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Check out what shall be lining your shelves come April 17th, 2007…

Click to see it bigger!Alien Invasion Arizona (2007)
Directed by Dustin Rikert

Why is it all these cheap, low-budget Sci-Fi Channel original-esque movies always have to have a group of soldiers fighting something? I mean really, doesn’t our military have anything better to do? Don’t answer that. The film is about a group of Marines sent to investigate a crash landing in Arizona of something unidentified, while at the same time some prisoners ambush their prison bus and escape. Now the two groups have to fight off an alien. Thrills ensue. Check out Foy’s review for Alien Invasion Arizona right here! If you still want to subject yourself to it, buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Blur (2007)
Directed by Nick Briscoe

Those damn artists and their deep, dark minds. Adrian, for example, goes very deep into the recesses of his brain in preparation for the biggest gallery opening of his life. While there he begins to experience terrifying premonitions about the death of his girlfriend and begins to suspect his neighbor is a phantom who means them both harm. Worsening the situation even more, there’s a masquerade ball to celebrate the opening that will allow guests to walk around unnoticed. Is it just paranoia, or does he have a painful death to prevent? Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Deadlands: The Rising (2007)
Directed by Gary Ugarek

This title has been bothering me for a while now. Deadlands, you may know, is the title of a novel by our own Scott Johnson. The Rising is the title of a novel by Brian Keene. Keene’s is based out of Baltimore (briefly), as is this movie. Though I guess it doesn’t matter where the title comes from if it’s a good zombie movie which, according to the 2006 Fright Night Film Festival, it apparently is since they voted it Best Zombie Film. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Justice be Damned (2007)
Directed by Kevin Kirnbaum

In 1860 a U.S. Marshall is transporting his prisoner to criminal trial, but they get off course and find themselves in a town overrun by the supernatural. The Marshall begins to be tormented by the spirits of all the criminals he’s killed before, forcing him to kill them all over again. Meanwhile the prisoner is accosted by the form of all the women he’s raped over the years. But when the Greek goddess Nemesis shows up in the form of a giant serpent, things get really messed up. Buy it here

Click to see it bigger!Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (2006)
Directed by Tibor Takacs

For all you deep sea expedition makers reading this site, a word of advice: Don’t bring along someone who’s been searching for a giant octopus his entire life. Such is the case with Ray Reiter, who saw his parents die at the hands of a giant octopus 30 years previous and has been looking for revenge all this time. He definitely gets his chance, but first they have to fight their way through a crime lord who wants the treasure the beast is protecting for himself. Check out The Foywonder’s review of Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep for more! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Marsh (2006)
Directed by Jordan Baker

Before he won an Oscar, Forest Whitaker starred in this Canadian thriller, playing an investigator who’s helping a woman unravel the mystery of her terrifying dreams. The mystery behind her dreams is somehow linked to a local girl and boy who disappeared and an abandoned house. Wondering why a movie made with Forest Whitaker only gets an unpublicized direct-to-DVD release? After reading Creepy’s DVD review for The Marsh (here), you won’t be surprised! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Masters of Horror: Family (2006)
Directed by John Landis

Landis returned to the second season of Masters of Horror with this entry written by Frailty scribe Brent Hanley. The story is about a yuppie couple who moves in next door to a seemingly harmless man, played by George Wendt, who in fact is a ruthless psycho who dissolves bodies in acid and builds his own family of skeletons. Of course he’s not all there so even his made-up family has issues. Check out my video interview with Landis to learn more about the episode and our DVD review of “Family” for more on the DVD! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Rival (2006)
Directed by Douglas Jackson

Not too sure what the movie is about, but apparently it has to do with a woman named Alice who lost her child when she’s shot during a robbery. So I can only guess she sets out to get revenge on the bank robbers who shot her, though if the cover’s any indication, she doesn’t do so well. Or perhaps it’s just another example of Lionsgate putting covers on their movies that have nothing to do with the film inside. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Sombre (1998)
Directed by Philippe Grandrieux

Sorry, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what this is about. Apparently it has something to do with the warped mind of a serial killer who encounters two sisters while following the Tour de France and decides to fuck them up in various unsavory ways. Go ahead and read its entry on the IMDB and tell me if it makes any damn sense at all. If nothing else we know what the mood of the movie is by the title, right? Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Turistas (2006)
Directed by John Stockwell

Fox Atomic’s debut theatrical release was less than thrilling, but it sure looked pretty. And the bus thing at the beginning was pretty cool, right? Can’t really complain about Melissa George in a bikini for 90 minutes either. Well, I can’t. She could use a hamburger or two, though. The DVD has commentary, some deleted scenes and a featurette on the special effects (?). Learn more about it in our Turistas DVD review, if you’re so inclined. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Wilderness Survival for Girls (2004)
Directed by Eli B. Despres & Kim Roberts

In an interesting twist on the survival horror genre, three high school girls on a weekend getaway decide impulsively to take a big bad guy on their land captive. They’re then fueled by alcohol and desperation for a very long night with him and aim to make his life very uncomfortable. So why does the cover feature two girls being held captive in the woods if it’s actually a guy in ropes? Maybe because the image of girls tied up is hotter. Not that I’m a sicko or anything. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Zoo (2006)
Directed by Various

A collection of five stories, four live action and one animated, all adapted from the stories of an author named Otsuichi. The stories involve a mother of twins who loves one and tortures the other, a brother and sister trapped in one of seven rooms in which everyone will be massacred on the seventh day, a tale about life and death in a decimated world, a story about a family who all believe each other to be dead, and a man who kills a woman in a zoo and takes a picture of her every day. Buy it here!

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