Riot on 42nd Street

“The only way you tame these animals is with a 44 magnum!”

Directed by: Tim Kincaid
Originally released in 1987
DVD released on 1/12/10

Well it took long enough. After many problems and release date changes Riot on 42nd Street is finally available, but was it worth the wait?

The film centers around a Grindhouse type theater located on “the deuce,” the theater’s owner returns from a stint in prison after a run in with a drug pusher went wrong.  After deciding to re-open the theater he ends up butting heads with a rival club owner.  Eventually all hell breaks loose..

I’ll be honest here, the film isn’t that great. You’ve got Jeff Fahey playing a cop who pretty much just stands around doing nothing and the various gang members in the film seem more like Broadway dancers than violent criminals. To top it off the film moves at a snails pace.

Among all the bad there is some good. The movie offers an honest look at the 42nd St. of the 80’s, smoke filled porn theaters, prostitution, strippers with no hope and saggy breasts, you get the idea.  The location where the movie is shot really shines and if you’re a fan of exploitation films you’ll have a fun time reading some of the marquee signs.  For fans of the red stuff there is plenty of it here including a few slow motion execution shots.

DVD Transfer: The transfer isn’t going to blow you away or anything but this is probably the best this film has ever looked.  Shriek Show and Code Red did a great job cleaning the print up.

DVD Audio: 2.1 track.  Nothing too spectacular.

Extras: Not a whole lot here as far as featurettes go.  The packaging is simple, no booklet or anything, but the cover art is great.

    -Zerocks: Still a riot
    Interview with a comedian that was in the film. Not a whole lot here to chew on but a fun watch the guy is definitely a little    mental.

    -Death of the Deuce
    A quick look at some stills from the movie comparing them to what 42nd St. looks like now.

    -Grindhouse trailers
    This is probably the best feature on the disc, you get a load of trailers from the Shriek show catolog. 

The Verdict: Overall the film just sort of falls flat.  The sleazy scenery, blood, and squibs couldn’t save it.  The disc does have some nice extras, I absolutely loved the selection of trailers included.  Even with the inclusion of awesome trailers I don’t imagine I’ll be revisiting this DVD any time soon.   View at your own risk!

Black Devil Doll

"Pity...It's a shame individuals in our society have regressed to such standards of racial lambasting in favor of lowest common denominator 'entertainment' for the mass public"
-Rev Al Sharpton

Director: Jonathon Lewis
STV with a limited theatrical run
Officially released 10/20/2009

With the release of the first trailer Black Devil Doll reeled me in becoming my most anticipated movie of 2008. A year and a few date changes later I finally got my hands on a copy.

The premise of the film is pretty simple, the busty Heather (Heather Murphy) makes the mistake of playing with a oujia board one night accidentally summoning the soul of Mubia, a black militant serial killer. Mubia comes to life in the form of a ventriloquist dummy thus becoming the "Black Devil Doll." Heather instantly falls for Mubia and while the feelings are somewhat mutual the doll cannot control his urge to rape and kill well endowed white women.

The movie is every bit of a modern day exploitation film. Vulgar one liners, breasts, gore, you get the idea. Does it live up to the older films? Yes and no. It's shlocky, disgusting, and offensive, but a big draw of some of those older films was the fact that they were unintentionally offensive or funny. This is where films like Black Devil Doll and Planet Terror fall short. Another negative about the movie is the runtime, it clocks in around
60 minutes or so. These things do not necessarily negate the film, but they do not help it either. Overall it is a very enjoyable experience.

DVD Transfer: The film is extremely low budget and it shows. It's shot on DV and at times the picture is a bit choppy or blurry, although it looks better than most of the SOV stuff I've suffered through.

DVD Audio: 5.1 audio, good for the most part, but during some of the scenes (especially those shot outside) the audio seems a bit muffled and there's a lot of background polution. Gallios Flame's score really shines in this movie...This is definitely a soundtrack I will be picking up
in the future.

The extras: The dvd comes in a clear keepcase, the cover sleeve is doublesided with some nice artwork on the front and back. Also included is a very nice poster/booklet. As far as the DVD extras go the disc is loaded!

Included on the disc:

-Five commentary tracks
        Black Devil Doll
        Cast (Heather Murphy, Natash Talonz, Precious Cox, Erica Branich, and Martin Boone)
        Crew (Jonathan Lewis, Shawn Lewis, Mitchel Mayes)
        Technical (John Osteen and Mitchel Mayes
        Fan commentary
-Audience Reaction Track (from the Hollywood premier)
-Still Gallery
        Production photos
        Publicity photos
        Hollywood premier
        Convention Clip
        Netherworld Videozone interview
        Three Animations

The Verdict: Despite a short runtime and a few shoddy cgi shots the film is completely worth seeking out. The DVD is presented in a very nice package with some great extras. Black Devil Doll is a great way to spend the evening, be sure to watch it with someone who's easily offended.


I'm still working on this blog...I hope to have my first review up shortly.

What you can expect:
I'll do my best to give spoiler free reviews.  Most of the films I will be reviewing are films that I own.  You can expect detailed opinions on not just the film but the VHS/DVD/Blu-ray itself along with various pictures of the artwork and possibly a few screen shots.

Thank you!