Everybody loves clowns. Everybody loves candy floss… right?

Arrow Video is certainly coming up with the goods in September. Another childhood favourite is making its way to Blu-ray on September 15th. That would be the 1988 cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Playing colourful homage to such ’50s B-movie drive-in classics as The Blob (1958) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) while providing plenty of original shocks and scares itself, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is energetic, punk and every bit as funny as it is scary.

This new release comes loaded with bonus features including an audio commentary with the Chiodo Brothers, as well as a 20 minute making of feature looking at the film’s production, interviews with the makers of the film and behind-the-scenes footage. A tour of Chiodo Bros Productions, brand new interviews with stars Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder, as well as interviews with composer John Massari, creature fabricator Dwight Roberts and visual effects supervisor Gene Warren Jr. Now all we need is an official release of 1989's Clownhouse. Come on Arrow, sort it out...

Synopsis: When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie turn up at the local police station warning that a gang of homicidal alien clowns have arrived in the town of Crescent Grove, the cops are naturally sceptical. Talk of popcorn-firing guns and a spaceship shaped like a circus tent out in the woods hardly helps to convince them. Before long, however, reports start coming in from anxious locals reporting similar run-ins with the colourfully-dressed, large shoe-wearing assailants. There can no longer be any doubt – the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here and they’re out to turn the population into candy floss!

The Vault: AB-NORMAL BEAUTY

Back in 2004 the Pang Brothers could do no wrong. It's been a long time since their last big hit, but back in the day, Oxide and Danny were churning out more screen gems than HBO. Ab-normal Beauty had more than one trick up its sleeve. Not only was it a companion piece to Danny's Leave Me Alone, in which Ekin Cheng's character kills a girl in a car crash (the same car crash depicted in this movie) but it also stars sisters Race and Rosanne Wong - of 2R pop fame - as lesbian lovers.

Jiney (Race) is a photography student. One day on her way to school she witnesses a car crash and, without hesitation, starts to take pictures of the incident. All of a sudden she is experiencing satisfaction like never before and finds herself becoming obsessed with photographing grisly death. Jas (Rosanne) is clearly concerned about her welfare, what with Jiney's fragile mind unravelling at considerable pace. Add a gormless love interest who hasn't quite figured out that she's gay and you have a recipe for jealousy, manipulation, murder and madness.

The cinematography is hypnotic at times and Oxide's direction is as assured as it's ever been. The Pang's rarely shy away from bombastic soundtracks, and the same can be said for Ab-normal Beauty. As always, from a technical standpoint, Oxide rarely puts a foot wrong. Race in particular is mesmerising to watch, though to be fair, her sister Rosanne is almost equal to the task. Jiney's back-story is compelling enough but it's her breakdown that will keep you hooked. It's not all good. The final act feels a tad contrived, if not a little tacked on, but there's a lot to like about this early Pang effort. Come on guys, isn't it about time we had another hit?

Something strange is happening in THE BURBS

Colour us excited. Arrow Video is set to release The 'Burbs, Joe Dante’s iconic cult classic, on September 15th as both a deluxe Blu-ray and limited edition Steel-Book featuring an updated version of the original artwork.

As well as the all-new high definition Blu-ray presentation of the theatrical cut, there will also be an original work-print cut of the film, transferred from director Joe Dante’s personal copy, on home video for the very first time, which includes deleted and alternate scenes.

This is accompanied by A Tale of Two ‘Burbs, an all-new video featurette comparing the differences between the work-print and theatrical cuts of the film. Alongside this, this deluxe edition will also include a brand-new feature-length documentary, There Goes the Neighbourhood: The Making of The ‘Burbs. Pre-order your copy now, but don't look in the furnace...

Synopsis: Family man Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is looking forward to a week of putting his feet up at home in the quiet, leafy cul-de-sac of Mayfield Place. But his plans are scuppered by the arrival of new next-door neighbours, The Klopeks, whose behaviour and habits are more than just a little kooky. But things go from kooky to downright sinister when local old boy Walter disappears, leading Ray and his buddies to suspect their new neighbours of killing and eating him! Sure, the Klopeks are a strange bunch what with their digging up the backyard in the middle of the night – but they’re not devil-worshipping cannibal killers… are they?

Trailer for Japanese horror comedy HUNGER Z

Well here’s a Zombie, horror comedy flick, with a new twist, from director Naoto Tsukiashi. In Hunger Z the walking dead have inherited the earth (mainly because they’ve eaten everything else) and food is in short supply. Solution....start farming humans? Novel! Trail at the link.

 

 

 

Hunger Z trailer

Hunger Z official site

New red-band trailer for AS ABOVE SO BELOW

Finding yourself trapped in small dark places with demons might not sound like the freshest idea in movie land, but being trapped in small dark places with your own demons? Well, that opens up a whole new can of worms. An extended red-band trailer has landed for As Above So Below, John Dowdle’s claustrophobic horror movie set among the catacombs of Paris.

It starts out straightforward enough, with a team of explorers hoping to expose the secrets of an uncharted network of tunnels, only to discover they are not alone. Events turn sour when things get personal, and judging by the icky new trailer, it's going to get very nasty indeed. Horrors from their pasts come back to haunt them and American horror gets a shot in the arm. Co-starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge, As Above So Below opens in the UK on 29 August 2014.

Synopsis: Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.

As Above So Below Trailer

In a Nutshell: THE QUIET ONES

The most surprising thing about Hammer's latest offering is that, despite being a shaky cam horror at heart, the film succeeds in areas where most horror movies fall short. In fact, it's the over familiar scare tactics that threaten to derail John Pogue's supernatural shocker. Pogue cut his teeth on the largely ignored horror sequel, Quarantine 2, and he struggles to add anything fresh to the mix on this, his second foray.

Jared Harris and Sam Claflin star in this British horror film inspired by real events. Personally, I can't wait for the day I see a film that opens with the words, 'This film is not based on fact. We made it all up'. Professor Coupland (Harris) encourages a group of university students, including Brian McNeil (Claflin), to test the theory that poltergeists are created by negative human energy. Brian and his fellow students use a disturbed patient (probably a fan of thrash metal) as their subject. As you might expect, things get bumpy and very loud.

The main characters and the relationships that form are, somewhat surprisingly for a lightweight horror yarn, both well defined and engaging. Jared Harris (Mad Men) really does belong to the world of Hammer, his face just fits the role. The young guns give good face too, particularly Erin Richards, who lights up the screen with her movie star looks. The calmer moments are where the film excels, giving the actors room to breathe and the sound department a few seconds off.

The Quiet Ones sure looks the part then, and strong performances will likely keep you watching, but all the good work is undone by half-baked scares. Lots of them. For all its early promise, The Quiet Ones is just too darn loud and eager to please. Solid but ultimately desperate.

A midnight snack for the HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL on DVD

We first brought you news of this back in May. Well, don't you just love Hong Kong movie turn-a-rounds, because Hungry Ghost Ritual is out to buy on English subtitled DVD on September 11th. Pre-order your copy today. Here's what we said when the teaser was released and check it out at the link below...

"Award-winning Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung's directorial debut Hungry Ghost Ritual hits Hong Kong cinemas next month and we have to say the teaser trailer does it nothing but good, on the want to see it front. Because it teases so well.

Refreshing to see a trailer that relies mainly on atmosphere rather than giving everything away... Watch it with the sound turned WELL up. Hungry Ghost Ritual opens on June 10."

Synopsis: After ZONG is forced to take over the old troupe, strange and abnormal phenomenon starts to happen involving a very hungry ghost. As he struggles with the evil spirits, the reasons that lie beneath the incidence become even more terrifying.

Hungry Ghost Ritual Teaser Trailer

Stay on Target. Stay on THE TARGET (BOOM)

The Target was released in cinemas back home on April 30th and we've been looking forward to a DVD release ever since. Well, good news. Chang's (Death Bell) thumping thrill-ride is set for a Korean home release (with English subtitles) on September 10th.

Director Juhn Jai-Hong was first hired to direct the movie "Point Blank," but was removed prior to filming. According to distributor CJ E&M, the director and his production company, Yong Film, suffered 'creative differences' that led to his departure. The old 'creative differences' chestnut, ah. Filming was postponed until October 17, 2013, with Chang taking on directorial duties in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province.

Synopsis: While on the run from the police, Yeo Hoon (Ryu Seung Ryong) is hit by a car and brought into the hospital. After treating him at the hospital, doctor Tae Joon is knocked out, and his wife is kidnapped. To get his wife back, Tae Joon must help Yeo Hoon leave the hospital and escort him back to the kidnapper. However, escaping the pursuit of tough-as-nails Inspector Jeong (Kim Sung Ryung) is only the beginning, as Tae Joon is forced to strike an alliance with Yeo Hoon to discover the truth behind the conspiracy. Things get boomy.

Dolls are for girls. THE PUPPET makes her mark on HK DVD

We first brought you news of this over a year ago and a Korean version has been available for some time, but The Puppet is set to be released in Hong Kong this month, which loosely translates to 'a cheaper version is now available for your viewing pleasure'.

It’s helmed by first time director Kwon Yeong-rak, who from the looks of the trailer at least, seems to know what he’s doing behind the camera. The Puppet is released on English subtitled DVD on August 29th. Check out the teasing, creepy and slightly sexy clip below.

Synopsis: Psychiatrist Ji-hoon doesn't believe in love. One day his friend's girlfriend Hyeon-jin comes to him with a serious psychological problem . Ji-hoon attempts to hypnotise her but runs into something inside her, and learns about her terrible past. Hyeon-jin makes great improvements with the treatment, but the more Ji-hoon sees her the more obsessed he becomes. In the end, he hypnotizes her to come and see him every Sunday at 3PM no matter what, and she does so, as if hypnotized. But it she really. Or is something else in control??

EVIL FEED: Review

Review: Adam Wing. Director: Kimani Ray Smith.

Evil Feed is a new horror film that blends torture-porn excess with bruising MMA fight choreography. The Long Pig Restaurant, known in the underground world for its cannibalistic cuisine, has a new attraction. The Pit of Gore is where blood thirsty customers get to watch their chosen courses being slaughtered, as captured elite fighters are forced to battle to the death for their 'tendertainment'. See what they did there?

Part of me suspects the filmmakers came up with the word 'tendertainment' first and the rest of the movie just kind of fell into place. Directed by Kimani Ray Smith, written by Smith, Aaron Au and Jana Mitsoula, and starring Laci J. Mailey, Terry Chen and Alyson Bath, Evil Feed came from the mind of Horror Film fanatic and prosthetics master Ryan Nicholson.

With 'recommendations' from Jeffrey Dahmer, who claims it's his favourite place to eat, and Hannibal Lecter, who can't get enough of the "taste sensation", Evil Feed certainly knows how to sell itself. The house special, by the way, is "Nipple Tartar". Though you might want to stay away from the "Dicky Roll". Evil Feed, a tribute to grindhouse cinema (in the modern sense of the word at least), serves up a fine feast of sex, violence and severed limbs, with some bone-crunching fight sequences thrown in for good measure.

Steven (Terry Chen) worked at The Long Pig Restaurant, before taking charge - with nymphomaniac girlfriend Yuki (Shirleyann Mason) at his side - after his father loses his head. Jenna (Lacy J. Mailey) meanwhile, returns to her father's karate dojo and discovers him missing. With her friends in tow she sets out to find her dad, unaware of the dangers that lay ahead. Jenna is soon kidnapped and our plucky heroes are forced to fight for their lives in the Pit of Gore...Continue review.

Evil Feed trailer (nsfw)

Korean horror thriller THE WICKED goes theatrical

First time director Yoo Young-Seon’s The Wicked premiered at this years Jeonju Int Film Festival back in May, and it appears someone more than liked the looks of his debut feature because it’s gone and scored him a threatrical bow, in Korea next month! The Wicked opens on September 11.

Overview/synopsis: Saeyoung is a new employee who eventually stands against Leesun, her stubborn team leader. Leesun is upset by Saeyoung’s behavior, but she soon learns about ominous stories about Saeyoung. As the stories about Saeyoung are revealed one after another, she becomes a source of fear to Leesun. Saeyoung’s stalking-like bullying continues, and Leesun tries to run away from her. In this film, Saeyoung is the character of a devil incarnate.

As the plot unravels, her unlucky past also reveals itself, which nevertheless does not make her less wicked because she is not a character we can easily develops sympathy with. Director Yoo Youngseon does not pay much attention to explain her wicked behavior based on causes and effects. If the plot explains why she does certain evil acts, that is like the minimum safety valve. Instead, this film focuses on elaborating her evil acts. Saeyoung is angry about that fact that no one has ever loved her and finally succeeds in destroying people around her just because they are loved by somebody. Going beyond the boundary of thriller films, the director seems to try to transmit the strange energy of Saeyoung to the audience. Considering the Korean society that is becoming more and more indifferent to others’agony, this film is all the more realistic with the story of a victim turning into a terrifying assailant. (Kim Youngjin)

Nothing Infernal about REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS

Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) is back in familiar territory with his latest movie, an American crossover that - judging by the intense trailer - could be one of the films of the year.

Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga) and Kevin Wu (Rock Jocks) take centre stage, along with the almighty, all conquering Ray Liotta, whose always at his best in this genre of filmmaking. US fans get to see this in September, you can check out the trailer at the link below.

Synopsis: Revenge of the Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers, Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu), who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons". The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is.

 

Revenge of the Green Dragons Trailer

Because you know it makes sense SHARKNADO 2 on DVD

Because, sometimes things just...are, and they are too dumb to resist. Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment have announced the UK release of Anthony C. Ferrante’s SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, which sees the return of Ian Ziering and Tara Reid from the cult hit SHARKNADO.

Frankly it’s all insanely stupid, but thankfully noone is taking themselves at all seriously, and it looks redicuously fun. SHARKNADO 2 arrives on UK shores in November.

Synopsis: Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering, Sharknado, 90210) and his ex-wife April (Tara Reid, Sharknado, American Pie) are flying to New York City when their plane enters the most unnatural of storms and is battered by airborne sharks. As blood is shed and passengers are maimed in the skies, New York awakens and people spill onto the streets, unaware of the peril descending rapidly towards them. Armed with weapons and explosives, Fin realises he must risk all to save his sister’s family from the greatest of danger as floods and storms crash into the city. From the makers of cult hit Sharknado, comes an adventure sequel full of screams, bloodbaths and bite. The sharks are back.

 

First there was INK. Now look who’s in THE FRAME

In 2011 we reviewed a little known, low-budget sci-fi movie called InkInk’s creation was anything but typical. None of the big studios picked the film up for distribution in the US, so Double Edge Films pitched the movie directly to independent cinemas, DVD, Blu-ray and online distribution by themselves. It was a move that worked, because Ink became one of the most downloaded movies on file sharing torrent sites (400,000 times in a single week), exposing the film to a much larger audience in the process.

If you've yet to see Ink, believe us, it's about time you did. It’s not always an easy watch, but the world of Ink comes together like the words on a page. Ambitious, dreamlike and compulsive viewing from start to finish, Ink writes its name at the very top of Independent filmmaking. You can check out our full review here.

Well, Jamin Winans is at it again. His new feature is called The Frame and the trailer looks fantastic. As with Ink, the producers are hoping that positive word of mouth will give their movie the exposure it deserves. It worked with Ink and if the trailer for The Frame is anything to go by, they could well have another hit on their hands. Little is known about the plot right now, but that's probably a good thing, because the less you know about both Ink and The Frame the better. We'll be keeping you up to date with the film's progress and subsequent release info, but for now take a look at the trailer and if you haven't seen Ink yet, what are you waiting for?

Third Window Films offer us a LESSON OF EVIL

Cult legend Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) brings us one of his most audacious films to date, Lesson of Evil. A dark thriller mixing incredibly black comedy about a school teacher on the rampage. Out September 29th on DVD & Blu-ray, you can support future releases from Third Window Films by pre-ordering from their Amazon Store at the link below. The DVD and Blu-ray release include a two hour long 'Making Of' and the new UK Trailer.

Synopsis: Cool and charismatic English teacher Seiji Hasumi (Hideaki ITO) is popular with students and teachers alike. He inspires trust and respect from his class, greeting many with an affectionate, if irritating, ruffle of the hair. But his actions soon take a turn, revealing something dark behind that charming smile. Students become suspicious when friends slowly start to disappear, but little do they know that absolute jaw-dropping carnage is just around the corner.

 

Pre-order at the Amazon Store

Lesson of Evil Trailer