Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for April 25, 2017

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Horror releases for April 25 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click on the title to go to the Amazon listing; buy to support this site!

24×26: A Movie About Movie Posters [Blu-Ray]

“24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters

“24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters” is a documentary that explores the world of illustrated movie poster art; the artists who create it, companies and studios that commission it, galleries that display it and collectors and fans who hang it.

Through interviews with a number of key art personalities from the ’70s and ’80s, as well as many modern, alternative poster artists – “24×36” aims to answer the question – What happened to the illustrated movie poster? Where did it disappear to and why?

In the mid 2000s, filling the void left behind by Hollywood’s abandonment of illustrated movie posters, independent artists and galleries began selling limited edition screenprinted posters. This movement has quickly exploded into a multi-million dollar industry, with prints selling out online in seconds, inspiring Hollywood studios to take notice of illustration in movie posters once more.

“24×36” explores this birth, death and resurrection of the illustrated movie poster.

This Blu-ray features surround sound, English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired and bonus material including “Poster Posse” and the official “24×36″ trailer.”

Underworld: Blood Wars [Blu-Ray]

“In the next installment of the blockbuster franchise, Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.”

Underworld Ultimate Collection [Blu-Ray]

“Experience all five films in the iconic Underworld series on Blu-Ray in the ultimate Underworld collection!”

The Girl with all the Gifts [Blu-Ray]

“Six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close stars in a post-apocalyptic story about a devastating disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating ”hungries.””

Caltiki the Immortal Monster [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“Arrow Video presents a collaboration between two giants of Italian cult cinema Riccardo Freda (The Vampires, The Horrible Dr Hichcock) and Mario Bava (5 Dolls for an August Moon, Blood and Black Lace)!

A team of archaeologists led by Dr John Fielding (John Merivale, Circus of Horrors) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki.

Though Riccardo Freda received sole directing credit, a significant portion of the film was in fact the work of Mario Bava, who also served as its cinematographer and was responsible its striking special effects. Drawing on a diverse array of influences, from The Quatermass Experiment to the works of HP Lovecraft, Caltiki the Immortal Monster is a unique and unforgettable sci-fi chiller which showcases these two legendary filmmakers at their most inventive. Presented here for the first time in a newly restored high definition transfer, Caltiki shines and terrifies! like never before.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
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 Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
From Quatermass to Caltiki, a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on Caltiki
Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master, an archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa
The Genesis of Caltiki, an archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi
Archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa
Alternate opening titles for the US version
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Kat Ellinger and Roberto Curti”

Django Prepare a Coffin [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“Django the drifter returns in this classic sixties Spaghetti Western from Ferdinando Baldi (Texas Addio, Comin At Ya!), starring Terence Hill (They Call Me Trinity) as the wandering gunslinger, hired as executioner to a corrupt local politician who is framing innocent men, sending them to hang in an evil scheme to take hold of their land.

But Django has other ideas and, cleverly faking the deaths of the condemned men, he assembles them into a loyal gang who ll help him take down the boss, a man who had a hand in the death of Django s wife years before.

Thrill as Django gets his bloody revenge with a hail of bullets in this classic from a series of B-movie western that helped to define a genre. Prepare your coffin now!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

New High Definition digital transfer of the film in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio
Optional English and Italian audio tracks
Newly translated English subtitles for Italian audio and English SDH for the deaf and hard of hearing on the English audio
Django Explained A new interview with Spaghetti Western expert and author Kevin Grant
Original Trailer
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet by critic and Spaghetti Western expert Howard Hughes”

From Hell It Came [Blu-Ray]

“Beware Tabonga! On a remote South Seas island, no one is safe from this hideous…and unique…monster. Tabonga is part man, part tree, all doom. Formerly an island prince, he was unjustly put to death by a witch doctor. Now he’s returned to life with roots, branches and a vengeance. Against natives. Against visiting American scientists who investigate the tree’s radioactive green sap. Against anyone unwise enough to expect a tree to stay put. A macabre medley of creature feature, Polynesian kitsch and Atomic Age cautionary tale, From Hell It Came is the killer-tree movie you woodn’t want to miss!”

Psycho Cop Returns [Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray]

“Officer Joe Vickers (Robert R. Shafer) is the meanest and deadliest cop in LA, leaving behind a never-ending stream of bloodied bodies, in the name of justice. The fact that he also happens to be a Satan worshiping member of the undead doesn’t help much either. After overhearing some office workers discussing a secret drug and sex filled after-hours party they’re planning to host that night, Vickers decides to take the law into his own hands, disposing of the rebel rousers in a series of gruesome ways. Will the hapless partiers be able to outsmart and survive his brutal tactics before the night is through?

Outrageously gory, nudity filled, and bitingly funny, director Adam Rifkin’s (Detroit Rock City) no-holds-barred slasher/comedy classic, PSYCHO COP RETURNS, moves gleefully between blood drenched killings and sex comedy antics, resulting in a 90s exploitation gem unlike any other. Only briefly available in its uncut form, Vinegar Syndrome brings this gleefully absurd sleaze masterpiece to Blu-ray in a brand new and fully uncensored director approved 2k restoration!

Bonus Features:
1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm vault elements
2. Commentary track with Director Adam Rifkin
3. “Habeas Corpus” – a 43 minute documentary on the making of PSYCHO COP RETURNS, featuring brand new interviews with: Adam Rifkin (Director), Robert R. Shafer (Lead Actor), Dan Povenmire (Screenwriter), Peter Schink (Editor), Miles Dougal (Co-Star), Rod Sweitzer (Co-Star), Nick Vallelonga (Co-Star), Barbara Niven (Co-Star) and Melanie Good (Co-Star)
4. “The Victims of Vickers” – featurette with SFX Artist Mike Tristano
5. Cover artwork by Chris Garofalo
6. Reversible cover artwork
7. English SDH Subtitles”

Double Exposure [Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray]

“Michael Callan stars as Adrian Wilde, a prolific photographer whose specialty is shooting nude models for men’s magazines. His life starts to unravel when he begins to experience strange and almost lifelike dreams in which he murders the very women he’s been photographing. What’s more is that he soon discovers that they might not be dreams after all. Has he started to lose touch with reality; is he a calculated killer attempting to create an unbelievable alibi; or is something much more sinister and deadly afoot…

Co-starring Joanna Pettet (Welcome to Arrow Beach) and Seymour Cassel (Killing of a Chinese Bookie), and featuring atmospheric, scope photography by R. Michael Stringer, DOUBLE EXPOSURE is a slick and suspenseful psychological mystery fused with slasher and giallo elements. Inspired by director William Bryon Hillman’s 1974 film, The Photographer, but taking a much darker and more violent approach, Vinegar Syndrome brings this distinctly original horror obscurity to Blu-ray, newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
2. Commentary track with Director William Byron Hillman
3. “Exposing Double Exposure” Interview with Cinematographer R. Michael Stringer
4. “Staying on Task” Interview with Script Supervisor Sally Stringer
5. Isolated score by Composer Jack Goga
6. Original theatrical trailer
7. Promotional still gallery
8. Reversible cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak
9. English SDH Subtitles”

The Vampire Bat [The Film Detective Blu-Ray]

“An excellent cast featuring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and the immortal Dwight Frye headline this macabre tale of vampire attacks in a small village. Does a troubled man-child with an affection for bats have something to do with it? Or is it a local scientist who appears to know quite a bit about vampirism? Director Frank R. Strayer spins a thrilling tale from Hugo nominated screenwriter Edward T. Lowe (House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula) and will have you craving more films from the first golden age of horror!

Special Bonus Features:
– New Melvyn Douglas Featurette with his son, Gregory Hesselberg
– Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sam Sherman”

Dark Waters [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

“It has been acclaimed as “visually amazing” (Videoscope), “deeply disturbing” (BBC Radio One), “a must see for serious horror buffs” (Film Review), and compared to the works of Bergman, Bava and Argento. Now experience the modern Nunsploitation masterpiece from co-writer/director Mariano Baino as you’ve never seen or heard it before: When a young Englishwoman attempts to discover her mysterious connection to a remote island convent, she will unlock an unholy communion of torment, blasphemy and graphic demonic depravity.
Louise Salter (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE) stars in this “stunning and horrifying debut” (Digitally Obsessed) filmed on location along the grim Ukraine coast now transferred in HD from the original 35mm negative and featuring over 4 hours of startling Special Features.

Special Features:

Audio Commentary With Writer / Director Mariano Baino
Lovecraft Made Me Do It Featurette
Let There Be Water Featurette
Controlling The Uncontrollable Featurette
Deep Into The Dark Waters Featurette
Director Intro
Deleted Scenes
Silent Blooper Reel With Audio Commentary by Director Mariano Baino
Short Films Of Mariano Baino: Dream Car, Caruncula, Never Ever After
Making Of Never Ever After”

The Other Hell [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

“Bruno Mattei’s Nunsploitation Classic
Now Uncut & Uncensored In HD
For The First Time Ever!

At the peak of his ’80s excess, Italian sleaze maestro Bruno Mattei using the alias Stefan Oblowsky stunned audiences with this Nunsploitation shocker about a series of brutal murders in a depraved convent. And while his cinematic legacy may remain controversial, Mattei delivers a surprisingly stylized yet undeniably blasphemous orgy of stabbings, stigmata, Satanism, violence and graphic savagery that ranks among his very best. Franca Stoppi (THE TRUE STORY OF THE NUN OF MONZA), Carlo De Mejo (WOMEN’S PRISON MASSACRE) and Franco Garofalo (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in this nugget written by the notorious Claudio Fragasso (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, TROLL 2) and featuring a score borrowed from Goblin, newly transferred from a 35mm print discovered behind a false wall in a Bologna nunnery!

Special Features:

Audio Commentary With Co-Director/Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso Moderated By Freak-O-Rama’s Federico Caddeo
Sister Franca: Interview With Actress Franca Stoppi
To Hell And Back: Archive Interviews With Director Bruno Mattei and Actor Carlo De Mejo”

The Screaming Skull [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

“Get ready for such a fright when the Screaming Skull arises!
When widower Eric (John Hudson) bring his mentally fragile new bride Jenni home to the palatial estate of his first wife, strange things begin to happen. Jenni is certain she is being tormented by Eric’s former wife who died under mysterious circumstances. But no one else seems to hear the ominous screams or see the rolling skull that comes knocking at the front door. Much like master showman William Castle, the producers of the film promised a free burial service for anyone who died while watching the film. Of course, this never happened. Or did it?”

I Bury the Living [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

“A Creature to Freeze Your Blood! A Story to Chill Your Soul!
Through a series of chilling coincidences, the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery. This chilling tale is co-produced and director by cult filmmaker, and father to Empire/Full Moon founder Charles, Albert Band (Dracula’s Dog, Ghoulies II).”

Exterminator 2 [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

“The Exterminator is back… and he’s burning with vengeance!
John Eastland (Robert Ginty) is back! The torch-wielding outlaw vigilante is cleaning up the urban jungle again. Drug lord X and his army of thugs have declared war on New York City, but they have yet to meet someone like The Exterminator. This fiery sequel also stars Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City), Frankie Faison (Banshee) and Deborah Geffner (All That Jazz).”

The Wicked One

“A group of traveling friends who are hoping for a fun filled weekend getaway, find themselves in the cross hairs of one of the most dangerous and prolific serial killers in history.”

Abandoned Dead [Wild Eye Releasing]

“Rachel, a security guard who harbors a fear of the dark, is sent on assignment to secure an abandoned medical rehab clinic. It’s a place with a supernatural history, where people have mysteriously disappeared. Alone and afraid, Rachel is tormented throughout the night by paranormal terrors, as she discovers the dead who reside here may be connected to buried secrets from her past.”

Goregasm [Wild Eye Raw]

“The brutal, unstoppable CFK Killer is back for another knee-deep adventure in death, drugs, and perversion! And for video store clerk Mark and his girlfriend, the nightmare has just begun as the notoriously deformed monster begins to kill off all their friends. With the police unwilling and unable to help, it’s up to the beautiful and deadly all-girl gang C.L.A.M. to end CFK once and for all.”

The Portal

“The Portal transports you through a frightening world where ghosts and paranormal creatures reign and nothing is as it seems. When a young woman disappears, the search for her whereabouts leads to a mysterious portal. What lies beyond is an unimaginable nightmare. Dare to jump into a new dimension of fear.”

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