Friday, May 16, 2014

Godzilla Vs. Gigan (Godzilla on Monster Island) (Blu-Ray)

Godzilla Vs. Gigan (Godzilla on Monster Island) (Blu-Ray) When alien invaders, plans for a children's theme park and four giant monsters with six heads between them all collide, the result is the inevitable battle for the fate of the Earth. At least, that's how it is for Godzilla, who teams up with his former spiky foe Anguirus for a tag team match against two of his greatest adversaries: the legendary three headed King Ghidorah and Gigan, the cyborg hench-monster for insidious insect aliens whose plot to wipe out all human life is cleverly disguised as plans for the construction of a new children's theme park. Unfortunately for the bug's diabolical designs, their secret monster control codes are accidentally discovered by comic book artist Gengo Kotaka, who broadcasts the master tape and brings Team Godzilla into play. It's not going to be an easy fight, though, as the odds are four heads to two, and King Ghidorah's one of Godzilla's toughest opponents. With his cybernetic weaponry Gigan is equally ruthless, and his alien masters are as hard to kill as the cockroaches they resemble. Will Earth's biggest defenders finally fall? Or will Godzilla, and insecticide, triumph over all? Find out in GODZILLA VS. GIGAN!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

This Island Earth (1955)

Of all the Sci-Fi landmarks to have come from the 1950's, Joseph Newman's 'This Island Earth' is probably the most original. In terms of plot, this film is more complex than any of its contemporaries and demands more from its viewers than the stereotypical B-movie of the era. It also utilises suspense mechanisms at a higher level than its brethren apparent.
Luckily, every part of the movie's fabric is strong enough to act as a support beam to hold the immense weight of its storyline. For 1955, the special effects are state of the art and heavily invested in. These hold up impeccably today because the team had crafted something miles beyond sticking sparklers in the tail pipes of die-cast models or messing about with thirty-nine cent wire devices.
Makeup is first rate also, even that of the much-assailed crustaceoid guard. Interestingly (but hardly surprisingly), Jack Arnold (the Godfather of monster makeup) was the one who directed the climactic scenes involving this hostile being. Comprised of the fruits of some very hard work (SFX were two years in the making), 'This Island Earth' looks almost too good to be true. Consequently, it shouldn't take much to appreciate that there is no fair way to make fun of this film or any aspect of its appearance without seriously scrutinising the work in very fine detail.

Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (Deluxe Edition) (2012)

This deluxe edition boxed set contains every eerie episode of the original Gothic suspense series DARK SHADOWS (1966-1971) plus a wealth of bonus interviews with the stars and creative members that made the supernatural thriller a cult favorite and an enduring television classic.

NOTE: This Deluxe Edition (a second printing) is not serialized and does not include a signed postcard by Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins).

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series (2010)

Most serious fans of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE already own all of the individual sets that make up this DVD collection, so I thought I would address this review to those who own none of them and will make up the primary target for this set and focus on two questions. First, how does this set differ from the individual season collections? The answer is that they are identical. This set does not represent a new product in any way, but merely collects all of the seasons in a new, low price. If you don't own any of the individual seasons, this is an absolutely ideal way to discover the Buffyverse. Second (and for me this is the fun part), what's this Buffy chick all about?

Force Five (Scorpion Releasing) (NTSC All Region)

Force Five (Scorpion Releasing) (NTSC All Region) From the director and producer of the greatest martial arts film of all time, ENTER THE DRAGON, comes FORCE: FIVE! A martial-arts expert leads his team of fellow martial artists to rescue a senator's daughter from an island ruled by the evil leader of a religious cult in this action packed film, starring some of the greatest martial arts stars ever assembled! JOE LEWIS (Jaguar Lives!), BENNY 'THE JET' URQUIDEZ (undefeated 27 year Kickboxing champion) , RICHARD NORTON (The Octagon), and SONNY BARNES (Black Belt Jones) take on MASTER BONG SOO HAN (Kentucky Fried Movie) in a fight to the death!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Scanners II and III (Scream Factory) (DVD / Blu-Ray Combo)

Scanners II and III (Scream Factory) (DVD / Blu-Ray Combo) SCANNERS II: THE NEW ORDER (1990/100 mins.)

A breed of humans with dangerously powerful telepathic abilities – the scanners – are being recruited by a corrupt police commander, John Forrester, in his crusade to take over the city. Forrester first enlists the help of an evil scientist, Dr. Morse, who wants to conduct mind-control experiments on the scanners with a new drug. When the side effects render the scanners incapable, Forrester then finds David Kellum (David Hewlett, Cube, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), a rational scanner who, unaware of his own powers, agrees to help him. Will Kellum discover Forrester’s real motive and prevent the “New Order” from being established?

Day of the Dead DVD (Scream Factory) (NTSC Region 1)

Day of the Dead DVD (Scream Factory) (NTSC Region 1) “The zombies in Day of the Dead are marvels of special effects…” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

In this the third film in the continuing saga of the undead from writer/director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead), a small group of scientists and soldiers have taken refuge in an underground missile silo where they struggle to control the flesh-eating horror that walks the earth above. But will the final battle for the future of the human race be fought among the living or have they forever unleashed the hunger of the dead? Lori Cardille, Joe Pilato and Richard Liberty star in this controversial classic with groundbreaking gore effects by Tom Savini.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Amazing Mr. No Legs, The - Cinema Artists

AKA: Mr. No Legs, Destructor, Gun Fighter, L'infernale poursuite, Zigarren werden nachts gerollt

Directed by: Ricou Browning
Written by: Jack Cowden
Produced by: George Roberts
Cinematography by: Paul Rubenstein
Editing by: Oscar Barber, Angelo Ross
Music by: Mercy
Cast: Ted Vollrath, Richard Jaeckel, Ron Slinker, John Agar, Joan Murphy, Rance Howard, Templeton Fox
Year: 1979
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 25min

Studio: Cinema Artists Production
Distributor: Temple Entertainment

Ted Vollrath, what a man. Karate expert and cold voiced Lou in this film. What's different from him and so many seventies mob guys? Lou has no legs and operates his killings from a wheelchair equipped with a shotgun on the armrest and ninja stars in the spokes. Yep, it could only be that era, and Ted Vollrath (who in real life taught his Karate skills to many disabled people in his lifetime after having his legs amputated after being seriously injured in the Korean War) is a sheer badass enforcer to a drug lord in a film lost over the years. No releases of "The Amazing Mr. No Legs" anywhere, and it's a damn shame.

Wolf Creek (Unrated Widescreen Edition)

The Movie: Two foxy young British lasses, Liz (Cassandra Magrath) and Kristy (Kestie Morassi) are on vacation in Australia where they meet up with a local guy named Ben (Nathan Phillips) who decides they should pool their money to buy a cheap car and go on a road trip into the outback to check out a giant crater out at Wolf Creek Park. The girls figure this is a great idea and seeing as Liz is kind of sweet on Ben, they all climb into the station wagon and off they go with their camping gear to enjoy the sites.
The trio makes it to the park after a brief incident at a roadside restaurant where a few local guys make cat calls at the girls, and they set about exploring the amazing crater and the area around it. After their hike they head back to the car and they find that no matter what they do to it, it won't start. Just when they think they're stuck there for the night, a big truck rolls up beside them and a local guy named Mick (John Jarrett) gets out. He figures he can fix their car, but he'll have to tow it back to his place to do it. Although Mick seems alright at first, the more they get to know him they stranger he seems until they learn the hard way that sometimes you really can't trust in the kindness of strangers.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Frat House Massacre DVD (Synapse) (NTSC Region 1)

Frat House Massacre DVD (Synapse) (NTSC Region 1)

From the creators of CAMP SLAUGHTER comes FRAT HOUSE MASSACRE, a true homage to the best of the late 70's grindhouse and early 80's slasher films! Sean (Chris Prangley) and his little brother Bobby (Rane Jameson) thought joining the Delta Iota Epsilon fraternity would be the best time of their lives with parties, freedom, girls and sex. The fraternity president Mark (Jon Fleming of TVs WILL & GRACE and DANTEíS COVE), however, is a little strange. His twisted hazing rituals include extreme physical and mental torture that lead the boys down a horrific path of destruction and death. But death may be just the beginning, as this gritty twisted film unfolds. Inspired by actual events and set in the year 1979, FRAT HOUSE MASSACRE is a disturbing journey through the twisted world of fraternity boys, pledges and the not-so-innocent sorority sisters swept up in their madness. Loaded with violence, gore, nudity and a fantastic music score by Claudio Simonetti, this DVD is the director's cut containing over twenty minutes of additional footage.

Evil Head DVD (Burning Angel Evil Dead Parody) (NTSC All Region)

Evil Head DVD (Burning Angel Evil Dead Parody) (NTSC All Region)
Alt-porn princess Joanna Angel and director Doug Sakmann are slashing the competition to pieces with Evil Head. A manic, lust-fueled parody of the iconic 80s horror classic, this all-new extravaganza is the biggest production in Burning Angel Entertainment history. From talking taxidermy to a gangbang with possessed trees, this is the ultimate horror parody. Evil Head is by far the most expensive movie we have ever made, Joanna candidly reveals. I love how it turned out and I cant wait for people to see it!
Adult DVD
NTSC All Region
Behind the Scenes
Photo Gallery, Trailers and more

Things DVD (Intervision) (NTSC All Region)

Things DVD (Intervision) (NTSC All Region)
In 1989, it became the first Canadian shot-on-Super 8 gore shocker commercially released on VHS. Today, it remains perhaps the most bizarre, depraved and mind-boggling chunk of Canuxploitaion ever unleashed upon humanity. Adult film superstar Amber Lynn and co-writer/producer Barry J. Gillis star in this surreal saga about two friends who visit a remote cabin, only to discover a womb of monstrous horror that demands graphic dismemberment. It's an inexplicable orgy of eye ripping, beer guzzling, boob baring, skull drilling, sandwich making, chain sawing, bad acting and post-sync dubbing from co-writer/producer/director Andrew Jordan that has spawned its own disturbing cult of fans. Some will be repulsed. Others may be transformed forever. But you have never seen anything like THINGS.

Battle Beyond the Stars DVD (Roger Corman Cult Classics) (NTSC Region 1)

Battle Beyond the Stars DVD (Roger Corman Cult Classics) (NTSC Region 1)
Shad must scour the cosmos to recruit mercenaries from different planets and cultures, in order to save his peaceful home planet from the threat of the evil tyrant Sador, bent on dominating and enslaving the entire universe. Joining this "magnificant seven" of mercenaries are the deadly Gelt, carefree Cowboy, and the sexy Valkyrie Saint-Exmin.

NTSC Region 1

Message from Space DVD (Shout Factory) (NTSC Region 1)

Message from Space DVD (Shout Factory) (NTSC Region 1)
The planet of Jillucia is attacked by an Gavanian empire of metal skinned aliens. To save their people and princess King Kaiba unleashes eight holy seeds that come into the possession of eight warriors of various backgrounds. With the Earth now threatened to be enslaved by the Gavanian Empire the eight chosen fighters set out to free the universe from the onslaught of the aliens and their fleet of warships.

From Director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale)

NTSC Region 1

Friday, April 19, 2013

White Slaves of Chinatown (1964)

The Olga movies have a place in exploitation cinema history as being some of the first successful 'roughie' films and they gave us one of the first demented female icons of the grindhouse era. I decided to start out with this flick as it is the first of the series and I have to say that I was underwhelmed. Maybe it is because I have already seen the Ilsa flicks (which were obviously inspired by the Olga series) as they were way more offensive and explicit thereby making White Slaves of Chinatown quite tame in comparison. This resulted in a tedious movie that consisted of narration over various scenes of women becoming addicted to drugs and being tortured for not submitting to Olga's demands. I'm sure that these scenes were offensive back in 1964 and would probably still offend many today (especially in an abortion scene) but I guess I have become quite desensitized to this kind of material. There is an extremely annoying score that consists of an endless loop of Chinese music, some hero-like jazz, and rendition of "Night on Bald Mountain" that kept making me think of Fantasia and took me right out of the picture. This movie hasn't aged well and reminded me more of Reefer Madness than the sexploitation classic it claims to be.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Nazi Zombie Battlefield Death Tales?


In a move that makes little sense, to me at least, UK distributor Safecracker Pictures has retitled the forthcoming Battlefield Death Tales (sequel to indie anthology Bordello Death Tales), to Nazi Zombie Death Tales. There's no doubt that Nazis and zombies are in the public eye at the moment with Iron Sky and The Walking Dead respectively keeping both unsavoury group's profiles high, but this has the air of cheap sensationalism about it. Apparently this move is for the UK market only, so if the film is sold to other territories it has a better chance of retaining its original moniker. Take a look at the recently released poster above that bears the original title. It's striking yet austere, without having to resort to cheap shots like Nazis and zombies to sell the concept. Then take a look at the proposed DVD artwork that makes it look like cheap, straight to DVD rubbish. It is cheap, this is low-budget British filmmaking, it is straight to DVD because cinema audiences want rom-coms and superheroes, but I'm confident it won't be rubbish.

Don't get me wrong, I've no aversion to cheap exploitative movies, but knowing how well-crafted Bordello Death Tales is makes me more than a little sad that Battlefield Death Tales has received this treatment. Enough grumbling from me, Battlefield... sorry, Nazi Zombie Death Tales will be released August 13th 2012 so if you want to pre-order a copy you can do so through the following link at Amazon UK. Silly title or not, it will rock I'm sure.

Links: Death Tales Website | Death Tales Facebook

Zombie Movie Automaton Transfusion Arrives on DVD

When you’ve seen as many bad, bad, bad low-budget zombie movies as I have (usually made by a guy with a camcorder and some people he conned off the street), you can easily get a bit jaded. But I have to admit, after taking a look at the trailer for Steven C. Miller’s 2006 zombie opus “Automaton Transfusion” (supposedly the first of a planned trilogy), my curiosity has been pique. This thing doesn’t look half bad!

Government experiments to resurrect the dead and transform them into super soldiers go horribly wrong, leaving a rampaging horde of the zombified guinea pigs to wreak havoc on a small town. Fortunately, three resourceful high school students demonstrate a knack for putting the ferocious flesh eaters out of their misery. The first installment of a planned trilogy, this low-budget fright film stars Garrett Jones, Juliet Reeves.

Bell from Hell DVD(NTSC Region 1)


Bell from Hell DVD(NTSC Region 1)
A seemingly carefree young man named John (Reynaud Verley), released on probation from a sanatorium, visits his Aunt Marta (Viveca Lindfors) and three beautiful cousins. Gradually, through an escalating series of strange practical jokes, he sets a labyrinthine plot of vengeance in motion. Director Claudio Guerin Hill - who tragically died on the last day of shooting - and genre specialist, writer Santiago Moncada (Hatchet For The Honeymoon), deliver a deliciously chilling, darkly humorous masterpiece of horror, of disaffected youth driven to the brink of madness by the manipulative control of family and the hypocrisy of society in general. There are disturbing parallels to not only alienated international youth culture of the time but also the dictatorship of Generalissimo Francisco Franco who ruled Spain until his death in 1975. This marriage of grand guignol thriller and subtle, stinging social satire is supremely entertaining and comparable to such masters as Roman Polanski, Luis Bunuel and Mario Bava.

Black Demons (NTSC Region 1)


Black Demons (NTSC Region 1)
Finally, the seldom seen 1991 zombie film from Umberto Lenzi arrives stateside, uncut, digitally re-mastered, and in English for the very first time. The Black magic rites and powers of Voodoo and the Macumba are used to reanimate the corpses of zombified, revenge-seeking, black slaves. Acting out of retribution, the zombies tear, rip and bite anyone in their path of vengeance. Containing plenty of gore, and an early 1980's-style, this is one not to be missed.

NTSC Region 1
Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85
Interviews
Trailers

Anatomy of a Psycho / Lonely Sex DVD (Vinegar Syndrome) (NTSC All Region)

Anatomy of a Psycho / Lonely Sex DVD (Vinegar Syndrome) (NTSC All Region)
Directors: Boris Petroff/Richard Hillard
Stars: Ronnie Burns, Pamela Lincoln, Mary Gonzalez, Karl Light

ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO: In this early exploitation classic, the brother of a convicted murder set to be executed takes revenge against the people he believes were responsible for his brother's demise.

LONELY SEX: In an odd blending of psychodrama, thriller and light sexploitation, a lonely outcast kidnaps a young woman and holds her hostage in a rural shack while a violent peeping tom goes about his daily routine.

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Full Screen