How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashiâ€™s indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing auntâ€™s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via a series of mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equal parts absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, itâ€™s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.
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Full, crescent, quarter...each is a Bad Moon for Ted Harrison. By day, heâ€™s a photojournalist visiting family in the Pacific Northwest. By night, he transfigures into a horrific half-human: a werewolf. Dead men tell no tales, so Tedâ€™s sure he alone knows about his vile double life. The secret, however, may be out. The family dog Thor, devoted to defending the household, has his suspicions. Writer/director Eric Red (Cohen and Tate, Body Parts) delivers a new infusion of thrills with this red blooded shocker. Michael Pare (Streets of Fire) portrays Ted, hiding his accursed condition from his sister (Mariel Hemmingway, Lipstick, Star 80) and nephew (Mason Gamble). What better way to hide it than to create suspicion that the local killings are the work of another: especially if that other is the familyâ€™s all-too-wise German shepherd! Special Features Include: -High-definition theatrical cut of the film plus a new directorâ€™s version supervised and approved by Eric Red -â€œNature of the Beast: Making Bad Moonâ€ featuring interviews with writer/director Eric Red, actors Michael Pare and Mason Gamble, Special Effects Make-up artist Steve Johnson, and stunt coordinator Ken Kirzinger -Audio Commentary with writer/director Eric Red (Directorâ€™s version only) Audio Commentary with writer/director Eric Red and actor Michael Pare (Theatrical Cut) -Unrated opening scene from the Directorâ€™s first cut (Sourced from VHS) -3 Storyboard sequences...
Rosemary's Baby (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: The Criterion Collection
Brand: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Terrifying and darkly comic, Rosemaryâ€™s Baby marked the Hollywood debut of Roman Polanski (Repulsion). This wildly entertaining nightmare, faithfully adapted from Ira Levinâ€™s best seller, stars a revelatory Mia Farrow (Hannah and Her Sisters) as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors, played by Sidney Blackmer (High Society) and an Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude), and self-involved husband (actor and filmmaker John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby. In the decades of occult cinema Polanskiâ€™s ungodly masterpiece has spawned, itâ€™s never been outdone for sheer psychological terror.
After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi (The Human Condition) shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearnâ€™s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States. BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES â€¢ New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashiâ€™s original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack â€¢ Audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince â€¢ Interview from 1993 with Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda â€¢ New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara â€¢ New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folk tales Kwaidan is based â€¢ Trailers â€¢ New English subtitle translation â€¢ PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey Oâ€™Brien
A tall, handsome preacher his knuckles eerily tattooed with love and hate roams the countryside, spreading the gospel...and leaving a trail of murdered women in his wake. To Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), the work of the Lord has more to do with condemning souls than saving them,especially when his own interests are involved. Now his sights are set on $10,000 and two little children are the only ones who know where it is. Chill... dren! the preacher croons to the terrified boy and girl hiding in the cold, dark cellar... innocent young lambs who refuse to be led astray. The Night of the Hunter stars Mitchum in the most daring and critically acclaimed performance of his career. Spellbinding, ominous, and hauntingly suspenseful, this extraordinary film noir classic remains one of the most frightening movies ever made (Pauline Kael).
Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection [Blu-ray] [Region Free] [UK Import]
Manufacturer: Universal Pictures
This is a brand new, factory sealed Universal Classic Monsters Collection on Blu Ray which includes 8 movies. This blu ray ray set includes: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), The Phantom of the Opera (1943) and The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) on blu ray.
Synopsis: Thanks to a Japanese scientistâ€™s invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures â€œcoming out of the coffin.â€ Religious leaders, government officials, and vampire fundamentalists around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out. From Alan Ball, writer of the OscarÂ®-winning Best Picture American Beauty and creator of the EmmyÂ® Award-winning HBOÂ® series Six Feet Under, comes the critically-acclaimed world of True Blood.