DVD & Blu-ray Releases: May 20, 2014

By: Sean Brickley

 

I think this week has one of the most eclectic DVD and Blu-ray release lists that I’ve worked on yet.  The big names include The Lords Of Salem on steelbook Blu-ray, Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu: The Vampyre and the steelbook release of the original Evil Dead.  After that it’s a pretty good mish-mash of all different fields in the horror genre:

 

zombies, chainsaws, crazy swamp people, a possessed time capsule, witches, castration, bigfoot, an abandoned mental asylum, Christian Slater, viral outbreaks, serial murder in the woods, cannibalism, sharks…

 

And… Nazi sex-camp romps (if that’s your thing and all).

 

Out of the 19 movies and 6 collections, there’s something there to satisfy the morbid appetite in everybody.


 


 


 

Movies:

Blackwater (2007)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Georgia Chris, McCayne Blomberg, Jenny Robinson, Amy Simon

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B007OX310C

Synopsis:

Four big-city girlfriends on an adventure vacation in the Florida Everglades look forward to fun and excitement in one of the world’s most legendary wilds. But what begins as the annual girls getaway they’ll always remember descends into a terrifying nightmare they’ll never forget when they become the prey of a depraved backwater clan who know they have the girls right where they want them… alone and defenseless. Overpowered and on the run, all the friends have is each other as they’re forced deeper and deeper into the Glades to face a horrifying test of courage that pushes them to the edge. And they confront just how far they must go to survive.

 


 

Bloodmarsh Krackoon (2013)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Scott Barile, Joseph Ferri, Bob Connelly, Cindy Guyer, Sal Amore

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I3SW3S8

Synopsis:

A new terror stalks the residents of the Bronx. Urban legend claims a vicious crack-addicted raccoon nicknamed ‘Red Eye’ was behind a series of gruesome murders in Bronx neighborhood Locust Point. Politically ambitious Deputy Mayor Peter Rabbit sees an opportunity to advance his career, and enlists his cousin and best friend to capture the mutant creature – unaware that two more bloodthirsty “krackoons” are lurking in the shadows… Model-actress Cindy Guyer of Psycho Cop and The Mirror has Two Faces returns to cult cinema in this hilarious and gore-soaked gem of DIY filmmaking. Includes the prequel Krackoon.

 



Book Of The Dead: The Eschatrilogy (2014)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Stuart Wolfenden

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00J0BTEO8

Synopsis:

Matthew spends his days in solitude, collecting and burning the dead. A drifter wanders into his sanctuary, carrying with him a book containing three tales of the apocalypse. As the mysterious traveler begins to reveal his true intentions, Matthew tries to piece together the stories and find the key to saving himself before he becomes just another entry in The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead.

 



Camp Blood: First Slaughter (2014)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Ken Van Sant, Cindy Wheeler, Jeff Kirkendall

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I3SW4G4

Synopsis:

The infamous Camp Blood is open for business! A college assignment sends a group of young students deep into the woods, and deeper into terror. One by one, a masked killer begins to murder them in gruesome fashion. They say the 3rd time is the charm, and Camp Blood 3 has thrice the slice! Stay out of the woods unless you want to be the next victim of the Camp Blood killer.

 



Chainsaw Killer (2014)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Ken Vansatn, Steve Diasparra

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I3SW0D6

Synopsis:

VHS Madman Victor McCoy is searching for the ultimate collectors prize in the form of an obscure release called THE FORCE BENEATH, directed by insane film-maker Verner Banks. Victor will go to any lengths to obtain the reclusive tape once he finds the sole owner. Meanwhile, in the town, a madman dressed as the Chainsaw Killer begins a terror filled rampage, slaughtering anyone in his path with the roaring saw! What is the connection between the killer and the lost film? Can the local Sheriff stop the bloodshed? Watch this retro film filled with homages and nods toward a bygone era to find out!

 


 

Embedded (2012)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Steve Thackray, Jeb Beach, Don Knodel

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I3SW4O6

Synopsis:

Embedded tells the tale of a former big-time television reporter whose career has taken a turn for the worse. He’s reporting from rural Montana when he’s called to the fictional town of Hatt’s Creek, to cover the story of a 12-year-old boy who’s gone missing in the woods. The reporter joins the police and a posse of hunters who form a search party (hence ‘Embedded’) and venture into the forest. The townsfolk suspect a grizzly bear, seeing as cattle had been going missing near town. That’s when things start to go south…

 



The Evil Dead (Steelbook) (1981)

 

Format(s):                           Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Sam Raimi

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00IF8Q0YE

Synopsis:

The Evil Dead, director Sam Raimi’s (Darkman, Quick & The Dead, Army Of Darkness) first feature film, is a true cult classic in every sense of the word. Originally released in 1982, The Evil Dead tells the tale of a group of friends who go to a cabin in the woods, where they find an unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon, the Book Of The Dead, and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens become deadly zombies. With only one remaining (Bruce Campbell), it is up to him to survive the night and battle The Evil Dead.


 

Ghostquake (2012)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Danny Trejo, M.C. Gainey, Jeffery Scott Lando

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IQ8TSL0

Synopsis:

A group of students are trapped at school after a time capsule from the 1950s is cracked open by an earthquake. The students soon realize that ghostly spirits escaped from the time capsule possessing the principal and three other teachers.

 



God Thinks You’re A Loser (2009)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               James Faulkner, Sue Rock, Natasha Melnick

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B006U1ZB5M

Synopsis:

Sex, drugs, money, murder – not to mention love, heartache, humiliation, guilt, revenge, redemption – are central themes in this wicked dark comedy. Tracking six not-quite-so-young oilmen and dancers as they pursue life with reckless abandon in boomtown Houston during the Eighties, the story careens from casual pick-ups to painful break-ups, from betrayal to reunion with hardly a pause for breath.

 



House of Dust (2013)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Inbar Lavi, Steven Grayhm, A.D. Calvo

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IF8Q8C8

Synopsis:

No one knows the real horrors that occurred 60 years ago in Redding House Asylum; all evidence was incinerated in its crematorium. But when a group of medical students break into the shuttered hospital, they literally stir up the ashes of the damned. For the mentally unstable new girl on campus (Inbar Lavi of MTV’s Underemployed), it will force her to the edge of sanity. And for those who accidentally ingested the remains of an infamous serial killer, their nightmare of madness and murder has just begun. Steven Grayhm (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Eddie Hassell (Devious Maids), Holland Roden (Teen Wolf), Joy Lauren (Desprate Housewives) and Stephen Spinella (24) co-star in this chilling possession shocker inspired by true events.

 



Kill The Scream Queen (2004)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Kerri Taylor, Yelena Kagan, Sativa Verte, Debbie Dutch

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00HNTOSAO

Synopsis:

A deranged man lures girls with a promise to make them famous. After they are tied up he reveals that this really is a snuff film. They are helpless to fend off the degradation that awaits them. This is the only version that is director-approved. It features never-before-seen footage in a much creepier edit. A must-have for fans of Bill Zebub’s early work. This is the first of Bill Zebub’s sex-horrors to include a behind-the-scenes chapter in which you see the girls out of character, breaking the illusion of their humiliation and suffering. You also see the director taking his first baby-steps into the style that he would eventually become his specialty. Also included is a candid chat with the owner of Rough Pictures, and secrets of this movie, and the industry, are revealed in the always-entertaining manner of a Bill Zebub interview.

 



The Lords of Salem (Steelbook) (2012)

 

Format(s):                           Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Bruce Davison, Dee Wallace, Rob Zombie

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00IF8PZ2C

Synopsis:

It has been called disturbing (Los Angeles Times), nerve-shattering (Chicago Reader) and Rob Zombie’s masterpiece (Loudwire.com). From the nightmare mind of writer/director Rob Zombie comes the terrifying story of Salem, Massachusetts radio DJ Heidi LaRoc (Sheri Moon Zombie of The Devil’s Rejects) who receives a mysterious record labeled a gift from The Lords. But when Heidi plays the disc, its bizarre sounds will trigger visions of the town’s depraved past, release the darkness within her own damaged soul, and unleash the long-awaited vengeance of Satan himself. Bruce Davison (Willard) and a coven of genre legends co-star in this stunning witchcraft shocker that Beyond Hollywood calls a full-on piece of satanic madness… The Lords Of Salem is light years away from 99% of modern commercial horror cinema!

 



Mischief Night (2014)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Malcolm McDowell, Matt Angel

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IKM5LFY

Synopsis:

On the night before Halloween, young Kaylie is at work babysitting when she’s warned by a local night watchman not to answer the door, because nothing good can happen on Mischief Night. Soon, Kaylie realizes someone is stalking her. But on Mischief Night, nothing is as it seems.

 



Nosferatu: The Vampyre (1979)

 

Format(s):                           Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Werner Herzog

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00HRUQ8X4

Synopsis:

It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife, Lucy begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger. Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula. The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the presence of a vampyre. What he doesn’t know is the magnitude of danger he, his wife and his town are about to experience.


 

Raze (2013)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Zoë Bell, Rachel Nichols, Josh C. Waller

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IA1VQBS

Synopsis:

After she is drugged and abducted, Jamie (Rachel Nichols, Continuum) awakens to find herself in a concrete bunker where she meets fellow abductee Sabrina (Zoe Bell, Death Proof). Before long the two women discover that they are in a modern-day coliseum, where they and 48 other women have been selected to fight to the death in order to save both themselves and their loved ones. Co-starring genre favorites Doug Jones (Hellboy) and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), director Josh C. Waller’s Raze is a no-holds-barred assault on the senses featuring some of the most brutal action combat ever put on film. In this contest, may the best woman win.

 



Report 51: Alien Invasion (2013)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Michela Bruni, Luca Guastini, Alessio Liguori

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00J1470EU

Synopsis:

After a strange and disturbing UFO sighting, four friends journey to the woodlands to investigate but soon find that their exciting weekend adventure plans have turned into a nightmare of terror and survival. What happened to the quartet remains a mystery; however their video documentary material – consisting of POV camera, computer chat recordings, and frightening attack footage – survives as a terrifying vision of an isolated small town subjected to an alien invasion. In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project comes Report 51: Alien Invasion, a terrifying new motion picture from Alessio Liguori & Giuliano Tomassacci, presented in 1.78 widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound.

 



Way of the Wicked (2014)

 

Format(s):                           DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:               Christian Slater, Vinnie Jones, Kevin Carraway

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IBKXQF2

Blu-ray Link:                       http://amzn.com/B00IBKXTKO

Synopsis:

Christian Slater (Stranded, True Romance) stars with Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Snatch) in this heart-stopping supernatural thriller. After a series of inexplicable murders sweeps a small, isolated community, Father Henry (Slater) goes to a local police detective (Jones) with a theory on why the murders are occurring. The two learn that a troubled teen with a dark past has recently moved to town and has set his sights on the cop’s beautiful, young daughter. Father Henry, who turns out to have secrets of his own, finds himself pitted against a demonic force more diabolically evil and twisted than any of them could have imagined.

 



The Witch Who Came From The Sea (1976)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Lonny Chapman, Vanessa Brown, Matt Cimber

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00ESLZ7LE

Synopsis:

Abused as a child by her alcoholic father, Molly is now a dysfunctional waitress in a local seaside bar off the coast of California who casually picks up muscle men from Venice Beach and takes them home to bed… only to castrate them with a shaving razor! Shot by John Carpenters cinematographer Dean Cundy (Jurassic Park, The Thing) this cult classic from director Matt Cimber (Butterfly, Gemini Affair) stars Academy Award Nominee Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as the confused Molly.

 



Zombie Games: The Knackery (2009)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               George Clarke, Alan M. Crawford

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00HP4W1NI

Synopsis:

The Hunger Games meets Dawn of the Dead! Six contestants. One million dollars. And a horde of zombies. In the near future, a group of contestants prepare to fight to the death on the extreme reality TV show The Knackery, the most popular program on television. With a grand prize reward of one million dollars for the last player left standing, the stakes are high and never more deadly. They are raised even higher when a mass of flesh hungry, genetically modified zombies are unleashed upon the contestants to liven things up a bit…

 



 

Collections:

Box of Bigfoot 2: Sasquatch Attack (Triple Feature)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Various

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I3SW2YI

Synopsis:

Finding Bigfoot means finding trouble! Three more Bigfoot classics – one low price. The Snow Beast finds a yeti attacking a ski resort, The Curse of Bigfoot follows a group of college students up against the legendary beast and Beauties and the Beast, pits Sasquatch against a group of gorgeous models. Get ready for more hours of backwoods action and adventure!

 



Cannibal Lolita / Cannibal Lolita: A Love Story (Double Feature)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Heather Vanover, Michelle Venable, Stephanie Masoud

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IC13QD2

Synopsis:

A series of sadistic murders has plagued a small resort town. Each death is more gruesome than the next. Each is the work of a sick serial killer and cannibal.

 



Manson Kilmore / Manson Kilmore 2 (Double Feature)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Crystal Nicole, Randy Mullis, Amber Venable

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IC13NM6

Synopsis:

In 1975 Manson Kilmore was accused and convicted of a killing rampage. Then he was killed. Several days later, his wife and sister disappeared. 30 years later Manson Kilmore is back with a vengeance – Payback is hell! This double disc set tells the whole story.

 



SARS / SARS: The Dead Plague (Double Feature)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Ashley Mullis, Keith Snodgrass, Michael Cooper

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00IC13THA

Synopsis:

SARS is a fictional video diary detailing the devastation of the SARS epidemic and the media frenzy as the global population plummets. “Actual” video camera footage of infected citizens coming together to suffer and die. Also included is SARS: The Dead Plague, a companion piece to the cult classic SARS.

 



SS Camp Collection (Triple Feature)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Various

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I3SW04U

Synopsis:

In these camps there is only one way to escape! Three classic tales of terror capturing the madness and brutality of World War 2’s darkest hours. See beautiful women trapped helpless under the reign of their sex-crazed Nazi masters in three movies: SS Love Camp, SS Experiments Camp and SS Extermination Camp – hours of frauleins in danger who must both love and kill to survive.

 



Shark Attack Pack (Triple Feature)

 

Format(s):                           DVD

Notable Names:               Various

DVD Link:                            http://amzn.com/B00I3SW0B8

Synopsis:

It will never be safe to go back in the water – with these three classic shark attack movies for one low price! First up a coastal town in threatened by a Great White in The Shark Kill. Next, go deep into danger with the grim realities of Great White Death, then take a journey into the action adventure of the classic Shark! – once you are in these waters, you will never be the same again!

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