“Threads” Review – 0:45
“Eaten Alive” Review – 6:45
“Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno” Review – 14:01
“Ballad of Blood” Review – 18:22
“Nina Forever” Review – 23:40
“Be My Cat: A Film for Anne” Pick a movie (Matt Godfrey) Review – 27:29
Pick a Movie Winner Drawning– 32:54
Q&A – 33:20
Update – 36:51
"Threads" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Severin films brings the nuclear scare film, “Threads” to Blu-ray. Filmed as part documentary with narration and part realistic fiction narrative, “Threads” follows the inhabitants of Sheffield, England before, during, and after a nuclear war breaks out.
“Threads” features some of the
most panic inducing and bleak moments ever captured on film. A horrible landscape of crumbled buildings and gloomy skies sets a strong tone. Several of the scenes rival the most haunting horror films. A particular haunting scene is that of a pregnant mother who seemingly has given up and wanders out into the radioactive fallout. The images of destruction on the streets barely rival the faces of the “survivors” and shatter our mother-to-be to the very core. Each person is a revolving door of horror; their scars and eyes tell a story each more hopeless and broken than the next.
The documentary elements of “Threads” bring a sense that nuclear war is currently happening and, when mixed with the down to earth real characters of the film, all becomes a personal experience. The narrative passing over several years creates a certain attachment to the survivors, but by the end of the film what is left of humanity is no longer recognizable. This cruelty sets “Threads” apart from other films in its genre. Fighting so hard just to be shells of society; to learn of animals through a television program about bones, to mumble in sentence fragments, and to be led by greed and desperation. A powerful juggernaut of a film that brings up the question; if nuclear war should ever be an option and, an even more important question, are the living really living after such a catastrophic event.
Severin has provided a great service in releasing such an important film that resonances today. Included on the disc are interviews with the lead actresses Karen Meagher, the DP Andrew Dunn, an interview with Film Writer Stephen Thrower, an interview with production designer Christopher Robilliard, and a great commentary with director Mick Jackson. The commentary track tells an important tale of its own, the story of the creation and release of “Threads” and its rocky road broadcasting on the BBC. The disc is well worth the price of admission for anyone brave enough to look into a possible future.
Limited Edition of Only 3500 with a Lenticular Cover
The Movie That Shook the World Restored In HD For The First Time Ever.
In September 1984, THREADS was aired on the BBC and shocked tens of millions of UK viewers. Four months later, it was broadcast in America and became the most watched basic cable program in history. After more than three decades, it remains one of the most acclaimed and shattering made–for–television movies of all time. Reece Dinsdale (Coronation Street):, David Brierly (Doctor Who) and Karen Meagher, in a stunning debut performance star in this "graphic and haunting" (People Magazine) docudrama about the effects of a nuclear attack on the working –class city of Sheffield, England as the fabric of society unravels. Directed by Mick Jackson (THE BODYGUARD, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE) from a screenplay by novelist/playwright Barry Hines (Ken Loach s KES) and nominated for seven BAFTA Awards, "The most terrifying and honest portrayal of nuclear war ever filmed" (The Guardian) has now been fully restored from a 2K scan for the first time ever.
Disc Special Features:
- Audio Commentary with Director Mick Jackson, Moderated by Film Writer Kier-La Janisse and Severin Films’ David Gregory
- Audition For the Apocalypse: Interview with Actress, Karen Meagher
- Shooting the Annihilation: Interview with Director of Photography, Andrew Dunn
- Destruction Designer: Interview with Production Designer, Christopher Robilliard
- Interview with Film Writer, Stephen Thrower
- US Trailer
Severin Films Website – https://severin-films.com/
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"Eaten Alive" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Severin films presents the gut munching classic “Eaten Alive” on Blu-ray for the first time. Umberto Lenzi’s second go at the cannibal genre is completely depraved; he seemed to up the ante with every new entry. Lenzi’s first entry “Man from Deep River” created the genre and was a big success. It was only a matter of time before “Eaten Alive” and “Cannibal Ferox” would follow. It’s no surprise that all three landed a spot on the video nasties list due to their extreme graphic nature, each one landing in a different section.
“Eaten Alive” starts out like all good cannibal films should, in the “civilized world.” Quickly a series of murders and police investigations plant our cast square in the harsh jungle, looking for a missing family member of a rich southern girl. Our “southern belle” soon teams up with a Vietnam deserter to try and help locate her missing kin. The duo encounters angry crocodiles, cannibals, and a Jim Jones style cult.
“Eaten Alive” isn’t just a cash-in follow up to Lenzi’s first film but also a strong rebuttal to Ruggero Deodato’s highly successful film “Cannibal Holocaust.” As stated previously, Lenzi might have been the father of the genre but after “Cannibal Holocaust,” Deodato was certainty king. Lenzi even attempted to garner the same attention as previous cannibal outings had by casting “Cannibal Holocaust” actor Robert Kerman. Kerman wasn’t the only cannibal film alumni in the film, however, he was joined by Ivan Rassimov and Mei Mei Lai. Finishing up this cast of familiar video nasty vets is one more, Janet Argen (City of the Living Dead). The casting of Mei Mei Lai was a money saving ploy as so Lenzi could reuse footage from a previous cannibal film “The Last Cannibal World” which starred her. A rather hilarious twist in the matter is this film was directed by competitor Ruggero Deodato. To make matters more confusing, footage from “Mountain of the Cannibal God” was also used. Exploitation film making at its finest folks.
“Eaten Alive” is pure exploitation, littered with multiple rape scenes, real life animal slaughter, and a plot lift from the Jonestown massacre. It’s shameless but it’s why it has its notoriety. The score should seem fairly recognizable to anyone who has seen “Cannibal Ferox” as several cues were featured in it. Buddy Magilone’s score is catchy at times as it is brutal. The blood and guts flow freely and are used in effective ways with actors buried in soft soil and covered in innards for maximum disgust. “Eaten Alive” is a staple of the genre; it’s never dull and always repulsive.
Loaded with features “Eaten Alive” is not a release you want to pass up. Interviews with Lenzi, the production designer Antonello Geleng, Ivan Rassimov, and Robert Kerman are included. The best extra is most certainly the amazing feature length doc about cannibal favorite Mei Mei Lai which features interviews with Eli Roth and many more.
Eight years after he first unleashed the Italian cannibal craze, spaghetti splatter master Umberto Lenzi (NIGHTMARE CITY, CANNIBAL FEROX) returned to the jungle for this “graphic” (Monster Hunter), “sordid” (Geek Legacy) and “extreme” (Horror News) gut-muncher that still packs the power to knock you over. EuroSleaze hall-of- famers Robert Kerman (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST), Janet Agren (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), Ivan Rassimov (THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER) and Me Me Lai (JUNGLE HOLOCAUST) – along with Hollywood legend Mel Ferrer (WAR AND PEACE) – star in this insane assemblage of flesh-ripping mayhem, depraved sexual brutality, and even the Jonestown massacre. EATEN ALIVE! is now presented uncut, uncensored and fully remastered in HD for the first time ever, with all-new Special Features that slit open the legacy of this definitive cannibal classic.
Disc Special Features:
- Welcome To the Jungle – Interview With Director Umberto Lenzi
- Me Me Lai Bites Back – Feature Documentary on “The Queen Of Cannibal Movies”
- The Sect of the Purification – Interview with Production Designer Antonello Geleng
- Archive Interviews With Actors Ivan Rassimov and Robert Kerman
- 2013 Q&A With Umberto Lenzi from the “Festival of Fantastic Films, UK "
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"Henri-Georges Clouzot''s Inferno" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
Set in a beautiful lake side resort in the Auvergne region of France, L'Enfer (Inferno) was to be a sun scorched elucidation on the dark depths of jealousy starring Romy Schneider as the harassed wife of a controlling hotel manager (Serge Reggiani). However, despite huge expectations, major studio backing and an unlimited budget, after three weeks the production collapsed under the weight of arguments, technical complications and illness.
In this compelling, award-winning documentary Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea present Inferno's incredible expressionistic original rushes, screen tests, and on-location footage, whilst also reconstructing Clouzot's original vision, and shedding light on the ill-fated endeavour through interviews, dramatisations of unfilmed scenes, and Clouzot's own notes.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Optional English subtitles
Lucy Mazdon on Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French cinema expert and academic talks at length about the films of Clouzot and the troubled production of Inferno
They Saw Inferno, a featurette including unseen material, providing further insight into the production of Inferno
Filmed Introduction by Serge Bromberg
Interview with Serge Bromberg
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Ginette Vincendeau
Arrow Films Website - https://arrowfilms.com/
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"Ballad of Blood" Streaming Review (Amazon Prime)
Murder is on the menu in this slasher film from genre legend Ruggero Deodato ("Cannibal Holocaust"). On the day after Halloween, two buddies wake up in the room of two women - one, Elizabeth, who has mysteriously died. None of the three survivors have a clue what happened, but soon, they'll enter into a world of darkness far worse than any could've imagined.
Watch “Ballad of Blood” Streaming Amazon Prime – https://www.amazon.com/Ballad-Blood-Carlotta-Morelli/dp/B0744ZP9S9/
"Nina Forever" Streaming Review (Shudder)
In this critically-acclaimed horror-comedy, the ghost of a man’s ex haunts him and his new lover. Holly wants to prove she’s not some prude, but when she starts dating the brooding Rob, she’s not expecting a threeway relationship with a rotting corpse. Though the dead-ish Nina’s blood can be washed out of the sheets, the couple have to go to greater lengths to give her soul peace - if that’s even possible. Twisting a comedic premise into something dark, scary and surprisingly emotional, the Blaine brothers declared themselves ones to watch in the
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Pick a Movie "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" DVD Review
An aspiring Romanian filmmaker is obsessed with convincing Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway to star in his film and goes to shocking extremes to reach his goal.
Directed, produced & written by: Adrian Țofei
Starring: Adrian Țofei, Sonia Teodoriu, Florentina Hariton, Alexandra Stroe
“Terrifying! A modern Peeping Tom!” (Austin Chronicle)
“Potentially revolutionary and dangerous!” (Dread Central)
“The most revolutionary found footage film since The Blair Witch Project!” (A Night of Horror)
“The most believable movie psychopath since Norman Bates!” (Artsploitation)
“Disturbing found footage masterpiece!” (28DLA)
“A new masterpiece in horror!” (Lloyd Kaufman)
“The rare original horror film that fans scream for!” (Addicted to Horror Movies)
“A truly unique experience that will be talked about for years to come!” (Mondo Exploito)
Top 5 Best Horror Movies of 2016 (Dread Central)
Top 5 New Intelligent Found Footage Films You Need to See (Blumhouse)
Top 10 Best Independent Films of 2017 (That Moment In)
Top 15 Best Horror Movies of 2016 (Horror Freak News)
Top 16 Best Horror Films of 2016 (Addicted to Horror Movies)
Top 50 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s (Audiences Everywhere)
Best Film Winner at A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney
Best Film Winner at On Vous Ment! Mockumentary Film Festival in France
Best Actor Winner (Adrian Țofei) at Nashville Film Festival
Best Actor Winner (Adrian Țofei) at Hamilton Film Festival
Official Selection at Fantasporto International Film Festival
Official Selection at Transilvania International Film Festival
Official Selection at Other Worlds Austin Film Festival
Buy “Be My Cat: A Film for Anne” on DVD – https://bemycatafilmforanne.com/signed-dvd/
2. Mary! Mary!
3. Alien Prey
4. Night of the Living Dead (recommended)
5. Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 and 2 Theater Cuts (recommended)
6. House of 1,000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects (recommended)
7. Carrie (recommended)
8. Macon County Line
9. Tragedy Girls
10. Victor Crowley
11. Friday the 13th 1-8 Collection (recommended)
12. The Believers
13. Audrey Rose
14. From Noon Till Three
15. Chaos/Don’t Look in the Basement (Chaos Recommended)
16. The Forest
17. The Last Hunter (recommended)
18. Death Journey
19. Mean Johnny Barrows
20. Mr. Mean/Joshua
21. Dead Room, the
22. Dark Touch
Eaten Alive – 1980 – Umberto Lenzi
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno – 2009 - Serge Bromberg/Ruxandra Medrea
Ballad of Blood – 2016 – Ruggero Deodato
Nina Forever – 2015 – Ben Blaine/Chris Blaine
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne – 2015 – Adrian Tofei