Horror releases for July 14 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the title to go to the Amazon listing.
Ex Machina [Blu-Ray]
“A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I.”
“The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.”
“For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Jay and her teenage friends must now find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind in this critically-acclaimed chiller that Bloody Disgusting calls the scariest movie of 2015.”
“Directed with clinical precision by Academy Award winner Robert Wise, The Andromeda Strain is a compelling account of the earth’s first biological crisis. After an errant satellite crashes to earth near a remote New Mexico village, the recovery team discovers that everyone in the town are victims of a horrible death, with the mysterious exception of an infant and an old homeless man. The survivors are brought to a state-of-the-art underground laboratory, where the puzzled scientists race against time to determine the nature of the deadly alien virus before it wreaks worldwide havoc. A trailblazer in the areas of special effects and inventive sets, The Andromeda Strain is based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel that created national paranoia for its topical relevance to the first moon landing and is perhaps the most chillingly realistic science fiction thriller ever made.”
Stray Cat Rock [Arrow Video 5-Disc Blu-Ray]
“* Limited Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only)
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all five films in the Stray Cat Rock series
* Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
* New English subtitle translation of all five films
* Interview with Yasuharu Hasebe director of Delinquent Girl Boss, Sex Hunter and Machine Animal
* Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films
* Interview with actor Yoshio Harada, star of Beat ’71
* Original Trailers
* Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp”
“In 1995, visionary writer/director Richard Stanley (HARDWARE, DUST DEVIL) got the green light for his dream project: An epic adaptation of H.G. Wells The Island Of Doctor Moreau starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. But only days into production, an unprecedented storm of natural disasters, monstrous egos and disturbing imagery along with chaos, insanity and witchcraft would trigger perhaps the most infamous behind-the-scenes catastrophe in modern movie history. Now director/producer David Gregory (THE THEATRE BIZARRE, PLAGUE TOWN) reveals the untold story behind one of the all-time greatest cinematic train wrecks (Variety) in this wonderfully weird and gripping (Entertainment Weekly) documentary featuring never-before-seen footage, startling new interviews with actors Fairuza Balk and Rob Morrow, studio executives, crew members and for the first time ever the notoriously reclusive Stanley himself, plus nearly 2 hours of exclusive Bonus Features.
In 1995, visionary writer/director Richard Stanley (HARDWARE, DUST DEVIL) got the green light for his dream project: An epic adaptation of H.G. Wells The Island Of Doctor Moreau starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. But only days into production, an unprecedented storm of natural disasters, monstrous egos and disturbing imagery along with chaos, insanity and witchcraft would trigger perhaps the most infamous behind-the-scenes catastrophe in modern movie history. Now director/producer David Gregory (THE THEATRE BIZARRE, PLAGUE TOWN) reveals the untold story behind one of the all-time greatest cinematic train wrecks (Variety) in this wonderfully weird and gripping (Entertainment Weekly) documentary featuring never-before-seen footage, startling new interviews with actors Fairuza Balk and Rob Morrow, studio executives, crew members and for the first time ever the notoriously reclusive Stanley himself, plus nearly 2 hours of exclusive Bonus Features.”
“Your Sister Is A Werewolf!
After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (Battle Beyond the Stars, Chained Heat, Grindhouse) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real!
After newscaster Karen White’s shocking on-screen transformation and violent death (in the original The Howling), her brother Ben (Reb Brown, Yor, the Hunter of the Future) is approached by Stefan Crosscoe (Lee), a mysterious man who claims that Karen has, in fact, become a werewolf. But this is the least of their worries… to save mankind, Stefan and Ben must travel to Transylvania to battle and destroy Stirba (Danning), the immortal queen of all werewolves, before she is restored to her full powers!
Also starring Annie McEnroe (The Hand) and Marsha A. Hunt (Dracula A.D. 1972), directed by Philippe Mora (The Marsupials: The Howling III, Communion, The Beast Within), and driven by a pulsing punk-y soundtrack, this film is a no-holds-barred horror-fest that’ll rip your heart out… and you’ll like it.”
An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman’s house. They are killed and the lamp is sent to a museum to be studied. The curator’s daughter is soon possessed by the genie and invites her friends to spend the night at the museum, along with some uninvited guests.
When a strange woman has her baby at the Marlowe’s house, then disappears, Kate Marlowe is forced to keep the baby, Bonnie. She loves the child, but when her own children are systematically killed, suspicion turns to Bonnie”
The promising career of a horror comic book artist ends in a fiery death when he confronts the bloody carnage of his own imagination in his studio. Years later, an ardent devotee of the artist’s work becomes a resident in his house, now an art academy, unaware that her imagination has revived the grotesque murderer of the past…and that she may be the next victim.
For over 400 years, the curse of the Abbey at San Pietro was kept a secret. Buried deep beneath the monastery lies the Beast of the Apocalypse. The power of evil is unleashed when an American priest and a beautiful young schoolteacher uncover the unholy terror of a diabolical spell cast centuries ago. Now, it will take the ultimate sacrifice to stop the curse that will not be denied.”
“What happens when two cops stop loving their job…. and start living it? This emotionally riveting, powerful and unsparing film exposes the plight of two narcotics officers who cross the line… and become enmeshed in the dangerous but intoxicating underbelly of the drug world. Jason Patric (Solarbabies) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Heart of Midnight) give rich, full-blooded performances as undercover officers Jim Raynor and Kristen Cates, partners who become lovers and addicts as they infiltrate the local drug scene in order to bring down a suspected drug lord. But as their relationship intensifies and their drug use turns to abuse, the fine line between the good guys and the bad guys becomes as blurry as their drug-induced vision. Lili Fini Zanuck makes her directorial debut in this gut-wrenching thriller featuring songs by rock icon Eric Clapton and a stellar supporting cast that includes Sam Elliott (Road House), Max Perlich (Drugstore Cowboy) and Rock legend Gregg Allman as a vicious drug dealer.”
“A rich man with an impotence problem becomes subject to manipulation by those around him. When he gives the keys to his villa to two women, he witnesses a murder. A series of cunning plots and secrets make things difficult for the police as they hunt for the murderer, but a film that the owner of the villa secretly shot reveals the perpetrator’s identity.”
“Jo O Hare starts out as a typical teenager dealing with typical teenage problems, including fighting with her parents and dealing with an unfaithful boyfriend. Soon Jo finds herself much bigger problems when she is accused of recklessly causing the death of a young boy in her care. The unbearable guilt turns to determination when she sets out to prove that the outrageous, neighborhood ice-cream man is really a psychotic monster responsible for the disappearance the boy. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, Ben, Jo begins a journey to find the truth which will lead her to the darkest side of evil and put everyone s life around her in jeopardy.”
“Everyone s heard of inferior American remakes of European films, but this is a real twist: a superior European (Dutch) remake of an English-language (British) film that even improves on the original! RECKLESS [BLOEDLINK] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, but director Joram Lürsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men may have a relationship with each other that no one could have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive. NOTE: Dutch language with English subtitles.”
“A Southern gothic retelling of Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla, THE UNWANTED stars Hannah Fierman (V/H/S) as Laura, a vulnerable young woman beguiled by a drifter (Christen Orr) who has come to her rural town in search of clues to her mother’s disappearance. The two women uncover dangerous secrets kept by their mothers, arousing the suspicion of Laura s father (William Katt, Carrie, TV’s The Greatest American Hero ) who will go to shocking extremes to ensure that the family’s dark secrets remain buried.”
“It should have been just a normal day of sex, fun, alcohol, hormones and debauchery for Tabitha and Mimi, two over privileged twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause. But that so-called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party. As the alcohol begins to wear off and the body count rises, all hell breaks loose and there is no turning back.”
“A troubled teen, Mysti, possesses a brilliant mind but a sincere disdain for humanity as she proclaims the number one problem on the planet to be human overpopulation. With her mother recently deceased under mysterious circumstances, Mysti is estranged from the outside world and delves headlong into the world of the Occult. When her aunt Aurelia decides to visit she is shocked to see that Mysti is brewing Ayahuasca, the Shamanic ”vine of souls” and is crossing over into the ”other world,” a very dangerous endeavor often producing extreme consequences. But Aurelia is too late; Mysti has opened a portal into the Paranormal and unleashed an elemental force that has attached itself to her. Aurelia is no stranger to the Spirit World and they discover their shared heritage when Aurelia invokes an Ancient Witchcraft ritual in an attempt to expel the entity. The extreme demonic force taunts and tortures them both until finally emerging into this reality with its sole purpose being to consume those who brought it forth. Awesome Magazine, in reviewing Shadow World, said that it ”Takes American Horror Story to another level” and Extreme DVD declared that it is ”Horrifyingly original.””
A Werewolf in Slovenia
“The Werewolf phenomenon is as old as the history of mankind. Across the world and across cultural boundaries, there are countless tales of half man, half wolf. Known in various civilizations as the wild man beast of the woods, the tales are often terrifying. So terrifying that medieval man went in search of them to slaughter and virtually wiped them out. Science points to strange hereditary diseases that cause some humans to be covered in hair. Even some royal lines of Europe were known to have such diseases. And yet, mystery still surrounds them. Are there still some werewolves remaining in the vast wilderness uncharted by man? Reality Films was contacted by a Slovenian man who had captured something remarkable on his video camera. This film is the result of that amazing discovery and the subsequent events that were captured. Prepare to witness, for the very first time, the last werewolf of Slovenia. Featuring in-depth research, eyewitness accounts and expert analysis, this documentary film will make you question your own belief system.”