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Christened In Blood, Bathed In Sin: Ruby (1977) Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

Ruby is a film that is clearly trying to be its own thing while aping off of other films in the process. While it doesn't steal from these other films, it does try to remind us of these other films whenever it can. The film works best when it is doing its own thing, but even then it does so in a somewhat confusing manner.

Bitch Is Hardcore: Slither Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

There needs to be more films like Slither. Here is a film that came from a studio that has fun with the genre without creating a Cinematic Universe or worrying about sequels.

Satanism + Cheerleading = An Old-Fashioned 70's Film: Satan's Cheerleaders Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

Greydon Clark's Satan's Cheerleaders is one of those films that you rent because of the title and then are disappointed when the film didn't live up to the title. The film does have some things going for it, but they are few and far between. Still, the film is campy as hell and can be fun.

Top to Bottom: The Films of Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder is a polarizing director. While he has many, many fans, he also has just as many detractors. One thing that everyone can agree on is that he can make a scene or an actor shine. Snyder’s films are always beautiful, but a lot of times this beauty comes at the expense of story and characters. Style of substance is the name of the game for Snyder.

Here are Snyder’s films, ranked Top (Best) to Bottom (Worst) (Spoilers ahead!!!)

1. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

It should come as no surprise that Dawn of the Dead would top this list as it is Snyder’s best film by far. Snyder was not a known property then, so he was able to make the film that he wanted without people judging it before it came out. Actually, people were judging it before its release, but not because of Snyder. They were judging it based on the fact that it is a remake of a classic horror film. Audiences did not know that it was a good film until they actually saw it.

The film has one of the best openings in the last 17 years…

Slaughter High (Blu-ray) VS. Slaughter High DVD. Which One Gets the Slaughtering?

Commentary with co-writers and co-directors George Dugdale and Peter Litten

Audio Interview with composer Harry Manfredini featuring Isolated Music and FX Selections

Michael Felsher, who produced the special features for this blu-ray, starts out the track talking about how the original master tapes for the score cannot be located. He explains that the track is taken from a mono music and effects audio track, one that is used for foreign markets so the distributors don’t have to dub in effects and music. I appreciated the fact that Felsher took the time to explain why this is the more traditional “isolated score” track. Felsher then interviews Manfredini for about 25 minutes and the rest of the track is the score and effects.

Going to Pieces with co-writer/co-director Mark Ezra (18m 29s, HD)

Ezra takes us through the whole story of Slaughter High, from its beginnings as April Fools Day (changed to not confuse the audience with two films called the same thing. This is also why April Fools D…

Don't You Like Daddy's Conk? J.D.'s Revenge (Arrow Video) Blu-ray review + Screenshots

J.D.'s Revenge is a fine example of the "possession" subgenre of horror that kicked off with The Exorcist in 1973. While the film isn't overtly scary, there are many thrills to be found.

Bruce Lee Knows The Way to Return: Return of the Dragon Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

The third Bruce Lee film gets the 4K restoration that it deserves. Does the rest of the disc hold up?

Don't Bother Calling This Number. It's A Dead End! 976-Evil Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

976-Evil is not a good film. The film makes very little sense, the pacing is all over the place, and film is pretty tame, even by 1989's standards. That being said, the blu-ray is pretty solid especially in the video and audio department.

Alternate Home Video Version (1h 44m, SD, 1.33:1)

When 976-Evil was released on VHS, it was a bit longer than what was seen in theaters. This version of the film runs 12 minutes longer and contains a lot of character bits that were dropped from the theatrical version, presumably to get the run time down. While none of these scenes are crucial to the film, they do help a bit with the plot of the film. All I can say is: if you didn't like the film, this version is not going to change your mind. If you did like the film, then this version will be a nice alternative for the next time you watch the film.

One more thing: the theatrical version of the film is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.  This Home Video Version is presented the…