Welcome back to another edition of FRIGHT AT HOME, fiends! It’s been a while since I’ve written up a groovy list of this weeks latest & greatest video releases, so let’s get right down to brass taxes!
This week sees the release of two long requested MGM titles that are getting the lavish Scream Factory treatment, THE HOWLING and LIFEFORCE! Both are packed to the gills with bonus features (LIFEFORCE even includes the Hooper’s Directors Cut!); basically they are must-own discs that look pristine.
A segment from the lost Full Moon anthology PULSEPOUNDERS finally makes it’s way to DVD after 25 years of obscurity, Charles Band’s THE EVIL CLERGYMAN! The Soska Twins’ AMERICAN MARY makes it’s stateside debut, and the Eli Roth produced sequel no one asked for THE LAST EXORCISM PART II hits as well.
STOKER, one of my favorites of 2013 is out also, and I cannot recommended it enough. More psychological arthouse-thriller than horror, Park Chan-wook’s (OLDBOY) American debut is visually incredible, and I cannot recommend it enough. I’ve included Retromedia’s exploitation titles WONDER WOMEN and the Grizzly Adams starring ONE MAN WAR too, because how could I not?!
Check out the rest of the week’s releases below!
FRIGHT AT HOME: June 18th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases
Severely traumatized by a near-fatal encounter with a serial killer, TV newscaster Karen White (Dee Wallace) takes time off at a secluded retreat called the Colony. But when, after nights of being tormented by bestial, bloodcurdling cries, Karen ventures into the woods seeking answers, she makes a terrifying discovery. Now she must fight not only for her life but for her soul!
A mission to investigate Halley’s Comet discovers an alien spacecraft. After a deadly confrontation, the aliens travel to Earth, where their seductive leader begins a terrifying campaign to drain the life force of everyone she encounters. Her victims, in turn, continue the cycle, and soon the entire planet is in mortal danger.
Following the tragic death of her father on her eighteenth birthday, India Stoker meets Charlie , her charismatic uncle, whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother, both are drawn to his charming and calming demeanor. But it soon becomes clear that Charlie’s arrival was no coincidence, and that the shocking secrets of his past could affect India’s future…or shatter it completely.
The first of the lost PULSEPOUNDERS episodes to be restored, H.P.’s Lovecraft’s THE EVIL CLERGYMAN re-unites horrors hottest duo; Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton! THE EVIL CLERGYMAN also stars horror legends David Warner and David Gale (Dr. Hill from RE-ANIMATOR).
AMERICAN MARY is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. Appearances are everything.
Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer is found alone and terrified in the woods. Back in the relative safety of civilization, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning.
When top level athletes start to disappear, insurance giant Lloyd’s of London hires slick investigator Mike Harber to unravel the mystery. What Mike discovers is an island in the Philippines controlled by the evil Dr. Tsu where she and her sidekick run an organ transplant operation with the help of a deadly, all-girl army.
When Cole Jackson returns home after many years away he discovers the town is in the grip of fear as high level politicians secretly dispose of toxic chemical waste and kill anyone who gets close to the truth. Dan Haggerty (GRIZZLY ADAMS) stars in this action-packed tale of crime and revenge.
Beth and Francis decide to take a vacation before the birth of their child. Francis insists on venturing to a more serene island; Beth hesitantly agrees. Soon they discover the island is mysteriously abandoned, populated only by children. Beth and Francis are left to uncover the mystery of the disappearances, as a day in paradise quickly turns into a struggle for survival.