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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Weekend - The Damned and the Dead Classic Horror Movies on Movies and More.TV!

Dear HK and Cult Film Readers:

Here's the full weekend schedule of the free-streaming sinister experiences that await you and your friends at

Thursday, October 30, 2014

12:00 am Blue Beard (Horror)

01:11 am Night of The Living Dead (Horror)

02:46 am Carnival of Blood (Horror)

04:15 am Chiller (Horror)

05:42 am Day of the Triffids (Sci-Fi)

07:16 am The Devil with 7 Faces (Horror)

08:47 am Good Against Evil (Horror)

10:11 am I Bury the Living (Horror)

11:28 am Lady Frankenstein (Horror)

12:52 pm Little Shop of Horrors (Comedy)

02:03 pm Piranha (Sci-Fi)

03:33 pm Death by Dialogue (Horror)

05:03 pm Undertaker and His Pals (Horror)

06:05 pm Carnival of Souls (Sci-Fi)

07:23 pm Village of the Damned (Horror)

09:02 pm Bloody Pit of Horror (Horror)

10:24 pm Night of The Living Dead (Horror)

Friday, October 31, 2014

12:00 am Village of the Damned (Horror)

01:38 am Dead Men Walk (Horror)

02:40 am Ape Man (Horror)

03:44 am Beast from the Haunted Cave (Horror)

04:56 am Condemned To Live (Horror)

06:01 am Bloody Pit of Horror (Horror)

07:24 am Blood Thirst (Horror)

08:37 am Carnival of Souls (Sci-Fi)

09:54 am Atom Age Vampire (Horror)

11:04 am Death at Love House (Horror)

12:15 pm Death Kiss (Horror)

01:26 pm Devils Messenger (Horror)

02:36 pm Fog Island (Horror)

03:45 pm Grave of the Vampire (Horror)

05:15 pm Head (Horror)

06:43 pm Beast of Yucca Flats (Horror)

07:37 pm Killer Shrews (Horror)

08:46 pm Night of the Living Dead (Horror)

10:21pm Village of the Damned (Horror)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

12:00 am Night of the Living Dead (Horror)

01:35 am Embryo (Sci-Fi)

03:19 am House on Haunted Hill (Horror)

04:33 am Village of the Damned (Horror)

06:11 am Blood Thirst (Horror)

07:25 am Mysterious Mr. Wong (Horror)

08:27 am Night of the Blood beast (Horror)

09:29 am Screaming Skull (Horror)

10:36 am Undertaker and His Pals (Horror)

11:39 am Severed Arm (Horror)

01:10 pm Man With the Screaming Brain (Horror)

02:40 pm Lady Frankenstein (Horror)

04:03 pm White Zombie (Horror)

05:10 pm House on Haunted Hill (Horror)

06:25 pm Dementia 13 (Horror)

07:39 pm Horrors of Spider Island (Horror)

08:54 pm Chiller (Horror)

10:21 pm Village of the Damned (Horror)

Sunday, November 02, 2014

12:00 am Night of the Living Dead (Horror)

01:35 am Village of the Damned (Horror)

03:13 am Ape (Horror)

04:16 am Carnival of Souls (Sci-Fi)

05:33 am Atom Age Vampire (Horror)

06:42 am Good Against Evil (Horror)

08:06 am Devil with 7 Faces (Horror)

09:36 am Chiller (Horror)

11:04 am Man with the Screaming Brain (Horror)

12:34 pm Bloodtide (Horror)

01:55 pm Moon of the Wolf (Horror)

03:09 pm I Bury the Living (Horror)

04:26 pm Day of the Triffids (Sci-Fi)

06:00 pm House on Haunted Hill (Horror)

07:15 pm Severed Arm (Horror)

08:46 pm Village of the Damned (Horror)

10:24 pm Night of the Living Dead (Horror)

We hope you can join us for this free-streaming Halloween Weekend of scary movies of the Damned and the Dead!


Mike Doar
Movies and


Saturday, October 25, 2014

"FREE FALL" starring D.B. Sweeney, Sarah Butler and Malcolm McDowell Coming October 28 on Blu-Ray and DVD from Anchor Bay

From the producers of the HALLOWEEN and FINAL DESTINATION franchises


The Only Way Out...Is Down

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Just like people, corporations can hold secrets. And for those who uncover them, silence is not only golden, but sometimes it is the difference between life and death. On October 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will present the intense suspense thriller Free Fall on Blu-ray™ and DVD. The feature directorial debut of Malek Akkad (producer of the Halloween franchise), Free Fall is a nail-biting journey through the ruthless and potentially deadly corporate jungle.

Boasting a stellar cast which includes D.B. Sweeney (Taken 2, Fire in the Sky, the upcoming "To Appomattox" miniseries), Sarah Butler (I Spit On Your Grave, The Demented, Treachery), Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town," My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, The Artist), Free Fall will do for elevators what Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho did for showers. The SRP is $26.99 for Blu Ray ™, $22.98 for DVD.

A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal evidence, the corporation calls in their "crisis manager" Frank (Sweeney) to silence her forever. Eluding her pursuer, Jane soon finds herself trapped in an elevator between floors on a holiday weekend in a very empty building.

With their cat and mouse game seemingly at check-mate, Jane must summon all her courage and wits to escape. But she soon discovers that surviving a cold-blooded killer may mean a very long drop to the ground floor.

Bonus features on Free Fall Blu-ray™ and DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company. Anchor Bay acquires and distributes feature films, original television programming including STARZ Original series, children's entertainment, anime (Manga Entertainment), fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports, and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats. The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programming with AMC Networks, RADiUS, and The Weinstein Company. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Anchor Bay Entertainment ( is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business,

About Trancas International Films
Trancas International Films is a motion picture production and distribution company based primarily in Los Angeles, California, but operating worldwide. In addition to numerous other films in its library, Trancas, along with its subsidiary, Compass International Pictures, has been involved with each film in the iconic Halloween franchise, and production deals with companies including The Weinstein Company, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and CineTel Films.

FREE FALL Blu-ray™
Street Date: October 28, 2014
Pre-book: September 24, 2014
Cat. #: BD60169
UPC: 0 1313 260169 4
Run Time: 90 minutes
Rating: R
SRP: $26.99
Format: Widescreen 2.40:1 1080p
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Street Date: October 28, 2014
Pre-book: September 24, 2014
Cat. #: AF60167
UPC: 0 1313 260167 0
Run Time: 90 minutes
Rating: R
SRP: $22.98
Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
COPYRIGHT: 2014 Stuck Film Group, LLC.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

THE KILLER SHREWS -- DVD review by Porfle

One of the most well-liked, perhaps even loved, titles in the bad-movie pantheon is a low-budget horror/sci-fi thriller from 1959 called THE KILLER SHREWS.

As I myself pointed out in great detail in an earlier review--intended, admittedly, more for Medved-style cuteness than anything else--there's a lot to poke fun at in this modest effort if you've a mind to.

But even as it gets its share of well-deserved ridicule (especially for the giggle-worthy fact that its mutated shrew creatures are actually dogs wearing monster costumes) and is one of the most popular films to have been given the MST3K treatment, one of the main reasons this tense little flick has such staying power is that in addition to being "so bad it's good", it is also, in many ways, just plain good.

For one thing, it's one of the first movies in which a disparate group of people barricade themselves in a house to defend themselves against an outside menace. As has often been pointed out, the similarities between it and George Romero's 1968 horror classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD indicate that Romero was influenced by the earlier film.

Which gives rise to an even more intriguing thought--did Alfred Hitchcock see THE KILLER SHREWS before coming up with his own barricaded-house thriller THE BIRDS four years later?

The story is pure straightforward pulp novel stuff, with manly cargo boat captain Thorne Sherman serving as a no-nonsense working class hero. When he and first mate "Rook" Griswold (Judge Henry Dupree) deliver supplies to a group of research scientists on a remote island that's about to be hit by a hurricane, he finds he's walked right into danger in the form of wolf-sized, man-eating killer shrews whose teeth drip instantly-lethal venom.

Heading the research group is Dr. Marlowe Craigis (leading Yiddish theater actor and famed director Sidney Lumet's father, Baruch Lumet), a well-meaning scientist wracked by guilt for having unwittingly unleashed such monsters. Among those threatened by them is his own daughter Ann, played by Ingrid Goude who was Miss Sweden of 1956 and, while not a very skilled actress, at least brings a likable earnestness to her performance.

In the role of Dr. Craigis' cowardly assistant Jerry Farrell is Ken Curtis (THE SEARCHERS, THE ALAMO), who would go on to TV superstardom as Festus Haggen on "Gunsmoke." Curtis has a field day playing Jerry as a weaselly lush driven by ambition and burning with jealousy after Ann starts making goo-goo eyes at Captain Thorne, and we can't wait to see the shrews chow down on this insufferable jerk.

Rounding out the cast are executive producer Gordon McLendon as endearingly nerdy scientist Dr. Radford Baines and Alfredo DeSoto as loyal handyman Mario. McLendon and Curtis also co-produced THE GIANT GILA MONSTER that same year, and both films were directed by Ray Kellogg, who co-directed THE GREEN BERETS along with John Wayne. A special effects man as well as director, Kellogg supplies some really nice-looking matte paintings to the shots of Thorne's boat anchored in the island harbor.

While many low-budget horror flicks of the era are technically inept and heavily padded, THE KILLER SHREWS' lean, suspenseful story moves along briskly once the exposition is out of the way. The shrew attacks themselves are often frightening as the revolting creatures relentlessly chew their way through the soft adobe walls of the house in a frantic search for "food."

It helps that the actors seem so thoroughly convinced that the dogs-in-monster-suits menace is real. James Best, known mainly as Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard", somehow fits his own laconic persona into the part of a macho action hero well enough for us to buy into Thorne Sherman as a guy with the brains and brawn to get these people through this seemingly hopeless ordeal.

Meanwhile, some of the dialogue is laughably off-kilter and seems even more amusing as the cast strains to deliver it with utmost seriousness, often while guzzling martinis like they're going out of style. Yet they're able to make us care about these desperate people during the escalating shrew attacks, up to and during one of the most ludicrous (yet somehow riveting) climactic sequences ever seen in a film of this kind. The fact that it's played absolutely straight--as is the entire movie--makes it both exciting and, yes, perversely hilarious.

The DVD from Film Chest is in 4 x 3 full screen with original mono sound. No subtitles or extras. While I don't see much difference in this "digitally restored" version than the ones I already have, the image is quite good despite the usual specks and scratches.

What makes this release stand out for me is that the opening narration is complete, beginning with the line "Those who hunt by night will tell you that the wildest and most vicious of all animals is the tiny shrew." Usually this narration is joined in the middle of the final sentence with the truncated line "...Alaska, and then invading steadily southward...there were reports of a new species...the giant killer shrew!"

Apparently only the longer audio survives since the footage to accompany it seems to consist of the same brief shot seen before, only greatly slowed down until the bolt of lightning that heralds the main title. But it's nice to finally hear the whole thing.

Even if you've already watched the MST3K version of THE KILLER SHREWS, it deserves to be seen on its own terms. (Unlike much of the total crap that Joel, Mike, and the robots have comically endured over the years.) With repeated viewings, the unintentional comedy remains entertaining as ever while the suspense and chills contained in this nifty little monster movie steadily creep their way up your spine.


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Read our original "The Killer Shrews" review HERE

DVD street date: November 11

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Weekend-The Damned and the Dead Classic Horror Movies on Movies and More.TV!

Dear HK and Cult Film News Readers:

Your costume is ready, the pumpkins are carved and there's a gallon of apple cider in the fridge. Now all you need to make All Hallow's Eve complete is a good horror movie. Fear not - just yet!

With Halloween just around the corner, Movies and More.TV has summoned super fright films with enough vampires, zombies and slashers to keep your spine tingling long after your trick or treat candy has gone stale.

Here's just a tempting taste of the sinister experiences that await.


Mike Doares
Movies and



"Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse" Comes to Life January 13th on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment

On January 13th, 2015, Anchor Bay Entertainment will give viewers 12 reasons to fear the skies when "Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse" is unleashed on DVD.

First premiered on the Syfy Channel, Zodiac stars Joel Gretsch ("V," "NCIS," "Witches of East End"), Aaron Douglas ("Battlestar Galactica," "The Killing"), Andrea Brooks (50/50, Independence Dayster), and the great Christopher Lloyd (the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit). SRP is $19.98 and pre-book is December 10th, 2014.

For university museum curator Kathryn Keen (Emily Holmes), it seemed like the discovery of a lifetime, when the university’s collection of antiquities received its latest acquisition: a 2,000 year old ivory carved astrology board. What seemed a harmless paean to astrology turns out to be hiding something "powerful."

Now, strange things are beginning to happen, on Earth and in the skies above. A race against time has begun, to decipher the artifact’s secrets...while there’s still something left of Earth and humanity!

Zodiac Signs of the Apocalypse DVD
Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror
Languages: English 
Format: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Year: 2014
SRP: $19.98
Street Date: January 13th, 2015
Pre-Book: December 10th, 2014
Rating: Not Rated
Length: 90 minutes
UPC: 0 1313 26255-6 0
Cat#: DV62556


Sunday, October 19, 2014


Some movies can pretty much divide a roomful of people in half. That is, one half will sit in rapt attention while the other half flees the room in all possible haste to escape paralyzing, soul-crushing boredom.

IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT MYSTERIES (1973) is one of those movies. Many viewers will find its dry, pseudo-scholarly tone, glacial pace, and static images of crumbling ruins and desolate landscapes to be the absolute opposite of entertainment.

And yet, those who used to sit fascinated week after week by every episode of the subsequent television series "In Search Of" (1976-1982, hosted by Leonard Nimoy) will most likely be riveted to the screen from beginning to end.

The open-mindedness of this film's producers and writers--which skeptics would no doubt find excessive--is what allows host/narrator Rod "Twilight Zone" Serling to pose baffling questions about ancient civilizations and then offer theories involving alien visitors from outer space and other paranormal phenomena.

Most of the now-familiar subjects are touched upon, from the mysterious lines carved into the vast Nazca plains of Peru--which Serling supposes may have been a landing field for alien aircraft--to the gigantic etchings of people and animals seen here and in England which can only be discerned from the air. Were these created for the benefit of our ancestors from the sky?

The ruins of Inca cities and other wondrous sites such as Troy and Jericho are examined for further evidence of such visitors sharing their advanced knowledge with ancient humans. Serling, along with various scientists, historians, and other experts whose credentials may or may not be impeccable, endeavors to explain why we should suspect an alien influence shaping much of our shared history as citizens of Earth.

In a seemingly stream-of-consciousness manner, Serling whisks us from Peru to the Bermuda Triangle for a quick retelling of the famous tale of disappearing military planes, and then it's off to search for the fabled lost city of Atlantis.

Unexplained artifacts are examined as well, including human skulls that display evidence of successful brain surgery, intricately designed machines created seemingly ahead of their time, and painted or sculpted images that resemble modern-day astronauts or aircraft.

Serling follows all of this up with some NASA-related anecdotes and a tale of unexplained radio waves received from outer space, again told by guest "experts" whose reliability we must either accept or discount. More interstellar speculation wraps things up, unsurprisingly, on an inconclusive note.

The DVD from Film Chest is in full screen (4 x 3) with original mono sound. Running time is 53 minutes. No subtitles or extras. The picture quality varies between okay and "ehh" (some of the stock footage shots in particular look like somebody's home movies) but then again the "In Search Of" shows always looked like that and it never really made that much difference.

While I don't know how every diehard skeptic will react to IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT MYSTERIES, I'm pretty sure the less patient ones would rather skip it altogether. But if you've ever entertained the notion that we've been visited and indeed colonized by aliens throughout history, you may find this documentary's earnest "what if" tone to be both intriguing and fun.

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