This week’s horror 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releases!
5G Zombies (2020) Available August 10
The human race struggles to survive as governments have conspired to turn the citizens of the world into zombies via their new 5G cell service.
STARRING: Elizabeth Barstow, Clint Beaver, Geovonna Casanova
Angel Of Death (1987) Available August 10
From the fevered mind of the notorious Jess Franco (Barbed Wire Dolls) comes 1987’s Angel Of Death (aka Commando Mengele), a deranged free-fall into Nazisploitaion that takes its cues from the blockbuster 1978 shocker The Boys From Brazil and delivers the sort of delirium that fans of French genre film studio Eurocine hunger for! When an attractive pair of young Nazi hunters exploring Uruguay accidentally stumble upon the lair of the maniacal war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele, they immediately live to regret it. There, deep in the sweltering jungles, Mengele has continued his hideous human experiments, torturing, murdering and mutilating nubile virgins in the name of creating some sort of master race. Soon, mercenaries, monstrosities, femme fatales and vengeful concentration camp survivors face off, with bullets and bodies flying everywhere and Mengele holding cretinous court. Written by (under the name D. Khunn) and co-directed by Franco and completed by Italian trash movie maverick Andrea Bianchi (Burial Ground: Nights Of Terror), the pair signed off on the film as Frank Drew White, apparently too nervous to take credit for making this truly daft piece of unsavory exploitation. Angel Of Death is a fast-paced slice of vintage Eurocine mayhem, with an international cast that includes Franco regulars Jack Taylor, Antonio Mayans and Howard Vernon (as Mengele) along with Robert Mitchum’s son Christopher and Shirley Knight from Franco’s equally insane White Cannibal Queen. Jump into the jungle with Jess and get ready for some prime cinematic insanity! Get ready for Angel Of Death, presented here in a beautiful, uncut master culled from the original 35mm camera negative.
STARRING: Jack Taylor, Christopher Mitchum, Fernando Rey, Howard Vernon, Dora Doll
Black Rat (2010) Available August 10
From director Kenta Fukasaku (Battle Royale 2, X-Cross) comes a twisted tale about six high school students faced with a life or death challenge. After receiving a mysterious message from a dead suicidal schoolmate, a group of students are instructed to meet up at their classroom at midnight! Upon their arrival, the group is confronted and stalked through the dark, maze-like school by a revenge-crazed, rodent-masked psychotic killer! Will they discover the killer’s true identity and motive? More importantly, who will survive the night? In original Japanese language with English subtitles.
STARRING: Misaki Yonemura, Hiroya Matsumoto
Brides of Satan (2020) Available August 10
When a happy young couple in the dawn of love are kidnapped by a gang of thrill-seeking strippers “The Brides of Satan”, a brutal and terrifying evening unfolds, leaving the lone heroine to stand hard against the looming forces of darkness and evil!
STARRING: Mindy Robinson, Malice McMunn, Joanna Angel, Rachel Rampage, Ellie Church
Breakdown (2020) Available August 10
A mysterious virus has wiped out much of the world’s population, with the remaining sick being corralled in quarantine zones, as one man fights to find a cure to save humanity, and himself.
STARRING: Thomas Haley, Corey Sorenson, Jessica Cameron
Built to Kill (2020) Available August 10
Bring out your dark side.
Built to Kill is an edgy, hyper-stylish horror anthology about people pushed, pulled, and driven to kill. An abused wife tends to the post-robbery wounds of her criminal ex-husband, when they are visited by a mysterious – and malevolent – preacher. A teenage girl lost in life finds belonging in a cult that brings out her darkest side. A man trapped in a deadly loop must lure another victim to buy his freedom. Two sisters must find a way forward and an unspeakable act is the only way to rid them of their abusive father. And a young woman buys her way, with flesh and blood, into a secret society.
STARRING: Astrida Auza, Anne-Carolyne Binette, Thomas Raft, Bo Månsson, Vivien Endicott-Douglas
Camp Murder Available August 10
Tommy Heller (Jeff Kirkendall) has been locked away in a mental institution for the past 25 years after committing the Camp Murder Massacre. When his careless orderly (Mark Polonia) lets him escape from the care of Dr. Lewis, (Noyes J. Lawton) he returns to the Camp to continue his murder spree. A group of unsuspecting campers led by Cody (Kyle Rappaport), Tina (Pamela Sutch), and stoner pals Fred (Matt Bruzzio) and Jay (Victor Gaspar) are stalked by the machete wielding killer. During this slasher classic fame crazed novelist Katie Witt, (Jennie Russo) who will stop at nothing to get her story shows up at the camp, and Dr. Lewis is hot on Tommy’s trail. Can Dr. Lewis get to Katie before Tommy does? There are many questions to be answered in this actionpacked modern-day slasher classic.
STARRING: Mark Polonia, Kyle Rappaport, Will Collazo Jr.
Dark Stories (2019) Available August 10
When Christine is attacked by a bloodthirsty creepy doll, she has to use all her imagination to distract it with horror stories. Zombies, Ghosts, Djinns, Aliens and Ghouls legends help her get through the night.
STARRING: Kristanna Loken, Michelle Ryan, Dominique Pinon
Day Of The Reaper (1984) Available August 10
Another SRS Retro release! In this rare super-8mm clasher classic, five women on vacation are stalked by a hooded cannibal killer in the town of Sunnyville, Florida. Past and present blur as the lone survivor joins up with a local detective in order to figure out just how to stop the Reaper once and for all. Day of the Reaper was shot in Florida in 1984 for $1,000 by fifteen-year-old Tim Ritter, who would go on to cement his status as a legendary cult director with such hits as Truth Or Dare?: A Critical Madness and Killing Spree.
STARRING: Cathy O’Hanlon, Patrick Foster, Todd Nolf
Disintegration (2015) Available August 10
A woman stumbles through the woods, naked, covered in blood, with no recollection what might have happened to her or who she is. She reaches a cabin that seems vaguely familiar, and once inside some memories come back, memories of violence and rape. She finds a dismembered corpse in the cabin, whom she believes to be her lover…and that is when her descent into madness really begins.
STARRING: Angelina Leigh
Domina Nocturna (2021) Available August 10
Haunted by the darkness as she wanders through a dead city, our young, doomed heroine Angelique is stricken with hallucinatory visions as she learns the story of a cruel and loveless vampiress. Her visions are of the bizarre rituals that imprison a group of Satanic worshippers in a cycle of dying passion, and who seek to survive beyond the grave. In Angelique’s ears, only the music of the gothic atmosphere flows to augment her quest into the horror and the passion of the dead — and no voice can rise above it. A haunting, enigmatic tribute to the classic Euro-Horror works of Jean Rollin and Jess Franco.
STARRING: Larissa Anzoategui, Mera, Nathália Borioli, Renata Cáceres, Patrícia Souza
Flesh For The Beast (2003) Available August 10
A notorious occultist named Alfred Fischer conjures up a brothel full of ravenous demons from hell in a bizarre ritual. Taking the form of beautiful women, the beasts make Fischer their slave and demand that he supply them with a steady diet of fresh prey! When Fischer hires a team of ghost hunters to investigate the paranormal activities at the old mansion, the sexy demons eagerly await feeding time and the chance to pounce on the full-course buffet of warm flesh! Features a pulse-pounding music score by Buckethead with special appearances by cult genre icons Caroline Munro (007’s The Spy Who Loved Me, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Dracula AD 1972) and Aldo Sambrell (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Golden Voyage of Sinbad).
STARRING: Sergio Jones, Caroline Munro, Aldo Sanbrell, Jane Scarlet
Frames Of Fear 3 (2020) Available August 10
More tales of terror from the edges of the underground!
STARRING: Alexis Acosta, Jarad Allen, Ashley Asphyxiation
The Frenchman’s Garden (1978) Available August 10
The gruesome story of one of Spain’s most notorious serial killers – U.S. home video premiere!
“The Frenchman” was what locals called the man who ran the bar and restaurant in the small town of Peñaflor in rural Spain in the early part of the 20th century. But Juan Andrés Aldije Monmejá was not your usual jolly inn keeper. He ran an illegal gambling den and pimped out the waitresses who worked for him, arranging abortions for them when the inevitable happened. Even though he was married to one of the richest women in town, Juan Andrés was not averse to visiting his own bordello for late night entertainment.
Deciding that there were easier and quicker ways to exploit his customers, The Frenchman started slaughtering them, stealing their money and burying their corpses in the garden at the back of his inn. As his greed increased, so did the savagery of his murderous acts. It was not long before people started asking questions.
This gruesome story of one of Spain’s most notorious serial killers was a very personal project for Paul Naschy, who wrote, directed and acts in the film alongside two of the hottest female stars of the time. This macabre tale of a “black legend” from Spain’s rural past was impossible to see for many years but is now available, fully uncut and restored, for the first time on US home video.
STARRING: Paul Naschy, María José Cantudo, Ágata Lys, José Calvo, José Nieto
Friday the 13th (1980) Available August 10
Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp’s new owner and seven young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a “death curse” by local residents.
STARRING: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon
Frightvision (2020) Available August 10
Prepare yourself for five twisted tales of terror hosted by everyone’s favorite sinister succubus, Dr. Boobenstein. Featuring vicious vixens, flesh-eating mist, Vengeful Aztec gods, talking corpses, sinister Santas, and more. So sit back, turn out the lights, and get ready for your worst nightmares to unfold.
STARRING: Ashley Campbell, Rose Donahue, Miranda Dudley
Future Fear (2021) Available August 10
In a distant future, an archeologist is hunted by alien attackers and takes refuge in the ruins of a long extinct civilization. She must employ ancient technology in hopes of finding a way to fight back and escape the planet.
STARRING: Clint Beaver, Raven Ebner, Otis Johnson
The Haunting (1999) Available August 10
A study in fear escalates into a heart-stopping nightmare for a professor and three subjects trapped in a mysterious mansion.
STARRING: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor, Bruce Dern
The House Next Door: Meet The Blacks 2 (2021) Available August 10
When best selling author Carl Black moves his family back to his childhood home, he must team up with oddball neighbors to do battle with a pimp, who may or may not be an actual vampire.
STARRING: Katt Williams, Danny Trejo
I Am Toxic (2018) Available August 10
A man wakes in a world ravaged by biological warfare with no memory of his previous life. Taken prisoner by a group of scavengers he meets a young woman who helps him escape. As the scavengers pursue them through barren wastelands he discovers that the woman is his daughter and that he must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her.
STARRING: Sergio Podelei, Horacio Fontova, Finni Bocchino, Esteban Prol
I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker (2016) Available August 10
It’s been generations since the Harkers’ great-great grandfather killed the one-and-only Count Dracula. Now the Harker brothers and their best friend Ned are a town joke—until a real vampire turns up!
STARRING: Jacob Givens, Derek Haugen, Noel Carroll, Whitney Moore
The Last Ones (2012) Available August 10
Following a virus that took the lives of most of the population, John and Michael have spent their days trying to survive and make sense of their new world. But when they meet the mysterious Karina, who has knowledge of the outside world, their friendship and everything they once knew about the virus and each other will be tested.
STARRING: Marcelle Bowman, Algernon D’Ammassa, Pablo Medina
Lust (2017) Available August 10
After being attacked by a crazed fan a famous crime writer isolates herself in her apartment. Her best friend, a psychiatrist and the police attempt to help her recover from the assault, but overcome with paranoia she sees them as a threat and resorts to extreme violence to protect herself.
STARRING: Magdalena From Delis, Damian Gallagher, Reinert Horneland, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen, Jimmi Salomonsen
The Maid (2020) Available August 10
Joy is the new maid of a royal house, whose previous maid disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and is now haunting and terrorizing the family.
STARRING: Ploy Sornarin, Theerapat Sajakul, Savika Chaiyadej
Morbid Screwdriver Double Feature Available August 10
An SRS Nightmare Fuel double feature release! Morbid – A small town becomes the playground to a masked killer stalking and killing the locals for no apparent reason. With the town’s sheriff and locals still more worried about a high school football game than getting to the bottom of what’s going on, one detective from out of town must rush to save the lives of a group of teens tossing a party in the middle of all the chaos. But as we soon learn, these teens have some complicated issues of their own. Screwdriver – After a new part store opens in town that sends him out of business, the former town handyman takes revenge on the new owner’s son and all of his out of town friends.
My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (2021) Available August 10
Dwight and his sister Jessie reach a crossroads over what to do about their younger brother Thomas’ mysterious illness. The increasingly dangerous task of keeping him alive weighs heavy on sensitive Dwight, and as a fiercely private and close-knit family unit, Thomas and Jessie depend on him and the rituals they’ve learned in order to keep their secret. Dwight yearns for another life, but Jessie will stop at nothing to keep her family together.
STARRING: Patrick Fugit, Owen Campbell
Nightmares (1983) (8/13) (Import) Available August 10
When the curtain rises, the nightmares begin in this Australian shocker. A series of violent killings plagues a stage troupe’s latest production, and a disturbed young actress who witnessed her mother’s death as a child fears she may be the murderer.
STARRING: Gary Day, Max Phipps, Jenny Neumann, Nina Landis, John Michael Howson
Prison Of The Psychotic Damned (2006) Available August 10
Five ghost hunters spend a night in the Central Terminal, a long abandoned Art Deco monstrosity, where over 200 people have died.
STARRING: Melantha Blackthorne, Daiane Azura, Noel Francomano
Silip: Daughters of Eve (1985) Available August 10
“An explosive journey into the realm of the senses!”
In the tradition of Japanese “Pink” cinema comes this shocking, violent and sex-filled movie that caused a sensation when it was screened at the Chicago Film Festival.
The film stars former Miss Philippines, the stunning Maria Isabel Lopez, in her most revealing role ever. It’s an eye-opening example of raw and savage film making from one of its country’s most innovative directors. The film contains images of sex and violence that may disturb some viewers.
STARRING: Maria Isabel Lopez, Sarsi Emmanuelle, Mark Joseph, Myra Manibog, Pia Zabale
Tarantula / The Incredible Shrinking Man (8/13) (Import) Available August 10
Includes: Tarantula (1955)The researchers who thought that the Arizona desert would give them sufficient isolation for their experiments with growth hormones have a second think coming, when their travails turn a simple arachnid into a hundred-foot-tall monstrosity. Memorable sci-fi staple of the ’50s stars John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Caroll, Nestor Paiva; yes, that’s a young Clint Eastwood behind that pilot’s oxygen mask. 80 min. BW/Rtg: NR The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)Classic sci-fi thriller stars Grant Williams as the title protagonist who, after exposure to radioactive fallout and chemicals, slowly but inexorably diminishes in size. Great special effects-including a fight to the death against a spider-and Richard Matheson’s literate screenplay (from his novel “The Shrinking Man”) mark this landmark genre entry; with Randy Stuart, April Kent. 81 min. BW/Rtg: NR Widescreen; Soundtrack: English. Region Free
STARRING: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Caroll, Nestor Paiva, Clint Eastwood, Grant Williams
Through The Shadow (2015) Available August 10
Moving to the countryside of 20th century Rio de Janeiro, prim and assuming Laura is unprepared for life on an isolated plantation. Hired as a nanny for two young orphans who live on their uncle’s coffee farm, she soon notices that things are not all as they seem. Confronted with continual apparitions, and noting the children’s increasingly ambiguous behaviour, Laura becomes convinced in the presence of hostile spirits whom she believes are intent on taking possession of her young charges. With growing concerns for their safety, she strives to unravel the mysteries of her new home without realising that it may be herself who is in mortal danger. Based on Henry James classic novel The Turn Of The Screw.
STARRING: Romeu Evaristo, Alexandre Varella, Isabel Gueron, Xande Valois, Mel Maia
Vortex: The Dawn of Sovereignty (2021) Available August 10
It’s 2047. Every human being is identified and traced by the large surveillance and censorship networks that have been developed. A few freethinkers have created an encrypted network of alternative research and information, making it harder for law enforcement to track down. Among them, a teenage girl, Serena, is secretly developing glasses to reveal vortices: doorways to other dimensions. What will this opening to the unknown unveil?
STARRING: Michel Rousseau