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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

No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Wanna go in ‘The Basement’?

Cannibals, captives and video violence lurk there.

By Rod Lott October 3rd, 2011

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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