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When I was a kid just starting high school in 1989, I’m sure everyone who ever got to spend time at the local video rental store during that time can relate to this: there were those videocassettes whose covers struck memorable impressions on us. Some of them were just graphic photos of a still from its corresponding movie with titles across the front (Color Me Blood Red), some of them had some great full-color artwork (The Mutilator)and some of them had laughable covers that made you think a sixth grader put it together (Curse of the Demon). Though the all-time, hands-down winner is the Video Gems VHS big box of House of Death, there are a few that stirred more than just a morbid curiosity whose images never left the mind of this receptive and budding horror aficionado. One of those boxes belonged to a rather obscure little film called Blood Rage. »
- Leonel VHS
I gotta tell ya, creeps, after the last few months, I’m glad this here column is a lil’ light this week! Even the hardest workin’ fiend in the horror biz (self nominated) needs a break now and then!
Before we get to the reveiwin’, I want to call your attention to the new flick comin’ your way from those awesome dudes o’er at Necrostorm called The Mildew From Planet Xonader! This looks like it’s going to be one hell of a sci-fi splatterthon! Don’t believe me? Check out these photos!
Keep your putrid peepers peeled right here for more info on this flick (including how yours cruelly is involved!) in the comin’ weeks!
Now, on with the reviewin’…
• Release Date: Available December 15th on Blu-ray
• Directed By: John Grissmer
I give up. »
Stars: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Marianne Kanter, Julie Gordon, Jayne Bentzen, James Farrell, Ed French, William Fuller, Gerry Lou, Chad Montgomery, Ted Raimi, Lisa Randall | Written by Bruce Rubin | Directed by John Grissmer
Twins Todd and Terry appear at first to be just two sweet boys, until one day one of them decides to take an axe to the face of a drive-in patron. When Todd is blamed for it and institutionalised, Terry gets to live a normal life. As the two reach childhood though the truth comes out as to who was to blame, though his mother (Louise Lasser) refuses to accept the truth.
The 80s are often looked back at nostalgically when it comes to horror, especially for slasher movies. Many imitated the success of films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, but failed to find the same success. Blood Rage is »
- Paul Metcalf
Blood Rage, 1987
Directed by John Grissmer.
The twin brother of a killer who was blamed for a murder escapes from psychiatric hospital and returns home to prove his innocence.
It takes about five minutes of Blood Rage to give you everything you need to piece together what is going to happen; there are two cute-as-a-button twin boys, a drive-in, a horny mother on a date and, for some random reason, an axe. Then there’s a murder, committed by one of the cute-as-a-button twin boys who smears his innocent brother in blood and places the weapon in his hands as their hysterical mother approaches.
- Amie Cranswick
Start your morning (or afternoon) off with a Q&A with the director of Blood Moon, Jeremy Wooding. Also: a new trailer from the horror video game Until Dawn and an update on the Blood Rage Blu-ray / DVD due out at the end of September.
Blood Moon: Press Release: "Los Angeles, August 4 - Referee the ultimate showdown between gunslinger and lycanthrope when acclaimed western-horror Blood Moon hits DVD and Digital September 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
The old west howls when a town is overtaken by skinwalkers. Knowing they’ve got to combine forces if they want to survive the night, the passengers of a stagecoach unite with a heroic gunslinger and a couple of outlaws to battle the beastly enemy under the blood moon.
- Tamika Jones
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip (Rihanna), who is on a quest of her own, in this DreamWorks Animation family film. If you bring "Home" into your home, it'll bring a ton of extras with it. The DVD and Blu-ray editions both include long lists of special features, with the Blu-ray offering a cute new animated short created for the home entertainment release called "This is Being Boov."
Here's an exclusive look at "This Is Being Boov": "The Water Diviner"
Russell Crowe both stars and makes his directorial debut in this drama about an Australian farmer who goes in search of this three missing sons, »
- Gina Carbone
For a good while, fans of Arrow Video’s amazing releases had to put their heads in the laps and cry while listening to Joy Division, due to the releases not being U.S. capable (unless you had an all region player or liked to be a hacker…like the girl in Jurassic Park…). Well, Arrow is a company that cares, and they’ve expanded their releases to the States, and I for one, have been doing jumping jacks nonstop over it (not really, I still have a gut dammit).
We were sent some information that made us quite excited, and if you’re one of the cool kids (blame my daughter for my using of that phrase, she is obsessed with that crazily catchy song), you’ll be excited as well!
- Jerry Smith
It’s the start of a new month, and as ever in film and Blu-ray circles, nothing gets the fans salivating more than the upcoming release slate from the awesome folks over at Arrow Films. Its line-up of releases for August has been unveiled (both UK and Us), and you can view all the information below, including the stand-out title, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, which is getting a very special, limited edition release in a collector’s package.
Videodrome: Limited Edition
Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies Cronenberg’s extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema. Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M-style broadcasts called ‘Videodrome’. Embroiling his girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) in his search for the source, his »
- Scott J. Davis
"This Thanksgiving it's not cranberry sauce." Arrow Video is releasing the 1980s Thanksgiving slasher film, Blood Rage, on Blu-ray for the first time in both the Us and UK. Also featured in our latest round-up is the cover art and synopsis for the Free Comic Book Day issue of Wonderland, the dark reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We also have details on Stephen King's upcoming short story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
"Synopsis: It’S Not Cranberry Sauce!!!
What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. »
- Derek Anderson
Girls, Season 4, Episode 1, “Iowa”
Directed by Lena Dunham
Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on HBO
In many ways a direct continuation of its strong third season, Girls’ season four premiere picks up shortly after the events of last year’s finale, with Hannah preparing to leave for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Marnie continuing her musical and romantic partnership with guitarist Desi, Jessa newly unemployed, and Shoshanna freshly graduated. This is a change of pace for the series, which has previously taken advantage of the season breaks to jump its characters forward in time, with significant developments occurring offscreen (the start of Hannah’s relationship with Sandy, Jessa checking herself into rehab, Charlie leaving Marnie). Fun as it may have been to jump right into Hannah’s fish-out-of-water adventure in Iowa, it’s nice to get one more episode with the leads together, reestablishing »
- Kate Kulzick
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