There’s nothing worse than having an incomplete collection, especially if you’re an insane horror collector. This Tuesday you’ll finally be able to put After Dark’s HorrorFest 2006 behind you once and for all as the final of eight films hits DVD – Nacho Cerda’s The Abandoned, which was dubbed the “fan favorite” (although I’m not sure how they figured that out). Read on to see what else comes out this Tuesday, June 19.
Horror In Your House
June 19, 2007
By: Tex Massacre
The Abandoned: Lionsgate (TEX’S PICK OF THE WEEK)
An American woman searching for her birth parents learns she has inherited a house in the middle of a forest in a remote area of Russia. It is the house where she was born. Abandoned and uninhabited for 40 years, it stands in total disrepair and neglect. What she finds is more than an old house. She meets a mysterious man claiming to be her twin brother and together they find the house holds dangerous secrets to a past they don’t even remember. They are forced to relive a series of horrifying events and shocking murders that occurred just after they were born, and in the place where they were supposed to die.
Nacho Cerda has put out some pretty brutal films. This latest–and first–feature length film from the Spanish splatter-ist is the final of Lionsgate’s After Dark Film Festival to arrive on DVD.
Bachelor Party Massacre: Trinity
Days before the wedding, a very special and very private bachelor party is arranged. The club, located in a summer retreat, is closed due to the off-season. But that doesn’t stop the groomsmen from hiring entertainment. As the party gets underway, the sexy strippers take each of the men into separate rooms throughout the two-story bar for private lap dances. A blond bombshell, convicted of multiple homicides, is mistaken by the men to be one of the strippers hired. As she gets alone with each one, she starts to play her own twisted game killing each one. Will the groom live for his wedding day?
This ain’t no Tom Hanks night at the morgue!
Deadtime Stories: Image Entertainment
When his bratty young nephew’s fear of the dark keeps him from falling asleep, sadistic Uncle Mike makes matters worse by telling him a trio of warped bedtime stories.
The only thing notable about Jeff Delman’s 1986 film when it was released 20-years ago is that it billed Scott Valentine (Mallory’s boyfriend Nick from Family Ties) as the star. It would up on HBO like everything else–where I musta’ seen it about two-dozen times. Well fans, you can retire those old Quasar VHS dubs and pick this puppy up on DVD. Spanking new artwork will make the unobservant think this is a new production–I love a great Cover Box scam!
Exorcist Chronicles: Shadow Creek Studios
In 1983, a renowned psychiatrist named Eric Forester was granted permissions by the Catholic Church to document and prove the validity of demonic possession. He was assigned several different priests who were investigating cases of people who claimed to be possessed by demons. The Church hoped that Dr. Forester’s expertise in the field of abnormal psychology would determine the authenticity of each case. The project was titled “The Exorcist Chronicles.” Now, you must witness for yourself the truth behind demonic possession.
Fire Serpent: Lionsgate
A massive fireball from the sun strikes Earth and unleashes a horrific fire demon, forcing fire fighters and federal agents to team up in hopes of destroying the menacing beast.
And the award for most obvious title this week goes to… Anyway, Buffy fans will want to keep their eyes peeled for an appearance in this DTV flick from Nicholas (Xander) Brendon, while the rest of us guys can ogle Sandra (24) Holt.
In a Dark Place: First Look
Anna Veigh, (Leelee Sobieski) a recently qualified art therapist and teacher is finding work a tougher psychological challenge that she had anticipated. The offer of a new position minding two young orphans while their wealthy uncle is away on business seems to be a perfect escape. Her new workplace is Bly House, a remote country estate with beautiful grounds and a small resident staff. Miles and Flora, the children, seem sweet and charming. Anna thinks that she has really landed on her feet after the rigors of her previous job. However, Anna’s perfect world quickly begins to fade as she makes disturbing discoveries.
This is Leelee Sobieski’s second film about being stuck in a house (the first being THE GLASS HOUSE), what’s up with that? Also, I’m not sure I buy the doe-eyed actress as anyone’s therapist, but it’s nice to see she’s branching out.
The Nightcomers: Lionsgate
Captivating and disturbing, this intense psychodrama with its haunting, twisted notion of sexuality puts a new spin on the characters from Henry James’ celebrated ghost story, “The Turn of the Screw.”
Classic 1972 film starring Marlon Brando about a group of creepy kids in the country actually freaks me out a little bit.
Old Hag: Shadow Creek Studios
Work grows more interesting when a new crate containing the body of a famous serial killer arrives to be stored in the warehouse for the week. Strange things start to happen which eventually threaten the well-being of the night crew. The crew tries to explain the strange happenings by basing them on an old phenomenon called “Old Hag.” Follow the night crew and see who discovers the true secret to its disturbing conclusion.
Prison of the Psychotic Dammed: York
Five psychics plan an overnight expedition into an abandoned insane asylum in search of ghosts from the past, but instead find a horrific demise awaiting them. Will anyone make it out alive?
This production from Red Scream Films is more visually interesting than anything else. The film stars cult models and goth icons Melantha Blackthorne (aka Countess Bathoria) and Demona Bast.
Tales from the Carnal Morgue: Steel Web Studios
A compilation of short horror films from Carnal Morgue, the studio that brought you the infamous SLAUGHTER DISC.
Well, I don’t know about you, but SLAUGHTER DISC was fucked up…so this should be totally worth checking out!
To Kill a Killer/ Matar A Un Asesino: Lightyear Video
A retired hit-man re-emerges to track down a seemingly unstoppable serial killer. Soon the hit-man, his equally dangerous wife, and their innocent daughter become the vicious psychopath’s next target.
The Tomb: Lionsgate
Based on a story by the master of outrageous horror, H.P. Lovecraft, this bloodcurdling film introduces the “Puppetmaster.” Imprisoning a group of people in a living hell of darkness and death the Puppetmaster controls the fate of each one. One by one, the survivors are tortured by the unseen villain, who demands that there can be only one winner at this game
Ulli Lommel takes on Lovecraft. If anything other than the title is the same, I’ll pass out from the shock.