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3 Video Nasties from Region B

Guest reviewer Lee Broughton covers a trio of grisly horrors. The Toolbox Murders, Blood Harvest and A Cat in the Brain each feature a pop culture icon in a leading role. Hollywood actor Cameron Mitchell, oddball 1960s crooner Tiny Tim and the Italo horror director and all-round enfant terrible Lucio Fulci find themselves caught up in their own gory and disturbing splatter show. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all three films fell foul of the British Board of Film Classification at the time of their original release in the UK.

The Toolbox Murders, Blood Harvest, A Cat in the Brain

Separate Region B Blu-ray releases

All from 88 Films – Slasher Classics Collection

£14.99 each

Reviewed by Lee Broughton

The Toolbox Murders

Region B Blu-ray

1978 / Color / 1.78 / 93 min. / Street Date December 4, 2017

Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Nicholas Beauvy, Tim Donnelly, Aneta Corsaut.

Cinematography: Gary Graver

Film Editor: Nunzio Darpino

Production Designer: D. J. Bruno

Original
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Drive-In Dust Offs: From A Whisper To A Scream (1987)

Ever since seeing Creepshow (1982) when it first arrived on video, I’ve been enamored with anthology films; reaching back to Amicus’ ‘60s and ‘70s treasures like Tales from the Crypt (1972) all the way up to Epic PicturesTales of Halloween (2015), omnibuses scratch a very particular itch for this viewer. Falling somewhere in the middle of my terrorline is From a Whisper to a Scream (1987), a proud and nasty addition to the sub-genre. This bugger does not mess around.

Released by Moviestore Entertainment stateside and by Cineplex-Odeon up here in Canada the following year, From a Whisper to a Scream (Aka The Offspring, which is what I knew it as) made back its $ 1.1 million budget plus a few dollars more, and the film received mixed reviews from critics in its limited release. Scrappy and mean, with a delightful turn from Vincent Price in the wraparound, From a Whisper to a Scream
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Mario Bava’s Erik The Conqueror – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Italian directors have always had a penchant for jumping on the cinematic bandwagon whenever a popular film is released. And we aren’t talking about just a couple of directors and a couple of films, but nearly all directors and, depending upon the genre, sometimes hundreds of films. Thus, we have the pepla of the 1950’s and 1960’s, the poliziotteschi and gialli of the 1970’s, the spaghetti westerns of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Jaws-inspired rip-offs, the Alien-inspired ripoffs, and the zombie and jungle/cannibal epics of the 1980’s. But, with the international sensation of the Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis vehicle entitled The Vikings in 1958, Italians were quick to jump on this particular bandwagon as well, resulting in a seven-year cycle of Viking films. And Mario Bava, best known for his proto-slashers and horror vehicles, was not averse to climbing on the bandwagon occasionally himself.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Without Warning (1980)

Director Greydon Clark is not a name thrown around a lot. Horror fans will know him (probably) for 1977’s Satan’s Cheerleaders. The rest of filmdom need not apply. However, his best film, Without Warning (1980), would end up resonating in such a way as to inspire Predator (1987), Schwarzenegger’s Alien in the Jungle box office smash. And when I say inspire, I mean they stole the concept. But what Without Warning lacks in testosterone and Hollywood bankrolls, it makes up in B movie charm and a winsome personality. You can’t help but fall in love with the damn thing.

Released by Filmways Pictures in New York, in September 1980, Without Warning (Aka It Came…Without Warning) had a scattered release – dribs and drabs in smaller markets, and don’t forget Finland (who could?). Made for a meager $150,000 Us the film was given a real dine and dash release, I’m
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‘Corruption’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Jamie Gillis, Michael Gaunt, Tiffany Clark, Milton Ingley, George Payne, Samantha Fox, Tanya Lawson, Marilyn Gee, Tish Ambrose, Kelly Nichols, Nicole Bernard, Bobby Astyr | Written and Directed by Roger Watkins

“One man’s fantasy is another man’s reality!”

Finding himself with a debt that he just can’t pay off, Williams (Jamie Gillis, Dracula Sucks) is tasked by shady mafia-like Franklin (Michael Gaunt, Maraschino Cherry) with something of a retrieval mission to a mysterious warehouse containing three coloured rooms; a blue, a red and a black one, each housing a beautiful woman. Williams sends his associate Alan (George Payne, The Taming of Rebecca) to carry out the task on his behalf, but with balls of steel, Alan has taken the item for himself and has disappeared. This leads Williams to pursue him down a gaping glory… I mean rabbit hole. Frustrated and desperate, Williams visits a seedy, desolate
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“Final cut” of Toolbox Murders 2 gets UK DVD release

Violent sorta-sequel Toolbox Murders 2 gets UK DVD release. Director Dean Jones’ sorta-sequel to Tobe Hooper’s effectively arch 2004 quasi-remake of the notorious Cameron Mitchell-starring 1978 psychodrama The Toolbox Murders has an odd but wildly amusing history. Lensed in 2011, the ultra-gory movie has had early, unfinished cuts screen to dismal response at festivals, was…

The post “Final cut” of Toolbox Murders 2 gets UK DVD release appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Horror Blu-ray Round-Up: From a Whisper to a Scream, War-Gods of the Deep, Satan’s Blade

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We're back with a special round-up, taking a look at three upcoming horror film Blu-rays, two of which star the legendary Vincent Price. Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for the anthology horror film, From a Whisper to a Scream, Kino Lorber has announced they're bringing Jacques Tourneur's War Gods of the Deep, a.k.a. The City Under the Sea, out on Blu-ray with a new extra, and Olive Films has slated a Satan's Blade 30th anniversary Blu-ray for a spring release.

From a Whisper to a Scream: Scream Factory will release From a Whisper to a Scream on Blu-ray beginning April 28th, with bountiful bonus features included.

From Scream Factory: "**Extras for From A Whisper To A Scream Revealed!**

Fans of this underrated 1987 gem with Vincent Price (in his last role in a horror film) are in for a super treat. Check out the extensive line-up
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Horror Round-Up: Penny Dreadful S2 Premiere Date Changed, New Salem S2 Teaser, From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray

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We’re back with another horror round-up. This time around, we focus on the slight delay in the upcoming premiere of Penny Dreadful Season 2, a new teaser for the second season of Salem, and details on the new street date for Scream Factory’s From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray.

Penny Dreadful: Showtime announced today that Penny Dreadful‘s Season 2 premiere, originally scheduled to air on April 26th, will now instead debut one week later on Sunday, May 3rd at 10pm Et.

“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of
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Scream Factory Announces From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray

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You might remember paying Oldfield a visit via 1987’s horror anthology film, From a Whisper to a Scream, aka The Offspring, which starred the legendary likes of Vincent Price and Clu Gulager. With their “Shocktober” festivities in full force, Scream Factory is giving fright fans a chance to return to the town of terror with their announcement that they are bringing From a Whisper to a Scream to Blu-ray in February:

“Our month-long “Shocktober” celebration continues with another film to reveal. In Feb 2015, the 1987 anthology horror film From A Whisper To A Scream (also known as The Offspring) will make its debut on the Blu-ray format.

Directed by Jeff Burr (The Stepfather 2, Pumpkinhead II, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and Puppetmaster 4 & 5), the film stars legendary king of horror Vincent Price, Clu Gulager (The Return of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Susan Tyrell (Angel, Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker) and Cameron Mitchell (Silent Scream,
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Scream Factory Keeps Announcements Coming With From A Whisper To A Scream Bluray!!; Hitting Shelves February 2015

The gang at Scream Factory are becoming mortal enemies with our wallets, as they keep announcing More and More awesome genre titles for upcoming Blurays! earlier this week, they announced Class Of 1984, Blacula, and others, and now the Sf crew have announced that Jeff Burr’s 1987 anthology, From A Whisper To A Scream (Aka- The Offspring) will be released to Bluray this February! I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I asbolutely Love the film, so it’s one that I for one, will not be missing. What do you guys and gals think? Chck out the official announcement below, and if you’ve got some time (of course you do), feel free to read our interview with Burr from back in the day!

From A Whisper To A Scream

“In Feb 2015, the 1987 anthology horror film From A Whisper To A Scream (otherwise known as The Offspring
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The Equalizer review

The Equalizer comes to the big screen with Denzel Washington in the lead. Here's Ryan's review of a bruising action thriller...

Readers of a certain vintage might remember The Equalizer, the 80s television series starring Edward Woodward, but it’s unlikely they’ll remember it being quite as action-packed and brutal as Antoine Fuqua’s full-blooded film adaptation.

Denzel Washington replaces Woodward as Robert McCall, a Diy store worker with a chequered past. Living alone in his modest Boston apartment, McCall barely sleeps and spends the greater proportion of his nights at a 24-hour diner, reading classic literature, arranging the condiments in neat rows and quietly brooding away the hours before dawn.

One of the diner’s few other patrons is Elena, a young prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz. When she’s viciously beaten up by her Russian pimp, Slavi (David Meunier), McCall leaps to her defence, using a
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June 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Ravenous, Video Nasties, Death Bed

Summer is officially right around the corner, which means horror DVD and Blu-rays are starting to heat up as well. This week, we’ve got several cult classics hitting high definition for the first time, another special edition set of the first three seasons of The Walking Dead,and the recent RoboCop reboot directed by Jose Padilha and starring Joel Kinnaman.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a special Doctor Who David Tennant-themed collection being released, several indie creature features and we’re finally seeing the official arrival of the Video Nasties documentaries stateside on Tuesday. Check out all the horror and sci-fi fun you can add to your home collections this week below!

Spotlight Titles:

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (Cult Epics, Blu-ray)

Prepare yourselves… The strangest bedtime story ever told! Cult Epics brings you Death Bed, George Barry’s uniquely weird journey through a world of wind demons,
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Afm 2013: New Teaser Trailer and Poster for Hitchhiker Massacre

Afm 2013 came to a close yesterday, but we still have a few tales to tell from the huge event... such as the latest on Hitchhiker Massacre, which debuted a new trailer and poster art at the show, both of which we have right here!

Retrofocus Pictures' slasher horror film Hitchhiker Massacre is directed by James L. Bills (Refuge of Last Resort) and produced by J. Horton (Monsters in the Woods, Edges of Darkness). Retrofocus is the brainchild of executive producer Ivan Nagy, who created the HBO series "The Hitchhiker" and directed Skinner.

The film stars Ely Lamay, Calista Carradine, John Barrymore, James Bartholet, Veronica Lavery, and Katherine Cronyn.

"Hitchhiker Massacre is a love letter to the slasher flicks I loved as a kid: Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Toolbox Murders, The Slumber Party Massacre. Gone is the self-referential, jokey comedy that infected so much horror post-Scream. I just wanted to make an honest,
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Kevin Fraser’s Poster Friday Vol. Xxi

Seeing as how it’s still the Halloween season…we’re going to go right on featuring some fantastic horror posters by some amazing artists! You’re all right with that right? I mean…if you’re not you’d tell me? Oh…really? Hrm…well I suppose we have a problem because…well I picked out the posters first and…they’re all there right now…after the jump. I’m actually writing this last so…hrm…well this is awkward.

So…click the link to continue reading…or…you know…don’t.

First up we have this awesome poster for The Evil Dead by Peter Strain.

Next up is a poster for The Toolbox Murders. I love horror posters from this era, they’re all kind of similar and sort of cheap looking but…there’s just something about them that’s so appealing. Plus they all needed
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Slice and Dice The Slasher Film Forever (2013) Review

If youve been waiting for a fun enlightening documentary about the beloved slasher subgenre Slice and Dice The Slasher Film Forever is the pic for you. Tons of celebrity guests cool visuals and thrilling archival footage waits Slice and Dice isnt likely to disappoint. Its a blast to watch. Loaded with countless clips from some absolutely classic gems (including Motel Hell The Hills Have Eyes The Burning Slaughter High Monster Man Sleepaway Camp Halloween Friday the 13th A Nightmare on Elm Street Childs Play The Toolbox Murders and many many more) thorough conversations as to the relevance of the final girl the trend of excessive gore and what it requires to escape a slasher film in one piece.
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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Crawlspace' (2012)

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Crawlspace' (2012)
Note: The film I'm about to review is not a remake of the obscure 1986 Klaus Kinski psycho thriller Crawlspace. I feel silly even having to mention this, but Hollywood has remade The House on Sorority Row, The Crazies, and The Toolbox Murders, so I don't even know what qualifies as "obscure" anymore.

  If you combine the phrases "Australian," "science fiction," and "horror" into the description of a new movie, I'll be the first guy in line to see it. Attribute my affection for Aussie cinema to childhood screenings of films like Patrick, Razorback, and Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior), but I've always appreciated the indie Aussies' approach to mood, tension, action, and enthusiasm for car chases, fist fights, gun battles, crazy monsters, and violence with an outback attitude. I say all this because the most recent export from Australia's genre department is more or less a disappointment. The
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It Came From 1980X: VHS Halloween Triple Feature!!!

It’s the month of October. It’s Halloween. No, not the day itself, but tis the season. That means we need to focus on some truly excellent 80’s horror surrounding our beloved holiday. Sure we could give the rehash job to Halloween and its subsequent sequels, but that’s not entirely in spirit of the game although I can assure you that I’m working on something that focuses on the Carpenter magnum opus. Today we’re going to focus on some horror flicks that are about Halloween, but aren’t John Carpenter’s Halloween. Let’s talk about The Day After Halloween, Trick or Treats, Lady in White in our first It Came From 1980X triple feature offering. Each of these movies incorporates something of the Halloween spirit and only one of them actually gets any street cred for being an honest to goodness creep out. There’s
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The Night Is Coming After You: Nightmare City’s Video Nasties Watch-a-Thon

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The Night Is Coming After You: Nightmare City’s Video Nasties Watch-a-Thon
Cinefamily’s upcoming month-long horror celebration is pretty much the raddest thing ever. Presented in partnership with Elijah Wood’s The Woodshed Horror Company, Nightmare City is a 30-day midnight video nasty watch-a-thon to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of the video nasty uproar in the U.K.

Yep. It’s a nightmare come true. 30 days of over-the-top brain smashing, blood-gushing nasty goodness. To sweeten the deal Cinefamily is offering prizes to the fans who sit through the most movies:

3Rd Place: the 3-dvd all-region UK box set Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide

2Nd Place: a vintage large-format French theatrical poster for The Burning + the 3-dvd all-region UK box set Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide

1St Place: the chance to guest-program an upcoming Cinefamily midnight movie screening + the 3-dvd all-region UK box set Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. In the event of a tie for first place, we will hold a
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It Came From 1980 X: Terror On Tape… or How a Videotape Can Turn You On

There are a few fan favorites from the VHS era that are favorites solely because of they are completely indicative of the VHS boom in the mid 80’s. One movie that would qualify for this distinction would be Terror on Tape. It’s got one of the sexiest covers in the history of media packaging and is ripe for the nostalgic horror fan who sees a VHS tape being squeezed by a monster hand as a symbol of their own frustration and adoration for this somewhat lost medium (somewhat lost because it’s making a creeping comeback). Comet Video and Continental (same thing different name) put this one out as a sort of advertisement for the titles that Continental was distro-ing. Little did they know that the film itself would take on its own life as a piece of iconographic advertising. It’s a collection of short clips from some
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Attention La: 30 Banned Video Nasties Invade Cinefamily Oct. 1st-31st! 35Mm Mayhem!

Rejoice Fright-fans, its officially the most wonderful time of the year! October has finally descended upon us, thus commencing the carving of jack-o-lanterns, mass consumption of pumpkin beer, and the voracious viewing of horror films! To properly kick off this seasonal sensation, the ghoulish folks at Cinefamily (including Iof’s good friend Phil Blankenship, curator of Cinefamily’s own signature series Heavy Hitters Midnites) are screening 30 video nasties, over 30 days, all in 35mm! Check out the full press release & trailer below for the insane schedule of films! Commencing brain damage in 3…2…1.

Video Nasties Watch-a-thon Contest!

30 banned horror films, 30 midnights, all on 35mm.

This month, as a precursor to our massive new horror festival Nightmare City, Cinefamily is launching a horror screening series so perversely over-the-top and wondrously fun that we ourselves still can’t believe it: a series of 35mm midnight movie screenings every single night in October, all culled
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