Horror Horizon - Horror Releases for March 14, 2017 - Reviews from a Dead World

Horror releases for March 14 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the title to go to the Amazon listing page; purchase to support this site!

The Valley of the Gwangi [Blu-Ray]

“Cowpokes head into a mysterious Mexican valley to head ’em up and move ’em out. But they’re not looking for little doggies. They’re looking for great big dinosaurs. James Franciscus stars in this thunderous adventure featuring amazing special effects by Ray Harryhausen [The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Clash of the Titans (1981)]. Franciscus plays a Wild West showman who leads his riding and roping crew into the title region, where prehistoric giants still roam. Thanks to Harryhausen wizardry, fantastic creatures lunge, fight and rampage in scene after dazzling scene (including an awesome sequence where the cowboys rope Gwangi, a razor-toothed allosaurus). Saddle up and join the excitement.”

Elle [Blu-Ray]

“Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game – a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.”

The Love Witch

“Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will driver her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.”

Demon Seed [Blu-Ray]

“Susan Harris is alone in the house when, suddenly, doors lock, windows slam shut and the phone stops working. Susan is trapped by an intruder…but this is no ordinary thug. Instead, the intruder is a computer named Proteus, an artificial brain that has learned to reason. And to terrorize. In “one of her finest, most vulnerable performances” (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic), Julie Christie plays Susan in this taut techno-thriller based on the Dean Koontz novel. Packed with suspense, surprise and special effects, Demon Seed follows Susan’s desperate attempts to outmaneuver and outthink her captor. Then Susan learns what Proteus wants: its own child, conceived in her womb and destined for domination.”

Firestarter [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

“Firestarter, based on the unforgettable best-seller by esteemed horror author Stephen King, chronicles the extraordinary life of Charlene “Charlie”, McGee. Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, “The Shop, “, which wants to control her… or destroy her? Filled with blazing special effects and featuring an all-star cast including Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher and George C. Scott, Firestarter is directed by Mark L. Lester (Class of 1999, Commando) and driven by a pulsating, thrilling score from Tangerine Dream (Legend, Sorcerer, Risky Business).”

Red Dawn [Shout! Select Blu-Ray]

“When Communist paratroopers descend on a Colorado high school football field, a group of the school’s students wages an all-out guerilla war to save their town: and their country. Featuring an all-star cast, including Patrick Swayze (Road House), Charlie Sheen (Platoon), Lea Thompson (Back To The Future), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Powers Boothe (Tombstone) and Harry Dean Stanton (Alien), Red Dawn “comes up like thunder”, (New York Post)!”

Z Nation: Season 3

“With Operation Bite Mark in shambles and our heroes again on the hunt for Murphy, the fate of humanity rests not in the jaws of zombies, but in the rise of a new breed of hybrid ‘blends.’ Created and controlled by Murphy, the ever-growing army of blends is hell bent on spreading their message of “No Fear” across the land. With all new horrors like Wolf-Zombies, Electro-Shock Zombies, and the deadly Enders, Z-Nation: Season 3 has our heroes facing a new mission with even more blood-splattering fun.”

The Skull [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

“The Skull once again teams up horror legends Peter Cushing (Horror of Dracula) and Sir Christopher Lee (House of the Long Shadows) in a chilling, supernatural tale of murder from beyond the grave. Based on a short story by Robert Bloch (Psycho), The Skull introduces us to Dr. Christopher Maitland (Cushing), a collector of the occult. When he is given the opportunity to purchase the skull of the infamous Marquis de Sade, he leaps at the chance. What he doesn’t know is that his friend, Matthew Phillips (Lee) is the former owner of the skull – and quite happy to be rid of it. Possession of The Skull leads to a terrifying series of nightmarish events for Dr. Maitland as he tries to keep control of his life and the of unspeakable evil bearing down upon him. Hammer horror great and Oscar-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis (The Creeping Flesh, The Innocents) directed this bone-chilling thriller with a script by Milton Subotsky (Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror). The stupendous cast includes Patrick Wymark (The Psychopath), Nigel Green (The Ipcress File), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and Michael Gough (The Crimson Cult).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | Jonathan Rigby on The Skull” featurette (24:14) | Kim Newman on The Skull” featurette (27:18l | “Trailers From Hell” with Joe Dante | Trailers”

Drive-In Massacre [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

“It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13th, and remains the closest you’ll ever come to an actual seedy 70s drive-in experience: It’s a hot summer night in Southern California and the local passion pit is packed with patrons. But when a sword-wielding psycho begins carving up customers, it’ll unspool a grubby cavalcade of creepy carnies, peeping perverts, graphic decapitations and an ending you have to see/hear to believe. John F. Goff (THE FOG), Bruce Kimball (LOVE CAMP 7) and co-writer George Buck Flower (BACK TO THE FUTURE) star in this nasty slab of ’70s sleaze directed by film & episodic television veteran Stu Segall (INSATIABLE), now packed with all-new Special Features and restored from the original camera negative recently discovered in the ruins of the Sky View Drive-In near Oxnard!

Special Features:

 

  • Audio Commentary With Director Stu Segall
  • Drive-In Days: Interview With Star / Co-Writer John F. Goff
  • Norm Sheridan Recalls Drive-In Massacre
  • Making the Massacre: Interview With Director Stu Segall
  • Theatrical Trailer”

The Man Who Could Cheat Death [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

“His Terrifying Secret… His Hideous Obsession… Made Him The Man Who Could Cheat Death! Dr. Georges Bonnet has figured out a way to live forever, all he needs are glands from some very unwilling donors! Anton Diffring (Where Eagles Dare, Circus of Horrors) stars as the mad doctor in this chilling Hammer Horror classic. As he struggles against the inevitable icy grip of death, the doctor begins a descent into madness that threatens to destroy the laws of nature and the lives of those he cares for the most; the only person who could stop his unholy quest is horror legend Christopher Lee (The Oblong Box). Great direction by Hammer legend Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula) with a screenplay by Jimmy Sangster (Dracula: Prince of Darkness) based on a play by Barré Lyndon (The Lodger). Co-starring the beautiful Hazel Court (Premature Burial).

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth | Interview with critic and novelist Kim Newman (17:09) | Interview with author and historian Jonathan Rigby (16:52) | Trailers”

Easter Sunday

“A group of hard partying teenagers set out to raise some hell. Instead, they raise the DEAD. It’s been 24 years since the deranged serial killer Douglas Fisher was executed by police on Easter night, and his gruesome story became a terrifying urban legend. Then, during a drunken campfire ritual, a group of teens accidentally conjure the spirit of Douglas Fisher… aka the bunny masked killer! Unless they can stop him before Midnight on Easter, the evil bunny slasher will tear their town and everyone in it into pieces. So lock your doors and hide, or there will be no candy in your Easter basket – just the limbs and body parts of your family and friends! Doug Fisher kills everyone in sight, if you’re not careful he’ll take your head this Easter night.”

Certain Fury [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

“Newly Mastered in HD! You can run, but you can t hide! Oscar winners Tatum O Neal (Paper Moon, Little Darlings) and Irene Cara (Fame, City Heat) play Scarlet and Tracy. The girls are caught in a brutal escapade of mistaken identity, accused of a crime they did not commit. In a melee of carnage, the two girls mistaken for gun-toting killer-hookers are hustled and hassled and pursued by cops hell-bent on revenge and hot-tempered hoodlums with killer instincts alike. In their efforts to save themselves, they trip through the criminal scene of junkies, prostitutes, pushers and hoods a world where dirty deals go down and nobody wins. The stellar supporting cast includes Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee s Gold), Moses Gunn (Ragtime, Shaft), Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci s Inquest, Rampage) and George Murdock (Elder #2 of The X-Files). Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Paris Trout, A Killing in a Small Town).

Special Features: Audio commentary by film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Tim Greer | Trailers”

Return of Kung-Fu Trailers of Fury [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

Over Two More Hours Of The Greatest

MARTIAL ARTS MADNESS In Motion Picture History!

From the masters that brought you KUNG FU TRAILERS OF FURY comes another invincible collection of treachery, brutality, swordplay, wirework, darting daggers, flying fists and the most insane fighting styles ever unleashed on celluloid. Experience 35 original trailers from The Golden Age of Martial Arts Cinema, starring such legends as Angela Mao, Bolo Yeung, Don Wong, Chang Yi, Bruce Li, Leanne Liu, Lo Lieh and even Chuck Norris. It’s an indomitable dynasty of Hong Kong classics that includes YELLOW-FACED TIGER, BRUCE AND THE IRON FINGER, REVENGE OF THE SHAOLIN KID, THE AVENGING BOXER, SNUFF-BOTTLE CONNECTION, HELL’S WINDSTAFF, THUNDERING MANTIS, THE LEGENDARY STRIKE, KUNG FU KILLERS, CRAZY HORSE & INTELLIGENT MONKEY, SHAOLIN INVINCIBLE STICKS and more!

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with writer Ric Meyers (FILMS OF FURY)
  • Audio Commentary with Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival
  • Audio Commentary with Martial Arts Instructor Greg Schiller
  • Audio Commentary with Ric Stelow of Drunken Master Video”

Z Nation: Seasons 1-3 Collection

“Three years after the devastating ZN1 virus gutted the country, a group of strangers band together to transport the only known survivor of the zombie attack— Murphy — from New York to California. As humanity’s last hope to develop a vaccine, Murphy’s dark secret could seriously endanger the mission. An epic road trip filled with non-stop thrills, chills, and blood-splattering zombie fun, every episode from seasons 1 through 3 are yours to own forever (even in an apocalypse).”

Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word

“Based on an incredible true story, JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD is a terrifying tale of vengeance from beyond the grave. On Halloween night 1981, a Catholic nun is savagely murdered. In a haze of fear, the authorities in Amarillo, Texas feel compelled to solve the case quickly amidst widespread panic and lynch mob anger. Soon a suspect emerges as 18-year-old Johnny Frank Garrett is arrested and put on trial. Overlooking evidence that could have cleared his name, the jury passes swift judgment and Garrett is convicted and sentenced to death. But from the moment of his arrest until his last breath Garrett professes his innocence, and following his execution a letter is found in his cell written in a voice driven by a dark force, promising retribution and cursing the souls of anyone connected with his demise. Within weeks of his execution, Johnny’s terrifying prophecy is unleashed as a series of unexplained deaths strike down those involved in the cover-up.”

The Story of Sin [Arrow Academy Blu-Ray]

“The life of a beautiful, young and pious woman is thrown into chaos when her parents takes in a dashingly handsome lodger. Having embarked on a torrid affair, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife.

Unable to live apart from her beloved, our hero leaves home only to fall prey to the infatuations and lusts of a band of noble admirers, unsavoury criminals and utopian do-gooders…

The only feature Walerian Borowczyk (The Beast, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne) made in his native Poland, Story of Sin transforms Stefan Zeromski s classic melodrama into a deliriously surrealistic meditation on l amour fou.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

 

  • 2K restoration from the original film negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • New subtitle translation
  • New 2K restorations from the original negatives of Borowczyk s ground-breaking Polish shorts: Once Upon a Time (co-directed by Jan Lenica), Dom (co-directed by Lenica) and The School
  • New introduction by poster designer Andrzej Klimowski
  • New interview with Story of Sin lead actor Grazyna Dlugolecka
  • New interview featurette on Borowczyk’s career in Poland by Daniel Bird (co-founder Friends of Walerian Borowczyk)
  • New interview featurette on Borowczyk s innovate use of classical music in his films by writer and filmmaker David Thompson
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Andrzej Klimowski

 

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector s booklet featuring new and archival writing, including an exclusive interview with the producer of Story of Sin, director Stanislaw Rozewicz; a text by art historian and one-time Borowczyk collaborator, Szymon Bojko; and excerpts from Borowczyk s memoirs presented in English for the first time.”

Lung [Unearthed Films]

“A nameless man wanders the city, littered with necrotic artifacts and a trail of corpses. Are his grotesque hallucinations clues to a violent past’ Or are they premonitions'”

American Resurrection

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Apocalypse Kiss

“In this futuristic science fiction thriller, government security agent Jerry Hipple has been unsuccessfully tracking the city’s most infamous criminal The Red Harvest Killer. When two nomadic lovers, Katia and Gladys enter the city the death count rises and are being credited as Red Harvest killings. Obsessive compulsive Adrian, the actual Red Harvest Killer becomes furious that the sexy serial killing duo are grabbing media attention under his alias. Not only does Adrian attempt to reclaim his rightful reputation but he also decides to cleverly aid his detective counterpart through the case. All the while, killers and victims alike are unaware the world is about to reach an abrupt catastrophic ending.”

One Under the Sun [Blu-Ray]

“Kathryn Voss, the only survivor of an international Mars mission, is separated from her family and forced to go on the run when the government discovers she has returned with an extraordinary power that could end war.”

 

Kill Game [Blu-Ray]

“In the fictional town of Grace Arbor the answers are never clear.
Who is underneath the mask?
KILL GAME is the story of a group of high school kids who amuse themselves by pulling pranks on unsuspecting students and teachers. They are all popular, good looking, the kids voted most likely to succeed. But at their core lies a cruelty and shallowness which comes with the territory of privilege. One night, a prank goes horribly wrong and a teenager is killed. The gang covers it up as a drowning accident but five years later, their lives are turned upside down when one of them is killed by a serial killer wearing a haunting Marilyn Monroe mask. It doesn t stop there, one by one the gang is killed in manners mirroring the pranks they pulled in high school. Is it revenge? Is it karma? Is it the dead boy’s spirit coming back to avenge his death? One thing is certain…No one is laughing now.”

The Gravedigger/Tales from Beyond the Grave [Massacre Video]

THE UNDERTAKER Deep inside a gloomy cemetery in Barcelona, the dead are coming back to life. When the local undertaker notices the unholy events unfolding before him, he embarks on a treacherous journey to hell and back as he tries to stop these bloodthirsty visitors from another dimension.

TALES FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE November 2nd marks the Day of the Dead; a ghastly date on which cursed spirits rise from the grave to torment the living. Witness here, three shocking tales of violent debauchery. First, discover how far ‘loving the dead’ can really go, then observe the sinful rites of the Ouija board and finally shriek in fright at the bloodthirsty rage of a beautiful killer.

Massacre Video brings cult Spanish filmmaker, Vick Campbell’s The Gravedigger (The Undertaker, El Sepulturero) and Tales from Beyond the Grave (2 de Noviembre Dia de los Difuntos) completely uncut and together for the first time on DVD in the USA!

Special Features:

  • Behind The Scene Stills Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Trailers for other Massacre Video Releases”

Ascent to Hell [Blu-Ray]

“When a realtor shows an old New York factory building to a group of would-be investors, they are unwittingly caught in its tragic and sinister history.”

The Drowned

“Camp Motion Pictures DVD-ON-Demand Series brings you movies previously unreleased on DVD…to DVD! A new line of professionally authored DVDs with interactive menus and extras available aat Alternative Cinema.com! A gripping psychological ghost story along the lines of THE OTHERS, THE HAUNTING and LET S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, THE DROWNED tells the story of Kate Williams, who inherits her grandmother s cottage on a remote lake. There, she encounters apparitions that seem to emanate from a submerged church where a congregation drowned over 100 years ago. But as Kate is drawn deeper and deeper into the tragic history, she finds she is ill-prepared to unravel the horror that is THE DROWNED!”

The Donald Farmer Collection Vol. 2: Homocidal & More [Blu-Ray]

“Vol 2 contains 4 shorts with intros and commentaries from Donald:

A FISTFUL OF PASTA – Three comical Cowboys set off on a perilous journey, climaxing in a three-way gun duel.

DESPONDENT YEARNING – A one night stand leads to romantic obsession and murder.

HOMICIDAL – An abusive father accidentally kills his small daughter and tries to cover up the crime. This sets the stage for a violent confrontation between the killer and his wife’s boyfriend

INTERSPERSIONS – Two girls are living and a hippy lifestyle in a country house, but soon the walls between reality and fantasy start to blend until no one is sure what’s really happening

76 mins. All shorts are silent but include commentary by Donald Farmer. Also includes video intros by Donald. BD-R (all BD-R’s are professionally pressed and silk screened by Discmakers).

Limited Edition, JUST 200 Will Be Sold Ever!”

Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

They’re Coming To Get You!

When A Stranger Calls
(1979) – Color – Rated R
Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley, Rachel Roberts, Ron O Neal

Happy Birthday To Me
(1981) – Color – Rated R
Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracy Bregman, Lisa Langlois

Double Exposure
(1983) – Color – Rated R
Michael Callan, Joanna Pettet, Cleavon Little

Click: The Calendar Girl Killer
(1990) – Color – Not Rated
Troy Donahue, Ross Hagen, Hoke Howell

Don t Answer the Phone!
(1980) – Color – Rated R
James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence

Scream Bloody Murder
(1975) – Color – Rated R
Fred Holbert, Leigh Mitchell, Robert Knox

Silent Night, Bloody Night
(1974) – Color – Rated R
Patrick O Neal, John Carradine, Walter Abel

Savage Weekend
(1976) – Color – Rated R
Christopher Allport, James Doerr, Marilyn Hamlin

The Demon
(1979) – Color – Rated R
Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes, Craig Gardner

The Manipulator
(1971) – Color – Rated R
Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Luana Anders”

Alien Outpost/Extraterrestrial [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

“Alien Outpost: 2021: An invading race of aliens known as the Heavies are narrowly defeated in the First Earth War. But thousands of them were left behind as a new war on terror rages. In the aftermath, a series of remote operating bases are created to defend the planet. Three Seven is the deadliest, positioned in the most hostile place on Earth.
A documentary film crew is sent to record daily life in Outpost 37, where the men, led by hardened commander Captain Spears (Rick Ravanello, Dark Haul), are under constant enemy fire. When a member of the crew disappears during a Heavy ambush, the unit launches a raid deep into enemy territory to rescue him… and make a terrifying discovery.
Directed by Jabbar Raisani (Visual Effects Supervisor on Game Of Thrones, Machete, Predators), this explosive actioner is a non-stop barrage on the senses and a first-rate science-fiction masterpiece.

Extraterrestrial: From The Vicious Brothers, the creators of Grave Encounters, comes a pulse-pounding encounter of the deadly kind.

Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect), and a group of his friends back to the cabin where she spent summers as a child. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. The group venture out to the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet, along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. They soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Also starring Jesse Moss (Ginger Snaps), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps, Juno), Gil Bellows (House at the End of the Street) and Michael Ironside (X-Men: First Class, Terminator Salvation), Extraterrestrial s mind-blowing premise is delivered with “retro shocks that straddle the worlds of Steven Spielberg and George Romero [and] nods to the conspiracy business of The X-Files”, (Empire Magazine)!”

Paranormal Encounters: Poltergeists, Demons, and Possessions

“This comprehensive multi DVD set is not for those with phasmophobia (fear of ghosts), as this collection abounds with horrifying and terrifying encounters captured on video. Contains the documentaries Epic Ghosts and Hauntings and Gateways to Hell.”

Battle of the Worlds [Comic Book Collector’s Edition]

“Antonio Margheriti’s Italian Spaghetti Space Operas are some of the most interesting science fiction from the 1960s. Starting with SPACE MEN (or ASSIGNMENT: OUTER SPACE) and culminating with the brilliantly mod GAMMA ONE QUADROLIGY, Margheriti helped to shape the ultimate form of the genre — Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY — and gave it a truly modern ring (for the time) that was only bettered by the Soviet era science fiction like PLANETA BUR and MECHA NEVSTRACHU. A journeyman filmmaker with a background in production design, Margheriti was not as visionary in his approach as contemporary Mario Bava, who’s PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES remains the most impressive example of Spaghetti Science Fiction, but Margheriti had perhaps a more populist approach to his work that still endears forty-plus years later. His use of models, miniatures and pyrotechnics alone would have earned him a very respectable place in the annals of the genre by themselves. BATTLE OF THE WORLDS is his second trip into the galaxy for entertainment, and compared to the previous year’s ASSIGNMENT: OUTER SPACE, this movie is almost a quantum leap forward in terms of ambitions for his plot, characters and action sequences. And I suspect that as is the case with ASSIGNMENT: OUTER SPACE a great deal of the critical responses this movie has accumulated (“Atsa one-a lousy meataball”) has to do with the really crummy surviving prints of the film, or rather the surviving home video transfers available on public domain oriented DVD collections. BATTLE OF THE WORLDS was certainly a much more impressive experience when shown in it’s correct original widescreen ratio, probably 2:35:1 Techniscope by the looks of the pan and scanning going on to condense the film for small screen. The color on the transfers — which are likely traceable to the same early 1980s transfer to VHS — are almost uniformly rotted nearly to sepia in spots, with plenty of surface noise & jumbled damage to individual frames. What most people are reviewing is the DVD they saw, not the film itself.”

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