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Knock Knock - Blu-ray Review

Knock Knock - Movie ReviewDirector Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, The Green Inferno) turns his back on gore with his take on Peter Traynor’s 1977 exploitation movie Death GameKnock Knock is, at once, a much better film than its predecessor and, as far as home-invasion flicks go, a much more  ...

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Johnny Guitar: Olive Signature (1954) - Blu-ray Review

Johnny Guitar: Olive Signature - Blu-ray ReviewJoan Crawford.  Her name alone invokes images of all sorts.  F. Scott Fitzgerald considered her THE ORIGINAL flapper.  She was a dancer, a radio talent, an actress, but, above everything else, she was a force of nature.  She alone made herself a star.  No one else  ...

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Goodnight Mommy (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Goodnight Mommy - Blu-ray ReviewHow well do you know the people around you?  I mean, really, really, really know them?  Those closest to you, in fact?  That’s the question Goodnight Mommy dares to ask its viewers.  Trust me when I suggest to you that filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fialas   ...

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The Rift (1989) - Blu-ray Review

The Rift (1990) - Blu-ray ReviewIt is essentially a cheaper version of Ridley Scott’s Alien, but underwater.  That’s the best description of The Rift (aka Endless Descent).  This knock-off is only one of the several underwater exploitative films that were rushed out from almost every studio – no matter  ...

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The Hallow - Blu-ray Review

The Hallow - Movie ReviewVisual artist Corin Hardy’s directorial debut is, indeed, something to see.  Opening this weekend here in Kansas City, the horror film grabs viewers with its sheer intensity and atmospheric effects.  It’s a hard one to immediately shake off which is why my rating easily gets rounded ...

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Turbo Kid: 3-Disc Ultra Turbo-Charged Collector’s Edition (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Turbo Kid - Blu-ray ReviewEmbracing a joyously retro-generated vibe of all things bursting with rainbows, unicorns, NES, comic books, and Michael Ironside, Turbo Kid laser blasts its way onto blu-ray with the single mission to – as the late Rowdy Roddy Piper once famously adlibbed – "kick ass and chew  ...

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Ghost Story (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Ghost Story (1981) - Blu-ray ReviewAdding to the supernatural splendor of Ghost Story are the matte paintings of Albert Whitlock and Syd Dutton. They add so much life to this frightening tale that it’s rather shocking to discover that the majority of them were edited out. Recognizing it as a forgotten art form  ...

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Beware! The Blob aka Son of Blob (1972) - Blu-Ray Review

Beware! The Blob (1972) - Blu-ray ReviewHilarious. That’s one word to describe the outrageous events in this cult flick.  Another words would be awful.  Put the two together and you have a recipe for immortality.  So bad it’s good!  Operating as a sequel to the 1958 classic with Steve McQueen, Beware! The Blob  ...

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Blu-ray Review

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Movie ReviewWhile uneven to a fault, Guy Ritchie’s spin on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., originally an American television series broadcast on NBC from 1964-1968, is easily the best thing Warner Bros has put out this summer. Maybe that’s not saying much this year but, once the  ...

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Cat People: Criterion Collection (1942) - Blu-ray Review

Cat People (1942) - Blu-ray ReviewWhen it comes to the history of horror, there are few years as important as 1942.  That was the year RKO switched gears and turned away from artists like Orson Welles.  They pulled The Magnificent Ambersons out from under his feet and went on the hunt for showmen  ...

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Trainwreck - Blu-ray Review

Trainwreck - Movie ReviewNot yet on the Amy Schumer bandwagon? If the comedienne’s steady rise to cultural notoriety on such shows as Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and her numerous turns at the mic on awards programs and comedy clubs have yet to ping your entertainment radar, there’s still time to catch  ...

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Scalps (1983) Limited Edition - Blu-ray Review

Scalps (1983) - Blu-ray ReviewSix college students. A station wagon. An archaeological dig. And a tent. Those are the elements at play in 1983's uber-bloody Scalps. Written and directed by Fred Olen Ray (Deep Space), this effective horror flick is as minimalistic as it gets. It was filmed in mere days,  ...

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The Intern - Blu-ray Review

The Intern - Movie ReviewWriter/director Nancy Meyers (The Parent Trap, Something’s Gotta Give) takes on the American generation gap and mixes in clichéd beats of gender role reversal in her latest called The Intern, a film which would come and go without much notice were it not for the surprising chemistry  ...

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Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn 3D - Blu-ray Review

Metalstorm: The Destruction Of Jared-Syn - Blu-ray ReviewWell, how neat-o is this, B-movie lovers?! Mad Max meets lasers … in 3-D! That’s the best way to describe this low-grade attempt to cash in on one of the most epic action flicks of my youth, The Road Warrior. Directed by Empire Pictures founder Charles Band (Parasite  ...

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Faust (1926) Blu-ray Review

Faust (1926) - Blu-ray ReviewThere are few things more unforgettable and terrifying in the cinematic annuals than Emil Jannings as Mephisto in F. W. Murnau's Faust. Who? That's your first response. I know, I know. Unfortunately, when it comes to horror, the entire silent era of filmmaking gets overlooked   ...

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