Well another week of movies are hitting the videostore and a few of them are the Limited Editions from Vinegar Syndrome including the 90s beauty FREEWAY with Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland giving us a badass crazy incarnation of Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf from producer Oliver Stone! But let’s see what else is coming shall we…
When a Nazi U-boat crew, headed by the ruthless Eric Portman, is stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II, the men evade capture by hiding out in a series of rural communities, before trying to cross the border into the still-neutral United States.
At once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller, 49th Parallel is a classic early work from the inimitable British filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Features Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook, and Leslie Howard.
Mention Bram Stoker’s name, and literature and movie buffs will conjure up Count Dracula. But there was more blood in Stoker’s pen. He also wrote The Jewel of the Seven Stars, later filmed with chilling effect as The Awakening, grippingly directed by Mike Newell (Dance with a Stranger, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and sensuously shot on Egyptian locations by veteran cinematographer Jack Cardiff. Charlton Heston stars as an Egyptologist with a passion that will trigger several mysterious deaths. He’s obsessed with a sorceress whose return has been prophesied – and whose tomb he opened at the exact moment his daughter was born. Can ancient evil reach forward in time to curse the present? Horror movie fans know the terrifying answer.
BACK IN STOCK! Late period Hammer film about an eccentric millionaire who has invited a group of eight colleagues to his island estate to hunt the deadliest game of all – one of the guests is a werewolf & is to be stalked and slaughtered for sport! Peter Cushing, 1974.
BACK IN STOCK! The Beastmaster trilogy all in one happy set!
A teenager’s weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives. Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, Joel McHale, 2020.
BACK IN STOCK! A heavily sedated woman (Eva Allan) with ESP tries to escape from the secluded commune where she’s been held captive.
Inspired by the Matamoras cult murders and shot entirely on Super 8, THE BLACK CRYSTAL is an action-horror hallucination that was filmed in the backwoods of Tucson, Arizona. The story follows Will (writer-director-producer-editor-composer Mike Conway) as he and his yellow Trans Am encounter a gang of Satanic cultists led by the evil Daniel. Surviving the ordeal, Will meets up with Daphne, a goth witch with a “power channeler” called the Black Crystal that might hold the key to the underworld. Awash with kickboxing dads, dollar store bloodshed, and a killer synthesizer score, this is an imaginative and ambitious homemade funbomb that has been missing in action since its original VHS release. AGFA presents THE BLACK CRYSTAL on disc for the first time ever, featuring a new preservation from the original 3/4″ tape master and enough extras to fill Daniel’s Satanic shed.
4K special edition of the cult Paul Morrissey film! Udo Kier, Joe Dallesandro, Vittorio De Sica.
Desperate for virgin blood, Count Dracula (Udo Kier) journeys to an Italian villa only to discover the family’s three young daughters are also coveted by the estate’s Marxist stud (Joe Dallesandro). Stefania Casini (SUSPIRIA) and BICYCLE THIEVES director Vittorio De Sica co-star in “one of the most unique vampire films in history” (Oh! The Horror).
Documentary which explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design, from Metropolis to Vertigo to Phantom Thread. Nina Menkes, 2022.
A mute alien is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem in this thought-provoking cult classic.
A lightning-quick period kung-fu action with complex choreography, wire work, and the occasional cheesy special effect. Ringo Lam, 1994.
A British film censor sets out to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance & source of her grief, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality. Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns, Prano Bailey-Bond, 2021.
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. Elem Klimov, 1985.
In this horror, a freelance journalist investigates a series of brutal murders that may be caused by a mysterious animal. Brad Rego, 2022.
Lovingly re-mastered slasher classic starring John Vernon and Samantha Eggar. Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer. 1983.
Cult 70s vigilante thriller about an architect who becomes a vigilante after his wife and daughter are attacked during a home invasion with his wife dying from her wounds. Charles Bronson, Michael Winner, 1974.
BACK IN STOCK! Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity, known as The Blind One, by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.
BACK IN STOCK! From the minds of Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava comes the horrific Heavy Metal splatter film classic, DEMONS! Presented in a stunning new high-definition transfer and re-mastered audio!
A family struggling with loss finds themselves at the mercy of an ancient demon trying to destroy them from the inside. Paul Kaye, Nick Blood, Allan Corduner, Oliver Park, 2022
BACK IN STOCK! James Bryan’s cult classic about a group of obnoxious campers who venture into the wilderness for what they assume will be a fun filled weekend. Unknown to them, a bloodthirsty maniac is hiding in the woods…
Tongue-in-cheek slasher about a killer with a silly laugh who is killing off some medical students who are hanging out in a rural house. Ashlyn Gere, Steven Baio, Tony Griffin, Dominick Brascia, 1986.
Blu-ray re-issue of, the always controversial, Catherine Breillat’s examination of adolescent sexuality & the violent oppression at the core of male-female relations. 2001.
Jennifer Vogel’s father, John, is larger than life. As a child, she marvels at his magnetizing energy and ability to make everything feel like a grand adventure. John teaches her so much about love and joy, but he also happens to be the most notorious counterfeiter in U.S. history. Jennifer now struggles to rise above the wreckage of the past while reconciling the inescapable bond between a daughter and her father.
A trilogy of tales of love and death. First, a drowning during Mardi Gras leads to a bitter woman’s masked reckoning. Next, an upstanding citizen is driven to madness and murder by a palm reader’s prophesy. Finally, a circus tightrope walker is haunted by dreams of a mysterious woman and his own death. One of the first horror anthology films made by an American studio – and two years before DEAD OF NIGHT – award-winning director Julien Duvivier (PÉPÉ LE MOKO) delivers FLESH AND FANTASY, three strange and at times surreal stories of the supernatural with an all-star cast that includes Edward G. Robinson (Soylent Green), Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity), and Charles Boyer (Gaslight), who also co-produced. Stunningly photographed by Oscar® winner Stanley Cortez (THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER) and lushly scored by Oscar® nominee Alexander Tansman, Vinegar Syndrome Labs presents the Blu-ray debut of this landmark in 1940s genre filmmaking, newly restored in 2K and featuring insightful critical appreciations along with rare archival materials. directed by: Julien Duvivier starring: Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Boyer, Betty Field, Robert Cummings 1943 / 94 min / 1.37:1 / English Mono Additional info: Region A Blu-ray Newly scanned & restored in 2K from its 35mm dupe negative Brand new commentary track with film historian / author Barry Forshaw and film critic / author Kim Newman “Fate News or The Dark world of Julien Duvivier” – a featurette with French film director Christophe Gans Video trailer Reversible sleeve artwork English SDH subtitles
FREAKSCENE is a homage of one of the most influential bands of Alternative Music, which inspired rock scenes in the 1990s – including Nirvana. A tragically funny and noisy roller coaster ride by a dysfunctional family: Dinosaur Jr.
directed by: Philipp Reichenheim
starring: J MASCIS, LOU BARLOW, MURPH, KIM GORDON, HENRY ROLLINS, BOB MOULD, THURSTON MOORE, KEVIN SHIELDS, MATT DILLON, KURT VILE, FRANK BLACK, GEORGE BERZ, MIKE JOHNSON, MAURA JASPER, LEE RANALDO, BYRON COLEY, MEGAN JASPER, JON FETLER & MIKE MASCIS
Vanessa Lutz’ life is a mess. Her mother, a prostitute, and father, an abusive drunk, have been hauled off to jail. With nowhere to live, Vanessa has no choice but to move in with her grandmother. Hitting the road to granny’s house, she quickly encounters the silver-tongued Bob Wolverton, who offers to give her a lift. However, what Vanessa doesn’t realize is that Bob is the notorious I-5 Killer; a vicious murderer who preys on young, female hitchhikers, and soon finds herself face-to-face with a real “Big Bad Wolf.” Using all her wits, she sets in motion a cunning trap which all comes to a grisly head in this modern take on Little Red Riding Hood… Among the most notorious and jaw dropping “mainstream” movies of the 90s, Matthew Bright’s (Ted Bundy) FREEWAY has earned a reputation as a neo-exploitation classic and critically acclaimed indie thriller thanks to its unhinged violence, sharply written dialogue, and general non-stop barrage on good taste, all wrapped up as one truly twisted fairytale.
With his trademark mixture of empathy and scrutiny, Errol Morris has changed the face of documentary filmmaking in the United States, and his career began with two remarkable tales of American eccentricity: Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida.
With his trademark mixture of empathy and scrutiny, Errol Morris has changed the face of documentary filmmaking in the United States, and his career began with two remarkable tales of American eccentricity: Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida. The first uses two Northern California pet cemeteries as the basis for a profound and funny rumination on love, loss, and industry; the second travels to a languorous southern backwater and discovers a handful of fascinating folks there—a determined turkey hunter, a curious minister, a laconic policeman—engaged in individualistic, sometimes absurd pursuits. Morris consistently creates humane portraits of true candor, and these early works remain two of his greatest and most provocative films.
Beautifully restored edition of Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, his cutting indictment of Hitler and sly take on his comic persona. Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard, 1940.
BACK IN STOCK! A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. Gregory Plotkin (2018)
BACK IN STOCK! The Hulk Hogan Collection that keeps on selling!
After starting a job at an eerie hardware store, an anxious young man uncovers a shocking mystery that leads to a fight against terrifying forces that lurk just behind the walls. Hugh McCrae Jr., Sarah José, Anthony Candell, Braden Swope, 2021.
Will has a loving boyfriend and a good life, but when his mentally ill mother reemerges after a 10-year absence, he descends into a dark spiral of madness, haunted by the manifestation of his childhood trauma.
Lindsay Andersonâ€™s Ifâ€¦. is a daringly chaotic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior against the vicious games of one-upmanship played by both students and masters. Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, Ifâ€¦. remains one of cinemaâ€™s most unforgettable rebel yells.
Ever since he was a child, Kevin Dornwinkle wanted nothing more than the ability to spy on naked women. Traumatized for life when his prudish mother discovers his bedroom telescope pointed at the window of a nude and nubile neighbor, Kevin puts all his focus onto his other interest: science. Decades later, and now a respected physicist, Dr. Dornwinkle has made his greatest discovery yet: “molecular reorganization serum,” which has the power to turn a person invisible. But after a demonstration to his peers fails horribly, the mild mannered doctor suffers a breakdown. Focusing all his efforts on perfecting his serum, and succeeding, the now fully unhinged Dornwinkle gets a job as a high school teacher and embarks on a rampage of molestation and murder…
This collection features 7 classic films featuring the incomparable Jackie Chan: Killer Meteors / Shaolin Wooden Men / To Kill with Intrigue / Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin / Dragon Fist / Battle Creek Brawl / Dragon Lord
BACK IN STOCK! A RAF pilot is shotdown in rocky desert mountains of Afghanistan and stumbles upon an abandoned Soviet installation which houses a deadly creature. Charlotte Kirk, Neil Marshall, 2022.
BACK IN STOCK! A serial killer (Elijah Wood) removes his victims’ scalps and attaches them to the vintage mannequins he restores in his late mother’s shop.
Marie Liljedahl (the luscious star of INGA) is Eugenie, an innocent young woman taken to an island paradise where she is initiated into a world of pleasure and pain controlled by the sinister Dolmance (the legendary Christopher Lee). Jess Franco, 1970.
BACK IN STOCK! A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead. George Mihalka (1981)
BACK IN STOCK! In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Robocop’s Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Alternately humorous and grotesque—and always surreal—the film mingles aspects of Burroughs’s novel with incidents from the writer’s own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process.
BACK IN STOCK! An unemployed Maori living in the Auckland slums, Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) has a terrible temper that he takes out on family and strangers alike. His wife, Beth (Rena Owen), takes regular beatings after he’s been at the pub, and his kids do what they can to sidestep trouble. Nig (Julian Arahanga), the eldest, is joining a street gang; Boogie (Taungaroa Emile) has been placed in a foster home; and Grace increasingly retreats to the pages of her journal.
The legendary Peter Falk shines bright in this collection of four comedies. Featuring co-stars like Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin, Elaine May, Beverly D’Angelo, and Charles Durning, these wild and wacky films are sure to have you laughing!
With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A teenager whose excess weight makes her the target of incessant bullying, she flees a clique of capricious girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police begin asking questions, Sara keeps quiet. Intrigued by the stranger an interest that’s mutual she’s torn between revealing the truth and protecting the man who saved her.
BACK IN STOCK! In this gory and disturbing thriller assassins use a mind-control device which shunts the consciousness of the victim in a dark recess when taken over. Brandon Cronenberg, 2020.
Action greats Robert Ginty (The Exterminator, Exterminator 2) and Sandahl Bergman (Conan the Barbarian, She) square off for deadly combat in this high-tech tale of a lethally beautiful killer android on a rampage of inhuman revenge! Captured in a daring raid by ex-CIA agent Eric Mathews (Ginty), the merciless terrorist hit-woman Samira (Bergman) is brought to the U.S., where she undergoes experimental brain surgery. Transformed into an unstoppable bionic warrior, she returns to the Middle East, where she obediently wipes out all of her former comrades. But when a malfunction reactivates Samira’s human memories, she launches into a frenzy of cold-blooded vengeance. As she methodically terminates her CIA adversaries, only Mathews can halt her murderous onslaught! Directed by Allan Holzman (Forbidden World), Programmed to Kill (a.k.a. The Retaliator) is a gripping, futuristic action thriller that also stars James Booth (Avenging Force) and a young Paul Walker (Fast & Furious).
Brand New HD Master – From a 2K Scan of the 35mm Interpositive |
John Carpenter’s horror film about a research team who find a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church which may contain the DEVIL! Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Alice Cooper, 1987.
Ultra violent Korean action-horror that is described as “Con Air meets Under Siege meets Resident Evil meets Universal Soldiers.” Hongsun Kim, 2022.
BACK IN STOCK! In Arizona, an introverted and insightful teenager, Mark Hunter (Christian Slater), finds an outlet for his viewpoints through a shortwave radio. Broadcasting as “Hard Harry,” Hunter uses his pirate radio show to rant against the injustices and hypocrisies taking place in the area, and in society in general. Hunter conceals his off-air identity, but a determined student (Samantha Mathis) discovers the truth, while Principal Creswood (Annie Ross) seeks to shut down Hunter once and for all.
In the tradition of horror movie greats such as Hellraiser, Black Sabbath and Suspiriacomes THE PYRAMID, a terrifying anthology of four episodes connected by an infernal object: a bizarre pyramid that comes into the world to spread madness, death and destruction
James Dalton is a tough-as-nails bouncer with a reputation for using any and all force necessary to “keep the peace.” Meanwhile, Frank Tilghman, a country businessman, is having trouble maintaining control over the violent patrons and crooked staff at his newly acquired club, the Double Deuce. Upon learning of Dalton’s take-no-prisoners attitude toward security, he makes a proposal too good for Dalton to refuse; summoning him from The Big Apple to Jasper, MO and handing him the reins to the bar, on the promise that he clean the place up. But no sooner than his first few days in charge does he wind up stabbed and in the hospital. With the knowledge that he’s up against a gang of thugs who play even dirtier than he does, Dalton throws caution to the wind and prepares for a fight that will inevitably send someone six feet under…
Shot on video no budget horror about 5 creatures of darkness who come together for a singular gathering – to resurrect their demon god. Gary Griffith, 2001.
Five creatures of darkness come together for a one of a kind gathering. Their fates intertwined in the resurrection of a demon god. What kind of carnage will ensue when these children of the night unite?
NOT ALL FILMS HAVE A HAPPY ENDING
Milos, a retired adult film actor, leads a normal family life with his wife Maria and six-year old son Petar in tumultuous Serbia, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague Layla will change everything. Aware of his financial problems, Layla introduces Milos to Vukmir – a mysterious, menacing and politically powerful figure in the adult film business. A leading role in Vukmir’s production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. A contract insists on his absolute unawareness of a script they will shoot. From then on, Milos is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his employer, the ‘director’ of his destiny. Vukmir and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he’s put into, and save his family’s life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything – his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life.
When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death (Bengt Ekerot) to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof (Nils Poppe) and his wife, Mia (Bibi Andersson), and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.
YOU KNOW THE DRILL. Put on your PJs and say your prayers…it’s time for one nightmare of an all-nighter with a double dose of slashtastic cult classics: The Slumber Party Massacre and Slumber Party Massacre II! In The Slumber Party Massacre, Trish (Michele Michaels) invites her high school basketball teammates over for a night they’ll never forget—or survive—when an unexpected guest crashes the party: an escaped psychopath with a portable power drill. And in the freaky follow-up Slumber Party Massacre II, Courtney (Crystal Bernard) is tormented by dreams of the infamous Driller Killer returning to wreak havoc…only to find that (bad) dreams really do come true when the murderous monster is reincarnated as an evil rocker.
In this rare blaxploitation, an ex-CIA operative / ex-Green Beret / nightclub owner seeks violent revenge for the murder of his girlfriend by hitmen working for an oil-obsessed Middle Eastern ruler. Jack Bomay, Sal Watts, 1974. In the vein of SHAFT and DOLEMITE, SOLOMON KING stars Sal Watts as an ex-CIA operative / ex-Green Beret / nightclub owner seeking violent revenge for the murder of his girlfriend by hitmen working for an oil-obsessed Middle Eastern ruler.
Follows the lives of a small group of sociopathic elderly people in Nashville, Tennessee. Harmony Korine, 2009.
After a Polish diplomat and his family are murdered by a radical terrorist organization, CIA agent Gary Redner tracks the violent extremist group to Hong Kong on a personal mission of revenge. Once in Hong Kong, the “rough-and-ready” Gary is reluctantly partnered with “by the book” Special Branch Inspector Bong, in order to track down the terrorists before their next horrific attack. While the two men do not see eye to eye professionally nor culturally, they must put aside their personal differences and work together in order to take down the terrorist organization as well as the group’s mysterious and ruthless leader, known only as Hannibal. Featuring the signature bloody violence that director Ringo Lam (City on Fire, Burning Paradise) has become known for, UNDECLARED WAR is a dark and uncompromising neo-noir that doesn’t pull its punches. One of the rare Hong Kong productions featuring a mix of international actors speaking multiple languages
Emerging from the primordial soup of glamour, gutter sleaze, and feverish creativity that was New York’s 1960s underground culture, the Velvet Underground redefined music with its at once raw and exalted blend of experimentation and art-damaged rock and roll. In his kaleidoscopic documentary The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes vividly evokes the band’s incandescent world: the creative origins of the twin visionaries Lou Reed and John Cale, Andy Warhol’s fabled Factory, and the explosive tension between pop and the avant-garde that propelled the group and ultimately consumed it. Never-before-seen performances, interviews, rare recordings, and mind-blowing transmissions from the era’s experimental cinema scene come together in an ecstatic swirl of sound and image that is to the traditional music documentary what the Velvets were to rock: utterly revolutionary.
Breathtaking animated dystopian fairy tale that is equal measure uncompromising examination of fascism and shape-shifting, trippy nightmare. Cristobal Leon, Joaquin Cocina, 2020.
And there we go guys. Let Me know what you want and I’ll see ya this week. Cheers!