Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for February 9, 2016

Crimson Peak

crimson peak

“When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay— a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) comes a gothic romance masterpiece starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.”

Review here

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

a lizard in a woman's skin

“Carol Hammond, the frustrated wife of a successful London lawyer, is having bizarre, erotic dreams about her uninhibited neighbor, Julia Durer, who presides over noisy, sex and drug filled parties in the house next door. One night, Carol’s dreams culminate in violent death and she wakes to find her nightmares have become reality – Julia has been murdered and Carol is the main suspect. This frightening discovery is just the beginning of a labyrinthine psycho sexual shocker which takes the viewer on a wild ride through a series of frequently breathtaking set pieces that set new standards for the Italian thriller.

This first US Blu-ray release of the film, taken from the original negative, is the longest uncut version currently available and it comes with a host of exclusive extras. Directed by controversial film maker Lucio Fulci (The New York Ripper, House by the Cemetery, Zombie), Lizard in a Woman’s Skin is considered by many critics to be his finest achievement.

Special Features:
Brand new HD transfer from film negative
Shedding the Skin – documentary
Dr Lucio Fulci’s Day for Night – directed by Antonietta De Lillo – interview with Lucio Fulci
Interview with writer Stephen Thrower
Interview with actor Tony Adams
Audio commentary with Kris Gavin
Two original trailers
Radio spots
Italian/English Language/subtitle choices”

Sheba, Baby

sheba, baby

“HOTTER ‘N’ COFFY MEANER ‘N’ FOXY BROWN!

Fresh off her career defining roles for Jack Hill in Coffy and Foxy Brown, Pam Grier returned to pure Blaxploitation (after turns in Blaxploitation-horror and action), in cult filmmaker William Girdler’s (The Manitou, Abby) ‘Sheba, Baby’…

Grier plays Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who is called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss (played by that bad D’Urville Martin;, Black Caesar, Dolemite) from moving in on her father’s loan business. Aided by her father’s partner, Brick Williams (Austin Stoker, Assault on Precinct 13, Battle for the Planet of the Apes), Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren’t going go away with a fight. Car bombs, gun fights and boat chases ensue whilst armed with her curves, street smarts and a .44, Sheba is in for a bloodbath!

Grier would appear in three Blaxploitation classics in 1975 (the others were Bucktown and Friday Foster), where she was at the top of her game and genre, with the Los Angeles Times calling her ”;cool, tough and glamorous – a female fantasy Wonder Woman”;, further cementing her status as the first female action star.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson
Sheldon: Baby – a brand new interview with David Sheldon
Pam Grier: The AIP Years – a look over the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris Poggiali
Trailer
Gallery featuring rare publicity images and Lobby Cards
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
Booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen, webmaster of WilliamGirdler.com, illustrated with archive stills and posters”

 

freaks of nature

“In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.”

Sociopathia

sociopathia

“SOCIOPATHIA tells the story of Mara, a new breed of psychopath, one who on the outside appears to be an introverted girl-next-door, but secretly harbors a violent rage that threatens all who enter her world. Turning her victims into living dolls , Mara begins to lose her grip on reality when she falls in love with fledgling producer Kat. As her feelings grow stronger, she s unable to keep her demons at bay and her violent nature takes over, manifesting itself in brutal and disturbing ways.”

Hangman

hangman

“Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated. But little do they know the nightmare has just begun.”

Convergence

convergence

“After suffering an explosion at the hands of a terrorist bomber he s been tracking, detective Ben Walls (Clayne Crawford) awakens in a hospital surprisingly uninjured and ready to go back into the field. But at the behest of his Captain (Mykelti Williamson) and the hospital s few but eerily incongruous patients and staff, Ben is forced to remain inside the building. As Ben navigates the hospital s alarmingly empty hallways, he soon finds himself hunted by a self-proclaimed avenging angel (Ethan Embry) who may be the terrorist he s been looking for, and haunted by apparitions whose deadly motives remain a mystery. As Ben s sense of reality begins to spiral out of control and the demons that surround him close in, he must find a way to both stop the supernatural forces that want him dead and catch the bomber before he strikes again.”

The Leftovers: The Complete Second Season

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“Season 2 of The Leftovers begins in Jarden, Texas – renamed “Miracle” after it was discovered no one departed. The town has since become a magnet for tourists and people who are convinced it is special and can keep them safe. It is there we meet the Murphy family: John (Kevin Carroll), Erika (Regina King), and their twins Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Michael (Jovan Adepo). While trying to protect his town from frauds and charlatans, John gets an ominous warning from a man who claims to have psychic powers. Soon afterwards, Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) and Jill Garvey (Margaret Qualley) show up in Miracle. This newly formed “family” left Mapleton to start over but Kevin Garvey cannot seem to escape his past. Soon, Kevin, The Murphy family and the town of Miracle experience a mysterious event that will that change their lives forever.”

Nutbag

nutbag

“Nutbag is the terrifying, true-life story of a man who murders without provocation. A lonely depraved killer stalks beautiful women in Las Vegas, where he kills at random. There seems to be no end to his madness. Nutbag welcomes viewers to enter the mind of a psychopath, feel his pain, and follow him in his daily life, watching as the blood flows. Massacre Video presents Nutbag, the first feature-length film from genre master Nick Palumbo, the director of the controversial 35mm epic Murder-Set-Pieces. Boasting an all-new transfer created from the original Nutbag master, this release is essential viewing for fans of confrontational cinema. ”

E.N.D.

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“Three different times, three different places, three different steps… of the plague.

Day 1. Italy. In a funeral home. The owner of the agency, the hearse driver and the make-up man are forced to deal with an epidemic spread by cocaine. Soon, the corpses ready for the burial wake up in their coffins.

Day 1466. When the epidemic already devoured the whole country, an American soldier and a pregnant woman are surrounded by zombies in a cabin in the woods. When the woman gives birth to her baby, the man understands that he has no more chance for survival.

Day 2333. The country is divided in two factions. Some of our characters preserved themselves. Some… remained human beings.

Special Features:
Backstage
Trailer 1 and Trailer 2
Interview with screenwriter Antonio Tentori
Photo gallery”

Red Krokodil

red krokodil

“Red Krokodil tells the story of a man meant to represent all men. It is the story of a man addicted to Krokodil , that suddenly finds himself alone in a post-nuclear city similar to Chernobyl. His physical decay, caused by the massive intake of drugs, is mirrored in his inner world, as reality mixes with hallucinations. The result is a film that uses the Krokodil as a metaphor of destruction.

This movie deals with many themes, from the environment to the use of drugs, but the story is just an excuse that director Domiziano Cristopharo uses to focus on a psychological condition that brings a total detachment from oneself and from the surrounding world. A dark trip that shows no way out.

Special Features:
Ending with alternate music
Deleted scene 1
Deleted scene 2
Teaser trailer
Trailer 1 and Trailer 2
Test FX for ending scene
Photo gallery”

A Violent Life

a violent life

“Bandiera (Laurent Terzieff) and Rabbino (Franco Citti) are two dirt-poor brothers that live on the outskirts of Ostia, a small city by the seaside not far away from Rome. Haunted by their childhood memories the two still suffer from the presence of their long dead abusive father, an anarchist who married a devout catholic girl. One day the brothers find a beautiful girl sleeping in a field and take her to their rundown home. Soon the jealousies between Bandiera and Rabbino spark violently and break up their brotherly bond.

Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini and directed by Franco Citti, Ostia is an enchanted and dark ballad that unfortunately anticipated the poet’s sad demise a few years later. Considered by many critics and scholars the best film that Pasolini never directed, it features Citti’s keen eye and ear for the stern reality of the roman sub proletariat. Stylized and brutally honest and yet moving and lyrical, A Violent Life is a forgotten masterpiece of Italian cinema. A film far ahead of its time and ready to be discovered by a new generation of film lovers.”

Back from Hell

back from hell

“Jack, an up-and-coming Hollywood actor, sells his soul to Satan and returns home after he is unable to fulfill his end of the pact. After being attacked by hooded men, Jack meets up with his old childhood friend, who is now priest named Father Aaron. Together, the two must now fight the forces of evil, battling demons, psycho killers, and even zombies! Massacre Video is proud to present the Michigan-lensed splatter thriller Back from Hell, directed by Matt Jaissle (The Necro Files, Legion of the Night, and Revolution 666), in an all-new, director’s-approved edition!

Special Features:

Director Audio Commentary
RARE deleted scene
Interview with Director Matt Jaissle
Locations Tour
Stills Gallery
Trailers for Massacre Video Releases”

Zombie Croc

zombie croc

“A team of researchers and a mysterious hunter known only as ”Crocodile Jack” venture into the swamp to battle a monstrous resurrected swamp beast that has been mutilating and devouring town locals. As they venture deeper into the swamps losing team members to the gigantic carnivorous undead reptile, they discover that a Voodoo Priest has been orchestrating the resurrection of not only the vicious ancient creature, but a horde of flesh eating zombies as well. It will take much more than big guns and brawn to stop the ZOMBIE CROC!”

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