House on Tombstone Hill (1989) - Blu-ray ReviewWho needs booze when you have practical gore effects as nasty as the ones on display in this nonstop party?! Writer/director James Riffel (Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Terror) made a masterpiece for ...

Skyscraper (2018) - Movie ReviewAmputees attack! If you are reading this then you are probably wondering if Dwayne Johnson’s new action flick is as yet another brainless actioneer.  Skyscraper is EXACTLY that.  Dumb.  Stupid.  Shameless. The movie, defying gravity and logic time and ...

House on Haunted Hill (1999) - Blu-rayIn which the showman, with spotlights and all, actually becomes the show. I hold William Castle with high regard when it comes to horror.  Entertaining as hell, he could always be relied on to create an atmosphere with his many films.  Audiences are only now just ...

Solo: A Star Wars Story - Movie ReviewMuch of the fun and joy of watching a Star Wars movie these days comes not from discovering something new, but rather from revisiting everything old with a new set of eyes. Whether the original series of sequels and prequels or within the Star Wars Story ‘tweeners,  ...

Bad Ronald - Blu-ray ReviewThere’s a spot on the wall.  It wasn’t there before.  You move closer.  What is it? And so, you move even closer.  Closer still.  And then the spot moves.  It’s an eye!  Someone is inside the house.  Holy shit, man.  Screaming and running away are the only choices! ...

Ocean's 8 - Movie ReviewBecause crime is a family affair. I’m not going to say that we needed an Ocean’s 11 spin-off. All I am going to say is that, as an avid fan of Steven Soderbergh’s style-centric comedic heist films starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, I am just thrilled to see the franchise ...

An Hour to Kill - Movie ReviewHot peppers!  An abandoned Nazi bunker…in California!  Horny hog mutants!  And two assassins with time on their hands!  An Hour to Kill has it all! Knowing that, it is the story about a biker bowling team on the hunt for “hogs” to pork ...

Upgrade (2018) - Movie ReviewWhat if all this autonomous technology and cybernetic artificial intelligence stuff we’ve so ardently allowed to slowly creep into our lives suddenly went haywire and began crashing cars, recording our conversations, and sending our most private discussions to random people in  ...

Trick 'r Treat - Blu-rayIt’s been eleven long years since I first saw this horror film and, yeah, I am still talking about it.  Why?  Because it’s THAT good and it turns out that there are still people out there who are virgins to its twisted tales of morbidity.  And now Scream Factory gives us a ...

Deadpool 2 - Movie ReviewHey, Meatsicle! Get your ass some popcorn and go to the show this weekend. Another round of great comic book sendoffs has been sent to theaters and you don’t want to miss this shit. At all.  ...

The Purge 4-Movie Collection - Blu-ray“Blessed be the New Founders! Blessed be the new America!” The Tea Party, born out of frustration from having their conservative voices and agenda ignored, are now in power.  What a difference five long years make!  When the original film was made  ...

Miss Stevens - DVD ReviewSo many movies have been made about inspiring teachers, you wonder what’s left to say about them. But the indie drama Miss Stevens tells a fresh new story about a very human, flawed English teacher named Rachel (Lily Rabe from American Horror Story) who connects  ...

The SPiral Staircase - Blu-ray Review

Perhaps it is the close-up on the eyeball in the shadows.  Piercing.  Constant.  Terrifying.  Or maybe it is the SCREAM that stops a silent movie, separating the audience into steady streams of shock as a motion picture stops its own rollout to pay tribute ...

A Quiet Place (2018) - Movie ReviewThe horror genre is going to some interesting new places of late. With the recent critical and box office success of last year’s Get Out, the acceptance of last month’s intoxicating mind trip Annihilation, and now with A Quiet Place’s rousing world premier at Austin’s SXSW  ...

Strange Nature (2018) - Movie ReviewTo this day, there remains something insanely special about director Brian De Palma’s Carrie.  It is based on the once-discarded novel by Stephen King, but was painstakingly adapted for the screen by Lawrence D. Cohen.  Cohen got everything about King’s first novel right  ...

Isle of Dogs (2018) - Blu-ray ReviewFoundations need to be shaken. Whatever happened to man’s best friend?  Isle of Dogs, written and directed by Wes Anderson, has the answer and it comes into focus via stop-motion.  This is Anderson’s second stop-motion feature but it might ...

Blessed are the Children - Movie ReviewA solid synth score leads things off.  GREAT.  A spooky setting is quickly made clear as the titles begin and end.  AWESOME.  There’s a jump scare early on and then…and then…nothing.  What the hell, man?!  Blessed Are the Children starts right out of the gate  ...

Rampage (2018) - Movie ReviewRampage is really big. And really dumb. And, yes, really fun. The film works because NEVER EVER does it take itself seriously. How could it?! After all, this is a film whose only requirement is that it have a giant lizard (er, alligator), a giant wolf, and a giant ape pulverizing buildings into ...

The Night Stalker - The Night Strangler - Blu-rayThe Night Stalker - The Night Strangler - Blu-rayIt begins in a dingy motel room.  A cassette player is on.  A disheveled looking man, worn out but determined, is listening to his own recording.  That voice speaks honesty.  He is determined to get his story published.  It is important.  No matter how ridiculous it sounds ...

Ready Player One - Movie ReviewTo this day, there remains something insanely special about director Brian De Palma’s Carrie.  It is based on the once-discarded novel by Stephen King, but was painstakingly adapted for the screen by Lawrence D. Cohen.  Cohen got everything about King’s first novel right  ...

The Bride (1985) - Blu-ray ReviewRemember the Master-Blaster character combo from Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome?  The Master, played by Angelo Rossitto, was positioned on top of The Blaster, played by Paul Larsson and together they operated the methane-heavy Underworld ...

Tomb Raider (2018) - Blu-ray ReviewAt least the filmmakers got the character right. Fist pumping all the way out of the theater this March, that was my big takeaway from this reboot. Finally, a Lara Croft film that felt EXACTLY like the character should. She just needed a better storyline. Maybe next time, right? ...

Exorcist II: The Heretic - Blu-ray ReviewI am STILL not sure of what I have seen.  My first trip with this sequel was in high school. But the idea of hypnosis as a vehicle for good and evil just didn’t take hold.  It still doesn’t. All I remember liking about this movie was Linda Blair in a see-through nightgown. Seriously ...

Game Night (2018) - Movie ReviewWe all have that one friend. That over-stimulated, under-acknowledged, hyper-competitive jerk to whom everything in life is a game with an undeniable winner and a loser. There are a whole bunch of those kind in Game Night, the latest film by 2015’s Vacation reboot  ...

Queen of Outer Space - Blu-ray"26 million miles from Earth, and the dolls are still the same!" Bedazzling certain items in your wardrobe is nothing new.  Cute! Cute! Cute! Just look at what Queen Yllana does to her mask in the laser-brained adventure that is Queen of Outer Space.  The glitter!  The sparkles! ...

Red Sparrow - Blu-ray ReviewIn which Katniss Everdeen gets down and dirrrty...but you still won't care.  From Russia with Love this spy game is not.  Red Sparrow is a spy movie that should work. It has a very talented cast and the story, about a former Russian ballerina who ...

Body Melt (1993) - Blu-ray ReviewDon’t you dare cover your eyes!  Once Body Melt begins, there is no looking away. This is a movie concerned about the equipping the human body with the right fuel in order to make it run better.  It is also a movie about enlarged tongues and exploding boners that grow to  ...

Spaceballs (1987) - Blu-ray ReviewBy the 1980s, cinema was in well and truly in the post Star Wars world. Its monster success and permeation into the cultural zeitgeist still looms large over movies today. Like any profitable venture, those left bobbing about aimlessly in the wake of such a phenomenon try to ride that  ...

The Cyclops (1954) - Blu-ray ReviewEven by Atomic Age standards, this low grade exploration into the effects of radiation on living animals is pretty terrible.  Maybe drunk enough, this low budget matinee flick comes alive.  As it is, The Cyclops is hit-and-miss adventure that features rather large lizards, snakes,  ...

Wonder (2018) - DVD ReviewIt can’t be easy to emote well under a face full of prosthetics, but Jacob Tremblay does a great job doing just that in Wonder. Based on the bestselling children’s novel by R. J. Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year-old August “Auggie” Pullman. In many ways, Auggie’s like a ...

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