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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Jan 282015
 

New Year’s Evil is a ho-hum horror movie with little horror and the kills pretty standard. Save for the finale, this is a bore of a film that might have a minor following but for myself, little about this was enjoyable outside of Kip Niven’s creepy but fun performance. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has good video/audio transfers while the bonus material is somewhat thin.

 

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Jan 182015
 

Henry V is yet another fine Kenneth Branagh Shakespearian drama with great performances all around including future Dame Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi and Emma Thompson while Christian Bale makes an appearance in one of his early roles. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory has good audio, merely acceptable video but sadly no features.

 

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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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Aug 272014
 

Pumpkinhead might not be most well made horror movie coming out of the ‘80s but it has gathered somewhat of a cult following and there are some things to be admired from the late and great creature creator Stan Winston marking his directorial debut, one of only two feature films. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory, under their Scream Factory line, offers adequate to good audio and video transfers but the highlight is a fine selection of bonus material.

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Aug 262014
 

Kind of forgotten in the wake of James Cameron’s The Abyss, Leviathan is an OK if not uneven sci-fi adventure. The cast is good and some of the creature effects aren’t bad either, but at the same time it comes across as a rip-off of Alien sans suspense and compelling storytelling.

 

 

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Aug 242014
 

The Legend of Hell House is an effective British supernatural-horror-thriller with fine performances all around but with special notice on Roddy McDowell and Pamela Franklin. As far as the Blu-ray is concerned, it’s not Shout’s strongest release, but the audio/video transfers are both good and the bonus material, especially the interview with Hough, is worth watching.

 

 

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Aug 192014
 

Motel Hell is another quirky release in the Scream Factory line and it has its moments headlined by a good performance from Farmer Vincent himself, Rory Calhoun. The Blu-ray released isn’t the best where the video and audio transfers but that is made up in the bonus features department.

 

 

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Aug 142014
 

of the Paradise is a well made and quirky adaptation of the classic opera. The performances, both sung and acting, were good headlined by William Finley and Jessica Harper. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory and offers up great high-definition audio and videos transfers while the features are packed and spread across two discs.

 

 

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