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.