It’s an interesting week for disc releases. There aren’t a wealth of highly anticipated movies hitting shelves today, but there are a few sleeper hits in the mix, and there is one damn fine classic making a landing as well. Check out what’s dropping today, and follow the links if you’d like to order directly from Amazon.
Bad Vs. Worse (Wild Eye Releasing): Deep in debt to the wrong people, Joey persuades his younger brother and a friend into a string of house robberies for quick cash. Unfortunately, they break into the wrong home, and stumble upon a seasoned serial killer in the midst of his latest murder. The cat and mouse game of survival begins as they try to escape while hunted by a master predator.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Kino Lorber) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: In 1920, one brilliant movie jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. That movie was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community. This authoritative edition of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 4K restoration scanned from the (mostly) preserved camera negative at the German Federal Film Archive.
German intertitles with optional English Subtitles
Score performed by the Studio For Film Music at the University of Music, Freiburg
Special Features: Booklet Essay by Kristin Thompson, Caligari: How Horror Came to the Cinema (Documentary, 52 minutes), Additional Music Score by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Image Gallery, Restoration Demonstration
Collar (Unearthed Records): A rookie cop starts her shift like any other but soon it will all change for the worse. A derelict with a reputation of satanic violence, attacks the officer and collars her with a dog leash which is just the start of his abusive ritual.
The Crone (Pathfinder): From the Producer of Ring, The Grudge and Dark Water comes the macabre tale of three paranormal TV show hostesses Ayane, Nanami and Mayuko. These three girls are put to the test of ultimate fear when they challenge each other to visit an abandoned nursing home in the mountains. Determined to defeat each other, the girls stubbornly remain in the chilling location no matter what happens. Even when they awaken a real ghost. It is too late when the girls realize, this is not just another haunted house. They are facing a ghost who can consume their souls. Will the girls abandon their competitive nature and uncover the truth about this nursing home or will the watch their souls get devoured?
Gravedigger (Shami Media): A vigilante serial killer is stalking, killing and burying those he has judged guilty and anyone in this corrupt beach town could be next.
Housebound (Xlrator) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s less than happy about the new living arrangement.
Knightmare (SRS Cinema): A former shy girl writes a coming-of-age story based on high school. The reunion will be the first time she comes face to face with the subjects of her book.
Moontrap (Olive Films) RECOMMENDED: The Space Shuttle returns to earth, but some of the equipment brought back on it begins to behave strangely. Scientists are unsure what is happening, and decide to take all necessary precautions.
Ragnarok (Magnet) RECOMMENDED: Sigurd is an archaeologist who is fascinated by a Viking ship found at the
Oseberg burial mound. He believes that a runic inscription on the ship, which translates to “man knows little,” holds the key to understanding the Norse myth of Ragnarok: the day when heaven and earth are destroyed. After finding similar inscriptions on a stone in Northern Norway, Sigurd, along with his kids and a colleague, begin an expedition to uncover the secret of the day of doom. A discovery beyond their imagination awaits!
Raw Cut (Phase 4 Films): Adam invites his college friends Jack and Amanda to his new Wyoming home for a getaway to meet his fiancee, Stephanie. Stephanie asks for help with a horror film that she is making and enlists the others to play characters who are stalked and murdered. But what started as a movie soon becomes something far darker and more terrifying, turning their peaceful getaway into a living nightmare.
Resurrection (Polyscope Media Group): A small town in America is suddenly inflicted by a wave of irrational violence. Both scientists and local law enforcement rally to determine the cause of the madness that is sweeping the small town.What they find its the food that is driving everyone crazy and they cannot stop. A college student on his way home for Easter is met by this path of madness and must fight his way through this anarchy in order to survive.
Skinless (Whacked Movies): A rash of grisly murders plagued a small southern Ohio town for over a decade, beforeending abruptly in 1992. Now, 20 years later, this small town is again …
The Thing on the Door Step (Leomark Studios): A psychological horror film based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. Daniel Upton’s relationship with his friend Edward Derby is abruptly changed after Edward becomes romantically involved with Asenath Waite, a hypnotist with an odd reputation. As Edward’s behavior becomes more erratic and events unexplainable, Daniel investigates. Is it madness…or something far more terrifying?
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