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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Movie/VOD Review: GIRL HOUSE

GIRL HOUSE | © 2015 Phase 4 Films

Cast: Ali Cobrin, Adam DiMarco, Alice Hunter, Chasty Ballesteros, Alyson Bath, Slaine, Wesley MacInnes, Erin Agostino, Camren Bicondova Writers: Nick Gordon Director: Trevor Matthews Distributor: Phase 4 Films Release Date: Feb. 13, 2015 The power of technology and the horrors that we let into our lives as a result are at the center of GIRL HOUSE. Porn has always been at the forefront of technology. It revolutionized the way we watch movies and television on video and more recently has been a pioneer in web cam cinema, where girls take it all off live for hundreds, if not thousands, of men […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PROM NIGHT (Special Edition)

PROM NIGHT Special Edition Blu-ray | ©2014 Synapse Films

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens Writer: William Gray from a story by Robert Guza Jr. Director: Paul Lynch Distributor: Synapse Films Suggested Retail Price: $24.95 The 1980 slasher film PROM NIGHT is not a perfect movie by any means. In fact, many late 1970s and early 1980s horror films so dearly missed the mark, they’re better off not being remembered. PROM NIGHT stands somewhere in the middle. One of many slasher knock-offs to feature HALLOWEEN star Jamie Lee Curtis, the other was 1980’s TERROR TRAIN and strangely both contain many of the same problems – and strangely […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: CURTAINS

CURTAINS Blu-ray | ©2014 Synapse Films

Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda ThorsonWriter: Robert Guza, Jr. Writer: Robert Guza, Jr. Director: Jonathan Stryker (pseudonym of Richard Ciupka) Suggested Retail Price: $24.95 Distributor: Synapse Films Jensen Farley was a film distributor in the early 1980s that specialized in exploitation films including a handful of forgotten sex comedies (JOYSTICKS), a children’s film (THE LAST UNICORN) and two cult horror films THE BOOGENS and CURTAINS. CURTAINS is the most curious of the two because it’s lay dormant for years, never seeing a decent DVD or Blu-ray release. It also had a troubled production history, taking several years to make […]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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HERE’S LUCY: THE COMPLETE SERIES Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

HERES LUCY: THE COMPLETE SERIES | © 2014 MPI Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections Movies: ODD THOMAS – This movie is based on the book of the same name by Dean Koontz. It centers on a local grill cook, Odd Thomas (played by STAR TREK’s Anton Yelchin), that happens to have a special power to see dead people. He helps them find […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: FRIDAY THE 13th: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

FRIDAY THE 13th - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION | ©2013 Warner Bros. / Paramount Pictures

Original Release Date: September 13, 2013 Distributor: Warner Bros./Paramount Pictures Suggested Retail Price: $129.95 The FRIDAY THE 13th films may be wildly loved by horror fans (and those with nostalgia filled eyes for the good old days of slasher movies), the treatment on DVD and Blu-ray has been a splotchy one at best. Every time Paramount has attempted to do a box set or repackage the films, it always feels like something is lacking. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t thing. The problem being, the first eight movies in the franchise were low budget efforts and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SCREAM 4 actress Marley Shelton is armed and ready to SCREAM again

Marley Shelton at the World Premiere of THE RITE | © 2011 Sue Schneider

Not many characters survived the bloodshed of SCREAM 4, but Deputy Judy Hicks (played by Marley Shelton) managed to come out okay and ready for future SCREAM movies. For Shelton, playing the quirky officer of the law who may or may not have involvement in the recent killings in the small town of Woodsboro was a career highlight. The film, directed by Wes Craven who helmed the previous three movies, just hit Blu-ray and DVD and the actress spoke with ASSIGNMENT X in this exclusive interview about her role in the film and wanting to return for more. ASSIGNMENT X: […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Wes Craven talks about SCREAM 4 DVD and the future of the franchise

Ghost Face in SCREAM 4 | ©2011 The Weinstein Company

It’s rare for a filmmaker to helm all four installments in a movie franchise, but like Steven Spielberg did with the INDIANA JONES franchise, Wes Craven has matched that record with SCREAM. SCREAM 4, the latest chapter, hits DVD and Blu-ray this week as it reunites the surviving cast members from the previous three movies – Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette as they confronts the nefarious Ghost Face killer one more time as he (or she or more) terrorizes the quaint small town of Woodsboro. ASSIGNMENT X recently spoke with Wes Craven in this exclusive interview about the […]Read On »

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