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 on the red links to purchase the movie.
Extinction from Sony Pictures
For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Will the last breath of the human race survive a second zombie apocalypse?
The Beast of Xmoor from Screen Media
The impulsive and beautiful Georgia drags her unwilling boyfriend Matt to the remote English countryside to prove the existence of the legendary Beast of Exmoor. Armed with cameras, they meet Fox, an eccentric hunter with over 20 years hunting experience who has agreed to act as their guide – and believes the beast has tasted human flesh and hungers for more.
Hanger 10 from Ifc Midnight
33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, in which alien spacecraft was reported to have been seen in a wooded area not far from a military base, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region capture incredible footage of UFOs while filming their expedition. Curious to uncover the truth behind the area s extraterrestrial history, the group pursues their findings into the evening. But as night falls, their navigation equipment inexplicably starts failing, and they soon find themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.
Army of Frankenstein’s from Scream Factory
Directed by Ryan Bellgardt
Starring John Ferguson, Jordan Farris, Raychelle Mcdonald
Run Time: 108 minutes
An unstoppable terror is set loose upon a nation divided… and history will never be the same!
After a failed attempt to propose to his girlfriend, Alan Jones (Jordan Farris) is beaten within an inch of his life by a street gang. Transported to the mysterious lab of Dr. Tanner Finski and his kid genius assistant Igor, Alan becomes the subject in a series of horrible experiments as part of the doctor’s plan to reanimate the legendary Frankenstein monster. But all bets are off when these experiments lead to a hole being ripped in space and time, pulling an army’s worth of the infamous creatures from hundreds of parallel universes and sending them all back to the 19th century: directly into the heart of a bloody battle between the North and South!
An over-the-top sci-fi/horror hybrid, Army Of Frankensteins is an outrageous film that dares to examine a history that never happened: The War Between The States… of Life and Death!
The Curse of Downer’s Grove
Directed by Derick Martini
Starring Kevin Zegers, Lucas Till, Bella Heathcote
Available from Anchor Bay
Reviewer: Horrorphilia Jason
The town of Downers Grove looks like your average suburban neighborhood — but Downers Grove has a disturbing secret…. For the past eight years, one senior from every high school graduating class has met a bizarre death right before graduation day. And this year Chrissie Swanson (Bella Heathcote) has a terrible feeling that she is going to be the one to die. Can Chrissie survive the curse of Downers Grove or will she, like those seniors before her, fall prey to the town’s deadly secret?
Backcountry from Scream Factory
This tense thriller follows a young couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex (Jeff Roop, Jekyll + Hyde) is a seasoned camper, but Jenn (Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue) is not. When they realize that they have entered bear territory, the terror gets turned up to a whole new level.
Also starring Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Skyline, Haven) and Nicholas Campbell (The Brood, The Dead Zone), and written and directed by Adam MacDonald, Backcountry is a heart-stopping, full-tilt run through deadly territory.
Run, Hide, Die Available from Image Entertainment
Directed by Collin Joseph Neal
Starring Alison Monda, Alicia Mendez, Ivey Bronwen, Tabitha Bastien, Keiko Green
Run Time: 75 Minutes
On the anniversary weekend of the death of a young women’s husband, five girls head out to a cabin to help their friend move past her husband’s death. As the party continues a dark secret begins to unravel and a hideous past crawls out to seek revenge.
Paranormal Island from Cinedigm
When 3 college kids take a summer job it s a chance of a lifetime to bartend at a bar in the middle of a lake! The bar has been around for over a hundred years and is presumed by many locals to be haunted, after the owner killed himself many years before. Unfortunately they miss the last boat off the island and are stuck trying to find a way off. As darkness falls, they quickly realize things are very different after hours as they are hunted by the paranormal caretaker.
The Harvest Available from IFC/Scream Factory
In his first film in nearly 15 years, the director of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer harks back to the depravity that made his 1986 debut a horror milestone. Equally terrifying, The Harvest is”a refreshingly old-school nerve-jangler with no need for paranormal monsters or flashy special effects”, (The Hollywood Reporter).
Maryann (an impressive Natasha Calis, The Possession) moves in with her grandparents after she’s orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a deathly ill, bed-ridden boy (Charlie Tahan, Gotham), despite the outright disapproval of his mother (Samantha Morton, Minority Report, Sweet and Lowdown). Maryann’s persistence pays off, however, and during a series of secret visits she gradually uncovers some seriously sinister goings-on in the house…
The Blood Lands from Magnolia Pictures
It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home – a perfect farmhouse in the country. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful city lives. At first it is, but as darkness falls, Ed and Sarah suspect they’re not alone. It suddenly dawns on them; they do not belong there and they’re certainly not welcome.
Dark Was The Night from Image Entertainment
Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… and much, much hungrier.
Lost After Dark available from Anchor Bay
Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, Wingin’ It), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help, but instead find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group s quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?
Pick of the Week
Exeter available from Cinedigm
During an all-night, drug-fueled party at an abandoned asylum known for the horrific treatment of its patients, a group of ordinary teens decide to experiment with the occult, mysteriously leading to a violent possession. In an effort to find help, the group rushes to escape, only to find themselves locked inside with no means of communication. Tempers flare, trusts are broken and in attempt to save one of their friends possessed by the demon, the amateurs try to perform an exorcism. Instead of solving the problem, and unbeknownst to them, they unleash an even more powerful and vengeful spirit, one with a distinct motive and which wants them all dead. The teen’s only chance of survival is to uncover the asylum’s deep mysteries and find a way out before it’s too late. Their search for answers uncovers the asylum’s dark past.
September 8 Releases
Secrets of a Psychopath from Cinema Epoch
Two siblings lure unsuspecting victims to their house through a dating site for games and slaughter. It’s “Psycho” meets the Craigslist Killer. The new film from cult director Bert I. Gordon – The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs the Spider, Empire of the Ants, and The Food of the Gods.
Supernatural: Season 10 from Warner Home Video
Frankenstein Double Feature from Image
Frankenstein Theory (2013, NR, 87 Mins) From the makers of The Last Exorcism comes a boldly original vision of horror – THE FRANKENSTEIN THEORY. What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. His theory: Mary Shelley’s ghastly story, “Frankenstein,” is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature mired in mystery and drenched in blood. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction…a nightmare from which there is no waking.
Frankenstein vs. The Mummy ( 2015, NR, 114 Mins ) 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?
Horror Double Feature from Image
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero ( 2014, NR, 95 Mins) A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed. In the aftermath of a massacre, the only people left alive are a handful of secretive medical personnel and “Patient Zero” (Sean Astin), the lone person who’s been exposed to the disease and shows no symptoms. Can they find a way to survive and escape, or will the virus consume them all in a bloodbath of chaos and carnage?
Wolf Creek 2 (2014, NR, 106 Mins ) Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, exchange student Paul visits the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. His dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when he encounters the site’s most infamous local, Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). When Paul attempts to flee, Mick pursues him across a hostile wasteland and eventually drags him back to his underground lair. After seeing the true magnitude of Mick’s monstrosity, Paul’s only hope of surviving, where no one has before, will be to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster.
4 Urban Legend Monster Movies
Black Water Vampire (2014, NR, 82 Mins) A group of young documentary filmmakers set off to uncover the true story behind the Black Water murders, a series of brutal killings where women were found dumped in the woods, savagely slain, with their mutilated bodies completely drained of blood. In an attempt to exonerate the man accused of the crimes, they journey into the wilderness where the deaths occurred and find themselves face to face with a form of evil they could have never imagined. What began as a mission to save a wrongly convicted man turns into a battle for their own lives.
Hunting the Legend ( 2014, NR, 95 Mins ) Five years ago, a deer hunter vanished in the Alabama woods, leaving behind only a rifle, bloodstains and an enormous footprint from a species unknown to science. Now, the hunter’s son Chris, his two best friends and a documentary film crew set out to learn the truth… and seek vengeance. Their search leads them deep into rugged terrain rumored to hide the huge, man-like beast known as Sasquatch. As they close in on their prey, they learn the horrifying consequences of Hunting the Legend.
Monster Brawl ( 2012, NR, 89 Mins ) Welcome to the world of MONSTER BRAWL, the award-winning monster mash-up and undeniable crowd pleaser of this year’s film fest circuit. MONSTER BRAWL features an all-star cast of classic monsters, beloved horror icons, and wrestling royalty in what is being called “the undisputed smack-down hit of this year’s bumper crop of comedy horror!”
Werewolf Rising (2014, NR, 80 Mins ) Desperate for a break from big city life, Emma heads to her family’s cabin deep in the Arkansas hills. As she settles in for some much-needed R&R, she learns that something unspeakable lurks in the surrounding darkness. As the full moon rises, a bloodthirsty werewolf emerges from the shadows, slaughtering everyone in its path and revealing a sinister underworld Emma never knew existed. Thrown into a fight for her life, and her very soul, Emma will need to escape these big bad woods before it’s too late.
Angst from Cult Epics
ANGST, photographed by legendary Oscar-winning Polish animator/experimentalist Zbig Rybczynski and scored by Krautrock synth god Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream), is one hell of a gorgeously stylized and shockingly visceral experience: a forgotten classic on the fringes of the slasher cycle. Erwin Leder (Das Boot, Schindler’s List) plays a maniacal killer based on the real-life serial murderer Werner Kniesek. As he stalks through the bland Viennese countryside, Schulze’s music pulses darkly, and Zbig’s innovative first-person camerawork grabs you by the throat, never letting go. Angst is one film that, without any empty hyperbole, we can guarantee you’ll never, ever forget.
Cult Epics presents for the first time since its original release, the Uncut, Uncensored version (optically restored tunnel murder-scene) in HD, with painstaking bonus features; including a new Interview with Erwin Leder, and Audio Commentary and an Interview with director Gerald Kargl conducted by Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik) and an Introduction by Gasper Noé (director of Irreversible, Enter The Void, Love), who cited Angst as an influence, ‘one that I have watched more than 40 times’.
Morituris: Legions Of The Dead from Synapse
Two lovely Romanian girls take a trip with three Italian men to a rumored midnight rave in the middle of a dark forest. As the gang proceeds on foot to their final destination, a mysterious graveyard is discovered, a shockingly vile plot twist is revealed and bloodthirsty undead Roman gladiators rise from the dead to torture and mutilate their victims! For the two women, an already terrifying night is about to get much, much worse, as the zombified warriors hunt down the group to tear their heads off! Will anyone survive the night?
An interesting mix of old school 1980s Italian horror, with a touch of the brutality of Wes Craven’s THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, MORITURIS is an unflinching, strong, cruel and extremely violent film featuring gruesome effects from Italian SPFX maestro, Sergio Stivaletti (DEMONS, DEMONS 2, DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE, Dario Argento’s OPERA).
Crystal Lake Memories: Complete History of Friday the 13th from Image
Inspired by the critically-acclaimed book, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIESs: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 ‘reboot’. Combining hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all twelve films and the television series, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES is the ultimate tribute to one of horror’s most iconic and enduring franchises.
Shocker Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory
On October 2nd, at 6:45 a.m., mass murderer Horace Pinker was put to death… Now he’s really mad.
Master of horror Wes Craven (Scream, The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street) directs this exciting visual treat which introduces a diabolical mass murderer who harnesses electricity for unimaginable killing powers.
About to be electrocuted for a catalog of heinous crimes, the unrepentant Horace Pinker transforms into a terrifying energy source. Only young athlete Jonathan Parker, with an uncanny connection to Pinker through bizarre dreams, can fight the powerful demon. The two dive in and out of television programs, chasing each other from channel to channel through stunning scenes of disaster, game shows and old reruns.
A blend of dazzling special effects and an electrifying soundtrack, Shocker stars actor/director Peter Berg (actor Smokin’ Aces, director Lone Survivor), Michael Murphy (X-Men: The Last Stand, Batman Returns), Ted Raimi (Evil Dead II, Candyman) and Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files, Sons of Anarchy) as Horace Pinker.
Special Features Include:
-Audio Commentary with director of photography Jacques Haitkin, co-producer Robert Engelman, and composer William Goldstein
-Cable Guy – An all-new interview with actor Mitch Pileggi
-Alison’s Adventures – An interview with actress Cami Coope
-It’s Alive – An interview with executive producer Shep Gordon
-No More Mr. Nice Guy – The Music of “Shocker”, featuring interviews with music supervisor Desmond Child and soundtrack artists Bruce Kulik (KISS), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper) , and Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Wes Craven
-2 Vintage Making of Shocker featurettes including an interview with Wes Craven
-Original Storyboard Gallery
Pick of the Week
The Editor from Scream Factory
Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.
Functioning as a straight-up send-up of Dario Argento, Mario Bava and the cinematic sorcerers of 㥎s slasher films, Canadian horror comedy The Editor is a charming tribute to the unsung classics of giallo, an Italian subgenre known for its gory and gruesome erotic horror