Jackie Chan arrived on American soil with hopes of becoming a superstar in the West, and his first ever Hollywood project as a leading man certainly provided him with a notable director in Robert Clouse. Whilst Battle Creek Brawl was not quite as epoch defining, this is still prime Jackie – a classic bout of chopsocky on Anglicised soil, ready to punch its way into your collection in this 2K HD restoration from 88 Films.
People have been raving about this Netflix series for a while now. Even Stephen King has praised it, so I’ve given it a go. The Netflix series differs from the novel. The advantage of only being loosely based on the novel is with the differences the Netflix series has made. Eleanor “Nell” Vance, for example, was the main character in the novel, but by mid-season the dynamic changes, so you don’t know what is going to happen.
“A ghost can be a lot of things. A memory, a daydream, a secret. Grief, anger, guilt. But, in my experience, most times they’re just what we want to see.”
Fright-Rags are back with t-shirts, socks, enamel pins, and lounge pants from such beloved properties as House of 1000 Corpses, Night of the Living Dead, RoboCop, Teen Wolf, and Vampira.
“Howdy Folks! You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature? Well then, come on down to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Mad-Men.”
Slasher Pack XI: Tarantino Vol. 2 includes four Japanese inspired horror tees from Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2; available for pre-order now!
“This is what you get for fucking around with Yakuzas!”
Written and directed by Shinichiro Ueda, One Cut of the Dead begins with an impressive 37 minute long take set in an abandoned Japanese water filtration plant. “It’s just an urban legend… On record, this place was built for water filtration. But the Japanese army used here for some sort of experimentation… Human experimentation. Like…bringing the dead back to life.” Shinichiro Ueda’s movie injects the zombie trope with new life; thus reanimating the sub-genre. This is not Dawn of the Dead, nor is it Shaun of the Dead. Instead, One Cut of the Dead celebrates low-budget filmmaking.
“Making a zombie movie, on a live broadcast, in one take?”
When I first watched Hell House LLC I’ll be totally honest, I wasn’t expecting much. Found footage movies have run their course, but I was genuinely impressed. It had some genuinely creepy moments. Two years later we are given its sequel, Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel. Now, because I was so surprised by the first installment I was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately after a mere ten minutes into the movie it was evident this wasn’t going to fulfill me with the same joy.
“This hotel has a long history of unexplained events being caught on camera…”
Waxwork Records is thrilled to kick off 2019 with the deluxe vinyl release of The Prowler original motion picture soundtrack by Richard Einhorn. Released in 1981, The Prowler is one of the earliest films to become part of the American-Slasher genre.
“It will freeze your blood.”
By now, everyone should be familiar with the Slenderman phenomenon. The internet is full of stories and videos claiming that it is a real creature or being. Slenderman’s background and motivations have never been satisfactorily explained and there are lots of stories that contradict one another. It is in this vein that Flay was created. Seeking to explain the origins of Slenderman and tying it into the genocide of the Native American people by European settlers, Flay gives us an origin for Slenderman that is brutal, sad and rather unsatisfying.
“Come out and flay with me.”
Indicator pride themselves on championing great British cinema and, as part of this ethos, 18 March 2019 will see the release of their first restorations. Scanned in 4K from the original negatives, their presentations of The Triple Echo and Immaculate Conception mark a new development in the Indicator range which will ensure that even more unjustly neglected gems will appear on Blu-ray for the first time ever. March’s selection also includes Anthony Mann’s A Dandy in Aspic, and John Dexter’s The Virgin Soldiers.
“Would you go A.W.O.L. with this man?”
Inspired by the 1970’s Shogun Warriors toy line licensed by Mattel Inc., Super7 have released their 3.75-inch Shogun ReAction Figures! Super7 have also released Shogun 1.75″ M.U.S.C.L.E. 3-Packs (featuring 12 different figures)!
“I, Kouji, am your pilot Mazinger Z, and you do as I say, and I said stop!”
Terror Films has acquired the rights to director Richard Stringham’s debut feature film Close Calls. Morgan MacKenzie – a troubled teen – finds herself grounded by her father. Bored and left alone to deal with her ailing and crazy grandmother, Morgan soon becomes the target of a psycho caller. As the night gets weirder, paranoia begins to set in and Morgan is forced to face some of her worst fears and inner demons as she starts to believe that everyone she knows is either plotting against her or trying to kill her.
“Experience the terror in Morgan’s head. Pray she won’t pick up the phone … and end up dead.”
Growing up isn’t easy and if I’m honest, I’m still having trouble coming to terms with it. But sometimes the decision to live as an eternal kidult is taken away from us, with youngsters shouldering the responsibility of primary caregiver. Such is the case for twelve year old Jonas, who finds the transition to enforced adulthood a struggle in Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt’s bittersweet gothic fable The Spiderwebhouse. Gentle and ponderous The Spiderwebhouse is a charming portrayal, exploring the complexities of depression, and the harshness of a world as seen through a child’s eyes.