This week’s horror 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releases!
32 Malasana Street (2020) Available July 20
A family moving to a new house to live the dream of the big city. A house where dreams turn in nightmares.
STARRING: Begoña Vargas, Iván Marcos, Bea Segura
Alfred (2019) Available July 20
A famous novelist, finds inspiration for his next novel when he encounters Alfred, a child size doll who can come to life. But deadly consequences arise when Brendan realizes Alfred has an intent to kill.
STARRING: Steven M. Smith, Jon-Paul Gates, J. Taviner
The Awakening (1980) (Import) Available July 23
Blu-ray pressing. An archaeologist is in Egypt with his pregnant wife searching for the tomb of Queen Kara. As he opens it’s cursed seal, his wife gives birth. Later it transpires that Kara’s evil spirit left the tomb and possessed the baby. Now a teenager, she’s caused several deaths and her father must destroy her before it’s too late. Based on Bram Stoker’s novel The Jewel of Seven Stars and starring Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, and Stephanie Zimbalist.
STARRING: Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist, Patrick Drury
Behind The Sightings (2021) Available July 20
In 2016, Todd and Jessica Smith investigated the creepy clown sighting epidemic. What they found is deeply disturbing.
The first clown sightings occurred in August 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina. Authorities were alerted to reports by neighborhood kids stating that creepy clowns were appearing in the woods near an apartment complex. The clown sightings spread to all 50 states and across Europe. Todd and Jessica were attempting to track down clown sighting witnesses and the clowns involved in a rash of creepy clown sightings that plagued an eastern North Carolina community. What happened to them is deeply disturbing.
STARRING: Jan Hartsell, Jessica Smith, Todd Smith
The Blackout Experiment (2021) Available July 20
6 strangers wake up inside a room garnished with weapons and are forced to kill each other or watch someone they care deeply about die.
STARRING: Uli Auliani, Troy Jones, Yasmin Irvine
Blood Pageant (2021) Available July 20
What begins as a million-dollar reality show competition between seven beautiful women turns into a battle for life itself when one contestant uses magic to gain an edge over the competition. An ancient curse dating back to the Salem Witch Trials is unleashed and the competition becomes a pageant of death, destruction, and evil forces. Forget about who will win – who will survive? Starring Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects), David Chokachi (Baywatch), Ted Lange (The Love Boat), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven), and Ellia English (The Jamie Foxx Show) and featuring Snoop Dogg, Matthew Marsden (Resident Evil: Extinction) and Danielle C. Ryan (The Cat in the Hat) as the pageant’s celebrity judges.
STARRING: Beverley Mitchel, Stephen Baldwin, Ellia English, Snoop Dogg, Danielle C. Ryan
Born For Hell (1976) Available July 20
In 1976, Montreal filmmaker Denis Héroux – future director of The Uncanny and Oscar®-nominated producer of Atlantic City – adapted the true story of Chicago mass murderer Richard Speck to war-torn Belfast, where a disturbed Vietnam vet drifter (Mathieu Carrière of Malpertuis and Bilitis fame) brutalizes a dorm full of student nurses. Re-edited by its video distributor and released as Naked Massacre, Héroux’s harrowing director’s cut has remained unseen in America until now. Debra Berger (The Inglorious Bastards), Leonora Fani (Giallo In Venice), Christine Boisson (Emanuelle), Ely Galleani (Baba Yaga) and Carole Laure (Sweet Movie) co-star in this uncompromising and unfathomably grim work of art (Video Basement), scanned in 2K from an uncut 35mm print discovered in The National Archives of Canada.
STARRING: Mathieu Carrière, Debra Berger, Christine Boisson
Campy Horror Collection Available July 20
This collection of deliciously campy movies includes the director’s cut of Assmonster, which stars Gina Lynn and has a cameo from George Corpsegrinder, the director’s cut of Antfarm Dickhole, the extended version of Indie Director, and the critically acclaimed Exploitation, which has a cameo from Dyanne Thorne, known for the Ilsa movies.
Cosmic (2019) Available July 20
Bounty Hunter April Celestine is hot on the trail of drug dealer Chuckie South, but she and Chuckie’s gang are not the only ones on the hunt. A deadly alien spreading an infectious disease is also on the prowl.
STARRING: William Buster Benefield, Courtney Cuevas, Ryan Hanner
The Damned (1962) (aka These Are the Damned) (Import) Available July 23
Having been exiled from Hollywood in the 1950s, American filmmaker Joseph Losey settled in Britain, where he made a series of remarkable and highly individual works. A film about the horrors of the nuclear age, and the irresponsible science which spawned it, The Damned is one of Losey’s – and Hammer’s – most idiosyncratic films, and one which has grown in reputation through the years. All region
STARRING: MacDonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox, Oliver Reed
Dead & Buried (1981) (3-Disc Limited Edition – Cover A ‘Poster’) (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + CD) Available July 20
The Creators of ALIEN Bring A New Terror To Earth
Something very strange is happening in the quiet coastal village of Potters Bluff, where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed… then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when these slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town. Now the local sheriff (James Farentino of The Final Countdown) and an eccentric mortician (Academy Award® winner Jack Albertson of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory) must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well… and no one is ever really Dead & Buried.
STARRING: Robert Englund, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Lisa Blount, James Farentino
Hammer Horror (Four Gothic Horror Films) (Import) Available July 23
Five-disc set includes: Twins Of Evil (1971)It’s twice the terror-and twice the titillation-when two beautiful orphan sisters in 19th-century Europe are sent to live with their uncle, the leader of a witch-hunting cabal. Things get nasty after a local count falls victim to a family curse and becomes a vampire who sets his sights on the siblings. Hammer’s final entry in it’s “Karnstein” trilogy of erotic shockers stars Peter Cushing, Damien Thomas, and Playboy centerfolds Mary and Madeleine Collinson. 87 min. C/Rtg: NR Hands Of The Ripper (1971)A young prostitute (Angharad Rees) is haunted by violent dreams years after witnessing the killing of her mother. First exploited by a fraudulent psychic and then examined by a skilled physician after a séance ends in a mysterious murder, she grows fearful she may be a maniacal killer just like her late father… Jack the Ripper! Shocking Hammer Films horror trip co-stars Jane Merrow, Eric Porter, and Derek Godfrey. 85 min. C/Rtg: R Countess Dracula (1971)In medieval Europe, an aging noblewoman desperately seeks to regain her youth. Discovering that bathing in the blood of virgins temporarily erases the ravages of time, she embarks on a ruthless killing spree. Loosely based on the real-life exploits of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, this sensual, sanguinary shocker from Hammer stars Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Greene, and Lesley-Anne Down. 93 min. C/Rtg: PG Vampire Circus (1972)The arrival of a travelling circus in a plague-ravaged village in 1800s Europe would, one would think, offer the townspeople some distraction from their troubles. But there’s a reason this big top only goes up at night, as the undead, shape-changing performers turn the village into a three-ring bloodbath. Eerie Hammer horror opus stars Robert Tayman, Laurence Payne, Lynne Frederick; look for David Prowse (“Star Wars”) as the strongman. 87 min. C/Rtg: NR Flesh & Blood: The Hammer Heritage Of Horror (1994)The British film studio that brought blood to the big screen and revolutionized the horror genre is saluted in a spine-chilling chronicle. Hosts Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee take you through the history of Hammer Films, from backstage battles to censorship problems. Clips from such Hammer classics as “Horror of Dracula,” “Curse of Frankenstein,” “The Devil Rides Out,” “Quatermass and the Pit” and more are featured, along with interviews with Cushing, Lee, Raquel Welch and others. Director’s cut; 148 min. BW&C/Rtg: NR Widescreen; Soundtrack: English LPCM mono; Subtitles: English; featurettes; documentaries; photo gallery; TV spots; theatrical trailer; more. Region Free
Haunted (1995) (Import) Available July 23
On an isolated estate on the English countryside in 1928, American professor and parapsychology expert David Ash (Aidan Quinn) arrives to investigate-and likely disprove-a supposed haunting. But David finds his skepticism challenged as a series of eerie occurrences leads him to study the estate’s family history… and confront a horrific and traumatic event from his own past. Creepy chiller co-stars Kate Beckinsale, Anthony Andrews, Anna Massey, and John Gielgud. 108 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English LPCM stereo; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; interviews; “making of” documentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. Region Free
STARRING: Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Anthony Andrews, John Gielgud, Anna Massey
Initiation (2020) Available July 20
Whiton University unravels the night a star-athlete is murdered, kicking off a spree of social media slayings that force students to uncover the truth behind the school’s hidden secrets and the horrifying meaning of an exclamation point.
STARRING: Lochlyn Munro, Yancy Butler, Jon Huertas
Jack Vs Lanterns (2017) Available July 20
Prepare To Get Smashed.
Horror horticulturist Jack Woods is back and this time the he’s facing an army of undead, genetically altered pumpkins programmed to kill all humans! He enlists an army of butt-kicking elite female fighters to help him this time, and no front porch will be safe until these killer babes rid the world of these crazed, rampaging gourds!
STARRING: Heidi Christina Baynard, Micah Christein, Monique Parent
Jakob’s Wife (2021) Available July 20
Anne, married to a small-town Minister, feels her life has been shrinking over the past 30 years. Encountering “The Master” brings her a new sense of power and an appetite to live bolder. However, the change comes with a heavy body count.
STARRING: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons, Nyisha Bell, Phil CM Punk Brooks
Jigsaw (2017) Available July 20
Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of grisly ways. All investigations begin to point the finger at deceased killer John Kramer.
STARRING: Tobin Bell, Callum Rennie, Matt Passmore, Laura Vandervoort
Reunion Massacre (2014) Available July 20
You’ve Been Invited To Die!
After some eerie advice from an old fortune telling machine, a young woman receives an invitation to her high school reunion. However, when she arrives she finds a desolate building and a masked maniac lurking in the shadows who has been waiting a long time for her.
STARRING: Jarad Allen, Kia Beason, Tana Elizabeth, Seth Koozer
Room 9 (2021) Available July 20
Life altering sins of the past revisit modern day lost souls in a small town…40 years later.
STARRING: Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Berryman, Kane Hodder, Adam Ratcliffe
Saw (2004) Available July 20
A horror thriller, with enough blood and gore to satisfy aficionados of this genre. Two men find themselves chained up in a raunchy underground bathroom with a dead body in a pool of blood between them. They have no idea how they got there. The only things they have are a tape from the maniac who put them there and a saw which will not cut their chains but will serve to cut off a limb if they really, really want to free themselves.
STARRING: Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Dina Meyer, Leigh Whannell, Monica Potter
Saw 2 (2005) (Unrated) Available July 20
Jigsaw locks a few unlucky people in a booby trapped shelter and they must find a way out before they inhale too much of a lethal nerve gas and die. But they must watch out, for the traps Jigsaw has set in the shelter lead to death also.
STARRING: Donnie Wahlberg, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, Glenn Plummer, Dina Meyer
Saw 3 (2006) (Unrated) Available July 20
Torture-friendly serial killer Jigsaw continues to “teach” those who are undeserving of life alongside his new apprentice.
STARRING: Tobin Bell, Dina Meyer, Shawnee Smith, Bahar Soomekh, Angus MacFadyen
Saw 4 (2007) (Unrated) Available July 20
Two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, help veteran Detective Hoffman sift through Jigsaw’s latest grizzly game of victims and piece together the puzzle.
STARRING: Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules
Saw V (2008) (Unrated) Available July 20
Forensics expert Hoffman goes on the hunt in order to protect the secret that he is the newest person to carry on Jigsaw’s legacy.
STARRING: Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson
Saw VI (2009) (Unrated) Available July 20
Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.
STARRING: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Peter Outerbridge
Saw: The Final Chapter (2010) (Unrated) Available July 20
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.
STARRING: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Flanery, Cary Elwes
Shark Huntress (2021) Available July 20
Sheila (Katrina Grey), an environmentalist venturing into the deep sea to capitalize on the billion-dollar plastic industry encounters deadly enhanced sharks. She wants revengeit wants blood.
STARRING: Katrina Grey, Dean Alexandrou
Siege (1983) Available July 20
From co-directors Paul Donovan and Maura O’Connell (DEFCON-4) comes one of the most disturbing – and rarely-seen – Canadian shockers of the ’80s, inspired by the actual 42-day Halifax police strike: When a local group of right-wing vigilantes massacres the patrons of a gay bar, the sole survivor seeks refuge in a nearby apartment building whose residents must now defend themselves in a night of hate, terror and bloodshed. Doug Lennox (Breaking Point), Tom Nardini (Cat Ballou), Jack Blum (Happy Birthday To Me) and Keith Knight (My Bloody Valentine) star in this dark and intense thriller, still uncomfortably relevant 35 years after it was made (Blog Of Horror) – released in the U.S. as Self Defense – scanned in 2K from the original negative recently discovered in a Nova Scotia archive.
STARRING: Tom Nardini, Brenda Bazinet, Daryl Haney
Skinned Deep (2004) Available July 20
His mind-blowing work as an FX artist has included everything from Frank Henenlotter’s Brain Damage and Frankenhooker to Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle. And for his 2004 debut as writer/producer/director, Gabe Bartalos created this demented gift from the B-Movie Gods (Bloody Good Horror) about a rural clan of psychotic freaks, the killing spree that takes us places and shows us things we’ve never seen before (Dread Central) and the final girl that may be their depraved undoing. Warwick Davis (Leprechaun) and Jason Dugre (Saint Bernard) star – with an appearance by fandom legend Forrest J. Ackerman – in this brutal, bloody forgotten masterpiece (Morbidly Beautiful) featuring music by Captain Sensible of The Damned, now scanned uncut in 2K from the original negative for the first time ever.
STARRING: Les Pollack, Aaron Sims, Kurt Carley
Spiral (2021) Available July 20
A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.
STARRING: Chris Rock, Samuel Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, John Tokatlidis
A Stranger Is Watching (1982) Available July 20
Rip Torn stars as a psychopathic rapist-killer who kidnaps New York anchor woman Kate Mulgrew and a 10 year-old girl and holds them hostage beneath Grand Central Station.
STARRING: Kate Mulgrew, Rip Torn, James Naughton, Shawn von Schreiber