The horror of HOME ALONE!

This weekend I sat down for my yearly viewing of 1990's Christmas classic Home Alone.  While I've seen the film dozens of times since it's initial release, this time around something hit me.  This is a pretty demented film.  First and foremost we've got a number of cameos from actors who had (or eventually would) participate in some very beloved horror films.  Second, Buzz was clearly a Monster kid (more on that later.)  We have parents that forget their child as they go on a lavish vacation, a supposed serial killer living next door, and a child who essentially manages to torture two would-be criminals.

Okay, maybe I'm simply over analyzing the film thanks to some sorta' Christmas-time-dementia, but something creepy is happening at the McCallister house and I've got pictures to prove it!

Serial killer or misunderstood old man?  Before Home Alone actor Robert Blossom played the Ed Gein inspired Ezra Cobb in 1974's Deranged.

The Long Hair of Death

Production Year: 1964
Release Date: 12/16/2014
Studio: Raro Video
Director: Antonio Margheriti





After being accused of witchcraft, a poor woman is burnt at the stake at the behest of a king.  One of the supposed witch's daughters (Helen; Barbara Steele) attempts to stop the execution but manages to get herself killed after fornicating with the blood thirsty leader.  The woman's youngest daughter (Lisabeth; Halina Zalewska) is taken away but thankfully spared.  Years later the King's son forces Lisabeth into a marriage she wants no part of and it's all downhill from there.

Five cool ornaments on this year's tree!

Halloween might be long gone but there's nothing stoppin' ya from letting horror seep into the Christmas season.  Today we're going to take a look at a handful of ornaments featuring zombies, monsters, and bounty hunters that happen to currently be hanging from my Christmas tree.


First up is my latest addition, Freddy In Space's Return of the Living Dead ornament!  Available for one short day this little collectible is a thing of beauty and currently my favorite ornament.  I'm sure this one will manage to hang around past the Holiday.

At the Devil's Door

Production Year: 2014
Release Date: 12/16/2014
Studio: IFC
Director: Nicholas McCarthy




It's California, it's the 80's, and a poor girl has just agreed to sell her soul to the Devil.  Decades later a real estate agent named Leigh (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is attempting to sell the property that this young girl once called home.  The current owners happen seem oddly anxious to get rid of the place, could it have something to do with their missing now daughter?  Maybe the answers are wrapped up in that big wad of money the real estate agent found hidden in a dresser drawer.

Cam2Cam

Production Year: 2014
Release Date: 12/16/2014
Studio: IFC
Director: Joel Soisson



Somewhere in the filthy city of Bangkok there's a scummy little apartment complex.  Every tenant seems to be a member of a social website called "Cam2Cam," where the sick people of Thailand go to get naked.  Cam2Cam is a site where any sick fetish is catered to.  Interested in seeing Mimes droppin' trou?  You've came to the right place.  Unfortunately for the users there's a certain member who's taken things to a pretty disturbing level. Brandishing two axes this man disrobes then dismembers his victims.


Enter my Christmas Giveaway!


There's a new giveaway happening over at Cannibal Review's facebook page!  All you have to do to enter is simply like the page and share the photograph.  The contest ends on 12/20 on a random time.  A winner will be selected at random.

I will ship worldwide so anyone can enter.  The prize pack is made up of the following.

-Adventure Time Zombie Jake plush
-Diamond Select Toys The Wolf Man Minimates four pack
-Funko Pop! The Bride of Frankenstein vinyl (Hot Topic exclusive, it glows!)
-Funko Mystery Mini (sealed)
-Funko Mystery Minis Ghostface, Daryl Dixon, Billy the Puppet, and TWD Bloody Tank Walker
-Raro Video Slaughter Hotel Blu-ray

Good luck to all of those who enter and be sure to check back for future giveaways!

Slaughter Hotel

Production Year: 1971
Release Date: 12/09/2014
Studio: RARO VIDEO
Director: Fernando Di Leo





Straying far from the crime films he was best known for, Fernando Di Leo took a stab at the Horror genre.  What we get is more sleaze than shock.  In Slaughter Hotel a number a nubile psychotic females are housed together in a gothic castle-turned sanitarium.  Some are suicidal, some are homicidal, most of them just seem sex-crazed.  Unfortunately for the group, there's a psychotic killer on the loose with a sick fixation on spilling blood.

10 of the most horrifying mutants from the TMNT toy line!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a true phenomena that has ruled the world from the late 80's to the mid 90's and has miraculously made a modern comeback thanks to a new cartoon show and a very successful Michael Bay-Produced film.  Since the 80's Playmates have produced 100's of action figures for the TMNT toy series and today we're going to take a look at 10 of the turtles most monstrous friends and foes!

credit for the picture goes to http://www.tmnttoys.com/
Mutagen Man
I'm sure most of you are well aware of this character.  Easily one of the coolest toys of my childhood, Mutagen Man's torso is clear and hollow allowing kids to fill it with water.  Also included were bits of guts that could freely float around.

12/07/2014 UPDATE

This early December update includes a little bit of everything ranging from a stack of blu-rays to a handful of Neca collectibles.



Shock Waves

Production Year: 1977
Release Date: 11/25/2014
Studio: Blue Underground 
Director: Ken Wiederhorn



Sun sick and delirious, a young woman named Rose (Brooke Adams) is found floating on a small boat in the middle of the ocean.  A few fishermen save her life and the young lady begins to recant on the past few days revealing how she wound up in such a dire situation.  Rose was part of a small group of vacationers aboard an old rundown ship.  Due to a few very strange mishaps the boat nearly crashes into an abandoned German vessel.  The group end up shipwrecked on a creepy secluded island and they begin to search for refuge.


The Making of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead (Book)

Release Date: 09/23/2014
Publisher: Plexus
Author: Lee Karr

There are three basic types of Romero fans out there.  Those who favor Night of the Living Dead, those who obsess over Dawn of the Dead, and those who live by Day of the Dead.  Clearly author Lee Karr is the latter.  The Making of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead will make you rethink your definition of thorough.  The author digs deep interviewing numerous people (from the obvious principle contributors to those who just had minor roles).  I thought I had a wealth of knowledge on all things Day of the Dead with a number of commentaries, interviews, and Q & A's under my belt, but Lee Karr has proven me a true novice.

Christmas Evil

Production Year: 1980
Release Date: 11/18/2014
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
Director: Lewis Jackson



I'm sure most of us can remember the joys of Christmas Eve; fresh cookies, filled stockings, maybe even a visit from Santa.  Little Harry was so excited at the prospect of seeing Santa in action that he stayed up late.  I doubt the poor boy could have imagined that he'd see ol' Saint Nick givin' the goods to his mom.  Now as an adult working in a toy store Harry (Brandon Maggart) has grown to idolize the Christmas legend, going as far as keeping tabs on the "good boys and girls" in his neighborhood.  Unfortunately for the town, Harry is about to lose what little grip he has left on reality.

Neca - Texas Chain Saw Massacre - Retro Leatherface


NECA continues with their retro line giving everyone's favorite cannibal killer the Mego treatment.  I've been a big supporter of this line in the past and after their recent releases I don't see that changing any time soon.  Even with a few minor paint issues this Leatherface is still a very solid release!

The Damned

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 11/11/2014
Studio: IFC Midnight 
Director: Victor Garcia



The Damned is touted as being a different kind of possession flick.  Given most "possession" films are generally in the vein of The Exorcist or The Evil Dead this idea intrigued me.  After tracking down his daughter (Jill; Nathalia Ramos) in Columbia, David (Peter Facinelli), his fiancee Lauren (Sophia Myles), and a few of his daughter's companions attempt to head to the airport to leave the country.  Unfortunately for them fate has other plans, some extremely nasty weather leaves them stranded and the group attempt to take refuge at a nearby Inn.

LFO

Production Year: 2014
Release Date: 10/28/2014
Studio: Dark Sky Films
Director: Antonio Tublen



Well, this is probably one of the strangest films I've viewed this year.  LFO is the definition of a mind-fuck movie.  The extremely lonely Robert (Patrik Karlson) is wasting away constantly fiddling with his collection of synthesizers experimenting with the effects electronic sounds have on the mind.  One day Robert discovers a sound wave that can actually make people do his bidding.  Does Robert  Take his groundbreaking discovery to the proper authority for the better good?  No, he decides to experiment this new found power on his new neighbors (Linn; Izabella Jo Tschig and Simon;Per Lofberg).  The two do his every bidding from sex to cleaning, they're literally helpless while under Robert's control.

Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films that Ruled the 70's

Production Year: 2014
Release Date: 10/14/2014
Studio: Cinema Epoch
Director: Mike Malloy 



There are documentaries...Then there are DOCUMENTARIES!  Eurocrime! is clearly the latter.  The love child of director Mike Malloy, the documentary explores the Italian crime films that were (mostly) predominate in the 70's.  The documentary is split up into several chapters, the first chapter delves into early Italian cinema and the habit of taking popular US trends and "making it their (the Italians) own."  In the 60's the Italians were fixated on westerns, but when the money for that fad began to dry up the new found popularity of films like The Godfather and Dirty Harry resulted in the creation of the poliziotteschi genre.  The rest as they say, "is history."


Beneath

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 10/28/2014
Studio: IFC
Director: Ben Ketai



Beneath is the tragic story of a group of miners who are forced to fight for their lives after a catastrophic collapse traps them 600 feet underground.  George Marsh (Jeff Fahey) has one last day of work before his official retirement.  His daughter (Samantha; Kelly Noonan) stops in to give her father a proper send off.  Kelly agrees to head down into the Mine to spend the day with her father after getting into it with a few of her father's hardheaded employees.  While the day starts off normal enough, things take a drastic turn when an issue with a drill causes the entire mine to collapse.

Shit-O-Ween 2014

Shit-O-Ween is dedicated to the very worst in Halloween Horror!  This year we take a look at the three worst films in the Halloween Franchise, enjoy!


Werewolf Woman

Production Year: 1976
Release Date: 10/28/2014
Studio: RARO VIDEO
Director: Rino Di Silvestro 

Bush, she-wolf boobs, and gore!  Did I mention that's just the first ten minutes?  At a glance 1976's Werewolf Woman looks trashtastic, but when you actually view the film you'll find there's a little something more sinister going on.  While the movie has enough gratuitous nudity to making even the most seasoned sleaze pusher blush, there's more to this film than naked skin.  Daniela (Annik Borel) is left extremely unstable after she was brutally raped.  Following the advice of a local doctor, her father Count Neseri (Tino Carraro) opts to take her to their small country home in hopes that getting Daniela away from the dangers of the city will calm her nerves.

Bound By Flesh

Production Year: 2012
Release Date: 10/28/2014
Studio: Sundance Selects
Director: Leslie Zemeckis




Bound By Flesh is the story of two conjoined sisters (Daisy and Violet Hilton) and the perils they experienced during their very colorful lives.  Born in 1908 to a mother that wanted nothing to do with them they were sold to Mary Hilton who immediately saw dollar signs when she laid her eyes upon the twins.  Hilton instantly put the twins on display (for a price, of coarse) and when the girls were old enough the Hilton family hit the road touring everywhere from Europe, to Australia, and eventually to the ol' US of A.

Our latest contest will open THE GATES OF HELL!


For the last contest in October we're pulling out all the stops and giving YOU the chance to win a piece of horror history! Enter for your chance to win dirt pulled directly from "The Seven Doors Hotel" that was featured in Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond." The dirt comes in a vial (with a SKULL lid) that's housed in a custom made coffin featuring an iconic image from the film. Also in the coffin you'll find earth and worms, and possibly a curse or two. To enter just like the Cannibal Review's facebook page and share this photo!

The contest will end at a random time on November 1st, 2014. For this contest I will ship WORLD WIDE. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and the prize will be shipped out ASAP with a tracking number.

More photos of the prize after the break!

Compañeros

Production Year: 1970
Release Date: 10/28/2014
Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Sergio Corbucci




If you were to make a list of the best and most influential directors associated with the Italian Western Sergio Corbucci's name would be listed right next to the likes of greats such as Sergio Leone.  While there's no denying the influence of The Dollars Trilogy, it's a pity those three films seem to overshadow films like The Great Silence and Compañeros.  The latter being the more light hearted of Corbucci's western outings, though still just as masterfully directed.


Universal Monsters - Steins & Cookie Jars

A few months back on a disgustingly hot Spring day I managed to walk into every horror fan's dream.  A garage that had boxes of Universal Monsters items stacked floor to ceiling.  Everything was for sale and their prices were more than reasonable.

Unfortunately while there was a multitude of items, most of them were duplicates, apparently the guy had cleaned out a Universal Studios' store of their remaining kitchenware stock.

So what was the haul??  Oh, only a number of Universal Monsters steins and an EXTREMELY awesome The Mummy Cookie Jar!






Neca - Retro Ghostface


Today on Cannibal Review's YouTube channel we're takin' a look at Neca's brand new "retro" Ghostface.  While I'm not the biggest fan of the Scream franchise this figure is in my opinion one Neca's best Retro figures to date!  Watch the video and find out why!

More pictures after the break!

The Devil's Business

Production Year: 2011
Release Date: 10/14/2014
Studio: Mondo Macabro
Director: Sean Hogan



Mondo Macabro's second foray into high definition is a good one!  A bit different for a company steeped in older genre films, this time they're rollin' out the red carpet for a modern film, Sean Hogan's 2011 production The Devil's Business.  Two hit men break into a house to carry out what should be a relatively easy job; taking out one man.  But unfortunately for veteran hitman Pinner (Billy Clarke) this is no ordinary job, making matters worse is the inexperienced "new guy" he's stuck with (Cully; Jack Gordon) who doesn't seem to do anything right.


Nekromantik

Production Year: 1987
Release Date: 10/07/2014
Studio: Cult Epics
Director: Jorg Buttgereit



Oh Nekromantik, what can one say about you that hasn't already been said a dozen times?  Splatter-punk director Jorg Buttgereit's 1987 film has quite the reputation and deservedly so.  It exceeds at being that "shock flick" that people tend to pull out when there's company over.  Rob (Daktari Lorenz) works for a local clean up crew who specialize in the removal of dead bodies, Rob enjoys his job and frequently "takes work home."  Literally.  The guy has amassed quite the collection of specimens from jarred hearts and guts to old decrepit bones.  


Retail horrors - Halloween at Target!

As far as your major retailers go Target is usually my go to place during this time of the year.  Not only do they have a number of quality items, they also always seem to stock up on the Monster Cereals along with other strange odds and ends (check out the video at the end of the post!) 

Come along with Cannibal Reviews as we take a look at Target's 2014 Halloween products!

Evils of the Night

Production Year: 1985
Release Date: 10/14/2014
Studio: Gorgon Video
Director: Mohammed Rustam



Here's my kind of movie.  It's cheap, it's campy, it's full of sleaze.  It's clear that the crew set out to make a good horror/sci-fi romp.  Did that happen?  Not exactly.  But it's a genuinely campy fun film and hits all of the right notes, a lot of these current filmmakers who try their best to capture the whole B-move aesthetic should sit down and take a note or two.  I'm getting way ahead of myself.  Let's get into the movie, shall we?


Witching & Bitching

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 10/14/2014
Studio: IFC Midnight
Director: Alex De La Iglesia



So Jesus, a green army man, and a child walk into a bank...Sounds like a bad joke, eh?  It's not, it's actually the beginning of Alex De La Igelsia's Witching & Bitching.  With alimony payments taking their toll, Jose (Hugo Silva) pulls together a makeshift band of nitwits to assist with a small heist.  Disguised as street performers, the group surprisingly almost pull it off, but ol' Jose had the bright idea of bringing his kid along for the ride.  Jose, Antonio (Mario Casas), and little Sergio (Gabriel Angel Delgado) collect their bounty and make a run for it, unfortunately Sergio leaves some school books behind, while the three manage to escape custody the school books lead detectives right to Jose's angry ex-wife.


Venus in Fur

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 10/14/2014
Studio: IFC/Sundance Selects
Director: Roman Polanski



Roman Polanski, the famed director that has given genre fans classics such as Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion is back with his erotic drama (with a tinge of suspense) Venus in Fur.  Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) is a renowned stage director who has recently adapted the infamous novel Venus in Furs (1870; Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch), a book steeped in sadomasochism and dominance.  After a stressful day full of unsuccessful auditions the director is preparing to head home when Vanda (Emmanualle Seigner) bursts through the theatre doors hours late and soaking wet.


Kino and VHX announce an exciting new way to stream your favorite CULT films!

Kino Lorber and VHX to Launch Kino-Cult at Comic-Con, All-New Cult Movie Site and Online Destination for the Best in Cult Cinema 

 From Kino Lorber's curated collection, cult favorite films with new HD masters by Mario Bava, Jess Franco, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jean Rollin, Curtis Harrington and others now available at Kino-Cult.com for instant streaming and download


Retail Horrors - Halloween at Homegoods

I wasn't expecting much from Homegoods as the store typically has products that are a little too glittery for my liking.  I was surprised however as there were a number of items I could see myself purchasing before the Halloween season comes to an end.  I mean, who can honestly say no to a zombie hand candle holder?  Not me, that's for sure.