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Movie Review: A Cure For Wellness
Adam Frazier   |  

Movie Review: A Cure For Wellness

A Cure For Wellness
Director: Gore Verbinski
Screenwriter: Justin Haythe
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Rated R | 146 Minutes
Release Date: February 17, 2017

In Richard Fleischer’s 1973 dystopian sci-fi film Soylent Green, Charlton Heston plays an NYPD detective investigating the murder of a wealthy CEO. The investigation leads him to uncover the truth about Soylent Green, a food ration advertised to contain “high-energy plankton.” It turns out the miracle product is made of people. Human corpses are delivered to a disposal center where they are processed and converted into the very thing that keeps us alive.

If the big question behind Fleischer’s film is “What are we really eating?” then A Cure For Wellness asks, “What are we really taking?” From Gore Verbinski (The Ring, the Pirates of the Caribbean series), A Cure For Wellness is a mind-bending psychological thriller with exquisite but unsettling imagery.

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Dr. Zaius’s Top 10 Horror Films Of 2016
Dr. Zaius   |  

Top 10 Horror Films of 2016

As a bonafide horror supergeek, 2016 was a phenomenal year. Aside from a collection of great films, horror has dominated TV and pop culture as well, with hit shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Scream Queens and Black Mirror. While horror fans are usually passionate about their genre, sometimes to a fault, a shocking thing happened this year. More than a few mainstream horror films received critical acclaim. Plus, between the countless streaming services out there, horror films are now more readily accessible than ever before. I was also privileged to attend two horror film festivals in New York, FEARnyc and the New York City Horror Film Festival, where I took in countless new independent feature-length and short horror films.

So, without further ado, I present my list of the Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016 (and some honorable mentions) below.

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Blu-ray Review: Black Christmas (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-ray Review: Black Christmas (Collector’s Edition)

Black Christmas
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Bob Clark
Screenwriter: A. Roy Moore
Cast: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 98 Minutes
Release Date: December 13, 2016

“Oh, why don’t you go find a wall socket and stick your tongue in it, that’ll give you a charge!”

Considered to be one of the first “slasher” films, 1974’s Black Christmas served as an influence for John Carpenter’s Halloween and has since become a cult classic. Directed by Bob Clark (Porky’s, A Christmas Story), the movie was inspired by a series of murders that took place in Montreal, and the urban legend “The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs.”

At a Christmas party at the Pi Kappa Sigma house, Jess Bradford (Olivia Hussey) receives an obscene phone call from “The Moaner,” a disturbed individual who has been calling the house. Jess and her sorority sisters Barb (Margot Kidder), Phyllis (Andrea Martin), and Clare (Lynne Griffin) listen in on the call. The feisty Barb provokes the caller, who responds by telling the girls that he is going to kill them.

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Blu-Ray Review: Rabid (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-Ray Review: Rabid (Collector's Edition)

Rabid
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: David Cronenberg
Screenwriter: David Cronenberg
Cast: Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Lynne Deragon
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 91 Minutes
Release Date: November 22, 2016

Written and directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Fly), Rabid stars adult film star Marilyn Chambers (Behind the Green Door) as Rose, a young woman who develops an insatiable thirst for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery.

While driving through the Quebec countryside, Rose and her boyfriend, Hart (Frank Moore), get into a motorcycle accident. They’re brought to the nearby Keloid Clinic for Plastic Surgery for emergency treatment. Hart’s banged up with a broken hand and a separated shoulder, but Rose is severely injured and burned by the fiery crash. Dr. Keloid (Howard Ryshpan) decides to perform a new radical procedure on the burn victim, one which uses “morphogenetically neutral” grafts to replace the damaged skin and organs.

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Blu-ray Review: Return Of The Living Dead 3 (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-ray Review: Return Of The Living Dead 3 (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)

Return Of The Living Dead 3
Blu-ray (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Screenwriter: John Penney
Cast: Melinda Clarke, J. Trevor Edmond, Kent McCord, Basil Wallace, James T. Callahan, Sarah Douglas
Distributor: Lionsgate
Release Date: November 22, 2016

“Julie, are you eating him? You should stop it.”

Directed by Brian Yuzna (Society, Bride of Re-Animator), Return of the Living Dead 3 is coming to limited-edition Blu-ray, thanks to the Vestron Video Collector’s Series. The second sequel to Dan O’Bannon’s classic 1985 film, Yuzna’s movie bears little resemblance to its predecessors, eschewing comedy in favor of a romantic story with sci-fi elements.

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Movie Review: Halloweed (2016)
Empress Eve   |  

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Halloweed
DVD | VOD
Directed by LazRael Lison
Written by Dale Zawada based on a story by Michael Bussan
Starring Shannon Brown, Simon Rex, Jim O’Heir, Michelle Mueller, Jayson Bernard, Ray Wise, Jason Mewes, Deje Dee, Lester Speight, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore
Screen Media Films
Runtime: 101 minutes
Release date: November 8, 2016

In Halloweed, a new horror-comedy from director LazRael Lison, Shannon Brown stars as Trent Modine, the son of the Bridgeport Butcher (Tom Sizemore), an infamous serial killer who’s on death row. To escape the stigma of their father’s legacy and make a better life for themselves, Trent and his idiotic half-brother Joey (Simon Rex) — lured by an infomercial — move to the small town of Mooseheart just in time for Halloween. As luck would have it, the place boasts some awesome weed, which is great for the two stoners, especially Joey, who immediately starts dealing. Unfortunately, this quiet little town also has a haunted reputation thanks to a string of unsolved murders committed long ago by the Candy Corn Killer, who seems to have made a return just as Trent and Joey arrive. Fearing they’ll be blamed for the latests string of murders, the brothers go on a hunt to find the real killer before the locals discover their true identities.

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Book Review: The Beauty Of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book By Alan Robert
Empress Eve   |  

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The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book
Paperback
By Alan Robert
IDW Publishing
Release date: October 4, 2016

Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert already made the jump to comic book creator with the 2010 miniseries Wire Hangers, and has since gone on write and illustrate other titles, such as Killogy, the IDW miniseries he created that tells the story of three murderers, one of whom has the likeness of Marky Ramone. Now, the Brooklyn native has made another successful leap in his career — to adult coloring books with The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book.

Chances are, the average adult doesn’t think they have the time for coloring, or perhaps they believe it’s something you leave behind with childhood. But it’s known nowadays that coloring is actually quite therapeutic, and if you don’t believe me, just grab a crayon, pencil, or marker, and start coloring something in, and within minutes, you’ll experience the smoothing effects.

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FEARnyc 2016: Night 1 Hosted ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ & 2 Horror Debuts
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Are you a horror fan loading up on scary movies during the Halloween season? Well, if you live in or around the New York City area, FEARnyc has you covered. Emanating from the Cinema Village on 22 East 12th Street in Manhattan, FEARnyc is the film festival horror fans need and deserve. Featuring a mix of world premieres and classics, the fest runs through next Thursday, October 27th.

I was there last night for the red carpet and a trio of screenings: Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well the U.S. premiere of Lex Ortega’s Atroz and the world premiere of Shawn Burkett’s Don’t Fuck in the Woods. I had a chance to speak with Burkett and producer Chris Gierowski about their new film, so watch for that here real soon, as well as a retro review of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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Blu-ray Review: Lady In White
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-ray Review: Lady in White

Lady in White
Blu-ray
Director: Frank LaLoggia
Screenwriter: Frank LaLoggia
Cast: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco, Katherine Helmond
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG-13 | 117 / 126 / 113 Minutes
Release Date: September 27, 2016

Written and directed by Frank LaLoggia, 1988’s Lady in White is a ghost story loosely based on the urban legend of “The White Lady.” Lukas Haas (Inception, Mars Attacks!) stars as Frankie Scarlatti, an inquisitive kid tormented by bullies.

It’s Halloween, 1962, when Frankie is locked inside his school’s cloakroom by domineering middle schoolers Donald (Jared Rushton) and Louie (Gregory Levinson). While trapped inside the dark school, the boy sees something inexplicable: the ghost of a young girl murdered years earlier. The red-headed girl was the first victim of a serial child murderer that has eluded the police of Willowpoint Falls for nearly a decade. Now, the killer is after Frankie. After an unseen assailant attacks the boys and leaves him for dead, the police arrest Harold “Willy” Williams (Henry Harris), the school’s African-American janitor.

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Blu-ray Review: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
Adam Frazier   |  

 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Blu-ray Review

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Philip Kaufman
Screenwriter: W. D. Richter
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Art Hindle
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG | 115 Minutes
Release Date: August 02, 2016

“There’s nothing to be afraid of. They were right. It’s painless. It’s good. Come. Sleep.”

Remake. Say the word and you’ll no doubt spark a conversation about the death of originality in Hollywood and how brand recognition is more important than storytelling. While it’s easy to throw up half-hearted retreads like Total Recall (2012), RoboCop (2014), and Point Break (2015) as reasons to banish the remake altogether, there are a few great remakes that are arguably better than their predecessors. 1978’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers kicked off a decade of great remakes, including John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983), David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), and Chuck Russell’s The Blob (1988).

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