Graphic Thrills: American XXX Movie Posters, 1970 to 1985 (Book Review)

Graphic Thrills: American XXX Movie Posters

Author: Robin Bougie
Publisher: FAB Press
Size: 275 mm x 245 mm

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When I would go to my local video store in the ’80s and early ’90s one of the things that would make me pick up an unknown movie was the cover art. The more striking, vulgar, violent or sexy the art was, the more likely I was to rent the hell out of that tape. It is a fantastic selling tool for companies to entice the consumer with groovy eye candy. A lot of times the covers were taken from the original poster or “one sheet” that would hang outside of the theater where the film was playing. Continue reading

Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012, DVD Review)

Wrong Turn 5: BloodlinesDirector: Declan O’Brien

Cast: Camilla Arfwedson, Roxanne McKee, Doug Bradley, Paul Luebke, Radoslav Parvanov

20th Century Fox / Not Rated / 1.85:1 Widescreen / English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 91 minutes

Disc Extras: A Day in the Death  /Hillbilly Kills / Director’s Die-aries / Audio Commentary by Declan O’Brien

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After four movies, there’s still a group of idiot friends who’ve made a wrong turn somewhere and end up on a cannibal’s murder menu. It’s hard to imagine anybody doing anything worthwhile for the fifth entry of the Wrong Turn franchise. The first film was just okay, and the sequel with Henry Rollins was laughably entertaining, but 3 and 4 were pretty much shit. Yet here I am writing a review, and I have to admit something. I honestly enjoyed Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines. Continue reading

Frightmare (1974, Blu-ray Review)

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Director: Pete Walker

Cast: Sheila Keith, Rupert Davies, Deborah Fairfax, Leo Genn, Kim Butcher

Redemption Films / Region A / Rated R / 1.66:1 widescreen / Mono / 86 minutes

Extras: “For The Sake Of Cannibalism,” An Interview With Pete Walker, By Elijah Drenner / Audio Commentary By Director Pete Walker And DP Peter Jessop, Conducted By Steve Chibnall, Author Of “Making Mischief: The Cult Films Of Pete Walker” / “Sheila Keith: A Nice Old Lady?” A Profile Of The Late Actress, Featuring Interviews With Her Former Collaborators / Original Theatrical Trailer

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In her only film role, British TV actress Deborah Fairfax plays Jackie, the older sister in a fucked up family. Her mother murdered and cannibalized people 15 years ago and was institutionalized along with her complicit father and her younger sister Debbie is a hellion who runs with some nasty bikers. Now the parents have been released and are living on a farm where mom has started dabbling in doing tarot readings again, which is how she would lure her victims before. Continue reading

Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014, DVD Review)

ozsploitationtrailerexplosionDVDIntervision / Not Rated / Region 0 / Anamorphic Widescreen / Dolby Digital / 165 minutes

Disc Extras: None

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What’s more thrilling than a compilation of dirty and seedy trailers of cult films? How about a collection straight from down under? Australian films are hard to peg down. They’re so out there, off the wall, in your face, bawdy, nasty, and so very cool. For those of you have seen the documentary Not Quite Hollywood, you’d know exactly what I’m talking about. For those of you who haven’t, I think experiencing this trailer collection would give you a great showcase of the Ozploitation genre. This is a must add to your collection. Continue reading