Saturday, July 12, 2014

Is THE FINAL TERROR the final word on slasher flicks?

Review by: Alan Spencer

Director: Andrew Davis

Cast: Adrian Zmed, Daryl Hannah, Joe Pantoliano, Rachel Ward, Mark Metcalf, Lewis Smith

Scream! Factory / Rated R / Region A / 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) / DTS-HD Master Audio Mono / 82 minutes

Extras: Interviews with Actors Adrian Zmed and Lewis Smith, Post Production Supervisor Allan Holzman and Composer Susan Justin / Audio Commentary with Director Andrew Davis / Theatrical Trailer


To slash, or not to slash? That is my question. How many good slashers have you seen that don't really feature a lot of gore and dismemberment? Halloween comes to mind first, then off the top of my head: April Fool's Day, Final Exam, Black Christmas, Hell High, and Night Screams. With little red going on, I still found these slashers to be worth my time even if they're not perfect. That's about how I feel when I experienced The Final Terror.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bloody Moon: Uncle Jess Does a Sleazy Giallo

Director: Jess Franco

Cast: Olivia Pascal, Christopher Brugger, Alexander Waechter

Severin Films / Color / Unrated / NTSC R0 / Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) / DTS-HD Mono / English Dubbed / 81 mins

EXTRAS: Franco Moon- Interview with Director Jess Franco / Theatrical Trailer


Manuela and disfigured Miguel are an incestuous brother and sister who go to live with their Aunt Maria who owns and operates Europe's International Youth-Club Boarding School of Languages (or the "EIYCBSoL" as we lazy Americans like to call it) after Miguel is released from the asylum after 5 years for sexually assaulting and murdering a young girl. Luckily for him, the school is nothing but nubile, young hotties! Auntie Maria doesn't like Manuela very much and tells her that even when she dies, Manuela will never inherit her estate and Miguel will be the sole heir. One of the students, Angela (Pascal), begins to suspect that something is amiss when her friend disappears. Everyone thinks she is just overreacting because they think the girl is out doing the campus gardener stud. It doesn't take long before others start to disappear and begin to turn up brutally murdered. But everyone other than Angela is oblivious until they are the one on the wrong end of the blade. Is psycho-freak Miguel to blame? What about that lurid landscaper? The hunky teacher? Hell, maybe Manuela has it in her to kill off the student body for her own gain.

Don't throw a tantrum, The Baby is on Blu-ray

Director: Ted Post

Cast: Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianne Hill, Suzanne Zenor, David Manzy

Severin Films / Region A / Rated PG / 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / DTS-HD Mono / 84 minutes Extras: "Tales from the Crib": Audio interview with director Ted Post / "Baby Talk": Audio interview with David Manzy / Theatrical trailer


Anne, a curious social worker, volunteers to take on a very strange and interesting case involving a full grown man who lives as an infant/toddler. Arriving at Baby's (the man-child's actual name) home, she is greeted my his mother Mrs. Wadsworth and her two grown daughters, Germaine (the eldest) and Alba (the hottest). Anne finds the whole family to be eccentric and fascinating and after meeting Baby himself, she takes an extra interest. She begins to let her case-load fall by the wayside as all of her time is taken by visiting and prying into the Wadsworth affairs, all the while her husband is recovering from a serious accident. Of course all of this special attention doesn't sit well with Mother Wadsworth and her daughters, so after an unsuccessful try at scaring Anne off they devise a sinister plan to keep her away for good. In the end, family secrets are revealed and no one is safe from The Baby!
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