Archive for May 2012


FILMGORE Blu-Ray cover

FILMGORE available now from Full Moon Features!

*** Originally published on Beyond the Marquee, 05/21/12 ***

Here’s a little quote for you, Doc: “The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.”  – Fred Rogers.  That’s Mister Rogers, if you didn’t know him personally.  I may be a grown up, but I can still feel the twelve year old boy running around inside of me; though it could be that $5 Little Caesar’s pizza I had at lunch.  In any case, the 7th grade version of Malone was all giddy for the second film I’ve had the pleasure to review in Full Moon’s “Grindhouse Collection.”  This time around, it’s 1983′s Filmgore - a compilation of some of the finest horror clips Producer Charles Band (Trancers, Dolls) could afford.  With jokes written by the late Forrest J. Ackerman (Dead Alive, Evil Spawn) and featuring Elvira (Cassandra Peterson), this little flick is a wonderful nod to the VHS days of the ’80s.

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THOU SHALT NOT KILL… EXCEPT now on Blu-Ray from Synapse Films!

*** Originally published on Beyond the Marquee, 05/06/12 ***

You know Doc, one of the greatest Westerns of all time is, without question, The Good The Bad and The Ugly.  Shot on a shoestring in the Spanish desert, Sergio Leone showed us a style of filmmaking not previously seen in the genre.  This was no John Wayne-in-Monument Valley picture.  The landscape,  new and exciting, might as well have been the surface of the moon.  Then television star Clint Eastwood delivered a gritty performance that would shoot him straight to legendary status as the iconic “Man With No Name”.  And then there’s that soundtrack.  Everyone knows Ennio Morricone’s famous score, which instantly conjures up imagery of a duel on a dusty road.  Perfection.  But as good as it is, I’m not here to review that film.  Look at the thumbnail… I just finished watching the brand new Blu-Ray release of another low budget film shot in a strange land.  Read on for the good, the bad and the ugly on Josh Becker’s Thou Shalt Not Kill… Except  (available now from Synapse Films). Read more