Voyage To Agatis (2010, DVD Review)

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aka Reise nach Agatis

Director: Marian Dora

Cast: Thomas Goersch, Tatjana Müller, J. Lisa Dombrowsky

Massacre Video / Region 1 / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / Mono / 73 minutes

Extras: Rare On-Camera Interview with Director Marian Dora and Thomas Goersch / Four Short Films By Marian Dora / Stills Gallery / Reversible Cover / Trailers For Upcoming Massacre Video Releases / Theatrical Trailer

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Filmmaker Marian Dora is best known for the intensely gory and homoerotic film Cannibal, based on the German case of Armin Meiwes who met a man on the internet who wanted to let Meiwes fulfill his cannibalistic fantasies by sacrificing himself to him. A few years after Cannibal, Dora was approached to make a movie on a yacht. Now they had a location, but instead of having a story and complex plot, they would have a vague situation and build a movie on what would happen on this boat if this situation occurred. If you know anything about Dora’s other movies, including Cannibal and Melancholie der Engel, you know that he just loves symbolism and with Voyage to Agatis, you get that in spades. Continue reading

Wolf Creek 2 (2013, Movie Review)

Wolf Creek 2Director: Greg McLean

Cast: Gerard Kennedy, John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Philippe Klaus

Now available on VOD, in theaters and on iTunes May 16th and Blu-ray/DVD June 24th from Image Entertainment

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I recently posted a review for Ozploitation Trailer Explosion on this website, and I had trouble really defining Australian exploitation cinema. After viewing Wolf Creek 2, I got a better handle on the issue.

If I were to place a label on Australia cinema, I’d use the word lawlessness. Characters and villains are allowed to do as they wish in these movies without moral repercussions or the threat of authority intervention. “We do what we do, and we like what we do, and if you don’t like it, take a hike, ya pommy.” And if you want to experience yet another wonderful example of Australian cinema at its most depraved and unhinged, Wolf Creek 2 is that movie. This sequel DOES NOT disappoint. Continue reading

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