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:
Amityville Death House (2015)
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.
Angels of Darkness (2015)
Stephen Rea, Eleanor Tomlinson, Erika Marozsán
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.
Battle Apocalypse (2014)
Sara Gorsky, Cole Simon, Tanya Thai McBride
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.
The Beyond (1981)
Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale
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!
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!
Black Sunday (AIP Version) (1961)
Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi
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.
A Candle for the Devil (aka It Happened At Nightmare Inn) (1973)
Judy Geeson, Aurora Bautista, Esperanza Roy
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.
Final Prayer (2015)
Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle, Luke Neal, Sarah Annis, Lee Arnold, Patrick Godfrey, Kevin Johnson
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.
God Told Me To (1976)
Tony Lo Bianco, Sandy Dennis, Richard Lynch, Deborah Raffin, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas, Mike Kellin
A New York police detective ties a death rampage to a cult and its leader, half man, half alien.