Category Archives: New Stuff

Recent Additions: June 2021

Psychotronic Review

You know how this goes. All the links go to the capsule review. The ones in bold typeface are what I consider must-see for psychotronic fans. I see that Dirty Harry is not bold. It’s just that the film hasn’t aged well. In fact, it’s hard to see what the fuss was about other than people reacting to what was (falsely) seen as an overly kind criminal justice system.

The real stand-out here is the George Romero film The Amusement Park. It’s shocking that he managed to get money for it. Amazing film with is kind of a documentary and kind of a horror film — but also not either.

June 2021 Films

  1. Aenigma (1988)
  2. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  3. The Amusement Park (1973)
  4. Beaks: The Movie (1987)
  5. Beyond Re-Animator (2003)
  6. Black Roses (1988)
  7. Black Sunday (1960)
  8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1973)
  9. Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962)
  10. Circus of Horrors (1960)
  11. Conquest (1983)
  12. Count Dracula (1970)
  13. Dead of Night (1977)
  14. Demonia (1990)
  15. Dirty Harry (1971)
  16. Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
  17. Evilspeak (1981)
  18. Eye of the Needle (1981)
  19. A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)
  20. Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
  21. Ghosthouse (1988)
  22. The Gorgon (1964)
  23. High Plains Drifter (1973)
  24. Housebound (2014)
  25. Lifeforce (1985)
  26. Lust in the Dust (1985)
  27. Manhattan Baby (1982)
  28. The Manster (1959)
  29. My Favorite Year (1982)
  30. Nightfall (1988)
  31. Pale Rider (1985)
  32. Pieces (1982)
  33. Piranhaconda (2012)
  34. The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960)
  35. Puzzle (1974)
  36. The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
  37. Shane (1953)
  38. Silver Saddle (1978)
  39. Slaughter High (1986)
  40. The Sting (1973)
  41. Toxic Zombies (1980)
  42. The Woman in the Window (2021)
  43. Zombie Nightmare (1987)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: May 2021

Psychotronic Review

Somehow, the Oblivion films got placed in two different months. So let me be clear just how much I like them. Sam Irvin is one of those great directors who’s quietly built up quite the collection of films. These two films were made back-to-back in Romania — something Full Moon did a lot but rarely with this much success. You should see them!

Carnival of Souls is a classic. Everyone who loves horror should see it. But I do understand that it’s my kind of film. I prefer films that don’t bother to explain themselves because the explanations usually just trivialize things. This one might be even better if it didn’t feature the final reveal, even though it is very cool.

I featured two Russ Meyer films this month. I don’t think he gets enough credit. Everyone thinks of him as a sex filmmaker. But despite some notable exceptions, I think he is primarily a comedic filmmaker. He’s also very talented as a visual storyteller — a lot more talented than some “great” filmmakers I could mention.

And then we have Bride of Re-Animator. Watching it made me think that Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive was kind of a rip-off. Clearly, Bride is not as good as the original, but it’s still a damned fine film. Brian Yuzna is really good. I’ve been meaning to watch his Dentist films.

As usual, the films in bold are ones I think all genre fans should watch. Click on the links to go to the capsule reviews. Otherwise, I take no blame for you sitting through Blackenstein.

May 2021 Films

  1. American Mary (2012)
  2. Black Magic (1949)
  3. Blackenstein (1973)
  4. Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
  5. Carnival of Souls (1962)
  6. ClownTown (2016)
  7. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
  8. Cujo (1983)
  9. Def by Temptation (1990)
  10. Eat My Dust! (1976)
  11. Eve and the Handyman (1961)
  12. The Fifth Element (1997)
  13. Firecracker (1981)
  14. Forbidden World (1982)
  15. The Funeral Home (2020)
  16. Goin’ South (1978)
  17. The Happening (2008)
  18. Hidalgo (2004)
  19. The Immoral Mr Teas (1959)
  20. Knightriders (1981)
  21. The Machine (2013)
  22. Motorama (1991)
  23. Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996)
  24. The Ruins (2008)
  25. Swordfish (2001)
  26. Time Lapse (2014)
  27. Trancers (1984)
  28. Trancers II (1991)
  29. Trouble in Mind (1985)
  30. Zombieland (2009)
  31. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: April 2021

Psychotronic Review

We managed to write 45 capsule reviews last month. That involved watching all of the Mad Max films. I was pleased to see that only Beyond Thunderdome didn’t hold up. And I doubt seriously it was any better at the time of its release. It really comes off as a parody of the other films.

As usual, in the list below, the films in bold are particularly good and worth seeking out. There’s still a lot of worthy stuff outside of that, but there are too many films and not enough time…

March 2021 Films

  1. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  2. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
  3. A Bay of Blood (1971)
  4. Born to Win (1971)
  5. Boys from County Hell (2020)
  6. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
  7. Color Me Dead (1969)
  8. Crash (1996)
  9. Crash and Burn (1990)
  10. Cyberzone (1995)
  11. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  12. Dinosaur Island (2014)
  13. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
  14. DOA (1950)
  15. DOA (1988)
  16. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
  17. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
  18. The Fog (1980)
  19. Galaxy of Terror (1981)
  20. The Howling (1981)
  21. Hancock (2008)
  22. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  23. The Haunting of Julia (1977)
  24. Haunting of the Mary Celeste (2020)
  25. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  26. Kiss of the Damned (2012)
  27. Leprechaun (1993)
  28. Mad Max (1979)
  29. Mad Max 2 (1981)
  30. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  31. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  32. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
  33. Mother’s Day (1980)
  34. Necessary Roughness (1991)
  35. Night of the Lepus (1972)
  36. Ouija Blood Ritual (2020)
  37. Piranha (1978)
  38. Ratched (2020)
  39. Robot Wars (1993)
  40. Saturn 3 (1980)
  41. Shanghai Noon (2000)
  42. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
  43. Starcrash (1978)
  44. The Stepfather (1987)
  45. Thunder Force (2021)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: March 2021

Psychotronic Review

This month I reached back to some classics. And some of them did not hold up as well as I had hoped. In Particular, The Matrix films don’t aren’t that great — especially the sequels. I remember trying so hard to love The Matrix Reloaded, but ultimately, it wasted its budget.

In the list below, the films in bold are the ones that I think are worth seeking out. All of them have their appeal, however. Check out the links for more thoughts and details on each.

March 2021 Films

  1. And the Devil Makes Three (2016)
  2. Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
  3. The Burning (1981)
  4. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)
  5. Call Girl of Cthulhu (2014)
  6. Captain Ron (1992)
  7. The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
  8. Death Proof (2007)
  9. The Devils (1971)
  10. Edge of the Axe (1988)
  11. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  12. A Fistful of Dynamite (1971)
  13. Flawless (2007)
  14. From Hell (2001)
  15. Game of Death (2017)
  16. I Care a Lot (2020)
  17. The Irishman (2019)
  18. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
  19. The January Man (1989)
  20. Koko-di Koko-da (2019)
  21. Krull (1983)
  22. Land of the Dead (2005)
  23. The Last Samurai (2003)
  24. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
  25. The Matrix (1999)
  26. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  27. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  28. Mermaids of Tiburon (1962)
  29. Murdercycle (1999)
  30. Oblivion (1994)
  31. The Omen (1976)
  32. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  33. Outcast (2010)
  34. The Ring (2002)
  35. RoboCop (1987)
  36. RoboCop 2 (1990)
  37. RoboCop 3 (1993)
  38. Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)
  39. Slaxx (2020)
  40. Stay Out of the F**king Attic (2021)
  41. Stolen (2012)
  42. The Terminator (1984)
  43. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  44. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  45. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: February 2021

Psychotronic Review

I’m changing this post again. Every film that I think is really worth checking out is listed in bold. This is no kind of objective measure. These are just my opinions. All the films listed are worthy in their ways.

What’s more, some films are likely to annoy a lot of people. For example, Andrea absolutely hated Blood Beat, but I thought it was a work of genius. Just because it didn’t make much sense does not mean it isn’t good.

So this month we have 17 particularly interesting films out of 55. Enjoy!

February 2021 Films

  1. Ace High (1968)
  2. Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959)
  3. Audrey Rose (1977)
  4. The Aztec Mummy (1957)
  5. Blood Beat (1983)
  6. Boot Hill (1969)
  7. CarousHELL (2016)
  8. Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
  9. Chariots of the Gods (1970)
  10. The Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957)
  11. Demons (1985)
  12. Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
  13. Devil’s Trail (2017)
  14. Eat Locals (2017)
  15. The Exorcist III (1990)
  16. The Ghost Writer (2010)
  17. The Girl in the Crawlspace (2018)
  18. God Forgives… I Don’t! (1967)
  19. Gorgo (1961)
  20. The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)
  21. Ice Cream Man (1995)
  22. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  23. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  24. King Dinosaur (1955)
  25. King Kong (1976)
  26. Little Monsters (2019)
  27. The Lords of Salem (2012)
  28. Love at First Bite (1979)
  29. May (2002)
  30. Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
  31. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  32. The Monster Club (1981)
  33. Monster From a Prehistoric Planet (1967)
  34. Mother Krampus (2017)
  35. Murder Party (2007)
  36. Mute (2018)
  37. My Alien Girlfriend (2019)
  38. The Ninth Configuration (1980)
  39. One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
  40. Open 24 Hours (2018)
  41. Prince of Space (1959)
  42. Princess of Thieves (2001)
  43. Ravenous (1999)
  44. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  45. The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy (1958)
  46. The Saint (1997)
  47. SOS: Save Our Skins (2014)
  48. Scarecrow County (2019)
  49. Spaceballs (1987)
  50. Teenage Zombies (1959)
  51. Two Sentence Horror Stories (2019-2021)
  52. The Viking War (2019)
  53. Violent Saturday (1955)
  54. The Woman (2011)
  55. Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981)

See you next month!

Recent Additions: January 2021

Psychotronic Review

Welcome to another month in review!

I’ve decided to do something different now. I’m not going to write about every film we’ve added to the Shorts Takes section of the website. There are two reasons for this.

First, I’m simply watching too many films. I meet online almost every day to watch a film with Andrea. So there are just too many of them.

Second, I’ve now added anchor links to all the films I add. So instead of these links being to Amazon, they are directly to the reviews.

As an added feature, I am typesetting the films in bold that I think are particularly good. Enjoy!

January 2021 Films

  1. The Awakening (2011)
  2. The Baby (1973) — Andrea likes this film more than I do
  3. Beyond the Door (1974) — This is the film Andrea refers to as “the Campbell’s split pea soup movie”
  4. Bikini Frankenstein (2010) — softcore porn
  5. Clue (1985) — big-budget lots of stars
  6. The Convent (2018)
  7. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo (1975)
  9. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
  10. Dinosaur Island (1994)
  11. Doctor X (1932)
  12. Don’t Go in the Woods (2010)
  13. Fingers (2019)
  14. Frankenstein (2007) — a very interesting modernization
  15. The Ghost Adventurers (2019) — surprisingly good micro-budget
  16. Ginger Snaps (2000) — the first of a franchise and better than most werewolf films
  17. Hacker (2016)
  18. The Hills Have Eyes (1977) — this is not at all Craven’s best but it’s still a classic that everyone should see
  19. The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)
  20. Hotel Noir (2012)
  21. The House of the Devil (2009)
  22. It Came from the Desert (2017)
  23. LA Confidential (1997) — big budget with stars and also great
  24. The Loved Ones (2009) — I don’t normally like torture porn but this is a wonderful film
  25. Lovely Molly (2012)
  26. Mania (1960) — strong film but not essential
  27. Maniac Cop (1988) — a lot of fun
  28. Maniac Cop 2 (1990) — you don’t need to see the first one
  29. Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
  30. Night of the Living Deb (2015)
  31. The Night Watchmen (2017) — one of the best zombie comedies
  32. The Oily Maniac (1976) — this would be a classic if it weren’t for the misogyny
  33. The Perfect Host (2010) — a great one with a weak ending
  34. The Phantom Empire (1988) — one of my favorite Fred Olen Ray films made with almost nothing
  35. Phenomena (1985) — fabulous film
  36. Pooka! (2018) — part of Into the Dark series
  37. Rat Fink (1965) — shockingly good all but forgotten film
  38. Rawhead Rex (1986) — lots of creativity in this one
  39. The Ritual (2017) — this is a very good film from one of my favorite younger directors
  40. Santa Jaws (2018) — this is good but not as fun as you’d think
  41. Scare Package (2019) — lots of fun for horror fans
  42. Sharknado (2013) — when the sharks are flying this is awesome but too much of it is boring Movie of the Week drama
  43. Shock (1946)
  44. Sleepaway Camp (1983) — lots of fun
  45. The Soul Collector (2019) — most of this film is exceptional with a wonderful primary relationship
  46. ThanksKilling (2009) — another funny “killer puppet” film
  47. Twilight Vamps (2010) — softcore porn
  48. Twins of Evil (1971) — part of the “sexy vampire” films of the late-60s and early-70s
  49. Unlisted Owner (2017) — good found-footage film
  50. The VelociPastor (2018)
  51. Zorro (1975) — my favorite Zorro

See you next month!

Psychotronic Films We Watch in December 2020

Psychotronic Review

I’ve been watching a lot more films these days thanks to the invention of Watch2gether, which allows me to watch films with my friends. In particular, I’ve been watching a lot of stuff from Shudder with my friend Andrea.

As a result, I’m usually watching two films every day. It doesn’t show up here because I also re-watch stuff that I’ve already posted on Short Takes.

We just posted our 600th capsule review, which was #2 on the list below. At the rate I’m going, we should top a thousand by the end of the year. We’re still a long way off from beating Michael Weldon’s 7,000+. But our capsule reviews are longer with way more details. And now we are posting lots of newer stuff. Not that it’s a competition…

December 2020 Films

  1. America’s Most Haunted (2013)
  2. Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold (1995)
  3. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  4. Child’s Play (1988)
  5. The Cleansing Hour (2019)
  6. Creepozoids (1987)
  7. Crocodile (2000)
  8. Dead End (2003)
  9. The Evil Eye (1963)
  10. The Final Girls (2015)
  11. Ghost Writer (1989)
  12. Head (2015)
  13. Hell House LLC (2015)
  14. Hellboy (2004)
  15. Inhumanwich! (2016)
  16. Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966)
  17. Killer Fish (1979)
  18. Macabre (1980)
  19. Mausoleum (1983)
  20. Midnight Movie (2008)
  21. Monster a Go-Go (1965)
  22. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
  23. Nekromantik 2 (1991)
  24. Nightbreed (1990)
  25. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)
  26. Night of the Demons (1988)
  27. Night of the Demons (2009)
  28. The Nightshifter (2018)
  29. Salem’s Lot (1979)
  30. Scare Me (2020)
  31. The Skull (1965)
  32. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
  33. Sneakers (1992)
  34. Suburban Gothic (2014)
  35. Twice-Told Tales (1963)
  36. Vampire Circus (1972)
  37. We Go On (2016)
  38. Witchboard (1986)
  39. Zombeavers (2014)

America’s Most Haunted (2013)

I’ve seen any number of “fake ghost show comes upon real ghost” films. This one is pretty watchable. It does have a bit of a twist ending plus it features James Karen who is always fun to see.

Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold (1995)

I’m a fan of Fred Olen Ray. And this film features much of what has made him an icon in the low-budget film world. There are lots of fun film references. But the plot is clunky and few jokes land.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

This film is pure cake. It’s just a fun ride with a lot of cool effects. It shows that Carpenter can do just about anything. I bought the SHOUT! Factory Blu-ray for a dollar at a junk store. Otherwise, I never cared much about owning it. But there have got to be super-fans out there because this is a wonderful film!

Child’s Play (1988)

I avoided watching this film for decades because I figured it was a comedy. It’s not. It’s more like a filmmaker challenge, “Make a scary film with the most ridiculous villain possible.” And they succeed remarkably. Killer Piñata is better, but it’s still really good!

The Cleansing Hour (2019)

This is probably the best of the “fake ghost show comes upon real ghost” films. The acting, design, and effects are all great. I do think the ending takes too long, but this is true of most films these days.

Creepozoids (1987)

This is a very effective and efficient Alien-style monster movie. There are lots of David DeCoteau films I like more but you can see why this one is so often mentioned as one of his best.

Crocodile (2000)

Never mentioned as one of Tobe Hooper’s best, Crocodile is a lot better than most films like this. The best thing about it is that the first act is short because nothing makes he fear for the future like the young people in teen horror films. But this one gets going fast and pushes constantly to the end.

Dead End (2003)

This film would have worked well as an episode of The Twilight Zone. It features a somewhat clear idea rendered simply (but effectively) with excellent acting. Few will be surprised by the denouement, but the ride is well worth it.

The Evil Eye (1963)

This is a beautifully shot film by Mario Bava that was hugely influential. It’s funny that they cast an Italian woman to play an American and an American man to play an Italian. But it all works well with radical shifts in tone.

The Final Girls (2015)

This is another of the “killer film” films. It works as a parody of the slasher genre, but it’s actually a lot more than that. And the teens are far less annoying than usual. It features lots of gore but isn’t especially scary. I really liked it.

Ghost Writer (1989)

Maybe I’m watching too much horror, but I just loved this film. It’s very funny but also sweet. It’s hard not to conclude that Kenneth J Hall actually likes women. It makes Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold look bad by comparison.

Head (2015)

This is a fairly serious slasher film made entirely with puppets. I’m still debating the ending with my friends.

Hell House LLC (2015)

Another “fake ghost show comes upon real ghost” film — in this case, people who put on haunted houses for Halloween. It’s a found-footage film and works quite well. I could have done without the ending, but that’s seems to be my thing.

Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy is a good film, but the opening sequence without the title character works a lot better for me. Now that we proved Guillermo del Toro can even make a good superhero film, can we move on. Sadly not.

Inhumanwich! (2016)

A funny parody of Monster a Go-Go. There is a lot of content like this made for people like me. Given I find so few of these people out in the world, I have concluded that 90% of all psychotronic fans make movies. That’s great, but anyone going after this demographic is bound to lose money!

Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966)

Another great film from Mario Bava. It’s mostly atmosphere. The plot doesn’t matter all that much. As I get older, I prefer these kinds of films, which is why I’m so fond of the Italians of these decades.

Killer Fish (1979)

This Karen Black heist film works well enough. I think Barracuda from the same time is way better.

Macabre (1980)

Mario Bava’s son has much of his father’s talent. This is a supremely twisted story. Nothing will surprise you but it’s still a lot of fun!

Mausoleum (1983)

This film mostly just rambles without much atmosphere. It does feature some rather good murders and you get to look at Bobbie Bresee naked. But you are much better off watching Evil Spawn.

Midnight Movie (2008)

A rather good “killer film” film. I think a sequel to it might have been even better. Once the characters are inside the film, the world is much more interesting. And it’s horrifying to think of those left inside it.

Monster a Go-Go (1965)

I remembered hating this film. On re-watching it, I can confidently say that I was right. Go ahead and read my article, The Curious Creation of Monster a Go-Go. But the film itself is a slog.

Moonshine Mountain (1964)

Herschell Gordon Lewis really did have his own style. This film is actually pretty fun and it unfolds a bit differently that you think when it starts.

Nekromantik 2 (1991)

A funny but deeply disturbing romanance between a woman and the guy she likes hanging out with and the corpse she likes fucking.

Nightbreed (1990)

This is a typical kind of Clive Barker film where the plot doesn’t matter all that much. There is a decent plot that you can follow. But that’s not why you should watch it. It has lots of interesting moments.

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

I’m really torn on this film. Most of it is really good. And the ending is so trite and that really destroys the rest of the film. So maybe turn it off when you get to the reading of the will?

Night of the Demons (1988)

Linnea Quigley gets naked with some lipstick. Other than that, the film is okay — better than most teen horror films.

Night of the Demons (2009)

Linnea Quigley only gets a cameo here. And the teens are far more annoying than in the original. It has a lot of atmosphere and is directed in the flashy style. I’m sure a lot of people like it.

The Nightshifter (2018)

This is one of the best films I’ve seen recently. It’s Brazilian and in Portuguese. Even before the plot really gets going, the film grabs your attention with the conversations between the morgue worker and the corpses.

Salem’s Lot (1979)

I suspect the reason Stephen King so often hates the films that are made of his novels is that they don’t capture the combination of small town life and impending doom. Hooper and company do this beautifully here. This is a good film to share with people who aren’t horror fanatics but are okay with the genre.

Scare Me (2020)

This is a very well-written play made very stylishly into a film. I loved the first half but lost my way toward the end. Well worth seeking out.

The Skull (1965)

Amicus goes for style and atmosphere here but I really think the Italians do it better. Still, a pretty interesting film.

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

A feminist slasher film?! That’s right. But the fact that this film has something to say doesn’t make it any less fun. In fact, having well-developed women characters actually makes it better.

Sneakers (1992)

This is a heist film with an all-star cast. It’s fun but these days I have a hard time getting past the fact that the plot makes no sense. Also: I’m still not sure what motivates the bad guy — because I kind of want him to win. More and more I think this film is actually slapping down leftists by liberals: the way to change the world isn’t upsetting the system but by giving to Greenpeace. Okay. But awfully safe and boring.

Suburban Gothic (2014)

Another film about a young man who comes home only to find that some wickedness has taken over. In this case, there’s a major reversal. Also: this is a very funny film.

Twice-Told Tales (1963)

This is a pretty romantic horror trilogy. It was doubtless a good date movie at the time of its release. It’s a well-made film and a pleasant watch.

Vampire Circus (1972)

Done well, there is no way a circus-themed horror film can miss with me. I like the bright colors and acts. This film certainly has its problems with pacing but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We Go On (2016)

This is an excellent take on the haunted person genre. It has very impressive moments but is worth a watch even without them.

Witchboard (1986)

We seem to be flooded with Ouija board films these days. This is an earlier one that is quite good. Some of the deaths are kind of obvious though.

Zombeavers (2014)

This is a well-made zombie film but with the usual assortment of really annoying teens. Everyone dies, which kinda shows that beavers are good for the ecosystem.

See you next month!

Recent Additions: November 2020

Psychotronic Review

I’m now up to watching one to two films per day. It used to be that my default when I was bored was to work on something that paid well. But these days I realize that I would rather watch a film.

There is actually nothing I care about as much as this website. And it is getting some success. We are now up to roughly 50 unique visitors per day. And increasingly, filmmakers are noticing the site despite the fact that I don’t contact them.

We are also approaching 600 capsule reviews, which is amazing when you consider that they not only require my watching the films but about an hour of work.

September 2020 Films

  1. Brain Dead (1990)
  2. Chickboxer (1992)
  3. Cottage Country (2013)
  4. Creep (2014)
  5. The Dead Pit (1989)
  6. Dollman (1991)
  7. Fighting with My Family (2019)
  8. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
  9. Guns Akimbo (2019)
  10. The Hearse (1980)
  11. His House (2020)
  12. Horrorvision (2001)
  13. I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker (2016)
  14. In the Trap (2019)
  15. The Jack in the Box (2020)
  16. Killer Piñata (2015)
  17. Llamageddon (2018)
  18. Lost in Space (1998)
  19. The Others (2001)
  20. The Paris Express (1952)
  21. Possum (2018)
  22. Pumpkinhead (1988)
  23. The Quacky Slasher (2017)
  24. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  25. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  26. Scar (2007)
  27. Sorceress (1982)
  28. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
  29. Southbound (2015)
  30. Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
  31. Terminal Island (1973)
  32. Terror Trap (2010)
  33. Truth Seekers (2020)
  34. Waxwork (1988)
  35. You Can’t Kill Stephen King (2012)

Brain Dead (1990)

This is one of those thought-provoking films like The Matrix. Good for people who like more intellectual fare. To be honest, it hasn’t stayed with me, although I do recall liking it.

Chickboxer (1992)

I’m surprised I hadn’t already provided a capsule review. This came about because of the release of SOV Six-Pack. The truth is that I’ve tried very hard to love this film. It’s very charming and I like it well enough. But the fighting in it is terrible and it really harms the film. They were clearly rushing.

Cottage Country (2013)

This horror-comedy is very well-made. But it doesn’t spend enough time on the good stuff. And through most of it I was thinking, “I wish I had watched Tucker & Dale vs Evil.” The last part of it is very good, however.

Creep (2014)

Some things should be shown to film students. Creep demonstrates how you can have a lot of impact with very little money. In a sense, I hated this film. Everything is exactly as you expect (assuming you are a horror nerd). And I felt trapped having to sit through it while it unfolded. At the same time, it was done so well. I will get around to watching the sequel.

The Dead Pit (1989)

This is another film that I barely remember. It has some great zombies in it. But otherwise, you should stick to Lucio Fulci.

Dollman (1991)

But I remember this one! It’s a weird one. Parts are meant to be funny but I found so much more funny. In particular, it is chalk-full of action-film cliches. I loved it but I also felt bad like I might not be appreciating it as intended.

Fighting with My Family (2019)

This film about professional wrestler Paige is okay. It probably works better for upper-middle class people who look down on the art. It’s pretty sentimental. Kind of a “girl” film.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

This film has the same problems as ever — namely, racism inside the film and during the production. But it’s still a lot of fun. I didn’t remember just how slapstick it is.

Guns Akimbo (2019)

This is a really well-made film. It’s everything it intends to be. And I hate it. I could forgive everything in this film except for one: don’t comment on my enjoyment of the violence that it created — especially when I wasn’t enjoying it. Mindless entertainment is ruined when the creators think they are above it and have something to “say.”

The Hearse (1980)

You could do worse for a haunted house film than this. Some of it is very effective.

His House (2020)

This is an excellent art-horror film about a couple of asylum seekers who are haunted by ghosts of their old country.

Horrorvision (2001)

This is a solid Videodrome knock-off. It’s mostly interesting for the effects.

I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker (2016)

This is a funny and charming horror comedy featuring Whitney Moore from Birdemic: Shock and Terror, who you may recall I said was destined for greatness.

In the Trap (2019)

This is a pretty claustrophobic art-horror film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Andrea and I came to opposite conclusions about the ending. But it’s well worth checking out.

The Jack in the Box (2020)

I often come to the end of horror films and have questions like, “Aren’t the police going to assume this guy killed a bunch of people?” This film deals well with these issues. It takes a while to get going but this one is worth the effort.

Killer Piñata (2015)

This micro-budget horror film delivers! They do a lot with a little. And it is very funny!

Llamageddon (2018)

The filmmakers probably should have made a short because this one has a lot of padding. Just the same, it’s a lot of fun. Not as good as Killer Piñata, but what is?

Lost in Space (1998)

People didn’t like this film because they remembered the later campy part of the series. For the first half of the first season, the show was very serious. So the film is a fitting tribute. But why? It’s a good example of how Hollywood takes itself way too seriously.

The Others (2001)

This might be one of the best haunted house movies ever made. It has a great feel to it along with some interesting elements. And it has some genuinely scary moments.

The Paris Express (1952)

I miss these brisk Noir films. It has everything you could ask for. And Claude Rains is great.

Possum (2018)

This is one of those films that haunts you long after you’ve seen it. It’s downright weird. But it leaves an impression.

Pumpkinhead (1988)

The title makes it sound like a silly horror film. But it’s very serious with a lot more depth than we normally get. Great effects too!

The Quacky Slasher (2017)

This 35-minute short is excellent. I have an article coming out about the people who made it. Watch it for free on their YouTube channel.

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This is a classic. It’s a lot of fun. But you have a lot of other choices for zom-coms.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Another classic. It’s kind of amazing to think that this was once thought to be edgy. It gets kind of slow in the second half.

Scar (2007)

This is a pretty good serial killer film. The first hour is wonderful. It gets into some torture porn at the end. If that’s your thing, have at it!

Sorceress (1982)

This one is a mixed bag. It’s clear something went wrong. The tone doesn’t work. But it does have some cool zombies toward the end.

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

This film was produced in just 6 weeks: from script to print. And yeah: it has some rough edges — especially with the script. But overall, it’s a very enjoyable film.

Southbound (2015)

This is an excellent anthology film. I highly recommend it!

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

Another weird one. A group of vampires builds a town in the southeast and starts an artificial blood factory so they can stop the daily grind. Bruce Campbell is very funny here.

Terminal Island (1973)

Another great one from Stephanie Rothman. I still can’t believe she had to abandon directing.

Terror Trap (2010)

I didn’t care for the ending of this, but it’s generally really good. You just might want to turn it off when the couple walks away. The epilogues just confuse thing and are also totally unbelievable.

Truth Seekers (2020)

This is a horror series from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. It’s a whole lot of fun although you may need to watch it twice to figure it all out.

Waxwork (1988)

This is a lot better than most teen horror films. But it’s still a teen horror film.

You Can’t Kill Stephen King (2012)

This is one of those horror-comedies that stops being a comedy about halfway through. But it’s still enjoyable.

See you next month!

Recent Additions: October 2020

Psychotronic Review

Another month of psychotronic watching! We had a bit of a slowdown this month for reasons I can’t explain. Maybe it had something to do with the election. That sounds good. Let’s blame it on the election!

There are a lot of good films in this list. I realize that the Alien films are old but they all hold up well. And there are several from new (to me) filmmakers. So check them out!

September 2020 Films

  1. Absentia (2011)
  2. Alien (1979)
  3. Alien 3 (1992)
  4. Alien Resurrection (1997)
  5. Aliens (1986)
  6. Antrum (2018)
  7. Blood of the Vampire (1958)
  8. Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear (2013)
  9. Destination: Outer Space (2010)
  10. Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse (2016)
  11. I Survived a Zombie Holocaust (2014)
  12. Moose: The Movie (2015)
  13. November Son (2008)
  14. October Moon (2005)
  15. Penance Lane (2020)
  16. The Pit (1981)
  17. Pontypool (2008)
  18. Room 33 (2009)
  19. The Selling (2011)
  20. Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (2015)
  21. Skinned Alive (1990)
  22. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  23. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  24. Stay Tuned (1992)

Absentia

I first saw this a few years ago and I was instantly in love. I didn’t know any of the people involved in it but it was just everything that a horror film should be. When I later learned that Mike Flanagan was the man behind The Haunting of Hill House, I was unsurprised. I expect great things from him although his large budgets may get in the way.

The Alien Tetralogy

I was 15 years old when I saw Alien. And I thought it was amazing. I told people the plot scene by scene — at least until they stopped me. About ten years ago, I was in a hospital, on the verge of death, and I saw it on AMC. I was thrilled to find that it was as good as I remembered.

The other three films are not as good but still excellent. Aliens turns it into an action film. Alien 3 is more of an art film. And Alien Resurrection gives it the Joss Whedon treatment. I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t own them all.

Antrum

The conceit of this film is that it causes people who watch it to die. So it is presented along with documentary footage. This was clearly good from a marketing standpoint. But I really liked the film itself about an older sister leading her brother into the underworld to save his dead dog.

Blood of the Vampire

This is a solid “mad scientist” horror film from Artistes Alliance. There are no vampires, however. These British horror films with excellent acting are never my top choices but they are ones you can put on and be assured of a good time.

Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear

I’ve gotten tired of reading reviews about anthology films because it’s always the same thing: the critic claims that this or that short is brilliant and that or this short is terrible. What they should focus on is the high points in these films.

I’m kind of jaded and don’t appreciate the humor in most of these stories as much as others will. But the short Touch is worth sitting through 10 hours of dreck to see. Overall, this is a solid collection, but I absolutely love this one film!

Destination: Outer Space

This is the last of our Christopher R Mihm films. Check out our round-up of his work for more on this film.

Diani & Devine

This is one of those things that makes me despair of the modern world. Diani & Devine are a comedy team and they’ve produced two feature films. They are shockingly good and yet are still working the trenches of Hollywood.

They have made two wonderful films that you really should watch: The Selling and Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse. Comedy isn’t really our thing at Psychotronic Review. But these two are just ridiculously talented — like Nichols and May talented. Check them out!

I Survived a Zombie Holocaust

Oh, how meta we have become! This is about a crew that is making a zombie film when a zombie outbreak takes place. It’s very funny and the last act is quite a good zombie picture. There must be something in the New Zealand water. They make such good films!

Moose: The Movie

If someone gave me $100,000 to make a film, I fear that Moose: The Movie would be the result. It’s brilliant at time, silly throughout, and ultimately, so sweet the diabetics among us will go into shock. Clearly a film that is too much me is not going to play terribly well with me. But I think most people will enjoy this if they are open to anything called Moose: The Movie.

October Moon and November Son

In a sense, these films have aged poorly. Not more than a decade old and homosexuality in films has become much less shocking. I don’t blame the films because they have been part of that process.

Having said that, I think November Son is the better of the two and still well worth watching. Both could use cutting down for a modern audience, however.

Penance Lane

The first half of this film is unique. The second half is pretty typical. But it’s hard to fault it given that most films are entirely pretty typical. This is a solid horror film but you shouldn’t expect too much from the end.

The Pit

This is a hard one. I try not to second-guest filmmakers because I figure they know what they are doing much better than I do. And looking at the reviews, people like this film. I found it difficult. It’s very serious for the first half and then becomes something of a comedy in the middle.

I’d love to hear from people what it is I’m missing. I didn’t hate it. But I also didn’t understand what the filmmakers were going for.

Pontypool

I like this film a lot. It mostly transpires in a single location so it’s very focused. It reminds me a lot of Let Us Prey, a film I love. What’s going on is very strange but it ultimately makes sense.

Room 33

This is a strange one about a roller derby team that is forced to spend the night in an abandoned mental hospital. This is a well-made micro-budget film with excellent acting and a better than usual script.

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre

This film by the writer-director of Chopping Mall is exploitation candy despite the fact that it doesn’t include bare breasts. It’s a lot like a Mark Polonia film but with enough of a budget to complete the special effects. Mindless fun.

Skinned Alive

This is a great film even though I rarely find myself in the mood to watch it. Part of it is that it presses a lot of my buttons: torture, incest, and drinking vodka by the pint. But it’s also really funny in a very dark way.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The Wrath of Khan is still the best of the Star Trek movies. A big part of this is that Ricardo Montalbán is so great as Khan. But another element is that it just doesn’t feel like a Star Trek film. It treats Star Fleet as the military institution that it is.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

I watched Star Trek V in the theater several times just trying to figure out what was wrong with it. Now I see that the problem was me. It’s the opposite of Star Trek II in that it doesn’t much care about drama, which is fine by me. Also: Laurence Luckinbill shows that the main cast just aren’t that charismatic. I could watch him all day!

Stay Tuned

This is a weird one about people who must win a game show or go to hell. It has an excellent cast and is probably a good one to share with the family.

New Film Page

I finally finished my Christopher R Mihm page, having watched all 14 of his films. There is a lot to like about his work and he’s surrounded himself with a lot of really talented people. Since you can watch most of his films for free, I recommend checking them out.

See you next month!

Recent Additions: September 2020

Psychotronic Review

We have another mixed bag this week. Some are just fantastic. But as usual, I try to mix things up and intentionally watch films that I don’t think I’m going to like all that much.

But in many cases, films are on this list simply because I got them on disc. (Full reviews are coming!)

I continue to marvel at just how much good work is around. I don’t think we appreciate how good we have it. At the same time, it makes watching films hard because we have so many choices.

The whole point of this site is not to help people sift through everything. That’s supposedly what film reviewers are for (they fail spectacularly). Rather, we want to help people appreciate films (or at least give them a try). And that’s hard because it isn’t always clear to us why someone would like a particular film. But we try.

September 2020 Films

Angel Heart

This is one of my all-time favorite films. I don’t have a lot to say here. You should just read my analysis.

Bite

I’ve been spending more time over at SHOUT! Factory TV these days. One of the little delights I found over there was this wonderfully gooy film about a young woman who is bitten by something and then transforms. These filmmakers know their Cronenberg and do him one better.

Bloodsucking Bastards

Horror-comedy is not one of my favorite genres but only because they are so rarely funny. When they are funny, I really enjoy them. This one is from a comedy group. It also has some nice horror moments and tons of blood.

Class of 1984

The worst thing about this film is that it seems to think it’s socially relevant. The second worst thing about it is that it takes forever to get to the good stuff. But if you can get through more than an hour of Blackboard Jungle, the last 15 minutes is pretty fun!

More Christopher R Mihm

As of this month, I have only one more Mihm film to add to my article. So it should come out sometime this month. Last month I added, Demon with the Atomic Brain, Guns of the Apocalypse (probably my favorite), It Came From Another World!, and Queen of Snakes.

Djinn

This widely hated film is actually very good. I take special exception to the way that critics treat Tobe Hooper. Although he stuck with the horror genre (probably his greatest sin for the critics) he was constantly trying new things. This is a straight-up ghost story and it’s quite effective.

Eaten Alive

This is a Tobe Hooper classic. I really don’t have any idea why critics don’t like it. In its way, it’s every bit as good as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

The Exotic Ones

This is a wonderful exploitation film in the tradition of Herschell Gordon Lewis. But it’s a lot better made than his films. It’s also known as The Monster and the Stripper, which is more fitting since it’s about a Bigfoot captured to use in a strip club.

Five Guns West

This film is most notable for being Roger Corman’s first as director. And as usual, it works pretty well. I have my problem with valorization of the Confederacy. But Corman can sure tell an interesting story on a budget!

Grosse Pointe Blank

Although I think the sorta-sequel of this, War, Inc, is a masterpiece, Grosse Pointe Blank is more enjoyable for most people. It’s very funny. “You can never go home again, Oatman… But I guess you can shop there.”

Isle of the Snake People

This is a pretty typical jungle voodoo drama but with good acting, dialog, and some very sexy scenes.

Lady Terminator

This is more or less a parody of The Terminator. There are a lot of negative reviews of this film by totally clueless people who just don’t grok it. It’s wonderful with lots of action and sex. I must investigate Indonesian films of this era.

Ms .45

I love this film. The protagonist is amazing: a young mute woman who is raped twice and seeks revenge. It’s also pretty arty.

Night of Bloody Horror

Another arty one, this thriller works pretty well with very cliched effects from the 1960s. A pretty creepy outing from the man who would go on to be Major Dad.

Prom Night

This is one of the better slashers from this period. The opening section with the little kids is particularly good. And the ending is interesting. The best part is the head rolling onto the dance floor.

Re-Animator

I just got the Arrow Blu-ray on this and it’s great. Time only makes the accomplishment of this film more impressive. The effects are fantastic but then so is everything else here!

The Taking of Deborah Logan

There are supposedly a bunch of bad found-footage films. I haven’t come across them. I’m generally impressed with the genre. This one is wonderful. And it tells a pretty complicated story. Well worth watching!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Tobe Hooper was unhappy that it took people so long to realize how funny the first film was so he made this. This is very dark comedy. But it does have some amazing comedic images like Leatherface fighting with a chainsaw impaling him. This film is a great chaser after watching the original.

Vampires

John Carpenter does a typically exceptional job on this film. I have my problems with its content. But there’s no doubt that it works really well. Check out my review of the Blu-ray.

That’s all for this month. See you soon!