Another Week Of Cinema Goodness Rides In On The Videostore Gravy Train!

It’s another week of cinema coming to the shop and the videostore is giving you everything from German splatter gore to the a down and dirty documentary on wrestler Vampiro! Let’s take a look at all the goodies shall we?

Back In Stock! Stories revolve around a witch doctor, a filmmaker (Lee Byeongheon) and a resentful extra, and a novelist and her twin sister.

Stuntman turned director John Stewart offers this well named obscurity with a plot that defies easy description but promises an octane-fuelled, edge of your seat explosion of senses shattering action. William Smith, Cameron Mitchell, Ross Hagen, 1989.  

This animated trek across the musical landscape of the 20th century begins with young immigrant Zalmie (Jeffrey Lippa) arriving in New York City. He’s addicted to show business, but an accident ruins his voice. He marries a stripper (Lisa Jane Persky) and their son, Benny (Richard Singer), becomes a jazz pianist. Although Benny is killed in World War II, his son, Tony (Ron Thompson), goes on to great success as a songwriter during the ’60s, as does Tony’s son, Pete (also Thompson), in the ’80s.

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. John Landis (1981)  

Remastered for your pleasure, director John Carpenter’s violent homage to Rio Bravo with a little of Night of the Living Dead thrown in for good measure. 1976.  

An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear. Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell, Adam MacDonald, 2014. 

After being kept a prisoner in his own home for 35 years, a man (Nicholas Hope) accidentally kills his parents and escapes into the real world.

A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will. Frank Henenlotter (1982)  

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, three brothers struggle to survive in the world of Latino gangs, violent crime and drugs. Benjamin Bratt, Billy Bob Thornton, Delroy Lindo, 1993. 

Back In Stock! The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague. Jeff Barnaby, 2019. 

Back In Stock! U.S. soldier Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly secret and extremely violent martial-arts competition. While trying to gain access into the underground world of clandestine fighters, he also has to avoid military officers who consider him to be AWOL. After enduring a difficult training and beginning a romance with journalist Janice Kent (Leah Ayres), Frank is given the opportunity to fight. But can he survive?

A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Franklin J. Schaffner, 1978. 

Based on Clive Barker’s horror legend The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a sceptical grad student researching the monster’s myth. Bernard Rose (1992) 

A young woman who has telekinetic abilities shows up on her cousin’s doorstep after 10 years in a mysterious Russian facility. As dark events from the past resurface, something in the woods begins hunting them

A newly-restored thrillers from the golden age of British noir: Cast a Dark Shadow (1955 – Dirk Bogarde) / Wanted for Murder (1946)  

A man is haunted by a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980’s, which no one remembers. He grows suspicious of the role it played in the nightmarish events of his childhood, including the disappearance of his twin brother. TV Series (2016)  

Korean tale about a disgraced police detective-turned-pimp who becomes involved in a breathless race against time to catch a psychopathic serial killer after one of his girls goes missing. He has just twelve hours to find evidence against the killer, before the bureaucratic Seoul police department are forced to release him to continue his reign of terror.

In a post-apocalyptic future, pollution has killed off the natural world and the population is forced to live underground. A woman attempts to smuggle a suitcase of contraband drug/chips from Los Angeles to the underground remnants of New York City, while eluding both police and gangsters.

Released from institutionalization, schizophrenic Peter Winter (Peter Greene) returns to his small Canadian island hometown in search of his daughter, Nicole (Jennifer MacDonald), who’s been adopted. Suffering from the belief that transmitters are implanted in his body, Winter struggles with the voices and sounds he hears. Winter’s mother (Megan Owen) and those around him fear he might be dangerous. As Winter searches for Nicole, concerned police officer Jack McNally (Robert Albert) follows him.

Norwegian Documentary. In 1961, UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold’s plane fatally crashed on African soil. Fifty years later, a shocking conspiracy emerges. Mads Brügger (2019)  

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.  

Unevenly directed camp classic featuring then popular rapper bad boy Vanilla Ice romancing a rich girl. Naomi Campbell, 1991.  

Ralph Bakshi’s (Fritz the Cat) infamous indictment of blaxploitation films, negative black stereotypes and the plight of blacks in America circa 1975. Barry White, Scatman Crothers. 

Australian action comedy television series set in a bizarre, camp, 1960s interpretation of World War II and follows a group of five international spies on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler and thwart his plans of world domination.  

Director Sam Raimi’s sci-fi action movies featuring Liam Neeson and Larry Drake: DARKMAN (Sam Raimi 1990), DARKMAN 2 (Bradford May 1995) DARKMAN 3 (Bradford May 1996)  

College freshmen Josh (Tom Everett Scott) and Cooper (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are more interested in hitting the bottle than in hitting the books — and their poor grades are set to get them kicked out of school. Their only hope of passing is to find a roommate who will kill himself. That’s because an oddball college code states that a suicide victim’s roommates automatically get straight A’s. But sharing space with a lineup of lunatics proves enough to drive both boys crazy.

An eccentric collector of rare movies shot on super-8 dies and his library is sold off. FilmFanatic Marty Weeks successfully bids on several reels of film and rushes home to watch them.

horror where metalheads Brodie and Zakk’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of music said to grant Ultimate Power, but the music also summons an ancient evil who possess their classmates and family. Jason Lei Howden  

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  

The Blaxploitation classic on blu-ray! Rowdy, uninhibited extravaganza of low-budget Grand Guignol, angel-dust freak-outs, roller-disco and accelerated Benny Hill-style antics! Rudy Ray Moore, D’Urville Martin, 1975.  

Beloved cult film about a troubled high school student with an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit , who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. Jake Gyllenhaal, Richard Kelly, 2001.  

The dashing, mysterious Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), after hypnotizing a British soldier, Renfield (Dwight Frye), into his mindless slave, travels to London and takes up residence in an old castle. Soon Dracula begins to wreak havoc, sucking the blood of young women and turning them into vampires. When he sets his sights on Mina (Helen Chandler), the daughter of a prominent doctor, vampire-hunter Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) is enlisted to put a stop to the count’s never-ending bloodlust.

A prototype enhanced human & a goofy bystander are pursued by Chinese-hired hit men in this underrated action film. Mark Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, Steve Wang.  

David Lynch’s poignant second feature, the notorious true story of freak-show performer John Merrick and his relationship with a London surgeon in Victorian England. John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, 1980. 

This French Sci-Fi classic is a bizarre and beautifully animated futuristic story on a faraway planet, where blue giants rule and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. René Laloux (1973)  

The wild world of adolescence has rarely been captured with as sharp an observational eye as in this refreshingly smart, frank spin on the teen comedy by director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Sean Penn  

Christopher Nolan’s 1999 debut is a cunning fragmented neonoir of an unemployed young writer who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel getting more than he bargained for in the process.  

An overworked nurse returns home to find a maniac hiding out with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descend upon her home, it becomes a fight for survival. Lora Burke, Nick Smyth, Dorian Allen, 2020.  

An overworked nurse returns home to find a maniac hiding out with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descend upon her home, it becomes a fight for survival. Lora Burke, Nick Smyth, Dorian Allen, 2020.  

A documentary about a political troupe headed by actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland which travelled to towns near military bases in the US in the early 1970s. Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, 1972.

Two lonely souls connect across the life-death divide in Adam Stovall’s rich, constantly surprising debut. MacLeod Andrews, Natalie Walker, 2020.  

In this day-glo Japanese satire, the executives at World Caramel, desperate for an edge in the candy market, hire a gauche female taxi-stand worker with a difficult-to-explain sex appeal. Yasuzô Masumura, 1958.  

Writer David Mamet’s masterful look into the seedy business of selling and the desperate men all vying for a buck. Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, James Foley, 1992. 

Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and the team behind horror classic Re-animator join forces for this electrifying live-action adaptation of Yoshiki Takaya’s celebrated manga series! 1991  

In the 15th century, a young goatherd living alone in a mountain hut feels a dark presence in the woods.

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. Clive Barker (1987)  

Henry (Michael Rooker) is released from prison following his mother’s murder. He supplements his job as an exterminator with a series of indiscriminate and violent murders. Fellow jailbird and drug dealer Otis (Tom Towles) becomes a willing accomplice in Henry’s bloody killings. But as the depravity escalates and Henry forms a bond with Otis’ sister, Becky (Tracy Arnold), things start to get out of hand. The film is based on the true-life story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

A look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre from the very beginning. Rusty Cundieff, Tony Todd, Jordan Peele, 2019. 

Sexy Neo-noir thriller about a manipulative drifter who shakes things up in a godforsaken Texas town. Based on Charles Williams’ novel Hell Hath No Fury and directed by Dennis Hopper. Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly, Jack Nance, 1990.  

Unrated & Uncut! All three of Tom Six’s over-the-top horror films collected for your viewing displeasure! 

A flabby black comedian Rudy Ray Moore defends his community from attacks by stereotyped whites. Cliff Roquemore (1976) 

Starring Sam Neill and Jürgen Prochnow, an insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer’s books have on his fans is more than inspirational. John Carpenter (1994)

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. 

 John Carpenter’s neo-western action horror about a team of vampire hunters hunting a powerful vampire from gaining a sacred religious relic. James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Maximilian Schell, 1998. 

A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naive client brings him his first `adult’ case, to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend

Legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans narrates this compulsively watchable documentary about his life, the remarkable films he produced and the failures that ultimately destroyed him. 2002.  

Two teens witness a gang of homicidal alien-clowns landing in town, but the cops are sceptical. Soon reports are coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. Stephen Chiodo (1988)  

A parody of Dark Siege and Speed 2 that will leave you with your jaw on the floor!

Starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland. A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. Alan J. Pakula (1971)  

KRULLLLLL! On blu-ray.

Picking up where Pan’s Labyrinth left off, this bloody and breathtaking epic follows a “sad” circus clown who falls for the beautiful acrobat wife of his sociopathic abuser, the “happy” clown. Álex de la Iglesia, 2010.  

Darkness (Tim Curry) seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns. Jack (Tom Cruise) and his friends do everything possible to save the world and Princess Lili (Mia Sara) from the hands of Darkness. Enter a world of unicorns, magic swamps, dwarfs and rainbows

Charming 80′ comedy romance where a young artist (Andrew McCarthy) makes a mannequin so perfect (Kim Cattrall) he falls in love with it, causing her to come to life. Michael Gottlieb (1987) And the sequel too.

Combining elements of The Breakfast Club and the Columbine High Massacre, Medley portrays High School the way students see it; a battleground for survival. It’s the end of the year and students are worrying about more than their final exams; they’re worried about staying in one piece.  When the students take over, the school becomes a hunting ground, and everyone is fair game.  All the frustrations of being a pre-teen nihilist are portrayed in full force.  Filmed in Italy, this is destined to be classified with the likes of Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust and Dario Argento’s The Stendhal Syndrome. Medley is a movie filled with gore, violence, Rock & Roll and recess.  Beware, when the lunch bell rings, you might be on the menu…Pray for Survival.

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.  

When a cockroach-spread plague threatens to decimate the child population of New York City, evolutionary biologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) and her research associates rig up a species of “Judas” bugs and introduce them into the environment, where they will mimic the diseased roaches and infiltrate their grubby habitats. So far so good … until the bugs keep on evolving and learn to mimic their next prey — humans.

IMPORT BLU RAY. Supernatural thriller focusing on a journalist whose wife experienced a strange moth-like vision immediately before she was killed in a car accident. Two years later, driving to an interview, he suddenly finds himself hundreds of miles out of his way in the remote town of Point Pleasant, where there has been a proliferation of `mothman’ sightings. His research concludes that the visions are omens of disaster.

A rare glimpse into the legendary career of wrestling icon, Vampiro, as he grapples with his demons and life after fame. Straight from one of wrestling’s most outspoken characters, this is a candid look beyond the ring.

A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.

A female nurse desperately tries to hide her feelings of necrophilia from her new boyfriend, but still has pieces of the corpse of the first movie’s hero in her possession.

Tourists (Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins) and a sheriff (George Kennedy) fight Western townsfolk crazed by water contaminated as a test.

German splatter horror follows the soul of woman through a harrowing journey into the pits of Hell. Olaf Ittenbach, 2010.  

When an experimental Lethal Injection drug makes criminals immortal they take over the prison and the world.

A thief encounters a murderous maid whose victims have come back to haunt her.

A singer quits her band to become an actress and sheds her “good girl” image to further her career.

Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.

A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid’s spotlight — and his girl.

Stringent vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time. The young woman soon experiences terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge.

Alex Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered repo man in desolate downtown Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing.  

They don’t come prescient or cheesier then this violent Arnie sci-fi thriller about a reality TV show where criminals fight for their lives. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Yaphet Kotto, Maria Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Jesse Ventura, 1987.  

The widow’s houseboy and the divorcee’s chauffeur bet on which will bed the other’s employer first. Jacqueline Bisset, Ray Sharkey, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, 1989.  

A monstrous madman slowly mutilates poor young girls.

An orphan raised by nuns (Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick) grows up to be a killer toy-store Santa Claus.

Starring Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, a woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in. Barbet Schroeder (1992) 

Bizarro cult film from the director of Donnie Darko that involves a rift in the space-time continuum, a zeppelin powered by fluid karma, tanks sponsored by Hustler, guns that bend around corners, Neo-Marxist terrorists, and TS Eliot. Dwayne Johnson, 2006.  

A group of masked intruders attacks the houseful of drunks and stoners making sure no one gets out alive. It’s up to Brad, Sean and Maybe to save the party in this blood-soaked thrill ride from writer/director Jason Zink.

Sam Peckinpah’s most controversial film about a young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, 1971.  

Russian war action, In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Aleksey Sidorov (2018)  

A maniacal southern sheriff takes out his frustrations on the son of veteran army sergeant. To get revenge the sergeant uses his Sherman Tank. James Garner, Shirley Jones, C. Thomas Howell, 1984. 

A group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night, and then wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths. Kim Henkel (1994)  

A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business. Rusty Cundieff, 1995.  

Chinese crime thriller where a master criminal shot by police refuses treatment, waiting to break out, caught between an obsessed cop and the troubled surgeon assigned to save his life. Johnnie To (2016)  

As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn (James Woods) is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon “Videodrome,” a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend (Deborah Harry) auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought.

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, Art Linson, 1980  

Jewel thieves flee into the Basque forests and are captured by a coven of witches.

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. 

Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon) is a retired banker married to a younger woman Susanna (Amanda Seyfried), an actress, and they share a daughter named Ella. One afternoon when Theo attempts to visit Susanna on set, he is denied entry.

Well there it is guys. Lots of stuff. All coming on Thursday. You know what to do! Cheers!

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