A Plethora Of Cinema Old And New Comes To The Shop This Week…

The Fall rolls in and so does the massaive amount of movie goodness. From new interesting titles to classics getting some jacked up treatment and ofcourse a fun boxset or two. So relax, pour, a drink, and scroll down the list of this week’s arrivals and let’s see if any of the flicks make you smile…

Very cool Import Blu Ray. A double feature with both William Castle’s original versions and the 2001 remake by Dark Castle.

back in stock! The Italian splatterfest that is Adam Chaplin. The Crow Meets Riki-Oh. Pretty silly bloody stuff right here.

Blu Ray Release! Cult director Albert Pyun directs this film set it the plague-ridden near future and a special police unit must track down a crazed killer before he infects people with a deadly virus. Natasha Henstridge, Christopher Lambert, 1996.  

Back In Stock! Remastered 4K version of iconic cult anime film.  

Respected scientist and psychology professor Edward Jessup (William Hurt) decides to combine his experiments in sensory deprivation tanks with powerful hallucinogenic drugs, convinced that it may help him unlock different states of consciousness. The experiments are a success at first, but as Jessup continues his work, he begins to experience altered mental and also physical states. As he spends more time in sensory deprivation, his grip on reality begins to slip away.

Re-discover one of the most gripping horror films of all-time! Special steelbook limited edition. John Landis.  

Archival documentary which uses colour footage of the grisly end of WWII. Erik Nelson, 2020.  

Humans pilot giant robots to do battle with massive monsters that emerge from the ocean, in defence of Los Angeles and the world.

L.A. Weekly called it “disturbing and compelling,” and it was awarded The Grand Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Despite a limited release in America, it would shock and delight audiences to become one of the most daring and controversial c 

It’s WHITE FANG meets THE WOLF MAN! After being bit by a werebeast a man moves in with his sister and must contend with a preternaturally intelligent dog who knows his secret. Michael Pare, Mariel Hemingway.  

Starring Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett Smith. A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit. Spike Lee (2000)  

Nice, normal-looking Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesel) has an obsession with movie-style slashers like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. Leslie decides to follow in the footsteps of his heroes, and, ever the self-promoter, invites a documentary filmmaker (Angela Goethals) and her crew to follow him around as he constructs his own grisly legacy.

Jack is desperately trying for a new start in life, but when he throws away his childhood bear Benny, it’s a move that can only end in death. Karl Holt, 2019.  

Escaped prisoners (Pam Grier, Margaret Markov) are chained together and stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the wilderness, igniting a bloody shootout between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries. Eddie Romero (1973)  

Yasuzo Masumura’s grotesque erotic horror portrait of the bizarre relationship between a blind sculptor and his captive muse. Mako Midori, Eiji Funakoshi, 1969.  

Starring Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier. Over 20 years after his death by a gunshot, Jimmy Bones comes back as a ghost to wreak revenge on those who killed him and to clean up his neighbourhood. Ernest R. Dickerson (2001)  

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.  

Psychological slasher & queer cult classic about an orphaned teen who becomes caught up in the twisted mind of his increasingly unhinged aunt and becomes suspect number one in a gay love triangle that ended in murder! Susan Tyrrell, Jimmy McNichol, 1981.  

One of the sleaziest & trashiest Canadian films of the 70’s! A dopey couple find themselves in an isolated small town inhabited by the “blood-hungry honeys” of the title. Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Ivan Reitman, 1973. 

Claustrophobic Spanish horror about a slaughterhouse employee driven to kill out of desperation & his novel way of disposing of his victims. Eloy de la Iglesia, 1972.  

In this Mexican horror, some moronic teenagers disturb a sacred grave site for a laugh and get their comeuppance when the vengeful corpses reanimate and tear out their throats! Hugo Stiglitz, Usi Velasco, Erika Buenfil, Rubén Galindo Jr., 1985.  

Horror classic where a young couple travelling cross-country find themselves stranded in the small town of Gatlin, where they meet a mysterious religious cult of children. Fritz Kiersch (1984)  

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.  

A military experiment to create a race of super-warriors go awry, and legions of murderous zombies are unleashed upon a surburban neighbourhood. David Irving(1989)  

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)  

Based on the popular board game, this comedy begins at a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), where he admits to blackmailing his visitors. These guests, who have been given aliases, are Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) and Col. Mustard (Martin Mull). When Boddy turns up murdered, all are suspects, and together they try to figure out who is the killer.

Four fantastic feature presentations from prolific producer Sam Katzman: CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN / THE WEREWOLF / THE ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU / THE GIANT CLAW  

After a bizarre incident, Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) is transported into the cartoon realm of Cool World, where he remains the only human among various animated characters for years. Eventually, artist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) also enters Cool World and sets his lustful sights on his own creation, a blond bombshell named Holli Would (Kim Basinger). However, excessive intermingling between cartoons and humans is said to lead to dire consequences, a risk Jack seems ready to take.

Guillermo del Toro’s feature debut about a kindly antiques dealer who finds himself possessor and victim of the sinister, addictive powers of a device which grants immortality. Federico Luppi, 1993.  

Italian horror where a young operata is stalked by a deranged killer who forces her too watch as he murders the people associated with her, so he can claim her for himself. Dario Argento (1987) 

In 1930s Los Angeles, Hollywood shines like a beacon to all the helpless people scattered across the city. In one crumbling apartment block, a blond bombshell (Karen Black) aspires to be an actress, an artist (William Atherton) looks for legitimacy, and a child actor performs a gross homage to Mae West. Cockfights and poverty prevail out of the glow of show business. Introverted accountant Homer Simpson (Donald Sutherland) watches as society collapses under greed and ambition.

When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival but things don’t go as planned. Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Robert Zemeckis, 1992.  

Double Feature Set On Blu Ray.

Coming of age post-college comedy about a recent graduate who drives the late shift bus in a college town. Will Forte, Charlie Tahan, 2020.

Filmed just two years after Elvis Presley died this ABC special starred a young Kurt Russell and was directed by John Carpenter. 1979.  

An agoraphobic young man, living with a Youtuber and struggling actor, hacks the webcams of young women, and suspects that one of them is a serial killer. Dakota Shapiro, Luke Cook, Vlada Verevko, 2021. 

Award winning awesomely ultraviolent and sleazy Moby Dick homage about a ruthless vigilante who stops at nothing to track down a depraved serial killer. In the same vein as Hobo With a Shotgun. Directed by Winnipeg film collective Astron-6. 2011.  

Includes these unsung giallos: THE GIRL IN ROOM 2A (1974 – William L. Rose) / THE FRENCH SEX MURDERS (1972 – Ferdinando Merighi) / MY DEAR KILLER (1972 – Tonino Valerii)  

Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. Now they must overcome a nightmarish hell that literally begins to take over the Earth. Tibor Takács (1987)  

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that her life was stolen instead of saved. Now, she will stop at nothing to recover her past while punishing those who did this to her.

Two space-station astronauts (Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel) destroy an asteroid, then face monsters formed from viscous cells.

In the world of evil and deranged serial killers, there is no equal. … Meet the Dark Lord of a murder castle who killed roughly 200 peoplein a self-made house of horrors who may have also been the notorious Jack the Ripper.In the world of evil and deranged serial killers, there is no equal.

A homicide detective and an FBI agent team up to find the human host of an alien life-form responsible for turning citizens into homicidal maniacs

Starring Seth Green. A teenage slacker’s right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent. Rodman Flender (1999)

One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays an ageing bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days.  

Amongst the finest of the college-based stalk-and-slash flicks marking TV star Daphne Zuniga’s debut in a leading role – now finally restored in glorious High-Definition! Larry Stewart (1984)  

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

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. Tim Robbins, 1990. 

Delightfully insane mashup of vintage exploitation tropes and pure absurdism, a WTF thriller, that largely defies explanation. From the director of Crumbs. Daniel Tadesse, Guillermo Llansó, Agustín Mateo, Miguel Llansó, 2019  

The tales behind the creation of celebrated 1984 horror classic CREEPSHOW, with rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, and interviews with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and many others. Michael Felsher (2016)  

Back In Stock! Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness. Ben Wheatley (of the cult series Ideal). 

A man suspects his wife of adultery and goes on a killing spree, eliminating all he believes are sleeping with her, but his victims don’t stay dead.

Based on the rise of Def Jam Recordings, Run-D.M.C. has a hit record but Russell doesn’t have money to press records. Borrowing from a street hustler might save the biz but can he still win the heart of a soulful R&B singer. Michael Schultz (1985)  

For those of you who thought that A Serbian Film was all sizzle and no steak here’s a truly harrowing depiction of Serbia in the grips of a massive culture & moral decline. Mladen Djordjevic, 2010.  

A teacher in a school for the deaf, has a hideously deformed and deranged twin sister that resides in the local looney bin. She escapes to gate-crash her surprise birthday party. Ovidio G. Assonitis (1981) 

Malcolm Hughes (Colin Friels) is a shy, reclusive and brilliant inventor who loses his job and then takes in two new roommates, Judith (Lindy Davies) and Frank (John Hargreaves), to help pay the rent. His life is changed with the discovery that his new roommates happen to live a criminal lifestyle, and Malcolm’s inventive nature helps his new friends plan and execute an elaborate bank heist. Their newfound adventure is about to lead to an unlikely and heartwarming friendship.

In 19th-century China, a stranger (RZA) settles in a jungle village and becomes its blacksmith. Radical tribal factions force him to fashion elaborate tools of destruction, and the clans’ conflict soon erupts into a full war. Knowing he must take action, the blacksmith channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. Fighting beside iconic heroes, the blacksmith harnesses this incredible power to defend his adopted people from an army of soulless villains.

Sci-fi double bill! MINDWARP (Steve Barnett 1992), BRAINSCAN (John Flynn 1994)  

Videostore’s PICK OF THE WEEK! The brilliant breakthrough film by writer-director Neil Jordan journeys into the dark heart of the London underworld to weave a gripping, noir-infused love story. Bob Hoskins, Michael Caine, Cathy Tyson. 

The Earthrealm heroes must journey to Outworld and fight for the survival of their homeland, invaded by the forces of evil warlord Shao Kahn, in the tournament to end all tournaments: the final Mortal Kombat.

Long unavailable cult favorite about a tough American street fighter seeking vengeance against organized crime in L.A.’s Chinatown. Jeff Speakman, Mako, James Hong, Mariska Hargitay, 1991. 

Newly restored Criterion edition of Wim Wenders’ moving character study of a man searching for his estranged wife. written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Nastassja Kinski, Harry Dean Stanton. 

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.  

Japan is plunged into chaos when a skyscraper-sized lizard monster rises from the deep of Tokyo Bay and lays waste to Tokyo.

Classic Canuxploitation film set during the actual 1981 Halifax Police strike about a gang of hoodlums who accidentally kill the owner of a gay bar. Paul Donovan, Maura O’Connell, 1983. 

Silent Night Deadly Night: The original 1984 cult classic with a crazed Santa on a rampage judging naughty or nice with a god damn Ax!
Silent Night Deadly Night 2: 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)

Tougher than Chiba! Meaner than Bruce Lee! Awesome collection of the cult Sister Streetfighter films (including the rare final entry Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist).  

Extremely fun Daiei adaptation of two shojo horror manga into a single, crazily FX-laden story about two rival, shape-shifting sisters who are on less than good terms. Yûko Hamada, Sachiko Meguro, Yachie Matsui, Noriaki Yuasa, 1968.  

A villainous carnival owner, Mr. Dark, preys upon unsuspecting Midwestern townsfolk by granting wishes, but for a price.

Sorority boss Babs (Robin Rochelle) orders pledges (Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens) to steal a bowling trophy, but they drop it and free an imp.

Subversive cult classic horror-comedy about a toxic booze that melts anyone who drinks it! J. Michael Muro, 1987.  

Gritty documentary that looks at the lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle. Martin Bell, 1984. 

A disgruntled nerd, who was bullied in high school, creates Buzz Cola, a soft drink that turns surfers into mindless zombies. Eddie Deezen, Eric Stoltz, Lyle Waggoner, 1983.  

Yugoslavian director Dušan Makavejev’s 1974 film is a ‘full-throated shriek in the face of bourgeois complacency and movie-watching’. 

When a horror film buff tries to warn his friends of impending danger during March Break, they scoff at him, that is, until sinister things begin to happen. Rolfe Kanefsky (1991)  

An eccentric aristocrat whose dead wife Ligeia doesn’t seem to want to rest quietly and appears to have some sort of supernatural link to the stray black cat prowling the premises and prevents her husband’s remarriage. Vincent Price, Roger Corman  

A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation to dismember at the hands  

A sinister corporation loses control of a house cat infected with a genetically engineered virus. The death toll rises during the mutant feline’s rampage and, eventually, it finds its way on board the yacht of a criminal kingpin. Greydon Clark (1988)  

Swedish classic, An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family’s pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. Ingmar Bergman (1960)  

Low budget Lovecraftian horror about a police officer who experiences strange & violent occurrences linked to a group of mysterious hooded cultists after he delivers their intended sacrifice to a local hospital. Art Hindle, Jeremy Gillespie (2016)  

When an aging Wild Bill Hickok (Charles Bronson) finds his dreams invaded by the image of a rampaging white buffalo, he decides the only remedy is to find and kill the creature. With the help of his old friend Charlie (Jack Warden), he sets out across the snowy plains, unaware that he’s not the only one looking for the fabled beast. Sioux Chief Crazy Horse (Will Sampson) has recently lost a daughter to the white buffalo, and he fears the girl’s soul won’t rest until he kills it

South Bronx graffiti artist Shy Zoro is commissioned to paint a backdrop for a rap and break-dance concert during the early age of the rap industry.

Starring Crispin Glover, a young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will. Glen Morgan (2003)  

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. 

And there it is guys. Hope some titles have excited you. As per tradition movies should be here on THURSDAY. Cheers!

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