Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Leonard Buccellato

Here at FlickDirect, our goal is to provide up-to-date reviews on theatrical, home entertainment, and television series. Check out the scoop on upcoming films or programming, and even our take on the classics.

Warlock Blu-ray Review
Warlock Collection   Warlock Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  07/25/2017 9:36 AM EDT
I don't know how many times I can say this but these Vestron Video releases are casting a spell on me. As a long-time genre fan, I could never get enough of anything horror related, even after the golden age of horror had begun to wane, and the 80's lurched into the early 90's and the horror scene had begun its slow decline, I was still compelled t... Read More

The Unholy Blu-ray Review
The Unholy   The Unholy Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  06/26/2017 10:19 AM EDT
Vestron Video Collector's Series has been on a serious roll this year and just in time for your summer vacation, they are releasing one from the vault.  The oft overlooked, Camilo Vila's The Unholy.  Released in the U.S. in April 1988, The Unholy took an overused premise and tried its best to squeeze some originality out of it. Wi... Read More

Donnie Darko Blu-ray Review
Donnie Darko (4-Disc Limited Edition)   Donnie Darko Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  04/18/2017 8:46 AM EDT
This movie is not easily digestible.  It demands your attention, especially during multiple viewings.  It was an instant cult classic upon its release 16 years ago and it remains so to this day.  And now, it finally gets the release it deserves and, of course, it comes from Arrow!The film is described by its director as "The Cat... Read More

The Gate Blu-ray Review
The Gate   The Gate Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  02/27/2017 2:16 PM EDT
Vestron Video strikes again!  Hot on the heels of Parents and Lair of the White Worm, comes the oft-overlooked but always a ton of fun, The Gate.  The Gate is directed by Tibor Takács (The Gate 2, I, Madman) and stars Stephen Dorff (Blade, The Immortals) in his film debut.... Read More

The Lair of the White Worm Blu-ray Review
The Lair of the White Worm   The Lair of the White Worm Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  01/30/2017 4:06 PM EDT
The Lair of the White Worm, based on the Novel by Bram Stoker and Directed and adapted for the screen by Ken Russell (Altered States).The film takes place in the Peak District of England, where a young Archeologist named Angus Flint (Peter Capaldi; Doctor Who) uncovers a strange skull buried in the yard of the Bed & Breakfast where he... Read More

Parents Blu-ray Review
Parents   Parents Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  01/30/2017 4:05 PM EDT
Parents, an underrated black comedy, directed by Bob Balaban (My Boyfriend's Back) and written by Christopher Hawthorne and starring Randy Quaid (National Lampoon's Vacation), Mary Beth Hurt (Untraceable), and Sandy Dennis (976-EVIL).Meet the Laemles. Dad's got a great job, mom has all the modern conveniences a happy homemaker could ask fo... Read More

Hellraiser Blu-ray Review
Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy   Hellraiser Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  12/19/2016 10:28 AM EDT
I'm not much of a gambling man but I'd take the safe bet and say that if you're reading this review, you're a Clive Barker/Hellraiser fan.  I will even go further and venture a guess, you're either debating the purchase of the Scarlet Box or you have already taken the plunge and you want to see what our thoughts are on the ... Read More

Sinister 2 Blu-ray Review
Sinister 2   Sinister 2 Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  01/12/2016 2:17 PM EDT
Making movies is a difficult process - from budgeting to casting, writing the screenplay, as well as scoring and special effects. That being said, writing a great movie is, truly, like catching lightning in a bottle. When the perfect storm of events and talented people come together we are gifted with films like Jaws, The Godfather, Schindler's... Read More

The Green Inferno Blu-ray Review
The Green Inferno   The Green Inferno Blu-ray Review
(Leonard Buccellato)  01/05/2016 3:22 PM EDT
The Green Inferno, the latest film by Eli Roth (Hostel), was clearly inspired by Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust. It is also clear that Roth owes a debt of gratitude to the Italian filmmaker, since he was the king of low-budget gore. Deodato's film was banned in many countries, and most people at the time were uncertain of the origin o... Read More



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