Film reviews



BEYOND THE DARKNESS BLU-RAY REVIEW

Joe D'Amato is on of my favorite Italian Filmakers. I always enjoyed his horror films. A few of them were so vile and sexually explicit they became very sought after durring the video tape trading boom of the 90s. One title was Beyond The Darkness
Beyond The Darkness is the story of Frank. Frank is a taxidermist who's wife has just passed away from a serious yet mysterious illness. The illness in question was actually a voodoo curse put upon her by there housekeeper, who Frank is having an affair with.

But Frank does still love his dead wife, so much he digs her up so he can fill her up like one of the animals he does his taxidermy on. That way he can have her whenever he wants.

He also wants to have sex WTH lots of women and kill them as well. Luckily Iris (his houskeeper) has no problem helping him.

Violent, graphic murders, torture, sex, breath feeding, skin eating, disembowling, this one has it all. Throw in a score from Goblin and you have a film that would turn Lucio Fulcis stomach.

This film is vile to say the least and not for everyone. Severin Films has put this out for the first time fully uncut and uncensored on Blu-ray and layered it with special features

Joe D’Amato: The Horror Experience
The Omega Woman: Interview With Actress Franca Stoppi (17 Minutes)
Goblin Reborn Perform Buio Omega Live 2016
Locations Revisited
Sick Love – An Interview With Actress Cinzia Monreale
Trailer
CD Soundtrack Blu-ray exclusive)

Horror and gore fans will definitely enjoy.

BAG BOY LOVER REVIEW
A few days ago I looked at my wife and said "you know we haven't watched any weird in a while now" Fast forward a few days and I receive Bag Boy Lover Boy from my friends over at Severin Films.
Bag Boy Lover Boy is the strange tale of a lonely man named Albert. Albert is a withdrawn somewhat slow young man who has a night job as a hot dog vendor. While selling hot dogs he begins to notice that the women in the area are greatly attracted to photographers.

The self proclaimed most successful photographer is Ivan who take a liking to Albert, and his rather simpleton look and tell him he can teach him about art, therefore helping him pick up women in return for posing for him.

Albert jumps at the chance and finds himself posing of rather odd and graphic s & m style photos. When Ivan goes out of town Albert decides to use all that he has learned to lure girls into taking photos with him. Unfortunately as Albert is not all there he also kills them.

This is one strange film, a mix of David Lynch and something you would see from Cannon Pictures. Keep in mind I'm not saying that like it's a bad thing, in fact it's a pretty well done film in a slasher/artsy sort of way.

Severin has again done a great job on the transfer as the video and audio is fantastic. They even added a few special features

Audio Commentary With Director Andres Torres, Actor Theodore Bouloukos and Editor Charlie Williams
*The Student Films of Actor Jon Wachter: GOT LIGHT and THE NEVER-STARTING STORY
*Trailer

Although by no means is this film for everyone horror fans looking for something different should enjoy.

FEMALE FIGHT SQUAD REVIEW
Female Fight Squad, to start, is a fantastic throwback to the Straight To Video Martial Arts films of the 90's that flooded the mom and pop video store shelves where Cynthia Rothrock essentially had her own space carved out for her.

Female stars Amy Johnston as a former mma fighter named Rebecca, who after making some bad choices, is turning her life around studying to become a veterinarian assistant. We learn that her father, played by Dolph Lundgren took the rap for a murder she committed and is now imprisoned for it.

Things are going great for Rebecca untill her friend becomes involved with a shady underground fight promoter who has her put in the hospital for a debt she is him. With that Rebecca is drawn back into the world she left behind to save her friend.

A familiar plot, which is fine, is brought to life thanks to Johnston who is amazing in this roll. Her martial arts skills are absolutely amazing, and her good looks and acting take it to another level. Sure we have seen mma women in films but none with the complete of a package.

Dolph Lundgren has a few great fight scenes as well proving he still has what it takes. In fact the entire supporting cast does a great job.


Fans of MMA and action in general should head out and pick this up. It's action packed fun from beginning till end


WARLOCK COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Lionsgate continues to knock it out of the park with there Vestron Video Series, and the new title may be the best release yet. Warlock the complete 3 movie set has now been released on Blu-ray and it's loaded with special features.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Warlock trilogy let me give you a breif synopsis of the films.

Warlock stars Julian Sands who gives a fantastic performance as The Warlock. He's trust into modern times by Satan from the sixteen hundreds to assemble the Gran Grimoire. It's a book that when assembled will reveal God's true name. When that name is spoken the world will end.

Luckily enough a Witch Hunter who followed the warlock in the past has jumped through Satan's time portal and is here to stop that from happening.

The film is considered a cult classic for a reason. Fun, creepy, and over the top. A must watch for any horror fan and a well rented titled back in the video store days.

Warlock II The Armageddon again stars Julian Sands as the warlock, this time battling Druids. He this time is reborn durring an eclipse. In what can only be described as different a grown woman gives birth to him, he fully grows to adulthood then simply murders her. The woman in question has one of the sacred Moonstones. He now must find the other five so he can summon Satan to earth.

This time a decendent of a Druid Warrior is on the case and he and his girlfriend do battle with the warlock to stop this from happening.

Played over the top by Julian Sands this is a a very well done sequel which also was quite a hit durring the video rental boom.

Warlock III The End of Innocence this time stars Bruce Payne as the Warlock. This is more of a cut and dry slasher with satanic overtones. This time the warlock is stalking a group of young people in an old house. He wants the main girl, Kris, as she is the "Child of the Caul" and has with blood in her. Through her he can begin fathering a race of satanic demons.

Though not as fun as the previous entry, primarily because of the loss of Julian Sands as the title character this is an acceptable entry into the slasher genra.

As I said this set is part of the Vestron Collection so aside from. Watching these on a spectacular transfer you get a lot of special features for each film. They are as follows

WARLOCK:

NEW Audio Commentary with Director Steve Miner
NEW Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with Author Jeff Bond
NEW Interviews
"Satan's Son" with Actor Julian Sands
"The Devil's Work" with Director Steve Miner
"Effects of Evil" with Make-up Effects Creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz
Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Vintage Interview Segments with Cast and Crew
Vintage Featurette with Make-Up Effects Creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz
Vintage Featurette with Visual Effects Supervisors Patrick Read Johnson and Robert Habros, Animation Supervisor Mauro Maressa, and Matte Artist Robert Scifo
Theatrical Trailer
Video Trailer
TV Spots
Still Gallery


WARLOCK II


NEW Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Hickox
Vintage Making-of Featurette Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Extended Vintage Interview Segments with Actor Julian Sands, Director Anthony Hickox, and Actress Paula Marshall
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Still Gallery


WARLOCK III


Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Vintage Interview Segments with Cast and Crew
Trailer
Video Sales Promo
Still Gallery



A must own set for horror fans.


KONG: SKULL ISLAND BLU-RAY REVIEW
Warner Brothers provided me with a fee copy of Kong Skull Island to review. With that said the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

Im an old die hard Kong, and Godzilla fan from back in the day, and even though I did not care for the 2014 Godzilla snooze fest I had high hopes for Kong. My son, who is way more partial to Godzilla, and in fact still insists that Godzilla cheated to beat Kong when they first clashed back in 1963 was excited to see the film, but worried it would be dull. My wife cared less.

Ok first things first, you see Kong about 3min into the film. It starts where an American, and Japanese pilot respectfully crash there plans on an island and begin to fight. We hear a noise and low and behold its Kong, Flash forward to the end of the Vietnam War and John Goodman, and Corey Hawkins who work for the Monarch company (Yes, spoiler, the same Monarch from Godzilla) are getting permission from a local senator to go on an expedition to "Skull Island" an uncharted island in the south pacific that is surrounded by it's own weather system. They ask for a tracker/guide, which they get in the form of Tom Hiddleston, a former British Special Service Captain. They are also given a military escort led by Samuel Jackson, as well as what every team needs, a gorgeous photojournalist played by Brie Larson who suspects there is more going on here then people are letting on.

When they arrive they begin dropping explosives to determine if the ground is hollow. That doesn't sit well with a certain 100 foot tall gorilla who crashes there party and destroys the helicopters in truly epic fashion. By doing this he basically splits the team in half. Samuel Jacksons half is bound and determined to find the rest of the survivors and kill Kong for attacking them. The other half, lead by Hiddleston soon wander into a temple protected by the local natives. Its there the meet John C Reilly who was the pilot hat crashed in the beginning. He has been on the island now for 28 years and lives with the natives. And yes, he steals every scene he is in from here on out, offering comedy relief in a not to goofy way.

He explains that Kong is the king of the island and worshipped like a God. He protects the people from the Skullcrawlers, giant lizard like monsters who live under the ground. Turns out the explosions the solders were setting off was waking them up hence why Kong jumped into stop them. See Kong can easily kill a Skullcrawler when its small, its the "Big One" that killed his family that he doesn't want to wake up.

Of course we then have the group trying to make it to the rendezvous point while escaping all the other monsters of the island, and yes of course, Kong who it turns out is still a young gorilla, maybe hinting the fact he will be bigger in future outings, does indeed battle the Giant Skullcrawler in a very bloody yet epic battle at the end.

Bottom line, this is a must see blockbuster. Unlike other giant monster films this moves at a frantic pace with monsters throughout the film. In fact watching the humans get there stuff together, and making it to the island is barely 25min. From there its Kong all the way. The film clocks in around the 2 hour mark and yes, there is an after the credits seen to set up the eventual meeting between Kong and Godzilla in 2020.

So back to the beginning. I loved it, and watching Kong fight an octopus brought back a few great childhood memories. I thought it was the best version of Kong to date, and that's no disrespect to the epic Peter Jackson film, this is just a much more action packed origin story. My son loved it. He enjoyed how Kong pulls off those great pro wrestling moves like the spear, ax-handle, and superman punch with ease. And yes my wife ended up enjoying it as well, even jumping several times through the film.

Warner Brothers went all out with this release. The picture is amazing as well as the sound. The battle scenes with Kong jump out of the screen and the digital sound blared through my speakers giving me the feeling I was on Skull Island. To top it off the set is loaded with these special features

Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:

· Director’s Commentary
· Creating a King: Realizing an Icon
· Creating a King: Summoning a God
· Monarch Files 2.0
· Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
· Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography
· On Location: Vietnam
· Deleted Scenes

Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

· Director’s Commentary
· Creating a King: Realizing an Icon
· Creating a King: Summoning a God
· Monarch Files 2.0
· Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
· Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography
· On Location: Vietnam
· Deleted Scenes

You can't go wrong with this one. A definite must own.

STENDHAL SYNDROME BLU RAY REVIEW
Before I get into the review I want everyone to know that the Stendhal Syndrome is actually a real thing, in fact here is what Wikipedia has to say on the matter

​ "Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal's syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art."

Turns out famous Giallo Director Dario Agento actually experienced this when he was a child While touring Athens with his parents young Dario was climbing the steps of the Parthenon when he was overcome by a trance that caused him to become lost from his parents. Years later he read La Sindrome di Stendha which became the basis for this film

It stars Dario's daughter Asia Argento who plays a detective chasing a serial killer. She follows him into an art museum and is stricken with stendhal syndrome and the killer is able to evade her.

Unfortunately for her he also learns of her condition and triggers her Stendhal Syndrome so he can kindnap, rape, and torture her. She escapes but is soon kidnapped again. This second time however she manages to shoot the killer and escape.

Believing him to be dead she resumes her normal life and even falls in love. However people close to her begin getting murdered, which leads to on fantastic twist of an ending you want see coming.

This is considered one of Dario's best films and for good reason. Fantastic acting by the entire cast, and a great menacing tone he'll to captivate the viewers. Throw in a fantastic moody score and you have a great film. And now it is finally getting the treatment it deserves from Blue Underground on a 3 disc limited edition release.
Special features
Disc 1 Extras:
NEW Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse

Three Shades Of Asia - NEW Interview with Star Asia Argento

Prisoner Of Art - NEW Interview with Co-Writer Franco Ferrini

Sharp As A Razor - NEW Interview with Special Makeup Artist Franco Casagni

Theatrical Trailer

Poster & Still Gallery

Disc 2 Extras:

Director: Dario Argento

Inspiration: Psychological Consultant Graziella Magherini

Special Effects: Sergio Stivaletti

Assistant Director: Luigi Cozzi

Production Designer: Massimo Antonello Geleng

BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by author Michael Gingold

This is a must own for fans cinema. It's captivating from beginning to end. I highly recommend

VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION DVD REVIEW
Back in the late 80's and early 90's censorship in horror films was becoming quite an issue. In fact many people out there, myself included would often search out the import Japanese laserdiscs so we could see the gore fx that were cut out in our American VHS Releases. 
Now it wasn't just American that had these issues but Germany did as well. But luckily they had a horror director there named Andreas Schnass who created Violent Shit. A hybrid shaser gore feast about Karl The Butcher. Soaked in cheap, but effective over the top blood and violence the film became an underground sensation to millions of horror and gore fans out there. It was so poular that he created 3 of them.

The first, Violent Shit, introduces us to escaped killer Karl The Butcher who has weird demon like flashbacks. He goes around killing people with a meat cleaver. He's a bit messed up on account of dismembering his mom with a meat cleaver.

In part 2, Violent Shit II: Mother Hold My Hand we meet an old woman and her son Karl Jr. Yes he's the son of the original killer from part one. His mom has been raising him to carry on his father's legacy so he basically just goes around murdering people, which makes his mom extra happy in lots of wrong ways.

Then we have part 3, Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom. This one centers on a group of guys who wash up on a island that is ran by Karl Jr and Karl Sr. Turns out he's not dead. They have a zombie like army of followers and kill everyone who comes on there island.

Then let's not forget Violent Shit IV Karl vs Axe, as Karl Jr comes back from the Dead to battle a new serial killer who roams the now desolate wastelands of the future named Axe

It's true, these make little to no sense but they are lathered in blood and gore which is what the target audience was searching for. Now the folks at Synapse have unless this series to us on DVD in a big box of shit.

They even included bonus features and even a bonus movie

Bonus Feature: ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE


Shot for a reported $2,000 between the filming of VIOLENT SHIT 1 and 2, ZOMBIE ’90: EXTREME PESTILENCE follows two bumbling doctors as they investigate a zombie outbreak. After a military plane crash releases strange chemicals into the German countryside, the dead rise to attack the living! Can they be stopped? Transferred from an original PAL 1” master provided by cinematographer Steve Aquilina.


You can't pass this must buy set up. Add it to your collection today


NURSE SHERRY BLU-RAY REVIEW
Even though I am a huge film collector I must confess that Nurse Sherry escaped me all these years. Not that that's a bad thing it nearly meant I had something new to watch last night.
Nurse Sherry is the story of a nurse named Sherry who becomes possessed. See the film opens durring a cult ceremony where the head cult guy sacrifices himself. Don't worry it's part of the plan as the resident cult necromancer is there to bring him back to life to finish the ritual. Things unfortunately turn south as the Necromancer has a heart attack mid spell.

He's rushed to the hospital but the Dr's are unable to save him and he passes away. It's not all bad as he's able to come back as an angry spirit and possess one of the nurses there, Nurse Sherry. It's through her he has he go and start killing the hospital staff that let him expire. Lucky though one of that patients there realizes Sherry is possessed and uses his knowledge of evil spirits and voodo charms to save her.

This film is loaded with corny dialogue and a suprising amount of sexual screens. In fact I never realized how much sex goes on in a hospital. Is the movie good? Yes, in a good dumb fun way. It been released by our freinds at Vinegar Syndrome and they have done a great job on the transfer. They also loaded it up with special features.

• Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original negative
• Commentary track with Producer Sam Sherman
• “Nurses’ Confessions” – featurette with co-stars Jill Jacobson and Marliyn Joi
• Alternate feature length ‘exploitation’ version (dvd only)
• “Then and Now” – locations featurette
• Promotional still gallery
• Original trailers
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles





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