this week’s new releases include (finally!) ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE, the documentary following 12 year old emily hagins in her quest to produce the feature length zombie epic PATHOGEN. about a year and a half ago, we interviewed emily and wrote a little about PATHOGEN while ZOMBIE GIRL was seeking distribution. well, the long wait is over since, as of tomorrow, you’ll be be able to own the ZOMBIE GIRL documentary and PATHOGEN, since emily’s film is included in its entirety as a special feature.
this week also sees the release of several multi-film collections, including THE GINGERDEAD MAN and its sequel. the former stars gary busey as a killer gingerbread man (which sounds like a dream i had when i drank too much cough syrup) and the latter appears to feature several behind-the-scenes horror icons such as adam green, greg nicotero and john carl buechler in small roles. if you’re looking for something a little more high-brow, the criterion collection is releasing lars von trier’s ANTICHRIST which, while undeniably beautiful to look at and thought-provoking, is rather tedious to watch and takes filmmaking to previously undiscovered levels of pretentiousness.
Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009)
Emily Hagins is making a zombie movie. It’s feature-length, it’s bloody, and the zombies don’t run — just like it should be. But there’s one difference between her film and every other zombie movie you’ve ever seen: Emily is twelve. Emily is part of a new generation of teenagers raised on technology and expressing themselves through video. Only — she’s doing it on a feature-length scale! Emily has the vision and her mom has the driver’s license. Together, their journey is a fascinating look at a growing world of young moviemakers and bloodiest mother / daughter story you’ve ever seen.
Antichrist: Criterion Collection (2009)
This enormously controversial psychodrama-cum-horror film from Danish enfant terrible Lars von Trier charts the degeneration of a marriage into apocalyptic violence, chaos, and insanity following an unthinkable domestic tragedy.
The Haunting (1963)
One of the most highly regarded haunted house films ever produced, Robert Wise’s The Haunting (based on Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House) weaves the dark tale of a questionably sane young woman and a sinister house which holds a terrifying past.
Damned By Dawn (2009)
A young woman visiting her dying grandmother pays a high price for interfering with death in this energetic horror yarn inspired by the films of Sam Raimi. Somewhere on a farm in the deep country, Claire’s (Renee Willner) grandmother is knocking on death’s door. When Claire fails to heed the dying woman’s warning not to meddle in the banshee’s business, the dead rise up to stake their claim on the living.
Six graduate students studying the childhood home of a notorious serial killer get to spend some quality time with their murderous subject when he escapes from custody and returns to the place where his reign of terror began.
Unable to erase his memories of the woman he once loved and unwilling to accept that they have no future together, a disturbed young man embarks on a murderous rampage in order to purge his deep-rooted rage. In the midst of his killing spree, however, the volatile psychopath encounters a woman who bears a striking resemblance to his lost love, and who comes to him with an open heart. But does she really exist, or is she just another delusion in a deranged mind?
Dead Enders (2010)
A disturbed woman, haunted by the death of her “one true love, ” kidnaps and brutalizes those she believes to be his living successor. Held captive in a subterranean prison, Robert begins to fight for his survival from a sadistic captor willing to kill anyone that disturbs her suicidal plans. To save himself, Robert must survive booby-trapped mazes, implements of torture, and an evil presence which feeds his captors insanity and hides from the world, the dark secrets of “Max”.
Altered States (1980)
In this 1980 sci-fi horror film, William Hurt plays Eddie Jessup, a scientist obsessed with discovering mankind’s true role in the universe. To this end, he submits himself to a series of mind-expanding experiments. By enclosing himself in a sensory-deprivation chamber and taking hallucinogenic drugs, Jessup hopes to explore different levels of human consciousness, but instead is devolved into an apelike monster.
Puppet Master Collection
Master puppeteer Andre Toulon (William Hickey, Prizzi’s Honor, In the Name of the Rose) has discovered the secret of life or is it the secret of death? The result is five killer puppets, each uniquely qualified for murder and mayhem. Tunneler has a nasty habit of boring holes in people with his drill-bit head. Leech Woman regurgitates killer leeches that suck her victims dry. Pinhead strangles his enemies with his powerful, vice-like hands. Blade has a gleaming hook for one hand and a razor-sharp knife for the other. And Jester, the brains of the bunch, is just plain mean. Together, they’re an army of skilled assassins, genetically programmed to guard the deadly secrets of the PUPPET MASTER. Now, for the first time, all nine films in the PUPPET MASTER series are available in one horrifying collection.
Evil Bong / Evil Bong 2 King Bong
A group of stoners take a hit from a vintage, evil bong that sends them on a trip to Bong World; in order to cure the strange side effects they incurred from smoking, the group heads to South America where they meet King Bong.
Subspecies (The Awakening) / Bloodstone: Subspecies II / Bloodlust: Subspecies III
Three students studying the folklore of Transylvania stumble upon a clan of vampires ruled by the monstrous Radu. With the help of a powerful relic, Radu tries to make them his fledglings; Radu’s fledgling, Michelle, flees his castle; Michelle is captured again and forced to learn about her vampire powers. Meanwhile, her sister tries to release her from Radu’s fortress.
Gingerdead Man / Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust
The ashes of a deranged murderer make their way into a secret cookie mix, producing a killer gingerbread man that wrecks havoc on anything standing in its way. In the second installment, the The Gingerdead Man crashes a movie studio, leaving behind a trail of bloody murder and hilarious mayhem.
Meridian / Decadent Evil
A young woman visits her recently inherited Italian castle, gets caught in a mysterious love triangle, and discovers that she has also inherited a medieval curse that threatens her livelihood; A vampire feasts upon the blood of strip club clientele while housing her ex-lover–part human/part reptile–in a bird cage.
Demonic Toys / Dollman / Dollman vs. Demonic Toys
Officer Judith Gray battles a demon that brings to life a group of killer toys; When Brick Bardo lands on Earth, he discovers that he is the size of a doll. The miniature man must fight his enemies while standing a foot tall; Brick teams up with Judith to take on the evil toys.