Micah of 365HorrorMovie returns with this week’s “Horror In Your House,” which is jam-packed with genre goodness.
The The Innkeepers is here! Ti West’s ghost story is out on Blu and DVD along with a slew of other interesting films this week. A sequel almost 40 years in the making, The Wicker Tree, makes it’s way across the pond. Spoiler: It sucks. Asylum brings us a story about love and Nazis at the Center of the Earth. In news of the weird, The Theater Bizarre is also available. And The Fields which features corn fields and Tara Reid.
Plenty of choices this week, people. The question is: What are you going to pick up?
11-11-11 – Big Air
After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain, to reunite with his estranged brother, Samuel, and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan or Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings and the constant sightings of the number 11. Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself but possibly to all of religion. Isolated in a foreign country with only the support of his companion, Sadie, Joseph soon realizes that 11/11/11 is more than just a date; it’s a warning!
DAYLIGHT – Cinema Purgatorio
Things die. New things are born. A harrowing psychological thriller, Daylight pits a couple lost in America against a conniving gang of kidnappers, in David Barker’s rigorous and personal re-imagining of the genre film. Despite its familiar genre elements, Daylight is different – a powerful, shocking piece of vigorous cinema, which fuses eroticism and tenderness with the harrowing weight of pregnancy and kidnapping.
THE FIELDS (DVD/Blu-ray) – Breaking Glass Pictures
Steven (Joshua Ormond) is a young boy who’s sent to live with his grandmother (Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman) and grandfather in the country while his mother (Tara Reid) and father work through their marital troubles. Though his grandparents warn him to stay away from the corn stalks near their house, Steven can’t help but be drawn into the fields. At the same time, news reports of the murderous Manson Family horrify the nation. Then, strange things start happening: noises come from the fields at night and the family dogs disappear. Gradually, the happenings turn more horrifying, and Steven soon finds himself in the midst of a real life nightmare.
MICAH SAYS: If you think Tara Reid and Cloris Leachman are in interesting combo raise your hand? *raises hand* This one is on my “to watch” list for later this week.
THE INNKEEPERS (DVD/Blu-ray) – Dark Sky Films
After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees – Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy)- are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England’s most haunted hotels. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage “ghost hunters” begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history.
MICAH SAYS: Ti West brings back the old fashioned ghost story for all to enjoy. Plenty of smarts, scares and people going into the basement when they shouldn’t be. PICK OF THE WEEK.
KILLER NUN (Blu-ray) – Blue Underground
Legendary Swedish sex bomb Anita Ekberg (LA DOLCE VITA) stars as Sister Gertrude, a cruel nun who discovers depraved pleasure in a frenzy of drug addiction, sexual degradation and sadistic murder. Joe Dallesandro (FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN), Lou Castel (A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL), Alida Valli (SUSPIRIA) and the luscious Paola Morra (BEHIND CONVENT WALLS) co-star in this notorious ‘Nunsploitation’ based on actual events that took place in a Central European country not many years ago! Branded as obscene around the world and banned outright in Britain, KILLER NUN has been newly remastered from the original negative and fully restored in sleazy High Definition!
NAZIS AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (DVD/Blu-ray) – The Asylum Home Entertainment
Researchers in Antarctica are abducted by a team of masked storm troopers. They are dragged deep underground to a hidden continent in the center of the earth. Here Nazi survivors, their bodies a horrifying patchwork of decaying and regenerated flesh, are planning for the revival of the Third Reich.
MICAH SAYS: By Asylum standards this flick has some of their best production values, but don’t fret, the acting is even worse than normal. It’s easier to believe that Nazis are kicking it in the middle of the earth than to believe Jake Busey is scientist. I personally enjoyed this flick more than most of their stuff, maybe because I’ve been suffering from “Mega-Stuff” fatigue of late.
NIGHT WOLF – Lions Gate
Sarah returns home to her troubled family after a much-put-off visit. As a storm rages through the countryside, she and her family find themselves isolated. As night falls while they’re cut off from the outside world, a bloodthirsty, horrifying creature comes out of the darkness, tearing through their home and leaving the group besieged. Trapped and scared, the few who survive its initial attack will put a strategic plan together to stop the creature that is hunting them down limb by limb, only to discover that the creature, itself, is already among them.
THE RED HOUSE (DVD+Blu-ray) – HD Cinema Classics
Lovers of film noir have long treasured this eerie gem, produced during what has come to be regarded as Hollywood’s classic noir period (early-1940s to late-1950s). Edward G. Robinson plays an aging farmer with a dark secret he’s trying to keep hidden. He and his sister Ellen (Judith Anderson) have raised Meg (Allene Roberts) since she was a little girl, after her parents mysteriously disappeared. But now Meg is coming of age, and bringing a male friend from high school around to help with chores on the farm. The teens are warned against wandering into the nearby woods, where terrifying screams have been heard in the night emanating from an abandoned red house. But curiosity threatens to get the better of them.
THE THEATER BIZARRE – Image Entertainment
Down a seedy city street, a young woman is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees the front door slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the vast, eerie auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an odd marionette-like man who will introduce her to six tales of the bizarre: A couple traveling in a remote part of the French Pyrenees crosses paths with a lustful witch; A paranoid lover faces the wrath of a partner who has been pushed to her limit; The Freudian dreams of an unfaithful husband blur the lines between fantasy and reality; The horrors of the real world are interpreted through the mind of a child; A woman addicted to other people’s memories gets her fix through the fluid of her victims’ eyeballs; And a perverse obsession with sweets turns sour for a couple in too deep. But as the stories unfold, something strange is happening to the woman. Something irreversible and horrific. Something that awaits its next audience in The Theatre Bizarre.
MICAH SAYS: Another interesting film. I’d say you all should catch this one.
UBALDO TERZANI HORROR SHOW (Blu-ray) – 12 Between Us
Alessio Rinaldi, a 25-year-old director, gets the charge from a producer to write the script of his first movie with Ubaldo Terzani, a well-known writer of horror novels. Alessio moves into Terzani’s house to start this collaboration, and a strange relationship of psychological dependence grows between them: Ubaldo Terzani unveils his dark side, and Alessio falls into a state of insanity ruled by the script they are creating and the nightmares he has because of it.
THE WICKER TREE (DVD/Blu-ray) – Anchor Bay
When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by the locals in the town of Tressock, and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision, and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock’s seemingly friendly townspeople. Written and Directed by Robin Hardy, The Wicker Tree also features Graham McTavish, Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, Clive Russell with Christopher Lee, star of the original The Wicker Man.
MICAH SAYS: My early frontrunner for the worst movie of the year. At no point is there any sense of dread that the original film so expertly constructed. There are, however, plenty of honky tonk songs and cheesy pagan chanting. I’ll take Nic Cage punching a woman in the face while wearing a bear suit over this crap any day.
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