The Blu-ray boutique market is alive and well, especially for fans of the genre. Brands like Scream Factory and Vinegar Syndrome are fighting the good fight and ensuring that physical media is not dead yet. Our long-forgotten VHS memories are constantly resurrected, restored and re-released in high definition formats. From Blu-ray to UHD, we’ll keep you updated on the best in boutique label genre releases.
Black Friday it is always a big problem among Blu-ray collectors. Why? Two labels have managed to develop an absolute fervor around their annual sales with previews of major releases and limited editions. At the midnight strike (EST time) on Black Friday, you can jump to Vinegar syndrome or Severin and pick up a number of new releases or peruse the titles in their catalog that have been reduced to 50%. The fun lasts all weekend. In fact, they make it easier to make an impulse purchase on an ongoing basis by selecting “add to existing order” at checkout. No need to pay double for shipping!
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However, for those looking to save some money this weekend, they will do so by shopping through the backlogs of the sites, looking for some solid deals. and solid entertainment. Not sure where to start? Below are some of my favorite titles released by both labels that you should be able to buy at a good price this Black Friday weekend.
All American Murder (1991)
All american murder It’s the kind of generic-looking thriller that hit video store shelves during the 1990s. It draws you in with the promise of Christopher Walken but not much else. Fortunately, for those willing to dive in, they will be rewarded with a shockingly bloody, fast-paced murder mystery with plenty of Giallo embellishments and noir-style pranks. When a troubled college student becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the campus “It Girl”, he must find the real culprit before he is finally fired. All american murder presents a great script that weighs on agile dialogue. It surrounds the silliness, but it is clear that the screenwriter had an affinity for the rise of police thrillers.
Don’t Panic (1987)
If you haven’t seen No Panic, you’re doing yourself a disservice. This is one of those latest “movie night” movies. It’s definitely best enjoyed with like-minded friends, if possible. This Mexican production is clearly trying to jump on the success of a nightmare on elm streetthough it feels like they’ve been mimicking Freddy’s Revenge more than any of the other entries.
On Michael’s 17th birthday, his friends decide to play with a Ouija board and unknowingly unleash Virgil’s cunning spirit. He runs around killing teenagers in absurd ways while Michael continually witnesses the carnage through premonitions … all while sporting the best dinosaur pajamas you never thought a 17-year-old could pull off. Vinegar Syndrome even sold recreations of said pajamas in conjunction with the film’s release last year. Who knows? Maybe they will come back.
The Caller (1987)
This is not going to be for everyone. Your enjoyment of Caller It will come down to how much you enjoy thrillers in one place, the kind that could easily be rendered as a play and would not lose the elements that make them tick. I’ll say, the less you know going into this movie, the better.
A woman is alone in a cabin. She is preparing a meal for the expected company. A man (Malcolm McDowell) appears on the door of his house claiming that his car has broken down. At first, they appear to be strange, but as the movie progresses, it becomes clear that there is much more to the story and neither The Caller nor The Girl (as listed in the credits) speak frankly. you will be confused while looking Callerbut the payoff is absolutely great, it’s worth the enigmatic journey.
Deadline it is more psychological drama than outright horror. Still, there are several moments to give gorehounds cause for applause. Steven Lessey is a popular horror novelist who has recently become the talk of the Hollywood town by adapting his own works into increasingly successful screenplays. Much of the murder and mayhem we see are actually “clips” from his various productions. But Steven is nervous. He has an impending deadline and his wife, in no uncertain terms, despises him and delights in making his life miserable. As Steven turns to alcohol to cope, his grip on reality begins to slip and tragic events lead him to unthinkable actions. Deadline it’s incredibly underrated and features a final shot that will blow you away.
Not to be confused with the other version of Vinegar Syndrome, Grave robbers (AKA Lgrave adrones), is Grave robbers it’s a crazy concoction of gothic romance with Twin peaksian weirdos characters from small towns. That being said, you would do well to choose both movies if you can!
When a waitress at a roadside restaurant is picked up by a charming stranger, she is rushed to her mansion and the two are quickly married. The man turns out to be the small town undertaker who also has many skeletons in his own closet. The waitress soon comes out of her fairy tale haze and begins to fear for her own life. Grave robbers it’s full of quirky performances and absurd revelations. The ending is sure to make you howl in disbelief. This is a stranger, for sure.
Holy Blood (1989)
While director Alejandro Jodorowsky not known for his strong narratives, Holy blood it could be one of his most coherent stories. Yes, it’s still weird as shit and filled to the brim with mind-blowing imagery, but there’s a beautiful line that manages to weave enough horror out of a heartfelt tale of love and loss. After a young circus performer witnesses an attack on his mother, leaving her with both arms severed, he grows up as a wild man in a madhouse. Eventually, she runs away to try to rekindle a relationship with the boy she had a crush on from childhood while trying to stop the “mother” from enacting a murderous revenge. This is a beautiful movie, and Severin’s UHD release does the candy-coated cinematography absolute justice.
Day of the Beast (1995)
Another release from Severin UHD, the Day of the beast is an irreverent horror comedy from the twisted mind of Alex de la Iglesia (Witching and Bitching, The Last Circus). This movie has such an irresistible hook that it’s hard to pass up. It is Christmas Eve in Madrid and a priest has determined that the Antichrist is destined to be born on Christmas Day. To avoid this, you must bring out the devil in the only way you know how: by committing as many sins as possible in 24 hours. To do so, the Father teams up with a heavy metal fanatic and a television “psychic” to bring down the devil and save humanity.
Patrick Still Lives (1980)
The Australian classic Patrick (also available from Severin) never clamored for a sequel. However, that never stopped Italian producers from putting together a good old-fashioned knockoff. Patrick still lives It was a movie that I never really wanted to see. By most accounts, it’s terrible. I’m a fan of a bit of cheesy-sploitation Italia though, so I picked this up and I remember seeing this latest Quarantine-O-Ween alone and cackling like crazy. It’s hilariously inept in parts, but it features some of the cruelest and most amazing bloody jokes. I couldn’t remember the last time I had been so shocked by a previously undiscovered gem. Sure, there are way too many random sex escapades on display that slow down the pace, but the highs really skyrocket.
Devil’s Honey (1986)
So … um … where to start with this one? Devil’s honey is a post-entry film by Gore’s Italian great master, Lucio fulci. Those who expect the filmmaker’s usual penchant for dismemberment will be tremendously disappointed. To be fair, there are a couple of horrible moments, but Fulci is far more interested in what turns us on than what terrifies us here. This is a psycho-sexual story of lust, abuse, and power.
Jessica has a toxic relationship with a successful musician, Johnny. Despite her obnoxious behavior, Jessica continues to come back and play her cruel and dominating games. Meanwhile, we follow a surgeon in the midst of a midlife crisis who has been attacking his wife and hitting the bottle too often. These two strands come together in surprising ways and take the movie in a completely different direction than where it started. Devil’s honey It was long considered one of Fulci’s worst films, but thanks to the release of Severin, the film is finally getting the reassessment it deserves. Fulci produced a wild, overly sexual, shame-inducing exercise in power dynamics and sadomasochistic desire that has to be seen to be believed. And … well, you Will watch a saxophone do things you never thought possible.
The Night Killer (1990)
I once wrote about this madness for BD many moons ago. At the time, it hadn’t been released on Blu and the only version I was able to unearth was a vile VHS copy. When Severin announced that they were going to release this, he couldn’t have pressed “pre-order” faster. Coming from the mind of other Italian master of terror – no, not Argento – Claudio Fragasso (Troll 2, Zombie 4), The killer of the night It’s full of palm-of-hand cinema with a third-act twist that will hit your ass. The killer’s costume is half Freddy Krueger and part Beast of the night. That should really tell you everything you need to know. Look at this as a double function with Do not panic and thank me later.
These are just a few of the amazing titles you can pick up this weekend from Vinegar Syndrome and Severin. Post your loot in the comments below!