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Bloody Terror: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren, 1976-1987 Blu Ray (Indicator)

This collection brings together Satan's Slave, Prey, Terror, Inseminoid and Bloody New Year, plus an incredible number of extras. While Warren is no master filmmaker, most of his works here have a cheaply horrific charm of their own.

Terror directed by Norman J. Warren

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The Legacy (1978) starring Katharine Ross Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Omen meets And Then There Were None in this supernatural horror thriller. It's a load of old nonsense but at least the numerous setpieces are enjoyable. Also starring Sam Elliott, John Standing, Charles Gray and Roger Daltrey.

Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross in The Legacy

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Double Face (1969) starring Klaus Kinski Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Italian/West German thriller fits into two different Euro genre cycles: the krimi and the giallo. It's a stylish but somewhat dull effort. However, the whole package is recommendable for its extras focussing on director Riccardo Freda and composer Nora Orlandi.

Klaus Kinski and Margaret Lee in Double Face

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Cujo (1983) dir: Lewis Teague Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This solid adaptation of Stephen King's killer St. Bernard story of the same name really picks up during its tension-filled second half. It stars Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter.

Stephen King adaptation Cujo (1983)

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Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz Blu Ray (Arrow)

Amongst this three-film boxed set, Vampyres is the best: an underrated, low-budget horror gem with its own distinctive take on the vampire mythos. The other two films are less satisfying and feel more like bonus features for the bloodsucking main event.

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Class of 1999 (1990) Blu Ray (Vestron Video/Lionsgate)

Mark L. Lester's magpie-like blend of elements from other hit sci-fi films amounts to a competently enjoyable piece of straight-to-video era trash. It stars Malcolm McDowell (spot the A Clockwork Orange reference), Stacy Keach and Pam Grier.

A robot in Class of 1999

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Parents (1989) Blu Ray (Vestron Video/Lionsgate)

Bob Balaban's black horror comedy about cannibalism within the Suburban American Dream is a subversive, surreal gem. Randy Quaid gives the finest, creepiest performance of his career. Also starring Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis and Bryan Madorsky.

Bryan Madorsky in Parents (1989)

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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

It’s the film which was meant to reunite director Robert Aldrich with What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. When the latter dropped out, Olivia de Havilland replaced her. While not as original as its predecessor, it takes the gothic delirium that bit further.

Bette Davis with gun in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

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Climax (2018) dir: Gaspar Noé Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Noé’s latest film is a challenging and dread-inducing depiction of human deterioration under the influence of LSD-spiked sangria. It is a breathlessly audacious piece of work but not for everyone. Starring Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub and Kiddy Smile.

Climax (2018) starring Sofia Boutella

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Under the Tree (2017) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson's dark Icelandic tale of relationship breakup and neighbourly disputes is blackly funny but ultimately rather nasty. It's a real emotional gut punch, with great performances by Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson and Edda Björgvinsdóttir.

Under the Tree (2017)

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