4/20/2018

From the Depths They Came to Mate: "HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP"!

When it comes to the Roger Corman produced cult classic Humanoids from the Deep (1980), the above poster and it's tagline:
 They're not human.
But they hunt human woman.
Not for Killing.
For mating.
tells you a lot about what you need to know about it. A favorite of mine since I first saw it, there maybe movies with bit and pieces like it. But, as a whole it really does stand on its own, in particular as far as what happens on screen.
Tensions are rising in a fishing village in California, between the local racist and fisherman, Slattery (Vic Morrow) and his boys and Johnny Eagle (Anthony Pena), who is against their hatchery. These only escalate when they blame each for the deaths of their dogs. Slattery and his guys gang up on Eagle, as they fist fight. Jim Hill (Doug McCloure), all around good guy and fisherman, and his brother Tommy (Breck Costin) join in to give Eagle and even chance.

What they don't know is that the culprits of these brutal dog killings, and other attacks, are really a group of monsters from the depths. Mutated thanks to a process to grow fish faster, they are also horny, on top of being bloodthirsty and violent. They kill men, but the nubile women they rape(!). The sexy Dr. Susan Drake (Ann Turkel) already knows this, though, and soon she joins and helps our heroes to spot the rapey and hideous monsters, who are heading to crash the village's annual festival.
Humaniods from the Deep is directed by Barbara Peeters, but when the movie was finished producer Roger Corman felt that it lacked the sufficient amount of exploitative material. He hired an uncredited Jimmy Murakami to add more skin and make the monster rape on women much more explicit. He also tacked on the awesome ending, which gives it one final kick in the ass. The result picture is pure exploitation, one that only could have come from the mind of Corman, who always knew what it took to make money in the B-movie world.
It is to movie's testament that despite its righteously exploitative nature, it manages to throw in important and thoughtful socio-political ideas. On top of that old sci-fi/ horror adage of how one shouldn't use science to fuck with nature, it also touches on racism and the environment. These are themes that are as relevant as ever today, helping to give the movie a timeless and much deeper feel that one might think a movie like this would have.
"Hey, guys I'm over here! What's up?"

It also helps that the cast is rounded off with a talented group of actors. Everyone is great in their roles, in particular our leads. McCloure makes for a very likable in hero in Jim. While Pena is equally likable as Eagle, a man who is victim to much of the town's racism, and whose desire to protect the environment makes him a hero that we can further cheer. Slattery is played with believable villainy by Murrow. While, the gorgeous Ms. Turkel's Dr. Drake is smart and sexy, the perfect character to explain to our heroes, and us, what the fuck it is that is going on. It should also be noted that the chilling score is handled by James Horner, who would go to bigger budget terrors in the classic Aliens.
It is safe to say that had Universal continued with their Dark Universe, NOTHING remotely like this would have happened in their "Creature from the Black Lagoon" remake...

But, the movie is first and foremost a true exploitation horror movie. Thanks to talents to those behind the scenes, it knows what the audience wants and delivers in strides. It wastes no time in showing us the monsters in full detail. They come in different sizes and with different arm lengths, but are all frightening. Well lighted and shot with building tension by director Peeters, they are further complimented by their shrill and horrific screeching. This is excellent sound design which in the awesome Shout Factory Blu-ray are particularly nerve-shredding (more on that later). They also look great thanks to the flawless make-up of Rob (Robocop, Total Recall) Bottin. Done, before his ground breaking work on classics like The Thing and The Howling, this was a clear representation of the genius work that we would be seeing from him in the years to come.

As mentioned before, Corman added the more graphic rape scenes, saying "fuck that" to whole leave it to one's imagination thing. The creatures attack the movie's beautiful and naked actresses with violent and graphic abandonment. On top of that a kid and the aforementioned dogs are killed, pretty much not caring about what a movie should or not show or do, for that matter. The doggy deaths are the only part I wince at, but then anytime a dog dies onscreen that is my reaction. The gore is graphic and bloody as the monsters rip and tear into male human flesh, including a jaw dropping scene where a dude's head is pulled off (found in the European cut and in the above mentioned Shout Factory release). The monsters, themselves, are shot, immolated, stabbed, hacked at, and impaled.
"Hey dude, can you give me hand here?"

I first saw Humanoids from the Deep, when I blind bought the old DVD. Having read beloved horror/ gorehound critic Chas. Balun's glowing reviews of it for years, I had been meaning to see it forever. When, I did, I was blown away! The combination of a solid plot, great acting, strong directing, excellent FX and music with gore, monsters, and babes, made it a movie that was definitely right up my alley. I actually bought the DVD over to my friend's house, when they were having a B-movie movie marathon. Needless to say he and our friends jaws dropped as the monsters began their rapey ways.
I recently got around to finally picking up the aforementioned Shout Factory Blu-ray. This is an unrated cut that was previous, to this release, only seen in Europe. Titled over there the highly uninspired moniker Monster, it features that above referenced decapitation which is a real winner. The disc also look phenomenal with a kick ass sounds that brings the horrific screeching of the Humanoids and killer soundtrack along with the victim screams and explosions to furious and unnerving sonic life. There are new interviews, as well interviews and extras ported over from the old DVD. It should be noted that this was before the days of Shout's Scream Factory subsidiary, so it is under the Shout line.
Their is a 2006 remake of it produced by Corman's company themselves. It was part of a series of Corman produced remake of Corman produced movies for Showtime. I actually skipped this one, and from what I have heard I made the right move...

Humaniods from the Deep remains a wild experience. Unfettered in its desire to be pure exploitation, yet accompanied by socio-political messaging, there really is few if anything like it. Well made and well done, this exercise in monsters, blood, and boobs fucking rocks. If last year's Shape of Water asked the question, "What if the Creature from the Black Lagoon's Gill-Man had the girl he fell for love him back?"; then this one asks, "What if there were a bunch of Gill-Men, all made my man's experimentation with nature, sexually violating hot, human women?". If you have never sat through this classic, and love well made exploitation movies, monsters, and a good amount of blood and boobs, I ask you, "What the fuck are you waiting for?!"

4/18/2018

SWEETHEART VIDEO’S ACCLAIMED FEATURE ‘BECOMING ELSA’ ARRIVES ON DVD

All pics courtesy of Mile High Media and Sweetheart Video:


I been excited for this release, since I reported on it, back in February. And, now it is out! 

From the Mile High Media press release:


Porn Sweetheart Elsa Jean Headlines an All-Star Cast in Director Ricky Greenwood’s Lesbian Coming-of-Age Film.
MONTREAL, Quebec (April 18, 2018) – Sweetheart Video’s erotic coming-of-age story “Becoming Elsa” arrives on DVD with much fan-fare and critical acclaim. Adult superstar Elsa Jean headlines the erotic ingĂ©nue tale, earning high praise along with her all-star cast. The movie is now available as a two-disc DVD set, offering exclusive bonus scenes and never-before-seen footage.
“A must-see for fans of Elsa Jean. And if you’re not a fan yet, you will be after seeing this languid, beautifully shot movie,” says Sharan Street, Editor of AVN magazine.

Elsa Jean, along with Charlotte Stokely, Ana Foxx, Cherie DeVille, Abella Danger, Jade Kush and India Summer star in “Becoming Elsa,” written and directed by Ricky Greenwood.
Early praise for the lesbian feature promises a strong contender for this year Adult awards, with much attention drawn to the sexual and acting performances of the star-packed cast.
AdultDVDTalk’s Captain Jack raved saying, “This was a very good release from Sweetheart Video and directed by Ricky Greenwood. Elsa has really evolved as both an actress and an adult performer since her debut and it’s great to see. Her acting was good throughout this production and she did a great job…India and Charlotte were the other girls who really carried the story along and they did a great job as well. As far as the sex, each of the women in this production are known as good girl/girl performers and they lived up to the billing. This release will be up for some awards at years end and it will be well deserved!”
Xcritc’s Patrick Parker recommends the feature commenting, “Becoming Elsa is an all-girl coming-of-age story featuring four romantic sex scenes, a solid story and a Shyamalan-worthy plot twist! The whole thing is shot beautifully and fans of big-production pornos will be impressed.”
Parker adds, “India Summer and Cherie Deville’s scene stands out in the sex department, and Summer sparkles in all of her non-sex roles (not to mention the threesome at the end!). Becoming Elsa delivers a solid plot with a twist and I Recommend this film for fans of girl-girl porn.”

“Becoming Elsa,” tells the story of young and inexperienced Elsa Jean who arrives in Los Angeles, seeking a place she can be her true self as she starts college. Welcomed by her new landlord, gorgeous older woman India Summer, and two very devious roommates (Abella Danger and Jade Kush). Elsa is soon on a wild path of self-discovery with a sexy and elusive sidekick (Charlotte Stokely) that pulls her into new experiences and awakens her secret desire for women. Experience her powerful firsts while Becoming Elsa.


The two-disc DVD set features 5 bonus sex scenes, exclusive interviews with the cast, a photo gallery, movie trailers and much more.


For box art, cast list and more information on “Becoming Elsa” visit http://www.milehighonline.com/product/movie/4226


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About Mile High Media:
Mile High Media has been a pillar of the adult industry for over 25 years.  The Canadian managed company began as a Canadian licensee for American adult movies, ensuring it distributed only the highest quality content.  Understanding the diverse and ever changing needs of its consumer base, Mile High determined the best way to provide a wide array of superior entertainment was to produce its own.  In 2003, Mile High launched Doghouse Digital, the first of its acclaimed lines catering to specific niches.  Growing market trends and demand led Mile High to create Sweetheart Video (lesbian line), Sweet Sinner (couple line), Reality Junkies (reality gonzo line), Male Reality (gay reality gonzo line), Icon Male (Gay romance line), TransSensual (TS erotica line) and recently launched Cherry Pop Films (teen gonzo line).  With over 2500 titles, Mile High’s studios yield some of the most viewed adult movies in the world, available on all platforms, including broadcast, IPTV, VOD and mobile applications.  Mile High is committed to evolve alongside consumers tastes, reflecting new developments in technology and entertainment.  This philosophy led AEBN.net to name Mile High the 2012 Studio of the Year.  For more information, visitwww.MileHighOnline.comwww.Facebook.com/MileHighMedia or www.Twitter.com/MileHighMovies.

4/16/2018

Some Highlights from Mezco Toyz at Toy Fair 2018

Mezco Toyz keeps on killing in it the toy collector department. And, this year at Toy Fair 2018, was no different. Here are just some of my favorite upcoming releases from them.

Fellow Marvel fans will have a lot to look forward to including, but not limited to these following sweet figures:
 Based on the Netflix Marvel series, fans can get these TV accurate Daredevil and Punisher!
 What a badass Blade figure!

DC fans will love this kick ass Batman Beyond figure!

Of course, we horror fans have A LOT to rejoice over as well! These are among some of the coolest figures I saw at the entire show!
 Based on his look in "Friday the 13th Part 3", THE definitive Jason Voorhees figure!
 Preorders for Michael Myers are all filled up, so if you missed this awesome dude, you're SOL, unless you want to pay the collector's market fee, of course...

The last figure I wanna show you guys is this John Wick one, which is definitely top of my list to get!

4/15/2018

The Master's Spotlight on Sophia Grace

All pictures are from their respective owners.


This time around the porn star that I am going to shine my spotlight on is the gorgeous Sophia Grace. Sophia is a natural beauty that also happens to be sexy as fuck. This hot babe drips sex in every single frame that she ever graces (pun not intended).
Grace, who is of Italian descent, was born on March 21, 1996 in S.C. She has beautiful, big brown eyes, that absolutely captivate the viewer, and flowing, brown hair. All natural, she has a hot as fucking hell body, including spectacular ass and perky boobies. She also has a few tattoos and piercings, including her nose ring which, I think, looks particularly cute on her beautiful face. 
She was about 19, when she started in 2015. Since then she has shot for Hustler, New Sensations, Digital Playground, Evil Angel, Girlfriends Films, and many more.
According to an interview that she did with AVN in 2016, she used to watch a lot of porn, especially lesbian porn. And, while she still prefers to watch girl/ girl more, she enjoys shooting straight porn more. 
Sophia has an aura of sex about her that makes her very appealing and attractive, as well as a natural for the adult biz. Her scenes are very hot, as she is a great on-camera performer. I love her oral skill, and she is very apt at taking a hot facial. This specially works well with her aforementioned beautiful eyes, which when they look up at the camera, will make you melt and spray your load. 
Being a fan of lesbian porn, I fucking love seeing her in girl/ girl scenes. One scene that I, and my pants, are particularly fond of is the one with her and, another favorite of mine, blonde tatted goddess, Brooke Banner in Lesbian Stepdaughters. I was hooked, or is it hard (?), from the very start of it! 
Between her sexy attitude, HOT performances, and all-natural stunning looks; Sophia is a shining star in the adult business. In a short period of time, she has managed to catch my particular attention in a sea of beautiful, hot women. One of my current personal favorites, if you haven't seen her work yet, you are missing out. And, need to change that right fucking now!
You can find and purchase her work here: https://www.adultdvdempire.com/666290/sophia-grace-pornstars.html?partner_id=42272314
Her social media is:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophiamfgrace
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophiamfgrace/

4/10/2018

Horror Crush: Kassie DePavia (Kassie Wesley)

Today's beautiful inductee into Horror Crushes is a stunning actress, that I have had a crush on since I was a kid. She is the gorgeous Kassie Wesley DePavia.
DePavia was born Katherine Virginia "Kassie" Wesley (DePavia is her married name) in Morganfield, Kentucky on March 21, 1961. She made her feature film debut in the movie that I would discover her in: Sam Raimi's masterpiece Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987). I still remember, as a kid, staying up late to watch this classic for the first time, when it aired on cable. Man, I was blown away it. In fact, it is one of the films that deeply influenced me and made me wanna get into film.
While, in the past some have wondered if it is in fact a sequel or remake of Raimi's original gore classic, it has been confirmed (thanks to the amazing Ash Vs. Evil Dead series) that it is a sequel. Both movies are mentioned in continuity in the series, after all. Regardless, the truth is that it is that rarest of sequels, the kind that top its original. Fun, funny, wild, gory, and featuring Raimi's singular style are just some of the aspects that add to this perfect movie. Of course, there is much more to it, including Bruce Campbell's Ash character, one of the greatest protagonists in horror history.
All of the small cast is wonderful, though, and, as mentioned earlier, I admit to developing an immediate crush on the stunning DePavia, here Kassie Wesley. She plays Bobby Jo; the better half of local hillbilly Jack (Dan Hicks). Bobby Jo is a snotty and curse spouting lady gets unwittingly caught up in the demon possession and gore drenched going ons.
Her character is a wonderful mix of sexy, funny, and bitchy. DePavia looks to be having fun playing her and is great at the physical comedy and action, as well as looking scared shitless. I freaking love Bobby Jo and consider her one of my favorite Southern Belles in a horror movie. 
For ages, I wondered what happened to her. I figured that she like many of my other horror crushes had just stopped acting. Until, I read in TV Guide that was doing soap operas! Imagine my surprise, back then anyway, at finding that out! 
DePavia would not return to horror till 2013's solid of the Mexican horror flick of the same name, We Are What We Are. I reviewed it for HorrorFreakNews, a couple of years ago, and you can read it here: http://horrorfreaknews.com/we-are-what-we-are-2013-review/5355. DePavia's role is a small but significant one  in it, appearing in the movie's somber start. She is good and, quite frankly, I was just happy to see her in a horror movie (especially one that ended up being good!), all these years after Evil Dead II. As you will see in the pic below, from the We Are What We Are's premiere she still looked absolutely beautiful!

In August 2016, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Thank God, then that on February 2017, she let it be known that she was cancer free. Bless her. It fills my heart with joy that she fought and beat this horrible disease.
Kassie DePavia is a stunning and beautiful woman. A southern beauty with blonde and hair and gorgeous blue eyes, she is also a very talented actress apt at comediac and serious roles. A still absolutely gorgeous woman and a brave fighter and survivor, on top of that, it is with great honor and love that I induct Kassie Wesley DePavia into Horror Crushes!