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Toys of Terror DVD Giveaway

Bringing the nostalgia of stop motion holiday specials to audiences.
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Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to award one lucky reader Toys of Terror on DVD. It is currently available to own via purchase from digital retailers and arrives on DVD on January 19, 2021 . For those wanting to learn more, read the press release below: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will have you on the edge of seats with an all-new original feature-length horror film, Toys of Terror, on Digital NOW and DVD January 19, 2021. The movie is priced to own at $14.99 SRP for Digital, and $19.98 SRP ($24.98 in Canada) for the

Tourist Trap (VHS Retro Big Box Collection) Review: A Solid, Offbeat Flick

A late '70s cult horror gem with ideas, even if those ideas are not entirely successful.
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When it comes to the horror genre, there's always going to be the usual movies steeped in typical cliches, such as possessions, creepy children, zombies, etc. However, once in awhile, there are others that come out of nowhere and contain such originality, that they can get sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Tourist Trap (1979), directed by David Schmoeller, which is for better and/or worse, one of those films. As with most slasher films, the film starts off with a group of fun-loving youths (including Jocelyn Jones and the late Tanya Roberts) making one of the biggest mistakes characters usually

I Spit on Your Grave Box Set Review: Mainly for Hardcore Fans of Cult/Horror Films

Ronix Flix pulls out all the stops for a still notorious 1978 cult classic with a collection that may be a must-have, depending on your tastes.
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If you discuss some of the most controversial films ever made, Meir Zarchi's 1978 still-divisive, cult-classic I Spit on Your Grave (aka Day of the Woman) should always come up at some point. It's one of those definitive love-it-or-hate-it movies that refuses to lay down and die. Whatever your viewpoint is about its merits (which it actually has), it continues to have a life, even after 42 years. Because of its eventual resurgence, especially as a feminist statement, it has spawned a franchise, which includes a 2010 remake (that has its own sequels, from 2013 & 2015) and its own

Daughters of Darkness (1971) 4K Ultra HD Review: Mysterious, Sensuous Vampire Story

A mysterious and sumptuously produced film about a newlywed woman finding monsters on her honeymoon, supernatural and otherwise.
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On the first level, Daughters of Darkness is a film about a newly married couple who encounter an intriguing, if overly familiar and insistent, traveling royal on the Continent, who tries to seduce them into her strange and ultimately deadly web. The husband and wife are tempted, spied upon, and ultimately driven to desperation. But they might have already been desperate before the Countess Bathory crossed their path. Stefan and Valerie, played John Karlen and Danielle Ouimet, respectively, begin their story on a train, where they make passionate (and fairly graphic) love. Afterwards, she asks him if he loves her,

Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season Available on Blu-ray and DVD on February 16, 2021

An entertaining and thought-provoking series with a unique story and important themes.” - Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing.
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Press release: Lovecraftian horror meets historical fiction in Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season, HBO’s suspenseful drama, which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 16, 2021. Featuring all 10 episodes from the series’ premiere season, Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada) for the DVD and $39.99 SRP ($44.98 in Canada) for the Blu-ray which includes Digital Copy (US only). Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. Based on the 2016 novel

5-Movie Collection from the Written Works of Stephen King Blu-ray Review

Most of the high-def presentations will satisfy fans of the modern-day King of horror.
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This collection packages five Paramount movies based on the writing of Stephen King. They are David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone (1983) based on the 1979 novel, Dan Attias's Silver Bullet (1985) based on the 1983 novella Cycle of the Werewolf, Mary Lambert's Pet Sematary (1989) and Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer's 2019 remake based on the 1983 novel, and Mick Garris' The Stand (1994) TV miniseries based on the 1978 novel. In addition, King wrote the screenplays for Silver Bullet, Pet Sematary (1989), and The Stand. I haven't read any of the original stories so can't comment on their adaptation

Kindred Movie Review: A Nearly Surface-Level Chiller

Tamara Lawrance carries this viable paranoid thriller with ease and articulacy.
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This year, we have a clear trend of eerily similar horror films about women dealing with gaslighting and fighting for their autonomy against their more affluent partners. Earlier this year, Swallow and the remake of The Invisible Man depicted women in such peril and now, we have the British psychological thriller Kindred. However, instead of depicting Charlotte (Tamara Lawrance) being antagonized by her partner, she’s instead at odds with her partner’s relatives. Those whom one always hopes not to fear because once they enter a relationship with someone, they inevitably enter that person’s family life. Both Charlotte and her lover

The Deeper You Dig Blu-ray Review: A Terrific Low-budget Horror

A perfect addition to your Halloween viewing schedule.
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In a small, dark bar, in a small New York hamlet, Kurt (John Adams) eats a grubby little dinner and has a few too many beers. It is snowing and pitch-black when he drives home. He swerves to miss a few deer, running across the road and then hears a bump bump. He's hit something. That something turns out to be 14-year-old Echo (Zelda Adams), who was out sledding. Kurt is visually upset, he's not a psychopath after all, but he's also been around. He knows the score. If he calls the cops, they'll give him a drunk test and

Possessor Movie Review: Layered with Terror

Brandon Cronenberg's sophomore effort is ridden with anxiety, distress, and shock. But you'll crave for more.
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When someone asks me what a film is about, I’m often puzzled whether to share the synopsis of the film, or tell what the film is actually about. Take the case of Parasite, for instance. It’s the story of a poor family infiltrating a rich family to make money. What is it actually about, though? The persistent, wide gap between classes in a capitalist world. A layered screenplay bestows such depth, the duality, or what we call, subtext. Ignore the subtext, you still have a coherent film. Likewise, I can surely tell the story of Brandon Cronenberg's sophomore effort, Possessor.

Shivers Blu-ray Review: My Favorite Horror Film Ever

David Cronenberg's controversial and super underrated 1975 feature debut celebrates its 45th anniversary.
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Cronenberg, the master of "Body Horror", has more than any other director in the history of cinema, expertly showcased, through film, how we have completely lost control of our bodies, and they can turn on us at any minute. When you think about his legendary oevure, you always hear discussions of Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, and even his later (non-horror) works, including A History of Violence, and Eastern Promises. However, you rarely hear about his shocking 1975 cult classics Shivers (aka The Came From Within), which was the one that started it all. The film takes place at

Entwined Movie Review: An Ingenious yet Underdeveloped Horror Pic

An atmosphere creepy woods picture with masterful ideas that often become tangled up.
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When our main protagonist Panos (Prometheus Aleiferopoulos) enters the ominous town of Alyti, he’s informed that he’s the only and first ever doctor to reside there. Right off the bat, it’s clear that Entwined aims to weave us into its eerie trap. A “creepy town” horror film that transcends into “creepy woods” subgenre territory, Entwined often spins an intriguing web even if at times it gets caught up in it. As Panos spends his time in Alyti, he collides with the townspeople who don’t rely on the familial medical procedures that Panos practices and instead prefer more spiritual healing processes.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things Movie Review: Charlie Kaufman's Eccentric Foray into Horror

A slow-burn melancholic horror romance only someone like Charlie Kaufman can pull off.
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I’m Thinking of Ending Things has a seemingly straightforward plot. Woman goes on a road trip with her partner to meet his parents. Seems pretty simple. However, because it is in the hands of the wonderfully bizarre Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is anything but straightforward. Kaufman is a master at the weird and the melancholic and this film proves to be no different. When the film begins, a nameless woman (Jessie Buckley), known simply as the Young Woman, and Jake (Jesse Plemons) begin their journey to meet Jake’s parents. At that point is when the picture

5-Movie Collection from the Written Works of Stephen King Blu-ray Set Arrives September 15

These five films offer perfect entertainment for Halloween
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Press release: Prepare for terrifying suspense and bone-chilling thrills with this new 5-Movie Collection arriving on Blu-ray September 15, 2020. Based on the written works of Stephen King, these five films offer perfect entertainment for Halloween: Pet Sematary (1989), Pet Sematary (2019), Stephen King’s The Stand, The Dead Zone, and Stephen King’s Silver Bullet. Pet Sematary (1989) Written for the screen by Stephen King and based on his iconic bestseller, director Mary Lambert’s thrilling Pet Sematary electrified audiences upon its release. When tragedy strikes, a grief-stricken father sets off a perilous chain of events that unleashes unfathomable evil in this

Dream Demon Blu-ray Review: Newly-Unearthed '80s Horror Fantasy

Rarely scary, but visually gripping, an unsuccessful attempt to copy Nightmare on Elm Street scores as a fantasy film.
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An obscure British release from 1988 that never made it to the states theatrically, Dream Demon's major problem is that it is not a good horror movie. It has horror elements, some fun gore bits, and a very spooky atmosphere but Dream Demon isn't very scary. It doesn't have a relentless sense of dread that great horror evokes. It's at best a pretty mediocre horror movie. It is a really good fantasy movie, however, and should be looked at in that light. Jemma Redgrave in her film debut plays Diana, simultaneously a small town teacher and a daughter of great

Relic (2020) Movie Review: Gritty Familial Horror with Supernatural Elements

Natalie Erika James' directorial debut offers a blend of lingering frights and melancholia.
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Relic is a rare example of an atmospheric horror film that opts for sadness rather than scares. While it does present usual haunted house conventions, Relic mainly thrives due to its emphasis on putting the past away and how we make our loved ones indeed feel like artifacts of the past. One could even say it’s an exaggerated telling as to why a nursing home might not be a good place for our grandparents. Once the illness-stricken Edna (Robyn Nevin) returns home after being missing, both her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) decide to take care

The Flesh and The Fiends Blu-ray Review: Selling Corpses in Scotland

Donald Pleasence steals the show.
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For centuries the science of anatomy lagged behind other fields of study due to cultural norms and religious beliefs concerning the handling of corpses. By the 18th Century, things were changing and medical schools across Europe were allowing the dissection and study of the human body. But while the scientific institutions pushed forward, the laws regarding which bodies were acceptable to desecrate lagged behind. Edinburgh, Scotland had become one of the premier cities in the study of anatomy and yet the law still only allowed for the bodies of criminals and suicides to be used as cadavers for study. During

The Woman Blu-ray Review: Dares to Depict the Dark Side of the American Family

The great folks at Arrow continue their amazing streak with Lucky McKee's notorious 2011 shocker in a new 4K restoration.
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On one side, I see why most people don't hold kindly to "torture porn", the infamous phase of the horror genre that started in the early 2000s, which combines elements of splatter and slasher film. There have been many movies that have illustrated this often maligned category of cinema, including Hostel, Saw, A Serbian Film, and The Human Centipede series that detailed rape, mutilation, nudity, disenbowlment, and even necrophila, quite graphically. However, the other side of me thinks that there is some serious overreaction to it all, especially films that have been given the stamp of disapproval make a lot

The Invisible Man (2020) Blu-ray Review: We Needed to See More of Him

It's like watching Jaws without the shark.
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It’s been twenty years since director Paul Verhoeven gave us Kevin Bacon as Hollow Man, which allowed Bacon to return to his slasher film roots. Hollow Man is a slasher film at its core, with superior special effects to that of a Friday the 13th outing, and Jason is Invisible! Writer and director Leigh Whannell gives us a story with more depth and a film with stronger performances in his The Invisible Man, though the Hollow Man cast had little to work with. Whannell wastes no time in setting things up for us. Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) is escaping the Tony

In Search of Dracula Blu-ray Review: A Bloody Good Documentary

Before he was Saruman, Christopher Lee starred ten times as Dracula. He narrates this informative feature-length exploration of the infamous count and the history of the vampire.
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In Search of Dracula, originally released in 1975, and directed by Calvin Floyd (Terror of Frankenstein, The Sleep of Death), has been remastered in 2K by Kino Lorber. A feature-length exploration of the infamous count and the history of the vampire, the documentary features archival footage, artwork, location photography (principally of Transylvania), as well as film clips from popular vampire films. Narrated by actor Christopher Lee, the film is both informative and entertaining. Before he was Saruman, Christopher Lee starred ten times as Dracula, starting in 1958 with Horror of Dracula (widely considered one of the best Dracula films), and

The Wolf House Movie Review: Child's Imagination Meets Real-life Horror

Masquerade as propaganda, the Chilean film marries horror with a child's imagination, and the result is equally appalling and spectacular.
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The Wolf House is 73 minutes of "Wow! How did they pull off?". The startling stop-motion animation, which bestows 'awe!' after 'awe!' every minute is only one of the pillars that hold this astonishing form of story-telling. Masquerading as a propaganda film to cleanse the ill-reputation of Colonia Dignidad, an isolated community formed by German fugitive Paul Schäfer, there's more to the film than what appears, although it draws little from the real-life incidents, on the surface. The community, which was legally bound for agriculture activities, became infamous for the torture, internment, and murders that came to light a few
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