Sunday, May 31, 2015

Infidus: Necrostorm Brings the Gory Goods

Director: Giulio De Santi

Cast: Mino Bonini, Massimo Caratelli, Stefania Bonini, Domenico Vagnati, Andrea Di Spirito

Necrostorm / PAL All Region / Unrated / 16x9 widescreen / Dolby Digital Italian / English, German, Japanese subtitles / 85 minutes

Extras: Soundtrack / Digital FX Tutorial / Snuff Footage / Bloopers / Trailers



Massimo is haunted by terrible nightmares and memories of his murdered wife at the hands of snuff film makers. For months he has been slyly corresponding with the jaded rich psychopath who bankrolled the movie in hopes that they would meet and he could exact his bloody revenge. Barraba is an ex-con getting released from prison with hopes of starting his life over with his brother. But he soon finds that his sibling is a snuff movie kingpin and this drives the giant, angry murderer over the edge and Barraba begins an ultra violent rampage through the dirty streets outside of Rome, Italy. The two men don't know it, but their lives are and will be entwined more than they will ever know.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Jean Rollin's THE ESCAPEES is no erotic vampire story

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Director: Jean Rollin

Cast: Laurence Dubas, Christiane Coppé, Marianne Valiot, Brigitte Lahaie, Louise Dhour

Redemption Films / Region A / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen (1080p) / French language with optional English subtitles / 104 minutes

EXTRAS: "One Day In Paris: An Interview with Jean Rollin"


In 1968 then unknown French short-film maker Jean Rollin took his short Le viol du vampire aka Rape of the Vampire and added a second part to the end to make it a feature film's length. The very controversial themes of the movie stirred up outrage and with the widespread civil unrest in France at the time, Rape of the Vampire was not very popular in theaters. This wouldn't stop Rollin from realizing his artistic, erotic vision as he would go on to make more vampire movies, each varying in quality and explicitness, and even filling time in-between "legit" filmmaking with writing, directing and even acting in adult films under pseudonyms like "Michel Gentil" and "Robert Xavier".

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lucifer forgot to show up for SATAN'S BLADE

Director: L. Scott Castillo Jr.

Cast: Tom Bongiorno, Thomas Cue, Stephanie Leigh Steel, Ski Mark Ford, Romona Andrada, Diane Taylor

Slasher/Olive Films / Region A / Unrated / 1.35:1 Full screen / 82 minutes

Extras: Director's commentary / Director's interview / Photo gallery / Scrapbook / Dutch and Japanese video scenes / Trailers


It's been long understood that sometimes a movie's (especially horror and exploitation) promotion, trailer, poster, Beta Max/VHS/Laser Disk/DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray cover and/or reputation can be much better than the movie itself. Such is the case with first-and-only time producer/writer/director L. Scott Castillo Jr. and his bizarrely bad slasher flick Satan's Blade. A while ago Slasher Video (who is known for putting out some great, entertaining "bad" movies) announced their acquisition of Castillo's film and posted the cover art which is fucking amazing (see the Blu-ray cover). Of course this got the fanboys and girls salivating, some of whom knew and loved the movie, some (like me) who were going off of the cover, trailer and synopsis.
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