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Blacula / Scream Blacula Scream (1972/1973) - Blu-ray Review

Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream (1972/1973) - Blu-ray ReviewHe’s one strange dude. Blacula, starring William Marshall (who would go on to become television’s The King of Cartoons on Pee-wee's Playhouse), and its immediate sequel Scream Blacula Scream (with the feisty Pam Grier) live again on Scream Factory’s twofer blu-ray   ...

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The Crimson Cult (1968) - Blu-ray Review

The Crimson Cult - Blu-ray ReviewOpening with a bare-breasted dominatrix whipping a sacrificial virgin, The Crimson Cult AKA Curse of the Crimson Altar has to be one of the strangest British productions to have been distributed by American International Pictures. It is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story,  ...

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Pit Stop (1969) - Blu-ray Review

Pit Stop - Blu-ray ReviewCriminally overlooked and often undervalued in the film community, Pit Stop is one hell of a gritty film that effectively carries its viewers to another time in America, back when the angst of the teenager had little voice or impact on popular culture. It is also one of the few films   ...

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Sugar Hill (1974) - Blu-ray Review

Sugar Hill - Blu-ray ReviewOpening with a fantastic voodoo-inspired dance number that effectively out-funks Michael Jackson’s Thriller video by almost a decade, Sugar Hill combines some pretty gnarly bug-eyed zombies with the typical benchmarks in Blaxploitation flicks and manages to offer up  ...

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Ghosthouse / Witchery Double Feature - Blu-ray Review

Ghosthouse/Witchery (1988) - Blu-ray ReviewLong on style but short on plot, the two films that make up Scream Factory’s latest double feature delight only with an impressionistic use of heavy gore. These two seemingly unrelated films were released overseas as part of the La Casa series and, for strategic marketing ...

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Sleepaway Camp II & Sleepaway Camp III (Collector's Editions) - Blu-ray Review

Sleepaway Camp II and Speeaway Camp III - Blu-ray ReviewFinally, the long wait is over. Angela Baker is coming home … again. There are very few writers who truly understand how comedy can support horror and vice versa in the filmmaking community. Fritz Gordon, the screenwriter of Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers and Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland,   ...

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Scarecrows (1988) - Blu-ray Review

Scarecrows (1988) - Blu-ray ReviewScarecrows, written and directed by William Wesley, is positive proof that, yes, 19-year-olds can create effective special effects and creature designs. Originally filmed in 1985 but released in 1988, this supernatural horror film involving bank-robbing mercenaries up  ...

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Foxy Brown (1974) - Blu-ray Review

Foxy Brown (1974) - Blu-ray ReviewHer name is Foxy Brown. Revenge is what she wants. Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier stars in Jack Hill’s Foxy Brown which delivers on what it promises: more sex and more violence. Written and directed by Hill, the film is definitely a step down from what he did with for  ...

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Coffy (1973) - Blu-ray Review

Coffy - Blu-ray ReviewBefore you start struttin’ around town, wearin’ your high heels, and thinkin’ you’re hot shit, just remember that Coffy did it first. Before Alicia Keys sang about a girl on fire and before Bryce Dallas Howard earned street cred for outrunning dinosaurs in high heels there was  ...

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Tenatacles/Reptilicus - Blu-ray Review

Tentacles/reptiilicus - blu-ray reviewThose barking mad hounds of horror over at Scream Factory are back at it once again with their latest creature double feature blu-ray release. This time they take the mutations under the water with 1976’s Tentacles and 1962’s Reptilicus. As much as I am a solid sucker  ...

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