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Clint Carney & Kelton Jones on DRY BLOOD on its first anniversary

On January 15 of 2019, Dread Presents, an arm of Epic Pictures, released the film festival favorite, Dry Blood. Since then, the film’s score has seen a release on Burning Witches Records, and the movie’s found an entirely new audience on home video. It’s a fascinating film, which utilizes every penny of its small budget to create a slow-burn, cyclical tale of madness through the eyes of a man trying to get clean one last time. “Brian Barnes returns to his mountain vacation home to sober up one final time. Most of the houses of this dwindling community sit empty
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Special Delivery: DELIVERY BOYS Blu-ray Review

What do you get when Chuck Vincent produces, Larry Revene shoots and the guy who inspired the Ken doll directs an 80s sex comedy? You end up with the type of movie that features breakdancing musical numbers, boner gags and Mario Van Peebles grill wearing, shrunken head carrying, voodoo baddie. I’m not quite sure who this was made for back in 1985, but thirty years later, I can safely say that it’s for me. Delivery Boys was released just a year after Breakin’ and Beat Street took breakdancing to the big screen and, like those films, it is also set
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HOLIDAY HELL is a Mixed Bag

Fans of horror will know the anthology movie format is nothing new. It’s been done countless times, even back to the 70s with Tales From The Crypt, and most of the time it’s executed to a pretty good degree. I’m a big fan of the first two Creepshow films, Tales From The Darkside (the unofficial third Creepshow, as I like to call it), the V/H/S series, Body Bags, Tales From The Hood and a handful of other entries in the subgenre. My affinity for the aforementioned films had me very curious to check out Holiday Hell, a new film featuring
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A Week In the Box (Set): Unpacking NEKROMANTIK 1&2 Alongside AMITYVILLE: THE CURSED COLLECTION

Digging into two separate series/franchises over the course of a week feels like the ultimate post-Halloween comedown. After a solid month of Cine-Ween coverage here at the site, to say nothing of my own attempts to watch as many spooky movies as possible, you’d think I’d be overwhelmed, but no. So, I dug out the stuff that I hadn’t been able to get to over the course of October, and had myself a rabbit hole of a viewing experience. First up was the Cult Epics double-disc Blu-ray release of German director Jörg Buttgereit’s 1987 film, Nekromantik, as well as its
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Review: MEDIAS RES-Impressive Micro-Budget Neo-Noir

Dave, in debt to his roommate Joe, finds himself caught in the middle of an escalating series of crimes in the aptly titled neo-noir Medias Res. Dave is something of a would-be salesman, offering all sorts of wares from the trunk of his car. Unable to pay back his drug dealing roommate Joe, he is trapped as a kind of indentured servant accompanying Joe on various criminal endeavors. As Dave is drawn deeper into the underworld of Oakland, he becomes embroiled in a scheme that somehow involves Summer Hayes, the star of his favorite TV show, as well as the
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If You’re Ready to Laugh, Cry, Love, Hate, Befriend, Betray, and Confess it All on Blu-Ray, I Want You! – KOLOBOS Blu-ray Review

Thousands gather in upstate New York for a forgettable revamp of the legendary Woodstock festival, as the unforgettable (for all the wrong reasons) Star Wars: The Phantom Menace hits theaters on every corner of the globe. Bill Clinton is disgracefully readying himself for one of the most controversial exits from the White House, and Woody Allen is three years into an equally controversial marriage he entered with his own daughter. That’s right, punk; we’re talking about 1999. At the time, reality TV was in its infancy, with shows like The Real World becoming massive hits that would soon change television
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NOTHING TO DO: An Honest Look at Family Pathologies, Grief and Human Vulnerability

“What happens when you can’t stand the way your sibling does just about anything, but you’re forced to be with them during your father’s last days on Earth?” Upon reading that sentence, I was fully intrigued to watch this film because of my own personal experiences with sibling rivalry and the consistent quest of alleviating it. From the beginning, Nothing to Do showcases the honest and conflicting truth of dealing with the death of a loved one. It also brings up the inevitability of having to be around people you wouldn’t otherwise because of familial bonds. The leading character, Kenny (Paul Fahrenkopf),
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Undermining the Patriarchy and Fascism: Ana in THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE

As the barren landscape for Victor Erice’s Spirit of the Beehive/El Espiritu de la Colmena (1976) is investigated in the film’s opening shots, a subtle icon in front of a building of a small, Spanish village immediately reveals its connection to Francoist Spain. Five overlapped, vertically upright arrows with a bow across the middle that serve as a clear indication of Filangism (a conservative, pro-Franco ideology). They are planted on the side of a wall as the camera creeps further into the village as its inhabitants gather to see James Whale’s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein. A young Ana is mystified
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DEATH HOUSE is Less ‘THE EXPENDABLES of Horror’ and Instead Completely Disposable

“During an exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labrynth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings are their only chance for survival.” After years of build-up, the much-hyped and greatly-anticipated Death House — written by Gunnar Hansen and directed by Harrison Smith — dropped on VOD, Blu-ray, and DVD this week. The film has screened at festivals
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