Nothing can prepare you for Boardinghouse. Jim (director John Wintergate), a psychic-gigolo who wears a leopard-print thong, rents a haunted house to “beautiful women with no ties.” From there, this unworldly slasher transforms into a sleazy, hallucinogenic maelstrom of gore, sex, chainsaws, pie fights, killer refrigerators, jacuzzis, beds that eat people, a new wave band called 33 and 1/3, and a leading lady known only as Kalassu. Boardinghouse is the first shot-on-video horror film to be blown up to 35mm and released theatrically. AGFA + Bleeding Skull! are thrilled to bring the 35mm theatrical cut to home video for the first time in this 2-disc set, which also includes Psycho Killer (a previously unreleased alternate home video cut) and SALLY & JESS (the previously unreleased “family film” from the makers of Boardinghouse).
STARRING: John Wintergate, K. Alassu, Lindsay FreemanRead more “Boardinghouse (1982) Available October 26”
Shortly after completing TROLL 2, writer/director Claudio Fragasso and co-writer Rossella Drudi (Shocking Dark) returned to America to combine elements of The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Beyond and their own insane aesthetic for what critics – and Fragasso/Drudi themselves – consider to be their horror masterpiece: When a Satanic child killer is executed, she transforms the new home of a young reverend and his family into a portal to Hell. Gene LeBrock (Metamorphosis), David Brandon (Caligula 2) and Michael Paul Stephenson (child star of Troll 2 and director of Best Worst Movie) star in this batsh*t crazy good time (EuroCult AV) shot by Joe D’Amato with costumes by Laura Gemser, an epic score by Carlo Maria Cordio (Night Killer) and released in Italy as Evil Dead 5, now featuring new interviews produced exclusively for this edition.
STARRING: Gene LeBrock, David Brandon, Barbara BinghamRead more “Beyond Darkness (1990) Available October 26”
In the final film of her Italian Gothic period, the legendary Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) stars in one of the most startling erotic shockers of her entire career: When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa’s lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local village. Anthony Steffen (The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave), Claudio Gora (Danger: Diabolik) and Marina Berti (Night Train Murders) co-star in a EuroHorror classic featuring Steele in all her mid-’60s glory (DVD Drive-In), co-written and directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (Crypt Of The Vampire) and scanned in 2K from the original negative – with both the Italian and thought-lost English tracks – recently discovered in a Rome vault.
STARRING: Barbara Steele, Anthony Steffen, Claudio GoraRead more “An Angel For Satan (1966) Available October 26”
From out of the surf it came…a familiar voice…a voice that belonged to the afterlife! An atmospheric masterpiece, The Amazing Mr. X stars Turhan Bey as Alexis, a mystery man who claims to communicate with spirits. Appearing on the beach one night, Alexis easily charms a depressed widow and her sister (Lynn Bari and Cathy O\x27Donnell). The sly Alexis makes a living by separating gullible people from their money, but before this tale is over he will learn that the living are far more dangerous than the dead. Thanks to exceptional cinematography by John Alton, director Bernard Vorhaus delivers a film that oozes weird passion and sinister suspense. This is a movie that breathes right on your neck!
STARRING: Turhan BeyRead more “The Amazing Mr. X (1948) (The Film Detective Special Edition) Available October 26”
This week’s horror 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releases!Read more “October 19, 2021: Weekly Horror Releases”
From the makers of Daimajin comes a trilogy of terror ripped from the pages of Japanese folklore, with ghosts and monsters from ancient myths and legends brought to life through stunning special effects, alongside an epic, big-budget reboot of the series from a modern-day master of the macabre, now available together on Blu-ray for the first time.
In the first film in the trilogy, 100 Monsters, a greedy slumlord’s attempts to forcefully evict his tenants invite the wrath of the titular spirits when a cleansing ritual is botched, with terrifying results. The second film, Spook Warfare, tells the tale of an evil Babylonian vampire inadvertently awoken by treasure hunters, and a brave samurai that teams with the yokai to defeat the bloodthirsty demon. In the final film, Along with Ghosts (released only 12 months after 100 Monsters), the yokai are roused to defend a young girl on the run from deadly yakuza.
Decades later, none other than Takashi Miike (Audition) helmed The Great Yokai War, a loose remake of Spook Warfare that used cutting-edge digital effects to renew the franchise for a new generation. In it, a young boy is given a grave responsibility: to band together with a group of yokai to defend humanity against a vengeful and powerful demon that has sworn retribution against modern-day Japan.
STARRING: Chiyaki Kuriyama, Jun Hamamura, Tatsuo Hanabu, Ikuko Môri, Bunta SugawaraRead more “Yokai Monsters Collection (3-Disc Limited Edition) Available October 19”
A frightening tale about a group of hikers hunted by a sinister presence in the woods. Twenty years after the mysterious disappearance of an 11-year-old boy and his grandfather, a group of friends find themselves along the same trail, unaware of a long-forgotten evil lurking just beyond the tree line. What started as a week-long adventure with friends, quickly turns into a terrifying fight for survival as they come face to face with the thing that nightmares are made of.
STARRING: Kathleen Quinlan, John Schneider, Adam Korson, Brent BaileyRead more “The Stairs (2021) Available October 19”
Neve Campbell leads an all-star cast in this iconic slasher thriller that launched the Scream franchise and breathed new life into the horror genre. After a series of mysterious deaths befalls their small town, an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott (Campbell) become the target of a masked killer. As the body count rises, Sidney and her friends turn to the “rules” of horror films to help navigate the real-life terror they’re living in. Also starring Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan and Drew Barrymore, buckle up for an irresistible killer ride!
STARRING: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney CoxRead more “Scream (1996) (Limited Edition Steelbook 4K Ultra HD) Available October 19”
After moving to an isolated cabin, Jacob Taylor vanishes without a trace. With the help of footage he leaves behind, his family members, friends and a detective try to find answers to the strange events that are centered around him.
STARRING: András Korcsmáros, Kata Kuna, Eric RobertsRead more “Poltergeist Diaries (2021) Available October 19”
An ambitious film director, Mr. Gang, brings his crew to an abandoned factory, which is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in northern China, to shoot a horror film. Mr. Gang ignores all common sense and tells his crew that they are staying for the night, despite the warnings against doing so. What happens to them that night is more terrible than anything Mr. Gang was conceiving for his perfect horror film. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
STARRING: Zhang De Sheng, Wang LeiRead more “Perfect Horror (2016) Available October 19”