Film

Hell Up in Harlem

Hell Up in Harlem

| September 1, 2017

Larry Cohen’s Black Caesar was a surprise box-office hit for American International Pictures, helping to establish Fred Williamson as a bonafide superstar. Williamson had starred in a couple of films in 1972 (The Legend of Nigger Charley and Hammer, both featuring characters he would reprise in later films), but his role as Tommy Gibbs in […]

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The Manster

The Manster

| September 1, 2017

Of the three movies I’ve seen about a guy running around with an extra head on his right shoulder, The Manster (1962) is easily the second best. That may not be the most impressive accolade, I admit, BUT The Manster does have one thing that The Thing with Two Heads (1972)—my favorite—and the gross, rapey […]

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Timebomb

Timebomb

| September 1, 2017

Eddie Kay (Michael Biehn, The Terminator) is your average, no phone-owning, Caesar salad-eating, single watchmaker, which is to say he’s a pretty boring guy. Or rather, he was, until he ran into a burning building like a goddamn superhero, kicked through a wall to save a woman and her baby, and got himself recognized as […]

Batman and Harley Quinn

Batman and Harley Quinn

| September 1, 2017

When you think about Harley Quinn’s recent explosion in popularity, it was only a matter of time really before an animated film centered on the character hit home video. Enter Batman and Harley Quinn (2017), a DC Universe Animated Original Movies attempt to capitalize on everything that’s made the character popular: her snarkiness, comically shifting […]

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Dracula in Vegas

Dracula in Vegas

| August 31, 2017

Slasher Video’s collaboration with Olive Films has certainly been interesting. After releasing a Blu-ray of Satan’s Blade and reissuing the pre-Olive Films Slasher Video catalog on DVD, they have released DVD and Blu-rays of films that were transferred from rough video masters. It’s great to have releases of Deadly Prey, Killer Workout, Mankillers, Shock ‘Em […]

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New Battles Without Honor and Humanity

New Battles Without Honor and Humanity

| August 29, 2017

The Yakuza Papers series is an accomplishment in both Toei Studio’s history, as well as an impressive work on behalf of Kinji Fukusaku. The series was a massive hit in its native Japan and also managed to influence many filmmakers such as William Friedkin and Quentin Tarantino. Yet, with all of this, the films in […]

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The Slayer

The Slayer

| August 29, 2017

“Where have you been all my life?” Most of us have heard this phrase used as either a cheap pick-up line or as a question asked after having tried a new and particularly delicious food stuff. The above phrase can also have a literal meaning as well. The Slayer was released when I was 4, […]

Heal the Living

Heal the Living

| August 27, 2017

Heal the Living is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on August 29. Director and co-writer Katell Quillévéré’s film, adapted from the Booker Prize long listed novel by Maylis de Kerangal, is an elegant and moving drama about families brought together by shocking news. Quillévéré carefully weaves together three seemingly unrelated stories: a French […]

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Effects

Effects

| August 25, 2017

The restoration and preservation efforts from the collaboration of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) and Something Weird Video got off to a spectacular start with their Blu-ray/DVD release of The Zodiac Killer. These two entities have done much to save cult and exploitation film history, AGFA primarily working in acquiring and distributing film prints […]

Ronin

Ronin

| August 24, 2017

John Frankenheimer established himself as a director of considerable note early on with films like Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and the classic thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Unfortunately, prominent titles in the later part of his career were met with understandable derision, including the epic disaster The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and the meandering […]