Week of April 11-17:
1. The Banishing
From acclaimed director Chris Smith comes THE BANISHING, which tells the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend and his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist…or risk losing their daughter. Starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Sean Harris, John Lynch and John Heffernan and directed by Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance, Triangle).
2. In the Earth
Release: Theatrical (Limited)
As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist (Joel Fry) and park scout (Ellora Torchia) venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them. Written and directed by Ben Wheatley.
3. Jakob’s Wife
Release: Theatrical (Limited)/On Demand
Anne is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with “The Master,” she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted.
4. Killer Among Us
Release: On Demand
On the 4th of July, a rookie female cop (Yasha Jackson) partners with a veteran detective to save the life of a high-school student from a radicalized serial killer.
5. The Bellwether
To the outside world Joanne is just a bookstore owner, but The Conspiracy knows different. She’s dangerous. She’s a Bellwether; a quiet leader who is well on her way to being her whole self. When they kidnap her, to break her and make her conform, they discover Joanne is something so much more than even she ever knew. The Bellwether is a modern rite of passage story which most women have to go through to become a whole human being: How does one be oneself in the face of massive misogyny and hatred, both overt and institutionalized. The elevated thriller is also the world’s first solo character film (a movie with only one on-screen character) that features a woman.
6. The Children
A nuclear plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.
7. Concrete Plans
High in the rugged mountains, a disparate crew of builders begin renovating an opulent mansion belonging to Simon, the heir of an illustrious military family. As Simon forces the workers to live in squalor and refuses to pay them, tensions begin to simmer. One by one the men snap, turning first on their boss and then on each other, building to a visceral crescendo of violence that ensures none of them will return home the same.
8. Doctor X
Is there a (mad) doctor in the house? Yes! shrieks Doctor X, filmed in rare two strip Technicolor®. An eminent scientist aims to solve a murder spree by recreating the crimes in a lab filled with all the dials, gizmos, bubbling beakers and crackling electrostatic charges essential to the genre. Lionel Atwill is Doctor Xavier, pre King Kong scream queen Fay Wray is a distressed damsel and Lee Tracy snaps newshound patter, all under the direction of renowned Michael Curtiz. Also includes the separately filmed B&W version, originally intended for small U.S. markets and International distribution, which has been unavailable for over 30 years.
9. Flakka 666
Mexican Cartels have found a new way to make drugs more addictive, by adding a satanic curse! Now this new drug possessed by an evil demon has hit the streets and will turn every new user into a flesh eating, bloody thirsty zombie. It’s up to a Catholic priest to send this possessed narcotic back to hell!
HONEYDEW tells the story of a young couple who are forced to seek shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son, when they suddenly begin having strange cravings and hallucinations taking them down a rabbit hole of the bizarre.
11. House of Cruel Dolls
The Lost Eurocine Sexploitation Classic! Uncut and Remastered! Also released as THE HOUSE OF LOST DOLLS (among many other international titles), Pierre Chevalier’s outrageously vulgar melodrama is a horny hybrid of existing European exploitation films spliced together with new footage to tell the tell tale of Yvette who, after being liberated from a life of sex slavery in the titular barbaric bordello, tells her sordid story in flashback. Jack Taylor also stars as an intrepid secret agent (in footage shoehorned in from the ’60s spy thriller AGENTE SIGMA 3: MISSION GOLDWATHER) while sexploitation starlets Silvia Solar and Sandra Jullien also show up to the patchwork party. Filled to the freak-out point with nudity, violence and all-around bad behavior, HOUSE OF CRUEL DOLLS is one of the most shameless, mind-melting films ever assembled, available now from Full Moon for the first time in North America, fully uncut and remastered from the original negative.
12. Jesus, I Was Evil
A pair of beautiful female missionaries take it upon themselves to rid their city of crime, even if it means breaking a few commandments.
13. Killer Pinata
A possessed piñata, seeking to avenge the savagery that humanity has inflicted on his kind, picks off a group of friends, one by one, in an unending night of terror! To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this cult horror-comedy smash hit KILLER PIÑATA is giving fans what they want by returning to stores with the first Blu-ray release in years. This special edition set includes an updated cut of the movie with a shorter running time and more action-packed pace, revised color grade, and brand new sound mix from the original elements. Loaded with bonus materials, this disc is a must for fans of the film!
14. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist
LEAP OF FAITH is a complete dissection and sweeping examination of the award-winning genre classic The Exorcist. Explore the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that helped shape his life and filmography, as told by the man himself.
A beautiful young woman is subjected to a grueling night of terror – all accomplished in one take on one night, as she investigates paranormal reports at an abandoned facility.
Five dangerous patients, suffering from extreme phobias at a government testing facility, are put to the ultimate test under the supervision of a crazed doctor and his quest to weaponize fear.
17. Sexorcist’s Devil Grindhouse Triple Feature
Sexy minions of Satan, lust-crazed lunatics on the loose and randy roller-skating babes are just a few of the outrageous and eye-popping characters you’ll meet in this 3-film collection showcasing some of the most rare, explicit and shocking movies from micro-budget auteur Ray Dennis Steckler: Sexorcist’s Devil (1974), Fire Down Below (1974) and Debbie Truelove Strikes Back (1982).
18. Shrunken Heads
These three superheroes are HEADS above the rest! From cult director Richard Elfman and producer Charles Band comes SHRUNKEN HEADS, a legendary comedy horror head-trip available now on Blu-ray for the first time, remastered from the original 35mm camera negative! When three inner city kids are murdered in a gangland showdown gone wrong, a mysterious witch doctor opts to drag them back from the grave. Well, most of them anyway! The voodoo priest leaves the boys’ bodies and only reanimates their heads. Now, this trio of floating craniums are left to fly around New York with only one thing on their minds: revenge! Elfman fills the screen with his patented blend of absurdity, grand guignol effects, dark humor and surreal insanity and gives Meg Foster one of her wildest roles, that of lesbian crime kingpin Big Moe.
19. The Slayers
Two cult members take a road trip in a motor home before their predicted end of the world, but soon run into a team of vampire hunters and are recruited to help defeat an army of monsters.
20. Straight Edge Kegger
After he thinks his straight edge friends have gone too far, young punk Brad (Cory Kays) decides to leave them behind when he meets happy-go-lucky partier Sean (Sean Jones). He attends his first house party where he meets beautiful Maybe (Evelyn Reidy) then all hell breaks loose. A group of masked intruders attacks the houseful of drunks and stoners making sure no one gets out alive. It’s up to Brad, Sean and Maybe to save the party in this blood-soaked thrill ride from writer and director Jason Zink.
21. VHS Violence: The Complete Collection
VHSV 1 A young woman (Valerie Mulligan) returns home to discover a strange VHS tape marked Watch Me on her doorstep. However, she is unaware that someone is actually watching and recording her, as she is subjected to the contents of the cursed cassette. The grisly footage contains kill after kill and the video soon proves to be too much for her to handle. But it’s too late, she’s already become the first victim for the shocking sequel. From the creators of Troma’s Grindsploitation series! VHSV 2 A Horror film fanatic (Ronnie Angel) returns home from the video rental store with a VHS copy of VHS Violence II. He enthusiastically inserts the tape into his VCR for a night of gory fun. However, with each scene looking increasingly more realistic and brutal, be begins to suspect this movie is not really a movie at all. Before he can eject the tape, the Snuff Killer responsible for the carnage arrives to collect his next VHS victim!
22. Virus Shark
A shark bite spreads a virus across the globe, turning the world upside down. Deep below the ocean, a group of researchers race against time to find a cure. Something has infected the lab technicians and it’s a race against time to reach the surface with an antidote before they are all killed by themselves and the sharks lurking inside the test pool and outside in the ocean. An action packed fear fest from Mark Polonia!
23. Willy’s Wonderland
The Janitor (Nicolas Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town. Unable to pay the repair shop to fix his Jeep, he agrees to work off his debt by spending the night cleaning Willy’s Wonderland, an abandoned theme park full of animatronic characters that were once a beacon of fun for children to play with. But Willy’s Wonderland carries a dark secret that The Janitor is about to discover. He’s been lured into a deadly trap, or rather, a living nightmare, as the Wonderland’s animatronic characters come to life to destroy him. The Janitor is forced to fight his way from one monster to another, trying to survive until morning. And The Janitor doesn’t play nice.