“The Boys Next Door” Review– 0:36
“Gwendoline” Review– 10:21
“Robocop” Review – 16:24
“Jake Speed” Review –26:12
“The Fare” Review – 31:24
“The Banana Splits Movie” Review – 36:25
Quickie “Tigers Are Not Afraid” Review – 41:36
Quickie “Haunt” Review – 45:20
Quickie “The Furies” Review – 48:36
Patreon Pick “The Clan of the White Lotus” Review– 51:21
Hammer Time “The Lost Continent” Review w Jeremy– 55:28
Pick A Movie – 1:10:42
Questions – 1:11:40
Answers “Price, Cushing, Lee, Pleasence, or Carradine?” – 1:12:41
Question of the Week “Favorite Horror Film of 2019?”– 1:18:40
Update – 1:18:51
"The Boys Next Door" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
Severin Films brings the cult classic “Boys Next Door” to Blu-Ray for the first time. Before acclaimed filmmaker Penelope Spheeris moved onto the comedy genre, she directed this violent 80’s thriller. “Boys Next Door” follows a pair of young men, Bo (Charlie Sheen) and Roy (Maxwell Caulfield), who start a streak of violence after their graduation. It’s up to a pair of cops to track the duo down and put an end to it.
The film opens up in a chilling fashion showing the faces of infamous serial killers, complete with interview quotes and trivia. Although not completely fitting for the film, it sure grabs the audience’s attention. The title of the film plays on the overused phrase people spew when they find out someone they were familiar with happens to be a serial killer. However, these two characters wouldn’t be considered serial killers in the truest sense, but more so spree killers. The title is not lost on the audience.
Bo and Roy are losers; they come from families that don’t seem to care nor support them and lack the ambition and drive to move on to their future factory job. They aren’t content with their lives and while this may be a common starting point for the coming of age genre, this film decides to go in a much darker route. The pair is dressed in clothes that look like they are from the 50’s while their peers are dressed in the latest fashions. We have two drastic personalities; Bo is concerned with getting laid and typically comes across as desperate, chauvinistic, and a bit simple. Roy is the truly dangerous one, he’s filled with misogynistic rage and psychotic tendencies brought on by being a closeted homosexual. It’s worth mentioning that the catalyst for their road trip and inevitable spree is something petty on the surface. They are kicked out of a graduation party thrown by their more better off classmates, but it’s not just that to Bo and Roy. It’s the final straw in solidifying their alienation from their age group and other social classes. At times “Boys Next Door” feels like a statement on the youth, a statement on classism, and a statement on repressed homosexuality. Sometimes it just feels like exploitation.
The filmmakers really have a wonderful eye for lighting, the locations are lit beautifully. With most of the film taking place at night, it’s never over lit or too dark. The colors are in abundance and the locations are captured perfectly making the film a nice time piece. “Boys Next Door” is one of the great, sleazy Los Angeles movies to rival the New York works of Lustig and Henenlotter. The soundtrack is perfect; the music fits with the scenes and the drama, reflecting the time. When some of the more grueling scenes take place, they are filmed in a dreamlike, yet realistic fashion that makes one feel every impact of violence. The acting from everyone involved is top notch. The several small characters with weird quirks and remarks help the could-be-slow moments and make them memorable. The two leads have great chemistry together and although they are despicable, the ending is impactful and tragic due to their performances and the writing.
“Boys Next Door” is an excellent movie with great acting, filmmaking, and writing. Luckily Severin Films has loaded this Blu-Ray to the brim with features. Included on the release is an audio commentary with Director Penelope Spheeris and Actor Maxwell Caulfield. An awesome interview with Stephen Thrower who goes into depth about the impact this film had on him. Also included is a side by side Interview with Christopher McDonald and Maxwell Caulfield together. This feature is a treat to see two old friends talk about the film and remember the experience. All and all Severin Films has done a great job with this underrated film.
This is the moment ‘80s teen movies turned “harrowing” (Unobtanium13.com), “frightening” (FilmFracture.com) and “all too real” (CoolAssCinema.com). Now this “dark, forbidding vision” (Los Angeles Times) from Penelope Spheeris – director of THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION Trilogy as well as WAYNE’S WORLD – and screenwriters Glen Morgan & James Wong – creators of FINAL DESTINATION and writers/producers of THE X-FILES – comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever.
Maxwell Caulfield and Chariie Sheen star as high-school outcasts who head to Los Angeles for a spree of petty crime, senseless violence and savage murder, “that will stick in your head for a long time” (The-Unknown-Movies.com). Patti D’Arbanville (BILITIS) and Christopher McDonald (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM) co-star in this “Descent into Hell” (BirthMoviesDeath.com) featuring music by Iggy Pop, Tex & The Horseheads and The Cramps, scanned in 4k from the original negative.
- Audio Commentary with Director Penelope Spheeris and Actor Maxwell Caulfiel.
- Blind Rage - Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Nightmare USA.
- Both Side of the Law - Interview with Actors Maxwell Caulfield and Christopher McDonald.
- Give Us Your Money - Interviews with Street Band Performers Texacala Jones and Tequila Mockingbird.
- Caveman Day - Cinemaniacs Interview with Director Penelope Spheeris and Actor Maxwell Caulfield.
- Tales from the End Zone - Interview with Actor Kenneth Cortland.
- The Psychotronic Tourist - The Boys Next Door .
- Alternate Opening Title Sequence & Extended Scenes (Silent).
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“The Boys Next Door” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/boys-next-door-blu/
"Gwendoline" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
In the ‘70s, he created a daring new world of X-rated cinema with EMMANUELLE and THE STORY OF O. And in 1984, Just Jaeckin wrote and directed the most ambitious, audacious, fun – and final – classic of his legendary erotic career: Video vixen Tawny Kitaen (BACHELOR PARTY, WITCHBOARD) and action hero Brent Huff (NINE DEATHS OF THE NINJA, STRIKE COMMANDO 2) star in this “4 Star kink-o-rama” (Mr. Skin) based on the infamous S&M comic strip and bursting with perilous adventure, bountiful nudity, spectacular production design, eye-popping lesbian bondage, all-new Special Features and more. César Award winning actress/director Zabou co-stars in the “decadent delight and true cult favorite” (WhatCulture.com) that launched Severin Films, now scanned uncut in 4k from the original negative recently discovered in a Paris vault.
- Alternate US Release Version THE PERILS OF GWENDOLINE IN THE LAND OF THE YIK YAK
- Audio Commentary with Director Just Jaeckin
- Audio Commentary with Stars Tawny Kitaen and Brent Huff
- The Butterfly Effect - 2019 Interview with Director Just Jaeckin
- Bondage Paradise - Interviews with Costume & Concept Designers & Comic Book Artists François Schuiten and Claude Renard
- The Perils Of Production - Interview with Executive Producer Jean-Claude Fleury
- Gwendoline’s Travels - Interview with Production Designer Françoise Deleu
- Blu-Ray Promos with Tawny Kitaen & Brent Huff
- The Last Temptation Of Just - 2006 Interview with Director Just Jaeckin
- Dr. Kinsey Interview with John Willie, Creator of SWEET GWENDOLINE
- Revealing Tawny Kitaen Photospread for French LUI Magazine
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Gwendoline” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/gwendoline-le-blu/
"Robocop" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
PART MAN, PART MACHINE, ALL COP. RoboCop, from Orion Pictures, marked director Paul Verhoeven's (Flesh + Blood) Hollywood debut and instantly became an enduring sci-fi/action classic when it landed in theaters in the summer of 1987. Verhoeven's peerlessly exciting and kinetic visuals were matched by a sharp script, iconic cast and exceptional special effects by Rob Bottin (The Thing) and Phil Tippett (The Empire Strikes Back). The film takes place in Detroit in the not-too-distant future. Heroic cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai) is gunned down in the line of duty, only to be resurrected as RoboCop - a cybernetic mix of spare human parts and Motor City steel, and the latest defense against crime designed by the all-powerful OCP Corporation. As RoboCop's memories of his former life as Murphy resurface, only his ex-partner (Nancy Allen, Dressed To Kill) stands beside him to fight against the vicious thugs responsible for his death, as well as a nefarious top-level OCP executive orchestrating the chaos from above. Unsurpassably thrilling, unexpectedly moving and unforgettably hilarious in equal measure, the future of law enforcement is back in a definitive Blu-ray™ presentation packed with hours of brand new bonus features and exclusive collectable packaging.
4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
Director's Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discs
Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
Six collector's postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)
Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
Limited edition collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)
Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director's Cut)
New commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
New commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner
RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures' The Prodigy)
Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
Casting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film's ensemble cast was assembled
Connecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
Composing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont's collection of original props and memorabilia
2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
RoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew
Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg
Four deleted scenes
The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
Director's Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes
Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
Extensive image galleries
Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer's Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereo
Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director's Cuts
RoboCop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Robocop” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/robocop-limited-edition-blu-ray
"Jake Speed" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Where Jake Speed Goes, Adventure Follows in this Special Edition from Arrow Video!
MORE THAN A MYTH, LESS THAN A LEGEND... AND A BIT TOO BIG FOR HIS BOOTS. When her sister is taken by a gang of white slavers, Margaret (Karen Kopins, Troop Beverly Hills) knows she needs a hero with a difference to bring her home. Enter Jake Speed (Wayne Crawford, Barracuda), leaping from the pages of pulp thriller novels and into the real world. With Margaret and his trusty sidekick Desmond Floyd (Dennis Christopher Chariots of Fire), Jake arrives hot on the heels of the kidnappers in a southern African country gripped by civil war. But it soon turns out Jake got more than he bargained for when he discovers that the ringleader of the slavers is none other than his own arch-nemesis: the wicked, criminally insane Sid (John Hurt, Alien, The Osterman Weekend)... A ripe slice of '80s action cheese in the tradition of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone, Jake Speed has it all: romance, death-defying stunts, spellbinding scenery shot on location in Zimbabwe... and best of all, a wickedly off-the-wall performance by the late John Hurt, proving the old adage that a hero is nothing without a worthy foe.
Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original 35mm interpositive
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Paperback Wishes, Cinematic Dreams, a new interview with co-writer/producer/director Andrew Lane
The Hard Way Reads Better, a new interview with producer William Fay
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Jake Speed” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/jake-speed-blu-ray
"The Fare" Blu-Ray Review (Epic Pictures Releasing)
Harris, a world-weary taxi driver, and his fare, Penny, find themselves trapped in an endlessly looping ride that changes their lives forever.
1. "Alternate Realities" -- Unused Footage Montage
2. Beyond FM
3. Flashback Scene Breakdown
4. Gag Reel
5. "The Look of The Fare" - Joshua Harrison and D.C. Hamilton
6. "Lost in the Fog" - Extended Sequence
7. Original Opening
8. "Secrets of The Fare" - Brinna Kelly
Director, D.C. Hamilton Commentary – 82:00
Screenwriter/Producer; Brinna Kelly Commentary – 82:00
Epic Pictures Releasing – https://epic-pictures.com/
“The Fare” Blu-Ray – https://epic-pictures.com/merchandise/the-fare-blu-ray
"The Banana Splits Movie" Blu-Ray Review
Dani takes her family to a taping of the Banana Splits Movie but must help them esacpe the murder spree that ensues when the animatronic rock band learns their show is being cancelled.
Web Site Information
Digital Copy Included
“The Banana Splits Movie” Blu-Ray/DVD Combo – https://www.amazon.com/Banana-Splits-Movie-Blu-ray-Digital/dp/B07RVHFPRT/
"Tigers Are Not Afraid" Streaming Review (Shudder)
A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group of orphaned children armed with three magical wishes, running from the ghosts that haunt them and the cartel that murdered their parents. Filmmaker Issa López creates a world that recalls the early films of Guillermo del Toro, imbued with her own gritty urban spin on magical realism to conjure a wholly unique experience that audiences will not soon forget. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
Shudder – https://www.shudder.com/
“Tigers Are Not Afraid” Streaming – https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/tigers-are-not-afraid/5138008
"Haunt" Streaming Review (Shudder)
On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an "extreme" haunted house which promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
Shudder – https://www.shudder.com/
“Haunt” Streaming – https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/haunt/5244594
"The Furies" Streaming Review (Shudder)
Rebellious high school students Kayla and her best friend Maddie are abducted by a sinister presence while out bombing their neighbourhood with graffiti. Waking up, in the woods, bound and disoriented in a claustrophobic coffin-like apparatus, Kayla's first thought is of Maddie. Before she has a chance to ruminate on the dreadful fate that may have befallen her friend, Kayla notices a terrifying masked man fast approaching, armed with a razor-sharp axe. As a chase ensues, it soon becomes clear that Kayla and her pursuer are not alone. There are six more young women, each with a masked stalker assigned to them, hell-bent on murder.
Shudder – https://www.shudder.com/
“The Furies” Streaming – https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/the-furies/5224107
Patreon Pick "The Clan of the White Lotus" Streaming Review (Amazon Prime)
Lo Lieh, Shaw Studios' first international kung-fu film star, also directed this special sequel to Executioners From Shaolin, where heroic Gordon Liu Chia-hui must learn "Embroidery Fist" and acupuncture to counter the evil White Lotus leader's deadly "Weightless Boxing" and "Nerve Centre Shutdown" techniques.
“The Clan of the White Lotus” Amazon Prime – https://www.amazon.com/Clan-White-Lotus-Liu-Chia-hui/dp/B00V2MSLRY/
Hammer Time Episode 29 "The Lost Continent" DVD Review
Offbeat 1960s Hammer Studios fantasy horror. When Captain Lansen (Eric Portman)'s leaky cargo ship is blown off course, the crew members find themselves in a mysterious, fog-shrouded ocean where the seaweed eats human flesh and mutated crab-like creatures with huge claws are on the loose. The surviving crew and passengers then encounter a band of Spanish conquistadors who think it is still the 1500s and the Inquisition is still in progress.
“The Lost Continent” DVD Import – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Continent-DVD-Eric-Porter/dp/B001TJKW5Y/
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Favorite Horror Film of 2019?
The Boys Next Door – 1985 – Penelope Spheeris
Gwendoline – 1984 – Just Jaeckin
Robocop – 1987 – Paul Verhoeven
Jake Speed – 1986 – Andrew Lane
The Fare – 2018 – D.C. Hamilton
The Banana Splits Movie – 2019 – Danishka Esterhazy
Tigers Are Not Afraid – 2017 – Issa López
Haunt – 2019 – Scott Beck/Bryan Woods
The Furies – 2019 – Tony D’Aquino
The Clan of the White Lotus – 1980 – Lo Lieh
The Lost Continent – 1968 – Michael Carreras