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Welcome to our new section of reviews. Something quite different for us, but we think our readers are going to find it very useful. Basically, it’s a section of shorter capsule reviews. Looking for something different to seek out and in a hurry? Well now you have a section filled with concise single paragraph reviews that get right to the point. From the offbeat and rare to the latest DVD's we are now able to cover more titles than ever before. This is in no way saying that the movies here are not worthy of attention. Far from! After 10 years at this we know with absolute certainty that some movies just don’t need an in-depth two-page review. Case in point, VERSUS. Here’s a zombie classic, but does it really warrant more than a paragraph to tell you the storyline and how great it is? Here’s our chance to cover movies that we wouldn’t normally be able to cover while rounding out the site in a new and comprehensive way. Some won’t be from our sponsors, some will. Some will be terrible, while others will be pure cinema gold. Many formats, many genres, you just never know what you'll discover. The possibilities are endless. Well, dig in!

UK/2006 – NR – 80 Minutes
D: Gareth Evans
S: Nicholas Bool, Mads Koudal, Jared Morgan, Solitaire Mouneimne, Emma Powell, Sarah Lloyd, Steve Grey
DVD Courtesy ofUnearthed Films
Extras: Commentary, Making-of Featurette, Interviews, Alternate and Deleted Scenes, Other Featurettes

Andrew is understandably depressed. His parents are dead, a friend is brutalized and will never be the same, and he loses his job. Unsure of himself and what kind of future, if any, he will have, Andrew becomes numb. His inability to express his frustration causes his girlfriend to walk out on him. One night Andrew flips out and beats the crap out of a jerk in a men’s room. From that point on, Andrew’s life deteriorates into even lower depths as he gets involved with drugs deals and even snuff films. As one might guess, Gareth Evans’ SOV movie isn’t a family feel good event. From its violent beginning until its…well…violent ending, the story is bleak. We do get to see Andrew arrive at some dubious redemption in what is a great third act finale. Still, there is good and bad here. The good is the documentary-like experience of the movie, which makes one feel as if it’s all very real. A lot of credit has to go to filmmaker Evans for not only understanding his subject matter but also in how professionally he translates it to the screen. Another big plus, very big, is a great performance by Mads Koudal as Paul, a psychopathic thug that shows Andrew the ropes. Unfortunately, the one bad element is Andrew. Played in an almost catatonic one-note manner by Nicholas Bool, Andrew simply isn’t a character that elicits much empathy or understanding from the audience. In fact, at times he’s downright boring. Yes, you root for him near the end, but that has more to do with rooting against his adversaries than pulling for the so-called hero. Even so, given Koudal’s captivating performance and the grittiness of Evans’ screenplay and direction, I recommend this one to genre fans. – Craig Hamann

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1941 - NR - 293 Minutes
D: Ford Beebe & John Rowlins
S: Warren Hull - Wade Boteler - Anne Nagel - Keye Luke
DVD Provided by VCI Entertainment
Fullscreen/Dolby Digital
Extras: None

In this sequel to the 1940 serial The Green Hornet, Britt Reid (Warren Hull) and his faithful manservant, Kato (Keye Luke) find themselves on vacation in Hawaii and in the midst of a huge crime ring that is involved in every aspect of society. Led by a mastermind by the name of Grogan, Green Hornet finds that he will have his hands full infiltrating this syndicate to bring it to its knees. This sequel to the original series ups the ante, expanding itself from 13 to 15 chapters. There are more exotic locales like Hawaii, even though I’m pretty sure that most of Hawaii was represented by stock footage and fake foliage. Keye Luke has returned as Kato, but this time we get a new Green Hornet in the shape of actor Warren Hull. This might actually be an improvement as Hull was more acclimated for this kind of role. Having played The Spider and Mandrake the Magician in other serials he seemed tailor made for The Green Hornet. As all of the other serials from this time frame we are treated to tons of stock footage, explosions, twists and turns of the plot that sends us through almost five hours of two-fisted action. While the first serial established the character and gave us his background, THE GREEN HORNET STRIKES BACK! takes what has gone before and runs with it. I think that this might be the definitive Green Hornet experience for those who are looking to the roots of his creation before digging into the new feature film that is scheduled for release in the near future. No extras on the disc, probably because there wasn’t room. The print is very nice and clean. Unlike the recent VCI release of THE GREEN HORNET: MOVIE EDITION, there is no bizarre coloring of the print. Just good old fashioned black and white like it was meant to be seen. – Douglas A. Waltz

LovecraCked! The Movie
2006 -; NR – 87 Minutes
D: Various
S: Elias, Chad Bernhard, Nick Basile, Brian A. Bernhard, Lloyd Kaufman, Anna Ganster, Suzy Hotrod
DVD Courtesy ofBiff Juggernaut Productions
Extras: “The Voice Inside” Featurette, Short Films, Blooper Reel, Music Videos, Trailer

Have you ever watched a movie that made you want to put your fist through the television screen? This one will. This inept accumulation of short subjects supposedly is a parody of H. P. Lovecraft’s works. It’s not. It feels more like a hodgepodge collection of disjointed, mostly lame, and sometimes seemingly unfinished film school skits. Anyone familiar with Lovecraft’s actual life and the man’s sufferings and/or anyone who is a fan of the author’s writings will want to go out of his or her way to avoid this mess by Biff Juggernaut Productions. That said, I will mention the three titles that aren’t all that bad. Remain utilizes impressive stop-action filmmaking and is appropriately creepy in a story about an artist becoming a little too at one with his painting. Bugboy has a nice “Metamorphosis” twist with a great gross-out bug and nice black and white imagery. Finally, there is Alecto, which is a disturbing but nicely shot tale about a troubled violin teacher. There, that’s it. The other titles simply aren’t that good, being rife with bad acting, uninspired direction, abrupt and vacant story-lines, not to mention the boring and unfunny wraparounds. Two of the movies, And This Was a Good Day and Re-Penetrator, are dull to the point of being unwatchable. Not recommended.- Craig Hamann

2010 - NR - 17 Minutes
D: Alan Del Tufo
S: Bart Shatto - Joe Carney - Jill Haas - Adam Vadasz - Megan Lavner - Alan Del Tufo
DVD Provided by Draftstar Entertainment
Extras: N/A - Screener

A very bad play ends with deadly and hellish results in director Alan Del Tufo's short satire OPENING FRIGHT. Several of the actors and stagehands get trapped by a demonic killer after a disastrous opening night. Unable to leave, they team up with a newspaper critic and try and find their way out after discovering a severed leg. Realizing they are trapped, a few more bite the dust and discover Mr. Demon (played by director Alan Del Tufo himself) not only cannot resist dismembering folks because it is his nature, but he's actually there because he dreams of being a Broadway star! Having tried out at the local theater for six other plays, he takes matters into his own hands. OPENING FRIGHT is an odd mix of low budget gore (we're talking the fake feet and hands you buy at the Halloween stores that open for two weeks in October), purposely hammy acting and comedic farce making fun of the Arts. It's hit and miss as some of it is overbearing for a 17 minute short film, but there's enough there to make the viewer smile from time to time. A tad more atmosphere in the set up might have been enough to give it some edge. Alan Del Tufo is actually quite effective as Edward The Demon and does a very funny routine on stage that reminisces Peter Boyle's famous Putting on the Ritz in Mel Brook's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Overall, I'd say if you run across this at a festival or on a collection of shorts, definitely give it a shot if you are in a humorous mood. Mark Engle

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