Horror DVD/Blu-ray/Netflix Instant Releases – Week of December 7th, 2010

(descriptions from BestBuy.com and Amazon.com)

Cronos: Criterion Edition (1993)
This surreal variant on the classic vampire tale is the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who garnered international acclaim and several awards. The film tells the story of elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi, in a role originally written for Max Von Sydow) who, with his eight-year-old granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath), discovers an ancient artifact secreted within a statue obtained from the estate of a 16th-century alchemist. Unbeknownst to Gris, the device — which resembles an ornate, gilded mechanical beetle — houses an immortal parasite which will grant eternal life to its host.

Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre (2009)
A whale watching trip goes horribly awry for a group of unsuspecting tourists in this darkly comic Icelandic shocker starring Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). After the captain of the whale watching ship is badly injured and his first mate attempts to sexually assault a passenger, the terrified sight-seers flag down a decommissioned whaling vessel, and climb aboard. Little do the fleeing passengers realize that their presumed saviors are the worst kind of psychos imaginable. Now the longer the tourists spend on the high seas, the slimmer their chances become of ever making it back to shore alive.

Shiver of the Vampires (1970)
French cult director Jean Rollin had his roots in the avant-garde film movement, so it’s no surprise that many of his early films are nearly unwatchable. This vexing piece of psychedelic nonsense concerns newlyweds Antonio and Ise, who visit an old castle owned by the bride’s dead cousins. When Ise is too grief-stricken to consummate her marriage, a vampire named Isolde pops out of a grandfather clock and plays with Ise’s breasts then takes her to the cemetery and bites her neck. Isolde is joined by two lesbian servants and Ise’s undead cousins — a pair of bourgeois male vampires who wear hippie clothes and spout incomprehensible philosophy.

The Living Dead Girl (1982)
Gloomy and atmospheric, this is Rollin at his best and one of Redemption’s bestsellers. Available uncut for the first time, with over 4 minutes restored from the original. Will appeal to hardcore fans and mainstream gore-fiends alike. A toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress (Francoise Blanchard as a zombified Paris Hilton lookalike) who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her overpowering bloodlust. An unholy mix of sex, zombies & vampires with a stunning & extremely gory finale.

Fistful of Brains (2010)
The town of Shadowhawk is overrun by zombies when it gets caught in a war between two mysterious brothers. One of the brothers has sold the townsfolk his magical elixir promising them immortality. What he doesn t tell them is that he s recruiting them for his zombie army, and they will develop an unquenchable hunger for human flesh! The Sheriff s daughter Lily and her so-called half brother Jack are helplessly entwined in the battle and have to decide if it s better to fight them or join them and embrace immortality.

The Wasp Woman (1959)
This DVDTee includes both a DVD of the 1960, Wasp Woman, and a tee shirt featuring the poster art. In this sci-fi/horror classic, a fluid from queen bees is extracted and used in a potion as a Youth Serum promises to be the new product for a sagging cosmetic company. The founder of the company wants to be the one to test it. She uses too much and becomes… the wasp woman!

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