DVD Review: See No Evil 2 (2014)

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See No Evil 2 DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

MPAA Rating: R

Directors: The Soska Sisters

Starring: Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, Chelan Simmons, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Glenn Jacobs

See No Evil 2 is a slasher release produced by WWE Studios starring professional wrestler Kane (or Glenn Jacobs to his mother) as the ‘towering-can’t-be-killed-bad-guy’ Jacob Goodnight. Let’s reflect on a couple of things before we move any further: WWE Studios and a former professional wrestler trying to create a new iconic horror slasher. This combination may raise a few eyebrows but before we dismiss this film out of hand just because of a professional wrestler’s involvement let me remind you of little John Carpenter movie called They Live starring Canadian wrestler Roddy Piper. Director Adam Green has also tried to create a new horror icon, Victor Crowley, in the Hatchet franchise but what people seem to forget is that horror icons take time to develop. Just take a look at Halloween; it came out in 1978 and Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) – Extreme Uncut Collector’s Edition

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Bloodsucking Freaks BR CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Joel M. Reed

Starring: Seamus O’Brien, Viju Krem, Niles McMaster, Dan Fauci, Alan Dellay, Louie de Jesus

There are certain films that, by their very nature, make it very hard to rate or recommend to people, even if they are such notorious titles that people should actually see before they condemn or condone them. Bloodsucking Freaks is definitely one of those films as is at once both irresistible and repulsive in its pure grindhouse sleaze.

Apparently there is a story but you really won’t care. Sardu (Seamus O’Brien) is the master in the Theatre of the Macabre, a Grand Guignol-style show where Sardu and his dwarf assistant Ralphus (Louie de Jesus) torture and kill people in front Continue reading

Digital Review: JeruZalem (2016)

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Distributor: Solo Media/Matchbox Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: The Paz Brothers

Starring: Yael Grobglas, Yen Tumarkin, Danielle Jadelyn, Tom Graziani

 

JeruZalem is an interesting and eclectic mix of religion and zombie/monster horror shot in the found footage style. This style tends to spark apathy in many viewers of the horror genre but add in that it is shot through the perspective of smart glasses and I can hear the collective eye roll of horror fans worldwide. Hold that eye roll at least for a bit because directors Doron and Yoav Paz have managed to capture something unique with this one. Of course there is some shaky camera syndrome and pacing issues, specially in the third act, but overall this is an innovative and well-crafted Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Basket Case – The Trilogy

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Basket Case - The Trilogy BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Frank Henelotter

Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Beverly Bonner, Annie Ross, Heather Rattray, Dan Biggers, Jim O’Doherty, David Emge

He may have only seven feature film directors credits but Frank Henenlotter has certainly left his mark on genre cinema over the last 35 years, mainly down to the very strange nature of his exploitation films. Although films like Brain Damage and Frankenhooker proved popular amongst fans of cult cinema it is his Basket Case films that have given Henelotter his reputation as a film maker with a unique style, and a style that isn’t always easy to get to grips with. However, once you put logic and good taste to one side there Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Re-Animator (1985)

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Re-Animator BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Stuart Gordon

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Al Berry

Along with Evil Dead II and The Return of the Living Dead, director Stuart Gordon’s 1985 debut feature film Re-Animator stands as one of the finest examples of horror comedy from a decade that became known for madcap splatter movies.

The film opens in Switzerland, where medical student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs – From Beyond) is caught with a syringe full of green liquid in his hand and leaning over the convulsing body of his mentor Dr. Gruber (Al Berry), which then seems to implode in a gooey mess as West declares “I gave him life”.

West returns to the US where he continues his studies at the Miskatonic University Continue reading