After last week’s horrendous DVD release list, this week makes up for it… and some. Not only is Sony releasing the much anticipated Blu-ray high def release of Ghostbusters, but Paramount Home Entertainment is planning on taking all of your money. This Tuesday you’ll not only be able to get both Friday the 13th: Part 2 and 3 on Blu-ray, but they’re also releasing deluxe editions of the following three sequels, two of which include newly discovered footage! Read on for the full list of DVDs arriving in stores this Tuesday.
Horror In You House
June 16, 2009
BLACK MAGIC 2: Tokyo Shock/Media Blasters
In this mind-blowing sequel to the Shaw Brother’s huge horror hit, it’s Zombigeddon! Mysterious zombies run amok while baffled doctors try to find out why. The zombies vomit, melt, spontaneously combust, explode and may be abducting the local lady folk. While the doctors look for a natural cause, the real cause appears to be supernatural.
Mary Elizabeth goes to bed alone one night, still a twenty-one-year-old virgin, and wakes up the next morning…pregnant. Possessed by the demon fetus growing within her womb, Mary Elizabeth obeys her homicidal cravings to kill…for the sake of her unborn spawn. Mary Elizabeth’s dark transformation is controlled by her unborn demon child’s deadly evil cravings. Once the child is born, there will be hell on earth. From this apparent immaculate conception comes edge-of-your-seat terror.
THE CELL 2 (Blu-ray): Warner
Imagine a serial killer who flatlines his victims and then brings them back to life over and over again, until they beg to die. Beautiful psychic investigator Maya Casteneda (Tessie Santiago) was his last victim and swore vengeance on her tormentor before she escaped. Now The Cusp is back, and the FBI taps Maya to help capture the elusive monster. Maya soon discovers the only way she can locate The Cusp is to enter his head. The danger: if Maya dies in the killers brain, she dies in real life!
TEX SAYS: A “so bad…it’s bad” psuedo-sequel to the original film with poor performances and even worse special effects!
FRIDAY THE 13TH – 2009 – (Blu-ray): Warner
A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.
TEX SAYS: I think you all know by now that I hated the re-boot of Friday the 13th. That said, I will definitely be checking out the extended cut of the film, featuring an extra 10-minutes of fun…I mean…it can make the flick any worse right?
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (Blu-ray): Paramount
Now on Blu-Ray – Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees’ son Jason who didn’t drown in the lake some 30 years before?
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III (Blu-ray): Paramount
Also on Blu-Ray – Having escaped in the last episode, Jason is back, hockey mask and all, to continue his murderous rampage across Crystal Lake. In 3-D!
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER Deluxe Edition: Paramount
Featuring Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover, the film follows Jason after he is resuscitated to kill again. But has Jason met his match in the young Tommy Jarvis? The Deluxe Edition DVD includes a look back 25 years after the film’s premiere, a lost ending, slashed scenes, multiple commentaries and more.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING Deluxe Edition: Paramount
Jason returns to haunt Tommy Jarvis who now lives at a halfway house for troubled teens. But as the bodies start to pile up, Tommy begins to wonder if he’s become the killer he fears most. The Deluxe Edition DVD includes a making-of featurette, commentary by the director and cast members, the continuation of “Lost Tales from Camp Blood” and more.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES Deluxe Edition: Paramount
When Tommy Jarvis attempts to get rid of Jason once and for all, he accidentally brings him back to LIFE.. Now the showdown begins and it’s kill or be killed! The Deluxe Edition DVD includes a making-of featurette, “Meeting Mr. Voorhees”, slashed scenes, commentary by the director and cast members and more.
GHOSTBUSTERS (Blu-ray): Sony Pictures (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
A trio of university parasychologists lose their research grant and decide to open their own business “Ghostbusters” and almost at once are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in a Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by other worldly demons.
TEX SAYS: Who you gonna call? Call everybody…Ghostbusters arrives this week on Blu-ray!
HYDRA: First Look
Former marine Tim Nolan has been kidnapped — along with three ex-convicts — and forced to participate in a deadly game. Wealthy men have paid a fortune for the opportunity to hunt down men like him in the perfect place: a deserted island. However, this is no ordinary island — it is home to Hydra the Beast. As the hunters track down their prey, the Hydra quickly turns hunter into hunted. With the island crumbling beneath him, Nolan finds himself in a race against time to stop the beast and get off the island alive.
KILLING ARIEL: MTI
One night, a female demon attacks Rick, a contentedly married man. Under the spell of the demon, he takes a beautiful young woman, Ariel, off to an isolated house for a weekend fling. There, bizarre and frightening things happen, and accidentally Rick kills Ariel. But she won’t stay dead. He soon realizes that she is the demon that first attacked him. He defends himself by killing her again… And again… But no matter how many times he kills her, she keeps coming back. When he finally escapes and returns home, he discovers that his life has disappeared into a nightmare of madness, lust, adultery, and cold-blooded murder.
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD and Other Stories: Malaprop Productions.
16-year-old Christina Ricci plays the not-so-innocent LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD in an exciting and twisted take on the children’s story. Narrated by Quentin Crisp, the film is both provocative and eerie, combining childhood fiction with mature fantasy. Other stories included in the collection are Kaplan’s rare award-winning films LITTLE SUCK-A-THUMB and THE FROG KING.
TEX SAYS: This 12-minute short film from 1997 is a master study in transgressive storytelling. Check it out and the other set of skewed fairy tales that are included.
MURDER LOVES KILLERS TOO: Well Go USA
Big Stevie has a sexual problem. Murder is how he has sex. And Big Stevie knows that there is no better way for a repressed killer to blow off steam than killing a bunch of care-free free-spirited teens. After her friends are all chopped, carved and slashed, sweet young Aggie is left alone to face off against this unreasonable psycho. Now she s got a pervert on her hands. A big one. And Big Stevie s problem could become Aggie s problem real fast.
TEX SAYS: This one actually streets (according to Amazon) on the 19th! Check out a low-budget stalk and slash movie that really knows how to play with genre conventions.
THE PERFECT SLEEP: Magnolia
Set in a unique world of darkness and tragedy, a tortured man with no name returns to the city in which he swore he would never return, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have.
PLATOON OF THE DEAD: Tempe
A Marine platoon is ambushed during a mission, leaving only three soldiers alive to fend off the growing army of the living dead. En route to their pickup point, they come across an abandoned house with three mysterious women hiding out inside. If they can make it through the night, they’re home free…or so they think, because someone is hiding a dark secret that may alter the course of this gore-drenched war…
The ultimate stag night turns into the ultimate stag nightmare for a goofball group of lovable losers who plan a bachelor party getaway deep in the English woods – and get a bit more than they bargained for. Its babes, booze – and blood – as a medieval curse descends upon the hapless heroes. The fright-fest begins when the pitiful pals are greeted by a witch-like groundskeeper and her mute brother. The weekend warriors wander into the woods where they become dragged into a satanic ritual designed to raise the dark knight from his 1,500 year slumber.
TERROR AT BLOOD FART LAKE: SRS Cinema
When a group of college head off to their friend’s cabin for a little high octane sex weekend, they get more than they bargained for in the form of the evil scarecrow killer, jimmy van Brunt! Seems like nobody is safe at a spooky cabin in the woods these days. Experience characters that will make you want to howl with laughter and constipation! Witness deaths the likes of which you have TOTALLY seen before and better! One part Friday the 13th, One part Ernest goes to camp and 3 parts cream cheese, wonder aloud, Who will survive this terror at blood fart lake?
TEX SAYS: Chris Seaver and the crew at Low Budget Production do it again, with this…well…whatever it is. If you’ve seen the microbudget maverick’s last dozen or so flicks then I’m sure you know what you’re getting into here.