September's HORROR Block!

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of October!  This month has just flew by and the arrival of September's Horror Block really took me by surprise.  This month's box is the perfect Halloween starter kit with the included mask and two t-shirts.  Oh don't worry, there's more.  Below you'll find a video and a few photographs documenting the awesomeness that is HORROR BLOCK



Retail horrors - Halloween at Michaels

I know I'm off to a late start this year but I wanted to give the retailers adequate time to stock up before I began hounding the stores like a deranged junkie.  This year's season is definitely off to a great start with a number of new products and promotions.  The first store I scoured was Michaels, a store that's always been my "go-to" for cool Halloween swag.  While they do have a handful of off-putting "cutesy" decorations, the good always outweighs the bad.  Plus they're always having a sale, if it's not on sale you can guarantee there's a coupon available online.  Did I mention they're the world's largest Lemax retailerHow can ya' go wrong!?

The Slave

Production Year: 1969
Release Date: 09/09/2014
Studio: Mondo Macabro
Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile

*Limited to 3500 Copies*
At first glance Silvia (Haydee Politoff) seems to be an average everyday housewife.  But as you likely already know, looks can be extremely deceiving.  Underneath Silvia's calm and normal demeanor is a woman who fantasies about being enslaved in exotic locations.  Luckily for Silvia her man is recently out of the picture allowing for employment with Margaret (Rosanna Schiaffino), a very wealthy and sophisticated movie star who's unknowingly willing to give into Silvia's every desire.  Margaret treats her employees as if they were fashion accessories, she insures all of her staff are fashioned with uncomfortable high-heel shoes and requires everyone refer to her as "the mistress."

It's time GWAR-O-WEEN!

If you haven't had a chance to stop by Cannibal Reviews' Facebook page, you should rectify that as soon as possible!  This Halloween season we are having a number of giveaways featuring a wide range items perfect for this time of the year!  Our latest contest is GWAR themed featuring an album signed by the ENTIRE band during their Lust in Space era.

This is a cool contest for a number of reasons; One, It's frickin' GWAR.  Two, it's signed by the entire band - unfortunately Dave Brockie and Cory Smoot are no longer with us.  Casey Orr has moved onto other projects making this a piece of GWAR history.  On top of all that I'm also tossing in a bunch of cool little Halloween items in the box and filling it full of earth from my haunted basement (AKA I'm shoving Dollar Tree moss in the box for added effect.)

Werewolf Rising

Production Year: 2014
Release Date: 09/22/2014
Studio: Image Entertainment (UK)
Director: BC Furtney



 Emma (Melissa Carnell) moved to the big city with dreams and high hopes, but fate had other plans for the small town girl and now she's found herself back in podunk-nowhere Arkansas tryin' her best to stay sober.  Unfortunately for the young gal sobriety is the least of her worries with two hardened criminals on the loose, and oh, did I mention the werewolf yet?  Yeah, that might cause a slight dilemma.


NECA - Retro Friday the 13th Part 2 Jason Voorhees

At this point it seems the resurgence of MEGO inspired collectibles shows no signs of slowing down.  Fans love the aesthetics of the toys and I'm betting companies are pretty happy with the tooling costs.  The latest in Neca's retro line is "sack head" Jason from Friday the 13th Part 2, and while it wasn't initially on my "buy list" I couldn't say no when I saw it hanging on the shelf.


DST - Universal Monsters Select - Series 5

The arrival of Autumn is a special time of the year for the Horror fan.  Halloween, Count Chocula, new Universal Monsters toys, what's not to love!?  For the last five years Diamond Select Toys have been sure to make September a little more fun by giving fans plastic incarnations of their favorite classic monsters.  This year the company has presented us with some of the best Universal Monster toys of the last decade!  The monster from the Son of Frankenstein and the beloved gill-man from The Creature from the Black Lagoon done up in typical Select fashion; Deluxe bases, loads for articulation, and film accurate sculpts.  Also included in the line up is an original concept Van Helsing, that while technically is not a Universal Monsters Select he's still done up in a similar style and shipped with this year's wave.  Onto the figures!

Stagefright

Production Year: 1987
Release Date: 09/23/2014
Studio: Blue Underground
Director: Michele Soavi

My first experience with Michele Soavi was through 1994's Cemetery Man, arguably his strangest and most experimental film.  After being completely floored by that film I made it my mission to seek out the director's other genre pictures; The Church, The Sect, soon I made my way to Stagefright.  Soavi got his start working as an assistant director with guys like Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento, eventually he'd branch out on his own; 1987 marked his first directorial foray into the horror world with Stagefright.

Stunt Squad

Production Year: 1977
Release Date: 09/30/2014
Studio: Raro Video
Director: Domenico Paolella

Raro seems to be the only US company intent on pushin' out Poliziotteschi films and we're very lucky to have them around.  Stunt Squad is another solid Italian shoot'em up full of car chases, groovy music, and scumbags.  Valli (Vittorio Mezzogiorno) is a crime boss who's been hounding local businesses for protection money.  If they refuse to pay he insures they suffer a very painful death at the hands of a well timed explosion.  After a handful of casualties the local PD decide to form a special task force of elite officers, headed by Grifi (Marcel Bozzuffi) they aim to take down Valli and stop anyone in their way, they are the Stunt Squad!


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Production Year: 1974
Release Date: 09/16/2014
Studio: Dark Sky Films
Director: Tobe Hooper

I'm not sure of the number of times I've discussed 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on this page.  If we were to throw YouTube and Facebook into the mix than I'd bet we would end up hittin' the double digits.  I adore TCSM and I have no qualms about it as it truly is one of the best horror films ever made.  Period.  While I love gimmick-laden editions it's very important to me that a horror film of this caliber is handled with great care, when the 40th anniversary edition was originally announced I feared it would just be a repackaging of 2008's release.  I can honestly say that's not the case with this 2014 blu-ray.  This is likely the best The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has ever and will ever look and sound.


Silent Night, Deadly Night

Production Year: 1984
Release Date: 09/16/2014
Studio: Anchor Bay
Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr.

The popularity of the slasher film reached it's peak in the mid 80's, producers and studio heads were scrambling to find the next Friday the 13th and at this point nothing was sacred.  Camping trips, school functions, holidays, the slasher has a rich history when it comes to bloodyin' up the once innocent affair.  Out of all the films of the period none caused a stir quite like Silent Night, Deadly Night.  Critics bashed the violence, parents were outraged by the depiction of a "killer" Santa Claus fearing it might cause irreconcilable damage to their children's psyche.  This controversy caused the film to get pulled from theaters and shelved.  Definitely a slasher first!


DST - Best of the Universal Monsters

With Diamond Select Toys' latest (and greatest!) series of Universal Monsters invading toy stores I figured I'd share a few pictures featuring my favorite of their releases thus far.  If you've missed out on a few of these releases it's never too late to play catch-up, if you're lucky you might find a few of the older ones discounted at your local Toys R Us.


Halloween 2014 gift guide!

Looking to buy a gift for the horror fan in your life?  You've came to the right place!  The months of September and October are rich with a plethora of horror and Halloween related items.  While it would be impossible to list every single product coming out, I have cherry-picked some of my personal must haves and attempted to recreate the look of an old Holiday catalog (c'mon, who doesn't remember how awesome those were!?)  Enjoy!


Horrific distractions - The horror memorabilia of FOUND.

If it wasn't clear by my latest review I was pretty taken by Found.  One great aspect of the film were the rooms of Marty and Steve.  Everytime the camera panned on a new section of the room you would catch glimpses of different pieces of horror memorabilia and monster toys.  When I went back to do the review I was sure to pay close attention to some of the cool things on display.  Below you'll find some of my favorite items!

Horror posters

Found.

Production Year: 2012
Release Date: 09/23/14
Studio: Xlrator
Director: Scott Schirmer

We live in a time where film equipment and editing software are both cheap and fairly obtainable.  Anyone with an amazon account and a bit of cash can make a film.  It's a blessing and it's a curse; dedicated auteurs can finally put their vision on video and Joe from down the road can film the 700th zombie flick.  Sometimes we strike out - sometimes we strike gold.  Found is a perfect example of striking gold.  It's strange, it's severe, it will haunt your mind like a bad LSD trip.  Found is about an oddball 5th grader named Marty (Gavin Brown), he's horror obsessed, creating his very own graphic novel, and his older brother keeps the sawed off heads of minorities in a bowling ball bag. You read that correctly.

SOUNDS to make you SHIVER! A look (and listen) at an old Halloween SFX record!

Everyone loves a good Halloween sound effects record, right?  I know I do, and I feel that while lately companies have been doing a lot of right with the new Halloween products, kids today are in dire need of more Halloween SFX albums.  All I'm seeing are CD's collecting the same ol' tired movie theme tracks.  Boo.  Lonesome Wyatt from Those Poor Bastards had the right idea when he created Halloween is Here, a collection of Halloween-themed songs complete with ghastly hollars and spooky sounds.  Here's hoping that other people follow suit.


Until then your best bet is going to flea markets and yard sales where if you're lucky you might stumble upon something like this.


Willow Creek

Production Year: 2014
Release Date: 09/09/2014
Studio: Dark Sky Films
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait

Comedian turned director Bobcat Goldthwait has given us a lot of entertainment over the years with films like Worlds Greatest Dad, Shakes the Clown, and God Bless America.  With a number of comedy and satire films in the can Bobcat has decided to take a stab at a few new genres; Namely, horror and found footage.  An overzealous Bigfoot nut (Jim; Bryce Johnson) and his skeptic girlfriend (Kelly; Alexie Gilmore) head to Bluff Creek in order to film a documentary about the legendary beast.  For those not immersed in Bigfoot lore, Bluff Creek is where Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin filmed the famous footage of the big lumbering creature back in 1967.   This footage started a frenzy of Bigfoot sightings in the area and has since turned the place into a tourist hotspot for those hoping to catch a glimpse of the crypto.


Morbid Enterprises - Freddy Krueger Door Knocker



It's time for yet another Morbid Enterprises product review!  This time around we're taking a look at the A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger DOOR KNOCKER!  While this is technically called a "door knocker" the glove doesn't so much knock as it does scrape the blades along the connected surface, which is actually perfect considering the character it's mimicking.


McFarlane Toys - TWD Comic Series 3 - Punk Rock Zombie

McFarlane's lines based upon both The Walking Dead comic and Television series have truly improved with each wave.  The latest collection of figures based on the incredibly popular comic proves that McFarlane Toys is dominating the world of 5 inch scale action figures.  I've been anticipating the release of this particular zombie since the original prototype images hit the web, I'm happy to report that not much has changed in comparison to the prototype.  To date the Punk Rock Zombie is one of the best walkers McFarlane Toys has produced.  

Arrow Video - City of the Living Dead Zavvi Steelbook

Back in May I shared a handful of images featuring Zavvi's upcoming limited Steelbooks courtesy of Arrow Video.  After months of anxious waiting I have finally received my City of the Living Dead steelbook and I'm here to report that it looks even better in hand than in the pictures.  This particular release has since become one of my favorite releases and it's one that I highly recommend to fan's of the Fulci classic!  Below you'll find a collection of pictures detailing the release and even comparing it to the slipcase version Arrow Video released back in 2010.  Enjoy!

*Update; There was a request for screen captures comparing Arrow's disc to Blue Undergrounds, those comparison shots can be found here.*


August's HORROR block!

It's that time again, August really seemed to fly by and today I was greeted with yet another mysterious collection of horror goodies thanks to the fine folks over at Horror Block!

Spooky Town - Dr. Stretch N. Pull's Torture Factory review!

It's officially that time of the year again, Labor Day has always signified the onset of cool crisp winds, dead leaves, and the beginning of the Halloween season!
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Prepare yourself, Halloween is just a short 59 days away!

The Sacrament

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 08/19/2014
Studio: Magnet
Director: Ti West

Love it or hate it the found footage film has become a staple of the horror genre and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.  The horror genre is built on formula and sometimes that means a certain type of film can get "done to death."  With that said, I feel that found footage is truly relevant to our time period.  We live in a world where almost every single person feels the need to document themselves in some way (I'm including myself in this statement.)  So in many ways the current popularity of this kind of film makes sense.  Which brings us to The Sacrament, Ti West's newest outing; filmed and edited to mimic a VICE documentary.  A very interesting choice for a director best known for films like The Innkeepers and House of the Devil.