DVD Release List: Hell Comes to Earth


“And the gates of hell shall open, and they shall spill forth…” the following August 8th DVD releases!

Click to see it full size!Cemetery of Terror/Grave Robber (1985/1990
Directed by Ruben Galindo

I gotta admit it, yet again; someone at Brentwood is doing a much better job with their cover art than they ever did in the past. Always a good idea to incorporate the original posters whenever you can, and here it works like a charm. Cemetery is about a serial killer whose body is stolen from a morgue by some teenagers and brought back to life, eager to kill again. Grave Robbers is a Spanish attempt at a slasher film, likely done better than any of ours from this era, with an Indiana Jones-esque spin on it. Buy it here!

Click to see it full size!City of Rott (2005)
Directed by Frank Sudol

Now here’s something we’ve been without for far too long; a ridiculously gory, over the top zombie film that can do whatever the hell it wants to its victims for one simple reason; it’s animated! In Rott, the undead are taking over the island of Manhattan, and an old man with a walker is just trying to make it home alive. Unearthed have stacked the disc with features, and this cut is a full 23-minutes longer than any previously seen version! Buy it here!

Click to see it full size!Haunted Highway (2006)
Directed by Junichi Suzuki

Uh-oh. Another direct to DVD cheapie from Lionsgate, or is this a diamond in the rough, as it were? It would have to shine pretty brightly to make it stand out among all the crap Lionsgate dumps onto DVD these days. The story is of a photographer who makes the bad desicison to have an affair, and decision that leads him down a lonely desert road, pursued by ghosts and apparitions left and right. But are they real or just his imagination? Check out Andrew’s review form back when it was called Death Ride for the possible answer. Buy it here!

Click to see it full size!Headhunter (2005)
Directed by Paul Tarantino

A young professional signs on with a sexy headhunter to find the perfect job, and pretty soon she gets it for him. Good pay, good benefits… only problem is that it’s the graveyard shift. No big deal, the money is worth it. When he starts to get involved with the headhunter, however, and soon realizes that his actual job is to find a missing head… or he’ll loose his own! Terrifying? Doubt it. Funny? Hopefully. Buy it here!

Click to see it full size!Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
Directed by Anthony Hickox

And here is where most fans of the series say Pinhead started his downward spiral. Though I can see where most are coming from, this third entry in the franchise was actually a helluva lot of fun and it was kinda cool to see Pinhead get some new one-liners in. And damnit, I can’t hate anything Anthony Hickox does, so there. Paramount actually dug up a feturette to throw on here, too, so at least it’s not a bare bones release like we once feared. Buy it here!

Click to see it full size!Night of the Bloody Apes/Curse of the Doll People (1969/1961)
Directed by Rene Cardona/Benito Alazraki

Night sounds sufficiently oddball, telling a story that involves lady wrestlers, nudity, real medical footage, and gore to make up the wacky tale of a scientist who transplants a gorilla’s heart (complete with actual medical footage of a heart surgery) into his son’s chest, and the boys goes apeshit. Pun intended. Curse deals with four men who defile a voodoo temple and are cursed in the process, being attacked by an army of dolls out for revenge. Buy it here!

Click to see it full size!Revenge of the Living Dead Girls (1986)
Directed by Pierre B. Reinhard

Billed as France’s first gore film, Revenge is the story of some teenage girls who come back to life after toxic waste is spilled on their graves. Their death was caused by poison milk, so they immediately go to the head of the dairy factory and start chomping away, but the factory has some secrets of it’s own. Some nasty gore sequences abound, including an infamous shower miscarriage, but over all it sounds like a film made for the purposes of shocking rather than telling a story. Buy it here!

Click to see it full size!The Tooth Fairy (2006)
Directed by Chuck Bowman

A family goes on a small vacation, out to a bed and breakfast where they hope to relax for a spell. 12-year-old Pamela is told the true story of The Tooth Fairy by her neighbor at the b & b; she was an evil woman who lived many years ago and slaughtered many children, taking all their teeth when she was done. Now she’s back to take revenge on the group who had her killed and anyone else who stands in the way. Be sure to read Creepy’s DVD review of it for more details! Buy it here!

Click to see it full size!Tromeo & Juliet: 10th Anniversary Edition (1996)
Directed by Lloyd Kaufman

This was the first film to come out of New Jersey’s most prolific underground studio that actually made it seem like they cared about some level of quality. Sure, you could say that the very source material lends itself to a good adaptation, but in this case it’s what Troma did to twist it and make it their own that was so refreshing, and it still works today. This new 10th Anniversary Edition features two discs pack with more stuff than you probably though possible for the DVD release of just one film. Buy it here!

Johnny Butane

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