Horror DVD Releases – Week of July 27th, 2010

(descriptions from BestBuy)

Don’t Look Up (2008)
Director Fruit Chan (Dumplings) takes the helm for this remake of Ringu director Hideo Nakata’s 1996 shocker about a film crew that unleashes a malevolent supernatural force after discovering footage of a woman’s murder. As the production gets underway in Transylvania, director Marcus Reid gradually realizes that his set is cursed, and begins digging to get to the bottom of the bloody mystery. Henry Thomas, Kevin Corrigan, and Eli Roth star.

I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1989)
Bad taste slasher-movies never had it so good. In this horror/comedy movie, the film’s hero purchases an antique motorcycle. Somehow, the bike gets a taste for blood, and behaves in every respect just like a traditional vampire (shunning crucifixes, etc.). It also has a taste for human and animal flesh, and is given to dismembering its victims.

The Burnt House (2009)
A young couple seeking a fresh start following the death of their infant son finds old secrets starting to resurface and the horrors of the past threatening to repeat themselves after relocating to a remote house in the country.

Atom Age Vampires (1961)
A less-stylish variant on Franju’s classic Les Yeux Sans Visage, this low-budget Italian production borrows heavily from that film’s plot to tell the tale of a scientist who employs a radical new procedure to restore the beauty of a young hoochie-koochie dancer disfigured in a car accident. All goes well after the bandages come off… but after all, this is a horror film, and it’s only a matter of time before the young lass begins transforming into a monster — which, despite the title, is not really a vampire, but more like something resembling an overcooked pizza roll with eyes.

Atomic Brain (1964)
This weird, morbid little sci-fi thriller stars Marjorie Eaton as a filthy-rich but decrepit old widow who has devoted much of her wealth to funding the dubious (to say the least) scientific research of Frank Gerstle, who has constructed a mad lab in the widow’s basement in order to perfect a technique in which an infusion of atomic energy (or something) will enable him to transfer the widow’s brain into a young and sexy physique.

Neighbor (2009)
A psychotic girl (America Olivo) turns an upscale neighborhood into a suburban slaughterhouse by breaking into random homes and torturing anyone unfortunate enough to be around when she shows up.

The Uninvited (2009)
This offbeat supernatural thriller concerns a young woman (Marguerite Moreau) with a clinical history of severe agoraphobia, relieved via close physical proximity to walls. For years she has been healthy, but the mental illness returns with a vengeance when spirits turn up in her remotely-situated house and begin to ravage her over the course of one long and grueling night.

Ray Bradbury’s Chrysalis (2008)
A group of scientists conducting underground flora research in the wake of World War III encounter a disturbing development in this sci-fi drama based on a story by celebrated author Ray Bradbury. One of the scientists is experiencing a bizarre physical transformation. Could his mutation signal a new era in human evolution, or is it a harbinger that mankind’s reign on planet Earth has finally come to an end.

Beyond the Darkness (1979)
Joe D’Amato, notorious director of numerous Euro-porn epics, manages to exploit even more perverse theme material in this necrophiliac love story about a disturbed young taxidermist so bereaved over the loss of his fiancee that he exhumes and preserves her corpse to keep him company. When the stuffed cadaver no longer offers erotic satisfaction, he sets out with the help of his spooky housekeeper to find a new bride, murdering any prospects who don’t measure up to his twisted standards — or sometimes just for the fun of it — and dissecting them in his convenient in-home mortuary. As grotesque and graphic as this film may be, it is made all the more grim by its straightforward dramatic presentation (as if this were no more than a slightly off-kilter romantic tragedy), with atmospheric photography and a moody score by Goblin.

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