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The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) - Blu-ray Review

The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) - Blu-ray ReviewBeheadings! Bosoms! Blood! Welcome to the dark side of the 1950s. Made for a mere $29000 in 1959, The Monster of Piedras Blancas looks like a million bucks in high-definition in 2016. Down with the fuzz. We want clarity in our Creature Features and Olive Films absolutely  ...

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Hail, Caesar! - Blu-ray Review

Hail, Caesar! - Movie ReviewThe golden age of Hollywood, with its authoritative studio system, juicy scandals, and nosy gossip columnists at every turn, gets a loving homage by Joel and Ethan Coen in Hail, Caesar!, a film that pulls back the curtain on the Hollywood movie-making machine the pair   ...

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Road House (1989) - Blu-ray Review

Road House (1989) - Blu-ray ReviewPerhaps there is no other movie that best exemplifies the highs and lows of the 1980s than 1989's Road House. It's got mullets, monster trucks, martial arts, naked chicks, big hair, and a bunch of white guys beating the living shit out of each other for no real reason ...

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The Martian - Blu-ray Review

The Martian - Movie ReviewAmongst the many memorable moments that occur during director Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian, is one particularly moving episode that perfectly illustrates that the director “gets it” and that his film has been constructed with loads of loving care and meticulous attention  ...

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Blood Rage: 3-Disc Director Approved Limited Edition (1987) - Blu-ray Review

Blood Rage - Blu-ray ReviewWhen it comes to b-grade entertainment, there is literally NOTHING quite like 1987’s Blood Rage.  As ballsy as it is shoddy, this poorly acted slasher is in fact quite effective in is delivery of a twisted tale about twins and the psychotic mother who has the wrong son committed for murder  ...

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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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Microwave Massacre (1978) - Blu-ray Review

Microwave Massacre - Blu-ray ReviewMicrowave Massacre is the type of low budget horror-comedy that few have patience for.  It’s slapped together from long first takes (because the producers had no money to waste) and, as the opening credits spell out (complete with chikka-wah-wah porn-styled tunes  ...

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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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Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo - Blu-ray ReviewShelley Winters unhinged is some scary-ass shit.  And that’s a fact. Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? presents the actress as a civilized AND extremely wicked woman who longs to be reunited with her dearly departed daughter.  Now before you get all sentimental (because, you  ...

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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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Suture (1993) - Blu-ray Review

Suture - Blu-ray ReviewThere is something incredibly haunting about Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s feature-length debut.  Shot in black-and-white and filmed in and around the Phoenix area, Suture is a neo-film noir examination into a person’s identity.  What makes a person know themselves?  ...

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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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Chandu the Magician (1932) - Blu-ray Review

Chandu the Magician - Blu-ray Review“Now are you ready to tell me the secrets of the death ray,” snarls Bela Lugosi as the all-black wearing villain in Chandu the Magician.  He plays Roxor, an evil mastermind hell-bent on ruling nations with the destructive power of a new invention.  And only one man can   ...

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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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The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) - Blu-ray Review

The Swinging Cheerleaders - Blu-ray ReviewFor anyone who hates on exploitation film auteur Jack Hill’s The Swinging Cheerleaders for its objectification of women – namely cheerleaders – there’s a need for a brief lesson in film and cultural history.  Made during the 1970s, Hill’s movie was a very tough and very real examination of powerful  ...

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