September 18, 2019

MY FAVORITE YEAR...My Favorite O'Toole

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MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982)
Starring Peter O’Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Laine Kazan, Lou Jacobi, Cameron Mitchell, George Wyner, Selma Diamond. Directed by Richard Benjamin. (92 min)
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Review by Mr. Paws😸

It probably wasn’t much of a stretch for Peter O’Toole to play a hard-drinking, womanizing movie star. After all, he reportedly spent half of his career completely hammered. So while Alan Swann may indeed be based on Errol Flynn, it’s highly likely O’Toole drew a bit from personal experience. Maybe that’s why his performance in My Favorite Year is one of his best...and funniest.

A sleeper hit in 1982, My Favorite Year is the kind of old-fashioned farce that wasn’t really being made anymore. Mark Linn-Baker narrates as Benjy Stone, a naive young writer for the fictional variety show, Comedy Cavalcade. It’s 1954, when TV was performed live, which has everybody concerned over upcoming guest star Allan Swann’s reliability. Since Stone idolizes Swann – as well as being the low man on the totem pole – he’s charged with keeping the man sober and out of trouble until showtime.

"He's clean."
Naturally, that doesn’t happen, otherwise no movie. My Favorite Year is a fast & funny mixture of broad comedy and clever humor with a wonderful eye for period detail. Though he certainly rises to the farcical aspects of the film, O’Toole is obviously well-aware that even the most hopeless drunks have moments of clarity. Sure, Swann’s frequent stupors are amusing – sometimes hilarious – but it’s far from a one-note performance. How he reacts to Benjy’s oddball family, as well as his nervousness when attempting to visit his own daughter, suggests a little remorse over his reputation and behavior.

But O’Toole isn’t the whole show. He’s backed by a crack supporting cast of character actors who more-than-rise to the occasion, particularly Joseph Bologna as brash TV host “King” Kaiser and Bill Macy as perpetually shouting head-writer Sy Benson. Between this film and Perfect Strangers, Mark Linn-Baker forged a nice little career as a beleaguered straight-man. Just as O’Toole is naturally adept at playing a drunk, Linn-Baker seems to know his own character quite well.

The film occasionally threatens to turn serious, but those moments are fleeting. My Favorite Year sets a congenial tone right away and seldom wavers, culminating in a madcap climax with shades of classic Mel Brooks (perhaps no accident, since he’s an uncredited executive producer). An affectionate look at a bygone era (with a star who probably lived some of it), this is a hard movie not to like.

EXTRA KIBBLES
TRAILER
KITTY CONSENSUS:
PURR-R-R...LIKE A GOOD SCRATCH BEHIND THE EARS.

September 17, 2019

THE POOP SCOOP: Summer Souvenirs Edition

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - Night Monkey Trailer
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TAP SPIDEY!
ON 4K, BLU-RAY & DVD 10/1
The Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, and 4K Ultra HD release arrives filled with bonus materials for the whole family including a special short, alternate and extended scenes, gag reels and Easter Eggs! Additional special features includeTeachers’ Travel Tips with Mr. Harrington and Mr. Dell and interviews with the cast and crew focused on stunts and location in The Jump Off and  Far, FAR, From Home. Explore how Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU in Stepping Up and get a closer look at the special chemistry between Jon Watts and Tom Holland in It Takes Two. Fans will want to dive into The Ginter-Riva Effect, Thank You, Mrs. Parker and Now You See Me features for more character focused details. The 4K Ultra HD also features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio. 
 
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GOOD BOYS on Digital 10/29 & Blu-ray and DVD 11/12
How bad can a sixth grader’s day really get? Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes as the biggest original comedy opening of the year, the movie is making audiences laugh out loud with its perfect mix of side-splitting adult humor and oblivious-yet-loveable trio of grade-school friends. Good Boys is loaded with outrageous unrated exclusive bonus content including a never-before-seen alternate ending and deleted and extended scenes as well as featurettes with the cast and crew, treating audiences to some gut-busting behind-the-scenes moments.

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THE LION KING on Digital 10/11 and Blu-ray and 4K UHD 11/22
In-home audiences will feel the love as they trek behind the scenes and to the African savanna through “The Journey to ‘The Lion King,’” a three-part documentary that explores the film’s creation. It features visits to the Playa Vista production facility where talent, honor and elevate the animated classic’s iconic music; discussions with Favreau and team who used cutting-edge technology to create photorealistic animals and environments; and filmmaker and cast reflections on the timeless tale that has moved generations. Extras also include “More to Be Scene,” layer-by-layer progressions of some of the film’s most iconic moments; lyric video for “Never Too Late” by Elton John and music video for “Spirit” by Beyoncé; sing-alongs to the film’s unforgettable songs; and a feature on the “Protect the Pride” campaign, which focuses on protecting and revitalizing the lion population.
 
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RED HEAT on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on 10/29
Just in time for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen in Terminator: Dark Fate, Red Heat stars the action film superstar himself alongside James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O’Ross, Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne and Gina Gershon. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, the Red Heat 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will include multiple featurettes, which dive into Arnold’s action legacy and the film’s Soviet Union setting. 

THE BLOB (1988) Collector's Edition on Blu-ray 10/29
Scream Factory has detailed its upcoming Collector's Edition of Chuck Russell's film The Blob (1988), starring Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch Jr., Jeffrey DeMunn, and Candy Clark. The Blob is back in this horrific tale about a vile, malignant life-form that crashes to Earth in a cozy, rural American town called Arborville. Untroubled by conscience or intellect, the Blob does only one thing – and it does it well. It eats anything and everything that moves: men, women, and children. The original version of The Blob thrilled and terrified audiences back in the 1950s. Now the oozing, gooey killer is back with a whole new high-tech look.

September 15, 2019

Blu-ray Giveaway: THE FIRST KING

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FREE KITTENS MOVIE GUIDE is giving away Blu-ray copies of WELL GO USA's THE FIRST KING to a few lucky readers.
Available on Blu-ray, DVD 9/24
Romulus and Remus end up taking part in a journey that will lead one of them to be the founder of the greatest nation ever seen. However, the fate of the chosen one is sealed after killing his own brother in THE FIRST KING, debuting on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD September 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by Matteo Rovere (director of the critically acclaimed box office smash Drifters), THE FIRST KING stars Alessandro Borghi as Remus and Alessio Lapice as Romulus.  Bonus materials include a “Making of” featurette.

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I SPY: Attitude Ain't Enough

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I SPY (2002)
Starring Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole. Directed by Betty Thomas. (97 min)
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Review by Tiger the Terrible😼

2002’s I Spy was heavily promoted as “Attitude meets espionage.” That alone probably raised enough red flags for the movie to totally tank at the box office. No film touting its so-called attitude has ever been any good. What the hell does a movie ‘with attitude’ even supposed to look like?

That’s not to say characters with attitude can’t be amusing. Back when he was still funny, Eddie Murphy was the undisputed master of endearing brashness. Those days were long gone by the time of I Spy. As narcissistic pro boxer Kelly Robinson, he’s an overbearing, obnoxious cartoon character. There isn’t a single moment where Kelly is funny or likable. It may not be entirely Eddie’s fault. One gets the impression he was simply told by producers to “do your Eddie Murphy thing,” apparently unaware the novelty had worn off a decade earlier.

The number of card-carrying members in Owen Wilson's fan club, including Owen Wilson.
Then there’s Owen Wilson, who’s never made any film better and rendered some of them worse. He more-or-less plays the same guy in every movie, which is fine if one finds it appealing. I always thought his passive persona was really irritating, certainly ill-suited to playing a secret agent. Here, he mostly serves as straight-man to Eddie’s chest-thumping and to act stupidly twitterpated by Famke Janssen.

Upon meeting Eddie Murphy, Malcolm contemplates a bit of ultra-violence.
The story is generic, the action implausible and dull, including a lengthy chase through Budapest that stretches credibility to its limit. Malcolm McDowell and Gary Cole are completely wasted in supporting roles that fail to exploit their talents. I Spy is ultimately a depressingly cynical film that bares almost no resemblance to the classic TV show that supposedly inspired it. Superficial ‘attitude’ is all it has, and even that has aged badly.

KITTY CONSENSUS:
MEH. LIKE SHARING THE BED WITH THE DOG.

September 14, 2019

A BUCKET OF BLOOD is a Fitting Eulogy

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A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959)
Starring Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone, Julian Burton, Ed Nelson, Bert Convy. Directed by Roger Corman. (66 min)
AVAILABLE ON DVD FROM OLIVE FILMS

Review by Mr. Paws😸

Who didn't love Dick Miller? Not only did the guy appear in every movie ever made, he was the sole reason anyone knew what the hell a Kentucky Harvester was.

Everyone had to start somewhere and decades before he became Joe Dante's good luck charm, Miller was Roger Corman's go-to guy. The two made dozens of drive-in delights together and only Corman ever saw fit to cast him in lead roles. One such film was A Bucket of Blood.

Olive Films released a bare-bones DVD of the film in 2018. Dick Miller has-since passed away and I can’t think of a more appropriate eulogy than a Blu-ray restoration of his magnum opus, accompanied by a batch of charming, previously unseen bonus features dedicated mostly to him.

"I'm gonna need more clay for those."
A Bucket of Blood is a micro-budget horror comedy that features Miller as Walter Paisley, the dimwitted busboy of an ultra-hip coffee bar where artists and poets hang out. To them - as well as his boss, Leonard - he's a fool. But Walter wants to be an artist, too, mostly to impress co-corker Carla (Barboura Morris). When he accidentally kills a cat, Walter gets the idea to cover the animal in clay and claim it as his first sculpture, which he calls Dead Cat.

Dead Cat is a hit with the locals, who now praise Walter as a genius. So he continues making his "art," murdering several hapless folks and turning them into sculptures. Leonard soon discovers what Walter's been doing, but seeing potential profit, he decides to host an exhibit of the kid's work rather than turn him in.

Walter brings a frying pan to a gunfight.
A Bucket of Blood is typical Corman of the time. Shot cheaply and quickly, the film has a twisted sense of humor that helps the viewers overlook its technical shortcomings, making it sort-of a kindred spirit to the more legendary Little Shop of Horrors (which was shot on many of the same sets). Miller, of course, goes all-in with a wonderfully goofy performance.

But the main reason to pick this up is for the bonus features (outlined below), most of which pay affectionate tribute to Miller and the kitschy classic that gave him the rare opportunity carry an entire film. Throwing in a great 4K restoration and amusing cover art, this is a huge upgrade over the DVD release.

Rest in Peace Dick Miller. You’re already missed.

EXTRA KIBBLES
FEATURETTES - “Creation is. All Else is Not” (Producer/director Roger Corman discusses the film and Dick Miller’s role); “Call Me Paisley” (Miller and his wife, Laine, in a charming interview).
AUDIO INTERVIEW – With screenwriter Charles B. Griffith.
AUDIO COMMENTARY – By Elijah Drenner, who directed the documentary, That Guy, Dick Miller.
BITS OF BUCKET” - Video essay. Includes clips and text of unused scenes.
ESSAY – By Miller biographer Caelum Vatnsdal (the same essay is included in a supplemental booklet).
9 MINUTE GERMAN PROLOGUE – From 1962, where film was marketed as a sequel to House of Wax (subtitled).
SUPER 8 DIGEST VERSION – I remember these things...little 8 minute reels you could play on projectors at home.
ENGLISH & GERMAN THEATRICAL TRAILERS
ON-SET PHOTO GALLERY
KITTY CONSENSUS:
PURR-R-R...LIKE A GOOD SCRATCH BEHIND THE EARS.

HELLRAISER Unboxed

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HELLRAISER (1987) & HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II (1988)

HELLRAISER - Starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines. Directed by Clive Barker. (93 min)
HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II - Starring Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham, Doug Bradly, Imogen Boorman, William Hope, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Barbie Wilde. Directed by Tony Randel. (99 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM ARROW VIDEO

Review by Josey, the Sudden Cat😸

As ‘80s horror icons go, Pinhead was always the most interesting. Unlike Jason or Freddy, he’s conceptually more creative, his backstory more intriguing and worthy of further exploration. Hence, there was plenty of justification for Hellraiser sequels...for awhile, anyway. Sure, the franchise eventually devolved into series of direct-to-video dumpster fires, but the first three films remain well worth revisiting. They are uniquely different from each other in both story and scope, expanding Clive Barker’s perversely compelling universe while instilling Pinhead with an atypical amount of complexity.

Despite his storied standing among horror fans, some tend to forget Pinhead isn’t really a villain in the first two films. He doesn’t become a balls-out bad guy until Hellraiser III, and even then, we know enough about his past that he’s (almost) a tragic figure. As presented in Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Pinhead could be considered one of horror cinema’s first antiheroes.

"Was it good for you, too?"
The original Hellraiser was pretty unique for its time. Author Clive Barker was still a relatively new kid on the block, his brand of dark fantasy being the antithesis of Stephen King, not-to-mention the teen-centric slashers that filled theaters and lined video shelves. Even as a first-time director, no one was better-qualified to put his lurid imagination on the big screen. Considering the relatively low budget, the film is atmospheric and stylish, with gruesomely imaginative make-up effects and violence. Three decades later, the film holds up remarkably well, only a few wonky visual effects disrupting the overall tone. Having not seen the film for a couple of decades, I’d forgotten how little screen-time Pinhead himself (Doug Bradley) actually has. However, Claire Higgins as Julia and Sean Chapman/Oliver Smith as her lover, Frank, make a wonderfully contemptible pair of antagonists, which also compensates for newcomer Ashley Laurence’s comparatively bland performance as Kirstie.

Pinhead looks unimpressed.
I might be in the minority on this, but I always felt Hellbound: Hellraiser II was a better film. Though far gorier and disturbing than Hellraiser, this one pushes into the realm of dark fantasy rather than pure horror. More ambitious and visually imaginative, Hellbound eschews the claustrophobic atmosphere of the original to finally show us a concept of Hell that was previously only hinted at. Even Ashley Laurence improves her game, up to the challenge of making Kirstie tougher and more resilient. The film also features the most twisted villain in the entire franchise: Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham), whose detached sadism makes Frank Cotton look a poster boy for empathy. It’s a shame he’s seldom mentioned among horror’s most despicable villains. But the most intriguing aspect of the film is Pinhead’s backstory. Revealing without being over-explanatory, we’re provided just enough knowledge about his past to add a surprising touch of poignancy to the climax.

Both of these discs and their bonus features were first released in 2016 as part of Arrow’s Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box collection. That set also included Hellraiser III and is pretty tough to find without emptying your bank account (here in the states, anyway). Now available separately, both are well-worth picking up since they are considerable upgrades from any previous editions. Each is chock-full of supplemental material, including feature-length documentaries for both films. As someone who thinks Hellraiser III is equally deserving of its own comprehensive release, it’s too bad Arrow has yet to make it available. Or maybe I’m in the minority on that one, too, but there’s no arguing Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II being modern classics that belong on any self-respecting horror fan’s shelf.

EXTRA KIBBLES

HELLRAISER:
"LEVIATHAN: THE STORY OF HELLRAISER” - 90 minute retrospective documentary covering nearly every aspect of the film. Lots of great interviews, production details and anecdotes.
"UNDER THE SKIN: DOUG BRADLEY ON HELLRAISER” - Interview with Pinhead himself.
"BEING FRANK: SEAN CHAPMAN ON HELLRAISER” - The actor talks about his role in the film.
"SOUNDTRACK HELL” - Stephen Thrower of the industrial band, Coil, discusses the music they created for the music score, which was ultimately never used as New World Pictures insisted on a more traditional score. We hear snippets of a few tracks. Quite interesting.
2 AUDIO COMMENTARIES – One by Clive Barker, the other by Barker & Ashley Lawrence.
VINTAGE FEATURETTE -Hellraiser Resurrection”
ORIGINAL EPK
3 TRAILERS
IMAGE GALLERY
REVERSIBLE COVER – We kinda prefer the newly commissioned artwork.

HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II:
"LEVIATHAN: THE STORY OF HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II” - Like the one listed above, this time running just over two hours.
"UNDER THE SKIN: DOUG BRADLEY ON HELLRAISER II” - A continuation of the same interview from the Hellraiser disc.
"BEING FRANK: SEAN CHAPMAN ON HELLRAISER II” - A continuation of the same interview from the Hellraiser disc. This is a bit more reveal, since Chapman is candid about his character’s lack of purpose in the film.
VINTAGE FEATURETTE - “Lost in the Labyrinth”
VINTAGE ON-SET INTERVIEWS
BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE
SURGEON SCENE - Four minute clip of an unfinished scene that’s been the subject of rumor and speculation for years.
2 AUDIO COMMENTARIES – One by director Tony Randel, the other by Randel, Ashley Lawrence & screenwriter Peter Atkins.
BD-ROM SCREENPLAY DRAFTS
TRAILERS & TV SPOTS
3 IMAGE GALLERIES – Storyboards (including some which were never filmed), stills and promo material
REVERSIBLE COVER – Again, we like the newer artwork.

KITTY CONSENSUS:
MEE-OW! LIKE TAUNTING A MOUSE TO DEATH.

September 11, 2019

4 FUZZY FRIGHT FLICKS

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SAVAGE NATURE: 4 DEADLY FILMS
Flu Birds (2008), Monster Wolf (2010), Wolvesbayne (2009), Headless Horseman (2007). Various Directors. (361 min)
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Review by Josey, the Sudden Cat😼

I’ve reviewed several collections of thematically-similar films from Mill Creek Entertainment and one thing I’ve learned is you can’t really assess them like regular releases. Most of the movies premiered on the SyFy channel, meaning lots of questionable CGI, silly plots and no-name casts supported by a fading star or two trying to stay gainfully employed. So only an idiot would appraise a film like Flu Birds by comparing it to, say, Contagion.

It makes a lot more sense to decide how this collection stacks-up to similar budget bin bonanzas, and in that respect, Savage Nature gets pretty high marks. If nothing else, there’s a bounty of beastly bloodletting.

Unfortunately, the title creatures in Flu Birds look more like flying dinosaurs than fowl gone afoul. An obnoxious batch of twenty-something teenagers are hunted through the woods by mutated, disease-carrying birds. Some get eaten, while those who survive an attack contract a flesh-eating virus that eventually kills them. Former Last Starfighter Lance Guest is on-hand as a local ranger who comes to the rescue. The film is dumb but lively, with a few nicely gruesome kills.

Half the man he used to be.
Monsterwolf is the best of the lot. When a greedy developer (Robert Picardo) violates sacred Indian ground, he unleashes a supernatural hound that commences slaughtering anyone who works for him or sold their land. Jason London – who’s appeared in more of these things than Dean Cain – teams up with an old flame to try and send it back where it belongs, but not before it kills those who more-or-less have it coming. The CG effects are chuckleworthy, but the story itself isn’t bad and Picardo looks like he’s having fun.

Consider this man fetched.
Headless Horseman was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante before hitting the big time – so to speak – with Sharknado. Updating the classic tale in order to feature a gaggle of dumb teenagers, this one could use some of the self-aware silliness Ferrante is famous for, but it’s bloody as hell and some of the make-up effects are well done for its budget.

The one pooch of the package is Wolvesbayne, featuring Jason London’s brother Jeremy as a narcissistic property buyer who gets caught-up in an ongoing war between werewolves and vampires. Interminably boring and highly derivative, it wastes the talents of supporting stars Mark Dacascos and Yancy Butler. Not only that, the film has been badly formatted, with most scenes looking like uncomfortable close-ups.

But three out of four ain’t bad and batting .750 will likely win a game for you. None of the films are gonna make anyone’s top 10 list (or even top 100), but there’s some gory fun to be had here. Comparatively speaking, Savage Nature is one of Mill Creek’s better recent collections of silly cinema.

EXTRA KIBBLES
DIGITAL COPY
KITTY CONSENSUS:
PURR-R-R...LIKE A GOOD SCRATCH BEHIND THE EARS.

September 10, 2019

THE POOP SCOOP: Kittenhood Obscurities Edition

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HOBBS & SHAW Available on Digital 10/15 & 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on 11/5
Hobbs & Shaw features over 80 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes and several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that take fans further into the thrilling story. A hit with audiences, Hobbs & Shaw earned an “A-” CinemaScore and is “the most exciting movie of the year” (Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV), with non-stop action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.

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New Extended Trailer for METALLICA & SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: S&M² in Theaters 10/9
Trafalgar Releasing released the second trailer for the forthcoming concert film Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² coming to cinemas worldwide on October 9. This new extended trailer features scenes cut from the original 1999 Metallica and San Francisco Symphony show at the Berkeley Community Theatre, gearing fans up for this must-see celebration of the 20th anniversary of Metallica’s groundbreaking S&M concerts and album. This new trailer releases today as fans prepare for this weekend’s sold-out shows which will see Metallica reunite with the San Francisco Symphony, with performances led in-part by legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The film, Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² was recorded live during the September 6th and 8th Chase Center concerts, in advance of its release in theaters around the globe this October. Fans can find tickets for this one-night-only cinema event at metallica.film

KITTENHOOD OBSCURITIES 

FFOLKES on Blu-ray 10/1
Screen legends Roger Moore (The Spy Who Loved Me), Anthony Perkins (Psycho) and James Mason (Lolita) star in this fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller. Madman Lou Kramer (Perkins) captures and threatens to destroy a vital North Sea oil rig in 24 hours unless the British government delivers a huge ransom. Only one man has the skills to defeat him -- Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes (Moore), a reclusive underwater expert who leads an elite commando team in a race-against-the-clock high-seas assault. Veteran filmmaker Andrew V. McLaglen (The Wild Geese, The Devil's Brigade) directed this entertaining, action-packed, humorous and offbeat thriller in a genre all its own. 
 
1979 Cult Classic, PROPHECY on Blu-ray 11/26
Robert Foxworth (Damien: Omen II) and Talia Shire (Rocky, The Godfather) star as a doctor and his wife who travel to Maine to research the impact of the lumber industry on the local environment. They begin to investigate a succession of mysterious and terrifying events: ecological freaks of nature and a series of bizarre and grisly human deaths. Something unimaginably horrible waits in the woods ... something unwittingly created by man, that will become an uncontrollable, merciless machine of destruction. Veteran director John Frankenheimer (The Island Of Dr. Moreau) presents "a gritty, violent, and deadly film that [packs] a death punch with very vivid, nightmarish special effects ..." (Bloody Disgusting). 

September 8, 2019

Jason Goes TO HELL AND BACK

https://epic-pictures.com/film/to-hell-and-back-the-kane-hodder-story#shop
TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY (2017)
Featuring Kane Hodder, Mike Aloisi, John Carl Buechler, Adam Green, Jack Coleman, Sean S. Cunningham, Robert Englund, Cassandra Peterson, Zach Galligan, Sid Haig, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Felissa Rose, Ted White (who also played Jason once). Directed by Derek Dennis Herbert. (106 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM EPIC PICTURES

Review by Fluffy the Fearless😺

Man, talk about bouncing back from adversity…

To horror fans worldwide, Kane Hodder needs no introduction. He’s the guy who managed to give Jason Voorhees something resembling a personality. In the process, this stuntman-turned-actor became a horror icon even without a mask. Ironically, his own story is arguably more compelling than any movie he ever appeared in.

To Hell and Back gives us Kane’s life and career straight from the horse’s mouth, corroborated by interviews with dozens of peers, friends and his own family. It hasn’t been an easy ride. He was viciously bullied in school and considered suicide more than once. Most harrowing, however, was when Hodder’s career – and life - nearly ended during a fire stunt gone wrong. Even more horrifying were the six months of recovery and rehabilitation he was forced to endure afterwards.

"Six more payments and this baby's all mine!"
Hodder is very candid and goes into distressing detail when describing what he’s had to overcome, even choking up a few times as he struggles remain composed. Considering his menacing onscreen image and public persona, it’s a poignantly captivating moment. Since he managed to not-only overcome his injuries but deal with considerable PTSD for years, Hodder’s story is often surprisingly inspirational.

Daddy Day Care III: The Final Chapter
Elsewhere, he comes across as a nice guy who’s easy to work with and continues to be grateful for his legions of fans. Colleagues and friends paint him as the consummate professional, selfless and dedicated to his craft. Speaking of which, To Hell and Back is loaded with clips and anecdotes from many of his films, with obvious emphasis on the Friday the 13th and Hatchet franchises (Hodder’s best-known roles). He also discusses how he felt being excluded from Freddy vs. Jason, which upset him greatly at the time and remains perplexing today.

Showing a side of a horror icon we don’t normally see, To Hell and Back is revealing, inspirational and, most importantly, pretty damn entertaining. Though it’s clearly a must-see for fans – and features some of his greatest kills – even those who don’t know Kane Hodder from The Caine Mutiny might find his story interesting.

EXTRA KIBBLES
DELETED/EXTENDED SCENES – There’s a ton of ‘em, mostly extended interviews.
TRAILERS
KITTY CONSENSUS:
MEE-OW! LIKE TAUNTING A MOUSE TO DEATH.