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BLU-RAY REVIEW: PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016)

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2d-bd-phantasmravagerThe final film for the Tall Man, actor Angus Scrimm, and what seems to be the final entry in the series of films known for their shiny, metallic balls of death flying around bidding the desires of the harvesters of the dead, is upon horror fans. The fifth entry in the PHANTASM films, PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016), brings fans back all the (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: IP MAN 3 (2015)

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IPM3IP MAN 3 continues the ongoing story of Chinese martial artist and Wing Chun master teacher Ip Man (or Yip Man),  most famous for teaching martial arts to the legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. The 3rd film in the trilogy, starring Donnie Yen reprising his role as Ip Man, once again (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE BOY (2016)

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THE BOY coverThe amount of films whose premise is a creepy doll or at least a film containing a some creepy dolls in it are almost never ending. Maybe not never ending, but I easily found 30 or more films that have dolls in them and all the dolls are evil bastards. We have the whole (more…)


REVIEW: I AM THALENTE (2015)

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As my grandmother always said, “No one said life would be easy“.

I AM THALENTE is the story of an 8-year old boy who fled the violent hands of his stepfather and fled to the streets of Durban in South Africa over ten years ago. He was given his first (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE SINFUL DWARF (1973)

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SINFUL DWARFIt has been years (almost 9 years to be exact) since I have re-visited the dwarfsploitation classic that THE SINFUL DWARF has been referred to as in some circles, probably circles only (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (1952)

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KCC coverDirector Phil Karlson’s KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL tells the story of an ex-con, Joe Rolfe (John Payne) trying to go straight who is framed for (more…)


DVD TV SERIES REVIEW: ARNE DAHL: SEASON 2 (2015)

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Arne Dahl S2The ever-growing popularity of Swedish Crime Fiction for me began with Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, which I was fortunate enough to read first, then watch the trilogy of Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Nyqvist. The 1st film in the Millennium Series was intended for a theatrical release and the following films devised as television films, and seeing as how the format of length and 2-part stories were set up for ARNE DAHL in seasons 1 and 2, this (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: MEMORIES OF THE SWORD (2015)

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MOTS 1Director PARK Heung-sik’s latest epic historical period piece, MEMORIES OF THE SWORD, was huge on every scale, including a somewhat confusing plot. The Korean screenwriter and director who has won his share of awards for making solid films, brings Asian cinema viewers a film (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: AXE/KIDNAPPED COED/BLOODY BROTHERS

FF1SEVERIN FILMS, definitely my favorite distributor for cool/obscure cult horror films and notorious for loading up on extra features (including co-owner David Gregory’s directed top-notch documentary productions) just released an incredible double…well, actually make that a triple-feature blu-ray of director Frederick R. Friedel’s (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: FORBIDDEN ZONE (1980)

MVD7274BRFORBIDDEN ZONE is the definition of a cult classic, inside and out, as it was about as underground a film as one can get, with its cast and those involved with the project. The truly sad thing about this film which was made in 1980 is that I had never (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959)

Bucket of BloodNot really being a big fan of my horror mixed with comedy (or comedy really in general), the black comedy horror film A BUCKET OF BLOOD is a film that really is an exception to the norm for me. The story of a dimwitted busboy, Walter Paisley (Dick Miller, GREMLINS ), who after hearing a poet speak during a spoken word at the beatnik cafe he works at decides to go home and sculpt his own masterpiece. While attempting to (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE BAT (1959)

THE BAT coverCrane Wilbur’s 1959 THE BAT is well-crafted, intriguing, mystery-thriller about a large country estate, The Oaks, that gets rented out to a popular mystery author, Cornelia Van Gorder (Agnes Moorehead, POLLYANNA) whom gets terrorized by (more…)


DVD REVIEW: ROCK ‘N ROLL REVUE & RHYTHM AND BLUES REVUE (1955)

Rock-n-Rhythm-Collectors-Set-3D-Cover-Art-transparentBefore my illustrious non-career as an unpaid writer and “critic” of all sorts of physical and digital media, I was a lowly wage-slave working at a record store that also (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: NIGHTMARE WEEKEND (1985)

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 10.03.26 PMThe somewhat confusing and convoluted plot of NIGHTMARE WEEKEND starts off with a pretty loud bang when a couple of dudes try to break into a large house to steal some secret experimental data from a scientist. The first stud  (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: POLICE STORY: LOCKDOWN (2013)

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To be honest, it really has been years since I have gotten around to watching another Jackie Chan flick and many years since I have watched one of the films in the POLICE STORY series. I believe that the last film I have seen from this pretty popular series was (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE TREATMENT a.k.a. DE BEHANDELING (2014)

Described as a label that “looks for intriguing, unsettling, unpredictable and provocative films from around the world“, is not “necessarily a genre label“, and with the tagline “International films with an edge“, Artsploitaiton Films first exploded onto the (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE LOST FILMS OF HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS (2013)

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Herschell Gordon Lewis is a legendary director, one that I have met and chatted with on more than one occasion, and could not be a nicer man around. Then one remembers that he has directed countless cult films such as BLOOD FEAST, TWO THOUSAND MANIACS!, COLOR ME BLOOD RED, and THE WIZARD OF GORE—And those are just (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970)

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Sometimes it is really funny to think of how one image used on the cover/poster artwork of a film’s release can become so iconic and immediately draw in a potential viewer. MARK OF THE DEVIL’s cult-like iconic shot of actress Gaby Fuchs shackled in iron chains and handcuffs, the look of agony permanently cemented onto her features before her tongue gets ripped out of her mouth is (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: LONG WEEKEND (1978)

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Director Colin Eggleston, more known for the police dramas he made for Crawford Productions, teamed up with legendary American-born screenwriter Everett De Roche, known for his entries into the  horror and thriller genres such as ROAD GAMES, RAZORBACK, HARLEQUIN, and PATRICK to create (more…)


DVD REVIEW: BOY MEETS GIRL (2014)

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For those of you that have been loyal followers and readers of SHU-IZMZ (if there are at all any…haha), one aspect of my blog/website that really sticks out probably is that in addition to covering a great deal of movies that are horror, cult, or exploitation—I also cover films that strike my interest and pique my curiosity and that is one criteria for my site. I cover what I want and how I want to cover or write about it. Sometimes I review kids movies. Sometimes I review cheesy “Rom Coms” and like right now, I am reviewing a film from (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: SUPREMACY (2014)

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When I had heard about a film, SUPREMACY, whose story was about a white Neo-Nazi Garrett Tully (British actor Joe Anderson) who gets paroled and takes a black family hostage (more…)


BLU-RAY REVIEW: KILLERS (2014)

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I am starting to become a big fan of the Mo Brothers, although KILLERS is the only sample of their work I have seen. I have seen a small sampling of Timo Tjahjanto’s work as director of the segment “Safe Haven” in V/H/S/2 and “L is for Libido” in THE ABCs OF DEATH. I am anxiously waiting to pick up MACABRE and watch that. I will be ordering an import edition of that on Blu-ray.

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: DAY OF ANGER a.k.a. I GIORNI DELL’IRA (1967)

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Originally titled I GIORNI DELL’IRA, DAY OF ANGER (world-wide English title) which is also known as GUNLAW (in the U.K.), DAYS OF WRATH (USA alternative), and BLOOD AND GRIT (U.K. alternative), is a (more…)


BOOK REVIEW: INTO THE BLACK: THE INSIDE STORY OF METALLICA

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If one has been keeping up with my reviews and posts at SHU-IZMZ (as they should be!), they will have known that the first book by authors Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood (“BIRTH SCHOOL METALLICA DEATH: THE BIOGRAPHY Vol. 1 “) was reviewed here and I really dug it. Not that I have read ALL the books on one of the most influential and badass bands in hard rock and thrash metal, but I have read (more…)