When it comes to horror, there are a lot of concepts that seem like they should be an easy slam dunk. At the same time, some of these concepts seems like they are missed time and time again. One of the easiest concepts is “the funhouse,” a story setup where every one of the actors is actually a real psychopath; yet I can’t recall one time where this has been done effectively. Even Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse, which was worthy of the Scream Factory Collectors Edition treatment, is honestly kind of a drag. Now Scream Factory is giving us the most recent attempt at putting the FUN back in funhouse horror, with it’s release of The Funhouse Massacre. Does it live up to the two most important parts of it’s title, “fun” and “massacre”? You’ll have to head on through the turnstile to find out!
The newest Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory takes us way back to 1986 with our first encounter with the now legendary Hannibal Lecktor (spelling unique to this film; typically it is Lecter). Many seem to have missed this film; perhaps it is unsurprising that it was completely overlooked, as this universe didn’t return to the screen until The Silence of the Lambs (with Anthony Hopkins replacing Brian Cox in the Hannibal role). Scream Factory has decided it’s time that this psychological thriller be rediscovered, but is it worth rediscovering? Take a big bloody bite out of your favorite meat and find out as I dive into Michael Mann’s Manhunter.
When it comes to horror films released to mainstream American audiences, we’ve become accustomed to many things the last few years. Loud booming scores and sounds meant more to startle viewers than to accompany the film, flashy jump scares, breakneck pacing, and an overall feeling of sameness saturate most recent horror film releases. Occasionally we get something a little different in the case of, It Follows, but even more rare is a movie that can leave you so unsettled you wont be able to shake the thought of it for the next week or so. The Witch is that kind of film.
As someone who has been a fan of 70’s and 80′ exploitation my whole life its a pleasure to live in a world where a company like Arrow Video exists. For every beloved cult classic they have cleaned up and released back into the world they have another 1 or 2 movies that you may have never heard of. Its these films that are the truly exciting releases because for most of us these are blind buys. Will we discover a new favorite slasher film or some action schlock that no one remembers? Maybe it’ll be a purchase we regret, a film that should have been left buried in the annals of cinema. Sometimes we get a release that’s a little bit of both and maybe even more often we get a release where I don’t know what to make of it at all and that’s just where Niko Mastorakis’ The Zero Boys comes in.
20 years ago, a hot day in July, and a crowded movie theater; a 6 year old me was able to experience his very first trip to the cinemas. This was an experience that would truly set the stage for my love of film and I’d return to this film many, many, many times as I grew up. It is still one of my favorite guilty pleasures of all time; an unforgettable mix of what was once state of the art action and an all star cast creating possibly the biggest spectacle of the 1990’s. And now with a sequel coming out this year, 20 years after the original this sci-fi invasion epic has once again been injected into the worlds consciousness and I could not be happier. With this new 20th Anniversary Blu-ray release and multiple trailers for the new sequel, Independence Day has just looked directly at us all and shouted, “Hello boys, I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!”
Asking someone their favorite Christmas movie can yield a plethora of different answers. The numerous comedies like Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf, an action film in Die Hard, or even a creature feature with Gremlins. Now though, us die hard horror fans have something to truly call our own around the holidays, the perfect combination of family Christmas comedy and full fledged horror. In late 2015, a week before Star Wars overshadowing of the cinemas, Michael Dougherty gave us the best Christmas present of all, Krampus!
If there is one genre of cinema that has been ripped through the ringer, dragged behind a car, beaten to a bloody pulp, and then backed over by that same car, it is the slasher. It is a genre that has created cultural icons, profited in the billions of dollars, and withstood the test of time all without ever truly evolving. Sadly, even the good ones are missed by most eyes, but with a company like Scream Factory around we can give these films a second chance at life! Lets take a look at one of the more recent releases, Cherry Falls!