Demon Queen (1986, DVD Review)

Demon Queen DVDDirector: Donald Farmer

Cast: Mary Fanard, Dennis Stewart, Cliff Dance, David Blood

Massacre Video / Unrated / All Regions / 1.33:1 Full Screen / English Stereo / 54 minutes

Disc Extras: Interview with Director Donald Framer / Stills Gallery / Reversible Cover / Liner Notes / Trailers

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It’s hard to say why I became a fan of shot-on-video horror from the 1980s. The stinking sewer of a sub-genre can be hard to watch. Seriously. Nobody can act. The special effects are terrible. The video quality is on par with a family movie or a second generation amateur porno rental. Editing, direction, and storylines are non-existent. With that said, I feel like today’s fans are the benefactors of serious cherry picking. Old school fans turned movie distributors have resurrected the crème de la crème and lovingly put these obscure titles on DVD. After watching some of the best examples of ’80s SOV horror like Sledgehammer, Video Violence 1 and 2, Nail Gun Massacre, Wood Chipper Massacre, and The Nosepicker (aka The Changer), I realized some of these cult movies had a little more going on than their merit-deficient counterparts.

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Skumbagz (2015, Movie Review)

Skumbagz coverDirector: John Miller

Cast: Joe Makowski, Krystal Pixie Adams, John Miller, Jules Sceiro, Bob Glazier, David Jackson, Ricky Thompson, George Tgzeey Streets, Niecy Nice, Herb Kowalski

The Sleaze Box / Icon Film Studios

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Until a few years ago, there really wasn’t a local horror scene in Central Florida. There still isn’t here in Orlando but about an hour and a half away, over in the Tampa/St.Petersburg/Clearwater area, shit is poppin’ off. There are now at least three indie horror production companies in the Bay Area; Cult Movie Mania, Unearthed Films and now The Sleaze Box. The Sleaze Box started a couple of years ago as a Youtube show dedicated to talking about exploitation film and it wasn’t long before founders John Miller and Chris Woods were making movie shorts to add content to their channel. Continue reading

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Judy (2014, DVD Review)

Judy DVDDirector: Emanuele De Santi

Cast: Orietta Babusci, Jade Matthew, Carol Bolt, Ashleigh Whitfield

Necrostorm / PAL All Region / Unrated / 16×9 widescreen / Dolby Digital English / English and Italian subtitles / 75 minutes

Extras: Director’s commentary / Soundtrack / Trailer

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Necrostorm Productions is an Italian company specializing in blood and gore. They produce movies, video games and cartoons with a dark, bizarre and splatter-filled bent. They are a self-contained production entity that not only makes the goodies, but also promotes and distributes their merchandise. Because of this self-reliance, they are able to bypass complications like censorship in order to bring you some genuinely fun, over-the-top Italian splatter movies and media content. They are best known for unleashing their first film Emanuele De Santi’s Adam Chaplin a few years ago to a flabbergasted fan base. Adam Chaplin set the tone for what was to come; Taeter City, Hotel Inferno (both written and directed by Necrostorm founder Giulio De Santi) and now another by Emanuele De Santi, Judy. Continue reading

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Slaughter Hotel (1971, Blu-ray Review)

Slaughter Hotel Blu-rayDirector: Fernando Di Leo

Cast: Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee, Rosalba Neri, Jane Garret

Raro Video / All Region / Unrated / 2.35:1 widescreen / English and Italian DTS-HD 2.0 / English subtitles / 94 minutes

Extras: Lady Frankenstein’s Memoirs (Rosalba Neri interview) / Asylum of Fear (documentary) / Deleted scenes / Booklet / Trailer

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Filmmaker Fernando Di Leo is best known for his violent, action-packed Italian crime thrillers like Caliber 9, Rulers of the City and Shoot First, Die Later from the mid-to-late seventies. But before that, he did a few dramas and in 1971, he tried his take on the slasher genre, La bestia uccide a sangue freddo, literally translated, Slaughter Hotel. I suppose one could argue that Asylum Erotica (as it is maybe more appropriately called) also could be considered his vision of a giallo. While not sharing the same hyper-stylized look and often lurid color palette of a lot of gialli, it does employ lots of nudity, an unknown masked, black-gloved killer and a few red herrings to pick from. Continue reading

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Jorg Buttgereit’s NEKRomantik 2 coming to Blu-ray

Nekromantik 2 Blu-rayYou read the article title correctly, German underground filmmaker Jorg Buttergeit’s follow-up to the classic NEKRomantik is coming to high-definition Blu-ray courtesy of the good people at Cult Epics February 10, 2015! Cult Epics has already proven that they can deliver the HD goods on these sleazy no-budget films when they released the original NEKRomantik on Blu-ray in October of this year. Now they are ready to unleash The Return of the Loving Dead uncut and uncensored with a new transfer taken from the original 16mm negative, complete with extras like the movie soundtrack, a “making of” featurette and a new short film and music video directed by Jorg Buttergeit!

The first 5000 copies of the Blu-ray will include original collectible new artwork of NEKRomantik 2 by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia gore photos of star Monika M. So pre-order your copy HERE to be sure you get all of the awesome goodies! There will also be DVDs available for those so inclined and the first 2000 of those will include the limited edition treats. Check out the technical info below… Continue reading

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