Welcome back to The Wall! We’ve scoured the release list and boiled it down, as always, to the absolute must-buys of the week. Yeah, there are more titles that are dropping, certainly bigger budgets and ad campaigns on par with a Michael Bay film, but NOTHING this week is as cool as the titles we have listed. Hope you enjoy, and keep an eye out for the September New Release Checklist to make sure you book your pre-orders.
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Our first Featured Filmmaker is back with his follow-up to the cult masterpiece PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE and I am pleased as punch to report he does not disapoint. Dustin Mills is a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro and that influence is on full display here. Just as del Toro creates back-stories for all of his characters that sometimes aren’t even hinted at in the film, so does Mills. This film is filled with fascinating characters and hints at bigger things to come. Mills came off as a vet of practical effects with his last film but his work here is even better. Considering the next to nothing budget he had, it is astonishing what this cat can do with so little. We’ll have a full review shortly so stay tuned to the site. In the meantime pick this up; get ready for blood, boobs, and more zombies than you could shake an asshole at.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…
These aren’t great films at all, after HALLOWEEN 2 each sequel gets further and further away from what made the first film such a classic. The exception to this is HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH (2&3 are coming this September from Scream Factory). Still, I am a completest and as flawed as these two films are, there are little things I dig in both of them… so on the shelf they go.
I like my Joe Don Baker pissed off with a piece of ol’hickory swigging around like a Louisville Slugger. However, I also like classic arcade games, tits, and the films of Greydon Clark who like Al Adamson (who purchased and directed Clark’s SATAN’S SADISTS) was a genre jumping bastard. This flick is an 80s classic that I have only seen on VHS so it was going to be both cool and a little odd to see this on DVD.
This is essentially a blaxploitation riff on THE ASPHALT JUNGLE. It gets a bit long winded when it comes to the plot but this is a pretty cool flick. It has an early, though small, performance from Pam Grier so that alone should earn it a watch. Warner Archives continues to impress on a weekly basis.
Kind of odd that this is coming to Blu-ray for the first time on a region-free release but, contrary to the hordes of Kevin Smith haters, I dig the fuck out of this film. I am not sure I dig it to the tune of $34.99, but I am going to keep my eye on this and when it drops to a nice $20 level it’s all mine. Until then, pick it up if you have the cash to make it happen.
Far south from one of the better King adaptations but Tom Holland (FRIGHT NIGHT, CHILD’S PLAY) does a decent job with this little flick.
Watching this tonight so I will let you Bastards know what I think.
Euro trash shit-box with an incomprehensible story but as is frequently the case with films like this… I could watch this on a loop.
The tagline for the film is: Man-made Killer Bashes Heads In! Yup… about sums it up.
Want to know waht Bobby Fischer would look like with nuclear capabilities? This film is just as effective now as it was when it was released back in 1983. This is a film that was aimed at teenagers and asked important questions about our safety in addition to our real and perceived threats. It never talked down to its target audience. A masterpiece.
If you’re die hard fan of trucksploitation you may dig this. Otherwise, skip it.
That’s it for this week, Bastards.
We close out the month of August with another slow week btu we still get: QUADROPHENIA (Blu), DEATH WATCH (Blu), more Midnight Movie Collections from Blue Underground, and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
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