The Heavy Hitting Martyrs Finally Returns To The Videostore…

In all these years of having the videostore many flicks have come through the shop with some leaving a greater impression than others. 2008’s MARTYRS is still near the top of that list. It is not a fun movie to watch but God damn does it pack a punch! After being out of print for many years and only having the underwhelming American remake available the fine folks at Umbrella Entertainment have given us a beautiful new BLU RAY edition that looks amazing. Here is this week’s list…

BACK IN STOCK! James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Based upon the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Miniseries (2016)  

BACK IN STOCK! Gory but kitsch thriller set in the deep south of the US about a gang of college kids on spring break who spend the night in the inappropriately named town of Pleasant Valley – a decision they will rue. Persuaded by the overzealous mayor to join them for the town’s annual BBQ, the prospect seems hard to resist until they begin to disappear one-by-one in the most gruesome of fashions.

BACK IN STOCK! 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.

Recently discovered & restored years after its completion, Lincoln Maazel stars as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented & isolated as the pains, tragedies, & humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters & chaotic crowds.  

A camp horror-adventure-comedy about an intrepid reporter who finds herself in the middle of some cosmic horror while pursuing a story. Brigitte Kingsley, Art Hindle, Andrew Cymek, 2022  

BACK IN STOCK! Takashi Miike’s audacious horror about a widower who stages a mock audition in order to meet a new partner only to become infatuated with a woman who is not what she seems to be. Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, 1999.  

When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion. Louise Lasser, Woody Allen, 1971.  

A happily married polyamorous Italian couple invite the viewer into their romantic life in this sweet documentary portrait of two people testing the limits of sexual desire… Mauro Russo Rouge, 2020.  

BACK IN STOCK! Go Deep Into Sasquatch Country with these classics! BIGFOOT: THE MYSTERIOUS MONSTER / SASQUATCH / THE SNOWBEAST  

BACK IN STOCK! Long unavailable cult monster movie about mysterious turtle creatures who emerge from an abandoned mine. John Crawford, Rebecca Balding, James L. Conway, 1981. 

BACK IN STOCK! Umbrella’s beautiful double feature release of the Re-Animator sequels

BACK IN STOCK! 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.

BACK IN STOCK! The 2-disc DVD edition of the legendary film. Mini Poster included.

Producer Val Lewton redefined the horror genre with this stylish and subtle horror film about a woman who fears she becomes a feline predator when intimate. Kent Smith, Simone Simon, Jacques Tourneur.  

Seminal cult hit featuring the iconic killer doll in 4K!  

A five-part documentary series which explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions.  

A U.S. builder (Tom Skerritt), a female lawyer, an arsonist (Ian Gilmour), and a Lloyd’s of London agent (James Mason) inspect an Australian resort.

Peter Taylor (Kevin Bacon), his wife Bronny and their two children return to Los Angeles after a fun-filled vacation to the Grand Canyon. Strange events soon start to plague the family, including young son Michael’s increasingly erratic behavior. The Taylors learn that Michael brought back some mysterious rocks that he discovered inside a cave. Unfortunately, something followed them home as the clan now find themselves in a battle with a supernatural force that preys on their worst fears.

Classic 70’s cult film about a short Arizona motorcycle cop investigating a murder and trying to become a detective, but constantly harassed by the system. Robert Blake, James William Guercio, 1973.  

Season 3 of Eli Roth’s History of Horror continues with its winning combination of insightful interviews with masterfully-edited clips from films that have seared themselves into popular culture, framed through sub-genres that speak to the moment.  

Biographical TV movie about Elvis Presley. Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell, John Carpenter, 1979.  

BACK IN STOCK! It stars Michelle Yeoh as a Chinese American woman being audited by the IRS who discovers that she must connect with parallel universe versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from causing the destruction of the multiverse.

Series of hysterical vignettes that probe sexuality’s stickiest issues from Woody Allen. John Carradine, Lou Jacobi, 1972. 

BACK IN STOCK! George C. Scott stars in this return to the terrifying saga of demonic possession as s police lieutenant in spiritual crisis tracks a rash of murders seeming to copycat a long dead serial killer. William Peter Blatty (1990)  

One of the defining independent films of the 1990s, Atom Egoyan’s mesmerizing international breakthrough Exotica takes the conventions of the psychological thriller into bold new territory—unsettling, dreamlike, and empathetic. Sarah Polley, Mia Kirshner  

Accident-prone stuntman Super Dave Osborne comes out of a self-imposed retirement to raise money for his new girlfriend’s son’s heart operation with ridiculous results. Bob Einstein, Gia Carides, Dan Hedaya, 2000. 

BACK IN STOCK! Soon-to-be remade Canadian horror about a trio of kids who accidentally open a gateway to Hell and must close it somehow before it is too late. Stephen Dorff, Tibor Tak�cs, 1987.  

BACK IN STOCK! Import version of the beloved cult film about a skateboarder who uncovers a government conspiracy while investigating his adoptive brother’s mysterious death. Christian Slater, 1989. 

Chuck Norris kicks some serious ass as a hunted ex-US army commando and then a kickboxing bodyguard. 1978.  

4 Gothic Horrors from Italy: Massimo Pupillo’s Lady Morgan’s Vengeance / Alberto De Martino’s The Blancheville Monster / Mino Guerrini’s Il terzo Occhio (aka The Third Eye) / Damiano Damiani’s La strega in amore (aka The Witch)  

Mathieu Kassovitz’s (‘Amelie’) first feature about the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. Vincent Cassel, France, 1995.  

German Double Bill with seminal Director F.W. Murnau: THE HAUNTED CASTLE (F.W. Murnau 1921) FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE (F.W. Murnau 1924)  

BACK IN STOCK! 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)  

BACK IN STOCK! Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again. Tony Randel (1988)  

BACK IN STOCK! Chilling ’70s adaptation of Jack Finney’s classic novel. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Philip Kaufman, 1978.  

A quasi-documentary plunge into the 1980s porn industry takes an unsparing look at issues of misogyny, drug abuse, and exploitation via the story of two women, the naïve newcomer Tigr & her partner, the magnetic, imperious porn veteran Sharon Mitchell.  

BACK IN STOCK! Starring Ian McKellen. Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison. Michael Mann (1983)  

A soldier of fortune squares off against warlord in this explosive action-adventure! Jack Palance, Fernando Lamas, Aldo Ray, Michael D. Moore, 1967.  

Lily is a typical 150-year-old lovelorn vampire who’s looking for the man of her nightmares — until she lays her eyes on Herman, a 7-foot-tall green experiment with a heart of gold. It’s love at first shock as these two ghouls fall fangs over feet for each other in a Transylvanian romance. Unfortunately, it’s not all smooth sailing in the cemetery as Lily’s father has other plans for his beloved daughter’s future, and they don’t involve her new bumbling beau.

Two young women who were both victims of abuse as children embark on a bloody quest for revenge, only to find themselves plunged into a living hell of depravity.

A low-budget science-fiction musical shot in Rwanda, set in an unknown time and in an unknown place rich in minerals, slave labor, discarded technology, an intersex African hacker, a coltan miner and the virtual marvel born as a result of their union.  

BACK IN STOCK! An alien trying to seduce a shy Earth physicist to gain control of his research accidentally falls in love with him. Dan Akroyd, Kim Basinger, Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan, 1988.  

A concentration camp survivor and her former Nazi torturer and lover re-create their sadomasochistic relationship. Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Liliana Cavani, 1974.  

A modern-day nunsploitation film! A nun is abused, brainwashed and drugged into submission and left for dead. But God gives her a mission of vengeance! Joseph Guzman, 2010.  

Ludicrously camp horror prequel / sequel involving a demented serial killer who looks like a small child. Julia Stiles, Isabelle Fuhrman, William Brent Bell, 2022. 

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. 

All five full-length feature films from Don Coscarelli’s iconic horror franchise together on Blu-ray. Phantasm: Remastered, Phantasm II: The Ball Is Back, Phantasm III: Lord Of The Dead, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, Phantasm V: Ravager  

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

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.

BACK IN PRINT! A quintessential piece of early 80’s trash newly restored from the original camera negative and on blu-ray for the first time! Just look at the cover! Cameron Mitchell and Vic Diaz star!  

A mellow jazz guitarist is possessed by the ghost of a wild punk rocker

Ultra gory inventive Taiwan-set horror in which a virus turns the infected into monsters propelled by their worst instincts. Rob Jabbaz, 2021.  

What starts out as girls weekend away in the Mojave desert becomes a tale of horror, death and alien invasion. Lucy Martin, Chelsea Edge, Sophie Vavasseur, 2021.  

John Saxon features in this Canadian thriller. When the sister of hardened cop Tony Saitta (Stuart Whitman) is poisoned, he embarks on a violent investigation that turns into a shocking whirlpool of revenge and betrayal. Alberto De Martino (1976)  

When teenager Alan (Gregory Smith) buys a set of Commando Elite action figures, he’s unaware that they have been programmed with military technology. The toys, including leader Chip (Tommy Lee Jones), spring to life and start taking their directives seriously, beginning by “killing” their enemies, the toy Gorgonites. But Archer (Frank Langella) and the Gorgonites won’t go down without a fight. Alan gets caught in the middle of the war, as does his neighbor and crush, Christy (Kirsten Dunst).

A volatile drummer loses much of his hearing & is launched on an odyssey as he comes to understand what it means to live as a deaf person and to discover deafness as not a disability but as a rich culture and community. Riz Ahmed, Darius Marder, 2019  

BACK IN STOCK! A maverick cop goes undercover into a dangerous criminal underworld and, under the spell of the bad guy’s charismatic leader, maybe gets in a little too deep. Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe, 1991.  

Rangers, a reporter and a Native American warrior battle a giant anthropoid.

Both Versions of Suspiria back in stock!

BACK IN STOCK! A crazy clown stalks and tries to kill three women in a wretched old apartment building on Halloween night.

A squad of Libyan terrorists infiltrate the city of Kokomo, Indiana, and take over a nuclear power plant. A counter-terrorist expert must stop them before they blow it up. Chuck Connors, Brodie Greer, Bill Calvert, Kavi Raz, Peter Maris, 1987.  

Canadian made horror film about a parasitologist is abducted after discovering a treatment for a spore-fuelled pandemic and awakens inside a life-support canister. Anna Hopkins, Simon Mutabazi, Michael Ironside, Seth A. Smith, 2020.  

Japanese erotic drama. A housewife leaves her husband after he has been cheating on her. She meets an old girlfriend from school, a promiscuous woman who introduces her to a world of sexual survival. Kôyû Ohara (1981)  

Gay, alienated Los Angeles teens have a hard time as their parents kick them out of their homes, they don’t have money, their lovers cheat and they are harassed by gay-bashers.

Wonderfully over-the-top and endlessly enjoyable Italian Raiders of the Lost Ark rip-off. Ferdinando Baldi, 1983.  

electrifying film noir about a crusading district attorney tasked to crack down on a powerful crime syndicate, he recruits his no-nonsense newspaperman pal, his sweetheart and his grizzled detective father. William Holden, Edmond O’Brien, William Dieterle  

BACK IN STOCK! Blu-Ray release of Cronenberg’s seminal sci-fi horror. 

And there we go guys! Big list this week with some great flicks. Some movies might not make the final shipment this week as the official invoice is not in but most should. See ya later in the week. Cheers!

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