Horror releases for August 16 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the title to go to the Amazon listing; buy to support this site!
“Down on his luck and financially strapped low budget horror filmmaker Mandalor is the laughing stock of the film community. His films are terrible and the contrived, poorly done gore-effects make them unintentional comedies of the cinema. When he presents his latest effort to sleazy, exploitation film producer, Gelstein of Gorrific Pictures, with the hopes of getting a distribution deal, he is laughed out of the screening room. But the ever-determined Mandalor, along with his trusty hunch-backed cinematographer Rodney, set out to do another horror film. But on their next set, as Mandalor tries in vain to direct an intoxicated and uncooperative actress, he accidentally kills her! And when he realizes Rodney captured the dastardly deed on camera, he includes the graphic footage in his film. When he screens it to an impressed and delighted Gelstein, the producer offers him a multi-picture deal to deliver more gore galore! Now a wretched plan hatches that only filmmakers with nerves of steel could carry out, along with a hatchet or an cleaver…”
“In 1863, Confederate President, Jefferson Davis sent a detachment with a dangerous virus known as Confederate 13 to Gettysburg to join General Robert E. Lee. However, his men and the virus vanished into the hills of Indiana County. In 2016, the virus has been awakened along with legions of undead soldiers. Only three men stand between peace and the Zombie Apocalypse. Will they be able to stop the virus from spreading before it is too late? Or will the country be involved in another civil war – a zombie war with a giant beast as the new general?”
“In this fascinating second volume of Real Monsters, explore tales of strange beasts walking the land, stalking the lakes and seas, as well as flying high overhead. Encounter Lake Monsters, Vampires Devil Dogs, Demons, Werewolves, Man-Beasts, Rabid Vampire People, and more. Creatures so straight out of Jurassic Park and terrifying they could be the result of some experiment gone awry, or are they Monsters that have evolved within waterways and forests? These ominous creatures haunt our nightmares, yet appear to be as real as any other creature that populates our planet. Research continues on all of these monsters and startling new evidence appears every year that supports their existence. More strange encounters and bizarre, often illogical, paranormal experiences are being reported than ever before. Credible eyewitness reports make us face the fact that the monsters we relegate to fairy tales have indeed been quite real all along.”
“In an old building, Bill (Joseph Beattie) and Blue (Leila Mimmack), a call girl, discover a mutoscope and a secret room that is key to unlocking a dark secret related to Blue’s family.”
“Part psychological sexual thriller and part classic mystery, “Backgammon” explores the sexual tension, danger and mind games between a group of college students during a getaway in a country mansion. When Andrew invites Lucian and his girlfriend, Elizabeth, for a weekend vacation, they don’t expect Andrew’s sister, Miranda, and her Baudelaire-obsessed boyfriend, Gerald, to show up as well. Overwhelmed by Gerald’s antics and the constant irritating horseplay with Miranda, Andrew and Elizabeth split. Lucian, however, decides to stay, as the simmering sexual tension develops between him and the flighty, flirtatious Miranda. When Gerald explodes after losing everything during an alcohol-fueled poker game with Lucian, Miranda finally gives him the boot. But as she and Lucian begin to dance around each other, their surroundings show threatening signs that Gerald might never have left.”
“In the picturesque Bavarian town of Oberammergau, two friends, Markus and Thomas, are using the instructions found in an old Jewish diary to gain access to a WWII underground military base formerly codenamed: CERUSIT. Used by the Nazis as a secret research institute, there are shrouded rumors to this day about the lost gold of the Third Reich. The entrance to the cave system, however, lies right within the restricted area of a U.S. military base.
Blu-ray features surround sound, the official “Bunker of the Dead” trailer, B-Roll reel, behind-the-scenes footage and English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired.”
“A grindhouse film with pin-up flair, LADIES follows a guys’ night out as it turns into a bloody fight for survival when three men become trapped in a house of malevolent women with gorgeous dresses, sinister minds and a cannibals’ appetites.”
“Babes in the woods was a fairy tale, but these babes are smokin’ hot and are bad *** to boot. On the run from Psychopath deviant lunatics, these babes fight back with all they got, check out this collection and see who comes out on top! Skull Forest Classy, Trashy, and Sexy as HELL, this amazing collection of Bad *** Bitches will blow your mind as these babes kick *** and take names exacting revenge from those who have abused and humiliated defenseless females. Starring Playboy Centerfold Lisa Neeld! Devils Farm Five campers hike to a weird abandoned location notorious for satanic slayings in the 70’s. Soon, what seems to be a quiet weekend soon takes a horrifying turn when they find themselves being hunted by masked worshipers who intend to slaughter them for their blood rituals”
“The House On Cuckoo Lane…Some believe it is a genuine snuff film. Some believe its existence is purely rumour. This is the video nasty every horror collectors wants. But you don’t find this movie…this movie finds you.”
“THE KILLER THREE PACK Featuring Three Blood Soaked Killer Horror Films: Night Fangs, To Kill a Killer and Lockout NIGHT FANGS Two Art Teachers are obsessed with eternal youth. Somehow they manage to get Elizabeth Bathory’s diary. Soon, they start to practice bloody rituals that end up unleashing hell on earth. Starring: Leslie Frank, Cyn Dulay, Ricardo Islas, Ruby Gonzalez, Andrea N. Winters and Chris Margetis Directed by Ricardo Islas TO KILL A KILLER A retired hit-man emerges from retirement to track down a seemingly unstoppable serial killer. Soon the hit-man, his equally dangerous wife, and their innocent daughter become the vicious sychopath’s next target. Starring: Jorge Reynoso, Dominic Capone and Salomón Carmona Directed by Ricardo Islas LOCKOUT is the story of an American man who gets fired when he fails to adapt to certain changes in the company where he’s worked for over ten years. As a result of this, he and his family are forced to move to an old house in rural Wisconsin, where bizarre events will gradually turn their lives into nothing but hell on earth. Starring: Kris Desautels, Cyn Dulay, Claire Lanay, Max Da’Silva, Salomón Carmona, Chris Margetis and Ruby Gonzalez Directed by Ricardo Islas”
“A mother and teen daughter believe they have at last found safe refuge from their abusive husband and father Michael. Michael, enraged by their escape, will do anything to find them. After undergoing drastic plastic surgery, he assumes a new unrecognizable identity, and the hunt for his family begins.”
“A paranormal investigator and his newly hired videographer explore an cursed hotel known for its supernatural occurrences, a serial killer and crazed clown. Bonus features include: Trailer”
“Lovingly hand-carved from a tree trunk by beautiful, lonely Gepetta and wakened into life by a bumbling, buxom and oversexed fairy godmother, our handsome wooden hero hasn’t got a chance. Unlike the little puppet of childhood fantasy, this timberjack is packing wood!”
“For years the Jones family has survived by abducting and cannibalizing the homeless population in northeast Ohio. Their way of life is put into jeopardy when a victim’s family and friends stumble onto the Jones’ terrible secret. Their fight for survival is complicated when daughter Kendal, a newly converted vegan, falls in love with one of the family’s captives and must decide between keeping up the family’s cannibal ways or helping her new-found love escape before he becomes the Jones’ next meal.”
“Jess Franco returns to the ‘Women in Prison’ genre with more sleaze, sex and seduction! The fourth and final chicks-in-chains films Franco made with producing partner Erwin C. Dietrich. You will find yourself ‘imprisoned in the shackles’ of some lovely and erotic Jess Franco smut! In an unknown South American hell-hole, a guerrilla army violently kidnaps sexually mature women and forces them to serve as personal prostitutes and sexual tools in their private-jungle-brothel. The women who refuse to cooperate are brutally decapitated! A beautiful new bride, Angela, is kidnapped on her wedding night and soon finds herself in the guerrilla’s rebel brothel. Angela’s beauty rapidly grabs the unwanted attention of the sadistic and cruel lesbian wardress of the camp, who wants her for her own sadistic pleasures! Unbeknownst to the wardress, Angela also acquires the attention of the rebels’ rugged leader. Confused between the love of her new husband and the new found attraction to the rebel leader, Angela must now fight to survive if she is to be with either one… A sexy-sleaze-filled step above most women-in-prison films! Bonus features include: Film Trailers”
“While renovating their new home, Todd and Rebecca Jordan find a diary hidden for 30 years behind the fading walls. Opening the book releases the ghost of a tortured little girl. The vengeful spirit torments the young couple in dreams and waking life, forcing them to unearth the cause of her death so they can release her soul and find peace. But every truth has a price and this one is HELL to pay.”
“At night the Mangler stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. On the trail are a TV reporter, the father of one of the victims, and a police detective, but despite their efforts only the mysterious psychic DeRenzy knows what the killer is and how to stop it.”
“From the vaults of the golden age of slasher films comes LAKE NOWHERE, a raucous, bloody romp which resurrects the thrill of gory midnight movies for an hour-long plunge into the depths of horror. Inspired by the dusty days of VHS, LAKE NOWHERE is preceded by original trailers & commercials, replicating the experience of watching a long lost bootleg tape. When a group of friends arrive at a desolate lakeside cabin, they are stalked and murdered by a Masked Maniac, whose lust for blood transcends our world. This age-old tale of senseless slaughter quickly spirals into the realm of supernatural horror and classic monster movies, as we learn the true power that lies within LAKE NOWHERE”
“In the final days of World War 2, a secret experiment to weaponize sharks is seemingly abandoned by Nazi scientists. Until 60 years later, when a small ocean town is haunted by a mysterious creature, one built from the parts of the greatest killers in the sea – a Sharkenstein monster!”
“Newly Re-mastered in HD! Auntie Roo (Shelley Winters, He Ran All the Way) just loves children… to death. After the mysterious disappearance of her daughter, Auntie Roo has been looking for a ‘dead ringer’ replacement. And this time she found one… from the local orphanage! But what is she to do with the girl’s pesky brother when he discovers Roo’s terrible secret in the attic? Top-notch direction by cult filmmaker Curtis Harrington (Queen of Blood, Night Tide) and featuring great performances by Mark Lester (Oliver, Eyewitness), Chloe Franks (Tales from the Crypt), Lionel Jeffries (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Hugh Griffith (Ben-Hur) and the great Ralph Richardson (The Fallen Idol). Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? was the follow-up to What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? and What s the Matter with Helen?.
Bonus Features: Optional English Subtitles, Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Film Scholar Nathaniel Bell | Trailers”
“THEY CAME FOR DINNER…TO FIND THEY WERE IT!!
Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon (the voice of Frosty The Snowman from the beloved animated Rankin / Bass classic animated holiday special) as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.
Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life his nagging wife and his lack of tasty meals when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he s got a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying…
Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick s Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from lead Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as I m so hungry I could eat a whore . Vegetarians need not apply!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray (Region A) and Standard Definition (480p) DVD (Region 1) presentations
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler moderated by Mike Tristano
Brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed
First pressing only: fully-illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower”
“Tom Hanks stars in The ‘Burbs, a comedy about a suburbanite whose plans for a peaceful vacation at home are disturbed by a creepy new family on the block. Much to the disappointment of his wife Carol (Carrie Fisher) for spending a relaxing week at home, Ray Peterson (Hanks) and his three neighbors set out to investigate the next door residence after they begin to observe strange happenings. Set in an average neighborhood that is anything but ordinary, The ‘Burbs blends slapstick comedy and spine-thrilling mystery with the type of humor that has made Tom Hanks one of today’s most beloved stars.”
“It looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing… abandoned and deteriorating, the Danvers State Mental Hospital, closed down for 15 years is about to receive 5 new visitors. Donning protective gear, the men of the Hazmat Elimination Co. venture into the eerily vast and vacant asylum that is filled with an evil and mysterious past. Rampant patient abuse, medieval medical procedure and rumors of demonic possession are some of the many dark secrets the hospital holds: but then so do each of the men. This “deliciously disturbing”, (Us Weekly) thriller, directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), features a talented cast including David Caruso (CSI: Miami), Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Josh Lucas (American Psycho), Stephen Gevedon (Show Me a Hero) and Brendan Sexton III (The Killing, Boys Don’t Cry).
Special Features Include:
-“Return to Danvers: The Secrets of SESSION 9” featuring interviews with director/co-writer Brad Anderson, actor/co-writer Stephen Gevedon, actors Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III, Larry Fessenden, composers The Climax Golden Twins, and director of photography Uta Briesewitz
-“Horror’s Hallowed Grounds:” Revisiting the locations of the film
-Audio Commentary with Brad Anderson and Stephen Gevedon
-Deleted Scenes/ Alternate Ending with/without commentary by director Brad Anderson
-Story to Screen
-“The Haunted Palace”
“Expect the unexpected… he does.
Neurosurgeon. Physicist. Rock Star. Hero. Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller, Robocop) is a true 80s renaissance man. With the help of his uniquely qualified team, The Hong Kong Cavaliers, Buckaroo is ready to save the world on a moment’s notice. But after his successful test of the Oscillation Overthruster (a device that allows him to travel through solid matter) he unleashes the threat of evil, pure and simple from the 8th Dimension… the alien Red Lectroids.
Led by the deranged dictator Lord John Whorfin (John Lithgow), the Lectroids steal the Overthruster with the intent of using it to return to their home of Planet 10 real soon! But no matter where you go, there Buckaroo Banzai is… ready to battle an interdimensional menace that could spell doom for the human race.
How can Buckaroo stop the Lectroids’ fiendish plots? Who is the mysterious Penny Priddy? Why is there a watermelon there? For the answers to these and other questions, you have to watch The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, monkey boy!
Featuring Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, and Clancy Brown, Buckaroo Banzai is a cleverly crazed cult classic as only the 80s could deliver.
Special Features Include:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
-“Into The 8th Dimension: A Two-Hour Retrospective Documentary” including Brand-New Interviews With The Cast And Crew
-Audio Commentary With Michael And Denise Okuda
-Audio Commentary With Director W.D. Richter And Writer Earl Mac Rauch
Disc 2 (DVD):
-Buckaroo Banzai Declassified Featurette
-Alternate Opening Sequence (with Jamie Lee Curtis)
-“Jet Car” Trailer
“Get ready for more epic thrills and romance in the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries. After saying an emotional goodbye to Elena Gilbert, some characters will recover while others falter and Bonnie, in particular, will explore her new lease on life. As Damon and Stefan’s mother, Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), tries to drive a wedge between the Salvatore brothers, hope remains that Stefan and Caroline’s love story is tough enough to survive. Damon will do whatever it takes to take down his mother and her band of Heretics, and Enzo will struggle with where his loyalties lie. Plus, with Mystic Falls in disarray and the arrival of the Heretics – who are set on retaliation and mayhem – the suspense will be stronger than ever. Guest stars this season include Tim Kang (The Mentalist), Justice Leak (Insurgent), Todd Lasance (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Elizabeth Blackmore (Evil Dead) and Scarlett Byrne (Harry Potter films).”