This week has a bevy of films that are now available for to line the shelves of your home, but there’s not many that I’d actually want up there for all to see. In fact, outside of Silent House, which deservedly received mixed reviews, I’d say stay away and save your money for something you really like. For the record, I really truly enjoyed the first 2 acts of the aforementioned Elizabeth Olsen thriller, its wasn’t until the messy third act that I ended up with mixed feelings. Still though, you could do much worse.
100th STREET HAUNTING (THE GHOST OF RICHARD SPECK) (Blu-ray) – The Asylum Entertainment
In 2010, paranormal investigators tried to film Richard Speck’s ghost at the site of his heinous killing spree. The victims’ families have finally released the footage that documents their last days.
MICAH SAYS: The Asylum started the year hot with Nazis from the Center of the Earth and Two-Headed Shark Attack, but this one is back to form. By form I mean horrible and almost unwatchable. Those other two I mentioned are bad yes, but fun bad. Big difference.
BATHORY: COUNTESS OF BLOOD – Screen Media Films
With an unquenchable thirst for blood, Countess Elizabeth Bathory was one of the most prolific serial killers in history. Tearing flesh from bodies and bathing in warm blood, she delighted in an unholy quest for immortality while her country was being torn apart by a brutal and devastating civil war. Told on a grand scale in the 17th Century, Bathory is based on the true story of her rise and fall.
BIKINI DRIVE-IN (Director’s Edition) – Retro Media
The Cult Classic movie that started it all! Beautiful girls use all of their charms to help revive a failing Drive-In movie theater with great success. After years of anticipation finally, this is the fully-authorized uncut and uncensored edition fans have been waiting for! Featuring an All-Star cast of Cult Movie Icons – Starring Michelle Bauer, Ashlie Rhey, Richard Gabai, David F. Friedman. Mastered from the original vault elements. Bonus Features: Commentary Track with Director Fred Olen Ray and star Richard Gabai, Night Owl Theater wrap-arounds and Classic Drive-In Theater Ads.
MICAH SAYS: This one has been released and re-released a million times. It’s a “new” director’s edition, but it appears to only include the same special features as released before. Don’t let them trick you.
THE BLACK HOUSE – Tokyo Shock
Jun-oh is a geeky insurance investigator who answers a call to a family s dilapidated home, where he discovers the young son hanged in his room. Immediately following the tragedy, the boy s psychopath father begins stalking Jun-oh at all hours, demanding the insurance money. As Jun-oh investigates further, strange accidents begin to happen.
DEADTIME – Brain Damage Films
A British band are ordered by their unhappy record company to an old warehouse, with the goal being to re-start their careers with a kick-ass new promo video. Unfortunately they find themselves the target of a mysterious knife-wielding maniac in this bloody British slasher!
DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (Blu-ray) – Tokyo Shock
The original 1971 U.S. theatrical release, remastered for optimal quality! Groton (Lon Chaney Jr.) is an axe-wielding homicidal maniac working for Dr. Durray (J. Carrol Naish), who is the last of the Frankenstein family and is now running a house of horrors by the beach. Count Dracula (Zandor Vorkov) visits the doctor, shows him the original monster creation buried in a nearby graveyard, and promises to revive it in exchange for a serum that will grant him immortality!
I SPILL YOUR GUTS – Libra Verde
This patriotic, retro-horror revenge flick runs red, white and blue with buckets of blood! When two friends are ambushed on the front lines of war, Joe takes all the credit as a hero while Dennis, the true hero, is disabled for life. When they return home to New York City, Dennis makes sure the horrors of war continue on the streets of the city as everyone in Joe’s life is made to pay for his lie…with their lives! Features a punk / metal soundtrack from Suffocation, Cannibas Corpse, The Meatmen, Calabrese, GHOUL and In Strict Confidence. And featuring an all-star independent film cast.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (Blu-ray) (Remake + Original) – Starz / Anchor Bay
Blu-ray 2-pack including the original 1978 Director’s Cut and the 2010 remake that shocked audiences!
THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN (Katarina’s Nightmare Theater) – Scoprion Entertainment
Angela (Sigrid Thornton, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER) is a young hairdresser thrown out of home by her puritantical mother after too many nights out. She quickly falls in with the modeling crowd and does some modeling work herself, while it seems she is being stalked by a mysterious figure driving an ice-cream van! Also known as SNAPSHOT, and directed by award winning director Simon Wincer (LONESOME DOVE, FREE WILLY), now see this Ozploitation film in its original scope format – first time anywhere in the world!
THE HEARSE / BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE (Katarina’s Nightmare Theater) – Scorpion Entertainment
THE HEARSE!J ane Hardy (Trish Van Devere-DAY OF THE DOLPHIN, THE CHANGELING), recovering from emotional problems following a difficult divorce, leaves San Francisco for a summer in the country house left to her by her late aunt. On the road, she has an eerie, near-collision with a hearse. Arriving at “the old Martin place”, she discovers it’s been left as it was when her aunt died 30 years before. Now see this chilling classic from a brand new HD master, first time anywhere!
MEETING EVIL – Sony Pictures
Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson star in Meeting Evil, an intense psychological thriller that will bring you face to face with pure terror. Jackson is Richie, a mysterious stranger who shows up at John’s (Wilson) door asking for help with his car. All too soon, the mild-mannered John discovers he has become an unwilling passenger, trapped in a murderous ride through town and deep into the countryside. When Richie decides to pay a visit to John’s wife (Leslie Bibb) and kids, John has no choice but to confront this sadistic and unpredictable killer – But saving his family will ultimately come at a terrible price.
MICAH SAYS: Say what? I’ve never heard of this flick until today. Looks like another one that was buried by the studio, but hey, Sam Jackson and Luke Wilson. Gotta give that a shot. Not to mention the few reviews I’ve been able to find promise mostly good things.
THE MONITOR – LionsGate
After escaping an abusive husband, Anna and her 8-year-old son move to a secret location in a giant apartment building. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son’s room at all times. But strange noises echo in the baby monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered, she fears it is her own. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped, Anna will need to figure out what’s real and what isn’t before she loses her sanity and her child.
SILENT HOUSE (DVD/Blu-ray) – Universal Studios
Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) stars in this suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat thriller presented in real time as one shocking, uninterrupted shot. When Sarah (Olsen) finds herself sealed inside her family’s secluded lake house with no contact to the outside world, panic soon turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water).
MICAH SAYS: By now, you’ve heard about the gimmick the filmmakers used (one continuous shot, sorta), but hopefully you were tuned into comments about Lizzy Olsen’s performance, which is nothing short of awesome. It, and not the fact that Lizzy loses most of her clothes during the movie, is the reason to watch this recent remake of a Uruguayan flick. PICK OF THE WEEK.
THEATER OF THE DERANGED – Worldwide Media
Andy the Arsonist wishes you the warmest of welcomes to his Theatre Of The Deranged for a night of thrills, chills, spills and oh yes…Grisly, Gory Murders!. Under the eerie light of his dusty projector, your host and resident pyromaniac will treat you to five short films from some of the best horror writer/directors in the indie scene. He’ll take you on a demented adventure across the English countryside, through surreal homicides, only to be eaten alive by adult film sensation Sophie Dee. But first he’ll pay your admission to a sinister carnival along with horror legend Shawn C. Phillips.
ZOMBIE UNDEAD – Jinga Films LTD
A terrorist detonates a dirty bomb in the heart of a densely-populated city, unleashing a gruesome zombie plague that spreads like wildfire. Sarah’s father was bleeding out, and she knew he would die if she didn’t get him to a hospital fast. The scene that greets them on arrival is one of chaos. The floor, awash with blood, is covered with the bodies of the dying and injured, doctors dart back and forth, clearly overwhelmed. Sarah stumbles back and her world fades to black. Upon regaining consciousness she is greeted by the uneasy silence of a seemingly deserted building….
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