Film Review: REVENGE (2017)
May22

Film Review: REVENGE (2017)

Writer/director CORALIE FARGEAT’S REVENGE might be, as of now, one of the most “beautifully ugly” films I have ever seen, and certainly one of the most gorgeously-shot rape/revenge features of this or any time. And there are two different ways you can look at what kind of vibe Fargeat is trying to transmit here: you can call it the cinematic equivalent of a radical women’s rights advocate, breaking into a “men’s rights” meeting with...

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Film Review: ISLAND ZERO (2018)
May21

Film Review: ISLAND ZERO (2018)

ISLAND ZERO (2018) Director: Josh Gerritsen Writer: Tess Gerritsen Stars: Laila Robins, Adam Wade McLaughlin, Teri Reeves It’s a sad thing, that not too many filmmakers devote their energies to telling good stories anymore, such as the ones that populated the TV screens of yesteryear, as “made-for-TV” films produced by the likes of Aaron Spelling, Douglas S. Cramer, and production companies like Bing Crosby Productions and MTM/Lorimar...

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Graphic Novel Review: City of Filth: Dark Valkyrie (2018)
May20

Graphic Novel Review: City of Filth: Dark Valkyrie (2018)

Joona Kopperoinen is a multi-talented artist working his way into the horror community through his violent animated films and comic books. We recently reviewed his short films Lin! Forest of Hatred and Dusten Choke. He has a very cool artistic style that reminds me of lots of independent works, especially in the comic industry. As far as animated films go, I compared the look of his films to the Unearthed Films release of Dead Fury....

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Five BD Upgrades You Should Already Own
May19

Five BD Upgrades You Should Already Own

We’re almost through the fifth month of the year, and the majority of my collection purchases have been on Blu-ray upgrades. Since Blu-ray prices are dropping, streaming services are strengthening their grasp on distributors, and VHS collectors have ruined their own (already dismal) market, I have decided to snag some crystal clear BD restorations in order to capitalize while I still can. In a way, it is really just re-focusing the...

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Review: SANTA CLARITA DIET Season Two
May07

Review: SANTA CLARITA DIET Season Two

“Had enough? Or are ya hungry for more?” a certain little precocious tyke was once heard to ask in HOME ALONE. Kid, the hunger pangs never subsided…not even ONCE, after we enthusiastically scarfed down Season One of SANTA CLARITA DIET, and went sniffing around for more, jonesing badly for Season Two. Well, folks, ‘jones’ no longer. Our favorite suburban “scream team,” the Hammonds are back, and thank goodness, their lives are no more...

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Film Review: The Ringo Double Feature from Arrow Video (1966)
May02

Film Review: The Ringo Double Feature from Arrow Video (1966)

Italian director Duccio Tessari isn’t as unknown as one would think. He has directed films and television across all genres of film. He started with literary and historically inspired films involving everyone from Hercules to Aladdin. He later moved into the Giallo genre, creating The Bloodstained Butterfly (which also has an Arrow release). Moving into the eighties and nineties, he started with action and revenge films similar...

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Film Review: The Bloodthirsty Trilogy (1971-1974)
May01

Film Review: The Bloodthirsty Trilogy (1971-1974)

The Bloodthirsty Trilogy is a set of films being released by Arrow Video next month. It includes The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula. These were directed by Michio Yamamoto, who worked as an assistant director behind Akira Kurosawa on Throne of Blood and Kihachi Okamoto on Samurai Assassin. While this trilogy of horror films isn’t at all like his early work in the samurai genre, it is an awesome example of...

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Film Review: Visions of Suffering: Director’s Cut (2018)
Apr30

Film Review: Visions of Suffering: Director’s Cut (2018)

Tomas Sandquist and Jason Meredith run the Swedish distribution company Last Exit Entertainment. They have released awesome films like Horsehead and Der Samurai, which got more readily available releases from the US based company Artsploitation Films; however, if you order from Black Lava, you have undoubtedly seen their past releases of Philosophy of a Knife and Nails. Their dedication to the films of...

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Film Review: THE ROAD MOVIE (2016) [aka Doroga]
Apr25

Film Review: THE ROAD MOVIE (2016) [aka Doroga]

The Road Movie (2016) aka Doroga Director: Dmitrii Kalashnikov We are all too familiar with the saying, “It was like watching a car crash…you didn’t want to watch, but you couldn’t look away.” Well, director/editor DMITRII KALASHNIKOV has done exactly that with THE ROAD MOVIE: taken dashcam footage from parts of Russia you might recognize, and some you probably didn’t even know existed, and hammered it all into a fascinating, at times...

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Film Review: RAVE PARTY MASSACRE (2017)
Apr23

Film Review: RAVE PARTY MASSACRE (2017)

RAVE PARTY MASSACRE (2017) Director: Jason Winn Stars: Sara Bess, Evan Taylor Williams, Melissa Kunnap Given the title and basic premise of RAVE PARTY MASSACRE I went in expecting something along the lines of 2009’s SWEATSHOP. What I got was a mix of slasher cliches and conspiracy theory politics that left me with a headache. I’m still not sure if I was supposed to see the killer as hero or villain. That’s how bad it is. It’s 1992 and...

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