Horror Horizon – May 12, 2015

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Horror releases for May 12 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Also find releases for other niche genre films. Click on the name of each title for Amazon page listings.

Science Fiction Theatre: The Complete Series

science fiction theatre

“Let me show you something interesting…
Blending the discoveries of factual science with the limitless frontiers of fantasy, Science Fiction Theatre offered Atomic Age television viewers an intriguing look at the possibilities science could provide us in the near future as well as the immediate present. Airing from 1955 to 1957 and hosted by Truman Bradley, Science Fiction Theatre’s seventy-eight episodes presented its intelligent and fantastic stories in an anthology format, pre-dating The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.
Guest stars on this unique program feature a roster of actors well-known to any lover of classic film and television, including DeForest Kelley (Star Trek), Hugh Beaumont (Leave It To Beaver) Barbara Hale (Perry Mason) Gene Barry (The War of the Worlds, Burke’s Law), Macdonald Carey, Edmund Gwenn (Miracle on 34th Street), Beverly Garland, Basil Rathbone, June Lockhart (Lost In Space), and the great Vincent Price.

Presented for the first time on DVD, this complete series collection of Science Fiction Theatre is an entertaining look – back and forward – to the way science shapes our views of the world’s potential. Color and B&W”

Vampyros Lesbos [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

vampyros

“Jess Franco’s Immortal Masterpiece Restored In HD For The First Time Ever With All-New Bonus Features

From Jess Franco, the filmmaker The Vatican called the most dangerous director in the world , comes the most celebrated movie of his legendary career: Stunning Soledad Miranda stars as a vixen vampire who lures women to a Mediterranean island to satisfy her insatiable lust for female flesh and blood. It s a mind-bending odyssey of surreal erotica and 70s EuroHorror, featuring the psycho-sexadelic soundtrack that remains a global phenomenon. Ewa Strömberg (SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY), Dennis Price (VENUS IN FURS), Paul Muller (NIGHTMARE CASTLE) and Franco himself co-star in this landmark cult classic, now remastered in HD and featuring all-new Extras filmed with the director shortly before his death. Experience Franco’ masterpiece like you’e never seen or heard it before!

Special Features:
German Trailer
Vampyros Jesús: Interview with Writer/Director Jess Franco
Sublime Soledad: Interview with Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown
Stephen Thrower on Vampyros Lesbos: Interview with Author of Murderous Passions
The Delirious Cinema Of Jess Franco
Jess Is Yoda Clip
Alternate Spanish Language Version Bootleg”

She Killed in Ecstasy [Severin Films Blu-Ray]

she killed in ecstasy

“Jess Franco’s Erotic Revenge Classic Restored In HD For The First Time Ever With All-New Bonus Features

For his follow-up to VAMPYROS LESBOS, writer/director Jess Franco delivered perhaps his most twisted shocker of the 70s: In what fans and critics consider to be her greatest role, the luscious Soledad Miranda in one of her final performances before her tragic death stars as the vengeful widow who seduces then murders the men and women responsible for her husband’s suicide. Howard Vernon (THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF), Paul Muller (BARBED WIRE DOLLS), Ewa Strömberg (VAMPYROS LESBOS) and Jess himself co-star in this EuroCult classic featuring another epic sexadelic lounge score by Manfred Hübler & Siegfried Schwab now remastered in HD and featuring all-new Extras. It’s Franco at his perversely erotic best, like you ve never seen or heard it before!

Special Features:
German Trailer
Jess Killed In Ecstasy: Interview With Writer/Director Jess Franco
Sublime Soledad: Interview With Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown
Stephen Thrower On She Killed In Ecstasy: Interview With Author Of Murderous Passions
The Delirious Cinema of Jess Franco
Paul Muller on Jess Franco: Interview With frequent Franco Star
DISC 2- Vampyros Lesbos/She Killed In Ecstasy Soundtrack CD”

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes [Olive Films Blu-Ray]

x the man with the xray eyes

“Dare To Look Into The Eyes Of Madness! Fantastic tale of heart-pounding suspense, this harrowing and terrifying sci-fi shocker will fascinate horror film fans. Starring Ray Milland (The Premature Burial), it charts the startling transformation of a doctor so blinded by ambition that he dares to glimpse eternity! When the brilliant Dr. Xavier (Milland) concocts a serum to improve human sight, he stumbles upon a formula for x-ray vision. Inspired by its awesome medical potential, but shunned by his short-sighted colleagues, the doctor tests the potion on himself, only to discover that his ability to see through walls, clothing and flesh is slowly eclipsed by and insatiable desire to look still further – even if it means seeing more than any mortal can bear! Featuring wonderful direction by the great Roger Corman (Tales of Terror) and a strong supporting cast that includes Harold J. Stone (The Wrong Man), John Hoyt (Blackboard Jungle) and comedy legend Don Rickles (Run Silent, Run Deep).
Special Features: Terror Vision! Legenday Director Joe Dante on X, Audio Commentary with Roger Corman , Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas, Rare Prologue, Trailers From Hell with Mick Garris, Original Theatrical Trailer”

Satan’s Blade [Slasher//Video Blu-Ray]

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“At a mountain resort, a local resident is possessed by the evil spirit of an ancient mountain man, and terrorizes a ski lodge.”

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

the strange case of dr jekyll and miss osbourne

“It’s the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiance, the beautiful Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro), attended by various pillars of Victorian society, including the astonishing Patrick Magee in one of his final roles. But when people are found raped and murdered outside and ultimately inside the house, it becomes clear that a madman has broken in to disrupt the festivities – but who is he? And why does Dr Jekyll keep sneaking off to his laboratory? We know the answer, of course, but Walerian Borowczyk’s visually stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-filmed tale is crammed with wildly imaginative and outrageously perverse touches characteristic of the man who scandalised audiences with Immoral Tales and The Beast, not least the explicitly sexualised nature of Mr Hyde’s primal urges.”

Extraterrestrial [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“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)!”

The Premature Burial [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

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“Edgar Allan Poe’s Chilling Tale of a Fate Too Horrifying to consider! The classic style of literature’s most bizarre author, Edgar Allan Poe (The Oblong Box), comes to life in this ghoulish tale of murder and suspense starring acting great Ray Milland (X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes) as Guy Carrell, a medical student and painter whose obsessive fear of being buried alive compels him to build himself a tomb with a view, equipped with everything he can think of to escape death. But it’s when his long-suffering wife Kate (Heather Angel, The Informer), convinces him to destroy the tomb… he finds himself in the gravest of danger, trapped in a web of doom so devious and intricate that there’s no escape. Produced and directed by the iconic Roger Corman (The Secret Invasion) and beautifully shot in widescreen by the legendary cinematographer Floyd Crosby (Tales of Terror). The top-notch supporting cast includes Hazel Court (The Masque of Red Death), Alan Napier (TV’s Batman) and Dick Miller (Gremlins).

Special Features: Buried Alive! Legendary Director Joe Dante on Premature Burial, On-camera Interview with Producer/Director Roger Corman, Trailers From Hell with Roger Corman, Original Theatrical Trailer”

Retaliation [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

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“In 1969 future sexploitation specialist Yasuharu Hasebe (Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter) teamed up with the inimitable Jo Shishido (Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill) for a follow up to their yakuza hit Massacre Gun. A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period’s most iconic stars, Akira Kobayashi (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, The Flowers and the Angry Waves) is a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed. Shishido is the rival waiting to kill him and a young Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) is the girl caught in the crossfire. Gritty and cynical, Retaliation is a hardboiled precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s.”

The Toxic Avenger Part III [Troma Blu-Ray]

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“Times are hard for Toxie. What’s a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength to do after he’s eliminated crime from his hometown? Desperate to raise money for the experimental surgery that could restore his blind fiancée’s eyesight, Toxie accepts a lucrative job with the evil multinational conglomerate Apocalypse Inc.
Now, Toxie’s transforming into an even more monstrous creature: a yuppie. And all of Tromaville is paying the price of Toxie’s Faustian bargain. The Toxic Avenger must defeat his own inner demons before taking on the Devil himself in a battle royale, while the fate of Tromaville hangs in the balance.

Blu-ray Special Features:
New Introduction By Lloyd Kaufman
TroMoMA
American Cinematheque Honors 40 Years Of Troma
Make Your Own Damn Horror Film! Featuring Kane Hodder And Bill Mosley
Rabid Grannies! The Informercial!
LK ‘Pests’ Promo Video
Troma YouTube Halloween And Troma Trailers
DVD Special Features:
Audio Commentary By Lloyd Kaufman
Audio Commentary By Actor Joe Flieshaker
Satanic Memories
Toxic Interviews
Confessions Of A Snake Lady
Toxic Posters Compilation
Lord Fartacus Cult
Troma Trailers”

Space Raiders [Scorpion Releasing Blu-Ray]

space raiders

“A futuristic, sensitive tale of adventure and confrontation when a 10 year old boy is accidentally kidnapped by a spaceship filled with a motley crew of space pirates.”

Fear Clinic [Blu-Ray]

fear clinic

“A doctor works to cure patients suffering from crippling phobias by placing them inside his invention which induces and controls hallucinations.”

Short Eyes [Scorpion Releasing Blu-Ray]

short eyes

“A child molester sent to prison finds that criminals exact harsher justice than society.”

Icetastrophe

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“As a meteor enters the Earth s atmosphere, it splits in two above a small unsuspecting town. The first part, a smaller fragment, slams deep into the mountains leaving behind a burning crater. The second larger piece blazes over the town. Witnessing this is TIM and MARLEY, two young lovers forbidden to be together, thanks to a truly modern day family feud. Excited, they race back to town, unaware that the second half of the meteor has smashed directly into Main Street and they are unprepared for what they are about to see.”

These Final Hours

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“The End Is Here. The extinction of mankind is at hand. As a meteor hurtles toward the globe, the citizens of Earth have 12 hours to choose their fate. Some will party, some will pray, and still others will unleash their inner animals, embracing the chaos and destruction of the coming firestorm.
James (Nathan Phillips, SNAKES ON A PLANE) only wants to escape the pain of annihilation, and is on his way to his friends apocalyptic blowout when he discovers Rose (Angourie Rice, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS), lost and searching for her father. Reluctantly, he agrees to help but this final good deed will prove far more dangerous than he ever expected.
Also starring Sarah Snook ( Predestination ), THESE FINAL HOURS follows one man’s journey to find humanity in a world that will never see another sunrise.”

Lust of the Dead 4

lust of the dead 4

“In a chaotic post-apocalyptic world, men are turning into sex-crazed zombies when exposed to a mysterious virus. The only hope for the future is for a group
of survivors to travel to the past and prevent the initial outbreak. But can they discover the source of the virus and destroy it in time?”

Fast Cars Fast Women/Starship Eros [Vinegar Syndrome]

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“FAST CARS FAST WOMEN: Welcome to the erotic world of female racecar drivers! These high octane girls know how to rev up everyone’s engine, but when a group of sleazy mobsters begin attacking the girls and their friends, it’s up to their tough coach (Kay Parker) to unleash her own brand of revenge! STARSHIP EROS: Aboard the Starship Eros, the all-female crew has nothing but time to indulge in their fantasies, with the help of their robotic servant.

Special Features:
New 2k restorations from the 35mm camera negatives
Original theatrical trailer
Interview with producer Wesley Emerson
Outtakes from FAST CARS FAST WOMEN”

Snow Honeys [Impulse Pictures]

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“At an unnamed ski resort, Ken Starbuck and Kara walk to their private cabin and complain that the filmmakers are only giving them $10 up front to do this film, as they introduce us to the steamiest scenes of the early eighties. Full of odd and hilarious overdubbing, this feature is a series of vignettes with your favorites. Watch for a hilarious spoof of Superman that gets beeped whenever they mention the comic character names! A man comes back from a trip to be with his girlfriend on a really ugly couch. In one scene, an old man and another foxy lady get amorous while being overdubbed with hilarious French accents. In a scene from Sweet Cheeks, two lovers burn up the screen on a fuzzy rug in front of a cozy fireplace. In one of the oddest scenes in history, we watch three folks get crazy while completely covered in grease (set to calliope music, of course). There’s even a slow motion jam set to crazy classical music! SNOW HONEYS features scenes with all your favorite stars. Watch for Seka, Rhonda Jo Petty, Vanessa del Rio, Kandi Barbour, Desiree Cousteau and Becky Savage!”

Long Jeanne Silver [Vinegar Syndrome]

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“From master filmmaker Alex deRenzy, comes one of the most radical films of the 1970’s, LONG JEANNE SILVER. Part documentary, part vignette film, LONG JEANNE SILVER follows the encounters of beautiful amputee, Jeanne Silver, as she invites her lovers to experience her unique gift. DeRenzy’s cinema verite styled camera captures Jeanne as she experiences the pleasures of men and women alike, between heart felt and candid glimpses of her real life and personality. Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present this incredibly unique film on DVD fully uncut and newly restored from rare 16mm vault elements.”

Sex World [Vinegar Syndrome]

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“Sex World is a luxury resort, advertised as the ultimate getaway, where people travel to try and overcome their problems. The resort’s guests slowly become aware of their inhibitions and fears, with the help of robots. Director Anthony Spinelli’s camera paints a haunting picture of human insecurities set against a science fiction backdrop. One of the biggest hits of the late 1970’s SEX WORLD is a thoughtful analysis of eroticism, punctuated with striking and at times abstract visuals. Featuring an all-star cast, including Annette Haven, Leslie Bovee, Kay Parker, John Leslie, Joey Silvera, and with Hollywood level production values, SEX WORLD remains one of the most significant and thought provoking feature films ever produced. Vinegar Syndrome presents this genre classic newly restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative, featuring brand new interviews with its talented stars.

Special Features:
New 4k restoration from the 35mm camera negative
Video interviews with Kay Parker, Joey Silvera and Joel Sussman
Original theatrical trailer”

From Asia with Lust Vol. 2: Lipstick/Weekend

lipstick weekend

“LIPSTICK: After young pop idol Arina is raped by a police officer, her pain drives her to insanity.
Her sister Keiko, full of anger, won’t stop until she finds the man responsible for Arina’s downfall and make sure he feels her revenge. Keiko will make sure justice is served!”

The Drownsman

the drownsman

“After almost drowning in a lake accident, Madison (Michelle Mylett, Antisocial) develops hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. After shutting the world and her friends out for over a year, her friends attempt an intervention. But, instead of curbing Madison’s fear, they unknowingly unleash something far worse: The vision of serial killer turned supernatural psychopath Sebastian Donner known as The Drownsman who begins to stalk the women one by one, dragging them into a lair of submerged torment from which there is no escape!”

An Irish Exorcism

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“In her final year at school, Anthropology student Lorraine decides to film her final project – the subject of exorcism within the Catholic Church. Recording interviews with priests from the local diocese, she stumbles upon Fr. Byrne, an older priest who is currently helping a young mother whose daughter is apparently possessed by a demonic force. The curiosity of Lorraine, along with her camera operator, Cathal, leads them down a dark path of discovering the terrifying truth, and things go from strange to worse as all involved become entangled into a frightful journey to save a little girl’s life.”

Lilith, A Vampire Who Comes Back [One 7 Movies]

lilith a vampire who comes back

“Lusilla Helm has to marry against her will baron Ludwig Von Reder. But her honeymoon does not last very long. The poor girl dies and is buried inside the family. After a short while, another girl announces herself at the doors of the baron’s mansion. Her looks recall Lusilla’s but in a disturbing way. As soon as the mysterious girl sets foot in the rooms where the baron’ former wife used to live, strange noises and happenings start to haunt the silent halls of the house.

Special Features:
Photo Gallery
Trailer”

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