One of Osamu Tezuka’s most adult and sexually-charged works, Barbara (1973-74) was originally serialized as a follow-up to Ayako (1972-73) in Big Comic from July 1973 to May 1974. Barbara is an adult-orientated fantasy tale filled with love and the occult. Its story deals with the erotic and bizarre experiences of a famous novelist called Yosuke Mikura whose life is tossed upside down by a mysterious girl named “Barbara”.
Romina, an overworked nurse and single mother, returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find Chris, a forlorn maniac, hiding out with Alan, a bruised and beaten hostage within her home. Her home becomes the stage for Chris to enact brutal justice up Alan whom he blames for an alleged act of horrendous inexcusable violence against a close family member. Romina finds herself plunged into a personal hell as she struggles to side with either party. The worst is yet to come. An unexpected wave of violent intruders descend upon the neighbourhood and lay siege to her home.
“Nothing good this way comes.”
Campfire stories aren’t real – are they? 88 Films are proud to present the complete Urban Legend trilogy on UK Blu-ray for the first time (limited to 5000 copies), completely uncut! Even better than listening to spooky old stories, these three films are modern slasher classics.
“…the call is coming from INSIDE the house…”
One Cut of the Dead: Hollywood Edition is a limited edition 2000 unit pressing of the Japanese box office smash One Cut of the Dead, featuring 4 hours of content, including the spin-off film, One Cut of the Dead in Hollywood; available 31st May on Blu-ray from Third Window Films. One Cut of the Dead opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film. Yet this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that it’s the site of military experiments on humans…
“Don’t stop shooting!”
On 12th April, The Head Hunter comes to Blu-ray from 101 Films. On the outskirts of a kingdom, in the shadows of a looming castle, a quiet but fierce medieval warrior protects the realm from monsters. The gruesome collection of trophy heads on the wall of his cabin is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter. He travels wild expanses on horseback, driven by a thirst for revenge. When his chance for vengeance arrives, it’s in a way far more horrifying than he ever imagined.
“Grief. Anger. Vengeance.”
Mark L. Lester’s Truck Stop Women is an exploitation feature that treats sex, violence, and sensationalism with love and affection. And Steel Arena is an interesting look at small-town America, where people will risk their lives for entertainment.
“Double-clutchin’… gear-jammin’ mamas who like a lot of hi-jackin’ by day… a lot of heavy truckin’ by night!”
Noyo’s a sleepy little place, where nothing much happens. So why are people being attacked and killed by things that come out of the water? The answer involves pollution and mutated sea life that’s developed a taste for death. As the ‘orrible humanoids lay siege to Noyo, it’s up to the great Doug McClure, to put a stop to their murderous rampages. Humanoids from the Deep is cheesy, sleazy classic, lovingly presented by your pals at 88 Films.
“From the caverns of the deep… It strikes! Between life and death, there is… Humanoids from the Deep!”
Murphy’s Law says that anything that can go wrong will go wrong – and that’s just how tough cop Jack Murphy feels. His marriage is over, he’s drinking too much and – oh boy – now he’s the target of a psycho trying to frame him for murder one. But Bronson isn’t licked that easily. Aided and abetted by street punk Arabella, he fights back: someone’s going to learn the hard way that you don’t mess with Jack Murphy…
“He’s a cop… She’s a thief… Together, they’re running for their lives.”
From the depths of hell, horror icon Pinhead returns in the latest chilling chapters of the bloodcurdling Hellraiser franchise. With long-time series SFX artist Gary John Tunnicliffe at the helm, get ready for gore-soaked set-pieces and nightmare visuals that will tear your soul apart!
“Evil seeks evil.”
On 29th March, ’70s espionage thriller The Black Windmill (1974) arrives on Blu-ray from 101 Films for the first time in the UK. Directed by legendary filmmaker Don Siegel, the film stars Michael Caine as a British secret agent targeted for death by friend and foe alike. Underrated and under-seen, this riveting suspense thriller features a superb cast and an outstanding score from Roy Budd.
“Seven days to a killing… the ultimate exercise in controlled terror.”
The name VIPCO was resurrected last year by HorrorScreams VideoVault CEO Peter Hopkins and writer/filmmaker Lorna J. Child as a new label with the same underlying focus: horror film distribution.
“The home of horror film production and distribution.”
On 8th February, Edward Murphy’s Raw Force (1982) arrives in the UK on Blu-ray for the first time, from 101 Films. A crazy, over-the-top mix of martial arts and horror, this sleazy gem stars exploitation greats Cameron Mitchell and Vic Diaz, and features everything from zombies to cannibal monks. When the Burbank Kung Fu Club travels to this mysterious island, they quickly find themselves facing the bloodthirsty vengeance of flesh-ripping, kung fu fighting zombies…