Discs for you come January 30th, 2007 include…
Athens is going down, friends. Hope you got a chance to see it in person before the zombie infestation took over! In what is being called the first zombie film from Greece, Evil is the story of an evil force awakened in Athens that causes most of it’s residents to turn into flesh-craving zombies. The remaining must fight to stay alive, blah blah blah. I hope it doest something different besides the setting with that kind of premise. Personally I never trust the quality of a movie that has to use an illustrated cover, either; though I admit this one is pretty damn cool. Buy it here!
Back in 1932, Tod Browning made horror history when he created Freaks, the first movie about circus freaks that actually used them in its cast. Now, 74 years later, The Asylum has gone and done the same thing. Something tells me Freakshow won’t really stand the test of time the way Browning’s film did, but then you never know these days. Freakshow is about a group of thieves who infiltrate a circus sideshow with plans to rob it, only to be thwarted in nasty ways by the freaks in residence. Buy it here!
This one sounds like it’s got some freaky potential; Christina Ricci stars as a drifter who is struck by a car shortly before she enters the town of Ashby Wake. She’s taken in by a kind soul and becomes very close to her son during her recovery. Soon Cassie begins having visions of death and other nasty things befalling the residents of the nearby town, which might have something to do with the buried church her new best friend is researching. Buy it here!
Nothing like a big box o’ crazy to finish off your January with! This box set, for reasons we’re not 100% sure of but are nonetheless very happy about, comes with Michael Mann’s Manhunter (the first adaptation of Red Dragon that was much better than Red Dragon turned out to be), Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. It’s all to prepare you for the February 9th release of Hannibal Rising, the story about how Dr. Lecter got to be so goddamn crazy to begin with. Buy it here!
I wasn’t even aware Blue Underground was releasing another edition of Maniac, directed by the company’s founder Bill Lustig, but good for us, right? Digitally remastered so it looks and sound cleaner than I’m sure anyone ever expected this grindhouse classic to look and sound, and a ton of features like commentary, interviews, trailers, galleries and more. Controversial by its very nature, Maniac is one of those seminal horror films that you should really see at least once. Buy it here!
Recovering from a failed marriage, Anna decides to take some time off and heads out to the Isle of Jersey (no, not New Jersey) for some peace and quiet. There she begins an affair with the lighthouse keeper. Thing don’t end well there, either, and soon the keeper is dead and Anna is inconsolable, needing the arms of her lover around her. So, good lover he is, he returns from the dead to keep her company, but it’s not as dreamy as I’m sure either of them imagined it’d be. Buy it here!
A pair of siblings are forced to go on an African expedition with their father’s new bride, who’s much younger than him, in the hopes that they’ll use the time to bond with their new mom. And bond they do, especially when they find themselves off the beaten track and being hunted by a pack of hungry lions. That’ll be bring any struggling family together, in case you’re looking for solutions for your own. Check out Foy’s review of Prey for more info! Buy it here!
To show just how rude vampires can be, the main bloodsucker in this gothic romp makes his home at the bottom of the estate his intended victims are living in. How very presumptuous of him, don’t you think? But the duo the vampire is hunting decide to nip that one in the bud, enlisting the help of vampire hunter Professor Nietzsche to rid them of their troublesome count. I can’t say much for the quality of the film, but Dark Sky sure did a great job with the DVD cover! Buy it here!
This triple back of girls behaving badly (though not necessarily in the good way) features three films that seem to have very little to do with one another aside from the female perspective; 1976’s Werewolf Woman is about a woman who has sex with men and then rips their throats out with her teeth, the 1970 film Nightmares Come at Night is about two exotic dancers, one of whom has dreams about killing and begins to loose her grip on reality; finally, Flesh for the Beast is the movie from 2003 about succubi attacking a team of parapsychologists. Hey, at least we’re guaranteed some nudity from this set, right?! Buy it here!
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