The Magnificent Seven (2016) - Movie Review

Before we get started, let’s get one thing out of the way. Get off your high horse about The Magnificent Seven being a remake. We mustn't forget that 1960’s The Magnificent Seven was itself a remake of an earlier – and better – film called The Seven Samurai. All three  ...

Blood Island - BlurayCat people!  Trees that kill! Fauna that feels!  Butterflies that bite!  And monsters galore!  The Blood Island Collection has arrived with matinee mania most foul . . . and TASTELESS!  ...

The Devil's Candy - Movie ReviewHell, yes!!!!  If you are anything like me (and completely landlocked), you probably feel like you have waited entirely too long to see this horror movie.  I first heard about The Devil’s Candy in 2015, where it debuted at Fantastic Fest, and the reviews were through the  ...

Revenge of the Dead (1983) - Blu-ray ReviewA shell of a building. An empty room. And a line of monitors all tuned in to the same dead channel: a close-up of a corpse. It is the face of Don Luigi Costa, a religious man who gave up his vows after his horrible diagnosis. How bizarre! How eerie! How utterly unusual! What  ...

Hell or High Water - Movie ReviewIn David Mackenzie’s new film, Hell or High Water, the sprawling West Texas setting – as beautiful as it is rugged – conceals the crushing desolation of its sun-bleached towns whose futures have long since shriveled in the Texas heat. Hard-pressed ranchers, abandoned ...

Happy Birthday to Me - BlurayKebob skewers.  They aren’t meant to be shoved straight into the throat.  But that’s what happens when one poor girl is pushed to the limits and finds herself without the usual murder weapon.  Happy Eating! ...

Don't Breathe - Movie Review

If director Fede Alvarez’s revisit of Sam Raimi’s spooky old cabin in the deep, dark, twisted woods of rural America did something for you in 2013’s Evil Dead, then you need to know that Alvarez is finally back. This time with a creepy little home invasion thriller  ...

Stephen King's SLeepwalkers 0 Blu-rayI hate cats.  I have an old joke that I use in the classroom.  First day stuff, so students know where I stand on the issue of those nasty fur balls.  It goes like this: “Rough start to the day.  I ran over a cat on the way to work.  (Pause.)  Yeah, I had to cross two lanes of traffic ...

The Great Gilly Hopkins - DVD ReviewI’ve loved the young adult novel The Great Gilly Hopkins since childhood. So my reaction to the news of a Hollywood movie adaptation was, “They better not screw it up.” Well, I’m happy to say my fears were unfounded, and the filmmakers did an excellent job  ...

Mandy (2018) - Movie Review

If there is a great spiritual awakening in this country, it will be led by the one-two punch that is Mandy ...

Daredevil - Netflix FindsThe opening sequence. Pulsing music surges. An unnamed red liquid drizzles out over the darkness. Our lady of justice is formed, bathed by this crimson element. Familiar cityscapes are covered, too. New York City. A bridge forms.  Following it, an angel and its church  ...

Tank Girl (1995) - Blu-ray ReviewRiot-grrls unite!  Few things are more punk rock than this movie.  The minute Lori Petty (A League of Their Own) as Rebecca Buck AKA Tank Girl, a member of the resistance group deadset on outmaneuvering the greed of the Water & Power (W&P) corporation, gets ...

Finding Dory - Movie ReviewIt was only a matter of time before Dory got her own picture. Granted, no one could have imagined it would take Pixar 13 years, but we’re finally going back to Nemo’s reef to pay another visit to the forgetful blue tang and her finned, scaled, feathered, and tentacled ...

Torso (1973) - BlurayThe murder mystery format turns sleazy in this exploitation offering from genre-hopping director Sergio Martino.  Rescued from obscurity by Arrow Video, this violent and messy affair is all sorts of fun in that exploitative way that makes horror hounds and gore-gore ...

Mechanic: Resurrection - Movie ReviewArthur Bishop is back.  He’s also pretty irritated.  You should NEVER mess with him while he is trying to eat.  And, as showcased by the always-charismatic Jason Statham, the specialist of accidental deaths at the center this violent tale of revenge proves the old adage  ...

Slender Man - Blu-ray ReviewIt was wise to delay the Blu-ray debut of this movie.  Good move, Sony.  They were counting on all of us to forget just how awfully Slender Man was received when it was originally released in early August.  In and out of theaters it went, leaving faster than a man after hearing  ...

War Dogs - Movie Review

One need look no further than The Wolf of Wall Street or The Big Short to see that making raucous entertainment out of ludicrous, behind-the-scenes political goings-on is alive and well in Hollywood. That trend continues with Todd Phillips’ War Dogs, a much less insightful  ...

Valley Girl (1983) - Blu-rayGreetings from San Fernando Valley!  The Val.  The “normies” live here, you know.  With no edge in sight and none of its history of display, people on the other side of the Hollywood sign just don’t appreciate the pink-clad urbanization of what used to be a thriving rural community  ...

Star Trek Beyond - Movie ReviewStar Trek Beyond is a bold move.  It is also a risky one, too.  Thankfully, it gives fans EXACTLY what they want.  We are finally in deep space and, finally, free of Earth-based adventures. With its strongest female character yet being introduced here, Beyond is the  ...

The Wasp Woman (1959) - Blu-rayA camp classic, deserving of every ounce of praise it has earned over its lifetime, gets a new 2K scan from the best surviving print thanks to Shout! FactoryThe Wasp Woman, written by longtime Roger Corman contributor Leo Gordon (writer of The Terror and Tower of  ...

Lights Out - Movie ReviewMy mother was wrong. There WAS something hellish that lived in the pitch-black corners and darkened recesses of my childhood bedroom. And I always knew that the crawl space under my bed was the shadowy central hub of all that evil activity. I knew it to be, but I was ...

Dragnet (1987) - Blu-rayClean shirt, short hair, tie, pressed trousers, sports jacket or suit, and leather shoes, preferably with a high shine on them.  That’s what Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd) expects from his new partner, Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks).  What he gets, though, is a wise-cracking ...

Ghostbusters - Movie ReviewKate McKinnon. Kate McKinnon.  Kate McKinnon.  There’s no denying that her comedic chops are on full display throughout the much-ballyhooed all-female reboot of 1984’s GhostbustersIF everything else about Pail Feig’s effects-driven spectacle failed, the absolute magic   ...

The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre (1964) - Blu-rayThere is a chill to the proceedings of The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre that, thanks to a series of interesting shots and edits, bring a sense of dreadful beauty to the sight of a car going over a cliff as its driver falls along with those spinning four wheels and crashes below ...

The Mind's Eye - Movie ReviewThe Mind’s Eye is something special.  Look right below the title of this review.  You’ll notice the pints-of-beer rating, meaning that the film automatically falls into the B-movie category – even though it’s hitting theaters now.  I’m not going to pretend with you about the film and  ...

blood and black laceThe gore!  The women!  The style!  The masterpiece that is Blood and Black Lace is now on blu-ray thanks to VCI Home Entertainment and their stunning BRAND NEW 2K restoration from the original film negative. ...

The Legend of Tarzan - Movie ReviewFew fictional characters have been through the entertainment wringer as many times as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan the Ape Man. The subject of dozens of novels, countless comic books, a TV and a radio series, Broadway plays, and more than 200 movies (the oldest  ...

Creepshow - Collectors Edition Blu-rayMeteor shit!  Fuck-a-diddle!  Loaded with highly quotable lines and scary-ass scenes full of corpses and maggots as fathers come back from the dead, the titanic team-up of writer Stephen King and director George A. Romero was no fluke.  It still isn't.  In fact, at the time of  ...

Captain America: Civil War - Movie ReviewSo begins Marvel’s continued domination in the costumed hero department, as their Phase 3 comes out swinging in high style. After the Russo brother’s proved their talent with Cap in The Winter Soldier, it seemed they replaced former Marvel golden boy Joss Whedon ...

Savage Streets (1984) - Blu-ray ReviewThe chugging guitars.  The angsty teen, Vince (Johnny Venocur), being reminded of his curfew.  And then the silence.  For a few brief seconds, the chaos of these Savage Streets dies away . . . and then it absolutely EXPLODES.  The teenager shrugs off his parents ...

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