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Twitch of Death Nerve [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Twitch of Death Nerve [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £122.17

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's going on?, 9 Dec. 2005
It took me a good few views before I understood what the hell is going on in this weird but original film; so many murder suspects are murdered themselves that it's hard to keep track most of the time. However, the sound quality doesn't help with the confusion, it's absolutely abysmal and this is due to the DVD transfere. The machete in the face and the spear through the couple are identical killings to the ones in 'Friday 13th part two'. The cinematography is second to none and the score is very jazzy and sets the mood from the outset. The downside is the thick fake blood which resembles 'signal red' gloss. Also look closely at the the spear through the chest killing; the scene after his death clearly shows the spear protuding from his stomach. Having said that however, you have to keep reminding yourself throughout the movie that it was made in 1971 and Italian. It was also the first film to require a face-to-face warning at its premier. It's a great film but make sure you purchase a good quality pair of cordless headphones - it could help with the almost inaudible dialogue!

Island Of Death [DVD]
Island Of Death [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Behling
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £9.97

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the squeamish!, 9 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Island Of Death [DVD] (DVD)
Although not that gory, this is a really shocking film for 1975: bestiality, rape, incest, sodomy, torture. This is truly disturbing and one can see why it was banned in 1984 curtesy of The Daily Mail. Some scenes are quite over the top. For instance, how come Christopher is so versatile? He can sail a boat, operate a bulldozer and even fly a plane??? It's impossible to understand what went through the directors mind when he made this. Maybe he just went out of his way to shock - he certainly did that!!

Nightmare City [DVD]
Nightmare City [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugo Stiglitz
Offered by Replay-International
Price: £19.97

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So good, it's bad!, 5 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Nightmare City [DVD] (DVD)
When I first viewed this film with a bunch of delinquent friends in 1981, we rewound the video so many times to see again the silly violence, the old top-loader broke down relentlessly. The story is good but the script is absolutely appalling which gives this film such an appealing quality. Sometimes you just don't know whether to laugh or cringe. The central character clearly bullies his wife, this is obvious when he desperately tries to reach her at the hospital where she works and she fobs him off by saying she's busy. When he does eventually meet her, he constanty puts her in danger by using her as a shield. Firstly he makes her run to the ambulance ahead of him. From that moment onwards any sympathy towards his character goes straight down the bog. The gore is certainly well over the top in places (it is Italian after all) but more often than not, the blood looks just like liquid gloss, which merely adds to some of the many comic touches throughout. One of the violent highlights is the eye gouging scene which is somewhat of a trademark in Italian 'nasties' of the era, but the ultimate silliness of the whole production keeps the viewer rooted to the spot. There's almost as many inconsistencies as there are brutal killings in this gore fest of a movie, but don't let this put you off. This seems so different from the previous Umberto Lenzi classic 'Ferox' with overblown sound effects very 'spaghetti western-style' but it's a great little film nevertheless, despite the endless flaws - the music is broodingly atmospheric too. I read some time ago that Rambo 3 held the record for the largest body count in film history........whoever wrote the review obviously hasn't heard of this cheesy piece of film making. Either that or they had their heads up their ignorant backsides - it's impossible to keep a body count in this movie, much as it is similar with the Japanese classic 'The Shogun Assassin'. I don't even think Lenzi would be able to count the amount of deaths in his own film. If he'd stood up for himself (against the producer) like the dynamic director that he is, then this great movie without a doubt, could've been a hell of a lot better - God, so much of it will remind you of a modern day computer game because it's so much fun...buy it now...while stocks last!!

Midnight Express [DVD]
Midnight Express [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Davis
Price: £9.14

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best prison drama ever made!, 24 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Midnight Express [DVD] (DVD)
Forget "The Shawshank Redemption" "The green mile" or "Cool hand Luke". This is the ultimate prison drama for a number of reasons: brilliant direction (only Parker could've pulled this off), a breathtaking oscar winning score by Giorgio Moroder, an outstanding oscar winning screenplay by Oliver Stone, and an unforgettable and riveting performance by the late great Brad Davis as the hapless Billy Hayes, who was never better before or since (why he too didn't receive an oscar is beyond me). I first saw this back in 1982 and I can safely say I've watched it at least 40 times since. I can also say I actually think this is better than the book from which it was adapted - the only other adaptation to better the book was "The Shining". Having said that however, I'm biased...I don't even like Stephen King. But getting back to the subject, if you haven't yet seen this absolute superior masterpiece, then I suggest you buy it now because once seen never forgotten. One of many the highlights of this great movie is the fight scene, which is probably the the most realistic in cinema history. Also watch out for the long haired Alan Parker rising from his seat in the opening airport sequence.

Unhinged [DVD]
Unhinged [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurel Munson
Offered by Hill Fort Online Ltd
Price: £5.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So many critics!, 24 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Unhinged [DVD] (DVD)
I must say I'm pretty confused as to why so many critics have slated this film in almost every review I've managed to feast my eyes upon - why? When I first viewed this little gem twenty-odd years ago before the dreaded Daily Mail had its wicked way with such classics, I was pleasantly impressed and even today the film hasn't lost any of its gusto. Of course the acting is second rate and mundane in places, of course the camera work is shoddy, of course the direction is somewhat inept and the script is tacky. But it was made on a tight budget for crying out loud. In fact, I'll gladly offer a billion quid to anyone who can name me just one perfectly directed slasher film. Nevertheless, there are more upsides than downsides to this movie: the violence can be quite shocking in places (especially the machette killing) which happens off screen but is still relentless and brutal. The synth music is eerily brilliant and the overall brooding atmosphere makes you think twice about visiting the toilet for a while. The shocking climax is also totally unexpected and will probably have most viewers leaving dents in the arms of their chairs...check it out - it's a really good horror film.
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The Beyond [DVD]
The Beyond [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Warbeck
Offered by d-uk
Price: £13.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-popping violence!, 24 Nov. 2005
This review is from: The Beyond [DVD] (DVD)
I've waited since the last ice age to view this uncut gore-fest of a movie and I can safely say it was well worth the wait. I did manage to aquire the edited version some time ago and there's hardly any gore in it at all. Although I don't find this film as enjoyable as "Flesheaters" it's still a must see for all horror fans - it would be a crime not to have this among your collection. It's typical of Fulci (especially the over the top gore) but as with a lot of Italian video nasties of this era, it's not without flaws...plastic spiders eating the obvious false flesh for instance. A painter falls about 30 feet from scaffolding and lands on his head so a lone doctor turns up, looks at his broken body and says he needs to go to hospital???? Also notice how many rounds the same doctor manages to fire off from a mere revolver and as usual the dubbing is pretty dire too, but shoddiness aside and you have a great horror classic which has been long overdue for an unedited release.

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