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Texas Frightmare 2018: Film Fest Lineup Includes Miike, American Guinea Pig, Italian Classics, World Premieres, and More!

The 13th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend horror convention is about a month away, and the team behind one of the country's best conventions has given ScreenAnarchy a first look at their film festival selections for 2018. In the past, Texas Frightmare Weekend has played host to screenings of films like Neil Jordan's Byzantium, Sushi Typhoon favorites like Helldriver, '80s throwback killers like Kurando Mitsutake's Gun Woman, and many many more exciting projects. This year's lineup is one of their most impressive yet, with a number of features and shorts from all over the world. Filmmakers represented include Miike Takashi with As the Gods Will, Bruno Mattei with Shocking Dark, Claudio Fragasso (who will also be in attendance) with Demons 4, and some exciting indie premieres...

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Other Hell (1981)

Nunsploitation is definitely not a strong suit of mine; going through a list to see which ones I’ve viewed has left me feeling ashamed and repentant. So after three Hail Mary’s and four Our Father’s I knelt down and witnessed The Other Hell (1981), Italian grimemaster Bruno Mattei’s take on fervid religiosity, rabid dogs, satanic offspring, and enough Catholic iconography to set a priest on fire. Which is a thing that also happens.

Released in Italy in late January and rolled out around the world throughout the year (North America would have to wait until ’85), The Other Hell is pretty much what I’ve grown to love about Italian horror of the ‘70s and ‘80s – outlandish characters, loopy plotting and jaw dropping moments – but is so far and above what I’ve seen of Mattei’s other work that it gives me a nosebleed.

So, let’s get thee to a nunnery,
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‘Charlotte’ Review

Stars: Jessi Burkette, Kimberly Atkinson, Jen Dede, Nick Holmes, Roma Maffia, Shelley Wenk, Casey Turner, Andrew Lyndaker, Dennis J. Healy, Steve Brewster, Brock Powell, Brad Meehan, Katherine McNamara, Andrea Strickler, Jennifer Plas, Suzanne Quast, Franco Castan, Johnny Lee, Kayla Madison, Sarah Agor, Tamara Glynn, Leslie Easterbrook, Renae Gererlings, Chris Lazzaro, Morgan Collar | Written by Michelle Davidson, Anthony Fanelli, J. Andrew Lee, Calvin Main, Corey Norman, Haley Norman, John Sylvain | Directed by Colin Campbell, John Edward Lee, Calvin Main, Corey Norman, Patrick Rea, April Wright

Essentially a selection of short films intertwined with a wraparound to add a frame of reference, a la Zombieworld and All Hallows Eve 2, Charlotte is a series a vignettes of vary lengths and quality, a number of which come from director Patrick Rea, whose shorts also appear in the recently-reviewed anthology Monster X. Given that the shorts were not made specifically for an anthology, there are
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Chris J. Miller talks ‘Mortuary Massacre’

Mortuary Massacre is a new anthology style horror from writer and director Chris J. Miller, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 26th January. I got chance to ask Chris about how the anthology came together, undertaking multiple role to get the film finished and overcoming several obstacles to get the film finished.

What can we expect from Mortuary Massacre?

Hopefully a bloody good time! It’s an anthology in the vein of the Amicus films, Body Bags (1993) or Creepshow (1982). So, expect a lot of practical makeup effects, some T & A, cannibalism, facial skinning, and even a Nazi zombie shows up to say hello.

How did the ideas for Mortuary Massacre come together as an anthology?

Back in 2011, my writing partner Sean Stearley and I wanted to make a film about a zombie cowboy, but we could never get past the 30-page mark, so
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‘Eurocrime!’ DVD Review

Featuring: John Saxon, Franco Nero, Henry Silva, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, Leonard Mann, Richard Harrison | Written and Directed by Mike Malloy

Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s, to give the film it’s full title, is a welcome and affectionate look at the Italian poliziotteschi films of the 1970s, films such as High Crime, Milano Calibro 9, Street Law and Napoli Violenta which, whilst heavily influenced by 70s Us cop and gangster films like Dirty Harry and The Godfather, also touched upon real Italian issues – the Sicilian Mafia and the Red Brigade – and amped up the sex and violence to often ridiculous levels.

Those film fans familiar with Italian genre cinema will know that Italian cinema has a reputation of hitching itself to the nearest bandwagon and bleeding it dry. If Italian filmmakers could find a fad that people liked they’d stick with it. From
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The Bottom Shelf: Troll 2, Phantasm, The Entity

Nick Aldwinckle Jun 5, 2017

We round up the latest horror-tinged Blu-ray and DVD releases....

So, after a brief hiatus, it turns out a lot’s happened in the few months between these round ups. A snap general election has been called, terror has struck at the heart of Manchester and a scandal approaching Watergate levels has hit the U.S presidency. More importantly, Troll 2 has finally come to UK Netflix and is the cherry on the cake made entirely of a series of kind of wonderful, kind of… not films on DVD and Bluray.

So, 1990’s Troll 2, you may or may not be aware of, is generally regarded as one of the very greatest 'so bad it’s good' movies. There are many worse (The Rollerblade Seven or Gary Oldman little person rom-com Tiptoes come to mind), though it’s difficult to think of many other truly awful movies
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Bruno Mattei’s The Other Hell (1981) Blu-ray Release Details

"Say your prayers" and witness the stylized carnage of Bruno Mattei's The Other Hell (1981), which will be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Severin Films on April 11th.

From Severin Films: “Note: This Listing Includes The Dark Waters Blu-ray Along With Our Limited Edition The Other Hell Inspired T-shirt Which Was Made In Collaboration With The Fine Folks Of Pallbearer Press.

Available on 04/11/2017

At the peak of his ‘80s excess, Italian sleaze maestro Bruno Mattei – using the alias ‘Stefan Oblowsky’ – stunned audiences with The Other Hell, a raging Nunsploitation shocker about a series of brutal murders in a depraved convent. And while his cinematic legacy may remain controversial, Mattei here delivers a surprisingly stylized yet undeniably blasphemous orgy of stabbings, stigmata, Satanism, sexual violence and graphic savagery that ranks among his very best. Franca Stoppi (The True Story Of The Nun Of Monza), Carlo De Mejo (Women’S Prison
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October Horrors Day 19 – Troll 2 (1990)

Troll 2, 1990.

Directed by Claudio Fragasso (credited as Drake Floyd)

Starring Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey and Connie McFarland


Young Joshua is mourning the loss of his grandpa Seth, whose spirit visits him regularly to warn him about the dangers of goblins. Joshua’s family refuses to believe that the deceased old man has truly been re-appearing, chalking it up to the boy’s refusal to accept his grandfathers’ passing. Meanwhile, the family is taking part in a home exchange vacation with a family from the quiet mountain town of Nilbog. However, upon arrival Joshua finds himself visited by his grandfather once again, warning of the dangerous goblins and their intentions to eat the visiting family.

One of the most notoriously bad films of all time and a cult hit to boot, I am course talking about the iconic masterpiece of bad cinema that is Troll 2.

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Monster Dog

Writer/Director Claudio Fragasso helmed the legendarily loopy Troll 2 and, while lacking the sheer volume of Wtf moments that enlivened that film, Monster Dog still displays the elegant touch of the creator of such rarefied fare as Rats Night of Terror and Hell of the Living Dead. Alice Cooper stars as a vacationing rocker who may or may not be the victim of a lycanthropic curse. Cinematographer José García Galisteo was one of the eight original photographers of Orson Welles’ unfinished production of Don Quixote.
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So Bad It’s Terrible! Troll 2 Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

“Half man, half plant. A goblin’s favorite food!”

Troll 2 plays this weekend (June 24th and 25th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

Finally, a movie so bad, it has its own separate documentary about just how bad it is! Troll 2 is one of the most unbelievable sequels ever made, and one supposedly shot entirely without the knowledge or consent of the creators of the first Troll film!

At first glance Troll 2 is simply a sub-z-grade continuity abomination, but really it’s a nonstop explosion of genius disguised as ineptitude. Grade-schooler Joshua is visited by the protective ghost of his Grandpa Seth, who warns him that his family’s vacation destination – the town of Nilbog (!) may be worth avoiding. But there’s no changing dad’s mind, and soon the whole family is knee-deep in black magic and nefarious villagers,
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March 15th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Game Of Thrones Season 5, Monster Dog, The Hatching

There may not be a ton of genre-related titles arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this week, but for those of you Game of Thrones fans out there, March 15th marks your chance to finally own the latest season on both formats with a release that is chock-full of bonus features that should satiate you until season six begins.

Kino Lorber is also giving the cult classic Monster Dog an HD overhaul this Tuesday, and Lionsgate is releasing their killer croc film, The Hatching, this week as well.

Game of Thrones: Season Five (HBO Studios, Blu/Digital HD & DVD)

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; and all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice
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Alice Cooper’s Awesomely Awful Monster Dog Coming to Blu-ray!

Alice Cooper’s best/worst movie coming to Blu-ray. If you thought Italian genre movie machine Claudio Fragasso’s Troll 2 was a laff riot, wait until you see his deranged 1984 flick Monster Dog! Though if you’re a horror fan of a certain vintage, chances are you have seen Monster Dog (aka Leviatan). The movie was a…

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Round-Up: Scream Factory’s Love Is in the Scare Livestream, Damien Teaser, The Girl In The Photographs, 6:66 Pm Photos, Nailed Down

Feast your eyes this Valentine's Day on a livestream horror movie marathon featuring some of Scream Factory's cult classic films for free. Also in this round-up: a new teaser for A&E's Damien, The Girl in the Photographs release details, a gallery of images from 6:66 Pm, and release date / trailer for Nailed Down.

Love Is in the Scare Livestream: Press Release: "Have no fear, love is in the scare. This Valentine’s Day, ditch the roses and keep the box of chocolates for yourself while you watch Love Is in the Scare, a marathon of Scream Factory classics streaming free on Sunday, February 14th, from noon to midnight Pt at

Brace yourself for 12 hours of heart-stopping shocks from seven terrifying films including the Shout! Factory TV premiere screenings of Beyond Darkness, Ghosthouse, Metamorphosis, Nomads, Class of 1984, Witchery and The Editor. The marathon event serves as
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Blu-ray Review: Troll / Troll 2 Double Feature

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In the wake of the success of Joe Dante’s classic Gremlins in the mid-’80s, movie theaters were flooded with low-budget horror movies about pint-sized creatures wreaking havoc on unsuspecting humans. No one took better advantage of this phenomenon than Charles Band, who would build a dynasty of films about little monsters first with his Empire Pictures and later with Full Moon Features—everything from Ghoulies to Puppet Master, Demonic Toys to Dolls. One of Empire’s first fantasy horror films about little monsters, 1986’s Troll makes its HD debut on Scream Factory’s Blu-ray alongside its notorious sequel, Troll 2, often considered one of the worst movies ever made.

The original Troll, directed by makeup effects legend John Carl Buechler in his feature debut, tells the story of the Potter family, recent transplants to a San Francisco apartment complex who begin to notice strange goings-on in their building,
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Scream Factory triple review: White Of The Eye, The Car and Women’S Prison Massacre!!

With how many quality releases the gang over at Scream Factory puts out every year, it can be a bit overwhelming (I’m kidding, it’s actually pretty great). They’ve been on a solid roll since making their mark with the awesome Halloween II and Halloween III: Season Of The Witch blurays they used to help kickstart the horror imprint of Shout! Factory, and haven’t slowed down since. We thought it would be nice to highlight a trio of new Sf releases, three films that couldn’t be more different, showing the versatility the company has, and helping to let you fright fanatics know a little bit more about the films.

White Of The Eye (1987)

Unlike any other genre film, the late Donald Cammell’s White Of The Eye is quite easily one of the most unique horror films around. It’s the best example of a film
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December 8th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The X-Files Collector’s Set, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Ant-man

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December 8th is a light week in terms of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, but for all you X-Philes out there, this Tuesday is pretty much like second Christmas, as 20th Century Fox is releasing The X-Files series in its entirety in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set (complete with a space for the upcoming TV event series in January).

Other notable titles being released this week include Knock Knock, Ant-Man, and the cult classics Thundercrack and Women’s Prison Massacre.

Knock Knock (Lionsgate Blu/Digital HD & DVD/Digital)

When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse. A sexy new thriller from director Eli Roth, Knock Knock stars Keanu Reeves as the family
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Contest: Win Women’S Prison Massacre on Blu-ray

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Tomorrow, Scream Factory's giving Bruno Mattei’s cinematic jailbreak its high-def due with their new home media release of Women’s Prison Massacre, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Women’s Prison Massacre.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the subject “Women’s Prison Massacre Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 13th. 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.


Women’s Prison Massacre Blu-ray: "Featuring master of exploitation Bruno Mattei’s (Cruel Jaws, Rats: Night of Terror) signature flourishes and a script co-written by Claudio Fragasso (Troll 2, Beyond Darkness
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Blu-ray Clips: The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and Women’S Prison Massacre

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A trashcan from space that's brimming with troublemakers and a life-or-death jailbreak are both coming to Blu-ray next Tuesday from Scream Factory. Ahead of the December 8th Blu-ray releases of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition and Women’s Prison Massacre, we have high-definition clips from each film.

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Based on the wildly popular trading cards, The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie stars singer/songwriter Anthony Newley (Doctor Dolittle), Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will, Wyatt Earp), Katie Barberi (The Bronx Zoo). This grossly entertaining cult classic features great makeup effects by John Carl Buechler (Troll, Dolls, Ghoulies).

The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie Collector’s Edition

Special Features:

New The Effects of the Garbage Pail Kids Movie – interviews with special makeup effects creator John Carl Buechler and makeup effects artist Gino Crognale New On the Set – an interview with first assistant director Thomas A. Irvine
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Bluray Review: Troll/Troll 2/Best Worst Movie

Oh Scream Factory, how I love thee. Growing up, I was exposed to quite a few films that left a mark on me. Everything from Hellraiser and A Nightmare On Elm Street, to Charles Band’s Empire Pictures classics such as Eliminators, From Beyond and Prison. One of the films that fell into the Empire Pictures group was a silly and incredibly easy to love family horror film called Troll. Watching that film for the first time (after finally getting past the VHS cover art that scared the living crap out of me) was an experience I will never forget. Everything from that weird ass song to Sonny Bono’s portrayal of what is the most unappealing swinger of all time, the film just had me right away. It was my jam all throughout childhood, and though there have been DVD releases of the John Carl Buechler monster film, it
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Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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Scream Factory's giving Bruno Mattei’s cinematic jailbreak its high-def due next month when they release Women’s Prison Massacre on Blu-ray. To help hold fans over until the film's December 8th Blu-ray debut, we have official release details and a look at the cover art:

Press Release: Featuring master of exploitation Bruno Mattei’s (Cruel Jaws, Rats: Night of Terror) signature flourishes and a script co-written by Claudio Fragasso (Troll 2, Beyond Darkness), Women’s Prison Massacre is a brutal and uncompromising entry in one of cinema’s most infamous genres. This 1980s Italian exploitation classic makes its Blu-ray debut on December 8th, 2015 courtesy of Scream Factory. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting

Mattei hauls his unique cinematic stylings to the slammer in Women’s Prison Massacre! Sultry reporter Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) is on the verge of breaking a big story about a corrupt politician
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