August 18, 2017

Giallo Month: 10 Black-Gloved Killers!

Black-gloved killers are synonymous with Gialli. Sometimes they wear red gloves, or go au naturale, but for the most part, the slicing, dicing, and strangling are done by hands that wear tight, black leather gloves.

Why? Maybe it adds an air of mystery, or maybe it just looks cool.

Here are 10 black-gloved killers from 10 Giallo films that just might be worth your time. Click on the pics for more info on the flicks.

What's New on VOD This Week? (8/15-8/18)

Three new movies, one of them that we'd pay to rent.

*Be sure to click the pics to rent the movies, or watch their trailers. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?

*If you aren't already a member, you should really give Amazon Prime a shot, especially if you order movies on the regular like we do, because the free two-day shipping pays for itself after around 10 orders. Check it out for free HERE.

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  • The Monster Project is the one to rent this week. I know that a lot of people are tired of the Found Footage formula, but this one actually looks like it might be pretty good. We'll roll the dice on it this weekend.
  • The Ice Cream Truck was a decent watch, but it underwhelmed us overall. If you're looking for something that's a bit different though, it may just be for you. Read our review HERE
  • And finally we have I Know You're in There, which looks like something that we might watch on Netflix if we were bored. Maybe.
  • Happy Streaming!

Giallo Hottie: Barbara Bouchet

Giallo films would be nothing without the gorgeous women who screamed in them, got naked in them, and died in them. They are the heartbeat of Gialli.

Barbara Bouchet is one of the most gorgeous women ever to grace celluloid, and one of the truly great Giallo Scream Queens. The German-born beauty not only has charisma and talent, but she has the face of an angel, hypnotic eyes, and a smoking hot body that she was never afraid to show.

Sure, we love her for her work in the sleazy Giallo films of the 70's, but did you know that she played Moneypenny in the original Casino Royale? Or that she was in Star Trek? Or that she's starred in nearly 100 projects over the span of her 6 decade long career? Most of her roles came between the 60's and 90's, but that's 6 decades worth of sexiness!

Her Giallo work, especially Don't Torture a Duckling, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, The Black Belly of the Tarantula, and Amuck are all must see movies.

You can see her in some of her many movies and TV appearances by clicking the link below.

An absolute classic beauty who still causes pulses to race to this day.

August 17, 2017

Trailer: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
"Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister."

After watching this trailer, I'm not even sure what to expect from this movie, but the idea of a Horror flick directed by the guy who gave us the boundary-pushing Dogtooth is a compelling one indeed.

I mean, Colin Farrell looks pretty sinister in that beard. Or maybe he's the good guy. I don't know. I just wanna know what he's up to.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer hits theaters on November 3rd.

Screener Review: The Ice Cream Truck (2017)

"That poster is awesome, but it's a bit misleading..."
*Thanks to the folks over at October Coast PR for the screener.

The poster for The Ice Cream Truck is all kinds of old school cool. Problem is, the movie itself doesn't deliver anywhere near the slasher-y goodness that the poster promises.

There's no way that I can discuss this movie without spoiling the whole thing, so in the sections below, I'm going to talk about the ending, and what it meant for the movie in general.

If you don't want the movie to be spoiled for you, forget our review and just check it out when you can.

You've been warned.

Mary and her family are moving back to her suburban hometown because they want the simple life. While fetching her morning paper, Mary notices a creepy ice cream truck driver waving at her from the street. Maybe he's delivering some "cool treats" to the lonely housewives of the neighborhood, or maybe he's plotting murder.

Then, some shady looking guy shows up to deliver her furniture, and he gives her the once-over, noticing her wet boob, and walking in on her while she's changing. Maybe he's there to deliver her furniture, or maybe he's planning on giving her a good snuggle struggle instead.

The ice cream man starts killing off people in the neighborhood, Mary develops an inappropriate relationship with a local teenage boy, and we're not sure where the delivery guy went, because we were sure that he was going to stick around for some romance.

A suburban nightmare ensues.

Right off the bat, Megan Freels' sophomore effort felt like an old school slasher flick to us with the way that the credits crawled up the screen to that sharp synth score, and we were sucked in. Deanna Russo made for a likable lead, and Emil Johnsen was suitably creepy as the ice cream truck driver. Jeff Daniel Phillips stole the show as the rapey furniture delivery guy. It was subtly amusing at times, and the kill scenes were decent.


The main issue with the movie is that it plays out as a Horror flick, a commentary on suburban life, and a psychological drama all at once, and never really weaves those aspects together to make it feel coherent. It's well-made for a smaller Indie flick, and it's surely fun enough at times, but it tries to do too many things at once, and thus ends up being a bit of a muddled mess.

If you want to make a Horror flick, make a Horror flick. You can add all the subtext you want about how shady and annoying the suburbs are, and how lonely it can be for a woman to be thrust into a new situation alone, but dammit, deliver on the tension and blood-letting. If not, then drop the Horror bits and just make it a pure drama.

It's really the ending that killed it for me. I know that the movie is supposed to be a takedown of suburban life in general, along with being a profile of a woman and her psychological state, but the whole "it was all in her head" thing is the biggest cop-out there is, and aside from Haute Tension, it's annoying as hell to see a plot device like that negate an entire movie.

Had they played it straight-forward Horror-wise, and kept the subtext that fueled the film to a minimum, it would have been much better for it.

We get some ice cream scooper and knife violence, and some bloody moments throughout.

There's a sex scene, but it's nothing overtly graphic.

The Ice Cream Truck isn't a bad movie, and in fact it's a rather enjoyable one for the most part, but it's also one that doesn't really feel like it knows what it wants to be... or maybe they shouldn't have sold it to us like it's a Horror movie, when it's clearly just the daydream of a bored suburban housewife.

Not bad, but frustrating.


The Ice Cream Truck hits limited theaters and VOD on August 18th.

I don't know how this is the first time we're seeing Deanna Russo in anything, but good lord does she ever have our attention now.