Scream Factory has done it once again and has brought another lost horror gem to blu-ray. Crawlspace is actually a film that I have heard of before, but I never seemed to be able to get ahold of it. Even the movie rental store I used to go as a kid never even had it from what I remember. Nonetheless I am finally glad to of been able to watch it at long last and on blu-ray. Please come with me as I delve into my autopsy of this labyrinth of horrors known as Crawlspace!
Junkie is one of those types of films that comes along ever so often and slaps you in the face with a very bizarre experience. Now I have seen other films that take this sort of path, one that comes to mind is a film called "Sublime (2007). I must say though that Junkie is way more bizarre and out there. At first it seems like if you took the odd couple and made the two main characters junkies. Trust me when I say things go crazy quite quickly and they never really give up until the finale. One moment you can have what seems to be a very deep moments between the two and then you get snapped right back into their bizarro world.
A couple years ago I found out about the film I have for review here, at that time there seemed to be alot of hype about the film and that caught my interest. It seemed to of been shelved here in the United States, but did get a Region 2 release. At the time of the Region 2 release I had no way to play the DVD so I just passed it up and waited until now to finally be able to see it on it's US home video debut. The only question left is does it live up to the hype that has surrounded it and was it worth the wait or is it just another over-hyped film that got shelved because it was bad? Let the autopsy begin!
Most of modern horror, I can’t stand. The monsters, the psychos, the Nine Inch Nails. Directed by either rock stars or first-time directors, it feels like a carnival and the trick never touches deeper than the blood. With digital, modern effects, and the world we live, a large sum rubs like Syfy or snuff. Buckets of blood, an arm here, a leg there, one wonders. Is it story or sensation that drives us? And are we any more than pervs?
When I was young, every afternoon I ran. Off the bus, 4 o’clock, home felt around the corner. Rushing in, I flipped the switch. The bluest of skies, dark clouds, blaring light, what a show. The opening is so clear. White titles, a bittersweet tune, a shadow fills the screen. The notes swell and then we see him. Leather jacket, a bushel of hair, anything is possible. Hitchhiking, a station wagon, the open road, the horizon calls. Nothing lasts. Place to place, week to week, there’s always a need. The Odd Couple, god’s plan, this is television.
As any horror fan should already know there has been tons of found footage films just flooding the market over the past few years. At first I was open to them, then I just became bored with them. The film I have for review here today kind of does that sub-genre but in a very different way. If you take the concept of an anthology and mix the aspect of finding a mysterious tape and making that tape the focus of the film then you have what this film does. Really it's hard to describe, because it does something very different that what I have seen before. I will say that initially going into "All Hallows' Eve" I actually was thinking it was going to be just about a demonic killer clown, but I was very pleased by what I actually got. Let this autopsy begin!
If you tend to follow the reviews I do then you know I am not a big fan of haunting or supernatural films that are based on ghosts or spirits. The film I have for review today is one of those so I initially went into it with little to no expectations of it being anything good or worth really watching. What I got was actually a film that does do the whole supernatural thing, but does it in a way that I like. Unlike crap like "Paranormal Activity" there is little to no jump scares and it relies more on the actual characters and actors to support the film. Also there is no CGI to try and make a ghost or spirit do things, everything is done with practical effects. Anyways on with the autopsy!
From what I have gathered this film was lumped into the House franchise. Luckily in the United States it was released under the title The Horror Show because aside from the supernatural aspect this is nothing like the first two House films. The one thing I remember best is the VHS cover, aside from that I don't think I ever had a chance to watch this film before. One thing I can say is where has this film been all my life and why did I ever pass it up on my hundreds of trips to the rental store while growing up. Let this autopsy begin!
What do you get when you take a shitty movie and add a fake snuff scene ending? Well you get a film called Snuff. The original film was called "Slaughter" and was based on the Manson Family murders and was so bad it could not get distributed. A few years later it was bought up by Allan Shackleton and a newly made "snuff" ending was tacked on and was re-titled Snuff. Just changing the name was a genius idea because it brought attention to it that it would of never gotten otherwise. Also what helped was the protests and controversy that was supposedly started up by Allan Shackleton which caused droves of people to go to theaters to see what was so bad about this film. Sadly all they got was a really badly made film with an overly unrealistic tacked on ending.
Night of the Comet is one of those films I heard of but was unable to see until it was released on DVD a few years back. Going into it I thought it was going to be more of a typical zombie flick, but what I got was a mixture of Night of the Living Dead,The Omega Man and Valley Girl. It also is more of a film that centers on the living characters more than those who were affected by the comet. To myself I do like to see that formula alot more than just a bunch of zombies tearing people apart. In this film what it does is gives the characters a little more depth than just being shallow and ignorant to what is going on and that really shows the further you get into the film.
Body Bags was originally setup to be a weekly show, but due to it going to be made with way less money and made in Canada this show never happened and instead what we got was a great horror anthology. If you are like me and love a good horror anthology then I think you will love this. This anthology is comprised of 3 stories as well as a wraparound story that has John Carpenter playing a corpse that talks in between each story and sets each of them up. He is kind of like the cryptkeeper but is way cooler and it being an actual person playing the character it makes it that much more realistic. Yeah I know that does not matter, but it does make it more likeable.
Adventure Time became one of my favorite shows when I came across it about a year or two ago. This is one of the most out there shows that at first was hard to understand what all was going on. In this set you get the "Jake The Dad" episode which goes through the birth of his kids and how they grow at a crazy rate. That episode alone is worth it to buy this DVD. It's great watching the interaction between Jake and his kids. It's a kind of heart warming episode in it's own odd little way.The only thing that gets me is that Jake and Finn grew up together so if they are the same age then Jake would of became a father at the age of 12 or 13. It seems as if Jake grows and ages like a human so I don't think they are going by the whole "dog years" thing.
The Exorcist is one of the most popular horror films and is seen as the scariest horror film of all time by alot of people. To myself I wouldn't say it is, but I will say it is a really well made film that does have some good scares. This year marks the 40th anniversary of it's release and what we have here is the deluxe edition blu-ray that has both theatrical and extended cuts and now you also get a third disc that has 2 featurettes that are interviews with author of the book William Peter Blatty who tells the process of making the book as well as what he had to do with the film. This featurette has him going to different locations that have to do with both the book and film. The second featurette is a vintage interview with Blatty's teacher who he learned about exorcisms from.
As far back as I can remember I have always loved anthology horror films and the one I can remember the most is Creepshow 2. From the awesome VHS cover with the ghoulish Creeper on the front to the fun tales held within. Now on this sequel to the original Creepshow you get a total of 3 stories which each have their own great blend of camp and scares. Also there is a great wrap around story of a kid who loves comics and it even has special effects icon Tom Savini playing as the Creeper. I personally like the original wrap around story in the original Creepshow a bit more. Let the autopsy begin!
Once in a while you actually find a no budget cheap film that actually has entertaining properties in it.Some people actually know how to make a so bad it's good film, instead of just a bored to tears bad movie. I think part of it lies in not taking yourself seriously, making sure that there is something going on at all times, and not trying to make a film bigger than what you have the budget for. Thankfully, "I Spit Chew On Your Grave" follows all of these guidelines, and comes across as a pretty hilarious throwback to 70's exploitation cinema with lots of dirty laughs thrown in for good measure.
Vincent Price is quite simply on if the greatest actors of his time. Weather he is playing in a drama, comedy,or most notibly horror films he seems to be able to capture every scene he is in. For myself it is so hard to pick a favorite when it comes to his films because of the diverse nature of each role he takes on. He can play a villain two films in a row and it doesn't feel like he is playing the same character over and over again. In this set you get a total of 6 films which I will cover, but I will not be as indepth when reviewing the general plot of each one. Let this autopsy begin!
Honor. What is honor? How is it defined? The measure is boundless. The conduct determines the man. All our lives, we build. Legacy is an interesting thing. “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” The ifs are devastating. Application sours the milk. How, what, why, beneath the guesses sits the truth. The chisel is posterity. Who’s to say what will fall. Saddam, Hitler, Vito Corleone, they were loved and then came the wind. Drama is reared from such irony. The Golden Boy turned bad is Hollywood gold. Good intentions drift away. As does youth and love. What is a gangster?
Typically when I am talking with someone about films and the name Peter Cushing is mentioned I always think of him hunting down monsters, killing Dracula, or creating another monster as Dr. Frankenstein. After watching Corruption I will also think about him fighting a prostitute so he can kill her an extract the pituitary gland. Yes this film is very much different than anything else I personally have seen him do before. Being a fan of exploitation films and Peter Cushing this is a perfect match! Lets get into this autopsy!
I have always been a fan of horror anthologies since I first saw the film Tales From the Crypt so many years ago. One of my favorites have always been Creepshow which was one that mixed some comedy with the horror. What we have today is an anthology that has five films based each on one of the senses. I will be reviewing each chapter on it's own because really that's the only fair way to review this film. Sit back get relaxed and let the autopsy begin!
This is going to be a review that most would not expect for me to do for this site because I am reviewing a children's film, but keep in mind I was once a child like all of you and I grew up with this film. I remember liking it alot when I was a kid and I think it was because of the character Sabastian who is a crab and he was just funny. Over the years I have started to like it for many more reasons then just it being a cartoon film with some funny characters in it. I had not seen this film for a few years up until now. Actually that I remember of it was one of the VHS copies so I have never seen it on DVD even before. Let's get into this review!
Vincent Price is by far my favorite actor of all time with Jeffrey Combs coming up in second. I have always been drawn to the way he looks and the very unique voice that he has. I first ever saw him in his role in House of Wax back when I was young kid and just starting to watch horror films with my grandfather. I think I either saw it on TCM or AMC back when they played films without commercials if I am right. From then I was hooked on his roles as the victim and most notably as the sinister bad guys he brought to the screen especially as Egghead from the 60's Batman series. Enough of my history with Vincent Price films and lets get into this autopsy!
Like you probably know by now I grew up on classic horror films and some classic films from other genres, but I was never very much into wanting to see classics like Citizen Kane. I finally seen Citizen Kane a couple years ago and it was a fine piece of cinema. After that I started looking into OrsonWelles filmography and one film caught my attention and that one was "The Stranger". I never got to see it because every copy I came across was very bad quality and so bad it was hard to watch. Finally I have a copy in my hands that actually is worth watching! Lets get into this autopsy!
I love disaster movies. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, the idea of desperate souls appeals to me. The Birds, Independence Day, these things begin the same. A normal life, a normal day, and then bamo ginsu and fries with a side of panic. Giant monsters, German terrorists, a worldwide enema, “a thing on the wing”, the unpredictable wins out. Everyday, we don’t know what’s out there. In film, we relax and embrace our fears. Entertainment soothes the senses. Sitcoms, the radio, video games, the lies speak to the unspeakable. The fear of death, The Final Frontier, we all want to be Mad Max. Except we can’t, which is why we watch.
The world of Ford is endless. Men, women, families, each film expands. Wayne, Fonda, Monument Valley, the scope is everything. Sizing up every gasp, every flavor, the reach of his modesty stretches beyond most epics. The titles infer the poetic. The Informer, The Iron Horse, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, they roll off the tongue. The man was a relic and yet his films live today.
Last year the interesting horror anthology was released upon the horror genre and got a mixed bag of reviews. For most horror fans they seemed to enjoy it for the most part. I personally really enjoyed it because it took the whole found footage genre and actually made it entertaining. A year later and we have a sequel which follows the same structure as the first film, but does involve new characters as well as new stories of course. Now like you would ask about any sequel is does it stand up strong next to the original or does it fall flat and is just a cash in on the success of the original? Well let's get into this autopsy and see!
The original Fright Night is one of my favorite vampire films of all time and it was followed up with a pretty cool sequel. Now a couple of years ago along came the remake of Fright Night which I avoided and continue to avoid. Now when I had a chance to review the sequel to the remake I for some odd reason wanted to see it. I think the biggest thing that caught my interest was the fact that there is a female vampire this time around. Now the only thing to wonder is was this film any good and is it worth checking out? Let the autopsy begin!
From time to time I seem to find a film that is so over the top and insane and seems to satisfy my lust for wanting to see extreme gore. Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger does exactly that and after watching it I am fine with not watching anything extremely violent for awhile. I had heard before watching it that it was quite violent and that is what I expected, but I got alot more than just that. Now the question that begs to be answered is this a film that is nothing but a gore fest or does it have more to it than that? Let the autopsy begin!