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"Midsommar" Review (Theater)
LET THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN.
A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
"Night Killer" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
“Night Killer” makes its way to Blu-Ray for the first time ever thanks to the folks over at Severin Films. Director Claudio Fragasso wanted to take a different approach to making films. Instead of the fun splatter he was used to doing, he wanted to do a suspense thriller with psychological elements. After filming was completed the producer had Bruno Mattei, a longtime friend and collaborator of Fragasso, film some additional scenes and edit it. The result of this interference is a weird slasher that ends up being part police procedural and part psychosexual insanity.
Melanie Beck is attacked by a serial rapist and murderer. The attack on her is so long and brutal she suffers a mental breakdown. Not only is her mind damaged, but her memory is lost and she can’t remember anything about her attacker, herself, or family. Thanks to lackluster police protection and a radical doctor she is caught in the clutches or another sexual maniac. An all new torture begins, but is this the same maniac from before or is this monster just another sicko?
“Night Killer” is guilty of having one of the worst cops and doctors in screen history. Not only do they manage to let Mrs. Beck be abducted again, but they make all sorts of hilarious mistakes that put others and their own lives in jeopardy. These mistakes make for some great humor, although some of them are justified with the twist in the film. Being made in 1990, “Night Killer” couldn’t just be advertised as a thriller with sexual elements, oh no, that wouldn’t do! The producers somehow wanted to appeal to the bloodthirsty slasher fans that were craving the next installment of the big franchise. Simple fix, now the killer wears a mask that resembles a burnt man and sports a claw with razor sharp nails! If this exploitative ploy weren’t enough, the film was sometimes put on the shelves as “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3”, but shares no relation to the previous films of that franchise. The whole ordeal should bring a smirk to the faces of dedicated horror fans.
Fragasso mentioned in the special features he wanted to shoot this as an art film filled with long complicated shots. Fragasso managed to shoot some fairly nice scenes that incorporate dolly shots that sport plenty of extras. The shortcomings don’t come from the style of film making, the camera work, or even direction. They come from some of the strange script elements and the reshoots sort of blurring the tone. The murder scenes in the film incorporate unrelated characters with large breasts being punctured by the razor sharp nails. These scenes are shameless, yes, but never boring. Just as sleazy, there is a part where the lead takes off her shirt and stares at herself topless. This could be a look into her psychological state, a way for the killer to be triggered, or a way to show some skin. You be the judge. The whole film shares some similarities to another Severin release directed by Maestro Lucio Fulci entitled “The Devil’s Honey”. Both films seem to explore a damaged character with psychosexual problems being dominated and humiliated. Although I would say “Night Killer” falls a little short of “The Devil’s Honey” depravity, it still has its moments.
“Night Killer” does manage to show some bothersome scenes, even if they are sometimes so over the top it comes across as pure insanity. Some of the most notable include Mrs. Beck and her kidnapper sharing a dramatic screaming exchange while she threatens him with her suicide. The kidnapper simply screams back with the gun sometimes pointed directly at him and professes his love for fried chicken. I’m fairly certain most will guess the killer and some of the other twists, but as for the final twist; it’s so off the wall it will leave the audience slap silly.
Severin Films has included an interview with director Claudio Fragasso and writer Rossella Drudi. The interviews are fun and entertaining. Both interviewees go into the fight that Fragasso had with Bruno Mattei over the addition of his scenes to the film and some other fun anecdotes. Thanks to Severin Films we get to see this fairly rare Italian slasher/thriller/sleaze fest on Blu
Somewhere between ZOMBIE 4 and TROLL 2, writer/director Claudio Fragasso – here under the name ‘Clyde Anderson’ – set out to direct a suspense thriller about a suicidal beauty, an unstable sleazebag and a masked killer with a razor-fingered glove. But when the producers received Fragasso’s cut, they hired his former partner Bruno Mattei (THE OTHER HELL, ROBOWAR) to shoot additional scenes of graphic gore and released it in Italy as TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3. The result is part sicko giallo, part depraved slasher and 100% batshit insanity that Euro Fever calls “disturbing, nasty and more inspired than most Italian horror of the early ‘90s.” Peter Hooten (INGLORIOUS BASTARDS) and Tara Buckman (SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT) star in this glorious slice of ItaloSleaze co-written by Rossella Drudi (SHOCKING DARK), now scanned in 4k from the original negative.
The Virginia Claw Massacre: Interview With Director Claudio Fragasso
Mindfuck: Interview With Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Night Killer” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/night-killer-bluray/
"The Chill Factor" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
The Exorcist meets the Winter Olympics in this tale of demonic possession and snowbound slashing from director Christopher Webster, producer of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound. For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their number is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artefacts. As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil. Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled Demon Possessed), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up The Chill Factor from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan!
Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
Brand new on-camera interview with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal
Brand new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed
Brand new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul
Still Gallery Original VHS trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach TO BE REVEALED
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Mike White
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“The Chill Factor” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/the-chill-factor-blu-ray
"To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (Dread Central Presents)
The story of Kane Hodder who survived a childhood near-death accident to become one of films biggest horror icons.
Featuring interviews with cinema legends, including Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story peels off the mask of Kane Hodder, cinema's most prolific killer, in a gut-wrenching, but inspiring, documentary. To Hell and Back is the harrowing story of a stuntman overcoming a dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada. After surviving a near-death burn accident, he worked his way up through Hollywood, leading to his ultimate rise as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series and making countless moviegoers forever terrified of hockey masks and summer camp. After decades of watching Kane Hodder on screen, get ready to meet the man behind the mask in To Hell and Back - a uniquely human story about one of cinema's most vicious monsters.
Over 90 minutes of Deleted Scenes, including more on the FRIDAY THE 13TH and HATCHET franchises
Additional trailers from Dread Central Presents
Dread Central – https://www.dreadcentral.com/
“To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story” DVD/Blu-Ray Combo – https://mvdshop.com/products/to-hell-and-back-the-kane-hodder-story-blu-ray
"Dry Blood" Blu-Ray Review (Dread Central Presents)
In a rural town, a drug addict must unravel a surreal murder mystery as he's terrorized by his withdrawal.
Brian Barnes returns to his mountain vacation home to sober up one final time. Most of the houses of this dwindling community sit empty during the snowless offseason. This ghost town seems like the perfect place for Brian to begin putting his life back together. His attempt to get clean is soon interrupted by a sadistic local Sheriff and ghastly visions of ghosts (that may or may not be hallucinations brought on by his withdrawal). Brian embarks on a terrifying quest to discover the horrible secret past of the very cabin he is sleeping in. As he pulls at the threads to the mystery, it may be his sanity that unravels first.
Audio Commentary with Writer and Director
Remember Not To Kill: The Making of DRY BLOOD
Collectible Reverse Cover Art
English Closed Captions
English 5.1 Surround Sound and English Stereo 2.0
Dread Central – https://www.dreadcentral.com/
“Dry Blood” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/dry-blood-blu-ray
Patreon Pick "Cool Hand Luke" Blu-Ray Review
His crime: nonconformity. His sentence: the chain gang. Paul Newman plays one of his best loved roles as Cool Hand Luke, the loner who won't - or can't - bend to the arbitrary rules of his captivity. A cast of fine actors, including George Kennedy in his Oscar winning role of Dragline and the indelible Jo Van Fleet as Luke's mother, give Newman solid support. And Strother Martin is the Captain who taunts Luke with the now legendary line, "What we've got here is...failure to communicate." No failure here. With rich humor and vibrant storytelling power, Cool Hand Luke succeeds resoundingly.
Commentary By Historian/Newman Biographer Eric Lax
New Documentary A Natural Born World Shaker: Making Of Cool Hand Luke
“Cool Hand Luke” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Cool-Hand-Luke-Blu-ray-Newman/dp/B0017TYPIG/
Patreon Pick "Mary and Max" DVD Review (IFC Films)
Sometimes perfect strangers make the best of friends
From Academy AwardÂ® winning writer/director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs (Harvie Krumpet) comes the hilarious and moving new 'claymated' feature film about the pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Daisy Dinkle (voiced by OscarÂ® nominee Toni Collette) is a lonely 8-year-old in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Max Jerry Horovitz (OscarÂ® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman) is an obese 44-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. Over the course of 20 years and 2 continents, their unusual journey of friendship will explore autism, taxidermy, alcoholism, where babies come from, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and more of life's big and little surprises.
Behind The Scenes
Short Film: Harvie Krumpet
IFC Films – https://www.ifcfilms.com/
“Mary and Max” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Max-Blu-ray-Toni-Collette/dp/B003CJXIOG/
Patreon Pick "Enter the Void" Blu-Ray Review (IFC Films)
Controversial and brilliant director Gasper Noe follows his worldwide sensation Irreversible with another triumph. Enter The Void is Noe's most assured and haunting film yet, a "head trip" a la Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and at the same time a piercing modern drama. Newcomer Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta (HBO's Boardwalk Empire) star as a brother and sister trapped in the hellish nighttime world of Tokyo where he deals drugs and she works as a stripper.
A crime gone bad leads to shocking violence and then moments of transcendence in which the movie plunges viewers into death and rebirth like no film has ever done before via "mesmerizing camerawork" (The New York Times) that make it "a dazzling and brutal exercise in cinematic envelope-pushing" (New York Post). Stunning audiences around the world, Enter The Void is a cinematic experience like no other.
IFC Films – https://www.ifcfilms.com/
“Enter the Void” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Enter-Void-Blu-ray-Nathaniel-Brown/dp/B0048LPRD2/
Patreon Pick "Shaye Saint John: The Triggers Compilation" DVD Review
Just Keep In Mind, That You'll Be Trying To Shake It Off For Hours Afterwards.
Welcome to the funbubble! Over 2 hours of bizarre entertainment. Meet Shaye Saint John, former super-model who now has no arms or legs and her special friend Kiki (a burnt doll). This series of shorts document the daily collision of Shaye's glamorous fantasies with the realities of the physical limitations of her everyday life. These films with their juxtaposition of child-like imagery can be genuinely disturbing without a hint of blood, violence, or nudity, cursing or off-color subject matter of any sort. Watching Shaye do her schtick is akin to watching a segment of one of John Water's early flicks. There is no question about the fine line between madness and genius here - it's madness, plain and simple, dizzying in it's detachment to reality. Depending on your outlook, Shaye Saint John is either a true testimony to the power of art to rise above adversity or these film are hidden footage from a ward for the criminally insane! Be warned, repeat viewings will lead you to walk away talking Shaye speak - Gawd! 24/7! Do you like my Gams?
“Shaye Saint John: The Triggers Compilation” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Shaye-Saint-John-Triggers-Compilation/dp/B001MBTRVO/
Hammer Time # 9 "Night Creatures" aka "Captain Clegg"
WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CURSE OF CAPTAIN CLEGG?
What secret lay behind the dreaded Marsh Phantoms, the ghostly riders whose silent approach in the darkness of the bleak, unwelcoming Romney Marshes causes men to die of fright? Are they a genuine manifestation or a cover for illegal smuggling activities. Perhaps Dr Blyss, the benign vicar of the quiet village of Dymchurch, knows the truth about the ruthless pirate and smuggler who lies buried in the village graveyard and can unravel the phenomenon of the curse of Captain Clegg.
Hammer Blu-Ray Set – https://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Horror-8-Film-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B01I048O8W/
Ask a Question/Answer a Question
What book do you want made into a movie? and/or What movie were you surprised to find out was based off of a book?
Midsommar – 2019 – Ari Aster
Night Killer – 1990 – Claudio Fragasso/Bruno Mattei
The Chill Factor – 1993 – Christopher Webster
To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story – 2017 – Derek Dennis Herbert
Dry Blood – 2017 – Kelton Jones
Cool Hand Luke – 1967 – Stuart Rosenberg
Mary and Max – 2009 – Adam Elliot
Enter the Void – 2009 – Gaspar Noé
Shaye Saint John: The Triggers Compilation – 2004 – Eric Fournier
Night Creature – 1962 – Peter Graham Scott