Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cult Shocker "Nurse Sherri" Debuts on Blu-Ray

Vinegar Syndrome recently announced the Blu-Ray debut of Al Adamson's "Nurse Sherri". The 1978 film stars Geoffrey Land, Jill Jacobson and Marilyn Joi.

Special features on the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack includes Commentary track with Producer Sam Sherman, “Nurses’ Confessions” – featurette with co-stars Jill Jacobson and Marliyn Joi, Alternate feature length ‘exploitation’ version (dvd only), “Then and Now” – locations featurette, Promotional still gallery, Original trailers and Reversible cover artwork.

"Nurse Sherri" hits retail on June 27th.

Plot Synopsis:

Directed by legendary cult filmmaker Al Adamson (DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN), NURSE SHERRI is a violent and sleazy hybrid of ‘nurse’ films and supernatural horror. Chock full of gloriously ludicrous twists, over the top death scenes, and a smattering of T & A, Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents NURSE SHERRI on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, freshly restored in 2k off of its original 35mm negative and featuring all new interviews with its stars and iconic producer Sam Sherman.

Full Moon's "Retro Puppet Master" Makes Blu-Ray Debut

Full Moon Features recently released information for their upcoming blu-ray release of the seventh film in the "Puppet Master" series "Retro Puppet Master". This entry of the "Puppet Master" series David DeCoteau (Puppet Master III, Creepozoids) and stars Greg Sestero (The Room).

Special features on the Blu-Ray includes Director’s Commentary, 2 hours of behind the scenes footage (with commentary), vintage Videozone special and more.

"Retro Puppet Master" hits retail on May 16th.

Press Release:

Get ready for the seventh spellbinding entry in Full Moon’s iconic Puppet Master series: Retro Puppet Master! Directed by insanely prolific genre legend David DeCoteau (Puppet Master III, Creepozoids) and produced by Charles Band (Puppet Master, Hideous!), Retro Puppet Master dials back the clock, serving as both a thrilling prequel to Puppet Master III and as one of the most unique, evocative films in the franchise.

Actor and author Greg Sestero (The Room) stars as the young Andre Toulon, living a peaceful life as a puppeteer in pre-World War I Paris and courting the lovely Ilsa, the Swiss ambassador’s beautiful young daughter. But the strings of fate that guide Toulon’s destiny are about to pull him into an unexpected direction after he encounters the renegade sorcerer Afzel, who has stolen the mysterious secrets of life from the dark god Sutekh. When Sutekh’s sinister servants arrive, and make Ilsa a part of their diabolical plans, it’s up to Toulon and his army of custom made puppets to stop them at any cost!

Featuring the final appearance of actor Guy Rolfe as the elder Toulon and boasting rich production values, a fine score by John Massari and a much stronger emphasis on human drama, Retro Puppet Master is a trip back in time with a very different pack of puppets.

Full Moon is proud to premiere this picture on Blu-ray completely remastered from the original 35mm camera negative.

Retro Puppet Master is available on May 16th. Special features include New Director’s Commentary, 2 hours of behind the scenes footage (with commentary), vintage Videozone special and more.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Film Review: "Rupture"

“Rupture” is a film that gained my interest when I heard about it because of the cast involved and the fact that Steve Shainberg directed this film. Yes, the same person who was behind “Secretary” back in 2002. Since then, he’s only directed one other film until now with this film.

The film is about a single mother (Noomi Rapace) who is looking forward to a weekend getaway with her boyfriend. Her plans takes a drastic turn when she is abducted by a mysterious group. There, she finds out that she is part of an experiment involving genetic abnormalities that might out her out as an alien. Can she find a way out of this horrific experiment before it’s too late? The film also stars Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishe and Michael Chiklis.

I really was hoping that I was going to like “Rupture”. The concept seemed interesting enough that I thought I would enjoy this and the fact that I like these cerebral type of horror/sci-fi film. Sadly, I didn’t enjoyed this film as I thought that this film was boring and predictable from start to finish. One of the things that made it hard to sit through was Steve Shainberg directing. The directing made this film one of those films where I wanted to do something else than watch this film. What made his directing bad was the fact the scenes were moving very slowly. I know it didn’t help that he had a bad screenplay and the tone of the film is very dark, but the scenes looked dull and direction looked lifeless. This also showed in the performance aspects as well. Shainberg doesn’t make any of his cast standout as he makes sure that everyone was delivering there lines in a tone that had one note to it. It made me bored watching the performances as everyone felt the same.

The screenplay was very worse than the direction. Brain Nelson’s screenplay felt like it was lacking a lot of things. First, I thought the beginning was completely rushed. When I like watching films of this nature, I like to get to know the characters. I didn’t here as I felt the introduction of the main character was rushed. It’s like Nelson spends ten minutes to get to know this character then rush to the main part of the film. When you’re rushing an introduction like this film did, it’s hard to get behind the main character. Second, the action in this film was boring. Nelson doesn’t make sure it had a punch to it. Instead, he makes sure that it matches the film’s tone. When you do that, you’re watching a film without any suspense and makes it feel like you’re wasting your time when you can do other things. But what I hate about this screenplay the most was the fact that it plays one note throughout. I like dark and dreary movies but when the screenwriter is playing one note throughout, it makes for a film that you wished you never seen. I was sitting and waiting for this film to end, as the action felt repetitive and didn’t care about any of the characters. He does nothing to make anything entertaining as it crashes a third of the way in and I couldn’t wait for this to be over as I had a feeling what the ending is going to be.

I thought I was going to be in for a good film with the talent involved, but instead this is one of the worst I’ve seen all year as “Rupture” implodes before it ends.

Review Rating: One Star

"The Dead Next Door" Rises from the Grave with All New 2 Disc Collector's Edition Release:

Tempe Digital recently send the horror chamber over information for the upcoming release of the 1990 zombie cult classic "The Dead Next Door". The release will boaster a 2K resolution from the original super 8 mm film elements.

The release will have all the features from the 3 disc ultimate edition plus an all-new 2017 interview with actor Scott Spiegel (director of cult favorites “Intruder” and “From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money”), as well as a 1999 tour of several locations where the film was shot.

Press Release:

2K Restoration of Zombie Cult Classic “The Dead Next Door” Shambles to Retail as 2-Disc Collector’s Edition

Includes collectable slipcover with first pressing, plus three new bonus features

May 15, 2017 – Akron, Ohio: Tempe Entertainment today announced the launch of its Blu-ray label Tempe Digital with the September 26 release of the 1990 landmark independent shocker “The Dead Next Door.” Priced at $29.95 SRP, this 2-Disc Collector’s Edition includes the same Blu-ray from the company’s limited (and now out of print) 3-Disc Ultimate Edition, along with an all-new DVD featuring a collectable slipcover and three new bonus features.

Two and a half decades before “The Walking Dead” made zombies mainstream on cable television, 19-year-old writer/director J.R. Bookwalter (“Ozone,” “Witchouse 2: Blood Coven”) embarked on “The Dead Next Door,” an ambitious horror feature pitting an elite team of Zombie Squad soldiers against hoards of the undead and the secretive religious cult hell-bent on protecting them. The film would ultimately take four years to complete with the help of a now-famous Hollywood director and more than 1,500 Northeast Ohio residents, who portrayed the multitudes of bloodthirsty ghouls.

For this 2-Disc Collector’s Edition release, brand-new 4:3 and 16:9 1080p HD masters have been painstakingly created from a 2K restoration using the original Super-8mm film elements. Also included is a 5.1 surround mix which restores the voices of the original cast members for the first time ever, vintage and newly-prepared bonus materials, and much more. The DVD includes a 4:3 standard-definition presentation of the restored feature plus a candid audio commentary by the director recorded in 2001, which was previously only available on long out-of-print international releases.

The second disc also features an all-new 2017 interview with actor Scott Spiegel (director of cult favorites “Intruder” and “From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money”), as well as a 1999 tour of several locations where the film was shot. Rounding out the Collector’s Edition is a beautiful slipcover featuring newly-commissioned artwork, which will only be available with the first pressing of 1,000 units.

“The Dead Next Door” 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD will be available everywhere on September 26, 2017 at $29.95 SRP, with retail distribution from our partners at MVD.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blu-Ray Review: "Creepozoids"

When I first discovered “Creepozoids”, I was looking into some Linnea Quigley work after liking her in films like “Night of the Demons” and “The Return of the Living Dead”. When I came across “Creepozoid”, I also noticed that it was David Decoteau who directed one of my favorite Full Moon films “Puppet Master 3: Toulon’s Revenge”. It was a no brainer to check this film out.

The film is about five people who deserted the army during a nuclear war. They come across an abandoned building to avoid the acid rain. They soon discover that they are not alone as there are mutant monsters lurking from every corner turning people into hideous creatures. Can they survive the storm before they become monsters themselves?

I enjoyed “Creepozoids” from start to finish. Decoteau’s direction was very good from start to finish. What makes his directing good was the way that he makes the action move at an intense pace. Whether it was the way that he makes sure the action has an intense feel to making sure this film has an energy to it, Decoteau makes sure the action is there to keep the film moving and keep you engaged with everything on screen. It helped made this a fun and intense film considering its budget. The other thing that makes his direction so good was the fact that the acting is good enough to keep you interested in the performances. He makes sure that his cast is making their performances good enough so that it makes you interested in the characters and the gory action that takes place. It helped with my enjoyment of the film, as it this was one of those fun 80’s B-movies.

The screenplay written by Decoteau and Buffalo Hauser was a fun one. One of the things that I liked about the screenplay was the fact that it builds up the suspense and terror. They made sure that they build up every intense scene. Whether it was through the false scares or making sure the creatures are terrifying, it was done in a way that it didn’t rushed. When that happens, it allows for good build up and development. The other thing I liked about this was the fact there was some good action sequences. The writers did a good job making sure that those scenes had an intense and gory feel to them. It gave that intense feel that I like seeing in low budget horror films where it makes you forget the cheap scenery.

If there was one thing that I didn’t like about this, it was the fact this film is short with its seventy-two minute running time. It was one of those films that I wished was a little longer because the running time flies by and like this film a lot. It’s the only complaint that I have with this film. The extras start off with the director’s commentary track from director David Decoteau. It’s a rarity for a Full Moon release to have one of these but it very welcomed here as there wasn’t any interviews on this disc. Decoteau does a good job going into the various facts about the production on this. It makes up for the lack of any interviews. After that, there’s rare production stills for the film and trailers for this film and other Full Moon releases. It was better than previous releases.

Creepozoids” was one of those films that I enjoyed a lot and made me want explore more of David Decoteau films as I would’ve never seen and enjoyed films like “Nightmare Sisters” and “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama” which also starred Linnea Quigley. “Creepozoids” is a fun an intense 80’s B movie that will creep you out.

Review Rating: Four Stars
Extras: Two Stars

Troma Entertainment Acquires the Erotic Horror Film "Memento Mortis"

Troma Entertainment recently send the horror chamber information that they've acquired the morbid horror film "Memento Mortis". The film stars "Aurora Grabill.

No release plans for "Memento Mortis" have been released at this time.

Press Release:

Troma Entertainment, the longest running truly independent film company in American history, is proud to announce the acquisition of Adam Chandonnet's Erotic Horror Memento Mortis, it was announced today by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger.

Shay (Aurora Grabill), a photographer, uses dead bodies as props in her erotic photos. Her morbid artistry takes a turn for the worst once she falls in love.

Aurora Grabill, 33, the star of Memento Mortis, is no stranger to the New England horror and B-movie scene. The Massachusetts native made her film debut in the 2005 film Raving Maniacs and went on to be featured in many genre films including The Disco Exorcist, Frankenstein's Hungry Dead, Honky Holocaust (on Troma Now), Space People, The Ungovernable Force, and Blood of the Tribades.

Adam Chandonnet, 28, is a Massachusetts based independent filmmaker. He made his feature debut with Memento Mortis, a film he both wrote and directed. Chandonnet has been writing since he was a child but didn't turn to filmmaking until high school as something fun to do with friends. In 2014, he created the web series Cannibal Girl, a lesbian themed horror comedy starring Aurora Grabill. Chandonnet has also written and directed a handful of short films including Dead Light District and Object of My Affection.

Memento Mortis is coming soon to Troma Now, Troma Entertainment's exclusive World Premiere content streaming service!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Trailer for the Upcoming Sci-Fi Action Film "Rouge Warrior: Robot Fighter"

Sony Distribution recently released information for the upcoming release of the indie sci-fi film "Rouge Warrior: Robot Fighter". The film stars Tracey Birdsall, William Kircher (‘The Hobbit’’), Daz Crawford (‘’Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’’), Stephen Manley (‘’Star Trek III’’), and Marilyn Ghiggliotti (‘’Clerks’’).

"Rouge Warrior: Robot Fighter" hits theaters in limited release on June 2nd.

Press Release:

Sony Distribution will release highly-anticipated science-fiction actioner Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter, starring Tracey Birdsall and written and directed by Neil Johnson, in theaters June 2.

The Blu-ray release of Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter, exclusive to Walmart, is set for June 6.

Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter, described as a mix of “Mad Max” and “Star Wars”, is a science fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence on Earth and other worlds. Birdsall plays Sienna, a resourceful rebel on a quest to take down the evil empire of robots.

Starring alongside Birdsall are William Kircher (‘The Hobbit’’), Daz Crawford (‘’Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’’), Stephen Manley (‘’Star Trek III’’), and Marilyn Ghiggliotti (‘’Clerks’’).

Official synopsis : A few decades from now… Sienna, a rebellious robot-fighting arms dealer, lives on a post-apocalyptic Earth. When the cities start to fall under the control of the A.I. Scourge, a hyper-weaponized robot army, Sienna decides to leave the Earth and journey to the centre of the galaxy, seeking a mythical weapon that can neutralize any form of A.I.

Pursued by giant machines, Sienna loses everything she cares about in an effort to save the last vestiges of humanity in an A.I. controlled galaxy.

"Rouge Warrior: Robot Fighter": Official Trailer