Author Archive: Jef Burnham

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).

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Gate II on Blu-ray

Gate II on Blu-ray

| February 17, 2018

On February 27, 2018, Scream Factory brings Tibor Takács’ Gate II (a.k.a. Gate 2: The Trespassers, 1990) to Blu-ray for the first time. The original The Gate from 1987 was released on Blu-ray last year as part of the Vestron Video Collector’s Series much to the excitement its devoted cult audience. Many of us who […]

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Drag Me to Hell: Collector’s Edition

Drag Me to Hell: Collector’s Edition

| February 11, 2018

When Sam Raimi was announced as the director of 2002’s Spider-Man, those among us who had grown up on the Evil Dead franchise and Darkman (1990) suddenly knew that that movie was going to be real good. And, say what you will about the film nowadays in light of all the superhero films that followed, […]

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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

| February 6, 2018

The 1989, one-shot graphic novel, Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn with art by Hellboy-creator Mike Mignola, was a landmark publication for DC Comics. Not only did it reimagine the Batman character’s timeline and pit him against Jack the Ripper himself, but it also spawned a whole series of similar reimaginings under the label of […]

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A Bad Moms Christmas Giveaway

A Bad Moms Christmas Giveaway

| January 28, 2018

You like free things? Of course you do! That’s why we’re giving away ONE Blu-ray Combo Pack copy of A Bad Moms Christmas, starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Susan Sarandon, to one FilmMonthly Twitter follower! All you have to do to enter is: follow @filmmonthlycom on Twitter and retweet the tweet below. That’s it. We’ll choose one […]

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (Special Edition Blu-ray)

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (Special Edition Blu-ray)

| January 24, 2018

The Los Angeles Times called Attack of the Killer Tomatoes “hopelessly inane” upon its release in 1978. Perhaps a scathing review for any other movie, the film’s producing team took this as a compliment. Now, I don’t know that director/co-writer/producer John DeBello and his collaborators set out to make a bad movie—though it’s certainly been […]

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Matinee: Collector’s Edition

Matinee: Collector’s Edition

| January 10, 2018

Joe Dante knows monster movies. I mean, the man made the seminal 80’s creature features Gremlins (1984) and The Howling (1981), not to mention the stellar Jaws­ knock-off Piranha (1979). And there’s no doubting the man loves cinema too. His web series Trailers From Hell stands as perhaps the most ambitious, extended, star-studded love letters […]

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Yor: The Hunter from the Future 35th Anniversary

Yor: The Hunter from the Future 35th Anniversary

| January 9, 2018

It’s here on Blu-ray at my side: Yor: The Hunter from the Future (1983) starring Reb Brown. That this is something I can write in all honesty at this time is nothing short of magical. While Yor by no means has or likely ever will change the world of film in any substantive way, it […]

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Shakedown (Shout Select)

Shakedown (Shout Select)

| January 8, 2018

As a writer/director, James Glickenhaus is probably best known for The Exterminator (1980) with its iconic, flame thrower-wielding hero whose fire-spewing image no doubt caught many an eye on video rental store shelves throughout the 1980’s. Glickenhaus’ actioners were ambitious, were often so narratively unique that they came across at times as obtuse, and were […]

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D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (Special Edition)

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage (Special Edition)

| January 1, 2018

“If you care, you’ll get let down,” laments a heartbroken Texas punk lying in the dirt, tossed aside like trash by a fellow Texan simply for being different, for being “other.” You could point to a number of statements about the nature of the punk scene made by interviewees in the 1981 documentary D.O.A.: A […]

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Hell Night: Collector’s Edition

Hell Night: Collector’s Edition

| January 1, 2018

Scream Factory’s 2018 release slate is set to impress right out the gate with the January 2nd Blu-ray + DVD Collector’s Edition release of the early 80’s slasher gem, Hell Night (1981)—a film I’ve been dying to see someone put out on Blu-ray for far too long. Though few outside the horror community are likely […]

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