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  • “CHERRY TREE” (Film Review)

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    After collaborating on the superb and creepy WAKE WOOD, one would think that the combination of director David Keating and writer/producer Brendan McCarthy might be able to replicate that same magic (no pun intended) for an equally wicked follow-up, CHERRY TREE. Yet, when all is said and done, CHERRY TREE is a simply frustrating experience, often times pushing and pulling between what the story wants and what the genre demands. That’s not to say the film is outright terrible; in fact, the third act is rather ironclad, save for the final stinger of it all. But that’s also to say that CHERRY TREE feels unfocused, going for cheap scares and uncomfortably familiar imagery over anything truly terrifying or even exceptionally entertaining.

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  • “OVER YOUR DEAD BODY” (Blu-ray Review)

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    As a fan of Takashi Miike for quite some time now, this writer has to respect the A-game and versatility that the man brings to his films. Shooting multiple films every year across different genres and subject matters, Miike finds the intersection between commercial and creative with an unmistakable level of talent at his behest. And yet, there’s something decidedly specific about his style and cinematic voice that separates him from his contemporaries, and makes jaw-dropping, surreal nightmares feel oddly familiar.

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  • “BONE TOMAHAWK” (Blu-ray Review)

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    In an unexpected turn of events, BONE TOMAHAWK has gone from a film I very much liked yet had serious problems with to a film this writer just cannot shake. In honesty, there were some aesthetic issues with the film this writer felt- and to an extent, still feels- is quite problematic with the final production, as if scenes and set pieces are given almost too much room to breathe in its cinematography and sound design. Yet as time has gone on and this writer has revisited the film again and again (likely four times from start to finish since the film hit in October), BONE TOMAHAWK is a rather fascinating work of art, with a brilliant script, excellent characters and harrowing FX work, hampered only by an assembly of smaller problems in its craftsmanship as opposed to its storytelling.

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  • “THE CAR” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Having given the Collector’s Edition treatment to Universal Pictures classics from John Carpenter and Wes Craven, Shout! Factory has been digging deeper into the studio’s vaults in recent months, coming up with oddities like this 1977 screen vehicle for…a vehicle.

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  • “NIGHTMARES” (1983; Blu-ray Review)

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    Largely lost to the mists of time and forever lurking in the considerable critical and commercial shadow cast by fellow horror anthology CREEPSHOW, released less than a year earlier, director Joseph Sargent’s endearingly guileless 1983 omnibus NIGHTMARES is not nearly as bereft of charm or cohesion as its reputation or detractors suggest.

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  • “THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE” (Blu-ray Review)

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    For cult-minded fright fanatics, there will always be an unironic spot in our hearts for old, bonkers sci-fi horrors of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Often amalgamations between psychological thrillers and creature features, these films preyed upon the fears of progressive science as a breeding ground for deviancy and god complexes with frequently insane results. Luckily for those who adore these strange cinematic time capsules, one of the craziest and surprisingly well-crafted entries from this era has made its way to the high definition world courtesy of Scream Factory: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE!

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  • “ZOMBIE HIGH” (Blu-ray Review)

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    The one thing this writer will always give to specialty distributor Scream Factory is that they have an inherent penchant for finding the most odd and obscure cult titles from throughout horror history. Whether it’s the weird and wild BLOOD AND LACE or the effortlessly bizarre DEADLY EYES, Scream Factory has given fans of vintage viscera no matter how underrated or lowly in the horror pantheon. Yet few Scream Factory releases are as strange as a whole as ZOMBIE HIGH, a horror comedy that’s as conceptually confused as it is fascinating as both entertainment and as a launchpad for many of today’s top hollywood talents.

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  • “NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER” (TV Pilot Review)

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    As a fan of the twisted, often transgressive programs on Adult Swim, it’s quite amusing to see the shades of horror that pop up throughout their programming. From ultra-violent fare like EAGLEHEART and METALOCALYPSE to surreal, pitch black comedies such as TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB! and GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE, Adult Swim has never been shy about allowing their series to weave in and out of genre territory. However, with NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER, Adult Swim, in an unholy allegiance with WONDER SHOWZEN’s PFFR, explicitly embrace their monstrous side, although with their humor clearly ahead of their horror.

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