DVD & Blu-ray Releases: August 16, 2016

by Lynn Sorel

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: August 16, 2016

This week’s releases includes Brad Anderson’s Session 9 and Wayne Berwick’s Microwave Massacre.
You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.

Session 9 [Blu-ray]

session 9

Starring:  David Caruso, Josh Lucas, Peter Mullan, Brendan Sexton III

Synopsis: It looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing… abandoned and deteriorating, the Danvers State Mental Hospital, closed down for 15 years is about to receive 5 new visitors. Donning protective gear, the men of the Hazmat Elimination Co. venture into the eerily vast and vacant asylum that is filled with an evil and mysterious past. Rampant patient abuse, medieval medical procedure and rumors of demonic possession are some of the many dark secrets the hospital holds: but then so do each of the men. This “deliciously disturbing”, (Us Weekly) thriller, directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), features a talented cast including David Caruso (CSI: Miami), Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Josh Lucas (American Psycho), Stephen Gevedon (Show Me a Hero) and Brendan Sexton III (The Killing, Boys Don’t Cry).

Special Features Include:

-“Return to Danvers: The Secrets of SESSION 9” featuring interviews with director/co-writer Brad Anderson, actor/co-writer Stephen Gevedon, actors Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III, Larry Fessenden, composers The Climax Golden Twins, and director of photography Uta Briesewitz
-“Horror’s Hallowed Grounds:” Revisiting the locations of the film
-Audio Commentary with Brad Anderson and Stephen Gevedon
-Deleted Scenes/ Alternate Ending with/without commentary by director Brad Anderson
-Story to Screen
-“The Haunted Palace”
-Theatrical Trailer


Microwave Massacre (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]

Microwave Massacre (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]
Starring: Jackie Vernon, Loren Schein, Al Troupe


Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon (the voice of Frosty The Snowman from the beloved animated Rankin / Bass classic animated holiday special) as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.

Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life his nagging wife and his lack of tasty meals when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he s got a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying…

Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick s Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from lead Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as I m so hungry I could eat a whore . Vegetarians need not apply!


Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray (Region A) and Standard Definition (480p) DVD (Region 1) presentations
Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler moderated by Mike Tristano
Brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed
First pressing only: fully-illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971) [Blu-ray]

Starring: Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Ralph Richardson, Lionel Jeffries, Hugh Griffith

Synopsis: Newly Re-mastered in HD! Auntie Roo (Shelley Winters, He Ran All the Way) just loves children… to death. After the mysterious disappearance of her daughter, Auntie Roo has been looking for a ‘dead ringer’ replacement. And this time she found one… from the local orphanage! But what is she to do with the girl’s pesky brother when he discovers Roo’s terrible secret in the attic? Top-notch direction by cult filmmaker Curtis Harrington (Queen of Blood, Night Tide) and featuring great performances by Mark Lester (Oliver, Eyewitness), Chloe Franks (Tales from the Crypt), Lionel Jeffries (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Hugh Griffith (Ben-Hur) and the great Ralph Richardson (The Fallen Idol). Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? was the follow-up to What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? and What s the Matter with Helen?.

Bonus Features: Optional English Subtitles, Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Film Scholar Nathaniel Bell | Trailers


Lake Nowhere [Blu-ray]

Lake Nowhere [Blu-ray]

Starring: Oscar Allen, Paul Gagnon, Laura Hajek, Charles Gaskins

Synopsis: From the vaults of the golden age of slasher films comes LAKE NOWHERE, a raucous, bloody romp which resurrects the thrill of gory midnight movies for an hour-long plunge into the depths of horror. Inspired by the dusty days of VHS, LAKE NOWHERE is preceded by original trailers & commercials, replicating the experience of watching a long lost bootleg tape. When a group of friends arrive at a desolate lakeside cabin, they are stalked and murdered by a Masked Maniac, whose lust for blood transcends our world. This age-old tale of senseless slaughter quickly spirals into the realm of supernatural horror and classic monster movies, as we learn the true power that lies within LAKE NOWHERE




Starring: Various

Synopsis: In the final days of World War 2, a secret experiment to weaponize sharks is seemingly abandoned by Nazi scientists. Until 60 years later, when a small ocean town is haunted by a mysterious creature, one built from the parts of the greatest killers in the sea – a Sharkenstein monster!


Psychopaths: Backwoods Babes On The Run

Psychopaths Backwoods Babes On The Run
Starring: Lisa Neeld

Synopsis: Babes in the woods was a fairy tale, but these babes are smokin’ hot and are bad *** to boot. On the run from Psychopath deviant lunatics, these babes fight back with all they got, check out this collection and see who comes out on top! Skull Forest Classy, Trashy, and Sexy as HELL, this amazing collection of Bad *** Bitches will blow your mind as these babes kick *** and take names exacting revenge from those who have abused and humiliated defenseless females. Starring Playboy Centerfold Lisa Neeld! Devils Farm Five campers hike to a weird abandoned location notorious for satanic slayings in the 70’s. Soon, what seems to be a quiet weekend soon takes a horrifying turn when they find themselves being hunted by masked worshipers who intend to slaughter them for their blood rituals


Urban Cannibal Massacre

Urban Cannibal Massacre

Starring: Kyle Carthens, Hannah Harris, Mark Goler, Kimberly Deonna, Kenny Santiago Marrero

Synopsis: For years the Jones family has survived by abducting and cannibalizing the homeless population in northeast Ohio. Their way of life is put into jeopardy when a victim’s family and friends stumble onto the Jones’ terrible secret. Their fight for survival is complicated when daughter Kendal, a newly converted vegan, falls in love with one of the family’s captives and must decide between keeping up the family’s cannibal ways or helping her new-found love escape before he becomes the Jones’ next meal.


Dark, The

Dark, The

Starring:  William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, Richard Jaeckel

Synopsis: At night the Mangler stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. On the trail are a TV reporter, the father of one of the victims, and a police detective, but despite their efforts only the mysterious psychic DeRenzy knows what the killer is and how to stop it.




Starring: Emily O’Brien, Adrian Gaeta, Zack Ward, Sarah Ann Schultz, Anna Harr

Synopsis: While renovating their new home, Todd and Rebecca Jordan find a diary hidden for 30 years behind the fading walls. Opening the book releases the ghost of a tortured little girl. The vengeful spirit torments the young couple in dreams and waking life, forcing them to unearth the cause of her death so they can release her soul and find peace. But every truth has a price and this one is HELL to pay.


Hotel Hell

hotel hell
Starring:  Rodney Osborne, Canon Buckingham, Miranda Parham, Carson Nicely

Synopsis: A paranormal investigator and his newly hired videographer explore an cursed hotel known for its supernatural occurrences, a serial killer and crazed clown. Bonus features include: Trailer


Zombie Beast Of The Confederacy

Zombie Beast Of The Confederacy
Starring: Sera Feeny, Bad Bubba Brewer

Synopsis: In 1863, Confederate President, Jefferson Davis sent a detachment with a dangerous virus known as Confederate 13 to Gettysburg to join General Robert E. Lee. However, his men and the virus vanished into the hills of Indiana County. In 2016, the virus has been awakened along with legions of undead soldiers. Only three men stand between peace and the Zombie Apocalypse. Will they be able to stop the virus from spreading before it is too late? Or will the country be involved in another civil war – a zombie war with a giant beast as the new general?


Lights Camera Blood!

Lights Camera Blood!
Starring: Alan Mackenzie, Dan Baker-Moor, Heather Russell

Synopsis: Down on his luck and financially strapped low budget horror filmmaker Mandalor is the laughing stock of the film community. His films are terrible and the contrived, poorly done gore-effects make them unintentional comedies of the cinema. When he presents his latest effort to sleazy, exploitation film producer, Gelstein of Gorrific Pictures, with the hopes of getting a distribution deal, he is laughed out of the screening room. But the ever-determined Mandalor, along with his trusty hunch-backed cinematographer Rodney, set out to do another horror film. But on their next set, as Mandalor tries in vain to direct an intoxicated and uncooperative actress, he accidentally kills her! And when he realizes Rodney captured the dastardly deed on camera, he includes the graphic footage in his film. When he screens it to an impressed and delighted Gelstein, the producer offers him a multi-picture deal to deliver more gore galore! Now a wretched plan hatches that only filmmakers with nerves of steel could carry out, along with a hatchet or an cleaver…


Bunker of the Dead [Blu-ray]

Bunkero of the dead
Starring: Michael Abts, Sarita Bradley, Patrick Jahns, Esther Maaß

Synopsis: Bunker of the Dead

In the picturesque Bavarian town of Oberammergau, two friends, Markus and Thomas, are using the instructions found in an old Jewish diary to gain access to a WWII underground military base formerly codenamed: CERUSIT. Used by the Nazis as a secret research institute, there are shrouded rumors to this day about the lost gold of the Third Reich. The entrance to the cave system, however, lies right within the restricted area of a U.S. military base.

Blu-ray features surround sound, the official “Bunker of the Dead” trailer, B-Roll reel, behind-the-scenes footage and English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired.


Ladies Of The House

Ladies Of The House
Starring: Farah White, Brina Palencia, Melodie Sisk, Michelle Sinclair, Samrat Chakrabarti

Synopsis: A grindhouse film with pin-up flair, LADIES follows a guys’ night out as it turns into a bloody fight for survival when three men become trapped in a house of malevolent women with gorgeous dresses, sinister minds and a cannibals’ appetites.


Killer 3 Pack

Killer 3 Pack

Starring: Cyn Dulay, Ruby Gonzalez, Chris Margetis

Synopsis:  THE KILLER THREE PACK Featuring Three Blood Soaked Killer Horror Films: Night Fangs, To Kill a Killer and Lockout NIGHT FANGS Two Art Teachers are obsessed with eternal youth. Somehow they manage to get Elizabeth Bathory’s diary. Soon, they start to practice bloody rituals that end up unleashing hell on earth. Starring: Leslie Frank, Cyn Dulay, Ricardo Islas, Ruby Gonzalez, Andrea N. Winters and Chris Margetis Directed by Ricardo Islas TO KILL A KILLER A retired hit-man emerges from retirement to track down a seemingly unstoppable serial killer. Soon the hit-man, his equally dangerous wife, and their innocent daughter become the vicious sychopath’s next target. Starring: Jorge Reynoso, Dominic Capone and Salomón Carmona Directed by Ricardo Islas LOCKOUT is the story of an American man who gets fired when he fails to adapt to certain changes in the company where he’s worked for over ten years. As a result of this, he and his family are forced to move to an old house in rural Wisconsin, where bizarre events will gradually turn their lives into nothing but hell on earth. Starring: Kris Desautels, Cyn Dulay, Claire Lanay, Max Da’Silva, Salomón Carmona, Chris Margetis and Ruby Gonzalez Directed by Ricardo Islas


House On Cuckoo Lane, The

House On Cuckoo Lane, The

Starring: Various

Synopsis:  The House On Cuckoo Lane…Some believe it is a genuine snuff film. Some believe its existence is purely rumour. This is the video nasty every horror collectors wants. But you don’t find this movie…this movie finds you.


Sleeping Room, The

Sleeping Room, The
Starring: Julie Graham, Leila Mimmack, Christopher Adamson

Synopsis:  In an old building, Bill (Joseph Beattie) and Blue (Leila Mimmack), a call girl, discover a mutoscope and a secret room that is key to unlocking a dark secret related to Blue’s family.


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