Raze (MPI/IFC Midnight DVD) – Face Smashing Tournament of the Rolled Sweat Pant Girls

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

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First off, I have been waiting to see Zoe Bell again for some time in starring non-stunt woman role. The advertising for the new MPI/IFC Midnight feature Raze had me excited. I’d get to see Bell pummeling piles of unworthy (and some worthy as the case turns out) adversaries. It reminds me of that raw fury I felt at the end of Tarantino’s Death Proof or at least the edginess in the advertising did. The movie itself on the hand isn’t quite the breakneck speed thrill ride that I got out of her previous starring role. It doesn’t have the great Q.T. behind it (except in praise) however Bell did produce it. I think there’s a place for Raze in a gradually expanding subgenre. Tournament horror (or close approximation there to).

Synopsis from MPI/IFC Midnight:


After she is drugged and abducted, Jamie (Rachel Nichols, Star Trek, Continuum) awakens to find herself in a concrete bunker where she meets fellow abductee Sabrina (stuntwoman-turned-action star Zoe Bell, Death Proof, Kill Bill, Oblivion). Before long the two women discover that they are in a modern-day coliseum, where they and 48 other women have been selected to fight to the death. If they refuse, their loved ones will be killed.

So aside from some fairly fun fight scenes, all girl on girl, not much happens in Raze. That means you better focus on those fight scenes and pay attention to who’s in ’em. Some are better than others. Some are more gory than others but the first battle is perhaps one of the best. Smash. Face. Must have been the director’s queue. I wish that it had set the tone for the entire picture as a giant splatter fest, but it does tame down until the climax which isn’t altogether satisfying.

Let’s just say this… don’t expect Death Proof. Expect a couple of the stars from Death Proof fighting for their loved ones lives and their own lives. Expect blood. Expect a resolution of a sort and do not expect a sequel unless this tournament horror means that we have to get a Raze 2: Tokyo Death Match or some ridiculous shite. It’s worth a watch, entertaining but not groundbreaking and probably not great for a repeat viewing. Did you enjoy Battle Royale? This isn’t that awesome. Did you hate the Hunger Games (shame on you)? This isn’t the Hunger Games either. This isn’t closer to Would You Rather.

Order Raze here. Available May 20th. (and extremely cheap)

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Dead Kids (Severin Blu-ray) – Teach Your Children Well

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 07/05/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

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When Nick Lombardo tells you to grab a goddamn movie, you grab a goddamn movie. Recently at the Exhumed Films Giallo double feature, Nick picked up Dead Kids and started telling me about it. He said it was absolutely off the wall and great example of Ozploitation. If there’s one thing that I know for certain you always trust the opinion of the person who sets the stage for the horrorthon or splatterfest 35mm viewing.  I must say that he was absolutely correct in judging my sensibilities with regard to Oz horror, and I finally had the chance to enjoy Severin’s new release of Dead Kids aka Strange Behavior. While I talked about it recently on Dead Air, let’s continue the conversation.

Synopsis from Severin

The Ozploitation classic – and one of the most unique shockers of the ’80s – returns like never before: Michael Murphy (MANHATTAN), Dan Shor (BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE) and Fiona Lewis (THE FURY) star in this grisly saga of bizarre experiments, butchered teens, New Zealand doubling for suburban Illinois, and a killer in a Tor Johnson mask

 

First impression: This thing’s got everything and everyone. Well maybe not quite but enough regular Ozploitation stars to give this some street credit.  My absolute favorite moment? A killer in a Tor Johnson mask is enough for me to say a picture has everything. We used to play with that mask as kids running around my buddy’s basement, playing the monster, getting high on the latex. It’s a creepy looking mask. We used to hang out in the crawlspace in their basement and the older kids would turn off the light. When they came on, TOR JOHNSON WAS TRYING TO KILL US. Now at the time I wasn’t aware of the Johnson, but I remember being terrified of the mask. Perhaps that’s why at least one segment of the picture stuck with me. Sure the violence leaves something to be desired, but for what they lack in gore, they make up for with a well controlled insanity all the way till the end. There really are some moments that weigh suspense firmly on your shoulder. The plot carries the picture well and even feels somewhat close to home while still creating an alternate universe where mind’s are fully controlled by the will of evil ever so easily. There are twists you will see coming. There are twists you will not seeing coming.

Yeah, it’s got a score by Tangerine Dream that rocks if you’re into that sort of thing. I am, so it sweetens the deal. the disc contains an isolated music score for your listening pleasure as well as two separate commentary tracks. The special effects featurette is a must watch for fans of the horror of 1981 (a common year around this column these days with Evilspeak and Final Exam getting new releases). The disc contains two separate trailers and needle-in-eyeball-cover art. It’s 1080p HD resolution, and definitely looks great.

Dead Kids is like watching all your high school friends turn into adults; brain washed and ready to kill everything. I’m sure there’s a deeper underlying meaning in a movie that should be considered influential to late 90’s cinema and post-Scream teen horror, but the main thing I got out of Dead Kids was good fun. A variety of kills with some quality acting from the great Dan Shor (that’s Billy the Kid from Bill & Ted) among other Oz players and a fun vibe that proves moderately horrifying but most definitely entertaining.

You can order Severin’s Dead Kids now. Tell ’em Nick Lombardo sent ya!

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GODZILLA (2014) – If You’re on the Fence, GO! GO! Godzilla!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 07/04/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

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One group asked if they were going to turn the new Godzilla movie into a franchise following the path of so many Marvel movies and, in all fairness, in the image of its own forefathers. They sounded genuinely enthusiastic to see more of the big guy on screen paired with whatever old or new gigantor the studio could put him up against. Three fourths of the audience stayed around for the entire credits waiting… patiently. Did they get what they waited for? The overall vibe was favorable. Clapping at a number of scenes though very relaxed clapping even through the end. I sat around and listened like a receiver trying to take in the entire room feel. I wanted to know if I’d be seeing the hordes come out in two years when they figure out how to make this the new May blockbuster series. You know the studio has thought about. I’m anticipating it as well, and even though I left the theater with a positive opinion feeling satiated and impressed I had a lurking, dark suspicion that I had seen this movie before under a different title with a divisive director at the helm.

Basic premise. Giant Monsters! Some of you call them Kaiju; some of you are starting to become too hipster to do that. Figure out what you want to call them and stick with it for fucksake. Uh, so where was I? Premise. Eh, go see the movie. It’s a Godzilla movie. That is for certain. This ain’t no Matthew Broderick shit. I think even Matthew is going to go see this and smack himself for making that ungod(zilla)ly picture. You know in a way I got lucky because I must’ve been doing something pretty damn good to not go see that damn movie in the theater back in 1998. I suffered through the end on cable only recently though I remember the soundtrack having some merit. I like to think of myself as fortunate. That cum wad of a film isn’t THIS movie. This is a Godzilla movie, and it watches like a Godzilla movie but takes itself more seriously. While the whole thing is fleshed out brilliantly with back story and shockingly emotive character development as well as a real concern with laying down some historic precedent,  it tends to feel long at times. You want the damn thing to get up and go but it tricky trots around the people instead of the big guys. You may have heard that the Godzilla doesn’t get enough screen time. I urge the people who say that to go watch any Godzilla movie. Any of them! He’s on the screen plenty.
Let’s address some key issues (it’s after 1am, I wanted to get this out while it’s fresh and I’m running out of synonyms for Kaiju).
-Godzilla is not fat. Fuck off. Also, he looks outstanding save for some CG styling that I will point out to my dying day for any movie, good, bad or computer generated. Godzilla looks good. The end. Maybe you’re projecting your own weight problem on to the big screen? Don’t let my own computer generated monster opinion think that I’m putting down the big guy.
-Score is appropriate. This isn’t a nu metal fest with Linkin Park at the helm.
-Tame on the violence. Tamer than friggin the original Rodan. Plenty of destruciton though and all of that looks just incredible. For all the shit I give computer artistry of living creatures, cities getting mauled by giant monsters looks fan-fucking-tastic. Good part about the tame violence? Kids will probably dig it. Bring a puppy training bad. They’ll probably piss themselves when big G roars.
-All your cast are fine. Cranston is awesome. Olsen good. Aaron Taylor-Johnson starts to make the whole feel like a Michael Bay movie, but pulls up just in time to save the whole thing. That brings me to that itching familiarity I had. Godzilla kinda feels like a Michael Bay Transformers picture. Kind of. In formula. That’s the modern way though, right?  Does it make me like this any less? Nope. I liked the original Transformers Bay picture, but I hope a sequel would venture off that equation. I wouldn’t let it detract you from enjoying the movie, but I’m quite certain that some diehards are going to feel that it betrays their dogma. Look I’ve been watching Godzilla since I first saw Godzilla 1985 during Creature Feature Week. I’m not a dictionary of the gorilla whale, but I’m not going to say that it scoffs at all the canon. It is trying delicately to push the envelope and develop Godzilla.
-3-D IMAX.. eh. This does nothing for me though in all fairness I was on a smaller IMAX screen. I didn’t see much in the way of 3-D that was memorable. I generally enjoy 3-D, but I’m always left asking myself why I waste the money for an experience that isn’t vastly different. The size of the screen does help, but again, I could always just sit closer to fill my eyeballs.
– The first half of the movie is solid with a lull during the third quarter with a marvelous finish. Very strong. Drink coffee ahead of time to pre-race your heart.
-The scope of the movie is entirely in the Pacific Ocean and parts there on. Thank fuck. Madison Square Garden can stay home to just the Knicks and the Rangers for now.
-I almost cried twice. I won’t say why, but I do have a heart (rat semen… say it if you feel a tear coming on).
-The movie seems to recognize the original movie at the very least and the original appearance of Godzilla in 1954. I think that’s important to fans. It does not pulls a Texas Chainsaw 3D timewarp peril.
I am giving a strong recommendation for you to see it. To enjoy the hype for it will be met with adequate response from the screen. To learn what a MUTO is and how one might remind you of more recent non-Zilla Kaiju monster. Big screen. Bigger screen. 3-D. 3-Don’t. Bring your kids (tell them to behave). Watch a REAL Godzilla picture on the big screen then go buy some of the groovy Blu-rays that have hit the shelves recently and remember how to be entertained. The King of the Monsters has the floor.
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SLEEPAWAY CAMP (Scream Factory Blu-ray) – You May Not Be Coming Home, But That Doesn’t Mean the Blu-ray Won’t.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 07/04/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

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The real question on your mind should be, what is that damn song that Angela is humming ever so delicately, ever so romantically in the moonlight by the lakeside holding the one camper she’d let get close to her? Man, does that get in your head. Of course you know that’s not the only thing you’re going to get stuck in your head at the end of this feature (and we won’t tell you what else there is to remember if you don’t know). There’s actually so much to enjoy in Sleepaway Camp and not just the original Hiltzik classic. Whether it’s the strange choice of color that makes you feel uncomfortable, the simple but poignant score, the overacting, the underacting, the poorly drawn on mustache or maybe just the special effects creativity; believe it or not this movie actually gets under my skin.  The entire series has merit whether it be well executed horror comedy, filthy smut rehash or perhaps the worst of the worst sequels (that would be part IV). Of course there’s Return to Sleepaway Camp as well which is a world all it’s own. Scream Factory has started off the Summer of Fear with the most appropriate title to get you in the mood to be outdoors, in nature, watching your friends get eaten by fish or bees or boiling water.
Synopsis from Scream Factory:

After a terrible boating accident killed her family, shy Angela Baker (Felissa Rose, Return To Sleepaway Camp) went to live with her eccentric Aunt Martha and her cousin Ricky.

This summer, Martha decides to send them both to Camp Arawak, a place to enjoy the great outdoors. Shortly after their arrival, a series of bizarre and violent “accidents” begin to claim the lives of various campers. Has a dark secret returned from the camp’s past…or will an unspeakable horror end the Summer season for all?

When I was a kid, my sister and boyfriend picked up Sleepaway Camp to watch with me. We had heard that it was shocking, but of course at that point there was no internet to spoil the movie for us. The ending left us shocked. My mother even more so. I hope the trauma has wiped her memory clean. From there a jumped to Sleepaway Camp II which became my favorite. I think at first it was just the VHS cover, but I would in no way say that SCII is a better movie or scarier than Sleepaway Camp. In fact Sleepaway Camp is actually a really scary movie once you get past some of the budgetary restraints and forced dialogue. Some of it just feels so damn real. The interviews mentioned that fans complain about the baseball scene that takes FOREVER. Well, it just felt like camp to me, and has some of the greatest insults and one-liners in the entire picture. Go back and watch it again now that you’re not waiting for boobies (skip to part two or three for numerous party hats).

I was amazed at how good this movie looked. I mean, I have an old DVD copy and a VHS copy of this movie, and I didn’t know that it could look this good. The colors so vibrant and the picture so perfectly clear. We’re about a movie that is as close to a 35mm print as you’re going to get, with well truly great sound. This is a new 2K scan of the original camera negative. The slip sleeve cover contains a disc with reversible artwork, one side is the newly commissioned artwork from the extremely talented Nathan Thomas Milliner that I think really captures the key moments form the film. The other side contains the traditional knife-in-shoe pic. Each disc, the DVD and Blu-ray features the traditional cover art feature.

Extras include several commentaries with Felissa Rose (Angela) and Johnathan Tierston (new), one with Robert Hiltzik, Felissa Rose and Jeff Hayes (the guy behind the greatest Sleepaway Camp site every created). There’s an interview reel with full discussions by all the important folks in the movie that is absolutely fantastic put together by Justin Beahm of Fango fame. Truly if you need an excuse to pick this disc up and the updated transfer and cool cover art isn’t enough, this feature is the thing that should get you. There’s a Sleepaway Camp Scrapbook, film by Jeff Hayes (Judy) which must be watched to be believed… which I’m afraid isn’t entirely a good thing in this case.

I was raised on summer camp horror. Beyond Sleepaway Camp and its sequels, I think that Summer Camp Nightmare is fantastic. There’s the obvious movies like Friday the 13th and its sequels or The Burning, but I never get the feeling of being at camp like the original Sleepaway Camp. The sense of dread is completely realistic even if the acting is less than real, and it’s balanced with humor to keep you entertained while you’re trying to figure out who the killer could possibly be. You’ll think you know. You’ll be right and wrong at the same time. Sleepaway Camp as released by Scream Factory might just be the feel good hit of the Summer of Fear. It’s sure to shock you even if you know exactly what’s going to happen. You can never prepare for THAT! Do yourself a favor and make Sleepaway Camp part of the your pre-campfire tradition. Hey, at least if you don’t come home, you’ll have seen the movie can say it told-you-so.

For a complete look at the entire Sleepaway Camp series join me and Jeff Konopka on Dead Air’s retrospective series for Sleepaway Camp HERE.

Sleepaway Camp is available May 27th. Order now!

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THIRST (Severin Blu-ray) – Aussie Vamp Flick with a Twist of Bathory

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 07/03/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

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This is the final installment in our look at the Severin Films Ozploitation series. Each one has been a great experience from the Ozploitation trailer real that is the perfect companion to Not Quite Hollywood to Patrick, one of the most important Aussie productions to the lighthearted fun of Dead Kids featuring Billy the Kid from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. With Thirst, the exploitation of the great Oz (Ozploitation being Australia based exploitation) takes us to a neo-Gothic plane of existence where Lady Bathory still bathes in blood to stay young or at least the heir to the almighty throne.

Synopsis from Severin Films:

The ‘Ozploitation’ classic – and one of the most unique vampire movies of our time – is back like you’ve never seen it before: David Hemmings (BLOW-UP, DEEP RED) andHenry Silva (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) star as executives of an international blood-drinking cartel known as ‘The Brotherhood’. But when they abduct a descendant (Chantal Contouri of THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN) of Elizabeth Bathory to reboot her depraved legacy, she must escape before the corporation can expand their human ‘blood cow’ dairies and create a vampire master race.


If the term “human blood cow” doesn’t make you want to enjoy this first then perhaps the cast will. Henry Silva, David Hemmings and Cantal Cantouri as well as Max Phipps. For those of you familiar with Ozploitation cinema some of these names will have more meaning than others. I firmly love Henry Silva in whatever I see him in though my personal preference is Alligator. It comes from the producer of Patrick and Turkey Shoot, two pieces of Oz gold.

Thirst attempts to reinvent the vampire legacy, throwing out the traditional Dracula vamp for the Bathory legend with plenty of modern day sensibilities. Bloodsuckers would get pretty sophisticated in the 1980’s. To create a blood bank of people for a population of needy vamps… that almost sounds like one of the subplots of the HBO series True Blood. This 1979 classic is well before its time apparently featuring a level of storytelling that went beyond the cape and fang set. Perhaps it’s kind should be considered Martin and The Hunger, but something about the general feeling of this one made me thing of the Midnight Mess story from The Vault of Horror. Putting people on tap and what not.

The transfer is really great though this was my first time enjoying it with nothing to compare it to. 1080p HD transferred from the original camera negative. 2.35:1 AR. This disc set features both DVD and Blu-ray. It includes TV spots, a theatrical trailer, an isolated Brian May music score and audio commentary with the director and producer. I love the woman-on-tap cover art.

Vampire fans… this one’s unique. You may have seen hundreds of vampire flicks, but this one doesn’t actually feel like a vampire flick. It feels like a great big social criticism with supernatural elements to it. That’s the formula that made George Romero famous. It’s not wonder that I compare this in length and breath to Romero’s Martin; not as an imitation mind you, but as a movie that offers a perspective not often presented in fang lore. I strongly recommend you check this one out. Fans of the movie and other oz flicks, this is the edition you’ve been waiting for.

You can pick up Thirst from Severin Films now.

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Dan Curtis’ Dracula (MPI Blu-ray) – Traditional Drac Starring Jack

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 07/02/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

Sometimes we crave original horror. We want the new story with the new monster in the the new place with the new actors and fancy directors with virgin concepts that make us coo coo for Cocoa Puffs. Then there are moments where traditional horror will do just fine. Comfort movies or comfort concepts. Characters so familiar we could play them. This is where Dan Curtis’ Dracula falls in place. It is, by all accounts, the standard telling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as put in the big screen only this time Jack Palance plays an outstanding Drac. Richard Matheson adapts the screenplay, and Dan Curtis produces it. These are some big, talented names, and they had eyes on creating a Gothic tale that could stand up to Hammer. Stand up to Universal. It’s definitely in the same ballpark for a movie from 1973 just past the hay day of Hammer.

Synopsis from MPI:

Academy Award® winner* Jack Palance stars in this terrifying adaptation of Bram Stoker s classic vampire legend written for the screen by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson and produced by the legendary Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows). Palance is Count Dracula, whose centuries-old existence is threatened after he attacks the lovely Lucy Westenra (Fiona Lewis) and her fiancé (Simon Ward, The Tudors) calls in famed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Nigel Davenport) to investigate.

If one thing was abundantly certain from this iteration of Dracula it is that Jack Palance understand how to play him at his worst and at his most vulnerable. Now this pay not be the sophisticated, emo vamp of Francis Ford Coppola’s design, but he is multi-dimensional and complex, more so than Lugosi or Lee’s portrayal of the prince of darkness. On one hand he is watching over his progeny and even shows real pain when they perish. The other hand is a brutal, homicidal side that creates evil with a grimace and perhaps and audible hiss so shocking it may actually startle you the first couple times you hear it.

The sets, music and supporting cast will remind you of Hammer productions which is perfect for this Hammer horror fan. In my mind you could even consider this a “lost” Hammer production on appearance alone though Lee doesn’t don the cape. It would also fit in well with the John Badham Dracula from 1979 as its contemporary. Palance’s performance is better than Langella’s but the productions are very similar in feel and appearance.

The disc itself is an amazing 2K transfer. Beautiful color and contrast with appropriate film grain and very clean. As much care has been taken in this production as you might expect for Horror of Dracula aka Dracula from Hammer or perhaps one of its popular sequels. Even though Dan Curtis’ effort is somewhat lesser known, the MPI product wouldn’t let you know it. In addition to a somewhat traditional cover and good looking visual, the disc includes an interview and introduction with the late Jack Palance, outtakes, TV cuts, Spanish and French Audio Tracks and the trailer.

Hammer horror fans… Dracula fans…  Palance fans… horror people… this is a release worth getting into especially given its slight obscurity.

Order Dan Curtis’ Dracula now! Available May 27th.

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Countess Dracula (Synapse Blu-ray) – Lady Hammer Returns with Bite

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 07/01/2014 by Dr. Jimmy Terror

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As Hammer aged two things happened… their movies became more gratuitous and they began exploring less traditional stories. While Hammer’s fame came at the hands of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and their respective sequels, movies like Twins of Evil, Devil Rides Out and The Gorgon are excellent examples of movies that tried to steer away from Universal based horror with varying degrees of success. Personally, I love ’em all, and if I have a bias toward the classic horror the 60’s and 70’s as produced by the great British studio that dripped blood, then you’ll know that I am a fan. As a fan you’ll know that a fan is watching and enjoying Countess Dracula as released by Synapse. You’ll also know that this is only my second time watching Countess Dracula, but the difference is uncanny. It’s a unique story that doesn’t play on the myths of so many Universal derived characters, but of the a lady from history notorious for taking baths… in BLOOD.

Synopsis from Synapse:

The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (The Wicker Man, Where Eagles Dare) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Lt. Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his affections. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception with her grotesque lust for blood to stay eternally young, or will her ghoulish secret finally be revealed? Co-starring Nigel Green (Jason and the Argonauts, Zulu).

The first time I had the pleasure to watch Countess Dracula was on Netflix. While a streaming service cannot be used as the benchmark of quality by which to judge a transfer to Blu-ray it was apparent that the version I was watching could not compare to the pristine 1080p HD transfer. What once looked washed out and full of drab, almost cloudy frames is now a preserved work of art. If you want to watch Ingrid Pitt, best to do it in the proper definition and aspect ratio (1.66:1). The DVD/Blu-ray combo features a commentary from Pitt herself, screenwriter Jeremy Paul, author Jonathan Sothcott and direct Peter Sarsdy. Sarsdy would be response for Hands of the Ripper and Taste the Blood of Dracula as well starting in 1970. Along with the trailer, you get an interview with Ingrid Pitt as well as a look back at her as an actress in a featurette.

Note: my absolute favorite thing about this disc is the reversible cover art. On both sides we have provocative, seductive artwork featuring drawn women, scantily clad and evil. It’s a pure delight. I prefer the darker, more nude cover (figures).

Bathory horror is making a come back. After enjoying Chastity Bites (a newer, fresh take on the Bathory legend though I admit it won’t be for everyone) it was nice to return to a more Gothic interpretation of the great blood bather. While Countess Dracula movies rather slowly through it’s storytelling, when it decides to deliver, there’s a sex appeal that is both violent and erotic. Ingrid Pitt is stunning as the Countess. She is the Bathory of your dreams with perfect wanting eyes and poise. Of course as a Hammer production Countess Dracula look much like other vamp flicks of the early 70’s with less attention to set and makeup than some of the earlier Universal stripped efforts. 1970 was about the cut off for Hammer; when the studio laid the blood and boobs on the screen and sold its audience gratuity rather than pure story and monsters.

Ultimately an audience who can appreciate the Karnstein trilogy will find great love for Countess Dracula. It bears all the hallmarks of movies like Vampire Lovers and Twins of Evil though may be a bit more subdued at times. The disc looks great, comes with an assortment of fan extras and may have feature some artwork on the interior with which you may not be familiar.

Don’t age another minute. Pick up the latest Hammer Blu from Synapse.

You can order Countess Dracula now. 

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