Code 7, Victim 5/Mozambique

Review of Blue Underground's crime drama double-feature.

Horror Horizon - April 26

Horror releases for April 26 including Death Becomes Her and Dolemite!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2

Review of Scream Factory's massive Blu-Ray.

10 Cloverfield Lane

Though it's not the same as Cloverfield, this sequel manages to scare up an intense 100 minutes all the same.

Episode 21: The Warriors

Blood and Black Rum Podcast get intimate with The Warriors in a new episode.

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Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for May 3, 2016

Horror releases for May 3 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the title to go to the Amazon listing; buy to support this site!

Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama [Garagehouse Pictures Blu-Ray]

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“Think the first one was yummy? Hope you left room for seconds! Trailer Trauma was only the beginning. Now you must prepare yourself as an all new assault of gruesome ghouls leaps off the screen and into the drivers seat! A tribute to the twilight days of drive-in horror double-bills and dusk-till-dawn creature feature spook shows, Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama is a wild celebration of monster movie mayhem that will blow your mind! Featuring 95 RARE and HARD-TO-FIND trailers mastered in full HD… many for the first time! Nearly 3.5 hours of movie madness! If Trailer Trauma left you hungry for more, Trailer Trauma 2 will eat you alive!”

Mojin: The Lost Legend [Well Go Blu-Ray]

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“Some people have a special gift. They’re able to travel between the realms of the Living and the Dead…and Tomb Raiding can mean Big Business. Welcome to the world of the Mojin. Based on the #1 Bestselling series of novels and starring Shu Qi, Chen Kun, Angelababy, and Huang Bo, MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND pits a trio of legendary grave robbers against scholars, rivals, and the law until an offer from a mysterious stranger tempts them into one last heist…an adventure that will test their skills, their friendship, and ultimately their mortal souls.”

The Last Ship: The Complete Second Season

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“As the second season opens, Captain Chandler (series star ERIC DANE), XO Slattery (series star ADAM BALDWIN) and the rest of the crew are working to disseminate the cure that paleomicrobiologist Dr. Rachel Scott (series star RHONA MITRA) developed at the end of season one. As soon as they arrive back on U.S. soil, however, they are met with opposition in the form of a new world order under the leadership of Amy Granderson (guest star ALFRE WOODARD). To make matters worse, they also face a dangerous new enemy bent on taking over the world.”

The Haunting of Alice D

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“In the late 1890s, Davenport House was a famously successful brothel, ruled with an iron fist by an owner notorious for his cruelty and insatiable greed. Virtually imprisoned inside these walls, young Alice was forced to endure years of brutality and sexual slavery – until she took murderous revenge on her captors and tragically ended her own life. More than a century later, the latest Davenport heir is hosting a decadent bash in the newly renovated mansion – complete with drugs, prostitutes and just one rule: anything goes. But the “fun” has barely begun when strange, terrifying things begin to happen. Suddenly, the legend of Alice’s tormented ghost proves to be very real as the guests discover firsthand that vengeance never rests in peace!”

Submerged [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“A limousine joyride goes berserk in this breathless, pulse-pounding thriller. Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and into the water by a gang of ruthless kidnappers: who then dive in to finish the job. Suddenly it’s sink or swim, as the bodyguard must fight to keep the vehicle from becoming a watery grave.
This edge-of-your-seat thriller, directed by Steven C. Miller (Silent Night, Under the Bed), also stars Cody Christian (TV’s Teen Wolf), Talulah Riley (Thor: The Dark World), Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Tim Daly (Diner) and Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City).”

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“Special Features Include:

-Audio commentary with director Jim Wynorski and actresses Cindy Lucas and Amy Holt”

Steele Justice [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

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“You don t recruit John Steele… You unleash him! When the police needed someone to stop the Vietnamese Mafia, there was only one choice. The Vietnam War didn t end for John Steele… it just changed locations. Martin Kove (The Karate Kid) stars as Steele, a battle-hardened, spirit-scarred vet unable to find his niche in mainstream America. But when Southern California s drug-running Vietnamese mafia murders his best friend, Steele finds a new war to fight and unleashes an action-packed array of blazing firepower and deadly finesse known as Steele Justice. Written and directed by Robert Boris (Electra Glide in Blue) and featuring a top-notch cast that includes Sela Ward (TV s Sisters), Ronny Cox (Robocop), Bernie Casey (I m Gonna Git You Sucka), Soon-Tek Oh (Missing in Action 2), Peter Kwong (Big Trouble in Little China), Al Leong (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon), Jan Gan Boyd (Assassination) and Sarah Douglas (Solarbabies).”

Scherzo Diabolico

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“Tired of his nagging wife and his dull existence as an underappreciated employee, seemingly mild-mannered Aram snaps after he is passed over for a well-deserved promotion. Suddenly and menacingly asserting his long-reserved power, he devises a plan to kidnap a schoolgirl and keep her tied up in an abandoned warehouse in order to finally get what he feels he is owed. But what seems like the perfect plan soon unravels into his worst nightmare.
In this twisted thriller, visionary writer-director Adrián García Bogliano delivers a fresh take on the genre while keeping the audience constantly guessing as to what will happen next in its gory game of cat and mouse.”

Emelie [Dark Sky Films Blu-Ray]

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“As their parents head out for a date in the city, the three young Thompson children immediately take to their new babysitter Anna (Sarah Bolger, Into the Badlands, Once Upon a Time), who seems like a dream come true: she s sweet, fun, and lets them do things that break all of their parents rules. But as Anna s interactions with them take on a more sinister tone, the kids realize that their caretaker may not be who she claims to be, and soon it s up to big brother Jacob to protect his siblings from the increasingly nefarious intentions of a very disturbed woman.

Featuring a tour-de-force performance from Bolger and its three young leads, EMELIE is a multidimensional, nail-biting thriller that proves trust can be the most deadly of weapons.
Special Features: Making of, Trailer”

Odd Thomas/Burying the Ex Double-Feature

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“BURYING THE EX (2015, R, 89 Mins) It seemed like a great idea when all-around nice guy Max (ANTON YELCHIN, Star Trek) and his beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (ASHLEY GREENE, Twilight Saga) moved in together. But when Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare, Max knows it’s time to call it quits. There’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal, freak accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as Max is thinking about moving on with what could be his dream girl, Olivia (ALEXANDRA DADDARIO, True Detective) – Evelyn has returned from the grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means transforming him into one of the undead.

ODD THOMAS (2014, NR, 96 Mins) – Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs – predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction – Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy (Addison Timlin) and the local sheriff (Willem Dafoe), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz, ODD THOMAS is a supernatural action thrill-ride from the acclaimed director of The Mummy and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.”

20 Horror Movies: Tales of Terror

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“From murder and mayhem to mystery and intrigue, this deliciously creepy collection features masters of terror Vincent Price, Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee and more in 20 classic films. You’re guaranteed a good scare when you experience the Tales of Terror!”

Stranded/Way of the Wicked Double-Feature

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“STRANDED ( 2013, NR, 88 Mins) When the isolated U.S. military moonbase is bombarded by a rogue meteor storm, Colonel Gerard Brauchman (Christian Slater) and his small crew are cut off from Earth with their life support failing. Before long, the crew discovers the meteors harbored alien spores…and they’re replicating. Now a vicious, shape-shifting predatory life form is loose inside the crippled facility, picking off victims one by one. Locked in a desperate fight for survival, Brauchman and the terrified remaining astronauts have one final mission…keep the creature from escaping the moon and finding a new food supply on Earth.

WAY OF THE WICKED (2014, NR, 92 Mins) Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, True Romance) stars with Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Snatch) in this heart-stopping supernatural thriller. After a series of inexplicable murders sweeps a small, isolated community, Father Henry (Slater) goes to a local police detective (Jones) with a theory on why the murders are occurring. The two learn that a troubled teen with a dark past has recently moved to town and has set his sights on the cop’s beautiful, young daughter. Father Henry, who turns out to have secrets of his own, finds himself pitted against a demonic force more diabolically evil and twisted than any of them could have imagined.”

Vampires Suck [Blu-Ray]

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“A spoof of vampire-themed movies, where teenager Becca finds herself torn between two boys. As she and her friends wrestle with a number of different dramas, everything comes to a head at their prom.”

The Mirror

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“Jemma Dallender (I Spit on Your Grave 2) stars in this chilling tale from a news story that set Twitter and Facebook alight. Three scheming roommates buy a haunted mirror on eBay. Their plan is to prove that it is indeed haunted in order to claim the One Million Dollar Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public on the dangers of believing unproven claims of supernatural phenomena. They set up round-the-clock cameras in the hopes of capturing evidence of something going bump in the night. Their desire to win blinds them to the evil forces they have unwittingly brought into their world, that are out to exact a terrible revenge.”

Awakened

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“Newspaper reporter Jacob Harker (Rob Boltin) loses his job, forcing he and his wife, Haley (Gwendolyn Edwards), to move into a small rental house owned by Webster Cain (Michael Monks). In the process of moving in, Jacob discovers a discarded audio recording of 60’s blues singer Carol James (Hannah Hughes). Captivated by the voice on the recording, Jacob conducts an investigation into Carol James’ life and death. Through his pursuit, Jacob becomes haunted by an evil spirit. While the spirit seductively persuades Jacob, drawing him deeper and deeper into its own malicious plot, the spirit attacks and terrorizes Haley, creating both fear and distrust in the Harker’s home. Haley sees her husband turning into someone less recognizable each day. How can a marriage survive such attack, deception, and evil? Can the faith of one help restore the condition of another?”

10 Movie Horror Collection Featuring Rise of the Undead

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“Rise of the Undead
The nation has collapsed, leaving a room full of strangers filled with dread and uncertainty. Venturing into the apocalyptic world without a plan, the group soon realizes they aren’t the only ones who have survived there are zombies everywhere.

To Survive
Jonathan, a lone drifter, begins to take on responsibility for a group of apocalypse survivors. But will the dangers of the empty countryside kill his chance at love and family?

Slipstream
Matt Owens, a bounty hunter, kidnaps a fugitive from a law officer (Mark Hamill). To avoid detection, Owens flies into a post-apocalypse slipstream. Now he’ll have to face the law, a religious cult that holds the winds sacred, and the unknowns of the slipstream.

The Devil’s Messenger
The devil (Lon Chaney Jr.) sends his right-hand henchman to Earth to execute a final, apocalyptic plot: detonate a 500 megaton bomb, destroy all of mankind, and fill the chambers of hell with tormented souls.

Night Train to Terror
An unsuspecting rock band boards a train bound for nowhere, while two illustrious presences, God and Satan, swap macabre tales and discuss the fate of the train’s passengers.

Daughter of Darkness
Katherine travels to Romania to find her father and uncovers their blood-sucking legacy. Starring Anthony Perkins.

Zombies vs. Strippers
Zombie apocalypse comes to a down-and-out adult establishment where strippers must fight off invading flesh-eaters.

The Last Man on Earth
Scientist Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) must save humanity from extinction after a sinister plague transforms mankind into a blood-thirsty breed of creatures.

I Eat Your Skin
When a writer travels to a remote island to gather material for his next novel, he discovers that it’s full of zombies and meets the cancer researcher who’s to blame.

Destined To Be Ingested
Tom, Anna and their friends were loving life on the beautiful waters of the South Pacific…even if their boat’s big, dumb captain did get them lost. But when they end up on an island they believe to be uninhabited, the vacation is over. Attacked by a tribe of vicious natives, the group will quickly learn that there’s trouble in paradise.”

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The Noose: Pre-order the new documentary UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY in excellent bundle

A few years ago, work was started on a documentary about Pet Sematary called Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. Now, it’s finally completed and available for pre-order in a great package that includes the film in a Blu-Ray/DVD combo set, a T-shirt, and a 27″ x 39″ poster featuring the film’s artwork.

These orders are available now at the Terror Films online shop, but in order to fund the release, the pre-order has to reach 1000 customers. If it doesn’t meet that benchmark, the money will be 100% refunded. It’s a great way to see this documentary before its official October release date, and it comes with enough bonus items to make you salivate. Think about wearing that great cover artwork on your back.

The release sells for $39.99, and you can place your order here.

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Blood and Black Rum Podcast Episode 22: Ghost in the Shell

Blood and Black Rum Podcast battles existentialism, the difference between humanity and cyborgs, and robotic boobs in their discussion of Ghost in the Shell, the anime from 1995. Also on topic: Saranac beer, the asianification of ScarJo in the GitS live-action film, and what anime might make good live-action adaptations. Enjoi!

Give it a listen and let us know what you thought of Ghost in the Shell in the comments. Don’t forget, you can catch us on Soundcloud, listen on Stitcher, like us on Facebook, andsubscribe on iTunes. Or email us at bloodandblackrumpodcast@gmail.com. Please do it all, that way we know you like us.

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Alien Day 2016: Do You Believe in Aliens?

I can’t remember the first time I became fascinated with aliens, but I do know that my friends and I used to have long conversations in elementary school about their existence, the potential sightings we had experienced, and the implications of what that meant to our six-year-old existentialist ideals. But there’s one night in particular that stands out, probably for multiple reasons.

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Code 7, Victim 5/Mozambique [Blue Underground Blu-Ray Review]

code 7 mozambiqueBlue Underground’s Blu-Ray of Code 7, Victim 5 and Mozambique features two films that pair well together, as they should: both films are hardboiled crime dramas directed by Robert Lynn and written by Peter Yeldham, adapted from original stories by Harry Alan Towers, and they’re also set in South Africa, giving both a very similar feel. These are James Bond-esque capers with a bevy of buxom ladies and leading men who like their drinks, their smokes, and their women, and this Blu-Ray collection brings them to home video in good quality. Check out reviews of the two films below.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray Review)

 

In 1974, Tobe Hooper struck gold with a film that damn-near scared the hell out of anyone who saw it. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a horrifying experience occasionally punctuated with Hooper’s off-kilter brand of humor; while the violence was often brutal and the moments tense, the film found some levity, chiefly in the deranged family the protagonists happen upon while on their trip. A dozen years later, Hooper returned to Leatherface and his chainsaw with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, a significantly more tongue-in-cheek affair that almost satirizes the concept of the original film. Instead of peppering the horror with comedy, Part 2 is nearly consumed by it, giving audiences more laughs than conventional scares.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (Review)

When 10 Cloverfield Lane was hastily announced shortly before its release, the expectation was for J.J. Abrams and his crew for this film – director Dan Trachtenberg and writers Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, and Damien Chazelle – to return to Cloverfield‘s giant monster roots, or to at least tie this one to the other when it became clear that we would not be getting another found-footage flick. Even the trailer, cleverly veiling the subject matter as a peaceful indie drama about people with beards playing board games while listening to a jukebox, left room for the kaiju angle. 10 Cloverfield Lane cements itself as story within the Cloverfield franchise, not a sequel per se but a continuation of a larger, somewhat connected idea – much like American Horror Story‘s soap operas playing with various horror tropes, so too does Cloverfield as a whole. And this one is, for the most part, a suspenseful yarn about a woman kidnapped by a man who tells her the end of the world has occurred outside their bunker.

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The Hallow (Scream Factory Blu-Ray Review)

 

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Faeries and woodland creatures don’t seem scary because of contemporary interpretation, but doing a little research into Irish folklore reveals a wide range of monstrous demons that don’t often get the recognition they deserve. Corin Hardy’s The Hallow, however, looks to change that by taking influence from films like Pan’s Labyrinth and creature features while drawing from Irish folk tales and stories. As a first-time film director, his offering to the horror genre is impressive, and it hits all the right notes with its monster designs and practical effects.