Horror releases for April 21. Selections are subject to Blu-Ray release as well.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night [Kino Lorber]

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“Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.”

Escape from New York [Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray]

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“In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (Donald Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Russell). But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission, and his life, unless he succeeds!”

Ghoulies/Ghoulies II [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets, and you have Ghoulies, a horrifying and hilarious ride into the darkest regions of hell! Conjured during a party thrown by the mansion’s new owner, the hairy, fanged demons waste no time wreaking havoc on the scene: and declaring the unsuspecting owner their new lord and master! Peter Liapis (Ghost Warrior), Lisa Pelkin (Jennifer), Michael Des Barres (Waxwork II, Under Siege) and Jack Nance (Eraserhead, Twin Peaks) star in this fanged frenzy of sharp twists and eye-popping shocks that’ll get you where it counts!
GHOULIES II

The demonic, toilet-dwelling goblins are back! Stowed away in Satan’s Den, the traveling House of Horror operated by carnival workers Larry and Uncle Ned, the Ghoulies merrily devour the sideshow attraction’s patrons… until Larry realizes his horror house is for real and tries to flee the scene! Deliciously outrageous special effects and over-the-top antics ratchet up the horrific fun! Kerry Remsen (Pumpkinhead), Phil Fondacaro (Troll), William Butler (1990’s Night Of The Living Dead) and Royal Dano (Big Bad Mama) star in this creepy, crawly sequel that’s got every bit as big a bite as the original!”

The Pete Walker Collection Vol. 2 [Redemption Blu-Ray]

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“This second anthology of films by Pete Walker reels the provocative director at his most diabolical. Whether skewering highbrow drama (The Flesh and Blood Show), established religion (House of Mortal Sin), or legal hypocrisy (Home Before Midnight) Walker laces his films with a wicked sense of humor and healthy dollops of sex and violence. One perfect example is the legendary shocker Frightmare, which stars aging British actress Sheila Keith as a fortune-teller-slash-cannibal in the English countryside. Also featured in this collection are two of Walker’s early works: Man of Violence (aka Moon) and The Big Switch, which clearly foreshadow the taste for the perverse (and the flair for cynical humor) that would later become his hallmarks.

This Box Set Includes: Frightmare, The Flesh and Blood Show, House of Mortal Sin, Home Before Midnight, Man of Violence (Exclusive to Box), The Big Switch (Exclusive to Box)”

Blind Woman’s Curse [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

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“A thrilling Yakuza film featuring eye-popping visuals, sensational fight sequences and the gorgeous Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Stray Cat Rock), in her first major role. Akemi (Kaji) is a dragon tattooed leader of the Tachibana Yakuza clan. In a duel with a rival gang Akemi slashes the eyes of an opponent and a black cat appears, to lap the blood from the gushing wound. The cat along with the eye-victim go on to pursue Akemi’s gang in revenge, leaving a trail of dead Yakuza girls, their dragon tattoos skinned from their bodies. A bizarre blend of the female Yakuza film and traditional Japanese ghost story, with a strong dash of grotesque-erotica (the same movement was a sensibility of Edogawa Rampo whose works were adapted by Ishii in Horrors of Malformed Men), Blind Woman’s Curse is a delirious mash-up of classic genre tropes, of which Ishii was no stranger, having directed everything from Super Giant films to Biker movies! Bonus Materials include: New high definition digital transfer of the film prepared by Nikkatsu Studios Presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Uncompressed mono PCM audio Newly translated English subtitles Audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp Original Trailer Trailers for four of the films in the Meiko Kaji-starring Stray Cat Rock series, made at the same studio as Blind Woman’s Curse Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes, illustrated with original archive stills.”

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Motivational Growth

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“Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold, a smooth talking fungus who was born of the filth collecting in a corner of Ian’s neglected bathroom, works to win Ian’s trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. With The Mold’s help, Ian attracts the attention of a neighbor he’s been ogling through his peephole, Leah, and he manages to find a slice of happiness despite his unnatural circumstances. But Ian starts to receive strange messages from his old and broken down TV set that make him realize that The Mold may not be as helpful as it seems to be, and strange characters combined with stranger events cast Ian’s life in the shadow of an epic battle between good and evil that Ian is only partially aware of.”

The Walking Deceased

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“A month into the zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors, including four who “for safety reasons” go by the names of their favorite cities–Green Bay, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Harlem–a Sheriff fresh off a nice, relaxing, six-week coma, his small-business-owner 10 year old son, and a voiceover-prone zombie, Romeo, who has convinced the group that he’s not dead, just a little slow, are forced from the safety of their mall-camp in hopes of finding a rumored safe-haven.”

Avenged

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“A deaf girl is brutalized by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body.”

The Wicked Lady [Kino Lorber]

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“Legendary actress, Faye Dunaway (Network, Bonnie & Clyde) looking delectable in her 17th Century wardrobe, stars as Lady Barbara Skelton, a beautiful English socialite who finds her life extremely dull in spite of being married to a rich man (Denholm Elliot, Trading Places). In order to escape her banal existence, Barbara begins an affair with a miscreant criminal, Jackson (Alan Bates, Women in Love), and together they enter into a life of crime… specifically, highway robbery. As Barbara masquerades as a bandit by day, she must uphold her duties in the social hierarchy by night. A remake of the 1945 classic, The Wicked Lady is a bold foray into deviance. Director Michael Winner (Firepower, Death Wish I, II & III) has even gone so far to include an erotic whipping scene between Dunaway and Marina Sirtis (Commander Deanna Troi of TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation). The wonderful supporting cast includes Sir John Gielgud (Arthur), Prunella Scales (Howard’s End), Oliver Tobias (The Stud) and Glynis Barber (Edge of Sanity).”

The Coven

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“In Highgate North London, History teacher (Dexter Fletcher) debates whether Neo Paganism is a true religion or Devil worship. Inspired by the lesson, five young teenagers camp out in Historic Queens Wood on Halloween hoping to witness Pagan activity. However they soon discover they are part of the ritual when a mysterious biker hunts them down.”

Shelter

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“An ominous disaster forces five survivors to wait out nuclear winter in a secret underground bomb shelter. With limited supplies and nowhere else to go, they struggle against the clock, uncertain if they’ll survive until it’s safe to return to the surface. As weeks turn into months, one room proves too small for five people. Habits curdle into routine, relationships dissolve, obsessions give way to madness.”

Crystal Skulls

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“In the year 2020, a rapidly growing Black Hole headed straight for the sun plunges the Earth into darkness. Governments around the world race to build massive space arks for the lucky few who will escape Earth’s tragic fate. However, archaeologists discover a solution hidden beneath ancient Mayan ruins: 12 ancient skulls that can stop the destruction. Now it’s up to an unlikely team of those left behind on Earth to find the hidden skulls and rescue mankind before it can be wiped out.”

Blood Slaughter Massacre

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“Ten years ago, the sleepy suburb of Havenwood was plagued by a string of unsolved murders, by a masked maniac remembered only as The Ripper. Now a new series of killings has begun, and teenagers are turning up dead everywhere. But can The Ripper be stopped this time around? Blood Slaughter Massacre is an incredible homage to slasher movie nostalgia, and featuring a killer 80’s style soundtrack.”

Arachnoquake

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“When powerful earthquakes wreak havoc in Louisiana, giant albino spiders emerge from the fissures and attack the disoriented survivors. A tour guide caught up in the cataclysm determines the species must be descended from a progenitor that was trapped underground millions of years ago, and that the quakes will continue, following an ancient, previously unknown fault line right toward Houston. The eight-legged beasts only weakness is a genetic abnormality that makes them highly vulnerable to sunlight. Too bad a total eclipse is on the way!”

Bedlam

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“George is a haunted man. He enters Bedlam Hospital for a guaranteed recovery, but it is a world darker than even his demons could conjure. Once, he fought for sanity, now he fights to survive. Welcome to Bedlam.”

Satan’s Cheerleaders: Special Edition

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“Benedict High School’s cheerleaders aren’t shy and sweet. The football team knows them well and Billy, the school’s disturbed janitor, would like to. In the locker room, the girls shower and dress, unaware of the evil eyes which secretly watch them. They don’t know that a curse has been placed on their clothes. And they don’t know that their trip to the first big game of the season might sideline them for eternity. Will the cheerleaders succumb to the dark ritual of sexual sacrifice and death that’s been plotted for them? Only those who dare watch will know!”

Deep in the Darkness [Scream Factory]

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“Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town’s deepest secret: a terrifying and controlling race of creatures that live in the darkness in the woods behind his home.”

Gabrielle

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“Edward Sheehan (Michael Madsen) owes his publisher one more book which he cannot bring himself to write. It has nothing to do with him being out of ideas; he is full of them. What holds him is that he can’t embrace his method. He fears the inner depths he’ll need to plumb to bring up the story his fans have come to expect. With little choice, he isolates in a cabin on a lake in New England. With only himself and his demons, he fights his way through the final chapter and finds himself with the most frightening book of his career: Gabrielle.”

Ten

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“Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she’s traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs. The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion’s wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone–or something–has lied to get them in the house. It’s not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted. Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts. At least, not until the first murder. What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem. Yet, the fate of the entire world may rest in their hands.”

Snuff: A Documentary About Killing On Camera

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“Explore the disturbing, pervasive urban legend of the snuff film, an alleged film where someone is purposely murdered on camera. This compelling, educational documentary features interviews with film professionals, FBI profilers and academics, who all help examine the myths and evidence of snuff films, and its relationship to cult films, serial killers and pornography in our culture.”

The Mothman Curse

the mothman curse

“A supernatural thriller based on the terrifying legend of The Mothman. Rachel and Katy work together in a large, empty museum. But lately, Katy notices slight, disturbing changes in her friend, while a menacing, dark shadow appears to be watching them night after night, drawing them both further into fear and madness. As they investigate deeper, the legend becomes a very real, living nightmare.”

Jonah Lives

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“A group of teens foolishly play with a spirit board and contact the spirit of a murdered man, who they soon resurrect from the grave in the form of a murderous zombie, intent on avenging his own death and stalking the teens down one by one until he can get to his killer.”

Territory 8

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“After a chemical weapon explosion in the Nevada desert, eight square miles surrounding the area are put into quarantine, trapping anyone who managed to survive. Soon after the incident, two scientists find themselves confronting a sinister cover up and a band of hostile survivors who are looking to escape the quarantined area, now known as Territory 8.”

The Pigman Murders

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“Seven friends head into the wilderness for the weekend to celebrate a friends’ anniversary. But after finding a severely beaten man in the woods, they decide to find help, but soon become the hunted in a twisted game of cat and mouse with a group of animal-masked sadists. Now, in the middle of nowhere with nothing, they must fight to escape a living hell in this roller-coaster horror thriller.”

Auteur

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“In this horror thriller directed by Cameron Romero and starring Tom Sizemore, a naive documentarian sets out to find a legendary horror director who mysteriously disappeared before the release of his highly anticipated masterpiece. As the filmmaker uncovers the story through various interviews, he learns that the truth is much more deadly than he ever imagined.”

Sorrow

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“Early one morning in the bucolic town of Fieldhouse, Texas the local residents awaken and start the day preparing to go about their business. Detective Ana Salinas is called to a crime scene unaware that this dispatch is going to be far from a usual day at work. Inside the modest home are two corpses, a kill room littered with the discarded clothing of numerous victims and strewn with blood smeared torture devices. Ana Salinas partner and lover is killed almost immediately when he unwittingly triggers a booby trap packing spring loaded darts. A young woman is found at the crime scene, dazed and confused with a bullet wound to the shoulder, but mysteriously slips away from the hospital before she can be questioned. It is revealed that the young woman, Mila Sweeney, a forensic psychologist has been captured weeks before by the Killers, relentlessly tortured and abducted to Texas. Mila has endured nights of unspeakable terror, listening as the psychopaths torture and kill women in an ..”

Daisy Derkins: Dog Sitter of the Damned

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“Daisy Derkins is an attractive college student who just needs to make a few extra bucks. What could be easier than a one-night dog sitting gig? Nothing, unless the dog’s owner is an evil wizard, and his house is haunted, and his dog, Mookie, is a demonic beast! News of an escaped serial killer has Daisy on edge plus some creep she went on one blind date with won’t stop harassing her, so she calls some friends over for company. After much drinking and pot smoking, they break out the Ouija board, and all Hell breaks loose. Beautiful babes, murderous monsters, maniacal madmen, and killer comedy abound in this shockingly funny tale of horror and the supernatural!”

Nothing Sacred

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“A pair of twins named Blue and Delilah, separated at birth, meet for the first time at their mother’s death bed. Their mother tells the twins that it is their fate to fulfill a secret prophecy. The prophecy foretold long ago that they would avenge her death by killing the dark sorcerer Chambers. The only problem is that Chambers is their father – and in a month from now, he’ll have the last gruesome ingredient he needs to become immortal. As time runs down, the twins chase Chambers across the world from the corpse-filled catacombs of Paris to the most sacred rituals of the Muskogee Indians in Oklahoma. Along the way, they have to do battle with Chambers’ vast army of followers, bringing them face to face with the Mayor of Paris, the Greek god Hermes, a street magician whose frightening tricks are real, and an immortal king with a castle hidden high in the mountains of Belgium.”

Firewalker [Olive Films]

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“A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache hoard of gold.”

Cell Count

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“Russell Carpenter reluctantly admits his wife Sadie into an experimental treatment facility for her life threatening disease. While locked in this prison-like surrounding they, along with 6 others, are unknowingly subjected to a cure that might just be worse than the disease itself.”

My Demon Within

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“Cyril Bass is a good-hearted loser that works in a thankless corporate job where everyone takes advantage of him. His social life is also a total disaster; he holds a secret crush for his neighbor Callie but can’t even muster a hello as they pass in the hallway. He has a very vivid imagination about how he’d wreak revenge on everyone that’s done him wrong, but his morals and ethics keep those thoughts at bay. Cyril is constantly struggling with his darkest, most sinister side, his own demon. At his worst moment, the Demon entices Cyril to release him, promising revenge, fortune, popularity, and any woman of his choosing. Cyril’s life does an about face as Demon slowly takes over, people begin to see him differently as every opportunity opens up to him, and Callie finally takes an interest in him. Too much blood is shed as his decision to release his demon takes its toll; his life is slipping in a downward spiral out of his control. Now the police are hot on his trail for murders he didn’t commit, Cyril must fight his demon to get his life back and save the girl.”

Wake Before I Die

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“After moving his family to a small Northwest town, Pastor Dan Bennett begins to suspect that all might not be as idyllic as he first imagined. Strange spiritual obsessions begin to unearth age-old secrets, and personal threats await anyone who dares confront them. He realizes he must not only prepare his new congregation to face the assault, but also fortify his own home as evil seeks to invade and shake it to its very foundation.”

Chillers

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“A Haunt: Carrie White just wanted to go check out a local haunted house to kill some time. Terrifyingly realistic, she got much more than she bargained for. Soul Mates: After a mugging Jason Tallman is plagued by nightmares. Are these really just night terrors or something even more frightening? The Couple: Thieves Barbara and Freddy thought they pulled off the heist of a lifetime until a stranded couple seeks shelter. Now they have to deal with them in order to get away with it. Special Features: Horror Trivia Name Game Jessica Jackson Memorial Slideshow Toxic Zombie’s Run For Your Life Music Video Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery”

Girls and Corpses Presents Blood Rites

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“Heavily influenced by Giallo, a genre of Italian horror popularized in the late 60’s and 70’s by masters like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, Blood Rites is a macabre mystery of murder, drug use and the occult. It was supposed to be an easy deal for Jason and Nikki: buy the drugs, cut them at an abandoned warehouse, then sell them on the street and rake in the cash. When the drug deal goes bad and Jason disappears, Nikki is trapped on an upper floor of the warehouse with a vicious ex-military enforcer, a gunshot victim, a violent addict and his three hostages. Leaving the building is not an option. All the exits have been blocked. And somewhere in the darkness is something with a taste for blood and a love of pain. The bad guys are being stalked by something worse. For a great demon demands to be born from the fiery depths of hell and its faithful servant has planned a bizarre blood rite that will leave no vein untapped. Blood will flow. Hell is coming.”

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