DVD Review: Piranhaconda (2012)


Piranhaconda DVD CoverDistributor: Chelsea Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jim Wynorski

Starring: Michael Madsen, Rachel Hunter, Rib Hillis, Terri Ivens, Chris De Christopher, Shandi Finnessey, Michael Swan

If the title alone doesn’t give you a clue as to what this is all about then add the words ‘Roger Corman’ and ‘SyFy’ into the mix and you’ll pretty much know exactly what you’re going to get. Whether or not that is a good thing depends on your taste and tolerance levels but as with all of these mutated monster films, they’re nothing if not amusing, although not always in the right way.

Scientist Professor Lovegrove (Michael Madsen – Reservoir Dogs) discovers a nest of giant eggs whilst trekking through Hawaii. Coming to the conclusion that these are the Continue reading


Blu-ray Review: Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales (2014)


Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Roger Corman

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Hazel Court, Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff, Barbara Steel, Elizabeth Shepherd, Mark Damon, John Kerr, Myrna Fahey, Lon Chaney, Jr.

Anybody who has paid attention to Arrow Video’s release schedule over the past year or so would have noticed a few classic Vincent Price movies getting released on Blu-ray in some rather lavish packages, and although their versions of The Fall of the House of Usher and The Pit & The Pendulum are quite spectacular to have on your shelf in their own right, when boxed together with four other films from the Price/Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe adaptations of the early 1960s they have a bit more added clout when it comes to collectable appeal.

Looking at the films in the order they were originally released, 1960’s The Fall of Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Pit Stop (1969)


Pit Stop BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Jack Hill

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, George Washburn

There’s nothing gets the adrenaline going than a bit of competitive car racing, and in director Jack Hill’s 1969 action racer Pit Stop the stakes are high as the track is the deadly Figure Eight. Street punk Rick Bowman (Richard Davalos – Cool Hand Luke) is arrested after a street race goes wrong and is bailed out by a race promoter looking for a new driver. Rick is persuaded to race on the Figure Eight against the best drivers around, including the cocky current champion Hawk Sidney (Sid Haig – The Devil’s Rejects), who doesn’t take kindly to the ruthless young newcomer.

Also featuring Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Pit Stop is 90 Continue reading