The Spanish-language science-fiction horror film Toxico is coming to theaters, digital and on demand July 23 from Level 33 Entertainment.
In the film, in the middle of a mysterious insomnia epidemic that slowly takes on catastrophic dimensions, Laura and Augusto flee the city in their motorhome to get away from the chaos. As they move down the road, they discover a world that is becoming an increasingly strange and dangerous place.
The film stars Jazmín Stuart, Agustín Rittano, Victoria Cabada, Sebastian Carbone, Marcelo D’Andrea, Alejandro Jovic, Martín Carabal, Lucila Mangone, Jorge Roberto Prado and Marcelo Mininno.
David Lynch’s Dune on 4K, the Italian “Sergio Martino Collection,” the Japanese erotic horror film Blind Beast, Dario Argento’s Cat O’ Nine Tails on 4K and the horror film The Brotherhood of Satan are coming to Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video in August.
On Aug. 3, Arrow kicks things off with the Blu-ray release of “The Sergio Martino Collection.” The three-disc set features three classic 1970s films from the Italian genre filmmaker. George Hilton stars as an insurance investigator trying to get to the bottom of a strange string of murders in The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail. Next, Martino takes on Edgar Allen Poe in Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key. Martino borrows elements from Poe’s “The Black Cat” to craft this tale of a series of murders around the estate of a degenerate author and his wife. In The Suspicious Death of a Minor, the murder of a prostitute leads to the discovery of a trafficking ring with ties to powerful people. All three films come with 2K restorations from the original camera negatives.
On Aug. 24, Arrow will release two titles on Blu-ray. First up is 1969’s Blind Beast. The erotic horror story of a blind sculptor that kidnaps a young model with the help of his mother comes courtesy of director Yasuzô Masumura, one of post-war Japan’s most important filmmakers.
Also coming from Arrow on Aug. 24 is the 4K Ultra HD release of Dario Argento’s classic giallo The Cat O’ Nine Tails, starring Academy Award winner Karl Malden. A newspaper reporter and a retired journalist work together to get to the bottom of a series of killings in this straight forward murder-mystery, offering an early glimpse into the style and technique that would later become Argento trademarks. The release features an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes; a fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards; and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative.
Arrow brings the month to a close with two titles Aug. 31. A cult of senior citizens recruits the children of a desert town to worship Satan in director Bernard McEveety’s The Brotherhood of Satan, due on Blu-ray. This low-budget horror entry was notable for giving theater patrons a packet of seeds during its original theatrical run. The seeds were labeled as “Satan’s soul” and claimed to offer protection “from the Black Magic of The Brotherhood of Satan.”
Also streeting Aug. 31 is David Lynch’s Dune (1984). The controversial adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel has achieved cult classic status over the years, and it arrives with a brand new 4K restoration on both limited edition Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray just ahead of the new blockbuster remake. The all-star cast of the sci-fi epic includes Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Sting, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young and Max von Sydow. The release includes a 60-page book featuring new writing on the film by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden; a large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor.
The Underworld 4K Ultra HD Collection will be released on Oct. 5 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The limited-edition gift set includes all five vampire films on 4K Ultra HD disc with high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio.
The films will also be available digitally in 4K with HDR.
The collection includes Underworld (in both theatrical and extended versions), Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening and Underworld: Blood Wars, as well as hours of standard-definition and HD bonus content for all five films, including the “Underworld: Endless War” animated shorts.
Chronicling the eternal battle between vampires and Lycans, the series stars Kate Beckinsale as the vampire Selene.
Season six of “Fear The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 31 from Lionsgate.
“Fear The Walking Dead” season six stars Alycia Debnam-Carey (TV’s “The 100,” Friend Request, Into the Storm), Colman Domingo (TV’s “Euphoria,” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, If Beale Street Could Talk), Lennie James (TV’s “The Walking Dead” and “Save Me,” Blade Runner 2049), Maggie Grace (“Taken” franchise, TV’s “Lost,” The Hurricane Heist), Austin Amelio (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” Everybody Wants Some!!, Mercy Black), Colby Minifie (TV’s “The Boys,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Jessica Jones”), and Karen David (TV’s “Legacies,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television”).
In season six, after being torn apart by the Pioneers, Morgan’s (James) group is now dispersed across their far-reaching settlements, with life behind the Pioneers’ walls testing each of the group’s members in different ways — and forcing them to define who they really are in this new world. As Morgan’s bid to free the remaining members of the group grows bolder, Virginia’s (Minifie) desperation to find her sister accelerates, as does her need to protect the settlements from the enemy forces outside — and within. With new alliances forming, relationships dissolving, loyalties switching, and everyone forced to take sides, “The End Is the Beginning” reveals its deepest meaning.
Arrow Video has announced the July 2021 lineup for its subscription-based Arrow platform, featuring a selection that highlights genre classics with a “cinematic road trip across the country,” according to a press release.
The Arrow SVOD service is available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on Roku devices, Apple TV and iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV devices, and on Web browsers at www.arrow-player.com.
The July lineup leads with a selection of films highlighting genre classics from revolutionary American filmmakers, including George Romero, Lucky McKee, William Grefe, Jill Gevargizian, Bill Rebane, Chelsea Stardust, and Patrick Picard.
July 1: The Woman, The Driller Killer, Deadly Manor, Dark August, The Crazies, Season of the Witch, Heavy Trip (U.S./Canada/UK), Slumber Party Massacre II (U.S./Canada), American: The Bill Hicks Story (U.S./UK), Ice Cream Man (U.S./Canada/UK), God Told Me To (U.S./Canada), Manhattan Baby (U.S./Canada), Maniac (U.S./Canada), and Vigilante (U.S./Canada).
July 2: The first episode from “Hammer House of Horror,” Witching Time.
July 9: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Slayer, The Mutilator, Scared Stiff, The Annihilators, She-Devils On Wheels, Shock Waves (U.S./Canada) and an installment of “Hammer House of Horror,” The Thirteenth Reunion (U.S.).
July 10: Holiday Fear, Mother Fucker (U.S./Canada/UK), and two shorts from Nicholas Payne Santos (Uncle Peckerhead).
July 12: Companeros (U.S./Canada), Massacre Time (U.S./Canada/UK), And God Said to Cain (U.S./Canada/UK), Bandidos (U.S./Canada/UK), and My Name is Pecos (U.S./Canada/UK).
July 16: The Stylist, A Ghost Waits, Lake Michigan Monster, The Chill Factor, Deadbeat at Dawn, Trapped Alive, The Prowler (U.S./Canada), and Hammer House of Horror: Rude Awakening (U.S.).
July 19: Irezumi and Giants and Toys (both U.S./Canada/UK).
July 23: The Bloodhound, Switchblade Sisters, The Prey, The Hills Have Eyes, The El Duce Tapes, The Witch Came From the Sea, Growing Pains (U.S.), The Prowler (U.S./Canada) and a short film Satanic Panic ‘87 from director Bryan M. Ferguson.
July 30: Hammer House of Horror: The House That Bled Death (U.S.).
Scream Factory and Shout! Factory TV have announced that June 20 to 26 the indie label’s streaming service will present the “Summer of Fear,” with a themed double-feature of horror movies screening every night of the week.
Beginning with its Father’s Day double-bill of The Stepfather (1987) and its sequel, Shout! Factory will present “Cat & Mouse” (The Cat O’ Nine Tails, Ben), “Mad Scientists” (The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Brain Dead) and “College Horror”(Sorority House Massacre, Hell Night), among other themes.
The films will be available at 6 p.m. PT on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and digital streaming platforms including Twitch, Samsung TV Plus, Xumo, Vizio, Redbox, IMDb TV, STIRR, Sling TV, and Local Now.
The films will additionally be made available for streaming on demand across Shout! Factory TV platforms: on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android apps; and on various Shout! Factory TV branded channels including Tubi, Amazon Prime Channels, and the Roku Channel.
While topping the box office over the weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It also managed to attract 1.6 million streaming households June 4-7, according to data from smart-TV viewer tracking service Samba TV.
The horror flick is concurrently in theaters and streaming at no additional charge to HBO Max subscribers for 31 days.
Despite its streaming availability, the threequel earned $24 million at the domestic box office June 4-6 to topple the previous top earner, Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place Part II.
The streaming audience skewed lower income ($75,000 and less), younger (44 and below), black (+19%) and Hispanic (+41%). Of the 25 largest DMAs, Phoenix over-indexed the most (+47%), according to Samba TV data.
The horror film The Stylist, Italian crime thrillers from the 1970s, Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee and the Japanese film Irezumi are coming to Blu-ray Disc in June from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video.
The Stylist, due June 8, is a female-led psychological horror film nominated for the New Visions Award for Best Motion Picture at the 2020 Sitges International Film Festival and based on co-writer/director Jill Gevargizian’s award-winning short film of the same name. We all dream of being someone else, but for Claire (Najarra Townsend, Contracted), that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Hairstylist by day, serial killer and collector of scalps by night, Claire’s lonely existence is thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant, After Midnight, Lucky), asks her to style her hair for her wedding day. Increasingly fixated on Olivia’s seemingly flawless life, Claire vows to lock up her scalp collection and change her ways for good — only to discover that repressing deadly desires is easier said than done.
Coming on Blu-ray Disc June 22 is Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers 1973-1977. The 1970s were a time of intense uncertainty and instability in Italy. Political corruption and widespread acts of left and right-wing terrorism, alongside a breakdown in social cohesion and a loss of trust in public institutions such as the government and police, created a febrile atmosphere of cynicism, paranoia and unexploded rage. Throughout this period, these sentiments found expression in a series of brutal, often morally ambiguous crime thrillers which tapped into the atmosphere of violence and instability that defined the so-called “Years of Lead.” This box set gathers five films from the heyday of the “poliziotteschi” — the umbrella term used to describe this diverse body of films. In Vittorio Salerno’s Savage Three (1975) and Mario Imperoli’s Like Rabid Dogs (1976), random acts of violence committed by vicious young sociopaths threaten the fragile fabric of respectable society. In Massimo Dallamano’s Colt 38 Special Squad (1976) and Stelvio Massi’s Highway Racer (1977), renegade cops battling against red tape and political corruption turn to new and morally dubious methods to dispense justice. Finally, class dynamics are explored in Salerno’s No, the Case is Happily Resolved (1973) as an innocent man finds himself under suspicion for a savage crime committed by a highly respected member of society. The collection features a line-up of Euro-cult stars, including Joe Dallesandro (The Climber), Ivan Rassimov (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), Maurizio Merli (Violent City) and Enrico Maria Salerno (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage).
Due on Blu-ray June 22 is the 1966 Japanese film Irezumi. Drawn from the pen of one of Japan’s foremost writers of the 20th century, Junichiro Tanizaki (A Fool’s Love, The Makioka Sisters), Irezumi is a tale of lust, betrayal and revenge directed by Yasuzo Masumura (Giants and Toys, Blind Beast). Masumura’s muse Ayako Wakao (The Blue Sky Maiden, Red Angel) stars as Otsuya, the daughter of a rich merchant, who is tempted by her lover Shinsuke, a lowly employee of her father’s, to elope. During their flight, Otsuya’s beauty attracts the gaze of Seikichi, a mysterious master tattooist who sees her pristine white skin as the perfect canvas for his art. The image of the large demonic spider that he emblazons across Otsuya’s back marks her as the property of another man, radically altering her relationships with all around her as her personality transforms under its influence. Available for the first time outside of Japan in a new 4K restoration, Irezumi sports some of Japanese cinema’s most respected talent of its day both in front of and behind the camera. The cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu) captures the sensual atmosphere of the period setting, while the script by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, Kuroneko) lends a modern twist to this feverish meditation on obsession and the act of creation.
After making his classic in Ride the High Country, director Sam Peckinpah took a step towards the epic with 1965’s Major Dundee, coming out on Blu-ray June 29. The drama behind the camera matched the action in front of it. Charlton Heston stars as Major Amos Dundee, a vainglorious Union Cavalry officer, who mounts an expedition to hunt down Apache war chief Sierra Charriba. Building his own army of criminals, ex-slaves and Confederate POWs — among them one Captain Ben Tyreen (Richard Harris), whose intense former friendship with Dundee is tainted with a sense of betrayal on both sides — Dundee heads into Mexico, his eye fixed firmly on a last shot at greatness. Legendarily acerbic, Major Dundee would be the first time that Peckinpah had a movie taken away from him. While a director’s cut may be lost to us, the limited edition shows the thrilling, morally complex epic that Peckinpah was aiming for. The stellar supporting cast includes James Coburn, Warren Oates and L.Q. Jones.
The 1986 film The Wraith arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) July 20 from Lionsgate as part of the Vestron Video Collector’s Series.
The Wraith stars Charlie Sheen (“Spin City”), Nick Cassavetes (Face/Off, The Hangover Part II, TV’s “Entourage”), Sherilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”) and Randy Quaid. In the film, when four glowing orbs crash into each other over the Arizona desert, they leave in their wake a badass Dodge Turbo Interceptor and its enigmatic, helmeted driver. The next day, the mysterious Jake (Sheen) appears in the town of Brooks, catching the eye of Keri (Fenn) and the ire of Packard (Cassavetes), the ruthless leader of a gang of street racers. When gang members start losing races — and lives — to the Interceptor, the recent death of Keri’s boyfriend suddenly seems connected to the arrival of Jake, the unbeatable car and an avenging entity called The Wraith.
The horror thriller Initiation arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD July 20 from Lionsgate.
Social media turns sinister when Lindsay Lavanchy (“Scream: The TV Series”), Jon Huertas (TV’s “This Is Us”), Lochlyn Munro (The Predator), Isabella Gomez (TV’s “One Day at a Time”), Froy Gutierrez (TV’s “Teen Wolf”), Bart Johnson (“High School Musical” franchise), Yancy Butler (“Kick-Ass” franchise) and Gattlin Griffith (Changeling) try to survive pledge week in this slasher film. The carefree partying turns deadly serious when a star athlete is found impaled in his dorm. The murder ignites a spree of sinister social-media messages, sweeping the students and police into a race against time to uncover the truth behind the school’s dark secrets and the horrifying meaning of a recurring symbol: a single exclamation mark.