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



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!

Squirm (1976/Collectors Edition Bluray/ Scream Factory) Review

How many times will the horror genre bring us another "nature strikes back" film?! To answer that question I say plenty! This is the sub-genre that I like most next to creature features. Over the years I have seen many of these films, but oddly I kept overlooking Squirm for whatever reason. It could be the lack of recommendations from my fellow horror fans. Nonetheless I finally got to dig into this slime coated film and what I got was something that wasn't horrible, but nor was it amazing. Let's jump into this film and see what I thought!

Pumpkinhead (1988/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

When I was a young boy I always seemed to gravitate towards dark tales like the original Grimm's Fairy Tales, needless to say that when I ran across Pumpkinhead at a young age I was more than thrilled to view this dark tale of revenge. Since then I have probably seen this film over a hundred times. With every viewing i seem to love this film that much more. I sometimes wonder if I just like it due to looking at it through nostalgic eyes or is it really a good film. Lets slice into this review and see!

Ginger Snaps (2000/Blu-ray +DVD Combo/Scream Factory) Review

Werewolves have been in film history for so many years, in some cases they are vicious and to the throat and
in very bad cases they fight sparkly vampires in the woods. Ever so often there comes one that does make an impact on the genre and changes the rules. Ginger Snaps is by far one of those. I originally ran across this film back in 2001 if I remember right and I was instantly hooked. I had not seen anything quite like it at the time especially during a time when a slew of bad horror films were being released. Sadly when I was able to track down the DVD it was only in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio and no special features. Nonetheless this one has stuck with me for awhile, lets sink our teeth into this autopsy!

Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014/Bluray/20th Century Fox) Review

A year or two ago Danny Trejo brought us a character that we could all cheer for and in some cases relate to. I for one really enjoyed the first Badass film and was excited when I heard they would be making a sequel, and it got me that much more excited when I heard that the awesome Danny Glover would be along the side of Trejo. Both actors I have loved no matter how big or small the film they have done was, each one always seems to stick out as an actor who can add a certain level likability to any film they appear in. The only thing I had some worry about when this film was announced was how they would go about doing the story. Let's get into this autopsy and see if this film makes a great addition to the first or it's just another failed attempt to catch lightening twice?!

Dark House (2013/Blu-ray/Cinedigm) Review

With there being so many horror films coming out every year it seems the ones that actually make it to theaters are usually not all that great with the occassional good one. Dark House is one that never made it to theaters nationwide (in the United States), but really could of thrived if given the chance. This film has the notorious Victor Salva in the director's chair which may turn some fans of the horror genre away, but let me say that the best thing to do is forget who directed it and give it a chance. Let this autopsy begin!

Gravity (2013/Blu-ray+DVD Combo/Warner Bros.) Review

Originally when Gravity came to theaters I passed it up as just being another space disaster film. Also at the time I had recently seen Sandra Bullock in the horrible comedy "The Heat" which I think left a bad taste in my mouth. Seeing she was in this film turned me off to it, but after I got done watching this film finally I was kicking myself for not seeing it in theaters. I hate sometimes when I do that because I end up missing great experiences of seeing a damn good film due to being turned off by either a trailer or cast member. Anyways lets launch into this autopsy and see what all this film has to offer!

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Hellbenders 3D (2012/Blu-ray/Lionsgate) Review

Over the last several years I have noticed alot of films about possession, ghosts, exorcisms, hauntings and other things of that nature being released one after another. I think that boom came out of the success of the Paranormal Activity franchise. Most that I have came across are nothing but junk, now on occasion I do seem to find a gem amongst the rest. My problem with most of films in this sub-genre is that they all seem to be just copying off one another or they are simply boring. The question to ask is does Hellbenders belong as just another bland film or does it rise above the rest and become that gem I am always in search of? Let this exorcism, oh wait let this autopsy begin!

Beneath (2013/Blu-ray/Scream Factory) Review

I have always lived by the credo of "If it's a creature feature it deserves at least one watch!". Beneath is one that I heard more bad than good about before being able to view it myself. Most of the criticism was about the monster, which I will let you know how I feel further into this review. One of the most appealing things for a huge genre fan like myself was the fact that the awesome Larry Fessenden was the man in the director's chair for this film. I have always admired his acting and contributions to the world of horror. Anyways lets dig into this autopsy!

The Most Dangerous Game (1932/Blu-ray/Flicker Alley) Review

I originally discovered this classic after I seen a documentary that highlighted cinema from the silent era on up through the mid 2000's. I see just that clip, but that alone with the title it had caught my attention. I ended up buying the 2007 edition put out by Legend Films that has a bonus version that is colorized by Ray Harryhausen. After watching the film for the first time I was actually impressed with what they did. Also it was interesting to watch it in color as well even though I prefer the original black and white version. Anyways on with the autopsy!