DVD & Blu-ray Releases: February 24, 2015

By: Sean Brickley

We’ve got 12 movies rounding out this week’s DVD & Blu-ray release list.  There’s a good mix of old and new titles.  Some of the classics hitting Blu-ray this week include New Year’s Evil (just in time for… after President’s Day), The Beyond and God Told Me To.  Some of the stars in the more modern releases include Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts and Stephen Rea, in case you’ve been wondering what they’ve been doing with themselves.  As always, pleasant viewing and if you’re in the Northeast try to stay warm, unlike this guy:



MOVIES

Amityville Death House (2015)

Starring:

Eric Roberts

Synopsis:

When Tiffany and her friends arrive in the town of Amityville to check in on her ailing grandmother, they discover an ancient witch’s spirit possesses the old house. One by one the curse destroys the descendants of those who condemned her to death over 300 years ago, ultimately possessing the bodies of the innocent, and transforming them into hideous creatures of destruction.

Purchase:

DVD


Angels of Darkness (2015)

Starring:

Stephen Rea, Eleanor Tomlinson, Erika Marozsán

Synopsis:

Lara (Eleanor Tomlinson) and her estranged father, Dr. Hill (Stephen Rea), travel behind the iron curtain to a decrepit castle outside the Hungarian town of Styria. In the nearby woods, Lara witnesses a violent car crash. Carmilla (Julia Pietrucha), the lone survivor, crawls from the wreckage. When Lara hides this beautiful and mysterious stranger in the castle, the two start an intense and chaotic friendship. As their relationship deepens, crops whither, farm animals die, and the young women of Styria begin to go mad. When local girls are found dead from apparent suicides, Lara wonders if Carmilla is to blame or is there a darker secret behind the mass hysteria destroying the town.

Purchase:

DVD


 

Battle Apocalypse (2014)

Starring:

Sara Gorsky, Cole Simon, Tanya Thai McBride

Synopsis:

Joshua and Penelope are survivors of a deadly infection that laid waste to humanity 25 years ago. When they encounter fellow survivor Abira, their lives are forever changed as they fight off the remnants of the infected.

Purchase:

DVD


The Beyond (1981)

Starring:

Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale

Synopsis:

The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places…
And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth!

From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. The Beyond is a towering achievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror!

Special Features:

Super-Deluxe 3 disc Collector’s Edition – 2 Blu-rays + CD
Spectacular Hi-Definition digital transfer of the original UNCENSORED director’s cut
Breathtaking 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound re-mix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottosson
Provocative commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and genre superstar David Warbeck
Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix
New in-depth interviews with stars Catriona MacColl, Cinzia Monreale and Giovanni De Nava, U.S. production manager Larry Ray, make-up artists Giannetto DeRossi and Maurizio Trani, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, writer Dardano Sacchetti, producer Fabrizio De Angelis, composer Fabio Frizzi, original U.S. distributor Terry Levene, and Antonella Fulci
Rare archival interviews with director Lucio Fulci and David Warbeck
Lost German pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR
Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers
Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun and EuroHorror expert Martin Beine
BONUS CD – original soundtrack album by Fabio Frizzi newly remastered in stunning 96khz sound from the original studio master tapes
Chilling GLOW-IN-THE-DARK slip cover limited to the first 5000 copies
AND OTHER SURPRISES!

Purchase:

Blu-ray


Black Sunday (AIP Version) (1961)

Starring:

Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi

Synopsis:

When Mario Bava’s groundbreaking Black Sunday was introduced to the U.S. market, American International Pictures retooled the film for the release. In addition to being redubbed in English, the film was given a new musical score and re-edited.
In one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in movie history, Mario Bava bridged the gap between the gothic horror picture and the European art film with Black Sunday (aka La maschera del demonio or The Mask of Satan). Made in 1960 and now considered a cult classic, it continues to reverberate through the cinema, inspiring and influencing new generations of filmmakers.
In an absolutely mesmerizing performance, Black Sunday stars Barbara Steele as Asa Vajda, a beautiful woman tortured and executed as a witch but not before pronouncing a curse upon those who have condemned her, a curse that is fulfilled 200 years later.

Purchase:

Blu-ray


A Candle for the Devil (aka It Happened At Nightmare Inn) (1973)

Starring:

Judy Geeson, Aurora Bautista, Esperanza Roy

Synopsis:

Laura Barkley (Judy Geeson, Berserk) travels to a sleepy Spanish town to visit her sister, who is staying at an inn run by two religious women. But when she arrives she discovers that her sister has mysteriously disappeared. The two women, Marta and Veronica, tell Laura that her sister left suddenly but no one has seen her leave the village. Laura decides to stay at the inn whilst searching for her sister but soon discovers that the self-righteous women cannot bear the nakedness and promiscuity of young English holiday makers. One by one, these pleasure seekers begin to disappear. Meanwhile, the women evening meals begin to take on an unusual flavor…. This deliciously deranged and atmospheric horror, which was shot entirely on location in Spain, is available in the U.S. uncut for the very first time and in a brand new HD master.

Purchase:

DVD


Final Prayer (2015)

Starring:

Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle, Luke Neal, Sarah Annis, Lee Arnold, Patrick Godfrey, Kevin Johnson

Synopsis:

When a church in a remote area reports strange happenings, a team of Vatican investigators descends upon it to demystify the unusual sounds and events, but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined.

Purchase:

DVD


 

God Told Me To (1976)

Starring:

Tony Lo Bianco, Sandy Dennis, Richard Lynch, Deborah Raffin, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas, Mike Kellin

Synopsis:

A New York police detective ties a death rampage to a cult and its leader, half man, half alien.

Purchase:

Blu-ray


New Year’s Evil (1980)

Starring:

Roz Kelly, Kip Niven

Synopsis:

A killer calls in updates to a disc jockey doing a live punk-rock TV show.

Purchase:

Blu-ray


Taeter: City of Cannibals (2015)

Starring:

Monica Muoz, Riccardo Valentini, Santiago Ortaez

Synopsis:

The futuristic metropolis of Taeter City is managed by The Authority – a dictatorship that rules with an iron fist. Utilizing a special radio wave system called Zeed, The Authority is able to distinguish criminals from law-abiding citizens; however these special radio waves also alter the demented brain waves of the criminals and force them to commit suicide in horrible ways. A special police force called The Bikers then retrieves their corpses and delivers them to massive slaughterhouses that supply the mega fast food chains with the human flesh products that are needed to feed the hungry masses. The Authority’s hand has managed to keep the citizens under control for quite some time, but a series of unforeseen chaotic events has slowly been undermining their rule. Follow along with the adventures of the three crazy Biker officers who are charged with restoring order before their entire world crumbles around them.

Purchase:

DVD


Vanish (2015)

Starring:

Danny Trejo, Maiara Walsh, Tony Todd

Synopsis:

Hoping to score a hefty ransom for the safe return of his daughter, three amateur thugs kidnap Emma Rodriguez from the home of her father, drug kingpin Carlos Rodriguez, and force her to record a video of herself pleading for her life. But what they don t know is that Emma is all but estranged from her notorious father, and the murderous blood that made Carlos a name to fear in the underworld also runs through her veins. As time ticks away and the unlucky threesome find themselves in more and more danger in the form of the police, crime bosses, and Carlos himself, they must find a way to keep their once-perfect plan in order before all hell breaks loose.

Featuring standout performances and a story that puts a unique new spin on the action thriller, VANish is a high-octane trip through a no-man s-land where trouble lurks behind every turn of its twisting and twisted plot.

Special Features:

Commentary
Blooper Reel
Alternate Endings
Trailer

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DVD

Blu-ray


Zombieworld (2014)

Starring:

Bill Oberst Jr., Jos Mara Angorilla, Marc Velasco, No Blancafort, Salvador Lls

Synopsis:

There is nowhere to hidenowhere to runthe Zombie Apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and theres only one thing on the menu us.

Purchase:

DVD

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