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CultFilms Presents Liliana Cavani’s THE NIGHT PORTER 4K Restoration on Blu-ray and Digital (30 November)

CultFilms is proud to present the 4K restoration of Liliana Cavani’s provocative classic The Night Porter (1974), with brand new extras that explore the film’s controversial history and make it ripe for re-assessment. The Night Porter has been controversial since its initial release in 1974. Now, Liliana Cavani’s story of obsessive passion and tragic destiny is presented in this definitive 4K restoration, overseen by Cavani herself and finally doing justice to her challenging and extraordinary vision.

“The most controversial picture of our time!”

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I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019, USA) Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment Blu-ray Review

I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019, USA) Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment Blu-ray Review

40 years after the theatrical release of I Spit on Your Grave became one of the most depressing experiences of Roger Ebert’s life, Director Meir Zarchi has returned with a sequel so vile, so morally reprehensible, the new generation of film critics won’t be able to contain their stomach contents. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a new Day of the Woman! The ultimate day of terror!

“Before setting out on revenge, first dig two graves…and spit on one of them.”

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The Dare (2019, Bulgaria / USA / UK) Lionsgate UK DVD Review

The Dare (2019, Bulgaria / USA / UK) Lionsgate UK DVD Review

Directed and co-written by Giles Alderson, The Dare could easily be dismissed as a copycat of the movies that led to the mid-2000s resurgence of the splatter subgenre; unfortunately labelled “torture porn” by film critics and horror detractors. James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Saw (2004), and Eli Roth’s Hostel (2005) are both seen as the pinnacle of the subgenre; the first to be labelled “torture porn” due to their emphasis on extreme violence and sadism, and never surpassed by the countless thrillers that followed. But despite a certain familiarity, The Dare breathes new life into the art of splatter.

“Let the evil out.”

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Twisted Horror THE DARE Available Now on Digital Download & DVD from Lionsgate UK

Twisted Horror THE DARE Available Now on Digital Download & DVD from Lionsgate UK

A twisted tale of torture and bloody revenge starring veteran horror actor Richard Brake, The Dare explodes onto screens this Halloween. A rare family night for Jay takes a brutal twist when he is kidnapped, waking up chained to the wall of a squalid basement with three other prisoners. When their sadistic captor emerges, his face hidden under a gruesome skin mask, Jay soon realises their time is quickly running out. Jay must engage in a twisted battle of survival to solve the puzzle of his imprisonment, unmask their tormentor and save the lives of his family.

“It’s all fun and games until somebody dies.”

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Touch of Death (aka When Alice Broke the Mirror) (1988, Italy) Review

Touch of Death (aka When Alice Broke the Mirror) (1988, Italy) Review

Lucio Fulci is so synonymous with movie splatter that it is kind of expected to see excessive amounts of bloodletting (and rimozione degli occhi) whenever his name appears during the opening credits. And whilst Touch of Death isn’t quite the same level of gorefest when compared with his earlier efforts, it still offers a generous amount of face-melting fun (literally) that made me fall in love with his giallo/horror output. Known in Italy as Quando Alice ruppe lo specchio, Touch of Death was developed as part of a series entitled I maestri del thriller aimed at the direct-to-video market.

“I don’t make mistakes. I won’t make mistakes.”

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Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment Proudly Presents the Legendary I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray & DVD (UK / 5 October)

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment Proudly Presents the Legendary I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray & DVD (UK / 5 October)

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment proudly presents I Spit on Your Grave: The Complete Collection – the shocking, controversial and ground-breaking film series, presented in its entirety on Blu-ray and DVD for the very first time, arriving 5th October. When the original 1978 film was banned in the UK upon release, this notorious revenge movie helped launch the “video nasty” craze of the 1980’s and inspired a generation of genre directors through its provocative, no-holds-barred filmmaking.

“After it was all over… she waited… then she struck back in a way only a woman can!”

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The Assent (2019, Israel / USA / UK) Dazzler Media DVD Review

The Assent (2019, Israel / USA / UK) Dazzler Media DVD Review

In Pearry Reginald Teo’s new horror film, The Assent, a widowed father named Joel, is taking medication to keep at bay the hallucinations he suffers due to his schizophrenia.

We learn that Joel is trying to care for his young son Mason, while they piece together their lives in the wake of his wife’s death in car accident. Sadly, Joel is in danger of losing his son to social services if he fails to prove that he can hold down a permanent job and provide financially and emotionally for Mason. In his current situation he is barely making ends meet.

“It feeds on the darkness within.”

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ARMOUR OF GOD II: OPERATION CONDOR, WITCHCRAFT (aka LA CASA 4) & BEYOND DARKNESS (aka LA CASA 5) Available Now on Blu-ray from 88 Films

ARMOUR OF GOD II: OPERATION CONDOR, WITCHCRAFT (aka LA CASA 4) & BEYOND DARKNESS (aka LA CASA 5) Available Now on Blu-ray from 88 Films

The Asian Hawk is back! Undeterred by nearly dying while making the first Armour of God, Jackie Chan returned to battle for a sequel that’s bigger, better and even more daring. Witchcraft is a carnage fuelled splatter fest, and what lurks Beyond Darkness?

“On his most dangerous mission ever, the world’s toughest secret agent isn’t going in alone.”

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Rabid (2019, Canada) Review

Rabid (2019, Canada) Review

Sylvia and Jen Soska, known as The Soska Sisters, have made quite a name for themselves directing, writing and acting in some of most visceral, brutal horror films of the last ten years. Their breakout film, 2009’s Dead Hooker in a Trunk, attracted more attention for its controversial name than the movie itself. However, it established the style and mystique the Soska name would bring to independent film. I have to give Sylvia and Jen props for taking on the re-imagining of one of Canada’s greatest director’s best films.

“You’ve just had reconstructive surgery… You can’t take your bandages off just yet!”

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Women of Mafia 2 (aka Mafia Women 2) (2019, Poland) Review

Women of Mafia 2 (aka Mafia Women 2) (2019, Poland) Review

Fans of writer-director Patryk Vega’s Mafia Women, rejoice! There’s a sequel to the film I called “unbelievably bad” in this very space, and it’s titled, appropriately, Women of Mafia 2 (or Mafia Women 2, depending on your Polish-to-English translation). You’ll be pleased to know that Women of Mafia 2 has quite a lot in common with the first film, including graphic violence, frontal nudity, and a script so nonsensical that the writing must have been outsourced to the proverbial primate with a typewriter, minus the infinite timeline.

“Starting today we have sex with whoever we want!”

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A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019, UK / Belgium) Review

A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019, UK / Belgium) Review

Sarah is doing it tough. Having lost her husband to an as-yet-unsolved murder only a few short months prior, she is stretched both financially and emotionally. She has two small children to give her strength and motivation as she privately grieves and tries to hold her family together. But A Good Woman Is Hard to Find opens with her covered in blood. She washes it off in the shower and then we reflect back on how she got there; and what an exhilarating tale it is. Directed by Abner Pastoll and written by Ronan Blaney, this Northern Irish production has much to admire.

“They’re my children… I’m their mother… and I love them.”

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Art of the Dead (2019, USA) Review

Art of the Dead (2019)

It’s rare that I’m left speechless or lost for words after a horror film but perhaps the only way to describe Art of the Dead is to say that it defies any definition! Brimming with influences that range from Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) to American Horror Story and Dario Argento, this offering from director Rolfe Kanevsky (who has a prolific output) is a visceral feast for the eyes. It’s fair to say that this is a horror based in spectacle, shock and sensory overload rather than it being a deep and searching exploration of fear. If this film were a painting itself, it could be described as schlocky, daring and off the hook.

“Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride. What’s your sin?”

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