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 Tue/Wed is a new podcast recap episode, containing mini reviews and recommendations. Click red links to purchase the film and check out the trailers and synopsis for each film.
The Mothman Curse from Wild Eye Releasing
A supernatural thriller based on the terrifying legend of The Mothman. Rachel and Katy work together in a large, empty museum. But lately, Katy notices slight, disturbing changes in her friend, while a menacing, dark shadow appears to be watching them night after night, drawing them both further into fear and madness. As they investigate deeper, the legend becomes a very real, living nightmare.
The Pigman Murders from Wild Eye Releasing
Seven friends head into the wilderness for the weekend to celebrate a friends’ anniversary. But after finding a severely beaten man in the woods, they decide to find help, but soon become the hunted in a twisted game of cat and mouse with a group of animal-masked sadists. Now, in the middle of nowhere with nothing, they must fight to escape a living hell in this roller-coaster horror thriller.
Wake Before I Die from Parade Deck Films
After moving his family to a small Northwest town, Pastor Dan Bennett begins to suspect that all might not be as idyllic as he first imagined. Strange spiritual obsessions begin to unearth age-old secrets, and personal threats await anyone who dares confront them. He realizes he must not only prepare his new congregation to face the assault, but also fortify his own home as evil seeks to invade and shake it to its very foundation.
Blood Slaughter Massacre from Wild Eye Releasing
Ten years ago, the sleepy suburb of Havenwood was plagued by a string of unsolved murders, by a masked maniac remembered only as The Ripper. Now a new series of killings has begun, and teenagers are turning up dead everywhere. But can The Ripper be stopped this time around? Blood Slaughter Massacre is an incredible homage to slasher movie nostalgia, and featuring a killer 80’s style soundtrack.
Ten from Brink
Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she’s traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs. The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion’s wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone–or something–has lied to get them in the house. It’s not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted. Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts. At least, not until the first murder. What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem. Yet, the fate of the entire world may rest in their hands.
Blood Rites from Girls and Corpses
Heavily influenced by Giallo, a genre of Italian horror popularized in the late 60’s and 70’s by masters like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, Blood Rites is a macabre mystery of murder, drug use and the occult. It was supposed to be an easy deal for Jason and Nikki: buy the drugs, cut them at an abandoned warehouse, then sell them on the street and rake in the cash. When the drug deal goes bad and Jason disappears, Nikki is trapped on an upper floor of the warehouse with a vicious ex-military enforcer, a gunshot victim, a violent addict and his three hostages. Leaving the building is not an option. All the exits have been blocked. And somewhere in the darkness is something with a taste for blood and a love of pain. The bad guys are being stalked by something worse. For a great demon demands to be born from the fiery depths of hell and its faithful servant has planned a bizarre blood rite that will leave no vein untapped. Blood will flow. Hell is coming.
Sorrow from Brink
Early one morning in the bucolic town of Fieldhouse, Texas the local residents awaken and start the day preparing to go about their business. Detective Ana Salinas is called to a crime scene unaware that this dispatch is going to be far from a usual day at work. Inside the modest home are two corpses, a kill room littered with the discarded clothing of numerous victims and strewn with blood smeared torture devices. Ana Salinas partner and lover is killed almost immediately when he unwittingly triggers a booby trap packing spring loaded darts. A young woman is found at the crime scene, dazed and confused with a bullet wound to the shoulder, but mysteriously slips away from the hospital before she can be questioned. It is revealed that the young woman, Mila Sweeney, a forensic psychologist has been captured weeks before by the Killers, relentlessly tortured and abducted to Texas.
My Demon Within from Unearthed
Cyril Bass is a good-hearted loser that works in a thankless corporate job where everyone takes advantage of him. His social life is also a total disaster; he holds a secret crush for his neighbor Callie but can’t even muster a hello as they pass in the hallway. He has a very vivid imagination about how he’d wreak revenge on everyone that’s done him wrong, but his morals and ethics keep those thoughts at bay. Cyril is constantly struggling with his darkest, most sinister side, his own demon. At his worst moment, the Demon entices Cyril to release him, promising revenge, fortune, popularity, and any woman of his choosing. Cyril’s life does an about face as Demon slowly takes over, people begin to see him differently as every opportunity opens up to him, and Callie finally takes an interest in him. Too much blood is shed as his decision to release his demon takes its toll; his life is slipping in a downward spiral out of his control. Now the police are hot on his trail for murders he didn’t commit, Cyril must fight his demon to get his life back and save the girl.
Nothing Sacred from Tomcat Releasing
A pair of twins named Blue and Delilah, separated at birth, meet for the first time at their mother’s death bed. Their mother tells the twins that it is their fate to fulfill a secret prophecy. The prophecy foretold long ago that they would avenge her death by killing the dark sorcerer Chambers. The only problem is that Chambers is their father – and in a month from now, he’ll have the last gruesome ingredient he needs to become immortal. As time runs down, the twins chase Chambers across the world from the corpse-filled catacombs of Paris to the most sacred rituals of the Muskogee Indians in Oklahoma. Along the way, they have to do battle with Chambers’ vast army of followers, bringing them face to face with the Mayor of Paris, the Greek god Hermes, a street magician whose frightening tricks are real, and an immortal king with a castle hidden high in the mountains of Belgium.
Snuff: A Documentary About Killing On Camera (special Edition) from Wild Eye Releasing
Explore the disturbing, pervasive urban legend of the snuff film, an alleged film where someone is purposely murdered on camera. This compelling, educational documentary features interviews with film professionals, FBI profilers and academics, who all help examine the myths and evidence of snuff films, and its relationship to cult films, serial killers and pornography in our culture.
Territory 8 from Phase 4 Films
After a chemical weapon explosion in the Nevada desert, eight square miles surrounding the area are put into quarantine, trapping anyone who managed to survive. Soon after the incident, two scientists find themselves confronting a sinister cover up and a band of hostile survivors who are looking to escape the quarantined area, now known as Territory 8.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night from Kino Lorber
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.
The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.
Special Features: Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Collectible Graphic Novels with essay by Eric Kohn, Deleted Scenes, Q&A Hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum, part of MoMA’s Contenders Series. Stills Gallery, Trailer, VICE Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, VICE Meets Ana Lily Amirpour and Sheila Vand
Arachnoquake from MTI
When powerful earthquakes wreak havoc in Louisiana, giant albino spiders emerge from the fissures and attack the disoriented survivors. A tour guide caught up in the cataclysm determines the species must be descended from a progenitor that was trapped underground millions of years ago, and that the quakes will continue, following an ancient, previously unknown fault line right toward Houston. The eight-legged beasts only weakness is a genetic abnormality that makes them highly vulnerable to sunlight. Too bad a total eclipse is on the way!
Avenged from Anchor Bay
The Walking Deceased from Arc Entertainment
A month into the zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors, including four who “for safety reasons” go by the names of their favorite cities–Green Bay, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Harlem–a Sheriff fresh off a nice, relaxing, six-week coma, his small-business-owner 10 year old son, and a voiceover-prone zombie, Romeo, who has convinced the group that he’s not dead, just a little slow, are forced from the safety of their mall-camp in hopes of finding a rumored safe-haven.
Bedlam from Lionsgate
George is a haunted man. He enters Bedlam Hospital for a guaranteed recovery, but it is a world darker than even his demons could conjure. Once, he fought for sanity, now he fights to survive. Welcome to Bedlam.
Auteur from MVD Visual
In this horror thriller directed by Cameron Romero and starring Tom Sizemore, a naive documentarian sets out to find a legendary horror director who mysteriously disappeared before the release of his highly anticipated masterpiece. As the filmmaker uncovers the story through various interviews, he learns that the truth is much more deadly than he ever imagined.
Jonah Lives by Wild Eye Releasing
A group of teens foolishly play with a spirit board and contact the spirit of a murdered man, who they soon resurrect from the grave in the form of a murderous zombie, intent on avenging his own death and stalking the teens down one by one until he can get to his killer.
Chillers from Imdfilms
A Haunt: Carrie White just wanted to go check out a local haunted house to kill some time. Terrifyingly realistic, she got much more than she bargained for. Soul Mates: After a mugging Jason Tallman is plagued by nightmares. Are these really just night terrors or something even more frightening? The Couple: Thieves Barbara and Freddy thought they pulled off the heist of a lifetime until a stranded couple seeks shelter. Now they have to deal with them in order to get away with it.
Deep In The Darkness from Scream Factory
Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town’s deepest secret: a terrifying and controlling race of creatures that live in the darkness in the woods behind his home.
Starring Dean Stockwell (Blue Velvet, Quantum Leap), Sean Patrick Thomas (Save The Last Dance, Cruel Intentions, Barbershop) and Blanche Baker (Sixteen Candles) and directed by Colin Theys (Remains, Dead Souls), this eerily terrifying film takes your darkest fears and brings them home
Ghoulies/Ghoulies II from Scream Factory
Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets, and you have Ghoulies, a horrifying and hilarious ride into the darkest regions of hell! Conjured during a party thrown by the mansion’s new owner, the hairy, fanged demons waste no time wreaking havoc on the scene: and declaring the unsuspecting owner their new lord and master! Peter Liapis (Ghost Warrior), Lisa Pelkin (Jennifer), Michael Des Barres (Waxwork II, Under Siege) and Jack Nance (Eraserhead, Twin Peaks) star in this fanged frenzy of sharp twists and eye-popping shocks that’ll get you where it counts!
The demonic, toilet-dwelling goblins are back! Stowed away in Satan’s Den, the traveling House of Horror operated by carnival workers Larry and Uncle Ned, the Ghoulies merrily devour the sideshow attraction’s patrons… until Larry realizes his horror house is for real and tries to flee the scene! Deliciously outrageous special effects and over-the-top antics ratchet up the horrific fun! Kerry Remsen (Pumpkinhead), Phil Fondacaro (Troll), William Butler (1990’s Night Of The Living Dead) and Royal Dano (Big Bad Mama) star in this creepy, crawly sequel that’s got every bit as big a bite as the original!
– Audio Commentary with director/co-writer Luca Bercovici
– New interviews with executive producer Charles Band, composer Richard Band, actor Michael Des Barres and special effects makeup artist John Vulich
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– New interviews with executive producer Charles Band, actor Donnie Jeffcoat, actress Kerry Remsen and special effects artist Gino Crognale
– Rare Deleted Scenes
– Original Theatrical Trailer
Escape From New York from Scream Factory
A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and the mind-blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan!
In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (Donald Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Russell). But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission, and his life, unless he succeeds!
– NEW 2K High Definition scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative
– NEW Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and directory of photography Dean Cundey
– Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
– Audio Commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves
– NEW Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
– NEW Scoring the Escape: A Discussion with composer Alan Howarth
– NEW On Set with John Carpenter: The Images of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker
– NEW I Am Taylor: an interview with actor Joe Unger
– NEW My Night on the Set: an interview with filmmaker David DeCoteau<
– Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence
– Return to Escape from New York Featurette
– Theatrical Trailers
– Photo Galleries – Behind-the-Scenes, Posters and Lobby Cards
April 28th releases
Hunted from Vertical
Rufus is a shy and lonely boy determined to make a new start. Sure he has some quirks. So what if he likes the taste of blood? It’s not like he’s addicted. When a cunning vampire hunter slips into town searching for the fountain of youth, Rufus fears his darkest secret is about to be revealed.
Pick of the WeekFrom A Whisper To A Scream from Scream Factory
On the night his niece is executed for committing a string of brutal killings, historian Julian White (Price) reveals the sinister secrets of her hometown, Oldfield, Tennessee, a horrific hamlet that spawns evil! But as the town’s murderous legacy is exposed with White’s chilling accounts: including stories of a necrophilic madman, a voodoo priest with life-prolonging powers and a legion of children with an appetite for flesh. White doesn’t realize that he is about the write the final chapter of Oldfield’s morbid history…in his own blood!
Return to Oldfield: The Making of WHISPER TO A SCREAM – – A comprehensive feature-length documentary about the making of ‘From A Whisper To A Scream’, featuring director Jeff Burr, producer Darin Scott, co-screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, star Clu Gulager, and many more!
A Decade Under the Innocence: Adventures in Super 8 Filmmaking – A feature-length documentary about teenage adventures in ‘Super 8’ filmmaking during the 1970’s in Georgia, featuring director Jeff Burr and more!
Audio Commentary with writer/director Jeff Burr
Audio Commentary with writer/producer Darin Scott and writer C. Courtney Joyner
Still Gallery with commentary by writer/director Jeff Burr
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