Red Band Trailer: V/H/S: Viral

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Say what you want about the first V/H/S film, I happen to enjoy it. However, I will defend V/H/S/2 to the death. What a great anthology that was. Dark, creepy, gory and inventive, V/H/S/2 does what any good sequel would. Take what made the first film effective, and make it even more so. I personally haven’t watched this red band trailer for the new sequel, V/H/S: Viral, because I don’t want a single second of this film spoiled for me. If you’re braver than I, though, here it is, for your viewing pleasure. V/H/S: Viral will be available on VOD on the 23rd of October. A limited theatrical engagement will follow, beginning on November 21st.  Continue reading

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Dead Air Episode 59: Bargain Bin Madness – C.H.U.D. II: Bud The CHUD / Class of 1999

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This week on the show, Jeff (@Jeff_FOTD), Jesse (@DestroySuperman), and James (@DrJimmyTerror) dig deeper into the infamous Lionsgate Horror 8-Pack and continue the unofficial “Bargain Bin Madness” series (because there’s nothing really worth watching in theaters). Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Disaster L.A. (Warner)

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So, comets hit L.A. and people begin turning into zombies. What? No, I’m serious. This is a movie about comets or meteorites or some such nonsense, hitting L.A. and turning people into… well, I guess compelling them to put zombie masks on, because you can see people’s faces underneath the makeup. In all seriousness, I had no idea what to expect from Disaster L.A.. The cover made it look like just another generic, poorly-done zombie movie, but the fact that it was being released by Warner Bros – albeit a straight-to-video release -, and the fact that I had friends assuring me that this one was different, meant that I would give it a chance. Zombie movies used to be my favorite sub-genre of horror, up until they became popular, and studios started exploiting that popularity to death. Lately, I try and steer clear of all-things-zombie, unless it’s something that really stands out. The Battery, The Dead, The Dead 2, these are “good” examples of zombie films. Yes, it’s still zombies, but the filmmakers involved with those films, cared enough about their art, and cared enough about us would-be viewers, to put some thought into the script, and some effort into the execution. For the record, Disaster L.A. isn’t the worst zombie film I’ve ever seen. Hell, it’s not even the worst zombie-related piece of media that I’ve seen this week. However, it’s so soulless, so by-the-numbers that I can’t imagine anyone getting really excited about it.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – The Battery (Scream Factory)

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I was on board with The Battery very early on. In all honesty, all it really took to rope me in was the unveiling of this badass, old school poster. I looked around on the net for reviews, but information was sparse. When the film was released on VOD/Digital, I jumped at the opportunity to watch it. I wasn’t expecting much from a no-budget zombie film. Little did I expect that it would secure a spot on my list of the best films of the year in 2013. I did what I could to promote the film, and let people know that this was something truly special. I managed to get a few people to watch it, and then it started getting more popular, as it screened at the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. People I had assured that they NEEDED to see this film, such as Jeff and Heather, found it to be spectacular as well. The extremely limited budget of the film ($6,000) certainly adds to the charm of the film. But, it’s the fact that the movie looks as good as it does, with performances as good as they are, and music as great as it is, despite that non-budget. How many multi-million dollar zombie films have we seen that were borderline unwatchable? Tons, even more than tons. I’d wager that around 1 out of ever 10 zombie films that are released today, are even worthy of consideration. The Battery is the zombie film, made for those of us that have had it with the genre. It’s the anti-zombie film, that manages to be better than any zombie film that may or may not be sitting next to it on the shelf. It’s one of the best no-budget films I have ever seen.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Godzilla (Warner)

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Godzilla has a cinematic history that has lasted longer than almost every other currently-running franchise. However, only a couple of times has an American filmmaker tackled the beast, and not always with satisfactory results. In 1956, King of All Monsters was released, but it used clips from the original film, and blended it with a mockumentary style wrapping. Later, we would get King Kong VS. Godzilla, as well as Godzilla 85. During the eighties, there was talks of an American Godzilla film, written by Fred Dekker and produced by Steve Miner, but nothing ever came to fruition. In 1998, a big budget American Godzilla was unleashed onto the public, and it was mostly awful. For starters, the creature in the film didn’t even resembled Godzilla, a creature that has the most recognizable form in monster movie history. Instead, it seemed like a generic Jurassic Park ripoff, with terrible running gags, and an overall lackluster public reception. To this day, Godzilla ’98 is considered to be the worst entry in the series. When it was announced that a new American Godzilla film in the works, fans were skeptical. When it was revealed that Gareth Edwards would be behind the lens, most of the skepticism turned into anticipation. Edwards made a low budget monster movie a few years ago called Monsters. We knew he could pull it off under a tight budget, so giving him millions seemed like the best possible idea. Godzilla 2014 was released to theaters, and met with mostly positive reactions. It has its detractors, but what film doesn’t? Finally, Edwards version of the King of Monsters, is available on home video.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Eraserhead (Criterion)

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When speaking of surrealistic cinema, it is impossible to leave David Lynch’s Eraserhead off of the list.  This film was released in 1977, but it wasn’t until the early nineties when I would be exposed to it. A friend of mine was telling me about the most “fucked up” movie he’d ever seen. At the time, it couldn’t be found at any video stores, at least in my area. I asked my friend how he was able to see it, and he said that his dad had a dubbed copy. When we finally sat down to watch it, it appeared to be a fifth, or even sixth generation copy of a somewhat degraded original tape. It’s okay, though, because that only added to the charm of this nightmare-turned-movie. And indeed, Eraserhead was the strangest thing I had ever seen up until that point. I had seen some things by then, too, so that was no easy feat. Maybe it’s just me, and the way my brain works while I’m asleep, but never before had a film managed to encapsulate what my dreams were made of like Lynch’s Eraserhead. It’s a film where the oddities portrayed on screen are only rivaled by the sound design of the film itself. Something you don’t watch, but experience. Eraserhead was my first exposure to the world that is David Lynch, and an experience that would stick with me, all throughout my life as a filmaholic.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Willow Creek (Dark Sky)

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Would you believe me if I told you that Bobcat Golthwait contributed more to the world of film than just screaming a the camera? I’d wager to say that even casual viewers of cinema have seen a film that the man has directed, even if they didn’t realize it. Recently Bobcat came back onto the scene with a little angry film called God Hates America, and it was one of my favorite films the year it was released. When I heard he was trying his hand at horror, with a Bigfoot-themed “found footage” film, it immediately piqued my interest. Based on everything I had read about the film, it promised to be returning to the roots of found footage, and styling itself more after Blair Witch than anything else. I’m happy to report that those claims are valid, and it really is an interested little take on the genre. It’s bound to piss some people off, because it is a true exercise of the notion that less, is actually more. If you’ve ever seen Blair Witch, you’ll pretty much know what type of structure to expect here. And what Willow Creek does, is give even veterans of found footage something that feels unique, albeit familiar.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – The Dead 2 (Starz/Anchor Bay)

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The Ford Brothers’ The Dead is one of the best examples of modern zombie filmmaking. I know it has its detractors, mostly because of the slow-going nature of the film, but I found it to be breathtaking, which isn’t a word you hear tossed around when describing zombies anymore. The Ford Brothers managed to capture what made films like Day of the Dead have such a strong impact on viewers. It wasn’t a comedy, or even an action movie. It was a bleak, slow-burning tale of the dead returning to life, in a post-apocalyptic West Africa. While the setting of some zombie movies comes as an afterthought, in The Dead, it played as important of a role as any character in the film. While The Dead 2 takes somewhat of a different approach – at least in regards to the pacing of the film – it still retains that aspect of the first film. It’s no longer set in Africa, however. This time around, the action – and I do mean action – moves to India, where an American contractor is about to wrap-up the job he’s doing, and once the zombies make themselves known, he does whatever he can to make it to his local, pregnant girlfriend, so that she can make the trek back to America with him. The main difference here, is that The Dead 2 is a lot more action-oriented than the first film. Sometimes that doesn’t work very well, causing the film to lose the original tone, but in the case of The Dead 2, it makes it one of the most beautiful and exciting zombie films I have seen for a while.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Prom Night (Synapse)

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Prom Night is a very Eighties movie. My personal favorite Eighties slasher movie is probably The Burning, but when someone mentions “slashers” I can’t help but picture Prom Night in my head. Some movies just encapsulate the genre for the decade in which they appeared. Prom Night is such a film. I expected – with the current resurgence of Eighties horror in HD – that somebody would be releasing this film to Blu-ray. When I learned that Synapse were going to be the ones to do it, it quickly became one of my most anticipated releases of the year. The beginning of this movie – where some kids chase each other around in a dilapidated warehouse of some kind – used to make me very uncomfortable. In fact, it’s the first thing that I recall when discussing the film. There is plenty to love about Prom Night, though, ranging from terrific performances from certain members of the cast, to Jamie Lee Curtis teasing us with, what some would argue would be the best, erm… set of lungs, in the history of the genre. We get decapitations, impalement, and all sorts of various ways to dispatch of a character. And then, when all is revealed, we’re kind of on the killer’s side, more than anyone else. Prom Night might not be the best slasher film ever, but it has certainly earned its cult status. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 8/31/14

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Hey DEADheads, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World here with all of your favorite horror shows. Actually, I’m here with only a couple of shows – my stuff’s taking a break this week, so we’ve only got The StrainTeen Wolf, and Under the Dome. But soon, we’ll have a lot more.

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Dolls: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray – November 11th From Scream Factory

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I can’t wait for this release to finally come to fruition. It has been a long time since I have seen Stuart Gordon’s magical killer dolls film, so when Scream Factory announced it, they had my attention immediately. This is a “Collector’s Edition” so it looks as if it is getting the appropriate treatment. The artwork has been revealed, and the extras exposed. There appears to be a good mixture of both old and new. Including, but not limited to - all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, stars Carolyn Purdy-GordonIan Patrick Williams, executive producer Charles Band, and special make-Up effects artists Gabe Bartalos, andJohn Vulich and more! Check out the press release below, and pre-order your copy by either clicking here for Shout!’s website, or here for Amazon Continue reading

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“The Doctor and the Devils” on Blu-ray Nov. 14 from Scream Factory

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This is one of the reasons I love Scream Factory so much. The Doctor and the Devils is a film that I have never seen. I’ve heard it mentioned a couple of times, but never did the opportunity arise for me to have seen it. It’s weird, because it sounds right up my alley. Thankfully, on November 14th, Scream Factory will be dropping the film onto Blu-ray. Check out the press release below, and be sure to pre-order your copy by either clicking here to purchase on Shout!’s website, or here for Amazon.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Pumpkinhead (Scream Factory)

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Sometimes, I’ll revisit a film that I loved when I was younger, and find that it has not held up at all. On the flip side, often times I’ll find myself enjoying films much more, that I thought were a little overrated in my younger years. Pumpkinhead is one such film. It’s not that I hated it, I liked it for what it was. I can’t even really put into words what kept me from loving it as much as everybody else. I think maybe it was the Appalachian setting. It felt to me – young me – that it added a layer of cheese to an otherwise serious film. Knowing that, I didn’t revisit Pumpkinhead all that often. I had a couple of different DVD releases, but I’d say I’ve seen it five times total, and most of those were instances of sharing the VHS or DVD with a friend. This time around, I found myself fully immersed in this little monster/revenge film. I wasn’t at all bothered by the setting, or the set design/wardrobe. I actually found myself paying attention to the details, which are displayed in a clear enough way to make them out now, thanks to Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the film.  Continue reading

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Syfy’s SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE Arrives On Blu-ray, DVD And Digital HD October 7 From Cinedigm

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What I like about Sharknado, is that it knows what it is. It doesn’t pretend to be some high-production piece of art. It knows that it is ridiculous, and it gives fans of the series what they’ve come to expect. I have seen a lot of SyFy movies in my day, and not all of them are that self-aware. Some of them think they are legitimately good movies, which makes them even worse to those of us that are watching. Sharknado takes itself as lightly as possible, and the sequel did so as well. Cinedigm has announced the Blu-ray (And DVD) release of the second film. You can pre-order the disc now, and expect delivery on the 7th of October. Check out the press release below, and click here to score a copy of your own.  Continue reading

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SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS PUMPKINHEAD II: BLOOD WINGS ON BLU-RAY OCTOBER 28

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Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Pumpkinhead, was one of their most impressive releases of the year (so far). That review will be up this evening. In the meantime today Scream Factory announces their release of Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, to be released on Blu-ray on October 28th. We all knew it was coming, but now we know exactly when, we have the cover art, and we have a list of the bonus content. This isn’t going to be quite as extra-heavy as their release of the previous film, but I have no doubts that it will be a solid release regardless. Plus, how cool is it to have the sequel sitting right next to the original on your carefully-organized shelves? Check out the press release below, and click here, or here, to pre-order your copy today.  Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review – Aftermath (IMAGE)

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Ugh, I say. I understand the low-budget studio film, and how the system that creates them work, but for fuck’s sake! There are so many talented aspiring writers and directors out there, just waiting to burst through the door and give horror fans something that they know they will love. Why not hire some of these people to produce the output for studios like IMAGE Entertainment? To say that Aftermath is derivative, would be like saying that cookies are fattening. Nothing about this film is unique, or even all that interesting. In fact, I spent most of the film wishing for the death of every single character. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. What is Aftermath? Aftermath is a generic, post-apocalyptic tale, about a group of strangers that huddle together in a cellar, to avoid the nuclear fallout from a recently-dropped set of nukes. Sound familiar? Of course it does. There are a couple of specific films that Aftermath attempted to… borrow from. The most obvious “inspiration” for Aftermath was Xavier Gens The Divide. But hey, at least we have Ed Furlong to look forward to, right? I don’t know what kind of drug Ed was on for the production of this “movie”, but I want some too.  Continue reading

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Holy Shit! A DVD Review Of Found. (XLRATOR)

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I have been aware of the existence of this movie for quite some time. I started doing this website, covering independent horror almost exclusively. And, while I love indie movies, most of the reason that was my focus, was because it’s a lot easier to get an indie filmmaker to send you their film for coverage, than it is to get product from the big studios. I have witnessed some remarkable indie horror over the years, but I have seen some pure garbage as well. The most prolific sin of the indie horror industry, is that the main focus is almost always the special effects. And don’t get me wrong, I love some practical effects, but if it’s not sandwiched in-between good photography, effective lighting, and professional performances from your actors, the impact is severely limited. I say this, because I want you to understand why I was apprehensive to watch Found at first. Thankfully, I was in the mood for something different last night, so I got myself in the proper mindset, and popped in XLRator Media’s upcoming DVD release of the film. You can pre-order your copy by clicking here, but in the meantime, allow me to share some thoughts on this spectacular independent horror film. Continue reading

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DEADtime TV: Week of 8/24/14

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Hey DEADheads, it’s Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World. We’re covering all your favorite horror TV shows (and some not-so-favorites). Shawn’s got The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story(Yeah, you read that right), Kevin‘s got Teen Wolf, Under the Dome, and The Strain, and I’ve got the rest. The Last Ship‘s season finale included!

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Your 2014 Halloween Season TV Preview with Schedules

Halloween 2014The craft stores know something you don’t know. That’s right. It’s time for the 2014 Halloween Season TV Preview! This is where we let you know about the time and channel for everything we can find on TV having to do with Halloween or Horror for the month of October and sometimes late September. This will include holiday specials, horror movies, TV show premier dates and Halloween episodes of your favorite series as well as documentaries that might be considered scary. Anything and everything that might get your ghost good.

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Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut – Scream Factory Makes Final Details Available!

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They announced it, and we have waited patiently. We didn’t care that we had no idea what we would be getting in the package, we slapped our money down anyway. Scream Factory have made it known, now, the scope of their two Blu-ray releases of Nightbreed. Information about the final specs, as well as the various pieces of bonus content is now available. Pre-order this sucka at the link! Click here to pre-order the standard edition. Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut will be available on October 28th, only from Scream Factory. Check out the final specs below.  Continue reading

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