Coroner’s Corner – Column

August 25, 2006

My first reaction was “why?” but my final reaction is “oh my!” I’m speaking of the Alexandre Aja remake of the 1977 Wes Craven classic, The Hills Have Eyes.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

April 28, 2006

Wes Craven can be traced back to one of the most infamous films, The Last House on the Left. In the early ’70s, this film knocked audiences on their asses.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

June 13, 2005

I kept on waiting for something monumental to happen in The Ring Two, and it never did. But it explained why the spirit of the little girl was pissed off.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

February 28, 2005

Fox Home has just released Terror Train, one of the more notable Halloween-style rip-offs. The film looks pretty swell, but there aren’t really any peachy extras.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

February 28, 2005

Anchor Bay’s recent triumph is their bundle of joy entitled ILSA. This box set contains three films starring Dyanne Thorne, the giant-jugged mistress of mayhem.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

May 23, 2004

I was expecting much lower quality due to the rarity of the source material. However, both discs were of stellar quality and were in English with no annoying subtitles.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

May 23, 2004

Eclectic DVD has tracked down some rare prints for us true fans. While many of their releases may be lacking the extras and commentaries we’ve begun to expect, at least the effort is there.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

October 15, 2003

This is one seedy film. The style has real grunge to it, and the images and sounds are literally splashed out. This is the kind of film that sticks with you for a few days no matter how hard you scrub.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

July 23, 2003

Cradle of Fear is about Kemper, a serial killer hypnotist presently being held captive in an insane asylum. Kemper manages to continue his evisceration spree vicariously through his servant, “The Man,” played with demonic delight by Dani Filth (from Cradle of Filth).

Coroner’s Corner – Contamination – Column

April 18, 2003

The way Contamination begins, you’d swear you were watching the beginning of Fulci’s Zombie. The same New York waterway… the same unresponsive boat. Both films even have the same hero: Ian McCulloch.

Coroner’s Corner – The Prowler – Column

January 3, 2003

The Prowler is absolutely disgusting… I love it. Every death scene has been extended from what I remember, and blood explodes by the gallon. Nothing is implied, you see it all.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

November 8, 2002

Giallo means yellow, which was the dust jacket cover of a genre of lurid mystery novels that thrilled Europeans in the ’60s and ’70s. These stories were famous for their twists, quirky characters, suspense and more importantly, their controversial doses of sex and violence.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

August 2, 2002

Just when I think you’re done, Anchor Bay, you hit me with another pasta-land buffet of succulent splatter. My lid is off to you because not only are you releasing them, but you’re doing it right.

Coroner’s Corner – DVD Reviews – Column

April 19, 2002

If you’re not familiar with Argento’s films, here’s a great place to start. You get glimpses of his masterworks like Suspiria, Tenebrae, and Opera. You also get commentary from people like George Romero, Alice Cooper, and Keith Emerson.

Coroner’s Corner – The Joy of Inter-personal Mayhem – Column

April 19, 2002

Jugulars are splayed open, skulls are scalped in up-close detail, a bayonet is slowly pushed through a chest, a girl is stabbed and humped to death, a head is shotgun-blasted to chunky oblivion, a maggot-infested mother zombie gropes from her grave, and much more.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

February 22, 2002

What film is Oscar-worthy for “best use of a decapitated melon in a sexual situation”? Why, it’s the 1985 gem Re-Animator, of course, and Elite Entertainment is re-releasing this zombie epic on a loaded DVD.

Coroner’s Corner – Column

June 1, 2001

Lucio says “To hell with that. We’re going to show the babysitter’s jugular slashed three times in up-close detail and then we’ll bounce her head down the stairs to the feet of a mortified eight-year-old.”

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