Friday, November 13, 2015

Cooties (2015) Film Review. Directed by Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion, Distributed by Lionsgate Premier.

Cooties poster
I cannot believe living in the UK we got this film before the US release date which is in December.

I had the privilege of watching it last week and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

With  the whole story happening through one school day,with it being Clint's unfortunate first day at the school, as he is temping to get money,so he can write his first horror novel . We have the usual not being nice to the new guy,with  the usual stereotypes,the socially awkward teacher, the feminist man hating teacher,who carries a rape alarm with her everywhere, and the closet Gay teacher, and the Jock who is the P.E teacher.

Anyway being a small town,which is famous for its chicken products, a small batch of  chicken nuggets are contaminated somehow, which has an unfortunate effect on prepubescent children, which turns them into adult eating, blood thirsty killers.

That is the film, a comedy film that is very violent and actually has real moments of tension, with the teachers having to decide to hide or to fight,with the latter being the decided option, as the children eat all there parents at pick up time at 3 PM.

I really did enjoy this film, with the ratio of comedy to violence working really well, it has real moments of humour, to some gross scenes also. With an on form Elijah Wood, who actually almost never starred in this, as his production company SpectreVision produced this film, with easily the best, and funniest character going to Rain Wilson, who is not unfamiliar to comedy, as he starred in the U.S. version of The Office.

I can heartedly recommend this film. It is funny, gory, has moments of genuine tension and is a great film to watch. Easily 3/5 stars for me.

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'The Last Horror Film' Coming to Blu-ray from Troma Entertainment in December

More TROMATIC Madness Coming in December!

The Last Horror Film cover


On December 15, 2015, Troma Entertainment will be releasing the David Winters directed, 1982 film "The Last Horror Film" on to Blu-ray.

Joe Spinnell (THE GODFATHER, MANIAC) plays Vinny, a cabbie with Hollywood aspirations. Determined to have Jenna Bates (Bond-girl Caroline Munro) star in his first film, Vinny follows Jenna to the Cannes Film Festival, where her entourage slowly and mysteriously begins to disappear. It's time for this Hollywood scream queen to learn what true fear and paranoia feels like.

Newly restored and featuring the music of Depeche Mode, The Last Horror Film pushes the boundaries of violence, suspense, and eroticism to new extremes. Who else will stand between Vinny and his star?

Special Features:

  • The return of one of Troma's most beloved characters, Dolphin-Man
  • New intro by Lloyd Kaufman (President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger
  • Audio commentary
  • Highlights from the 2015 Tromadance Film Festival.
  • Mr. Robbie (A shortfilm by Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock) starring Joe Spinell)
  • A full episode of Troma's latest web-series Kabukiman's Cocktail Corner starring Paul Booth
  • Trailer


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Troma Entertainment Acquires 'Honky Holocaust' for a 2016 Release

TROMA ACQUIRES PAUL M MCALARNEY’S HONKY HOLOCAUST AN EXPLOITATION FLICK WITH A MESSAGE!


Honkey Holocaust poster


Finally, Caucasians get a taste of their own segregation. Troma Entertainment has acquired HONKY HOLOCAUST, a film by Paul M. McAlarney. HONKY HOLOCAUST tackles today’s social and racial issues from a totally new perspective. Imagining a world where Charles Manson’s attempts at inciting a race war succeeded and the African-Americans won. The story follows Kendra Manson, descendant of the cult leader, as she and the rest of the cult emerge from their bunker after decades of solitude to find a world where white people are the oppressed race and African-Americans are the oppressors.

This is the first feature film from director Paul M. McAlarney, founder of the production company Ungovernable Films. The company’s name comes from the phrase “the ungovernable force” often used by the British anarcho-punk band Conflict, and that attitude is evident to anyone who watches HONKY HOLOCAUST. The cast & crew are all regulars of McAlarney’s work and they are certain to be staples of underground cinema in the years ahead.

HONKY HOLOCAUST has just recently been nominated for 3 Claw Awards at the Terror Film Festival and is rumored to be featured at a November 12th event at the Sydney Underground Film Festival. Troma couldn’t be happier to be in business with these daring and progressive filmmakers and look forward to releasing HONKY HOLOCAUST in early 2016!



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Shadow World: The Haunting of Mysti Delane - DVD Review - Sector 5 Films







Released by: Sector 5 Films
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Production Year: 2015
Region Code: 1
Running Time: 1:12:59
Audio: English PCM 2.0
Video:  NTSC Anamorphic Widescreen 
Subtitles: None


THE FILM - [ 2 / 5 ]:

A troubled teen possesses a brilliant mind but a sincere disdain for humanity as she proclaims the number one problem on the planet is human overpopulation. With her mother recently deceased under mysterious circumstances, Mysti (Peri Jill Phillips) is estranged from the outside world and delves headlong into the world of the Occult. When her aunt Aurelia (Liz Nolan) decides to visit she is shocked to see that Mysti is brewing Ayahuasca, the Shamanic "vine of souls" and is crossing over into the "other world," a very dangerous endeavor often producing extreme consequences. But Aurelia is too late; Mysti has opened a portal into the Paranormal and unleashed an elemental force that has attached itself to her. Aurelia is no stranger to the Spirit World and they discover their shared heritage when Aurelia invokes an Ancient Witchcraft ritual in an attempt to expel the entity. The extreme demonic force taunts and tortures them both until finally emerging into this reality with its sole purpose being to consume those who brought it forth.

"Shadow World: The Haunting of Mysti Delane" was directed by Daniel Falicki (Aeon: The Last Vampyre on Earth) and stars Peri Jill Phillips and Liz Nolan.

I cannot say that I enjoyed the film. It started off interesting and featured some great cinematography at times. I particularly liked the early scenes of Mysti walking in the snow covered forest. However, the film itself was a bit boring in my opinion. Perhaps the plot was stretched a bit too thin. For the record, what I received to review was a DVD-R, so the quality of the audio and video may be better than what I was able to watch for this review if there was any compression involved in placing the film on a single-layer DVD-R.
Shadow World: The Haunting of Mysti Delane DVD still
 AUDIO - [ 3 / 5 ]:

The DVD features an English PCM 2.0 audio track. I thought the audio on the DVD sounded pretty good. It won't give you a wow factor but it does a good job with what it has to work with. The dialogue was easy to hear and understand and the sound effects sounded fine. The sound level was balanced well throughout as well.
Shadow World: The Haunting of Mysti Delane DVD still
VIDEO - [ 2.5 / 5 ]:

"Shadow World: The Haunting of Mysti Delane" comes to DVD via Sector 5 Films.The film is presented in NTSC anamorphic widescreen. The video quality of this DVD varies. In some scenes the image looks quite good and in others, just passable. It seems that a filter was used to try and give the film an aged, film-like appearance with light scratches appearing on occasion. There are some noticeable issues in the way of digital artifacts. Colors are fairly well represented for the most part and really pop in brighter scenes. The same applies for the amount of detail present in the film. 
Shadow World: The Haunting of Mysti Delane DVD still
SPECIAL FEATURES - [ 0 / 5 ]:

There were no special features included on this DVD.



IN CONCLUSION:

Unfortunately I did not enjoy the film. The DVD-R I received to review had somewhat average audio and video quality. I personally wouldn't recommend this film but thankfully we all have different tastes.


OVERALL: [ 2 / 5 ]



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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hades (2015) - Film Review - FDF Films & Crossbones Independent Films

A woman is trapped in a dream like state which appear to represent various stages of her relationship.

Hades poster


Watching films can sometimes be a dull experience, but occasionally the planets align and you get to view something quite stirring. Austrian director Kevin Kopacka offers a genuine haunting piece of art house film with a kitchen sink of camera tricks, sound design and lighting effects. Following a series of individual arresting sequences actor Anna Heidegger's organic beauty and fine performance really enchants as you journey through her nightmare. It has a universal standing as there's little, if any dialogue, its all about visuals and Kopacka delivers more treats in his experimental short than many features manage to do.

This Berlin made short film (just shy of fifteen minutes) unfolds like a Steven Berkoff play of uneasiness. Broken up by title cards Kopacka injects Giallo's horror and psychological thriller elements into his piece. He also throws in for good measure elements reminiscent of Kubrick's The Shining and a cross section of Lynch's work to name a few, successfully borrowing from the some of the best with lingering long corridors, locked doors, shadowy figures and silhouettes. Shots with glimpses of things that seemingly supernaturally move, notable are the eerie bed clothes. There's also the haunting stillness of faces, sunsets and hazy memories. 

Is it paramount that you analyse writer H.K. DeWitt's take on the five rivers of the realm of Hades and their symbolic meanings? Possibly, but it's not important, as Kopacka's Hades is about how it makes you feel with its unrelenting pressure and a sense of all-pervading paranoia and dread. The short is almost pure cinema and comes highly recommended. 


Rating: 4 / 5
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Live-Evil (2015) - Film Review - Simian Tales - Directed by Ari Kirschenbaum.

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To be honest this was a strange one and yet I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Live-Evil happens on one Halloween night in a small American town. After an arrest at a large house with many dead bodies, an Evil presence appears that is willing to be arrested by tough as nails Cop "Hancock".

On arrival to the Police station the Evil presence, has different effects on who ever sees it. With it bringing out your deepest fears, to Pete the Hardened Sheriff sees his long dead Dad, who abused him,to another Deputy's seeing the person who hit and disabled his sister in a drunken hit and run.

This film is very art-house but still very clever,with a slight nod to Mr. Quentin Tarantino, as it is filmed in chapters with each chapter introducing a new character, with the Evil eventually taking over all the townsfolk who are weak willed except Hancock who seems to be unaffected by the whole Evil happening to this small town.

With other influences from John Carpenter, the final third did remind me of his filming style,with it reminding me a little of They Live mixed with The Fog. With a great cameo from the Horror king himself Mr. Tony Todd (Candyman).

Tony Todd in Live-Evil

I'm being honest. I did lose some of the plot in the final third, but I kind of figured it was about a battle of wills between God and the Devil, with this poor town caught in the middle. The Devil wants to send some items back to Hell using a priest played brilliantly by Tony Todd, to perform an Exorcism.

The effects for a low-cost budget film is surprisingly good, especially the Walking Dead with the glowing green eyes is really effective. The acting is surprisingly decent to with the two leads suburb with Vladimir Kulich as the hardened Sheriff Pete. The best role is played by Charlene Amoia who plays no nonsense Hancock who is hard as nails but equally attractive too.

A strange film yes, but I imagine with the right promotion and release, it should be a popular cult film in the waiting. I enjoyed it. I really did. Yes it is strange, a little art house, but has genuine humour in places with the Dean of the College losing his friend, a Professor, to the Evil and being shot multiple times by the cops. He just says, "Don't shoot Gary." It doesn't sound funny but it really is. I can recommend this film and easily give it 3 stars out of 5.

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Jane Levy & Justin Chatwin Are Star-Crossed Lovers Surrounded by Mutants In Sci-Fi Musical 'Bang Bang Baby'

Jane Levy & Justin Chatwin Are Star-Crossed Lovers 
Surrounded by Mutants In Sci-Fi Musical Bang Bang Baby 
Available Nationwide on Cable & Internet VOD November 10

Bang Bang Baby poster


Los Angeles, CA - Random Media is excited to announce Bang Bang Baby has made its long-awaited domestic release on cable and Internet VOD November 10th. Since the world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, the film has been hailed by critics and audience alike for as a genre bending twist of "American Idol" and the classic horror film The Crazies. Director Jeffrey St. Jules won Best Canadian First Feature Film Award at TIFF, followed by the Claude Jutra Award at the Canadian Screen Awards. The CSA honored Justin Chatwin with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Bang Bang Baby stars Jane Levy ("Suburgatory", Monster Trucks, Evil Dead) in a starmaking turn as Stepphy, a small town girl who's caught between her big dreams of stardom and her controlling father, played by Peter Stormare ("Fargo", 22 Jump Street). Justin Chatwin ("Shameless", War of the Worlds, "Orphan Black") plays rock star Bobby Shore who holds the key to making all of Stepphy's dreams come true, and David Reale ("Suits", One Week) plays creepy chemical factory manager Fabian. Maren Olson of Traction Media negotiated the deal.



Bang Bang Baby is now available across the United States 
on all major VOD platforms including:
iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, InDemand, Comcast, 
Direct TV, Dish & more


The feature-length debut of director Jeffrey St. Jules, Bang Bang Baby is an otherworldly sci-fi musical about Stepphy, who lives in a sleepy 1960's town with her alcoholic father. Stepphy dreams of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen, and when rock star Bobby Shore's car breaks down in Lonely Arms, it seems her dream might be coming true. But when Stepphy hears that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause spontaneous human mutations, she becomes obsessed with hiding these dark secrets from Bobby. The ugly reality of Stepphy's world increasingly encroaches on her fantasy of running away and becoming a star with Bobby - leading to an unavoidable clash.



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Arrow Video US - Updated News on Extras for 'Wake Up And Kill' & 'What Have You Done to Solange?' Blu-rays

New from Arrow Video US
Wake Up And Kill (2-Disc Special Edition) (November 24) and 
What Have You Done To Solange?(December 15) 
via MVD Entertainment Group



Wake Up and Kill Blu-ray cover


MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with two new titles...

Wake Up And Kill (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] coming November 24

During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the 'machine gun soloist', a name he'd earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a romantic figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career.

Wake Up and Kill was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring's story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalizing on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role.

Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and featuring that film's star, Gian Maria Volonté, in a key supporting role, Wake Up and Kill's true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: the original full-length Italian release, and the shortened English-language cut
  • Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono sound on the respective versions of the film
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English cut
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
  • Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Robert Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980

Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
Street Date: 11/24/15
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 124 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1966
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Actors: Robert Hoffman, Lisa Gastoni, Gian Maria Volonté
Territory: US
Language: English/Italian



 





What Have You Done to Solange? Blu-ray cover


What Have You Done To Solange? [BLU-RAY + DVD] coming December 15
From director Massimo Dallamano, cinematographer on both A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, comes giallo classic What Have You Done to Solange?, the debut feature of actress Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave). A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary's school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police's investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange? Also starring Cristina Galbo (Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue) and Fabio Testi (I Spit On Your Grave), What Have You Done with Solange? features all the hallmarks of classic gialli - the amateur detective, the black-gloved killer - as well as a lush score from Ennio Morricone.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Brand new audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • What Have You Done to Decency? A conversation with Karin Baal - the actress shares her thoughts on Dallamano's classic giallo in this brand new interview 
  • First Action Hero - a newly-edited 2006 interview with actor and former stuntman Fabio Testi, including a look at his role in Solange 
  • Old-School Producer - a newly-edited 2006 interview with producer Fulvio Lucisano
  • Innocence Lost: Solange and the "Schoolgirls in Peril" Trilogy - a brand new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie, exploring the themes of Solange and its two semi-sequels 
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Malleus 
  • Collector's booklet featuring a new article on the giallo scores of Ennio Morricone by Howard Hughes, alongside a Camille Keaton career retrospective from Art Ettinger, comprising interview excerpts with the Solange actress, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
Street Date: 12/15/15
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 107 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: DTS-HD MA MONO 1.0
Year of Production: 1975
Director: Massimo Dallamano
Actors: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Camille Keaton
Territory: US
Language: English/Italian

 

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Backwater - Film Review - Osiris Entertainment

Backwater arrives on DVD and Digital this November from Osiris Entertainment.



Backwater poster


Director: Christopher Schrack

Cast: Thomas Daniel, Andrew Roth, Justin Tully, Liana Werner-Gray.


A couple goes camping in the middle of nowhere. Things go wrong, people try and kill them. This is far from an original story, and has been the base plot to a wide variety of films, both horror and non-horror. Although from the outset Backwater is exactly the same, it transforms itself into something completely different and much more original as the film progresses.

Backwater starts with young and beautiful couple Cass and Mark who are on a secluded getaway in the American countryside. Whilst they enjoy the solitude their peace is broken by a distant scream. As they go and investigate they encounter two strangers in the same woods as them. Whilst they initially seem to be harmless, things soon go awry and although this may still sound like a typical plot, things take a turn for the unexpected and the film moves up a gear.

The first act is slow, and although it is there to build a relationship and a bond with the two leads it doesn’t offer much in terms of character development other than provide a glimpse into their seemingly happy relationship. The actors themselves give fairly solid performances, though it is difficult to believe the relationship at points.

As the film slides into the second third and we are introduced to two new and mysterious characters the pace begins to quicken and the film hits its stride. We begin to see much more character depth and a plot that is much more developed than we initially give it credit for. There are aspects of muddle within the plot, and towards the end it does lose its way slightly, however the fact Schrack even attempts to develop the narrative to the extent he does given the independent nature of the production is credit worthy.

Whilst it may be said that the film utilises too many different aspects it does make a welcome change from the usual Eden Lake style indie backwoods slasher horrors that have become so popular since Deliverance. It is refreshing to see a director and writer develop the plot beyond ‘couple get split up out in the woods and are surrounded by maniacs’ as has been done to death by the Wrong Turn ilk. Despite Backwater veering slightly of course at points it remains an intriguing foray into the sub-genre.

Backwater has a definite indie feel to it, and there is the atmosphere of found footage/handheld camera stylings which add an almost Blair Witchesque feel to the film. The environment is used well to add to the tension and the stripped back nature of the production. The practical effects provide a satisfying level of gore that ensure the film sticks to its slasher motif without slipping too far into the realms of psychological thriller. When you consider the films meagre $40,000 budget what it achieves visually is impressive, if not completely encompassing.

Backwater may present as an all too typical backwoods slasher however some perseverance will reward viewers with something much more thought out. Although the film has its downsides and occasionally feels like it loses its way, this can be mostly forgiven when you consider the indie production and the limitations that can bring with it. Backwater may not be ground breaking, but it is an interesting indie horror in its own right, and deserving of some of your time.

Rating: 3/5
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Die Die Delta PI (2013) - Film Review - Gatorblade Films

It's pledge week and all the girls of Delta Pi are rushing to die.

Die Die Delta Pi


The mid eighties, a killer is on the lose and a sorority initiation involving silly-string goes wrong burning a girl to death. Cut to present day and the murders start again...

Directors Sean Donohue and Christopher Leto offer a love letter of sorts to the Slumber Party series and endless high-school massacre slasher films. Die Die Delta PI's eye catching cover art harks back to the 70s and early 80s hay days of slasher flicks. If choppy indie low budget slasher films float your boat this is for you. 
Donohue's story is another revenge slasher flick with a shock ending that you really don't need me to tell you about. Let's put some of the acting, continuity, sound and lighting design to one side for a moment, everyone are certainly trying their hardest. Opening in spring 1986 then shifting to present day it tries to equal its peers with the slasher sub-genre perfect ingredients: 1. A high body count and 2: Nudity (Roxy Vandiver fans will be pleased). However, due to its execution and budget restraints it never reaches the highs of the films it emulates. That said, it's packed with gratuitous T & A, paddle spanking, bikinis and plenty of fake claret as a hooded figure picks off (the varying acting talents of) the characters one by one. 
The cast include Christine Bell,  Olivia Blake as Marissa Chambers and the talents of Keisha Burchard and Madison Conradis to name a few. Some of the actors deliver writer Arturo Portillo's lines better than others. The clever casting of the 80s actors to there present day counterparts deserve a mention, actors Donna Parker and Bianca Allaine spring to mind, Shade Burnett's Katherine Jordan and Marcus Koch's inventive effects are notable.
While Donohue and Leto's offering is very rough around the edges, keep telling yourself this is a very low budget horror, there's some good editing, plenty of bras, boobs and blood. Probably best viewed with a lot of alcohol and a group of friends until the cops turn up just like in the film.
My generous rating is based on comparable films.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Visit' Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on January 5th

Time to visit grandma and grandpa


The Visit Blu-ray cover

Universal Pictures will be releasing M. Night Shyamalan's "The Visit" to Blu-ray and DVD on January 5, 2016.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of The Visit
  • Becca's Photos


Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. The film stars Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge.

Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week-long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day. 


 

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The Green Inferno - Coming to Digital HD in December and Blu-ray/DVD in January

Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno" Heading to Home Video



Universal City, California, November 9, 2015 – An international goodwill mission goes terrifyingly wrong in The Green Inferno, the highly anticipated return to classic cult horror from iconic director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel 1&2 ), available on Digital HD December 22, 2015 and Blu-ray™ and DVD as well as On Demand on January 5, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Green Inferno is a gruesomely spectacular journey into the heart of darkness that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

New York college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) meets student activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy) when he goes on a hunger strike on behalf of underpaid janitors. Smitten, she agrees to help Alejandro undertake his next project: rescuing an Amazon village from destruction by a greedy multinational corporation. But Justine soon comes to regret her decision when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and the students realize they are not alone. No good deed goes unpunished as the well-meaning students are captured by the cannibalistic tribe they came to save.

The first feature film directed by Roth since Hostel: Part II, The Green Inferno stars Lorenza Izzo(Aftershock, “Hemlock Grove”), Ariel Levy (The Stranger, Best Worst Friends), Aaron Burns (The Stranger, Best Worst Friends) and Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X, Candy From Strangers). The screenplay is by Eli Roth and Guillermo Amoedo (Knock Knock, Aftershock).


Blu-ray and DVD Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Co-Writer/Director/Producer Eli Roth, Producer Nicolas Lopez, and stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara
  • Photo Gallery




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Theatre of the Deranged II - Blu-ray Review - Troma Entertainment

Time for another trip to the Theatre of the Deranged

Theatre of the Deranged II Blu-ray cover


Released by: Troma Entertainment
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Production Year: 2013
Region Code: A 
Running Time: 1:30:45
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: 1080p (1.78:1 Aspect Ratio)
Subtitles: Forced English for "TAG"


THE FILM - [ 3 / 5 ]:

Damien Shadows and his sidekick Adam Lansbury introduce you to 5 blood curdling horror films, all of which are actually enchanted and / or cursed. Damien shows you how to ward off the spirits after each terrifying tale in this anthology. From demented sisters, to panty raids gone wrong, to killer mimes and bad periods, this film will take you on one wild ride

The film was directed by James Cullen Bressack, Shawn Burkett, Eric Hollerbach, Christopher Leto, Dustin Mills and Shane Ryan.

"Theatre of the Deranged II" stars Eri Akita, Mariko Wordell (“Tag”) / Olivia Blake, Lorin Dineen, Christine Kinsey, Elizabeth Lee, Cory A. Thrush (“Panty Raid”) / Jody Barton, Bailey Gaddis, Kirsty Hill, Alexei Ryan (“Unmimely Demise”) / Olivia Blake, Aaron Quick Nelson, Bob Glazier (“My Aunt is Coming to Town”) / Jackie McKown, Brandon Salkil, Allison Fitzgerald (“PlateFace”) and Eric Hollerbach as Damien Shadows


Please keep in mind this is an anthology, so the segments are short. I do not like to give spoilers so my descriptions will be brief.

"TAG" - Our first story revolves around two sisters and an unusual bond that they share that reaches farther than you might expect. Unfortunately I did not care for this story all that much. It felt like there should have been more to the story. It was interesting but just didn't work for me.

"Panty Raid" - In this segment we have a janitor with vile intentions who has an obsession with panties and visits some sorority girls in search of his prize. This was my favorite part of the anthology. It has a bit of an 80's feel to it in terms of the story and the humor, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. 

"Unmimely Demise" - The third tale tells the story of Cheeky the mime who has extraordinary powers and gets revenge on those who wronged him. Another fun film. I enjoyed the offbeat humor. It reminded me slightly of the 1980 film "Harlequin" which also featured a mime. Don't all mimes seems a bit "off." Maybe it's similar to how some people don't like clowns.

"My Aunt is Coming to Town" - Next up we have Erin, a young lady who meets Jeff and falls for him. A few weeks later, her aunt is coming and wants to meet this man her niece is seeing. Erin is so happy with how well the visit with her aunt went, she has a surprise for Jeff. This film went in a different direction at the end than what I was expecting, which I am not totally sure what I was expecting. I give it credit for avoiding a few moments where it could have taken the more traditional path in films where the viewer knows what is going to happen after seeing the same thing over and over.

"PlateFace" - In the final story we find a man who seems to be in love with a woman, but we see he also has his eyes on her daughter. This segment is dialogue free and features a "laugh track" which adds to the oddity of this short. I really liked the creepy feel to this film and the direction it was going. I did not particularly care for the ending though.  


AUDIO - [ 3 / 5 ]:

"Theatre of the Deranged II" comes with a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. For a super low budget anthology, the sound is better than I expected. I thought the dialogue, sound effects and score throughout the segments were fairly well balanced. I did not encounter any jarring issues with the audio quality. The only subtitles included are forced English subtitles for the first film in the anthology, "TAG." 


VIDEO - [ 2.5 / 5 ]:

"Theatre of the Deranged II" has come to Blu-ray thanks to Troma Entertainment. The film is presented in 1080p with a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. Keeping in mind that the production level was low due to its budget, the film look average in terms of video quality. I did notice some instances of banding and at times its budget limitations show. However, it is not totally fair to compare this to a large scale Hollywood film. So while it does not look as clear, crisp and artifact free as most big budget films, those that are fans of the film or independent films will most likely not have an issue. 


SPECIAL FEATURES - [ 2.5 / 5 ]:

Intro by Lloyd Kaufman (4:10) This intro plays automatically when inserting the Blu-ray in to you player. Lloyd gives a brief intro on the film with a voice over adding in "part 2." There's also a bit with the Tromettes complaining about working on low budget films.

Panty Raid
  • Bloopers (3:40)
  • Audio Commentary with director Shawn Burkett -  A fun commentary where Mr. Burkett even says I'm just going to pause for a moment because you guys aren't listening to me. You're staring at the boobs. He talks a bit about the cast and production of his segment. 
  • Trailer (1:34)

Unmimely Demise 
  • Behind the Scenes (11:58) - A fun look behind the scenes of the production.
  • Trailer (1:14)
  • Slide Show 

My Aunt is Coming to Town
  • Extra Footage (2:33) - More footage of the scene at the doctor office.


TROMoMA (11:40) - This featurette talks about "Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1" being part of the "Contender Series" at the Museum of Modern Art. Members of the cast also perform a dance. 

The American Cinematheque Honors 40 Years of Troma (2:03) - A montage of shots from several Troma films.

Radiation March (:56) - A very brief old dance performance piece that talks about the dangers of pollution.

Lloyd Kaufman's Anti-Bullying PSA (1:36) - Lloyd talks about bullying, while he bullies the crew.

Trailer (1:20)

Troma Trailers 
  • "Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1" (3:24)
  • "Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 2" (1:48)
  • "Troma's War" (2:31)
  • "The Toxic Avenger" (3:11)
  • "Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies" (1:47)

IN CONCLUSION:

I have not seen "Theatre of the Deranged" but if you enjoyed the first round, I would imagine you will enjoy another helping in the sequel. I enjoyed it and would like to watch the first film sometime. A reasonably priced anthology on Blu-ray with decent audio and video quality plus a fair amount of special features. Order a pizza, pick up some beer and have a fun night!


OVERALL: [ 3 / 5 ]


 

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