[Review] J.D.’s Revenge (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1976): A Surprising Blaxploitation Classic – by Paul Cardullo

In this episode of Groovy Gorey Gruesome Gold, Paul Cardullo goes back to the mid-1970s for the Blaxploitation classic J.D.’s Revenge (1976). In the 1940s, gangster J.D. Walker (David McKnight) witnesses the murder of his sister (Alice Jubert) and then is gunned down by her murderer. Flash forward to 1976 . . .  Isaac, played by Glynn Turman (Cooley High [1976], Gremlins [1984]), is a law student who drives a cab to make ends meet. […]

[Review] The Sword and The Claw (Kiliç Aslan) (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1975): A Trippy Turkish Delight – by Paul Cardullo

In this edition of Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, Paul Cardullo gets his first taste of 1970s Turkish Action Cinema with the funky classic The Sword and The Claw (aka Kiliç Aslan and Lionman) (1975). The film is an unusual mix of Tarzan and a sword-and-sandal epic. While Tarzan is raised by apes, Süleyman (Turkish megastar Cüneyt Arkin), the hero of The Sword and The Claw, is raised by lions. This helps him to develop his fighting technique, which mostly consists of slashing as […]

[Review] The Crazies (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1973): Romero Classic Returns with its Terrifying Trixie Trip – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo returns with another review from the incredible George A. Romero Between Night and Dawn collection. This time around the film under Paul’s microscope is the underappreciated The Crazies (1973). Taking a script called “The Mad People” (by Paul McCollough), Romero swaps out ghouls with townspeople infected by a biological weapon making them turn “crazy.” Romero’s version of the script focuses more on the military occupation of the towns under quarantine giving the film some […]

[Review] Season of the Witch (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1972): Romero’s Unsung Witchcraft Classic Between Night and Dawn – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo sits down with Doc Rotten to review one of the unsung classics found in the George A. Romero collection from Arrow Video, Between Night and Dawn. The film is Season of the Witch (1972) originally called Jack’s Wife and released under the title Hungry Wives. Paul shares the strange and unusual history of Romero’s “witchcraft” offering. He praises actress Jan White who plays the lead and encourages horror fans – especially Romero fans […]

[Review] The Car (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1977): Best Jaws Rip-off…Ever – by Paul Cardullo

In the annals of killer car movies, one film stands out – The Car (1977) from director Elliot Silverstein and screenwriters Dennis Shryack, Michael Butler, and Lane Slate. Sure, Killdozer is older (though, technically, that is about a killer bulldozer, not a car) and John Carpenter‘s version of Stephen King‘s Christine (1983) may be more well-known, but The Car outshines those other films in at least two ways – it is a lot more fun and it has James Brolin. Catching this […]

[Review] Family Possessions (GenreBlast, Wreak Havoc Film Festival, 2017) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo returns to discuss another Film Festival Favorite, Family Possessions (2017) from director Tommy Faircloth. We’ve covered the film before online and in our Gruesome Magazine print edition but Paul provides a new perspective from not only GenreBlast Film Festival but from Wreak Havoc Film Festival as well and compares the two experience giving this review a unique perspective. The film feature two familiar genre names from the Eighties, Mark Patton from A Nightmare on […]

[Review] Westworld (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1973) – by Paul Cardullo

“Boy, have we got a vacation for you…where nothing can possibly go wrong…” – the tagline for the 1973 theatrical version of Michael Crichton’s Westworld sets the movie up perfectly. Richard Benjamin and James Brolin star as friends who visit Western World to play out a fantasy vacation living in the wild, wild West. Yul Brynner is cast as The Gunslinger, a rogue cowboy dressed in all black who continually tries to gun down our […]

[Review] Halloween Pussy Trap Kill Kill (2017) – by Paul Cardullo

Things get rough for our brave reviewer, Paul Cardullo, as he settles in to watch…and review…the grindhouse horror wannabe, Halloween Pussy Trap Kill Kill (2017). He is so distraught after seeing this mess of a film he even hangs the good Doc out to dry for handing him the film to review in the first place. Oh, noes. The disappointment continues as the film’s title suggests a kindred spirit to Russ Meyer’s classic Faster Pussycat! […]

[Review] Blood Feast (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1963) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo returns with another edition of Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold with a killer Blu-ray release from Arrow Film, the iconic and legendary splatterfest Blood Feast (1963) from the Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis. Paul shares his love for this film and this edition. The film holds up surprisingly well…for what it is and the special features are well worth the Blu-ray, which includes a second 1963 feature from the maverick director, Scum of the […]

[Review] Children of the Corn (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1984) – by Paul Cardullo

This week, Paul Cardullo heads back to 1984 to visit the fields of Stephen King’s Children of the Corn. Considered a horror classic by many, Paul discusses why he may not agree with this assessment. After driving around in the cornfield for a long time, he does find a couple of iconic performances by John Franklin as Issac and Courtney Gains as Malachai, but not much else. Take a listen to his review and see if […]

[Review] Dead Bullet (GenreBlast, 2017) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo returns to review another feature from the spectacular GenreBlast Film Festival held at Winchester, Virginia September 7 – 10, 2017. Dead Bullet (2017) from writer-director Erik Reese is a thrilling crime-drama that delivers the goods as Bill Holden (John T. Woods) holds a satchel full of stolen casino chips and a history full of secrets that put everyone he knows and holds dear in danger. While more a thriller than anything near a […]

[Review] The Slayer (1982, Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold) – by Paul Cardullo

This week, Paul Cardullo takes a look at an unusual and lesser-known fright flick, The Slayer (1982). Is it a monster movie, a slasher film, or a psychological horror tale? While it may have a fairly low body count for a film of its era, Paul talks about why horror fans still may want to check it out. With the Arrow Video release of a new 4K restoration in a special 2-disc set, aficionados of 1980s horror […]

[Review] Lilith’s Awakening (GenreBlast, 2017) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo returns to review another entry in the GenreBlast Film Festival. While the fest hosts a number of genres, this movie is a full-fledged horror flick of the weekend. Lilith’s Awakening (2017) is filmed in rich black and white tones with a deliberate pacing and exquisite cinematography. Paul dives into what makes this film tick and is fascinated with the varied reference to Dracula. Check out his review to this dreamlike vampire film below. Lilith’s Awakening […]

[Review] Future (GenreBlast, 2017) – by Paul Cardullo

While GenreBlast is not strictly a horror film festival, it certainly features its share of horror fare along with many sci-fi epics, zany action films, and off the wall comedies. Paul Cardullo steps up to review one of the sci-fi entries at the 2017 GenreBlast Film Festival – and a favorite of the weekend – Future (2017). Directed by  Rob Cousineau and Chris Rosik, Future features Joshua P. Cousineau and Phreddy Wischusen in the lead roles as Doug, […]

[Review] Camino (GenreBlast, 2017) – by Paul Cardullo

While GenreBlast is not strictly a horror film festival, it certainly features its share of horror fare along with many sci-fi epics, zany action films, and off the wall comedies. Paul Cardullo steps up to review one of the more comedic entries at the 2017 GenreBlast Film Festival – and his favorite of the weekend – Camino (2017). The film features a pair of Texan teens who drive around in an El Camino and like to […]