From true Italian classics to one of the most anticipated films of the year, November 11th, 2014 is a date that will introduce the masses to a killer assortment of genre flicks. If you’re a fan of Lamberto Bava, killer shrews or television bloodsuckers, you’re going to want to make note of next week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases!
The Babadook (Umbrella Releasing): A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
The Cannibal Massacre Collection (Severin): PAPAYA: LOVE GODDESS OF THE CANNIBALS Her name was Sirpa Lane, the succulent Finnish beauty who became an international sex symbol in Roger Vadim’s Charlotte, then shocked the world with her inhuman degradation in Walerian Borowczyk’s The Beast. But perhaps her ultimate cinematic destiny was to star in this tropical sleaze-fest from the notorious Joe D Amato, director of Emanuelle And The White Slave Trade and Anthropophagus, as a woman who hungrily surrenders to perverse trysts, native vengeance, graphic carnal carnage and beyond. Severin Films is shamelessly proud to present Papaya fully restored including the complete Disco Cannibal Blood Orgy sequence from an Italian vault print seized from the private collection of a jailed magistrate! CANNIBAL TERROR: Even by the sleaziest standards of 80s EuroTrash, it remains a film that must be seen to be believed: When a pair of criminal knuckleheads and their busty moll kidnap the young daughter of a wealthy tycoon, they foolishly choose to hide in a local jungle infested with ferocious cannibals. What follows is a mind-roasting exercise in atrocious acting, gratuitous nudity and gut-munching mayhem, by a ravenous tribe of flesh eaters who inexplicably sport comb-overs and Elvis sideburns. Robert Foster (Inconfessable Orgies Of Emmanuelle), Pamela Stanford (White Cannibal Queen) and Burt Altman (The Devil Hunter) star in this infamous Spanish/French co-production that was banned in Britain as one of the original Video Nasties and is now presented uncut, uncensored and mastered in Hi-Def for the first time ever in America! DEVIL HUNTER: King Of EuroSleaze Jess Franco (Bloody Moon, Macumba Sexual) takes on the 80s Cannibal genre and delivers a jungle sickie like no other! When a safari of sexy babes and violent boneheads ventures into native-crazed wilderness, Uncle Jess unleashes a deluge of relentless nudity, dubious anthropology and his own brand of cut-rate carnage. Ursula Fellner (Sadomania), Al Cliver (Zombie), Robert Foster (Cannibal Terror) and Gisela Hahn (Contamination) co-star in this original Video Nasty also tastefully known as Sexo Cannibal and Mandingo Manhunter with something to offend everyone, now fully restored from the original Spanish negative and presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America!
The Cemetery (Massacre Video): Deep in the Pennsylvania hills, a cemetery for those who died during exorcism remains a dark secret for the church. In 1671, hundreds of men, women, and children suffered in bloody, torturous rituals at the hands of priests unable to contain the evil of the possessed. Were these possessions real, or is the story a hoax to cover up the sins of the deranged priests thirsty for human blood? Bill and his team of cynical paranormal investigators plan to find out the truth. As the producer and host of the reality TV show “Ghost Seekers,” Bill and his crew have seen it all: abandoned prisons, haunted houses, and decrepit mental hospitals. Night after night of boring trips to empty run down buildings has left them sure that the dead stay dead and that ghosts are the furthest thing from being real. Their lack of faith will soon be repaid in blood. Armed with the church’s historical record, they set out into the wilderness to uncover this series of forgotten atrocities. The demons of the past …
The Damned (MPI): En route from having retrieved his rebellious teenage daughter from the city of Bogota, Colombia, American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli, Twilight) and his new fiancée (Sophia Myles, Tristan + Isolde) suffer a car crash that leaves them stranded at a rundown, isolated inn. Sensing something sinister from the mysterious old innkeeper, the family discovers a young girl locked in the basement and determines to set her free. But little do they know that the seemingly innocent girl is an embodiment of pure evil, and that their act of charity could have cataclysmic consequences. Both exotic and terrifying, THE DAMNED is a white-knuckle suspense ride from start to finish.
Demons (Synapse): THEY WILL MAKE CEMETERIES THEIR CATHEDRALS, AND CITIES WILL BE YOUR TOMBS! From the minds of Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava comes the horrific Heavy Metal splatter film classic, DEMONS! Presented in a stunning new high-definition transfer and re-mastered audio!
A strange masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is accidentally scratched by a prop displayed in the lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon! One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. Can anyone escape this gory orgy of terror?
Demons 2 (Synapse): WATCHING TELEVISION CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH… AND BRING THE END OF THE WORLD! From the minds of Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava comes DEMONS 2, the sequel to the surprise horror hit, DEMONS! Presented in a stunning new high-definition transfer and re-mastered audio!
There’s a scary movie on television and the residents of a luxury high-rise building have their eyes glued to their sets. Unfortunately for a young birthday girl, an eternal demonic evil is released through her TV and partygoers soon find themselves fighting an army of murderous monsters! Acid blood, demonic dogs, possessed children and rampaging zombies wreak havoc for the trapped tenants! Starring Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni (Dario Argento s OPERA), Bobby Rhodes (DEMONS), and a young Asia Argento in her very first film role, DEMONS 2 is a jaw-droppingly gory film from the golden age of Italian splatter films!
Gingerclown (Lionsgate): To impress the girl of his dreams, Sam enters an old amusement park, where torturous monsters roam the grounds.
The House at the End of Time (MPI): Thirty years ago, young mother Dulce was accused of murdering her husband and two children in their home. Despite her pleas that a malevolent force in the house was responsible for the killings, Dulce was sentenced to the maximum penalty of imprisonment for a crime she ultimately did not commit. Now, as part of her sentence, Dulce is sent back to her old home and the scene of the crime under house arrest, where she s forced to confront the horrifying memory of what happened there. But this time around she s determined to unravel the mystery that has haunted her so for long, and with the help of a local priest, give both her loved ones and her own spirits their much-needed peace. Filled with suspense from beginning to end, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME is a gripping thriller about the demons that follow us and the power we have to vanquish them.
In The Land Of The Cannibals (Intervision): The late Italian sleaze maestro Bruno Mattei, infamous director of HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD, CAGED WOMEN, RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR and SS EXTERMINATION LOVE CAMP, here under the name Martin Miller brazenly combines CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and PREDATOR for a whole new level of green inferno perversion: When a team of hard-ass commandos venture deep into the Amazon jungle to rescue a senator’s hot daughter, they’ll trigger a bloodbath of flesh-stripping, gut-ripping, limb-hacking, stock footage and sexual brutality. Cindy Matic and Claudio Morales (MONDO CANNIBAL) star in this mind-boggling hybrid also known as LAND OF DEATH and released in Japan as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 3: CANNIBAL VS. COMMANDO now presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America!
The Killer Shrews (Film Chest): A ship’s captain, Thorne Sherman (James Best), arrives at an isolated island inhabited by a scientist Dr. Marlow Craigis (Baruch Lumet), his daughter Ann (Ingrid Goude/Miss Sweden 1956) and his assistants (Ken Curtis/Gunsmoke, Gordon McLendon, and Alfred DeSoto). The group is trapped by a hurricane and takes refuge from the storm in the island house. At the same time, Dr. Craigis is working to reduce humans to half size in an effort to help prevent over population and its demand on natural resources. The side effect of this ill-fated experiment is the creation of giant, voracious and poisonous shrews. Barricaded in the house, the group is now surrounded by these beasts that eat 2-3 times their body weight each day and are quickly running out of food. As things progress, the shrews predictably attack the ship s crew and, finally, the group themselves, resulting in mayhem, death and destruction.
Nothing Left (1-800 PRIME CD): After Luke s wife finds out that he is having an affair, he tries to save his marriage by taking the family on a camping trip but soon Luke and his family become the hunted!
In the vein of The Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Summer of Blood (MPI): Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller, with a maniacal sex drive matched only by his frenzied need to feed on blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.
True Blood: The Complete Series: Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.
True Blood: Season 7 (HBO): A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s, with shocking results. As Sookie seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince, Bill receives aid from an unexpected source.