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The Undying Monster (1942) - Blu-ray Review

Undying Monster (1942) - Blu-ray Review“But, Miss Hammond... Helga! No Hammond ever ventures into the rocky lane on a foggy night,” is the warning.  It’s the siren song of an entire family line.  You see, the Hammond family IS cursed.  Some might say they are cursed by wealth.  Others will suggest it is  ...

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Irrational Man (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Irrational Man - Blu-ray ReviewWriter/director Woody Allen continues to make moviemaking look easy.  While a shade darker in tone than his last few releases, Irrational Man is still 100% Allen in its themes and execution.   The title sequences, the jazz, the impeccable cast, the mood; it’s all here and  ...

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Samurai Cop (1991) - Blu-ray Review

Samurai Cop (1991) - Blu-ray ReviewGod bless Samurai Cop.  Seriously.  Ranking alongside The Room and Troll 2, Samurai Cop rounds out a trio of films so fucking bad that they are unyieldingly hilarious.  You want to set the tone of a party right?  Rent this bitch.  The result of stitching together an action movie  ...

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Pride + Prejudice + Zombies - Blu-ray Review

Pride and Prejudice and Zombie - Movie ReviewThe 2009 parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith gets the big screen treatment (after a series of delays, setbacks, and a cast of changing actors) but the end result – a frenzied mess of stitched together and remarkably sullen clichés regardless of the genre - is simply not ...

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Dead Ringers: Collector’s Edition (1988) Blu-ray Review

Dead Ringers: Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewAnd now it is time to get weird; really weird.  Jeremy Irons, man.  What a commanding actor, right?  Well, in David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, he plays a set of talented twins that, after a simple misunderstanding over the same woman, turn their successful gynecology  ...

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The Green Inferno - Blu-ray Review

The Green INferno - Movie ReviewWriter/director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel I & II, and Aftershock) might just need to be crowned the new King of Putrid.  A self-confessed connoisseur of gore and Grindhouse alum, Roth’s work in the genre is living proof that the exploitation flick is not forgotten and definitely ...

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Phenomena: Limited Edition Collector’s SteelBook (1985) - Blu-ray Review

Phenomena Collector's Edition Steelbook (1985) - Blu-ray ReviewI first saw Dario Argento’s Phenomena when it was released here in the United States as Creepers.  That version – heavily edited by 30-minutes (for no other reason than to save Americans from actually thinking) – was essentially one long music video.  Goblin and Simon  ...

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The Visit - Blu-ray Review

The Visit - Movie ReviewThere is something insane about spending time with anyone outside of the inner family circle. Think about it. Hell, some people struggle with spending time with their own spouse and children. If we break spending quality time with strangers we call family or friends down to ...

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C.H.U.D. (1984) - Blu-ray Review

C.H.U.D. (1984) - Blu-ray ReviewHa, Criterion Collection.  It seems that little April Fools Day joke (back in 2011) has come to bite you in the ass.  C.H.U.D. has made it to blu-ray! There was a time in America when we surrendered to the idea of nuclear war.   It was bound to happen. Why fight it? This attitude  ...

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The Boy - Blu-ray Review

The Boy - Movie ReviewIt is simply impossible to write about the events in The Boy without breaking into a serious case of the giggles.  The absurdity of a young woman babysitting a doll in a mansion that just drips with gothic goo is ripe for parody.  The situation knows no bounds and yet   ...

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Bubba Ho-Tep: Collector's Edition (2002) - Blu-ray Review

Bubba Ho-Tep Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewBubba Ho-Tep and I have finally made up.  I get it.  I finally get why the movie absolutely works and why my punk-ass comments when it was originally released were so naïve.  To borrow a line from from Gatsby's Nick Carraway, “in my younger and more vulnerable years”I was a complete ...

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Sicario - Blu-ray Review

Sicario - Movie ReviewWow.  To think it was just earlier this week that I wrote about how gruesome Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno is and why that graphic repugnance is much needed in our uber-safeguarded world.  Following in step with that line of thought comes director Denis Villeneuve   ...

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The Initiation (1984) - Blu-ray Review

The Initiation (1984) - Blu-ray ReviewAnd so we come to the blatant rip-off.  Perhaps that’s too harsh.  After all, there are some interesting things in the mechanics of Larry Stewart’s slasher (the finale inside the multi-level Dallas Market Center being one), but not enough to keep audiences focused on its  ...

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - Blu-ray Review

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - Movie Review2012’s  criminally underrated Jack Reacher featured the debut of the Christopher McQuarrie/Tom Cruise filmmaking team. Though that film was more of a laid back and gritty homage to the classic car-chase films of the ‘70s like Bullitt and The French Connection, McQuarrie and  ...

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The Majorettes (1987) - Blu-ray Review

Majorettes (1987) - Blu-ray ReviewBad Acting.  Bad dialogue.  Bad movie, right?  Not quite.  There are exceptions.  The Majorettes, starring Kevin Kindlin, Terrie Godfrey, Mark Jevicky, and Thomas E. Desrocher, is one of those.  This psychosexual charged flick owes much of its creative prowess to its creators’ ...

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