NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 19, 2015

We’ve got a few classics being reissued this week!! Let’s get to it.

!!!ARACHNOQUAKEARACHNOQUAKE (2012)

A terrible earthquake strikes New Orleans, unleashing an army of giant monsters on the unsuspecting population. Is it sharks, you ask? Mega-Octopi? A DinoCroc-a-whatsit? Check the title, Syfy fans: It’s an army of giant albino spiders, and these arachno-mutants are mad hungry for destruction! Hope comes in the form of learning the eight-legged freaks are vulnerable to sunlight…until a total eclipse comes! Campy thriller stars Edward Furlong, Tracey Gold, and Bug Hall. 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; theatrical trailers.

Being released on DVD on 4/21/2015

!!!CRASHCRASH! (1977)

Exploitation legend Charles Band’s first credited feature as director tells the appropriately preposterous tale of how the marriage of an invalid (Jose Ferrer) and his beautiful wife (Sue Lyon) leads to the latter’s purchase of an ancient Hittite trinket that turns her automobile into a demonically possessed death machine. Her caring doctor (John Ericson) soon uncovers the shocking truth. With Leslie Parrish; John Carradine and Reggie Nalder cameo. 88 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary by Band, others; featurettes; theatrical trailers.

Being released on DVD on 4/21/2015

!!!DEEP IN THE DARKNESSDEEP IN THE DARKNESS (2014)

A doctor (Sean Patrick Thomas) moves his family out of Manhattan and into a small town, hoping the new home will bring them more peace and quiet. What they find instead is horror, in the form of weird rituals practiced by the neighbors to ward off the demonic creatures reputed to roam the area. After refusing to take part in the strange ceremonies, they discover there is a terrifying price to be paid. With Dean Stockwell, Blanche Baker. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 4/21/2015

!!!DOLLMAN VS DEMONIC TOYSDOLLMAN VS. DEMONIC TOYS (1993)

After miniature alien cop Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson)–aka Dollman–is enlisted by a woman being terrorized by those devious demonic toys, the tiny lawman goes into action. But he’s soon challenged by the evil Baby Doll, who has kidnapped his new girlfriend, Dollchick. Wild merging of the “Dollman” and “Demonic Toys” franchises co-stars Tracy Scoggins, Melissa Behr; songs by Quiet Riot. 64 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes footage; featurette; theatrical trailers.

Being released on Blu-ray on 4/21/2015

!!!ESCAPE FROM NEW YORKESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (collector’s edition) (1981)

1997: New York City has become a walled-off maximum security prison for the nation’s most violent offenders. When the president’s plane crashes inside Gotham, tough Special Forces-soldier-turned-criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to rescue him…or die trying. John Carpenter’s action classic also stars Donald Pleasence, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, and Isaac Hayes. 99 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray combo pack on 4/21/2015

!!!GABRIELLEGABRIELLE (2013)

A novelist (Michael Madsen) forced to churn out one last book to satisfy his publishing contract decides to retreat to a remote cabin in order to prepare for the arduous task ahead. Knowing the work of writing will drive him to confront his innermost demons, he nevertheless sets out to pen what he is sure will become his most terrifying work ever. Haunting thriller co-stars Michael Anthony Coppola, Alexis Albert. 83 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 4/21/2015

!!!GHOULIESGHOULIES (1985)/GHOULIES II (1987)

They’re not as cute as Gremlins, but they’re even more dangerous, and when a young boy conjures up “Ghoulies” at an “occult” party, the guests become pawns in a battle of good and evil. This gruesome goodie stars Peter Liapis, Lisa Pelikan, and Jack Nance. Then, “Ghoulies II,” the scared-packed sequel, follows the crude and carnivorous creatures as they relocate to a carnival, where they turn on the terror. Damon Martin, Royal Dano star. 171 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 4/21/2015

!!!JACK FROST 2JACK FROST 2: REVENGE OF THE MUTANT KILLER SNOWMAN (2000)

Chiller killer Jack the Snowman returns from the great (melted) beyond, ready for revenge on the sheriff that melted him. When he learns the lawman is vacationing in the Caribbean, the icky iceman devises a way to turn the hotspot into a winter murderland! Christopher Allport, Eileen Seeley, and Chip Heller star. 91 min. Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 4/24/2015

!!!JACK THE RIPPERJACK THE RIPPER (1976)

Respected surgeon Dr. Dennis Orloff (Klaus Kinski) had a prosperous practice in Victorian London. He also had an abusive upbringing at the hands of a prostitute mother…and his psychosis led him to take to the foggy evening, stalking and slaying streetwalkers. Jess Franco’s sanguinary spin on one of history’s most notorious killers co-stars Josephine Chaplin, Lina Romay, Herbert Fux. Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 4/24/2015

!!!KILL GRANNY KILLKILL, GRANNY, KILL! (2014)

Looking for some income, Abby Daniels (Alicia M. Clark) headed out to the boonies, answering the in-home help ad of sweet-seeming farm grandmom Mildred Mays (Donna Swensen). As it turns out, Mildred has some strict rules of deportment for those staying under her roof…and they get enforced with an axe! Low-budget, throwback shockfest also stars Ronica Jones, T.J. Pack, Dale Miller. 70 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 4/21/2015

!!!SISTERS OF DEATHSISTERS OF DEATH (1978)

A group of sorority sisters find themselves invited for a reunion at a lavish–and remote–estate. Unfortunately, it turns out the soiree’s been thrown by the father of the pledge they watched die during an initiation stunt gone wrong–and he’s going to be collecting his dues in blood. Exploitation shocker stars Claudia Jennings, Arthur Franz, Cheri Howell, Sherry Boucher, Sherry Alberoni. 87 min. Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 4/24/2015

!!!TERRITORY 8TERRITORY 8 (2013)

In the wake of an explosion at a chemical weapons plant in the Nevada desert, eight square miles around ground zero were placed into lockdown by the government. A pair of investigating scientists found themselves confronted with evidence of conspiracy and cover-up…to say nothing of mutated survivors who are very, very angry. Sci-fi stunner stars Michael A. Tushaus, Heung Wong, Stu Chaiken. 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.

Being released on DVD on 4/21/2015

!!!THE COVENTHE COVEN (2014)

Seduced by the possibility of observing pagan rituals, English teen girls go on a Halloween camping trip in the North London wilderness to uncover the dark secrets associated with the location. Toying with the supernatural proves to be dangerous, however, as weird omens of doom appear and a mysterious motorcyclist stalks their every move. British-made creeper stars Dexter Fletcher, Cloe Mackie, and Holly Mackie. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 4/21/2015

!!!THE PETER WALKER COLLECTIONTHE PETER WALKER COLLECTION, VOL. 2

Framed on a murder rap, a hard-living playboy (Sebastian Breaks) discovers he’s been framed by a ganglord (Derek Aylward)–and finds that an alibi will come at a perverse price–in British exploitation maestro Pete Walker’s debut feature “The Big Switch” (1968). Virginia Wetherell, Erika Raffael co-star. A tough mercenary (Michael Latimer) leads two corrupt cops into a strife-torn Arab nation, in order to extract $90 million in bullion, in Walker’s actioner “Man Of Violence” (1971). Luan Peters, George Belbin, Maurice Kauffman also star. Five-disc set also includes “The Flesh And Blood Show,” “Frightmare,” “House Of Mortal Sin,” and “Home Before Midnight.” 9 1/2 hrs. total.

Being released on Blu-ray on 4/21/2015

!!!THE STRANGE CASE OFTHE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (1981)

In Victorian England, Dr. Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) invites his closest friends to an engagement party for his fiancee (Marina Pierro). Perhaps he shouldn’t have reserved a place for that Hyde fellow, as the attendees begin to meet strange and horrible fates, one by one. Erotically charged take on the Stevenson tale from Walerian Borowczyk co-stars Patrick Magee, Howard Vernon. AKA: “Bloodbath Of Dr. Jekyll,” “Dr. Jekyll And His Women.” 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: French LPCM mono, English LPCM mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary; featurettes; interviews; bonus short “Himorogi” (2012). In French with English subtitles/Dubbed in English. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray combo pack on 4/21/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

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