Horror releases for September 22 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the title to buy from Amazon and support this blog!
“When a beautiful model, Alison Parker (Cristina Raines, Nashville, The Duellists), rents an apartment in a gloomy New York brownstone, little does she realize that an unspeakable horror awaits her behind its doors…a mysterious gateway to hell. Alison likes her eccentric new neighbors, so it comes as a shock when she’s told that, except for a strange old priest, she’s the only tenant.
Based on Jeffrey Konvitz’s best-selling novel, this contemporary gothic chiller features amazing special makeup effects by the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Little Big Man) and an incredible assemblage of stars including Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Jose Ferrer, John Carradine, Burgess Meredith, Beverly D’Angelo, Jerry Orbach, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger and Christopher Walken. Director Michael Winner (Death Wish) comes up with something to terrify everyone in this spine-tingling exercise in supernatural horror.”
“Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Message is clear: put an end to war research… or prepare for the end of the Earth. Officials have no doubt about the madman s ability to carry out his threat; they know he has access to The Satan Bug. George Maharis, Dana Andrews and Anne Frances face the terror of a death germ in this race-against-time thriller directed by the great John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock, The Great Escape). The Suspense begins at a top-secret U.S. germ warfare laboratory when containers of lethal microbe are stolen and soon after the group behind the theft proves its deadly resolve by using the weapon to completely annihilate the residents of a small town Florida community. The next target: Los Angeles… unless government agent Maharis and an elite task force can somehow prevent the City of Angels from becoming Hell on Earth. A desperate manhunt is on… the survival of the planet is at stake and the biological doomsday clock is ticking in this superior tale of organized terrorism and split-second heroics. The stellar cast includes Richard Basehart, Frank Sutton, Ed Asner, Simon Oakland and John Anderson.
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Critic and Historian Glenn Erickson | Original Theatrical Trailer”
“Newly Re-mastered in HD! Screen legends Michael Caine (The Holcroft Covenant), Anthony Quinn (The Passage) and James Mason (They Met in the Dark) co-star in this action-packed thriller set in the City of Light. This crime drama chronicles the attempts of a U.S. drug agent (Quinn) to stop a major drug-lord (Mason). Though the agent realizes his three predecessors have all been murdered, and that the French government doesn’t necessarily approve of the Yank’s harassment of a French citizen, he is determined to succeed and when Inspector Briac (Maurice Ronet, Purple Noon), a Parisian cop quietly suggests that maybe he should hire a professional assassin to snuff the drug lord… he hesitantly agrees. The hit man (Caine) turns out to be one of Quinn s old war buddies and agrees to the take the very dangerous and almost impossible mission. Cult director, Robert Parrish (The Purple Plain) directed this exciting action film featuring another top-notch score by the great Roy Budd (Get Carter). Co-starring Marcel Bozzuffi (The French Connection).
Special Features: Trailers for THE DESTRUCTORS, THE PASSAGE and BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN”
“MEET THE MANIAC & HIS FRIEND.
Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger’s famous red and green sweater, horror icon Robert Englund delivered a supremely sleazy performance in Eaten Alive – another essay in taut Southern terror from Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the ramshackle Starlight Hotel, destination of choice for those who like to check in but not check out! Presided over by the bumbling, mumbling Judd (and his pet croc which he keeps in a large pond out front), the patron of this particular establishment may seem like a good-natured ol’ Southern gent – but he has a mean temper on him, and a mighty large scythe to boot…
Oozing atmosphere from its every pore (the entire film was shot on a sound-stage at the famous Raleigh Studios, which lends it a queasy, claustrophobic feel) Eaten Alive matches The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for sheer insanity – and even drafts in Chain Saw star Marilyn Burns as the terrorised woman-in-peril, alongside William Finley and Mel Ferrer.”
“Newly Re-mastered in HD! Meet the long and short of L.A. s vice squad… Keneely (Elliott Gould, The Long Goodbye) is the lanky one… Farrel (Robert Blake, In Cold Blood) is the short one… they may not be the best cops in town, but they sure are the toughest. Stand by for plenty of action in this fast-paced thriller that marked the impressive debut of writer and director Peter Hyams who later went on to make Capricorn One, Outland and Running Scared. Gould and Blake play a pair of Los Angeles cops who find themselves in a bitter conflict with their corrupt superiors as they wage a two-men war against crime czar Carl Rizzo (Allen Garfield, The Organization). And even when they re demoted after a hair-raising shootout, the two dedicated cops are ready to break every rule in the book to bring their quarry to justice. The stellar cast includes Antonio Fargas (Across 110th Street), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Sid Haig (Pit Stop), Cornelia Sharpe (Serpico) and William Sylvester (2001: A Space Odyssey).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Director Peter Hyams | Audio Commentary with Star Elliott Gould and Film Critic Kim Morgan | Trailers for BUSTING, THE LONG GOODBYE and RUNNING SCARED”
“Deviants are held at a rehabilitation fortress until they’re set into a deadly game of survival, in the hopes of returning to world society.”
“Evil villain plots to take over the world using an army of invisible soldiers.”
“A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.”
“Fourteen year-old Lisa (Stacy Keenan, My Two Dads, Step By Step) is raised by her overprotective unmarried mother, Katherine (Cheryl Ladd, Charlie’s Angels, Millennium) who forbids her to date until she’s sixteen. In despair, Lisa and schoolmate Wendy make up a game that consists of inferring attractive men’s phone numbers from their car IDs and giving them anonymous calls. Their latest victim is the handsome Richard (D.W. Moffett, Black Widow), with whom Lisa begins a passionate phone relationship, unaware that he’s the infamous Candlelight Killer. Suspenseful direction by cult filmmaker Gary Sherman (Dead and Buried, Raw Meat) – Lisa promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Loaded with Extras”
“A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he’s both) is seduced by a woman while his wife is having an affair with a mechanic. Lots of other sublots and visual gags in the style of Naked Gun.”
“Slaughter, a former Green Beret, avenges the killing of loved ones by the Mob, and in so doing is coerced by the Feds into traveling to Mexico to finish off surviving mobsters.”
“Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in New York City’s Harlem. Angry at the racist society around him, both criminal and straight, he sees the acquisition of power as the solution to his rage. He performs a free-lance hit on a Mob contract to attract the attention of the head of a Mafia family. Reluctantly accepted into ‘The Family,’ he grows increasingly autonomous and aggressive, eventually starting a gang war.”
“THE SENSUALLY LIBERATED FEMALE: Inspired by the best selling book The Sensuous Woman, Matt Cimber’s interpretation of the sex-ed genre is hosted by Linda Guiness, who takes the viewer on a journey through the habits of women. Long thought lost, Vinegar Syndrome presents The Sensually Liberated Female uncut and newly restored on home video for the first time.
HE AND SHE: Following the mad success of Man & Wife, Matt Cimber created this ambitious follow-up, focusing on a hippie couple. Filled with trippy visuals and a rotating bed, He & She would become one of the most successful white-coaters ever made! Vinegar Syndrome presents this early rarity newly restored and uncut for the very first time!
All new 2k scan and restoration from uncut 35mm negatives
Video interview with director Matt Cimber”
“Set in 1965 New England, a troubled girl encounters mysterious happenings in the woods surrounding an isolated girls school that she was sent to by her estranged parents.”
“Franklin and Beaver are filled with false bravado until they face Aunt T’s spook-tacular Halloween maze. By helping each other overcome their fears, they see the maze to the end.”
“Two siblings lure unsuspecting victims to their house through a dating site for games and slaughter. It’s “Psycho” meets the Craigslist Killer. The new film from cult director Bert I. Gordon – The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs the Spider, Empire of the Ants, and The Food of the Gods.”
“Bleading Lady Don is a chauffeur and a cinephile who takes his job very seriously. When his latest assignment takes him to the set of a low-budget horror film, he’s overjoyed to learn he’ll be driving Riversa Red, his favorite B-movie Scream Queen. While driving his beloved idol, Don assumes the role of bodyguard and turns angrily protective, especially after learning that Riversa has a stalker. Hell-bent on protecting his queen and fueled by paranoid fantasies, Don’s usual temper tantrums go to deadly extremes. Soon he proves to be not only Riversa’s biggest fan, but also her worst nightmare.”
“Get ready for one scare tomb many, as Frankie, Vlad and Gunner – three awkward misfit monsters – come face-to-face with their greatest fear yet: High School. Forced to attend an all human school, the monsters must learn the ins-and-outs of being scream-agers and surrender to the lifestyle of the other ghouls and boils. But when Frankie decides to go full human, Vlad and Gunner must spook some sense back into their friend and prove once and for all there s nothing scarier than being human!”
“After a successful career producing some of the biggest studio films of the late 50s, Albert Zugsmith decided to follow his passion for directing. His extensive and extremely diverse body of work combined art film pretention with drive-in sleaze, resulting in thoroughly unique hybrid projects. Vinegar Syndrome presents two of his most sought-after films completely uncut!
ON HER BED OF ROSES: A deranged sniper shoots at cars on a freeway, only to commit suicide as the police close in. In a series of flashbacks, the people who knew this disturbed young man reflect on what might have caused him to embark on his deadly rampage. Directed by Albert Zugsmith (Confessions of an Opium Eater), On Her Bed of Roses is an odd blending of post-noir, Vietnam era character drama and drive-in sleaze. Presented here in its rarely seen international version and restored from the original 35mm negative.
THE INCREDIBLE SEX REVOLUTION: A young woman relays her hang-ups to her psychiatrist. As her problems play out in flashbacks, the psychiatrist shares stories of life, leading up to an exciting conclusion.
All new 2k scan and restoration from 35mm negatives
Alternate scene outtakes”
“Brother and Sister plan to avoid Widder Jones house when they go trick or treating because neighbourhood lore has it that she s a witch. Mama knows Widder Jones personally and tells the cubs what a sweet person she is. When the evening is over the cubs agree with Mama. They enjoyed visiting Widder Jones more than anyone else that Halloween.”
“Bad things happen to bad people. That s what Ursula, the ring leader of a deranged group of street performers called The Crows, always says. For no apparent reason, the gang starts to torment Mary, a young car driver, and Judy, her dog. Mary’s only crime was not paying attention to their annoying presence. Now, the curtains of the most insane and dangerous show will rise…and fall…for Mary and Judy. This shocking thriller is in the tradition of ‘Hostel’ and ‘Saw’ and features gruesome special effects. Warning: The Crows show is not just about blood. They assure you it will be the scariest, most uncomfortable and grotesque performance you will ever see. Featuring exclusive two-sided reversible collector’s cover art.”
“George: A Zombie Intervention Addiction can destroy lives, especially when you are a zombie like George. After eating one too many people, George’s concerned friends decide it’s their job to support him on a path to recovery. With the help of Barbra, a professional interventionist, George’s best friend Ben, ex-girlfriend Sarah, Sarah’s new boyfriend Steve and George’s sister Francine gather at George’s house to confront him. Disaster unravels as George evades his friends’ good intentions while his hunger for flesh grows stronger than ever. When the group decides to take a break from intervening, guests start turning up dead and eaten. But is George the one to blame, or does someone else in the house have a secret to hide?”
“Neighbors in an apartment block awake to find their doors and windows completely sealed shut. When strangers in hazmat suits infiltrate their building and begin snatching residents, tempers fray and fear takes over. In order to survive the residents must identify who the enemy is. But they soon discover that the real danger is already inside with them… As a deadly virus of unknown origin sweeps through the building, the neighbors realize that breathing the same air is all it takes for the disease to spread. Unable to identify the infected from the uninfected, the quarantined start questioning the authorities. Loyalties are tested to their limits as friends and families turn against each other in an adrenaline-fueled fight for survival.”
After crashing off the coast, Lt. Brian Murphy battles for survival across the vast terrains of Africa in search for a way to get back to his beloved family. Joined by local military man Daniel Dembele, who is also searching for his son, both men join forces, all the while battling against the ever-present threat of the living dead!
The Dead 2:
In this ferocious sequel to the worldwide horror hit, The Dead, The Ford Brothers take their chilling vision of the zombie apocalypse to a different country and a whole new level: As the infectious epidemic spreads through India, an American turbine engineer (Joseph Millson of Casino Royale) learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai. Now, one man must battle his way across a 300-mile wasteland of the ravenous undead and into a nightmare city seething with flesh-eating madness.”
“Blue Rita runs a nightclub and gases and kidnaps men there for her pleasure and torture.”
“Two hitmen wake up in the back of a truck to discover they have been drugged and their employer brutally murdered. Their attempts to escape bring about a bloody confrontation with a shocking twist in the tale.”
“Snow White adopts seven adorable dwarf bunnies. She cooks and cleans and loves her bunnies, but notices something strange everyday there are MORE BUNNIES. She gets so tired from cooking and cleaning for 42 bunnies that she has to lay down for a rest. Just when she thinks she’s had enough, Prince Charming arrives and is smitten with her. He invites her to be princess of his veggie kingdom and to bring along all her bunnies – where there are plenty of vegetables for every-bunny. Join the adventure of your favourite fuzzy friends in this fairy tale collection.”
“When hotel event planner Rachel breaks up with her boyfriend John for cheating on her, she decides to go looking online for a new boyfriend. In the expanse of cyberspace, she meets a charming, wealthy man named Craig, who at first seems perfect. He’s attractive, fun, romantic, and he’s been successfully running his mother’s global real estate company while his mother, Doris travels the world. But Craig is far from perfect. He’s obsessive and controlling, and once he sets his sights on Rachel, he has no plans of ever letting go.”