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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dead Air: Episode 59 - CHUD II: Bud The CHUD (1989) / Class Of 1999 (1990)


This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), Jesse (@DestroySuperman), and James (@DrJimmyTerror) dig deeper into the infamous Lionsgate Horror 8-Pack and continue the unofficial "Bargain Bin Madness" series (because there's nothing really worth watching in theaters).

The guys shoot the shit about what's been going on, and talk about the impending 4-year anniversary of the podcast and what's in store for the rest of 2014. For the featured reviews, they get in touch with their inner CHUD and review one of the most infamous "sequels" to ever hit theaters, CHUD II: BUD THE CHUD, and talk about how they wish Stacey Keach was their high school teacher while they review Mark Lester's CLASS OF 1999 (easily confused with CLASS OF 1984).

As always, there's plenty of ridiculousness and tangents about everything from genre films to the Inner Earth Theory... 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Godzilla (Blu-ray Review) - Bring the Big Guy Home!


We're back to discuss the big guy. Godzilla. This time on Blu-ray. I have enjoyed this movie quite a few times both on the big screen and now at home. It holds up to the change in size, and if anything I have enjoyed this one more with each viewing as I'm offered a chance to seek out new easter egg tidbits of Godzilla's history or a second look at some of the amazing effects. The Blu-ray itself comes with a batch of "historical" videos that feature a look at some of the videos afforded us in the credit sequence and throughout the full length movie. They've been fleshed out and in tact. This is a fun extra but doesn't exactly give us the historical presence I would like to see in a feature about a monster with so much history. The making of featurettes are fine and provide a look at the computer generated creature and landscape creation. A nice touch.

As far the content of the movie and my reaction...
Basic premise. Giant Monsters! Some of you call them Kaiju; some of you are starting to become too hipster to do that. Figure out what you want to call them and stick with it for fucksake. Uh, so where was I? Premise. Eh, go see the movie. It's a Godzilla movie. That is for certain. This ain't no Matthew Broderick shit. I think even Matthew is going to go see this and smack himself for making that ungod(zilla)ly picture. You know in a way I got lucky because I must've been doing something pretty damn good to not go see that damn movie in the theater back in 1998. I suffered through the end on cable only recently though I remember the soundtrack having some merit. I like to think of myself as fortunate. That cum wad of a film isn't THIS movie. This is a Godzilla movie, and it watches like a Godzilla movie but takes itself more seriously. While the whole thing is fleshed out brilliantly with back story and shockingly emotive character development as well as a real concern with laying down some historic precedent, it tends to feel long at times. You want the damn thing to get up and go but it tricky trots around the people instead of the big guys. You may have heard that the Godzilla doesn't get enough screen time. I urge the people who say that to go watch any Godzilla movie. Any of them! He's on the screen plenty.
Let's address some key issues (it's after 1am, I wanted to get this out while it's fresh and I'm running out of synonyms for Kaiju).

WORM (Synapse DVD) - Ear Worm Redefined


Syanpse Films put out Worm in a special edition package this past August. I think it's fantastic, urge you all to see it and hope that it does well. Here's an original dark fantasy picture with horror themes that is acted quite well. It's a solid independent with beautiful gore, moments of strange surreal fantasy and an obvious moral message that hits home in an age of "take something" to fix every goddamn problem you have. I must admit of course that I wanted to try a Fantasite even though I realize there are serious health detriments.

Reasons to watch Worm:

-Great performances by all involved with dialogue that feels strangely real
-Excellent gory gross outs with plenty of worms (mostly going into ears) to give you the heebie jeebies.
-Strange men in worm masks
-Surreal dream sequences
-Positive, anti-drug message (yet I want to try the damn worm in my ear for some fucked up reason).
-Plenty of bonus material including the original short that came about as a result of Nashville's 48 Film Project.
-the cover freaks out "the normals".
-intriguing story that actually seems to make you think a bit... maybe almost like a Kurt Vonnegut Jr plot.
 

The Toxic Avenger (Troma Blu-ray) - Tromaville, NJ Represent!


This will be a shocker for you. I do not own the DVD of the Toxic Avenger or at least I didn't before Troma put out this set that featured both the Blu-ray and the DVD. Sure I've watched this movie on cable or On-Demand and rented it through Netflix, but I never picked it up. It seemed whenever I wanted to enjoy this beautiful piece of splatter cinema that it was ready for me to view in some fashion. The first thing I recommend you do, if you are a Blu-ray player owner, is to put in the DVD. That's right. Not the Blu-ray. Put in the "old fashion" DVD and watch a few minutes. Hell watch the whole damn thing because you're going to watch it again and again and again. Troma fans are like that; they're good like that. When you're done have a flirt or a tryst or a sperm donation with the DVD, make sure to drop in the disc on the left, the Blu-ray. See anything you like? See how it just jumps right fuck out at you and says, "THIS IS WHY YOU BUY BLU-RAYS?". I love duel disc sets with Blu-ray and DVD because you can do the direct compare on the spot even if you don't own the original release. Troma just put out The Toxic Avenger to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in beautiful green, Blu-ray packaging.

If you haven't seen the Toxic Avenger before then you should. Buy it now. No regrets (unless your an art cunt asshole or have "good taste"). Sure you're allowed to dislike a movie, even this one, but I beg you to give it a chance and to better understand with each viewing why you continue to support Troma as an amazing independent film company. These guys put anything and everything into their movies. Anything they want. They love tits. They love gore. They love things that go SPLAT. Troma is the reason you frown upon PG-13 movies that could have been R movies because let's face it, they really all could be NC-17 rated if we didn't let the ratings board control our theater viewing experience... of course they could go unrated and provided simple check list of content just to make sure the kiddies don't get their eyeful of bosom too young.

SHOP MORBID: Light-Up Horror Bows!

There is a phenomenon that is simply known as light-up bow. This is a Halloween decoration that features the terrifying visage of a branded horror icon, lovingly placed on a bow and made to have its eyes glow to inifinity (I mean or as far as LED lights can go.

In our new series  that came about as a friendly partnership with Shop Morbid we are featuring several items, new for 2014 that feature some of your favorite spookies with LED eyes on bows and built to decorate. Shop Morbid is a Halloween and Haunt product creator and distributor that licenses some damn cool stuff, perfect for horror fans. I say perfect for horror fans because they have licensed some of your favorite franchises and then given them a creative twist providing novelties that really stand out. In this new series we will be taking a look at a product each day leading up to Halloween. We will link up to their website so you can purchase it.

We appreciate any feedback and questions you may have and will help get them answered. You can access Shop Morbid HERE to start checking out their product line and get familiar with the items we will be featuring.
 

This item is new for 2014! The Exorcist Light-Up Bow is a huge decorative bow and a great way to add a spooky twist to your Halloween decorations this year! The bow is made of fabric and is designed to match the floral print from Regan MacNeil's gross nightgown! The center of the bow features Regan's possessed and puke-covered head. Perfect for your front door or walls, it measures 20" x 28" and comes with glowing green LED eyes. These are great on their own, but be sure to check out our other licensed items from "The Exorcist" for a perfectly terrifying themed house!


Pennywise Light-Up Bow

This item is new for 2014! If you love Stephen King or the classic horror film, "It: The Movie," then the Pennywise Light-Up Bow is the perfect decor item for your front door or walls this Halloween! The bow is made of green and purple striped fabric and yellow "blood"-spattered fabic, featuring Pennywise the Dancing Clown's creepy and smiling face. The bow measures 27" X 20". Pennywise's eyes light up and are powered by a watch battery. And remember, "They ALL float down here!"

Jason Light-Up Bow
 The Jason Light-Up Bow is a brand new item for 2014! This item is licensed from the cult classic "Friday the 13th" horror film and features Jason Voorhees face covered by a hockey mask, complete with light-up eyes powered by a watch battery. The bow is made of blue "blood"-spattered fabric and is pefect for your door, walls, or Jason collection.

Freddy Light-Up Bow

The Freddy Light-Up Bow is a new item for 2014! This bow is made of green and red striped fabric-- just like Freddy Krueger's shirt in "A Nightmare on Elm Street"-- and has a replica of Freddy's terrifying face and hat with light up eyes! The eyes are powered by a watch battery. The bow measures 27" X 20". Pair this item with our Jason Light-Up Bow for the complete "Friday the 13th" versus "A Nightmare on Elm Street" haunted look. This bow is a great decor item for doors/walls or add it to your "A Nightmare on Elm Street" fan collection!

 
 

Also remember to visit our friends at Monsters are Good, a dear friend of mine who has helped form this alliance between DOCTERROR.COM and Shop Morbid for this Halloween season. Monsters are Good has uniquely branded horror merchandise featuring branding with some of your favorite monsters of yesteryear with original and retro artwork.
 

 
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Werewolf Rising Available on DVD October 14th


Just so we're clear, I'll give most werewolf movies a shot. Werewolf Rising for instance has a fairly standard, solid wolf plot with some sexy moments in the trailer and a good location. While the trailer doesn't reveal all that much about the look for the lycanthrope, this is enough to get me to consider it. I weep for CG wolves, but this is coming from Image/RLJ who has can definitely put out a good product. The trailer raised my expectation of this movie, let's see if it can deliver.
 
DVD review to follow.

Full release below including links to the trailer.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

SHOP MORBID: Freddy Syringe Glove Product Spotlight

We're beginning a new series today that came about as a friendly partnership with Shop Morbid. Shop Morbid is a Halloween and Haunt product creator and distributor that licenses some damn cool stuff, perfect for horror fans. I say perfect for horror fans because they have licensed some of your favorite franchises and then given them a creative twist providing novelties that really stand out. In this new series we will be taking a look at a product each day leading up to Halloween. We will link up to their website so you can purchase it.

We appreciate any feedback and questions you may have and will help get them answered. You can access Shop Morbid HERE to start checking out their product line and get familiar with the items we will be featuring. 

Today's item is one that intrigues me. It comes courtesy of the Nightmare on Elm Street brand, and features a somewhat unusual product. In Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Freddy Kruger pumps Taryn (played by Jennifer Rubin) up with a deadly serum, killing her in a bad ass, knife fight dream sequence. Taryn's history with drug abuse leads Freddy to chose the perfect weapon, finger tips that have turned into a syringes filled with this glowing, beautiful death serum. This has been a favorite sequence of mine for some time along with most of the other creative kills in Nightmare 3. It features some powerful one liners and is actually sort of heartbreaking given Taryn's sex appeal and general good nature.


The product we feature today is based on that concept, Freddy's glove with light up blue syringe tipped fingers aka FREDDY SYRINGE GLOVE. I love the adaptation of the syringe-finger tip concept that gave this idea shape. Simply strapping on a burned Freddy hands is one way to do it but to base it around the glove design really packs a punch and make it a wearable Halloween night option. 



From Shop Morbid:

Now, you can haunt your friend's and family's dreams! The Freddy Syringe Glove is a must-have costume component for your "A Nightmare on Elm Street" theme this Halloween. This licensed item is a replica of Freddy Krueger's syringe glove, with articulated fingers and light-up blue syringes. Pair this item with our Animated Chest of Souls shirt and no one will be falling asleep this Halloween! One size fits most.

You can pick up FREDDY SYRINGE GLOVE now from Shop Morbid among other Nightmare on Elm Street licensed products to both wear and decorate your own personal haunt. 

Check out the scene from Nightmare on Elm Street 3 featuring the inspiration for this product:


Also remember to visit our friends at Monsters are Good, a dear friend of mine who has helped form this alliance between DOCTERROR.COM and Shop Morbid for this Halloween season. Monsters are Good has uniquely branded horror merchandise featuring branding with some of your favorite monsters of yesteryear with original and retro artwork. 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

DOLLS Coming November 11 from Scream Factory on Blu-ray

When I was a kid my sister brought home Dolls. I think she knew in her heart of heart that it was going to scare the everloving shit out me, and she was absolutely correct. I'm not sure what gets my ghost more, Mr. Punch's beady little eyes, a military line of toy soldier's with bullets that actually penetrate skin or perhaps it's a bed full of dolls, attacking.. furiously. I used to set up my action figures to guard me from my sisters porcelain doll collection. If any of those motherfuckers moved... one my Centurions would be sure to take em out. 

Scream Factory is putting Dolls in a very handsome collector's edition packaging (the reverse has the terrifying traditional artwork). I cannot wait for November. I cannot wait to be scared again. I never picked this up on DVD so this will be a real treat. 

Full release notes from Scream Factory below. 


DOLLS COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Starring Stephen Lee, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon,
Cassie Stuart, Bunty Bailey and introducing Carrie Lorraine as Judy Bower

INVADES HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES EVERYWHERE ON NOVEMBER 11, 2014
FROM SCREAM FACTORY™

Pre-Order This Must-Have Collector’s Edition Today!
Do you like handmade puppets, toy soldiers, ballerinas and dolls? Charming elderly toymaker Gabriel Hartwicke and his wife Hilary have the perfect play toys just for you!  From celebrated cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), executive producer Charles Band, producer Brian Yuzna (Society) and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll) comes a campy, horror cult classic that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun. The 1987 horror film DOLLS is a bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun and fantastic effects in equal measure. The film stars Stephen Lee (The Pit and the Pendulum), Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master IIIMr. Sardonicus), Hilary Mason (Don’t Look Now), Ian Patrick Williams (Re-Animator), Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (From Beyond), Cassie Stuart (The Hunchback), Bunty Bailey (Spellcaster) and introducing Carrie Lorraine (Poltergeist II: The Other Side) as Judy Bower.

On November 11, 2014, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present DOLLSCollector’s Edition Blu-ray on home entertainment shelves everywhere.  Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray™, this highly anticipated release contains insightful bonus content, as well as a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art.  A must-have for horror enthusiasts, movie collectors and fans of Stuart Gordon, DOLLS Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.

***Avid fans and collectors please take note: Order this title from ShoutFactory.com and receive an exclusive 18"x24" poster featuring our newly commissioned artwork, available while supplies last! Plus, it will ship THREE WEEKS EARLY on 10/21.

Pre-order now at:

A precocious girl, her nasty parents, two punk-rock losers and a weak-kneed salesman inadvertently become the guests of two ghoulish senior citizens in their dark, haunted mansion. The old couple makes and collects dolls that, when not sitting still like good little mannequins, creep around in the night, offing the guests one by one! You may laugh at first, but if they turn on you, you'll regret it...for the rest of your short life!

HALLOWEEN The Complete Collection - Curse of Michael Myers Producer's Cut and Bonus Disc Reviewed (Anchor Bay/Scream Factory Blu-ray)


We have had an opportunity to take a look at two of the discs from the Anchor Bay and Scream Factory Halloween Collection from the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray set ahead of the September 23rd release date. I can tell you that I am very excited for this release. It has spawned more questions than any release I have been a part of reviewing in the past. I welcome the chance to answer any questions you may have about the two discs in question and will try to provide answers promptly. At this time I can only answer questions about the two discs I’ve had the chance to enjoy (and I did enjoy them thoroughly and completely).  

Here are my thoughts, extra by extra, feature by feature, film by film of what I have observed so far about this set. The two discs are the Bonus Disc (Disc 15) and Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers Producers Cut disc.  

We’re going to be covering this release more in depth as more info becomes available.

You can preorder it now:


For the full list of Extras, Specs and Features:


Halloween: Curse of Michael Myers – Producers Cut  (Disc 9 Exclusive to the Deluxe Edition)

The Movie: I remember being fascinated with this sequel after the franchise began peaking out from behind the cobwebs after a rather lengthy absence from the public eye post Halloween 5. The story tries to clean up some of the mess left from Halloween 5 while generating a new path for Michael Myers. Many see this work and the work of Halloween 5 as a case of “two many cooks in the kitchen” which has yielded results that create a rather divided reaction. As a fan of all the Halloween films, I must admit that I classify Curse of Michael Myers among my least favorites along side Halloween Resurrection. While they may not be my favorite pictures from a story perspective I can appreciate the talent that went into crafting them, the jokes (intentional and unintentional), the kills which are absolutely fun realistic or not.  This particular film is cast well and though I would prefer to have Danielle Harris back as Jamie Lloyd, JC Brandy does a fine job. Curse of Michael Myers represents the final work of Donald Pleasence, and it is a fine send off in terms of his performance though the story vastly changes between the theatrical release and Producer’s Cut as to his future. The cast also features Paul Rudd who will go on to be a tremendous force in comedy with his matter of fact sarcasm and silly, sympathetic charm. He displays none of that in Curse of Michael Myers I can assure you.  Though I do not subscribe to the “Thorn legend” as pure cannon, I do understand there is an appreciation and cult following for this release. It’s watchable. Just not the movie I had expected after being one of the satisfied customers who adore part IV.
 
The transfer is beautiful. No issues to report. It’s crisp. This movie was shot on film and you can tell, and this is the Producer’s Cut version with the theatrical on a separate disc (not yet reviewed) 

The Producer’s Cut: You’re all wondering about the Producer’s Cut if you haven’t already bootlegged it or watched in an inferior form. It looks seamless with high quality video and audio throughout. It’s safe to throw away those shabby, washed out looking things you’ve collected over the years or use them for sentimental value only because this is the version to own and enjoy. Does it change a whole lot? There are two distinct scenes that are completely unique and involve directly the story line: one involving the fate of Jamie Lloyd and the other providing a resolution for Dr. Loomis. You’ll have to check this out to see it for yourself. I am not an authority on this particular cut or sequel, but I will say that my preference is for the theatrical release. There are other subtle differences but this cut did not change my opinion of the place of this sequel in the series. It did increase my enjoyment of the movie itself by giving me options with which to view it. The musical and sound effect changes are noticeable; I prefer Howath’s work to the modified soundscape.  

Disc Menu: It’s nice with minimal animation but in keeping with the style of the movie and reasonable side bar.  

Bonus Features: 

Acting Scared with Mariah O’Brien and JC Brandy – Basically contains interviews recollecting some scenes from the movie and the casting process. It’s kind of tedious and long winded, but it’s nice to get the whole cast involved with the features. NEW 

The Shape of Things – The Murder & Mayhem of Halloween 6 – I love seeing John Carl Buechler explain shit. He’s just a fun guy to listen to as a born story teller. They discuss tidbits about Myers and the casting process. Akkad was not a fan of the mask from part 5 and George Wilbur was in and then out for no reason at all. Each kill is discussed though not an in depth analysis, but you can tell that these guys were just having fun creating messy effects. That’s something a horror fan can respect. The discussion also turns to the success and failure of this particular entry and the reason for the different cuts of the film (only grazed here). NEW 

Haddonfield’s Horrors – The Sight of Halloween 6 - Brief discussion of the look of the movie and locations as well as choices of lighting and cinematography.  Pretty basic and uneventful extra. NEW

 A Cursed “Curse” – An Interview with Producers Malek Akkad and Paul Freeman – The is by far the best feature on the disc that allow the producers a chance to tell their side of the story surrounding all decisions made on the picture from the battle for the rights after Moustapha let them lapse. They agree that part 6 tried to answer questions and that screenwriter Dan Farrands had to come up with answer to some holes left gaping from part 5. Malek also discusses how he wanted Danielle Harris back and regrets not having her there for continuity and how the studio required the part to be recast (something touched upon in the Danielle Harris featurette). Malek and the crew fought for the Producer’s Cut of the picture while the studio and the Weinsteins wanted their vision on film, Joe Chappelle’s version. They make clear that the Producer’s Cut is just MORE of what they wanted and nothing everything they wanted in the “Producer’s Cut”. There’s about 10 minutes of solid awesome info here. Very important extra feature. NEW 

Full Circle – An Interview with Composer Alan Howath – They gave Howath the freedom to create his score and then took it away when the theatrical cut began to take shape adding sound effects and other musical selections that clearly did not meet the vision of the seasoned composer. About 7 mins long. NEW 

Jamie’s Story – Interview with the Original “Jamie” Actress Danielle Harris – Harris goes through the casting, negotiations and subsequent snub that prevented her return as Jamie. This is a touching story, of course I am an ardent DH supporter… we share the same last name after all. NEW

Cast and Crew Tribute to Donald Pleasence – some kind words from all the actors on Halloween 6 though not quite what I expected as a tribute. Still touching.  NEW

Teaser Trailer: Halloween 666 The Origin of Michael Myers – This is a priceless teaser trailer that features a different name and unique branding from Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers. I remember when the movie was marketed like this albeit briefly.  

Archival Interviews and Behind the Scenes Footage – You get classic interviews on the set or circa the release of Halloween 6 with Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Joe Chappelle and Marianne Hagan. Other assorted scenes included. About 8 mins worth of material 

Behind the Scenes Footage – This is footage shot by Dan Farrands during the first week of production. It’s about 24 minutes of footage, no real narration to speak of and probably for the die hards.  

Alternate and Deleted Scenes (not present in either cut of the film) – Some fun (and bloody) alternates. Not much there, but it’s fun. 

Electronic Press Kit – This is a trailer with some brief interviews spliced in.  

The commentary track features Daniel Farrands and Alan Howath. They discuss the necessity of the Producers’ Cut, homages to the original in the movie, how the music is being used and was changed and the evolution of the Thorn Story. It’s no John Carpenter commentary, but for a movie that is this “mysterious” it’s nice to have the screenwriter piece the thing together for you. I’m a Howath fan, so I hang on his every word. Looking forward to meeting him at Chiller Theater in NJ October 24th (my birthday).  

Halloween Bonus Disc (Exclusive to the Deluxe Edition)

Extended Edition with TV Scenes (Note the TV scenes are in Standard Definition)

This is basically the original movie which has been recut to include the additional scenes shot for the TV broadcast of Halloween. The are inserted into the full, unedited for television version which puts the picture’s run time at about an hour and forty one minutes. This means you get the benefit of some back story, more Donald Pleasence/Dr. Loomis time and even a view of young Michael Myers. Personally this was actually a strange thing to watch. On one hand I was watching scenes that made the movie for me when I was a kid. Scenes I consider to be important and have always been a part of the movie (I first watched this on TV). On the other hand this cut includes all the boobs and kills… it almost feels like it shouldn’t because of how I remember this movie and the additional scenes that were not included in the theatrical or DVD/Blu-ray releases in context.  That’s a personal problem. The SD to HD transitions are fine. You will barely notice if you notice at all that they aren’t HD (so put away your magnifying glasses film dorks).  

Halloween Unmasked 2000 – This is a 27 minutes featurette that details, generally, the production and origin of John Carpenter’s Halloween. You get interviews and discussion with Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill, John Carpenter, Dean Cundy and Tommy Lee Wallace. This is not wide screen. They walk through shooting locations and Wallace discusses how they picked certain locations. Brian Andrews, Tommy Doyle, briefly talks about the house used in the film. PJ Soles shows up. John Carpenter talks about Donald Pleasence. Jamie Lee Curtis is interviewed. The discussion of the Nick Castle/Myers walk and how he asks for his motivation is quite funny. They talk about the mask selection and how the famous William Shatner mask almost wasn’t chosen as well as the origin of the music (starting out on bongo drums). You’ve probably heard most of this a thousand times by now. This is an older documentary that will be great for the newbies but may not have any bite for the lifers. 

Making of Halloween 4 – The Final Cut – This is a 17 minute making of feature that focuses on how Dwight Little got involved after his work on Blood Stone. Did you know they didn’t use pumpkins in Halloween 4? They were not in season. They painted squash. Danielle Harris was on Spencer for Hire? Mind blown! And she went up against Melissa Joan Hart for the role of Jamie?  Wow! Ellie Cornell (Rachel) is interviewed. The filmmakers also go over the movie’s final roof scene and how that was constructed as well as other difficult shots. Alan Howath is interviewed.  

Back to Basics – The Making of Halloween 4 – NEW – about 30 mins for part 1. 

You get more from Dwight Little, Malek Akkad and older footage of Moustapha Akkad from 1998. This movie was filmed in Salt Lake City (along with Halloween 5 and 6). The town was important. The atmosphere (and of course the need to avoid the mountains). Raymond O’Connor (the security guard in the opening sequence) is interviewed. There’s a new Danielle Harris interview. This feature also includes Kathleen Kinmont who stills looks great, Erik Preston, who played young Michael Myers, Beau Starr who played the police chief and Shasha Jenson who plays Brady who had a hard time with the police chief’s daughter. The fiascos surrounding the makeup department, the mask creation and a couple folks playing Myers are all worth noting.  

Part 2 (why are there two parts?) 

This feature focuses on some of the stunts including the shotgun stunt, Brady’s death and is more of a discussion of effects and makeup decisions. Interesting to note: Moustapha Akkad hated blood which is probably why this feature is a bit light on it. Alan Howath is interviewed. The movie itself seemed to be a love it or hate it release but did very well and instantly Halloween 5 was greenlit.  Dwight Little backed away from 5. NEW 

***Please note that Ian’s Pumpkins are in the background of the interviews and are tremendous works of art. Support him if you can HERE: https://www.facebook.com/ianspumpkins***
 

Inside Halloween 5 – This is a 15 minutes making of and, as Moustapha Akkad puts it, they were “Drunk on Success” from Halloween 4. Ellie Cornell wasn’t really interested and the new director, Dominique Othenin-Gerard had a very interesting vision for the movie. Cinematographer Rob Draper hadn’t seen a previous Halloween prior to starting part 5. Instead of George Wilbur this time around we get Don Shanks who is a pretty big dude. He recounts almost getting set on fire as well as breaking his nose when Pleasence is attacking him. This movie brought up a bunch of strange questions and new plot directions that didn’t always make sense (that’s where Curse will come in and explain them or at least try to explain them). The end provides a “Where are they now” feature and notes that Akkad is working on “Halloween 8”. HA!

The Making of Halloween 5 – a new 44 minute documentary in two parts (why two parts) that goes more in depth than the older 15 minute documentary.  It features such tidbits as Nicotero creating the new mask that had to be modified to fit Don Shanks face. Rachel is back (Ellie Cornell), Danielle Harris and Wendy Kaplan as well as Jonathan Chapin (Mikey), Frankie Como, Billy Hill, Don Shanks, Alan Howath and Beau Starr. Besides the butting of heads that seemed to yield some questionable plot twists in an attempt to give Halloween 5 some guidance, there’s a eye opening and enlightening discussion of how the police are used as comic relief in both acting (walking like penguins) and in musical accompaniment (strange slap stick sound effects). There is also a discussion of the Man in Black, how he came to be and what he was supposed to be doing (and no one really knew during the making of Halloween 5). In part 2 of the featurette the focus shifts to special effects, discussing kills and makeup with each of the actors. The whole thing turned into a mess with too many people trying to steer the ship, but Malek Akkad sticks by it as one of the most unique entries in the series. One thing I love about this production is that everyone seems so honored to be part of it, and Don Shanks has the best anecdotes (including his discussion of the “missing” SWAT massacre.  NEW

***Again note Ian’s Pumpkins in the background. Take a look HERE: https://www.facebook.com/ianspumpkins*** 
 

Interview With Moustapha Akkad – This is very brief at only 2 minutes in which he discusses the success and budget of Halloween 

Interview with Makeup/Effects Artist Tom Burman on Halloween III: Season of the Witch – A fascinating account of the effects behind Halloween III in which Burman gives his own thoughts about how Halloween III should have ended with Cochran turning into a giant, pumpkin-headed monster! Sure he talks about masks and stuff, but his view of the direction of the film might offend some purists. I love this guy! 

Horror Hallowed Grounds – You get one for Halloween 4, 5, Halloween 6, Halloween (the original pilot for the program in 4:3 aspect ratio) and the Bus Tour which features a little bit of something for everybody from different movies. Each one of these features (just over 20 minutes each) features nearly all the shooting locations for each picture with a tidbits of humor interjected and back story to fill in your visit with the shooting location. I love Sean Clark’s work. I probably need to be a Horror’s Hallowed Grounds t-shirt one of these days. The Tour Bus focuses on older and newer locations including some locations from Rob Zombie’s Halloween. They are broken out into individual parts/episodes. NEW 
 
TV Spots: Halloween 4, 5, Halloween 2007, Halloween II 2009 – these appear unrestored, in sequence, back to back. 

Radio Spot for Halloween III – I love this particular feature because I love Halloween III, but I want you to pay attention to the hold/background screen which features Friday the 13th font that displays quotes. Priceless. 

Halloween Still Gallery – included some posters I haven’t seen especially the international ones. Also features a pic of the Atari game and manual for the Atari game.  

Halloween 4 Still Gallery – contains some posters I hadn’t seen and screening advertisements in additional to some more popular images 

Halloween 5 Still Gallery - most of these I’m familiar with, but there are some provocative images of the ladies in costumes. There’s also a still of the blown up police station that was pretty cool.

THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS Coming To Blu-ray November 14th from Scream Factory

I love Freddie Francis. Who is that you might ask? He directed a little movie called Dr. Terror's House of Horrors. Obviously I am a fan of said movie, but he also worked on other Amicus projects including Tales from the Crypt (coming from Scream Factory along with its counterpart The Vault of Horror soon). We have full details on the upcoming release of The Doctor and The Devils a movie also directed by Freddie Francis. 

I have not seen this movie, but I am extremely excited to check it out. Timothy Dalton. Twiggy? Patrick Stewart!

November 14th you'll have the chance to check out a classic piece of horror by a director who worked on Hammer monsters and portmanteaus from one of the best horror houses in cinema history. 

Full release details below:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

PROM NIGHT (Synapse Blu-ray) - Bring it Home Before Midnight!

When the First Friday Fright Night crew said they were going to screen Prom Night, I was elated especially since they were going to be taking vintage prom pictures in the lobby. What a fantastic way to celebrate slasher gold, a Scream Queen of class and merit like Jamie Lee and a production that is almost as fun to dance to as is it to watch. Sadly, I was unable to attend the screening, and as I stared at my social media account in shame, I watched as a pile of happy couples dressed to the nines, taking pictures in front of an trellis and having one Hell of a time cutting a rug (or maybe just watching some 35mm goodness). I knew that Synapse had started their restoration for a new Blu-ray, and so I waited, like many of you, for a proper HD release with all the trimming (save for a corsage).

To further endear myself to picture let me provide this little tidbit. It’s no secret that I try to hit the gym every day, and when I do I like to work out to horror music mixes from Death Waltz to Evil Nine and on to Rendezvous  LA. One of my favorite mixes is from Haunt Love, the screen print genius that does work for many of the Exhumed Films 35mm screenings as well as other events. He put out a mix called My Bloody Mixtape which features tracks from previous Exhumed screenings include some trailer audio and movie sound bytes. Prom Night is featured prominently in this loop with a trailer and the busty disco theme that is perfect for your cardio mania. I only say that because that’s what it’s like watching Prom Night. Good upbeat fun with plenty to look at to get your heart racing.

Nine Common Complaints by Horror Fans - A List That Should Piss Somebody Off

Some of the time the horror community gets it right. We support each other’s projects either financially or by sharing and encouraging each other. We go out to the theater or purchase our physical media to make sure the pirates don’t take away our movies. We rally around new releases of old favorites and get excited about new releases of new projects to fever pitch frenzy. We embrace originality. We embrace something new. We embrace the familiar. We love our history. We embrace the horror.

And then there are times where we don’t exactly get it right. Sometimes we just like to complain, troll or whine our way into a dismal pit of emptiness and loneliness alienating the community, Knocking down every new thing that comes our way. Sometimes we just attack; claws out and ready to shred.

I write a lot about when the horror community should get it right or does it get right. I usually try to avoid talking about the times where the horror community gets it wrong. Let’s focus on that for just a little bit today.

 Nine Common Complaints by Horror Fans

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings Coming to Blu-ray October 28th from SCREAM FACTORY


Yes, Tomorrow Pumpkinhead hits Blu-ray from Scream Factory, and it is a friggin great disc full of extras, new art work and one of the best trasnfers we've seen on a Scream Factory disc. It's more emotive than you remember especially if you have kids. Lance Henriksen kills it! Well just before Halloween you'll have the chance to get in on the second one! October 28th Scream Factory release Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings! I haven't seen this in years, but it has a great cast (Linnea Quigley, Kane Hodder and Amy Dolenz to name a couple).
 
As more info comes to late we will be sure to share it with you, but for now, get your pre-orders ready!
 
Full release from Scream Factory:
 

Class of Nuke Em High and Night Train to Terror Come to Vinyl!


Two fucking awesome titles are now available at One Way Static and LITA! The Class of Nuke Em High vinyl with Atomic High variant and the Night Train to Terror vinyl (courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome) with a blue marble (randomly inserted) variant. These covers are pretty. The records will be fun as Hell (because you can preview them on Soundcloud and I did and they fuckin' rule).
 
Support some good companies  who are helping fans enjoy physical media better.
 
From One Way Static/LITA:

www.onewaystatic.com & www.lightintheattic.net

SHARKNADO 2 Coming to Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD October 7th!


The sequel to the event of the new millenium aka Sharknado 2 is about to attack your home! It's not secret that I prefered Sharktopus to Sharknado. It hurt that everyone got on the Sharknado bandwagon and not the elegant Sharktopus, but there is good news! I totally dug Sharknado 2. It must be because I wasn't butt-hurt this time about the success of the firstone trumping my personal favorite neo-SyFy mosnter movie. Regardless you have a great opportunity to get your friends together during the holiday season (that would be the Halloween holiday season) to enjoy a computer effect driven, entertaining piece of monster mash.
 
Full release notes from SyFy.
 
 
SHARK HAPPENS!
SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE
Exclusive Extended Version Of Syfy’s Smash Hit Creature/Disaster Mashup
Is Out For Blood On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD October 7
Including Exclusive Special Features

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mai Lin vs. Serena and Oriental Hawaii (Vinegar Syndrome DVD) - The Peekarama Continues

What a strange double feature the Peekarama from Vinegar Syndrome has yielded this time around. Mai Lin vs. Serena and Oriental Hawaii have completely different feels. On one hand you have a movie that is a fest of orgies. Plain and simple. There isn't much dilly dally, and there's a story line somewhere. The other movie features a build up to... a massive fuck fest. Well... I suppose Carlos Tobalina has a clearly defined vision of what he wants to see in an adult feature. We've reviewed Tobalina's work before in the off the wall, jungle sexcapade, Jungle Blue and Marilyn and the Senator. These are over the top in different ways, but it's clear that this filmmaker loves excess.

MAI LIN VS. SERENA

Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome - Superstars Mai Lin and Serena enter a sexual battle while vying for the starring role in Carlos Tobalina’s next film.

Stagefright (Blue Underground Blu-ray) - The Owl Head Chainsaw Killer Gets Top Billing

That I have to say this pains me, but first and foremost this a review of the Michele Soavi directorial debut from 1987 Stagefright. This is not a review for the 2014 musical Stage Fright. I just wanted to make that clear because that's been making the rounds and getting a fair amount of hype as of late (the new musical certainly was not for me). Stagefright has become an Italian Horror classic with iconic imagery, brilliant brutal kills, a soundtrack that is quite memorable (and recently released on vinyl) and perfect at creating riveting tension. You may know it under one of its alternate titles, Bloody Bird of Aquarius or even Deliria. You'e seen killer's where masks, but this should be a unique experience for even the most seasoned horror fan. Blue Underground has been a major player in bringing Italian cinema to U.S. doorsteps, preserving many a gialli and allowing a new audience to become enthralled with obscure cinema. As they march into the Blu-ray age, they are unleashing some mammoth hits.

While this is Soavi's first outing as the main director on a picture it is important to note that he is very experienced as the second director on movies like Tenebrae, Opera and Phenomena (directed by Dario Argento) and A Blade in the Dark, Demons, Blastfighter (directed by Lamberto Bava). We are talking about a man who has worked on horror classics before embarking on his first solo effort. When he leaves Stagefright he goes on to direct The Church and Cemetery Man (Blue Undergrond please try to get Cemetery Man and give it this same treatment) which have both become extremely significant in Italian Horror cinema, Cemetery Man being one of the last "golden age" works for the Italian Horror stronghold. What we find of Stagefright is the work of a seasoned director who simply hadn't placed his own personal mark onto the genre. he spent so much time working with the masters of Italian Horror that what came out of him is a masterpiece.

Toy Story of Terror! (Disney Blu-ray) - Should Be a Part of Your Family's Halloween Tradition

Toy Story of Terror came out last Halloween, and I was probably as excited or more than my kids. You see, I love Disney movies. I watch nearly all of them at some point, but Toy Story really knows how to twist your nostalgia strings. It's an honest series of movies, and now a brilliant nearly meta exploration into horror fiction. We're going to do this in two parts. One my thoughts on the movie and Blu-ray coverage. The second  part is the reaction of my two girls. They watched it with me this morning.

DOC TERROR review:

The Blu-ray looks absolutely perfect and is the sign of quality you'd come to expect from Disney. This should be no surprise. Nice slip sleeve. Comes with a digital HD copy. You can either watch the movie by itself, with commentary OR you have the choice to watch it with vintage toy commercials. These are newly created commercials crafted to feel like the toy commercials of yesteryear. They are spot on and greatly contribute to the viewing experience offering really belly laughs. You can view the commercials separately, check out deleted scenes or take a gander at the crew behind the toys.

Prince of the Night (One 7 Movies DVD) - Less Than Herzog

For my first experience with Prince of the Night aka Vampire in Venice aka Nosferatu in Venice, I was pretty satisfied. Mind you that it was pretty much what I expected it might be after reading the plot summary and having it recommended by "the right people". You know how certain people will recommend you watch something and you're like, "I'm in for it, aren't I"?  You kind of are with this one.

Prince of the Night has some star power behind it. Klaus Kinski reprising his role as Nosferatu (though this isn't a sequel really... not anymore anyway). Donald Pleasance is a natural in this picture playing to its strong Gothic sensibilities quite well (as if it was a poorly produced Hammer picture). Then of course there's Christopher Plummer who steals the show. He is fantastic as the professor trying to dispel rumors of the evil of our supposedly years dead count. If there's a heel here it's Kinski who appears to have put on his finest 80's mullet, metal hair wig and dyed it gray. He's barely Kinski at this point.

The whole production looks like someone tried to imitate Herzog, realized that that was absolutely futile and then decided to focus on New Orleans vamp culture (which nearly seems to have set the stage for the look in Interview with a Vampire). When the down time in a vamp flick is more exciting than the up time (the horror time) aka Chris Plummer giving an impressive performance and doing miraculous things with very little, you know you've been led astray. The only impressive scene of horror comes toward the end of the picture involving a naked victim. That's it. Maybe the poorly constucted lip-bite effect. Maybe.

Bloodsucking Freaks (Troma Blu-ray) - INCLUDES A NEWLY DISCOVERED SCENE!

If you've seen Bloodsucking Freaks then you don't need to read much of this review. You can go out and purchase it for exactly two reasons. 1. The new footage that has been inserted into the "Sardu Master of the Screaming Virgins" cut of the film (though both HD versions of the movie carry this title card). More on that in a bit. 2. The new interviews with Eli Roth and Chris Jericho. Those are two beautiful reasons if owning this classic piece of splat trash isn't good enough for you. You'd then ask me if it's worth upgrading to the Blu-ray. It absolutely is! This even shocked the shit out of me!

This is a great transfer. The set includes the DVD, so you can actually direct compare if you'd like. It's clear from every aspect of the movie that it is superior in HD, and I was curious as to how they were going to take Joel M. Reed's shit fest and turn it into a beautiful thing. They did. You heard from a skeptic who is now a happy skeptic. Film grain and contrast. Crisp and clear to the touch. You can see the damn detail in the pubic hair for fuck's sake!  The DVD features the "Bloodsucking Freaks" title card if that is important to you. You didn't come here for no DVD though! You came here for the delicious 1080p shit. You get the old Eli Roth commentary track and interview with cast members which is very enjoyable. For those of you who don't own the old DVD this will be nice to check out. Also you get a host of Troma related extras. Totally fun shit though not BSF related.