HARAKIRI (DVD)

5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Unlike Kurosawa’s great samurai films, “Harakiri” is only loosely a samurai movie; it is, in reality, a scathing assault on the mentality that glorifies death as honor and murder as righteousness…


Posted on September 6, 2005 by

GAY BY DAWN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

Things get out of hand when four good ole boys sitting around a campfire, chugging brews and clutching shotguns, begin telling scary stories…


Posted on September 6, 2005 by

DEMON SEX (DVD)

0 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

A poor attempt at making softcore porn…


Posted on August 30, 2005 by

DECADENT EVIL (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

Charles Band, the man behind Full Moon Pictures and its series of movies starring or featuring puppets, has returned to the home video market with Wizard Entertainment…


Posted on August 27, 2005 by

INTRUDER (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1989
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

Like its predecessors in the genre, “Intruder” is a film that doesn’t concern itself with story or plot. Taking place in a supermarket after hours, the film concerns a group of employees who are being killed one by one throughout the night…


Posted on August 27, 2005 by

AREA 88 – VOLUME 1: TREACHEROUS SKIES (DVD)

These three episodes are an adequate introduction to the show, however, and any die-hard anime fan should check them out…



Posted on August 26, 2005 by

MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL, MARI (DVD)

With the release of “My Beautiful Girl, Mari,” we are introduced to a whole new facet of world-animated films, one that has antecedents in American and Japanese animation but follows a path so uniquely its own that it immediately ranks amongst the all time great animated features…



Posted on August 23, 2005 by

THE DEAD NEXT DOOR (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

Following a special task force known as the Zombie Squad, writer director J.R. Bookwalter takes us through familiar territory while adding his own unique spin on the zombie genre…


Posted on August 23, 2005 by

AT DAWN THEY SLEEP (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

A gory gangster-cum-vampire film that, unlike its guerrilla counterparts, manages to squeeze a mildly interesting story into the blood-soaked gaps…


Posted on August 23, 2005 by

HUSH…HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 1964
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Following the success of his impressively creepy 1962 film, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”, director Robert Aldrich attempted to make a sequel of sorts in the form of “Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte…”


Posted on August 22, 2005 by

BBS: THE DOCUMENTARY (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Long before the Internet, computer hobbyists were surfing the online world, though in a completely different platform…


Posted on August 19, 2005 by

FREAKED (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 80 minutes

After the success of the “Bill and Ted” films in the late-80’s/early-90’s, co-star Alex Winter, the curly haired Beavis to Keanu Reeves’s Butt-head, took a path that few actors would willingly seek out: he made a grotesque B-movie comedy…


Posted on August 18, 2005 by

FILTHY (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 35 minutes

Taking a cue from Tobe Hooper’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Funhouse,” directors Andy Lalino and John Karliss have crafted a short film that, while traveling familiar territory, adopts the concept of psycho families as its own—as much as Rob Zombie did for “House of 1000 Corpses…”


Posted on August 12, 2005 by

LIGHTNING BUG (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

Best described as a strange hybrid of the Chainsaw/Dave elements from “Summer School,” “This Boy’s Life,” and the Dwight Yokam sequences from “Sling Blade,” “Lightning Bug” is a coming-of-age drama centering around a small town boy with aspiration of becoming a famed special effects artist…


Posted on August 11, 2005 by

GATCHAMAN: VOLUME 1 (DVD)

Newly dubbed, the voice acting is at times a campy ode to 70’s era performances, featuring cheesy and sometimes overly dramatic line readings. As for the animation, although dated, one can see, when comparing it to its contemporaries, how sophisticated “Gatchaman” was for the period…



Posted on August 9, 2005 by

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