Friday, July 31, 2015

INNER DEMONS (2014)

INNER DEMONS (2014) 

Label: IFC Midnight
Region Code: 1 

Duration: 83 Minutes
Rating: Unrated
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 with Optional English SDH Subtitles
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) 
Director: Seth Grossman
Cast: Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Kate Whitney, Brian Flaherty, Colleen McGrann, Christopher Parker 

Demon possession and found-footage have been around for awhile now, apparently in the minds of young filmmakers they go together like peanut butter and chocolate,  but most of them just aren't that great in my opinion. I typically proceed with caution coming into these found-footage movies, which might be unfair, but once you've been burned numerous times by a well-worn trend you'd be foolish not, fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on me, as they say. 


The movie has a pretty standard set-up, a teenage drug addict Carson (Lara Vosburgh) is followed by a documentary crew whom are there to document how the teen went from straight-a Catholic schoolgirl to straight-up heroin addict. After a few days of observing her behaviors at home and interviewing friends and family she agrees to committed to a rehab facility. The documentary producer thinks they've struck ratings gold when she announces that she believes herself to be a  victim of demon possession. The producer is just so excited about this turn of events, of course she doesn't believe Carson is demon-possessed, she chalks it up to drug-induced weirdness, but she is absolutely ready to exploit Carson illness just the same. 

This is very much how I imagine these type of reality-based TV programs are, I imagine HLN's Nancy Grace waking up each morning and reading the newspaper, wringing her hands with delight when another child is victimized or murdered, because without the misery of the world these people would have very little to do with themselves, they hunger for and feast upon how awful the world can be, and that is why I despise those types of "news" programs. 

Once Carson is admitted to the rehab facility we meet her fellow addicts, a collection of junkies, pill-poppers and sex addicts who welcome her into the group, but sort of turn on her when she confesses she might be demon-possessed. Perhaps unsurprisingly these junkies, each going through their own drug withdrawal, can be a surly bunch, but I probably would too if someone started pulling my darkest secrets from out of nowhere and sharing them with my recovery group, which happens in a very Exorcist sort of way during a group meeting.

As the movie plays out we get some back story about Carson's home life, like the fact that her father is a recovering alcoholic with anger management issues, and how those might feed into the young woman's own issues. Later a school friend reveals the possible origins of her addiction and strange behavior, which of course has been caught on-camera.  A production assistant on the crew named Jason (Morgan McClellan) seems to be the only one who believes that there could be something to this demon possession things after all, his character is set-up early on as someone who might be drawn towards troubled woman, and he's got his work cut out for him with Carson, whom he develops a fondness for. 

I could never quite get a good read on the parents, if they believed it or not, but the rest of the documentary team and the doc at the rehab certainly don't. Of course the foreign nurse at the rehab clinic recognizes the signs of possession, in a very stereotyped portrayal with her coming from a primitive culture of course she would believe in such things, and is fired when she performs an impromptu cleansing. 

Most of the documentary crew are very minor characters, even Jason seems somewhat unneeded, and the feeling her develops for Carson come on a bit too fast, it goes from curiosity about her to overly emotional attachment in a heartbeat, it felt forced, but it didn't ruin it for me, just annoyed me.  


As a documentary style found-footage film we have plenty of the typical cam-footage that is captured both hand-held and from the POV of wall-mounted security cameras, plus an MTV Real World-styled confessional camera, all of which capture the ebb and flow of Carson's decent into demonic possession. At times she struggles to fight the influence, other times the evil inside takes over and she begins to exhibit more violent and strange behaviors, some of which are quite violent, nearly biting off the fingers of the film crew at one point. 

Lara Vosburgh is pretty great in the role of the troubled teen addict, she carries the film and does a balances the troubled teen struggling with addiction and demon possession about as well as I could imagine, I don't think I rolled my eyes even once, and that's a god sign. 
Things build to a decent finale with an appropriately freaky, violent and abrupt ending to the course of events, for those who have seen even just a handful of found-footage movies there are very few surprises to be had in my opinion, but it is well-assembled and the family drama and bizarre happening kept me tuned it right up to the end despite a sort of slow beginning. 3.5/5

Thursday, July 30, 2015

THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES (2014)

THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES (2014) 

Label: Artsploitation Films

Region Code: 1
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 76 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with Optional English Subtitles
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Director: Jay Lee, Jim Roof
Cast: Jim Roof, Shannon Malone, Larissa Lynch, Liz Burghdorf, Andrew Hopper

Synopsis: It’s Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer meets This is Spinal Tap in the gory mockumentary THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES, the grisliest, darkest horror-comedy ever imaginable. Ed and Susan are just your average, middle-class American suburban married couple: they have their quirks, their romantic moments, their hobbies. One of these hobbies has even turned into a small business venture for the couple…because Ed and Susan are also serial killers who sell snuff videos of their crimes through the Internet underground. Since Ed is determined that their next video will surpass all of their previous work, he has decided that it will feature three kills in one night – but after they abduct their intended victims, things don’t go as planned. Filmed entirely through the perspective of Ed’s many cameras, and labeled “one of the greatest horror films of the century” by Film Radar, this film is as shocking as it is slyly satirical about violence and media exploitation.

I love Artsploitation Films and the strange brew of cinema they're known for, each release

offers something different, they're a pretty fantastic distributor and 2015 has been a fantastic year for the label. I've been on board with pretty much everything they've done so far, but this one for whatever reason sat on my shelf for weeks before I could muster up the enthusiasm to watch it. I think that owes a lot to the found-footage aesthetic of it, and I think I am might have been going through a bit of a cinema verite fatigue there for a little while, so I just put it aside until I felt I could watch it without any baggage, and today was that day. 

My fears were unfounded, true there's a glut of found footage out there but like the eternal wellspring of zombie movies there is always someone out there doing something new with it, for every five shit films you might find a gem among the shale, and such is the case with The House with 100 Eyes, a mockumentary along the lines of The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon, a documentary that takes you behind the scenes with serial killers Ed and Susan, a demented couple who operate and underground film studio they call Studio Red, a distributor who offers quality snuff films with all the special features you would expect from a straight studio film, and I thought that was a fun conceit, and a darkly funny one at that. 

Ed and Susan are a blast to watch, the film opens with them filming an intro of sorts for the latest film project, a triple feature snuff film - the first of it's kind. They are attempting to kill three people in one night at the same time. They inform us of their intentions and describe how their home has been set-up with numerous hidden camera, additionally it has been sound proofed, and comes complete with a nightmare torture chamber and a porn-styled studio with a mattress on the floor and a simple camera set-up. As they go about their preparations for the event we are treated to shots from the hidden cameras as they apply make-up, make the morning coffee and assemble their murder-van kit, before they head on out to Hollywood Boulevard to find three tens who are willing to come back to their place to shoot amateur porn for a few hundred dollars. The first pass doesn't go so well, Ed is pretty anxious and when one of the disinterested teens throws some sarcasm his way he threatens to eviscerate them, leaving his wife to calm him down and reminding him they;d best leave the area before the cops show up. 

Eventually the twisted couple do find three teens willing to make some amateur porn and bring them back to their place where things start off surprisingly well at first, all their preparations seem to be paying off.  However, things begin to fall apart when one of the young women begins to lose her nerve, expressing her desire to back out. She is quietly escorted to the torture chamber where Ed subjects her to some squirm inducing punishment, which he delights in to no end, he has a child like  enthusiasm for violence. Back in the porn room things are further delayed when the young man blows his load in the shower before shooting the porn, which sends Ed right over the edge, worried he won't get his money-shot for the movie. 

Ed has a deep need for the porn along with his torture films, an earlier scene shows Ed sitting alone in the living room while watching a previously taped torture sessions while furiously masturbating to the grisly images and the excruciating sounds of screaming, it's a very dark scene. His wife on the other hand is more of a poisoner, she's just itching to inject someone with something, which is at odds with Ed's intentions, several times during the film he questions what she's injecting into their victims, making sure that she is only sedating them and not poisoning them, apparently she's prematurely poisoned victims before, which ruined the movies. 

Shannon Malone is pretty fantastic as Sue, a crazy-eyed blond who seems just a little off, as you might expect of a serial killer, but there's some kind of extra crazy in her performance, something subtle but very clear. During an earlier scene she is narrating while she applies make-up in the bathroom, explaining how her mother taught her to give a good man everything he wants, but to give bad men exactly what they deserve, which feeds into the story later on when her and Ed are odds with each other.

Special Features:
-  Audio Commentary with Director/Actor Jim Roof and Director/Cinematographer Jay Lee
- Trailer(2 Mins)
- Ed's Studio Red Sizzle Reel (2 Mins
- Ed's Studio red Gag Reel (8 Mins) 

- Artsploitation Trailers

I enjoyed this one a lot, a pitch black satire and a fun watch. T he finale reveals itself long before its meant to but I loved the vibe and the inherent comedy herein, the actors portraying the demented couple to a great job nailing the specific tone this movie required, if you like myself are maybe fatigued by the glut of the found-footage horror films on the market right now you might be surprised by The House with 100 Eyes and what it has to offer,a recommend, particularly if you enjoyed The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon which mines similar territory. 3/5

FUTURE JUSTICE (2014)

FUTURE JUSTICE (2014) 

Label: Scorpio Film Releasing Region Code: Region-FREE 
Duration: 83 Minutes
Rating: Unrated 
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 
Director: Richard Griffin
Cast: Nat Sylva, Steven O'Broin, Aaron Andrade, Anna Rizzo, Dan Mauro, Johnny Sederquist, Tiffany Lee Ferris
Richard Griffin must be one of the most prolific makers of low-budget b-movie genre pictures out there today, averaging about three finished feature and short films a year. His latest movie Future Justice (2014)  is a tasty no-budget riff on John Carpenter's Escape from New York, and stars Nat Sylva (Murder University) as the bad ass anti-hero Python Dallas, a dangerous insurrectionist who at the start of the film is imprisoned on Saturn's moon of Titan. He's in the process of being transported back to Earth to answer for his crimes, but what exactly those crimes are exactly is a bit of mystery throughout the movie, we have numerous references to an incident that happened in Baltimore that ended with a high body count, but it keeps a bit of mystery about it. 

En route to Earth Python is interrogated by Major Uxbridge (Aaron Andrade) who clearly has contempt for the war criminal, though the tougher he gets the more sarcastic Python becomes, which only further enrages the Major. Approaching Earth the crew are unable to establish radio contact with anyone back at the base command, it soon becomes apparent that the Earth has fallen victim to some apocalyptic nuclear event, the cities lay in ruin and the few survivors left alive scrap over food and scramble for shelter. 

Arriving on the Earth Python is coerced into joining the crew on the surface on a mission to search for survivors. Eventually they find a small group who scientist and various survivors who have banded together and are holed-up in the basement of a building. Opposition arrives in the form of a motley crew of post-nuke pirates headed by baddie Gazebo (Steven O’Broin), a sneering Southern-fried menace who leads a band of redneck outlaws armed with lasers and explosive-tipped crossbow darts. 

Adding to the menace is the threat of a tunnel dwelling mutant-human who oozes irradiated goo, the creature appears from time to time to claim a victim. 

Richard Griffin is channelling the 80s sci-fi action films of his and our youth and the result is a ton of cheap b-movie fun anchored by the fun performances of Nathaniel Sylva, obviously channeling his inner Snake Plisken, and baddie Steven O’Broin, both do a fantastic job in their roles, neither of which requires much depth but it makes for fun action-movie caricatures . 

The special effects of the movie by John C. Dusek are wonderfully cheesy and pretty dated - which is keeping within the Scorpio Film Releasing aesthetic we've come to know and love 'em for through the years. The opening title credit sequence is fantastic, the retro sci-fi font and the accompanying score does a bang-up job of channeling vintage 80s science fiction with plenty of Carpenter's Escape from New York with maybe a little Richard Band thrown into the mix, kudos to Daniel Hildreth for the awesome score, it adds a lot of texture to the movie. 

The opening scenes in outer space are early 90s computer graphics type stuff that might illicit a chuckle, and that's not unfair, its part of the charm of the production, and I think both a result of necessity and design - one of the opening scenes of Python encased in ice -- or crinkled plastic wrap more precisely, made me laugh, it might just be the worse effect of the film, but I still loved it. The command center of the ship is a tight and cramped space, which is straight out of John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon's seminal low-budget science fiction student film Dark Star (1974), a film which surely must have been an inspiration for Griffin.

Special Features:
- Commentary Track with Director, Producer, Cast and Crew
- Short Film 'Mutants of the Apocalypse' (7 Mins)
- Trailer ( 3 Mins) 

A post-apocalyptic science fiction movie is pretty damn difficult to do on what amounts to a shoe-string budget, and this is proof of how challenging it can be. Sure, it has a lot of warts on the surface but I loved the concept and the spirit of the execution, it's hard to convey a nuclear wasteland when your back lot is green with vegetation, but they make a real go for it anyway, and the end result is a shit ton of retro-80s sci-fi apocalypse fun. 2.5/5

WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD (2015)

WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD (2015) 

Label: Scream Factory I IFC Midnight 

Release Date: August 4th 2015
Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated 

Duration: 98 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1 Surround, English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1) 
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Cast: Bianca Bradey, Jay Gallagher, Keith Agius, Leon Burchill, Berryn Schwerdt, Luke McKenzie

This low-budget slice of Ozploitation zombie-apocalyptic cinema is high-octane and gore-soaked right from the opening scenes, a seizure inducing action-sequence with kinetic editing that throws up right into a hornet's nest of gnashing zombie teeth. Then it takes a breather to set-up the characters of the film and explain how the zombie apocalypse started, sort of. 

We have a family man named Barry (Jay Gallagher) at home with his smart-mouthed teen daughter and lovely wife, miles away his photographer sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey) is in a garage shooting a model painted up in Day of the Dead make-up, and an wise-cracking Aborigine Benny (Leon Burchill) who is on a hunt in the Outback with his brother. That night a comet breaks-up over Earth and just about everyone on Earth is transformed into fart-mouthed zombies who crave human flesh. 

Obviously not everyone one is transformed into the undead, a certain select few seem to have an immunity to the plague, such is the case with Benny, Brooke and Bennie. Early on Brooke is kidnapped by what seems to be the military and brought to the lab of a mad scientist known only as The Doctor (Berryn Schwerdt), a strange bird in a bright yellow contamination suit who keeps a mix of infected and the immune chained to the walls of his lab, carrying out demented experiments, maybe meant to save the world, or maybe he's just an evil loon. The Doc loves to play awful pop music while prancing around the lab, injecting fluid from the zombies brain straight into Brooke's brain, not sure what the intended effect was but I am pretty sure it wasn't meant to give her mind control over the zombies, which it does. 

While Brooke's left on her own for a bit both Benny and Barry must kill their loved ones who have become infected and eventually meet up with each other and then find a shack where three survivors are holed up, lead by Frank (Keith Agius). Teaming-up with the trio they group discover that for unknown reasons - there's a lot of those in this movie - all fuel has become inert and will not combust - rendering all vehicle useless, until they realize they can harness the methane-spewing zombies as a fuel source, brilliant. At this point the boys set out in search of Barry's sister and must contend with not just the vapor-mouthed chompers running around but military who just seem to want to utilize them for their twisted experiments, they don't seem to keen on saving any survivors really.

Had a lot of fun with this one, there's still some life left in the land of the undead, particularly in Australia where they now how to make a kinetic and gore-soaked zombie-apocalypse movie, complete with Raimi-esque armor-up montages, the aesthetic of the film definitely has an old school Sam Raimi by way of Peter Jackson vibe about it, with a smattering of Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake thrown in, plus it has that weird aesthetic that you can only find in Australia, a visual flavor that adds a lot of punch to the movie. 

Thankfully there's a crocs ass full of practical special effects on display with loads of pulp gore blowing-up in your face, this is a very bloody movie, with the only negative really being the digital head shots we so often see in these low-budget movies, it's forgivable but it's there just the same. The look of the zombies brought to mind possessed Ash from Evil Dead II with the pronounced, sunken-in eye-sockets and the white of the eyes, with tiny pin-prick pupils, very simple but effective, I also enjoyed the way the vapor-mouthed creatures screeched, very similar to the way the Bennell screeched at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), again, simple but effective.

The cast are pretty one-dimensional with not a lot of depth and that too is something I can look past with a zombie movie. Barry a man of few words but a true badass, Brooke is a tattooed ass-kicker, and Benny is the wisecracking comedy relief. The military and the scientist are just evil for the sake of being evil, without the baggage of having to state that it's for the greater good every five seconds, nope, they're just bad people. 

Filmed over the course of four years the fact that this is as fun, let alone coherent, is quite an accomplishment in my book. While the budgetary constraints of the production shows through it's easy to forgive a few small flaws all in the name of a badass ozploitation zombie movie, I really loved this damn movie. 

Audio/Video: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of another IFC MIdnight and Scream Factory team-up, we get a very strong HD transfer framed in the original widescreen aspect ratio with some solid eye-popping 1080p goodness, the close-up shows a fantastic amount of detail on the characters faces, you can see every pore and glistening bead of sweat up close and personal. The color scheme seems to shift a few times throughout the movie, one dusky scene in particlar is desaturated to near black and white, but overall this one is vibrant and the colors are strong with reds and green popping off the screen.

Audio chores are capabley handled by an English language DTS-HD MA 7.1 Surround Sound mix which is aggressive and powerful with strong use of the surrounds, creating an experience that envelopes you, dialogue is clean and clear and the score from composer Michael Lira is top-notch. There's also a DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo audio option and optional English SDH subtitles are provided. 

Onto the extras this one packs quite a bit onto the single Blu-ray disc beginning with an audio commentary by the very enthusiastic Roache-Turner Brothers who clearly loved making the movie, this was quite obviously passion project for the spirited brothers. 

As this was a crowd-funded film we get a selection of material designed to help raise funds for the film including an eight-minute teaser scene and two Wyrmwood Production Pitches totaling about ten-minutes in length. There are also twenty-minutes of deleted scenes, a collection of storyboards, a pair of trailers for the movie, and a forty-nine minute making of doc with loads of behind-the-scene footage. The packaging includes a cardboard slipcover for the Blu-ray case and a sleeve of reversible artwork.  

Special Features
- Audio Commentary With The Roache-Turner Brothers
- The Wyrmdiaries: Behind The Scenes Of WYRMWOOD Featurette (49 Mins) HD 
- 2 Crowdfunding Videos: Wyrmwood Production Pitch (10 Mins) HD 
- Deleted Scenes (20 Mins) HD 
- 7-Minute Teaser Scene (8 Mins) HD 
- Storyboards By The Director (2 Mins, 19 Images) HD
- 2 Trailers (4 Mins) HD 

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is a pretty fantastic slice of undead Ozploitation cinema, it comes at you fast and hard with a action-packed mix of horror, gore and comedy all wrapped up in a nice Blu-ray package with a very nice A/V presentation and entertaining bonus content from IFC Midnight and Scream Factory, this is by far the best zombie film I have seen this year. 3.5/5

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wojciech Has' The Saragossa Manuscript, The Hourglass Sanatorium and Federico Fellini's Casanova make Blu-ray debut September 7th from Mr. Bongo Films in the UK

Three classic films from legendary directors Wojciech Has and Federico Fellini make their debut on Blu-ray thanks to Mr Bongo Films. Has’ The Saragossa Manuscript and The Hourglass Sanatorium and Fellini’s Casanova get the high-def treatment in their fully restored versions on 7 September 2015.


THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT 

Described by world famous filmmakers Luis Bunuel and David Lynch, and rock star Jerry Garcia as their favourite film, legendary Polish director Wojciech Has’ psychedelic epic The Saragossa Manuscript is a mysteriously magical and sometimes disturbing 1960s cult classic like no other.

Adapted from the highly esteemed explorer Jan Potocki’s magnum opus, The Saragossa Manuscript encompasses a whole new supernatural world. During Napoleon’s invasion of Spain, two soldiers of opposing sides discover a strange manuscript at an Inn. Spanning centuries and nations the magical text chronicles the adventures of Alfonso van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski – Ashes and Diamonds) and follows a rich slew of journeys from the humorous to the horrifying, to the chilling final revelations.

Alternatively frightening and comical in its mind-bending exploration of human nature The Saragossa Manuscript beautifully presents Has’ intricate approach to storytelling.


THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM

Wojciech Has’ cinematic universe of byzantine sets, hallucinatory images and galleries of grotesque characters is brought to life in his psychedelic masterpiece The Hourglass Sanatorium.

Adapted from a collection of short stories by Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz, and funded by the Polish Arts Council, this beautifully re-mastered edition dispenses with traditional narrative, fashioning an audiovisual mosaic that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. 

Set in the pre-World War II era, a young man named Joseph (Jan Nowicki – Tulips, Spirala) visits a strange dilapidated Sanatorium to see his dying father Jakob (Tadeusz Konrat – Adventure in Marienstadt, Zawilosci Uczuc).  Upon arrival he finds a hospital crumbling into ruin, where time is slowed down in order to maintain his father’s life signs. Joseph must venture through the many rooms of the sanatorium, each filled with sinister worlds conjured from his memories, dreams and nightmares. 



CASANOVA   
       
Federico Fellini’s most sumptuous and dark production, the daringly visual and imaginatively designed Casanova is renowned as one of the greatest films of the 1970s. Celebrated for its production values, costume design and Nino Rota’s haunting score, Casanova charts the nobleman’s search for happiness that leads his road to tragedy.

Breaking through the myth of Giacomo Casanova, Donald Sutherland (MASH, The Hunger Games) portrays the notorious womaniser in his waning days, engaging in various amorous and political adventures. Casanova craves respect as a scholar and yearns to pursue his interest in alchemy. A sex scandal lands him in prison, but an escape to Paris provides him a new lease of life. Yet every court in Europe and its attendant patrons and hostesses will only entertain him if he lives up to his reputation in the ritual displays of sex and courtship which form part of the daily life of 18th Century Europe.

SLASHER//VIDEO SEPTEMBER RELEASES ANNOUNCED WITH BONUS FEATURES!

HOLY SHIT! Slasher//Video and Olive Films team-up again this September 29th with the release of ELEVEN titles on Blu-ray and DVD! 

We live in a glorious age when we are being treated to David A. Prior's SOC classics KILLER WORKOUT (aka AEROBICIDE) and DEADLY PREY in 1080p HD! 



BOARDINGHOUSE (1982) 

JOHN WINTERGATE (Terror on Tour)

ALEXANDRA DAY (Double Heat, Fairy Tales)
KALASSU (Terror On Tour)
JOEL RIORDAN (A Prize of Gold)

Directed by
JOHN WINTERGATE (Terror on Tour)

John Wintergate does double-duty as both Boardinghouse star and director.

GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  98 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 2

SYNOPSIS
The Hoffman house has what one would call a “haunted history.” Shuttered after a series of mysterious deaths in the early 1970’s, ten years later Jim Royce (John Wintergate, Terror on Tour), a relative and clairvoyant, has reopened his inheritance as a boarding house for young women. But beware … the dark forces are not to be trifled with. Murder and mayhem soon return and no one, and we mean NO ONE, is safe.

Slasher // Video presents Boardinghouse, directed by and starring John Wintergate (Terror on Tour) and co-starring Alexandra Day (Double Heat), Joel Riordan (A Prize of Gold), and Brian Bruderlin (Venice Beach).

Disclaimer: BoardingHouse, originally Shot On Video, is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video.

Bonus Features:
- BoardingHouse Theatrical Cut (TRT 1hr 38min)
- BoardingHouse Director’s Cut (TRT 2hr 30min)
- Audio Commentary with Director and Star John Wintergate, Actress Kalassu, and Jesus Terán of Slasher // Video
- Q and A with John Wintergate, Kalassu, and Jesus Terán
- Original Film Intro
- Alternate Ending
- 2008 Interview with John and Kalassu
- BoardingHouse Photo Gallery
- Lightstorm Photo Gallery
- 33 1/3, Teeth - Magazine Interviews
- "The Phantom" Demo Reel
- Behind The Scenes / Making The Videos
- Love Starved (Music Video)
- Stop Fooling Around (Music Video)
- The Raven / Break It Off (Music Video)
- Teeth AKA Lightstorm (Live In Europe-1981)
- Break It Off (Live)
- Terror On Tour Revisited
- Rare Trailers, TV Spots, and Voice-overs

- BoardingHouse Original Trailer



CEMETERY SISTERS (1987) 

JOAN SIMON (Cemetery Sisters)
LESLIE SIMON (Cemetery Sisters)
ALBERT ESKINAZI (Death Nurse, The Terrorists)
IRMGARD MILLARD (The Terrorists)

Directed by
NICK MILLARD (Death Nurse, The Turn of the Screw)

GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  58 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

SYNOPSIS:
“Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.” – Irving Berlin

Sisters Joan and Leslie (Joan Simon and Leslie Simon) are no strangers to the dead. Having grown up around the family mortuary business, they have a comfortable appreciation for that fact of life. Being goal-oriented siblings, they, too, would like to start their own mortuary business. But, how? A plot to provide a healthy client roster (as well as a means of funding the enterprise) will involve multiple marriages, multiple murders and multiple corpses in the never-less-than-entertaining Cemetery Sisters.

Cemetery Sisters, directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2), stars real life sisters Joan Simon and Leslie Simon in their one and only film appearance, Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse, Death Nurse 2) and Irmgard Millard (The Terrorists).

Disclaimer: Cemetery Sisters, originally Shot On Video, is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video.

Bonus Features:
- Audio Commentary with Director Nick Millard, Producer Irmi Millard, and Jesus Terán of Slasher // Video
- Q and A with Nick and Irmi
- Death Sisters (Short Film)
- Production Outtakes
- The Art of Jazmin Martinez
- Photo Gallery

- Cemetery Sisters Trailer


 
CINCO DE MAYO (2013) 

ANTHONY IAVA TO’OMATA (Cinco de Mayo)

LINDSAY AMARAL (Johan Jello: Attack of the Killer UFOs)
JUAN BOTELLO (George Biddle, CPA)
KYLE DUVAL (Alleycat, Johan Jello: Attack of the Killer UFOs)

Directed by
PAUL RAGSDALE (Cinco De Mayo)

Cinco de Mayo. It’s a holiday. It’s a horror film. It’s a fun night in at the movies.

GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  71 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.785:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Never give a recently fired professor a knife and a Day of the Dead mask. You’re just asking for trouble. But, let’s back up …

Humberto Valdez AKA “El Maestro” (Anthony Iava To’omata) is teaching at a small town junior college and he takes his Chicano studies course seriously … perhaps a bit too seriously. With the exception of a lone student, El Maestro is considered by the pupils and faculty alike to be a joke and out of touch with the real world. “El Maestro” comes down with a bad case of “Aztec Blood Lust” after being fired. It’s a malady that has tragic side effects … for others. Possessed by a spirit to wreak havoc upon those who have taunted him, “El Maestro” becomes a one-man killing machine. Has an evil spirit truly possessed “El Maestro?” Or, has the pressure of entertaining on the holiday caused him to snap? Can he be stopped? To find out you’ll have to watch Cinco de Mayo … if you dare.

Slasher // Video presents Cinco de Mayo, directed by Paul Ragsdale and starring Lindsay Amaral (Johan Jello: Attack of the Killer UFOs), Juan Botello (George Bidell, CPA), Kyle Duval (Alleycat) and Anthony Iava To’omata as “El Maestro.”

Bonus Features:
- Audio Commentary with Director Paul Ragsdale, Producer Angelica De Alba, Actor Anthony To'omata, and Cast
- Q and A with Cast and Crüe
- Deleted Scenes
-  Film Outtakes
- Behind The Scenes Footage
- Photo Gallery
- Jesus vs. Vestron Vulture Music Track
- Mexican Connexion (Short Film)
- Mexican Connexion (Original Trailer)
- Dance Til You Die Trailer

- Cinco De Mayo Trailer

DEATH NURSE (1987) 

PRISCILLA ALDEN (Death Nurse 2, The Turn of the Screw)

ALBERT ESKINAZI (Death Nurse 2, The Terrorists, Cemetery Sisters)
ROYAL FARROS (Criminally Insane 2)

Directed by
NICK MILLARD (Death Nurse 2, The Turn of the Screw, Cemetery Sisters)

The film that started it all, Death Nurse would spawn a sequel (Death Nurse 2) and inspire a generation of future Florence Nightingale’s.

GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  60 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Patient care is priority number one at the Shady Palms Clinic, where patients check in but never check out.

Owned and operated by nurse Edith Mortley (Priscilla Alden, Death Nurse 2) and her brother Dr. Gordon Mortley (Cemetery Sisters, Death Nurse 2), Shady Palms attends to your every need. And if you should expire (or be dispatched) … free burial service!

Slasher // Video presents Death Nurse, directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and starring Priscilla Alden (Death Nurse 2), Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and Royal Farros (Criminally Insane 2).

Disclaimer: Death Nurse, originally Shot On Video, is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video.

Bonus Features:
- Audio Commentary with Director Nick Millard, Producer Irmi Millard, and Jesus Terán of Slasher // Video
- Exclusive Film Review By Paul Zamarelli of VHSCollector.com
- Remembering Priscilla Alden (Featurette)
- Shady Palms Waiting Room
- Death Nurse Q and A
- Photo Gallery
- Original VHS Release Intro
- Death Nurse Trailer
- Death Nurse II Trailer

DEATH NURSE 2 (1988) 

PRISCILLA ALDEN (Death Nurse, The Turn of the Screw)

ALBERT ESKINAZI (Death Nurse, The Terrorists, Cemetery Sisters)

Directed by
NICK MILLARD (Death Nurse, The Turn of the Screw, Cemetery Sisters)

They’re Back! Nurse Mortley and her practioner brother Dr. Gordon Mortley are back for round two in the splatterfest Death Nurse 2.

YEAR: 1988
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  56 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
The Hippocratic Oath is clearly not required reading at the Shady Palms Clinic run by Nurse Mortley (Priscilla Alden, Death Nurse) and her brother, Dr. Gordon Mortley (Albert Eskinazy, Death Nurse, Cemetery Sisters) in this sequel to the horror film Death Nurse.

The patient survival rate is nil as the body count rises thanks to Nurse Motley, the Florence Nightingale of the cemetery set. At turns shocking and terrifying, yet filled with grim humor, Death Nurse 2 gives fans of horror films more than they could ask of the genre.

Slasher // Video presents Death Nurse 2 directed by Nick Millard (Death Nurse, Cemetery Sisters) and starring Priscilla Alden (Death Nurse 2), Albert Eskinazi (Death Nurse 2, Cemetery Sisters) and George ‘Buck’ Flower (The Fog, They Live).

Disclaimer: Death Nurse II, originally Shot On Video, is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video.

Bonus Features:
- Audio Commentary with Director Nick Millard, Producer Irmi Millard, and Jesus Terán of Slasher // Video
- Nick and Irmi On Death Nurse II
- Audio Commentary with Jesus Terán of Slasher // Video and Jason Duron of Severin Films
- Production Outtakes
- Brownie Goes Shopping (Short Film)
-Photo Gallery
- Death Nurse Trailer

- Death Nurse II Trailer


KILLER WORKOUT (1987) 

TED PRIOR (Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey)

MARCIA KARR (Real Genius, Maniac Cop)
DAVID JAMES CAMPBELL (Scarecrows, Deadly Prey)
FRITZ MATTHEWS (Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey)

Directed by
DAVID A. PRIOR (Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice)

Killer Workout features a group of actors (Ted Prior, Fritz Matthews and David James Campbell) who would appear together on screen in several David A. Prior films including Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey and Relentless Justice.

GENRE: THRILLER
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  85 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Going to the gym may be hazardous to your health. In fact, it could kill you.

Valerie, a model with a promising career, Valerie heads out to the local fitness club to use their sun-tanning bed. She needs to look her best for her Cosmopolitan magazine cover shoot. Alas, Valerie’s visit will end in tragedy when the machine malfunctions, burning her to death. Despite Valerie’s death being a public relations nightmare, things are back up and running at the club with the iron-fisted Rhonda (Marci Karr, Maniac Cop) in charge. But tragedy is lurking just around the corner when another club member is soon found stabbed to death. Enter Lieutenant Morgan (David James Campbell, Scarecrows), the cop on the case. Tasked with solving the crimes, he’s in for more than he expected as the body count rises. Who’s behind the grizzly slayings? What’s their motive? And, who will be the next victim?

Slasher // Video presents Killer Workout, directed by David A. Prior (Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey) and starring Ted Prior (Deadly Prey), Marcia Karr (Maniac Cop), David James Campbell (Scarecrows) and Fritz Matthews (The Deadliest Prey).

Disclaimer: Killer Workout is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video. Not sourced from an HD Master; remastered from from PAL Beta SPand upconverted to BluRay and DVD specifications.

Bonus Features:
- Killer Workout Photo Gallery
- Killer Workout Trailer

- Original Title Sequence

SHOCK ’EM DEAD (1991) 

TRACI LORDS (Cry-Baby, A Time To Die, Laser Moon)

TROY DONAHUE (Imitation of Life, The Godfather Part II, Cry-Baby)
ALDO RAY (We’re No Angels, What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?)
STEPHEN QUADROS (Warbirds, The Lost Platoon, Demon Wind)

Directed by
MARK FREED (Lovers and Liars)

Traci Lords is reunited with Cry-Baby co-star Troy Donahue in the horror-thriller … with music … Shock ‘Em Dead featuring amazing guitar solos courtesy of Michael Angelo Batio.

GENRE: HORROR/THRILLER
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  93 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Manager-on-the-rise Lindsay Roberts (Traci Lords, Cry-Baby) has a rock band in the spotlight with guitar god Angel Martin (Stephen Quadros, The Lost Platoon) as its newest member. Lindsay and the band are on the road to success.  But all is not as it seems. Angel, as it turns out, has made a pact with the dark forces to make him a rock star having quite literally sold his soul for his talent. But there’s a catch, fame and fortune come at a price. In order to sustain his talent Angel must feed on the souls of others.

Lindsay’s growing attraction to Angel soon turns to fear as she finds herself pulled further and further into a terrifying world of unspeakable evil.

Slasher // Video presents Shock ‘Em Dead, a film about rock & roll and soul(s) directed by Mark Freed (Lovers and Liars) and starring Traci Lords (Cry-Baby), Troy Donahue (Imitation of Life), Aldo Ray (We’re No Angels) and Stephen Quadros (The Lost Platoon).

Disclaimer: Shock ‘Em Dead is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video. Not sourced from an HD Master; remastered from 1" Tape and upconverted to BluRay and DVD specifications.

Bonus Features:
- Director's Commentary
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Interview with Director Mark Freed
- Cast Reunion 2015
- Actor Auditions
- Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
- Cast Revisits Audition Tapes
- Cast Views & Comments On Deleted Scenes
- Director's Cut (deleted scenes)
- Poster and Art Photo Gallery

- Shock ‘Em Dead Trailer 1990


SPLATTER: ARCHITECTS OF FEAR (2012) 

PAUL JAMES SAUNDERS (Don’t Turn Out The Light, Half Baked)

CHRIS BRITTON (Carrie, Silent Hill, The Day After Tomorrow)
DOUG CAWKER (Reservoir Dogs, Ultraviolet)

Directed by
PETER ROWE (Neon Palace, Lost!)

Splatter: Architects of Fear is a treat for any film buff, providing the viewer with behind-the-scenes access as special effects and make-up teams work their magic as the cameras roll.  

GENRE: DOCUMENTARY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  75 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
An informative and entertaining “peek behind the curtain,” Splatter: Architects of Fear is a documentary that gives both the genre fan and the casual viewer alike a bird’s eye view of special effects and make-up wizards at work.

Splatter: Architects of Fear offers that rare opportunity to witness a film as it’s being shot - in this case battling zombies, mutants and amazon women - as well as a chance to see the action on the other side of the camera by watching the talented craftsmen do what they do best to make audiences jump in their seats.

Slasher // Video presents Splatter: Architects of Fear, directed by Peter Rowe, produced by Don McMillan, photographed by Robert Bergman with George Niblett and William J. Smith serving as executive producers.

Disclaimer: Splatter: Architects of Fear, originally Shot On Video, is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video.

Bonus Features:
- Audio Commentary with Producer Bill Smith, Cannibal Cam, and Jesus Terán of Slasher // Video
- Q and A with Producer Bill Smith
- Film Review By Paul Zamarelli of VHSCollector.com
- Photo Gallery
- Splatter Architects of Fear Trailer

TRASHOLOGY (2012) 

LAURA LEE BLACK (Preexisting Conditions)

JENNY COULTER (Preexisting Conditions)
RODNEY HORN (Tales of Poe)
DOUGLAS CONNER (Theatre of the Deranged)

Directed by
BRIAN DORTON (The Horror Network Vol. 1, Theatre of the Deranged)

From the imagination of director Brian Dorton (Theatre of the Deranged) comes a thriller tinged with comedy. Part Pink Flamingos, part Tales From The Crypt, Trashology is a genre unto itself.

GENRE: HORROR/COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  84 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
 “John Waters would be proud.” wickedchannel.com

A college writing assignment leads Tracy (Laura Lee Black, Preexisting Conditions) to explore her passion for film, especially the “trash” genre made infamous by John Waters. Her research leads her to the book Trashology, firing her imagination and guiding the viewer through a trilogy of horror, revenge and vigilante justice tales (The Vat, Big Debbie and Inglorious Bitches) paying homage to the man that started it all.

Slasher // Video presents Trashology, written and directed by Brian Dorton (Theatre of the Deranged) and starring Laura Lee Black (Preexisting Conditions), Jenny Coulter (Preexisting Conditions), Rodney Horn (Tales of Poe) and Douglas Conner (Theatre of the Deranged).

Bonus Features:
- Audio Commentary with Director Brian Dorton, Producer Douglas Conner, and Jesus Terán of Slasher // Video
- Deleted and Alternate Scenes
- Big Debbie (Original demo)
- Photo Gallery
- The Ferrett
- Kill Cecile Vol. 1 (Short Film)
- Sex, Lies, and Melissa (Short Film)
- Smokers Anonymous (Short Film)
- Crazy Fat Ethel (Original Demo Trailer)
- Trashology Official Trailer

- Trashology Teaser Trailer

DEADLY PREY (1987) 

TED PRIOR (The Deadliest Prey, Night Claws, Relentless Justice)

CAMERON MITCHELL (Hombre, Carousel, Klansman)
TROY DONAHUE (The Godfather Part II, Shock’em Dead, Cry-Baby)
DAVID CAMPBELL (The Deadliest Prey, The Killing Machine)
FRITZ MATTHEWS (The Deadliest Prey, Killer Workout, Operation Warzone)

Directed by
DAVID A. PRIOR (The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice, Killer Workout)

Human hunting for sport is the twisted premise of Deadly Prey, written and directed by David A. Prior (The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice) and starring Ted Prior (Killer Workout, The Deadliest Prey).

GENRE: ACTION
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 88 mins
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; Color
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
The sadistic and psychopathic Colonel Hogan (David Campbell, The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice) is a mercenary for hire who finds a benefactor in Don Michaelson (Troy Donahue, Shock ‘Em Dead, Cry-Baby), a ruthless businessman in need of skilled killers for a special assignment. It’s a win-win for both sides. Michaelson will finance Hogan’s training camp and Hogan will use his trained mercenaries to help out Michaelson. Hogan has the manpower. What he doesn’t have is the prey to hunt in preparation for the big day. His solution: troll the streets of Los Angeles and randomly abduct people. What Hogan didn’t count on was that one of those people would be Mike Danton (Ted Prior, The Deadliest Prey, Relentless Justice). Danton, a Marine with killer skills, doesn’t take too kindly to being kidnapped. Hogan, Michaelson and the mercenaries are in for a world of pain in the action-packed thrill ride Deadly Prey. Deadly Prey co-stars Cameron Mitchell (Hombre, Klansman), Dawn Abraham (Mike’s Murder) and Suzzane Tara (TV’s General Hospital).

Disclaimer: Deadly Prey is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video. Not sourced from an HD Master; remastered from PAL Beta SP and upconverted to BluRay and DVD specifications.

Bonus Features:
- Deadly Prey Photo Gallery
- Deadly Prey Outtakes
- Deadly Prey Trailer
- Dubbed Prey

- Interview Jack Hojohn


THE DEADLIEST PREY (2013) 

TED PRIOR (Deadly Prey, Night Claws, Relentless Justice)

DAVID CAMPBELL (Deadly Prey, Relentless Justice, The Killing Machine)
FRITZ MATTHEWS (Deadly Prey, Killer Workout, Operation Warzone)

Directed by
DAVID A. PRIOR (Deadly Prey, Relentless Justice, Killer Workout)

The Deadliest Prey, a sequel 27 years in the making, reunites Deadly Prey co-stars Ted Prior, David Campbell, Fritz Matthews and director David A. Prior.

GENRE: ACTION
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 80 mins
RATING: N/R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; Color
AUDIO: STEREO
DISCS: 1

SYNOPSIS
Sadist, psychopath, and a damn fine solider, Colonel Hogan (David Campbell, Deadly Prey, Relentless Justice) and his merry band of mercenaries are back for more in the sequel to writer/director David A. Prior’s Deadly Prey. Will Mike Danton (Ted Prior, Deadly Prey, Relentless Justice) ever learn to let someone else take out the garbage? Kidnapped from in front of his home while emptying the trash, Danton finds himself back in familiar territory as prey in Hogan’s twisted game of cat & mouse.

It’s obvious that Hogan is also a slow learner. When will he understand not to mess with Danton, a U.S. Marine who learned to be “all that he could be” in ‘Nam? The action and kills are amped up in The Deadliest Prey co-starring Fritz Matthews (Deadly Prey, Born Killer) and Cat Tomeny (Flesh Wounds, Enemies Among Us).