#118
April 2005
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Universal's Other Monsters!
~A Legacy Written in Gauze, Claws and Tana Leaves~

     Bill Cooke follows his Rondo-nominated coverage of Universal's first three Classic Monster "Legacy Collections" in VW #111 with a Monster Rally sequel of his own! Read all about the screen sagas of The Invisible Man, The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon... all thirteen of 'em! As before, lavishly illustrated with original art by Charlie Largent and rare stills from the Del Valle Archive!

DVD Spotlight: A TALE OF TWO SISTERS

     Tim Lucas reviews the hottest new chapter in the annals of Asian horror: a ghostly tale of broken lives and shattered minds by Korean director Kim Jee-woon – now available in single and two-disc editions from Tartan Asia Extreme!


Dog Bytes

     You get pretty much what you'd expect in BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES... teens find holiday peril in BLOODY NEW YEAR... original horror host John Zacharle chortles his merry way through the DTV epic DR. HORROR'S EROTIC HOUSE OF IDIOTS... Something Weird Video delivers the ultimate Andy Milligan double feature with THE GHASTLY ONES / SEEDS OF SIN... an anime classic spins off a new sci-fi police procedural series in GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX VOL. 01... Fred Olen Ray and Steve Latshaw argue on the commentary track of JACK-O... Sonny Chiba brains some bulls in KARATE BULLFIGHTER... our coverage of a major anime series concludes with NOIR VOLUME 6: CLOAKS AND DAGGERS and VOLUME 7: THE END OF THE MATTER... Shakespeare comes to DVD in contemporary attire in RICHARD THE SECOND... a new DVD release of the Vincent Price thriller SHOCK... and Fred Olen Ray gives DINOSAUR ISLAND a sexy makeover as TEENAGE CAVEGIRL!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

     Some real obscurities this month, along with a couple of cult classics, as Joe attends first run screenings of the German sexinstruktion import THE ADULT WORKSHOP ON LOVE... Peter Lawford meets Luciano Pigozzi in DEAD RUN... something called THE DEVIATES... Lenore Kasdorf as a kung fu-fighting stewardess in New World's forgotten softsploitation FLY ME... George Lucas spins a student film into his directorial debut feature THX 1138... Marvin Gaye scores TROUBLE MAN... and GREEN ACRES director Richad L. Bare makes his bid for horror history with WICKED, WICKED ("filmed in Duo-Vision")!

DVDs

     Bill Cooke on Tod Browning's FREAKS... Kim Newman on Larry Cohen's mutant baby trilogy IT'S ALIVE, IT'S ALIVE II: IT LIVES AGAIN and IT'S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE... Shane M. Dallmann on Stephen King's Lars von Trier adaptation KINGDOM HOSPITAL: THE ENTIRE SERIES... Sam & Rebecca Umland on John Woo's all-star Philip K. Dick adaptation PAYCHECK... Richard Harland Smith on SHIKOKU, an early ghost story appearance by KILL BILL's Chiaki Kuriyama... plus reviews of Stephen Sommers' overblown VAN HELSING... ZERO FOCUS and THE DEMON, two adaptations of Japanese mystery writer Seicho Matsumoto... Lucio Fulci's paura pasta ZOMBI 2: 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION... and IMPORT reviews of THE NORMAN J. WARREN COLLECTION (SATAN'S SLAVE, PREY, TERROR and INSEMINOID)! Also, John Charles praises the boundary-shattering horror of the Asian horror anthology THREE... EXTREMES and the feature-length "director's cut" of its tastiest story, DUMPLINGS: THREE... EXTREMES!

Biblio Watchdog

     Anthony Ambrogio reviews Mark Clark's SMIRK, SNEER and SCREAM – GREAT ACTING IN HORROR CINEMA!

Audio Watchdog

     Douglas E. Winter reviews a number of recent solo piano soundtrack releases by Philip Glass and Dave Grusin, as well as other soundtracks from Glass and Craig Armstrong!

All thisplus the first installment of Tim Lucas' VOOM Viewing Diary and much, much moreawaits you in VIDEO WATCHDOG #118!

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