Retro Reviews

Throwback Ozploitation: Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

Throwback Ozploitation: Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

Tweet “It’s your money or your life and it’s in that order!” “Stand and deliver sir!” “Boomerannnng sir!” Mad Dog Morgan’s famous lines still enliven me nearly 20 years after my first viewing of Phillippe Mora’s (The Beast Within, Howling II-III) scalding film of the same name. Morgan is one of Dennis Hopper’s most esoteric […]




Throwback Horror: Night of the Zombies (1980)

Throwback Horror: Night of the Zombies (1980)

Tweet With the zombie invasion brought on by George A. Romero’s seminal “Dawn of the Dead” Bruno Mattei’s “Night of the Zombies” (aka “Hell of the Living Dead”, “Virus”, “Zombie Creeping Flesh”, “Zombie 4”…I think that’s it) brought to the screen a film rich full of horrible use of stock footage, zombie clichés, and a serious violation of background […]




Son of a Hundred Maniacs: A Nightmare on Elm Street Retrospective

Son of a Hundred Maniacs: A Nightmare on Elm Street Retrospective

Tweet Since his 1984 debut in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, the child murderer turned crazy dream ghost known as Freddy Krueger has been one of the most instantly recognizable icons of the horror genre.  He spawned a seven-movie franchise (plus a television series, a crossover film, and a remake) and singlehandedly turned New […]




THE EXHUMED FILMS 24 HOUR HORROR-THON: What Are You Afraid of? It’s Only 24 Hours!!! (Part 3 of 3 in 3-D)

THE EXHUMED FILMS 24 HOUR HORROR-THON: What Are You Afraid of? It’s Only 24 Hours!!! (Part 3 of 3 in 3-D)

Tweet For our last installment of our trilogy of pieces focusing on the mighty Exhumed Films Horror-thon extravaganza we decided to give you a special treat. All images in this entry will be in 3–D!!! That’s right folks. Break out your cyan/red 3-D glasses and view some images never before seen in the third dimension. […]




Failploitation: ‘Vampyros Lesbos’

Failploitation: ‘Vampyros Lesbos’

Tweet It was a brisk winter day here in Brisbane, Australia and the leaves were beginning to change their color in order to adapt to the cooler weather that has invaded Australia’s tropical climate. The air moved quickly around me as I made my way up the path from the main building on campus. I […]




Regarding the new Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell DVD…

Regarding the new Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell DVD…

Tweet I really love Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell. A horror trailer compilation released in 1987 with a thoughtful selection of 47 vintage clips. Such a bloody party tape wasn’t anything new in the VHS era at that point. Wizard Video had The Best of Sex & Violence hosted by John Carradine, Filmgore hosted by […]




DVD ‘Em Dead: Mark Freed’s homespun release of his SHOCK ‘EM DEAD (1991)

DVD ‘Em Dead: Mark Freed’s homespun release of his SHOCK ‘EM DEAD (1991)

Tweet With a dead end job at Pizza Playhouse, Martin (Stephen Quadros) has dreams of being a rock star, but his ambitions exceed his talent. After flipping off his boss (Aldo Ray in his last role), Martin has his day dream crushed upon being laughed off a lead guitarist tryout for the fledgling band Spastique […]




The Self Defeating Nature of Late Era Italian Horror

The Self Defeating Nature of Late Era Italian Horror

Tweet At one point, every horror fan is required to face the fact that much of what constitutes straight-up horror during Italy’s gory years is essentially xerox cinema of varying degrees. Outside the beautiful black-and-white gothics that first populated Italy’s horror landscape, the vernacular of the giallo, and cannibalistic jungle romps– there just isn’t much […]




13 Reasons to Love…

13 Reasons to Love…

Tweet Robert Hiltzik’s Sleepaway Camp (1983) is a bona fide classic of the slasher subgenre. Made for a clapboard $350,000 during the peak of the bloody-teenage-dream-crush gold rush, then 25-year-old writer/director Hiltzik seemed acutely tuned in to the potential of the camp hacker. The film is soaked in grotty, perverse subtext that runs deeper than […]




Insomnia Cure? Try Toolbox Murders (2004)

Insomnia Cure? Try Toolbox Murders (2004)

Tweet Nell (Angela Bettis), a teacher trying to find work, has recently temporarily moved into a rathole of an apartment complex with her medical student hubby. Just as soon as she begins making acquaintances with tenants, they begin disappearing. Armed with a compulsion to know where her annoying neighbors went, Nell discovers that there’s much […]




They’re Baaaaaaaaack!!

They’re Baaaaaaaaack!!

Tweet If you’re a horror fan and you spent any time of your life in the 80’s, chances are you have a dusty binder in your attic filled with cards of babies covered with zits, ripping their skin off, and vomiting up their intestines. Normally, such a collection would land you in your local paper’s police blotter, […]




Revisiting the Land of the Dead – Five Years On

Revisiting the Land of the Dead – Five Years On

Tweet George A. Romero’s long awaited 2005 return to his stumbling flesheaters, Land of the Dead, was a conundrum. Expectations were unbelievably high, especially on forum-busting threads at all the usual horror haunts, with every new story detail, promotional still, and interview being a slice of zombie euphoria. I honestly can’t remember my first two […]