Horror Project, Volume Two (1970 - 1977/Arrow Blu-ray Set*)/Blood
Paradise (2018/Artsploitation Blu-ray)/Critters Attack!
(2019/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)/Mojin: The Worm Valley (2018/Well
Go Blu-ray w/DVD)/Nemesis 2, 3 & 4 (1995,
1996/Blu-ray*)/New York Ripper (1982/Blue Underground Blu-ray
w/CD & DVD)/Rock Paper Scissors (2019/Lionsgate DVD)
B/B/B- & C/B- & C+/B/B+ & B-/C Sound: B/C+/C+ &
C/B & C+/B/B+ B- B/C+ Extras: B+/C/C/C/B/B+/C- Films:
B/C/C/C/C- C C/B/C
is a wide-ranging new set of horror releases of all kinds, usually
Video's second volume in the American
series is a slam dunk for indie horror fans as three unique indie
films are remastered and presented in grand fashion on Blu-ray disc.
While they don't have too much in common except the theme of revenge,
these unique films all teleport you to a surreal and very different
horror world than the norm.
limited edition box set includes:
(1970) - John Hayes' film is the oldest in the set and the most
realistic of the bunch. Following the exploits of a young preacher
and his beautiful assistant, two nomads who travel with a bizarre
church-like cult in the desert. The woman starts to lose her mind
along the way and soon becomes quite dangerous. The film stars
Edmond O'Brien, Brooke Mills, Marc Lawrence, Michael Pataki, Paul
Prokop, and Arthur Franz.
(1976) - Martin Goldman's psychedelic thriller follows the exploits
of a vengeful Grandfather who puts a curse on a man named Barry that
handicapped his daughter in a freak car accident. Barry soon starts
to feel the supernatural effects of the hex that has been put on him
and soon must seek psychic help to combat it. The small and intimate
film stars its two writers JJ. Barry and Caroline Barry with Kim
Hunter, Kate McKeown, Frank Bongiorno, and William Robertson.
(1977) - A Innkeeper faces off with a young girl who has supernatural
abilities and the ability to the communicate with the dead. She soon
uses her dark powers to take revenge on those who are responsible for
her mother's death. The
is directed by Robert Voskanian and Robert Dadashian and stars Laurel
Barnett, Rosalie Cole, Frank Janson, Richard Hanners, Ruth Ballan,
and Slosson Bing Jong.
three of the films are new 2K restorations from the original film
elements and feature original uncompressed PCM Mono audio mixes that
are perfect for '70s micro budget films of this nature. The
widescreen aspect ratios differ on The
where there are both 1.37:1 and 1:85:1 presentations. The other two
films are in standard 1.85:1 widescreen. This is definitely the best
presentation you'll find of these releases on the market and each
have vibrant colors and equally competent sound mixes. The
soundtrack for The
as mentioned in the extras, has a very unique and creative approach
that is definitely outside the box and unique.
sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned
artwork by The Twins of Evil
Horror Project Journal Vol. II - limited edition 60-page booklet
featuring new writing on the films by Stephen R. Bissette, Travis
Crawford and Amanda Reyes
No Evil - Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
No Evil - Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm
No Evil - Hollywood After Dark: The Early Films of John Hayes,
1959-1971 – brand new video essay by Stephen Thrower looking at
Hayes' filmography leading up to Dream No Evil
No Evil - Writer Chris Poggiali on the prodigious career of
celebrated character actor Edmond O'Brien
No Evil - Excerpts from an audio interview with actress Rue
McClanahan (The Golden Girls) discussing her many cinematic
collaborations with director John Hayes
August - Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
August - Brand new audio commentary with writer-director Martin
August - Brand new on-camera interview with Martin Goldman
August - Brand new on-camera interview with producer Marianne Kanter
August - The Hills Are Alive: Dark August and Vermont Folk Horror –
author and artist Stephen R. Bissette on Dark August and its context
within the wider realm of genre filmmaking out of Vermont
August - Original Press Book
Child - Filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
Child - Brand new audio commentary with director Robert Voskanian and
producer Robert Dadashian, moderated by Stephen Thrower
Child - Brand new on-camera interviews with Robert Voskanian and
Child - Original Theatrical Trailer
The Child - Original Press Book
von Barkenberg's Blood
(2018) is a Swedish production that wants to have it both ways, be
sexy, but have S&M while also having murder and limited mystery
as people start stabbing each other in the back and we know too much.
Thus, there is plenty of blood and violence, but next to no suspense
or mystery and it goes on and on and on and on for 84 very long
minutes where it is as if they are not shooting with a script and
don't know what they want to do.
actors look bored and nothing here is very memorable as the criminal
happenings seem connected to a writer or a book or the like, it is
not intriguing and/or very original. What little you have not seen
before, you're better off skipping. Don't know what the point of all
this was, but this is one 'paradise' very lost.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is an HD shoot
that does not impress too much and looks generic too often, but is
somehow more stable than other HD shoots on the list, but why the
film is stuck with
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound makes no sense and makes a problematic
film harder still to
on both disc versions include Delete Scenes: Blood Sex Dream (2:00);
Fly (1:30); Latex Dreams (2:30); Tractor and Sheep (2:30) and Music
by Baby Yaga (4:30) and You
by Baby Yaga (4:00). Yes, its that kind of release.
anything made since the 1980s suddenly needs a sequel, prequel,
revival, remake or 'reimagining' here comes Bobby
(2019) with only a few amusing moments and none of the wild humor
that at least made the first film memorable. Dee Wallace Stone shows
up (sending up her E.T.
Role while expecting us to recall her horror cred by being in The
and is not enough in a film that does not know what to add to the
'cannon' of this series.
least the digital CGI work is limited, but this otherwise plays like
a cheap package deal that had no real reason to be made, except...
its there and they have the rights. The title creatures should at
least be outrageous and funny if not terrifying and this 89 minutes
romp fails at that too. Yawn!
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the Blu-ray
is nothing impressive and even looses the look the first film had, to
the extend that it did, being an HD shoot and with some motion blur
it should not have, a larger problem on the 1.78 X 1 on the
anamorphically enhanced DVD even softer and harder to watch.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on the Blu-ray sometimes
has soundfield issues and does not take full advantage of the newest
audio possibilities. The DVD's weaker, lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 is
even less effective.
include three featurettes: Engineering
Gore; Designing Critters,
and a Scene Specific Commentary with Director Bobby Miller and a
Critter (ooohhhhh, kay).
The Worm Valley
(2018) is the unnecessary sequel to the first film that was enough of
a hit that the makers are trying again to equal the commercial
success of the first film (which was not a big hit in the U.S and was
not impressive to this writer) and is filled with all kinds of
(eventually) surreal images that become repetitive quickly and at the
cost of story or character development.
is apparently not the point as the would-be hero goes to a sacred
tomb and it is guarded by the deadly creatures we encountered before,
but there is not enough of them either (the CGI is lame), so we get
111 minutes that are too self-impressed and start many things it
cannot seem to finish. Guess you have to have liked the first film
like our other writer did (see link below), but all in all, this
quick rehash is for big fans only.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the Blu-ray
can be a bit soft because there is far too much CGI visual work in
this HD shoot, so expect phoniness occurrently throughout, while the
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is even softer and worse, so
stick with the Blu-ray. Can't imagine a 4K edition.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Mandarin 5.1 lossless mix on the Blu-ray
fares better and is actually a mixdown from the original 11.1
theatrical sound mix, plus it apparently has the D-BOX motion bass
feature meant to go with moving mechanical chairs. The DVD is stuck
with a weaker, lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 that is passable at best.
include trailers for this and other Well Go releases.
more on the original film, try this link:
Rewind Collection captures for the first time on Blu-ray, the Nemesis
film series. We reviewed the first film a few months back (review
elsewhere on this site), and now the three sequels are together on
Blu-ray in one collectible set and packed with archival featurettes.
All of the films are directed by Albert Pyun, who directed the first
film as well as the failed 1990 Captain
film and Cyborg
(both reviewed elsewhere on this site). Bodybuilder Sue Price stars
in all three Nemesis
(1995) - A genetically tampered superwoman is sent back in time to
protect her from a group of killer robots. The film also stars Chad
Stahelski, Tina Cote, Earl White, and Jahi J.J. Zuri.
3: Time Lapse
(1996) - Evil cyborgs are back, this time it's up to a mutant warrior
to save the day. The film also stars Tim Thomerson, Norbert Weiser,
Sharon Bruneau, and Debbie Muggli.
4: Cry of Angels
(1996) - A time-traveling assassin (Price) kills the wrong man and
soon after his associates put a ransom on her head. The film also
stars Andrew Divoff, Bianka Copikova, Nicholas Guest, and Norbert
films are certainly inspired by everything from Blade
and Roger Corman films, however, don't exactly hold up to today's
standards. The digital effects are primitive and the acting is
pretty stale, but there's a level of appreciation for some of the
hard work that obviously went into making these films. However, they
aren't very memorable at the end of the day or really recommendable
unless you're a fan of low budget direct - to - video sci-fi movies.
three films are presented in 1080p high definition in their original
widescreen aspect ratios (Nemesis
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, Nemesis
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1) and audio mixes in 2.0 stereo, which is fine
considering these are low budget productions that went straight to
video. This is likely the best these films have ever looked as MVD
Rewind has done a nice job of remastering these films.
Pyun talks Nemesis
Pyun talks Nemesis
Pyun talks Nemesis
Theatrical Trailers for all three films
a Collectible Mini-Poster
is an all but forgotten series that you likely wouldn't have seen
before unless you hung out in a lot of video stores in the '90s or
just happened to catch them on late night TV. While they aren't
completely original and certainly borrow from stronger films, but
they are enjoyable to look back on.
more on the first film,
try this link:
like their releases this past year of Maniac
(reviewed elsewhere on this site), Blue Underground pulls out all of
the stops and remasters another classic Italian splatter film, Lucio
New York Ripper
(1982), which has never looked or sounded better than it does in this
exciting new 4K master release. The film stars Jack Hedley, Almanta
Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti, and Alexandra Delli Colli.
New York Ripper
is a modern re-imaging of the Jack the Ripper murders only set in
'80s New York City. It centers around a killer that stalks women and
likes to quack like a duck while doing so, leaving bizarre clues
behind. The Killer tortures the police while remaining anonymous and
killing left and right all over the city. The
New York Ripper
features many of Fulci's trademarks including over the top gore, a
focus on sexuality and nudity, surrealistic lighting, and high
production value. Having seen all of his films, I can safely say
that this is one of his finest works.
mentioned above, The
New York Ripper
has been remastered in 4K and is presented here in 1080p high
definition Blu-ray with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and sound
mixes in English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 and English DTS-HD
Master Audio Mono lossless mixes as well. There are also soundtracks
Italian (with English subtitles), French, and Spanish. The overall
look of the film is more colorful than past releases and has had
extensive color correction work done to it that's mostly an
improvement. Also included is a standard definition DVD with
similar, but compressed features and the original soundtrack CD with
the score from the film.
MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK CD by Francesco De Masi
Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered
Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
Art Of Killing
- Interview with Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti
Fingers Of Violence
- Interview with Star Howard Ross
- Interview with Co-Star Cinzia de Ponti
Broken Bottle Murder
- Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
- 2009 Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
- Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond
Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
Me Blood Red
- Interview with Poster Artist Enzo Sciotti
Locations Then and Now
& Still Gallery
Booklet with new essay by Travis Crawford
a 3D Lenticular Slipcover
more on the film, read our earlier coverage of the older Blu-ray
and often least is Tom Holland's Rock
(2019 and not by the actor now playing Spider-Man) manages to cast
and waste Michael Madsen and Tatum O'Neal of a serial killer
supposedly cured (sure) and his release from a medical facility
coincides with a new set of murders by apparently a serial killer
like the cured man. Is it him, a copycat or someone trying to frame
him for some kind of revenge against him or as a cover to kill? Add
someone wants to interview the cured one for a book and you get
tired, slow pretension and zero suspense as exciting as looking at a
bunch of rocks.
idea it is connected to a book or writer always seems a bad cliche at
this point and when the movie is so dumb, who would watch it who
might actually read books? The makers cannot paper over how this
portrays the mentally ill in a very bad light either, so it is just
more exploitation not worth your time unless you really like this
kind of thing. I expect most will not.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is HD shot and has its share
of flaws and some motion blur, with nothing special about its look.
Could have been better. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 is a bit better,
yet it could have been recorded better on the shoot at times.
a trailer is the only extra.
Nicholas Sheffo (Blood,