#96
June 2003

REPTILICUS: A Tale of Two Tales!
Danish filmmaker Nicolas Barbano pays homage to the original Tivoli fright! You've seen REPTILICUS on MGM Home Entertainment's "Midnite Movies" DVD -- now read about the differences between the AIP version directed by Sid Pink and the simultaneously filmed Danish version never shown in America!

DVD Spotlight: CAPTAIN SCARLET (A&E Home Video)

Shane M. Dallmann wires you into the greatest of all Gerry & Sylvia Anderson "Supermarionation" adventures with a complete episode guide!

Days of Being Wild: Leslie Cheung

In the wake of his April 1 suicide, the late superstar/provocateur of HK cinema is paid tribute in a thoughtful eulogy by VW's resident HK expert John Charles!

Watchdog News

You see them in all the stores, but what are all the budget DVDs from Brentwood Entertainment like? Tim Lucas and John Charles bring you some answers to that question with reports on the 10-movie DVD set TALES OF TERROR, Al Adamson's John Carradine Western FIVE BLOODY GRAVES, Vincent Price in THE JACKALS, and the early Jack Nicholson drag-racin' extravaganza THE WILD RIDE!

Tapes/DVD-Rs

The condensed feature version of the Bruce Lee-inspired miniseries FIST OF FURY: SWORN REVENGE, Jon Bon Jovi vs. the Undead in JOHN CARPENTER PRESENTS VAMPIRES: LOS MUERTOS, the HK actioner MY SCHOOLMATE THE BARBARIAN, WES CRAVEN'S SUMMER OF FEAR and the long-lost, recently recovered Herschell Gordon Lewis curio YEAR OF THE YAHOO!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

Vintage reviews of Tinto Brass's psychedelic DEADLY SWEET with Ewa Aulin and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr in THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN, Richard Benjamin doin' a "food of love kinda thing" in PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT, the THREE IN THE ATTIC sequel UP IN THE CELLAR, and two by Jerry Lewis: the SALT & PEPPER sequel ONE MORE TIME and the Dick Miller-scripted WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT?

DVDs

The Amicus crawling hand fest --AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS!, Walerian Borowczyk's erotic fairy tale THE BEAST, Brad F. Grinter's indescribable BLOOD FREAK, the acid flashback thrills of Jeff Lieberman's BLUE SUNSHINE, Paul Naschy in CRIMSON, Peter Cushing in the latter-day Hammer production FEAR IN THE NIGHT, Wes Craven's woebegone sequel THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART 2, Phil Karlson's classic noir KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL, the impoverished prehistorica of THE MIGHTY GORGA / ONE MILLION AC/DC, the seldom-seen British voodoo film NAKED EVIL and its Independent-International re-edit EXORCISM AT MIDNIGHT, Luchino Visconti's neorealist masterpiece OSSESSIONE (based on THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE), Mario Bava's Western comedy ROY COLT & WINCHESTER JACK, Billy Wilder's masterpiece SUNSET BOULEVARD and Reggie Nalder in ZOLTAN... HOUND OF DRACULA!

Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter pays tribute to "Le Miz" with reviews of several new Vic Mizzy releases from Percepto Records, including his soundtracks for William Castle's THE NIGHT WALKER and THE SPIRIT IS WILLING/ THE BUSY BODY, along with reviews of Milos Raickovich's THE MAP OF SEX AND LOVE and the various artists compilation CARNIVORE!!

Biblio Watchdog

Anthony Ambrogio dons his deerstalker for a midnight perusal of SHERLOCK HOLMES ON SCREEN: THE COMPLETE FILM AND TV HISTORY by Alan Barnes!