Jun 272015
 

Neither The Outing/The Lamp nor The Godsend are particularly well made movies but they do have a niche audience who might appreciate it. The Blu-ray released by Shout via their Scream Factory line is rather basic with basically no bonus material while the video and audio transfers are both OK and nothing extraordinary.

 

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Jun 102015
 

Both Tentacles and Reptilicus speak to a specific niche crowd, fans of the old creature-features so while I myself wasn’t overly impressed, it is nice to get both on one disc looking and sounding better than ever. Even though this release falters in the bonus feature department, it might be worth picking up for fans.

 

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Jun 082015
 

Scarecrows isn’t a great supernatural horror but it has its moments with a few impressive make-up effects and a well rounded cast of scumbags to get their comeuppance. The Blu-ray released by Scream Factory is fairly impressive with decent to fair video/audio transfers and a decent selection of bonus material.

 

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Jun 062015
 

Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland isn’t a good horror movie and honestly kind of dull, though some of the kills are at least unique (i.e. the lawnmower) but by today’s standards, and this is nothing against this film in particular, it is rather tame in all areas from sex to the violence. Even so, I guess big horror fans, and fans of the Sleepaway Camp movies specifically, might enjoy otherwise it’s a forgettable sequel.

 

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Jun 062015
 

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers is absolutely not a very good movie but in fairness, I don’t think the filmmakers or cast thought they were making high horror art. The performances are mostly throwaways though Pamela Springsteen does make for an effective psycho, I suppose. Personally I didn’t care that much for this movie, and wasn’t that fond of the first one outside of the now well-known “twist”, but horror fanatics might treasure this sequel.

 

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Apr 092015
 

Escape from New York might be far from perfect, but it’s an entertaining flick with an outstanding, and subdued, performance from Kurt Russell and a fantastic electronic score from Carpenter and Howarth. This new 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release from Shout Factory is phenomenal not only porting over the features from the previous CE release but includes a few more goodies for fans to peruse.

 

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Mar 312015
 

I don’t think anyone is under any illusion that these Ghoulies movies aren’t cheesy and all around C-movie 1980s crap, yet for it’s cheap production and questionable acting, it’s got a certain charm and both films would make for a fun Saturday night double feature with friends; watch it alone and you’ll probably feel a bit silly…

 

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Feb 172015
 

this horror-oriented version of The Phantom of the Opera isn’t great but there are some things to admire: Robert Englund does well enough as the title character and Jill Schoelen is absolutely stunning as the female lead. The Blu-ray, though, is a bit limited. There is a good commentary track and a well made retro documentary with new interviews while the audio/video are at best serviceable.

 

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Feb 082015
 

Exterminators of the Year 3000 is a cheesy, bad but ultimately harmless clone of Mad Max. The production values are cheap, the synthesized music harsh on the ears and the acting is nothing amazing either. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory is actually relatively weak, though considering the limited audiences, not altogether surprising.

 

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Dec 282014
 

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is certainly a weak sequel especially compared with the original; however, it’s still a functional entry into the series (not saying much considering the third is a wreck). The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory isn’t great but there’s a nice lengthy interview with Tony Todd and the commentary by Bill Condon is worth a listen. The audio/video transfers meanwhile are OK though nothing noteworthy.

 

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Nov 122014
 

Squirm is gleefully cheesy and although it is pretty bad, it’s one of those so bad, it’s good films which got ribbed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” although I would suggest watching this version first as the “MST3K” one edited out the gory parts. As a part of Shout’s Collector’s Edition line, it has a fair amount of features and the video/audio transfers are both well done.

 

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Nov 012014
 

Monkey Shines is certainly one of the more interesting entries into George Romero’s illustrious career and although it wasn’t my cup of tea (I guess the monkey killer subgenre doesn’t quite do it for me), yet it does have its moments and Jason Beghe gives a good performance. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has video and audio transfers that is the best it ever could be while the bonus material is actually not bad, highlighted by the retrospective documentary.

 

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Oct 202014
 

The Squad is a well made movie coming out of Colombia but it’s not without its problems nor does it take advantage of an interesting plot. Still, it might be worth a watch so long as it’s only the cost of a rental. The Blu-ray released by Shout has limited features while the video/audio transfers aren’t great but good enough.

 

 

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Sep 142014
 

The Battery actually is a well made indie horror-drama with more emphasize on drama with only a few zombies thrown in, but instead focuses on the two main characters and their day-to-day interactions. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has good video and audio transfers while the bonus material, especially the feature-length making-of, are well worth checking out.

 

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