DVD Releases: God of the Zillas

Big monsters, terrorizing singing, and re-issues are all on their way come Tuesday, April 29th, 2008…
Click to see it bigger!All Monsters Attack! (1969)
Directed by Ishiro Honda

When these packages first started coming out I was really impressed with how clean and professional they looked; now I’m just getting tired of them. Maybe they need to change it up a bit? The story follows a latchkey kid who escapes his everyday torments by visiting the fantastical Monster Island, where he is friends with Godzilla and Godzilla’s freakish offspring, who is experiencing bully problems of it’s own. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Beast in Space (1980)
Directed by Alfonso Brescia

All right, so in 1975 a beautiful sex symbol named Sirpa Lane won all sorts of shocked expressions when she played a woman defiled by an aroused animal in The Beast. Five years later, her career was doomed, so this unofficial sequel came along that added in laser guns, space shoot outs, horribly cheesy effects and, of course, more bestiality. What could be worse/better? I can’t imagine anything on either side, to be honest. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!The Boarding House (1983)
Directed by John Wintergate

A man with inherit telekinetic powers manages to inherit a huge, unused boarding house. Soon, somehow, the boarding house is filled with beautiful women and a supernatural evil awakens and starts killing the tenants one by one. Think it sounds like a good time? Apparently it’s not too bad, actually; check out our “>Boarding House DVD review to learn more! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Dark Shadows: The Beginning Collection 4
Directed by Various

Man, if I could go back in time and never started including these on my weekly DVD lists, I would do it in a hearbeat. Do you have any idea what a pain in the ass it is to find info about a certain part of a gothic soap opera that ran as long as this one did? And this is yet another collection of episodes that hit before the Barnabas Collins vampire came onto the scene. Ugh. So from now on, I’m just going to bitch about them when they come up. It has to end eventually, right? Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Harm’s Way (2006)
Directed by Melanie Orr

Couldn’t find out much about this one, which is still strange to me in this day and age, but apparently it’s about a woman and her daughter who escape some sort of trauma by being taken into a woman’s refuge home, which is run by the dominate Bea. Slowly the younger girl starts behaving more and more hostile towards anyone around her, and more than likely some death goes down here and there. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Headless Horseman (2007)
Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante

Ah, fucking college kids. There, got that out of the way. This one’s about some college kids who end up in a “lost” town called Wormwood, a town where a superstitious belief about a headless horseman who will ride through on Halloween every seven and take his revenge on the town by taking their heads turns out to be closer to the truth than is comfortable for most. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Hitch-Hike (1977)
Directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile

Man, when did Blue Underground become the re-release kings? I remember when they were fresh, putting out some really good, hard to find stuff. Now they’re just putting out everything once released by Anchor Bay again, and I’ve no idea why. Strange. Anyway, this cult classic stars David Hess as a stranded motorist who a husband and wife pick up, only to realize too late that he’s a psychotic madman. Usually that’s a good thing to know before you let someone in your car, kids. Look for re-issues of The New York Ripper and Nightmare City this week, as well. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!In the Blood (2006)
Directed by Lou Peterson

All right, let me get this right; the story is about a sexy and popular jock that has secret gay tendencies, but can’t come to grips with them. When he realizes his sister may be the next victim of a college-campus slasher, the only way he can get to the bottom of the mystery is to fully embrace his gay-ness (is that a word?). How does that work, exactly? Why should you sexual preference matter when a serial killer is on the loose? I guess you’ll have to get it to find out. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Karaoke Terror (2003)
Directed by Tetsuo Shinohara

I know it doesn’t sound too terrifying, but apparently Karaoke Terror is actually a genuinely scary movie. I know the concept of Karaoke in general fills me with fear. The film is actually satirical by nature (big surprise) about two rivaling groups of karaoke-lovers who get mixed up in murder and deception while trying to prove which group is more talented at song recreation. We’ve got a very old “>Karaoke Terror review you can check out for more info! Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Killing Car (1983)
Directed by Jean Rollin

You know it’s true; if it’s Jean Rollin, it’s gotta be good! All right, that’s not necessarily the case, but how can you go wrong with a movie called Killing Car for God’s sake? The story follows two hot Asian women who steal a car and begin to kill anyone who gets in their way for no apparent reason. Full of all the strange imagery and female flesh you’d expect from Rollin, minus the vampires. Thank God. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Knock Knock (2008)
Directed by Joe Ariola

First of all, why can’t this guy change his last name, at least for the purposes of being a director, from something like Ariola? The film is about someone coming back from the dead for some form of revenge or something. To be honest I couldn’t make heads nor tails of Creepy’s “>Knock Knock DVD review, but then I’m from the MidWest and don’t understand half of what he says on a good day, anyway. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Paranormal State: Season One
Directed by Various

Just as it sounds, “Paranormal State” is the first show to examine hauntings and other unexplained phenomenon through the eyes of, gulp, fucking college students. I guess that it was on A&E and not, say, MTV, is a good sign that it’s probably not that bad. The show follows a young team of ghost hunters who are dealing with their own drama filled lives while constantly looking to see if there is something staring back at them from the abyss. Or something like that. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Prism (2007)
Directed by David G. Simmons

A young autistic boy is the only witness to a horrific crime, which causes him to fall into a catatonic state from which doctors fear he’ll never recover. A dedicated young psychologist offers to help bring him back to the hear and now, but the deeper she looks into this troubled boys mind, the more her own reality starts to fall apart. Hilarity ensues. Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Schizo (1978)
Directed by Peter Walker

You really can’t go wrong with a good Pete Walker movie and a case of beer. Or maybe just a six-pack, depends on your tolerance. The story is about a girl who witnessed the brutal murder of her own parents when she was young, and now starts seeing her friends and family dying all around her, each death taking her that much closer to the horrifying truth. I’m guessing it’ll have something to do with schizophrenia? Could be, could be… Buy it here!

Click to see it bigger!Terror of Mechagodzilla (1977)
Directed by Ishiro Honda

Fifteen Godzilla films in, the eleventh for director Honda, and finally we get some mecha-terror! The film follows aliens who want to stage a takeover of Earth, using Mecha creations that can be controlled by a resurrected girl who is now a cyborg. Some say this film contains some of the best Godzilla fight scenes put to film, no small feet considering how many of them there are! Buy it here!

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  • Sam Hell

    Word around the campfire is NoShame has finally gone completely under, both the Italian branch and here in the States. So don’t count on Doors Into Darkness getting released…unless it’s by another company.

  • Johnny Butane

    Doors Into Darkness was on the list weeks ago; I can’t help it if NoShame can’t stick to a release date. Toxie, well…

  • thedudeabides

    Word. I can’t wait to get these.

  • Sam Hell

    Original Godzilla poster art beats the hell out of being stabbed in the eyes with some hideous Photoshop massacre (see: Final Wars & GMK). Plus, these two titles were already released last November in a box set only, along with the other previously released titles. Hence the similar design. Glad to see them getting out on their own. There is already space reserved for them in my collection.

  • MetalBeard

    What about The Complete Toxic Avenger set and Argento’s Door Into Darkness?