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Following a successful debut last year in Miami, Florida, the Popcorn Frights Film Festival is returning for its second year of mayhem. Read on the find out more about this year’s amazing lineup of features and shorts and screening details!

From the Press Release:
The lineup for the second annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival serves up a fearsome feast with the monstrous, the macabre, and the must-see. Opening Night features a spine-tingling double-bill presenting the Florida Premieres of the critically-acclaimed films Fear, Inc., a fiendishly twisted and deliriously fun love letter to genre movies, and The Blackcoat’s Daughter, starring Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) and Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), with original music composed by the legendary Elvis Perkins.

Other buzzy titles in the lineup include Evolution, an astonishingly beautiful and mesmerizing blend of body horror and surreal fantasy; the genre-bending shocker I Am Not a Serial Killer starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) in a tour de force performance; the nightmare-fueled Antibirth featuring dynamite roles from Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry); Under the Shadow, a tense and atmospheric thriller set in a haunted Tehran apartment during the terrifying final days of the Iran-Iraq War; and the East Coast Premiere of Abattoir, Darren Lynn Bousman’s (Saw II) unsettling new nightmare centered on a mysterious haunted house.

Encompassing the ever-burgeoning independent arena, this year’s increased number of films straddle the arthouse and grindhouse, including The Mind’s Eye, a mainlined shot of hyper-violent-telekinetic-carnage reminiscent of David Cronenberg’s Scanners; the East Coast Premieres of Beyond the Gate starring the First Lady of Fright Films, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), and the audaciously twisted and shocking Pet, featuring a remarkably dark turn by Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings); and Mickey Keating’s latest descent into insanity, Carnage Park, which braids crime caper and survival story into one demented thrill ride.

Rounding out the program are the US Premiere of the gripping found footage thriller Man Vs, the North American Premiere of the supernatural horror thriller The Devil’s Doll, the action-packed post-apocalyptic vampire tale Daylight’s End, the visually stunning homage to the famed Italian Giallo genre, Francesca, and the retro throwback to classic 80s VHS horror flicks, The Barn.

Popcorn Frights prides itself on providing a fertile ground for new and exciting filmmaking talent and this year will present 17 extraordinary short films, including SXSW award winners Manoman and Night Stalker, as well as The Puppet Man starring John Carpenter and Portal to Hell, which features one of Roddy “Rowdy” Piper’s (They Live) final performances.

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TICKET SALES: Festival Premiere Badges are on sale for a limited time for $120 per person and $180 for couples, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view the Festival schedule, visit popcornfrights.com.

LOCATION: All films will screen at the O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127). 

MORE INFORMATION: Follow the Popcorn Frights Film Festival on Facebook (/popcornfrights) or Twitter (@popcornfrights) for updates with the latest information about the Festival. Join the conversation using the hashtag #popcornfrights on social media.

FESTIVAL LINEUP

FEATURE FILMS

ABATTOIR
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman US | 98 minutes | 2016

EAST COAST PREMIERE. Seven meets Dark City meets Hellraiser in Darren Lynn Bousman’s (Saw II) startlingly unsettling new horror film that centers on a mysterious house that’s been constructed wholly from rooms where deaths have occurred. An investigative reporter with the style and confidence of a young Lauren Bacall is the first to stumble upon these series of gruesome murders as she is helplessly led into the belly of this hellish and haunted beast. Starring Lin Shaye from the Insidious franchise.

ANTIBIRTH
Directed by Danny Perez US | 94 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. What if the Dude from The Big Lebowski somehow ended up in David Cronenberg’s The Brood? Danny Perez’s nightmare fuel film strangely answers this long thought question by mixing one part horror homage and three parts anti-drug PSA with an offbeat kickass cast in a story that includes a monster pregnancy, alien abductions, covert operatives, and dynamite performances from Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Chloe Sevigny (Zodiac).

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THE BARN
Directed by Justin Seaman US | 96 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Almost certainly destined for cult classic status, The Barn is a perfect retro throwback to classic 80s VHS horror flicks like The Monster Squad, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and Full Moon’s empire of direct to video features. It’s Halloween 1989, and best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school. But the two pals and a group of their friends get more trick than treat when they take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening a trio of Halloween demons inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the flesh-hungry creatures that lurk within The Barn. Featuring Ari Lehman, the first Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th.

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BEYOND THE GATES
Directed by Jackson Stewart US | 84 minutes | 2016 

EAST COAST PREMIERE. A throwback flick in the spirit of horror faves such as Phantasm, The Beyond, and Poltergeist, this endearing instant-classic is filled with unique, personal, witty, and utterly terrifying imagery as it pays loving tribute to the VHS format, video stores, and board games of the 80s era. Co-written by Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune) and starring the First Lady of Fright Films, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Beyond the Gates centers on two estranged brothers who unearth an old VCR board game that acts as an inter-dimensional hub to a nightmare world where their Father’s soul is trapped and can only be saved by playing the game.

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THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER
Directed by Osgood Perkins US-Canada | 93 minutes | 2016 SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE.

In this atmospheric, brutal, and darkly beautiful film, two young students at a prestigious prep school for girls are assailed by an evil, invisible power when they are stranded at the school over winter break. Easily one of the most brilliant horror films you’ll see all year, The Blackcoat’s Daughter is frightening with razor-sharp tension and a suffocating, intense atmosphere which grips from the first frame and doesn’t let go. Starring Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) and Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens”) and featuring original music composed by the legendary Elvis Perkins.

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CARNAGE PARK
Directed by Mickey Keating US | 90 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A treat for lovers of the bloody grindhouse cinema of the ’70s, this harrowing psycho-thriller stars Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills) as an unhinged sniper who terrorizes a bank-robbing duo and their beautiful hostage (Ashley Bell of The Last Exorcism) after they stumble into his desert killing fields. Thrust into a wicked game of cat and mouse with a highly trained and mentally imbalanced killer, they begin a harrowing fight for survival. Mickey Keating’s latest descent into insanity has him braiding crime caper and survival story into one demented thrill ride. Ashley Bell quickly turns the role of damsel in distress into that of a badass, “don’t fuck with me” female lead traversing the horrors of Carnage Park.

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DAYLIGHT’S END
Directed by William Kaufman US | 106 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Starring Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator) and Johnny Strong (The Fast and the Furious), Daylight’s End is an action-packed post-apocalyptic vampire tale that is pure carnage and white-knuckled powered adrenaline! After a mysterious infection transforms people into blood-thirsty creatures, a drifter bent on vengeance comes across a band of survivors desperate to escape the city. The ammo is in stock, the adrenaline is high, and time is of the essence, because in this world, things go more than bump in the night!

THE DEVIL’S DOLL
Directed by Padraig Reynolds US | 85 minutes | 2016 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. In this supernatural horror thriller, a brutal serial killer is finally gunned down in the middle of carrying out one last heinous act of bloody murder. In the maniac’s possession is a box of Guatemalan talismans, which mistakenly end up being sold as charm jewelry in a thrift shop. Soon those who bought the ‘worry dolls’ begin to act strange and begin a plague of mindless slaughter and carnage.

EVOLUTION
Directed by Lucile Hadžihalilovic France | 81 minutes | 2015 | French with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. In this astonishingly beautiful and mesmerizing blend of body horror and surreal fantasy, a young boy living in a mysterious, isolated seaside clinic uncovers the sinister purposes of his keepers. Evocative, enthralling and unnerving in equal measure, Evolution is a provocative fairy tale that beckons you deeper and deeper into an unforgettable domain filled with stunning cinematic imagery and stylistic nods to David Lynch and David Cronenberg that will seduce and repulse in uncanny harmony.

FEAR, INC.
Directed by Vincent Masciale US | 92 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Your worst fears realized… for a price! Fear, Inc. is a fiendishly twisted and deliriously fun love letter to genre movies that’s a mind-blowing horror-show cocktail of blood, guts, and screams. When a horror junkie and his friends sign up with a company that brings their customer’s greatest fears to life, they must quickly determine if its demented employees are there to scare them, or make them pawns in their own sick and deadly game. Like Wes Craven’s Scream, Fear, Inc. inspires outsized frights and dread even as it hilariously skewers and splatters horror movie cliches in funny, spirited ways. Featuring a special appearance by Abigail Breslin (Zombieland).

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FRANCESCA
Directed by Luciano Onetti Argentina-Italy | 79 minutes | 2015 | Italian with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Fans of Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Goblin, and Lucio Fulci dare not miss Francesca, a visually stunning homage to the famed Italian Giallo genre that so faithfully and lovingly reproduces its seductive and perverse forms that it feels like it was literally plucked from the era! A dazzling combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, brilliant cinematography, gory violence, lush décor, and pounding soundtrack, Francesca tells the tale of a psychopath who uses the “Divine Comedy” as a clever reference to rid the city of impure souls through a series of gruesome murders. This audacious film synthesizes all the familiar Giallo motifs (psycho killers, blood violence, convoluted plot twists, pulse-pounding music) into an almost perfect symphony of fear that’s unlikely to ever be repeated on screen.

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER
Directed by Billy O’Brien Ireland-UK | 104 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Just imagine if David Cronenberg slipped into a fever dream while binge-watching “Dexter,” “Fargo,” and “Six Feet Under” in one go, and you’ll have just a shade of what I Am Not a Serial Killer has on offer. A darkly heartfelt, astonishingly foreboding, and imaginatively sinister tale of a likable teenager (Max Records of Where the Wild Things Are), raised by a mortician family, whose own nascent sociopathic tendencies make him a perfect amateur sleuth when a serial killer strikes his folksy Midwestern town. Take it from us; the film is far, far more unique and fantastically bloody than the premise might imply, helped in no small part by an Oscar-worthy performance by Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).

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MAN VS.
Directed by Adam Massey Canada | 87 minutes | 2016

US PREMIERE. Man vs. Wild vs. Predator… need we say more? In this gripping found-footage horror thriller, a reality TV star of a survival show is forced to fend for himself in the remote woods for a routine episode, until he’s awoken by an earth-shaking crash that unleashes a series of weird and eerie events ultimately forcing him to come face to face with his deepest fears and the otherworldly.

THE MIND’S EYE
Directed by Joe Begos US | 87 minutes | 2015

FLORIDA PREMIERE. For gorehounds who like the early films of David Cronenberg (spotlight Scanners) but secretly wish their themes and subtext didn’t get in the way of the exploding heads, Joe Begos’ The Mind’s Eye presents a mainlined shot of hyper-violent-telekinetic-carnage that you won’t soon forget. Pitting telekinetic savants against a mad doctor keen on siphoning their power, this giddy ’80s throwback stages a psychic war zone complete with bulging cranium veins, exploding heads, and a visceral kick of brainiacs willing each other into mind-melting, bloody oblivion. Cronenberg, Carpenter, Romero, and can all be found in the cinematic impulses of this unrelenting scream fest.

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PET
Directed by Carles Torrens US | 90 minutes | 2016

EAST COAST PREMIERE. You can’t escape the bonds of love in the shocking Pet. Starring Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Lost) and Ksenia Solo (Black Swan), this audaciously twisted story centers on an introverted loner who imprisons a woman he’s obsessed with, only to find the tables turned on him. Like the dark and daring Hard Candy and Gone Girl but with more trashy fun, Pet will have you both squirming in your seat and teetering on the edge, but you won’t want to look away.

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UNDER THE SHADOW
Directed by Babak Anvari Jordan-Qatar-UK | 84 minutes | 2015 | Farsi with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Those cracks in the ceiling are hiding a lot more than dry rot in Under the Shadow, an astonishingly tense and atmospheric thriller set in a haunted Tehran apartment during the terrifying final days of the Iran-Iraq War. A grim allegory of female oppression, this brilliant feature debut grounds its premise in something ineluctably sinister: imagine a cross between The Babadook and The Conjuring and you’re halfway there. Set in 1988 Iran, a mother trapped in her apartment during the chaos of the war worries that malevolent spirits have taken possession of her daughter, leading to a bone-chilling horror tale of paranormal and real-life terrors.

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SHORT FILMS

THE BIRCH
Directed by Ben Franklin UK | 5 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A bullied teenager, fearing for his life, turns to an ancient creature of the forest for protection…and revenge.

BLIGHT
Directed by Brian Deane Ireland | 15 minutes | 2015

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A young priest is sent to a remote island off the Irish coast to help protect an estranged fishing community from dark supernatural forces but nothing is as it seems.

DEATH METAL
Directed by Chris McInroy US | 5 minutes | 2016

WORLD PREMIERE. A practical effects driven splatter comedy featuring a metalhead, his guitar and carnage.

DISCO INFERNO
Directed by Alice Waddington Spain | 12 minutes | 2015 | English and Spanish with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A black-clad vixen infiltrates a sumptuous mansion overrun with cultists in what begins as a rescue mission, and then deliriously descends into an eerie musical reverie, before finally arriving at a most unexpected conclusion.

FUCKKKYOUUU
Directed by Eddie Alcazar US | 8 minutes | 2015

FLORIDA PREMIERE. With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain. Featuring music by Flying Lotus.

GWILLIAM Directed by Brian Lonano US | 6 minutes | 2016

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget…Gwilliam.

HADA
Directed by Tony Morales Spain | 9 minutes | 2016 | Spanish with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because he his last baby tooth has fallen out. What Daniel doesn´t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.

IRIS
Directed by Richard Karpala US | 11 minutes | 2015

FLORIDA PREMIERE. What starts as a familiar tale of a criminal driving to the middle of the woods to bury a dead body, ends with a bloody twist of karmic justice thanks to his Siri-esque smartphone app.

THE MAIDEN
Directed by Michael Chaves US | 9 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. As a real estate agent goes about her business to close a sale on a dilapidated house, she begins to discover that the property is inhabited by an evil presence working against her.

MANOMAN
Directed by Simon Cartwright UK | 11 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. When an office clerk attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.

MAYDAY
Directed by Sébastien Vaniček France | 13 minutes | 2016

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. A passenger subject to violent hallucinations must overcome the imminence of his death during a trans-Atlantic flight.

METUBE 2
Directed by Daniel Moshel Austria | 5 minutes | 2016 | Spanish with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. The biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed! 9

NIGHT STALKER
Directed by New Image Ltd US | 10 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A horror love story with tunes by the band Fort Lean presents bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.

PIGSKIN
Directed by Jake Hammond US | 14 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. When a high-school cheerleader accepts a date from the football team’s star quarterback, a grisly manifestation of her own bodily insecurities pushes her into a self-destructive nightmare.

THE POND
Directed by Jeroen Dumoulein Belgium | 16 minutes | 2015 | Dutch with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Breathtakingly beautiful and sharing an artistic vision with Guillermo Del Toro, “The Pond” is set in the early 1900s and follows a young girl who tries to unravel the mystery of the dark pond behind her family’s mansion.

PORTAL TO HELL
Directed by Vivieno Caldinelli US | 12 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A crusty and recluse superintendent is thrown into the ultimate fight against evil when a couple of cultists open a portal to the ancient and mysical city of R’lyeh, awakening slumbering god. Starring Roddy “Rowdy” Piper (“They Live”) in one of his last onscreen performances.

THE PUPPET MAN
Directed by Jacqueline Castel US | 9 minutes | 2016

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in a seedy, neon-lit dive bar in this short film featuring horror legend John Carpenter.

ABOUT POPCORN FRIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
Popcorn Frights Film Festival presents the very best genre films from across the world as it celebrates the art of horror. As the first and only horror festival in South Florida, its mission is to premiere films from emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general audiences to experience the power of storytelling through genre film. The second annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will occur August 12-18, 2016.

For more information, you can can check out the official Popcorn Frights website.

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New Dev Diary From The Sinking City Goes Into Supernatural Urban Planning

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Yesterday, we brought you an update about Frogwares The Sinking City, the open world investigation game set in H.P. Lovecraft’s universe. That post went over how the game used clever programming to create the actual world the game takes place in as well as the 3D creation of one of the game’s creatures. Today, the developer has released their third major dev diary, this one going into the urban and architechural feel of Oakmont, the setting of the game.

The video includes interviews with Katerina Frolova, an architect and city planner, and Lead Level Artist Aleksey Yurkin, both of whom discuss how they came to the various styles they are implementing. This includes the general layout of the city, for which they opted for a curvilinear approach to create a more indirect means of travel. Additionally, the architecture changes from one section to another, each designed to establish a certain atmosphere.

You can see the video for yourself below!

Taking place in the 1920s, The Sinking City is a game of adventure and investigation set in an open world inspired by the works of the famous American horror author H.P. Lovecraft. The player steps into the shoes of a private investigator who arrives in the city of Oakmont, Massachusetts – a city suffering from unprecedented floods of supernatural origins. The player must uncover the source of whatever has taken possession of the city, and the minds of its inhabitants.

The Sinking City will be coming to PC and consoles at some point in 2018.

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Exclusive: Watch Gremlins: Recall With Director Ryan Patrick’s Commentary

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Last week, we posted a story about Gremlins: Recall, a magnificent short film from director Ryan Patrick that used practical puppets for the Gremlins and Mogwai. The end result was a short that I stated felt like it was made, “…by someone who loved, and still loves, the original films but wanted to create something new that would appeal to their adult nature.

In a filmmaker’s statement, Patrick states, “The original Gremlins is a classic, but it was a constant discussion of how do we update the tone and feel of the movie while hopefully doing the original some justice. Ultimately, I just wanted this movie to be a stylized and fun escape. I hope it leaves people wanting more… and gives the studios a kick to bring a some kind of Gremlins feature to life again.

Considering how much the short blew up over the past several days, we didn’t want that interest to be a flash-in-the-pan situation. Patrick put his time and energy into making something that is truly special, so it deserves to have legs, especially in these days of the internet when something that goes viral can be forgotten a mere few days later.

To that end, we’ve got something really special in store for all of you! We got our hands on an exclusive version of Gremlins: Recall that features Patrick offering a director’s commentary where he discusses multiple aspects of the short, including the use of lighting techniques, scenes that were ultimately cut out from the film, and even discussing places where he could be seen operating a puppet only to be digitally removed in post-production. It’s a wonderful chance to go into the mind of an indie filmmaker to see how something like Gremlins: Recall could go from inception to release.

Check it out below and make sure to support Patrick by following his work on his official website.

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: December 12, 2017

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As promised, there are a ton of great movies coming out this week, my friends.  You may have already seen The Premonition and Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood on the 5th, but if not, grab them now.

I’ve always found the House series kind of funny.  This week, both House and House II: The Second Story are getting the Special Edition Blu-ray treatment Arrow Video, so I will most definitely be picking them up.

There’s a limited edition Donnie Darko Steelbook dropping this week.  “How does one suck a f*ck?  …I’m all ears.”  Of all of the questions left unanswered by this brilliant movie, I’d have to say this is my favorite.

In terms of recent movies, True Love Ways, One Of Us, K-Shop and Poltergeist Encounters are all heading our way this week.  Additionally, another Christmas-themed movie for you festive folks: Once Upon A Time At Christmas.

There are plenty of other stocking stuffers listed below, so be sure to check them out.  As always, pleasant viewing.



MOVIES

Beware The Lake (2017)

Starring:

Jonathan Lipnicki, Audrey Walters, Anja Knebl, Jadon Valdez

Synopsis:

Tabitha is the new girl at school, who catches the eye of the local football hero. This gets her on the bad side of the high school cheerleading captain and she is lured to a secluded lake for drinks and a late night swim. There Tabitha is drugged, stranded and eventually murdered. But something brings Tabitha back to life, so she can take revenge on those who sent her to a watery grave.

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Blood Will Have Blood (2017)

Starring:

Carr Cavender, Molly Beucher, Connor Sullivan, Karl Backus, Joshua Alan Jones

Synopsis:

Down-on-his-luck actor James has a small role in a funky little theatre’s production of Macbeth. He strikes up a steamy affair with Jen, who plays Lady Macbeth and is also the young trophy wife of the rich, pompous lead actor. Together the pair hatch a plan to murder her husband and claim his fortune. Soon their lives begin to parallel the story of Macbeth, and try as they might, they can’t seem to break out of a story that’s hurtling towards an inevitable, tragic conclusion…

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Bloodlust (1961)

Starring:

Robert Reed, Wilton Graff, June Kenney, Walter Brooke

Synopsis:

A group of unsupervised teen-agers vacationing in the tropics take a boat out to a seemingly uncharted deserted island. They soon find, however, that the island is inhabited by a wealthy recluse and his staff. While their host is initially hospitable, he quickly reveals his true purpose: to slowly hunt down and kill each of his visitors, as blood thirsty madman has done with everyone unlucky enough to set foot on his private island.

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Brackenmore (2016)

Starring:

Sophia Hopkins, Elaine Kennedy, Joe Kennard, Bertie Bronsan, Margaret O’Sullivan

Synopsis:

The close-knit community of Brackenmore is harboring a secret. After the untimely death of an uncle she never knew she had, Kate (Sophie Hopkins) is forced to return to her ancestral home, a tiny rural village in the South of Ireland. Soon after her arrival she meets Tom (D.J. McGrath), a mysterious young local who helps her to rediscover her long-neglected roots and forget about the anxieties of her life in London. The longer Kate stays in Brackenmore, the more she begins to realize that the eccentricities of its self-protective residents, suspicious of any newcomers, may be more ominous than she first thought. A story of festering family history and enigmatic traditions, Brackenmore is a suspenseful thriller that weaves together the exploration of occult ritual with complex human relationships.

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Donnie Darko (2001) (Limited Edition Steelbook)

Starring:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Jena Malone

Synopsis:

I WANT YOU TO WATCH THE MOVIE SCREEN. THERE’S SOMETHING I WANT TO SHOW YOU.

Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template – and the high-water mark – with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum. Described by its director as ”The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick”, Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast – pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katherine Ross, and television favorite Noah Wyle – and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. This brand-new 4K restoration, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films, allows a modern classic to finally receive the home video treatment it deserves.

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Hollow Creek (2016)

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Starring:

Burt Reynolds, Guisela Moro, Steve Daron

Synopsis:

Trying to find inspiration for his next horror novel, Blake retreats to the Appalachian Mountains with his mistress, Angelica. Upon arrival they learn about the case of several boys missing in the area. When Angelica follows a lead to one of the missing boys and disappears, Blake becomes a prime suspect. Hollow Creek co-stars Academy Award-nominee Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights, Deliverance).

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House (1985) (Special Edition)

Starring:

William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Steven Williams

Synopsis:

ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Step into the House of horror! From the team that brought you Friday the 13th comes one of the all-time 80s horror greats, at long-last upgraded in hair-raising HD!

William Katt (Carrie) stars as Roger Cobb, a divorced horror novelist coming to terms with the disappearance of his young son. When he inherits his late aunt s old mansion, Roger decides that he’s found the ideal place in which to pen his next bestseller. Unfortunately, the house s malevolent supernatural residents have other ideas…

Directed by Steve Miner the man behind such horror hits as Friday the 13th Part II and III, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Lake Placid House remains one of the defining fright flicks of its era.

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House II: The Second Story (1987) (Special Edition)

Starring:

Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger

Synopsis:

FRIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE!

Another House, another horror! Following on from the original 1986 horror classic, House II: The Second Story relocates the terror to a sprawling mansion where multiple dimensions converge all of them terrifying!

This first House sequel sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family property where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Joined by pal Charlie (Jonathan Stark), the pair soon find themselves with some unexpected guests in the form of Jesse’s mummified great-great grandfather, a mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it!

Newly restored for this deluxe Blu-ray edition, House II: The Second Story is the horror sequel that offers up even more thrills and chills than its predecessor.

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K-Shop (2016)

Starring:

Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar, Reece Noi, Ziad Abaza, Scot Williams

Synopsis:

After his father is killed in an altercation with drunken thugs, Salah’s world is plunged into darkness. Forced into running the family kebab shop alone, Salah struggles to manage the increasingly rowdy nightlife. When a fight with an angry customer goes fatally wrong, he finds himself with a dead body on his hands. Having no faith in the authorities, Salah disposes of the body in the one place he knows best: the kebabs. As the shop’s gullible customers devour the new recipe, Salah develops a taste for the kill and seizes the opportunity to turn vigilante, seeking vengeance for the abusive drunkards plaguing the streets.

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The Lost Tree (2017)

Starring:

Thomas Ian Nicholas, Michael Madsen, Lacey Chabert, Scott Grimes, Clare Kramer

Synopsis:

The Lost Tree is centered around Noah (Nicholas), who is guilt-ridden for the death of his wife. He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area.

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Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973)

Starring:

Janine Carazo, Jerome Dempsey, Daniel Dietrich

Synopsis:

YOU’LL SHRIEK WITH HORROR!

Roll up, roll up! Step right up for Malatesta s Carnival of Blood the grisliest, freakiest show in town! Virtually impossible to find until its revival on DVD in the early 2000s, this 1973 cult oddity, from late director Christopher Speeth, is a cinematic experience like no other.

Arriving at a creepy, dilapidated fairground under the premise of looking for work, the Norris family are hoping to track down their missing son, who, they believe, is somewhere in the park. But it s not long before they find themselves at the mercy of the fairground s fiendish proprietors and the cannibalistic ghouls lurking in the caverns below.

Filmed at the Willow Grove amusement park in Pennsylvania, Malatesta s Carnival of Blood is a mind-melting phantasmagoria of carnie craziness which blends elements of Night of the Living Dead and Carnival of Souls, adding an (un)healthy dose of Herschell Gordon Lewis-style gore for good measure.

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Once Upon a Time at Christmas (2017)

Starring:

Simon Phillips, Jeff Ellenberger

Synopsis:

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus: he’s a one-eyed lunatic, she’s a curvy, bat-swinging blonde. This serial-killer couple is splattering the holidays in a small town in upstate New York, staging one bloody rampage per night. Though the victims seem random, a mall Santa, a smooching couple, a quiet family, high-schooler Jennifer and clever cop Sam begin to unravel the sinister pattern behind the slayings. Can they stop the murders before Christmas comes and there’s no one left to celebrate?

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One of Us (2017)

Starring:

Derek Smith

Synopsis:

She wanted to uncover the truth, now she’s dying to get out.

Investigative journalist Melanie Roberts has just infiltrated a cult in the mountains of Idyllwild, California, hoping to expose the charismatic leader Brent and save the girls kept under his thrall. But the deeper Melanie digs, the less certain she becomes that she’s still in control. Soon she finds her health, sanity, and life in grave danger.

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Pick-Up (1975) Limited Edition

Starring:

Gini Eastwood, Jill Senter, Alan Long

Synopsis:

Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents Pick-Up, the second release in our new Limited Edition Sexploitation Signature Series. This Blu-ray/DVD combo is strictly limited to 2,000 units.

Carol and Maureen have just been picked up by Chuck, a young man driving a giant mobile home through the Florida Everglades. After getting caught in a rainstorm and finding themselves stranded in the wilderness, their senses of reality begin to diminish as the trio of travelers find themselves engulfed in a dreamlike world of sensual delights, with an ever increasing threat of violence…

Director/cinematographer Bernard Hirschenson’s ode to mysticism is a surreal and erotic trip which stars Gini Eastwood, Jill Senter, and Alan Long. Originally titled Pazuzu, Vinegar Syndrome brings this under-seen visual feast to Blu-ray, newly restored to its original cut. Also included is the home video premier of Hirschenson and Jerald Intrator’s long lost groundbreaking sexploitation film, The Orgy At Lil’s Place, restored from vault elements discovered at The American Genre Film Archive.

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Poltergeist Encounters (2016)

Starring:

Andre Guantanamo, Rachél Hopkins, Matt Bandura, John Migliore, Deborah Jayne, Reilly Smith

Synopsis:

An unethical and skeptical group of online paranormal investigators receive an offer they can’t refuse: stay overnight in a real haunted house for a large sum of money. After pranking each other during the night they soon realize that they are not alone in the house, and that something not of this world wants to play a game with them.

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The Premonition (1976) (Special Edition)

Starring:

Sharon Farrell, Edward Bell, Danielle Brisebois

Synopsis:

BEYOND THE POWER OF AN EXORCIST

The mid-1970s saw the rise in popularity of films centring on the subject of parapsychology, led by Carrie, Brian De Palma s classic tale of telekinetic terror. Precognition, or future sight, would be the topic under exploration in Robert Allen Schnitzer s contribution to the psychic craze: the chilling and much-overlooked The Premonition.

Mother Sheri Bennett (Sharon Farrell, Night of the Comet, Sweet Sixteen) is assailed by terrifying visions in which a strange woman attempts to steal away her five-year-old daughter Janie. Are these bizarre occurrences the result of some sort of mental disturbance, or is something much more sinister afoot?

Featuring a haunting score from accomplished classical composer Henry Mollicone, The Premonition has remained unjustly obscure over the years but is heralded as a true classic of 70s US horror moviemaking by genre aficionados.

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The Rift: Dark Side Of The Moon (2017)

Starring:

Ken Foree, Katarina Cas, Monte Markham

Synopsis:

Liz Waid is a sleeper CIA agent in Belgrade, Serbia. She is mourning the loss of her son and she’s completely without any reason to live. When an American military satellite crash lands somewhere in Serbia and a team of US and Serbian agents are dispatched to secure the remains of the satellite. Liz Waid is one of them. It all looks like a routine assignment, but when they locate the crash site all is not as it seems. The satellite has vanished and the only clue is a trail leading to an abandoned silk factory nestled on the outskirts of forest line. As the team begins to investigate they quickly discover that something else came back from space, something not of this world. The agents are being attacked by old villagers. The people from village think that the entity that came from space is actually a son of God, and that it has been sent there to announce The Second Coming. Some of the agents get killed, but soon they start returning to life. Liz discovers that a young boy that is stalking them is actually a living corpse that has been buried for years. She calls headquarters to make a quarantine zone. As their time runs out, the team must battle evil forces to unlock the terrifying truth behind the ill-fated mission. Liz finds out that all of this is happening because some kind of a rift has opened in time and space between Moon 1976 and Serbia now. She thinks that it can also help her resurrect her son. The fight between Liz and the last surviving agent will lead to a suspenseful battle for their lives while the rift may open again.

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The Snake Woman (1961)

Starring:

John Mccarthy, Susan Travers, Geoffrey Denton, Elsie Wagstaff

Synopsis:

In 1890 England a crazed doctor, in order to cure his wife’s sick mind, injects her with snake venom. She later gives birth to a beautiful daughter the villagers begin to call The Devil’s Baby. They soon terrorize and burn the family’s house down. Years later a Scotland Yard detective is sent to the village to investigate a rash of deaths that are caused by snakebite…. large snake bites!

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The Spearhead Effect (2017)

Starring:

Alex McArthur, Darlene Vogel, Caleb Smith, Jamie Gallagher

Synopsis:

Reeling from the brutal murder of his mother, Jake uses his massive online presence to highlight nationwide police corruption and general apathy. His viral videos initially lead to a nationwide increase in the number of law enforcement internal investigations, but soon the videos inspire a vigilante movement known as The Pioneers. Disturbed by the level of brutality the group inflicts on their captive criminals, Jake speaks out against The Pioneers and suddenly finds himself their prime target.

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True Love Ways (2014)

Starring:

Anna Hausburg, David C. Bunners

Synopsis:

Séverine becomes the victim of a twisted plot when, in an attempt to win her back, her boyfriend Tom makes a deal with a mysterious man. The man constructs a plot to kidnap Séverine, giving Tom the chance to play the hero. When the situation gets out of control and Séverine faces her sadistic kidnappers, it turns into a bloody battle for survival.

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TELEVISION

“The Strain” Complete Series

Starring:

David Bradley, Jonathan Hyde, Kevin Durand, Corey Stoll, Richard Sammel

Synopsis:

The complete TV series The Strain.

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“The Strain” Season 4

Starring:

David Bradley, Jonathan Hyde, Kevin Durand, Corey Stoll, Richard Sammel

Synopsis:

“The Strain” Season 4.

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COLLECTIONS

10 Movie Horror Collection: Vol 15

Starring:

Gary Douglas Kohn, Woody Harrelson, Elissabeth Moss, Robert Picardo, George Mather

Synopsis:

Haunting legends, deadly secrets, disturbed ghosts, wicked witches, relentless zombies, and unsuspected killers! Prepare to be scared with this 10-Movie Horror Collection as it takes eager fans of the genre on a roller-coaster ride of heart-stopping, mind-boggling terror.

Movies:

Awaken the Dead Bay Coven

Midnight’s Child

Sensored

Ring of Terror

The Legend of Sorrow Creek

7 Nights of Darkness

Empty Rooms

Descendant

976-Evil II

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Night of the Living Dead (Includes 5 Bonus Films)

Starring:

Judith O’Dea, Duane Jones, Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Suzanne Kaaren

Synopsis:

In the George A. Romero horror classic, Night of the Living Dead, Barbra and her brother travel to a remote town in Pennsylvania to visit the gravesite of their deceased father, but the trip turns into a terrifying nightmare when flesh-eating zombies attack.

Movies:

The Devil Bat

White Zombie

The Bat

The Last Man on Earth

House on Haunted Hill

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Paranormal Collection: 13 Features

Starring:

Michael Caine, Dennis Hopper, Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson, Joseph Fiennes

Synopsis:

Creepy stories of twisted desires and treacherous schemes, mysterious alien visitors and fearless investigators, in a 13-Feature Paranormal Collection that is certain to hold horror fans’ undivided attention.

Movies:

Forever Mine

The Little Shop of Horrors

Jekyll & Hyde

Memory

Chronicles of the Paranormal: PSI

Factor

The Veil

Phantom of Space

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