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The Scariest Season of them all
by Brian Yandle

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The scariest nite of them all could very well be Christmas eve.

The scariest nite of them all could very well be Christmas eve.
The winter season is certainly the most scary time of the year for many people including myself because I sometimes dread making that list & checking it twice. Shoppin for others can also be one of the most rewarding experiences when you learn where to hunt for the best bargains & also learn the art of buying into unknown realm of dark cinema. This season, don't be afraid to show everyone on your shopping list how much you truly care & get them what their heart truly desires.

SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT is a staple classic for the holiday horror fan & I can't imagine one being wtihout it on Christmas Day. If the idea of a man running around in a Santa Claus suit killing people with an axe doesn't just warm your cold-blooded, I don't know what will. Perhaps one of the greatest slashers of the early '80s, SNDN managed to exceed the true horror fans' expectations by delving into characterization which so many slasher films lack, rearing it's ugly head in the gore department, & actually giving us a fairly believable psychopath whom we can actually feel sorry for. If you haven't seen this one yet, hopefully you will get the
'Tis the season to be sloshed after sipping on the spiked egg nog.

'Tis the season to be sloshed after sipping on the spiked egg nog.
holiday spirit & purchase a copy for yourself if not for those special loved ones. Supposedly, Xavier Gens is currnetly re-making the classic so be sure to catch the original first. Best of all, it's uncut & you can usually find an inexpensive copy on amazon.com for less than $10. Cheers!

Blue Underground is really doing their absolute best to help us out this year by releasing a great cult classic on DVD which has been out of print for some time entitled BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE , which was granted an official release date this past September which means you can offer the best stocking stuffers to your beloved family members. I had wrote to Blue Underground earlier this year & asked them if there was any chance of expecting a re-release for Sergio Martino's TORSO but no such luck. Sorry kids. Blue Underground still doesn't have the rights to this one as of yet so we can keep our fingers crossed that one day it will re-surface on DVD.

Although I have yet to see BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE, I must admit the reviews online really intrigue me & I'm quite excited as the DVD been out of print for several years. The
Oh man, gotta love this new killer cover for TBSB

Oh man, gotta love this new killer cover for TBSB
last copy anyone saw of it was the Anchor Bay DVD in the early part of the new millenium. Blue Underground promises this re-release looks better, sounds better, & is affordable for those of us who would like to stick to their tight budgets this year. THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE has been restored from the original negative materials and is presented completely uncut and uncensored. At a suggested retail price of $14.99 (or less depending on where you shop), you simply can't afford not to give it a go. I strongly recommend checking amazon.com or overstock.com first for a bargain before shopping anywhere else.

Now is also a perfect time to grab one of Lucio Fulci's all-time masterpieces which was just recently re-released through Grindhouse. YES!!! THE BEYOND back into your house & this release features a breathtaking 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound re-mix by Academy Award nominee Paul Ottosson. In additon, you also will be getting New 2008 intro by Catriona MacColl as well as a rare on-set interview with director Lucio Fulci. I still have my old Limited Edition tin case DVD so I probably won't be buying this for myself
Don't get behind on your holiday shopping. Get The Beyond!

Don't get behind on your holiday shopping. Get The Beyond!
but I do have a very special person in my life who is worth the $29.99 retail price or whatever bargain price I can find on amazon.com this season. As Roger Ebert said, "THE BEYOND does not disappoint." I couldn't possibly agree more. Remember, Fulci lives so keep it evil.

The holidays are a time to spend with your friends & family. You must take full advantage of every moment this season & spread the joy. These people love you & expect nothing but the best that you can give them. If you are unable to make all of their holiday wishes come true, don't worry. They will surely forgive you after scarfing all your chocolate, fruit cake, & getting completely drunk off the spiked egg nog. Do try, however, to spend quality time with as many of them as humanly possible. Life is hectic but can be truly delightful when we have that time away from all the chaos & can keep the holiday well with those who mean the most to us. I would like to close by wishing you all the very best this holiday season & I wish you every good thing.

As always, keep it evil!




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Dissecting artwork be it trash cinema or tomorrow's cult classic wannabes & spreading the knowledge on how to distinguish the real from the reels. Exploring unchartered territories throughout history of film-making which have been overlooked & simply deserve a second chance.


Other Columns
Other columns by Brian Yandle:

Interview With Lucifer Valentine

Interview with Filmmaker Toby Ross

Zombies Will Eat Us

100 Movies to See Before You Die Pt. 2

100 Movies to See Before You Die Pt. 1

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Brian Yandle
If Pan met Apollo down with the sin, I would be amongst the angels who descended to Earth with great mission to seek newfound meaning & to explore great sinema. Brian was born in 1974 ofcourse on the NC/VA border & has been watching movies for as far back as he can remember. One should never forget a great movie nor pass up the chance to spread the word on a bad one.


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