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The DVD release madness continues on October 3rd, 2006…

Click to see it bigger!Abominable (2006)
Directed by Ryan Schiffrin

Didn’t catch its premiere on the Sci Fi Channel? Or maybe you did and just can’t wait to see what was cut out (I’ll give you a hint: Tiffany Shepis naked… hell yeah)? Anchor Bay has what you want this week with the unleashing of what is quite possibly the best Bigfoot film ever made. Hyperbole? Maybe, but I’ll be damned if I can name another that’s as much fun as this flick, and it’s safe to say none of the other ones have a goddamn face biting! Be sure to read Creepy’s DVD review of it for more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Body Double (1984)
Directed by Brian DePalma

Jake, a struggling young actor, comes home from work one day to find his girl with another man. Thankfully he doesn’t do what most men would, kill the girl, but instead moves out and tries to find a new place to live. He takes a job as a house sitter for a fellow actor and is introduced to his favorite neighbor: a beautiful woman who strips in front of her window every night. He becomes obsessed with meeting her, but when his one chance leads to him witnessing a murder, things get very complicated. Sony re-releases this classic with some cool new features and a brand-new transfer. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Calvaire (The Ordeal) (2004)
Directed by Fabrice Du Welz

This is a movie that’s been bandied about online for a while now, with all sorts of good things being said about it and it being called a tense and unrelenting tale of horror. Such is sadly not the case though; the first half of the movie is just bleak landscapes and depressing dialogue, as a traveling singer is taken in by a strange farmer when his car breaks down on the way to a gig. The farmer soon thinks the singer is his long-lost wife, finally come home to him, and only then does it get weird, though never all that brutal. You’ve been warned. Buy it here!


The Covenant (2006)
Directed by Michael Bafaro

A young PR exec (played by Eddie Furlong) is passed over for a big promotion at his job and, to add insult to injury, gets attacked and blinded by a random thug on his way home. Enter a shadowy acolyte of hell (Michael Madsen) who promises to restore the exec’s sight with a hellish demonic cane. All he has to pay is his eternal soul (insert evil laughter)! Not to be confused with the recent boy-band horror movie of the same title. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Curse of El Charro (2004)
Directed by Rich Ragsdale

It’s a fact, folks; true evil can never die. In this supposed mixture of 70’s exploitation, 80’s character-based horror, and German expressionism, a girl joins her friends on a road trip to a vacation home in a remote desert town. Once there she is pursued by El Charro (Leatherface himself, Andrew Bryniarski), an ancient evil entity out for revenge on the girl’s bloodline. The DVD includes a short film by director Rich Ragsdale, “Into Something Rich and Strange,” as well as a making-of featurette. For more, check out Melissa’s review of the DVD. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Disorder (2006)
Directed by Jack Thomas Smith

David was sent away a few years ago after the brutal double murder, for which he was the prime suspect. He claimed a masked killer was responsible for the heinous crimes, but no one bothered to listen to him. Now he’s back home, heavily medicated, and trying to start a new life for himself. But the mysterious masked killer has other plans for him, and even a new love interest and help from the town’s psychiatrist and sheriff aren’t enough to make him feel normal again. What is real and what is all in his head? Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Edmond (2006)
Directed by Stuart Gordon

If you got into Stuart Gordon’s latest film, an adaptation of a play by David Mamett, with any kind of expectations for a movie of unrelenting brutality, you’re likely going to be disappointed. If you go in hoping for a bizarre tale that focuses on the fragile psyche of a man living in our day and age and a study of what it would take to push such a man to the very edge, you’re going to be in for quite a ride. To be honest it’s very hard to pin down Edmond into any one genre, I guess he’s here because he is a Master after all, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad film in any way, shape, or form. Indeed, some might argue that it’s the most terrifying movie Gordon’s ever directed. Don’t miss it. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Forever Knight Trilogy: Part Three (1992)
Directed by Rene Bonniere, Clay Borris

Did I just completely miss parts one and two? I don’t even know why this is being released as a trilogy, wasn’t “Forever Knight” a really bad vampire cop TV show? Yes, yes it was, but don’t ask me why it’s being released as a trilogy, nor why this is the third part. I can tell you that it’s about Nick Knight, a Toronto cop who is trying to make his way to redemption after being a bloodsucking vampire for 800 years. Man, that’s gonna take a lot of good karma to make happen, don’t you think? Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Ganja & Hess: The Complete Edition (1973)
Directed by Bill Gunn & Fima Noveck

Sure the plot sounds mostly cut and dry, but this is one of the weirdest films I’ve ever had the pleasure (I think) of seeing. When archeologist Hess Green awakens from a near-fatal stabbing by his research assistant, who then kills himself, he finds that his wound is cleared up and he has an insatiable lust for blood. The knife had some germs on it that turned him into a vampire, it seems. When he meets his former assistant’s wife, the two of them get along well, but how long before she discovers his horrible secrets? I’m not sure what’s “complete” about this edition, but I would venture to guess it’s a fully loaded disc. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Glass House: The Good Mother (2006)
Directed by Steve Antin

The sequel to the Leelee Sobeski movie from 2001, the film begins with the disappearance of a couple’s children. At first it seems cut and dry, but as the title implies, the mother isn’t exactly the most stable of ladies. Two more children lose their parents and are somehow adopted by the grieving couple, and pretty soon the mom’s evil ways come to the surface yet again as the brother begins to get sick all the time and the sister is met with some very strict house rules. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Hollywood Legends of Horror
Directed by Various

I’m not really sure what the thinking Warner Bros has behind releasing a box set of lesser-known horror movies from the golden age of the genre, but I guess we really shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, should we? Included in this set are Mark of the Vampire, The Mask of Fu Manchu, Doctor X, Mad Love, The Devil Doll and The Return of Doctor X. Some of the films feature commentary by film historians, so you can do some horror learnin’. Buy it here!



House of Blood (2006)
Directed by Olaf Ittenbach

I don’t know about you, but if I happened upon an isolated cabin in the middle of the woods and found it covered in blood with chains bolted to the walls and straps on the beds, I would probably look someplace else. The four ruthless convicts who do find it with their terrified hostage, however, don’t think like you and me and decide to hole up in it. Of course there’s an ancient curse in the house that they’re going to discover and most likely won’t live to tell about. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!I Was a Teenage Movie Maker (2006)
Directed by Donald F. Glut

Between the years of 1953 and 1969, amateur horror moviemaker Donald F. Glut made dozens of short films on 16mm film, and gained worldwide notoriety thanks to the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland. This DVD is about his life and times making movies that inspired the likes of John Carpenter. Featuring interviews with Forrest J. Ackerman and other old school horror personalities and including 41 of his movies and tons of bonus features packed onto two discs. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Live Feed (2006)
Directed by Ryan Nicholson

While on vacation in a foreign country, one of a group of five “young adults” makes a moronic mistake that ends up putting all five of the group into a life or death situation. I’ve not read much else about this film, though I’ve heard the title being thrown around for a while now, but what I have heard has indicating that it’s very gory and no one gets out of it alive. The DVD has some featurettes, a few deleted scenes, and commentary by the cast and crew. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Medium: The Complete Second Season
Directed by Various

Wow, a supernatural show that actually lasted more than one season? That’s pretty hard to believe nowadays, despite the eye-pleasing presence of Patricia Arquette. The show is about a suburban mom who one day discovers she has clairvoyant gifts and goes about solving crimes the police can’t while trying to stay the dutiful mom at the same time. Sounds like the recipe for wacky hijinks to me, but something tells me the show was played straight. It was based on a supposedly true story, by the way. This set comes with six discs and a lot of features for your enjoyment. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Next Door (2005)
Directed by Pal Sletaune

John thinks he has a good thing going with his girlfriend, Ingrid, until the day she dumps him and leaves him rudderless. He allows himself to be seduced by his two beautiful neighbors, Anne and Kim (and really, why not?), but their seduction leads him into a world of mystical evil in which he’s unable to separate reality from fiction. But is this really the end of all things normal for John or the exact slap in the face he needs to straighten his life out? TLA has loaded up the disc with featurettes so be sure to pick it up and find out! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Norliss Tapes (1973)
Directed by Dan Curtis

David Norliss, an investigative reporter, has just gone on what might be his last assignment. Through listening to the tape of his last few filed reports, a newspaper publisher is able to piece together a story of vampires and voodoo zombies, all of it leading back to one widow. Why is it always chicks screwing stuff up? Be sure to read Debi’s DVD review for more on the flick and the disc it’s coming on! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Pumpkin Karver (2006)
Directed by Robert Mann

A slasher movie with only two kills in the first hour; you know something’s wrong with this picture. A killer whose M.O. is supposed to be that he carves his victims like pumpkins, but only actually does it once throughout the entire film. A boy, traumatized by a masked killer who did said carving, grows up and moves to a town called Carver, which specializes in growing pumpkins. Yep, you know this is one that Foy’s had his hands on, so check out his review of it before you move any closer to the next link. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Roost (2004)
Directed by Ty West

Please, please, please don’t believe the hype surrounding this movie. Some have called it a new horror classic; hell, Fango is quoted on the box calling it an unheralded horror gem, but in reality it’s just a slow and somewhat technically well-done movie about some luckless victims trapped in a barn who are attacked by bats that turn them into zombies. Just go into it with a level head, and you’ll likely enjoy it more. Of course, Creepy’s DVD review won’t help with that as it’s overwhelmingly positive, but give it a read anyway. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Sinful (2006)
Directed by Tony Marsigila

Normally I ignore anything coming out with the name Misty Mundae in it, as they’re usually softcore porn/horrors that are generally best left ignored, but since this cover is so remarkably similar to our own logo, down to the reflected skull in the eye, I couldn’t just let it slip by without pointing it out. Weird, huh? The story is about a woman who is trying desperately hard to get pregnant but cannot. When she is befriended by a next-door neighbor who just got knocked up, their friendship soon turns to seething envy, and the barren woman decides she will become pregnant by any means necessary, consequences be damned. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Toxie’s Shock Box
Directed by Various

So just how many Troma movies can be squeezed into one ill-named box set? And I call it ill-named because, if you’re naming something after one of your characters, wouldn’t it make sense to have said character on the front of the DVD art? Within are 15 movies; Blood Hook, Zombie Island Massacre, Blades, Sucker the Vampire, Tainted, Rockabilly Vampire, Garden of the Dead, Buttcrack, Unspeakable, The Nightmare Never Ends, Igor and the Lunatics, Frostbiter, Bloodspell, Drawing Blood and Alien Blood. And with those kind of odds, one of ‘em has to be worth watching, right? < a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000GNOH96/evilshopnet" target="blank">Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection
Directed by Various

Wow, another massive set of episodes from what is arguably the best horror/sci fi anthology show ever created, but this time it’s not just complete seasons; it’s the entire series. Why did I hear about this before, I wonder? For the first time ever, all 156 episodes of Rod Serling’s brainchild have been collected into one massive box set, complete with all the special features that came with the season-by-season “Definitive Collection” sets. So I guess you could call this a double dip, but I seriously doubt it’s one many will be complaining about. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Voodoo Moon (2006)
Directed by Kevin VanHook

I have no idea where this flick came from, but when a movie with some fairly recognizable names shows up on DVD with little to no fanfare, you can bet that it’s not going to be a new horror classic. Indeed, Voodoo Moon is a movie with a lot of missed potential; something that could have been really cool with less shitty CG effects, a bit more time spent figuring out what kind of story would be told, and way less mugging by lead Eric Mabius. Check out my DVD review if you really are dying to know what it’s actually about. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Woods (2006)
Directed by Lucky McKee

You know one of the best things about this site? We have so many people watching and reviewing so many movies for you guys (and you gotta admit, we have a lot more than most) that we can get two wildly different opinions on the same film from two very intelligent reviewers. The Woods is a great example of this; check out Michelle’s review of the movie for a very positive look at it (and one that I happen to agree with), then Debi’s DVD review for the other side of the coin. After reading both you’re going to have to decide which lovely lady to agree with, so your best bet is to buy it here!


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Luke Genton’s The Bone Box Trailer Proves Not All Graves Are Quiet

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Sometimes a fright flick comes along that sells me on the logline itself. And writer-director Luke Genton’s upcoming supernatural horror movie The Bone Box has just such a premise.

The film follows the story of a grave robber who comes to believe he’s being haunted by those he stole from. And if that premise doesn’t sell you on at least checking out the film’s trailer, I don’t know what to do for you.

Speaking of the trailer, you can check it out below. Then let us know what you think below!

The film stars Gareth Koorzen (The Black That Follows), Michelle Krusiec (The Invitation), and Maria Olsen (Starry Eyes), Jamie Bernadette (I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu), David Chokachi (Baywatch), Aaron Schwartz (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and Tess Bellomo (Liked).

Look for updates on Facebook HERE and the Director’s Instagram: @lukegenton.

The Bone Box is currently in post-production. It is scheduled to be completed by November 2017 and is seeking distribution.

Synopsis:

Depressed and reeling from the recent death of his wife, Tom (Koorzen) has built up quite a gambling debt. He goes to stay with his wealthy Aunt Florence (Olsen) in hopes that she will write him into her will. When a nasty creditor makes it clear that Tom is out of time, he devises a plan with Elodie (Krusiec), the undertaker’s daughter, to rob the graves of the rich townspeople buried in the cemetery across the road. After plundering the graves, Tom begins hearing and seeing strange things that seem to coincide with the deaths of the people he robbed. Even more disconcerting… he appears to be the only one sensing the occurrences. One question lingers: Is Tom’s conscience playing a trick on him… or is he really being haunted by those he stole from?

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Kingsport Festival: The Card Game, Overview and Review – Last Meeple Standing

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Yeah, I know. I’ve said it before, and I will scream it to the heavens again: There is an abysmal glut of Lovecraft Mythos games out there (and still streaming into the market). For a while there, it was vampire games (wanna take a sparkly guess why?). Then, it was zombie games (only Robert Kirkman knows why). Now it is Lovecraft games, and it is a LOT of them. Shambling, fish-headed masses of them, weighing down the game shop shelves like heavily laden buckets of freshly shorn tentacles (calm down, hentai fans). It’s true, and a lot of them seem to be sad doppelgangers of other games, just skinned with a rotting coat of Elder God goo.

Photo Credit: Tiffany Hahn

For that reason, it is nice to run across a Lovecraft-themed game that is GOOD. H.P. Lovecraft’s Kingsport Festival: The Card Game is one of those… it’s good, but it’s not great (for ONE painful reason). But, for our nefarious purposes today, that’s good enough. The stars are PARTIALLY in alignment. There is one little detail to get out of the way before we wade into the spawn-infested miasma of this game: it is the hellish offspring of an earlier, more complex game called (you guessed it) H.P. Lovecraft’s Kingsport Festival the board game. Much has been said about the relationship between these two games and many comparisons have been made, but since I neither own the board game nor have I played it, let’s leave it to fester in cold, barren space all by its lonesome for now. I’m sure its time will come…when the stars are right (rolling his eyes).

COMPONENTS:
It is RARE (like fresh Deep One filets) that the components of a game are as nice as the gameplay, but there are two elements of Kingsport Festival: TCG that really make it shine. The first is the titular cards that make up the bulk of the game. The artwork on the tarot-sized cards depicting the various gods, lesser gods, demons, and evil corgis (I kid) from the Mythos is dark and shows off the creatures to good/evil effect. I have to admit that these are some of my favorite depictions of the creatures from Lovecraft’s mind I’ve seen. They really look threatening here. The portraits on the cards presenting the investigators/evil cultists look dignified, a little creepy, and mysterious, as is only right for nogoodniks taking on Cthulhu’s worst. The graphic design is really classy with easily interpreted iconography and border artwork. Equal care has been taken with the backs of the cards, which have appropriately aged and Victorian elements. The only parts to this game are the cards and the dice. Wait, this is a card game, right?

Well, yes and no.

Although cards make up the lion’s share of the game, there is a heavy dice aspect as well, and these are some NICE dice. I’m a SUCKER for custom dice, and Kingsport Festival: TCG comes loaded with them. There are three types of dice: a white d10 with a clock icon on one face, brain-pink (a nice touch) d12 dice representing the player’s sanity with a Sanity icon on one face, and grey Domain d6 dice with three types of domain faces: purple Evil, black Death, and red Destruction. All of the dice are high-quality and engraved, not printed, with easily recognizable faces for ease of play and match up nicely with the icons on the game’s cards. Squee! Wonderfully evil custom dice!

SETUP:
Set up is pretty basic. All of the cards depicting the horrid gods are displayed in order of their power in six rows within reach of all of the players. The total number of copies of each type of god card is dictated by how many people are playing, so the number varies. Each player gets one of the brain-ilicious d12s with which to track their sanity and sets it to 10. All players white timer die, with the high roller taking the role of the starting player. Then each player sets their Sanity die to 10 (yes, the value can be increased up to 12 through game effects. That player takes the white d10 and sets it to the clock face. Players can pick an investigator card, but I suggest dealing them out at random to each player to liven things up (before they get driven insane, of course).

GAMEPLAY:
Gameplay is equally simple, yet strangely engaging. The first player takes the white timer d10, passes it to the next player to their left, who turns it to the number 1, effectively creating a timer that will count up from 1 to 10, ending the game. That player becomes the starting player. Once the white die is passed, the passing player increases their Sanity by one, as will be the mechanic throughout the rest of the game.

At the start of a game, the players will have no cards in their hands. They acquire them throughout the game, but we’ll talk about a general turn. The starting player rolls one of the domain dice and notes the resultant face. If they have cards to play, now is when they would play them. The card effects are varied. They might instruct the player to roll more dice, add specified domains to their pool of domains, change rolled die faces, etc. There are many possibilities. After the player has played all the cards they wish to and resolved the card effects, the player may spend the resources/domains gained through the dice they’ve rolled and the cards they have played to buy ONE god from the displayed cards and add it to their hand. It should be noted that players are limited to one and only one copy of each available god.

Once the player has completed their turn, they check to see if the round indicator on the white d10 matches one of the Raid rounds shown on the investigator card at the very bottom. If the numbers match, the player must compare the Gun icons on his cards to the strength of the raid indicated on his character card. If the Cultist’s strength is greater, he gains the difference in Sanity points. If the Cultist’s strength matches the Raid strength, they neither gain nor lose Sanity. If the Cultist’s strength is less than the Raid strength, they lose the difference in Sanity points. After this, the next player to the left will take their turn.

WINNING:
The game ends at the end of the ninth round, unless a Cultist is able to invoke the Elder God Azathoth, which results in dogs and cats sleeping together (no, not really). The cultists look at all of their god cards and add up the Elder God symbols at the bottom of each card. The Cultist with the most Elder God symbols/points at the end of the game WINS!

FINAL THOUGHTS:
So, there you have it: an epic battle between creepy Cultists and ghoulish Gods in one rather small box. I’ll get to the point. I really like H.P. Lovecraft’s Kingsport Festival: The Card Game. I happen to be fond of little filler games like this. The box lists the playtime for this game as 30 min, but once the players know the rules, you can cut playtime down to 20 min, easy. It lists the age limit at 13+, which I think is absurd. There is nothing in the theme or artwork that would preclude players 10 and up from playing, other than rule complexity. Between the awesome art, the devilish dice, and the rad rules (ugh…), there is not much to dislike about this game… other than the hellish rules. You may be asking what I mean. The rules seem easy. They ARE. It’s the rulebook that is a pain in the neck. For some reason, the graphic designer (I’m looking at you, Savini -no, not Tom-) decided to print all of the rule examples in the book in a nearly unreadable “old-timey” font that is TINY. I think they thought they were adding flavor. If so, that flavor is YUCKY. When learning a new game, you want crystal-clear rules, not something you have to squint and struggle over, like this sad, arcane tome. The same hellish font appears on the cards in places, as well, making me one unhappy game collector. You may look past it, but I had a hard time doing so. Other than that, though, the game is great fun, a nice way to fill in time between bigger games, and beautiful to look at. You make your own judgement.

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Designer: Gianluca Santopietro
Artist: Maichol Quinto and Demis Savini
Publisher: Passport Games/ Giochi Uniti
Published: 2016
Players/Playtime/Age Rating: 3 -5 players/30 min/13+ (seriously?)

RATING:
3/5


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New Stills Pulled From Desolation

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On tap for you cats right now we have a new round of images from IFC Midnight’s release of Sam Patton’s Desolation, which is coming to select theaters, VOD, and Digital platforms in the U.S.  on December 15, 2017. Dig it!

Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols star.

Synopsis:
After the death of her husband, Abby (Jaimi Page); her son, Sam (Toby Nichols); and her best friend, Jen (Alyshia Ochse), venture into the forests of upstate NY on a camping trip, only to find themselves in danger from a mysterious hiker (Claude Duhamel) with malicious intentions. As the trio attempt to navigate the vast wilderness in search of safety, they find themselves the hunted prey in a deranged killer’s terrifying game; and the only way to survive is to kill – or be killed.

Desolation

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