“A Bucket of Blood” Review – 0:28
“Artik” Review– 6:49
“Toys Are Not for Children” Review – 15:02
“Guns” Review –22:01
“Bad Blood” Review – 25:57
Patreon Pick “Matango” Review – 31:19
Patreon Pick “Hotel Mumbai” Review – 36:34
Patreon Pick “Running Scared” Review – 41:58
Patreon Pick “The Big Sleep” Patreon Review – 48:08
Hammer Time “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” w Jeremy – 54:20
Question of the Week “True crime story you want made into a film?” “Film based on a true crime you found tasteless?” “Film based on a true crime you felt handled it well?”– 1:07:58
Questions – 1:13:50
Answers “Favorite monster and horror icon?” – 1:16:00
"A Bucket of Blood" Blu-Ray Review (Olive Films)
Written by MrParka
Olive films bring the Roger Corman classic “A Bucket of Blood” to Blu-ray, remastered and stacked with features for this signature release. Hopefully, the bells and whistles help bring some more attention to this classic black horror comedy.
Walter Paisley is a lowly dullard working as a busboy at an art gallery coffee shop. Walter is intrigued by a woman and the art scene, wanting nothing more than her affection and to escape the shame of his job. When Walter accidently kills a cat, he covers it in clay and presents it as a work of art. To his surprise, the clay cat is a hit. Walter let’s his new found fame go to his head and sets his eyes on bigger projects.
“A Bucket of Blood” has a rare starring performance by legendary character actor Dick Miller. Dick Miller has a magic way of making himself likable no matter what. In this film he is a moronic killer who becomes somewhat of an ego maniac, yet the way Miller plays into Walter’s simplistic nature and his lack of understanding make him sympathetic and endearing. Many actors would have trouble portraying this sort of dimension. The name Walter Paisley should not go unrecognized; this wouldn’t be the last time Dick Miller donned the name of Walter Paisley or a bastardization of it. For nearly his entire career, Dick would often pop up in films as bit roles credited as Walt, Walter, or Walter Paisley.
The film’s script is smart and clever; it pokes fun at the art scene filling it with hopeless burnouts, pretentious poets, greedy art dealers, and oblivious buyers all while moving the story along. These odd characters get moments to shine, especially the stellar poet whose whimsical poems tend to drive Walter to further art crimes. “A Bucket of Blood” seems responsible for so many future horror films that incorporate murder into the artwork or the art somehow being a murdered victim. Some of these films seem to take a lot like HG Lewis’s gore film “Color Me Blood Red” and a memorable episode from the HBO series “Tales From the Crypt entitled “Easel Kill Ya”. There are also smaller inspirations as well where films seem to be just merely touched by it. “Kolobos” is one that comes to mind, where the killer turns drawings of murder into reality and even the work of Dario Argento where killers are inspired by artwork such as “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage”. The similarities to 1954’s “House of Wax”, which came out half a decade earlier, didn’t go unnoticed either; especially in Germany where they shot an extended prologue to tie the two films together. “A Bucket of Blood” is funny, zany, and ahead of its time. It sports good performances especially from Dick Miller who shines in his tragic circumstances and is well worth revisiting.
Olive Films has included a nice chunk of features including an interview with director Roger Corman, an interview with Miller and his wife Lainie Miller, a new commentary by Elijah Drenner, The German prologue with subtitles, and more.
With A Bucket of Blood, the multi-talented Roger Corman singlehandedly created his own genre hyphenate: the black-comedy-beatnik-culture-horror film. Dick Miller (Gremlins, The Trip) stars as Walter, a busboy at the hep-cat hangout the Yellow Door Café who dreams of artistic greatness. Inspired by the scribes and artists who surround him, Walter is introduced to the world of sculpture quite literally by accident – thanks to thin walls and a sharp steak knife. From his very first sculpture – the aptly titled “Dead Cat” – Walter is hailed a genius by the art snob set, a wunderkind who, unbeknownst to his doting devotees, has raised murder to the level of high art. But when the tortured artist turns his creativity towards the human form, he’s sure to make their blood run cold.
Rounding out the cast are Barboura Morris (The Trip, The Haunted Palace) as Carla, the woman of Walter’s dreams; Bert Convy (Semi-Tough) as undercover cop Lou Raby; Antony Carbone (Pit and the Pendulum) as Leonard, owner of the Yellow Door; and Julian Burton (The Masque of the Red Death) as Maxwell, the Yellow Door’s resident poet-philosopher.
A Bucket of Blood is written by Charles B. Griffith (Death Race 2000), photographed by Jacques R. Marquette (Burnt Offerings), edited by Anthony Carras (The Comedy of Terrors), with music by Fred Katz (The Little Shop of Horrors), and art direction by Dan Haller (Pit and the Pendulum).
Limited to 3500 units!
OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
Mastered from new 4K scan
“Creation Is. All Else is Not” – Roger Corman on A Bucket of Blood
“Call Me Paisley” – Dick and Lainie Miller on A Bucket of Blood
Audio commentary by Elijah Drenner, director of That Guy Dick Miller
Archival audio interview with screenwriter Charles B. Griffith
“Bits of Bucket” – Visual essay comparing the original script to the finished film
Essay by Caelum Vatnsdal
Rare prologue from German release
Super 8 “digest” version
German theatrical trailer
Gallery of newly-discovered on-set photography
Olive Films – https://olivefilms.com/
“A Bucket of Blood” Blu-Ray Signature Release – https://olivefilms.com/product/a-bucket-of-blood-olive-signature-blu-ray/
"Artik" Blu-Ray Review (Dread Central Presents)
A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders
until the boy befriends a mysterious man who threatens to expose everything.
The Characters Behind the Scenes Featurette
The Chair Behind the Scenes Featurette
11 minutes – w/commentary
Goldblooded – w/commentary
English 5.1 Surround Sound and English Stereo 2.0
Blu-ray is Region Free
Dread Central Releasing – https://www.dreadcentral.com/
“Atrik” Blu-Ray - https://epic-pictures.com/merchandise/artik-blu-ray
"Toys Are Not for Children" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Psychological trauma and aberrant sexuality abound in this twisted 1972 tale of a young woman whose severe daddy issues send her on an unforgettably bleak downward spiral. Yearning for the love of her absentee father, Jamie inhabits an infantilized world surrounded by toys, including those which her wayward pops bizarrely continues to send her. Unable to consummate her new marriage with dashing colleague Charlie, Jamie's chance encounter with aging sex worker Pearl leads her into the murky world of prostitution where her most disturbing erotic fantasies begin to play out. Grim, quirky and strangely affecting in equal measure, Stanley H. Brasloff's Toys Are Not for Children is a truly one-of-a-kind effort from the heyday of the American exploitation independents, which builds to a haunting and devastating climax that lingers long after the credits roll.
Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain
Newly-filmed appreciation by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
‘Dirty’ Dolls: Femininity, Perversion and Play - a brand new video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Original theme song “Lonely Am I”, newly transferred from the original 45-RPM vinyl single
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanity Celis
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Toys Are Not for Children” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/toys-are-not-for-children-blu-ray
"Guns" Blu-Ray Review (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Locked, Cocked & Ready To Rock.
South American criminal Juan Degas has been using the Hawaiian Islands as his base for smuggling weapons from China to Latin America. Tracking their target from Hawaii to Las Vegas, our agents must watch their backs while attempting to take down their prey.
“Guns was an action films where women got to shoot the guns, beat up the bad guys, and ultimately save the world from a smirking misogynist.” – Lisa Marie Bowman, Through the Shattered Lens
Starring: Erik Estrada (TV's CHiPs), Dona Speir (Hard Ticket to Hawaii), Roberta Vasquez (Picasso Trigger), Danny Trejo (Machete)
Mill Creek Entertainment – https://www.millcreekent.com/
“Guns” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Guns-Blu-ray-Erik-Estrada/dp/B07TLPB9HF/
"Bad Blood" Blu-Ray Review
SOV vampire film filled. Marcus Koch's first film filled to the brim with gore and splatter.
Patreon Pick "Matango" Review
Five vacationers and two crewmen become stranded on a tropical island near the equator. The island has little edible food for them to use as they try to live in a fungus covered hulk while repairing Kessei's yacht. Eventually they struggle over the food rations which were left behind by the former crew. Soon they discover something unfriendly there.
“Matango” Amazon Prime – https://www.amazon.com/Attack-Mushroom-People-Akira-Kubo/dp/B079VQFXX9/
Patreon Pick "Hotel Mumbai" Review
NOVEMBER 26, 2008… TERROR STRUCK THE HEART OF INDIA.
Mumbai, India, November 26, 2008. While several terrorists spread hatred and death through the city, others attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Both hotel staff and guests risk their lives, making unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and keep everyone safe while help arrives.
“Hotel Mumbai” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Hotel-Mumbai-Blu-ray-Armie-Hammer/dp/B07PYJ2SC9/
Patreon Pick "Running Scared" Blu-Ray Review (Kino Lorber)
Peter Hyams (Busting) directs Gregory Hines (White Nights) and Billy Crystal (City Slickers) in the motion picture that asks the question, "How come the bad guys always drive the good cars?" The answer has them Running Scared in this lightning-paced comic thriller. Ray and Danny are the wild men of the Windy City's police force. The pair's unorthodox methods get results in a tough town - until they come up against Julio Gonzales (Jimmy Smits, NYPD Blue), a smooth-talking drug dealer who is bucking to become Chicago's first Spanish Godfather. Trying to nail Gonzales, they blow a delicate undercover operation and are sent on a forced vacation to Key West - where they discover the good life of warm weather and warmer women. The new locale makes them decide to retire... but not before putting Gonzales behind bars first. The stellar cast includes Steven Bauer (Scarface), Darlanne Fluegel (To Live and Die in L.A.), Joe Pantoliano (The Fugitive), John Gries (Real Genius) and Dan Hedaya (Blood Simple).
Blu-ray Extras Include:
Audio Commentary by Director Peter Hyams
Billy Cyrstal Outtakes
Selected Electronic Press Kit Scenes
Original Theatrical Trailer
Kino Lorber – https://www.kinolorber.com/
“Running Scared” Blu-Ray – https://www.kinolorber.com/product/running-scared-billy-crystal-gregory-hines-blu-ray
Patreon Pick "The Big Sleep" Streaming Review (Amazon Prime)
THE PICTURE THEY WERE BORN FOR!
Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.
“The Big Sleep” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Big-Sleep-Blu-ray-Humphrey-Bogart/dp/B01ACP59XA/
Hammer Time Episode 20 "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" Blu-Ray Review (Scream Factory)
"Dracula: Prince of Darkness, more than any of the Hammer Draculas, embodies the recurrent image of sexual repression threatening ... to tear Victorian society apart ..." – Moria Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review
Four English tourists find themselves stranded in the mysterious village of Karlsbad, a sinister and remote place with a deadly, dark legend. Their journey leads them to an abandoned castle where a nightmarish destiny awaits them: an evil in need of resurrection, a blood-craving beast known only as Count Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Christopher Lee, The Lord Of The Rings films, Wicker Man). Released in 1966, this film presents the legendary Lee's second outing as Dracula, with Hammer Films pushing the cinematic boundaries of graphic gore and terror.
Two Versions! The UK Version And The U.S. Version
NEW 4K Scan Of The Interpositive Of The US Version From The 20th Century Fox Vaults
NEW Audio Commentary With Author Troy Howarth
NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker Constantine Nasr And Writer/Producer Steve Haberman
Audio Commentary With Cast Members Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews, And Barbara Shelley
World Of Hammer Episode “Dracula And The Undead”
Back To Black – The Making Of Dracula: Prince Of Darkness
Super 8mm Behind-The-Scenes Footage
Shout! Factory – https://www.shoutfactory.com/
“Dracula: Prince of Darkness” Blu-Ray – https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/dracula-prince-of-darkness-collector-s-edition?product_id=6916
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One true crime story you want to see made into a film?
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A Bucket of Blood – 1959 – Roger Corman
Atrik – 2019 – Tom Botchii Skowronski
Toys Are Not for Children – 1972 – Stanley H. Brassloff
Guns – 1990 – Andy Sidaris
Bad Blood – 1997 – Marcus Koch
Matango – 1963 – Ishirô Honda
Hotel Mumbai – 2018 – Anthony Maras
Running Scared – 1986 – Peter Hyams
The Big Sleep – 1946 – Howard Hawks
Dracula: Prince of Darkness – 1966 – Terence Fisher