Blu-ray Review: LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN Hypnotizes

Murder. Neglect. Jealousy. Oppression. Obsession. These themes collide in Leave Her to Heaven, the oddly sunny drama-turned-film noir directed by John M. Stahl from the book by Ben Ames Williams. I say "oddly sunny" because it's a deceptive opening: the...

Blu-ray Review: FAIL SAFE: Everything Old is New Again

In 1964, Fail Safe was released. It was directed by the very influential and prolific director Sidney Lumet, an American master of cinema and television, who helmed films such as Network, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead,...

Blu-ray Review: LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH

If you like nightmare fuel, you could do worse than to watch Let's Scare Jessica To Death, a very strange film from 1971. This strange film was directed by John D. Hancock, who also aptly directed a few episodes of the...

Blu-ray Review: BODY PARTS Will Have You in Pieces

The early 1990s was still the 1980s, really. Not just in terms of music, but clothes and films, too. Bombastic touches in special effects as well as in storytelling often went along with pleated pants, stonewashed jeans, shoulder pads, and...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Ten Films of 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, ScreenAnarchy’s global team of critics and cineastes weighs in with our favourite cinematic offerings from the past 12 months, which saw Netflix lead the charge for cementing the legitimacy of the streaming platforms, while...

Blu-ray Review: THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE

The Criterion Collection has recently released The Story of Temple Drake, a film that was essentially lost to quite a few of us. It was adapted from the notorious William Faulkner novel "Sanctuary," and directed by Stephen Roberts (who made nearly...

Blu-ray Review: SILVER BULLET Shoots for the Heart

It's been a long, long time since I've seen the strange werewolf adaptation of Stephen King's novella, "Cycle of the Werewolf." Like many kids in the '80s, I'm sure, I saw this film way too young. There were images that...

Blu-ray Review: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Shout! Factory's genre label Scream Factory has become the Blu-ray home of legendary filmmaker John Carpenter as of the last few years, and the latest release is the kung-fu action flick Big Trouble in Little China. Made just before lead...

Blu-ray Review: Langella Hypnotizes in DRACULA 1979

I don't know the numbers, but Bram Stoker's book Dracula has been adapted quite a bit into theatrical productions, TV series, and movies. The property is up there with Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Predjudice, and The Three Musketeers as one of the most popular...

Blu-ray Review: Killer Fun Rears a Beary-Ugly Head in PROPHECY

Ok, so when Scream Factory announced that they were putting out a Blu-ray of Prophecy, I have to admit that I got really excited. This 1979 killer mutant bear film is one of the more entertaining entries in the whole...

Blu-ray Review: ROAD GAMES Drives Too Slow

Out this month from Scream Factory, Shout! Factory's horror/thriller imprint, comes the 1981 Australian thriller, Road Games. This collector's edition features a ton of bonus interviews and a colorful poster with some pretty rad art --- that is, if you order soon...

Blu-ray Review: ALL ABOUT EVE Shines

Back in 1950, famed Hollywood director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Dragonwyck, Suddenly, Last Summer) released the soon-to-be-classic tale of stardom and backstabbing, All About Eve. The film won a whopping six Academy Awards and garnered another 17...

Blu-ray Review: Stalking Takes the Stage in THE FAN

Out in 1981, The Fan was commericial director's Ed Bianchi's first film. Funny enough, it feels like a TV movie for the most part, which I suppose is fitting because he went on to work mainly in television on shows like Boardwalk...

Blu-ray Review: Experience the Greatest Gooey Mess Ever in THE BLOB

Hey, it's Halloween! That means for most of us, it's a spooky or scary day to watch a creepy movie and enjoy the holiday. Some of watch films of this ilk all October or even season. And for a smaller...

Blu-ray Review: HAXAN Seduces in a Gorgeous 2K Restoration

Just in time for Halloween, Criterion has unleashed a new edition of the witchy classic, Haxan. Made in 1922, this Danish silent film directed by Benjamin Christensen --- and I'm shocked at how good this film looks on Blu-ray. The new...

Blu-ray Review: THE DEVIL RIDES OUT Conjures Spooky Shenagans

It's October 30th --- Devil's Night --- and Shout! Factory's horror imprint label Scream Factory has just released another Hammer Horror acquisition, this time the good ol' 1968 dimestore Satan flick, The Devil Rides Out. Terence Fisher directs legend Christopher...

Blu-ray Review: JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES

Shout Factory's horror imprint Scream Factory add another of John Carpenter's back catalog of films to its roster for release next week --- 1998's horror western Vampires. As with a lot of Scream Factory's John Carpenter Blu-rays, this release has an...

Blu-ray Review: FEAR NO EVIL Doesn't Offer Much Fear

Coming up next week here in North America, Shout Factory's horror imprint Scream Factory is releasing a Blu-ray edition of the weirdo 1981 film, Fear No Evil. This no-budget shocker was directed by filmmaker and actor Frank LaLoggia (Lady in White,...

Blu-ray Review: 1984: Everything Old is New Again

One of the Criterion Collection's latest releases is the, well, 1984 adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian classic, 1984. The story is as timely as ever, unfortunately. Lies are spun and accepted as truth. Slavery is freedom. Big brother is watching....

Blu-ray Review: SCARS OF DRACULA Spooks and Shocks

Out this week from Scream Factory comes Scars of Dracula, another old favorite in Hammer Film's back catalog. I was happy to receive this disc for review, since I'd never been able to catch this movie anywhere before.  Directed by Hammer...