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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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House aka Hausu (1977) dir: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This postmodern, pop art Japanese take on comedy horror emphasises pure audiovisual insanity over substance. It's a film you'll either love or hate. It features a happy-clappy theme song by Godiego, who are also known for their contribution to the cult favourite TV series Monkey.

House (1977)

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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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Wolf (1994) Blu Ray (Indicator) starring Jack Nicholson

Mike Nichols' classy take on the werewolf genre features some smart writing and fine performances but falls flat when it's trying to be a straight horror film.

Jack Nicholson in Wolf

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Brain Damage (1988) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Outstanding extras make this lo-fi anti-drugs horror an essential purchase.

A hallucination in Brain Damage

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