Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 4th, 2010
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1998 (Psycho Sisters), USA, 2007 (Skin Crawl), USA, 2000 (Drainiac), USA, 2004 (Suburban Nightmare)
Directors: Pete Jacelone, Sal Longo, Gary Whitson (Psycho Sisters), Justin Wingenfeld (Skin Crawl), Brett Piper (Drainiac), Jon Keeyes (Suburban Nightmare)
Cast: Theresa Lynn, Pamela Sutch, Christine Taylor, Tina Krause, Peter Kerr, J.J. North (Psycho Sisters), Julian Wells, Kevin G. Shinnick, Debbie Rochon, Armand Anthony, John Paul Fedele, Ruby Larocca, Misty Mundae (Skin Crawl), Georgia Hatzis, Alexandra Boylan, Ethan Krasnoo, Samara Doucette, Rob Gorden, Steven Bornstein, Philip Barbour (Drainiac), Brandy Little, Trent Haaga (Suburban Nightmare)
DVD released: August 24th, 2010
Approximate running time: 96 minutes (Psycho Sisters), 75 minutes (Skin Crawl), 81 minutes (Drainiac), 85 minutes (Suburban Nightmare)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame (Psycho Sisters, Skin Crawl, Suburban Nightmare), 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Drainiac)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English (All Films)
DVD Release: Shock-O-Rama / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Psycho Sisters: Two sisters with emotional problems and psychotic tendencies kill every man who comes in contact with them.
Right off the bat this film jumps in head first. As it quickly establishes the back-story of two psychotic sisters who life has been beset with tragedy. As children their mother castrated and murdered their rapist6 father. Then she took her own life. Years later their younger sister was assaulted and killed by some frat boys looking for a good time. The plots moves along briskly and the bodies pile up rapidly. The kill scenes have a sufficient amount of gore. With the film’s carnage filled finale being the most satisfying of all the kill scenes. The most surprising aspect of this film is its tongue and cheek humor. Ultimately Psycho Sisters is a entertaining mix of murder and mayhem.
Skin Crawl: Through black magic, a wife who is murdered by her cheating husband gets her revenge.
After an opening pro log which takes place in the 17th century. The rest of the film takes place in present day. While the opening set up about witches is pretty good. The film quickly goes downhill once the film shifts to present day. There are several reasons why this film does not work like its non linear structure which feels gimmicky, its snail like pacing and pedestrian performances from the entire cast who are devoid of any real emotion. Ultimately Skin Crawl is a mediocre production that lacks tension and is often tedious.
Drainiac: Four teenagers encounter an evil entity at a house that one of their parents is renovating.
Drainiac was written and directed by Brett Piper (Screaming Dead, Bite Me!, Shock-O-Rama, Bacterium). Content and tone wise, if you have seen any of Brett Piper’s other films. Then you should have a good idea what you are in for with Drainiac. At the core of this film is a ‘blob’ like entity that reeks havoc on a group of friends. Even though this film was shot on a anemic budget. There are few areas where this film holds up. Most notably the stop motion and other special effects. Sure the dialog is at times cringe worthy and the acting is wooden. That does not stop Brett Piper from trying maximizing what he had to work with. Ultimately Drainiac is a mildly entertaining horror film that is devoid of any scary moments and has an abundance of unintentionally humorous moments.
Suburban Nightmare: A rift comes between a husband and wife, who also happen to be serial killers.
On the surface this film appears to be a story about two serial killers. Underneath the surface it is a story about relationships. The couples passion for murdering brought them together. And after an accident involving their daughter. Things have been slowly eroding. This event with the daughter plays an integral part with the evolving story. In between martial spats the couple bludgeons and murders those who they draw into their lair. The performances from the film’s two leads Brandy Little and Trent Haaga (Terror Firmer). When all is said and done. Even though there is a sufficient amount of gore. This film’s is more of a melodrama than a horror film.
All four films included in this collection are presented in their original aspect ratios. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels range from adequate to good. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is never to excessive. In all these transfers are good presentations that make the most of their source materials.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. All of these audio mixes sound balanced and dialog is clear throughout. And background noise / hiss when present is kept to a minimum.
Extras for Psycho Sisters includes a trailer for the film and an audio commentary with director Pete Jacelone, actor John Fedele, Pop Cinema’s president Michael Raso. Other extras include trailers for other Shock-O-Roma DVD releases.
Extras for Skin Crawl include a trailer for the film, cast and crew interviews and a audio commentary with director Justin Wingenfeld, actor John Fedele, Pop Cinema’s president Michael Raso. Other extras include trailers for other Shock-O-Roma DVD releases.
Extras on Drainiac include a trailer for the film and an audio commentary with director Brett Piper, Gregory Conley, Pop Cinema’s president Michael Raso. Other extras include trailers for other Shock-O-Roma DVD releases. A collectible booklet with liner notes about Drainiac has also been included with this release.
Extras for Suburban Nightmare include a trailer for the film, five behind the scenes segments ‘The Victims’, ‘World of the Killers’, ‘Mind of the Killers’, ‘On the Set’ and ‘The Torture Room’ and a audio commentary with director Jon Keeyes and editor Robert McCollum.
All of the audio commentaries has plenty of interesting stories about the various aspects of this production. With the audio commentary for Suburban Nightmare being the most interesting of the four audio commentaries. Overall Shock-O-Rama cinema has once again put together another affordable repacking of titles that they had previously released as standalone DVD releases.