By: Sean Brickley
I can’t say that we have a tremendous list for you this week folks, which means you have a lot less contemplation over what to run out and purchase. There’s only five releases so I’ll let you read through the whole article instead of just singling out one movie, like the Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of 1970’s Mark Of The Devil. As always, pleasant viewing, fiends.
A Cry From Within (2014)
Deborah Twiss, Eric Roberts, Cathy Moriarty, James McCaffrey
After a devastating miscarriage, a family trades their city lifestyle for a quiet life in the country. Jonathan (Eric Roberts), Cecile (Deborah Twiss) and their two children Ariel and Morgan settle into a Long Island rental home that was vacated by a woman and her elderly mother. The family soon finds themselves at the mercy of a terrifying and violent manifestation that Ariel identifies as a young boy named Sebastien. In fear for their family, Jonathan and Cecile must unlock the secret that binds Sebastien’s torment with the former occupants and the local priest.
The Invited (2010)
Jacoby Shaddix, Pam Grier, Megan Ward, Lou Diamond Phillips, Victor Browne, Carlos Alazraqui, Alfonso Freeman, Judea Cavoto
A young married couple who are pregnant with their first child moves into their turn-of-the-century home where they discover that a great evil has resided there for nearly a century, unleashed by a previous occupant.
Mark Of The Devil (1970)
Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina
Once proclaimed as “positively the most horrifying film ever made”, Mark of the Devil arrives in a director-approved edition featuring a new restoration of the feature. A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder’s apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic Albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black. Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later pen Eskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
Optional English and German audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Newly translated English subtitles for the German audio
Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell
“Mark of the Times” exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the new wave” of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies, featuring contributions from Michael Armstrong, Norm
Hallmark of the Devil author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to American cinemas
Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Sch Edv and Herbert Lom
Mark of the Devil: Now and Then- a look at the film’s locations and how they appear today
Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork
Kane Hodder, Lachlan Buchanan, Bryce Draper, Jaclyn Swedberg, Lauren Francesca
Throwback horror just raised the blood-soaked bar: Genre legend Kane Hodder and 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jaclyn Swedberg star in this scary, sexy and super-violent indie shocker about a group of teens who are attacked by a depraved clan of backwoods psychopaths.
But for those who survive the marshland massacre, the ultimate butchery may have just begun. It’s all sleaze and no tease, packed with old-school gore effects and brutal stunts without any CGI or apologies. Lachlan Buchanan (Pretty Little Liars) co-stars in the first horror film ever released in 4K/Ultra HD that unfolds like a hacked-up love letter to horror fanatics everywhere!
Something Wicked (2014)
Brittany Murphy, John Robinson, Shantel VanSanten, Julian Morris, James Patrick Stuart
As a young couple embarks upon their wedding plans, gruesome secrets from their past collide with sinister forces of the present to ensure these newlyweds do not live happily-ever-after.