Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Video Violence 2 Review


As I sit here and wait for the official release of the VIDEO VIOLENCE double feature DVD to come out, I thought I'd go ahead and write up my review for VIDEO VIOLENCE 2, which happens to be quite rare on VHS. I found my copy a few years back and only paid 13 bucks for it, while I recently checked again and saw it for 100 bucks. Is it really worth that much? Well, no. No movie in my opinion is worth $100.00 unless it comes complete in a set and possibly a DVD, but VHS isn't worth it. Good thing I found it back then and I grabbed it before anybody else could.

Enough about me talking about myself buying movies....onto the review.

If you all will remember, the first VIDEO VIOLENCE flick took place in what else, a video store. However in this sequel, the 2 miscreints from the first one...Howard and Eli...have now moved on to pirating their own cable access channel and we are treated to a variety of homeade splatter/snuff flicks from their loyal viewers, along with some of the kookiest commercials I have ever seen.

"This Christmas....bring home a Wilbur"

Haha, I just had to post that quote. It's my all-time favorite commercial that appears in this movie. You really have to see it to believe it!

Even though I thought the first VIDEO VIOLENCE was one of the best SOV horror flicks, the sequel really isn't too far off. It's got more of the same, violent/gory death scenes and some of the weirdest (or I should say funniest) characters. Sometimes I didn't know if it was going to be serious or maybe I just wanted to laugh. Some of the videos that are shown were pretty cool, although I thought one dragged a bit on. I don't want to mention what that one was, you'd have to figure it out on your own.

I've been checking some things out lately and found out that a script for VIDEO VIOLENCE 3 exists and I really hope it does eventually get made.

Finally, I would like to say thank you Camp Motion Pictures for releasing these movies on DVD! You have made my dream a reality!

Check it out!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Skin Crawl Review


Director: Justin Wingenfeld

Cast: Julian Wells, Debbie Rochon, Kevin G. Shinnick, Armand Anthony Mazza, John Fedele, Rodney Gray, Heidi Sjurssen


For a few years now, back in 2004 I think, I had been paying close attention to a film called SKIN CRAWL. I had seen the trailer for it when I bought a copy of SUBURBAN NIGHTMARE. I could tell that it was going to be my kind of flick. Not only does it have the talents of Julian Wells and Debbie Rochon, but it was also about witches, which I have a little secret about, but I won't say what that it right now.

I knew that it was making the convention rounds, but I was trying to by what I saw. SKIN CRAWL was quite an experience.

A woman named Margaret, who happens to be a descendent of witches from 3 centuries ago, is having troubles in her marriage. Her scum of a husband, Howard, is having an affair and his mistress suggests that he have his wife killed, so they can collect the inheritance.

When Margaret is murdered in cold-blood, they think they are living on easy street. However, things aren't what they seem, but I don't want to spoil any of it for those that haven't seen it yet. Let me just swait patiently for it to finally make it to DVD. When I checked the Shock-O-Rama website, SKIN CRAWL was featured on there and I knew that it was coming out soon and I happen to have gotten a copy of it last week.

Anyway, I popped this sucker into the DVD player this morning and was blown away ay that this conclusion will leave you very satisfied.

As I was watching SKIN CRAWL, I thought it was going to be more straight forward, but what I got was a movie that had alot more twists than I expected and I thought that was great!

Debbie Rochon played both a witch from 3 centuries ago and also her descenedent Margaret and she was amazing, as she is in all the movies I've seen her in. Yes it's true, I am one of her biggest fans, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to see this movie. There's nothing wrong with that, right? Good!

There's not as much blood as I was hoping for, but I was really impressed with what was shown on the screen, especially the scene close to the last. It actually made me kinda sick, which is very rare for me, but that's a good thing.

I'm weird, so sue me!

On a final note, I thought SKIN CRAWL was a fantastic movie that had me glued to my seat until the final frame. I highly recommend it!