I Cannibali

Production Year: 1970
Release Date: 01/14/2014
Studio: Raro
Collection Number: #1577

In a city ruled by an overbearing Government children are unmercifully murdered and their bodies left to decay in the streets.  The corpses cannot be given a proper burial and anyone who violates this law will be sent straight to prison.  One day a mysterious man named Tiresias (Pierre ClĂ©menti) appears and sets out to defy this bogus law.  With the help of a young woman named Antigone (Britt Ekland) the pair make their way across the city and snatch up the corpse Antigone's younger brother.

Sazuma Trading - Cannibal Ferox Ultrabit ED Tin

Production Year: 1981
Release Date: 12/01/2004
Studio: Sazuma Trading
Collection Number: 532

I remember the first time I laid my eyes upon the Make Them Die Slowly VHS, that beautifully grotesque artwork sprawled across big dusty piece of cardboard, I knew I had to rent it.  Unfortunately my dreams were crushed when my mom gave me a pretty firm "no."  Fortunately for me I had an uncle who didn't mind renting something that might comprise the morals of a preteen.  A few weeks after I received that curt answer I was watching Lenzi's cannibal classic.

McFarlane Toys - TWD series five - Glenn Rhee

With the fifth series of figures based on AMC's hit TV show Mcfarlane Toys continues their trend of delivering highly detailed, articulated five inch action figures sure to appease even the most ravenous of fans.  Once again Walgreens seems to be getting the series first, though it looks like their initial wave only includes the Glenn figure.  Very strange.

Never Sleep Again

Production Year: 2010
Release Date:  01/21/2013
Studio: Image Entertainment

The 80's were a very important time for our beloved genre, there were suitable entries to both the zombie and vampire subgenres along with the slasher boom which brought forth such classics as The Burning, Sleepaway Camp, Friday the 13th, and of course A Nightmare on Elm Street.  While other famed fictional killers would make their return in that glorious decade, it was Freddy and Jason that ruled the 80's bypassing the norm and becoming household names.  In the past I've covered Jason's story, now it's time to open up the Krueger book in the form of Never Sleep Again- one of the most in depth horror documentaries you will ever watch.

Rewind This

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 01/14/2014
Studio: MPI Media Group
Collection Number:  #1486

Rewind This is one of a few (soon to be released) documentaries detailing the rise and fall of the beloved VHS format.  This particular documentary focuses on not just the history but also the filmmakers, distributors, and collectors.  Upon my initial viewing I feared that the film would focus too much on the collectors and not enough on the history of the format, thankfully director Josh Johnson did a great job mixing both aspects creating a very enthralling look at what many would consider an extinct format.

Dead Weight

Production Year: 2012
Release Date: 01/21/1014
Studio: Horizon Movies

Dead Weight is a film about one man's journey to locate his girlfriend in a post apocalyptic world.  Charlie(Joel Belknap) is a normal guy whom one morning receives a pretty frantic phone call from his girlfriend Samantha (Mary Lindberg).  After turning on the tube and learning viral outbreak they agree to meet up in Wausau.  Flash forward weeks later and the world has literally gone to hell.  Charlie has banded with a number of survivors and under Charlie's suggestion they begin to make the trek to the small Wisconsin town.

Illusions Unltd - Burial Ground Media Book

Production Year: 1981
Release Date: 03/20/2013
Studio: Illusions Unltd
Collection Number: #443

Director Andrea Bianchi might not be as well known as the Fulci's and Lenzi's of the world, but one thing is for certain;  The man knew how to helm a sleazy movie.  Burial Ground is one of my favorite bad Zombie movies.  Much like Nightmare City it's hard to pin down one solid thing that makes this flick stand out.  Rather, it's a nice mix of Peter Bark, oatmeal zombies, pacing, and just general awkwardness that really makes this one totally enjoyable.  

Nightmare City

Production Year: 1980
Release Date: 12/31/2013
Studio: Raro
Collection Number: #1452

After Romero's Dawn of the Dead (released in Europe as Zombi) and Fulci's unofficial Zombi 2 there was a huge influx of Italian produced zombie films.  Nightmare City was right on the forefront of that Italo-Zombi craze.  While director Umberto Lenzi swears this is not a zombie film, it's safe to say the film's roots are firmly planted in that subgenre's rotting soil.  Indeed Nightmare City did not feature the slow moving flesh eaters popularized by Romero, rather the ghoulish shamblers were replaced by spastic, weapon carrying, radiation-infected, rotting blood drinkers.  Aside from that tiny difference the same rules apply, they're infected, they're dangerous, and if you come in contact with them there's a good chance you too will eventually become one of the radiated masses.

VHS Vault - The Terminator Collection / T2 special edition

Last night I sat down with a big stack of screeners that really needed to get watched.  What did I do?  I popped in Terminator 2.  While I think the first film is superior in many ways, I hold a special spot for the sequel as it was an integral part of my childhood.  Many days were spent watching that film on loop hoping that my Great Grandmother's hearing was just bad enough so that she wouldn't put up a fuss.  Midway through the film I was reminded that I had actually purchased two pretty significant VHS boxsets that I had meant to do an overview on earlier last year.  I guess it's better late than never, right?

Diamond Select Toys - The Munsters' Koach (video review!)

I figured since this product featured both lights and sounds it would be best suited for a video review.  Enjoy!  You can purchase one here.

Birth of the Living Dead

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 01/07/2013
Studio: First Run Features
Collection Number: 1511

Night of the Living Dead is arguably one of the most influential horror films ever made.  With a meager budget and some homegrown talent George A Romero was able to create a film that remains relevant to this day.  A film that pretty much created it's own subgenre and has inspired countless films, comic books, and TV shows.

Night of the Demons

Production Year: 1988
Release Date: 02/04/14
Studio: Scream Factory
Collection Number: 1510

Just over two weeks into 2014 and I've already picked up my first new Scream Factory blu-ray.  While I would have loved to have received 1982's Cat People, I'm more than content with Tenney's masterpiece.  That's right, masterpiece.  Night of the Demons is 80's horror gold.  Great direction, interesting FX, cool set pieces, and Bauhaus.  Prior to this I owned Anchor Bay's 2004 release which was pretty good in it's own right.  It was one disc that would get a few spins throughout the year (especially during the month of October) but after giving this one a go I can safely say that not only is the AB disc inferior, but this is the last Night of the Demons release you'll ever need to purchase.

NECA - Freddy's Furnace

With companies scaling back it's not too often we see big display bases or diorama pieces, it's definitely an aspect of some of the older collectibles that I miss.  Thankfully though, it's a trend that seems to be coming back.  With Diamond Select Toy's massive Munsters' staircase, NECA's Predator 2 trophy wall, and now this ANOES Furnace, I feel we could see more and more of these dioramas in the near future.

Arrow Video - Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 LE

Production Year: 1986
Release Date: 11/11/2013
Studio: Arrow Video
Collection Number: 1470

Earlier this week I mentioned this was my favorite release of 2013, I also did a full review of the discs (with screen shots) here.  I figured it was high time I do an overview of this release, as while the content is great, the packaging is just as awesome.

Django collection - Limited Edition Coffin set

Production Years: Django - 1966; Texas, Adios - 1966; Django Strikes Again - 1987
Release Date: 10/28/2003
Studio: Studio Canal
Collection Number: 1472

Saying I love 1966's Spaghetti Western classic Django is a pretty big understatement.  While it has remained one of my favorite films for years now I surprisingly have only owned two copies of the movie, Blue Underground's US blu-ray release and Argent Films' UK DVD.  Thankfully all that changed on Christmas and I am now the proud owner of one of the best Django releases out there.