“Moon Child” Review – 0:22
“Two Thousand Maniacs/Moonshine Mountain” Review – 6:41
“The Devil Lives Here” Review – 13:02
“The Violence Movie Part 1 and 2” Review – 17:24
“Blood Hook” Review – 21:57
The Weekly Western “Barquero” Review – 28:51
“Vicious Lips” Pick a Movie (James Grimmer) – 38:51
Pick a Movie Winner Drawing– 45:27
Q&A – 46:24
Update – 51:01
"Moon Child" Blu-Ray Review (Cult Epics)
Cult Epics brings the surreal and imaginative film “Moon Child” to Blu-Ray for the first time. The 1989 oddity was directed by Agustí Villaronga, the unique mind behind “In a Glass Cage” and “Black Bread.”
“Moon Child” follows the story of David, a young boy who holds the ability to perform telekinesis. David is adopted by a strange woman and placed inside a school to find his limitations and reveal is true potential. David is an eccentric, even among his fellow gifted pupils and soon uncovers a dark underbelly to the school. He escapes with some cohorts and travels across country to seek shelter.
“Moon Child” is based on a work by famed occultist Aleister Crowley; being unfamiliar with the source material makes “Moon Child” an even stranger world than intended. The film takes symbolism over storyline, aesthetics over logic, and style over substance; all while holding a strong, dramatic feel. Nearly every frame of the film could be considered a work of art, but as beautiful as it is the film, at times, becomes a chore to watch due to the ineptness. The film seems to drift scene into scene in a dream like fashion. Although done cleverly, it becomes jarring and confusing. The first half of the film seems to take an entire different look; a cold, white, and uninviting school creates a perfect tone for the first half and sets up what the institution is a symbol for. The second half of the film takes places in the desert; the bright yellows and heat create a burning dry feeling during the day scenes, showing the outside world is a nice touch and makes a great juxtaposition to the previous setting. The film’s mythology is deep and a little underexplored, even after the film leaves on a perplexing and interesting note.
“Moon Child” is a unique film by an interesting voice. Never does the film look poor, but upon a first viewing it can be a bit underwhelming and overwhelming in the same breath; too much confusion and not enough connection. A trailer and interview with the director are included on the disc. The picture and sound are excellent and the film is presented in 1.85:1.
“Moon Child is the revelation of the Cannes Festival, a movie adventure, intimate and pernicious, mystical and sophisticated, where we feel the thrill of seeing the invisible with the magic of their images.” –Le Nouvel Observateur
Inspired by famed occultist Aleister Crowley’s 1923 novel of the same name, Agusti Villaronga’s film centers around the extraordinary 12-year-old David (Enrique Saldana), who has been adopted by a treacherous scientific cult where extraordinary mental powers are common. He begins an archetypal journey across two continents with Georgina (Lisa Gerrard) to find his destiny as Child of the Moon.
Coming on the heels of Villaronga’s unforgettable 1986 film, In a Glass Cage, Moon Child is a mystical fantasy film for adults, available for the first time in the United States on Blu-ray & DVD. Presented in a new High Definition transfer and boasting an unreleased soundtrack by the band Dead Can Dance, Moon Child is a thoroughly unique gift to cinema and music fans alike.
Cult Epics website Exclusive: Added SLIPCASE + THE MOON Tarot Card (3.5″x5.75″) feat. Lisa Gerrard (Limited edition of 500 with Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Region free
New HD Transfer (from original 35mm film)
Inerview with Agusti Vilaronga (2018)
Lobby Cards photo gallery
Isolated Score by Dead Can Dance (52 mins)
Original Theatrical Trailers
Limited Edition Slipcase & Tarot Card
Spain / 1989 / Color / Approx. 120 Minutes / Spanish Language with optional English subtitles / Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 / DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround & Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Cult Epics Website – http://www.cultepics.com/
“Moon Child” Blu-Ray – http://www.cultepics.com/product-detail/moon-child/
"Two Thousand Maniacs!" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Bonus Feature! 1964’s Moonshine Mountain
Introductions to the films by H.G. Lewis
Archive audio commentary on Two Thousand Maniacs! by H.G. Lewis
Two Thousand Maniacs Can't be Wrong – filmmaker Tim Sullivan on H.G. Lewis’ gore classic
Hickspoitation: Confidential – visual essay on the depiction of the American South in exploitation cinema
David Friedman: The Gentlemen's Smut Peddler – a tribute to legendary producer David F. Friedman featuring interviews with H.G. Lewis, filmmakers Fred Olen Ray and Tim Sullivan and editor Bob Murawski
Herschell's Art of Advertising – H.G. Lewis shares his expert opinion on the art of selling movies
Two Thousand Maniacs! Outtakes
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
Arrow Video Website – https://arrowfilms.com/
“Two Thousand Maniacs” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/two-thousand-maniacs-blu-ray
"The Devil Lives Here" DVD Review (Artsploitation Films)
Three teenagers go on a trip to visit their friend Apolo at his family's farm for a weekend of fun. At the same time, Sebastião and his younger brother Luciano are getting ready to perform the spiritual ritual their family has been tasked with every nine months, for centuries.On the night the two groups meet, they find out that what they thought were scary tales becomes more than real. It is now up to them to prevent evil to be born and take over the world.
Artsploitation Website – http://artsploitation.com/
“The Devi Lives Here” DVD – https://mvdshop.com/products/devil-lives-here-the-dvd
"The Violence Movie (Parts 1 & 2)" DVD Review (MVD)
THE VIOLENCE MOVIE: When a deranged killer (David Wilkinson) escapes from prison, he inexplicably invades the home of Joey Hammond (Joseph Shaugnessy) who must fight for his life in order to stay alive. Shot on VHS back in 1988 (with additional footage added in 2003) by a teenage Eric D. Wilkinson (who went on to produce Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth, Mischief Night, Sparks), the short was passed around on bootleg VHS tapes for years before the term "viral" ever existed. Almost 30 years later, this homage to slasher movies has been re-mastered, re-edited and re-scored (from none other than the legendary Friday the 13th composer Harry Manfredini) is now available for all to enjoy! THE VIOLENCE MOVIE 2: Was it real or was it a dream? For some unexplained reason Joey Hammond (Joseph Shaughnessy "The Violence Movie", "Generation X Live!") returns in this action packed sequel to The Violence Movie (with a brand new original score once again by Friday the 13th composer Harry Manfredini). This time the crazed serial killer (David Wilkinson "Jersey Girl", "The Violence Movie", "Generation X Live!") is relentless in his pursuit of the innocent Joey with 2 times the action, 2 times the gore, 2 times the body count, and 2 times the fun! It's the sequel in which you will keep asking yourself, "Why?"
Audio Commentary featuring star David Wilkinson and writer / director Eric D. Wilkinson
Unreleased alternate version of 'The Violence Movie 2' with optional audio commentary
Deleted scenes and outtakes from 'The Violence Movie' and 'The Violence Movie 2'
'Violence in '03': The brothers Wilkinson re-visit the scene of the crime for re-shoots 15 years later
The original opening credit sequences for both 'The Violence Movie' and 'The Violence Movie 2'
Original 'Script' (if you want to call it that)
Audio Commentary featuring star David Wilkinson and writer / director Eric D. Wilkinson
“The Violence Movie” DVD – https://mvdshop.com/products/violence-movie-the-parts-1-2-dvd
"Blood Hook" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (Vinegar Syndrome)
The feature film debut from director Jim Mallon (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie), BLOOD HOOK is a distinctly comedic slasher that mixes copious bloodshed with wry satire. Never released domestically in its original version, Vinegar Syndrome presents this under-seen regional horror oddity fully uncut, and featuring previously censored gore and mayhem, on Blu-ray, in a fresh cinematographer-approved restoration from its original camera negative!
Directed by: Jim Mallon
1986 / 111 minutes / Color / 1.66:1 OAR
Starring: Don Winters, Mark Jacobs, Lisa Todd, Patrick Danz, Sara Hauser, Christopher Whiting
• Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 16mm original camera negative
• “Hook, Line and Sinker” – an interview with director Jim Mallon
• “First Blood Hook” – an interview with actress Lisa Todd
• “What’s in the Tacklebox?” – an interview with fx artist Jim Suthers
• Audio interview with cinematographer / editor Marsha Kahm
• Still gallery
• Original theatrical trailer
• Reversible cover
• English SDH subtitles
Vinegar Syndrome Website – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/
“Blood Hook” Blu-Ray/DVD Combo – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/shop/blood-hook/
The Weekly Western "Barquero" Blu-Ray Review (Kino Lorber)
Blu-ray Extras Include:
Original Theatrical Trailer
Kino Lorber Website – https://www.kinolorber.com/
“Barquero” Blu-Ray – https://www.kinolorber.com/product/view/id/2614
Pick a Movie "Vicious Lips" DVD Review (Shout! Factory)
In the cold of space, they're the hottest band around!
When Vicious Lips bandmates Bree (Gina Calabrese), Mandoa (Shayne Farris), and Wynzi (Linda Kerridge, Fade To Black) get their one shot to make it as the galaxy's next big thing, they're over the moon with excitement. But their hopes soon come crashing back to earth: their lead singer Ace dies, and their big gig in the sky seems light years away! Hastily signing up the wide-eyed Judy Jetson (Dru-Anne Perry) to replace their Ace, the Lips blast off on a cosmic road trip to launch their meteoric rise to superstardom.
Written and directed by Albert Pyun (The Sword And The Sorcerer, Captain America), Vicious Lips takes you on a wildly unique trip to some of the strangest rocks in the universe.
This Weeks pick was by James Grimmer
Next Week is Christopher Dallaire - Santa Sangre
New Winner Christopher Dallaire
Shout! Factory Website – https://www.shoutfactory.com/
“Vicious Lips” Blu-Ray – https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/vicious-lips?product_id=5116
1. The Fury (been awhile)
3. Short Night of the Glass Dolls
4. A Blade in the Dark
5. Body Puzzle
6. Seven Deaths in a Cat’s Eye
7. The Bloodstained Shadow
8. Watch Me When I Kill
9. Van Damme Collection: Cyborg/Death Warrant/Double Impact (been awhile)
10. Nightmares Come at Night
11. Female Vampire
12. Burke & Hare
15. Suddenly in the Dark
16. The Devastator
18. The Last Grenade
Two Thousand Maniacs! – 1964 – Herschell Gordon Lewis
Moonshine Mountain – 1964 – Herschell Gordon Lewis
The Violence Movie – 1988 – Eric D. Wilkinson
Blood Hook – 1986 – Jim Mallon
Barquero – 1970 – Gordon Douglas
Vicious Lips – 1986 – Albert Pyun