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Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.

Lots of good stuff this week. Most folks will probably be heading out to pick up Mad Max and rightfully so, but don’t stop there because there’s plenty more to be had! Wild Side Video out of France has a wonderful trio of films hitting Blu-ray this week. I highly recommend all three!

U.S. Releases

Mad Max

Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)

Synopsis:
A apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

 

 

 

Lost After Dark (Starz/Anchor Bar)

Lost After Dark

Synopsis:
In this clever homage to 80’s slasher films, a group of teenagers looking to party get stranded when their ride breaks down, and end up being stalked by a cannibalistic killer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backcountry (Scream Factory)

Backcountry

Synopsis:
This tense thriller follows a young couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex (Jeff Roop, Jekyll + Hyde) is a seasoned camper, but Jenn (Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue) is not. When they realize that they have entered bear territory, the terror gets turned up to a whole new level. Also starring Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Skyline, Haven) and Nicholas Campbell (The Brood, The Dead Zone), and written and directed by Adam MacDonald, Backcountry is a heart-stopping, full-tilt run through deadly territory.

 

 

 

 

The Harvest (Scream Factory)

The Harvest

Synopsis:
In his first film in nearly 15 years, the director of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer harks back to the depravity that made his 1986 debut a horror milestone. Equally terrifying, The Harvest is”a refreshingly old-school nerve-jangler with no need for paranormal monsters or flashy special effects”, (The Hollywood Reporter). Maryann (an impressive Natasha Calis, The Possession) moves in with her grandparents after she’s orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a deathly ill, bed-ridden boy (Charlie Tahan, Gotham), despite the outright disapproval of his mother (Samantha Morton, Minority Report, Sweet and Lowdown). Maryann’s persistence pays off, however, and during a series of secret visits she gradually uncovers some seriously sinister goings-on in the house…

 

 

 

Good Kill (Paramount Pictures)

Good Kill

Synopsis:
A Las Vegas-based fighter pilot turned drone pilot fights the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other 12. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end.

 

 

 

 

 

Army of Frankensteins (Scream Factory)

Army of Frankensteins

Synopsis:
After a failed attempt to propose to his girlfriend, Alan Jones is beaten within an inch of his life by a street gang. Transported to the mysterious lab of Dr. Tanner Finski and his kid genius assistant Igor, Alan becomes the subject in a series of horrible experiments as part of the doctor’s plan to reanimate the legendary Frankenstein monster. But all bets are off when these experiments lead to a hole being ripped in space and time, pulling an army’s worth of the infamous creatures from hundreds of parallel universes and sending them all back to the 19th century – directly into the heart of a bloody battle between the North and South!

 

 

 

Wolf Warrior (Well Go USA)

Wolf Warrior

Synopsis:
An Elite Squad of Mercenaries Just Met Their Deadliest Target. Sergeant Leng Feng (Wu Jing), top marksman of the Chinese Special Forces, is jailed under court martial for disobeying orders. But he’s just the kind of fighter the Wolf Warriors are looking for. Silent. Stealthy. Deadly. The Wolves bring Feng into their pack, honing his skills to a knife’s edge. But another team has Feng on their radar: a group of corrupt blades-for-hire, seeking revenge for the drug lord’s murder.

 

 

 

 

 

The Curse of Downers Grove (Starz/Anchor Bay)

The Curse

Synopsis:
The town of Downers Grove looks like your average suburban neighborhood – but Downers Grove has a disturbing secret…. For the past eight years, one senior from every high school graduating class has met a bizarre death right before graduation day. And this year Chrissie Swanson (Bella Heathcote) has a terrible feeling that she is going to be the one to die. Can Chrissie survive the curse of Downers Grove or will she, like those seniors before her, fall prey to the town’s deadly secret?

 

 

 

 

 

The Blood Lands (Magnet)

The Blood Lands

Synopsis:
It’s the first night for Londoners Ed and Sarah in their new home – an isolated farmhouse on the Scottish border. Come sunset they fall in love all over again on a wander in the woods. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone. Ed goes to investigate, and it suddenly dawns on them that they do not belong here. And they certainly aren’t welcome either….

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Was the Night (Image Entertainment)

Dark Was the Night

Synopsis:
In remote, quiet Maiden Woods, something stirs in the dark forest surrounding the isolated community. After a logging company clears an area 90 miles above the town, Sheriff Paul Shields and his deputy confront a threat that may be older than humanity itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.K. Releases

The Curse of the Werewolf (Final Cut Entertainment)

The Curse of the Werewolf

Synopsis:
In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a werewolf after having been taken hunting. As a young man, he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner’s daughter Cristina. One full moon, he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town…

 

 

 

 

Monsters: Dark Continent (Entertainment One – Steelbook)

Monsters

Synopsis:
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River’s Edge (Signal One Entertainment)

Rivers Edge

Synopsis:
A high school slacker kills his girlfriend and shows off her dead body to their friends. However, the friends’ reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia Releases

The Last Man on Earth (Cinema Cult)

The Last Man on Earth

Synopsis:
The sole survivor of a lethal virus that transforms all others into vampire-like zombies. He fights them nightly, until, desperately lonely and at the end of his rope, he makes a startling discovery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mad Max: Fury Road (Roadshow Entertainment)

Mad Max Aus

Synopsis:
A apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

 

 

 

The Masque of the Red Death (Cinema Cult)

The Masque of the Red Death

Synopsis:
Satan-worshiper Prince Prospero invites several dozen of the local nobility to his castle for protection against an oncoming plague, the “Red Death”. Prospero orders his guests to attend a masked ball and, amidst a general atmosphere of debauchery and depravity, notices the entry of a mysterious hooded stranger dressed all in red. Believing the figure to be his master, Satan, Prospero is horrified at the revelation of his true identity…

 

 

 

 

Scarecrows (Cinema Cult)

Scarecrows

Synopsis:
Five people heist the Camp Pendleton payroll, kidnap a pilot and his daughter, who are forced to fly them to Mexico. Enroute a double cross has one of the thieves parachute with the loot into an abandoned graveyard surrounded by strange scarecrows. Two of the team jump after their loot and their former partner. Everything happens during the course of one very dark night…

 

 

 

 

The House on Sorority Row (Cinema Cult)

The House on Sorority Row

Synopsis:
After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolls (Umbrella Entertainment)

Dolls

Synopsis:
A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers, and their haunted collection of dolls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vampyros Lesbos (Umbrella Entertainment)

Vampyros

Synopsis:
An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark House (Starz/Anchor Bay)

Dark House

Synopsis:
When Nick Di Santo learns that his father is not only alive but can possibly reveal the origin of his son’s dark gift, he sets out on a trip that takes him to an abandoned mansion he thought only existed in his childhood imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany Releases

Short Night of Glass Dolls (Camera Obscura)

Short Night of Glass Dolls

Synopsis:
The corpse of reporter Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel of LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN) is found in a Prague plaza and brought to the local morgue. But Moore is actually alive, trapped inside his dead body and desperately recalling how the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful girlfriend (Barbara Bach of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME) led to a terrifying conspiracy of depravity. Can a reporter with no visible signs of life solve this perverse puzzle before he meets his ultimate deadline? Ingrid Thulin (THE DAMNED, SALON KITTY) co-stars in this unusual and startling giallo (also known as PARALYZED and MALASTRANA) that marked the debut of writer/director Aldo Lado (WHO SAW HER DIE?) and features a superb score by the legendary Ennio Morricone.

 

 

 

Dreamscape (Turbine Steel Collection)

Dreamscape

Synopsis:
In this sci-fi thriller, Alex Garner, a young, extremely gifted psychic, is taught by a doctor to actually enter other peoples’ dreams, and even participate in them. Another psychic is being groomed to enter the troubled dreams of the President of the United States, with intentions not quite so benevolent.

 

 

 

 

 

France Releases

Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (Le Chat Qui Fume)

Lizard

Synopsis:
Carol Hammond is the daughter of a prominant English politician who keeps having recurring “nightmares” in which she makes love to a bisexual nympho who lives downstairs and conducts all-night LSD orgies. When the nocturnal wet dreams become murderous, the neighbor turns up dead, and Carol is the main suspect. Did she actually commit the murder she dreamt about? Is she being framed by her philandering husband? Did Carol actually make nightly visits downstairs aside from borrowing the occasional cup of sugar? How Did Carol’s letter opener end up stuck in the dead neighbor’s chest anyway? The complex plot unfolds amidst red herrings, outlandish dream sequences, lesbian hanky panky, and ominous close-ups of Carol’s guilt-ridden facial expressions every time someone mentions the murder. All this takes place in swinging late-1960’s London…

 

 

 

They Live (Studio Canal)

they live

Synopsis:
Set in the future, a drifter discovers that alien beings are controlling the minds of the masses by use of subliminal messages urging apathy and obedience. OBEY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Spot (Wild Side Video)

Hot Spot

Synopsis:
Don Johnson stars as Harry Madox, a drifter who settles in a small Texas town and begins secretly setting small fires, setting up his planned heist of the local bank run by eccentric Julian Ward (Jack Nance).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something Wild (Wild Side Video)

Something Wild

Synopsis:
Charlie Driggs is a timid New York investment broker who lets himself be abducted during his lunch hour by an attractive nut named Lulu. While drunk, she drives him to a New Jersey hotel for some kinky sex and petty thievery, and later convinces him to accompany her to Pennsylvania and pose as her husband at her high school reunion. More misadventures ensue, and Charlie gradually finds himself loosening up and falling in love, but then the film makes a sudden left turn with the appearance of Ray, Lulu’s real husband.

 

 

 

 

 

The Fearless Vampire Killers (Warner Bros.)

fearless vampire

Synopsis:
A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streets of Fire (Wild Side Video)

Streets of Fire

Synopsis:
Rock and Roll singer is taken captive by a motorcycle gang in a strange world that seems to be a cross of the 1950’s and the present or future. Her ex-boyfriend returns to town and to find her missing and goes to her rescue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan Releases

DellaMorte DellAmore (Happinet)

Dellamorte

Synopsis:
Francesco Dellamorte Dellamore is the watchman at the Buffalora Cemetery, where the dead rise within seven nights of their last breath. Dellamorte has learned that the only way to stop them is to split their heads open; a spade works, but dumb-dumb bullets work even better, and he casually uses whatever is at hand. Putting the dead back to rest is, he feels, a public service. One day, Dellamorte falls deeply in love with a mourner–a young woman burying her elderly but sexually tireless husband. When Dellamorte and the woman make love on her husband’s grave, the earth moves… But when she dies, can Dellamorte kill her again when she inevitably rises? When eight motorcyclists, including the mayor’s daughter, are killed on the highway, will Dellamorte be able to handle all the work… twice?

 

 

 

Evilspeak (Happinet)

Evilspeak

Synopsis:
A military cadet who happens to be a social outcast taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Chris Coffel is originally from Phoenix, AZ and now resides in Portland, OR. He’s written a number of unproduced screenplays that he swears are decent. He likes the Phoenix Suns, Paul Simon and 'The 'Burbs.' On and cats, he also likes cats.


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