“The Uncanny” Review – 0:51
“Saint Bernard” Review – 9:12
“White Chamber” Review– 15:11
“A Record of Sweet Murder” Review – 20:29
“Lords of Chaos” Review – 25:05
“Karate Kill” Review – 34:42
Patreon Pick “The House That Jack Built” – 39:25
The Weekly Western “Sabata” Review – 44:20
Hammer Time Episode 2 (“The Abominable Snowman” and “Quatermass 2”) w Jeremy – 52:57 and 1:02:31
Pick a Movie “Phantom of the Paradise” Review – 1:18:10
Pick a Movie Drawing – 1:25:01
Questions – 1:25:26
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Question of the Week “Best deal you ever got on a movie?” – 1:33:55
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"The Uncanny" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
Severin Films brings the Canadian/ UK production “The Uncanny” to Blu-Ray for the first time ever! “The Uncanny” is a star studded horror anthology all about the dangers of evil cats. Most certainly notable for its involvement of film legends Peter Cushing, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasance with support from Samantha Eggar and John Vernon.
Peter Cushing is an eccentric author who brings publisher Ray Milland a transcript about murders that were caused by cats. Cushing, convinced all of it is real, spends the night telling Milland three tales of feline fatalities. The first story involves a greedy nephew and his girlfriend attempting to change a will. The second story involves a young girl whose lost everything but her beloved cat and a book of spells. And the final story is that of an eccentric actor who faces off against his deceased wife’s cat. All told to the tune of EC comics with just desserts and tongue in cheek performances.
“The Uncanny” is clearly a low budget project, but that doesn’t stop it from being first rate fun. The first story feels the most like a Tales from the Crypt or Vault of Horror storyline. The greed and absurdity of a woman who leaves her riches to her cats seems just weird enough to be real. After the initial attack and murder, it pits a lone person against a horde of hungry cats who just inherited a fortune. The lead performance from Susan Penhaligon is pretty good as for the most part is doesn’t have anyone to act against except cats. Her final end is a little shocking, but not unexpected. The second story is probably the weakest. It feels sort of like the odd one out and probably the cheapest (shot in Canada perhaps). The inclusion of black magic spells is probably the most interesting part. After all, a killer cat anthology without black magic seems a little wrong. The ending of this short may seem a little grotesque but nearly all these shorts, no matter how playful they are, end in a rather morbid and gory fashion. The strongest story of the three is the final one, probably due to its strong cast; Donald Pleasance, Samantha Eggar, and John Vernon. Pleasance gets a chance to chew the scenery as an egotistical monster of an actor. His performance is vastly enjoyable and aware of its ridiculousness. Pleasance was not often considered a comedic actor, but he was most capable of it. The wraparound itself is a blast, watching Ray Milland roll his eyes at Cushing eccentricities and off the wall stories. The final twist is expected but has to be respected.
“The Uncanny” is all around a perfect film to put in and watch in the Halloween season. The stories are quick, easy to follow, and all pack a nice little gross out moment that doesn’t get too graphic. The film looks and sounds good. The disc also includes an interview with actress Susan Penhaligon where she recollects her experiences working with Cushing and working on the film.
Severin Films presents THE UNCANNY –On Blu-ray for the first time ever.
In 1977, legendary Amicus co-founder Milton Subotsky (ASYLUM, AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS) teamed with Canadian producer Claude Héroux (SCANNERS, VIDEODROME) for the anthology shocker CelluloidDiaries.com calls “highly entertaining…the best killer cat movie there is!” Peter Cushing, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Samantha Eggar (THE BROOD), Susan Penhaligon (PATRICK), John Vernon (POINT BLANK) and Alexandra Stewart (GOODBYE EMMANUELLE) star in this grisly portmanteau about a paranoid writer (Cushing) who must convince his publisher (Milland) that all cats are unholy fiends based on three tales of kitty carnage. Directed by Denis Héroux (NAKED MASSACRE) from a screenplay by Michel Parry (XTRO) with cinematography by Harry Waxman (THE WICKER MAN), THE UNCANNY is now scanned from an inter-negative recently discovered in a London vault.
- The Cat's Victim: Interview with Actress Susan Penhaligon
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“The Uncanny” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/uncanny-blu-slip/
"Saint Bernard" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
Severin Films doesn’t often release contemporary films, but when they do they are usually something so weird, different, and off the wall they have to be seen to be believed. Similar to “Bag Boy Lover Boy,” Gabe Bartalos’s wild ride “Saint Bernard” is just that.
“Saint Bernard” follows the story of a would-be musical conductor named Bernard who finds the severed head of a saint bernard on the road. Bernard picks up the head and carries it around with him while he bumps into strange characters including a disgusting police force, a garbage woman, and a dwarf.
Where does one start with something like this? “Saint Bernard” is a film that leaves you wondering if you even enjoyed your experience. And that is exactly what it is, an experience. Some films leave me scratching my head putting things together and coming up with a theory on what it all met. “Saint Bernard” on the other hand feels more like a film that wanted to showcase some cool concepts and effects while maybe getting something across in the process. Like the director says in the special features, each effect or action that happens to the character propels the story along. It’s similar to an adventure film where a group of people are on a mission, but Bernard here feels aimless. The flashbacks he suffers from tell a story that is probably the most concrete thing in the entire film. A story of abuse and anguish, and by the end it does seem to lead to a conclusion or at least a confrontation. The effects are top notch as is the production design; all of it looks one of a kind and from the same madman. Gabe Bartalos is a unique film maker and he isn’t scared to get weird with his shots or be experimental. Nothing about this film is lazy, it feels like a lot of hard work and set ups, sometimes for a half a second shot. It’s a weird one, but it’s one that won’t be forgotten.
Severin Films has included a making of on the disc and a trailer. The film looks good on Blu-Ray, the colors pop very well. All in all “Saint Bernard” feels like a cult film already and one that could catch on.
His award-winning FX career spans both grindhouse (BRAIN DAMAGE, FRANKENHOOKER, the LEPRECHAUN series) and art-house (Matthew Barney’s CREMASTER CYCLE). Now writer/producer/director Gabe Bartalos brings his own years-in-the-making vision to the screen, as an unhinged orchestra conductor named Bernard (Jason Dugre of Bartalos’ SKINNED DEEP) graphically descends into a surreal odyssey of chaos, psychosis and “f*cked-up sh*t that looks cool as hell” (Bloody-Disgusting.com). Warwick Davis (WILLOW) and notorious Andy Kaufman cohort Bob Zmuda (MAN ON THE MOON) co-star – with a performance by punk legends The Damned – in this “must-see for the truly adventurous” (UnseenFilms.net), transferred from the original negative and unleashed beyond the underground festival circuit for the first time ever.
- The Making of SAINT BERNARD.
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Saint Bernard” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/saint-bernard-blu-slip/
"White Chamber" Blu-Ray Review (Dark Sky Films)
Written by MrParka
Dark Sky Films brings “White Chamber” to Blu-Ray stateside. “White Chamber” is a science fiction thriller with political substance helming from the UK. The release date is unmistakable timing with the Brexit divide and the thought of civil war in the back of many heads.
“White Chamber” opens up letting us know the UK is in war with each other; one side in favor of a fascist government and disdain for immigrants and the other a strong resistance to. Soon after, the film changes gears and we are introduced to a white chamber with a lone person inside. Torture and mental warfare ensue until we are shown the previous week and learn our sympathy for our victim may be misplaced.
“White Chamber” seems to change films twice within the first 15 minutes of the runtime. In the very beginning the film is large; the possibilities are endless with what could be a civil war science fiction film. To my dismay, we are quickly in the world of torture. The focus gets smaller with a seemingly bewildered woman in a torture chamber. The chamber our lead is in can heat up and cool down to punishing temperatures and even drip acid. As far as torture films go, the production design is well done as is the acting, but I think most audiences will be relieved when we take another turn. Before long the film jumps back in time and it seems the roles of our characters have switched. This ends up being effective in that your sympathy and anger have been relocated and it shreds some light on the idea that context matters. As the days count down and we get closer to the beginning of the film, you have almost completely changed sides and have learned about experimentations related to the war happening outside the facility. Although everyone seems to have genuine motives for their acts, it’s not so much what they are doing as it is how they are doing it that makes them villains. The special effects are solid and work fairly well when they are practical; a few moments of CGI blood splatter at the end seems pointless and isn’t up to snuff with the rest of the film. The production design of the film is solid; the white chamber itself is effective and the computer effects used in those scenes work.
“White Chamber” attempts to bring up many ideas when it comes to war and even shows some complexity in its characters. Overall the film is a nice attempt at asking some questions while making a decent film. The release does not include any special features.
The first Brexit film, ready for release on Brexit Day (March 29, 2019)!
The United Kingdom in the near future. Civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hellbent on quashing the opposition. A woman (Scottish BAFTA nominee Shauna MacDonald, The Descent) wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell, where General Zakarian (Oded Fehr) uses increasingly sophisticated and cruel methods to torture her for information – information she claims not to have. As questions of trust are placed both on captor and captive, they find themselves embroiled in an increasingly spiraling journey into the nature of authority. Tense, shocking, and all-too-relevant, White Chamber poses the question: can there even be such a thing as certainty in these most uncertain of times?
Dark Sky Films – https://darkskyfilms.com/
“White Chamber” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/White-Chamber-Blu-ray-Shauna-MacDonald/dp/6317740860/
"A Record of Sweet Murder" Blu-Ray Review (Unearthed Films)
TO BRING BACK ONE SOUL HE MUST KILL 27 PEOPLE!
From Koji Shiraishi, director of GROTESQUE, NOROI THE CURSE, THE SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN and SEDAKO VS. KAYAKO comes A RECORD OF SWEET MURDER: Sang-joon has recently escaped from a mental institution and managed to amass a kill count in the high teens, a South Korean journalist and a Japanese cameraman are invited to an abandoned apartment to interview the murderer. They believe the wanted criminal has committed 18 murders, but the criminal claims he has already killed 25. He furthermore claims that if he completes the killing of all 27 on his list, not only will his dead friend be resurrected, but also all 27 will come back to life.
Unearthed Films – http://www.unearthedfilms.com/
“A Record of Sweet Murder” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/a-record-of-sweet-murder-blu-ray
"Lords of Chaos" Blu-Ray Review
Based on truth and lies
"The story of True Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners: a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder: MAYHEM. Oslo, 1987. Seventeen-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create "true Norwegian black metal" with his band, MAYHEM. He's joined by equally fanatical youths - Dead and Varg. Believing that they're on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker, driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he's earned for the group's violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score and ultimately determine who the darkest black metal musician is."
Eleven director's teasers and trailers
“Lords of Chaos” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/lords-of-chaos-blu-ray-dvd
"Karate Kill" Streaming Review (Amazon Prime)
When a mysterious loner and Karate master Kenji's little sister goes missing, whoever stands in the way of finding her will face the wrath of KARATE KILL!
“Karate Kill” Amazon Prime Streaming – https://www.amazon.com/Karate-Kill-Hayate/dp/B06ZZG3GWS/
Patreon Pick "The House That Jack Built" Blu-Ray Review (Import)
Failed architect, engineer and vicious murderer Jack narrates the details of some of his most elaborately orchestrated crimes, each of them a towering piece of art that defines his life's work as a serial killer for twelve years.
“The House That Jack Built” UK Uncut Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/House-That-Jack-Built-Blu-ray/dp/B07J34LZQ4/
The Weekly Western "Sabata" Blu-Ray Review (Kino Lorber)
Mastered in HD - Who he is and where he came from, no one knows. But the leading citizens of the Western town of Daugherty think he knows too much. And they want to silence him ; forever. Get ready for the fast-paced, explosive action as Lee Van Cleef (For a Few Dollars More) stars as Sabata, the mysterious, steely-eyed gunslinger who, after he discovers Daugherty's elite are the masterminds behind the elaborate bank heist, imposes his bullet-laced brand of justice on the town. Bribes, bullets and even his turncoat best friend can't stop Sabata as he guns and gallops to a final spectacular shootout that's one of the biggest gunfights ever seen in the movies. Filmed in Spain and Italy, Sabata is another of producer Alberto Grimaldi's (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) hard-hitting western, a series that began as an imi- tation of the Hollywood genre but resulted in the creation of a new screen star and the Western "anti-hero".
Kino Lorber – https://www.kinolorber.com/
“Sabata” Blu-Ray – https://www.kinolorber.com/product/sabata-dvd
Hammer Time "The Abominable Snowman" DVD Review (Import) and "Quatermass 2" DVD Review (Import)
SEE IT WITH SOMEONE BRAVE! -- A TIMELESS TERROR TO FREEZE YOU TO YOUR SEATS!
A kindly English botanist and a gruff American promoter lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.
“The Abominable Snowman” DVD Import – https://www.amazon.it/Mostruoso-Uomo-Delle-Nevi-Dvd/dp/B0067VHS2E/
A HORRIBLE ENEMY FROM THE UNKNOWN STRIKES TERROR ACROSS THE EARTH!
In England, a group of space scientists, who have developed plans for the first Moon colony, learn that a secret, ostensibly government-run, complex of identical design has been built in a remote part of England and is the focus of periodic falls of small, hollow “meteorites” originating in outer space.
“Quatermass 2” Blu-Ray – https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/quatermass-2?product_id=7058
Shout! Factory – https://www.shoutfactory.com/
Pick a Movie "Phantom of Paradise" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (Scream Factory)
Phantom Of The Paradise is a ground-breaking cult film favorite from acclaimed writer/director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill).
Paul Williams wrote the acclaimed score for this musical horror classic, and stars as an evil record tycoon haunted and taunted by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Cheered by the Los Angeles Times as a “delightful, outrageous…visual triumph,” and also starring Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) and Gerrit Graham (Used Cars, Terrorvision), this hilarious send-up of the glam rock era is pure entertainment from beginning to end.
Why We Love It
“Brian De Palma didn’t just earn his reputation as a master of suspense because of how well he constructs sequences of killers stalking their prey, but because he works those sequences into passionate, witty, weird and pointed movies…The Shout! Factory special edition DVD/Blu-ray set is worthy of this cult favorite” — Los Angeles Times
“This set is flawlessly curated with just about everything a fan like myself could ask for or want from the film... Scream Factory raises the bar yet again and delivers a definitive edition disc that is a must buy for fans of this cult gem.” — Geekadelphia
“Phantom Of The Paradise has never looked or sounded better… With a captivating performance and music by Paul Williams, this visually amazing, smart and at time hysterical send up is a must see for fans of cult cinema. Phantom Of The Paradise is an over the top, stylized and tremendously entertaining film.” — Forces of Geek
High-Definition Transfer Of The Film
New Audio Commentary With Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, Archie Hahn, Peter Elbling And Jeffrey Comanor
New Interviews With Director Brian De Palma, Paul Williams And Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman
New Interviews With Producer Edward Pressman And Drummer Gary Mallaber
Paradise Regained - Documentary On The Making Of The Film
Interview With Paul Williams Moderated By Guillermo Del Toro
Interview With Costume Designer Rosanna Norton
Swan Song Outtake Footage
Original Theatrical Trailer, TV And Radio Spots
Shout! Factory – https://www.shoutfactory.com/
“Phantom of Paradise” Blu-Ray – https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/phantom-of-the-paradise-collector-s-edition?product_id=3311
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The Uncanny – 1977 – Denis Héroux
Saint Bernard – 2013 – Gabriel Bartalos
White Chamber – 2018 – Paul Raschid
A Record of Sweet Murder – 2014 – Kôji Shiraishi
Lords of Chaos – 2018 – Jonas Åkerlund
Karate Kill – 2016 – Kurando Mitsutake
The House That Jack Built – 2018 – Lars von Trier
Sabata – 1969 – Gianfranco Parolini
The Abominable Snowman – 1957 –Val Guest
Quatermass 2 – 1957 – Val Guest
Phantom of Paradise – 1974 – Brian De Palma