April 6, 2015

April's Top Blu-ray & DVD Pre-Orders!

There are always plenty of new Movies and TV Shows released on Blu-ray & DVD each week, but even if we wanted to, we couldn't possibly buy them all. There are, however, always a small group of them that make us drool (figuratively) in anticipation, that we feel compelled to own.

So here are the movies seeing release in April that we are dying to get our hands on, and that we feel good about recommending to you. Don't forget to click the pics to pre-order!

"A chilling tale of unseen and otherworldly horror in the haunting tradition of The Orphanage, Jennifer Kent's visceral journey into the heart of fear itself is as terrifying as it is believable."
The Babadook was the critical darling of the Horror world in 2014, and while it wasn't our absolute favorite Horror flick of last year, we can certainly understand why it has resonated so well with so many people. It's good to see Scream Factory partnering with IFC on this disc, and showing their special brand of love to a newer title. This is a great film, and it's sure to be a popular Blu-ray release come the 14th.

Release Date: April 14th.
Read our review HERE.

"Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see Blood and Black Lace afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking."

One of Mario Bava's best movies, and one of the earliest and best Giallo's ever made, Blood and Black Lace is finally coming to North American Blu-ray thanks to Arrow Video. We dying to see what Arrow did with this movie, and more importantly, to experience this fantastic Giallo once again.

*Arrow Video has announced that this title may be delayed due to rights issues with VCI, so for now, all you can do is pre-order it and wait. We've had this one pre-ordered for months now, so we hope that the wait won't be too long.

Release Date: April 14th (?!?)

" A Double Dose of Telekinesis Terror!"

Long before the remake in 2013, there were two other entries into the world  of Carrie White: The Rage: Carrie 2 is a direct sequel to the 1976 original, and Carrie is a 2002 Made for TV movie that is a direct remake of the 1976 original. They really have nothing to do with each other, but I suppose they make for a nice 2-Pack. Scream Factory rarely disappoints, so we'll trust them on this one.

Release Date: April 14th.

"A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and the mind-blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan!"

Here goes Scream Factory again, giving us one of the best genre movies of all-time, in a Must Own Blu-ray Collector's Edition! Do these guys ever stop? Escape From New York is one of our favorite movies ever, and one of John Carpenter's best, and to say that we're excited about finally being able to own it on Blu-ray is understating things by a mile.

If we could only buy one single release during April, this one would easily be it.

Release Date: April 21st.

"Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets, and you have Ghoulies, a horrifying and hilarious ride into the darkest regions of hell! Conjured during a party thrown by the mansion's new owner, the hairy, fanged demons waste no time reeking havoc on the scene-and declaring the unsuspecting owner their new lord and master!"

We're starting to sound like a broken record here, but Scream Factory just keeps churning out the fun titles, don't they? This one looks cheesy fun.

Release Date: April 21st.

"From the director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Lifeforce, this space-age creature feature is crawling with horrifying hordes of Martians hell-bent on stealing your soul – as well as your planet!"

One of Tobe Hooper's lesser known efforts, this remake of the 1953 Sci-Fi classic is a movie that we remember fondly from our childhood. Along with Critters and The Hidden, Invaders From Mars made us fear the skies, and it did so with a decidedly 80's style kitsch about it. We'll probably end up owning this one.

Release Date: April 7th.

"A series of horrific murders just went viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura), a predator with a taste for torture. Thousands of miles away, disgraced journalist Bayu (Oka Antarra) can’t stop watching – and in a reckless moment discovers he, too, can kill."
With Killers, The Mo Brothers have painted a dark, twisted, and well-rounded picture of two men, and the dark depths that they go to to satisfy their need to kill. Killers was personal favorite movie of 2014, and if you're a fan of violent Thrillers like I Saw the Devil, then this movie should suit you perfectly. For only $12.99, this Blu-ray is about as Must Own as a movie can get. It's SO GOOD!

Release Date: April 7th.
Read our review HERE.

"From the writer of ROAD GAMES and RAZORBACK comes this “spooky little gem” (Premiere Magazine), presented in a high-definition transfer from original vault materials with a re-mastered DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround soundtrack created by Synapse Films."

Synapse has turned out nothing but to-notch Blu-ray releases over the past few years, and so we're inclined to give this one a shot based on their previous work alone. I barely remember seeing this one when I was a wee lad, but if I remember correctly, this man vs. nature revenge flick was pretty terrifying. For under $15, a blind buy on this one is almost certainly warranted.

Release Date: April 14th.

"The beloved sequel to the best-selling Toxic Avenger, known to some as “Toxie in Japan,” includes a brand new introduction from director Lloyd Kaufman and many other ‘Tromatic’ special features! Lovingly remastered by legendary Troma filmmakers Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, this Blu-Ray/DVD combo marks the film’s first high-definition release in North America."

Not our cup of tea, but Toxie has a legion of fans who will no doubt grab this one on release day. The Troma faithful are good like that.

Release Date: April 14th.

"Jerry (Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist (Weaver), he pursues his office crush (Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path."

The Voices was an off-beat black comedy that we found both amusing and chilling. Would we buy it? I don't know if this is a movie that we'd revisit too often, so probably not. Being that this is yet another Blu-ray that is being released at a price-point of less than $15 though, it's definitely worth buying over renting.

Release Date: April 7th.
Read our review HERE.

"On the night his niece is executed for committing a string of brutal killings, historian Julian White (Price) reveals the sinister secrets of her hometown, Oldfield, Tennessee, a horrific hamlet that spawns evil! But as the town's murderous legacy is exposed with White's chilling accounts - including stories of a necrophiliac madman, a voodoo priest with life-prolonging powers, and a legion of children with an appetite for flesh - White doesn't realize that he is about the write the final chapter of Oldfield's morbid history...in his own blood!" 

The final Scream Factory title of the month is a creepy little anthology film form 1987 that was also known as The Offspring. Whatever you prefer to call it, this is a nasty, bloody, and disturbing effort, that we'll gladly welcome into our collection. Also, we love Vincent Price.

Release Date: April 28th.

"The supernatural terror returns and unspeakable evil sets its sight on new prey when a group of orphaned children are forced to move into the abandoned Eel Marsh House with their caretakers, Eve and Jean. As the children begin to mysteriously disappear, Eve makes a shocking discovery…it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in a place inhabited by the murderous Woman in Black."

An alright sequel, this movie is sure to be popular on Home Video, though we'd definitely recommend that you rent it before throwing down $20 to own it.

Release Date: April 14th.

"When jazz dancer Kelly (Lucinda Dickey, Ninja III: The Domination) teams up with street dancers Ozone (Adolfo "Shabba Doo" QuiƱones) and Turbo (Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers), there's no stopping them! Now, at last, you can relive the exhilarating Breakin' saga on Blu-ray!"

And as out of place as this title seems on a Horror website, we have no choice but to include this release of Breakin/Breakin 2: Electric Booglaoo here as one of April's best Blu-ray offerings.

The music, the dancing, the cheesy plot, the horrible acting, Jean-Claude Van Damme looking like a geek... it's all so funky fresh and dope that we'd be wack not to want to own these movies on Blu-ray. If you grew up in the 80's, you'll know why these movies are so great. If you didn't, well then I feel bad for you.

Release Date: April 21st.

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