Tuesday, 15 June 2021

New UK release date for BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL

Vertigo Releasing has announced that BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL, the ultimate Dracula ‘origin story’, will be released in UK and Irish cinemas on 6th August. Vertigo will be partnering with Wildcard for the Irish theatrical release. The film stars Peaky Blinders’ Jack Rowan, and Derry Girls’ Louisa Harland.

Just when you thought the vampire film had been drained dry, along comes an unexpected and original spin on the genre from writer/director Chris Baugh, with the follow-up to his acclaimed crime thriller debut Bad Day For The Cut

When a personal tragedy forces Eugene to go and work for his gruff, no-nonsense father he finds himself on the site of a controversial new road development that threatens to destroy the town’s livelihood. But strange events unfold when Eugene and the crew tear down a famous cairn believed to be the final resting place of Abhartach and they soon come under attack from a sinister force that has infected one of their workmates. As the night closes in The Boys must fight for survival while discovering the true horror of a myth that hits much closer to home than any of them realise…

With nods to Ireland’s formidable horror heritage (the local pub is called ‘The Stoker’ after the Dracula author), it follows recent Irish folklore horror hits The Hallow and The Hole in The Ground, whilst also injecting some surprisingly hysterical moments. It echoes Clive Barker’s Irish-set eighties creature feature Rawhead Rex, as well as a delectable sense of the backwoods dread present in 2019’s Scottish rural thriller Calibre.

With a fantastic cast, including Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders, Noughts + Crosses), Louisa Harland (Derry Girls), Nigel O’Neill (from Baugh’s debut), and John Lynch (The Banishing, Isolation), BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL is rich in celtic atmosphere, drenched in gore, wildly funny and splendidly scary - the very definition of a crowd pleaser.

View the trailer at YouTube.




LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL on Digital and Limited Edition BD

Brace yourself for Juan Diego Escobar Alzate’s harrowing yet beautiful take on the horrors of religious fanaticism in LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL, which is coming to Digital outlets and on Limited Edition Blu-Ray.

Far into the Colombian mountains, a small farming community is rocked by the arrival of a mysterious young boy. 

Their leader, El Señor, claims that the child is the new Messiah, there to save their land, yet his three daughters start to question their father’s beliefs when the community starts to dissolve into madness and violence. 

Is this boy God? The Devil? And, is there a difference?

An official selection at both the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival,
LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL marks the arrival of a stunning new cinematic voice and is essential viewing for any folk horror, acid western and dark arthouse film aficionados. 


View the trailer on YouTube

Pre-order Blu-ray direct from Fractured Visions: https://bit.ly/FracVisLuz

Fractured Visions presents LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL on Digital 26 July and limited edition Blu-Ray 23 August.
 

10 Questions with Alexis Kendra, star, writer & producer of THE CLEANING LADY

Ahead of Horror Channel’s premiere of THE CLEANING LADY on June 26, the film’s star, writer and producer Alexis Kendra talks about playing a ‘Goddess’, coping with lockdown and why she can’t watch horror films on her own
 

Q) THE CLEANING LADY is having its channel premiere on Horror Channel. Excited?

I love you guys. Always have, always will. I’m honoured.

Q) It’s a very disturbing film, dealing with abuse, addiction and hidden rage, yet the characters are sympathetic and have real depth. It’s horror with a twisted heart. As a co-writer, alongside your director Jon Knautz, what were the main challenges in getting the balance right between acting and writing?

I compartmentalize real easy, so if I’m writing, I’m writing. If I’m acting I’m acting. I don’t really mix anything so it’s not that difficult. Keeps me in the present moment a lot. 

Q) The film started life as a short, in which you played Shelly, the disturbed ‘cleaning lady’. Why did you switch roles and play the ‘love-addicted’ Alice in the feature?


Yeah, I wrote the role of Shelly for me to play, but we couldn’t find an Alice. Period. So I had to play her and I’m happy because Rachel was so great as Shelly and I enjoyed playing a role so different than in my last film Goddess of Love.

Q) Audiences in the UK also know you from GODDESS OF LOVE, which was dubbed ‘Fatal Attraction for horror fans’. You play Venus, whom we watch violently descend into madness. How tough was it to play?

I loved everything about playing Venus. She was a pleasure. It wasn’t hard in any way. I wrote that role for myself to just have an actor’s absolute playground, knowing I would never have been cast as that role in anyone else’s film.  Any actors reading this, become writers/producers.  Write yourself a dream role then play it.  Venus was a ball.

Q) Again, you teamed up with Knutz as co-writer, producer and lead actress. What is it that makes you both a winning combination?

I respect him as a director and he respects me as a producer/actress/ production designer. It’s all about respect and trust, and as work partners – we nail it. Without respect we wouldn’t have made it this far.

Q) Both films have premiered at FrightFest to great acclaim. As an American, how does the reception compare to back home?


Since all our world premiere’s we’re with FrightFest, all the red carpet fun stuff and fans, I’ve had an amazing time in London. Back in LA its back to work, back to getting the next project made. Since my films can be bought anywhere it’s just nice to see them being bought!

Q) What attracts you most about the horror genre?

The element of fantasy. I think horror films are the ultimate escape from reality because as we’re watching one we know there’s no ghosts in real life, yet, a scary ghost film is thrilling because it seems so real. It’s like we know we’re safe in our house watching something so haunting.  I can’t watch horror films alone.

Q) Seen any good horror movies this year?

I’ve been spending most of my time writing during this crazy Covid time, and less watching. I’m sure that’ll change soon as I would love to see A Quiet Place Part 11.

Q) How have you been coping with lockdown?

I’m more of a homebody than anything, so for me it hasn’t been that different.  I’m always home writing, so nothing has really changed for me there.  I do see how its effecting my friends and family, mainly the ones who are used to being out a lot more and it’s been super tough. I think this lockdown has forced us to really look within and take a moment to re-evaluate our lives.  I’ve seen a lot of growth.

Q) Finally, what’s next?

I’ll probably direct something. That’s always been on my list, and I think I’m ready.

THE CLEANING LADY airs on Horror Channel Saturday 26 June, 10.50pm.

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THE UNHOLY - Available on Digital and Disc, August

Thrilling and unsettling, horror movie THE UNHOLY is available to Download & Keep, Rent on Digital, on BD and DVD on August 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 

THE UNHOLY, based on James Herbert’s best-selling book Shrine, follows a young hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. As people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits a small New England town to investigate. 
 
As terrifying events begin to happen all around him, he starts questioning if these miracles are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister

Written  and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, from the producer of Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe, Sam Raimi,  THE UNHOLY stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) , Katie Aselton (The Gift), William Sadler (Bill & Ted Face the Music) and newcomer Cricket Brown,  with Diogo Morgado (Son of God) and Cary Elwes (Saw) and is based on the book Shrine by James Herbert.  

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

WELLINGTON PARANORMAL - Coming to Disc & Digital

Dazzler Media proudly presents smash hit comedy series Wellington Paranormal, from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, with all seasons coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Download-to-Own, and the first series arriving 5th July. The fourth series has recently been filming and will also be available to own

Wellington Paranormal follows hilariously hapless officers Mark Minogue and Karen O’Leary as they are assigned to the new Paranormal Unit of Wellington’s police force, tasked with tackling the increasing number of local crimes and misdemeanours of a supernatural nature.

From Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the visionary creators behind "What We Do In The Shadows", comes the smash hit New Zealand comedy series which has taken the UK by storm.

Dazzler Media presents Wellington Paranormal: Series One on Blu-ray, DVD & Download-to-Own from 5th July

View the trailer on YouTube.

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

S
eries Two available 6th September
Series Three available 11th October
Series Four coming soon!

 

Fright-Rags Releases New Hats & Turns '80s Classics Into Horror Movies

Just in time for summer, Fright-Rags has released a new collection of unique hats, along with "What If?" shirts that horror-fy '80s movies and reprints of several sold-out designs. 


Fright-Rags has six new hats from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (including a Wyld Stallyns cap), Escape from New York, Tales from the Crypt, and Chucky. They join previously released hats from Halloween: H20, Elvira, Tales from the Darkside, and Twin Peaks. 

Fright-Rags' "What If?" shirts reimagine three ‘80s classics as horror films: Mr. Mom as a slasher, Short Circuit as a killer robot, and Revenge of the Nerds as a zombie movie.


Fright-Rags has also restocked five fan-favorite tees: Trick ‘r Treat, Halloween, The Thing, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and The Evil Dead.
 

Hats, "What If?" shirts, and restocks are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.

 

 

TRANSMISSION - Proof-of-Concept Short Film - Indiegogo campaign

Brad Goodman and Jim Suthers of Zombie Bird Productions have launched an Indiegogo campaign, to fund their short Sci-Fi Horror film TRANSMISSION, which will form the basis of a full length feature.

Behind the camera, the funds raised will be used to rent equipment and pay experienced professionals to operate them. In front of the camera, your support will pay for sets, props, wardrobe, makeup (including creature makeup), and the supplies needed to keep both people and equipment running smoothly. 

They also hope to secure at least one well-known actor (TBD). 

You can listen to Brad Goodman talking about the project on the YouTube vid below...


For more info, and to donate visit their Indiegogo page.


 

Spanish psychological thriller THE OFFERING gets UK release

Sovereign film distrribution is proud to announce the UK release of acclaimed Spanish psychological thriller THE OFFERING on 30th July, in cinemas and on Virtual Cinemas and VOD.

Jan, mysterious and marked by a profound sense of guilt, tries to win back the love of his ex Violeta, who is now a psychiatrist, with a family of her own. Jan’s complex and perverse plan to reunite him with Violeta, 20 years after the events that led to their separation, will have severe consequences.

An erotic, intense and revealing adult thriller, with powerful central performances from Alex Brendemühl (Transit), Anna Alarcón (A Thief’s Daughter) and Verónica Echegui (Fortitude), winner of Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Gaudi Awards, THE OFFERING is a remarkable, gripping excursion into the human psyche and the true nature of love and obsession. 

Filled with searing love scenes and unsettling mind-games, it’s a sensual, evocative and multi-layered experience, exploring forgiveness and guilt, and the consequences of a destructive love triangle, recalling the work of provocative Spanish directors Bigas Luna (The Ages of Lulu) and Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia)

Ventura Durall, writer and director of THE OFFERING, set up the production company Nanouk Films in 2000, to promote Catalan cinema. His feature film The Two Lives of Andrés Rabadán was recognized as the Best European Independent Film at the 2009 ECU Festival in Paris, and also received three Gaudi Awards for Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress. His 2014 documentary drama Bugarach won the FIPRESCI Award at the St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival

THE OFFERING Will be released on the 30th July, 2021. 

 

Saturday, 12 June 2021

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR - Streaming on Shudder, July

Streaming on SHUDDER this July,  THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR. A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and his best friend, Kevin (Ezra Dewey), when they are abducted on their way home from school. 

Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. 

With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying. 

View the trailer below...


THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR is available to stream on Shudder from 29th July.

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Friday, 11 June 2021

Psychological thriller "A PERFECT ENEMY" confirmed for UK Digital Release

Smart Dog Productions is thrilled to announce that the psychological thriller A PERFECT ENEMY will be available Digitally in the UK from 5th July.

A successful architect Jeremy Angust is approached on his trip to Paris by a strange young woman who will not leave him alone. Missing his flight and trapped in the airport lounge he is unable to get rid of the annoying stranger. 

Although the meeting at first seems to be by chance, soon there is a turn that will transform the nature of their encounter into something much more sinister and criminal.

Based on the book by Amélie Nothomb, The Enemy’s Cosmetique, and directed by Kike Maíllo, the film stars Tomasz Kot (Cold War), Athena Strates (The Good Liar) and Marta Nieto (Madre).

View the trailer on YouTube.

A PERFECT ENEMY will be available on Digital Download from 5th July on Amazon, Google & iTunes.


Thursday, 10 June 2021

TetroVideo to release MAI-CHAN'S DAILY LIFE, VORE GORE and ROT July

This July, TetroVideo will be releasing the splatter erotic japanese film MAI-CHAN'S DAILY LIFE: THE MOVIE (Japan - 2014) by Sado Satō, the anthology extreme film VORE GORE (2021) and the punk horror film ROT directed by Marcus Koch in 1999.

ROT is the first title of Tetro Underground, a line dedicated to all the underground films produced until 1999, with tons of titles never officially released before. The film comes on DVD  + Amaray + vintage looking slipcase.

The three titles will be available for pre-order on July.

MAI-CHAN'S DAILY LIFE: THE MOVIE

Mai-chan's Daily Life: The Movie is a diabolical splatter and gore comedy that takes fetish violence to shocking new extremes. The story centers on a girl who has the power to regenerate.

Synopsis: Miyako responds to an advertisement for a live-in maid, and is given a job alongside the alluring Mai-chan. The young woman quickly learns that housecleaning is the least of her duties, as the master and his wife use the maids as toys in their erotic fantasies.

Since Mai-chan possesses the uncanny ability to recover from any injury, no matter how severe, all their violent desires are indulged. Soon Miyako will find herself actively involved in Mai-chan's horrific destruction and miraculous resurrection.

Written and directed by Sado Satō, Mai-chan's Daily Life: The Movie is a splatter/erotic film based on the popular manga by Uziga Waita who supervised the film.

The film stars An Koshi, Miyako Akane, Shôgo Maruyama, Chiyoko Nameless and Soaco Roman.

VORE GORE

Vore Gore is an extreme horror anthology film about vorarephilic fantasies often connected with sexual masochism. Vorarephilia (ore vore for short) is an uncommon paraphilia characterized by the erotic desire to be consumed by, or to personally consume another person or creature.

The film features nine horror/extreme segments directed by the best international artists working in independent horror/extreme cinema and that offer a morbid vision of this atypical sexual arousal.

Vore Gore includes stories directed by Domiziano Cristopharo (House of Flesh Mannequins), Mikel Balerdi (Larva Mental), Irene Jones Baruffetti (Nightmare Symphony), Lorenzo Zanoni (Ill: Final Contagium), Poison Rouge (American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice), Emanuele Marchetto (XXX: Dark Web), Patrick Fortin (Carnival of Gore), White Gardenia (XXX: Dark Web) and Dario Almerighi (7 Sins).

Titles of the segments:
    “Mouth” by Mikel Balerdi;
    “Sweet as Honey” by Emanuele Marchetto;
    “Finger Licking Good” by Lorenzo Dante Zanoni;
    “Please, not in My Mouth” by Poison Rouge;
    “Italian Ladies Do It Better” by Irene Jones Baruffetti;
    “Infernal Gluttony 2” by Patrick Fortin;
    “Yummy Fur” by Whit Gardenia (Daniel Valient & Cherokee Nevin);
    “Stretching” by Domiziano Cristopharo;
    “The Egg” by Dario Almerighi

ROT

ROT is a punk horror film directed by FX legend Marcus Koch, the special effects artist of American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore, Circus of the Dead, We Are Still Here, Frankenstein Created Bikers and the director of American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock.

ROT is the second feature film from Marcus Koch and it's an amazing example of punk horror movies to spawn out of the 80's and 90's.

Synopsis: Sarah has contracted a deadly virus called the ROT which she got by having sex with a corpse and now she has passed it along to Muzzy, her boyfriend. Now they are slowly rotting to death and must find a way to cure themselves before they rot away into nothing, or even worse, create a massive world-wide epidemic.

The man responsible for their living death is Dr. Robert Olsen, a deranged scientist who used to work for the government's germ warfare research division.

ROT stars Billy Scam, Tiffany Stinky and Joel D. Wynkoop

For more info and to pre-order visit https://tetrovideo.com/

DUNE - On Limited Edition UHD AND BD from Arrow

Following a notorious aborted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s, Frank Herbert’s bestselling sci-fi epic Dune finally made it to the big screen as the third film by emerging surrealist wunderkind David Lynch, featuring an all-star cast that includes several of Lynch’s regular collaborators.


The year is 10,191, and four planets are embroiled in a secret plot to wrest control of the Spice Melange, the most precious substance in the universe and found only on the planet Arrakis. A feud between two powerful dynasties, House Atreides and House Harkonnen, is manipulated from afar by ruling powers that conspire to keep their grip on the spice. As the two families clash on Arrakis, Duke Atreides’ son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan, in his screen debut) finds himself at the centre of an intergalactic war and an ancient prophecy that could change the galaxy forever.

Though its initial reception ensured that Lynch largely eschewed mainstream filmmaking for the rest of his career, Dune has since been rightly re-evaluated as one of the most startlingly original and visionary science fiction films of the 1980s. Its astonishing production design and visual effects can now be appreciated anew in this spellbinding 4K restoration, accompanied by hours of comprehensive bonus features.

4K ULTRA HD LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
• 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden, an American Cinematographer interview with sound designer Alan Splet from 1984, excerpts from an interview with the director from Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch and a Dune Terminology glossary from the original release
• Large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor
• Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor

DISC ONE - FEATURE & EXTRAS (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY)

• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• Original uncompressed stereo audio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Brand new audio commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
• Brand new audio commentary by Mike White of The Projection Booth podcast
• Impressions of Dune, a 2003 documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with star Kyle MacLachlan, producer Raffaella de Laurentiis, cinematographer Freddie Francis, editor Antony Gibbs and many others
• Designing Dune, a 2005 featurette looking back at the work of production designer Anthony Masters
• Dune FX, a 2005 featurette exploring the special effects in the film
• Dune Models & Miniatures, a 2005 featurette focusing on the model effects in the film
• Dune Costumes, a 2005 featurette looking at the elaborate costume designs seen in the film
• Eleven deleted scenes from the film, with a 2005 introduction by Raffaella de Laurentiis
• Destination Dune, a 1983 featurette originally produced to promote the film at conventions and publicity events
• Theatrical trailers and TV spots
• Extensive image galleries, including hundreds of still photos

DISC TWO – BONUS DISC (BLU-RAY)

• The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune, a brand new feature-length documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the making of the film, featuring dozens of new and archive interviews with cast and crew
• Beyond Imagination: Merchandising Dune, a brand new featurette exploring the merchandise created to promote the film, featuring toy collector/producer Brian Sillman (The Toys That Made Us)
• Prophecy Fulfilled: Scoring Dune, a brand new featurette on the film’s music score, featuring interviews with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, and film music historian Tim Greiving
• Brand new interview with make-up effects artist Giannetto de Rossi, filmed in 2020
• Archive interview with production coordinator Golda Offenheim, filmed in 2003
• Archive interview with star Paul Smith, filmed in 2008
• Archive interview with make-up effects artist Christopher Tucker

The film is also available on Blu-Ray in 1080p, with the same extra features. As well as being available in a limited Edition Dual-Format UHD and BD set, exclusive to Zavvi

***EXTRAS STILL IN PRODUCTION AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

Pre-order the UK 4K UHD release from Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the UK 4K BD release from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

VICIOUS FUN comes to SHUDDER

In VICIOUS FUN, Joel (Evan Marsh), a caustic 1980’s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim.


Directed by Cody Calahan (The Oak Room), the award-winning VICIOUS FUN stars Evan Marsh (Shazam!), Amber Goldfarb (Appiness), Ari Millen (Orphan Black), Julian Richings (Shudder’s Anything For Jackson), Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes), Sean Baek (Killjoys), David Koechner (Anchorman), Alexa Rose Steele (Jann), Mark Gibson (Exit Humanity), Kristopher Bowman (Deep River: The Island) and John Fray (The Silence).

A riotously exhilarating neon-soaked ride of nostalgia, self-aware laughs and gory thrills, VICIOUS FUN more than lives up to its name and arrives on SHUDDER on 29 June 2021. The film has been a hit with festival critics, and it recently won the Audience Award and the Golden Raven at the 2021 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

View the trailer on YouTube

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Splatstick Puppet Horror Comedy SNORE - available online

“SNORE”, an award winning “splatstick” horror comedy featuring a cast of Muppet style puppets is now available to view online following an international run at film festivals over the last two years.


Hard nosed businesswoman Karen has gone bankrupt yet again, forcing her and Callum, her toyboy lover/ PA to stay in a grotty halfway house run by equally grotty landlord Frances. A strange noise catches their attention in the middle of the night, leading them into a battle for survival with "the Jip", a small pig like creature. 

Who will survive and, most importantly, what will be left of Callum's designer manbag?

Snore is an over the top rollercoaster ride of a film, featuring a variety of puppets, miniatures and green screen action to bring the cavalcade of ridiculous splaststick action to life.

Part funded with help from the Adur And Worthing Trust, Snore was somewhat of a local affair, with writer/ director Luther Bhogal-Jones living in the region and utilised the help of local artist Garry Robson for the designs of the cast, brought to life by local prop maker Charlotte Regan and featuring a voice cast including local actor Andrew Calverley. It was predominantly shot in the basement of the (now closed) Beechwood House Hotel in Worthing (now the Brewhouse and Kitchen) with additional green screen work shot at the practice space of Zodiac Allstars Cheerleading in Lancing.

View the film online on YouTube

Visit Faster Productions Vimeo Channel.


Monday, 7 June 2021

CRAZY SAMURAI : 400 vs 1 - on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital this July

When a master samurai arrives to duel the disgraced Yoshioka dojo, he walks into an ambush, in the world’s first feature length, one-take action film sequence, which comes to Disc and Digital this July from Dazzler Media.

In 1604, Miyamoto Musashi (Tak Sakaguchi -Versus, Re:Born) attacked the Yoshioka family at their dojo and defeated master Seijuro and his younger brother Denshichiro in two duels. 

To save their reputation, the Yoshioka family decides to fight back with all 100 family members along with an additional 300 hired samurai. Now Musashi must fight for his life against 400 warriors, earning him a place in history as the “Crazy Samurai Musashi” 

From director and famed action coordinator Yûji Shimomura (The Warrior’s Way, Death Trance), CRAZY SAMURAI : 400 vs 1 is a thrilling slice of action cinema and a must-see for genre fans. 

Dazzler Media presents Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1 on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital 5th July

View the trailer on YouTube

Pre-order the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, 6 June 2021

THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS - On Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray from Arrow

Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as “nine times more suspenseful” than its predecessor, was THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS .
 
When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden - Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute’s scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus - Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. 
 
But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis - Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco’s young niece, may also be in killer’s sights…
 
This second entry in the so-called “Animal Trilogy” found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS remains one of Argento’s most suspenseful and underrated films.
 
 
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

• New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
• Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento
• The Writer O’ Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
• Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
• Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
• Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
• Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
• Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
• Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
• Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative 4K UHD Blu-ray
 
 Pre-order the UK UHD Box Set from Amazon.co.uk






MOSQUITO STATE joins SHUDDER's Summer Lineup this August

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, has acquired exclusive rights to the psycho-thriller MOSQUITO STATE, from director Filip Jan Rymsza and co-written by Rymsza and Mario Zermeno, for release in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on Thursday, 26 August.
 

In
MOSQUITO STATE, isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca (Beau Knapp) sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown.
 
An official selection of the Venice Film Festival in 2020, where it was awarded the Bisato d’Oro for Best Cinematography, MOSQUITO STATE joins Shudder’s previously announced “Summer of Chills” lineup, which features new film premieres every week through August, alongside the best library of curated streaming horror films. 
 
The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney described the film as “Cronenberg meets Kafka.” A “commandingly creepy psycho-horror… that multiplies into a nightmarish infestation before vengefully claiming its sacrifice, in a poetic surrender that evokes Virginia Woolf." Variety’s Guy Lodge wrote that “it swaggers with slick nasty formal showmanship designed to get under the viewer’s skin,” The Wrap’s Steve Pond added that “the movie promises that it’s going to take us for a ride, and Rymsza delivers on that promise,” and Indiewire’s David Ehrlich concluded that it “holds your attention like a bite that you can’t stop yourself from scratching even though you know it’s only going to make things worse.”

In addition to Knapp (The Good Lord Bird, Seven Seconds), the film stars Charlotte Vega (Wrong Turn, American Assassin), Jack Kesy (The Outpost, Deadpool 2), and Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful, Before Night Falls).

MOSQUITO STATE arrives on SHUDDER on 26 August 2021

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MONSTER HUNTER - at UK Cinemas June 18

Ahead of its June 18 cinema release, Sony Pictures UK is pleased to make available a new clip for MONSTER HUNTER, starring Milla Jovovich. Check it out below...

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. 

In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.

MONSTER HUNTER, starring Milla Jovovich, is released to UK Cinemas June 18


 



THE SERGIO MARTINO COLLECTION - Coming from Arrow Video this August

One of Italian cinema’s most celebrated and prolific filmmakers, Sergio Martino worked across a range of genres, but is arguably best known for his giallo thrillers. THE SERGIO MARTINO COLLECTION, which comes to BD this August, brings together three of his finest.
 

In THE CASE OF THE SCORPIONS TALE, recently widowed Lisa Baumer is summoned to Athens to collect her husband’s generous life insurance policy, but soon discovers others are willing to kill to get their hands on it. 
 
In the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND I HAVE THE ONLY KEY, abrasive drunk Oliviero amuses himself by holding drunken orgies and abusing his long-suffering wife… but when a series of grisly murders shakes the local community, Oliviero finds himself in the frame. 
 
Finally, THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR combines giallo and crime thriller tropes as undercover cop Paolo pursues the Milanese criminal outfit responsible for the brutal murder of an underage prostitute, but finds himself up against a killer-for-hire who’s bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk.

Featuring sensational casts of genre stalwarts, including Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Anita Strindberg and Luigi Pistilli, with scripts by giallo master Ernesto Gastaldi and sensuous scores by maestro Bruno Nicolai, this is an essential collection for any Italian cult cinema fan.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• Three films from Sergio Martino: The Case of the Scorpion's Tail, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and The Suspicious Death of a Minor, restored in 2K from the original camera negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation for all films
• Original uncompressed mono Italian and English audio tracks
• Optional English subtitles for Italian audio and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for English audio
• Newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach

THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL:

• Audio commentary with writer Ernesto Gastaldi, moderated by filmmaker Federico Caddeo (in Italian with English subtitles)
• Under the Sign of the Scorpion – an interview with star George Hilton
• The Scorpion Tales – an interview with director Sergio Martino
• Jet Set Giallo – an analysis Sergio Martino’s films by Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
• The Case of the Screenwriter Auteur – a video essay by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
• Theatrical trailer
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY:

• Through the Keyhole – an interview with director Sergio Martino
• Unveiling the Vice – making-of retrospective featuring interviews with Martino, star Edwige Fenech and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
• Dolls of Flesh and Blood: The Gialli of Sergio Martino – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the director’s unique contributions to the giallo genre
• The Strange Vices of Ms. Fenech – film historian Justin Harries on the Your Vice actress’ prolific career
• Eli Roth on Your Vice and the genius of Martino
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR:

• Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
• Violent Milan – an interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

Pre-order the UK BD box set from Amazon.co.uk