DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Feb 23, 2016

 

 

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Feb 23, 2016

 


 

 

 

 

The Serpent and the Rainbow (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]

 

Starring: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson

 

Synopsis: 

An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

 

Special Features Include:

-2015 HD transfer from the inter-positive film element

-Audio commentary with actor Bill Pullman

-“The Making of The Serpent and the Rainbow,” featuring new interviews with actor Bill Pullman, author Wade Davis, director of photography John Lindley, and special makeup effects artists Lance Anderson and David Anderson

-Original Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot

-Still Gallery

 

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American Horror Project: Vol. 1 (6-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]

Starring:  Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Janie Carazo, Herve Villechaize, Sharon Farrell

 

Synopsis: Everyone knows the classic American horror titles: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story – a story of the unsung heroes of American terror… Whether it’s a film that has languished in obscurity, or a movie that’s at risk of being lost due to lack of source materials, American Horror Project is here to ensure that these unique slices of the American Nightmare are brought back into the public consciousness and preserved for all to enjoy. Volume I of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing daughter, only to find themselves at the mercy of cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Mollie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violent fantasies start to bleed into reality – literally. Lastly, every parent’s worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition (Robert Allen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claiming to be her long-lost mother. Newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material, with American Horror Project we can re-evaluate an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.

 

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The Curse / Curse II: The Bite [Blu-ray]

 

Starring: Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, Jill Schoelen

 

Synopsis: 

 

 

THE CURSE 

 

Life on the family dairy farm is difficult for young Zach Hayes (Wil Wheaton, Stand by Me): hard work, long hours and the normal family squabbles. But after an ice-blue meteor plunges through the midnight sky and lands on their property, it gets worse. Zach and the local doctor discover that something inside the meteor is infecting every living thing on the farm. Fruits, which look perfect on the outside are teeming with worms… and Zach’s family is beginning to change… hideously! This shocker is directed by actor David Keith (Firestarter, White of the Eye) and co-stars Claude Akins (Tentacles), Malcolm Danare (Christine), Cooper Huckabee (The Funhouse) and John Schneider (Smallville). 

 

 

CURSE II: THE BITE 

 

Two young lovers, Clark (J. Eddie Peck, Kyle XY) and Lisa (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather), traveling through the desert unwittingly pass through an abandoned nuclear test site which has become a breeding ground for deadly mutant killer snakes. When Clark is bitten, he undergoes a grotesque transformation into a hideous snake monster! This chiller filled with slithering horror also stars Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H), Shiri Appleby (Roswell) and Bo Svenson (Walking Tall Part II).

 

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Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things [Blu-ray]

 

Starring: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeffrey Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin

 

Synopsis: Led by a mean-spirited director, Alan (Alan Ormsby), a theater troupe travels by boat to a small island graveyard for buried criminals. Using a grimoire, Alan begins a séance to raise the dead. The group finds more than they bargained for when the dead return from their graves, forcing the troupe to take refuge in an old abandoned caretaker s house. Can they stay put until daylight against the undead onslaught, or do they flee into the pitch black night? Will anyone survive? ….Muhah hahahh!

 

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The Bees Blu-ray + DVD

Starring: John Saxon, Angel Tompkins, John Carradine

 

Synopsis: Evil corporations have smuggled a deadly strain of South American killer bees into the United States and now the entire world may be on the brink of imminent destruction! As cities tumble, body counts rise, and mass hysteria ensues, scientist John Norman (John Saxon) thinks he might have discovered the secret strategy to stop THE BEES!

Directed by Alfredo Zacarias (DEMONOID) and co-starring Angel Tompkins, John Carradine, and Claudio Brook, THE BEES is an epic disaster film and drive-in classic, chock full of outrageous action and jaw-dropping plot twists. Vinegar Syndrome brings THE BEES into your living room, newly restored in 2k in its previously unavailable Director’s Cut, and guaranteed to give you stingingly good entertainment.

 

Bonus Features:

1. New 2K Restoration from the 35mm Negative!

2. Video Interview with Director Alfredo Zacarias

3. Original Theatrical Trailer

4. Reversible Cover Artwork

5. English SDH Subtitles

 

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Demonoid Blu-ray + DVD

Starring: Samantha Eggar

 

Synopsis: At a dig in rural Mexico, a British industrialist accidentally unleashes an ancient evil: a severed hand, possessed by a vengeful demon, that attacks, kills and takes over the hand and mind of anyone who interferes with its ruthless quest for violence. Determined to stop the bloodshed, the wife of the industrialist (Samantha Eggar) joins forces with a renegade priest (Stuart Whitman), but will they be able to conquer the evil hand before the forces of hell overtake them?

DEMONOID is a classic slice of early 80s horror sleaze, full of outrageous and violent deaths, ludicrous plot twists and a pounding musical score

 

Bonus Features:

1. New 2K Restoration from the Original 35mm Negative!

2. Video Interview with Director Alfredo Zacarias

3. 2K Restoration of the Alternate International Version, MACABRA

4. Theatrical Trailer

5. Plus More!

 

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Frankenstein [Blu-ray]

Starring: Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd, Danny Huston

 

Synopsis: Set in present day Los Angeles, Frankenstein is told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.

 

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Whore

 

Starring: Rudy Claes, Kenneth Falkenberg, Cassandra Jacobsen

 

Synopsis: Author Ricki visits her family’s secluded cabin to start writing he new novel – but along the way she catches the eye of a group of local criminals, who turn her visit into a living nightmare of violence… and violation. Though left for dead, Ricki’s ultimate revenge has just begun as she hunts, traps and kills each of her captors one by one. In the tradition of the I Spit on Your Grave series.

 

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Upsidedown Cross

Starring:  David Yow, Erin Russ, Tina Krause, Rick Savage

 

Synopsis: From controversial filmmaker William Hellfire comes a shocking new film starring David Yow (The Jesus Lizard), Erin Russ (Porkchop), Tina Krause (Bad Biology) and adult film star Rick Savage – UPSIDEDOWN CROSS. Abandoned, abused by the police and in the throes of withdrawal, Nadine, a drug addicted young prostitute, returns to her childhood home and the mother she ran away from. Nadine’s mother, Delilah; a fanatical Christian who believes demons have possessed her daughter, searches for a cure for Nadine’s erratic behavior. When she finds a rogue preacher willing to exorcise her daughter for a fee, neither realizes they have invited the devil into their home. While her mother turns a blind eye to the bizarre practices unfolding in her own home, Nadine, wracked with mental and physical pain, has no choice but to put up with the preacher’s increasingly violent charade. This collector’s edition of UpsideDown Cross contains a double sided wrap featuring original photography by Jackie Cerniglia, a clear amaray, an illustrated Chick Tract by successful notorious underground comic artist Mike Diana, and image galleries featuring photos and original illustrations inspired by UpsideDown Cross. Print run is limited to 1,000 copies, Bonus features include: Photo Gallery , Illustrated Chick Tract by notorious underground comic artis Mike Diana , UpsideDown Cross Alternate Trailer, Poster Gallery, UpsideDown Cross Trailer

 

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The Executioner Part 2 / Frozen Scream

Starring: Aldo Ray, Chris Mitchum, Renee Harmon

 

Synopsis: Renee Harmon was the unsung queen of oddball, independent cinema in the 1980s, combining exploitation sleaze low-fi aesthetics, her films rank as among the weirdest and most unique works to come from the later days of exploitation cinema…

THE EXECUTIONER PART 2 (1984): Someone is killing off LA’s most vicious criminals and the police are powerless to do anything about it. As the commissioner (Aldo Ray) enlists the help of his top lieutenant, Roger (Chris Mitchum), to solve the case, Roger begins to suspect that the mysterious Executioner might be his old friend from Vietnam.

 

FROZEN SCREAM (1980): People are being murdered in grisly ways and being implanted with devices that turn them into homocidal zombies. A young woman, who witnessed a killing and now might know too much, is cared for by the strange Doctor Stanhope (Renee Harmon), but the good doctor might be more involved with the bloody goings on that she appears. FROZEN SCREAM is a fever dream of bizarre dubbing, cheap gore effects and hypodermic needles.

 

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The Embalmer / The Red Headed Corpse (Double Feature)

 

Starring: Erika Blanc

 

Synopsis: If you enjoy being scared out of your wits, then prepare yourself for this terrifying double-feature DVD!

 

You’ll be having nightmares after watching THE EMBALMER (aka MONSTER OF VENICE, 1966) where a hooded madman kidnaps luscious Italian women and embalms them to preserve their beauty. And when the hood finally comes off and you see the face of this maniac you will leap from your seat in utter fear.

 

Our second feature is another fright fest, THE RED HEADED CORPSE (1972). You will see a man create a living woman from a mannequin, who then drives him to commit murder! Starring everyone’s favorite red headed sex bomb, Erika Blanc, in and out of her wardrobe.

 

Both films are presented in 1.66 widescreen, enhanced for 16×9 TV’s. Bonus trailer included.

 

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Voices From The Grave

Starring: Chris Labadie, Michael Hanelin, David Nelson

 

Synopsis: This Anthology film deals with deadly spirits, back from the grave with vengeance in mind. Myles Brandt is a horror fan that wanders into a mysterious bookstore in search of something different. He finds a book and in the corner of this bookstore begins to read three tales of supernatural horror. Three tales of terror, including one story adapted from the work of master horror writer Gary Brandner author of The Howling, to make your flesh creep and your heart race!

 

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Bigfoot Vs. Zombies

Starring: Various

 

Synopsis: A scientist creates a toxic cocktail that slowly leaks into the local population, creating flesh-eating zombies – and only one crature of legend can stop the growing hoards of the undead.

 

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Cassidy Way

 

Starring: Christopher Rich, Stan Shaw, Randy Wayne, Nikki Moore, Michael Nardelli

 

Synopsis: Cassidy Way is a gut-wrenching and bloody thriller inspired by true events. When film students Gina, Collin, and Mitch set out to make her thesis documentary film about water contamination caused by a fracking company in Kern County, they decide to trespass at an old fracking site and uncover documents relating to the company, it s dark past and the subsequent cover-up. After narrowly escaping capture by the Saxlow company guards the trio encounters local teen Jamison Connors, who takes them back to his house where they meet his sister, mother, and his father Donald. Donald, a man obsessed, suspects the three of being involved with the fracking company and proceeds to exact his twisted revenge on the students as a way of avenging his youngest son s death which was caused by Saxlow guards a decade prior. DVD Special Features:Making of Featurette, Trailer, Photo gallery.

 

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House Of Afflictions

Starring:  Michelle Darkin Price, Stefan Boehm, Penelope Butler, Simon Crudgington

 

Synopsis: Kate Beckley was once a best selling crime author, but it’s been years since her last novel following the disappearance of her daughter, Julia. While attempting to write again in a new home, Kate finds herself haunted by strange visions and paranormal occurrences – which become worse each night. Has Julia returned, or is something more sinister preying on this grieving mother’

 

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Sink Hole

Starring:  Jeremy London, Gina Holden, Brooke MacKenzie

 

Synopsis: After a massive sinkhole swallows a nearby town, a school bus filled with students is dropped deep underground. After the crash, the students realize the bus is hanging precariously against the side of the sinkhole, held in place by a broken pipe. Any sudden move could send the bus plummeting into the darkness below. Alone and with all the adults injured, the teens struggle for survival with the story taking on shades of Lord of the Flies. Their only hope is a small-town paramedic, who must overcome a tragic past to rescue the students.

 

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Grindhouse Horror Show

 

Starring: Various

 

Synopsis: Grindhouse lovers will revel in the most insane stories of Death, Booze, Sex, and Ghoulish Grindhouse Murders Galore in this terrifying anthology film collection comprised of Psychotic Demon Possessed Femme Fatales; Serial Killers in Electric Chairs; Demonic Succubi; Rabid Zombies; Gorey Amputations and much more!

 

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Eve, The

Starring: Al Thompson, Maria Didomenico, Miranda Noelle Wilson, Evan Bass, Rick Estabrook

 

Synopsis: The dead of winter; trees are bare, snow is on the ground, and waves pound the shore. A ferry arrives at the isolated island of Martha’s Vineyard just in time for New Year’s Eve. SCOTT (Al Thompson), HARRY (Evan Bass), and JENN (Maria DiDomenico) are friends from college who have grown apart. LACEY (Miranda Noelle Wilson) is Harry’s new girlfriend, a trophy for him to show off to Scott. They arrive at Scott’s family vacation home thinking they are alone and are spooked when they come upon JOEY (Rick Estabrook), the introverted groundskeeper. To be nice, they invite him to join them in their New Year’s Eve celebration the following night. The calm of the island, along with a lot of wine, helps to bring everyone together. Although it isn’t long before old problems creep back in. After a misunderstanding, words between Scott and Harry turn into blows and all four are separated on the island. Hours pass and Harry returns to the house to find Jenn and Lacey waiting. Scott still hasn’t returned; It is not like him. After much pleading, Harry agrees to venture out with Jenn to find him. They find his lifeless body on the beach. Returning to the house, Harry, Jenn, and Lacey are panicked. Harry tries to call for help, but the phones are dead. They rush out to the car, but it is also dead. Jenn notices that someone has removed the car’s main battery fuse. She is the first to realize that Scott was murdered. They head inside and lock the doors. Arming herself, Jenn takes the lead and checks the house room by room, locking the doors and windows as she goes. Harry panics, unsure of what to do and becomes protective of Lacey. Jenn decides that they should shut all the lights off in the house and turn on all of the outside lights. This way they can see anyone who approaches the house. They just have to survive until dawn, and then can find help.

 

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Lynn Sorel
Staff Writer at Horror News Network
Lynn Sorel has been writing for Horror News Network since September 2014. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @gothicmermaid13. Read her full bio on our About Us page.
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