Slugs Written Review Here –
Arrow Films brings the animal-run-amok flick “Slugs” to Blu-ray. This marks the first time the wild Juan Simon film has been in HD. “Slugs,” like other Simon classics, is cheesy, a tad sleazy, and almost always fun.
The plot of “Slugs” is silly but not untypical for the time. The sewer system has been polluted by toxic waste and has created mutated, you guessed it, slugs. This outlandish set up is comparable to a slew of 50s science fiction films. During the 50s it seemed for whatever reason people believed that meddling in science and the use of radiation would create giant animals and insects who craved the destruction of the human race (see films “Them!” and “Godzilla” for example). In the 80s and 90s the equivalent was toxic waste; the world had become aware of how important taking care of the environment was. This of course lead to the entertainment industries quickly exploiting it. Naturally, this aforementioned toxic waste and environmental awareness was responsible for concepts and ideas made from pure nonsense. Some of the most memorable creations include a deformed super strong monster who branded a mop to clean up crime, a quartet of mutated ninja turtles, and on the other side of the coin, malignant, man eating slugs. These abominations were only a few of the dozens of toxic waste creations that littered cartoons, movies, and comics. “Slugs” not only fits in the "toxic waste genre,” but also the “sewer genre”; these two genres usually went hand in hand (see “C.H.U.D.” and “Alligator”). Along with the sewer, the backdrop to “Slugs” is middle class suburbia. Unlike the big city sewer horror mentioned previously this setting creates a feeling of safety and familiarity that lets this Midwest viewer sink right into a comfy spot and shut his brain off. This is the only way to watch “Slugs,” brain dead.
The strongest part of “Slugs” is by far the special effects, Carlo De Marchis did a wonderful job, especially while being on a budget. The deaths in the film are plentiful and extremely gory. The best of these is that of the naked couple being mauled after intercourse and that of a man who ingests a slug and implodes at an Italian restaurant. The miniatures are top notch as well and go unnoticed for nearly the entire duration of the film, until the sewer finale. The score for “Slugs” is composed by a huge orchestra and is much bigger than the budget and tone would suggest; this offset in quality creates some unintentional humor. The acting varies immensely in the film, some of the actors appear to be dubbed and it hurts the performances, creating even more unintentional humor. The Spanish/ American co-production clearly created some dialogue hurdles as well. These strange moments help with the cheese factor and make it that much more enjoyable. A surprisingly gratuitous sex scene is sure to please at least a few viewers. It’s also worth noting that the framing during the "action" somehow manages to cut the duo's genitals out for the most part, even as they slide and jump away from the slugs. The film flies by, the first 45 minutes feel like 20, if you aren't laughing you are cringing at the gore and slime. Surprisingly, “Slugs” was based off a novel written in 1982 which shows how different the literary world was at the time; one can assume equally as different as the film world is today in comparison to what it was then.
The Arrow edition is loaded with some great features, including two commentaries, one of which is with Michael Felsher (extras guru) and author of the novel, “Slugs,” Shaun Hutson. Hutson and Felsher are charming and funny. Hutson keeps it completely honest while taking jabs at himself and never passes up a chance to make a joke. The other commentary is a fan commentary by director and critic Chris Alexander. Also included are a few interviews, with actor Emilio Linder, special effects artist Carlo De Marchis, art director Gonzalo, and a look at the locations with production manager and friend of Juan Simon, Larry Ann Evans. The interviews are fairly insightful, the best of which being that with the special effects artist and the Evans one. “Slugs” looks top notch, sounds the same, and is loaded with wonderful features. So don't let it ooze away.
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Child Eater – 6:51
Long Night in a Dead City – 10:40
Mr. Majestyk – 14:30
Shout Out – 19:00
Pick Ups – 20:08
Contest Winner - 27:36
New Contest – 28:24
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THEY SLIME. THEY OOZE. THEY KILL. From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick Pieces (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America. The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion - giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they're making a meal of the locals! Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, Slugs outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens.
Brand new restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed PCM Stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander
Here's Slugs In Your Eye - an interview with actor Emilio Linder
They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs - an interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis
Invasion USA - an interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
The Lyons Den - an interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans
1988 Goya Awards promo reel
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by writer Michael Gingold
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A simple night of babysitting takes a horrifying turn when Helen learns the boogeyman really is in little Lucas' closet.
A babysitter. A missing kid. A local legend who feasts on the eyes of children. CHILD EATER is a stylish, nightmarish roller-coaster ride of a horror movie inspired by the fantastical tone of 1980s scary movies. When little Lucas goes missing from his bedroom in the middle of the night, his babysitter Helen ventures out into the deep, dark woods armed only with a flashlight and a fierce determination to find the boy. Every step of the way, she's painfully aware of the rumors about these woods: This is the home of Robert Bowery, a serial killer who years ago came for children's eyes in order to keep himself from going blind. But Robert Bowery was stopped and killed. He's long dead. So why do the rumors persist, decades later? As Helen travels deeper and deeper into the woods, towards an abandoned and rotting petting zoo, she starts to realize that perhaps the stories are all true. Perhaps he's still out there. Unfortunately, Helen has no clue exactly what kind of horrors she's in for. The night has just begun. As scary as it is imaginative, CHILD EATER is bloody good fun that harkens back to the golden age of slasher movies.
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Long Night in a Dead City is a dark coming of age tale written by celebrated playwright Lenny Schwartz and directed by award-winning filmmaker Richard Griffin.
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Charles Bronson stars as Majestyk, an ex-con and Vietnam vet whose efforts to run a farm are thwarted by narrow-minded locals and corrupt cops. But when a Mafia hitman (Al Lettieri) destroys Majestyk's crop, the farmer's fuse is finally blown. With his rifle in hand and his girlfriend (Linda Cristal) at the wheel, he goes after the syndicate assassin.
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Vampire Journals Review 1:20
Django Prepare A Coffin Review 5:44
Cannibal Messiah Review 9:45
The Ballad of Cable Hogue 15:56
The Dirty Dozen 22:00
From Full Moon Entertainment
Audio commentary by Ted Nicolaou and Charles Band.
Full Moons Videozone featurette.
Original “Subspecies 1-4” trailers.
` Django Prepare A Coffin `
From Arrow Films
New High Definition digital transfer of the film in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio
Optional English and Italian audio tracks
Newly translated English subtitles for Italian audio and English SDH for the deaf and hard of hearing on the English audio
Django Explained - A new interview with Spaghetti Western expert and author Kevin Grant
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet by critic and Spaghetti Western expert Howard Hughes
` Cannibal Messiah `
From SRS Studios
English, Spanish, French & German Subtitles
` The Ballad of Cable Hogue `
From Warner Brothers
New featurette: The Ladiest Damn'd Lady with Stella Stevens
Vintage featurette: Sam Peckinpah's West: A Study of the Filmmaker
Peckinpah trailer gallery
English 1.0, French 1.0
` The Dirty Dozen `
From Warner Brothers
Bonus Movie The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission
Â·The 1985 Sequel with Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Jaeckel Reprising Their Original Roles.
Commentary by Cast Members Jim Brown, Trini Lopez, Stuart Cooper and Colin Maitland, Producer Kenneth Hyman, Original Novelist E.M. Nathanson, Film Historian David J. Schow and Veteran Military Advisor to Movies Capt. Dale Dye
Introduction by Ernest Borgnine
2 Exciting New Documentaries:
Â·Armed and Deadly: The Making of The Dirty Dozen
Â·The Filthy Thirteen: Real Stories from Behind the Lines
Marine Corps Combat Leadership Skills: Vintage Recruitment Documentary Featuring Lee Marvin
Vintage Featurette Operation Dirty Dozen
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Spanish Dolby Digital Mono
French Dolby Digital Surround
English DTS-HD MA Stereo
Boone the Bounty Hunter is more than a movie, it's an experience. I know what your thinking,"Why would a film starring John Hennigan aka Johnny Mundo chasing people using parkour be an experience?" Well let me explain it to you.
First off, let's get simply to Boone the movie. Hennigan stars as Boone the Bounty Hunter former soldier and current star of the reality show of the same name. He chases down D level celebrities who generally have no more than a parking ticket warrant. In fact, the film opens with Boone using his parkour skills to run down Kevin Sorbo.
He has a team he works with to film his exploits consisting of Osric Chau of Supernatural fame. Spencer Grammer and Quintin "Rampage" Jackson. Sadly, as it is a gimmick reality show, its rating are in the toilet and it's about to be cancelled.
Luckily around the same time a Drug Lords punk son is having a party showing off his dad's new designer drug when his date OD's off of it. He's arrested and jumps bail to the town in Mexico where his father manufactures the drugs and holds the town in fear. Boone gets a tip about this from an old government friend and decides that if he and his team head out and film themselves catching this kid they would get a high rating on there season finale and get renewed.
With his team in tow the travel down to Mexico and get more than they bargained for and after a spectacular bar fight things go south fast. Boone's team is arrested by the crooked cops and a young boy whos family helps Boone after he is shot is kidnapped. Will Boone help his friends and save the town. Of course he will and it's a blast to watch.
Half comedy, part drama, and a whole lot o action make this a slam bang good time. Hennigan is fantastic performing his own stunts and using parkour in a way that has not been done before. Sure we have seen in on screen before but it's always used to escape the bad guys. Boone uses it to chase them down. It's also incorporated into his fight scenes, and yes wrestling fans , there are wrestling moves intertwined as well.
Stand alone review I give this a 3.5 out of 5 however the film is only half the story. There's another side to this review as well. The human side. Let me explain.
A few months back I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page. He was a great guy. I told him my son was 8yrs old and was a big wrestling fan, especially Lucha Underground. He told me he was friends with Johnny Mundo and they were working on a project together. I told him the story of how my son, who knows it's pre determined thinks Mundo is a talented wrestler but hates his guts. When Mundo cheated to beat Sexxy Star my son threw Kleenex at the TV. In fact he hates Mundos entire world wide underground Gang. Dallas could not stop laughing
Flash forward a few months and I start hearing about Boone The Bounty Hunter. I watched the trailer and read about the premises and thought it sounded fun. Plus I actually am a fan of Johnny Mundo so I wanted to help promote it. Now I have over 10k followers on the Twitter but that's nothing compared to Mundos 1 million. The odds of him seeing a tweet from me was pretty much zero. So I decided to reach out to Diamond Dallas Page and ask if he would pass my number along to Johnny Mundo next time he talked to him.
Much to my shock and awe my phone started ringing about 40min later. It was a number I didn't recognize but as DDP once called me I had a feeling I better answer. It was Johnny Mundo. He talked to me for a bit and even said hi to my boss, thus making his day as well. I asked if he would like to do an interview and we set it up for a few days later.
When it came time for the interview we chatted a bit before I started recording and we had a few things in common. I started the interview, which you can listen to on our interview section, and Johnny explained to me how he grew up watching martial arts films and other classic action movies. Which you can see in glorious form in terms of the action sequences and cheesey one liners in Boone. He explained the motivation of the character and them told me he financed the film by putting his house up for backing.
Think about that for a minute. He didn't ask for money, he didn't try fundraisers he put up the money himself. That shows you how much he believed in the product. You can hear the passion in his voice as he discusses the film and his experience making it. He even hosted a few select screenings on the film and set that up and promoted it as well.
When the interview was over I thanked him, and even though I am old school and like my DVD's in my hand I didn't want to wait to watch it (The DVD does not hit until June) so I ordered it on my DISH In Demand Channel, its also on ITunes, and Amazon Prime. I sat and watched it with my wife and son. He booed loudly when he saw Mundo, but try as he might he could not keep up his anger at the man who beat Sexxy Star. He started laughing, then smiling, then routing for Boone as he enjoyed every second of the action. I asked my wife what she though and she enjoyed it as well. Granted she enjoyed the fact that Boone hardly ever wore a shirt, a tidbit I could have done without, but she enjoyed it the same.
As you can tell by may review I loved it as well. But watching it, knowing the work that he put into it made for much more than a film for me. It was a feel good movie. Sure we all talk about making films, and writing scripts but not many of us have the balls to put our home on the line to finance a film. Hennigan did. He saw everything through and you can tell he enjoyed every second of it. The ending leaves it open for a sequel which I pray happens.
If your an action fan I ask you to please watch and support this film. I promise you will have a blast in doing so. So knowing the backstory I actually give this film a 5 star rating. Yes the hard to achieve 5 Star rating. The film is that good.
On a side note, I have talked, well texted with Johnny Mundo a few times since the interview, even though he doesn't know me he always takes the time and answers whatever annoying question I may ask him. So wrestling fans reading this, even though he may be one of the best "Heel's" in the business, he's actually one of the nicest guys I have ever met. Sadly My son still does not like him. In fact just the other night I interviewed Brian Cage and my son wanted to make sure I told Cage he was a fan because he feuded with Mundo. Cage liked that so he promised to punch him extra hard for him next time they fight. That is if he can get past Johnny's Parkour skills, like he used in Boone The Bounty Hunter.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!!! Please like and support the film, you wont regret it.
Arrow brings us the sleaze epic on Blu-Ray in a packed edition with all the bells and whistles. Brain Damage follows the story of Brian, a handsome young man who is chosen by an ancient parasitic creature named Elmer to be his new host. Brian is given a strong hallucinogen drug, injected directly into his brain. In return, he must sometimes unknowingly bring victims to Elmer so Elmer can feed on them.
Frank Henenlotter is a director with a unique vision; his films carry an aesthetic, a certain style, which can never be mistaken. Most of his films were made in in the heyday of gritty New York City, “Brain Damage” is no different. The locations look unsafe; the interiors are lined with crud and filth while trash meanders through the streets, the human variety among it. This backdrop, along with a heavy punk scene scattered throughout the film, creates a setting that is fun to glimpse at from a distance while assuring the audience can breathe out a collective sigh of relief when the credits roll; they only have to wander a few feet to shower off the symbolic scum collected throughout the duration of the picture. The allegory for drug abuse and addiction is heavy in “Brain Damage” and makes it dirty, timeless, and real; it’s hard to shake the scene of a Brian going through withdrawal, shaking violently on the ground, his shirt stained and skin pale. Along with this seemingly grim setting is a darkly comedic style; “Brain Damage” is filled with bizarre characters and a highly intelligent, manipulative parasite with a crude streak of humor. These elements bring an outrageous feel to the film; they mix well with its downbeat setting and fantastical concept, due to the filmmaker’s talent. Henenlotter manages to take all these elements and somehow ground it to create a wonderful world of fun, splatter, and nihilism.
The technical aspects of “Brain Damage” are a mix of practical and optical. Elmer’s design is very phallic, resembling “A black dildo” as Henenlotter put it. For a phallic creature, he is very animated; the special effects team created several Elmer’s that, when used together, create a very effective creature. Puppetry and stop motion elements are mixed and work wonderfully. The optical effects are good for the time and hold up to this day aside for some of the work done on the subway, where Elmer keeps popping out of Brian’s mouth for a late night snack. This effect is dated, appearing subpar to the rest of the work, but has an organic charm, regardless. The lighting, mixed with some of the post optical effects, create a visually appealing film; almost everything has a wonderful blue hue to it, not your typical teal color that is seemingly oversaturated in today’s market, the colors pop so well they are truly mesmerizing. The visuals are best in the surreal drug trips. The strongest of these is when Brian’s room fills with dark blue water and his overhead light turns into an eyeball, staring into him. Along with New York City, there are some built sets and miniatures that blend in seamlessly together. The voice of Elmer brings a lot of life to the character; the powerful booming voice of horror host John Zacherle seals the deal, his pacing and delivery is top notch. As for the other actors in the film, they do well and while some of the performances are bizarre, it all manages to work to the film's advantage. The bizarre synth score works with the electric imagery and optical effects; these are most used when Brian’s brain is juiced with Elmer’s drug. One thing about “Brain Damage” that can’t go unmentioned is the splatter, the scene where Brian goes through withdrawal is by far one of the most gruesome over the top moments in any splatter flick. A healthy helping of his brains are pulled out of his head through his ear canal, it seemingly never comes to an end! Each time he pulls a string of his brain, more meat is ready to slide out, until it comes to a volcanic eruption of blood and gore.
The film looks and sounds top notch, the work Arrow has done has made everything look great. The features on the disc are there in buckets, included is a 50 minute documentary featuring many of the cast and crew, an extra interview with stills photographer, optical effects artist, fx artist Gabe Bartalos, a bittersweet stop motion film entitled “Behemoth Bygone”, a Q&A with Henenlotter, a new commentary with Henenlotter, a fan interview/collection, and more. All and all the punk splatter, gritty New York style, darkly comedic, monster movie has never been presented better.