It’s another beautiful day at the videostore and personally I’m very excited with one specific title hitting the shop this week. The Canadian genre film DEAD DICKS hits the shop later in the week and it has a very personal attachment to the videostore. Directed by Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer I was lucky enough to catch this film in Toronto last year which it took me by surprise emotionally. With a title like Dead Dicks I was not expecting to be moved by the end but there I was…feeling heavy in the heart when the credits rolled. A genre film made for very little money and using the real life issues of depression and mental illness wrapped in this bizarre tale is my recommendation of the week. And on a persoanl note co-director and co-writer Chris Bavota is the man who originally opened this very videostore in 2004 before I took over a year later. The Lobby would not exist without him so I could not be happier to be getting this film in the shop. He is a good friend and a filmmaker to keep an eye on in the future along with his partner in crime Lee. Also here is the rest of this week’s releases. Cheers…
Double Feature Set of both Conjuring flicks. A staple for the shop.
Sexy set. Includes: Innocent Blood / Wolfen / Body Snatchers / the Hunger
What is a small town to do when their Super Bowl festivities are ruined by a serial killer with regenerative powers? Get the teenage girl with the spinal injury to take him on! George Eastman, Joe D’Amato, 1981.
Oh Bill Zebub…you sure know how to keep my store classy week after week. And a double feature on Blu Ray no less. Well played sir…
BACK IN STOCK! The cult classic with DeNiro, Rourke, and Lisa Bonet.
BACK IN STOCK! A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.
BACK IN STOCK! In a world of false advertising give these guys credit for calling it like it is with the title.
A criminal turf war in Camaroville and the new gang is using black magic to resurrecting hideous demon-gods to enslave mankind! Now an agent of The Department of Supernatural Security is the only cat to stop them. Darin Wood (2015)
Its Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within “The Barn”.
BACK IN STOCK! Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.
In this arty exploitation film from Crown International, a pair of damaged Vietnam vets who hit the open road in a mobile home with their girlfriends. Richard Hatch, Susanne Benton, Doug Chapin, Noel Nosseck, 1974
BACK IN STOCK! 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)
A group of friends and zombie movie buffs have their life long dream come true. As their provisions run low, reality begins to set in and they realize that the zombie apocalypse isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Seriously deviant German splatter horror about a serial killer & a country priest on a rape and murder spree leading to a disturbingly explicit descent into Hell. Not for the faint of heart. Olaf Ittenbach, 1997.
Back In Stock! A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an Upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement. Written by Harvey Weinstein. Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter, Tony Maylam.
Contemporary horror film in the spirit of classic anthology films like Creepshow and containing films that not only celebrate the golden age of drive-in B horror shlock but also span over four decades of cinema. Richard Riehle, Adam Rifkin, 2011.
Crime double bill! COP KILLERS (Walter R. Cichy 1977) / PROJECT: KILL (William Girdler 1976)
No doubt a heavy influence for QT’s HATEFUL EIGHT. Bandits attack a wagonload of convicts, and only a sergeant, his daughter, and seven sadistic prisoners survive. The sergeant must get his prisoners to their destination while a web of lies, greed, and betrayal unfolds.
Better known as I COME IN PEACE. 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.
From orginal videostore owner Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer! After a woman receives a distressing call from her suicidal brother, she rushes over to his apartment and finds him alive and well – surrounded by copies of his own dead body.
A high-adrenalin guilty pleasure about a couple cops taking on crooks who turn up undead. Darren McGavin, Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Vincent Price, 1988.
Back In Stock! Charles Bronson’s final big screen role and last installment of the Death Wish franchise.
Back In Stock! 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!
An absurd science-fiction movie that features a curious new species, the Dickshark. A romantic couple get more than they expected after the husband’s experiments with penis-enlargement cream go awry. Bill Zebub (2016)
Back In Stock! Years following the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
A demented coroner uses autopsy equipment to kill off the teenagers who trespass on the long-abandoned asylum he inhabits. Filmed on location in an actual abandoned asylum.
Back In Stock! The ultimate mausoleum of movie madness unleashing a stupefying serving of delightfully depraved and garishly gory trailer trash from the defining decade of Decadence! Erupting with almost 4 hours of a non-stop body and breast count.
Locked and loaded with over 6 hours of handgun-happy vigilantes & badass babes of Blaxploitation, ultra-hip heists, spaghetti shoot ’em ups and bitumen burning post-apocalyptic carquakes (not to mention alien close encounters of the horny kind). (2019)
Always a great set of cinema! Includes: Cellar Dweller / Catacombs / Dungeonmaster / Contamination.
Bruceploitation stalwart Bruce Li stars in this unusual film that follows a semi-autobiographical story of a man who’s hired to be a Bruce Lee imitator for crass business men. Shan Hua (1978)
Back n Stock! Tim Burton’s beautiful love letter to film maker Ed Wood.
Back In Stock! Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake. James Signorelli (1988)
Back In Stock! Starring Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi. Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported. John Carpenter (1996)
Back In Stock! “This uproariously bad sci-fi horror oddity plays like a modern version of a cheesy ’50s alien invasion flick, only not as clever.” John Carradine, Tina Louise, Julie Newmar, Neville Brand, 1985.
Georges Franju’s influential horror film about a brilliant, obsessive doctor who attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price. Edith Scob, Pierre Brasseur, 1960.
Back In Stock! 4 Japanese crime thriller masterpieces starring Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Stray Cat Rock) charts the vengeance of “Scorpion,” becoming an avatar of vengeance and survival. (1972/1973)
Back In Stock! An abstract, surreal horror with six dead women waking up in the crawl space below their killer’s house.
Back In Stock! Frank Henenlotter’s beloved cult horror comedy. James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, 1990.
Beautiful Blu Ray that includes Linnea Quigley’s first movie role! Double feature including Umberto Lenzi’s Gates of Hell and the rare 70’s grindhouse classic Psycho From Texas (aka Wheeler).
Back In Stock! Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, 2000.
Back In Stock! From the same filmmakers that brought you the more recent film THE LODGE. Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize. Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, 2014.
Back In Stock! For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true.
A brutally sadistic rape leads to a series of bizarre gory murders during a midnight disco bowl-a-rama at a popular bowling alley. Ryan Nicholson (2008)
Sean Barker became the unwilling host to an alien bio-armor known as the Guyver. A year ago he destroyed the Kronos Corporation, an organization of mutants who want the Guyver. Now he is trying to find why the Guyver unit forces him to fight and kill evil. He is lead to an archelogical site where scientists discover an ancient space craft. Now he must fight Kronos again before they discover the secrets of the Guyver’s origin.
Back In Stock! Michael Rooker’s breakout role in still brilliant and twisted film that continues intrigue over 30 years later.
More brilliant no-budget insanity from director Bill Zebub.
Two adult features from Paul Vatelli’s early features which amply demonstrate his technical skill and artful eye: I Like to Watch / Sorority Sweethearts. Bridgette Monet, Mike Horner
Stomach-churning hunt-and-kill cult horror about a slasher on the loose in a supermarket. Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel, 1989.
Back In Stock! Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldbloom star in this sci-fi classic set in San Francisco, where a health inspector discovers the human race is being replaced with clones devoid of emotion. Philip Kaufman (1978)
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
The silly sequel to the silly ass original. The Mutant Killer Snowman returns to kill more people during Christmas.
Back In Stock! The 9th installment of the Crystal Lake franchise.
Two former ranking figures of the Axis powers schedule a deadly martial arts tournament in an isolated locale. Ivan Hall (1976)
Alone, and targeted on an isolated farm, 12 year-old Henry finds himself at the center of a maelstrom of terror, and a dark family legacy, when his secretive grandfather dies suddenly in the night.
A rapturously stylized quartet of tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, featuring colorfully surreal sets, luminous cinematography, existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. Masaki Kobayashi, 1964.
A beautiful young naked woman finds herself in the clutches of a mad man who makes her watch disturbing, sexual videos. From Bill Zebub.
Back in Stock! Sexual themed horror anthology from the UK.
Back In Stock! Still the best horror remake to come out in the last 20 years.
An actor’s star rises alongside Hitler’s as he becomes an unapologetic pawn & a puppet for the National Socialists as he sees his theater taken over, wife emigrate, friends persecuted, & mixed race mistress deported. István Szabó, 1981.
Back In Stock! Ari Aster’s solid trippy flick that pays it’s debt the original Wicker Man in everyway. And that’s a good thing.
Back In Stock! Cult homage to the Universal monster matinees of the 1940s. Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan, Fred Dekker, 1987.
Pals Joan and Michael host an elaborate dinner party for their best friends on the anniversary of the death of Joan’s husband. But as each guest arrives they find their very lives are on the menu to protect a secret that links them all.
Back In Stock! The German 80s shocker returns to the shop in all it’s uncomfortable glory.
Back In Stock! 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)
Back In Stock! Unwitting teens release an evil they can’t handle. Stylishly directed by legendary Aussie director Brian Trenchard-Smith of Stunt Rock fame. 1994.
A female scientist performs experiments on three college girls that turn them into drooling, murderous mutants. Henri Sala (1986)
Back In Stock! One of the most bizarre misfires in Hollywood during the eary 90s. Was it a horror movie? A comedy? Or did was it just confusing because Chevy Chase and his ego screwed up this Dan Ayroyd film? Either way it is still something to watch with curiosity.
Silly Vampire spoof featuring David Niven as a suave Dracula who tries to resurrect his wife but a wrong transfusion turns her black. Teresa Graves, Peter Bayliss, Clive Donner, 1974
In the tradition of Snow Shark, Dick Shark, House Shark, Ghost Shark, Bad CGI SHarks, and why the fuck not sharks comes OUIJA SHARK. Because why not?
The heavily aclaimed series by Stephen King hits the shop with it’s first season.
Back In STock! Spanish fantasy masterpiece set in the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. Guillermo del Toro (2006)
Back In Stock! A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.
A New York detective investigates the death of his daughter who was murdered while on her honeymoon in London; he recruits the help of a Scandinavian journalist when other couples throughout Europe suffer a similar fate.
In the future, a private detective tries to stop a large corporation from mining an element whose side effects include igniting human flesh and destroying internal body parts.
Back In Stock! 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! One of the best One Two combo punch a movie nerd could ask for when it comes to literal kickass cinema!
Back in Stock and a must see for creature feature fans! As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.
A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it.
Back In Stock! A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.
Back In Stock! The brain munchers with attitude are back as a young man uses a secret government chemical program to reanimate his dead girlfriend, helping her as she consumes the only thing that will nourish her, human brains. Brian Yuzna (1993)
Back In Stock! When the other students begin to undergo mutations, a lesbian couple must solve the mystery and save Tromaville High School.
Another Andy Sidaris masterpiece! A stolen computer floppy disc filled with information about the location of a mythical treasure in Savage Island will lure both villains and L.E.T.H.A.L. agents into a dangerous treasure hunt. Julie Strain, Julie K. Smith
Back In Stock! A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. Chelsea Stardust (2019)
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Back In Stock! On Halloween 1968, Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.
Back In Stock! 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)
Ursula Andress stars (in and out of clothes) in this tasteless and often repulsive Italian cannibal film from the otherwise fine directorial hand of Sergio Martino. 1978.
An old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, seeks atonement after trading his daughter’s soul.
A unique, intimate portrayal of a girl grieving for the loss of her best friend, which just so happens to take place on the day the world ends. A.T. White (2018)
An insidiously addictive, low-calorie dessert sensation takes over the minds of all who eat it in this fun cult film from B-movie master, Larry Cohen. Michael Moriarty, Paul Sorvino, 1985.
After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun’s gold in the mountains.
On Halloween night, Tara Heyes finds herself as the obsession of a sadistic murderer known as Art the Clown.
Special edition of the gory splatter horror from Japan!
A detective sets out to capture a psycho who kills women, but the psycho turns the tables and goes after the detective’s girlfriend. Taylor Gilbert, William Witt, Eve Brenner, 1986.
A successful businesswoman who secretly visits an erotic club fears for her life when her lovers are all sadistically murdered. Federico Zampaglione, 2012
Supernatural horror trilogy follows an evil warlock from the 17th to the 20th century who works to unleash Satan. WARLOCK (Steve Miner 1989) WARLOCK: THE ARMAGEDDON (Anthony Hickox 1993) WARLOCK III: THE END OF INNOCENCE (Eric Freiser 1999)
Argentinian horror. Ignoring the warning, a documentary crew goes to film inside the ruins of a haunted town exposed by receding waters. Luciano Onetti (2017)
Starring Matt Berry. A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires, who’ve lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island. TV Series (2019)
In this surreal 5 part mini-series based in a neo-noir Los Angeles, a multi-national corporation attempts to take over America while small pockets of resistance hold out against rampant technology. Kathryn Bigelow, 1993.
Back In Stock! On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who’s using technology in his bid for conquest.
Back In Stock! A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively. Harry Bromley Davenport (1982)
Back In Stock! Blu Ray editions of the ridiculous zombie beaver flick.
Back In Stock! When a terrorist’s body, infected with a stolen chemical, is cremated by the US military, a virus is unintentionally released into the atmosphere over a small island. Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso, Bruno Mattei, 1988.
And there you have it my friends. This record setting month of movies crashing it the shop just keeps rolling. Hopefully the store is doing it’s job good enough to make sure you continue to have enough bizarre and interesting choices when entering the last videostore in Edmonton. Till next time remember…the videostore loves you. Cheers!