DVD & Blu-ray Releases: November 8, 2016
This week’s releases includes a Arrow Video’s The Initiation, The Hospital 2 (starring Debbie Rochon), a collector’s edition of Bubba Ho-Tep, and American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
Bubba Ho-Tep [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis
Synopsis: Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness) “gives his greatest and most entertaining performance to date”, (Premiere) as an aging and cantankerous “Elvis”, in this “zinger-filled crowd-pleaser”, (The Hollywood Reporter) from writer-director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, John Dies At The End)! When mysterious deaths plague a Texas retirement home, it’s up to its most sequined senior citizen to take on a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy with a penchant for cowboy boots, bathroom graffiti and sucking the souls from the barely living!
• NEW Audio Commentary with author Joe R. Lansdale
• NEW All is Well – an interview with writer/director Don Coscarelli
• NEW The King Lives! – an interview with star Bruce Campbell
• NEW – Mummies and Make-up – an interview with special effects artist Robert Kurtzman
• Audio Commentary by Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell
• Audio Commentary by “”The King””
• Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell
• The Making of Bubba Ho-Tep
• To Make A Mummy – Makeup and Effects
• Fit for A King – Elvis costuming
• Rock Like an Egyptian – Featurette about the Music of Bubba Ho-Tep
• Joe R. Lansdale Reads from Bubba Ho-Tep
• Archival Bruce Campbell interviews
• Music Video
• Theatrical Trailer
• TV Spot
• Still Gallery
Night Has A Thousand Desires [Blu-ray]
Starring: Lina Romay, Daniel Katz, Carmen Carrion, Albino Graziani, Jose Llamas
Synopsis: In this surreal and sensuous mystery/noir, Lina Romay (The Female Vampire, Lorna the Exorcist) plays Irina, a partner in a male-female mind reading act. At night she experiences vivid and charged dreams which end in murder. It seems that the people whose minds she reads are being killed off one by one.
In the 1980s, after the death of the Spanish dictator, Jess Franco returned to his native country and made a series of films in which he was given almost total freedom. Night Has A Thousand Desires is one of the most artistically successful of these films. It’s filled with familiar Franco touches – artful cinematography, atmospheric locations, naked women, an avant garde soundtrack – and it features one of Lina Romay’s most committed performances. This world Blu Ray premier includes a number of exclusive extra features.
Interview with writer Stephen Thrower
Eurotika! Documentary on Jess Franco
Initiation, The (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Daphne Zuniga, Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Hunter Tylo, James Read
Synopsis: HERE S TO BEING YOUNG… STAYING YOUNG… AND DYING YOUNG.
Marking TV star Daphne Zuniga s debut in a leading role, The Initiation ranks amongst the finest of the college-based stalk-and-slash flicks now finally restored in glorious High-Definition!
Kelly s new sorority has a special initiation ritual in store for her an after-hours break-in of her father s department store. But what begins as a night of harmless college fun turns sour when, once inside the enormous mall, Kelly and her fellow pledges find themselves locked in for the night… with a deadly intruder stalking the corridors.
Arriving in 1984, The Initiation might have been late to the slasher party, but, alongside the likes of The House on Sorority Row and The Mutilator, it remains one of the stronger entries to emerge in the latter days of the slice-and-dice boom.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues
Brand new interview with actor Christopher Bradley
Brand new interview with actress Joy Jones
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver
Hospital 2, The
Starring: Jim O’Rear, Daniel Emery Taylor, Betsy Rue, Debbie Rochon, Megan Emerick
Synopsis: Five years after the brutal events that befell Skye and Beth inside Old Saint Leopold’s Hospital, the two survivors continue to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives. Bonus features include: Trailer
American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock Blu-ray/DVD/CD
Starring: Dan Ellis, Andy Winton, Lillian Mckinney, Gene Palubicki, Alberto Giovanelli
Synopsis: A man finds himself trapped and used for medical experiments in an abandoned mental facility. He doesn’t understand why or how he got there, but the surgical tortures allow him to experience a new level of pain, sadness and reality he has never felt before. As the levels of maniacal mutilation enfolds, he finds himself down the rabbit hole. Grasping onto anything, the tormented finds a way out. Clutching onto what every human being is desperate for…little does he understand, his ending is all of our endings.
Across The River
Starring: Renzo Gariup, Marco Marchese, Lidia Zabrieszach
Synopsis: The story revolves around an ethologist working in the remote woods, trapping animals and mounting cameras on them so that he can monitor their behavior remotely. The resulting recordings lead him to a remote village, the site of an ancient curse, where he is trapped due to heavy rain fall raising the level of the river and flooding out the only access… Bonus features include: Interactive Menus, Movie Trailer
Starring: Kambria Porter, Bill Rude, Mary Kate Wiles
Synopsis: The Void is a multi volume anthology series featuring some of the best award winning short films from the Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres, Including: Dystopia St., Dextrocardia, A Dark Night at the Wrong House, Carrier Crow, Status Change, 300,000 Kilometers Per Second, A Birds Nest and Fairy Knowledge.
Starring: Jason Mewes, Simon Rex, Andy Milonakis, Danny Trejo, Ray Wise
Synopsis: A comedic blend of murder, mystery and marijuana. Trying to escape the infamy of a serial killer father, Trent Modine and his goof-ball stepbrother Joey, both seeking a new start, find refuge in the small town of Mooseheart. Joey, a complete stoner in a town known for its good weed and stories of the Candy Corn Killer, is a disaster waiting to happen. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long before the family name catches up. Trent and Joey must figure out how to sort through a string of cliché murders that so happen starts right as they arrive.
Amigo Undead [Blu-ray]
Starring: Randall Park, Josh Fadem, Steve Agee
Synopsis: Amigo Undead is the story of Kevin Ostrowski as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged, underachieving brother Norm on a camping trip. They’re accompanied by several of Norm’s unusual friends. When one of these friends dies accidentally, the decision is made to bury him out in the desert with some very unforeseen supernatural consequences.
Adaline: The Conjured
Starring: Jill Evyn, Lane Townsend, Jeremy Walker, Emily Claeys
Synopsis: Young artist Daniela inherits an old house from an aunt she never knew existed. After moving in, she has a series of bizarre nightmares about Adaline, a girl who used to live in the same house a century before. Adaline could see into the future, predicting the death of her two sisters. When the premonition came true, Adaline was cast out, branded a witch by the villagers. Adaline’s work in this world is not yet finished as she reaches out through nightmares and leaves cryptic prophecies hidden in the attic. Her restless spirit walks throughout the house and becomes more agitated as doom approaches…
Starring: Gary Mavers, Jonathan Moore, Harriet Thorpe
Synopsis: A junior minister in the British Government discovers a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear device in London. Putting self-preservation first, he flees with a young American political advisor to a re-commissioned Secret Nuclear Underground Bunker – S.N.U.B. They find themselves entombed in the bunker with a disparate group of individuals caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The terrorist bomb is found, but attempts by bomb disposal experts fail to prevent it exploding, destroying central London and contaminating the surrounding countryside. As a result of the blast a group of dangerous convicts break out from a local high security prison, but are contaminated with radiation and start to mutate. The mutants infiltrate the bunker and one by one the occupants endure a horrible, grisly death. Eventually one of the survivors escapes from the bunker to make contact with the outside world and a rescue helicopter is organised. But inside the S.N.U.B. the mutants are closing in.
Starring: Chelsey Crisp, Riley Smith, Michael Steger, Lyndon Smith, Brittany Ishibashi
Synopsis: It seemed perfect – a new marriage, a new house, and a child on the way. But when Sarah and Matt invite their friends to celebrate, an innocent ghost hunt turns deadly as they explore the remains of a burned-out prison. The ill-fated group encounters horrors of this world and beyond. No one is safe – not even the unborn.
Starring: Gabriela, Rik Billock, Paula Hendricks
Synopsis: Tara, a psychotic call girl, has a strange obsession with giving men the ultimate climax. Chase is a detective out to stop her killing spree.
Starring: Nick Mancuso (Black Christmas, Nightwing), Lexi Redman, Brandon Manley
Synopsis: A group of history students are promised a reward if they can find the ancient tools of legendary blacksmith, ONE-EYED EARL YARDLEY, who murdered the townspeople of a remote rustic village in the 1800s. Legend says his ghost still stalks these haunted grounds. Bonus features include: UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT with director’s commentary.
Starring: Erin Brown, Duane Polcou, Michael R. Thomas, David Fine, Erika Smith
Synopsis: When popular horror actress Rebecca Raven (M. Mundae) gets the axe from the ‘B’ movie studio that made her a household name, she travels to the country for some rest and relaxation…and a bloody confrontation with a flesh-starved zombie hungry to bite off more than it can swallow. Meanwhile, the frantic studio executives must rummage through past productions to find a sexy new star for their next film, and they come across two fright flicks that may offer a solution. Mechanoid features tiny, killer aliens – on the run from intergalactic police – that crash-land in a New Jersey salvage yard and battle its pissed-off proprietor with a 50-foot-tall creature borne of scrap metal and junked parts. In Lonely Are the Brain, an over-sized, under-stimulated hunk of evil gray matter experiments on beautiful young women for the sole purpose of experiencing human sensual pleasure. Does either film star the next “Rebecca Raven,” who could soon be nothing but zombie left-overs?
New York City premiere
Canada’s Most Haunted 4: Paranormal Horrors Of The True North
Synopsis: Canada has a rich and colorful history which has resulted in a variety of paranormal phenomena from coast to coast. Outdoor enthusiasts hiking the Bruce Trail in Ancaster, Ontario often find themselves at the remains of a once great mansion. Known as the Hermitage Ruins, visitors encounter two very different spirits on a regular basis. The first is a coachman who hung himself on the property and still carries the severed noose around his neck. The second apparition is a woman who once owned the mansion and loved it so much that she refused to leave even after it burned down. The Espirit is Montreal’s hottest nightclub. While it has had many names over the years, one thing has remained constant – it’s ghostly apparitions. During the latest renovations, many workers witnessed a large ball of light floating towards them, and even passing through them. Others saw the ghost of a woman, with a horrific scar running the length of her pale torso. The War of 1812 was a definitive moment in Canadian history, inflicting thousands of casualties. One fight in particular left an impression on Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Battle for Lundy’s Lane was so grueling; it claimed hundreds of lives in mere hours. At Drummond Hill Cemetery three such ghostly casualties remain; forever on duty watching the gates. Prepare for an exciting thrill ride to some of Canada’s most haunted locations.
Starring: Cindy Weichbroot, Kevin Patterson
Synopsis: A reporter falls afoul of a man possessed by the spirit of an executed murderer.
Starring: Jeremy Isbell, Travis Azbill, Christy Blackwell, Lewis Leslie