Another week of goodness comes crashing into the videostore. Some new stuff, some classics, and some random stuff. Basically a lot of stuff. So let’s take a look at some of these titles about to hit the shelves of the old videostore.
Solid 8 film set from the third year of the AFTERDARK horrorfilm fest.
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.
The president of Earth sends space adventurer Barbarella on a mission to retrieve a scientist. She crash lands on a planet and explores its strange customs after a man rescues her from captivity.
In pre-Civil War Texas, naïve Karl Westover (Gary Busey) accidentally kills his brother-in-law, and heads to Mexico to escape the consequences. Along the way, he encounters Barbarosa (Willie Nelson), who is also on the run. Barbarosa teaches Karl survival skills for the desert — and how to rob. In their journey from Texas to Mexico and back again, the two men are captured by outlaw Angel Morales, and pursued by Don Braulito (Gilbert Roland), who wants Barbarosa dead.
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)
Starring Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto. When three workers try to steal from the local union, they discover the corruption of the union instead and decide to blackmail them. Paul Schrader (1978)
Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro), he meets the woman from his daydream (Kim Greist), and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.
A guy’s regrets over moving in with his girlfriend are compounded when she dies and comes back as a zombie. Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario, Joe Dante, 2014.
A dramatization of the ascent to Caesar and subsequent reign of Caligula, one of the most notorious leaders of ancient Rome. We see his ambition, his scheming, his perversion and decadence, his brutality and his lunacy and how this impacts the people around him and the empire he leads.
A young woman who works in a beauty salon discovers that her private parts can talk, which causes her no end of personal trouble despite making her rich.
The illegal trade of human organs brings a martial-arts crusader face to face with his evil counterpart.
At the height of the Sword & Sorcery craze, Maestro Of Gore Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE) attacked the genre like no filmmaker had ever done before. Jorge Rivero (RIO LOBO), Andrea Occhipinti (NEW YORK RIPPER) and the luscious Sabrina Sellers (WHITE CANNIBAL QUEEN
When churlish mobster Albert Spica (Michael Gambon) acquires an upscale French restaurant in London, he dines there nightly, effectively scaring off the clientele with his bad manners. His wife, Georgina (Helen Mirren), is especially disgusted by him, and soon begins an affair with another restaurant guest, Michael (Alan Howard). Despite their efforts to keep it a secret, however, Spica finds out about their trysts, and he plans to exact a terrible revenge.
A troubled method actor gets carried away with his work on a role, playing a butcher. Drew Hale, 2020.
Canadian made Alien / Predator rip off about a special forces team dropped into remote area to combat an escaped experiment. Jeremy Ninaber, Ethan Mitchell, Kristen Kaster, Matthew Ninaber, 2021.
BACK IN STOCK! The double feature of Don’t Breath and it’s sequel.
James Bryan’s cult classic about a group of obnoxious campers who venture into the wilderness for what they assume will be a fun filled weekend. Unknown to them, a bloodthirsty maniac is hiding in the woods…
The Bob Hope of bosomy camp horror comedy! Set in Victorian times, Elvira & her maid end-up spending the night at an old creepy castle when they hitch a ride with a local. Written by John Paragon. Richard O’Brien, Mary Scheer, 2001.
David Lynch’s breakthrough feature is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, David Lynch, 1977
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!
Ridiculous but stylish 80s ultra-violent action film about a Texas ranger who must take on a childhood friend who is now a drug kingpin. Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside, Walter Hill, 1987.
A New Jersey mad doctor (James Lorinz) rebuilds his girlfriend (Patty Mullen) with body parts from exploded hookers.
Three German tales of love, sex and death in Berlin from Germany’s most shocking directors. Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall (2015)
A documentary about the ill-fated pirate comedy production for Columbia Films (Ghost in the Noonday Sun) and the efforts of its star, Peter Sellers, to derail the production. Peter Medak, 2018.
GHOSTHOUSE: A teenager and her boyfriend learn that strange radio messages are screams from the future. WITCHERY:A photographer (David Hasselhoff) and others (Linda Blair, Catherine Hickland) are stranded at a Massachusetts island hotel haunted by a woman in black.
80s slasher about an axe-wielding presumed dead student returns to get revenge on his fellow students during a campus wide scavenger hunt. Hal Holbrook, Robert Deubel, 1982.
Residents of an island off the coast of Ireland learn that the only way to survive an invasion of blood-sucking aliens is to stay drunk.
Bull Meechum (Robert Duvall) is a great fighter pilot — so great that he dubs himself “The Great Santini.” While his take-no-prisoners attitude and willingness to fight has served him well in the military, he’s unable to turn it off at home. Eventually his competitive nature and abusive behavior take their toll on his relationships with his wife (Blythe Danner) and his rebellious 18-year-old son (Michael O’Keefe) after a friendly father-and-son basketball game turns ugly.
A pregnant tourist and a young mother fight for their lives when a hotel hallway is ravaged by a mysteries virus.
This limited edition Steelbook includes Heavy Metal on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray and Heavy Metal 2000 on Blu-ray. Digital copies for both films are included.
Chilling ’70s adaptation of Jack Finney’s classic novel. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Philip Kaufman, 1978.
A sexy space vampire comes to earth and begins to transform the population of London into zombies. From director Tobe Hooper and writer Dan O’Bannon. Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, 1985.
Starring Terence Stamp, Elisabeth Shue. A young zoology student is invited to assist an anthropologist with his experiments involving chimpanzees, mysterious events occur that all centre around the simian servant, Link. Richard Franklin (1986)
Shocking Japanese erotic horror film detailing a household of sickos and servants engaging in savagery on a daily basis, which includes the slicing of skin, disembowelments, ocular trauma, and cannibalism. Miyako Akane, An Koshi, Shôgo Maruyama, Sade Satô
When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured. Paul Leni (1928)
A young man hides from the police in a secret school for wayward girls which turns out to be a cover for radical militant lesbians. Bruce La Bruce (2017)
In 1981 New York, a fuel supplier (Oscar Isaac) tries to adhere to his own moral compass amid the rampant violence, corruption and decay that threaten his family and his business.
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead. George Mihalka (1981)
Kaneto Shindo’s chilling retelling of the nightmarish folktale of an impoverished older woman, her daughter-in-law and a bedraggled neighbour fresh from battle that they both desire. 1964.
Leyser’s film is an important document capturing the influence of queercore, an underground movement that enjoys life on the fringes, where identifying as an anti-establishment “arty weirdo” is just as important as sexuality. Yony Leyser (2017)
An officially “dead” cop is trained to become an extraordinary unique assassin in service of the US President. Fred Ward, Wilford Brimley, Kate Mulgrew, Guy Hamilton, 1985.
A tongue-in-cheek slasher about a low-budget film crew going to a high school that was the scene of some murders five years prior to make a exploitation movie about the events only to start getting brutally killed themselves. George Clooney, 1987.
THE ONE. THE ONLY. RIKI-OH!!!
Revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of First Nations performers on popular music in North America. Catherine Bainbridge (2017)
Long unavailable cult Horror anthology about a group of college students are spending a weekend away at a remote cabin and pass the time telling spooky stories. James L. Wilson, 1979.
Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell star in this controversial true story of a worker at a nuclear plant purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing violations at the plant. Mike Nichols (1983)
A young rap group is on the verge of signing its first record deal just as a giant, mutated snake threatens the city and the group’s dreams of commercial success.
A pierced and tattooed sadist, Captain Howdy (Dee Snider), trolls the Internet for naive teens, luring them to his home to torture and defile them. When Howdy kidnaps and tortures the daughter of police Detective Mike Gage (Kevin Gage), he is caught. Deemed insane, he is sent to an asylum but is released soon after, seemingly better. However, Gage knows it is only a matter of time before Howdy strikes again, and he’s ready to unleash his own form of retribution when the time comes.
Double feature of British Horror anthology films: Tales from the Crypt / Vault of Horror. Joan Collins, Terry Thomas, Freddie Francis, Roy Ward Baker, 1973
An unsettlingly intimate true crime thriller based on the true story of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, America’s most notorious and enigmatic criminal recluse. Sharlto Copley, Tony Stone, 2021.
Back In Stock! Steelcase edition.
Ecology students discover a prehistoric parasite that has been released from the melting polar ice cap threatens the safety of the world.
A film noir masterpiece and a dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions from director Orson Welles. Charlton Heston, Marlene Dietrich, Janet Leigh, 1958.
A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekinetic powers to control the attraction’s mannequins. Score by Pino Donaggio. Chuck Connors, Tanya Roberts, Linnea Quigley, 1979.
Low budget cult film about a series of unexplained murders which occured in Texarkana. Ben Johnson, Dawn Wells (Mary Ann of Gilligan’s Island), Charles B. Pierce (The Legend of Boggy Creek), 1976.
Documentary on the history of folk horror, exploring the phenomenon from its beginnings through its proliferation on British TV in the 70s & its culturally specific manifestations in international horror, to the genre’s revival over the last decade. 2021.
Academy Award winner Henry Fonda stars in director Alfred Hitchcock’s real-life thriller of an innocent man trapped as the victim of a heartless criminal justice system–even though he’s The Wrong Man. Alfred Hitchcock (1956)
In a zombie-infested Australian wasteland, a soldier has dedicated his life to tracking and capturing survivors for the Surgeon General in hopes of finding a cure. Kiah Roache-Turner, 2021.
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.
And there we go guys. Some fun stuff coming in this week. Hope everyone is having a solid day and we’ll see ya soon enough. And remember…the videostore luvs ya! Cheers.