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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sex World (Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray) - The Future is Fuck

So it’s like Fantasy Island, add sex, subtract midget, no plane, add bus flashback segment and more hi-tech. That’s Sex World. On the heels of Oriental Baby Sitter, Expectations and Confessions came Anthony Spinelli’s most beautiful, truly narrative piece of adult cinema. While his previous endeavors were primary fuck driven, Sex World plays on a common theme of the day, “the world” ie Westworld and Futureworld. Released in the 70’s these two movies feature what might amount to a dystopian theme parks where the fun goes to funeral rapidly. Of course by the time we get to Sex World in 1978, the focus is clearly fun and only limited by our imagination. Vinegar Syndrome continues to deliver beautiful smut into the year 2015 though I caution you, this is much more than meets the brown eye.

Sex World does not watch like a dystyopian, cautionary tale but rather as a hopeful story; you will find the satisfaction you desire in Sex World. Your sexual demands will be met. Your fetish exposed. It’s a world of healing (sexual healing). While much of the movie plays out like a fuck by numbers approach with a tech, dream fulfillment tint, the truly inspiring moments of Sex World occur in the pictures opening. As the feature divulges a clear backstory for each character complete with sexual frustration or longing, real actors are exposed beyond their physical attributes. The foreshadowing is emotive and passionate. Perhaps the greatest achievement of a movie like Sex World is keeping the whole thing fun and exciting while relaying some of the most carnalistically frustrating moments of the 70’s.

Balanced with tongue in cheek performances and a smooth, funky score that almost plays like a James Bond theme, Sex World is really an amalgam of attributes from 70’s sex cinema and popular Hollywood tropes put together in a way that could appeal to a wide audience and not just the degenerate audiences in trench coats on 42nd Street. There are moments that deal with rough sex, the breaking of traditional sexual roles as well as a lengthy, oneliner filled discussion of racial division that borderlines on some of the work that was important during the evolution of Blaxploitation. It has that style that the industry would gradually abandon and that even the talented Spinelli would give up as he went into his later work in the gang bang series. Perhaps the most tantalizing piece of street cred you can give to Sex World comes in its tag line:

“Westworld” was for children, “Futureworld” was for teenagers, but … Sex World is definitely for ADULTS!



This is a limited Blu-ray/DVD/CD release restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative. Of course it looks beautiful which is characteristic for a Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray. The real treat here besides the reversible Italian cover art is the inclusion of the soundtrack on CD. The soundtrack is to Sex World is truly memorable and enjoyable, especially on that long, unsexual commute to the office. With a release price under $30, the CD is a freebie steal. Of course the DVD includes a softcore cut… if you need to tone it down some. The disc also includes not one but two theatrical trailers, interviews with Kay Parker, Joey Silvera and Still Photographer Joel Sussman.

Sure the sex is satisfying and perfectly 70’s but so is the story. Each year when I run through my favorite Blu-rays of the year, Vinegar Syndrome makes the grade. This year is promising to be no exception and Sex World continues the trend with its film grain longitude and its rich contrast latitude. Science Fiction? Nope. Science Fuck-tion!

You can order Sex World now. Only 1,500 available (and there will be a DVD release later this year). 

http://vinegarsyndrome.com/shop/limited-edition-sex-world-bddvd-combo/

or from DiabolikDVD:

http://www.diabolikdvd.com/category/Adult-(Browse-All)/Sex-World-(Vinegar-Syndrome)-(CD-[sl]-DVD-[sl]-Blu~Ray-All-Region-Combo).html

From Vinegar Syndrome:

Sex World is a luxury resort, advertised as the ultimate sex-themed getaway, where people travel to try and overcome their sexual problems. As the resort’s guests slowly become aware of their inhibitions, fears, and repressed urges, with the help of robotic surrogate lovers, director Anthony Spinelli’s camera paints a haunting picture of human insecurities set against a science fiction backdrop.

One of the biggest hardcore hits of the late 1970’s SEX WORLD is a thoughtful analysis of eroticism, punctuated with striking and at times abstract visuals. Featuring an all-star cast, including Annette Haven, Leslie Bovee, Kay Parker, John Leslie, Joey Silvera, and with Hollywood level production values, SEX WORLD remains one of the most significant and thought provoking hardcore feature films ever produced.

Features Include:

+ 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD Package | Region Free | 1.85:1 OAR | DTS-HD Master Audio
+ Restored in 4k from 35mm camera negative
+ Video Interview with Actress Kay Parker
+ Video Interview with Actor Joey Silvera
+ Video Interview with Still Photographer Joel Sussman
+ Two Theatrical Trailers
+ Alternate Soft Cut (dvd only)
+ Soundtrack CD
+ Reversible Cover w/ Italian Artwork

Sexual Heights and Undulations (Vinegar Syndrome DVD) - Tobalina Orgy1,000

The Peekarama lives and it comes alive with a Carlos Tobalina double feature. Tobalina’s catalog has become sort of a favorite of the Vinegar Syndrome guys, taking up quite a few of the Peekarama releases. It’s easy to see his style and some of the common tropes that crib through his features. You can tell a Tobalina movie by his choice of actors, choice of orgies and … choice of even more orgies.

Let’s get down to the Heights and Undulations in this adult double feature.

Sexual Heights

From Vinegar Syndrome:

A man whose marriage was destroyed by an affair with the babysitter plots a lusty revenge, only to have his plans turn into the ultimate orgy!

Sexual Heights is classic Tobalina. What you’re dealing with here is a man who loves the orgy. He loves to shoot wide shots of San Francisco and feature completely unrelated setting shots that mean jack to the movie to give it some kind of artistic authenticity. It’s a hallmark of sorts (as we also saw with Three Ripening Cherries reviewed earlier). Sexual Heights starts out as what might initially be seen as a workable comedy that could actually contain some worthwhile narrative, but instead, Carlos can’t hold his load and shoots a dirty sex scene straight from the trouser snake.

Filled with strange backdrops, camera zooms and some rather interesting choices of focus, it’s almost possible to ignore just how much leopard print is featured in this movie. Of course, nothing will protect you or prepare you for the infamous kaleidoscope blow job! It’s an often misunderstood art which can only be countered by a strange, white John Holmes body… maneuvering into cunnilingus position. The exciting music never stops. The camera is shaky and always moving… wobbling… like a person who doesn’t know what they’re looking for with the camera (here’s a hint… it’s over 12 inches long and attached to John Holmes).

Balanced with some absolutely exciting lesbian action that is quite nice and not stag or amateurish, there are some nice bar room segues to break up the picture into what might feel as a passable narrative. The whole thing vacillates between fantasy and watching TV until eventually our crew of fateful gents goes on a mission to get what they want rather than fantasize about it. Of course there are funny costumers, cross dressing and… it ends in an orgy. Bet you didn’t see that one coming. It’s a Tobalina movie.

Undulations

From Vinegar Syndrome:

The biggest stars in sex films gather to watch the latest in erotic television, but their desires can’t be confined to the screen.

This is more typical Tobalina stuff. Lots of strange camera angles and shot choices that seem like he’s letting a film student learn to shoot porn. These are clearly attempts to be artistic i.e. placing inanimate, non-sexual objects in the foreground, obscuring valuable genitals. This is not economical from a sexy to empty shot ratio. Of course it’s nice to see such an accomplished porn director try and vary his shots and create something new. There’s not much in the narrative or plot department. There’s simply no room for the humor except maybe in the choice of clothing.

Guess how this one ends? Orgy? … Gigantic orgy? In a Tobalina film? Never!

One Note: the opening scene either features someone being de-virginized or having rainbow sex followed by cunnilingus with rainbow sex. This is the first time I’ve encountered this in a movie. As one who started off his sexual life “in rainbow” I am excited to see this used on film. Tobalina wins me over despite a rather generic offering.

+ Dual-Layer DVD-9 | Region Free | 16:9 Anamorphic | MONO
+ Both features sourced from 35mm camera negative
+ Original theatrical trailers

You can order Sexual Heights and Undulations now from Vinegar Syndrome:


or from DiabolikDVD

Win Ouija on Blu-ray/DVD. Out February 3rd!

Universal is releasing Ouija on Blu-ray/DVD combo February 3rd, and now you have a chance to win a copy. It's no secret that I'm a bit of a sucker for any horror that involves divination. It's spooky and fun and even when it's super cheesy, you can laugh at yourself afterward for enjoying it. That being said, our review for this title should be up shortly, and will see if I have both hands on the planchet.

For this contest, you simply must go to the link below. Ask a question and send me the question and answer (from the board itself). Simple as that. Contest runs until February third and you have to email responses to jimmy@docterror.com with subject line THE POWER OF OUJIA COMPELS YOU

Here's your online Ouija experience:

http://www.brainjar.com/dhtml/ouija/

GOODBYE

From Universal:

How far would you go to make contact with someone you lost? From the Producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacreand Insidious comes a supernatural thriller in which a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they unwittingly release a dark power from the other side. What started as a game will unleash an evil only they can stop. Starring Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Bianco Santos (The Fosters), and Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).



BLU-RAY

Bonus Features
Digital Copy of Ouija (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
The Spirit Board: An Evolution
Adapting the Fear
Icon of the Unknown

Technical Information
Run Time: 90
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Disturbing violent content, frightening horror images, and thematic material.)
Audio: English, French Canadian, Spanish
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
English SDH, French, Spanish
Picture: Widescreen (2.40:1)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ribald Tales of Canterbury and Tasty (Vinegar Syndrome DVD)

Bud Lee has made over 170 adult movies. That's nothing to shake a flaccid member at. The man has created some special moments in sex cinema and even some that have horror naming conventions: 976-76DD, Phantasm and A Witch's Tail (that plays on many of his "tail" movies in the 80's and 90's). While most of these are just sequel regurgitations of good ideas familiar to the XXX tape buyer, his lengthy career lets you know that he had the ability to capture the imagination of the viewer. Lee was working in a time when parody and pun was the naming convention of the day, When film was on its way out and video was cheap and easy (see Boogie Nights for a beginner's guide). Vinegar Syndrome has offered up a double feature or rather a feature film on DVD with an extra. These are the first two movies that Bud Lee made in 1985. Strangely enough I think the bill was done backward. Ribald Tales of Canterbury may look like it has the production, but the reason I'd spend money on this disc, Tasty is hilarious!

In case you wanna know who Hyapatia Lee is... it's Bud Lee's wife and gorgeous actress.

Before we get this thing started, you can order this disc from Vinegar Syndrome:

http://vinegarsyndrome.com/shop/ribald-tales-of-canterbury-tasty-dvd/

Ribald Tales of Canterbury

From Vinegar Syndrome:

A group of knights, journeying across the British countryside in the 15th century, share fantastic and absurd stories of sexual conquests. Hyapatia Lee and Coleen Brennan (aka Sharon Kelly) star.
Porn flicks have been doing historical parodies since the beginning. While faithfulness to the source material will vary, one thing will not... someone's gettin' banged. Ribald Tales of Canterbury is supposed to be some strange knights' tale recant, trading on the name of the Canterbury tales. We're not dealing with an adaptation of Chaucer's work, but an excuse to tell dirty tales about folks wearing "medieval garb". These outfits are what Doc Brown would dress up Marty McFly in if he were going back to the future to help his ancestor to win a pivotal jousting battle that changes the space time continuum forever (for those of you not understanding this joke please watch Back to the Future III).

Overall the movie looks gorgeous and the costuming is fun, but I'm afraid I simply couldn't get into the unfocused narrative. Yes there are a few excellent one liners that pop up through the connective tissue that puts the scenes of intimacy together, but mostly it's just a cheaply thrown together selection of fuck scenes that execute blandly and seem as a boring punchline to an overused joke.

Then of course, there's the movie I think should be the true headliner...

Tasty

From Vinegar Syndrome:

Struggling DJ Tasty Tastums realizes that what listeners really want to hear are the sounds of sex!

Now this is some funny shit! It's everything you'd expect from a porn shot in a radio station. It has crazy hairstyles, new wave style, sex in a recording booth, sex in a boardroom. Tatsy has a plot that's fun and nearly identical to your favorite 80's sex comedy with the added bonus of hardcore action. I love the troop of actors who share credit between Ribald Tales and Tasty. 

This is an adult feature that looks natural. It feels perfectly 1985 and is a relevant piece of porn. It reminded me of all the reasons I loved New Wave Hookers without Jamie Gillis, Ginger Lynn or Traci. 

Enjoy the DJ's and the BJ's. 

 + Dual-Layer DVD-9 | Region Free | 16:9 Anamorphic | MONO
+ Restored in 2k from 35mm Negatives
+ Commentary Track on RTOC w/ Bud Lee
+ Video Interview w/ Bud Lee
+ Original Theatrical Trailers for Both Films

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dead Air: Episode 69 - The Top 10 Genre Films Of 2014


This week on the show, it a full reunion as the Dead Air Crew talk at length about all of their favorite (and not so favorite) movies of 2014!

Join Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), Jesse (@DestroySuperman), James (@DrHorrorSexy), and Shawn (@TheLiberalDead) as they close the door on 2014, talk about the coming year in Genre cinema, and answer listener questions live on the air.

Download the MP3 Directly here 

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iTunes listeners: Please take a moment to leave us a rating/review

The Dead Air Horror & Genre Podcast is brought to you by GenreWatch,The Liberal Dead, and Doc Terror. Be sure to visit the sites for more great content!

Looking to order any of the titles we discussed on this show? Head on over to Amazon for the best prices and help support our show.

And, as always, if you want to drop us a line to let us know what you think of any of the movies discussed tonight, or you just want to give us feedback on the podcast in general, please send an email to DeadAirHorrorPodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Three Ripening Cherries and Sensual Fire (Vinegar Syndrome DVD) - The Peekarama is Open

Tonight we will be exploring Carlos Tobalina again. For some of you this will mean nothing. Some will cry out in agony and wonder, "must all movies end in orgies"? Yet others will enjoy what Tobalina has to offer no matter which pseudonym he uses or stars he plucks from the fount of 70's adult featuredom. We're here to discuss a Peekarama, a double feature adult film expose, on DVD out now.

Stop by Vinegar Syndrome to order now:
http://vinegarsyndrome.com/shop/three-ripening-cherries-sensual-fire-dvd/

Three Ripening Cherries

From Vinegar Syndrome:

Three suburban virgins, eager to learn about sex, take their education into their own hands. When life gives them the opportunity to wet their appetites, will the reality live up to the fantasy?
What opens on a wide shot of San Francisco in what would almost appear to be an Italian zombie or cannibal picture save for the fact that the opening doesn't feature New York City or an imposter NYC, turns quickly to a much more closed off feature. Don't expect wide sweeping shots of the city or night life. Do not expect large expansive, well composed landscapes. The action turns in doors. It's opening credit sequences like these that make you wonder what Tobalina really wanted to be doing or what movie he had just scene at the "legit" theater to influence the choice for opening. Do not let the opening credits fool you. This is all behind closed doors.

Three Ripening Cherries follows a fairly standard porn format and plot line which is almost uncomfortable. Tobalina generally goes into chaotic meat soirees rather than well though out story lines with flashbacks and narrative that follows a more linear fashion. Rest assured that it doesn't last throughout the entire picture and you'll soon be thrown to the orgies (though maybe not when you would expect). This movie has segues. It has variation of scene and age group and even sexual style.

I want you to pay attention to the John Belushi poster. It really ties the room together. You'll notice it between orgies opening with a small threesome before growing (a 25 minute one at that!). The second orgy starts while the first is still going and then Tobalina intercuts the two going back and forth between them. It's actually confusing. So many genitals to keep track of. I cannot stress this enough that Three Ripening Cherries is filled to the brim with HOTties.  In these first couple sequences you may notice an overabundance of grain. It's really just low light in the shooting of the film and not a transfer or print issue.

What will surprise you about Cherries is that it doesn't end with an orgy (spoiler?). There's not as much kaleidoscope either. Come to think of it, this feels like the most un-Tobalina picture I've enjoyed so far. Make sure to stick around for the guy with the Bob Dylan haircut wielding some hearty bondage gear; what a damn maniac.

Sensual Fire 

From Vinegar Syndrome:

A man lusts after his nubile stepdaughter, knowing the sinful nature of his desires. Can he satisfy his lust with others or will his secret fantasies send him over the edge?
I urge Vinegar Syndrome to get a hold of the rights to Neon Nights. That's the one where Jamie Gillis goes after his lover's daughter until of course they are discovered. That's my plug. Who knows if they can get their hands on this Cecil Howard classic. It is one of my favorite by far. I mention it here because Sensual Fire opens on a similar note. Jamie Gillis fucking a woman who turns out to be his stepdaughter (not quite the daughter of his lover I suppose). He fantasizes about her and eventually becomes a neurotic mess over the though of pounding away at her.

The very though of Gillis' character seeking out surrogate sexual partners to take the place of his stepdaughter his perfectly hot, but it's also quite humorous. Plenty of hot scenes and moderately orgy free again for a Tobalina film though there is noticeable Kaleido vision in this one (which is totally normal of course).

Gillis fans should rejoice. You know he's gonna get the girl, right? By any means necessary even (we know he's been in his share of roughies). How you might ask? Well if you put him in a Zoro costume and set him free, who could resist?

There's some scratching on film toward the end, but it the Kaleidoscopic sexual madness will make you forget.

Both features are sourced from 35mm camera negatives and include theatrical trailers with the double feature poster art on the cover The Peekarama series always preserves this beautifully though I would love a reverse with each poster featured separately. That's just me being greedy.

Dead Air: Episode 68 - The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death (2015)


This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) and Jesse (@DestroySuperman) celebrate the start of a new year by taking to the air live and reviewing Hammer's latest horror film, THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH.

Tune in as they talk about what's been going on, what's in store for the show this year, and what they've been watching. Listener questions are also answered.

Download the MP3 Directly here 

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iTunes listeners: Please take a moment to leave us a rating/review

The Dead Air Horror & Genre Podcast is brought to you by GenreWatch,The Liberal Dead, and Doc Terror. Be sure to visit the sites for more great content!

Looking to order any of the titles we discussed on this show? Head on over to Amazon for the best prices and help support our show.

And, as always, if you want to drop us a line to let us know what you think of any of the movies discussed tonight, or you just want to give us feedback on the podcast in general, please send an email to DeadAirHorrorPodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.


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Dead Air: Episode 06 - The Woman In Black (2012)


This week on the show, the Dead Air crew reviews Hammer's remake of THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Download the MP3 Directly here 

Subscribe Via iTunes

iTunes listeners: Please take a moment to leave us a rating/review

The Dead Air Horror & Genre Podcast is brought to you by GenreWatch,The Liberal Dead, and Doc Terror. Be sure to visit the sites for more great content!

Looking to order any of the titles we discussed on this show? Head on over to Amazon for the best prices and help support our show.

And, as always, if you want to drop us a line to let us know what you think of any of the movies discussed tonight, or you just want to give us feedback on the podcast in general, please send an email to deadairhorrorpodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.


Check out this episode!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Supernova (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - In Space, No One Can Hear You Put Your Fist in a 9th Dimensional Vagina

Somehow I missed Supernova when it was released back in 2000. This surprises me because I was working at Blockbuster Video at the time and made a habit of taking out any new horror releases that we would rent. Maybe I didn’t realize what Supernova was. The poster/cover art doesn’t feel like a piece of Horror Science Fiction even though it is. One thing that was true of me during the 90’s and into the early 2000’s was that I avoided most new Science Fiction. Nothing felt as purely perfect as pre-80’s Sci-Fi so I concentrated my efforts there and left most new Sci-Fi by the wayside.  Scream Factory’s release of Supernova on Blu-ray opened my eyes again to the movies I missed in my youth, mostly based on bad marketing campaigns or the evolution of shitty cover art.

It’s funny that my memory of this movie is all based on the traditional cover art that is featured on the Scream Factory released. I always scan stills and back story a bit when reviewing movies, and the only poster that keeps coming up is the one that states “All Hell is About to Break Loose’. Well if I had seen that back then maybe I might have been inclined to give it a watch. It has more Event Horizon in it than light hearted space adventure (as you can see from both of the posters).

Supernova is actually pretty “deep”.  What I thought was just going to be a space hijack with dimensional vortex actually turned out to be a romantic picture that accentuated relationships and futuristic romance as well as what it means to be intimate over some now questionable special effects that were surely state of the art at the time. When you listen to Lou Diamond Phillips talk about this picture in the interview on the disc, you almost feel like you watched a completely different movie until you realize, hey… it’s all in there. The space travel, the tasteful lovemaking by starlight, the strange intimacy between Wilson Cruz and the ship’s computer, the gorgeous Robin Tunney in her birthday suit. Really there’s quite a bit to see and experience including a great piece of practical effects work in a scene involving Robert Forster.

As you’ll no doubt understand Supernova is an imperfect movie. It was plagued with reshoots and rewrites that saw several different directors at the helm and even Francis Ford Coppola got involved to rework this picture with Jack Shoulder. The story behind the movie as told in the making of feature is almost as intriguing as the movie. Better still is the fact that there’s a genuinely good alternate ending on the disc. In one ending you get the mega happy ending a la Wayne’s World and in another… you get the mega super depressing ending. I won’t say which is which but I hope you check out both endings. If you like listening to the sultry voice of Robert Forster then you should check out the deleted scene as well (that’s a joke…everyone love Forster’s sultry voice). Overall a solid extra package for a generally unpopular movie.

Supernova made no money and it had a significant budget that it never made up, and one almost has to feel bad for this little movie. James Spader, Angella Bassett and Peter Facinelli give great performances despite my distaste for this era in digital effects, they don’t look atrocious (most of you will say they look quite good). Today this movie is a probably a low budget, SyFy original picture with a nobody cast and all digital effects that may look similar if not better. So what might have saved it? Perhaps going with the premise suggested by the original efforts of writer William Malone… “Hellraiser in outer space” (of course when we finally see Pinhead get to outers pace that really didn’t get my goat either) [Nod to Wikipedia for that tidbit]. 

You can pick up Supernova from Scream Factory now:



Synopsis from Scream Factory:

In the farthest reaches of space, something has been waiting…

Beyond comprehension, beyond imagination and beyond the deepest regions of this galaxy... life as we know it is about to end! James Spader (The Blacklist), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) , Lou Diamond Phillips (Bats), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Peter Facinelli (Twilight) and Robin Tunney (The Craft) star in this terrifying sci-fi thriller.

In the farthest reaches of deep space, the medical vessel Nightingale keeps a lonely vigil for those in trouble. When a frantic cry for help pierces the void, the crew responds with a near fatal, hyperspace dimension jump into the gravitational pull of a dying star. The disabled ship rescues a shuttlecraft containing a mysterious survivor and a strange alien artifact. Now the crew must unravel a chilling secret and escape the nearby imploding star before the rapidly forming supernova blasts them and the entire galaxy into oblivion!


Bonus Features
  • The Making Of Supernova - New Interviews With Actors Lou Diamond Phillips And Robert Forster, Producer Daniel Chuba And Filmmaker Jack Sholder
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Theatrical Trailer

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Say Hello to My Little Flesh

Say what you want about Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, but it kicks Candyman 3: Day of the Dead’s ass all around the apiary. When we did our retrospective series on Dead Air Podcast for the Candyman I remembered fondly enjoying the second movie in the theater even though it wasn’t nearly as perfect as the original, but upon a rewatch most of my love for Candyman 2 proved to be nostalgia driven. There’s plenty to enjoy in the imperfect movie, and it wasn’t the move to New Orleans from Chicago that had me less than enthused about the first sequel. It was the atmosphere. It was the music and acting. While the kills and scenes of gore were enjoyable when they actually happened, the whole thing felt like it had lost its sense of spooky, sense of realism and sympathetic characterization that made me love the original.  Tony Todd may be Candyman, but these sweets ain't as sweet.

Scream Factory has released the first sequel on Blu-ray and in keeping with their quality standard  the disc is quite nice. The picture looks good, though I think this movie suffers from some of the notoriously bad film stock circulating in the mid 90’s though that comes from a person who is only just now really noticing such things. The traditional cover art is on the front with a less popular traditional cover with which I was previously unfamiliar. I prefer the popular cover, but it’s nice to have options rather than go stills on the inside. You get the audio commentary with the director Bill Condon who would go on to director widely acclaimed non-horror movies and of course the Twilight Series. Perhaps the most worthwhile extra is the interview with Tony Todd where he candidly discusses the original film and sequel. Also included is an interview with veteran actress Veronica Cartwright.

While I’m not a huge fan of the sequel, I can and do watch it from time to time. It isn’t a must watch, but it is not despised or maligned. I simply offer up that it must be taken with a grain of salt and perhaps enjoyed mindlessly rather than taken as a serious follow up to a classic horror picture. Once you remove your memory of the original picture and storyline, you can enjoy some of the finer moments in Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh like a complete origin story and some strong gore toward the end of the movie. It’s nice to see familiar faces back from the original though I haven’t fully understood why Candyman 2 didn’t follow Helen or why Helen didn’t follow Candyman to New Orleans. The first movie seemed to set up a duel hook attack story line that could have been superbly sexy and completely deviant.

Perhaps the best reason to pick up this release is for completeness; to own a part of the series that you may not have previously owned in HD. I chock this Scream Factory release up the same we I reviewed Pumpkinhead 2, necessary for collector’s but not essential viewing for average horror fans.

The quote on the back of the box from Fort Worth Star is that it’s “Scarier than the original”. Allow me to dispel this horrible piece of film criticism as bullshit. Best not to put things like this on the box.

Order Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh now.




Synopsis from Scream Factory:
His myth has endured for generations. His legacy is eternal rage. And now he's back... with a vengeance! Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh continues the tale of the phantom-like figure who wreaks a terrible fate upon those who chant his name five times while looking into a mirror… and come face to face with grisly death.

A victim of unspeakable evil while he lived, the "Candyman" (Tony Todd, Final Destination) has become evil incarnate in his afterlife. This time, he haunts the city of New Orleans, where a young schoolteacher named Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan, The O.C.) is struggling to solve the brutal murder of her father. The locals insist that he was slain by the Candyman, but Annie is not convinced... until she unwittingly summons the monster forth, learns the secret of his power, and discovers the link that connects her to him. But can she stop him before he kills again? Directed by Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a story by Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed), Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh is "one heck of a scary movie" (Moviehole)!


Bonus Features
  • Audio Commentary With Director Bill Condon
  • THE CANDYMAN LEGACY – A New Interview With Tony Todd
  • DOWN MEMORY LANE – A New Interview With Veronica Cartwright
  • Theatrical Trailer

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Horror Resolutions for 2015

Every year I do a damn list of New Year's Resolutions. Every year I make small in roads toward those goals, but I never actually make the grade. I haven't finished the Giallo Challenge. I almost finished all the horror movies from 1980 (my birth year). I still do not have  a body like Hugh Jackman. This year will be no different. I will form a list below of horror related tasks to accomplish this year. This year I will succeed! (and so goes the glory of the world).

Here goes 2015 in a hand basket:

1. I will read one horror related work of non fiction per month
2. I will read every magazine I subscribe to (I have a habit of only reading one or two and then filing the rest for the collection)
3. I will watch 30 more movies toward the Giallo Challenge. This is not unreasonable and if I should complete more, then at least I'm not kidding myself.
4. I will complete the 1980 challenge. Only about 20 movies left anyway
5. I will make one night a week a non-review, non-obligation movie night. That means I will watch back catalog titles in my collection rather than movies I NEED to watch for obligation to studios or distro companies. I need to keep fresh on new material, but I feel like I'm missing out the gems of yesteryear that are often neglected due to priority.
6. I will decorate for Halloween this year on a more massive scale. Couldn't last year due to trip to Disney World.
7. I will find Hichhike to Hell/Kidnapped Coed on double feature VHS. Furthermore, I will try to pick up a few new VHS titles a month. I've been slacking and I need to get the Video Store project moving forward (even if it feels so far away).
8. Must complete my Redemption Films collection.
9. Create Video Cast for HorrorSexy
10. Write and Record EP for Vaudeville Vampires
11. Record all the movies I watch on Letterboxd
12. I will get to the movie theater once a month to see a movie, old or new or marathon.

I think that's just about it. What's your bet on how many I will actually complete? Over or under?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Long Hair of Death (Raro Video Blu-ray) - Barbara Steele Goes Italian Gothic... Again

Castle of Blood isn’t for everyone, but I really enjoy it. I make sure to watch it every couple of years to reconnect with the slow paced, Gothic pictures of Italy. You watch Castle of Blood directed by Antonio Margheriti and Black Sunday from Mario Bava first thing in the morning, and you can end up in a very quiet, peaceful, eerie way. I can’t do this type of movie all the time especially not late into the evening but on a dreary afternoon in December I can find the time to watch an unsettling tale of modest terror. That brings us to Raro Video’s release of The Long Hair of Death, like the previously mentioned movies, stars Barbara Steele, is an Italian production and has some damn fine music to gently guide you into creepsville.

As always, I am a fan of Raro productions enjoying the slip sleeve, cover arts, booklet art and content as well as an assortment of goodies on the Blu-ray itself. Raro takes the time to put trailers, interviews and, more recently, an introduction. The Long hair of Death features an intro from Chris Alexander of Fango fame which provides context for the film and some sound advice about how to experience Long Hair. He’s also responsible for the essay in the handsome booklet included with the disc which further gives depth to this underappreciated mood movie. Transfer looks good. No immediate issues to report.

The movie itself has a strong opening though it reminds me a bit too much of Black Sunday lite. Then again I suppose that that is the subgenre itself. The story of course surrounds witches and the supernatural and opens on a unique inquisition, not quite as damning as the scene from Black Sunday. It is more subtle and thus less impressive. As Chris Alexander points out in his discussion of the film, it is slow through the middle. A drudge through the snow that gradually builds to a fine ending that cuts off abruptly but not before providing some horrific and ghastly images of spirits of the “dead” and one very impressive corpse. Truth be told Black Sunday has always felt a bit slow through the middle and Castle of Blood is little less than plowing through peanut butter with a dull spoon. I think that’s part of each of these films’ charm; the ascent into something supernatural from what would appear to be the mundane. The pacing simply allows you time to fall into a slumber before having your eyeballs forced open. Think of each of these pictures as a roller coaster… there’s a quick hill and then a slow, steep riser all the way into the heavens that precede a crash landing in the pits of Hell, or at least the Gothic period piece of Hell with camera tricks and unrealistic though impressive makeup.

This isn’t a Bava flick. This is Antonio Margheriti who does a fine job at capturing and moving forward a new style of storytelling made famous by Bava. The main distinction between Bava and Margheriti is severity in terms of content, contrast and violence. It’s still early in the Italian cycle. Bava made Black Sunday in 1960 and this followed four years later. Shortly there after the previously mentioned Castle of Blood would hit as well as Nightmare Castle. All with Barbara Steel. All slow and steady but with expertly crafted finales that made the period Goth sleepers tolerable and rewatchable.  This will not be everyone. The MTV audience (if such a thing still exists) will find this better than Xanax to knock you out, but for those of you who enjoy a tale of supernatural horror, not horror AHHHH, horror BOO, this is a must watch.


The Long Hair of Death is available now from Raro Video.



Special Features

  • Video Introduction by Chris Alexander, Fangoria Magazine
  • Interview to Edoardo Margheriti
  • Interview to Antonio Tentori
  • A fully illustrated booklet on the genesis and production of the film by Chris Alexander / New and improved English subtitles translation
  • Italian original Trailer
  • English Original Trailer
Synopsis from Raro Video:
In a 15th-century feudal village, a woman is accused of witchcraft and put to death. Her beautiful older daughter knows the real reason for the execution lies in the lord's sexual desire for her mother. After confronting the lord on the matter, she, too, is killed. A much younger daughter is spared and taken in by her mother's killers. Once she is of age, as a horrible, deadly plague sweeps the land, she marries the lord's worthless son. Then, during a brutal thunderstorm, the older daughter mysteriously reappears and begins to avenge her mother's death.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dead Air: Episode 67 - Silent Night Deadly Night: Part 2 (Fan Commentary)



This week on the show, we're bringing you something a little different... Since Christmas is right around the corner, we figured, "Why not get in the spirit with a fan commentary for a fun Christmas Horror flick?"

The movie: SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT: PART 2 (yes, the one with "Garbage Day")

The commentators: Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) and Chad (@HorrorMovieBBQ

Tune in for all sorts of inappropriate talk about the movie, and since Chad is our resident Eric Freeman expert (he was actually the guy that tracked him down a couple of years ago and disspelled the rumors going around), he even has some insight into Eric's role here.

Of course, there's also the usual banter, and the guys talk about plans for future shows; including a possible live show at the end of the month.


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nightmare On Elm Street Retrospective: Episode 04 - A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)


In this episode, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), James (@DrHorrorSexy), and Jesse (@DestroySuperman) head back to Elm Street to discuss Renny Harlin's entry into the series, A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

Topics include: The film's production history, its themes and critical reception, and its place in the franchise and pop culture.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lord of Illusions (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Cliver Barker and Scream Factory Together Again

I remember In the Mouth of Madness always being paired up against Lord of Illusions. Not sure if it was because of similar release dates or whether they just appeared in the same issue of Fango, but I watched them both and compared them even though they had nothing to do with one another. In the Mouth of Madness won out for me. It is, for the most part, the scarier movie and so I would down play the importance of Lord of Illusions even through my love for Clive Barkers fiction and some of his previous film adaptations (I do love me some Rawhead Rex). Lord of Illusions took a back seat for many years, and gradually I didn't give it much thought. When Scream Factory announced that Lord of Illusions was coming to Blu-ray I again compared it to In the Mouth of Madness which was unfair. It was bred into me. Both movies have seen a Blu-ray release with in the last year and now was a chance to re-explore Lord of Illusions, hopefully with a fresh head free of the John Carpenter film that seemed to have latched on to all my memories involving Lord of Illusions.

Quantum Leap was a great show. For all that I remember of Scott Bakula (rhymes with Dracula), you'd think that more would have come from other cinematic endeavors beyond Quantum Leap, but it's Lord of Illusions and Quantum Leap for me. Bakula does a great job in Lord of Illusions, but I can't help but think that at any moment through the dark and sorted tale that he's going to flash backward or forward into another body, another time and a new episode. In other words, I have problems separating him from his signature show. This happened to me with Sarah Michelle Gellar. She's always Buffy to me. It makes most movies or roles difficult to believe because, in the back of my mind, she's going to break out into "Give Me Something To Sing About" from Once More with Feeling. This could be a good reason to why I often felt that In the Mouth of Madness was the superior movie. Sam Neil could be anyone. He could go to Jurassic Park. He could try to find his wife only to discover what she had become was something of legendary psychological movie mayhem.

Lord of Illusions starts and ends strong. In fact the end of this picture unnerves me in the way that a Clive Barker adaptation should unnerve you. Think of Hellraiser and how the concepts in that movie from pain and suffering to unrelenting torment beyond this life with origin in what would appear to be a child's game. When the end of Lord of Illusions hits I tense up. My feet are planted firmly on the floor, and I wait for the big reveal (not to be named here for fear of spoiling a nearly perfect climax). The opening intrigues me too, both the imprisonment sequence and the illusion act. After that, the hunt and detective work feels plain Jane. I lose focus through the middle of the film and Lord of Illusions becomes ordinary for a bit while Clive Barker pieces together plot points. This is the kind of thing that works better in a novel or short story. It's the kind of glue that filmmakers have trouble with and often times the reason why we hear viewers proclaim that they like the book better. In this instance we are talking about Barker adapting his own story, The Last Illusion. I haven't explored it in years, but as with most Barker tales, I remember enjoying it (everything up to Everworld actually).

I always though that our big bad guy's look was subpar. It felt phony when I was a kid, but it really is better than I remember it. The movie suffers from early computer generated effects that are indicative of the time in which it was released. It's movies like Lord of Illusions that guided me opinion away from CG and toward the practical effects I adored from the 80's.

With Lord of Illusions you are getting a nice extra package that features both the theatrical and director's cut of the movies. The transfer is beautiful (as it was with Nightbreed from Barker). The commentary track is from Barker himself. I think it's great that Barker is working hand in hand with Scream Factory to help give his directorial efforts new life. There's strong horror here. We have new cover art on the front that is more in line with the contents of the movie though if you prefer the original artwork all you need do is flip the reverse of the cover. This is a Collector's Edition.

Contents include:

--- DISC ONE ---
  • Theatrical Cut of the Film
--- DISC TWO ---
  • All NEW High Definition Transfer of Clive Barker's Director's Cut of the Film
  • Commentary by Director Clive Barker
  • "A Gathering of Magic" Featurette - Original Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Unseen Rare Behind the Scenes Footage "Illusion of Reality" - Vintage Interviews and UNSEEN On-Set Footage Provide a Fascinating Look into the Making of the Film
  • Deleted Scenes with Clive Barker Commentary
  • NEW Interview with Storyboard Artist Martin Mercer
  • Photo Gallery
It's nice to know that with age we can appreciate things in a different way. We do not have to pit movies together especially two completely different movies like Lord of Illusions and In the Mouth of Madness that really have no common nexus at all. Lord of Illusions turns on late in the movie and when it does I urge you to keep breathing. Each step toward the end of the movie is a step toward how real horror works and despite a slow middle, perhaps the pacing helped to build the mystery and tension that is the thing of pure illusion. Scream Factory absolutely must continue this pairing with Barker. Let's get Rawhead Rex on Blu-ray (I don't care who owns the rights).

Lord of Illusions is available now from Scream Factory. 

Synopsis From Scream Factory:

From best-selling author and celebrated director Clive Barker comes a supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between sanity and madness, and between the art of illusion and the terrifying forces of magic.

Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) portrays Harry D’Amour, a private detective visiting Los Angeles on a routine investigation. Harry gets more than he bargains for when he encounters Philip Swan (Kevin J. O’Connor, The Mummy), a performer whose amazing illusions captivate the world. But are they really illusions? Harry isn’t so sure as he is thrust into a nightmare of murder, deception and terrifying assaults from the dark beyond. Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken, Hemlock Grove) and Daniel von Bargen (Crimson Tide, The Faculty) also star.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nightmare On Elm Street Retrospective: Episode 02 - A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)


In this episode, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), James (@DrHorrorSexy), and Jesse (@DestroySuperman) continue the Nightmare On Elm Street Retrospective series with an in-depth discussion of 1987's Fan-Favorite, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Topics include: The film's production history, its themes and critical reception, and its place in the franchise and pop culture.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nightmare On Elm Street Retrospective: Episode 02 - A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)


In this episode, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), Shawn (@TheLiberalDead), James (@DrHorrorSexy), and Jesse (@DestroySuperman) continue the Nightmare On Elm Street Retrospective series with an in-depth discussion of 1985's A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge.

Topics include: The film's production history, it's themes and critical reception, and its place in the franchise and pop culture.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Nightmare On Elm Street Retrospective: Episode 01 - A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)


In this episode, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), Shawn (@TheLiberalDead), and Jesse (@DestroySuperman) kick off the Nightmare On Elm Street Retrospective series and discuss the first film in the franchise, 1984's A Nightmare On Elm Street.

The guys talk about their background with the series, their feelings about it, and of course, they discuss the first film in depth.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dead Air: Episode 66 - The Babadook (2014)


This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) and Jesse (@DestroySuperman) tell you why Christmas Evil is great, why The Pyramid is stupid, and why you should seek out Predestination as soon as possible (hint: it's awesome)... They also talk about Director Jennifer Kent's impressive debut feature, The Babadook.

Of course, there's also the usual banter, and the guys talk about plans for future shows; including a possible live show at the end of the month.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Dead Air: Episode 65 - The One About Nothing In Particular


This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) and Jesse (@DestroySuperman) catch up and fill you in on what's in store over the next few weeks.

Also included with the usual goofing off is conversation about INTERSTELLAR, the NIGHTBREED Director's Cut, NIGHTCRAWLER, and a lot more.

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