Friday, April 28, 2017
When I first heard about the “Fear Town U.S.A” and “The Slashening” being released as a double feature blu-ray, I was kind surprised since neither film has been release yet. But since this be released by Troma, I wanted to check this out because it sounded crazy enough that it might be good.
“Fear Town USA” Review
“Fear Town USA” is about a group of teens who are celebrating St.Blevins Day by parting the night away. By sinister things are happening on this night like a girl who is haunted by the spirit of her former classmate, a lonely teenager looking for a good time, a group of teens partying in the woods and an mental patient on the loose. This leads to pure terror and debauchery.
“Fear Town USA” was very funny film from start to finish. Director Brandon Basham does a very good job making sure the scenes move at a good pace through his direction of the action and comedy aspects. It had some very good laugh out loud moments and kept my interest in the action. He also does a good job making sure that his direction of the cast is good enough to make the funny moments work in the screenplay. Whether it’s the action scenes to how he makes sure that his cast is engaged with the material, everything is done to make sure that the performances look good on screen. It made some of the humor work. The screenplay written by Basham, Patrick Foy, Dan Kenkel, Samuel Narisi, Mark Vigeant and Reynard Alli does a very good job making sure that they balance both the horror and comedy aspects that this film has. It helped makes this film entertaining as the time moves along and there is funny material that works including a couple of laugh out loud moments. The other thing that this screenplay does well is to make sure that the stories interweave with each other and stay within the film’s main premise. It made the film entertaining and the separate stories in the film easy to follow.
“The Slashening” Review:
“The Slashening” follows a group of best friends who spend the night throwing a party that includes fun, pizza and boys. But someone is stalking them, as they enjoy the night away. Now, they are forced to confront this person as he’s look to end the party and them.
Contains minor spoilers
“The Slashening” is the better of the two films on this double feature disc. One of the reasons why I feel this was it felt there was more horror to it instead of a film that was played for laughs like “Fear Town U.S.A”. Sure there is some humor here but this film was gorier and the fact that it felt more like a horror film than comedy with horror elements.
Director Brandon Basham does a very good job making some of the death scenes have a bloody feel to them while also injecting some funny humor in them. It helped make some of those scenes stand out including a montage of the film’s killer offing pizza delivery boys in succession. It’s something that usually would be so redundant but it was played for humor which made it work. The other thing that makes this very good was the cast here was better in this film. Each member of the cast does a very good job making sure there characters are interested through their various traits. It make them interesting and it made the humor work and interested in these characters.
Basham’s screenplay was also good here. He does a very good job making sure the kills are creative. Whether it’s the way that he adds humor to those scenes or making them feel very gory, it does a very good job in keeping you interested in this film. If this was the run of the mill slasher film, this wouldn’t work at all. Since its also being played for laughs, it works so well here. The other thing that the screenplay does very well is to not take itself serious with the stereotypical characters that you would see in these films. Basham does a very good job making sure each of the characters have an awkward tone to them. I personally liked it, as it helps make a low budget film like this feel so fun to watch.
There’s isn’t many extras on this disc considering this there are two feature length films on this disc. It starts off with the commentary track for “Fear Town U.S.A” featuring writer/director Brandon Bassham, writer/producer Reynard Alli, actress Dana Clinkman, writer/actor Patrick Foy and producer Al Holm. The commentary is good here. They do a good job going into the productions of the film and bring up some stories of what happened during filmmaking of this film. It makes of for a lack of a behind the scenes featurette.
After that, there is a short film “Radiation March” then trailers for “Return to Return to Nuke em’ High” and “Cannibals: The Musical”. I had a very good time with both of these film as this is a solid fun release from Troma Entertainmet. With its humor and craziness, both “Fear Town U.S.A.” and “The Slashening” are both bloody fun horror comedies that micro budget horror and Troma fans will have fun with.
“Fear Town U.S.A.” Film Review – Three and a Half Stars
“The Slashening” Film Review – Four Stars
Blu-Ray Extras - One Star
Uncork'd Entertainment recently send us information for their upcoming DVD & Blu-Ray release of "Hunting Ground". The film stars Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Jason Vail, David Saucedo, D'Angelo Midili, and Emmy winner Bill Oberst Jr (Criminal Minds).
Special features on the DVD and Blu-Ray includes Audio commentary with Writer/Director John Portanova, Producer Matt Medisch, and Director of Photography Jeremy Berg and making-of feature. The blu-ray will also include deleted scenes and "John Goes Squatchin'" A featurette following Writer/Director John Portanova as he embarks on his first Squatchin' trip into the Washington rainforest.
"Hunting Grounds" hits retail on May 2nd.
Uncork’d Entertainment opens the HUNTING GROUNDS this May.
Winner Best Sci-Fi Horror Film at the Toronto Independent Film Festival 2015, writer-director John Portanova’s acclaimed film sees a fractured family forced to go up against an angry clan of Bigfoot.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
As a fan of the slasher genre, I usually will watch any type of slasher film. When I first came across “Slasher.com”, I was interested because it featured R.A Manhoff from Hatchet 2 and Jewel Shepard from Return of the Living Dead. It gained my interested immediately to the point that it was worth a look.
The film is about guy who meets a girl online. They decide on their first date to make it a special by renting a log cabin in the woods. They meet the owners of the cabin and things take a turn for the worse when the owners kidnap them and lock them up in their basement. Now, the new couple must find a way to escape them and the woods before it’s too late.
I wished that I never viewed this film as it was awful from start to finish. It’s been a long time since yours truly trashed a film. In fact the last time I had such hatred for a film that I never wanted to see it again was “Annebelle”. This is up there with that film as Slasher.com” was one film that I would like to forget and erase from my memory.
Director Chip Gubera doesn’t do anything to make anything in this film interesting. Whether it’s the way that he handles the action to the flow of the film, there was nothing that made me feel entertained as I was bored watching this film. I was waiting for something to get me into this film, instead I got scenes that has no intensity or they just fell flat. It also didn’t help that the performances were just awful. Gubera doesn’t take his time to make sure the performance aspects of the film work. The performances here come off as uninspiring and dull. Nobody looked like they wanted to be in this film. It made me not want to care about anything in the performances or the film all together. When that happen, you lose interest very quickly.
The screenplay by the Gubera and Chelsea Andes was even worse than the film’s direction. One of the things that I hated about this film was the characters. The screenplay gives you characters that are so generic and one dimensional that I didn’t care about them. When the film’s twists happens, I didn’t even care as I didn’t like any the characters at that point and it felt like it just came off as stupid. The other thing that I hated about this was the fact that nothing made sense. Whether it’s the film’s twists or the story, never did I get a sense that anything felt logical. It made for one tortuous viewing as I was waiting for this film to end.
There are plenty of good low budget slashers out there like “Strip Club Massacre” “Capture Kill Release” and “Are We the Waiting” which people should check out instead of this film. “Slasher.com” is one of those films that I couldn’t wait to disconnect as this was awful.
Review Rating: One Star
Action Lab Danger Zone recently send the horror chamber over preview pages for issue 2 of Season Two of "Vampblade". The issue is written by Jason Martin with art and cover art by Winston Young.
Issue #12 of "Vampblade" hits comic retailers on January 25th.
Katie Carva is Vampblade, but now when she transforms, the blades are the ones in control… and the blades are really f$%#@d up! Consequently, so is Katie’s life!!
Action Lab Danger Zone recently send us over preview pages for issue #4 of "Dollface". The issue is written by Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton with art and cover art by Mendoza.
Issue #4 of "Dollface" hits comic shops on April 26th.
The tables have turned now on DollFace and the gang as Zombie Tramp tries to take each one of them out. Are Lila and Ivan ready to deal with such a powerful witch this early in the game?
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Full Moon Features recently released the official trailer for their latest release "Evil Bong 666". The film stars Robin Syndey, Mindy Robinson and Tonya Kay.
"Evil Bong 666" hits Full Moon Streaming, Full Moon's Amazon Channel and various VOD platforms on April 20th.
The bong is BACK! Back from Hell, that is! Everyone’s favorite iconic and evil bong, Eebee, returns in the new, hellaciously dark Full Moon fantasy comedy. This time, she’s brought sexy demons, stoner creatures, and a brand new, freakish Full Moon puppet you’ll have to see to believe! When a brutal blood sacrifice opens a portal to Hell, Eebee and The Gingerdead Man are returned to Earth. But his trip to Hell has driven Gingerdead even more insane, and unless someone can stop his murderous cookie-cuttin’ rampage he’s gonna ruin Eebee’s plans for world domination. In a last-minute fit of inspiration Eebee channels her inner Dr. Frankenstein and creates The Gingerweed Man: a tiny, cobbled together monster made from the greatest strains of weed on earth. This little killer is ready to get high with a little help from his friends!
"Evil Bong 666": Official Trailer
Together Magic Films recently released stills for their upcoming film "Bayou Ghost Story". The film stars Andrew Panzarella, Jared Fleming, Kerry Kelly Gridley, Cheryl Gautier, Hailey Chown, and Armand Petri.
"Bayou Ghost Story" hits Amazon Prime and Vimeo on demand on April 18th.
Together Magic Films has announced the April 18th release of their new supernatural feature film Bayou Ghost Story across digital platforms.
The official synopsis reads: “A paranormal investigator travels to the South to research a series of deaths connected to a supernatural curse haunting an old Louisiana family.”
Written and directed by Armand Petri; Bayou Ghost Story will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers in the US, UK, DE & JP beginning April 18th.
“Bayou Ghost Story is a thrilling paranormal whodunnit set in the backdrop of Louisiana’s tradition of ghost stories, urban legends and haunted locations. It’s a story of family and outsiderism.” - Says Petri, noting that the new film will also be available for rent/purchase on Amazon Video and on Vimeo On Demand.
Bayou Ghost Story combines elements of traditional cinematography with documentary style. It was shot last year with mostly local talent in the Greater New Orleans area. The film stars Andrew Panzarella, Jared Fleming, Kerry Kelly Gridley, Cheryl Gautier, Hailey Chown, and Armand Petri. Art Arutyunyan produced.
"Bayou Ghost Story": Official Trailer
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
It's been a while since I've done a blu-ray review here on the site. It also happens that I'm a big fan of Charles Band and Full Moon Features. So it was inevitable that I would check out “The Creeps” blu-ray and review it to see if it’s worth the conversion to blu-ray for you blu-ray lovers.
The film is about a mad scientist who brings to life the classic literary monsters Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf and the Mummy. The only problem is they’re small sized people. Now in order to complete his insane plan to make them full figured, he seeks out to find a virgin to sacrifice so that his creations can be restored to full size. Can he be stopped before his classic monsters become full size to terrorize everyone?
I’ve seen a lot of Charles Band’s films over the years. Films like “Blood Dolls”, “Head of the Family and “Trophy Heads. “The Creeps” to me seems to come off as one of his weaker films that he’s done even though it isn’t Band’s fault due to the film’s weak script.
Director Charles Band does a good job directing this film. One of the things that he does well was to make sure the action keeps moving. He approaches the scenes in a way that it makes the action interesting even though he doesn’t have much of the screenplay with this film. The other thing that Band does well is to make sure the acting is good enough to keep your interest. That seems to be a trademark to Band’s films as he knows that the screenplays sometime tend to not be great. He’s able to cover that up with the performance aspect. It shows here especially with this film.
The screenplay by Benjamin Carr was bad. One of the things that I didn’t like about it was the fact there is no development whatsoever. I wished Carr could’ve took a little time to flesh out the main characters as everything seem to be moving so fast that it makes the story suffer. The other thing that I didn’t like about this was the fact nothing was scary. With monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolfman, I should’ve gotten a scary scene or two. Sadly, I didn’t get any of that here as it felt like it tries to go the humor route which was okay. Still, I was expecting more in this department. Thankfully, Band’s direction saves this film from becoming a complete mess.
Review Rating: Three Stars
AMBI Media Group recently released the official trailer for Steven Shainberg's latest film "Rapture". The film stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski, Fargo), Kerry Bishe (AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," Argo), and Michael Chiklis (FX's "The Shield," Fantastic Four).
"Rapture" hits theaters in limited release and VOD on April 28th. The film is also available now on Direct TV.
RUPTURE follows Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace), a single mom, who is deathly terrified of spiders. While in route to meet up with a friend, she is violently abducted by a group of strangers. After enduring intense yet strange questioning and examinations, some about her fear of spiders, Renee soon discovers that she is now the subject of an underground experiment. Her captors explain to her that she has a genetic abnormality that can potentially allow her to “rupture” and reveal her alien nature. Renee must find a way to escape before it is too late.
"Rapture": Official Trailer:
Full Moon Features recently send us the official poster for their latest release "Evil Bong 666". The film stars Robin Syndey, Mindy Robinson and Tonya Kay.
"Evil Bong 666" hits Full Moon Streaming, Full Moon's Amazon Channel and various VOD platforms on April 20th.
Full Moon is excited to announce the release of the sixth and wildest entry in their popular weed horror/comedy franchise: EVIL BONG 666! The film will premiere on the Full Moon Amazon channel and Full Moon Streaming plus other digital platforms and DVD on April 20th (4/20) of this year.
Synopsis: The bong is BACK! Back from Hell, that is! Everyone’s favorite iconic and evil bong, Eebee, returns in the new, hellaciously dark Full Moon fantasy comedy. This time, she’s brought sexy demons, stoner creatures, and a brand new, freakish Full Moon puppet you’ll have to see to believe! When a brutal blood sacrifice opens a portal to Hell, Eebee and The Gingerdead Man are returned to Earth. But his trip to Hell has driven Gingerdead even more insane, and unless someone can stop his murderous cookie-cuttin’ rampage he’s gonna ruin Eebee’s plans for world domination. In a last-minute fit of inspiration Eebee channels her inner Dr. Frankenstein and creates The Gingerweed Man: a tiny, cobbled together monster made from the greatest strains of weed on earth. This little killer is ready to get high with a little help from his friends!
Thursday, April 6, 2017
20th Century Fox recently released a new teaser poster for Ridley Scott's upcoming film "Alien: Covenant". The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir.
"Alien: Covenant" hits theaters on May 19th.
For more information on this film, you can visit the film's official website at: AlienCovenant.com
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Maltauro Entertainment recently send us over stills and information for the upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release of "Chupacabra Territory". The film stars Sarah Nicklin (The Haunting of Alice D, The Sins of Dracula, Flesh for the Inferno), Michael Reed (Dark Feed, Exhumed), Megan Hensley (The Crazies, Fake the Joy), Julianne Tura (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Chastity Bites), and Pierre Kennel (Man Down, Doonby).
Special features on the DVD and Blu-Ray includes interviews with the cast and crew, trailers and more.
"Chupacabra Territory" hits retail on April 11th.
Maltauro Entertainment, in association with Baumant Entertainment and Invincible Pictures, has announced the April 11th Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release of Chupacabra Territory. Writer-director Matt McWilliams and producer Christopher Maltauro have crafted a raw found footage film that tests the bonds of friendship and the will to survive to their breaking point. Chupacabra Territory will be available to rent or own starting April 11th on Flixfling as a 30 day exclusive. The film will then launch on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Cable VOD platforms.
Chupacabra Territory stars genre favorite Sarah Nicklin (The Haunting of Alice D, The Sins of Dracula, Flesh for the Inferno), Michael Reed (Dark Feed, Exhumed), Megan Hensley (The Crazies, Fake the Joy), Julianne Tura (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Chastity Bites), and Pierre Kennel (Man Down, Doonby).
Four friends hike into the Pinewood Forest to find evidence of the Chupacabra, an ancient creature believed to be responsible for the disappearance of four experienced hikers a year earlier. As they journey deeper into the forest, their innocent search uncovers more than they had ever hoped for, and with it a darkness that threatens to consume their very existence. One by one they are hunted down, their survival tested, their lives hanging in the balance of fear, friendship, disbelief and horror.
Full Moon Features recently send us information about the upcoming Empire Pictures box set. The set will include 18 films on 14 Blu-Rays and 1 DVD. Films include Metalstorm (2D & 3D versions), The Dungonmaster, The Eliminators, Dolls, From Beyond, Trancers, Ghoulies, Ghoulies 2, Prison, Ghost Town, Robot Jox, Crawlspace, Terrorvision, Troll, Cellar Dweller, Catacombs and Arena.
The set will also have a 24 page book with writing from Band, Empire of the B’s author Dave Jay and Delirium editor Chris Alexander. Each set will be numbered and signed by Charles Band.
Pre Sale for the set starts on April 28th only on Fullmoondirect.com
Every horror and cult movie fan who came of age in the 1980s still speaks in hushed tones about the late, great Empire Pictures. Founded by producer and director Charles Band in 1983, the fabled studio and distributor was responsible for a tidal wave of amazing, imaginative and profitable horror, science fiction and fantasy films many of which have become definitive works and high water marks of their respective genres.
And though Band moved on in the early 1990s to form Full Moon Features – which is still operating successfully today – the wild movies he made during the Empire years continues to loom large.
Now, as a gift to the legion of rabid Empire fans out there, Band and Full Moon (in collusion with Shout! Factory) will release The Empire Pictures Blu-ray Collection, a massive LIMITED EDITION collection (only 600 are being produced) featuring 18 films on 15 discs packaged in a stunning, sturdy and elegant black collectors box adorned with a GOREgeous collage of original Empire poster art. Inside there will be an exclusive 24 page book with writing from Band, Empire of the B’s author Dave Jay and Delirium editor Chris Alexander. Each set will be numbered and signed by Charles Band.
Classic Empire films included in this set are:
METALSTORM (3-D version)
The Empire Pictures Blu-ray Collection ($250 US per unit) will be officially released on May 5th with a pre-sale going live on April 28th at www.FullMoonDirect.com. These units will not be sold in stores and can only be purchased at www.FullMoonDirect.com. Select units will be available at fan conventions across the U.S. where the Full Moon crew is scheduled to appear and vend.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The film is about a group of friends who get together for a night of partying after one of them finds out that he’s been drafted to the military. They are having fun until a killer named Neo traps everyone in the house. They are forced to play his game as he know every move they make before that make them. Can they survive this night of terror or does Neo exacts his violent hostility towards them.
I liked how “Are We the Waiting” was able to gain my interest from the opening. First, the design of the killer’s mask was one of best designed ones I’ve seen in a low budget slasher film. It also does a very good job with not rushing things like some horror films tend to do.
Most of the reason why I had a very good time with this film was the direction from Michael Taylor Pritt. One of the things that he does well was to make sure that the death scene have an impact. Whether it was the gore that he and his team uses to the way that he directs the killer’s movement, it is done in a way to make the scenes have an intense effect. It made some of the death scene work very well especially at the end of the film. The other thing that Pritt does very well is to make sure the performances including his own are good enough to make the characters interesting. He makes sure that his cast make their characters likeable as there is some dialogue scenes in the beginning to establish the characters. This made the rest of the film work very well.
The screenplay also written by Pritt does a good job establishing the characters. I liked, the way that he spends time in the beginning to establish the story and his characters. It helped set up the rest of the film and it gave some time to get to know the characters before all the chaos ensues. This helped establish the backstory which is something that I personally like. The other thing that I liked a lot was the way that the action moves after the first half the film was over. It moved at a very good pace as there was some very good death scenes that had a bloody feel to them. This helped make this film a fun film to watch.
This was an entertaining slasher that will leave you in shock. With its good directing and intense bloody set pieces, “Are We the Waiting” is bloody fun that will leave a sinister smile on your face.
Review Rating: Four Stars
SRS Cinema recently send us over stills and information that their latest film "Empire State of the Dead" will be hitting VOD courtesy of Gravitas Ventures. The anthology zombie film is directed by Alexander Bell, Ron Bonk, Chad Foster, Howard Gromero, Chris Irvine, Stephen Long, Geoffrey Orlowski, Andrew Peters, Matthew Peters, Joshua Reale, David Royal and Jamie Storrs.
"Empire State of the Dead" Hits VOD and regular edition DVD on April 11th.
“Empire State of the Dead”, an anthology that chronicles the early days of a zombie virus break out in New York State, hits Cable TV via Gravitas as well as DVD stores nation wide this April 11th from SRS Cinema.
Synopsis: “The recently deceased rise, feasting upon the living as a zombie outbreak spreads across the globe. In Central New York, a small Marine patrol, led by Sergeant Ritter, tries to keep order. But while battling the living dead they are also faced with roving gangs going unchecked and entire military units defecting. Amid the chaos, a drug lord named Ray sees an opportunity to rule the new world rising, and he is sabotaging rescue centers and military bases to help further break down the Government’s attempts to restore order. Who will survive when Ritter and Ray finally face off?”
“Empire State of the Dead” consists of 7 short stories produced and set in New York State, all directed by New York State filmmakers. It includes a series of wraparound segments (and one big finale) tying them all together into one epic feature motion picture detailing the early stages of a zombie outbreak. It was produced by Ron Bonk (“She Kills”, “HI-8”) and Jonathan Straiton (“Night of Something Strange”) and includes segments directed by Alexander Bell, Ron Bonk, Chad Foster, Howard Gromero, Chris Irvine, Stephen Long, Geoffrey Orlowski, Andrew Peters, Matthew Peters, Joshua Reale, David Royal and Jamie Storrs.
"Empire of the Dead": Official Trailer
Action Lab Danger Zone recently send the horror chamber preview pages for the upcoming Easter issue of "Zombie Tramp". The issue is written by Shawn Gabborin, Dan Mendoza and Jason Martin with art by Celor and cover art by Mendoza.
The Easter issue of "Zombie Tramp" hits retail on April 5th.
When Zombie Tramp comes across flyers for an annual Easter event called “Bunnyland”, she figures it’s a good spot to have some twisted fun. But instead of hiding eggs and doling out chocolate, it's more like Pagan sacrifice and giant wicker rabbits!