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DVD reviews

Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
05/06/2014 | Comments 0

Sorcerer

William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
 

Wanna go in ‘The Basement’?


Cannibals, captives and video violence lurk there.

By Rod Lott October 3rd, 2011
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One of the many things I miss about the glory days of VHS is going to the local mom-and-pop video store (Bob’s Video Haven, on N.W. 63rd and Meridian) in the pre-Blockbuster era and looking at all the oversized boxes for obscure horror movies my mother was not about to let a middle-schooler like me rent. Grisly photos, garish coloring — they called out to me like forbidden fruit.

Camp Motion Pictures must understand this with its release of “The Basement: Retro 80s Horror Collection.”  The multidisc set offers five — count ’em, five! — movies from that decade of ribald rentals. You’ve never heard of these titles, and that’s what makes this item so alluring: “The Basement,” “Captives,” “Cannibal Campout,” “Video Violence” and “Video Violence 2.”

Making this 10-hour collection extra-special is that “The Basement” is a lost Super 8 production made in 1989 but unreleased until now. Better yet, it’s an anthology film that pays tribute to “Creepshow,” a flick I rented so many times back in the day, I still have it memorized. And better better yet, it’s not only included on the DVD, but on VHS, also in the package.

Anyway, check out the trailer for “The Basement.” Hoping to get my hands on this one for you, dear readers. —Rod Lott

 
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