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Mario Bava’s Erik The Conqueror – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Italian directors have always had a penchant for jumping on the cinematic bandwagon whenever a popular film is released. And we aren’t talking about just a couple of directors and a couple of films, but nearly all directors and, depending upon the genre, sometimes hundreds of films. Thus, we have the pepla of the 1950’s and 1960’s, the poliziotteschi and gialli of the 1970’s, the spaghetti westerns of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Jaws-inspired rip-offs, the Alien-inspired ripoffs, and the zombie and jungle/cannibal epics of the 1980’s. But, with the international sensation of the Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis vehicle entitled The Vikings in 1958, Italians were quick to jump on this particular bandwagon as well, resulting in a seven-year cycle of Viking films. And Mario Bava, best known for his proto-slashers and horror vehicles, was not averse to climbing on the bandwagon occasionally himself.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Without Warning (1980)

Director Greydon Clark is not a name thrown around a lot. Horror fans will know him (probably) for 1977’s Satan’s Cheerleaders. The rest of filmdom need not apply. However, his best film, Without Warning (1980), would end up resonating in such a way as to inspire Predator (1987), Schwarzenegger’s Alien in the Jungle box office smash. And when I say inspire, I mean they stole the concept. But what Without Warning lacks in testosterone and Hollywood bankrolls, it makes up in B movie charm and a winsome personality. You can’t help but fall in love with the damn thing.

Released by Filmways Pictures in New York, in September 1980, Without Warning (Aka It Came…Without Warning) had a scattered release – dribs and drabs in smaller markets, and don’t forget Finland (who could?). Made for a meager $150,000 Us the film was given a real dine and dash release, I’m
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‘Corruption’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Jamie Gillis, Michael Gaunt, Tiffany Clark, Milton Ingley, George Payne, Samantha Fox, Tanya Lawson, Marilyn Gee, Tish Ambrose, Kelly Nichols, Nicole Bernard, Bobby Astyr | Written and Directed by Roger Watkins

“One man’s fantasy is another man’s reality!”

Finding himself with a debt that he just can’t pay off, Williams (Jamie Gillis, Dracula Sucks) is tasked by shady mafia-like Franklin (Michael Gaunt, Maraschino Cherry) with something of a retrieval mission to a mysterious warehouse containing three coloured rooms; a blue, a red and a black one, each housing a beautiful woman. Williams sends his associate Alan (George Payne, The Taming of Rebecca) to carry out the task on his behalf, but with balls of steel, Alan has taken the item for himself and has disappeared. This leads Williams to pursue him down a gaping glory… I mean rabbit hole. Frustrated and desperate, Williams visits a seedy, desolate
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“Final cut” of Toolbox Murders 2 gets UK DVD release

Violent sorta-sequel Toolbox Murders 2 gets UK DVD release. Director Dean Jones’ sorta-sequel to Tobe Hooper’s effectively arch 2004 quasi-remake of the notorious Cameron Mitchell-starring 1978 psychodrama The Toolbox Murders has an odd but wildly amusing history. Lensed in 2011, the ultra-gory movie has had early, unfinished cuts screen to dismal response at festivals, was…

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Horror Blu-ray Round-Up: From a Whisper to a Scream, War-Gods of the Deep, Satan’s Blade

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We're back with a special round-up, taking a look at three upcoming horror film Blu-rays, two of which star the legendary Vincent Price. Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for the anthology horror film, From a Whisper to a Scream, Kino Lorber has announced they're bringing Jacques Tourneur's War Gods of the Deep, a.k.a. The City Under the Sea, out on Blu-ray with a new extra, and Olive Films has slated a Satan's Blade 30th anniversary Blu-ray for a spring release.

From a Whisper to a Scream: Scream Factory will release From a Whisper to a Scream on Blu-ray beginning April 28th, with bountiful bonus features included.

From Scream Factory: "**Extras for From A Whisper To A Scream Revealed!**

Fans of this underrated 1987 gem with Vincent Price (in his last role in a horror film) are in for a super treat. Check out the extensive line-up
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Horror Round-Up: Penny Dreadful S2 Premiere Date Changed, New Salem S2 Teaser, From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray

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We’re back with another horror round-up. This time around, we focus on the slight delay in the upcoming premiere of Penny Dreadful Season 2, a new teaser for the second season of Salem, and details on the new street date for Scream Factory’s From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray.

Penny Dreadful: Showtime announced today that Penny Dreadful‘s Season 2 premiere, originally scheduled to air on April 26th, will now instead debut one week later on Sunday, May 3rd at 10pm Et.

“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of
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Scream Factory Announces From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray

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You might remember paying Oldfield a visit via 1987’s horror anthology film, From a Whisper to a Scream, aka The Offspring, which starred the legendary likes of Vincent Price and Clu Gulager. With their “Shocktober” festivities in full force, Scream Factory is giving fright fans a chance to return to the town of terror with their announcement that they are bringing From a Whisper to a Scream to Blu-ray in February:

“Our month-long “Shocktober” celebration continues with another film to reveal. In Feb 2015, the 1987 anthology horror film From A Whisper To A Scream (also known as The Offspring) will make its debut on the Blu-ray format.

Directed by Jeff Burr (The Stepfather 2, Pumpkinhead II, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and Puppetmaster 4 & 5), the film stars legendary king of horror Vincent Price, Clu Gulager (The Return of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Susan Tyrell (Angel, Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker) and Cameron Mitchell (Silent Scream,
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Scream Factory Keeps Announcements Coming With From A Whisper To A Scream Bluray!!; Hitting Shelves February 2015

The gang at Scream Factory are becoming mortal enemies with our wallets, as they keep announcing More and More awesome genre titles for upcoming Blurays! earlier this week, they announced Class Of 1984, Blacula, and others, and now the Sf crew have announced that Jeff Burr’s 1987 anthology, From A Whisper To A Scream (Aka- The Offspring) will be released to Bluray this February! I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I asbolutely Love the film, so it’s one that I for one, will not be missing. What do you guys and gals think? Chck out the official announcement below, and if you’ve got some time (of course you do), feel free to read our interview with Burr from back in the day!

From A Whisper To A Scream

“In Feb 2015, the 1987 anthology horror film From A Whisper To A Scream (otherwise known as The Offspring
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The Equalizer review

The Equalizer comes to the big screen with Denzel Washington in the lead. Here's Ryan's review of a bruising action thriller...

Readers of a certain vintage might remember The Equalizer, the 80s television series starring Edward Woodward, but it’s unlikely they’ll remember it being quite as action-packed and brutal as Antoine Fuqua’s full-blooded film adaptation.

Denzel Washington replaces Woodward as Robert McCall, a Diy store worker with a chequered past. Living alone in his modest Boston apartment, McCall barely sleeps and spends the greater proportion of his nights at a 24-hour diner, reading classic literature, arranging the condiments in neat rows and quietly brooding away the hours before dawn.

One of the diner’s few other patrons is Elena, a young prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz. When she’s viciously beaten up by her Russian pimp, Slavi (David Meunier), McCall leaps to her defence, using a
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June 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Ravenous, Video Nasties, Death Bed

Summer is officially right around the corner, which means horror DVD and Blu-rays are starting to heat up as well. This week, we’ve got several cult classics hitting high definition for the first time, another special edition set of the first three seasons of The Walking Dead,and the recent RoboCop reboot directed by Jose Padilha and starring Joel Kinnaman.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a special Doctor Who David Tennant-themed collection being released, several indie creature features and we’re finally seeing the official arrival of the Video Nasties documentaries stateside on Tuesday. Check out all the horror and sci-fi fun you can add to your home collections this week below!

Spotlight Titles:

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (Cult Epics, Blu-ray)

Prepare yourselves… The strangest bedtime story ever told! Cult Epics brings you Death Bed, George Barry’s uniquely weird journey through a world of wind demons,
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Afm 2013: New Teaser Trailer and Poster for Hitchhiker Massacre

Afm 2013 came to a close yesterday, but we still have a few tales to tell from the huge event... such as the latest on Hitchhiker Massacre, which debuted a new trailer and poster art at the show, both of which we have right here!

Retrofocus Pictures' slasher horror film Hitchhiker Massacre is directed by James L. Bills (Refuge of Last Resort) and produced by J. Horton (Monsters in the Woods, Edges of Darkness). Retrofocus is the brainchild of executive producer Ivan Nagy, who created the HBO series "The Hitchhiker" and directed Skinner.

The film stars Ely Lamay, Calista Carradine, John Barrymore, James Bartholet, Veronica Lavery, and Katherine Cronyn.

"Hitchhiker Massacre is a love letter to the slasher flicks I loved as a kid: Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Toolbox Murders, The Slumber Party Massacre. Gone is the self-referential, jokey comedy that infected so much horror post-Scream. I just wanted to make an honest,
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Slice and Dice The Slasher Film Forever (2013) Review

If youve been waiting for a fun enlightening documentary about the beloved slasher subgenre Slice and Dice The Slasher Film Forever is the pic for you. Tons of celebrity guests cool visuals and thrilling archival footage waits Slice and Dice isnt likely to disappoint. Its a blast to watch. Loaded with countless clips from some absolutely classic gems (including Motel Hell The Hills Have Eyes The Burning Slaughter High Monster Man Sleepaway Camp Halloween Friday the 13th A Nightmare on Elm Street Childs Play The Toolbox Murders and many many more) thorough conversations as to the relevance of the final girl the trend of excessive gore and what it requires to escape a slasher film in one piece.
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Attention La: 30 Banned Video Nasties Invade Cinefamily Oct. 1st-31st! 35Mm Mayhem!

Rejoice Fright-fans, its officially the most wonderful time of the year! October has finally descended upon us, thus commencing the carving of jack-o-lanterns, mass consumption of pumpkin beer, and the voracious viewing of horror films! To properly kick off this seasonal sensation, the ghoulish folks at Cinefamily (including Iof’s good friend Phil Blankenship, curator of Cinefamily’s own signature series Heavy Hitters Midnites) are screening 30 video nasties, over 30 days, all in 35mm! Check out the full press release & trailer below for the insane schedule of films! Commencing brain damage in 3…2…1.

Video Nasties Watch-a-thon Contest!

30 banned horror films, 30 midnights, all on 35mm.

This month, as a precursor to our massive new horror festival Nightmare City, Cinefamily is launching a horror screening series so perversely over-the-top and wondrously fun that we ourselves still can’t believe it: a series of 35mm midnight movie screenings every single night in October, all culled
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Brent Roam – Star of The Toolbox Murders in Town for Midnight Shows this Weekend

The 2004 shocker The Toolbox Murders makes its long-awaited big-screen debut (locally at least) this weekend when it plays at the Tivoli Theater in St. Louis Friday and Saturday nights at midnight as part of the Tivoli’s Reel Late series. Brent Roam, one of the film’s stars and a St. Louis native, will be attending both nights to answer questions and sign autographs.

The Toolbox Murders tells the tale of Nell and Steven Burrows (Angela Bettis and Brent Roam), who move to Los Angeles to start a new life together. When they move into the Lusman Building, a historic Hollywood apartment complex, Nell and Steven find themselves caught into a web of terrifying evil. A ruthless killer lurks inside, somehow moving sight unseen from apartment to apartment murdering various unsuspecting victims. They are beaten to death with hammers, gored with drills, shot with nailguns, and get the top half
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Toolbox Murders 2 Sequel Commences Shooting and Cast Members Announced

A sequel to Tobe Hooper's 2004 'Toolbox Murders' is currently shooting in La. Dean C. Jones, who acted as second unit director on the first installment, is taking the helm for the follow-up which will see Christopher Doyle reprise his role. The film, in fact based on the 1978 Dennis Donnelly movie 'The Toolbox Murders', is also set to star the gorgeous actress and model Chauntal Lewis (below), Brian Krause, Ethan Phillips and the legendary Lance Henriksen. Jones is probably better known for his makeup FX work on a whole host of movies such as 'Night of the Living Dead 3D', 'Fast and Furious' and the upcoming Disney sequel 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'. The follow-up was announced a couple of years and you can check out the original plot below....
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DVD Releases for Oct. 19th. Time to stock up for Halloween.

This week sees a ton of genre movies coming out on DVD and Blu- Ray. The biggest being Predators, followed up by the remake of the cult classic Night of the Demons, a sequel to Mirrors, and Anniversary editions for Rocky Horror Picture Show and Psycho. Add to that a slew of indie and classic horror and there is a lot to choose from.


Directed by Nimród Antal

Robert Rodriguez presents Predators, a bold new chapter in the Predator universe. Adrien Brody stars as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors mysteriously brought together on a jungle planet. But when these cold-blooded human “predators” find themselves in all-out war against a new breed of alien Predators, it’s the ultimate showdown between hunter and prey. Predators also star Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Oleg Taktarov, and Louis Ozawa Changchien.
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DVD Releases - October 19th: It's a Rocky, Psycho Night of the Predators in Mirrors

The number of home video releases on October 19th is not as abundant as in recent weeks, and fewer re-released titles means those that are available are much more special. In this batch one Adrien Brody flick competes with another, and at least two independent horror titles are making a splash. Two beloved classic films return in Blu-ray where one is supplemented by a documentary treatment of it.

Also, don't forget to strum & drum out with some tunes from Rob Zombie on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Finally, foreign horror gives us an over-the-top Japanese gorefest, a British zombie flick where the $70 budget was spent on tea and biscuits for the zombies, and Norwegian black metal.


Directed by Nimród Antal

Robert Rodriguez presents Predators (review), a bold new chapter in the Predator universe. Adrien Brody stars as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors mysteriously brought together on a jungle planet.
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DVD Review: Video Nasties – The Definitive Guide

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide

The UK in the early 1980’s. The birth of the video age and the birth of one of the most notorious periods in British movie history – the era of the Video Nasty!

As the proliferation of home video grew, independent video distributors filled the gap left by a Hollywood system too afraid to release films on video with a mind-boggling selection of movies – in fact almost anything they could lay their hands on! From obscure horror films, to sex films, kung-fu, cult classics, obscurities and outright trash, all these and more could be found in local video rental stores located on almost every high street in the country. That was until 1984 when the tabloid newspaper moral panic whipped up by clean-up campaigner leader Mary Whitehouse and fanned by newspapers like the Daily Mail and their infamous “Ban the Sadist Videos” headline finally brought about the Video Recordings Act…
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Jake West Presents The Definitive Guide To The Video Nasties

In the early 1980s, fearing that the morality of British youth was being corrupted by the explosion of ultraviolent film on home video, British authorities passed a sweeping new law on video content. It outright banned a total of seventy two films - though some would later be allowed on appeal - creating what ironically became the definitive list of extreme cinema for many collectors. These were the so-called Video Nasties.

In an age where everything you could possibly imagine is available for free on the internet the idea of controlling access to these titles seems sort of quaint but back in the day, if you were in the UK and wanted to see Cannibal Holocaust or I Spit On Your Grave the only way to do it was via illicit tape trading and an underground network of collectors.

And now, looking back on that era is Doghouse and Evil Aliens director Jake West,
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FrightFest 2010: ‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide’ DVD Details & Trailer

Nucleus Films have announced the UK DVD release of Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide in October, which follows the debut of the Jake West directed documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape (which forms a part of this release) at this years London Film4 FrightFest in August.

The three-disc DVD set covers the most notorious period in the history of British home entertainment and presents, for the first time ever on DVD, all 72 films that came under scrutiny from the Director of Public Prosecutions (Dpp) – making it the definitive source for all things “video nasty” and a must buy for horror fans everywhere. Check out the freshly released teaser trailer, which features contributions from Andy Nyman and Christopher Smith:

Disc One in this three disc set features the 39 titles which were successfully prosecuted in UK courts and officially deemed “liable to deprave and corrupt” – the standard by which all video nasties were measured.
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