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Review Madness! Elvira’s Movie Macabre, Heretic Films

Only two more months until Halloween and distributors are pumping out their releases like there is no tomorrow. Even though October is the month of mayhem, September still sees its fair share of releases. Today we’ve added a whopping eight new reviews courtesy of B-D’s good ol’ classic horror reviewer Don Krouskop. Inside you’ll find reviews for two fantastic Heretic Films releases coming to DVD on September 26th, along with six reviews for Shout Factory’s! Elvira’s movie Macabre line, which all hit DVD on September 19th. Don’s goal is to help you guys avoid wasting your hard earned money on crap and head straight to that gem. Read on to see what’s worth picking up.Elvira’s Movie Macabre DVD releases all hitting video on September 19th:

Frankenstein’s Castle Freaks: Don K. writes: “FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS is an agreeable “bad” film, professional enough to reveal its Hammer aspirations but sleazy and silly enough to keep it relegated to late night TV and inexpensive DVD limbo.

Doomsday Machine: Don K. writes: “It’s boring, anachronistic and laughable, and it doesn’t even offer enough Grade Z thrills to satisfy most bad movie buffs. Honestly, I would recommend it only to Elvira completists. Everyone else would be better off picking up one of the other MOVIE MACABRE titles for their daily dose of movie cheese and vampy cheesecake. This one should be loaded on the next unmanned spaceflight and launched right into the sun.

Count Dracula’s Greatest Love: Don K. writes: “Whether you’re a fan of the hard-working actor or just lean toward the romantic in your taste in vampire fiction, this one is a worthy addition to your DVD library. Seekers of bloodier, bawdier drive-in fare will also find plenty to enjoy here, although the slower pace and the soap opera finale might have the most impatient viewers reaching for the remote control. The movie certainly doesn’t suck, but it also doesn’t have quite as much bite as it could have.

The Devil’s Wedding Night: Don K. writes: “Though hardly a classic, it’s not bad, and it certainly delivers on the promises of its lurid U.S. ad campaign. Lovers of late night horror host shows and 70s “drive-in gothic” should seek this disc out. Just make sure the kids are tucked safely in bed before you pop it in the DVD player!

Legacy of Blood: Don K. writes: “Sadly, in the hands of Monson and Eric Nordon – the geniuses behind PLEASE DON’T EAT MY MOTHER – these savvy screen veterans are wasted on a movie that can’t decide whether it’s a horror film, a murder mystery, a tawdry soap opera or a macabre spoof. Ultimately, it’s not a very good example of any of these. Without its “bad movie” merits and one-time star players, it would have nothing to recommend at all.

The Werewolf of Washington: Don K. writes: “THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON plays like an endless SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE sketch from the infamous “lost” season with Gilbert Gottfried and Denny Dillon. It drags on at the pace of a snail on morphine, taking itself seriously when it should go for laughs and cramming bad joke after bad joke into those moments which should have been played straight.

Coming on September 26th from Heretic Films:

The Last Broadcast: Don K. writes: “THE LAST BROADCAST is such a novel and remarkable creation that one can’t help but conclude that those who don’t like it just don’t get it. It isn’t a blood-and-guts splatter film featuring exploding heads and jiggly teen queens, but it wasn’t meant to be. It isn’t even the kind of soda-pop-and-candy, multiplex thrill ride that BLAIR WITCH was, despite what you may have heard about the similarities between the two movies. In reality, it isn’t really a “horror” film at all, in the traditional sense of the word…

Head Trauma: Don K. writes: “HEAD TRAUMA is another solid effort from this gifted filmmaker and should find an audience with viewers looking for a little more than slick, soulless remakes of genre classics. It does owe a great debt to both Asian ghost stories and earlier surreal cinematic terrors like JACOB’S LADDER, but it blends the elements of both subgenres with flair and style, and ends up being greater than the sum of its parts.

Source: B-D Reviews