DVD & Blu-ray Releases: August 12, 2014

By: Sean Brickley

After the past couple of weeks or so of minimal releases, this week’s haul should be very pleasing, fiends.  We’ve got 16 movies, 1 television series and 3 collections.  Three big hitters coming to Blu-ray this week, including The Toxic Avenger, Motel Hell, and Bloodsucking Freaks.  Outside of that is 1975’s Mondo Magic (in the vein of the Mondo Kane exploitation movies), A Haunted House 2 (because we here at HNN like to have fun too), some Grindhouse trailers and the documentary Monster Madness Golden Age of the Horror Film.  This is  great release week with plenty of items for everyone.

But save your pennies, fellow gorehounds.  September and October are stacking up to have very monumental release weeks.  So keep checking back here every week to see what’s new for your collection.  As always, pleasant viewing!



Movies:

Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

Format(s):

Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Notable Names:

Seamus O’Brien, Viju Krem, Niles McMaster

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JOSOJ56

Synopsis:

Bloodsucking Freaks, also known as The Incredible Torture Show (T.I.T.S.!), is one of the all time greatest sexploitation shockers ever released. This movie has everything the conniseur of fine filth could possibly ask for! There’s plenty of naked girls, bloody gore, sadistic violence, over-the-top acting, cheesy dialogue, and even a midget. (o.k., actually I think this guy is technically a “dwarf”). The DVD released by TROMA contains lots of little bonuses


Bunnyman Massacre (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

David Scott, Joshua Lang, Julianne Dowler, Jennifer June Ross, Heather Daley

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KGI2XXS

Synopsis:

The adventures of Joe and Bunnyman know no limit of bloodlust and carnage. Bodies pile up as Bunnyman indiscriminately slaughters anything that crosses his path in a mutually beneficial relationship that gives Joe plenty of beef jerky to sell in his local store. But cracks in the relationship emerge as the bodies start to pile up too fast after Bunnyman finishes up with a couple dozen kids in a school bus. Joe is forced with the unsettling task of disposing of the bodies by any means necessary. A problem he only exacerbates by occasionally joining in on the carnage.

In addition to Joe’s body disposal problem, the local sheriff becomes suspicious with the disappearance of a few of his deputies. His investigation crosses paths with two persistent sisters who have been on the run from Joe and the Bunnyman and thus far survived their freight train of chainsaw mutilation. Some will live, some will die but only one thing is guaranteed: all will be damaged.

Special Features:

Audio Commentary
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
Deleted Scenes
Cast & Crew Interviews
Joe’s Guide to Dating
Bunnyman Gets Fast Food


The Butterfly Room(2012)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Ray Wise, Barbara Steele

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JLDTANK

Synopsis:

Ann, a reclusive elegant lady, with an obsession for butterflies, is surprisingly befriended by the eerily beautiful young Alice. Using her seductive innocence, Alice establishes a disturbing mother daughter relationship with Ann. Lured into her twisted world, Ann soon discovers that she is not the only recipient of the girl’s affections.


Crawl Or Die (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Nicole Alonso, Torey Byrne, Tommy Ball

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KITEI0Q

Synopsis:

An elite security team assigned the task of protecting the last known woman who can become pregnant, find themselves caught in an endless claustrophobic underground tunnel system. The team soon learns – the real horror is not the unstoppable force chasing them, but the ever growing smaller tunnel itself.


Dark Space (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Steve West, Alana Dietze, Tony Kaye

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JLJ0ARE

Synopsis:

When their shuttle is damaged on the way to Centari Five, six friends are forced to crash land on the surface of a mysterious alien planet. Stranded with little hope of rescue, it soon becomes clear that they are not alone. Hunted by the planets ferocious inhabitants and targeted by heavily-armed forces, they will have to struggle just to survive.


Eko Eko Azarak: The First Episode of Misa Kuroi (2011)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Various

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00F4TKPXE

Synopsis:

A crisis occurs at Misonogaoka High School when the students falll prey to black magic. Their Classmate Misa Kuroi ( Maeda Nozomo) attempts to help them by battling the dark forces with their magic that has been passed down in her family for generations. But when her parents are mumified, can Misa battle on her own?


Empty (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Robert Escandon, Marlyn Sanchez

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KCNBEKU

Synopsis:

A man destroyed by the death of his wife finds refuge in a crumbling apartment building where all of his darkest fears begin to come to life. He must now kill his nightmares before they kill him.


A Haunted House 2 (2014)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Cedric the Entertainer

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00K89YFK4

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00K89ZVL6

Synopsis:

Marlon Wayans returns in this outrageous and wickedly funny sequel as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. But after moving into their dream home, he’s once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

Special Features:

Digital Copy of A Haunted House 2 (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Feature Commentary with Actor/Co-Writer/Producer Marlon Wayans, Director Michael Tiddes, and Co-Writer/Producer Rick Alvarez


Hell’s Caretaker (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Patrick McGowen, Alexandra Mingione, Joey Mintz, Sean Deblat, Aya Beldi

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KGI2Y1E

Synopsis:

Written and directed by Philip Cappello, Hell’s Caretaker is a straight forward horror movie about six friends, one dog and one very bad man. Sam has recently inherited his parents’ old farmhouse in Vermont. Sam’s faithful dog is sick and must be put down. At his ten-year high school reunion Sam meets up with a gang of friends. They decide to take his dog to the farmhouse for one last party weekend but have no idea the horror that awaits them.

Special Features:

Audio Commentary
Guillotine Riot Music Video


The Midnight Game (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Guy Wilson, Robert Romanus, Spencer Daniels, Renee Olstead, Shelby Young

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00K5KO8YE

Synopsis:

Renee Olstead of The Secret Life of the American Teenager stars as a partying teen whose friends decide to perform an ancient pagan ritual found online called The Midnight Game: Candles are lit. A drop of blood is spilled. Your worst fear is confessed and an entity is summoned. But if the rules are not followed exactly, punishment is promised. Tonight, the game is not being taken seriously. A demonic horror has been unleashed. And now, even daylight cannot stop the nightmares that may destroy them all. Shelby Young (American Horror Story), Guy Wilson (Days Of Our Lives), Valentina de Angelis (Gossip Girl) and Spencer Daniels (Mom) co-star in this eerie chiller inspired by true events.


Mondo Magic (1975)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Alfredo Castiglioni, Angelo Castiglioni, Guido Guerrasio

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00L2QDB3O

Synopsis:

Mondo Magic – more daring than Mondo Cane, more shocking than Africa Blood And Guts.

Journey into a world of primitive African tribes, Indian faith healers, and Amazonian hunters. Witness their barbaric rituals and brutal sexual rites. Enter civilizations where gruesome acts of magic are the cornerstones of their cultures. Mondo Magic is a horrifying testimonial to the brutality of man, black and white. Not even your bloodiest nightmares can prepare you for Mondo Magic, because Mondo Magic is real!

Special Features:

Fully Uncut from 35mm Source
Stills Gallery
Reversible Cover
First 1000 sold Include a Limited 11×17 poster
Trailers


Motel Hell (Collector’s Edition) (1980)

Format(s):

Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Notable Names:

Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JHH1W9K

Synopsis:

You really are what you eat with Farmer Vincent’s smoked meat in this creepy horror yarn that ’packs a punch that goes way beyond mere terror’ (Boxoffice). Vincent’s popular products contain a special ingredient that the psychotic farmer and his sister would literally kill to keep a secret!


Proxy (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Joe Swanberg

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KD64LVU

Synopsis:

While walking home from her latest OB appointment, a very pregnant Esther Woodhouse is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. This horrible event seems to be a blessing in disguise when Esther finds consolation in a support group. Her life of sadness and solitude is opened up to friendship, understanding, and even acceptance. However, friendship and understanding can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.


Santa Sangre (1989)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00LI6XNZE

Synopsis:

In the 1970s, his legendary films El Topo and The Holy Mountain redefined movies as both art and entertainment while changing the face of cinema forever. And in 1989, visionary writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky returned with his modern masterpiece: It is the story of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother, deaf-mute lover, and murder. It is an odyssey of ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness. It is unlike any movie you have ever seen before…or ever will. Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell star in this epic of surreal genius. One of the most provocative and unforgettable motion picture experience of our time is now fully restored.

Special Features:

Audio Commentary With Jodorowsky And Journalist Alan Jones
Deleted Scenes With Jodorowsky Commentary
Japanese Trailer
Theatrical Trailer


Seed of Darkness (2006)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Sze-sen Wong, Amber Chia

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KCNB5V8

Synopsis:

A terrifying tale of the life of a single woman, who undergoes the in-vitro fertilization process to have a child on her own. In the child’s early years, she tries to question her child on her behavior, she is shocked to discover that her daughter has been communicating with the dead.


The Toxic Avenger (1984)

Format(s):

Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Notable Names:

Andree Maranda, Mitchell Cohen, Pat Ryan Jr., Jennifer Baptist, Robert Pritchard

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JOSOIVG

Synopsis:

It’s time to celebrate Toxie’s Tro-matic, Troma-riffic 30th anniversary in HD. FAN-TOXIC! Lovingly recreated, digitally remastered in head-crushing, arm-ripping, mop-wielding High Definition! Troma Entertainment is proud to present Lloyd Kaufman’s seminal movie (not fluid) for the first time on Blu-Ray! You grew up with the story, but here it is again anyway! The first Super (hero word removed due to registered trademark by two major comic book companies) from New Jersey! The rest, as they say, is history! Experience the action that made Troma Entertainment cinematic legend! Still a classic three decades later!

Special Features:

Behind The Scenes And Production Slideshow
Interviews With: Jennifer Babtist, Robert Prichard, Mitch Cohen, Dan Snow, Gary Schneider And Michael Herz
Director’s Commentary
Cast Commentary
Mark Torgl’s Special Video
NEW Cast Commentary with Dan Snow, Robert Prichard, and Gary Schneider
Collectible Toxic Green Case



Television:

Bitten: Complete First Season (2014)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt, Greg Bryk, Paul Greene, Steve Lund

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KM5F31O

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KM5F2SS

Synopsis:

Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena abandons her Pack and takes refuge in a new city, starting over with a hot new romance and a successful photography career. But when bodies turn up in the werewolf sanctuary, Elena is torn between the life she s building and the wild and dangerously unpredictable one she thought she left behind. Based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by #1 New York Times best selling author Kelley Armstrong. Includes all 13 UNCUT episodes featuring footage not seen on American television.



Collections:

America’s Most Haunted

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Woody Harrelson, Barbara Billingsley, Elissabeth Moss, Anthony Perkins, Pamela Sue Martin

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KLKTMTY

Movies:

America’s Most Haunted
The crew of TV’s America’s Most Haunted is used to staging their own spooks for the sake of ratings. But they’re not used to working with actual ghosts. Shooting on site at a remote logging camp, they’re about to make their first real encounter…and it’s a dangerous one.

Bay Coven
The island community of Bay Cove is quaint and picturesque. But behind the façade of a happy little town is a coven of witches on a mission to fill a vacancy in their bloodline—and they’ve just found the perfect candidate. Starring Woody Harrelson.

Midnight’s Child
Kate and Nick hire an au pair to help with their busy household, but the evil girl puts the family under a dangerous spell…one that they must break if they hope to survive her stay.

Daughter of Darkness
When Katherine loses her mother, she decides it’s finally time to track down her father. She begins her search in Bucharest, Romania, where she delves into her blood-sucking legacy. Starring Anthony Perkins.

Haunted from Within
When Olivia Perez mysteriously kills her children, it seems as if she has fallen under the spell of the legendary La Llorana. But this is no coincidence. Soon the curse begins to spread and more women are following in Olivia’s footsteps.


Grindhouse Trailer Classics Volume 1

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Various

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00LI6XO6C

Synopsis:

GRINDHOUSE cinemas could once be found in the sleaziest and run-down areas of America’s grimiest cities. New York’s 42nd Street was one of the most famous trash pit hangouts for denizens of the lower depths. From dusk till dawn, the theaters would screen a mind-boggling assortment of movies featuring lashings of sex, gore and violence and if you were lucky, you’d get all three!

SEE for the first time ever on DVD in America, you can sit back and take a twisted trip back to the glory days of the sleazy 60s and 70s for a roaring rampage through a two-hour hand-picked collection of some of the most insane examples of trailer trash, ever to slash and burn their way through a Grindhouse cinema projector.

MARVEL at the fact that most ot the actual films themselves could never live up to the jaw dropping lunacy of these incredible trailers, some of which can today be considered true masterpieces in advertising and marketing. With their often hilarious voice-overs and mind-bending taglines, plus all the best bits from the movies themselves, they add up to one thing, sheer entertainment! BE AMAZED that Contemporary Directors such as Quentin Tarantino (Grindhouse), Eli Roth (Hostel) and Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects) have all since revisted these movies and have made their own supercharged movies, relying heavily on the essence of many of these seventies Grindhouse cinema classics. Tarantino in particular has drawn a huge amount of his inspiration from these movies and trailers in many of his films, so we’ve included some of his favorites here, see if you can spot them!

THRILL to the fact that many of the then unknown actors and filmmakers from these choice cuts went on to much bigger and better things, so it’s no surprise that these fantastic flicks have since achieved cult status, making Grindhouse Trailer Classics a must-own DVD that’s ideal for parties in your very own private Grindhouse…

Special Features:

Bump ‘N’ Grind
Grindhouse Poster Gallery


Monster Madness: The Golden Age of the Horror Film

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Tom Proveaux, Forry Ackerman

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KCNBDQA

Synopsis:

Part one of a multi part documentary series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy and science fiction films from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer and up through the 1980s and beyond.

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