Last week of the month and the shop is doing it’s best to make sure more fine cinema hits the shelves. Some new, some classic, some strange, the dream keeps on going with rented tags and late fees included. Let us take a look shall we…
Michael Radford’s dark adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel about a man who tries to rebel in a dystopian society by falling in love. John Hurt, Richard Burton, 1984.
When plans with her boyfriend fall through, high school senior Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) ends up babysitting the Anderson kids, Brad (Keith Coogan) and Sara (Maia Brewton). What should be a quiet night in, however, turns into a series of ridiculous exploits, starting when they leave the house to pick up Chris’ friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller). Soon, Brad’s buddy Daryl (Anthony Rapp) is involved, and the group must contend with car thieves, blues musicians and much more.
Czech animator Jan Svankmajer’s magical and unsettling stop motion transforms the oft told story of Alice in Wonderland into a journey to the darkest recesses of your imagination. 1988.
The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called “freakish” clients. Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska (2012)
Starring Drew Barrymore. The true story of the Long Island teen who shoots and wounds the wife of a man she called her lover. Andy Tennant (1993)
South London teenagers (John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones) defend their neighborhood from malevolent extraterrestrials.
Shocking French thriller of two young women who go on a violent spree against a society in which they feel marginalized. Karen Lancaume, Raffaëla Anderson, Céline Beugnot, 2000.
Beloved Sword & Sorcery schlock from the director of Phantasm about a young man’s search for revenge through the use of the sword & his ability to command his animal allies. Believe it or not, based on a book. Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Don Coscarelli.
The film which redefined the ‘giallo’ genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted Dario Argento to international stardom.
Legendary horror anthology from Mario Bava featuring Boris Karloff. Michele Mercier, 1963.
Starring Madonna and Willem Dafoe, A lawyer defends a woman accused of killing her older lover by having sex with him. Uli Edel (1993)
Loosely based on serial killer Richard Speck’s murders, a Vietnam vet in war-torn Belfast invades a house shared by eight nurses and proceeds to terrorize and murder them. Mathieu Carrière, Debra Berger, Denis Héroux, 1976.
As he grows into a teenager on the streets of the Bronx in the socially turbulent 1960s, Calogero (Lillo Brancato) gets taken under the wing of neighborhood mobster Sonny (Chazz Palminteri). Sonny initiates the boy into the ways of gangland life, in direct conflict with his straight-arrow bus driver father (Robert De Niro). But when Calogero falls for his African-American classmate, Jane (Taral Hicks), the repercussions threaten the entire neighborhood.
Visually stylish adventure film about a skilled explorer & his loyal Native sidekick attempting to puzzle out the true nature of the creature locals have dubbed The Beast! Christophe Gans, 2001.
A cocaine dealer and an anthropology student fall victim to cannibalistic Colombian natives.
Vietnam vet finding his life is a festering sewer of poverty, hopelessness and violence decides to get revenge! Troma-style! Commentary with German filmmaker Jorg Buttgereit.
The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) to complete his macabre mission
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.
Box set of the unique, artistic & short-lived series of period monster movies about a vengeful statue that comes to life to punish the wicked. Includes Daimajin (1966) / Daimajin ikaru (1966) / Daimajin gyakushû (1966)
A single mother moves into a dilapidated apartment complex and experiences startling visions and sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of her child, but perhaps their lives as well. Hideo Nakata (2002)
Film noir hits the mean streets of 1990s Los Angeles in this stylish and subversive underworld odyssey from veteran actor-director Bill Duke. Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, 1992.
During a routine nighttime training mission in the Scottish Highlands, a small squad of British soldiers expected to rendezvous with a special ops unit instead find a bloody massacre with a sole survivor. The savage attackers of the special ops team return, and the men are rescued by Megan (Emma Cleasby), a zoologist who identifies what hunts them as werewolves. Without transport or communications, the group is forced to retreat to a farmhouse to wait for the full moon to disappear at dawn.
In this definitive Spaghetti Western, Franco Nero gives a career-defining performance as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him.
The ultimate cult movie and trailer trash road trip – 7 hours and 181 films!
Tobe Hooper’s campy TCM follow-up starring Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Robert Englund & Roberta Collins. 1977.
An exploitation classic! The death of a close friend transforms a peaceful man into a violent vigilante turning New York into a war zone. Christopher George, Samantha Eggar, 1980.
It began as a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between two of the greatest icons of the fantasy genre: Controversial animator Ralph Bakshi (director of FRITZ THE CAT, WIZARDS and the original THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and legendary illustrator Frank Frazetta
A delirious space opera from super producer Dino De Laurentiis based on Alex Raymond’s beloved cartoon strip and the long running movie serial. Max von Sydow, Sam J. Jones, Topol, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, 1980.
When a mob boss is taken out the resulting power vacuum sends the underworld into chaos in this British made TV series. Ray Panthaki, Colm Meaney, Joe Cole, Lucian Msamati, 2020.
Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. Now they must overcome a nightmarish hell that literally begins to take over the Earth. Tibor Takács (1987)
A man seeks revenge for his colleague and mentor, a professor who died under suspicious circumstances while trying to produce gold from lead.
Hard-as-nails Lily Dillon (Anjelica Huston) works as a swindler for dangerous bookie Bobo (Pat Hingle), probably the only man she fears. Arriving in Los Angeles on “business,” Lily looks up her son, Roy (John Cusack), a small-time con artist content with paltry sleight-of-hand cheats. Roy’s girlfriend, Myra (Annette Bening), looks like an All-American type but is a grifter looking to pull off another big-time con. The convergence of the three hustlers inevitably means trouble for all of them.
Lead singer Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon) decides to reunite his cult punk band, Hard Core Logo, for a Canadian tour. But guitarist Billy Tallent (Callum Keith Rennie) is waiting to hear back from Jenifur, a popular Los Angeles–based group considering bringing him on — which causes tension with Joe, for whom Hard Core Logo is everything. Along with erratic bassist John Oxenberger (John Pyper-Ferguson) and hard-partying drummer Pipefitter (Bernie Coulson), the contentious duo take to the road.
Indescribable psychedelic Japanse ghost tale that’s equal parts absurd and nightmarish, Scooby Doo and Mario Bava. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977.
Horror comedy classic where the new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers. Ethan Wiley (1987)
Bill Zebub’s horror convention sensation! A person becomes inhabited by army ants that aggressively defend their host. Bullies beware!Jessica Mazo, Mike Nastr, 2012.
John (David Bowie) is the lover of the gorgeous immortal vampire Miriam (Catherine Deneuve), and he’s been led to believe that he’ll live forever, too. Unfortunately, he quickly deteriorates into a horrible living death, and Miriam seeks a new companion. She soon sets her sights on Sarah (Susan Sarandon), a lovely young scientist, who quickly falls under Miriam’s spell. However, Sarah doesn’t warm up to the concept of vampirism easily, leading to conflict with Miriam.
Murderous Hippies on a LSD fueled rampage take a turn for the savage when a young boy out for revenge feeds them rabies infected meat, resulting in a spectacular gore fest. David E. Durston (1971)
A US submarine is dispatched to the frozen wastes of the North Pole to recover a Soviet satellite crammed full of strategic snapshots of US bases. The Cold War atmosphere becomes even chillier as the sub, with a Russian expatriate, a British secret agent and an American marine captain on board, is sabotaged en route.
Horror icon Barbara Crampton stars as the long-married small-town pastor’s wife who discovers a new lease on (undead) life when she meets an alluring vampire. Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons, C.M. Punk, Travis Stevens, 2021.
Starring Rose McGowan. Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong. Darren Stein (1999)
Fantastically terrible film about a Jewish commando hunting Nazi mad scientist Dr. Mengele! Antonio Mayans, Howard Vernon, Fernando Rey, Jack Taylor, Jess Franco, Andrea Bianchi, 1987.
Upon breaking out of a dungeon, youthful thief Phillipe Gaston (Matthew Broderick) befriends Capt. Navarre (Rutger Hauer), a man with a strange secret. Navarre and his lover Lady Isabeau d’Anjou (Michelle Pfeiffer) were cursed by the wicked Bishop of Aquila (John Wood), who desires Lady Isabeau for himself. His dark magic prevents the pair from ever being in each other’s presence except at twilight, so they enlist Gaston in a dangerous plot to overthrow the Bishop and break his evil enchantment.
For those of you who thought that A Serbian Film was all sizzle and no steak here’s a truly harrowing depiction of Serbia in the grips of a massive culture & moral decline. Mladen Djordjevic, 2010.
American underground new wave masterpiece where invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment and find that absorbing humans during orgasm is better then heroin. Slava Tsukerman (1982)
An uncensored account of the New Jersey based horror and custom video movie studio W.A.V.E. Productions which has produced a staggering filmography of over 400 shot on video features by allowing his fans to script and finance their custom movies.
A young girl on vacation in Egypt is given a mysterious charm, causing her archeologist father to be struck blind inside an unexplored pyramid tomb. But when the family returns home to Manhattan, a plague of supernatural evil and sudden violence follows.
Sci-fi double bill! MINDWARP (Steve Barnett 1992), BRAINSCAN (John Flynn 1994)
Includes 2 comprehensive documentaries by Alexandre Poncet and Gilles Penso – Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters and The Frankenstein Complex
Lusty defrocked minister Lawrence Shannon (Richard Burton) is a tour guide in Mexico. Leading a tourist group from a Baptist women’s college, he finds it difficult to avoid acting on his attraction to Charlotte (Sue Lyon), the young niece of the group’s leader, Judith Fellowes (Grayson Hall). When Fellowes swears to ruin him, Shannon strands the bus at a hotel to seek advice from the manager, an old friend. Over the course of one night, the alcoholic Shannon spirals out of control.
From the Stories of Stephen King is an eight-episode anthology series on TNT based on short stories written by Stephen King.
Tinto Brass adaptation of John Cleland’s FANNY HILL. A young country girl comes to town and works in a brothel to help her fiancée get the money to start his own business. “Paprika” is the name given to her by the madam. Tinto Brass, 1991.
A five-part docu-series which examines the 130 year history of the Nintendo, from its early history as an innovative playing card company to its present day video game consoles.
A log company’s waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster. John Frankenheimer (1979)
The double feature of kick ass keeps on rolling at the shop!
Triple feature of the Firefly family!
Classic Canuxploitation film set during the actual 1981 Halifax Police strike about a gang of hoodlums who accidentally kill the owner of a gay bar. Paul Donovan, Maura O’Connell, 1983.
Saving Silverman (Special R Rated Version – 2001) / Little Black Book (2004) / Hexed (1993) / Life Without Dick (2002).
A rural clan of psychotic freaks and the killing spree “that takes us places and shows us things we’ve never seen before” (Dread Central) and a final girl that may be their depraved undoing. Warwick Davis, 2004.
One of the few slashers produced during the short-lived, early 80s revival of 3D movies! Remarkably well shot and rarely available in its original 3-D anaglyph version. Howard Johns, Simon Nuchtern.
Based on the renowned play by Anthony Shaffer, this mystery finds Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier), a wealthy author of detective novels and game aficionado, facing off against his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle (Michael Caine), a middle-class hair salon-owner. When Wyke, who is seemingly content to split from his wife strikes an unusual deal with Tindle, it sets into motion a fierce game of one-upmanship between the two, with the stakes growing increasingly higher.
Classic campy horror film about a slasher running amuck in summer camp. 1983.
After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort. Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, Jorge Rivero, Ralph Nelson, 1970
A maverick cop goes undercover into a dangerous criminal underworld and, under the spell of the bad guys charismatic leader, maybe gets in a little too deep. Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe, 1991.
Tonight, daddy’s coming home to slice up more than just the cake… Ridiculously fun slasher sequel. Jeff Burr, 1989.
A disgruntled nerd, who was bullied in high school, creates Buzz Cola, a soft drink that turns surfers into mindless zombies. Eddie Deezen, Eric Stoltz, Lyle Waggoner, 1983.
In this startling 4K restoration for this beloved cult film an evil scientist implants the brain of a murdered high school student into a Tyrannosaurus. Denise Richards, Paul Walker, Stewart Raffill (1994)
STEELCASE EDITION of one of the greatest!
Italian crime, A tough, violent cop who doesn’t mind bending the law goes after a machine-gun-carrying, hunchbacked psychotic killer. Umberto Lenzi (1976)
Five women are stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine’s Day. David Boreanaz, Denise Richards, Marley Shelton, Katherine Heigl, 2001.
Includes: MASSACRE TIME / AND GOD SAID TO CAIN / MY NAME IS PECOS / BANDIDOS
Low budget Lovecraftian horror about a police officer who experiences strange & violent occurrences linked to a group of mysterious hooded cultists after he delivers their intended sacrifice to a local hospital. Art Hindle, Jeremy Gillespie (2016)
Underground feminist Lizzie Borden’s day in the life of a photographer working part-time in a Manhattan brothel, as she juggles a steady stream of clients, balances nurturing relationships with her coworkers with the demands of an ambitious madam. 1986.
All time personal favourite back in stock on Blu Ray.
And there we go guys. This week’s beauties coming very soon give you even more selection in the bowels of the old videostore. See ya soon! Cheers.