You'll notice I mentioned DTV wonders would be in this week's release round-up. By wonders I of course meant, schlock. Let's see what the DVD gods have for us this time around.
First up, is 1974's Horror High getting a new release in what the cover art proclaims as the first time an uncut version has been released. I'm sure the fans have been clamoring for that uncut version. I realize this makes no sense, but I'm about to drop an Assault on Precinct 13 spoiler, so if you haven't seen John Carpenter's hard-boiled last stand at the Alamo like cop film, it's best to skip on down to the next paragraph. Apparently, Austin Stoker was the biggest star they had in this film, so much so that the tagline for Horror High is based off his resume. The tagline reads "The Man Who Survived Precinct 13 is back!" As if that wasn't crazy enough, it becomes completely ridiculous when you stop and realize that Assault on Precinct 13 came out in 1976, two years AFTER Horror High. Inexplicably, the terrible tagline kinda makes me want to see it more!
Next up is 2009's The Killing Room which is making it's way to Blu-ray this week. Previously released on standard DVD, it got a resounding "it's OK" when I asked our own Peter Hall about its merits. Still, that's high praise when compared to the other releases we've got on tap, so The Killing Room just jumped high into the lead for best release of the week! And in HD as well! You'll notice that the third cover I chose for this piece is from a film called Office of the Dead. It was selected solely based on cover art and title. I know nothing about the film, other than the fact that it seems to be a standard DTV zombie movie. It's available on DVD if you're curious. Other DTV entries includeJingles the Clown, Nightmare Alley, Sea of Dust starring effects maestro Tom Savini and Ingrid Pitt, as well as a pair of films starring Eric Roberts, Buried Alive and Killer Weekend.
Also new this week is the documentary Graphic Sexual Horror which tracks the rise and fall of bondage and fetish website insex.com. Insex was started back in 1997 when the internet was young by former Carnegie-Mellon professor Brent Scott. Insex skyrocketed in popularity, boasting a paid membership of over 35,000 people before being shut down by the Department of Homeland Security. That part alone has my interest piqued. What would the DHS have to do with shutting down a bondage porn site? Obviously be warned as the subject matter alone on this one will probably put it into the extreme category. But if you're interested, this doc, which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, hits DVD this week.
That's it for horror at home this week. Check back next week for a look at the horror releases for August 17th!