Monday, May 26, 2014

You'll sweat blood at the DEATH SPA!

aka Witch Bitch

Director: Michael Fischa

Cast: William Bumiller, Brenda Bakke, Merritt Buttrick, Shari Shattuck, Alexa Hamilton

Gorgon Video / Region A-1 / Unrated / 1.78:1 Widescreen / English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo / 87 minutes

Extras: New 2k High Definition Transfer From The Original Uncut And Uncensored Camera Negative / Commentary With Director Michael Fischa, Producer Jamie Beardsley, And Editor Michael Kewley / An Exercise In Terror: The Making Of Death Spa / Theatrical Trailer / Video Trailer


(NOTE: The internet seems to think that Death Spa is from 1989 even though the Blu-ray cover says 1987. For internet search purposes, we will go with 1989 for the title of this article.)

Are you ready for a deep, poetic, atmospheric horror movie that will give you nightmares for days? Well sorry, all I have is Death Spa, a 1980s time capsule of epic proportions. Director Michael Fischa is known for such classics as the PG-13 comedy My Mom's a Werewolf, neo-blaxploitation flick Crackhouse (starring Richard Roundtree and Jim Brown) and the not-at-all-sterotypically-named Rice Girl. What I'm saying is, Fischa is known for making some pretty "out there" stuff and the incredibly cheesy and satisfyingly bad Death Spa is no exception. A health spa (which had a heyday in the '80s) that's possessed by an angry ex-wife's spirit? There is no way this can't be fun.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sultry Ingrid Pitt is Countess Dracula

Director: Peter Sasdy

Cast: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Eles, Maurice Denham, Lesley-Anne Down, Patience Collier

Synapse Films / Regions A-1 / Rated PG / 1.66:1 Widescreen / DTS-HD MA English 2.0 Mono / 93 minutes

EXTRAS: Audio Commentary With Actress Ingrid Pitt, Director Peter Sasdy, Screenwriter Jeremy Paul And Author Jonathan Sothcott / Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life Of Ingrid Pitt (Featurette) / Audio Interview With Ingrid Pitt / Stills Gallery / Reversible Cover Artwork / Theatrical Trailer


Hammer Films was founded in 1934 but it wasn't until 1955, with their release of The Quatermass Xperiment, that they got into the horror genre. With a string of very successful classic monster movies like Dracula, The Revenge of Frankenstein and The Abominable Snowman their brand of gothic creature features would solidify them as the "Hammer House of Horror". In the early 1970s Hammer had to change their formula to become more graphic, both violently and sexually, due to competition from the U.S. and the rest of Europe. Enter the luscious Ingrid Pitt who would play a sultry vampress in The Vampire Lovers in 1970 and one year later in Countess Dracula. The Vampire Lovers recently got the Blu-ray treatment from Scream Factory, now it's the Countess's turn but from Synapse Films.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jungle Blue: Tarzan and the Man in an Ape Suit

Jungle Blue DVDDirector: Carlos Tobalina

Cast: Bill Cable, Nina Fause, Kathie Kori

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Rated XXX / 1.78:1 widescreen / Mono / 79 minutes

Extras: Original trailer


What do you get when mix "junglesploitation" (ala the Italian cannibal cycle, etc.) and lots of hardcore sex? Well, veteran adult filmmaker Carlos Tobalina's "Tarzan" rip-off Jungle Blue of course! The plot revolves around a small group of Americans heading off into the Amazonian jungle to take advantage of the local primitive tribes (sound familiar?). They trick local "ape-man" Evor into leading them to the tribe under the pretense that they are scientists. Once there, they plan to kill everyone including their clueless friend Jane (natch!) and steal the tribe's precious jewels. Their nefarious plan succeeds until they find out that Evor isn't so easy to kill, even after they shoot him like 7 times! A chase ensues and in the end, someone gets clipped with blowguns!
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