It’s Insidious release week! The years most successful horror film (in terms of dollars and awesomeness) is out on Blu-ray and DVD. Also out this week is [Rec 2] the follow up to one of Spain’s best horror films, and quite good in it’s own right. And, as usual, there is a spattering of low-budget and older films that just might whet your whistle. Check out the rest of the releases below and have great week.
Horror In Your House
July 10th, 2011
DAMNATION ALLEY (DVD / Blu-ray) – Shout Factory
The world is devastated by a nuclear holocaust, causing the Earth to tilt on its axis and bringing vast meteorological chaos. As the weather stabilizes, mutated insects start to emerge, preying on the survivors. The surviving crew at a U.S. Air Force bomb shelter in the Mojave Desert picks up radio signals coming from Albany. The commander, Major Eugene Denton (George Peppard, The A-Team), unveils two armored vehicles he has constructed and announces a plan to cross Damnation Alley, the hundred-mile-wide strip between areas of radiation hazard, to join the survivors. They set off, taking on two civilians, a novice singer they find in the ruins of Las Vegas and a wild teenager (Jackie Earle Haley,Watchmen), along the way. The journey is also beset by giant mutated cockroaches, storms and crazed survivalists, making for some hair-raising escapes in this post-apocalyptic thriller.
DINOCROC VS. SUPERGATOR (Blu-ray) – Anchor Bay
They were created deep within the secret island laboratories of an unscrupulous biotech corporation and grown to horrific proportions…until they both escaped. Bullets won’t stop them. Explosives only make them meaner. And their ravenous reptile appetites for scientists, tourists, S.W.A.T. teams and swimsuit models have only just begun. Now an undercover investigator, a sexy Fish & Game officer, and a cold-blooded swamp hunter known only as ‘The Cajun’ are all in pursuit of the scaly beasts that can outrun SUVs, crush buses, and snack on sleazy producers in hot tubs. But when these monster lizards ultimately meet in battle, will mankind be the defeated species? David Carradine (Kill Bill, Death Race 2000) — in one of his final performances — stars in this epic Syfy smash about the bone-crunching, body-chomping, earth-trembling smackdown of Dinocroc vs. Supergator!
GEORGE A. ROMERO PRESENTS: DEADTIME STORIES VOL. 1 – Millennium Media
George A. Romero, the renowned horror writer and creator of Night of the Living Dead, has partnered with writer-actor Jeff Monahan to create horror anthology George A. Romero Presents … Deadtime Stories. The first volume of this two volume set consists of an anthology of three 30-minute horror films: Valley of the Shadow: A woman searches for her missing husband in jungles of South America…and soon, the hunters become the hunted. WeT: A lonely potter finds a valuable jade box buried on the beach. And what s inside…it wants to keep him company. House Call: In poor and lonely farm country, a woman calls an elderly doctor out on a dark and stormy night to make a house call on her strangely-ailing son. And what he finds when he gets there isn’t listed in any medical books
MICAH SAYS: I wanna see this. Anyone out there know if it’s good? It’s slipped past me.
GOD’S BLOODY ACRE / TOMCATS – Code Red
Three brothers fanatically devoted to nature (one even has an afro!) attack a construction worker clearing nearby land for a natural park, only for the to cut him in half by accident with a bulldozer! Now that they’re shed blood, there’s no turning back as these brothers are willing to risk their lives to protect their natural lifestyle from the ravages of civilization. Two unsuspecting couples camping in the are become their targets in a ultimate hunt that pits man against man and leads to rape and violence! It’s a Hick Rampage and Florida will never be the same as the ove peaceful land soon becomes God’s Bloody Acre!
INSIDIOUS (DVD / Blu-ray)- Film District
Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) make the terrifying discovery that the body of their comatose boy has become a magnet for malevolent entities, while his consciousness lies trapped in the dark and insidious realm known as The Further.
MICAH SAYS: I’ve seen a lot of horror in the theaters this year and this film was the jumpiest, by far, of the bunch. And it’s cool to see a small original horror flick do so well at the box office. I don’t think I am alone in saying that I would take 30 more films like “Insidious” over one big budget remake of a horror favorite.
MANEATER – E1 Entertainment
Harry Bailey (Dean Cain), a former FBI profiler turned small town sheriff, investigates the gruesome, cannibalistic murders of several local teens, only to learn that the killer he’s hunting is a blood-thirsty monster.
THE MAN WHO COLLECTED FOOD – Shriek Show
Miguel is a serious collector of vintage food items. He must have the color variants, the rarities, the 1950s originals: anything he can find and keep in mint condition. No one but his overbearing mother knows that his home, tucked away in the quiet suburbs, has become a massive museum to consumables. But what does Miguel eat? Miguel eats people. He has to, since eating his precious collection is not an option. However, being a cannibal is not as easy as it seems…
[REC] 2 – Magnolia Pictures
Taking place after the events of the first film, as we follow a medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras, who are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.
MICAH SAYS: A terrific sequel if there ever was one. The more I think about it, the more I prefer it over the original. Really been digging the Spanish horror scene the last few years.
THINGS – Intervision Pictures Corp
In 1989, it became the first Canadian shot-on-Super 8 gore shocker commercially released on VHS. Today, it remains perhaps the most bizarre, depraved and mind-boggling chunk of Canuxploitaion ever unleashed upon humanity. Adult film superstar Amber Lynn and co-writer/producer Barry J. Gillis star in this surreal saga about two friends who visit a remote cabin, only to discover a womb of monstrous horror that demands graphic dismemberment. It’s an inexplicable orgy of eye ripping, beer guzzling, boob baring, skull drilling, sandwich making, chain sawing, bad acting and post-sync dubbing from co-writer/producer/director Andrew Jordan that has spawned its own disturbing cult of fans. Some will be repulsed. Others may be transformed forever. But you have never seen anything like THINGS. Special Features include Audio Commentary With Director Andrew Jordan And Stars Barry J. Gillis, Jan W. Pachul And Doug Bunston, Audio Viewing Party With The Cinefamily, Testimonials On THINGS: All-New Interviews With Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE), Jason Eisener And Rob Cotterill (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), Canuxploitation.com Creator Paul Corupe, Joseph A. Ziemba And Dan Budnik Of Bleeding Skull, And ‘THINGS-ite’ Joey Izzo, THINGS 20th Anniversary Cast And Crew Reunion, Behind The Scenes With Star Amber Lynn, Vintage Barry J. Gillis TV Appearances, Original Trailers.
ZOMBIE DRIFTWOOD – Candlelight
When a cruise ship full of Caribbean tourists turn into zombies two metal fans must battle against zombie Armageddon armed only with a baseball bat, booze…and bagpipes.