Horror releases for July 11 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click on the Amazon buttons to order and help out this site!
Pulse [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]
“Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered one of the finest entries in the “J-Horror” cycle of films with this moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa’s dark and apocalyptic film foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives.
A group of young people in Tokyo begin to experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends, technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the compelling question, “Do you want to meet a ghost?” After the unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.
Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi (Ring, Dark Water), a dark and unsettling tone which lingers long after the movie is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story which anticipates 21st century disconnection and social media malaise, Pulse is one of the greatest and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark mirror for our contemporary digital world.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
•High Definition digital transfer
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
•New optional English subtitle translation
•New interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
•New interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
•The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You re Next)
•Archive Making of documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurettes
•Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
•Cast and crew introductions from opening day screenings in Tokyo
•Trailers and TV Spots
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket
FIRST PRESSING ONLY:Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens”
The Magicians: Season Two [Blu-Ray]
“Based on the bestselling novels from Lev Grossman, The Magicians centers on Quentin Coldwater and his 20-something friends as they discover their magical abilities at Brakebills University, a secret grad school specializing in magic. While there, they come to the realization that the fantasies they read about as children are all too real, and unwittingly invite a malevolent entity from the other side into their lives. Heading into Season 2, this group of unlikely heroes have been thrust into even more dangerous and unfamiliar territory, and must draw upon their novice skills to defeat a threat that could destroy the magical world itself. Driven by power, revenge and survival, they learn that those who enter the hauntingly beautiful world of Fillory will never be the same as those who leave.”
Species [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]
“Charged with pulse-pounding suspense, ingenious special effects from Richard Edlund and a first-rate cast including Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger and introducing Natasha Henstridge, Species is an adrenaline-charged thrill-ride you’ll never forget.
When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly, Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance!”
The Man from Planet X [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]
“From the farthest reaches of space it came … is it friend or foe?
After a ship from a distant world lands on the moors of Scotland, intrepid reporter John Lawrence (Robert Clarke, The Hideous Sun Demon) and the brilliant Professor Elliot (Raymond Bond) set out to investigate. Their journey brings them face to face with the ship’s pilot: an alien from a dying planet that pleads for their aid. But Elliot’s unscrupulous colleague Dr. Mears (William Schallert, The Patty Duke Show) has other plans entirely for the interplanetary visitor: plans that could decide the fate of two worlds.
Also starring David Ormont and Margaret Field, The Man From Planet X is pure 50’s drive-in goodness, straight from B-movie master Edgar G. Ulmer (The Black Cat, Detour).”
Don’t Look in the Basement/Don’t Look in the Basement 2 [Blu-Ray]
“The original Don’t Look in the Basement is cult film director S.F. Brownrigg’s horrifying tale of the day the insane took over the asylum. A film that started to carve S.F. Brownrigg as one of the unique and impressive 70’s exploitation filmmakers in cinema.
Nurse Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik) is hired by Dr. Stephens to work at a small sanitarium he runs. When Charlotte arrives, however, she learns that Stephens has died in the interim, and that she’ll be taking orders from the new president Dr. Masters (Anne MacAdams). Charlotte goes along, but can’t help noticing how unusual Masters’ approach is to treating the mentally ill. They’re allowed free run of the place, and Charlotte begins to wonder if Masters isn’t a patient herself.
Don’t Look in the Basement 2 is the critically acclamied follow-up to the original film, directed and co-written by Tony Brownrigg, the son of the late S.F. Brownrigg. The sequel was shot in the same location as the original with one of the original cast members returning, and continuing the 1973 storyline, set 40 years in the future.
40 years have passed since the massacre at Stephens Sanitarium, now called Greenpark. Its bloody history is largely unknown to its staff, not least William Matthews, a doctor newly brought in from New York. William is welcomed by fellow doctor Lucy, but receives a frosty reception from Emily, who runs the institute and assigns him his first patient, Sam. Sam survived the bloodbath all those years earlier, and seems to remember these walls all too well. His arrival awakens the building;s dark past, and blood son begins to Flow once more. Why are the patients turning on one another? What is Emily’s secret? And what really happened 40 years ago?”
Star Crystal [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]
“Newly Re-mastered in HD! In the year 2035 scientists discovered a new life form… they wish they hadn t. It was found during a routine expedition to Mars, buried just beneath the surface of the angry red planet. But what was initially thought to be just a curiously shaped rock turned out to be something much more: hidden within was an unknown alien species unlike any that science had ever encountered. And it has escaped. Now after the catastrophic destruction of their orbital space station, the ragtag crew of Shuttlecraft SC37 is adrift in space with limited oxygen, dwindling supplies and one very unwelcome guest. It is lethal. It is cunning. And it is growing larger and more intelligent with every horrific kill. With time running out, the surviving crew members must regain control of their doomed spaceship from an evolving alien predator who will stop at nothing to destroy them all… and to protect the startling secret that throbs deep inside the Star Crystal. Written and directed by Lance Lindsay (Real Bullets). ”
Star Slammer [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]
“Newly Re-mastered in HD! Untamed! Uncaged! Unleashed in Space! Far into the future… a war rages on a distant, desolate planet. Taura (Sandy Brooke, Terror on Alcatraz), a voluptuous Amazonian beauty, finds herself mounting a battle against the forces of evil when she tangles with Bantor (Ross Hagen, The Hellcats), a sadistic government official. Soon she is sentenced to hard labor aboard the prison ship Star Slammer and must prove herself to her young female cellmates before earning their respect and leading them in a daring prison break. With every turn, Taura faces new dangers, as she must outwit the sex-starved warden, out-tough the tyrannical trustee, and battle jagger rats, astro zombies and alien monsters. She leads her small army into a space war that will bring their salvation or their final doom. Both a comedy and a sci-fi adventure packed with action and stunning special effects, Star Slammer takes you on a fun-filled ride to the edge of the universe! Along for the trip are veteran actors Aldo Ray (And Hope to Die), John Carradine (Invisible Invaders) and beauties Suzy Stokey (The Power), Marya Gant (Cannibal Hookers), Dawn Wildsmith (Surf Nazis Must Die) and Vivian Schilling (Soultaker). Produced by indie great Jack Harris (The Blob) and directed by cult filmmaker Fred Olen Ray (The Tomb).
SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary by Director Fred Olen Ray | Trailers”
Terror in a Texas Town [Arrow Academy Blu-Ray]
“For his 41st and final feature film, Joseph H. Lewis was able to combine the two genres in which he had excelled. The man in the director s chair for My Name is Julia Ross, Gun Crazy and The Big Combo, Lewis was one of the all-time greats in film noir. But he was also a fine director of Westerns, having made A Lawless Street, 7th Cavalry and The Halliday Brand, all of which especially the last remain underrated. Terror in a Texas Town would bring his noir sensibilities to the American West, resulting in one of his finest works.
McNeil (Sebastian Cabot, The Time Machine) is a greedy hotel owner who wants to take control of Prairie City, the Texas town of the title. Keen to drive the local farmers of their land, McNeil hires a gunman, Johnny Crale (Nedrick Young, who would pen the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Defiant Ones the same year), resulting in the death of a former whaler. The dead man s son, George Hansen (Sterling Hayden, The Killing), arrives in town to inherit the farm and set the stage for revenge armed with only his father s old harpoon…
Terror in a Texas Town was written by Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten blacklisted by the film industry and forced to write under pseudonyms or to use fronts . Two years before he helped break the blacklist with on-screen credits for Otto Preminger s Exodus and Stanley Kubrick s Spartacus, his work was credited to Ben Perry, but it demonstrates a psychological depth and political dimension that is undoubtedly that of Trumbo.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
•Brand-new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
•Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Introduction by Peter Stanfield, author of Hollywood, Westerns and the 1930s: The Lost Trail and Horse Opera: The Strange History of the Singing Cowboy
•Scene-select commentaries by Stanfield
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
•FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Glenn Kenny”
Sex Doll [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]
“A high-priced call girl navigates the shadowy world of London’s underground sex trade in this provocative and erotic thriller. Virginie (Cesar Award winner Hafsia Herzi) goes about her work as a prostitute with a cool detachment, trading sex with wealthy businessmen for money, but never getting emotionally involved. Virginie’s world is turned upside-down when she meets Rupert (Ash Stymest), an enigmatic stranger with unclear intentions. Risking everything, Virginie plunges into a dangerous affair and finds herself torn between a ruthless madame who forbids such romantic attachments and a dark, sexy man who could be her savior … or her downfall. ”
The Black Room [Blu-Ray]
“PAUL and JENNIFER HEMDALE have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Something else is already living in their new home and it is growing stronger every day. It has claimed many victims including the last owners of the house. Repairmen who journey down into the basement soon meet a horrible end. When Paul is taken over by this demonic entity, it is no longer trapped within the walls and is quick to take advantage of all pleasures of the flesh. Jennifer and her younger sister KAREN begin to suspect that something is wrong with Paul. Karen finds out the truth a hard and painful way, leaving Jennifer alone to fight the demonic entity that has possessed her husband and threatens to destroy her very soul. And Paul is not the only one transforming as Jennifer soon discovers that the black room is not only evil but alive as well and may not be able to be stopped! THE BLACK ROOM- Evil Lies Within These Walls. ”
Devil’s Domain [Blu-Ray]
“Devil’s Domain tells the story of LISA POMSON, a troubled, social media obsessed teen, conflicted with her sexuality and her parents misunderstanding of her. When Lisa gets secretly filmed binging, purging, and masterbating the video goes viral and she suffers extreme cyber-bullying. Suicidal, and on the brink of insanity, a beautiful, mysterious stranger (the Devil) strikes up an online relationship with her. They grow close and meet and the stranger offers to help in exchange for a favor. The devil will rid her of the bullies and give Lisa fame and fortune in exchange for a baby. Lisa agrees and as the bullies die one by one, Lisa’s conscious kicks in and she regrets doing the deal. In a climatic finale, the Devil threatens eternal suffering and the death of her loved ones until she finally succumbs to give the devil a baby that will grow to reign terror upon the world. Featuring the music of : IGGY POP, DMX, THE ONYX, BRAINTICKET & more! ”
“When Autumn a bestselling novelist sends her mentally unstable stepsister away on a 5150 psyche hold, her best friends rally around her. Two years later her stepsister resurfaces with secrets to share about all of them and the line of sanity and insanity gets blurred.”
“Includes never before seen Director’s cut (with unfinished soundtrack) and the original release cut. It’s not easy being a cop. Especially when you’re a VAMPIRE COP like Officer Lucas (Ed Cannon). But with the city in the grip of a psycho drug kingpin, it’s time to pull out all the stops and TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME! But now beautiful reporter Melanie Roberts ( Melissa Moore) is onto Lucas’ little secret. Will she expose him. . . or help him crack the biggest crime caper since Al Capone? Soon the streets are running red with stone dead hookers and bone dry mobsters -all with two little bites on their neck. Will Melanie be next? Or is Lucas ready to make the ultimate vampire’s sacrifice to save her. VAMPIRE COP was filmed in Florida and Georgia over 1989 and 1990 by writer/director and b-movie legend Donald Farmer -The creator of CANNIBAL HOOKERS, SCREAM DREAM and SHARK EXORCIST. Co-starring Mal Arnold from BLOOD FEAST and RAY MCKINNON from OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU… Bonus features include: Original release cut, Commentary track (Director’s Cut), Trailers, Never before seen Director’s Cut (soundtrack is unfinished but it is the full movie) ”
Curse of the Crimson Altar
“When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming – and his niece more demonstrably so – Manning detects a feeling of menace in the air with the legend of Lavinia Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, hanging over everything. ”
The Blessed Ones
“A tightly knit cult hiding in a remote desert enclave prepare for an impending apocalypse. Two dissenters try to escape through the vast desert wasteland as the cult embarks on carrying out a mass suicide pact. ”
“Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies rip their way out of hell and into our world in this Monstrous tale. Stranded in an old theater, Finch and Frankie hide to escape the armageddon. As ghosts, demons and other monsters descend upon them, Finch risks everything to defeat the monsters and save the world. ”
Ogroff: Mad Mutilator
“Videonomicon proudly presents one of the first truly underground French horror/slasher films – officially available in North America for the first time ever – Norbert Moutier’s Super 8mm gore-fest OGROFF (aka MAD MUTILATOR)! For Ogroff, the mad lumberjack, the war is not over yet. Having suffered trepanation and ablated in one eye during the war Ogroff continues the fight by brutally killing anyone who enters the forest where he now resides. That is until one woman catches his eye and things get even weirder! Friends, families, kids, cars – no one and no thing is safe from the Mad Mutilator! Norbert Moutier (credited as N.G Mount), at the time a video shoppe owner, started filming in 1982 with no money but with a lot of passion. His dream: to achieve a French horror version of films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Night of the Living Dead that he could rent in his own store. What resulted over weekend shoots in the French countryside with the help of friends and other cinephiles (Alain Petit, Midnight Party, Zombie Lake) became a violent, over-the-top, bizarre, non-sensical, and nearly dialogue-free cult oddity which features the special participation of Jess Franco regular Howard Vernon (A Virgin Among the Living Dead, The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein) in a surprising and strange supporting role. Videonomicon brings this rarely seen one-of-a-kind horror masterpiece (or disasterpiece depending on how you view it) completely uncut and uncensored in its original French language with improved subtitles and newly remastered picture! Two versions of the movie: 2016 Colour Graded Remaster & Original Tape Transfer! Subtitle options: English, French, Spanish! Stills Gallery! Trailer! DVD-ROM Content! Includes liner notes featuring writings and reviews by Andy Bolus and Joseph A. Ziemba! Two completely different reversible cover options featuring new and original artwork! New artwork by Steak Mtn. (Cover A) and Jon Vaughn (Cover B)! Bonus features include: Cover A version features original Ogroff poster artwork on front and new artwork by Steak Mtn. on the reverse, Liner Notes Booklet with writings and reviews by Andy Bolus & Joseph A. Ziemba, DVD-Rom Content, Subtitle Options: English, French, Spanish, Trailer, Stills Gallery, Two Versions of the Movie: 2016 Colour Graded Remaster & Original Tape Transfer ”
“After spending the night partying at River Creek, the atmosphere is soon lost for Reece and his friends. Headaches and heartaches give way to a terrifying race back to civilization as a grossly disfiguring virus takes hold. ”
Psychopaths, Maniacs and Lunatics: Sinful Female Hostages
“Terrifying pulp fiction cult stories with horror, gore and sexploitation galore. They are so gritty, lowbrow and intense you’ll think they’re real! They say truth is better than fiction but this collection will change your mind. Includes the films: Tormented, Escaped Convicts, Sick Bastard, Woods of Torture and Tales of Terror. ”
“Videonomicon proudly presents one of the Holy Grails of Canadian cult cinema – available on DVD for the first time ever – Ron Switzer’s what-the-f—? horror classic SCIENCE CRAZED! Modern technology and bizarre chemical engineering are to blame for the strange goings on at the renowned Shelley Institute, as well as for this movie. After Doctor Wilbur Frank is fired from performing dangerous experiments, the scientist injects one of his imprisoned female subjects with an untested human growth serum. Only hours later, the innocent woman dies violently, giving birth to a full grown human male. Almost human that is. With a frenzied urge to kill, the creature destroys the unfortunate Dr. Wilbur and runs amok in the maze of corridors and rooms of the institute. The local town cop, McCoy, joins forces with Wilbur’s assistants, Terry and Joan, and together the trio fights to survive the savage onslaught of the beast. In the end, they must hunt down and destroy what insanity has created and filmed. One well known critic has suggested that perhaps the world would be a better place if they hunted down and destroyed the original negative of this film. This camp spoof of horror/sci-fi movies will keep you laughing during those moments you aren’t cringing. I Survived Science Crazed: Terry Jones Speaks Interview with star Cameron Klein! Cameron Klein’s Science Crazed Q&A at Shock Stock 2014 Audio Interview with star Cameron Klein featuring Stills Gallery! Cameron’s Grim Stitch Factory Interview with star Cameron Klein! Science Crazed Changes Everything Interview with Pontypool author Tony Burgess! Audio Commentary with Canuxploitation.com’s Paul Corupe and Rewind This!’s Josh Johnson! Original Home Video Trailer! DVD-ROM Content & Other Surprises! Includes liner notes from Hamilton Trash Cinema’s Ben Ruffett and Rewind This!’s Josh Johnson! Features reversible cover artwork featuring the original TriWorld home video artwork and new cover artwork by Jon Vaughn! Bonus features include: Trailer!, DVD-Rom Content!, Reversible Artwork featuring new artwork by Jon Vaughn on the front and original VHS artwork on the reverse!, Audio Commentary with Canuxploitation.com’s Paul Corupe and Rewind This!’s Josh Johnson!, ‘Cameron Klein’s Science Crazed Q&A at Shock Stock 2014’ Audio Interview with star Cameron Klein featuring Stills Gallery!, ‘Science Crazed Changes Everything’ Interview with Pontypool author Tony Burgess!, ‘Cameron’s Grim Stitch Factory’ Interview with star Cameron Klein!, ‘I Survived Science Crazed: Terry Jones Speaks’ Interview with star Cameron Klein!”
Jack Hunter’s Paranoia Tapes
“From the creators of After the Dawn, L.A. Maniac, Play Hooky, Who’s There and Dirty B.O. , Comes a found footage movie that will surely put you on the edge of your seats. With the inspiration of true stories, Jack Hunter’s PARANOIA TAPES will send a chill down the bottom of your spine. Bonus features include: Movie Trailer ”
Real Vampires and Demons from Beyond
“Cross over into realms beyond our own, where warped dreams and nightmares become reality, where twisted apparitions manifest into paranormal predators, where you come face to face with your deepest Lovecraftian fears. Two Disc set featuring the films: The Last Vampire On Earth and Experiment in Evil. ”