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Blu-ray Review: THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART 2

THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART 2 Blu-ray| ©2019 Arrow Video

Stars: Michael Berryman, Tamara Stafford, John Bloom, John Laughlin, Janus Blythe Writer: Wes Craven Director: Wes Craven Distributor: Arrow Video Suggested Retail Price: $34.99 Filmed before Wes Craven’s seminal 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and released in the U.S. a year later, THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART 2 is an obvious cash grab by all involved serving as a follow-up to Craven’s own 1977 cult hit. While some of the inventiveness Craven displayed in ELM STREET is missing here, there is some considerable charm to THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART 2 in both its coherent and incoherent attempts […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE

MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE Blu-ray | ©2019 Vinegar Syndrome

Rated: R Stars: Bill Thurman, Anna Chappell, Will Mitchell Writer: Jim McCullough Jr. Director: Jim McCullough Sr. Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 While not as well known as most slasher movies from the 1980s, MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE is a curious relic from the era that has actually aged quite gracefully. Directed by Jim McCullough Sr. and written by Jim McCullough Jr. , the film mixes PSYCHO with standard slasher fare for an occasionally spooky and atmospheric ride accompanied by a creepy score by Rob Dilulio. The film begins with the introduction of Mountaintop Motel proprietor Evelyn (Anna Chappell), […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: SAVAGE HARBOR

SAVAGE HARBOR aka DEATH FEUD Blu-ray | ©2019 Vinegar Syndrome

Stars: Frank Stallone, Christopher Mitchum, Karen Mayo-Chandler Writer/Director: Steven Monson Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 We’re currently in a renaissance right now on Blu-ray where the studios have given up on digging into their archives for extensive and consistent Blu-ray reissues and remasters, while companies like Severin Films, Shout! Factory, Synapse, Arrow Films and Vinegar Syndrome are giving known, unknown and forgotten exploitation from the 1970s, 1980s  and 1990s their due long-awaited due. Vinegar Syndrome in particular has led the way with a eclectic mix of releases in the last year including the long awaited Blu-ray release of […]Read On »

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Review: ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY SHORTS

ALIEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHORTS | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: Unrated Stars: James Paxton Writers: Noah Miller, Chris Reading, Aidan Brezonick, Kailey Spear, Sam Spear Directors: Aidan Brezonick, Benjamin Howdeshell, Noah Miller, Chris Reading, Kailey Spear, Sam Spear, Kelsey Taylor Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: streaming, March 29, 2019; home video (with ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY release), April 23, 2019 The landmark science-fiction/horror film ALIEN is turning forty this year. Directed by Ridley Scott and scripted by Dan O’Bannon from a story he wrote with Ron Shusett, ALIEN introduced us to the working-class crew of the spaceship Nostromo, doing the futuristic equivalent of laboring on a cargo ship. A […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: CREEPSHOW Collector’s Edition

CREEPSHOW Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Nye, E.G. Marshall, Vivica Lindfors Writer: Stephen King Director: George A. Romero Distributor: Warner Bros. Archive Collection Suggested Retail Price: $39.93 After assaulting audiences senses with his 1978 zombie masterpiece DAWN OF THE DEAD and taking a big detour with the action film KNIGHTRIDERS, director George A. Romero made his biggest leap into the mainstream with 1982’s now classic CREEPSHOW. 1982 was a good year for horror with John Carpenter’s THE THING, CAT PEOPLE, BASKET CASE and POLTERGEIST all making their debut among many other lesser known films (THE ENTITY […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: NINJA III: THE DOMINATION Collector’s Edition

NINJA III: THE DOMINATION Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Sho Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett Writer: James R. Silke Director: Sam Firstenberg Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $27.99 The output of infamous exploitation production company Cannon Films from the 1980s was filled with action films starring Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, Michael Dudikoff, but their other magic touch was riding the wave of current trends and then remixing them out of the stratosphere. In addition to the conventional break dancing films BREAKIN’ and the far more memorable sequel title of BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, they hit their apex in trend squatting with NINJA III: THE DOMINATION in 1984. […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: SCREAM FOR HELP

SCREAM FOR HELP Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Rachael Kelly, David Brooks, Marie Masters, Rocco Sisto, Lolita Lorre Writer: Tom Holland Director: Michael Winner Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 In 1984, DEATH WISH director Michael Winner explored the slasher genre with the utterly ridiculous SCREAM FOR HELP. Essentially an R-rated Afterschool Special, the film focuses on teen Christie Cromwell (Rachael Kelly) who is deeply suspicious of her mom’s new husband Paul Fox (David Brooks). With strange events happening around the house, she starts to suspect he’s trying to kill her and her mom for inheritance money. During the first half of the film, Christie plays […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: NIGHT OF THE LEPUS

NIGHT OF THE LEPUS Blu-ray | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley Writer: Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney based on the novel by Russell Braddon Director: William F. Claxton Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $22.96 Every once and awhile, you’ll scratch your heard and wonder “How did that film get made?” Usually it’s a film so utterly sincere and yet clueless at the same time, you just watch the train wreck unfold and enjoy it for what it is. Such is the case of curious 1972 science fiction thriller NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. MGM originally called the film RABBITS based on […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: IT’S ALIVE TRILOGY

IT'S ALIVE trilogy box art | ©2018 Shout! Factory

Stars: (IT’S ALIVE) – John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell, James Dixon, Michael Ansara (IT LIVES AGAIN aka IT’S ALIVE 2) – Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John P. Ryan, John Marley, Andrew Duggan, Eddie Constantine, James Dixon (IT’S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE) – Michael Moriarty, Karen Black, Laurene Landon, Gerrit Graham, Neal Israel, James Dixon Writer/Director: Larry Cohen Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $49.97 Writer-Director Larry Cohen (Q, THE STUFF, GOD TOLD ME) has made some pretty amazing films throughout his eclectic career and he’s done so by experimenting with genre tropes and twisting […]Read On »

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New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 2/6

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS | © 2018 Universal Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS Sequels either go a few ways, either it’s a sh**show, something that is decent but doesn’t measure up to the original, in rare cases, tops the original. A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS falls in the middle here as there are indeed some funny moments but begins to take itself surprisingly way too serious toward the end. As with the original, the content is for adults only and there are plenty of moments that question the boundaries of good taste but that’s what we expect […]Read On »

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