This low-budget film from Alien scriptwriter Dan O'Bannon (his first film since the 1985 zombie hit Return of the Living Dead) is one of the more loyal adaptations of fantasy author H.P. Lovecraft, taking as its source the short story -The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Set in Lovecraft's home town of Providence, Rhode Island, the story involves the investigations of hard-boiled private eye John Marsh (John Terry) into the mysterious activities of Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon). It seems that Ward is becoming increasingly obsessed with the occult practices of his distant ancestor Joseph Curwen (also played by Sarandon) who was reputed to have found the secret of resurrecting the dead. Much to the horror of his wife Claire (Jane Sibbett), Ward is slowly being possessed by Curwen's malevolent spirit, and he is compelled to perform horrible experiments on the locals in pursuit of his goal. ~ Cavett Binion
Seven episodes, each taking place on a different day of the week,on the theme of suicide and violent death. The Body of a naked man floats in blackness. Slowly stretching out from a foetal position it begins to decompose. A little girl sits in the sun scribbling in a sketchbook. "Der Todesking" - deathking - she writes. Der Todesking, Jörg Buttgereit's second full-length feature film, has no central character or characters,but instead thematic continuity in the act of suicide. Divided into days of the week, it comprises of a series of set-pieces, each of which featuring the self-destruction of a complete stranger.
Relentless In His Vengeance! Deadly In His Violence! Burt Reynolds (White Lightning, Gator) stars in this lusty, gutsy action western about a fearless Indian with a relentless vendetta. A band of outlaws, headed by a sullen leader named Duncan (Aldo Sambrell, The Man with No Name Trilogy), sweeps across the country like the plague, destroying everything in its path, including an entire Indian village. The outlaws arrive in the town of Esperanza, where they are hired by a crooked doctor to hijack a bank train and share in the wealth. But the sole survivor from the Indian village, a renegade Navajo named Joe (Reynolds), foils the plan by relocating the money. An irate Duncan holds an innocent Indian girl hostage until Joe surrenders… Joe once again must take on Duncan and his ruthless comrades with unforgettable vengeance. Top-notch direction by Spaghetti Western legend Sergio Corbucci (Django, The Great Silence) with a rousing and now classic score by the legendary Ennio Morricone (Face to Face).
Penniless playboy Captain Jim is in hock to his rich older wife, Helen. She has even bought him the fancy yacht that now bears his name. But Jim does not want to be Helen's toy boy any more. He wants to marry his lover, Laura. He pays a psychopathic killer of women to murder Helen so that he will inherit his wife's millions. But the psycho killer has his own plans. Suspecting Jim will double cross him, he engineers a complex scheme that will give him the upper hand.
John Hayes was one of the most unique cinematic voices to emerge from the underground film scene in the 1960s and 70s. A failed playwright, Hayes' films were bleak morality tales that combined the troubled souls of Tennessee Williams with the exploitation styling's of Lee Frost and company. In SWEET TRASH, an alcoholic longshoreman, deep in debt to the mob, is forced into an increasingly debauched nightmare as he tries to avoid the thugs out to get him. Along the way, he meets local oddballs, violent criminals, and lusty women. With a mysterious computer controlling everyone's actions this grimy artistic film with an almost science fiction-esque fear of future mind control was made well before it's time. THE HANG UP follows the forbidden affair between a tempted LAPD vice cop and a beautiful, but mysterious, young prostitute. Set against a world of pimps, pushers and deviants, The Hang Up is a powerful indictment of law-enforcement hypocrisy. With a wonderful mix of love ins and sleazy betrayal The Hang Up is a creative commentary on the sexual revolution and human nature.
Limited Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only)
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all five films in the Stray Cat Rock series Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
New English subtitle translation of all five films
Interview with Yasuharu Hasebe director of Delinquent Girl Boss, Sex Hunter and Machine Animal
Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films
Interview with actor Yoshio Harada, star of Beat ’71
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp
The lovely Ryoko is attending a Japanese University on an exchange program. She's pretty and full of mysterious secrets. Meeting up with her long-time friend Rumiko, Ryoko shuns her advances by saying she's still a virgin. Rumiko is surprised at this revelation and, over the next few days, she takes Ryoko on a series of misadventures to help her with her awakening.
MY SINFUL LIFE: In this early eighties Tobalina drama the luscious Danielle plays our adopted heroine. Learning the sensual arts early from her adopted parents, she goes to live with her Aunt to start college. She quickly meets the hottest girl on campus and gains employment in a brothel where she learns things that she could never have imagined. With a guest appearance from a cowboy Jaime Gillis and Danielles' lover brother (played by a young Tom Byron), Troy Benny (Carlos Tobalina) scores again. LAS VEGAS GIRLS: With the bright lights and Las Vegas strip ladies as our backdrop, we watch the exploits of two private eyes, Karen Hall and Dan Boulder. They are searching for a runaway teen from Texas who left her oil baron father and gold digger mother to turn tricks. Watch and feel the excitement as our detectives scour every dive on the strip in search of the fallen angel. We even get an inside look at a private Las Vegas party hosted by non other than the big man himself, William Margold.
Instant Terror... Just Add Water! Creeping dread! Crawling terror! Oozing fear! The local beaches go from fun-filled swim-fest to horrifying slugfest when a horde of gargantuan vampire snails ooze their way into the water supply - and threaten to suck the life out of mankind! Packed with nerve jangling suspense and excitement, this slimy sci-fi thriller delivers superior monster action that'll pull the most hardened sci-fi cynic right out of his shell! Lieutenant John Twillinger (Tim Holt, The Magnificent Ambersons) thinks he's seen it all - until an earthquake under the Salton Sea unearths a horrifying nest of prehistoric killer crustaceans. Giant, terrifying and with a hunger for human flesh, the beasts begin feeding on the locals, unleashing a shocking reign of murderous mollusk mayhem. Can the lieutenant do anything to stop their spread? Or will the human race be forever left in the snails' slimy wake? Directed by cult-filmmaker and TV veteran, Arnold Laven (Sam Whiskey).
Inspired by the international success of the Dollars trilogy, and dedicated to director Sergio Leone, Cemetery Without Crosses offers a Gallic spin on the Spaghetti Western formula thanks to its star and creator, Robert Hossein (best-known to English-speaking audiences for his role in Jules Dassin’s Rififi). After her husband is lynched by bandits, Michèle Mercier (Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath) seeks revenge and turns to an old friend, played by Hossein, for help. A solitary figure who lives in a ghost town and dons a single black glove before each gunfight, Hossein is initially reluctant but soon infiltrates the widow’s enemies to force a showdown. Cemetery Without Crosses is a darker breed of Western, bleak and melancholy in tone amid the explosive set pieces. It also boasts an outstanding score by composer André Hossein (father of Robert) and the catchiest of themes, sung by cult figure Scott Walker.
In SAVAGE SADISTS, a duo of hoodlums hold a man and his wife hostage, forcing them into acts of debauchery. Then, in DEN OF DOMINANCE, an unsuspecting man visits a Times Square watering hole only to discover to his horror (and delight) that the bar is actually a front for a grungy club! Finally, in DAUGHTERS OF DISCIPLINE, two women discover a hidden collection of magazines in their parents bedroom. However, they are quickly interrupted when the parents return home early and decide to punish their daughters.
Impulse Pictures is proud to present 42ND STREET FOREVER® - THE PEEP SHOW COLLECTION VOL. 12, a new, continuing series of 8mm shorts, re-mastered from original film prints. This collection features fifteen classic loops with titles like School Days, Lez Housewives, Fireside Fun, Lap It Up and more. Watch for stars including Desiree Cousteau, Amber Hunt, Sharon Kane, and Hershel Savage in these rarities!
First up is the science-fiction/horror of Metamorphosis! When his experiments in genetics are mocked by his colleagues, maverick scientist Dr. Peter Houseman takes extreme measures to prove that his untested anti-aging serum works. Injecting himself with his miracle cure, he soon experiences a terrifying change within himself that threatens not only the lives of those around him, but also his own sanity. From cult cinema mainstay George Eastman, Metamorphosis proves that nightmares may change, but fear is forever ! Next, take a terrifying trip into a world beyond fear, beyond belief… Beyond Darkness. When a man of God and his loving family move into a new house, they think they've found the perfect home…until they discover that their new digs were once the location where a coven of witches were burned at the stake! It's only a matter of time before the radio starts blaring satanic chants and the cutlery takes on a mind of its own. Will the awakened evil in this house have its final revenge, or can a plucky priest fend off what lurks Beyond Darkness? This tale of terror comes from Claudio Fragasso, the director of Troll 2 (so you KNOW it's good!).
Newly Re-mastered in HD! Masters of macabre Vincent Price (Tales of Terror), Peter Cushing (The Creeping Flesh) and Robert Quarry (Count Yorga, Vampire) give terrifying performances to die for in this diverting little chiller. When horror star Paul Toombes' fiancé is brutally killed, he loses more than this job... he also loses his mind. But twelve years after suffering a nervous breakdown, the washed-up horror legend (Price) agrees to do a TV-series based on his old screen creation, the monstrous Dr. Death . Soon the cast and crew of the series begin dying in ways similar to the deaths the characters suffered in the actor's old movies. Editor Jim Clark (Marathon Man) directed this top-notch horror classic based on the novel by Angus Hall (Qualthrough).