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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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The Changeling (1980) dir: Peter Medak Blu Ray (Second Sight)

This underrated Canadian-made supernatural chiller makes great use of subtle scares, a labyrinthine mansion set and George C. Scott's commanding turn as a bereaved father. The wealth of extras here makes this an essential disc.

The Changeling (1980) directed by Peter Medak

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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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Alice Sweet Alice (1976) dir: Alfred Sole Blu Ray (88 Films)

Paula E. Sheppard plays a troubled young girl who is accused of murder in this Catholic-flavoured proto-slasher, which also features Brooke Shields in her first film role. It's overly melodramatic but has some effectively messy kill scenes.

Brooke Shields in Alice Sweet Alice

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Xtro (1982) Blu Ray: Limited Edition Box Set (Second Sight)

Harry Bromley Davenport's cult sci-fi horror amounts to a disjointed collection of weird and gruesome scenes. For all that, it is good fun. If you've ever wanted to see a woman gruesomely give birth to a fully-grown man and an Action Man figure come to life to murder a neighbour, then this is for you.

The alien creature from Xtro (1982)

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The Addiction (1995) dir: Abel Ferrara Blu Ray (Arrow)

Lili Taylor plays a philosophy student who gains a thirst for human blood in this arthouse vampire flick with definite love-it-or-hate-it potential.

Christopher Walken and Lili Taylor in The Addiction

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The Old Dark House (1932) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Once considered a lost film, this overlooked entry in the filmographies of James Whale and Boris Karloff is an exquisitely atmospheric and playful mix of horror, black comedy and melodrama.

Gloria Stuart and Boris Karloff in The Old Dark House (1932)

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Rawhead Rex (1986) Clive Barker adaptation Blu Ray (Arrow)

This George Pavlou-directed adaptation of a short story from Barker's Books of Blood anthology is an inept folk-horror but can be enjoyable when taken as a cheesy monster-on-the-loose flick. The rubbery creature is laughable and the performances are very uneven.

Kelly Piper and some cheap optical effects in Rawhead Rex

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Images (1972) dir: Robert Altman Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

Susannah York plays a schizophrenic author in this overlooked psychological puzzle of a chiller which plays like a missing link between Repulsion and The Shining. Those who appreciate their movies littered with subtle clues and clever motifs will find much to appreciate here.

Susannah York in Robert Altman's Images

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Flowers in the Attic (1987) starring Louise Fletcher Blu Ray (Arrow)

Jeffrey Bloom's toned-down adaptation of V.C. Andrews' popular novel about incest and child abuse manages some gothic atmosphere but suffers from poor dialogue and implausibilities.

Louise Fletcher in Flowers in the Attic

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