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click to enlarge Welcome to the Grindhouse: Black Candles/ - Evil Eye (NR)  - Deimos Entertainment  -  -  - Even though the recent double-feature throwback - Grindhouse was a massive failure with the - general public, it was enough of a success among genre - fans for Deimos to start an ambitious new DVD series - called Welcome to the Grindhouse, which digs - deep into the exploitation and horror vaults to uncover - some real gems. The first volume features two '70s - Italian Satanic shockers, Black Candles and - Evil Eye. Both are typical sleaze-fests with a - demonic, Giallo-infused bent, but the real treat is the - DVD's presentation. Trailers are interspersed throughout - the films to give a real "grindhouse" feel, making them - fun to watch as a double feature or separately. Next up - in the series: sexploitation flicks The Teacher - and The Pick-Up.  Louis Fowler -
  • Welcome to the Grindhouse: Black Candles/ Evil Eye (NR)

    Deimos Entertainment

    Even though the recent double-feature throwback Grindhouse was a massive failure with the general public, it was enough of a success among genre fans for Deimos to start an ambitious new DVD series called Welcome to the Grindhouse, which digs deep into the exploitation and horror vaults to uncover some real gems. The first volume features two '70s Italian Satanic shockers, Black Candles and Evil Eye. Both are typical sleaze-fests with a demonic, Giallo-infused bent, but the real treat is the DVD's presentation. Trailers are interspersed throughout the films to give a real "grindhouse" feel, making them fun to watch as a double feature or separately. Next up in the series: sexploitation flicks The Teacher and The Pick-Up. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Night Junkies (R)  - Allumination Filmworks  -  -  - The premise of Night Junkies is that vampirism - is an addiction that's pretty similar to heroin. It turns - men into pimpy bums looking for another fix and women - into strippers draining whoever comes their way - basically, everything short of pawning a guitar to score a - fix, these guys do. If this theme sounds familiar, it's - because it's also the theme of Abel Ferrara's The - Addiction, which this movie, Night Junkies, - somewhat apes, adding liberal doses of stylized violence - and wince-inducing, supposedly gritty dialogue. The - problem is, the movie runs slower than congealed blood - long stretches of boredom ensue, no matter how - much sex they throw in. It's a noble attempt at - something different, but that's all it is: an attempt. -  Louis Fowler
  • Night Junkies (R)

    Allumination Filmworks

    The premise of Night Junkies is that vampirism is an addiction that's pretty similar to heroin. It turns men into pimpy bums looking for another fix and women into strippers draining whoever comes their way basically, everything short of pawning a guitar to score a fix, these guys do. If this theme sounds familiar, it's because it's also the theme of Abel Ferrara's The Addiction, which this movie, Night Junkies, somewhat apes, adding liberal doses of stylized violence and wince-inducing, supposedly gritty dialogue. The problem is, the movie runs slower than congealed blood long stretches of boredom ensue, no matter how much sex they throw in. It's a noble attempt at something different, but that's all it is: an attempt. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Monster Squad: 20th - Anniversary Edition (PG-13)  -  -  - Lionsgate Home Entertainment -  -  - Screw Goonies; The Monster Squad is - where it's at. Released at about the same time as the - Spielberg-backed classic, Squad was - wonderfully imaginative, with a decidedly smart-aleck - tune to it. The plot: A group of kids accidentally summon - classic monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, etc.) - and are forced to deal with them using ingenious, - movie-inspired tricks and devices. This film, while toiling - in obscurity for the longest time, has been at the top of - most horror fans' "Please release on DVD!" lists. - Lionsgate's new release goes one better, with a super- - deluxe edition that features deleted scenes, two - commentaries and, most thrillingly, a five-part - retrospective of the film, from conception to completion - to cult status.  Louis Fowler
  • The Monster Squad: 20th Anniversary Edition (PG-13)

    Lionsgate Home Entertainment

    Screw Goonies; The Monster Squad is where it's at. Released at about the same time as the Spielberg-backed classic, Squad was wonderfully imaginative, with a decidedly smart-aleck tune to it. The plot: A group of kids accidentally summon classic monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, etc.) and are forced to deal with them using ingenious, movie-inspired tricks and devices. This film, while toiling in obscurity for the longest time, has been at the top of most horror fans' "Please release on DVD!" lists. Lionsgate's new release goes one better, with a super- deluxe edition that features deleted scenes, two commentaries and, most thrillingly, a five-part retrospective of the film, from conception to completion to cult status. Louis Fowler

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