Week of November 22-28
Release: On Demand
Deathcember is the world’s first cinematic Advent calendar. Behind its doors lurk 24 terrifying short films by directors from around the globe, turning the season of love into a season of fear, with gifts of blood and terror to unwrap for audiences everywhere. This frighteningly festive film has been scaring audiences worldwide, winning Most Shocking Film at Hexploitation Film Festival 2020 and Best Anthology Feature at South African Horrorfest 2019. Featuring performances by genre favorites including Sean Bridgers, Barbara Crampton, Richard Glover, AJ Bowen, Tiffany Shepis and many more, these spine-tingling tales will make you ready to deck the halls…with dread!
Release: On Demand
A young woman (Bella Thorne) heads back to her hometown, intent on exacting revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone beat her to it. She soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and his wicked brother (Chad Faust) as she slowly uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she ever could have imagined.
3. Blood Craft
Two sisters who suffered abuse as children at the hands of their sadistic father decide, after his death, to use witchcraft to bring his spirit back to get revenge.
4. Blood Games
It all started as a simple game of softball… When a women’s softball team wins a game against a group of rough talking and dirty playing men, they find themselves unwittingly involved in a new competition with much higher stakes: life and death. After being horribly attacked and assaulted by their male competitors, the women are forced to use both their wits and strength to escape their tormentors and avenge their teammates. However, they quickly find themselves trapped in a deadly cat and mouse chase through a nearby forest, where violence lurks behind every tree. A shockingly violent revenge thriller that, despite its early ’90s release date, is as unflinching in its brutality as the roughest exploitation films of the 1970s, Israeli director Tanya Rosenberg’s Blood Games is a tense and action packed exploitation gem.
5. Book of Monsters
Sophie’s 18th birthday becomes a bloodbath when monsters descend upon her house and start to devour the party guests. Sophie and her friends must rally together to send their party crashers back to hell.
6. Cemetery of Terror
It’s Halloween night and a group of bored teenagers decide to pull a ghastly prank (as a means of getting lucky): stealing a corpse from the local morgue and taking it to a nearby cemetery where they perform a Satanic ritual in an attempt to bring it back to life. Unfortunately, they happen to choose the body of a savage serial killer who has just been shot dead by police, ending a recent spate of satanically influenced murders. Unwittingly reviving the bloodthirsty sadist to the realm of the undead, the group of fun-seeking youngsters risk becoming dinner for the devil worshipping zombie, with only occult expert, Dr. Carden (legendary Mexican character actor Hugo Stiglitz), able to try and put an end to the madness. The directing debut of Rubén Galindo Jr. (Don’t Panic, Grave Robbers), Cemetery of Terror is easily the wildest zombie movie to ever emerge from Mexico!
7. Deadly Games: 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo
Young Thomas is obsessed with action movies and video games. So much so that, when his mother is out, he delights in turning the sprawling mansion where he and his invalid grandfather live into a makeshift battleground; concocting and setting elaborate traps. Home alone, grandfather aside, on Christmas Eve, Thomas is soon faced with an unexpected – and very unwelcome – guest, a department store Santa Claus, who is, in fact, a deranged maniac on the loose! Putting his skills into action, Thomas begins an all out assault against the murderous Saint Nick, rather than risking his Christmas turning into something closer to Halloween. AKA Dial Code Santa Claus.
8. Haunting of the Mary Celeste
Emily Swallow stars as Rachel, a concerned researcher whose team who has set out to sea to prove that the disappearance of a family and crew from a merchant ship was for reasons having to do with the supernatural. Her theory that those on the Mary Celeste vanished into a “rift” between dimensions proves true as the boat breaks down and her crew begins to vanish one by one.
9. He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection
Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by William Wild Bill Grefé, the maverick filmmaker who braved the deep, dark depths of the Florida everglades to deliver some of the most outrageous exploitation fare ever to go-go dance its way across drive-in screens. Bringing together seven of Grefé s most outlandish features, all new to Blu-ray, He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection packs in a macabre menagerie of demented jellyfish men (Sting of Death), zombified witch doctors (Death Curse of Tartu), homicidal hippies (The Hooked Generation) and seductive matrons (The Naked Zoo) not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids to create one of the most wildly entertaining box-sets of all time!
10. I Start Counting!
As young Wynne (Jenny Agutter, Walkabout and An American Werewolf in London) comes of age, a psychotic killer of teen schoolgirls stalks her hometown, which is rapidly transforming from an antiquated village to a forward-looking “new town.” Is the murderer Wynne’s much older foster brother George (Bryan Marshall, The Spy Who Loved Me and The Long Good Friday)? The conflicted Wynne is deeply in love with George, but also fears that he is guilty of the horrific crimes. Director David Greene (Godspell, The Shuttered Room and TV’s Roots) imbues Audrey Erskine Lindop’s unsettling story with sensitivity, social commentary, and a haunting ambience.
11. Into the Labyrinth
When a kidnapping victim turns up alive after fifteen years, a profiler (Dustin Hoffman) and a private investigator try to piece together the mystery.
A group of friends break into an abandoned house for a weekend of partying only to discover a mad scientist in hiding … who just happens to need subjects to try out his new monster-making formula. When some of that serum turns one of the group into a hungry, murderous were-beast, all hell breaks loose and everyone is on the menu.
13. Rest in Pieces
Helen Hewitt has inherited her recently deceased Aunt Catherine’s humongous country villa. After arriving at their new home, she and her husband Bob immediately feel a sense of unease and hostility from the estate’s staff and tenants, all of whom do their best to make the young couple feel unwelcome. As strange and increasingly sinister events begin to take place around her, Helen becomes determined to uncover the truth about the goings on, and slowly begins to unearth the horrifying and unspeakable evil occurring at the mysterious mansion. One of a handful of films that acclaimed Spanish horror and exploitation auteur, José Ramón Larraz, made primarily for the American market, Rest in Pieces plays like a refined piece of Euro-horror as filtered through the trashy mindset of late ’80s, direct-to-video trash.
14. The Severed Arm
While camping, a group of friends become trapped in a cave. Desperate and starving, they draw straws to decide which one should suffer the severing of his arm so that the others can eat. But no sooner than making this fateful amputation, they’re rescued, though their unfortunate victim has been driven hopelessly mad by the experience. Years later, the survivors have all moved on with their lives, that is until someone with a very sharp axe to grind begins stalking them and chopping off their arms, one by one. A drive-in and home video staple, thanks in large part to a notorious title and insane concept, Tom Alderman’s THE SEVERED ARM is a stylish and atmospheric murder mystery/proto-slasher.
15. Tourist Trap: VHS Retro Big Box Collection
Every year young people disappear… An eerie and deserted wax museum, SLAUSEN’S LOST OASIS, is the site for spine-tingling terror where four unsuspecting young travelers (including Tanya Roberts) are lured into a very deadly tourist trap. Slausen (Chuck Connors) is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is actually more like a macabre chamber of horrors. The grotesque and frightening mannequins in this sordid side-show are only the beginning of the murderous mayhem and nightmarish madness to come. Bonus features include: Interview with director David Schmoeller., Rare trailers., Director’s commentary.
16. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in Train to Busan, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us Peninsula, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best-or worst-of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.
In a large house on an otherwise uninhabited pacific island, a group of hopeful young actors have been assembled to prepare for their roles in what they’ve been told will be a very unique, family oriented film. But on their first night, one of them is horribly boiled alive and dies. Although initially assumed to be an accident, as other mangled and mutilated bodies begin to appear, it becomes apparent that a madman is lurking among them and seems to be concocting all of the diabolical deaths in accordance with the macabre lyrics to an obscure song. AKA Island of Blood and Scared Alive.