Hell Comes to FrogtownHell Comes to Frogtown and only "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as Sam Hell can save the day.  I don’t know whose idea it was – cinematographer/director Donald G. Jackson or writer/producer Randall Frakes or, hell, the B-film minded souls over at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures – but strapping a bomb onto Piper’s ...

The Hustle (2019)The new comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson called The Hustle is an almost identical remake of the 1988 classic comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin - itself a remake of Marlon Brando’s Bedtime Story. I say “almost” because  ...

What we Left Behind: Looking Back on Star Trek: Deep Space NineDark. Intense.  Edgy.  Consistently bold.  Endlessly imaginative.  And, of late, experiencing a bit of a renaissance in popularity, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is now – on the eve of its 25th Anniversary – being celebrated with its own documentary.  What We Leave Behind: Looking Back On Star Trek: Deep ...

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

The King has returned - along with 17 other classic Titans - but, hey, long live the King! Continuing the plot of 2014’s Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island as far as the Monarch Corporation is concerned, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a creature-centered film that wastes little time in giving ...

Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966)

Grab the wolfsbane!  Get the garlic! Cult filmmaker William Beaudine takes aim and squeezes the B-movie trigger again!  From The Ape Man to Voodoo Man, the director constantly drums up a lot of B-movie mayhem.  Here, he ...

Avengers: EndgameEleven years ago, I snorted derisively at the audacity of the newly minted Marvel Studios plans. Without a single hit to their name, a grand plan had been hatched: they would release a litany of films, starring their various characters (that they still had the rights to) and combine  ...

Horror of Frankenstein (1970)In which Frankenstein gives us the two fingered salute!  You’ll laugh!  You’ll cry!!  The Horror of Frankenstein and its bodybuilding monster will be why!  Scientific twaddle has never been so supercilious than here in this Hammer flick from 1970 ...

The Curse of La Llorona (2019) - Movie ReviewAn angry woman scorned eerily stalks the world’s rivers and waterways by night wearing a threadbare wedding gown as she looks for children to drown. This is the subject of the age-old Latin American folktale of La Llorona or “The Weeping Woman” that has fueled the  ...

4D Man (1959)

Atomic fusion gets jazzed up!  Thanks to a righteously jazzy score from composer Ralph Carmichael and an off-kilter (but campy) vibe, an underappreciated science fiction gem gets the blu-ray treatment courtesy of Kino ...

Pokemon Detective PikachuPokémon Detective Pikachu is a cute movie.  I will give this family friendly flick, directed by Rob Letterman, that, but none of its cute and cuddly chumminess makes up for the fact that this movie doesn’t really know what or where it is.  The buddy picture borrows from all sorts of genres but is supremely ...

Grandmother's HouseI mean, it isn’t every day you see a body being dragged on the ground by your grandparents.  That’s just one of the MANY shocks in this creepy gem from the video store.  Newly scanned and remastered in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative, Vinegar Syndrome gives us another ...

God's Not Dead: A Light in the DarknessIf you’re watching God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness, chances are you already believe in God. Like its two previous installments, God’s Not Dead 3 comes from family friendly studio Pure Flix and stars David A.R. White as Pastor Dave Hill, who had been introduced in ...

Radioland Murders (1994)

Because maybe the Easter Bunny DOES crap colored eggs! Radioland Murders, directed by Mel Smith (The Tall Guy, Bean) and co-written by George Lucas, is a throwback to another era of comedy.  Unfortunately, none of that was recognized when the film was ...

Alita: Battle Angel - Movie ReviewThis film has been a revelation for this reviewer. I am always banging on about product coming out of Hollywood being just remakes and sequels these days. I pine and whine about the fact that they just don’t take risks anymore. This film has proved to me I am part of the problem ...

The New Kids (1985)Bloody rabbits do not belong in the shower!  That’s one lessen to learn here with this flick.  The other is that you simply do not mess with a bleach-blonde James Spader.  You are simply asking for a whole hell of a lot of trouble ...

Hellboy As a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s 2004 original adaptation of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, I was disappointed that he didn’t get to round out his trilogy in this universe. But, as with most things that make a buck these days, it was inevitable that someone would take up  ...

Weird Science (1985) blu-rayYou’re dead meat, Pilgrim.  Highly quotable and completely off its rocker in all the best ways possible, Weird Science is back in circulation thanks to the lovable charm of two high school losers as they go from zeroes to heroes for one fantastical weekend in a  ...

Pet Sematary2017’s IT adaptation has heralded somewhat of a renaissance of Stephen King based films. The deftly adapted retelling of King’s doorstop novel from the Eighties raked in over 700 million worldwide, so it was no surprise to hear that further re-adaptations were quickly put  ...

Evil Town (1977)The Vinegar Syndrome Archive line, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era, has officially started thanks to the HD release of Evil Town! ...

Us (2019)Part home invasion thriller, part horror, and part social commentary, the only thing more impressive than the number of genre elements at play in Jordan Peele’s newest film, Us, is the total body count. Well, that and the incredible attention to detail the filmmaker pays to every  ...

Mountaintop Motel MassacreIf chopping the heads off of little tiny baby rabbits is your idea of a good time, then I suggest you stay the fucking night at Mountaintop Motel Massacre.  Mommy is sick again, Horror Hounds, and Vinegar Syndrome has her cure!  ...

The Best of Enemies (2019)The new film starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson called The Best of Enemies is about finding common ground and learning to overcome our differences. Certainly a noble idea that could serve us all quite well in these divisive and contentious times. It's just too bad the ...

Tuff Turf (1985)

These are the secrets of the night!  For one high school senior, being the new kid in town just might get his ass tangled in all those secrets.  Hell, his first night in town has him biking through the streets of Los Angeles and, in a rather amusing ...

Captive State (2019)Like the trojan horse at the heart of its central allusion, Captive State isn’t what it initially appears to be. Perhaps due to its dour subject matter, its refusal to kowtow to mass appeal, or maybe even because Focus Features didn’t truly know what to do with it, the film is  ...

Reptile (1966)Something is amiss in Cornwall.  When the dark settles in, so too does a dangerous epidemic that has its victims foaming at the mouths and left with strange markings on their necks.  Is it a bite?  Or something worse?  Whatever it is, the ...

Captain Marvel - Movie ReviewSo here we are, staring down the tail end of the MCU’s Phase 3, with only Avengers: End Game remaining. Marvel had already triumphantly pumped us for the inevitable finale, but in an interesting move, they have made the penultimate film in Phase 3 a somewhat new ...

Quatermass and the Pit blu-rayBecause skulls and bombs do not mix!  Quatermass and the Pit finally sees the light of day on HD thanks to Shout! Factory.  Directed by Roy Ward Baker (The October Man) and starring character actor Andrew Keir (The Dalek Invasion of Earth) as Professor ...

The Natural (1984)

Swing for the lights! I am not sure there is any other film in cinema that screams out AMERICANA as much as The Natural does.  It is steeped in everything that makes AND breaks America. ...

Quatermass 2 (1957)Based on the popular television serial, Hammer Studios produced a trilogy of science fiction gems featuring the talents of Professor Bernard Quatermass in the 1950s and 60s.  Their first film, The Quatermass Xperiment brought them a box office  ...

A Madea Family Funeral If you like Tyler Perry’s Madea movies, then more power to you. Go see his latest, A Madea Family Funeral. It is not the best in the series, but neither is it the worst. If you’ve never seen a Madea movie, prepare yourself for a disjointed comedic romp packed with cringe-worthy  ...

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