Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Overlord, A Star Is Born, & Skinner

February 19th 2019

Bluray Tuesday creeps up on us once more. First up is one that surprised me last year, Overlord. I went into it not expecting much and I left the theater loving this one! So definitely adding to my collection this week. Next up is another non-horror film favorite of last year, A Star Is Born. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are pretty much perfect in this remake and I really enjoyed the soundtrack. Best Buy will carry an exclusive steelbook of this release and Target an exclusive slipcover with new art and bonus material. Severin Films this week releases early 90's slasher Skinner for the first time on Bluray. I've never heard of this one but looking forward to it. Rounding out this week is another remake, Robin Hood. This release is also get retailer exclusives. Best Buy will carry an exclusive 4K steelbook packaging. What will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Overlord: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves fighting against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment.

Overlord (Blu-ray) 

Overlord 4K (Blu-ray) 

Skinner (1993): Amazon - $22.99

Dennis Skinner seems like a normal enough guy, but he has a very abnormal hobby -- at night, he creeps through the back streets looking for potential victims, and when he finds one, he carefully removes their skin with an elaborate collection of knives. Heidi, one of Dennis' victims, is on his trail, waiting for a chance to get her revenge, but in the meantime Dennis has developed a crush on Kerry, and wants to find a way to show her he really cares.

Skinner (Blu-ray) 

A Star Is Born (2018): Amazon - $24.99
4K: Amazon - $29.99

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

A Star Is Born (Blu-ray)
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A Star Is Born 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $34.99

A Star Is Born 4K (Blu-ray) 

Exclusive Cover & Bonus Content: Target - $26.99

A Star Is Born (Blu-ray) 

La Verite (The Truth): Amazon - $27.99

Beautiful, troubled Dominique Marceau came to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover. As the trial commences and the lawyers begin tangling over Dominique's fate, the film delves into her past, reconstructing her struggle to find a foothold in the city. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of an impulsive young woman misunderstood and mistreated by those around her, and of her ultimately tragic affair with an up-and-coming conductor.

La vérité (Blu-ray) 

Death in Venice: Amazon - $27.99

A fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert, Gustav von Aschenbach travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy, his infatuation developing into an obsession even as rumors of a plague spread through the city.

Death in Venice (Blu-ray) 

The Return of The Vampire: Amazon - $25.99

In 1918, Armand Tesla (Bela Lugosi), a 200-year-old Hungarian vampire, prowls the English countryside, feeding from the jugulars of the villagers. But Tesla's reign of terror is interrupted when a pair of scientists, Lady Jane (Frieda Inescort) and Sir John Ainsley (Roland Varno), drive a railroad spike through his heart. The "un-dead" Tesla remains safely entombed for two decades until the impact from a stray Nazi bomb accidentally releases him. Along with his werewolf servant Andreas Obry (Matt Willis), the resurrected vampire now plots vengeance on the family that put a halt to his nocturnal feasting...

The Return of the Vampire (Blu-ray) 

Barb Wire: Amazon - $8.99

There's a joint in Steel Harbor. It's called the Hammerhead Bar and Grille. The place is legendary. So is its owner. Her name is Barb Wire. She's razor sharp. She's tough as nails. She won't take shit and she won't take sides. She lives in the not-too-distant future where biology is used to kill, not cure, in a country devastated by Civil War. Every man wants her. No man can have her. She's a woman with high standards in a world of lowest common denominators. She's not about to waste her time with a man unless he has a really big one and knows how to use it--a brain, that is. It's been a long time since Barb's been on anybody's side other than her own. But when she wants to, she can more than match any man. There's nothing she can't handle. You can blast her and beat her, slash her and shoot her, drag her and diss her. But, whatever you do, just don't call her "babe..."

Barb Wire (Blu-ray) 

Robin Hood (2018): Amazon - $19.99
 4K: Amazon - $23.99

Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.

Robin Hood (Blu-ray) 

Robin Hood 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Amazon - $29.99

Robin Hood 4K (Blu-ray) 

Dracula's Fiancee: Amazon - $19.99

A professor and his protege track Dracula through parallel universes and find an odd order of nuns, which is holding a young woman captive so she can marry the vampire.

Dracula's Fiancee / Lost in New York (Blu-ray) 

Revenge of the Spaceman: Amazon - $19.99

Local hillbillies and college students defend the world from an alien invasion.

Revenge of the Spacemen (Blu-ray) 

Backtrace: Amazon - $14.99

The lone surviving thief of a violent armored car robbery is sprung from a high security facility and administered an experimental drug.

Backtrace (Blu-ray) 

 -The Impostor

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Unnamed Footage Festival Lineup and Exclusive Trailer

We're mere days away from the second annual Unnamed Footage Festival and we're extremely excited about this year's lineup! UFF has grown so much in its short lifespan, and this year we will be having an opening night screening of last year's winner along with drinks and shmoozing Thursday night at the Artist's Television Access on Valencia Street. Then it's two solid days of found footage horror, faux documentary, and POV cinema at the Balboa Theatre!

 We are also unveiling this year's festival trailer, you can find it at the end of this post. Enjoy!

💀 Thursday 💀


Thursday 21st @ 8pm
BUTTERFLY KISSES is a documentary about a documentary, burying a ghost story in a unique frame, with the BUTTERFLY KISSES director [Erik Kristopher Myers] himself investigating its authenticity. The film follows, Gavin York, an aspiring filmmaker who has made the most important discovery of his life: a box of old tapes. These tapes contain raw, unedited footage shot by two young students concerning the local legend, Peeping Tom. As the story of this footage unravels, so does Gavin, and a documentary crew he has recruited to film everything is there to capture what may or may not be a supernatural phenomenon. - MK

💀 Friday 💀

Friday 22nd @ 12pm
A Japanese student is struck by a car while visiting San Diego and is returning home after her accident with two broken legs — and an unexpected guest. Released a year after America's J-horror craze came to an end, TOKYO NIGHT is a direct sequel to 2007's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, made in Japan and never released in the USA. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see an American ghost story filtered through another culture. - RF

💀 Short Form Footage #1 💀
Friday 22nd @ 1:45pm

MIDNIGHT SWIM [2015.USA.1h24m]
Friday 22nd @ 3:45pm
Three half sisters return to their childhood home to settle their mother’s affairs after she is pronounced dead following a diving accident, from which her body was never recovered. After getting reacquainted with the surroundings they left behind and learning of local legends that surround the lake in which their mother perished, the sisters jokingly perform a summoning ritual on the pier by the house. The already heavy atmosphere is then peppered with strange occurrences that none of the women can explain, while they are each developing a vastly different relationship with the lake. Sarah Adina Smith’s directorial debut THE MIDNIGHT SWIM takes a subtle approach to horror while drowning the audience in the emotional turmoil of a strained family relationship. -OO

[Screening w/ short THE LAST VACATION]

NIGHT TRIP [1993.USA.1h12m]
Friday 22nd @ 5:25pm
A documentarian joins a taxi driver on a late night journey into the bizzaro landscape of Eugene, Oregon in 1993. Completed two years prior to the rise of Taxicab Confessions, oddballs join the driver throughout the night, taking them on a strange odyssey. An artifact of the past, THE NIGHT TRIP remained unknown and undistributed, an unsettling expedition through a time that is both remembered and forgotten. Never before screened in a theater, UFF is excited to be the first to display this buried gem of early found footage. - CL

[Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker]

Friday 22nd @ 7:10pm
Written and Directed by Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sánchez, Produced by Gregg Hale
Two decades ago three young filmmakers went into the woods to investigate a legend, and all that came back were a few reels of film. Was it real? At first, no one was sure. To maintain believability, the actors weren’t provided a script, merely a directive: keep filming. The filmmakers staged the horrors around them, and the actors had no idea what to expect. This documentation of real fear is what elevated THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT from another supernatural horror to the groundbreaking work that inspired hundreds of filmmakers to experiment in this style themselves. UFF is honored to be presenting this 20th anniversary screening of the watershed film that brought found footage horror to the mainstream. - MK

[THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT will include a video introduction from director Eduardo Sanchez and will be screened on VHS for full immersion.]

[ w/ short CULT FILM]

Friday 22nd @ 9pm
El Sanatorio Duran was built in 1919, a sanitorium for tuberculosis patients. Over the years, the institute became a prison and an orphanage, where countless atrocities were committed. Kurt and Luis are two aimless students who decide to make a documentary about the abandoned sanitorium — and of course, things don’t go quite as planned. Collecting an odd cast of characters to accompany them on their journey, Costa Rica’s first ever horror film is a creative and disarmingly funny late-night crowd pleaser. - MK

Friday 22nd @ 10:30pm
Tina was given a daunting challenge: spend the night in a known Llorona hotspot while pledging her sorority. And Tina never returned. The crew of the television program "Paranormal Legends” has recovered the sorority's cameras and sees this as the perfect opportunity to kick start their shows 4th season, solve the mystery of the Llorona, a Latin American legend known as the “Weeping Woman”. And now, they've gone missing as well. Join UFF for the never before seen police re-cut of LA LLORONA INVESTIGATION, an absurdly over-the-top horror film that exemplifies how entertaining a committed and fearless cast can be. - RF

[Screening w/ short TOFINO 2018]

💀 Saturday 💀

💀 Short Form Footage #2 💀

WEBCAST [2016.UK.1h36m]
Saturday 23rd @ 12:45pm
While shooting a documentary about the disappearance of her aunt, Chloe and cameraman Ed catch something completely unexpected The filmmaking duo shift their focus to surveilling the seemingly vanilla old couple next door, uploading their findings to the internet every step of the way. Although their story goes unnoticed, documenting becomes a compulsion, especially when they realize that the couple next door aren’t the only people with dark secrets in their basements. WEBCAST blends the invasive voyeurism of REAR WINDOW with the paranoia of ROSEMARY’S BABY, and still manages to blindside you with an explosive ending that will make you think twice about peeking into strangers’ windows. - OO

[Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker] 

Saturday 23rd @ 2:45pm
1983: A young woman moves her family into her long-abandoned ancestral home. Though desperate to build a new life, they wind up caught in the maelstrom of violence and horror that has enveloped the house for more than a century. Six different directors capture the carnage over different time periods, all seen from the perspective of animal heads mounted and lurking on the living room wall. This found footage anthology builds smartly and powerfully to a painfully inevitable climax of all-out horror and carnage. - DR

[Screening w/ short HOUND FOOTAGE]

DRIB [2017.USA/Norway.1h28m]
Saturday 23rd @ 4:45pm
A viral video star gets the opportunity to be sponsored by a very popular, unnamed energy drink, but sometimes the reason why you get hired is the same reason you get fired. This innovative and underseen film is comprised of interviews and reenactments of Amir Asgharnejad’s real life story with internet fame colliding with a harsh critique of the marketing world. Including the talents of Adam Pearson [UNDER THE SKIN] and comedian Brett Gelman, DRIB is a sleek and imaginative documentary of half-truths that marries style and substance. - CL

Saturday 23rd @ 6:30pm
After spending decades lost in obscurity, the forbidden film ANTRUM has resurfaced. Shot in the early 1970s by an Eastern European filmmaker, ANTRUM tells the story of two children and their descent into hell. The making of the film is shrouded in mystery, but directors Laicini and Amito have pieced together what little history there is to tell the story of the cursed film and the tragedies it has unleashed. Now, those daring enough will finally have the chance to see ANTRUM: THE DEADLIEST FILM EVER MADE. - MK

[Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers]

FOLLOWED [2018.USA.1h36m]
Saturday 23rd @ 8:30pm
"Vlogger of the Macabre," DropTheMike made a name for himself by disrespecting the dead and exploiting urban legends. For his next episode he recruits three friends for a special Halloween-edition vlog. They'll be staying inside the reputably haunted Hotel Lennox, in an attempt to gain 50,000 more subscribers and the $250,000 promised by "Haute Gothic" in return. Mixing the upbeat vibe of an overproduced vlog with the narrative stylings of UNFRIENDED, FOLLOWED will please both casual and serious Found Footage horror fans. - RF

[Followed by Q&A with cast and crew]

MURDER BOX [2018.Canada.1h22m]
Saturday 23rd @ 10:30pm
A stand-up comedian with a penchant for the macabre is questioned by local authorities after his ex-girlfriend brings his morality and sanity into question with a video diary. Inspired by Gerald Varga’s stage persona, Gerald Gerald Geraldson, MURDER BOX is a dissection of the delusion of an artist and how far is too far for a laugh. - CL

[WORLD PREMIERE. Gerald Gerald Geraldson will be joining us in person for a set of his unique stand up comedy and a Q&A following the film.]

You can find all these times and titles in our exclusive festival trailer!
Get tickets at UnnamedFootageFestival.com

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Valentine, Bohemian Rhapsody & Audition

February 12th 2019

It's a new week, which means new blurays are released to add to our growing collections! First up is a slasher I've been waiting so long for and it's finally getting the Scream Factory treatment. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Valentine comes to bluray. Next up Arrow Video releases Audition and Horror Express both with  new scans and bonus material. The biggest release this week is Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Best Buy will carry an exclusive steelbook packaging and Target's version is a digibook packaging. I've heard good things about this one and I look forward to checking it out. Rounding out the week is Purgatory Road from Unearthed Films, comedy Nobody's Fool, The Poison Ivy Collection and Popcorn steelbook re-release. Target stores  are running a pretty good promo this week, when you buy any two Bluray or DVD you get one free. Excludes the new releases out today but if you missed a few passed films it's a good time to pick those up. What will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Valentine: Amazon - $27.99

Love is in the air. On the most romantic day of the year, would-be lovers woo hearts with flowers, candy, cards and gifts. Best friends Kate (Marley Shelton), Paige (Denise Richards), Dorothy (Jessica Capshaw), Lily (Jessica Cauffiel) and Shelly (Katherine Heigl) are young women looking for a relationship -- a valentine to die for. And this year they might just get their wish.

Valentine (Blu-ray) 

Audition: Amazon - $26.99

A widowed TV producer is encouraged by his teenage son to remarry before he gets too old. Unable to find anyone suitable, he decides to hold auditions for a false movie in order to test out potential wives. He thinks he may have found the one he is looking for when he auditions a former ballerina, but she seems too good to be true and an investigation into her past reveals a horrific secret.

Audition (Blu-ray) 

Bohemian Rhapsody: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day

Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-ray) 

Bohemian Rhapsody 4K (Blu-ray)
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Steelbook: Best Buy - $29.99

Bohemian Rhapsody 4K (Blu-ray)
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Digibook: Target - $27.99

Bohemian Rhapsody 4K (Blu-ray)
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Horror Express: Amazon - $26.99

An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link. He brings the creature back to Europe aboard a trans-Siberian express, but during the trip the monster thaws out and starts to butcher the passengers one by one.

Horror Express (Blu-ray) 

The Thing (1951): Amazon - $17.99

The crew of a remote Arctic base fights off a murderous monster from outer space.

 The Thing from Another World (Blu-ray) 

Popcorn (STEELBOOK): Amazon - $40.99

A group of film students plan an all-night horror film festival in order to raise funds for their cinema club. They decide to show a number of (fictional) horror films from the 1950's that rely on gimmicks such as 3-D, "Odorama", and electrical "buzzers" in seats. Unbeknownst to the group, a homicidal maniac is stalking the theater where the festival is being held. A filmmaker named Lanyard Gates, who murdered his family during a screening of his only film in the 1970's, supplies the decoy killer character, since young Maggie may or may not be his missing daughter.

Popcorn (Blu-ray)
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The Poison Ivy Collection: Amazon - $47.99 

The first three films in the series deal with the implications of an emotionally neglected, sexually assertive young woman's fascination with her best friend's father, and how her desire for him affects multiple individuals who fall under her influence. The fourth film in the series is only thematically linked to the first three, dealing with a secret society of young women dedicated to obtaining control over powerful men through seduction. 

The Poison Ivy Collection (Blu-ray) 

At Eternity's Gate: Amazon - $16.99

Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.

At Eternity's Gate (Blu-ray) 

Nightflyers (Season One): Amazon - $32.99

A crew of space explorers embark on a mission to find a mysterious alien ship.

Nightflyers: Season One (Blu-ray) 

Nobody's Fool: Amazon - $19.99

A woman who gets released from prison and reunites with her sister, who discovers she is in an online relationship with a man that may be "catfishing" her.

Nobody's Fool (Blu-ray)
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Sailor Moon SuperS The Movie: Amazon - $25.99

Around the world, children are disappearing - and the culprits are not of this world! The evil Queen Badianier plots to trap Earth in a dark energy field called the Black Dream Hole, powered by the sweet sugar energy produced from the dreams of children. Meanwhile, Chibi-Usa befriends Perle, a new kid who seems to have grown fond of the town's warm and friendly atmosphere. Their peace is short-lived when the town's children, including Chibi-Usa, start sleepwalking out of their homes! Sailor Moon, Perle, and the Sailor Guardians must now fight to save the lost children before the enemy can place the world into an eternal sleep that's definitely not sweet!

Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie (Blu-ray) 

Haunted Hospital: Amazon - $15.99

In HEILSTÄTTEN, a remote and gloomy sanctuary near Berlin, a group of YouTubers illegally access the ominous surgery block for a 24-hour challenge they hope will go viral. They learn too soon that they are not alone and not welcome.

Haunted Hospital: Heilstätten (Blu-ray) 

Purgatory Road: Amazon - $17.99

On the highways of Mississippi, a psychotic priest and his brother are on a crusade to absolve sinners with their own brand of murder.

Purgatory Road (Blu-ray) 

-The Impostor