This week’s horror 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releases!
Acid Love (2021) (Amore Acido) Available August 24
A lonely man works on the deep web to raise enough money to finally leave his hometown and his troubled lifestyle. His friend, a certifiably crazy criminal, brings him into the darkest places of the city where their minds become obsessed with the deep web and the ability to make money quickly. The road to financial success will be full of pain as the duo tries to find a way to escape from their enemies and the darkness of their new existence. What they don’t realize is that a mysterious disfigured woman has been following them… and taking notes.
Blind Beast (1969) Available August 24
Blind Beast is a grotesque portrait of the bizarre relationship between a blind sculptor and his captive muse, adapted from a short story from Japans foremost master of the macabre, Edogawa Rampo (Horrors of Malformed Men, The Black Lizard, Caterpillar).
An artists model, Aki (Mako Midori), is abducted, and awakens in a dark warehouse studio whose walls are decorated with outsized womens body parts eyes, lips, legs and breasts and dominated by two recumbent giant statues of male and female nudes. Her kidnapper introduces himself as Michio (Eiji Funakoshi), a blind sculptor whom she had witnessed previously at an exhibition in which she featured intently caressing a statue of her naked torso. Michio announces his intention of using her to sculpt the perfect female form. At first defiant, she eventually succumbs to his intense fixation on her body and finds herself drawn into his sightless world, in which touch is everything.
Blind Beast is a masterpiece of erotic horror that explores the all\-encompassing and overwhelming relationship between the artist and his art and the obsessive closed world that the artist inhabits, with maestro director Yasuzo Masumura (Giants and Toys, Irezumi) conjuring up a hallucinogenic dreamworld in which sensual and creative urges combine with a feverish intensity.
STARRING: Eiji Funakoshi, Mako Midori
Bloody New Year (1987) (Import) Available August 27
Norman J Warren’s final feature as director is also one of his most unclassifiable. Filmed in Wales, it focuses on a group of teens who find themselves on a stranded island while holidaying. The island is home to a deserted hotel, where it’s no longer the summer of 1986, but New Year’s Eve 1959, cueing a series of Warren’s famed horror set-pieces, involving ghosts, zombies, dismemberment, decapitations and much, much more besides.
STARRING: Suzy Aitchison, Mark Powley, Nikki Brooks, Daniel James
The Cabin (2019) Available August 24
The Cabin is a modern-day film about spiritual warfare telling the story of how one man courageously waged war against his personal demons. This suspenseful thriller shows the spiritual battlefield we all face each and every day.
STARRING: Michael Sigler, Timothy E. Goodwin, Deven Bromme
The Cannibal Man (1972) Available August 24
WHEN THE BUTCHER GOES BERZERK!
From subversive Spanish writer/director Eloy de la Iglesia comes the international hit and DPP 39 ‘Video Nasty’ that remains among the most notorious and misunderstood shockers of the ’70s: When a slaughterhouse worker (Vicente Parra of No One Heard The Scream) accidentally kills a man during a fight, it will trigger a desperate descent into madness, mass murder and ‘the most horrific use of a single apartment since Polanski’s Repulsion’ (Mondo Digital). Emma Cohen (Cut-Throats Nine) and Eusebio Poncela (Law Of Desire) co-star in this ‘unforgettable mix of Euro arthouse and exploitive sleaze’ (DVD Drive-In) – also known as The Apartment On The 13th Floor and Week Of The Killer – now featuring both the International and extended Spanish Version newly scanned from the original negatives for the first time ever.
STARRING: Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen
The Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971) (Limited Edition) (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) Available August 24
Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer / director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as “nine times more suspenseful” than its predecessor, was The Cat O’ Nine Tails.
When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute’s scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco’s young niece, may also be in the killer’s sights…
This second entry in the so-called “Animal Trilogy” found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O’ Nine Tails remains one of Argento’s most suspenseful and underrated films.
STARRING: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak
The Conjuring (Three Film Collection) Available August 24
The Conjuring 2
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
STARRING: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Available August 24
One of the most sensational cases from Ed and Lorraine Warren’s files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before.
STARRING: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga
The Dark (1979) (Collector’s Edition) Available August 24
In this chilling tale of alien terror, a writer (William Devane, Rolling Thunder) takes a personal interest in a series of baffling, shocking murders in Los Angeles … and evidence suggests the suspect may not be human. Every night The Mangler stalks the streets, attacking and mutilating random victims. On the creature’s trail is TV reporter Zoe Owens (Cathy Lee Crosby, Coach) and police detective Dave Mooney (Richard Jaeckel, The Dirty Dozen), but the truth behind the murders is far more strange and horrifying than they could ever imagine in this 1979 cult classic from director John Bud Cardos (Kingdom of the Spiders, Mutant) and featuring Keenan Wynn (Dr. Strangelove), Casey Kasem (radio legend and American Top 40 host) and Jacquelyn Hyde (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?) in her Saturn Award® nominated performance.
STARRING: Keenan Wynn, Cathy Lee Crosby, William Devane, Jacquelyn Hyde, Casey Kasem
Death Rink (2019) Available August 24
The night staff of roller rink are stalked and killed by a mysterious figure who they believe may be the spirit of a teenager who was accidentally killed there years ago.
STARRING: Amanda Courtney, Caedmon Holland, Alan Humphrey
Evil Dead Trap (1988) Available August 24
A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life. Nami hosts a late night video program. She receives a tape which appears to be a real snuff film. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to stay away. As she gets closer to the truth, she and her friends are subjected to a brutal nightmare.
STARRING: Miyuki Ono, Aya Katsuragi, Hitomi Kobayashi
Frightworld (2006) Available August 24
Nine people find themselves trapped in a warehouse that contains the remains of the old Frightworld Amusement Park – a place haunted by the spirit of Verden Fell, a serial killer who died there a year before.
STARRING: Andrew Roth, Kamillia Kataxenna Kova, Dina Cataldi
Funhouse (2019) Available August 24
A down\-and\-out singer is invited to compete in The Funhouse, and online Big Brother\-style reality show. Together with 7 other C\-list celebrities from around the globe, he will compete for the $5 million grand prize.The fun quickly devolves into misery, however, as the contestants soon realize they are playing for their very lives as those voted off suffer horrific consequences broadcasted live to the entire world.
STARRING: Valter Skarsgard, Kylee Bush, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Christopher Gerard
Inseminoid (1981) (Import) Available August 27
Boasting a strong female cast – including Judy Geeson (10 Rillington Place), Stephanie Beacham (Tam-Lin) and Victoria Tennant (Flowers in the Attic) – and co-financed by Run Run Shaw of the Shaw Brothers, Inseminoid is among Norman J Warren’s most widely seen films… and his most infamous. Once listed as a ‘video nasty’, this science-fiction horror concerns a small crew of scientists who are terrorised by a creature on a distant planet. Comparisons with Ridley Scott’s Alien have been ever-present, though Inseminoid has a charm all of it’s own – it may not have the gloss or the budget, but it’s certainly a great deal of fun.
STARRING: Judy Geeson, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Beacham, Robin Clarke, Steven Grives
No One Heard The Scream (1973) Available August 24
One year after his international breakthrough with Cannibal Man, defiant Basque filmmaker Eloy de la Iglesia co-wrote and directed this twisted thriller – his last under Spain’s repressive Franco regime – that instantly made him ”the father of Spanish giallo” (Spanish Fear): When a woman spies her neighbor disposing of his wife’s corpse, she will cross the line from witness to accomplice to something far more depraved. Vicente Parra (Cannibal Man), Carmen Sevilla (The Glass Ceiling), María Asquerino (That Obscure Object Of Desire) and Antonio Casas (The Good, The Bad And The Ugly) star in ”a must for all European film fans, with a final twist that will resonate with you for a very long time” (The Gore Splattered Corner), now featuring an HD scan from the original negative.
STARRING: Carmen Sevilla, Vicente Parra
One Dark Night (1982) (Collector’s Edition) Available August 24
World renowned psychic Raymar is found dead after announcing that he had uncovered the secret of how to become even more powerful in death by the use of telekinetic powers. At the same time, two high school girls plan an initiation night for their friend Julie (Meg Tilly, The Big Chill), who is determined to shed her goody goody image. Her test is to spend the night locked in the crypt – the same one that Raymar has been buried in that very day. The crypt soon becomes a battlefield of horror involving unmated special effects with vaults cracking and exploding open, coffins sliding out and splintering open to release decayed corpses at Raymar’s bidding. The climatic surprise ending will chill the audience and consume them with terror in this shocking tale of horror from writer/director Tom McLoughlin (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) that takes you beyond fear!
STARRING: Adam West, Meg Tilly, E.G. Daily, Melissa Newman
Prey (1977) (Import) Available August 27
Following the commercial success of Satan’s Slave, Norman J Warren next turned to science fiction. Barry Stokes (The Corruption of Chris Miller) plays a carnivorous, shape-shifting alien on a fact-finding mission to Earth. He discovers the rural house of a lesbian couple – played by Sally Faulkner (Vampyres) and Glory Annen (Felicity) – and the three become embroiled in a claustrophobic psychological drama of sex and violence.
STARRING: Sandy Chinney, Glory Annen, Sally Faulkner, Eddie Stacey, Barry Stokes
Red Scream Vampyres (2009) Available August 24
In the tradition of such perverse Eurotrash classics as Jos’ Ram’n Larraz’s Vampyres, Jesus Franco’s Vampiros Lesbos and Harry Kumel’s Daughters of Darkness comes a new tale of the erotic grotesque.
STARRING: Satu Runa, Valeria Dombrovschi, Jess Weber
A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987) Available August 24
IN THIS SLEEPY TOWN, THERE IS NO REST FOR THE LIVING … OR THE DEAD.
The terrifying tale of Salem’s Lot continues in the shocking and satirical A Return To Salem’s Lot! Beneath the quaint, picture-perfect exterior of a small New England community lurks an unsettling, undead evil: vampires. When fresh blood comes to town in the form of amoral anthropologist Joe Weber and his son Jeremy, the vampires employ the father to document their story. But when the stakes are raised, Joe must take on the hellish horde or lose his son … and his soul.
Directed and co-written by genre legend Larry Cohen (the It’s Alive trilogy, Black Caesar, God Told Me To) and featuring Michael Moriarty (the star of Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent), A Return To Salem’s Lot is a ghoulishly clever follow-up to the hit miniseries based on master of horror Stephen King’s acclaimed novel.
STARRING: Michael Moriarty, Samuel Fuller, Ricky Addison Reed
Satan’s Slave (1976) (Import) Available August 27
For his first foray into horror cinema – the genre in which he would ensure his legacy – Norman J Warren teamed up with critic-turned-screenwriter David McGillivray (House of Whipcord) and Hammer veteran Michael Gough (The Phantom of the Opera) for a tale of witchcraft and occultism. Candace Glendenning (Tower of Evil) plays a young woman who witnesses the death of her parents en route to visiting her uncle (played by Gough) and cousin (Martin Potter, Goodbye Gemini). While recovering from the trauma at his isolated estate, she begins to suspect all is not as it seems and that dark magic may be at work…
STARRING: Candace Glendenning, Celia Hewitt, David McGillivray, Barbara Kellerman, James Bree
Terror (1978) (Import) Available August 27
Influenced by Dario Argento’s horror classic Suspiria, director Norman J Warren and screenwriter David McGillivray – reteaming two years after the success of Satan’s Slave – created an offbeat blend of satire and the supernatural, sending up the British exploitation film industry while delivering ever more outlandish set-pieces. An eclectic cast list includes John Nolan (Doomwatch), Carolyn Courage (Space: 1999), Glynis Barber (Dempsey and Makepeace) and Peter Mayhew, best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies.
STARRING: John Nolan, Carolyn Courage, James Aubrey, Sarah Keller, Tricia Walsh
Two Evil Eyes (1990) (4K Ultra HD + Special Features Blu-ray) Available August 24
A Double Dose of Terror from the Directors of Dawn Of The Dead and Suspiria
The Masters of Modern Horror – George Romero and Dario Argento – bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. In Romero’s The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau of The Fog) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel of From Dusk Till Dawn) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own?
Martin Balsam (Psycho), E.G. Marshall (Creepshow), John Amos (The Beastmaster) and Tom Atkins (Night Of The Creeps) co-star in this wild horror hit that also features grisly makeup effects by Tom Savini (Maniac). Blue Underground’s acclaimed restoration of Two Evil Eyes, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original camera negative, is now presented with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix, packed with hours of Extras!
STARRING: Harvey Keitel, Adrienne Barbeau, Ramy Zada, E.G. Marshall, Tom Atkins