Were I given the opportunity now to do a high school report on Italy, I would list the boot-shaped country’s top major exports as “Pasta, Shoes, and Horror Movies.” Made during the time of that curious cusp between Italian filmmakers’ transition from the giallo style of thrillers to the flat-out, full-on “We’re gonna try to make you puke” gore-laden chillers we all know so well today, Giorgio Ferroni’s (The) Night of the Devils (La Notte dei Diavoli) manages to deliver the goods from both genres — and incorporates a hypnotic (and sometimes bewildering) music score by Giorgio Gaslini (yes, you get two Giorgio’s for the price of one here!) to boot. Read the rest of this entry »
Posts Tagged ‘Cult’
Night of the Devils (1972) Blu-ray Review: Sexually-Charged Psychosomatic Italian Horror at its FinestPosted: 20 February, 2013 in Movies/TV
Tags: Blu-ray, Cinema Sentries, Cult, Horror, Italian, RaroVideo
Tags: adventure, blogcritics, Blu-ray, Classic, Cult, fantasy, Rob Reiner
Blu-ray Review: The Princess Bride – 25th Anniversary Edition
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: The Princess Bride – 25th Anniversary Edition on Blogcritics.
Every now and then, the motion picture industry kicks some absolutely serious ass throughout an entire year with a venerable array of odds and ends that go down in cinematic history. One such year was 1987 — which delivered unto us movies to satisfy every genre lover: action (The Living Daylights), sci-fi (Predator), horror (Hellrasier), and even romance (Moonstruck). 1987 also gave us an unprecedented glimpse at to what can happen when someone successfully adapts a fantasy/adventure/comedy/romance novel many previously thought impossible to film. Never an easy task, indeed — especially back when movies didn’t have overrated CGI effects to rely upon. (more…)
Tags: bad, blogcritics, camp, Cult, Horror, Stephen King
Blu-ray Review: Pet Sematary (1989)
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Pet Sematary (1989) on Blogcritics.
Throughout most of that glorious decade most people refer to as the ’80s, the world of cinema was besieged by adaptations of Stephen King novels and short stories that were usually questionable at best. Nevertheless, even the worst horror film offering spawned from the pages of King’s scribbling somehow managed to make a buck or two at the box office or in the still-growing home video market — a lucrative factoid that was probably more attributable to the cursorily of tweens seeking a cheap thrill or horny teens hoping to cop a feel of someone’s privates than anything else. It certainly wasn’t about quality, that’s for sure — and the 1989 horror flick Pet Sematary proves my point admirably. (more…)
Tags: blogcritics, British, camp, Comedy, Cult, Drama, Science Fiction, superheroes, TV
DVD Review: Misfits – Season One
Article first published as DVD Review: Misfits – Season One on Blogcritics.
Sometimes, you come across a show that makes you ask yourself “Hey, why the heck didn’t I see or hear about this one sooner?” In this instance, the title is the British sci-fi/comedy/drama series Misfits, and the very fact that most British shows take the slow boat to America might explain my complete obliviousness to the entire existence of it — not to mention I don’t have cable or subscribe to any of those video-on-demand websites. But I digress: the discovery of Misfits has proved a very worthwhile one indeed — an opinion that I am most definitely not alone in sharing. (more…)
Tags: Action, Classic, Cult, Drama, Horror, Jaws
ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER STEVEN SPIELBERG’S ICONIC SUMMER CLASSIC COMES TO BLU-RAY™ FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, DIGITALLY REMASTERED & FULLY RESTORED IN HONOR OF UNIVERSAL’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
ON AUGUST 14TH, OWN THE BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK WITH DVD, DIGITAL COPY, ULTRAVIOLET™ & OVER 4 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDING AN ALL-NEW DOCUMENTARY “THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING”
Universal City, California, April 10, 2012: JAWS – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – comes to Blu-ray™ for the first time ever on August 14th, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the JAWS Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller.
Tags: blogcritics, camp, Cult, documentary, Horror, Roger Corman, Science Fiction
DVD Review: Corman’s World – Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
Article first published as DVD Review: Corman’s World – Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel on Blogcritics.
In 1997, a documentary came out about four seemingly-ordinary gentlemen with extraordinary careers entitled Fast, Cheap & Out of Control. The title had always bugged me (and still does) because I felt it had been assigned to the wrong damn project. In my eyes, there was only one man — one — whose story fit such a heading. His name was (and still is) Roger Corman, and he had been a personal favorite of mine (as well as hero) since I first saw Pit and the Pendulum (1961) for the first time on VHS in the ‘80s. I joyfully thumbed through his autobiography in high school, learning various tidbits about his life and career, but I had always felt there should have been a movie about one of the most revered revolutionaries of exploitation filmmaking. (more…)
Tags: bad, blogcritics, Cult, Drama, Thriller
Blu-ray Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: The Hour – Series One on Blogcritics.
With a title like Martha Marcy May Marlene, you half expect this indie flick to be about some backwoods lass in cutoffs and a t-shirt. And you would only be about half right in that assumption. The low-key independent film — which is marketed on the backside of the cover as a “gripping psychological thriller,” though I think it is more accurate description would be “a boring infuriating drama” — brings us the account of a lost soul named Martha (Elizabeth Olsen, the other “other” Olsen sister, in her feature film debut), who, at the beginning of our tale, escapes from the confines of a rural cult commune, and is picked up by her sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson). (more…)
Tags: blogcritics, Comedy, Cult, Drama, indie, mumblecore
Blu-ray Review: Tiny Furniture – The Criterion Collection
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Tiny Furniture – The Criterion Collection on Blogcritics.
A close friend of mine is always trying to introduce me to stuff on YouTube that he claims is “funny.” More times than naught, I wind up hating whatever it is he has felt compelled to torment me with — and it’s easy to see why some of these things are on YouTube, as opposed to television or any sort of “real” media: they’re completely mindless, thoroughly annoying, and utterly lacking in any sort of value — comical or otherwise — whatsoever (mind you, this is coming from the same guy who has a video of himself singing “Thunderball” at a karaoke bar on the famous post-your-own-damn-video website!). (more…)
Tags: Cult, Cult Epics, Impulse Pictures, nudity, One 7 Movies, Panik House, porn, sex, sexploitation, Synapse Films, T&A, WIP
Catching Up at the Video Store: Skin. Sin. Win.
Article first published as Skin. Sin. Win. on Blogcritics.
Waters may rise and nations fall, but if there’s one constant thing in this universe, it’s sex. Even during Hollywood’s most conservative days, the subject of fornication and the allure of the human physique was still present — whether one was staring leeringly at the sight of Jane Russell’s bosom, or was dropping a few coins into a nickelodeon in order to see more than just a heaving cleavage. As the years went by, however, the censors lightened their death grip on all of the things they deemed icky: four letter words, violence, and lustful communions between unmarried sinners from all walks of life.
Tags: '60s, bad, camp, Cheezy Flicks, Cult, James Hong, sci-fi, Scott Brady, William Thourlby
DVD Review: Destination Inner Space
Article first published as DVD Review: Destination Inner Space on Blogcritics.
One of the cherished highlights of my youth was seeking out every kind of bad vintage science fiction movies. As the years went by, I had managed to locate just about every campy flick to feature a rubber-suited monster that was available on the rather limited home video market of the time. Today, the occasional sci-fi classick still finds itself being displayed on my television set. Usually, said film is a less-than-enduring but nevertheless unforgettable cult title like Robot Monster, Man Beast, or Plan 9 from Outer Space — which I have seen dozens of times before. But, every now and then, I am overjoyed to discover something that I never had the pleasure of agonizing over before.