We’ve got an interesting edition of Horror In Your house that features a slew of interesting independent features, along with the release of the long-lost Southern Gothic and The New Daughter, two horrible, horrible films that I highly recommend you avoid. To see what else is arriving in stores this week, read on.
Horror in Your House
May 18, 2010
ALIEN VS. HUNTER: Echo Bridge
A galactic hunter and his nemesis have crash-landed on planet Earth. A small town bears witness to an intergalactic battle between predator and prey, and must survive their encounter with a ferocious extraterrestrial.
BOOK OF LORE/GRAVE MISTAKES: Camp Motion Pictures (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
BOOK OF LORE: Twenty years ago, in the town to Latonsville, a notorious serial killer known as “The Devil’s Left Hand” kidnapped eleven babies and left local police stumped. When Rick (Aj Hyde) discovers his girlfriend has been murdered in the same grotesque fashion as The Devil’s Left Hand crimes, he begins a quest to unravel his town’s unspeakable past. Using a cryptic encyclopedia of local murders called The Book of Lore, Rick and his friends race against time to unlock the secrets of the past. GRAVE MISTAKES: When a grave robber tries to barter with an eccentric antiques dealer, the two trade stories rather than goods. Tales of zombies, vampires, and ghosts are told upstairs while an unspeakable horror waits in the basement.
TEX SAYS: PRESIDENT’S DAY filmmaker Chris LaMartina follows up his debut feature DEAD TEENAGERS with a further expanding of that films mythology in BOOK OF LORE. Microbudget to be sure, but still full of promise. This pair of direct-to-dvd flicks hint at what the filmmaker would accomplish with his latest feature. Definitely worth checking out for fans of zero-budget cinema.
THE DISAPPEARED: MPI
One night in a London housing project playground, 8-year-old Tom Ryan vanished without a trace. He was never found. But for his guilt-ridden older brother Matthew the terror has just begun: He has started seeing and hearing what may be the ghost of the missing boy, who is now trying to lead him to the shocking truth behind his disappearance. You can hide a secret, but can you ever bury the horrors of the past?
GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER: Shout Factory
During the height of the Cold War, East-West tensions lead to a nuclear disaster when a Soviet bomber is shot down over U.S. airspace in the Arctic! Massive radiation from the atomic explosion awakens an ancient, gargantuan creature, a long-forgotten legend of the lost continent of Atlantis: Gamera! Unleashed from its glacial tomb and proving impervious to all man-made weapons, the colossal chelonian smashes a cataclysmic swath across the globe! Can the scientists of the world, led by Dr. Hidaka find a way to stop this invincible supermonster . . . or is mankind doomed?
HARD RIDE TO HELL: Vivendi
A lonely stretch of Texas desert highway leads a group of campers on a one-way ride to hell after witnessing an obscene blood sacrifice. Now, with a group of biking devil worshipers on their tail, they are pawns in an ancient battle between good and evil. Pursued to a decrepit old church in a ghost town, the campers fall victim to a new hell a strange young boy harboring a terrifying secret and a priest with a terrifyingly divine mission of his own.
THE HAUNTING OF WINCHESTER HOUSE: Echo Bridge
The Winchester mansion has fueled centuries of legends, and one family is about to realize just how true they can be… When the young family moves into the mansion to act as caretakers, their daughter is abducted by sinister spirits. To get her back, they’ll discover–in a terrifying, paranormal game of wits–just why the house holds its reputation as one of the most haunted places in America.
INVASION OF THE POD PEOPLE: Echo Bridge
Melissa, an up-and-coming rep for a modeling agency, has it all: a great boyfriend, nights out on the town and a gang of friends to party with. When her friends and co-workers begin to act strangely, Melissa becomes suspicious of their behavior and its cause. What she will discover is an all-out alien invasion, breeding from within their hosts of warm human bodies.
MONSTER: Echo Bridge
On January 17, 2003, a 7.8 earthquake hit Japan. Thousands were feared dead. This catastrophic event was caught on tape by two American filmmakers. Their footage–discovered in 2007–reveals that it wasn’t an earthquake that struck Japan. It was something else…
MUTANT VAMPIRE ZOMBIES FROM THE HOOD: Seminal Films
MUTANT VAMPIRE ZOMBIES FROM THE ‘HOOD! follows an unlikely group of inner-city survivors who fight to flee a city now free of gang-bangers, but infested with blood-sucking, sex-starved zombies instead. C. Thomas Howell plays the last man standing in the L.A.P.D. who must team up with the survivors of two rival street gangs as they fight their way across the city to the home of a brilliant scientist and his beautiful and brilliant daughter.
THE NAVY VS. THE NIGHT MONSTERS: Music Video Distributors
The United States Navy is called in to battle groves of walking trees which bleed acid, and seem intent on cremating the entire human race.
THE NEW DAUGHTER: Anchor Bay
Kevin Costner stars in this brand-new thriller as John, a newly divorced father who moves into a rural South Carolina home with his adolescent daughter Louisa and young son Sam. But when Louisa begins to behave in a bizarre and increasingly violent manner, John must uncover the truth behind her transformation. Is the former owner s shocking secret to blame? And how far will a father go to protect his daughter from an ancient evil determined to take her over?
SOUTHERN GOTHIC: IFC/MPI
In the sleepy Southern town of Redemption, a new kind of terror is about to awaken: For burned-out strip club bouncer Hazel Fortune, life has become downward spiral of self-destructive behavior until he s befriended by the young daughter of the club s new dancer. But when the girl is kidnapped by psychotic vampire preacher Enoch Pitt, Fortune must battle a night-breed of evil to stop Pitt s blood-crazed crusade. And when the reborn meets the undead, there will be hell to pay.
30,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: Echo Bridge
When a submarine mysteriously disappears in the depths of the ocean, a rescue crew comes face to face with Captain Nemo, Jules Verne’s famous villain of the underworld. As the crew slowly discovers the Captain’s plot to destroy the surface world, they must attempt a daring escape from his empire of evil.