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  1. Blu-ray Review: "The Bloodstained Butterfly" (1971)

    A teenage girl (Carole Andre) is murdered in a park. An accused news reporter (Giancarlo Sbragia) is tried and convicted for the crime, but afterwards the killings continue.

    “Bloodstained Butterfly” is not your typical giallo. Generally, the genre walks a line between “murder mystery” and what might be called a proto-slasher. In this film, however, we have almost no aspects of the slasher at all. We don’t have the death scenes, the killer in black gloves or any of that. We do have ...
  2. Review: "I Am Not a Serial Killer" (2016)

    In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies (Max Records) must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

    For director Billy O’Brien, “I am Not a Serial Killer” was something of a passion project. He came on strong with “Isolation”, a film praised heavily by legendary award-winning columnist Jon Kitley. When Kitley spoke with O’Brien at that time, he already wanted to adapt the novel. Even more amazingly, he knew ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "Transformers: The Movie" (1986)

    The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.

    One of the odd quirks about cartoons in the 1980s was the use of various shows to sell toys. "Masters of the Universe", for example, was notorious for making toys first and introducing them as cartoons after. According to director Nelson Shin, the decisions on which Transformers ...
  4. T. S. Kord’s “Little Horrors”: A Book Review

    As much as I am ashamed to admit it, after being knee-deep in horror for over two decades, I never considered “evil children” to be a subgenre in the same way that the slasher, found footage or exorcism is. T. S. Kord’s “Little Horrors” (out now from McFarland) changed my mind and opened my eyes. She identifies no fewer than 300 films with “evil children” to appear on screen since 1900, making it one of the oldest subgenres of all. Over half have been made since 2000 – which means not only how popular ...
  5. Blu-ray Review: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

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    Looking for a fitting tribute to an absolute F/X legend? Then step right up and have a gander at a Blu-ray presentation that aptly pays respect to a man who simply rewrote the book on making ordinary things look extraordinary? May I present to you Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, and might I add that the title of this one couldn't fit any more perfectly.

    Guaranteed, whether you might know it or not, if you've seen a film in MAYBE ...
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