Disc of the Week: ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

There are certain distribution companies that you always keep on eye on. For imports from the UK it always comes down to two for me: Arrow Video and Second Sight Films. Now Second Sight may not have the monthly output of Arrow, but you can rest assured that whatever they put on disc will be a stellar release. They first came to my attention with their RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu. That disc is still my go to release of the film to watch as it’s the only place worldwide to hear the original theatrical soundtrack. Since then other highlights from the company have included the BASKET CASE TRILOGY, STREETS OF FIRE, and SUPER MARIO BROS. Try holding your breath and waiting for Disney to release that last one in a special edition here in the States.

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The Silly, Seriously Stupid Brilliance of Joe Dante’s Gremlins 2

Ah, Joe Dante, you crazy, beautiful man, you. The truth is: I love this guy. He is responsible for several favorite movies of mine: The ‘Burbs (which, if we were doing underrated 80s films instead of the 90s here, would probably be first on the list, followed by Clue), the original Howling, and the neglected Matinee.

Just imagining the way this merry prankster’s face must have lit up the day Amblin and Warner Bros. gave him complete creative control and a huge budget to play around with when he agreed to direct a Gremlins sequel always brings a smile to my face.

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BLOOD IN THE SNOW 2016: Get drawn in with 24X36

In a booming collectibles world, one market that has sprung up and helped trigger others as well, is the market of the movie art print. in 24X36, this documentary covers the beginning of the trend, it’s history based off of classically drawn movie posters, and both the artists and collectors of the scene. And in it’s Toronto premiere at Blood in the Snow Film Festival, the world gets to see more about what’s behind the art that draws us.

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BLOOD IN THE SNOW 2016: Love takes a deadly turn with CAPTURE KILL RELEASE

Couples do a lot to bond themselves together. Some like to go camping, white water rapids rafting, even sky diving. But how far would you go to declare your love for your partner when they want to plan a murder together? At its Toronto premiere at Blood In The Snow Film Festival, CAPTURE KILL RELEASE tackles that exact subject.

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2016 Vinegar Syndrome Black Friday Buyer’s Guide

Each year during Black Friday, Vinegar Syndrome does a huge sale on their catalogue and they always have something up their sleeves. They have killer deals on their back catalogue, Exploitation TV, Limited Edition films, and most of all their monthly packages. Needless to say, there is something in there for any film fanatic.

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Disc of the Week: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3

THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of my favorite horror films of all time. Top 5. Top 2 probably. In fact, it was my first Disc of the Week ever last July. Unfortunately the series has been a bumpy road to travel ever since. PART II scrubbed the series of its nihilistic punk aesthetic and turned it into a kiddie comedy. It has some fans, I am not one of them. NECROPOLIS and RAVE TO THE GRAVE, the fourth and fifth installments, are two of the worst movies ever made. They move beyond the juvenile slapstick humor found in PART II to new levels of cringe-worthiness. The only sequel in the series that could be labelled a good movie is RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3. Instead of trying to match the original’s untouchable blend of horror and humor, it succeeds by playing it straight. This is a somber film about the lengths we will go to for love. But don’t be worried horror fans, this isn’t some art house zombie fare. It’s also a Brian Yuzna joint, which means plenty of rubber creatures running around and tearing chunks off of people.

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