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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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Elliot Interviews Naomi Grossman aka “Pepper” From AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Posted in all categories with tags , , , on 06/18/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

This week Elliot from Little Punk People conducts a fun interview with the amazing Naomi Grossman who played “Pepper” in American Horror Story season 2 at Terror Con in Rhode Island. Video was shot & edited by Mitch Steinberg.

DEAD SHADOWS (Scream Factory Blu-ray) – Tentacle Horror Will Seem Strangely Sexy

Posted in all categories with tags , , , on 04/23/2014 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.

David Cholewa is a relatively new filmmaker. The production company that put out Dead Shadows has dabbled in distribution, but ultimately, this is also their first real breakthrough. With a release from Scream Factory hitting Blu-ray later this month, it’s important to realize what Scream Factory is; we need to define it sometimes and, when appropriate, redefine it. These are guys who love the horror of yesteryear which is obvious by their slate of upcoming releases as well as the releases over the short span of the S.F. subdivision. Sometimes a movie comes along that doesn’t quite fit within the Factory’s scope. Think Ninja III as a prime example of a movie that doesn’t quite fit the Scream Factory, old horror, fan favorite mold. As recently as early mid-last year, Scream Factory started to release movies off that had been made for Chiller TV (a television station that shows all horror content). Some of the quality of the productions were questionable though the releases have always been solidly packaged and appear nice in presentation. I like to think of these releases as acquired tastes and they actually have been growing on me. In that vain, Scream Factory has also started giving some low budget films or films with newbie IMDB resumes a chance to shine. Cockneys Vs. Zombies is an excellent example of how this works to everyone’s benefit, a quality production with strong content. Dead Shadows… is another success story.

Synopsis from Scream Factory:

Dead Shadows tells the terrifying story of Chris (Fabian Wolfrom), whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that the Halley’s comet could be seen from earth.

Tonight, a new comet is appearing and everyone in Chris’s building is getting ready for a party to celebrate the event.

As the night falls, Chris discovers that people are starting to act strangely. They are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they begin to mutate into something far beyond recognition!

In a fight for survival, Chris tries to escape from his building with the help of a gun-toting tenant (John Fallon – Death Race, Saw Ii) – but will they make it out alive?

Trailer:

Dead Shadows is a strong story filled with a moderate amount of tension and mystery though you have to look past some exceptionally poor computer generated material which I found surprisingly easy. Maybe it’s because I found the scenes that featured this CG content so entertaining that I could forgive the less than perfect tentacle “in out, in out”. Everyone wants to see a hottie femme impaled by a mutant tentacle cock that goes straight through her mouth right? Or maybe that’s just for use tentacle porn fans (if you don’t know what that is, don’t good it at work). Our leading man Gilles Barret is a convincing paranoid, hysterical nobody who quickly learns he’s in the middle of a very unique battle. Just when the whole thing seems obvious, just when you have it figured out… you don’t.

Extras include Making-Of Special Effects Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Interview With Director David Cholewa (the new director who definitely needs to continue his splatter love with physical effects on the next go around) and Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer. It’s a modern film that looks good in HD and has the potential to become a widely accepted piece of modern foreign horror cultism. 

Remember that this a French horror movie. We’ve seen quite a few great movies come through France in the last decade and this should be counted among the likes of  High Tension, Livid, Frontier(s) and Inside in watchable, enjoyable, somewhat shocking horror pictures. To say that Dead Shadows is as shocking as some of the aforementioned film would be incorrect, however it certainly has it’s moments. Dead Shadows is a playful horror feature that isn’t afraid to let the audience know it’s okay to laugh as it’s preparing to impale someone in a moment of hot passion. It feels like a monster movie with figurative teeth, not your daddy’s comet-brings-the-space-invaders picture. It’s an early outing for a talented director who I’m personally excited to follow into the next endeavor. Keep digging up these new filmmakers Scream Factory, and while you’re at it, take a look into getting a U.S. release of Livid on Blu-ray. What a fantastic horror picture.
Remember to enjoy the hip soundtrack.
Dead Shadows will be available on Blu-ray April 29th. You can order it now.
-Doc Terror
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HOLLISTON – THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON – Horror Fans Can Laugh Again!

Posted in all categories with tags , , , , , , , on 04/22/2014 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.

True confessions of a horror junkie time… I didn’t like the first season of Holliston. It was not that I HATED it. I just found that the episodes felt a bit long winded, some of the comedy felt obvious or forced, perhaps overdone and the damn laugh track was clever… until it was annoying. I like Joe Lynch. I like Adam Green. I love their movies and acting style. I’m a huge fan of both Gwar and Twisted Sister (Oderus and Dee Snider are regulars). I even love Corri English and Laura Ortiz with which I was unfamiliar prior to the first season. So there were a couple small items that made a big difference in my enjoyment of the program and ultimately led to my lack of appreciation for it. Let me tell you that I’ve actually felt a little bad for not liking it more. On paper this should be my favorite TV show. I should have a goddamn T-shirt of the thing and maybe even a signed copy of the Blu-ray. Not liking season one was not easy. I’ve even felt guilty giving my opinion of the show because in all honesty, I think Lynch and Green have made some great contributions to the horror-verse INCLUDING Holliston despite my personal preference against it.

When the Christmas Special was released through Fearnet I was skeptical at best, but I knew that I had to give the guys as many chances as they would afford me to like the program. Christmas Horror is only second to Italian Horror in my subset of favorite horror subgenres. I’m glad to say that with this single episode I “got it”. I finally figured out how to love Holliston and, in turn, truly enjoyed Holliston The Complete Second Season.

From Fearnet/Image:

The most original, groundbreaking sitcom to ever hit television is back with a whole new level of hilarity and outrageousness! Join Adam (Adam Green), Joe (Joe Lynch), Laura (Laura Ortiz), Corri (Corri English), Oderus Urungus (GWAR’s Dave Brockie), and Lance Rockett (Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider) as they deal with zombies, werewolves, a suicidal horror icon, a cursed videotape, a psychotic 11-year-old girl and so much more!

What made the change in my Grinchy/Scroogey heart? Not a whole lot, but I can safely say that I get it now. In all fairness the attributes that I disliked in the first season are probably the same things I dislike about most season one’s regardless of genre. I found that that characters that I loved had strayed from some of the more obvious physical comedy and recycled one liners and had created original horror humor with which I could identify. That’s a powerful feeling. The relationships having been established between characters, I could finally enjoy the interactions and strange sexual over, under and mid tones. Of course Dave Brockie and Dee Snider hadn’t really changed much from season one, but I wasn’t busy shrugging off some of the questionable laughs and was able to appreciate their banter with Green and Lynch. I also figured out that if I watched the disc on my computer, the laugh track seemed distant due to the speaker quality/size. I still don’t like the overuse of a laugh track in any form. This is my own pet peeve, and it’s a complaint that I have heard before in discussions about the show. I’m glad I found a way around it. I understand why it is used, but it’s not for me.

Season two features Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, David Naughton and even Seth Green. My favorite episode by far even above and beyond my adoration for the Christmas feature is an episode that finds Kane Hodder recruiting Danielle Harris for Adam and Joe’s independent slasher feature, SHINPADS. We come to find out that not only is Danielle Harris an adorable, seductive pill addict, but that has a fetish that features in her the garb of one of her previous roles (bet you can’t guess which one). Hodder is distraught after realizing that he was passed over for the role of Jason Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason (which had already lensed many years earlier). The surprise twist at the end of this episode actually had me spit my Apple Jacks on my laptop screen over breakfast. I’m pretty sure my two year old thinks she has better table manners than I do (ultimately true). I can assure you that there is nothing sexier than Danielle Harris in horror gear, popping Vicodin, having strange relations with Adam Green. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Just call her Jamie Lloyd.  David Naugton’s cameo is exceptional, creative and very funny. They even take a stab or two at John Landis (hysterical).

The Blu-ray itself provides some nice bonus material including cast commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel and behind the scenes goodies. Of course the Chrstimas episode is included, is hilarious and would be worth it for you to buy this set even if that’s the only thing you enjoy about it.  The cover art is perfect, fun and fitting with the style of the show. It’s tee worthy. Maybe now I can make good on that wearable promise.

So I apologize now wholeheartedly for my lack of love for the first season. I’ll even give it another go now that I have a better understanding and interaction with the cast. I feel like a weight has been lifted, and the only thing I can say for season 3 is we need some Pamela Springsteen to reprise her role from Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3. The guys go to camp or something or become camp counselors as a way to fund their next movie project. Maybe a few other faces from that series combined with some Friday the 13th cameos? Please? I’ll write the episode (I work cheap).

Holliston The Complete Second Season is out now. Available on Blu-ray and DVD and absolutely perfect for the horror comedy lover.

If you didn’t like season one… give this a chance. I’m glad I did. Adam and Joe… you guys have a new fan for the show.

-Doc Terror

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POSEIDON REX: Your Tyrannosaurus Can Swim, But Still Can’t Change a Light Bulb

Posted in all categories with tags , , on 04/21/2014 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.

Poseidon Rex. I tried an experiment on our Facebook page recently where I asked ya’ll to review this movie WITHOUT having seen it based solely on the title, perhaps reading the synopsis. If you watched the trailer, that’s akin to cheating. Why you might ask would I do something so absolutely bonkers. How can you possibly review a movie you haven’t seen? Well, with a movie like Poseidon Rex I had a feeling everyone would know exactly what kind of movie it was based on the synopsis and title alone. The few of you that responded were nearly 100% correct proving my point. Poseidon Rex really should have the same tag line as the infamous early 80’s slasher, splat fest Pieces… “It’s Exactly What You Think It Is.”
You read the title of this review right? You saw the name in the title?

Synopsis from Anderson Digital:

 

A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet’s distant past, when deep-sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil. Jackson Slate and his team of underwater cave explorers unearth much more than long-lost Mayan treasure while plumbing the depths of a world famous blue hole. They disturb a creature that’s been hibernating for over 60,000 years – a rampaging behemoth of death and destruction not only at sea but also on land.

Let’s take a giant reptile movie and combine it with a fish movie. That’s it. Jurassic Park meets Godzilla meets Jaws or other reasonable giant monster/freak of nature facsimile. We’re talking about the perfect rendition or carbon copy of a SyFy original feature in name, plot, acting and perhaps even in computer generated monster though I must admit that the great P Rex did look slightly above the pixelated skyscraper featured on SyFy. I was entertained. I was not shocked or awed or surprised. No plot twist could amend my feelings toward P. Rex and I probably could have garnered all the love I would have from the trailer. That’s not to say I didn’t have fun with Rex, but I had a small hope that it would live up to surprise Science Fiction, Giant Monster hit, Big Ass Spider! Now that was a truly unique vision of the monster movie built for a wider audience than the SyFy original crowd.

If you enjoy Poseidon Rex from the perspective of a monster movie-aholic… one who does not care about development of character, plot, can live without gore, can enjoy a glancing gaze at a scantily clad hottie femme actress then no harm will come to you and your dollars can be considered well spent. Horror fans looking for something unique… this ain’t it. Science Fiction fans who think… a lot… this may not be your cup of Oolong. I mean or maybe it’s a nice way to escape from thinking about wormholes and warp drives.

April 18th this one will make it to ITunes and into theaters, so you have some time to prepare for the next composite monster amalgam.

-Doc Terror

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OCULUS… Must Have Used Windex For that Scare-Free Shine

Posted in all categories with tags , , on 04/20/2014 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 enjoyed about 65% of Oculus. I suppose the hype machine worked its mighty magic and led me to believe that I might actually see another Conjuring. Another Insidious. Another ghostie story that might creep me out or make me unable to stare into over-sized, antique mirrors. We’re not quite there unfortunately. As I speak there’s a French door to my left, and I’m not even phased by the reflective nature of it at night. I am not scared right now nor was on my drive home. I do not expect to see silvery eyed contact wearing dead folk meandering around my house. It’s a Blumhouse movie, and as Shawn Savage and Jeff Konopka from Dead Air will tell you, that company generally gets the job done. No wasted money at the ticket booth when you go to see a Blumhouse movie. Until of course I feel slightly bamboozled with Oculus. The adverts on TV, the PR machines and the special web promotions intrigued me in a way that I despise. I try to avoid most of that shit any more. It only seems to raise expectations rather than get my ass in a theater seat. I was going anyway!

The only fear I have now… is of strange weighted devices and kitchen timers. The only suspense throughout the whole thing was based around this very combination of objects. I’m not entirely sure that it’s something I’m afraid of or something I now have a strange correlation between. Some nice effects. An cast that gets the job done, but didn’t emotionally attach me save for the child actors. A good looking film with a few Poltergeist moments and perhaps a hint of The Gate here or there (just flash pan moments and not little demonic creatures coming out of a hole in the backyard mind you). Yeah, the folks with the silvery/reflective contacts can be a bit creepy in any movie especially when Blumhouse backs it. That’s definitely part of the 65% I dug. Not hating the characters goes a long way too. Why bring apples and water bottles to a war with a haunted mirror? Fuck if I know, but it makes for some gruesomeness.

I would like to mentions something… pay attention to the audio in this. While the score isn’t always solid, there’s some great use of booming sound to create a feeling of near nausea midway through the flick.

I dislike writing up movies that I’m not completely stoked for so this is going to be a short one. Do not watch this on acid or other hallucinogens. In fact you may not even want to see this one drunk or stoned because it’s all over the place. Yes, there’s a workable plot but an unsatisfying finish. For everything you sit through, for all the chaos, you demand order when you leave the theater. If you don’t get the order you either feel cheated or thirsty. I’m thirsty for a cohesive entertaining ghost story right now after just going to see a supernatural flick in the theater. That probably means Oculus didn’t do its job. Slowly build me into a strange, sensory disturbed way and then fail to “reset” me? That’s just mean. Seems like the reviews have been overly positive thus far, and I’ll probably give it another watch on home video. I did really enjoy Mike Flanagan’s Absentia.

Oculus is out now. I’d love to know what ya’ll think, and I’m positive there are those among you who will truly enjoy Oculus. You’ll even call it one of the best movies of the year. It’s far from that for me, but it’s also not the worst thing I’ve seen this year.  It’s a great date movie. You’re significant other will cuddle you. Plenty of lighthearted scares with a few choice jumps scares to tie the whole thing together. One of ’em got me good. I had to do the whole “adjust the leg so I don’t look like I actually jumped for the folks behind me”. I crack myself up at times. The rest of the audience said, “It was better than Devil’s Due” and they didn’t like the ending, and these were a bunch of guys talking about the movie Funny Games (probably the remake).

If there’s one thing I came away from Oculus with it was the concept that we should watch movies now, occasionally, with the perspective that the movie we are watching is a remake of another movie from long ago whether it actually is a remake or not. I imagined what Oculus would have been in it’s original 1970’s look starring Oliver Reed with a great big ol’ mirror in an English mansion in the countryside with his overdressed kids and a house with way too much dark wood inside. Lots of violin and cello music in the themes. Plenty of upward looking camera angles to convey Reed as some sort of monster and his children, grown up played by David Warner and maybe Karen Black or Shelly Duval in the female lead. I imagine that “original” movie. In that version I get a bleak finish but I get a FINISH. A big ol’ THE END.

-Doc Terror

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Death Occurred Last Night (RaroVideo Blu-ray) – There’s Always Room for Giallo (on Blu-ray)

Posted in all categories with tags , , , on 04/19/2014 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.

Not too long ago I set out to watch every giallo picture ever created or at least every Italian film that might represent the subgenre that I could find. I went off a great big list and ravaged the internet, dumped loads of cash at the project and created my own beautifully color-coded, well organized spreadsheet. I got through a little over a third of the 280 plus moves on the list before I realized that I needed a break. In those days I reviewed less, slept less or at least had more consistent sleep throughout the night for short spurts and only had one kid to worry about with a bedtime of 8. That was just over two years ago, and despite my best efforts I haven’t gotten back on the challenge. I simply cannot find the time, resources or reliable sleep to viewing ratio that makes this possible. Even when Ava was a newborn, midnight feedings were the perfect opportunity to check another movie off the list. Now that she’s older… Bubble Guppies if I’m lucky when she wakes and won’t sleep. Still I’ve noticed some great changes happening across the great wide horror-verse in the last couple of years. neo-giallo is becoming thing though not entirely Italian focused. There’s plenty of new genre movies to enjoy and more to come. Then there’s the absolutely essential cataloging of some of the greats by companies like RaroVideo. RaroVideo is giving Italian cinema a new life with some really spectacular Blu-ray releases. These are primo packaged (though jokingly we can never get the slip sleeves off) with fan friendly extras, brilliant transfers and booklets. Today we discuss Death Occurred Last Night. While this wasn’t my first time around with Death Occurred Last Night, I promise you that the hacked up copy I saw last time was a joke compared to this release. This is the release you need to pick up if you like Italian crime or giallo.

Synopsis from RaroVideo

An astute mix of classic Italian crime and giallo, Duccio Tessari’s Death Occurred Last Night is a dark slow burning murder mystery. A mentally handicapped woman is kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery, sending her distressed father and a jaded police detective on the hunt for clues in Milan’s underworld. Tessari (THE BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY) keeps a tight rein on the action, focusing on the characters and their collective desire for justice and revenge. An unforgettable, disturbing and fascinating thriller.
Trailer:

First off, in the time that I had spent enjoying gialli, the common tropes that we all joke about seem to wash away. Sure everyone’s drinking J&B, but not every movie features a shadowy figure in a black fedora. Not all of them are intensely violent, and they aren’t all sex filled Italian hottie fests though admittedly I prefer them as gratuitous as possible. Death Occurred Last Night might be described as a kinder gentler giallo feature. It isn’t as off the wall as some of the other movies in the genre, but in 1970 things were just starting to pick up. The scores were becoming a little bit edgier walking slowly toward progressive jazz or rock, and audiences wanted to see EVERYTHING on screen. Death Occurred Last Night is a mystery that has some erotic moments, but isn’t an Edwige Fenech nudie fest. It’s cooks you on simmer, providing ample time to decipher the mystery. Think of this as the Columbo of gialli. This is not uncommon mind you. This is actually probably closer to the norm from the third of of the great 280 on my list.

I urge you not to sit down to DOLN and expect an Argento or Martino picture. Duccio Tessari did Puzzle and The Bloodstained Butterfly, but he was more over noted for his involvement in the founding of the spaghetti western genre. He co-wrote a Fistful of Dollars, and this type of feature wasn’t exactly a regular occurrence in his forty plus movie filmography. He was make movies well in advance of this, and Death Occurred Last Night is a competently shot feature with real intrigue, balance and although not riveting, it will certainly keep your attention over its 98 minute run time.

RaroVideo’s transfer looks great from a 35mm negative. 1920 x 1080 @ 23.976 1.75:1. It’s in Italian with English subtitles and has linear stereo audio. Plenty of grain and the preservation didn’t go over the top with the DNR. It isn’t a smeared painting of a mess. It’s crisp and tight. The extras include both the Italian and English theatrical trailers. The interview with Chris Alexander is a treat. Alexander does quite a few of these introductions and brief summations on other titles. He’ll help to put the picture in perspective. While he’s the editor of Fangoria, Gorezone and Delirium magazines, it is in this capacity that I find his work most valuable. If you’re new to Italian cinema or giallo, make sure to pay attention to this special feature. The booklet, also written by Alexander, reinforces his points and fleshes out the cinematic landscape during the early 70’s as well as provides a nice well-rounded background on DOLN. It’s handsome. The cover art for both the slip and the insert are perfect and traditional.

Death Occurred Last Night isn’t necessarily the best starter movie when it comes to delving into the world of giallo, but once you’ve seen a few it will fill in the spaces between early Bava and movies like Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Deep Red. RaroVideo fanatics, another good one. Nothing wasted and everything you’ve come to expect from this boutique distro company. It’s great to see such care taken with a film that is considered a cult fan favorite. It’s a great age when movies like this are being taken care of quite well and even given the royal treatmet.

You can order Death Occurred Last Night now! Pre-order it. Also available on DVD.

Enjoy RaroVideo’s titles HERE.

-Doc Terror

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