Another fabulous week of sweet and ridiculous cinema comes crashing into the shop. From Nic Cage doing Nic Cage things to Billy Friedkin talking about his life and making the Exorcist. And inbetween a bit of exploitation, horror, scifi, classic, classy, and naughty. Ahh…the shelves of the videostore will once again feel renewed good people. So let’s take a look shall we?

Starring Steve Coogan, In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester’s music to the world. Michael Winterbottom (2002)  

The brilliant parody that set the bar for how it’s done and gave us funny Leslie Neilen for the first time. And the sequel that gave us Shatner being being Shatner. Beauty!

A glowing green meteor crashes into the swamp and is recovered by a group of local teens. When the authorities investigate the area, they discover that a mutant creature is responsible for a murder spree.

Follow John Holmes, one of the biggest classic adult film stars (literally and figuratively), as he visits the carnal capitals of San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York City, London and beyond!  

The Basher Box features two early Kung Fu films showcasing the transition from the Wuxia Pian sword fighting knights of classics to the more brawling style of action. Includes: The Awaken Punch (1973) / The Prodigal Boxer (1972).  

When Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) becomes ill, his son, William (Billy Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he’s never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father’s tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling.

A retired special forces officer is trapped in a never ending time loop on the day of his death. Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo, Michelle Yeoh, Joe Carnahan, 2021. 

One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return. Frank Henenlotter (1988)  

Back In Stock! Sexy as hell Blu Ray Import double feature of the Re-Animator Sequels.

Unpleasant teens encounter a sub-Texas Chainsaw family of sadistic butchers in the backwoods where they undergo the usual mean spirited evisceration and degradation. Adrian Langley, 2020.  

Blast off with this groundbreaking theatrical feature of the action-packed sci-fi adventure that launched the hit TV series starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla and Tim O’Connor. 1979 

Underground cult classic where a bizarre series of murders in New York City seems to point toward the existence of a race of mutant cannibals living under the streets. Douglas Cheek (1984)  

An American family (Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jessica Dollarhide) that has suffered tragedy inherits an Italian castle complete with bloodthirsty monster.

In this gory remake of the beloved cult film from Stuart Gordon, an Albanian castle with bloodthirsty creatures is inherited by a young woman. Clair Catherine, Kika Magalhães, Jake Horowitz, 2020. 

In this period Euro horror penned by Jess Franco, a madman intent on reviving his daughter and finding her rapist / murderer. Janine Reynaud, Howard Vernon, Elvira Berndorff, Adrian Hoven, 1968. 

Starring Malcolm McDowell, robots who have been programmed to teach and discipline students in a violence-prone school turn homicidal, and the students must fight back to save their lives. Mark L. Lester (1990)  

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.

A Welsh building site becomes the microcosm for all British ills in this tense thriller where exploited workers take on their exploited employer and everyone attempting to rip of the home office in London. Will Jewell, 2020. 

Three young men break into a morgue to see the corpse of a beautiful actress, and decide to be the last people to have sex with her.

The terrifying and tiny menaces are out in full force with this four-film collection packed with enough Special Features to make any fan’s mouth water!  

Horror titans George A. Romero and Stephen King deliver yet another fiendish selection of blood-curdling tales in Creepshow 2 – now newly remastered in 2K! Michael Gornick (1987)  

A Houston vice cop who’s forgotten the rule book hunts down an evil alien criminal who is addicted to human endorphins. Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, 1990.  

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)  

An independent horror film that is a dark, unsettling meditation on grief, survival and the brittle barrier that separates the living from the dead. John Adams, Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, John Adams, Toby Poser, 2019

From the minds of Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava comes the horrific Heavy Metal splatter film classic, DEMONS! Presented in a stunning new high-definition transfer and re-mastered audio!  

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! 

In this intense thriller, 5 young adventurers retrace the steps of a doomed group of hikers in pursuit of a legendary paranormal mystery. Richard Reid, Gemma Atkinson, Renny Harlin, 2013. 

Without explanation or warning, a number of mysterious, alien “doors” suddenly appear in every corner of the globe. Through 3 stories the mystery of the doors begins to be told. Wilson Bethel, Lina Esco, Josh Peck, 2021.  

Jackie Chan stars in this Hong Kong Kung Fu masterpiece where a disobedient son is sent to be trained by his uncle, a master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu, before the son comes back to rescue the father from an assassin. Woo-Ping Yuen (1978)  

An eye popping 3-D rarity! When an emperor’s son is accused of treason against the throne, he ends up in a fight for his life against all comers. Watchable with polarized AND the old school anaglyphic glasses! Tao-Liang Tan, Ying Bai, Mei-Chun Chang, 1977  

A masterpiece from the golden age of French pornographic cinema – a sexually insatiable science-fiction writer creates the perfect partner who obeys his every command. Claude Mulot.  

Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty “Sex Ray” towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football player Flesh Gordon. Howard Ziehm (1974)  

Slyly combining 80s slasher tropes with an insightful and self-reflective look at the meaning of horror movies and death itself, a quick witted and suspenseful tribute to classic horror cinema. Ferdy Mayne, Jeffrey Combs.  

Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous Bela Lugosi and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed’s off-kilter vision, the filmmaker is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films.

One of the quintessential mid 90s indie horror films, a college student’s study of fear in a remote cabin gets weird when a strange, lifelike, wooden carving of a man comes to life and begins stalking the cabin’s guests.

  

Docudrama from Japan which re-enacts the events of 2011 when a massive earthquake that triggered a tsunami, which caused immense damage to the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Setsurô Wakamatsu, 2020. 

Double feature of peerless Yakuza films from Kinji Fukasaku & Takashi Miike: Jingi no hakaba (1975) / Shin Jingi no Hakaba (2002)  

4 decades in the making! Infamous abandoned horror sequel to Girdler’s classic about a grizzly killing teens in the woods finally sees the official light of day! Stars Louise Fletcher & stars-to-be Laura Dern, George Clooney and Charlie Sheen, 1983/2020. 

Muscle man Reg Park stars in this Peplum / Sword & Sandal classic! Includes excellent audio commentary by Tim Lucas and MST3K episode satirising this film!  

Late period Umberto Lenzi film about a sick young man who drives around in his daddy’s camper, looking for lone stray females to kidnap, torture, rape, and murder. Josie Bissett, Jason Saucier, 1989. 

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)

In this lost French exploitation film from the 70s, a gang of while slavers forces women into prostitution. Sandra Julien, Pierre Chevalier, 1974.  

A struggling filmmaker realises that the skill set to make a movie is the same to commit the perfect murder. Gillian Wallace Horvat, 2020. 

A sadistic, small-town sheriff and her underlings brutalize a young women only to have her return after being bitten by a werewolf and now out for revenge. Kristen Vaganos, Jennifer Seward, Manon Halliburton, 2020. 

Stomach-churning hunt-and-kill cult horror about a slasher on the loose in a supermarket. Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel, 1989.  

In this Italian rip off of Quest for Fire, Italians in fur bikinis learn to use weapons to KILL! George Eastman, Sam Pasco, Umberto Lenzi, 1983  

Two lost & restored horror projects from director James Bryan and producer-writer-star Renee Harmon: JUNGLE TRAP / RUN COYOTE RUN. 

A kebab shop owner’s son, Salah, turns vigilante after his father’s death in an effort to clean up the relentless onslaught of boozed up thrill seekers waging war on his doorstep. Dan Pringle (2016) 

A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, exploring the depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography.  

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.

A documentary film exploring the art and science behind the advertising industry’s 20+ year evolution. Casey Suchan, Tim Cawley, 2020.  

Sam Elliott stars as a former US spy who killed Hitler and now must take on Bigfoot in order to prevent it from spreading a deathly plague. Seriously that’s the plot. Aidan Turner, Robert D. Krzykowski, 2018.  

He’s a maniac cop! William Lustig, Bruce Campbell, Richard Roundtree, Written by Larry Cohen, 1988. 

Fame-seeking members of the animal kingdom experience the sleazier side of show business in this puppet-filled parody.

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit. Bong Joon Ho, 2003.  

Paul Schrader’s film biography of Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima. Ken Ogata, Philip Glass, 1985.  

Starring Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand. Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. Alan Parker (1988)

An eccentric mortician recounts several macabre and phantasmagorical tales that he’s encountered in his distinguished career in this fantastical horror anthology. Ryan Spindell, 2019.

A hideous horde of mutated mosquitoes viciously attack a park full of innocent campers without warning! Gary Jones 1995 

From the makers of the highly successful cult classic TV series comes Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie – one of the most outrageous, most irreverent, and most hilarious big-screen spoofs ever!  

After a criminal motorcycle rider is put to death, he comes back from the dead to seek murderous revenge against the residents of a Florida town. James Justice (1989) 

Featuring Adam West, a World famous psychic is found dead along with several victims of his bizarre experiments. One the same day his body is interred in a mausoleum, a high-school girl agrees to spend the night there all alone. Tom McLoughlin (1982)

From writer/director Álex de la Iglesia (DAY OF THE BEAST) comes novelist Barry Gifford’s prequel to WILD AT HEART featuring sociopath priestess Perdita Durango. Rosie Perez, Javier Bardem  

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.  

This edition presents the 1929 theatrical version, restored from archival 35mm elements by Film Preservation Associates. It is highlighted by the Technicolor Bal Masque sequence as well as meticulously hand-colored sequences. 

All 5 Prophecy Flicks in one nice Blu Ray set!

Filmmaker Tara Wood takes us on a journey through the first 8 wildly divergent films that Tarantino has helmed, narrated by the actors and collaborators who have worked with him.

Evelyn, a young widow haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph, is falsely accused of being a witch by her Landlord after she rejects his advances. Charlotte Kirk, Sean Pertwee, Neil Marshall, 2020.  

Robocop stumbles across information uncovering an evil group of government officials that must be stopped.

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric as two cops in the 1970s who go undercover on a case. They become drug addicts themselves and, failing to get the evidence they need, use falsified evidence.

Documentary about 2 teenagers with Downs Syndrome who escape their social isolation by convincing the entire state of Rhode Island to help them make an extremely questionable zombie movie. Jesse Suchmann, Robert Carnevale, 2019.

The First 3 Scream Flicks along with 2 documentaries on the franchise in one nice set

A rookie cop is assigned to spend a day with a seasoned veteran who introduces him to the various freaks and criminals on the rough streets of LA as they search for a serial killer. Joshua Bryant, Frank Bannon, Rosie Stone, 1973.  

When Jimmy’s idol, James Dean, dies on September 30, 1955, the small-town Arkansas college undergraduate goes berserk. He and his friends hold a vigil which turns into a drunk and, finally, a tragedy. Richard Thomas, Dennis Quaid, James Bridges, 1978  

Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Max von Sydow, Ingmar Bergman. 

Extraterrestrials use sharks from the ocean to invade a small town.

Neglected cult film from director Richard Elfman about a Haitian voodoo shaman who re-animates three dead kids so they can exact revenge on their killers. Julius Harris, Meg Foster, 1994.

Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto: , TETSUO II: BODY HAMMER (1992), TOKYO FIST (1995), BULLET BALLET (1998), A SNAKE OF JUNE (2002), VITAL (2004), KOTOKO (2011), KILLING (2018), THE ADVENTURE OF DENCHU-KOZO (1987), HAZE (2005)  

Mel Brooks’ late period Star Wars spoof beloved by all 13 year old boys everywhere. John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Mel Brooks, 1987 

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.

A punk and a household of drunks face off against militants.

When beautiful police detective Anna Manni follows the bloody trail of a sophisticated serial murderer/rapist through the streets of Italy, the young woman falls victim to the bizarre “Stendhal Syndrome”

Young Jason is the only one who doesn’t love The Stuff, and everyone who eats it has started acting really weird… Now Jason must put a stop to The Stuff or face a gooey, gloopy demise. Larry Cohen (1985) 

After a photographer tricks an erotic model into committing suicide on camera, her friends swear revenge in this cult thriller. Mary Woronov, Theodore Gershuny, 1973.  

From the legendary director of Spider Baby comes the wildest girl gang that ever blasted the streets! Robbie Lee, Joanne Nail, Monica Gayle, Jack Hill, 1975.

In his finest performance, Burt Lancaster stars as a man who confronts his destiny by swimming home, pool by pool, through the suburban nightmare of upper-class East Coast society. Based on the acclaimed short story by John Cheever. 1968.  

Hong Kong maestros Johnnie To, Ringo Lam, & Tsui Hark direct this stylish film about a heist gone bad. Simon Yam, 2007. 

Double feature of low budget VHS themed horror. 

A group of scientists races against the clock to find a cure for a virus spread by a shark bite.

After a failed suicide attempt, brilliant New York misanthrope Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) forsakes his posh upper-class existence for meager accommodations in Chinatown. He meets his exact opposite in Melody (Evan Rachel Wood), a pageant queen from the Deep South who’s long on sweetness but short on smarts. Surprisingly, Boris and Melody marry, but the sparks really fly when Melody’s born-again Christian mother (Patricia Clarkson) arrives and finds liberation instead of damnation.

In this Cameron Crowe penned high school sex comedy, a high-school wrestler parties with his buddy at a swinging-singles apartment complex. Chris Penn, Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson, Art Linson, 1984  

Nicholas Cage continues his balls to the wall exploitation comeback in this over-the-top rip off of the horror film Banana Splits Movie, about animatronic creatures running amuck. Kevin Lewis, 2021. 

And there we go guys. A boatload of goodies comes in the shop this week and I hope something caught your eye. As always the videostore loves you. Cheers!