This week’s horror 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releases!
Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies (1992) Available September 28
Auntie Lee and her quartet of voluptuous “nieces” are known for making the tastiest meat pies around, all from Auntie’s top secret recipe which calls for a most unusual type of meat: human. In order to acquire the juiciest flesh, the girls employ their lusty charms; luring unsuspecting male strangers into a carnal – and deadly – trap, in which they’re chopped, quartered, and minced. Everything is going just peachy for Auntie’s little family, despite the occasional misbehavings of Larry, their “simple” helper, but when the girls lure a freaked out rock group over to have for dinner, things run the risk of getting out of control. And what about the perpetually snooping Police Chief Koal?
Taking a simple premise and turning it into an increasingly hallucinogenic nightmare, culminating in a surreal and bloody final act, Joseph F. Robertson’s (The Crawling Hand) Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies heaps on gruesome kills with a healthy side of pitch black humor. Graced with a cast as strange as the film itself, among them Pat Morita (The Karate Kid), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), erotic film superstar Teri Weigel, Eurosleaze stalwart Werner Pochath (Terror Express), and starring Karen Black (Trilogy of Terror, House of 1000 Corpses) as Auntie Lee, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring this would be midnight movie to Blu-ray for the first time, newly restored in 4K from its 35mm original camera negative.
STARRING: Karen Black, Pat Morita, Michael Berryman, Teri Weigel, Werner Pochath
Blood Conscious (2021) Available September 28
A vacationing family turns the tables on a mass shooter who claims to be fighting demonic forces.
STARRING: Annette Adams-Brown, Jacklyn Collier, Nick Damici, Oghenero Gbaje
Children of the Corn (1984) (Special Edition) (4K Ultra HD) Available September 28
From the mind of celebrated horror author Stephen King, the man behind such classic terror tales as The Shining, Carrie, and It, comes one of his most chilling offerings yet. Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and Peter Horton (Thirtysomething) star as a young couple who find themselves lost on the backroads of Nebraska, eventually winding up in the seemingly deserted town of Gatlin. But the town is far from empty. As the couple soon discover, it is inhabited by a twisted cult of murderous children, thirsty for another blood sacrifice… Available for the first time ever in Ultra High Definition, Arrow Video is proud to present a brand new 4K restoration of the film that launched one of the most enduring horror franchises of all time. Children of the Corn… they’re an adult nightmare!
STARRING: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, Courtney Gains, John Franklin
A Day Of Judgment (1981) Available September 28
THE NIGHT HE CAME TO COLLECT HIS OWN!
From Earl Owensby Studios – the South’s biggest producer/distributor of ’70s/’80s regional horror and exploitation hits – comes what may be the most obscure and bizarre slasher movie of the entire godless genre: In a 1930s small town rife with lust, corruption and sin, a mysterious figure wielding a scythe arrives to cut an unholy swath of murder, madness and moralizing that may lead straight to Hell. William T. Hicks (Death Screams), Brownlee Davis (Wolfman), Jerry Rushing (Final Exam) and Harris Bloodworth star in this ”early ’80s oddity worth seeing as something very different” (The Slasher Report) produced by Earl Owensby (Tales Of The Third Dimension) and Worth Keeter (L.A. Bounty), now scanned in 2K from the IP for the first time ever.
STARRING: William T. Hicks, Larry Sprinkle
Death Screams (1982) (Limited Edition) Available September 28
In one of the most unlikely cinematic pairings of all time, David Nelson (who rose to fame as a child star playing alongside his real-life family in the wholesome TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) directs Playboy Playmate and adult star Susan Kiger in this bodycount-heavy, long overlooked slice of Southern fried hack-and-slash – 1982’s Death Screams!
Late one night, a young couple are brutally murdered at a make-out spot by an unseen assailant, their bodies tossed into the nearby river. As the lifeless lovers drift slowly downstream, the residents of the town excitedly prepare themselves for their annual carnival, unaware that a machete-wielding maniac with a twisted grudge is lurking in their midst. When a group of teen revellers plan a late-night after party down in the local cemetery, they unwittingly set the stage for a bloodbath.
Death Screams, which was released on US VHS as House of Death (and on UK DVD with the reels in the wrong order!) oozes early ’80s regional slasher charm from its every pore, boasting an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink final reel featuring slashed throats, bisected bodies and exploding heads. At long last arriving on Blu-ray and lovingly restored from the only-known existing 35mm print, this little-seen slasher classic is ready to carve its way into the bleeding hearts of horror fans everywhere!
STARRING: Martin Tucker, William T. Hicks, Susan Kiger, Andrea Savio, Jennifer Chase
Eerie Fairy Tales (2019) Available September 28
An anthology of bizarre, fantastic and spooky tales from the past, present and future, dealing with curses, witches, perfect crime and science experiments.
STARRING: Lisette Pomerants, Jekaterina Novosjolova, Kadri Rämmeld
The Forever Purge (2021) Available September 28
The Great Experiment has failed: one night is not enough as the chaos continues into daylight. In the next thrilling installment of the franchise, there is a new landscape and a new twist on the Annual Purge, terrifying audiences with the prospect of a Purge that never ends.
STARRING: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas
Girls School Screamers (1985) Available September 28
At an exclusive all-girls college, a group of chronically misbehaving students are “rewarded” for their bad behavior by being assigned with the task of cleaning a magnificent old mansion (with a deadly past) in preparation for its grand re-opening by the school. But when the girls discover – and use – a dusty old Ouija board, they accidentally revive a terrifying evil spirit, which begins dispatching them by cleaver, hook, car, and more. Can they put an end to the carnage before none are left alive?
Independently produced in Philadelphia by first time director John P. Finegan (Blades) under the title The Portrait, its post production was undertaken by Troma, which immediately transformed the film into a late period grindhouse classic, re-christening it Girls School Screamers. With its effective mix of haunted house horror and gruesome, slasher structured kills, Vinegar Syndrome is delighted to offer Girls School Screamers on Blu-ray, for the first time, freshly restored from its original negative and jam packed with extras.
STARRING: Mollie O’Mara, Sharon Christopher, Mari Butler
Harvest Of Horrors (2020) Available September 28
A couple out for a drive in the country share some scary stories to keep each other entertained.
STARRING: Tara O’Neil Andrews Julio Bana Fernandez Jason John Beebe
Know Fear (2021) Available September 28
After discovering an ancient book of the occult, a family activates a dangerous ritual forcing each of them to communicate with and fight a demonic force in their own unique way: to see it, hear it or speak to it. Includes a new, 25 minute making-of documentary!
STARRING: Amy Carlson, Mallory Bechtel, Meeya Davis, David Alan Basche, Jack Difalco
Midnight (1982) Available September 28
…WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES DEATH.
A decade after co-writing Night Of The Living Dead, writer/director John Russo gathered members of George Romero’s Pittsburgh crews to film a new shocker fueled by equal parts grisly grindhouse jolts and ’80s satanic panic: Fleeing her pervy alcoholic stepfather (Lawrence Tierney of Reservoir Dogs infamy), a hitchhiking teen (Melanie Verlin) is abducted by a family of crazed homicidal rednecks for an ordeal of graphic butchery, shag carpet and devil worship. John Amplas (Martin) co-stars in this ”greasy, grimy guilty pleasure” (DVD Talk) featuring gore effects by Tom Savini and executive produced by Sam Sherman (dracula vs. Frankenstein) – released in some US markets as Backwoods Massacre and seized in the UK as a Section 3 ‘Video Nasty’ – now scanned in 4K from the negative of the long-rumored uncut version with all-new Special Features.
STARRING: Lawrence Tierney, John Amplas, Lachele Carl
The Purge: 5-Movie Collection Available September 28
Welcome to The Purge: a frightening future where all crime is legal for one night each year. It starts as a controversial social experiment, but becomes a deadly annual event where anarchists target people for execution while average citizens fight to survive. From home invasions to savage streets exploding with riots, the heart-stopping thrillers in The Purge 5-Movie Collection chronicle a dystopian America divided between murderous mayhem and a resistance movement determined to take back the country.
STARRING: Ethan Hawke, Frank Grillo, Y’lan Noel, Ana de la Reguera, Lena Headey
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Available September 28
Under Roman Polanski’s chilling direction, a classic thriller is born. Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes) are newlyweds, but Rosemary has no idea that her wedded bliss is about to come to a horrific end. Her husband’s ambition as a struggling actor is about to plunge her into an abyss of terror like she has never known. In exchange for a taste of fame, Guy makes a deal with the devil that puts his wife and soul in jeopardy. When Rosemary becomes pregnant, her husband becomes odd, her neighbors (Sidney Blackmer and Academy Award® winner* Ruth Gordon) border on obsessive and her normal life turns into a surreal nightmare. Slowly, she begins to realize that a seed of evil has been planted…and she is its host.
STARRING: Sidney Blackmer, Sr., Sidney Blackmer Sr., Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
Shadow: Dead Riot (2006) Available September 28
Kung fu zombies invade a women’s prison! Horror icon Tony Todd (Clive Barker’s Candyman, Final Destination series) is the evil and all-powerful Shadow, an executed and resurrected serial killer who invades a women’s prison in search of a young woman named Solitaire. When Solitaire discovers the true identity of her mother’s killer, she seeks out Shadow and single-handedly confronts him and his army of zombies in a shocking supernatural kung-fu showdown that pits the living against the walking dead! Includes special features and an isolated music score by Vernon Reid of Living Colour.
STARRING: Carla Greene, Tony Todd
X-Cross (2007) Available September 28
Shiyori is a young lady trying to mend a broken heart who travels with her best friend, Aiko, to a remote village known for its therapeutic hot springs. But what was planned to be a relaxing, quiet get away, turns into a nightmare! Unbeknownst to them, the seemingly quiet country village harbors a community of psychopaths that begin to prey on the two friends. Amidst the panic, Shiyori and Aiko are separated and the cell phone that keeps them connected only serves to amplify the terror! Includes special features.
STARRING: Ami Suzuki, Nao Matsushita