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click to enlarge Grizzly  -  - Directed by William Girdler  - Shriek Show/Media Blasters  -  - From the director of my favorite nature-gone-amok film, - Day of the Animals by the late William Girdler, - comes this take on Jaws, the comparably - awesome Grizzly. Like the poster screams, "18 - Feet of Towering Fury!"  a gigantic, quasi-intelligent - grizzly that can decapitate and dismember with one - swoop of his monstrous paw  has taken over a national - park. He's not averse to stealing the occasional picnic - basket  of death! He also can take out ranger stations - and punch helicopters. It's obvious that bullets and tranq - darts ain't gonna take this big bear out, so in one of the - greatest scenes ever, it becomes a battle of hulking - forest beast versus super rocket launcher. Guess who - wins? You do! You've lived too long without - Grizzly in your life  buy this now!  - Louis Fowler
  • Grizzly

    Directed by William Girdler

    Shriek Show/Media Blasters

    From the director of my favorite nature-gone-amok film, Day of the Animals by the late William Girdler, comes this take on Jaws, the comparably awesome Grizzly. Like the poster screams, "18 Feet of Towering Fury!" a gigantic, quasi-intelligent grizzly that can decapitate and dismember with one swoop of his monstrous paw has taken over a national park. He's not averse to stealing the occasional picnic basket of death! He also can take out ranger stations and punch helicopters. It's obvious that bullets and tranq darts ain't gonna take this big bear out, so in one of the greatest scenes ever, it becomes a battle of hulking forest beast versus super rocket launcher. Guess who wins? You do! You've lived too long without Grizzly in your life buy this now! Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Curse Death & Spirit  -  - Directed by Hideo Nakata  - UrbanVision/AsiaVision  -  - J-horror director Hideo Nakata is pretty hot stuff. - Stateside remakes of his films The Ring and - Dark Water successfully were translated for - American audiences, initiating a new wave of Japanese - horror, as well as giving Nakata a new American career. - As with any foreigner who makes it big here, his earlier - output is now scoured for and released to a hungry - group, eager to be able to tell people they knew the - director's work before he "got big." This is the case with - Curse, Death & Spirit, a collection of episodes - from an "Unsolved Mysteries"-style TV show directed by - a pre-fame Nakata. Spooky possessed dolls with metal - teeth, creepy girls floating in a river and a haunted inn - all come into play, to great effect. Definitely worth a - latenight screening.  Louis Fowler -
  • Curse Death & Spirit

    Directed by Hideo Nakata

    UrbanVision/AsiaVision

    J-horror director Hideo Nakata is pretty hot stuff. Stateside remakes of his films The Ring and Dark Water successfully were translated for American audiences, initiating a new wave of Japanese horror, as well as giving Nakata a new American career. As with any foreigner who makes it big here, his earlier output is now scoured for and released to a hungry group, eager to be able to tell people they knew the director's work before he "got big." This is the case with Curse, Death & Spirit, a collection of episodes from an "Unsolved Mysteries"-style TV show directed by a pre-fame Nakata. Spooky possessed dolls with metal teeth, creepy girls floating in a river and a haunted inn all come into play, to great effect. Definitely worth a latenight screening. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Devil's Bloody Playthings  -  - Directed by William Hellfire  - Electric Daisy Pushers  -  - The moderately grating William Hellfire  he of - Duck! The Carbine High Massacre fame  is - back with another is-it-art-or-is-it-sleaze, shot-on- - video, poorly acted skin flick, The Devil's Bloody - Playthings. This time Hellfire appropriates the - claustrophobic and deviant early '70s film stylings of Joe - Sarno and Nick Phillips. Christine, a typical pretentious - hipster living in NYC, is in the business of videotaping - her roommates in various exploitative and sexually - degrading situations. The new roommate, Karen, - immediately falls into the trap, playing slave-girl to - Christine's every sick whim. A confusing murder (or two) - and a tepid "twist" ending brings things to a grinding - halt, disappointing viewers expecting much more of a - pay off. A great idea for homage, which is eventually - wasted, but still worth a look.  Louis Fowler
  • The Devil's Bloody Playthings

    Directed by William Hellfire

    Electric Daisy Pushers

    The moderately grating William Hellfire he of Duck! The Carbine High Massacre fame is back with another is-it-art-or-is-it-sleaze, shot-on- video, poorly acted skin flick, The Devil's Bloody Playthings. This time Hellfire appropriates the claustrophobic and deviant early '70s film stylings of Joe Sarno and Nick Phillips. Christine, a typical pretentious hipster living in NYC, is in the business of videotaping her roommates in various exploitative and sexually degrading situations. The new roommate, Karen, immediately falls into the trap, playing slave-girl to Christine's every sick whim. A confusing murder (or two) and a tepid "twist" ending brings things to a grinding halt, disappointing viewers expecting much more of a pay off. A great idea for homage, which is eventually wasted, but still worth a look. Louis Fowler

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