Thursday, October 23, 2014

SQUIRM (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - The Worms Crawl In, The Worm Crawl Out

You see a movie on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and you think you understand it all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed the good natured riffing of the robots both in conjunction with our featured Scream Factory release and other films, but while I love to laugh, I can’t help but think that some of these movies get pigeon holed as a result. Take Squirm for example. Sure it’s a movie about electrified night crawlers that kill and invade homes. When you give the old MST3K treatment you can belly laugh yourself into a pile of your own intestines having had your sides split evenly along both left and right sides, but that doesn’t mean that Squirm itself is a comedy. Quite the contrary. Squirm is actually really creepy, and even if you can’t get past the horde of spaghetti rolling through a house, it certainly is icky, gross, mondo-disgusto. This is animal horror. This is creature feature.

I had the chance to meet director Jeff Lieberman at Chiller Theatre not too long ago. He signed a rather handsome Squirm poster for me, I gave him the lion’s share of fan praise that I could muster (being a bit nervous) and then realized that Lieberman was responsible for more than just Squirm. He was the man behind Just Before Dawn, Remote Control and Satan’s Little Helper (Blue Sunshine and Never-ending Story III as well). For a man whose name a rarely had heard spoken, I soon came to know him as a cult superstar. In reviewing his movies now, having just watched both Squirm and Satan’s Little Helper in tandem, I realize that he was a master of the creep out. Lieberman is the kind of guy who makes jokes in his movies. Either you get them and you laugh heartily or you don’t and you feel the ominous shadow of having seen a warped mind at work (a complement to be certain). Lieberman had done a screening of Remote Control and even did a Q&A. It was a shame I couldn’t be there, but I’m glad to have met him.

WEREWOLF WOMAN (Raro Video Blu-ray)

You start to think about movies that feature female werewolves, and you feel like there aren't all that many of them. I sat down and started off with the premise that there were only a couple. Turns out it's a rich subset of the genre and has some strong members. We're here to talk about Rino Di Silvestro's Werewolf Woman which predates a number of our favorite bitch wolf flicks and is notoriously one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite films. To name a few... The Howling, a book first, features two tremendous female werewolves and each of the subsequent sequels are chock full of interesting takes on female werewolves, some more flattering and believable than others. Ginger Snaps and its sequels (for better or worse) is a more recent example of strong female characters demonstrating the power of women as lycanthropes. Then of course there's Dr. Terror's House of Horrors form the mid 60's that features a story with a perfectly ironic twist pitting female wolf against a legendary family enemy. 1976 sees the release of the movie in the spotlight today. It doesn't necessarily carry with it the standard baggage of the werewolf legend, but it is, nonetheless a werewolf movie. In some ways you might even consider a movie like Werewolf Woman as a predecessor of Ginger Snaps. You'd find it hard to believe but somehow I can't seem to help but draw that conclusion that these movies have a similar message or at least the underpinning of a deeper meaning than the skin flick that WW may appear to be.

Synopsis from Raro Video:

From notorious Italian exploitation filmmaker Rino Di Silvestro (Deported Women of the SS Special Section) comes Werewolf Woman, a psychological, psychosexual, pseudo-shapeshiter shocker and a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino. In it, a mentally unstable young woman named Daniela (Annik Borel) fantasizes that she is the reincarnation of her long-dead ancestor, a woman who was thought to have been a werewolf. Dealing with her lifetime of sexual abuse, she seduces men before transgressing into a feral monster, screaming, cursing and ripping them to shreds. When she meets the man of her dreams, Daniela seems ready to forgive her past and bury the beast within until another traumatic encounter seals both her own fate and the collective fates of the Werewolf Woman’s wild wrath. A strange, erotic, outrageously sleazy and provocative Eurohorror classic about a woman pushed well-past the edge of sanity, Werewolf Woman is finally presented here with the respect it deserves, in beautifully realized, remastered high-definition. Watch it with someone you trust.

I almost feel bad trying to create deeper meaning in a movie like Werewolf Woman. It has obvious exploitation elements that will appeal to a certain crowd (I am a member of this crowd). It's erotic and bestial with intense moments of raw sexuality and a beautiful portrait of the female form, in and out of lupine form. That means there's a hot naked woman on the screen... a lot. Normally I end up feeling like a sleazy 42nd street dweller in my own living room when I watch pictures like this. They come off as having real horror elements only to bury the ambiance and mood below a pair of amazing knockers. It just so happens that I didn't have to imagine seeing this a seedy theater with a bunch o' perves. I had the chance to enjoy it at an Exhumed Films screening. While I slept through a portion of the movie (along with Vampire's Night Orgy, I awoke to better understand the wolfed out female figure several times. We all should have been wearing raincoats, smoking cigarettes and sticking to the seat. Thankfully, the crowd that enjoys Exhumed's screening know a thing or two about using the restroom rather than their shirt cuff. This kind of disjointed viewing, a late night (morning really) tryst during a movie horrorthon that goes for 24 hours doesn't lend itself to deep analysis or even appreciation for a more quiet picture like Werewolf Woman. You actually need to sit with it, perhaps a couple times. You need to leave your hormones at the door (and your tissue box). 

Watching the Raro Blu-ray was a wholly unique experience with it's handsome presentation that seems to yield an almost scholarly feeling. It's the kind of feeling you might offer a "Criterion Jr." (a disc that isn't Criterion but has packaging and booklet that give it a regal presentation. I am a fan of Raro's style. I like their slip cases (better now that they remove easier). I love that they include a booklet to give fans a backstory that isn't straight out of Wikipedia written by esteemed fans or historians For Werewolf Woman we are treated to Chris Alexander's account of the movie. For those of you who are familiar with Alexander, you are well aware that he adores foreign horror from the 60's and 70's and shows knowledge and kind analysis to a movie that almost doesn't fee like it deserves it. I'm a fan of his work. I enjoyed his comments about the movie and its context .Both the slip sleeve and actual cover insert are slightly different but both are beautiful representations of the classic poster art. Di Silvestro gives a 20 minute interview. You'd almost hope to get something from Tarantino or an introduction from Chris Alexander. The disc also features the English and Italian trailers.

This is a very adult werewolf picture and one that strays from the common look of the wolf as well as the origin story. It's not for the Universal Monster crowd but would be better suited in a double feature with a Jess Franco undead tale or a Rollin vamp flick. Unlike Franco and Rollin, this doens't come off like an art picture at all, and it doesn't come off like pure smut. It is raw and animalistic though without the energy to sustain tension; Werewolf Woman focus on inner struggle and the strength of woman in overcoming adversity (though Silvestro stills let's you know that he directed Deported Women of the SS Special Section as well). Perhaps that's why I find it so similar to Ginger Snaps. It represents a period of change in a woman's life marked by a physical transformation into a beast of immeasurable power. The metaphor is clear even if the movie seems to muddy up serious discussion with elements designed to titillate the body and not the mind. I suppose that's just as animal as the transformation in the movie. Is it possible to be as horny as bunny while exploring your inner emotional power struggle? It's more than an adult feature, not quite a horror picture and even more of a Mafu Cage-ish battle with psychological trauma and animism.

Special Features

Video interview with the director Rino Di Silvestro (19 min. 22 sec.)
Original Italian theatrical trailer (3 min. 58 sec.) / Original English theatrical trailer (3 min. 58 sec.) A fully illustrated booklet on the genesis and production of the film by Chris Alexander, Fangoria Magazine / New HD transfer from original 35mm negative / Digitally restored
New and improved English subtitle translation
Werewolf Woman is available now, available from DiabolikDVD. These are the same fellas behind Exhumed Films who screened it the first time I saw it. Do yourself a favor and support them when purchasing this Blu-ray because they've cared enough to both stock it and screen it for you.

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NIGHTBREED (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - A Tale of Two Discs (and Three)

Let’s run down the time line here. Cliver Barker’s Cabal. Nightbreed theatrical. Nightbreed VHS. Nightbreed DVD. Cabal Cut – Nightbreed all mashed up with new scenes (some less than stellar quality)… and then movement. The movement to have Nightbreed released as the Cabal Cut with all the extra bits and pieces… OCCUPY MIDIAN. That’s the story leading up to the Scream Factory releases, both the two disc set featuring the Director’s Cut and the three disc set featuring the Director’s Cut AND the theatrical cut. Before we continue into Nightbreed circa 2014, be clear that what we will be discussing is not the Cabal Cut. That has not been officially released. It is simply the inspiration that gave rise to have Clive Barker’s Nightbreed created anew using all the footage possible (all the good looking footage anyway). This is not a slight toward the fans, but a tribute to their efforts and mania. This is as much Clive Barker’s Nightbreed as it is YOUR Nightbreed. It’s okay to take some ownership of it when a fan rally can lead to a prestigious release. It’s definitely had a few bumps along the way, and I think it’s fitting to discuss its most recent journey. Before we delve into the release itself and what you get when you buy the Director’s Cut two disc set, we need to understand how it came into being. This is what you waited for and the opportunity Scream Factory helped create by listening to horror fans.

Hot & Saucy Pizza Girls and Dracula Sucks (Vinegar Syndrome) - Midnight Double Feature Review

The October releases from Vinegar Syndrome are some of the best they've ever put out. The fan favorite is Raw Force which I will be reviewing soon enough, but for tonight I want to talk about two very different movies: Dracula Sucks and Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls. Yes these are both adult films. Dracula Sucks is a Phillip Marshak movie. If that name means nothing to you than you haven't been following Vinegar Syndrome. It also means you didn't pay attention to my favorite VS disc yet, Night Train to Terror. Marshak directed The Case of Claire Hansen segment. Turns out his first movie was an adult feature starring Jamie Gillis (my porn star spirit animal). He filmography is filled with strange adult features and odd ball misses that make up most of your collections I'm sure (you freakin sickos). On the other side we have Bob Chinn. Now you'll surely know Bob from more than a few Peekarama selections from Vinegar Syndrome, but the most recent one (and the most artsy porn since Wakefield fucking Poole) is Prisoner of Paradise (remember the Nazi porn?).

Let's discuss each release in more detail. You can pick them up individually now from Vinegar Syndrome. Make sure to look into Vinegar Syndrome's bundled monthly selections to save some bucks on your smut. Fans of this label swear by this program!


Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:
At an exclusive sanitarium, strange things are happening: patients are acting differently and are being found with mysterious bite marks in their necks. Visiting professor, Van Helsing (Reggie Nalder) believes it to be the work of vampires. With the arrival of Count Dracula (Jamie Gillis), things get even stranger and more violent, as the diabolical count sets his sights on the beautiful Mina (Annette Haven). Acclaimed as the most star studded X rated film ever made, featuring supporting performances from Seka, Serena, Kay Parker, John Leslie, Paul Thomas, Mike Ranger and Bill Marigold, Dracula Sucks has finally been restored to its original directors cut and is coming to DVD for the very first time!

+ 2-disc DVD Set | Region Free | 16:9 Anamorphic | MONO
+ Director’s cut of DRACULA SUCKS
+ Alternate LUST AT FIRST BITE edit (40+ minutes of alternate footage!)
+ Commentary w/ Actor and Co-Writer Bill Margold
+ RETURN TO CASTLE HILL featurette w/ Producer Darryl Marshak & Bill Margold
+ Original theatrical trailer
+ German Art Gallery

Jamie Gillis (my porn star spirit animal... again) is superb as the Count! I mean that. Now that may not be saying much given my favorite version Drac is somewhere in between Christopher Lee and Frank Langela (it's the Langela part you might find hard to believe), but he truly does play the role well even if it is an adapted piece of adult cinema. I love the refreshing take on the story and not purely for the sake that it is filled with copious amounts of naughty bits. This is actually an entertaining piece of Miligan esque horror built to exploit but oddly seductive and filthy at the same time. The music is classic horror and the women are beyond gorgeous (think of the beautiful ladies of Hammer). This is not a bad horror porn parody and that is what might shock you. This feels like a legitimate piece of horror cinema. 

The negative scenes in red are creepy and perfect bits of classic occult horror. I strongly recommend this to horror fans who like to be aroused in multiple ways and to porn people who are looking for something to gawk at during October.


Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:
At the most popular pizza parlor in Berkeley, something extra comes with the toppings: all of the beautiful, skateboarding pizza girls are the classiest working girls in town! But when two competing fried chicken giants decide to join forces to put the pizza girls out of business, it’s up to the girls and their boss (John Holmes) to save the day and survive the mysterious chicken rapist! One of the craziest comedies from director Bob Chinn, PIZZA GIRLS stars Candida Royalle , Desiree Cousteau, and John C. Holmes and is coming to DVD uncut and restored from the negative for the first time!

+ Dual-Layer DVD-9 | Region Free | 16:9 Anamorphic | MONO
+ Restored from 35mm negative
+ Video Interview w/ Producer Damon Christian
+ Original theatrical trailer

First rule of watching Pizza Girls: Do not watch it without ordering a pizza first. Second rule of watching Pizza Girls: ask your significant other to ride around your living room on a skateboard with the pizza you just ordered.  

This is a laugh a minute feature that really captures the heart of the 80's sex comedy but was released in 1978. Plenty of gorgeous women and John Holmes is your hero as the owner of a pizza joint at war with a chicken franchise (it's always the damn chicken franchises!). Now it gets a bit repetitive. You know deliver pizza on skateboard, fuck, repeat, but I think you understand that from the cover. It's one of my favorite covers from Vinegar Syndrome.  It says "We Deliver"... they certainly do. 

You pick this movie up because you like to have fun with your porn. This a highly entertaining take on one of the most commonly spoofed porn tropes in the books and in reverse no less. It's uncut and it's beautiful and filled with extra cheese.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RAW FORCE (Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray/DVD) - One Blu-ray! One Death Blu-ray!

The first time I saw Raw Force was at my first Exhumed Films Horrorthon in Philly. I had not heard of it before that moment though it was included on a set called the Grindhouse Experience that I had purchased a year or so earlier. While I hadn’t had the chance to watch that particular movie in the set, once I realized that I had in my possession I was excited to watch it. The crowd experience for Raw Force was like no other I had had before. The entire audience laughing in the wee hours of the morning. Everyone excited and electrified. It was one of the first experiences in a theater where you could feel the camaraderie among an audience that came from so many backgrounds and genre affiliations. The debate would rage as to whether Raw Force or a later movie Lady Terminator was a better viewing experience (and a year later whether the SOV Boardinghouse generated more laughs). Raw Force stands out in that pack despite being in good company.

You must understand that when I finally had the chance to watch it again I was looking for that 35mm experience. That feeling that a movie was larger than life and entertain EVERYBODY in the room. My heart nearly broke as I realized that the version I was watching was super compressed, unpreserved and tragically messy. I suppose that’s not surprising. Collections like the Grindhouse Experience aren’t really for collectors but should be considered gateway drugs into the obscure and unusual. I could barely watch Raw Force as it stood in my collection. I would quickly find another movie screened by Exhumed, The Children, on that same set. Same issues. They almost look like tragic VHS rips rather than professional transfers. The recent re-exploration of Raw Force demands that it be treated more kind.

Of course there have been separate DVD releases of both The Children and Raw Force since that time. The Children I picked up and was pleasantly surprised that it was a much better edition than my Grindhouse Experience disc. I waited on Raw Force hearing rumors that we might see an HD transfer sometime in the future. Little did I know it would be one of my favorite labels, Vinegar Syndrome, who would step up to the task of taking an action packed, comedic horror boobfest and turn it into a work of art or at least display it as the amalgamation of perfect trash that it is. Raw Force is out now from Vinegar Syndrome. The verdict is in, and I believe there is a consensus that it looks damn good. That is also my stance. Color rich with deep blacks. Cleaned up. Crisp. It’s a good looking disc preserving traditional cover art and featuring a couple of extras that will be good for fans.

Monday, October 20, 2014

EXISTS (Reivew) - Angry Big Foot Rampages Through Forest. Found Footage at 11.

Big Foot is really big this year. There are more than a couple new releases hitting the market that deal with the subject of Sasquatch, and even Vinegar Syndrome put out a Drive-In double feature of including Cry Wilderness and an old documentary about the big guy. Exists is my favorite so far. Directed by t\The Blair Witch Project and Lovely Molly's Eduardo Sanchez, it is a found footage movie with multiple camera perspectives that focuses on a leisurely trip into the woods that goes from Harry and the Hendersons to something completely terrifying in it's short 80 minute run time. Before everyone starts to hate on The Blair Witch Project (because apparently that's fashionable lately since everyone remembered that Cannibal Holocaust was a found footage movie), this is much more straightforward that Blair Witch and more aggressive than Lovely Molly. I enjoyed both of those pictures for Sanchez and this is no different.

What works for it... you actually see Big Foot. He is perfect and scary and has a purpose. He fucking rocks. Not enough movies show you what we've all wanted to see for so long in Big Foot. This movie isn't big on story. It's big on action and physical scares. Appropriate jump scares and moments that feel like the stretch out across eternity as you wait to see what monstrosity lurks in the woods and how it will react to you. Sure it's not always believable, but despite the feeling of reality Sanchez hopes to achieve, this one plays out more like a well done monster movie.

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 24hr Fest and Other Halloween Shows
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    October 25-26 2014  Exhumed Films presents 24 Hour Horror-thon, Part VIII
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    OCTOBER 24th and 25th, 2014
    Mahoning Drive-In Theater Events
    The Mahoning Drive-In
    635 Seneca Rd
    Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235
    $10.00 per carload

    Phone: 610-683-7243


    An all-night screening of retro horror cinema presented in classic 35mm film!
    This event will feature live music, costume contests, and more!

    A Nightmare on Elm Street - R
    The Gates of Hell - R
    Doctor Butcher M.D. - R
    Tales from The Crypt (1972) - R

    FRIDAY OCTOBER 31st 2014
    Exhumed Films teams up with the historic Bala Theatre for a marathon of some of our favorite Italian horror films! These are some of the goriest horror movies ever made, and this may be your last chance to ever see these titles on 35mm in the Philadelphia-area!

    The Bala Theatre is committed to not only showing the latest new releases on DCP in 2015, but also repertory content shown on 35mm film, that won't be seen anywhere else! We hope to collaborate with them on more shows in the future, so please come out and support this awesome event!
    Friday, October 31st - Halloween night!

    Reel Cinema's Bala Theatre and Exhumed Films present AN ITALIAN HORROR-WEEN MARATHON!

    1980 / 35mm / Dir. Umberto Lenzi / 88 min.

    So you think running zombies are a modern phenomenon? Think again! Fan favorite Hugo Stiglitz (NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS, TINTORERA) stars in this bizarre variation on the traditional Italian zombie film. An airplane exposed to high levels of radiation mysteriously lands at a busy airport, only to unleash an army of deranged, gun-toting, knife-wielding, cannibalistic passengers on the world! A deliriously gory and cartoonish genre entry from the director of CANNIBAL FEROX and MAN FROM DEEP RIVER!

    1975 / 35mm / Dir. Dario Argento / 106 min.

    Nearly 40 years after its release, the giallo masterpiece DEEP RED stands as one of the most impressive and influential horror thrillers of all time. The movie's stunning visuals and the iconic score by the progressive rock band Goblin solidified director Dario Argento's reputation as one of Italy's finest filmmakers. DEEP RED tells the tale of Marcus Daly (David Hemmings), a British jazz pianist working in Rome who unwittingly becomes entangled in a string of brutal murders. With the assistance of a feisty female reporter (Argento's then-partner Daria Nicolodi), Daly seeks to solve the mystery, only to find himself a suspect, then a target. One Argento's most acclaimed and notorious films, DEEP RED only improves with repeat viewings.

    1980 / 35mm / Dir: Bruno Mattei / 101 min.

    The Italian undead opus NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES (aka VIRUS, HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) tells a familiar tale: an accident involving experimental chemicals has unleashed a plague that turns the bodies of the recently deceased into cannibalistic monsters. A tv reporter joins up with a team of special forces commandos to investigate and eventually battle the armies of the undead. A total shameless rip-off of both George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD (right down to the plagiarized Goblin soundtrack!) and Fulci's ZOMBIE, but filled with enough ridiculous gore to make us forgive its faults. Almost.

    1977 / 35mm / Dir: Ruggero Deodato / 88 min.

    Arguably part of the "Unholy Trinity" of Italian Cannibal movies (along with CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and CANNIBAL FEROX), JUNGLE HOLOCAUST is one of the most infamous genre movies of all time. Directed by the beloved/reviled Ruggero Deodato (who also unleashed CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST onto an unsuspecting world three years later), JUNGLE HOLOCAUST set the standard for gratuitous sex and carnage that has since become the trademark of sleazy Italian genre films. A plane crash survivor is subjected to humiliation and torture at the hands of his cannibalistic captors. However, with the help of a young cannibal girl, our hero attempts to navigate his way through the treacherous jungle and escape his hellish ordeal.
    Friday, October 31st @ 7pm!

    Tickets are $20 each and will be available at the Bala Theatre box office leading up to the night of the event. The theatre's box office will be open everyday from 12pm-8pm weekdays and 12pm-10pmweekends. Cash or credit is accepted. Tickets will not be sold online.

    For more information, call the Bala Theatre at 610-668-4695 or email

    The Bala Theatre is located at: 157 Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. The theater is located in an area with plenty of parking and easy access by public transit or bicycle!

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    SHOP MORBID SPOTLIGHT - Nurse Terminal Costume

    I want to take the time to focus on a costume that seems like it's perfectly built for both Halloween and demented sexual fantasy (truly demented). Say Hello the Nurse Terminal. This has all the hallmarks of the nurse outfit from Silent Hill but with variations and perhaps a bit more camp than realistic. Doesn't the mask sort of maybe feel like the future female member of Slip Knot? It certainly has character. I stress to you that this is not a costume based on either SK or SH.


    Cause some medically induced incurable scares this Halloween with the Nurse Terminal Costume! The Nurse Terminal Costume, with its fear some ghoulish mask, bloodied costume, hat, and gory gloves and knife, is the surefire way to cause some lethal frights this Halloween. The Nurse Terminal Costume comes in a standard size and includes a vacu-form mask, hat, gloves, & knife. Be sure to check out the Dr. Morsus Costume or the Dr. Decessus Costume for chilling alternates!

    You can find these items as well as other licensed horror goodies featuring your favorite horror icons at Shop Morbid. Take a look at their website, updated for 2014! 
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    Here's some eye candy... or maybe some nightmare candy. Tee hee hee.

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    The Squad (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Isolation Horror

    Having never heard of The Squad prior to the Scream Factory release, I expected nothing. It almost flew under my radar completely. There wasn't a big announcement. No hoopla surrounding it. It's simply a Colombian horror flick from 2011 that's getting handsome release with some evocative cover art. As it is from 2011 it isn't a movie that is following the trend of placing itself square in the middle of an apocalyptic situation and then seeing how a small group behaves in the after-forever pressure cooker, but that is exactly what it is? Sure, it's not precisely a post-apocalyptic movie, but that's the general feel. The Squad focuses on a small group of exceptionally paranoid individuals who fear that everything out to get them and that true evil or at the very least "the enemy" could come at any second or take any form. They might be right.

    Synopsis from Scream Factory:

    All contact with a military base high in the desolate wastelands of Colombia has been lost. The authorities – believing the base to have fallen to a terrorist attack – send a nine-man squad to investigate. When they arrive, the men discover a shocking scene of carnage and only one survivor: a mute woman in chains.

    Gradually the isolation, the inability to communicate with the outside world and the impossibility of escape begin to undermine the sanity of the soldiers. They start to question the identity of their enemy and the true nature of the strange, silent woman. Is she a terrorist? A victim? Or something more sinister? Something supernatural? Paranoia takes root. Prisoners of fear and the terrible secret they share, the men abandon their humanity and turn savagely on one another.

    Having seen a respectable collection of P.A. movies in the last year, this follows right in line with all the rest. The production value is good, actors enjoyable, story telling slow (but that's normal for this subgenre) and feeling claustrophobic. It's a release that may have done better about two years ago before it became common to tell this type of story. Mind you this isn't as common as zombie movies or the current robust plague of pregnancy/baby possession horror, but the saturation point is about to hit rocky candy levels. I'm glad that you'll get to see The Squad before we start seeing bigger theatrical releases of this style movie that will force the overdose.

    The Squad relies mostly on a general feeling of paranoia and distaste of megalomania as opposed to tradition square tropes though I think you might actually find this closer to Carpenter's The Thing than other P.A. movies. If there's one thing that scares me just a little less than religious zealots, it's military personal with an instant kill directive and a complete lack of empathy. That works very well for the movie especially toward the finale.

    The Squad comes with a theatrical trailer and a modest making of featurette. The reverse of the sleeve is movie stills. It's in Spanish with English subtitles.

    Scream Factory has offered  Jaime Osorio Marquez's first movie a chance to hit a very wide audience. His follow up work to The Squad was a TV show El Laberinto and nothing listed as in the work on IMDB. Perhaps this release can be the one that spurs on his next effort. It's something that I admire about Scream Factory as of late; taking a chance on smaller titles that are newer and even some that have been created for Chiller TV. It's almost like a second chance. I'm curious to see fan response on this one because while it wasn't my favorite S.F. release this year, it kept my attention and put a unique spin on the P.A. subgenre. What else can we expect for military isolation horror?

    The Squad is available October 21st.

    THE MADNESS: Automatons Week Two! - Here's to Swimming With Bowlegged Bloggers

    Here is my scoring for Madness Week 2. This is a horror movie watching competition that I having fun with this October. These are quick, unedited reviews with a rating and approximate pt values. Should be 52 pts (or so). Much less than last week. Between pumpkin picking, work, a trip to Hot Dog Johnnys and seeing a good friend, no time for love Dr. Jones.

    Rating this week will be in terms of bowlegged women 1 to 5. Don't get any ideas, hornballs.

    The Roost - 3.5 Bowlegged Women

    Ti West’s first movie and this is the first time I’ve watched it. While I love the horror host intro and outro the movie itself was only okay. Definitely fits in line with West’s slow build, but the pay off just didn’t produce for me. Would watch again. It’s a true Halloween movie taking place on Halloween.

    2 pts

    Halloween is Grinch Night - 2 Bowlegged Women

    While I like the characters in this Dr. Seus story I miss Boris Karloff and simply doesn’t touch the Christmas offering.

    .5 pts

    Disney Halloween Treat - 5 Bowlegged Women

    A funny animated classic from the 80’s. Tons of your favorite Disney Halloween and scary cartoons combined. The VHS fetches some dough. Need to pick it up one of these days so I can stop watching it on my computer.

    1 pt

    The Car - 5 Bowlegged Women

    Killer car. Somehow possessed with the best damn horn ever. I love the Lincoln Mark III. This move gets a bad wrap because of the dialogue, but I think you could strip out all the dialogue and this movie would be perfectly terrifying.


    Halloween Crazy - 3.5 Bowlegged Women

    Some of the best haunts in the biz on display. Very glad I got to catch this one. It gives you such great ideas for what do with your front yard (if you had a $1000 a corpse to decorate)

    1 pt

    Fright House Secrets Revealed - 2 Bowlegged Women

    Lackluster show that has some truly good ideas built around one of the less scary haunts in the biz.

    1 pt

    Walking Dead S.5.1 - 5 Bowlegged Women

    No spoilers: I almost cried a few times, and this episode ranks among my favorite of all time. Very impressive way to start a season and my only fear is that this one can’t hold the line through the entire season. How could it?

    1 pt

    Halloween Wars S.4.2 - 1 hr - 4 Bowlegged Women

    What an amazing episode. The main challenge was brilliant tree/forest monsters that told beautiful stories.

    2pt - zombie puppet creations

    The Signal - 3 Bowlegged Women

    This is straight out of the Matrix for Lawrence Fishburn. A fairly quiet movie without much going on and though I appreciate the intrigue, I just… sort of… got bored with it. Then then end happens and you’re like “that’s the best thing I’ve seen in a while!”.

    3 pts - human turned into a robot by aliens (spoiler)

    Nightbreed - 4 Bowlegged Women

    Man I don’t remember this movie owning this much. Fantastic experience and a must own for any monster fan. I watched the Director’s cut so it might be that the things that were added truly help flesh out the story.

    2 pts\

    Hot Vampire - 2 Bowlegged Women

    So I review porn some times for Vinegar Syndrome. This happened to be one I had to review along with Dracula Sucks. It is super low quality trash with some very unkept folks. Dracula and his assistant are hokey as Hell and this one is full of flaccid cocks getting tugged until… they are more flaccid.

    2 pts

    Dracula Sucks - 3 Bowlegged Women

    Who knew a porn adapation of Dracula could be so on point even though it includes plenty of hardcore sex.


    Evils of the Night - 4 Bowlegged Women

    The song Boys will be Boys. B. Opening nudity with an underwater blowjob in a lake! who does that! C. The most awkward dog style I’ve ever seen. D. More boobs.

    This movie gets an A+

    2 pts

    The Simpsons - Grift of the Magii - 3 Bowlegged Women

    Actually a Christmas episode that features an evil robot doll and many nefarious toys. Totally in theme.


    Play Hooky - 1.5 Bowlegged Women

    Wild Eye Releasing is hit or miss. When they’re good, they are innovative and dig up titles that matter. Then there’s this one through Pollygrind. Now it’s not a bad movie or a bad found footage movie at all. It was watchable but not rewatchable and not scary, but had some funny moments early on. Once it gets serious it goes formulaic with nothing interesting visually to grab on to.

    2 pts

    Dead Girls - 1.5 Bowlegged Women

    More Brain Damage films featuring cute girls in a house with “clever” kills. Of course sorority shit (which is under the radar but very popular right now). It’s a movie. It’s complete. It isn’t overly good, but Brain Damage doesn’t do serious horror… they do horror funny.


    Breaking at the Edge - .5 Bowlegged Women

    Andie McDowall… I miss her. This is not her best work. More psychological thriller, pregnancy horror. It’s not overly bad or anything. Production value is fair and the performances are fine, but the punchline is un-interesting. Be good. Be bad. Don’t be boring.

    2 pts

    The Take of Deborah Logan - 3.5 Bowlegged Women

    I love the way this story is told, and how it evolves. Nothing original persay, but a somewhat creepy little possession flick based around dementia. With so many like this and with the POV or camera POV angle you know that you could’ve been in a shaky cam nightmare, but you’re not. Phew! Dodged a bullet. Would watch again.

    2 pts

    American Horror Story S.4.2 -3 Bowlegged Women

    I like the way this story is developing but the singing has got to stop and they really need to give us something to challenge us already.

    1 pt

    Nekromantik - 4 Bowlegged Women

    Get ready to cum blood! Man was this a breath of fresh air. After waiting for this release forever and actually being duped into almost buying a copy that was not given permission to release this entry, I’m glad to say Nekromantik is in my home. I hadn’t seen it in some fifteen years. I don’t think I realized just how funny it is. The score is amazing and the new Blu-ray from Cult Epics even provides a copy of it. The extras are nice for a fan who wants to better understand Buttgereit (someone teach me how to pronounce his name please). I love the short film on the disc. I do not understand the 35mm version of the movie on the disc. For hardcore grindhouse fans? The original 8mm has enough grime for the die hard. Limited to 10,000. Just buy it.

    Oh and those corpse scenes… they’re fucking hot.

    2 pt

    The Vanishing -3 Bowlegged Women

    Last time I watched this was when I was doing the Fango 300 some years back. This version looks so beautiful. Criterion always does a nice job. This one gets to me. It’s so real. So possible. I don’t always like my horror real. Spoorloos is the exception. Make sure to check out the extra package.

    2 pts

    Sky High- 1.5 Bowlegged Women

    My daughter was watching it so I pretty much decided that I would spend some time with her watching a movie that stars Kurt Russell as a superhero. It also has Mary Elizabeth Winstead. This is important because essentially they played the same “character” or archetype in The Thing (Carpenters and the prequel)


    Witching and Bitching - 3 Bowlegged Women

    Visually stunning movie with excellent creature creation and a really rich look (though mostly CG). It isn’t as funny as I was hoping for. Interesting, but I think I was expecting to laugh. Instead I spent the movie looking at the movie from a visual perspective. Good story though. Some of you are going to love this.


    Dolls - 5 Bowlegged Women

    The Madness’ theme movie is a formative one for me. So important to the terror I feel toward porcelain dolls. I love the effects. I used to think the Brit punks were hot, but now I’m not so sure. Everyone acts well and the only thing I noticed this time around was just how repetitive the dialogue was in the first 20 minutes. The Scream Factory release has a great making of featurette as well. A must own for horror fans.

    6 pts

    Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors V - 5 Bowlegged Women

    The running ax joke is delicious. I adore every part of this one. From the Shinning to Nightmare Cafeteria…. I laugh every single time.


    Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VI - 4.5 Bowlegged Women

    The Willie/Nightmare on Elm Street parody is actually moderately terrifying. but Attack of the 50 ft Eye Sores is perfectly funny. The dimensional gimmick in this one has never sat well with me and it’s the only story I don’t like. I wish we got a full hour of this special per year.

    1.5 Willie turns into a killer vehicle

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    EXTRATERRESTRIAL (Review) - If You're Not Home by Midnight, You Won't Be Phoning Home

    Extraterrestrial hits VOD October 17th and will be in theaters November 21st. It's creepy and well made with a great looking alien presence. Few alien movies actually get me. Sure I find them entertaining, but they don't frighten me. Extraterrestrial has the perfect atmosphere and ambiance while maintaining the traditional "cabin in the woods" style flick to make me feel right at home (also see Exists for a movie that has a similar workable formula.

    The Vicious Brothers were responsible for Grave Encounters which is widely accepted as a solid piece of found footage filmmaking. This has many of the same attributes that the original Grave Encounters had (and I liked the sequel too by the by) even though it isn't a found footage movie. It simply follows many of the characters tight to provide their perspective (hint hint filmmakers who rely on found footage shooting style for costs purposes, this is a more theatrical alternative). 

    The aliens... look bitchin'. Think traditional aliens not xenomorph or crites. 1950's stereotypical aliens. The effects work is good and gooey and creepy while paying the proper respect to classic alien fiction and putting a unique spin on it. Michael Ironside is in it. What more do you need me to say? Note: the trailer is awesome (see below), but it really makes the movie seem like something totally different than it actually is. 

    You get to your media hub and make sure to check this one out. It almost reminds me of an extension of  Slumber Party Alien Abudtion from V/H/S 2 as directed by Jason Eisener.

    Synopsis from IFC Midnight:

    From The Vicious Brothers, the creators of Grave Encounters comes a different kind of encounter, one of 'EXTRATERRESTRIAL' origin. Still reeling from her parents’ divorce, April (Daytime Emmy winner, Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend, played by Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter & The Half Blooded Prince, Pitch Perfect), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    WEREWOLF WOMAN from Raro Video Coming October 28th to Blu-ray

    Having had the pleasure of enjoy Werewolf Woman on the big screen (or perhaps sleeping through some of it if truth be told), I'm glad to report that we will be seeing it released on Blu-ray from Raro Video later this month. That means it should have a nice booklet, look good and be eligible for some of the fantastic spot sales Raro offers from time to time.  Knowing that Chris Alexander of Fango is the one at the helm of the booklet is great news. His introductions and essays are solid.
    I am excited to not watch this movie in the wee hours of the morning as it was shown really late during the Exhumed Films Horrorthong.

    Full release notes from Raro Video/Kino Lorber.

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15, 2014 - Raro Video and Kino Lorber are pleased to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Rino Di Silvestro's Italian horror classic WEREWOLF WOMAN on October 28th -- just in time for Halloween! This release marks the first time that this Italian horror classic has been released on Blu-ray.

    This new HD transfer, digitally restored with a new and improved English subtitle translation, comes packed with special features including a video interview with director Rino Di Silvestro, the original Italian trailer, the original English trailer, and to top it off, a fully illustrated booklet by Chris Alexander of Fangoria Magazine, detailing the genesis and production of the film. The SRP for the Blu-ray is $34.95 and the SRP for the DVD is $29.95.

    A favorite of director Quentin Tarantino, WEREWOLF WOMAN is a psychological horror film about a young woman, mentally unstable and dealing with sexual abuse, who imagines she is the reincarnation of a dead ancestor who just happened to be a werewolf! Before long, she is seducing men and turning into a werewolf and tearing them to shreds, but when she meets the man whom she believes could be her true love, she is ready to leave her troubled past behind.

    This erotic and gruesome Eurohorror classic is presented here in a remastered in HD transfer that does justice to its unique visual style and to the work of its director, Rino Di Silvestro.

    GUEST POST: Stephen King and John Carpenter: Peas in a Pod of Perversion?

    Meet Brandon Engel, a horror fan who has contributed to Talk Stephen King, Edtech Magazine and Bleeding Cool. He's back to discuss to of our favorite horror creators: Stephen King and John Carpenter. This is is second time featured on DOCTERROR.COM, and we're glad to have him back.

    It's often said that great minds think alike. When it comes to the minds of Stephen King and John Carpenterhowever, a more appropriate variation may be that delightfully horror obsessed minds think alike. This assessment is, of course, meant as a compliment to anyone who is a fan of the unique brand of horror both of these men are known for wholeheartedly embracing, much to the delight of fans around the world.

    It should come as no surprise that King and Carpenter were influenced by iconic masters of the horror genre. For Carpenter this includes both Howard Hawks, best known for the original Scarface, and Alfred Hitchcock, with Vertigo listed as one of the Halloween director's favorite films, according to the global film website MUBI. For King, his fondness for Ray Bradbury is obvious given his propensity for focusing on characters' reactions to events around them, rather than purely reactive actions.

    A true meeting of the minds occurred in the early '80s, when the two collaborated on the film version of King's Christine. Directed by Carpenter, the 1983 film is a perfect illustration of the pair's creative influences. The movie, set in the late '70s, centers around a 1958 Plymouth Fury with a mind of its own, not to mention an obsessive attachment to its owners and a penchant for revenge.

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    The Canal (Review) - Trailers Can Be Deceiving

    There are some great new features hitting both the festival circuit and VOD market. Recently I came across a trailer for The Canal which by all accounts gave me the willies! Of course once you see a trailer with that much power (confirmed by several other trusted members of the midnight society ie my fellow horror nerds) you want to know if the movie can hold up. Did the filmmaker or distributor dump all the goodies in the two minute blurb you get to see to entice you into a formal viewing? 


    Set in rural Ireland, The Canal stars Rupert Evands (Hellboy) as David, a film archivist with a moribd fascination for old films in which the subjects have since died. Right after learning that his wife (Hannah Hoekstra) may be cheating on him, she mysteriously disappears at the same time that his assistant Clair (Antonia Campbell Huges0 finds an old reel of film that points to a murder  that took place in his house a hundred years ago. David starts to suspect her disappearnace may involve some form of supernatural but he also quickly becomes the prime suspect.

    Dead Air: Episode 63 - Annabelle (2014)

    This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) and James (@DrJimmyTerror) talk all about killer dolls/toys, robots, and the recent theatrical release of ANNABELLE.

    Other discussion topics include: An update on the planned HALLOWEEN Retrospective, thoughts on some recent developments with the HALLOWEEN box set, why the PUPPET MASTER movies make Jeff hate himself, and a whole lot more.

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    iTunes listeners: Please take a moment to leave us a rating/review, and we will share it on an upcoming podcast!

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