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DVD Release List: Best & Worst



You’ll be getting both when the following DVDs hit on May 15th, 2007…

Click to see it bigger!Bleeding Rose (2007)
Directed by Kareem A Bland

Well, the synopsis I found didn’t really make any sense, so I’ll try my best here… A girl is stalked by a demonic serial killer whose only interest is killing the people she loves. To make matters worse, her friends are suspects so she can trust no one. She has to look into her dark past and confront her demons in order to bring this madness to an end, but needless to say said end is not pleasant for pretty much anyone involved. Something relating to a broken heart has something to do with it, too. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Creepshow 3 (2007)
Directed by James Dudelson

This, friends, is the “worst” referred to in the title. You’re really not going to find a worse DVD than this all year, I don’t care how much you may have hated any theatrical release out there. This is not just a bad film; it’s an abomination. It is a slight against the good name of Creepshow that George Romero established with Stephen King many years ago; truly this is one of the worst things ever made. Please do not see it because I wrote that either; there are better things you can do with your life, believe me. Read Creepy’s DVD review of Creepshow 3 if you need more convincing. DON’T buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Curse of the Zodiac (2007)
Directed by Ulli Lommel

Here’s another one of those films that could and should be piled in the “worst” category: the latest Hollywood rip-off from Boogeyman hack director Ulli Lommel. Though it’s been years since the man did anything, now all of a sudden he’s one of horror’s most prolific filmmakers. God knows why. The story, as it were, is inspired by the real-life case of the Zodiac Killer, but something tells me it takes place in present day with the killer’s spirit taking over new hosts or something equally as cheesy. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Gothic Vampires From Hell (2007)
Directed by Ford Austin

The story of a band called Gothic Vampires From Hell (who said subtlety is dead?) and their run-ins with the bloodsucking freaks in the music business. I’m not being cute either; the two girls from Gotham Records they sign with end up being actual vampires out for some yummy human plasma. If nothing else, the soundtrack sounds like it might be pretty kicking with bands like Electric Hellfire Club and Switchblade Symphony appearing. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Kovak Box (2007)
Directed by Daniel Monzon

The story of The Kovak Box is simple: A sci-fi writer, played by Timothy Hutton, is invited to an island for a conference only to discover he’s been lured into a trap. A deadly trap, at that. The first thing that should’ve tipped him off that something was amiss was the fact that the conference was on a freakin’ island! Everyone knows writers aren’t allowed on islands, sci-fi or otherwise. They drive down the property value due to their binge drinking. Or is that Native Americans? I can never remember. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Masters of Horror: Right to Die (2006)
Directed by Rob Schmidt

One of the better entries in the second season, at least from what I’ve seen of it so far, “Right to Die” is the story of a husband dealing with the fact that his wife is now covered in burns from head to toe and determining whether she would want to live that way or not. Of course, his choice is complicated by the fact that every time she does shuffle the mortal coil, she ends up killing someone in increasingly nasty ways. Check out our DVD review of “Right to Die” for more! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro

And this, my fiends, is the “best” I was referring to. You can try all you want, but you won’t likely find a better dark fairy tale than Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece. The story is of a girl who is forced to live with her Fascist stepfather so her mother can survive in 1944. She retreats into a fantasy world where she meets a faun, who tells her she is actually a long-lost princess and she has to complete three tasks to prove her worthiness before she’s allowed back into her kingdom. Words can’t describe how good this movie is, but I tried anyway in my DVD review of Pan’s Labyrinth, so check it out! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Perfect Marriage (2007)
Directed by Douglas Jackson

I’m telling you guys, someone over at Lionsgate Home Entertainment really has a thing for images of bound women. Seems like every other week they have a new title hitting shelves with a picture similar to this on it. I really think they need to try something new for once; maybe a nice sunny flower? Or a field of tulips? Might as well, as you rarely see anything resembling their DVD covers in the actual movie anyway, right? Oh, and for those interested, the film is about a woman who creates a new identity for herself so she can escape the one man who knows what happened to her former husband. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Thirst (2007)
Directed by Jeremy Kasten

The story of a pair of recovering addicts who are recruited into an underworld of sex and gore by a group of vampires, The Thirst is the latest from Attic Expeditions director Jeremy Kasten. I guess every indie director has to do at least one vampire movie, right? At least this one’s got Jeremy Sisto in it! Check out Deb’s DVD review of The Thirst for more! Buy it here!

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Exclusive: Sean Patrick Flanery-Led Lasso Ropes in Multiple Offers After AFM Appearance



Lasso, a horror film starring Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), was in attendance at this year’s American Film Market in Santa Monica and it seems to have made quite the impression! The film is currently in the middle of several distribution offers, some of which include theatrical distribution plans. No choice has been made by the Lasso team as they’re still hearing more and more offers but it’s certainly intriguing and exciting to see a horror film get so much attention!

Director Evan Cecil tells Dread Central, ““I am crazy flattered and honored at all the attention and interest Lasso received during the American Film Market and is still receiving from our industry peers. A lot of effort was put into making something different and interesting but most of all entertaining and fun to watch. Of course, we are hoping for a theatrical deal because that would be beyond cool, but also because the big screen is still the best way to watch a horror film. I love the thought of horror fans getting to enjoy Lasso all huge!

We can also reveal that we’ve been told that the film has 20 unique kills during its current 97-minute runtime, which means an average of one kill for approximately every four minutes! If you’re into horror for the body count, sounds like Lasso is going to be right up your alley!

Cecil directs and also produces alongside Todd J Myers and Elaine Gibson. Flanery stars with Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), Karen Grassle, Andrew Jacobs, Travis Andre Ross, Heather Mignon, and Skyler Cooper.

Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs) are two young leaders of an Active Senior Tour group who go out on an adventure to a small-town Rodeo festival located deep in the woods. It’s a great experience for the group…until they try to leave. Simon and Kit must save themselves, and whatever seniors they can, from becoming victims of a deadly Rodeo Ritual. Along the way they join up with another unexpected group of victims, including a one-armed cowboy, Ennis (Sean Patrick Flanery), Rosheen, the Rodeo queen, and Trish, a powerhouse female bull rider. Together the group must fight to survive the night from relentless bloodthirsty cowboys on the hunt for human livestock.

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The Walking Dead Ratings Drop to Six-Year Low



Well, this isn’t good.

Turns out that AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” has hit a ratings low with the release of it’s newest episode “The Big Scary U”. A rating drop the likes of which the series hasn’t seen since the dog days of season 2.

Personally, season 2 was when I ditched the series and never looked back. I’ve heard a lot over the years that the series improved greatly moving on from the disastrousrious second season, but I’m all good.

I have shows like “Stranger Things” (review), “Mindhunter”(review), and “AHS: Cult” (review) to keep me company.

For full breakdown on the recent rating drop with a bunch of stats involving demographics and whatnot, you can check out Deadline‘s article on the matter.

Everyone else I guess can just keep moving on with their lives.

Do you still watch “The Walking Dead”? Should I give the series another shot? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

The Walking Dead Season 8 is currently airing on AMC.

Season 8 synopsis:

Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.

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Horror Earns Several Nominations at This Year’s Spirit Awards



While horror as a genre may not get the love and respect it deserves at the Academy Awards, other award ceremonies are proving that they are ahead of the curve and are giving the genre the appreciation it so rightfully deserves. A perfect example came about to day when the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards released their list of nominees and its packed to the brim with horror titles.

Jordan Peele’s Get Out netted five nominations, include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Male Lead, and Best Editing. Most Beautiful Island, The Transfiguration, and A Ghost Story are nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, which highlights the best features made for less than $500,000. Super Dark Times‘ director Kevin Phillips was nominated for the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch award. Lastly, The Killing of a Sacred Deer got two nominations, one for Best Supporting Male and one for Best Cinematography.

We offer our congratulations to the nominees and wish them all the best of luck! Keep making amazing horror and keep pushing boundaries to show the rest of the world just how powerful, important, and necessary horror is to our society!

The rest of the nominees can be found at the Spirit Awards website.

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