DVD Releases: Hostile Tripper

Check out the horror DVD offerings for Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007…

Apartment 1303Apartment 1303 (2007)
Directed by Ataru Oikawa

All right, another new Asian horror offering from Tartan; will it be generic as the last few? God I hope not. I’ve not heard of Apartment 1303 before this list, but apparently it’s about a girl who’s sisters kills herself in the titular apartment shortly after moving in. She begins to investigate the death, and finds out the apartment itself has some really evil shit going down in it. Buy it here!

Black SabbathBlack Sabbath (1963)
Directed by Mario Bava

An anthology film from the master of suspense, Black Sabbath is seen by many to be the definitive last word on how they should be done. Though the original language version isn’t included in Anchor Bay’s new release, there’s still some praise-worth stuff on this disc and hey, if nothing else the cover’s pretty cool. Buy it here!

Black SundayBlack Sunday (1960)
Directed by Mario Bava

I know, the titles are very similar, what with the word “black” and the letter “s”, it’s hard to tell ‘em apart, right? Wrong! Black Sunday is the legendary horror film starring Barbara Steele as a woman accused of witchcraft in the days when such a thing was all the rage. Centuries later she returns from the grave with her servant to move into the nubile young body of her look alike. Buy it here!

Buried Alive (click to see it bigger!)Buried Alive (2007)
Directed by Robert Kurtzman

Tobin Bell stars in this, the latest from Wishmaster and The Rage director Robert Kurtzman, formerly of KNB EFX. The story concerns a college prank in an abandoned house that goes wrong, somehow awakening the spirit of a very pissed off ghost. With an axe. Mayhem ensues. I’ve personally not heard anything about it but with Kurtzman behind the camera, hoping for some nasty kills is probably going to pay off eventually, if nothing else. Too bad Dimension Extreme decided on such a shit cover… Buy it here!

Cutting Class (click to see it bigger!)Cutting Class (1989)
Directed by Rospo Pallenberg

High school and murder never really go together too well, at least they didn’t in my high school, but add in Brad Pitt and maybe you’ve got something. Personally I had never heard of this movie before I saw it on the DVD list, but apparently it was one of Brad’s first roles before he became the uber-star that he is today. The story is about two guys after the affections of one girl, and the murders that surround all three of them. Buy it here!

The Devil (click to see it bigger!)The Devil (1972)
Directed by Andrzej Zulawski

A man is freed from prison by a mysterious stranger whose only condition is that he hands over a list of his fellow conspirators (he’s in jail for conspiring against the king, you see). The man follows the stranger across a snowbound countryside and witnesses countless abominations against God, murders and rapes aplenty, until he finally goes mad. Banned for 15 years in Poland, The Devil is a long-awaited treasure for most horror fans! Buy it here!

Fido(click to see it bigger!)Fido (2006)
Directed by Andrew Currie

One of the best unseen movies of 2007, Fido stars Billy Connelly as the titular zombie, new addition to the Robinson family. You see, back in the 1940’s the Earth passed through some space dust that caused the recently deceased to get up and start eating the living. A company called ZomCon came along and figured out how to domesticate them, and all has been weird ever since. Check out our Fido DVD review for more! Buy it here!

Gag (click to see it bigger!)Gag (2006)
Directed by Scott W. McKinlay

Wow, this one sounds original. That’s sarcasm, by the way. The story is of some thieves who break into a house looking for a safe place to hide, only to find a man tied down to a mattress in a hidden room. While this does not bode well, it gets much worse when a twisted killer shows up and wants to torture them until their spirits are broken and they beg for death. Always a good way to spend and afternoon, you know? Gag DVD review for more! Buy it here!

Hellraiser: 20th Anniversary Edition (click to see it bigger!)Hellraiser: 20th Anniversary Edition (1987)
Directed by Clive Barker

20 years. Hard to believe this movie’s been around for so long, then again it’s tough to imagine my life without know about cenobites and the one and only Pinhead. For fans in my generation, this was a milestone, a movie that you would always remember and tell you friends they just had to see. Blood, chains, suffering and monsters unlike anything we’d ever seen before. Now Anchor Bay is giving it the love it so richly deserves with a brand-new release, complete with new features and much, much better box art. A must-have! Buy it here!

Hostel: Director's Cut(click to see it bigger!)Hostel: Director’s Cut (2005)
Directed by Eli Roth

Just in time for the DVD release of Hostel Part II, Lionsgate just so happens to find footage cut from the first movie that just didn’t make it into the first release. Sure they did. In case you didn’t see it or forgot about it, the first film is about a group of guys who crash down in a hostel while traveling through Europe, and think they’re in paradise since there are naked girls everywhere. One by one they disappear, and pretty soon only one guy is left to figure out what’s going on, which is a live video feed from an abandoned factory where people are tortured by people who pay exuberant amounts of money. Buy it here!

Hostel Part IIHostel Part II (2007)
Directed by Eli Roth

I have to give it to Roth; he did do a good job following up Hostel, a movie I could really give or take, by going a bit deeper into the mythos both behind the hostels themselves, and the people who visit them. It’s still not a great movie, but tonally it was a lot easier to follow than the first, and the deaths meant just a bit more because of it. Check out our Hostel Part II DVD review for more! Buy it here!

KawKaw (2007)
Directed by Sheldon Wilson

A small town in the Midwest suddenly finds itself under siege by a flock of murderous ravens. Before long they realize that the birds aren’t just smart, they’re actually working together to make sure no one gets out of the town alive. Imagine this if you will; birds throwing rocks. Yes, that is Kaw; the last sound you’ll ever hear! Buy it here!

The Loreley's GraspThe Loreley’s Grasp (1973)
Directed by Amando de Ossorio

From the man who brought you the Blind Dead series comes this odd one-off about the legendary Lorelei. The what, you ask? Apparently it’s a person who turns into a lizard creature at night and rips out the hearts of victims at an all-girls school. A guard on campus falls in love with the creature in its human form, long enough to find out just what it is. Yeah, girls suck, don’t they? Buy it here!

The Mario Bava Collection, Volume 2The Mario Bava Collection, Volume 2
Directed by Mario Bava

Another beautiful collection of movies by one of Italy’s masters of the macabre, this time the set comes with Lisa and the Devil, House of Exorcism, Bay of Blood, Baron Blood, Kidnapped, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack, 5 Dolls for an August Moon and Four Times That Night. A very nice collection of classy flicks, no? Yes! Buy it here!

Motocross Zombies From hellMotocross Zombies From Hell (2007)
Directed by ?

Nothing I could write here would do justice to the excitement generated in the blurb about this movie on its IMDB page, but I will try. As you can probably guess, the movie is about zombies who compete in a motocross tournament that will, allegedly, allow them to live again. Or something like that? The point is the movie has the best of both worlds; motocross and zombies. Surely a feat for the ages. Buy it here!

Rapid Eye MovementRapid Eye Movement (2007)
Directed by Alec Tuckman

So this is kinda fucked up. A struggling writer, engaged to be married to the love of his life, can’t seem to crack the secret of writing his first truly great horror novel. When his fiancé starts having nightmares from all the stress in their lives, he begins to use the evils she witnesses in her mind as fodder for his story, and pretty soon agents are noticing. Then, suddenly, his fiancé starts taking drugs to stop the nightmares, and he has to come up with a way to keep her terrified if he ever hopes to be famous. Buy it here!

Saw III: Director's CutSaw III: Director’s Cut (2006)
Directed by Darreny Lynn Bousman

With under a week before Jigsaw’s latest punishment comes to cinemas in the form of Saw IV, Lionsgate continues their annual tradition of releasing a “director’s cut” at the 11th hour. It’s all about hype, and damnit they really are good at building it. It doesn’t hurt that Saw IV looks like it might be the best on yet, either. Check out our Saw III: Director’s Cut DVD review for more! The Saw Trilogy is also out today, FYI. Buy it here!

The Shining: Collector's EditionThe Shining: Collector’s Edition (1980)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Another release of Kubrick’s much-loved Stephen King adaptation, this one with even more bells and whistles than ever before. This time out we have commentary, a the documentary “The Making of The Shining” with optional commentary, three brand-new featurettes and more! Part of the Stanley Kubrick Collection box set, which is also out today. Buy it here!

Tales From the Crypt: The Complete 7th SeasonTales From the Crypt: The Complete 7th Season
Directed by Various

Ah, the end of an era. Feels like only yesterday we were geeking out that Warner Bros. had finally decided to release the classic show in seasonal volumes, which is just what the fans wanted. Now, we’re at the end of the line, the last season of Tales From the Crypt, the entirety of which was shot over in England for reasons both creative and financial. Some gems still remain in this, the final release. There is also a box set of all seven seasons coming out today, for those of you that couldn’t be bothered with getting them one at a time. Buy it here!

TrapTrap (2007)
Directed by James Bonner

Hmmmm… let’s see here. A minimalist cover. A title that is very similar to the Saw IV tagline… I think that scent you’re noticing is the stink of cash in! But wait, what is Trap about? Well, it’s different; it’s about a woman stuck in an unhappy marriage whose only friend is online. The friend convinces her to kill her husband and come live with her, but when she does she realizes she’s gone from one form of hell to another. Not a bad idea, but did they have to put a freaking computer mouse in a mousetrap on the cover? That’s just silly. Buy it here!

The TripperThe Tripper (2007)
Directed by David Arquette

Finally, you’ll all get a chance to see the horror debut from David Arquette, which is actually a lot better than some may have led you to believe. Sure it’s shut-your-brain off fun, but it’s still a good time. You wouldn’t actually expect something deep and meaningful in a slasher movie in which the killer is a freak in a Roanld Regan mask, would you? God I hope not. Be sure to check out the special features to see Uncle Creepy introducing Arquette at Fear Fest (incorrectly credited as Fright Fest)! Read our Tripper DVD review for more! Buy it here!

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