DVD & Blu-ray Releases: April 21, 2015

By: Sean Brickley

We’ve got a whopping 30 releases for you this week, fellow fiends.  My personal favorite of the week is the Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2 Blu-ray double feature.  There is also the DVD release of 1977’s Satan’s Cheerleaders.  In addition to that, if you’re looking for more old-school horror, there is the Pete Walker Collection II that is coming to Blu-ray this week as well.  On top of those three, there are 27 other releases from the past couple of years coming out.  It’s another week where there is pretty much something for everyone, no matter how twisted they are.  Pleasant viewing, folks.



MOVIES

Arachnoquake (2015)

Starring:

Tracey Gold, Ethan Phillips, Bug Hall, Edward Furlong

Synopsis:

When powerful earthquakes wreak havoc in Louisiana, giant albino spiders emerge from the fissures and attack the disoriented survivors. A tour guide caught up in the cataclysm determines the species must be descended from a progenitor that was trapped underground millions of years ago -and that the quakes will continue- following an ancient, previously unknown fault line right toward Houston. The eight-legged beasts only weakness is a genetic abnormality that makes them highly vulnerable to sunlight. Too bad a total eclipse is on the way!

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Auteur (2014)

Starring:

Tom Sizemore, Ian Hutton, Bj Hendricks, Madeline Merritt

Synopsis:

In this horror thriller directed by Cameron Romero and starring Tom Sizemore, a naive documentarian sets out to find a legendary horror director who mysteriously disappeared before the release of his highly anticipated masterpiece. As the filmmaker uncovers the story through various interviews, he learns that the truth is much more deadly than he ever imagined.

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Blind Woman’s Curse (1970)

Starring:

Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô

Synopsis:

A thrilling Yakuza film featuring eye-popping visuals, sensational fight sequences and the gorgeous Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Stray Cat Rock), in her first major role. Akemi (Kaji) is a dragon tattooed leader of the Tachibana Yakuza clan. In a duel with a rival gang Akemi slashes the eyes of an opponent and a black cat appears, to lap the blood from the gushing wound. The cat along with the eye-victim go on to pursue Akemi’s gang in revenge, leaving a trail of dead Yakuza girls, their dragon tattoos skinned from their bodies. A bizarre blend of the female Yakuza film and traditional Japanese ghost story, with a strong dash of grotesque-erotica (the same movement was a sensibility of Edogawa Rampo whose works were adapted by Ishii in Horrors of Malformed Men), Blind Woman’s Curse is a delirious mash-up of classic genre tropes, of which Ishii was no stranger, having directed everything from Super Giant films to Biker movies! Bonus Materials include: New high definition digital transfer of the film prepared by Nikkatsu Studios Presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Uncompressed mono PCM audio Newly translated English subtitles Audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp Original Trailer Trailers for four of the films in the Meiko Kaji-starring Stray Cat Rock series, made at the same studio as Blind Woman’s Curse Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes, illustrated with original archive stills.

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Blood Rites (2015)

Starring:

Karis Yanike, Mark Dews, Shaun Vetick, Katrina Adams

Synopsis:

Heavily influenced by Giallo, a genre of Italian horror popularized in the late 60’s and 70’s by masters like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, Blood Rites is a macabre mystery of murder, drug use and the occult. It was supposed to be an easy deal for Jason and Nikki: buy the drugs, cut them at an abandoned warehouse, then sell them on the street and rake in the cash. When the drug deal goes bad and Jason disappears, Nikki is trapped on an upper floor of the warehouse with a vicious ex-military enforcer, a gunshot victim, a violent addict and his three hostages. Leaving the building is not an option. All the exits have been blocked. And somewhere in the darkness is something with a taste for blood and a love of pain. The bad guys are being stalked by something worse. For a great demon demands to be born from the fiery depths of hell and its faithful servant has planned a bizarre blood rite that will leave no vein untapped. Blood will flow. Hell is coming.

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Blood Slaughter Massacre (2013)

Starring:

Matt W. Cody, Mike Roche, Byron M. Howard, Carmela Hayslett, Melissa Roth

Synopsis:

Ten years ago, the sleepy suburb of Havenwood was plagued by a string of unsolved murders, by a masked maniac remembered only as The Ripper. Now a new series of killings has begun, and teenagers are turning up dead everywhere. But can The Ripper be stopped this time around? Blood Slaughter Massacre is an incredible homage to slasher movie nostalgia, and featuring a killer 80’s style soundtrack.

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Cell Count (2012)

Starring:

Daniel Baldwin, Robert Mckeehen, Ted Rooney

Synopsis:

Russell Carpenter reluctantly admits his wife Sadie into an experimental treatment facility for her life threatening disease. While locked in this prison like surrounding they, along with 6 others, are unknowingly subjected to a cure that might just be worse than the disease itself.

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Chillers (2015)

Starring:

Jessica Jackson, Russell Faulk, Guthrie Taylor, Jaron Lewis, David Wester

Synopsis:

A Haunt: Carrie White just wanted to go check out a local haunted house to kill some time. Terrifyingly realistic, she got much more than she bargained for. Soul Mates: After a mugging Jason Tallman is plagued by nightmares. Are these really just night terrors or something even more frightening? The Couple: Thieves Barbara and Freddy thought they pulled off the heist of a lifetime until a stranded couple seeks shelter. Now they have to deal with them in order to get away with it.

Special Features:

Horror Trivia Name Game
Jessica Jackson Memorial Slideshow
Toxic Zombie’s Run For Your Life Music Video
Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery

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The Coven (2015)

Starring:

Dexter Fletcher, Cloe Mackie, Holly Mackie, Tony O’Callaghan

Synopsis:

In Highgate North London, History teacher (Dexter Fletcher) debates whether Neo Paganism is a true religion or Devil worship. Inspired by the lesson, five young teenagers camp out in Historic Queens Wood on Halloween hoping to witness Pagan activity. However they soon discover they are part of the ritual when a mysterious biker hunts them down.

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Crystal Skulls (2015)

Starring:

Richard Burgi, Wendy Glenn

Synopsis:

In the year 2020, a rapidly growing Black Hole headed straight for the sun plunges the Earth into darkness. Governments around the world race to build massive space arks for the lucky few who will escape Earth’s tragic fate. However, archaeologists discover a solution hidden beneath ancient Mayan ruins: 12 ancient skulls that can stop the destruction. Now it’s up to an unlikely team of those left behind on Earth to find the hidden skulls and rescue mankind before it can be wiped out.

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Daisy Derkins: Dog Sitter Of The Damned (2015)

Starring:

Susanna D’Arcy, Annamarie Ruggiero, Christine Fisler

Synopsis:

Daisy Derkins is an attractive college student who just needs to make a few extra bucks. What could be easier than a one-night dog sitting gig? Nothing, unless the dog’s owner is an evil wizard, and his house is haunted, and his dog, Mookie, is a demonic beast! News of an escaped serial killer has Daisy on edge plus some creep she went on one blind date with won’t stop harassing her, so she calls some friends over for company. After much drinking and pot smoking, they break out the Ouija board, and all Hell breaks loose. Beautiful babes, murderous monsters, maniacal madmen, and killer comedy abound in this shockingly funny tale of horror and the supernatural!

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Deep In The Darkness (2014)

Starring:

Dean Stockwell, Blanche Baker, Sean Patrick Thomas

Synopsis:

Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City behind for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town’s deepest secret: a terrifying and controlling race of creatures that live amongst the darkness in the woods behind his home.

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Gabrielle (2015)

Starring:

Michael Madsen, Michael Anthony Coppola, Alexis Albert

Synopsis:

Edward Sheehan (Michael Madsen) owes his publisher one more book which he cannot bring himself to write. It has nothing to do with him being out of ideas; he is full of them. What holds him is that he can’t embrace his method. He fears the inner depths he’ll need to plumb to bring up the story his fans have come to expect. With little choice, he isolates in a cabin on a lake in New England. With only himself and his demons, he fights his way through the final chapter and finds himself with the most frightening book of his career: Gabrielle.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2015)

Starring:

Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marn, Dominic Rains, Milad Eghbali

Synopsis:

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.
The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.

DVD Special Features:

Behind-the-scenes Documentary
Booklet Essay by Eric Kohn
Deleted Scenes
Interview with Ana Lily Amirpour
Location Scouting
Makeup Tests
Stills Gallery
Trailer

Blu-ray Special Features:

70 page Booklet with the First Issue of the Graphic Novel and Essay by Eric Kohn
Behind-the-scenes Documentary
Deleted Scenes
Interview with Ana Lily Amirpour
Location Scouting
Makeup Tests
Stills Gallery
Trailer

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The Joe Show (2015)

Starring:

Joseph Mcintosh, Nick Snider, Joel Potrykus, Marjorie Pierson Yost, Jeffrey Goodrich

Synopsis:

Joe carries around a rusty saw and a gasoline tank. No one quite knows why but there are a number of women who have gone missing in the area. Joe doesn’t socialize very well and his only true friend is an imaginary one he calls Charlie Nubbins who guzzles beer and quotes Bible scripture. Mostly, Joe is lonely and spends a lot of his time writing poems about his brutal life as a cabbie, and his family’s dark mysterious past. He may or may not be a murderer but when he reads his poetry at the Limerick theatre, he affects people in all walks of life.

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Jonah Lives (2012)

Starring:

Brinke Stevens, Jocelyn Padilla, Ryan Boudreau, Nicole Lasala

Synopsis:

A group of teens foolishly play with a spirit board and contact the spirit of a murdered man, who they soon resurrect from the grave in the form of a murderous zombie, intent on avenging his own death and stalking the teens down one by one until he can get to his killer.

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Kill Granny Kill (2015)

Starring:

Dale Miller

Synopsis:

Answering an in-home help ad for an elderly woman, Abby Daniels leaves family and friends for a remote farmhouse in the country. But all is not as it seems with her fluffy employer, whose locked doors and cellar seem to be hiding some unusual hobbies.

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The Mothman Curse (2015)

Starring:

Rachel Dale, Stephen Glover, Daniel Mansfield, Darren Munn, Katy Vans

Synopsis:

A supernatural thriller based on the terrifying legend of The Mothman. Rachel and Katy work together in a large, empty museum. But lately, Katy notices slight, disturbing changes in her friend, while a menacing, dark shadow appears to be watching them night after night, drawing them both further into fear and madness. As they investigate deeper, the legend becomes a very real, living nightmare.

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Motivational Growth (2013)

Starring:

Jeffery Combs, Adrian Digiovani, Ken Brown, Danielle Doetsch

Synopsis:

Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold, a smooth talking fungus who was born of the filth collecting in a corner of Ian’s neglected bathroom, works to win Ian’s trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. With The Mold’s help, Ian attracts the attention of a neighbor he’s been ogling through his peephole, Leah, and he manages to find a slice of happiness despite his unnatural circumstances. But Ian starts to receive strange messages from his old and broken down TV set that make him realize that The Mold may not be as helpful as it seems to be, and strange characters combined with stranger events cast Ian’s life in the shadow of an epic battle between good and evil that Ian is only partially aware of.

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My Demon Within (2015)

Starring:

Adam Leclair, Nadine Bernecker, Carl Darchuck, Gary Casper

Synopsis:

Cyril Bass is a good-hearted loser that works in a thankless corporate job where everyone takes advantage of him. His social life is also a total disaster; he holds a secret crush for his neighbor Callie but can’t even muster a hello as they pass in the hallway. He has a very vivid imagination about how he’d wreak revenge on everyone that’s done him wrong, but his morals and ethics keep those thoughts at bay. Cyril is constantly struggling with his darkest, most sinister side, his own demon. At his worst moment, the Demon entices Cyril to release him, promising revenge, fortune, popularity, and any woman of his choosing. Cyril’s life does an about face as Demon slowly takes over, people begin to see him differently as every opportunity opens up to him, and Callie finally takes an interest in him. Too much blood is shed as his decision to release his demon takes its toll; his life is slipping in a downward spiral out of his control. Now the police are hot on his trail for murders he didn’t commit, Cyril must fight his demon to get his life back and save the girl.

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Paranormal Extremes: Text Messages From The Dead (2014)

Starring:

Colie Knoke, Josef Niznik, Ted V. Mikels, Brenda Grippi, Beverly Washburn

Synopsis:

Two lovers are separated by a tragic accident but death can not keep them apart. This is a haunting tale of love, life, death and the intervention of the dead.

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The Pigman Murders (2015)

Starring:

John Berry, Gerard Fallon, Eugene Horan, Mark Hutchinson

Synopsis:

Seven friends head into the wilderness for the weekend to celebrate a friends’ anniversary. But after finding a severely beaten man in the woods, they decide to find help, but soon become the hunted in a twisted game of cat and mouse with a group of animal-masked sadists. Now, in the middle of nowhere with nothing, they must fight to escape a living hell in this roller-coaster horror thriller.

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Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977)

Starring:

John Ireland, John Carradine, Jack Kruschen, Yvonne De Carlo, Sydney Chaplin

Synopsis:

Benedict High School’s cheerleaders aren’t shy and sweet. The football team knows them well and Billy, the school’s disturbed janitor, would like to. In the locker room, the girls shower and dress, unaware of the evil eyes which secretly watch them. They don’t know that a curse has been placed on their clothes. And they don’t know that their trip to the first big game of the season might sideline them for eternity. Will the cheerleaders succumb to the dark ritual of sexual sacrifice and death that’s been plotted for them? Only those who dare watch will know!

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Snuff: A Documentary About Killing On Camera (Special Edition) (2015)

Starring:

Larry C. Brubaker, Todd Cobery, Linda Flanders, Nathan Paulson

Synopsis:

Explore the disturbing, pervasive urban legend of the snuff film, an alleged film where someone is purposely murdered on camera. This compelling, educational documentary features interviews with film professionals, FBI profilers and academics, who all help examine the myths and evidence of snuff films, and its relationship to cult films, serial killers and pornography in our culture.

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Sorrow (2015)

Starring:

Vannessa Vasquez, Andrew Sensenig, Melissa Mars

Synopsis:

Early one morning in the bucolic town of Fieldhouse, Texas the local residents awaken and start the day preparing to go about their business. Detective Ana Salinas is called to a crime scene unaware that this dispatch is going to be far from a usual day at work. Inside the modest home are two corpses, a kill room littered with the discarded clothing of numerous victims and strewn with blood smeared torture devices. Ana Salinas partner and lover is killed almost immediately when he unwittingly triggers a booby trap packing spring loaded darts. A young woman is found at the crime scene, dazed and confused with a bullet wound to the shoulder, but mysteriously slips away from the hospital before she can be questioned. It is revealed that the young woman, Mila Sweeney, a forensic psychologist has been captured weeks before by the Killers, relentlessly tortured and abducted to Texas. Mila has endured nights of unspeakable terror, listening as the psychopaths torture and kill women in an ..

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Ten (2014)

Starring:

Jade Sylvan, Molly Carlisle, Molly Devon

Synopsis:

Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she’s traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs. The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion’s wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone–or something–has lied to get them in the house. It’s not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted. Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts. At least, not until the first murder. What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem. Yet, the fate of the entire world may rest in their hands.

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Territory 8 (2015)

Starring:

Stu Chaiken, Michael A. Tushaus

Synopsis:

After a chemical weapon explosion in the Nevada desert, eight square miles surrounding the area are put into quarantine, trapping anyone who managed to survive. Soon after the incident, two scientists find themselves confronting a sinister cover up and a band of hostile survivors who are looking to escape the quarantined area, now known as Territory 8.

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Wake Before I Die (2015)

Starring:

Robert Mckeehen, Robert Blanche, Danny Bruno

Synopsis:

After moving his family to a small Northwest town, Pastor Dan Bennett begins to suspect that all might not be as idyllic as he first imagined. Strange spiritual obsessions begin to unearth age-old secrets, and personal threats await anyone who dares confront them. He realizes he must not only prepare his new congregation to face the assault, but also fortify his own home as evil seeks to invade and shake it to its very foundation.

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The Walking Deceased (2015)

Starring:

Dave Sheridan, Joey Oglesby, Tim Ogletree

Synopsis:

A month into the zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors, including four who “for safety reasons” go by the names of their favorite cities–Green Bay, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Harlem–a Sheriff fresh off a nice, relaxing, six-week coma, his small-business-owner 10 year old son, and a voiceover-prone zombie, Romeo, who has convinced the group that he’s not dead, just a little slow, are forced from the safety of their mall-camp in hopes of finding a rumored safe-haven.

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COLLECTIONS

Ghoulies / Ghoulies II

Starring:

Peter Liapis, Lisa Pelikan, Damon Martin

Movies:

Ghoulies

Black magic brings slimy creatures to a Hollywood mansion for a couple’s party.

Ghoulies II

Little demons boost business at Uncle Ned and Larry’s carnival show, “Satan’s Den.”

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The Pete Walker Collection II

Starring:

Ray Brooks, Sheila Keith, James Aubrey, Anthony Sharp, Sebastian Breaks

Synopsis:

This second anthology of films by Pete Walker reels the provocative director at his most diabolical. Whether skewering highbrow drama (The Flesh and Blood Show), established religion (House of Mortal Sin), or legal hypocrisy (Home Before Midnight) Walker laces his films with a wicked sense of humor and healthy dollops of sex and violence. One perfect example is the legendary shocker Frightmare, which stars aging British actress Sheila Keith as a fortune-teller-slash-cannibal in the English countryside. Also featured in this collection are two of Walker’s early works: Man of Violence (aka Moon) and The Big Switch, which clearly foreshadow the taste for the perverse (and the flair for cynical humor) that would later become his hallmarks.

Movies:

Frightmare

Two English stepsisters have cannibal parents in common.

The Flesh and Blood Show

British thespians audition for macabre theater and are met by a hooded hacker.

House of Mortal Sin

A mad priest uses holy paraphernalia as weapons to punish sinners.

Home Before Midnight

A successful rock lyricist becomes romantically involved with a girl he picks up hitchhiking only to learn that she is only fourteen. Her parents take action against him.

Man of Violence (Exclusive to Box)

Crooks, a mercenary and a police inspector seek gold bullion hijacked from a shaky Arab sheikdom.

The Big Switch (Exclusive to Box)

A London playboy is framed for murder in a plot to bring back a deported gangster.

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