In this throwback to the eighties slashers, young Josh enrolls in Greensboro College and immediately fails to fit in. His teachers hate him, his classmates hate him, and he witnesses a devil-masked killer murder three of his classmates. Barely surviving the ordeal, he teams up with a detective and the man's daughter to catch the killer nicknamed "The Greensboro Devil" on the campus of "Murder U" where the tuition is killer and the alumni is six feet under.
Venture into the DEAD OF NIGHT with the British Film Institute as they rescue from the BBC vaults that three surviving episodes of this seventies TV chiller series. In THE EXORCISM, two couples celebrating Christmas dinner in a renovated country cottage are chosen for centuries old supernatural retribution. In RETURN FLIGHT, an aging airplane captain has an encounter in the sky with what might be a literal "phantom" aircraft. In A WOMAN SOBBING, an unhappy housewife believes she is either going mad or the ghost of a woman is haunting the attic of her country home. Anna Cropper, Clive Swift, Peter Barkworth, and Anna Massey star.
Originally broadcast on the Chiller channel, CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR features five short horror films by the makers of 2012 DOOMSDAY (Nick Everhart), YELLOWBRICKROAD (Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton), MADISON COUNTY (Eric England), and THE RETELLING (Emily Hagins), as well as the directorial debut of Miko Hughes (the creepy kid from PET SEMATARY).
Before he was KUNG-FU PANDA's Mr. Ping, prolific actor James Hong also dabbled in directing low budget sexploitation pictures including THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. Carol and Neeley decide to volunteer for the police force rather than camp with their boyfriends for the summer and find themselves mixed up in prostitution, drugs, and more thanks to both their boyfriends and their randy cop trainers. Kristin Baker (FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2), Perry Lang (JOCKS), and Richard Singer (AMERICAN POP) star.
Eager to get away from rainy, dreary Paris, Marie-France (Alice Arno) takes a position as a nurse to the paralyzed daughter of eccentric author Radeck (Paul Muller) who lives abroad in a Greek villa with his nymphomaniacal niece Olivia (Lina Romay) and mute servant (Pierre Taylou). All are hot-to-trot but they are also guarding a devastating family secret, and Marie-France soon finds that THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA are full of sex and death. Also known as BUT WHO RAPED LINDA and THE BRUTAL NIGHTS OF LINDA.
Jess Franco and Lina Romay on THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA
Interview with Franco expert Stephen Thrower
Jess Franco Lifetime Achievement Award
BONUS LIMITED THIRD DISC of the hardcore French version (quantities are limited so check with Severin's direct sale website for copies of the 3-disc version which will be replaced with a 2-disc combo when supplies are exhausted).
Take in a quartet of horror obscurities from the MGM vaults courtesy of Scream Factory. In WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?, Debbie Reynold and Shelly Winters flee New York for Hollywood after their sons are convicted of a grisly murder. Soon they begin receiving threatening notes and phone calls, but it it all in Helen's mind? In THE VAGRANT, Bill Paxton plays a young yuppie who buys his dream house only to be tormented by a psychotic vagrant no one else believes exists. In THE GODSEND, a mysterious woman gives birth and leaves her child behind with an English family. When their own children begin to die mysteriously, they start to wonder if sweet Bonnie is such a blessing. In THE OUTING, six teenagers (and two uninvited rape-happy classmates) spend the night in a museum with a magic lamp housing a malevolent djinn that thinks up gory ways to torment and kill his victims.
Fresh from a year-long stay in a mental institution, Martine de Bressac (Alice Arno) takes up where she left off procuring nude models for her museum of petrified victims. Her husband (Robert Woods) has a housewarming gift for her in the form of a virgin (Tania Busselier) ripe for ravishment in Jess Franco's rarely seen Sadean exercise HOW TO SEDUCE A VIRGIN (aka PLAISIR A TROIS). Lina Romay also stars.
Golden age porn stars Jamie Gillis, Eric Edwards, Jennifer Welles, Terri Hall, Darby Lloyd Rains, and Richard Bolla star in this fleshy double bill of oddball films from Kemal Horulu. In VIRGIN AND THE LOVER, Edwards has a bizarre fetish that no living woman can satisfy except possibly his psychiatrist's secretary. In LUSTFUL FEELINGS, Gillis is a small-time cocaine dealer in debt with the mob. When he puts his girlfriend to work as a nude model, he has no idea what her clients really demand of her.
When single mother Rachel wakes up in the hospital to learn that her newborn baby has suddenly died during the night, she starts to suspect that someone has actually stolen her child. It quickly turns out that she may be onto something as she finds herself being pursued by a relentless stalker and she can't call the police because he's one of them! The only person she can rely on is the hospital's janitor who also finds himself framed and on the run when he helps her find the identity of a woman who might have her child. This tense British thriller stars Emily Woof (PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES), Douglas Henshall (ANGELS & INSECTS), Frank Finlay (CASANOVA), Kevin Whately (TV's INSPECTOR MORSE and INSPECTOR LEWIS), and Clive Russell (OSCAR AND LUCINDA). Directed by Julian Richards (DARKLANDS).
In 1963, the ruin of St. Mary's Church in the village of Clophill was desecrated by devil worshipers. Since then, the ruin has been host to paranormal activity with eerily consistent eye witness accounts from locals, hikers, and the many ghost seekers who visit the site at night. When a film crew mount a three night investigation of the site, they experience for themselves the mystery of St. Mary's.
Here's another installment in my "Update the Tags" series of blog posts. This one presents links to every Mondo Macabro title I have reviewed so far. They've got some exciting releases coming out. Hopefully, I'll be able to get caught up with them this year.
The board is back in WITCHBOARD 2: THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY. Struggling artist Paige (Ami Dolenz, PUMPKINHEAD 2: BLOOD WINGS) moves into a spacious, fully-furnished loft and discovers that the previous tenant is still around in spirit form communicating with her through a left behind Ouija board. The spirit is at first helpful to her but becomes more ominous, and anyone who tries to interfere is subject to strange and grizzly freak accidents as the spirit or demon seeks to possess Paige. Timothy Gibbs (THE KINDRED), John Gatins (LEPRECHAUN 3), and SNL's Laraine Newman star. Directed by Kevin S. Tenney (NIGHT OF THE DEMONS).
The gruesome finale of George Romero' original "Dead" trilogy gets an HD rejuvenation in Shout! Factory's "Scream Factory" collector's edition of DAY OF THE DEAD. Zombies outnumber the living four hundred to one, and an underground installation of scientists and the military are working at increasingly violent odds with one another and may destroy each other before the zombies bust their way in. Lori Cardille, Joe Pilato, John Amplas, and Richard Liberty star.
Vinegar Syndrome hops the NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR for a trilogy of gory tales involving asylums of butchers, exotic games of Russian Roulette, and the son of Satan himself. John Philip Law (DANGER: DIABOLIK) and Cameron Mitchell (NIGHTMARE IN WAX) star. From Academy Award winning screenwriter Philip Yordan.
One of the cinematic great outrages of the seventies, SNUFF comes to special edition Blu-ray courtesy of Blue Underground. An actress and her wealthy friends run are in the crosshairs of a hippie guru and his murderous gang of girl bikers. Infamous roughie filmmakers Michael and Roberta Findlay shot this Manson murders cash-in in Argentina in 1970 but were unable to find a distributor until Monarch Releasing's Allan Schackleton bought the film in 1975 and added a "snuff movie" sequence and turned it into his highest-grossing pic ever SNUFF which outraged critics and feminists alike (some of which were convinced that "the bloodiest thing that ever happened in front of a camera" was real. Judge for yourself!
Udo Kier (ANDY WARHOL'S DRACULA), Linda Hayden (BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW), and Fiona Richmond (HARDCORE) star in this sexy, gory British thriller from the director of LET'S GET LAID and the producer of VAMPYRES. A frustrated author is experiencing writer's block on his second novel and hires a sexy personal assistant who not only takes over the running of the house but also his life in both erotic and deadly ways. Also known as EXPOSÉ.
Marie Lee is Singapore Interpol agent Cleopatra Wong, and she makes a pact with Lucifer and becomes one of the DEVIL'S THREE. When his men betray him and hold his daughter for ransom, criminal kingpin Lucifer Devlin must turn to the bane of his existence Cleopatra Wong to rescue her; but what does his enemy demand in return? With the help of a flamboyantly gay ex-cop and a three-hundred-pound psychic, Cleopatra Wong scours Manila in search of the missing girl and a horde of karate-kicking pimps, loan sharks, and drug pushers.
When is John Travolta not John Travolta? When it's Italy's number one John Travolta impersonator. Johnny Spezia plays a lowly hotel cook who falls for a sexy disco DJ (actress/singer-turned-pornstar-turned-politician Ilona Staller aka Cicciolina). When his buddies discover his striking resemblance to John Travolta, they hatch a scheme for him to win his lady love. The only problem is: he can't dance... oh, and the real John Travolta has made reservations at the hotel, requiring much comic maneuvering to keep the two apart. Angelo Infanti (THE GODFATHER) also stars.
The shocking truth behind "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" is revealed in BRANCA'S PITCH, a documentary on the writing of the autobiography of Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca as told by him and ghostwriter David Ritz.
Will's thirtieth birthday celebration starts off with a bang when his boyfriend Mateo learns that his family doesn't know he's gay and his conservative sister gets the shock of her life when she drops in unannounced. As the evening progresses, it turns out that Will isn't the only one in the relationship and among his horde of birthday guests that are keeping secrets and lies that are bound to come out by the end of the night.
In the second part of Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise Trilogy" PARADISE: FAITH, unassuming nurse Anna Maria decides to stay home to do missionary work of a peculiar kind. As one of the "assault troop of the church", she goes door to door in order to coerce her most socially marginalized neighbors to convert to Catholicism in order to save her beloved Austria.
Four college coeds come upon a too-good-to-be-true offer in a cheap, fully-furnished house with all the amenities near campus. Unfortunately their landlord is not only a creep, but a literal soul-sucker who preys on "evil women". Soon the the women are trapped in the house with their very souls at stake.
Vittorio Gassman's (BITTER RICE) life is at stake when the Sicilian mafia charges him with guarding the virtue of his delectable cousin (Ornella Muti, FLASH GORDON) on her first trip to London in this British/Italian sex comedy also starring Adolfo Celi (THUNDERBALL), Graham Stark (TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER) and Lou Castel (BULLET FOR THE GENERAL).
REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in) VIRGINITY DVD specs:
"The Surgeon's Scalpel Writes a Thriller" in HANDS OF A STRANGER directed by Newt Arnold (BLOOD THIRST). When a concert pianist's hands are mangled in a traffic accident, an innovative doctor transplants the hands of a John Doe onto him, but has the pianist inherited the donor's murderous impulses? Paul Lukather (FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER), Irish McCalla (SHE DEMONS), and James Stapleton (THE KILLING JAR) star.
The ladies of the brothel Paradis are back in season two of MAISON CLOSE battling the hypocritical Moral Order, the law, monarchists, the republic, pimps, streetwalkers, and a gang of thieves in eight harrowing episodes.
Ghouls require human sacrifices to resurrect an eons-old demon god in the Pueblo, Colorado-lensed regional horror flick CURSE OF THE BLUE LIGHTS. Released direct to video in 1989, this neat flick gets the special edition courtesy of Code Red.
Richard Carlson (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) stars as a man TORMENTED by the ghost of an old flame before his wedding in this supernatural thriller from Bert I. Gordon (FOOD OF THE GODS). Also stars Lugene Sanders, Susan Gordon, Juli Reding, and Joe Turkel.