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The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) - Blu-ray Review

The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) - Blu-ray Review“I can see death staring me in the face,” says renowned doctor Ludwig Weiss midway through The Man Who Could Cheat Death.  It’s one of many clever lines in this forgotten gem from Hammer Studios.  The horror film doesn’t have the Technicolor swaths of other Hammer ...

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Blu-ray Review

fantastic beasts posterFifteen years after the release of the first Harry Potter film and five years after the final film, Warner Bros plunges their hands back down the throat of the Sorting Hat and yanks out a NEW quintilogy in an offshoot of the world of wizardry that J.K. Rowling once assembled on the  ...

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Passengers - Blu-ray Review

Passengers - Movie ReviewPassengers is a long and winding journey on a very familiar path through space. To say this imaginative sci-fi adventure shoots itself in the foot is an understatement – especially if you sit through all of its two hours. To say that the film is completely worthless – as so many are  ...

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RoboCop 3: Collector's Edition (1993) - Blu-ray Review

Robocop 3: Collector's Edition - Blu-ray Review and DetailsCue the android ninjas!  Ninjas make everything better, right?! Peter Weller wasn’t ever going to do RoboCop 3.  That’s a fact.  There was a twisted little movie called Naked Lunch that he was going to do instead.  But that didn’t ...

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Arrival - Blu-ray Review

Arrival - Movie ReviewScience fiction alien invasion flicks. They are a dime-a-dozen. Mysterious ship arrives on Earth and blows the population to smithereens. Or the creatures are disposed of in short order by flag-waving, cigar-chomping patriots who “don’t take no $%#@ off anyone.” Then, in some, ...

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RoboCop 2: Collector’s Edition (1990) - Blu-ray Review

Robocop 2: Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewOrion Pictures, the independent studio that got lucky from time to time at the box office, was in deep financial woes during the making of RoboCop 2. They needed Murphy’s return to the streets to be a big hit. It wasn’t. Scream Factory, providing the critically panned ...

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Blu-ray Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review2012 saw the wildly popular Lee Childs bestselling books come to life on the big screen with Jack Reacher, a film that caught most by surprise with its bad-ass vintage style and tone that harkened back to the he-man, classic car-chase films of the ‘70s like Bullitt and The French  ...

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Invisible Ghost (1941) - Blu-ray Review

Invisible Ghost (1941) - Blu-ray ReviewMonogram horror titles are interesting films to watch. Always cheaply made productions with shadows that plunge into the depths of the corners, these black-and-white films – spanning from 1940 to 1946 – feature known names in the genre, yet were nothing more ...

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The Monster - Blu-ray Review

The Monster - Movie review and detailsMonster movies – no matter how old-fashioned they appear – will never EVER go out of style.  There will always be a corner of the dark forest where terrifying things lurk about and, perhaps more importantly, there will always be people who want to watch these creatures spring  ...

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The Valley of Gwangi (1969) - Blu-ray Review

The Valey of Gwangi (1969) - Blu-ray ReviewRay Harryhausen’s work doesn’t age. That statement is best understood after viewing Warner Bros Archive’s blu-ray release of The Valley of Gwangi. In the years since it’s release, many have seen and appreciated it for the wild adventure that is. That was not;  ...

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Ouija: Origin of Evil - Blu-ray Review

Ouija: Origin of Evil - Blu-ray ReviewArmed with a healthy dose of much needed restraint, director Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and co-writer Jeff Howard collaborate to save Ouija: Origin of Evil from the haunting lows of its predecessor.  It’s incredible to see just how much better the prequel is when compared to the  ...

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Witchtrap (1989) - Blu-ray Review

Witchtrap - Blu-ray ReviewWhen the dude recording the sound for your movie fucks up and every sound, squeak, dialogue, and fart has to be created in post-production, it’s probably best to inject a healthy does of camp, camp, and more camp. Kevin Tenney, the writer and director of Night of the ...

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Blair Witch - Blu-ray Review

Blair Witch - Movie ReviewIt is time, my friends, to go back to the woods. The reclusive Blair Witch has returned. It seems she never left the Black Hills Forest. While it may have taken 16 years to get a proper sequel to 1999’s phenomenon The Blair Witch Project (because I’m not counting the  ...

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Firestarter: Collector's Edition (1984) - Blu-ray Review

Firestarter - Blu-ray ReviewSomething powerful has been triggered deep inside a little girl.  If not nurtured correctly, it could destory us all. When writer/director John Carpenter backed out of Firestarter, he took his adapted screenplay with him.  It was probably a good idea.  His version had ...

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In a Valley of Violence - Blu-ray Review

In a Valley of Violence - Movie ReviewWriter, director, and editor Ti West (The Innkeepers) pays homage to the westerns of Sergio Leone with his latest film, In a Valley of Violence.  The results are expectantly explosive with sudden bursts of violence, yet not as exploitative as one might think considering the  ...

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