Another Week Of Random Goodness At The Videostore…

Well the world keeps on rolling and movies must brough to the videostore to keep the selection up. Honestly this week’s movies are a mixed bag of this and that. An assortment of best sellers, forgotten gems, new flicks that maybe you have not heard of and ones simply missing from your collection. So let’s take a look shall we…

And these just keep selling. The five movie collection of the Final Destination franchise returns to the shop. Again,.

back In Stock On Blu Ray. Czech animator Jan Svankmajer’s magical and unsettling stop motion transforms the oft told story of Alice in Wonderland into a journey to the darkest recesses of your imagination. 1988.  

To the Los Angeles elite, Ford Fairlane (Andrew “Dice” Clay) is known as “Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll Detective.” This loudmouthed ladies’ man serves an exclusive rock star clientele, who depend on his keen eye and smug discretion. So when a heavy-metal musician dies mid-concert, Fairlane is on the case before the lights come up. But things turn shocking when radio personality Johnny Crunch (Gilbert Gottfried) hires Fairlane to find a missing groupie mere hours before he is electrocuted live on air.

Featuring the early work of animation wizard Ernest D. Farino (The Terminator), a spaceship of specimens for an intergalactic zoo crashes on Earth near a small back woods town. The specimens escape and town folk are turning up mutilated. Don Dohler, 1978.  

Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder. Jonathan Watson (2018)  

Action-packed Korean disaster film involving a series of volcanic eruptions which threaten to destroy about fifty percent of the Korean peninsula! Kim Byung-seo, Lee Hae-jun, 2020. 

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)  

A sound engineer’s work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni, Peter Strickland, 2013.  

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)  

Classic Argento giallo about a writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman’s life. Music by Ennio Morricone. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, 1970.  

One of the world’s top martial-arts action stars, Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in two action movie classics that will keep you on the edge of your seat right down to the last punch… LIONHEART (Sheldon Lettich 1990), BLACK EAGLE (Eric Karson 1988)  

A rare wilderness survival / rape-revenge film about a softball team terrorised by hillbillies. Gregory Scott Cummins, Laura Albert, Lee Benton, Tanya Rosenberg, 1990.  

Based on Islamic mysticism, this horror/fantasy follows a musician as he searches for the Master Flautist, a supernatural creature who is planning to destroy the world. Peter Firth, Suzan Crowley, 1987.  

Deluxe blu-ray edition of Ruggero Deodato’s infamous 1980 exploitation film. Newly restored high definition print and new bonus features.  

In this blaxploitation classic, a black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim. Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, Jack Hill, 1973. 

A miracle pill intended to save the world causes unforeseen side-effects forcing the surviving gays and bible thumpers in a small Texas town to join forces or fall prey to the flesh craving mutants. Israel Luna (2019)  

Oddball French action-horror about a action movie enthusiast young boy who must defend himself and his grandfather from a killer dressed as Santa Claus. Brigitte Fossey, René Manzor, 1989.  

Once a mild-mannered liberal, New York City architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) snaps when intruders break into his home, murdering his wife (Hope Lange) and violently raping his daughter. A business trip to Tucson, Ariz., lands him a gift from a client, a revolver he uses to patrol the streets when he returns home. Frustrated that the police cannot find the intruders, he become a vigilante, gunning down any criminal that crosses his path. The public finds this vigilantism heroic.

Jim Jarmusch’s cult film about trio of misfits in a Louisiana prison. Roberto Benigni, Tom Waits, John Lurie. 1986.  

Stylish Hong Kong slasher film about a woman pushed to kill by family, work, her love life and finally by not getting her dream apartment. Pang Ho-cheung. 2010. 

Two young women terrorized by a group of small town psychos seek revenge on their tormentors. Terry Miles (2015) 

A comedy that follows the chaos that ensues when a meteor hits the Earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning to the term “survival of the fittest.” David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, and Julianne Moore are the only people standing between the aliens and world domination… which could be bad news for the Earth.

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  

A gang of young criminals flee Paris in a bid for freedom, only to find themselves ensnared by a family of Nazi cannibals intent on breeding a new Aryan master race.

After losing his job at a steel factory, Gaz (Robert Carlyle) learns that his wife wants to sue him for missed child support payments. Desperate for money, Gaz and his friend Dave (Mark Addy) decide to create their own male strip-tease act. The two friends recruit four more men, including their former foreman (Tom Wilkinson) and a security guard (Steve Huison). The group promises that their show will succeed because they are willing to go “the Full Monty”: completely naked

Agents force an ex-con to help them nab a corrupt politician. Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton, 1976. 

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.  

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, 2000

Controversial ‘70s roughie featuring the beautiful Rene Bond. Rick Lutze, Candy Allison.  

Story of Gypsy-Punk band Gogol Bordello, following them as they move from being underground legends to being internationally recognized. 2007. 

Guests mysteriously die at a mountain inn run by a family of oddballs, so – fearing bad publicity – the family bury the bodies of their ill-fated guests themselves.

Adventures from deep space to futuristic New York, and beyond. Each world and story is dominated by the presence of the Loch’nar — the sum of all evils manifest as a glowing green sphere whose power infects all times, all galaxies, all dimensions. To some, it appears as treasure, a green jewel they must possess. Others worship it as a god. Few escape it. Even in death and through death its powers continue. From war to war and world to world it seems invincible.

A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself. John Gray (2004)  

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.

Double feature of the comedy cult classics!

Starring Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman. The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman. Lars von Trier (2018)  

A ticket collector oversees the last train out of London on a dark and stormy night when suddenly the train screeches to a halt in a forest after hitting something on the tracks.

The vehicle containing notorious serial killer Jack Frost collides with a hazardous chemical truck, turning Jack into a snow covered mutant and unleashing him on the unsuspecting town of Snomonton, The Snowman Capitol of the Midwest. Michael Cooney (1997)  

After finally achieving the high score on Starfighter, his favorite arcade game, everyday teenager Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) meets the game’s designer, Centauri (Robert Preston) — who reveals that he created Starfighter as a training ground for developing and recruiting actual pilots to help fight a war in space. Whisked away from the banality of his trailer park life to a distant alien planet, Alex struggles to use his video game-playing skills to pilot a real ship, with real lives at stake.

Following the death of his father, young Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) takes comfort in watching action movies featuring the indestructible Los Angeles cop Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). After being given a magic ticket by theater manager Nick (Robert Prosky), Danny is sucked into the screen and bonds with Slater. When evil fictional villain Benedict (Charles Dance) gets his hands on the ticket and enters the real world, Danny and Jack must follow and stop him.

Teenagers Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head to the city for a concert, then afterward go looking for drugs. Instead, they find a gang of escaped convicts who subject them to a night of torture and rape. The gang then kills the girls in the woods, not realizing they’re near Mari’s house. When they pose as salesmen and are taken in by Mari’s mother (Cynthia Carr) and father (Gaylord St. James), it doesn’t take the parents long to figure out their identities and plot revenge.

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. 

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Produced by the Emmy award-winning Banger Films, ZZ TOP: THAT LITTLE OL‘ BAND FROM TEXAS tells the story of how Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet,

Labyrinthine psycho sexual Italian thriller where frustrated wife Carol Hammond is having bizarre, erotic dreams about her neighbour Julia. When Julia winds up dead, Carol is the prime suspect. Lucio Fulci (1973)  

Bizarro 80’s comedy double feature: Robert Altman’s Beyond Therapy featuring Jeff Goldblum & the Paul Bartel classic Lust in the Dust featuring Divine.  

After his wife was murdered, decorated soldier of fortune MacGruber turned his back on a life of violence, but when her killer, arms dealer Dieter Von Cunth, steals a nuclear warhead, the all-American hero leaps back into action. MacGruber assembles a crack team, including young police lieutenant Dixon Piper and old friend Vicki St Elmo, and with their help battles to stop his arch-nemesis destroying Washington DC

Scintillating screen version of Mozart’s beloved opera showcases Ingmar Bergman at his most joyous. Here he recreates the baroque theater of Sweden’s Drottningholm Palace to stage the story and features many of Europe’s finest soloists. 1975.  

The Notorious Horror Classic with a new 4K restoration. Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Gail Lawrence, Kelly Piper, Tom Savini, Hyla Marrow, William Lustig, 1980  

A planet hurtles toward a collision course with Earth. Two sisters, one of them trying to recover from a heavy bout of depression and a failed marriage, cope with their destiny in very different ways.

Beautifully restored and now complete version (from a print found in Buenos Aires in 2008) of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.  

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

Horror comedy double bill where a space archaeologist, discovers the “Munchies” in a cave in Peru! MUNCHIES (Tina Hirsch 1987), MUNCHIE (Jim Wynorski 1992)  

In this haunting portrait of film industry exploitation a young actress who loses her mind when she is given her first big role. Wu Ke-Xi, Midi Z, 2019.  

After graduating from high school, art school hopeful Hoops McCann (John Cusack) struggles to complete his application to the Rhode Island School of Design. Resigning himself to a summer of boredom, McCann agrees to go along with his best friend, George Calamari (Joel Murray), on a family trip to Nantucket, Mass. But, after McCann and Calamari meet rocker-in-distress Cassandra (Demi Moore), it suddenly looks like it’s going to be “one crazy summer.”

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.

In this delirious, disgusting and delightfully fun “GWAR meets kid film”, a couple of kids meet an alien overlord who’s too serious to take seriously. Matthew Ninaber, Kristen MacCulloch, Rick Amsbury, Steven Kostanski, 2020.  

One brutal and gory night, a family of four is hacked to pieces leaving one lone survivor, the beautiful housekeeper, Ella. When she is taken as a hostage, her captive is unaware of her growing thirst for blood.

Thoughtful sci-fi film about a group of desert ants which develop a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert’s human inhabitants. Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport, Lynne Frederick, Saul Bass, 1974  

When disc jockey Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it’s just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission: the English language.

Documentary looks at the life and times of Nicolas Nicolaou, the proprietor of movie theatre during the sleazy 70s to the present era. Abel Ferrara, 2019.  

Based on the popular Marvel comic book, this film begins with Frank Castle (Dolph Lundgren) as a respected police officer dedicated to eradicating the Mafia’s influence — that is, until the mob responds with a lethal car bomb that decimates Castle’s family. Now, filled with rage and presumed dead from the horrific explosion, Castle takes to the city’s underground sewer tunnels to bring his own brutal brand of vigilante justice to the streets and wreak vengeance on those who killed his family

The badass action combo pack you know you need.

One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon’s enduring splatter-comedy classic returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features! Stuart Gordon (1985)  

Grace couldn’t be happier after she marries the man of her dreams at his family’s luxurious estate. There’s just one catch — she must now hide from midnight until dawn while her new in-laws hunt her down with guns, crossbows and other weapons. As Grace desperately tries to survive the night, she soon finds a way to turn the tables on her not-so-lovable relatives.

The plot is inspired by the South Korean urban legend of the Jangsan Tiger, a man-eating creature that roams around Jangsan, a mountain in the city of Busan. It is rumored to have sharp teeth and white fur and moves swiftly through mountains and lures people by making a sound that resembles a woman’s wail.

Legendary Toei director Teruo Ishii tells three stories of moral sickness set during Japan’s prosperous Genroku era in this bloody follow-up to his sexploitation classic Shogun’s Joy of Torture, and the fourth entry in Toei’s ‘abnormal love’ film series.  

The entire four film franchise on Blu Ray.

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

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. 

Blu-Ray edition of Roman Polanski’s controversial, chilling tale of a fragile, frigid young beauty cracking up over the course of a terrifying weekend. Catherine Deneuve, 1965.  

Siren II, a submarine under the command of Capt. Phillips (R. Lee Ermey), ventures into the deep on a mission to recover the missing Siren I. Their quest is hindered when the submarine becomes entangled in a patch of toxic seaweed. Nearby, Phillips and his crew find an air-filled underwater cave where the government conducts sinister genetic experiments. The heroic rescue mission soon transforms into a desperate fight for survival as the crew battles hordes of mutant sea creatures.

Incredibly brutal anti-Vietnam War / revenge cult film restored and remastered on Blu-Ray! Script by Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader. William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, 1977. 

Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) is a cocky stunt pilot in love with a beautiful actress, Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly). When he discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane, Cliff straps on the rocket, dons a flashy helmet and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. But when Nazis want to use the rocket as a weapon, Cliff must use his alter ego to both protect Jenny from an evil actor (Timothy Dalton) and save the day in this period adventure based on the comic books by Dave Stevens.

Sweet four pack of cinema with Casulties Of War being the stand out.

A photographer is stalked by a dark man in a brimmed hat. As her sanity slips away, a mysterious man claims to know the secret behind the man in the hat and offers to help her.

German comedy, hunting down the murderer of their families in an anarchic Berlin of the near future, two outlaws find themselves trapped in a wicked fairytale circle of revenge. Adolfo J. Kolmerer (2017)

A futuristic, sensitive tale of adventure and confrontation when a 10 year old boy is accidentally kidnapped by a spaceship filled with a motley crew of space pirates. Vince Edwards, David Mendenhall, Patsy Pease, 1983.

Chauffeur Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.) looks after three strange siblings at their family estate. Ralph (Sid Haig), Virginia (Jill Banner) and Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn) all suffer from an inherited condition: a genetic disorder that causes a reversal in mental age and results in a crazed, childlike disposition. Because of his affection for the family, Bruno covers up the siblings’ bizarre behavior and crimes. But, when relatives arrive at the family estate, the truth is bound to come out.

Double feature goodness. Well atleast Blue Thunder is.

Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood and others weigh in with their thoughts on whether the pitfalls of progress could actually destroy civilization instead of help it.

A maniacal clown terrorises three young women and anyone else in his way on Hallow’een night.

Cult classic movie taking place 20 years after the events of the TV series’ second season and serves to bridge into the third season. Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, Lionel Stander, Orson Welles, 1986. 

A U.S. podcaster (Justin Long) ventures into the Canadian wilderness to interview an old man (Michael Parks) who has an extraordinary past, and the American learns the man has a dark secret involving a walrus.

In this cult favorite road film, a mechanic (Dennis Wilson) and a driver (James Taylor) live only to race and maintain their 1955 Chevy. Heading east from California with no particular agenda, they give a girl (Laurie Bird) a ride, and en route she incites jealousy between the men by sleeping with them both. Meanwhile, the trio encounters an overbearing GTO driver (Warren Oates) who agrees to race them to New York, each side putting at stake their most prized possession: their car.

Nicholas Cage continues his balls to the wall exploitation comeback in this over-the-top rip off of the horror film Banana Splits Movie, about animatronic creatures running amuck. Kevin Lewis, 2021. 

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

When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to “civilize” the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy. Lucky McKee (2011) 

From the outrageous imagination of cult director Teruo Ishii comes this infamous omnibus of three shocking tales of crime and punishment based on true-life documented cases set during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. 1968. 

A director makes a movie based on a murder he committed. Zoe Tamerlis, Eric Bogosian, Brad Rijn, Kevin O’connor, Larry Cohen, 1984 

Infamous cult Japanese action horror where the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (1975) 

And there it is. This week’s mix of cinema. As per usually expecting films to hit Thursday. See you guys soon. Cheers!

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