This is it, the final Horror In Your House before Halloween! What can you pick up for the big night? If you have any cash left after the past few weeks of crazy releases, you can dive into the Amicus Collection from Dark Sky Films; or maybe you want Fox Home Video’s release of Angel, the complete series on DVD; or why don’t you see just how bad Captivity is? Whatever you’re looking for, it’s out there. Read on for tomorrow’s list.
Horror in Your House
October 30, 2007
By Tex Massacre
October 30, 2007
By Tex Massacre
Eda’s doctor warns her against an abortion, since she is over three months pregnant. She decides to have one anyway. Months later, Eda discovers that she is being haunted by her unborn daughter. The ghost desires motherly affection and will not go away until she gets it! Everywhere Eda goes, she sees her little girl. It drives her mad. Her life falls apart. Her friends think it’s psychological, but Eda is convinced the ghost is real. It is not long before Eda lands in a mental hospital. The perfect place for the little girl to haunt her more frequently.
Amicus Collection (ASYLUM, AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS, THE BEAST MUST DIE): Dark Sky
ASYLUM: When Dr. Martin arrives at the Dunsmoor Asylum for the incurably insane, he expects to be interviewed by asylum director Dr. Starr. Instead he is met by Dr. Rutherford, who explains that Dr. Starr had suffered a mental breakdown and now is one of the patients. Dr. Rutherford decides that if Martin can deduce which one is really Dr. Starr, then he will be given the position. Is it Bonnie whose affair with a married man turns murderous? Is it Bruno, a hardluck tailor visited by a mysterious stranger with a blueprint and very special fabric for an unusual suit? Is it Barbara, accused of murdering her brother and her nurse but insisting that her friend Lucy was responsible; Or is it Dr. Byron.
AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS: Set in 1795 England, And Now the Screaming Starts! tells the tale of blissful newlyweds Catherine and Charles Fengriffen who move into his ancestral family mansion. On their wedding night, Catherine is raped by a malevolent spirit. She is further plagued by a series of haunting visions involving an eyeless woodsman and a murderous disembodied hand. Can a savage act of depravity and violence committed by one of Charles’ ancestors be to blame? Charles fears that his bride is going insane and calls for Doctor Whittle. Unable to help Catherine overcome her visions, Dr. Whittle calls for assistance from a fellow practitioner, Dr. Pope, who uses reason and logic to combat what he assumes is a mental disorder. In time, Dr. Pope finds himself fighting a losing battle against the forces of the supernatural carrying out a bloody family curse.
THE BEAST MUST DIE: Wealthy big game hunter Tom Newcliffe has tracked and killed practically every type of animal in the world. But one creature still evades him, the biggest game of all – a werewolf. Tom invites five to his island knowing they all are tied one way or another to unusual circumstances of death… and that one of them is a werewolf.
Angel: Complete Series Collector’s Set: Fox
All 5-Seasons of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off are presented on this monster 30-disc box set!
When a handful of friends stumble upon the abandoned building, they come face to face with a biological weapons experiment gone catastrophically wrong. They also confront a maniacal scientist who predicts life on Earth will end in 48 hours if the accelerated bacterial mutation cannot be halted. As the virulent, flesh-hungry contagion spreads from person to person – rendering each host into a pile of infectious ooze – it begins to multiply and increase in size. A covert military force sent in to contain the spread and destroy the organism discovers the extent of the slithering mutation, but by then it’s far too late for conventional tactics. Extreme measures are required…if anyone is left standing in one solid piece to do battle.
Brett (SHOCK-O-RAMA) Piper’s ode to 50′s Atomic films is a first for distributor POP Cinema–a PG-13 film!
Basket Case 2: Synapse
Duane Bradley and his surgically-separated brother Belial return in this frightfully gory follow-up to Frank Henenlotter s original monster movie classic, BASKET CASE. After surviving a fall from a hospital window, the two brothers become a target of the media. Duane s aunt, Granny Ruth (played by world-renowned jazz singer Annie Ross), whisks the duo away to a secluded mansion where other freaks-in-hiding live out their days away from public scrutiny. But when a snooping tabloid reporter finds the location of the mutants, Duane his new family must stand together to keep their freedom a secret… and, in all the chaos, Belial might actually find… true love!
Everyone should have a little love in his or her lives…even mutant Siamese twins. See what happens next in this classic 80′s cult film.
Black Night: Cult Epics
Oscar, a conservator at the Natural Sciences Museum, passes the days exercising his passion for studying insects; if only there still were days. As long as people can remember, the sun only releases a few pathetic rays for fifteen seconds before noon. The rest of the time, the world is plunged into a night without end, a permanent eclipse. Coming home after work, Oscar finds an African woman in his bed. Suffering from a mysterious and incurable disease, she seems to have come to his place to die. Trapped between desire and repulsion, Oscar gradually abandons his life to terrifying phantoms.
A Blade in the Dark: Blue Underground
Bruno is hired to compose the music for a new horror movie and rents an isolated villa to concentrate on his work. But when several beautiful young women are brutally murdered within the house, Bruno becomes obsessed with solving the savage crimes. Is a clue to the killer’s identity hidden within the film itself, or is there a more horrifying secret lurking deep in the dark?
Lamberto Bava’s stylish Giallo gets a re-release from the boys at Blue Underground.
The Blood Shed: Heretic
MEET THE BULLIONS…your average, inbred, cannibal family living in the deep woods behind your own back yard! Murder, mayhem and deviant behavior ensue under “house rules” with the notorious “Bullion” clan in this new film by horror maven Alan Rowe Kelly (I’LL BURY YOU TOMORROW).
Captivity (Unrated): Lionsgate
Top cover girl and fashion model Jennifer Tree has it all – beauty, fame, money and power. Everyone wants her…but some more than others. Alone after a charity event, she is drugged and taken.
Is it really as bad as they say, and should director Roland Joffe be stripped of his 2 Academy Award Nomination plaques? Burning questions to be answered with this weeks latest “torture cinema” DVD release.
The Church: Blue Underground
An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.
Michele Sovai and Dario Argento’s continuation of the DEMONS films comes back to DVD again this week.
Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Collection 2 (4-disc set): MPI
MPI presents a second edition of the spooky series’ rare, early episodes before the arrival of Barnabas Collins.
Collinwood’s surly caretaker Mathew Morgan informs Victoria Winters that he believes the ghost of Josette Collins and other spirits inhabit the estate. In an attempt to settle the controversy surrounding the manslaughter case that sent Burke Devlin to prison, Collins Fishing Fleet Manager Bill Malloy sets up a private meeting for himself, Roger Collins, Same Evans and Burke. Elizabeth Collins Stoddard confides to Victoria some of the legends involving Collinwood and Widow s Hill. Carolyn Stoddard and Victoria spot a body floating at the bottom of the cliff and Victoria soon experiences a strange premonition. After Malloy mysteriously disappears, Roger nervously bribes Sam to leave town.
More Days of the Nights of Our Bloodsucking Deaths coming today, or tonight, or…well…you get the picture.
Darkness Surrounds Roberta: Cinema Image
A beautiful, but deeply troubled ex-painter named Roberta fills her days with erotic games and guiltless theft until one dark night when she is kidnapped. It seems a deranged art fan has an offer Roberta can’t refuse and before long the beautiful ladies of Florence are slashed, sliced and diced all as part of a frightening plan.
Day Watch: Fox
Only one thing stands between peace and Armageddon: the supernatural agents of Day Watch, who fight to control the armies of light and darkness. When the son of a senior Day Watch officer turns to the darkness, forces beyond the imagination are unleashed and the fate of the world hangs in the balance!
The sequel to NIGHT WATCH (Dubbed “The Russian MATRIX”) is a hell of a lot better that the actual sequel to “The American MATRIX”, which sucked!
Double up on Director Timur Bekmambetov’s first two parts of author Sergei Lukyanenko vampire trilogy.
Five Bloody Graves/Nurse Sherri: Retro Shock-O-Rama/POPcinema
A twin bill of 1970s cult classic exploitation from the legendary `B’ movie team of Al Adamson and Sam Sherman. In FIVE BLOODY GRAVES, a renegade tribe of monstrous, murdering, bloodthirsty Indians is on the war path and every settler will pay with his or her scalp. The lone man who can stop them is Ben Thompson, who seeks vengeance on the evil Apache chief who butchered his wife on their wedding day. In NURSE SHERRI, the demonic spirit of an evil necromancer invades the body of sexy nurse Sherri, transforming her into a maniacal killing machine.
An Al Adamson double feature proves that QT & RR might have been on the right track with that whole GRINDHOUSE idea?
Frankenstein (1973) : Dark Sky
Fiercely devoted to the theories of extending and creating human life, scientist Victor Frankenstein and his assistants have secretly assembled an artificial man with human parts stolen from graves. Once he is brought to life, the enormous creature exhibits a child-like innocence. Unaware of his superhuman strength and frightful appearance, the Giant becomes hostile and demands that Victor create him a mate.
Hell of the Living Dead: Blue Underground
An accident at a chemical plant unleashes a horrific virus, and an elite SWAT team is sent to New Guinea to investigate. But when they arrive on the hellish island, they discover a plague of flesh-eating zombies as well as a beautiful female reporter who practices nude anthropology. Can the commandos survive this cannibal rampage, uncover a shocking government secret, and still find time for the occasional cross-dressing before the ravenous hordes of the living dead infect the entire world?
House of the Invisibles: Tai Seng
In this creepy “haunted house” tale, tenants of an old building slated for demolition find themselves in grave danger, after one of them broke an unspoken vow and unwittingly evoked the spirit of a dead tenant.
The Initiation of Sarah: MGM/Fox
The story follows Sarah, a young woman with mysterious powers, and her pretty normal sister Lindsey. As they go off to college and enter sorority life, they find themselves pulled into the middle of a centuries old battle between good and evil.
A 2006 TV movie remake of Tom Holland’s 1978 TV movie. Doesn’t that just beg the question–Why? Summer Glau (SERENITY) stars as Lindsey…So that answers the “Why I’m going to watch it” part.
Insane in the Brain: Phoenix
Funky pheromones from a nearby whorehouse awakes the living dead, who rise from the grave seeking oral gratifying BRAINZZZ!!! Enter Goldie & Sloan, two undercover, black caddy ridin’, collar poppin’, polyester rockin’ pigs with mood rings. Can the dynamic duo stop the powerful Eau de’ho? Or will the zombies keep poppin’ up at the drive-in show?
…And the title of the week goes to…I don’t know if I wanna laugh of cry!
Kingdom of the Vampire: Double Feature: Tempe
Jeff works the night shift, then comes home to his domineering mother, who has the grisly habit of slaughtering neighborhood children to satisfy her insatiable bloodlust. Jeff is reluctant to reveal his true identity until he meets Nina, a young woman with a strange attraction for the introvert. But Jeff’s not the only one with eyes for Nina… mother has other plans for her! In 1991, producer/director J.R. Bookwalter (THE DEAD NEXT DOOR) took his first leap into non-traditional filmmaking with the video-lensed KINGDOM OF THE VAMPIRE, More than 15 years later, Canadian actor/director Brett Kelly (MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND)–brings a fresh take on KINGDOM, improving on the original with an even more atmospheric and thrilling adaptation.
A no budget remake to a no budget film, with 15-years worth of better camera equipment. Didn’t I just ask “Why” a few paragraphs ago?
Manhattan Baby: Blue Underground
A young girl on vacation in Egypt is given a mysterious charm, causing her archeologist father to be struck blind inside an unexplored pyramid tomb. But when the family returns home to Manhattan, a plague of supernatural evil and sudden violence follows. Can this ancient curse be stopped before it is unleashed on the streets of New York City?
It’s just the start of an Italian-chunkblower-kinda-week.
The Pigs: Go Kart Films
A group of middle-aged men want out of their marriages, so they hire an ex-mercenary to do the dirty work. Before long, everyone wants in on the action, and the wives of a sleepy coastal town find themselves on the endangered gender list.
The Psychic: Severin
A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband’s home and finds a skeleton behind it. Along with her psychiatrist, she seeks to find the truth about who the person was and who put her there. Soon enough, she starts to realize the possibility that she may share the victim’s fate.
More Fulci for the fans…this time from Severin films!
Rats: Night of Terror: Blue Underground
In the year 225 A.B. (After the Bomb), a group of post-apocalyptic bikers discover an abandoned research laboratory filled with food, water… and thousands of rats. But these are no ordinary vermin; these are super-intelligent mutant rodents with a ravenous appetite for human flesh. Can a bunch of heavily armed but not-too-bright human scavengers survive a night of terror against the most hungry and horrific predators on earth?
Not even the apocalypse can keep those crazy Italian filmmakers down!
The Slit-Mouthed Woman: Sacrament
A young couple enter a hospital after rumors that a spirit or demon known as the `slit -mouthed woman’ had been seen. Once inside they are possessed by an overwhelming desire to have sex and sneak off into an empty room to satiate their lusts. Then out of the darkness a perverse and disfigured woman appears to them and in the morning the young woman is found dead in the couples apartment. The Slit-Mouthed Woman is an unusual example of Pink Cinema in that it mixes horror with eroticism in a way that is both unsettling and genuinely original.
This is NOT the same film that Tartan released a few months back. Hopefully it’s better!
Stagefright: Blue Underground
While a group of young actors rehearse a new musical about a mass murderer, a notorious psychopath escapes from a nearby insane asylum. But when the show’s director locks his cast in the theater overnight, the madman is accidentally locked inside as well. Now, a killer with acting in his blood has gone berserk for the blood of actors (including several scenes that EuroHorror fans worldwide consider to be the most violent of the decade) and the stage is set for one unforgettable evening of shock, suspense and unstoppable carnage.
The first film from Argento protégé Michele Sovai gets a DVD re-issue this week.
Study Hell: MTI
Don Keller, a war veteran and teacher at Grant High School is having trouble coping with pressure from his principal and students. When Don reaches his breaking point, his brain splits: the teacher retreats and a fully trained psychotic killer emerges. When the school becomes his jungle, it’s up to the students in detention to take him down. The only question is: Can the students outsmart their deadly professor?
Twin Peaks: Definitive Gold Box Edition: Paramount (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
An idiosyncratic FBI Agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.
This is it Lynch fans…the orgy set you’ve always dreamed of. 10-Discs, 2 seasons, Deleted Scenes, Documentaries and a fuck-ton more!
The Witching Hour: Redemption USA
Released for the first time in the US The Witching Hour is a fast, furious pumped up adrenaline ride through Hell as a group of gangsters battle their way through zombies, crazies, demons, psychos and some pretty full-on witches to get back a stolen gem. Featuring extreme fight scenes, brutal violence and some sick humor, The Witching Hour is pure raw energy injected straight into your eyes! Twice!!