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Why You Should Be Watching Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’
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Netflix’s Russian Doll premiered on February 1 to universal acclaim from critics and audiences. The dramedy series stars Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) as Nadia Vulvokov, a software engineer trapped in a surreal time loop, forced to die and relive the same night over and over again.

If you haven’t cracked open Russian Doll yet, what the heck are you waiting for? A list of compelling reasons to move the eight-episode series to the top of your binge-watch list? Keep reading to discover all the reasons why Netflix’s latest original series is worth watching.

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Why You Should Watch Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Right Now!
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On February 14, Netflix released its latest original series, The Umbrella Academy, based on the Eisner Award-winning comic book series. The 10-episode streaming series follows the Hargreeves, a dysfunctional family of superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death.

If you haven’t enrolled at The Umbrella Academy yet, now is the perfect time to attend. Here are all the reasons why you should drop what you’re doing and start watching this weird, wonderful piece of goth-pop culture.

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Blu-ray Review: The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires
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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
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Director: Roy Ward Baker
Screenwriter: Don Houghton
Cast: Peter Cushing, John Forbes-Robertson, David Chiang, Robin Stewart, Julie Ege
Distributor: Scream Factory
Not Rated | 83 Minutes
Release Date: April 9, 2019

“Black Belt vs. Black Magic!”

Directed by Roy Ward Baker (The Vampire Lovers, Asylum, The Monster Club), 1974’s The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires is the ninth and final film in the Hammer Dracula series.

The film, which stars Peter Cushing as Professor Van Helsing, debuts on Blu-ray from Scream Factory on April 9.

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Blu-ray Review: The Deadly Mantis
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Blu-ray Review: The Deadly Mantis

The Deadly Mantis
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Director: Nathan H. Juran
Screenwriter: Martin Berkeley
Cast: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, Pat Conway
Distributor: Scream Factory
Not Rated | 79 Minutes
Release Date: March 19, 2019

“I got a mantis in my pantis!” – Crow T. Robot

Directed by Nathan H. Juran (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 science-fiction monster movie about – you guessed it – a giant (papier-mâché) praying mantis run amok.

In the South Pacific, a volcanic eruption sets off a chain reaction that sees icebergs shift. As the North Pole’s ice caps begin to melt, a 200-foot-long praying mantis, trapped in the ice for millions of years, awakens from its frigid slumber to wreak havoc on the works of men.

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Blu-ray Review: The Craft (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: The Craft (Collector’s Edition)

The Craft
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Director: Andrew Fleming
Screenwriter: Andrew Fleming, Peter Filardi
Cast: Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich, Breckin Meyer, Christine Taylor
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 101 Minutes
Release Date: March 12, 2019

“We are the weirdos, mister.”

Co-written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Bad Dreams), 1996’s The Craft centers on a coven of teenage outcasts at a Catholic high school who practice witchcraft, conjuring spells and curses against those who anger them.

Released on May 3, 1996, The Craft was a sleeper hit, opening at number one at the North American box office and earning an impressive $55 million with a budget of $15 million. In the years since its release, the movie has gained a cult following and has been seen as a rite of passage for those who respond to its themes of female empowerment, sisterhood, and outsiderdom.

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Movie Review: Karyn Kusama’s ‘Destroyer’
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Movie Review: Karyn Kusama’s ‘Destroyer’ starring Nicole Kidman

Destroyer
Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenwriter: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Jade Pettyjohn, Scoot McNairy
Distributor: Annapurna Pictures
Rated R | 123 Minutes
Release Date: February 1, 2019

Directed by Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation), Destroyer is a gritty crime thriller starring Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies, The Hours) as a hardened detective on an obsessive and destructive mission to find a murderer and make peace with her tortured past.

Veteran LAPD detective Erin Bell’s (Kidman) grueling journey begins when she arrives on the scene of a John Doe murder and informs the responding officers that she knows the victim’s identity. The victim is a member of a criminal gang she once joined as a young undercover FBI agent; an assignment which ended disastrously and has taken a heavy toll on her life.

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Blu-ray Review: 8MM
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Scream Factory 8MM Blu-ray Review

8MM
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Director: Joel Schumacher
Screenwriter: Andrew Kevin Walker
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 123 Minutes
Release Date: January 8, 2019

“The things I do — I do them because I like them. Because I want to.”

Directed by Joel Schumacher (of The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, and The Phantom of the Opera) and written by Andrew Kevin Walker (of Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, and The Wolfman), 1999’s 8MM is a crime thriller about one man’s obsessive search for the truth about a young woman’s disappearance.

Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Mandy) stars as Tom Welles, a private investigator contacted by an attorney (Anthony Heald of The Silence of the Lambs) for a wealthy widow, Mrs. Christian (Myra Carter). While clearing out her late husband’s safe, Mrs. Christian discovered an 8mm home movie — one that appears to depict a real murder, but she needs to know for certain.

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Blu-ray Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Collector's Edition)

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Lee Harry
Screenwriter: Lee Harry, Joseph H. Earle
Cast: Eric Freeman, Elizabeth Kaitan, James L. Newman
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 88 Minutes
Release Date: December 11, 2018

Written and directed by Lee Harry, 1987’s Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is a sequel to Charles E. Sellier Jr.’s controversial 1984 Christmas slasher film in which a deranged young man dressed as Santa Claus goes on a Christmas Eve killing spree.

The sequel picks up a few years after the first movie, with Ricky Caldwell (Eric Freeman), the brother of the first film’s killer, in a mental institution. While being interviewed by his psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Bloom (James L. Newman), the troubled 18-year-old reminisces about his traumatic childhood through a series of lengthy flashbacks.

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Blu-ray Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Collector's Edition) starring Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Kim Henkel
Screenwriter: Kim Henkel
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Jacks
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 87/94 Minutes
Release Date: December 11, 2018

Written and directed by Kim Henkel (co-writer of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is the fourth installment in the series. Originally screened as The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the movie, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger, was shelved by Columbia Pictures until 1997 when it was re-cut and released as Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

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Blu-ray Review: Candyman (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Candyman (Collector’s Edition)

Candyman (Collector’s Edition)
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Director: Bernard Rose
Screenwriter: Bernard Rose
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons
Distributor: Scream Factory
Unrated | 99 Minutes
Release Date: November 20, 2018

“The pain, I can assure you, will be exquisite. As for our deaths, there is nothing to fear. Our names will be written on a thousand walls. Our crimes told and retold by our faithful believers. We shall die together in front of their very eyes and give them something to be haunted by. Come with me and be immortal.”

Based on author Clive Barker’s short story, The Forbidden, 1992’s Candyman is the definitive horror film of the 1990s. Written and directed by British filmmaker Bernard Rose (Immortal Beloved), the film stars Virginia Madsen (Dune, Sideways) as Helen Lyle, a Chicago graduate student who is researching urban legends. She stumbles upon a local legend, the Candyman (Tony Todd), a hook-wielding phantom who haunts the city’s notorious Cabrini-Green housing project.

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