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Hidden in the Woods DVD Review

by Drew Boyer on 09/17/13

Hidden in the Woods DVD CoverHidden in the Woods is a film that is based on true events, though this is extremely hard to believe given the gruesome content and nature of the film throughout.  Within the interview that is included in the 8-page collectible booklet, the director claims the film is 70% accurate to the true events and the other 30% is his own vision.  Regardless, Hidden in the Woods will keep you at the edge of your seat for the whole 98 minute run time and leave the story and some images burned in your mind forever.

The movie follows a couple of sisters and their brother who had escaped from their father, Felipe, who was a drug dealer.  Throughout the years, Felipe had abused the girls and brother and subjected them to monstrous atrocities that you only read about in books.  Their brother, Manuel, is deformed and had only been fed an all meat diet while he was locked in a shed.   After escaping from their father, the girls and their brother all go to a cabin deep within the woods where Felipe used to keep his drugs.  It is in this cabin the viewer is treated to a scene where the family cannibalizes a couple of hikers, who were up to no good, after they tried to attack one of the women.  We see dismemberment, blood, gore, guts, and just about everything you can imagine.  The special effects in this part of the film were very well done and made the scene seen believable.

A man named, Costello, is the leader of a drug gang and he wants Felipe’s drugs, so he decides to get other members of his gang to find the girls and torture them until they reveal where the drugs are hidden.  Some members of the drug gang finally find the cabin with the girls in it and start to torture them asking where the drugs are; however, they have no clue.  After some more blood flies, the girls and Manuel manage to escape into the woods.  The remaining two members of the drug gang go out to find them and kill them.  This chase sequence is very well done and so intense, it had the palms of my hands sweating and hoping the girls would get away.  Eventually, we are brought to the very final scene of the movie.  The final scene is so disturbing and so bloody, at times, I had to look away.  I kept telling myself, “It’s only special effects.”, but it was so well done, it almost seemed like reality.

I don’t want to reveal too much of this movie in this review, hence, why I’m a bit vague on a few things because there are a couple of twists in the story at the end.  Overall, this movie was sick, disgusting, gory, and extremely bloody, but I liked it.  It was very well done and the story line was very believable, obviously, because it was mostly true.  Hidden in the Woods is a movie that I recommend almost any Horror fan to watch as it’s a story of survival and revenge at its most extreme.  Overall, I give Hidden in the Woods a 5/5 stars.  It’s definitely worth buying and keeping in your collection as you may want to watch it multiple times.


Overall rating:  5/5 stars


Special Features:

Interview with Director Patricio Valladares
8-Page Collectible Booklet
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Artsploitation Trailers

Hidden in the Woods is available now on DVD and VOD!  Get your copy today!
 

The Cloth DVD Review

by Drew Boyer on 09/16/13

The Cloth DVD CoverThe Cloth is not your typical Horror movie with traditional exorcisms being performed throughout.  It provides a different twist as to how good fights against evil with different levels of weapons depending on the level of demon being fought.

Starring Danny Trejo and Eric Roberts, as well as a number of other B-movie actors, The Cloth falls just a bit flat of being an exceptional movie mainly due to the horrible CGI effects within the film; I really wanted to like this movie, but the cheesy graphics throughout the film took my attention away from the actual story line.  At one point, I noticed things completely disappear when they should have still been in the frame.

The Cloth starts out with a traditional exorcism being performed by Father Connley (Danny Trejo) and another priest.  There was a lot of promise for this film at this point because some disturbing images, blood, and gore were included in this part of the film, which was appropriate given the scene of the priests exorcising a demon.  As they have a hard time exorcising this demon, Father Connley dies during this struggle.

Jason (Kyler Willett) isn’t really religious at all, so he really doesn’t believe in god.  His family had been killed from an accident, so this was the reason why his faith had eventually waned.  Jason is recruited by the exorcists to help them fight against the demons because his father had been one and wanted him to follow in his footsteps.  Jason is reluctant at first, but he finally decides to join them in the fight. 

Jason learns from the in-house historian Laurel (Perla Rodriguez) that the 5th Satan appears in human form and his name is Kasdeya (Justin Price).  He seeks people who have turned their back on god.  Once Kasdeya arrives, he has to return to his realm within seven days.  Basically, they don’t want Kasdeya to take any lost souls with him.

Jason also learns about the weapons from their weapons specialist, Helix (Cameron White).  All the weapons are made from metals that were found in the Ark of the Covenant.  The level of weapon to be used is dependent upon which demon possesses a person as well.  Despite all of these new weapons, Father Diekmen (Lassiter Holmes) reminds Jason that the essential weapons are still holy water and crosses.

Jason finally goes out with Father Diekmen to fight some demons that are possessing people.  After a couple days of fighting, Jason decides to give up because he is sick of what he sees and being pushed around.  Laurel, the historian, eventually goes to Jason’s place to convince him to come back, which Jason, eventually, agrees to.  Jason actually finds out later that Laurel was possessed at one point in her past and his father was the one who was able to save her.

The seventh and final night, Jason and Father Diekmen go out to find Kasdeya to kill him.  Kasdeya finally shows up and they have an exchange of words and a battle ensues; however, after all of this is done, there is a twist at the end of the film that I shall not reveal.

Despite the horrible graphics at times, there were actually some pretty promising graphics as well, but it just wasn’t consistent enough throughout the whole movie to appreciate.  The music throughout the movie was actually very good and I was able to appreciate that, but I was a bit disappointed in the story line and how they killed the demons.  As the demons had been possessing people, it appears to defeat the demons; they are actually killing the people, or vessels, that the demons have taken over.  That was a hole in the story that I didn’t really get, nor was it really explained in the film either.

Overall, The Cloth is not the worst movie I’ve seen, but it still needs a bit of help in order to get a higher rating from me.  It really seems like one of those cheesy SyFy Original movies that you see on TV.  With that being said, the film wasn’t a waste of time either as there were some entertaining elements in it as well.  Overall, I give this film an average 3/5 star rating.  It’s worth at least one look.


Overall rating:  3/5 stars


Special Features: 

Making of The Cloth
Weapons of The Cloth
Deleted and Alternate Scenes
“Hell and Back” Music Video

 

Scary Movie V Blu-ray Review

by Drew Boyer on 08/19/13

Scary Movie V Blu-ray CoverWe are all familiar with the silliness of the Scary Movie franchise, so one would think we already know what we are getting ourselves into before viewing another Scary Movie installment; however, what we get with Scary Movie V is really just immature and juvenile slap-stick comedy. 

Scary Movie V has its moments where I actually laughed out loud at a few things, but then the movie seemed to just keep dragging on and repeating a lot of the same stuff, i.e., when someone gets hit in the head with pots and pans.  Usually, a comedy is supposed to move fast and keep you laughing throughout most of the movie, not making you beg for it to be over.  Clocking in at 88 minutes long, Scary Movie V was just too long of a movie and should have been only cut down to 30 minutes as that’s about when it started to lose its luster.

Some of the movies that were parodied in this installment were Black Swan, Paranormal Activity, The Cabin in the Woods, and Inception among others.  We even see a Fifty Shades of Grey parody in the movie, which was interesting, but many people probably wouldn’t get the joke if they haven’t read the book.  Although Scary Movie V has an all-star cast of comedians who have been part of some extremely funny movies in the past like Charlie Sheen, Katt Williams, Molly Shannon, Mike Tyson, and Snoop Dogg among a whole list of others, it still wasn’t enough to save this movie from being such a train wreck.

Overall, Scary Movie V was just an okay comedy movie.  It certainly isn’t one of the better movies in the Scary Movie franchise and probably shouldn’t have even been made.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the Scary Movie series, I even like the fourth one as well, and that’s probably where it should have stopped.  I give Scary Movie V an overall rating of 2/5 stars because, although it was a disaster, I still got some pretty good laughs out of it within the first 30 minutes of the movie.  Some people like this kind of comedy, and I do as well, but it just dragged on too much throughout this film.  Scary Movie V is definitely worth checking out yourself so you can make your own judgment.

Scary Movie V hits store shelves on Tuesday, August 20th 2013!

Overall Rating:  2/5 stars


Special Features:

Deleted and Extended Scenes

Street Trash Special Meltdown Edition Blu-ray Review

by Drew Boyer on 08/05/13

Street Trash Blu-ray CoverAfter viewing the Street Trash Special Meltdown Edition Blu-ray, I’m still, at this very moment, trying to think of and make sense of what I just watched.  I haven’t decided what the Hell this movie is yet; however, all I can say at this point is, the more I think about it, the more I actually liked the movie.

Street Trash is an older B-Horror movie that follows homeless people around for the most part, mainly two brothers, Fred (Mike Lackey) and Kevin (Mark Sferrazza), who live in a tire hut in a salvage yard.  Fred is the “street wise”, older brother while Fred is the younger one who seems to always stay at home.  We also are introduced to a character named, Bronson (Vic Noto), who seems to be the one who is the bully of the homeless people in the salvage yard.  Bronson uses brute force and scare tactics to maintain power over the rest of the homeless people living at the yard and he is initially seen as the villain of the movie.

A store owner finds an old hidden crate of alcohol in his store called, Tenafly Viper, and he decides to take it out front to sell it.  The Tenafly Viper is 60 years old and it appears the store owner has no knowledge of the alcohol.  He sells each bottle for a very cheap $1.00.  Fred goes into the store and sees the alcohol, so he lifts a bottle and runs away.  Another homeless guy steals that same bottle of Tenafly Viper from Fred and goes to an abandoned building and sits on a toilet to drink it.  After taking just one sip of the alcohol, the homeless guy starts to melt and his body is being eaten away.  He eventually melts down into the toilet; definitely a creative way for someone to die.

As more people start to die, the police get involved to try to figure out what is causing all the deaths.  As the movie progresses, more and more homeless people start to drink the Tenafly Viper and they all die by melting away.  Eventually, Fred’s younger brother, Kevin, gets in a little “pickle” with Bronson and starts running away from him.  Bronson wants to hurt Kevin, if not kill him.  Fred comes back and actually kills Bronson and saves his little brother.

Street Trash is your typical B-Horror movie with some clever jokes strewn throughout the film, which makes it funny at times.  The video quality for this Blu-ray is excellent considering the movie came out in 1987.  It really looks like the film was shot just yesterday, so the film conversion was exceptional.  Finally, if you are a true fan of sick, disgusting movies and gore, you will not be disappointed with Street Trash as this movie has a lot of it.  Just be forewarned, do not watch the movie while eating dinner.  Considering everything, Street Trash was actually an entertaining movie to watch considering its age.  I had fun while viewing it and, although not the best movie out there, it deserves at least one look by horror and B-movie fans.  Overall, I give this movie a 4/5 star rating.


Overall Rating:  4/5 stars



Special Features include:

  • Two audio commentaries featuring Writer/Producer Roy Frumkes and Director James Muro
  • The Meltdown Memoirs:  Feature length documentary on the History and Making of Street Trash featuring rare footage and interviews with the cast and crew
  • The Original Street Trash 16mm Short Film that inspired the movie
  • The Original Street Trash Promotional Teaser
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Jane Awakawa Video Interview and Deleted Scenes

Anchor Bay to Release Halloween 35th Anniversary on Blu-ray

by Drew Boyer on 07/25/13

Halloween 35th Anniversary CoverMichael Meyers will be coming home again on September 24th when Anchor Bay releases Halloween 35th Anniversary on Blu-ray.  This anniversary edition features an all new HD transfer personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Academy Award nominee, Dean Cundy, a new 7.1 audio mix (along with the original mono audio), a brand new feature length audio commentary by writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all new bonus feature with Curtis, as well as  selected legacy bonus features from previous releases. 



The Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray will be available in a collectible limited-edition book-style package (available only for the first printing) with 20 pages featuring archival photos, an essay by Halloween historian Stef Hutchinson, and specially commissioned cover art by Jay Shaw.




Bonus features on the Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray include:


- All new commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis
- “The Night She Came Home” new feature with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD)
- On Location
- Trailers
- TV and Radio Spots
- Additional Scenes from TV Version

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