Another week and more movies will come rolling into the videostore. Cult classics, some new intriguing titles, and ofcourse best selling flicks returning to the old shelves. So let’s dive in shall we…
BACK IN STOCK! Includes: THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971) / DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972)
Often incoherent low budget film about an alien private eye searching for a space drug that’s unleashed on Earth. Robert Axelrod, Nicholas Hill, Cliff Aduddell, Vik Rubenfeld, 1989.
Allan Quatermain once again teams up with Jesse Huston where the discovery of a mysterious old gold piece sends Quatermain looking for his long-lost brother, missing in the wilds of Africa after seeking a lost white race. Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone
BACK IN STOCK! Tongue-in-cheek horror about a gigantic murderous alligator that lives in the sewers beneath New York City. Written by John Sayles. Robert Forster, Lewis Teague, 1980.
BACK IN STOCK! Remastered for your pleasure, director John Carpenter’s violent homage to Rio Bravo with a little of Night of the Living Dead thrown in for good measure. 1976.
Brazilian satirical horror about a personal journey of revenge in which a former military man who loses everything decides to take justice into his own hands against the politicians who have ruined his career. Gustavo Bonafé, Fábio Mendonça, 2018.
Featuring Patrick McGoohan, a paleontologist and her husband discover a mother and baby brontosaurus in Africa, and try to protect them from a group of hunters intent on capturing the dinosaurs. Bill Norton (1985)
Three hardened bounty hunters break out the artillery when they locate the Colombian drug thugs who kidnapped an heiress.
BACK IN STOCK! Heavy metal horror about a demon-raising band that invades a sleepy little American town. Vincent Pastore, John Fasano, 1988.
Starring Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton, In a showdown of man versus machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation. Adam Simon (1990)
Attacks by a brood of mutant children coincides with a husband’s investigation into the therapy techniques used on his institutionalized wife. Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, David Cronenberg, 1979.
A seminal SOV standout from the early ‘90s mail order horror boom – a riotous mix of practical splatter effects, low-brow toilet humour, gratuitous nudity, and unexpected attempts at social commentary. Phil Herman, 1993.
William Tell is a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk.
BACK IN STOCK! A spoof of 80s action films follows an ex-commando / ninja as he fights to rescue his kidnapped daughter. Benjamin Combes, 2018.
BACK IN STOCK! In this cult classic from Spain, a priest is determined to thwart the coming of the Antichrist to present-day Madrid. Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Álex de la Iglesia, 1995.
College student Jason Moss (Jesse Moss) develops a correspondence with imprisoned serial killer John Wayne Gacy (William Forsythe).
BACK IN STOCK! 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.
An alien policeman (Tim Thomerson) gets tough on Earth, where everyone’s a giant because he’s 13 inches tall.
A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her dominatrix female lover. Peter Strickland, 2014.
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series. John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney, David Strathairn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Lerner, John Sayles.
BACK IN STOCK! Cole (Franco Nero) is a former American military operative who’s just finished his training in ninjutsu in Japan. He heads to the Philippines to visit an old army buddy (Alex Courtney) and his seductive wife (Susan George), who are living on a large property targeted by a wealthy CEO, Charles Venarius (Christopher George), for oil drilling. When Cole fights off his stooges, Venarius recruits Cole’s old ninjutsu school rival, the vicious Hasegawa (Shô Kosugi), leading to an explosive showdown.
In a world ravaged by crime, the island of Manhattan has been converted into a prison which houses the world’s most brutal inmates. And when the President of the United States crash lands inside, only one man can bring him back: Snake Plissken! In 4K!
BACK IN STOCK! Beloved cult film about a rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned… from a DIMENSION OF PURE EVIL! Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997
Former Night of the Living Dead zombie writes, directs and stars in this low budget zombie film with copious gore and nudity. S. William Hinzman, 1988.
Urchins Windy Winston, Foul Phil and Messy Tessie help a shopkeeper’s (Anthony Newley) helper (Mackenzie Astin) woo a fashion designer (Katie Barberi).
A horror-mystery-Western hybrid, set just after the Civil War, about a small village surrounded by ghosts. Tim Blake Nelson, David Arquette, Thomas Hobson, Phil Morris, Tara Perry, 2021.
BACK IN STOCK! U.S. agents send a gymnastic martial artist (Kurt Thomas) to secure a missile-base site by the Caspian Sea.
New 4K transfer! Picking up exactly where the first film left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first film!
80s horror comedy classic, a divorced novelist inherits an old mansion, where he decides to write his next book. Unfortunately, the house’s malevolent supernatural residents have other ideas… Steve Miner (1985)
Comedic take on the oft filmed story of a great white hunter / adventurer. Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies, J. Lee Thompson, 1985
In the tradition of Birdemic, an ultra low budget “visionary” horror film shot in the Hamilton Ontario area about a cursed VHS tape containing a film from the 1500’s, the dumb college students who watch it & the evil sorcerer it unleashes. Nicholas Kleban
BACK IN STOCK! Hugh Grant stars in Ken Russell’s delirious horror comedy where a Scottish archaeologist uncovers an ancient worm cult, but has he just released the monster himself? Ken Russell (1988)
A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious haunted house to prove / disprove survival after death. Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, John Hough, 1973
Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.
Wonderfully strange documentary about a soft spoken elderly man who has spent a lifetime believing he has had sexual encounters with aliens and documenting these encounters, frankly, in his art. Brad Abrahams, 2017.
BACK IN STOCK! The Notorious Horror Classic with a new 4K restoration. Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Gail Lawrence, Kelly Piper, Tom Savini, Hyla Marrow, William Lustig, 1980
When a cockroach-spread plague threatens to decimate the child population of New York City, evolutionary biologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) and her research associates rig up a species of “Judas” bugs and introduce them into the environment, where they will mimic the diseased roaches and infiltrate their grubby habitats. So far so good … until the bugs keep on evolving and learn to mimic their next prey — humans.
A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. Paul Schrader (1985)
A low level but ambitious criminal in the Montreal underworld decides to improve his lot by killing a prominent New York City gangster but he soon discovers that his ambition has gotten the better of him. Marc Legault, Jacques Godbout, 1975.
BACK IN STOCK! A young man set up as the fall guy in a string of brutal slasher murders decides he’ll hide by sneaking into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian where shape-shifting beings – The Nightbreed – dwell. Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Clive Barker.
Documentary on the much loved indie record store, Other Music. Puloma Basu, Rob Hatch-Miller, 2019.
Feature length animated film from Satoshi Kon about A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes insane when she starts being stalked by an obsessed fan and what seems to be a ghost of her past. 1997.
Talented Christine (Susanna Foster) is unaware that her singing lessons are being funded by a secret admirer, Enrique (Claude Rains), a mysterious violinist with a disfigured face. Christine’s colleagues become suspicious when mysterious accidents start occurring at the Paris Opera House, as the deaths coincide with her meteoric rise to stardom. Christine’s suitors, Raoul (Edgar Barrier) and Anatole (Nelson Eddy), brave the dark recesses of the opera house to find the true culprit.
After Anna (Isabelle Adjani) reveals to her husband, Mark (Sam Neill), that she is having an affair, she leaves him and their son. Mark is devastated, and seeks out Heinrich (Heinz Bennent), the man who cuckolded him, only to receive a beating. After a series of violent confrontations between Mark and Anna, Mark hires a private investigator to follow her. Anna descends into madness, and it’s soon clear that she is hiding a much bigger secret — one that is both inexplicable and shocking.
Beloved cult horror about a group of teens who inadvertently kill the child of a backwoods witch who unleashes a monstrous demon called Pumpkinhead to exact her revenge. Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, Stan Winston, 1988
BACK IN STOCK! The one, the Only, Riki OH!
Japanese horror. A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it. Hideo Nakata (1998)
A burnt-out photojournalist becomes involved in a Central American revolution. James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, Oliver Stone, 1986.
At a beach house, a lonely married woman (Lana Wood) becomes the mistress of a satanic man (Kabir Bedi) in black.
BACK IN STOCK! Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably nice Brooklyn Heights apartment, where scary occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events. Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Michael Winner, 1977.
BACK IN STOCK! An orphan raised by nuns (Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick) grows up to be a killer toy-store Santa Claus.
Hayao Miyazaki’s critically-acclaimed wondrous & dazzling fantasy animated masterpiece.
Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post apocalyptic landscape. 1979.
Legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album. BJ McDonnell, 2022.
Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son HW to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local preacher Eli Sunday suspects Plainviews motives and intentions, starting a slow-burning feud that threatens both their lives.
Suspecting that people around him are turning into evil creatures, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. Perry Blackshear, 2015.
BACK IN STOCK! Action crime drama where a professional safecracker (James Caan), becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him. Michael Mann (1981)
In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
Special edition of the gory splatter horror from Japan!
Charles Band’s cult classic! A cop / bounty hunter from the bleak Los Angeles of the future travels back in time to stop an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert people into zombie like creatures known as trancers. Tim Thomerson
BACK IN STOCK! The mythic cult film from Ryûhei Kitamura in both its original 2000 and expanded 2004 Ultimate Versus iterations, in a brand new, director-approved restoration.
Shot-on-video serial killer movie with plenty of soft focus and mommy issues. Eric Brown, Wendi Westbrook, Jim McCullough Sr., 1988.
A former cop who has been imprisoned for murdering the psychopath who killed his family, Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) is recruited to test out a new virtual-reality program where the goal is to apprehend a computer-generated being called SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe), who has been modeled on hundreds of deranged criminals. When SID manages to escape into the real world, Barnes must capture or destroy him before the soulless entity can go on a killing spree.
Cousins Thomas and David, owners of a mobile restaurant, team up with their friend Moby, a bumbling private detective, to save the beautiful Sylvia, a pickpocket.
Deliciously trashy neo noir thriller about a spoiled rich kid, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks, a carefree playboy and a dogged detective who find themselves all caught up in an outrageous sex crime. Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, 1998.
Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film written, directed and produced by Ralph Bakshi and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film follows a battle between two wizards of opposing powers, one representing the forces of magic and the other representing the forces of technology.
A young man (Ryan Corr) matches wits with a sadistic killer (John Jarratt) who lives in an underground, booby-trapped lair in the Australian outback.
A group of actors sets out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts, but when the elderly couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives.
A history of anti-Asian racism and yellowface in Hollywood after the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. Clara Kuperberg, Julia Kuperberg, 2019.
And there we go guys…this week’s selection of goodness. Hopefully something caught your eyes and we’ll see you later in the week! Cheers!