Monday, 8 August 2022

Chilling new body horror SHAPELESS - Coming to Digital September

Lightbulb Film Distribution is delighted to share the poster and trailer for chilling new body horror, SHAPELESS, which will be released across all major Digital Download platforms in the UK & Ireland from 19th September.

The feature had its world premiere at Tribeca, before playing at Raindance Film Festival.

Directed by Samantha Aldana, the film stars Kelly Murtagh as Ivy; a struggling jazz singer living in New Orleans. Murtagh wrote the screenplay based on her own life experiences.

Ivy is desperate to pursue her dream of becoming a jazz singer in New Orleans. But when she isn't performing, she is filled with a crippling dread, and personal demons threaten to turn her into something monstrous.
Check out the trailer below!


SHAPELESS will be available Digitally to Own or Rent from 19th September.



CONFESSIONS OF A NECROPHILE GIRL: The disturbing drama about Karen Greenlee comes to Blu-ray via TetroVideo

TetroVideo invites you to discover Karen Greenlee’s story with CONFESSIONS OF A NECROPHILE GIRL, the highly anticipated italian film about necrophilia.

Directed by Domiziano Cristopharo (House of Flesh Mannequins, Red Krokodil)CONFESSIONS OF A NECROPHILE GIRL (aka Confessioni di una necrofila) is an erotic and disturbing drama film that is part of the TETROMANIAC series by TetroVideo (the shocking film series about the real stories involving criminals and serial killers).

Synopsis: Inspired by the true story of the American necrophile Karen Greenlee, played by Angela del Regno. Karen relives the most important moments of her life through a video diary: from childhood to first love, to the scandal about her sexual attraction for corpses.

Lorenzo Fedele (Vore Gore), Dario Almerighi (Me and the Devil), Vincenzo Paliasc, Daniele Arturi (The House Guest), Alvia Reale (Tales to tell in the Dark), Chiara Pavoni (Xpiation), Andrea Autullo (Baby Gang), Paolo Di Gialluca (7 Sins) and Mario De Lillo also star.

In the 1970s, the 20 years old Karen Greenlee worked as an apprentice embalmer at a funeral home in California. In 1979 she stole the hearse to have sex with the corpse of a 33 years old man. The woman was found days later with a long written confession where she admitted her strong sexual attraction to the corpses, and having had sex with 20 to 40 other bodies of young men.

In 1987, after a detailed interview, she changed her identity and moved to another city.

View the trailer below...

The release date for CONFESSIONS OF A NECROPHILE GIRL Blu-ray has not been announced yet.



Shudder Original HELLBENDER - Arriving on Disc & Digital September, from Acorn Media

FRESH, RAW and bewitching indie folk horror HELLBENDER will grip fans with a story that has real bite, promising one hell of a ride. As unnerving and gruesome as it is beautiful and enticing, this captivating, unsettling and hellish feature will push audiences to the brink. 

Written and directed by genre trailblazers, the Adams Family (The Deeper you Dig), the film is certified fresh with a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

16-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) lives in isolation with her mother (Zelda’s real-life mum, Toby Poser) in the quietly eerie mountains of New York State. Cut off from the outside world, Izzy is home-schooled and prohibited from leaving the house because she suffers with a rare auto-immune disease which prohibits her from being around other people. Or so she’s been told...

After befriending Amber (sister Lulu Adams), Izzy questions the reality of her disease. And, when she eats a live worm as part of a teenage game, she develops an insatiable hunger for living things...

The first taste of blood awakens Izzy’s powers, and she soon learns that she and her mother are the latest in a line of HELLBENDER, a hybrid of witches, demons, and predatory animals. While Izzy’s mother is convinced that she has her powers under control, when Izzy learns of her new abilities, a dark and dangerous mother-daughter power struggle collides with a battle of bloodlust.

What ensues is an inventive and exhilarating occult coming-of-age story imbued with a uniquely female narrative. With breath-taking cinematography and astounding performances, the film is a product of the Adams Family's home-grown aesthetic and ushers something spellbinding, shocking, and refreshingly unexpected into the horror genre.

Dark, disturbing, and full of depth, HELLBENDER is a must-watch for all genre fans and is set to arrive on DVD and Digital on 5 September 2022 courtesy of Acorn Media International.

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Italian horrors, a scary debut and classic Cronenberg in UHD - October from ARROW VIDEO

Arrow Video’s October lineup includes a gritty new creature feature, the definitive release of a groundbreaking 1980s body-horror masterpiece, a chilling debut that sees witches running amok, a pair of newly restored 1970s vampire favourites, and a lavish Euro-horror box set - the perfect line-up to make this year’s Halloween a fright night to remember.

The releases include brand new extras, including video essays and interviews with key players, illustrated collector's booklets, pristone restorations and featurettes, and reversible sleeves with original and newly commissioned artwork, limited edition art cards, fold-out posters, perfect bound books and reproduction press books.

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT - On Blu-ray 10th October

An allegorical story of violence against women and the dangers of victim-blaming wrapped in a classic monster movie, writer-director Gia Elliot takes no prisoners in her multi award-winning debut feature TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

Finding herself the victim of a violent monster attack, Jane launches a vigilante campaign to hunt the beast that tried to kill her. 

But her troubling history of drug use and mental illness bubbles to the surface, causing her family, community and the authorities to question her account. 

Alone in her fight, Jane starts to doubt her own memory of the attack… and to wonder if the monster exists at all.

Fuelled by formidable female talent both in front of and behind the camera, TAKE BACK THE NIGHT is a terrifying suspense thriller that’s both an eye-opening exposé and a powerful rallying cry.


• High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentation
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by writer-director Gia Elliot and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas author of Rape Revenge Films: A Critical Study
• Please Don’t Say the Word ‘Monster’ on National Television, a visual essay by film critic Emma Westwood
• Trauma and Space, a visual essay by film critic Cerise Howard exploring the idea of ‘safe spaces’, sanctuary and vulnerability in Take Back the Night
• What is a Body?, a visual essay by film critic Justine Smith examining bodily autonomy and perception in the digital age
• #MonstersAreReal, a visual essay by film critic BJ Colangelo looking at survivor unity, sexual violence, and social media
• Theatrical trailer
• Image galleries
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nicole Rifkin

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring a round table discussion of the film by Anna Bogutskaya, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Valeria Villegas Lindvall, plus a double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nicole Rifkin

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VIDEODROME - On Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 24th October

Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, VIDEODROME exemplifies David Cronenberg’s extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema.

Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M style broadcasts called “Videodrome”. 

Embroiling his girlfriend Nick (Deborah Harry) in his search for the source, his journey begins to blur the lines between reality and fantasy as he works his way through sadomasochistic games, shady organisations and body transformations stunningly realised by Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker.

Hailed by his contemporaries John Carpenter (“he’s better than all of us combined!”) and Martin Scorsese (“no one makes films like he does”) as a genius, VIDEODROME was Cronenberg’s most mature work to date and still stands as one of his greatest.


• Brand new 4K restorations from the original camera negative by Arrow Films of both the full-length director’s cut and the US theatrical cut, approved by director David Cronenberg
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• Original lossless mono soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, the on-set correspondent for Cinefantastique Magazine and author of Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film
• David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme, a documentary featuring interviews with Cronenberg, George A. Romero and Alex Cox on Cronenberg’s cinema, censorship and the horror genre
• Forging the New Flesh, a documentary by filmmaker Michael Lennick on Videodrome’s video and prosthetic make up effects
• Fear on Film, a round table discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris
• The complete, uncensored Samurai Dreams footage with commentary by Michael Lennick
• Helmet-Cam Test and Why Betamax?, two featurettes by Michael Lennick on the film’s effects
• The Making of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, a 1982 featurette by Mick Garris, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry and Rick Baker
• Videoblivion, an interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
• Pierre David on… Videodrome, an interview with executive producer Pierre David
• AKA Jack Martin, an interview with Dennis Etchison, author of novelisations of Videodrome and The Fog, discussing Videodrome and his observations of Cronenberg’s script
• Camera, Cronenberg’s short film starring Videodrome’s Les Carlson
• Pirated Signals: The Lost Broadcast, deleted and alternate scenes from the TV version
• Original trailers
• Image gallery
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
• Illustrated 60-page collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Justin Humphreys, Brad Stevens and Tim Lucas, extracts from Cronenberg on Cronenberg, and a brand new roundtable retrospective with critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Cerise Howard, Josh Nelson and Emma Westwood
• Foldout double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
• Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards 

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TWO WITCHES - On Blu-Ray 17th Oct. 2022 

With its super-saturated colour palette, tenebrous art design and electrifying soundtrack, TWO WITCHES presents two truly terrifying conjoined tales of witchery, paranoia and terror that hark back to the gory thrills of classic Euro horrors such as Suspiria, Shock  and The Beyond. 

Expectant young mother Sarah is convinced she has been given the evil eye from a mysterious blank-eyed old hag while she is dining with her bullish and insensitive partner Simon. 

When the couple go to visit his new-agey friends Dustin and Melissa, dark forces are unleashed after an ill-advised attempt at consulting a Ouija board to allay her fears.

Meanwhile, tensions grow between grad school student Rachel and her new roommate Masha after a violent incident involving a man that the strange and impulsive young woman has brought home.

First-time feature director Pierre Tsigaridis, who also shot, edited and contributed to the film’s soundtrack, singles himself out as one to watch in a deft and unnerving depiction of unspeakable evil that truly delivers.


• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Original lossless stereo audio and optional 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary by director, cinematographer and editor Pierre Tsigaridis
• Brand new audio commentary by producer Maxime Rancon
• Behind the Movie, a two-part behind-the-scenes featurette
• Interview with  actor and associate producer Dina Silva
• The Boogeywoman, an interview with actor Marina Parodi
•  The Original Score, an interview with composer Gioacchino Marincola
• The Piano Score, director Pierre Tsigaridis talks about the inspiration behind the piano score for Two Witches
• Test footage
• Grimmfest 2021 Q&A with Pierre Tsigaridis and Maxime Rancon
• Trailer gallery
• Image gallery accompanied by the film’s original score
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel, plus double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady

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THE COUNT YORGA COLLECTION - On Limited Edition Blu-ray 24th October 

By the end of the 1960s the boom in Old World gothic horror had begun to wane in the face of present day terrors like the Vietnam war. In response, American filmmakers brought horror out of the past and into the present, and the classic movie monsters packed their bags and headed for the New World.   

COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE was among the first to successfully transpose the classic vampire, cloak and all, to a modern day setting as the Count - played unforgettably by Robert Quarry - arrives in the United States and settles in a Southern California mansion with his mysterious “brides”. 

A drive-in favourite from the moment it was released, a sequel soon followed. THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA ups the ante and sees the sardonic Count on the streets of San Francisco, his sights set on an orphanage as a potential source of sustenance.

Director Bob Kelljan (Scream Blacula Scream) delivers a one-two punch of classic cult cinema mixing chills, thrills, style, and suspense with a knowing wit that revels in the genre trappings. Presented in all new restorations by Arrow Films from new scans of the original camera negative, The Count Yorga Collection is a full blooded feast to die for!


• Brand new 2K restorations by Arrow Films of Count Yorga, Vampire and The Return of Count Yorga from new 4K scans of the original 35mm camera negatives
• High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentations of both films
• Original lossless mono audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Illustrated perfect bound collector's book featuring new writing by film critic Kat Ellinger and horror author Stephen Laws, plus archive contributions by critic Frank Collins and filmmaker Tim Sullivan
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Heather Vaughan
• Fold-out double-sided posters for both films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Heather Vaughan
• Twelve double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
• Reproduction pressbook for Count Yorga, Vampire


• Brand new audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
• Archival audio commentary by film critics David Del Valle & C. Courtney Joyner
• The Count in California, a brand new appreciation by Heather Drain and Chris O’Neill
• I Remember Yorga, a brand new interview with Frank Darabont in which the award-winning filmmaker talks about his love for Count Yorga, Vampire
• A Vampire in L.A., a brand new interview with actor Michael Murphy
• Fangirl Radio Tribute to Robert Quarry, an archival episode featuring host Jessica Dwyer in conversation with Tim Sullivan filmmaker, Yorga fan and friend of Robert Quarry
• Theatrical trailer
• Radio spots
• Image galleries


• Brand new audio commentary by film critic Stephen R. Bissette
• Archival audio commentary by David Del Valle & C. Courtney Joyner
• The Count and the Counterculture, a brand new interview with film critic Maitland McDonagh
• Chamber-music of Horrors, a brand new interview with David Huckvale about the scores for both films
• Archival interview with film critic Kim Newman
• Theatrical trailer
• Radio spots
• Image gallery

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While groundbreaking director Mario Bava (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath) remains the most well-known purveyor of Italian Gothic horror, many other filmmakers tried their hand at the form throughout the 1960s as part of a hugely prolific and popular cycle.   

GOTHIC FANTASTICO presents four off-the-beaten path titles from this classic period, all of which demonstrate Italy’s ability to expand genre beyond the classic literary monsters that dominated elsewhere. 

Gaslighting abounds in Massimo Pupillo’s LADY MORGAN’S VENGEANCE – a delicate tale of romance and mystery, with a sprinkling of sadism and the supernatural – as newlywed Sir Harold Morgan (Paul Muller - Nightmare Castle) attempts to destroy his new bride (Barbara Nelli, Double Face) with help from his sinister maid (Erika Blanc - Kill, Baby… Kill!). 

Meanwhile, the perverse influence of Poe is used to great effect in Alberto De Martino’s THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER – a tale of family curses and madmen in the attic, as Emilie de Blancheville (Ombretta Colli - Gladiator of Rome) returns home to her brother Roderic (Gérard Tichy - Hatchet for the Honeymoon) and discovers her own family may be out for her blood. 

Mino Guerrini’s THE THIRD EYE features not only a very early role for Italian cult film icon Franco Nero, but a plot that borrows several elements from Hitchcock, layered with a whiff of necrophilia. 

Finally, Damiano Damiani’s THE WITCH takes a more avant-garde approach, when a young historian (Richard Johnson - Zombie Flesh Eaters) is lured to work for an ageing woman, only to be held captive when he becomes obsessed with her beautiful daughter (Rosanna Schiaffino - The Killer Reserved Nine Seats).

Madness, obsession and messed up families are the order of the day in these four lesser-known monochrome gems from Italy’s peak Gothic period, now fully restored in 2K from their original camera negatives for the first time and presented alongside an array of in-depth extras.


• Brand new 2K restorations from the original camera negatives of all four films
• High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations of each film
• Original Italian and English front and end titles on The Blancheville Monster, The Third Eye and The Witch
• Original lossless mono Italian soundtracks on all four films
• Original lossless mono English soundtracks on The Blancheville Monster, The Third Eye and The Witch
• Optional English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
• Brand new video introductions to each film by Italian film devotee Mark Thompson Ashworth
• Image galleries
• Limited edition 80-page book featuring new writing on the films by Roberto Curti, Rob Talbot, Jerome Reuter, Rod Barnett and Kimberly Lindbergs
• Fold-out double-sided poster
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch

• Brand new audio commentary by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
• Brand new video essay on the film by author and producer Kat Ellinger
• Brand new video interview with actress Erika Blanc
• Newly edited video interview with actor Paul Muller
• Newly edited audio interview with director Massimo Pupillo
• The complete original cineromanzo, published in Suspense in April 1971
• Trailer

• Brand new audio commentary by filmmaker and film historian Paul Anthony Nelson
• Brand new video essay on the film by writer and pop culture historian Keith Allison
• Brand new video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori
• Opening credits for the US release of the film
• Trailer

• Brand new audio commentary by author and critic Rachael Nisbet
• Brand new video essay on the film by author and filmmaker Lindsay Hallam
• Newly edited video interview with actress Erika Blanc

• Brand new audio commentary by author and producer Kat Ellinger
• Brand new video essay on the film by author and academic Miranda Corcoran
• Brand new video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori

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Saturday, 30 July 2022

STALKER - World Premiere at FrightFest August and on Disc & Digital October

Brand new horror STALKER starring Sophie Skelton (Outlander) will have its World Premiere at FrightFest on 28th August before coming to DVD & Digital on 10th October from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

In this tense and atmospheric horror, Rose Hepburn, a young actress, returns to her empty hotel. Forced to use the old freight elevator, it jolts to a halt on the twelfth floor, leaving her trapped with an unusual stranger. 

Left with no phone signal as a storm approaches, tensions escalate and suspicions rise when Rose discovers the identity of the mysterious man is Daniel Reed, a camera operator who is seemingly obsessed with her.

Starring Sophie Skelton (Outlander), BAFTA winner Stuart Brennan (Risen) and WWE legend Bret Hart,
STALKER is directed by Steve Johnson (Convergence).

Stalker has its World Premiere at FrightFest on 28th August 9.05pm at the Prince Charles Cinema, London

View the Trailer on YouTube.

FrightFest Tickets:

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment presents Stalker on DVD and Digital from 10th October

PENNYWISE: THE STORY OF IT Documentary Floats On Screambox

Screambox original documentary PENNYWISE: THE STORY OF IT, an in-depth look at the 1990 horror miniseries based on Stephen King's classic novel, is available today on Screambox and VOD platforms.

More than three decades after its release, the IT miniseries and its iconic villain live on in the minds of horror fans around the world. Pennywise: The Story of IT captures not only the spark the IT saga created upon release but also the lasting impact it has had on an entire generation and the horror genre at large.

The film boasts exclusive interviews with many of the miniseries' key players, including Pennywise himself, Tim Curry, cast members Richard Thomas, Seth Green, Tim Reid, and Emily Perkins, director Tommy Lee Wallace, writer Lawrence D. Cohen, special effects makeup artist Bart Mixon, and more.

Several years in the making, co-directors John Campopiano (Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary) and Christopher Griffiths (Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser) uncovered a wealth of insight on the production, including rare archival materials  and never-before-seen footage.

Enjoy Pennywise: The Story of IT with a 30-day free trial of Screambox, available on iOS,

Android, Prime Video, YouTube TV, Comcast, and 


Artists on the edge, eyes without a face, a season of subspecies and more streaming on ARROW this August...

Key highlights this AUGUST on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include an extraordinary, award-winning pulpy Indonesian actioner, a superb cult shocker about a hard-partying, blood-craving L.A. artist, a season of B-movie mayhem, crazed animals, giallo classics, French cult horror, and much more... 

August starts with a red-hot blast of VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH, from acclaimed Indonesian director Edwin (Postcards from the Zoo) and based on the novel by Eka Kurniawan. Winner of the Golden Leopard at the 2021 Locarno Film Festival, this is a pulpy, energetic throwback to 80s South East Asian action and coming-of-age cinema about a young man who can’t get it up. With echoes of early Takashi Miike, VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH is a wild and unexpectedly poignant meditation on toxic masculinity and a culture steeped in violence from one of Indonesia’s most exciting directorial voices… and you can see it first and furious on ARROW.
Also in August, ARROW present director Joe Begos’ (The Mind’s Eye) third feature, BLISS, a blood-drenched masterpiece that has drawn comparisons to the films of Gaspar Noé and Abel Ferrara. Struggling through a seemingly endless creative rut, hard-partying and Los-Angeles-based artist Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison, Friday Night Lights) can’t stop the resulting bad streak of problems, including unpaid rent and professional stagnation. In an effort to combat her tough luck, Dezzy throws caution to the wind, indulges in heavy drugs and rages her nights away. Gradually, though, the party starts to end, and in its place, Dezzy finds herself thirsting for blood and suffering from terrifying visions.  
Seasons in August include The Subspecies Collection, ARROW’s latest film series from Charles Band and Full Moon Studios. This epic vampiric five-film collection is soaked in blood, packed full of practical effects and features the four-film Subspecies series, as well as the spin-off, Vampire Journals; Tooth and Claw, where you’ll meet the animals of the ARROW menagerie, in a curated season full of all of the critters that you'd least like to meet vying for your attention and probably the meat off of your bones too, including rampant apes, gnawing rats, flapping blood-sucking bats, slithering constricting snakes, brutal bears, hungry sharks, caustic jellyfish, and killer crocs; and FIIIGHT!, featuring action-packed films showcasing the best scraps on ARROW, inspired by the brilliant and bruising beatdowns in VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH, with titles includingVersus, The Sword and the Claw, and Sister Street Fighter. 
ALSO SHOWING: Powerful French classics EYES WITHOUT A FACE and LA HAINE, Sherilyn Fenn in  the sultry horror fantasy MERIDIAN,  disturbing Australian serial killer thriller HOUNDS OF LOVE, Vinegar Syndrome Selects, and much more… 

Find the full length press release including all synopses and more here


New Titles – From August 5

-La Haine
-The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive
-The Killer Reserved Nine Seats
-Smile Before Death
-Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

New Titles – From August 12

-Bloodstone: Subspecies II
-Bloodlust: Subspecies III  
-Subspecies IV: Bloostorm
-Vampire Journals
-Hounds Of Love 

New Titles – From August 19


New Titles – From August 26

-Eyes Without a Face

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