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Blood Suckers [DVD]
Blood Suckers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greece Frightening!!!, 1 May 2010
This review is from: Blood Suckers [DVD] (DVD)
"Blood Suckers", a.k.a. "Incense For The Damned", is not a great movie but it does have its good points and contains certain elements that make it worth a look. For a start, it has an interesting cast. There's the beautiful and busty Imogen Hassall as a sexy, seductive Greek vampire lady, Patick Mower (from "Emmerdale", but he was also in "The Devil Rides Out" and "Cry Of The Banshee" so he's no stranger to horror movies), Horror Legend Peter Cushing, Patrick Macnee (best-known as Steed in "The Avengers") and Edward Woodward (from "The Wicker Man"). The film also makes good use of its Greece and Oxford locations and provides an unusual twist on traditional vampire legends - in this movie vampirism is depicted as more of a kind of sexual perversion!

Sometimes the story becomes a bit muddled and I must say that this film contains one of the silliest fight scenes I have ever seen in any film.... EVER! It won't be to everyone's taste but it makes an interesting alternative to the more traditional vampire films that companies such as Hammer were churning out at this time. The director Robert Hartford-Davis also made the far superior "Corruption".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great poster but where's the DVD?, 1 May 2010
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This is a nice reproduction of the colourful film poster for Pete Walker's 1983 Horror-Comedy starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing AND John Carradine - Yes, all four of them in one movie. The poster artwork features the four main stars each brandishing a weapon. I have this poster on a wall at home in a 30cm x 45cm (12 inches x 18 inches) glass frame and it looks pretty good. If only someone will release the film itself on DVD.... then I'll be really happy.

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2.0 out of 5 stars "Jaws" it ain't, 30 April 2010
A shark expert called Steven McKray (Casper Van Dien) travels to a place called Port Amanzi in South Africa to investigate both the death of his friend and colleague, Marc Desantis (Cordell McQueen), and the unusually high number of shark attacks occurring in the area. Steven teams up with Marc's sexy sister, Corinne (Jenny McShane), and they uncover something that is even more sinister than the sharks themselves.

The main problem I have with "Shark Attack" is that it is just too talky and most of the action is reserved for the film's finale. As is usual with this type of film, fake, mechanical sharks are combined with footage of real sharks for the shark attack scenes and it is not difficult to spot the difference!

I love films featuring big, hungry sharks (doesn't everyone?) and "Jaws" is clearly the daddy of this genre. There lies another problem - "Shark Attack" and most other similar films will almost always be compared to Spielberg's classic 1975 thriller and will utimately be classed as a poor second to it.

Having said that, the cast do okay with the average material and the hero and heroine are likeable enough but the story and action scenes do not really grip you and there is a lack of any real excitement and suspense. If you have a desire to check out every killer shark movie ever made then you will probably want to watch this film but otherwise it is not really worth the effort.

By the way, the lovely Jenny McShane went on to appear in the slightly more enjoyable "Shark Attack 3:Megalodon", playing a different character.

Shivers [1975] [DVD]
Shivers [1975] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Hampton
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £8.47

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High-Rise Horniness, 28 April 2010
This review is from: Shivers [1975] [DVD] (DVD)
"Shivers", a.k.a. "They Came From Within" and "The Parasite Murders", is an early chiller from The Canadian King of Horror, David Cronenberg, about residents in a high-rise apartment complex (or block of flats as we say in England) who become infected by strange, ugly-looking parasites, turning them into violent, sex-mad maniacs.

This is quite a grisly and, at times, pretty disgusting low-budget horror film that effectively manages to shock and repulse in equal measures thanks mainly to Cronenberg's gritty, realistic style of film making. The ordinary setting could be the place where you live and the characters could be your friends or neighbours which makes the events even more chilling. Sure, the film is technically a little rough in places but this only adds to the overall look and feel of the movie and helps establish Cronenberg's reputation for being an original, raw-edged director. Let's face it, any film that features The Queen of Horror, Barbara Steele, being attacked in the bath by a turd-like creature has got to be worth a look and we are also treated to one of Cronenberg's trademark, unhappy endings.

Cronenberg's later films may be more polished and accomplished with bigger budgets, better special effects and bigger-named actors but "Shivers" remains a fresh and thought-provoking film that (quite literally, in this case) gets under the skin. If you have the stomach for yucky, low-budget horror films then this movie should be just your cup of tea.

Crocodile 2 [DVD]
Crocodile 2 [DVD]
Price: £2.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Crocodile Schlock, 28 April 2010
This review is from: Crocodile 2 [DVD] (DVD)
A gang of violent armed criminals rob a bank and make off with a huge stash of cash following a shoot-out with police and security guards. The gang end up at the airport and, posing as a rock band with all the cash packed into guitar and drum cases, they board a passenger plane heading for Acapulco. Unfortunately, en route, the plane runs into some bad weather and the robbers attempt to hi-jack the plane. This film came out after 9/11 so how on earth they got all of those guns past the airport security and on board is anybody's guess! After a scuffle between the criminals and the crew, the plane crashes and the survivors end up being stranded in a vast area of swamp inhabited by- you've guessed it - a big, hungry crocodile.

It has to be said that some of the acting and dialogue in this movie is really bad. The leader of the gang of criminals seems to be doing a Samuel L. Jackson impersonation most of the time and he and his gang must be trying to set a new record for the highest number of "M-F" words in one single movie! The crocodile itself will probably induce more screams of laughter rather than screams of terror but I found myself longing for the killer croc to devour the whole bloody lot of them. There's even a "Carrie"/"Friday The 13th"-style trick ending.

Overall though "Crocodile 2" is an okay time-filler for fans of films featuring giant reptiles on the rampage but it's not in the same class as "Rogue" or even "Lake Placid".

The Fanatic [DVD]
The Fanatic [DVD]
Dvd ~ Caroline Munro
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Munro vs. Spinell Part 3, 25 April 2010
This review is from: The Fanatic [DVD] (DVD)
Former Hammer Horror Heroine and Bond Girl, Caroline Munro, stars as horror movie actress and scream queen, Jana Bates, who travels to the Cannes Film Festival to promote her latest scary movie. Unfortunately, she is pursued by a nutty, wannabe horror film maker called Vinny Durand (Joe Spinell) who wants Jana to star in a film he has written especially for her. If that wasn't bad enough, a number of people close to Jana are being bumped off in gruesome ways. Is it just a matter of time before Jana becomes the next victim?

This is a fairly enjoyable horror film that pairs Caroline Munro and Joe Spinell together for the third time on film. They had both previously appeared in the films "Starcrash" (1979) and "Maniac" (1980). Caroline gets to run around and scream and shout a lot in a role where she is really just playing herself and Joe Spinell puts in a suitably creepy performance as an obsessed fan.

"The Fanatic" is also known as "The Last Horror Film" but, as there is now another film called "The Last Horror Movie", I think it is a good idea to use the title "The Fanatic" instead in order to avoid any confusion between these two different films. Okay - I know that there's also an old Hammer film called "Fanatic" but that has been released on DVD under its alternative title "Die! Die! My Darling!"

By the way, I think that this movie was referenced in Wes Craven's "Scream 2" because, in "The Fanatic", one of the films showing at Cannes is called "Stab" which was the title of the film playing at the cinema at the beginning of "Scream 2". That could be just a coincidence though.

If you are a Caroline Munro or Joe Spinell fan and you enjoyed their previous celluloid collaborations then you'll probably want to check out this movie.

Lord Of The G-Strings [DVD]
Lord Of The G-Strings [DVD]
Dvd ~ Misty Mundae

2.0 out of 5 stars Blue Mundae, 25 April 2010
This review is from: Lord Of The G-Strings [DVD] (DVD)
As you've probably guessed this is a cheeky, erotic spoof of "The Lord Of The Rings"!!!

A trio of sexy females led by Erin Brown (a.k.a. Misty Mundae) are sent on a special quest by a drunken old wizard to destroy the all-powerful "G String" - an object that can possess someone with amazing sexual prowess!

Their journey is an eventful one as they join forces with a sexy queen and have to contend with a horny creature who wants to gain possession of the G String.

This is often a very silly film that is just really an excuse to show lots of nudity and sexy stuff. It is quite amusing at times though and plays more like a saucy comedy version of "Hawk The Slayer" (if you can actually make a comedy version of something that was pretty hilarious in the first place). After a while I found that the saucy goings-on became a bit repetitive and tiresome but I suppose it could be a good movie to watch late at night after a few beers.

If you enjoy sexy send-ups of well-known films then you'll probably find that "Lord Of The G Strings" is a good laugh but if you are a J.R.R. Tolkien fan then you may not be too impressed by this particular reworking of his famous story.

The Last Hunter [DVD]
The Last Hunter [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Warbeck
Price: £34.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gritty War(beck) Movie, 25 April 2010
This review is from: The Last Hunter [DVD] (DVD)
The term "War Is Hell" was never more appropriate than in this gruelling Vietnam War action film directed by Antonio Margheriti, under his English pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson.

The year is 1973 and Captain Henry Morris (David Warbeck) is given a top priority and top secret mission to find and destroy a small renegade radio station that is broadcasting propaganda and urging American troops to stop fighting and return home. It certainly proves to be a very dangerous assignment as Captain Morris and his small handful of men (and one woman) have to deal with venomous snakes, deadly booby traps, hostile natives and hordes of Viet-cong soldiers.

"L'ultimo cacciatore" (a.k.a. "The Last Hunter") is a violent, foul-mouthed, dirty, sweaty and harrowing sort of movie with some memorable set-pieces and bullet and bomb-fuelled action sequences. A word of warning - if you have a serious phobia about rats then you'll probably find some scenes uncomfortable to watch!

The cast list reads a bit like a Who's Who of Italian horror movies with David Warbeck (from Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond" and "The Black Cat"), Tisa Farrow (from Lucio Fulci's "Zombie Flesh Eaters" and Joe D'Amato's "Anthropophagus"), John Steiner (from Mario Bava's "Shock" and Dario Argento's "Tenebrae"), Tony King (from Antonio Margheriti's "Cannibal Apocalypse"), Bobby Rhodes (from Lamberto Bava's "Demons") and Margit Evelyn Newton (from Bruno Mattei's "Zombie Creeping Flesh". Antonio Margheriti directed his fair share of horror films, spaghetti westerns, gialli and violent action movies in his time and was an old hand at this sort of thing by the time he made "L'ultimo cacciatore". The acting isn't always great but the story and the action move along at a decent enough pace to keep this film interesting from its sleazy opening scene in a Saigon brothel to its explosive climax.

This DVD is actually one of VIPCO's better releases and, although the film is presented in a compromised wide screen ratio, it looks pretty good. The extras include a stills gallery, filmographies for David Warbeck, Tisa Farrow, Tony King and Antonio Margheriti and trailers for other VIPCO releases.

Night of the Living Dead [DVD] [1990]
Night of the Living Dead [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Tony Todd
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £8.00

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a remake but I prefer the 1968 version, 24 April 2010
This 1990 remake of George A. Romero's classic 1968 horror film isn't bad at all (as far as remakes go). This version was written by Romero (he was also co-executive producer) but directed by Tom Savini. The good cast features Babylon 5's Patricia Tallman (who at 5' 9" is quite a tall woman), Candyman's Tony Todd, Tom Towles, from Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer and Bill Mosley from House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.

On the whole, this remake sticks pretty close to Romero's original film but the opening scene where Barbara and Johnnie encounter Zombies in the cemetery is slightly different, the ending has been changed and does not pack as big a wallop as the original and some other aspects are a bit different. The main difference of course is that the 1968 film was filmed in black and white (although it was reissued in an awful computer-colourised version) whereas this 1990 version is in colour.

Quite a few 1960s horror films that could have been filmed in colour were filmed in black and white instead in order to achieve a certain look and create a creepy atmosphere. Prime examples of this are Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", Mario Bava's "The Mask Of Satan", Robert Wise's "The Haunting" and, of course, George A. Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead". I must say that the 1968 version of "NOTLD" is much creepier than the 1990 version largely because of the way it was filmed - the eerie black and white photography really adds to the overall effect and creates the right sort of mood for this type of film.

If you have not seen the original film then you will probably enjoy this remake much more than if you have seen it, if you know what I mean. It virtually goes without saying that the original has become something of a horror classic and did not really need to be remade but the remake is still an entertaining and enjoyable horror film in its own right.

This DVD features the film in its correct aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and the special features include a director's commentary, filmographies, a featurette and a trailer.

Castle of Walking Dead [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Castle of Walking Dead [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric film but it's a shame about the picture quality, 23 April 2010
"Castle Of The Walking Dead", a.k.a. "The Blood Demon" and a.k.a. "The Torture Chamber Of Dr. Sadism", is a wonderfully atmospheric, and sometimes sleazy, 1960s European horror film starring the great Christopher Lee and Lex Barker (who is best-known for playing Tarzan). The film is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit And The Pendulum" with Chris Lee as Count Regula, a sort of vampire, who is sentenced to death for his evil deeds that included the killing of twelve virgins for their blood. You can't keep the old boy down though and, years later, he has been resurrected and is up to his old tricks again. The Count needs a thirteenth victim to supply the necessary human blood for his life elixir so that he can achieve immortality.

This is a fairly entertaining horror film that has certain scenes that stick in the memory - the creepy forest with corpses hanging from the trees and The Count's lair with its dingy dungeons (that's not easy to say) containing gruesome instruments of torture, for instance.

I really wish they had released this film on DVD as "The Torture Chamber Of Dr. Sadism" as this is a much better and far more appropriate title. The title "Castle Of The Walking Dead" is very similar to another 1960s Chris Lee film called "Castle Of The Living Dead" and could cause some confusion over which film is which.

There is another problem with this particular DVD release, and it is a HUGE one. The picture quality is extremely poor at times with evident signs of print damage on the film itself. It is like watching an old VHS tape that is in bad shape. I know it's a rare old movie but I would still expect the quality to be much better than this. This is such a shame really because "COTWD" is quite a good movie that deserves better treatment than this on DVD.
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