ITALIAN HORROR WEEK: THE LITTLE PUNK PEOPLE GIVEAWAY

Posted in all categories with tags , , , on 07/19/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

LITTLE PUNK PEOPLE… For those of you who attend horror conventions regularly countrywide, you are no doubt familiar with the name and quality that this small company generates. We are talking about some truly creative people creating memories out of artwork that may appear on the surface to be horrific but are actually endearing. Daniella, Justin and Elliot are a family and a team, and they amaze me with their output of work as well as their perfect understanding, emotionally of the a customers need. Luckily for you, they also happen to be horror fans and great friends.

Today you have the opportunity to win a very special Italian Horror Week creation as designed by Little Punk People featuring one of the most beloved films from Italy created by the master of Giallo, Dario Argento: DEEP RED aka Profondo Rosso.

This is a gorgeous painting featuring one of the most memorable baddies in all of Italian Horror History.

How do you win this fella? First thing you do is go like Little Punk People’s page on Facebook and/or Follow them on Twitter. Then I want you to go over to their websiteand check it out. While you’re there I want you to shoot me the link for your favorite piece of artwork or feature of the site. It can really be anything. Maybe it’s their family portrait work or other custom job. Maybe you like their cookie jars, glassware, t-shirts or toys. It’s all there. Just let me know what you love (and order something if you feel so include). Shoot me your response with name and address tojimmy@docterror.com With subject line LITTLE PUNK PEOPLE.

We will select one winner Monday July 20th.

Go support a fantastic company who support the horror community and love to bring happiness to their loyal customers. The family portrait that we purchased from them is a favorite keepsake and hopefully family heirloom.

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FINAL EXAM (Scream Blu-ray) – It’s a Very Simple Formula

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 07/12/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

When it comes to horror, the class of 1981 holds a pretty prestigious place in the hearts and minds of the scary movie fan. Let me throw some names at you. Funhouse. The Prowler. The Howling. Friday the 13th Pt. 2. An American Werewolf in London. My Bloody Valentine. The Burning. Evil Dead. Halloween II. The Beyond. That’s a class that a run of the mill horror picture can get lost in. It’s a class in which a slasher movie can easily be forgotten or at least pushed aside in favor of some of the more memorable entries in that then en vogue subgenre. How do you stand apart when everyone has a knife, coeds and a masked killer? Go the other way altogether. The pitch of Final Exam released one of the greatest years in horror history is that it bucked some of the trends to find its own voice. Final Exam attempted to be different in a year of formula. Coca Cola vs. Pepsi right? Probably more like Pepsi vs. Crystal Pepsi. It went underground, hit VHS and then didn’t see DVD until the mid-2000’s when Scorpion Releasing took it off the most wanted list becoming a cult classic though still not nearly as recognized as some of the other titles from ’81. It was on the most wanted list because it had slowly been recognized for its innovation, for its humor and what one might call merit with the slasher subgenre. Scream Factory has taken it one step further and placed this moderately original slasher flick on to a handsome looking Blu-ray. For many this will be where their love affair with Final Exam begins.

Synopsis:

At Lanier College, the semester is almost over. Exam week is coming to a close when some upper classmen play a prank by staging a phony terrorist attack. But the next moment of excitement at the school won’t be a prank. And it’s something a lot more final than an exam. Students are falling prey to a knife-wielding maniac stalking the school, bent on making sure that for some, school is out…forever!
Trailer:

Final Exam takes its time to get going. While there’s a strong opening scene involving a very familiar face in a car with a young buck getting ready to make some bad decisions in the back seat, the rest of the movie is a mix of humor, moderately developed characters and scene setting. Don’t get me wrong, Final Exam isn’t a horror comedy per say though I think fans of Student Bodies would get a kick out of some of it’s obvious meta moments where the characters seem to be in on the gag. Developing characters in any way shape or form simply isn’t done in slasher films. Gore effects. Knife kills. Shower scenes. These things are developed in slasher films.

Final Exam features very little blood even though there’s a big ol’ butcher knife puncturing an array of victims. There’s as much blood in a fraternity prank as there is in the rest of the movie. In that same regard, Final Exam doesn’t hit a nude scene until an hour and fifteen minutes or so into the picture (but who’s counting). The hero isn’t clearly defined or at least I redefined who I thought it was not even certain at the end if I had picked the correct person. Also, the killer’s motive… let’s see if you can figure out (red herring alert). You see this guy plain as day, unmasked through nearly all the kill sequences. No makeup. Remember that list of movies we started off with. The class of 1981. Which movie among them featured un-monster based, unmasked killers?

When you watch this movie you see how the trends could have gone if Siskel and Ebert had their way. Admittedly they wouldn’t have enjoyed this picture very much either, but not because of the gratuitous violence and sex that seemed to torment them like time traveling Puritans in search of a witch to burn. There simply isn’t any gratuity (one nude scene does not gratuity make). Please don’t let that deter you because this is a very fun movie. Final Exam fills a gap laid by the entire horror movement during the early 198o’s and is well worth your time.

Keep your eyes peeled for a few horror posters on one of the main character’s walls. Tool Box Murders. Corpse Grinders. Diretor Jimmy Huston must’ve been a fan of the drive-in during the 70’s.

Onto the disc itself. The biggest surprise for Final Exam? No reversible cover art. Just a black page on the inside. On the front is the traditional poster. Extras include a trailer, interviews with assorted cast members who detail how they got involved with the project and in doing so seem to reveal that this picture wasn’t like the rest. There’s also a commentary track provide by cast members Joel Rice, Cecile Bagdadi and Sherry Willis-Burch. This differs from the Scorpion Releasing version. Note: 1080p Hi-Def 1.78:1 AR.Mono audio. It’s a good looking picture to be sure that really takes to Blu-ray nicely. This is very much in line with the quality of previous Scream Factory releases.

If you collect slasher pictures from the 80’s, your collection cannot be complete without Scream Factory’s release of Final Exam. Its look and feel are truly unique, is sure to go over well at parties and seems to become somewhat critical of its own genre, self reflective and openly asking for a more original horror pictures while still sticking to model slasher picture format.

Scream Factory’s Summer of Fear is almost here!

Order your copy today. Available. May 13th.

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NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (Scream Factory Blu-ray) – Count Kinski I Presume

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 07/11/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

When I was a kid I had this book called An Album of Modern Horror and in 2011 during the month of October I did a little write up about it. Check it out here: How to Make a Horror Fan. I took it out of the library in my little town and pretty much never returned it, and while I hadn’t seen many of the movies in the book at the time I knew that the images inside told stories of their own. Case in point: Nosferatu. Not the original Nosferatu mind you, the F.W. Murnau classic vampire picture that broker all the rules, copyrights and was nearly lost due to Stoker’s widow. Nope. We’re talking about the methodical, atmospheric, less terrifying and more melancholy with a hint of super creep Werner Herzog remake starring Klaus Kinski. Scream Factory is releasing the Blu-ray of the Herzog classic, the original Nosferatu having hit Blu-ray from Kino Classics this past year.

Synopsis: Dracula with liberties taken (I wrote that myself).

Real Synopsis from Scream Factory:

It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife, Lucy begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger.

Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula. The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the presence of a vampyre. What he doesn’t know is the magnitude of danger he, his wife and his town are about to experience
Trailer:

This is a high quality Scream Factory transfer that look perfect preserving all the subtle strangeness that Herzog is known for and brought to Nosferatu upon its recreation. The picture delightfully includes film grain, has not been DNR’d to death, and feels crisp. Stereo Audio. 1080p 1.78:1 AR. The disc contains the trailer,commentary with Herzog and the classic making of feature. The cover features both black and alternate white versions of the traditional movie art. I had Nosferatu on VHS has a kid and the art looks identical. Both the English and German versions are on the disc which were shot at the same time and not simply dubbed. I prefer the German version because Kinski sounds better in German. It looks natural.

Onto the movie…

Actual Page Grab from An Album of Modern Horror

Herzog movies get their fair share of analysis. Fans of his work seems to tear apart his pictures and their various releases to the point of a sick degenerate disorder. That being said, I don’t want to pretend like a I’m one of them. I love Nosferatu, both the original and the remake. Herzog’s version feels sad. It makes me feel the utmost sympathy for a vampire who is doomed to live for all eternity save for some fortunate sunbathing accident. This is in direct contrast to every other version of Dracula I had ever known including the original Nosferatu, Browning’s Dracula or Hammers rendition to name a few. It’s offputting especially when I think of Klaus Kinski in the lead role, a force to be planned for like a Hurricane or Noreaster. The great vamp is a kitten looking for a little peace, love and a new abode. It almost makes you feel like Herzog wasted one of the greatest looks for a vamp on a melancholy post modern personal story about living forever rather than the angry Drac of Stoker and featured in previous films. The images of plague, rat infestation and coffins of the infected being carried out are truly the most terrifying part of the movie beyond the simply look of the Count.

The liberties that Herzog takes with the Dracula story are actually enjoyable, keeping the story fresh and adding a distinctly German spin on a rendition of the German adaptation of Stoker’s work. That Herzog includes plague, maintains the great switcheroo between Mina Harker and Lucy as well as sets the whole thing in Transylvania and Germany means you may not actually know how the whole thing is going to workout. What part does Van Helsing even play in the Herzog tale as opposed to the Murnau tale and in contrast to the Stoker version? It’s nice to know that after all these years of watching vampire movies you might not actually know how this one works out from the get go.

The images in An Album of Modern Horror still give me nightmares, and while viewing Nosferatu this go around I placed the image from the book over top of the still frame on the screen remembering what it was like to see Kinski. Bald. Stark White. With Rat Fangs. The Scream Factory release of Nosferatu will impress the Herzog fans; they’re hard ones to please from my experience. It is a beautifully preserved and transferred version of this classic adaptation of one of the most important films in German history. Herzog’s vision is unique and more contemporary, but it doesn’t loose its sense of importance to the horror genre.

Nosferatu releases May 20th. Order your copy now.

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Patrick (Severin Blu-ray/DVD) – Your Blu-ray Player May Just Turn on By Itself

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 07/10/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

This is the first in a series of reviews for the recent Ozploitation extravaganza put out by Severin Films. We’re talking about four features that feature the creative stylings based in the Aussie world or shot in the Aussie world or starring Aussie folks. There’s a goddamn lot of it out there, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect with fever pitch interest levels set on the filmmaking down under. Why? Maybe it’s the Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood having a profound impact on the lot of us. I can’t claim to always have enjoyed Oz films. Sure I’ve seen the subject of this first review, Patrick, before watching Not Quite Hollywood my Australian related viewing was nil. I’ve enjoyed quite a bit since then though admittedly not as much as most of you. That being said, I’d like to run a little movie by you called Patrick. This is the original picture, not the recently reviewed (and enjoyed) remake. Severin Films did a bang up job on one of the most well recognized of this particular subset of films. Let’s honor it by indulging in a little HD OZ.

Synopsis from Severin Films

The original Ozploitation classic is back like you’ve never seen it before:Robert Thompson (THIRST) stars as a comatose killer seeminglyunresponsive in a small private hospital. But when a hot new nurse (SusanPenhaligon of THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT) begins to question his condition, Patrick will unleash a waking nightmare of psychokinetic carnage. 

 

Why does Patrick evoke such strong emotive responses from its viewers? There’s little action but it’s backed by an intriguing, unique story that keeps the audience curious while forcing them to make their own assumptions. If you let your mind run wild by theorizing over what you see in the first half of the film you’ll probably end up like a conspiracy theorist of horror, pondering the subtle nuisances of Patrick’s mysterious spittal. Those of you who have seen Patrick know the rub, enjoy the twist and undoubtedly come back for more despite it’s relatively slow burn. Perhaps Robert Thompson’s eyes have it. His ten mile stare into the great void is unsettling. It’d be damn near iconic if you could attach a one liner to his visage. Confession: I always look at the cover of Patrick and think Gerrit Graham. There was a time where I would have actually made claim that he was in the picture. While all performances are good, there are no truly breakout illustrations of acting. Maybe it’s the score performed by Goblin and Brian May that helped cement the reputation of this “comatose killer”.

I simply enjoy the mood of the film. There’s a bleak quality to Patrick that make it feel realistic even with the mostly fantastic surrounding each psychic occurrence or unexplained phenomena. Until the last quarter of the movie, most of this picture feels like it could very much happen with an eye on superstition and coincidence and dumb luck. Yes, there are driven doctors that strap coma patients in beds and want to experiment on them for years. I’d by that no matter what ethics code is violated. Patrick isn’t rich on violence or sex, but it does manage to create a mystery that generates a healthy dose of tension and suspense that resolves with an ending that is as sensationalistic as the opening hour felt rather normal.

The Blu-ray itself looks just great. 1080p Full HD. The extras as perfect for the Richard Franklin fan boys out there. Richard Franklin is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the world of Ozploitation having directed Patrick, Road Games (another iconic Oz pic), Link and, this may surprise you, Psycho II to name just a few. His work is strong. He does the audio commentary for this release. You’ll also get interviews with Franklin as well as Everrett De Roche (screenwriter), Anthony I Ginnane (producer), Susan Penhaligon and Rod Mullinar (actors). The disc also includes TV spots, a theatrical trailer and a vintage TV interview with Richard Franklin. This release comes with both a Blu-ray and DVD. Oh, and there is an Easter Egg. I won’t spoil it for you.

Severin’s treatment of Patrick is a fan-ready disc. You really get into the world of Richard Franklin with quite a bit of time devoted to his perspective on the film while including both screenwriter and producer in the extras. It looks good. Watches and great and shouldn’t feel dated or irrelevant. The social issues raised in Patrick are just as prominent today as they were in 1978. My advice would be to watch Patrick with a little coffee to get yourself ready for a movie that will get your heart racing all be it at a gradual pace.

Pick up Patrick now along with the rest of the Ozploitation releases from Severin. Also make sure to check out the remake for a slightly different perspective on this now familiar story.

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OZPLOITATION TRAILER EXPLOSION (Severin/Intervision DVD) – Party’s Not Over! It’s Only Just Begun

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 07/09/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

I adore a good trailer reel, and I’m not above picking up any of them even if it contains trailers I’ve seen a thousand times as long as the theme is solid. With the most recent reel from Severin Films, Ozploitation Trailer Explosion, you get a healthy dose of the essential and underground films of Ozploitation era in a well organized, entertaining amalgam that demands an Aussie party in its honor. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Severin Films and Intervision. They put out a bunch of classic Franco and, on their Intervision label, have given us some sexploitation Oz flicks in the past. This continues that flavor by highlighting movies that may not be on your radar.

From Severin/Intervision:

In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, films like MY BRILLIANT CAREER and BREAKER MORANT put Australia’s ‘New Wave’ on the map. But at the same time, a depraved generation of young Aussie filmmakers was putting a very different kind of movie on screens. This is the ultimate collection of ‘Ozploitation’ trailers, packed with ockers, knockers, pubes, tubes, comatose killers, outback chillers, high-octane disasters and kung fu masters.
What we have here, is a nice way to round out a collection with trailers from yesteryear. You have the ability to watch them all in sequence or separate them by concentration. Sexplotation, Action/Crime, Horror. In my opinion this is what really distinguishes a solid trailer reel from a dirty stinking mess you might find elsehwere. There’s order or at least the option for order. You can also elect to screen each trailer separately from a handsome title screen. The quality is good. Trailers don’t often get as much attention as some full length releases. These look like well cared for shorts, and not a bunch of direct-from-VHS captures. The cover art is perfect combining some well crafted artistic interpretations of some classic Oz features.

Some of the movies on the disc are as follows:

Alvin Purple, Patrick (just reviewed from Severin), Road Games, Mad Dog Morgan, Stunt Rock, Stone, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Fantasm, Wake in Fright, Dead Kids (which we will review shortly), Felicity (the movie that I am going to be pick up shortly), Turkey Shoot (one of the best damn “most dangerous game” flicks out there), Thirst (to be reviewed shortly), The Man From Hong Kong, BMX Bandits, Dead End Drive-In (which I watched this past year on Netflix Instant and enjoyed some of the violence). There’s quite a bit more as I just pulled this list from the highlight list, but that’s part of the fun of at trailer reel. Discovering new shit.

If you’ve picked up Severin’s trifecta of Aussie horror, Patrick, Dead Kids and Thirst this is the perfect balance to those exceptionally strong releases. Lots of violence. Nude people with abundant pubic mounds. More fun than a pack of kangaroos getting slaughtered by a giant truck (well… almost) Combined with the documentary Not Quite Hollywood, you might even feel like you’ve taken a entry level course into the wonderful world of OZ. You can pick it up now. This will set you up for Wolf Creek 2 later this year when you can finally own that amazing new Oz picture.

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THE SACRAMENT (Magnet VOD) – The Devil in Sheep’s Clothing or the Great Kool-Aid Social

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 07/08/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

There are moments when you watch a picture when you really forget that your sitting in front of a screen. It doesn’t happen to me all that often most likely because I watch a quite a lot of colorful schlock that possibly be confused with reality. I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer horror that has an element of pure fantasy, horror that would in all likelihood not happen. The trend these days is to shoot for hyper realism. One way in which folks have attempted to achieve this really real world thing is by using the found footage or POV style of shooting. To the accomplished filmmaker who understand how to use it properly it is an effective way to capture an audiences attention, putting them in the driver seat and creating an experience that they feel they could possibly have. Of course you have to be wary; nearly anyone can take a home video camera and make a movie that supposedly has a narrative with a story told from behind the lens. Viewer beware. My favorites films to be shot in this style typically are far removed from reality or have an element of the supernatural. That’s why I rather enjoyed the V/H/S anthology and its sequel (a divisive thing to admit to be sure). Then comes Ti West’s new picture, The Sacrament, a highly effective work based on some really real world events, shot in the POV/found footage style, but wholly lacking the fantastical. It’s an outlier for me; a movie that I might not normally have enjoyed because it’s almost too real to be entertaining but that I’m happy to report that I enjoyed. The trailers didn’t lie. The poster art that captivated me through the advertising campaign were effective and honest, and I’d like to submit it for one of the best movies that I’ve seen this year.

Synopsis from Magnet:

From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (THE INNKEEPERS, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and master of horror Eli Roth (THE LAST EXORCISM, HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER), THE SACRAMENT follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives.

I enjoyed the characters created by strong performances from the ever talented AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg and crew.  Gene Jones steals the show with an alluring and terrifying performance as Father, the Jim Jones type cult leader that is so charismatic, you know he’s pure evil but you can’t help but love him. He humbles you. He will get under your skin for certain, and though I have not heard of him before I look forward to his future work (he was also on House of Cards recently which might appeal to some of you cool cats). Amy Seimetz’s performance is another true creep out. This woman can play cult follower like few I’ve seen. Rigid in conviction and with pure sympathetic passion that feels almost pitiable and says, “I am strong enough to make it now, I have a new, living crutch”.  Even the extras convey a feeling of blind desperation and warm, unencumbered optimism that I completely fell into the picture.
Some folks hate the found footage/POV perspective, and for those of you that find this unenjoyable I can’t say that The Sacrament will fix that for you.  This movie follows documentary/expose filmmakers into the jungle. It only makes sense to use the camera they have as the screen eye for the film. I find that the style was effective and gave great moments of suspense. I’d hate to compare it to The Blair Witch Project because there is disdain associating movies to BWP, but I love that damn movie, and I think that it builds tension in much the same way. Complete blackouts with hints of light and figures in the shadow. The best part… most of the big bad shite happens in the daylight. That’s like being terrified with your eyes open and when pulled off, can almost be scarier than nighttime terror. Overall I like the shooting style and would say that this is one of the stronger uses of it in the last couple of years.
Good effects (especially when the thing kicks in to high gear). Excellent score choice. Ti West seems to know how to pick ‘em. While I have enjoyed West’s other works to varying degrees, I’m now torn between enjoying House of the Devil or The Sacrament more. That’s not a bad problem to have. The one thing to note is that if you think you know what’s going to happen… you probably do. It’s not like the advertising has hidden it. It’s the WHEN that will get you. It’s the how, and it’s the feeling of realism that will taunt you. So while the trend may be to try to achieve realism, The Sacrament’s only element of fantasy only lies in the adage, truth is stranger than fiction. This film really puts a mirror up to a reoccurring theme in history and a dangerous disease in the human condition. Charisma can kill.
You can check out The Sacrament on VOD now. It’s wholly worth it. I plan on picking up the release on DVD or Blu-ray and will be excited to see some behind the scenes footage. As Ti West has said in his most recent requests, don’t pirate it. Pay for it. Let’s get more movies like this with wider theatrical releases or at least keep our VOD options open.
This is the second movie in the very unofficial wilderness horror series this year. At least that’s how I’m referring to them from here on out because they truly seem to have the environment as a common nexus.  The first being Wolf Creek 2 and Green Inferno being the third coming out in September. Gary McLean, Ti West and Eli Roth (also a presenter on The Sacrament)… keep scaring me. Keep entertaining me.

 

For more info:
Official Site: http://magnetreleasing.com/thesacrament/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesacramentfilm
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EVILSPEAK (Scream Factory Blu-ray) – The Evil Doesn’t Just Speak. It SCREAMS!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 07/08/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy TERROR of  DOCTERROR.COM will be joining us as a resident guest writer for an undetermined amount of time. Be prepared to have your eyes written shut with the pre-history and post-apocalypse of HORROR. Give him a like over on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

As part of a challenge to myself to see all of the movies on the Video Nasty list last year I had the absolute pleasure to enjoy Evilspeak for this first time. You guys know what the Video Nasty list is by now. It’s a shopping cart full of movies that were either prosecuted as being obscene or confiscated in the mid-80’s in the United Kingdom under the Video Recording Act of 1984. It was amended to include additional titles both formally and other titles would be confiscated even though they were not on the black list. While the reason I watched Evilspeak was because it was on the list, I was not altogether unfamiliar with it. The cover glared down at my from the shelves at Long Valley Video growing up, and though I didn’t get the chance to see it, I knew that I wanted to and badly. Scream Factory aligned with Code Red have given us an opportunity to see it on Blu-ray for the first time, the DVD release having previously been available through Code Red. If you are not familiar with Code Red I urge you to check out their product line. They put out some classic horror, action and Sci-Fi titles that are must buys, some Blu-ray and others on DVD. For today we’ll stick with the Scream Factory release of Evilspeak.

 

Synopsis from Scream Factory:

 

Life sucks for Stanley Coppersmith (Clint Howard, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), a teenage outcast who’s bullied by everyone at a strict military academy. When Stanley discovers the crypt of a 16th Century Satanist beneath the chapel, he creates a computerized Black Mass that unleashes unholy revenge upon his tormentors. Now, all hell is about to break loose! Co-starring Joseph Cortese (American History X), Charles Tyner (Cool Hand Luke), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (House) and Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening), Evilspeak is not for the faint of heart.

 

 

I want you to think about 1981. Computers. Heavy Metal. Fraternity comedies. The movies that would prod the horror world created a frenzy of sequels, rip offs, copycats and out and out cash grabs, but for as for Evilspeak we are introduced to a truly unique picture that seems to play on major themes of late 70’s and early 80’s horror without being redundant. The major innovation in this particular release is the inclusion of a monochrome computer, rather archaic by our standards today, as the call to worship at the mighty hand of Esteban, the bringer of evil and super techno-murder. Hell, the alternate title for this release is The Computer Murders. It plays out movies that would follow shortly like Electric Dreams and Weird Science though both of those movies obviously have comedic intent. Further down the line we see a similar storyline in the early 90’s release of Brainscan. The heavy metal influence of Evilspeak isn’t necessarily apparent as our main character played by Clint Howard isn’t a metalhead looking for revenge against his peers, but he certainly embodies the same character structure as will be found in movies like Trick or Treat in about five years. Hey, the guys into evil and calling up strange old priests. He may not be playing records backward or wearing a leather jacket and studs, but the archetype is there. He wants revenge, nerd like even… a future member of Lambda Lambda Lambda.  Remember Scream Factory heads… Final Exam is also coming at you from Scream Factory, also an alumni of the Class of 1981.

 

Evilspeak is a gory good time with plenty of obscure or cult iconic favorites to keep the movie fresh. Richard Moll as Esteban, the Satanic Priest? Check. Luca Brasi aka Lenny Montana of Godfather fame with a handful of puppies for everyone! Stanley Coopersmith embodied by Clint Howard in a performance that is both eerie and endearing; it’s hard to believe you feel moments of real sympathy for Coopersmith before he realizes that the power he wields can be used to a most vulgar end. How about R.G. Armstrong? He’s featured in another Scream Factory release, The Beast Within, but I remember him best from his appearance in Friday the 13th The Series as evil Uncle Lewis who releases all the cursed objects into the world and beginning the hunt for Uncle Jack, Mickey and Ryan. If you can’t get into these performances, there are always a gang of man-eating hogs to keep you entertained.

 

With iconic Blu-ray cover in hand preserving one of the traditional posters for the release, the Scream Factory Blu-ray gives us something to feel powerfully evil about; the interior displays two different foreign representations of the same cover. The transfer is a 1080p HD supervised and approved by director Erick Weston who also provides the commentary track. Interviews include Joseph Cortese, Clint Howard, Hayward Nelson, Claude Early Jones, Richard Moll and Don Stark. I cannot stress enough that the interviews with Howard and Moll are reason enough to upgrade to this release if you’re not a quality hound. Moll is a riot, but his insight into the world of horror movies during the 80’s and acting is eye opening. Clint Howard is a consummate professional who deserves all the attention he’s been receiving in recent years due to a cult following that has embraced his perfectly planned awkward performances. He’s not Ron Howard’s brother. Ron Howard is HIS brother! This is a great looking disc, restored to pre-X rating built to test your Video Nasty Button.

 

You hear the rumor that Anton LaVey loved this little picture, and it’s important to remember that he also had a minor role in Devil’s Rain, another supernatural horror picture with a Satanic thread. That should be enough to get you on board. If you don’t want to take the head of the Church of Satan’s word for it, then maybe you’ll take mine. In the last year, we’ve seen two releases that feature Richard Moll as a bad guy in a horror movie (Night Train to Terror released by Vinegar Syndrome). Maybe it’s time to start your Moll collection to go along with your Howard collection. Hear EvilSpeak. Speak Evilspeak. See Evilspeak from Scream Factory

 

You can pick up Scream Factory’s release of Evilspeak NOW!

REPOSTED FROM DOCTERROR.COM

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