“Maniac” Review – 0:52
“Die! Die! My Darling” Review – 5:30
“Never Take Candy from a Stranger” Review – 10:18
“Scream of Fear” Review – 14:41
“Images” Review – 20:23
“Panic” Review – 29:34
Weekly Western “Rio Bravo” – 33:22
“Goin’ Down the Road” Pick A Movie (Sarah Read) – 44:17
Pick a Movie Winner Drawing– 53:20
Q&A – 53:44
Update – 59:21
DVD Room Tour – 1:01:36
Hammer Films Double Feature "Maniac" and "Die! Die! My Darling" Blu-Ray Review (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Written by MrParka
Mill Creek brings two more Hammer Horror titles to Blu-Ray at an affordable price.
First up is the black and white “Maniac,” a twisty narrative about an escaped mental patient out for revenge.
“Maniac” starts out in a rather unpleasant fashion with a rape and revenge. The audience never sees the face of the man carrying out the vendetta, leaving his identify a somewhat mystery. Entering the picture is an American foreigner, seemingly ready to fall in love after being abandoned in France after a breakup with his girlfriend. The local inn keeper and her daughter catch his attention when they take pity on him. The latter being the rape victim from the opening of the film. A strange love triangle begins between them. The black and white photography, along with this set up, gives us the feeling that a femme fatale may be in our lead's future. Our naïve lover is soon in a ploy to spring out the titular character from the asylum he now resides at, but is everyone involved telling the truth? Is the maniac in question too dangerous to be let free?
A stand out part in “Maniac” is the killer’s choice of weapon, a blowtorch, and its use of foreshadowing for said weapon. The best of which is when the blowtorch seems to have been turned on in the garage and left there with no one around. Seeing the burning hot flame and hearing the hissing gas gives us a taste of what hell may look like and a possible end for our characters. The twist is pretty impossible to guess, but manages to work even if we don’t have all the facts in front of us. The film unfortunately shows its age at how likable our lead is portrayed, he is jumping back and forth between a mother and daughter without worrying about anyone’s feelings or desires… or age for that matter! By the end of the film “Maniac” is solid albeit a tad forgettable.
“Die! Die! My Darling!” is the second feature on the double bill, directed by TV Vet Silvio Narizzano and with a screenplay by legendary author Richard Matheson. The duo creates a solid story with some great psychological touches.
Patricia, while traveling through Britain with her new finance, decides to pay a visit to the family of her first finance who died tragically. What is supposed to be a quick day trip turns into something much more. Patricia soon is held against her will and forced to learn the family’s strange religious rituals.
“Die! Die! My Darling” is a solid enough film with a nice story, but the real attraction here is Tallulak Bankhead who plays the matriarch of the family. Her domineering personality and fragile mental state create a menacing presence. The film seems to give nice glimpses into this character more than the others making the head baddie somewhat intriguing and a tad sympathetic. The rest of the family is cast solid, as well including ,Peter Vaughan (Straw Dogs) playing a sex crazed closet drunk, Yootha Joyce, and screen legend Donald Sutherland two years before “The Dirty Dozen”. The idea of a crazed family holding someone hostage also predates the “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” by 9 years for what it’s worth. One of the negatives of the film seems to be it does tend to be a little repetitive after the family reveals that they don’t intend to let Patricia leave. Her escape attempts happen often, but never seem to feel any different in tone from the previous one. On the contrary the build up to the initial scuffle was filled with tension and took its time. In the final act there is a surprisingly beautiful use of vibrant lighting including teals and purples which resemble that of Mario Bava or Dario Argento. All and all “Die! Die! My Darling!” is a nice little horror thriller that creates a bit of tension while creating an interesting villain.
Both films are presented in HD and look and sound great. The discs are bare bones, but the price point makes up for it.
(1963) - B&W - Not Rated
Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse
While vacationing in France, an American artist becomes romantically involved with an older woman, Eve, while also attracted to her teenage stepdaughter, Annette. Pulled between them, a plot is hatched to free Eve's husband from jail but Eve has a different plan in mind.
Die! Die! My Darling!
(1965) - Color - Not Rated
Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Donald Sutherland
Young Pat Carroll (Powers) goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead). There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son.
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Buy – “Maniac”/ “Die! Die! My Darling” on Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Films-Double-Feature-Darling/dp/B07894WWYZ/
Hammer Films Double Feature "Never Take Candy From a Stranger" and "Scream of Fear" Blu-Ray Review (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Written by MrParka
Mill Creek presents another thriller double bill with “Never Take Candy from a Stranger” and “Scream of Fear”.
The first half the bill is “Never Take Candy from a Stranger” a bizarre black and white flick about pedophilia, victim blaming, corruption, and a scary small town mentality.
The new principle moves into town with his wife and daughter. Not long after this, his daughter complains of a strange encounter she had with an old rich man who offered her and her friend candy to strip. Quickly, our parents decide to press charges and realize that by doing this they are going up against the most powerful family in town.
“Never Take Candy from a Stranger” is an odd film, the opening lets us know that this isn’t a true story, but could happen and that this story is happening in Canada. This strange tidbit probably is added to put American viewers at ease and avoid criticism for the court room scene where people refer to the judge as my lord. The weird addition doesn’t take away from the power of the best scenes in the film though. The revealing of the molestation of the girl to the parents by her is delivered in such a matter of fact and unknowingly way so as to come across truly disturbing. Another particularly profound scene is when the grandmother overhears a pair of women talking in the beauty shop and a woman suggests it’s the little girls fault for going with the old man. Its baffling to think this sort of mindset is still strong in our culture… or Canada’s. The film turns into a full blown court room drama with a villainous defense attorney and a hopeless prosecutor toward the middle of the film. It’s standard, but good. For the less put together parts of the film we have some rather odd choices, involving the old man and his performance; he is made out to be mentally ill. This fact would be fine if he didn’t wander around like a 3rd rate Universal Monster waiting for a group of torch carrying villagers to burn him to the ground. It is a poor and dated choice to see the pedophile treated as a character that at points is oblivious of his perversions and other times seems to embrace it; it doesn’t work, but the entirety of the film does.
The second flick on the bill is “Scream of Fear” featuring a wheel chair bound, possibly mentally insane protagonist who is trying to figure out whether her step mother killed her father or if it’s all a delusion.
“Scream of Fear” opens up with the shot of a dead woman being drug out of a lake, a rather bleak opening, but one that sets the constant motif of water and fear of drowning. “Scream of Fear” follows suit with many other classics of the time with a possible unreliable protagonist. This sets up wonderful dream like scenes where we aren’t sure if everything is a reality or a figment of her imagination; a perfect setup for scares. A scene that takes place in the summerhouse where our hapless lead sees her father resting in a chair only to realize when his head falls back he is dead is terrifying. The scream is cued at the perfect time and creates for a genuine scare. Of course, will all good thrillers, there are some twists involved and before long we seem to know where the story is going. It’s a little too obvious to have it go with its setup and with the lack of characters to choose from, we know that some people aren’t who they say they are though there are a couple curve balls worth discovering. The constant reminders of water and the fear of drowning work well and tie directly in with the beginning and the end. The film manages to help viewers forget about that opening, due to the dramatic location change allowing this final twist to be effective. The lead in the film is a highlight; she carries herself well and garners sympathy without being completely helpless. Christopher Lee also stars as a Doctor whose motives are unknown. “Scream of Fear” only has one weakness; a slightly slow midsection. After the film gets to a certain level of mystery, it tends to be a little dry until the good ending soaks it with satisfaction.
Again both films are presented in HD they look and sound good. The discs are bare bones, but dirt cheap and worth picking up.
The Sweet Taste of Fear!
Never Take Candy From a Stranger
(1960) - B&W - Not Rated
Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis
A serious and horrifying chiller about a small town terrorized by an elderly child molester luring young girls into his mansion with sweets, but no official will stop the perverse man because of his powerful family until it's too late.
Scream of Fear
(1961) – B&W – Not Rated
Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, John Serret, Leonard Sachs
A young wheelchair-bound woman returns to her father's estate to find he's away on business, but she keeps seeing his dead body in various places. Her stepmother and other house guests employ a plan to drive her insane and take her inheritance.
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"Images" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
The early seventies were a period of remarkable activity for Robert Altman, producing masterpiece after masterpiece. At the time he came to make Images, MASH and McCabe & Mrs. Miller were behind him, with The Long Goodbye, California Split and Nashville still to come. Originally conceived in the mid-sixties, Images concerns a pregnant children's author (Susannah York, who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival) whose husband (Rene Auberjonois) may or may not be having an affair. While on vacation in Ireland, her mental state becomes increasingly unstable resulting in paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger. Scored by an Oscar-nominated John Williams, with "sounds" by Stomu Yamash'ta (The Man Who Fell to Earth), Images also boasts the remarkable cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind).
Brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original English mono audio (uncompressed LPCM) soundtracks
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
Scene-select commentary by writer-director Robert Altman
Interview with Robert Altman
Brand new interview with actor Cathryn Harrison
An appreciation by musician and author Stephen Thrower
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Carmen Gray and an extract from Altman on Altman
Arrow Video Website – https://arrowfilms.com/
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"Panic" Blu-Ray Review (Code Red)
An English village turns into a hunting ground when an unholy bacterial experiment gone horribly wrong turns a local scientist into a deformed, rampagning nightmare! With the population being picked off one by one, it's up to a police detective and a scientist to put a stop to this bloodthristy madness before the government steps in and wipes out the entire town. This slimy slice of Italian horror is now available in HD for the first time!
Starring David Warbeck (The Last Hunter, The Beyond), Janet Agren (Gates of Hell, Eatern Alive)
Special Features: New HD master
Code Red // 1982 // 90 Minutes // Not Rated // Color // English // Region A
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The Weekly Western "Rio Bravo" Blu-Ray Review
On one side is an army of gunmen dead-set on springing a murderous cohort from jail. On the other is Sheriff John T. Chance and two deputies: a recovering drunkard and a crippled codger. Also in their ragtag ranks are a trigger-happy youth and a woman with a past - and her eye on Chance.
Director Howard Hawks lifted the Western to new heights with Red River. Capturing the legendary West with a stellar cast in peak form, he does it again here.
Commentary by John Carpenter and Richard Schickel
Documentary: "Commemoration: Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo"
Featurette: "Old Tucson: Where the Legends Walked"
Buy “Rio Bravo” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Rio-Bravo-Blu-ray-Jules-Furthman/dp/B00THZUSR4/
Pick a Movie "Goin' Down the Road" Blu-Ray Review
Story of desolation as two friends travel from Nova Scotia to Toronto in hope of finding a better life. Drifting from job to job: bottling plant, car wash, bowling alley, newspaper delivery, and in between enjoying the night life of the big city. Their previous life is looking better all the time. This movie is a time capsule of Toronto’s Yonge Street – record stores (defunct A&A’s), bars, and old neighbourhood side streets.
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1. Love Butcher
2. Tam Lin
3. Misery (been awhile)
Maniac – 1963 – Michael Carreras
Die! Die! My Darling – 1965 – Silvio Narizzano
Never Take Candy from a Stranger – 1960 – Cyril Frankel
Scream of Fear – 1961 – Seth Holt
Images – 1972 – Robert Altman
Panic – 1982 – Tonino Ricci
Rio Bravo – 1959 – Howard Hawks
Goin’ Down the Road – 1970 – Donald Shebib
“Orchestra Rehearsal” Review – 1:07
“Scalpel” Review – 6:55
“Cries of Ecstasy/Invasion of the Love Drones” Review – 12:19
“South Mill District” Review – 16:55
“Carnage Park” Pick a movie (Adam Weber) Review – 20:24
Pick a Movie Winner Drawning– 26:41
Q&A – 27:22
Update – 30:42
Blu-Ray Room Tour – 35:39
"Orchestra Rehearsal" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
Made in 1978 for Italian television, Orchestra Rehearsal is possibly Fellini's most satirical and overtly political film.
An allegorical pseudo-documentary, the film depicts an Italian television crew's visit to a dilapidated auditorium (a converted 13th-century church) to meet an orchestra assembling to rehearse under the instruction of a tyrannical conductor. The TV crew interviews the various musicians who each speak lovingly about their chosen instruments. However, as petty squabbles break out amid the different factions of the ensemble, and the conductor berates his musicians, the meeting descends into anarchy and vandalism. A destructive crescendo ensues before the musicians regroup and play together once more in perfect harmony.
Abounding with its director's trademark rich imagery and expressive style, Orchestra Rehearsal marks the last collaboration between Fellini and the legendary composer Nino Rota (due to the latter's death in 1979) who provides one of his most beautiful themes in the film's conclusion.
* Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
* Original 1.0 mono sound
* Optional English subtitles
* Richard Dyer on Nino Rota and Orchestra Rehearsal, the film scholar talks about the great composer and his last collaboration with Fellini
* Orchestrating Discord, a visual essay on the film by Fellini biographer John Baxter
* Gallery featuring rare poster and press material on the film from the Felliniana collection of Don Young
* Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Martin
* Production Year: 1978
* Running Time: 80
* Number of Discs: 1
* Language: Italian
* Subtitles: English
* Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
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"Scalpel" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
HE LOST THE FACE OF THE WOMAN HE LOVED... SO HE GAVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE.
US television staple Robert Lansing (Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone) stars as a deranged surgeon in this twisty-turny psychological thriller from Blood Rage director John Grissmer.
In Scalpel, Lansing plays Dr. Phillip Reynolds, a man whose daughter Heather (Judith Chapman, As the World Turns, General Hospital) has run away from home a year prior following the suspicious death of her boyfriend. When he happens across a young woman one night, her face beaten beyond recognition, the unhinged Reynolds sees his an opportunity to put his trusty scalpel to use - hatching a plan to “reconstruct” her face in the image of his missing daughter, and so claim her sizeable inheritance.
Photographed by celebrated cinematographer Edward Lachman, who would go on to serve as DP on the likes of Erin Brockovich and The Virgin Suicides, Scalpel is an exemplary slice of Southern-fried gothic, finally rescued from VHS obscurity in this revelatory new Blu-ray edition from Arrow Video.
• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original Uncompressed Mono Audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
• Brand new crew interviews
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Bill Ackerman
• Production Year: 1977
• Running Time: 95
• Number of Discs: 1
• Language: English
• Subtitles: English
• Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
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"Cries of Ecstasy/Invasion of the Love Drones" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (Pop Cinema)
Volume 1 in the Racy Reels from the Something Weird Vaults Series
"A pioneering slice of post-apocalypse cinema"* only begins to describe the soft-core doomsday fever-dream that is Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death (1973), head-lining this fantasy - sci-fi double-feature Blu-Ray / DVD combo from Pop Cinema and Something Weird. Before Mad Max, humans struggle to survive a barren planet populated by roving bands of biker gangs, armed with only some killer kung-fu moves and a willingness to get down with just about anyone. Starring Sandi Cary, Kim Lu and the ubiquitous Uschi Digard, Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death is a dystopian action film tailor-made for lovers of 70s exploitation cinema. "Welcome to...The Erogenous Zone" intones a Rod Sterling-esque voice as we dive into 1977's Invasion of the Love Drones, an absurd, ambitious and ultra-stylish sci-fi romp in which Eric Edwards is enlisted by aliens to deflect a nuclear-tipped rocket from their mother ship...by causing a planetary orgasm, of course. Featuring Bree Anthony, Jennifer Jordan, with an appearance by Jamie Gillis. Remastered from the original film elements and featuring a new essay by film critic Jeremy Richey.
Booklet with essay by film critic Jeremy Richey
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"South Mill District" DVD Review
Ten years have passed since the alien war, and now the line between human and alien is blurred. The film follows two vagrants who were once subjects of a dangerous experiment involving the assimilation of alien and human DNA.
Starring: Joe Meredith. Cidney Meredith, and Toby Johansen
Written and Directed By Joe Meredith
Special Effects By James Bell, Joe Meredith, Toby Johansen and Cidney Meredith
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Pick a Movie "Carnage Park" Streaming Review (Netflix)
Picked by Adam Weber
It’s 1978 and a bank robbery gone wrong forces two criminals to take a hostage, the young-but-resilient Vivian (The Last Exorcism’s Ashley Bell), as they go on the run. But things go from bad to off-the-rails berserk when Vivian and her captors wind up in the crosshairs of a deranged ex-military sniper (Pat Healy, Cheap Thrills, Starry Eyes), who ensnares them in his deadly game of cat and mouse. Rising horror auteur Mickey Keating (Pod, Darling) directs this gritty, grisly homage to the glory days of grindhouse cinema.
Buy “Carnage Park” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Carnage-Park-Blu-ray-Ashley-Bell/dp/B01JPN6N6M/
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1. Dark City
2. Wolf Guy
3. Tough Guys
4. Star Crystal (been awhile)
5. Weekend Murders
6. The Strangeness (been awhile)
7. A Shock to the System
8. The Naked Cage
9. The Evictors (worth a look)
10. Contamination 7
11. What’s the Matter with Helen?
12. Night of the Sorcerers/ The Loreley's Grasp
13. Big Bad Mama/Big Bad Mama 2
14. Streets/ Angel In Red
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Orchestra Rehearsal – 1978 – Federico Fellini
Scalpel – 1977 –John Grissmer
Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death– 1973 – Antony Weber
Invasion of the Love Drones – 1977 – Jerome Hamlin
Double D Experiment – 197? -
South Mill District – 2018 – Joe Meredith
Carnage Park – 2016 – Mickey Keating
“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)
Review by MrParka
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)
Review by MrParka
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)
In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot, the acclaimed director of thriller masterpieces Les Diaboliques and Wages of Fear, began work on his most ambitious film yet.
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
Watch “Nina Forever” Streaming Shudder – https://www.shudder.com/watch/nina-forever/2337522/1/
Pick a Movie "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" DVD Review
Psychological Horror, Found Footage | 87 min | English
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/
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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
Threads – 1984 – Mick Jackson
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
“The Gruesome Twosome” and “A Taste of Blood” Review – 0:21
“Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” Review – 10:47
“The Aftermath” Review – 15:53
“Three on a Meathook” Review – 21:53
“Trouble Every Day” Review – 26:38
“Time After Time” Review– 31:37
“Return of the Living Dead Part II” Pick a movie (Jon Wilhelm Winner) Review – 44:44
Pick a Movie Winner– 53:43
Update – 56:30
Q&A – 59:45
"The Gruesome Twosome" and "A Taste of Blood" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Oh, yes... our wigs are made from genuine human hair... and how!
After dabbling in the unlikely world of children's entertainment with the likes of Jimmy, the Boy Wonder and The Magic Land of Mother Goose, in 1967 "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis returned to genre he helped create with the delightfully depraved The Gruesome Twosome!
The young women of a small-town American college have more than just split-ends to worry about... Down at the Little Wig Shop, the batty Mrs. Pringle and her socially-inept son Rodney are procuring only the finest heads of hair - by scalping the local co-eds! Can they be stopped before they clear the entire campus of luxuriant-haired ladies?
Also including HG Lewis' Dracula-inspired vampire epic A Taste of Blood as a bonus feature, this is one Gruesome Twosome that's well worth flipping your wig over!
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Bonus Feature! 1967’s A Taste of Blood
Introductions to the films by HG Lewis
Archive audio commentaries for both films by HG Lewis
Peaches Christ Flips Her Wig! – San Francisco performer Peaches Christ on The Gruesome Twosome
It Came from Florida – filmmaker Fred Olen Ray (Scalps, The Alien Dead) on Florida Filmmaking
HG Lewis vs. the Censors – HG Lewis discusses some of the pitfalls of the blood-and-guts business including local censorship and angry moviegoers
Trailers and radio spot
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
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"Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (MVDRewind)
AAArgh!... Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the supermarket!
UFOs! Bigfoot! Communists! The government has swiftly dealt with many a crisis... But can it survive the diabolical ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES? Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the supermarket, you're face to face with terror so bold, so frightening it has never been seen on-screen before or since (not until the sequel, anyway). After a series of bizarre and increasingly horrific attacks from pulpy, red, seeded fruit, Mason Dixon (David Miller) finds himself leading a "crack" team of specialists to save the planet. But will they be quick enough to save everyone? To save you? You can't run! You can't swim! There's nowhere to hide! THE KILLER TOMATOES ARE EVERYWHERE!
Newly remastered 4K digital transfer of the film
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of film (1.85:1)
Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Audio commentary from writer/director John DeBello, writer/co-star Steve Peace, and 'creator' Costa Dillon
3 Deleted Scenes
'Legacy of a Legend' (SD,14:13) is a collection of interviews, featuring John DeBello, Costa Dillon, film critic Kevin Thomas, John Astin, Steve Peace, Jack Riley, and D.J. Sullivan and more!
'Crash and Burn' (3:40, SD) is a discussion about the famous helicopter crash that could have killed everyone because the pilot was late on his cue
'Famous Foul' (2:21, SD) is about the San Diego Chicken and his role in the climatic tomato stomping ending
“Killer Tomatomania' (4:33, SD) is a smattering of interviews with random people on the streets of Hollywood about the movie
'Where Are They Now?' (2:51, SD) fills viewers in on what the cast and crew have been up to over the past couple of decades,
'We Told You So!' (3:07, SD) takes a hard-hitting look at the conspiracy of silence surrounding the real-life horror of killer tomatoes
“Slated for Success” (1:57, SD) featuring Killer Tomato Slate Girl
“Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” (the original 8mm short film) (with optional audio commentary) (17:35, SD)
'Gone with the Babusuland' (the original 8mm short that inspired Attack of the Killer Tomatoes) (with optional audio commentary) (32:28, SD)
Original theatrical trailer (SD)
Production design photo gallery
Limited Edition Retro 'Video Store Style' Slipcover / O-Card (First Pressing Only)
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"The Aftermath" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (VCI Entertainment)
What comes after World War III?
A spaceship returns from deep space to find the Earth in "The Aftermath" of a nuclear and biological war. The streets are filled with mutated survivors feeding off the weak and a Manson-like figure called Cutter, Sid Haig, "The Devil's Rejects" (2005), "House of 1000 Corpses" (2003), "Jackie Brown" (1997) is reigning terror down on all others. Cutter and his gang of mercenary thugs are systematically murdering all the male survivors and enslaving women and children. Most of his targets are easy, but all that changes when Cutter confronts astronaut Newman (Steve Barkett, "Empire of the Dark," "Dinosaur Island," "Dark Universe"), and the woman Sarah (Lynn Margulies) he finds and falls in love with, and the young child Chris (Christopher Barkett, "Empire of the Dark"). What follows is a cat and mouse game of violent and spectacular proportions with no less than Earth's survival in the balance.
'The Aftermath' was originally banned in the UK and labeled a 'Video Nasty' and contributed to its cult status!
Stars Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Jackie Brown) and features cult legend Dick Miller (The Terminator, Gremlins)
Cult classic 1982 post apocalyptic sci-fi movie makes its Blu-ray debut!
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VCI Entertainment Website – https://www.vcientertainment.com/
"Three on a Meathook" Streaming Review (Amazon Prime)
Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens, but the father helps his son as he has in the past. When the boy meets a girl and begins falling in love, the father worries about a repeat performance.
Watch “Three on a Meathook” Amazon Prime – https://www.amazon.com/Three-Meathook-Charles-Kissinger/dp/B076VNJDNJ/
"Trouble Every Day" Streaming Review (Shudder)
American newlyweds Shane (Vincent Gallo) and June Brown (Tricia Vessey) honeymoon to Paris. Once there, Shane secretly begins a search for his former colleague, Leo, who might be in possession of a cure to a tropical virus that has transformed both Shane, and Leo's wife, Core, into ravenous sexual cannibals. Shane meets Leo's wife and triggers an event so cataclysmic it might just lead him to rediscover the peace he seeks to restore his marriage. (In French with English Subtitles)
Cast: Vincent Gallo, Beatrice Dalle, Tricia Vessey, Alex Descas
Watch “Trouble Every Day” Shudder – https://www.shudder.com/watch/trouble-every-day/2337563/1
"Time After Time" Blu-Ray Review (Warner Archive)
From writer/director Nicholas Meyer, Time After Time is a marvelous entertainment of shivery suspense and sly social comment.
London 1893 is home to a killer with a macabre nickname.and also to a visionary genius who would write The Time Machine. But what if H.G. Wells' invention wasn't fiction? And what if Jack the Ripper escaped capture, fleeing his own time to take refuge in ours - with Wells himself in pursuit?From writer/director Nicholas Meyer, Time After Time is a marvelous entertainment of shivery suspense and sly social comment. In modern-day San Francisco, the Ripper (David Warner) finds our violent age to his liking. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) dislikes the brave new world of fast food and television, far from the utopia he envisioned. But he is cheered by the emancipation of women, particularly one irresistible banker (Mary Steenburgen). For mystery, romance and excitement, Time After Time is time well spent.
Buy “Time After Time” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Time-After-Blu-ray-Malcolm-McDowell/dp/B01LTHX6OY/
Warner Archive Shop – https://www.wbshop.com/collections/warner-archive
Pick a Movie "Return of the Living Dead Part II" Blu-Ray Review (Bootleg)
Special effects dominate this sequel to the 1985 smash undead thriller, where once again the dead are brought back to life, this time in a small town cemetery. When two boys open a steel drum belonging to the army, they accidentally release mysterious gases that have a supernatural effect on the corpses buried beneath them. Starring Dana Ashbrook.
Buy “Return of the Living Dead Part II” DVD (bad music) – https://www.amazon.com/Return-Living-Dead-Part-II/dp/B0002KQNL8/
Buy “Return of the Living Dead Part II” Vudu HDX (bad music) – https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Return-of-the-Living-Dead-Part-2/10122
Thanks for the pic Jon Wilhelm
Next week Matt Godfrey's pick is up "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne"
Winner for the week after is Dan D!
1. Black Magic Rites
2. Pete Walker Collection Vol. 1 (House of Whipcord, Die Screaming Marianne, The Comeback, Schizo)
3. Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2 (Frightmare, The Flesh and Blood Show, House of Mortal Sin, Home Before Midnight, Man of Violence , The Big Switch)
5. Confession of Murder
6. Bedevilled (recommended)
7. The Man From Nowhere (recommended)
8. Let the Right One In (recommended)
10. Class of 1999 (recommended)
12. Fair Game
13. Don’t Breathe
14. Deadpool (worth a look)
15. The Big Lebowski (recommended)
16. The Ultimate Mercenary Collection - Raw & Uncut (Code Name: Wild Geese, The Commander, Commando Leopard, The Last Tornado (recommended), The Wild Geese, The Return of the Wild Geese)
17. Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Please leave a question below to have it answered on the next show!
The Gruesome Twosome – 1967 – Herschell Gordon Lewis
A Taste of Blood – 1967 – Herschell Gordon Lewis
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – 1978 – John De Bello
The Aftermath – 1982 – Steve Barkett
Three on a Meathook – 1972 – William Girdler
Trouble Every Day – 2001 – Claire Denis
Time After Time – 1979 – Nicholas Meyer
Return of the Living Dead Part II – 1988 – Ken Wiederhorn