Horror Horizon – November 20

Notable DVD releases for the coming Tuesday. Selections are subject to Blu-Ray release as well.

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku



“Following years of a certain radioactive rubber beast’s domination of the box office, many Japanese studios tried to replicate the formula with their own brands of monster movies. One of the most fascinating dives into that fiendish deep end was the short-lived one from Shochiku, a studio better known for its elegant dramas by the likes of Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu. In 1967 and 1968, the company created four certifiably batty, low-budget fantasies, tales haunted by watery ghosts, plagued by angry insects, and stalked by aliens—including one in the form of a giant chicken-lizard. Shochiku’s outrageous and oozy horror period shows a studio leaping into the unknown, even if only for one brief, bloody moment.”

Includes The X From Outer Space, Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell, The Living Skeleton, and Genocide.

The Dead Inside

“Wes and Fi are empty. Wes is a burned-out photographer and Fi is the writer’s-blocked author of zombie novellas. While their love still burns strong, artistically their hearts have been locked in a box for years. When Fi shows signs of mental illness, Wes does everything in his power to help. He soon discovers that dark forces lurk inside and has no choice but to imprison her until he can figure out what to do with this familiar-looking person he doesn’t recognize any more. Fighting against her disturbed intruder, can the lovers rediscover inspiration in the grimmest corners of this musical horror movie?”

The Caretaker

“As a wave of vampirism sweeps across the world, a small but discordant group hole up in a rural house. There, they discover a vampire has also taken refuge. He offers them a deal: if they protect him during the day, he”ll protect them from other vampires at night. So begins an uneasy alliance which soon threatens to tear apart.”

Schizo: Remastered Edition

“A little girl watches helplessly as she is the sole witness to her mother’s murder. Years later, that little girl has grown into the beautiful skating star Samantha Gray (Lynne Frederick). But after her wedding announcement is published in the local newspaper, a man who becomes more and more obsessed with her begins turning up everywhere she goes. Samantha’s fear mounts as one by one her friends are murdered, and she becomes convinced that the stalker is no stranger! this suspenseful horror thriller was one of the early slasher films, rich with gore, an intriguing story, scenes reminiscent of Psycho and a twist ending considered so frightening that squeamish theater patrons were promised free smelling salts if they fainted!”

Slaughter Creek

“A film crew follows a young girl with aspirations of becoming a successful actress in Hollywood. Failing to find work, she arrives in Austin, Texas to star in what she believes is a soft-core porn film. After discovering the screenplay, the film crew realizes that this is no ordinary film and it could lead to horrific consequences for this naive young girl.”

Backslasher

“When fun-loving party planner Becca (Eleanor James) starts a business selling sex toys and lingerie, she knows growing her social network will be good for business. With best friend Ruby (Emily Eaves) managing an adult TV channel and Becca’s blogcast getting more and more viewers, potential customers are falling over themselves to add her as a friend. But someone doesn’t like Becca having so many friends, and as Becca experiences a series of frightening encounters with an unknown stalker, people on her friends list start dying violently. It s not long before the supernatural psychopath known only as ‘Backslasher’ closes in on Becca and her small circle of ‘real life’ friends, forcing her into a desperate struggle to save herself, and everyone on her friends list, before it’s too late.”

Slaughter Tales

“The directorial debut of 15-year old horror sensation Johnny Dickie, Slaughter Tales is a loving tribute to the no-budget horror video revolution of the 1980s. A teenager steals a mysterious VHS tape and finds himself tormented by the spirits that are trapped inside the tape and the horrible film within. Ignoring all warnings, he pops the tape in. What follows is a 90-minute fever dream horror anthology, where each story is worse than the last. But is this teen living out the worst story of them all? Slaughter Tales is more than a bad movie, it is a video nightmare you can’t escape!”

Darklands

“A journalist investigates the desecration of a church and uncovers an underground pagan sect, but how is this linked to a fatal accident at the steelworks, the popularity of a charismatic politician and a gang of local gypsies? As the journalist delves deeper, he uncovers layers of conspiracy and terrifying evil.”

The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell

“Most people have vanished from the plague… There are a few thousand that still walk the earth…… Among them, two outlaws, Harry Russo and Terry Hawkins. come face to face with one another in a clash that sets them on a road into destiny, to find the heart of America . The lines are drawn and the sands of time are running out fast. Will mankind be saved? We better hope so…. Because Harry and Terry are having a good time………… and The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell are coming.”

Mark of the Devil: Yack Pack

“Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. He believes strongly in his mentor and in the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lom strangle a man to death. The witch trials are nothing but a scam of the church to seduce women, rob people of their land and money. In the end, the townspeople revolt, Herbert Lom escapes and poor Udo is tortured to death by the townspeople.”

Backroad

“A man with a dark past hitches a ride that turns into a road trip to hell and leads him to the revelation of a family secret of biblical proportions. Some roads should never be traveled.”

The Pete Walker Collection

“DISC 1 – DIE SCREAMING MARIANNE (1971): Marianne (Susan George, Straw Dogs), following the sudden death of her mother, stands to inherit the family fortune, along with several documents that could incriminate her corrupt judge of a father. Now, her sister and her father both want their hands on Marianne’s inheritance and they’ll stop at nothing, even murder, to get it! SPECIAL FEATURES: TBD

DISC 2 – HOUSE OF WHIPCORD (1974): A beautiful model is taken prisoner and held in a bizarre private prison where ”immoral women” are subjected to brutality and degradation. Stars Penny Irving, Patrick Barr and Barbara Markham. SPECIAL FEATURES: TBD

DISC 3 – SCHIZO (1976): A little girl watches helplessly as she is the sole witness to her mother’s murder. Years later, that little girl has grown into the beautiful skating star Samantha Gray (Lynne Frederick). But after her wedding announcement is published in the local newspaper, a man who becomes more and more obsessed with her begins turning up everywhere she goes. Samantha’s fear mounts as one by one her friends are murdered, and she becomes convinced that the stalker is no stranger! this suspenseful horror thriller was one of the early slasher films, rich with gore, an intriguing story, scenes reminiscent of Psycho and a twist ending considered so frightening that squeamish theater patrons were promised free smelling salts if they fainted! SPECIAL FEATURES: TBD

DISC 4 – THE COMEBACK (1978): Seeking a little peace and quiet to write some new songs, a washed-up American singer (”The Love Boat” theme crooner Jack Jones) moves into a secluded English house. But his mind isn’t on a new romance when he’s contacted by his ex-wife’s ghost, whose clues about her murder lead Jones to a confrontation with the killer. Offbeat chiller also stars Pamela Stephenson (Superman III, ”Saturday Night Live”), David Doyle (”Charlie s Angels”), Holly Palance (The Omen). (aka ”The Day the Screaming Stopped” and ”Encore”). SPECIAL FEATURES: TBD”

Eyewitness

“Donald Sinden portrays a very different kind of character role — a cold-blooded killer — in this taut British thriller. One night, Jay and Lucy, a young married couple quarrel and Lucy leaves to go to the cinema on her own. During the film, her anger cools but, as she leaves to return home, she unwittingly becomes a witness to a murder. The killers see her and chase her until she runs into the path of a bus and is critically injured. The two criminals wait to hear of her condition, but as she improves, one of them strikes on a plan to kill her.”

I Heart Monster Movies

“This is a documentary filmed over 1 1/2 years between 2010-2012 about what it means to be a horror fan. Several celebrity interviews including Sid Haig, Tom Savini, Doug Bradley, Bill Moseley, Dee Wallace, and many others regarding their work in horror films and their experiences with fans.”

The Lost Realities of Hog Caller

“Local community reporter Skip Jenkins takes a twisted journey into the Three Mile Island afflicted lands of Middletown, PA on the trail of a box of mysterious videotapes allegedly belonging to the Grindcore band named Hog Caller. The resulting documentary, interspersed with footage of Hog Caller’s nightmarish realities, contaminated music videos, pig/human hybrid births, and toxic lyrics, candidly follows a reporter, a cast of locals and this elusive band towards crisis, confusion, and several more questions than answers – in one of the most disturbing documents ever committed to film.”

The Porcelain Man

“Four animal liberationists storm a government research laboratory. One is a member of another fanatical terrorist group who has infiltrated the gang solely to steal a new and deadly virus. Meanwhile, an undercover anti-terrorist agent has been shot in a separate incident and is being rushed to a local hospital.”

Stricken

“Sarah Black fears she is losing her grip on reality. When people she cares about start to die, Sarah believes she may be next. Detective Scott Aro has been investigating a string of murders for 10 years, but nothing he has seen can prepare him for what lies ahead. As hope seems lost, the two must face the evil that has been unleashed.”

Another Kind

“What begins a casual snowshoeing expedition, turns into an unspeakable disaster for a group of unprepared hikers. Deep into the snowy Catskills the group suddenly discovers they have no map coupled with the mysterious disappearance of their hiking poles. The cold nights reverberate with eery feelings among the campers and the apparent sound of frightening footsteps outside their tents. In total fear and desperation to bring the harrowing jaunt to an end, the hikers also discover that their GPS device indicates they re in New Mexico and not the Catskill Mountains! Frantic and fear turns a 27-mile hike into a nightmare of ANOTHER KIND.”

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