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The Toxic Avenger (1984) - Blu-ray Review

The Toxic Avenger - Blu-ray RevengerThere are two superheroes from New Jersey. The first, of course, is Bruce Springsteen. The second is Melvin Junko. Not ringing any bells? Well, you might know good ol’ tutu-wearin’ Melvin by his other name, The Toxic Avenger, and this month Troma Entertainment  ...

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The Muppets Most Wanted - Blu-ray Review

Muppets Most Wanted - Movie ReviewLike the seven films before it, Muppet madness continues in The Muppets Most Wanted and while the film is less successful as its immediate predecessor it still leaves a smile on your face. The mopey, heart-on-the-sleeve theatrics of the previous film are quickly dispersed  ...

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Leviathan (1989) - Blu-ray Review

Leviathan (1989) - Blu-ray ReviewFollowing the discovery of a wrecked Soviet submarine and a spiked flask of vodka, one undersea mining crew is about to have a very bad day in George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathan.  This undersea monster movie came and went to theaters in 1989 but has recently been ...

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Motel Hell: Collector's Edition (1980) - Blu-ray Review

Motel Hell: Collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewWith Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre as its reference point, Motel Hell is a seriously delicious horror film that exploits all the typical genre markers for the sake of comedy. And it’s all because director Kevin Connor (From Beyond The Grave, At The Earth’s Core)   ...

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Oculus - Blu-ray Review

Oculus - Movie ReviewThank God for originality, even if it does make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Based off the short film Oculus Chapter 3: The Man with the Plan; Oculus, directed by Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Ghosts of Hamilton Street) creates an intriguing   ...

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Without Warning (1980) - Blu-ray Review

Without Warning - Blu-ray ReviewSee truck stop owner Jack Palance take on mentally ill veteran Martin Landau! See an alien on-the-hunt collect Cub Scouts in an isolated shack! See the madness as a young David Caruso gets taken down by a tall extraterrestrial played by Kevin Peter Hall! See Predator  ...

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Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery - Blu-ray Review

Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery - Blu-ray ReviewTwin Peaks. Regardless of your feelings about this two season show, there is no denying that David Lynch’s vision of small town America left an impact on the popular culture – one as deeply felt as the Seinfeld crater in its 9 season run over at NBC. Maybe it isn’t quoted as ...

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Sabotage - Blu-ray Review

Sabotage - Movie ReviewYes, it’s true that Sabotage is profane, gory, mean-spirited, and violent as hell. In fact, it may very well be one of the most violent mainstream films in decades. It’s like the love child of a grind house slasher and a Sam Peckinpah western. And it’s also true that Arnold ...

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Ginger Snaps: Collector's Edition (1990) - Blu-ray Review

Ginger Snaps - Blu-ray ReviewNever before in the history of motion pictures have the changes that happen inside the female body when a girl gets her first period been explained so clearly then in Ginger Snaps, a female-led werewolf movie from the early part of the 1990s. Oh, sure, the werewolf  ...

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Under the Skin - Blu-ray Review

Under the Skin - Movie ReviewHere’s an Under the Skin viewing tip: know that Scarlett Johansson plays an alien who inhabits the skin and clothing of a human female, scours the Scottish Highlands luring unsuspecting male hitchhikers into her nondescript panel van before seducing them to a nearby location  ...

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Scanners: Criterion Collection (1981) - Blu-ray Review

Scanners - Blu-ray ReviewGrateful Dead.  Janis Joplin.  The Band.  Buddy Guy.  What do they all have in common?  Well, other than being fantastic rock bands, artists, and live performers, they once upon a time in 1970 shared the same train as it traveled through Canada and played a series of  ...

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Bad Words (2013) - Blu-ray Review

Bad Words - Movie ReviewJason Bateman is on quite a roll. After having his career resuscitated by starring (and starring again) in Arrested Development, he seems to earn only goodwill from all his projects – even the ones that bomb. Bad Words, his directorial debut, is yet another win. Effectively   ...

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Deadly Eyes (1982) - Blu-ray Review

Deadly Eyes - Blu-ray ReviewHailing from the early part of the dreaded 1980’s, it is safe to say that Deadly Eyes is not the most technically brilliant film ever made about marauding rats terrorizing humans and trains alike in subway tunnels. It is a Canadian low budget film made in the era of practical  ...

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Lake Placid: Collector’s Edition (1999) - Blu-ray Review

Lake Placid collector's Edition - Blu-ray ReviewIt is a movie we didn’t know how to talk about. Released in 1999 and written on-spec by David E. Kelley, Lake Placid and its R-rated mixture of horror and comedy scared audiences away. Why? Because it was effective at its ambitions of being solely a trash-talking B-movie ...

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Jodorowsky's Dune (2013) - Blu-ray Review

Jodorowski's Dune - Blu-ray ReviewMad genius. Visionary. Prophet. Egomaniac. Whatever word you use to describe cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky would probably be correct. This Chilean-French filmmaker is also a playwright, an actor, an author, a musician, a comic book writer, and a spiritual guru  ...

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