Archive for November, 2010

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Backbeats: SOUL TIME and JAZZY VIBES

The site’s intro­duc­tory Backbeats review takes a look at two sets aimed at dif­fer­ent audi­ences: Soul Time is designed for the old-school soul music fan while Jazzy Vibes aims at the groove-conscious lis­tener who appre­ci­ates the crossover, soul-flavored jazz of the 1970’s.  That said, either set gives the lis­tener a good feel for the series’ More >

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2: Old Ghosts With A Few New Tricks

Few suc­cess­ful hor­ror movies have been as con­tro­ver­sial within the hor­ror com­mu­nity as the first Paranormal Activity.  This cheaply pro­duced but con­cep­tu­ally savvy ghost story was mostly received by hor­ror fans in two ways: either as proof that low-budget hor­ror films could still be inven­tive and acces­si­ble or as a second-rate recy­cling of The Blair More >

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SAW 3-D: Still Slaughtering, Still Not Making Sense

Another Halloween, another absurdly con­vo­luted entry in the Saw series.  Your Humble Reviewer has never par­tic­u­larly enjoyed these films (even the much-praised first entry doesn’t hold up under scrutiny) yet he finds it fas­ci­nat­ing on a num­ber of lev­els.  For one thing, it’s the most trans­gres­sive and unpleas­ant hor­ror film series to ever achieve this More >

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Digi-Schlock: NOT OF THIS EARTH (1988 Version — Shout! Factory DVD)

The Jim Wynorski ver­sion of Not Of This Earth is one of Shout! Factory’s Roger Corman-produced titles that had a prior DVD edi­tion.  It was issued by New Concorde on disc in 2001 and boasted a com­men­tary track by Wynorski and actor Lenny Juliano in addi­tion to the film itself.  That said, it was pre­sented More >

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Schlock-Wire: Your Humble Reviewer Contributes A Review Of HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE To Mondo Euro’s Naschy Month

Here’s a lit­tle tip for Euro-horror fans: the Mondo Euro blog is trans­form­ing November into “Naschember” by devot­ing this month’s posts to reviews of Paul Naschy films.  Your Humble Reviewer was invited to par­tic­i­pâté and has con­tributed a review of his per­sonal Naschy fave, Hunchback Of The Morgue.  This deliri­ous blend of The Hunchback Of More >

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Schlock-Wire: Synapse/Impulse Unleashes THE NIKKATSU TRAILER COLLECTION

Here’s a lit­tle release-day tip for sleaze fanat­ics and Mondo Macabro types: Synapse Films has just released The Nikkatsu Trailers Collection (also known as the Nikkatsu Roman Porno Trailers Collection) through their sexploitation-oriented sub­la­bel, Impulse.  As the titles indi­cate, this set col­lects a series of trail­ers for the wild sex­ploita­tion fare that Japan’s Nikkatsu Studios More >

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IMPOSSIBLY FUNKY!: Beyond The Valley Of The Film ‘Zines

If you’re of a cer­tain age and into fol­low­ing cult movies, chances are you’ve bought plenty of ‘zines.  Before the inter­net changed com­mu­ni­ca­tion within sub­cul­tures, these self-made pub­li­ca­tions were the way to get infor­ma­tion on your under­ground hobby of choice with­out any of the filtering/softening-down that often comes with main­stream pub­li­ca­tions.  In fair­ness to the More >

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NOT OF THIS EARTH (1988 Version): Quick & Dirty Fun From Another Galaxy

The 1980’s found Roger Corman in the same kind of tran­si­tional phase that the rest of the b-movie world expe­ri­enced dur­ing this era.  The drive-ins were clos­ing, indie dis­tri­b­u­tion chan­nels were get­ting tighter and ever-rising Hollywood bud­gets were get­ting tougher to com­pete with.  As a result, it was get­ting tougher to get Corman’s kind of More >

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Digi-Schlock: THE TERROR WITHIN/DEAD SPACE (Shout! Factory DVD)

Shout Factory’s ini­tial slate of Corman DVD reis­sues have offered up a healthy cross-section of qual­ity space-schlock: Galaxy Of Terror, Forbidden World and Starcrash have all been treated to excel­lent trans­fers and extras-rich DVD pack­ages.  The com­pany has con­tin­ued their min­ing of Corman’s inter­galac­tic fare with this double-feature disc that pairs two of the later More >

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DEAD SPACE: In The Future, Recycling Will Be Recycled

It’s one thing to recy­cle a con­cept from a pop­u­lar main­stream flick in your own knock-off ver­sion.  Schlock mer­chants have been doing that since the birth of cin­ema.  However, recy­cling a film that already recy­cled another film really takes things to the limit.   If you aren’t giv­ing as much as you are tak­ing, the results More >