The days keep on trucking in this surreal year but so does cinema of old and new when it comes to keeping the videostore goodness going. So let’s take a look at what movie magic will be hitting the shop this fine week….
Takashi Miike’s excellent, and exceedingly violent, remake of 1966 Japanese classic about a group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.
Nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s Day weekend. Fred Walton (1986)
Cult action horror favourite, where a man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. Sam Raimi (1992)
Two early features from celebrated sci-fi director and practical effects artist Brett Piper, BATTLE FOR THE LOST PLANET and MUTANT WAR are chock full of Ray Harryhausen inspired stop motion animation and epic no-budget battle sequences. Cameron Mitchell,
When the owner and operator of a luxurious island invites a collection of guests to live out their most elaborate fantasies in relative seclusion, chaos quickly descends.
Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a tough-talking truck driver whose life goes into a supernatural tailspin when his best friend’s fiancée is kidnapped. John Carpenter (1986)
Cult swashbuckling horror film from Hammer, often considered one of their last great productions, involving a master swordsman and his hunchback assistant who hunt vampires in Cromwellian England. Horst Janson, Caroline Munro, 1974.
Horror double bill! DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (S.F. Brownrigg 1973), CHAOS (David DeFalco 2005)
Italian crime thriller where a hungry young criminal is beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, he forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge. Pasquale Squitieri (1975)
A plane carrying a secret biological weapon crash-lands in a small rural town. Infected with a virus that sends them into a homicidal frenzy, the locals turn on each other in an orgy of bloody violence. George A. Romero (1973)
A cruel bully is killed in an act of revenge. A century later, a famed archeologist must uncover the truth to save his daughter from a curse before they become victims of Peter’s vicious acts beyond the grave.
In 18th Century Spain, an adopted boy becomes a werewolf and terrorizes the inhabitants of his town. Terence Fisher (1961)
Classic JCVD! A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.
Alex is caught in a web of distrust between his brother, his best friend, a beautiful stranger and the renewed dreams of the slaughter of his family. Kristine Peterson (1988)
Italian horror starring Klaus Kinski, a man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders. Joe D’Amato (1973)
Steelcase! Abel Ferrara’s notorious slasher where an artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, leading him to randomly kill derelicts with a power drill. Abel Ferrara (1979)
On the last flight of a transatlantic passenger airliner, a priest, a rabbi and the airline crew team together to save a plane from a pandemic of demonic possessions. Chad Ferrin (2019)
Director AC Stephen’s most accomplished film and featuring a typically jaw-dropping screenplay from Ed Wood! Rene Bond, Jabie Abercrombe, Tallie Cochrane, Ed Wood, Maria Arnold, AC Stephens, 1974
A modern-day deputy tracks an abducted girl to a ghost town, and the spirits of the past who took her. Franc Luz, Catherine Hickland, Jimmie F. Skaggs, 1988.
Starring Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford. A Vietnam vet breaks out of a VA hospital and goes on a road trip with a sympathetic traveller to start a worm farm in California. Jeremy Kagan (1977)
Horror master Wes Craven’s seminal 1977 horror masterpiece where a family out RVing battle to the death with radioactive cannibals. Wes Craven (1977)
Starring Christopher Lambert, a New Yorker on business in Nagoya sees a woman killed by ninja’s, but new samurai friends help, hide and train him. J.F. Lawton (1995)
Starring Seth Green. A teenage slacker’s right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent. Rodman Flender (1999)
Starring Donnie Yen. The Kung Fu master travels to the U.S. where his student has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school. Wilson Yip (2019)
From cult director Takashi Miike comes this genre defying manga/anime adaptation about a pouty high schooler with an unlikely coif of hair and an invisible being that serves as a proxy for him has his world upset by a series of arrivals…
The passengers of an old freighter en route to South America find that their voyage is truly damned! Michael Carreras (1968)
Time to get nasty… again. The sequel to director Jörg Buttgereit’s cult classic kicks up the uncomfort.
Horror comedy double bill where a space archaeologist, discovers the “Munchies” in a cave in Peru! MUNCHIES (Tina Hirsch 1987), MUNCHIE (Jim Wynorski 1992)
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)
Starring Leslie Nielsen. Sight gags and non-sequiturs dominate this spoof of police dramas. The six episodes formed the basis for the very successful “Naked Gun” film franchise. Jim Abrahams (1982)
Together, a weary cop and an all business FBI agent, team up to catch the latest homicidal manic: The Rain Killer.
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Dan O’Bannon, 1985.
Shatter, an international hitman, is hiding out in Hong Kong after he has completed a contract out on an African leader. Shatter soon finds out that everyone wants him dead. Michael Carreras (1974)
The ever-prolific Takashi Miike, returns with this intergalactic epic in which a team of space explorers find themselves pitched against a horde of oversized anthropomorphic cockroaches.
Back In Stock! John Carpenter’s fun satire of consumerism finds an unemployed Roddy Piper uncovering that the world’s ruling elite are aliens in disguise who’s aim is to keep humans in a state of mindless consumerism. Keith David, Meg Foster, 1988.
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.
Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.
Italian Horror. Someone downloads an app on your phone behind your back. It looks like an augmented reality game, but soon you realize it’s an app that connects to the world of the dead. Alessandro Antonaci (2018)
And that’s it for this week. Personally I’m most excited for 2 new Takashi Miike flicks coming in that I have not seen yet. Whether you love them or hate them they are never boring. Either way I’m still here doing the curbside service for all your movie needs. Stay safe, take care, and remember…the videostore loves you. Cheers!