Another week of movie goodness comes to the videostore with the summer season slowly winding down. Some classics, some new random titles, some how have I never heard of this before stuff. Either way you know drill. Check out the list. See what jumps out to ya. Swing by later in the week. Cheers.
In this gory Italian thriller, a man selling drugs on the Dark Web gets in over his head with local criminals and a mysterious disfigured woman. Dario Almerighi, 2021.
Essential Arthouse German horror, a troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house. Gerald Kargl (1983)
Special edition blu-ray release with soundtrack of the insane gorefest masterpiece by Italian gore auteur Lucio Fulci. 1981.
Bob Clark’s cult Canadian slasher classic about series of Christmas-time murders in a sorority house. Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin.
Seminal Slasher classic where Todd is institutionalised for a murder his twin committed. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighbourhood. John Grissmer (1987)
Cult Sci-fi/Comedy about alien serial killer is sent to Earth to live among humans as a punishment for his crimes who continuously must “borrow” the heads of humans. Rae Dawn Chong, Antonio Fargas, Mädchen Amick, John McNaughton, 1991.
An atmospheric 70s shocker about an isolated desert town plagued sinister devil-worshipping cult! L.Q. Jones, Strother Martin, 1971.
Desperate for money to pay off a debt, a man targets a wealthy family’s home and plans to break in and steal a valuable gem. He soon learns that he picked the wrong night to carry out his plans, for a masked madman has gotten there first, imprisoned the family, and lined the mansion with deadly traps
The fictional Creepshow comic books come to life in this anthology series of terrifying tales hosted by the silent Creepshow ghoul. TV Series (2019)
A gang leader whose girlfriend is brutally slaughtered when he attempts to leave the thug life behind sees an opportunity to exact his brutal, deadly revenge. Jim Van Bebber (1988)
metalheads Brodie and Zakk’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of music said to grant Ultimate Power, but the music also summons an ancient evil who possess their classmates and family. Jason Lei Howden
A young girl’s imaginary friend comes back to help the grown woman work out her problems. Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, 1991.
A young man (Alec Owen) infiltrates a fraternity after the serial killer Motherface murders his twin brother.
Tobe Hooper’s campy TCM follow-up starring Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Robert Englund & Roberta Collins. 1977.
Ultra violent juvenile delinquent gang dramas from the Post-Franco era from Basque writer/director Eloy de la Iglesia. Includes: Navajeros / El Pico / El Pico 2
This French Sci-Fi classic is a bizarre and beautifully animated futuristic story on a faraway planet, where blue giants rule and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. René Laloux (1973)
Basil embarks on the greatest case of his career when London’s master toymaker is kidnapped. He ends up pitting his wits against his old adversary, Professor Ratigan, who wants to become `supreme ruler of all mousedom’.
A street smart party girl gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out by masquerading as a nun. Bella Thorne, Libby Mintz, Josie Ho, Janell Shirtcliff, 2021.
When Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake), an overweight teen, auditions for a spot on a popular teen dance show, she beats out the spiteful Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick), winning over Amber’s boyfriend (Michael St. Gerard) in the process. After meeting some black students at her school, Tracy begins to push for more racial integration on the dance show. This gets her into trouble on many sides, especially with Amber’s pushy parents (Sonny Bono, Deborah Harry)
The Jean Claude Van Damme classic finally gets the Blu Ray treatment!
Film noir meets cold war paranoia in this great adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s novel, directed by Robert Aldrich. Ralph Meeker, 1955.
Following the death of his father, young Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) takes comfort in watching action movies featuring the indestructible Los Angeles cop Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). After being given a magic ticket by theater manager Nick (Robert Prosky), Danny is sucked into the screen and bonds with Slater. When evil fictional villain Benedict (Charles Dance) gets his hands on the ticket and enters the real world, Danny and Jack must follow and stop him.
A homosexual factory worker (Stephen Lang) and a teenage hooker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) symbolize the damned in 1952 Brooklyn.
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)
During a family retreat to a remote winter cabin over the holidays, the father is forced to abruptly depart for work, leaving his two children in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace. Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace’s dark past.
Starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette. After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. David Lynch (1997
A computer-wise teen (Tara Leigh) and her valley-girl friend (Dianna Flaherty) take on a mutant-tissue monster at a lab.
Two mysterious siblings find themselves at odds over care for their frail and sickly younger brother. Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram, Owen Campbell, Jonathan Cuartas, 2020.
No one expects much from Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), a boy with cerebral palsy born into a working-class Irish family. Though Christy is a spastic quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed, a miraculous event occurs when, at the age of 5, he demonstrates control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother (Brenda Fricker) — and no shortage of grit and determination — Christy overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet and author.
David Cronenberg’s hallucinatory take on William S. Burroughs’ unfilmable novel. Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, 1991.
Raucous spoof/tribute to ’50s-era matinees features alien brain parasites who enter humans through the mouth and turn their host into flesh-eating zombies!. Fred Dekker (1986)
Artistic, sophisticated and centuries old, two vampire lovers (Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston) ponder their ultimate place in modern society.
A timeless tale of vengeance told through the medium of a bloated Jaws rip off! Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Anderson, 1977.
A singer quits her band to become an actress and sheds her “good girl” image to further her career.
In this delirious, disgusting and delightfully fun “GWAR meets kid film”, a couple of kids meet an alien overlord who’s too serious to take seriously. Matthew Ninaber, Kristen MacCulloch, Rick Amsbury, Steven Kostanski, 2020.
Two young seamen from WWII get caught in a violent tornado-like vortex created by an experimental radar test and fall through a time warp to a different era – 1984. Michael Pare, Nancy Allen.
In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer’s work. John Erick Dowdle (2007)
Predator Set all in one nice Blu Ray Set!
Sergei Eisenstein’s once-unfinished four-part cinematic study of Mexico reassembled by his assistant director, Grigory Alexandrov. 1979.
Hal Needham’s beloved cult film about one young man’s intense desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack. Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Ray Walston, 1986.
An undercover cop forms an alliance with a Native American to help him hunt down the criminals who stole an ancient Lakota tribal lance. Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jack Sholder, 1989.
The late great Larry Cohen directs this Stephen King adaptation about a man and his son who on vacation to the quiet town of Salem’s Lot which happens to be populated by vampires. Michael Moriarty, Ricky Addison Reed, Samuel Fuller, 1987.
Incarcerated for assault and manslaughter, a man (Siu-wong Fan) survives in a futuristic prison by resorting to more extreme violence.
A killer show with all the elements: diehard fans, screaming guitars, blood red lights and murder. A crazed rock singer returns from the dead to murder members of his former band. Beverly Sebastian (1984)
Incredibly brutal anti-Vietnam War / revenge cult film restored and remastered on Blu-Ray! Script by Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader. William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, 1977.
When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her. Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Brian Dannelly, 2004
A social media star becomes the target of an online terror campaign and must solve a series of games to prevent people she cares about from getting murdered. Jennifer Harrington, 2021.
It’s Garbage Day! After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. Charles E. Sellier Jr. (1984)
Writer Paul Benjamin (William Hurt) is nearly hit by a bus when he leaves Auggie Wren’s (Harvey Keitel) smoke shop. Stranger Rashid Cole (Harold Perrineau Jr.) saves his life, and soon middle-aged Paul tells homeless Rashid that he wouldn’t mind a short-term housemate. Still grieving over his wife’s murder, Paul is moved by both Rashid’s quest to reconnect with his father (Forest Whitaker) and Auggie’s discovery that a woman who might be his daughter is about to give birth.
While travelling on their first tour an all-girl punk band, Ms. 45, is drugged and kidnapped. When they awaken they find their limbs removed & replaced with crude weaponry, & are forced to fight as gladiators for a sadistic town. Andrew Thomas Hunt, 2020.
A group of ex-cons-turned-movers are convinced by their creepy client to pull an all-nighter. As the night progresses, they uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion. Jerren Lauder, 2020.
In this horror comedy western, vampires in a small town manufacture artificial blood in the hopes of integrating into human society. However, a descendent of Van Helsing has other plans. David Carradine, Morgan Brittany, Bruce Campbell, Anthony Hickox
Teenager Melissa moves into a small town filled with racial prejudice and bullying and each time she meets up with one of the boys in town, they end up murdered – but who is the killer? Jim Sotos (1983)
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)
A smart ass detective battles a supermodel vampire and a murderous televangelist in the bloody depths of a vampire bordello. Gilbert Adler, 1996.
Both Tales From The Crpyt Flicks in one DVD set.
80’s TV horror anthology show gets the big screen treatment in this comes an all-star anthology of horror. Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, 1990.
A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business. Rusty Cundieff, 1995.
In 1848, two real life warships sent on a Royal Naval expedition to find the treacherous Northwest Passage become trapped in ice near Arctic and face starvation, mutiny, cannibalism and a demonic polar bear. David Kajganich (2018)
While investigating a series of mysterious deaths, Sergeant Ben Peterson (James Whitmore) finds a young girl (Sandy Descher) who is unable to speak. As Peterson joins forces with FBI agent Robert Graham (James Arness) and scientist Dr. Harold Medford (Edmund Gwenn), he discovers that all the incidents are due to giant ants that have been mutated by atomic radiation. Peterson and Graham, with the aid of the military, attempt to find the queen ants and destroy the nests before the danger spreads.
Ex-crook Jimmy “The Saint” Tosnia (Andy Garcia) is trying his best to go legitimate until he’s dragged back into the world of crime for one last, seemingly simple mission. All Jimmy and his eccentric cronies have to do is intimidate their target. But they make a disastrous series of mistakes that result in the death of a woman connected to a powerful gangster. Before long, Mr. Shhh (Steve Buscemi), a notorious assassin who never slips up, is sent to take down Jimmy and his partners.
Popular and dashing American singer Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer) travels to East Germany to perform in a music festival. When he loses his heart to the gorgeous Hillary Flammond (Lucy Gutteridge), he finds himself caught up in an underground resistance movement. Rivers joins forces with Agent Cedric (Omar Sharif) and Flammond to attempt the rescue of her father, Dr. Paul (Michael Gough), from the Germans, who have captured the scientist in hopes of coercing him into building a new naval mine.
Special edition of Troma’s most widely-known film about a wimpy janitor who is transformed into a superhero after he is dunked into a vat of toxic waste. Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz, 1986.
Witness all the DRAMA in 4K! The cult classic animated film taking place 20 years after the events of the TV series’ second season. Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, Lionel Stander, Orson Welles, 1986.
The masters of modern horror – George Romero and Dario Argento – bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. 1990.
A local public station gets a new owner. The station becomes a hit, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, 1989.
Part road movie, part buddy comedy, part punk musical, and all nuts! A punk band on their first tour hires a roadie who turns out to be a flesh eating demon! Matthew John Lawrence, 2020.
A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life.
A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends. Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, 1998.
A film school is the center of a fresh spate of killings based on urban legends. Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, John Ottman, 2000.
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
Gas station owner Ray (Rick Cramer) saves an elderly voodoo priestess trapped inside a wrecked car, but then he opens her mysterious suitcase and becomes possessed by the evil spirits it contains. Ray turns into a murderous zombie, killing anything that crosses his path and terrorizing a group of teens, including his own son, Sean (D.J. Cotrona). With the help and charms of the voodoo priestess, Sean and friends fight to stay alive as they are pursued through the bayou.
Starring Stars: Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz. A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches. Peter Berg (1998)
When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed. Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, John Bruno, 1999.
Documentary on the extraordinary life and visionary music of the American guitarist, singer and mystic Robbie Basho. Liam Barker (2015)
A Los Angeles taxi driver helps a distraught young woman on the run from gangsters after they murder her husband and young son. Robert Forster, Joe Spinell, Nancy Kwan, 1985.
Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) is a white basketball hustler who banks on black players underestimating his skills on the court. When he pulls one over on Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), his victim sees a lucrative opportunity, and they become partners in the con game, plying their trade across the courts of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Billy has to keep one step ahead of mobsters, to whom he owes money, while staying on the good side of his “Jeopardy!”-obsessed, motormouth wife (Rosie Perez).
Idiosyncratic horror-comedy about a misfit cop investigating a rash of murders of young women in the sleepy town of Snow Hollow. Robert Forster, Jim Cummings, 2020.
After his boss is murdered, Nelson is on the run for fear of prosecution. He hides out in a small town to avoid the police, which should be easy because they know he didn’t do it and they aren’t looking for him. David Steinberg (1997)
New Blu-Ray release of Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic samurai film. 1961.
Based loosely on the characters of “Zed” and ” Maynard” in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and depict the before, after and during that film’s events. Jason Henne, Patrick Duncan Weston, Joe Makowski, 2021.
A new student at a private school begins to wonder why most of the student body act robotic and distant. She soon finds that vampires are using crystal microchips to control the students! Virginia Madsen, Paul Feig, Sherilyn Fenn, 1987.
And there it is. This week’s bag of goodies. Hopefully something jumps out at you. Either way the new arrivals should be here on Thursday. Cheers!