DEADtime TV: Week of 4/6/14

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Fellow Liberal Dead-heads, this is Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. I’ve signed on to do a sort of recap/review of each week’s horror hits, so welcome to DEADtime TV. Again, Kevin Lovell helps out with reviews of The Following, and Shawn Savage will be picking up the remainder of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. This week, Bitten ends its first season run. Will it be back next season? And better question, will I get up the courage to review it again? Continue reading

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A Comedy About Child Rape, Torture, And Murder – A Review Of Big Bad Wolves (Blu-ray)

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Having Tarantino claim that your film is the best that he’s seen that year, is definitely a good thing. Far more people will take a leap of faith, on QT’s word alone. However, it comes with a caveat. Suddenly everybody goes into your film in hyper-critical mode. Suddenly it’s not about how entertaining the film itself is, but, whether or not it lives up to the high praise quoted on the front cover of the box. Then you have the people that feel as if they are “bucking the system” by raging against any form of popular media. These warrior trolls will decide whether or not they like a movie, before having watched it, based upon whatever praise the film has gathered thus far. Big Bad Wolves is an exceptionally shot, entertaining movie, that doesn’t need glowing praise from QT to find an audience. Any journalist worth a damn that has been covering genre film for any amount of time, knows that it is extremely rare that a complete turd gets churned out by Magnolia/Magnet. Honestly, I can’t think of a single sub-par film that has been released under either label. I’m sure there is one or two, but they are so few and far between that I genuinely can’t think of even one. One word, a pet peeve of mine, really, that you’ll probably hear in relation to this movie is “overrated”. However, the word overrated is itself, overrated. I find it to be one of the most useless words in the English language. If film watching is subjective, how is i then, that one person can claim that another has given too much praise to something they’ve genuinely enjoyed? The whole thing is asinine.  Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 3/30/14

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Fellow Liberal Dead-heads, this is Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. I’ve signed on to do a sort of recap/review of each week’s horror hits, so welcome to DEADtime TV. Again, Kevin Lovell helps out with reviews of The Following and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and Shawn Savage joins in with a review of The Walking Dead! This week, we say so long to The Walking Dead season 4 as the series ends for this year. Continue reading

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Welcome To Australia, Cahcksuckah! – A Review Of Wolf Creek 2

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I know some people greatly dislike Greg Mclean’s Wolf Creek. If I had to take a guess as to why, it would be because it was released right around the height of the “torture porn” craze. When Saw and Hostel made it popular, studios cashed in with both super-low-budget features, and features with a decent budget. Wolf Creek was different, to me. It wasn’t just another “torture porn” film. It was part of the Ozploitation resurgence that occurred during the mid-to-late portion of the last decade. It was stunningly photographed, and oozing with atmosphere. It featured a solid slow-burning pace, where at any moment, you felt, things could go from bad to worse in any imaginable way. It also featured John Jarratt as one of the most terrifyingly charismatic psychopaths to hit the screen in the last couple of decades. It was slow, however. So, people of the new generation of genre lovers probably grew bored, having to wait a little while for the film to establish a feel, and develop the characters before taking them out. Cut to 2014, and and Wolf Creek 2 is being unleashed upon the masses. And, while it retains the beautiful photography, and the atmosphere that was created by its predecessor, this sequel cranks the carnage up to eleven. There is no slow burn, here. This is nonstop insanity from the opening scene, until the final frame. And I loved every second of it.  Continue reading

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Dead Already – The Walking Dead: Episode 415 – A (Season Finale)

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Welcome back to Dead AlreadyThe Dead Air Podcast’s unofficial Walking Dead podcast; brought to you by The Liberal DeadGenreWatchand Viewer Discretion Advised!

This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) and Heather (@VDA_Net) catch their breath and dig into the Season 4 Finale, Episode 416, “A.”
Did the finale go out with a bang? Are Jeff and Heather excited for next year? Why ia Jeff making POLICE ACADEMY references? How many dead baby references are there this week? Also, why is Heather suddenly Internet famous (hint: the reason is awesome)? Continue reading
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DEADtime TV: Week of 3/23/14

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Fellow Liberal Dead-heads, this is Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. I’ve signed on to do a sort of recap/review of each week’s horror hits, so welcome to DEADtime TV. Again, Kevin Lovell helps out with reviews of The Following and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and Shawn Savage joins in with a review of The Walking Dead! Helix ends its run this week, and we’re one episode away from The Walking Dead finale. Continue reading

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Dead Already: The Walking Dead Episode 415 – Us

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Welcome back to Dead AlreadyThe Dead Air Podcast’s unofficial Walking Dead podcast; brought to you by The Liberal DeadGenreWatchand Viewer Discretion Advised

This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD) and Heather (@VDA_Net) dive deep into the penultimate episode of Season Four, Episode 415, “Us.” Continue reading

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There’s A Big Ass Fish Out There, So Let’s Kill Each Other – A Review Of Scream Factory’s Beneath Blu-ray

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I have what one might call a complicated relationship with Chiller original programming, especially movies. The main issue is, I want to like them, since the eventual Blu-ray release will most definitely be released by Shout!/Scream, but in most cases, I don’t. In all honesty, despite its shortcomings, Beneath has been the first Chiller original movie that I have found any sort of enjoyment in. That’s not to say that it is a great movie, because it is not. It still very much retains that “Made-for-TV” feel. That is to say, it looks cheap, and for the most part, especially as far as the acting is concerned, you definitely “get what you pay for”, so to speak. Still, I found myself wanting to continue watching, where as in past releases, like Remains or Dead Souls, I just couldn’t even power through to the end without pausing dozens of times for smoke breaks, and fiddling around with my tablet and phone. One of the things that really sets Beneath apart from the rest, is the shocking lack of awful looking CGI. We’ll get to that in a little bit, though, but I just wanted to put that out there up front. A lot of people can’t stand watching movies like this, because of the terribly rendered computer animations of the monster we’re supposed to fear. You get none of that here, so perhaps you might be more inclined to give it its day in court. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 3/16/14

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Fellow Liberal Dead-heads, this is Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. I’ve signed on to do a sort of recap/review of each week’s horror hits, so welcome to DEADtime TV. Again, Kevin Lovell helps out with a review of The Following, and Shawn Savage joins in with a review of The Walking Dead! No premieres this week, so it’s a pretty quiet week. Continue reading

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Scream Factory’s The Slumber Party Massacre Blu-ray Is HIGHLY Recommended

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The Slumber Party Massacre was released in November of 1982. I was four years old at the time, so of course I didn’t see it until several years later, when I was having a family member drive me to my home away from home, the local video store, every day of my life. I’m not sure how old I was when I was finally able to rent the tape and check it out. Ten years old, or so, more than likely. If you were a ten year old boy, standing in a video store in 1982, and you saw the cover of the VHS edition of this film, with promises of gratuitous violence and nudity, you probably understand what kind of place this film has in my nostalgic heart. It has been a long, long time since I have revisited it. So long in fact, that I never even made the upgrade from VHS to DVD, when it was finally released. Sitting down to watch Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray release of the film, would be my first exposure to it that didn’t involve being hunkered down in a dark corner, staring at a tiny TV, playing the film in all of VHS’s fuzzy, muddled glory. I’ve seen it since I was a kid, of course. Back when most video stores started doing “5 For 5 For 5″ on all catalog rentals, it was often on the stack that I took home with me to plow through before the next day. I’m fairly certain I was in college the last time I rented it, back before the full-corporate takeover of local video stores took away my favorite haunts, such as Moooovies, give or take an O, that eventually caved and was converted to a Movie Warehouse. Between the stress of life, and self-imposed stresses between my college days and now, I’d say my eyes were about as fresh as they could be towards this particular title, and I’m sitting down to watch it with high hopes of it standing the test of time. Continue reading

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Dead Already: The Walking Dead Episode 4-14 – The Grove

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If you haven’t noticed, when The Walking Dead season rolls around, Dead Air has a weekly recap show, entitled Dead Already. In past seasons, it has  been a variety of guest hosts, including myself, James Harris(Doc Terror), and Heather Seebach, who is the current, regular Co-Host with Jeff. There is much to discuss this week, as you should know, if you’re up to date. If you’re not, what are you doing here? Don’t spoil yourself, because there will be spoilers. One of the more shocking incidents from the comic books, was implemented in this episode. Those that were familiar, have possibly been waiting for it to happen for some time now. Those that are not, were probably left with their jaws hanging open. In either case, tune in to hear what the Dead Already crew had to say about “The Grove”.  Continue reading

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Dead Air: Episode 44 – Knights of Badassdom

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In this episode of the podcast, Jeff and James discuss the long awaited, controversial Knights of Badassdom. Controversial, precisely because the film was finished years ago, but it went through post-production hell, with Director Joe Lynch battling the studio over final cut rights. Eventually, the film was edited in favor of the studio’s final cut, and dumped directly to VOD. I wasn’t available to record this podcast, but if I were, I would have let you know that the end product turned out great, in my opinion. It’s definitely a B-Movie, but it is a highly enjoyable B-Movie, full of nerdery, and Doom Metal, complete with a cameo from Brian Posehn. What did Jeff and James think? You’ll have to tune in to find out. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 3/9/14

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Fellow Liberal Dead-heads, this is Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. I’ve signed on to do a sort of recap/review of each week’s horror hits, so welcome to DEADtime TV. Again, Kevin Lovell helps out with a review of The Following, and Shawn Savage joins in with a review of The Walking Dead! Plus, find a review of the premieres of Resurrection and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series! Continue reading

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Uh, What? A Review Of In Fear (Blu-ray)

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You know those movies where people are driving around, lost in the woods or on some back road? You know the ones. No matter what they do, they just can’t seem to find their way to the highway. Generally, they end in the suggestion that they have been dead the entire time, died in a car accident or something, and the entire film was their purgatory. In Fear masquerades as one of these films, but it’s not. All of the familiar elements are there. I even turned to my wife while watching, and told her I already knew how the film would end. I guess I should be happy that they didn’t take the predictable approach, and instead surprised me, right? Well, I would probably be grateful if there were any sort of ending to the film. It’s not that I felt the goings on needed to be explained as a supernatural occurrence, or even fully explained at all. I would have liked some sort of reason for the film to have existed in the first place, though, and I don’t think I was given that satisfaction, or anything near it.  Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 3/2/14

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Fellow Liberal Dead-heads, this is Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. I’ve signed on to do a sort of recap/review of each week’s horror hits, so welcome to DEADtime TV. Again, Kevin Lovell helps out with a review of The Following, and Shawn Savage joins in with a review of The Walking Dead! Plus, find a review of the premiere of Bates Motel as well. Continue reading

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The Panty-Dropper Battles Space Zombies – A Review Of The Last Days On Mars (Blu-ray)

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I won’t even deny the fact that I have somewhat of a man-crush on Liev Schrieber. It’s not that I’m physically attracted to him, though he is quite strapping, it’s that I think he is one of the most underrated actors working today. He has a very demanding screen presence, which is why I jokingly refer to him as “The Panty-Dropper”. I generally try and stay up-to-date on any projects with which he is involved. Recently he got his own show on Showtime called Ray Donovan, where he plays the title role. The show is pretty great all around, but it most certainly wouldn’t be what it is without Liev. When I heard that he was making another jump into the horror genre, I anxiously awaited the opportunity to take The Last Days On Mars in. I knew literally nothing about the film, except for that it was a “space” horror/sci-fi hybrid, and it starred Liev Schrieber. The Last Days On Mars was part of the 2013 Toronto After Dark film festival, but I heard little to nothing from any of the attendees that were able to see it. I don’t think that’s really at the fault of the film, as much as it is there were so many solid genre titles there last year, that this one sort of got lost in the shuffle. Cut forward to March 4th of this year, and we finally have a Blu-ray release of the film to peruse. Yes, I’m a little late with this review, but here we are, nonetheless.  Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 2/23/14

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Fellow Liberal Dead-heads, this is Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. I’ve signed on to do a sort of recap/review of each week’s horror hits, so welcome to DEADtime TV. Again, Kevin Lovell helps out with a review of The Following, and Shawn Savage joins in with a review of The Walking Dead! Plus, find a review of the premiere of Hannibal as well. Continue reading

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Okay Fine, It Was Good – A Blu-ray Review Of Gravity

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Gravity is one of those movies that I was already interested in seeing it, but hearing people constantly talk about how I “NEEDED” to see it, turned me off from actually seeing it. I wasn’t boycotting it, I’m not that big of a dick, but I knew I would probably end up waiting for the Blu-ray, so that I could see it on my own terms. The theatrical run came and went, and shockingly, people never shut up about it. Granted, that could have something to do with the Oscar nomination buzz, but still. When the review copy arrived, I finally sat down to take this one in. Unfortunately, I was only supplied with a 2D Blu-ray for review, so a lot of things I will not even make mention of, because I probably didn’t see them. Yes, seeing this film in 2D does hinder the impact that the overall product will have on a person. And,  yes, this is the first time I will admit that the 3D gimmick was used in a way that actually elevates the quality of the film that would have existed otherwise. If you’re reading this before purchasing your copy of the film, and have the means to play 3D Blu-rays, please take my advice and purchase the 3D Blu-ray for a few bucks more. It is the way the film was meant to be seen. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 2/16/14

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Fellow Liberal Dead-heads, this is Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. I’ve signed on to do a sort of recap/review of each week’s horror hits, so welcome to DEADtime TV. Again, Kevin Lovell helps out with a review of The Following, and Shawn Savage joins in with a review of The Walking Dead! Continue reading

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I’m Everyone – And No One – A Review Of Scream Factory’s Darkman Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

darman-blu-flatDarkman is the reason that I was so excited when it was announced that Sam Raimi would be bringing Spider-Man, my favorite comic book character, to the big screen. Unfortunately, Spider-Man turned out to be a huge disappointment, but we’ll always have Darkman as Raimi’s superb “comic book” film. Of course, the truth of the matter is that Darkman wasn’t based on a comic book, rather a short story Raimi wrote paying homage to old B-rate Mummy movies. Despite that, it still shares many of the same characteristics of even the modern day “revamped” comic book epics. And, despite some dated visuals, it still very much holds up to this day. This is a film that I do try and revisit as often as possible, but as many movies that gets stacked upon my desk, it has been since the initial Universal Blu-ray was released back in 2012 that I’ve actually sat down and watched the film. When I saw that Scream Factory was giving it the Collector’s Edition treatment, immediately I was filled with joy, and greatly anticipated revisiting one of my favorite Raimi epics. Continue reading

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