[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] 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] 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] The Tingler (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1959) – by Jeff Mohr

October always brings out the best in horror with Halloween festivities fueling parties, decorations, candy, trick-r-treating, and horror movie screenings. Jeff Mohr, the able host of Decades of Horror The Classic Era steps in to review The Tinger (1959) which he caught as part of the Cinemark Fall Classic Series on the big screen. There is no better way to experience the William Castle classic starring the one-and-only Vincent Price. Jeff shares his thoughts on […]

[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] 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] Forbidden Planet (RetroFantasma, 1956) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo returns with another Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold retro review for the film Forbidden Planet (1956) which he and I saw at RetroFantasma at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina. It played on a double bill with The Green Slime. Paul shares his thoughts about seeing the film on the big screen, how amazing the film looks 61 years later, and how well both the story and the effects hold up. And, of […]

[Review] The Green Slime (RetroFantasma, 1968) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo returns with another Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold entry that should not be missed. Doc Rotten and Paul Cardullo ventured to the RetroFantasma event recently at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Caroline to catch a Sci-Fi classic double feature, the epic Forbidden Planet (1956) and the film Paul reviews here and now, The Green Slime (1968). Paul shares his views on the ups and downs of this z-grade classic that should not be […]

[Review] Effects (1980, Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo takes a look at an unusual Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold film this week — writer/director Dusty Nelson‘s Effects (1980). Though it was shot in 1978 and ostensibly released in 1980, it did not receive a proper release until the DVD came out in 2006. Paul takes a look at the new 4K Blu Ray restoration just released by American Genre Film Archive. The cast and crew is comprised of a number of once-and-future alumni of […]

[Review] Re-Animator (1985, Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo tackles another retro classic with this week’s Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold entry. Arrow Video is releasing a limited edition of the iconic Re-Animator (1985) with a special edited cut of the film and tons of extras. Paul is here to give his thoughts on the film, enjoying the opportunity to revisit a classic that holds up today just as awesome as it did when released 32 years ago. Check out his review below. […]

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“Evil Ed” (1995): Goofy, Goopy Love Letter to 1980s Horror

One can tell when a horror film is made by fans of the genre; there is a certain love for the material that comes through. Of course, this is even easier to tell when the filmmakers fill their movie with homages to their favorites. Such is the case with Evil Ed (1995), a goofy and goopy low-budget Swedish horror comedy that wears its love for 1980s horror on its sleeve. A mild mannered film editor […]

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“Pulse” (“Kairo”) (2001): A Creepy Modern Classic of Terror, Isolation, & Dread

The impersonality of modern society can lead some people to feel absolutely alone even when they are in the midst of a crowd. Writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa infuses this idea into his super creepy and disturbing modern horror tale Pulse (Kairo) (2001). Visitors to a mysterious website find themselves haunted by shadowy figures and subsequently lose the will to live. Can a group of young people find out what is happening before they end up dead […]

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The Bird With the Crystal Plumage: A Near Perfect Giallo From the Genre’s Golden Age

Noted Italian director Dario Argento’s directorial debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (L’uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo) (1970), is not the first giallo, but it is one of the prime examples of that genre. An American author in Rome witnesses an attempted murder in an art gallery, which may be tied to a serial killer stalking the city. He has seen a vital clue but cannot recall it. Now, as he mounts his own […]

Madhouse

“Madhouse” (1981): Unusual Giallo Featuring Death by Rottweiler

Madhouse (1981) is an unusual thriller that is a hybrid of an American slasher and an Italian giallo and which features an unconventional murder weapon — a Rotweiller. A young teacher is frightened for her life when her deformed twin sister, who tormented her as a child, escapes from the local mental institution. Their twenty-fifth birthday is approaching, and many people close to the main character are either disappearing or being found dead. Though it is […]

Wolf Guy

“Wolf Guy” (1975): Funky Werewolf Film Without a Werewolf

The film Wolf Guy (Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko) (1975) is pretty hard to classify. The lone survivor of a werewolf clan investigates murders reportedly committed by an invisible, phantom tiger. As he delves deeper into the mystery, he finds himself in the clutches of a shadowy organization that has other plans for him. The film is evocative of its era, feeling like a mid-1970s cop/detective drama. Starring martial arts legend Shin’ichi Chiba (better known as […]