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Saturday, December 24, 2016

TOP 50 RELEASES OF 2016 PART 4....

We are getting closer and closer to the Number One release of the year.

20. INVISIBLE INVADERS (KINO) BLU-RAY...One of my favorite 50's sci-fi films finally came to Blu. John Agar, John Carradine, Jean Byron and Robert Hutton star in this great little film about invisible invaders inhabiting the bodies of the dead in order to conquer Earth.

19. MILLION EYES OF SU MURU/GIRL FROM RIO (BLUE UNDERGROUND) BLU-RAY...Double feature of bizarre action films. Lovely Shirley Eaton stars as Su Muru, an evil and sadistic woman who plans on taking over the world via her all female army. The second feature is a sequel and just as entertaining. They just can't make movies like this today. Highly Recommended.

18. ALICE, OR THE LAST ESCAPADE (SINISTER CINEMA)...Fantastic film about a woman (Sylvia Kristal), who leaves her husband and has a small auto accident. She spends the night in a mansion with an elderly man and his butler, but come morning her world has turned into a nightmare. Greg Luce did us all a favor turning this out. In French with English subtitles.

17. SCALPS (RETROMEDIA) BLU-RAY...One of my favorite 80's horrors! The spirit of a demonic Indian warrior possesses a young woman on a college road trip. A Fred Olen Ray classic that shouldn't be missed. The Blu-ray really makes the film look better than it ever has.

16. THE PIT (KINO) BLU-RAY...Demented classic filmed in Wisconsin about a very twisted child who likes taking naked pictures of one of his teachers, has a talking teddy bear and a pit full of mutant monsters. This film must be seen to be believed!!! Thanks Kino!

15. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 1978 (SHOUT FACTORY) BLU-RAY... One of the best remakes ever stars Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams as the two central characters. They try and stop an invasion of emotionless pod people from taking over San Francisco. A very dark and moody horror film.

14. RANDOLPH SCOTT ROUNDUP VOL. 2 (MILL CREEK)... A western fans' dream come true!! Mill Creek brings us 6 more classic westerns with Scott tearing up the screen. The six films are SANTA FE, STRANGER WITH A GUN, HANGMAN'S KNOT, MAN IN THE SADDLE, THE NEVADAN and DESPERADO. They released a vol. 1, but I didn't include that as all the films are on the Budd Boettcher set released a few years ago. These six films look beautiful and cannot be recommended enough.

13. SHIELD FOR MURDER (KINO) BLU-RAY...Great film noir with Edmund O' Brian as a cop turned crooked. There are a hell of a lot of excellent visuals in this film and one of them is, of course, gorgeous Marla English. Kino keeps turning out the little, obscure gems.

12. CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN (KINO) BLU-RAY... Another great 50's horror. Richard Anderson stars in this Edward L. Cahn thriller about a lava encrusted slave who died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that comes back to life to seek his long lost love. Saw this as a kid and have loved it ever since. Watched this many times on KCPX Nightmare Theater.

11. THE EMBALMER/THE RED HEADED CORPSE (RETROMEDIA)...The Embalmer is a great Euro shocker about a bizarre killer who kidnaps and kills women and then embalms them and keeps them in a private "museum". The RED HEADED CORPSE is the main reason I love this disc so much. Farley Granger stars as an alcoholic painter who paints a mannequin's face and it suddenly becomes a very living woman...or does it? Anyway it drives him to commit murder. Gorgeous Erica Blanc looks better than ever both in and out of her clothes.

That wraps up the fourth week of my countdown. Next week I will be presenting top 10 top releases of the year. Have A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

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