I used to play a game on my Xbox called Psi-Ops. It was cool you were an army commando type guy who had special telekinetic powers. You could throw things at the bad guys blow up stuff, and you knew martial arts. I also enjoy watch movies with Luke Goss, he does great martial arts sequences. When you mix the two together you get Mind Blown
Mind Blown centers in Project Mind Blown, a secret government organization that is made up of a group of people who have telekinisis. They are told him using there powers will help humanity, however there purpose is to be a giant weapon for the government, at one point t wiping out an entire region.
Jennifer Gaines, one of the group discovers all of this and goes AWOL when she learns the target of the latest operation is a man named Adam, who has great telepathic ability that he has yet to unlock. Jennifer heads out to find him and stop Project Mind Blown for good. Unfortunately for her the team leader, Colonel Clayton has told the rest of the team she is a traitor and must be killed.
Featuring better than average special effects (it was originally dine for the SyFy Channel)and a good performance by Jessica Uberuaga as Jennifer the film is a fun way to spend an evening. Be warned however, Luke Goss fans, Goss is not the main action star of this film, he's more like a special guest star. Still action and sci-fi fans should enjoy it.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars
I won't lie, prison films have never been my favorite. Sure I enjoyed HBO's Oz as much as the next guy, but a 2hr film about a guy in lockup, with the exception of Shawshank Redemption has never been a type of film I have ever been compelled to watch. In fact when I first read about Shot Caller I just figured it would be another run of the mill prison/redemption film. It's actually much more
Shot Caller stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldu from Game of Thrones as Jacob Harlan. Jacob is an average guy, stockbroker with a wife and son. Then everything falls apart. Jacob is arrested and convicted of drunk driving and the death of his friend. He hires a powerful lawyer to get him off, putting his home up for collateral, but that goes south and he loses everything, and gets sent away.
Once in prison he joins the White Supremacist gang at first for protection mostly but as the years pass he slowly works his way up the ladder. Killing a snitch at first, we watch as Jacob begins to turn into "Money" a hardened criminal now covered in tattoos who has distanced himself from his family.
After doing 10 years of hard time he is finally getting out and looking forward to his release when he is told you only get out when your six feet under. Jacob must now handle a gun running job on the outside or his family could pay the price for his other life he lead inside prison.
Filmed so the past and present are intertwined in a narrative presentation Shot Caller delivers on all aspects. From brutal violence and action to a command performance by Coster-Waldu you are captivated by watching a normal man become a product of a violent prison system.
You don't have to be a fan of prison films to enjoy this one. Fans of action and drama both will both like this film. It's definitely a must see on all aspects of film.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars
Ozploitation (a portmanteau of Australia and exploitation) films are exploitation films – a category of low-budget horror, comedy, and action films – made in Australia after the introduction of the R rating in 1971.
I for one enjoy these types of films. Mad Max, Cars That Ate Paris, Turkey Shoot, and others. One of the ones I always wanted to see Dark Age, a little seen film about a giant crocodile. But due to studio closings, and distribution changes the film became almost a legend.
Directed by Arch Nicholson, Dark Ages tells the story of a crocodile nicknamed "The Dreaming Crocodile" who the Aboriginal people hold in God like fashion. The only problem is that this gigantic animal has gone and swam into a little local town and begins to eat a few people.
That's where heroic park ranger Steve (John Jarrett) steps in and with the help of the local Aboriginal tribe, and his ex girlfriend decides to capture the crocodile and move it to a remote location to live.
Unfortunately a group of drunk poaching locals aren't so nice, seemingly as the crock has killed a small boy in there town so they decide to hunt it down and kill it. That leads to some really great scenes of the crocodile defending himself to say the least.
The film, is a bit dated but still fun none the less. In fact it would make a great double feature with Razorback, another title to check out.
Dark Ages is now available on Blu-ray for the first time from the good folks at Umbrella Entertainment. A superb transfer to say the least and packed with special features
Audio Commentary with Actor John Jarratt and Executive Producer Antony I. Ginnane
A Bicentenary with Bite: Revisiting “Dark Age”- Panel discussion with film historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood and Sally Christie
Uncut Not Quite Hollywood Interviews with John Jarratt and Antony I. Ginnane
-Living With Crocodiles: 1986 documentary with Grahame Webb, author of 'Numunwari', the book which inspired DARK AGE
Trailer and original US release Home Video trailers
-Image Gallery including rare press and promotional material
Needless to say a great film especially if you dig creature films like I do.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars
I'm going to start off by saying I love Popcorn, I beleive it to be one of, if not the most underrated ad under appreciated horror films ever made. The body count is low, the gore is minimal but it sure if a fantastic and fun way to spend 90min.
Popcorn is the story of Maggie Butler, a college film student. She keeps having recurring nightmares about a girl named Sara who burns in a fire trying to get away from a killer. After her dreams she records the details, as she plans on making a movie out of it.
Her schools film department is low on funds and desperately needs new equipment so the decide to rent out an old theater and do an all night horror movie marathon, complete with gimmicky films. Mosquito is a 3D film. The Attack of the Amazing Electrified Man was released with an accompanying "Shock-o-Scope" gimmick (electrical "buzzers" in seats), and The Stench is a Japanese film released in oderama, meaning the crew let's of smell bombs are parts of the film. They figure they can draw in a big audience to help them buy a new editing room.
However as thus is a horror film we learn that in the 60s another film was shown where the last scene was to be acted out live on stage at the theatre. That last scene was the director killing his family and burning the building with everyone inside. Sadley for our film students a new killer is stalking there marathon intent on finishing the former directors work.
With a movie within a movie gimmick in a horror setting you can't go wrong. The chemistry of the cast is so good it's almost shocking. The film, although clearly done on a modest budget makes the most of everything and everyone it has and delivers on of the best horror films of the 90s
Sadley if the film had been made in the 80s it no doubt would have been a money making hit, instead of a cult favorite. The slashers has just finished there Glory days in the cinema and home video horror still had another year or two to catch on. Surely everyone remembers the iconic VHS sleeve for Popcorn with the tagline "Buy a bag, go home in a box" but it never hit big like it deserved to.
There have been a few DVD issues out there, but they all suffered in quality and had zero special features. Luckily the fine folks at Synapse have released Popcorn on Blu-ray and loaded it with special features
All Region Encoded/Playable Worldwide!
All-New 2K Scan of an Archival 35mm Interpositive
All-New 5.1 Surround Mix for DVD (Original 2.0 Included)
Audio Commentary with Director Mark Herrier, Stars Jill Schoelen, Malcolm Danare, and Special Makeup Effects Artist Mat Falls
Midnight Madness: The Making of “Popcorn” featuring interviews with Director Mark Herrier, Stars Jill Schoelen, Derek Rydall, Dee Wallace, Malcolm Danare, Ivette Soler, and Elliott Hurst, Special Makeup Effects Artist Mat Falls, Composer Paul Zaza, and Distributor Executive Jonathan Wolf (55 mins)
Electric Memories – An Interview with Actor Bruce Glover
Original Theatrical Trailer, Television Trailer and TV Spots
English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The beautiful transfer, in audio as well as visual captures everything. From the film itself to the 50's style gimmick films playing at the theatre.
If your a fan odds are you have already ordered your copy, if you haven't seen the gem of a movie head over and pick it up now.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars.
"Single mother Carla Moran (Barbara Hershey) is raped and attacked by an invisible force. She begins therapy with Dr. Phil Sneiderman (Ron Silver), a psychiatrist who believes Carla's traumatic past is motivating her to commit self-induced injuries, rather than anything supernatural. When the attacks continue, Carla invites two college students with an interest in the paranormal to visit her house. After seeing the ghost in action, they agree to help Carla defeat her invisible attacker."
Ahh the 80's when Satanic Panic, possessions, and anything evil and supernatural was high on the public's fear list. I sadley was a child in that era and remeber it now as a joke, but back then it was national news, much like the Doris Bither case. Doris, a woman from Culver City California claimed to have been raped by the ghosts of three Asian men in the late 70's. Doris claimed it happened many times and eventually sought the help of paranormal investigators. They claimed to have photographed mysterious orbes that floated around as she was raped. Her story was the subject of a book written by Frank De Felitta which was then adapted into the 80's cult classic The Entity starring Barbara Hershey
The Entity focuses on Carla a single mom who is raped every night over the course of several days by what appears to be an invisible attacker. As sh doesn't know what's happening she seeks out a psychiatrist who beleive she is creating this attacks in her mind due to repressed sexuality.
She beleive him untill she is attacked in front of her son, who, when he tries to stop what is happening is suddenly shocked by what appears to be pure energy. After bung convinced by her friend she consults two paranormal investigators who determine that it is in fact an evil entity that is attacking Carla.
The film is very much a suspense film as opposed to straight horror. The rape scenes in the film, although perpetrated by an invisible spirit are very brutal to say the least. All of the violent scenes are graphic, but what makes them disturbing is how they are so grounded in realism as opposed to the usually shock and splatter horror effects.
Barbara Hershey does an amazing job as Carla. He emotions durring the graphic scenes are amazing. The pulsing guitar score durring the film only helps to highten the tension. Plus when you throw in what I consider to be one of the best endings in film you have a must own film on your hands.
Umbrella Entertainment has recently released a Georgeous Blu-ray of this classic film that looks and sounds fantastic. It also includes the following special features
Finding a Voice: A Conversation with composer Charles Bernstei
Robert McNaughton Remembers The Entity
Theatrical trailer Poster and Stills gallery
Reversible Blu-ray sleeve
If you have never seen this it's definitely a must watch, and this is the version to buy
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars
I do still enjoy watching a good old school holiday cartoon around this time of year. I like the ones from back when I was kid and catching a holiday special on tv meant something, as you only got to see it once a year. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Mickey Mouse Merry and Scary for review and was excited. Halloween and Christmas hijinks from Mickey and the gang all on one disc.
Merry and Scary, the Halloween themed story follows Mickey and Pluto as they plan on decorating and setting up their home to be as scary as possible. Mickey, Donald, and Pluto even plan on telling scary stories to everyone who comes by. The only problem the plan fails as everyone finds humor in what these three have done. I can honestly say, as someone who has been to Disneyland for the Mickey Halloween party, there is nothing scary about this. But it really is a good old fashioned time. Lots of humor for every age, and even if they wont admit it (like my son) kids over 5yrs will still enjoy it as well.
If that was not enough you also get the Duck The Halls special where Donald decides not to go south for the winter. This time he just wants to stay and have Christmas will all of his friends. Mickey decides to help make Donald’s Christmas special, but as he is a duck in the dead of winter, things do not go as planned and hilarity ensues. This one I actually enjoyed better as Donald has always been my favorite character, as he is very obnoxious in his own caring way.
You also get the bonus cartoons of
The Boiler Room
Black and White
A great value and fun for your family. Not just the little kids but us adults as well
Overall 3 out of 5 stars
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When it premiered a few years ago I Zombie became the CW’s underground hit. While not bringing in ratings like Arrow or Flash, the show is well received by fans and critics alike, and has developed a large cult following among the teenage and horror crowd. For those unfamiliar it’s the story of Liv, a young woman who is scratched by a zombie on a boat party and because of this she must feed on human brains at least once a month to survive. As she appears normal she does what any person in her situation would do. She gets a job at the local county examiner office so she can have access to brains. Only problem is when she eats a brain she absorbs memories. She passes herself off as a psychic and begins helping the police solve various crimes.
As we start season 3 off we are dealing with The Fillmore-Graves Company run by Vivian Stoll. It’s a military division that are trying to cover up zombie existence. The company itself is comprised of mostly zombies, who are learning to defend themselves when the humans find out of their existence. Sadly there is another group that we learn about that are Anti-zombie militants who plan to capture a zombie to turn it evil. With various twists and turns the focal point becomes the two companies working together (under nefarious purposes) to maintain order between humans and zombies.
Although it features a linear story arc the series still has a standard weekly story. One of the best was when Liv eats a dominatrix’s brain after she is found dead in her dungeon strangles by her own pleasure whip. Or the case of the Internet Daredevil who never dies, well until he dies that is. Yes, the story’s are a bit far fetched to say the least, then again your dealing with zombie detectives, but its still probably the most original show on tv.
Unlike the Walking Dead which uses the same tried and true manor of presenting zombies as mindless brain eating monsters zombies on this show are presented as essentially normal people. If you have never watched it before the best comparison I can give it would be Veronica Mars with zombies. Or better yet, if Veronica Mars was a zombie.
Rose McIver shines in her lead role as Liv. Its no surprise she is not only the lead but the most popular character on the show. Her performance is enough reason to watch the show. Her portrayal of a human turned zombie is presented with not only humor but a weird type of compassion as well. She conveys everything perfectly. I really cant stress enough how well she does in this series.
Season 3 is now out on DVD from Warner Brothers. It’s a tad short at only 13 episodes but a fun watch none the less. I would recommend going back and watching the first two seasons as this one is not a good jumping on point for new viewers. But if your caught up this is a great one to binge watch.
Overall 3out of 5 Stars
Last night I finally got to sit down and watch the long sought after film The Poughkeepsie Tapes. Made in 2007 with a release date slated for 2008, the film ended up being shelved. We cut to 2014 and the film got a very short (3 weeks I believe) VOD run, but that was it. It never was put on DVD or Blu-ray, so unless you saw it via On Demand those few weeks, or managed to get a bootleg copy you were just left waiting to see it. That all changes on October 10th when the good people at Scream Factory will be releasing this on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
Poughkeepsie Tapes is a found footage style film, that actually gets the concept correct. Its the story of a serial killer who we never identify fully. He's dubbed "The Water Street Killer" by the local media. The film starts with a raid on the killers home, which he has already abandoned. The police find 800 VHS tapes of the victims he had taken.
Combing through the tapes we see multiple disturbing fetishes and degrading acts, from mutilation to necrophilia. We watch as the killer, who is the one filming all of this slowly stalks his victims, abducts them, then after various activities murders them.
In between the VHS tapes we watch hard camera interviews with members of law enforcement, the family's of the victims, and various news reports. By incorporating these variations of film we watch everything unfold.
For the most part the torture and more vile scenes are left to the imagination. Which works well as psychological terror is more frightening than the blood and gore we are accustomed to seeing in these films. By combining all these elements you experience what a found footage film should be. It needs to be intertwined with other hard camera footage, much like Cannibal Holocaust did years ago.
The acting is well done, and the fact we never see the killers face, unless covered adds to a sense that he's still out there waiting for another victim. John Erick Dowdle was able to blend all of this together and make one of the best serial killer films to date.
Scream Factory has done another beautiful transfer and they have included
Original Theatrical Trailer
New interviews with John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle, and actress Stacy Chbosky
This is definitely a must own for any horror fan, or people who like serial killer documentary's. I can't stress enough how well it all comes together. Be sure to stick around till the end of the film as well.
Overall 4 out if 5 Stars
"I'm investigating a murder and my prime suspect is a house"
That's a line spoken by Detective Mark Lewis, who is investigation a massacre at an old abandond house that was the site of a mass murder years ago There are dead body's, 2 missing kids and John, one of the survivors who is seemingly gone into shock.
From there we incorporate found footage, and standard film as we follow John being interviewed by Dr Klein, a psychologist who is trying to find out what happened, while the police in the next room are studying video taken by the kids. It turns out the went to this old House as it is supposedly haunted to perform a seance.
Unfortunately John's mom was the sole survivor of the massacre at the home years back and they manage to unleash an evil spirit.
There's plenty of gore and jump scares as the cops try to figure out where one of the missing kids is, as well as try to solve the murders. The found footage, which is a gimmick I am not fond of actually works well here as it makes the transition between past and present a little more unsettling.
There's a good twist ending and good acting throughout. The film is only 83min so it moves at a frantic pace. It's a good film for horror fans and well worth picking up.
James Wan produced and his trademark jump scare tactics are employed to full effect here. With the addition of a good score and very faint, almost washed out at times coloring, the tone ia that of real horror
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars
Usually, the most terrifying stories are the ones that are true. The average "based on a true story" film can be quite disturbing if based on a real case. The Girl in the Box is one such film.
Made for the Lifetime cable channel and starring Zane Holtz (Richie from the Dusk till Dawn TV series) which tells the true story of Colleen Stan.
In 1977 Stan was hitchhiking to see her Freinds in California. She gets picked up by Cameron (Holtz) and Janice Hooker a normal couple at first glance who convince Colleen they want to go explore a few ice caves. They pull over and Cameron holds her at knife point while he fastens her head inside a big wooden box.
What then begins is 7 years of horror as Collen Stan is kept in a box under the couple's bed. She is tortured and raped on a daily basis. Cameron even convinces her to sign a slave contract stating he is part of the "Company" a powerful slave trade organization that will not only kill het, but her family as well.
She becomes so brainwashed over this time she doesn't even think about escaping. At one point Cameron even takes her to visit her family, and leaves her for a few days unattended. Due to her fears she says nothing and introduces Cameron as her boyfriend.
The film is facinating although it does suffer from restrictions as it was a made for tv film. Zane Holtz, however is so captivating as Cameron Hooker he holds everything together
It's hard to express, but his performance is so compelling as a mild mannered yet extremely disturbed individual you wonder why on Earth he did not receive an Emmy nod for his performance.
My only issue is the film ends with Colleen's escape, where as I would have liked to see it tell me more about how she readjusted to society. Then again there are books detailing that as well as the internet.
As made for cable films go this one is really good. Holtz's performance alone is reason to watch, and the story although true is something straight out of a horror film.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars