Vintage film restoration and distribution company Film Masters continues its tribute to the pope of pop cinema, Roger Corman, with the third installment of The Filmgroup series on Blu-ray and DVD, The Devil’s Partner.
The duality of Roger Corman is on display, showcasing his spooky gothic side with The Terror – marking the 60th anniversary of its release this year – and his more whimsical side with The Little Shop of Horrors in this special collector’s edition double-feature on Blu-ray and DVD from Film Masters.
“No one will be admitted while the coffin is being opened!”
Roger Corman’s suspenseful, cult classic, Beast from Haunted Cave – newly restored from a 4K scan of 35mm archival materials – will be released as a special collector’s edition on Blu-ray and DVD from Film Masters just in time for Halloween.
“Screaming young girls sucked into a labyrinth of horror by a blood-starved ghoul from Hell.”
The inaugural release from Film Masters is a two-disc collection featuring cult favorite The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews; originally released as a drive-in double-feature in 1959.
“The biggest terror ever unleashed on the screen!”
Directed by veteran grindhouse and adult film producer Gerald Cormier, and seldom-seen beyond the shelves of small-town video shops, the bizarro monster-comedy Franky and His Pals is finally being resurrected on DVD by Severin/Intervision!
“They waited 100 years to be free. So look out world! You’ll see what trouble can be!”
From producer Prachya Pinkaew, the filmmaker behind modern martial arts classics, Ong Bak, Warrior King and Chocolate, comes a new hero from a world of supernatural horror…
“From the darkness he will rise.”
The present becomes strangely entangled with the past when Lucy’s aunt dies and she must leave the peaceful countryside to live with trendy relatives in London. In the attic of her cousins’ old Victorian house she is confronted by Alice, a girl from the past, and discovers that time has rolled back a hundred years.
“The ghost in the mirror wants young Lucy to stay with her in the past…forever!”
Esther’s secret may be out but this time around there’s more to this psychotic young girl than meets the eye. Escaping from the psychiatric facility that housed her, Esther hides in plain sight by assuming the identity of a missing American child…
“She will kill to be part of a family.”
Finally, a sequel that truly delivers. After being resurrected by a sinister entity, demented Art the Clown returns to the timid town of Miles County where he targets a bereaved family, especially teenage Sienna and her younger brother Jonathan. And it’s Halloween night, so pray you don’t get in deranged Art’s way!
“Who is laughing now?”
A rarely seen anthology series featuring stories full of menace and black humour, Tales of Unease avoids overt horror for a subtler and altogether more unsettling sense of the uncanny that will jangle the nerves of all those who encounter them.
“Seven tales of uncanny menace and black humour.”
When Max discovers the legendary lost instalment of the Nether Game series, he accidentally unleashes the ancient “Curse of the Ages,” turning friends and family into possessed ghouls hell-bent on destroying civilisation. It’s now up to Max to figure out how to beat the dark forces of The Nether before it’s game over for humanity. Max Reload and the Nether Blasters is a retro gaming-inspired, action-packed comedy-adventure featuring a top cast including Greg Grunberg, Kevin Smith, Wil Wheaton, and rising star Tom Plumley.
“We’re gonna need firepower!”
When will I learn that a great premise doesn’t necessarily mean a film will be great or even good. Just like the enjoyable Werewolves Within, the similarly titled Beast Within is a werewolf whodunit that references the party game. However, that is where the similarities end. The acting in Beast Within is woeful. There is no emotion, no chemistry, and no believability in most of the characters. When the werewolf is finally revealed, that particular character becomes a bit more three-dimensional and believable. I don’t know how much of the film’s issues lie with the bad writing or directing.