DEADtime TV: Week of 7/6/14

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Welcome to another DEADtime! I’m Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World and I’m here to take you through another week of horror TV. This time, we add Extant to the list of things we’re foolishly covering. Kevin Lovell is still giving us all the Teen Wolf and Under the Dome goodness, and Shawn is still doing True Blood now that Penny Dreadful has left us along with Extant. I’ve got the rest. Continue reading

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Details For Scream Factory’s Release Of Jeremy Gardner’s The Battery Surface

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I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time. I rented/bought the digital copy of Jeremy Gardner’s The Battery a long time ago, and have been raving about it since. It was announced recently that Shout! Factory would be bringing the title home, with one of its modern horror acquisitions under the Scream Factory Banner. Details have been scarce, including when we could expect the release to hit shelves, but Scream Factory have sent out a news blast today, detailing the release, its date, the extras and disc specifics. The title will be available beginning September 16th. And, believe it or not, it is a dollar cheaper to pre-order the title at Shout’s website, than it is to do so on Amazon. You should totally do that, so click here to do so. Below is all of the details you need about the release, so read through the press release, and make sure to blind-buy this disc. It definitely deserves your money. Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Deadly Eyes (Scream Factory)

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Unfortunately for me, before Scream Factory announced that they would be releasing Deadly Eyes to Blu-ray, I had never even heard of the film. As often as I frequented the video store(Daily, for the 5-for-5-for-5 deals), I never even saw Deadly Eyes on the shelf. Had someone explained to me back then, or any time since, that a film exists wherein they strap giant rat costumes to the backs of small dogs, and get them to attack people by stuffing dog food in their pockets, I would have been on a mission to find said movie, because that sounds awesome. Does it not? On the bright side, this means that my first exposure to this film, was Scream Factory’s gorgeous Blu-ray release, stuffed with extras exposing everything I could ever want to know about these dogs dressed up as killer rats. Even before I watched the interviews on the disc, I thought to myself “This is Piranha with killer rats instead of killer fish, and it’s AWESOME). Soon after someone involved in the production would make that same comparison, and it made me smile. Not only that, but we get Scatman Crothers, who most of you should recognize as Dick Hallorann from The Shining, as a disgruntled city employee. Also, based on the interviews on the disc, he was supplied with ample amounts of weed to perform in the way that he did. This movie is fantastic! Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 6/29/14

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Hey guys, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. This week, both HBO’s The Leftovers and CBS’ Under the Dome join us. Kevin will be picked up UtD, and I’ll be covering the former show. Too much to cover – but we say goodbye to Penny Dreadful this week! Continue reading

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The Best Of Number Two – The Dark Knight

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As we are all surely aware, it’s a rare occurrence when a sequel can not only hold its own with the original, but can additionally go well beyond it and actually surpass its predecessor in almost every way imaginable, delivering an unquestionably superior film. Christopher Nolan has done just that with ‘The Dark Knight’ which for the two people not already aware, is his truly phenomenal follow up to ‘Batman Begins’. Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Southern Comfort (Shout! Factory)

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As big of a fan of Walter Hill as I am, it is shocking to me that I made it to the age of 36 without seeing Southern Comfort along the way. In fact, I’m not even certain I knew of its existence until I saw that Shout! Factory was releasing it to Blu-ray. This is the service that Shout! Factory provides. With their Scream Factory banner, they are providing the new generation of horror fans with an expert education in the genre, by establishing a brand that they trust, and then introducing them to titles that they probably wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. Apparently, even a genre veteran such as myself can be taught a thing or two by the label as well, and have pointed out for me that such a great “lost-in-the-woods” film exists. With a genre legend like Hill behind the camera, and acting legends such as Peter Coyote, Powers Boothe and Fred Ward in front of them, it is amazing to me that not a single person has recommended this film to me, in all of the years that I have been participating in public film discussion. That’s okay, though, because that means the first time I was exposed to this great film was in the form of a Shout! Factory Blu-ray release, with noteworthy extras, and an all new HD transfer of the film.  Continue reading

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The Best Of Number Two – House II: The Second Story

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One of House II: The Second Story’s taglines was “It’s getting weirder!”, although if you caught Steve Miner’s original film expectations should have been high that House II would be as frenetic and chaotic. But Ethan Wiley’s sequel does nothing with the first film, instead branching off of the notion that old houses have crazy secrets and running with it into western sub-genre terrain. Because House already paved the way for Wiley do off-the-wall shit, House II takes things even further – both with the zany storyline and with the comedy, which was always apparent in the first film but much bleaker than the slapstick here.

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The Best of Number Two – THE FISHMEN AND THEIR QUEEN or, as I Like to Call It, Screamers 2 or THE RETURN OF THE ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN

fishmenWelcome to the future where you will hunt for your food in gang war ridden streets of a major metropolitan area! You and your buddy are just trying to get by but shit is getting way too real. You decide it’s time to leave the city and go to an island in the Atlantic. It must be better than the Bronx Warriors-like survival of the fittest living conditions. Does this sound like something that might be called The Fishemen and Their Queen? Does it sounds like the sequel to Island of the Fishmen as directed by the great Italian director Sergio Martino, one of the savviest and well-known of the horror men from the booted country? This guy has directed the Gialli of your nightmares. It doesn’t sound like a movie he would make at all, does it? Well, he did, and if you think the title is bad just you wait. It gets worse.

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Blu-ray Review – Lake Placid (Scream Factory)

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As much as I love Lake Placid, I haven’t thought about it for a while. That is, until Scream Factory gave me a reason to think about it, by stuffing their new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the film in my mailbox. I had no idea before sitting down to revisit the film in beautiful high definition that a lot of people seem to consider this a “bad” movie. This is shocking to me. This is one of the most sarcastic movies ever made, and I love every second of it. How can someone sit down to watch a movie that contains Betty White feeding live cows to a giant crocodile, AND calling law enforcement agents “cocksuckers”, and not love it? It’s hilarious. This is one of the greatest modern examples of the horror/comedy hybrid. I have no idea how anyone could hate this movie, but you can’t please everyone, I guess. I never got to see this at the theater, but my friend that worked at a video store at the time called me to come and pick it up the day that it arrived. He also gave me one of the posters they were sent to promote the film, which hung on my wall for a long time, until I had to move. It may still be in the closet up there, with the hundreds of other posters. I’ll have to check and see. Meanwhile, let’s examine this great  Blu-ray release of Lake Placid that Scream Factory are dropping on us, just in time for the summer season. Continue reading

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The Best Of Number Two – The Devil’s Rejects By Alex DiVincenzo

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Hello, and welcome to The Best Of Number Two here at The Liberal Dead. We haven’t done any kind of theme for a long time, so I thought I would reach out to some some talented people from other sites, and see if we can put something together. I decided it would be a theme about the best second films in a franchise/series. Expect discussion about Metamorhosis: The Alien Factor, The Devil’s Rejects, C.H.U.D. II, Blade II, Sleepaway Camp II, Amityville 2, Island of the Fishmen, The Dark Knight, Final Destination 2, House II and more.

Rob Zombie is a polarizing filmmaker, to say the least. Love him or hate him, you cannot deny is his ambition. The longtime musician made his feature directorial debut with House of 1000 Corpses. Although filmed in 2000, the movie didn’t hit theaters until 2003. Corpses fell victim to many issues that first-time directors face, but the end result is an interesting, if misunderstood, work. Continue reading

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Synapse To Release Prom Night To Blu-ray & DVD September 9th!

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It has been an extremely long time since I sat down to watch the classic “slasher” flick, Prom Night. So long, in fact, that I don’t think I even own a DVD version of the film. Synapse are about to remedy that problem, as they bring the classic home to Blu-ray for the first time ever. Synapse might not be quite as prolific as a company like Scream Factory, that pumps out multiple titles per month, but what they do release is A+ quality. They have shared several images throughout the restoration process, and based on that, I feel comfortable in saying that their Blu-ray release of this film will be something to behold. I’m excited, and you should be to. Check out the press release below, and make sure to pre-order a copy of your own from their websiteContinue reading

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The Best of Number Two – SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: Unhappy Campers

cover_sc2theatricalThere are three kinds of sequels in this world. The sequel that continues the story of the previous installment in a series, the sequel that has fuck-all to do with the original and creates a completely new story in lieu of the absolutely workable earlier installment and sequels in name only.  So I ask you where a movie like Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers fits in? Sure it continues the original story with its focal point still on Angela Baker though we now refer to her as Angela Johnson, but if you mean to tell me that Michael A. Simpson created a continuation story from the original Robert Hiltzik classic as anything more than a way to get exploitable elements on screen then you might not have seen Return to Sleepaway Camp, a true continuation of Hiltzik’s vision.  When I watch Sleepaway Camp II I think of it as its own beast; it belongs to a separate franchise that, in my perved out mind, has more than two sequels (if we’re counting Sleepaway Camp IV).  Still even though Simpson’s vision of Camp Rolling Hills isn’t as potent, shocking or cocks-out as the Camp Arawak installment doesn’t mean it has less merit especially in terms of iconic 80’s camp slasher pictures. Unhappy exists as its own legacy, generating its own film-memory and not necessarily relying on the original picture for much of anything save for a brief emotive declaration from the counselor of death.
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DEADtime TV: Week of 6/22/14

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Hey guys, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. We’re adding The Last Ship to our list of covered TV shows, so get ready to be blown away by Michael Bay-inspired explosions and shit. Shawn is still wading through Penny Dreadful, and Kevin Lovell is back with season four of Teen Wolf! Continue reading

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New Scream Factory Title Announcement – Hemlock Grove The Complete First Season Oct 7th

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I just thought to myself why the first season of Hemlock Grove had never been released to Blu-ray, especially now that we’re so close to the second season premiering on Netflix. Well, Today Scream Factory announced that they will be releasing the first season to DVD & Blu-ray in October. I eagerly awaited the premiere of this show on Netflix, but for some reason, never found the time to watch it. I’ve heard mixed reactions, some loving it, some not so much, but I still have fairly high hopes. And now, thanks to Scream Factory, my first viewing experience will be VIA the best possible home video format. Check out the press release below, and look for the first season of Hemlock Grove to hit DVD and Blu-ray on October 7th from Scream Factory.

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The Best Of Number Two – Blade II By Mitch Reaves

Hello, and welcome to The Best Of Number Two here at The Liberal Dead. We haven’t done any kind of theme for a long time, so I thought I would reach out to some some talented people from other sites, and see if we can put something together. I decided it would be a theme about the best second films in a franchise/series. Expect discussion about Metamorhosis: The Alien Factor, The Devil’s Rejects, C.H.U.D. II, Blade II, Sleepaway Camp II, Amityville 2, Island of the Fishmen, The Dark Knight, Final Destination 2, House II and more. Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Cannibal Holocaust (Grindhouse Releasing)

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This is the release that we’ve been waiting for. Ever since Grindhouse Releasing started putting titles out in the Blu-ray format, there were two titles that they released on DVD that fans just knew would be coming to Blu-ray soon. Those titles would be Cannibal Holocaust, and Pieces. Cannibal Holocaust, probably being the more important release between the two. The day is finally here, and holy hell what a release this is. Even if you’re not a fan of the movie itself, this is such an impressive Blu-ray release that it deserves to be on your shelf regardless. Why can’t all releases be as nice as a Grindhouse Releasing release? For the type of film they release, everything from the content to the packaging is miles beyond almost all of their competitors. Cannibal Holocaust may be one of the most disturbing releases they’ve put to the Blu-ray format, but it is absolutely gorgeous, both in physical presentation, as well as the actual PQ/AQ. The slipcover holding the guts of the release is one of the most gorgeously haunting slipcovers from any Blu-ray release. As far as the film goes, though, it still remains every bit as haunting as it has ever been. Continue reading

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I’ve Got The Blus – New Blu-ray & DVD Releases For The Week Of 7/1

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This is a somewhat light week for Blu-ray releases, as far as quantity goes. In regards to quality, though, it is a pretty spectacular week. We have a Scream Factory release of a film once thought to be lost forever, and one of the most anticipated releases from Grindhouse since they started releasing Blu-ray. Also worth noting are releases of Afflicted by SONY, which is an eerily effective found-footage vampire film, and the complete first season of SyFy’s original show HELIX. I realize that there are probably other titles hitting the shelves today, but this is both what I feel is worthy of your dollars, and the titles that I was sent to talk to you about. The summer releases are starting to heat up, and next week is pretty great as well. Continue reading

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The Best Of Number Two – C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud By Eric Martin AKA Tromeric

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Hello, and welcome to The Best Of Number Two here at The Liberal Dead. We haven’t done any kind of theme for a long time, so I thought I would reach out to some some talented people from other sites, and see if we can put something together. I decided it would be a theme about the best second films in a franchise/series. Expect discussion about Metamorhosis: The Alien Factor, The Devil’s Rejects, C.H.U.D. II, Blade II, Sleepaway Camp II, Amityville 2, Island of the Fishmen, The Dark Knight, Final Destination 2, House II and more.

C.H.U.D. two took the first one and said, “hey, you, first one. Fuck off. You were all gritty and awesome. I am gonna come here and pretend I am a Police Academy movie directed by Mark Goldblatt.” Well to C.H.U.D. two, like my shorts, I salute you. I love the original, but I am here to shout from the rooftops my love for Bud. Not that bud. I am talking about Bud the mother fucking chud. Continue reading

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Big NIGHTBREED News From Scream Factory

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A while back it was announced that Scream Factory would finally be bringing the “CABAL CUT” of Nightbreed to home video. Fans have begged for this release for a long time, so the excitement levels were high. A bit later, it was revealed that it wouldn’t actually be the CABAL CUT, but a new, director approved Director’s Cut of the film. Some were angry that it wouldn’t technically be the cut of the film that they wanted, but after a quick explanation, I was convinced that this would be superior. This is a new director’s cut of the film approved by Clive Barker. The reason the CABAL CUT isn’t what’s being released, is that basically, it’s the kitchen sink version of the film. Everything available was compiled to comprise the Cabal Cut, so the film is being whittled down, so that we still get Clive Barker’s vision of the film, which we’ve never seen, but it wouldn’t be full of unnecessary footage, possibly not suitable for the Blu-ray format. Today, Scream Factory have announced that, along with the standard release of the film, there will also be an edition limited to 5,000 numbered copies, which also gives fans the original R rated cut of the film through a deal struck with Warner, as well as an extras disc that won’t be available with the standard edition. Check out the details below in the official press release, as well as an official statement from Clive Barker himself.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Afflicted (SONY)

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Another release worth mentioning is SONY’s Blu-ray release of Afflicted. Afflicted is a film that I previously had no interest in seeing, as I’m about found-footaged to death. But, at the eleventh hour, a recommendation from Doc Terror himself, James Harris, led to my increased interest, and ultimately asking for SONY to send me a Blu-ray to review. After the explanation I was given, I had all kinds of expectations for Afflicted, and in an lot of ways it delivered. I will admit that the film wasn’t the way I expected, and/or wanted it to be, but it was still a great little film nonetheless. I don’t know what I wanted it to be, in all honesty. I heard several comparisons to Blair Witch, so my mind wandered, imagining what the Blair Witch Project would be like with vampires. I don’t know if i expected it to be a group of friends lost in the woods, and hunted and killed by blood sucking freaks, or what. Had it been that, I probably would have chalked Afflicted up to a derivative waste of time, because we are currently bombarded with Blair Witch clones to begin with. Thankfully, Afflicted takes its own path, and delivers a smaller-scale, but highly effective and far more intimate story. This isn’t about a horde of vampires, stalking unsuspecting prey deep in the woods, this is the story about one man – traveling the globe – who has a one-night-stand that ends with him being infected with the vampire virus. The rest of the film documents his transformation, and it is often times extremely haunting. Continue reading

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