Stuck in Snowmageddon? Gear up, because Kyle finally found the Critters episode!


As Kyle was editing last week’s episode he stumbled across a mystery Mp3 file.  That file was the complete “lost” critters retrospective that we got together with our retrospective guy John Portanova to do months ago.  So here it is in its entirety.  WE’VE COME FOR THE CRITES!!




Kyle finally got the episode up with a cool surprise!


This week Kyle and Tim dust off a couple of Shot on Video gems from the old mom and pop video stores.  And those 2 flicks are VIDEO VIOLENCE 1 and 2.  And we also tackle your listener questions and go over what we’ve been watching lately.  NOTE: Kyle is an internet dummy and lost his review of whatever flick he was watching for the week, BUT, in his searching he found our long lost CRITTERS RETROSPECTIVE.  So come back in a few days and it will be posted.

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Gross Movie Reviews #338


Gross Movie Reviews #338


By Tim Gross


Detention of the Dead (DVD) – Another quirky zombie flick trying to do something different like parodying “The Breakfast Club” among a few other pop culture films. High school kids trying to battle the undead flesh eaters as they are trapped inside on just a typical day of school and of course the nerds seem to have the answers for the jocks, drug dude, and the smoking hot girl of how to survive… Maybe? Lots of blood but it just becomes bland half way through as most do. But best teenage zombie flick I have seen in the past decade has to be “Dance of the Dead” but for this flick I gotta give 2 stars.


The Nostril Picker (DVD) – The film is also known as “The Changer” and recently released on DVD by that great independent company . This lesser known independent film is from 1988 and about a dude named Joe who really doesn’t have friends, a job, or money but wants women. So just like any other poor scumbag he visits the local hobo that tells him the secret of changing his appearance so he could get close to teenage girls. Soon Joe looks like a pretty blonde girl who is new in town and has no friends until she or he meets a few at the tennis courts. Then Joe as a girl and himself goes about his sleazy murdering spree! A pleasant surprise to watch and a perfect film for family entertainment night as I give it 3 out of 4 stars.


The Unnamable II (VHS) – Only able to scare up a VHS copy in the US, there is an Eye-talian PAL DVD I believe floating around but I say wait for the special edition… Anyway this 1992 sequel literally picks up seconds after the original film loosely based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Randolph Carter wants to prove the 300 year creature exists and protect the “Necronomicon” after his buddy is taken to the hospital and the police clean up the dead bodies. So Carter searches out the assistance of a scholar played by John Rhys-Davies to help him prove the creature exists. They find its lair and caves under the old house on the college campus and the creature is injured. They find some drawings that they decipher and split the creature and its former human self “Alyda” a part. But the bloodbath continues as the creature wants Alyda back. A fun underrated sequel I was glad I gave a second chance too after seeing it when it was first released on video all those years ago. David Warner plays the dean of the school which he is always fun to see in a horror flick and Julie Strain plays the creature! Awesome horror stuff folks as I give it 3 stars.


The Burning Moon (DVD) – In 1992, there was this little known horror film in Germany made by a young gorehound named Olaf Ittenbach. His first project is an anthology with two main stories and the wrap around dealing with this dude telling his sister the stories to help her sleep before he brutally stabs her. The first story is about a serial killer fascinated by a woman named Julia. The second story gets even weirder as a priest practices Christianity during the day and by night rapes, kills, worships Satan, you know the good stuff! The priest accidentally gets a local man blamed for his sins and killed only to have hell pay a visit to the one who killed the innocent. The movie can be rough, boring, and just weird (not a good way) but then comes the final 15 minutes of what I call the reason I enjoy Mr. Ittenbach… He gives us the vision of hell and it’s like Tom Savini in his prime, Greg Nicotero, Screaming Mad George in his prime, and the brain of Fred Vogel got mixed in a blender and throw on screen! It’s absolutely beautiful. I may only give the film 2 stars but the ending is well worth seeing.


Grave Encounters (DVD) – After many people saying I need to see this film I decided to sit and watch it. First before I review this flick and its sequel will someone please explain to me how the footage got to the studio for it to be shown or was that explained in the sequel by the “Death Awaits” thing and I don’t really care?… Anyway a ghost hunting crew who doesn’t entirely take the ghost hunting business serious has gotten their show to air on a cable network and while working on episode six they disappeared. Episode six involves the small crew going to a closed down asylum which had a horrible history of doctors experimenting on the insane and patients that were just dropped off there because their family no longer wanted to care for them. Plus a lot of people who live nearby believe it to be haunted. Once in and the crew is doing their show not a lot happens and once they are ready to call it a wrap that is when they find out they cannot leave and strange eerie things happen. One by one the crew is driven insane and disappears or killed by ghosts that haunt the asylum that seems to be in a wormhole. Blah, most of these are not my cup of tea but of course I will keep watching hoping to find a good one as I give this 2 stars.


Grave Encounters 2 (DVD) – The sequel picks up with several YouTube movie reviewers reviewing the film “Grave Encounters”. One reviewer in particular is contacted by “Death Awaits” about his review and this sends the reviewer into mass craze of finding out the truth behind the first film being real or not. He gets his friends to take a road trip to the so-called fake asylum only to find it boarded up and “Death Awaits” painted on the front door. Breaks in, the friends begin to die, but the reviewer finds the host of “Grave Encounters” in the basement beaten, battered, crazy, yelling something about he cannot escape and a red door is the exit. The sequel takes an interesting turn in plot but not enough for me to care as usual but will give it props for trying as I give it 2 stars.


R.I.P.D. (DVD) – If you are bored of awesome horror flicks and once in a while you need that crap on a stick kinda flick? Well, here’s your answer this pile of elephant crap that sounds like it should be fun but just disappoints you like when you want Taco Bell tacos and instead you get bootleg mall Food Court Taco Bell tacos that give you the shits instantly! Jeff Bridges… okay, James Hong… yes, Ryan Reynolds… umm why, seems like a “Men in Black” rip-off. Yep, shits for one! I dare you to go watch this and say it’s good with a straight face. I have seen worse but this is just wrong to make someone sit through it? I give it a ½ star.


Pieces of Talent (DVD) – A very interesting independent horror film about a man named David Long who is a filmmaker, sort of? He uses VHS cameras to shoot all his scenes so he can watch them at home on his top loader VHS player. But he is also a serial killer who uses his real life murders for his feature project. Constantly searching out his next victim/star David wants a specific actor for his film. And fate happens as David meets Charlotte at a strip club. Well not in so many words as David is beaten up and thrown out the back door of the strip club and Charlotte the waitress takes pity and helps David to his vehicle and driving him home. Intrigued by the good deed done by the nice young lady David becomes fascinated by her and has coffee with her. He then decides that there could be a possible part in his feature for her but he is not exactly ready for her. The sweet young Charlotte never has clue what she is about to witness until it’s too late. The film has some originality, great story telling, cool gore shots, and some great casting of David Long as David and Kristi Ray as Charlotte.  Well worth checking out this independent horror film as I give it 3 ½ out of 4 stars.


Nite Owl (DVD) – John Leguizamo, a cameo appearance of Caroline Munro, and it’s a black and white artsy urban vampire flick. Time has not been kind to this film but if interested it’s about Leguizamo’s character worried about his sister who didn’t come home the night before and soon finds out that the guy named Jake she hooked up with is a vampire. I give the artsy independent flick 1 out of 4 stars.


Killer Kart (YouTube) – A student film after my own heart as it’s a 14 minute short film from Florida State University about a killer grocery cart at the local supermarket. Hopefully the characters Hale and Cass can survive its thirst for blood when the store closes? This hilariously gory film does it the right way of keeping it short and entertaining and I thank FSU film students for that as I give it 3 ½ out of 4 stars.


Bloodrayne: The Third Reich (DVD) – Uwe Boll felt like video game/horror movie fans needed a third bootleg “Castlevania” movie especially since the real “Castlevania” project will never get off the ground. First it was fantasy times, second it was the old west, this time the big boobie Bloodrayne is fighting Nazis in WWII helping a small group of freedom fighters. By mistake she turns a Nazi commander (Michael Pare) into a day walker or vamp that can survive sunlight. With the help of evil scientist Clint Howard they want to deliver Bloodrayne’s blood to Hitler to make him immortal. The movie was poop but did find it entertaining watching Clint Howard trying to fake a German accent so for that I give it 1 ½ stars.


I Drink Your Blood (DVD) – To sum it up best never trust dirty hippies and young boys that sell meat pies. Why… well its 1970 and we got some naked dirty hippies doing naked satanic rituals in a remote area of the woods where a local girl happens to have a crush on one of the hippies’ and watches the ritual. When the group gets ahold of her they drug and rape her. Next day the hippies van breaks down and they just happen to roll into the local girl’s town that is a ghost town since there is construction on a dam being built and the town is going to be torn down. The girl tells grandpa what happen the night before he confronts the hippies who beat his old ass up and the girl’s young brother goes into the woods to kill a rabid dog. Once dead he takes blood from the dog and injects into his mom’s meat pies sold at the bakery which the dirty hippies buy, eat, and go fucking bonkers! Stabbings, limbs being hacked off, people foaming at the mouth, people biting and infecting others, people setting themselves on fire, crazy family entertainment I tell you. The perfect midnight flick to watch as I give it 4 stars.


Beyond the Door (DVD) – Half Eye-talian and half US production about a woman who gets pregnant with her third child and it’s the devil and possesses her. Meanwhile her crazy ex-dead boyfriend Dimitri is back in town to ensure the baby’s abnormal arrival for Satan to be reborn or just some crazy voice in his head we hear throughout the movie that claims it will give Dimitri more years to live if he helps. Yep, it’s a fucked up “Exorcist” rip-off that has its lulls throughout the flick but enough weirdness to see it all the through to the end! I give it 2 stars.


The Casebook of Eddie Brewer (DVD) – When looking for a ghost hunting flick worth watching or independent flick of interest always check out the UK titles because they always seem to stir something different up whether its big budget or independent like this different paranormal flick. The film is shot documentary style most of the film as it follows a long time paranormal expert Eddie Brewer, who doesn’t exactly, believes in ghosts as much as he believes in the unexplained. As the film rolls on Mr. Brewer explains his old but effective tactics and why he prefers to work alone than in a team like most so-called experts do these days. While working on two separate cases Eddie comes across possibly the best evidence he has ever witnessed and is very unsure of how to deal with this dilemma on top of trying to figure out why a little girl is being bothered by a poltergeist. Even though the film is very dialogue driven its interesting as its main character is not a true believer as most characters are in paranormal films and the documentary style actually adds to the Brewer character’s sincerity. This film proves there is still some original thought in the paranormal film genre and was a rare delightful treat to see a movie about the paranormal again. I give the flick 3 out of 4 stars and more info about the film can be found at .


Any comments or questions please send to:, or . Remember folks always support your local independent movie theater, independent video store, and independent filmmakers! It will keep horror alive………

You can always visit and see some past reviews, independent film news, or me ranting at: !!!

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Pain is Beautiful


Pain is Beautiful

“How Far Would You Go to Feel Anything?”

Los Angeles, California – Director Chris Staviski is set to release the indie, horror feature Pain is Beautiful. The release will take place exclusively through the film’s official website. The film deals with a bodily disorder, called CIPA. This disorder prevents William from feeling any sensations, at all. He tries to understand pain and pleasure through tortuous experiments. And, Pain is Beautiful stars Ivet Corvea (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs) and Elissa Dowling (Black Dahlia). The film’s release details are hosted here.


The film will be available through Video-on-demand and on DVD. The official DVD artwork shows William preparing his next experiment, on a live victim. The tagline “How Far Would You Go to Feel Anything?” is also shown and William’s sadism knows no limits. This unforgettable DVD release will sear the mind, on January 20th, 2015.


Pain is Beautiful is truly an independent release. From Chinook Productions with support from production houses Mysterious Ways and Forest Films, Pain is Beautiful is available now!


The film can be ordered here:


The film’s official trailer:


Release Date: January 20th, 2015 (DVD) and Q2, 2015 (Digital Download).


Director: Chris Staviski. Writers: Chris Staviski and Lee Woodford.


Cast: Ivet Corvea, Elissa Dowling, Tim Sullivan, Jessica Sonneborn, Mike Pfaff, Lynn Ayala, Brian McCulley and DeeDee Bigelow.


The film’s official fan page is hosted here:


On a new episode we tackle films from New Zealand and another film that gets your dick shot off!


As the year came to an end Kyle, after seeing ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: The Story Of Cannon Films decided to sit down and take in what become an action movie that could have only been made in the 80’s.  And that grand piece of film is INVASION U.S.A.  Also Tim uncovers one of the best new movies of the year in HOUSEBOUND.  It’s like if Peter Jackson decided to take a humorous look at the people under the stairs.  And as always we answer your questions and get down to all the usual bullshit.  So download this episode or Richard Lynch will shoot your dick off!

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A.P. Fuchs has a review book for you!



Superheroes have invaded film more in the past decade and a half than they have in their entire history. From major blockbusters like Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Trilogy, to DC Entertainment’s line of fantastic direct-to-video animated films, to other super-flicks like The Incredibles, superheroes are enjoying a major resurgence in popular culture and fans have now entered a golden era of superhero cinema. Lifelong superhero fan and author A.P. Fuchs has made it his mission to see every superhero movie that’s been brought to screen. Collected here are his first one hundred reviews, covering the major blockbusters of today to the lesser-known super flicks of yesterday along with everything in between. Reviewing such classics as the original Christopher Reeve Superman films to the jaw-dropping Marvel Phase One series that include Iron Man 1 and 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, to the movies that arguably started the current age of superhero cinema: The X-Men franchise, he’s got this amazing genre covered. Also included are a multitude of animated features, superhero movies that didn’t quite hit at the box office, pulp heroes and more. Look, Up on the Screen! is a collection of reviews for the serious superhero filmgoer from a diehard fan who’s seen nearly all of what the superhero motion picture field has to offer. Whether your theatre is at the cineplex or in your own home, this is one collection that’s a must-add to your bookshelf of behind-the-scenes goodies, movie guides, superhero film novelizations and graphic novels. About the Author A.P. Fuchs is the author of many novels and short stories. His most recent books are Canadian Scribbler: Collected Letters of an Underground Writer; Redemption of the Dead, the third book in his zombie trilogy, Undead World; Axiom-man: City of Ruin; the paranormal romance trilogy, Blood of my World; and Zombie Fight Night: Battles of the Dead, in which zombies fight such classic monsters as werewolves, vampires, Bigfoot, and even go up against awesome foes like pirates, ninjas, and Bruce Lee. Also a cartoonist, he is known for his superhero series, The Axiom-man Saga, both in novel and comic book format.

Please see for more on this series. Fuchs’s main website is

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It’s midnight madness and we’ve got a pair of new Splatter Rampage DVDs for you!


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Gross Movie Reviews #337


Gross Movie Reviews #337


By Tim Gross


Video Violence (DVD) – In 1987 Gary P. Cohen wrote and directed a S.O.V. flick that would soon find cult status among horror and independent films fans as he crafted a horror flick that was perfect for the late 80s. Steve just bought a video store in a small town where he is the only video rental place around. Problem is that he and his employee Rick noticed the townsfolk are not talkative and only rent slasher films. They never rent a comedy, drama, etc. But one day an unlabeled VHS tape is left in the slot return. Steve and Rick watch it only to wonder if it’s a snuff film until they see the one being killed looks familiar. Steve goes to the authorities and brings them to the store where there is no tape and no Rick. Steve soon learns there are more tapes and more people dying. Problem is the whole town is in on it and Howard and Eli are the stars. This is a piece of VHS history even if Gary P. Cohen really never did anything this film or its sequel as I give it 3 stars. “When renting isn’t enough…”


Video Violence 2: The Exploitation (DVD) – The sequel picks up seconds after the first film with Howard and Eli having their own show and trying to pirate into local and national stations so they can go global. This in hope of bringing their murderess ways to the masses, they even ask for fan murder tapes. Most of the film takes place in a basement where the show is captured live. The idea of the movie fizzles out quickly as it seems the best work was done in the first film. But that doesn’t stop Howard and Eli raising their body count. If you watch the first flick, remember to prepare yourself for a boring sequel. I give the flick 1 ½ stars.

Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates (DVD) – The film stars Reggie Bannister as a scientist who has been experimenting with a Tasmanian devil for several years only to see it escape with help from some dumb ass who believes science is bad. Once out in the open woods the mutation finds friendly surroundings around an old cemetery where a small film crew is more than enough to satisfy its hunger. Meanwhile Reggie and his associate are trying to figure out a way to stop the beast. Lots of cool gore, a great looking creature, and Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger playing hippies getting high make for a fun movie that I believe that has gone unnoticed. I give the creature feature 3 stars.


Horns (DVD) – I heard it was based on a book and since I don’t have much time to read books it doesn’t matter as Harry Potter finds out the hard way of what it is like to fall in love with a ginger and have her taken away from you. The film isn’t as horrible as what most critics have said about it but when it’s pushing two hours for no apparent reason except to bore you I can understand why. I give the flick 1 star.


Hauntedween (VHS) – A cheap budgeted slasher that you can call “a bootleg Killer Party” about a boy named Eddie “bootleg Grizzly Adams” who accidentally kills a girl in the “House of Horrors” his mother ran. Twenty years later and mother has died and Eddie wants to return her home. But Eddie comes back only to find a couple frat boys want to reopen the house for a fund raising “House of Horrors” to save their fraternity’s charter. Eddie likes the idea because he has always wanted to be the star of the “House of Horrors”. It’s bloody, it’s cheap, and I want the sequel it promised but never delivered as I give the flick 2 stars. There is supposedly a 20th anniversary out of print DVD floating around but very hard to find?


Her Name Was Torment (DVD) – Dustin Wayde Mills seems to make independent films as quickly as you blink these days as the man never sleeps. Mr. Mills always doing a different independent project from the last decides to dip his toes in the water of torture films with this project. Now, most of these types of films are not my cup of tea but Mr. Mills does some interesting things with this film that kept my attention in between a masked naked woman known as ‘Patient 394’ who believes she is doing the bidding of the “Overseer”. If you are a fan of the “August Underground” films this might fill the void for you? If you are weird and an “X-file” fan like myself the clips of unknown person asking questions to the young lady to learn about her sets up a possible series of interesting films well worth keeping an eye out for… I may not be a big fan of the film but I do respect the talent making it and curious to see where the sequel goes from here? I give the movie 2 out of 4 stars. You can purchase the film at .


Dead & Buried (DVD) – A local sheriff of a small creepy town has noticed some strange things about a car accident where a man was burned badly and no one seems to remember knowing. The sheriff does some digging and finds out the man has been dead for months, maybe? Soon the townsfolk begin acting strange and other people begin to disappear. The Lovecraft-type of film still works today with its creepy drama and fun effects. A great DVD release from William Lustig’s Blue Underground label that is worth revisiting often as I give the film 3 stars.


Embedded (DVD) – A cheap movie I found on Amazon about a Sasquatch or Sasquatches… A reporter and his fellow cameraman find their way into a small Montana town where cattle have gone missing, and recently a person or two have disappeared. The cameraman hoping for footage for a documentary and the reporter just hoping not to die of boredom are not prepared for what they find out in the woods? After a teenage boy goes missing and the father rolls into town all tore up, the sheriff gathers a small group of hunters to go into the woods and track down the boy or his remains. Thinking it’s not aliens and just crazy small town rednecks the reporter and his cameraman get the scoop of a lifetime as something has just torn up an officer! Deeper in the woods they go the hunters become the hunted when some weird hairy creature is stalking them. The film is set up like a found footage Sasquatch film but doesn’t act like one at all times. From what I have heard and read Sasquatches are the new zombies of the horror genre so prepare yourself for a slew of Bigfoot flicks. I give the film 2 ½ stars.


Any comments or questions please send to:, or . Remember folks always support your local independent movie theater, independent video store, and independent filmmakers! It will keep horror alive………

You can always visit and see some past reviews, independent film news, or me ranting at: !!!

Don’t forget you can also hear Kyle Poling and me talking about horror flicks on a weekly basis on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast at .

Plus you can always go to the greatest T-shirt place online or if you are in Texas visit the store of “Fast Custom Shirts” where T-shirt Joe is the only place you should purchase your horror T-shirts: Go to for details.

See yinz at Horror Realm March 6-8th, 2015. For details visit .

This week’s message from Charles Band


Dear Full Moon Family,

This week you’ll definitely want to stay after class at Full Moon’s Voodoo Academy. At the prestigious Carmichael Bible College, the faculty have some very unwholesome intentions for their students. Will the newest student fall victim to their evil plan or will he graduate with his soul intact?

Then turn on, tune in, and drop out with Alice in Acidland. This psychedelic gem from our Something Weird catalogue reveals the damaging effects LSD has on the morals of Alice Trenton, an all-American college student turned drug-crazed sex kitten who plunges headfirst down the wrong rabbit hole!

And you won’t want to miss Jess Franco’s The Blood of Fu Manchu. The legendary Christopher Lee stars as a madman who sends 10 beautiful assassins, armed with a deadly poison on their lips, to deliver a “kiss of death” to powerful public figures.

On Thursday stop by the FullMoonStreaming The Vault for Volume 3 of our behind the scenes footage from Evil Bong 3: The Wrath of Bong. So hang out with the cast and crew (and Eebee, of course) as they create Full Moon Feature’s galactic stoner-horror comedy! PLUS we’re offering a FREE 1 Week trial to anyone! So spread the word and give the gift of to all your friends and family. Post on Facebook and Twitter and wherever you can about this offer.

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