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“Shawscope: Volume One (King Boxer, The Boxer from Shantung, Five Shaolin Masters, Shaolin Temple)” Review – 0:30/ 5:40/ 9:30/ 11:05
“Blood Red Sky” Review– 15:07
“Bloody Hell” Review– 19:09
“Bloodthirsty” Review– 21:19
“Jakob’s Wife” Review – 22:56
“Slaxx” Review – 25:38
“The Vigil” Review – 28:16
“The Scary of Sixty-First” Review – 30:53
“Kano Vision” Review – 33:18
1994 “Possessed by the Night” Review – 37:15
1994 “Darkest Soul” Review– 42:52
1994 “Twisted Tales” Review –47:06
1994 “Devil of Love” Review– 50:12
1994 “Hello, who is it? Review– 52:50
1994 “Alone in the Night” Review – 56:39
Patreon Pick “The King of Comedy” Review – 59:03
Blindspot “Mad Love” Review with Jeremy – 1:05:32
Questions/Answers/ Question of the Week, “If you had to watch 100 horror movies from a certain year which would it be?” – 1:16:49
Update – 1:30:25
22 Shots of Moodz and Horror – https://www.22shotsofmoodzandhorror.com/
Podcast Under the Stairs – https://tputscast.com/podcast
"Shawscope Volume One" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
12 Kung Fu Classics on Blu-ray from the Godfathers of Hong Kong Cinema - the Shaw Brothers!
This inaugural collection by Arrow Video presents twelve jewels from the Shaw crown, all released within the 1970s, kicking off in 1972 with Korean director Jeong Chang-hwa's King Boxer, the film that established kung fu cinema as an international box office powerhouse when it hit Stateside cinemas under the title Five Fingers of Death. From there we see Chang Cheh (arguably Shaw's most prolific director) helm the blood-soaked brutality of The Boxer from Shantung and two self-produced films in his 'Shaolin Cycle' series, Five Shaolin Masters and its prequel Shaolin Temple, before taking a detour into Ho Meng Hua's King Kong-inspired Mighty Peking Man, one of the most unmissably insane giant monster films ever made. Chang's action choreographer Lau Kar-leung then becomes a director in his own right, propelling his adoptive brother Gordon Liu to stardom in Challenge of the Masters and Executioners from Shaolin. Not to be outdone, Chang introduces some of Shaw's most famous faces to the screen, including Alexander Fu Sheng fighting on the streets of San Francisco in Chinatown Kid and, of course, the mighty Venom Mob in The Five Venoms and Crippled Avengers. Finally, Lau and Liu successfully meld high kicks with humor in two of their masterworks, Heroes of the East and Dirty Ho, both co-starring fan favorite Hsiao Hou. From kickass kung fu killers to crazy kaiju knockoffs to culture clash comedies, this carefully curated and gorgeously presented selection of all-time Shaw Brothers classics merely represents the tip of the iceberg of the studio's rich output, making it both an ideal starting point for newcomers and a treat for hardcore fans alike.
Hi-Def (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of King Boxer, Boxer from Shantung, 5 Shaolin Masters, Shaolin Temple, Mighty Peking Man, Challenge of the Masters, Executioners from Shaolin, Chinatown Kid, Five Venoms, Crippled Avengers, Heroes of the East, Dirty Ho
Brand new 2K restorations by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives of King Boxer, The Boxer from Shantung, Challenge of the Masters, The Five Venoms, Crippled Avengers and Dirty Ho
Brand new 2K master of the longer international cut of Chinatown Kid from original film elements
Original lossless mono Mandarin, Cantonese (where applicable) and English audio
Newly translated English subtitles for each film
Hours of bonus features including brand new commentaries and critic appreciations on selected films, new and archive interviews with cast and crew, alternate credit sequences, trailer and image galleries for each film and more to be announced!
60 page book featuring new writing by David Desser, Simon Abrams and Terrence J. Brady, with cast and crew info for each film plus trivia and soundtrack info
New artwork for each film by artists including Matthew Griffin, Chris Malbon, Jacob Phillips, Ilan Sheady, Tony Stella, Darren Wheeling and Jolyon Yates
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowfilms.com/
“Shawscope: Volume One” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/shawscope-volume-one-limited-edition-box-blu-ray
"Blood Red Sky" Streaming Review (Netflix)
A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight. In order to protect her son she will have to reveal a dark secret, and unleash the inner monster she has fought to hide.
“Blood Red Sky” Netflix – https://www.netflix.com/title/80198645
"Bloody Hell" Streaming Review (Amazon Rental)
ONE HELL OF A FAIRYTALE
A man with a mysterious past flees the country to escape his own personal hell… only to arrive somewhere much worse. In an effort to survive this new horror, he turns to his personified conscience.
“Bloody Hell” Amazon Rental – https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Hell-Ben-OToole/dp/B08NSV6FYD
"Bloodthirsty" Streaming Review (Shudder)
AMBITION CAN BE KILLER.
When indie singer Grey struggles to write her sophomore album, she teams up with a mysterious producer at his secluded cabin. Though their bond strengthens her music, it also starts to irreparably alter Grey’s body and mind.
“Bloodthirsty” Shudder – https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/bloodthirsty/2c4815510121631e
"Jakob's Wife" Blu-Ray Review (RLJ)
WHO’S YOUR MASTER?
Bodies start to pile up when a woman discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than ever before.
“Jakob’s Wife” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Jakobs-Wife-Blu-ray-Barbara-Crampton/dp/B092KWSTX5
"Slaxx" Streaming Review (Shudder)
AN ASS TO DIE FOR.
When a possessed pair of jeans begins to kill the staff of a trendy clothing store, it is up to Libby, an idealistic young salesclerk, to stop its bloody rampage.
“Slaxx” Shudder –
"The Vigil" Streaming Review (Hulu)
SAY YOUR PRAYERS
A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity.
“The Vigil” Hulu – https://www.hulu.com/profiles?next=/movie/the-vigil-aa430fce-bc99-4ecf-992b-36b133d71d55
"The Scary of Sixty-First" Review
Two roommates’ lives are upended after finding out that their new Manhattan apartment harbors a dark secret.
“The Scary Sixty-First” Apple TV –
"Kano Vision" DVD Review
An experimental film, Kano Vision explores the variety of ways in which one man tries to suppress his homosexuality. No matter what he tries or to what extremes he put himself, he cannot seem to “cut out” his desire for men. Is the need embedded into his brain? How desperate is his quest for freedom? Is he so desperate that he will consider literally removing his brain? Can a man change his nature?
“Kano Vision” Amazon Rental – https://www.amazon.com/Kano-Vision-Unavailable/dp/B00SFQL8Q6
1994 "Possessed by the Night" Review
A horror writer buys an odd looking mutant embryo creature, pickled in a jar, from a shop in Chinatown, hoping it will be a creative inspiration for his work. Instead, the odd mutation provokes a rage of violence and lust to envelop the suburban villa where the writer lives with his wife and sexy secretary.
“Possessed by the Night” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Possessed-Night-VHS-Alan-Amiel/dp/6303073298/
1994 "Darkest Soul" Review
Mark & Tommy are the best of friends. Mark is a lovable loser. Tommy is a complete douchebag but he takes care of Mark in his own warped way. The two bounce around from one dead end job to another til they land a gig digging graves. Mark quickly realizes there’s more money in robbing graves than shoveling dirt so the fellas begin stealing from the dead. Hilarity ensues.
“Scary Tales” Blu-Ray (Includes Darkest Soul) – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/products/scary-tales-agfa
1994 "Twisted Tales" Review
Horror anthology that takes on three stories. The first one entitled “Nothing But The Truth” deals with a compulsive liar and how his exaggerations get the better of him. Next is “The Shooting” about a man and how he is haunted by the spirit of his recently deceased abusive older brother. Finally, “Hungry Like A… Bat?” has a man who is trying to cope with being part human, part vampire, and part werewolf.
“Twisted Tales” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tales-VHS/dp/B00005YNND/
1994 "Devil of Love" Review
Yung has supernatural powers, which allow him to kill and rape young women, then turn them into vampires. His lover is Ngai, who has just killed her old husband. Husband’s will is read by Lawyer Barsuk, and it states that his adult children, Lau Kwan and Lau Yee Tai, will get his money unless they die, in which case it goes to his lovely young wife, Ngai. Ngai kills Lau, but Lau’s ghost confers with his father, and they plan revenge, with the unwilling help of Lawyer Barsuk. Filmed in Pattaya, Thailand.
“Devil of Love” TMdb – https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/360228-devil-of-love
1994 "Hello, who is it?" Review
May Chan (Anita Lee) becomes a hooker in order to save money for her son’s liver operation in Australia; she spends all of her free time feeding her palsied mom; then, she gets raped and accidentally killed by some randy telephone workers. Officer Ma Fai (Sean Lau) investigates, and discovers May Chan’s ghost, dressed in red chiffon, is killing off her murderers with electrical cables.
“Hello, who is it?” Imdb – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111679/
1994 "Alone in the Night" Review
An undercover narcotics officer is killed, and after his funeral some yakuza break into his apartment and rape his wife, Nami, while looking for the drugs they claim he stole from them. Afterwards Nami attempts to commit suicide, but after being rescued by a mysterious yakuza she decides to infiltrate the gang and get revenge.
“Alone in the Night” Imdb – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107686/
Patreon Pick "The King of Comedy" Blu-Ray Review
IT’S NO LAUGHING MATTER.
Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.
“The King of Comedy” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/King-Comedy-Blu-ray-Robert-Niro/dp/B00I4X8KU2/
Blindspot "Mad Love" Blu-Ray Review
A NEW, A STRANGE, A GIFTED PERSONALITY COMES TO THE SCREEN!
An insane surgeon’s obsession with an actress leads him to replace her wounded pianist husband’s hands with the hands of a knife murderer–hands which still have the urge to throw knives.
“Mad Love” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Mad-Love-blu-ray-Peter-Lorre/dp/B09G4SHT2Q/
Question of the Week
If you had to watch 100 horror movies from any year, which one would it be from?
1. Inglorious Bastards
2. In Between Loves
3. Wicked City (Live Action)
4. Evil Instinct
5. Hansel and Gretel (Asian)
6. Blood Shadow
7. Angel Blade
8. Maltese Falcon
9. Savage Harvest
10. Rebels of the Neon God
12. Being Natural
14. Vampire Lovers
16. No Way to Treat a Lady
17. Time of the Wolf
18. Tower of Screaming Virgins
19. That Little Monster
20. Issei Sagawa DVD Trilogy 01: I Want to Eat You
21. Issei Sagawa DVD Trilogy 02: How Does it Feel? / Sagawa Olympics
22. Issei Sagawa DVD Trilogy 03: Love Ritual
King Boxer – 1972 – Jeong Chang-Hwa
The Boxer from Shantung – 1972 – Chang Cheh/Pao Hsueh-Li
Five Shaolin Masters – 1974 – Chang Cheh
Shaolin Temple – 1976 – Chang Cheh
Blood Red Sky – 2021 – Peter Thorwarth
Bloody Hell – 2020 – Alister Grierson
Bloodthirsty – 2020 – Amelia Moses
Jakob’s Wife – 2021 – Travis Stevens
Slaxx – 2020 – Elza Kephart
The Vigil – 2019 – Keith Thomas
The Scary of Sixty-First – 2021 – Dasha Nekrasova
Kano Vision – 2012 – Bill Cate
Possessed by the Night – 1994 – Fred Olen Ray
Darkest Soul – 1994 – Doug Ulrich
Twisted Tales – 1994 – Kevin J. Lindenmuth/Mick McCleery/Rita Klus
Devil of Love – 1994 – Lau Siu-Kwan
Hello, who is it? – 1994 – Jamie Luk Kim-Ming
Alone in the Night – 1994 – Takashi Ishii
The King of Comedy – 1982 – Martin Scorsese
Mad Love – 1935 – Karl Freund