Another Week Of Random Cinema Hits The Videostore…

Another week of goodies hitting the videostore as we approach the one year anniversary of the world going to shit. Oh well, at this point cinema has been a rescue to ease the frustrations of lack of concerts, vacations, and theaters. So with that said let’s take a look shall we…

It’s back in stock! The best selling Steven Seagal triple feature on Blu Ray. Seriously, can’t keep this bad boy on the shelves.

When his parents go to Australia for six months to work on a zoology project, young Mitchell (Shane McDermott) is sent to live with his Aunt Irene (Edie McClurg) and Uncle Louie (Patrick Thomas O’Brien) in Cincinnati. Initially dismayed by the cold climate, Mitchell’s unhappiness increases when he’s taunted by the high school’s popular kids. As he strikes up a relationship with Nikki (Brittney Powell), Mitchell begins to win over his bullies by using his Rollerblading skills in street hockey games

A notorious bounty hunter, imprisoned in a desert town, is freed by a ruthless bandit. But instead of joining the bandits he defends the town from these violent murderers. Giuliano Gemma, Rosalba Neri, Michele Lupo, 1966. 

Japanese horror, a group of high school students are forced to play a game of death without knowing who, why or how. Takashi Miike (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.

When Stacy’s abusive ex-husband gets out of prison, she decides to take their daughter and her four best friends to her parents’ beach house. Soon their peaceful plans turn into a nightmare, and surviving the night becomes all that matters.

The inspirational tale of the grandfathers of fitness as we now know it, Joe and Ben Weider. Facing anti-Semitism and extreme poverty, the brothers beat all odds to build an empire and inspire future generations. George Gallo (2018)  

Writer-director Larry Cohen’s clever & entertaining paean to traditional gangster films (a la LITTLE CAESAR) updates the genre to contemporary Harlem. Fred Williamson, Minnie Gentry, Julius W. Harris, D’urville Martin, Val Avery, Phillip Roye. 

A stunning carhop who wants to be a country singer and her sweetheart who dreams he is Billy the Kid become involved in robbery and murder.

When a Mexican land baron puts a million dollars on the head of the man who seduced and impregnated his daughter, two money-hungry hired killers recruit a small-town bartender to help them do their dirty work. Kris Kristofferson, Sam Peckinpah, 1974.  

Oddball cable installer Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey) attempts to strike up a friendship with customer Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) by offering him premium channels at no cost. When Steven rebuffs Chip’s frequent need for companionship, Chip goes from a mildly eccentric acquaintance to a full-fledged psycho stalker. Though it’s increasingly apparent to Steven that the cable guy is dangerous, convincing his friends, family and the authorities of that is another matter entirely.

A blind woman inherits a castle. To make sure things are on the up and up, she, along with her boyfriend, head over to Albanian to check it out. There is one problem; a murderous creature living in the walls. The estate is stunning, and a murderous freak is better than a faulty foundation

After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism that infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.

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

The fictional Creepshow comic books come to life in this anthology series of terrifying tales hosted by the silent Creepshow ghoul. TV Series (2019)  

After married man John Proctor (Daniel Day-Lewis) decides to break off his affair with his young lover, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder), she leads other local girls in an occult rite to wish death upon his wife, Elizabeth (Joan Allen). When the ritual is discovered, the girls are brought to trial. Accusations begin to fly, and a literal witch hunt gets underway. Before long, Elizabeth is suspected of witchcraft, and John’s attempt to defend her only makes matters worse.

Guillermo del Toro’s deeply personal and frightening ghost story set during the waning days of the Spanish Civil War. 2001. 

Gritty 70’s retelling of the oft-told story of Doc Holliday, the cold-blooded sharp-shooter, and his old friend, Marshall Wyatt Earp, as they take down the Clanton gang in the dusty town of Tombstone, in Arizona. Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway, Frank Perry.  

Gushing with over 6 hours of old school slice & dice, Giallo grooviness, Hammer Glamour, gut munching cannibal capers, swanky Euro-trash and creature feature monster madness (not to mention a tsunami of boobs & pubes) (2019) 

Hong Kong wall-to-wall action from Johnnie To follows the underworld in 1998 Macau as its Portuguese owners turn the colony over to Chinese rule. Anthony Wong, Roy Cheung, 2007.  

First three seasons of the fantastic Fargo TV series…

In this horror-comedy from Blumhouse, a reimaging of the classic Freaky Friday, a teen girl swap bodies with a middle aged male serial killer. Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Christopher Landon, 2020. 

A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead. Tom Holland (1985) 

In this Japanese animation, cyborg federal agent Maj. Motoko Kusanagi (Mimi Woods) trails “The Puppet Master” (Abe Lasser), who illegally hacks into the computerized minds of cyborg-human hybrids. Her pursuit of a man who can modify the identity of strangers leaves Motoko pondering her own makeup and what life might be like if she had more human traits. With her partner (Richard George), she corners the hacker, but her curiosity about her identity sends the case in an unforeseen direction

HANDS OF STEEL: A cyborg is programmed to kill a scientist who holds the fate of mankind in his hands. He fails and hides in a diner in a desert run by a woman who likes him.
BLOOD HANDS: Kickboxer seeks revenge against rival gang, responsible for the murder of his master and his family

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 loosely based on the true-life story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

On a snowy eve, Little Holly’s sister and father are killed by her frantic mother. Years later, Holly is married, lonely, and her life is soon about take a turn for the ultra weird, when she visits “Umbrella of Love and Mind”. Can Evrenol (2017) 

A sadistic, small-town sheriff and her underlings brutalize a young women only to have her return after being bitten by a werewolf and now out for revenge. Kristen Vaganos, Jennifer Seward, Manon Halliburton, 2020. 

Sam (Christopher Allport) is traumatized by his experience the previous Christmas, battling Jack Frost (Matt Falletta), a murderous snowman possessed by a serial killer. His wife, Anne (Eileen Seeley), thinks a trip to the tropics will get his mind off the snow, so they pack their bags and head to a resort on an island in the Pacific. Meanwhile, the FBI accidentally resurrects Jack’s remains during an experiment. Jack heads to the island, covers it in snow and embarks on another rampage.

King Kong and Godzilla go head-to-head in an epic battle of the beast when the giant gorilla escapes from captivity in Japan and squares up to the recently thawed lizard

Comedic take on the oft filmed story of a great white hunter / adventurer. Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies, J. Lee Thompson, 1985  

Starring Christian Slater, Milla Jovovich, A down on his luck young man seeks help from his brother, who he watches being murdered. The police abandon the case, and so he hunts down the killer for revenge. Bruce A. Evans (1992)  

After he moves to Scotland with his parents, only child Tony (Jonathan Lipnicki) struggles to make friends at his new school. But he is bullied and picked on by the other boys, and has little hope of overcoming his miserable new life. Then he meets Rudolph (Rollo Weeks), a kid vampire with whom Tony becomes very close. But, when Rudolph’s life and the future of the vampire race are threatened by a ruthless vampire hunter, Tony must find the courage to save his best friend.

Made-for-TV movie sequel to Roman Polanski’s psychological thriller, chronicling the life of the ill-fated demonic son Adrian, from young boy through adulthood. Patty Duke, Ruth Gordon, Tina Louise, Donna Mills, 1976.  

Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way

During the darkest days of World War II, two young American WAC officers volunteer to infiltrate a depraved Nazi Love Camp on a desperate rescue mission. Lee Frost (1969)  

A fascinating glimpse of the world in 1968 through the prism of the life of a TV cameraman climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Robert Forster, Haskell Wexler. 

An excellent & unabashedly Canadian slasher set in a Maritime coal town cursed with a decades-old folk tale about a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day. The folk tale turns out to be true! George Mihalka, 1981.  

Police in Boston begin to examine a series of murders connected to a local night school. All of the victims are female students who have been decapitated in what appears to be a ritual beheading. Suspicion fall on one of the professors.

An unemployed Maori living in the Auckland slums, Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) has a terrible temper that he takes out on family and strangers alike. His wife, Beth (Rena Owen), takes regular beatings after he’s been at the pub, and his kids do what they can to sidestep trouble. Nig (Julian Arahanga), the eldest, is joining a street gang; Boogie (Taungaroa Emile) has been placed in a foster home; and Grace increasingly retreats to the pages of her journal.

With only a recreation center to distract them, most of the teenagers in the drab planned community of New Granada have turned to drugs and delinquency. Carl (Michael Kramer), the son of a town councilman, is an exception, but he can’t seem to help falling in with a charismatic and troubled classmate, Richie (Matt Dillon). Soon after, a trigger-happy sheriff (Harry Northrup) shoots Richie, and sole witness Carl has to go on the run, eventually inciting a dramatic teenage riot.

PAPERHOUSE: This dark psychological drama follows young Anna Madden (Charlotte Burke), a lonely British child who begins to inhabit the world that she draws in her sketchbook. When she creates a boy on paper, she later meets the same child, Marc (Elliott Spiers), in her dream realm. Things take a creepy turn when Anna draws her absentee father (Ben Cross), and he appears in her world as a menacing figure out to get her. Can Anna control this strange realm, or will she become a victim of it?
DEATH OF RICHIE: Based on a true story, this drama depicts the downfall of teenager Richie Werner (Robby Benson) through a destructive drug habit. Induced by peers to use drugs, Richie is drawn deeper into a pattern of addiction, to the horror of his girlfriend, mother (Eileen Brennan) and brother (Lance Kerwin). Richie’s behavior is dealt with most forcefully by his father (Ben Gazzara), who will not tolerate drugs. When Richie becomes increasingly violent, his family must take action.

Critically acclaimed & an audience favourite, director Bong Joon Ho’s searing critique of Korean society fused to a rip-roaring con-family comedy. 2019.  

Three young women go out partying and wake up attached together as a Frankenstein-esque monster. With their individual personalities still intact, the three women set out to figure out what happened to them

After college student Taguchi (Kenji Mizuhashi) commits suicide, a number of young adults living in Tokyo witness terrifying visions transferred across the Internet. As more people disappear throughout the city, the Internet becomes a breeding ground for malevolent spirits. Three seemingly disconnected stories follow Michi (Kumiko Aso), Ryosuke (Haruhiko Katô) and Harue (Koyuki) as they attempt to solve the mystery behind the ghostly visions that are seeping beyond their computer monitors.

A dedicated Soviet cop arrives in Chicago, where he reluctantly teams up with a foul-mouthed American detective to comb the streets of the Windy City for the Russian drug dealer who killed both their partners.

Wil Wheaton plays the video buddy to a desperately lonely single man in Jon Stevenson’s darkly comic horror film. 2020. 

Incarcerated for assault and manslaughter, a man (Siu-wong Fan) survives in a futuristic prison by resorting to more extreme violence.

Two-DVD remastered re-issue of Pasolini’s notorious reinterpretation of the Marquis de Sade’s narrative of torture and degradation. Italy, 1975. 

Two strangers tell scary stories in a Catskills cabin during a power outage.

From legendary cult director Don Jones, Two deranged brothers, who are under the domineering influence of their crazed mother, kidnap young girls and keep them captive in chains in their basement, where they subject them to depraved “games.” 1973.  

Two Misogynistic Slashers That Were Born For Hell! Naked Massacre (1976) / Swingers Massacre (AKA Inside Amy 1975) 

Adaptation of H Rider Haggard’s novel about an ancient immortal queen who seeks the reincarnation of her long-lost lover. While celebrating in Jerusalem at the end of World War I, a man is approached by a mysterious woman who offers him untold wealth if he will accompany her to a secret mountain city.

A Beverly Hills teen (Billy Warlock) discovers his parents are part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

FINALLY ON BLU RAY! Comical tale focusing on the anarchic adventures of a college drop-out named Ross who has an unhealthy appetite for illegal drugs, particularly amphetamine sulphate, or speed. Having met a heavyweight dealer and drug manufacturer, Ross agrees to become his driver, a job that leads him into a series of manic and increasingly bizarre situations that distract him from his personal quest to find his errant girlfriend.

Brothers Johnny (Ernie Reyes Jr.) and Adam (Nicolas Cowan) are coasting through a fun surfer existence in Los Angeles when they are suddenly accosted by a band of ninjas. A mysterious warrior comes to their aid, later telling the brothers that they are the royal heirs to the throne of Patusan, an embattled island under the rule of a tyrannical leader (Leslie Nielsen). After discovering their untapped ninja skills, Johnny and Adam agree to travel to Patusan to overthrow the current monarchy.

A vengeful policewoman (Eihi Shiina) battles an army of cyborg creatures that showcase horrific mutations.

Colombian terrorist Luis Cali (Andrew Divoff) takes an American prep school hostage as a means of gaining his drug lord father’s freedom. Privileged yet rebellious students Joey (Wil Wheaton), Billy (Sean Astin), Snuffy (Keith Coogan) and Hank (T.E. Russell) find that they are better equipped to deal with the threat than the mostly ineffectual government agencies sent to rescue them. With resourceful Billy as their leader, the students struggle to defeat the terrorists and save the school.

During the Vietnam War, soldier Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) finds that his superior officer, Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), has turned violently deranged, and the two fight to the death. After their bodies are retrieved, they are placed into a secret program in which they are reanimated and trained to become unquestioning killing machines. While Devereaux and Scott initially have no memory of their former lives, glimpses of their pasts start to return, rekindling their intense conflict.

Visually stunning Hong Kong erotic drama where a young student who finds himself unexpectedly attracted to his handsome, outspoken male professor. Scud (2015)  

Middle-school student Dawn Weiner (Heather Matarazzo) faces degradation at school — where she is teased constantly — and at home. The middle child between nerdy older brother Mark (Matthew Faber) and perky younger sister Missy (Daria Kalinina), Dawn can’t seem to find a place to belong. Although she has a crush on a cute boy (Eric Mabius) whom her brother knows, she can only catch the attention of bully Brandon (Brendan Sexton Jr.), who threatens her to show affection.

Friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by ‘The Foundation’, a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years. Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, 2021. 

A teenage Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) meets and befriends his future sidekick, the bemused and bespectacled John Watson (Alan Cox). During their first semester of boarding school, a series of deaths occur on campus. Intrigued by the crime, Holmes looks into it and soon comes to suspect a poisonous hallucinogen. And then, in the midst of their investigation, Holmes and Watson stumble on a bizarre cult with a penchant for human sacrifice — after which they must struggle to escape.

And there we go. A little of this and little of that. New stuff should be here on Thursday. Always remember the videotore loves you. Cheers!

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