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Re-animator (Widescreen Millennium Edition) [2 Discs] [Import]
Re-animator (Widescreen Millennium Edition) [2 Discs] [Import]
DVD ~ Jeffrey Combs
Offered by Sharehouse Goods CA
Price: CDN$ 42.00
15 used & new from CDN$ 6.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Heeeere, Kitty-Kitty-Kitty..., Feb. 21 2004
Strange things are happening at Miskatonic Medical school. All was well until Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) showed up. He is an odd looking / odder acting man with insane ideas about re-animating the dead. West moves in with med student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) and his cat, Rufus. Unbeknownst to Dan, West is conducting his unholy experiments in the basement. One night, Dan's girlfriend Megan (Barbara "Where are my clothes?" Crampton) notices that Rufus is missing. She finds him in West's refrigerator, looking like a road-kill sandwich. Later that night, Dan is awakened by sounds that still drop my body temperature when I recall them! Hideous howls and screeches ring throughout the house. Dan grabs a baseball bat and investigates, only to find West in his basement laboratory, battling a re-animated and VERY ticked-off Rufus! With Dan's help, Rufus is vanquished, and used to redecorate the walls. West re-animates the poor feline a second time with his glowing, green "re-agent" serum to prove to Dan that he means business (or, that he really hates cats). Dan is forced to help Herbert when he threatens to tell the dean (Robert Sampson) that Dan is sleeping with his daughter. One thing leads to another, and the diabolical duo end up in the morgue, re-animating a cadaver. Learning nothing from the Rufus fiasco, our heroes get thrown around the room by a convulsing, zombified madman! Dean Halsey shows up and gets himself squished, leading to his own re-animation. Herbert makes up a story about the dean attacking them for no apparent reason. Convinced he's gone nuts, the dean is put under the care of Dr. Hill (David Gale), a brilliant, slimeball of a brain-surgeon, who keeps Halsey locked up in his office for "observation" and lobotomizes him. Hill figures things out and decides to steal West's ideas for himself. Extremely bad choice! West beheads Hill with a coal shovel and re-animates both his head and body separately. Hill wakes up, his head in a pan. He controls his body from across the room and knocks West out. Hill goes back to his office and releases the dean, who kidnaps his daughter for him. You see, Dr. Hill has sick desires for Megan and plans to bring them into reality, regardless of his decapitated condition! This leads to the gooey, gloppy climax in the morgue. Loads of nudity, raspberry jam, and slithering rubber entrails abound. RE-ANIMATOR is not recommended for viewing while eating lasagna or spaghetti & meatballs. A must-own mad scientist / zombie / dark humor classic...

Akira: Special Edition (Widescreen)
Akira: Special Edition (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Nozomu Sasaki
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 69.46
14 used & new from CDN$ 13.94

5.0 out of 5 stars "I Am Tetsuo...", Feb. 17 2004
Like lots of folks, I grew up watching japanese animated series' like "Kimba The White Lion", "Astroboy", and "Speed Racer". When I heard about AKIRA, I figured it was just another goofy cartoon. Well, I was wrong! AKIRA is an apocolyptic tale of ultimate power and it's abiity to either create or destroy. AKIRA is set in the futuristic city of Neo-Tokyo in 2019. WW III is long past, and the city that has risen from it's aftermath is a teeming stew of violence, anarchy, religious fanaticism, and political confusion. Terrorists routinely blow things up, while the military enforces martial law. Protestors are tear-gassed and shot. Biker gangs prowl the streets, looking for excitement. Politicians argue about everything and solve nothing. Within this environment is a young man named Tetsuo, who is tired of being protected by his life-long friend and fellow biker, Kaneda. Tetsuo is growing up and wants to stand on his own, without being bailed out all the time. He gets in an accident and is abducted by the military. They take him to a secret installation, where he is subjected to experiments and drug-induced hallucinations. Tetsuo has no idea that he is the latest addition to a group of psychic kids who are being used by the government for... what? There is much more going on than a conspiracy of men. This is Tetsuo's destiny. He doesn't know it, but he is the beginning of something altogether new and unstoppable. A force that mere humans foolishly thought they could control and utilize. Basically, they wanted to contain "god" in a bottle and exploit it. The last time this happened, it resulted in the devastation that took 30 years to rebuild. Now, the government / military / types are at it again! They think it will be different this time. Unfortunately, they are crazy. They have totally misjudged and underestimated human nature! Tetsuo becomes increasingly powerful and unpredictable. He easily escapes his captors and goes on a rampage. Can Kaneda stop him? Who was Akira? What is he now? What is happening to Tetsuo? This movie is thrilling throughout, especially once the "stadium showdown" begins! As others have said, the animation is awesome. The characters are interesting and sympathetic. The storyline is engaging and well written (considering it's comic book origins). Watch it and be amazed...

Joe Versus the Volcano (Widescreen) [Import]
Joe Versus the Volcano (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by marvelio-ca
Price: CDN$ 6.54
26 used & new from CDN$ 1.27

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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Versus Joe (And Wins!)..., Feb. 16 2004
Joe Banks (Tom Hanks) is doomed. He not only works for the most despicable boss at the most horrible job since the slave-driven corporation in "Metropolis", he has also found out that he is dying from a rare condition called a "brain cloud". Thankfully, Joe is visited by the filthy rich owner of a super-conductor manufacturing company (Lloyd Bridges), who wants Joe to go to the island of Waponi Woo and jump into a volcano to appease the god of the Waponi people; so he can secure the mining rights of a rare mineral he needs. This is in exchange for unlimited funds for Joe and the guarantee of high adventure. Joe accepts the offer and sets out on the journey of his life. Meg Ryan plays three very distinct roles as the women Joe encounters on his way. This is truly an oddysey of discovery. Full of humor, romance, miracles, great music, and unexpected events, JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO is not a typical romantic comedy. If you have ever once fantasized about telling your boss to get bent, or have ever wanted to just quit your job, take off, and live like there's no tomorrow, then watch this movie right now! I would advise you to buy some water-tight steamer trunks for the trip. They come in VERY handy! Highly recommended...

Nosferatu (Silent)
Nosferatu (Silent)
DVD ~ Max Schreck
Price: CDN$ 6.98
17 used & new from CDN$ 3.35

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5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Vampire..., Feb. 15 2004
This review is from: Nosferatu (Silent) (DVD)
NOSFERATU is my all-time favorite vampire movie. Released in 1922, it is more frightening, and creates a far better sense / atmosphere of dread than any other bloodsucker film I've seen. Max Schreck is perfect as the mysterious count. His spider-like actions accentuate his oddly sculpted features. He is Dracula in a way that no one else (including Lugosi) has ever equalled. He is scary! Watch him terrify young Harker. Watch the crew of the Demeter meet their doom. Watch the count's long-distance hipnotic effect on Nina. This is vampirism as more than just a gore-fest or spooky halloween story. This is the tale of a believable vampire in the guise of a man. I cannot recommend NOSFERATU highly enough. Just buy it...

Don't Open the Door [Import]
Don't Open the Door [Import]
DVD ~ Susan Bracken
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 50.37
9 used & new from CDN$ 29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Answer The Phone!, Feb. 14 2004
This review is from: Don't Open the Door [Import] (DVD)
S.F. Brownrigg (Don't Look In The Basement) strikes again with DON'T OPEN THE DOOR. This time we join Amanda Post (Susan Bracken) as she returns to her ailing grandmother's house after 13 years. In 1962 Amanda's mother was stabbed to death by an unknown (to us anyway) stalker. Upon her return, Amanda finds granny near death and two characters from her past hanging around the house. Mr. Kern is the town historian / museum curator, who has most of Amanda's mother and grandmother's possessions in his museum. He also wants the house for his collection. The second man, known as "the judge" (Gene Ross), used to be the family attorney. He's a mean old booger with a hidden agenda of his own. There appears to be a conspiracy between these two and granny's doctor. Amanda argues with them and they leave. Alone in the house (except for the near-comatose grandmother) Amanda receives a series of obscene / disturbing phone calls. It is obvious who the sick caller is, but Amanda is clueless. This guy is calling from inside the house (ala "Black Christmas" and "When A Stranger Calls") and watching her through cracks and holes in the walls. Amanda calls her boyfriend Nick (Hugh Feagin), who just happens to be a doctor, and has grandma admitted to a hospital. Now it's just Amanda and the phone-freak. Murder abounds as we uncover his identity and his motives. DOTD is fun to watch, especially to see the same group of actors from other Brownrigg features. While not the best horror film ever made, I found it quite enjoyable, and there's a nice twist at the end that isn't your typical finale...

Ghosts of Mars (Sous-titres franšais)
Ghosts of Mars (Sous-titres franšais)
DVD ~ Natasha Henstridge
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 16.94
28 used & new from CDN$ 1.28

4.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Martians..., Feb. 12 2004
In the year 2176, Natasha Henstridge (Species, Species 2) is lieutenant Melanie Ballard, a tough-as-iron cop on a colonized Mars. She is sent to a small mining town to take custody of the infamous James "Desolation" Williams (Ice Cube). Once there, Ballard and her team (including the beautiful Pam "Jackie Brown" Grier) encounter a desolate ghost town that should be thriving with night-life. A defiant, uncooperative Williams is found in his jail cell. Aside from a handful of other prisoners, the rest of the town seems to have been slaughtered. Ballard's group soon discovers that an army of self-mutilating crazies have wiped out everyone. This ghoulish bunch were once normal humans, but were possessed by the spirits of ancient martian inhabitants. Now controlled by these ghosts, they are a sadistic tribe of killers, bent on the total annihilation of all who oppose them. Ballard and Williams must join forces and unite their two factions (cops and criminals) into one fighting force in order to survive. This movie combines the better elements of Carpenter's "Assault On Precinct 13" with Wes Craven's "The Hills Have Eyes" and Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead". The result is a last-stand / Alamo scenario that is convincingly creepy and entertaining. I really enjoyed GOM, and recommend it to all horror fanatics...

Dont Look In The Basement
Dont Look In The Basement
DVD ~ Rosie Holotik
Price: CDN$ 6.98
19 used & new from CDN$ 3.45

4.0 out of 5 stars "Um, Is This Part Of The Treatment, Doc??", Feb. 11 2004
This review is from: Dont Look In The Basement (DVD)
Nurse Charlotte Beale has just come to the Stephens home for the criminally insane. She has no idea that Dr. Stephens has just been butchered by one of the patients, nor does she know about the nurse who was killed. Charlotte meets Dr. Masters, who explains about the doctor's sad demise. Masters is reluctant to take her on board. That is until nurse Beale says she'll have to let the folks at her old hospital know about the tragic event. Charlotte is hired and introduced to the "family" of patients. There's "The Judge", the same homicidal maniac who attacked Dr. Stephens. Then we have "The Sarge", a vietnam vet with more than a little Post Traumatic Stress! Next up is Allison, the nymphomaniac of the group. Also, there's Harriet, who clings to a doll and protects it with fury and venom. Sam is the popsicle-addicted gentle giant with the heart and mind of a child. Danny is the obnoxious brat, always stirring up trouble with the others. A delusional old woman and a bipolar gal round out the folks on nurse Charlotte's new roster. Unfortunately for her, the patients know far more than she does about what's really going on in the house. What terrible secret is hidden in the basement? What is it that Sam keeps trying to tell Charlotte? S.F. Brownrigg has put together a pretty good tale of murder, madness, and mystery. Much of the same crew of actors would go on to be in "Don't Open The Door" six years later. DLITB belongs in any horror collection...

Friday the 13th [Import]
Friday the 13th [Import]
DVD ~ Betsy Palmer
Offered by hiddenlily
Price: CDN$ 29.95
18 used & new from CDN$ 1.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Maternal Instincts..., Feb. 11 2004
This review is from: Friday the 13th [Import] (DVD)
In the summer of 1957, a young boy drowned at camp Crystal Lake. One year later, two frisky camp counselors were stabbed to death. The camp has been known as "Camp Blood" ever since. In 1978, a man named Steve Christi decided to re-open the camp. It was the worst decision of his short life. FRIDAY THE 13TH is the classic original in what has become a monotonous stream of inferior sequels (10 to date and counting). Yes, there is a "body count", but at least there's a good, creepy story to carry the carnage! Long before there was a mindless, invincible stalker and his 20+ year murder spree, there was the REASON for it all. In this first movie, we get the actual motive for all that hideous rage and it's gory result. This is a tale of vengeance fueled by insanity. Yes, we get to see WHO is killing the new arrivals at Crystal Lake. More importantly, in this one we get the answer to WHY they are dying. Yes, there is a Jason Vorhees. However, there is someone else who is equally frightening. Someone who will stop at nothing in order to exact revenge. This person is bitterness incarnate, compelled to destroy in order to feed the inner demon. To get "justice" for something that cannot be made right. We get a quick peak at the agony that started the bloodletting. This is rare in this type of movie! A well told campfire story, best viewed alone on a dark, rainy night. Highly recommended...

Kingdom of the Spiders [Import]
Kingdom of the Spiders [Import]
DVD ~ William Shatner
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 43.00
13 used & new from CDN$ 10.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Hairy Legs Of Love..., Feb. 7 2004
William Shatner is Robert "Rack" Hanson in this crawly magnum opus from John "Bud" Cardos. Rack is the veterinarian of a small town in Arizona. He's called out to a farm where a 200 lb. calf has taken ill. The calf dies and Rack is on the case! He sends a blood sample to the lab for tests, and finds out that the animal died from spider venom. This information is delivered to him by beautiful entimologist Diane Ashley (Tiffany Bolling). Together, they also learn that the venom is 5x more potent than normal tarantula venom. Rack is called back to the farmer's place after a "spider-hill" is found, containing a colony of hundreds of tarantulas. Later, the farmer's dog dies from another tarantula attack. The farmer burns the spider-hill with kerosene. Then, the farmer himself is attacked while driving down the freeway. He is found in a ravine, cocooned in webs. Meanwhile, some 20 more spider-mounds are discovered. Rack and Diane race to find a way to stop the onslaught, while the mayor decides to spray poison on the arachnid horde. The spraying is cut short when the pilot is killed in mid-air by our fuzzy friends! Eventually, Rack and Diane are barracaded in a lodge while the entire town is inundated by the tarantula army of death. KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS is a tale of what happens when we over-use pesticides. Much like "Frogs" or "Squirm", KOTS is an ecological revenge / horror film. Shatner is surprisingly restrained for most of the movie. Though he's more like a cowboy than a veterinarian, he does come off as genuine. Of course, my favorite actors were of the eight-legged variety! I liked this one a lot...

Die Die My Darling [Import]
Die Die My Darling [Import]
DVD ~ Tallulah Bankhead
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 67.57
12 used & new from CDN$ 27.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars As It Says In The Bible, I Must Kill! Kill! My Darling!, Feb. 7 2004
This review is from: Die Die My Darling [Import] (DVD)
Stefanie Powers is Patricia "Pat" Carroll, a beautiful young american woman visiting England with her fiance. While there, she decides to keep a promise she'd made to her late boyfriend's mother (Tallulah Bankhead) and pay her a visit. Bad idea! You see, mum is actually a hyper-religious maniac who's been going increasingly bonkers in her moldering old mansion. Pat arrives and the fun begins. Mrs. Trefoile (mum) is distressed by Pat's attitude and worldly ways. She had figured that Pat would remain a devoted "wife" to her dead son, saving herself for him in heaven. Pat does not measure up to mum's expectations at all! So, with the help of her housekeeper Anna (Yootha Joyce) and Anna's lecherous husband Harry (Peter Vaughan), mum sets out to "save" Pat by kidnapping, starving, and torturing her with hours of monotonous bible teachings. When Pat finally stands up to her, mum pulls a gun on her! Now, THAT'S some old time religion! Pat's clothes are shredded, her make-up destroyed, and her jewelry confiscated. Mum has a "simpler" life in store for her. Thankfully, Pat is not a complete mush, and does try to escape many times. Her character is fairly realistic and sympathetic. Mrs. Trefoile is of course the demented center of this story. Her hidden basement room contains the truth of her existence. What's in there? Why does she go there late at night? DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! is a tense cat and mouse flick with some nice sharp turns. I loved every minute! Check out Donald Sutherland as the gardener! Highly recommended...

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