Archive for October, 2008

Review Update

Hey there, Passport fans! Sorry for the lack of recent updates. As some of you know, we decided to take off for the week of 10/22 off. As it turns out, some bugs with the site have forced us to extend our leave of absence by another week. But come Wednesday, the reviews will return, and [...]

“War of the Gargantuas” – Dom Coccaro

I’ve been trying to procure this kaiju classic for the better part of a decade. It has been out of print for eons, and up until now, War of the Gargantuas could only be purchased on eBay for at least $20. I wouldn’t settle for a VHS copy or a bootleg DVD. No, this film [...]

“Tombs of the Blind Dead” – Chris Luedtke

Probably one of the best experiences with film is seeing some of the original pieces that helped to lay the groundwork for how a genre is supposed to work. Take George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, for example. It’s a legendary film in all respects that helped to create a cult following of die-hard [...]

“Le Deuxième Souffle” – A.J. Hakari

For me, there are two primary aspects to consider when judging a film: what does it have to say, and how does it say it. A flick can succeed or even excel in one department, but it’s all for naught if it lets viewers down in the other. Case and point, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Deuxième [...]

“Jigoku” – Dom Coccaro

The works of H.G. Lewis and Coffin Joe are cited as the first splatter films. Their influence on the genre is undeniable, but Jigoku is a mean little number that predates both Blood Feast and At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul. “Jigoku” literally translates to “Hell,” and that’s exactly where director Nobuo Nakagawa takes us [...]