Last year it was Inside and Frontier(s), this year you’ll be telling all of your friends about a French film by the name of Martyrs, a movie we’ve been pushing on you since last September. Now it’s your turn to chime in as the Weinstein Company has finally put the film out on DVD (no Blu-ray, what gives?) in a store near you. Also arriving at a retailer tomorrow are Anchor Bay’s While She Was Out, Paramount’s remake of A Tale of Two Sisters known as The Uninvited, among many others. Read on for the full list.Horror in Your House
April 28, 2009
THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS: Dark Sky
A reedy man wearing saddle shoes and an ill-fitting suit drags the nude body of a young woman her throat slit– along an otherwise empty beach. Soon a number of other beautiful women turn up dead, their throats also cut open. Nurses, students, stewardesses… what s the common thread? All were centerfold models for a popular men s magazine, prey to a bloodthirsty psychotic with a straight razor!
COLD EYES OF FEAR: Redemption USA
Motivated by revenge, an ex-con abducts the son of the judge who put him behind bars. The plot thickens as a deeper betrayal is revealed, leading the story to erotic S&M scenes with scantily-clad women and violent trysts in darkened, atmospheric nightclub settings.
EMPIRE OF PASSION: Criterion
With an arresting mix of eroticism and horror, Oshima plunges the viewer into a nightmarish tale of guilt and retribution in Empire of Passion (Ai no borei). Set in a Japanese village at the end of the nineteenth century, the film details the emotional and physical downfall of a married woman and her younger lover following their decision to murder her husband and dump his body in a well.
EXIT 38: S’more
Lee Gray and Boyd Parker are members of an elite FBI unit but they never intended on being partners. In fact, these men wanted nothing to do with one another, but when a cunning vampire starts feasting on the blood of innocent girls in a small Nevada town, they have no choice but to go on a mission to track down the dangerous vampire and end his streak of terror. It will take the assets of the FBI and the direction of a Chinese master to find the evil vampire known as Mercer. They find him ensconced off ‘Exit 38’ at his current feeding ground, a “gentlemen’s club” in an unsuspecting town. Upon their arrival, they learn that Mercer has taken captive the wife of Lee Gray and the daughter of Boyd Parker. Can these two adversaries join together long enough to save the lives of those they love?
THE GRAY MAN: Monarch
Based on a true story of an obsessive manhunt to identify and capture the most monstrous, yet least known serial killer in the history of true crime in America – Albert Fish. In 1928, a 10 year old, Grace Budd, is abducted by a kindly old grandfather and never seen again. After scouring the country for 6 years, detectives finally arrest Albert Fish for her kidnapping but are unprepared for the horrors they are about to uncover.
MARTYRS: Weinstein Company (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
Lucie, a 10 year old girl, is found wandering in the streets, bruised and bloodied. Unable to say who did this to her, or why, she is placed in a hospital where she meets Anna, another young girl who had been abused. Fifteen years later, with Anna s help, Lucie sets out to get revenge on her attackers. When she believes she has found the couple who abused her, she confronts them …and that is when the terror truly begins.
ONE-EYED MONSTER: Liberation
In a comic homage to Alien and The Thing , the cast and crew of an adult film, stranded in a blizzard, must band together against a mysterious and deadly alien, which has possessed the actor with the biggest part Ron Jeremy (naturally). Now, with the monster on a killing spree, the race is on to trap and destroy it before there are more victims of its peculiar skills.
THE POSSESSED: Spooked Television
The belief in possession by evil spirits plagued the 18th century. Madness and hysteria spread, classifying the crippled and mentally ill as being under the control of the Devil . These misfits became the victims of bizarre exorcisms or casting out rituals . Banished from society they were locked away inside brutal asylums. Angels or Demons they were branded The Possessed ! Based on the True Story, The Watseka Wonder, America’s first documented possession of 1877. A chilling journal of a 13-year-old girl from the small town of Watseka, IL who became possessed by spirits of the insane dead!
PSYCHOS IN LOVE: Shriek Show/Media Blasters
Joe was a lonely psychotic killer. After all, it’s tough to find the right woman when you re compelled to murder them after a few dates. When Kate walked into Joe’s bar, she seemed perfect. She was gorgeous, she hated grapes. But each of them had a terrible secret: they were killers. Is that the kind of thing you can risk telling the one you love? They shared passion, they shared laughter, they shared a few little murders. But then they met Herman, a local plumber and part-time cannibal, and he wanted bodies. Kate and Joe are two young lovers just trying to make ends meet. And everyone they meet, meets the end pretty quickly. It s not Ozzie and Harriet, but it’s Psychos in Love!
SATANIC SLUTS III: SCANDALIZED: Redemption USA
The third in a series of successful Satanic Sluts movies, watch Satanic Sluts III: Scandalized in awe as scantily-clad women abuse each other in every scenario you can think of, from a ’60s-style space setting to uniformed girls and back again! In true Satanic Slut style, these women enact scenes of sex and gore that will leave you totally SCANDALIZED!!
THE SHE-BEAST: Dark Sky
A small town in 18th century Transylvania is being terrorized by an evil witch. When a child is brutally attacked, the villagers capture the fiend and sentence her to death by dunking chair, but not before she casts a curse on them and their descendants. Two hundred years later, young newlyweds Veronica and Philip pass through the town on a tour of the Carpathians, only to have their car pulled into a lake by an unseen force. A passing truck driver quickly rescues two bodies from the wreck. One is Philip, battered but alive, and the other is… the witch, back from the dead to wreak havoc on the town once again! Can Philip and his newfound friend, the great grandson of Professor Van Helsing, capture the witch and bring back Veronica?
Mari suffers from synesthesia, a rare disorder that mixes up the senses. She’s lived a sheltered life, but when her adoptive parents die mysteriously, Mari’s condition may hold the key to catching a dangerous serial killer. Now she and Shinsuke, another synesthete, must catch the killer before Mari becomes his next victim.
THE UNINVITED: DreamWorks/Paramount
The Uninvited revolves around Anna, who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father has become engaged to her mother’s former nurse, Rachel. That night, Anna is visited by her mother’s ghost, who warns her of Rachel’s intentions. Together, Anna and her sister try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.
WHILE SHE WAS OUT: Anchor Bay
A suburban housewife is forced to fend for herself when she becomes stranded in a desolate forest with four murderous thugs. What starts off as a quick trip to the mall ends in the woods with a fight for her life. All she has is a toolbox and her will to survive.