Blu-ray Review: SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT – Collector’s Edition

SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT Collector's Edition | ©2017 Shout! Factory

Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson Writer: Michael Hickey Director: Charles E. Sellier, Jr. Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $27.93 (Standard Edition), $64.93 (Deluxe Limited Edition with exclusive action figure) Grade: C+ (movie), B+ (special features) One of the most notorious movies of the 1980s is the rather innocuous 1984 Christmas slasher film SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. At the height of low budget horror at the boxoffice, this film had the unfortunate distinction of being acquired and released by a major studio at the time – TriStar Pictures. That unto itself spelled the death knell […]Read On »

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LIGHTS OUT highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Oct. 25, 2016

LIGHTS OUT | © 2016 Warner Home Video

LIGHTS OUT – While this is billed as an indie horror flick, Warner Bros is the distributor so it can’t be that much of an independent production. That said, LIGHTS OUT is a really good horror flick. Based on a short video that went viral in 2013, LIGHTS OUT follows the story of Sophie (Maria Bello) that is obsessed with her imaginary friend Diana. So much so, she has alienated her kids and friends. It turns out that Sophie has been having a relationship with Diana for quite a while but Diana may not be imaginary at all but a […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: DOLLS Collector’s Edition

DOLLS Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Bunty Bailey, Cassie Stuart, Stephen Lee Writer: Ed Naha Director: Stuart Gordon Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 When RE-ANIMATOR hit theaters in 1985, it was one of those debut feature films that couldn’t be ignored. Director Stuart Gordon and occasional producing partner Brian Yuzna delivered an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that has become legendary. A wild gory and memorable ride filled with imagination, perversion and a breakout performance by Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West. With over-the-top gore that was so extreme the film couldn’t even garner […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE DARK HALF

THE DARK HALF Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Julie Harris, Michael Rooker Writer George A. Romero based on the book by Stephen King Director: George A. Romero Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.97 Poor George A. Romero. He got the chance to do a big studio movie with THE DARK HALF, which was an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, and then it was mired with production problems and a studio at the time (Orion Pictures) which was on the verge of bankruptcy. The film sat on the shelf for years until it was dumped into theaters where […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: MONKEY SHINES

MONKEY SHINES Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patton, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci Writer: George A. Romero based on the novel by Michael Stewart Director: George A. Romero Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.97 George A. Romero has had a pretty amazing and eclectic career, though most people know him for his undead movies – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD. It’s a shame, because throughout his six-decade career, he’s created some wonderfully twisted and underrated movies that don’t have flesh-eating ghouls in them and that few people rave about […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TALES FROM THE CRYPT / VAULT OF HORROR Double Feature

TALES FROM THE CRYPT - VAULT OF HORROR Double Feature Blu-ray | ©2014 Scream! Factory

Tales from the Crypt Stars: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry Writer: Milton Subotsky based on the TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR comic books by William M. Gaines and Al Feldstein Director: Freddie Francis Vault of Horror Stars: Dawn Addams, Tom Baker, Michael Craig, Denholm Elliott, Glynes Johns Writer: Milton Subotsky based on the TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR comic books by William M. Gaines, Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig Director: Freddie Francis Director: Roy Ward Baker Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: 24.97 Before HBO transformed the classic EC Comic […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PUMPKINHEAD Collector’s Edition

PUMPKINHEAD - Collector's Edition | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D’Aquino, Kerry Remsen, Kimberly Ross Writer: Mark Patrick Carucci with Gary Gerani, based on a story by Carducci, Stan Winston and Richard Weinman and based on the poem by Ed Justin Director: Stan Winston Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory PUMPKINHEAD has always been one of those odd horror films that defies categorization. It’s an original concept, has a great lead creature, a unique premise yet, when all is said and done, never truly achieves the greatness its premise promises. After watching the Collector’s Edition of the 1988 film from Shout! Factory, I […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PSYCHO II and PSYCHO III

PSYCHO II Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2013 Shout! Factory

PSYCHO II Stars: Anthony Perkins, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia Writer: Tom Holland Director: Richard Franklin Distributor: Scream Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 PSYCHO III Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid Writer: Charles Edward Pogue Director: Anthony Perkins Distributor: Scream Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 PSYCHO II: Grade: B+  / PSYCHO III: Grade: C Twenty-three years after Alfred Hitchcock made history with his black and white 1960 thriller PSYCHO, Universal Pictures decided to make a non-Hitchcock sequel in 1983. What could have been an absolute train wreck, turned out to be PSYCHO II, a surprisingly effective thriller directed in a very Hitchcockian […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: LIFEFORCE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

LIFEFORCE Blu-ray | ©2013 Scream! Factory

Rating: R Stars: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda May, Patrick Stewart Writers: Dan O’Bannon & Don Jakoby based on the novel SPACE VAMPIRES by Colin Wilson Director: Tobe Hooper Distributor: Scream! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Release Date: June 19, 2013 After the success of POLTERGEIST, director Tobe Hooper was poised for studio stardom. However, instead of parlaying that success into something substantial, he opted to helm 1985’s listless LIFEFORCE. Based on the Colin Wilson novel SPACE VAMPIRES, the movie itself should have been epic. It deals with a crew of astronauts entering Haley’s Comet and finding life […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE HOWLING COLLECTOR’S EDITION

THE HOWLING Blu-ray | ©2013 Scream! Factory

Rating: R Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone, Belinda Belaski Writers: John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless based on the novel by Gary Bradner Director: Joe Dante Distributor: Scream! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Release Date: June 19, 2013 While AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON gets kudos as the ground-breaking werewolf movie from 1981 (and rightfully so, because it’s a great movie), some people forget that THE HOWLING came out in 1981 and was just as ground-breaking and entertaining. The two films work in tandem as great examples of excellent genre filmmaking from two rising directors of […]Read On »

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