"The Devil's Rain" Blu-Ray Review - 2:02
"The Devil's Honey" Blu-Ray Review - 8:11
"Legend of the Holy Drinker" DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Review - 13:42
"Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh" DVD Review - 18:14
"Major Dundee" Blu-Ray Review - 26:21
Contest Drawing - 32:04
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"The Devil's Rain" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Robert Fuest's "The Devil's Rain" is finally on Blu-Ray from Severin Films. It’s insane satanic panic, melting monsters, and amazing cast are in HD for the first time ever.
Jonathan Corbis (Ernest Borgnine) is the powerful leader of a devil worshiping cult. Corbis and his cult turn nonbelievers into wax vessels of evil that do their bidding. The Preston family, whose lineage ties in with Corbis’s, must stop him and his cult from their evil mission. Pretty soon only one Preston remains and it's up to them to protect a sacred book and unleash the Devil’s Rain. The only way to do this is to destroy a strange hidden container holding thousands of souls.
“The Devil’s Rain” takes no time to get started, immediately we are in a world of chaos. The first 30 minutes follow Mark Preston (William Shatner) who is tossed in a nightmarish scenario fighting for his family’s lives. Before Mark can stop the cult, he is abducted and converted to Satanism, his face now featureless and eyes blackened and bulged like his evil brethren. Soon enough Mark's brother, Tom (Tom Skerritt), comes looking for his family. Along with Tom is his ESP powered wife. The ESP subplot only serves to cut the run time down by giving glimpses of the past and fleshing out the backstory. The ineptness of this addition is baffling and silly. The desert ghost town setting sets up a sense of isolation and utter horror and helps let the dread set in. Tom and his wife soon encounter the cult and are attempting to figure out what has happened. Before the climax, some entertaining action takes place including chase scenes and a few cult members getting shot into gooey messes with a shotgun. Due to some quick hypothesizing by Tom’s colleague (Eddie Albert) and some flashbacks via ESP, the story starts to make some sense. By that time, of course, it’s time for this gooey, glorious mess to end in style. The finality is sure to please gore hounds and special effects enthusiasts as people melt into wax puddles. The highlight of the film is Ernest Borgnine in his satanic garb and ram horns. Nobody quite plays a satanic cult leader like Borgnine can, chewing the scenery in demented glee, his eyes wide and smile huge. “The Devil’s Rain” doesn’t take the time to make much sense but it works as a vastly entertaining nightmare with gooey effects, a tongue in cheek attitude, and a fun cast.
Severin Films has included a nice slew of extras including new interviews with cast, crew, and with members of The Church of Satan. Also included is the ported commentary from the Dark Sky DVD. Per usual, Severin adds another impressive release to their catalog.
Take an all-star cast including William Shatner, Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Keenan Wynn, Tom Skerritt, Ida Lupino and even John Travolta in his movie debut at their most hellishly over-the- top. Add one of the most visually inventive filmmakers of the era director Robert Fuest, of THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES fame and thrust them into an insane tale of rural occult carnage, featuring Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey as Technical Advisor. Watch in infernal awe as it all hurtles towards the most eye-popping, flesh-melting finale in grindhouse history. Now experience this devilishly infamous classic as you've never seen or heard it before, restored in HD for the first time ever and oozing with all-new Extras approved by Lucifer himself!
- Audio Commentary With Director Robert Fuest
- Confessions Of Tom - Interview With Actor Tom Skerritt
- The Devil's Makeup - Interview With Special FX Artist Tom Burman
- 1975 Archive Interview With Actor William Shatner
- First Stop Durango - Interview With Script Supervisor Ana Maria Quintana
- Consulting with the Devil - A Conversation with the High Priest & High Priestess of the Church of Satan
- Hail Satan! - Interview With Anton LaVey Biographer Blanche Barton
- Filmmaker / Horror Collector Daniel Roebuck On The Devil's Rain
- On Set Polaroid Gallery Of Script Supervisor Ana Maria Quintana Accompanied By Radio Spots
- Poster/Still Gallery
- TV Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
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"The Devil's Honey" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Severin Films presents the hard to find, erotic Fulci sleaze fest, “The Devil’s Honey” in HD for the first time ever.
Jessica is a beautiful girl madly in love and obsessed with her sexually dominate and abusive boyfriend, Johnny. Dr. Simpson is a distracted, workaholic surgeon who would rather visit prostitutes than his wife. When Johnny suddenly dies in an accident, Jessica blames Dr. Simpson who failed to save his life. Jessica decides to take the doctor hostage. After Jessica has Dr. Simpson in captivity, her dark, suppressed, sexual desires come to light. Dr. Simpson, however, is no angel and shares a few similarities to Johnny when it comes to warped sexuality and his sexual appetite. As Jessica becomes more sexually dominate over Dr. Simpson and he becomes more submissive, she recalls memories with her boyfriend, the good, bad, and perverse.
The versatile Fulci was never one to shy away from a different genre or extremity and the latter is here in spades. “The Devil’s Honey” features some of the strangest and most bothersome sex scenes in the maestro’s catalog. Included among the stranger scenes is an orgasm by saxophone and a Ménage à trois in a theater. Along with the overwhelming sex scenes, “The Devil’s Honey” manages to pack an emotional punch. The film brings sympathy to the characters, even if they aren’t decent human beings. The film is able to achieve this by how the circumstances play out and its look into the sexual psychological. Jessica is abused throughout the beginning of the film by her boyfriend but when he dies, we feel sorry for her. So when Jessica decides to get revenge it’s a complex emotional feeling for her and the audience. Dr. Simpson was distracted, but Johnny was awful. This death is catalyst for a sexual awakening in Jessica. This complexity makes it seem real. The whole ordeal, if it weren't so perverse, would be rather sad. As for the character of Dr. Simpson, we seem to get the idea that he almost can't help himself. He seems to live in a sad and lonely world. Simpson’s sexual transgressions are the reason for his failing marriage, the reason he is chained to a wall, and the reason for his downfall. The poem featured in the film that Dr. Simpson recalls works as a great closing and a reminder. The reminder being that some people will choose their sexual transgressions over happiness, over safety, and even over their life. The film's score is a powerful classy and jazzy one, which tries its best to cancel out some of the sleaze and add to the dreamy quality.
Severin Films has included a nice plethora of features including interviews with Brett Halsey, Corinne Cléry, Producer Vincenzo Salviani, and Composer Claudio Natili. Also included are segments with horror authors/experts Stephen Thrower and Troy Howarth. Severin has done a great service in putting the care into an obscure Lucio Fulci filmed that deserved to be seen.
In perhaps his most rarely seen film, Godfather Of Gore Lucio Fulci takes on the erotic thriller genre and unleashes the ultimate onslaught of glossy depravity: Brett Halsey (DEMONIA, THE RETURN OF THE FLY), Corinne Cléry (THE STORY OF O, MOONRAKER) and Blanca Marsillach star in this insane saga complete with a jaw-dropping cavalcade of kink that Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci calls "Demented and hot...good sleazy fun and perhaps Fulci's last truly enjoyable film." Stefano Madia (BODY COUNT), Bernard Seray (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) and Fulci himself co-star in which is also known as DANGEROUS OBSESSION newly scanned from the original negative and transferred in HD for the first time ever.
- The Devil's Halsey: An Interview With Actor Brett Halsey
- Wild Flower: An Interview With Actress Corinne Cléry
- Producing Honey: An Interview With Producer Vincenzo Salviani
- The Devil's Sax: An Interview With Composer Claudio Natili
- Stephen Thrower On The Devil's Honey
- Fulci's Honey: An Audio Essay by Troy Howarth - Author of "Splintered Visions - Lucio Fulci And His Films"
- Alternate Opening
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"Legend of the Holy Drinker" DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Review (Arrow Films)
Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, The Legend of the Holy Drinker is another classic from the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs). Adapted from the novella by Joseph Roth, the film tells the story of Andreas Kartack, a homeless man living under the bridges of Paris. Lent 200 francs by an anonymous stranger, he is determined to pay back his debt but circumstances - and his alcoholism - forever intervene. Working with professional actors for the first time in more than 20 years, Olmi cast Ruger Hauer as Andreas and was rewarded with an astonishing performance of subtlety and depth. Hauer is joined by a superb supporting cast, including Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia), Sandrine Dumas (The Double Life of Veronique) and Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen).
Brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of both the English and Italian versions of the film
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Stereo 2.0 options for the English presentation with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Stereo 2.0 audio for the Italian presentation with optional newly translated English subtitles
Brand-new interview with actor Rutger Hauer, recorded exclusively for this release
Interview with screenwriter Tullio Kezich
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: New writing on the film by Helen Chambers, author of Joseph Roth in Retrospect: Co-existent Contradictions
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"Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh" DVD Review (Unearthed Films)
THREE TEARS ON BLOODSTAINED FLESH is a modern, Midwesternized spin on the Giallo.
A man with a dark past returns to bury his niece Lexie. Dragging his troubled daughter Kendall, he simultaneously reunites with his estranged sister, Stella and reignites a past rivalry with the corrupt town sheriff. Dominic begins digging around the town, and uncovers the town's dark secrets, which include a mysterious cult, a supernatural curse, a masked killer, and a very high body count.
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"Major Dundee" Blu-Ray Review (Twilight Time)
This restoration of Sam Peckinpah's 1965 western Major Dundee is nothing short of magnificent, a noble attempt at restoring a famously wrecked masterpiece. When Peckinpah went over budget and over schedule during the Mexico shoot, unshot scenes were canceled and the footage rudely cut by the studio. The director disowned the results. In 2005, surviving footage was patched back in, and a new musical soundtrack commissioned to replace the score Peckinpah hated. This raises some legitimate questions about interpreting a director's intentions, and about messing with film history, but MAJOR DUNDEE--The Extended Version is such a rousing, mysterious experience, one feels grateful. Major Dundee (Charlton Heston) is a vainglorious officer busted to the decidedly inglorious job of overseeing prisoners in a fort in New Mexico. An abduction gives him the excuse to mount an expedition into Mexico, chasing the perpetrators and perhaps a shot at greatness. His ragtag posse includes Confederate POWs, notably one Captain Ben Tyreen (Richard Harris), whose intense former friendship with Dundee is tainted with a sense of betrayal on both sides. (Heston and Harris, two actors not known for subtlety, are splendid.) Part Ahab, part Alexander the Great, Dundee leads the expedition away from its purpose and into a near-mythic kind of wandering. Peckinpah gets everything right--the landscapes, the sneaky humor, the code of men. He also takes time to distinguish the supporting characters, such as Jim Hutton's awkward young officer and Senta Berger's stranded widow. The Peckinpah stock company of amazing character actors is in place, too, including James Coburn, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, L.Q. Jones, and Slim Pickens. It will never be exactly what Peckinpah envisioned, but now MAJOR DUNDEE rides suspiciously close to greatness.
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1. 16 Blocks/ Last Boy Scout/ Last Man Standing (recommended)
2. Slaughter High (recommended)
3. Dawn of the Dead Remake (recommended)
4. Land of the Dead (recommended)
5. The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
6. The Border
7. Idle Hands
8. El Topo
9. The Holy Mountain
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12. Junior Bonner
The Devil's Honey - 1986 - Lucio Fulci
Legend of the Holy Drinker - 1988 - Ermanno Olmi
Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh - 2014 - Jakob Bilinski
Major Dundee - 1965 - Sam Peckinpah