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Saturday, April 22, 2017

DVD Review: VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION


http://synapse-films.com/dvds/the-violent-shit-collection-five-film-special-shitition-3-dvds/VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION 
Directed by 
Distributed by  Synapse Films / CAV Distributing

  If there has ever been a title that so perfectly described the film, VIOLENT SHIT is the one!    VIOLENT SHIT was made back in 1989 by filmmaker Andreas Schnaas, followed by VIOLENT SHIT 2 in 1992, VIOLENT SHIT 3: INFANTRY OF DOOM in 1999, and then VIOLENT SHIT 4:  KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE in 2010.   In this latest release from Synapse Films, all 4 films are collected in this one Special Edition.

  Here is the basic plot synopsis of each film courtesy of CAV:

VIOLENT SHITThe legend of "K. the Butcher Shitter" is born in this German DIY video roughie, shot on the low-fi Video-8 format. A demented killer escapes the police & leaves a trail of blood & gore in his wake. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.
 
VIOLENT SHIT II: MOTHER HOLD MY HAND
Set twenty years after the original film, Karl the Butcher Jr. continues his late father’s legacy. After receiving a machete as a birthday gift from his mother, Karl Jr. turns into a maniacal killer slashing, chopping, shooting & disemboweling his way through the German countryside. Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.

VIOLENT SHIT III: INFANTRY OF DOOM (aka ZOMBIE DOOM)
A group of friends get lost at sea & land on a remote island, but they are not alone! Captured by Karl the Butcher Jr. & his father, these men are subjected to a sadistic version of The Most Dangerous Game brought on by the Butcher Shitters and their army of metal-masked killers! Newly re-mastered by the film’s original producer.
 
VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
The year is 2023, & the world has become a desolate wasteland with gangs taking over the streets. Karl the Butcher Jr. returns from the bowels of Hell, on a mission to kill a new mass murderer named Axe. Original English Language Version.
 
BONUS FEATURE: ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE
Shot for a reported $2000 between the filming of VIOLENT SHIT 1 & 2, ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE follows two bumbling doctors as they investigate a zombie outbreak. After a military plane crash releases strange chemicals into the German countryside, the dead rise to attack the living! Can they be stopped? Transferred from an original PAL 1” master given to us by Cinematographer Steve Aquilina.
 
 I had always heard of these films, but had never seen them.  The DVDs used to be hard to come by and quite expensive to get online.  Luckily Synapse has put out this amazing collection so the films are readily available to everyone now!    I have only watched the first 3 movies so far, but I can already tell how amazing this collection is.  

  The first film is very low budget and looks like it was shot on a VHS camcorder.  It is pretty roughly made, but that does not take away from the enjoyment of it at all.  In fact, it almost makes it feel more real!    The gore is pretty amazing, and of course, all practical effects since it was made back in 1989.  The only negative here is that the blood looks like bright red paint, in fact, it reminded me of the blood from the old Herschell Gordon Lewis films like BLOOD FEAST and COLOR ME BLOOD RED.  
 
  The second film is my favorite of the 3 I've watched so far.  It was amazing to see the difference in quality of film from the first film to part 2.  You could tell the budget was a little more  (although still very low) and looks like it was shot with a slightly better camera.   Again the gore here is amazing.  The special effects look great, and the blood looks much more realistic than in the first film.
 
  The third film gets really crazy, as Karl the Butcher is not the only killer, but he has an entire army of mask wielding maniacs joining him this time!   Again, you can see the progression with each film in terms of quality.   This gore effects were once again amazing, including some genital mutilation scenes that made me have to actually turn away from the screen!   That is quite an accomplishment considering I've watched some nasty stuff and not much bothers me!

  I am really looking forward to checking out part 4 and the bonus movie.  This is a great collection and the $29.95 price tag is a steal for this 5 movie collection!  I highly recommend this DVD set and would say it is a must have for any gore fan!


  The VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION is available now on DVD from Synapse Films and CAV Distribution.   Special Features include:

The first three VIOLENT SHIT films, remastered by the original owners, plus VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
Liner notes from Ted Geoghegan (Screenwriter of NIKOS THE IMPALER, & Writer/Director of WE ARE STILL HERE)
Special BONUS DVD, including the English dub version of ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE & VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE
Trailers


CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD collection



http://www.cavd.com/
 


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blu-ray Review: THE MONSTER (2016)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3976144/?ref_=nv_sr_1 
 
 
THE MONSTER
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Lionsgate

  I love a good creature feature, and it seems like that is a sub-genre of horror that we just don't see much of these days.  Nowadays, it's all zombies and Vampires, not that there is anything wrong with that.  I love those types of films, but I just really miss the days of a good creature feature!   Luckily those days are back the the release of THE MONSTER.  A fun creature film that is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish!  Here is the basic plot courtesy of the Lionsgate website:

  Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (THE STRANGERS) directs this suspenseful and scary film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late-night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads — a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave.

  This was a very fun film, it was simple in plot, but kept you entertained the entire running time.  The film was very well done, with good acting and great creature effects...all which looked like practical effects.  That is always a plus in my book.   The film did a good job of keeping you in suspense with some very tense moments as the woman and daughter are trapped inside their car with the creature lurking about.   There were some genuine scares as well, and a good amount of blood/gore. 

  One thing I didn't like about the film was the lack of explanation about what this monster was.  Was it an alien, a deformed animal, or something completely different?   While some might like the mystery surrounding this creature...I would have liked to see some explanation.  Was this the first time the monster appeared and started killing?  Seems like if this had happened before, people would know to stay away from this area.  Regardless, I am just a curious person so I really want to know what this monster is and where it is from.  Oh well, maybe that's a story for an eventual sequel (or  prequel)!

  THE MONSTER is available now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on both DVD and Blu-ray.  I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of creature features.


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



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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 18th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 4/18:

*  ARBOR DEMON  [DVD & BD]
*  THE ASSASSIN  [Arrow BD]
*  CONTAMINATION .7  [Scream Factory BD]
*  DONNIE DARKO  [Arrow BD 4-Disc Box Set]
*  THE MEPHISTO WALTZ  [BD]
*  THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE  [Arrow BD]
*  THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES  [Arrow BD]
*  SOLDIERS OF THE DAMNED  [DVD & BD]
*  SPLIT  [DVD & BD]
*  TALES FROM THE HOOD  [Scream Factory BD]
*  THE WATCHER  [DVD]


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Check out the Indiegogo campaign for the upcoming Cult Epics hardback book!



https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cult-epics-hardcover-book-film-cinema#/   If you are a horror fan, you probably know about the amazing DVD/BD label, CULT EPICS.  They have some amazing releases, including the new releases of the Jorg Buttgereit films NEKROMANTIK, NEKROMANTIK 2, and DER TODESKING.   They also specialize in art-house films and vintage erotica.  They are a great company, and you can check out their website by clicking HERE.  Cult Epics is in the final stages of an Indiegogo campaign raising money to produce a beautiful hardback coffee table book called  CULT EPICS - COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO CULT CINEMA.  This looks like it is going to an amazing book filled with great info and interviews about some of the top cult films of our time.  Here is some info taken from the Cult Epics Indiegogo page about the book:

  Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cult Epics, this commemorative book covers 150 essential releases 
from filmmakers such as Tinto Brass, Fernando Arrabal, Radley Metzger,
 Walerian Borowcyzk, Jean Genet, Abel Ferrara, Rene Daalder, Olivier Smolders, Jorg Buttgereit, Nico B, Irving Klaw, and pinup legend Bettie Page.
  The book is divided into chapters on specific directors or genre (such as arthouse, horror, erotica, and music), and includes over 100 extensive in-depth reviews, essays and interviews by top writers – Mark R. Hasan, Michael Den Boer, Nathaniel Thompson, Ian Jane, Heather Drain, Rayo Casablanco, Matthew Whoolery, David Kerekes and Marcus Stiglegger, among others. The book will be fully illustrated in color with rare photos, poster art, and memorabilia – including images and rare personal notes from Bettie Page. Size is approximately 8.75" x 11.25" x 1" with 256 full color pages (and over 200 pictures).

  As you can probably tell, this is going to be an amazing book!   There are only 12 days left at the time of this posting, so you need to hurry and get in on this amazing offer asap!  There are only going to be 1000 of these hardcover books made, so these are an extremely limited edition!   The featured perk to get this book is only $50 + shipping, and not only will you get a hardcover copy of this amazing book, you will also get a digital copy of the book, a Cult Epics trailer reel DVD, and your name in the acknowledgments of the book!  Your name could be etched in history!   There are other perks as well, including some awesome signed DVDs and Blu-rays.  Click the link below to check out all the perks and support this great campaign!


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cult-epics-hardcover-book-film-cinema/payments/new


CLICK HERE to visit the Cult Epics Indiegogo page to claim your perk today!


http://www.cultepics.com/


Monday, April 10, 2017

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 11th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 4/11:

*  21 DAYS  [DVD & BD]
*  THE BYE BYE MAN  [DVD & BD]
*  CATHY'S CURSE  [BD]
*  CHUPACABRA TERRITORY  [DVD & BD]
*  DEMENTED  [Scream Factory BD]
*  THE DEVIL IN WHITE  [DVD]
*  EMPIRE STATE OF THE DEAD  [DVD]
*  FANTOM KILLER  [DVD]
*  FEAR TOWN, U.S.A./THE SLASHENGING  [Troma BD]
*  FEMALE ZOMBIE RIOT  [DVD]
*  HEIDI  [DVD]
*  HOUSE - TWO STORIES Collection  [Arrow BD]
*  LURKING FEAR  [BD]
*  NACIYE  [DVD]
*  NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE  [Shout Factory BD]
*  PHANTASM COLLECTION  [Well Go USA BD]
*  THE VAMPIRE  [Scream Factory BD]
*  THE VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION [DVD]

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Check out the awesome short film, FANTASY


 While cruising around on Facebook, I came across a post from Heavy Metal Magazine about a short film called, FANTASY.    I clicked on it and was blown away by this awesome animated short film.

Check it out and let me know what you think!


DyE // Fantasy from Vova Sadwave on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DVD review: MARQUISE DE SADE (1976)


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/Jess-Francos-Marquise-de-Sade-DVD-UNCUT_p_1135.htmlMARQUISE DE SADE  (a.k.a. THE PORTRAIT OF DORIANA GRAY)
Written & Directed by    (a.k.a. Jess Franco)
Distributed by Full Moon Entertainment

  That crazy Jess Franco, he has some wild movies for sure.  No matter if you are a Franco fan or not, you can't deny he was one of the hardest working film directors ever.   He made his first film at age of 27 and never stopped until his last film in 2013, the year of his death at the age of 82.  That is over 200 directing credits in a 55 year career.   That averages to almost 4 movies a year!  In fact, in 1976, the year he made MARQUISE DE SADE, he also made 9 other films.  I honestly don't see how that is possible!     While I could go on forever about this man's career, I'll try to focus on my current review.  Here is the main plot from the Full Moon Direct website:

 Lust, Sex and Death…Sisters Share Everything!
A lonely aristocrat Miss Gray has a twin sister who's in an asylum. They share a strange bond. Miss Gray is rational but frigid while her sister is insane yet feels sexual pleasure for both of them. Soon, a female reporter arrives at the mansion - Miss Gray possesses vampire like qualities and lives alone when new reporter comes to do a story on her. It appears Doriana needs to suck the life out of various men and women - in a sexual way, in order to stay young. However, she gets no sexual feelings or pleasure out of it. Those ‘feelings’ go to her TWIN sister who is locked up in an asylum. There she goes through various sexual ‘violent and sexual fits’ whenever Doriana is pleasing and killing.


  I have seen a lot of Jess Franco movies before, and I have to admit they all seem to have a common theme, and that is a lot of sex and female nudity.  While some of his films have some good story lines, a lot of them feel as if the plot is just there as an excuse to show the sex scenes.   That is how I felt with this film.   The plot here is pretty simple,  a woman has sex and her twin sister feels the sensation and pleasure from it.   This amounts to sex scenes where the woman is having sex, and then we see her twin sister flailing around in her bed as she experiences the feelings and then pleasuring herself because of these feelings she is getting.  

  Now I know some of you might be saying....but that sounds AWESOME!  Ha!  Well, I have to admit that it is for a the first few scenes, but after that it becomes kind of pointless without any more of a story line to back up these sex scenes. 

  From a technical standpoint, this film is one of the better made Franco films I have seen  (although with over 200 film credits, I have to admit I've only seen a handful of his work).   It had some great scenery and camerawork, and the main star Lina Romay is undeniably beautiful to look at.  If you are a fan of Jess Franco's work, then you know what to expect here.  If you like his other films, I'm sure you'll like this one as well. 

  MARQUISE DE SADE is presented here in a fully UNCUT form, which is good news for Franco fans.   Full Moon has released this DVD as the latest part of their Jess Franco Collection, this being #7 in the series.  If you collect all 10 DVDs, they will form a portrait of the late Jess Franco when the spines are lined up together (see photo below).   This makes for a very cool collectible set.  

  MARQUISE DE SADE is available now from the Full Moon Direct store.  Click the link below to get your copy today!




















CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD



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Monday, March 27, 2017

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












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 3/28:

*  MORTUARY MASSACRE  [DVD]
*  WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?  [BD]
*  WISHMASTER COLLECTION  [BD]
*  WITCHTRAP  [Vinegar Syndrome BD]
*  WORLD WITHOUT END  [BD]


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The 4H blog is on Spring Break!


 You might have noticed I haven't posted anything in the last few days.  I'm off work for Spring Break, so will be doing some traveling and hanging out with family this week.  I'll resume postings starting next week!   Until, then, watch some scary movies and stay scared!

-Zombie Hayes

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Blu-ray Review: FRANCESCA (2015)


http://mvdshop.com/products/francesca-blu-ray-dvd-cd-blu-rayFRANCESCA
Directed by 
Distributed by Unearthed Films / MVD Entertainment Group

 Giallo film fans will want to do themselves a favor and pick up a copy of Luciano Onetti's FRANCESCA asap!   I knew nothing about this film going into it and was amazed I have not heard more about it.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the MVD website:

  It's been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned poet and playwright, Vittorio Visconti. The community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of "impure and damned souls". Moretti and Succo are the detectives in charge of finding the killer of these "Dantesque" crimes. Francesca has returned, but she is not be the same girl they once knew.

 The first thing that really impressed me with this film was the overall look of it.  Although just made a couple of years ago, it has the exact look and feel of an original Giallo film from the 70's.   In fact, I actually had to look up the film on imdb.com to see if this film was a re-issue of an old film or if it was a new film.  I thought it was a new film, but as I watched I started to question that.   Very well done by the filmmakers. 

  Another thing I noticed was the color of the film, very vibrant in some scenes and reminiscent of Dario Argento's work.  The film also has some very good camera work, includind some impressive shots and camera angles.  There is also some very creepy imagery in this film, which is always a plus in my book.  

  The film is a bit slow moving at times, I have to admit, but honestly I find most Giallo films are like this at some point.  There are a few good kills, and a little blood, but gorehounds need to know that this is not a slasher/splatter flick by any means.  It is a much more art house type of horror film, an intelligent horror film that honestly you don't see too much these days.

  This was a very impressive film to me.  I highly recommend it for anyone that is a fan of the Giallo subgenre.

  FRANCESCA is available now from Unearthed Films and MVD Entertainment.  It was released as an impressive Blu-ray/DVD/CD Limited Collector's Edition combo pack and contains the following special features:

*  Behind the Scenes Featurette
*  Deleted Scenes
*  Interview with Lucianno and Nicolas Onetti
*  Unearthed Trailer Reel


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



http://www.unearthedfilms.com/

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Blu-ray Review: WE ARE THE FLESH (2016)


https://mvdb2b.com/s/WeAreTheFlesh/AV077WE ARE THE FLESH
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group

  I have seen some strange movies in my life, but WE ARE THE FLESH ranks up there
near the top for sure.   This is one of the newest releases from Arrow Video, who always puts out great films and a quality product, so I went into this one hoping for an amazing experience.  I knew nothing about this film, in fact, I had never even heard of it before.   I was hoping for a new, modern day classic....instead, I got a crazy piece of cinema that I am still not sure exactly what to think of it.  Here is the basic plot courtesy of the MVD website:

  A visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican arthouse cinema, We Are The Flesh is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldly dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire. A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behaviour. Mixing the graphic, powerful imagery of Gaspar Noe's Love and Enter The Void with the surreal, hallucinatory impact of Alejandro Jodorowsky, We Are The Flesh is a bizarre, psychedelic head trip, mixing intense, outrageously explicit imagery with a profound allegory on the nature of existence, to make this an unforgettable, boundary-pushing experience unlike anything you've ever seen.

  Now I will start off by saying this film is extremely well made.  It has some amazing visuals and scenery in the film.   It contains some amazing camera shots and looks like a much bigger budget film than it probably actually was.  That being, said, I honestly have no clue what was going on most of the time during this film.  The plot is very simple, yet very complicated at the same time...if that makes any sense.   There are basically only three actors in the film, and all the "action" takes place in this guy's underground hideout.  So while that's basically the plot, so much stuff happens down in the hideout that it's hard to keep up with.  I honestly don't know what was going on or why.  At one point, the man was having the guy and girl have sex while he watched and pleasured himself as he watched.  I have no clue what this was for, other than sheer shock value, as the film didn't just imply this was happening, but it graphically showed it.
 
  After the man climaxes, he dies...but a little while later he is reborn from a womb like structure down in his cave.  This isn't a figurative re-birth...he literally falls out of a womb in the wall, coming out naked and covered with slime.  Hey, I told you it was weird!    Now I'm sure this is some genius inspirational symbolism for something that went way over my head, but to me it was just flat out weird.  

  I wouldn't say this was a bad film by any means, as it was extremely well made and acted.  I was really impressed that this was the director's first feature length film, so that tells me a lot about this director and the talent he has for future films.  I just felt like this movie was made mainly for the shock factor (graphic sex scene) and to me, it is not one that I would want to re-visit any time soon. 
Now, that being said, remember that this is my opinion and you might love this film.  In fact, I read a few reviews online to see what most people thought of this film, and some people just loved it and deemed it an instant cult classic, while others were kind of on the fence about it (like me) and then some just hated it.   It is really a film you need to watch for yourself and make your own opinion of.

  WE ARE THE FLESH is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Arrow Films and is being distributed in the U.S. by MVD Entertainment.   Special Features include the following:


*  New interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel
*  A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy
*  Original theatrical trailer
*  Two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter; Dentro and Videohome
*  Stills gallery
*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
*  5.1 surround and uncompressed stereo 2.0 audio options
*  FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Anton Bitel, and a note from the producer on the film
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
*  Optional English subtitles
 
 

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


http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/

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Monday, March 13, 2017

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












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 3/14:

*  AMERICAN VIOLENCE  [DVD & BD]
*  ASCENT TO HELL  [BD]
*  CERTAIN FURY  [DVD & BD]
*  DEMON SEED  [BD]
*  DRIVE IN MASSACRE  [DVD & BD]
*  ELLE  [DVD & BD]
*  FIRESTARTER  [Scream Factory BD]
*  KILL GAME  [BD]
*  THE LOVE WITCH  [DVD & BD]
*  LUNG  [DVD]
*  THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH  [DVD & BD]
*  ONE UNDER THE SUN  [BD]
*  THE SKULL [DVD & BD]
*  THE VALLEY OF GWANGI  [BD]
*  Z NATION: SEASON 3  [DVD]

Friday, March 10, 2017

Well Go USA to release the PHANTASM SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET!!


http://www.wellgousa.com/phantasm-special-edition-boxset  Recently you might have seen that the company Well Go USA released the first PHANTASM film and the new 5th film (PHANTASM:  RAVAGER) on Blu-ray.    That was a quite a treat, but now we are in for an even bigger treat as Well Go USA has announced they will release the entire PHANTASM series on a Special Edition Box Set coming out April 11th!   

  Here is a look at what will be included in the 6-disc set courtesy of Well Go USA:


The all-new bonus materials included in THE PHANTASM COLLECTION break down as follows:
Disc 1: PHANTASM

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, co-producer Paul Pepperman and visual consultant Roberto Quezada
  • Additional home movie footage
Disc 3: PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
  • “Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy’s Stunt for the Ages - The Phantasm III Car Stunt” – This featurette shows the planning and behind-the-scenes footage of the dangerous stunt performed in the film and includes recently rediscovered material.
  • “It’s Never Over: The Making of PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD – This featurette  includes  interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury,
    Gloria Lynn Henry, Stuntman Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects artist Kerry Prior, special makeup effects designer Dean Gates and Production Assistant Kristen Deem.
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli and editor Norman Buckley
  • Behind the Scenes Compilation
Disc 4: PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
  • “Death is No Escape: The Making of PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION – This featurette includes interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury,
    special makeup effects artist Gigi Bannister, stunt co-ordinator/actor Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects designer Kerry Prior, cameraman Justin Zaharczuk and special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman.
  • Behind the Scenes Compilation
  • Phantasm sequels Conceptual Art Gallery by Justin Zaharczuk
Disc 5: PHANTASM V: RAVAGER
  • “The Making of PHANTASM V: RAVAGER featurette
  • Interview with actor A. Michael Baldwin
  • Interview with actress Kat Lester
  • Interview with actor Stephan Jutras
  • Behind the Scenes Promo with Angus Scrimm Tribute
  • Phantasm V Red Credit Sequence
Disc 6: BONUS DISC
  • “Phantasm and You” – a comic recap of the first 4 films by PHANTASM V: RAVAGER director David Hartman
  • Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Panel Discussion (2008)
  • Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Cast Panel (2014)
  • Flashback Weekend concert performance by Kat Lester
  • 2016 Fantastic Fest Premiere and Q&A

Also included with the collection is Phantasm Compendium, a 120-page book featuring exclusive interviews and rare, behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the history and impact of the franchise, plus a 21” x 27” reversible poster featuring the iconic original theatrical artwork.


This set looks like it will be an amazing collection!   The box set will be released on April 11th, and you can pre-order your set by clicking the link below!


CLICK HERE to pre-order the PHANTASM Box Set from Amazon.com



http://www.wellgousa.com/








Monday, March 6, 2017

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, March 7th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 3/7:

*  BIGFOOT ATE MY BOYFRIEND  [DVD]
*  COMPULSION  [BD]
*  THE EYES OF MY MOTHER  [DVD & BD]
*  HAVENHURST [DVD]
*  INCARNATE  [DVD & BD]
*  THE LESSON [DVD & BD]
*  PULSE  [BD]
*  THE SHADOW PEOPLE  [DVD]
*  SLASHER.COM  [DVD]


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Check out the crazy Red Band teaser trailer for Bill Moseley's upcoming film, CREPITUS!


http://www.whixco.com/crepitus.html  Sub-genre's of horror films seem to come in waves....it was vampire movies for a while, then there was a zombie craze, and now the latest fad seems to be the killer clown film.   While clowns have always had a part in horror films over the years   (KILLER CLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, IT, AMUSEMENT, etc), lately there has been a steady flow of clown films, probably ushered in by the Eli Roth produced film, simply titled CLOWN.  That film had a bunch of publicity around it when it came out which got the ball rolling.

  Lately we have had AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAKSHOW, the KILLJOY films, 100 TEARS, ALL HALLOWS EVE 1 & 2, THE LAST CIRCUS, and Rob Zombie's 31 just to name a few.   More are on the horizon as well, such as Billy Pon's CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, which could possibly end up being the best of them all! 

  A new clown film has made a recent appearance, and from the looks of the trailer, this one is going to be a blast!   It's called CREPITUS, and it stars genre fave, Bill Moseley  as the title character.   Here is the basic plot from the film's imdb page:

Seventeen year old Elizabeth and her younger sister Sam are thrust into circumstances more terrifying than life with their abusive, drunken mother when they are forced to move into their deceased Grandfather's house. Frightened beyond belief, they are forced to learn horrible things about their family history. Never mind the ghosts in the house, there is something far worse that takes an interest in them ... a cannibalistic clown named Crepitus.

  Imdb.com lists the release date as October 15th of this year, but I am not sure if that is a real date or not.  Stay tuned here or keep up with the official facebook page for more details and release info!


CLICK HERE to watch the Red Band Trailer
CLICK HERE to vist the CREPITUS Facebook page
CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blu-ray Review: LOVE CAMP 7 (1969)


http://cavd.com/product.php?productid=2742LOVE CAMP 7
Directed by 
Distributed by Blue Underground & CAV Distributing

 I have seen a lot of sexploitation and more notably, Nazisploitation films in my movie reviewing career, but somehow had never seen this 1969 gem, which actually ushered in the wave of Nazisploitation films of the 1970's.   While later films of this genre might have improved upon this one, you can't deny the impact this film had on an entire decade of film.   Here is the basic plot from the CAV website:

  The story of LOVE CAMP 7 is based on fact! During the darkest days of World War II, two young American WAC officers volunteer to infiltrate a Nazi Love Camp on a desperate rescue mission. Once inside, they are subjected to horrifying humiliations at the hands of their captors. Can they survive long enough to complete their objective and escape with their lives intact?
  Launching the Nazisploitation craze of the 1970s, LOVE CAMP 7 was the dream child of Writer/Producer/Star Bob Cresse (THE SCAVENGERS), Producer Dave Friedman (BLOOD FEAST), and Director/Cinematographer Lee Frost (THE BLACK GESTAPO). Blue Underground presents the original version of LOVE CAMP 7 in a brand-new 4K restoration from its recently discovered camera negative!
 
  This film will probably seem pretty tame by today's standards, and probably even by standards set by later films of the 1970's in this same genre of film.   I can imagine though at the time of it's release back in 1969, this was probably horribly upsetting and shocking to audiences.    There are still some shocking parts to the film, but overall it is one of the tamer exploitation films I have seen.  

  While not horror by any means, the film does have a crazy scene at the end where the women get their revenge on the Nazi officers.  I don't want to give too much away, but lets just say one of the greatest kills comes from the use of a wine bottle opener! 

  While these films were used mainly as an excuse for showing lots of female flesh, I never really understood how or why these types of movies were so popular. As much as I enjoy seeing these beautiful women, I don't enjoy the story line and plot aspect of them being treated as love slaves for the Nazi officers.   I guess that was part of the point of these films, to make you uncomfortable.  It also serves to make the ending more enjoyable when you see the women get their revenge.  

  The film is well made and well paced, with hardly ever a dull moment.   The new transfer from Blue Underground is excellent, with a very crisp and clear picture.  It looks amazing for a film that is 48 years old!  

  LOVE CAMP 7 is available now on a 2-disc limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Blue Underground and CAV and contains the following special features:

• NAZITHON: DECADENCE AND DESTRUCTION
• Theatrical Trailer
• Poster & Still Gallery
• BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring The History of Nazi-Exploitation by Paolo Zelati


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



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

http://cavd.com/index.php
 
 
 









Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 2/28:

*  3 HOURS TIL DEAD  [DVD]
*  APE 3D  [BD]
*  CHILD EATER  [DVD]
*  THE CREATURE BELOW  [DVD]
*  DEADTIME STORIES  [Scream Factory BD]
*  HARBINGER  [DVD]
*  MOTHER OF ALL LIES  [DVD]
*  SLAUGHTERHOUSE  [Vinegar Syndrome BD]
*  SHUT IN  [DVD & BD]
*  TERRITORIAL BEHAVIOR  [DVD]
*  WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH  [BD]


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DVD Review: THE TRAIL OF DRACULA: FROM FOLKLORE TO SCREEN (2013)


https://severin-films.com/shop/trail-of-dracula-dvd-2/THE TRAIL OF DRACULA
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by Intervision Pictures/Severin Films and CAV Distributing

  I am a big fan of horror documentaries, and this one will rank up near the top of the list of well made docs.   The subject is Dracula.  The film is THE TRAIL OF DRACULA:  FROM FOLKLORE TO SCREEN.    Here is the basic plot from the Severin/Intervision website:

  Diabolical. Seductive. Immortal. Vampires have been an icon of evil in folklore and popular culture for more than three centuries, yet only one name still personifies the ultimate aristocrat of bloodlust. Now join the world’s foremost experts on Dracula – including academics, authors and horror historians – as they explore the untold story of the Transylvanian Count, from the legend of Vlad The Impaler and Bram Stoker’s celebrated novel through its landmark stage productions and classic movie adaptations. It’s a crimson trail of twisted archival materials, startling film clips and rare interviews – featuring Bela Lugosi, John Carradine and Christopher Lee.

  While I thought this was going to be more of a doc about Dracula films, I found out that it focuses a lot more on the folklore and history of Dracula.  It was interesting to hear about the Dracula character from historians and then see how some of that translated over to film.   The film is paced very well, and while you could probably fill up hours and hours with info on Dracula, I thought the 63 minute running time was perfect.  It got to the point, and didn't have time for any slow or dull segments. 

  This is a great horror doc that I would highly recommend.   If documentaries really aren't your thing, then I would recommend buying this DVD based solely on one of the special features.  The DVD contains 94 minutes of Dracula movie trailers.   Almost any Dracula movie you can think of is presented here in this trailer compilation.  This alone is well worth the price of the DVD in my opinion.

 THE TRAIL OF DRACULA is available now on DVD from Intervision Pictures/CAV Distributing and contains the following Special Features:

*  All-New Feature Length Documentary THE TRAIL OF DRACULA
*  Over 90 Minutes of DRACULA Movie Trailers
*  Christopher Lee Reads Bram Stoker’s Dracula
*  Video Interview With Werner Herzog
*  Audio Interviews With Christopher Lee, Udo Kier, Alexander D’Arcy and Francis Lederer



CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD

https://severin-films.com/

http://www.cavd.com/index.php







Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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











Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 2/21:

*  BLACK WIDOWS  [DVD & BD]
*  IT WATCHES  [DVD]
*  KILL, GRANNY, KILL  [DVD]
*  NEEDLESTICK  [DVD & BD]
*  PSYCHOMANIA  [Arrow BD/DVD combo]


Friday, February 17, 2017

DVD Review: KILLJOY'S PSYCHO CIRCUS (2016)


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/Killjoys-Psycho-Circus-Killjoy-5-DVD-_p_1151.htmlKILLJOY'S PSYCHO CIRCUS
Written & Directed by             
Distributed by:  Full Moon Entertainment

 It's hard to believe that the character of Killjoy is back in his 5th film!  This one is titled KILLJOY'S PSYCHO CIRCUS.  To me this character should have about 2 or 3 films, but people must really like this killer clown, because Full Moon keeps making these films and I bet a 6th one is on the horizon! 
Here is the basic plot of this latest chapter in the Killjoy story courtesy of the Full Moon Direct website:

 Your favorite Demon Clown KILLJOY (Trent Haaga) is BACK! Along with his gruesome crew BATTY BOOP (Victoria De Mare), PUNCHY The Hobo Clown (Al Burke), Freakshow (Tai Chan Ngo) and new sidekick HANDY (Tim Chizmar) - they are out of HELL to terrorize Earthly mortals…
   Killjoy, the demon clown and his gruesome crew - Batty Boop, Punchy and Freakshow have finally made it to Earth! Killjoy has settled in and is starring in his own web series called PSYCHO CIRCUS. But two years down the road, Killjoy discovers that life here on Earth is a drag - filled with inconveniences such as eating, breathing, taxes, immigration and mortal sex!
  More problems arise as Killjoy’s love interest Batty Boop leaves after a bitter lover's quarrel, not to mention that Killjoy is now semi-mortal! But the challenges of being famous are nothing compared to the challenges of staying alive. After being tried for letting Killjoy escape, BEELZEBUB can only redeem himself by trapping Killjoy's spirit and bringing it back to Hell. Killjoy must find a way to unite his gang of clowns to defeat Beelzebub and his Six-Psychos!
  It all comes together in an EPIC space-battle in KILLJOY'S PSYCHO CIRCUS
!

 Ok, I have to admit I am probably not the best reviewer to review this one.  I have never been a big fan of the Killjoy character and films for some reason.   I have seen most all of them, and to me they are all just...ok.   Now, that being said, I did enjoy this latest film a little more than I was expecting.   I really had no hopes for it, but found myself to be pretty entertained through most of the film. 
 
  My favorite parts of the film were when Killjoy was hosting his online show, Killjoy's Psycho Circus.  Those were fun segments, especially the segment when Killjoy interviewed actor Trent Haaga, who is the actor that plays Killjoy onscreen!   So yes Trent was basically interviewing himself.  This was a fun segment and Trent was very enjoyable to watch both in and out of his clown makeup.   The dialog between these "two" was very funny and enjoyable. 

  The rest of the film is just pure craziness, which is pretty much like every other Killjoy film is to me.   Although this one got really crazy with the addition of the space and spaceships plot.   I say "plot" lightly, because it was pretty much all over the place at times.   As I said, I have never been a huge fan of these films, but if you are a Killjoy fan, I  have a feeling you will really like this one. 

  KILLJOY'S PSYCHO CIRCUS  is available now on DVD from Full Moon Direct, click the links below to watch the trailer and purchase your copy!


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


http://www.fullmoondirect.com/

















Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DVD Review: KILLER RACK (2015)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3369624/?ref_=nv_sr_1KILLER RACK
Directed by 
Distributed by  Camp Motion Pictures

  With a name like that, it's gotta be good!  Right?  Well, I gotta hand it to the filmmakers for the amazing play on words, and I can't believe it's never been done until now!  The film is KILLER RACK and I am proud to say it is lots of fun!   Here is the plot synopsis from the Camp Motion Pictures website:

  From the director of Slime City comes a screwball horror comedy about a murderous set of monstrous mammaries: Killer Rack!
  In a world that prizes breast size over accomplishments, Betty Downer just can’t get a break.  Scorned by her co-workers, ridiculed by her boyfriend and overlooked by her boss, Betty impulsively books breast enhancement surgery with the Elder Gods-worshipping Dr. Cate Thulu...and then all hell breaks loose!


  First off, go into this film realizing it's more of a comedy than it is a horror film, although there are elements of horror all throughout it, as well as some fun, over the top gore.   It is very campy and silly, but that makes it a lot of fun!  The film reminds me a lot of a Troma film, especially since even Lloyd Kaufman  has a brief cameo in the film! Also, the wonderful Debbie Rochon  is in the film as the mad doctor, Cate Thulu.  Again, great play on words there!  The film also has one of my new genre favorites, the beautiful Brooke Lewis as the voice of the "killer rack".  Yes, the boobs talk.  I told you it was pretty silly!

  Not only do the boobs talk, but they kill!  Yes, they might look good at first, but if you happen to get an up close and personal look at them, you can kiss your hand or even head goodbye!   The killer rack has a mouth/teeth where the nipples usually are and they get a lot of action!    This is where some great gore comes into play, as well as some very cheesy CGI effects when the boobs sprout tentacle like things that come out and kill!   I guess if you got implants from Dr. Cate Thulu, that is bound to happen!

  If you like fun, campy horror, check out KILLER RACK.  It is available now from Camp Motion Pictures and contains the following special features:

*  Commentary Track
*  Deleted Scenes
*  Behind the Scenes Featurette
*  Bonus Short Films
*  Trailers


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


https://www.alternativecinema.com/studio/camp-motion-pictures
 
 










Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 2/14:

*  3 SISTERS  [DVD]
*  BIGFOOT:  THE MOVIE  [DVD]
*  BLOOD BROTHERS  [DVD]
*  THE BURNINGMORE DEATHS  [DVD]
*  CATATONIA  [DVD]
*  CITY OF DEAD MEN  [DVD & BD]
*  CREATURE LAKE  [DVD]
*  THE CROOKED MAN  [DVD]
*  DEATH ROT  [DVD]
*  EASTER BUNNY BLOODBATH  [DVD]
*  FRESHWATER  [DVD]
*  THE HORDE  [DVD]
*  I HEART U  [DVD]
*  IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE  [BD]
*  KILLER CLOWNS  [DVD]
*  SISTERS OF THE PLAGUE  [DVD]
*  STAKE LAND 2  [DVD & BD]
*  SUDDENLY IN THE DARK  [BD]
*  SUGAR SKULL GIRLS  [DVD]
*  TRIPPIN'  [DVD]
*  TUMBLING DOLL OF FLESH  [DVD]
*  ZOMBIE EXS  [DVD]

Monday, February 13, 2017

M. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT is tearing it up at the box office!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4972582/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1   If you have not seen 's newest film, SPLIT, it looks like you need to go check it out.  I have not seen it yet, but I plan on doing so this week!   The film has spent quite a few weeks at the #1 spot grossing over $112 Million Dollars as of today.  That is extremely impressive for a film with an estimated budget of only $9 Million Dollars! 

  I know a few horror fans that have not been a big fan of Shyamalan's lately based on his last few films, but it looks like this one is definitely finding a fan base!   Here is a little bit about the film from the film's official website:

  Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
  While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
  Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
  For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.


Check out the trailer if you haven't yet:





If you have seen the film, please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the film.


CLICK HERE to visit the film's official website



Friday, February 10, 2017

Blu-ray Review: PSYCHOMANIA (1973)


https://mvdb2b.com/s/PsychomaniaBlurayDVD/AV082PSYCHOMANIA
Directed by
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group

Here is another great example of a film I have always heard about and wanted to see, but just never got the chance to check it out.   I was finally able to see PSYCHOMANIA thanks to the new Arrow Films release, but now that I have seen it, I have to question exactly why this film is considered a cult classic.   Before I go any further, here is the film's basic plot courtesy of the MVD website:

The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning... Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire, The Devil-Ship Pirates) and co-starring Beryl Reid (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and George Sanders (Village of the Damned), Psychomania is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure.

 Ok, so when I first read the synopsis about zombie bikers, I was pretty excited.  But while watching the film, I was sorely disappointed when the main biker, Tom, came back from the dead.  He came back looking exactly like what he looked like before!  I mean exactly.  Not even some dirt in his hair! He looked as if he was still a normal living person.  This was a huge issue with me because when I expect a zombie biker, I expect at least some rotting flesh.  Is that too much to ask? 
 
 I also expected a much better plot/story from this film.    What I got was a movie that mostly made no sense whatsoever, including a weird subplot about a magical frog.  I honestly have no clue what that was all about.  Some of the dialog was very weird as well, if not completely laughable at times. 
You really can't categorize this film as a horror movie.  There is nothing "horror" about it really. I really don't know how you would categorize this film, other than just plain weird!

 The only thing this film really has going for it is the amazing 2K restoration that Arrow Films gave it.  Arrow releases seem to always have excellent picture and sound quality, and this release is no different.  It's just a shame they spent all this time and effort on such a sub-par film.   This is only my opinion, though, so check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. 
 

  PSYCHOMANIA will be available on Blu-ray from Arrow Films on February 21st, and contains the following special features:

• 2K restoration from preservation negatives
• High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Brand-new interview with star Nicky Henson
• Return of the Living Dead, an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor
• Sound of Psychomania, an archive interview with composer John Cameron
• Riding Free, an archive interview with Riding Free singer Harvey Andrews
• Hell for Leather, a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film s costumes
• Remastering Psychomania, a look at the film s restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet containing writing by Vic Pratt, William Fowler and Andrew Roberts

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


http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/

https://mvdb2b.com/?site_id=mvdv&date=