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    “HANDS OF THE RIPPER” (Blu-ray Review, Synapse Films)

    Before mulling over the merits of Synapse’s new HANDS OF THE RIPPER (1971) Blu-ray, let’s take a moment to applaud Synapse’s approach to their Hammer Films licence. Instead of launching with any of the beloved Lee/Cushing classics, Synapse have instead given their famously fastidious treatment to the dustier, more obscure titles from Hammer’s twilight days. For more casual fans of the studio like this reviewer, the chance to finally slap paws on these under-acknowledged titles allows a different perspective on the storied Hammer and its long legacy of blood.

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    ScareLA Celebrates Halloween in LA this August!

    Southern California gets its treat a little bit early this year, with first ever Los Angeles based-Halloween Convention ScareLA. A two-day con that celebrates everything the state has to offer in the Halloween, Haunt and Horror community, the event will take over the LAMart August 10-11th.

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    “THE CAR” (Blu-ray Review, Arrow Films)

    Released amidst a slew of JAWS knock offs, THE CAR was completely dismissed in 1977, and not without reason. It is a pretty dumb movie. However, it’s also a gloriously dumb movie and that’s the sort of thing that cults are built on. The movie may not have achieved the revival status of Steven Spielberg’s similar motor-monster-movie DUEL or even 70s car chase relic VANISHING POINT, but it’s certainly developed a base of followers. Guillermo del Toro even had a perfect replica of the titular evil vehicle built to drive around Los Angeles as a one man movie homage and he’s far from the only one with fond memories of discovering the flick in drive ins, on worn down VHS tapes, or late night cable screenings. There’s an undeniable charm to Elliot Silverstein’s ridiculous exploitation movie. While it’s not the most obvious choice for a pristine new Arrow Blu-ray, THE CAR is a fun addition to their ever-growing line up of oddball genre releases and one in need of a wider audience of those special folks with a sweet tooth for cheese.

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    Chester’s Mill to remain “UNDER THE DOME”; Series renewed

    As the TCA Press Tour wraps up (that’s where this surprising bit of ROSEMARY’S BABY-as-miniseries remake news came from), CBS has revealed a renewal of UNDER THE DOME. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the series originally seemed to be conceived as a thirteen-episode adaptation, but showrunner Neal Baer and executive producer Brian K. Vaghaun are now planning to have Chester’s Mill trapped for “years at a time.”

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    TV Witch Watch: Another vet returns to “AMERICAN HORROR STORY; First Image from “WITCHES OF EAST END”

    I don’t know what we did to deserve the impending year of witchy entertainment on screens both large and small, but I am grateful. Perhaps the most anticipated of it all is the third season of the unapologetic, all-over-the-place AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Subtitled COVEN, the upcoming run’s ensemble continues its theater company feel, with actors from previous arcs returning for different roles. The latest being TRUE BLOOD alum Denis O’ Hare (confirmed by creator Ryan Murphy), who was fantastic as the graphically burnt Larry Harvey in the Murder House-centric first season. 

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    “COLDWATER” (Movie Review)

    One of the most debilitating aspects of life is frustration, frustration born out of being stuck. In COLDWATER, Brad Lunders (P.J. Boudousqué) is caught at first in a cycle of recreational drug dealing and personal, familial anger, only broken by a tragic event that leads to an even more vicious purgatory in the titular juvenile rehabilitation facility. What follows is a stark, bleak portrait of the wrongheaded aims of violent, military-style rehabilitation, as well as an intimate tale of that inner vexation.

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