Musique Machine, “Powerbomb”, and “King Cohen” – 0:23
“Next of Kin” Review – 3:29
“Sister Street Fighter Collection” Review – 9:37
“Strip Nude For Your Killer” Review – 19:30
“The Prisoner” Review – 27:12
"Tango & Cash” Review – 33:39
“The Hart-Break Killer” Review – 38:11
Patreon Pick “Hard to Die” Review – 43:19
The VHS Voyage “Dead Girls” Review – 47:50
Pick a Movie “Sonatine” Review –56:16
Pick a Movie Drawing – 1:02:47
Questions – 1:03:17
Answers – Favorite Italian Film Subgenre – 1:10:35
Question of the Week – Have you ever lost interest in horror films? If so why? – 1:13:22
Update – 1:14:14
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"Next of Kin" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
Severin Films presents the Australian psychological horror film Next of Kin on Blu-ray for the first time in the states. Labeled as an ozploitation film, Tony Williams's slow burn feels a little classier than most with the ozploitation moniker attached to it. The film takes its influences from classic euro horror and gothic setups more than the shocking nature of many exploitation films.
When Linda’s mother passes away she inherits the old family home, a looming mansion that has been doubling as an old folk’s home for decades. As Linda begins to settle in, she finds it hard to adapt to the eerie setting. There is seemingly a strange, lingering, emotional torment in the house that ties into her childhood. After one of the residents dies in a bathtub and another suffers from a stroke, she begins to suspect something is amiss. Her strange dreams only help amplify her uneasiness and soon questions begin to come up. Was her mother of sound mind? What actually happened to her aunt? Did the staff have anything to do with the deaths? And lastly, is she of sound mind, herself?
Visually, Next of Kin looks great; the location and atmosphere help immensely with the looming dread. The camera work is a highlight using early steady cam to mimic tracking shots. The film is sprinkled with long one takes that linger and show the audience the story. Although Next of Kin doesn’t rely on violence, the suddenness of it in the film is quite alarming and effective. The set ups and pay offs in the film's climax are well thought out and never forced. In fact the twist is such a surprise that it takes maybe a second or two too long to register. Adding a scene or two could have helped branch the middle to the end; a deeper look into mental illness of the family lineage or even a moment or two with the film's antagonist, but it would be at the risk of the film’s mystery.
Next of Kin has plentiful features including two commentary tracks, a House Of Psychotic Women Intro By Kier-La Janisse for Morbido TV, Extended Interviews from Not Quite Hollywood, Return to Monteclare: Location Revisit, 2018, and some not filmed Deleted Scenes. The release looks and sounds top notch and is a nice addition to anyone’s collection that enjoys slow burn horror films with some genuine atmosphere.
It’s been hailed as “skin-crawlingly real” (Horror News), “a jaw-dropping achievement” (Moon In The Gutter) and “a giallo that rivals Argento’s DEEP RED” (Scary Minds), yet has remained largely unseen in America. Now experience “one of the greatest horror movies of the 20th Century” (Goomba Stomp) for the first time ever…and like never before: When a young woman inherits a creaky retirement home, she’ll find herself in a waking nightmare of murder, madness and a legacy of evil that may be inescapable. Jackie Kerin, John Jarratt (WOLF CREEK) and Alex Scott (ROMPER STOMPER) star in this “stylish and creepy must-see” (The Digital Fix) – featuring an intense synth score by Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream – now transferred from original Australian vault elements and packed with all-new Special Features.
Commentary with Director Tony Williams and Producer Tim White
Commentary with Mark Hartley & Cast Members Jackie Kerin, John Jarrett & Robert Ratti
House Of Psychotic Women Intro By Kier-La Janisse for Morbido TV
Extended Interviews from Not Quite Hollywood
Return to Monteclare: Location Revisit, 2018
Before the Night is Out: Ballroom Footage, 1979
Original Theatrical Trailer
UK VHS Trailer
German Theatrical Trailer
Alternate German Opening
Tony Williams Short Films
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Next of Kin” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/next-of-kin-bluray/
"Sister Street Fighter Collection" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
In 1974's Sister Street Fighter, Etsuko Shihomi is the half-Chinese, half-Japanese Li Koryu, who travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother, an undercover cop. When she discovers a smuggling ring run by a drug lord with his own personal army of deadly fighters, she must penetrate his evil lair and defeat not only his champion (Masashi Ishibashi from the Street Fighter films) but also a group of female Thai kickboxers called The Amazon Seven. Chiba appears in a cameo as a fellow karate master who helps Koryu in her mission. Released only three months later, the sequel Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By a Thread, once again follows Li Koryu as she investigates another smuggling ring, this time involving diamonds implanted into the derrieres of prostitutes! Teaming up with enigmatic fighter Tsubaki (Yasuaki Kurata), she once again calls upon her fighting skills to take down another round of colorful bad guys. The final film of the official trilogy, Return of the Sister Street Fighter, finds her back in Yokohama searching for a woman who has become the mistress of another crime kingpin. Kurata again co-stars but this time as a crazed fighter working for the villains who swears that he's the man who can kill Li Koryu. Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen, the series embodies female power in a male-dominated genre and is a magnificent showcase for the physical presence and martial arts skills of its lead star.
Interview with Sonny Chiba
Interview with Director
Interview with Writer
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Sister Street Fighter Collection” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/sister-street-fighter-collection-blu-ray
"Strip Nude For Your Killer" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
As the 1970s wore on and audiences began to tire of the tried and tested giallo formula popularized by the thrillers of Argento, Fulci and their contemporaries, filmmakers sought to reinvigorate the ailing movement by injecting elements from other genres. Some took inspiration from the then-burgeoning crime thriller movement, with tales of organised crime and corrupt police officials... while others decided to sex things up by crossing serial killer thrills with salacious softcore antics. A spate of highly sexualized murders is rocking a prestigious Milanese fashion house. Ambitious photographer Magda (Edwige Fenech, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) and her on-off boyfriend, love rat Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo, The English Patient), team up to crack the case. But, with the motorcycle helmet-wearing killer clearing bearing a grudge against the agency's employees, it's surely only a matter of time before they too end up feeling the force of his wrath... So roll up for a Euro cult experience like no other, with kitschy fashion shoots, back alley abortions, blow-up sex dolls and some very indelicate humor, as one of the most notoriously sleazy gialli ever produced gets the red carpet treatment from Arrow Video!
Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by HORRORPEDIA.com’s Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
Sex and Death with a Smile, a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech
A Good Man for the Murders, a newly edited video interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo
The Blonde Salamander, a new video interview with actress Erna Schurer
The Art of Helping, a new video interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi
Jack of All Trades, a new video interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi
Two versions of the opening scene: tinted and untinted viewing options
Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Rachael Nisbet
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Strip Nude For Your Killer” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/strip-nude-for-your-killer-blu-ray
"The Prisoner" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
Banned from the Cannes and Venice Films Festivals for being anti-Communist and excoriated elsewhere as pro-Soviet propaganda, Peter Glenville's The Prisoner stoked controversy at the time of its original release and remains a complex, challenging and multifaceted exploration of faith and power. In an unnamed Eastern European capital, an iron-willed Cardinal (Academy Award®-winner Alec Guinness, The Ladykillers) is arrested by state police on charges of treason. Tasked with securing a confession from him by any means necessary is a former comrade-in-arms from the anti-Nazi resistance (Jack Hawkins, The Bridge on the River Kwai). Knowing the Cardinal will never fold under physical torture, the Interrogator instead sets out to destroy him mentally, breaking his spirit rather than his body. Adapted by acclaimed playwright Bridget Boland (Gaslight) from her own stage-play and showcasing powerhouse performances by two actors at the height of their game, The Prisoner is a tense, thought-provoking and disturbing drama about the endurance of the human spirit. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS * High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation * Original lossless mono audio * Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing * Interrogating Guinness, a new video appreciation of the film by author and academic Neil Sinyard * Select scene commentary by author and critic Philip Kemp * Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe
High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
Original lossless mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Interrogating Guinness, a new video appreciation of the film by author and academic Neil Sinyard
Select scene commentary by author and critic Philip Kemp
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“The Prisoner” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/prisoner-the-blu-ray
"Tango & Cash" Blu-Ray Review
TWO OF L.A.'S TOP RIVAL COPS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER... EVEN IF IT KILLS THEM.
Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can't stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught with the murder weapon on the scene of the crime, the two have no alibi. Thrown into prison with most of the criminals they helped convict, it appears that they are going to have to trust each other if they are to clear their names and catch the evil Perret.
Stallone Triple Feature Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Sylvester-Stallone-Feature-Demolition-Blu-ray/
"The Hart-Break Killer" Screener Review (Gatorblade Films)
Meet Robert. Robert has a little problem that just won't go away. He's a lonely guy looking for love in all the wrong places. He can't figure out what he wants but he wants what he can never have. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Robert Hart.
“The Hart-Break Killer” Indiegogo – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-hart-break-killer/x/350274?fbclid=IwAR3yQpVsxHAO6_x86lyx8cvaxA4Ra-e1-E6-aXU6NMKPqqEXS5e3iT7YaEA#/
GatorBlade Films – http://www.gatorbladefilms.com/
Patreon Pick "Hard to Die" DVD Review
While doing the inventory for a lingerie outlet in a high rise office building, five attractive women are terrorized by a series of bizarre killings. They suspect that the strange janitor, who witnessed another series of killings years back, is at the bottom of the whole thing. Little do they know the real horror that they face in the end.
“Hard to Die” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Die-Robyn-Harris/dp/B0001WTWEM/
The VHS Voyage "Dead Girls" VHS Review (Rae Don Home Video)
WHEN ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY BECOMES TERRIFYING REALITY.
A female band, who are exponents of "death rock", retreat to a cabin for the weekend. They soon find themselves being knocked off by a masked killer who uses weapons they have mentioned in their songs.
“Dead Girls” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Girls-Diana-Karanikas/dp/B000ABRDMC
Pick a Movie "Sonatine" Streaming Review (VUDU)
A seasoned mobster travels to Okinawa on a "peacekeeping" mission, even though he suspects that his boss is secretly trying to eliminate him! Determined not to go down without a fight, he and his gang know exactly what they have to do!
“Sonatine” VUDU – https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Sonatine/37018
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Have you ever lost interest in horror films? If so why?
1. The Planet of the Apes Legacy Collection (Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes)
2. Copkillers/ Project: Kill
3. The Backlot Murders
4. Primal Scream
5. Screams of a Winter Night
6. Steel Arena
7. Blind Date
8. Never Too Young To Die
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen – 2017 – Steve Mitchell
Powerbomb – 2017 – R. Zachary Shildwachter/B.J. Colangelo
Next of Kin – 1982 – Tony Williams
Sister Street Fighter – 1974 – Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread – 1974 – Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
The Return of Sister Street Fighter – 1974 – Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist -1976 – Shigehiro Ozawa
Strip Nude For Your Killer – 1975 – Andrea Bianchi
The Prisoner – 1955 – Peter Glenville
Tango & Cash -1989 – Andrei Konchalovsky/Albert Magnoli
The Hart-Break Killer – 2019 – Sean Donohue
Hard to Die – 1990 – Jim Wynorski
Dead Girls – 1990 – Dennis Devine