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Horror Movie Physical Releases- April, 2018
Insidious: The Last Key
The fourth installment in the Insidious franchise is finally coming to video! The film, which did pretty well at the box office ($166 Million on a budget of $10 Million), follows franchise favorite Elise (Lin Shaye) as she heads to her childhood home to confront the evil that started her down this path. The official synopsis states that:
Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address — 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M. — the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear — the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.
Although the film was not highly regarded by critics, it is still an interesting chapter in one of the best horror franchises of this century.
This Norwegian dark fantasy has been on the minds of horror fans ever since it was released last year. Directed by Joachim Trier, Thelma tells the story of a religious girl who tries to deny the feelings that she has developed for a female friend of hers, causing some deeply-hidden supernatural powers to arise. The official synopsis states that:
A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.
Thelma is currently sitting on a 93% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with most critics saying that the film plays with genre tropes in unexpected ways, delivering a thoughtfully twisty supernatural thriller with a lingering impact.
The Sadist of Notre Dame
This one is a must see for all fans of the Euro-Sleaze craze of the 1970’s! For the first time ever, The Sadist of Notre Dame is coming out uncut and uncensored and in glorious High Definition. in 1979, writer and director Jess Franco “re-purposed elements of his satanic sex shocker EXORCISM with all-new footage to create a depraved new epic that” must be seen to be believed. The film sounds absolutely bonkers:
Franco himself stars as a defrocked priest turned hooker-slashing psychopath, prowling the streets of Paris in a fever of violence, voyeurism, rampant nudity and S&M depravity. Olivier Mathot, Pierre Taylou, Antonio DeCabo and Jess’ beloved muse Lina Romay co-star in what Franco considered to be his most personal film of all, now scanned in 4k from elements discovered in the crawlspace of a Montparnasse nunnery.
“A defrocked priest turned hooker-slashing psychopath”… sounds good to me!
After one member of her tribe sets an American camp ablaze, a young Mohawk warrior finds herself pursued by a contingent of military renegades set on revenge. Fleeing deep into the woods they call home, Oak and Calvin, along with their British companion Joshua, must now fight back against the bloodthirsty Col. Holt and his soldiers. They must use every resource that the forest can offer.
It’s bloody, it’s violent, it’s important. Be sure to pick up your copy and enjoy one of the best films I’ve seen in 2018!
Inspector Holloway is investigating a series of brutal murders in which a doll of each victim is found at the scene. The dolls, as it turns out,were purchased by the crippled Mrs. Von Sturm, whose home is overcrowded with a doll collection. Her pale, wide-eyed, neurotic son becomes the prime suspect, but are the police mistaken? The daughter of one of the victims discovers the shocking truth.
This film, released in 1966 by Amicus Pictures, was written by Robert Bloch, the man responsible for the novel Psycho. It features some creative kills for the mid-1960’s and features a lot creepy dolls. What more could you ask for? This version is brought to us with a full 4K restoration and features some amazing work from 2-time Academy Award winning cinematographer Freddie Francis (The Skull, Tales from the Crypt).
This film, said to be a cross-over between The Island of Lost Souls and The Most Dangerous Game, follows Dr. Pardee (Antoinette Bower, Prom Night) as she travels to the Philippines. She hears tales form the villagers that a humanoid beast has been attacking people, so she decides to investigate. She finds that these beasts are the creation of Dr. Bill Fleming (Craig Littler), who is trying to cure criminals by genetically engineering their brains. Instead of curing these men, however, he is creating half-man, half-beasts. Beasts who are then hunted by rich men on the island.
This new Blu-Ray release from Shout! Factory is the perfect monster movie to watch on a Saturday night!
Deep Blue Sea 2
What is better than one Deep Blue Sea? TWO Deep Blue Seas, of course! This film, which was announced last fall, may be a direct-to-video sequel, but who cares? It’s killer sharks. The official synopsis states:
A shark conservationist is hired to consult on a top-secret project on genetically enhanced sharks funded by a pharmaceutical billionaire. Soon after her arrival, the highly intelligent super sharks turn on their masters and begin to pick them off.
It sounds an awful lot like the first film, but again, who cares? This will be a great action film filled with gore for your collection.
Day of the Reaper
Now, this one looks interesting! Tim Ritter, director of several cult B-movies, began his career with a super-8 film called Day of the Reaper. It is now being released in a very limited capacity (only 200 copies) on Blu-Ray. The film follows:
Five women on vacation are stalked by a hooded cannibal killer in the town of Sunnyville Florida. Silly antics and H.G. Lewis-style gore follow the survivors in this camp super-8 epic.
Talk about a deep-cut! If you are a serious collector, or just a fan of Ritters, you have to check this one out!
Ok. So, this one looks pretty wild. 1991’s The Boneyard stars Ed Nelson and Deborah Rose as a policeman and a psychic, respectively, whop figure out that a morgue is to blame for maybe,m happening on the streets.
A policeman (Ed Nelson) and a psychic (Deborah Rose) link cult mayhem to a morgue (run by Norman Fell) where ancient ghouls are on the loose. The film plunges into the nightmarish experiences of a portly, depressed psychic (Deborah Rose), whose involvement in a grisly child-murder case leads her and her detective partner (Ed Nelson) to an imposing, fortress-like mortuary. Chen the owner of the funeral home and prime suspect in the case, claims the three mummified corpses in question are not children but ancient demons known as Kyoshi . It seems the little monsters have been around for centuries as a result of an age-old curse and can only be placated with offerings of human flesh with which the mortician has been supplying them his entire life. When Chen is jailed on murder charges, the under-fed ghouls awaken in search of dinner, trapping the staff inside the mortuary walls and devouring them. The survivors, including Rose and Nelson, use every means at their disposal to combat the demons, which have possessed the bodies of morgue attendant Mrs. Poopinplatz (Phyllis Diller) and her poodle, mutating them into hideous monsters.
It has zombies, ancient curses, monster poodles and someone named Mrs. Poopinplatz. Sounds like a perfect movie to me!
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