NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 10, 2015

This week is heavy on Jess Franco as well as some new releases. Let’s get to it:

!!!AN IRISH EXORCISMAN IRISH EXORCISM (2013)

Recording interviews with local priests for her final project on exorcism and the Catholic Church, an anthropology major (Aislinn Ni Uallachain) got more than she hoped for when Father Byrne (Brian Fortune) admitted he was in the process of helping a seemingly possessed young girl. Her persistence in being allowed to witness and record the ritual might give her cause for regret in this found-footage chiller; Anna Davis, Elaine Hearty co-star. 85 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 5/12/2015

!!!BATMAN UNLIMITEDBATMAN UNLIMITED: ANIMAL INSTINCTS (2015)

If you thought it was a jungle out there in Gotham City before, the Penguin has assembled an “Animalitia”–Killer Croc, Man-Bat, Cheetah, and Silverback–to prey upon the populace. Even with the backup of the Flash, Green Arrow, Nightwing, and Red Robin, can Batman herd these beastly bad guys back into their cages? Find out in this full-length animated adventure. 66 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 5/12/2015

!!!EVIL EYEEVIL EYE (1963)

A vacation in Rome becomes a trip into terror for an American tourist (Leticia Roman) when she witnesses a murder. No one will believe her story except a doctor (John Saxon), who thinks she saw the latest victim of the Alphabet Killer and may become his next target, in this compelling suspenser from Mario Bava. AKA: “The Girl Who Knew Too Much,” “La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo.” 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital mono, English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; alternate European edit; theatrical trailers. In Italian with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!EXTRATERRESTRIALEXTRATERRESTRIAL (2014; my review)

A cabin in the woods might seem like the perfect place for April (Brittany Allen) to retreat to as she copes with her parents’ recent divorce…but it soon turns into a hotbed of terror when an alien vessel crash-lands nearby. As April and her weekend guests find themselves targeted by the homicidal visitors from another world, a local recluse (Michael Ironside) realizes the shocking truth about the invasion. With Freddie Stroma, Anja Savcic. 107 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!GHOULGHOUL (2015)

Call it “The Ukraine Cannibal Project”–as a team of U.S. filmmakers travels to the former Soviet state to investigate the notorious saga of real-life murderer Andrei Chikatilo, the maniac responsible for a horrific murder spree in the 1980s. Aiming to secure an interview with the sole survivor of Chikatilo’s crimes, the Americans find themselves the prey of an evil supernatural force. Czech found-footage chiller stars Jennifer Armour, Jeremy Isabella, and Paul S. Tracey. 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 5/12/2015

!!!ICETASTROPHEICETASTROPHE (2014)

“Dickens meets disaster movie” in this campy epic from the folks who brought you such irresistible titles as “Sharknado” and “Snowmageddon.” Here, a meteor strikes Earth, instigating a mass freezing event that stokes the flames of a feud between families named Crooge and Ratchet. God help us, everyone! Victor Webster, Jennifer Spence, and Mike Dopud star. AKA: “Christmas Icetastrophe.” 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 5/12/2015

!!!INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (2013)

In the follow-up to the 2010 horror hit, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) Lambert have moved their family to Josh’s mother Lorraine’s (Barbara Hershey) house in an effort to put the horrific events of the first film behind them. But when they’re once again plagued by terrifying supernatural occurrences, it leads to the revelation of Josh’s connection to a bizarre event that took place over two decades earlier. With Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; behind-the-scenes footage; featurette.

Being released on DVD on 5/12/2015

!!!JURASSIC PARKJURASSIC PARK (1993)

The brontosaurus-sized blockbuster from director Steven Spielberg, based on Michael Crichton’s best-seller, is set on a Central American island where millionaire Richard Attenborough has created the ultimate theme park attraction: live genetically engineered dinosaurs. Scientists Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum are among the guests for a test weekend that turns into a fight for survival when the beasts escape from captivity. Samuel L. Jackson co-stars. 127 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; art gallery; featurettes; photo gallery; storyboards.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!JURASSIC PARK COLLECTIONJURASSIC PARK COLLECTION

Four-disc set includes “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” and “Jurassic Park III.”

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!JURASSIC PARK IIIJURASSIC PARK III (2001)

The third installment of the dinosaur-drenched film series sees the return of Sam Neill as paleontologist Alan Grant, hired by divorced couple William H. Macy and Tea Leoni to take them to a remote Central American island in order to find their missing teenage son. It turns out to be a bad move, as pteranodons, raptors, and other menacing critters rule the roost, terrorizing the expedition. Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, and Laura Dern also star. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; art gallery; audio commentary; featurettes; photo gallery; storyboards; theatrical trailer.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!LILITHLILITH, A VAMPIRE WHO COMES BACK (2008)

A nobleman buries his new wife–who never wanted to marry him in the first place–in the family tomb after she dies shortly following their nuptials. A woman bearing a strange resemblance to her later appears on his mansion doorstep…with a haunting then quickly spreading throughout the house. Designed to recall the flavor of silent cinema and the 1970s thrillers of Jean Rollin, this eerie, Italian-made outing stars Cinzia Susino, Tanino Golino. 81 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. Filmed in English.

Being released on DVD on 5/12/2015

!!!SATAN'S BLADESATAN’S BLADE (remastered edition) (1984)

Though it was remote and isolated, the Macklers’ ski lodge really had everything…striking vistas, private baths, and the legend of a hulking mountain man who dispatched unwanted visitors at knifepoint. An infighting pack of bank robbers were the latest to make his acquaintance…are the honeymooners and college girls next? Video store slasher staple stars Ramona Andrada, Diane Taylor, Carrol Cotion, and Ski Mark Ford. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!SEXANDROIDESEXANDROIDE (1987)

Long out of circulation, this French-made assortment of Grand Guignol-style vignettes exploring the crossroads of fear and eroticism is not for the squeamish! An innocent bar patron is subjected to assault via voodoo doll; a monstrous ghoul exposes a young woman to the depravities of his torture chamber; and a vampire puts the bite on a bereaved mourner. 60 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono; alternative scenes; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. Dubbed in English.

Being released on DVD on 5/12/2015

!!!SHE KILLED IN EXTASYSHE KILLED IN ECSTASY (Special Limited 2-Disc Collector’s Edition) (1970)

In Jess Franco’s erotic, bloody tale, a doctor’s research into human embryos is met with condemnation by his peers, who destroy his laboratory and drive him to suicide. Determined to avenge his death, his wife uses her sexual wiles to lure those responsible to their own grim deaths. Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller, and Howard Vernon star in this loose remake of Franco’s “The Diabolical Dr. Z.” AKA: “Mrs. Hyde.” 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: German Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; bonus soundtrack CD; interviews; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles. Two-disc set.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!SIN CITYSIN CITY (2005)/SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (2014)

Includes the Blu-ray of “Sin City” and the Blu-ray/DVD/Blu-ray 3D of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!SPACE RAIDERSSPACE RAIDERS (limited edition) (1983)

Producer Roger Corman blends “Star Wars” and “Treasure Island” for this sci-fi swashbuckler in which adventure-craving 10-year-old Peter (David Mendenhall) slips aboard a ship stolen by interstellar pirates. Led by the roguish Hawk (Vince Edwards), the mercenaries and their young ally face off against bounty hunters, an evil corporation, and other dangers on a thrilling star trek! With Patsy Pease, Ray Stewart. 84 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!SPINESPINE (1986)

The LAPD is at a loss trying to stop a knife-wielding killer with two signatures for his crimes: He stalks nurses…and he exposes their spines. When he breaks into a home shared by two beautiful RNs, the motives for his rampage come to light…not that it will do them any good. Video store scare staple stars R. Eric Huxley, Janus Blythe, Lise Romanoff, Abby Sved. 62 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; featurettes; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.

Being released on DVD on 5/12/2015

!!!THE DROWNSMANTHE DROWNSMAN (2014)

Surviving an unconscious plunge into an icy lake gives a young woman a crippling fear of water. After her phobia prevents her from attending a friend’s wedding, her loved ones confront her with an intervention designed to help her conquer the affliction…but their efforts wind up putting them all in danger by bringing her own very personal demon into their world. Michelle Mylett, Caroline Palmer, and Ry Barrett star. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!THE LOST WORLDTHE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997)

Using the old “alternate site a few miles away” trick, Steven Spielberg brings his biggest (in every sense of the word) film stars back for a thrilling and visually stunning follow-up. Jeff Goldblum and paleontologist girlfriend Julianne Moore head an expedition to the dino-filled island, where the menaces range from a team of hunters sent to collect specimens to vicious velociraptors and titanic tyrannosaurs. With Vince Vaughn, Arliss Howard, Pete Postlethwaite. 129 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; art gallery; deleted scenes; featurettes; photo gallery; storyboards; theatrical trailer.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/12/2015

!!!VAMPIROS LESBOSVAMPYROS LESBOS (Special Limited 2-Disc Collector’s Edition) (1971)

From the prolific Jesus Franco comes a savage sexual shocker that mixes horror and lesbian thrills. Ewa Stromberg plays Linda Westinghouse, a woman haunted by weird dreams who meets the widow of Count Dracula while investigating an inheritance. The sexy bloodsucker seduces Linda and wants to make her a vampire. A doctor specializing in the supernatural tries to save her…but does Linda want to be saved? Soledad Miranda also stars. Special edition includes alternate Spanish-language “bootleg” version. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: German Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish; Subtitles: English; alternate opening; interviews; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray combo pack on 5/12/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

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