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Kill, Baby…Kill! – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

During the first half of the 60’s Mario Bava created several genuine horror classics that remain high-water marks in the genre over a half century later. Films such as Black Sunday (1960), Black Sabbath (1963), The Whip and the Body (1963), and Blood and Black Lace (1964) either pushed the boundaries of horror or helped to establish cinematic tropes still used in modern horror. Always saddled with shoestring budgets and bad deals, Bava nevertheless remained optimistic in the face of his cinematic struggles. A case in point is the troubled production of Kill, Baby…Kill! which ran out of money midway through the shoot. The cast and crew were so loyal to Bava they worked for free to finish the film—a film, by the way, which only had a 30-page script with no dialogue when filming commenced. Bava had the actors make up their own lines, preferring to resolve
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Underworld TV Series Gets The Go Ahead; Len Wiseman Promises “Big Departure” From Film Franchise

The Death Dealer is headed to television.

Deadline brings word today that Len Wiseman and Sketch Films are spearheading an Underworld TV series based on the cult action-horror franchise of warring Vampires and Lycans. With an eye on a premium cable/digital slot, the long-gestating project will seemingly be a “big departure” from the five-part film series, which itself launched the middling Underworld: Blood Wars back in January. Perhaps some fresh blood and a new platform are needed to keep the cult action franchise afloat?

It’s far too soon to gauge Underworld‘s chances of success, but it now joins a long line of film-to-tv adaptations. It’s a creative process fraught with duds and disappointments, as competent spinoffs like The Exorcist are often countered by the likes of Minority Report and Limitless, which were both canned after only one season on the airwaves. Here’s hoping Wiseman’s
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Blu-ray Review – Don’t Torture A Duckling (1972)

Don’t Torture a Duckling, 1972.

Directed by Lucio Fulci.

Starring Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas, and Marc Porel.


A rural Italian village is plagued by child murders and the finger of suspicion points to several of its locals.

Set in rural Southern Italy, Don’t Torture a Duckling followed in the wake of director Lucio Fulci’s glamorous giallo A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, a taut thriller set in the glitzy world of swinging London. …Duckling, despite also being a giallo, is a rather different beast with its gentler, less colourful location but also its themes of social upheaval, differing beliefs and that biggest of targets for this particular director, the Catholic Church.

The plot involves the quiet village of Accendura where the peace is shattered by a spate of child murders. Naturally, the residents are outraged and want the killer caught but the
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Hounds of Love Review

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

Australian debut writer/director Ben Young makes an astonishing transition from lightweight TV with Castaway and Prank Patrol (Candid Camera for the i-generation) to this edgy, visually scintillating kidnap/rape/escape thriller. Hounds of Love gradually unravels its characters before developing them via scenes of suspense, conflict and surprising poignancy. Young shuns gratuitous violence and gruelling exploitation to set HoL apart from lesser contemporary sub-genre efforts as well and grimier Giallo and Grindhouse flicks like Almost Human, House on the Edge of The Park and I Spit On Your Grave.

It’s near Christmas in sun-soaked suburban Perth, 1987, when troubled teenager Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings) is kidnapped by local maniacal grunts John and Evelyn (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth), bound in their home then subjected to psychological torment, sexual humiliation and physical abuse. Vicki must manipulate John and Evelyn by studying their characters/relationship dynamics then turn
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Kate Beckinsale Confirmed to Reprise Her Role as Selene in Underworld 5

The Death Dealer is coming back to the big screen. It's been confirmed that Kate Beckinsale will once again play Selene in the fifth Underworld film, which has a director attached and another familiar face from the franchise lined up to return, as well.

According to THR, Beckinsale has officially signed on to play Selene in the Underworld sequel, confirming what writer/director Len Wiseman (2003's Underworld, 2006's Underworld: Evolution) teased at New York Comic Con in October, when he revealed that an Underworld sequel starring Beckisale's Selene was in development.

Currently known as Underworld 5, the next entry to the series that started in 2003 will be directed by Anna Foerster (Starz's Outlander, Criminal Minds) from a screenplay by Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter). In addition to her experience behind the camera on TV shows, Foerster has worked in the visual effects department on films such as Independence Day and Pitch Black,
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2014's most influential director: John Carpenter?

2014's most influential director: John Carpenter?
John Carpenter was once among Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers. But the man who brought us such genre classics as Halloween, The Thing, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 has only made one movie in the past 13 years—2010’s psychological thriller The Ward—and hasn’t troubled the box office in a big way since 1998’s James Woods-starring Vampires. (And Carpenter, 66, doesn’t sound like he’s in any rush to get back behind the camera: “I worked really hard for more years than I’d like to count, but now I can pick and choose things,
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What to Buy this Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for July 18th

It’s another jam-packed week of DVD and Blu-ray releases, here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, July 18th 2011.

Pick Of The Week

Psych: Season 4 (DVD)

Smart. Scientific. Psychic? The decidedly distinctive team of Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton Guster (Dulé Hill) From Psych P.I. are back for more laughs, more mystery, and more highly unusual cases in every wildly entertaining episode of Season Four. They might disagree, but they can always depend on each other. In this captivating season of whimsical and wonderful whodunits, their friendship and their business will be put to the test by a slew of potential culprits that include werewolves, ghosts, a shark, and those they trust the most. Guest-starring Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can), Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club), Psych continues to captivate viewers
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Blu-Ray Round-Up: ‘Wallander,’ ‘Metalocalypse,’ ‘Maniac,’ ‘The Dry Land’

Chicago – What on Earth do metal rock stars, a British detective, a 30-year-old slasher flick, and a movie starring a kid from “That ’70s Show” have in common? Nothing but release dates that shuffle them into the world-famous Round-Up, our feature that captures synopsis, cast & crew, tech details, and special features for discerning buyers. Pick your favorite.

Wallander: Faceless Killers, The Man Who Smiled, and The Fifth Woman” was released on Blu-ray on October 19th, 2010.

Maniac” was released on Blu-ray on October 26th, 2010.

The Dry Land” and “Metalocalypse: Season Three” will be released on Blu-ray on November 9th, 2010.


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Synopsis: “Frank Zito (a career performance by co-writer/co-executive producer Joe Spinell of Rocky and The Godfather fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind,
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Maniac Officially Hitting Blu-ray! Artwork and Specs Announced!

One of our favorite films is finally getting the release that it deserves. That's right, kids! Bill Lustig's Maniac is finally hitting Blu-ray high definition, and along with its newly remastered picture it's home to a host of new extras!

The Blu-ray release will include 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, Dolby Digital Surround Ex and Dolby Surround 2.0 audio options while the DVD being released at the same time will feature 6.1 DTS-es, Dolby Digital Surround Ex and Dolby Surround 2.0 audio options..

Look for it in stores on October 26th.

Special Features (same for Blu-ray and DVD)

Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew W. Garroni Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter Anna and the Killer featurette - Interview with Star Caroline Munro The Death Dealer featurette - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects
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Dark Delicacies Horror Bestseller List

Each month, Shock Till You Drop and Dark Delicacies - Burbank, California's premiere horror shop - offers you a look at the bestselling books in fiction and nonfiction. All titles below can be ordered up at There you'll also find details on upcoming signings and other events. Hardback Fiction (1) The Woods are Dark - Richard Laymon -- Cemetery Dance (2) The Devil Chair - Victor Rousseau -- Spectre Library (3) Hell is Murky - John Alfred Taylor -- Ash Tree (4) The Face that Would not Die - Ramsey Campbell -- Millipede (5) Dimiter - William Peter Blatty -- Forge (6) The Unseen - Alexandra Sokoloff -- St. Martins (7) The Death Dealer - Heather Graham -- Mira Hardback Nonfiction (1) Hollywood Monster - Robert Englund -- Pocket Books (2) Arbatel -...
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Soundtrack Review: Milano Rovente

I'm an film soundtrack junkie, an unapologetic, card carrying, raving and drooling addict. And seeing as my cinematic fixations lean toward vintage European genre films – horror, crime, western – it's an easy guess that the bulk of my rather substantial CD and vinyl film score collection tilts toward this passion too.

Which is why I'm so mad for Beat records, that Rome based label that specializes in gorgeous re-releases of obscure and celebrated Italo-exploitation soundtrack classics. And as every student of Eurotrash knows, no matter what genre the Italians dabbled in during that heady golden age, they seemed to belong to a genre unto themselves. Whether it be the Goblin driven black glove choking shockers of Dario Argento, the Morricone fuelled nihilistic twang of a Sergio Corbucci or Sergio Leone western, or the Fabio Frizzi steered psyche rock that bleeds over the films of Lucio Fulci , 70's Italian exploitation was universally strong,
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LA's Egyptian Overtaken by Italian Grindhouse!

This July 11th- 24th, the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood will become a true grindhouse -- Italian style! The infamous theater’s got a massive programming schedule of classic spaghetti westerns, crime films, giallos and a lot more, all from Italy’s golden age of cinema!

Featured will be 35mm prints of Dario Argento’s Four Flies on Grey Velvet, The Bird With Crystal Plummage and Deep Red, Umberto Lenzi’s Assault With a Deadly Weapon and Almost Human, Joaquin Romero Marchent’s Cut-Throats Nine (which, as we told you about here, is being remade by Rue Morgue editor-in-chief-cum-filmmaker Rodrigo Gudino) and a helluva lot more!

This is your chance to see these films the way they should be seen: on the big screen with an audience. Check out the full schedule for Italian Grindhouse: Assault of the Deadly Celluloid right here so you don’t miss a thing!

- Johnny Butane
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