10 items from 2010
This week sees a ton of genre movies coming out on DVD and Blu- Ray. The biggest being Predators, followed up by the remake of the cult classic Night of the Demons, a sequel to Mirrors, and Anniversary editions for Rocky Horror Picture Show and Psycho. Add to that a slew of indie and classic horror and there is a lot to choose from.
Directed by Nimród Antal
Robert Rodriguez presents Predators, a bold new chapter in the Predator universe. Adrien Brody stars as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors mysteriously brought together on a jungle planet. But when these cold-blooded human “predators” find themselves in all-out war against a new breed of alien Predators, it’s the ultimate showdown between hunter and prey. Predators also star Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Oleg Taktarov, and Louis Ozawa Changchien. »
The number of home video releases on October 19th is not as abundant as in recent weeks, and fewer re-released titles means those that are available are much more special. In this batch one Adrien Brody flick competes with another, and at least two independent horror titles are making a splash. Two beloved classic films return in Blu-ray where one is supplemented by a documentary treatment of it.
Also, don't forget to strum & drum out with some tunes from Rob Zombie on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Finally, foreign horror gives us an over-the-top Japanese gorefest, a British zombie flick where the $70 budget was spent on tea and biscuits for the zombies, and Norwegian black metal.
Directed by Nimród Antal
Robert Rodriguez presents Predators (review), a bold new chapter in the Predator universe. Adrien Brody stars as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors mysteriously brought together on a jungle planet. »
Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide
The UK in the early 1980’s. The birth of the video age and the birth of one of the most notorious periods in British movie history – the era of the Video Nasty!
As the proliferation of home video grew, independent video distributors filled the gap left by a Hollywood system too afraid to release films on video with a mind-boggling selection of movies – in fact almost anything they could lay their hands on! From obscure horror films, to sex films, kung-fu, cult classics, obscurities and outright trash, all these and more could be found in local video rental stores located on almost every high street in the country. That was until 1984 when the tabloid newspaper moral panic whipped up by clean-up campaigner leader Mary Whitehouse and fanned by newspapers like the Daily Mail and their infamous “Ban the Sadist Videos” headline finally brought about the Video Recordings Act… »
In the early 1980s, fearing that the morality of British youth was being corrupted by the explosion of ultraviolent film on home video, British authorities passed a sweeping new law on video content. It outright banned a total of seventy two films - though some would later be allowed on appeal - creating what ironically became the definitive list of extreme cinema for many collectors. These were the so-called Video Nasties.
In an age where everything you could possibly imagine is available for free on the internet the idea of controlling access to these titles seems sort of quaint but back in the day, if you were in the UK and wanted to see Cannibal Holocaust or I Spit On Your Grave the only way to do it was via illicit tape trading and an underground network of collectors.
Nucleus Films have announced the UK DVD release of Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide in October, which follows the debut of the Jake West directed documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape (which forms a part of this release) at this years London Film4 FrightFest in August.
The three-disc DVD set covers the most notorious period in the history of British home entertainment and presents, for the first time ever on DVD, all 72 films that came under scrutiny from the Director of Public Prosecutions (Dpp) – making it the definitive source for all things “video nasty” and a must buy for horror fans everywhere. Check out the freshly released teaser trailer, which features contributions from Andy Nyman and Christopher Smith:
Disc One in this three disc set features the 39 titles which were successfully prosecuted in UK courts and officially deemed “liable to deprave and corrupt” – the standard by which all video nasties were measured. »
After four days of guest blogs from author Joe R. Lansdale, the time has come to reveal the details of the contest tie-in for his new book collection The Complete Drive-In.
Dread Central, in association with Underland Press, is offering one lucky winner a "drive-in" pack that includes a copy of The Complete Drive-In plus the two movies that are playing at the Orbit Drive-In in the novels: The Toolbox Murders and Night of the Living Dead, along with a pack of microwave popcorn.
Friday night at the Orbit Drive-in: a circus of noise, sex, teenage hormones, B-movie blood, and popcorn. On a cool, crisp summer night, with the Texas stars shining down like rattlesnake eyes, movie-goers for the All-Night Horror Show are trapped in the drive-in by a demonic-looking comet. Then the fun begins. If the movie-goers try to leave, their bodies dissolve into goo. Cowboys are reduced to tears. »
- The Woman In Black
One of the key features of Joe R. Lansdale's The Complete Drive-In is that two movies are playing at the Orbit Drive-In in the novels: Night of the Living Dead and The Toolbox Murders. Today Joe's guest blog discusses them both.
The question posed to Joe is: Tell us about the two movies that are playing at the theater. How did you choose them, and do you remember when you first saw them?
I saw Night of the Living Dead in Longview, Texas, I believe, at The River Road, and then I saw a midnight showing of it at an indoor drive-in in Tyler, Texas. I think it was The Tyler Theater, but it's been a long time. Both times it knocked me dead. Back then we didn't have videos or DVDs. You saw it when it came out or when it came on TV, usually years later and most likely cut to pieces, »
- The Woman In Black
Rarely does the title of a film alone make us want to see it, but it does happen. For instance, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Nail Gun Massacre, Blood Sucking Freaks, and of course The Toolbox Murders. Yep, a good name can immediately make a horror fan's eyes open wide. Such is the case with Big Tits Zombie in 3D.
Takao Nakano's latest film is an adaptation of Rei Mikamoto's cult manga Kyonyo Dragon, and it features adult video star Sola Aoi (Sora Aoi, 蒼井そら) swinging chainsaws, fighting the undead and sushi(!) along with her band of stripper friends. Do you really need to know anything else? We didn't think so, but check out the latest trailer and the plot crunch for this promising new epic below courtesy of Twitch Film!
Rena Jodo (Sola Aoi) is a stripper who just got back from Mexico and has been offered »
- Uncle Creepy
Chicago – If you’re like me, you forgot how totally weird the cult horror classic “The Toolbox Murders” actually is. Perhaps the dull, by-the-numbers Tobe Hooper remake (with the otherwise great Angela Bettis from “May”) warped our minds, but this is a trippy slasher film, a notable entry in the slasher genre now available in glorious B-movie High-Def for the first time.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
Reportedly based on a true story (aren’t they all?), “The Toolbox Murders” caused quite a stink in 1978 when it was released. It’s not that graphically violent, but it is easy to see what turned people off in a film that, for almost the entirety of its first act, consists of intercut shots of a power tool and a screaming woman being murdered by said tool. Watching a woman masturbate before being killed by a masked man with a nail gun is not for everyone. »
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From Jigsaw to Jacko, this week's DVD release are a real mixed bag. Some of the higher profile films hitting a digital format today include Drew Barrymore's Whip It, the Bruce Willis sci-fi action film Surrogates, Saw VI, the poorly received comedy I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and Michael Jackson's This Is It. Digging a bit deeper, we also have the indie drama Little Ashes, which stars Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali, Jennifer Baichwal's metaphysical documentary Act of God, and the direct-to-dvd Thomas Jane noir-thriller Give 'Em Hell Malone. All this plus the U.S. release of Pontypool and Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season 2! What movies will be in your queue this week? Whip It  (+ Blu-ray ) Michael Jackson's This Is It  (+ Blu-ray ) Surrogates  (+ Blu-ray ) Saw VI  (+ Blu-ray ) Bright Star  I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell  The Boys are Back  Little Ashes  Pontypool  St. Trinian's »
10 items from 2010
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