It’s true: you mellow as you get older. For instance, I remember flipping out a few years ago when Shout! Factory released a fullscreen—fullscreen!—transfer of Tab Hunter’s cult serial killer flick, Sweet Kill. Now granted…it wasn’t like the time I suffered a massive breakdown and had to be locked in my office, ranting and raving… Read More ‘Sweet Kill’ (1971): Are you ready for The Arousers? How about A Kiss from Eddie?
So apparently there’s this sci-fi Smurf cartoon sequel out there right now in theaters that’s cleaning up at the b.o., but I swear I don’t know anyone who’s seen it. Why would they? Of course there’s no accounting for taste (for instance: Dwayne Johnson), but sequels are a favorite topic of discussion for fans (particularly… Read More ‘Poltergeist II: The Other Side’ (1986): Other side of what? Where’s the fright? Where are the scares?
It’s Shock-tober, everyone! That’s right—time to take out a second mortgage to pay for your groceries this week. So, let’s lighten our loads by doing what I’ve been since I was in a playpen: escaping reality by obsessively watching TV. And what better way to block out the possibility of six more years of the… Read More ‘Frankenstein: The True Story’ (1973): Mary Shelley’s classic monster comes alive on TV
A clean, trim, hard-boiled little gem of a suspenser, from the golden days of network made-for-TV movies.
Yes, he’s a pod that didn’t correctly transform. Look, he has to be, right? See—what else could explain that stumbling gait, that vacant, blank stare, that mouth agape, those sudden fits of crankiness inbetween the rather startling incoherence. Of course he’s a damaged pod.
Round 2 for the obvious appeal to Shout! Factory to get wise and start sending us product…or we won’t be responsible for ourselves.
Apparently, my editor dodged rehab again (you ain’t gonna catch that jackrabbit in the scrub), so while he’s hiding out, he shot me an email, telling me Shout!’s Scream Factory label will release a Blu-ray double-header of Twice Dead and The Terror Within, which splits up two older Shout! DVD releases from their fondly-remembered Roger… Read More ‘The Evil’ (1978): Solid, fun genre offering despite silly ending
If you had any idea how difficult it’s been for my editor and me to sober up to the point where we can just function figure out just what the hell Shout! Factory is releasing this week and what we have to review…you wouldn’t believe me. So. Let’s just get on with it, shall we?
A few years ago, Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory line released on Blu-ray one of the most highly-sought MIA 70s cult titles among home video enthusiasts: Willard, the 1971 tear-em-up indie horror hit from Bing Crosby Productions (distributed by Cinerama Releasing), based on Stephen Gilbert’s novel, Ratman’s Notebooks, directed by Daniel Mann, scripted by Gilbert A.… Read More ‘Willard’ (1971): Part animal horror flick, part adolescent drama – mostly twisted fairy tale