The 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…)
Before 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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
What drew me to watching KILLERS (more…)
Maybe Liam Neeson has been typecast as an ass-kicking, thug-terrorizing, criminal-castrating man of virtue whose morality code goes out the window when dealing with the lowliest of lowly dirtbags hellbent on using, abusing, and murdering the innocent, or at least his own family. The quintessential star of the TAKEN series is back in A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES in a somewhat similar yet completely different (more…)
Everyone knows James Brown’s music, whether it be the memorable horns and guitar strumming of “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” or the equally popular “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, and his particular sound and stage presence is known all over the world. Many consider him “The Godfather of Soul” and one of the founding fathers of funk music. Funk and soul music may not exactly be my (more…)
THE GUEST’s director, Adam Wingard, has a pretty good track record with me. Although I have not seen a good majority of his body of directorial work, what I have seen I have really liked. I guess I started watching his work (unbeknownst to me) with (more…)
REAL HEROES is the story of a misfit string of B-Grade super heroes who audition for a reality television show and hope to “hit the big time” from the exposure and gain some notoriety as a crime-fighting hero and not just some goofball wearing a stupid costume parading around town calling themselves a legit superhero.
These superheroes are (more…)
Director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen’s THE HOUR OF THE LYNX (or its original title: I LOSSENS TIME) is the sad story of a young man with mental issues who has been locked up in a high-security psychiatric ward after having brutally killed an old couple. The story, taken from a (more…)
Indie horror filmmaker Anthony Cooney, a Chicago-native and also a friend of SHU-IZMZ, has made a few short films in his burgeoning career of indie horror filmmaking, each film getting a smidgeon of a bit better than the previous effort, but still infinitely short of being a production of any sort of caliber…yet. I know all about working with (more…)
Movies that revolve around criminal organizations, such as the Italian Mafia, the Mexican Mafia, the Japanese Yakuza, and the Chinese Triads–have always intrigued me. I feel that they make for great films, if done right, and if one fills them full of violence, treachery, and bloodshed, they can be a decent viewing even if the writing is not superb and the dialogue is lacking in emotion, as some of these movies tend to do. Director Daniel Yee Heng Chan (more…)
The comedy duo of Martin & Lewis, comprising of actor/singer Dean Martin and comedic slapstick artist Jerry Lewis, team up for a comedic romp that takes place in the army entitled (more…)
Anyone that knows anything about horror films is well aware of a period in British horror film history where a woman by the name of Mary Whitehouse and the NVALA (National Viewers And Listeners Association) went on a moral crusade to fight to get certain morally reprehensible films banned by legislation. With the help of the Director of Public Prosecutions (commonly referred to as the DPP), a list of the most (more…)
The story taking place in medieval Europe about Countess Elisabeth Nadasdy, better known to horror fans and the rest of the world as Countess Bathory, focuses on the aging Countess and her lover Captain Dobi (played by character actor Nigel Green) as they start killing off young and beautiful virgins so she can bathe in their blood. The old and decrepit looking Countess, played by the vivacious and voluptuous Ingrid Pitt with lots of (more…)
If one has not seen THE RAID, shame on you. As far as action flicks go, it is one of the best! So run out there and rent, stream, buy, borrow, or do whatever you can to see THE RAID because the sequel to THE RAID is here, THE RAID 2 is coming out on Blu-ray/DVD on July 8th.
Here is the trailer. Check it out! Let’s also hope that (more…)
I tossed in a dvd, snagged from an ever-growing tall pile of dvds and blu-rays sent to SHU-IZMZ for reviewing purposes. It seems like the pile never gets any shorter and no matter how many films I review from this pile, they just keep stacking up. Randomly, I grabbed a dvd with a title that sort of, ironically, grabbed me: PIGGY. (more…)
GILA! (2012) is a TV Movie that is a remake of 1959’s THE GIANT GILA MONSTER. The story takes place in what appears to be the 1950’s, the primary indicators being the classic cars and style of dress all the characters are in. The lead actor’s sister in the film has Polio and many of the characters are straight out of the Happy Days cast. As in THE GIANT GILA MONSTER, GILA! takes place in a small rural town who is plagued by a humongous Gila Monster which has (more…)
Freddy Krueger has always been a iconic character in horror, whether one is a fan of horror films or absolutely loathes them, the name Freddy Krueger is a “household” name in pop culture, pretty much more so than almost any other character from horror films, excluding the Universal horror classics from the 1930’s and beyond. Along with Jason Voorhees, of FRIDAY THE 13TH fame, Freddy Krueger and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is probably the most recognizably well-known character in American horror films and worldwide. A big part of that reason is that Wes Craven directed the fist installment of the series and Robert Englund made the Freddy character extremely memorable.
The 2-disc DVD collector’s edition of (more…)
One of my all-time favorite sports films has always been HOOSIERS (1986), starring Gene Hackman and Barbara Hershey, about a small town high school basketball team from Indiana that becomes a top contender for the championship and makes it to the state finals. The film is uplifting, inspirational, and a real tear-jerker. I, personally, played basketball since I could hold a ball and grew up in a family that was centered around sports, having had (more…)
Wild Eye Releasing, whom many readers that read reviews here generally find that I abhor many of their films (but also have recently found a winner amongst them with MURDER UNIVERSITY), are back with a new seemingly low-budget horror flick revolving around the spirit of Christmas and Santa Clause. It has a plethora of B-film actors and actresses one will find familiar and is directed by (more…)
I grew up watching the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies even though my parents would not allow me to watching any sort of PG-13 (back then in the early ’80s it was only PG or R-RATED) type content or R-RATED films, so I would go to my friend’s house whose mother did not care to deal with her only child’s temper tantrums and let him watch or do almost anything he wanted. Thanks to this friend’s mother I was first introduced to FRIDAY THE 13TH Part 2 and 3 at a tender young age of 6 or 7 years old, thus beginning my obsession and fascination with (more…)