Blu-ray Review: THE CAR

THE CAR - Blu-ray | ©2015 Shout! Factory

Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson Writers: Dennis Shryack & Michael Butler & Lane Slate based on a story by Shryack & Butler Director: Elliot Silverstein Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 You have to hand it to Universal Pictures in 1977. Still reeling from the blockbuster success of JAWS in 1975, they were clearly anxious to replicate that success. Instead of immediately dipping back into shark-infested waters, they tried something else with THE CAR. Taking the major beats from JAWS and replacing the shark with a demonic car, it seemed as if this would be […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Collector’s Edition

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Blu-ray | ©2015 Shout! Factory

Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau Writers: John Carpenter & Nick Castle Director: John Carpenter Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 As most of John Carpenter’s film output has been getting its just deserved Blu-ray remastered treatment over the last couple of years, one of the long-awaited hold-outs has been ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. This 1981 gem is an action picture opus on a shoestring presenting for the first time one of the most underrated action icons from the 1980s – Snake Plisskin (played with apathetic […]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: NIGHTBREED – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid Writer-Director: Clive Barker based on his novel CABAL Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory There are many instances where a director’s work is completely butchered by a studio because they don’t quite understand or care about the intent – they just want to make a quick buck and screw the art. Sergio Leone had his 1984 epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA sliced to a nub during its original release, only to be restored to its full epic glory decades later. Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED from 1990 is the equivalent […]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: SLEEPAWAY CAMP Collector’s Edition

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

Stars: Mike Killin, Katherine Kamhi, Paul DeAngelo, Nathan Tierston, Felissa Rose, Christopher Collet, Karen Fields Writer-Director: Robert Hiltzik Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory Great horror twists are hard to come by – especially back in the 1980s when slasher movies were all the rage and just about every trick imaginable was used up by the time FRIDAY THE 13th came along in 1980. However, 1983’s SLEEPAWAY CAMP is notable for providing one of the most disturbing and unexpected twist endings in the history of the slasher genre (don’t worry, I won’t reveal it here, but chances are you […]Read On »

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Blu-ray review: FINAL EXAM

FINAL EXAM Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, Ralph Brown, DeAnna Robbins, Sherry Willis- Burch Writer-Director: Jimmy Huston Suggested Retail Price: $24.97 Distributor: Shout! Factory Supply and demand for slasher flicks fueled the early 1980s as every low budget production company wanted to get into the horror movie genre. They were cheap to make, didn’t need stars and audiences ate them up. You also didn’t have to be a studio to make bank on these films. FINAL EXAM is the product of the HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13th school of slasher horror films. Pick a holiday or event, have the movie set […]Read On »

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