Video and DVD

Last Girl Standing

Last Girl Standing

| November 1, 2016

With Halloween coming and going this week, it was the season to dive into a bunch of horror movies, and while I tend to not seek them out, I do enjoy watching horror movies with friends.  Some can be effective and scary, while most are hilariously entertaining.  I also tend not to request horror movies […]

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Dark Water (2002)

Dark Water (2002)

| October 27, 2016

Modern American horror audiences have no patience. If there isn’t something jumping out from nowhere every 5 minutes, the movie is deemed boring. That’s a rather unfortunate way of thinking. Some of the most effective horror movies of all time had slow builds with amazing payoffs. For example, 1963’s The Haunting is eerie and atmospheric, […]

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Men & Chicken

Men & Chicken

| October 26, 2016

Two brothers, Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen; Hannibal TV Series), find themselves a bit lost when their father suddenly dies from a prolonged illness.  In his will, he reveals to the brothers that he is not their father; that their real father lives in a small island community.  When Gabriel and Elias decide […]

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The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast

The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast

| October 25, 2016

How do you like your horror movies? Slow building and suspenseful? Jump scares every 5 minutes? Or gruesome blood and guts? If you prefer choice number 3, then I have the perfect director for you. He’s an unassuming, affable gentlemen who just so happens to take gleeful pleasure in the number of ways he can […]

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Vampyres

Vampyres

| October 21, 2016

The 1970s was a golden era for erotic vampire films thanks to Eurohorror auteurs like Jean Rollin and Jesús Franco and the increasing reliance on sex appeal in Hammer’s gothic horrors. One of the enduring classics of that age is 1974’s Vampyres, directed by José Ramón Larraz and filmed in the UK. Larraz has been […]

The Return of Dracula

The Return of Dracula

| October 18, 2016

I’ve been consistently impressed with Olive Films’ horror and sci-fi Blu-rays over the past two years. With their label populated by titles including classics like It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), as well as the hilarious Thing with Two Heads (1972) and the surprisingly fun Monster of […]

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Gas-s-s-s

Gas-s-s-s

| October 18, 2016

With Olive Films’ Blu-ray release of Roger Corman’s Gas-s-s-s (1970), we can at last own the entirety of Corman’s Counterculture Trilogy on home video in HD. Corman directed the three films now lumped together in this spiritual trilogy between 1966 and 1970 for studio AIP. These films mark what some, including The University of Nottingham’s […]

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

| October 18, 2016

When the 20th anniversary Blu-ray release of the original Independence Day (1996) came out, I wrote about how the film was one I’d never been a fan of and yet, from a modern perspective, it seems downright smart when compared to many of our current blockbusters. Sure, Independence Day perfectly represents the big, dumb, loud […]

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Private Property

Private Property

| October 11, 2016

Film-noir is traditionally known for presenting society’s underworld in dark alleys with black hats and Tommy guns. By the 1950s, however, the focus shifted from mobsters to the socially disaffected and alienated drifters. Released in 1960, director Leslie Steven’s Private Property highlights the reason for this change and why, subsequently, society faced the rise of […]

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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

| October 10, 2016

1977 was an historic year for the motion picture industry. The summer blockbuster as we know it today burst out of movie theatre screens in the form of the space western epic known as Star Wars. Also, in 1977, another highly influential film was released, with considerably less fanfare. It was a low budget horror […]

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