DVD & Blu-ray Releases: May 17, 2016
My horror blu-ray pick-of-the-week is Robert Eggers’ critically acclaimed The Witch, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, and that lovable goat we all know as Black Philip! You can read my review of the film here.
You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
The Witch [Blu-ray + Digital HD]
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson
Synopsis: A devoutly Christian family in 1630s New England, struggles to survive living along the edge of a vast wilderness. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another.
I Saw What You Did [Blu-ray]
Starring: Joan Crawford, Leif Erickson
Synopsis: It starts as a game…and there’s no end in FRIGHT!
A simple prank call turns into a night of person-to-person terror in I Saw What You Did, a movie that dials up the suspense.
Teenagers Libby and Kit have found a new way to entertain themselves: by calling up random strangers and tormenting them with a warning: “I saw what you did, and I know who you are. “, But when a man who has recently murdered his wife becomes their latest victim, the tables are quickly turned…and this wrong number may mean that their number is up.
Joan Crawford (What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, Trog) and John Ireland are among the stars in this chiller produced and directed by the legendary Master of the Macabre, William Castle (House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, Strait-Jacket).
Starring: Kate Beahan, Susan Burke, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Synopsis: On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers – two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation – are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in a series of interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.
4 Movie Marathon: Post-Apocalyptic Collection (Waterworld / Skyline / Children of Men / Doomsday)
Starring: Kevin Costner, Eric Balfour, Clive Owen, Rhona Mitra, Dennis Hopper
Synopsis: 4 Movie Marathon: Post-Apocalyptic Collection (Waterworld / Skyline / Children of Men / Doomsday)
Starring: Erin Waterhouse, Richard Lounello
Synopsis: A special effects-filled tribute to the classic drive-in movies of the 1950’s!
Captain Glenn Edwards’s plane crashes over the mysterious Amarok Crater. When the government covers up his disappearance, Glenn’s fiancée, Samantha, assembles a ragtag team of misfits to find out what really happened. They are horrified to discover bizarre creatures created by the rays of a radioactive meteor. But not even these monstrosities can prepare them for Triclops, a 50-ft tall, three-eyed behemoth who rules this lost world with an iron fist. Samantha believes that the colossal beast is really her missing lover, mutated beyond human comprehension. Her affection may be tragically misplaced, however, when the monster picks the beautiful girl for his next dinner…
The films of Triclops director Brett Piper are a labor of love for the lifelong horror/sci-fi fan. Inspired by the work of Ray Harryhausen, Willis O’Brien, and Bert I. Gordon, Brett was making his own films by the age of 11. His professional career began when his first feature, Mysterious Planet (1982), was picked up for distribution in both the U.S. and overseas, grossing far in excess of its meagre $5,000 budget. He subsequently collaborated with independent horror legend Samuel M. Sherman on Raiders of the Living Dead (1986) and made A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990) for Troma Entertainment. More recent releases include Arachnia (2003), Shock-O-Rama (2005) with Misty Mundae, Bacterium (2006), and Queen Crab (2015). An iconoclast and a true original, the filmmaker prefers the use of practical effects such as stop-motion animation, miniatures and matte paintings even in today’s CGI-enhanced world.
Bonus Features include:
Commentary Track With Director Brett Piper, Cast & Crew
Outtakes and Bloopers
The Night of Medusa (2016) / Slave Girls on the Moon (2014)
Starring: Joshua Kennedy
Synopsis: Joshua Kennedy has been inspired by vintage horror and sci-fi practically since he was born. He made his first movie, It Came From The Bathroom, at the age of five. By the time he turned sixteen, his breakout hit The Attack of the Octopus People (2011) had been released on DVD. With storylines that reference the classics and ingenious homegrown special effects, Joshua’s films appear to be from another era, and are guaranteed to bring a smile to old-school fans. A multiple Rondo Hatton Award-nominee, Joshua is currently the face of Pace University’s film program, where he crafted The Night of Medusa and Slave Girls on the Moon.
The Night Of Medusa (2016): Exchange student Elaine Carlisle, fresh off the plane from Greece, enrolls at a university in New York. Her Old World ways quickly make her the target of the school’s fraternity. After a particularly heinous prank, one of the co-ed perpetrators ends up in the city morgue. Fearing she is somehow responsible, Elaine faces the truth she has long repressed …that she is the reincarnation of Medusa, the ancient Greek monster who can turn men into stone. Embracing her power, she will now destroy all those who tormented her…The Night of Medusa is Joshua’s tribute to his favorite film, the Hammer horror classic The Gorgon (1964). Lensed on location at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, real snakes were used to create the terrifying “Medusa” effect in actress Haley Zega’s hair.
Written, produced & directed by Joshua Kennedy. Copyright © 2016 Gooey Film Productions.
Slave Girls On The Moon (2014): In hopes of preventing nuclear war, brilliant (and gorgeous) female scientists Chloe Trustcott and Genevieve Fonda develop a time machine. But the device malfunctions, and Genevieve is catapulted into the far-flung year 8888. Following her colleague through the time portal, Chloe discovers a bizarre future civilization in which all healthy young women have been quarantined on the Moon. She finds Genevieve in this lunar prison, which is fiercely guarded by deranged radioactive mutants. With the help of the other nubile inmates, the girls pull off the most daring jail break of all time…Slave Girls on the Moon combines Joshua’s love of 1970’s “women-in-prison” films with influences as diverse as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Flash Gordon (1980). It won Best Comedy at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival.
Written, produced & directed by Joshua Kennedy. Copyright © 2014 Gooey Film Productions.
Bonus Features include:
Commentary Tracks With Joshua Kennedy
Dementia (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Hassie Harrison, Gene Jones, Steve Agee
Synopsis: A disabled war veteran is in bad hands when his family hires the live-in nurse from hell in this intense psychological shocker. George (Gene Jones of The Hateful Eight and The Sacrament) is an aging ex-soldier haunted by memories of Vietnam and struggling to reconnect with his estranged son and granddaughter. But when he suffers a stroke and is diagnosed with dementia, George is left in the care of Michelle (Halloween’s Kristina Klebe), a seemingly sweet nurse with a disturbing dark side. At the mercy of a psychopath with a hypodermic needle, George becomes a prisoner in his own home, caught in a sadistic game of cat and mouse as brutal as anything he experienced in Vietnam. In his feature debut, director Mike Testin masterfully keeps the tension mounting: until it explodes in delirious violence.
I Survived a Zombie Holocaust
Starring: Jocelyn Christian, Ben Baker, Mike Edward Harley Neville
Synopsis: A young runner, on a Zombie film set, has the first day from hell when real Zombies overrun the set.
Crush the Skull
Starring: Chris Dinh, Chris Riedell
Synopsis: Ollie and Blair are a typical fun, young couple–they just happen to earn a dishonest living by breaking and entering into upper-class homes. When their latest job goes awry, they find themselves having to pull one more last job. Unfortunately for them, the job was set up and planned by Blair s irresponsible, unprepared, hothead younger brother, Connor. Of course, the easy target turns out to be anything but easy–the break-in is no problem, but the crew is immediately trapped inside, unable to break back out. As they explore the house for a solution, it becomes clear that this seemingly beautiful and innocuous home is actually a sadistic torture den, a mind-screwing maze of dead-ends and wrong turns, with an unseen killer separating them from one another and stalking them from the shadows. Ollie, Blair, and the rest of the would-be robbers now have to fight for their lives.DVD EXTRAS! Short film Crush the Skull (the one that started it all!) plus Behind the Scenes Footage