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Film Review: ‘Gangster Land’

Film Review: ‘Gangster Land’
Timothy Woodward Jr. was born too late. Clearly the kind of enterprise that enabled this actor-turned-director to make no less than 13 features in the last five years for his own production company would’ve been ideally deployed in a “golden age” Poverty Row studio. And had they too existed back then, such reduced former A-listers as Tom Sizemore, Dolph Lundgren, Kris Kristofferson and Denise Richards probably still would have sooner or later found themselves toiling in Woodward Jr.’s joints, all low-budget actioners of one sort or another.

His latest is ambitious in the sense of being a period piece, something it pulls off with reasonable, resourceful aplomb even if the script (among other things) is too generic to result in anything more memorable than a passable time-filler. “Gangster Land” is not exactly good. But at least it’s farther along on the road to good than such prior Status Media efforts as “Gnome Alone” and the mysteriously
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'They walk. They talk. They kill.' Director Stuart Gordon talks 'Dolls'

'They walk. They talk. They kill.' Director Stuart Gordon talks 'Dolls'
Stuart Gordon shot his first film, 1985's much beloved gorefest Re-Animator, in Los Angeles but then decamped to Italy to shoot Dolls, his second movie and second terror tale. While there, Gordon was also taken down a peg, or 12, by a local craftsman. "They didn’t shoot sound in Italy, they weren't used to that," says Gordon, whose other directing credits include From Beyond, Castle Freak, and 2005's William H. Macy-starring Edmond. "I remember there was one day when I was shooting something and there was a carpenter hammering in the background, working on another one of our sets—hammering and sawing.
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Blu-ray Review – Dolls: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory)

Dolls is one of Stuart Gordon’s most ballyhooed directorial efforts, next to Re-Animator and From Beyond, of course. It was a Charles Band production, under Empire International, and produced by Brian Yuzna. It has been so long since the last time that I watched the film, that the only thing that I could remember about it, was the front cover of the VHS tape. This means that I don’t really have a DVD experience with Dolls, for which to compare the Blu-ray transfer of the film to. After revisiting the film, I can’t say that it is my favorite Gordon film, but it is highly entertaining for what it is. Dolls predates the Puppet Master series, which Band would later become known for, and is infinitely more enjoyable than any one of those films. I recently re-watched a couple of the Puppet Master movies, and none of
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Nightbreed Director’s Cut, Squirm, and Dolls!

Nightbreed Director’s Cut, Squirm, and Dolls!
Holy cats creeps, I can’t believe ol’ Xiii is havin’ such a streak of good luck! The restless spirits of this recent Samhain must have taken pity upon yours cruelly, ‘cuz this week’s reviews are a horror hat-trick of pure fright flick gold! Don’t believe me? Just keep readin’ and see if ya don’t agree (oh, and you will agree… you… will… agree)!

Nightbreed The Director’S Cut

Release Date: Now Available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Written By: Clive Barker Directed By: Clive Barker Starring: Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Anne Bobby

Man o’ man, ghouls, Nightbreed has always been a bit like an all you can eat buffet, but instead of chicken wings and mac n’ cheese you get a bounty o’ beasts and craploads o’ creatures, which is good because you are not hungry, you are a monster maniac. And where the hell was I going with this analogy?
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Release Details for Dolls Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

  • DailyDead
Dolls is the latest cult horror title to receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray treatment from Scream Factory and they’ve provided us with the final list of bonus features for the November 11th release:

“Do you like handmade puppets, toy soldiers, ballerinas and dolls? Charming elderly toymaker Gabriel Hartwicke and his wife Hilary have the perfect play toys just for you! From celebrated cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), executive producer Charles Band, producer Brian Yuzna (Society) and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll) comes a campy, horror cult classic that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun. The 1987 horror film Dolls is a bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun and fantastic effects in equal measure. The film stars Stephen Lee (The Pit and the Pendulum), Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Hilary Mason (Don’t Look Now), Ian Patrick Williams (Re-Animator), Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (From Beyond
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Scream Factory Invites You to Play with Dolls on Blu-ray

At the San Diego Comic-Con back in July, Scream Factory announced that Stuart Gordon's Dolls would soon be getting the Collector's Edition Blu-ray treatment, and today full details have revealed all the stuffing that'll be found inside the release. Read on!

From the Press Release

Do you like handmade puppets, toy soldiers, ballerinas, and dolls? Charming elderly toymaker Gabriel Hartwicke and his wife, Hilary, have the perfect play toys just for you!

From celebrated cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), executive producer Charles Band, producer Brian Yuzna (Society), and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll), comes a campy, horror cult classic that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun. The 1987 horror film Dolls is a bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun, and fantastic effects in equal measure. The film stars Stephen Lee (The Pit and the Pendulum), Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Hilary Mason (Don
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Dolls: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray – November 11th From Scream Factory

I can’t wait for this release to finally come to fruition. It has been a long time since I have seen Stuart Gordon’s magical killer dolls film, so when Scream Factory announced it, they had my attention immediately. This is a “Collector’s Edition” so it looks as if it is getting the appropriate treatment. The artwork has been revealed, and the extras exposed. There appears to be a good mixture of both old and new. Including, but not limited to - all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, stars Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, executive producer Charles Band, and special make-Up effects artists Gabe Bartalos, andJohn Vulich and more! Check out the press release below, and pre-order your copy by either clicking here for Shout!’s website, or here for Amazon.

Scream Factory™ Presents

A Film by Stuart Gordon and Executive Produced by
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‘Dolls’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Bunty Bailey, Cassie Stuart, Stephen Lee | Written by Ed Naha | Directed by Stuart Gordon

The second collaboration between Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Charles Band, Dolls was originally lensed as a “stop-gap” feature between Gordon’s debut feature Re-Animator and its follow-up, From Beyond – a filler piece if you will, to be shot at Charles Band’s newly purchased Italian soundstage (bought from Dino De Laurentiis no less) – from a script by Ed Naha, who had already penned one monster movie, the infamous Troll, for Band’s Empire Pictures shingle. Little did anyone know that the low-budget, quickly shot film would still, to this day, be regarded as one of the highlights of Empire Pictures horror output in the 80s…

And did I mention it just happens to still be one of my all-time favourite 80s horrors?
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‘Bad Channels’ DVD Review (88 Films)

Stars: Paul Hipp, Martha Quinn, Aaron Lustig, Charlie Spradling, Ian Patrick Williams | Written by Jackson Barr | Directed by Ted Nicolaou

I’m a bad Full Moon fan. I really am… I can now cross Bad Channels off my list of Full Moon flicks I know of but haven’t seen.

Yet another collaboration between Charles Band and his Subspecies director Ted Nicolaou, Bad Channels tells the story of Dangerous Dan (Hipp) a newly employed DJ at Kdul who is returning to the airwaves after a six month suspension by the FCC for a stunt he pulled while on the air. Covering Dan’s return to the airwaves is Lisa Cummings (Quinn) who doesn’t trust Dan and thinks he’s a hoax. She becomes the butt of his jokes when she spots a UFO landing near the radio station and Dan is quick to laugh until the alien breaks into Kdul.
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Ben Affleck is Batman in 'Man of Steel' sequel: The internet reacts

Ben Affleck is Batman in 'Man of Steel' sequel: The internet reacts
Ben Affleck will become the eighth actor to don the cape and cowl when he plays Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. With early rumours suggesting that the film will be titled Batman vs Superman, all eyes will be on Affleck and new Superman Henry Cavill duking it out in cinemas come 2015.

In a Warner Bros press release, director Zack Snyder praised Affleck for having "the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter". Could we be getting a film that's close to Frank Miller's seminal comic book storyline The Dark Knight Returns?

News of Affleck's Batman casting naturally sent the internet into meltdown, with social media quick to have its say on the man who once played Daredevil suiting up in Gotham City. Digital Spy rounds
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Spiderbaby’s Terror Tapes: Stuart Gordon's 'Dolls' with Carrie Lorraine

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Spiderbaby’s Terror Tapes: Stuart Gordon's 'Dolls' with Carrie Lorraine
If you grew up in the 80s, you remember the first time you watched Halloween and Friday the 13th; you remember how dark the room was, how the popcorn tasted, and how many times you almost peed your pants from fear. You also probably remember the first time you saw Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator and From Beyond. Call me crazy, but I have much more vivid memories of watching Gordon’s not-so-popular horror gem, Dolls (1987). Picture this: during an all-girls sleepover in the heart of suburbia, my friends and I walked to the video rental store with a few dollars. While browsing endless titles, out of the corner of my eye, I caught the front cover of Dolls on VHS with the skeletal doll holding her gouged eyeballs – I couldn’t resist. That night I became the bravest girl in the fourth grade; I stayed up to watch Dolls alone in the dark,
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for February and March

Here's a Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the months of February and March 2013.

The Blob (1958) Criterion Collection Blu-ray & DVD Available Now

This entertaining low-budget favorite gets some well-deserved respect from the folks at Criterion. A gelatinous creature from outer space begins to devour the inhabitants of a small town. Each time it consumes a new body, it grows bigger. A couple of teens (including the wooden Steve McQueen) attempt to warn the town and save the population from certain blech! Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. directs the mayhem with a sure hand while Bart Sloane's great special effects still pack a punch. Followed by the bizarre comedy sequel, Son of Blob, in the early ’70s (directed by Larry Hagman!) and a great, underrated remake in 1988 by Chuck Russell.

Special Features:

* New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

* Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris
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Blu-ray and DVD Release Details for The Video Dead, TerrorVision, and Prison

  • DailyDead
In a very short period of time, Scream Factory has become the number one company to watch for cult horror releases. They have new titles planned every month and, in February, we’ll see the release of TerrorVision, The Video Dead, and Prison. We covered the initial announcement and we’re back with details on the presentation, bonus features, and cover artwork:

“Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and collectors to embark on a journey filled with thrills, chills and 80s high-camp spills when Prison (starring Viggo Mortensen in an early career role) and a double feature presentation of Terrorvision and The Video Dead debut on home entertainment shelves everywhere on February 19, 2013. Prison Collector’s Edition and Terrorvision/ The Video Dead Double Feature are presented in Two Blu-ray + DVD combo packs. Each boasts original theatrical key art, anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and exciting bonus content.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD,
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Scream Factory reveal artwork & extras for ‘Prison’ and ‘Terrorvision/Video Dead’

Scream Factory have announced, via their Facebook page, the extras on the upcoming collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combos of Prison and the double feature Bd & DVD combo pairing of Terrorvision and The Video Dead – both of which are coming soon on February 19th 2013.

Prison:

Commentary with Director Renny Harlin Hard Time: The Making of “Prison” – An all-new retrospective with Director Renny Harlin, Producer Irwin Yablans, Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, Actor Tom Everett, Stunt Coordinator Kane Hodder, Special Makeup Effects Creator John Carl Buechler, Executive Producer Charles Band, Composer Richard Band, Production Designer Philip Duffin, and Production Assistant Patrick Denver U.S. Theatrical Trailer, Poster & Still Gallery and Original First-Draft Screenplay (Pdf format)

Terrorvision:

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Ted Nicolaou and Stars Diane Franklin and Jon Gries Monsters on Demand: The Making of “Terrorvision” – An all-new retrospective with Writer/Director Ted Nicolaou, Stars Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov,
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Review – Freddy’s Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street The Series – Ep 1: “No More Mr. Nice Guy”

After reading Robg’s nostalgic post about Freddy’s Nightmares and seeing the warm reception it received got me wondering, has any die hard “Fred Head” completely viewed the series from start to finish? Having never been released officially in it’s entirety, save for a couple random episode VHS tapes, a couple years ago I was lurking around an Elm Street forum (I spend my time wisely…) I came across a seller with the complete, unedited Freddy’s Nightmares collection on DVD-Rs which I bought immediately, where they in turn went into my closet, unwatched. Until now! I figured now’s the time to dust off the set and provide what may be the first episode-by-episode reviews of this semi-forgotten series, one week at a time. Join me, won’t you?

It’s August 19th, 1988 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, the latest installment in
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Dolls (1987) Movie Review

by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

Inanimate objects come to life in Stuart Gordon's's Dolls, a gothic horror film. After their car gets bogged down during a violent, approaching storm, a family seeks refuge in a spooky old house owned by an even spookier old couple.

This family consists of a horrible step-mother (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon), an even more horrible father (Ian Patrick williams) and their cute and bubbly young Daughter Trudy (A young Carrie Lorraine).

The owners, Gabriel and Hilary (Played by Hilary Mason and Guy Rolfe) take them in graciously. Early on, Gabriel reveals to Judy that he is a Dollmaker and has been for years. Indeed, the house is littered with an assortment of dolls, all shapes and sizes.

It's not long before there are more unexpected guests - A young, naive business man Ralph and two female hitchhikers he picked up from the storm - these two
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A 'Growth' Will Be Infecting DVD In September

Gabriel Cowan's Growth will be infecting its way to DVD September 7th via Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film stars Brian Krause, Mircea Monroe, Christopher Shand and Nora Kirkpatrick.

From the Press Release:

A frightening excursion into science gone haywire, Growth features such genre favorites as Mircea Monroe (the upcoming Tekken), Christopher Shand (“True Blood”), Nora Kirkpatrick (“Greek”), Brian Krause (Sleepwalkers, “Charmed”), Alexi Wasser (Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever), Ian Patrick Williams (Re-Animator, Superhero Movie), and Richard Riehle (Office Space, Hatchet). The film promises an unforgettable journey into the next level of terror!

Written and directed by Gabriel Cowan (Breathing Room), Growth begins in 1989, when a breakthrough in advanced parasitic research on Kuttyhunk Island gives scientists a jump in human evolution, endowing subjects with heightened physical and mental strength. But the experiment went horribly wrong, producing a lethal parasite that mysteriously killed off three quarters of the island’s population,
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Growth Slithers to DVD September 7th via Anchor Bay

Growth Gabriel Cowan PosterAnchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing Gabriel Cowan's (Breathing Room) Growth on DVD September 7th (Shock). The clip below for the film is sure to make audiences squirm as 2" parasites infect almost every one on the isolated Kuttyhunk Island. This New Artists Alliance film stars Mircea Monroe (The Black Waters of Echo's Pond), Christopher Shand (Hit and Run) and Brian Krause (Desertion). Have a watch of the trailer below along with the announced DVD extras also inside.

The synopsis for Growth here:

"Growth begins in 1989, when a breakthrough in advanced parasitic research on Kuttyhunk Island gives scientists a jump in human evolution, endowing subjects with heightened physical and mental strength. But, the experiment went horribly wrong. A lethal parasite was produced that mysteriously killed off three quarters of the island's population, with the survivors fleeing for their lives.

Continues...

Twenty years later, Jamie Akerman (Monroe), who
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Look for a Growth on DVD Shelves This September

It's been many months since we're heard any news about Gabriel Cowan's sci-fi thriller Growth, but thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment that's about to change as they'll be releasing the film onto DVD this September 7th.

From the Press Release:

A frightening excursion into science gone haywire, Growth features such genre favorites as Mircea Monroe (the upcoming Tekken), Christopher Shand (“True Blood”), Nora Kirkpatrick (“Greek”), Brian Krause (Sleepwalkers, “Charmed”), Alexi Wasser (Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever), Ian Patrick Williams (Re-Animator, Superhero Movie), and Richard Riehle (Office Space, Hatchet). The film promises an unforgettable journey into the next level of terror!

Written and directed by Gabriel Cowan (Breathing Room), Growth begins in 1989, when a breakthrough in advanced parasitic research on Kuttyhunk Island gives scientists a jump in human evolution, endowing subjects with heightened physical and mental strength. But the experiment went horribly wrong, producing a lethal parasite that mysteriously killed
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Anchor Bay Releases Parasitic Growth

Growth invades homes when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the film on DVD September 7. The film stars Mircea Monroe, Christopher Shand, Nora Kirkpatrick, Brian Krause, Alexi Wasser, Ian Patrick Williams and Richard Riehle. Written and directed by Gabriel Cowan ( Breathing Room ), Growth begins in 1989, when a breakthrough in advanced parasitic research on Kuttyhunk Island gives scientists a jump in human evolution, endowing subjects with heightened physical and mental strength. But, the experiment went horribly wrong, producing a lethal parasite that mysteriously killed off three quarters of the island's population, with the survivors fleeing for their lives. Twenty years later, Jamie Akerman (Monroe), who lost her mother in the outbreak, returns with her boyfriend...
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