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The Howling: Reborn

It's kind of a claw deal.


Horror

Rod Lott
Pay attention, class: Although "The Howling: Reborn" is the eighth film in the werewolf franchise, it's based on the second book in Gary Brandner's trilogy of novels. Or at least the credits claim as much. Comparing the plot summaries of each, it seems this movie may as well be titled "Teen Wolf Three."
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dead Alive

One Sumara rat monkey to rule them all.


Horror

Rod Lott
In what is easily one of the grossest movies ever made, a Sumara rat monkey is taken from its Skull Island home ("King Kong" reference alert!) to a New Zealand zoo, where it bites an old woman who promptly starts to ooze and fall to pieces.
 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Killer Party

I'm dying to RSVP again.


Horror

Rod Lott
Immediately, I understood why 1986's "Killer Party" enjoys such a cult following: The unconventional slasher opens with a stereotypical flaming priest quoting "The Wizard of Oz" as he presides over a funeral. It's all a goof — part of a movie-within-a-movie-within-a-movie joke.
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

Black Zoo

Admission to this sanguine safari is recommended.


Horror

Rod Lott
One wacky dude, this Michael Conrad (Michael Gough, Alfred in the "Batman" movies of Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher) of 1963's "Black Zoo." He's the owner of a zoo that appears to be the hottest hang-out in town — frequented not only by schoolchildren, but also newlyweds and hot college girls — and whose furry residents he calls "my children."
 
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Born of Earth

Abort! Abort!


Horror

Rod Lott
Poor Daniel Baldwin. In the opening moments of “Born of Earth,” his wife is murdered, his kids get sucked into the ground, and he survives, meaning he has to star in the torturous remainder of “Born of Earth.”
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Scream 4

More like a whimper.


Horror

Rod Lott
To place “Scream 4” within its franchise, let’s talk superlatives: It’s the bloodiest, the shortest and the least satisfying.
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Others

THE LIGHT WILL KILL THEM!!!


Horror

Rod Lott
Among all Hollywood's stabs at ghost stories and haunted-house movies of late — your "Paranormal Activity" and whatnot — none can hold a candle to the old-fashioned Gothic chills of 2001's "The Others," still mega-creepy after all these years and now on Blu-ray.
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vampires, Mummies & Monsters

It’s a stitch.


Horror

Rod Lott
If only I had the ability to do so, I totally would make an “All-Night Marathon” out of “Vampires, Mummies & Monsters,” a two-disc, four-movie collection in the Roger Corman’s Cult Classics line. What better way than to re-create the drive-in experience as best we can? Especially when it’s a good bet these flicks unspooled in such venues.
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Torso

Hungry for giallo? Take a stab at this one.


Horror

Rod Lott
So good are its recent Dario Argento reissues in high-definition that I'd been waiting patiently for Blue Underground's Blu-ray release of "Torso," a 1973 giallo from director Sergio Martino ("The Mountain of the Cannibal God"). Not only did it not disappoint, but it surpassed my expectations.
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Blood Trilogy

Let it bleed, in high-def.


Horror

Rod Lott
While Herschell Gordon Lewis has made a fortune in the advertising business, it's his earlier career as a drive-in filmmaker that fuels his still-going legacy. He's still kicking — 2010's gruesome game-show parody "The Uh-Oh Show" is his latest, while several of his movies have been remade — and Something Weird Video and Image Entertainment have released a new documentary about him, "Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore.” But more importantly, they’ve unleashed arguably his most notorious works on Blu-ray.
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bikini Girls on Ice

Brrrrr ...


Horror

Rod Lott
Within seven minutes of the start of "Bikini Girls on Ice," you get a bikini girl on ice. In other words, at least this Canadian slasher flick isn't misleading; it delivers exactly what's promised. It doesn't promise amateur-hour performances and stupid situations, either, but it has those, too, so the optimist in you could say it underpromises and overdelivers.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2

It slices, it dices, it twices!


Horror

Rod Lott
Underwhelming on first viewing, 2009's "Laid to Rest" has grown on me. Robert Hall's attempt at creating a new horror icon in Chromeskull was a committed one, if not exactly valiant. Ditto for the sequel, which graduates the slasher to top-of-title prominence, "ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2."
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Silent House

Subprime mortgages are more frightening.


Horror

Rod Lott
Imagine walking around in the dark of an old, rundown, abandoned house in the middle of nowhere with a frightened teenage girl for an hour or so. Or give your noodle a rest by watching "The Silent House," which does it for you.
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Frat House Massacre

Yank that charter. Kick it off campus.


Horror

Rod Lott
In titling their movie "Frat House Massacre," the filmmakers deliver exactly that and, in a strange way, none of that. It's purported to pay homage to the slasher films of yesteryear, but filtered through what hateful lens? In all the one-by-one gorefests I've seen — more than I can recall and more than you'd expect — I've never seen a guy urinate on a girl on the floor.
 
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

One of the small-screen’s scariest, now in a special edition.


Horror

Rod Lott
My first response after seeing the recent remake “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”: “I liked it OK, but I still prefer the original, although I haven’t seen it in probably 15 years.”
 
Friday, September 2, 2011
 
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