By: Sean Brickley
I think it’s pretty cool when classic movies get released on whatever the prevalent media format of the day may happen to be. In this case, The Slumber Party Massacre and Frightmare have finally found their way to Blu-ray, along with a couple of others. Add to that some more recent titles, a TV series and a double feature fit for any throwback teenage sleepover and you have this week’s 14 releases. Have a nice week, fellow movie maniacs. Pleasant viewing.
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Eric McCormack, Jody Thompson, Andrew Currie
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00H91LV8S
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00H91LVW4
After the death of his wife, a father (Emmy Award winner Eric McCormack, Will & Grace) takes his two small children to a secluded cabin in the mountains to escape and seek solace. However, when a freak winter storm cuts off all communications to the outside world, horrific events begin to occur in this chilling film from WWE Studios.
Battle of the Undead (2014)
Notable Names: Liron Levo, Roi Miller
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00HF95SEC
Doron, an Israeli security operative, takes on one last mission: go to Lebanon and capture a top member of the Hezbollah terrorist organization. Joined by an elite force, Doron soon discovers that there is a far greater threat at hand than Hezbollah – the dead are rising. After the horrifying Battle of the Undead, the Middle East will never be the same!
Blood Feud (1972)
Notable Names: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Lina Wertmuller
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00HVFA2QE
A passionate story of revenge, lust and love from acclaimed director Lina Wertmuller . Set against the backdrop of World War II, Blood Feud tells of the struggle against the Sicilian Mafia, from the streets of Sicily to the tenements of New York. Titina (Sophia Loren) is a happily married Sicilian housewife but, like so many others, is widowed early in life when her husband is brutally murdered by the Mafia. After spending ten years away, Spallone (Marcello Mastroianni), returns home and falls in love with Titina. Also returning to avenge his cousin’s death is Nick (Giancarlo Giannini), a small-time crook, who also falls for his cousin’s widow. In the deadly game of love – as in war – there is always a winner and a loser…
Buck Wild (2013)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Matthew Albrecht, Mark Ford, Tyler Glodt
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00HRFSYCC
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00HRFSYMM
Craig Thompson’s idyllic hunting trip with his two buddies and unstable cousin is wrecked after hearing that his fiancé and best man-to-be have been cavorting behind his back. To make matters worse, his cousin appears on the verge of a murderous rampage while a rapidly-spreading Chupacabra virus is turning locals into the undead. After shooting the ranch owner, drugging the Game Warden, and narrowly escaping an insidious hillbilly gang led by British magnifico, Billy Ray, the boys must not only survive an impending zombie melee but each other. Buck Wild turns the buddy comedy upside down while tearing zombies inside out in this tongue-in-cheek adventure through South Texas.
Notable Names: Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Eric England
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00GS08UDU
After a lapse in her relationship with her lover (Katie Stegeman) forces twenty-something party girl Samantha (Najarra Townsend) to move back in with her overbearing mother (Caroline Williams, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), things seem to be at an all-time low. But the devil-may-care Samantha soon finds escape in a one-night stand with a mysterious man (Simon Barrett, V/H/S) who leaves her hung-over, guilt-ridden and infected. Uncertain of the disease or the man who gave it to her, Samantha attempts to hide it from her loved ones. But she soon realizes that she is not just the victim of an STD, but rather the host of something much more catastrophic, and that she and those around her are in mortal danger. Part zombie film and part body-horror shocker, director Eric England s Contracted is a skin-crawling experience in biological horror.
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The Flesh & Blood Show (1973)
Notable Names: Ray Brooks, Pete Walker
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00HDFYUI8
A group of trendy young actors and actresses assemble at a run-down theatre at the end of a pier in an out-of-season British coastal resort. Hired by the mysterious Theatre Group 40 to put together the improvisation revue, The Flesh and Blood Show, the actors are soon at the mercy of a madman who begins working his way through their number. The story takes its cue from Agatha Christie’s venerable Ten Little Indians – a group of strangers are invited to a remote locale, where they fall prey to an unseen assassin. While Walker’s subsequent horror pictures tended to phase out the carnal aspect, his background in sexploitation is abundantly evident here – softcore groping and plentiful nudity dominate the first half of the picture, and there is plenty of mayhem.
Notable Names: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00HR7364Q
Years after being committed to an insane asylum for practicing cannibalism, a married couple (Rupert Davies and Sheila Keith) are let back into society… Of all the grisly horrors directed by Pete Walker, Britain’s chief specialist in shock cinema, Frightmare is perhaps his best known work. Much of this has to do with the memorably lurid ad campaign, not to mention the indelible image of elderly Sheila Keith advancing towards the camera, wide-eyed and brandishing a power drill. Typical of Walker’s films, Frightmare abandons subtlety in favor of outright jabs at the establishment while embracing graphic gore and mayhem in a manner that makes the Hammer films of the period look positively quaint in comparison.
Here Comes the Devil (2012)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro, Adrián García Bogliano
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00HI9QGW2
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00HI9QDWK
A couple’s son and daughter inexplicably reappear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside. Becoming withdrawn and beginning to exhibit strange behavior, their parents quickly assume something sinister happened to them. But after hearing an ominous local legend, the concerned mother and father begin to realize that their children may have fallen prey to something inhuman and that this dark, unstoppable evil has now returned home with them.
Outpost 3: Rise of the Spetznaz (2013)
Notable Names: Bryan Larkin, James ‘The Colossus’ Thompson, Kieran Parker
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00GB0OR9S
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00GB0OXIS
In the third installment of the hit Nazi Zombie action-horror franchise, Outpost III: Rise Of The Spetsnaz, we discover the horrifying origins of these supernatural soldiers as they battle the most ruthless and notorious of all military special forces: the Russian Spetsnaz. Bryan Larkin stars as the lead Russian Dolokhov alongside James The Colossus Thompson (Ultimate Combat World Heavyweight Champion) as The Berserker.
Return to Nuke ‘Em High 1, Vol. 1 (2013)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Adam P. Murphy, Catherine Corcoran, Lloyd Kaufman
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00D3LA6H0
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00CZ15G7Y
Return to Nuke `Em High Vol. 1, directed by cult movie legend Lloyd Kaufman, is a satirical sci-fi comedy event film with themes ripped straight from today’s headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world’s food supply, rampant bullying, love triumphing over prejudice. Nuke `Em is in the same vein as other classics such as Class of 1984, Rock `n’ Roll High School, and Carrie, but seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent bloggers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Will they save Tromaville High School and the world? Find out in this brand-new, unhinged classic from beloved Troma Films!
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
Notable Names: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Amy Holden Jones
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00GSTHD1G
When Trish (Michele Michaels) decides to invite her high school girls’ basketball teammates over for a slumber party, she has no idea the night is going to end with an unexpected guest (an escaped mental patient and his portable power drill) crashing the party in the cult classic, The Slumber Party Massacre.
Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales (2013)
Notable Names: Tom Holland, William Forsythe
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00HHYF56Q
Horror legend Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night) dares you to join him for nine nerve-shredding, totally Twisted Tales. Serving up a mind-bending assortment of the macabre, it’s an anthology fine-tuned to keep you on the edge of your seat. A new drug offers users a glimpse of the future… with beastly consequences. A murderous husband is stalked by his own cell phone. A jilted lover wreaks satanic vengeance. The nightmarish action then leads to worlds haunted by dark magic, demonic possession, vampires, witches and more in this seriously freaky festival of fear. Features favorite genre stars including Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, Boardwalk Empire), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave), A.J. Bowen (Hatchet 2) and more!
Monsters: Complete Series
Notable Names: Tempestt Bledsoe, Lili Taylor
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00GSMZ3I8
The complete re-mastered anthology series from Tales from the Darkside Executive Producer, Richard P. Rubinstein. From modern-day fables of fear, to stories that uncover the trembling terrors of times past, each episode of this acclaimed series harbors a terrible secret its very own gruesome monster to haunt your dreams in tales of mystery, suspense and imagination. Includes 72 episodes on 9 discs.
With Guest Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Linda Blair, Tempestt Bledsoe, Laura Branigan, Steve Buscemi, Jeff Conaway, Billy Drago, Frankie Faison, Gina Gershon, Frank Gorshin, Pam Grier, Rich Hall, Deborah Harry, Ashley Laurence, Darren McGavin, Meat Loaf, Rob Morrow, Laraine Newman, Tom Noonan, Chris Noth, John Saxon, Tony Shalhoub, David Spade, Tori Spelling, Jerry Stiller, Lili Taylor and many more…
Notable Names: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jim Gillespie, Simon West
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00HZMZ29U
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