“Who Saw Her Die? Review – -0:20
“A Wish for the Dead” Review– 11:16
“I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday” Review – 16:55
“Jessie’s Super Normal Regular Average Day” Review –21:26
“Darlin’” Review – 29:22
“The Woman” Review – 36:23
“Let My Puppets Come” Review – 44:25
“Vacation of Terror” Review – 52:44
“Vacation of Terror 2: ” Review – 57:51
Hammer Time “The Gorgon” Review with Jeremy – 1:05:30
Questions?” – 1:23:53
Answers “A movie you wanted to love? But couldn’t or didn’t?” – 1:25:27
Question of the Week “A movie you thought you’d hate, but didn’t?” – 1:35:39
Update – 1:35:52
"Who Saw Her Die?" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Former Bond star George Lazenby (On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Man from Hong Kong) headlines this classic giallo directed by Aldo Lado (Short Night of Glass Dolls, Night Train Murders) ¬-as compelling for its haunting atmosphere, twists and turns as for its parallels with another great Venetian horror/thriller - Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. Sculptor Franco Serpieri (Lazenby) welcomes Roberta (Nicoletta Elmi, Deep Red) - his young daughter from a failed marriage - to Venice, unaware that a disturbed child-killer is stalking the city's canals. When Roberta's body is found floating face-down in the river, the lives of Franco and his estranged wife Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail) are ripped asunder. Desperate for vengeance, Franco turns detective in a bid to track down his daughter's killer, and in the process unearths shocking evidence of depravity and corruption which implicates some of the most respected figures in Venetian society. Released at the height of the giallo boom, this gripping mystery thriller boasts some of the most iconic names associated with the genre on both sides of the camera. Co-starring Dominique Boschero (The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire) and Adolfo Celi (Thunderball), and featuring one of the all-time greatest scores from maestro Ennio Morricone (What Have You Done to Solange?), Who Saw Her Die? thrills anew in its high definition debut.
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by author and critic Travis Crawford
I Saw Her Die, a new video interview with director Aldo Lado
Nicoletta, Child of Darkness, a new video interview with actress Nicoletta Elmi
Once Upon a Time in Venice, a new video interview with co-writer Francesco Barilli
Giallo in Venice, a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
Poster and fotobusta gallery
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Who Saw Her Die?” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/who-saw-her-die-blu-ray
"A Wish for the Dead" DVD Review
The world will end, with just one wish...
A mysterious man offers John hope for his dying wife: a locket, which will grant a single wish. John wishes that death ceases to exist. Chaos ensues as the living can't die, and the dead can't remain in the grave.
“A Wish for the Dead” DVD – https://mvdshop.com/products/a-wish-for-the-dead-dvd
"I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday" Blu-Ray Review (Scream Team Releasing)
From Writer/Director Mike Lombardo (The Stall, Long Pig) and Executive Producer Brian Keene (award winning author of The Rising, Ghoul) comes what East Coast Horror Group called “The gut punch holiday film of the year.” White Doomsday is the story of Kelly Enck and her son Riley, weathering the end times in a bomb shelter amongst the ruin that was once the world. With Christmas eve approaching, and supplies and hope steadily declining, Kelly must make a horrifying decision that will cause her to find out just how far she would go for her child. Starring Hope Bikle, Damian Maffei (The Strangers: Prey at Night, Haunt), and introducing Reeve Blazi as Riley, I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday is "a bleak, thoughtful, character driven piece with an ending that will have you staggering out of the theater." -Jeff Strand (author of SICK HOUSE and PRESSURE)
DISC 1: Blu-ray includes:
• Feature Film Approx 71 mins
• Audio commentary with writer/director Mike Lombardo & Executive Producer Brian Keene
• Audio commentary with stars Hope Bikle and Reeve Blazi featuring Reeve's mom, Pam Blazi
• “Armageddon From The Cheap Seats: The Making of White Doomsday” - a feature length behind the scenes documentary
• “Backyard Splatter 101: Skeletons” - an FX tutorial on how to realistically age skeleton props
• Motion Menus
DISC 2: DVD includes:
∙ All of the Above
Number of Discs: 2
Single Layer Blu-ray Disc
Dual Layer DVD Disc
All factory replicated and packaged content. NO BD-R or DVD-R.
All Discs are Region Free.
Scream Team Releasing – https://screamteamreleasing.com/
“I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday” Blu-Ray – https://screamteamreleasing.com/collections/dvd-vhs-bluray/products/im-dreaming-of-a-white-doomsday-special-collectors-edition-blu-ray-dvd-combo-pack
"Jessie’s Super Normal Regular Average Day" Screener Review
1. FIND GOD 2. KILL GOD 3. PARTY!
All Jessie wanted was to sleep in on her day off, but there’s a whole Hell of a lot going on that’s keeping her from doing that. The only question she keeps having to ask herself is if any of it is even real in the first place.
“Jessie’s Super Normal Regular Day” Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jessiessupernormalregularaverageday/
"Darlin'" Blu-Ray Review (Dark Sky Films)
Written by MrParka
Dark Sky Films presents Darlin’ on Blu-Ray and DVD. Darlin’ is a direct sequel to Lucky McKee's The Woman. Darlin’ is the third in the film series based on a book series written by Jack Ketchum but is the first of the films to not have a book counterpart. The star of the film series, Pollyanna McIntosh, who plays the woman, fills in double duty and makes her directorial debut with Darlin’.
The Woman and her newly adopted daughter Darlin’ stumble out of the wilderness in worse shape than usual. Darlin’ is left at a hospital and, with no means to communicate, is taken to a home for young women ran by the church that owns the hospital. The school is ran by a bishop who has a plan to keep the school afloat by using Darlin’ as an example of someone who has “The devil inside” and has had it expunged. To the bishop’s dismay, Darlin not only has the “devil” inside of her, but something else.
Darlin’ carries on a lot of the themes of The Woman with the so called civilized people of the world trying to bring civility to the savages. Darlin’ takes the religious angle and shows its perversion and corruption bringing up the question maybe it’s best to stay savage. The themes are interesting and thought provoking. In a world of horror films that attempt to ridicule the Catholic Church, there are a fair share of ones that fail. They seem to come across cheesy or uneducated about the subject. Although the film has its moments of absurdity and insanity, it never comes across inept. The only time the film seems to reach a little bit is when we understand that the bishop is not only corrupt by the idea of money, but that of a sexual nature as well. The sexual nature could be argued that it ties in with the lust of money/power and is also used for a nice reveal in the storyline, so this plot point can be forgiven or possibility rectified. The focus of the church controlling the hospital is a nice angle, it feels a little unexplored in other films and Darlin’ takes advantage of it for a few scenes. Hospitals, churches, and schools are all great location to set a horror film; here we have all three.
The film’s absurdity comes across in some of its situations using the scary and violent Woman to bring across some situational and well needed humor. The Woman interacting with a group of homeless people or riding in a car all make for funny or interesting scenes. The homeless characters bring a sense of weirdness to the movie and sort of bring up a feeling of a Voltaire Candide approach where we follow this character in meeting all sorts of strange people. While The Woman is having these interactions and bonding with the homeless, Darlin’ is forming her relationships with the other girls of the school. While separated from each other, they are creating their own family units to replace the ones they lost. The girls all struggle with their problems from previous lives and new problems brought on by the bishop and some of the nuns. Most of the girls have unique quirks which add to the entertainment and interest level of the film.
The filmmaking is solid all around; it’s shot well and has a nice choice of soundtrack and music cues. The special effects are decent and kills are satisfactory. As for the acting from the leads, it’s very good. Lauryn Canny who plays Darlin’ has a very complex role where she has to learn to be civilized again while still carrying over some of that violence and survival instinct that has been deeply embedded or brought out in her. The Woman is used more for comedy than in previous installments, but works by being a great danger and a place of comic relief. The homeless characters in the film also fill these roles, but, more the latter. The supporting cast hold their weight quite well, The Bishop (Bryan Batt) carries the right demeanor and look, while Nurse Tony (Cooper Andrews) and the haunted Sister Jennifer (Nora-Jane Noone) bring in nice storylines and make for compelling characters.
When the big reveal happens at the end all the snippets of flashback come together and we are given a nice allegory and a look into Darlin’s understanding and a warning how people can be manipulated by faith. Darlin’ is an entertaining film that takes a look at organized religion, family, corruption, and savagery. It’s a good continuation, albeit not as poignant as the previous entry, but is most definitely worth checking out. Dark Sky Films has included a making of, commentary with the director, and some deleted scenes for supplements.
Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a “good girl” as an example of the miracle of the church. However, Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman, equally fierce and feral, who raised her is ever present and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way.
Continuing the twistedly vicious adventure of Lucky McKee’s cult hit The Woman, DARLIN’ sees standout star Pollyanna McIntosh both in front of and behind the camera, expertly commanding an all-consuming feast on the senses and sensibility in equal measure.
Dark Sky Films – https://darkskyfilms.com/
“Darlin’” Blu-Ray – https://www.mpihomevideo.com/products/darlin-1
"The Woman" Blu-Ray Review
NOT EVERY MONSTER LIVES IN THE WILD.
A lawyer puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member of a violent clan and tries to forcibly tame her.
“The Woman” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Blu-Ray-Bloody-Disgusting-Selects/dp/B005SQRYGY/
"Let My Puppets Come" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (Vinegar Syndrome)
Ned, Fred, Red, and Gramps, of the Creative Concepts Systems and Procedures Brothers Unlimited Inc., are in big trouble. Their get rich quick scheme, Big League Bocce, has become a financial disaster and their only options now are to pay back their debts or get out of town...fast! Overhearing their plight, their barely literate delivery boy, Jimmy, makes a novel suggestion: produce a skin flick. With no other way to recoup their losses, they decide to give it a shot, hiring the only smut peddler they know, Lash, who operates a fetish store, along with auteur Geppetto, to add some class to the proceedings. But with their creditors closing in, can the boys get their sleaze in the can before it's too late?
Gerard Damiano's strangest film, LET MY PUPPETS COME is a [nearly] all puppet musical sex comedy featuring over half a dozen original songs, raunchy dance numbers, commercial parodies, and guest appearances from Annie Sprinkle and Al Goldstein. A would-be underground classic that never found its audience, PUPPETS was originally feature length, but was re-edited to 43 minutes by its producers and ultimately released as a supporting featurette with Damiano's 1977 film ODYSSEY. Never officially distributed uncut on video, Vinegar Syndrome presents this nearly lost midnight oddity in its fully uncut, 75 minute version, newly restored from the best known surviving film elements.
Directed by: Gerard Damiano
Starring: Annie Sprinkle, Gerard Damiano, Al Goldstein, Luis De Jesus
1976 / 75 min / 1.85:1
• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm archival elements
• Audio conversation with puppeteer and puppet designer James Racioppi, moderated by film historian Casey Scott
• Audio commentary with film historians Heather Drain and Samm Deighan
• Rare audio from a production of the musical “Kumquats”, the inspiration for Let My Puppets Come
• Audio conversation with "Kumquats" director Nicolas Coppola, moderated by film historian Casey Scott
• Original theatrical trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH subtitles
Vinegar Syndrome – https://vinegarsyndrome.com
“Let My Puppets Come” Blu-Ray – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/collections/vinegar-syndrome/products/let-my-puppets-come
"Vacation of Terror" and "Vacation of Terror 2" DVD Review (BCI Eclipse)
Vacation of Terror (Vacaciones de terror) A family buys a summer house in the Mexican countryside. but this dream home is not what it seems. The youngest daughter finds a diabolical doll, possessed by a witch, who takes control of her and supernaturally attempts to kill the rest of the family. Not Rated - 90 minutes - 1989
Vacation of Terror 2 (Vacaciones de Terror 2) The diabolical doll and Pedro Fernández return for this sequel to the original film. Julio is invited to a birthday party for a little girl on Halloween in a closed movie studio. At the party, he notices she has a doll that resembles the one that his little sister had. This is one party you'll be dying to leave! Not Rated - 90 minutes - 1991
Crypt of Terror: South of the Border Vol. 1 DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Crypt-Terror-Horror-South-Border/dp/B000XUOLPW/
Hammer Time Episode 17 "The Gorgon" Blu-Ray Review (Mill Creek Entertainment)
A VENTURE INTO THE DEEPEST, STARKEST REALMS OF THE SUPERNATURAL...
In the early 20th century a village experienced a series of inexplicable murders. All the victims were young men who had been turned to stone. The perpetrator of these deaths was a being so repulsive that she transformed the onlooker using the power of her deadly stare. Much of the time the creature took the form of a beautiful and seductive woman, but during periods of the full moon she becomes a living horror, vicious and deadly. A professor has come to investigate the deaths, bringing with him his beautiful assistant whose knowledge of the Gorgon is more intimate than anyone would ever realise.
Mill Creek Entertainment – https://www.millcreekent.com/
Hammer Horror Double Feature “The Gorgon” and “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” – https://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Film-Double-Feature-Blu-ray/dp/B01IDHQZ2I/
Ask a Question/Answer a Question
What film did you think you would hate but ended up loving ?
Who Saw Her Die? – 1972 – Aldo Lado
A Wish for the Dead – 2014 – Nathan Thomas Milliner
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday – 2017 – Mike Lombardo
Jessie’s Super Normal Regular Average Day – 2019 – Brian K. Williams
Darlin’ – 2019 – Pollyanna McIntosh
The Woman – 2011 – Lucky McKee
Let My Puppets Come – 1976 – Gerard Damiano
Vacation of Terror – 1989 – René Cardona III
Vacation of Terror 2 – 1991 – Pedro Galindo III
The Gorgon – 1964 – Terence Fisher