Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Unfriended Dark Web, Buy Bust, Ant Man & The Wasp

October 16th 2018

New week and new blurays to add to our growing collections. First up this week, from Marvel and Disney, is Ant Man & The Wasp, the sequel to 2015's Ant Man. Best Buy will carry an exclusive steelbook packaging and Target an exclusive digibook packaging. I thought this was a pretty good sequel. It's fun and light-hearted and I feel that's what was needed after the depressing Avengers: Infinity War. Next up this week is another sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web. If you missed our review of this check it out here. Well Go USA releases action thriller Buy Bust this week, and it's one I'm looking forward to checking out soon. Down a Dark Hall and Cold Skin are other horror thrillers that are hitting shelves today that both have interesting premises. For the first time on Bluray this week is Kazaam starring Shaq. Kazaam is one I enjoyed as a kid but realized as an adult that it's not the best film. Rounding out the week is 12 Monkeys from Arrow Video, Ash Vs Evil Dead complete series, and the original 50's version of Invasion of The Body Snatchers. So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Ant Man & The Wasp: Best Buy - $22.99
4K: Best Buy - $29.99

Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Blu-ray) 

Ant-Man and the Wasp 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $34.99

Ant-Man and the Wasp 4K (Blu-ray)
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Digibook: Target - $32.99

Ant-Man and the Wasp 4K (Blu-ray)
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Unfriended: Dark Web: Amazon - $19.99

A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.

Unfriended: Dark Web (Blu-ray) 

Buy Bust: Amazon - $17.99

An anti-drug enforcement agency stages a massive drug bust on a slum in Manila, only to get ambushed by a merciless drug lord and his henchmen, and dragging angry civilians in the process.

BuyBust (Blu-ray) 

The House on Sorority Row: Amazon - $18.99

After a prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one.
The House on Sorority Row (Blu-ray) 

The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre: Amazon - $18.99

Terrified of being buried alive by mistake, a woman puts a phone in her crypt to be able to call home if she needs help. She dies and nothing happens. One day, the phone suddenly rings. Paranormal investigator Nelson Orion is brought in.

The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre (Blu-ray) 

Down a Dark Hall: Amazon - $14.99

Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, confronts the institution's supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.

Down a Dark Hall (Blu-ray) 

Reprisal: Amazon - $14.99

A veteran looks to raise money for his son's healthcare by teaming up with another vet to track down criminals.

Reprisal (Blu-ray) 

Arizona: Amazon - $14.99
4K: Amazon - $18.99

Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder.

Arizona (Blu-ray) 

Arizona 4K (Blu-ray)
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Whitney: Amazon - $17.99

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

Whitney (Blu-ray) 

Cold Skin: Amazon - $15.99

A young man who arrives at a remote island finds himself trapped in a battle for his life.
Cold Skin (Blu-ray) 

Kazaam: Amazon - $17.99

After 5000 long years of captivity, Kazaam is set free to grant three wishes to a new master.

Kazaam (Blu-ray) 

Cut and Run: Amazon - $18.99

A cameraman and a reporter head into the jungle searching for the missing son of a TV producer hoping to find a big story. What they get caught up in is a drug war which threatens to take their own lives.
Cut and Run (Blu-ray) 

Ash Vs Evil Dead (Complete Series): Amazon - $44.99

Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope.

Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray) 

Giftset: Best Buy - $49.99

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Invasion of The Body Snatchers(1956): Amazon - $25.99

Mistaken for insane, a man arrives in San Francisco to inform the world that strange aliens have arrived on earth to overtake human life.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Blu-ray) 

12 Monkeys: Amazon - $25.99

The year is 2035, and humanity subsists in a desolate netherworld after the eradication of 99 percent of the Earth's population, a holocaust which left the planet's surface uninhabitable, and the destiny of humanity uncertain. A desperate group of scientists secure a reluctant volunteer, Cole, for a dangerous assignment: he will time travel to the year 1996, where they hope he can help unravel the mystery of the apocalypse and save the future.

12 Monkeys (Blu-ray) 

Trilogy of Terror: Amazon - $18.99

Three tales: In "Julie," an aggressive college student seduces and ultimately blackmails his seemingly shy English professor. In "Millicent and Therese," two polar-opposite sisters become increasingly hellbent on the undoing of one another. And in "Amelia," a woman falls prey to a murderous Zuni fetish doll.

Trilogy of Terror (Blu-ray)
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Halloween 3 Season of the Witch (Steelbook): Amazon - $29.99

After the mysterious death of a toyshop owner, a doctor and the man's daughter investigate the Irish-dominated Northern California community of Santa Mira, a company town owned by the Silver Shamrock Novelty corporation.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Blu-ray)
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 - The Impostor

Monday, October 15, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Sunday): Halloween, Zombie 3, Necromancy, SpookFest

I hope everyone has their Halloween costumes planned, because October is slipping right through our fingers and Halloween will be here before we know it! And I'm not talking about the huge movie that's coming out this week either... 😏

Yes, the week is here, which means those of us who were not lucky enough to catch one of the early screenings will be able to watch the 2018 Halloween on the big screen in just three days!! Tickets are on sale now, so I suggest getting those soon. And to celebrate the occasion, the Clay Theatre is making this week's Midnight Madness the original 1978 Halloween for two nights in a row. It only struck me today how weird it will be, a couple years from now, to think that the new sequel to Halloween... is also called Halloween.

Also this week, the Super Shangri-La Show returns to the Balboa Theatre to continue in this past weekend's witchy film festival with Warlock Wednesday, celebrating the witch's male counterpart with an awesome double feature starting at 7:30pm. The next day, the Roxie Theatre will have another installation of their annual SpookFest, which consists of 13 spooky horror shorts. And the Friday after that, the Castro presents another great double feature!


Opening This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 18th (1hr 46min)
Opens Friday 19th
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. -- but this time, she's ready for him.

Opens Thursday 18th @ 6pm (1hr 21min)
Animation/ Family (Rotten Tomatoes)
It is Hallowaiian on the Big Island of Hawaii, so excitement and mischief are in the air. Three young friends, Kai, Eddie and Leilani uncover a mysterious idol in a secret cave whilst catching some waves at sunset. They quickly uncover that they've unleashed an ancient evil upon the island in the form of a giant pineapple headed monster. The kids find help in some mystical friends and discover that in order to vanquish the evil, Kai must uncover his heritage, and believe the ancient stories of his ancestors.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 16th @ 10:25pm (1hr 24min)
Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
When a terrorist's body, infected with a stolen chemical, is cremated by the US military, a virus is unintentionally released into the atmosphere over a small island.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 17th @ 10:25pm (1hr 30min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
An otherwise boring and unpopular Louise is enamored with Brad, the star of the high-school football team, but her feelings are not reciprocated. One week before her birthday, she visits a psychic and is told she has latent, genetically predisposed witch abilities that will blossom on her sixteenth birthday. Soon she finds the information to be true and uses her powers to gain the typical teen goals: popularity, revenge on cruel teachers and other meanies, and high-school football star Brad...

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Necromancy (1972)
Wednesday 17th @ 7:30pm (1hr 23min)
Horror (IMDB)
A wicked necromancer controls an entire town, forcing its residents to make the special "toys" he needs to cast his evil spells. This horror outing follows what happens when the dastardly wizard, hoping to revivify his dead son by stealing the soul of another, sets his sights on the wife of his new employee.


Simon, King of the Witches (1971)
Wednesday 17th @ 9pm (1hr 39min)
Horror (IMDB)
Simon, a young man with magic powers, invokes the help of the evil forces in order to take revenge on a man who cheated him with a bad cheque.

Haunted Double Feature

Sunday 21st @ 2pm (1hr 12min)
Horror/ Documentary (Google)
California's Sonoma County has a fascinating history that stretches back more than a century. Most everyone knows it for the acres of vineyards that make up part of the region's award-winning wine production. Sonoma County wines are known the world over. But until now, its ghosts have been kept a secret. Their stories, revealed here for the first time, paint a unique portrait of the area and its colorful residents. Wailing women, dark shadows, ladies in white -- it's a secret no more: Sonoma County is haunted.


Sunday 21st @ 3:30pm (1hr 21min)
Horror/ Documentary (Google)
For more than a century, the natural beauty of Northern California's wine country has drawn people from across the globe. But among the hardworking residents who made their homes there more than a century ago lurked a seedy and dangerous element: gamblers, thieves, prostitutes, murderers -- even pirates. Death or ruin traveled with them. And long after committing their untoward deeds, the spirits of many remain there roaming the hillsides, frightening current residents and turning this otherwise serene area into Haunted Wine Country. Paranormal experts, authors, historians, ghost hunters and gifted psychics recount the area's ghostly tales and describe their personal experiences.

Double Feature

Alien (1979)
Friday 19th @ 7:15pm (1hr 57min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.


Heavy Metal (1981)
Friday 19th @ 9:25pm (1hr 26min)
Animation/ Adventure/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Based on the popular magazine of the same name, this animated cult film interweaves six visionary stories of science fiction and fantasy. The soundtrack includes such rock superstars as Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth and Stevie Nicks.

Midnight Madness

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th & 11:55pm (1hr 50min)
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

Saturday 20th @ 10pm (1hr 51min)
The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly, nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody... Sidney, the quiet high school beauty with an ugly past... Billy, her faithful boyfriend with a frustrated sex life... Tatum, her cute best friend with a answer for everything... Casey, the lovely blonde who knows her thrillers... Geeky Randy, the scary movie fanatic... Stuart, the wild partier... Gale, the overeager TV reporter... even Dewey, the syrupy-sweet police officer. The only hope is to stay one step ahead of this crazed slasher--know your trivia. The clues are there; are you good enought to see them?

Thursday 18th @ 7pm & 9:15pm (2hrs)
Horror/ Short Film
SPOOKFEST returns to the Roxie with 13 new, independent short films that showcase the “monsters among us,” in all their ghastly manifestations. This year, the theater transforms into a full-on haunted house, kicking off each screening with a costume contest, and concluding with the audience-voted OSCARE Awards, presented by our ghoulish hosts. It’s one hell of a monster mash!


Friday, October 12, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Sorceress Sabbath Witchcraft Film Festival, Night of the Living Dead, Sinister Creature Con

We stand at the eve of a VERY eventful week so get ready to make some tough decisions. 

Saturday and Sunday the next season of Sinister Creature Con will be at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento, and you can bet a certain Overlook Hour host will be in attendance. And if you plan to join him (and some of the other Overlook creatures) you can get discounted tickets on Groupon before they're all gone!

Tomorrow the Super Shangri-La Show's Sorceress Sabbath Witchcraft Film Festival will be at the Balboa Theatre, but tonight they're warming up at the Empress Garden with a preparty filled with card readings, live music, and visuals. Get all the details on their Facebook. And be sure to come back to the Balboa on Sunday for the first installment of 16 Millimurder which will be hosted by out friend Harry Nordlinger. The movie will be Night of the Living Dead and will kick off at 7:30.

Opening This Week

Opens Friday 12th (1hr 30min)
Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save mom and foil Slappy's wicked plan.

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 12th (1hr 38min)
Thriller (IMDB)
Bella Thorne stars in this spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with a mysterious classmate, Kirk, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead-and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer.

The Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Saturday 13th @ 11:50
The Super Shangri-La Show presents a Day and Late Evening of Witches! 
9 Films and Special Guests!

16 Millimurder Presents

Sunday 14th @ 7:30pm (1hr 36min)
Horror (IMDB)
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.

Screening in 16mm

November Fire Records Presents

I Believe in Halloween (2018)
Screening All Weekend (1hr)
Documentary (IMDB)
"It was a dark and stormy night." That's how it begins, right? A good Halloween story has those elements, the basics. "I Believe in Halloween" is just that, from interviews with kids telling us what Halloween means to them and fun music videos, to vintage footage and photos, antique postcards, advertisements, decorations, and costumes. This celebration of Halloween is complete with a toe-tapping soundtrack of nine classic Halloween songs that Bryan Kehoe and HobGoblin recreated. Your jack o' lanterns will be grinning. No tricks, all treats! Come enjoy a nostalgic, dark and stormy trip through what makes Halloween the greatest holiday ever!

Double Feature

Dial M for Murder in 3-D (1954)
Saturday 13th @ 3:15pm & 7pm (1hr 45min)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
"An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B."


Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Saturday 13th @ 5:15pm & 9pm (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (Rotten Tomatoes)
Adapted from a radio play, this thriller is about a rich invalid who overhears two men plotting a murder through a crossed telephone line. During the course of the conversation, she discovers that one of the voices belongs to her husband. Soon, she realizes that she is the planned victim.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Trick r' Treat, Skyscraper & House on Haunted Hill

October 9th 2018

Bluray Tuesday returns! This week is filled will re-releases in 4k, steelbook and collector's editions. First up this week from Scream Factory is Trick r' Treat with a new scan, bonus material and cool new art work. Trick r' Treat is a yearly watch for me and I'm looking forward to this new edition. Scream Factory also releases a collector's edition of House on Haunted Hill (1999) with a new scan and bonus materials. Halloween II gets the steelbook treatment from Scream Factory as well rounding out their big releases of October week 2. Biggest film released today is Skyscraper starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Neve Campbell (Scream franchise) returns to the big screen as his wife in the film. Best Buy will carry an exclusive 4K steelbook for this release and Target's exclusive comes with more bonus content. Hotel Transylvania 3 hits shelves today and will have a glow in the dark steelbook only at Best Buy and a glow in the dark trick or treat bag included with the Target exclusive. Rounding out the week is The Unnameable from Unearthed Films, A24's Eighth Grade and animated Constantine film from DC Comics. What will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Trick r' Treat: Amazon - $34.99

Interwoven stories demonstrate that some traditions are best not forgotten as the residents (Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker) of a small town face real ghosts and goblins on Halloween. Tales of terror reveal the consequences of extinguishing a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight and a grumpy hermit's encounter with a sinister trick-or-treater.

Trick 'r Treat (Blu-ray) 

House on Haunted Hill: Amazon - $34.99

Unspeakable things happened at the Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute for the Criminally Insane- experiments that brought human torture to new depths of depravity... secrets that died with their victims and the practioners of the demonic acts that masqueraded as medicine. Now there are no living witnesses. Nothing survived Dr. Vannacutt's excesses; nothing endures except the building in which they occurred. But that building holds all the secrets of its terrible past. Decades after the Vannacutt Institute was shuttered, five strangers are invited to spend a night there. Their reward is a million dollars each. All they have to do is stay alive. It's going to be a long night.

House on Haunted Hill (Blu-ray) 

Skyscraper: Amazon - $24.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building...above the fire line.

Skyscraper (Blu-ray) 

Skyscraper 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $32.99

Skyscraper 4K (Blu-ray) 

Bonus Disc: Target - $24.99

Skyscraper (Blu-ray) 

Halloween 2 (Steelbook): Amazon - $29.99

Dr. Loomis and Sheriff Brackett are again searching the dark streets for Micheal Myers but meanwhile Laurie Strode is taken to the Haddenfield Hospital where she is still not safe. Micheal, being shot by Dr. Loomis six times, is also still looming in the shadows hunting for her yet this time, there is a reason why he is after her.

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The Evil Dead (4K): Amazon - $16.99

Five twentysomething friends are holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead. An archaeologist's tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

The Evil Dead 4K (Blu-ray)
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The Unnameable: Amazon - $18.99 

The movie starts in the 18th century to set the scene and tease at the foundation of a ghost story that drives the main characters to a haunted house on the skirts of a cemetery. The setting changes to present day (1980s), where a group of college students are drawn to the house rumored to be haunted.

The Unnamable (Blu-ray) 

Hotel Transylvania 3: Amazon - $22.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac's Pack cannot resist going along. But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship captain, Ericka. Now it's Mavis' turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his "too good to be true" love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Blu-ray) 

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $27.99

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Blu-ray)
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Bonus Content: Target - $24.99

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Blu-ray)
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Hotel Artemis: Amazon - $19.99
 4K; Amazon - $22.99

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, 'Hotel Artemis' follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

Hotel Artemis (Blu-ray) 

Hotel Artemis 4K (Blu-ray) 

Constantine: City of Demons: Amazon - $18.99
4K: Best Buy - $24.99

A decade after a tragic mistake, family man Chas and occult detective John Constantine set out to cure Chas’s daughter Trish from a mysterious supernatural coma. With the help of the mysterious Nightmare Nurse, the influential Queen of Angels, and brutal Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli, the pair just might have a chance at outsmarting the demon Beroul to save Trish’s soul. Feature-length film based on the first five episodes of the CW Seed web series.

Constantine: City of Demons: The Movie (Blu-ray) 

Constantine: City of Demons: The Movie 4K (Blu-ray) 

Eighth Grade: Amazon - $16.99

A teenager tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school.
Eighth Grade (Blu-ray)
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Prehysteria!: Amazon - $21.99

Rico Sarno, a museum curator, enters a forbidden temple in South America, and discovers a nest of five eggs. He steals them and brings them back to his museum. Frank Taylor, a farmer, sells fossils to Rico and in a mix up, the Taylor's dog takes a cooler, which has the eggs. The kids, Monica and Jerry discover the dinosaurs when they hatch and try to keep it a secret, until their father finds out. Rico finds out the Taylors have them and hires two robbers to help him get the dinosaurs back.

Prehysteria! (Blu-ray)
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot: Amazon - $16.99

About John Callahan who became paralyzed after a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy.

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (Blu-ray) 

A Prayer Before Dawn: Amazon - $14.99

Based on the true life experience of Billy Moore who survived his Thai prison ordeal by becoming a Muay Thai boxing champion.

A Prayer Before Dawn (Blu-ray) 

Bloodlust: Amazon - $23.99

A deaf and dumb accountant suffers from a psychic trauma in his childhood. He is collecting puppets and mutilates female bodies in the mortuary. After his secret love died by an accident he starts to kill.

Bloodlust (Blu-ray) 

- The Impostor