Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for January 24, 2017

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Horror releases for January 24 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click on the title to go to the Amazon listing page; purchase to support this site!

The Handmaiden

“From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. PARK presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with PARK Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.”

Wait Until Dark [Blu-Ray]

“Now two are left: Susy, recently blinded and still learning how to live in a sighted world, and Roat, a psychopathic killer. Roat wants a heroin-stuffed doll he thinks Susy has. All Susy wants is to survive. Dim the lights, check the door’s chain lock, and brace yourself for a chiller as polished as the steel of Roat’s blade. Audrey Hepburn earned her fifth Academy Award nomination as Susy. Alan Arkin is pure evil as Roat, master of disguise and accents. Jack Weston and Richard Crenna costar as his henchmen. Building to a heart-pounding one-on-one confrontation, Wait Until Dark belongs to the screen’s most memorable thrillers” (David Shipman, The Story of Cinema).”

The Monster [Lionsgate Blu-Ray]

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“The acclaimed horror filmmaker of THE STRANGERS directs a nightmare-inducing horror film starring Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine and Scott Speedman.”

Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of V-cinema in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one’s place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the Black Society Trilogy was the beginning of Miike’s mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director’s finest works.

Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, Shinjuku Triad Society follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina, Outrage) struggling with private issues while hunting a psychotic criminal (Tomorowo Taguchi, Tetsuo the Iron Man) who traffics in children’s organs. Rainy Dog, shot entirely in Taiwan, is about an exiled yakuza (Dead or Alive s Show Aikawa) who finds himself saddled with a son he never knew he had and a price on his head after the Chinese gang he works for decides to turn on him. Ley Lines moves from the countryside to the city and back, as three Japanese youths of Chinese descent (including The Raid 2’s Kazuki Kitamura) seek their fortune in Tokyo, only to run afoul of a violent gang boss (Naoto Takenaka, The Happiness of the Katakuris).

Three of the most dramatically moving films created by the director, the “Black Society Trilogy” offers clear proof that Miike’s frequent pigeonholing as a specialist in bloody spectacle is only one aspect of his filmmaking career, and taken as a whole, the films are among the finest works ever to deal with the way violence and brutality can unexpectedly destroy even the most innocent of lives.

2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition digital transfers of all three films
Original uncompressed PCM stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for all three films
New interview with director Takashi Miike
New interview with actor Show Aikawa (Rainy Dog, Ley Lines)
New audio commentaries for all three films by Miike biographer Tom Mes
Original theatrical trailers for all three films
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films”

Blood Rage [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“IT S NOT CRANBERRY SAUCE!

What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), killer ’80s synths and some truly gruesome special effects courtesy of Ed French (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)? Why, it’s Blood Rage of course!

Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to the face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along?

Shot in 1983 but not released until 1987, Blood Rage is a gloriously gruesome slice of ’80s slasher heaven now restored from the original negative for its world Blu-ray debut.

2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration of the ”hard” home video version, transferred from the camera negative and featuring the original title card Slasher
High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Stereo 2.0 sound (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with director John Grissmer
Both Sides of the Camera an interview with producer/actress Marianne Kanter
Double Jeopardy an interview with actor Mark Soper
Jeez, Louise! an interview with actress Louise Lasser
Man Behind the Mayhem an interview with special make-up effects creator Ed French
Three Minutes with Ted Raimi an interview with actor Ted Raimi
Return to Shadow Woods featurette revisiting the original locations in Jacksonville, Florida
Alternate opening titles
Motion still gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes make-up photos
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach”

The Harrow 

“Miller, a southern drifter, lives in seclusion in an abandoned 100-year-old slaughterhouse — his only company is a vision of Gale, his dead lover who was murdered a decade ago. When Gale’s daughter Ruth arrives, looking to dig up the past, she and Miller reassemble the shards of his shattered memory and are horrified at what they uncover. BONUS DVD FEATURES will include two Short Films from director Kevin Stocklin – EVE and THE POSITION, as well as a Q&A from the Big Apple film Festival.”

Beauty Queen Butcher

“”Mean Girls” meets ”Carrie” when a shy, overweight and bullied girl exacts bloody revenge on her popular classmates in this early 90s shot-on-video shocker inspired by the horror classic ”Carrie” and the slasher favorite ”Prom Night”! It was bad enough when the popular girls of Slivis Slough High pranked fattie Phyllis into entering the beauty queen pageant, but when they microwaved her cat…watch out! Watch the pretty girls pay in the most gruesome ways when Phyllis, armed and dangerous, exacts her gory revenge! Produced and Directed by Shane Parlow and Jill Zurborg; starring Tammy Pescatelli, Jim Boggess, Rhona Brody. Special features: Behind-the-Scenes, Trailer Vault.”

Honor Student

“Having written the best selling novel Killer Student, author Nick Howarth is struggling to come up with a follow-up novel. At a book signing he is confronted by Teresa Smith who Nick met while teaching a writing class in a women’s prison. She accuses him of stealing her idea for a novel and sets about making his life a living hell by stalking him and his wife before taking the ultimate revenge for what he did.”

Chained Heat 2

“Deep inside the concrete jungle of an infamous Communist Bloc prison, one innocent woman struggles to stay alive amid sadistic, heroin-smuggling guards and a psychotic, stiletto-heeled warden. Voluptuous Brigitte Nielsen (Beverly Hills Cop II ) stars as the masterful mistress of a women’s prison where the most contemptible crimes are committed after they put you away for life.

A nefarious plot to “recruit” beautiful young women into a prostitution and drug-smuggling ring has separated one sister from another. Now, it’s red-hot action as the determined young woman begins to unravel a depraved conspiracy, as far-reaching as it is corrupt.”

Apt 3D

“Paranormal events affect a couple who have recently moved into their New York City apartment.”

Truth or Dare

“Six friends find internet stardom after making truth or dare videos that go viral. Everything is fun and games until their number 1 fan decides he wants to play…”

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