Lust of the Dead (2011, DVD Review)

Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead DVDaka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead
aka Reipu zonbi: Lust of the dead

Director Naoyki Tomomatsu

Cast: Rina Aikawa, Yui Aikawa, Kazuyoshi Akishima, Norman England, Hiroshi Fujita

Tokyo Shock / Rated R / Region 1 / 1.77:1(Widescreen) / Japanese 2.0 Audio / Englus80 minutes

Disc Extras: None



Horror has a rich and seedy history when it comes to horror/porn mash-ups. I’m most familiar with the Italian side of the coin; movies like Malabimba: The Malicious Whore, Erotic Nights of the Living Dead, and Porno Holocaust. The trouble with these films is that the people who cheer for porn don’t get exactly what they expected, and the gore hounds feel bamboozled as well. It’s a tall order to release such a movie that pleases all audiences. Then again, this backroom genre has a very unique and limited audience. If you like it, you’re not going to publically announce it. Well, fuck shame! Lust of the Dead (aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead) is a mega-ton of tasteless debauchery fun. Continue reading

Underground German classic NEKROMANTIK Blu-ray details

Nekromantik Blu-rayIn 1987 German filmmaker Jorg Buttgereit shocked the horror underground with his 8mm love story to the dead, Nekromatik. It was banned in its home country and heavily censored in Japan but got some love here in The States on a long out of print Barrel Entertainment DVD that now goes for a pretty penny. Now, thanks to exceptional home video label Cult Epics, we will not have to pay those prices any longer. On October 7th, they will be releasing Nekromantik on high-definition Blu-ray with over 4 hours of extra features and two new HD transfers; the transfer approved by original Buttereit himself, taken from the original Super 8mm negative and a “grindhouse” version procured from the blown-up 35mm theatrical print.

The first 2000 copies of Nekromantik will include original collectible artwork by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia photo of Beatrice M.

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Edition details

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

It’s been imitated and remade, but never equaled. Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre rose from a notorious 1974 sleeper sensation to rank as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Now, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is presenting the digitally re-mastered masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in a stunning Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Collector’s Edition box set. Continue reading

Curtains (1983, Blu-ray Review)

Curtains Blu-rayDirector: Richard Ciupka (as Jonathan Stryker)

Cast: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson

Synapse Films / Region A / Rated R / 1.78:1 Widescreen / 5.1 and 2.0 audio / 90 minutes

Extras: THE ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE: THE MAKING OF “CURTAINS” – An All-New retrospective featuring interviews with Director Richard Ciupka, Stars Lesleh Donaldson & Lynne Griffin, Editor Michael MacLaverty, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Greg Cannom, and Composer Paul Zaza / CIUPKA: A FILM-MAKER IN TRANSITION – Vintage documentary short featuring rare, behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “CURTAINS” (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Audio Commentary with Stars Lesleh Donaldson & Lynne Griffin / Audio Interview with Producer Peter R. Simpson / Audio Interview with Star Samantha Eggar / Theatrical Trailer

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Promo shots from American Guinea Pig : Bouquet of Guts and Gore

American Guinea Pig logo

Unless you a completely clueless hardcore horror fan, you at LEAST know the name of the infamous Japanese “Guinea Pig” series from the mid-to-late ’80s; The Devil’s Experiment, Flower of Flesh & Blood, He Never Dies, Mermaid in a Manhole, Android of Notre Dame, Devil Woman Doctor, Slaughter Special. The series varies in quality and shock value, but together they are arguably one of the most notorious series’ of all-time. Now, Unearthed Films main man and director Stephen Biro is continuing the sickness with a brand new installment of sorts, but this time with an American touch, entitled American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore. And by this press release, they are going for the “real” or “found footage” approach that some of the other “Guinea Pig” films had. Continue reading