NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 24, 2015

Here’s this week’s new releases and re-releases. Anything catch your eye?

!!!Beyond RemedyBEYOND REMEDY (2009)

A half-dozen medical students elect to take in an alternative therapy study on phobias, looking to become better doctors–and to conquer their own morbid fears. Unfortunately, the symposium has an uninvited guest–and the sadist is slaying them in turn, each in the manner they dread the most! German-made stunner stars Marie Zielcke, Daniel Krauss, Edward Piccin, David Gant, and Rick Yune. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 5/26/2015

!!!CANNIBAL FEROXCANNIBAL FEROX (1980; my review)

Umberto Lenzi’s notorious jungle cannibal adventure is considered one of the most disturbing films of all time, filled with unsettling, gory images. A college student and two friends travel to the Amazon, where they encounter drug dealers, nasty natives, and some of the wickedest deaths ever captured on celluloid. Lorraine De Selle, John Morghen, Bryan Redford star. AKA: “Make Them Die Slowly.” Uncut version; 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital stereo, Italian Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary by Lenzi; featurettes; deleted scenes; theatrical trailers; photo gallery; bonus CD. Two-disc set. Dubbed in English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/26/2015

!!!DELIRIUMDELIRIUM (2012)

Over a year after she inexplicably vanished from the home of her mother (Jolene Kay) and stepfather (Nathan Polzin), little Emily Dixon (Taylor Pigeon) just as mysteriously reappeared…with no memory of what happened. While her father (Chris Gann) launches a court battle for her custody, strange phenomena at the house make it clear something else is trying to reclaim her. Low-budget shocker co-stars Shalaina Castle, Shawn O’Malley. 81 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 5/26/2015

!!!DRAWN IN BLOODDRAWN IN BLOOD (2006)

Stunned by the news that her brother has committed suicide, Marian (Anna Fin) heads to his Berlin apartment to settle his affairs. She soon learns that he had an unsavory connection to his neighbor Eric (Tim Williams), a fan-favorite comic book artist…and that Eric’s stories strangely mirror a string of local unsolved murders. Will she make it to the final panel? Dan Van Husen, Luise Bahr, Tomas Spencer also star. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 5/26/2015

!!!EMPIRE OF THE ANTSEMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977)/JAWS OF SATAN (1980)

No, William Friedkin and Steven Spielberg did not decide to pool their franchises; there is a different monster altogether terrorizing mankind in “Jaws Of Satan“! When Old Scratch decides to come to Earth and gain his unholy revenge on a small-town priest, what more natural form to take than a serpent? This slithering tale of terror stars Fritz Weaver, Gretchen Corbett, Norman Lloyd, and a young Christina Applegate. AKA: “King Cobra.” Also includes “Empire Of The Ants.” 181 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/26/2015

!!!ISLAND OF DEATHISLAND OF DEATH (1975)

Gory shockfest about an incestuous brother and sister who take it upon themselves to inflict a violent, and at times, erotic wrath on the unsuspecting citizens of a Greek resort island whom they’ve deemed sinners. Robert Behling, Jane Ryall, Jessica Dublin star. AKA: “A Craving For Lust,” “Cruel Destination,” “Devils In Mykonos,” “Island Of Perversion,” “Psychic Killer 2.” 108 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); featurettes. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Combo on 5/26/2015

!!!LET US PREYLET US PREY (2014)

Young Scottish cop Rachel Heggie (Pollyanna McIntosh) was pulling her first night shift in a backwater town, dealing with resentful new colleagues and the dregs in the lockup. When a creepy stranger (Liam Cunningham) gets booked, however, he starts exerting a bizarre influence upon all in the station…and she may not live until shift’s end. Unnerving chiller also stars Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Niall Greig Fulton. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 5/26/2015

!!!MADMANMADMAN (1982)

That’s “Madman” as in “Madman Marz,” the deranged farmer who killed his family and is said to haunt the nearby woods, ready to strike down anyone foolish enough to call out his name. Enter a group of fun-loving teens set to work in a summer camp, and next thing you know… Drive-in slasher classic stars Alexis Dubin, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, and Paul Ehlers in the title role. 88 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD mono Master Audio; art gallery; interviews; “making of” documentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; more. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray Combo on 5/26/2015

!!!NIGHTLIGHTNIGHTLIGHT (2015)

Depressed since the suicide of her BFF, teenager Robin (Shelby Young) got a lift when a klatch of the cool kids invited her on an after-dark adventure into the legendarily haunted local woods for flashlight games and ghost stories. They’d better have plenty of spare batteries, because a malevolent and murderous presence is about to crash the party. Chloe Bridges, Carter Jenkins, Mitch Hewer, Taylor Murphy also star. 94 min. Widescreen

Being released on DVD on 5/26/2015

!!!R.I.P.TR.I.P.D. (2013; Deggsy’s review)

Recently deceased cop Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is brought back to life to serve on the R.I.P.D. (the Rest in Peace Department), a police outfit dedicated to tracking down undead criminals who walk among the living. Trained by grizzled R.I.P.D. veteran Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), Nick uses his new job as a means to exact revenge on the man who killed him. Fun sci-fi actioner, based on the comic book series, also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak. 96 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, DVS Dolby Digital stereo, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; alternate openings; bonus footage; deleted scenes; featurettes; outtakes.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/26/2015

!!!TEEN TITANSTEEN TITANS: ROBIN AND FRIENDS (2003)

Includes the series’s first six episodes: “Final Exam,” “Sisters,” “Divide and Conquer,” “Forces of Nature,” “The Sum of His Parts,” and “Nevermore.” 129 min. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English, French, Spanish; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish. **6 episodes on 1 disc. 129 min.**

Being released on DVD on 5/26/2015

!!!THE CONJURINGTHE CONJURING (2013)

Before their fame as the Amityville paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) became embroiled in the terrifying plight of Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor)–whose newly purchased farmhouse appeared to have been haunted by vengeful spirits. To cleanse the house and protect the family, the Warrens dared to seek out the home’s dark secrets. Eerie chiller from director James Wan co-stars Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland. 112 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, French; featurette.

Being released on DVD on 5/29/2015

!!!THE ESCAPEESTHE ESCAPEES (1981)

A rare treat for Jean Rollin fans, this bizarre thriller concerns the odyssey of two young women escaped from the confines of a mental institution. Their strange, sometimes farcical journey “on the outside” proves filled with the eccentricities and colorful unease that mark other classics of the Rollin oeuvre. Adult film icon Brigitte Lahaie stars with Laurence Dubas, Marianne Valiot, and Louise Dhour. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; bonus film “One Day in Paris: An Interview with Jean Rollin” (2008). In French with English subtitles.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 5/26/2015

!!!THE FOOD OF THE GODSTHE FOOD OF THE GODS (1976)/FROGS (1972)

First, a mysterious growth chemical turns the entire animal population of a small Canadian island into giant monsters, and it’s up to a group of hunters to do battle against the huge chickens, large wasps, mutated worms, and gigantic rats it’s produced. Special effects-filled fright-fest “The Food Of The Gods,” based on the H.G. Wells story, stars Marjoe Gortner, Ida Lupino, Ralph Meeker, and Jon Cypher; directed by Bert I. Gordon. Next, in a “rib-it-ing” nature-runs-amok affair, Ray Milland is a Everglades-based, wheelchair-bound chemical tycoon whose birthday party is interrupted by the arrival of scores of snakes, insects, snapping turtles, and “Frogs.” Joan Van Ark, Sam Elliott, Adam Roarke, and Judy Pace also star in this toad-infested terrorthon. 179 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/26/2015

!!!THE HOBBITTHE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2014)

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) finds his adventure nearly at its end in the wake of a fiery dragon attack on the human community of Laketown and the dwarves’ return to their home deep in the Lonely Mountain. While dwarf leader Thorin (Richard Armitage) suffers from madness as he searches for an ancient gem, several races of Middle Earth prepare for a coming battle. Director Peter Jackson’s final film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s story also stars Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, and Orlando Bloom. 144 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish; featurettes; music video; theatrical trailer. Three-disc set.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/26/2015

!!!THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREETTHE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET (2013)

Leaving Kansas to begin her life anew farther east, Amy (Jessica Sonneborn) settles comfortably into her new apartment…but then begins to notice some strange goings-on at the titular residence. Like any good horror movie heroine, rather than staying far clear of suspicious-looking houses across the street, she has a look on her own. The terrifying discoveries she makes threaten the peace of the entire town. With Ethan Embry, Eric Roberts. 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 5/26/2015

!!!WRATH OF THE TITANSWRATH OF THE TITANS (2012)

With the Kraken vanquished, demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) aims to become a humble fisherman at the outset of this sequel to 2010’s “Clash of the Titans.” However, mankind’s insufficient faith is stoking the power of the imprisoned Titans, leading to a resumption of Perseus’ heroic do-gooding in response to a plot hatched between Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez) to permit the abduction of Zeus (Liam Neeson). Rosamund Pike, Danny Huston, and Bill Nighy co-star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; storyboard comparisons; more.

Being released on Blu-ray on 5/29/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

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