While I was never a “huge” fan of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre series (the ones that started with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in ’74), I must confess that one of my favorite LPs in my record collection is that of the soundtrack from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 from 1986. Of course, any motion picture soundtrack that contains Concrete Blonde, Oingo Boingo, Timbuk3, and The Cramps simply demands to be taken seriously – and there’s even an offering from The Lords of the New Church (a group that, interestingly has a new singer named Adam Becvare) entitled “Good to Be Bad” – which was inspired from a line of dialogue from the film, and recorded solely for the album. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: bad, Blu-ray, Cinema Sentries, gore, Horror
Tags: BBC, Blu-ray, Cinema Sentries, Drama, gore, police, Thriller
Some will tell you that life imitates art. Others will insist that the opposite is true. Personally, from what I’ve seen in the fields of film and television, I would venture to say that art imitates art. Well, sometimes it’s art that’s being imitated. Other times, you have people emulating the likenesses of other endeavors from the film and television genres that simply weren’t too terribly outstanding to start with – and which were really only popular with the masses. It’s almost like popcorn imitating popcorn: a tasty treat when you dive into it, but it’s oh-so-fleeting in the long run. And yes, I know how truly awful that analogy was, so please accept my apologies here and now for that. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: 3D, bad, blogcritics, Christopher Lloyd, David Hasselhoff, gore, Horror, Ving Rhames
Blu-ray Review: Piranha 3DD – Absolutely Awful
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Piranha 3DD – Absolutely Awful on Blogcritics.
As an individual who started watching motion pictures obsessively at an early age, I was quick to identify and remember two very important things: a remake is rarely as good as the original, and a sequel is not equal. Granted, there are many exceptions to both rules, such as John Carpenter’s The Thing or David Cronenberg’s The Fly. Another remake that was enjoyable for me (though hardly superior to the original) was 2010′s Piranha 3D, which went all-out with its risqué elements of humor and horror. Of course, one killer fish movie deserves another — particularly if it’s successful in the box office — so the producers shelled out some dough for a follow-up feature. (more…)
Tags: bad, Cinema Sentries, Doug Bradley, gore, Horror, torture porn
A nearly-forgotten Canadian rock band from the ’80s called Eight Seconds once declared in a tune “Your voice is for calling my name, and I shall return.” Sadly, some low-budget horror movie producer somewhere evidently heard someone say “Oh, I took a wrong turn” one day and completely misconstrued Eight Seconds’ words — thus unleashing yet another god-awful entry in a line of direct-to-video shitfests that no one ever asked for in the first place. Yes, although the Wrong Turn series had already reached its nadir long ago with its initial entry, we’re still getting assaulted every year with more of ‘em. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Action, bad, blogcritics, gore, Horror
DVD Review: Battleground (2012) [aka Skeleton Lake]
Article first published as DVD Review: Battleground (2012) [aka Skeleton Lake] on Blogcritics.
In the world of deceptive home video marketing, a simple title change is all it takes to get people’s attention. Granted, that attention might not be positive interest, but there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? Shot under the somewhat ambiguous title, Skeleton Lake, the indie horror/action flick Battleground received a new name prior to its less-than-eagerly-awaited home video release, conveniently timed with the just-as-unwanted Battleship. Apart from the use of guns, there are no similarities between the two movies. Well, other than they both suck, that is. (more…)
Tags: Action, bad, blogcritics, gore, hip
Blu-ray Review: Cat Run
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Cat Run on Blogcritics.
The first time I heard about Cat Run, it was in the press release for the film’s home video release. I must confess it sounded somewhat interesting, and when I saw the movie’s original theatrical artwork, I thought it had a somewhat cool retro/mondo vibe going on for it. Of course, any possibility of buoyancy Cat Run was ultimately ruined as soon as I popped this awful flick into my Blu-ray player — and I discovered that this dreadful attempt at being trendy penned by two nobodies and helmed by the same man who previously insulted us with Dark Tide and Turistas just plain sucked. Big surprise. (more…)
Tags: Action, bad, blogcritics, Comedy, gore, Japan, martial arts, wacky
Blu-ray Review: Yakuza Weapon
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Yakuza Weapon on Blogcritics.
In the early 2000s, I came across a Japanese flick called Versus from 2000. I loved it — every frame of it. It was an enjoyably over-the-top feature that combined horror, comedy, fantasy, and martial arts, and took me to a new zenith of cult cinema. From thereon in, I dived into more current offerings from the Land of the Rising Sun, only to encounter a devastating sense of disappointment overall — and the zenith I had hit inverted into a nadir for my appreciation of Japanese cinema. (more…)
Tags: bad, Direct-to-Video, Fox Home Entertainment, gore, Horror, Wrong Turn
Blu-ray Review: Wrong Turn 4 – Bloody Beginnings
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Wrong Turn 4 – Bloody Beginnings on Blogcritics.
It’s rare that you get that feeling of utter and total incompetence within the first thirty seconds of watching a motion picture — even if it’s one of the many crappy, direct-to-video torture porn flicks that infiltrate video store shelves every year. And yet, as soon as two ham-fisted Canadian actors walk onscreen and introduce the inbred cannibalistic antagonists of Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, only to be upstaged by the lousy makeup and appalling acting of their silent co-stars. And it only gets worse from there, as the film’s murderous marauders make merry after they escape their confines and slaughter every sane person about in the film’s blood-spattered pre-credit sequence.
Tags: ‘80s, bad, Blu-ray/DVD combo, Daphne Zuniga, Death Dorm, gore, Horror, Jeffrey Obrow, mystery, Pranks, review, slasher, Stephen Carpenter, student film, Synapse Films, The Dorm That Dripped Blood, Thriller
Blu-ray Review: The Dorm That Dripped Blood
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: The Dorm That Dripped Blood on Blogcritics.
Although John Carpenter really didn’t “invent” the subgenre of horror films known as “slashers,” he certainly couldn’t have imagined the path the bloody take on murder mysteries would have pursued after his surprise smash hit, Halloween proved to be a sensation worldwide. Based off of those oh-so-delectable Italian giallo movies, the slasher film movement in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s usually consisted of nothing more than coeds running around getting butchered in all sorts of grisly and unusual ways.
Tags: Andi Sex Gang, bad, Comedy, DVD, extreme violence, gore, grindhouse, Hobo With A Shotgun, horror Blu-ray, Lisa Lougheed, modern exploitation movies, review, Rutger Hauer, trailer
Blu-ray Review: Hobo With A Shotgun
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Hobo With A Shotgun on Blogcritics.
We had high hopes for this one. After Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought us several little bundles of joy like Grindhouse, Inglourious Basterds and Machete, it appeared that the glorious genre of exploitation moviemaking that had once graced cinemas back in the ‘70s and ‘80s was about to revisit theaters once more in an all-new and vastly-improved fashion. Indeed, following the release of Piranha 3D, we thought for sure that a new era was upon us.