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Madman Living Strong, 26 May 2015

Madman: Alive at 35 (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This 21-minute featurette can be found on the Vinegar Syndrome version of MADMAN. That film's producer Gary Sales gets actors Paul Ehlers and Tom Candela together for the first time since the movie was shot and the three sit down for a rather fun interview. All sorts of stories are shared throughout the running time but the most interesting come from the two actors. For starters, it's pretty fun getting to see the two get together for the first time in nearly 40 years as they discuss the shooting of the film but most interesting is them discussing how shocked they are that the film is still alive after all these years. The producer talks about what it was like trying to make a low-budget horror movie back in the day and how all the major studios were trying to buy these types of movies after the success Paramount had with Friday THE 13TH. Other stories include the fans of the film, feeding the crew and a nice one dealing with what the crew had to do when the leaves started to fall from the trees. If you're a fan of MADMAN then you know there are quite a few releases out there but this new featurette certainly manages to entertain so those fans will be happy to own this.

Making the Gore for a Slasher, 26 May 2015

My First Slasher (2011)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Highly entertaining interview with special effects artist Matthew Mungle who discusses his work on THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. Mungle starts off talking about how he almost declined the job since he wasn't sure he wanted to be involved with a slasher. From here he talks about the original $1,800 budget for the effects and how his main goal was to make sure he did the best he could with what money he had. Overall this is certainly a very entertaining interview as it covers various aspects of the production including the effect that he thought was the hardest to pull off. Mungle also manages to share his views about the film being cut in certain areas and we get a video example of a brutal cut done for the U.K. version. Overall this is a very fun interview that fans of the film should enjoy.

The Score of Pranks, 26 May 2015

My First Score (2011)

*** (out of 4)

Composer Christopher Young is interviewed for this 8-minute featurette that discusses his score on THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, aka PRANKS. This featurette from Synapse has Young talking about his film school days and how he got interested in doing the score for this picture. He then talks about how popular horror films were during this period and how he would constantly go see them just to see what other composers were doing at the time. Fans of the film are obviously going to enjoy the interview as he talks about what he tried to do for the film as well as mentions what's the most important things when it comes to horror film scores. If you're a composer of horror movies or hope to be one day there's some good information shared here.

How to Build a Rat Costume, 25 May 2015

Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Allan Apone (2014)

*** (out of 4)

A lot of great information is given here by special effects artist Allan Apone who discusses his work on the Canadian cult film DEADLY EYES. If you're not familiar with that movie, it's basically a killer rat movie but the budget was so low that they put dogs in rat costumes. Apone goes into great detail about all the work that had to be done in order to get the dogs into the costumes and to make sure everything went off without a hitch. The subway sequence is one that gets a lot of talk here but Apone really gives you a great idea of what it was like trying to do this type of film. There's also a funny story told about how some of the dogs began to get smart on how not to get into their costumes. Another funny story deals with them forgetting to put a way for the dogs to go to the bathroom in the costumes so they had to put diapers in them. Overall this is a fun little interview with plenty of great trivia for the film.

Those Rats Are Dogs, 25 May 2015

Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Joseph Kelly (2014)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Highly entertaining interview with actor Joseph Kelly who talks about his role in DEADLY EYES. Kelly starts off talking about auditioning in Toronto and then he shares plenty of stories about the actual shooting of the picture. He talks about an overly sexual scene he got out of, the idea of dogs dressed up as rats and of course his first thoughts after seeing the movie. Some of the funniest moments of the interview deals with some sound effects that Kelly does for us. Overall this is probably the best interview on the Shout Factory! release. He also talks about how he didn't realize the film had a cult following and how shocked he was when he got the call for this interview. Fans of DEADLY EYES will certainly enjoy hearing the stories that are here and out of all of them on the disc this one stays on target for this film.

Fun Interview, 25 May 2015

Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lesleh Donaldson (2014)

*** (out of 4)

Fun interview with Lesleh Donaldson who talks about her role in DEADLY EYES as well as a couple of her other movies. Donaldson talks about getting the job on DEADLY EYES and how she wasn't aware who the director was or the previous films he worked on. From here she talks about some of her co-stars and of course what her thoughts were on the fact that the killer rats were being played by dogs in costumes. Overall this is another winning featurette for Shout Factory! who manages to really get some good stories out of Donaldson who also briefly talks about HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME and a couple other movies. Fans of the actress will certainly enjoy seeing her and hearing these stories.

Nice Interview, 25 May 2015

Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lisa Langlois (2014)

*** (out of 4)

This 19-minute interview with actress Lisa Langlois can be found on the Shout Factory! release of DEADLY EYES, the 1982 Canadian films that the actress admits she at one point took off her resume. The actress talks about how she got the part and her original thoughts on the picture as well as her thoughts on her most recent viewing. This here takes up very little of the running time with the rest of it going towards the other films she made like THE SLUGGER'S WIFE. She talks about some of her co-stars, talking about doing sex scenes and being approached to do nudity. Also discussed is how she lost the lead role in THE TERMINATOR only to win it back and lose it again. Fans of the actress are certainly going to enjoy this interview as she talks about quite a few films that she worked on. The most interesting stories are those for THE TERMINATOR and as she said, it would have been a career changer.

The Making of Deadly Eyes, 25 May 2015

Deadly Eyes: Dogs in Rats Clothing (2014)

*** (out of 4)

Nice 24-minute featurette from Shout Factory! takes a look at the making of DEADLY EYES, the 1982 Canadian movie. Interviewed here are art director Ninkey Dalton, writer Charles H. Eglee and special effects artist Tom Woodruff, Jr.. The majority of the screen time is giving to the writer who talks about how this project came to be and the various problems that came up during production. Woodruff tells a lot of great stories about being brought onto the picture and talking about the differences between this and a couple Roger Corman films he worked on. He also shares a story about the making of ALIEN 3, which at the time reminded him of this picture. Fans of DEADLY EYES are going to enjoy hearing these stories and as the title suggests, a lot of talk goes towards the dogs that were dressed up as the killer rats. There are certainly some nice stories being told including one where Scatman Crothers needed pot delivered to him daily.

Firelight (1964)
Impossible to Judge but Entertaining to Watch, 25 May 2015

Firelight (1964)

This film from director Steven Spielberg was filmed for $500 and according to the director it made a dollar profit when it was shown at a local theater. Sadly the film is now missing two-reels so it's impossible to fully judge the movie. What's available is a couple minutes worth of footage, which has been shown at a few festivals and can be found online. Obviously with so much footage missing it's impossible to judge the movie but it's certainly entertaining to watch. Of the remaining footage we basically get to see a few lights in the sky as well as a couple of the characters. Again, one really shouldn't watch this and judge anything in it but it's certainly fascinating to watch considering what Spielberg would eventually turn into.

Early Film from Spielberg, 25 May 2015

Escape to Nowhere (1961)

It's impossible to judge this movie since I don't believe it's complete but it's interesting to watch since future legend Steven Spielberg was only 13-years-old at the time he made it. Borrowing his father's 8mm camera, Spielberg shot this movie and I must admit that it's quite dazzling to watch. I've seen quite a few kid's movies over the years and this here is certainly one of the most impressive but I'm going to guess that the young Spielberg had the benefit of parents supporting him and having the wallets to pay for such a film. It's interesting to note that the majority of the cast members all have costumes, which adds to the film. It's set in Africa during the war and we see several battle scenes played out. The film actually contains some great editing and it really does make you feel as if you're watching a real battle take place.

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