Friday, October 2, 2015



Label: Artsploitation Films 
Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 100 minutes
Audio: Spanish DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Director: Ivan Noel
Cast: Ana Maria Giunta, Toto Munoz, Lauro Veron
It had to happen sooner or later, Artsploitation released something that didn't do it for me, which is pretty rare, they've been on a hot streak this past year. This slice of blood-sucking cinema comes from Argetina and the concept is very original, sort of Peter Pan Lost Boys version of the vampire mythology, but this one just failed to connect with me. The story centers  around a young reporter's journey to a rural colony in Argentina where the young refugees are afflicted by a rare disease knows as "transylvirus", which makes them sensitive to sunlight, and that goofy name is ridiculous. While there she begins to admirer how grown-up some of the children seem to behave, and there's a good reason for that, some are over eighty years old, despite looking like fresh-faced children. As she interviews the children some of the interactions with them tend to be a bit awkward, including a young boy who seems so familiar to the young reporter character, who comments on how nice her breasts look and speaking about her life with some knowledge.. 

The movie is low-budget and the image shows limitations from time to time, but the filmmakers do squeeze what they can from whatever cameras they were using, at times looking like a contemporary soap opera with bad lighting, which really sort of put me off. The content of the movie is top-notch, the story is intriguing, if a bit slow, with some interesting turns along the way. There's a cult of vamp-hunters who prowl the woods and murder the children, they're numbers are growing and they're planning an assault on the colony of children, from which they must defend themselves. 

The colony is run by an overweight elderly woman who teaches the children the ways of Catholicism, which is a nice touch, that's something you don't see a lot of in vampire movie, yo see religion but you don't see vampires adopting the religion. The tone of the movie is quiet and subdued, moving along languidly as we learn what life is like at a colony for orphaned vampire children and the character of the reporter comes to accept what's going on there, though she does come to accept it a little too easily for my tastes, but the story is pushed along with the knowledge that she had a dark past herself which is slowly revealed, and how that connects to one of the familiar looking children.

There's a decent finale hat ratchets up the action with a decent body count of both young vampires and vamp hunters, with a good amount of blood, but the movie just failed to connect with me.  I wanted to like it more, it had a decent mythology, the numerous child actors were decent, but sometimes I think I am a style over substance sort of movie watcher, despite the original concept and some decent framing of the shots sometimes I just need a bit more polish on a film to thoroughly enjoy it. Not awful, just not for me, way too subtle and not enough of the visceral. 2/5  


MARQUIS DE SADE'S JUSTINE (3-Disc Limited Edition) 
available December 15th

JUSTINE is one of the most lavish and bizarre erotic shockers ever made by the notorious Jess Franco (SUCCUBUS), featuring an all-star cast that includes Romina Power (daughter of Tyrone Power), Mercedes McCambridge (99 WOMEN), Jack Palance (CITY SLICKERS), Akim Tamiroff (TOUCH OF EVIL), Maria Rohm (EUGENIE) and Klaus Kinski (NOSFERATU) as the Marquis de Sade. Also known as JUSTINE AND JULIET and the heavily-cut DEADLY SANCTUARY, this infamous film is presented completely restored and uncensored in a gorgeous new 4K transfer from the original camera negative! Extras include:

• "The Perils And Pleasures Of Justine" - Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Jess Franco and Producer Harry Alan Towers
• "Stephen Thrower on JUSTINE" - Interview with the author of “Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco”
• French Trailer
• Poster and Still Gallery
• BONUS Collectable Booklet includes writing by author Stephen Thrower
• BONUS CD – JUSTINE Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Bruno Nicolai
• Reversible sleeve with alternate cover art

Blu-ray + DVD + CD Combo Pack
Video Specs: Widescreen 1.66:1/16x9
Audio Specs: English DTS-HD Mono/Dolby Digital Mono
Optional Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
All Regions

(3-Disc Limited Edition) available December 15th:

Marie Liljedahl (INGA), Jack Taylor (SUCCUBUS), Maria Rohm (MARQUIS DE SADE’S JUSTINE), and Christopher Lee (COUNT DRACULA) star in this legendary erotic classic from Jess Franco, the infamous director of VAMPYROS LESBOS and VENUS IN FURS. Based on the notorious novel Philosophy in the Boudoir by the Marquis de Sade, this rarely seen shocker is presented completely uncut in a beautiful new 4K transfer from the original uncensored camera negative! Extras include:

• "Perversion Stories" - Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Marie Liljedahl & Christopher Lee
• "Stephen Thrower on EUGENIE" - Interview with the author of “Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco”
• Theatrical Trailer
• Poster and Still Gallery
• BONUS Collectable Booklet includes writing by author Stephen Thrower
• BONUS CD – EUGENIE Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Bruno Nicolai
• Reversible sleeve with alternate cover art

Blu-ray + DVD + CD Combo Pack
Video Specs: Widescreen 2.35:1/16x9
Audio Specs: English DTS-HD Mono/Dolby Digital Mono
Optional Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
All Regions

Wild Eye Releasing unchains horror anthology 'The Horror Network' on October 27th


Wild Eye Releasing has set loose the latest entry in the horror anthology genre, The Horror Network.  Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as "a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see."  The film will be available on DVD and VOD October 27th.

Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Six of horror's most promising new directing talents join forces to pay homage to classic horror like Creepshow, Tales From the Crypt, V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and weave an unforgettable, disturbing tapestry of terror.

The October 27th DVD release (SRP $19.95) of The Horror Network will exclusively include an extended cut of Brian Dorton's The Deviant One and trailers.


Creature Feature 'STUNG' Available November 3rd, 2015 from Scream Factory

STUNG (2015) 

Buzzy Creature Feature Available
November 3rd, 2015 from Scream Factory

Created in the vein of the 1950s Giant Monster movies, Stung pits wasps against WASPS in a tale of contemporary “bee-movie” madness set at an upscale garden party. A delightfully gory creature feature, Stung will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut on November 3rd from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. Stung features a swarm of bonus content, including audio commentary with director Benni Diez, producer Benjamin Munz, and writer Adam Aresty; a Making of ‘Stung’ featurette; production blogs; and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting

In Stung, a fancy garden party goes terribly wrong after a local species of wasps mutate into giant predators. It’s up to Paul (Matt O’Leary, Mother’s Day, The Lone Ranger) and Julia (Jessica Cook, Awkward), two catering staffers at the high-society event , to stop the killer creatures – an effort that kickstarts a budding romance between the two. This fun thriller also stars Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Pumpkinhead) and Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim, Transcendence).

Stung Bonus Features
· Commentary with director Benni Diez, producer Benjamin Munz, and writer Adam Aresty
· The Making of STUNG
· Production Blogs
· Theatrical Trailer

HELLRAISER: THE SCARLET BOX on Blu-ray from Arrow Video UK on 10/26

4-Disc Blu-ray box-set of the seminal horror Saga -arrives October 26th 2015

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box, a limited edition run of 5,000 deluxe box-sets featuring Clive Barker’s iconic and seminal horror classic Hellraiser. Arriving in time for Halloween on October 26th 2015, this exclusive box set will include the first three films in the Hellraiser saga alongside an abundance of bonus materials and never-before-seen footage.

These terrifying and original films will boast brand new 2k restorations along with hours of archival content and newly produced extras including audio commentaries and interviews with Clive Barker, Doug Bradley and Sean Chapman in his first interview on the Hellraiser films in decades.

The 4-disc set will also include the newly edited version of Leviathan, the definitive documentary on Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser 2. A new documentary, Hellraiser: Evolutions, will also be included and will look at the evolution of the hit horror franchise and its enduring legacy.

These features will sit amongst a host of rarities and never-before-seen footage from the
movies including the legendary ‘Surgeon’ scene from Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, the subject of fierce debate amongst fans for many years, now finally unearthed for its home video debut.

This limited edition Blu-ray comes with an illustrated 200-page hardback book featuring new writing from Clive Barker archivists Phil and Sarah Stokes and a 20-page booklet featuring never-before-seen original Hellraiser concept art. The limited edition packaging is adorned with incredible new artwork from Gilles Vranckx alongside a set of 5 exclusive art cards and a fold-out reversible poster.

Synopsis: Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his
name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead.

Barker’s original Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, follows Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) as she comes head-to-head with the Cenobites – demonic beings from another realm who are intent on reclaiming the soul of her deviant Uncle Frank.

Picking up immediately after the events of the original Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II finds Kirsty detained at a psychiatric institute and under the care of Phillip Channard, a doctor who abuses his position to realise his own dark aims. In Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, a reporter investigating a mysterious death at a nightclub finds herself in the way of Pinhead and the Cenobites, who plan to bring their horrifying world into our own.

Coming at a time when the genre was degenerating into self-parody, Hellraiser offered a fiercely unique vision that approached its horrors with a far greater degree of seriousness than many of its contemporaries. Along with its sequels, the Barker-produced Hellbound and Hell on Earth, Arrow Video is proud to present some of the most terrifyingly original films in the history of horror in brand new 2K transfers.

· Brand new 2K restorations of Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
· Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and Lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound for Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II
· DTS-HD MA 2.0 sound for Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
· English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all three films
· Limited Edition bonus disc
· Exclusive 200-page hardback book with new writing from Clive Barker archivists Phil and Sarah Stokes
· 20-page booklet featuring never-before-seen original Hellraiser concept art
· Limited Edition packaging with new artwork from Gilles Vranckx
· Set of 5 exclusive art cards
· Fold-out reversible poster

· Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon
· Audio commentary with writer/director Clive Barker
· Audio commentary with Barker and actress Ashley Laurence
· Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser – brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellraiser, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members
· Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser – actor Sean Chapman talks candidly about playing the character of Frank Cotton in Barker’s original
· Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score – Coil member Stephen Thrower on the Hellraiser score that almost was
· Hellraiser: Resurrection – vintage featurette including interviews with Clive Barker, actors Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence, special make-up effects artist Bob Keen and others
· Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser
· Original EPK featuring on-set interviews with cast and crew
· Draft Screenplays [BD-ROM content]
· Trailers and TV Spots
· Image Gallery

· Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon
· Audio Commentary with director Tony Randel and writer Peter Atkins
· Audio Commentary with Randel, Atkins and actress Ashley Laurence
· Leviathan: The Story of Hellbound: Hellraiser II – brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellbound, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members
· Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellbound – actor Sean Chapman talks about reprising the role of Frank Cotton in the first Hellraiser sequel
· Surgeon Scene – the home video world premiere of this legendary, never before-seen excised sequence from Hellbound, sourced from a VHS workprint
· Lost in the Labyrinth – vintage featurette including interviews with Barker, Randel, Keen, Atkins and others
· Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound: Hellraiser II
· On-set interview with Clive Barker
· On-set interviews with cast and crew
· Behind-the-Scenes Footage
· Rare and unseen storyboards
· Draft Screenplay [BD-ROM content]
· Trailers and TV Spots
· Image Gallery

· Brand new 2K restoration of the Original Theatrical Version [93 mins]
· Alternate Unrated Version [97 mins]
· Brand new audio commentary with writer Peter Atkins
· Audio commentary with director Anthony Hickox and Doug Bradley
· Hell on Earth: The Story of Hellraiser III – making-of documentary featuring interviews with Atkins, Keen and actor Ken Carpenter
· Time with Terri – brand new interview with actress Paula Marshall
· Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
· Raising Hell on Earth – archival interview with Hickox
· On-set interviews with Barker and Bradley
· Never-before-seen Hellraiser III SFX dailies
· Theatrical Trailer
· Image Gallery
· Hellraiser III comic book adaptation [Disc gallery]

· Clive Barker short films Salomé and The Forbidden
· Books of Blood & Beyond: The Literary Works of Clive Barker – horror author David Gatward provides a tour through Barker’s written work, from the first Books of Blood to the recent The Scarlet Gospels
· Hellraiser: Evolutions – a brand new documentary looking at the evolution of the hit horror franchise and its enduring legacy, featuring interviews with Scott Derrickson (director, Hellraiser: Inferno), Rick Bota (director, Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Deader and Hellworld), Stuart Gordon (director, Re-Animator, From Beyond) and others
· The Hellraiser Chronicles: A Question of Faith – short film

· Exclusive 200-page hardback book with new writing on Hellraiser and the Barker universe from Barker archivists Phil and Sarah Stokes – including chapters looking at Barker’s early work, the genesis and production of the first 3 films in the Hellraiser series and much more, all illustrated with stills and rare material from the Barker archive

Release Date: Monday October 26th 2015
Certificate: 18
Language: English
Running Time: 93/99/93 mins
Region Code: B/2
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Scream Factory Presents 'GHOST STORY' (1981) On Blu-ray November 24th, 2015


Starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and John Houseman

The time has come to tell the tale. Scream Factory proudly presents the Blu-ray debut of Ghost Story on November 24, 2015. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Peter Straub, Ghost Story features four of Hollywood’s most distinguished statesmen – Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and John Houseman – as they join forces against a paranormal nemesis.

In a peaceful New England town, the four lifelong friends who make up the Chowder Society come together each week to regale each other with tales of terror. But when one of the elderly gentlemen experiences a family tragedy, it becomes apparent that a buried secret from their youth has arisen to remind them of the sins of their past. Soon, they will learn they have never been forgiven… and a supernatural vengeance awaits them all. Craig Wasson, Patricia Neal, and Alice Krige also star in this chilling and atmospheric telling of one of horror’s greatest stories.

Special Features:
- New Audio Commentary by Director John Irvin
- New Interviews with Author Peter Straub,  Actress Alice Krige, Screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, Producer Burt Weissbourd and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor
- Vintage Theatrical Trailer, 
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
- Photo Gallery

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


MOSQUITO (1995) 

Label: Synapse Films

Region Code: Region-FREE
Rating: R
Duration: 92 Minutes
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Audio: English DTS-HD MA English 7.1 Surround, DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Director: Gary Jones
Cast: Gunnar Hansen, Ron Asheton, Steve Dixon, Rachel Loiselle, Tim Lovelace

Synopsis: Science-fiction becomes horrifyingly real for a park full of innocent campers, as a hideous horde of mutated mosquitos viciously attack without warning! A band of survivors flees the bloodthirsty swarm in a death-defying attempt to warn the world of the mosquito menace. Led by a brave young couple and a resourceful government agent, the group realizes their only hope is to take on the bloodthirsty bugs in an explosive final showdown! A chilling blend of sci-fi, humor and old-school horror, MOSQUITO is a tour de force of terror. Starring genre icon Gunnar Hansen (the original “Leatherface” from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE) and the late, great Ron Asheton (founding member of the punk rock band, The Stooges), MOSQUITO is a gore-drenched tale made with traditional stop-motion and practical effects!

Mosquito is a title I have known of for many years but had never watched, I just never caught it on TV and the out-of-print DVD has been so damn expensive for quite awhile so I just skipped it. Maybe if I had known what an awesome science-fiction giant bug movie I was missing out on I would have splurged, because this is a pretty awesome bug movie!

An alien ship in Earth's orbit drops a shuttle into our atmosphere, the alien-craft crashes into a swamp a short time later. In a sweet nods to War of the Worlds the arm of the dead alien-pilot spills from an opening in the craft, a mosquito sucks some of the alien blood causing the mosquitos in the area to grow to six-feet in length, which is what our protagonists are up against here. Young couple Megan (Rachelle Loiselle) and Ray (Tim Lovelace) are driving through the area o the way to her new job, working for the National Parks.En route they splatter an over sized skeeters with their car, it's proboscis piercing the radiator of their car, its mangled carcass lays in the the road. Megan thinks it might be a bug, but she's not sure, she knows animals, not bugs. Park Ranger Hendricks (Ron Asheton of proto-punkers The Stooges!) is seen spaying mosquito repellent throughout the local camp ground, the mosquito's are out in force but he has no idea just how bad it's gonna get before the night is over. Also in the area of the National Park are a trio of bank robbers lead by Earl (Gunnar Hansen, none other than Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre), these miscreants are the first to encounter the giant blood-sucking menace in the woods, they accidentally shoot one of their own while trying to shoot the bug. 

Also in woods this day is an Air Force meteorologist named Parks (Steve Dixon) who's in the area is tracking down a radioactive meteor that may have fallen in the area, not realizing it was the alien craft, or that over sized blood-sucking mutant mosquitos are in the area. Eventually all parties converge, some are drained of blood, and the rest must face off against the over sized blood-sucking menace of the giant mosquitos.

The addition of Gunnar Hansen is a nice bit of stunt casting for this silly sci-fi horror mash-up, he begins as a bad guy but evolves ham-fistedly into a decent anti-hero, which allows him to face-off against some skeeters with a chainsaw. Ron Asheton of rockers The Stooges supporting role as the comedy-relief is welcomes, I had no I Asheton was an actor or that he was so damn funny, he fits perfectly into this humorous splatter movie. 

The movie is ripe with practical special effects, the giant mosquitoes look fantastic and when they attack we get some great shots of them piercing the flesh and eye-sockets of victims, including a the unfortunate woman taking a skeeter-sting to the ass, fun stuff. There's some stop-motion and animated sequences throughout, they're not as effective as the rubber-prop bugs but I love all the old giant monster-movie tricks they use to achieve the effects, this is a fun love-letter to those movies of yesteryear we all watched on TV as kids. 

Audio/Video: Mosquito arrives on Blu-ray from Synapse Films with a few unsavory qualities, it was shot on 16, and then blown-up to 35mm, this new HD master is sourced from the director's own 35mm interpositive, as such the movie is very grainy and rather flat looking, with inherent softness to the image. Not great but probably a lot better than anything we've had before, colors are strong, skin tones are decent, and black levels are acceptable. Not the most ideal PQ, but you know Synapse put everything they could into bringing this to Blu-ray with the best possible picture they could. 

Surprisingly we get a DTS-HD MA 7.1 surround mix for this b-movie bugger, there's not a ton of use of the surrounds but it does offer some ambiance to the presentation, there's also a DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo option, English SDH subtitles are provided. 

Onto the extras we begin with an audio commentary with Director Gary Jones, Director of Photography and Co-Writer Tom Chaney, and Producer David Thiry loaded with anecdotal info about all facets of making the movie, how certain effects were achieved and pointing out the flaws along the way. There's also an hour long making of documentary from Red Shirt Pictures with interviews from Director/Co-Writer Gary Jones, Stars Gunnar Hansen, Tim Lovelace, Rachel Loiselle, Mike Hard, and Josh Becker, Director of Photography & Co-Writer Tom Chaney, and Producer David Thiry. A lot of it is director Gary Jones and Tom Chaney revisiting the make shift studio and various locations used in the production including Chaney's own parents home, which is the location of the final stand-off against the skeeters. 

There's also seven-minutes of deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary from Jones, plus forty-minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie, also with optional commentary. Extras are finished-up with a theatrical trailer and a still galley, plus a sleeve of reversible artwork

Special Features:

- Audio Commentary with Director Gary Jones, Director of Photography and Co-Writer Tom Chaney, and Producer David Thiry
- "Bugging Out!" The Making of Mosquito - Featurette (66 Mins) HD 
- Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Director Commentary (7 Mins) HD   
- Behind-the-Scenes Footage with Optional Director Commentary (40 Mins) 
- Still Gallery (5 Mins) HD 
- Theatrical Trailer (3 Mins) HD 
- Reversible Cover Art

Mosquito (1995) is a fun giant bug b-movie loaded with some awesome practical special effects and gore, it's very goofy and low-budget but it has a lot of heart and the 20th Anniversary Edition from Synapse is loaded with some entertaining extras, this is a very enjoyable slice of b-movie cheese from the nineties. 3/5