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The Driller Killer (1979) 2-Disc Special Edition - Blu-ray Review

Driller Killer (1979) - Blu-rayDirector Abel Ferrara (of Ms. 45 and Bad Lieutenant fame) and his long-time collaborator, screenwriter Nicholas St. John, are certified madmen of the NYC gutter scene.  They are art punks through and through, tirelessly splattering their canvas with a bit of the old ultra-violence  ...

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The Jungle Book (2016) - Blu-ray Review

The jungle Book - Movie ReviewDisney’s mostly-live-action reimagining of its 1967 classic The Jungle Book is a dazzling visual spectacle that tinkers very little with the original’s underlying story while providing an astonishingly new look and feel to the world of man-cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi), black panther ...

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Black Christmas: Collector's Edition (1974) - Blu-ray Review

Black Christmas (1974): Collector's Edition blu-raySuper tongue strikes again!  Bob Clark’s Black Christmas is a masterpiece of horror (and humor) that you truly can deck the halls with. There’s no other way to put it. Oh, the print critics had a field day punting it around at the time of its release, but the joke is on them ...

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Extraordinary Tales (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Extraordinary Tales - Blu-ray ReviewRejoice, Poe fans! With the release of Extraordinary Tales on blu-ray this week, we finally have something we can rave(n) about. This new anthology of animated horror offers a lot for fans to appreciate. With narrations provided by Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian  ...

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The Park is Mine (1985) - Blu-ray Review

The Park is Mine (1986) - Blu-ray ReviewI’m not sure if it is Tangerine Dream’s electronic score or Tommy Lee Jones’ performance as the veteran who takes over Central Park for about two days or the subject matter itself of pushing back against the system that makes The Park is Mine work so insanely well  ...

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The Last Witch Hunter - Blu-ray Review

The Last Witch Hunter - Movie ReviewThere is an opportunity lost within The Last Witch Hunter, an opportunity to be much bigger in scope than it actually comes across as being.  You may enjoy the fantasy flick but you’ll have to sit through a lot of the humdrum before getting there.  This is slight entertainment  ...

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Creepshow 2 (1987) - Blu-ray Review

Creepshow 2 - Blu-ray ReviewThe follow-up to the 1982 hit Creepshow probably arrived three years too late.  While George A. Romero and Stephen King are involved with the project, it simply doesn’t have the same deadly bite that the first one did.  Directed by Michael Gornick and written by Romero, the  ...

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Krampus - Blu-ray Review

Krampus - Movie ReviewHo ho ho! Merry friggin’ Christmas! Have you been naughty or nice this year? Fuhget about Sandy Claws, it is Krampus who really wants to know. Writer/director/producer Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat) returns to cinemas to spread the Christmas cheer and jeer in a  ...

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Phantasm: Remastered (1979) - Blu-ray Review

Phantasm: Remastered (1979) - Blu-ray ReviewThanks to J.J. Abrams and everyone’s efforts at Bad Robot, I have – to date – watched Phantasm more times in the past 2 months than in the whole of my entire life.  The reasons are clear.  It is, warts and all, one of the most perfect B-movies of all time.  It’s re-release in  ...

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Black Mass - Blu-ray Review

Black Mass - Movie ReviewScott Cooper’s Black Mass wants to be a steely-eyed monster of a gangster flick. It isn’t quite that, though. The film, while not disappointing, is best described as a procedural pit of darkness in which a pretty awful criminal, one James “Whitey” Bulgar, gets the quasi-reverential  ...

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Phantasm: RaVager - Blu-ray Review

Phantasm: RaVager - Blu-ray Cover

The Phantasm series completes its offbeat rotation around the sun with the release of Phantasm: RaVager this Friday.  It is a movie that is both a fitting goodbye to the late Angus Scrimm and, operating as the fifth and final movie in the series, a fitting conclusion.  As you are more...

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Bridge of Spies - Blu-ray Review

Bridge - Spies - Movie ReviewThere’s a lot to like in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War-era spy thriller Bridge of Spies: reliving memories of those old “duck and cover” educational films; fedora-clad G-men tracking shadowy figures who dart in and out of New York subway cars; clandestine prisoner swaps between  ...

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The Lodger (1944) - Blu-ray Review

The Lodger (1944) - Blu-ray ReviewLaird Cregar.  I’d like to spend a minute or two dwelling on just how awesome he is as an actor.  Hilarious in the screwball comedies he was cast in, Cregar was a very tall man of many hats and he never failed to deliver a memorable performance.  He was an imposing figure  ...

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10 Cloverfield Lane - Blu-ray Review

10 Cloverfield Lane - Movie ReviewWith more bang than it has any right to, 10 Cloverfield Lane sizzles as a convergence of two seemingly unrelated ideas provide an entertaining and wildly cracked ride. It is, hands down, the best genre film I've seen since Cabin in the Woods. High praise indeed and,   ...

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Jack Frost: Limited Edition Lenticular Artwork (1997) - Blu-ray Review

Jack Frost: Limited Edition Leniticular Artwork (1977) - Blu-ray ReviewJack Frost has been granted an extended life, Ghouls and Boils!  With more schlock than shock, this earnest slasher is truly a gift to manunkind.  Wait.  Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of this one, fellow freaks.  No, it does NOT star Michael Keaton as a harmonica-blowing  ...

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