What a crazy, crazy Horror In Your House, especially a few days before our beloved Halloween. This week’s DVD release list is top-loaded with high-caliber indie horror from the Bill Moseley starrer Dead Air to The Butcher, Fear(s) of the Dark, Stan Helsing and more. In addition, Night of the Creeps finally comes to Blu-ray, along with the popular child-murderer Orphan, which rocks a featurette with Mr. Disgusting. Read on for the full list.
HORROR IN YOUR HOUSE
October 27, 2009
THE ASPHYX: Hen’s Tooth
Robert Stephens stars as Sir Hugo Cunningham, a 19th-century amateur scientist and dabbler in psychic phenomena. His experiments in the new art of photography lead him to discover the Asphyx: an apparition that appears suddenly in the moment before death. He postulates that if the Asphyx can be trapped it may render a creature immortal. He begins humbly, experimenting first with a guinea pig but soon progresses to members of his own family.
BLACK DEVIL DOLL: Lowest Common Denominator Ent
Heather thought that a Ouija board was nothing but an innocent child’s game. Little did she know, this child’s game would open a flaming door to hell and re-animate the soul of a recently executed black militant serial killer! With his spirit now trapped in the body of a trash-talking ventriloquist doll, Heather and her friends must fight off the unrelenting horrors and unspeakable deviant advances of a three foot killer with a taste for young flesh and warm blood. Can they stop the BLACK DEVIL DOLL?
BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET: Chaos Squared
A group of teenagers celebrating the anniversary of the death of a local axe murderer suddenly find themselves face to face with the realities of this haunting urban legend.
BORN OF FIRE: Mondo Macabro
In London, a musician finds himself assailed by visions of fire and destruction and is unable to finish an important concert. Later, he is contacted by a beautiful and mysterious woman who tells him that his problems are in some way connected with unusual solar activity and volcanic eruptions in a remote part of Turkey.
BREAKING NIKKI: Redemption Films
A call girl is hired to play the part of a client’s ex-wife. However, little does she realize that she is the victim of his dark revenge, as she finds herself trapped in a sick game that is about to spiral bloodily out of control! Highly-crafted and unspeakably violent, Breaking Nikki has been creating a storm across film festivals worldwide.
THE BUTCHER: Palisades Tartan
Told entirely through two POV video cameras, THE BUTCHER throws you abruptly into the middle of chaos and death: a handful of people have been abducted and lie bloodied and bound on the floor of a rotting slaughterhouse. Nearby, a team of snuff film producers are discussing their gruesome handiwork: torturing their captives to death, one by one.
DEAD AIR: Anthem Pictures
Logan Burnhardt is the ego-king of the airwaves, but his unflappable persona is put to the test when a terrorist bio-attack unleashes a plague of flesh-ripping maniacs on Los
EVIL FACE: Mya Communications
Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter Tanja retired to a life of reclusion, covering with a dark veil her disfigured face. Professor Nijinski was once a student of Rassimov; he married Tanja, and he’s trying to restore her lost beauty with a series of skin transplants. However, to reach his goal, professor Nijinski needs beautiful young victims for his transplant experiments.
FEAR(S) OF THE DARK: IFC/MPI
It has been hailed as the most visually stunning and unsettling anthology in modern animation history: Artistic director Etienne Robial brings together six of the world s leading comic and graphic artists Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Richard McGuire, Pierre di Sciullo and Lorenzo Mattotti to each create a black and white journey straight into the realm of fright. This is their stark and naked world of phobias, nightmares and shadows, of strange noises, slimy bugs and dead things. It s a creepy, kinky, sometimes funny and always scary ride inside what makes our skin crawl and keeps us awake all night. The lights are off. The fear is real. Do you dare watch it alone?
GOD’S LEFT HAND, DEVIL’S RIGHT HAND: Tokyo Shock
A boy with the supernatural ability to dream about and predict the evil intentions of men sees one particular individual reading a picture book to his bedridden daughter. The dream would have been nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact that the self-made book was about barbarously murdered girls. The nightmare not only shocks the youngster awake, but it also causes blood to pour from his neck. Slowly dying, it is up to his sister to track down the man from her brother’s dream and solve the mystery.
I BOUGHT A VAMPIRE MOTORCYCLE: Redemption Films
When a Satanist biker is killed by a gang of Hells Angels, an evil spirit he was summoning possesses his old Norton Commando motorcycle. So when unsuspecting local courier Nick “Noddy” Oddie becomes the bike’s new owner, little does he know that it runs on blood and has a habit for killing Hells Angels and anyone else who gets in the way!
I CAN SEE YOU: Kino on Video
When the three-man staff of a boutique ad firm trades their Brooklyn home base for a rural backwater campsite, a classic “city slickers in peril” scare-film set-up is reborn.
LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE (Blu-ray): Blue Underground
Two traveling companions, George and Edna come across a small town infested with the “living dead” that are satisfying their cannibalistic hunger on anyone they come across. Discovering that an agricultural machine using radiation waves is at the root of all the havoc, George and Edna fight for survival and their innocence as they are pursued by a relentless detective who is convinced they are responsible for the ghoulish acts of violence plaguing the countryside.
MESSIAH OF EVIL: THE SECOND COMING: Code Red
Beware when the moon drips blood! Carnivorous zombies will prowl the night! Worms will ooze from their mouths! And blood will drip from their eyes! Terror will reign when he returns. And now, after 100 restless years, the Messiah of Evil will wreck havoc in a small ghostly town!
LATE FEE: Shriek Show
A young couple’s quest to rent the scariest movie on DVD on Halloween eve results in a real life horror show they may live to regret!
NIGHT OF DEATH: Synapse
There’s something strange going on at Deadlock House, a secluded French retirement home. The residents seem like nice people, but employees are disappearing and the whole place seems a bit odd. The boarders are vegetarian, the house director plays the same creepy tune on the piano over and over again, and one man, in particular, seems overly violent and aggressive. Unfortunately for Martine, the new staff nurse, she’s about to discover the horrifying secret of Deadlock House a secret so horrifying, she may not live to see the dawn.
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS: Sony (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
In this campy chiller, a college couple, in 1959, see an object plummet to Earth like a meteor. The boy accidentally swallows a space-slug that shoots out. In 1986, two freshmen roam the campus and stumble across the corpse of the boy who swallowed the space-slug. Once thawed out, the corpse comes to life.
TEX SAYS: About damn time!
ORPHAN: Warner Brothers
Tragedy seems to follow nine-year-old Esther. She was orphaned in her native Russia. Her last adoptive family perished in a fire Esther barely escaped. But now the Coleman family has adopted her, and life is good. Until a classmate takes a serious fall from a slide. Until an orphanage nun is battered to death. And until Esther’s new mom wonders if that tragic fire was an accident. From Dark Castle Productions comes Orphan, bringing stunning new twists to the psychological thriller and locking audiences in a tightening vise of mystery, suspicion and terror. You’ll never forget Esther. So sweet. So intelligent. So creative. So disturbed.
STAN HELSING: Anchor Bay
In the vein of spoof cinema like Austin Powers and the Scary Movie franchise, Stan Helsing lampoons contemporary film audiences’ never-ending fascination with what makes our blood curdle. In the story, hapless video store clerk Stan Helsing and his friends must make a routine video delivery on Halloween night before going to a Halloween party. But when a chain of seemingly random mishaps strand Stan and the gang in Stormy Night Estates, Stan learns of his true destiny as a descendant of the legendary monster-hunter Van Helsing. With his motley band in tow – including his best friend Teddy, he will battle evil in the form of parodies of movie monster icons “Freddy,” “Jason,” “Leatherface,” “Pinhead,” “Michael Myers,” and “Chucky”! The ultimate confrontation between good and evil will require immeasurable courage, grim determination – and a flair for karaoke?!?
A chilling horror film, SAUNA explores the space between Christianity and paganism. The year 1595- a long and brutal war is finally over. Brothers Knut and Erik- who are part of a commission marking the border between Finland and Russia- commit a terrible sin as they leave a young girl to die a horrible death. As the commission crosses the uncharted swamp, the girl returns to haunt them. Weary men find solace from the nameless village and find a sauna- the sauna where all sins are washed away.
X-CROSS: Tokyo Shock
Friends drive out to a remote hot spring to soothe their broken hearts after a break-up. Little do they know, they’ve stumbled upon a cult of backwater maniacs. Split up from each other, they keep in touch via cell phone with the action constantly rewinding to show us what’s happening from multiple points of view.