Horror Horizon - Horror Releases for April 18, 2017 - Reviews from a Dead World

Horror releases for April 18 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the title to go to the Amazon listing page; purchase to support this site!

Blood of the Tribades

“2000 years after the great vampire Bathor established the village of Bathory, superstition and religious violence take over as the men and women battle for control. When the men are afflicted with a mysterious illness, they become certain that the vampire women of Bathory are responsible for their ills, and thus, the hunt begins! Long-forgotten lovers Élisabeth and Fantine find that, with the help of those who were banished, it is their fate to piece together the past and help preserve what little of their society remains before Bathor’s impending return and judgment.”

Split [Blu-Ray]

“Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns with an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has revealed 23 personalities to his psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.”

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Donnie Darko [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“Fifteen years before Stranger Things, Richard Kelly set the template and the high-water mark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium.

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.

Described by its director as ”The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick”, Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katharine Ross, and ER star Noah Wyle and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. This brand-new 4K restoration, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films, allows a modern classic to finally receive the home video treatment it deserves.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut from the original camera negatives produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of both cuts
Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal on the Theatrical Cut
Audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval on the Theatrical Cut
Audio commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith on the Director’s Cut
Deus ex Machina: The Philosophy of Donnie Darko, a brand-new documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures on the making of Donnie Darko, containing interviews with writer-director Richard Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick, director of photography Steven Poster, editor Sam Bauer, composer Michael Edwards, costume designer April Ferry, actor James Duval and critic Rob Galluzzo
The Goodbye Place, Kelly’s 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films
The Donnie Darko Production Diary, an archival documentary charting the film’s production with optional commentary by cinematographer Steven Poster
Twenty deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly
Archive interviews with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala, and cinematographer Steven Poster
Three archive featurettes: They Made Me Do It, They Made Me Do It Too and #1 Fan: A Darkomentary
Storyboard comparisons
B-roll footage
Cunning Visions infomercials
Music video: Mad World by Gary Jules
Galleries
Trailers
TV spots
Exclusive collector’s book containing new writing by Nathan Rabin, Anton Bitel and Jamie Graham, an in-depth interview with Richard Kelly, introduction by Jake Gyllenhaal and contemporary coverage, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials
Limited edition packaging featuring new artwork by Candice Tripp”

Tales from the Hood [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

“Welcome to the hood of horrors!
It’s a place where your worst fears can come to life. A place where it’s hard to tell nightmares from reality. A place where you will discover Tales From The Hood.
Stack, Ball and Bulldog arrive at a local funeral parlor to retrieve a lost drug stash held by the mortician Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III). But Mr. Simms has plans for the boys. He leads them on a tour of his establishment, introducing them to his corpses. Even the dead have tales to tell and Mr. Simms is willing to tell them all. And you better listen: because when you’re in the hood, even everyday life can lead to extraordinary terror.”

Killjoys: Season Two [Blu-Ray]

“The galaxy’s most bad ass bounty hunters are back in Killjoys: Season Two. It’s now up to Johnny and Dutch to rescue a kidnapped D’avin. As our trio continues to hunt deadly warrants threatening a bloody, multiplanetary war – they face old enemies, the tyrannical Company and the mysterious agenda of Khylen, Dutch’s former mentor.”

The Mephisto Waltz [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

“When was the last time you were afraid? Really afraid? Brace yourself for the ultimate transplant… the human soul! The devil is in the music in this sleek and scary piece of movie necromancy – when a failed musician-turned-journalist (Alan Alda, M*A*S*H) interviews a reclusive aging pianist (Curt Jurgens, The Enemy Below), he doesn’t realize he’s being interviewed himself… to be the vessel for the Satanist’s dying soul! Back in a youthful body, the pianist plans for a long life in the spotlight, but when the journalist’s wife (Jacqueline Bisset, Bullitt) realizes her husband’s twice the man he used to be, she prepares to make his new life a living Hell! Television veteran Paul Wendkos (Cannon for Cordoba) directs this cult horror classic, based on a novel by Fred Mustard Stewart (The Norliss Tapes) with a screenplay by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle). The stellar cast includes Barbara Parkins (Valley of the Dolls), Bradford Dillman (Chosen Survivors), Pamelyn Ferdin (The Beguiled), and William Windom (TV s The Farmer s Daughter).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Bill Cooke | Audio Commentary by actress Pamelyn Ferdin, moderated by filmmaker Elijah Drenner | Trailers”

Contamination .7 [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

“A new kind of monster… A living lethal organism that strikes its victims without warning.
Evil waits in the woods. When a young woman returns to her small hometown, she’ll find that one thing has changed a great deal: A local company has been dumping radioactive waste from their nuclear plant… and the spill is turning the local trees into man-eating plants! As the body count rises, a group of townspeople determined to find the root of this problem instead find themselves fighting for their lives!
Contamination .7 has many names. It’s also known as Creepers, The Crawlers and Troll 3. The film is directed by Fabrizio Laurenti (Witchery) and stars Mary Sellers (Ghosthouse, Stage Fright).”

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“At the height of the Italian giallo boom in the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers.

In The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet, Milano Calibro 9) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler, The Exorcist, Suspiria). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first… and are Kitty and Franziska next?

Director Emilio P. Miraglia (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave) once again combines a conventional giallo whodunit narrative with supernatural chills, concocting a gripping horror/thriller hybrid which moves effortlessly between the world of high fashion and creepy gothic locales. Co-starring B-movie legend Sybil Danning (Grindhouse, Howling II), The Red Queen Kills Seven Times shows that there s more to gialli than black-gloved killers!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio)
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman
Exclusive interview with actress Sybil Danning
New interview with critic Stephen Thrower
Archival introduction by production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi
Dead à Porter archival interview with Lorenzo Baraldi
Rounding Up the Usual Suspects archival interview with actor Marino Masé
If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today archival featurette with Erika Blanc, Lorenzo Baraldi and Marino Masé
My Favourite… Films archival interview with actress Barbara Bouchet
Alternative opening
Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx”

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“At the height of the Italian giallo boom of the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers.

In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, director Emilio P. Miraglia (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) melds the giallo s trademark twisty whodunit storytelling with gothic chills, concocting a gripping horror/thriller hybrid. Troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen, Django the B*stard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave…

Populated by an array of Euro cult stars, including Giacomo Rossi Stuart (Caltiki the Immortal Monster) and the unforgettable Erika Blank (Kill, Baby… Kill!), and featuring a lush lounge score by giallo maestro Bruno Nicolai, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave offers up a beguiling, unique and downright insane twist on a familiar formula.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio)
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by Troy Howarth
Exclusive introduction by Erika Blanc
New interview with critic Stephen Thrower
The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave exclusive interview with Erika Blanc
The Whip and the Body archival interview with Erika Blanc
Still Rising from the Grave archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
Original Italian theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx”

Arbor Demon

“Dana and Charles are always ready for their next adventure, but a camping trip introduces them to a dangerous, unknown threat. Dana is pregnant, but keeps it a secret. She is drawn to a spot in the woods and convinces Charles to enjoy a weekend in the wilderness. The couple’s first night camping is interrupted by rowdy hunters, taunting them outside their tent. Then, the hunter’s campground is viciously attacked. Through the limiting view of their binoculars, Dana and Charles watch the violent incursion. They know they need to leave before they are next. Before they can, that unknown thing approaches their tent. But, it does not attack. It watches them from the distance. He believes the being is not attacking because she’s pregnant. The hunter tries to use Dana to plan his escape, injuring Charles in the process. His efforts are foiled. They tie him up and leave him outside the tent. He escapes. It’s up to Dana to fight for her life and outwit the hunter and creatures.”

The Watcher

“Unaware of its terrible history, a young couple purchases their dream home. But it soon becomes clear that they may not be alone in the house…and that someone–or some thing–is determined to drive them out.”

Shock Festival

“A 3-Disc (2 DVDs, 1 CD-ROM with MP3) audio and video exploitation extravaganza featuring over 7 hours of the most rare and unusual exploitation trailers, TV ads and radio spots from the Age of GRINDHOUSE CINEMA! Plus original new content inspired by the amazing fictional b-movie world of Stephen Romano’s exploitation novel, SHOCK FESTIVAL. Take a wild journey through the exploitation movie scenes of the 1970s and 1980s with this collection of hundreds of actual previews of coming attractions, television commercials and radio spots for the sleaziest, sexiest most off-the-wall films ever made – all digitally re-mastered from Original Film Elements. Collection also includes Brand New Media Inspired by the Best, Worst and most Outrageous Trailers from Horror and Exploitation Cinema. Directors: Bill Lustig, Al Adamson, Larry Cohen, Richard Griffin, Stephen Romano. Bonus features: 300 Horror and Exploitation Radio Spots on an MP3 CD-ROM.”

Soldiers of the Damned

“It’s the Eastern Front, 1944. The Russians are pushing the German Army back through Romania. Major Kurt Fleischer, war-weary commander of an elite troop of German soldiers, is ordered to escort a female scientist, Professor Anna Kappel, from the Nazi Occult Department, the Annenerbe, into a mysterious forest behind enemy lines. His orders come from the highest level, Himmler himself. If the mission fails; there will be no reprieve for him and his men. A bona fide suicide mission in Fleischer’s eyes”

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