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Road Games(1981) Blu-Ray Review

Road Games(1981) Blu-Ray Review

Scream Factory has done it again and this why I compare them to Criterion. They simply handpick movies that are some unknown and lesser-known film starring well-known actors and this is no different. I have honestly never heard of Road Games until they sent me the movie to review and it was very stunning. The transfer was spot on and gorgeous the audio was also amazing to hear on my 7.1 surround system. The movie itself was a great slow-burn movie that is kind of a unique spin o ’Duel’ and ’Wake in Fright’ you could tell movies like this influenced current greats like The Coen Brothers.

If you are not already familiar with the movie the synopsis is as follows.

An Australian trucker (Stacy Keach) picks up a hitchhiking heiress (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the trail of a killer in a green van.

There are tons of new special features on the Scream Factory release including tons of interviews featuring Stacy Keach. 1980 Script Read with Stacy Keach and Marion Edwards. Composer Brian May Music Demos accompanied by stills and poster gallery, Kangaroo Hitchcock the making of Road Games, Audio interviews with Richard Franklin, Stacy Keach and Grant Page.

Overall grade:

5/5 another stunner from Scream Factory!!!

Trauma Center Review

Trauma Center is a white knuckle thriller from Lionsgate that is surprisingly good. I say surprisingly good because when you see a Bruce Willis straight to videos-on-demand vehicle, you’re expectations should be lowered. However Trauma Center debunks that myth of recent movies that have Bruce Willis in an extended cameo for one, he comes out to play in this one and delivers a worthy performance that his action fans would enjoy.

Bruce Willis and Nicky Whelan in Trauma Center

Nicky Whelan(Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2)gives an admirable performance in Trauma Center as the majority of the film falls on her and she keeps it moving. As far as the story goes it’s impressive what she does here. The other supporting cast may not be as strong as Nicky is in Trauma Center but it is worth a watch.

Synopsis:

Alone and trapped in a locked-down hospital isolation ward overnight, an injured young woman must escape a pair of vicious killers who are after the only piece of evidence that can implicate them in a grisly murder: the bullet in her leg.

Overall grade:

3/5 stars

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Perps short film review

Perps is a new short film by Alex Montoya Marin of Rebel Without a Crew: The Series fame. After he hit the scene with probably the strongest film out of the films Robert Rodriguez produces for the series in Monday he is back with Perps.

It is a laugh a minute ride for a good 9 minutes that never feels like it over stays it’s welcome, which is a problem short films are often faced with. Here Alex continues his portray into comedies. This one has a little less action than his feature film Monday. There is one great hysterical fight at the end.

If you have been watching No Activity on CBS all access and enjoying this short film is for you, wildly entertaining shenanigans including perps and two cops. Honestly I’d like the two cops in this short film have their own web series. Also for a short film it’s really easy to follow and well worth your time.

Overall grade:

5/5

Mon Mon Mon Monsters Review

This should come with a disclaimer to some readers and viewers of the film who easily get upset. It probably won’t be for you and honestly use a kill count for how many times they freely use the word “Retard” in this film. Other than that the film is visually stunning and phenomenal.

The plot of the film is rather simple, while a group of students is on community service, they stumble upon a flesh-eating female ghoul. This is where the movie sets itself apart from other Shudder originals. The comedy is dark and great in this. It’s probably also not a great to keep a monster locked up and to try and replicate plots from movies.

For instance, they take blood from the monster and have someone drink it to see if it will be like the movies. It takes a lot for a movie to be entertaining with no redeeming characters to root for even the protagonist in the film is so flawed it’s hard to like him. If you do have the Shudder app I would recommend this to you. Mon Mon Mon Monsters will be arriving on dvd and Blu-Ray tomorrow February 4th 2020.

For those who easily get upset I probably wouldn’t recommend this to you, however if you can take entertainment and entertaining you should have fun with this one.

Overall grade:

3.5/5 stars

The Siren Review

The Siren is a new horror film from Dark Sky Films whom I truly adore as a company. To me, they’ve always been what A24 is becoming in the horror genre. However, I do have a mixed bag about their latest release The Siren.

The Siren plays almost like a Brothers Grimm tale, the main problem I have with The Siren is not it’s acting or directing but it’s the pacing of The Siren is where it has a lot to overcome and may cause a lot of people to turn it off, especially nowadays where we have a ton of movies with jump scares and a little bit more action this generation has grown accustomed to.

The cinematography is flat out gorgeous, and this is one thing I can highlight the film I really enjoyed. The acting was overall decent enough but not anything to really write home about ether.

Synopsis:

A man searches the lake for the monster that murdered his husband, while that monster falls in love with an unsuspecting visitor.

Overall grade:

2.5/5 stars

Three Christs 2020 Review

Three Christs Review

Three Christs is a new film directed by Jon Avnet(A righteous kill) it stars Richard Gere, Walton Goggins, and Peter Dinklage. It is being distributed by IFC, this may be tough viewing for some because it does deal with shock therapy especially one cringe-worthy moment with Peter Dinklage. Imagine One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest about three people who think their Jesus Christ this is what you get.

The performances from the three leads are phenomenal, Richard Gere is really solid as the lead actor leading the ensemble cast. However, he does something here that I rarely don’t see from him and he does a fine job acting. Usually in my eyes he’s often wooden while acting but here he’s at the top of his game.

Its also nice to see Walton Goggins(The Hateful Eight, Justified) do something different he’s a phenomenal actor that does it all from the small screen to the big screen. He really plays it straight here and you won’t dare take your eyes off his performance. Along with the scene stealing Peter Dinklage his performance in this should be the big takeaway here. The acting and directing make this the first great movie of 2020.

Final Grade:

4.5/5 stars

Written by: AJ Friar

Last Call Review

Last Call Review

Last Call is a new film by Gavin Michael Booth which is the indie film that every film buff should seek out this year, every once in awhile we’re hit with a filmmaker that makes a statement so quietly loud and this year it’s Gavin Michael Booth and his film Last Call starring his wife Sarah Booth which gives a standing ovation worthy performance she commands the screen in a film shot in one take and in a split-screen which is highly impressive to pull off.

I could not get enough of the score which was fully immersive, whenever I grade a movie I like to listen to the score and if it makes me feel a certain way throughout the film and this score is masterful and feels like another character to the film.

The directing for this film done by Gavin is simply stunning and it’s so hard to take your eyes off of it even for a second! Running a lean 77 minutes he does a phenomenal job at dealing with the pacing with the film and making his technique of one take and a split-screen is not distracting at all and I can’t wait to see what Gavin does next.

Final grade:

8/10

Written by AJ Friar

The Nightshifter coming to DVD Jan 7th, 2020

The Nightshifter coming to dvd Jan 7th

The Nightshifter which is currently streaming on Shudder is coming to DVD from RLJE Films.

Directed by Dennison Ramalho (ABCs of Death 2), he co-wrote the script with Cláudia Jouvin (Alone Man) and Marco de Castro (Ninjas). The film stars Daniel de Oliveira (Jean Charles), Fabiula Nascimento (S.O.S.: Women to the Sea 1 & 2), Bianca Comparato (“3%”), and Marco Ricca (Delicate Crime).  RLJE Films will release THE NIGHTSHIFTER on DVD for an SRP of $27.97.

The Synopsis is as follows:

Stênio (Oliveira) works the graveyard shift in the morgue of a vast, violent city. Each night he prepares the lifeless corpses for examination, but he’s never alone. For Stênio can talk to the dead…and they talk back. But when the whispers of the dead reveal secrets of his own life, Stênio unleashes a curse that brings forth unimaginable danger and darkness.

Big Trouble in Little China Blu-Ray review

Big Trouble in Little China Blu-Ray Review

Big Trouble In Little China is one of my favorite movies of all time. It may be a guilty pleasure to some but to me this ultimate Kurt Russell and John Carpenter at their best. Some of the special effects are campy sure, but it’s so much to watch and this new transfer from Scream Factory/ Shout Factory! Is brilliant. The video quality is the best I’ve ever seen it on Blu-ray it pretty much looks like 4K quality which is big kudos to Scream Factory on the reason why they are simply the best at upgrading cult classics. The audio on Blu is simply breathtaking it sounds fantastic in surround sound.

Kurt Russell probably gives one of his best performances of his career and since the launch of Disney+ you can check him out in titles like The Computer That wore tennis shoes to see how far he came under John Carpenter’s direction they are simply an amazing team.

The new Blu-ray is packed with special features that will keep you occupied and pleased for hours.

Overall grade:

5/5

Written by:

AJ Friar

The Fly Collection 2019 Review

The Fly Collection Shout Factory 2019 Review

Whew, this is why we love movies. It never ceases to amaze me what Shout Factory and Scream Factory can do with their catalog of films. This time we review the epic The Fly Collection which features all of The Fly films including The Fly 2 on Blu-ray Disc for the first time and it is worthy of the wait. I personally have never seen the original sequels to the original Fly before or the sequel to the remake so this was a real treat.

It took me a while to review this because it came with 5 films and I wanted to watch them in their entirety before I gave my review. The picture transfer is brilliantly stunning the sound transfer in this new collection is out of this world. I believe that it only helps I have a 75” QLED Samsung 4K TV.

The Fly: The original masterpiece is one of my favorite all-time Vincent Price movies. I haven’t seen it in years and this new transfer was amazing to see if you never seen The Fly and are a newbie to the genre I highly recommend this film collection to add to your library.

”When scientist Andre Delambre (Al Hedison) tests his matter transporter on himself, an errant housefly makes its way into the transportation chamber, and things go horribly wrong. As a result, Delambre’s head and arm are now that of the insect. Slowly losing himself to the fly, Delambre turns to his wife, Helene (Patricia Owens), for help. But when tragedy strikes, Delambre’s brother (Vincent Price) and Inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall) are forced to pick up the investigation.”

The Return Of The Fly: While this is not as great as the original The Return of the Fly is still an awfully fun movie to watch with your brain checked at the door it’s just a fun simple schlock theater entertainment.

”Philippe Delambre (Brett Halsey) has been wrestling with his family legacy for years, knowing that his father perished as a result of his experiments in teleportation. Though warned by his uncle Francois (Vincent Price), Philippe insists on refurbishing his father’s laboratory and continuing his investigations. The idea would be bad enough on its own, but Philippe hires an assistant who calls himself Alan Hinds (David Frankham) but is actually a wanted criminal.”

The Curse of the Fly: The third installment of the original franchise is the oddball out of the bunch, which means it felt like a made for TV movie and wasn’t up to par with the first two but it is still serviceable to the fans of the original franchise especially if you haven’t seen it before or haven’t seen it in decades ago.

”Scantily clad Patricia Stanley (Carole Gray) breaks out of a mental hospital and is picked up by passing motorist Martin Delambre (George Baker). The two do not reveal much about themselves to each other, but nevertheless decide to get married. At the Delambre family mansion, Patricia meets Martin’s father, Henri (Brian Donlevy), an eccentric scientist. Snooping about the grounds, she discovers evidence of the family’s strange experiments in teleportation and the grisly results thereof.”

The Fly(REMAKE): The Fly remake starring the one and only Jeff Goldblum, is such a fantastic science fiction remake of the original The Fly. Jeff is simply flat out amazing in his role for the film. Fans of this will also enjoy the new transfer along with the stellar extras on the disc which is jammed packed. The special features include new interviews with producers Mel Brooks and Stuart Cornfeld. Deleted scenes, Alternate Ending, New Audio commentary, 3-Part documentary: The cinema of David Cronenberg.

The Fly 2: The Fly 2 is definitely a product of its time the VFX looks really campy like they had the same team from Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and Spawn. The acting is good however, that is what mainly keeps the sequel afloat, the plot is tried and true at this point so I can see why they never committed to making a third installment of the remake.

”Anton Bartok (Lee Richardson), the CEO of a research laboratory, acts as the self-appointed guardian of orphan Martin Brundle, whose father had been a researcher at the lab. Though Martin is scarcely five, he has the appearance of a 20-year-old (Eric Stoltz) because of mutant insectoid genes in his system. Martin grows up confined to the laboratory, unaware of his true nature, with only pretty scientist Beth Logan (Daphne Zuniga) to call a friend. Soon, the fly within begins to emerge.”

Overall grade for the release:

5/5 stars

In Bright Axiom Review 2019

In Bright Axiom 2019 Review

In Bright Axiom is a unique mocumentary which is a fake documentary given to us like a real documentary. It’s such a weird and bizarre experience to really give a straight forward review to for those who want to see it you just have to see to fully believe it. It is one of the best mocumentaries in recent years. The synopsis for the film is weird itself.

Synopsis:

a docu-fantasy adventure to explore the unique and unusual House of the Latitude, where participants are forced to expand their notion of reality and their ability to trust the unknown in order to fully participate in this social experiment.

Now as strange as that seems it’s stranger than fiction mentality really pays off it’s a bold move for the director to attempt something like this and for it to pay off the way it did was fascinating to see.

Overall grade:

4/5