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William Castle at Columbia Volume One Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal and Mr. Sardonicus are brought together in this superbly assembled boxed set. While these films aren't exactly high art, Castle's larger-than-life personality makes them entertaining in their own peculiar ways.

Vincent Price in The Tingler

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Night of the Demon (1957) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Jacques Tourneur's horror, featuring Dana Andrews as an American scientist who falls under a demonic curse, is a classic despite the contention over its depiction of the devil. Indicator's release will keep the devoted fan happy for many chilly nights.

Night of the Demon (1957)

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Night of the Creeps (1986) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Fred Dekker's directorial debut is an affectionate, gory, predictable but likeable homage to sci-fi, zombie movies, frat boy comedies and umpteen other genres besides. Tom Atkins is the undoubted highlight here as the film noir style detective investigating the mysterious goings-on.

Jason Lively in Night of the Creeps

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Monkey Shines (1988) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This underrated entry in George Romero's filmography is an intelligent, psychologically chilling look at the frustrations of disability and the brutalities of animal instinct. A fine performance by Jason Beghe and some complex work with real capuchin monkeys hold the attention throughout.

George Romero's underrated Monkey Shines

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Revenge (2017) Blu Ray (Vertigo Releasing)

This blood-soaked feminist revenge flick mixes artistic beauty with primal savagery in the manner of Stanley Kubrick re-imagining I Spit on your Grave. While it works superbly as pure gory horror, there are plenty of telling, symbolic moments in the imagery.

Matilda Lutz in Revenge (2017)

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Troll: The Complete Collection Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Troll is a routinely bad Charles Band production. The tenuously-connected Troll 2, however, is one of the most entertainingly terrible films ever made. Best Worst Movie is a satisfying documentary exploring the cult phenomenon surrounding the latter.

Troll 2 (1990)

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City of the Living Dead (1980) Limited Edition Blu Ray (Arrow)

The first film in Lucio Fulci's loose Gates of Hell trilogy mixes a disjointed, inconsistent narrative, nightmarish atmospherics and obsessively gory pay-offs. While it's not for everyone, fans will adore Arrow's amazingly comprehensive Blu Ray package.

Catriona MacColl and Carlo De Mejo in City of the Living Dead

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City Hunter (1993) starring Jackie Chan Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This oddity, based on a Japanese manga of the same name, is one which seems to divide Chan fans. If you click with its cartoony tone, however, then you'll appreciate the wonderful homages to Bruce Lee and Street Fighter II. Also starring Joey Wong, Richard Norton and Gary Daniels.

Jackie Chan in City Hunter

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Salvador (1986) dir: Oliver Stone Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This harrowing account of the real-life experiences of photojournalist Richard Boyle (played by James Woods) will truly jolt the viewer out of their complacency about American foreign policy. It's a must-see film - albeit one which you might not wish to face going through a second time.

John Savage and James Woods in Salvador (1986)

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The Producers (1967) dir: Mel Brooks Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

Mel Brooks's directorial debut is a somewhat overrated comedy which places too much emphasis on loud, dated stereotypes. Nonetheless, it's worth making your way through to the last half hour, with its Springtime for Hitler musical number and Dick Shawn's hilarious performance as L.S.D.

Dick Shawn as L.S.D. in The Producers

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