Notable horror releases for Tuesday. Selections are subject to Blu-Ray release as well.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection
“MST’ies and bowlers share an enduring love of turkeys. This latest collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 bowls a perfect game(four turkeys) as comic kingpins Joel, Mike and their robot teammates Tom Servo and Crow riff strike after strike. Not a single instance of bad acting, bad writing or bad filmmaking is spared. This promises to be a Thanksgiving match for the ages and, needless to say, you will have a ball. Whether it’s ten frames or 24 per second, the snarky anarchy of MST3K will be right up your alley. Oh and as an added bonus this set contains new and exclusive Turkey Day intros by Joel Hodgson. Happy Turkey Day!
The Painted Hills
The Screaming Skull
Nymphomaniac: Extended Director’s Cut Volume 1 & 2
“EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT VOL. I is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds,
she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by newcomer Stacy Martin). VOLUME I also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier.
EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT VOL. II continues with the story of the self-professed nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her adulthood, during which her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. The film stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe,
Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf.”
“A devious older sister fills her brother’s head with bizarre tales of terror, blood soaked memories, and nightmares of perversion after finding out that she has to babysit and miss the party.”
“With a deadly plague ravaging his Renaissance kingdom, Prince Prospero invites his friends to retire to the protection of his castle for ongoing revels, leaving the peasantry to die. But the debauched nobility does not so easily escape fate. Produced by Roger Corman (Bloody Mama), who directed the first adaption starring Vincent Price, this R-rated imagining of the Edgar Allan Poe (The Pit and the Pendulum) classic stars Adrian Paul (TV s Highlander) fame and Patrick Macnee (TV s The Avengers).”
The Conformist (Kino Lorber Blu-Ray)
“In Mussolini’s Italy, repressed Jean-Louis Trintignant, trying to purge memories of a youthful, homosexual episode–and murder–joins the Fascists in a desperate attempt to fit in. As the reluctant Judas motors to his personal Gethsemane (the assassination of his leftist mentor), he flashes back to a dance party for the blind; an insane asylum in a stadium; and wife Stefania Sandrelli and lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango in a working class hall. But those are only a few of this political thriller’s anthology pieces, others including Trintignant’s honeymoon coupling with Sandrelli in a train compartment as the sun sets outside their window; a bimbo lolling on the desk of a fascist functionary, glimpsed in the recesses of his cavernous office; a murder victim’s hands leaving bloody streaks on a limousine parked in a wintry forest. Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece, adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, boasts an authentic Art Deco look created by production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, a score by the great Georges Delerue (Contempt, Jules and Jim, and That Man From Rio) and breathtaking color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.”
“When fading rock star Addison Taylor seeks refuge & inspiration at a secluded lake house, a mysterious woman and an odd guitar help him to create his best work but also appear to want something in return!”
“Jonathan MacKinlay is a man trapped inside his home by his own mind. Suffering from agoraphobia, caused by a car accident that took his wife’s life; his existence has been reduced to a monotonous repetition of identical days. As his dread and self-loathing escalate, an onslaught of gruesome visions and twisted, waking nightmares begins to gnaw away at his last shred of sanity. Are these ghastly visions imaginary, private demons…or is he being victimized by a very real entity of infinite terror and unspeakable evil?”
“Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna s. That means being at the mercy of Popper , the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.
At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her truancy tax , keeping her out of St.Ds. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila s world is destroyed.
Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’gMaq don’t run.”
“Mercy is a supernatural thriller of family secrets and suspense. Two mischievous young brothers accompany their single mother to take care of their grandma in her remote and lonely house. What begins as an innocent gesture, leads to the discovery of terrifying secrets about Gramma’s true nature.”
Shock Waves [Blue Underground Blu-Ray]
“In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi High Command ordered its scientists to create a top secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers- undead, unfeeling, unstoppable monstrosities that killed with their bare hands. They were known as The Death Corps. No member of this horrific SS unit was ever captured by the Allied Forces and, somewhere off the coast of Florida, they have survived.”
“Three individuals each receive an anonymous, unmarked video camera and a horrific ultimatum to continue filming… or die. Experience the terror through the eyes of these unsuspecting victims, with a chain of found-footage events so real and absolutely dreadful, you’ll have to watch it again to believe it.”
“For the first time in UK film history, a thriller/horror/comedy feature filmed in one continuous 80 minute shot that puts you in the horror drama. Featuring Shaun Williamson (BBC EastEnders, The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais’ Extras, BBC Scoop), and Lois Winstone (daughter of Ray Winstone). The last performance of a pantomime is held at an old, isolated Victorian theater in provincial England. The show’s run has been a disaster, attracting only a handful of locals. The final wrap party afterwards turns out even worse and some of the cast and crew decide to slip away for their own private session in the theater’s creepy basement. Among the group are the enviable pantomime leads and real-life lovers Clarice and Nathan, the womanizing director Derrick and the thirty-something, obscure stage assistant Janet. As their private bash kicks off Derrick disappears, only to be found with his throat savagely slashed. When they discover that they’re locked in the killing continues. Paranoia grows. No one can be trusted. Will anyone survive the nightmare.”