DVD & Blu-ray Releases: July 5, 2016
This week’s DVD & Blu-Ray releases include Parasyte – Maxim 2, Kevin Smith’s Holidays, The new Cabin Fever, and Volumes of Blood. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
Parasyte – Maxim 2 [Blu-ray]
Starring: Masaki Aizawa, Takaya Aoyagi, Greg Ayres
Synopsis: They arrived in silence and darkness, descending from the skies with a hunger for human flesh. Parasytes – alien creatures who must invade and take control of a human host to survive – have come to earth. No one knows the secret except high school student, Shinichi Izumi, who’s right hand has been invaded by a Parasyte. Shinichi and Migi, the Parasyte, begrudgingly form a friendship in the middle of a silent war between humanity and the Parasytes.
Blood and Black Lace (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]
Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner, Diana DiPaolo, Luciano Piggozi
Synopsis: SIX MODELS. SIX VICTIMS FOR A CRAZED MASKED KILLER.
The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models… and backstabbing… and blackmail… and drug deals… and MURDER.
Having established a template for the giallo with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Mario Bava set about cementing its rules with Blood and Black Lace. In doing so he created one of the most influential films ever made an Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre, provide a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese.
Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see Blood and Black Lace afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Optional Italian and English soundtracks presented in original uncompressed mono PCM audio
Newly translated subtitles for the Italian audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Brand new audio commentary by Mario Bava s biographer Tim Lucas
Psycho Analysis a new documentary on Blood and Black Lace and the origins of the giallo genre featuring interviews with directors Dario Argento (Suspiria) and Lamberto Bava (Demons), screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colors of the Dark) critics Roberto Curti and Steve Della Casa, and crime novelists Sandrone Dazieri and Carlo Lucarelli
An appreciation by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, the creative duo behind Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body s Tears
Yellow the much-acclaimed neo-giallo by Ryan Haysom & Jon Britt [Blu-ray exclusive]
Gender and Giallo a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the giallo s relationship with the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s Panel discussion on Mario Bava featuring Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Steve Della Casa, recorded at the 2014 Courmayeur Film Festival
The Sinister Image: Cameron Mitchell an episode of David Del Valle s television series, devoted to the star of Blood and Black Lace and presented in full
The alternative US opening titles, sourced from Joe Dante s private print and scanned in 2K especially for this release
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes, author of Cinema Italiano and Mario Bava: Destination Terror, an interview with Joe Dante, David Del Valle on Cameron Mitchell and more, all illustrated with archive stills and posters
Starring: Kevin Smith, Seth Green
Synopsis: An anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most beloved holidays of all time. The film challenges our folklore, traditions and assumptions, making HOLIDAYS a celebration of horror year round.
Cabin Fever [Blu-ray]
Starring: Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis
Synopsis: Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant-classic gorefest, which features all-new characters and all-new kills. The story is familiar: Fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying: only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. This fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone stars Gage Golightly (Exeter, Teen Wolf), Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl), Samuel Davis (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3).
Starring: Katie Moore, Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips
Synopsis: Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse. In a remote stretch of the Australian Outback, a sheep rancher (Jack Campbell), his veterinarian wife (Anna Lise Phillips), and their two teenage children live in bucolic isolation: until a horrifying night when a pack of fang-baring, four-legged, rabid beasts besiege their home. With no one around to help them, the family must band together to survive: or else become canine kibble. Generating a steadily mounting sense of dread, The Pack cleverly toys with genre conventions before it goes in for the kill.
Me and My Mates Vs. the Zombie Apocalypse
Starring: Jim Jefferies, Greg Fleet, Alex Williamson
Synopsis: Three Australian telecom tradesman find themselves trapped in a telephone exchange during the onset of a zombie apocalypse.
The Levenger Tapes [DVD + Digital]
Starring: Johanna Braddy, Lili Mirojnick, Chris Mulkey, Tom Virtue
Synopsis: DETECTIVES IN A REMOTE TOWN PORE THROUGH EVERY FRAME OF A TROUBLING TAPE TO FIND THE WHEREABOUTS OF THREE MISSING COLLEGE STUDENTS. THE CHILLING FOOTAGE BECOMES MORE AND MORE DISTURBING WHEN THE STUDENTS COME UPON THE BLOODY DRESS OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THE SECLUDED WILDERNESS
Starring: Julie Benz, Mercy Malick, Carter Jenkins, Lisa Pelikan, Cesar Garcia
Synopsis: In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in a circle and unable to move, they learn that every two minutes, one of them must die…executed by a strange device in the center of the room. The strangers soon realize that they have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed. But how can they choose who deserves to die? And what happens when there s only one person left?
Bonus Features: Closed Captions, 5.1 Surround Sound, Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Trailer
They Crawl Includes 9 Bonus Movies
Starring: Tamara Davis, Daniel Cosgrove, Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen, Rock Hudson
Synopsis: They Crawl
The coroner’s reports on a couple of bizarre murders lead policewoman Gina O’Bannon (Tamara Davis) and survivor Ted Gage (Daniel Cosgrove) to a cult leader (Mickey Rourke) with a violent temper.
Melissa is kidnapped by a group of satanic freaks and her night becomes filled with human sacrifice, the walking dead and worst of all, a chicken possessed by the Devil.
Lisl and the Lorlok
In this dark fantasy, when 10-year-old Lisl discovers exactly what the Lorlok is doing to her family, she knows she must battle its evil once and for all.
Jack, the owner of a crocodile farm, falls under intense scrutiny when a giant, man-eating croc sinks its teeth into the locals of a coastal Thailand town. Now Jack must hunt this killer in order to prove his innocence. Starring Michael Madsen.
On a road trip across the country, a group of college students become stranded in the desert and discover that when the sun goes down, a deadly creature with a thirst for blood comes out.
Attack of the Giant Leeches
In a small swampland town, people are mysteriously disappearing. Rumor has it that there is a new breed of swamp leeches that have grown to immense proportions—and when bodies are found drained of blood and covered in giant sucker wounds, it seems that the gossip is true.
Horrors of Spider Island
After a plane crash in the Pacific, an American dance troupe of bombshell babes and their manager, Gary, are castaway on a deserted island. Then Gary is bitten by a huge spider with venom that transforms him into a murderous monster.
A creature that is wolf-like and thirsty for blood, the Dogman is no myth. Now Hank, a down-home hillbilly, must prove that in these woods, he’s top dog.
Alex, an up and coming TV journalist, returns to her small hometown of Danford to find it in a state of panic over a series of grisly murders.
A well-meaning geneticist (Rock Hudson) discovers he can create a female adult from a human embryo in about one month—with shocking consequences.
Hell Hunters [DVD]
Starring: Stewart Granger, Maud Adams, Romulo Arantes, Candice Daly
Deep in the jungle of Paraguay, Nazi zealot Dr. Martin Hoffmann (Stewart Granger) has been hiding for forty years, searching for a powerful weapon of science that will restore his dream of Nazi domination. Working with the venom of a deadly jungle spider, Hoffmann believes he has discovered such a weapon and, with his cohort Heinrich (George Lazenby), forms a plan to test his evil new serum on the population of Los Angeles; meanwhile, a dedicated band of Nazi-hunters, led by the beautiful Amanda (Maud Adams), is rapidly closing in on them.
HELL HUNTERS, a top notch action adventure film set in several exotic locations of South America, is directed by Ernst R. v. Theumer.
Includes closed captioning.
Synopsis: Jammie Mathieson based his latest film script on the true story of Ezekiel Oliphant, a witch finder during the English Civil War. During his life, Ezekiel denounced both his wife and mistress, and was later hung, drawn and quartered for treason and witchcraft. But what exactly happened to Ezekiel Oliphant? Jamie visits his old university professor, Alan Oakfield – a man utterly obsessed with 17th century affairs. As events unfold, it appears Alan’s fondness for the period has intensified somewhat. Is it possible that Oakfield is actually possessed by the traumatised spirit of Ezekiel Oliphant?
Starring: Stephen Manley, David O’Donnell, Liz Fenning
Synopsis: When one of their own loses his wife and daughter at the hands of a serial killer, a team of ghost hunters is determined to capture the spirits of the loved ones so their spirits can finally rest in peace. But as the team goes deeper into the house, the ghosts become more hostile, and the group discovers the true secrets of the house and its murderer.
Clash of the Dead
Starring: Kacey Barnfield, Ray Panthaki, Wendy Grlenn, Philip Barantini, Robert Bladen
Synopsis: 100 years after World War I, at the sight of a fierce and bloody battle where thousands of men were killed, a team of investigators have traveled to France to attempt to unravel the rumors of unexplained mysteries from the blood-stained battlefield. What they find is the battle isn’t over and the unthinkable happens when the undead are uncovered from their final resting place.
Starring: Brian Fortune, Ruth McIntyre, Maxwell Caulfield, Blake Griffith, Thora Birch
Synopsis: From undead creatures, like zombies and vampires, to everyday threats, like psychopaths and stalkers, there’s much to be fearful of in this 20-film collection. If you want to add some variety to your horror supply, this grab bag of blood and guts is all you need!
Volumes of Blood
Starring: Kristine Renee Farley, Jim O’Rear, Jason Crowe, Kevin Roach, Roni Jonah
Synopsis: A sociology student gathers several friends at the local library on Halloween night to help him create a new urban legend with deadly consequences; Lily is in for a late night of researching and needs something to keep her going. It isn’t until she’s approached by a stranger that her luck may change – for the worse; a typical night of work for a librarian becomes a classic ghost story with a modern twist. Sometimes you can’t keep a bad book down; Sidney is allowed to stay after hours to study for a test. It’s not until she awakens in the darkened library that she realizes the truth of what lurks among the books after midnight. She better pray she doesn’t become the prey; Paige faces regrets that she’d do anything to take back. When an ancient and arcane spell book falls into her lap, she decides to make a grave decision. Be careful what you wish for, it might just kill you.
Starring: Pooya Mohseni, Lauren Doucette
Synopsis: Creating art can be brutal business, Brie knows. Following an ugly breakdown, she and boyfriend Brian retreat to Woodbine, an estate deep in the country, as guests of their mysterious benefactor Walter, who has offered to help Brie get back on track with her career. The couple is given full reign of the house, including the services of its keeper, the enigmatic Videl. All hope this new beginning will be productive for Brie, and help to erase the darkness of her past. But almost from the moment they arrive, Brie experiences unsettling and terrifying visions–whispers in the hallways of the sprawling old house, ghostly visitations, and a demonic face glimpsed from the corner of the eye.
Starring: Braeden Baade, Anna Crysell, CJ Forst
Synopsis: A beautiful, nature-loving girl forms an extraordinary bond with Hillcrest Forest when she discovers its unusual secret.
Seven Devils (2015)
Starring: Cornelius Geaney Jr., Julia Papp, Emily Stride, Darren O’Connor, Augustina Amoa
Synopsis: A series of vignettes that explore the seven deadly sins.
In ‘Lust’, a blind woman hires a sex worker in the hopes of over coming her lack of sexual experience. In ‘Wrath’, a healer brings a stabbed convict back from the dead. In ‘Greed’, two off duty police officers, looking for a place to make out, get held at gun point by two organ harvesters; who refuse to let them go. In ‘Gluttony’, a priest decides to take time out from listening to confessions, buys drugs from a mute, and parties alone. In ‘Envy’, Kathy, a lonely ghost, attempts to connect with her home’s inhabitants. In ‘Pride’, Valerie Lina, an image obsessed model escapes to a secretive plastic surgeon in the country side to get a ‘new look’, and lastly – in ‘Sloth’, a silent segment, three squatters struggle to survive whilst hiding out in an abandoned warehouse.
?Seven Devils is a genuine example of skill and inventiveness, coupled with a remarkable script, brilliant performances and an overall satisfying anthology with a unified feel.?
– Sprites [Lynnaire MacDonald]
?Seven Devils is a well written, beautifully shot anthology that will keep you intrigued throughout the entire 97 minute run-time. The film was creative, fun, thrilling and surprisingly original.?
– TurnAboutMedia [Matt Schantz]
?Is sobering and sorrowful? Fans of supernatural and spiritual thematic material, and of the seven deadly sins in particular, might get a lot out of Seven Devils?
Cameron Johnson [CinemaJam]
WINNER of the Silver Screen award at the Nevada International Film Festival.
WINNER of 7 awards at the Accolade Film Competition 2015 including Best Supporting Actress: Julia Papp, Best Supporting Actor: Cornelius Geaney Jr, Best Screenwriting and Best Direction.
5 Movie – Prehistoric Creatures
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Kent Taylor, Don Sullivan, James Best, Wendy Schaal
Synopsis: What will happen when investigators and rescuers encounter alien creatures on distant planets, and Earth’s deserts and oceans? There’s shock and terror in this five-movie sci-fi collection with plenty of drama and action.
The Giant Gila Monster
A mammoth Gila monster terrorizes an unsuspecting town by stomping through the streets, crushing buildings and killing at will. When a local’s kid sister is nearly slain by the giant menace, he decides to take matters into his own hands and stop the monster from wreaking any more havoc.
The Killer Shrews
A mad scientist on an isolated island accidentally creates a race of giant shrews that manage to escape during a hurricane.
The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues
Dr. Ted Stevens and detective William Grant are sent by the government to investigate a series of puzzling deaths along the coast.
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet
On a mist-enshrouded planet where they encounter bizarre and unusual creatures, a rescue squad searches for the members of a rocket ship crew who have gone missing.
When space explorers discover a strange container on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, they release a hideous creature that has been asleep for ages—one that has a taste for human flesh.