Bones (2001)

Because the gangster of love don’t need no fried chicken! Starring Snoop Dogg and Pam Grier, director Ernest Dickerson’s Bones is an incredibly tight updated take on blaxploitation flicks by way of horror.  The mashing of genres works to create a film that has gone on to earn a sizable cult following ...

Violence in a Women's Prison (1982) - Blu-ray Review

Kitty’s back on the cell block!  Woot! Woot!  Let the sweat-dripping orgies begin! Violence in a Women’s Prison, originally released in 1982, is a damn ugly exploitation flick. Even when you lower the bar when it comes to Women in Prison flicks, this ...

1917 (2019)Filmmaker Sam Mendes gets down and personal with his new film, 1917 about two young British soldiers sent on an impossible mission to save hundreds of their fellow soldiers. Though largely fictionalized, his tale comes from an actual account told by his paternal grandfather who served in the ...

ConquestThe 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  ...

Masked Mutilator - Blu-rayYou say want sex and violence?  Well, the Masked Mutilator has EXACTLY what you are looking for.  Just be respectful because this house parent will definitely kick your ass ...

Harriet (2019)There’s a shocking, telling moment late in the movie Harriet (2019). Referring to a group of escaped slaves, the villain Gideon (Joe Elwyn) calls them “three bucks and a female with foal.” Of course, he does much worse throughout the movie. But that ...

April Fool's Day

Because who doesn’t like a practical joke?! “On a clear day you can see the Kennedys.”  That line of dialogue is one of the many clever lines in this cult classic from 1986.  April Fool’s Day, directed by Fred Walton and written by Danilo Bach, is an undeniable masterpiece of mood and mayhem ...

Black Christmas (2019)The latest iteration of Bob Clark’s ultra-gory yule tide slasher, Black Christmas, promises a modern take on the cult horror classic that stoked the fears of every sorority girl back in 1974  ...

Revenge of the CHeerleaders

Cigarettes out and zippers up! Tarantino’s main influence for Death Proof arrives on blu-ray thanks to Code Red and, yes, it features full frontal nudity from The Hoff, a seriously sexy dance number in a soda shop, and a lot of high school teens giving their all for the school. ...

An American Werewolf in LondonI’ll start this review with a question. 4K has been out for a few years now, and although this reviewer has only recently dipped into this new resolution, I wonder why companies like Arrow are still going to the effort of releasing restored definitive and feature-laden movies from days gone by, at scanned  ...

Record CityTalk about 1970s television star power!  Everyone - from Kinky Friedman to Ruth Buzzi - is stocking the shelves at Record City.  The familiar faces keep turning up in this store! ...

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)There’s a key scene about halfway through A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in which cynical journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), utters under his breath, "he's about the nicest person I've ever met.” Of course, Lloyd is talking about Fred Rogers, the host of ...

The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes (1955)Tucked far enough away from civilization, the bleak desert that surrounds the ranch at the center of this independently made feature from 1955 makes for some unsettling moments.  There’s nothing around the ranch except sand and mountains in the distance. Its remote location is already changing the ...

MidwayHollywood needs more war films. Despite the pig-headed durability of the world’s war machine providing an unending supply of source material, the genre has largely become abandoned with only the occasional passion project popping up from time to time around Veteran’s Day. For decades, the underserved ...

Terror Train

No one screams like Jamie Lee Curtis.  No one. Combine those ear-piercing screams with a creepy Groucho Marx mask, a young David Copperfield, a ghostly train ride, and you have sure fire success for a late October night full of terror and mystery.  Rising above the typical ...

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

Interior: DARK, GIN-SOAKED MOVIE THEATER CAMERA - SLOW PAN LEFT TO RIGHT. It was a dark and stormy night. Flickering frames of light pierced the smoky darkness, casting shadows on the tattered silver screen. The projector’s jittery rays revealed the forlorn faces of a checked-out audience while the stormy night’s deafening ...

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 ...

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)There are few directors out there that have the distinction of making sequels to hit films that not only reach the quality of the original, but surpass it. James Cameron is one of them. He is an auteur that never rested on his laurels, always coming at things with a fresh take for a follow up and never settling for ...

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  ...

The Little MermaidWith Disney’s current dominance at the box office, it is difficult to believe it, but they weren’t doing so well (theatrically) in the latter half of the 1980s. They had experienced, especially in the animation realm, a series of costly underperforming features and the sure thing that used ...

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! ...

Zombieland: Double TapThe road trip through the zombie apocalypse continues with Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland: Double Tap, which comes some ten years after his Zombieland caught the front end of the zombie resurgence in the ‘90s and rode it into undead lore. ...

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. ...

WaterworldThe last decade of the 20th Century in movies saw the pinnacle of star-powered excess-driven extravaganzas peak with Kevin Costner’s Waterworld. One of the biggest stars in the world, at the time, he could write his own ticket, dictate all terms, and will anything he wanted into existence. That ...

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 ...

Gemini ManRarely does conventional wisdom hold in Hollywood. Particularly with regards to the notion that less is more and that simplicity is superior to elaborate embellishment. Take, for instance Jerry Bruckheimer, the titan of TNT, who subscribes to the theory that if a candle is needed ...

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 ...

Hellboy II: The Golden Army2004’s Hellboy was a well-received if unspectacular performer at the box office, and the studios were not in a hurry to spend on another one. Undeterred, Guillermo Del Toro pressed on pitching various iterations of what could be the follow up. Oh, and since he had some time to kill ...

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 ...

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 ...

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