Blu-ray Review: Spider Baby (1967)

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Spider Baby BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Jack Hill

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, Mary Mitchel

In the world of cinema there are cult films and there are Cult Films, and director Jack (Foxy Brown/Pit Stop) Hill’s debut feature film Spider Baby definitely falls into the latter category. Originally filmed in 1964, released in 1967 after legal issues and considered something of an enigma ever since, Spider Baby Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Foxy Brown (1974)

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Foxy Brown BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Jack Hill

Starring: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Sid Haig, Terry Carter, Fred Lerner, Juanita Brown

You’ve gota love the 1970s; you look at films that get released today by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Rob Zombie, etc. and the influence of that decade is undeniably the driving force of most of their output, and it’s films like Jack Hill’s 1974 feature Foxy Brown that have become almost semi-legendary thanks to the appraisal of said directors.

Seeking revenge for the murder of her government agent boyfriend Michael (Terry Carter – Battlestar Galactica), Foxy Brown (Pam Grier – Jackie Brown/Coffy) joins the modelling (i.e. escort) agency run as a front by Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Pit Stop (1969)

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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

DVD Review: The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

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The Devil's Rejects DVD CoverDistributor: Momentum Pictures

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Rob Zombie

Starring: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Ken Foree, William Forsythe, Michael Berryman, Danny Trejo, Geoffrey Lewis, Leslie Easterbrook, Lew Temple, P.J. Soles, Brian Posehn, Steve Railsback

Ploughing a different furrow from his 2003 cult hit House of 1000 Corpses – a movie that was basically The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with added weirdness – director Rob Zombie has revised his characters and held back on the spooky undertones for the more depraved sequel.

Set a few months after the events of …Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects begins with the local police force surrounding the home of the very dysfunctional Firefly ‘family’. Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Otis (Bill Moseley) escape, Continue reading

DVD Review: Hatchet III (2013)

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Hatchet III DVD CoverDistributor: Metrodome Distribution

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: BJ McDonnell

Starring: Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Derek Mears, Parry Shen

Saw may have been the most profitable horror franchise of the 21st century and Hostel probably the most notorious, at least amongst mainstream audiences, but neither of those film series’ has had as much good will aimed towards it as the Hatchet films. This is most likely because Hatchet creator Adam Green gets it; Green has obviously watched and studied every Friday the 13th and Halloween film, as well as probably every other slasher film to have come out of the ’70s and ’80s, and he knows exactly how to make his films work with the right Continue reading