Horror In Your House: May 31, 2011

This week brings us the last season of “True Blood” on Blu-ray and a host of MPI Home Video releases along with the anniversary Blu of A Clockwork Orange. Italian horror lovers can rejoice in yet another Argento Blu-ray release as well.

Check out the rest below and have a great week. If nothing here piques your interest you can always pick up the ridiculously over-the-the-top “Drive Angry 3D” which is also out today.
Horror In Your House
May 31st, 2011

THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS (Blu-ray) – Blue Underground

 Horror In Your House: May 31, 2011From Dario Argento, the Master of Suspense Who Gave You THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE – The Picture That Out-Psychoed PSYCHO!

When a simple robbery at a research institute leads to a series of brutal murders, a blind puzzle maker (Academy Award winner Karl Malden of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE) and a tenacious reporter (James Franciscus of BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES) begin their own investigation of the crimes. With nine different clues to follow, they uncover a shocking web of twisted genetics and dark sexual secrets that will finally lead them to a shattering climax of violence and suspense. Originally released in 1971, THE CAT O’NINE TAILS secured the international reputation of director Dario Argento as ‘The Italian Hitchcock.’ This is the definitive version of Argento’s masterful second film, presented completely uncut and uncensored in a brand-new High Definition transfer from its original camera negative!

MICAH SAYS: More Argento on Blu-ray. These are an acquired taste, but once you catch the fever there’s no going back.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (ANNIVERSARY EDITION) (Blu-ray) – Warner Home Video

Stomping, whomping, stealing, singing, tap-dancing, violating. Hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has a good time – at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick’s future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess’ novel. Controversial when first released, A Clockwork Orange won New York Film Critics Best Picture and Director Awards and earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Its power still entices, shocks and holds us in its grasp.

DRIVE ANGRY – Summit

In the high octane action adventure DRIVE ANGRY Nicolas Cage stars as an undead felon who breaks out of hell to avenge his murdered daughter and rescue her kidnapped baby from a band of cult worshipping savages. Joined by tough as nails Piper (Amber Heard) the two set off on a rampage of redemption all while being pursued by an enigmatic killer (William Fichtner) who has been sent by the Devil to retrieve Milton and deliver him back to hell.

KABOOM – MPI Home Video

From the mind of visionary director Gregg Araki (“Mysterious Skin,” “The Doom Generation”) comes this hot comedy about the secrets that lie beneath an idyllic seaside town. Heading the cast of gorgeous guys and girls is Thomas Dekker (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”) as Smith, an 18-year-old living the life of a college freshman, lusting after his straight roommate (Chris Zylka), hanging out with his lesbian bestie (Haley Bennett), and trying to decide — if he can — whether he digs boys or girls. Teen angst soon gives way to more sinister concerns when Smith finds out that his small Southern California town is also home to a killer cult.

A NIGHTMARE IN LAS CRUCES – Lionsgate

This powerful film is based on actual events involving two killers who walked into a Las Cruces bowling alley and changed the lives of seven people and their families forever. Forced to the floor at gunpoint, the victims were shot multiple times, execution style. Left for dead in a burning building, one heroic girl was able to call for help. Twenty years later, the people of Las Cruces still seek justice with only two survivors remaining and the killers still on the loose.

MICAH SAYS: I spent a day in Las Cruces – which is a nightmare in itself. The only thing to do is hang out at Bennigan’s. Not a joke.

PREY – MPI Home Video

One night, several deer inexplicably hurl themselves against the electric fence of a farm. Discovering deep bites on the animal’s bodies, the farmer and visiting family members (who have gathered for a tense reunion) penetrate deep into the surrounding forest. They carry guns, expecting to encounter wild predators, but what they are bewildered to find is an environment ravaged by a mysterious evil force. And as the sun slowly sinks away, howling resounds through the forest. The hunters have become prey! This modern-day horror film blends elements of The Descent, Jaws and Deliverance into an original picture of human nature scarier than the darkest woods.

MICAH SAYS: I remember watching this, but I don’t remember it being anything special. Middle-of-the-road horror. Anyone one else have thoughts on this one?

SAVAGE COUNTRY – MPI HOME VIDEO

Patrick and his friends should never have set foot on the Hardell family property. The stories are true, you see, and the Hardell s Willard, Kasper and Orry are not friendly towards unwelcome guests. And so after a dare gone badly wrong, Patrick and his friends are on the run for their lives, the gruesome trio hot on their trail and out for blood. A slasher in the classic mould, David Harris SAVAGE COUNTY is THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE meets HOSTEL – a bloody thrill ride of brutal kills and the desperate fight for survival.

TRUE BLOOD: THE COMPLETE SEASON 3 (Blu-ray) – HBO Home Video

The Maenadian reign of terror may be over, but Sookie Stackhouse and the townspeople of Bon Temps face a new calamity that makes the bacchanalian evils of Maryanne Forrester seem tame by comparison. In Season 3, Sookie desperately tries to locate her fiancé, ending up in a netherworld of human and undead interlopers, among them the powerful Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington.

MICAH SAYS: I thought season 3 had some of the highest highs (Eric and Russell) and the lowest lows (Sookie’s origins, Layfayette and Jesus). I have the first couple seasons already on Blu so this is my pickup for the week.

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