Spring is in the air regardless what a strange one it is. And the drive thru/ curb service videostore is doing it’s best to keep title selection as wide as needed to give you guys choices. So this week it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Let’s take a look shall we…

On Blu Ray! The younger brother of the consulting detective tries to steal Sherlock’s glory by solving an important case assisted by an eccentric Scotland Yard detective and a lovely but suspicious actress.

Still a popular seller probably having something to do with Art The Clown’s first appearance years before Terrifier. A babysitter finds a VHS tape which features various sinister murders performed by a psychotic clown.

This movie is still like cinematic comfort food. Always a great gem to have back in the shop and the movie that gave me a new perspective on Elton John’s Tony Danza, I mean, Tink Dancer tune. A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

These new special editions have been selling like gold and rightfully so. April Fool’s Day was one of the most underrated genre flicks from the 80s and is now getting some respect. Nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s Day weekend. Fred Walton (1986)

Already considered a contempary sci-fi classic Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival returns to the shop. Can not wait for his DUNE films. A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

When we think of sweet werewolf movies the mind always goes to classics like The Howling, American Werewolf In London, and Dog Soldiers. But many forget about the 1974 beauty THE BEASTT MUST DIE starring legendary genre actor Peter Cushing. A must watch for fans of the furry kind! Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one?

Well, I never saw parts 2 and 3 but I’m pretty sure I can figure this movie out without missing too much information from the previous entries. When martial arts expert-and-cop John Keller infiltrates death row to uncover the truth behind the execution of several inmates, he joins the ranks of prisoners forced to fight in battles staged for pleasure by a sadistic Warden.

The movie that has sold hundreds of times through the shop returns like it does every week. Happy 40th anniversary Cannibal Holocaust. During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Film footage of Christopher Lee being interviewed by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller. Recorded Live at Monster Rally,

 A lot of slasher flicks came out in the 80s. Many were shot in Canada. And some even took place in Canada. And then some used the AIDS crisis in it’s early years as a plot device. This is CITY IN PANIC! A mystery killer, garbed in a black trench coat and fedora hat, is stalking the streets of Toronto. As the body count grows, a renegade detective makes a shocking discovery: all of the victims had AIDS. Robert Bouvier (1986)

If you look up the term “perfect dark comedy” there is no question Danny Devito’s brilliant DEATH TO SMOOCHY should be near the top of the list. A kids show host, Rainbow Randolph, is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the business of kids television isn’t all child’s play.

The sublimely cool Marcello Mastroianni stars in Federico Fellini’s damning critique of the culture of stardom and the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich and glamorous. Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, 1960.  

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged. Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, David Cronenberg, 1999.

  A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known and the sinister Red Wizard threatens to destroy nature. Jules Bass (1982) 

A personal favourite of mine. I’ll always give Ben Wheatley credit for never making two movies the same. From Kill List To Sightseers. And A Field In England To Free Fire the filmmaker has never typecast himself as a trick pony. Stylish action comedy set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. Ben Wheatley (2016)

Back In Stock! Based on a story by H. P. Lovecraft, a group of scientists create a resonator to stimulate the pineal gland, and open up a door to a parallel (and hostile) universe. Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Stuart Gordon, 1986.  

After blowing moviegoers away with SEVEN director David Fincher had a tough act to follow up with and even though 1997’s THE GAME did receive the same love when it first came out all these years later we now can say it’s every bit as clever and fantastic as his previous filom for different reasons. After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

A Jewish family, that just arrived in a new neighborhood, are recording their youngest son’s birthday celebrations on video when their home is suddenly invaded by a bunch of crystal-meth-crazed Neo-Nazi lunatics. Ian Roberts, Tim Moran, Debbie Diesel.  

Special edition of the legendary documentary featuring the most detailed and intimate footage the world will ever see of GG. Todd Phillips, 2004.

 Cult werewolf from Joe Dante. Written by John Sayles. Music score is composed by Pino Donaggio. Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, 1981. 

A young woman who was missing reappears, but she claims to be someone else entirely.

A personal favourite of the shop and sadly more true than we ever could have expected when first released. Private Joe Bauers, the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.

Eventually all seasons will be back in because it’s one of the best shows going but for now Season 11 returns to the shop with my personal fav episode “THE GANG HITS THE SLOPES”

Two years ago, a young woman named Valerie was burned after entering a tanning salon. Now, her twin sister, Rhonda runs a local gym where all of a sudden, people are being murdered. Ted Prior, Marcia Karr, David James Campbell, Fritz Matthews.  

Infected by a virus, a mild mannered HR manager attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains, all while trying to keep it together so as not to incur the wrath of his bridezilla-to-be.

The second film adaptation of the classic novel Lord of the Flies written by William Golding. Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly, James Badge Dale, 1990.  

Christopher Lee stars in classic sci-fi hammer horror as a centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth ad health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person. Terence Fisher (1959) 

Saw this one in the dollar theater when dollar theaters were still that. One dollar a flick. Anyways, money well spent! A genetically engineered dog escapes from the science facility where it was created. A family takes it in unaware of its deadly instincts which soon emerge. The scientist who created the dog tries to find it before its too late.

John Carpenter’s entry into Season One of Masters Of Horror was a beauty so I needed back in the shop.

Two years after their international smash MONDO CANE became the most controversial documentary of its time, Directors Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi again ignited a firestorm of outrage and acclaim as they traveled the globe to film an all-new ex[erience.

 Look, we all knew after watching The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Rebecca De Mornay could play crazy well. So for her to play the mother (god I feel old) in the reimaging of the original 80s flick was solid casting. The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests.

Beloved cult director John Waters’s outrageous second feature where Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem. John Waters (1970)  

Three friends filming an audition tape for an extreme reality show take part in shark cage diving, only to be left in great white infested waters, turning their recording into life and death.

Starring Leslie Nielsen. Sight gags and non-sequiturs dominate this spoof of police dramas. The six episodes formed the basis for the very successful “Naked Gun” film franchise. Jim Abrahams (1982)  

After poor advice from a psychic leads to the death of his wife, a man vows to disprove the existence of the paranormal by allowing himself to be possessed by demons.

Beloved high-spirited adventure that pits true love against inconceivable odds, The Princess Bride has charmed legions of fans with its irreverent gags, eccentric ensemble, and dazzling swordplay. Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon. 

From director Sam Raimi comes something a little different. Three blue-collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash and make a plan to keep their find from the authorities, but it isn’t long before complications and mistrust weave their way into the plan.

More milking off of Stephen King’s writing tit… On a arctic circle radio shack, an ancient evil lurks, ready to strike at a psychologist, an army man and their collective forces.

A 30 year old mystery resurfaces and takes over the lives of the people living in an eerie apartment complex.

Essential American cinema, after saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from “the man” with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels. Melvin Van Peebles (1971) 

Japanese horror where a girl’s life cascades into chaos as her schoolmates suffer gruesome and bizarre acts of fate, a perceptive, shocking and gore-filled exploration of youth and femininity in an increasingly nightmarish world. Sion Sono (2015)  

Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. Christian Nyby (1951)  

In a quiet apartment complex in Los Angeles, a deranged handyman goes on a killing spree, savagely murdering “immoral” women with the tools of his trade – claw hammers, power drills and even a deadly nail gun! But these gruesome massacres are just the beginning.

 Back In Stock! One of Eddie’s best and directed by John Landis!

Monte Hellman’s masterpiece! A nearly dialogue-free existential road-race drama. James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird. 

Sweet Jesus, this movie turns 20 this year. Where has the time gone? Oh well, always good to revisit the classic tale of a man who learns something extraordinary about himself after surviving a devasting accident.

An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood. Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Jess Franco, 1970.  

Hell yes, back in stock! A group of war veterans must defend their local VFW post and an innocent teen against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. Joe Begos (2019)  

THE VIOLENCE MOVIE and THE VIOLENCE MOVIE 2. Eric D. Wilkinson (1988) When a deranged killer escapes from prison, he inexplicably invades the home of Joey Hammond who must fight for his life in order to stay alive.  

Italian giallo where a teacher having an affair with his student witnesses a knife killing. Gruesome murders start occurring, and the teacher suspects that he may be the cause of them. Massimo Dallamano (1972) 

  An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the “traditional” American West is disappearing around them.

Using outtakes from MONDO CANE as their foundation, Directors Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara and Franco Prosperi created this leering yet lyrical study of women’s roles in the international culture of the bizarre.

A lean visceral thriller, based on the Jonathan Ames novel, about a man who tracks missing girls who’s easy job goes awry. Joaquin Phoenix, Dante Pereira-Olson, Larry Canady, Lynne Ramsay, 2017.  

  And there it is kids. This week’s films that return to the shop or arrive for the first time. So let’s keep on trucking over the next few weeks or months until the videostore can welcome you back inside. Cheers! Stay healthy and safe everyone!