14 items from 2014
Welcome back to The Stack! While I'm doing gift guide episodes, I also need to do one or two regular episodes covering the other stuff that pours into ye olde office. But the truth is that all of this stuff makes for great gift giving. The following are some horror films that have arrived in in the last couple of weeks. Shock Waves (1977) is the granddaddy of Nazi zombie movies like Dead Snow (2009) and Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (2014) and...uh...you know, all those other Nazi zombie movies. It's also undeniably creepy and stars John Carradine, Peter Cushing and Brooke Adams. Carradine and Cushing are recognizable for their legendary status as horror icons and while they don't have any scenes here it's nice to see them...
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Usually I take a lil’ time here to welcome you all to the latest collection of my putrid pontifications, but I don’t want to keep you from the majesty of the image I dug up for our first review, Shock Waves… I mean, it just has it all: a random arm playin’ a round o’ grab-ass, an amused Baywatch extra, and the titanic disembodied head of screen legend Peter Cushing surveying the everglades with a perpetual look of mild annoyance. I wish Blue Underground had used this beauty for their Blu-ray, but alas, they went the more traditional route (for the record, I spent countless seconds—at least 4 or 5—scouring the internet for an image of the box art that was larger than a postage stamp from the bottled city of Kandor). Anyway, reviews!
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead is the long-awaited sequel exploding with zombie Nazis, gore, sex, and Molotov cocktails. At Fantastic Fest last year it won Best Picture and Best Screenplay in the “Gutbuster Comedy” section. It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray December 9th from WellGo USA
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead is the tale Martin, the sole survivor of the bloodbath that was Dead Snow. He believes the zombie horde has been defeated – and all it cost him was an arm. The good news: A new arm has been attached. The bad news: It’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anyone else it can reach! Meanwhile, Colonel Herzog and his zombie troops have reformed to march upon an unsuspecting Nordic town and an American “Zombie Squad” (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer and Ingrid Haas) are preparing for the impending zom-pocalypse. “
- Tom Stockman
Here are the new releases for November 25th, 2014.
In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi High Command ordered its scientists to create a top secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers – un-living, unfeeling, unstoppable monstrosities that killed with their bare hands. They were known as The Death Corps. No member of this horrific SS unit was ever captured by the allied forces – and, somewhere off the coast of Florida, they have survived…! (Source)
A samurai cop and his side-kick go after the Yakuza. (Source)
The Giver. Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Starz / Anchor Bay. 2014.
The story of a perfect world. Everyone here is happy. When Jonas is 12 years old, he’s chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. He enters into training with an old man called The Giver. From the Giver, Jonas learns about pain, sadness, war, and »
- Sarah Skidmore
For the week of Thanksgiving, there aren’t a lot of horror and sci-fi titles being released on DVD and Blu-ray, but the ones that are making their home debuts are a fun assortment of cult classics and new indie horror flicks. The Mystery Science Theater gang is getting a brand new Collector’s Edition box set from the good folks over at Shout! Factory, and the original Nazi zombies from Shock Waves are making their high-def debut this week as well. We’ve also got a handful of Blumhouse/Universal titles coming our way- Mercy, Mockingbird and Stretch- and Scorpion Releasing is giving fans a chance to own the Roger Corman produced remake of The Masque of the Red Death too.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection Limited Edition (Shout! Factory, DVD)
Mst’ies and bowlers share an enduring love of turkeys. This latest »
- Heather Wixson
In 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made theatergoers scared to swim in the ocean. Two years later, another movie made viewers wary of the sea: the Nazi zombies in Ken Wiederhorn’s Shock Waves. It’s been playing at select theaters ahead of its Blu-ray release and we have details on a special screening of Shock Waves taking place next Monday night at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema:
Monday, November 24, 9:30pm
Nitehawk plunges into the deep end of horror with a screening of a new restoration of the water-logged zombie flick Shock Waves. Director Ken Wiederhorn will be here for a Q&A after the film moderated by Fangoria’s Sam Zimmerman.
Remember that episode of Gilligan’s Island where the crew of the Minnow met up with an old SS scientist who was once in charge of a squad of unstoppable, underwater Nazi zombies? »
- Derek Anderson
Shock Waves screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (November 14th and 15th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117)
Nazi Zombies! – we know you well. Dead Snow 2 just had its St. Louis premiere at the Mx last month, but the subgenre dates back to at least The Frozen Dead in 1966 and maybe earlier than that. But the undisputed king of undead Gestapo cinema has to be the 1977 shocker Shock Waves, a great, low-budget atmospheric gem that will be playing this weekend (November 14th and 15th) midnights at The Hi-Pointe as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse
A pleasure cruise goes horribly wrong, two couples and the boat’s three-man crew get stranded on a nearly-deserted island. An aging Nazi scientist orders them to leave before horrible things start happening, the N.Z.’s rise up from their watery graves, and, well, horrible things start happening, »
- Tom Stockman
Ken Wiederhorn’s Shock Waves, one of my favorite cult horror movies from the ’70s, is heading to Blu-ray thanks to Blue Underground, but it has also been announced that the movie is getting a limited theatrical release and we have all the details:
Confirmed theaters and dates, with additional cities coming soon. Special guest appearances Tba!
10/31 – 11/6: Plaza Theatre, Atlanta Ga
11/14 & 11/15: Hi-Pointe Theatre, St. Louis, Mo
11/14 & 11/15: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, Ma (Ken Wiederhorn In-Person 11/14)
11/17: Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
11/21 & 11/22: Music Box Theatre, Chicago, Il
11/24: Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
(Blu-ray release event! Screening and After-party hosted by »
- Jonathan James
With the arrival of Ken Wiederhorn's Shock Waves on Blu-ray, distributor Blue Underground is bringing the '70s horror film back to the big screen to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It is doing so with a brand-new Dcp and you'll find a complete breakdown of theater listings below.
- Ryan Turek
The Deep End of Horror…
In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi High Command ordered its scientists to create a top secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers – un-living, unfeeling, unstoppable monstrosities that killed with their bare hands. They were known as The Death Corps. No member of this horrific SS unit was ever captured by the allied forces – and, somewhere off the coast of Florida, they have survived…!
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Be sure to RSVP for the day you are going. Admission is only $7 and we have our infamous pre-show for you that starts around 11:30pm!
Late Nite Grindhouse Presents
‘Shock Waves’ Friday, November 14th, 2014
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 At The Hi-Pointe Theatre
Located at 1005 McCausland Avenue
Saint Louis, Mo Admission: $7
Pre-Show @ 11:30pm
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- Andy Triefenbach
For those of you that want one sentence, consider this movie splattastic! Of course Dead Snow (2009) itself freaking rocked. It started with a hoary cliche. A group of horny young adults on a remote weekend retreat but it reintroduced one of the most under utilized movie monster concepts in the modern horror film. Nazi Zombies had been seen before in the atmospheric and deliciously cheesy Shock Waves (1977) and a couple of other more or less completely forgettable exploiters of that period. though Shock Waves had created some iconic images, the Nazi zombie was less a part of the zombie narrative than it could have been. So when director Tommy Wirkola single handedly revived it cheers went up around horrordom. This was what fans...
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In 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made theatergoers scared to swim in the ocean. Two years later, another movie made viewers wary of the sea: the Nazi zombies in Ken Wiederhorn’s Shock Waves. Like the antagonist of Jaws, the Nazi zombies stalk and kill humans, and fans of this cult classic can soon see these creepy soldiers in high definition with Blue Underground’s upcoming Blu-ray release of Shock Waves.
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 25th and available to pre-order beginning on October 14th, Blue Underground’s release of Shock Waves will be displayed in 1080p high definition with DTS-hd master audio. The Special Edition DVD is a re-release of the version Blue Underground unveiled in 2003, with several new extras now included. Both releases have the following special features:
- Derek Anderson
Aquatic Nazi zombies abound in high definition. I've waited my whole life to type that sentence. That's right, Dreadheads; Shock Waves is making its way to the land of 1080p, and we'll likely never be the same.
From the Press Release
Beneath The Living… Beyond The Dead… From The Depths of Hell's Ocean!
In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi High Command ordered its scientists to create a top secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers – un-living, unfeeling, unstoppable monstrosities that killed with their bare hands. They were known as The Death Corps. No member of this horrific SS unit was ever captured by the Allied Forces – and, somewhere off the coast of Florida, they have survived…
Peter Cushing (Star Wars), Brooke Adams (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers) and John Carradine (The Boogey Man) star in this suspenseful and genuinely creepy shocker co-written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn »
- Steve Barton
Shock waves have been sent throughout the wrestling world this week as Cm Punk, one of the biggest stars in wrestling today, allegedly quit the WWE. Speculation is still hazy but his name has been removed from house show advertising and he has sent out a cryptic tweet thanking his fans for their support.
Rumours are running rampant that Punk told management that he was “going home” and that he simply picked up sticks and left. Nothing has yet been confirmed but if the reports are to be believed, Cm Punk is done with the WWE and we may never see him wrestle again.
Punk has been unanimously over with the fans ever since his infamous “pipe bomb” promo way back in 2011, and whilst he has had a tremendous run since then, namely a record 434-day reign as the WWE Champion, they never really used Punk to his full potential. »
- Thomas Broome-Jones
14 items from 2014
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