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Mister Samhain

I love horror movies, metal and beer. I'm big into supporting the local metal scene and pairing my favorite shit '80s flicks with local craft beers.

Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” gets the Criterion Collection treatment. Finally.

Criterion Collection movies are about as good as you could get for any release. Now with other heavy hitters like Synapse, Arrow, or Grindhouse putting out quality genre releases on Blu-ray, Criterion isn’t the end all for high quality, classic movie releases. But Criterion swings hard with their new 4K Criterion Collection of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

First off, this classic has never looked better. I’ve only ever seen grainy public domain showings on TV and my just as bad copy in a bargain bin Mill Creek four-disc set. I’ve never seen the colorized version! So watching the old transfers is almost part of the experience now. Grainy shots that show too bright, audio quality that is clearly dated and has pops in it. The new restoration done by Romero looks great. All the blacks, whites and greys are rich. I just talked about pumped up colors in the Suspiria 4K from Synapse, now I’m talking true, Continue reading “Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” gets the Criterion Collection treatment. Finally.”

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“Victor Crowley” is a return to the swamp, and to form, for Adam Green

The Hatchet Army asked for it and never expected to get it, especially the way they did. Last year Hatchet director Adam Green was going to show the first movie for an anniversary screening. What the audience actually got was Victor Crowley, the secretly filmed fourth outing of Kane Hodder’s rampaging swamp ghost. To say that had to have been an amped crowd after Green announced they’d be watching the newest Hatchet instead of the first one is an understatement.

Fast forward to February and we now have copies of Victor Crowley in our hands. This one got some good feedback on the film festival circuit, plus a national roadshow goodwill tour with Continue reading ““Victor Crowley” is a return to the swamp, and to form, for Adam Green”

“Suspiria” 4k is short on features, huge on presentation

The three discs of the new 4k restoration of “Suspiria.” Feature disc, special features, and soundtrack. Plus booklet.

A little late but I hadn’t had a chance to dig into the special features of the newly released 4k restoration of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic, Suspiria, which was put out by Synapse Films in December.

So $60 (and a few days of watching) later I can now say that it looks and sounds amazing!

First off, the 3-disc steelbook case is really sweet. Great movie poster slipcover and the steelbook case has some great art on the front and back. This was limited to 6,000 copies and since I didn’t own a print already, I sprung the money for it. Totally worth it. There will be a 2-disc edition coming out this year as well, but it won’t be steelbook and I imagine it won’t have a copy of the soundtrack. So I’ll start there, Goblin is Continue reading ““Suspiria” 4k is short on features, huge on presentation”

Movie Review: Leatherface (2017)

Please stick with me past this next sentence.

This is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie that isn’t one at all.

 

That doesn’t necessarily make it bad, it just means you have to leave that hang up at the door. Leatherface is the Chainsaw Massacre movie without a chainsaw massacre, but don’t worry there’s still a massacre.

Most kids get chainsaws for their birthday. Right?

We open on some murder and gratuitous redneckery on behalf of the Sawyer family. It says so on the ranch entry, in case you forgot who we are dealing with. Seriously, the best part of the movie opening is seeing grandpa lay some hammer. I swear. Best part of the movie if you only came for something immediately tied to the original two. But stay with me people. Continue reading “Movie Review: Leatherface (2017)”

Mister Samhain’s Colorado Metal Favorites of 2017

In case you didn’t know, Colorado had a great year of metal. We had a two-day bachannal for TRVE Brewing where In the Company of Serpents played new stuff from Ain-Soph Aur, Dark Descent Records had an 8th anniversary show with an awesome lineup led off by Spectral Voice and headlined by Blood Incantation. There was Denver Black Sky V, we had a Death Fest, the bars all have shows, the music rocks, and the scene is pretty vibrant. Including a grip of awesome albums, EPs, splits, singles, and demos this year!

In no real particular order (except the first four), here’s what I thought was some of the best in Colorado metal for the soon to be departed 2017.

Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Ok, so it’s my #1 that I didn’t label as one. It was on my list and Eroded Corridors of Unbeing should sure as hell be on yours. Atmospheric death doom-doom death, whatever, its an adventure worth taking. There’s a review I wrote and it was #4 on my overall year end list. Continue reading “Mister Samhain’s Colorado Metal Favorites of 2017”

Mister Samhain’s Best Metal Albums of 2017

I’m not going to lie, 2017 wasn’t a year that new metal truly grabbed me and drug me back and forth through the ditches of every sub-genre. A lot of albums were played but outside of this list (plus the honorable mentions and some others) I can’t say 2017 -to me- was the most excellent year in metal. Lots of good shit, but not a lot that really blew me away as in past years. That’s not to diminish any of these below because they really kicked ass. I did notice a very strong American presence this year in my top albums, which is a bit unusual.

Anyway, here’s what I consider the most badass albums of 2017.

Top 10 Best Metal Albums

Continue reading “Mister Samhain’s Best Metal Albums of 2017”

Still straight-to-video, “The Video Dead” (1987) turns 30

The 1980’s were the second blood splattered golden era of horror. The second wave of monsters was built on slashers and also zombies. One of the lot is a 1987 direct-to-video classic, Robert Scott’s written, produced and directed “The Video Dead.” If you’re looking for cheese this movie is pure Velveeta.

Not taking itself too seriously, “The Video Dead” is a flick grounded in a story about a TV that is a doorway for the cinematic undead to cross into the real world.

The movie opens with a TV being unexpectedly delivered to a writer who takes it in and after turning it on finds out that it only plays one channel, a B&W zombie movie on an endless loop. The Video Dead, the TV itself, unleashes zombies that come out of the TV and quickly takeover the house. Anyone seen Lamberto Bava’s 1985 “Demons”? The delivery company returns to pick up the accidentally delivered TV which was meant for The Institute for the Studies of the Occult. Zombies being accidentally delivered Continue reading “Still straight-to-video, “The Video Dead” (1987) turns 30″

Movie Review: Never Hike Alone (Dir. Vincente DiSanti)

Automatically for film critics and even horror fans, the term “fan film” is almost an immediate out. You just expect the worst because a bunch of people got together with exceptionally poor equipment and threw together a 20 minute Friday the 13th. Except Vincente DiSanti (director and Jason Voorhees) did just that with Never Hike Alone and the results were something Andy and I could agree was the best try we can honestly say we’ve seen.

I’ve watched (or attempted) handfuls and they are largely unbearable. I’d mention some by name if I could remember them but they aren’t worth searching for reference. Every issue is there and none of the “so bad it’s good” quality: acting that isn’t even entertaining, bad shots, entirely too predictable, shot for shot copying. Never Hike Alone is none of those things.

Andy obviously had the benefit of being in Telluride when it screened for Telluride Horror Show but sadly had to experience it just like us normal people,free on YouTube, because he chose a different movie at that same time.

Never Hike Alone was a Kickstarter campaign to finish up the production. What came of it was a 50 minute journey into the forest surrounding Camp Crystal Lake. It was worth the $50,000+ needed because none of the money seemed to have been wasted. Kyle McLeod is a Continue reading “Movie Review: Never Hike Alone (Dir. Vincente DiSanti)”

Album Review: Bloodstrike – Execution of Violence

I’ll always sing the praises of the Denver metal scene and Bloodstrike‘s second album, Execution of Violence, is another reason why. If you’re looking for that old school death metal sound around the Mile High, then look no further than Bloodstrike. Holly Wedel’s vocals strike the right cords, but so do the actual cords of Jeff Alexis and Joe Piker, the guitarists. Holly bellows as the rest of the band grooves along with her.

Don’t come here for anything technical. This is just down and dirty death metal and Bloodstrike will play the hell out of it. This is beer fist music. This is headbanging, horns up metal.

The opening salvos of “Procreating for Death” and “Creeper” get you prepped for “Emptiness of Life,” my favorite of Execution of Violence. This one is heavy, has that right groove going, and is Continue reading “Album Review: Bloodstrike – Execution of Violence”

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