Reel Reviews

I Drink Your Blood: Limited Horror Hypo Edition (1971) - Blu-ray Review

I Drink Your Blood - Blu-ray ReviewIt is the first film to receive an X rating solely for its violent content.  I Drink Your Blood is also a masterpiece of the drive-in.  Its debut on blu-ray, thanks to Grindhouse Releasing, is an important one.  It is not to be missed. Writer/director David Durston (ABC’s Tales of ...

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Midnight Special (2015) - Movie Review

Midnight SPecial - Blu-ray Review - Blu-ray ReviewWritten and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), Midnight Special is a richly dark treat that recalls some of the best moments from the slew of science fiction movies released during the 1980s.  It is ambitious and imaginative, refusing to provide answers while  ...

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Return of the Living Dead 3 (1992) - Blu-ray Review

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1992) - Blu-ray ReviewMelinda Clarke, who stars in Brian Yuzna’s Return of the Living Dead 3, might just be the hottest zombie ever to grace the silver screen. She is, after all, the original living dead girl. She’s a wild girl, complete with flaming red hair and ice-cold eyes. Her edgy personality and  ...

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Victor Frankenstein (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Victor Frankenstein - Blu-ray ReviewIt seems the go to reason to revisit classic characters, if one is to ask creative folk, is revisiting their stories with a new perspective. Setting aside the realities of modern cinema, it’s with that assertion that I sat down to this, the umpteenth go around, of Mary Shelley’s  ...

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C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1988) - Blu-ray Review

C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1988) - Blu-ray Review“I’m a hungry man!”  When Vestron Pictures originally released C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the C.H.U.D. back in 1988, they knew exactly the type of movie they had on their hands.  And it wasn’t a horror flick.  The sheer lunacy of following up a horror film with a straight comedy might ...

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The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015) - Blu-ray Review

The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? - Blu-ray ReviewFascinating.  Truly fascinating.  The behind the scenes story of Tim Burton’s take on Superman is a thrilling and wondrous rollercoaster ride of emotional ups and downs.  It is as profound disappointment that all we have of the production are a handful of items, a couple  ...

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Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986) - Blu-ray Review

Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986) Blu-ray ReviewNevermind the fact that the theme song – performed by Yes’ Jon Anderson – plays something like four times throughout the movie. Please ignore the mess the film leaves as questions go unanswered. And, for the love of all that is holy, just appreciate what John  ...

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Roots: The Complete Original Series (1977) - Blu-ray Review

Roots: The Comeplte Series (1977) - Blu-ray ReviewArriving for the first time on blu-ray, Alex Haley’s Roots is sure to capture the attention of those who originally watched the 8-episode narrative.  It’s hard for me to see that this release has much of a life outside of that circle.  It is quickly being replaced with The History  ...

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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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Shelter - DVD Review

Shelter - DVD Review"I used to be someone," reads a cardboard sign held up by Hannah (Jennifer Connelly), a homeless woman on the streets of Manhattan in the movie Shelter. Hannah and another vagrant, Tahir (Anthony Mackie), meet and slowly fall in love. He's an illegal Nigerian immigrant  ...

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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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Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series - Blu-ray Review

Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series - Blu-ray ReviewThere was simply no way to predict it.  With Peter Capaldi returning to the controls of the TARDIS for his second run as the beloved Doctor Who, there was every hope that it could be but no one – NO ONE – expected the Ninth Series of the rebooted Doctor Who to be ...

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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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Alice Through the Looking Glass - Blu-ray Review

Alice Through the Looking Glass - Movie ReviewTime is a thief” utters Alice Through the Looking Glass’s star Mia Wasikowska. In some kind of weird self-aware pronouncement, she reminds us that somehow it’s been six years since Burton’s motley crew of Lewis Carroll-inspired characters convened for their epic  ...

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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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