Horror Films ‘Dead Pit’ and ‘The Last Victim’ Among Discs Available From MVD and Dark Force Aug. 25

Two horror films and a sci-fi-fantasy monster film are available Aug. 25 on Blu-ray and DVD from Dark Force Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

The sci-fi-fantasy film Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977) follows Professor Wassermann (John Stacy) who is asked by industry magnate Morgan Hunnicut (Eddie Faye) to lead an expedition to study the giant Yeti creature found frozen in a large ice block on Newfoundland’s coast. The professor does not know that Hunnicut intends to use the prehistoric creature as a trademark of its multinational industrial group — very big mistake. From Director Gianfranco Parolini (aka Frank Kramer), co-writer and director of the Lee Van Cleef/Yul Brenner “Sabata” spaghetti Western trilogy, the film also stars Antonella Interlenghi (Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead), Tony Kendall (Ossorio’s Return of the Evil Dead) and Mimmo Craig as the titular ice age titan. The release features a new high def master from the original existing Italian camera negative.

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Also available on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray is the horror film Dead Pit (1989). From director Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, The Lawnmower Man), it follows a renegade doctor who is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with amnesia. Her arrival is marked by an earthquake — which cracks the seal to the Dead Pit, freeing the evil doctor to continue his work. Extras include new interviews with Cheryl Lawson, Jeremy Slate, director Brett Leonard and writer/producer Gimel Everett. Fangoria included Dead Pit in its “101 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen.”

From cult movie director Jim Sotos (Sweet Sixteen, Hot Moves), the horror title The Last Victim (aka Forced Entry) (1976) is a suspense drama starring Tanya Roberts (A View to a Kill, “Charlie’s Angels”) as a beautiful woman forced into a life and death struggle against the demented obsessions of a psychopathic killer. The film also stars Nancy Allen (Carrie), Michael Tucci (Grease) and Glenn Scarpelli (“One Day at a Time”).The Blu-ray includes both the ‘R’-rated and ‘PG’-rated versions under the titles The Last Victim and Forced Entry. The title features a new 2k scan with restoration from the original film negative and missing scenes from a 35mm print, as well as a reversible cover art that features the original theatrical poster.

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‘Teenage Hitchhikers,’ ‘Ator: The Fighting Eagle’ Among Titles on Disc in May From Dark Force and MVD

The cult film Teenage Hitchhikers and the sci-fi adventure Ator: the Fighting Eagle are among the titles available on disc in May from Dark Force Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

Available now on DVD and Blu-ray is the 1970s cult exploitation film Teenage Hitchhikers. In the film, Mouse (Kathie Christopher, The Taking of Christina) and Bird (Sandra Peabody, Last House on the Left) are a couple of sassy and sexy young hitchhikers who embark on a cross country trip in search of freedom, excitement and independence. The lovely ladies use their bodies as currency and encounter a diverse array of libidinous folks on their journey. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the release features a new HD master from the original uncut 35mm camera negative with extensive scene by scene color correction; audio commentary with director of photography Bill Lamond; and a new 2019 interview with writer/director Gerri Sedley. Featured in Quentin Tarantino’s “QT Fest,” the film also stars Claire Wilbur (Score) and Margaret Whitton (The Secret of My Success, Major League).

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Due on DVD and Blu-ray May 26 is the horror double feature of The Gates of Hell and Psycho From Texas (1980). In The Gates of Hell, a reporter and a psychic race to close the gates of hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. It’s a new HD master created from a U.S. theatrical 35mm print. In Psycho from Texas, a drifter/hitman is hired by a local businessman to kidnap the local oil baron. The hitman had been reared in squalor, suffering the abuses of his whoring mama. When the baron escapes, his assistant must chase him while the hitman takes care of a few loose ends. The HD master is created from the only available source masters with extensive scene by scene color correction. The films are available in Dark Force Entertainment’s exclusive “Drive-In Mode” featuring cult director Damon Packard.

Also coming on DVD and Blu-ray May 26 is Breeders (a remake of the 1986 movie Breeders and also known as Deadly Instincts). When a meteorite crash lands onto a Boston college campus and an alien beast is released, only one man understands its mission to mate. From the depths of an all-girls college, the monster stalks his prey in a cat-and-mouse chase until the final conflict where only one species can survive. The 1997 cult classic DTV sci-fi horror entry stars Samantha Womack (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Todd Jensen (It’s Alive), Oliver Tobias (The Wicked Lady), Clifton Lloyd Bryan (The Fifth Element) and Melanie Walters (“Gavin and Stacey”).

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Finally, for fans of Conan: The Barbarian and “Hercules” comes the sci-fi fantasy Ator: The Fighting Eagle Collector’s Edition (1982) May 26 on DVD and Blu-ray. In the film’s lore, it is written that the son of Thorn will put an end to the tragic dynasty of the Spider. Thus, the Grand Priest of the Spider orders the slaughter of the newborn son. However, the old Griba hides the newborn safe from the slaughter, and he grows up strong and brave with his adoptive parents. Miles O’Keeffe (Tarzan The Ape Man) plays Ator, son of Thorn. He falls in love with Sunya (Ritza Brown), whom he believes to be his sister. When the truth is revealed that Ator was adopted, he gains the approval for the marriage. But on their wedding day, the Black Knights, guards of the Grand Priest, begin a massacre in Ator’s village as they search for old Griba and they kidnap Sunya, the bride. Ator must then begin his long, perilous journey toward the Temple of the Spider. On his way he learns the secrets of martial arts and befriends Roon (Sabrina Siani), a thief Amazon who joins Ator on the journey to the temple. Together they conquer danger after danger. The film is directed by Italian cult director Joe D’Amato (Death Smiles on a Murderer). The HD master was made from the only existing 35mm print with extensive restoration. Ator: The Fighting Eagle was featured in season 12 of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

‘Mirror, Mirror,’ ‘Point Doom,’ ‘Freeway 2’ Among Titles Traveling to Blu-ray March 17 From MVD

Mirror, Mirror and its sequel, Freeway 2, Point Doom, and a grindhouse double feature are coming out on Blu-ray March 17 from MVD Entertainment Group and Dark Force Entertainment.

Mirror, Mirror (1990) starts with a flashback of the bloody murder of a woman by her identical twin sister that has something to do with the odd, whispering mirror in the room. Later, Emelin (Yvonne De Carlo, “The Munsters”) runs across the dreaded mirror while cleaning out the house for sale. She has it moved to her antique shop. Enter Susan Gordon (Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces) and her daughter Megan (Rainbow Harvest), the new owners of the house, and the mirror, which has mysteriously returned. When their dog is found dead in front of the mirror, Susan and Megan have no idea what lies ahead for them. The film also stars William Sanderson (Blade Runner) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day). Bonus features include the “Reflections in the Mirror Mirror” featurette with interviews from producers Virginia Perfili and Jimmy Lifton.

In the sequel Mirror, Mirror 2 (1994), on Blu-ray for the first time, an evil mirror that caused many deaths inside an orphanage has been hidden for years. When a rock band puts on a show nearby and uncovers the deadly mirror, the band members are tortured by the device’s demonic powers. Teenage orphan Marlee (Tracy Wells) is glad, because the men were tormenting her brother Jeffrey (Carlton Beener). Now in complete control of the mirror, Marlee decides to use it on her nasty stepsister Roslyn (Sally Kellerman). The cast also includes Roddy McDowall (Fright Night), Sally Kellerman (Back to School), Veronica Cartwright (Alien), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Endgame), Sanderson, Sarah Douglas (Superman II) and Tracy Wells (Gremlins).

Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trick Baby (1999) follows teen drug dealer/car thief Crystal (Natasha Lyonne) who, despite the efforts of her sleazy attorney Mr. Butz (David Alan Grier), is sentenced to a 25-year prison term, the first segment of which will be served in a youth correctional facility where she will be treated for her rampant bulimia. There, in-between binge/purge marathons with her fellow eating-disordered inmates and relentless harassment of the hapless authorities, she fends off the lesbian advances of her psychotic cellmate Cyclona (Maria Celedonio), a serial killer who’s just received a life sentence. The two escape together and embark on a cross-country road trip in search of Sister Gomez (Vincent Gallo), the beneficent nun who protected Cyclona from the sexual predations of her family during her troubled childhood south of the border. The original Freeway was a modern retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” while Freeway 2 riffs on “Hansel and Gretel.” Bonus features includes all new interviews with director Matthew Bright and producer Chris Hanley and a behind-the-scenes featurette with director John Landis, who makes a cameo in the film.

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Point Doom (1999) stars Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”) as Rick Hansen, a double-crossing drug dealer in a dangerous relationship. When his girlfriend, Stephanie (Jennifer O’Dell), eventually finds love with another man, the young couple is forced to risk their own lives in hopes of facing the dangers threatening to bind them to street life forever. The cast also includes Andrew Dice Clay, Ice-T, Angie Everhart, Zach Galligan, John Enos and Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach. Bonus features include interviews with cast and producers and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The soundtrack includes music by Mötley Crüe, White Zombie, Ice-T and Motörhead.

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The grindhouse drive-in classic double feature includes The LonersDragon Vs Needles of Death. In The Loners (1972), motorcycle rider Stein (Dean Stockwell), a half-blood Indian, tries to stay out of the hands of the police, who are chasing him for accidentally killing a cop. Together with his friend Alan (Todd Susman) and a beautiful but desperate girl (Patricia Stich), Stein will get involved in a robbery and more death. In the martial arts film Dragon Vs. Needles of Death, a young man joins a kung-fu academy but fails to fit in. He soon runs off with the master’s daughter and becomes a salt smuggler. He ends up joining with the school’s top fighter — his former rival — against a local mob leader. The needles in the title are murderously effective projectiles shot from the wristbands of opponents.