Charlie Hobbs
Contributing Writer; Texas, USA

Blu-ray Review: BABA YAGA

The '70s were a great time for creepy/groovy films, and Baba Yaga is a prime example of this style of film. The witch, Baba Yaga, is a component of many ancient Slavic folk tales, but I'm not sure that she... More »
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Blu-ray Review: FRANKENHOOKER (UK)

Back in October, I reviewed the Synapse Films Blu-ray release of Frank Henenlotter's Frankenhooker.  Earlier this month Arrow Video in the released their edition of the film on Blu-ray. This review will include my analysis of the film from the... More »
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DVD Review: NAKED CAME THE STRANGER

This review may be a first for Twitch. I don't think we've ever reviewed a proper adult film. We've certainly not shied away from films with unsimulated sexual contact, but those scenes have typically been incidental rather than integral to... More »
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DVD Review: ABCs OF LOVE & SEX/AUSTRALIA AFTER DARK Double Feature

When Intervision Picture Corp announced their first releases back in the fall of 2010, these two titles were on the list.  They opened with a couple of minor Jess Franco films, and among the initial slate of DVDs, this double... More »
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Blu-ray Review: NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS

Aldo Lado claims he never saw Wes Craven's Last House on the Left. He says that his producer came to him with an idea after seeing some American film, and Lado ran with it. The producer must have been pretty... More »
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Jean Rollin on Blu-ray: FASCINATION Review

Tonight, on the eve of their debut to the general public, we wrap up our initial coverage of Kino/Redemption's Jean Rollin Blu-ray collection. The fifth and final film of this first wave is in some ways the perfect way to... More »
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Jean Rollin on Blu-ray: LIPS OF BLOOD Review

For our fourth excursion in the world of Jean Rollin, we travel back to the realm of the vampire with Lips of Blood.  This film seems rather tame in comparison to The Iron Rose, and the plot, somewhat pedestrian.  However,... More »
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Jean Rollin on Blu-ray: THE IRON ROSE Review

The third step in our continuing exploration of the work of Jean Rollin on Blu-ray is an unusual film in his oeuvre. The Iron Rose features no vampires, no female twins, and no significant bloodletting. What it does feature is... More »
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Jean Rollin On Blu-ray: THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES Review

Our look into the films of Jean Rollin on Blu-ray continues with his third feature, The Shiver of the Vampires (Le frisson des vampires). Shiver finds Rollin exploring the possibilities of the vampire myth in a completely different, yet somehow... More »
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THE LETHAL LADIES COLLECTION VOL. 2 DVD Review

Shout! Factory continue doing the Lord's work with their upcoming second Lethal Ladies Collection release. This time around, we take a look at two films from Lethal Ladies Vol. 1 veteran, Cirio Santiago, and the ever popular The Arena by... More »
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Jean Rollin On Blu-ray: THE NUDE VAMPIRE Review

When I started reviewing Kino discs, I had no idea that they would be so perfect for continuing series. However, after the positive feedback I got from the Buster Keaton series, and Kino's new partnership with Redemption Films and their... More »
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UNDERWATER LOVE DVD Review

The high-concept low brow film is nothing new, especially among those of us who follow independent films.  Unfortunately, most of them seem to fail in either one or both of those categories, as it is a difficult tight rope to... More »
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CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Blu-ray Review

Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust is among the most polarizing films in cinema history. The brutal display of savagery among the fame hungry camera crew and the real life violence against animals on screen turn many hardened gore fans against this,... More »
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IN A GLASS CAGE Blu-ray Review

Augustin Villaronga's In a Glass Cage is a film that is best experienced alone, I think. This tale of abuse, revenge, and madness is thoroughly disturbing and nihilistic. In a Glass Cage is often mentioned in the same company as... More »
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THE KILLER ELEPHANTS DVD Review

These days Thai film means one thing to most of our readers, and that is action.  We've seen the recent renaissance from stars like Tony Jaa and directors like Panna Rittikrai and Prachya Pinkaew and it almost seems like this... More »
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THE WOMEN IN CAGES COLLECTION Blu-ray Review

No one knew exploitation cinema like Jack Hill. His resume is like a tour through sleazy '70s film history, and his collaborators like a who's who of the toughest, meanest, and sexiest stars of the era.  Shout! Factory's Women in... More »
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PIECES DVD Review

Pieces is completely insane in the best possible way.  This classic of the early 80's slasher boom is both incredibly gory and crazy funny without sacrificing it's edge.  Juan Piquer Simon created one of the first self-aware slasher spoofs entirely... More »
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TORSO Blu-ray Review

Sergio Martino's Torso is a textbook example of the giallo genre film, the kind made famous by Dario Argento and Mario Bava.  While Torso may not be a Bird with Crystal Plumage or The Girl Who Knew Too Much, it... More »
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FRANKENHOOKER Blu-ray Review

Have you ever been up late at night watching infomercials and stumble across something ridiculously simple on TV and wonder, "Why the fuck didn't I think of that?" Well, Frankenhooker is the Snuggie of horror films. Frank Henenlotter's 1990 assault... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2011: KLOWN Review

The penis is nothing if not a vastly underutilized vessel for comedy. The makers of Klown: The Movie understand this, and have set about to rectify this problem.  The film jauntily breaks down the barriers of good taste and propriety... More »
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