5. Land of the Dead -- Resident Evil. 28 Days Later. A certain remake. We zombiphiles tolerated 'em. OK, even embraced them. But for all their glitter and grue they lacked The Master's touch. That Romero twinkle. No more! Finally, finally -- FINALLY! -- 20 years after Day of the Dead, George made his triumphant return with Land of the Dead and an extra ooey-gooey DVD that hardly disappoints! But my favorite extra? When Shaun met George. The priceless pilgrimage of Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg to geek out on set with their hero.
6. Predator 2 -- Two years ago, CineSchlock-O-Rama's Most Wanted celebrated the capture of a bare-bones release after an exhausting 62-week critter hunt. This substantial special-edition retrofit revisits that disc's transfer, adds a DTS mix, two commentaries and a second disc of goodies that -- for good or ill -- perhaps only a CineSchlocker would love. Not the least of which being a breathless babblefest by crazy-talk king Gary Busey.
7. Seed of Chucky -- Jennifer Tilly's hilariously self-deprecating and downright brave return as both herself and Chucky's pint-sized paramour makes this a fave. Not to mention that 86-minutes of Ms. Tilly's heaving cleavage can be quite dizzying, especially when compounded by gobs of gore, gut guffaws and the extras to match. Don't miss Jennifer's on-set diary.
8. Skinned Deep -- First-time director Gabe Bartalos crafts a surrealist slasher that's both unique and deceptively familiar. The beyond-bizarro terror tale is populated by a plate-flinging midget, a lovelorn mutant, a geriatric biker gang and a bunch of other freakified stuff CineSchlockers won't believe. Even the final credits are a scream!
9. Triple B Collection Vol. 2 -- Andy and Arlene rebooted their long-stalled, 12-flick Andy Sidaris Collection with a pair of 3-flick bundles of jigglin' joy. Both bodacious sets are packed with the same explosive extras we've come to expect from Andy -- at a bargain 3-for-$20 price point! The nod goes to Volume 2 featuring The Dallas Connection because yours truly opines from Big D (and fears the randy wrath of Julie "Black Widow" Strain).
10. Death Race 2000 -- It's also the year the King of Bs met the King of Cheese. Roger Corman teamed with Mickey Mouse for the first several special edition revamps. What better starting line than David Caradine and Sly Stallone Cannonball Run-ing from coast to coast mowing down pedestrians on a point system? (With geriatrics and infants being the most valuable!) Warms my little black heart to hear Roger and Mary Woronov get all wistful about the good ol' days on their commentary. Hail to the king!
Well, that's my take. Hope you'll check out any flicks you missed. But before wrapping Best of Schlock 2005 completely -- here's a few reader-submitted CineSchlockers' Choice nominees worth sharing with the class ...
Cannibal Holocaust 25th Anniversary Edition -- Many have been holding on to hope for quite awhile for this ultimate and definitive CineSchlocker set. And the wait has been incredibly worth it.
For people like me who have never seen the movie, but has heard so much chatter about it, it was a must blind buy purchase. Even if the movie is reviled the world over, for a horror fan, this was a no brainer. Thus, when the announcement was made by Sylvester Stallone's son himself, Sage, and his Grindhouse films, fans clamored and prayed that the release would see the light of day. The light of day it did and it couldn't have been presented in a better set.
2-Discs of nastiness, crudeness, dismemberment, animal sacrifice, human sacrifice, exploration into sanity's requiem, and the most infamous movie making of all time. Ruggero Deodato wanted to shock the world and he did. The movie itself is grotesque, repulsive, and yet you can't look away (and after all isn't that what shocking is all about?).
With interviews and commentary from the director, stars, and others, featurettes, remastered presentation, fandom exploits, collectibles, and so much more...this set is a genre fan's wet dream.
Panik House's Pinky Violence Collection has totally tweaked my
brain... if my fellow CineSchlockers saw these films (especially Girl Boss Guerilla and Terrifying Girls' School), they'd be voting right along with me here, I think. I'm just so glad that the third (and 4th, 5th, etc.) generation VHS tapes I've been struggling to watch are being replaced with clean, well-transferred DVD versions. Kinda pricey, but a set worth the $$$. Now if only someone would commit to reissuing the entire Nikkatsu catalog.
The Stink of Flesh -- This wild wacky sexy zombie bash was a labor of love by my friend Scott Phillips (who wrote the cult classic Drive). If you haven't seen it get a copy now and be sure to listen to the commentary and watch the extras. If you have then you know he somehow made this little gem here in ABQ for $3000 which is less then most people pay for a car.
House of Wax (2005) -- A remake in name only. A great twist on an old title; nice wordplay too. Paris Hilton's demise is worth seeing. The waxification process has been updated for 2005. This movie gave me the creeps; mostly because of the setting -- I'm scared thinking of the place. Great villain too. Good end chase. Great innovative wax special effects. An updated plot for the age of video cameras and cell phones. The DVD is decent; I'm glad to own it.
Fire and Ice from Blue Underground. the movie is decent, but the care in the a/v, the extras like the painting with fire documentary, rotoscoping featurette, have been the deciding points of interest to me. I think this award should go to a DVD that highlights a rare or underappreciated title, not something new (although, there's a lot of great discs out there). Blue Underground seems to understand there's little interest out there for an unheard-of animation film, but with the talents of Bashki and Rosletta, they made an amazing retrospective extras that are actually worth watching.
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