Sunday, September 21, 2014

Messiah of Evil, Brotherhood of Death and More on Blu-ray From Code Red

A new Blu-ray bundle has just gone up for preorder from Code Red. The full list of titles is below. I'm particularly excited to pick up the wonderfully bizarre Messiah of Evil.

After receiving a series of chilling letters from her reclusive father, Arletty (Mariana Hill, High Plains Drifter) drives to the remote seaside town of Pointe Dune to discover the reason for her father's developing madness. Upon her arrival, she encounters a mysterious trio of strangers investigating a local legend known as "The Blood Moon"... a curse that has transformed the inhabitants of the town into a terrifying horde of blood-thirsty maniacs!

Also starring Michael Greer (Fortune and Men's Eyes), cult starlets Joy Bang and Anitra Ford, and screen legends Royal Dano and Elisha Cook, Jr., Messiah Of Evil is a unique shocker from the minds of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz (Oscar-nominated screenwriters of American Graffiti). A visual masterpiece finally brought to home video in its original scope aspect ratio, Messiah Of Evil is unlike any horror film you've ever seen. Enter Pointe Dune and prepare to be spellbound...

- Audio Commentary with Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, moderated by Lee Christian
- Featurette: Remembering Messiah of Evil edited by Damon Packard
- Short films by Huyck and Katz: The Bride Stripped Bare, Down These Mean Streets

When Soul Brothers Meet The Klu Klux Klan, The Sheets Are Gonna Hit The Fan! Pro football legends Mike Thomas, Roy Jefferson and Mike Bass star as Vietnam vets who return to their redneck hometown only to find the local Klan has triggered a frenzy of racism, rape and murder. But this brotherhood learned all about guerilla combat and sadistic torture while fighting Whitey's war...and now the KKK is gonna pay! Haskell Anderson from the creator of THE BLACK GESTAPO comes a new action film that flooded the audience in the 70s!

+ Brand New HD masters from the original Camera Negatives.
+ BONUS! TV version from a 16mm print
+ interview with star Haskell Anderson
+ original theatrical trailer

The cheerleading team at Aloha High are popular with their fellow students (except for a couple of stuck-up rich girls), but they're a major cause of the school's lecherous reputation for underage sex and drug abuse. The fun-loving gals spike the lunchroom spaghetti sauce with a concoction of pot, pills, and powders, hold wild orgies in the boys' locker room, and never bother to attend their classes. The school board considers a merger with Aloha's biggest rivals, the vocational school Lincoln High, but the cheerleaders refuse to mix with the low-class juvenile delinquents that go there. A new principal, ex-Marine Hall Walker (Norman Thomas Marshall), might whip the school into shape, but it'll mean forcing the cheerleaders out of the squad and back into the classroom.

Though the girls prove their importance to Aloha spirit at the crucial moment of a big basketball game, it turns out that more sinister forces are at work when the school is blown up and the principal is kidnapped. It's up to the cheerleaders to save the day and unravel a conspiracy to steal Aloha High's land for a shopping mall.Carl Ballantine, David Hasselhoff, and genre vet Rainbeaux Smith appear in this energetic sex comedy.

-Includes both Wide and Fullscreen versions
-Audio Commentary with director/writer/producer Richard Lerner & director of photography Nathaniel Dorsky

1.78.1 (16x9)

This is a low-budget horror movie about a psychopathic gardener with a penchant for killing off young women, undoubtedly due to some twisted psycho-sexual malfunction that leads him to rape his first victim before drowning her in a fish tank. His second female victim is dispatched when she catches sight of him carrying off corpse #1. Victim #3 is targeted -- she is the sister of #1 -- but she manages to escape into a beach house as a temporary defense of sorts. Meanwhile, two security police spot the demonic psycho trying to smash into the house, and when they go to capture him, one is killed and the other battles the psycho in a swimming pool. Just when the end seems near, however, the crazed killer rises again -- the menace, it seems, has not been laid to rest.

You can grab the bundle for $79.99 or the individual releases here. You save about $10 by buying the bundle. There are a few important things to know about these releases:

  • They are scheduled to be released "around October 15th-20th." 
  • Brotherhood of Death, Lady Stay Dead and Revenge of the Cheerleaders are limited to 1,000 copies.
  • The bundle is only available for US customers and will be taken down once the inventory arrives at Bill's....uh, garage, I guess. (I'm not sure what kind of a set up Mr. Olsen has for this operation.) After that you'll only be able to order each title individually.
  • Finally, don't order the bundle with any other titles because, and I quote: "IF YOU ORDER OTHER TITLES, YOUR ORDER WILL NOT BE SHIPPED AND REFUND WILL BE GIVEN. THIS ORDER IS SEPARATE THAN OTHER DEALS."

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