Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – Red Band Comic Con Trailer

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Tons of great trailers and other promotional videos for upcoming genre film and TV have been trickling out of San Diego Comic Con. Yesterday we saw the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, and now today we have a new Red Band trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. I was already dying to see this movie, but after watching this, I need to see it right now. Check out the new trailer below, and look for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For in theaters August 22nd.  Continue reading

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First Trailer – Mad Max: Fury Road

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Comic Con has been wild, even for those of us that weren’t able to attend. So many spectacular announcements have been made, and some of the trailers have blown me away. Mad Max: Fury Road is a title that was announced forever ago, and that I have been anxiously awaiting ever since. The news is slowly trickling in. Most of the time it’s just a scan from a magazine interview, or a poster, but thanks to Comic Con, we now have the very first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. I’ve gotta say, this trailer has done for me, exactly what I hoped it would do. It has given me a glimpse of the style and tone of the film, and now that I have a taste for what they’re doing with this franchise, the day of release couldn’t possibly come soon enough. I want this movie inside of me right now. Until that day happens, check out the trailer below, and wait a few minutes before standing up. Your nerd-on will be mighty.  Continue reading

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PENNY DREADFUL – SEASON ONE Arrives On DVD & Blu-ray October 7

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If you follow along with our DEADtime TV series, in which we review as many currently running horror TV shows as we can, on an episode-by-episode basis, you will know that I am the one that decided to tackle Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. This was a show that turned out to be entirely different than I expected it to be. Penny Dreadful gives new meaning to the term “slow-burning”. If you followed along with my reviews, you will recall that I spent much of it practically begging for something exciting to happen. But, at the end of the day, it started strong, told a strong story, and ended on a strong note. It is a very good show, despite the possibility of turning off some viewers that need to have everything bombard them in the face at a constant rate. I have a feeling that it will be a little more bearable, the slow nature of the thing, with a concurrent viewing rather than waiting week-to-week. Paramount Pictures will bring the show home to DVD & Blu-ray on October 7th. Hit this link to pre-order a copy of your own. Check out the press release below for specifics.  Continue reading

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Raro Video and Kino Lorber Release Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair on Blu-ray & DVD August 5th

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So, I’ll be the first to admit that I have never seen this film, nor have I ever heard it mentioned, even on the corners of the internet where friends are obsessed with Italian cinema. However, this is a Raro Video Blu-ray, which means it will be part of my collection. I don’t know if you that are reading have ever purchased a Raro Blu-ray before, but they are fantastic releases, and serve a great purpose of exposing us to some of the best of the criminally ignored entries into the Italian genre film scene. On August 5th, Raro Video, in partnership with Kino Lorber will release the new Raro Video Blu-ray release of Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair, and if you’re a fan of what Raro and Kino do, then you should probably hit this link and pre-order a copy for yourself. Check out the press release below.  Continue reading

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Hannibal Season 2 To Be Released To DVD & Blu-ray On 9/16

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So, I’ve been a bad horror TV fan, I’ve let Hannibal slip through my fingers. It’s not that I’m not interested. I actually watched half of the first season. It’s just that I have so many different shows to keep up with, some for review here on the site, and some because I’ve invested so much of my life in them, and on top of that, piles upon piles of Blu-rays and DVDs to review, that I just couldn’t find the time to keep up with this show. That’s about to be rectified, as season 2 is about to hit home video. I’ll catch up on the first season by the time the review copies go out, though, so expect a review of the second season on or around the date of release, which we have learned is the 16th of September. Check out the press release below, and click here to pre-order your copy.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Blue Ruin (Radius-TWC/Anchor Bay)

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When I first saw Jeremy Saulnier’s Murder Party, I thought for sure that he would soon become a household name. Of course, I thought the same thing about Toby Wilkins after I saw the awesome Splinter, and look how that turned out. Turns out, I’m not much of an entertainment industry speculator. Unfortunately, years and years moved by, and no word about a film in production by Saulnier surfaced. In 2013, if I recall, Heather from Viewer Discretion Advised put together a list of her most anticipated films of 2014. Blue Ruin was featured on this list, and that was honestly the first time I had ever been exposed to the news that it was coming soon. Immediately it jumped to the top of my list as one of my most anticipated titles, and when the film hit VOD a while back, I jumped on it instantly. Blue Ruin is a different kind of revenge movie. It takes the tired, classic formula of that type of film, and changes it up in so many different ways that a film from a sub-genre that has become almost as prevalent as the found footage film, felt fresh and original. Radius TWC and Starz/Anchor Bay have finally brought said film to DVD & Blu-ray. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 7/13/14

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Hey guys, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. We’re still trying to get caught up on all the horror shows right now, so this week we’re adding The Strain to the setlist, which Kevin will be covering along with Teen Wolf and Under the Dome. Shawn’s got True Blood and Extant. I’ve got the rest. Salem ends this week! Continue reading

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Cage Rage! Nic Cage Is Back In Rage, Coming To Blu-ray & DVD On August 12th From IMAGE Entertainment

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I do love Nic Cage, in most of what he has appeared in. My devotion doesn’t rival that of Jesse Bartel, who holds a PHD in Cagerey, but I’ve followed and enjoyed his career. So, I do look forward to seeing a new Nic Cage movie, even if I know it could be potentially bad. After a glance at the trailer, it actually looks pretty good. I’m excited to watch it now. IMAGE Entertainment announced that they would be bringing the film to Blu-ray & DVD on August 12th. Check out the trailer below, and click here to pre-order a copy for yourself.  Continue reading

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Blu-Ray Review – The Legend of Billie Jean/Anaconda/Flatliners/Last Action Hero

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Mill Creek released several noteworthy Blu-ray releases on Tuesday, most of which were re-issues, but The Legend of Billie Jean makes its high-def debut. Those of you that are familiar with this film, or its practically non-existent home video presence, will realize immediately how big of a deal it is to have this film released to the Blu-ray format. The Legend of Billie Jean has always been an eighties favorite of mine. A lot of really cool movies came out during the decade, but this one always stood out. It could be that it got away with being as dark as it is, even with a PG-13 rating, or it could be it is one of Helen Slater’s few, and very best roles. I know, I know, Supergirl, The Secret of My Success, blahblahblahblah, but I genuinely consider this to be the seminal Helen Slater role. It doesn’t hurt that it has a soundtrack that deserves to be ranked among probably the top 10 movie soundtracks of all time. Mix in an intelligent, dark and seductive script, extremely interesting characters and countless horror and genre references, and you have a recipe for badassery. The Legend of Billie Jean just barely even made it to DVD, being released just a couple of years ago, and on a MOD(Manufactured-on-demand) disc to boot, regardless of how vanilla this Blu-ray release is, I still feel it is an important day in home video history.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Scanners (Criterion)

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I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Scanners is my favorite Cronenberg film, because it really isn’t.  But, whenever his name is mentioned, it is the first film that I picture in my head. I don’t know if it is because of the exploding head scene at the beginning of the film, or if it is Michael Ironside’s spectacularly eerie “scanning” face, but either way, at the mere mention of his name, it is immediately the film I associate with David Cronenberg. As a matter of fact, if you were to ask me what my favorite Cronenberg film was, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I have debated with myself for a long time now about this very thing. The problem is, Cronenberg’s body of work is so diverse, that it’s hard to pinpoint just one of his films to label as THE Cronenberg film. I know most people associate him with body horror, to the point that anytime a new horror film comes along that features a killer within a human host, it is immediately referred to as “Cronenbergian”, and, he has earned that credit, to say the very least. But when you really look at his complete filmography, he is so, so much more than that. David Cronenberg might be one of the most diverse genre filmmakers that has ever existed. Even his “horror” films are completely different when compared. The world of Blu-ray has felt a little less complete, due to the lack of a Scanners release, but I assumed since Criterion had previously released Naked Lunch and Videodrome, that it would be here eventually, and be placed in the best possible hands for a restoration job, and that day has finally come. Criterion have released the definitive edition of the explosive Sci-Fi epic, and it sits nicely on the shelf next to Scream Factory’s Blu-ray double feature release of Scanners II and Scanners III.

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Blu-ray Review – Ginger Snaps (Scream Factory)

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The werewolf film is a strange thing. You’d think, being such a well-known movie monster, that there would be millions of examples of the type. However, there is not. I’m not even saying that there aren’t a ton of examples of great werewolf films, I’m saying there are barely any werewolf films at all. A long time ago, we did an article on this site to coincide with the theatrical release of one of the Twilight sequels. It was a list of 30 films, 15 of which were werewolf films, and 15 of them were vampire films, to watch instead of seeing the new Twilight. The hardest part about finding 15 worthy vampire films, was narrowing it down to 15. The hardest part of putting together a list of 15 sold werewolf films was a different beast entirely. It was hard to put together even a list of 15 mediocre werewolf films. Sure, you have the obvious classics like American Werewolf and The Howling, but what after that? Werewolves are a criminally under-utilized movie monster, and that makes me sad. Thankfully, we have innovative, quirky little films like Ginger Snaps, that bothered to not only capture everything that makes a werewolf movie great, but expand upon the mythology, and do so in an intelligent way that had never been done before. Yes, there were films that came before Ginger Snaps that featured female puberty as a plot device, but none of them really infused them as deep into the folklore of an already-existing creature, and for that reason, Ginger Snaps is sitting comfortably at the top of the list, next to the two greatest, and most notable werewolf films.  Continue reading

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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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