Horror

Victims!

Victims!

| June 26, 2017

Victims! (1981) is not a film for me. However, this is not to say I can’t appreciate the importance of its release to Blu-ray from Olive Films’ Martini Entertainment and Slasher Video. With the original 16mm film print lost, it would have seemed unlikely that Victims! would have ever seen a Blu-ray release. Yet here […]

The Unholy: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

The Unholy: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

| June 26, 2017

In a very short time, Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series has made its stamp on the cult films home video market, bringing many beloved films from cult audiences’ VHS rental-filled youths to Blu-ray in editions that are far more impressive than we could have realistically expected. Lionsgate debuted the Vestron Video line of Blu-rays in […]

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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

| June 18, 2017

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage is a murder-mystery. But let me assure, dear readers, this film is very different from anything you’ve seen from Agatha Christie, Charlie Chan, or Jessica Fletcher from the hit 1980’s TV series Murder, She Wrote. Crystal Plumage was an original, violent, expertly shot whodunit, from first time director Dario […]

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Madhouse

Madhouse

| June 13, 2017

I can’t possibly begin talking about Ovidio G. Assonitis’ Madhouse without immediately drawing comparisons between the film and J. Lee Thompson’s Happy Birthday to Me. Both films were clearly made to cash in on the slasher horror craze in the immediate post-Friday the 13th years. Both films were released in 1981 in fact (though Madhouse […]

A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness

| June 9, 2017

Gore Verbinski has had a fairly odd career trajectory for a major studio director. His feature debut was Mousehunt, a family film with a dark bent reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld’s Addams Family films, followed up by the Brad Pitt/Julia Roberts vehicle The Mexican. Verbinski’s first major hit was The Ring, an exemplary American remake of […]

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Brain Damage

Brain Damage

| June 4, 2017

Most of us have fond memories of the name Elmer. Whether it be the glue that you can use to make fake skin, or the cartoon hunter (Fudd) who’s always on the lookout for the waskily wabbitt, Bugs Bunny. But there’s a third, underappreciated Elmer out there. This Elmer is not as fun or funny […]

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Evil Ed

Evil Ed

| May 30, 2017

Disgusting, bloody, over-the-top, cheesy one liners, entertaining, hilarious, homage. Is it possible for all of the above words and phrases accurately describing one movie? Absolutely! The Swedish team of Anders Jacobsson, Goran Lundstrom, Kaj Steveman, Anders Jacobsson, and Doc brought their love of ‘70’s and ‘80’s horror to life in 1995 in the form of […]

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

| May 16, 2017

As a pair of films, Willard (1971) and its sequel Ben (1972) stand in stark contrast to each other and I’ve always been fascinated by the differences between the two. Willard offers audiences an unrelentingly tense character study hinging on a revenge narrative that’s elevated by the addition of a horror component in the form […]

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Beyond the Gates

Beyond the Gates

| May 10, 2017

Throughout horror history, there have been a vast array of options for encountering supernatural evil. Ouija boards are a perennial favorite, the internet has been hot lately, and in the 1980s there was even a cursed 976 number. In the last several years, the horror films of the 1980s have been mined heavily for inspiration […]

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Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

| April 25, 2017

When Arrow Video announces the release of anything horror, my interest is immediately piqued. And it’s piqued that much more when that title is something I’m generally unfamiliar with, like 1959’s Caltiki: The Immortal Monster. Arrow they announced it, I looked it up and watched its trailer, and what did I learn? It’s some kind […]

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