Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for May 30, 2017

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Horror releases for May 30 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click on the film title to go to the Amazon listing page; buy to support this site!

The Blackcoat’s Daughter [Blu-Ray]

“”Scream Queens” Emma Roberts stars in ”a horror masterpiece” (Bloody Disgusting) about prep school girls faced with terrifying visions and possession by an evil force.”

Evil Ed [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“WHEN HIS MIND BLOWS, ANYTHING GOES!

A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the 80s, video rental favourite Evil Ed returns in a brand-new Special EDition featuring an extended cut of the feature and hours of stomach-churning bonus features!

Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the Splatter and Gore department , where he s forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality with ghastly (and bloody) consequences…

Owing a debt to films such as The Evil Dead, Re-animator and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson, Evil Ed is a veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures!

3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Two versions of the film!
  • Original Stereo and 5.1 Audio Options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector s booklet with new writing on the film by critic James Oliver

DISCS 1 & 2 (BLU-RAY + DVD) THE SPECIAL ED-ITION CUT

  • World premiere of the newly-extended version of the feature [95 min]
  • Keep Em Heads Rollin making-of documentary
  • Reconstructing Edward featurette on the creation of the Special EDition cut
  • Deleted scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Teasers and Trailers
  • Still Gallery

DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) THE ORIGINAL CUT [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

  • Original Cut [93 mins]
  • Lost in Brainland never-before-seen extended 3 hour version of the making-of documentary
  • PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!!!”

The Blood of Fu Manchu/The Castle of Fu Manchu [Blue Underground Blu-Ray]

THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU: From his secret lair deep within the South American jungle, international super-villain Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee of COUNT DRACULA) and his sadistic daughter Lin Tang (Tsai Chin of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE) reveal their latest diabolical plot for world domination: ten beautiful women are infected with an ancient poison so deadly that one kiss from their lips will bring instant death and lead to a global plague. Now the Asian madman’s nemesis, Nayland Smith (Richard Greene of TALES FROM THE CRYPT), must desperately hunt an antidote in a savage land where violence and torture reign and the ultimate evil lies in THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU.

Maria Rohm (VENUS IN FURS) and Shirley Eaton (GOLDFINGER) co-star in this wild Fu Manchu feature written and produced by Harry Alan Towers (EUGENIE) and directed by the one and only Jess Franco (VAMPYROS LESBOS). Also known as KISS AND KILL, AGAINST ALL ODDS, and KISS OF DEATH, Blue Underground presents THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU in High Definition, complete with additional scenes of violence!

Special Features for THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU:

  • The Rise of Fu Manchu – Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin, & Shirley Eaton
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Still Gallery


THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU:
Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) returns as the diabolical super-villain who, along with his sadistic daughter Lin Tang (Tsai Chin of CASINO ROYALE), creates a fiendish new chemical weapon that will turn the seas into a giant block of ice. But when his archenemy Nayland Smith (Richard Greene of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD) tracks the madman’s trail of kidnapping, murder and massive global destruction, he himself becomes trapped in Fu Manchu’s impenetrable lair of cruelty. Can any of the world’s top secret agents (including a wild performance by Jess Franco) stop the cold-blooded terror that lives in THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU?

Maria Perschy (THE GHOST GALLEON) and Rosalba Neri (99 WOMEN) co-star in this notorious sequel directed by Jess Franco (THE BLOODY JUDGE) that marked Christopher Lee’s final performance as the infamous Chinese madman. Now Blue Underground presents THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU in High Definition, packed with Extras for a disc full of Fu Manchu mayhem!

Special Features for THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU:

  • The Fall of Fu Manchu – Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Christopher Lee & Tsai Chin
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Still Gallery”

The Hearse [Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray]

A chilling blend of supernatural horror and romantic mystery, THE HEARSE stars Trish Van Devere (THE CHANGELING), Joseph Cotten (SHADOW OF A DOUBT), and David Geautreaux (STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE) and was one of the few directorial efforts from prolific editor, George Bowers. Taking strong influence from European gothic horror films of the 1960s, THE HEARSE is a haunting and suspenseful, classically minded horror film and is proudly presented by Vinegar Syndrome on Blu-ray, newly restored in 2k from its original 35mm negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
2. “Satan Get Behind Thee” – video interview with lead actor, David Gautreaux
3. Original theatrical trailer
4. TV spot
5. Promotional still gallery
6. Reversible cover artwork by Chris Garofalo
7. English SDH Subtitles”

“Jane Hardy, a recently divorced teacher from San Francisco, decides to spend the summer at the large old country home willed to her by her aunt. However, upon arriving in the sleepy town where her aunt lived, she’s met with hostility from the locals and slowly begins to discover her aunt’s dark connections to witchcraft and the occult, all the while being menaced by a large black hearse that mysteriously drives near her house in the dead of night…”

Malibu High [Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray]

“Kim (Jill Lansing) is a smart-mouthed high school senior whose boyfriend dumps her for a snobbish rich girl. Her poor grades and working class background make matters even worse, until Kim realizes that she can use her beautiful body to achieve her goals. Sexually blackmailing her teachers improves her grades and moonlighting as a prostitute pays off handsomely. But an easy life of vice pulls her deeper into corruption and crime, and soon Kim finds herself lured into the risky and bloody role of a high school aged hit girl!

Hailed as a “seedy, sleazy little gem” by the LA Times, MALIBU HIGH is a fast-paced blend of neo-noir plotting and sexploitation styled antics. Directed by Irv Berwick (HITCH HIKE TO HELL) and produced by then 18-year-old wunderkind, Lawrence D. Foldes (DON’T GO NEAR THE PARK), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring this one-of-a-kind exploitation classic to Blu-ray, newly restored from its original 35mm negative and loaded with bonus features.

Bonus Features:
1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
2. Group commentary track with: Producer Lawrence Foldes and Actress Tammy Taylor
3. Video interviews with: Producer Lawrence Foldes, Actress Tammy Taylor and Actor Garth Pillsbury
4. Q&A from a screening at the New Beverly Cinema w/ Producer Lawrence Foldes, Actress Tammy Taylor & Actor Alex Mann
5. “Struggle for Israel” (1976) – a short film by Lawrence Foldes
6. “Grandpa & Marika” (1975) – a short film by Lawrence Foldes
7. Original theatrical trailer
8. Production still gallery
9. Reversible cover artwork
10. English SDH Subtitles”

Dark Harvest/Escapes [Intervision DVD]

Dark Harvest: It’s stranded tourists vs. killer scarecrows in this early 90s SOV rarity. They planned on a relaxing horseback ride through the desert… They didn’t plan on engine trouble, long-winded campfire stories, deranged hillbillies with a shotgun, and a dangerous trek over cursed terrain. But the real terror begins when they discover that the creepy scarecrow overlooking their campsite has mysteriously disappeared from his cross.

Escapes: Matthew Wilson didn’t order ESCAPES, but when a mysterious mail carrier delivers a VHS to his door, he pops it in his top-loader, not knowing what real life danger lurks inside the magnetic tape. Concluding his run of portmanteau chillers (TALES OF TERROR, TWICE TOLD TALES, THE MONSTER CLUB, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM), horror legend Vincent Price presents these six bizarre tales of the uncanny.

Special Features:

  • Patti Negri Remembers Dark Harvest
  • Dan Weiss Remembers Dark Harvest Via Video Skype
  • Distributor Tom Naygrow on David Steensland, Writer/Director of ESCAPES”

Blackenstein [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

Two Restored Versions Of The Most Notorious Blaxpoitation Shocker Of Them All…
And The Most Insane Backstory Ever.

You may have heard of this infamous Blaxploitation/Horror hybrid, but the real story is even more bizarre: In 1973, criminal-lawyer-turned-wannabe-monster-movie-mogul Frank R. Saletri wrote and produced this grindhouse hit about a Black soldier mortally wounded in Vietnam transformed into a rampaging monster by an L.A. mad scientist. Almost a decade later, Seletri himself would be murdered gangland-style in a crime that remains debated and unsolved to this day. John Hart (TV’s “The Lone Ranger“), 40s Hollywood starlet Andrea King (THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS) and even former mob moll/stripper Liz Renay (DESPERATE LIVING) star in this jaw-dropper directed by William A. Levey (THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON), now restored with all-new Special Features that spotlight the entire twisted saga!

Special Features:

  • Theatrical Release Version (78 Minutes) and Video Release Version (87 Minutes)
  • Monster Kid: Interview With Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri’s Sister, June Kirk
  • Archive News Broadcast On The Murder Of Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
  • Producers / Directors / Actors Ken Osborne And Robert Dix Remember Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
  • Bill Created Blackenstein: Interview With Creature Designer Bill Munns
  • Theatrical Trailer”

Rupture

“A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.”

Hide and Go Shriek [Kino Lorber DVD]

“Close your eyes… count to ten… and run for your life… it s the last game you ll ever play! In the tradition of Friday the 13th and Halloween – a group of teens decide to spend a night at a furniture store owned by one of their parents. Joining them for the ill-fated overnight adventure is a demented ex-con security guard. Trapped and isolated, they re all trying to survive a sick game of hide-and-seek with a cross-dressing sicko who s trying to pick them off one by one in this ultimate game of death. This slasher classic is newly re-mastered in HD from a brand new 2K scan off the original negatives. Stylishly directed by television veteran Skip Schoolnik (Angel, The Walking Dead).”

Slaughterhouse Rock [Kino Lorber DVD]

“The music is the madness! For 39 years, Alcatraz held society’s most depraved killers. Now it’s home to something even worse… get ready from some heavy metal rock ‘n’ roll horror! A man and his brother visit Alcatraz prison after having dreams of inmates dying. When they arrive, his brother is possessed by an evil cannibal demon as the ghost of a female heavy metal singer (Toni Basil, who scored a 1981 #1 hit with Mickey ) joins forces with the man to help fight the evil monster. Also starring Playboy playmates Hope Marie Carlton and Donna Denton, with music by the great rock band DEVO.”

Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

“Great Britain, end of the 70s: Thatcher is in power, the Yorkshire Ripper is on the loose, punk rock is on the rise and cruddy comics are widespread. But with the birth of indie upstart 2000AD, fans were introduced to visionary talent like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Mark Millar, and legendary characters that included Rogue Trooper, Halo Jones and Judge Dredd. Yet what happened next to this nihilistic, ultra-violent universe may be the biggest shocker of all. This is the “brilliant” (Flickfeast), “essential” (ScreenAnarchy.com) and “scurrilous” (Empire) story of the galaxy’s greatest comic, featuring editors, writers, artists and fans including Gaiman, Pat Mills, Alan Grant, John Wagner, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, Bryan Talbot, Emma Beeby, Kevin O Neill, Brian Bolland, Carlos Ezquerra, Gary Erskine, Andy Diggle, Scott Ian, Geoff Barrow, Alex Garland, Karen Berger and more.

Special Features:

  • Extended Sequence: 2000AD vs the USA
  • Extended Sequence: Dredd 2012 – True In Spirit
  • Judge Dredd Extended Sequence
  • Extended Sequence: Cheap Entertainment – The Appeal Of Comics
  • Behind The Strips: Bad Company – Peter Milligan
  • Behind The Strips: Future Shocks
  • Behind The Strips: Rogue Trooper – Dave Gibbons & Cam Kennedy
  • Behind The Strips: Slaine – Pat Mills
  • Behind The Strips: Strontium Dog – Carlos Ezquerra
  • Production Extra: Art Blast – Jock & Henry Flint
  • Production Extra: Blooper Reel
  • Production Extra: Pat Mills visits Kings Reach Tower
  • Soundtrack – Behind The Scenes
  • Festival Teaser Trailer & UK Release Trailer
  • Grant Morrison: Extended Interview
  • Karen Berger: Extended Interview
  • Pat Mills: Extended Interview
  • Neil Gaiman: Extended Interview
  • Dave Gibbons: Extended Interview”

The Undertaker [Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray]

“For years Roscoe (Joe Spinell) has been the town undertaker. However, inside his funeral home, he’s been amassing a bloody collection of human souvenirs, which he uses in unspeakable acts of violence and perversion. When some townspeople begin to disappear under strange circumstances, Roscoe’s nephew starts to grow suspicious of the goings on at his uncle’s funeral parlor. As he gets closer to the truth, he inadvertently begins putting the lives of those around him at risk, as well as his own…

One of cult superstar Joe Spinell’s final films, THE UNDERTAKER is a dark and violent slasher featuring one of Spinell’s most memorable and flamboyant performances. Long thought lost and only available in bootlegs or its radically recut and heavily censored version, Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents THE UNDERTAKER newly restored from its original 35mm original camera negative and on Blu-ray for the first time. Also included are never before seen outtakes, production still gallery, and a brand new interview and commentary with writer/actor/director William Kennedy, who tells the story of this unjustly forgotten slice of late 80s horror.

Bonus Features:
1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm camera negative, with select shots sourced from tape elements
2. Commentary track with director/writer/actor William Kennedy
3. “Making the Undertaker” interview with William Kennedy
4. Director introduction
5. Outtakes
6. Archival promotional video
7. Production still gallery
8. Reverse cover artwork
9. English SDH Subtitles”

Horror House on Highway 5 [Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray]

This is a limited edition release of 3,000 units.

A mysterious killer, wearing a Nixon mask, terrorizes and murders a young couple. A professor assigns his students a project investigating the strange events connected to a possibly dead Nazi scientist, Dr. Fredrick Bartholomew. The doctor’s assistant kidnaps students, holding them hostage and torturing them. Meanwhile, Nixon stalks the night!

One of the most confusing and compelling homemade horror films ever made, future music video director Richard Casey’s debut feature film, shot over years on nights and weekends, is a delirious collage of oddball gore, ludicrous plot twists, and a general milieu of weirdness unlike anything else in cinema history. Newly restored from original 16mm vault elements, Vinegar Syndrome presents one of the quintessential cult movies of the 80s officially on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time anywhere in the world.

Features Include:
• All extras on both formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned and restored in 2k from 16mm archival elements
• “Return to Horror House on Highway 5” – making of featurette
• Commentary track with director Richard Casey
• “Beach Party with Vom” – music video directed by Richard Casey (the impetus for Horror House on Highway 5)
• Alternate full frame presentation of Horror House on Highway 5
• Reversible cover artwork by Kevin Thomas”

Hellbent [Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray]

This is a limited edition release of 2,000 units.

Director Richard Casey’s (HORROR HOUSE ON HIGHWAY 5) second feature is an ambitious and at times dreamlike Faustian story, set in the rough underworld of LA’s heavy metal and punk music scene. Lemmy (Phil Ward) is the front man for an unsuccessful band, who’s willing to do anything to make it. After a chance meeting with Mr. Tanas, a music promoter, Lemmy is offered the deal of a lifetime: fame for nothing more than his soul. The young singer doesn’t believe in such things and accepts the offer, but quickly learns that this sleazy promoter has more in store for Lemmy than just the stardom he’s dreamed of.

Directed and photographed like a surreal documentary, and co-starring David Marciano (HOMELAND) and Darcy Nichols (CAFE FLESH), HELLBENT is a blood soaked document of late 80s Los Angeles, as seen through the eyes of outcasts and derelicts. Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents this forgotten gem of independent horror newly restored from its original 35mm negative and on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time.

Features Include:
• All extras on both formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• “A Little Chaos” – making of featurette
• Commentary track with director Richard Casey
• Original cover artwork by Cody Brown
• Reversible cover artwork”

The Jigsaw Murders [Kino Lorber DVD]

“Solving this puzzle could prove fatal! Chad Everett (Medical Center, Fever Pitch) and Yaphet Kotto (Live and Let Die, Alien) co-star in this exciting thriller! Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo and his young partner are trying to solve murders committed by a demented serial killer with the help of a jigsaw puzzle, but will all the pieces fall into place before DaVonzo s daughter (Michelle Johnson, Blame it on Rio, Waxwork) ends up the killer s next victim? Jag Mundhra (Night Eyes, Last Call) directed this riveting thriller that will keep you guessing till the final thrilling scene.”

96 Souls

“A university research scientist, about to lose funding and status, has a lab accident and discovers he can see people’s true intentions — making his situation even worse.”

Iron Master

“A tale that hurls you to the dawn of human history! On his own, exiled tribesman Vood (George Eastman; After the Fall of New York, Hands of Steel) discovers how to fashion weapons out of iron and use them against the enemies of his new tribe. But soon their rivals figure out his secret and create their own weapons of steel and now it will become the battle to the death between two barbaric and brutal forces. Who will and at what cost? Umberto Lenzi (Almost Human, Spasmo, Seven Blood Stained Shadows, Nightmare City) directed this Stone Age cult classic co-starring Danilo Mattei (Cannibal Ferox) and William Berger (Keoma, Sabata).”

Shock-O-Rama Horror Collection

“Dripping with bone-chilling terror and unearthly monstrosities, this special 4-disc Shock-O-Rama Horror Collection includes four acclaimed films by veteran horror director Brett Piper. Whether zombies (Shock-O-Rama), mutating insects (Bite Me!), malevolent spirits (Screaming Dead) or military experiments run amok (Bacterium), Piper s practical FX wizardry and classic horror always delivers ”one hell of a good time” (Bacterium, Gates of Gore).

Shock-O-Rama: Life imitates art when popular horror actress Rebecca Raven (Misty Mundae) battles a flesh-starved zombie hungry to bite off more than it can swallow. A gruesome, grotesque, horror comics-inspired monster movie adventure that Film Threat calls ”creepy, erotic and blood (with) visceral thrills.”

Bacterium: An isolated outpost in the wilderness becomes a battleground between humankind and morphing microscopic monster in this gross-out shocker! When a handful of friends stumble upon the abandoned building, they come face to face with a biological weapons experiment gone catastrophically wrong. ”Piper hits all the right notes in a symphony of drive-in theater style calamity…you need to see this film as soon as possible.” (Bloody-Disgusting.com)

Bite Me!: A crate of bio-engineered marijuana winds up at a strip joint after a drug deal gone bad, bringing with it a renegade DEA agent and a swarm of monstrous critters. Bite Me! Has ”something for everyone: strippers, mutant bugs, violence, strippers, blood, car wrecks, marijuana, and lots and lots of laughs.” (MoviesForGuys.com)

Screaming Dead: A history of torture and unspeakable horrors await a sadistic photographer and his three beautiful models when they take up residence in an abandoned insane asylum. Starring Rachael Robbins, A.J. Khan and Misty Mundae.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Shock-O-Rama – Behind-The-Scenes Documentary, World Premiere Documentary, Producer / Director Commentary

Bacterium – Making of BACTERIUM, Commentary with (Producer Michael Raso & Director Brett Piper), Shock-O-Rama Preview, Shock-O-Rama Trailer Vault

Bite Me! – Documentary: Making BITE ME!, Documentary: How to Crash a Car in 2 Hours; Documentary: Festival of Fear World Premiere Screening, ”Making Movies” Interview with Misty Mundae; CKY Shock & Terror Music Video featuring Misty Mundae; CKY Mini-Documentary: Making Shock & Terror featuring Misty Mundae; Shock-O-Rama Trailer Vault

Screaming Dead – Inside The Asylum Documentary, Interviews with Director Brett Piper & Cast; From Skin To Scream Misty Mundae Documentary; NYC Movie Premiere Footage, Fangoria Weekend of Horrors Screening/Reception Documentary, SCREAMING DEAD Photo Gallery”

Hotel Inferno

“Deadly contract killer Frank Zimosa has just been hired for a ridiculously lucrative mission by the rich and powerful Jorge Mistandria. The objective: kill a couple of people hiding in one of his European hotels. But what should have been one of the simplest jobs Frank has ever had is about to turn into a living nightmare when he realizes he is nothing more than prey for Mistandria’s army of crazed henchmen who have been hiding in the hotel along with an ancient and unstoppable horror! You don’t just watch it…you experience it!

Bonus features: FX tutorial, outtakes.

Special CD soundtrack also included: The Best of Necrostorm Music Volume 1.”

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