Saturday, August 20, 2016

Eli Roth Presents: CLOWN (Review)

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Director: Jon Watts

Cast: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare

Anchor Bay/Dimension Films / Region A / Rated R / 2:40:1 widescreen (1080p) / DTSHD-MA 5.1 / 99 minutes

Extras: Making of CLOWN featuring producer Eli Roth

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Ever since Eli Roth burst onto the horror scene in 2002 with his fun, gory, disease-ridden film Cabin Fever, Roth has been rather polarizing. You either love his straight forward, gory fan-boy homages or you think he needs to grow up and leave his fraternity bros behind. Either way, for the last 15 years or so, he has been all over the scene; directing, acting and producing. He even has his own show on Netflix entitled Hemlock Grove. You can't deny his panache and willingness to wear his love of horror and exploitation on his bloody sleeve. Even though his last directorial outing, The Green Inferno (review link), was pretty terrible, maybe Roth could bounce back with someone else behind the camera.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Severin Films Presents: ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST / DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D. (Review)

Director: Marino Girolamo

Cast: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Donald O'Brien, Peter O'Neal

Severin Films / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / Dolby Digital 2.0 / 82 minutes

Extras: DISC 1 DOCTOR BUTCHER MD / Featurette: Butchery & Ballyhoo: Interview with Aquarius Releasing's Terry Levine / Featurette: Down On The Deuce: Nostalgic Tour Of 42nd Street With Temple Of Shock's Chris Poggiali and Filmmaker Roy Frumps / Roy Frumkes' Segment Of Unfinished Anthology Film 'Tales That Will Tear Your Heart Out' / Featurette: The Butcher Mobile: Interview with Gore Gazette Editor & Butcher Mobile Barker Rick Sullivan / Featurette: Cutting Doctor Butcher: Interview with Editor Jim Markovic / Illustrated Essay: Experiments With A Male Caucasian Brain (...and other memories of 42nd Street) by Gary Hertz / Theatrical Trailer / Video Release Trailer 1 / Video Release Trailer 2

DISC 2 ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST / Featurette: Voodoo Man: Interview With Star Ian McCulloch / Featurette: Blood Of The Zombies: Interview With FX Master Rosario Prestopino / Featurette: Filmmaker Enzo Castellari Remembers His Father Director Marino Girolamo / Featurette: Sherry Holocaust: Interview With Actress Sherryl Buchanan / Featurette: Neurosurgery Italian Style -Interview With FX Artist Maurizio Trani / Featurette: New York Filming Locations Then Vs. Now. A look at the Big Apple locales as they are today / Audio Bonus: Ian McCulloch Sings Down By The River / International Trailer / German Trailer

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Monsters Galore! BASKET CASE 2 and 3: The Progeny (Blu-ray Review)

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Director: Frank Henenlotter

Cast: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Judy Grafe, Annie Ross, Robert Martin

Synapse Films / All Region / Rated R / 1.78:1 widescreen (1080p) / DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo / 90 minutes (both films)

Disk Extras: (Part 2) The Man In The Moon Mask - Featurette
Beyond The Wicker Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (Part 3) Theatrical trailer

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Director Frank Henenlotter is in my top five favorite horror movie directors, maybe top three. I think it's fair to say that he is in the upper echelon of horror movie filmmakers on any list. Brain Damage, Frankenhooker, the Basket Case trilogy and Bad Biology, not a stinker in the bunch. One thing I admire about an artist is their ability to do only projects that they feel are worthy and when a filmmaker like Henenlotter shoots five movies in ten years (1982-1992) then doesn't get back on the horse for sixteen years until he has renewed inspiration—with Bad Biology in 2008—, I can dig that. It also helps that he writes all of his own movies and directs them which completes the vision and there is no better example of that than the grotesque yet fun Basket Case series.
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