Some awesome titles are releasing to Blu-ray over the next few weeks, and they aren’t just horror. The films below are cult gems that are long overdue for a Blu-Ray release.
NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND DESIRES (1984)
Distribution Label: Mondo Macabro
Directed by the legendary Spanish filmmaker Jess Franco (known for slow-moving artistic/sleazy horror and cult faire) this movie focuses on a telepathic night club act that results in murder.
COFFEE AND CIGARETTES (2003)
Distribution Label: Olive Films
This Jim Jarmusch film was all the rage back when I was a film student, with legions of upcoming film geeks emulating the rather simplistic and dirty style. Jarmusch presents a series of short vignettes of characters having conversations about a variety of topics, all while enjoying coffee and cigarettes.
THE GREASY STRANGLER
Distribution Label: FilmRise
Though this one is about a killer, it skirts both horror and comedy. It is weird, quirky, uncomfortable, and unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. I really can’t wait to hear the director commentary on this one. Let’s get greasy!
THE DRILLER KILLER (1979)
Distribution Label: Arrow
This gritty NYC horror film has always been a favorite of mine! But for the longest time the movie existed only in a full screen (and rumored incomplete) DVD version. I’m thrilled this title is finally making its way to Blu-ray, and I’m sure Arrow will treat the scuzzy lil’ gem with the utmost respect. The flick focuses on an artist turned killer who roams the NYC streets with a battery-powered drill.
Releasing December 6th
THE FRONTIER (2016)
Distribution Label: Kino Lorber
Directed by up-and-comer Oren Shai, THE FRONTIER is a western crime drama that blends in noir and pulp elements as it weaves the tale of a female drifter who plans to steal money from a couple of violent thieves. The commentary is moderated by Blumhouse’s own SHOCK WAVES podcast cohost Elric Kane.
THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (1962)
Distribution Label: The Criterion Collection
Directed by Luis Bunuel, this movie has a lot of horror notes, though it roots more in Bunuel’s standard surrealist style. A group gathers at a lavish dinner party and finds themselves unable to leave. And because it is Criterion, you can guarantee the Blu-ray will be loaded with ample bonus goodies.