April has arrived and the cinema also keeps arriving at the old videostore as we truck forward in this world doing our best in a bizarre time. Well one thing is for sure…there are movies to be watched and the videostore hopes some of these gems get you excited for another upcoming new movie day hitting the shop later in the week! Let’s take a look shall we?

An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

An amazing set of six of Sir Hitchcock’s classics including videostore personal favourite STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.

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.

Larisa Shepitko’s finest works of late-Soviet cinema! Two Soviet partisans on a mission to gather food contend with the winter cold, the occupying Germans, and their own psyches. 1977.  

Six young adults in the woods run afoul of a berserker’s rage, a viking warrior who dons the skins and snout of a bear. Jefferson Richard (1987)  

A doctor eager to learn the mad West’s attempts to bring back the dead accepts a position at the prison where West is being held, attracting the attention of a local reporter and the cruel prison warden. Brian Yuzna (2003)  

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)  

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)  

A Vietnam veteran loses his arms and legs, but surgically gains new limbs. Unfortunately an insanely jealous assistant in love with his fiance switches his DNA injections, transforming him into a gigantic killer. William A. Levey (1973)  

Swedish mystery, reeling after her latest novel flops, a best-selling crime writer retreats to the Swedish countryside. Totally out of place in her new surroundings, she discovers just how dangerous farm life can be. Patrick von Barkenberg (2018)  

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?

Two black bounty hunters ride into a small town out West in pursuit of an outlaw. They discover that the town has no sheriff, and soon take over that position. Jack Arnold (1975)  

A retired special forces officer is trapped in a never ending time loop on the day of his death. Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo, Michelle Yeoh, Joe Carnahan, 2021. 

15th anniversary blu-ray of Vincent Gallo’s cult directorial debut! Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, 1998.

Set in a cabin in an isolated forest, where a young widow lives alone. One night a mysterious caller arrives at the cabin, and a relationship of sorts forms… Malcolm McDowell, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Arthur Allan Seidelman, 1987.  

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) 

80’s horror about 8 teenagers trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall pursued by murderous, out of control security robots. Jim Wynorski, 1986. 

Exclusive Canadian edition of the documentary which follows 5 years in the life and career of an independent filmmaker, supported by dozens of interviews, posing one question: how does an indie filmmaker survive in the film business? Justin McConnell  

An obsessive astronomer and a curious artist form an unlikely bond which leads them to a profound, scientific discovery. Akash Sherman (2018)  

Ah yes, the complete film set of all five adventures for the iconic detective character.

Two-part documentary mini-series which tells the story of the rise and fall of the most feared and violent organised crime leader ever, Toto Riina.  

The explosion of an African trade ship results in an infestation of deadly insects on an island off Maine’s coast

H.P. Lovecraft story of murderous fish people where a boating accident runs a young couple ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring. Stuart Gordon (2001)  

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)  

Widely imitated yet never equaled, Wolfgang Petersen’s epic claustrophobic thriller Das Boot resurfaces in the definitive Original five-hour Uncut Version! 

One of the greatest doomsday movies ever made! When the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously set off nuclear explosions leading to the Earth being knocked off its axis & sent it hurtling towards the sun. Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Val Guest.  

Nico Mastorakis’s early exploitation film about a pair of crooks who are tasked with the job to protect a mysterious young girl and her mother from a bunch of gangsters. Jessica Dublin, Maria Aliferi, Peter Winter, 1976.  

A health club is beseiged with a series of terrible murders involving killer saunas and other grisly devices. William Bumiller, Brenda Bakke, Merritt Butrick, 1989.  

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  

Without explanation or warning, a number of mysterious, alien “doors” suddenly appear in every corner of the globe. Through 3 stories the mystery of the doors begins to be told. Wilson Bethel, Lina Esco, Josh Peck, 2021

Studio Ghibli’s First CG feature about a bratty orphan is adopted by a pair of ne’er do wells with ulterior motives. Gorô Miyazaki, 2020. 

A nightmarish portrait of the loss of humanity in the manicured lawns of Middle America told through 3 sequences. Douglas Buck, 1997-2003.  

This global anthology of eight narratives explores dark folklore through a series of myths and tales that have captivated, galvanized and frightened communities throughout history.

The loggers are accused of murder and are threatened by Travis’ brother Dan Walton (Scott MacDonald). The loggers are offered a lie detector test and take it. After the testing is complete, Rogers is outraged that the results are not shared and he and “his guys” refuse to come back the next day to take it again.

Canadian made Cinemax erotic series which blends scifi noir and erotica.

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.

Former sportswriter Andy Farmer (Chevy Chase) and his secretly aspiring author wife, Elizabeth (Madolyn Smith), move to a small farm in Vermont so Andy can focus on writing a novel. They quickly realize that the locals are not as welcoming as they’d like and that the farm is more distracting than inspiring. Having trouble with his manuscript, and with his marriage on the rocks, Andy is forced to take hilariously drastic measures in an attempt to get his life back on track.

A contemporary of Russ Meyer, erotic filmmaker Nick Phillips churned out artsy and psychedelic softcore sensations for the raincoat crowd in the 60s and 70s.This double feature includes: Fraulein Leather (1970) / Nudes On Credit (1963) 

Early Austrian horror about a man who gains a murderer’s set of hands after he loses his own in a terrible accident. Robert Wiene, Conrad Viedt, 1924. 

On their way to elope in Las Vegas, teenager Charlie Sykes (Chad Lowe) and his bride-to-be, Rachel Clark (Kristy Swanson), make a wrong turn that brings them face to face with Sgt. Bedlam (C.J. Graham), an undead demon who abducts Rachel and disappears. Then Charlie meets Beezle (Patrick Bergin), a demonic technician who informs him that to free his fiancée he must defeat a hellish highway patrolman in a no-rules road race in which losing means death — followed by eternal damnation.

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

Can never have too many seasons of one the greatest sitcoms in years hanging at the videostore.

American underground new wave masterpiece where invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment and find that absorbing humans during orgasm is better then heroin. Slava Tsukerman (1982) 

Del Toro’s first American film along with the two sequels that followed.

The film depicts Christina Crawford’s adoptive mother, actress Joan Crawford, as an abusive and manipulative mother who hurt her adopted children. … The executive producers were Christina’s husband, David Koontz, and Terry O’Neill, Dunaway’s then-boyfriend and soon-to-be husband.

Comedy-horror about a loser who shows up at a Bohemian Halloween party, only to find out that he’s to be sacrificed at the party in the name of art. Jeremy Saulnier, 2007.  

Having concluded a case, detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) settles into what he expects will be a relaxing journey home aboard the Orient Express. But when an unpopular billionaire is murdered en route, Poirot takes up the case, and everyone on board the famous train is a suspect. Using an avalanche blocking the tracks to his advantage, Poirot gradually realizes that many of the passengers have revenge as a motive, and he begins to home in on the culprit.

Preparing for a desert rave party, teenager Trip (Scott Whyte) steals drugs from a dealer, then heads out with friends, including Cookie (Arielle Kebbel) and blind Jack (Devon Gummersall). During a stop at an abandoned diner, they find that car’s fuel lines have been cut, and that the entire town has been abandoned. When a man (Michael Ironside) arrives looking for his missing wife, he joins the students in solving the mystery, but before long a sinister presence starts killing them one by one.

A sheriff and his son chase casino robbers, only to find that they are all being chased by something far more sinister (and stinky). Follow-up to the indie horror hit, The Reeker. Dave Payne, 2008. 

After taking her vows as a nun, Sister Sarah is drugged and abused to the brink of death, but now she’s broken the habit, got herself a gun, and the clergy will pay.

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) 

Thrilling tale about a deadly creature at large in the Chicago Field Museum. Following several grisly murders, a policeman teams up with a biologist to find the demonic force stalking the corridors of the museum. With the museum’s gala opening being imminent, they face a race against time to track down the creature before it strikes again.

Robocop and his new allies race to OCP headquarters to try to prevent Kaydick and Cable from infecting S.A.I.N.T with the Legion virus, which would mean the end of Delta City

In 1976, a Mi’gMaq teenager (Devery Jacobs) plots revenge against the sadistic Indian agent (Mark Antony Krupa) who imprisoned her in a residential school where rape and abuse are common.

It sounds like just another urban legend — a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery

Japanese horror. In 1998 director Hideo Nakata unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror and redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introduced a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-haired girl called Sadako.  

All three tales of the Firefly Family from Rob Zombie in one set!

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final masterpiece, a haunting vision of a world threatened with nuclear annihilation centred around a Swedish family in the remote Baltic Islands. 1986.  

After the murder of his beloved wife, a man (Val Kilmer) in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy “The Finn” (Peter Sarsgaard), becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette (Deborah Kara Unger) from her own demons, and gets entangled in a web of deceit full of unexpected twists and turns.

In the near future, as America virtually loses the war on drugs, Robert Arctor, a narcotics cop in Orange County, Calif., becomes an addict when he goes under cover. He is wooing Donna, a dealer, to ferret out her supplier. At the same time, he receives orders to spy on his housemates, one of whom is suspected of being Donna’s biggest customer.

Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released into the care of her overbearing parents following a stay at a mental institution. She finds work as a secretary for a rigid and demanding attorney, E. Edward Grey (James Spader), and starts dating the kind but dull Peter (Jeremy Davies). However, Lee soon realizes she’s turned on by Grey’s stern demeanor, and begins a sadomasochistic relationship with him.

An ex-policeman/school janitor shows a new student how to defend himself from a martial-arts bully. Robert Radler (1993) 

One of the few slashers produced during the short-lived, early 80s revival of 3D movies! Remarkably well shot and rarely available in its original 3-D anaglyph version. Howard Johns, Simon Nuchtern. 

An A-List Girl clique starts a secret cult where each of them must embody one of the seven deadly sins. They realise there’s more to their small religious town after they go missing one by one. Courtney Paige, 2020.

A scientist for a beer company accidentally invents an ingredient which makes the product irresistible and addictive.

When their plans for a nature trip go awry, Polly Watt (Jill Wagner) and boyfriend Seth Belzer (Paulo Costanzo) decide to check into a motel. On their way, they’re carjacked and kidnapped by low-rent crooks Dennis Farell (Shea Whigham) and Lacey Belisle (Rachel Krebs), who take the victims and their SUV to a nearby gas station. Along the way, they encounter an increasingly terrifying horde of parasites, and if any of them intend to survive, they’ll have to outsmart the deadly organisms.

Story of trailblazing American rock singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro, who helped redefine the role of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke out in 1973. Alice Cooper, Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, 2019.  

Harrowing documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization. Mick Jackson, 1984. 

Heroin addict Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends — Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Tommy (Kevin McKidd). He also has an underage girlfriend, Diane (Kelly Macdonald), along for the ride. After cleaning up and moving from Edinburgh to London, Mark finds he can’t escape the life he left behind when Begbie shows up at his front door on the lam, and a scheming Sick Boy follows

Starring Peter Cushing. A horror writer stumbles upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. Denis Héroux (1977)  

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.

Orson Welles’ protegé Greydon Clark directs this lumbering horror-comedy with Joe Don Baker, Stella Stevens, and George Kennedy about inept cops trying to track down the infamous “Lawnmower Killer”. Watch for a young Andrew Dice Clay! Julia Duffy, 1981  

Starring Matt Berry. A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires, who’ve lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island. TV Series (2019)  

Down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) gets hired by cartoon producer R.K. Maroon (Alan Tilvern) to investigate an adultery scandal involving Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner), the sultry wife of Maroon’s biggest star, Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). But when Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), Jessica’s alleged paramour and the owner of Toontown, is found murdered, the villainous Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) vows to catch and destroy Roger.

And there we go kids. This week’s goodies hitting the shop. Hope something made you smile. Cheers and remember the videostore loves you.