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: GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DAY OF THE DEAD Collector’s Edition

GEORGE A. ROMERO'S DAY OF THE DEAD Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2013 Shout! Factory

Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joe Plasco, Richard Liberty Writer: George A. Romero Director: George A. Romero Distributor: Scream Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 While none of George A. Romero’s zombie films were respected in the respective years of their release (1968 for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, 1978 for DAWN OF THE DEAD and 1985 for DAY OF THE DEAD), they have since become the cornerstones of classic zombie cinema. We wouldn’t have the zombie onslaught today without Romero’s thoughtful and terrifying visions of hell literally visiting earth and there would be no THE WALKING DEAD (the comic or […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review FUTUREWORLD

FUTUREWORLD Blu-ray | ©2013 Syfy

Stars: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill Writer: Mayo Simon, George Schenck Director: Richard T. Heffron Suggested Retail Price: $19.97 With 1973’s WESTWORLD, writer/director Michael Crichton created an innovative sci-fi film about robots at an adult amusement park that malfunction. Many films have cribbed from this seminal sci-fi film, even though it has become a bit dated. Three years later, a sequel was hatched without Crichton with FUTUREWORLD, and surprisingly, it holds up quite well. The new Blu-ray release brings to life the film in high-definition with a story that is more INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS than WESTWORLD, and […]Read On »

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DVD Review: STARCRASH – 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION

STARCRASH - special edition DVD | © 2010 Shout Factory

Some times movies are bad because they don’t try hard enough to be good. Other times, movies are so bad, they’re amazingly good, which is the case of the long-lost 1979 Italian science-fiction cult flick STARCRASH. It’s badness comes from its earnestness and ambition. It has terrible dialogue, the occasional crappy special effect and a story that really doesn’t make a lick of sense.

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