"The Exorcist 3 (1990/Blu-ray/Scream Factory)" Review

In 1990, William Peter Blatty – author of the original source material that served as the basis for William Friedkin’s masterpiece of sheer celluloid terror, THE EXORCIST – set out to adapt one of his own novels for the screen. 1983’s LEGION was an intriguing hodgepodge of serial killer mystery-thriller and straight-up possession horror; the latter being only appropriate seeing as the novel was conceived as a sequel to THE EXORCIST itself.

"Phantasm: Remastered (1979/Blu-ray/Well Go USA)" Review

Phantasm is a film that I was shown by my Dad when I was young, it thrilled me and scared me then and it continues to do so to this day. It was one of the first horror films that I seen that had a very dark and brooding atmosphere combined with tension that just got tighter and never gives in, even into it's shock filled ending. I have always loved the imagination and originality that this film and it's sequels brought to the screen. Now I can't say that everybody is going to like this film because it is simply something beyond what most film goers really like. Anyways lets get into this review and see what this film and release have to offer!

If you are like me than you have seen this film many times before and on almost every format. I originally seen this film on a copy dubbed from it's original VHS release. Since then I have owned it on VHS, 2 different DVD releases, and finally on Blu-ray. Each release has gotten better and better like you'd expect. One thing I can say is that this "remastered" release of Phantasm is simply awesome! They truly went through and cleaned this film up and gave it the love that it deserves. Originally the rumors were going around that Scream Factory would probably get this release due to them releasing the 2nd film on Blu-ray. Instead the company Well Go USA got this release and to me that's just fine because they have handled it greatly. They also are releasing the 5th film in the franchise "Phantasm: Ravager" which I will have a review for soon! Hopefully they will atleast be able to release the 3rd and 4th films as well.
Like I said when it comes to the picture quality it is awesome, the picture is cleaned up quite well and still has it's film grain intact. I also noticed alot of details that for some reason I never noticed before. One of those details which is an odd, but it is after the ball drains the Tall Man's minion that was going after Mike when they show his legs you can see that he ends up urinating upon death. I know that is an odd detail, but it sticks out way more than I would of ever expected. In the end the overall detail is simply amazing. The colors seem to pop more as well even for a film of this darkness.
The only thing this release lacks compared to the last DVD release that was put out by Anchor Bay back in 2007 is the special features are more abundant than the ones on this release. On the Well Go USA release you get an audio commentary, an episode of "Graveyard Carz", Interviews From 1979, Deleted Scenes, and Trailers. If I remember right I think it has the same commentary as the previous release. On the previous release you got: Phantasmagoria: 30-minute documentary and interviews with cast and crew, Deleted scenes, Behind-the-scenes, Actors having a ball, TV Interview,TV Commercial with Angus Scrimm, Angus Scrimm convention appearance, Trailers for Phantasm and Phantasm III, and TV Spots. There is more special features as you see, but really the restoration that was done here more than makes up for the lack of special features.
Overall this is a fantastic and unique horror film with a truly awesome release that I think will please fans of the series as well as new fans! One thing I highly recommend is that after you watch this release once go back and watch it with the great commentary where you will learn so much about the making of Phantasm. I give this release a solid 10 out of 10!

-Daniel Lee

Director: Don Coscarelli
Lead Actor/Actress: Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin, Reggie Banister
Genre: Horror
Blu-ray Release Year: 2016
Theatrical Release Year: 1979
Time Length: 90 mins.
Rating: R
Region Code: Region A
Release Company: Well Go USA
Website: www.wellgousa.com

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father ’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, no one in the town will believe Richie’s claims that his father will change into a werewolf at the next full moon. 

Theatre of Blood (1973/Blu-ray/Twilight Time) Review

Edward Lionhart (Vincent Price) is an actor who continually gets overlooked by the local critics. After being snubbed by them for the final time it pushes Edward over the edge and results in him attempting suicide. Edward is saved by a group of bums and winos and from there he plots his revenge on those who did him wrong. With Edward being presumed dead he finds ways to trick the critics into brutal yet humorous scenarious based on Shakespeare's plays in which he gets his revenge!

Bad Moon (1996/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

For me when it comes to Werewolf films I have found alot that I have enjoyed and some that I have hated. Some of them go by the tried and true legend of the beast, but some stray away from that path. For the film Bad Moon they change up some of the mythology of werewolves. There are 2 big things that are changed up and those are that it does not take a full moon to change into a werewolf and it does not take just silver bullets to kill one. I kinda like that they did that because it kinda brings a more realistic feel to the film. Bad Moon is one of the first films I had seen in this sub-genre to change those aspects, I know other films like Ginger Snaps that change things up as well.

Cabin Fever (2016/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

This film is the remake/reboot of the 2003 Eli Roth film of the same title which takes a more serious tone and strips down the humor. I know that the horror community is split down the middle about the original, but on thing I think everyone can agree on and that is that this is very much an unwanted and unnecessary  remake. While watching this remake I kept hoping for something new and interesting to happen, but what I got was the same film, but with different actors/actresses reciting lines from the original and playing out similar scenes to the original.

The story is exactly the same which follows a group of college students who rent out a cabin in the woods and after an encounter with a sick hermit they start to get infected one by one. Now if they would of completely started from scratch and told a new tale with new dialogue, new characters, and new scenes then I think it as a reboot could of worked. If you want what I see as a less entertaining version of Cabin Fever than I say watch this one.
They only positive thing I can say about this film is the fact that it has some pretty well executed practical effects. I wish they would of just made a sequel that cancelled out the 2nd and 3rd sequels like many films have done with other sequels. It just seems like such a waste of time, money, and talent to make a reboot of a 13 year old film. The best way I can put it is, fuck this remake and please don't waste your time with it!

-Daniel Lee

Director: Travis Z
Lead Actor/Actress:
Genre: Horror
Blu-ray Release Year: 2016
Theatrical Release Year: 2016
Time Length: 99 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Region Code: Region A
Release Company: Scream Factory
Website: www.shoutfactory.com

The Return of the Living Dead (1985/Collector's Edition Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

If you are a fan of horror than this film should need no introduction, but in case you have never seen it I will tell you what this film is about. Freddy (not the melted horror icon) is on his first day at a medical supply company, things are going well until Freddy and his co-worker Frank (James Karen) accidently breaks open a barrel of chemical "2-4-5 Trioxin" which causes the dead to come alive. One thing leads to another and all hell breaks loose when the dead rise from the grave in the search of brains! Meanwhile Freddy's friends are nearby and fighting for their lives as they work their way through the dead and into shelter. Will they survive this night of the living dead or will the dead consume them all!?

Lung II (2016) Review

Phil Stevens’ FLOWERS, which was given a proper release on DVD earlier last year by the ever-reliable Unearthed Films in both single and three disc editions, remains one of the more interesting films I saw in 2015; immediately registering as the kind of bold and almost dangerously personal introspective cinematic odyssey that could only have come from a singularly creative conscience. Hot off the heels of his marvelous debut comes LUNG II, which the director himself describes as a prequel of sorts as well as the middle child in a proposed trilogy; and we all know how difficult it can be to be the latter. Is this a sophomore slump or merely an extension of Stevens’ uniquely disturbing vision? Let’s jump into this autopsy immediately and find out.

Bride of Re-Animator (1989/Blu-ray/Arrow Video)

Brian Yuzna follows up his clever, cosmic-Grand Guignol debut SOCIETY with a sequel to a film,
then directed by Stuart Gordon, he had produced five years prior. Of course the sequel in question is BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, which like its predecessor(s) has gone on to be regarded as a cult favorite – enough of one to warrant a recent release from Arrow Films, which is packed (and that’s putting it lightly). But does such a film deserve such a package, and vice versa? Let’s begin the autopsy and find out.

Sheba Baby (1975/Blu-ray/Arrow Video)

William Girdler’s SHEBA, BABY is almost like a sister film to Jack Hill’s FOXY BROWN, which itself was a sister film to the immensely entertaining COFFY. These three films were intended as vehicles for the then-up-and-coming Blaxploitation starlet Pam Grier, with the latter of the three being the most genuine whereas the other two are essentially merely products of its wake. Although they differ in quality, this is ultimately what connects the first two: they attempted to push Grier further into the spotlight. But does this money-minded decision pay off or backfire horribly? Let’s jump into the autopsy and find out.

Nightmares (1983/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

Nightmares is an anthology horror film that consists of four stories. The first one is called "Terror In Topanga" which follows a woman who is desperate for cigarettes and goes out to get some even after she finds out about a killer on the loose nearby. Things go from somewhat calm to tense as she is forced to stop off at a desolate gas station. What happens next is of a classic urban legend. The second being "The Bishop of Battle" which follows J.J. Cooney who is a video game expert and hustler who decides to break his old score and finally beat the game he has an obsession over. What he is unprepared for is what happens when he finally does beat the game, now he will be playing it for his life!

The Car (1977/Blu-ray/Scream! Factory) Review

In a small town in the southwest hell has came to it in the form of a black car. Now this is not just any black car, this one is out to kill anyone in it's path. It's up to the local police to stop the homicidal phantom car. New sheriff in town Wade Parent may just be the only who can stop the reign of terror that the car is bringing down on this town. Can Wade stop this car from hell or will he and the others become the next victims?!

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

There are so many films that I saw as a child that I can still watch to this day and enjoy, but occasionally I find one that I watched quite a bit as a child and I watch it now and it simply does not hold up. The film we have here today is one that did not hold up well over time for me. I used to have some of the cards when I was a kid and even bought a bunch of them when they came back out a few years back also I do remember them releasing a very short lived cartoon based on these obscene cabbage patch dolls. I do have liking for this film still, but for different reasons nowadays. Let's take off the rose tinted glasses and dive into this autopsy!

Zombie High (1987/Blu-ray + DVD/Scream! Factory) Review

Nowadays with a title like Zombie High you'd be surely getting an over-the-top horror comedy or crappy show playing on the Disney channel. In the case of this 1987 film you get a straight forward horror film. I must warn you that if you watch the trailer for this film it will mislead you into thinking it's a horror comedy.This is also another one of those titles I ran across a few years ago and never got to see it due to it not being easily available. Thankfully for Shout! Factory/Scream Factory this film is now available for all to see along with many more awesome once hard-to-find titles.  Lets cut into this corpse and see if it was worth the long wait!

The Visit (2015/Blu-ray+DVD Combo/Universal Pictures) Review

Despite what other critics and film goers say M. Night Shyamalan has had an interesting career in film as a director, writer, actor, and producer. Like any director Shyamalan has had his hits and has had his flops as well. I personally have had to endlessly defend some of his films that people liked upon release and hated after years passed. People seem to forget the great films that he has released such as The Sixth Sense, Signs, and the highly looked over film Unbreakable. What we have here today is what I see as Shyamalan coming back to form and creating a type of film that he does well at. One thing that he does this time around that he had not done before and that is a faux documentary style which could easily slip into being just another found footage film. Lets dive into this autopsy and see what this film has to offer!

The Gallows (2015/Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Combo/Warner Bros.) Review

I have said on here a few times that I simply am not a big fan of the "found footage" genre, but occasionally I find one that is good and really worth a watch and the sometimes revisit. Now when it comes to The Gallows I had very low expectations going in and it honestly was good that I did. I am going to make this review short because there is really not much to say. Basically I really did not like this film and found it to be a waste of 81 minutes. This films synopsis is as follows: Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.

The Sentinel (1977/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

The Sentinel is 1977 supernatural horror film that follows a young female model who gets cold feet after her boyfriend purposes to her. She decides to get her own place for awhile. After looking she come upon a spacious apartment that seems to be a perfect fit for her. Soon after moving in she meets her other neighbors who range from eccentric to just plain odd. After taking to the realator she is told that there are no other tenants than her and a blind priest on the 5th floor. Things go from odd to bizarre after she finds out the news about the other tenants. Will she become like the rest of those who once lived in the house or will she stop the impending doom that awaits?!

Shocker (1989/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

Synopsis: A small town is being terrorized by a psychopath who repairs TV's by day and murders by night. After finding out the name and address of the police lieutenant hunting him down Horace Pinker reigns down his terror on Lt. Parker's family and slaughters his wife, daughter, and one of his sons. His other son, Jonathan has a strange connection to Pinker through his dreams, and he directs his father to Pinker's business, where a small group of officers enter.
Pinker escapes in a horrific spree, killing four officers and then targeting Jonathan's girlfriend, Alison. Another dream leads Jonathan and his dad to a residence where they catch Pinker in in the act of kidnapping. Pinker is arrested after a fight with Jonathan and sentenced to die in the electric chair. After being lit up in the electric chair instead of just dying Pinker becomes an unstoppable menace that can travel through electricity. It's now up to Jonathan to stop Pinker's unholy reign of terror and murder and finally put an end to his power!
Shocker is one of those films that I have not seen quite as much as some of the other Wes Craven films, but I can say that I have seen the poster art to this film hundreds of times on the VHS at the local video store while growing up. To me this is one of the more under appreciated films to come from Craven. It takes the supernatural sub-genre and slasher genre and mixes them together similar to what he did in A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984). Which I could see some viewers looking at it as Craven going back to the well an banking on an older idea. To myself I don't look at it like that, I look at it as more of him taking that concept and putting a twist on it. Really I can name two other films that seemingly could be seen as ripping this film off and those are "Jason Goes To Hell" for the antagonist being able to travel from body to body and the other being "Ghost In The Machine" which has the antagonist being able to go through electricity. Coinsidently there was another film released also in 1989 of a murderer being able to travel through electricity as well and it was called "The Horror Show".
All of the other films that I mentioned as well as this one I truly enjoyed in one way or another. Now the only thing that really got me about Shocker was how the hell was he able to travel from body to body. The only answer I could come up with is that the body does produce a small level of electricity which could make sense I guess or he is simply a demon. I really enjoyed that this film takes it's time getting to Pinker's electrified reign of terror until around the 45 minute mark. It helped to build up the characters and actually make you feel for our main protagonist Jonathan Parker who was played by the talented Peter Berg. This film definitely delivers some great tension as well as some very good storytelling which builds up to a satisfying ending.
When it comes to the special effects and the gore this film does them both top notch. I especially like that when Pinker is forced outside of a body he looks like bad TV reception the weaker he gets. There is the iconic Pinker coming out of the TV scene which is great, but I actually like it when he escapes Jonathan's fathers body and shoots out like a satellite signal. The gore aspect is very well done and is as brutal as most slashers and comes off very realistic and not corny. As far as the originality of the kills go there really is not much of anything beyond typical slasher kills.
Overall this is a damn good slasher that goes beyond the stereotype of the traditional slasher and brings a fresh breath of air to the then dying sub-genre. Shocker does not bore you with a-typical characters and sub-standard storytelling. From start to finish I truly found myself enthralled by this simply great film and even enjoyed it's somewhat humorous scene of Pinker chasing Jonathan through television shows. If you have not seen this film yet I highly suggest you give it a chance because you may just like it like I do. Now if you have seen it and love it like I do then you need to upgrade to this fantastic blu-ray release from Scream Factory! Like a majority of their releases you get a fantastic audio and video presentation as well as some great special features.

-Daniel Lee

Director: Wes Craven
Lead Actor/Actress: Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi
Genre: Horror
Blu-ray Release Year: 2015
Theatrical Release Year: 1989
Time Length: 109 mins.
Rating: R
Region Code: Region A
Release Company: Scream Factory
Website: www.shoutfactory.com



Gone With The Pope (1976/Blu-ray+DVD Combo/Grindhouse Releasing) Review

A hysterical, high-energy outlet for writer/director/musician/star Duke Mitchell to tackle yet another issue that plagued his troubled mind and a fifteen year passion project for film editor Bob Murawski, Gone With the Pope finally comes home five years after its completion at the hands of the aforementioned co-founder of Grindhouse Releasing. It’s easy to just admire the effort and leave it at that, but is there actually more to it than that? What exactly justifies a decade and a half of hard work from Murawski to save Mitchell’s swan song, left incomplete for some time after his death in 1981, from obscurity? Let’s jump right into the autopsy and find out.

The People Under The Stairs (1991/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

As you probably already know Wes Craven has made his mark on the horror genre many times with some cutting edge films that either break ground (A Nightmare On Elm Street) or simply take a subgenre and make it a little more fresh (Scream). Now I may not be the biggest fan of his films from Scream and on, but his earlier films were the ones that truly caught my attention and entertained me the most. My absolute favorite has always been either A Nightmare On Elm Street or Swamp Thing, but there was one other film that is simply the most fun one of his filmography and it's the film I am reviewing here today and that is The People Under the Stairs. Lets get into this film and see what it has to offer!

Burying The Ex (2014/DVD/RLJ Entertainment) Review

When it comes to director Joe Dante I have seen and enjoyed almost everything he has directed. One of my personal favorites has been "The Burbs (1989)" which is a perfect blend of comedy and horror to make one of the best dark comedies ever. Burying the Ex has a very similar style to The Burbs in which it blends horror and comedy perfectly, but does this film stand strong next to his many other great films?! Lets cut into this film and see what it has to offer!

Nekromantik 2 (1991/Blu-ray/Cult Epics) Review

Perhaps what separates German splatter icon Jorg Buttgereit from the majority of his peers is his playfully morbid sense of humor when it comes to his art. Where others were channeling their demons through home-made horror, Buttgereit seems to have been having merely a bit of twisted fun when he made his most infamous film, Nekromantik. It is as much a nakedly emotional and honest account of a particular sexual fetish as it is non-degradingly humorous. It’s also a very tough act to follow, so how does Buttgereit’s sequel rank in comparison to the original? Let’s jump right into the autopsy and find out.

Invaders From Mars (1986/Blu-ray/Scream! Factory) Review

This is the remake of the 1953 low budget film of the same title, but this time around the effects are higher caliber and the performances are much better! For me this was a film that I saw over and over again when I was a child and on up until now. With an interest in science and the possibility of aliens from another world visiting earth this was a film that captivated me on many levels. Looking back at the film many years since my first viewing I can say it still holds up well and really is a fun and over-the-top kid friendly sci-fi/horror film. Anyways lets dive into this autopsy!

Dark Mountain (2013/DVD/MVD) Review

Found footage is hardly my favorite horror sub-genre, and I feel that it’s best to get this out of the way before I jump into the review. Most filmmakers are content to use the style as a lame gimmick, and while occasionally you get something with substance and imagination, the bottom of the barrel seems to be the go-to place for cheap thrills. Nevertheless, I try to approach these films with as open a mind as I can manage, because that’s just how I do things. So here we have a more recent addition to the craze titled DARK MOUNTAIN. The premise is intriguing, but do the filmmakers do it justice, and does it transcend its sub-genre trappings? Let us begin the autopsy and find out.

Class of 1984 (1982/Collector's Edition Blu-ray/Scream! Factory) Review

Generally speaking, Scream! Factory’s catalogue is full of genre offerings that could be best described as “fun”, rather than genuinely horrific. With a few notable exceptions, these are films which have earned a reputation over the years for being just plain cool, some even compelling. Of course, there is a place in all our lives for breezier entertainment such as the majority of these films, but one of the company’s latest releases is a bit different from the rest. Scream brings Mark L. Lester’s CLASS OF 1984 home in high definition for the first time, and it’s a bit of a peculiar choice given the divisive reactions over the years. There is indeed a cult fan-base for the film, but does it live up to it, and does the Blu-Ray release make a significant contribution to one’s appreciation of the film? Let’s jump right into the autopsy and find out.

The Houses October Built (2014/Blu-ray/Image Entertainment) Review

At first glance of the artwork and reading the synopsis I was going into this film thinking it was going to be more of a supernatural film. What I got was something very different and also apart of a sub-genre I am not that into. That sub-genre is the overdone "lost footage" genre. At first I was kinda let down to see they went that way with it, but after I got into it I started to enjoy it and especially after I watched the real documentary that this film was based off, then I really enjoyed what I saw. Sadly it was not a supernatural film like I expected.

Massacre Mafia Style (aka Like Father, Like Son) (1974/Blu-ray+DVD Combo/Grindhouse Releasing) Review

Grindhouse Releasing has been going strong ever since its return to form on the home video market in late 2013. Every new release is absolutely worth supporting; not only for the always substantial packages themselves but also for the fact that each one is a labor of love for film editor and co-founder Bob Murawski. One of the label’s first 2015 releases is Massacre Mafia Style, a film I had seen trailers for on older Grindhouse discs but had never had the chance to see until now. I wasn’t familiar with the name Duke Mitchell going in, but does this recent release change that? Let’s jump right in to this autopsy and find out.

Digging Up The Marrow (2015/Blu-ray/RLJ Entertainment) Review

Adam Green is a director that from the first film I saw of his (which was Hatchet) he has brought satisfying film one after another.I always eagerly await his next film as soon as I hear of it, but oddly enough the film I have for review today is one that slipped right past me. Typically he does films that are in the classic film style, but for Digging Up The Marrow he has changed the style a bit and did this one in the form of a faux documentary. Now I have seen a few of these types of films and when done well they can be alot of fun and be actually good. One of my favorites in this style is a Canadian film called "Fubar". Anyways let's get into this autopsy and see what we have in store for us!

UHF (1989/25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/Shout! Factory) Review

In the 80's and 90's one of the biggest musical acts was a wacky man by the name of Weird Al Yankovich. He had a great sense of humor and knew how to perfectly parody some of the current hit songs. In July of 1989 Weird Al made his big screen debut in the film "UHF" which was not a flop, but did not hit it that big at the box office. Over the years it seems like this film has started to receive the respect and bigger audience that it truly does deserve. For me this was a frequent rental from the video store and ended up in my collection as soon as it hit DVD. Now do I just like it looking from a nostalgic view or is this really a good comedy that still holds up?! Let's jump into this autopsy and see what this film has to offer!

Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings (1994/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

Like I have said before in my review of the original film, Pumpkinhead is one of my favorite films. 6 years after the release of that one comes the film I have here for review "Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings". Now from what I have gathered this film actually started to be made around 1991, but was not released on home video until October of 1994. Now I am not sure if that was the goal to just throw it out onto VHS or if it was intended for theatrical release. Despite seeming like it had a lower budget than the original it did actually have a good look to it and was done on 35mm film. I guess in the end the only thing anyone would wonder is that if this film stands strong aside the original or does it just fail to do so. Let's cut into this sequel and see what it has to offer!