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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Doctor Mordrid from Full Moon
Doctor Mordrid (JEFFREY COMBS) is the chosen guardian who can protect the Earth from eternal darkness; Kabal (BRIAN THOMPSON) is his vengeful enemy whose implacable wrath has escalated with time. Kabal has arrived on Earth and is planning to use his infinite powers to unleash a horde of hellish demons to devour and destroy humankind. Bound by hate and a mystical amulet that holds the powers of life and death, the immortal wizards will meet for the last time. Their centuries-old rivalry has matured into the ancient struggle of good versus evil. Now, their battle takes on majestic proportions as Mordrid and Kabal give life to prehistoric skeletons and begin their final conflict…
Doctor Mordrid has been remastered in high-definition and looks better than ever! The Blu-ray is loaded with special features:
-Brand new audio commentary with star Jeffrey Combs and producer/director Charles Band
-Original VideoZone making-of featurette
-Rare William Shatner interview with Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton
-Uncut behind-the-scenes footage from the Full Moon Vault
Motivational Growth from Parade Deck Films
Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold, a smooth talking fungus who was born of the filth collecting in a corner of Ian’s neglected bathroom, works to win Ian’s trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. With The Mold’s help, Ian attracts the attention of a neighbor he’s been ogling through his peephole, Leah, and he manages to find a slice of happiness despite his unnatural circumstances. But Ian starts to receive strange messages from his old and broken down TV set that make him realize that The Mold may not be as helpful as it seems to be, and strange characters combined with stranger events cast Ian’s life in the shadow of an epic battle between good and evil that Ian is only partially aware of.
Hillbilly Horror Show: Volume 2 from Leomark Studios
Hillbilly Horror Show: Volume 2 keeps this horror anthology series rolling, starting with the darkly hilarious short, HELP WANTED, which is guaranteed to make you rethink searching for a new job. Next up, we explore the war between vampires and angels in the slick action-horror flick, BLOODTRAFICK (Winner – Best Actress, Grace Huang – HollyShorts Film Festival). For the third short, we find a ghostly, modern day western called THE DEED. Look close, because that cowboy seems awful familiar. Finally, Volume 2 caps off with the chilling horror-fantasy, ROSE WHITE. Trust us when we tell you that this fairytale doesn’t have a happy ending! Once again, our favorite hillbillies, Bo & Cephus, are along for the ride, providing plenty of laughs in between, and their SMOKIN’ hot kissin’ cousin Lulu is back too!
Twilight Hunters from Tomcat Releasing
A taut reinvention of vampire lore, Shadowland opens in modern day North America, where construction workers uncover an old stone cross and what appears to be a wooden stake. They remove the stake from the ground, allowing Laura (Caitlin McIntosh), a slumbering vampire, to revive and rise from the earth. Beaten and weak, Laura is unable to speak, remember who she is, or even the fact that she is a vampire! As Laura attempts to make sense of the strange new world around her, she begins to remember not only an idyllic human life in 1897 but the handsome Lazarus (Carlos Antonio León), a mysterious lover who may not have had her best
interests in mind. Soon Julian (Jason Contini), a world-weary vampire hunter employed by the church, begins tracking Laura, but as he closes in for the kill he learns that things are not what they seem.
Scalped from Tomcat Releasing
SCALPED! is the story of a young white woman named Ana Sharp Claws who is happily married to an Indian Chief’s son. All is peaceful until a pack of cut-throat ex-cons fresh from prison disrupt their happy home. Her friends, husband and son are all murdered and she is raped and humiliated. After being rescued by a former Indian Fighter named Barfly, she vows revenge to kill these evil men. Ana’s plan is to pick them off one at a time and provide slow and painful deaths. The characters are memorable, the effects gruesome and the story will keep you riveted.
All Saints Eve from Wild Eye Releasing
An evil preacher in the late 1700’s leads an angry church mob to murder a farmer and his family in order to steal his land. In his dying breath, the farmer incites an evil curse and vows vengeance. One fateful Halloween night, the curse is accidentally unleashed and a group of teenage friends must now fight to stay alive and solve the ancient mystery before the whole town is doomed for eternity.
The Last House on Cemetery Lane from 4 Digital Media
The story focuses on screenwriter John Davies, who has grown tired of living in London and moves to an old manor house in a sleepy West Wales village. At first he enjoys himself, embracing the quieter pace of life and starting a relationship with his beautiful neighbour, Cassie Konrad. But strange, unexplained occurrences begin to occur in the manor house. John discovers he is surrounded by a supernatural presence and begins to research the house’s past, discovering secrets more terrible than he ever imagined. It is now up to John to right the injustices of the past and finally lay to rest the spirits which haunt the Last House on Cemetery Lane.
The Casebook of Eddie Brewer from Entertainment One
A matter of belief becomes a question of survival as a TV documentary film crew follows old-school paranormal investigator Eddie Brewer (Ian Brooker) as he researches two disturbing and baffling cases: a suburban home where a neurotic mother is convinced something malevolent has attached itself to her ten year old daughter; and The Rookery House, a dilapidated Eighteenth
Century building with strange noises and unexplained phenomenon coming from the cellar. Facing the greatest challenges of his life, Eddie confronts the source of these paranormal manifestations during an all night vigil at the old house. What began as a mocking expose of is work becomes a terrifying battle between reason and the paranormal.
Animal from Scream Factory
Directedby Brett Simmons
Starring Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies
Studio: Screamhout! Factory
Run Time: 86 minutes
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as tensions mount and long-buried secrets are revealed. But when the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival.
Phantom of the Opera (1989) from Scream Factory
Actors: Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Bill Nighy
Studio: Scream Factory
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2015
Run Time: 93 minutes
Reviewer: Horrorphilia Jason
An aspiring opera singer finds herself transported back to Victorian-era London: and into the arms of a reclusive, disfigured maestro determined to make her a star. The silver-throated Christine (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather) enjoys success through the arrangements of her new lover (Englund)… until she realizes that he has been committing unspeakably grisly murders in her honor and won’t stop until he’s completed his masterpiece… in blood!
Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and actor Robert Englund
Behind The Mask: The Making of “The Phantom Of The Opera”, featuring new interviews with
Director Dwight H. Little, actors Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, and Alex Hyde-White,
Screenwriter Duke Sandefur, Special Make-Up Designer Kevin Yagher, Special Make-Up Effects
Artists John Carl Buechler, Everett Burrell and John Vulich, and Composer Misha Segal
Altar from Cinedigm
ALTAR follows one family as they move into a timeworn, dilapidated country mansion in order to restore it to its former splendor. But, in the process, they awaken the ghosts of the house s original inhabitants whose curse still looms darkly over the haunted estate. What
follows is a hair-raising ordeal of spectral apparitions and demonic possession that threatens to destroy the lives of ALTAR S desperate protagonists in this early realm and beyond.
Malignant from MVD Visual
A grieving man, Allex (Gary Cairns), falls victim to a rogue scientist (Brad Dourif) who uses deadly methods to cure addictions. Unaware that he’s become the latest experiment, Allex passes out from drinking and wakes up to find stitches across his chest and a gruesome video showing a murder. Now he must confront the scientist and overcome his terrifying treatments… or face the ultimate horror.
Pick of the Week!VHS Viral (2014)
Directed by Justin Benson … (segment “‘Bonestorm'”)
Aaron Moorhead … (segment “‘Bonestorm'”)
Gregg Bishop … (segment “‘Dante the Great'”)
Todd Lincoln … (segment “Gorgeous Vortex”)
Marcel Sarmiento … (segment “‘Vicious Circles'”)
Nacho Vigalondo … (segment “‘Parallel Monsters'”)
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2015
Run Time: 81 minutes