Horror Flick ‘A Stranger in the Woods’ Due on Digital, VOD, SVOD April 30 from BayView

The horror film A Stranger in the Woods will be released for digital purchase, on VOD and on SVOD April 30 from BayView Entertainment.

In the film, a young film student is about to make a documentary about an elderly man who has been hiding from the world for many years. But as secrets from his past come to light, their strange relationship takes a fateful turn.

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Directed by József Gallai, the film stars Bill Oberst Jr., Laura Ellen Wilson and Lynn Lowry.

 

Horror Thriller ‘The Jack and the Box Rises’ Available on DVD and Digital From 4 Digital Media and Distribution Solutions

The horror thriller The Jack and the Box Rises is available on DVD and digital from 4 Digital Media and Distribution Solutions.

In the film, when Raven is sent to an all-girls boarding school, she unleashes a demon from a vintage Jack-in-the-box prompting a fight for survival.

The Jack and the Box Rises stars Nicholas Anscombe, Isabella Colby Browne, Leona Clarke, Oli Meredith, Anna Blackburn, Georgina Jane, Jade Groves and Georgia Conlan.

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The trailer is here.

Horror Flick ‘Brain Tumor’ Available on DVD From MVD

The horror flick Brain Tumor is available on DVD from Whacked Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, routine brain surgery makes a terrifying turn when a tumor goes rogue and takes on a life of its own. It runs amok in search of its next meal. It grows bigger and bigger as it chows down on one unsavory character after another. Is Dr. Seymour Caligari aiding and abetting the beast? Will young Dash Caligari and his sweetheart Kitsi stop it before it conquers the world? Or will they become chopped liver for the tumor creature’s voracious appetite. Can they escape its grotesque sharp teeth, crushing jaws and slimy tentacles? Mayhem abounds right up to the movie’s finish.

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The film stars Bil Arscott as Dr. Caligari, Anjanette Clewis as Audrey Fulquard, Jack Mahoney as Dash Caligari, Sydney Hatton as Kitsie, Aspen Higgins as Freddy, and Matt Tucker as Father Bud.

Sydney Sweeney Horror Film ‘Immaculate’ Now Available for Digital Purchase and Rental, on Disc June 11

Neon April 16 released the horror film Immaculate, starring Sydney Sweeney (Anyone But You, “Euphoria,” “The White Lotus”) for digital purchase and rental. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD June 11.

Directed by Michael Mohan, the film has earned $21 million at the global box office.
 
Sweeney stars as Cecilia, an American nun of devout faith, embarking on a new journey in a remote convent in the picturesque Italian countryside. Cecilia’s warm welcome quickly devolves into a nightmare as it becomes clear her new home harbors a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors.

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The film marks a reunion of Sweeney and Mohan, who helmed 2021’s The Voyeurs with the actress. Immaculate also stars Simona Tabasco (“The White Lotus”), Alvaro Morte (“Money Heist”), Benedetta Porcaroli (“Baby”), and Dora Romano (The Hand of God). 

Horror Flick ‘Imaginary’ Available for Regular Digital Purchase May 7, on Disc May 14

The Blumhouse horror flick Imaginary arrives for regular digital purchase (after a premium digital run) May 7 and on Blu-ray (plus DVD and digital) and DVD May 14 from Lionsgate.

The film has earned $35.5 million at the global box office.

In the film, when Jessica moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice, finds a stuffed bear named Chauncey. As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize that Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.
 
The film also stars DeWanda Wise (Jurassic World Dominion), Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”), Taegen Burns (“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”), Pyper Braun (Desperation Road), Betty Buckley (Carrie), Matthew Sato (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), and Veronica Falcón (“Ozark”).

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Special features include:

  • audio commentary by producer-cowriter-director Jeff Wadlow and executive producer-actress DeWanda Wise;
  • “Meet Your New Imaginary Friends,” in which the cast discusses the meaning behind their characters and the terrifying creatures of the Never Ever, as well as the universal childhood experience of imaginary friends and how that plays such a crucial part in how they worked through this film;
  • “Frills and Thrills,” in which costume designer Eulyn C. Hufkie uncovers the real-life inspirations behind her designs for the leading ladies of Imaginary;
  • “Crafting the Beasts of Imaginary,” in which the Spectral Motion team and puppeteers behind Chauncey the Bear and Bear Beast guide viewers through the magic behind each practical effect and how they breathe life into the world of Imaginary; and
  • “Bringing Nightmares to Life,” unveiling the builds, craftsmanship, and attention to detail that brings Jessica’s nightmares to life, from the writing on the walls to the haunting crawl space entrance into Never Ever.

Blumhouse Horror Flick ‘Imaginary’ Available on Premium Digital March 26

The Blumhouse horror flick Imaginary arrives on premium VOD (PVOD, digital rental) and premium EST (PEST, digital sale) on March 26 from Lionsgate.

The film earned $30.3 million at the global box office.

In the film, when Jessica moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter, Alice, finds a stuffed bear named Chauncey. As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize that Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.

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The film stars DeWanda Wise (Jurassic World Dominion), Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”), Taegen Burns (“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”), Pyper Braun (Desperation Road), Betty Buckley (Carrie), Matthew Sato (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), and Veronica Falcón (“Ozark”).

Horror Flicks ‘Bloodmoon,’ ‘Spider Labyrinth’ Among Titles Due on Disc March 26 From MVD and Severin

Four horror flicks — Bloodmoon, Spider Labyrinth, Burial Ground and Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein — as well as two dramas are due on disc March 26 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Someone is butchering students at St. Elizabeth’s Girls School in Bloodmoon (1990), due on Blu-ray complete with gratuitous nudity, graphic gore, obnoxious teens, creepy cuckolds, barbed wire garroting, ’80s Aussie glam-metal band Vice, an acid-flinging nun and more. Leon Lissek (Countess Dracula), Christine Amor (Snapshot) and Helen Thomson (Elvis) star in the directorial debut of acclaimed U.K. cameraman/cinematographer Alec Mills (Polanski’s Macbeth, Return of the Jedi, The Living Daylights) with a score by Brian May (The Road Warrior, Patrick). The film is scanned uncut in 4K from the negative at The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and complete with “The Bloodmoon Fright Break Challenge” for the first time ever in America. Special features include a Film Buffs Forecast audio interview with actor Leon Lissek conducted in 2000 by Paul Harris and Mark Hartley; an interview with actress Christine Amor from “Not Quite Hollywood”; the trailer; and the “Fright Break” trailer.

For his only foray into the zombie genre, psychosexual sleaze maestro Andrea Bianchi (Malabimba: The Malicious Whore, Strip Nude for Your Killer) unleashed the barrage of flesh-ripping, gut-chomping and depraved oedipal mayhem that set insane new standards in Italian horror with Burial Ground (1981), available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time in North America. Mariangela Giordano (of Satan’s Baby Doll, The Sect and Patrick Still Lives fame) stars in the ’80s splatter classic about a cursed country estate besieged by horny houseguests, undead Etruscans and the unusual relationship between a mother (Giordano) and her mega-creepy young son (disturbingly portrayed by adult actor Peter Bark). Severin Films is presenting this gorehound/sex-fiend favorite, featuring an all-new 4K scan and four hours of special features. Bonus features include audio commentary with critics Nathaniel Thompson, Troy Howarth and Eugenio Ercolani; audio commentary with Italian cinema experts Calum Waddell and John Martin; the location featurette “Villa Parisi: Legacy of Terror”; “Return to the Burial Ground,” an interview with actor Peter Bark at Villa Parisi; “Peter Still Lives,” a festival Q&A with Peter Bark; “Just for the Money,” an interview with actor Simone Mattioli; “The Smell of Death,” interviews with producer Gabriele Crisanti and actress Mariangela Giordano; deleted and extended material; and the theatrical trailer.

For more than three decades, the debut feature — and sole horror film — by director Gianfranco Giagni, Spider Labyrinth, has been one of the most elusive Italian horror titles in home video history, according to MVD and Severin, until now. In the film, available on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD, when an American professor is sent to Budapest to complete a mysterious research project, he becomes ensnared in a mind-bending web of sexual provocation, occult carnage and arachnidian havoc. Roland Wybenga, William Berger (Five Dolls for an August Moon) and Stéphane Audran (Faceless) star in this film featuring special effects by Sergio Stivaletti (Cemetery Man) and a score by Franco Piersanti (Terraferma), now scanned in 4K from the original vault negative at Cinecittà with more than four hours of new special features. Special features include audio commentary with Dr. Will Dodson, professor of rhetoric and media studies, and Ryan Verrill, host of “The Disc Connected”; “Caught in a Web,” an interview with director Gianfranco Giagni; “Arachne,” an interview with screenwriter Gianfranco Manfredi; “All the Colors of a Spider,” an interview with cinematographer Nino Celeste; “Smile of the Spider Woman ,” an interview with actress Paola Rinaldi; “Death in Stop Motion,” an interview with special FX artist Sergio Stivaletti; “Web of the Weird,” placing Spider Labyrinth in the “weird” genre with Dr. Will Dodson, Ryan Verrill and Erica Shultz, author of The Sweetest Taboo: An Unapologetic Guide to Child Kills in Film; and the trailer.

Inspired by Universal’s 1940s monster mash-ups, writer/director Jess Franco delivered Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein, (1972), due on Blu-ray Disc. With minimal dialogue and maximum gothic atmosphere, Franco crafts a fever dream of erotic horror in which Count Dracula (Howard Vernon of Delicatessen), Dr. Frankenstein (Dennis Price of Twins of Evil), his assistant Morpho and Frankenstein’s monster battle gypsies, showgirls, Dr. Seward and a wolfman. Alberto Dalbés (The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein), Carmen Yazalde (A Virgin Among the Living Dead) and Geneviève Robert (star of Franco’s Devil’s Island Lovers and the future Mrs. Ivan Reitman) co-star in the film, now scanned in 4K from Spanish, French and German release prints to create the longest and most comprehensive version known to exist. Special features include “Prisoner of Franco-Stein,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco; “In the Land of Franco Part 10”; the Spanish opening credit sequence; a deleted scene from English-language version; and the trailer.

Severin is also releasing two dramas, Closed Circuit and Stir, on Blu-ray on March 26.

Following the international hits Grand Slam and Machine Gun McCain, director Giuliano Montaldo set his sights on a different kind of project, a feature for RAI-TV that remains one of the most unique and underseen thrillers of the ’70s, Closed Circuit, available on Blu-ray Disc. At the local cinema, an audience watches a Spaghetti Western matinee. During the film’s on-screen climactic duel, a bullet is fired into a patron. With no leads and a theater full of suspects, police investigators lock the doors, put everyone back in their seats and run the movie again to reveal the killer. Flavio Bucci (Suspiria), Tony Kendall (The Loreley’s Grasp) and Giuliano Gemma (Tenebre) co-star in this shocker written by Oscar nominee Nicola Badalucco (The Damned), now scanned in 2K from RAI-TV vault film elements with special features that include one of the final interviews with Guiliano Montaldo; an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; audio commentary with film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Howard Berger; “Il Sociologo,” a video essay by film historian Kat Ellinger on actor Flavio Bucci; and a re-release trailer by Jake West.

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Also due on Blu-ray is the North American disc premiere of Stir (1980) with five-plus hours of special features. In 1974, the cruel treatment of inmates at Bathurst Prison in New South Wales, Australia, led to violent riots, savage reprisals and a still-controversial official inquiry. Six years later, this feature directorial debut by Stephen Wallace (Prisoners of the Sun) from a screenplay by Bathurst inmate Bob Jewson dared to tell the inside story. When career criminal China Jackson (Bryan Brown) is returned to prison after exposing abuses by guards, tensions between inmates and officers begin to boil until they explode in rage, defiance and shocking carnage. Max Phipps (The Road Warrior, Thirst) co-stars in this film nominated for 13 AFI Awards including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Actor and scanned in 2K from the 35mm interpositive at The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Special features include audio commentary with producer Richard Brennan, director Stephen Wallace, cinematographer Geoff Burton and actor Bryan Brown, moderated by Mark Hartley, director of Not Quite Hollywood; audio commentary with crime film and literature historian Andrew Nette; “Tales From the Inside,” an archival making-of documentary by Mark Hartley; “A Career on the Fringe,” a tribute to actor Phil Motherwell featuring Australian theater historian Robert Reid and film critic Paul Harris; director Stephen Wallace introduces The Love Letters From Teralba Road; The Love Letters From Teralba Road (50 minutes); and the trailer.

Christopher Lee Horror Flick ‘Night of the Blood Monster’ Due on 4K UHD and Blu-ray March 26 From MVD

The 1970 horror film Night of the Blood Monster, starring Christopher Lee, will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc March 26 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

Lee (The Wicker Man) plays Judge Jeffreys, the infamous 17th Century witch finder whose unholy obsession with a luscious wench (Maria Rohm of Eugenie) fuels a spree of torture, brutality and flesh-ripping perversion. Howard Vernon (Succubus), Margaret Lee (Five Golden Dragons), Maria Schell (99 Women) and Oscar nominee Leo Genn (Quo Vadis) co-star in this epic of sexual violence and sadism, complete with a score by Bruno Nicolai (Count Dracula) and directed by Jess Franco (Venus in Furs).

Blue Underground is presenting the uncensored version of the film, also known as The Bloody Judge, from a new 2023 master for the Blu-ray and a new Dolby Vision HDR 4K master for the 4K release, restored from various European vault elements featuring additional nudity, bloodshed and what Christopher Lee himself calls “scenes of extraordinary depravity!”

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Special features include audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; audio commentary with film historians Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw; audio commentary with film historians David Flint and Adrian Smith; “Bloody Jess,” interviews with director Jess Franco and star Christopher Lee; “Judgement Day,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco; “In the Shadows,” interviews with filmmaker Alan Birkinshaw and author Stephen Thrower on Harry Alan Towers; deleted and alternate scenes; trailers; a TV spot; and still galleries.

1974 William Shatner Horror Flick ‘Impulse’ Due on Blu-ray March 12 From Grindhouse and MVD

The 1974 horror flick Impulse, starring William Shatner, will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 12 from Grindhouse Releasing and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, Shatner stars as Matt Stone, a deranged gigolo who preys on rich women, unable to control his murderous psychosexual urges. Directed by legendary exploitation filmmaker William Grefé (The Death Curse of Tartu), and co-starring Jenifer Bishop (Al Adamson’s The Female Bunch), Ruth Roman (Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train), Harold “Oddjob” Sakata (Goldfinger) and William Kerwin (Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast), the film is restored in 4K from rare archival 35mm film elements.

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Special features include interviews with director William Grefé; “Kingdom of the Shatner,” William Shatner live in Santa Monica, Oct. 9, 2022; interviews with producer and make-up artist Doug Hobart (Flesh Feast, Scream Baby Scream) and art director Roger Carlton Sherman; audio commentary by William Grefé; an alternate French soundtrack; hours of rare cinematic treasures from the vaults of William Grefé; two bonus features, The Devil’s Sisters and The Godmothers; an illustrated booklet with liner notes by underground filmmaker Jacques Boyreau; an embossed slipcover with new art by painter Dave Lebow; still galleries; and trailers.

Mystery Thriller ‘The Unscarred’ Among Titles Due on Blu-ray Feb. 27 From Severin and MVD

The mystery thriller The Unscarred and the horror titles The Dead One and Raiders of the Living Dead are due on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 27 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In The Unscarred (2000), for his third feature film — and first outside his native Staten Island — writer/director Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock, No Way Home) delivered an intense new take on alienation, desperation and retribution. It follows the effects of a shocking accident in 1979 that rocked the student exchange program at Stanford University and forever changed the trajectory of four young lives. Twenty years later, an impromptu reunion in Berlin turns the sins of the past into an explosion of lust, deception, dark secrets and cold-blooded murder. James Russo (Donnie Brasco), Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow), Heino Ferch (Downfall) and Ornella Muti (Leonor) star in this extreme neo-noir, now scanned in 2K from pre-print German vault elements with two hours of new special features for the first time ever in America. Special features include audio commentary with director Buddy Giovinazzo, moderated by Severin Films’ David Gregory; “Once Upon a Time in East Berlin,” an interview with actor James Russo; “Run Johann Run,” an interview with actor Heino Ferch; and the trailer.

In the early ’80s, Independent-International co-founder/president Samuel M. Sherman (Dracula vs. Frankestein) took an unfinished zombie movie by Brett Piper (Queen Crab) and began tinkering to make Raiders of the Living Dead (1986). He shot additional scenes featuring nuclear terrorists, a mad doctor, a kid (former child star Scott Schwartz of A Christmas Story, The Toy and New Wave Hookers 5 fame) who converts a laserdisc player into a ray gun, 1930s cowboy star Bob Allen, a roasted hamster, The Three Stooges and retired octogenarian Zita Johann (The Mummy), then added an unstoppable earworm of an opening credits song to create a drive-in epic. The film is now scanned in 2K from the negative of the final release version, with more than four hours of new and archival special features, including two previous cuts in their entirety, that reveal the full insane saga. Special features include audio commentary with director/producer Samuel M. Sherman; audio commentary with actor Robert Deveau; “Things to Do in Jersey When You’re Dead,” featuring interviews with Fangoria writer Tim Ferrante, editor John Donaldson and soundtrack composer George Edward Ott; “The Weird Stranger,” a short film produced by Samuel M. Sherman;
“Dark Nights and Dying Days,” a behind-the-scenes stills gallery; “Documents of the Dead,” a production gallery; and the trailer.

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Barry Mahon was a decorated WWII fighter pilot, escaped P.O.W., manager of Errol Flynn during the actor’s sordid final years, kiddie matinee visionary, and more. In 1960, Mahon wrote/produced/directed what is likely the first full-color zombie movie in exploitation history with The Dead One (1961). In the film, just outside of New Orleans, a plantation mistress summons her brother to rise from the dead for a bizarre low-budget voyage of voodoo vengeance, jazz piano, strip clubs, honeymoon romance, Creole horror, and natty zombie attire. John McKay (Cuban Rebel Girls), Linda Ormond, and Monica Davis (Rocket Attack U.S.A.) star in this regional rarity also released as Blood of the Zombie and now scanned in 2K from the IP in its proper aspect ratio for the first time ever. Special features include an audio interview with distributor Samuel M. Sherman; “The Crazy Wild and Crazy Life of Barry Mahon,” an interview with author/filmmaker C. Courtney Joyner on writer/producer/director Barry Mahon; and the trailer.