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Death Warrant, 1990.
Directed by Deran Serafian.
A French Canadian cop goes undercover in a violent prison to investigate the deaths of several inmates but soon uncovers a plan to harvest human organs.
1990’s Death Warrant is often overlooked in the much-celebrated early (i.e. pre-Street Fighter) career of Jean-Claude Van Damme but thankfully the good folk at 101 Films have seen fit to give it a Blu-ray release to sit alongside their recent reissues of Black Eagle and A.W.O.L., which is a good chance to give this film another look.
- Amie Cranswick
Being one of the top character actors of American film and television must be the ultimate double-edged career sword.
On the one hand, if you’re good — and the late Ed Lauter was one of American cinema’s great character actors — you work all the time. On the other hand, as Lauter told Shock Cinema magazine back in 2010, “Sometimes people don’t know my name. They’ll say, ‘Oh, yeah! There’s that guy! You were in … Jesus Christ … you were in … in …’ So, in a way it’s good — and in a way it’s bad.”
Lauter was not alone in his plight. He and his fellow character actors who consistently deliver the goods have been a mainstay of American cinema since the days of the Hollywood’s “stock players,” a moniker that devalues the work of great performers from Hattie McDaniel to Peter Lorre, from Sidney Greenstreet to »
- Steven Gaydos
January’s home entertainment releases end on a quiet note as there are only a handful of genre-related Blu-ray and DVDs making their way home this Tuesday. Scream Factory has a double dose of horror coming our way on January with Jack’s Back (featuring James Spader) and Sonny Boy (starring the legendary David Carradine), and Wild Eye Releasing is serving up two indie horror flicks on DVD as well, Serial Kaller and Survival Knife.
One hundred years ago, Jack the Ripper slashed his way through London’s red light district. Now, a modern-day maniac is honoring the event by mutilating L.A. ’s ladies of the evening. Has Jack the Ripper been reborn? The police are stumped and the prostitutes of L.A. are scared. The only person with a chance of solving the murders has a problem of his »
- Heather Wixson
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Jack's Back.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Jack's Back Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 31st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
From the press release: One hundred years ago, Jack the Ripper slashed his way through London's red light district. Now, a modern-day maniac is honoring the event by mutilating L.A.'s ladies of the evening. Has Jack the Ripper been reborn? »
- Derek Anderson
Jack's Back, the 1988 slasher thriller, tells the story of sex workers from Los Angeles who turn up dead on the 100th anniversary of the Jack the Ripper murders in London. Police have a suspect in Westford (James Spader), but perhaps they have the wrong man. In celebration of Jack's Back on Blu-ray courtesy of Scream Factory, we have three high-def clips and a trailer from Rowdy Herrington's film.
From the press release: One hundred years ago, Jack the Ripper slashed his way through London's red light district. Now, a modern-day maniac is honoring the event by mutilating L.A.'s ladies of the evening. Has Jack the Ripper been reborn? The police are stumped and the prostitutes of L.A. are scared. The only person with a chance of solving the murders has a problem of his own – he's the Lapd's number one suspect.
- Tamika Jones
5 items from 2016
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