Monday, October 12, 2015

Final Girl (Cinedigm Blu-ray) - NOT The Final Girls

This year I had the chance to check out The Final Girls. Boy did I love that one. Meta Horror with a slasher theme and a focus on some fun kills with plenty of comedy to keep the whole thing rolling. I recommend The Final Girls. When I then heard that a movie called Final Girl was to be released I was skeptical. Was this an Asylum style release that was playing on the title of a more major release in order to intercept some of its viewers into a shitty knock off that was going to have a title that was the same and otherwise be a bunch of CG trash? Nope. I assure you that that is not the case. Final Girl is a completely separate movie with no ties to The Final Girls. It is a serious Thriller with a great deal of exquisite violence, charming performances that really get you going and a fun revenge story line that feels novel. You won’t want to miss this one from Cinedigm.

You may remember Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine, but she has changed and her role in Final Girl is powerful and transformative. Yes she was in Zombieland which gives her Horror street cred, but this is a movie that takes her to the focal point of the movie as an exquisite purveyor or physical violence and strange emotive acting that makes you love and fear her. She is complemented perfectly by Wes Bently who was a genius in American Beauty but has shown up again in more recent days in American Horror Story Hotel with a strong performance. He has always been the master of the quiet creeper, but even more so he shows true empathy without expression and through dialogue delivery that simply makes you feel terrified.

There are some strong fight sequences that really stand out and moments of perfect psychedelia that will leave you with a few questions right before the questions are bashed firmly through your skull.

From Cinedigm:

Every night, four boys trick a young, blonde girl into meeting them in the forest for a date with the intention to hunt and kill her. One night, Veronica (Abigail Breslin) is selected and when the hunt begins, the boys soon realize that they messed with the wrong girl. 

Last Shift (Magnet Blu-ray)

Last Shift wasn’t exactly on my radar this year. I hadn’t heard of it until the announcement showed up in my inbox, but I knew it was a Magnet release. That usually bodes well for the type of quality Horror I want to see. What you’ve got here is supernatural, occult based Horror picture that continues along the path of two separate trends in our beloved genre: Supernatural movies heavily embedded with computer generated effects and Occult themed Horror with plenty of creepy religious zealots driving the movie. Combined, they sound like a fairly ordinary Horror picture; one you may have seen before, but this one has something a little different.

Juliana Harkavy carries the movie with a strong performance that will leave you a little tenser than you were when you started watching Last Shift. There’s a feeling of perfect isolation and almost claustrophobia that you feel throughout the entire picture as it takes place in a decommissioned police station that is need of one night’s worth of protection. You really get the feeling of being alone with Harkavy and … whatever else lurks in the police station with her.

Last Shift is a heavy on effects, confusion, strange creepy imagery that seems to come from nowhere and cult themes that feel like they transcend some of the stereotypical 70’s cult vibes and go straight for the Devil. That works well. Any imagery in this movie that involves Satan or Hell is good. Some of the paranormal stuff feels like it’s all over the place, messy and doesn’t fit within the theme of the movie. That’s where it gets confusing. That’s not to say that it isn’t effective; it feels out of place.

The overall tone of the movie is spooky and there’s plenty to see on the screen. This is one of those pictures where you’ll be yelling at your TV for the protagonist to get the Hell out of the police station, but I’m afraid your cries and orders will fall on deaf ears. I recommend this to folks who love Horror that involves Devil worship, occult Horror and enjoy that feeling of claustrophia and isolation that will feel easily identifiable as you watch it late into the night.

From Magnet:

Rookie police officer Jessica Loren [Juliana Harkavy - “The Walking Dead”] has been assigned the last shift at a closing police station and must wait for a hazmat crew collecting biomedical evidence. Ordered not to leave the station under any circumstance, Jessica comes to learn that it’s more than just an outdated station, its home to the ultimate embodiment of evil and his devoted followers. Cult leader Paymon has haunted the station ever since he and two of his followers committed suicide on the night of their arrest. Jessica is left to fend for herself in the devil’s playground.

Bonus Features

·      A Journey Into Hell: The Making of Last Shift
·      Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
·      Paymon Interrogation Viral Video
·      Poster Gallery
·      The Ballad of a Green Screen Guy

·      The Sound of Evil: Behind the Foley/Sound Design 

HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge Day 12: Favorite 70's Horror

My favorite 1970's Horror movie has to be the Amicus version of Tales from the Crypt. It's so difficult to choose something like this. I went through The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Last House on the Left, The Legend of Hell House... Dawn of the Dead... It's really more like a top 20 list of 1970s Horror movies that rotate in and of rotation. Maybe some day I'll compile a list and set the whole thing in stone (until the next time I change it).

Until then I adore Tales from the Crypt. I love each of the stories, the effects work, the cast. I mean I'm a fan of the EC Comics anyway. This is just the natural extension of that love. I enjoy the sequel, The Vault of Horror as well. I suppose my love for anthology horror started with Creepshow, but it continued as a I began to realize that portmanteau Horror was a full fledged phenomenon in the 70s.
I don't know which segment is my favorite. I love them all equally, but And All Through the House is very strong. I still think Poetic Justice is the one that has the best karmic appeal. It's the segment that got me into this movie, a still frame image of Cushing as zombie in An Album of Modern Horror started me on the hunt to see this movie before the internet made it easy.

For the record, asking a Horror movie nut to consolidate down to a single favorite Horror movie for any topic is complete torture. I can't believe I have to do this several more times during this challenge.

HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge Day 11: Favorite Halloween Decorations

My previous post about my favorite Halloween art really coincides with my favorite Halloween decorations, however I do have a trick up my sleeve here. I put up tombstones every year to make a fun, zombie filled cemetery because it lights nice, is easy to put up and relatively cheap, but if I had my druthers I'd be a blow mold addict. front yard would be filled with blow molds (and the cemetery mind you). Blow Molds can be a little pricey depending on taste. My taste happens to be expensive and so I only have a couple. I also haven't had much fortune in the Good Will/Salvation Army/Flee Market area. Until then I can dream and enjoy one of my favorite FaceBook groups devoted to Blow Molds for every season.

While I love Blow Molds, I do have a particular decoration that gets me good. The pic at the top of this post is actually my single favorite Halloween decoration of all time. We had it hanging on our door when I was a kid. It's like crumbled plastic formed to make this pumpkin. Like you might see done with tissue paper. Not only did I find the one we had as a kid on eBay, but I also found that he had friends. Ghosts and Cats and Witches. I'm still on the hunt, but I'm overjoyed to know that they weren't all destroyed and melted down.

One last thing... I have a motion sensor pumpkin that makes a fairly common shriek/music when you walk by it. I love him. It was my mother's and she gave it to me when she outgrew it. I still search out other decorations that use the same, common sound effects. It's the perfect Halloween audio experience for me (except maybe the Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of Halloween from Disney).

Here  are a few of my favorite Blow Molds. These are not mine.

HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge Day 10: Favorite Horror Art

I love decorations from the 80's and before. Maybe it's because of what I grew up with, but the artwork has always stood out as being a little more in line with the spirit of Halloween. Fun but still scary. Not kitsch or silly (okay sometimes silly). I don't have a particularly favorite designer, but I know what I like when I see it, try to collect what I can when it's not priced beyond recognition and am always glad to see someone display it. 

I know I love the creator Beistle a whole bunch and the artwork on the Collegeville costume advertising has always stuck out. Here's a some stuff I dig. It's random. These pics are not mine, but I I'd love to collect all of these. Enjoy.

I even found a fun video showing someone's retro decoration collection.

Bone Tomahawk (Review) - Western Scare Gore with Style

What a brutal little movie this turned out to be! Bone Tomahawk was getting some serious praise post-festival screening this week, so I just had to check it out. Granted I didn’t have the benefit of a crowd with me, and I was watching a watermarked, low quality screener from the company, but the whole thing is a breath of fresh air.

Do I consider Bone Tomahawk a Horror movie? Not fully. It certainly has horrific elements with cannibals that are rich with scary qualities, awesome vocalizations and brutal murder tactics. It is definitely a Western, and for those of you who are either awaiting the Hateful Eight from Tarantino or remember and adore Tombstone, seeing Kurt Russel in the wild west is a treat. He carries his sheriff’s role well as does all of our actors. Sid Haig gives a humorous but honest performance that real stood out to me. Patrick Wilson… can’t… do… anything wrong. He’s fantastic in this one.

For those of you who are more traditional Horror folk or looking for the horrific elements in the picture, it’s imperative that you appreciate at least one strong kill sequence with plenty of down home gore. It startled me and left my jaw in the dropped position.

You’ll be able to get a taste of Bone Tomahawk October 23rd on VOD. Enjoy something a little different Horror fans and Western fans… this is a juicy one.

From Image:

SYNOPSIS: When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy. Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Tombstone) leads an all-star cast, including Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Matthew Fox (“Lost”) and Richard Jenkins (The Cabin in the Woods) in this gritty, action-packed thriller chronicling a terrifying rescue mission in the Old West.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I Spit On Your Grave 3:Vengeance is Mine (Anchor Bay Blu-ray)

Let’s start this out with a baseline by which to establish the reader that will benefit from this review. Do you like rape/revenge movies? Yes? Proceed. No. Consider something lighter and fluffier. Something with Care Bears, but fuck knows some of those are even a little creepy. Did you like the original I Spit on Your Grave? Yes? Proceed. No? I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a bit edgier in terms of modern Horror violence but not as heavy on the rapey shit, so you may be able to stomach part 3. Part 1 and 2… maybe not so much because they have modern day rapey in edition to modern day Horror violence. Did you enjoy the remake of I Spit on Your Grave and the sequel? Yes. Then this will probably fit right into your wheelhouse. No. Then this will probably make you gag and you’ll have to write your own blasted write up about how modern day Horror is regurgitating the successes of Cult Horror from the 70’s and bore us to death. Now… let’s write a review for those of you who LIKED the remakes, who enjoy rape/revenge movies and understand that they aren’t about objectifying women, but are about empowering them and who don’t feel the need to make the college kid argument that all Horror is dead.

I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a follow up to the remake of I Spit on Your Grave and it even features Sarah Butler. I though the remake was stellar with plenty of gut churning revenge, painful rape sequences that got me angry and hatable bad guys that deserved everything they got. Sarah Butler was fantastic. It’s a different performance than Camille Keaton from the original picture, but equally good and important for a modern day audience. She’s also an incredibly nice person as I had the chance to briefly meet her at Chiller Theatre. What you get in part 3 is something completely different than the remake.

Part 3 is a hard hitting revenge film. You actually get out of seeing a vicious rape sequence and simply have to be hear about it in prolonged group therapy sessions that are moderately funny at times meant to accentuate some of the personalities that might be considered stereotypes of group therapy. This movie showcases the dominance of the individual to achieve change over the group so the cheap shots it takes at the group therapy environment serve that purpose. Once the movie turns on and the continued revenge and vigilantism begins, all the stops are pulled out and the creativity of our filmmaker begins. I wouldn’t say that Part 3 is as creative in terms of violence as the remake or the sequel, but it’s enjoyable, energetic and vicious.

Perhaps where Part 3 fails is in its lack of reestablishing the anger in the audience member. If you haven’t recently watched the remake or any other rape/revenge picture you’re kind of in the lurch to feel that sense of internal anger that makes you love the revenge sequence so much more. You want to root for the main character and you do, but you don’t get that same punch in the gut that you do from the remake. It’s not something that kills the movie and there is a sequence mid-way through the picture that is meant to reestablish that victimization of a female character. It just isn’t as strong when Butler isn’t the focal point unfortunately.

I enjoyed I Spit on Your Grave, the original, the remake and both sequels and advise you to pick it up if you can take it and if you aren’t going to watch it with an eye on the original with a check list of things that you think were better in the original. Different movies completely and it should be treated as such.

From Anchor Bay:

Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) is still tormented by the brutal sexual assault she endured years ago (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2010). She’s changed identities and cities, reluctantly joining a support group where she begins to piece together a new life. But when her new friend’s murderer goes free and the tales of serial rapists haunt her, Jennifer will hunt down the men responsible and do what the system won’t – make them pay for their crimes in the most horrific ways imaginable. Only this time, no jury may be able to save her. Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon, and Gabriel Hogan co-star in this unforgiving, unmerciful and uncut new chapter of one of the most notorious franchises in movie history.

Tremors 5: Bloodlines - Every Franchise Deserves an Entry Called Blood Lines

Oh Tremors 5. How did we get here? I suppose once you hit part 5 of a series you have to start asking yourself what your expectation is for the franchise. Now the Tremors movies have always been humorous, effects based Horror movies with clever monsters, familiar faces reprising roles and a complete lack of belief suspension. Tremors 5 is a monster movie like the Tremors features before. It has some CG, some practical and a fair amount of raunchy humor that has become synonymous with the series. If the last movie you watched in the series was the original, get ready for a shock in the evolution of the grabboids and the series. Things have changed for the cheesier.

What’s to like? Burt Gummer is back and Michael Gross is a funny fella. That works for the movie. He creates some truly special comic moments (one of which involves urine) and he’s the same character you’ve come to love over the years. He’s about all you get in terms of repeat characters or a feeling of nostalgia for the first picture. Of course Jamie Kennedy is his costar who is famous for his comic Horror presence that really worked well in Scream, but whose career may have hit a bit of a stumbling block in recent years. He plays his role well and provides a health level of comic relief. That’s it for memorable faces or discussion worth performances.

There’s plenty of splat in this one with an  emphasis on trying to disgust the audience albeit safely.

I haven’t been a fan of the walking grabboids and truly prefer the worm creatures of old that seem to have come out of the deserts of Dune or Beetlejuice. Unfortunately my old wormy friends get minimal attention in this one. The trip to find the African monster novel and works, but really it just feels like more of the same desert settings with different kinds of strange celebratory parties and customs.

It really comes down to expectation. If you want to watch a moderately funny, bigger budget SyFy channel style monster movie featuring a couple of familiar faces than Tremors 5 will work for you. If you want the original Tremors, Kevin Bacon and Earl Basset, you’re out of luck. I think if you’ve enjoyed the last sequels in the Tremors franchise this will fall right in line, and you’ll have a great time.

From Universal:

A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in the sci-fi comedy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 6, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits,”) returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features; extended scenes and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Assblasters and Graboids. Discovering that the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror -- far more than they bargained for.

Deleted And Extended Scenes

Tremors 5: Behind The Bloodlines featurette

Tales From the Crypt Bordello of Blood (Scream Factory Blu-ray)

Bordello of Blood. How excited was I to get to see a Tales from the Crypt flick in the theater after being so enamored with the original offering? I was ecstatic. So I went. I bought my ticket. I enjoyed what I saw realizing that it wasn’t quite the best movie of the year, but that it was filled with all the stuff that I loved my Horror and quietly rewatched it from time to time, not thinking much about it or its place in Horror history or in the creation of the Tales from the Crypt entertainment product. I suppose I never thought that it was a fantastic movie or that people somehow adored it, but I find that there isn’t much support for this picture and it seems to be an amalgamation of reasons that drive this disdain. So which is it for you? Dennis Miller? Is it the half-assed effects work? Is it the story that seems to just chug along with minimal intrigue and without organic flow? Scream Factory is giving you another chance to appreciate this vamp mid 90’s Horror picture and though I may love it because I love cheese and camp and laugh at the most inappropriate shit, some of you may cast an evil eye at this release. I assure you that there is a fantastic reason to pick it up EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE MOVIE! Stay tuned.

I love Dennis Miller’s comedy, but I understand full well why he may not be the best guy to appear in a Horror movie. In fact, Miller didn’t really wanna be in the one anyway and it shows. His improvised dialogue is long winded. His jokes take you completely out of the movie by being obvious, long winded and more like standup than dialogue. He doesn’t look like a hero, but he also doesn’t act like a hero and quite frankly, I can’t trust a guy who rejects a beautiful vamp queen. Can’t do. You can get sucked in by her hotness and then somehow escape after getting your hands on the goods, but I’m afraid I find it unbelievable. Funny enough, all of this criticism of the Miller performance is somehow more endearing to me and makes me enjoy the movie more. He’s simply outside the genre and he does something different and because of that I find it novel. I would not love it all the time but much in the way that I enjoy some of the Horror comedy from the 80’s I can appreciate Miller’s perspective… even if he is a dick.

The effects are certainly rushed and they aren’t nearly of the caliber that we saw in Demon Knight. They are still fun and gruesome. Just not as good. I admire their originality even if the execution could have used some work. There are so many hot bodies on screen you don’t know where to start looking. Hey, the movie’s called Bordello of Blood right? Well it lives up to both the Bordello and the Blood.

Of course the story is thin and the writing doesn’t entirely work and the dialogue falls flat at times and other simply phony, but you might best compare the enjoyment that I feel for this picture to a movie that might be riffed upon on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It has moments of real humor with moments that are simply over the top and gonzo.

The release features some awesome new cover art and reversible, traditional artwork for folks who cannot except change. I love em both. The extras include a new commentary track and more importantly, a making of featurette that explains more than is obvious. What you come to find out is that Bordello of Blood was a plagued production with too many hands in the pot, bad location scouting, poor planning, strange casting, bad casting and uncontrollable casting. It suffered from production overruns, a bad shooting schedule. It even suffered from a break up during shooting that made one whole performance go to pot. Most importantly we learn of Dennis Miller and “the way he works”. If I didn’t enjoy his comedy I’d hate the guy. He doesn’t appear in the documentary, but you seems to have a unanimous opinion about that tends to discuss everything we mentioned about his performance and how it wasn’t appropriate for the production at all. You know who I love? Corey Feldman. I’ve always enjoyed his performances, but he seems like a pretty damn nice fella. He opens up and let’s you in about the entire world of Bordello of Blood. It’s sort of heartwarming and sad, but ultimately his love for movies rages out. I think that the making of featurette is almost more important than the picture itself solely based on the implications of what happened to Tales from the Crypt in terms of a major motion picture push after Bordello tanked. It sort of shows where the Horror industry would go for a time. One of the major names and properties in the genre flopped.

My advice would be to pick this one up to understand why it is the way it is from the making of featurette if you’re not in love with it. Rewatch the movie, listen to the cast discuss it and then understand the deconstruction of a movie that could have been great, why it wasn’t great and dream of what it could have been. Perhaps what the franchise could have been if they third installment wasn’t sort of throw out there to video later on.

You can order Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood now!

From Scream Factory:

Wisecracking private eye Rafe Guttman (Dennis Miller, Joe Dirt) investigates some strange happenings at a titillating bordello on the edge of town. It seems owner Madam Lilith (Angie Everhart, Jade) and her luscious cohorts want more than money… they want blood!

Soon Rafe finds himself up to his neck in a den of hungry vampiresses and battling the Reverend Jimmy Current (Chris Sarandon, Fright Night, Child's Play), a slick televangelist with an unstoppable talisman.

Directed by film producer Gilbert Adler (Thir13en Ghosts, House on Haunted Hill), co-starring Erika Eleniak (Under Siege), Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies), Aubrey Morris (A Clockwork Orange) and Phil Fondacaro (Ghoulies II), and brimming with blood, lust and wicked laughs, this is one brothel you'll visit again and again.

Bonus Features

NEW Audio Commentary With Co-Writer & Producer A.L. Katz
NEW Tainted Blood: The Making Of Bordello Of Blood – Interivews With Actors Corey Feldman, Angie Everhart, Erika Eleniak, Co-Writer & Co-Producer A.L. Katz, Editor & Second Unit Director Stephen Lovejoy, And Special Effects Creator Todd Masters
Video Promo
Still Gallery

Theatrical Trailer

Tales from the Crypt Demon Knight (Scream Factory Blu-ray)

You know what I remember about Tales from the Crypt Demon Knight? The soundtrack. Pantera. Machine Head. Ministry. Sepultura. Gravediggaz. Megadeth. Rollins Band. Biohazard. Melvins. Oh and a little song called “Hey Man Nice Shot” from Filter that became ever so popular and made the opening of the movie just pop. I used to listen to this soundtrack on endless repeat without care for which track was on because they were all incredible. It didn’t make the movie for me because the movie was a favorite from the first watch, but it certainly reinforced my love for this film.

What’s not to love about Demon Knight from any Horror fan’s perspective? Tons of gore. Great cast who all give tremendous performances including Dick Miller pulling out all the stops and becoming a more integrated character into the picture rather than just a side note genius character actor that he is. He got a chance to be in the spot light again. His resume is beyond brilliant, but his work in the 60’s is the stuff of Horror legend. He returns to form and gives his best performance since Gremlins. Then of course there’s William Sadler and Billy Zane. Guys… the ultimate bad ass good guy meets the ultimate bad ass bad guy. Sure you could insert Snake Plisskin into the Saddler position to improve it, but simply by saying that shows the caliber of performance and character we are dealing with. On the other side of the coin we have Billy Zane throwing out one liners full of grit and style with perfect comic delivery and timing. You almost want the demons to win. If not for shear dirty nature of the Zane’s Collector character and lack of fair play you might almost want the world to come to an end. Jada Smith… awesome. Thomas Haden Church… truly funny and evil little shit of a character executed to perfection. This is a cast that can make you love a movie.

The gore… oh the gore was good with this one. Hands going through heads, arms getting ripped off, crotches of fire, blood everywhere and women exploding. It’s fun fun fun until daddy takes the latex away. This is one of the last movies to truly embrace the spirit of the practical effects before the wave of early CGI came into play in the mid 90’s, being taken over in the late 90’s and then eventually being rolled back by the torture porn extravaganza of the mid 2000’s.

Demon Knight is sexy with plenty of T and A to keep all eyes on screen and make your momma blush. This one of the reason why occult and demonic Horror is so appealing to fans. It can venture anywhere. It knows no limitation and balk the rating system to point in order to get all the gratuity on the screen but solely to reinforce evil and plot points. Even when we random boob shots seem random… they’re not. They’re necessary (or at least we can make an argument for their necessity).

The transfer is fine for a movie of from mid 90’s often cited as a time where some the quality of film had changed slightly. I didn’t notice any issues with the transfer. It looked and sounded fine with black sufficiently black, colors rich and the grue lookin’ good. The extras here are one of the places where this particular release shines with two new commentaries and an awesome new making of featurette that is a must watch and could be used solely as a reason to pick up this release. Both newly commissioned cover art and reversible traditional artwork are present. I adore the new artwork for this release.

I strongly recommend picking up Demon Knight and actually the second installment in the Tales from the Crypt Presents series, Bordello of Blood from Scream Factory. We’ll get to the reasons why in that particular release, but as for this one, I’m glad it looks this good with this much care and an making of featurette that is absolutely intriguing and good natured. It’s feels like the cast cared about one another and respected each other so much. You leave the movie feeling happy as a Horror fan and Happy as a person. Great job Scream Factory.

You can order Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight now!

From Scream Factory

A mysterious drifter known as Brayker (William Sadler, Iron Man 3) possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. But the human race is safe only so long as Brayker can evade the demonic Collector (Billy Zane, Titanic) who has gathered the other six keys.
In his obsessive quest for the key, the Collector rallies an army of ghastly cadavers against Brayker and the inhabitants of a run-down hotel. Armed with automatic weapons, sacred blood and sadistic humor, Brayker and the strong-willed Jeryline (Jada Pinkett-Smith, Gotham) must lead the other guests in a gruesome battle against the Collector and his evil horde of ghouls.

Infested with a talented cast, thrilling special effects and the Crypt Keeper's deadpan delights, Demon Knight is directed by genre vet Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead, Dexter, Masters of Horror) and features a strong supporting cast featuring Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways), CCH Pounder (Orphan, Avatar), Brenda Bakke (L.A. Confidential), Dick Miller (Gremlins) and Charles Fleischer (Zodiac).

Bonus Features

NEW Audio Commentary With Director Ernest Dickerson
NEW Audio Commentary With Special Effects Creator Todd Masters, Visual Effects Supervisor John Van Vliet, Special Effects Coordinator Thomas Bellissimo, And Demon Performer Walter Phelan
NEW Under Siege: The Making Of Demon Knight – Featuring Interviews With Director Ernest Dickerson, Co-producer A.L. Katzm Screenwriters Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, And Mark Bishop, Stars Billy Zane, William Sadler, Brenda Bakke, Charles Fleischer And More
Panel Discussion From The American Cinematheque Featuring Director Ernest Dickerson, Actor Dick Miller And Special Effects Maestro Rick Baker
Still Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

The Return of Count Yorga (Scream Factory Blu-ray)

Count Yorga reminds me of George Hamilton in Love at First Bite. There’s something almost comedic about both of them in their dapper ways. There’s a level of sophistication that is a parody of our great Count Dracula. It’s intentional, but unlike Love at First Bite the marketing around the original Yorga and the sequel are actually a little creepy. It almost feels as though it is to be taken seriously as a Horror pictures. Of course the lackluster violence and moderately comedic performance by Robert Quarry would suggest otherwise. This October we are seeing something pretty special happen. The Return of Count Yorga is hitting from Scream Factory which is the movie we are here to discuss, but the original Count Yorga, Vampire is hitting from Twilight Time as well. A treat for the completist Horror fan.

From the minute I saw what appear to be the brides of Dracula … er… Yorga appear on the screen in the opening I was hooked. There’s something perfectly low budget and monster camp creepy about that sequence. The rest of the movie has off and on moments filled with strong scenes of vampiric excellence, without gore or blood or true sexuality. It almost feels like a great big Halloween display focused on killing a bunch of wealthy, poorly costumed norms. The whole thing actually feels very British despite The Return of Count Yorga being an American AIP production. I suppose that’s as a result of the production value.

Keep an eye out for Vampire Lovers on the TV screen in one of the scenes. Now that is a truly erotic experience. The original Yorga was supposed to be a fairly sexy but was cut due to the MPAA’s inability to rate the damn thing appropriately forcing AIP to decide been being considered porn or a GP rating (PG or so now). The series does suffer from this ultimately. Vamp flicks need sensuality. They need a bit of the red stuff (more of the red stuff than we get in this movie). For my money the Monster Squad TV show from the 70’s is probably just a campy, but more daring.

I’m a fan of 60’s and 70’s vampire fare. I’ll watch it all and appreciate it whether it’s raunchy or tame. This is on the light end of the spectrum but in a sense that helps you focus on the fun nature of Yorga as The Deathmaster rather than as a seductor. You bring the Drac/Yorga character back to the roots of the Stoker myth of the vampire legend with the Count as a villain Hell bent on world domination rather than enhancing his love love. They never did make a third Yorga picture as planned, and so who knows if AIP would have given into the early 70’s sex Horror that started to dominate the genre especially as respects vampire films.

The Return of Count Yorga is a fun, lighthearted vamp movie. It’s got a nice transfer from Scream Factory and the extra package is fairly complete. There are two cover art options.

You can order The Return of Count Yorga from Scream Factory now.

From Sceam Factory:

A horrifying love story… with bite!

When the overlord of the damned rises again to prowl the shadows, who will stand against The Return Of Count Yorga? Robert Quarry is back as one of the most dapper vampires to ever set up shop in California in this thrilling sequel that really raises the stakes. Revived by the well-known supernatural properties of the Santa Ana winds, our undead leading man takes to the streets with an unquenchable thirst. In search of new blood, Yorga moves next door to an orphanage. But when he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman, the Count's thoughts turn to love. Has the ruler of the night finally found the girl with whom he can share eternity?

Featuring Mariette Hartley, Roger Perry and Craig T. Nelson in his screen debut, this biting vampire flick will thrill you horror fans…Yorga-nna love this one.

Bonus Features

Audio Commentary With Film Historian Steve Haberman And Actor Rudy De Luca
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spot
Radio Spots

Photo Gallery

HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge Day 9: Favorite Universal Monster

I love me some Frankenstein. Yessir. I actually adore all the Universal Monsters dearly and if you have asked me when I was a kid it would have been Dracula for sure. There was a brief stint where it was the Mummy. I almost feel bad saying that I have a favorite, but I think of them as children or family. You’d almost not want to have a favorite because they all play together so well and they have they need to exist in a world together, but if I have to pick and when I’m asked to pick I say Frankenstein these days.

Perhaps a brief history of my Universal Monster love.

When I was a kid my mom dressed me up as Dracula for Halloween. I wanted to be Dracula for many years. Sometimes I’d be a hobo or a devil, but Drac was my guy. Now I was the typical makeup kit Dracula that you find in the store which I still think most closely resembles Bela Lugosi. The nostalgia I have felt for my early trick or treating days led me straight into Bela’s arms. I’d watch all his stuff and loved the Bauhaus song Bela Lugosi’s Dead for that very reason (which incidentally was used in American Horror Story Hotel the other night and made me so happy). I watched all the Universal Monster movies as a kid, taped off of PBS without commercials. The music fro Browning’s Dracula, The theme from Swan Lake still haunts me and excites me.

I worked at Blockbuster Video when the big VHS re-release happened for Dracula with the new score and then the strangely colorized covers of all the rest of the movies came out. I became more familiar with some of the more obscure Universal era Horror pictures thought I to this day have not seen them all (despite owning them). I never collected the whole set of re-release titles, but I enjoyed the clamshell Dracula with the updated cover and score and was fascinated to learn about the Spanish version.

When I watch them they are like chicken soup for this Horror freak’s soul. I show my kids the movies now that they can sit through black and white movies and enjoy them. I think the Mummy is the scariest of them all, the opening sequence of which is so well done and so suspenseful that it puts the rest of the Universal Monsters to shame. Dracula and Frankenstein are so perfectly quotable too.

While the Hammer films have actually taken my heart when it comes to the traditional Horror monsters created by Universal over the years, the original Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein with Karloff as the Monster still reigns supreme over any remake or new version. I love them all, but maybe it’s okay to have a favorite “child” in this case.

HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge Day 8: Favorite Halloween Song

I’ll give you three favorite Halloween songs because I can’t limit it. There are more.

1.      Halloween by the Misfits (and Halloween II, I think of them as two refrains of the same song)
2.      Halloween is Every Day by Ministry
3.      All Hallow’s Eve by Type O Negative

The Misfits truly let me know that Horror music existed and the words from Halloween 1 and 2 actually embody completely the very fabric of Halloween. They’re completely irreverent. Great band. Great songs.

Halloween is Every Day by Ministry is more like an everyday song rather than a Halloween song, but I think it’s super danceable and you can tap your toe to it. It also has creepy moments and it’s like singing Christmas Carols from Thanksgiving on and then on Christmas you REALLY mean it when you sing a carol.

All Hallow’s Eve is just so damn fun. Completely embodies the spirit of the Halloween and it has those luscious Pete Steele vocals combined with some nice screaming and creepy keyboards. What a treat. (Note: I love all Type O and Black Number 1 works just as well here).

Bonus song: Party Time by 45 Grave. The zombie version used in Return of the Living Dead. I play it Halloween morning to wake up the kids. 

HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge Day 7: Favorite Halloween Candy

You know what I hate? The recent cool kid trend of sending memes about just how horrible my favorite candy is. CANDY CORN! I said it. I said it loud. I said it proud. If you don’t like it, more for me. It’s funny that there is actually a wave of hatred spread out against my favorite Halloween candy. Isn’t that strange? I mean… it’s candy. You don’t have to consume it. It’s barely given out by anyone on Halloween night and it looks festive as Hell. It is the reason for one of the coolest variants in Waxwork Records history (the Trick R Treat soundtrack candy corn variant) and they taste like a burst of pure Halloween energy.

When I eat candy corn I can write for hours. I can stay up forever (or really until the sugar crash) and I feel like a big ol’ kid doing it. I don’t need it passed out on Halloween night. It really belongs in a bowl at your house and not in a little see through baggies.

To me they are the iconic Halloween treat. They represent everything I love about Halloween and they’re simple and I love them and fuck off haters. My candy corn will eat your fucking candy and rip off your head and shit down your neck a gooey stream of sugar honey death!

Yes Louis Black… all the candy corn in the world was made in 1911. It’s so old that it has magical powers and doesn’t need advertising because candy corn isn’t actually a candy. It’s the Halloween equivalent of pixy dust or Christmas cookies or whatever shit makes Santa’s Reindeer fly.

You have been warned. I’ll take all your candy corn, leave you with none and watch you gum down whole pillow cases of the same old Mars and Hershey products. Of course I do have a few other favorites. Sugar Daddies (and babies). Charleston Chews. Bottle Caps. I really like most candy… except for those Mary Janes. I never did understand them, but I adore the way they look in the bowl of candy, providing an important part of the color palette. I also don’t understand the minty Good and Plenty. You can’t put it in your mouth with all the other candy at the same time. Totally doesn’t work.

Rant over. Keep America Strong. Eat Candy Corn. Watch Horror Movies and Un-meme my favorite orange, yellow and white candy or I’ll carve you into a jack o’ lantern.

Oh and the butterscotch, peanut butter candy corn variants… what an abomination of the most perfect candy. The brown bottom, yellow white are fine and I love the little pumpkins, but don’t change the actual flavor, fools!

Friday, October 9, 2015

How the Animals Kill - A Glimpse of Some Real Life Animal Attacks from Horror Movies

I’m feeling inspired today by some animal Horror articles I’ve read lately, and I thought… wouldn’t it be interesting if we could take the fiction Horror movie and then show what actually happens to a person when destroyed by said bug or animal? Whether it’s a clip or a pick… here goes the super ick for ya’ll on a Friday night. Let’s combine real life animal horror with the stuff we find in the movies.  This could get messy folks. Enjoy responsibly then make sure to go check out the movies. Don’t take my word for it (echoing LeVar Burton).  


Grizzly is a movie about a monster sized bear (aren’t they all… except for Koalas) that mauls people in the wilderness. It’s not exactly brutal, but it is exactly fun and it has a genius poster (thanks Neal Adams) that looks larger than life, but what would happen if you were ACTUALLY     mauled by a bear? Movie makeup in 1976 doesn’t exactly tell the tale of brutality that goes into a bear attack.

Shared from YouTube


Yeah yeah… ants right? Ants aren’t gonna kill me unless I’m buried up to my neck in the sand and I’m covered honey. Of course there are fire ants and other ants that this fella right here doesn’t even like to think about. I have a particular heebie jeebie sensitivity when it comes to buggies getting into my skin and eating me alive, but they do it… or sometimes they simply bite you to death.

Now I wanted to site Empire of the Ants, but quite frankly, we don’t have giant ants on this planet. So what movie did I want to reference? Phase IV? Nope. Ants from 1977. The TV movie. The one that, when released to video, featured boobs on the cover being motorboated by… ants. I cannot recommend Ants to serious Horror folks, but if you want to laugh at a movie and see Suzanne Somers and Lynda Day George, have I got a a movie for you.  Ants attacking hotel. Ants crawling all over people. I guess Black Flag wasn’t en vogue.

But ants CAN KILL YOU in spite of what you see in this movie and how unafraid you will be by the end of it.
Shared from YouTube. Start around 5:25. 

Creepshow (They’re Creeping Up on You Segment)

Roaches freak me out. I lived in Texas for a year, and they had giant cockroaches called Palmetto bugs (not really roaches they would tell me). They crunched like roaches! They looked like roaches! They’d get in your house and in your bed even though they supposedly lived in the trees. I was told that the real ones, the ones to watch out for, were the small ones that lived in your sink or under the fridge. They’d smell and kill you with germs. Just great!

That brings us to EG Marshall and his bug problem. No one would deny that Upson Pratt deserved his fate in Creepshow, but what would happen to you if left alone with an alarming number of the small and crunchies long enough?

Here's what they can do to you.

and this is how bad it can get. What's a matter Mr. Pratt... bug got your tongue?


We have all heard the legend of the giant squid or the oversized octopus ready to take out a whole fishing vessel if need be to assert its domination. In 1977 following the success of Jaws Ovidio Assonitis decided to tell the tale of an octopus that could destroy us all! While the movie is the thing of B movie giant monster stuff playing off the success of 1950’s fare, it has a great soundtrack and theme that has been revisited time and time again in the post-SyFy, giant monster world. At least there were practical effects to help us laugh.

Do we really think an octopus, giant or otherwise could kill a human? Let’s watch.

Shared From YouTube


Piranhas get a bad reputation right? You can keep em as pets. They’re just smallish, toothed fishies that like some sanguine refreshment after all like any carnivorous water dweller. Why rag on the Piranha. Even before I think of the movie Piranha itself, I always think of the seen in Cannibal Ferox where that fella gets cut up in a trap and then bleeds in the water, attracting our toothy friends. Joe Dante thought it was a great idea and alongside Roger Corman he created a movie that featured a great cast with Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller and Barbara Steele.

What exactly do Piranhas do to people? I mean… it’s not like waterparks are founded on the spawning grounds of the dreaded “P” creatures.


Giant. Friggin’. Alligator. When I first saw this Lewis Teague directed classic when I was a kid on Creature Feature Week I was in love. It looks just great, had some special folks who would become favorite actors of mine in all their cult movie glory and a spectacular, uncomplicated synthy sounding score that brought the doom and death wherever it was heard. The opening of the movie features an alligator challenge of sorts and the rest of the movie plays off the urban legend of a baby gator being thrown down the toilet only to have it grow up in the sewers.

Does that really happen? What do animals doooo to people? Only Robert Forster knows for sure.

This is actually pretty funny despite the actual story.

Day of the Animals

I saved the most gonzo for last. I have had the pleasure of seeing this projected on the big screen and man does it actually creep me out. That’s not to say a room full of Horror fans won’t be rolling in their seats laughing at Leslie Nielsen, but it has this feeling of hopelessness that is just plain mean. Another animal Horror flick with Lynda Day George although this also has the added bonus of Christopher George.

When radiation from the sun creates angered and aware animals in the wild, you know that your weekend hiking trip was a bad idea. Best to stay at home safe, watching the boob tube. What animals do we have to worry about in Day of the Animals? Well there’s a grizzly bear, some wolves, birds of all types, a mountain lion and even dogs!

Probably best to go through each one separately to make sure we truly scare the shit out of you.

Grizzly Bear (we saw that with Grizzly but let’s reinforce that).



Mountain Lion

Dogs (man’s best friend… could be Cujo, could be Dogs, could be The Pack… you pick your dog related Horror killer).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge Day 6: Favorite Horror Character

This question inspired a frenzy of internal responses. Who is my favorite Horror character? What is a Hor(or character? Is that a good guy or bad guy or is it an icon? Someone I'd want to be or aspire to be like? Is it the character a fear who actually scare me or entertains me the best? It's a wide open question, intentionally and almost as cruel as what's your favorite Horror movie.

I think my response could easily change depending on how I'm to take the question ie favorite in what way? I'll give you two.

1. Character I want to be or aspire to be like: Chief Martin Brody from Jaws
2. Character that scares me as a villain: Michael Myers

These two represent the polar opposites for me. As a kid I'd play Brody, chasing and killing the shark. Rarely did I venture into Quint territory. While I often won't refer to Jaws as a true Horror movie, I considered it one as a child, and so Brody I love. This guy is righteous and flawed but funny and good. He smokes a lot. He shoots his gun a lot. He kills the bad guy twice. He knows how to get angry and deliver great one liners. I watched Jaws on endless repeat as a kid and always admired Chief Brody as a father and as a hero.

Michael Myers is a whole other story. Myers terrifies me to this day. I still wake up with nightmares of him breaking into my house and having to fend him off to escape. I rarely do and even when I do it's to a far worse place. I love this guy. He gives me my own personal Horror movies in my dreams. I hesitate to even call them nightmares because they are so perfect. I always remember them, and I've even thought it'd be nice to try to consciously have a Myers dream so that I could enjoy it more. Try to use my "horror skills" to defeat him the way no one ever seems to. I love his mask. I love all his masks even the ones I don't like as much, I love. I love all his movies... ALL OF THEM. I do not care that Busta Rhymes says "Treat or Treat Motherfucker". I do not care that you dislike it. You can go fuck yourself and your lack of appreciation for the comedic value if not the intriguing story that unfolds, fabricated by a reality TV program (Note to self: settle down). I never play as Michael Myers and I did own the part 4 mask when I was a kid. I want them all but haven't started collecting just yet. Favorite Halloween is part II.

For my money, Jeff Zornow draws Myers the best in comic form. That's why I used his pic to represent my favorite baddie.

24 HOUR RENTAL Acquired for US by XLrator; Coming to HULU!

I don't watch a whole lot of new shows. I find it really difficult to get into them and just when you've invested the maximum amount of time into one, the cancel it or the whole thing flops. So that's just my little preamble to let you know how much of a curmudgeon I am when it comes to the television and the shows that emit from it. 

This is where I tell you that I am excited for a new show. 24 Hour Rental, a Canadian program is coming to the US via Hulu courtesy of XLrator (a brand I trust). Check out the release info below. The whole thing focuses on a video store trying to make it in the digital age. Now that is a challenge and one worthy of a show. If it's as half as funny as Clerks, I'm in. 

In the meantime check out the Vimeo preview!

From XLrator:

LOS ANGELES (October 6, 2015) – XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the edgy Canadian T.V. series 24 HOUR RENTAL from Reel One Entertainment. The 13 half-hour episodes will premiere October 30, 2015 exclusively on XLrator Media’s MACABRE Collection on Hulu before going to other platforms in 2016.

“It’s The Sopranos meets Clerks in this over-the-top gangster satire that pushes the boundaries of mainstream television and is tailor-made for binge watching” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. “We are making 24 HOUR RENTAL available exclusively for digital distribution starting with Hulu, and will aggressively market the series to build a national audience of discerning fans who readily seek edgy smart programming on the top digital platforms.”

24 HOUR RENTAL was created by Frank Massa, directed by George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), co-written by Al Kratina and Mihalka, and stars Romano Orzari (Turbo Kid), Adam Kenneth Wilson, Aaron Berg, Vlasta Vrana, Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator). It was produced by Reel One Entertainment, Kim Yu and Neil Bregman and executive produced by Tom Berry, George Mihalka and Eris Salvatori.

“Reel One Entertainment is extremely excited to partner with XLrator Media to introduce 24 HOUR RENTAL to the U.S. market. The show’s unique mix of crime story and comedy should attract two diverse but strong fan bases,” said Tom Berry, CEO of Reel One Entertainment.

24 HOUR RENTAL follows former Mafia boss Tracker (Romano Orzari), who having barely avoided early retirement in a shallow grave, now operates a seedy video store. Struggling to stay afloat in the Internet age, Tracker runs his shop as a front for a host of petty crimes, from fencing jewelry to peddling dope cut with Drano and desperation, all in hopes of returning to power.

In addition to 24 HOUR RENTAL, the XLrator Media’s MACABRE collection on Hulu will add three new genre films in October: Poker Night starring Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver and Beau Mirchoff, Feed the Gods and Strange Blood.

Monday, October 5, 2015

HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge Day 5: Haunted House

 I've been in a few haunted houses over the years. Some "real". Some created by humans in order to scare each other for fun. I've been to the Bates Motel in PA, Headless Horseman in NY. The Fright Dome in Nevada. I got to visit the Goratorium before it closed in Vegas and went through the haunted attraction at Madame Tussauds in Vegas. I remember going to Blairsden and trying to find Colby Mansion before it burned to the ground. Henryville House in PA, Shades of Death Road, Clinton Road... even the Haunted House at the Land of Make Believe... lots of spooky places that were a whole lotta fun.

The ultimate for me was Castle Dracula on the boardwalk in Wildwood NJ. It's gone now. It burned to the fucking ground and that makes me so angry that I can barely even discuss it. It was my first haunt. I remember a few things from my visit. I remember a man jumping out of a picture when the lights dropped as a storm rumbled around us yelling and screaming. We then got to stare at body parts dangling in a mad scientists lab. One of the most terrifying things for a young me (Maybe I was 4 or 5) was to watch a woman go to the Guillotine and have her last request be to have me be next. "Take the little blond boy next"! Her head was chopped off. Blood drooled into a bucket. It was brilliant. The whole thing ended with a strange, tight room where I was forced to stare at a strobe lit Frankenstein. It was very loud and I cried.

Then I went back... again and again... year after year. It was expensive, but my parents always took me back. They even had an underground, boat ride that wasn't terrible and the fake spiders kinda killed me. Each year they'd adjust a few things in the house. One year the walls would appear to close as if they were going to crush us. Another you'd go high into the castle and walk around able to see the outskirts of the amusement pier from high above. It was breathtaking and then it was dark and evil again. The whole thing reminds me now of a Hammer Horror picture. It was perfectly Gothic, well acted and filled grue and gore and the gooey stuff.

I'll repost all the great articles and videos of it. I thank those that documented it so well.
Awesome writeup. We shared some of the pics from their amazing site. They appear to be selling a DVD which I only realized today. I will definitely pick one up.

The Larry Fessenden Collection (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - The Cold, Socially Conscious Heart of Independent Horror

This collection is necessary. The great Larry Fessenden has created Horror that is thought-provoking and challenging for decades. If you are unfamiliar with the name, you certainly know his work if you’ve been watching Horror regularly over the last twenty years. My first experiences with him were Habit and Wendigo, both featured on this list. Since that time I seem to encounter him in spurts as actor or behind the lens. Most recently I enjoyed his performances in We Are Still Here, Pod and Beneath. Scream Factory along with IFC Midnight have given us a collection of works with gallons of extras and some very slick packaging. If this is your first encounter with Fessenden’s work, prepare to think. If you are a fan of his movies, get ready to drool.

The packaging is a hard case with booklet inside, updated artwork and the Blu-ray holders inside are like pages in a book. One for each movie.

Let’s go through each movie/disc.

No Telling (1991)

Oh this is a truly creepy movie with all the Fessenden hallmarks. It’s well produced, looks great and shot well, but the what really shines here are the performances. Fessenden gets the maximum amount of performance from actors especially when the character is driven, ruthless and, often times, mindless. The protagonist in this picture kind of sneaks up on you, lulling you into a sense of false comfort before dropping a dramatic, powerful effects sequence that pulls both your heart strings and your guts right out in front of you.

No Telling is really a mad scientist story, and as with most Fessenden movies, nature is being butchered or disfigured in order to make way for the will of man. You can almost think of his pictures as rape/revenge pictures complete with adequate back lash and highly developed sense of anger. This isn’t for those of you who can’t watch animal cruelty, no matter how fictionalized. There are mean spirited moments that are upsetting, some involving the mistreatment of animals, others, the mistreatment of humans.

No Telling isn’t an easy watch, but it’s a great one.

Excuse the condition of the trailer.

Habit (1995)

I remember seeing Habit just after it came out on VHS. I wasn’t familiar with Fessenden’s work, but I certainly was going through a vampire kick, watching all the obscure vamps I could. Habit seemed like a good candidate to fill my sanguine urges,but unfortunately, due to slow pacing, I couldn’t really get into this one. While I appreciate the strange almost Urban Gothic nature of the picture as well as a stunning performance by Fessenden himself, the move itself drags. It’s dark and quiet. I suppose that when you compare it to many of the vamp flicks I’m used to these days with powerful bloodlettings and fast paced action sequences complete with a healthy dose of special effects, this one kind of feels more dull.

That’s not to say it’s a bad picture, but it is one that is meant for the lovers of the slow burn Horror combined with Fessenden’s love of creating dark fantasy pictures out of social commentary. In this instance the title Habit gives over to the blood lust of a vamp and the addictive nature of humanity forming a reciprocal expose on drug use and sexual lust. From a heady, academic perspective, Habit plays out nicely and is fully of the kind of literary prowess that college professors love.

Wendigo (2001)

Wendigo was an excellent experience for me. I remember the first time I saw it. A truly unique Horror picture with a real family at the center that felt almost like it could have been my own. It portrays a side of life that is fringe but right in my face living in Northwest New Jersey on cusp of the woods and on the door step of New York City. 

Fessenden has a knack for making movies feel cold surrounding some very warm characters that you can really get behind. With some unique storytelling and a creature that lurks in legend and in the woods, this is an urban legend come to life made for the coldest times.

This is by far my favorite movie in the set.

The Last Winter (2006)

Man is it nice to see Ron Perlman in a Horror picture not made up like a comic book character. The Last Winter is an environmentally conscious Horror picture that spends half of its time developing characters and the other half making you believe their insane before a very strong, haunting finish. It’s a slow build, but that makes it great complete with the kind of denial that has become common place when discussing global warming or human impact on the environment. A great statement by Larry Fessnden who often uses fright pictures to convey socially relevant concepts. He doesn’t shove it down your throat. He just gives you an idea and then shows you how it might kill you.

Interestingly enough I was actually challenged to watch this movie for a Horror movie watching competition along with The Thaw from Ghosthouse. What a great pairing of movies with different spins on the same general concept. While The Thaw goes for the gross out, The Last Winter is thoughtful and eerie. Watching both pictures together makes for a nice balanced evening.

Each disc includes some short films that are fairly interesting though they seem moderately experimental and playful. Do not expect full fledged ideas ready for anthology insertion. The set also includes an updated interview with Fessenden.

You can order The Larry Fessenden Collection now!

From Scream Factory:

Four tales of terror from multi-talented filmmaker Larry Fessenden – he's a writer, a producer, a director and an actor. In this box set, he brings together four of his films, in HD for the first time, along with both brand-new and vintage bonus features including short films and music videos.

Includes 24-Page Booklet With Liner Notes By Fangoria's Michael Gingold And Never-Before-Seen Photos, Storyboards, And Sketches.

Titles Include:

No Telling (1991)
Habit (1995)
Wendigo (2001)
The Last Winter (2006)

Bonus Features


NEW Director-Approved HD Transfer
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director/Executive Producer Larry Fessenden
The Making Of No Telling (1991)
Archival Footage (1990)
Short Film White Trash (1979) With New Music By Composer Will Bates
Glass Eye Pix Sizzle Reel (1985-1990)


NEW Director-Approved HD Transfer
NEW Audio Commentary With Actor/Director/Writer/Editor Larry Fessenden
The Making Of Habit (1995)
Short Film Habit (1981)
The Making Of Short Film Habit (1981)
Save You From Yourself Music Video
Theatrical Trailer
Short Film N Is For Nexus From Magnet Releasing's The ABCs Of Death 2
The Making Of N Is For Nexus
Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped Music Video


NEW Director-Approved HD Transfer
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director/Editor Larry Fessenden
NEW Audio Commentary With Actors Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber And John Speredakos
Searching For The Wendigo – Behind The Scenes Featurette (2001)
Interview With Larry Fessenden (2001)
Wendigo: Animated Series Trailer
Short Film Santa Claws (2008)
Theatrical Trailer
Glass Eye Pix Sizzle Reel (2010)


Director-Approved HD Transfer
Audio Commentary With Co-writer/Director/Producer/Editor Larry Fessenden
The Making of "The Last Winter" – Full-length Documentary Featuring Deleted Scenes
Archival Footage (2005)
Short Film Jebediah
Short Film Origins
Short Film Mister
Tired Of Killing Myself Music Video
NEW 2015 Interview With Larry Fessenden

Glass Eye Pix Sizzle Reel (2014)