This week’s horror 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releases!
Balsam: A Paranormal Investigation (2021) Available December 28
A Paranormal Investigation Like No Other!
Horror Icon Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th VII,VIII,IX,X, Hachet) leads a team of paranormal investigators as they investigate The Grand Old Lady Hotel in Balsam, North Carolina. The Grand Old Lady Hotel is a 112-year-old, 40,000 square foot hotel with a disturbing past. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, the hotel is referred to by locals as the south’s Stanley Hotel.
STARRING: Kane Hodder, Mark A. Richardson, Amanda Hannah
Bigfoot Creek Available December 28
The world has moved on, but he’s still out there. Since the 1970s he has roamed the countryside, watching…and waiting. He has been sighted several times over the last few decades and this all-new docudrama chronicles these true events that occurred throughout the Midwest. Featuring interviews and locations from the real encounters.
STARRING: Allison Scott II, Christina Marie Leonard, Karrie Bauman
Blood-A-Rama Triple Frightmare Available December 28
A horror triple feature from the vaults of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA)!
Help Me . . . I’m Possessed: A free-form nightmare that takes place at a sanitarium in the desert, this surrealist gem includes a psychopathic hunchback, delirious monsters, and a killer early synthesizer score.
Night Of The Strangler: A southern-fried whodunnit with murder, racial tension, and a starring role from The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, this sweat-soaked sleazer feels like a cross between an American giallo and a trashy airport paperback novel.
Carnival Of Blood: An ominous, semi-cinéma vérité horror movie that was shot at Coney Island in NYC, Carnival Of Blood features an early role from Burt Young (Rocky), pop-art gore that would make H.G. Lewis proud, and a gloriously seedy atmosphere.
NOTICE! These preservations were made from the only known film elements in existence. Please approach the technical quality of the source materials with empathy.
STARRING: Micky Dolenz, Burt Young
The Cropsey Incident (2017) Available December 28
A group of online social justice activists venture deep into the woods to uncover the truth behind a recent series of gruesome ritual murders – and to capture the person responsible. But what they come face to face with is something more deadly than any serial killer, an urban legend that is very real, and determined to make them his latest victims.
STARRING: Terry Bell, Nathanael Card, Rinska Carrasco
Jack Frost (1997) (Special Edition) Available December 28
HE’S CHILLIN’ AND KILLIN’!
He’s got ice in his veins and he’s giving cold-blooded a whole new meaning… his name is JACK FROST. After five years of terror and 38 bodies in five states, serial killer Jack is on his way to execution. But a freak accident with a truckload of genetic material in the middle of a snowstorm mutates Jack into a killer snowman. Now only an army can stop the slayride of terror from this frosty monster with icicle fangs. Hell has just frozen over… he’s the abominable Jack Frost.
STARRING: Christopher Allport, Scott MacDonald, Shannon Elizabeth, Stephen Mendel, Eileen Seeley
Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000) (Special Edition) Available December 28
HE’S ICIN’ AND SLICIN’!
Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald), the chiller killer is back and he’s mad as hell. An accidental lab experiment resurrected the evil snowman, but this time, the crystal killer can’t be stopped by fire, bullets or even his worst enemy, chemical anti-freeze. With revenge on his mind, Jack sets out to finish off his nemesis, Sheriff Sam (Christopher Allport), who is vacationing on a Caribbean island. Sam’s balmy paradise turns into a Winter Terrorland when Jack freezes the island and quickly ices everyone around him. No one can stop the chilling killing spree when Jack can travel as lethal liquid or fatal, frosty flakes. Just when you thawed it was safe to go back in the fridge!
STARRING: Christopher Allport, Scott MacDonald, Eileen Seeley, Chip Heller, Jennifer Lyons
Knocking (2021) Available December 28
After suffering a traumatic incident, Molly (Cecilia Milocco) moves into a new apartment to begin her path to recovery, but it’s not long after her arrival that a series of persistent knocks and screams begin to wake her up at night. Molly’s new life begins to unravel as the screams intensify and no one else in the building believes or is willing to help her.
STARRING: Cecilia Milocco, Albin Grenholm, Alexander Salzberger, Krister Kern
Messalina (1960) Available December 28
Both opulent and humanly scaled, director Vittorio Cottafavi’s Messalina (1960, aka Messalina Venere Imperatrice) is a rare Italian-made historical spectacle headlined by a solo-above-title female star, the ideally cast English-born Belinda Lee, in one of the final roles of her tragically shortened life. Playing the young beauty plucked from country life as the Vestal Valeria to enter an arranged marriage with the newly crowned Roman emperor Claudius, she ably portrays the sexual manipulativeness and raw hunger for power of the murderous empress of legend. Seducing several high-born lovers to gain political influence, Messalina learns that balancing her grasp on the aristocracy and the common folk is too much to handle, even as she longs for the affections of her true love, the ultimately incorruptible tribune Lucius Maximus (Spiros Focas).
STARRING: Belinda Lee, Spyros Fokas
The Phantom Creeps (1939) (12/31) (2K Restored) Available December 28
Dr. Alex Zorka (Bela Lugosi), an eccentric scientist, carries on mysterious experiments in his secret laboratory with the aid of Monk (Jack C. Smith), an ex-convict. Zorka has invented many strange and powerful weapons of warfare, including a devisualizer belt which allows him to operate without being seen, and a terrifying mechanical robot eight feet tall. He also possesses a deadly meteorite fragment from which he extracts a strange element which can induce suspended animation in an entire army. 12 Chapters.
STARRING: Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Regis Toomey, Dorothy Arnold
Red Snow (2021) Available December 28
A struggling vampire romance novelist must defend herself against real-life vampires during Christmas in Lake Tahoe.
STARRING: Dennice Cisneros, Nico Bellamy, Laura Kennon
Seven Deaths In The Cat’s Eyes (1973) (aka Corringa Or La Morte Negli Occhi Del Gatto) Available December 28
When a fractious aristocratic family gathers at an ancestral Scottish castle, a straight razor-wielding murderer is also an unwelcome guest in Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eyes (1973, aka Corringa or La morte negli occhi del gatto), a blood-laced thriller – complete with giallo flourishes, tantalizing sexuality, a pet gorilla and an omnipresent ginger tabby – from genre filmmaker Antonio Margheriti (aka Anthony M. Dawson). Singer/actress Jane Birkin plays the willowy heroine whose arrival foreshadows several unnatural deaths, Hiram Keller is the possibly unhinged lord of the manor with a cursed history, and the ensemble includes schemers with homicidal tendencies, all underscored by the shudder-inducing music of the great Riz Ortolani.
STARRING: Jane Birkin, Hiram Keller
Sorority Slaughter (1994) Available December 28
An innocent college prank turns deadly when a bevy of beautiful sorority girls accidentally shoot and kill their voyeuristic, Satan worshipping neighbor Hugo. But is he really dead? See what horrible fates await each member of the sorority when Hugo mysteriously returns from the grave seeking human sacrifices to sustain his eternal life. The innocent Kim quickly becomes the object of Hugo’s obsession once he selects her as the ideal bride for his evil, demonic master Radu.
STARRING: Tina Krause, Laura Giglio, Pamela Sutch, Deana Demko, Dave Castiglione
Venom (1971) (aka The Legend Of Spider Forest) Available December 28
A demented grab-bag of sinister cinematic tropes set in the picturesque Bavarian countryside, Venom (1971, aka The Legend of Spider Forest) spins a wicked web complete with a winsome seductress (Neda Arneric) who lures curious young men to a nasty death, all in the shadow of a Nazi-styled scientist (Terence Soall) aiming to craft an arachnid-derived nerve drug. Meanwhile, an unsavory brood of conspiratorial locals is keen on maintaining the mythos of the lethal “spider goddess,” while an undaunted artist (Simon Brent) perilously investigates. Director Peter Sykes here takes a first evocative leap into screen horror that would bear more frightful fruit with the later Hammer Studios productions Demons of the Mind (1972) and To the Devil…a Daughter (1976).
STARRING: Simon Brent, Neda Arneric