Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Maniac, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation & The Equalizer 2

December 11th 2018

Our favorite day of the week returns! There are a lot of cool potential Christmas gifts released this week for the horror and film fan. First up is a new 4K scan of Maniac from Blue Underground with the soundtrack included. Next, from Scream Factory, is a personal favorite of mine, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, which isn't a popular opinion but I enjoy this film. This edition includes a new scan and bonus material. Also from Scream Factory is a perfect watch this holiday season, Silent Night, Deadly Night 2, with new scan and bonus material. Denzel Washington's first sequel to one of his films in his 40+ year career, The Equalizer 2 hits shelves today. This sequel is a great follow up to the original and I'd love to see it turned into a trilogy. Best Buy will carry an exclusive steelbook packaging for this. Rounding out the week is action thriller Peppermint, 4K edition of Evil Dead 2 and Brutal from Unearthed Films. So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Maniac (1980): Amazon - $24.99

A deeply disturbed man, prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women.

Maniac (Blu-ray)
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation: Amazon - $34.99

A group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night and wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Blu-ray) 

The Equalizer 2: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

If you have a problem and there is nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall's past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer -- his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who'll stop at nothing to destroy him.

The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray) 

The Equalizer 2 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $32.99

The Equalizer 2 4K (Blu-ray) 

Silent Night, Deadly Night 2: Amazon - $29.99

Ricky, the younger brother of the killer in the first film, talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a brutal killer after his brother died, leading back to Mother Superior.
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Blu-ray) 

Evil Dead 2 (4K): Amazon - $17.99

Ash, the sole survivor of The Evil Dead, returns to the same cabin in the woods and again unleashes the forces of the dead. With his girlfriend possessed by demons and his body parts runnning amok, Ash is forced to single-handedly battle the legions of the damned as the most lethal — and groovy — hero in horror movie history! 

Evil Dead 2 4K (Blu-ray) 

Peppermint: Amazon - $19.99

Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.

Peppermint (Blu-ray) 

The Mangler: Amazon - $27.99

Detective John Hunton is investigating an iron folding machine that has found a taste for eating people. While he tries to solve the mystery, Bill Gartley, the owner, wants to find new victims for his machine.

The Mangler (Blu-ray)

Toy Soldiers: Amazon - $24.99

When terrorists seize control of a boarding school, a group of troublemaking boys decide to resist them.

Toy Soldiers (Blu-ray)

Fiend: Amazon - $19.99

An evil spirit enters a graveyard and reanimates the corpse of music teacher Eric Longfellow. However, in order to stay alive, he has to wrap his hands around his victims' throats to absorb their life essences. When he moves to the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, his neighbor begins to suspect something just is not right with Mr. Longfellow.

Fiend (Blu-ray)

Lizzie: Amazon - $14.99

Oppressed, independent-minded Lizzie Borden experiences a sexual awakening when a pretty new maid is hired and the two develop an intimate relationship. But Lizzie explodes in rage and violence when her domineering parents try to control her desires. Based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Lizzie (Blu-ray)

I Still See You: Amazon - $14.99

Set nine years after an apocalyptic event that killed millions and left the world inhabited by ghosts.

I Still See You (Blu-ray) 

Colette: Amazon - $26.99

The story of a marriage, Colette shows the lengths one woman must go to escape her husband's control and claim her voice as an artist.

Colette (Blu-ray) 

Smallfoot: Amazon - $22.99

Migo is a friendly Yeti whose world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human. He soon faces banishment from his snowy home when the rest of the villagers refuse to believe his fantastic tale. Hoping to prove them wrong, Migo embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces with his simple community.

Smallfoot (Blu-ray) 

Await Further Instructions: Amazon - $22.99

It's Christmas Day and the Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house. Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, but what exactly - an industrial accident, a terrorist attack, nuclear war? Descending into terrified arguments, they turn on the television, desperate for any information. On screen a message glows ominously: 'Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions'. As the television exerts an ever more sinister grip, their paranoia escalates into bloody carnage.
Await Further Instructions (Blu-ray) 

Death Ship: Amazon - $21.99

An ocean liner collides with a freighter. Survivors of the collision are rescued by a mysterious ship which has sailed the seas for years, and turns out to be possessed by the evil that once commanded it.

Death Ship (Blu-ray) 

Brutal: Amazon - $17.99
A savage murderer is on the prowl in Japan. One by one, his victims fall but what is he searching for? The same thing a murderess is looking for. We are all looking for that special love of our lives and sometimes, we’re willing to kill everyone to find that special someone. This is the tale of two people finding each other in the most vicious way possible.

Brutal (Blu-ray) 

- The Impostor 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday 10th to Sunday 16th): Another Hole in the Head, The House That Jack Built

It's been an awesome two weeks of Another Hole in the Head screenings in San Francisco, and if you have not made it out to the New People yet, you still have three days. So check out the remaining schedule at AHITH.com and come watch some indie movies. Closing night of the festival is Wednesday.

As for the rest of the week, we'll be easing into Christmas with another Gremlins Movie Party at the Alamo Drafthouse, followed by The Brood for Terror Tuesday. The House That Jack Built will be opening in select theatres this Friday, and Bird Box will be screening early at the Opera Plaza in downtown San Francisco. I'm pretty interested in this one, it immediately made me think of A Quiet Place but with a different sense, but if it's not screening at a theatre near you, it will also be available on Netflix under two weeks. 

And be sure to check out the latest episode of the Overlook Hour Podcast, where the hosts discuss The House That Jack Built, along with some of the other movies that came out this year, as we all frantically try to catch up on the things we've missed. It's on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and the various apps that you may use. 

Opening This Week

Select Theatres Friday 14th (2hrs 32min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Boundary-pushing cinematic visionary Lars von Trier (Antichrist) returns with one of his most daring, masterfully provocative works yet. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders-each, as he views them, a towering work of art-that define his "career" as a serial killer. Mixing pitch black humor, transcendent surrealism, and renegade musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, von Trier fashions a radical, blazingly personal inquiry into violence, art, and the twin acts of creation and destruction. With Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, and Bruno Ganz.

Bird Box (2018)
Limited Theatres Thursday 13th (2hrs 4min)
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
When a mysterious force decimates the world's population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they'll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Academy Award (R) winner Sandra Bullock leads an all-star cast that includes Trevante Rhodes, with Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich in BIRD BOX, a compelling new thriller from Academy Award (R) winner Susanne Bier.

Movie Party

Monday 10th @ 7pm (1hr 47min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 11th @ 10pm (1hr 32min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
As the result of an unorthodox scientific experiment, a woman gives birth to a group of murderous, sexless mutant children. It is up to her ex-husband to discover the truth and stop this brood's rampage before he and his daughter become the next victims in this disturbing, graphic horror film.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 12th @ 10:25pm (1hr 40min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiancée, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life.

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Wednesday 12th @ 7:30pm (2hrs 11min)
Adventure/ Drama (IMDB)
When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Midnight Madness

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th @ 11:55pm (1hr 39min)
Drama (IMDB)
This film centers on Johnny, a man who has it all; great friends, a good job, and a gorgeous fiancée named Lisa. But Lisa's innocent act masks the fact that she's looking to bring Johnny down, and her manipulations are tearing Johnny apart. As Lisa informs her cancer-ridden mother, Claudette, that Johnny hit her (and he did not hit her, that is bull$&*t, he did not!), Johnny's best friend, Mark, finds his resistance to Lisa's seductive charms weakening. Meanwhile, local orphan Denny looks up to Johnny, and needs the older man's help after the teen rips off a drug dealer. What kind of drugs? It doesn't matter. Then guys play football in tuxedos, because you can play football anywhere.

Thursday 13th @ 7pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Crime (Google)
Iranian directors are getting slaughtered by an unknown serial killer and a blacklisted director, Hasan Kasmai, is curious about only one thing: Why isn't the killer after him?

Midnites for Maniacs
Spoke Art Present

Sunday 16th @ 6pm (1hr 57min)
Sci-Fi/ Thriller IMDB)
Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, Blade Runner returns in Ridley Scott's definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. In a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants - and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul. This incredible version features the definitive Final Cut of Ridley Scott's legendary Sci-Fi classic.


Sunday 16th @ 8:30pm (2hrs 12min)
Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Terry Gilliam's 1985 film is a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Unnamed Footage Festival Returns to San Francisco for Three Days of Found Footage Horror in 2019

San Francisco, CA - The Unnamed Footage Festival emerges from a dormant state to announce that it will be returning to the Bay Area in 2019 to celebrate the most divisive subgenre of horror offer once more. This announcement follows the appearance of an unmarked box containing a collection of unraveled film canisters and a near indecipherable notebook on the street in the Richmond District of San Francisco. Those who discovered the box were able to conclude that it was related to the Unnamed Footage Festival, and that the notebook was the key to the riddle. Seeking the assistance of local codebreakers and busibodies, it was determined that the message scrawled in the notebook gave the details for the upcoming festival, which will be return to the historic Balboa Theatre on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 in 2019. The frantic notes also confirmed the festival will be expanding for its second edition, adding an opening night “Calibration Party” on Thursday, February 21st. Upon wiping away congealed grime on the inside of the front cover, the words “Submit” and “FilmFreeway” became legible. Sadly, a name written next to a printed section labeled “Please Return To” remained too damaged to make out.

When contacted to comment on the interactive publicity stunt, UFF representatives grew uneasy, stating that the box had gone missing shortly after the first festival. They added relief that the box had resurfaced, and advised everyone who came in contact with it to wash their hands.

Along with the two day program of the film festival, which will include more short films, new features, classics, and under-the-radar gems, the UFF staff did confirm the Calibration Party will take place at the Artists’ Television Access (ATA) in the Mission District. The party will kick off with a screening and an intimate conversation with a filmmaker, followed by a reception with complimentary wine & beer. Further details on the event will be announced, along with ticket sales, in the coming months.

UFF programmers continue their search for new, old, and lost films that fall under the category of Found Footage Horror, Faux Documentary, or first person Point of View (POV) Cinema, even expanding the range to include Social Media Found Footage. “The stigma surrounding this subgenre is thicker than ever,” said the familiar UFF spokesperson. “With our second year, we aim to prove that there is a well of fascinating found footage horror films to be discovered. Fans and new converts will be very excited to see what we’ve dug up, and how it showcases the merit and creativity of this filmmaking style.”

Submissions for UFF2 will be accepted until January 11, 2019. Short films, anything under 40 minutes, are $10 to submit, while features are $20. “Many filmmakers start with found footage and then try to forget about it. Why not screen it to the right audience in a dark, spooky theatre instead?”

Submissions are now being accepted through Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/UnnamedFootageFestival 

Badges will go on sale in early 2019. Follow the Unnamed Footage Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. Updates will also be released as they become available on the weekly Overlook Hour Podcast.

Unnamed Representatives are available for phone and email interviews.
Press requests can be sent to UnnamedFootageFest@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: The Nun, Elizabeth Harvest & Mission Impossible: Fallout

December 4th 2018

This has been a great year for releases so far. It feels like this year has flown by, now we are in the last few weeks of 2018. The first week of December kicks off with The Conjuring Universe spinoff film The Nun. While this wasn't my favorite of franchise, I'd definitely recommend it. Scream Factory releases indie sci-fi horror film Elizabeth Harvest. This has an interesting premise, I'm looking forward to checking out. The 6th in the Mission Impossible series hits shelves today, Mission Impossible: Fallout. This sequel was a crazy theater experience, there's lots of action, insane stunts and twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. I would recommend checking this one out this week. Best Buy will carry their usual exclusive steelbook for this release. With the announcement of the CGI Lion King released, Disney is yet again re releasing the original animated classic The Lion King in 4K. Stop by Best Buy for an exclusive steelbook or Target for their exclusive which comes with art cards. Rounding out the week is the second seasons of Westworld and The Handmaiden's Tale, and the not so funny comedy The Happytime Murders. So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

The Nun: Amazon - $22.99
4K: Amazon - $29.99

A priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

The Nun (Blu-ray) 

The Nun 4K (Blu-ray) 

Elizabeth Harvest: Amazon - $14.99

Newlywed Elizabeth arrives with her brilliant scientist husband Henry to his magnificent estate, where he wows her with lavish dinners and a dazzling tour of the property. The house staff Claire and Oliver (Matthew Beard) treat her deferentially but she can't shake the feeling something is off. Henry explains that everything in his world now belongs to her, all is for her to play in - all except for a locked-off room he forbids her from entering. When he goes away for business, Elizabeth decides to investigate.

Elizabeth Harvest (Blu-ray) 

Mission Impossible: Fallout: Amazon - $19.99
 4K: Amazon - $21.99

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Blu-ray) 

Mission: Impossible - Fallout 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $29.99

Mission: Impossible - Fallout 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Lion King 4K: Amazon - $29.99 

A young lion cub named Simba just can't wait to be king. But the sudden death of his father, Mufasa, and the treacherous actions of his Uncle Scar lead Simba into exile and ultimately on a hero's journey of self-discovery. Adopting the "hakuna matata" philosophy of his comical jungle guardians — a warthog and a meerkat (Pumbaa and Timon) — Simba eventually comes to terms with his destiny and returns home to Pride Rock to help put things right.

The Lion King 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $34.99

The Lion King 4K (Blu-ray) 

Exclusive Packaging:  Target - $32.99 

The Lion King 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Happytime Murders: Amazon - $19.99

When the puppet cast of an '80s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.

The Happytime Murders (Blu-ray) 

Bloody Birthday: Amazon - $22.99

Lacking consciences because they were born during a solar eclipse, a trio of 10-year-olds embark on an indiscriminate killing spree.
 Bloody Birthday (Blu-ray) 

Westworld (Season 2): Amazon - $36.99
4K: Amazon - $44.99 

In the series' second season, the newly awakened "hosts" explore their new reality, and flashbacks dig deeper into the origins of the world's most sophisticated theme park.

Westworld: Season Two (Blu-ray) 

Westworld: Season Two 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $49.99

Westworld: Season Two 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Handmaiden's Tale (Season 2): Amazon - $23.99

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live in sexual servitude under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

The Handmaid's Tale: Season Two (Blu-ray) 

The Serpent's Egg: Amazon - $22.99

After his brother inexplicably commits suicide, unemployed Jewish-American circus performer Abel Rosenberg is stuck in Berlin with his sister-in-law, Manuela, a cabaret singer. Desperate circumstances lead to the pair taking jobs at a medical facility run by Professor Hans Vergerus, who also offers to give them shelter. However, the clinic turns out be a very sinister place, and soon the lives of Abel and Manuela are in serious jeopardy.

The Serpent's Egg (Blu-ray) 

Ride: Amazon - $14.99

RIDE is a cautionary tale aimed at a technology-obsessed society. When James, an Uber driver, and his passenger, Jessica, pick up the charismatic but manipulative Bruno, a normal night out in LA becomes a psychological war for survival.

Ride (Blu-ray) 

H.P. Lovecraft & The Kingdom of Madness: Amazon - $16.99

A young Howard Lovecraft and a few friends must travel to Antarctica in order to prevent the awakening of Cthulhu.

Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness (Blu-ray) 

Corpse Prison: Part Two: Amazon - $13.99

For 50 years no girls were born in a small village deep in the mountains. A professor, his assistant and his female students from university arrive in this isolated village for field work. Will they make it back? 

Corpse Prison: Part Two (Blu-ray) 

Till Death Do Us Part: Amazon - $11.99

Michael and Madison Roland had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, until one day Michael's controlling ways turned their perfect marriage. With the help of her best friend, Madison decides to get away. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone and learns to love again. All is well, until Michael discovers Madison's whereabouts, and recreates the nightmare she once lived all over again.

Til Death Do Us Part (Blu-ray) 

- The Impostor