Horror Horizon – January 22

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

Death Race 3: Inferno



“Repentant convict Carl Lucas (Luke Goss)- aka Frankenstein- is a legendary driver in the brutal prison blood sport known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom, Lucas is plunged into his most vicious competition yet: the first-ever desert Death Race. Through South Africa’s infernal Kalahari Desert, Lucas is pitted against ruthless adversaries and powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat. Also starring Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames, Death Race 3: Inferno is an insane, action-packed thrill ride.”

The Imposter

“In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy- bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had,- but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn.”

Deadly Blessing (Collector’s Edition)

“When a former member of a religious cult dies in a mysterious accident, his wife Martha (Maren Jensen, Battlestar Galactica), who now lives alone and close to the cult’s church, begins to fear for her life and the lives of her visiting friends (Susan Buckner, Sharon Stone). Strange and deadly events begin to happen… Could she be the target of the evil cult and its fanatical leader Isaiah (Ernest Borgnine)?”

Ticks [Blu-Ray]

“A group of problem teens from Los Angeles join an inner-city wilderness project in and attempt to get back in touch with life’s priorities; led by do-gooders Holly and Charles (Rosalind Allen and Peter Scolari). When they get to the campsite, they begin having problems adjusting to the wild life, particularly with the local marijuana growers using herbal steroids to accelerate plant growth, and the mutated ticks that the leaky steroid system has created – These oversized mutant ticks with an insatiable lust for human flesh starts terrorizing the campground, eating the campers and everything else in sight. The stellar cast includes, Ami Dolenz. Seth Green, Alfonso Ribeiro, Clint Howard and Rance Howard. Directed by Tony Randel (Hellbound: Hellraiser II).”

Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft

“JONAH AND ELLA MAZER (Hansel and Gretel) were happy, normal teenagers–sent to an elite boarding school. The Head Master, SEBASTIAN, seems to know more about the brother and sister than they know about themselves. As both get to know their high school classmates, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When their new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Hansel and Gretel to join them and complete a new generation of the Coven, both refuse to believe them. But it’s not until Hansel discovers a message from his mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in the school library, that he understands their true and dangerous destiny – slaying witches.”

The Incubus (Katarina’s Nightmare Theater)

“From the director of the cult classic THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, and acclaimed actor/director John Cassavetes, comes a new kind of terror! The summer peacefulness of the New England community of Galen is suddenly shattered by a series of murders. Dr. Sam Cordell (John CassavetesY), a newly arrived surgeon and pathologist, tries to help veteran police chief Hank Walden (John Ireland) investigate the baffling crimes. Jenny, Dr. Cordell’s daughter, tells her father about the terrible recurring nightmares suffered by her boyfriend, Tim, which seem to coincide with the slayings.”

Dead Sushi

“Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, runs away from home when his Karate-style regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests, including the employees of a pharmaceutical firm there on a work retreat. But little do they know that a disgruntled former researcher has also come to the inn with a plan for revenge, using a serum he developed that can awaken the murderous instincts of ordinary sushi, turning it into bloodthirsty monsters! Keiko must use both her sushi training and her martial arts skills to save the others and defeat the flying killers.”

Night of the Tentacles

“In this obscene Faustian tale a young artist sells his soul to Satan for the new heart he so desperately needs. The only catch is that the heart is a tentacled monstrosity with a hunger for human flesh! Will Dave get the girl of his dreams? Will he run out of neighbors to feed to his infernal heart? Will Delilah ever finish urinating? Find out in NIGHT OF THE TENTACLES!!!”

Hold Your Breath

“The urban legend is true. When friends on a camping trip wander into a cemetery, the ghost of a notorious serial killer jumps from body to body, killing the victims one by one. If you value your life, HOLD YOUR BREATH.”

Cujo [Blu-Ray]

“Based on the Stephen King’s terrifying novel – A lovable St. Bernard becomes rabid and terrorizes a small community. In rural Maine, married couple (Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh-Kelly) struggle to repair their crumbling marriage, while their young son (Danny Pintauro) befriends the hulking, but lovable St. Bernard owned by the town’s mechanic (Ed Lauter). With her husband out of town, she and her son take their decrepit car for repairs at the mechanic’s remote farmhouse. As the aging Pinto sputters, stops and dies, Cujo appears. The once docile dog has undergone a hideous transformation – and has become a demonic, impeccable killer possessed of an almost supernatural strength and unholy cunning. Lewis Teague (Cat’s Eye) directed this critically acclaimed spine-chilling tour-de-force.” 

A Thousand Cuts

“A hot young director known for his hugely successful violent horror films finds himself trapped in his house with a man who has a violent grudge against him. Frank Bennet (Academy Award Nominee Michael O’Keefe) wants revenge on the moviemaker for the death of his daughter in an incident inspired by the director’s first film, and is hell bent on getting it when he shows up at his house determined to teach the filmmaker the true meaning of horror.”

Dark Angel: The Ascent

“Deep in the depths of hell, Veronica, (Angela Featherstone; “”The Zero Effect,”” “”Soul Survivors,”” “”Friends””) a young demoness, yearns to visit the world of man. Veronica finds a secret passage and ascends from Hades with her dog Hellraiser, and they find themselves on the streets of a modern American city. Disguised as a human, she meets Max Barris, a young doctor, and begins living with him. Veronica decides her mission in life is to punish the wicked and evil, and goes about this with a bloody vengeance. She hunts down evildoers and kills them, feeding parts of their bodies to her dog. Finally she tells Max the truth about herself, and despite the fact that she’s a spawn of darkness he falls in love with her. But will the separation of mortal and immortal allow their love to last…? DIRECTOR: Linda Hassani. CAST: Angela Featherstone, Nicholas Worth, Danile Markel, Costica Dragenescu, Cristina Stoica.”

Bikini Bloodbath Shakespeare

“Jenny and her friends have a sleepover party after the last day school(with balloons!). A psychotic chef shows up and starts slicing and dicing the bikini clad girls. This time it’s Shakespeare!”

Witch’s Brew

“Jeff and Preston are a pair of friends who run a micro-brewery out of their garage. After accidentally running over a black cat while making deliveries, they go to the owner’s home with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, the cat belonged to a coven of witches who don’t take kindly to the boys’ peace offering of beer. Their freshly brewed batch of Slacker Lager is now cursed and all who drink it suffer a horribly gruesome and ironically funny death.”

Bad Channels

“There’s a hip new disc jockey at KDUL, Superstation 66, and he’s about to make rock and roll history. He’s Dangerous Dan O’Dare (Paul Hipp), the most controversial DJ to hit the airwaves and he’s going to give his listeners the time of their life. Dangerous Dan is newly employed at KDUL after a six month suspension by the FCC for a stunt he pulled while on the air. He’s changing the station’s image and contents: from only polka music to a more lively rock and roll. Since he’s always the jester, Dan is starting out with a bang. Covering the event for Cable World Network is Lisa Cummings (Martha Quinn) who doesn’t trust Dan and thinks he’s a hoax. She becomes the butt of his jokes when she spots a UFO landing near the radio station and Dan is quick to laugh until the alien breaks into KDUL. The alien is Cosmo who has developed quite a taste for rock and roll and beautiful young women. By using the airwaves at the station, Cosmo has found a new way to miniaturize and transport the people listening to the radio. His object is to collect a variety of women to take home to his planet and Dan O’Dare is the only witness! As hard as Dan tries to convince the listeners of what’s happening, it all backfires as it appears to be another one of his jokes. When Lisa gets miniaturized, along with Cookie (Charlie Spradling) and two other women, she finally believes Dan and they discover the one thing that will stop the alien DJ and make the airwaves safe again.”

Lurking Fear

“JOHN MARTENSE (Blake Bailey) has just been released from prison after serving five years for a crime he didn’t commit. John wants to stay as far away from the wrong side of the law as he can … but family ties won’t let him. John gets a message to see SPECS (Vincent Schiavelli), an old friend and undertaker with a taste for larceny. Specs gives John a map of a cemetery where a corpse stuffed with a half a million dollars has been buried. John’s father stole the money with his psychotic partner BENNETT (Jon Finch) but hid the body, leaving it as a family legacy for his son to dig up. John reluctantly takes off for Leffertt’s Corners, a small town with a terrible secret. For years the Corners have been torn apart – the people devoured by a race of cannibalistic genetic freaks living in the tunnels below the cemetery. Thunderstorms bring the creatures out – to feed. John finds the cemetery next to an old church. He barely sets foot in the graveyard when he’s stopped by CATHRYN (Ashley Rae Lauren), a beautiful girl with a .45 automatic in her hand. Cathryn’s laced the cemetery with dynamite and armed herself to destroy the creatures’ nest once and for all…and tonight John’s in the way. Cathryn forces John into the church where DR. HAGGIS (Jeffrey Combs), FATHER POOLE (Paul Mantee) and BETH (Luana Stoica) ready themselves for bloody battle with the monsters. As a storm approaches, and Cathryn is about to blow up the nest, Bennett arrives with his goons to take the group hostage and reclaim the buried money. Can the two groups band together and overcome “”The Lurking Fear”” … or will they be the next victims?” 

The Hounds

“One step away from a reconciliation with his wife, Mike Crowel, a CID agent, is assigned to a sinister case involving four young friends, Sarah, Jake, Martin and Dave. They soon become the unwitting focus of the evil forces and chillingly supernatural events surrounding Mike’s investigation.” 

The Ghost of Rashmon Hall

“The Ghost of Rashmon Hall is a classic spook show from 1947. A small group of elite socialites gather to exchange haunted tales at Rashmon Hall. The main story actually takes place at the creepy old manor in which the group has gathered. Things get out of hand when a doctor is brought to manor to try and rid the house of the evil spirits. Great atmosphere and incredible twist ending.”

Claustrophobia

“Life seems perfect for Tim Patterson, a young deaf man living with his girlfriend in the beautiful country house he inherited from his family. Tim has his house; he has his work; and best of all he has his girlfriend Heather …until one day his doorbell rings.”

Zombie Ed

“Loser Ed has a lame job, a beater car, a tiny apartment and no hope of a girlfriend. Ed doesn’t think things could get any worse for him until the day he woke up and found he had GONE ZOMBIE. Shockingly Ed finds he is a good looking, athletic and successful zombie but can’t enjoy his new zombie life because he is afraid the LOSER Ed, still living inside of him will come out and ruin everything. Things heat up for Ed when his hot zombie girlfriend gets him involved in the zombie equal rights movement. Ed has a chance to make life better for zombies everywhere but will he risk it all to become the zombie he was born to be?”

Arcade

“All the kids in town are dying to play the hot new video game ARCADE. Trouble is once you play the game you can kiss reality good-bye. Arcade has seven levels of excitement, adventure, and terror for its players. The game transports you to another world with its stunning graphics, thrilling sound effects, and virtual reality simulation. It is the ultimate experience in a video game. But excitement like this doesn’t come cheaply – when you battle with ARCADE you’re putting your life on the line. The kids have accepted the challenge and are absorbed into the game. Only Alex (Megan Ward) realizes that their mysterious disappearances are linked to ARCADE. She must battle the game, alone. Too bad she’s never been very good at games…”

Crowsnest

“Five young friends hit the road towards a vacation cottage for a weekend of partying, documenting their trip with a video camera. What starts off as a good time quickly turns frightening with the discovery of an eerie, isolated small town and a menacing RV. Following a hit and run, the group pursues the RV only to uncover the true horror that awaits them: a community of sadistic cannibals, completely removed from civilization and not pleased at having visitors. The recovered video of their terrifying ordeal with the crazed locals comprises CROWSNEST, a horrifying chronicle of an encounter with pure evil.” 

Bleeding Through



“Months after the brutal car accident that killed her parents, sensitive college student Lindsey still struggles with overwhelming grief. Pressure from her brother to sell the family home, financial stressors and failing grades send Lindsey spiraling into a dark pit of depression, her only resource a new friendship and possibility of romance. But when romance turns into vicious betrayal, Lindsey unearths a capacity for violence and bloody revenge from beyond the grave!”

Barrio Tales

“Two American teenagers in search of cheap drugs, trespass into the seedy town of Barrio, Mexico. What they find instead is a disturbed story teller who takes them into his dark and twisted world filled with blood, witches and cannibalism.”

Hard Romanticker

“Based on director Gu Su-yeon s autobiographical novel, Hard Romanticker is a spectacularly violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts of style and carnage. Dripping James Dean-like cool, bleach blond Gu (Shota Matsuda) is a young, cocky Korean-Japanese hoodlum living in Japan. When someone accidentally kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug, Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly, revenge. And it doesn t help that the police are on his tail as well. What s a snarly, cigarette-puffing thug to do? With tons of ultra-violence, rampaging youths and nihilistic retribution, Hard Romanticker is a sort of a modern-day A Clockwork Orange yakuza style!.”

Mandroid

“Dr. Karl Zimmer (ROBERT SYMONDS) is a brilliant Romanian scientist who is working on a top secret assignment with his daughter Zanna (JANE CALDWELL). They are developing a crystal-like element called Super-con,that could become the most powerful force on earth. If this element were to fall into the wrong hands it could mean the end of the world as we know it…Dr. Zimmer’s partner is the deviant Dr. Drago (CURT LOWENS), whose only concern is the success of their project. The goal of their work is simple: the Super-con is to be inserted into the processing units of powerful androids that would be directed by human thoughts and actions. The first test subject is the MANDROID unit, which is connected to the human mind through a virtual reality helmet worn by the operator. Meanwhile, Dr. Wade Franklin(BRIAN COUSINS) and C.I.A. agent Joe Pryce (PATRICK ERSGARD) have arrived from the United States to purchase the Super-con Project and bring it back to the U.S. But Zimmer and Drago have opposing views on who should receive their incredible discovery. So, Drago attempts to steal the MANDROID unit and in the process is severely burned by the toxic chemicals used in the experiments. Drago is believed dead and makes his way to an abandoned building where he can plan his next move. .Also wounded during the struggle is Benjamin Knight (MICHAEL DELLAFEMMINA), Zimmer’s lab assistant, who is thrown into the freezer unit where the crystals are released. He is completely covered by a frozen mist that immediately begins to alter his body composition. Knight’s body begins to fade with time as he gains the powers of invisibility. Drago returns to the lab in his final attempt to steal MANDROID and the secret formula for the Super-con. During the struggle Franklin is believed to be killed when his spine is broken in half. Zimmer is shot and killed, but Drago manages to escape.Zanna returns to her father’s lab to continue the research with the help of a new partner who is given new life in the form of the MANDROID, and who must stop Drago before he strikes again…”

Seedpeople

“The sleepy little town of Comet Valley has been invaded by plants from outer space. Intent on taking over the Earth, the space plants have found a way to pollinate humans, thus turning them into walking seed carriers. Can the resourceful residents fight off the alien invaders, or is the planet doomed to become an alien garden? DIRECTOR: Peter Manoogian. CAST: Sam Hennings, Andrea Roth, Dane Witherspoon, David Dunard, Holly Fields”

Trancers

“Welcome to Angel City, 2247. Trooper Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) is wiping out the last disciples of Whistler, who used his psychic power to ‘trance’ those with inferior minds, forcing them to follow his every desire. Though he’d been thought dead, he’s very much alive…in the year 1985. Whistler’s master plan – kill the ancestors of the City Council. With the Council disbanded, nothing can stop him from controlling the city. And that’s where Deth comes in. Jack is sent back in time, inhabiting the body of his ancestor. Just one problem: Whistler’s ancestor is a police detective, and he’s trancing people in 1985. With the help of a strong-willed punk girl, Lena (Helen Hunt) he must find and protect Hap Ashby, a former baseball pitcher now living on Skid Row, and confronts Whistler. The Trancers saga begins.”

Tomboys

“Sometimes humans can be monsters. This suspenseful, claustrophobic nightmare tells the tragic story of Kat, a victim of repeated sexual assault. Having been failed by the system, she takes the law into her own hands. Kat and her gang of Tomboys abduct the serial rapist to seek revenge. As events unfold, the situation quickly spiral out of control. The question is… how far will they go?”

State of Emergency [Blu-Ray]

“Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin. Moments after the leak, the town’s residents show signs of mutation, causing the military to quarantine the area leaving any survivors helpless and trapped inside. The story follows Jim, a young man isolated within the red zone, as he eludes flesh eating zombies in an attempt to win back his freedom.”

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