In 2002 the FX Network was still searching for its audience. It found it tenfold when the Shield burst onto the scene. Receiving six Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a win for Michael Chiklis for Best Actor in a Drama series the show not only exploded but it set the standard for all other shows from the FX Network. It ran for seven seasons and followed a linear pattern throughout the series.
The show focuses on a police station based of Farmington in Los Angles. It’s a high crime gang area and a special team of police are stationed there to deal with the criminals. There called The Strike Team and led by Vick Mackey (Michael Chiklis). His men include Shane Vedrell (Walton Goggins) Curtis Lemansky (Kenny Johnson), and Ronnie Gardock (David Rees Snell). They have a reputation for being violent, and using a lot of illegal tactics to bring down the criminals they encounter. They are constantly at odds with their captain David Acevde (Benito Martinez) who suspects they dabble in criminal activity. Other notable officers at the station are beat cop Danielle Sofer (Catherine Dent), Dutch Wagenbaugh (Jay Marnes), and Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder).
For those who watched, and if you have not yet don’t worry, this is no spoiler, Vic and the Strike Team are dirty cops. Extortion, robbery, bribes, murder, you name it. They protect the public, but take everything they can with no remorse. The focal point of the first few seasons is Captain Acevde trying to bring them down as they manage to stay one step ahead. Later seasons feature conflict on the team itself.
Violent and well written the show was a hit and is considered by many one of the greatest, not only cop shows, but television shows of all time. One thing that I really enjoyed was how the final episode really was a final episode and wrapped up the main characters story lines, giving them all fitting endings. I can’t praise the acting and writing of the show enough.
A few years back it was given a collector’s edition DVD release. It was packaged in a giant slip cover book. The transfers were simple dvd quality. The packaging, although nice on the outside was very poorly done. The discs would rip the pages when you slid them out if you were not extra careful. Plus let’s face it a show of this caliber should get a Blu-ray release. Now thanks to the good people at Mill Creek we are getting just that.
Packaged in a sturdy book bound set all 88 episodes are presented on 18 gorgeous Blu-ray discs. The box itself is fantastic, and sturdy. It has Vic’s police badge etched into the cover. The discs slide out perfectly in this set, as the packaging is extremely study. Each page of the bound case contains tons of photos and notes from creator Sean Ryan. It’s even loaded with special features.
"The Shield Reunion" cast & crew reunion special to reminisce and reflect on being a part of this landmark series
"The Shield: A Retrospective" a look back at the lasting impact the series has had on TV and how its themes are still relevant today.
"Restoring The Shield" a behind-the-scenes look at the technological processes involved in the High Definition upgrade
"The Critical Response to The Shield" how critics initially received the series and if/how their opinions changed throughout the duration of the series' run.
"The Shield Writers Room" Reunion from the ATX Festival Panel
This is a definitive set that all fans of the series should own. If you have never seen it before this is the way you must watch it. Beautiful transfers on a truly groundbreaking series. Order it now for Christmas.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars
Christopher Lee has played Count Dracula a few times. He’s my personal favorite. The Dracula films were a staple of the Hammer series. The hammer films, for those unaware were from our friends over in London. They made many horror films like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and many many more. Unlike their American versions the Hammer Films were known for their blood and nudity. They also had a gothic look that to this day has never been duplicated. Dracula Prince of Darkness was there 3rd Dracula movie, and it’s regarded as one of their finest.
It’s a sequel to Hammers Dracula. In fact the film opens with the last few minutes of Dracula in which Van Helsing kills the Count. The story finds a family who, when their coach driver becomes terrified at night takes them to an old castle that just happens to be where Dracula resided. His Servant Klove still stays in the castle and welcomes the family in. He gets them rooms, and even dinner. However as the night progresses one of the men, Alan hears a noise and gets up to investigate. He finds Klove, but is killed by him. Klove takes his blood and mixes it with Count Dracula’s ashes to resurrect him.
Dracula rises and quickly claims a bride. He attacks the remaining two survivors but they manage to escape the castle and meet Father Sandor, a priest who still believes in the existence of vampires. Sandor and Charles must team up to stop Dracula, and his henchmen.
The film is slow, but not boring. It moves at a slow pace but it never gets dull. The acting is fantastic. Christopher Lee is by the best Dracula the silver screen has ever seen and he is in top form in this one. I especially enjoy the ending, as it’s different from most all other vampire films.
The atmosphere is beautiful. Sinister wooded areas, gothic castles, rundown buildings, the film is a sight to see. The score is fantastic and adds to the suspense. Hammer films always had a great look and this one is no exception. Throw in great performances by all the actors involved and you have a great atmospheric horror film in this one.
Presented by Scream Factory fans can now watch this classic on Blu-ray and with the fully uncut UK version of the film. The transfer is fantastic. Video and audio quality are once again second to none. Scream Factory has these transfers down to a science and this one is no exception. It’s also loaded with special features
· Two Versions! The UK Version And The U.S. Version
· NEW 4K Scan Of The Interpositive Of The US Version From The 20th Century Fox Vaults
· NEW Audio Commentary With Author Troy Howarth
· NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker Constantine Nasr And Writer/Producer Steve Haberman
· Audio Commentary With Cast Members Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews, And Barbara Shelley
· World Of Hammer Episode “Dracula And The Undead”
· Back To Black – The Making Of Dracula: Prince Of Darkness
· Super 8mm Behind-The-Scenes Footage
· Theatrical Trailers
· Still Gallery
A great film that you can now watch uncut and on Blu-ray what more can you ask for. A must own for any horror fan, And just creepy enough for the casual fan to enjoy. Go ahead and pick this one up today
Overall 3.5 out of 5 stars!
Before The Naked Gun, Before Dumb and Dumber, there was The Jerk. The first starring role of the now legendary Steve Martin. It was even written by Martin, and it is truly a comedy classic. A box office smash when it was released it is now considered one of the greatest comedy motion pictures of all time. Made on a low budget of 4 million, the film made over 73 million. It’s without a doubt Steve Martins best film, and that is saying something. It was a laugh riot in 1979 and is still hilarious to this day.
Martin plays Navin Johnson, who according to his narrative was raised a poor black child. See he was adopted by a family of African Americans, and he truly believes he is black. When he is finally told he’s white he becomes distraught that he is going to stay that color. One night he hears a song on the radio and begins dancing. He finds out the song was played in a radio station out of St Louis so he decides to set off and head there. That begins a wild cross county journey the likes of which you have never seen.
Navin get a dog he names “Shit-head”. He gets a job at a gas station and becomes overly excited when the new phone books come in as his name is in it, and you can’t be somebody until your name is in the phone book. While working there a customer comes in whose glasses keep falling off. Navin adds a handle and a nose guard to it to keep it from slipping. Unfortunately for Navin a nut picks his name out of random in the phone book and goes to kill him. Navin escapes, and to make a long story short joins a circus, meets the woman of his dreams, and eventually becomes wealthy thanks to his eye glass holders.
I first saw this film when I was a young kid. It was funny then, and it’s just as funny now. The Jerk is in my opinion the greatest slapstick comedy ever made. The jokes are timeless. Sight gags, one lines, and visual jokes you name it. They fly fast and furious and never stop. The cast is a comedic who’s who. Aside from Martin you have Bernadette Peters, M. Emmet Walsh, Jackie Mason, Mabel King, Carl Reiner, and more. The humor is timeless, and vulgar in spots but never to the point of offensive or to crude. This really is the true definition of stupid humor. Its rated R so it’s not really a family film. But it’s much different than the toilet humor R rated films of today.
The film is getting ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and in honor of that Shout Factory is releasing a collector’s edition under their Shout Select line. I could not wait to see it, and I was not disappointed. The transfer in terms of video and audio is amazing. It has never looked or sounded better. The new cover art is fantastic, and it even has a nice amount of special features.
NEW Remastered from a Brand-New 2K Transfer
NEW A Conversation with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner
NEW A Conversation with Writers Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb
Learn How to Play "Tonight no not You Belong To Me"
The Lost Film Strips of Father Carlos Las Vegas De Cordova
Trailers & Radio Spots
For a film to be funny for 40 years is an accomplishment as humor in general is timeless, but the style of humor changes with the times. I can promise you this is the true definition of timeless. I laughed just as hard today as I did when I saw it many man years ago. It really is one of the greatest comedies of all time. If you have never seen it you need to. If you’re a fan you need to add this to your collection. It’s an amazing Blu-ray of a groundbreaking comedy.
Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars!
Well what would a review for Silent Night Deadly Night 2 be without saying “Garbage Day”! Yes, the internet meme and gif Garbage Day comes from this film. In fact I think more people know that scene then they do the movie itself. It’s a great scene delivered with maniac gusto by Eric Freeman, who is incredibly over the top in this film. The rest of the film has its moments of greatness as well.
Taking place a few years after part one we meet Ricky Caldwell. He’s Billy’s brother, the killer form part one. Remember him? He was in the car in the beginning of part one when the crazy guy dressed like Santa murdered his parents. Well it turns out that event made him just as nuts as his brother. The film starts with Ricky under arrest and talking to a shrink. Ricky tells him the events that transpired in the first film. This take close to 30min and I will tell you it’s my only complaint, it’s all footage from part one. Ricky was semi normal and even had a girlfriend. Unfortunately when he meets her D-bag ex and goes completely off the rails and starts murdering people left and right. He targets them as “Naughty” He lays waste to an entire neighborhood at one point before finally being caught by the cops.
The film then kicks into the present where Ricky kills the shrink interviewing him and breaks out of the hospital. He makes a quick stop to kill a man dressed as Santa so he can steal his outfit then decides to head over to the orphanage and kill Mother Superior, the only person his brother was unable to get revenge on.
This film has it all. I already stated it’s got a now legendary performance by Eric Freeman as Ricky, and enough kills to satisfy any horror fan. We have death by jumper cables, by umbrella, with a gun, with an ax, with a car antenna, you name it. And they are all pretty graphic. The fact they did them the way I prefer, using practical effect make them something to see. You perform these with an actor who is beyond over the top and you have a winner.
Not well received when it originally came out, the film has started to find new fans over the years and has achieved cult status. It’s also a great behind the scenes story as well. Rumor is when part one hit at the box office despite all the protests the studio simply wanted the re edit it into a new film and call it a sequel. That was scrapped and a new story was filmed with flashbacks. The flashbacks are a bit much I can admit that. There re done slightly to show Ricky in a few more scenes, but for the most part you are watching 30min of the original. That withstanding it’s still a must for horror fans.
Released on VHS and on a double pack DVD that went out of print the movie became one of the many horror films that simply got lost in the shuffle. Now the good folks at Scream Factory are doing their magic once again. Following the release last year of part one they are presenting part two uncut and with an amazing transfer. It’s not only loaded with special features, but you can get it in special packages as well.
NEW 2K Scan Of An Archival Theatrical Print
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Lee Harry, And Actors Eric Freeman And James Newman
NEW Slay Bells Ring Again: The Story Of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 – Featuring Interviews With Co-Writer/Director Lee Harry, Actors Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Darrel Guilbeau, And Kenny McCabe, And Makeup Effects Artist Christopher Biggs
NEW Garbage Days Are Here Again – A Look At The Film’s Locations
NEW Ricky Today – A short Film Featuring A 2018 Interview With Ricky Caldwell
NEW I Don’t Sleep – An Extended Interview With Makeup Effects Artist Christopher Biggs
Audio Commentary By Co-Writer/Director Lee Harry, Co-Writer Joseph H. Earle, And Actor James Newman
Exclusive Limited Edition contains:
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 [Collector’s Edition] Blu-ray (with slipcover)
An exclusive, limited edition 8" tall Ricky/Killer Santa action figure by NECA
An exclusive, limited edition 18" x 24" rolled poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson (this will ship rolled, in a poster tube
I truly enjoy the film. It’s a worthy sequel and a darn good slasher film. The kills are very cleaver, the volume of the acting is turned to 11, and it’s just a great watch in general. If you have never seen it you have to. If you saw it years ago you need to sit down and watch it again.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!
The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
An animated movie with voice acting by Channing Tatum, LeBron James, and Danny DeVito about Yetis, what more could you want? Released on September 28, 2918 Smallfoot received good reviews from fans and critics alike. It made over 200 million at the box office and a sequel is already being talked about.
Smallfoot is the story of a group of Yeti’s who live high atop a mountain somewhere in the Himalayas. They live at the very top of the mountains high above the clouds as to remain hidden from the human world. One of these Yeti’s is Migo (Tatum) who one morning witnesses a plane crash and spots a human, who they Yeti’s refer to as Smallfoot’s. Se in the Yetis world humans are simply legend and not believed to be real. When Migo goes to tell the others about it he is banished from his village by the elders, who are known as the Stonekeeper’s. The Stonekeepers want to keep the humans existence a secret from the other Yetis.
As Migo is preparing to leave he meets another group of Yeti’s who have formed the SES (Smallfoot Evidentiary Society) who not only believe Migo but convince him to be lowered below the clouds to see the humans. He ends up falling below and after a few misadventures (Humans thing he’s just growling as they cannot speak Yeti) he meets Percy Patterson. Percy is a filmmaker who wants to expose Yetis are real.
This film is great fun. It’s funny, has a great heart, and tells a good story. The voice acting is fantastic with Tatum leading the way. He conveys the friendly simple Migo with humor and sympathy. Throwing in the entire SES society is great as it’s a flip flop on what we have here with aliens.
The animation is extremely bright. I find that important as little kids are more entertained when the cartoon is bright. Trust me on this one. It looks fantastic. The sky and mountain scenes are vibrant to say the least. I love how all the blues and white’s seem to pop out of the screen. The humor is simple, yet childish enough to not only entertain kids but adults alike. It has a nice run time of 96min so it moves fast and will keep you entertained throughout.
Warner Brothers is releasing this on Blu-ray and Digital and I must say it’s a perfect transfer. Its every bit as bright and colorful on the small screen and the audio transfer is superb. Every background noise flowed out of my speakers.
A fun story with a great message about friendship and not judging others based on appearance make this a fun film for the entire family. I hope they make a sequel as the ending leaves it wide open. I highly recommend you pick this one up.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
Tobe Hooper as all horror fans know is the man behind the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Robert Englund is the man under the Freddy Krueger makeup, and Steven King is the world’s premier horror writer. When you combine the three you get 1995’s The Mangler. The film when it came out however was not promoted as I just painted it. In fact all the ads basically just promoted that Englund was in it, as Freddy was still a top commodity in the horror world even though his series had come to an end. In fact that was all that was really pushed about the film. They should have plugged it as the oddball movie it is.
The Mangler is not the name of a serial killer, no it’s a laundry press, but it’s a possessed evil laundry press that sits next to an evil possessed ice box. Robert Englund plays Bill Gartley, he owns these evil pieces of machinery. He owns the town laundromat and when his niece Sherry cuts herself and gets blood on the Mangler it seems to awaken the evil. It actually ends up killing multiple people who come in contact with it. Of course when people begin getting killed the police are notified and come to investigate. John, the local cop brings his brother Mark in to help with the investigation. See Mark specializes in the occult and the two soon realize that the Mangler is possessed
Normally I would stop here as to not give any spoilers, but in this case I must give a few. See it turns out that the Mangler became a tool of evil when the townspeople feed it Deadly Nightshade, which is an ingredient in the town’s antacid. So this evil antacid made the machine evil and the town elders, including Gartley decided they would sacrifice there virgin daughters to the Mangler on their 16th birthdays. By doing this they would become rich and powerful. No about the time they figure this all out the Mangler comes to life and begins hunting them down.
Sound insane, well it is. In fact it just sounds plain dumb when you read it, but it’s actually pretty cool. The acting is first rate, the practical effects used in the gore scenes are great and very over the top bloody. The atmosphere is dark and sets the tone perfectly. The score is great, and the sheer insanity of the plot is really quiet fun. My only issue with the film is it’s played too straight. When dealing with evil machinery powered by evil antacids it should be campier in my opinion.
It had its basic VHS release and DVD release but those were always the R-rated version. No thanks to the great people over at Scream Factory we are finally getting an uncut print. And it looks great. The video and audio are fantastic. It even has the usual special features.
NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Of The Uncut Version Of The Film
NEW Audio Commentary With Co-Writer Stephen David Brooks
NEW Hell’s Bells – An Interview With Actor Robert Englund
Rare Behind-The-Scenes Footage
Definitely one to check out if you’re a horror fan looking for a fun time, or if you say it years ago and want to re-watch it. It spawned two sequels and has developed a pretty significant cult following over the years. It definitely is one to see.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars
What do you get when you take a touch of horror, a dash of Illuminati, a pinch of cross dressing, and mix it with two A-List Actors? You get Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation. Written and Directed by Kim Henkel, who did help co-write the original 1974 classic, this is one strange film. Loved by some, hated by some, and confusing to many. Shot in 1993 and not released until 1997 this is definitely a well discussed film. It starred Matthew McConaughey, and Renee Zellweger before they became huge stars, and added a new take on the legend of Leatherface.
The film follows a group of teenagers who when driving back from their Senior Prom crash into another car. Three of the kids head off to get help, while one stays behind with the car and end up in the office of a woman named Darla who tells them her boyfriend Vilmer (McConaughey) is a tow truck operator who can help them. He gets the call and heads to the site of the crash. Once there he kills both parties.
As this is going on the 3 kids leave the office, and two of them chase after a car leaving the 3rd girl, Jenny (Zellweger) on her own. The two who ran off end up at on old farmhouse where they are quickly killed by Leatherface. Jenny after a brief run in with Vilmer where she discovers the body’s at the accident makes a run for it but is caught by Leatherface and dragged to the farmhouse. She escapes but is caught again when she returns to Darla’s office. Turns out Darla is part of the family who, she informs us works for a secret society.
What follows is completely nuts. Leatherface is painted in woman’s makeup, a man named Rothman shows up to show off his body piercings and it’s implied he works for a secret division of the government. We then even meet more secret agent types who help wrap the film up.
Does this review seem completely strange? Well it is because the film is as well. It makes little to no sense in parts, but moves like a standard horror film. It’s full of secret society innuendo, but mixed with normal slasher elements. Is it a good film or a bad film? The answer is yes. McConaughey is great. He’s completely over the top and plays his part to perfection. Zellweger does ok as the girl in peril, who keeps escaping and getting caught again. Robert Jacks is Leatherface, who is serviceable even though people keep escaping from him and he tends to scream like a woman a lot. The cross dressing aspect never bothered me as if you watch the original closely you can see Leatherface wearing makeup. The adding of the Illuminate elements is ok by me as its trying to add something new to series. And let’s face it the series at this point was a mess. The original was groundbreaking horror, the sequel was essentially a comedy, and 3 was just a mess. I feel as if this had a proper sequel that examined more of the secret society story as well as more backstory on how the family ties into them the series could have taken a new direction. Sadly this was not to happen.
Shelved for 2 years, given a limited theatrical run, and panned by critics who only talked about McConaughey and Zellweger’s involvement and cut by close to 7min the film was doomed from the start. Fans waited for years to see it and when they saw the new elements they were disappointed. Over the years however more and more people have started to re-watch and appreciate it. Unfortunately only the R-rated version was released. Uncut copies were floated around on bootleg VHS tapes but they looked awful. Now thanks to the great people at Scream Factory Texas Chainsaw Massacre the Next Generation is coming to Blu-ray with both R-rated and uncut versions included. The transfer is fantastic in both looks and sound. Please note the uncut footage is inserted into the HD print but those scenes are standard definition. It’s loaded with special features
Two Cuts Of The Film – The Theatrical Cut (87 Minutes - HD) And The Director’s Cut (93 Minutes - HD With Standard Definition Inserts)
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Kim Henkel (On Director's Cut)
NEW The Buzz Is Back – An Interview With Director Of Photography Levie Isaacks
NEW Marked For Death – An Interview With Actor Tyler Shea Cone
NEW If Looks Could Kill: The Return Of A "Chainsaw Massacre" – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist J.M. Logan And Production Designer Deborah Pastor
Personally I dig the film. It’s something different that works better in today’s day and age then it did back in the 90’s. It’s definitely different. The acting is good, the horror elements work great, and its just a fun insane way to spend an evening. If you have never seen it give it a try. If you saw it and didn’t like it watch it again.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars
Science Fiction and Horror seem to go hand in hand. There have been many great films over the years that are a combination of the two. Films like The Thing, Lifeforce, and Alien spring right into my mind. Well now director and writer Sebastian Gomez once again tries to combine both elements in the new release from the joint venture of Scream Factory and IFC. The film is Elizabeth Harvest.
Elizabeth Harvest is, well, about a young woman named Elizabeth. In the beginning we see her right after her wedding to her no husband Henry arriving to live in Henrys home. It’s a large home and Henry even employs two people to work in the home. Elizabeth is a true blushing bride who is spoiled by Henry. He buys her everything she wants and treats her like a queen and can do whatever she wants, except for one thing. She is not allowed to ever go into the locked room in Henrys basement.
Naturally she does go into the locked room and finds nothing but clones of herself. It freaks her out, but unfortunately for her Henry returns home and kills her. However one of the clones activates and when Henry goes after it the clone is able to kill him. Oliver, who is one of the people employed by Henry tells the Elizabeth clone that she needs to stay in the house with him so she won’t be arrested for murder. Naturally as the clone has memories implanted I her she soon begins searching out the reason for the clones and herself.
I don’t want to go further as I would spoil the film if I did. I can say the rest of the story is actually very good, and very original. I features an amazing performance from Abbey Lee as, well, a few different Elizabeth’s. She conveys everything so well that the film never seems to get to ridiculous for its own good. Unfortunately as compelling as the story is the film muddles along at an incredibly slow pace. It has a runtime of close to an hour and fifty minutes and it feels very long in the tooth come about the midway point.
The transfer looks as great as you would expect and it even has a few special features.
“The Making of Elizabeth Harvest: featurette
As I said the story is great so the science fiction fans will no doubt get a kick out of the film, as well as the twist. Horror fans, like myself may find the film a bit long after a while. It’s a good film, it just needed to end quicker.
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.
The Nun is yet another part of the ever expanding "Conjuring Universe" it ties into the Conjuring,
and Annabelle series of films. The Nun takes place in 1952, so if your a stickler for timelines this would be the first of the series so far.
The Nun revolves around a Monastery in Romania. When the film begins we witness two nuns being attacked and killed by some type of demonic force.
When the Vatican learns of this they send in Father Burk, who has performed exorcisms and a nun named Sister Irene. They soon discover that evil lives there and Father Burk is soon attacked. It turns out the Nuns at the convention know about the demon and pray in shifts 24hrs a day to keep it at bay. The monastery itself is evil as it was built by a Duke during the middle ages who was interested in the occult. He brought the demon into this world but the Christian Knights were able to seal it into the tunnels underneath. However it managed to escape durring the bombing of the second world war.
The Nun got a lot of attention before it was even released as YouTube pulled the trailer deeming it "Too Frightening for audiences" it was re uploaded the next day. It was also a box office hit grossing over 365 million dollars, thus making it the most profitable of the Conjuring series so far.
The film is slow and relies entirely on jump scares. It's got a great look and feel though as it's truly creepy to watch. The acting is top notch as is the score which is simply amazing. It's got one of the best scores of a modern horror film I've hear in many years. The score alone makes this a must watch.
Warner Brothers has released this on Blu-ray and the print is great. The film is very dark and the sharp tones and contrast in the picture highlight this aspect. Throw in a fantastic audio transfer for that pulse pounding score and it's a definite winner in terms of video and audio quality.
If you liked the other films of this series and enjoy ghost and demon stories this will be right up your alley. If you weren't a fan of the other films then this will not be for you. As I said it's scare point is all jump scares. A bit to many for my taste as those can lose the effect if done to many times. The ending does bring it full circle with the other films so fans will want to check this out.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars
When Hellraiser hit big in 1987 Clive Barker became a household name. The film was like nothing that had been seen before. So it was no shock when studios wanted to start adapting other novels he had written. In 1992 Barker’s short story The Forbidden was re-written for the screen and became Candyman. Barker served on as the executive producer. The film was a hit and spawned sequels, and even toys.
Candyman centers around a woman named Helen Lyle. She’s researching Urban Legends for her graduate project and finds one that comes from her area. Its about The Candyman. He was an African American artist in 1890 and had an affair with a white woman and fathered a child with her. The woman’s father had his hand cut off, covered him in honey and watched as he was stung to death by bees. His ashes lay where the local Housing Project now sits. Legend has it if you say his name five times in front of a mirror he will appear and kill you with his hook hand. She meets a cleaning woman who tells her Candman is real and that they know a woman killed by him in the local housing projects. Turns out a lot of people have been killed in that area and Helen decides to research it.
Unfortunately Helen and her friend are not welcomed in the housing project and Helen is assaulted by a street punk calling himself The Candyman. She then tells everyone that the legend is not real. Unfortunately it is. The Candmany appears to Helen and tells her that he will spill blood because she discredited his legend. He kills a dog and seals a baby, and kills the child’s mother framing Helen for the crime.
This truly is one of the most original films I have ever seen. I saw it back in the theater in 1992 and watched it again last night. I must say the film moves slow by today’s standards by the story still holds up to this day. Paced like a thriller as opposed to a standard slasher film the film tells a story as it slowly build up the suspense. The score is fantastic as is Tony Todd’s performance as Candyman. The gore scenes are well done and use practical effects as opposed to the cgi that is used today.
Finally the film is getting the release it deserves thanks to the fine folks over at Scream Factory. Presented fully uncut this is an amazing print. Everything is crystal clear, and the score sounds absolutely haunting coming from your speakers. It’s even loaded with special features
DISC ONE (THEATRICAL CUT):
NEW 2K Restoration From A New 4K Scan Of The Original Negative, Supervised And Approved By Writer/Director Bernard Rose And Director Of Photography Anthony B. Richmond
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Bernard Rose And Actor Tony Todd
NEW Audio Commentary With Authors Stephen Jones And Kim Newman
Audio Commentary With Director Bernard Rose, Author Clive Barker, Producer Alan Poul And Actors Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen And Kasi Lemmons
Audio Commentary With Bernard Rose, Moderated By The Movie Crypt's Adam Green And Joe Lynch
"Sweets To The Sweet: The Candyman Mythos" Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Bernard Rose, Executive Producer Clive Barker, Actors Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, And Kasi Lemmons
"Clive Barker: Raising Hell" – An Interview With Author/Artist/Filmmaker Clive Barker
Interview With Actor Tony Todd (2014)
Bernard Rose's Storyboards
DISC TWO (UNRATED CUT):
NEW 2K Restoration From A New 4K Scan Of The Original Negative With High Definition Inserts For The Uncut Footage From An Archival Film Print
NEW "Be My Victim" – An Interview With Tony Todd
NEW "It Was Always You, Helen" – An Interview With Virginia Madsen
NEW “Reflection In The Mirror” – An Interview With Actor Kasi Lemmons
NEW "A Kid In Candyman" – An Interview With Actor DeJuan Guy
NEW "The Writing On The Wall: The Production Design Of Candyman" – An Interview With Production Designer Jane Ann Stewart
NEW "Forbidden Flesh: The Makeup FX Of Candyman" – Including Interviews With Special Makeup Effects Artists Bob Keen, Gary J. Tunnicliffe And Mark Coulier
NEW "A Story To Tell: Clive Barker's The Forbidden" – Writer Douglas E. Winter On Clive Barker's Seminal Books Of Blood And Candyman's Source Story, The Forbidden
NEW "Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman" – A Critical Analysis Of The Film With Writers Tananarive Due And Steven Barnes
A great film back in 1992 is now a great film in 2018. It was one of the most original films horror wise when it came out, and still feels fresh to this day. It’s a must buy for any horror fan looking for a unique creepy film.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars