As promised, we have another hefty release list for you this week, friends. There’s a good amount of classic stuff coming out, as well as some newer heavy hitters. First, as usual, our discrepancies. The Devil’s Candy, may have come out last week, but it popped up again for this week. You should be able to find it now.
Probably the biggest title of the week would be 47 Meters Down. You can pick it up on Blu-ray and DVD. I won’t though. I personally draw the line at sharks and the ocean and… yeah, this is just a no-go for me.
Another widely well-received movie hitting shelves this week is It Stains The Sands Red. If you haven’t heard the hype, check it out. This is one I will definitely be picking up.
In terms of classics, this week sees the Arrow Blu-ray release of Bride Of Re-Animator. Also on Blu-ray this week is 1989’s The Dead Next Door. Reaching back to 1965, we get the Blu-ray release of Orgy Of The Dead. Other classics this week include Blu-rays of Friday the 13th Parts 2 and 3 (there are more Friday the 13th Blu-rays coming up in future weeks), a Director’s Cut of Cannibal Ferox, Psychos In Love, A Quiet Place In The Country and Lucio Fulci’s 1986 thriller The Devil’s Honey. Not a bad week for classics if I say so myself.
As for more recent movies, well, there are plenty of those as well. This week sees offerings such as Lycan, The Black Room, Dwelling and The Night Before. I told you that the next month or so would be stacked with new releases. Try to save some money to buy candy for Halloween and I will see you folks next week. As always, pleasant viewing.
47 Meters Down (2017)
Mandy Moore, Matthew Modine, Claire Holt, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura
On the rebound after a devastating break-up, Lisa (Mandy Moore) is ready for adventure while on vacation in Mexico. Even still, she needs a little extra persuasion when her daring sister Kate (Claire Holt) suggests they go shark diving with some locals. Once underwater in a protective cage, Lisa and Kate catch a once in a lifetime, face-to-face look at majestic Great Whites. But when their worst fears are realized and the cage breaks away from their boat, they find themselves plummeting to the bottom of the seabed, too deep to radio for help without making themselves vulnerable to the savage sharks, their oxygen supplies rapidly dwindling. 47 Meters Down is a terrifying tale of survival set in the domain of the ocean’s fiercest creatures.
After Midnight (1989)
Marg Helgenberger, Pamela Segall
Coeds swap scary stories with a professor teaching a course in the psychology of fear.
The Black Room (2016)
Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, Dominique Swain
Paul and Jennifer Hemdale have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Something else is already living in their new home and it is growing stronger every day. It has claimed many victims including the last owners of the house. Repairmen who journey down into the basement soon meet a horrible end. When Paul is taken over by this demonic entity, it is no longer trapped within the walls and is quick to take advantage of all pleasures of the flesh. Jennifer and her younger sister Karen begin to suspect that something is wrong with Paul. Karen finds out the truth a hard and painful way, leaving Jennifer alone to fight the demonic entity that has possessed her husband and threatens to destroy her very soul. And Paul is not the only one transforming as Jennifer soon discovers that the black room is not only evil but alive as well and may not be able to be stopped! The Black Room – Evil Lies Within These Walls.
Bride Of Re-Animator (1989) (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones
The success of Stuart Gordon s hit horror-comedy Re-Animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-Animator this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead III) would prove that there was a good deal more life (and death) left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.
It has been eight months since the bloody massacre at Miskatonic Medical School. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?
With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous shunting sequence of Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations, Bride of Re-Animator is a more than worthy successor to Stuart Gordon s original cult classic.
Cabin 28 (2017)
Lee Bane, Terri Dwyer, Brendee Green, Sean Rhys-James
The shocking true story based on the most infamous unsolved murder case in American history. On April 11th 1981, Sue Sharp and her family are enjoying their stay at Cabin 28 in the peaceful holiday resort of Keddie. But a day of fun at the remote getaway turns into a heart stopping nightmare as nightfall brings masked strangers to the Cabin. A brutal battle for survival leaves several members of the family dead and one missing. An extensive police investigation follows but no one is convicted of the crime. Now, over thirty years later, Cabin 28 finally gives up its deadly secret.
Cannibal Ferox Director’s Cut (1981)
Lorraine De Salle, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Zora Kerowa, Danilo Mattei, Robert Kerman
Here it is! The original full-length, unrated director’s cut of one of the most notorious films of all time. Cannibal Ferox grips you as a group of Americans lost in the jungles of Amazonia experiences retribution at the hands of blood-crazed cannibals. Shot on location in the savage Amazon wilds of South America, Cannibal Ferox is one of the most shocking films ever made.
The Dead Next Door (1989) (2-disc Collector’s Edition)
Peter Ferry, Bogdan Pecic, Michael Grossi, Jolie Jackunas, Robert Kokai
Two and a half decades before The Walking Dead made zombies mainstream on cable television, 19-year-old writer/director J.R. Bookwalter (Ozone, Witchouse 2: Blood Coven) embarked on The Dead Next Door, an ambitious horror feature pitting an elite team of Zombie Squad soldiers against hoards of the undead and the secretive religious cult hell-bent on protecting them. The film would ultimately take four years to complete with the help of a now-famous Hollywood director and more than 1,500 Northeast Ohio residents, who portrayed the multitudes of bloodthirsty ghouls. For this collector’s edition, brand-new 4:3 and 16:9 1080p HD masters have been painstakingly created from a 2K restoration using the original Super-8mm film elements. Also included is a 5.1 surround mix which restores the voices of the original cast members for the first time ever, vintage and newly-prepared bonus materials, audio commentaries, and several all-new extras not previously available. Collectible slipcover with all-new 2017 artwork included with first 1,000 units only!
The Devil’s Candy (2015)
Metal music, wet paint, and family are the passions of Jesse, a struggling painter who lives a happy life with his wife, Astrid, and their preteen daughter, Zooey. And things look even brighter when Jesse and Astrid are able to put in a bid on their dream home – a huge property in rural Texas with a barn big enough for a proper art studio – after the price is driven down due to the home’s mysterious past. After the trio moves in, Jesse’s work starts taking on a new, considerably darker flavour – and things get even more ominous when Ray, the hulking, clearly unbalanced son of the deceased former owners, appears on the doorstep one night, clutching a red electric guitar and asking to “return home.” It soon becomes clear that Ray and Jesse are both being influenced by the same satanic forces, and that Jesse’s family won’t be safe until they find a way to quiet the Devil himself.
The Devil’s Honey (1986)
Brett Halsey, Corinne Cléry, Blanca Marsillach
In perhaps his most rarely seen film, Godfather Of Gore Lucio Fulci takes on the erotic thriller genre and unleashes the ultimate onslaught of glossy depravity: Brett Halsey (Demonia, The Return Of The Fly), Corinne Cléry (The Story Of O, Moonraker) and Blanca Marsillach star in this insane saga complete with a jaw-dropping cavalcade of kink that Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci calls “Demented and hot…good sleazy fun and perhaps Fulci’s last truly enjoyable film.” Stefano Madia (Body Count), Bernard Seray (Hell Of The Living Dead) and Fulci himself co-star in which is also known as Dangerous Obsession newly scanned from the original negative and transferred in HD for the first time ever.
Erin Hogan, Mu-Shaka Benson, Devanny Pinn
A young woman deliberately buys a haunted house in attempt to make contact with the spirit world. Driven by a horrific experience in her past involving her sister, she releases a soul that is more malevolent and terrifying than she could ever imagine.
Frames Of Fear (2016)
Juurgen Van Abba, Richie Acevedo, Laura Sophia Becker
The midnight hour has arrived. Turn on your TV, lock your windows, bolt your doors, hold your crucifix close and most importantly, say your prayers… for its time for Frames Of Fear, where our groovy ghoul Festering Frank is waiting to tear the scream from your throat! Gaze on in horror as your eyes and your sanity are assaulted with 6 horrific tales of madness that will send you screaming for the grave! With bloodcurdling tales of psychotic prowlers, wrathful wrestlers, voracious video games, zany zombies and deadly dummies. Frames Of Fear is a splattery slice of slaughteriffic shot on video horror! A new, unforgettable classick of camcorder carnage! Experience all of this insanity and more in the horror anthology that will scare the soul right out of you! Watch Frames Of Fear if you dare!
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kristin Baker, Stuart Charno
Mrs. Voorhees’ son Jason is waiting when another load of teens tries to make a buck at Camp Crystal.
Friday the 13th Part 3 (1983)
Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Catherine Parks
Killer Jason wears a hockey mask this time so teens won’t recognize him. Originally 3-D.
It Stains The Sands Red (2016)
Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir
In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, a troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past finds herself stranded in the desert with a ravenous zombie on her tail…
Killer Barbys (1996)
Santiago Segura, Mariangela Giordano, Aldo Sambrell
Eurohorror master Jess Franco (Female Vampire, Daughter of Dracula) pays homage to the classic cinema in the revisionist “old dark house” thriller. A vanload of kids are stranded in a hilltop castle and become the unwitting victims of an immortal, sex-crazed countess (Mariangela Giordano) who retains her youth by feeding upon the blood of the young. Hardly the typical “Scooby-Doo” kids, these guests are members of the gore-punk band the Killer Barbies, who prove themselves quite well equipped to battle the horrors that confront them.
Lake Fear 2: The Swamp (2017)
Linnea Quigley, Kelsi Monroe, Shawn Rees, Nicholas Kolasinski
For one unlucky group of thrill-seeking spring breakers, their adventure leads to the black waters of the Florida Everglades-a place with tens of thousands of flesh-ripping alligators. Beyond the scope of the traditional predators is another phenomenon- one with two legs and an insatiable thirst for killing.
Dania Ramirez, Gail O’Grady
When six college kids in a sleepy Southern town are assigned a group project to rediscover a moment in history, one of them sets in motion a horrific fate when he proposes they head into the Georgia backwoods to tackle the legend of Emily Burt, the Talbot County werewolf. Talbot County is a Hitchcockian tale of horror set in 1986 that delves into a hundred year old true fable of Lycanthropy.
The Night Before (2017)
Rachel Whittle, Steven Michael Quezada, Tom Zembrod
On the night before Halloween, a single mother and her daughter are taken captive in a strange home.
Orgy of the Dead (1965) (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
Criswell, Fawn Silver, Pat Barrington, Nadejda Dobrev
From the mind of Ed Wood comes Orgy Of The Dead! Horror novelist John and his girlfriend Shirley are taking a night drive, in search of an eerie graveyard that will hopefully inspire John to come up with his next story, but instead stumble into the wild rituals conducted by The Dark Master and his faithful servants. Taken prisoner, they’re forced to watch the shocking rites unfold as they await their fate!
Written by the venerable Ed Wood (Glen Or Glenda), directed by cult movie maverick, A.C. Stephen (Fugitive Girls), lighting and camera assistance from Ted V. Mikels (The Doll Squad) and starring Criswell (Plan 9 From Outer Space), Orgy is a campy, sexy, and thoroughly outrageous gem from the height of the ‘nudie cutie’ period and is proudly presented by Vinegar Syndrome on Blu-ray for the first time in a brand new 2k restoration from the original 35mm camera negative!
Psychos in Love (1987) (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
Carmine Capobianco, Debi Thibeault, Frank Stewart, Cecelia Wilde, Donna Davidge
Joe (Carmine Capobianco) runs a strip club and Kate (Debi Thibeault) is an attractive young manicurist. After bonding over their mutual dislike of grapes, they discover another commonality: both of them are bloodthirsty serial killers. As they begin to balance their obsession with murder and each other, they meet Herman (Frank Stewart), a cannibal who, upon discovering their bloodlust, attempts to lure them into killing as a means to satisfy his craving for human flesh!
Bloody and hilarious, Gorman Bechard’s Psychos In Love is an absurd, home grown horror-comedy, which alternates between gratuitous killing scenes and self-aware parody of romantic comedies. Vinegar Syndrome presents this lurid classic in a fresh 2k restoration from its 16mm original camera negative.
A Quiet Place In The Country (1970)
Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave
An Italian painter has bizarre dreams, rents a haunted country house with his lover and goes mad.
Red Net (2016)
David White, Claudia Marasca, Francesca Fiume, Beatrice Gattai, Domenico Barilari
Internet hackers are looking for a missing man, but what they find are shocking videos, in which a man is questioned and severely tortured by two mysterious women.
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“Channel Zero: Candle Cove” Season One
Channel Zero: Candle Cove centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980’s, which almost no one seems to remember. He grows increasingly suspicious of the role it may have played in a series of nightmarish events from his childhood, including the disappearance of his twin brother.
Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Antonio Zequila, Michela Foresta, Vincenzo Pezzopane, Steve Aquilina
Violent Shit – The Movie
Rome is shattered by a series of gruesome murders that paint the Eternal City deep red. Italian Police Inspector Aristide D’Amato and his German counterpart, Hans Ebert, initiate their criminal investigations. They stumble upon the eccentric Professor Vassago – a master of myths and mysteries and driven by power and perversions. The suspicion grows that these atrocious crimes are connected with the return of one of the most heinous serial killers of our time -Karl the Butcher!
In her quest for fame, drama student Stella gets caught in the grip of a mysterious and deadly stage school. Stella longs to be an actress. When she is accepted to a private school in Berlin, her dream seems to come true. But there is something wrong with the Matteusz Gdula-Institute. At night, Stella hears eerie sounds in the corridors of the school. A fellow student disappears. Stella suspects that behind the closed door to the abandoned, forbidden wing of the school lurks a bloody secret. A secret that kills the students…
The Curse Of Doctor Wolffenstein
80 years ago, the diabolical Dr. Victor Wolffenstein created a vaccine to gain immortality. In order to stop Wolffenstein’s reign of terror, the local villagers captured him and buried him alive for his crimes. In present day, five teenagers plan to attend an out of town rave that goes awry, and end up stranded in the village, when the evil and still decaying Dr. Wolffenstein wakes up, screaming for vengeance! Will anyone survive Wolffenstein’s skin melting, limb-hacking Wrath?
The Orphan Killer
The Orphan Killer is a tour de force murder flick that defies classification. It goes far beyond current trends in gore and breaks open a new suffering genre of horror. Marcus Miller is a serial murderer hellbent on teaching his estranged sister Audrey what it means to have family loyalty. His lessons are taught in massive doses of vulgar and unimaginable pain. Throughout her brutal torture we learn that Marcus is not the only Miller with Killer in the bloodline as Audrey proves to be a formidable adversary.
Sex Murder Art: The Films Of Jorg Buttgereit
Florian Koemer von Gustorf, Monika M., Beatrice M., Daktari Lorenz, Mark Reeder
Cult Epics presents Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jorg Buttgereit, a collection of his four horror underground films; which includes the classics Nekromantik & Nekromantik 2, the death and suicide anthology Der Todesking (The Death King) and the serial killer film Schramm. Includes Bonus disc with Grindhouse version of Nekromantik and short film Hot Love, among other extras. First 500 copies will include exclusive 40-page booklet. Fully Uncut & Uncensored versions.
Stake Land Collection
America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Gossip Girl’s Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (In the Cut’s Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead. Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America’s heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travelers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Tony award-winning actor Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord’s work.
Stake Land 2
After his family is murdered, Martin ventures into the American badlands in search of Mister, hoping to reteam with him against a new Vamp threat.
Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can
It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!
From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!
This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)
We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.
Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.
American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review
Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo
Directed by Colin Bemis
Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.
The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.
As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!
Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.
Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.
In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.
On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.
In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.
Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.
Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)
We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.
In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.
Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!
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