Remastered onto BD-R/DVD-R, Carnie Features have released the definitive edition of Thomas Lee Rutter’s Bella in the Wych Elm; a West Midlands phantasmagoria based on the world-famous unsolved Hagley Wood mystery. Part documentary, part experimental horror, Bella in the Wych Elm is a delight to watch and never comes across as exploitative.
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”.
“Who the hell… are you?”
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.”
Unless one is of a certain age it might be difficult to relate to VIPCO’s feature-length release of the documentary VHS Forever? Psychotronic People. It harkens back to the dawn of serious movie watching, especially those of a subversive and transgressive nature. The documentary manages to capture the thrill of so many cinephiles to be able to access obscure, forbidden and strange films, but at the same time, shows the paranoia and very real legal concerns operators of video stores faced during the era.
“We think censorship is idiotic!”
Actor and producer Steven Morana makes his directorial debut with Beast Within, a lycanthropic whodunit centered around a gaming app launch party that takes a sudden turn when a murder is discovered. Morana stars in the lead role as August, the tech wonder turned action hero who must protect his guests when a mysterious predator crashes his big night. Beast Within will be available 23rd February on DVD from Stonecutter Media, following a smash success as a cable and digital release in the fall. Morana shared directing duties with Chris Green.
“This game has no players. Only prey.”
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.”
From the visionary mind of writer-director Brandon Cronenberg, Possessor is a game-changing sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos; available on Digital HD 1st February, and Blu-ray/DVD 8th February from Signature Entertainment.
Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.
“No body is safe.”
In the near future, the sun has become so toxic that people can no longer leave their houses in daytime, and normal life is conducted mostly inside the virtual realm. Against this dystopian backdrop, a dying man seeks to ensure the future wellbeing of his family, while coping with what it means to be human in this new reality.
From writer-director Guy Moshe, LX 2048 is a powerful, thought-provoking sci-fi starring James D’Arcy, Anna Brewster, Gina McKee and Delroy Lindo.
“In 2048 humanity will face extinction.”
The Film Detective (TFD), a classic media streaming network and film archive that restores and distributes classic films for today’s cord-cutters, announces the release of Richard E. Cunha’s science-fiction classic, Giant from the Unknown (1958), on limited edition Blu-ray and DVD.
“The creeping terror had rose from the depths of the unknown!”
Megan Fox fights to the death against terrorists and a dangerous, rogue lion in this white-knuckle action thrill-ride from director M.J. Bassett. Battle-hardened mercenary Samantha O’Hara leads an elite squad of soldiers on a daring mission to rescue a hostage from a group of violent terrorists in the plains of Africa. But when the mission goes wrong, the team is stranded, Samantha’s squad must face a bloody, brutal encounter with the ferocious gang of rebels, and a ravenous, enraged lioness that is baying for their blood after escaping from an illegal lion farm.
“When the hunter becomes the prey.”
Made during Jackie Chan’s early apprenticeship to director Lo Wei – the man who made Bruce Lee a star – Spiritual Kung Fu sees Chan as a novice at the Shaolin Temple, who learns martial arts from a very unusual set of masters: the ghosts who haunt the temple. Under their spectral tutelage, he gains the skills he needs to defend Shaolin during its darkest hour… The Shaolin Masters of 88 Films are proud to present this classic slice of vintage chop-socky on beautiful Blu-ray (remastered on 2K) and DVD.
“The Five Style Fists has been lost for centuries.”
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.