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Drive-In Dust Offs: Hospital Massacre aka X-ray (1981)

So you’re wading through piles of slasher films from the ‘80s, keen on discovering a lost gem far removed from the normal gang in the woods or high school sis-boom-bah stab and gab. You’re thinking maybe a different setting will yield a fresh take, already tired tropes blurring your vision and making the distinction between a hockey mask and a fencing one harder by the day. Well…have you tried the hospital yet? Most folks are terrified of the antiseptic halls and robotic empathy doled out by uncaring staff. (Yes, yes, they also save lives, I know. I’m trying to set a mood, dammit.) And if you do decide to enter the medical field, I strongly suggest you pay a visit to Hospital Massacre (1981), Israeli King of Schlock Boaz Davidson’s wild attempt at a horror comedy, where some of the humor is even intentional.

First released
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‘Tourist Trap’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory | Written by David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll | Directed by David Schmoeller

The slasher film does not have that much of a history of being scary. Mostly it’s about some psychopathic killer who easily stalks down his/her victim while they run for their lives but never quite manage to escape. This is of course unless they are pure and virginal deeming them the one to survive for moralistic value. I find that it’s quite rare to find a truly creepy slasher, which is why it was so nice to finally discover Tourist Trap.

In the middle of nowhere on a road that has been made redundant by a new highway is a little museum made up of mannequins and run by a seemingly nice man known as Mr. Slausen. When tourists turn up he
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Tourist Trap Blu-ray Release Date

The 1979 horror flick, Tourist Trap, was re-released on DVD not so long ago and the film will soon be available on Blu-ray. If you haven’t seen Tourist Trap, here’s the official synopsis:

“An eerie and deserted wax museum, Slausen’S Lost Oasis, is the site for spine-tingling terror where four unsuspecting young travelers (including Tanya Roberts from “Charlie’s Angels”) are lured into a very deadly “Tourist Trap.” Slausen, (Chuck Conners) is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is actually more like a macabre chamber of horrors. The grotesque and frightening mannequins in this sordid side-show are only the beginning of the murderous mayhem and nightmarish madness to come.”

Tourist Trap stars Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood and Tanya Roberts. The movie is directed by David Schmoeller, who later went on to direct Crawlspace and Puppetmaster. The movie will be released
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“Hospital Massacre” (1982) Review

Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Hospital Massacre” (1982)

Directed By: Boaz Davidson

Written By: Marc Behm & Boaz Davidson

Starring: Barbi Benton (Susan Jeremy), Charles Lucia (Harry), Jon Van Ness (Jack), John Warner Williams (Dr. Saxon), Den Surles (Dr. Beam), Gloria Jean Morrison (Nurse Dora), Karen Smith (Nurse Kitty), Michael Frost (Ned), Jimmy Stathis (Tom), Lanny Duncan (Hal), Marian Beeler (Mrs. Edelman), Elly Wolf (Mrs. Fedrow), Jonathon Moore (Mrs. Parry), Gay Austin (Dr. Jacobs)

In the early 1980s, slashers were coming and going as fast as they were made. When I saw this was going to be a slasher that is based in a hospital setting, my initial reaction was, “Is this going to be a rip off of Halloween II?” Thankfully this movie, despite some faults, was much better than I gave it credit for. Boaz Davison put together a fairly atmospheric hospital slasher that was fairly well paced. In
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X-Ray / Schizoid (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review)

X-Ray / Schizoid (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review) Directed By: Boaz Davidson and David Paulsen Starring: Barbi Benton, Klaus Kinski Rated: R/Region A/1:85 (Both)/1080p/Number of Discs 2 Available from Scream Factory X-Ray (1982) Directed By: Boaz Davidson Starring: Barbi Benton, Charles Lucia, Jon Van Ness Divorcee Susan Jeremy goes to a local Los Angeles county hospital for a routine exam and through a series of circumstances finds herself stranded…
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Be Kind, Rewind — 'Hospital Massacre'

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Be Kind, Rewind — 'Hospital Massacre'
VHS collectors seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. What many thought was a dead format seems to be making a major resurgence, similar to the way vinyl did. We wouldn’t dream of telling you that the quality of a VHS cassette provides superior picture, sound, or anything. But it is certainly a lot of nostalgic fun to revisit some of the more obscure titles by way of your Vcr.

Be Kind, Rewind is your one stop destination for all the information you could ever want about horror films exclusively available on VHS. We will give you the low-down on the title we are re-visiting, including where to find it, the going rate, a review of the film, and we will even provide an expert recommendation as to whether the title is worth the money. If this segment is successful, we will be examining more titles in the upcoming weeks,
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DVD Review: Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap

Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory | Written by David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll | Directed by David Schmoeller

The slasher film does not have that much of a history of being scary. Mostly it’s about some psychopathic killer who easily stalks down his/her victim while they run for their lives but never quite manage to escape. This is of course unless they are pure and virginal deeming them the one to survive for moralistic value. I find that it’s quite rare to find a truly creepy slasher, which is why it was so nice to finally discover Tourist Trap.

In the middle of nowhere on a road that has been made redundant by a new highway is a little museum made up of mannequins and run by a seemingly nice man known as Mr. Slausen. When tourists turn
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 100 Pairs of Passes to Music Box’s ‘Cinemapocalypse’ Exploitation Series

Chicago – “Cinemapocalypse”! In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 100 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the Music Box Theatre’s white-hot exploitation film series “Cinemapocalypse”!

The exploitation series is curated by two of the film programmers for Austin’s original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Lars Nilsen and Zack Carlson! They’re taking their popular exploitation movie series on the road for two huge nights of sleazy Music Box fun all presented in vintage, 35-millimeter prints from Alamo’s sister organization: the American Genre Film Archive (Agfa).

Our “Cinemapocalypse” winners can choose either “Tourist Trap” this Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Music Box or “Miami Connection” this Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9 p.m.!

To win your free passes to either “Cinemapocalypse” showing courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! The more social actions you complete below,
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Tourist Trap (Retro Review)

1979 - 90 mins. - Rated Pgd: David SchmoellerC: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Robers   

Group of friends stuck at a roadside wax museum after having troubles with there jeep are terrorized by the owner who has telekinetic powers.  

Effective horror thriller plays out like a cross between The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Psycho and Carrie. However, it stands out as its own original film instead of playing out like a ripoff. While not overtly violent or graphic, Tourist Trap has many suspenseful, scary scenes throughout with the opening sequence and a scene in which a character is suffocated while strapped down to a table particular standouts. The theme throughout Tourist Trap is people's primal fear of mannequins and how they seem to have a lifelike quality to them when in the right mindset. The director milks it for everything it is worth. Pino Donaggio's score
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