ribcage | Lantana, Florida United States | 10/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER collection is a great deal if you're looking to pick up some indie-horror but don't want to shell out a lot of cash for something that might fall flat.
The mix of movies is really good. A good number of them do actually fall flat, but, except for LAST HOUSE ON HELL STREET, none of them are just plain old unwatchable. Outside of that film, though, they are all at least somewhat enjoyable and some actually cross the line into being good films.
So, for the number of films you get, and the fact that only one of them is garbage, this is a great deal and definitely something you should pick up if you are into indie-horror."
Creeper by the dozen
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 06/17/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Do you have a "thing" for rotting monsters, ghostly axe-murderers, husband killers or Aleister Crowley? Well, have I got a DVD set for YOU!
One of the movies in A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER answers the age-old question: "Whatever happened to Tippi Hedren (from Hitchcock's 'THE BIRDS')?" Why, she's been "Searching for Haizmann." And if Ron Howard hasn't heard from his kid brother recently, it's probably because Clint's been busy helping Tippi look. The shot-on-Super-8 flicks in this collection also feature a reincarnated child-killer, a crazed amnesiac and a serial killer and his female apprentice-- just the sort of folks you'd want as neighbors, if you were as demented as some of these 'Z' grade bombs are. Strictly for fans of gratuitous nudity, gore and general mayhem.
If you like the fright film genre, don't miss BRENTWOOD's BLOOD SOAKED CINEMA: BITE NIGHT. Just another dozen bedtime gories sure to give you pleasant nightmares!
The following alphabetized program list includes viewer poll ratings (on a 1 to 10 scale), years of release and primary actors for each title.
(3.9) Bloodletting (1997) - Ariauna Albright/Sasha Graham/Tina Krause
(2.3) The Bonesetter (Canada-2003) - Brett Kelly/Jody Hauke/Lloyd Kaufman
(2.9) Collinsville (2003) - Natalie Depina/Hayley Brown/Matt Blake
(4.0) Dead & Rotting (2002) - Debbie Rochon/Barbara Katz-Norrod/Stephan O'Mahoney
(6.3) Hardcore Poisoned Eyes (2000) - Christine Gallo/Wendy Allen/Anthony Fariello
(3.2) In the Little Mansion (2004) - Michael George Owens/Kate Hunter Brown
(3.9) Insaniac (2001) - Robin Garrels/Chris Grega/John Specht
(2.1) Last House on Hell St. (2002) - Leah Schumacher/Schmack Virgin/Robin Garrels
(4.0) Ozone (1993) - James Black/Tom Hoover/Bill Morrison
(4.6) Phobias (2003) - Jon Fish/Katherine Leis/Nick Colameo/Courtney Chitty
(4.3) Searching for Haizmann (2003) - Luke Eberl/Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine/Clint Howard/Tippi Hedren
(3.5) The Seekers (2003) - Felicia Pandolfi/Shannon Barksdale"
Zombies and drug lords and cheese, oh my!
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 05/11/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Ozone (J. R. Bookwalter, 1993)
Recently, I've seen a good number of amateur horror flicks. The majority of them are worthless. The one thing I can say in Ozone's favor is that everyone involved was very enthusiastic about the project; sometimes that's enough to distinguish it from the pack.
Bookwalter (The Dead Next Door), who got his start as an extra in George Romero's Day of the Dead, keeps the zombies coming. In this case, they're being created by a drug called ozone (thus the movie's title). Eddie Boone (James Black of The P.J.s), a rogue detective, gets jabbed with a syringe of Ozone during a drug bust. The transformation begins, but not before Boone-- now suspended because his partner got killed in the bust-- begins an investigation into the drug's distribution, leading him to the bestial druglord Bebartolo (Bookwalter regular James L. Edwards, who recently popped up in Speed Freak Productions' The Red Skulls). The fight is on!
Now, don't get me wrong-- this is a dumb movie. The acting is flatline (when it's good), the sets are cheap, the direction is inconsistent, the lighting is awful, the soundtrack worse. The editing's pretty good. (Momma always taught me to say something nice or not say anything at all. She didn't tell me I couldn't preface nice with bad.) But, man, Bookwalter-- who also co-wrote the script-- had some great ideas here. And one gets the idea that rather than let budget constraints force the cutting of some of the movie's more memorable scenes, he stretched as thin as he could to make sure that, say, the audience got to see the arena scene. That takes guts. As a result, we get to see a surprisingly layered and complex zombie movie, albeit a badly-delivered one. Speed Freak Productions did it better with Midnight Skater, but remember this was nine years previous. Given all that, I found it rather enjoyable. Be warned, though, the budget for this movie, according to IMDB, was thirty-five hundred dollars. You get what you pay for. **"