Horror Horizon – January 28

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

Argento’s Dracula



“Horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria) puts his unique stylistic spin on the classic supernatural tale with DRACULA, a visually sumptuous retelling of the legendary myth. It s been 400 years since Count Dracula s (Thomas Kretschmann, Wanted) beloved Dolingen De Gratz passed away, leaving the immortal bloodsucker forever abandoned. But when he discovers that local newlywed Mina Harker (Marta Gastini, The Rite) bears a striking resemblance to Dolingen, his furious yearning is reawakened as he believes Mina to be a reincarnation of his beloved. Luring her husband Jonathan away to his castle with the help of his minion (and Mina s best friend) Lucy (Asia Argento, xXx), Dracula embarks on a bloody quest to reunite with his long lost love and live forever with her in hellish immortality. Only the arrival of vampire expert Abraham Van Helsing (Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner) can put an end to the fiend s unholy plan. Luridly violent and brimming with passionate eroticism, Dario Argento s DRACULA is an all-out assault on the senses from one of horror cinema s most celebrated auteurs.”

Review here

Frankenstein Created Woman [Blu-Ray]



“A tormented girl (Susan Denberg) drowns herself after her lover is framed for her father s murder and guillotined. Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), experimenting with the transfer of souls, places her lover s soul into her body, bringing Christina back to life. With no memories of her past life, she becomes driven by a ghostly revenge and carries out a violent retribution on those responsible for both deaths”

The Beast of Hollow Mountain/The Neanderthal Man [Blu-Ray]

“The Beast Of Hollow Mountain 

Based on an idea by the legendary special effects wizard Willis O’Brien (King Kong, Son Of Kong, The Lost World), The Beast Of Hollow Mountain is a classic creature feature. An American rancher living in Mexico is staying near Hollow Mountain, an impenetrable swamp where, stories have it, dwells a living prehistoric Tyrannosaurus Rex! 

The Neanderthal Man 

A mad scientist uses his new serum on his housekeeper, turning her into an ape-woman. Like most crazed scientists, he then tries the serum on himself, creating…The Neanderthal Man! Robert Shayne (How To Make A Monster) and Beverly Garland (It Conquered The World, The Alligator People) star in this harrowing creature feature.”

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Kino Classics Remastered Edition



“Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story: Doctor Henry Jekyll’s enthusiasm for science and his selfless acts of service have made him a much-admired man. But as he visits Sir George Carew one evening, his host criticizes him for his reluctance to experience the more sensual side of life. Sir George goads Jekyll into visiting a music hall, where he watches the alluring dancer Gina. Jekyll becomes fascinated with the two contrasting sides of human nature, and he becomes obsessed with the idea of separating them. After extensive work in his laboratory, he devises a formula that does indeed allow him to alternate between two completely different personalities, his own and that of a brutish, lascivious person whom he names Hyde. It is not long before the personality of Hyde begins to dominate Jekyll’s affairs.”

Stonados



“When a tornado appears in the waters south of Boston, former storm chaser Joe Randall is intrigued by the unusual weather. But as twisters begin to strike across the Boston shoreline, Joe quickly realizes this is no ordinary storm front. As the storms threaten to move inland, the citizens of Boston find themselves trapped in a tempest turning deadlier by the minute. With the city under siege, Joe, his sister Maddy and his old storm chasing partner Lee realize they re dealing with a never before seen weather phenomenon known as Stonados. The only chance of stopping the storm is an untested theory about weather manipulation… the same theory that Joe has been trying to prove for over a decade. But with the storm spreading and threatening the entire Eastern Seaboard as well as Joe s children who are trapped in a storm-besieged stadium Joe and his motley crew will have to give it a try, either saving the world… or accelerating its destruction!”

I Will Follow You Into the Dark

“A young woman (Mischa Barton) who is severely depressed after the death of her parents retreats within herself, only to be drawn out of her depression by an unexpected romance with a young man named Adam (Ryan Eggold). After Adam mysteriously disappears into the depths of a haunted apartment building, she vows to pursue him, even if it means crossing into the world of the supernatural.”

House of Bodies

“A gristly string of copycat murders leads Detective Starks (Terrence Howard) to seek answers from incarcerated serial killer Henry Lee Bishop(Peter Fonda). As Starks tries to crack his steely demeanor, a teenage boy witnesses a college girl s desperate fight for survival on a twisted voyeur site, webcast from the same house where Bishop committed his murders years before.”

Flavia the Heretic [Blu-Ray]

“Flavia, a young woman (FLORINDA BOLKAN- LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN) in the 13th century, is sent by her overbearing father to a strict nunnery in Portugal. After witnessing the unjust practices inside the convent as well as questioning her own faith, Flavia escapes from the nunnery, but is soon recaptured by the primarily male Church leaders. She is then subjected to torture, rape and whippings by the Church leaders, as punishment for her defiance. Battered and beaten, Flavia then starts planning a violent mission of revenge against the Church and everyone in it. She soon finds herself in a position of freedom and ultimate power, and with a Muslim army in tow, she leads her warriors back to the convent to castrate, rape, and kill all in their path. But will Flavia s power and bloodthirsty quest for revenge be her ultimate downfall? Considered one of the greatest “nunsploitation” titles of all time, FLAVIA THE HERETIC is now presented in glorious HD from a brand new master!”

Torture Chamber

“Jimmy Morgan is possessed by an evil too powerful to be exorcised by any religion. After escaping from a mental institution, Jimmy returns with a vengeance — and an army of children who follow his every murderous desire. The town trembles in fear as the youths attack and abduct its residents — innocent and guilty alike — dragging their victims to an abandoned castle and subjecting them to grisly torments deep within its underground tunnels. Those who discover the terrible secret behind the disappearances and deaths don’t live long enough to tell it. The teacher, the doctor, even Jimmy’s own brother and mother, will all confront their fates in the TORTURE CHAMBER.”

An American Werewolf in London [Blu-Ray]

“Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.”

King Kong [Blu-Ray]

“In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.”

The Old Dark House Mystery Collection [Blu-Ray]



“Featuring 25 of the greatest old dark house mysteries from the golden age of cinema presented on one bumper SD Blu-ray (480i). SD* Blu-Ray (480i) Disc features: (1) And Then There Were None (1945) (2) Cat and the Canary (1927) (3) One Frightened Night (4) Topper Returns (5) The House on Haunted Hill (1959) Rogues Tavern (6) Fog Island (1945) (7) Black Raven (8) The Ghost Train (9) Crooked Circle (10) Charlie Chan’s Secret (11) The Ghoul (1933) (12) The Gorilla (14) Tangled Destinies (15) The Moonstone (16) The Monster Walks (17) Bulldog Drummond’s Secret Police (18) The Door With Seven Locks (19) Murder By Invitation (20) The Ghost Walks (21) One Body Too Many (22) House Of Mystery (23) Thirteenth Guest (24) The Bat (1926) (25) The Terror (1938) * NOTE: All features contained are presented on this SD Blu-ray in 480i.”

Jaws [Blu-Ray]

“Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, JAWS set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the towns chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, JAWS remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.”

Dark Touch

“After a mysterious and bloody massacre in their isolated country house leaves her parents and younger brother dead, 11-year-old Neve is taken by police to friends of the family to be looked after. When Neve tries to explain that an evil force within the house caused her family s deaths, she s met with disbelief from both the authorities and her new family. As the police try to find the crime s real perpetrators, Neve is given a social worker to try to ease her trauma. But before long it becomes apparent that whatever killed her family has followed Neve to her new home, and soon she and all those around her are in mortal danger of the malevolent power that seems to be tied to the innocent girl. A pulse-pounding supernatural thriller, DARK TOUCH weaves the tension of a horror film with the plight of a newly orphaned girl to create a unique examination of the paranormal.”

Review here

Malibu High/Hustler Squad (Dangerous Beauties Collection)



“First up, MALIBU HIGH! Every teacher wanted to flunk her… but no one dared! As Kim enters her final year at Malibu High School, she has a few problems. Her grades are poor, her boyfriend has dumped her for a snobby rich girl and her financial situation is disastrous. She makes an after hours meeting with a teacher to improve her grade point average and soon, she is working her way through the entire faculty room! But when that isn’t enough, Kim turns to murder as danger heats up!. Now see the cuolt classicfrom a brand new 16×9 master in HD from the original camera negatives first time anywhere! Next up, HUSTLER SQUAD! You pay for the pleasure… the killing is free! An unlikely group of freedom fighters – professional prostitutes – are recruited by the U.S. Army to perform a dangerous, quite unorthodox military mission.! Watch this film in widescreen on DVD, from a brand new master from the vault elements, first time anywhere!”

The Cat [Blu-Ray]

“So-yeon (Park Min-yeong), suffers from claustrophobia, the result of a childhood trauma. But she has a nice life as a pet groomer – that is, until the cops give her a cat to look after. Its owner was just murdered in the elevator. That’s when the nightmares start. A little girl, haunting her sleep. So-yeon needs answers. But now, her best friend is dead too, and she doesn’t know what to believe. It can’t be true. Curses aren’t real. Are they?”

Running Hot/Hot Target (Dangerous Beauties Collection)



“Its the Dangeorus Beauties Doule bill! Both for the first time digitally remastered from the original vault elements! 

First up, RUNNING HOT! Acclaimed actor Eric Stoltz (Mask, Pulp Fiction) stars in this volatile tale of star-crossed lovers in a last ditch escape from the law. A stripper (Monica Carrico) watches the trial of a younger man (Stoltz) accused of murdering his father. As she falls in love with his tragic image, she writes love letters to him in prison. When the object of her obsession shows up at her doorstep, having made a bloody escape, she joins him in a perilous, passionate run for their lives from a sadistic cop (Stuart Margolin, TV’s Rockford Files). In the tradition of Badlands and True Romance this thrilling 1984 film is a rare gem directed by award winning director Mark Griffiths, and from the producer of the popular TV show The O.C… Now see the cult classic from a brand new 16×9 master in HD from the original camera negatives first time anywhere! 

Next up, HOT TARGET! At first glance, Christine Webber (Simone Griffeth, Death Race 2000) would seem to be a woman who has everything. A wife of a successful NZ businessman, she is beautiful, sophisticated, stylish – the perfect wife and mother. But scratch the surface and see that Christine is also a Woman trapped by the very “perfection” of her life.Watch this film in wqidescreen on DVD, from a brand new master from the original IP, first time anywhere!”

Antisocial

“Five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this outbreak. Information and video footage over flow their computers as they descend further into the cause and the ensuing chaos. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Who is safe? Who can they trust? Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness…and there is no going back.”

Alien Creatures from Beyond: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires

“Are there creatures still unknown to science lurking in the remote areas of our planet? Hundreds of eyewitnesses say unquestionably YES. Lurking in Magog is the elusive Memphre, a thirty-foot lake monster that stalks the peaceful waters of Lake Memphremagog. Wilno, Ontario is a small town steeped in its heritage, locals believe that when a person takes their own life, then is buried on sacred ground, that person will become a vampire who will walk the streets, preying on their family members. The Bytown Museum sits at the gateway to the Rideau Canal and may also be a gateway to the paranormal. Bell Island is a place steeped in mysteries and legends encountered firsthand by local residents living around the marshes known as Dobbin s Garden. The residents have named their local Banshee The Bell Island Hag explaining that sometimes she appears as a beautiful woman in white, but more often as a horrifying deformed old hag. Men have been known to enter the marshes and then emerge days later scared to death with no memory of what happened, or where they had been. Banshees, Lake Monsters, Vampires and more will be encountered in this special compilation of Alien Creatures from Beyond.”

The Vessel

“investigators lead by the Samsa Foundation enters an abandoned turn-of-the-century prison looking for answers to a two-decade old murder of a wrongly executed man, team leader Daniel Samsa (John Holgren) commissions the executed mans daughter Carrie (Daisy Leonard) and an ex-con named Hector (Dan Herrera) to summon the spirit of the executed man. Along with the help of a psychic drifter named Jason Brooks (Stu Brumbaugh) and his intuitive friend Frank (Mick ODay), the team soon learns that the mystery they re pursuing isnt nearly as horrifying as the secrets hidden inside the jail. Once they find themselves on full lock-down, they must try and escape …”

Hellcage Inmate 611: Part 2

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. Once you’re inside Japan’s most notorious women’s prison, the only way to get out is to play the system by its own twisted rules. Crooked guards? Bribe them. Corrupt administrators? Blackmail. And when all else fails, find an outside ally with inside connections to stage an escape. But when conflicting schemes overlap and collide, everything goes up in flames and it’s the inmates who will burn. One third of the way into her sentence for the possession of illegal drugs, Reika, prisoner number 48, discovers that she’s up for parole. Better yet, she’s gathered enough dirty laundry on the warden and his cronies that she might be able to walk free, but only as long as nothing upsets the delicate status quo. Too bad that a former lover is setting up a jailbreak at the same time, and now the ultimate fate of Reika, Saya and the other inmates hangs on the outcome. The fury is unleashed as the twisted claws of the house of evils dig deeper into the writhing flesh of the women in chains in HELLCAGE: INMATE 611 PT. 2!”

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