Welcome to Bloody Bits, the weekly recap of recent horror movies released on blu-ray and dvd for that specific week. This is brought to you by My Bloody Podcast and Horrorphilia.com. Every week I’ll have an audio recap to listen to, containing mini reviews and recommendations. Click red links to purchase the film and check out the trailers and synopsis for each film.
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Nightcrawler is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Poker Night (2014) from XlRator
In this twisted thriller, a young detective becomes an unwilling participant in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the detective must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.
Donald Sutherland (Klute) and Julie Christie (Darling) mesmerize as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experiences. A masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout), Don’t Look Now, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca), is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural, as renowned for its innovative editing and haunting cinematography as its explicit eroticism and unforgettable denouement, one of the great endings in horror history.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
* New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Nicolas Roeg, with uncompressed
* New conversation between the film’s editor, Graeme Clifford, and film writer
* “Don’t Look Now,” Looking Back, a short 2002 documentary featuring Roeg, Clifford,
and cinematographer Anthony Richmond
* Death in Venice, a 2006 interview with composer Pino Donaggio
* Something Interesting, a new documentary on the writing and making of the film,
featuring interviews with Richmond, actors Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, and
coscreenwriter Allan Scott
* Nicolas Roeg: The Enigma of Film, a new documentary on Roeg’s style, featuring
interviews with filmmakers Danny Boyle and Steven Soderbergh
* Q&A with Roeg at London’s Ciné Lumière from 2003
* PLUS: An essay by film critic David Thompson
Proof of the Devil from Genesis Distribution
In 2010 A string of serial murders ended in the capture of an 18 year old boy named Jesse. The media called him “The Butcher”. He is captured, found guilty, and executed by lethal injection. Fast forward three years. The boy’s mother, Kate, hires a documentary film crew to prove her theory that Jesse was not an insane murderer. He was possessed by a demon. A demon who made him commit the murders. For the first time on television, Kate will have the crew record her as she becomes possessed by a demon on camera. In order to prove Jesse’s innocence, Kate will find
proof of the Devil.
Legend of Black Annie
The Legend of Black Annie is a film loosely based on an urban legend. It starts in the late 1960s, when a group of boys accidentally kill a young girl. Her mother, versed in the art of voodoo, enacts revenge upon them and anyone involved in the cover-up. Local college professor Cornelius Faulk investigates the tale in an attempt to uncover the truth.
Dead Walkers Rise of the 4th Reich from Bayview Ent/Widowmaker
Reports of a growing terrorist threat in Romania lead the British Secret Service to send in some of their best men, but nobody returns from the field. In a final attempt to get through, Alpha One and Alpha Five are dispatched to try and uncover the truth. What they discover is a bizarre scientific and occult training ground of neo-Nazis – descendants of Nazis who fled following their defeat in the Second World War. Over the years they have been researching the energy they call ”VRIL” and utilizing it to grow an army of men and women who cannot be killed, because they’re
already dead. Attempting to stay under cover and out of sight, Alpha One and Alpha Five come face to face with the terror of the Nazi VRIL soldiers and witness shocking tortures and beatings used to energize the human soul. Mentally twisted, the leaders of this Nazi group are bent on taking over the world with their new VRIL army and bring about the rise of the 4th Reich.
Fear Clinic from Anchor Bay
Co-written by Hall and Aaron Drane, the film is based on the critically acclaimed and fan favorite 2009 FEARnet.com series. When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the Fear Clinic, hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.
Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his Fear Chamber to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination…
Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy (2015) from Image Entertainment
Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil are both professors at a leading medical university. Victor’s latest grisly “experiment” is the re-animated corpse of a sadistic madman and Naihla’s most recent find is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh. When the two monsters face-off in an epic showdown, no one is safe from the slaughter. Can the murderous rampage be stopped and the carnage contained before it’s too late?
Love At First Bite/Once Bitten from Scream Factory
Vampire’s Kiss/High Spirits from Scream Factory
Z Nation: Season 1 from Asylum
Pick of the Week!
From director Jorg Buttgereit comes Nekromantik 2, the gore horror sequel to his 1987 classic Nekromantik. Monika (Monika M.) is a beautiful necrophiliac who lives alone in Berlin. By day she works as a nurse. By night she prowls through cemeteries while searching for fresh corpses. When she reads about the suicide of Rob (Nekromantik’s Daktari Lorenz) she finds his grave to dig up his body and brings it home. Mark (Mark Reeder) lives across town and makes his living dubbing sex films. After meeting Monika, romance blossoms and they fall in love. But all is not well in Monika’s world. Her relationship with Mark begins to falter and she has to make a final choice between loving the living or the dead.
Officially banned in Germany for years upon release, Cult Epics is proud to present Nekromantik 2, Uncut and Uncensored in a new High Definition transfer.
* New Director’s Approved HD transfer (taken from the original 16mm negative)
* New Introduction by Jorg Buttgereit (2014)
* Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit, co-author Franz Rodenkirchen, and actors
Monika M. and Mark Reeder
* The Making of Nekromantik 2
* Still Photo Gallery
* JB Trailers
* Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
* Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011) Live
* 20th Anniversary Live Concert performed by Monika M. and Friends – Video (2011)
* A Moment of Silence At the Grave of Ed Gein, Short film by Jorg Buttgereit (2012)
* Half Girl Lemmy, I’m A Feminist, Music video by Jorg Buttgereit (2014)
* LIMITED EDITION 5000 (BD) Copies
* Includes Nekromantik 2 Collectible Artwork by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia photo of