Western StarsSomewhere in Colts Neck, New Jersey there sets a horse farm owned by Bruce Springsteen.  And on those 378 acres there is a two-story barn which, on certain nights, doubles as a performance area for Springsteen, his wife Patti Scialfa, and some close friends.  The voices coming out from  ...

Universal Horror Collection Volume FourIt doesn’t take Night Key very long to kick into high gear.  Boris Karloff, starring as an inventor of a bank alarm who gets pissed that he’s not getting the money or the credit for his invention, finds himself in over his head with a group of gangsters who want to get rich quick.  With nowhere to turn to ...

Breakthrough (2019)Movies like Miracles from Heaven and Heaven Is for Real tell allegedly true stories of divine intervention. The latest such movie is 2019’s Breakthrough. About four years ago in Missouri, teenager John Smith (Marcel Ruiz) fell through the ice of a frozen lake. After 15 minutes underwater he clinically died. But when ...

InseminoidWhat happens when like-minded British and Hong Kong film producers get together to make a cheapo-depot sex film?  They ride the success of Alien, amp up the sex, and make one of the strangest exploitation films of the early 1980s.  Inseminoid is a horror film like few others. Thanks to  ...

Joker (2019)Joker was frightening proposition for this reviewer, who has been a lifelong Batman fanatic. Firstly because it presumed to make the focus of its narrative on one of the greatest antagonists in storytelling history, without the hero; secondly because it wasn’t going to stick with ...

Bug (1975)Giant-sized cockroaches in the Brady Bunch house?!  Yes, please. What other secrets are those unclean Brady’s hiding?  With Bug, a film that locks its horrors upon fire-farting cockroaches, we find out! ...

Rambo: Last BloodTenacious is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Sylvester Stallone. He was once one of the highest-paid and most successful actors in cinema’s history, and, like most, has had his fair share of career highlights and—lets be kind—lulls. ...

Parasite (2019)Seven films into his career and Bong Joon Ho continues to impress audiences with dark and thoughtful material.  This time, with Parasite, he delivers a film that is so topical and so well made that even Hollywood had to stop and take notice.  Parasite is THAT memorable. ...

It CHapter TwoWhen Stephen King’s doorstop novel was adapted for TV in the 90’s, it accomplished what shouldn’t have been possible. King’s novel is a behemoth tome, with dozens of characters, and was one of his truly graphic forays into the horror genre for ...

Ray Harryhausen Volume One blu-rayRay Harryhausen and his stop-motion work is legendary. While his stuff is slow to trickle out on blu-ray, the high-def picture and the clarity the format provides is always insightful into his creative processes. The latest round of his work comes from Indicator, a UK company that offers their ...

It's a Wonderful LifeThere are touchstone pictures that transcend any generation, no matter when they were born, that fall under the MUST WATCH category. They are masterpieces. Films like Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre, (I know! Bogart nut) it doesn’t matter. If you are a film aficionado, a general viewer, a ...

Color out of Space - blu-rayLadies and Gentlemen, Richard Stanley is back!  I have just been introduced to my new go-to movie.  Color Out of Space is right up there with Mandy when it comes to imaginative tales of terror.  The mixture of CGI and practical effects in this science fiction horror narrative is downright disturbing ...

Downton AbbeyPolish the silver, set out the good china, and put a kettle on. The Crawleys are back! Fans of the popular PBS television series that aired for six seasons can once again spend a little time at the sprawling English countryside estate as the film version of Downton Abbey finally hits theaters. And even ...

Brewster's MillionsBrewster’s Millions remains a screwball comedy that simply knocks it out of the park.  Home runs don’t get much wilder than this ...

Bourne Ultimate CollectionThe Bourne series is currently five films in (as of the writing of this article) and had definitively made its mark in the action/spy genre. In a perfect storm of confluences, it hit its mark with an audience desperate to break with convention and be given something unseen in the ...

SpookiesSpookies, originally directed by Brenden Faulkner and Thomas Doran and then later, inserting additional footage, by Eugenie Joseph, is back to party once again!  This cult classic - disappearing after a limited theatrical release, was revived on VHS and, eventually, became a standard broadcast  ...

Stand By Me (1986)Misery is just about this reviewer’s favorite Stephen King adaptation. Its director, Rob Reiner, was the only one entrusted with that adaptation because the author knew the director would adapt it well. The reason that King knew he would adapt it well ...

Deadly Manor

This house is EVIL!   At least, that’s the opinion of Helen (Claudia Franjul), one teenager in this group, when confronted with the option to stay the night in an abandoned mansion deep in the woods.  She’s not sticking around to find out what ...

Hellboy (2004) The first time I heard the name Mike Mignola was after I received a set of his Topps comic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. As a lifelong comic reader, I’m ashamed to say I’d missed his ...

Flesh Eating MothersAnswering Roger Waters' questions in Pink Floyd's "Mother" comes Flesh-Eating Mothers, an over-the-top horror-comedy that encourages the local police department to shoot all mothers on the spot.  Do not EVEN try to bring them in alive!   ...

Saving Private RyanI don’t cry in movies. It’s just not my way. But I have to confess that twenty years ago, upon sitting down to watch Steven Speilberg’s World War II magnum opus, the recreation of the Normandy invasion put a lump in my throat and fogged my eyes with tears for its ...

Hudson HawkAll Eddie “The Hawk” Hawkins wants, upon his release from prison, is a cappuccino.  What he gets instead is an unplanned - via coffin-sized suitcase - Looney Tunes-inspired trip to Italy to steal some of DaVinci’s most prized artifacts. ...

The Lion King (2019)Although this isn’t the first of Disney’s attempts to redo their animated back catalogue, I think it had the hardest job. The mastery of motion capture technology and the sophistication that computer generated animation has reached allows them to deliver ...

My Bloody ValentineIf stripteases in mining gear, hearts boiling alongside hot dogs, or dead women tumbling around in dryers aren’t your cup of tea then, well, I do believe there might be something wrong with you.  My Bloody Valentine, being made in the wake of John Carpenter's Halloween EXPLOSION, is Canuxploitation at its finest and its furious and this ...

RatatouillePixar never cease to surprise me. On the sole summary of one of their stories, I almost never get a sense of just how much I may fall in love with whatever they’re dishing out. Toy Story, The Incredibles, Coco, you name it, I’ve underestimated their power to completely ...

Grand IsleThe 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  ...

Rambo-first-blood2For a very long time, I wished that First Blood had been a one and done deal. But it arrived in the 1982, and anything from the 80s onward that made the studios money would like get a sequel with a roman numeral next to it. The remainder of that decade saw ...

10/31: Part II (2020)Well, well, well, what do we have here?  Scream Team Releasing drops a surprise release this month proving that it is never too late or too early to celebrate the Halloween season.  10/31 Part 2, with Malvolia, The Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle) once again hosting the beginning and ending bookend pieces in this  ...

Rambo III (1988)Three years would pass before another go around with John Rambo and produce the most (at the time) violent action movie ever made. It marked a continued tonal shift of the character that had good intentions hidden in cartoonish, ham fisted  ...

Swamp Thing

You want swampy southern gothic shenanigans in your entertainment?  Swamp Thing, as produced by DC Universe, has all your needs covered.   DC Universe really screwed up.  I mean, royally. Swamp Thing, as a web series, is dark and disturbing ...

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