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 ...

The AstrologerCalling all fans of 1970s cinema!  Severin Films has got your ticket to ride with what has to be one of the strangest science fiction offerings, The Astrologer.  Slow-moving and centered around a covert government agency which monitors astrological signs to see if a person is good or bad, this film will leave ...

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 ...

TThe Spider (aka Earth Vs. The Spider)Independently made in glorious black-and-white cinematography by producer, writer, special effects supervisor Bert I. Gordon (King Dinosaur, Attack of the Puppet People, The Amazing Colossal Man, Village of the Giants, and Empire of the Ants), The Spider is quick to the kill, opening  ...

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 ...

The Dead Pit

This place gives me nightmares! Ever felt buried by all your work?  The Dead Pit takes that saying literally and concerns itself with a mad doctor who, 20 years ago, was killed and buried alongside his human experiments . . . in the basement of an asylum.  The hope was that he’d never ...

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 ...

Mr. No Legs (1978)You haven't seen anything until you witness a double amputee karate kick someone's ass straight into a pool.  In slow motion, nonetheless.  That's the exploitative territory we're headed into in tonight's viewing of Mr. No Legs.  Get the beer ready! ...

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 ...

The Cameraman (1928)The Cameraman is the film in which Buster Keaton’s character (accidentally double exposing some pretty hilarious images over each other) discovers the avant-garde on accident.  All joking aside, this comedic masterpiece from the silent era - with one scene hilariously depicting Keaton  ...

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 ...

Teenage Hitchhikers (1974)And just like that, a drive-in classic comes to blu-ray!  Thanks to Dark Force Entertainment, Teenage Hitchhikers arrives with a brand new HD Master from the original camera negative with hours of scene by scene color corrections.  Time to get those thumbs out and ready for the winding  ...

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  ...

Friday the 13th: 40th Anniversary Limited Editon SteelbookProduced and expertly directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller, Friday the 13th, being the first independent movie to get distributed by a major studio, never seems to get the credit it deserves.  We take it for granted with much of the discussion revolving around which  ...

Good Boys (2019)One of the kids at the center of the new comedy Good Boys confidently tells his two best friends, “It’s a tampon. Girls shove it up their butts to stop babies from coming out.” The object in question is indeed a tampon, they got that part right. But, of ...

Believe it or not, the meta-munching kills of Babyface (Raicho Vasilev) are back!  Completely ignored by damn near everyone at the time of its release, The Hills Run Red brought the “babyface” mask to horror enthusiasts a decade before Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2 U and ...

Rambo (2008)If the last couple of years have taught us anything it should be never underestimate Sylvester Stallone. He was mocked at the beginning of his career and brought us Rocky. His popularity waned in the late 90’s and when word trickled down he was reviving not only his famous ...

Primal ScreamKiddos, when it comes to making movies, films RARELY get this ambitious. Primal Scream is what happens when Dashiell Hammett and Arthur C. Clarke get together, smoke a little weed, and decide to make a movie. Outside of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, there is simply nothing  ...

The Peanut Butter Falcon - Movie ReviewFeaturing a special needs character in a film is always a risky proposition that has the potential to cross that fine line between exploitation and exposition. ...

Universal Horror Collection, Volume Five

Men and women in ape suits?  Yes, please! The Universal Horror Collection returns with even more mad scientists, crazed apes, and wild women!  Woot, woot!  I’ve been excited for this release since it was originally announced and, with a few short months of waiting ...

Una (2017)When Una (Rooney Mara) was 13, her neighbor Ray molested her. They carried on a secret 3-month long relationship, at which point they planned to run away together. But then Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) disappeared. He wound up serving 4 years ...

The Giant Spider Invasion

“Sometimes the only way I know you’re still alive is when I hear ya flush the toilet!” Don’t adjust your television set!  The little blue streak shooting across a rather bland-looking photo of the galaxy as the title card for THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION appears means that aliens have arrived in ...

50 years of Planet of the Apes

‘It’s a mad house! A mad house!’ So it felt to me finding the entire Planet of the Apes cinematic journey in this new mammoth sized 50th anniversary set in the mail. I’ll try to keep the review succinct as there are 5 movies in the original series, the Tim Burton remake and the  ...

The H-Man/Battle in Outer SpaceTake your pick, fellow kaiju geeks!  The latest double billing to hit the blu-ray market has a lot to offer fans of Japanese late 50's sci-fi flicks as both The H-Man (from 1958) and Battle in Outer Space (from 1959) make their blu-ray debut thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment ...

Planet of the Apes Trilogy 4KWe are so spoiled for choice in this day and age that sometimes brilliance and gold that should never be missed can get left in the wake of unending wave of stuff. In a world of remakes, amazing movie magic, remakes of Planet of the Apes are not as instantly well known as ...

Lone Wolf McQuaideChuck Norris, soaked in a profile of shadows, standing atop a red bluff in the Southwest might be one of the most striking images in Lone Wolf McQuade, an action flick which prides itself in showing the rugged manliness of one man’s individualism against a crazy force of criminal activity  ...

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & ShawTimes were so much simpler when the Fast & Furious franchise first got underway back in 2001. The tragic events of 9/11 had not yet complicated our world, $150 million + movie budgets weren't commonplace, and VCR players were the much-coveted electronic  ...

The Gates of HellIt shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that this horror classic begins with a scream. It’s as if writer/director Lucio Fulci is already expecting the shrieking as Father William Thomas (Fabrizio Jovine) wanders aimlessly around a cemetery. The slow driving beat of the electronic score from ...

The Matrix Trilogy 4KWith word trickling down a new Matrix entry is on the way that will include Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie Anne Moss), it feels timely to receive the 4K versions of the trilogy in the post to review. Let’s get to it. ...

Gappa: The Triphibian Monster

“Gappa.  No God.  Gappa.  Fly.” With those words of warning from a native boy, a crew of scientific explorers, specifically Hiroshi Kurosaki (Tamio Kawaji) and Itoko Koyanagi (Yoko Yamamoto), discover more than they expect on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean ...

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