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The Lair of the White Worm: Vestron Video Collector's Series (1988) - Blu-ray Review

Lair of the White Worm - Blu-ray ReviewWritten, directed and produced by Ken Russell, The Lair of the White Worm remains a phallic-obsessed journey through an endless barrage of serpent double-entendres by way of Bram Stoker. Russell would have it no other way either. He was, after all, a self-confessed ...

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition) (1986) - Blu-ray Review

Poltergeist II Collector's Edition- Blu-ray ReviewIt is a dark night.  The sky is pregnant with distant stars.  A lone fire lights the desert canyon wall.  Two Native Americans sit next to it.  There is chanting.  Soon, spirits are inhaled.  If the opening to Poltergeist II: The Other Side throws you for a loop, know that you aren’t ...

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Don't Answer the Phone! (1980) - Blu-ray Review

Don't Answer the Phone - Blu-ray ReviewExploitation filmmaking rarely gets ANY trashier than with 1980’s Don’t Answer the Phone.  Shot in and around Los Angeles, it is definitely one of the scuzziest flicks produced during the beginning of that century, yet it somehow left its mark on people and, however surprisingly ...

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Parents: Vestron Video Collector’s Series (1989) - Blu-ray Review

Parents (1989) - Blu-ray ReviewFrom the brassy swing of the Perez Prado mambo to the hot pink splash of the movie’s title against the front of an Oldsmobile, the opening to director Bob Balaban’s Parents suggests this horror film is not like the others.  Parents, with its witty dialogue, its critical lens, and ...

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Message from Space (1978) - Blu-ray Review

Message From Space (1978) - Blu-ray ReviewJapanese film director and screenwriter Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) has certainly left his mark on filmmaking.  Notable for his extensive use of shaky camera techniques in the 1970s, his influences on film spread worldwide over his lifetime with his final film being  ...

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Time Walker (1982) - Blu-ray Review

Time Walker (1982) Blu-ray ReviewKing Tut, how’d you get so funky? Comedian Steve Martin certainly knew the reasons why. Famed B-movie producer Roger Corman thought he knew why and offered this slow-moving excavation of the 18th dynasty pharaoh’s tomb to Dimitri Villard to oversee. The PG rated results ...

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Up from the Depths (1979) - Blu-ray Review

Up From the Depths - Blu-ray ReviewDun Dun Duuuuun! Even the island of Maui is not immune Roger Corman’s monster-making machine. Up from the Depths is a salvage film. Rescued from the Philippines by legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman, a lot of the film was already in the can before Corman  ...

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Limited Collector’s Edition (1976) - Blu-ray Review

The Man Who Fell to Earth: Limited Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewAlienation, thy name is David Bowie. The Man Who Fell to Earth is one of those movies so incredibly odd that it exists in a sacred sphere that is outside of time itself.  It has, in fact, improved with age becoming more emotionally impactful as David Bowie, playing the part ...

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Slumber Party Massacre II/Slumber Party Massacre III Double Feature (1987, 1990) - Blu-ray Review

Slumber Party Massacre II / Slumber Party Massacre III - Blu-ray ReviewOnly the weirdest of the weird gravitate toward the slasher comedy.  Every weirder are those who fall in line with the goofy sequels when the satire has all but dried up.  Scream Factory, knowing that its rabid fanbase of freaks largely fall into the latter group of collectors ...

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Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 - Blu-ray Review

Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 - BLu-ray ReviewRoger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is the film America needs right now.  Loaded with comments about where we are headed as a nation, the b-movie – a new release from New Horizons and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment – races across a post-apocalyptic future ...

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