Ok, the words underrated get thrown around a lot in reviews, especially those involving little scene films, but trust me when I say this is the ultimate in underrated, little talked about, little know films ever made. Psycho Cop Returns
This is a very basic story. In the sequel to Psycho Cop, another underrated classic, Satanic Powered Police Cop/Serial Killer Joe Vickers is back. He is sitting alone having coffee when he hears a couple guys behind him getting ready to go back to there job afterhours to throw a bachelor party for their buddy.
Vickers decides to tail these guys, and after a short stakeout in his car that is filled with remains of his victim's he sees the guys go in, and makes his move. He move being to stab the on duty security guard in the eyes with a pencil.
After disposing of a few more people Vickers shows why he no doubt passed is detective exam and begins sending out inner office faxes to different people, tricking them to go where he awaits to murder them. And boy does he. Stabbings, beatings, death from an elevator shaft, the film cranks the violence and gore off the charts, while never loosing its humor.
Think if Evil Dead was the father and Maniac Cop was the mother, this would be its offspring. A crowd pleasing over the top extravaganza of violence and humor. This is one I have always enjoyed from top to bottom. And now thanks to the folks at Vinegar Syndrome I can enjoy it on a special Edition Blu-ray.
The video and audio are outstanding, which is a norm for Vinegar Syndrome Blu-rays, and per usual you get a nice batch of special features.
• Region free Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm vault elements
• Commentary track with Director Adam Rifkin
• “Habeas Corpus” – a 43 minute documentary on the making of PSYCHO COP RETURNS, featuring brand new interviews with: Adam Rifkin (Director), Robert R. Shafer (Lead Actor), Dan Povenmire (Screenwriter), Peter Schink (Editor), Miles Dougal (Co-Star), Rod Sweitzer (Co-Star), Nick Vallelonga (Co-Star), Barbara Niven (Co-Star) and Melanie Good (Co-Star)
• “The Victims of Vickers” – featurette with SFX Artist Mike Tristano
• Cover artwork by Chris Garofalo
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles
Go out and get this now, you can thank me later.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
Double Exposure has always been one of my favorate thrillers. Part Depalma, part Up All Night B Movie, it hits that in between sweet spot that few films are unable to accomplish.
Its the story of Adrian Wilde, a nice guy who makes his living as a photographer. He takes pics of models during the day and has a nice looking girlfriend named Mindy. You would think that he has it made. He just has one slight problem. He appears to be going completely insane.
See he keeps having dreams of all the models he takes photographs. Nothing wrong with that, but in his dreams they are always violently murdered. Suddenly the women he dreams about begin turning up dead. Convinced he is the murderer he begins going insane and trying to get help from not only a psychiatrist, but his stuntman brother as well.
Is he the killer? Watch the film, as there are latterly dozens of suspects, some being incredibly obvious. We get to see the kills in a POV setting which adds to the mystery of the film.
Like I said the film, although a bit campy, especially now in this day and age, really hits it out of the park. The acting is top of the line, and filled with nudity and some great practical effect kills its a treat for fans of slasher and psychological horror films.
Vinegar Syndrome, one of my favorite labels has picked up the rights to this one and have released it on Blu-ray for the first time. SO not only do you get their usual gorgeous transfer, you get a nice bit of special features as well.
Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• Commentary track with Director William Byron Hillman
• “Exposing Double Exposure” Interview with Cinematographer R. Michael Stringer
• “Staying on Task” Interview with Script Supervisor Sally Stringer
• Isolated score by Composer Jack Goga
• Original theatrical trailer
• Promotional still gallery
• Reversible cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak
• English SDH Subtitles
No brainer, pick this up and add it to the collection
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
Lets keep the party going today with more Nunsploitation. This time from one of my personal favorite directors Bruno Mattei Right there hardcore horror fans know this will be good, and in a "recycled" score by Goblin and you have a sure first good time on your hands.
This particular film follows a crazed Mother Superior who believes only in God and Satan. As with most evil Nunneries, ran by crazed Mother Superiors this one has some problems. Evil problems. Typical evil stuff like, murders, sacrifices, stuff like that. We even learn in this that nuns are allowed to perform autopsies. In fact in one scene a nun is performing an autopsy teaching the "the genital are the gateway to evil" then then proceeds to slice up the dead woman's vaginal area, before murdering another nun.
As all of this is occurring a priest comes in to investigate these matters. He believes in science as well as religion and is convinced this is the work of a crazed maniac, not believing it could be caused by evil forces. However when the evil ramps up he must begin to realizes the devil can be on earth.
Filled with gore, and nudity this is a real sought after film for the horror market and rightfully so. Its hard and nasty, yet in the same sense visually stunning and definitely worth seeing.
Our friends over at Severin have picked up the rights to this and have put it out in a beautiful Blu-ray transfer that not only keeps the grimy tone intact but makes the outside scenes in particular pop right off the screen.
The film is loaded with special features as well.
Not necessarily for the faint of heart, but highly recommended to fans of the horror genera
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
Dark Waters from 1994 is the latest offering from the fine folks over at Severin, who have really begun ramping out some great cult classics lately.
This one is a Marinao Baino film, that is essentially a combination of Lovecraft and the beloved Nunsploitation. It actually has a very cold, dialogue free opening where we see a monastery with a group of nuns in it. One of the nun's finds a creature like amulet and is suddenly being chased by an unseen being. She and the amulet take a header off a cliff so the other nuns come to grab the broken pieces of the seemingly evil amulet and place them in cases to be hidden away in various places.
We cut to the present where we meet Elizabeth, a young girl on her way to this evil nunnery. How do we know its evil? Well during the film we see things that are not typical of actual nun behavior. They like to carry flaming crosses, murder people, not things you typically find in a nunnery.
Elizabeth as it turns out is there because when he father passed away she became head of his estate. When doing the books she discovered large donations going to this place on a regular basis and wanted to know what they were for, and if they needed to continue. Turns out those donations help the nuns to keep the Beast inside the broken amulet locked away as to not destroy humanity. Plus the usually "hidden secret" that these films always have.
Visually this is a fantastic film. The score, combined with scenes that sometimes go on for minutes without dialogue help to drive the feelings of tension and madness. The acting is really well done, as are all the visuals. Each scene drives the fact in that this is a place of evil and despair. Combine that with a really great twist ending and you have yourself a great film.
Fans off horror and suspense should seek this one out right away. I give it a good recommendation. Plus its loaded with these special features
– Never Ever After
Making of Never Ever After
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!
The Girl With All The Gifts, which is based on the novel of the same name, tells the story of how the world has been ravaged by a fungal disease. This causes the infected to turn into mindless zombies. Their known as "hungriest" as they have a taste for human flesh.
This has caused the world to become a sort of wasteland. The government is trying g to develop a cure which they believe rests withing we generation of infected children who although they crave human flesh they retain their intellect and are able to learn.
These children are schooled at a US Army base where they are taught by a freindly teacher Helen. Helen discovers Maggie, a child with an exceptionally high IQ who can resist her cravings for human flesh. The two form a bond which infuriates the commanding officer.
See the government is doing research to the children by removing their brain and spinal cords in the hopes of creating a vaccine. When Helen learns of this her and Maggie escape in hopes of finding a sanctuary in London.
The film does well in adding drama and human element to the oversaturated Zombie genre that we have had surge in every sense the Walking Dead debuted years ago. Girl With All The Gifts is a warm welcome for horror fans by trying something g different.
The acting, Glen Close in particular is fantastic. All the actors share a chemistry that really stands out in the horror realm.
The audio and picture are outstanding and helps set the tone for the post apocalyptic world we are welcomed into.
Great acting,great story, something new and fresh all make this a must watch.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Tangled Before Ever After is a short film, about 55min actually, that bridges the gap between the original Tangled film and the new ongoing series running now on the Disney Channel.
Mandy Moore and the rest of the original voice cast return in what is a delightful entertainment into the Tangled universe.
Rapunzel is trying to adjust to her new life back with her mom and dad while she prepared for her upcoming coordination to become princess of Corona. Between the new life and mounting stress of one day ruling all of Corona she runs away to explore the world outside of the kingdom.
While exploring she comes across tons of rock like thorn plants that are overgrowing the land. Upon getting poked by one her now short hair magically grows back to it long length. These thorns serve as the backdrop in the series.
Two new original songs were done for the film "Life After Happily Ever After" and "Wind in My Hair". "Wind in My Hair" would go on to become the opening theme of Tangled The Series
Overall this is another fantastic offering from Disney. Young and old,and both boys and girls will enjoy this excellent film.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars
I love McDonald's always have always will. Only fast food that doesn't make me sick. I also like Michael Keaton. Yes I hated his Batman film but that was Tim Burtons fault not his. So when I found out that Michael Keaton was going to be starring in The Founder, a story about the McDonald's franchise I couldn't wait to see it, and I was not disappointed.
Keaton stars as Ray Kroc a salesmen from IL who in the beginning is traveling to different car hop restaurants trying to sell his latest offering, a machine that can make 3 milkshakes at once. We learn through the the film he has also sold fold out couches, and other assorted get rich quick schemes. He gets an order from a small shop in San Bernardino and when he calls them to verify they need 6 he is shocked to learn they want it bumped up to 8
He travels across country to meet the owners of the shop and can't believe not only the speed and efficiency of the shop but the quality of the food as well. The place in question is McDonald's. He meets the two brothers who own the place, Maureece and Richard McDonald. They tell him how they were able to create their vision, and after much convincing on Rays part they agree to franchise the rights out with Ray.
Ray soon begins selling franchises to rich country club freinds but is appalled when he learns they are selling corn on the cob and fried chicken, not sticking with the simple menu of burgers and Fry's. Figuring these are not the people to go into business with he begins meeting salesmen, people at the VA, Shriners, every common Joe he can find looking for a piece of the American Dream .
Ray becomes successful but as he has a small percentage drawn into his contract he is not making what he feels he deserves. It's his greed and pride that drive him to eventually begin going around the McDonald's brothers and trying to take the entire company and idea away from them
This is a fascinating story that shines with Keaton in the lead. He steals every single scene
From being the weary salesman always looking for the next big thing, to be successful but still not satisfied with what he has. You feel sympathy for his portrayal of Ray Kroc. I found myself rooting for him to swindle the McDonald's brothers and take everything from them.
The Blu-ray looks and sounds amazing and has a nice but of special features. I recommend this to any fan of cinema in general and cannot stress enough how much this needs to be seen.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars
Like horror films? Like Blu-rays? Well here is you chance to get a fantastic 3 in on 1 set from Mill Creek. That's right 3 had to come by classic horror films on 1 Blu-ray disc. That should be enough to sell you right there, but I guess I should tell you what your getting.
The Brotherhood of Satan: This is the story of a small town where kids keep diapering and their parents keep getting killed. A family wanders into this town when there car stalls and they become trapped by the evil taking over the town.
Torture Garden: The story of Dr Diablo, a traveling psychic who can see the future and tries to warn people of the dangers and evil in the world. He gets killed by an audience member, but we soon learn this was all part of the act.
The Creeping Flesh: Believing that evil can be cured a Dr develops a serum from evil men's blood. His half brothers lunatic daughter gets injected with the serum and goes even more insane that before.
3 great films, one great price. The audio and video and really good on the Blu-ray and all the films, although older titles are all still fun to watch today.
Highly recommended pick up
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars
I was a child in the 80's, 70's as well. I'm old. However, and this is no joke I have no clue what Cold War means. I never cared to look it up, still don't. I know it has to do with us and Russia, so I just assume that it is because Russia is really cold. Makes sense to me.
Well the fine folks at Mill Creek have just released an 80's classic on Blu-ray, that film being Little Nikita. Staring River Phoenix, and Sidney Poitier, two fantastic actors.
Its the story of Jeff (Phoenix) a high school kid who lives with his parents in California. He dreams of flying planes when he graduates and applies to join the Air Force. That was not a good move.
See when you try to get in the military they background check you, and Jeff's background is really all over the place. That's when Roy Parameter (Poitier) becomes involved and begins to suspect that Jeff and his family are sleeper agents from Russia. Which makes sense that they would move to California as its warm there and not cold like Russia.
Roy set himself up as their new neighbor and becomes friends with Jeff He even tells I'm how his partner was killed by a KGB agent, obviously somewhere cold. Jeff learns his parents are really Russian Sleeper agents, and to make things worse there is a crazy KGB agent on the lose killing these sleeper agents. Also Jeff finds out his name is Nikita, in case you were wondering about the title
This is a fantastic film, that sadly flopped at the time of its theatrical release. Like most titles from that time it found life on video and cable television outlets throughout the years and now Mill Creek has released this on Blu-ray.
The video and audio are outstanding. And the film has aged perfectly. I had it one the other night and had a great time watching it with my wife who had never seen it before. The acting, pacing, and suspense make fore a great film, one you definitely need to watch.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!
InterVision ( a division of Severin ) has been putting out some good stuff lately. I've enjoyed there last few releases and was anxious to check out this double feature. I had heard of Dream Stalker and new it was a Straight to Video Freddy Krueger Rip off but I had never seen it. Death By Love I had actually never even heard of.
Dream Stalker is about Ricky. He's a deceased motocross racer who terrorizes his old girlfriend and her friends in there dreams. He cracks a few wise jokes and is even burned up. He wears a bad ass neon track outfit as well.
He does little things like trying to run you over with his bike, rape you, stab you, throw you off stuff. The usual kill you in your dreams shenanigans.
Brittney, he old girlfriend starts to think she's causing all of this and he dreams are killing people, not knowing its her dead boyfriend doing the murders. There is a lot of gore in this film, typical over the top SOV gore, but enough to keep the horror fans satisfied.
Its actually a really fun film to say the least. I had a good time watching it and he print looked great. For this one alone I would recommend picking the DVD up as this is easily a 3 star film for me.
Death By Love is awesome. I'll just get that out of the way now. Its also a shot on video film, but not only is it a horror film, it's also loaded with sex scenes for really no reason what so ever. I mean they play a part in the film but man there's a lot in here.
Its a story about sculptor who, every time he gets a new girlfriend, she seem to be murdered. That can really put a damper on your dating life so he starts to investigate, when he's not having sex with the girls he picks up.
He beings to think his best friend from childhood who was a devil worshipper may be behind these murders. Lets just say if he was it would be a pretty basic boring film.
Death By Love features a very fantastic twist that you probably wont see coming. That complied with the gore and sex makes it a heck of an entertain film.
The DVD has special features as well
Remembering Ricky: With Actor Mark Dias
Overall these are 2 great films. And you get them both on 1 DVD. Pick it up now. I really cant stress that enough
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!