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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.
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NOTE: This Deluxe Edition (a second printing) is not serialized and does not include a signed postcard by Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins).
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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?
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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.
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Friday, April 26, 2013
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
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.
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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.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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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)
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Friday, April 19, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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
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.
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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)
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.
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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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