Copyright all good?– 0:15
“Skinner” Review – 1:00
“Mondo Bizarro/Mondo Freudo” Review – 7:36
“Purgatory Road” Review – 14:04
“Audition” Review – 19:45
“Horror Express” Review w Jeremy – 27:15
“Suspiria 2018” Review w Jeremy – 38:54
Patreon Pick “Sorority House Massacre 2” Review – 54:33
Patreon Pick “The River Wild” – 59:42
The VHS Voyage “Wheels of Terror” Review –1:05:48
“Violent Cop” Pick a movie Review – 1:10:00
Pick a movie drawing – 1:14:35
Q&A – 1:15:10
Last week’s question of the week Answers. –Best Director/Actor Combination? – 1:17:03
Question of the Week –What is your favorite shootout? - 1:19:33
Update – 1:19:52
Patreon Prizes – 1:22:22
"Skinner" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written Review by MrParka
Severin Films finally brings the serial killer flick “Skinner” to Blu-Ray for the first time anywhere. Overshadowed by the giant hit “Silence of the Lambs,” this underseen, interestingly cast film gets another moment.
“Skinner” follows the story of a serial killing drifter named Dennis Skinner (Ted Raimi) who rents out a spare room at the house of a quarreling couple, Geoff and Kerry Tate, the latter being played by Rikki Lake. It’s not long before Skinner is up to his old tricks, cutting up prostitutes and collecting their skin. Skinner has not only brought his duffel bag of cutting utensils with him, but a former victim (Traci Lords) with a vendetta, hiding in the shadows and ready to strike and stop the insanity for good.
“Skinner” feels like it’s an incomplete film, a lot of the major moments seem to have no transitionary scenes. They sort of stumble into each other, leaving the audience not confused but unfulfilled. The film takes place in only a few primary locations, bouncing back and forth between Traci Lords in her seedy motel (which seems to be from the same ilk as a Psycho film) and Dennis’s primary locations; work, living quarters, river, and the strange, rundown, industrial ghetto filled with prostitutes in what would appear to be a low traffic area. The production design on all these locations is good and is amplified by their lighting. The director Ivan Nagy, being a photographer beforehand, seems to have given him a good eye. The bright colors really pop and are best showcased in the murder scenes. The effects are done by the now legendary KNB Effects; they are fairly well done, but a little on the light side. The most ridiculous and sloppy moment in the film is the introduction and the elimination of one of the film’s bit characters. The character of Eddie is introduced as a failed African American boxer and coworker of Dennis’s with a temper. He and Dennis have a brief negative exchange. We then cut to our titular character walking down the street with Eddie’s skin on, yelling rather ridiculous and stereotypical lines of dialogue in a very poor imitation of the character. The film takes zero time to establish Eddie as anything but a one dimensional character just to kill him off and proceeds to showcase his death as a somewhat embarrassing exercise in outdated racial stereotypes. It’s not really offensive, just nonsensical. The tone of the film flirts with being disturbing to silly and Ted Raimi is perfectly capable of doing that. As far as the film is concerned, however, it doesn’t exactly work. The entire film really feels like a mismatch of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Psycho” with a sleazy 90s small town setting. The performances are decent to good, the set production design and locations are pretty interesting, and some of the lighting is very well done, but the film never really comes together. It’s worth seeing and still remains a nice look into the 90’s serial killer films of the time.
The special features tell a story that may be more interesting than the film itself. Included on the disc are interviews with Ted Raimi, Ivan Nagy (now deceased), the editor, and the writer. These interviews cover everything from the scandal with Nagy and his relationship with then girlfriend Heidi Fleiss to the post production and the problems in finding the elements. The special features are well worth your time and the price tag. The film looks and sounds great and it’s amazing to know the hard work that went into making this Blu-Ray possible. “Skinner” isn’t a great film, but it’s worth seeing as are the special features.
It’s been called “sleaze-oozing” (Flick Attack), “gut-churning” (The Bedlam Files) and “incredibly tasteless” (Cult Reviews). It featured the most intensely graphic scenes yet by KNB EFX Group (THE WALKING DEAD). Uncut, it remains perhaps the most disturbing – and rarely seen – shocker of the ‘90s: Ted Raimi (XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS) delivers an unnerving performance as psycho drifter Dennis Skinner who wears flesh-suits he slices from doomed prostitutes, falls for a lonely young housewife (Ricki Lake of HAIRSPRAY fame), and is himself hunted by a horribly scarred survivor (an equally unhinged performance by Traci Lords). Richard Schiff (THE WEST WING) co-stars in this still-potent sickie from veteran television director – and one-time Heidi Fleiss boyfriend – Ivan Nagy, now scanned in 4k from the original camera negative and including the complete hooker-flaying sequence.
A Touch of Scandal: Interview with Director Ivan Nagy
Under His Skin: Interview with Star Ted Raimi
Bargain Bin VHS For A Buck: Interview with Screenwriter Paul Hart-Wilden
Cutting Skinner: Interview with Editor Jeremy Kasten
Flaying Sequence Out-takes & Extended Takes
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Skinner” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/skinner-blu-ray/
"Mondo Bizarro/Mondo Freudo" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
In 1966, the notorious producer/director/distributor team of Lee Frost and Bob Cresse (HOT SPUR, THE SCAVENGERS) combined the extremes of the Mondo genre with their own depraved aesthetic to create two shockumentaries that put Olympic International on the map and changed the face of exploitation forever. Cresse himself narrates MONDO FREUDO, “a world of sex and the strange & unusual laws that govern it” featuring Hollywood strippers, Tijuana hookers, London lesbians, Times Square Satanists and topless Watusi clubs. In MONDO BIZARRO, the team’s “hidden cameras” go “beyond the beyond” to expose Bahamian voodoo rites, Japanese massage parlors, Nazi theater, and an Arab sex slave auction that looks suspiciously like LA.’s Bronson Canyon. Both films have been scanned in 4k from the original Something Weird 35mm vault negatives.
Audio Commentary with Johnny Legend and Eric Caidin
The Cadaver Is Infinity: Bob Cresse, Lee Frost and the Birth of American Mondo – Interview With Chris Poggiali
Mondo Bizarro Trailer
Mondo Freudo Trailer
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Mondo Bizarro/Mondo Freduo” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/mondo-freudo-bizarro-bluray/
"Purgatory Road" Blu-Ray Review (Unearthed Films)
Salvation is yours...
Unable to stop a thief from stealing his father's modest nest egg, young Vincent grows up blaming himself for his parents' sudden suicide. Becoming a priest [Gary Cairns] who operates a highway-based ministry with his ambivalent brother Michael [Luke Albright], Vincent's services include offering sage confessional advice to regular sinners while raining death on unrepentant thieves. Into the world of this antagonistic duo comes Mary-Francis [Trista Robinson], a psychotic, resourceful woman whose first act of "kindness" is to kill a thief whose actions threaten to expose the holy brotherly duo. Filled with gratitude for this act, Vincent invites Mary-Francis into their sacred world and triggers a gruesome chain of deadly events that threaten to dismantle the brothers' decades-long partnership.
Commentary with Director Mark Savage
Behind the Scenes
Unearthed Films – http://www.unearthedfilms.com/
“Purgatory Road” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/purgatory-road-blu-ray
"Audition" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
One of the most shocking J-horror films ever made, Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris. Recent widower Shigeharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, so he seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. They take advantage of their position in a film company by staging an audition to find the perfect woman. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn't what she seems to be... Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time!
Brand new 2K restoriation of original vault elements
Original 5.1 Dolby Surround Audio
Optional English subtitles
Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan
Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel
Introduction by Miike
Ties that Bind – A brand new interview with Takashi Miike
Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi
Damaged Romance: An appreciation by Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Audition” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/audition-blu-ray
"Horror Express" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Horror royalty and Hammer alumni Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee reunite for this tale of mad monks, primitive humanoids and bloodthirsty zombies set aboard a train bound for Moscow - all aboard the Horror Express! Renowned anthropologist Saxton (Lee) boards the Trans-Siberian Express with a crate containing the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid which, he believes, may prove to be the missing link in human evolution. But all hell breaks loose when the creature thaws out, turning out to be not quite as dead as once thought! Directed by Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Martin, Horror Express remains one for the most thrilling (and, quite literally!) chilling horror efforts of the early 1970s.
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 with Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
Introduction to the film by film journalist and Horror Express super-fan Chris Alexander
Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express - an interview with director Eugenio Martin
Notes from the Blacklist - Horror Express producer Bernard Gordon on working in Hollywood during the McCarthy Era
Telly and Me - an interview with composer John Cacavas
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector's booklet with new writing by Adam Scovell
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Horror Express” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/horror-express-blu-ray
"Suspiria 2018" Blu-Ray Review
GIVE YOUR SOUL TO THE DANCE
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director, an ambitious young dancer and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare, others will finally wake up.
“Suspiria” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Suspiria-Blu-ray-Dakota-Johnson/dp/6317570906/
Patreon Pick "Sorority House Massacre 2" DVD Review
IT’S CLEAVAGE VS. CLEAVERS AND THE RESULT IS DELTA DELTA DEADLY!
Five college women buy the old Hokstedter place for their new sorority house. They got it cheap because of the bloody incidents from five years before. They decide to stay in it for the night so they can meet the movers in the morning, but begin to get the creeps when the weird neighbor Orville Ketchum starts poking around. Shortly after the women take showers and consult a Ouija board they begin experiencing an attrition problem.
“Sorority House Massacre 2” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Sorority-House-Massacre-Double-Feature/dp/B000092T4C/
Patreon Pick "The River Wild" Streaming Review (VUDU)
THE VACATION IS OVER
While on a family vacation, rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.
“The River Wild” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/River-Wild-Blu-ray-Meryl-Streep/dp/B004BSWC8A/
The VHS Voyage "Wheels of Terror" VHS Review (Paramount Home Video)
EVIL WAITS. WITH THE MOTOR RUNNING.
A small town is terrorized by an unknown stranger who kidnaps and abuses little girls. When her only child is kidnapped right in front of her, the school bus driver begins the desperate chase to catch the criminal.
“Wheels of Terror” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Wheels-Terror-VHS-Joanna-Cassidy/dp/6301920376/
Pick a Movie "Violent Cop" Streaming Review (Shudder)
Detective Azuma is a Dirty-Harry style rogue cop who often uses violence and unethical methods to get results.
“Violent Cop” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Violent-Cop-Blu-ray-Takeshi-Kitano/dp/B01K37H0JI/
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What is your favorite movie shootout?
1. I Heart Independent Cinema 10 Film Collection (What Masie Knew; The Innkeepers; Trust; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work; Paris, Je T'aime; Transsiberian; Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans; The Proposition; Rampart; and Bernie)
2. Caravan to Vaccarès
3. Where the Boys Are ‘84
4. I Remember You
5. Murder Run/Unhinged
6. Internal Affairs 2
Skinner - 1993 – Ivan Nagy
Mondo Bizarro – 1966 – Lee Frost
Mondo Freudo – 1966 – Lee Frost
Purgatory Road – 2017 – Mark Savage
Audition – 1999 –Takashi Miike
Horror Express – 1972 – Eugenio Martín
Suspiria – 2018 – Luca Guadagnino
Sorority House Massacre 2 – 1990 – Jim Wynorski
The River Wild – 1994 – Curtis Hanson
Wheels of Terror – 1990 – Christopher Cain
Violent Cop – 1989 – Takeshi Kitano