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June 23rd releases
Contamination from Arrow Video
Branded as a “video nasty” in the UK, director Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination takes the premise of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien and peppers it with exploding guts galore and a dangerously infectious soundtrack from celebrated Italian prog-rockers Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria).
A cargo ship drifts up the Hudson River. Its crew: all dead, their bodies horribly mutilated, turned inside out by an unknown force. Its freight: boxes upon boxes of glowing, pulsating green eggs. It soon becomes clear that these eggs are not of this planet, and someone intends to cultivate them here on Earth. But who? And to what end?
Starring Italian horror veteran Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Contamination is an ultra-violent sci-fi epic that really gets under the skin. In space, no one can hear you scream – but on Earth, the terror rings loud and clear!
The Color Out Of Space from Brink
Arkham, 1975: Jonathan Davis’ father has disappeared. His tracks lead to Germany, to the Swabian-Franconian Forest where he was stationed after the Second World War. Jonathan sets out to find him and bring him home, but deep in the woods he discovers a dark mystery from the past. Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short novel “The Color Out of Space”.
A Box For Rob (2014) from Green Apple Entertainment
Rob is a troubled man whose world unravels when he is named a murder suspect. Haunted by a dark childhood secret, his life becomes a living nightmare … Could he be the killer after all?
Silent Retreat from Lost Empire
Janey is sent to a silent meditation retreat in the middle of the woods for rehabilitation, only to discover that the men who run it are brainwashing women to be quiet and submissive, and if she breaks the rules, she’ll discover what lurks beyond the trees…
Goldberg & Eisenberg from Jinga Films
Goldberg is a lonely computer programmer who spends his time searching the internet for a girlfriend. After a blind date in the park he meets Eisenberg, a thug who stalks him, intruding into his everyday life until Goldberg’s actions to get rid of him spin dangerously out of control.
All American Bully from Wild Eye Releasing
Every seven seconds in America a child is victimized by a bully, and the Internet is the new school playground. Three friends have a falling out at school after one of them is bullied, and their lives are slowly torn apart as the they fall deeper into a twisted web of hate, ignorance, and revenge – where it turns out no one is truly innocent – all leading to a disturbing and violent conclusion. Bonus features include: Trailers, Behind the Scenes Interviews
Jurassic Prey from Wild Eye Releasing
After a botched bank robbery, a group of thieves clash with police and others while trying to hideout at a remote lake cabin, but unknown to them all, a recent mining explosion has unearthed a prehistoric T-Rex beast, who is the perfect hunter, and is very hungry. Now, they must all band together and fight to stay alive as this Jurassic predator hunts them down one by one, piece by piece. Bonus features include: Trailers and Promotional Videos, Behind the Scenes/ Making of featurette, Director’s Commentary
Dead Woman’s Hollow from Wild Eye Releasing
Based on a shocking true crime that took place on the Appalachian trail. Two female students set off for a camping trip into the Pennsylvania woods – but they are hunted, shot and left for dead by a mountain man after he discovers they are lesbians. A local sheriff soon begins to piece together more unsolved disappearances and murders on the trail, but can he act in time to stop more killings. Bonus features include: Trailers
Hulk Blood Tapes from Wild Eye Releasing
From the director of Hold Your Breath, Jailbait and 12/12/12. Five friends set out on a road trip to see their favorite band Hulk Blood play a reunion show – but they never got there. What happens along the way will change the course of their lives forever as they are lost, stranded – and ready to do anything to survive the night. Bonus features include: Trailers
Dog Soldiers from Scream Factory
Directed by Neil Marshall
Starring Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham
Run Time: 105 minutes
A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on special training maneuvers face their biggest fears after they run into Captain Ryan: the only survivor of a Special Ops team that was literally torn to pieces. Ryan refuses to disclose his mission even though whoever attacked his men might be hungry for seconds. Help arrives in the form of local girl who shelters them in a deserted farmhouse deep in the forest…but when they realize that they are surrounded by a pack of blood-lusting werewolves, it’s apparent their nightmare has just begun!
•2K scan HD transfer supervised and approved by director Neil Marshall
• Audio Commentary with director Neil Marshall
• The Making of DOG SOLDIERS featuring new interviews with director Neil Marshall, producers Christopher Figg and Keith Bell,
actors Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Leslie Simpson and Emma Cleasby, special effects artist Bob Keen, special
effects supervisor/creature designer Dave Bonneywell, production designer Simon Bowles, and director of photography Sam McCurdy
• A look at the model of the sets created by production designer Simon Bowles
• Theatrical Trailer
• Neil Marshall’s short film: Combat
• Two Still Galleries – photos from the film and rare photos from production designer Simon Bowles and special effects artist
Dave Bonneywell’s archives
Ghoul from Enterainment One
GHOUL is a supernatural horror film involving the real life story of the Soviet Union s most violent serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo. Three Americans travel to the Ukraine to film a documentary about the cannibalism epidemic that swept through the country during the famine of 1932. After being lured deep into the Ukraine forest for an interview with one of the last known
survivors, they quickly find themselves trapped in a supernatural hunting ground.
Needful Things from KL Studio Classics
When a creepy older man named Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow) moves to a small town in Maine and sets up an antique shop, bad things soon follow. Gaunt has the remarkable ability of selling people exactly what they want most, but his ideal purchases come at a price that involves more than just money. Through Gaunt’s manipulation, the citizens of the town gradually turn on one another, resulting in violence that Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Ed Harris) struggles to contain.
The Island of Dr. Moreau from KL Studio Classics
The Doctor Is Insane! Animals become monsters – and a man becomes part animal; Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry) and Michael York (Logan’s Run) co-star in this sci-fi shocker based on a novel by the great H.G. Wells (The Time Machine). On a tropical Pacific island, the mad Dr. Moreau (Lancaster) has set out to fool Mother Nature, conducting nightmarish genetic experiments that have resulted in Lionmen, Tigermen, Bearmen and other marauding monstrosities. But when a storm at sea washes shipwreck survivor Braddock (York) ashore, the sinister surgeon devises a diabolical plan to dispose of his meddling and uninvited guest. Partially transformed into one of Moreau’s monstrosities, Braddock must escape from this tropical hell before the mad surgeon can finish the job… of bringing out the best in him! Two of the film’s best features are wonderful direction by Don Taylor (Damien: Omen II) and a galaxy of mutant monsters created by some of the make-up legends behind Planet of the Apes. The stellar supporting cast includes Nigel Davenport (No Blade of Grass), Richard Basehart (The Satan Bug) and the beautiful Barbara Carrera (Never Say Never Again).
Brutal Colors from Hannover House
Creating art can be brutal business, Brie knows. Following an ugly breakdown, she and boyfriend Brian retreat to Woodbine, an estate deep in the country, as guests of their mysterious benefactor Walter, who has offered to help Brie get back on track with her career. The couple is given full reign of the house, including the services of its keeper, the enigmatic Videl. All hope this new beginning will be productive for Brie, and help to erase the darkness of her past. But almost from the moment they arrive, Brie experiences unsettling and terrifying visions whispers in the hallways of the sprawling old house, ghostly visitations, and a demonic face glimpsed from the corner of the eye.
Meet Me There (2014) from SGL Entertainment
Directed by Lex Lybrand
Starring Lisa Friedrich, Michael Foulk, Dustin Runnels
After several years of sexual dysfunction, Ada and her boyfriend, Calvin travel to her hometown in rural Oklahoma in hopes of piecing together her fragmented childhood memories. They find unexplainable evil of the present in a town where the only visitors are the ones who’ve come to die. They find their answers, but can they find their way back home? Featuring Dustin Runnels (WWE’s Goldust) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), this intense character study and exploration of sexual trauma will have you covering your eyes and keep you guessing until its final minutes. Bonus features include: Theatrical Trailer, Interview with Dustin Runnels (WWEs Goldust) , Interview with Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother)
Angels Die Slowly from Fenix Pictures
A Goth couple who also happen to be serial killers seduce and kill a young executive. Before dying, he alerts a friend, a Bourbon street bouncer, who searches the famous French Quarter of New Orleans for the killers before they strike again.
Pick of the week
Horsehead from Artsploitation
Directed by Romain Basset
Starring Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux
Run Time: 92 minutes
Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, HORSEHEAD is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant. Director Romain Basset s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family s countryside estate for her grandmother s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of lucid dreaming to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (THE BEYOND s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman s past traumas and visions. HORSEHEAD is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares. PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray release was duplicated rather than replicated. Future Artsploitation releases will be replicated due
to customer demand.
June 30th Releases
Mom from MGM
Most moms are wonderful cooks, this one…likes it raw! Something’s been eating Clay Dwyer. His mom! Once a sweet lovable lady, she’s been bitten by and transformed into a flesheater, turning her into a hungry creature with a knack for good old homestyle cooking. What is Clay to do? To everyone else she’s a monster that must be destroyed. But to him she’s still MOM. Presented in beautiful 16:9 widescreen format.
Forbidden Empire from Entertainment One
An 18th century explorer sets out on an epic journey to map the forbidden uncharted lands of Transylvania – only to discover its dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical forest.
Shriek of the Mutilated and Garden of the Dead from Bayview Entertainment
A double-dose of shock and terror await you as the Dead walk and Sasquatch stalks the living in this Wide Screen scream fest double-feature DVD. GARDEN OF THE DEAD (1972) tells the horrific tale of a gang of ruthless prisoners who, after being slaughtered in an attempted escape, return as zombies, hell bent on destroying the living. SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED (1974) spins an even wilder yarn, as Bigfoot hunts a group of college students on a remote island off the coast of New York! From the creative force behind the cult classic Invasion of the Blood Farmers! Both features are presented in widescreen and the DVD has the following bonus features: original trailers, plus a GARDEN OF THE DEAD Commentary Track by Cult Filmmakers David DeCoteau and Fred Olen Ray.
Pick of the week
GhostHouse/Witchery from Scream Factory
Your tour of terror begins with Ghosthouse, in which a group of visitors to a seemingly-deserted home find themselves tormented by demonic spirits: including one particularly freaky little girl and her creepy clown companion. Soon, our hapless heroes find themselves powerless to conquer the evil of the Ghosthouse: where death holds the mortgage and if you move in… there’ll be Hell to pay!
Then, a new address brings new frights as the immortal David Hasselhoff and The Exorcist’s Linda Blair turn up the terror in Witchery. When a terrible storm leaves a motley assortment of people stranded on an island resort, they soon find they have more to worry about than not packing rain gear! A horrible witch unleashes her wrath on the unwanted visitors: and no one is
safe from her unquenchable thirst for death!
Bloody Bits Rewind
A Blood Story from Brain Damage Films
Madison Sheffield is a former high fashion model whose career ended when she was horrifically disfigured by her ex-husband. Madison turns to a quieter life as a novelist, relishing the ability to impress with her mind rather than her looks. In researching for her latest book, Madison begins to find herself increasingly obsessed with the Fountain of Youth. After months of investigating she discovers the fountain’s location. While staying at a luxury villa rumored to be near the fountain, Madison finds herself the pawn in a twisted game with two mysterious and seductive men. Little do the three realize the residents of the villa have their own plans as an ancient evil is resurrected and threatens to destroy them all.
American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire from Midnight Releasing
In June of 1994, one of the most brutal mass slaughters in history occurred in the backwoods of northern New England. Four months later, history is about to repeat itself. The end of summer signals the brink of manhood for a group of lifelong friends who proudly call New Hampshire their home. But when they embark upon a local rite of passage traveling north for one final weekend of debauchery together it just might prove to be their final weekend period, as this rite is doomed to go frightfully wrong. When they find themselves ensnared in a struggle for survival amongst a sinister hunting party, a bloodthirsty tribe and a mythical beast, what began as a comedy of errors devolves into an all-out Darwinian duel to the death, and less than 24 hours will pass before a slew of lives have been claimed and the last of the living remains.