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Charlotte Review - 12:10
Miracle Mile Review - 15:33
Certain Fury Review - 20:10
Death Sentence Review - 24:53
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The Creep Behind the Camera (Synapse Blu-Ray) Review
Review by MrParka
Everyone has seen at least a few films that brought up questions, like who made this? Or possibly how did this get made? One of those films responsible for those inquires is the 60s no budgeter “Creeping Terror” directed by Art Nelson. The film, “The Creep Behind the Camera” coming to Bluray from Synapse films, answers those questions about this awful monster movie curiosity and, in the process, shows us that some movies have a stories behind them that are far better than any film.
“The Creep Behind the Camera” is not your typical film, its part documentary and part recreation. The documentary part of the film is made up of interviews with the key players who are still alive, film scholars, and friends of the cast and crew. The recreation part is mostly retellings of the odd lives of Art Nelson, his wife Lois, and producer William Thourlby and their interactions with other strange characters. The main focus being on the making of “The Creeping Terror” which is most certainly William Thourlby’s biggest failure and, possibly, even Art’s.
Although Nelson was a sociopathic monster, his story is shown in a darkly comedic light with moments of dark drama. It's truly a feat at how dark the film goes without losing its playful touch due to the comic timing and editing. Creep manages going as far as showing a glimpse of child pornography that seemingly was a part of Art Nelson’s shady life. The heart of the story is with Lois overcoming the abuse. Actress Jodi Lynn Thomas manages to bring an innocence about her which demands sympathy. Some of the most dramatic moments in the film are followed by interview snippets with the real life Lois. It's near unbearable when Lois struggles to speaks as she recalls her abuse from the hands of her husband. Josh Phillips plays Art Nelson dead on; he truly is a monster more so than the one in his movie. He abuses, cheats, lies, manipulates, and uses drugs. Not once does Nelson have any regret and when he is pressured he breaks into false tears. His devilish grin and sleazy demeanor work well when he is convincing people to pay for an acting role in what he tells everyone will be the best and biggest monster movie ever made! Bill LeVasseur as William Thoulby stands out as a producer whose been taken advantage of, his expression of concern is almost as dead on as his likeness to the real life Bill Tholby.
“Creep Behind the Camera” is slightly jarring from time to time due to it jumping around from year to year with interviews spliced in between. The film doesn’t go in chronological order and tends to follow the cues from the interviews. For someone who isn’t familiar with the story it can become a little uncertain when Lois eventually leaves Nelson. The recreations are done well enough to stand alone without the interviews. The recreations are shot better than most straight forward films and feature some great tracking camera work from above, especially during the final scene with Art Nelson. The music choices seem to fit the time the original “Creeping Terror” was made and plays well into the energetic and playful touches the film has. The set recreations are amazingly detailed as well as the wardrobe and the creature. One would be hard pressed to tell a major difference about the recreated monster from “Creep Behind the Camera” and the original. Besides an interesting Hollywood outskirts story, Creep comes together due to the professionalism the cast and crew seemed to have and the amazing attention to detail.
“Creep Behind the Camera” is loaded with features including “Creeping Terror” in a 2k scan, an audio commentary, creating the monster behind the scenes featurette, and a Q&A. “The Creeping Terror” is required viewing as a father piece to “Creep Behind the Camera” and is amazingly interesting to compare. The film makers and Synapse both put in the hard work to bring an interesting piece of film about an interesting piece of film.
A creature is haunting the streets of Los Angeles, waiting for the cover of night to stalk innocent young girls. Hungry for fame and fortune, it’s fueled by a demonic rage ready to devour anyone attempting to hinder its becoming the most powerful entity in Hollywood. While sometimes called A.J. Nelson, this demon is more commonly known as Vic Savage. This is his story…
In 1964, Vic Savage made THE CREEPING TERROR with a microscopic budget verging on the non-existent. Quickly earning a reputation as the worst movie ever made, it tells of the arrival of an unconvincing alien life-form (a shambling carpet creature made of plastic tubing, wire and soap) that devours its picnicking, dancing and guitar-playing victims. Much like the infamous Ed Wood, Savage managed to pull off a variety of schemes to convince an honest producer to invest in what he promised to be “the biggest monster movie ever made”.
Told through re-enactments and containing shockingly true stories of many of the actual people involved with the production, Pete Schuermann’s THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA is the funny and ultimately terrifying saga of the making of THE CREEPING TERROR, and a disastrous portrait of a talentless artist who ultimately succumbs to his own self-destructive behavior. Starring Josh Phillips in the larger-than-life performance as Vic Savage, and Jodi Lynn Thomas (AMC’s PREACHER) as his unsuspecting wife Lois, THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA pays vibrant tribute to an inglorious chapter in the history of genre cinema, incidentally exposing one of the most unimaginably radical antitheses of the Hollywood dream.
- All-New 2K Scan of the Original Horror Classic, THE CREEPING TERROR (Blu-ray Exclusive)
- Audio Commentary with Director Pete Schuermann, Producer Nancy Theken and Stars Josh Phillips & Jodi Lynn Thomas
- The Making of THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA
- How to Build a Carpet Monster
- Breaking Down Art's Death Scene
- Monster Movie Homages
- "One Mick to Another" with Byrd Holland & Allan Silliphant
- Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Ending
- Screamfest Black Carpet Q&A with Frank Conniff
- The Creep Behind The Camera Original Theatrical Trailer
- The Creeping Terror Screamfest Promotional Trailer
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The Black Room (Blu-Ray) Review
Enter If You Dare
PAUL and JENNIFER HEMDALE have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Something else is already living in their new home and it is growing stronger every day. It has claimed many victims including the last owners of the house. Repairmen who journey down into the basement soon meet a horrible end. When Paul is taken over by this demonic entity, it is no longer trapped within the walls and is quick to take advantage of all pleasures of the flesh. Jennifer and her younger sister KAREN begin to suspect that something is wrong with Paul. Karen finds out the truth a hard and painful way, leaving Jennifer alone to fight the demonic entity that has possessed her husband and threatens to destroy her very soul. And Paul is not the only one transforming as Jennifer soon discovers that the black room is not only evil but alive as well and may not be able to be stopped! THE BLACK ROOM- "Evil Lies Within These Walls".
Commentary with Director Rolfe Kanefsky and star Natasha Henstridge
Deleted / Extended Scenes
Behind the Scenes
Bloopers / Outtakes
Storyboards and more!
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Charlotte (DVD) Review
The Doll Behind the Horror
A teenage girl is babysitting at a new house, when she is accosted by a vicious doll. In bondage, she is forced to watch terrifying stories on the television magically controlled by the unfriendly toy, each story more grave than the next.
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Miracle Mile (Kino Blu-Ray) Review
Directed by Steve De Jarnatt
Newly Re-mastered in HD! What would you do if you knew you only had an hour to live? This intense, eerily euphoric romantic thriller stars Anthony Edwards (Top Gun) and Mare Winningham (St. Elmo's Fire) in a frighteningly plausible story that yanks you by the lapels and draws you into a high-velocity roller coaster. After 30 years of searching, Harry (Edwards) has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los Angeles in less than an hour! Not sure if this is a prank or an omen, Harry races through L.A., fighting angry mobs of terrified people in desperate search for Julie (Winningham). Steve De Jarnatt (Cherry 2000) stylishly directed this cult-classic that features a stellar cast that includes John Agar, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson, Kurt Fuller and Denise Crosby.
Blu-ray Extras Include:
Audio Commentary with Director Steve De Jarnatt and Film Critic Walter Chaw
Audio Commentary with Steve De Jarnatt, DP Theo van de Sande and Production Designer Chris Horner
Excavations From the Editing Room Tar Pits - Deleted Scenes, Outtakes and Bloopers
Supporting Cast and Crew Reunion
Harry and Julie: Interview with stars Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham
Alternate Diamond Ending
Trailers for MIRACLE MILE and CHERRY 2000
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Certain Fury (Kino Blu-Ray) Review
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Newly Mastered in HD! You can run, but you can’t hide! Oscar winners Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, Little Darlings) and Irene Cara (Fame, City Heat) play Scarlet and Tracy. The girls are caught in a brutal escapade of mistaken identity, accused of a crime they did not commit. In a melee of carnage, the two girls mistaken for gun-toting killer-hookers are hustled and hassled and pursued by cops hell-bent on revenge and hot-tempered hoodlums with killer instincts alike. In their efforts to save themselves, they trip through the criminal scene of junkies, prostitutes, pushers and hoods – a world where dirty deals go down and nobody wins. The stellar supporting cast includes Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee’s Gold), Moses Gunn (Ragtime, Shaft), Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Rampage) and George Murdock (Elder #2 of The X-Files). Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Paris Trout, A Killing in a Small Town).
Blu-ray Extras Include:
Audio commentary by film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Tim Greer
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Death Sentence (VUDU) Review
James Wan (Saw) brings the ultra-violence to this gritty story of a suburban father (Kevin Bacon) who discovers the consequences of revenge after his son is murdered. The perpetrators of this senseless killing are a multi-ethnic (and highly visible) gang of drug dealers and cutthroats led by the psychotic Billy Darley (Garrett Hedlund); when the case is thrown out on a technicality, Bacon takes a page from Charles Bronson's book (no surprise, as this is based on author Brian Garfield's 1975 follow-up to Death Wish) and pursues a vigilante course to avenge his boy. Things do not go according to Bacon's plan, which cues a series of frantic and well-executed action set pieces, most notably a parking structure chase that unfolds in a nearly unbroken take. Death Sentence breaks no new ground in the action-thriller department, and its characters and dialogue are nearly indistinguishable from any violent crime movie of the last few decades (in its weakest moments, it resembles grindhouse fare like The Exterminator); however, Bacon is excellent (as always) as the mild-mannered architect who discovers his inner killer the hard way, and Wan's knack for screen mayhem and unsettling atmosphere are well used here. The DVD includes both the theatrical version and an unrated cut (which offers 10 additional minutes), as well as two making-of featurettes that originally aired on the Fox Movie Channel, and several webisodes that focus on director Wan, his cast, and the film's elaborate stunts and fight scenes.
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Just the Discs Podcast Shout Out!
Just The Discs is a podcast about Blu-rays. Each episode, Brian Saur (of Rupert Pupkin Speaks) will go through a stack of discs from various distributors and talk about them.
1. Evil That Men Do
2. Warriors Director's Cut (Recommended)
3. Tie That Binds
4. An Innocent Man (been awhile)
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7. The Power
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