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click to enlarge Scorpion: Beast Stable (NR) -  -  - Directed by Shunya Ito  - Tokyo Shock / Media Blasters -  -  - The early '70s Japanese Female Convict Scorpion - films are a legendary series that, until recently, had only - been known to the geekiest of American cinephiles. - (ber-geek Quentin Tarantino appropriated much of it - for his Kill Bill films, right down to the series - theme song, "Urami Bushi.") Mixing avant-garde visuals - with a distinct women-in-prison sleaze factor, the third - entry in the series, Beast Stable, finds the titular - Scorpion (Meiko Kaji) escaped from prison and on the - run, which is especially difficult because, before the - opening credits have even rolled, she's literally de-armed - a detective. From there, it's one revenge scenario after - another, thrillingly played out and filled with non-stop J- - action. Scorpion: Beast Stable rises above its - exploitation roots to create a crime film that even the - best in the genre today couldn't compete with.  - Louis Fowler
  • Scorpion: Beast Stable (NR)

    Directed by Shunya Ito

    Tokyo Shock / Media Blasters

    The early '70s Japanese Female Convict Scorpion films are a legendary series that, until recently, had only been known to the geekiest of American cinephiles. (ber-geek Quentin Tarantino appropriated much of it for his Kill Bill films, right down to the series theme song, "Urami Bushi.") Mixing avant-garde visuals with a distinct women-in-prison sleaze factor, the third entry in the series, Beast Stable, finds the titular Scorpion (Meiko Kaji) escaped from prison and on the run, which is especially difficult because, before the opening credits have even rolled, she's literally de-armed a detective. From there, it's one revenge scenario after another, thrillingly played out and filled with non-stop J- action. Scorpion: Beast Stable rises above its exploitation roots to create a crime film that even the best in the genre today couldn't compete with. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Cemetery Man (R)  -  - Directed by Michele Soavi  - Anchor Bay Entertainment  -  - Zombie films typically follow a basic formula: A group of - stereotypes, trapped in some sort of edifice, are - besieged by the walking dead, usually with gore-filled - results. No real story or character development needed. - To someone who watches at least two a week, it gets old - very fast. That's why I nearly plotzed when I saw Michele - Soavi's masterpiece Cemetery Man. Dashing - Rupert Everett is Francesco Dellamorte, a lovelorn, - impotent cemetery watchman whose main job is to stop - the "returners" as they rise out of their graves. Matters - complicate when he falls for a young widow, whom also - becomes a zombie. Then things get even crazier as the - film veers into existentialist territory, asking questions - the typical zom film never would. Cemetery Man - is a true masterpiece and a testament to how, even in the - most tired of genres, new life, so to speak, can be - injected.  Louis Fowler
  • Cemetery Man (R)

    Directed by Michele Soavi

    Anchor Bay Entertainment

    Zombie films typically follow a basic formula: A group of stereotypes, trapped in some sort of edifice, are besieged by the walking dead, usually with gore-filled results. No real story or character development needed. To someone who watches at least two a week, it gets old very fast. That's why I nearly plotzed when I saw Michele Soavi's masterpiece Cemetery Man. Dashing Rupert Everett is Francesco Dellamorte, a lovelorn, impotent cemetery watchman whose main job is to stop the "returners" as they rise out of their graves. Matters complicate when he falls for a young widow, whom also becomes a zombie. Then things get even crazier as the film veers into existentialist territory, asking questions the typical zom film never would. Cemetery Man is a true masterpiece and a testament to how, even in the most tired of genres, new life, so to speak, can be injected. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Evils of the Night (R)  -  -  - Directed by Mardi Rustam  - Shriek Show / Media Blasters -  -  - The cover of this DVD reads: "Alien vampires have just - landed from outer space ... in search of the one - substance they need to survive ... TEENAGE BLOOD!" It - sounds like a B-movie must-have, right? Of course it - does! Well-stocked with early '80s mall-hair, horrible - teen dialogue and alien costumes that look like they - were made by Rocky Horror conventioneers, it - doesn't get cheesier than this! Two geriatric mechanics - routinely take sex-crazed teens captive, then the teens - are taken to a hospital where said alien vampires - made up of the "Paycheck, please!" crew of John - Carradine, Julie Newmar and Tina Louise  have set up - base. Much boobage and aimless running around - ensues, to the viewer's delight. The best MST3K - film MST3K never did, Evils of the Night - and a six-pack of Pabst is the perfect way to start off a - "Bad Movie Night" this Friday.  Louis Fowler
  • Evils of the Night (R)

    Directed by Mardi Rustam

    Shriek Show / Media Blasters

    The cover of this DVD reads: "Alien vampires have just landed from outer space ... in search of the one substance they need to survive ... TEENAGE BLOOD!" It sounds like a B-movie must-have, right? Of course it does! Well-stocked with early '80s mall-hair, horrible teen dialogue and alien costumes that look like they were made by Rocky Horror conventioneers, it doesn't get cheesier than this! Two geriatric mechanics routinely take sex-crazed teens captive, then the teens are taken to a hospital where said alien vampires made up of the "Paycheck, please!" crew of John Carradine, Julie Newmar and Tina Louise have set up base. Much boobage and aimless running around ensues, to the viewer's delight. The best MST3K film MST3K never did, Evils of the Night and a six-pack of Pabst is the perfect way to start off a "Bad Movie Night" this Friday. Louis Fowler

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