A long lost sci-fi/horror gem from the 70s finally sees release this week, along with new offerings from After Dark Films and Syfy. Read on for a complete listing of today’s new releases, which also include a killer cult, infectious diseases and a trip to Mars!
In this dark adaptation of The Three Little Pigs, Huff (Charlie O’Connell) is an abusive stepfather to three teenage girls living in rural Southern California. Huff is on the verge of a lucrative drug deal that will finally allow him to escape his miserable life and retire to Mexico in style with his sexy mistress, Laci. Huff’s plan begins to unravel when his battered wife, Lorelei, sends her three daughters away with Huff’s drug money to seek better lives for themselves. This triggers a chain reaction of violence, murder and rage-induced asthma attacks as Huff attempts to locate the three runaways and recover his money. He will huff and puff and tear their lives down.
BILLYS CULT takes us into the demented mind of Billy, a ruthless killer unlike any other seen before. Billy is a demonic soul that channels his hatred straight from the devil. He uses his butcher shop to carve his kills and dispose of their remains. As bodies are discovered throughout Southern New Jersey, Detective Gates and Detective Steele try to solve the mystery. Anyone that gets in Billy’s way is brutally murdered. Even though the state police think they have solved crime, the murders continue and it is soon realized that there is much more to these killings. Nobody is safe from Billy’s wrath, not even the detectives themselves. The Cult following shall commence.
As a group of college students celebrate in Las Vegas over Spring Break, a furious windstorm unlike any other descends upon the city. The famed Vegas Strip is ripped apart by massive tornadoes and hurricane-like winds. Nelson (Frankie Muniz) and Olive (Maggie Castle) discover that an ancient Egyptian curse has been awakened, and together with classic Vegas singer Sal (Barry Bostwick), they must find a way to stop it before the city is entirely destroyed.
Bloodlust is a horror/thriller film about a group of young adults who visit a tropical island only to become prey for a sadistic hunter. Filmed in 1959 and released in 1961, the film was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in September 1994. Two couples (Robert Reed, June Kenney, Joan Lora, and Eugene Persson) are on a boating trip when they come across an uncharted island. They soon find the island is inhabited by a wealthy recluse and his staff. While their host is initially hospitable, the four investigate and find themselves in the clutches of Dr. Albert Balleau (Wilton Graff), whose hobby is hunting both animals and humans. He quickly reveals his true purpose: to hunt down and kill each of his visitors, as he has done with everyone unlucky enough to set foot on his island.
When a small town is overcome with a blood lust the local witch doctor is thought to be the source. What they don’t know is that he has a different agenda. Five friends fight for their lives when there seems no escaping from the town and the virus that follows them. One by one the sickness tries to take a hold of them and no-one knows who is infected and who is safe.
Simon Leach is a very sick man. Thriving on despair, pain, and panic, he unites a group of broken and desperate teens and showers them with the love and affection they’re so desperate for. But Simon has a much darker plan for his followers. “Belongingness” can be a terrifying subject. When a young woman embeds herself in the cult looking for answers to her sister’s disappearance, she discovers their dark secret and an even darker secret within herself.
At a remote medical facility, a group of seven strangers begin a clinical trial for the experimental new drug: Pro-9. As the untested drug begins to course through their veins, unexpected side-effects start to take hold and several of the volunteers are sent into an uncontrollable murderous rage.
On the eve that the crew of the very first manned expedition to Mars is about to return to Earth, it makes an astounding discovery; fossilized evidence of life on Mars. Oscar nominated and visionary filmmaker Ruairí Robinson, along with an extraordinary special effects team including the people behind DISTRICT 9, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and AVATAR, introduce us to a terrifying new landscape, where the scientific discovery of life might be the death of us all.
A group of recent college grads on a final camping trip together pursue their own agendas when it comes to relationships but must put aside their differences and try to survive when one of them disappears and something in the forest starts killing the rest.
The last performance of a pantomime is held at an old, isolated Victorian theater in provincial England. The show’s run has been a disaster, attracting only a handful of locals. The final wrap party afterwards turns out even worse and some of the cast and crew decide to slip away for their own private session in the theater’s creepy basement. Among the group are the enviable pantomime leads and real-life lovers Clarice and Nathan, the womanizing director Derrick and the thirty-something, obscure stage assistant Janet. As their private bash kicks off Derrick disappears, only to be found with his throat savagely slashed. When they discover that they’re locked in the killing continues. Paranoia grows. No one can be trusted. Will anyone survive the nightmare?
Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure of the Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a stat unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA. THE VISITOR fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury, and even Star Wars, creating the most ambitious of all ’70s psychedelic mindwarps. Its baffling all-star cast includes Shelley Winters (Night of the Hunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch).