“Masked Mutilator” Review – 0:15
“Yakuza Law” Review – 6:36
Patreon Pick “Mona Lisa” Review– 12:48
Patreon Pick “Grimm Love” Review – 18:40
Patreon Pick “Blood on the Sun” Review – 25:10
Hammer Time “The Quatermass Xperiment” Review with Jeremy – 32:04
Hammer Time “X: The Unknown” Review with Jeremy – 43:22
Pick a Movie “Wake in Fright” Review – 59:40
Pick a Movie Drawing – 1:05:57
Patreon Prize Drawing – 1:06:40
Questions – 1:07:20
Answers – “What is your favorite Hammer Horror flick? “ – 1:09:10
Question of the Week– “What mash up of VS flick would you like to see? – 1:12:30
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"Masked Mutilator" Blu-Ray Review (Intervision)
Written by MrParka Intervision releases this one of a kind, wrestling-group home-slasher in HD. “Masked Mutilator” was filmed primarily in 1994 and now has been completed, seeing the light of day for the first time ever.
An ex wrestler with a violent past (Jeff Sibbach) runs a group home for troubled youth. When a new psychology major and another youth are relocated to the home, bodies begin to pile up. It’s uncertain who is responsible when everyone is a suspect.
“Masked Mutilator” is directed and stars Jeff Beltzner a.k.a. Brick Bronsky, an ex-wrestler. This happens to be the film's saving grace as it lacks in certain departments; common in many low budget projects. The acting and production suffers the most, but it has made up for a lot of its shortcomings with some great fight choreography. A few top notch showdowns at the end of the film between marital artists and wrestlers alike will keep action fans satisfied. The impacts are effective and everyone can take and give bumps effectively. Again, a lot of the acting is shaky, but certain actors make up for it with screen presence. Jeff Sibbach and Brick Bronsky, although sometimes sluggish on their delivery, still bring in an intensity that is fun to watch and captures the audience's attention. As for the kills many are wrestling moves pushed too far, for example a choke hold held too long. The kills are bloody and violent, but not particularly gory as the effects are limited. The setting has been used in previous horror, but it's a welcomed slashing ground. It gives the filmmakers a chance to create some damaged characters with their own problems, setting them up as red herrings. They even manage to cram in a nympho maniac; see “Don't Look in the Basement” for an early film with some similarities. The newly filmed wraparound story that ties everything together is an ok framing device, but it leaves me wondering if the film could have been completed without. It’s inspiring to see the film completed after all these years and makes the film fan in me wonder what others shuffle in limbo, waiting to be discovered.
The Intervision people have done their best with the transfer as some footage was lost so certain scenes had to be inserted from a tape master. Although the footage is a little distracting at times, it’s not a deal breaker. As for the features there are quite a few interviews with the filmmakers and actors, as well as a commentary being included. “Masked Mutilator” is another solid release from Intervision that fits with their catalogue.
Intervision Pictures presents MASKED MULTILATOR – Outside the Squared Circle Waits the Ultimate Ring of Hell!
In 1994, a production team in Eastern Pennsylvania brought together a group of local pro wrestlers and young actors to make a horror-action film. A quarter of a century later, the movie was finally finished: After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, a professional wrestler takes a job at a group home for youth offenders. But when a psychopath wearing a wrestling mask begins butchering the teenage residents, their rehabilitation will become a no-holds-barred battle for survival.
WWE and Stampede veteran Brick Bronsky (SGT. KABUKIMAN N.Y.P.D., CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH 2 & 3), Jeff Sibbach (WCW, NWA), Doug ‘Flex’ Yasinsky (ECW), James DeBello (CABIN FEVER) and F/X master Glenn Hetrick (Syfy’s FACE OFF) co-star in this sex and violence throwback to regional exploitation. Directed by Bronsky and completed from the original 16mm footage stored in the Executive Producer’s basement for the past 25 years.
- You See Me Sweatin’? - Interview with Actor Tom Taylor.
- Slice the Pretty Boy - Interview with Actor/FX Artist Paul Sutt.
- Scissors, Tape & Paste - Interview with Co-Writer/Co-Executive Producer Ed Polgardy.
- Don’t Believe That, Folks - Interview with Co-Writer/Executive Producer Dale Schneck.
- Audition Tapes.
- “Mean” Gene Okerlund Interviews Tom Taylor.
- Audio Commentary with Cast & Crew (Dale Schneck, Tom Taylor, Paul Sutt, Steve Mittman and Jim "The Tank" Dorsey).
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Masked Mutilator” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/masked-mutilator-blu/
"Yakuza Law" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Director Teruo Ishii (Blind Woman's Curse, Horrors of Malformed Men), the Godfather of J-sploitation, presents Yakuza Law (AKA Yakuza's Law: Lynching) - a gruelling anthology of torture, spawning three district periods of Japanese history and bringing to the screen some of the most brutal methods of torment ever devised. In this deep dive into the world of the Yakuza, meet the violent men who rule the Japanese underworld and the cruel punishments inflicted on those who transgress them. The carnage begins in the Edo Period with a violent tale of samurai vengeance starring Bunta Sugawara (Battles Without Honor and Humanity), before shifting to the Meiji Period as the exiled Ogata (Minoru Oki, Shogun Assassin) returns to face punishment for his past transgressions... and, ultimately, to take his revenge. Finally, the action is brought right up to date with a tale of gang warfare set in then-present-day 60s Japan and headlined by Teruo Yoshida (Ishii's Orgies of Edo), as a powerful crime syndicate seeks bloody vengeance for the theft of one hundred thousand yen. Brutal, bewildering and definitely not for the faint-hearted, Yakuza Law represents Japanese popular cinema at its most extreme... and most thrilling.
High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
Original lossless mono Japanese soundtrack
Optional English subtitles
New audio commentary by author and critic Jasper Sharp
Erotic-Grotesque and Genre Hopping: Teruo Ishii Speaks, a rare vintage interview with the elusive director on his varied career, newly edited for this release
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tom Mes
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Yakuza Law” Blu-ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/yakuza-law-blu-ray
Patreon Pick "Mona Lisa" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Five years after The Long Good Friday, Bob Hoskins returned to the gangster genre, but his character George is a mere underling this time, a chauffeur hired by a mesmerisingly slimy gangland kingpin (Michael Caine) to transport a high-class prostitute (Cathy Tyson) from client to client. When she enlists his help in tracking down an old friend, George finds himself exploring a hellish underworld that he never imagined existed.
Hoskins’ immensely complex, subtle and moving performance hoovered up almost every Best Actor award going (Cannes, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe) and remains one of his greatest roles – a man sucked by circumstance into a life of crime but still righteous enough to seize the opportunity to do good when it presents itself.
Director Neil Jordan (The Company of Wolves, The Crying Game) and co-writer David Leland (Made in Britain) achieve a perfect blend of hard-edged realism and unexpected fantasy, with the regular appearance of the Nat King Cole title song turning seedy British locations (Soho, Brighton) into something far more romantically evocative.
Brand new restoration sourced from the original camera negative, approved by director Neil Jordan and cinematographer Roger Pratt
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by Bob Hoskins and Neil Jordan
Brand new interviews with director Neil Jordan, writer David Leland and producer Stephen Woolley
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
Arrow Video UK – https://arrowfilms.com/
“Mona Lisa” Blu-Ray – https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/mona-lisa-blu-ray/FCD1109
Patreon Pick "Grimm Love" DVD Review
LET THE FEEDING BEGIN.
In Germany, as graduate student Katie Armstrong researches cannibal killer Oliver Hagen for her thesis, she becomes obsessed with her subject and ultimately plunges into a lifestyle similar to Hagen’s and the thousands of people like him.
“Grimm Love” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Grimm-Love-Fangoria-Frightfest-Russell/dp/B003T04NCE/
Patreon Pick "Blood on the Sun" Streaming Review (Fandor)
HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME IN TOKYO!
Nick Condon, an American journalist in 1945 Tokyo, publishes the Japanese master plan for world domination. Reaction from the understandably upset Japanese provides the action, but this is overshadowed by the propaganda of the time.
“Blood on the Sun” Streaming Fandor/Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Sun-JamesCagney/dp/B016I7K4XG
Hammer Time "The Quatermass Xperiment" Blu-Ray Review (Kino Lorber) and "X: The Unknown" DVD Review
Val Guest (The Day the Earth Caught Fire) directed this chilling film about a spacecraft returning to earth with a frightening surprise on board. Two of the ship's three astronauts have mysteriously vanished, while the third is sick with an unidentifiable illness. While doctors try to help the third man recover, an investigation takes place to figure out just what happened to his comrades. As it turns out, the survivors body has been taken over by an alien fungus that needs blood to survive. After the astronaut escapes from the hospital, he transforms into a monster, attacking everyone who gets in its way. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard detective Lomax (Jack Warner, The Blue Lamp) and Professor Bernard Quatermass (Brian Donlevy, The Glass Key), a determined scientist, attempt to track down the creature before it finds new victims. Also known as The Creeping Unknown.
Blu-ray Extras Include:
On-camera interview with legendary director John Carpenter
The Quatermass Xperiment: From Reality to Fiction Featurette
The Quatermass Xperiment: Comparing the Versions Film Critic Glenn Erickson comparing the 2 versions
On-camera Val Guest interview by Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn
Audio Commentary by director Val Guest and Marcus Hearn
"Trailers From Hell" with Ernest Dickerson
Alternate Main Title
Original Theatrical Trailer
Kino Lorber – https://www.kinolorber.com/
“The Quatermass Xperiment” Blu-Ray – https://www.kinolorber.com/product/the-quatermass-xperiment-blu-ray
X: The Unknown:
IT RISES FROM 2000 MILES BELOW THE EARTH TO MELT EVERYTHING IN IT’S PATH!
When a fissure explosively opens in an English mud flat during a military exercise there, injuring one soldier and killing another, an American research scientist at a nearby nuclear plant joins with a British investigator to discover why the victims were radioactively burned and why, shortly thereafter, a series of radiation-related incidents are occurring in an ever-growing straight line away from the fissure.
“The Quatermass Xperiment” Import Australian Blu-Ray with “X: The Unknown” and “Quatermass 2” – https://www.amazon.com/Quatermass-Xperiment-Blu-Ray-NON-USA-FORMAT/dp/B00IZQQFCS/
Pick a Movie Review "Wake in Fright" Blu-Ray Review (Drafthouse Films)
The 40th Anniversary of a lost classic from the Outback.
Alongside MAD MAX and WALKABOUT, WAKE IN FRIGHT is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (FIRST BLOOD) and starring Donald Pleasence (HALLOWEEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE), WAKE IN FRIGHT tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Believed to be lost for decades and virtually unseen in America until now, WAKE IN FRIGHT returns fully-restored in stunning HD in what the New York Observer says “may be the greatest Australian film ever made.”
“WAKE IN FRIGHT is a deeply – and I mean deeply – unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it's beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time, right along with the protagonist played by Gary Bond. I’m excited that WAKE IN FRIGHT has been preserved and restored and that it is finally getting the exposure it deserves.” —Martin Scorsese, 2012
Drafthouse Films – https://drafthousefilms.com/
“Wake in Fright” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Fright-Digital-Copy-Blu-ray/dp/B009YX8KN8/
Ask a Question/Answer a Question
What is a film mash up or VS you would love to see?
1. Nashville Girl
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Masked Mutilator – 2019 – Jeff Beltzner
Yakuza Law – 1969 – Teruo Ishii
Mona Lisa – 1986 – Neil Jordan
Grimm Love – 2006 – Martin Weisz
Blood on the Sun – 1945 – Frank Lloyd
The Quatermass Xperiment – 1955 – Val Guest
X: The Unknown – 1956 – Leslie Norman/Joseph Losey
Wake in Fright – 1971 – Ted Kotcheff