Aug 072014
 

Without Warning is a low-budget and sometimes laughable sci-fi/horror but seeing Jack Palance and Martin Landau was fun and it at least kept my attention until the end. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has OK audio and video transfers but the features are mostly well done, though it is a shame they couldn’t wrangle Martin Landau to do a new interview.

 

 

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Jul 222014
 

There’s no real shock here, but Deadly Eyes, based on a novel entitled “The Rats”, is a cheesy little picture but it has its fan base and honestly, even though this kind of horror isn’t my thing (I have a preference for the slasher subgenre), it’s at least quasi-entertaining. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory, via their Scream Factory line, isn’t bad offering good audio and video transfers but it is a tad disappointing in the features department.

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Jun 252014
 

The Final Terror actually isn’t a terrible movie. It’s low budget and the acting isn’t always the best, though it is fun seeing Daryl Hannah and Joe Pantoliano before they were big, and some of the shots done by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) were quite impressive. The Blu-ray released under Shout’s Scream Factory line does an OK job with the video since film prints were lost and the audio was adequate.

 

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Jun 142014
 

Lake Placid is a fun horror-comedy, with more emphasis on humor, that might not be the best written flick but it’s a breezy enough 82-minutes of sarcastic one-liners and characters, albeit mostly on-dimensional, that you actually enjoy watching, especially a fouled-mouthed Betty White in a small yet pivotal role.

 

 

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Jun 022014
 

The Monkey’s Paw is a silly supernatural horror film that might take itself a bit too seriously for its own good yet it’s a watchable flick primarily for Stephen Lang’s performance. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory offers up good video and audio transfers while the bonus features are limited but decent enough highlighted by the commentary.

 

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May 282014
 

Sleepaway Camp might not be my favorite slasher, and generally I’m not a big fan of the genre anyway, but it’s got its moments even outside of the classic and shocking climax. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory is mostly quality work from the upgraded audio and video transfers to a new commentary track and lengthy retrospective featurette specifically made for this release. If you’re a fan of the movie, you can now have it, in its unrated cut, in high-definition.

 

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Mar 162014
 

The Slumber Party Massacre is yet another fine release from the folks at Shout Factory who have been at the helm with providing home viewers with some of the more obscure titles. The Blu-ray offered here has good video/audio transfers and there’s a fair amount of features.

 

 

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Feb 012014
 

Darkman is a cheesy but really fun throwback to the B-movie horror days of Hollywood. Liam Neeson is wonderful and turns in a great performance considering the amount of make-up he had to work under while Sam Raimi, far from perfect direction, shows what would come with his Spider-Man franchise. Although not a great movie, it’s still well worth watching.

 

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Nov 182013
 

Assault on Precinct 13 is an intense suspense-thriller by John Carpenter well worth checking out if you have not already (especially so before viewing the 2005 remake which itself wasn’t bad). This new Blu-ray released by Shout Factory I suspect has the same audio/video transfers from the Image Entertainment release and the features, with two new interviews, is quite good and informative.

 

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Nov 152013
 

Night of the Comet is a clever and fun twist on the zombie sub-genre and one hell of a ride featuring two great performances from Kelli Maroney and, especially, Catherine Mary Stewart. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has a fair array of bonus features and the audio/video transfers are both well done.

 

 

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