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Blu-ray Review: THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, the Sickness of Bad Love

There are plenty of disturbing films in the world. One of them is a 1990 release, directed by Paul Schrader (First Reformed, Cat People, American Gigolo, and writer closely tied to Martin Scosese with Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last...

Blu-ray Review: Hammer's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Scream Factory's Hammer Films collection just keeps growing! New this week from the label comes the 1962 version of The Phantom of the Opera. Directed by one of Hammer's better-known directors, Terence Fischer (The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula), this...

Blu-ray Review: VALHALLA RISING

A good amount of us Screen Anarchists are Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon, Bronson, the Pusher trilogy, Drive) fans. If you were reading this site a decade ago (and in some cases, 11 years previous), you saw an insane amount...

Blu-ray Review: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS Continues to Stun

Out this week from the Criterion Collection comes the 1953 adaptation of the famous H.G. Wells tale, The War of the Worlds, directed by Byron Haskin (The Naked Jungle, The Outer Limits) and produced by George Pal (Houdini, The Time Machine), AP Frank...

Blu-ray Review: The Devastating COME AND SEE

What exactly does one say about a film that is without a doubt, one of the greatest anti-war films of all time? It's no small feat to consider when processing the 1985 masterpiece from Soviet director Elem Klimov (Agony).  To...

Blu-ray Review: ESCAPE FROM L.A.

I'm not quite sure of the history of how Escape From L.A. was made, but I do know that director John Carpenter (The Fog, Halloween, Escape From New York) does not like sequels, so the fact that this film perplexes...

Blu-ray Review: WOMEN MAKE FILM: A CINEMATIC ROAD MOVIE THROUGH CINEMA

When a publicist contacted us about reviewing writer-director Mark Cousins' latest series, Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, I was ecstactic. As a filmmaker, I've been devouring his excellent The Story of Film at home on DVD ---...

Blu-ray Review: THE CREMATOR Will Scorch Your Soul

For the most part, films take many years to create, marinate, produce, and release upon the world, in varying steps.  Filmed in 1968 and released in 1970, The Cremator was Czechoslovakia's submission to the 1970 Academy Awards (Foreign Film) before...

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: 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: 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: 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...