Simply put, Scream Factory along with IC have not only a winner with The Clovehitch Killer, but they also have a must see film of the year. I have to say right off the bat that this is one of the best films I have seen in a long time.
The Clovehitch Killer is about, well, The Clovehitch Killer. He was a serial killer who terrorized a small town 10 years before the start of this film. He was dubbed Clovehitch after they style of knot he would use on the ropes to subdue his victims. When we open the film we are introduced to Tyler, a normal teenager who comes from a Christian family and is your typical All American Boy. One day Tyler sneaks out in his dads truck to pick up a girl he has a date with. They get to fooling around and she finds a picture under the seat of a woman tied up. Not knowing its Dons truck she assumes Tyler is a pervert and thus ends his date.
After finding the pick he becomes curious as to why his dad has a padlock on his shed. He decides to break in and finds more bondage photos. One of them is more creepy than the others as it has a woman's name written on it. The name is Nora. Now that bothers Tyler because one of the Clovehitch Killers victims was a woman named Nora Devlin.
Suspecting his pops may be the killer he decides to ask the local Clovehitch Killer expert, a teenage named Kassi to help him investigate. The two of them find out a lot more then they hoped for during there search of Dons shed and things begin going south for them quick.
Although the film has zero blood it has a ton of suspense. Its moves at a slow pace, almost similar to an old Giallo film in parts. The acting is fantastic. Dylan McDermott is amazing. To say that he steals each and every scene is an understatement. He is loving, and charming, and chilling all at the same time. Words cannot praise his performance enough. The backdrop of the quiet town helps to add to the chilling atmosphere the film relishes in.
Unfortunately the film was not given a wide release, but lucky for us the fine folks at Scream Factory have picked this up and given it the transfer it deserves. The audio and video transfer is second to none. The film has a creepy score and when you add in the dark tones and hazy colors it all comes together marvelously. Everything just screams atmospheric horror.
As I said the film contains zero gore, so some horror fans will not enjoy this one. However if you enjoy a nice slow burn psychological horror film then I cannot recommend this one enough. Pick it up today
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
80's nostalgia is at a peak right now. From the Cobra Kai YouTube series, to the wave o new Masters of the Universe toys, everyone is going crazy or the 80's. Well one o the best films o the 80's was, in my opinion Rocky 4. Everyone loved it. To this day its still beloved. When I'm at the gym the soundtrack is still on my playlist. When Creed hit a few years ago it was no surprise a sequel would be made. When it was announced that the plot would be Ivan Dragos son challenging Creed (Apollo's son) to a fight the anticipation was through the roof.
Creed 2 once again stars Michael B Jordan as Adonis Creed, who in the beginning of the film, with Rocky in his corner is able to capture the WBC Heavyweight title. He propose to his girlfriend, who it turns out is pregnant and everything seems to be going fantastic. Well over in the Soviet Union things aren't going good for Ivan Draago. When Rocky beat him years ago he lost his wife, his country exiled him, he basically became a recluse. He did however have a son named Viktor who he has been training to box. Alter Viktor gets a nice string of wins a promoter brings him to America where he Challenges Creed to a match.
Now of course Creed wants to fight him, as he is the son of the man who killed his father, but Rocky refuses to train him as he remembers the toll his match with Ivan took on him. Creed goes to get the son of his late father to train him. Unfortunately things go bad and during his match with Viktor he takes a horrible beating. Viktor punches him when he is down causing a DQ allowing Adonis to keep his belt but its clear he was the loser of the fight alter taking such a horrible beating.
So naturally Rocky returns, trains him and it sets up for the rematch, that as fate and luck would have it takes place in Russia just like in Rocky 4.
Now I know this all sounds amazing, and yes a lot of it is. The fights, and the training montage of Rocky and Creed in the desert are amazing. Problem is there is a lot of down time in between. Creed 2 clocks in a little over 2 hours. Now a good hour and 10min of that is just Creed feeling sorry for himself, and Rocky wandering in and out, and Creed learning to be a dad to his new baby, and a lot of other simply boring stuff.
Don't get me wrong. I liked the film. The two fights alone are so well done it makes it a must see picture. However the beauty of Rocky 4 was how basic it was. Friend has a match, he dies, Rocky has a musical montage thinking about his friend, then a musical montage training, then a more high energy musical montage of him training harder, then the big fight. Now see Rocky did all this in like 90min. Creed 2 as I stated is much longer, and without all those musical montage's. Its still good, it just doesn't capture the energy of Rocky 4.
The acting is top notch. I have to give a lot of credit to Dolph Lundgren who does a fantastic job of a disgraced man trying to regain his glory through his son. Stallone is top notch as Rocky, and Michael B Jordan is once again great as Adonis Creed. The story and acting are there, just a bit to drawn out.
Warner Brothers, as always has done an amazing job with the Blu-ray transfer. The picture looks and sounds better than it did in the theater. The sounds of the fights and the booming music blasted out of my surround sound making it feel as though I was in the movie myself.
Definitely worth the watch for new and old fans alike. Creed 2 is a well acted film with great choreography, a great soundtrack, and a great story. My only issue was that it moved a little to slow for my taste. Worth the watch.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!
I love old black & white schlock monster films. I grew up watching them on Saturday afternoons, and again on Saturday Nights during my stations Creature Feature show. The more outlandish the better. I really enjoyed the rash of them that came out during the 50’s as they always dealt with weird creatures that were usually the result of some type of government radiation testing or they were simply living underground. That is the case with the 1956 cult classic The Mole People.
The Mole People is a very odd film. It stars Hugh Beaumont aka Ward Cleaver as Dr. Jud Bellamin, and Alan Napier aka Alfred from Batman as Elinu. The plot is a bit convoluted for a sci fi film from the 50’s. It centers on the Hollow Earth theory. You know that the earth is hollow or more importantly for this film contains another sector, a world inside a world if you will. We meet a group of scientists working on an excavation when they discover an old stone tablet containing Sumerian writing. They determine its from the ancient Sharu dynasty and that during a flood all the Sumerians went inside the earth to escape.
Our Scientists decide to scale one of the mountains there to try and find more evidence but there is a giant cave in and the group falls into an underground civilization. They decide to rest for the night before exploring and are quickly captured by The Mole People. They are taken to the High priest who determines they must be killed. Luckily one of our scientists has a flashlight that everyone just assumes is magical. And as all these people live underground they light blinds them. They are then welcomed by the Sumerians, who as it turns out have enslaved the mole people and have them work in their mushroom fields.
Yea, this is as goofy as it sounds. Its good goofy fun though. In fact its such good goofy fun it was made famous by being featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It truly is one of the more ridiculous films of that era, and that really is saying something. I always found it a bit odd that the title was The Mole People as they are basically secondary characters.
The Mole People costumes are actually very well made. I mean sure they look goofy as can be now, but try and remember this was made in 1956. They actually look really good. The sculpting in the masks is fantastic. Being in black and white does definitely help the aura and I’m sure if I was to see the colorized versions they would be weird but I really think these are some of the better monster masks I’ve seen.
The film is a bit slow which is bad as it only has a 77min run time. You can tell that it was dragged out to reach a short feature length time. That doesn’t hurt the film though as its just weird enough to keep you entertained for that time.
Scream Factory has picked this on up and are releasing it on Blu-ray. Let me tell you it looks and sounds great. The audio is probably the best it has ever been and the video transfer if fantastic. I am really glad that it didn’t hurt the film to be honest. The picture is very vibrant but not enough to make the effects look to cheap by today’s standards. And I was shocked at the fact that the great Scream Factory was even able to include special features
If you dig old monster movies, and science fiction films from the old days definitely pick this one up, it still has a lot going for it. If you have never seen it it’s defiantly something to see. If anything you will get a good laugh out of it.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!
The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I won’t Lie, I’m not a country music fan, nor am I a fan of movies about singing and romance and all that stuff. I was however a teenager in the early 90’s , and as I am a male I was a huge fan of Andrew “Dice” Clay. I still like him to be honest. And I have always found him to be a good actor. So when I found out he had a small part in A Star is Born as Lady Gaga’s father I knew I needed to watch this film. Plus the fact it was so acclaimed helped me a bit as well.
A Star is Born stars Bradley Cooper as Jack Maine. He’s a Country Western singer managed by his brother Bobby. He’s also a horrible drunk junkie who suffers from tinnitus. He’s essentially a giant mess. One night after a show he heads off to a bar and meets Ally (Lady Gaga) she’s a waitress and aspiring singer songwriter. Jack sees her perform and becomes enamored with her. Jack convinces her to go on his new music tour with him and they quickly fall in love. Then it pretty much goes downhill.
A record producer notices Ally and offers her a contract. Catch is he wants her, not Jack, and he also wants her to stop singing that horrible county music and switch to pop music, good advice if you ask me. Jack acts cool about it and after a nice drunk binge proposes to Ally and the two get married. Then they fight a lot, mainly because Jack is a horrible drunk who rents Ally’s new music and image. She wins a few Grammy's and he is kind enough to show up drunk to the ceremony, come up on stage with her, piss his pants and pass out. From there things get depressing.
Yes, I say from there. This film is depressing as hell. I can see why Clint Eastwood was going to be the original director. It’s a good film, in fact it’s a great film. Copper gives an amazing performance as Jack, and in turn he does an amazing job as the director of this picture as well. He did so well he was nominated for Best Actor, and best director at this year’s Oscars. Gaga was fantastic as well, herself even receiving a Best actress and best song nomination. Heck while we’re at it it also received a best picture nomination as well.
As fantastic as Cooper and Gaga are the supporting cast is great as well. Sam Elliott shines as Bobby, Jacks manager / brother / babysitter. He goes from a caretaker of sorts to Jack, to an almost estranged enemy, back to loving brother. It’s one of his better performances. Then you have Andrew “Dice” Clay as Lorenzo, Ally’s loving father who absolutely steals the scene at the Grammys when he confronts Jack and after brow beating him makes him realize it’s time to clean up his act. Dave Chappelle is even in this as Noodles, Jacks friend and fellow musician. He gives a really good performance as well. Every one shines no matter how big or small the role.
The soundtrack is not my type of music but as I stated before it has received man the accolades. Cooper and Gaga have fantastic chemistry together. They make a fantastic pair and hopefully we will see them act opposite each other in more films.
Warner Brothers is releasing this on Blu-ray and I must say it’s a fantastic transfer. The video transfer is immaculate, and the, music is so crisp it booms from the speakers. It’s actually one of the best transfers in terms of audio that I have come across in recent years.
As I stated it’s a great film, with a great cast but if you’re expecting a feel good romance think again. The film is very depressing in many spots and if you get emotional during films it will definitely tug on all your emotions so you will want to have a box of tissues handy. All that aside this film deserves all the praise it gets. I highly recommend going out and picking this one up.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
“I smell like three days on the road!” Joe (Nicolas Cage) in Between Worlds. It’s a fitting line as Cage looks like he has not bathed, or slept for that matting in quiet some time in this film. It’s not as insane as Mandy, and it lacks the action of Drive Angry, but Between Worlds is one weird film that is only made better by the over the top performance of the great Nicolas Cage. He is the star of the film, and owns every scene he is in, which is basically all of them.
Between Worlds is the story of Joe, a trucker who is having a bell spell in his life. He has recently lost his wife and daughter and one day while stopping at a truck stop bathroom encounters a guy chocking out a young woman. He does what Nic Cage would do and beats they guy down and saves the woman’s life. Sadly she’s not grateful as she wanted the guy to choke her out. Turns out when she was a kid she almost died and was able to leave her earthly body and go to another plane. She has a daughter who was in a motorcycle crash and is near death and wants to reach her on that astral plane. She uses this power with Joe's help and is able to bring her daughter back from near death. Joe shakes up with her and everything is going well.
As he is Nicolas Cage he stars having sex with her all over the house, and as he is Nicolas cage her now very much alive daughter Billie stats putting the moves on him as well. Unfortunately the reason she is coming on to her mom’s boyfriend is because on her way back to life she became possessed by Joe’s late wife. Turns out she is not to please that he has moved on and his happy again. That doesn’t really bother Joe as he simply starts having sex with Billy as well. As hard as this sounds, it get even strangers as it goes along.
So this film is a weird one. Not a bad one mind you, just weird. It’s disturbing for multiple reasons, mostly involving the bizzaro sex scenes with Cage, but also for the fact that is also kind of funny. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be funny, but parts are so ridiculous, like having sex while holding a skinned animal while Animal Planet is on the television you have to laugh. Cage is very over the top as I stated buy a bit more subdued than he has been lately. He’s clearly the right guy for this film. Penelope Mitchell does a great job as Billie, having to play a young woman possessed by an older dead sexpot. She’s a perfect partner for Cage in terms of stealing the film. She’s set to be in the new Hellboy film, and she clearly has a bright future ahead of her.
Lionsgate has done a great job on the Blu-ray as the print looks and sound fantastic. All the weirdness is bright and colorful as it practically leaps off the screen, which is weird enough as it is. The sound is phenomenal. You can hear the slightest pin drop in the background from your surround sound it is done so well. It has one of the crispest scores I have heard in quiet sometime.
It’s not for everyone but if you enjoy something a little erotic, mixed with a whole lot of strange then check it out. Or if you just like Cage buy it immediately as it’s definitely one to add to your collection.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!
All the Colors of the Dark is considered a classic Giallo film. It takes the standard formula and adds in a satanic, almost supernatural element to the plot. Made back in 1972 and directed by Sergio Martino it is one of the most original Giallo film to this day. I first saw this film back in the early 90’s when the horror tape trading boom was in full effect, and I like most were trying to find any Italian horror films we could thanks to Fangoria’s coverage of Dario Argento films. Although I am not a fan of every Giallo film out there I always had a soft spot for this one.
The film is the story of Jane. She’s just been in a horrific car accident causing her to miscarry her unborn child. She starts having weird almost hallucinogenic dreams about a blue eyed killer who uses a knife to murder naked women. Now if these dreams aren’t bad enough for her mental state she goes to see a shrink who prescribes her some anti psychosis meds that actually make things worse. She starts seeing this blue eyed killer in the real world. He begins following her everywhere driving her further insane.
Her neighbor, a woman named Mary tells her she can help. See Mary is a member of a satanic cult and she promises Jane that if she comes to their ritual and participates that they can cure her of these dreams and hallucinations. It’s a simple ritual you know dog sacrifice gang rape, the usual stuff. Sadly this does not help Jane, it just makes her that much worse. You throw in a twist ending and you have a great film here.
Now I know with the added black magic element you think this makes it strange to be a Giallo film, but it’s not. The razor tight editing and pacing of this film builds the suspense and intrigue better than any Giallo I have ever seen. It runs a tight 94min and moves along at a fever pace. The score that accompanies the picture adds to the almost cat and mouse like feel that the film brings to the table. The acting is very well done and the cast has great chemistry together. The addition of the black magic element in my opinion makes the film better. It bring a new twist to the standard style of these films, and it’s done in such a good way that it really helps to separate it from the rest of the Giallo’s from this era.
This film it not for everyone, and by everyone I mean younger audiences. Giallo always have blood and nudity but this one really take sit to another level. There is a lot of nudity, sexual situations, and a great amount of blood and gore in this one. It’s one of the goriest Giallo I have seen. It ranks right up there with Torso. Severin Films one again has outdone themselves with this transfer as it looks and sounds great. Its one of the best looking Giallo out there in terms of atmosphere and this scan really makes it pop out. The score is so crisp it makes the suspense scenes seem real. Plus it’s loaded with special features.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
Giallo is Italian for the word yellow. See years ago a series of pulp style mystery novels were released with yellow covers. Giallo became a genre of film as well. Outside of Italy it refers to a film with mystery elements. It’s almost always presented in the form of a slasher or exploitation film. Heavy on nudity and violence the films operate differently than a standard American Slasher film. Generally you only see a pair of hands, almost always wearing black leather gloves murdering people. The murders are for the most part very graphic, and the killer is never revealed until the end of the film. These murders are usually solved by the work of a detective who is working with the local police department. Every once and a while you will find one with a supernatural element like Susperia, but those are few and far between. They also have very atmospheric and just plain downright creepy scores as well.
Made popular by directors like Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Sergio Martino, and Joe D’Amato, the genre of films soon became popular her in America as well. Directors such as Brian De Palma used many of those elements in his early film as well. Although the films contain very brutal kills they are still mysteries as heart. Horror fans began embracing them in the 80’s and continue to enjoy them to this day. Torso, Deep Red, and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage are considered classics of the horror genre. Now even though the horror crowd loves them the casual suspense and mystery fan holds these films in high regard as well.
So if you have never seen a Giallo film, or if you are a fan who is looking for more to watch Serverin Films is releasing All the Colors of Giallo. It’s an amazing 3 Disc set that contain over 5 hours of trailers from some of the best, and some of the more unknown Giallo films throughout the years. If having a collection of trailers this big is not enough Severin even loaded this set up with special features on each disc.
DISC 1 – Blu-ray
Fans of this style of film will definitely want to pick this one up as it’s a must have. Horror collectors will definitely want it as well as it’s like adding a piece of history to their collection. Plus if you have never seen a Giallo film this will be a fantastic introduction as there are so many to choose from, because even though they are the same style they are all different in their own way. Do yourself a favor and go and pick this collection up today.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
Ted Rami, Traci Lords, and Ricki Lake all in a slasher movie. Instant smash hit you would think. Sadly you would be wrong. Somehow with a cast this eclectic in a slasher film it just came and went. The movie in question is called Skinner. It came out during the big horror rental boom of the 90’s (1993 to be exact) and it kind of just came and went. Not much fanfare in the magazines, nothing. Which was sad as it is quite a good little slasher with a great performance by Ted Rami.
Skinner stars Ted as Dennis Skinner. He’s a nerdy quiet kind of guy who doesn’t care for the people he works with, so at night he goes out to Skid Row, picks up hookers and skins them alive before killing them. He calls it punishment. Well he needs a place to live so why not rent a room from a really hot Ricki Lake. Yes, Ricki was drop dead gorgeous at this time in my opinion. They become friends, heck they even share a nice slow dance together while Dennis holds a big knife.
Now even though he seems to be living the life he made the mistake of letting one of his victims get away. Heidi (played by Traci Lords) was left disfigured at the hands of Skinner, and is now a morphine addict. She been tracking him down and is looking to get revenge for not only him offing some of her friends, but leaving her disfigured as well.
This film is great. Rami gives a truly memorable performance. Playing the quiet guy as well as the over the top killer. At one point he even skins a guy then wears his skin pretending to be him. It’s all very well done for a goofy as it is at times. Ricki has a smaller part but she is fantastic as well. She and Rami actually have a great chemistry together. Traci is good as well. She always did do great in these horror films and it’s a shame she didn’t do more. She could have been a top horror star in my opinion.
The special effects are also very well done. Although the film is a lower budget one, the practical effects are very nice. The film, although not as graphic as you may think is still very gory. In fact the film had to have almost 9min edited out of it when it was originally released.
Well now, thanks to the great folks at Severin Films Skinner is getting not only the Blu-ray treatment, but it’s being presented uncut as well. Yes that means the entire skinning and flailing around in a person’s skin scene And let me tell you the print looks amazing. Severin is quickly becoming the go to for these obscure slasher, and horror titles. With every transfer they do the quality gets better and better. This film looks like it was just made yesterday it’s so clear. The night scenes are well done as they don’t have much in the way of the blue tint that a lot of transfers do. This is one of the better looking ones I have seen. It even has special features
As I said the film looks great, it truly is a long lost classic in the realm of slasher films and the Performance by Ted Rami is enough to warrant picking this one up alone. It’s a fun film that has a nice grimy Grindhouse look. So if you have never seen it it’s a must have, and If you have seen it now its uncut, so it’s a must have as well. Go ahead and order it today
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!
Fatal Attraction for teenagers, sure that doesn’t sound too appealing but if done right it can work. In fact back in 1992 a film hit VHS that was not only well done but it became a rental hit and cult favorite that spawned 3 sequels. That film was Poison Ivy, and featured Drew Barrymore in a very risque role to say the least. In fact the legends of the film are a bit more graphic than the film itself. Scream Factory has acquired the right to these and have released a Poison Ivy Box Set.
Poison Ivy stars Drew Barrymore as Ivy. She’s the typical wrong side of the tracks temptress type girl that Sylvie Copper (Sara Gilbert), an impressionable girl from a wealthy family bonds with. Sylvie and Ivy soon become inseparable. Ivy pretty much moves in to their home and even Sylvie’s parents fall in love with her. Sylvie mother Georgie is very sick and stays home. She’s on oxygen, and slightly unstable at times but Ivy gains her trust, until she witnesses Ivy trying to seduce her husband. In fact Ivy is basically trying to take Georgie’s place as the woman of the house. When Sylvie begins to notice this she tries to stop Ivy by any means necessary. It’s a very well done erotic thriller that is well acted and moves at a great pace with plenty of twists and turns. It’s clearly the best of the series and holds up well to this day.
Poison Ivy II: Lily Stars Alyssa Milano as Lilly. She’s a fairly simple girl in the beginning. She’s an art student who moves in an apartment with a strange group of people. There’s Bridgette who doesn’t like Lilly, Robert, and Tanya. Tanya and Lilly hit it off and become friends. One day Lilly finds an old box and opens it up. It’s from her cousin Ivy (Barrymore from the first film) it’s her diary and a bunch of photos. Lilly soon becomes obsessed with the diary and starts turning into Ivy, becoming more and more sexual in nature. It drives her down a dark path and endangers not only her relationship but lives as well. Although a bit cornier in nature the film is still good and Milano is great as Lily. She’s a much better actress then she has ever been given credit for. It was not made until 1996 and It does hold up well.
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction released in 1997 to cash in on the rental success of Lilly stars Jaime Pressly. This one starts in 1985 with a flashback of Ivy and her sister Violet. They live with their mom Rebecca, a live in housekeeper who is having an affair with a man named Ivan. They all live together along with Ivan’s wife Catherine and his daughter Joy. One day Ivan finds Rebecca with their pool boy and freaks out. This draws his wife’s attention who finds out about the affair and throws them all out. We then cut to 10 years later and Violet is becoming reacquainted with Joy. In fact Joy asks her to move in to help her save money. Violent doesn’t really fit in with Joy’s other high class friends. This somehow causes her to snap and she decides to take her anger out on Joy. She starts using her sexual prowess to ruin Joy’s life. Seducing her fiancé, and wrecking the relationship of her other friends. She even tries to seduce Ivan, joy’s father. This one is definitely the most risqué of the 4 films. It’s not the best in terms of well done, as the acting, with the exception of Pressly is not that great, but the film is so over the top it’s definitely the most fun to watch. In fact I actually put this one at the top of my list.
Poison Ivy: The Secret Society really has nothing to do with the other films. In fact it was edited down and premiered on Lifetime in 2008. It stars Miriam McDonald from Degrassi The Next Generation fame as Daisy. She’s a small town Iowa county girl who after leaving home transfers to a private school to get her college degree. The Deans son Blake falls for her which causes a secret society known as the Ivy Society to ask her to join. There a group of young lady’s whose group often win the internship offered each year. In fact one of the girls there, Azalea try’s to seduce Blake to get help in winning. They are incredibly generous to Daisy at first. Paying for her cloths and helping her with tuition. That is until Blake beings seeing Daisy full time much to the anger of Azalea who then begins to try and ruin the lives of Blake and Daisy. This film is pretty bad. Its by no means seductive like the first three, so the fact that it is watered down really ruins the style of the film. This one is truly a safer version for the younger crowd.
Scream Factory has put all of these together in a box set, and not only are the transfers pristine in both audio and visual style but all of the films are presented uncut. That adds to the appeal as uncut prints of these are hard to find these days. You get all 4 films, all uncut with extras.
Disc One: Poison Ivy
Worth every penny the first 3 films are great, three being my personal favorite. Sure part 4 is not that good, but for $47.99 you essentially getting it for free. DO yourself a favor and pick this one up. It’s a fun way to spend the weekend, or broken up over a few nights. Definitely worth having in your collection.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Ahh the early 2000’s when horror films were on a slight upswing and they all featured a young attractive cast to hook the teenage audience. It was a great formula. Get a few actors from a hot tv show, throw them in a slasher and your set. Sure the formula is still used half assed today but back in the 90’s the films were still rated R and had nice amounts of blood and gore. Valentine brought together David Boreanaz who was hot from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Denise Richards who was doing a nice amount of films at the time. She was even a Bond girl a few years prior, and a still relatively unknown Katherine Heigl who was on the show Roswell at the time. So you get a handful of good looking people, a standard slasher plot, blood, and violence and you have the formula for good slasher film.
Valentine uses a basic set up like we have seen in other films. It starts back in 1988 at a school Valentine’s Day dance. You meet the weird kid right away, his name is Jeremy Melton. He’s essentially a harmless nerd who decides to ask a few of the girls to dance, Paige, Shelly, and Lily. They all brush him off, but their other friend Dorothy (a bit of a nerd herself) tells him sure. One thing leads to another and the two of them decide to go behind the bleachers and make out. Unfortunately some of the other more popular kids find them. Dorothy gets embarrassed and quickly tells the guys that Jeremy is trying to rape her. So Jeremy gets dragged out, stripped down, and beaten up pretty bad in front of everyone. He gets a horrible nosebleed (plot point for later) gets kicked out of school, and finally sent to a reform school. That’s pretty messed up.
We then flash forward thirteen years later and encounter Shelly. She’s working in the UCLA morgue which is fitting because someone in a cupid mask attacks and murders her. Slashes her throat really good. Then the masked killer gets a nose bleed. I’m sure you know where this is going. So all of the girls from school come to her funeral and right off the bat start getting nasty greeting cards all signed “JM” which is a pretty good clue as to who the killer is. Of course the girls start to get hunted down by this maniac and begin meeting there untimely deaths. All of this coincides with a big Valentine’s Day party that Dorothy is having.
As basic as it sounds it really works well. The acting is very good and all of the actors have fantastic chemistry. Plus the film was not hindered by today’s ever present PG-13 rating. The kills in this film are very graphic. Stabbings, slashing’s, electrocutions, it’s all here. And it even boasts a great soundtrack with music by Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Static X. I enjoyed the film when I saw it back in the theater and enjoyed it just as much if not more watching the Scream Factory Blu-ray release.
Boasting fantastic slip cover artwork this Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic. At first I was shocked to see it getting the Scream Factory treatment but watching it again I can certainly see why. The film was one of the better slasher films of the era and the twist ending was really well done. Plus as its Scream Factory the transfer looked amazing. The film was crisp and clean and the audio was amazing. The soundtrack sounded great blasting out of my speakers. It even has a tons of special features.
This is a must buy if not for the fantastic film but for the special features alone. It holds up perfectly to this day. As I said before it’s one of the best slashers from the early 2000’2 and definitely one you will want to add to your horror collection. Head over and order this one today.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!