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Topic: Rod Lott

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

Mimic: The Director's Cut

Take two!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Guillermo del Toro is a giant talent, but he has an equally giant problem in getting too close to his films, to a point where he's unable to see any of their faults; thus, they often overstay their welcome. ("Hellboy II: The Golden Army" was among 2008's most tiresome movies, but length was hardly that one's only problem.)
 
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

Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

Thanks for the dismemberies!


Documentary

Rod Lott
Released in conjunction with "The Blood Trilogy" Blu-ray from Something Weird Video and Image Entertainment is their companion DVD documentary, "Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore." Helmed by the great Frank Henenlotter ("Frankenhooker," "Basket Case"), the feature-length doc is longer than any one entry in that trilogy, which is comprised of "Blood Feast," "Two Thousand Maniacs!" and "Color Me Blood Red."
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

KISS off

Off their rocker, that is.

Just the other day, a friend and I were discussing (very briefly, lest you think I’m a nerd, which I am) the infamous telefilm of 1978, “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.”

And then this cover to “Archie Comics #627” hits my inbox. I smell a belated and equally cheesy sequel. —Rod Lott











by Rod Lott 09.20.2011 2 years ago
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Houdini

Abraca-dry-ba.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Originally aired on PBS’ long-running “American Experience” series, the hour-long “Houdini” documentary is a crash course on escape artist Harry Houdini, arguably pop culture’s “greatest showman.”
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011
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King of pain

TCM debuts an early Halloween treat.

Being a horror nut, October is my favorite month of the year. I can think of no better way for America to get in the macabre mood than catching, "A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King." The brand-new special premieres Oct. 3 on Turner Classic Movies.

As the title suggests, it's an hour-long sit-down with our modern-day Edgar Allan Poe as he talks about his lifelong love affairs with scary movies, supplemented with clips and stills. The first one to freak him out? "Bambi." The one he was too frightened to finish upon an initial viewing? "The Blair Witch Project." His desert-island disc? Well, I'll leave that for you to discover.

Other shared memories include — but are in no way limited to — "Dementia 13," "Night of the Living Dead," "Freaks," "Cat People," "The Tingler," "The Changeling," "The Amityville Horror," "Near Dark," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Omen," "The Fly," "Jaws," "The Haunting" and the trio he calls the real "demon coasters" of fear: "Psycho," "The Exorcist" and "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre."

The most interesting segment has him discussing some of the movies made from his novels and short stories. He loves "Carrie" and "Cujo," but famously finds Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" to be "extremely cold." He's also quite enamored of "The Dead Zone," calling David Cronenberg "the best horror director of modern times." Too bad time doesn't allow him to run through them all.

Along the way, he makes some interesting, surprising comments, such as not caring for werewolf movies ("too literal"), Bela Lugosi's Dracula ("he looks like a whacked-out concert pianist") and the slasher genre ("misogynist"). If you're a fan of King or celluloid terror in general, do set your TiVo. If you care to turn it into a pre-Halloween party, here's your drinking game: Take a shot every time he says "absolutely terrifying." Your liver will hate you and let you know it. —Rod Lott

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Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season

The sci-fi show about abnormals may be getting too normal.


Television series

Rod Lott
The third time’s not the charm for “Sanctuary,” a one-time web series now a full-fledged Syfy hit. It’s still a darn good show overall, but season three moved away from what it originally was, and with so many other shows doing the same thing — “Warehouse 13” and “Fringe” come to mind — and better, it’s beginning to feel tired.
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Scary Movie 2 / Scary Movie 3

Still as funny, which is to say kinda.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Trekkers and critics share the theory that every other "Star Trek" film — the even-numbered ones — are the better entries of the franchise. I think the same applies to the "Scary Movie" group.
 
Thursday, September 22, 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
 
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