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Ticks [Blu-ray] [1993] [US Import]
Ticks [Blu-ray] [1993] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Seth Green

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly region locked., 20 Feb 2013
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I've read online that some people feel the 90's sucked, and well if you were a cinema goer and a horror fan there was indeed a distinct lack of horror on the big screen for a lot of the nineties, I suspect at least partly due to the glut of formulaic slasher movies that almost helped kill the genre, though major studios squemishness at being linked to such a genre probably played a part as well. For me though, I was a teenager through the nineties so most of my horror movie experience came from renting vhs tapes from the local libary, and there was still plenty of material making its way straight to video.

Ticks is one of those films. Its produced by BRIAN YUZNA, most famous for the classic society but one of the main creative sources for most decent horror titles out in the mid nineties, while directed by TONY RANDEL (director of hellraiser 2 and amityville 1992) it has many of the YUZNA hallmarks including excellent gooey practical effects and some nasty, wince inducing body horror.

The film is about a bunch of troubled teens (including SETH GREEN, soon to be famous in TV's Buffy the vampire slayer and ALFONSO RIBEIRO who most will remember as carlton from fresh prince of bel air, though somewhat different in this film!) who head into the woods with a pair of councillors only to get into trouble with a pair of seedy dope farmers and an army of mutant ticks created inadvertantly by the farmers dubious use of plant steroids on the pot! Released today the whole thing would be crafted with CGI but here its all done 'for real' with some great names in the credits including Howard berger, Robert Kurtzman and Wayne toth and the creatures look excellent as a result. While the film as a whole is far from perfect its a great 85 minutes worth of entertainment and an excellent slice of nostalgia for those of us who caught the film first time around. Add to this we get extended cameos from Rance howard and cult fave Clint Howard and the film still holds its own today as one worth checking out by genre buffs.

Its a real shame the disc is region locked, OLIVE FILMS stuff is really good and mostly up until now region free (including the awsome BOOGENS! Boogens [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]seriously check it out!) and in terms of picture and sound alone the film looks a treat here and is miles ahead of the panned and scanned vhs I remember. It also has a commentary from Tony randel and Clint howard thrown in as well.

If your multi region capeable this is well worth splashing out on!
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Black Sunday Dual Format [DVD + Blu-ray] [1960]
Black Sunday Dual Format [DVD + Blu-ray] [1960]
Dvd ~ Barbara Steele
Price: 10.85

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Kino release, shame its locked to region B, 4 Feb 2013
I don't really see the point in giving a synopsis to classics like this. Mainly because its been done to death already, and in the case of Black sunday (mask of satan) its better to come into the film for your first time knowing as little as possible. This was the experience I had when Jonathon ross got the BBC to screen it many years back now, and I remember being blown away by its fantastic looking black and white photography, creepy gothic atmosphere and the lovely Barbara steele!

I bought this one direct from ARROW, mainly to get the ltd edition version in the slipcase to go with my other arrow releases (i'm a wee bit anal like that) I also bought the kino release and thought it wasn't as bad as some had made out. Kino had used a print, rather than the origional source material and it had affected the quality but I already own a ton of stuff from bava on dvd and quite a few releases have less than perfect picture and sound quality.

Arrows version one-ups the kino release in several ways. The first being that arrow managed to get access to the origional negative (confirmed by Tim lucas via facebook) so it certainly has the edge in terms of picture and sound. It has TWO versions of the film on the disc, the first is the european mask of satan version with the option of either italian with subs or english european audio, the second is the (unique to this release) Aip cut of the film under the title Black sunday with the option of either italian with english subs or the AIP english dub of the movie (different to the european one). We also get a short 8 minute interview with barbara steele, an intro from Alan jones and the Tim Lucas commentary track found on every other release. Best of all arrow have also unearthed I Vampiri, a film started by ricardo freda and finished by Mario Bava on a third disc with some bava trailers thrown in for good measure. I vampiri is SD but the source materials were apparently unavailaible for a HD master and it looks pretty good as well.

Overall this is clearly the better release, though I did find the kino release better than others did, and at this price its well worth picking up!
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Mother's Day [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import]
Mother's Day [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Frederick Coffin
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 15.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb release, but beware!, 1 Dec 2012
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Three women who have been friends since college head out for their annual girls weekend away to the remote wilderness of new jersy to fish, smoke some pot and reiminice about their college days, unfortunately two musclebound lunatics who've overdosed on TV and their even crazier mother live nearby. The sons take a liking to the women and duly kidnapp them for some rape, torture and tv re-enactment! Unfortunatley for the psychos they picked the wrong women to mess with.

Watching mothers day all these years later it definatley fits in with the body of work Troma have released over the years and has a very strong troma sensibility, some of this irreverence has perhaps led to the criticism that its mixture of horror and humour is somewhat uneven, however as a fan of tromas output over the years I really enjoyed Mothers day.

Like a lot of Troma movies, beneath the trashy horror exterior lies an (un)surprisingly smart little movie, here making some smart observations about pop culture, televison and modern american culture amidst all the onscreen carnage. The killers house is full of Tv's and pop culture memorabilia, the brothers whistle tunes from popular tv shows and much of their sadism is channeled through a pop culture sensibility. Imagine if you will, if quentin tarantino had been raised as a hillbilly and never got to channel his obsessions through film! Better yet Charlie Kaufman (Lloyds brother/partner in crime) not only directs the film well but presents the entire plot in a way that actually makes you empathise with the 'victims' and empowers them to the degree that when they turn the tables the audience sympathy is firmly with the women.

Anchor bays blu-ray is tragically region locked, a shame since the film has never ever looked better. With the assistance of Troma anchor bay have gone back directly to the source material and deliverd a cracking transfer that really brings the most out of the film and presents it finally in it's correct aspect ratio of 1:78:1. Extras wise we get the commentary track, some interesting observations from Eli roth (it would be nice if we actually got to see another one of his films, but his input here is much appreciated) some 8mm behind the scenes footage and a trailer.

Basically if your multi-region capeable then you really should buy this!


Correction. When I bought MOTHERS DAY and stuck it on my ps3 it would not run, this was nothing to do with the region code it turns out and just my player being funny.


Most Dangerous Game / Gow the Headhunter [Blu-ray] [1931] [US Import]
Most Dangerous Game / Gow the Headhunter [Blu-ray] [1931] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Merian C. Cooper

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that trancends its b-movie origins., 15 Nov 2012
Shot on the same sets at the same time as KING KONG, Most dangerous game seems to have been intended as a b-picture to it's bigger brother. The film is about a big game hunter who survives a shipwreck and finds himself stranded on a strange island that turns out to be home to a russian count named Zaarov and his cossack man servants. Zaarov is a hunting fanatic who had found himself getting bored of big game hunts and has set himself up on the remote island in order to hunt the most dangerous game... man. In the prosess of trying to save himself and the lovely fay wray from the sadiastic psycopath our hero begins to empathise with the beasts he once hunted.

For a film that was always intended as a b-picture, The most dangerous game is a fantastic piece of film making in its own right, though certainly a good companion piece to KONG, it stands up as a thrilling piece of cinema in its own right. The film has some surprisingly graphic murders in it and a scene of Zaarovs 'trophy room' that would be considerd shocking even today. The lovely fay wray adds a level of sexual tension to the film that certainly adds to it's charms. The film was apparently a hit on release, and there was some suggestion (in the fincher film at least) that it may have even been a firm favourite of the zodiac killer. Added to that we get GOW, which is best described as an early MONDO movie, shot as a documentary purporting to show the cannibals and headhunters of the southsea islands. Perhaps somewhat racist today the footage itself is facinating though the narration is somewhat stiff. We get some audio commentary's that are a little dry and academic but informative, a snazzy little booklet and audio interviews with Merion C Cooper.

Overall its a great little package worth seeking out. Dont expect miracles of a film this age, but both look great in HD and MDG is certainly better quality than I have seen it, possibly due to the transfer coming from the fine grain master.

Best of all though....REGION FREE and run's on my ps3 with no issues.

Jeepers Creepers [Blu-ray] [2001] [US Import]
Jeepers Creepers [Blu-ray] [2001] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Breck
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 9.75

5.0 out of 5 stars REGION FREE., 22 Oct 2012
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There's no real point reviewing the plot of Jeepers Creepers, most people seem to have seen the film and either love it or hate it, mainly because the first half and the second feel like two different films.

If you like Jeepers creepers you should buy this disc. It's region free and plays on my ps3 fine, it has all the special features that appeared on the dvd and most importantly it looks and sounds GREAT!

Simple really, its a good trade up for fans of the movie as it looks a lot better than the dvd, people who aren't fans of the film, or perhaps don't want to buy it for 'other reasons' won't have their minds changed.

Lovely Molly [Blu-ray]
Lovely Molly [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Eduardo Sanchez
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 11.04

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb chiller!, 19 Oct 2012
This review is from: Lovely Molly [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Newly married Molly and her husband move back into molly's old family home, as a struggling young couple it helps save some cash. Unfortunately the family home comes with plenty of baggage for molly and a few ghosts as well and pretty soon poor molly begins to deteriorate and fall back into bad habits as she's left alone in the house to face its demons.

I just rented this from work and I'm definately looking at buying it. Writer/Director Eduardo sanchez, most famous for the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, as crafted a subtle and chilling horror that refuses to state explicitly whether the apparitions that haunt the central character are real paranormal occurrences or simply in her head, so it leaves it to the audience to decide whether the film is a Repulsion style descent into madness or a depiction of a woman slowly becoming possessed by malevolent forces. For once an american film-maker has given a central character with a real job, real-world problems and this helps Molly become far more identifiable as a character, and her downfall all the more tragic and chilling.

For once a horror that deserves all the great reviews on the cover.
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Brutal Massacre: A Comedy [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Brutal Massacre: A Comedy [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ David Naughton
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 3.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Based on True story's., 14 Sep 2012
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Brutal massacre is both a mocumentary and a love letter to exploitation film making and follows a hapless director as he tries one last shot to recusscitate his career with low budget slasher flick brutal massacre.

While the film certainly owes a large debt to Spinal tap, including the drummer joke (abeit replaced with various crew members) Its worth pointing out that a lot of what happens in this movie is taken from REAL incidents that occurred during the making of stevan mena's previous movie MALEVOLENCE. Malevolence [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] Check out the commentary track on that movie (and the film itself is terrific!) and a lot of the humourous incidents in this film actually occured!

Overall this is a fun little comedy with some great laughs and a great cast. Watch the commentary on Malevolence first it gets even better.

Halloween 4 [Blu-ray] [1988] [US Import]
Halloween 4 [Blu-ray] [1988] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Donald Pleasence
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: 14.97

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region locked., 11 Sep 2012
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I suppose there's no real sense giving a plot summary considering 44 other reviewers here have done an admirable job summarising the plot, suffice to say Halloween 4 is an enjoyable slasher sequel that does its job well and while none of the sequels ever really match John Carpenters origional fans of horror cinema, and slasher movies in general should get a real kick out of this movie.

Firstly however, I should warn people this title, like a lot of anchor bay stuff, is region locked. So anyone not in posession of a multi-region capable player won't be able to watch this.

Secondly there was a lot of complaints over on .com regarding the lack of extras promised in the promotional release for this movie. Certainly I would have loved to have seen the extra footage but anchor bay havent scrimped on this release with TWO audio commentary tracks, one from Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris, the other from director Dwight H little and author Justin Beahm. on top of this we get a discussion panel and a trailer.

Finally what about the film itself. well it looks great, no sign of DNR with a completely natural film look (blemishes and all) and great sounding Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio.

Overall, if you can actually play the disc and you like Halloween 4 then pick this up, if you can't, well it should be on its way to a UK release some point this year.
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Impulse [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Impulse [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Tim Matheson

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God I hate the cover., 8 Sep 2012
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Meg Tilly and Tim matheson play a young couple who return to the farm Meg's character grew up on so she can introduce her new man to her family, her salt of the earth father and her slightly creepy (and somewhat incestuous) brother played by the ever-great Bill paxton. Unfortunately for everyone involved, an earthquake at a nearby government installation has unleashed a deadly biological agent that causes the infected to lose all inhibitions and act on whatever impulses they have! Pretty soon the idyllic norman rockwell small town descends into anarchy and murder.

Impulse is a great little horror from the early eighties that for quite a while was fairly difficult to come by. It was briefly released on VHS and 23rd century have released a rip that can probably be found on the right market stall but is of dubious legality (though not bad quality). This MGM release however is the only genuine legit release of this movie going at the minute. Overall its not a phenomenal package, there are no extras to speak of, its fullscreen (though It seems it may have been shot that way) and my biggest gripe is the rubbish cover.

Ok, from the sleeve art the film looks like some god awful soft core erotic movie, it's nothing of the sort! People looking for some cheap alone-time thrills will most likely be dissappointed and I am more than willing to bet a few horror fans who didn't know what this movie was probably passed it up.

Shame really as its a cracking little movie. The towns descent into madness is well handled and avoids any gratuitous gore while still managing to shock. Throughout the film we see a strange jeep parked up watching events unfold, strongly suggesting the government is letting the virus run its course and observing what happens, a nasty little twist I suspect the makers of the crazies remake 'borrowed' for that movie.

If you can find it at the right price, disregard the awful cover and pick it up. It's well worth watching.
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Boogens [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]
Boogens [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]
Dvd ~ John Crawford
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 15.22

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent region free blu-ray!, 2 Sep 2012
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Two young college graduates take a job with a crew re-opening an old abandoned silver mine in the snowy wilderness of Colorado. Inadvertently they release strange creatures trapped in the mine since a previous cave-in, and fairly soon the beasties are using the newly opened tunnels to hunt their prey!

The Boogens has been unavailable on home video for a long time. A shame really as unlike a lot of horrors shot in the same era it does not rely on gory deaths to sell its shocks, rather a slow build up of tension and atmosphere and characters we can grow to like before it pulls out all the stops and the deaths begin to pile up. Tragically fans have had to make do with dubious quality bootlegs over the years, so seeing the film on blu-ray comes as something of a revelation.

Horror fan's should seek this film out regardless, its a great slice of horror film-making and deserves to be seen by as many genre fans as possible. It helps that the blu-ray presents the film superbly with a fantastic, natural looking hi-def transfer that brings out all the detail and avoids any of the over-mastering seen on some releases these days. The cover art is great and it comes in a nifty little slipcase and olive films have even chucked in an interesting commentary track. (certainly more than we got for tales that witness madness)

Overall I would reccomend picking this up, it'll play on uk machines with no problems, my ps3 runs it fine, its a great little film that needs to be seen.

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