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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition)

RoboCop 2
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Irvin Kershner
Screenwriter: Frank Miller, Walon Green
Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, Gabriel Damon
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 117 Minutes
Release Date: March 21, 2017

“They say he’s got a brain. I wanna see it.”

Written by Frank Miller (Sin City) and Walon Green (The Wild Bunch), and directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back), 1990’s RoboCop 2 picks up after Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1987 film.

After the success of the RoboCop program, Omni Consumer Products (OCP) has their sights on privatizing Detroit. The mega-corporation plans to have the municipality default on its debt, then foreclose on the entire city, taking over its government. The crime-infested sprawl that is Old Detroit will be bulldozed and rebuilt as Delta City, a city center independent of the United States government.

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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: Dreamscape (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-ray Review: Dreamscape (Collector's Edition)

Dreamscape
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Joseph Ruben
Screenwriter: David Loughery, Chuck Russell, Joseph Ruben
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG-13 | 99 Minutes
Release Date: December 13, 2016

“So, Jane, what you do here, in effect, is count boners?”

Directed by Joseph Ruben (The Pom Pom Girls), 1984’s Dreamscape has the unique distinction of being the second film released to theaters that was rated PG-13 under then new MPAA ratings guidelines, following Red Dawn, which come out five days earlier. And interestingly enough, the film stars Kate Capeshaw, who starred in a violent PG-rated blockbuster that would help create the PG-13 rating: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Co-written by Ruben, David Loughery (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), and Chuck Russell (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, 1988’s The Blob), Dreamscape stars Dennis Quaid as Alex Gardner, a man with psychic abilities who is recruited by his old mentor, Dr. Novotny (Max von Sydow), to join the dreamscape project, a government-funded program to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

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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: Dead Ringers (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-ray Review: Dead Ringers (Collector's Edition)

Dead Ringers
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: David Cronenberg
Screenwriter: David Cronenberg, Norman Snider
Cast: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 115 Minutes
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Co-written and directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Fly), Dead Ringers stars Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) as Elliot and Beverly Mantle, identical twins and gynecologists who operate a medical practice in Toronto that specializes in the treatment of female fertility problems. Elliot, the more suave and self-assured of the two, seduces women who come to the Mantle Clinic. When he grows tired of them, Elliot passes the women on to the shy and passive Beverly, while the patients remain unaware of the switch.

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Blu-ray Review: Bubba Ho-Tep (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-ray Review: Bubba Ho-Tep (Collector's Edition)

Bubba Ho-Tep
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Don Coscarelli
Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy, Reggie Bannister, Daniel Roebuck
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 93 Minutes
Release Date: November 8, 2016

“Even a big bitch cockroach like you should know… never, but never, fuck with the King.”

From writer-director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, John Dies At The End), 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep is one of the craziest horror comedies you’ll ever see. When mysterious deaths plague a Texas retirement home, it’s up to Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) and President John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis) to battle a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy dressed like a cowboy.

An elderly man (Campbell) resides at the Shady Rest Retirement Home where he tells anyone that will listen that he’s “The King” himself, Elvis Presley. He explains that during the ’70s, he grew tired of fame and switched places with Sebastian Haff, an Elvis impersonator. It was Haff who died on the toilet in 1977, while he – the real Elvis – lived a quiet life pretending to be himself. Twenty years after a hip injury ended his impersonator career, Elvis is living in a retirement home with cancerous growth on his “pecker.”

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Blu-ray Review: The Exorcist III (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-Ray Review: The Exorcist III (Collector's Edition)

The Exorcist III
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
Director: William Peter Blatty
Screenwriter: William Peter Blatty
Cast: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Jason Miller, Scott Wilson, Nicol Williamson, Brad Dourif
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 110 Minutes
Release Date: October 25, 2016

“I have dreams of a rose, and falling down a long flight of stairs.”

Written and directed by William Peter Blatty (The Ninth Configuration), The Exorcist III is the latest cult curiosity to receive a two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory. Released in 1990, the film is based on Blatty’s 1983 novel Legion, which picks up several years later. The “true sequel” to William Friedkin’s 1973 film, The Exorcist III ignores the events of Exorcist II: The Heretic completely, despite its sequential title – the film was originally titled Legion, but was changed by studio executives to make the movie more commercially appealing.

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

Blu-Ray Review: Scream Factory's Collector's Edition of CHILD'S PLAY

Child’s Play
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Directed by: Tom Holland
Written by: Don Mancini, John Lafia, Tom Holland
Cast: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 87 Minutes
Release Date: October 18, 2016

“Hi, I’m Chucky, and I’m your friend till the end. Hidey-ho!”

Chucky, the pint-sized killer doll from 1988’s Child’s Play, is often mentioned in the same breath as slasher icons like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, but there’s something very unique about the denim dungaree-wearing antagonist in Tom Holland‘s film. While films like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street play on teenage anxieties, punishing high school kids for drinking, smoking marijuana, and having premarital sex, Child’s Play is fixated on the fears of small children.

Five-year-old Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) is entranced by commercials for “Good Guy” dolls on TV. The ads play during a “Good Guy” cartoon series, which Andy watches while wearing his “Good Guy” pajamas and eating “Good Guy” cereal. The commentary on Reagan-era consumerism is hard to miss here. His mom, Karen (Catherine Hicks), a widow struggling to make ends meet, buys Andy a “Good Guy” named Chucky for his sixth birthday, unaware that the doll is a plastic prison for the soul of Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif), a serial killer and voodoo practitioner.

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Blu-ray Review: Carrie (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

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

Carrie
Blu-ray (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition)
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriter: Lawrence D. Cohen
Cast: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, P.J. Soles
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 98 Minutes
Release Date: October 11, 2016

Directed by Brian DePalma (Dressed to Kill, Blow Out) and based on the novel by Stephen King, Carrie celebrates its 40th anniversary with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory, which includes a brand new 4K scan of the film and nearly three hours of bonus material.

The first motion picture adaptation of a Stephen King book, Carrie stars Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner’s Daughter) as Carrie White, a high school girl with no friends, no self-esteem, and no idea about the power she possesses. In the film’s opening scene, Carrie experiences her first period in the showers after gym class. Unsure of what the blood means, she panics and pleads for help, leading her classmates to pelt her with tampons and chant “plug it up!”

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Blu-ray Review: Fender Bender
Adam Frazier   |  

Blu-Ray Review: Fender Bender

Fender Bender
Blu-ray
Director: Mark Pavia
Screenwriter: Mark Pavia
Cast: Makenzie Vega, Cassidy Freeman, Dre Davis, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Bill Sage
Distributor: Scream Factory
Unrated | 91 Minutes
Release Date: October 4, 2016

“A crash course in terror.”

Written and directed by Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier), Fender Bender is a full-throttle throwback to ’80s slasher flicks. The movie begins with a woman (Cassidy Freeman, Longmire) on the phone, chatting with a friend about the fender bender she got into earlier in the day. She pours a hot bath (and a glass of wine) and tries to unwind, but her relaxing night in is interrupted by a text from the man who rear-ended her.

“Enjoy the bath,” the message reads. Turns out the driver is a deranged killer, stalking women using the personal information they provide during traffic accidents. Dressed in black leather and a bondage mask, the driver stalks the woman through the house before stabbing her to death with a custom-made switchblade with a car door handle – an extension of the black muscle car he uses to pursue his victims.

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