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Rats: Night of Terror (1984) Blu Ray (88 Films)

Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso's sci-fi horror cheapie fails spectacularly in its endeavours to make rats terrifying. On the other hand, it's often accidentally hilarious and never boring. The cast, adopting anglicised pseudonyms, includes Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Geretta Geretta and Massimo Vanni.

Rats: Night of Terror (1984)

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Orgies of Edo (1969) dir: Teruo Ishii Blu Ray (Arrow)

Actor Teruo Yoshida links together links together three stories which explore the depravity and perversion lurking beneath the surface of Japan's Genroku era. It's an unpleasant and misogynistic catalogue of sexual and violent acts, recommended only to a very select audience.

Masumi Tachibana in Orgies of Edo

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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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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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Death Line (1972) starring Donald Pleasance Blu Ray (Network)

Mind the doors! If you can buy the implausible premise of cannibals descended from former London Tube construction workers, then this intelligent and gruesome horror is for you. Donald Pleasance gives an enjoyable, eccentric performance as the determinedly working class police inspector on the case.

Death Line (1972)

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Cannibal Ferox (1981) Blu Ray (Shameless Films)

Umberto Lenzi's Amazon-set cannibal exploitation flick has some nauseatingly convincing gore effects and an imaginative score but little else to recommend it. Shameless's extras (including frank interviews with Lenzi and actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice) partially redeem the overall package.

Zora Kerova in Cannibal Ferox (1981)

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Flesh + Blood (1985) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Director Paul Verhoeven took his first tentative step into American cinema with this gruelling, multilayered historical adventure - featuring a love triangle between Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Burlinson. Both flesh and blood do indeed feature heavily here.

Rutger Hauer in Flesh + Blood

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Night of the Living Dead (1968) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

George A. Romero’s debut caused the zombie to rise from the grave in its modern, flesh-craving incarnation. Despite its low-budget rough edges it still holds up exceptionally well as both horror and Lord of the Flies-style social commentary.

Duane Jones in George Romero's Night of the Living Dead

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Suspiria (1977) 4K restored Blu Ray & DVD (CultFilms)

This majestic Technicolor restoration of Dario Argento's masterpiece of operatic supernatural horror is one of the best Blu Ray releases this year.

Jessica Harper in Suspiria

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Blood Feast (1963) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Herschell Gordon Lewis's innovative gore movie is amateurish but entertaining. Arrow's dual format package makes for an enjoyable epitaph for the man.

Mal Arnold in Blood Feast

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