Thursday, July 18, 2019




Wednesday, July 17, 2019

More New Naschy Blu-Ray Release News

In a surprise announcement this week Ronin Flix let the world know that Paul Naschy's excellent monster film THE MUMMY'S REVENGE (1973) is coming to Blu-Ray. This is wonderful news as I consider this to be one of Naschy's best but unfortunately underappreciated films. I think that this new release has the potential to elevate this fantastic horror film to the place it deserves to be in the Golden Age of Spanish Horror. After all - if you've never seen it how can you recognize it's brilliance? 

Scorpion Releasing is responsible for this new Blu-Ray and their recent output has shown them to be quite capable of handling these rare cult films with care and love. The disc will sport two different cuts of the movie (!), a commentary track by Human Beasts author Troy Howarth and liner notes from Naschy expert Mirek Lipinski. A couple of Naschy trailers are thrown in for good measure but the real treasure here is the film itself. This is a true classic of the mummy monster genre and I can hardly wait to have it be seen by fans and new potential fans. I once described the story as Nick and Nora Charles fight a head crushing mummy - if that doesn't make you curious I just don't know what to say! 

The movies goes on sale on Monday July the 22nd with only 1500 copies being offered for sale you don't want to sleep on this one folks. Follow this LINK and grab yours next week. You'll be glad you did! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New Naschy Blu-Rays on the Way!

For months Troy and I have been sitting on the exciting news that this Autumn Mondo Macabro will be releasing to Blu-Ray Paul Naschy's epic werewolf adventure THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD (1983). This movie brings the cursed Waldemar Daninsky to feudal Japan in search of a cure for his affliction. The story gives Naschy the chance to open up the world of his signature creation setting up an amazing tale of lycanthropy, witchcraft and samurai! This film has been very difficult to see outside of Spain and, as there has never been an English dub, is one that requires subtitles. Luckily, MM has stepped up to the plate with a new digital scan and brand new subs for those of us who can't speak Spanish. This will be the first time this movie has ever been released in the United States so a lot of people are in for a major treat. 

Also, Mondo asked the Naschycast duo to contribute a commentary track for this Blu-Ray and we're proud to have submitted one we feel proud to have on this disc. We were able to find a lot of great info and even some details from a couple of onscreen participants! This is our sixth commentary for a Naschy film and I think we might have finally gotten the hang of it!

There are going to be more extras beyond our contribution but they haven't announced those goodies yet. THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD will go on sale later this Summer so bookmark this SITE for later use. This one is a must for Naschy fans and this new version will be a revelation for those of us used to poor quality bootlegs. 
So exciting! 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Evolution of Godzilla

In it's final seconds this does turn into a commercial for a razor company but until then it presents a fun animated look at the changing shape of the Big G. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

What I Watched in June

The idea behind BRIGHTBURN (2019) is a fascinating ‘what if’. Suppose that little Kal-El crashed to Earth just as he did in the legend first told over 80 years ago but grew up to become a villain instead of a hero. A kind of anti-Superman. Or Superboy, given that hitting puberty is the catalyst for the young alien discovering his true nature. Unfortunately, the film never really comes to life. Despite an excellent cast and a believably built scenario it never catches fire and begins to feel more than just an interesting exercise. It is flat. The narrative has no sense of escalating tension. The film can’t manage a feeling of dread and danger that becomes progressively more ominous as more terrible things occur. The feeling of foreboding never seems to become stronger in order to make it feel as if the series of violent events is growing instead of just happening.

Thinking about the film afterward I began to realize that some of the fault is in the film’s direction which doesn’t bring a rising tension to the details of the story. But I’m also sure that a vital scene was edited out of the film. I think the choice was made to hold a certain gruesome reveal until the latest possible moment but eliminating this from the knowledge of the father character makes the ‘hunting’ scene less believable and lacking in emotional resonance. I think this missing scene would have helped the film feel less flat injecting anxiety into the father's motives even if it wouldn’t have fixed the too deliberate pacing in the second half. This film had real potential but in the end it’s a misfire.

Although many fans hated the 2014 American made GODZILLA film I was not part of that pile on. The sequel GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019) seems to take the bitching from the fanbase to heart while staying true to the vision of a dystopian Earth plagued by ‘titan’ monsters coming back to life all over the planet. I’ve read all kinds of critiques of this new film and I find all of the negative carping pretty silly. Not because I think you should check your brain at the door for giant monster films of this sort but because not being able to enjoy this film seems curmudgeonly to the point of obstinance. I loved this gorgeous, monster packed adventure from beginning to end. With this being the flipside of Toho’s brilliant SHIN GODZILLA (2016) we are in a wonderful age of kaiju cinema with thoughtful social commentary on one end and all-out multi-monster battle spectacles on the other. You can pick your preferred type, or – like me – enjoy both!

Barring the possible release of the much-delayed NEW MUTANTS film, DARK PHOENIX (2019) is the end of the road for Fox’s 19 year run of X-Men movies. Since the film is one of the bigger financial disasters of the year so far, many fans of the series are not even bothering to see the movie during it’s theatrical run. That’s a shame. Although the choice to retell this story could be considered an odd decision, I think it was a bold move and one that pays off the recent run of X-films very well. Many will feel that the downbeat, dark tale of Jean Grey’s fate was the wrong way to end things but I think it’s the perfect way to cap this most recent rebirth of the series. Since 2011’s excellent FIRST CLASS these characters have been given their finest screen portrayals with older actors getting to shine beside strong younger cast members. The talents of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as the younger versions of Magneto and Professor X have made these last four film the weight they needed to succeed. They sell every scene with emotional depth adding much more than just their screen charisma to the stories. They make the larger action sequences seem all the more exciting because they are truly invested in these roles. The producers were very lucky to find these two guys to take over from such fine older actors as McKellen and Stewart.

Sadly, I think this film will find its largest audience on video. It will become one of those discoveries that fans will realize was unfairly maligned during it’s release. It will go through a long reassessment and be seen as a strong entry in the superhero genre with a number of things to chew on. It’s an excellent film with few answers to its difficult questions while it takes a hard look at the shaded motivations of ‘good’ men. DARK PHOENIX will be appreciated eventually as a fine ending to a noble run. With the mutants finally moving back to Marvel Studios there will be new versions of these characters but I don’t think it will be easy to forget this series’ high points.


FORT VENGEANCE (1953) - 6 (solid Canadian Mountie story)
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011) - 8 (rewatch)
THE DRACULA SAGA (1973) - 7 (rewatch)
THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE (1971) – 6 (rewatch on Blu) 
BRIGHTBURN (2019) - 5
WEST OF SHANGHAI (1937) -7 (Karloff as a Chinese revolutionary figure)
THE HEAD OF PANCHO VILLA (1954) - 6 (Mexican singing cowboy, horror adventure)
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014) - 9 (rewatch of Rogue Cut)
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016) - 8 (rewatch) 
IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955) – 7 (rewatch)
THE BLACK CAT (1934) – 9 (rewatch) 
DRACULA A.D. 72 (1972) - 7 (rewatch)
DARK PHOENIX (2019) - 8 
THE LOST WORLD (1960) – 6
THE BLACK SCORPION (1957) – 7 (rewatch)
20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957) – 7 (rewatch) 

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Rare 'Ice Block' Teaser Trailer THE THING (1982)

I think I have seen this teaser before but I can't be sure. I suspect it has turned up on one of the two most recent Blu-Ray releases but I haven't checked.  

Monday, July 08, 2019

MARS ATTACKS (1996) Art Gallery

Ack! Ack ack ack! 
(If you know what I mean.)