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Hitch Hike | Blu-ray Review

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Raro Video resurrects an exploitation goodie masquerading as another bit of cheap Eurosleaze, Hitch Hike (aka Autostop Rosso Sangue) a 1977 thriller from Italian director Pasquale Festa Campanile. Like a tawdry version of an early Polanski effort, it’s a significant anomaly of its ilk for several reasons, the most notable being its director, usually known as a fixture of 1970’s Italian-style comedy (aka commedia all’italiana). Adapted from the novel The Violence and the Fury by Peter Kern, it’s headlined by Franco Nero, French actress Corinne Clery (the title character from infamous The Story of O, 1975) and grindhouse staple David Hess (The Last House on the Left, 1972), while predictable story elements spiked with moments of brutal violence should be enough to rejuvenate interest in a title not often screened in the Us (despite its initial box office success in Europe).

Walter Mancini (Franco Nero), a bitter, alcoholic journalist, is
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Raro and Kino Lorber to Release Uncut Version of David Hess Thriller Hitch Hike on Blu-ray

Obscure and hyper-violent thriller Hitch-hike coming to Blu-ray. Director Pasquale Festa Campanile’s brutal Italian exploitation masterpiece is coming to Blu-ray on February 16th via a partnership with Raro Video and Kino Lorber, totally uncut and uncensored and presented in a stunning new HD transfer. And trust us, this is a picture you’ll want to see…

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'Hateful Eight' Soundtrack Includes White Stripes and Roy Orbison

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'Hateful Eight' Soundtrack Includes White Stripes and Roy Orbison
Many movie fans are looking forward to December because of Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters. There is another cross-section of fandom that is awaiting the holiday season for another reason, the release of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Earlier today, a new poster was released from this revenge Western, and now we have even more details about the film's soundtrack. Film Music Reporter is reporting that Decca Records is releasing the soundtrack on December 18, with 28 tracks that includes music from composer Ennio Morricone and songs from The White Stripes, Roy Orbison and David Hess.

The soundtrack will include David Hess' Now You're All Alone from The Last House on the Left soundtrack, The White Stripes song Apple Blossom and Roy Orbison's There Won't Be Many Coming Home, which is from the 1967 movie The Fastest Guitar Alive, where the singer made his first and only film appearance.
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Ennio Morricone Won’t Be Alone on the Soundtrack For Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

When it was revealed Ennio Morricone would be teaming with Quentin Tarantino to deliver an original score for The Hateful Eight — the biggest news out of this year’s Comic-Con, bar one — we wondered if this might be a brief respite for the director, in terms of utilizing anachronistic music choices. Today now brings the full soundtrack list (thanks to Music Box via Film Music Reporter), but rest assured, he snuck a few unexpected choices in the line-up.

Made up mostly of Morricone’s tracks (17 in total, with some repeated titles) and dialogue bits from the cast, there’s three outliers: The White Stripes‘ Apple Blossom, Roy Orbinson‘s — spoilers! — There Won’t Be Many Coming Home, and David Hess‘ — spoilers, again! — Now You’re All Alone, which was in the original Last House on the Left. Coming from Decca Records on December 18th, we’ll get a few days
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James Remembers Wes Craven

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Usually when someone famous passes away, I write a little thing on Twitter and Facebook, giving a little insight as to why they meant something to me. Be it a film that connected with me, a song that helped me through something tough, a book that I devoured multiple times and a piece or artwork that I could look at until the end of time, always seeing something new. But when it comes to someone like Wes Craven passing away, it feels as if I’m in an awful nightmare and there’s no Dream Warriors to save me and Freddy Krueger isn’t the wisecracking asshole but instead just death himself.

Wes Craven was one of the first filmmakers that I connected with at a young age. Of course, Freddy Krueger was the 80’s and being a child of the 80’s, I connected with slasher movies. Yes, I was
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Blu-ray Review – Island of Death (1976)

Island of Death, 1976.

Directed by Nico Mastorakis.

Starring Bob Belling, Jane Lyle, Jessica Dublin, Gerard Gonalons and Janice McConnel.


A British couple on a Greek island embark on a perverted killing spree, targeting anybody they think deserves punishing.

Anybody who has ever taken an interest in the enduring legacy of the video nasty era would have come across the title Island of Death at some point, mainly because it is a film that is so notoriously sleazy and offensive that it would be impossible not to probe into the subject of banned films and not find it languishing somewhere near the top of every list going.

A film with not much of a narrative, Island of Death begins with a couple called Christopher (Bob Belling) and Celia (Jane Lyle) having sex in a telephone box while Christopher phones his mother so she can listen to what he’s doing.
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[Yuletide Terrors] Day 11: To All A Goodnight

Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.

Students at the Calvin Finishing School for Girls can’t wait for Christmas break. The young ladies are planning a huge end of semester blow out. When a group of guys show up and everyone starts pairing off, the party gets underway. But someone dressed as Santa Claus is killing off anyone looking for a place to bone. Are they killings somehow related to the sorority prank that ended in death? They totally are.

Released in 1980, To All A Goodnight has
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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman,
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Top 9 Chilling Chainsaw Kills

Motel Hell is available now on Blu-ray. That information alone should be enough to send horror fans shrieking into the streets to party until the wee hours of the morning. And we here all want to get into the festivities as well.

To celebrate the release of Motel Hell on Blu-ray, we've compiled our Top 9 Chilling Chainsaw Kills. Of course this is in reference to the iconic chainsaw scene in the climax of the film. There was something simply unforgettable about Rory Calhoun wielding a ridiculously long chainsaw while wearing a pig head like a Halloween mask. Classic!

But before we get to our top horrific movie chainsaw kills, we have some honorable mentions to share with you. We've got to go way back to find some of the earliest on-screen chainsaw kills. We came up with Dark of the Sun (1968) and The Wizard of Gore (1970) for two of the first buzzsaw butcherings.
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Icons’ Guide To Must Own Record Store Day ’14 Releases!

The celebratory day of vinyl is upon us once more: Record Store Day 2014 is packed with some groovy releases from soundtrack kings Death Waltz Records, One Way Static, Mondo, and more! We’ve assembled a list of all the records you should be seeking out tomorrow, so check those out below!

The Last House On The LeftDavid Hess

One Way Static Records

12″ Picture Disc – Limited To 1,500

One Way Static’s first foray into records was a comprehensive release (now out-of-print) of Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left. Composed by Krug himself, David Hess, One Way Static are giving those who may have missed out another chance with a limited picture disc edition, that comes loaded with liner notes. Speaking as someone who spins Hess’ musical contribution on a weekly basis, I can safely say this is an essential purchase.

ParanormanJon Brion


12″ Glow in the
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Limited Edition The Hills Have Eyes Vinyl & Cassette Coming From One Way Static Records!

Following their lavish debut of issuing David HessThe Last House On The Left score, newcomers One Way Static have announced they’ll be doing the same for Don Peake’s The Hills Have Eyes! Continuing the trend of issuing Wes Craven’s early films, The Hills Have Eyes eerie score has been taken from the original masters, and comes in a variety of format flavors:

Limited Edition Color Vinyl

Packaged in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket with printed insert. The jacket has an aqueous satin coating & Spot Gloss high Uv finishing + Foil Stamping on the cover and spine. Comes on Amber/Glow In The Dark Split Vinyl and Clear/Solid Amber Splatter Vinyl. These variants are inserted randomly and are limited to #300 copies each worldwide. They come sequentially foil numbered (2 series of /300). Black Vinyl

Limited to 1400 copies worldwide. Packaged in an old school Tip-On Gatefold jacket. Comes
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31 Days of Horror: ‘Smash Cut’ Review

Stars: David Hess, Sasha Grey, Jesse Buck, Michael Berryman, Herschell Gordon Lewis | Written by Ian Driscoll | Directed by Lee Demarbe

Abel Whitman (Hess) is a director on the edge – the edge of the industry, the edge of society and the edge of insanity – and his films are universally panned by audiences and critics alike. Seeking solice in the arms of a stripper he calls his muse, Whitman gets involved in a car accident which takes her life and drives him completely insane. Inspired by the grisly aftermath of the crash and reasoning that his films have failed because the effects do not look real enough, Whitman sets out on a killing spree, harvesting organs and blood from his victims and using them to create realistic gore effects. When critics praise this new found realism, Whitman cannot help but continue his murderous ways – ways, it turns out, he is most adept in getting away with.
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The Last House On The Left Score Comes Home To Vinyl From One Way Static Records!

Cult film scores on vinyl are having a major reissuing renaissance at the moment thanks to labels such as Death Waltz Records, Mondo, and Waxwork Records, and now you can add one more to the mix: One Way Static Records! Based out of Belgium, One Way Static is making the late David Hess’ score he supplied for Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left their first LP release ! Available in a Limited Edition of 300 color vinyl (that includes a flexi disc of original radio spots!), a standard black vinyl limited to 1,400, a deluxe digipack CD containing exclusive bonus tracks limited to 1,000, and last but not least a cassette limited to 400 for Cassette Store Day! It doesn’t get any more lavish than this, and pre-orders have already begun. Hit the links above to score your very own (I just placed an order for the color vinyl myself!), and
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Review: Swamp Thing (Blu-ray)

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Swamp Thing is based on the popular DC Comics character and couldn’t be any more different than Craven’s previous film, Deadly Blessing. A departure into science fiction for the horror director and one of Adrienne Barbeau’s early genre films, it’s a Beauty and the Beast romance with some industrial sabotage thrown in for good measure. Just released to Blu-ray / DVD by Scream Factory, Swamp Thing is a great blast of nostalgia for kids of the 1980’s.

Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) has been holed up in the swamps with his sister (Nannette Brown), working on a way to hybridize animal and plant DNA in an attempt solve the world’s hunger problems. Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau) enters the picture as a government agent sent to investigate and report on his progress. The two quickly strike up a relationship, but their time together is interrupted when a
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Review: Wes Craven's "Swamp Thing": Blu-ray/DVD Combo Release

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By Todd Garbarini

Swamp Thing (1982) is a peculiar entry in the Wes Craven canon. For a director who cut his teeth in porn (most directors began their careers as editors in this field in the early 1970s) and directed such fare as The Last House on the Left (1972) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Swamp Thing is a much gentler film. One of the few PG-rated entries to his credit, it was made just a few years prior to his very own A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the movie that turned the horror film industry on its ear with the introduction of Fred Krueger and which spawned one of the most successful franchises in the genre.

Released on Friday, February 19, 1982 by the late Joseph E. Levine’s long-defunct Embassy Pictures, Swamp Thing is a film version of the DC Comic that was created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Set in
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Doctor Gash's Top 10 Greatest Horror Movies... Ever! #8 - A Nightmare on Elm Street

Assuming I haven't been run out of town on a rail by you Dreadies after the first two films on this list, I'll carry on with the next entry. It's completely coincidental that two of the first three films on this list are directed by Wes Craven; the dude just made some badass films.

And perhaps none more badass than A Nightmare on Elm Street.

#8-A Nightmare on Elm Street

"Whatever you do, don't fall asleep."

Before he introduced the world to the horrors of Elm Street, Wes Craven had already established himself as a masterful horror writer/director with the releases of such films as The Last House on the Left in 1972, The Hills Have Eyes in ’77 and Swamp Thing in ’82, but it wasn’t until November 9, 1984, when Craven unleashed a horribly burned, supernatural child-killer named Freddy Krueger on the world in A Nightmare on Elm Street, that he became iconic.
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The Last House on the Left Soundtrack Returns to Vinyl

Belgium-based One Way Static Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack from Wes Craven's 1972 shocker The Last House on the Left this year.  The score was composed and performed by the late David Hess and this release will be fully dedicated to his memory, life and career as both an actor and musician who passed in 2011.

The label teamed up with director Wes Craven, producer Sean Cunningham and the Hess family to make the release possible.

Expect the package to contain the full original score which will be available on a deluxe gatefold vinyl edition with printed inner sleeve.  A Digipack CD version and Digital Download, with digital booklet, will be included as well.

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Thn’s Top Ten Horror Remakes Part 2

January is fast becoming the month to rival the more appropriate October for the release of horror films. So we conclude our countdown, (which began Here yesterday), of our Top Ten Horror Remakes. We’ve also decided to mention a few titles that just missed the cut, but deserve a special mention for attempting to add something different to their respective source material.

At five…

5. The Crazies (2010)

Breck Eisner seemed another peculiar choice to helm the remake of cult Geroge R. Romero favourite, The Crazies. After all, his Matthew McConnaughey-led adventure Sahara, died on its arse in 2005, while his debut feature – the action-thriller Thoughtcrimes (2003) – was little seen to say the least. However, the son of former Disney chief Michael Eisner assembled a terrific cast, led by the ever-captivating Timothy Olyphant and Aussie beauty Radha Mitchell. They gave us a gripping chiller, which sees the band of survivors of Ogden Marsh,
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Fred Lincoln Dead at 75 – Played Weasel in Last House On The Left

“I wonder what the meanest, foulest, rottenest, woodsiest sex crime ever was?”

Fred Lincoln was a giant in the adult film industry, directing and acting in hundreds of porno films from the early 70’s up until about 5 five years ago when his health began to decline. We Are Movie Geeks doesn’t cover porn, but like his costar David Hess (who died in October of 2011), Lincoln would have gone done in history as one of the slimiest degenerates in the movies if he had appeared in nothing except the 1972 rape and revenge classic Last House On The Left where he played the repellent villain Weasel Padowski (a name he sometimes used as a pseudonym for his porn directing). Director Wes Craven’s first film was one of the most notorious movies ever made, offending nearly everyone who saw it, and 40 years later, it hasn’t lost any of its edge.
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