Sunday, February 26, 2012

The House on Sorority Row (1983)

I've lost count on the amount of slasher movies in which the events that take place are a chain reaction to someone dying or getting disfigured. "Friday the 13th" did it, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" did it, "The Prowler" did it, "The Burning" did it-you get the point. These events usually occur due to lazy teens, revenge or a prank gone wrong. The third option is where Mark Rosman's directorial debut, "The House on Sorority Row" went.

The gals at Theta Pi are sick and tired of their demented, cruel and pretty much insane sorority mom Dorothy Slater (Lois Kelso Hunt), so they decide to pull a bit of a prank on her. Well, said prank doesn't go over so well, and by that I mean they accidentally kill the broad. After trying to cover her death up via sinking her body to the bottom of the pool, things seem like they are going to be alright for the night's party. That is, until paranoia starts to mount, and someone starts knocking them off one by one.

There are two notable problems in "House on Sorority Row." First is the final shot, which just rang false for me and felt kinda pointless. The bigger problem though, is that it doesn't go far enough in depicting how decadent fraternity life can be. Apart from welcome topless nudity and some drinking and smoking, little of this feels like life at a sorority. Plus, the party they eventually throw feels positively PG rated, which is kind of a cheat.

Apart from those complaints, this is a pretty impressive slasher movie. While there's some choice kills, it's not as gory as one might expect it to be. In fact, director Rosman (a De Palma protege who's gone on to direct more teen friendly fair) decides to go more for character interaction and suspense, and what do ya know, he's not bad at it. He also has some choice visuals (eerie hallucinations for example) to throw in, and he proves himself to be a fine director to boot. The acting is also pretty good, with the likes of future soap opera star Eileen Davidson and Kate McNeil (who I swear looks like a cousin of mine) in particular stealing the show. Finally, there's a great score by Richard Band, which is filled with horn and violin flourishes and subtle harp, vocal and percussive touches that perfectly capture the mood of the film.

For fans of 80's slasher movies, "The House on Sorority Row" is a must see. For those who aren't fans of such movies-you might be surprised at the level of craft put into this little sleeper. Check it out.

Rating: 7.5/10

This movie was a surprise hit for it's studio (it made $10, 604, 986 in the box office, and was a big hit on video.) On DVD, it was distributed twice by Elite Entertainment in a pretty bare bones disc (the only special feature was a trailer), though it was later released as a "25th Anniversary Edition" by Liberation Entertainment and more recently by Scorpion Releasing.

A remake (called "Sorority Row") was released in 2009. While not as good as the original, I did find it to be a fun little guilty pleasure.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

On Second Viewing: Mutant (1984)

Like it or not, those of us that review movies sometimes end up revisiting ones that we didn't care for when we first saw them. Call it a form of masochism, call it dedication to your craft, or you can call it a momentary lapse in judgement. Sometimes, we find ourselves enjoying said movies upon second viewing, while other times...not so much. Without further adieu, let's take a look at a movie I previously reviewed.

That out of the way, when I first saw "Mutant", I certainly didn't hate it. I found it to be a shockingly watchable and at times decent movie that didn't live up to it's full potential. It was originally meant to be directed by Mark Rosman ("The House in Sorority Row"), but ended up going to John "Bud" Cardos ("The Dark", "Kingdom of the Spiders" and "Gor II.") It was also originally called "Night Shadows", which is a much more appropriate title considering that the movie is more of a zombie movie than it is the "Alien" ripoff the title, poster and tagline ("Mankind's Greatest Threat Will Not Come From the Skies") suggest.

The premise, deals with brothers Josh (Wings Hauser) and Mike Cameron (Lee Montgomery), who end up in the middle of nowhere in a small, redneck happy town. Believe it or not, there's worse things going on than hillbillies: a toxic waste factory is turning people into grey skinned, mutated zombie/vampire hybrids. When Mike goes missing, Josh has to find out what happened to him-as well as survive the zombie outbreak along with an alcoholic sheriff (Bo Hopkins) and Josh's new love interest Holy (Jody Medford.)

Giving "Mutant" another chance, I actually found myself liking Hopkins as Sheriff Will Stewart, as he manages to take a cliched role (alcoholic sheriff with a troubled past) and make him a character whose at least a little likable. I also found myself liking Hauser and Montgomery more, especially Hauser, whose got a lot of charisma. I also found the final 20 minutes of the movie to be pretty entertaining, as it throws in some genuinely suspenseful scenes (zombies surrounding the protagonists car, a kid attacked by zombified children) that actually have some real punch. I even found myself liking the direction more, as Cardos has a way with crafting suspense with a minimum of gore.

That out of the way, I still feel that this has some serious flaws. Whilst our main characters are interesting, everyone else is a one-dimensional stereotype who can't act-especially the violent rednecks. It also suffers from some serious pacing issues, as much of what happens early on isn't particularly scary, nor does it feel like it benefits any of the characters. Finally, I found some scenes to be laughable, especially one in which a doctor slowly turns into a zombie whilst another one (Jennifer Warren) talks into her tape recorder.

I still feel the same way I did the last time I saw this movie-it's a shockingly watchable movie that could have been better. That out of the way, I'm going to say that I definitely recommend it as a rental or a Youtube streaming (it's available there for free I do believe), as it's got enough moments to make it worth seeing at least once or twice.

Amusingly enough, this was the last release from Film Ventures International, an Independent production company that started in the 70's. After "Mutant" tanked and the company folded, company founder Edward L. Montero took one million dollars and has since never been heard from or seen again. According to an interview on the website Unknown Movies,* he may be in Mexico. Another interesting bit of trivia is that Dick Clark was a producer for this movie.

*http://www.badmovieplanet.com/unknownmovies/reviews/fvi.html

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Little Info/Help Please

I'm aware that this isn't a review, but whatever.

Anyways, I'm preparing for a future review of a 1990 movie called "The Suckling." Anyways, I've notice that writer/director Francis Teri only has the following other credits: Acting as a police man in "Flesh Eating Mothers", and producing a Richard W. Haines movie from 1996 called "Head Games." The IMDB has this as it's premise:

A psychologist for inmates has knowledge of a secret, experimental brain implant, designed to change convicts' behavior so that they will not remember or repeat their crimes and, therefore, be able to return productively to society rather than remain in an increasing prison population. The procedure, however, suffers some imperfections: Three killers are at it again.

It also has one user review. That's it. I can't find any information about this movie. No photos, no pictures, no trailer, no other reviews....nothing. Does anyone know anything about this movie, because it's eating me up. Is it any good? Has anyone actually seen it? Was is every officially released? If you know, post in my comments section. As for "The Suckling"? It's in my Netflix queue, so when it arrives, I'll watch it and review afterwards.

Monday, February 20, 2012

On Second Viewing: Horror (2002)

Like it or not, those of us that review movies sometimes end up revisiting ones that we didn't care for when we first saw them. Call it a form of masochism, call it dedication to your craft, or you can call it a momentary lapse in judgement. Sometimes, we find ourselves enjoying said movies upon second viewing, while other times...not so much. Without further adieu, let's take a look at a movie I previously reviewed.

There's nothing worse than an interesting idea gone to waste. Case in point: Dante Tomaselli's 2002 film titled...well, "Horror." On paper, this film-clearly inspired by the likes of Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, "The Evil Dead" and Don Coscarelli's "Phantasm"-seems like it could be a wonderfully surreal dip into the world of Gothic horror-but it's underdeveloped ideas, lack of focus and general poor direction and editing makes it more of a failed experiment than anything else.

The plot, as it were, deals with a group of youths who love drugs and are off to find some form of questionable salvation from a weird preacher. Meanwhile, a girl named Grace (Lizzy Mahon) is being drugged and enslaved by her parents, and keeps seeing visions of her late grandfather (The Amazing Kreskin.) Well, Luck (Danny Lopes), the leader of the group, shoots her parents during a drug induced hallucination, and then things take a turn for the worst.

Revisiting "Horror", I found myself a little more taken in by the visual approach and atmosphere it has to offer. Tomaselli has a way with creating an atmosphere of surrealist dread, and the use of things like Christmas lights and scenes like a portrait of a priest turning into a Satanic goat figure are genuinely striking. There's even a few moments that are actually effective-the most noteworthy is when Amanda (Raine Brown) sees something, and the audience is given the image of a silhouette of devilish horns slowly rising.

Unfortunately, Tomaselli fails in several regards. There's a lot of themes in the movie (damnation, religious hysteria, madness, brainwashing, drug related visions), but none of these ideas feel fully realized, which just makes the whole thing confusing. Granted, it's clear that the movie is meant to be confusing, as it quickly abandons anything resembling a coherent narrative. However, guys like Fulci and Argento were able to deliver scares in their illogical horror tales-Tomaselli kind of forgets how to scare the audience, throwing in scenes like people vomiting and zombies showing up for no reason that are just dumb and ultimately pointless.

Much of this is due to the fact that not only does the viewer not know what's going on, but because they aren't given any clue as to why. Even "The Beyond" and "City of the Living Dead" gave you a hint as to why the events that transpire happen. Here we don't know if a gate to hell has been opened, or if everyone's just really fucked up on drugs. Also, if a gate to hell has been opened, then why? Is it because of the parents being killed? Nothing is explained, and the vagueness of it all is frustrating.

There's also no real flow to the movie, as it ends up becoming a series of images that are meant to creep us out, but ultimately just come off as laughable thanks to the questionable editing and lack of focus and characterization. Nobody here outside of Kreskin's character is interesting, which makes it difficult to care about their fates.

After giving it another chance, I found myself not hating "Horror", as it does have some effective moments, has great atmosphere and it manages to create images that are genuinely startling. However, I ended up finding it more of a frustrating experience than I did a detestable one. There's lots of potential here, and the director does show some talent. Maybe if he managed to find a better editor and someone else to write his movies, he could hit one out of the ball park.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Super Shark (2011) and 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012)

It feels like we get a new CGI based monster movie every month, usually of the aquatic variety and usually sharks. I guess you could say blame "Jaws", but 1.) I doubt Spielberg had any idea that such a great movie would lead to so many imitators, and 2.) I'd say the success of movies from those gents at the studio known as The Asylum is the real reason for this-and for movies like "Super Shark" and "2-Headed Shark Attack."

"Super Shark" is from Fred Olen Ray, a long time veteran of all kinds of exploitation nonsense and soft core porn movies with titles emphasizing the word "bikini." Our tale deals with an offshore drilling accident awakening a prehistoric shark that can also crawl on land and fly. Can marine biologist George Costanza-er, Kat Carmichael (Sarah Lieving) and skipper/disk jockey Dynamite Stevens (Jimmie "J.J." Walker) save the day? Or will corporate head honcho Roger Wade (John Schneider) ruin it all?

Clearly inspired by The Asylum and "Baywatch", "Super Shark" clearly wants to be a campy, fun monster movie made specifically for a certain audience, complete with an amusing title song. Well, that's not the case. Sure, the sight of a completely unconvincing CG shark crawling on the beach might be amusing at first, but the novelty runs dry soon, and boredom soon sets in. The story meanwhile, is pretty dull, and apart from Walker, nobody here seems to be enjoying themselves. In fact, as it goes on, I kinda found myself longing for the likes of "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus." Sure, that movie is boring too, but it at least offers moments like a giant shark leaping into the air and snatching a plane. This is a movie that makes a fight between a giant shark and a robotic tank dull.

At least Ray's son Chris offers us a bit more to chew on (bad joke intended) with "2-Headed Shark Attack", starring Brooke Hogan, Carmen Electra and Chris "Brother of Jerry" O'Connell, though the end result isn't fulfilling. Here, survivors of a ship attack find themselves stranded on an atoll that seems to be sinking, all while a 2-Headed Shark (natch) hunts them down one by one. Also, I should mention that Electra plays a professor here.

With a few nasty but fun kills, topless nudity and lots of bikini top clad bouncing cleavage, "2-Headed Shark Attack" is the better movie, but that isn't saying much. There's little here that differs from other movies from The Asylum-plenty of bad to awful acting, questionable CG effects, lapses in logic (how is a giant shark able to swim in shallow water?) and characterization, a generic score and a pretty bad payoff. Still, there's a few fun moments, but unlike a "Mega Piranha" or "Sharktopus" there's not enough here to qualify as a so-bad-it's-good guilty pleasure.

If you have to watch one of these movies, then "2-Headed Shark Attack" could at least be picked up via Redbox. "Super Shark" however, is best left avoided, as you are better off watching a Fred Olen Ray movie like "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers" instead.

Super Shark: 1.5/10
2-Headed Shark Attack: 4/10

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Slime City (1988)

A few months ago, the movie "Chillerama" was released and came with the tagline "The Ultimate Midnight Movie", which I disagree with. Not because I wasn't impressed with what I saw (though I wasn't), but because the "midnight movie" as it was known is dead. Plus, real "midnight movies"-films like "Night of the Living Dead" and "Eraserhead"-never sought cult appeal-few directors in that era looked to become popular in that sense. So, while Greg Lamberson's "Slime City" might not be "the ultimate "midnight movie", it is the real deal in what it is-one of the last true movies of it's type.

Alex (Robert C. Sabin) is a normal college student whose moved into an apartment in a run down part of New York City. His neighbors-trashy gal Nicole (Mary Huner, who does double duty as Alex's girlfriend Lori) and Punk Rock kid Roman (Dennis Embry) have something for him-from Nicole, sex, and from Roman, a strange kind of "Himalayan Yogurt" and an elixir. Well, it turns out that the yogurt is actually the ectoplasmic essence of deranged cult leader Zachary, which is now turning Alex into a slime covered monster with an appetite for murder-and only murder seems to temporarily turn him back to normal.

As I said, "Slime City" is not what I'd call a perfect movie. While the budget is hardly worth peanuts (it cost about $50,000 to make), the acting here is all around awful. Nobody here seems to have acted a day in their lives (only star Sabin acted before this), so many of the attempts to convey emotions are awkward to say the least. Plus, there's some notable errors in continuity-such as Alex's bud Jerry (T.J. Merrick) being called "Jack" sometimes, and the story feels a bit shaky at times.

Still, for a first time effort made for nothing, this isn't too bad. The movie does get by largely on the fact that it's shamelessly trashy and gory, with some inspired gags-especially in the movies slimy, gore riddled climax-and effects work that is actually pretty damned impressive considering the budget. Also, the score by Robert Tomaro is a lot of fun, ranging from New Wave synthesizer and guitar work to almost industrial like sounds with ease. The micro-budget also actually helps the look of the film, as it does a great job of capturing the seedy underbelly of pre-Giuliani New York. Finally, the things got enthusiasm and energy to spare, and Lamberson and crew pour every ounce of what they have into it, and for the large part, they do a good job with the limited means they have.

Is "Slime City" a classic? I wouldn't go that far. It is however, one of the last true "Grindhouse" movies, and as an example of one of that world's dying breaths, it's not too bad, and worth a look for fans of movies like "Basket Case" and "Street Trash."

Rating: 6.5/10

Before this movie, Lamberson served as a production manager for "I Was a Teenage Zombie" and a first assistant director for "Plutonium Baby" and "Brain Damage." His other directorial efforts include the vampire film "Undying Love" and the serial killer tale "Naked Fear", as well as a short movie based on his book "Johnny Gruesome." More recently, he directed a sequel to this movie called "Slime City Massacre."

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption (2012)

In the field of reviewing movies, especially genre movies, you end up having to review films you have no interest in watching. Case in point: "The Scorpion King 3: Battle of Redemption", a sequel to a prequel to "The Mummy." Granted, the original "Scorpion King", whilst not a great movie, was a decent little slice of Sword n' Sorcery cheese that benefited from a strong central performance from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. For this direct-to-video sequel? Our hero is played by Victor Webster.

Taking place after the first movie (the prior movie was another prequel), our hero has lost his kingdom and his girl to the plague, and is now a wandering mercenary. He's given a chance at redemption though, because King Horus (Ron Perlman) has hired him to stop the evil tyrant Talus (Billy Zane), who has taken over the kingdom and wants to get the help of 3 ghost warriors (Dave Bautista, Selina Lo and "Tapout Presents" stalwart Kimbo Slice) to help him take over the world. Fortunately for our hero, he's got a sidekick in the oafish Olaf (Bostin Christopher) and a heathen warrior named Silda (Krysal Vee.)

First things first: It's kind of weird to see Perlman here. Granted, he's no stranger to bad direct-to-video movies, but he's got a hit TV show in "Sons of Anarchy", and was in three major theatrical releases last year-one in which was "Drive", which was the best movie of that year. You'd think he's at a point in his career where he doesn't need to take roles like this, but oh well. Also, he seems really bored, and you can tell he knows he's better than this.

I will give the movie this much: Billy Zane is a lot of fun and chews scenery in the best ways imaginable. Every time he opens his mouth, I couldn't help but feel amused. Also, the fight choreography is pretty impressive, and while he's still bad, at least Bautista is better than he was in "Wrong Side of Town" and "House of the Rising Sun." Finally, I liked the score from Trevor Morris, which is better than a movie like this deserves.

Apart from that, this is pretty bad. One of the things that's frustrating is that there are actually things here that have potential to be cool-ninjas, big kung-fu battles, sword fights and gorgeous, scantly clad women, but the movie drops the ball. In the right hands, this could have been like those goofy but fun "Conan the Barbarians" rip-offs like "Deathstalker" or it's sequel-except you know, with a PG-13 rating-but there's little in the way of cheesy enjoyment here. In fact, most of this is pretty routine, with the self-aware humor coming off as underdeveloped, and most of the performances-especially from Morris and Christopher-just come off as bad-bad and not so-bad-they-are good. Meanwhile, the script (from the writers of the obnoxious horror-comedy "Drive-Thru") is poor, and the direction from Roel Reine (whose found a niche for directing straight-to-video sequels) is mediocre at best. Finally, the conclusion just feels anti-climactic, and doesn't offer any sort of punch.

"Scorpion King 3" is nothing more than yet another entry in the endless parade of bad direct-to-video sequels that parade Redboxes and Netflix these days. There's little here that stands out among them, so you probably don't need to see it.

Rating: 2/10

Sunday, February 5, 2012

RIP Bill Hinzman (1932-2012)

Nightmare (1980)

It's a well known fact that after "Halloween", many a director felt the need to try and capture it's success. It's also a well known fact that only a select few are worth a damn, and that many of them were either bad or just plane boring. Holding a place in the latter and former categories is the Aussie slasher "Nightmare."

When she was a child, Helen "No relation to Tom" Selleck (Jenny Neumann) saw her mother having sex with a man, and later accidentally caused mom's death. Years later, she finds herself in a play that's a black comedy about death. Meanwhile, a killer is knocking people with connection to the play off with broken shards of glass.

First things first, the movie does a terrible job of hiding who the killer is. You pretty much know that it's Helen from the get go, what with the fact that she seems afraid of sex, talks in her mother's voice, and at one point has bloody hands. While the fact that the killer wears black gloves does give it a nice, Giallo-esque touch, and several plot points (the killer's weapon of choice, for example) point it towards the direction of that sub-genre, the whole thing is too poorly written to merit much comparison. Also, the kills are bloody, but rarely that interesting, and apart from a mean spirited, bisexual film critic (John Michael Howson), nobody here is particularly interesting, and outside of him and Neumann, nobody is any good.

So, how is it directed? Well, it's all pretty standard, with the murder scenes not being particularly memorable (save for the nasty killing of a couple having sex), and the theater scenes coming off as awkward-though that seems to be the point to be fair. The editing is pretty poor as well, especially during the murder scenes. There's actually some ripe potential for satire as far as the world of theater is concerned, but the movie seems too invested in working with the standard slasher motifs to care about that.

As far as slasher movies go, it's easy to see why this one has gone on to be ignored. There's worse that came out in the decade, but that's not really a recommendation.

Rating: 2.5/10

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hard Rock Zombies (1985)

I might sound like the late Andy Rooney here, but I like a lot of things, but dislike a lot of things too. Also, I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time. Anyways, here's three things I do hate: Forced comedy, forced edginess, and forced merriment. "Hard Rock Zombies" combines all three with one of the most septic musical genres of all time-Hair Metal. However, I'm sure known hair metal haters Beavis and Butt-Head would have loved this movie simply for the fact that it has boobs.

A hard rock band of indeterminate status and no known name travels from town to town, landing gigs and getting groupies. They land in the town Grand Guignol (har har), which is ruled by hicks and rubes who hate that darn rock n' roll music don't ya know. They stay at a local house, and are killed off one by one. However, instead of ending there and putting us out of our misery, the band comes back as zombies thanks to a song that resurrects the dead, and kills off their murders one by one. Oh, I forgot to mention that said murderers are all Nazis, and their leader is none other than Hitler, and not Doug Hitler from that episode of "Happy Endings." Long story short, the band sadly still plays, the killers come back as zombies, and more zombies follow. Oh, and the singer is in love with a 14 year old named Cassie (Jennifer Coe.) Our hero the pedophile.

Everything about "Hard Rock Zombies" is forced, embarrassing and amateurish. Much of the movie feels like the world's worst music video (Okay, not really-that dishonor still and will forever go to Creed's "My Sacrifice") with it's awful songs that would make the likes of Kip Winger cringe. The humor is stuck between the worlds of "trying to hard" and "this isn't even worth any effort." Nothing in it makes any sense, and not in that amusingly wacky way of something like "Blood Diner" or artful ways of the likes of Argento and Bava. They make no sense in that the people behind it thought throwing random events and scenes that have no real connection together would somehow work. Even the anti-rock aspect is bad, as it's a sloppy commentary on how the likes of the PMRC were attempting to censor music.

Then there's the crush on Cassie. Maybe, just maybe the filmmakers were trying to do a commentary of rock music's objectification on underage girls (Motorhead's "Jail Bait" anyone?), and even if it is, the whole thing is incredibly creepy. It also doesn't help that nobody in the band-or in the movie for for that matter-is remotely likeable or interesting. When you find yourself rooting for Hitler to kill our protagonists, you know the movie's done something wrong.

The best way to describe "Hard Rock Zombies" would be "Imagine if the worst Hair Metal band ever made a B-Movie." Best left avoided, as I doubt even hardcore Poison fans will find anything to enjoy here.

Rating: 0/10

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Janitor (2003)

Some readers probably know of or remember Elite Entertainment. Back in the day, they were one of the definitive distributors when it came to horror, first releasing Laserdiscs of beloved horror titles, then jumping in to DVD, releasing titles like "The Evil Dead", "Re-Animator", "The House on Sorority Row", "I Spit on Your Grave", and lesser known titles like "Tower of Evil." They also had a thing for indies such as Dante Tomaselli's "Horror", the sequel to "Savage Harvest", and today's entry in TJ Nordaker and Andy Signore's "The Janitor."

Signore stars as Lionel, who works with his buddy/mentor Mr. Growbo (Bruce Cronander) as a custodian at an office building. Having such a job is tough, especially with the fact that most of the people there take to disrespecting and humiliating him-which they shouldn't do, as he's prone for violent, murderous rage. Anyways, he takes interest in working at a fraternity, but when Growbo betrays him, only bad things can follow.

Made on a budget of cashews and shot on video, "The Janitor" reminded me a lot of the kind of movies Troma put out back in the day and still release today-and I'm not just talking about the Lloyd Kaufman cameo either. Granted, that proves to be a blessing and a curse here.

As a blessing, it does sport two shockingly good performances from Signore and Cronander, who embrace their roles with glee, while Skip Pipo (yes, that's really his name) does an amusing enough job as the clueless Agent Page. There's also some shockingly funny scenes (including an inspired riff on "Rocky"), plenty of gratuitous female nudity, and lots of gore and inventive kills. In fact, the latter part is the highlight here, as the gore effects look pretty impressive for such a low budget movie. Oh, and look for a pre "American Splendor" and "30 Rock" Judah Friedlander.

As for the curse factor, I wasn't too fond of the constant barrage of gross out and toilet humor. Granted, this movie revolves around a killer janitor, but I really didn't need scenes with sperm being drank and two guys pissing and shitting all over the floor. There's also the usual faults of micro-budget horror (poor acting, bad cinematography and camerawork-though this looks better than a lot of recent no-budget movies I've seen), and some of the jokes just fall flat.

As a whole, if you are a diehard fan of movies that promise nothing but tasteless humor, gore and bouncing bosoms in the vein of Troma, this is a must. For me? Well, it's a watchable enough movie. Nothing to go crazy over, but better than it has any right to be.

Rating: 6/10

As for Elite-well, they're in the midst of a bit of a comeback, with "The Deadly Spawn" soon coming to Blu-Ray, and several other newer indie titles in their belt. I feel good for them.