Hello, everyone! We’re back with the final round of horror and sci-fi home media releases for the month of August, and we’ve got quite a few killer titles headed home today. Scream Factory is giving Paul Schrader’s Cat People remake a 4K overhaul in a brand-new Collector’s Edition release, and Severin Films is keeping busy with several titles today as well, including All About Evil and Fearless, and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out for yourself yet, Jane Schoenbrun’s extremely unsettling We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is headed to Blu-ray this week as well.
Other titles being released on August 30th include Arrow Video’s Giallo Essentials: 3-Disc Limited Edition Collection, Lux Aeterna, Satan’s Children, Jack Be Nimble featuring Alexis Arquette, The Oregonian, Raw Nerve, and Shriek of the Mutilated.
All About Evil: 2-Disc Special Edition (Severin Films, Blu-ray/CD)
It's been called "a riotous experience" (Horror News), "clearly ahead of its time" (Geekscape), and "made for lovers of horror by someone who loves the genre" (Daily Dead). Now the "demented, outrageous and hysterical" (PopOptiq) debut feature from writer/director Joshua Grannell can finally be experienced by audiences everywhere: When a mousy librarian (Natasha Lyonne of RUSSIAN DOLL) takes over her late father's struggling movie theater, a series of grisly murders caught on camera will transform her into the new queen of indie splatter cinema. Thomas Dekker (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES), Cassandra Peterson (ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK), Noah Segan (DEADGIRL), Mink Stole (FEMALE TROUBLE) and drag legend Peaches Christ co-star in this "huge fun nod to forgotten horror and exploitation via loads of blood and black humor" (Yell! Magazine) produced by Darren Stein (JAWBREAKER) and gushing with all-new Special Features.
Cat People (1982): 4K Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray)
A remake of the 1942 Jacques Tourneur horror/noir classic, Cat People stars Nastassja Kinski as Irena, a beautiful young woman who discovers love for the first time only to find that the experience brings tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this woman's first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her—including the extraordinary demands of her brother (Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange)—as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. Directed by Paul Schrader (Hardcore, American Gigolo, Affliction), this erotic fantasy about the passion and terror surrounding this first love also stars John Heard (Awakenings), Annette O'Toole (48 Hrs.), Ruby Dee (Do the Right Thing) and Lynn Lowry (Shivers).
Faceless: 2-Disc Special Edition (Severin Films, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray & Blu-ray)
For his 1988 big-budget EuroSleaze classic inspired by EYES WITHOUT A FACE, director Jess Franco brought together an international all-star cast - including Helmut Berger (THE DAMNED), Brigitte Lahaie (THE FEMALE EXECUTIONER), Chris Mitchum (SUMMERTIME KILLER), Stéphane Audran (COUP DE TORCHON), Caroline Munro (MANIAC) and Telly Savalas - for a glossily depraved tale of disfigurement, dismemberment, libidinous brutes, Nazi surgeons, Parisian discos, face-ripping, throat-stabbing, eyeball-piercing and what may be Uncle Jess' most rewardingly ambiguous ending ever. Anton Diffring (CIRCUS OF HORRORS) and Florence Guérin (CALIGULA & MESSALINA) co-star - with appearances by Howard Vernon (THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF) and Lina Romay - in this unapologetically graphic shocker, now scanned for the first time in 4K from the original negative with all-new Special Features.
Giallo Essentials: 3-Disc Limited Edition Collection (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)
While the release of Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage gave rise to a glut of imitators, there was more to the giallo than just shameless copycats setting out to ape a rigid formula. This volume of Giallo Essentials celebrates the range and breadth of the genre with three lesser-seen films from it's early 1970s heyday. In Silvio Amadio's Smile Before Death, familicide with a sprinkling of Oedipal love is the order of the day when teenager Nancy returns home to discover the apparent suicide of her mother, and quickly comes to suspect that her stepfather and his mistress are to blame.
Next, Horny priests and self-flagellating nuns abound in Francesco Mazzei's The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive, as police commissioner Franco Boito investigates the brutal murder of a young clergyman, only to enter into an affair with the dead man's lover. Finally, in Giuseppe Bennati's The Killer Reserved Nine Seats, an assortment of wealthy degenerates - including Italian cult mainstays Andrea Scotti and Howard Ross - answer the summons of an eccentric nobleman and assemble in the theatre attached to his ancestral home, only to find themselves trapped in the decaying building while a savage killer picks them off Agatha Christie-style!
With gory murders, wanton debauchery and left-field plot twists a-plenty, all three of these oft-overlooked gialli are restored in 2K from their original camera negatives - including brand-new, Arrow-exclusive restorations of Smile Before Death and The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive - alongside a range of in-depth bonus features.
Jack Be Nimble (Altered Innocence, Blu-ray)
A gothic horror gem from New Zealand returns in a brand new 4K restoration! From the twisted mind of Garth Maxwell comes the tale of separated twins Jack (Alexis Arquette) and Dora (Sarah Smuts-Kennedy), abandoned by their parents as children and separated by adoption. Jack ends up with a sadistic family who bullies and controls him whereas Dora is raised by a quite normal family, but starts being tortured by extra-sensory powers. Both twins feel the pull to find each other again as they grow older, but violence threatens their joining from all sides.
Lux Aeterna (Yellow Veil Pictures, Blu-ray & DVD)
Actors Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg are on a film set telling stories about past productions and burning witches at the stake. Meanwhile, technical problems, ego, and psychotic outbreaks gradually plunge the shoot into chaos.
The Oregonian (Factory 25, Blu-ray)
There is a place. A place where the skies are wide and the forests are thick and strange. You can lose yourself forever in these woods. You'll meet truckers with problems and old women with strange powers. You may even make a furry friend. Just be sure to stay quiet. Spend some time with a woman from Oregon who is lost on the road and running away from her past. Now she has a chance to experience everything the grotesque Northwest has to offer, whether she likes it or not.
Raw Nerve (Culture Shock, Blu-ray)
Race car driver Jimmy Clayton is having mind-shattering visions. Over and over, he sees young women ruthlessly murdered. He tries to go to the police as a witness to the latest murder, but they think he's crazy. An investigative reporter catches wind of of Jimmy's tale and tries to help him put the blood-soaked pieces together. But when Jimmy's little sister appears in one of his visions, Jimmy's world comes violently crashing down.
Satan’s Children (AGFA/Something’s Weird, Blu-ray)
Miserable living with his step-relations, runaway teen Bobby (Stephen White) made his first bad move by going home with a biker who offered him up to his gang for rough trade. Left for dead, he's found by a group of volleyball players who kindly nurse him back to health... but the shocks continue as his rescuers turn out to be devil-worshiping cultists, who help him get even with his tormentors. Outrageously sordid mix of horror and homosexploitation co-stars Kathleen Archer.
Shriek of the Mutilated (Vinegar Syndrome, Blu-ray)
Early "splatter" treat follows a group of college students traveling to a desolate island in search of Bigfoot. "You're doomed," warns a crazy old man who knows the true horror lurking there. Do they listen? The shrieking starts when the kids meet up with a more human terror that, unlike the Yeti, is good with a hatchet.
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Utopia, Blu-ray)
Alone in her attic bedroom, teenager Casey becomes immersed in an online role-playing horror game, wherein she begins to document the changes that may or may not be happening to her.