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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Blu-ray ReviewOccurring in an alternative world in which magic was once fact in British history, this seven-part mini-series from the BBC recounts the story of how real magic made its glorious return into the world thanks to two competitive magicians in the early 1800s. Stylish and slick and operating ...

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The Crimson Cult (1968) - Blu-ray Review

The Crimson Cult - Blu-ray ReviewOpening with a bare-breasted dominatrix whipping a sacrificial virgin, The Crimson Cult AKA Curse of the Crimson Altar has to be one of the strangest British productions to have been distributed by American International Pictures. It is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story,  ...

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Cub (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Cub (2015) - Blu-ray ReviewFuck the great outdoors, man. I’m staying inside forever.  Cub, the debut feature of Flemish filmmaker Jonas Govaerts, is as violent and as desperate as an overnight Cub Scout camping trip should NEVER get. Throw out any preconceptions you might have about boy scouts ...

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Unfriended - Blu-ray Review

Unfriended - Movie ReviewIt has been 16 years since The Blair Witch Project caught audiences off-guard with its creative use of previously recorded material in order to tell a story. The narrative style stuck, much to chagrin of critics and a few of my friends, and continues to be applied to various   ...

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Pit Stop (1969) - Blu-ray Review

Pit Stop - Blu-ray ReviewCriminally overlooked and often undervalued in the film community, Pit Stop is one hell of a gritty film that effectively carries its viewers to another time in America, back when the angst of the teenager had little voice or impact on popular culture. It is also one of the few films   ...

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Sugar Hill (1974) - Blu-ray Review

Sugar Hill - Blu-ray ReviewOpening with a fantastic voodoo-inspired dance number that effectively out-funks Michael Jackson’s Thriller video by almost a decade, Sugar Hill combines some pretty gnarly bug-eyed zombies with the typical benchmarks in Blaxploitation flicks and manages to offer up  ...

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Ghosthouse / Witchery Double Feature - Blu-ray Review

Ghosthouse/Witchery (1988) - Blu-ray ReviewLong on style but short on plot, the two films that make up Scream Factory’s latest double feature delight only with an impressionistic use of heavy gore. These two seemingly unrelated films were released overseas as part of the La Casa series and, for strategic marketing ...

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Black Sabbath (1963) - Blu-ray Review

Black Sabbath (1963) - Blu-ray ReviewDirected by Mario Brava (Planet of Vampires), Black Sabbath remains an influential horror film. It is, after all, where Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Ozzy Osbourne (who all marveled at the fact that people actually paid money only to leave theaters that  ...

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Sleepaway Camp II & Sleepaway Camp III (Collector's Editions) - Blu-ray Review

Sleepaway Camp II and Speeaway Camp III - Blu-ray ReviewFinally, the long wait is over. Angela Baker is coming home … again. There are very few writers who truly understand how comedy can support horror and vice versa in the filmmaking community. Fritz Gordon, the screenwriter of Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers and Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland,   ...

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead - Blu-ray ReviewI think it might just be time to pass Ash’s 12 gauge, double barrel Remington shotgun along to the next auteurs of horror. Yes, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is that impressive of a debut from an entirely new crew of makeup effects and wicked stunts. Hand over the Boomstick,   ...

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Scarecrows (1988) - Blu-ray Review

Scarecrows (1988) - Blu-ray ReviewScarecrows, written and directed by William Wesley, is positive proof that, yes, 19-year-olds can create effective special effects and creature designs. Originally filmed in 1985 but released in 1988, this supernatural horror film involving bank-robbing mercenaries up  ...

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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2015) - Blu-ray Review

Lost Soul:  	 Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau - Blu-ray ReviewIf you’ve ever seen the 1990 post-apocalyptic Hardware, you probably recognized the sheer genius of its writer and director Richard Stanley. Additionally, if you’ve ever seen his follow-up, the supernatural horror film Dust Devil, then you are well aware that his unique vision ...

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Foxy Brown (1974) - Blu-ray Review

Foxy Brown (1974) - Blu-ray ReviewHer name is Foxy Brown. Revenge is what she wants. Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier stars in Jack Hill’s Foxy Brown which delivers on what it promises: more sex and more violence. Written and directed by Hill, the film is definitely a step down from what he did with for  ...

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The Andromeda Strain (1971) - Blu-ray Review

The Andromeda Strain - Blu-ray reviewRobert Wise. The name alone should command respect. He was, after all, the man who edited Citizen Kane and directed (in no particular order) West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Body Snatcher (the last film to feature both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi), The Day the  ...

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It Follows - Blu-ray Review

It Follows - Movie ReviewFilmmaker David Robert Mitchell turns horror on its head with his It Follows, a creepy little bugger of a film that has been lighting up the film festival circuit over the past year and even made quite the fuss at Cannes with an appreciative nod in the Critic’s Week Grand  ...

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