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8 items from 2015

‘Blastfighter’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

16 November 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Valentina Forte, George Eastman, Stefano Mingardo, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, Massimo Vanni, Elizabeth Forbes, Carl Savage, Michele Soavi, George Williams | Written by Luca De Rita, Massimo De Rita, Morando Morandini Jr., Dardano Sacchetti | Directed by Lamberto Bava

Number four in 88 Films Italian Collection, Blastfighter is one of those movies that, at least amongst cult movie fans, has gained legendary status, even for those that have never so much as seen the film! This is the type of action flick that fans of the genre hail as the pinnacle of insane, over the top, no-holds-barred Rambo/Deliverance knock-offs – for that is obviously where this film takes its inspiration. But this is backwoods-style vigilante justice with an Italian twist of course! Which is undoubtedly why the film has gained such a cult status.

Directed by Lamberto Bava, son of Giallo master Mario Bava and the man behind the 80s cult classic Demons, »

- Phil Wheat

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We are Still Here DVD Review

19 October 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Ted Geoghagen

Cast: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 88 minutes

Special Features: Audio commentary with director Ted Geoghagen and producer Travis Stevens, Behind-the-Scenes featurette.

Anne (Crampton) and Paul (Sensenig) Sacchetti are a middle aged couple grieving the death of their college-age son. In hopes of elevating some of his wife’s turmoil Paul has relocated the couple to the arse-end of nowhere in New England. As they try to settle in, something doesn’t seem quite right about the accommodation, the basement for one is always burning hot and there is the occasional misplaced item. Then they find that the house has a terrible history and has been vacant for the last thirty years. Determined to get to the bottom of events Anne calls in her ‘psychic’ friend  May (Marie) and her husband Jacob (Fessenden) at which point events escalate rapidly.

We are Still Here »

- Kat Hughes

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200 Greatest Horror Films (190-181)

2 October 2015 9:44 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Special Mention: Gojira (Godzilla)

Written and directed by Ishirô Honda

Japan, 1954

Ishiro Honda’s grim, black-and-white post-Hiroshima nightmare stands the test of time. This allegory for the devastation wrought on Japan by the atomic bomb is quite simply a powerful statement about mankind’s insistence to continue to destroy everyone and everything the surrounds us. With just one shot (a single pan across the ruins of Tokyo), Honda manages to express the devastation that Godzilla represents. Since its debut, Godzilla has become a worldwide cultural icon, but very little is said about actor Takashi Shimura, who adds great depth as Dr. Yamane; his performance is stunning. Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya originally wanted to use classic stop-motion animation to portray Godzilla, but time and budget limitations forced him to dress actors up in monster suits. Despite this minor setback, Tsuburaya’s scale sets of Tokyo are crafted with such great attention to detail, »

- Ricky Fernandes

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Frightfest 2015: ‘We Are Still Here’ Review

11 August 2015 12:31 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham | Written and Directed by Ted Geoghegan

As a kid growing up in the 80s there were only a handful of women who, at least for this young horror fan, could sell a film on their name alone. For T&A terror it was the likes of Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer and Linnea Quigley; but for the real stuff, the truly horrorfying movies it was Barbara Crampton. To this day I will watch any film to which her name is attached, he presence in a movie, especially a horror movie, always elevates the production. Which is why We Are Still Here was pretty much a given at this years Frightfest!

But it’s not just the presence of Crampton that attracted me to this particular slice of New England horror.

Back in 2009, Ti West’s The House of the Devil »

- Phil Wheat

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We Are Still Here | Review

4 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

From its chilly opening sequences and impressive title unveil, Ted Geoghegan’s slim yet sturdy debut We Are Still Here belongs to a contemporary tradition of filmmakers directly referencing vintage masters from the annals of horror cinema. Unlike the hybridization occurring in the works of recent indie filmmakers like Ti West or Adam Wingard, Geoghegan denies his film the same sense of increasing self-awareness, though a sense of the ludicrous certainly remains intact. Fashioning the film after giallo master Lucio Fulci’s 1981 classic The House by the Cemetery, Geoghegan assembles an impressive cast of notables. But those unfamiliar with either the source inspiration or the reputation of the principal players may find the narrative too routine, dressed up as it is with a title befitting of a Joyce Carol Oates saga.

Following the death of their son Bobby in a tragic car accident, Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul Sacchetti (Andrew Sensenig »

- Nicholas Bell

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We Are Still Here – The Review

3 June 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Some of the best and surprising films, not just in horror but all genres, are the ones that sneak up on you and catch you off guard. To be more specific, small films that seemingly come out of nowhere, without warning, and despite their having an otherwise mild-mannered appearance, turn out to have quite a surprising impact.

Written and directed by Ted Geoghagan, We Are Still Here is one of these little modestly made films that speak quietly but carry a big stick. Wash, as I will refer to it from here on out, is a superbly made film that does not strike you as such upon the first viewing. Instead, its a film that nags at you and eats away at your mind after the viewing has ended. For myself, I came away from my initial viewing thinking only mediocre thoughts of its content, but as I soon realized, »

- Travis Keune

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New on Video: ‘The Beyond’

7 April 2015 3:50 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Beyond

Directed by Lucio Fulci

Written by Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio Mariuzzo, and Lucio Fulci

Italy, 1981

While he may not have the name recognition of George Romero or Wes Craven, Lucio Fulci has had a singular impact on the horror genre. And though his work doesn’t lend itself to the sort of pop culture familiarity that unites these and other more mainstream horror directors, what he did best within the genre, he did as well as any other filmmaker. His was a down and dirty horror: grisly, textured, elaborate, graphic. And arguably his finest achievement, certainly one that perfectly showcases his style and skill, is The Beyond (1981), out now on an extensive 3-disc collectors edition Blu-ray.

The Beyond begins in 1927 Louisiana, where the basic premise of portentous evil lurking near seven doors to hell is established. Upon one of those gateways sits an old gothic hotel, which in the present day, »

- Jeremy Carr

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March 24th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Beyond, Digging Up The Marrow

23 March 2015 6:46 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the second to last week of March, genre fans have a lot to look forward to as there are a ton of titles making their home entertainment debut this Tuesday. Image Entertainment is releasing Digging Up the Marrow, the latest from filmmaker Adam Green, on both Blu-ray and DVD and Grindhouse Releasing is doing the dark lord’s work with their stunning 3-Disc Collector’s Edition of Lucio Fulci’s cult classic, The Beyond. Wild Eye Releasing also has several films being released on March 24th and Shout Factory has another great Mystery Science Theater 3000 box set coming out as well.

The Beyond: 3-Disc Collector’s Edition (Grindhouse Releasing, Blu-ray)

The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places... And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth! From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. »

- Heather Wixson

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