Notable horror releases for April 8. Selections are subject to Blu-Ray release as well.
“Jesse begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn’t long before Jessie finds he’s been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity, and it’s only a matter of time before he is completely under its control…”
“Paz de la Huerta (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) turns up the body heat in this wickedly entertaining story of a fatal attraction. By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni, a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror.”
“The true story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother.”
“England: 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O’Neil and Cutler. O’Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descends into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. A FIELD IN ENGLAND is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley award-winning director of Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers.”
“In this psychological thriller, 19-year-old Charlotte (Emma Greenwell) enlists the help of alcoholic ex-Marine Wayne (Brendan McCarthy) to find her estranged sister who has gone missing deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Their search leads them to the Church of One Accord and the enigmatic snake-handling preacher Brother Billy (Joe Egender), who s devoted congregation of outcasts knowingly risk injury or death seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. What Wayne and Charlotte uncover during their time on the mountain – about themselves and the nature of faith – will shake them to their core, as the mystery of Charlotte s sister and her fate unravels.”
“A young girl accepts a mysterious offer from a couple she just met to sail the world on a yacht. She is innocent and nubile, even if she finds herself attracted to them, suspecting she might be in for something more than just a fun-filled adventure. What she doesn’t realize is that the something more will go a long way, as the man has a violent past… an extremely shocking, violent past! Straight from the German underground, one of the most shocking and controversial films ever made explodes onto DVD. Massacre Video proudly presents Marian Dora’s ‘Voyage to Agatis’, completely uncut and uncensored!”
The Jekyll & Hyde Portfolio + A Clockwork Blue
“JEKYLL & HYDE PORTFOLIO (1971) In this notorious mix of sexploitation and slasher, a mysterious murderer is terrorizing the patients and staff at a rural sanitarium. Who will be the killer’s next prey in this blood soaked classic? A CLOCKWORK BLUE (1972) Hapless researcher Homer travels through history, discovering the erotic secrets of the past in this lost screwball gem, newly preserved in 4K!”
The Night of the Hunter [Criterion Collection]
“The Night of the Hunter-incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed-is truly a standalone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear, The Friends of Eddie Coyle) as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters (A Place in the Sun, The Diary of Anne Frank) are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic-also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish (Intolerance, Duel in the Sun) and writer James Agee-is cinema’s quirkiest rendering of the battle between good and evil.”
“Carlos Tobalina was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the 1970’s and 80’s directing upwards of 50 feature films, and MARILYN ranks as one of his most outrageous endeavors. William Margold stars as ‘The Senator,’ who, despite being married, agrees to impregnate a beautiful CIA angent. As complications ensue with the senator’s ability to perform , his wife and associates become increasingly suspicious of his affairs, resulting in a myriad of bizarre plot twists and revelations. Co-starring Serena, Sharon Thorpe, Dominique St Clair, as well as a cameo from John Waters star Liz Renay, MARILYN AND THE SENATOR is coming to home video for the first time in its full length director’s cut, scanned from the 35mm camera negatives.”
“After her boyfriend is brutally murdered in a sting operation, special agent Gillian Kaites is implicated in the slaying and is sentenced to prison. While behind bars, she discovers a shocking web of corruption and begins to plot a bloody revenge in this action and T & A filled Troma classic from director by Eric Louzil (CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH Pts. 2 & 3) and producer by Lloyd Kaufman (THE TOXIC AVENGER)! Vinegar Syndrome is pleased to bring this 80s cult hit to DVD newly restored from the original negative.”
“A flying saucer hidden in a Red Chinese peasant village is sought by teams from the United States and U.S.S.R. On finding it, they band together to explore the saucer and take a trip into space.”
“Having declared war with North Korea, Japan has become beleaguered state. After giving birth to a zombie baby, Momoko has lost her sanity, and is being worshipped as a modern-age Virgin Mary in the Akiba Empire. Her friend Kanae, a nurse, is trying desperately to find the way to rescue her friend as well as those human beings who are still non-zombified. Will she be able to find the cure? — A tribute to zombie movie master George A. Romero!”
“A group of beautiful bikini-clad girls go on a vacation in the swamp of the Florida Everglades, never to return.”
“Real estate agent John Dante is stuck with a house he can’t sell. Despite his best efforts, he can’t seem to overcome the house’s macabre past.
This haunting anthology’s first tale is THE MORNING AFTER. Following the party of alifetime, a group of friends wake to find a nightmare in the form of a killer bug invasion.
John is horrified to hear the story of Robbie, a young veteran whoreturns home to live with his father. In FATHER LAND Robbie’s dark secretslowly bubbles to the surface. Then there’s Freddie Cooper and his band. FREDDIE AND THE GOBLINS is a tale of how Freddie’s band mates try to ditch him only to be caught up in the singer’s growing psychosis.
In a last ditch effort John’s girlfriend plans a party to help raise interest in the property, but with disastrous consequences. Will they survive the terrors that lie within its walls, or will they become just another of the house’s many sordid tales?”
“Seven friends find themselves on an isolated farm. Here, they discover an ancient book, which summons demons from the surrounding woods. Now, these friends will have to find a way out of the fields, if they want to survive.”
The Silent Thief
“The Silent Thief is a psychological thriller that examines familial bonds, the human need to belong and the thin line between sanity and insanity. Brennan Marley is an outcast drifter who threatens to destroy a family’s unity by displacing their biological son, Mike Henderson, while he is away at college. Hungry for acceptance and exceptionally cunning, Brennan becomes a boarder at the Henderson family’s beach home under false pretenses. Claiming that he is an orphan from England, Brennan uses his manipulative prowess to ingratiate himself with each member of the Henderson family before Mike returns home from college for Christmas vacation. As Brennan’s tactics become increasingly pernicious, psyches are driven to the breaking point, long buried family secrets are revealed and violence ensues.”