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Only a twisted mind could come up with these horror movie plots. Are you twisted enough to enjoy their brilliance?

I guess I am. I enjoyed the three films on this list, not because they are perfectly executed and masterful movies, but because the concepts are so beyond bizarre that I was amused. Sure, call the Home for Demented Horror Buffs to come pick me up… I’ll be waiting.

A note: These movies aren’t necessarily repugnantly gruesome (although they have their moments). Sure, as Stephen King said, it’s easy to “go for the gross out.” But much of the twisted here happens in the writers’ heads — what the hell were they thinking?

The Driller Killer

For instance, In the Folds of the Flesh (1970) is a tripped out Italian exploitation film from director Sergio Bergonzelli featuring one truly screwed up family and a plot with more twists than necessary, with murder, incest, and decapitations thrown in. Recommended if you enjoy strange.

A thief running from the law picks the wrong house to hide near — he sees a body being buried in the garden. Upon his release from prison many years later, he returns to the house seeking to blackmail the murderer. (Really? Thirteen years to think about it, and THIS is his plan?)

It all spins out of control from there. Sleazy and melodramatic, In the Folds of the Flesh had me laughing at the sheer audacity of it all. A cyanide bath, really? A demented daughter whose mind goes to murder when touched by men? Sure, why not?

Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer (1979) isn’t exactly high art, but it is surprisingly entertaining. The uncut version runs over an hour and a half. Most interesting is the look at the lives of late-’70s punks and artists.

Not since I viewed Susan Seidelman’s Smithereens in 1982 have I seen real parasitic, nihilistic punks on the screen. I was there, and I’m telling you that the lifestyle is always glossed over, Hollywood style, like Seidelman’s Desperately Seeking Susan. The Driller Killer gets it right.

I may have been an angry punk, but I never considered attaching a wireless drill to my arm to rampage. Some interesting editing in this film, but much of the acting is barely passable, so I can’t recommend Driller Killer unless you, like me, are looking for something different. The Driller Killer lives up to its name.

Mystics in Bali (1981) is an Indonesian horror film reminiscent of American B-movies from a decade before. Director H. Tjut Djalil uses clumsy timing but imaginative (cheap) effects to tell the story of a woman too deep into black magic.

It’s fun to have a look at what another culture fears. This is a weird mashup of styles, and the cheesiness will have you laughing. Then, the woman’s head leaves her body and flies around with the entrails attached. When she attacks a pregnant woman, it turns disgustingly macabre.

If not for the gross parts and sex, Mystics in Bali would make a fairly scary kids’ movie.

What kind of twisted mind could come up with this film? I’m not sure, but I’m twisted enough to enjoy it! Share your favorites below!

Gary Scott Beatty’s graphic novel Wounds is available on Amazon and Comixology. Is madness a way to survive the zombie apocalypse? The strangest zombie story ever written, Wounds throws us into a world where nothing is beyond doubt, except a father’s concern for his wife and daughter. If you enjoy that “What th-?” factor in graphic novels, you’ll enjoy Wounds.

For more from Gary Scott Beatty, visit him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date

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Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

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Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!

Synopsis:

Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package

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Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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