Blu-ray Movie Review – Play Motel (1979)

Play Motel
Directed by Mario Gariazzo (aka Roy Garret)
Courtesy of Kino Lorber & Raro Video
Original Year of Release: 1979
Blu-ray Release Date: August 25, 2015

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I’ve talked about giallo films before, but I still have yet to experience many. And you don’t just watch giallo…you really do experience it! If you’ve never seen one, now is the time, and PLAY MOTEL is a perfect place to start. This dark comedy quickly spirals into the darkside as a killer starts picking off people in their most intimate of moments. This is truly Euro-trash at its finest, and I suggest you give this one a shot soon.

If you are not familiar with PLAY MOTEL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Raro Video:

A milestone production from Mario Gariazzo, notorious for his tasteless sexploitation epics such as The Sexorcist /LOssessa. Assembling here one of the worlds finest trash film collectives and eschewing all correct agendas, the director punctuates his fleshy tapestry with incredibly sleazy imagery involving Marina Hedmann/Frajese and Patrizia Di Rossi/Webley, the sluttiest actresses in Italian cinema. At the garishly lit Play Motel, these two warhorses and other bleached blondes are first seen being secretly photographed while having kinky sex. As the film serves also as a giallo, they are later stabbed to death by an assassin dressed in black. Conveying a sense of mad comedy, this inexhaustible supply of indignities and leopard skin underwear should be sought out at all costs.

You certainly won’t want to watch this movie if you are offended by nudity, however. The title alone suggests a bit about what you’ll see, but I will also mention there’s MUCH more involved as well. This is part of the fun, and just a small part of what the film offers.

PLAY MOTEL is definitely dated, and it shows with everything the film contains: the sets, the cars, the outfits, the hairstyles, etc. But this is part of the film’s charm. In a bizarre sort of way, it helps set the mood for the movie as well; I don’t think this film would have been nearly as effective if it had been set in the late 80s or afterward.

The acting is exactly what you would expect out of a film like this. The description above describes some of the cast as “the sluttiest actresses in Italian cinema,” and that is very fitting. Although many of the women in this film can act a little, several of them cannot act at all. But again, you don’t watch giallo films for stellar performances. Doing so would be a complete waste of time.

The storyline in PLAY MOTEL is what shines. Yes, the film is filled with nudity and sex. And yes, there’s not a whole lot of plot, to be honest. But when people start dying, the true fun arrives. Dark with slight comedic undertones, the film works best when it switches from smut to suspense. And it works. Many films have tried to pull this off, but only a handful has succeeded. PLAY MOTEL ranks up there pretty high.

PLAY MOTEL won’t win any awards, but it is a heck of a lot of fun, and I recommend giving it a look. This won’t be for everyone, though, so be ready. But if you can look past the trashiness and see the true giallo within, you’re in for a real treat. The film is available now.

MSB

TV Show Review – NCIS: New Orleans, season 1

NCIS: New Orleans, season 1
Courtesy of CBS Television Studios
Release Date: August 18, 2015

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I got on the NCIS train late, and I have therefore only been a fan for a couple of years now. I’m not sure why I waited so long to watch it; my wife has been telling me about how great it is for years. But I’m glad she convinced me to give it a shot. It’s an excellent drama with a nice tinge of humor.

After I had watched the primary show for a few months, I branched out and gave NCIS: LOS ANGELES a look. It was ok, but not as good as the original. Thus, when NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was announced, I didn’t have high expectations. But, because I had given LA a chance, I knew I should check this one out too. Surprisingly, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS turned out to be a nice addition to the now-trio of Investigative Service shows. And while it’s still not as good as the original, the show is a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out.

If you are not familiar with NCIS: New Orleans, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of CBS Television Studios:

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher Lasalle, who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.

Actor Scott Bakula has been hit-or-miss with me over the years. He’s done some really good stuff (such as the big screen adaptation of Clive Barker’s LORD OF ILLUSIONS and the Star Trek prequel STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE), but then he’s done some duds as well (I have to confess I didn’t like QUANTUM LEAP at all). He’s at top form in this role, however, and it’s nice to see him back on TV again.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS looks good and appears to have a modest budget. The production value looks high, and the show doesn’t skimp on the details. The set locations are nice as well, as the show is actually filmed in New Orleans; I love seeing familiar spots I’ve visited personally in The Big Easy.

The acting is great, with the afore mentioned Bakula heading up a talented cast. Lucas Black plays Bakula’s right-hand-man, LaSalle. I’ve enjoyed Black’s work since I first saw him in FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS over a decade ago. And actress Zoe McLellan plays off of her male counterparts well as Brody.

The storylines in NCIS: NEW ORLEANS are well done and fleshed out. There’s plenty of tension, and the proverbial crap hits the fan from time to time, forcing the group into drastic actions. But, the day always manages to be saved, and the world moves on.

Which brings me to the slight negative aspect of the show: it’s hard to switch gears from the formality Mark Harmon’s character, Gibbs, brings to the original NCIS, to Bakula’s laid back, easy-going style. In many instances, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS doesn’t feel like a military-esque show, simply because it lacks the rigidity of discipline Gibbs instills in his team. But this goes both ways; sure, it’s hard to adjust to the change…but it’s also a welcome one as well. Sometimes Gibbs’ lack of flexibility gets downright annoying.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is a win for me, and I recommend giving it a look. The show has a lot of promise, and I suspect it will become more popular than it’s predecessor (NCIS: LOS ANGELES). Fans of the original should enjoy it, while newcomers to the series will probably find it entertaining as well. It is available now.

MSB

Book Review – Yeitso by Scott M. Baker

Yeitso
by Scott M. Baker
Courtesy of the author
Release Date: August 22, 2014

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First off, I am offering the author of YEITSO, Scott M. Baker (no relation…as far as we know), a public apology. He sent me this book months ago, but I am just now getting to the review. Yes, yes…I know everybody is busy, but even so, I don’t usually make people wait this long. So, Scott…sorry for dragging my feet on this one.

I can also state that YEITSO was definitely worth the wait. I’ve had the honor of reviewing four other titles from Baker’s bibliography, but this one is by far my favorite thus far. With this book, Baker has put himself in the running as an alpha male in the wolf pack of independent horror authors.

If you are not familiar with YEITSO, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the author:

Veteran detective Russell Andrews has seen the dangers of big-city life: rape, murder, gangs. It’s not a place he wants to raise a teenage daughter on his own. After his divorce, he moves with her to serve as the sheriff of a sleepy New Mexican town. But the desert has dangers of its own–deadly secrets that eat men alive. Secrets growing in power. Andrews comes face-to-face with a thing out of myth, a force without a name in the modern world. The Navajo, though, call it Yeitso.

I love, love, LOVE creature-features, regardless of the media format in which they are presented. I’m good with books, movies, cartoons, pictographs, pretty much anything. And this one certainly delivers.

YEITSO is written very well, with Baker’s trademark style of succinct, efficient storytelling. This book seems to be the pinnacle of Baker’s writing abilities so far; his earlier works feel more raw, slightly unpolished…but this book showcases the maturity his writing style has attained.

The characters in YEITSO are believable and well fleshed-out. They are all damaged in some way, as are all human beings, which heightens the credibility of each and extends the realism. I particularly like the main character, Andrews; he is the quintessential protagonist for a story like this, but he’s also a likable, down-to-earth guy. He is obviously a caring father, which helps make him the perfect hero for me to read.

The story in YEITSO is riveting and curious, a mystery rife with intrigue and horror. I love the pacing of the book, as it reveals just what the reader needs to know in order to keep the suspense alive and the interest piqued. Baker’s mastery of this aspect is one of the true joys of his writing.

YEITSO is a major win for me, and I highly recommend it. The book is an effective thriller, but it also has a nice dose of gore. You can’t ask for much more out of a horror novel. The book is available now in a variety of formats.

Movie Review – Cub (2015)

Cub
Directed by Jonas Govaerts
Courtesy of Artsploitation Films
Release Date: August 18, 2015

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I absolutely love horror films that have kids in them. Not teens, but kids, from the age 12 and down. Why, you might ask? Because this makes the terror and the tension in a horror movie even more palpable. Maybe this stems from me being a parent…but when kids are involved, my anxiety level skyrockets. For this reason, I knew I wanted to check out CUB the minute I saw its press release. And I’m sure glad I gave it a look, too. The film is a unique and impressive horror flick that deserves your attention.

If you are not familiar with CUB, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Artsploitation Films:

This dark, bloody, imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Rings, Friday the 13th and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group. A wildly entertaining “killer in the woods” actioner.

This is the first Flemish horror film, from what I understand…and it’s a heck of a debut. The movie takes hold of you from the start and never lets go. It is well made, and I will wager the horror community will be hearing much more of director Jonas Govaerts in the future.

CUB is shot well and looks great onscreen. The production team does a great job of capturing the desolate wilderness in which the events take place. This feeling of isolation dramatically increases the suspense, as we (the audience) truly believe these scouts have nowhere to go.

The acting is great, too. I am particularly impressed with Maurice Luijten, who portrays the main character, Sam. Luijten does an excellent job with this role, and I hope to see more of him in the future.

The story in CUB is pretty straightforward, with the only vague aspect being the motive behind the killings. But it’s the execution of the film that wins me over here. Chocked full of mystery and intensity, this is one movie I will definitely revisit in the near future.

CUB is a major win for me, and I suggest checking it out soon. It is available now in a variety of formats, but try to give it a look on Blu-ray; you’ll appreciate the HD picture and sound.

MSB

TV Show Review – The Walking Dead, season 5

The Walking Dead, season 5
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: August 25, 2015

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I simply cannot say enough good things about THE WALKING DEAD. I have had the privilege to review each season as it has been released on DVD/Blu-ray, and each time I laud the show for what it is and what it represents. But my reviews do not do the show justice. It is that good. I am in my forties, and I cannot think of another show in all my years of TV watching that has been this impressive. Season 5 continues this tradition of excellence, and I am extremely proud to state it is my favorite season thus far.

If you are not familiar with THE WALKING DEAD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

Season Four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them: after all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…who do they become?

I think I’ve said this before, but one of the most impressive aspects about this show is how NO character is safe. The writers have no qualms about killing anyone off, regardless of how major or minor their role in the storyline is. Just knowing that your favorite character could die during any episode ratchets the tension up exponentially.

As with each previous season, THE WALKING DEAD is shot well and looks like a movie. The production value is way high, which allows for deeper immersion into each episode. I daresay this is the best looking show on television.

The acting is again superb, with Andrew Lincoln headlining an amazing cast. The regulars (who have survived previous seasons) are once again present as well, including Norman Reedus as Daryl, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Lauren Cohan as Maggie, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Danai Gurira as Michonne, and Melissa McBride as Carol. Newcomers to this season include Seth Gilliam, who portrays the downtrodden priest, Gabriel; Josh McDermitt, who plays scientist Dr. Eugene Porter; and Christian Serratos, who shines as Rosita Espinosa, Abraham’s girlfriend, just name a few.

The special effects in season 5 of THE WALKING DEAD are once again stupendous. They rival even the best movies that are being made today. I particularly like how the zombies appear more and more decomposed as the show progresses. This is a testament to the respect the production team gives the audience; they know we (as a whole) will expect rot to ensue as time passes.

THE WALKING DEAD season 5 is another huge win for me, and I recommend it whole-heartedly. If you have never watched the show, do yourself a favor and give it a look. If you’re up-to-date on the television episodes, snatch this season 5 set up immediately to add to your collection. The Blu-ray version has an excellent HD picture and sound, and some nice Special Features as well, including:

* Featurettes, such as Inside the Walking Dead; The Making of The Walking Dead; The Making of Alexandria; Beth’s Journey; Bob’s Journey, etc.
* Audio Commentaries
* Deleted Scenes

and more. Snag your copy today!

MSB

Movie Review – Evil Bong 420 (2015)

Evil Bong 420
Directed by Charles Band
Courtesy of Full Moon Features
Release Date: August 25, 2015

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Full Moon is a company that seems to be afraid of nothing. The company’s film catalog is chocked full of awesome and obscure concepts, even those that might seem taboo to some folks. But one of my favorite series thus far are the EVIL BONG films. Cheap and schlocky, these films redefine B-grade horror, and I LOVE THEM. I just can’t get enough. EVIL BONG 420 is the latest release in this group, and it certainly does not disappoint.

If you are not familiar with EVIL BONG 420, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Full Moon Features:

Polish your balls and head to the lanes. Rabbit has escaped the Evil Bong’s World of Weed, and has opened a topless bowling alley. It’s the Grand Opening and the balls are rolling, the boobs are bouncing and the weed is plentiful. When his old friends, Larnell and Sarah Leigh stop by to help him celebrate his wacky new business venture, things are finally looking up for Rabbit, right? Wrong! Evil Bong is hot on Rabbit’s trail. With the help of the murderous Gingerdead Man, they crash the most balls out party of the century. But Gingerdead Man has plans of his own when he learns that the secret to becoming a real man is getting his cookies off. The Bong is BACK!! And so is everybody else, including Sarah Leigh (Robin Sydney), Larnell (John Patrick Jordan), Rabbit (Sonny Carl Davis), Velicity (Amy Paffrath), Hambo, Gingerdead Man, Ooga Booga and tons of insane surprise guests. It’s the movie with its mind firmly in the gutter. EVIL BONG 420 has the biggest balls, boobs and bongs you’ll see all year.

There are so many things to like about this movie, but it won’t be for everyone. I will wager many people will start watching this and shut it off shortly afterward. The acting is cheesy, the dialogue is simplistic, and the plot…well, there’s not much to it. But all of these factors combine to make a great B-film experience. If you’re a fan of Full Moon films like me, you’ll love this flick.

EVIL BONG 420 looks like it was shot on a home video camera, but that does not detract from the film at all. In fact, it adds to the charm. The look and feel of the movie reminds me of a late-80s/early 90s creature-feature that tries to be serious.

As I mentioned above, the acting is cheezy, and it is not confined to one particular actor…it’s pretty much everybody. But honestly, I don’t think I would have liked the movie as much if it wasn’t. I especially like Sonny Carl Davis, who plays Rabbit. Davis has a knack for delivering one-liners with zing.

The special effects are typical Full Moon-fashioned fun. Gingerdead Man still looks like a turd with a face, while Evil Bong shines with her bad-assed attitude and curvy stature. You just can’t ask for much more when you’re looking at a film like this.

EVIL BONG 420 is a major win for me, and I can’t wait to see where they take the series next. I really like how this film incorporates a couple of different Full Moon franchises (much like DOLLMAN VS. DEMONIC TOYS did). This is a fun piece of cheezy pie, so don’t expect an Academy Award winner. If you can watch it with the right mindset, you’re in for a treat. The film hits store shelves next week, so make a note.

MSB

Movie Review – Northmen: A Viking Saga (2015)

Northmen: A Viking Saga
Directed by Claudio Fah
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: August 11, 2015

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When reviewing a movie like NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA, one must keep in mind the intended end result behind the film. This was not made to win an Academy Award, nor was it made to awe and impress (like a Michael Bay film). The script was not written to relay an underlying message or provide any kind of symbolism. Far from it. This movie was simply made to entertain. The title alone tells what the viewer is in for, and any expectation of more is a fool’s gambit. As such, NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA does exactly what it was designed to do. And although it’s not perfect, it’s still a lot of fun and worth checking out.

If you are not familiar with NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

In the 9th century, a group of Vikings, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When the daughter of the Scottish King by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom. The King immediately sets his ‘wolfpack’ a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall (Ryan Kwanten). Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death…

I will confess the primary draw for me here with this film is Ryan Kwanten. I love his portrayal of Jason Stackhouse in the TRUE BLOOD series, and I like his diversity as an actor. Kwanten shows a wide array of talents with this role, and it is truly a feather in his cap.

NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA looks pretty decent from a production standpoint, but it also doesn’t come across as a high-value motion picture. There’s not much to the sets (other than locations), and the special effects are pretty straight forward. Still, the film doesn’t need a blockbuster budget to achieve its goal.

The acting is pretty good all the way around. I mentioned Kwanten above, and he’s joined with several unique acting talents. Ed Skrein plays the menacing Hjorr, while Tom Hopper plays the stoic hero Asbjorn. Both do a great job, and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future. Likewise, the rest of the cast is enjoyable as well.

NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA is a lot of fun, as long as you go into it with the right mindset. It does not bring anything new to the table, but it is still entertaining to watch. As such, I recommend giving it a shot. The action is decent, and the tension is abundant. The film is available now in a variety of formats.

MSB

Movie Review – Child 44 (2015)

Child 44
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: August 4, 2015

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Serial killers terrify and fascinate me. Not to sound morbid, but the idea that a person could do something so heinous as to torture and kill another person is mystifying to me. But at the same time, just knowing they exist is enough to make me lose sleep at night. When children are thrown into the mix, specifically as targets of a particular killer, now THAT is enough to make me squeamish on many levels. For this reason, I knew CHILD 44 was a must-see for me, and I loved it. Epic on a monumental scale, this film is enthralling, from start to finish.

If you are not familiar with CHILD 44, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

After a friend’s son is found dead, Soviet secret-police officer Leo Demidov suspects his superiors are covering up the truth. When Leo dares to raise questions, he is demoted and exiled to a provincial outpost with his wife. There, Leo soon discovers other mysterious deaths with similar circumstances and convinces his new boss that a deranged serial killer is on the loose—and must be stopped before he strikes again in this electrifying thriller.

I was concerned about the running time of the film, which clocks in at over two hours in length. Many films that long tend to drag in the middle, thus making a boring movie experience. Thankfully, my concerns were unfounded. The run-time is perfect, and the movie keeps a nice, steady pace.

The cinematography in CHILD 44 is beautiful, and the movie is shot with a sense of grace. I would daresay it is artistic in some places. This helps to enhance the movie experience and immerse the viewer in the film.

The acting is excellent, with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace portraying the leads. I’ve been a fan of Hardy’s work for many years, while Rapace continues to impress me with her diverse acting ability. I read reviews that complained about their Russian accents, but I think both do a top-notch job with them. Likewise, Gary Oldman shines as a compliment to Hardy and Rapace.

The story in CHILD 44 is engaging and intense. Granted, it is lengthy, but it needs to be to help build the tension. I particularly like the complexity of the subplots as they relate to the main storyline. Just when you think a certain scene has nothing to do with the story, it comes full circle and you realize it is necessary to help build the plot. The resolution at the end of the film is also satisfying and just; I will not reveal anything, but I will say I was happy with how things wound up.

CHILD 44 is a major win for me, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good thriller. The acting performances are phenomenal, the story is intense and intriguing, and the movie as a whole is gorgeous. You just can’t ask for much more. The film is available now in a variety of formats.

MSB

Blu-ray Movie Review – Contamination (1980)

Contamination
Directed by Luigi Cozzi (as Lewis Coates)
Courtesy of Arrow Video & MVD Distribution
Original Year of Release: 1980
Blu-ray Release Date: July 7, 2015

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ALIEN and the films in its franchise are some of my favorite movies of all time. They are intense and terrifying, with amazing special effects and the most horrific aliens I’ve ever seen. The first film was so groundbreaking that hundreds of mimics were made, all set to ride on the coattails of the original’s success. One such film, Luigi Cozzi’s CONTAMINATION, shamelessly flaunts itself as taking the premise of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece and peppering it with exploding guts galore. This is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly when it comes to the projectile gut-splattering, however it is important to keep things in perspective when watching the film. If you go into this film with the right mindset, you’re in for a guaranteed good time.

If you are not familiar with CONTAMINATION, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of MVD Distribution:

Branded as a “video nasty” in the UK, director Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination takes the premise of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien and peppers it with exploding guts galore and a dangerously infectious soundtrack from celebrated Italian prog-rockers Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). A cargo ship drifts up the Hudson River. Its crew: all dead, their bodies horribly mutilated, turned inside out by an unknown force. Its freight: boxes upon boxes of glowing, pulsating green eggs. It soon becomes clear that these eggs are not of this planet, and someone intends to cultivate them here on Earth. But who? And to what end? Starring Italian horror veteran Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Contamination is an ultra-violent sci-fi epic that really gets under the skin. In space, no one can hear you scream – but on Earth, the terror rings loud and clear!

I thought this film would be diehard science fiction horror, which is why I didn’t enjoy it to begin with. But as the movie progressed, my mindset changed, and I started seeing it for what it is: a schlocky, B-grade homage to Ridley Scott and his work. And it is done this way on purpose. Once I came to that realization, my viewpoint about the film changed, and I wound up having a blast.

CONTAMINATION is 35 years old, and it shows. The film is very dated, due in part to the clothing, hairstyles, and cars seen throughout. This aspect does not detract from the film, however you will definitely be able to tell it is an aged picture. Arrow once again delivers in the quality department, however, by providing a 2k restoration of the film from the original camera negative. As a result, the picture looks very good and the sound is excellent.

The acting is a different story. I understand Italian cinema from that era tried desperately to imitate American works, but it sure seemed lacking when it came to the acting talent. Nobody in this film gives a particularly great performance, and there’s quite a bit of overacting. But surprisingly, this actually helps add to the film’s charm. Weird, I know, but you just have to see it to understand.

The special effects in CONTAMINATION are where this film shines. They are very well done in most aspects for a film of this time period. I say ‘most aspects’ because a few of the set pieces are reminiscent of an Ed Wood film, but most everything else is well done and looks tight. I particularly like the exploding chest scenes; there’s plenty of carnage when these happen, and it looks excellent onscreen.

CONTAMINATION won’t be for everyone, but it’s a win for me. If you like schlocky B-movies, Italian cinema in general, or alien invasion flicks, this is one film you’ll want to check out. The Special Edition Blu-ray also contains:

* Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
* Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
* Newly translated subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
* Brand new audio commentary by filmmaker, Fangoria editor and Contamination super-fan Chris Alexander
* Notes on Science-Fiction Cinema: An archive documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage and director Luigi Cozzi on the birth of Contamination
* 2014 Q&A with Cozzi and star Ian McCulloch
* Sound of the Cyclops: Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini on the music of Contamination – the Goblin keyboardist discusses Contamination’s dark, progressive rock score and a lifetime making music for Italian terror
* Luigi Cozzi vs. Lewis Coates – a brand new interview with the director in which he discusses his filmmaking career from past to present
* Imitation Is The Sincerest Form of Flattery: A Critical Analysis of the Italian Cash-In – a brand new featurette looking at the Italian gerne movies which sought to cash-in on popular Hollywood blockbusters
* Theatrical Trailer
* Graphic Novel based on the original Contimanation screenplay [Disc Gallery]
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
* Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Alexander

MSB

Fear, Inc. Commences Production in Los Angeles

FEAR, INC. COMMENCES PRODUCTION
IN LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6, 2015 –Lone Suspect announces that production will commence today in Los Angeles on its latest feature film FEAR, INC. Written by Luke Barnett and directed by Vincent Masciale, who are best known for their viral videos on Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die,” the film stars Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”), Caitlin Stasey (TV’s “Reign”), Chris Marquette (ALPHA DOG) and Stephanie Drake (“Mad Men”). The supporting cast is rounded out with Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”), Ashlynn Yennie (THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE), Patrick Renner (THE SANDLOT), Ronnie Gene Blevins (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) and Richard Riehle (OFFICE SPACE).

Luke Barnett, Vincent Masciale along with Heather Kasprzak and Natalie Masciale are producing FEAR, INC. under their Lone Suspect banner. Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance as well as Tanner Thomason and Frank Masciale are executive producing the film.

FEAR, INC. follows a company of degenerates who can be hired for a premium to bring your greatest fears to life. But when horror junkie Joe Foster’s customized scare seemingly begins, he and his friends must decide if this company is there to scare them, or make them pawns in their own sick game.

“With the self referential humor of films like SCREAM and CABIN IN THE WOODS and our background with Funny or Die, the goal is to add a large comedic element to the dark material,” said director Vincent Masciale.