Friday, April 9, 2010

Not On DVD Yet

Thanks to DVD and Blu-Ray, many an obscure and sought after horror movie has become available once again. Yet, some titles still remain elusive in the US. Here's some genre fair that deserves DVD treatment, preferably with a special edition

Blood Diner (1987)

Though not exactly the most competent or best directed movie, "Blood Diner" nonetheless deserves a DVD release. A tribute/pseudo remake/pseudo sequel to Herschel Gordon Lewis' "Blood Feast", "Diner" is one of the strangest and most surreal horror comedy movies of the 80's that has garnered a devoted cult following. I should know-I'm a part of it.

Galaxy of Terror (1981)

Though mostly known for having Taafe O'Connell getting raped and devoured by a giant space worm, "Galaxy" also has a solid genre cast (Robert Englund! Sid Haig! Zalman King!), some creative death scenes, and best of all, the girl who played Joanie on "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" having her head reduced to gore.

Night of the Demon (1980)

Mixing the Bigfoot movie with slasher mayhem, "Demons" might not be the best movie, but it's blend of creative death scenes and pure sleaze has made this a much sought after slice of unapologetic exploitation.

Rolling Vengeance (1987)

80's action cheese doesn't come any cornier than this Canadian export. After his family is killed and his girlfriend is raped, Big Joe Russo (Lawrence Dane) decides to get payback with the help of his Monster Truck. Look at it as "Road House" meets a "Deliverance" knock off.

Death Weekend (1976)

Considered a classic in the rape/revenge cycle, "Weekend" is bolstered by being a surprisingly smart exploitation film that looks at issues such as misogyny, class struggle and gender roles, as well as some interesting character development and satisfying payback.

Blood Salvage (1990)

A dark humored hicksploitation movie, "Salvage" is a shockingly entertaining film complete with appearances from fine character actors (Danny Nelson! John Saxon!) and a cameo from the one and only Evander Holyfield.

The Reflecting Skin (1990)

One of the best vampire films of the 90's, "Skin" turned out to be a favorite with critics, and has a then unknown Viggo Mortensen. It's a real shame that this Gothic Horror classic remains unavailable on DVD. Let's cross our fingers and hope.

The Uninvited (1944)

Why is this movie-one of the first serious supernatural horror films-unavailable on DVD? I mean, Martin Scorcese considers it one of the best horror movies of all time, and it's a must for fans of "The Haunting" and other chilling horror tales.

Paperhouse (1988)

Another critical darling unavailable on DVD, Bernard ("Candyman") Rose's subtle tale of a girl who can enter another world has been languishing for far too long. A haunting, lyrical film that demands your attention, and deserves a DVD release.

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1966)

Come on, it's got Christopher Lee, vampires, werewolves, voodoo, killer vines, disembodied hands, and a ghastly sense of fun. Plus, it's an anthology film from Amicus. What's not to love?

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