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By Adam Ruhl















Scream Factory has done a brilliant job of releasing

overlooked horror films on Blu-ray discs loaded with features. Many of these

films are well known classics and cult favorites sporting special collector’s

editions with original art on the cover. Scream Factory has also put out a

wholly different but equally compelling type of release; one that again takes

me back to the old independent video store horror shelf. This Blu-ray/DVD combo

is a Scream Factory Double Feature with the films X-Ray and Schizoid, two films

that to be honest I had never heard of and frankly had difficulty finding solid

information about. Please forgive my ignorance if you are a hardcore fan of

these titles as I will be assessing them as a first time viewer with a new

find.  <>














The Film:<>


X-Ray







First up is X-Ray, though it has apparently had many names

in its time such as Hospital Massacre and the pre-release title Be My Valentine

or Else! This is one of the multitudes of holiday themed slasher pics to come

out in the wake of Friday the 13th. The Valentine’s Day theme is a

background element in the 1961 and 1980 portions of the film (though they had

to be aware they had been beaten to the punch by My Bloody Valentine which may

have prompted the more generic name change).<>








The film starts with a flashback to 1961; Susan is a young

girl who rejects the valentine of young Harold. In retribution he hangs her BF

in her living room. Cut to 1980 and Susan goes to the hospital for a routine

checkup. Unbeknownst to her, Harold has tracked her down, dressed as a surgeon,

and has begun slicing up hospital staff all around her.




X-Ray is a fun 80’s slasher film, full of bright red stage

blood and partial nudity. Harold is an absurd, heavy mouth breathing killer. Hands

down the best thing about this movie, more entertaining than the gore elements

is this hospital Susan visits. It’s completely bizarre unless it’s David Lynch

Memorial and at no point is any of the madness explained. It’s not a mental

institute, but everyone occupying it is completely insane and we’re to believe

that it’s a totally normal environment. It adds a lot of unintentional fun to

the film. <>










Schizoid







Schizoid, has a more serious tone. Julie is an advice

columnist who receives threatening letters that coincide with the stabbings of

members of her support group. She suspects the letters come from someone close

to her and the stabbings are related. This film also has an early film role of

Christopher Lloyd, post- Cuckoo’s Nest but three years before he was a Klingon

and five before Doc Brown.   <>








The film has a fun 70’s horror sensibility with a soundtrack

to match and a few clever moments. However, Schizoid takes itself more

seriously than X-Ray and is slower paced which makes it the less fun of the two

to watch. Also, Schizoid features a lot of Klaus Kinski kissing women which can

get unpleasant. If watching these back to back I recommend starting with

Schizoid and work up to X-Ray. <>












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The Disc:<>


X-Ray looks great, the transfer is probably the best this

film ever looked. However it’s clear that there were camera problems on certain

shots. Some shots have a dizzying frame giggle but it goes away when the shot

changes. <>








Schizoid is transferred with the same care and it exposes

some beautiful cinematography. Both features have very little bonus content, an

interview each and Schizoids theatrical trailer.








The Features:




  • X-Ray: Interview

    with Director Boaz Davidson<>


  • Schizoid:

    Interview with Actress Donna Wilkes and theatrical trailer<>
















The Specs:<>




  • 1080p Hi-Def widescreen 1.78:1<>


  • DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo<>


  • English-only Audio & Subtitles<>


  • Original Release: X-ray 1983 / Schizoid 1980 <>


  • Runtime: X-ray 89 minutes / Schizoid 89 minutes  <>


  • X-ray Rated R / Schizoid Rated R <>




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Final Grades:




X-Ray: B / Standard slasher but crazy enough setting to hold

interest and have some laughs.




Schizoid: B- / The film has a good premise but never manages

to build the needed suspense.












Add X-ray and Schizoid to your collection, click HERE!







Check out yesterday's Scream Factory review, Prison!






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