waiting within.
N  ow living a quiet but tormented life as a librarian, Hu studies demonology manuscripts, seeking answers for that fateful day. Little does he know Professor Yang has just been found wandering the mountains thousands of miles from where he supposedly died; a young woman with amnesia was just discovered in a recently-uncovered tomb; and a Northern Chinese mining town has just been ravaged by giant, ravenous beasts…

CLICK HERE to visit the contest post and enter for your chance to win!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July from Hayes Hudson's House of Horror!!


  I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends, cooking out, swimming, and shooting fireworks!   Why not finish off the day watching the essential 4th of July film, UNCLE SAM!   It's a great, gore-filled celebration of America! 

 Have fun!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Check out the trailer for the upcoming zombie film, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS


  It's been a while since I've seen a really good new zombie film.   It looks like we will be seeing a new great addition to the zombie film with Director 's new film, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.   The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Mike Carey.   Here is the basic plot synopsis from the film's production company's website

  The near future; humanity has been decimated by a virus that turns it's victims into flesh eating "hungries".   Only a small group of children are immune.  They still crave human flesh, but they can think and feel, making them vital in finding a cure.  
  At an army base, these children are subjected to experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell, under the guard of Sergeant Parks.  But one little girl, Melanie, stands out.  She's inquisitive, imaginative, and loves her favorite teacher Miss Justineau.
  When the base falls, Melanie escapes with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks, and Dr. Caldwell.  Melanie embarks on a journey to discover the world, what she is, and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

  I just watched the trailer and I think this looks like it could be an instant classic.  Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think!

  THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS will be released by Warner Brothers on September 9th in the U.K.   No U.S. release date has been set yet.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, June 28th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 6/28:

*  CIRCUS OF FEAR / FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS Double Feature [Blu-ray]

Friday, June 24, 2016

Blu-ray Review: VENOM (1981)

Directed by 
Distributed by Blue Underground

  Tonight's review is of another film I had always heard about, but somehow had never got around to seeing.  The film is called VENOM, and it's a fun mix of creature feature and kidnapping/heist film. 
Here is the basic plot courtesy of the Blue Underground website:

   It was supposed to be the perfect crime: the sexy maid (Susan George of STRAW DOGS), a psychotic chauffeur (Oliver Reed of THE BROOD) and an international terrorist (the legendary Klaus Kinski) kidnap a wealthy ten-year-old boy from his elegant London townhouse. But they didn't count on a murdered cop, a desperate hostage siege, and one very unexpected houseguest: a furious Black Mamba, the most lethal and aggressive snake known to nature. It can attack from ten feet away. Its bite brings excruciating death. And it is on the loose. Now, terror knows no antidote... and the ultimate in slithering mayhem is VENOM.
   Sterling Hayden (THE KILLING), Nicol Williamson (EXCALIBUR) and Sarah Miles (BLOW-UP) co-star in this gripping suspense thriller based on the novel by best-selling author Alan Scholefield and directed by Piers Haggard (THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW). VENOM has been newly transferred in 2K High Definition from its negative and features some very real - and extremely deadly - Black Mambas!

  I went into this thinking it was just another run of the mill creature feature, this time featuring a snake.  It's actually a much smarter film than that, with the snake being just part of the main plot.  The main part of the film focuses on the kidnapping of the young boy, and the police stakeout of the house they are holding up in.  While it would have been a pretty good heist film on it's own, why not through a killer snake into the mix!   I have to admit, it made this kidnapping film a lot more interesting!   You never know where the snake is going to be or strike next, which put some extra intensity into the already thrilling film. 

  Some people might go into this film hoping for more of a gory creature feature, so just realize what you are going into and I think you will enjoy this one.  I was definitely a big fan of this movie.  It probably would not be taken seriously if made today, but this is classic 80's cinema at it's best.  The acting was great and the remastered 2K High Definition transfer looks amazing for a film that is 35 years old! 

  VENOM is available now on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and features the following special features:

*  Audio Commentary with Director Piers Haggard
*  Theatrical Trailer
*  TeaserTrailer
*  TV Spots
*  Poster & Still Gallery
*  BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by Fangoria Editor Michael Gingold

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


Monday, June 20, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, June 21st, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's coming out tomorrow, 6/21:

*  THE CRUSH  [Blu-ray]
*  THE WAVE  [Blu-ray & DVD]

Monday, June 13, 2016

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, June 14th, 2016

Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's coming out tomorrow, 6/14:

*  JAWS 2  [BD]
*  JAWS 3  [BD]

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Do you know the story about D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's lost "Nightmare on My Street" video?

 I don't know how I didn't know about this, but apparently  all copies of the original video for the song "Nightmare on My Street" by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was forced to be destroyed by New Line Cinema.    I had never heard about this before, so I apologize if I am bringing you common knowledge.  

  I heard the song today for the first time in years and thought it would be fun to post about it on my blog and post the video for everyone to enjoy.   Well, that was easier said than done,  because as soon as I started by search for the video it was nowhere to be found.  There are lost of fan-made videos for the song, but the original video seems to be lost forever!

  Apparently the music label didn't get permission to use Freddy Krueger's name/image, so New Line Cinema sued and the case was settled out of court, with one of the stipulations being that all copies of the video be destroyed.  Now that wouldn't work in today's internet age....there would be copies out there to find for sure, but this came out back in 1988, so there is no evidence of the video left at all, which is very sad.  I remember it being a very fun video, and the actor that portrayed Freddy was pretty good if recall correctly.

 So, my challenge to everyone reading this is to find a copy of this video!  Someone has to have an old VHS recording of it somewhere!   If you find a link to a copy of this video, please let me know.  Until then, here is the audio of the song so you can at least listen to it if you haven't heard it in a while.  It's a really fun song!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Blu-ray Review: SYMPTOMS (1974)

Directed by
Distributed by Mondo Macabro / CAV Distributing

  One of my favorite film labels is Mondo Macabro.  They have some of the best releases out there...most of which are very obscure films you might have never heard of before being released by Mondo.   Such is the case with one of their newest releases, SYMPTOMS.  I had never heard or seen anything of this film before getting this new Blu-ray.  I knew nothing about it going in, which is a good thing in my opinion.   Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of the CAV Distributing website:

  A dark and haunting study in psychological horror, Symptoms takes us deep into the twisted mind of a damaged girl.
  Helen, who lives alone, invites her new friend Anne to stay with her in a lonely house, lost in the English countryside. The house, the woods that surround it and the figures fleetingly glimpsed through its windows, all seem imbued with a deep sense of mystery. Helen appears to be hiding a secret and the more Anne tries to uncover it, the deeper she is pulled into its dark heart.
  Symptoms was the official UK entry to the Cannes film festival in 1974 and was highly praised at the time. Subsequently the film sank into obscurity and was recently listed as one of the UK’s top 75 “lost films”. This release, taken from the original negative and fully restored, brings this quiet masterpiece back into view, where it can now be appreciated as one of the most under rated films of the 1970s.

  I have to start out by warning you that this is a very slow moving film.  It is not action packed by any means, and there is no gore or real violence.  SYMPTOMS is a very different horror film, one that a lot of people might not be used to.  It's more of an artsy, atmospheric film.  It is very eerie and moody, and just gives you a tense feeling throughout the entire film.  While I am usually blown away with most of Mondo Macabro's releases, I am on the fence with this one.  I didn't dislike it by any means, but it was definitely not one of my favorite films that they have released.  It's somewhere in the middle for me.

  Now, I do have to say that the special features that Mondo has included on this release is reason enough to own the Blu-ray.  The documentary on director Jose Larraz was very entertaining and informative, which was great considering I knew very little about this director before viewing this doc.    Check it out for yourself and see what you think.

SYMPTOMS is out now from Mondo Macabro and CAV Distributing and contains the following special features:

On Vampyres and Other Symptoms - documentary about Jose Larraz directed by Celia Novis;
Eurotika! - documentary about director Jose Larraz
Interview with Angela Pleasence
Interview with Lorna Heilbron.
*  Interview with editor Brian Smedley-Aston
*  Mondo Macabro previews
Specially commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

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




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pre-order Shout Factory's upcoming THE THING [Deluxe Limited Edition] Blu-ray!

 It was just announced that Shout Factory is releasing a limited edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter's THE THING!  Right now you can get the website exclusive Deluxe Edition which features a 2nd slip case with alternative cover art and two posters featuring the new cover art.  This set is limited to only 1,500 copies!  You can pre-order your copy now by clicking HERE.

  Shout Factory has done an amazing job with this release.  It includes tons of special features including"

*  NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
*  NEW 4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack
*  NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
*  Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
*  NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney And More…
*  NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay
*  NEW Behind The Chameleon – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman And Brian Wade And More…
*  NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth
*  NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster
*  John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Matte Artist Albert Whitlock And More! (80 minutes – SD)
*  Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
*  Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin (12 minutes – SD)
*  Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING (1982 – 14 minutes – SD)
*  Vintage Product Reel – Contains A Promotional Condensed Version Of The Film With Additional Footage Not In The Film (19 minutes – SD)
*  Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage (2 minutes – SD)
*  Annotated Production Archive – Production Art And Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (48 minutes – SD)
*  Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
*  Teaser Trailer
*  Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German)
*  TV Spots
*  Radio Spots
*  Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards)
*  And Still More To Be Added!

 That is quite a list!  I'm sure a regular version will be available at some point, but I'd grab  a copy of this limited edition set while you can!