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DVD Release: The Mistress Returns

These massively delicious DVDs will be at your disposal as of September 19th, 2006…

Click to see it bigger!The Boris Karloff Collection

This collection of some rarely seen movies features one of the greatest horror actors of all time; sadly, none of them are what one would consider classics. Featured are Tower of London, The Black Castle, The Climax, The Strange Door, and Night Key. Tower is probably the most well known of the gathering, in which Boris stars with Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price. And Castle features Karloff with Lon Chaney, Jr., about a man investigating the disappearance of two friends. Listen to Creepy’s interview with Sara Karloff here to whet your appetite. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Chucky: The Killer DVD Collection

Another incomplete collection of Child’s Play movies; maybe someday they’ll manage to get all the films in one box. This box set features Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, and Seed of Chucky. While the second one was okay, the third is just dull and badly done. Then, of course, Ronnie Yu came along with Bride and made us forget all the bad that came before. Thanks for that, Ronnie! Seed was pretty good, too, but not nearly as funny as we had all hoped. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination

Here we have eleven of the most popular Poe horror stories hosted by the one and only Christopher Lee. Included in this set are interpretations of The Fall of the House of Usher, The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum and a lot more. The DVD set also includes a bio of the writer and some other bonuses. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Elvira’s Movie Macabre Count Dracula’s Great Love/Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (1972/1974)
Directed by Javier Aguirre/Robert Oliver

Ah, the large-breasted queen of screams finally gets her collection of movies she hosted out on DVD. Rights issues previously prevented its release, but I’m guessing we’ll see no end to the flow now. Included in this box set are 1972’s Count Dracula’s Great Love, which features Paul Naschy as the Count and what he has to deal with when a traveling woman falls in love with him. Also included is 1974’s Frankenstein Castle of Freaks, in which the mad scientist brings a Neanderthal back to life. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Legacy of Blood/The Devil’s Wedding Night (1978/1973)
Directed by Andy Milligan/Luigi Batzella

Two more features hosted by the one and only Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. Legacy tells of a family gathered together to hear the reading of their father’s will, whose only prerequisite is that they survive a weekend in his mansion. Things go badly. Wedding Night is about two brothers searching for a legendary ring who come upon Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania and have all sorts of troubles. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Elvira’s Movie Macabre: The Doomsday Machine/Werewolf of Washington (1972/1973)
Directed by Harry Hope/Milton Moses Ginsberg

Elvira hosts a double feature of movies you would normally likely avoid like the plague but will likely watch due to her hypnotic cleavage. In The Doomsday Machine the titular device is found to be among the arsenal of the Red Chinese, who use it to blow up the Earth. Shortly before this happens, however, a manned mission to Venus’ crew is replaced by mostly women, so the species can propagate. In Werewolf a reporter who has an affair with the President’s daughter is sent to Hungary, where he’s bitten by a werewolf. When he’s transferred back to D.C. to be the President’s press assistant, the bodies begin to pile up in our capital. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Exorcist Master (1993)
Directed by Ma Wu

Twenty years ago the small town of Wine-Spring was plagued by horrors after an old priest was struck and killed by a cross. For two decades the church in which it happened has been sealed, but now a Taoist priest and a local elder choose to re-open it, unleashing all manner of evil on the small town yet again. Could we see some kung fu-fighting demons? One can only hope… Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Hard Candy (2006)
Directed by David Slade

The Fatal Attraction for a new generation? So says one of the quotes on the box of this DVD, and from what I’ve heard, that’s pretty accurate. The story involves a girl who meets up with an older man, a man who believes her to be underage and willing to have sex with him, only for the table to be turned and him to become the victim. It’s supposed to be incredibly intense and gripping, but I have yet to see it so I can’t say for sure. Check out Debi’s DVD review for a better look at the disc! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Hellmaster (1992)
Directed by Douglas Schulze

A college professor, long thought dead, has returned to the university he once taught at and begins to experiment on his students with a drug that turns them into murderous ghouls. The only ones who can stop him are a girl with psychic powers and a haggard reporter, and if they can’t, he has every intention of releasing a literal hell on Earth. Sounds like fun to me, but to each their own I guess. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Complete Movie Collection

Based on a popular radio series of the same name, the Inner Sanctum Mysteries was another bold attempt at terrifying audiences back when Universal had a minor clue as to what they were doing. This collection features all the movies in the series: Calling Dr. Death, Dead Man’s Eyes, Weird Woman, The Frozen Ghost, Pillow of Death, and Strange Confession. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Jigoku (1960)
Directed by Nobuo Nakagawa

This is one of those films that’s always mentioned when the classics of Asian cinema come up, and thank God Criterion got its hands on it instead of, say, Miramax. The story is of a young theology student who flees a hit-and-run accident and the effects his guilt-ridden conscious has on him. The final third of the movie takes place in a startling version of hell, and the movie is seen as a terrifying classic in almost all circles. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Left in Darkness (2006)
Directed by Steven R. Monroe

A girl is drugged, raped, and killed on her 21st birthday by some very bad men. She’s not able to move on to the next life, however, as she is trapped in a netherworld and must battle all sorts of evil soul eaters while looking for a way to finally get to the other side. Apparently it does well for itself on a small budget. Check out Kryten’s DVD review for more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Night Feeders (2006)
Directed by Jet Eller

With a title and a cover like this, how could you go wrong? Despite it being made with CG monsters and shot digitally, Night Feeders does a good job of invoking the 70’s monster movie feel that so many are trying (and failing) to do these days, though it does fall apart towards the end. So says The Foywonder in his review, which you should read to find out more about the movie! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Sandman (1995)
Directed by J. R. Bookwalter

A trailer park novelist named Gary is beginning to crack up. He can’t seem to get to sleep at night, and for some strange reason he believes his girlfriend is being attacked by something while she’s asleep. When the trailer park residents begin turning up dead left and right, they start to suspect that Gary is in need of a good night’s sleep … something Gary is terrified of doing. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Spirited Killer (2005)
Directed by Panna Rittikrai

A group of travelers are set upon by a multi-weapon wielding madman, killing some while others escape. This is the titular killer, a forest dweller who destroys anything that dares step into the jungle. Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) leads the group who go into the forest to stop the madman before he can kill again. Much punching and kicking ensues. This 2-disc set features interviews with the cast and crew and featurettes on the action sequences. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Stay Alive: Unrated Director’s Cut (2006)
Directed by William Brent Bell

Man, I had so many hopes this movie would rise above its sucky premise and actually be something cool. Not only did it not rise above, it somehow managed to sink lower than the idea behind it: a video game that invades the real world and kills those playing it. It sinks because the characters are all moronically named; it ignores the history of the big bad who pursues the characters, Elizabeth Bathory, for some unknown reason; and it does nothing at all for our genre. Hit Creepy’s DVD review for more criticism and one helluva sound bite. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Tomie Collection
Directed by Various

A full box of five Tomiefilms detailing the strange adventures of the girl who just wouldn’t die no matter how hard everyone has tried. In this set you will find Tomie, Tomie: Another Face, Tomie: Replay, Tomie: Rebirth and Tomie: Forbidden Fruit. Why they weren’t able to get all the films together for one set I don’t know, but it’s better than nothing, right? Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Virgin Witch (1972)
Directed by Ray Austin

It’s that age-old warning against modeling agencies: Never let your first gig be at a castle as there’s a damn good chance the agency is actually recruiting more women for their witch’s coven. Such is the case when Christine believes she’s gotten her first big break, but when she finds out it’s actually a coven, she’s more than happy to take the power they offer her. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Visions of Suffering (2006)
Directed by Andrey Iskanov

Though I’ve not see either this or Nails, the last film of Iskanov’s Unearthed release, I’ve heard great things about both, and the imagery of the cover art alone is enough to peak my interest. The tale is of demons who find a way to cross into our world every time it rains and drag victims back to their hellish realm. Unearthed has packed all sorts of goodies onto this DVD, making it well worth the purchase price. Try something different!Buy it here!


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