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Zombie – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

After George Romero’s remarkable international success with Dawn of the Dead (entitled Zombi in Italy), the Italians, always ready to hop on the celluloid bandwagon, rushed to churn out tons of unofficial sequels to the film as well as their own originals, just so long as “zombie,” “living dead,” or something similar was featured in the title. Thus, we have films such as Hell of the Living Dead, Burial Ground, and Zombi Holocaust, as well as the “sort-of” zombie film, Nightmare City, along with many others. But the first of the zombie films to hit theaters after Dawn of the Dead was Zombie.

Though the title certainly was a blatant ploy to ride the coattails of Dawn of the Dead, director Lucio Fulci always chafed at the notion the film itself was a rip-off of Romero’s smash hit. I won’t go into the arguments here because frankly,
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Blu-ray Review: Emanuelle And The Last Cannibals (1977)

Living abroad as a youth certainly had its advantages; the Odeon theatre in Mandeville, Jamaica showed everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Shaw Brothers’ Kung Fu epics to Italian exploitation and horror. Of course I took in as much as my ten year old mind could possibly take; I’m sure a film like Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) played there, but alas, I missed it. Thanks to Severin Films, this Joe D’Amato sleaz-o-rama is finally available for my (still) ten year old sensibilities to behold.

And while my inner adolescent should be jumping up and down at what is accomplished here - it is essentially soft core adventuregrue porn – the sum does not quite equal the parts for my grumpy grown up persona. The sex and the slaughter don’t sit particularly well together, and I sure could have used a lot more of the latter. But what’s it all about,
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Halloween 2017: Wtf: 10 Bonkers Movies to Watch on Shudder

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As horror fans, we are constantly seeking out the new and the different. Because the genre is marked by so much sameness—sequels, franchises, remakes, copies of copies—it can sometimes be a challenge to find those horror films that truly carve out their own space. They don’t even have to be great movies, necessarily; many times, “different” is enough to make us happy.

With that in mind, here are 10 horror movies currently available on the terrific streaming service Shudder that are, if nothing else, different from almost anything else you’ll watch this October. They vary in quality from title to title, but what even the roughest among them lacks in technical polish, it more than makes up for in sheer maniac insanity. After you’ve cycled through all your favorites this October, why not add a little Wtf to your lineup?

1. Beyond the Darkness (1979, dir. Joe D
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Chicago’s Music Box of Horrors 2016 Lineup Includes Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, Popcorn, Street Trash

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Featuring 24 hours of onscreen frights, the Music Box of Horrors marathon returns to Chicago's Music Box Theatre this October with a lineup that includes Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Popcorn, Street Trash, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and more.

Press Release: Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago for its 12th Anniversary at The Music Box Theatre.

This 24-hour marathon will run from Saturday, October 15th, through Sunday, October 16th, 2016!

The Music Box of Horrors remains an absolute highlight on The Music Box Theatre Calendar and includes some scary surprises where only the strong survive.

Every October, for one 24-hour period, The Music Box Theatre transforms into…the Music Box of Horrors. The 2016 Music Box of Horrors is an unrelenting full day of scares and chills, featuring some of the most frightening and entertaining horror films around!

This year’s marathon includes a plethora of fantastic programming! Director
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Doctor Butcher M.D.* – Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah (*Medical Deviate)

“The patient’s screaming is disturbing me. Perform removal of vocal chords!”

Doctor Butcher M.D. screens Midnights this weekend (August 12th and 13th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.

Doctor Butcher M.D. (“Medical Deviate” – aka: Zombie Holocaust), is a hybrid of the dumbshits-go-to-the-jungle-and are-eaten-by cannibals genre (think Cannibal Holocaust), with some living dead shenanigans thrown in. It’s similar to Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, but twice as cheesy and three times as funny. The gore effects are completely over the top and hilarious; disembowelments, impalements, slit throats, eye gouging, machetes through the head, death by outboard motor – all the stuff to keep the Late Night Grindhouse crowd happy.

Ian McCulloch returns from Zombie and his dialogue and delivery are really funny, with the good doctor spewing such lines as, “I could easily kill you now,
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July 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Zombie Holocaust, The Invitation, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

July 26th has an eclectic assortment of horror and sci-fi offerings for fans, including a pair of cult classics—The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and Hellhole—from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Severin Films resurrects Doctor Butcher M.D. and Zombie Holocaust in HD this week, and Karyn Kusama’s superb psychological thriller The Invitation comes home on Tuesday courtesy of Drafthouse Films.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases coming our way on July 26th include Five Miles to Midnight, the Killer Thrillers Collection, Consumption, and Exorcist House of Evil.

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf,
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Late Nite Grindhouse Presents Doctor Butcher M.D. – August 12 & 13 at Moolah Theatre & Lounge

One of the classics from New York City’s infamous 42nd Street Grindhouse strip is finally arriving at Late Nite Grindhouse courtesy of our friends at Severin Films! You may know it as Zombie Holocaust or Zombie 3 but around Lngh parts, it’s called Doctor Butcher M.D. – Medical Deviate! Doctor Butcher M.D. will be showing at the Moolah Theatre & Lounge for two nights only on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13.

An anthropologist (Donald O’Brien) and her scientist friend (Ian McCulloch) visit an island of cannibals and find a mad doctor (Alexandra Delli Colli) creating zombies.

Late Nite Grindhouse presents Doctor Butcher M.D. Friday, August 12th Saturday, August 13th Pre-show at 11:30pm Film at Midnight Tickets are $7 and you’ll be able to buy them online soon. Our psychotronic pre-show starts around 11:30p with the film starting at Midnight.

The Moolah Theatre & Lounge serves alcohol until 2:30Am!
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Severin Bringing Zombie Holocaust Aka Doctor Butcher M.D. to Blu-ray; Includes Limited Edition Barf Bag!

A faux sequel to Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, which was itself a faux sequel to Dawn of the Dead, Italian filmmaker Marino Girolami’s Zombie Holocaust (later released as Doctor Butcher M.D.) is something of a cult gem in the horror world,… Continue Reading →

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Severin Films to Release Zombie Holocaust aka Doctor Butcher M.D. on Blu-ray

Some know it in its original Italian form as Zombi Holocaust (or Zombie Holocaust), while others adore the re-edited Us release known as Doctor Butcher M.D., but with their upcoming two-disc Blu-ray of Marino Girolami’s 1980 horror film, Severin Films aims to please all sides with uncut releases of both versions of the movie.

Featuring over two and a half hours of special features, Severin FilmsZombie Holocaust / Doctor Butcher M.D. Blu-ray hits shelves on July 26th:

Press Release: It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: Ian McCulloch (Zombie), Alexandra Delli Colli (The New York Ripper), Sherry Buchanan (Tentacles) and Donald O’Brien (Emanuelle And The Last Cannibals) star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as Zombie Holocaust, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit,
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Severin Films to Release Deluxe Version of Doctor Butcher MD

Severin Films resurrect and restore notorious cannibal classic. Back in the scum-soaked days of 42nd street sleaze, a little movie called Doctor Butcher MD, made its rounds, first in the strip’s theaters and later on home video, thrilling gorehounds everywhere, shocking audiences and relying on a rather brilliant marketing campaign to get…

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Glasgow Frightfest: ‘The Hexecutioners’ Review

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Stars: Liv Collins, Sarah Power, Timothy Burd, Ari Millen, Barry Flatman, Walter Borden, Boyd Banks, Tony Burgess, Jason David Brown, Matt Griffin | Written by Tony Burgess | Directed by Jesse Thomas Cook

It would seem, at least on paper, that the director of low-budget quasi-wrestling monster movie Monsters Brawl and the (literal) shit-monster movie Septic Man; teaming up the writer of the neo-classic Pontypool for a movie that encapsuates an American gothic vibe would not work. On the one hand you have someone’s whose work is filled with subtlety, on the other… shit-monster (and yes, I know Burgess also penned Septic Man)! Yet somehow, despite some lapses in judgement and a conclusion that falls off the cliff somewhat, The Hexecutioners really works.

From the offset, The Hexecutioners is completely overblown and overwrought. The film is scored like some kind of idiots guide to horror – queues hit all the notes that
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‘Blastfighter’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

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Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Valentina Forte, George Eastman, Stefano Mingardo, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, Massimo Vanni, Elizabeth Forbes, Carl Savage, Michele Soavi, George Williams | Written by Luca De Rita, Massimo De Rita, Morando Morandini Jr., Dardano Sacchetti | Directed by Lamberto Bava

Number four in 88 Films Italian Collection, Blastfighter is one of those movies that, at least amongst cult movie fans, has gained legendary status, even for those that have never so much as seen the film! This is the type of action flick that fans of the genre hail as the pinnacle of insane, over the top, no-holds-barred Rambo/Deliverance knock-offs – for that is obviously where this film takes its inspiration. But this is backwoods-style vigilante justice with an Italian twist of course! Which is undoubtedly why the film has gained such a cult status.

Directed by Lamberto Bava, son of Giallo master Mario Bava and the man behind the 80s cult classic Demons,
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‘Zombi Holocaust’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

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Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O’Neal, Donald O’Brien, Dakar, Walter Patriarca, Roberto Resta | Written by Fabrizio De Angelis, Romano Scandariato | Directed by Marino Girolami (aka Frank Martin)

One of the bizarrest horror films to come out of Italy in the early 80s, Zombi Holocaust is – as the title suggests – a mix of the two genres Italian horror cinema became predminantly known for: cannibal and zombie movies…

For those unaware of Zombi Holocaust, the film finds Ian McCulloch (who found fame in Italy following his appearance in British sci-fi show Survivors) venture to a tropical island in the East Indies to investigate just why a tribesman, working at New York City hospital was chomping down on the limbs of the cadavers in the cold storage. He and his crew, including Alexandra Delli Colli (who would later star in Lucio Fulci’s controversial New York Ripper
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DVD Review – Doc of the Dead (2015)

Doc of the Dead, 2015.

Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe.

Featuring Bruce Campbell, Simon Pegg, George A. Romero, Sid Haig, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Stuart Gordon, Max Brooks, Alex Cox, Robert Kirkman, Steve Barton.

Synopsis:

Apparently, this is the definitive documentary examining the rise of the zombie in modern pop culture. Hmm…

Think you know zombies? Of course you do, because no doubt you have seen Shaun of the Dead on one of its weekly showings on some made-for-twentysomethings TV channel or own one of the many DVD releases of Night of the Living Dead that likely includes a documentary or an interview with George A. Romero that covers everything you need to know about that seminal movie and the influence it has had. So what does Doc of the Dead have to offer that several dozen DVD extra features doesn’t? Not a great deal, if truth be told.

It
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A Nightmare on Elm Street, Tales from the Crypt (1972) & More to Play at Mahoning Drive-In’s 35mm Halloween Horror-Fest

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Pennsylvanian fright fans looking for some outdoor chills and thrills this Halloween season may want to point their car hoods toward the Mahoning Drive-In Theater this weekend to attend the Halloween Horror-Fest. Featuring four 35mm screenings of horror films under the stars, the marathon will see Freddy Krueger, Lucio Fulci’s zombies, a deranged doctor, and a Santa Claus killer grace the silver screen.

Held on October 24th and 25th at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, Pa, the Halloween Horror-Fest will be open for business beginning at 6:00pm. Live rock music, costume contests, and prize raffles will take place before the film reels roll at 7:30pm.

For $10 a carload, attendees can watch A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Gates of Hell (aka City of the Living Dead), Doctor Butcher, M.D. (aka Zombie Holocaust), and the 1972 anthology horror film, Tales from the Crypt. The marathon serves as
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88 Films go Italian with blu’s of ‘Burial Ground’ & ‘Zombi Holocaust’

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One of the most fondly remembered eras in fright-film history is the golden age of Italian gore – a prolific period that brought such directors as Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Lucio Fulci to international attention and acclaim. Spawning all number of surreal sub-genres, including black-gloved killer-thrillers and stomach-churning cannibal adventures, this is a time that continues to crib a fresh generation of fascinated fans.

As such, 88 Italian have announced the UK Blu-ray release Zombi Holocaust (1980) and Burial Ground aka Nights of Terror (1981) – a pair of plasma-packed pot-boilers that could only have been dreamt up during the bygone boom in Euro-terror eccentricity.

In Burial Ground, the carcass-crunching action comes thick and fast as veteran director Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude For Your Killer) evokes the sinister spirit of Lucio Fulci and George Romero. Also known as The Zombie Dead, Bianchi’s bout of bloodstained brilliance has a pack of ghoulish predators entrap
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Movie Review/Interview: Kaare Andrews on Cabin Fever 3

Movie Review/Interview: Kaare Andrews on Cabin Fever 3
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Release Date: 6/26/14 on VOD, 8/1/14 in theaters and on iTunes

Written By: Jake Wade Wall

Directed By: Kaare Andrews

Starring: Sean Astin, Currie Graham, Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Solly Duran, Lydia Hearsy

Review & Interview by Daniel Xiii.

“Does this look infected?”

Your ol’ pal (well, I guess for the readers here at Famous Monsters I’m your new pal, seeing as this is my first review here!) Daniel Xiii really digs a flick that piles on the gore, a preference that has existed in me since the glory days of 80’s splatter shockers; so any new release that harkens back to those more extreme, over-the-top days of gallons o’ grue is always welcome in the crypt of Xiii.

To that end, when the original Cabin Fever—a cross between the Evil Dead and Street Trash directed by genre stalwart Eli Roth (Hostel 1 and
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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

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Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The
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Richard Raaphorst and Karel Roden Talk Frankenstein's Army's Intensity, Creating the Film's Zombots, and Lots More

Frankenstein’s Army is coming! Prepare for the zombot coup d'état by checking out our recent interview with co-writer/director Richard Raaphorst and star Karel Roden.

Richard Raaphorst is a Frankenstein's Frankenstein. From designing the film's creatures and characters to directing and story ideation, it was Raaphorst's vision that brought Frankenstein's Army to life. With shouts of "It's Alive!" the film itself is part diesel-punk, part zombie film, and part Nazploitation flick, certainly a taboo subject in Raaphort's homeland of the Netherlands, which was occupied by the Germans during the war (complete with their own SS).

But from this grim history Raaphorst spins a fantastical scenario: a way to stop the Reich with an army of "zombots." What if the grandson of the great Frankenstein was involved? What if a crew of soldiers stumbled into his "castle" and were attacked by his creations? Told in first person, which lends to
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End of the 13th Baktun: 10 Apocalyptic Articles To Read When The World Doesn’t End

So, the dreaded hour has come and gone in many places around the world and yet we’re still here.

While the clock hasn’t yet hit 11am in the UK, chances are we’re not going to be tossed into a firey pit of flamey doom just yet, despite what The Maya predicted. Almost 2,000 years ago the ancient civilization invented an incredibly accurate calendar, which measured time in 394-year periods known as baktuns, the 13th of which some anthropologists believe ends today.

As a result, the past few weeks have been flooded with media “hysteria” as the world’s population have prepared themselves for the first, though it seems that few actually believed that the world would end today, with spiritualists and shaman around the world joining together to celebrate the dawning of a new age, rather than the bloody end of the current one.

It hasn’t all been pessimistic,
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