Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Sunday): Suspiria, Possum, Pulse

Happy Hallows Eve horror fans!
Screenings in the Bay is a touch late but there is so much to talk about that it's got to go up anyhow.

This week those of us who did not get to see any sneak peeks of the new Suspiria will get our chance! It will have early screenings on Halloween and open officially Friday. But if you'd rather spend Halloween with the original, you can catch that being presented by the Film School Drop Outs and Stereo Argento at the Roxie Theatre at 7pm.

Possum also joins the new releases list this week and, judging from the trailer, it looks dark, artsy, and crazy. I definitely want to check that out, but it will probably have to be on VOD.

Border is still screening at the Alamo Drafthouse and it surprised the hell out of me. I was totally lost in it and can't wait to share it with people to see their reactions.

And we're ending the week with a midnight screening of the one and only A Nightmare on Elm Street at the Clay Theatre. What a week!

Opening This Week

Early Screenings Wednesday 31st (2hrs 32min)
Opens Friday 2nd
Fantasy/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 2nd (1hr 25min)
Drama/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
A disgraced children's puppeteer must confront his sinister stepfather and a hideous puppet he keeps hidden in a brown leather bag in order to escape the dark horrors of his past.

Limited Theatre/VOD Friday 2nd (1hr 29min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Three thieves plan a daring heist posing as waiters at a fancy Malibu mansion dinner party in hopes of paying off an urgent debt. When their plan goes horribly wrong, the trio realizes the dinner guests are not as innocent as they seem and their simple cash grab becomes a violent and desperate battle to get out of the house alive.

Screening All Week (1hr 50min)
Fantasy/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can't identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the truth about herself. Tina, like Vore, does not belong to this world. Her entire existence has been one big lie and now she has to choose: keep living the lie or embrace Vore's terrifying revelations.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 30th @ 10:20pm (1hr 42min)
Action/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Based on the graphic novel by James O'Barr, this fantasy follows Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a rock musician who is murdered along with his fiancée, Shelly (Sofia Shinas), by a group of marauding thugs who terrorize the decaying city in which they live. One year to the day after his death (which happens to be Devil's Night), a mystical crow appears at Eric's grave; Eric rises from the dead and, with the bird as his guide, goes on a mission to avenge himself against Top Dollar (Michael Wincott), the leader of the gang who killed him. Star Brandon Lee was killed while filming a scene in which he was shot with a shell from an improperly cleaned gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. Like his father, martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, Brandon was fated to enjoy his greatest popular success after his premature death. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 31st @ 10:40pm (1hr 26min)
Comedy (Rotten Tomatoes)
After making a name for himself with such underground gross-out epics as Pink Flamingos and Desperate Living, director John Waters made a bid for somewhat wider acceptance with this black comedy, which is sedate only by the standards of his previous work. Francine Fishpaw (Divine) is a housewife whose life has become a living hell. Her husband Elmer (David Samson) runs a porno theater (currently showing the classic My Burning Bush) and is having an affair with secretary Sandra (Mink Stole), a vision of sleaze in Bo Derek-style cornrow braids who informs Elmer, "Children would only get in the way of our erotic lifestyle!"

Screening in Odorama!

Midnight Madness

Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd @ 11:55pm (1hr 31min)
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

Nippon Nights

Tuesday 30th @ 9:15pm (1hr 59min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
KAIRO (PULSE) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa thrusts you into a moody, desolate and apocalyptic Tokyo to tell one of the most haunting tales of technology and the supernatural ever told. Dreamlike and unsettling, KAIRO will keep you on edge as it chronicles the breakdown of its characters at the hands of malevolent forces.

Film School Drop Outs Present

Wednesday 31st @ 7pm (1hr 32min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
A candy-colored nightmare from Italian terror maestro Dario Argento, Suspiria weaves a menacing tale of witchcraft as a fairy tale gone horribly awry. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper) senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution. Ill at ease as the result of her fellow student's peculiar behavior and increasingly terrified following a series of gruesome and spectacular murders, Suzy slowly begins to unravel the dark history of the academy. Convinced that the occult roots of the school and the horrific tale of its founding mother may hold an unthinkable secret, she begins a hallucinatory journey into the black heart of one of the most powerful witches ever known to exist. As Suzy edges ever closer to a secret that may hold the answers to all of her nightmares, the coven's grip on her soul begins to tighten until there is seemingly no escape. Will Suzy solve the mystery of the cursed academy before the fearsome Black Queen consumes her, or will she finally reveal the secret that has forever haunted the lavish corridors of the academy and bring an end to the Black Queen's terrifying reign?


Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Mandy, Our House & Blood Harvest

October 30th 2018

Halloween Eve just happens to also be Bluray Tuesday! This week is filled with titles that can help ring in our favorite holiday. First up this week is Mandy. Definitely not a film for everyone but I really enjoyed it and I feel is a collection worthy film. Scream Factory releases indie horror Our House. The premise sounds really interesting and I will check out in the near future for sure. Blood Harvest is the second blind buy of the week for me. This may be the one I'm most interested in and I really like the premise and cover. Arrow Video releases Torso for the first time on Bluray this week. It comes with a new scan and bonus material. Slender Man quietly hits shelves today. I honestly kinda forgot about this one or thought it had already been released. I'd recommend renting first... it's not what I expected but I've definitely seen worse. Rounding out the week is a few films from Vinegar Syndrome, The Killing Kind,  Def By Temptation, comedy films The Spy Who Dumped Me, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies and for the first time on Bluray Batman The Complete Series. What will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Happy Halloween!

Mandy: Amazon - $14.99

Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.

Mandy (Blu-ray) 

Our House: Amazon - 16.99

When his parents are killed in a car accident, science wiz Ethan must leave behind college and his girlfriend to care for his younger brother and sister. By day, he juggles the responsibilities of raising two kids; by night, he tinkers in the garage on an invention he hopes will change the world: a machine that can generate wireless electricity. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when the device awakens the dead souls that haunt the house.

Our House (Blu-ray) 

Blood Harvest: Amazon - $18.99

Tiny Tim stars in his first dramatic film role in this taut drama. A beautiful young girl, Jill Robinson, returns to her peaceful rural home town to find that her life has been turned upside down. The house she grew up in has been defaced, her parents are missing, and the whole town hates her father, the bank supervisor who had foreclosed on many of the local farms. Only "Marvelous Mervo" (Tiny Tim) seems happy to see her. He wanders around the community dressed in a clown's suit with a clown's permanent grin grotesquely painted on his face. Mervo's brother tries to re-kindle his love affair with Jill. Then, one by one, those closest to her are slaughtered like cattle... tied upside down from the rafters of the barn... until the surprise ending reveals the madman.. and a very unlikely savior.

Blood Harvest (Blu-ray) 

Torso: Amazon - $25.99

 A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation of dismemberment at the hands – and blade – of a lecherous maniac.

Torso (Blu-ray) 

The Incubus: Amazon - $18.99

In the small New England town of Galen, a young teenage boy claims he has dreams of young women being brutally raped and murdered.

The Incubus (Blu-ray) 

The Killing Kind: Amazon - $21.99

Young Terry Lambert returns home from serving a prison term for a gang-rape he was forced to participate in. He seeks revenge on his lawyer and the girl who framed him. But his real problem is his overbearing mother, whose boarding house he resides in and who keeps bringing him glasses of chocolate milk. One of her boarders, Lori, becomes attracted to him. However, while he was serving his prison sentence, Terry developed an interest in rough, violent sex, and gory death. Now, one by one, some of the town's women pop up dead.
The Killing Kind (Blu-ray) 

Def by Temptation: Amazon - $18.99

 When Joel's best buddy K invites him to New York City to stay, the country boy can't wait to hit the streets and see a little action - that's when all hell breaks loose. In an uptown bar, Joel is smitten by a temptress 0 a demonic succubus in human form from the Darkside who leaves her lovers drained dead. One by one, Joel's friends fall victim to her charms, leaving Joel to face the evil temptress... and his destiny... alone.

Def by Temptation (Blu-ray) 

Slender Man: Amazon - $16.99

Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens.

Slender Man (Blu-ray) 

D.O.A.: Amazon - $15.99

Dexter Cornell, an English Professor becomes embroiled in a series of murders involving people around him. Dexter has good reason to want to find the murderer but hasn't much time. He finds help and comfort from one of his student, Sydney Fuller.

D.O.A. (Blu-ray) 

The Spy Who Dumped Me: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

A pair of friends embark on an espionage adventure after one of them finds out her ex is a spy.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (Blu-ray) 

The Spy Who Dumped Me 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Darkest Minds: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

After a disease kills 98% of America's children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.

The Darkest Minds (Blu-ray) 

The Darkest Minds 4K (Blu-ray) 

Charmed (Season One): Amazon - $41.99

Three sisters discover their destiny - to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones.

Charmed: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) 

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies: Amazon - $22.99

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies-everyone but the Teen Titans, that is. But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Blu-ray) 

Happy Birthday to Me (Walmart Exclusive): Walmart - $7.50

Girl student wants to be part of the school’s most popular clique. But somebody has begun killing the group’s members. Could a deadly accident from her past be connected to the brutal killings?

Happy Birthday to Me (Blu-ray) 

Batman: The Complete Animated Series: Amazon - $99.99

The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl. This animated series conveys the dark mood of the original "Batman" comic books. Unlike the light action "Batman" show of the 1960s, Gotham City's Caped Crusader, Bruce Wayne, is sometimes moody. And Robin's alter ego, Dick Grayson, has a more-mature personality than in the original series.

Batman: The Complete Animated Series (Blu-ray) 

12 Monkeys (1995): 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) 

The Matrix Reloaded 4K: Amazon - 24.99
Steelbook: Best Buy - $29.99

Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix. Now, more humans are waking up out of the matrix and attempting to live in the real world. As their numbers grow, the battle moves to Zion, the last real-world city and center of human resistance.

The Matrix Reloaded 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Matrix Reloaded 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Matrix Revolutions 4K: Amazon - $27.99
Steelbook: Best Buy - $29.99

Neo. Trinity. Morpheus. They and other heroes stand on the brink of victory or annihilation in the epic war against the Machines in the stunning final chapter of the Matrix trilogy. For Neo, that means going where no human has dared - into the heart of Machine City and into a cataclysmic showdown with the exponentially more powerful renegade program Smith. The revolution is now: The Matrix Revolutions.

The Matrix Revolutions 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Matrix Revolutions 4K (Blu-ray)
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The Matrix 4K (Steelbook): Best Buy - $29.99

A man comes to believe that his everyday world is the product of a computer-driven digital matrix.

The Matrix 4K (Blu-ray)
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Valley Girl: Amazon - $34.99

Julie is, like, so over her preppy boyfriend, she dumps him on the escalator at the Galleria. And when she meets punker Randy, her eyes practically bug out because she thinks he is sexy even though he makes her friends gag! But even if Randy's ready to stop the world and melt with her, can Julie risk losing her friends and her super popularity at school just to be with him?
 Valley Girl (Blu-ray) 

-The Impostor 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Maximum Overdrive, Creepshow & Butterfly Kisses

October 23rd 2018

Our favorite day of the week returns and it's filled with more great releases to add to our growing collections! A couple are perfect for the Halloween season. Vestron Video releases number 16 in their collector's series, Maximum Overdrive. This will have a new scan and bonus material. Scream Factory has a big week with a collector's edition of Creepshow, a deluxe edition of The Night of The Demons in a steelbook packaging with the Angela Neca action figure, and found footage horror The Devil's Doorway. Next up this week is Butterfly Kisses, one of my favorite films released this year. It has been doing a festival run and taking home an award almost every time it screens. I'd definitely recommend checking Butterfly Kisses out, it's a blind buy you won't regret. 2013's The Evil Dead has an even crazier and more intense director's cut that was never released to home video until this week we can own The Evil Dead remake unrated with both versions, theatrical, and director's cut included. Round out the week is psychedelic film Sorry To Bother You, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again and Patient Zero. What will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Maximum Overdrive: Amazon - $32.99

When a mysterious comet passes close to Earth, machines everywhere suddenly take on murderous minds of their own. Soon, video games, cash machines, drawbridges, and steamrollers all go on a psychotic killing spree of global rebellion. But when the Dixie Boy Truck Stop is held hostage by a mob of homicidal 18-wheelers, human vengeance goes into overdrive. Who made who? And who will survive the final showdown of man vs. bloodthirsty machine?

Maximum Overdrive (Blu-ray) 

Creepshow (Collector's Edition): Amazon - $39.99

Five creepy tales are strung together by a framing story involving a young boy being punished by his father for reading the gruesome, titular comic book. "Father's Day" tells the tale of a family patriarch exacting beyond-the-grave revenge on the daughter who murdered him. In "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," a Maine hayseed is overtaken by a meteor-based plant growth. A cuckolded husband exacts watery revenge on his cheating wife and her lover in "Something to Tide You Over." A hairy beast in a box is used for nefarious purposes at a university in "The Crate." Finally, in "They're Creeping Up on You," a wealthy, arrogant New Yorker with a fear of germs has a disturbing run-in with cockroaches during a blackout.

Creepshow (Blu-ray) 

Sorry To Bother You: Amazon - $19.99

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success - which propels him into a macabre universe.

Sorry to Bother You (Blu-ray) 

Night of The Demons (Steelbook): Amazon - $22.99
With Figurine: Scream Factory - $61.99

On the night of Halloween, 10 teens decide to go to a party at an abandoned funeral parlor. "Hull House", rumored to be built on an evil patch of land & underground stream, is the place. While starting the party, the teens gather around a big mirror to perform a seance...BIG MISTAKE. They awaken some evil force and find themselves trapped and taken over one by one. Now it's a battle for who can survive and cross over the stream before going to hell..
Night of the Demons (Blu-ray) 

Night of the Demons (Blu-ray) 

Butterfly Kisses: Amazon - $13.99

A filmmaker discovers a box of video tapes depicting two students' disturbing film project featuring a local horror legend, The Peeping Tom. As he sets out to prove this story is real and release it as a work of his own, he loses himself and the film crew following him into his project.

Butterfly Kisses (Blu-ray) 
Sisters(1972): Amazon - $25.99 

A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.

Sisters (Blu-ray) 

Cross of Iron: Amazon - $20.99

German officers along the Russian front engage in bitter rivalries.
Cross of Iron (Blu-ray) 

Evil Dead (2013) (Director's Cut): Best Buy - $22.99

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Evil Dead (Blu-ray) 

Get Shorty (Collector's Edition) : Amazon - $34.99

A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.

Get Shorty (Blu-ray) 

Celebrating Mickey: Best Buy - $17.99

Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary!

Celebrating Mickey (Blu-ray) 

The Devil's Doorway: Amazon - $19.99

In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for 'fallen women', only to uncover something much more horrific.

The Devil's Doorway (Blu-ray) 

Deadbeat at Dawn: Amazon - $26.99

After one too many encounters with The Spiders (a rival gang), The Ravens' leader's girlfriend tells him to quit the gang or it's Splitsville. He does so, but the leader of The Spiders is hellbent on revenge and arranges the murder of the girlfriend. That ticks off the boyfriend, who wreaks havoc with the two gangs, who have joined forces in order to pull off a security truck heist.

Deadbeat at Dawn (Blu-ray) 

Patient Zero: Amazon - $14.99

After an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent "Infected," a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected's new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Patient Zero (Blu-ray) 

Trauma: Amazon - $10.99

Four friends visit a rural locality of Chile, are brutally attacked by a man and his son. After not finding help in the town, they decide to confront these men with the help of a pair of policemen. But in this way, they will discover that their attackers have in their blood the direct legacy of the darkest period of Chilean history and will have to face the most brutal enemy.

Trauma (Blu-ray) 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again is going through Donna's (played by Meryl Streep and Lily James) young life, experiencing the fun she had with the three possible Dad's of Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfriend). Sophie is now pregnant. Like Donna, she will be young when she has her baby. This is where she realizes she will need to take risks like her mother did.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Blu-ray) 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 4K (Blu-ray) 

Bonus Disc: Target - $19.99

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $24.99 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Blu-ray)

Scorpion King 5: Book of Souls: Amazon - $16.99

 The Scorpion King teams up with a female warrior named Tala, who is the sister of The Nubian King. Together they search for a legendary relic known as The Book of Souls, which will allow them to put an end to an evil warlord.

Scorpion King: Book of Souls (Blu-ray)

Brides of Blood: Amazon - $29.99

Dr. Paul Henderson, his wife Carla and Peace Corps volunteer Jim Farrell arrive on Blood Island and discover that nature has been hideously perverted when deadly branches and roots grab at them like tentacles. Other native life forms include mutated insects and crabs and a horrific humanoid beast that the spear-wielding natives call The Evil One. When Jim learns that the islanders worship this demon and provide it with sacrificial maidens, he struggles to organize resistance in an effort to prevent yet another orgy of blood...

Brides of Blood (Blu-ray) 

Mad Doctor of Blood Island: Amazon - $29.99

The second entry in the Blood Island trilogy lives up to its cursed reputation as enraged, green-blooded monsters prowl the haunted jungles. An American pathologist is called in to investigate a series of grisly killings, with victims' limbs and innards gruesomely strewn about the crime scenes. His search leads him to the remote clinic of sinister Dr. Lorca, whose evil chlorophyll experiments have transformed a helpless patient into a hideous, green-skinned mangler...

Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Blu-ray) 

I Think We're Alone Now: Amazon - $14.99

The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse -- until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.

I Think We're Alone Now (Blu-ray) 

-The Impostor