Welcome to Hayes Hudson's House of Horror (4H)

Your online source for Horror news, info, and reviews. I cover new and classic Horror, as well as Exploitation and Cult films. I also discuss books, comics, games, toys, clothing, etc, as long as it pertains to the Horror genre. My movie reviews are short and to the point, as I know when I come across a long review, I tend to skip that one. I hope you enjoy your time at my House of Horror! Come on in!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Movie Review: THE SONG OF SOLOMON (2017)


http://www.unearthedfilms.com/THE SONG OF SOLOMON
Written & Directed by
Distributed by Unearthed Films

  If you have seen any of the films from Unearthed Films, you know you are in for a treat with each new release.  Unearthed Films releases some of the most extreme horror films out there, and founder  will soon be releasing one of their most extreme films yet, one that he just so happened to write and direct!  

  The film is called THE SONG OF SOLOMON, and it is a crazy ride from the beginning that never lets up.  Here is the plot synopsis from Amazon.com:

  Mary witnesses the brutal suicide of her Father. His death unleashes the savage forces of demonic possession in his daughter. The End of Days is upon the world, famine, drought, looting and chaos is ripping the world apart and the Catholic Church is trying to save an innocent soul from the ravages of satanic possession. Wave after wave of holy men are sent to confront the possessed but what is the Holy Church actually doing? The City on Seven Hills is working on the Second Coming of Christ but before He comes back - the Antichrist must rule for seven years. The Song of Solomon's true nature is to unleash an evil the world has been waiting for since the beginning of time.

 Now I know what you might be thinking....haven't possession movies kind of run their course?  It seems like there was a new possession film all the time the past few years.  Well, that might be the case, but I guarantee you there are no possession films of late quite like this one.  

  I will always consider THE EXORCIST as the greatest possession/exorcism movie of all time, but I will never look at it quite the same after seeing THE SONG OF SOLOMON.  I used to think THE EXORCIST was one of the most extreme possession movies, but after seeing Mr. Biro's latest film, it makes THE EXORCIST looks very tame in comparison.   That is a bold statement, I know, but I stand behind it.   For one thing, the film is much bloodier and gorier than most possession films you have seen.   The practical effects are amazing, which is no surprise seeing as how they were done by special effects guru, Marcus Koch  and Jerami Cruise.  Koch and Cruise produced some gut wrenching effects that had my jaw hitting the floor on several occasions.  Secondly, the film's ending is like nothing you have seen before in a possession film.   I will not say much about it so not to spoil it, but I was in disbelief.

  One last thing, I couldn't do a complete review without mentioning the amazing job actress Jessica Cameron  did portraying the possessed girl, Mary.  Her performance was outstanding.  I can't imagine what she went through filming some of the scenes she did.   Well done Jessica!

  THE SONG OF SOLOMON is available to pre-order now on both DVD and Blu-Ray.  The release date is set for August 14th.


CLICK HERE to watch the Red Band Trailer
CLICK HERE to visit Unearthed Film's Facebook Page
CLICK HERE to preorder the DVD
CLICK HERE to pre-order the Blu-Ray


http://www.unearthedfilms.com/







Monday, May 14, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, May 15th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 5/15:

*  APARTMENT 212  [DVD & BD]
*  DR. BLOOD'S COFFIN  [BD]
*  IT'S ALIVE TRILOGY  [BD]
*  PLATOON OF THE DEAD  [BD]
*  POISON SWEETHEARTS  [BD]



Thursday, May 3, 2018

It's time for TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND!!!











  It's the first weekend in May, and you know what that means.....it's time for TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND!!  I'll be in Dallas all weekend celebrating at the best Horror Con in North America!  This will be my 11th year in a row to attend!   I won't be posting again until next week, so check back then.   Is anyone reading this going to Texas Frightmare Weekend?  Or better yet, is anyone reading this at all?!  Ha!



Monday, April 30, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, May 1st












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 5/1:

*  BLOOD HOOK  [BD/DVD combo]
*  BLUE VENGEANCE  [BD/DVD combo]
*  DESOLATION  [BD & DVD]
*  IN THE FADE  [BD & DVD]
*  JOSIE  [BD & DVD]
*  KALEIDOSCOPE  [BD & DVD]
*  TREMORS:  A COLD DAY IN HELL  [BD & DVD]
*  THE UNWILLING  [BD & DVD]
*  WINCHESTER  [BD & DVD]


Monday, April 23, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 24th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 4/24:

*  THE BONE YARD  [BD & DVD]
*  CYBORG  [BD]
*  DAUGHTERS OF SATAN  [BD]
*  DEAD MAN  [Criterion Collection BD & DVD]
*  LIQUID SKY  [BD]
*  THE MAZE 3D [BD]
*  MOON CHILD  [BD/DVD combo]
*  SALTWATER:  ATOMIC SHARK   [DVD]
*  THE STRANGE ONES  [DVD]
*  WAR OF THE PLANETS  [DVD]

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Blu-ray Review: VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON (1982)

 
https://severin-films.com/shop/violence-in-a-womens-prison-bluray/VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by CAV Distribution / Severin Films

 Just like the rise of the Cannibal films of the early 80's, another popular exploitation sub-genre was at it's peak....the women in prison films.   There are a multitude of titles, but one of the best is 's VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON, also known by the other titles CAGED WOMEN and EMANUELLE IN PRISON.   If you are a fan of the EMANUELLE films, then you will realize why it has that alternate title and it fits perfectly into the BLACK EMANUELLE series of films.  Why the title changed to VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON is beyond me.   The amazingly beautiful Laura Gemser  once again stars as "Black Emanuelle" in this film that is a must see for fans of the EMANUELLE series.

  Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of the Severin Films website:

  In an over-the-top career filled with cannibals, zombies, nuns and Nazis, only EuroSleaze maestro Bruno Mattei (THE OTHER HELL, SHOCKING DARK) – along with frequent collaborators/co-writers Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi (TROLL 2, ZOMBIE 3 and 4)  – could take the BLACK EMANUELLE series to such insane depths of depravity: When Emanuelle (the legendary Laura Gemser) goes undercover in a penitentiary, she will endure a nightmare of sadistic guards, voracious lesbians, rat attacks, feces fights and enough graphic mayhem for a dozen women-in-prison trash epics. Gabriele Tinti (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS), Lorraine De Selle (CANNIBAL FEROX) and Franca Stoppi (BEYOND THE DARKNESS) co-star in this “classic of exploitation” (Yell Magazine) – also known as CAGED WOMEN and EMANUELLE IN PRISON – now featuring a 2k scan from an uncensored inter-positive.

  If you have seen other "Women in Prison Films", also known by the inits WIP, you know exactly what to expect here.   WIP films are a mixture of soft-core eroticism, mixed with gore and torture of the inmates, usually ending with the inmates getting their revenge on the wicked warden and guards that administered the torture to them.   VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON pretty much follows that same pedigree, although there was not as much gore as in other WIP films.   The small amount of gore was good and effective though, especially when Emanuelle is thrown in solitary confinement which looks pretty much just like an old cave.  It is filled with nasty black rats that gnaw on her legs, body and face.  I couldn't help but wonder if actress Laura Gemser was actually scared of rats, because she looks absolutely terrified in this scene.   It looks like actual fright and panic on her face, and if it wasn't, then it was one of the best acting performances I have ever seen!

  If you are a fan of WIP films, you will definitely want to check this one out.  Severin films is putting out a wonderful new DVD and Blu-ray edition that will be available May 8th.   You can pre-order these now from the links below.   Special features include the following:

Brawl In Women’s Block: Interview With Co-Director/Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso and Co-Writer Rossella Drudi
*  Archive Interview With Director Bruno Mattei
*  Radio Spot

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray



http://www.cavd.com/
 


https://severin-films.com/














Monday, April 16, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 17th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 4/17:

*  DAY OF THE REAPER  [BD]
*  DEEP BLUE SEA 2  [DVD & BD]
*  SLEEPING DOGS  [Arrow BD]

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Blu-ray Review: BASKET CASE (1982)


https://mvdshop.com/products/basket-case-limited-edition-blu-ray-blu-rayBASKET CASE
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow Video / MVD Entertainment Group

  I always love getting the chance to check out an old classic horror film that I have never seen.  Such was the case when I recently watched the 1982 classic BASKET CASE.   I have always heard of this film, but somehow have managed to have never seen it until now.  

 For those unfamiliar with the film, here is the plot synopsis courtest of MVD Entertainment website:

THE TENANT IN ROOM 7 IS VERY SMALL, VERY TWISTED, AND VERY MAD.

The feature debut of director Frank Henenlotter (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker), 1982's Basket Case is perhaps his most revered - a riotous and blood-spattered midnight movie experience, now immortalized in a lavish new 4K restoration by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
  Duane Bradley is a pretty ordinary guy. His formerly conjoined twin Belial, on the other hand, is a deformed, fleshy lump whom he carries around in a wicker basket. Arriving in the Big Apple and taking up a room at the seedy Hotel Broslin, the pair set about hunting down and butchering the surgeons responsible for their separation. But tensions flare up when Duane starts spending time with a pretty blonde secretary, and Belial's homicidal tendencies reach bloody new extremes.
  Filmed on a shoestring budget against the backdrop of 1980s New York (where the movie would become a staple of the infamous 42nd Street grindhouse circuit), Basket Case has clawed its way from its humble origins to become one of the most celebrated cult movies of all time.


  First off, I'll start by saying that this movie was just a lot of fun!  It is not a movie to be taken seriously by any means.  It is a campy, gory, and pretty cheesy movie....and I loved every minute of it!   The creature in the basket was very well done.  He is extremely creepy looking and makes some of these most hideous and disturbing screams/sounds I have ever heard!   

  The gore effects were also very well done and, of course, all practical effects since this was made back in the early 80's.   I know I say it often, but practical effects are so much better when it comes to blood and gore.  The CG effects nowadays just doesn't look nearly as realistic as the practical effects do. 

  If you are a fan of campy cinema, you will love this film!  It reminded me of something from Troma films or Full Moon films back in the day.    As always, Arrow has packed this release with tons of amazing special features.  I really enjoyed "In Search of the Hotel Broslin", a short doc where director Henenlotter goes around to find original filming locations from the movie.   Definitely check this one out if you get the chance!

  BASKET CASE is available now on Arrow Blu-ray and contains the following special features:

• Brand new 4K restoration from the original 16mm negative by MoMA
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with writer/director Frank Henenlotter and star Kevin Van Hentenryck
• Basket Case 3-1/2: An Interview with Duane Bradley - Frank Henenlotter revisits Duane Bradley decades after the events of the original Basket Case
• Seeing Double: The Basket Case Twins - a brand new interview with Florence and Maryellen Schultz, the twin nurses from Basket Case
• Brand new making-of featurette containing new interviews with producer Edgar Ievins, casting person/actress Ilze Balodis, associate producer/effects artist Ugis Nigals and Belial performer Kika Nigals
• Blood, BASKET and Beyond - a brand new interview with actress Beverly Bonner
• Belial Goes to the Drive-In - a brand new interview with film critic Joe Bob Briggs
• Outtakes Featurette
• In Search of the Hotel Broslin - archive location featurette
• Slash of the Knife (1972) - short film by Frank Henenlotter
• Belial's Dream (2017, 5 mins) - brand new Basket Case-inspired animated short by filmmaker Robert Morgan
• Behind-the-scenes of Belial's Dream
• Trailers, TV Spots and Radio Spots
• Extensive Still Galleries
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray


https://arrowfilms.com/

https://mvdb2b.com/?site_id=mvdv&date=
 
 
 

Monday, April 9, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 10th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 4/10:

*  CRUCIBLE OF HORROR  [BD]
*  DECEIVED  [DVD & BD]
*  DEEP RED  [Arrow BD/DVD]
*  DISEMBODIED  [BD]
*  FULL MOON HIGH  [BD]
*  GRINDSPLOITATION TRILOGY  [BD]
*  MOHAWK  [DVD & BD]
*  THE PSYCHOPATH  [DVD & BD]
*  RED RINGS OF FEAR  [BD]
*  SUPERBEAST  [BD]





Saturday, April 7, 2018

Magazine Review: GORE NOIR MAGAZINE



http://www.gorenoir.com/ As long as I can remember, I have always been a fan of horror comics and magazines.   I grew up reading the old "Fangoria" and "Gorezone" mags, and in later years have mainly read "Rue Morgue" and "Horror Hound" magazines.
These magazines are great, but I always love finding a new horror magazines to read.  

  I recently stumbled across a new magazine called "GORE NOIR MAGAZINE".    I came across their booth at a horror convention and the beautiful covers on these magazines instantly caught my eye, especially the Return of The Living Dead 30th Anniversary issue, which is the one I picked up and am reviewing here.   This has to be one of the most beautiful magazine covers I have ever seen!   The cover art was done by an artist that goes by "Munk One" and is actually interviewed in this issue!

  GORE NOIR is packed full of interviews with some of your favorite films hottest stars!  For this issue's interviews, GNM talks to Tarman himself, Allan Trautman, as well as scream queen legend Linnea Quigley!  Other interviews include one with William Stout, the production designer for ROTLD, who is credited with the design for the amazing Tarman! 

  Along with the interviews, this issues also featured an amazing ROTLD retrospective, complete with full color pics and some awesome pics of foreign movie posters for the film, most of which I had never seen.   ROTLD is one of my favorite horror films of all time, so this was definitely an awesome discovery for me!  

  GNM also has some great articles and interviews with bands in the horror/metal genre in this issue, as well as an article about tattooist Kat Wilson, who specializes in horror themed tattoos!  The pics of her work are amazing, and if I were ever to get a tattoo, I'm headed to Kat's studio to get it done!

  If you have never read a copy of GORE NOIR MAGAZINE, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy asap!   Check out their website at  www.gorenoir.com for back issues, subscriptions, and other merch!  You can also follow GORE NOIR MAGAZINE on the following social media sites:

Facebook:  @gorenoir
Instagram:  @gorenoirmag
Twitter:  @GoreNoirMag


http://www.gorenoir.com/

 










Thursday, April 5, 2018

Blu-ray Review: THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME (1979)


https://severin-films.com/shop/the-sadist-of-notre-dame-bluray/THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by Severin Films

  Jesús Franco (a.k.a. Jess Franco) is a very unique director and gave us some of the strangest films in the horror genre.  A lot of his films are really not that good (in my opinion), yet I still find myself drawn to them.  If I hear of a film I haven't seen and notice it was directed by Franco, I put in at the top of my list of movies to see!

  Such was the case with THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME (El Sadico de Notre-Dame).   Once again Franco brings us a weird tale of perversion, mixed with part slasher film, part occult film, and part Giallo.  His films are really a mixture of things, which sometimes can cause for confusing plots.  That is some of the charm of his films, though.   Here is the basic plot courtesy of the Severin Films website:

  In 1979, legendary writer/director Jess Franco (VAMPYROS LESBOS) re-purposed elements of his satanic sex shocker EXORCISM with all-new footage to create a depraved new epic that – even by Uncle Jess standards – achieves new levels of EuroSleaze insanity: Franco himself stars a defrocked priest turned hooker-slashing psychopath, prowling the streets of Paris in a fever of violence, voyeurism, rampant nudity and S&M depravity. Olivier Mathot (TWO FEMALE SPIES WITH FLOWERED PANTIES), Pierre Taylou (HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA), Antonio DeCabo (VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD) and Jess’ beloved muse Lina Romay (MACUMBA SEXUAL, MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD) co-star in what Franco considered to be his most personal film of all, now scanned in 4k from elements discovered in the crawlspace of a Montparnasse nunnery.

  If that sounds like a pretty simple plot, it's because it is.  This film is basically just Franco running around and killing those he thinks are sinners, mainly prostitutes he comes across.  It seems to be a good excuse for some Eurosleaze nudity.  In a somewhat weird and out of place plot element, he also targets those attending an orgy in a castle complete with virgin sacrifice!   Ha!  Again, the charm of a Jess Franco movie is what keeps me coming back for more! 

  The film clocks in at 99 minutes, and honestly it can feel a little slow at times.  I feel like a running time of 86-88 minutes would have helped the flow of the film.  There were many scenes of characters just walking around and some stock footage of the town that I feel could have been cut out to speed the film along a bit.  That is my only complaint, though.  If you are a fan of Franco's other films, I think you will like this one as well.

  THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME is available now on Blu-ray and DVD and contains the following Special Features:

*  The Gory Days Of Le Brady – Documentary Short On The Legendary Parisian Horror Cinema
*  Stephen Thrower On Sadist Of Notre Dame – Interview With The Author Of ‘Murderous Passions  – The Delirious Cinema Of Jesus Franco’
*  Selected Scenes Commentary With ‘I’m In A Jess Franco State Of Mind’ Webmaster Robert Monell
*  Treblemakers: Interview With Alain Petit, Author Of ‘Jess Franco Ou Les Prosperites Des Bis’


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray


https://severin-films.com/














Monday, April 2, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, April 3rd












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 4/3:
 
*  4/20 MASSACRE  [DVD]
*  BROKEN  [DVD]
*  FOX TRAP  [DVD]
*  THE HUNTED  [DVD]
*  INSIDIOUS:  THE LAST KEY  [BD & DVD]
*  LOOKING GLASS [BD & DVD]
*  THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME  [BD & DVD]
*  SINFONIA EROTICA  [BD & DVD]
*  A STUDY IN TERROR  [BD]
*  THELMA  [DVD]
*  TOKYO GHOUL  [BD/DVD combo]

Monday, March 26, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, March 27th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 3/27:

*  ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13  [BD Steelbook]
*  BEHIND THE MASK  [BD]
*  I REMEMBER YOU  [BD]
*  THE OUTER LIMITS:  SEASON 1  [BD]
*  PRINCE OF DARKNESS  [BD Steelbook]
*  SCANNERS  [Criterion Collection BD]


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Blu-ray Review: EATEN ALIVE (1980)



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081112/?ref_=nv_sr_1EATEN ALIVE
Written & Directed by
Distributed by CAV Distribution / Severin Films

   If you are a fan of 80's cannibal films, you will definitely want to check out Umberto Lenzi's 1980 classic, EATEN ALIVE!    I love cannibal films, and have seen quite a few, but somehow this is one I had never seen.   Here is the basic plot from the CAV press release:

  Eight years after he first unleashed the Italian cannibal craze, spaghetti splatter master Umberto Lenzi (NIGHTMARE CITY, CANNIBAL FEROX) returned to the jungle for this "graphic" (Monster Hunter), "sordid" (Geek Legacy) and "extreme" (Horror News) gut-muncher that still packs the power to knock you over. EuroSleaze hall-of-famers Robert Kerman (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST), Janet Agren (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), Ivan Rassimov (THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER) and Me Me Lai (JUNGLE HOLOCAUST) - along with Hollywood legend Mel Ferrer (WAR AND PEACE) - star in this insane assemblage of flesh-ripping mayhem, depraved sexual brutality, and even the Jonestown massacre. EATEN ALIVE! is now presented uncut, uncensored and fully remastered in HD for the first time ever, with all-new Special Features that slit open the legacy of this definitive cannibal classic.

  As I mentioned above, I have seen a lot of the cannibal films including CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, CANNIBAL FEROX, CANNIBAL APOCOLYPSE, MAN FROM DEEP RIVER, etc.   I love all these films, and EATEN ALIVE is a wonderful addition to this list and sits right at the top of these films.  

  If you've seen those other cannibal films I mentioned, you kinda know what to expect here.  One thing these films seem to have a lot of is animal cruelty, which is the one thing about these films I don't like.  I guess these scenes are for shock factor and to make you feel uneasy, which they definitely accomplish.   While the killing of people on the screen is obviously fake, some of the animal scenes are definitely real.  These can be very hard to watch at times, and this film has quite a few of those scenes, so be warned if you can't handle those types of scenes. 

  The gore effects in this film are done extremely well, and are pretty disgusting  (which is a compliment, of course)!   One aspect of this film I really liked was the cult aspect of the film, and the creepy cult leader.   This was a very unique subplot that separates this film from the other cannibal films.

  If you saw Eli Roth's cannibal movie GREEN INFERNO that came out a few years ago, you will definitely note some nods to this film, especially with the ending.   That's all I'll say about that, though, to avoid any spoilers.

  One last thing I want to point out is the feature length documentary called "Me Me Lai Bites Back" which is a special feature on this new release.  I normally don't pay much attention to special features, but this doc was a great feature about actress Me Me Lai who appeared in three cannibal films in the 70's and 80's.  It was very interesting to hear stories directly from Me Me about her time filming these movies.   I thought this doc was worth buying to DVD/BD for alone! 

EATEN ALIVE is available now from Severin Films on both DVD and Blu-ray.  Special Features include:

*  Welcome To the Jungle - Interview With Director Umberto Lenzi
*  Me Me Lai Bites Back - Feature Documentary on "The Queen Of Cannibal Movies"
*  The Sect of the Purification - Interview with Production Designer Antonello Geleng
*  Archive Interviews With Actors Ivan Rassimov and Robert Kerman
*  2013 Q&A With Umberto Lenzi from the "Festival of Fantastic Films, UK"



CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray


http://www.cavd.com/

https://severin-films.com/
 


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Have you seen the trailer for the new film, HEREDITARY?


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7784604/?ref_=nv_sr_1 If you haven't seen this yet, take a few minutes and watch this trailer right now!  This looks absolutely terrifying!  Here is the basic plot from the film's imdb page:

 When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited as it slowly destroys everything they know. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

  HEREDITARY was written and directed by  and is scheduled for a June 8 release.

 Check out the trailer and leave a comment to let me know what you think!  




Monday, March 5, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, March 6th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 3/6:

*  ANNE  [DVD]
*  THE CROSSBREED  [DVD]
*  DONNIE DARKO   [Arrow BD]
*  FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD  [Scream Factory BD]
*  HAMMER FILMS DOUBLE FEATURE:  MANIAC / DIE! DIE! MY DARLING!  [BD]
*  HAMMER FILMS DOUBLE FEATURE:  NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER / SCREAM OF FEAR  [BD]
*  THE SANDMAN  [DVD]
*  THE STRANGERS  [Scream Factory BD]

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

DVD Review: SLICE (2012)


http://www.thesleazebox.com/DVD-SLICE.htmlSLICE
Directed by Terence Muncy
Distributed by  The Sleaze Box

 The folks at The Sleaze Box bring you another low budget, gritty horror film with SLICE.  The plot is fairly simple....some girls all get together for a costume party and are basically killed off one by one by a deranged lunatic.
 
  That might sound simple enough, but there is a nice plot twist in the film that I didn't see coming.  Also, the ending is not what I expected at all, but I can't say too much about it or I will ruin the shock!  

 Like all of the films in the Sleaze Box library, this film is extremely bloody and full of great gore.  As always with these films, all of the gore is done with practical effects.   This is a huge reason I am a fan of these movies.  Practical effects are far superior to CG effects in every way.  

  The killer in this film is super creepy and quite terrifying, especially when he is wearing his creepy skull/skin mask.  The film is paced well and clocks in right at 1 hour, so there is not a lot of wasted time on this film.  We get to the kills pretty quickly and it never lets up!   You can tell this film was made by some people who love the horror genre!  

  SLICE is available now on DVD from www.thesleazebox.com and contains the following special features:

*  Bonus Short Film:  "BED BUG"
*  Behind The Scenes Footage
*  Sleaze Box Trailers


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD


http://www.thesleazebox.com/index.html

Monday, February 26, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, February 27th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 2/27

*  78/52:  HITCHCOCK'S SHOWER SCENE  [BD]
*  BASKET CASE  [Arrow BD]
*  COLOSSUS:  THE FORBIN PROJECT  [BD]
*  PREY  [BD/DVD combo pack]
*  THE SECT  [BD]
*  SERPENT'S LAIR  [BD & DVD]


I have never heard of 78/52, but that looks like it could be a very interesting doc on the making of the famous PSYCHO shower scene!  I will be checking that out for sure!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Blu-ray Review: THE SLAYER (1982)


https://mvdshop.com/products/slayer-the-blu-ray-dvd-blu-rayTHE SLAYER
Written & Directed by 
Distributed by Arrow Video / MVD Entertainment Group

 Arrow Video continues to put out some of the best horror releases available.  THE SLAYER is a great film that I had honestly never heard of before.  I love that Arrow is introducing us to some classic, yet lesser known, horror films.  Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of the MVD website:

  IS IT A NIGHTMARE? OR IS IT... THE SLAYER? One of the most sought-after titles for slasher fans everywhere, The Slayer finally rises from the ashes of obscurity in a brand new 4K transfer courtesy of Arrow Video. Two young couples set off to a secluded island for what promises to be a restful retreat. But the peace is short-lived: as a storm batters the island, troubled artist Kay begins to sense that a malevolent presence is here with them, stalking them at every turn. Is she losing her mind, or are her childhood nightmares of a demonic assailant coming to terrifying life? Previously only available on home video in truncated or full screen versions, The Slayer - whose nightmares-seeping-into-reality theme predates a certain Wes Craven classic by several years - comes lovingly restored from the original negative in a stunning transfer that will be a revelation to fans both old and new.

 I love horror films from the 1980's.  In fact, I think that is the greatest decade for horror films.   Arrow Video has been putting out so many great horror films lately, and the majority have been these great 80's classics, some more obscure than others. 

  This film is one any 80's horror film fan will want to check out.  Now I will admit it is a little slow at the start, but the 2nd half of the film picks up and makes up for the sluggish first half.    The film is set on a remote island which immediately sets up the eerie tone, knowing how secluded the characters are from other people and any possibility of getting help.  Add in the storm that is headed their way and that completes the very creepy tone of the film, and gives us some of the films more atmospheric and dark visuals.

 As with any horror film from the 80's, we get some great jump scares, some great kill scenes and some great gore, all done with practical effects, of course.  Beheadings, pitch-forkings, hangings, etc are all on display in this film.  At times the film almost feels like an arthouse style horror film, something reminiscent of a Jean Rollin or Jess Franco film mixed with a typical 80's slasher.  This is a film very worthy of a watch!  Also, I have to mention the monster/creature that we finally get to see at the end.  It is one of the most terrifying and frightening creatures I have ever seen in a film, yet we only get to see it for a few seconds.  I really wish we would have seen more of this creature throughout the film!

  THE SLAYER is available now from MVD and Arrow Video and contains the following special features:

*  Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
*  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
*  Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
*  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*  Brand new interviews with cast and crew
*  Original Theatrical Trailer
*  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
*  FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new liner notes by writer Lee Gambin


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the BD/DVD combo



https://arrowfilms.com/

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Monday, February 19, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, February 20th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 2/20:

*  AMERICAN SATAN  [BD]
*  THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS  [DVD & BD]
*  MOM AND DAD  [DVD & BD]
*  THE NIGHT WALKER  [BD]


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Blu-ray Review: THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE (1972)


http://mondomacabro.bigcartel.com/product/blood-spattered-bride-retail-editionTHE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE
Directed by 
Distributed by Mondo Macabro / CAV Distributing

  I always look forward to new releases from Mondo Macabro.   They release some of the best, and lesser known horror films from all over the world.   THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE is one of their films that is a little more well known, I believe.  I actually saw this movie years ago, but I didn't remember much about it at all.   Here is the basic plot of the film from the CAV website:

  Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family’s ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a virgin and is very hesitant about her husband's sexual demands. She is also disturbed by her unfamiliar surroundings and wonders if she will ever come to terms with her new married life. She is shocked to discover that all the old portraits of female members of her husband’s family have been locked away in the basement. When she finds them, she discovers that one of the portraits shows a woman holding a strange dagger. The woman’s face has been cut out of the painting. Her name is Mircala Karstein.

  Overall, this is a great classic 70's shocker.   The film is a little slow in parts, and I feel at 102 minutes, it could have been trimmed down some to help with the film's pacing.   That is a very small complaint, though, as the film is great overall.   With a name like THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE, you would expect lots of blood, and the film does not disappoint when it comes to that.   There are some very brutal and bloody scenes, one in particular being a prolonged stabbing scene with copious amounts of spurting blood!  There are also a lot of beautiful and atmospheric scenes, comparable to a some of the vampire films of Jean Rollin.  

 THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE is available now on Blu-ray from Mondo Macabro and CAV Distribution.  The Blu-ray contains the following special features:

- Brand new 4k transfer from film negative
- English/Spanish audio choice
- Newly created English subtitles
- Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
- Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas
- Two part interview with actor Simón Andreu
- Interview with Euro Gothic author Jonathan Rigby
- Original trailers and radio spots
- Deleted and alternate scenes
- Mondo Macabro previews


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray


http://www.cavd.com/index.php

http://www.mondomacabrodvd.com/
 
 
 


Monday, February 12, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, February 13th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 2/13:

*  ALMOST DEAD [DVD & BD]
*  ATROZ  [BD]
*  THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE  [BD]
*  CHAOS / DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT  [BD]
*  DRAG ME TO HELL  [BD]
*  FRANCESCA  [DVD & BD]
*  GAMES  [BD]
*  HELLRAISER:  JUDGMENT
*  INSIDE  [DVD]
*  LEATHERFACE:  THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3  [BD]
*  MONOLITH  [DVD & BD]
*  NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD  [Criterion Collection DVD & BD]
*  NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS [BD]
*  THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS  [Criterion Collection DVD & BD]


Saturday, February 10, 2018

DVD Review: DEATH-SCORT SERVICE PART 2: THE NAKED DEAD (2017)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6754192/?ref_=nv_sr_2DEATH-SCORT SERVICE PART 2:  THE NAKED DEAD
Written & Directed by
Distributed by  The Sleaze Box

  A couple of years ago I had the privilege of reviewing an indi horror film called DEATH-SCORT SERVICE.  You can read that review HERE.   The film was from a company called The Sleaze Box and from that name, you should know what's in store for you when you put in one of their DVDs!

 The Sleaze Box is now back with  DEATH-SCORT SERVICE PART 2:  THE NAKED DEAD, and unlike some sequels, this was just as fun of a film as the first one.   Here is the basic plot of the film per the film's imdb.com page:

 Deep in the heart of Las Vegas a new killer has emerged. Having survived the previous psycho's last wrath (Michelle) Krystal "Pixie" Adams is left behind to start anew and forget about her black past. Problem is this new murderer is unstoppable!!. A new group of up and coming hookers are on the streets left to pick up the pieces and start fresh. Will they survive, or will they become prey to this maniac slasher!

  Like the first film, if you are a looking for a plot driven,  smart, stylish, big-budget horror film, you might want to keep looking.   But, if you are like a lot of horror fans and just want to put in a fun dvd full of all the things that make horror great, then this is the movie for you!    DEATH-SCORT SERVICE PART 2 if chock full of great kills with some amazing gore!  Add in plenty of sex and nudity and you get a classic grindhouse experience that you just don't see too much of these days.   Another note about the gore and special effects, all is done with practical effects which is definitely something worth mentioning, as most films today go the cheaper route of CGI, which I think we can all agree never looks nearly as good as the real thing!

  If you were a fan of the first film, or any of the other films from The Sleaze Box, you will love DEATH-SCORT SERVICE PART 2!

  DEATH-SCORT SERVICE PART 2 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD from The Sleaze Box.  The DVD includes autographed cover art and a CD soundtrack!  Special features include trailers and deleted scenes.

CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray


http://www.thesleazebox.com/index.html
 
 
 



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Check out the trailer for the upcoming film, GAME NIGHT


http://www.gamenight-movie.com/
If you haven't seen a trailer for this film yet, be sure to check it out asap!   The film is called GAME NIGHT, and while not really horror, it looks frightening enough to be worthy of a mention on the 4H blog!   IMDB.com lists it as an Action/Crime/Comedy, but based on the premise it looks to be a very dark comedy.  I have to admit, though, this trailer is hilarious!    Here is the basic plot from the film's official website:

  Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be.

Check out the trailers and let me know what you think!








 Game night will be in theaters starting February 23.




Monday, February 5, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, February 6th:












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 2/6:

*  DAY OF THE DEAD:  BLOODLINE  [DVD & BD]
*  DEMONS  [DVD & BD]
*  THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z  [DVD & BD]
*  GRIZZLY  [BD]
*  HOUSE OF DEMONS  [DVD]
*  VICTOR CROWLEY  [DVD & BD]

Monday, January 29, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, January 30th












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 1/30:

*  CLASS OF 1999  [BD]
*  FUGITIVE GIRLS  [BD]
*  GOTHIC  [BD]
*  THE HILLS HAVE EYES  [Arrow BD -standard edition]
*  LEGEND OF THE NAGA PEARLS  [DVD & BD]
*  LUCIFER'S WOMEN  [BD]
*  OLD STONE  [DVD & BD]
*  PENITENTIARY  [BD]
*  THE PROJECTED MAN  [BD]
*  RED MOB  [BD]
*  RENDEL:  DARK VENGEANCE  [DVD & BD]
*  SWEET SUGAR  [BD]
*  TYLER PERRY'S BOO2:  A MADEA HALLOWEEN  [DVD & BD]

Monday, January 22, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, January 23rd












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 1/23:

*   10 CLOVERFIELD LANE  [4K]
*   ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES  [BD]
*   CLOVERFIELD  (4K)
*   DANCE MACABRE  [BD]
*   DARIO ARGENTO'S OPERA  [BD]
*   GEOSTORM  [DVD/BD combo]
*   JIGSAW  [DVD/BD/4K]
*   THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER  [DVD & BD]
*   RED KROKODIL  [DVD & BD]
*   THE SWORD AND THE CLAW  [BD]


Monday, January 15, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, January 16












Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that come out tomorrow, 1/16:

*  BEYOND SKYLINE  [DVD & BD]
*  BLADE RUNNER 2049  [DVD, BD, & 4K]
*  HAPPY DEATH DAY  [DVD & BD]
*  THE SNOWMAN  [DVD & BD]
*  YOR:  THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE  [BD]



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

This week's horror related DVD and Blu-ray releases, January 9th


 
Here are this week's horror related DVD/BD's that came out today, 1/9:

*  68 KILL  [DVD & BD]
*  EMMANULLE AND THE DEADLY BLACK COBRA  [BD]
*  HECTIC KNIFE  [Troma BD]
*  IT  (2017)  [DVD & BD]
*  JUNKBONDS:  THE RETURN OF JUNKBUCKET  [Troma BD]
*  THE WITCHES  [Arrow BD]



Sunday, December 31, 2017

DVD Review: HI8: RESURRECTIO (2016)


http://blacklava.at/index.php/hi8-resurrectio-slipcase-edition-pre-sale-start-27th-august.htmlHI8:  RESURRECTIO
Written & Directed by:
Distributed by:  Black Lava Entertainment

 If you have never heard of Black Lava Entertainment, you are missing out on some of the weirdest underground horror films available today.   The latest one I have seen was called Hi8:  RESURRECTIO from filmmaker Stephan Sierecki.  Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of the Black Lave Entertainment website:

  In "Hi8“ we follow Steven, a film student who intends to create the goriest horror movie of all time, his graduation film. The only problem is the lack of money. Even his lecturer does not support his plans. He claims the horror movie to be a inacceptable medium and does not honor any artist. Steven is aware that it is difficult to distribute genre movies in Germany but hope dies last. A mysterious website discovered by one of his friends raises hope. A single line framed by flames appears on the screen: 'God's messengers fall into hellfire, the angels' Stephen is not bothered by this phrase for he is more interested in the text's content. His eyes are fixed on the words 'filming', 'money', 'prompt cash'. Clicking the 'Send'-button unleashes an experience which affects his mind, flesh and bones. He will literally witness hell on earth.

 I had never heard of this film going into it, so I had no clue what to expect.   To me this film reminded me of a higher budget version of the AUGUST UNDERGROUND series, but a lower budget version of the HOSTEL films.  They are all in the same vein, though.  It basically follows Steven as he is kidnapped by the new "producers" of his horror film and is forced into a world of horror that Steven could have probably never imagined.  He is forced to torture and kill, all in the name of cinema! 

 The film is very well made, with what looks to be all practical effects, something I am always happy to see in horror films.   The acting is pretty good overall,  especially from the female victim that is caged and put through hell.   At times I actually wondered if they told her what all they would be doing and if some of the screaming and fear was actually real!  

 I'm not a huge fan of the torture films, but if you are into those films, you should definitely check this one out.   Hi8:  RESURRECTIO is available now on DVD and contains the following special features:

*  Teaser #1
*  Teaser #2
*  Trailer
*  English Subtitles
*  Bonus Movies:
-Fütterung der Raubtiere
-Herzstück
-Interimere
-Raum der Ausschweifung
-Tote reden nicht
-Vergeltung
-Weihnachten
*  Bonus CD with the complete Soundtrack (~80min Music)


CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD



http://blacklava.at/