Blu-ray Review: The Guyver (1991)

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The Guyver BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Screaming Mad George & Steve Wang

Starring: Mark Hamill, Michael Berryman, Greg Joung Paik, Jimmie Walker, Peter Spellos, David Gale, Spice Williams, Jack Armstrong, Vivian Wu, Linnea Quigley, Jeffrey Combs

Based on the Manga series of the same name, 1991’s The Guyver is a bizarre movie about a young man named Sean Barker (Jack Armstrong – Student Bodies) who discovers ‘The Unit’, an alien artefact that morphs the body of whoever wears it with alien DNA to make them into a half-breed super soldier. The Unit was stolen from the sinister Chronos Corporation by their employee Dr. Tetsu Segawa (Greg Joung Paik – Crash) so Chronos’ president Fulton Balcus (David Gale – Re-Animator) sent Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

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bride of re-animator2Distributor: Arrow Video

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Director: Brian Yuzna

Starring: Jeffrey Coombs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, David Gale, Mel Stewart

Four years after the Miskatonic Massacre that saw the re-animated corpses from the hospital morgue go on a murderous rampage, Dr. Herbert West is back and more obsessive than ever. Arrow Video has been happy to help Dr. West with that obsession in the form of a newly packaged release with some great extras packed in for good measure.

It’s been a long time since I read the original source material, Herbert West – Reanimator, written by the master of weird tales, H. P. Lovecraft, so I took the time to re-read the short story. Lovecraft is great to read although he wrote 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

DVD Review: Cellar Dweller (1988)

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Cellar Dweller DVD CoverDistributor: 101 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: John Carl Buechler

Starring: Yvonne De Carlo, Debrah Mullowney, Brian Robbins, Jeffrey Combs, Vince Edwards, Pamela Bellwood

Directed by special effects master John Carl Buechler (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) and written by Don Mancini (Child’s Play), Cellar Dweller is one of those low-budget, straight-to-video creature features that emerged on VHS rental shelves at the end of the 1980s. The film begins with comic book artist Colin Childress (Jeffrey Combs – Re-Animator) in his basement drawing the latest edition of the Cellar Dweller horror comic, but the creature that Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: From Beyond (1986)

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From Beyond BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Stuart Gordon

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ted Sorel, Bunny Summers

Often overlooked when the subject of 1980s horror films comes up, From Beyond is director Stuart Gordon’s follow-up to Re-Animator and sees the filmmaker again drawing inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft, as well as reuniting many of the cast and crew from that film.

Whilst working on a contraption called The Resonator, a machine that allows its user to see into other dimensions by stimulating the brain’s pineal gland, Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs – Re-Animator/Castle Freak) manages to get it to work and begins to see Continue reading