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Horror releases for August 18 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the titles to be taken to their Amazon listing.

The Hunger [Blu-Ray]

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“Miriam Blaylock collects Renaissance art, ancient Egyptian pendants, lovers, souls. Alive and fashionably chic in Manhattan, Miriam is an ageless vampire. Although “vampire” is not a word you’ll hear in this movie based on the novel by Whitley Strieber (Wolfen). Instead, debuting feature director Tony Scott fashions a hip, sensual, modern-gothic makeover. Catherine Deneuve radiates macabre elegance as Miriam, blessed with beauty, cursed with bloodlust. David Bowie is fellow fiend and refined husband John. In love, in life, in longing, they are inseparable. But when John abruptly begins to age and turns to a geriatric researcher (Susan Sarandon) for help, Miriam soon eyes the woman as a replacement for John. The Hunger is insatiable.”

Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem [Blu-Ray]

batman unlimited monster mayhem

“It’s Halloween in Gotham. To celebrate, the city’s spookiest villains (Scarecrow, Clayface, Solomon Grundy and Silver Banshee) have all joined forces and gone on a crime spree. Batman swings into action to stop them, joined by Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing and Red Robin. But it seems that the fiends are working for the clown prince of crime himself: The Joker, who has a surprise of his own – A computer virus that makes all technology laugh and obey his every command! Can the heroes stop the virus before it turns all of Gotham into Jokertown? Will Batman find a way to beat the Joker now that his trusty gadgets and vehicles have succumbed to “DIGITAL LAUGHTER?””

Strangerland

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“Newcomers to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine and Matthew Parker’s lives are flung into crisis when they discover their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits. With Nathgari eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the townsfolk join the search led by local cop, David Rae. It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to Tommy and Lily. Suspicions run riot, rumors spread and public opinion turns savagely against the Parkers. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink as they struggle to survive the mystery of their children’s fate.”

Nightmare Castle [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

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“At the height of her career as the dark goddess of Italian horror, the legendary Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY) delivered two of her most memorable performances in this tale of obsession, madness and depravity. Steele stars as a cheating wife who is chained, whipped and tortured to death by her sadistic scientist husband, and as her unstable blonde stepsister whose fate may be even more ghastly. Paul Muller (VAMPYROS LESBOS), Helga Liné (HORROR EXPRESS) and Rik Battaglia (SISTER EMANUELLE) co-star in this twisted shocker directed by Mario Caiano, featuring stunning black & white cinematography by Enzo Barboni and the very first horror score by Ennio Morricone. ”

Psycho Beach Party [Strand Releasing Blu-Ray]

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“PSYCHO BEACH PARTY is a wickedly fun satire of Hollywood movie genres. Chicklet (Lauren Ambrose – CAN’T HARDLY WAIT, HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER), a wannabe surf-girl with a split personality, becomes the primary suspect after a string of humorously gruesome murders terrifies the teen set. When the clues take her to the beach, the fun and suspense begin.
At the beach, Chicklet crosses paths with burnt-out surf guru Kanaka (Thomas Gibson, CRIMINAL MINDS, DHARMA & GREG), dreamy surfboy Starcat (Nicholas Brendon, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), and stylish homicide detective Monica Stark (Charles Busch, DIE MOMMIE DIE!). PSYCHO BEACH PARTY also stars Amy Adams (AMERICAN HUSTLE, BIG EYES), Matt Keeslar (SCREAM 3), Beth Broderick (SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH), Kimberly Davies (THE NEXT BEST THING) and Kathleen Robertson (BEVERLY HILLS, 90210).”

Burn, Witch, Burn [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

BURN WITCH BURN

“The powers of dark magic rule the night in this chilling masterpiece of supernatural horror as a
college campus turns into a nest of evil. Professor Norman Taylor (The Innocents Peter Wyngarde) has been enjoying unusual success at work lately, but could it be due to the magic his wife Tansy (Janet Blair) practices in secret? A natural skeptic, Norman is infuriated upon discovering her methods, but when he destroys her protective spells, a vindictive force puts both of their lives in mortal danger, leading to a final showdown that ranks as one of the most chilling in horror history. Turn down the lights, curl up tight, and watch this all-time fright classic from legendary Twilight Zone writers Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson in stunning high definition… if you dare.”

Cub [Artsploitation Films Blu-Ray]

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“This dark, bloody imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Rings, Friday the 13th and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group. A wildly entertaining killer in the woods actioner. NOTE: Dutch, French, Flemish languages with English subtitles.”

The Wife Killer [Mondo Macabro]

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“Penniless playboy Captain Jim is in hock to his rich older wife, Helen. She has even bought him the fancy yacht that now bears his name. But Jim does not want to be Helen’s toy boy any more. He wants to marry his lover, Laura. He pays a psychopathic killer of women to murder Helen so that he will inherit his wife’s millions. But the psycho killer has his own plans. Suspecting Jim will double cross him, he engineers a complex scheme that will give him the upper hand.

Very much in the style of the violent and baroque Giallo thrillers from 1970s Italy, The Wife Killer is a twisted, shocking and brutal exploration of the devious male psyche. Previously only released to cinemas in a cut version, this is the first official DVD release of the film in the U.S., complete and uncensored.”

Nomads [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“A French anthropologist moves to Los Angeles and is followed by the evil spirits of an extinct tribe he once uncovered.”

I reviewed this for Horrornews.net, but will be revisiting the Blu-Ray.

Hammer Film Collection Volume 1

hammer films collection volume 1

“Mummies! Monsters! Mayhem! Madness!
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
(1960) Color 89 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee, David Kossoff, Norma Marla, Francis De Wolff

Absorbed in research directed towards freeing the two natures of man, Dr. Jekyll degenerates in to Mr. Hyde, a vengeful maniac. While Hyde wants revenge against a gambler whom his wife is in love with, Dr. Jekyll, takes steps to do away with his evil self.

Scream of Fear
(1961) Black and White 82 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, John Serret, Leonard Sachs

A young wheelchair-bound woman returns to her father’s estate to find he’s away on business, but she keeps seeing his dead body in various places. Her stepmother and other house guests employ a plan to drive her insane and take her inheritance.

The Gorgon
(1964) Color 83 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco, Barbara Shelley, Michael Goddliffe, Patrick Troughton

In a rural village, a series of murders have been committed where each victim was turned into stone. A local professor investigates and finds an evil Gorgon haunting a nearby castle and in search of more victims.

Stop Me Before I Kill!
(1961) Black and White 108 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento, Ronald Lewis, Françoise Rosay, Bernard Braden, Katya Douglas

After a horrific car crash, race car driver Alan Colby goes on vacation to recover, but suffers blackouts and violent outbursts. With his wife by his side, he visits a psychiatrist who promises to cure Alan’s suffering but they have now encountered a mind more unbalanced and disturbed.

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb
(1964) – Color – 81 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland, George Pastell, Jack Gwillim

An American showman and financier disrupts the coffin of a mummified pharoah and finds it empty. The mummy has escaped to fulfill the dreadful prophesy and exact a violent and bloody revenge on all those who defiled his final resting place.”

William Castle Horror Collection

william castle horror collection

“Enjoy 5 spine-tingling classics from Castle!
Iconic horror director William Castle created a simple, but winning formula for his films: a little comedy, a lot of scares, a preposterous gimmick, and a clear sense that fright films should be fun. This even meant Castle would, like Alfred Hitchcock, appear in his trailers and even the movies themselves.

Though his career spanned 35 years and included everything from westerns to crime thrillers, he’ll always be remembered for his horror films from the late 50s to the mid-60s. Enjoy 5 of his spine-tingling classics!

13 Ghosts
(1960) Black and White 85 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp. Donald Woods, Margaret Hamilton

When an eccentric uncle wills a huge, ramshackle house to his impoverished family, they get the shock of a lifetime. Their new residence comes complete with a spooky housekeeper, plus a fortune in buried treasure and 12 horrifying ghosts.

13 Frightened Girls
(1963) Color 88 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Khigh Dhiegh, Charlie Briggs, Norma Varden

The girls of a Swiss boarding school have one thing in common they are all daughters of diplomats. One in particular finds out that she has a knack for espionage, and uncovers the murder of a Russian diplomat. Now she must escape using her girlish wiles.

Mr. Sardonicus
(1961) Black and White 90 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Oskar Homolka, Vladimir Sokoloff, Erika Peters

Desperate to retrieve a winning lottery ticket, a greedy man unearths his father’s corpse. An enormous jackpot is his reward, but not without a price: his face is frozen permanently into a hideous grin. He enlists his one-eyed servant to help him lift the curse.

Homicidal
(1961) Black and White 88 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce, Richard Rust, James Westerfield

In the small town of Solvang, there’s a killer on the loose and the nurse taking care of a wheelchair bound stroke victim has a bedside manner is to die for. As the truth is uncovered, a town’s most chilling mystery will be revealed… and a family’s darkest secret.

The Old Dark House
(1963) Color 87 minutes Not Rated
Starring: Tom Poston, Robert Morley, Janette Scott, Joyce Grenfell, Mervyn Jones, Fenella Fielding

An American car salesman living in London, is invited to spend the weekend at the Femm Estate. The Femms, trapped in the house due to an ancestor’s will, live in fear as they are taken out one at a time. Tom is left to figure out who the killer is before he becomes a victim himself!”

Face to Face [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

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“One of the best spaghetti westerns from genre master Sergio Sollima (The Big Gundown, Violent City), Faccia a Faccia (Face to Face) is a gang-busting western saga and a gripping parable of the rise of fascism. Upstanding history professor Brad Fletcher (Gian Maria Volonte, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More) is forced into retirement by his poor health and moves west for the warmer climate. As soon as he arrives, he is taken hostage by famed bandit Solomon Bennett (Tomas Milian, Companeros, Tepepa) in an accidental confrontation, and by necessity is forced to take up with his cohorts. William Berger (Sabata) co-stars in this top-notch western featuring exhilarating score by the great Ennio Morricone (Navajo Joe). This special edition includes both the American English language cut and the uncut original Italian version.
Special Features: Trailer for NAVAJO JOE and A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE”

A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

a reason to live a reason to die

“From Tonino Valerii, the director of My Name is Nobody and other classics spaghetti westerns comes this top-notch western set during the Civil War where eight condemned Union prisoners attempt to capture a Missouri fort from Confederate soldiers. Union Colonel Pembroke (James Coburn, Harry in Your Pocket) leads seven men on an impossible death mission, against all odds to overtake Fort Holman from the Confederates, commanded by insane Major Frank Ward (Telly Savalas, A Town Called Hell), ostensibly because of the fortress’ strategic location as the key to the significant routes of the American Southwest. Under the guise of seizing the fortress, Pembroke in fact wants revenge for Ward s cowardly murder of his son. International superstar Bud Spencer (They Call Me Trinity) co-stars as one of the condemned men.
Special Features: Trailer for NAVAJO JOE and A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE”

La Grande Bouffe [Arrow Video 2-Disc Blu-Ray]

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“The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini s 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le métro) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group activities with ladies of the night and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum), who seems to be up for anything…

At once jovial and sinister, the film s jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Newly translated English subtitles
The Farcical Movie A French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which the director discusses, among other things, the influence of Tex Avery, Luis Buñuel and Tod Browning s Freaks
Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande bouffe, containing interviews with Ferrari and actors Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret
Extracts from the television series Couleurs autour d’un festival featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival
A visual essay on the film with by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone
Select scene audio commentary by Iannone
News report from the Cannes Film Festival where La Grande bouffe caused a controversial stir, including Ferreri at the press conference
Original Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains, illustrated with original archive stills and posters”

Navajo Joe [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

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“Relentless In His Vengeance! Deadly In His Violence! Burt Reynolds (White Lightning, Gator) stars in this lusty, gutsy action western about a fearless Indian with a relentless vendetta. A band of outlaws, headed by a sullen leader named Duncan (Aldo Sambrell, The Man with No Name Trilogy), sweeps across the country like the plague, destroying everything in its path, including an entire Indian village. The outlaws arrive in the town of Esperanza, where they are hired by a crooked doctor to hijack a bank train and share in the wealth. But the sole survivor from the Indian village, a renegade Navajo named Joe (Reynolds), foils the plan by relocating the money. An irate Duncan holds an innocent Indian girl hostage until Joe surrenders… Joe once again must take on Duncan and his ruthless comrades with unforgettable vengeance. Top-notch direction by Spaghetti Western legend Sergio Corbucci (Django, The Great Silence) with a rousing and now classic score by the legendary Ennio Morricone (Face to Face).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Gary Palmucci | Trailer”

Troma’s War [Troma Blu-Ray]

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“A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite. The freedom of Tromaville and the world is at stake!”

Devil Hunter/Cannibal Terror [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

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Collecting both films on Blu-Ray.

A Town Called Hell [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

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“From Robert Parrish, the director of The Wonderful Country and The Destructors comes this top-notch western set during the Mexican Revolution. Greed and violence explode as a dual manhunt reaches it terrorizing climax and the Town becomes like a fiery hell as it s held hostage. An ex-soldier turned priest, Robert Shaw (Figures in a Landscape) shares a brutal town with Telly Savalas (The Scalphunters), a bandit with a bloodthirsty gang of sadistic killers. The stunningly beautiful, Stella Stevens (The Nutty Professor) hauntingly dressed in black arrives in town on a hearse, accompanied by a deaf-mute gunman (Dudley Sutton, The Devils) and in search of her husband s killer… also arriving in town is a small platoon of soldiers and their Colonel, Martin Landau (They Call Me Mister Tibbs) looking for the legendary revolutionary leader, Aguila. The all-star cast also included Fernando Rey (The French Connection I & II), Al Lettieri (Mr. Majestyk) and Aldo Sambrell (Navajo Joe).
Special Features: Trailer for NAVAJO JOE and A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE”

Kantemir

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“A group of actors gather in a remote Northeastern town to rehearse for a mysterious stage production, only to be plunged into a hellish world where their real lives mirror the grisly story of the play.”

Ejecta [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“A horrific alien invasion forces two men to fight for their lives during one universe-altering night of terror. This nerve-shredding film stars Julian Richings (Cube, X-Men: The Last Stand) in a tour-de-force performance as William Cassidy, a man who, following decades of frightening extraterrestrial encounters, is now trapped in a living hell of fear and paranoia. On the evening of a massive solar flare, Cassidy invites paranormal researcher Joe Sullivan (Adam Seybold, Exit Humanity) to his secluded home in the woods. What occurs there will change both men, and possibly the Earth, forever. Lisa Houle (Pontypool) and Dee Wallace (The Howling) also star.”

Extreme Jukebox [Troma Blu-Ray]

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“A little town is in shock after a series of murders, maybe related to the finding of an LP presumed to be cursed… Jessie Cake, an increasingly popular heavy metal singer, and his girlfriend Chloe will have to face trouble bigger than what they thought…”

Closer to God

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“In this dark, gritty sci-fi thriller, a brilliant scientist achieves a radical breakthrough by cloning the first human being. This ignites a massive public outcry, and he finds himself in the middle of an ethical, legal, and religious firestorm. But an even greater threat looms – a horrific failure from the doctor’s past that can no longer be kept hidden.”

Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things [Vinegar Syndrome]

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“While on the run from the law, two criminals decide to hide out in a small Florida town. The ringleader, Paul, concocts a plan to pretend to be his child-like accomplice Stanley’s estranged Aunt Martha. Taking over a large old house, Paul and Stanley attempt to lay low, but trouble soon arises when a local girl takes a liking to Stanley and invites him out with her friends. Paul, becoming increasingly paranoid, decides that the only way they can maintain their cover is by murdering everyone who has even the slightest suspicion of what’s really going on, but Stanley isn’t so sure he wants to keep on hiding…

This bizarre, Florida shot regional film made by one-time director Thomas Casey is less a horror movie than a hybrid of crime thriller and vaguely homoerotic relationship drama, with some bloody death scenes and moments of T&A thrown in for good measure. Nearly impossible to see for years, Vinegar Syndrome and AGFA bring this totally unique piece of low-rent trash to DVD, in its proper aspect ratio for the very first time.
Also featuring a new commentary track with cult filmmaker David DeCoteau (rapidheart.com) and film historian Nathaniel Thompson (mondo-digital.com).”

Merely Players

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“Amy, an attractive woman, confuses love with money and becomes a victim of the materialistic lifestyle of South Beach. Her relationship with Nick, a down-to-earth, young architect is great, but Amy has dreams that he can’t fulfill and afford. In her search for glamour and a dancing career, Amy meets Sam, an older, married man. Even though Sam provides her with the luxurious lifestyle, she begins to feel a void for love and attention. Unwilling to let go of Sam’s financial support, Amy becomes involved in another relationship with Robert, who grows suspicious. Amy soon discovers that life in South Beach, not everything is as good as it looks.”

Flesh and Bullets [Vinegar Syndrome]

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“Meet New York’s most sexually charged circle of friends. There’s the stewardess who can’t wait to try every cockpit in the city. There’s the cabdriver who takes beautiful women for the rides of their lives. There’s the nosey neighbors who can’t get enough of the non-stop sounds of love from next door.
Meet all of them and many more in the lost until now sexploitation rarity, FLYING ACQUAINTANCES, newly restored from the 35mm negative and coming to home video for the first time!”

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