Holy crap the next couple of weeks are going to break my bank as there are hundreds of horror films debuting on DVD/Blu-ray, along with classics being re-released in high def. This Tuesday, September 29th is no exception as you can score Gremlins (only at Target), Snakes on a Plane, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal and Fulci’s awesome New York Ripper all on Blu-ray. Also premiering on DVD is Dave Parker’s hotly anticipated The Hills Run Red, along with the Adam Sandler producer The Shortcut. Check out the full list below.Horror In Your House
September 29, 2009
42ND STREET FOREVER: ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE EDITION: Synapse
WELCOME TO THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA, the most awesome post-modern hot spot for exploitation movie revival, deep in the heart of Texas! Home to world-famous events such as The Quentin Tarantino Film Fest, Fantastic Fest and Butt-Numb-A-Thon, the Alamo is one of the last places on earth where you can still see grindhouse classics such as THE DEVIL WITHIN HER and MAD MONKEY KUNG FU. Now, the Alamo has opened their vaults for a peek at some of the most outrageous cinematic gems from several golden ages of sleaze cinema. Digitally re-mastered in high-definition from the actual reels that show every week at the Alamo, this exciting edition of the 42ND STREET FOREVER series is the most bizarre, the most terrifying and the most hilarious one yet!
TEX SAYS: The next best thing to a plane ride to Austin, Texas…check out all the bat shit crazy trailers that Tim League and his motley crew have collected over the years.
BLOODWINE: R Squared Films
Andrea is just an ordinary Goth college girl trying to deal with the tragedies life has thrown at her. When her best friend, Brandy, comes back into her life, Andrea thinks things might finally be taking a turn for the better. But when the machinations of a mysterious woman, Carmilla, cause a birthday gift to go horribly awry, Andrea is forced to make the most difficult choice of her life, not only for herself, but for her dearest friend.
BURKE AND HARE: Redemption USA
A Hammer Horror-style thriller recreating the story of the (in)famous Irish body snatchers, Burke and Hare. In the early 1800s, the supply of corpses used for medical research were limited to those of executed criminals, leaving a great demand from medical schools. When a resident in Burke and Hare’s boarding house dies, they recognize the business potential in grave-robbing. Demand for dead bodies grows so high, they start speeding up the death process on their victims! However, suspicions rise when they murder a man seen earlier that day!
THE DARK CRYSTAL: Sony (Blu-ray)
THE DARK CRYSTAL- a source of Balance and Truth in the Universe- was shattered, dividing the world into two factions: the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now, as the convergence of the three suns approaches, the Crystal must be healed, or darkness will reign forevermore! It’s up to Jen -the last of his race- to fulfill the prophecy that a Gelfling will return the missing shard to the Crystal and destroy the Skeksis’ evil Empire. But will young Jen’s courage be any match for the unknown dangers that await him?
DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS: Redemption USA
Based on the play They Walk Alone by Max Catto, Daughter of Darkness is an atmospheric gothic chiller following an Irish maid with an irresistible attraction to men. With the reputation as a temptress where even the local priest is attracted to her, she is forced to leave for England. Sexual desire soon descends into psychopathy, as she lures a carnival boxer and other men in her new town, whose desire for her results in their downfall.
DINNER WITH A VAMPIRE: Mya Communications
The story begins when a camera crew unearths a thousand year old vampire from Mesopotamia. Years after his rise from the grave, the vampire becomes a famous horror film director and holds auditions for his up and coming film. Four young hopefuls are chosen and are invited to spend the night at the vampire’s house. At dinner the vampire reveals his true nature to his guests and the real reason why they are there, to kill him before dawn, as he has grown bored with his existence.
DRACULA’S FINACEE: Redemption USA
A late addition in the Jean Rollin collection, Dracula’s Fiancée (2002) has everything you might expect from the master of surreal horror, and so much more! Mad, chain-smoking nuns, raging dwarf-jesters, vampires, she-wolves, baby-eating Ogresses and wizards galore, as a professor and his young assistant on the hunt for Count Dracula’s remains are thrown into a surreal parallel universe.
Chad and Scarlet leave their old life and horrifying secrets behind in search of a fresh start. But when a near-fatal car accident leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere, they turn to a mysterious farm couple for shelter. Chad and Scarlet soon realize that this shadowy pair is somehow linked to their past and the fate of their future is held in unforgiving hands. Together, Chad and Scarlet endure immense torture and heartbreak in an attempt to make amends for their past mistakes, but will they be able to attain salvation, or will it be too late?
FERMAT’S ROOM: MPI
Four famed mathematicians, all strangers to one another, are invited to the remote home of a mysterious man known only as Fermat . Once there, they are locked in a room and given a series of logic puzzles that must be solved within one minute each. For each late answer, hydraulic presses will push the walls closer together. Why have they been placed in this elaborate death trap? What is their connection to each other? And for genius minds about to be brutally crushed, is staying alive the ultimate enigma?
FLESH, TX: Well Go USA
In the middle of nowhere lives a crazed and disturbed inbred family, the Barleys. When Donna Parker and her daughter Tabitha Parker stop for gas, little do they know what really goes on in Flesh, TX. Once Tabitha disappears from the gas station, Donna summons the help of the local sheriff who is not all he is cracked up to be. Donna becomes convinced that somehow this crazy town is connected. After she encounters Sugar Barley the local town slut, the hunt to find her daughter is on. She must hope she does not come across the Barley house on the edge of town. No human should ever have to see what happens in the Barley house in Flesh, TX.pop.666.
THE HAUNTING OF WINCHESTER HOUSE: The Asylum
A family moves into the mansion to act as caretakers, but when a malevolent force abducts their daughter they discover why the house deserves its reputation as one of the most haunted places in America.
THE HILLS RUN RED: Warner (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
You heard the story. The one about the goriest, bloodiest splatter fest ever, the one made in the ’80s but mysteriously lost. Flash forward to now: Young fright fans search for the secret location where the movie was shot, hoping to find the film. What they find is that the mysterious slasher flick is more than a movie. It’s real. And they’re its newest stars. The Hills Run Red with a whole new level of horror as the terrified cinephiles confront a demented killer who wears a nightmarish babydoll mask. Wait, Babyface is just a character from the movie, right? Wrong. He’s alive. He’s waiting. And he’s thrilled to meet fans who will die – slowly, gruesomely, shockingly – for his art. Roll camera!
IN A SPIRAL STATE: Halo 8
IN A SPIRAL STATE portrays Los Angeles through the eyes of an angel named Daya who’s become mesmerized by the city’s interconnected yet utterly isolated inhabitants, particularly its struggling and flawed artists, frauds, and drug addicts. Of particular interest to Daya is suicidal actress Maya and murderous femme fatales Marlena, Danielle, and Honey. An angel named Gadi tries to prevent Daya from interfering in their lives, but he is unable to stop the empathetic Daya as she is drawn into the frightening and twisted machinations of the city’s underbelly. Mixing Kabbalah, quantum mechanics, struggles of human existence, and theories of our own spiral galaxy, visionary filmmaker Ramzi Abed weaves an urban and divine love story in this hallucinatory thriller that pulls audiences into a world of drug overdoses, organ thieves, and metaphysical mystery.
LABYRINTH: Sony (Blu-ray)
Sarah wishes her brother would be taken away by goblins, but when he really is, she sets out to rescue him and has to cross the Labyrinth before she gets to the Goblin castle.
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS: Paramount
When Susan Murphy is unexpectedly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall and is instantly labeled a “Monster” named Ginormica. The military jumps into action, and she is captured by General W.R. Monger and held in a secret government compound filled with other “monsters” like herself. This ragtag group consists of the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach P.H.D.; the macho half-ape-half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement time is cut short however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to save the world from imminent destruction.
TEX SAYS: Along with Coraline, this was one of the best kids movies I saw all year. Check it out if you’ve got a love for 50’s atomic era flicks!
THE NEW YORK RIPPER: Blue Undergound (Blu-ray)
A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detectives follow the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, he’s the killer that can’t be stopped!
TEX SAYS: One of my fave Fulci films (everyone else hates it) gets some Blu-ray love from the crew at Blue Underground!
A young film student has a one-night stand with an aspiring actress. The next morning, there is a video camera pointed at their bed. But rather than a sex tape, they find what appears to be a brutal snuff movie starring themselves as the killers. They have no memory of the murders and there is no evidence of the carnage. Do the answers to this waking terror wait in the student s own work, or could the line between reality and illusion slice straight to the edge of madness?
THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS: COMPLETE COLLECTION: Time Life
Get all 147 episodes of The Real Ghostbusters plus over TWELVE HOURS of bonus material. This special offer includes a deluxe firehouse collector’s box with lenticular (hologram) panels on the front and sides. Inside this box are 5 separate steel book cases containing a total of 25 DVDs with every episode from The Real Ghostbusters and Slimer! A must have for any Ghostbuster fan.
TEX SAYS: Formerly a Time Life exclusive mail order item. Now, the rest of you Ghostbuster fans can pony up the big bucks and buy this bad boy.
THE SHORTCUT: Anchor Bay
Just behind the grammar school and past the ‘No Trespassing’ sign is the shortcut through the woods that nobody dares to take: People in town still whisper about the creepy old guy who lives back there and the kids that disappeared near his home a long time ago. Now a group of high school seniors has decided to find out just what the shovel-wielding weirdo may be hiding. But even if they can uncover his shocking secret, will they survive what happens when the truth is finally unleashed?
SNAKES ON A PLANE: New Line (Blu-Ray)
On board a flight over the Pacific Ocean, an assassin, bent on killing a passenger who’s a witness in protective custody, let loose a crate full of deadly snakes.
STEPFATHER II: Synapse
Tonight, daddy’s coming home to slice up more than just the cake… After a daring escape from a psychiatric hospital, the Stepfather assumes a new identity and sets out in search of a new family to marry into… and kill! He finds the perfect victims: attractive and recently divorced Carol Greyland and her son Todd. Posing as a caring family therapist named Gene, he appears to be the ideal second husband and father for these two lonely people. But Carol’s best friend Matty suspects that Gene is too good to be true. When Carol’s first husband returns to attempt a reconciliation, he trigger’s Gene s fear of discovery, sending him on a violent, bloody killing spree.
TRAUMA: First Look Pictures
When Ben awakes from a coma, he discovers his wife (Naomi Harris) has been killed in a car accident. Waking from a coma after a car crash, Ben learns that his wife was killed in the accident, and his world collapses. As Ben attempts to rebuild his life, he gets a new job and new home and is befriended by a beautiful young neighbor, Charlotte, his life starts to turn around but all is not what it seems and, haunted by visions of his dead wife, Ben starts to lose his grip on reality and begins to doubt his own sanity.
UNTIL DEATH: Mya Communications
Six years later, the sinful couple hires a handyman, unaware that he is the reincarnated spirit of Scola’s late husband. Gioia Maria Scola stars in this creepy horror film as a pregnant woman who poisons her husband and helps her lover bury him alive during a raging thunderstorm.