Good day to all! Another glorious week has begun at the old videostore and it is hot as hell outside. Thank god for living in a basement. Anyways during such times it’s good to have air conditioning, icey cold drinks, and ofcourse fine cinema to watch. This week’s shipment gives us a little bit of everything from sweet and sexy boxsets to little gems you may have forgotten about in the past. So let’s dive in shall we…
A newcomer to LA with shaky job prospects and no friends discovers after being accepted into an apartment complex, she finds out too late just how close-knit the community there actually are. Naomi Grossman, Alan Blumenfeld, David Marmor, 2019.
Everynow and then you realize you are missing a few of the installments in a franchise so why not just bring them all back in in one slick set.
Back In Stock! The best Monster In Closet set in Space movie returns to the shop. SAy what I will about Ridley’s last two Alien flicks. The original will always win me over with every viewing.
Back In Stock! Gory German suspense about a small-town cop who goes to the big city to interrogate a notorious serial killer. Christian Alvart, 2005.
This three-part, self-contained limited series is about the newest member of the Midnight Society, her first scary tale, and what happens to the group when the terrifying events of her story start to actually happen in their small town. 2019.
Back In Stock! Trapped In Time. Surrounded By Evil. Low On Gas. Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, 1992
Back In Stock! Harvey Kietel in his highly praised and at times insane performance as a cop with “issues”.
Set on the canals amid the glorious British countryside, two sisters and their boyfriends head off for a relaxing weekend away on a barge, unaware of the flesh-eating fish mutants lurking in the water, ready and waiting to feed. Charlie Steeds, 2018.
Back In Stock! Heavy metal horror about a demon-raising band that invades a sleepy little American town. Vincent Pastore, John Fasano, 1988.
Maverick director Yasuzo Masumura bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry. 1962.
Back In Stock! In a future where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, six people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city.
Back In Stock! A mad scientist’s revolutionary new supplements designed for yuppies have a few unfortunate side-effects – your body melts! Ian Smith, Philip Brophy, 1993.
Back In Stock! Belgium comedy starring Catherine Deneuve, God lives as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter who concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job so she rewrites the world, usurping his almighty position. Jaco Van Dormael (2015)
Back In Stock! A bureaucrat in a dystopic society becomes an enemy of the state as he pursues the woman of his dreams.
Back In Stock! Sexy IMPORT Double Feature Blu Ray of the sequels to the legendary Re-Animator.
In this grungy almost experimental murderous zombie film meets the Road Warrior, a band of post-apocalyptic demon-possessed undead killers wander a devastated America. Joaquin Montalvan, 2018.
Paul Schrader’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel of sustained erotic and emotional tension about a beautiful British couple working on their relationship while on holiday in Venice. Natasha Richardson, Christopher Walken, Helen Mirren, 1990.
A five-part documentary series which explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions.
Back In Stock! A young Jon Jarrett from WOLF CREEK fame playing the good guy?! Indeed he goes against one of the fakest looking crocs in cinema history in theis Ozisploatation classic from the 80s!
Back In Stock! The nazi zombies keep on coming to the videostore. Now we’re all still waiting on part 3.
Studying the effects of climate change off the coast of Mozambique, a marine biologist and her team confront three genetically enhanced bull sharks. Now, a new bloodbath is waiting to happen in the name of science. Will humans never learn?
Three times the Stallone on Blu Ray including Over The Top! A movie that taught us you really can’t make arm wrestling that exciting on film no matter how many angles you use.
Back In Stock! From the minds of Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava comes DEMONS 2, the sequel to the surprise horror hit, DEMONS! Presented in a stunning new high-definition transfer and re-mastered audio!
Back In Stock! Neil Marshall’s cult classic werewolf flick returns to the shop!
Some random Ernest goodness hits the shop. Maybe not his best but it’s still Ernest.
Back In Stock! A group of young martial artists infiltrate an underground pit fighting ring where the loser is chopped up and served in a Chinese restaurant.
After the death of his father, Aaron returns home to help his grief-stricken mother and to confront his past. Going through his dad’s belongings, he comes across a mysterious item that is more than it seems.
Italian western starring Rod Steiger and James Coburn, an I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution. Sergio Leone (1971)
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.
All twelve uncut original Japanese versions of the films in high definition, with lossless Japanese and English audio 4K restorations of the critically acclaimed 90s trilogy.
Back In Stock! The Eddie Murphy classic returns. A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child whom dark forces want to eliminate.
Back In Stock! German horror. A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s. Fatih Akin (2019)
Back In Stock! Fun comedy double feature returns. Coconut Pete!
Back In Stock! Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and the team behind horror classic Re-animator join forces for this electrifying live-action adaptation of Yoshiki Takaya’s celebrated manga series! 1991
Back In Stock! Rob Zombie’s ridiculous animated feature with voice work done by all his old pals.
Back In Stock! Swedish documentary. Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. Benjamin Christensen (1922)
Back In Stock! The one. The only. It’s Heavy Metal baby!
A powerful evocation of the devastation wrought by the world s first deployment of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, based on the written eye-witness accounts of its child survivors compiled by Dr. Arata Osada for the 1951 book Children Of The A Bomb.
Back In Stock! When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. From the director of The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Jee-woon Kim, 2010.
Back In Stock! An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge. Meir Zarchi (1978)
A patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives. Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Connie Nielsen, 2020.
Science Fiction Mastermind James Cameron hosts this exploration of science fiction through the big ideas it expresses. Features interviews with many filmmakers, scientists, authors and astronauts.
Back In Stock! Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong.
Back In Stock! The tales behind the creation of celebrated 1982 horror classic CREEPSHOW, with rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, and interviews with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and many others. Michael Felsher (2016)
Back In Stock! Featuring Viggo Mortensen, two college students are stalked by the menacing Leatherface and his demented family…a bizarre cannibalistic clan with blood on their hands and a feast on their minds. Jeff Burr (1990)
Back In Stock! The Two Coreys 80s cult classic! A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver’s test
Back in Stock! Starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson. Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Robert Eggers (2019)
Back In Stock! The cult classic 80s musical with the new insane alternate and much nastier ending.
Back In Stock! A personal favourite and must see for all film nerds and aspiring filmmakers. Funny shit! Cult favorite about one day on the set of no budget movie. Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Peter Dinklage, Tom DiCillo, 1995.
Back In Stock! A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome. Jonas Åkerlund (2018)
I Love this Doc! A great watch on one of the queens of comedy! Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern day comediennes late comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Chevy Chase, Melissa McCarthy, 2018.
Back In Stock! Harry Dean Stanton stars as Lucky, a 90 years old who is spiritually lost. Seeking meaning beyond his desert hometown in his final days, he sets out on a journey of self-discovery that proves both sobering and satisfying. John Carroll Lynch (2017)
Back In Stock! Underrated (though not terribly original) horror from the early 80’s about a psychopath who slaughters the inhabitants of a youth camp. Joe Giannone, 1982.
Bcak In Stock! This exclusive live concert production presents a unique selection of movie classics – from Sergio Leone’s iconic Spaghetti Westerns to modern mafia masterpieces by Francis Ford Coppola and the cult movies of Tarantino. Ennio Morricone (2018)
This boxset contains all five films in the seminal eighties Hong Kong horror-comedy Mr. Vampire film series featuring the infamous hopping vampires of Chinese folklore.
Mr. Vampire (1985)
Kou (Lam Ching Ying) is a quietly charismatic Taoist priest with one goal in life: to take out the undead with his cool Taoist shenanigans. Kou is called into action when an undead fellow (Yuen Wah) refuses to stay dead thanks to burial in a site with bad feng shui. He becomes a hopping terror begging for Kou’s exorcism, but Kou must also deal with his two students Ricky Hui and Chin Siu-Ho. One is haunted by a pretty ghost (Pauline Wong Siu Fung), and the other is infected for possible conversion into a hopping vampire! But when the undead vampire targets Kou’s granddaughter (Moon Lee), all bets are off! Sticky rice, paper amulets, and the fabulous sword of coins are the chosen weapons in Mr. Vampire, and Lam Ching Ying has the skills and the smarts to wield them! Featuring action sequences from the great Sammo Hung, Mr. Vampire is an entertaining action-horror-comedy that still charms and amazes years after its release.
Mr. Vampire II (1986)
The hopping vampires of Mr. Vampire are back, but this time they’re set to terrorize modern day Hong Kong! A sequel in name only, Mr. Vampire II again stars the great Lam Ching Ying as a Taoist priest charged with exorcising pesky undead corpses who hop around like rotting bunnies of death. When a band of grave robbers discovers a trio of sedated Chinese vampires (two adults and one child), they cart the bunch back to Hong Kong in hopes that they can be sold to the highest bidder. But the child vampire goes free, leading to an eventual escape by the rotting “parents”, who go in search of their child. Enter Lam Ching Ying as a Taoist herbalist who, along with photojournalist Yuen Biao and daughter Moon Lee, investigates the sudden appearance of the undead hopping terrors. Add in a gang of portly children who befriend the child vampire, and a famous “slow-motion” fight sequence, and you get Mr. Vampire II, a unique mixture of action, comedy, sentimentality, and Taoist shenanigans as one could only find in Hong Kong Cinema!
Mr. Vampire III (1987)
Returning to the period setting of the original Mr. Vampire, Mr. Vampire III again casts coolly charismatic Lam Ching Ying as a Taoist exorcist who must contend with the undead. However, his primary target this time out is not an undead hopping vampiure, but a witch (Wong Yuk Waan) who practices black magic and leads a gang of rowdy horse thieves! Simultaneously, another Taoist priest (Richard Ng Yiu Hon) comes to town with two friendly ghosts in tow, and uses his spectral buddies to trick unsuspecting people into paying him to exorcise them! When all of these forces collide, hijinks and harrowing circumstances occur, meaning that once again Lam Ching Ying and his entertaining Taoist crime fighting methods must be called into duty! Mr. Vampire III is more in the spirit of the original Mr. Vampire, and comes complete with the chills, thrills, and exciting action sequences that audiences have come to expect from the entertaining Mr. Vampire films!
Mr. Vampire Saga IV (1988)
The fourth of the popular Mr. Vampire series, Mr. Vampire Saga 4 unfortunately does not star regular actor Lam Ching Ying, but more than compensates with Wu Ma and Anthony Chan as two grumpy priest types, acrobatic actor-director Chin Ka Lok as one of their assistants, and the lovely Loletta Lee as the eye candy du jour! Anthony Chan is the requisite Taoist priest, who’s engaged in a fued with his Monk neighbor (Wu Ma). Chin Ka Lok and Loletta Lee are the sidekicks, who play witness to the wacky shenanigans of the two fueding sages – until a royal transport comes to town bearing a gold coffin. As a Mr. Vampire movie would be nothing without a roving undead terror, the contents of the coffin breaks free, and carnage, mayhem, and cool Taoist shtick ensues! Anthony Chan and Wu Ma provide the Taoist action, while Chin Ka Lok is responsible for the kicks, punches, and bone-crunching falls that no Hong Kong action comedy would be complete without! Produced by Sammo Hung and directed by Mr. Vampire regular Ricky Lau Koon Wai, Mr. Vampire Saga 4 continues the horror-comedy series in grand style!
Vampire vs. Vampire (1989)
It’s East vs. West as the legendary Lam Ching Ying takes on a Western vampire in the fun-filled horror-comedy Vampire vs. Vampire! Lam Ching Ying is a tough Taoist priest who, along with assistants Chin Siu Ho and Lui Fong, uses special Taoist techniques to rid his town of hopping vampires and pesky ghosts. But when a blood-sucking Western vampire comes calling, the trio of period Chinese ghostbusters discover that their usual Taoist tricks may not be enough! A member of that unique Hong Kong genre, the hopping vampire movie, Vampire vs. Vampire does its celebrated cousin Mr. Vampire one better by bringing in an undead creature out of Bram Stoker lore! Lam Ching Ying also directed the film, which co-stars such eighties luminaries as Sandra Ng, Billy Lau, and singer Maria Cordero. Silly slapstick and acrobatic action from ace action director Stephen Tung add to the fun-filled Hong Kong Cinema package that is Lam Ching Ying’s Vampire vs. Vampire!
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)
A French made horror anthology featuring the talents of Linnea Quigley. 2018.
Back In Stock! Fun cult film about a pair of Valley Girls who survive the apocalypse and must defend themselves against zombies while they go shopping. Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran, Kelli Maroney, 1984.
Back In Stock! The 1990 Tom Savini directed remake of Romero’s classic.
Back In Stock! QT’s latest and already one of my personal favourites from the director.
After setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire, a paranoid delusional woman gets a job at an all-night gas station. Vanessa Grasse, Brendan Fletcher, Cole Vigue, Padraig Reynolds, 2018.
Explores the history and mystery of Migraine, and its remarkable place in the human condition. Susanna Styron, 2017.
Back In Stock! Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen mutant children and can’t escape. Then things get worse. Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, 1991.
Back In Stock! Starring Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence, A young girl who can communicate with insects is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders. Dario Argento (1985)
The 90s cult classic returns to the shop. An off the charts genius who is home schooled and shunned after his last relative dies shows the unconscious residents of his town about connection awareness and the generosity of the spirit.
Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way. Dan Renton Skinner, Jo Hartley, Alice Lowe, 2016.
Back In Stock! 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.
Back In Stock! One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon’s enduring splatter-comedy classic returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features! Stuart Gordon (1985)
Back In Stock! When the other students begin to undergo mutations, a lesbian couple must solve the mystery and save Tromaville High School.
Back In Stock! Following the events of the previous film, a lesbian couple are determined to eliminate the most corrupt, evil forces of Tromaville and the world. Lloyd Kaufman (2017)
Back In Stock! The high energy brutal true crime British gangster flick.
Back in Stock! This fun part creature feature part The Thing on a boat flick from Ireland is well worth a watch!
Back In Stock! A group of friends are stalked and murdered whilst looking for psilocybin mushrooms in the Irish woods.
Sleazy & twisted giallo about a mysterious, beautiful woman who washes up on a desolate beach, setting off a perplexing chain of events involving a murderous maniac on the loose and female mannequins! Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Umberto Lenzi, 1974.
Back In Stock! Legendary cult film cobbled together from the work by two separate groups of filmmakers working on the same set with two totally different casts. Utterly unique and incompetent! 1986.
A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish television set and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of shows they find themselves in.
It’s summer time so a classic summer time movie from the comedic legend John Candy. Childhood favourite right here.
Back In Stock! On Halloween night, Tara Heyes finds herself as the obsession of a sadistic murderer known as Art the Clown.
Back In Stock! A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day’s end. Phil Joanou (1987)
Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 vivid, visceral retelling of Macbeth. Toshirô Mifune.
Back In Stock! The complete animated collection of Tood McFarlane’s SPAWN!
Back In Stock! Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, “If only X then I could stop drinking”.
Nightmarish and demented film about a pair of seemingly normal people who are afflicted by cannibalistic tendencies during sexual congress! Claire Denis, Vincent Gallo, Beatrice Dalle, 2001.
Back In Stock! Kevin Smith’s bizarre Canuck themed horror/comedy that feels like Human Centipede Meets Misery Meets a Walrus.
Back In Stock! A sinister corporation loses control of a house cat infected with a genetically engineered virus. The death toll rises during the mutant feline’s rampage and, eventually, it finds its way on board the yacht of a criminal kingpin. Greydon Clark (1988)
Back In Stock! The urban jungle of 1963 New York’s gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers falling in love, surviving in school and defending their turf. Philip Kaufman (1979)
Back In Stock! In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children. Michael Beach Nichols (2019)
Wracked with guilt over the suicide of her bullied sister, young karate student Megumi accompanies four older friends on a trip into the woods: smart girl Aya, her druggie boyfriend Také, full-figured model Maki, and nerdy Naoi. Things start to go badly when Maki finds a parasitical worm inside a fish – and wolfs it down, in the hope that it will keep her skinny. Her stomach later feels horrible and she relieves herself in an outhouse. The parasitic worm she ate had apparently laid eggs in her stomach and came out of in her diarrhea attack. Soon after, they are attacked by a crowd of poo-covered undead, who emerge from the outhouse toilet Maki used. The group seeks refuge in the home of the strange Dr. Tanaka, who conducts experiments on the zombies and the parasites, and who has another fate in mind for the five strangers. Can Megumi’s karate help them escape, or will she have to rely on the liberating power of flatulence to defeat her demented captor?
And there we go kids. Little bit of everything this week so just think about all the fine cinema coming your way and I’m sure you will have a title or two you wish to check out. As always stay safe and remember…the videostore loves you. Cheers!