Thursday, June 30, 2005

Xombie is Back!

The long awaited sixth episode of the web's greatest comic is now online and can be viewed HERE.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

DVD Review: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Finally got around to seeing this one. Now this is a good old-fashioned action yarn here. Pure escapism from the crappy world for a while. The visuals were pure heaven, the movie being one big piece of eye candy. Not since Raiders of the Lost Ark have I been swept into such a fun adventure. Made me feel like a kid again. This thing was filmed like it was made in the golden age of cinema, with many of the accents from 40's and 50's style sci-fi paranoia films. The acting was good, I liked how Gwynneth kept looking at her camera and trying to decide when to shoot her last 2 pictures. The sound was great also on this movie. I really enjoyed it and give it ****1/2 out of *****.

DVD Review: Ripper 2-Letter From Within

This one was a stinker. It really had nothing to do with Jack the Ripper at all. Molly Keller, Jack's direct descendant, returns (although another actress plays her here) and is being held at an insane asylum. She's such a whacked out case, that her doctors send her off to Prague to be part of a secret test that utilizes dreams as therapy. Somehow, the Ripper comes forth from her dream and starts killing off all the other bad apple kids at the testing facility. It's kinda funny how the Ripper looks just like a Ringwraith from the Lord of the Rings and everytime it's shown, it's moving in slow motion. It's a shame because the video quality was good, as well as the sound, it's just that the movie sucked. I'll give it * out of *****.

DVD Review: Shallow Ground

This is a film I've been waiting for to be released and it's finally out. Let me start by saying that it was better than your average direct-to-DVD release. The cinematography was excellent, the video quality was very good, the sound was 5.1 surround and was very good also. The acting was so-so, but overall it was a very good film. It ranks up there with Dead Birds as one of the great direct-to-DVD releases of the year so far. The plot follows a small town police force that's in the process of closing up shop, when a naked boy, covered in blood and garnishing a knife comes walking into the station. What follows is a tale of unsolved murders, vengeance and restitution. Talk about kharma! Do yourself a favor and check this one out. It's about time we get some decent horror. Way better than Saw and I liked it better than High Tension too. I give it **** out of *****.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Horror/SciFi DVD Releases for 6/28

American Gothic
Decadent Evil
Demon Sex
Extreme Horror: Two-fer
French Sex Murders
Shadow of the Wraith
Shallow Ground
The Sisterhood
The Slaughterhouse Massacre
Troma Pack #1-7
Twilight Zone: Season 3 - The Definitive Edition

Sunday, June 26, 2005

DVD Review: Dead Meat

It seems that zombie movies are all the rage right now and Ireland doesn't want to be left out. This take has a strange strain of mad cow disease spreading across the land turning people into zombies. I have to say, the makeup is some of the worst I've seen in a while. It looks like the zombie faces are made with oatmeal. The Irish countryside looks nice though. The three survivors have to fend the horde off in an old castle and unfortunately, the movie never really gets going. There are a few Evil Dead and Night of the Living Dead type moments. There are a few good kills in the movie, but really other than that, it's nothing you haven't seen. Still, if you love the zombie genre, you owe it to see it. I give it ** out of *****.

DVD Review: Man-Thing

This was a film that was originally heading to theaters and at the last minute went straight to the Sci-Fi Channel and then on DVD. It's based on a Marvel comics character. When a contractor starts tearing up the Black Water section of the swamp, it awakens the ancient guardian that protects it. The new sherriff in town has to try to solve the rash of unexplained murders in the area. I was expecting a terrible movie and what I got was a decent little monster movie. I thought it was shot well, plenty of gross stuff and the acting was pure B grade. The effects were better than I had expected. Still, it's good it didn't go to theaters, it wouldn't have had the mass market appeal of other comic franchises. It's good for a Saturday night monster movie. It gets ***1/2 out of *****.

DVD Review: Rock & Roll Frankenstein

Leave it to the people over at Shock-O-Rama Pictures to come up with this one. When Uncle Bernie loses his best musical act he resorts to an unethical way to create the next megastar. He employs the help of his scientist nephew and a group of stoner dudes to put together (literally) the superstar. The stoners raid the graves of some of the most popular dead musicians and piece by piece, a star is made. The head of Elvis, the hands of Hendrix, etc.. Things go wrong when the stoners are sent to get Jim Morrison's johnson and after an accident, they wind up grabbing Liberace's instead. The King shoots to stardom while his "member" keeps having unnatural urges. It's a war of wills. You can't help but laugh when the King's dong starts talking like Liberace and saying things like "Mmmm, I smell dingleberries!" This was a funny movie that could have been funnier, but the guy that played the King was great. This would make a great drinking game movie, down a shot everytime Uncle Bernie says "Fucka!" or "You cocksucka!" It gets **1/2 out of *****.