A box office failure at the time, John Boorman's 1974 cult science fiction film Zardoz is an entrancing if overly ambitious project that offers pointed commentary on class structure and religion inside its complex plot and head-movie visuals. Its healthy doses of sex and violence will involve viewers even if the story machinations escape them. Beautifully photographed near Boorman's home in Ireland's Wicklow Mountains by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001), its production design is courtesy of longtime Boorman associate Anthony Pratt, who creates a believable society within the film's million-dollar budget. A bewigged Sean Connery is Zed, a savage "exterminator" commanded by the mysterious god Zardoz to eliminate Brutals, survivors of an unspecified worldwide catastrophe. Zed stows away inside Zardoz's enormous idol (a flying stone head) and is taken to the pastoral land of the Eternals, a matriarchal, quasi-medieval society that has achieved psychic abilities as well as immortality. Zed finds as much hope as disgust with the Eternals; their advancements have also robbed them of physical passion, turning their existence into a living death. Zed becomes the Eternals' unlikely messiah, but in order to save them--and himself--he must confront the truth behind Zardoz and his own identity inside the Tabernacle, the Eternals' omnipresent master computer. --Paul Gaita
Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier an underground musician deeply depressed by the direction of human activities reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? With an all-star cast including Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel We Need To Talk About Kevin) Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers Thor) Mia Wasikowska (Stoker Lawless) Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) and John Hurt (Harry Potter Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Only Lovers Left Alive is the apotheosis of American Independent film and underground music combined from acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Dead Man). Oozing cool and dry wit Only Lovers Left Alive also features an original soundtrack with music by Jozef Van Wissem Sqürl and more.
Student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) learns of a terrifying local legend of The Candyman - a hooked serial killer who appears when you say his name in the mirror five times. Her investigations lead her to his fabled haunts, but when she ignores locals warnings a series of gruesome murders begin.
WE HAVE SUCH SIGHTS TO SHOW YOU! In 1987, master of horror Clive Barker unleashed Hellraiser upon unsuspecting audiences launching what has proven to be one of the genre's most enduring franchises and creating an instant horror icon in the figure of Pinhead in the process. In Barker's original Hellraiser, Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) comes head-to-head with the Cenobites demonic beings from another realm who are summoned by way of a mysterious puzzle box. Picking up immediately after the events of the original Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II finds Kirsty detained at a psychiatric institute and under the care of Dr. Channard, a man with an unhealthy interest in the occult. Meanwhile, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth sees Pinhead and his band of Cenobites let loose in our own world, with terrifying consequences. Here presented in brand new 2k restorations, Arrow Video is proud to present the first three instalments in one of the most fiercely original horror franchises of all time. Includes Special Edition Content: Brand new 2K restorations of Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and Lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound for Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II Lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0 sound for Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all three films Reversible sleeves for all three films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx Disc 1 - Hellraiser Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon Audio commentary with writer/director Clive Barker Audio commentary with Barker and actress Ashley Laurence Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellraiser, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser actor Sean Chapman talks candidly about playing the character of Frank Cotton in Barker's original Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score Coil member Stephen Thrower on the Hellraiser score that almost was Hellraiser: Resurrection vintage featurette including interviews with Clive Barker, actors Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence, special make-up effects artist Bob Keen and others Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser Original EPK featuring on-set interviews with cast and crew Draft Screenplays [BD-ROM content] Trailers and TV Spots Image Gallery Disc 2 - Hellbound: Hellraiser II Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon Audio Commentary with director Tony Randel and writer Peter Atkins Audio Commentary with Randel, Atkins and actress Ashley Laurence Leviathan: The Story of Hellbound: Hellraiser II brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellbound, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellbound actor Sean Chapman talks about reprising the role of Frank Cotton in the first Hellraiser sequel Surgeon Scene the home video world premiere of this legendary, never before-seen excised sequence from Hellbound, sourced from a VHS workprint Lost in the Labyrinth vintage featurette including interviews with Barker, Randel, Keen, Atkins and others Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound: Hellraiser II On-set interview with Clive Barker On-set interviews with cast and crew Behind-the-Scenes Footage Rare and unseen storyboards Draft Screenplay [BD-ROM content] Trailers and TV Spots Image Gallery Disc 3 - Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Brand new 2K restoration of the Original Theatrical Version [93 mins] Alternate Unrated Version [97 mins] Brand new audio commentary with writer Peter Atkins Audio commentary with director Anthony Hickox and Doug Bradley Hell on Earth: The Story of Hellraiser III making-of documentary featuring interviews with Atkins, Keen and actor Ken Carpenter Terri's Tales brand new interview with actress Paula Marshall Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Raising Hell on Earth archival interview with Hickox On-set interviews with Barker and Bradley Never-before-seen Hellraiser III SFX dailies Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Hellraiser III comic book adaptation [Disc gallery]
Chucky's back! The notorious killer doll (voiced by Brad Dourif) with the satanic smile comes back to life in this new chapter depicting the terrifying struggle between young Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) and the demonic doll attempting to possess his soul. Despite being roasted to a crisp in his last escapade Chucky rises from the ashes after being reconstructed by a toy factory to dispel the negative publicity surrounding the doll. Back in one piece Chucky tracks his prey to a fo
A scientific research team investigates and documents the supernatural phenomena surrounding the disappearance of a cattle ranchers 10 year old son.
In 1976 The Omen was a hit among critics and audiences hungry for more after The Exorcist with its mixture of Gothic horror and mystery and its plot about a young boy suspected of being the personification of the Antichrist. Directed by Richard Donner (best known later for his Superman and Lethal Weapon films), The Omen gained a lot of credibility from the casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a distinguished American couple living in England, whose young son Damien bears "the mark of the beast". At a time when graphic gore had yet to dominate the horror genre, this film used its violence discreetly and to great effect, and the mood of dread and potential death is masterfully maintained. It's all a bit contrived, with a lot of biblical portent and sensational fury, but few would deny it's highly entertaining. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score works wonders to enhance the movie's creepy atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com On the DVD: The all-new 45-minute documentary, "666: The Omen Revealed", has contributions from all the major behind-the-scenes players, including director, editor, screenwriter (who confesses the movie was only set in England because he wanted a free trip to London), producer and composer. The latter, Jerry Goldsmith, has his Oscar-winning contribution to the movie recognised with a separate feature in which he talks through four key musical scenes in the score. There's also a thought-provoking short called "Curse or Coincidence?" in which the many bizarre accidents that happened during shooting are related, including the terrible story of what happened to the girlfriend of the man responsible for designing the decapitation scene--spooky. Director Richard Donner and editor Stuart Baird provide a chatty audio commentary to the film, and the DVD package is completed by the original theatrical trailer. --Mark Walker
Kingdom Hospital is horror novelist Stephen Kings adaptation of Danish director Lars Von Triers cult mini-series The Kingdom, geared very much for an American audience. The story unfolds across 15 hours, telling the story of a hospital in Maine thats been built on the site of a 19th Century mill fire that killed most of its young occupants--themes that King fans will be familiar with. In the present day, Kingdom Hospital is haunted by the ghost of ten-year-old child labourer Mary and, even more bizarrely, a fearsome giant anteater-like creature called Antubis. It falls to the ace doctor Hook (Andrew McCarthy), the paraplegic artist Jack Coleman (Peter Rickman) and the hypochondriac psychic Sally Druse (Diane Ladd) to enlist the help of a surreal assortment of hospital staff and patients to help Mary and save Kingdom Hospital itself from certain doom. Fans of Stephen King will probably enjoy the blend of black comedy, spectral horror and general weirdness, which owes a big debt to previous television series like Twin Peaks and even ER. But too often, Kingdom Hospital seems to be trying too hard to make itself into a cult series, something which King is just not a subtle enough writer to carry off. But Kingdom Hospital looks good, especially the CGI Antubis, who steals every scene in which he appears. Generally, though, the series is more of an entertaining experiment than a cult-in-the-making. --Ted Kord
The corpse of reporter Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel) is found in a Prague plaza and brought to the local morgue. But Moore is actually alive, trapped inside his dead body and desperately recalling how the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful girlfriend (Barbara Bach) led to a terrifying conspiracy of depravity. Can a reporter with no visible signs of life solve this perverse puzzle before he meets his ultimate deadline?
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.
Inspired by the runaway success of the British and American gothic horror films of the sixties, Toho studios brought the vampiric tropes of the Dracula legend to Japanese screens with The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula three spookily effective cult classics collectively known as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. In The Vampire Doll, a young man goes missing after visiting his girlfriend's isolated country home. His sister and her boyfriend trace him to the creepy mansion, but their search becomes perilous when they uncover a gruesome family history. Lake of Dracula begins with a young girl suffering a terrifying nightmare of a vampire with blazing golden eyes. Eighteen years later, the dream is revealed to be a hellish prophecy when a strange package containing an empty coffin mysteriously turns up at a nearby lake. In Evil of Dracula, a professor takes up a new post at an all-girls school only to discover the school's principle conceals a dark secret and the pupils are in grave danger. Abounding with images of dark thunderous nights, ghostly mansions and bloody fangs, Michio Yamamoto's trilogy emphasises atmosphere and style and is sure to please both fans of classic gothic horror and Japanese genre cinema. Features: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio Newly translated English subtitles Kim Newman on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy, a new video appraisal by the critic and writer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp
From acclaimed British director Christopher Smith ("Creep", "Severance") comes Triangle, a unique psychological horror that turns the genre on its head.
In a small town evil spreads quickly. A journalist returns to his hometown to research the mysterious memories that have haunted him since childhood. But soon the closely held secrets of small-town life turn into unimaginable terror when a fearsome stranger arrives - looking to sink his teeth into a new home. This is the latest version of Stephen King's vampiric novel. The Previous version was directed by Tobe Hooper and featured performances from the likes of James Mason
"[REC]" tells the story of a young TV reporter and her cameraman who are taping a real-life late night news programme when things go horribly wrong.
Considered the most famous Italian horror film of all time for its vivid, groundbreaking style and jaw-dropping bloodshed, now, to celebrate SUSPIRIA's Fortieth Anniversary, CultFilms is proud to terrify audiences once again with the dazzling 4K restoration of Dario Argento's groundbreaking horror masterpiece. Ballet student Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) arrives at a prestigious dance academy in Freiburg, a school plagued by gruesome and supernatural happenings. Soon students begin to die in horrific circumstances is Suzy next, and can she uncover the academy's sinister secret before it's too late? Argento carved a Baroque Expressionist nightmare, saturated with expressionist colours and punctuated by shocking violence. His monumental, epoch-making cinema-redefining visual and aural assault on the senses has become the reference by which all horror genre is measured and its creator, director Dario Argento can now truly be seen as one of the important artists of the 20th century.. Now finally presented for the 1st time ever according to the director's original vision: the 4K scan was restored painstakingly by the applauded TLE Films (who did the Clint Eastwood Dollar Trilogy among others) with that crucially distinct colour palette reinstated in accordance with Argento's original specification. Extras: Special Dual Edition: DVD and Bluray + Embossed Slipcase New Extra: long interview of Dario Argento discussing his Suspiria New Extra: Exclusive Dario Argento Introduction of this new 4k restoration Audio Commentary by critics Kim Newman and Alan Jones Fear at 400 Degrees: interview with Argento and Claudio Simonetti Interview with Claudio Simonetti, Norman J Warren and Patricia McComack (Blu only) New Extra: The 4K Restoration Process utterly fascinating
A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's cursed family estate. Click Images to Enlarge
Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.
Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, and starring Anthony Hopkins, The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.
When two hiking teens go missing around Lost River Lake private investigator Maggie McKeown teams up with the local drunk to look for clues. Their search takes them to a secret military base where they inadvertently let loose an experimental strain of mutant piranha. Now the guests at every resort downriver are on the menu! Special Features: Audio Commentary with Joe Dante and Jon Davison Behind the Scenes Making of Outtakes Stills Gallery Radio and TV Spots
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. Click Images to Enlarge
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