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Some new releases out this week, but mostly cult stuff coming at us from the boutiques. First up we have a few steelbook re-issues from Shout! Factory.

Army of Darkness, perhaps the most released film of all time, is out again. Back to do battle with the hideous "Deadites", Bruce Campbell returns to the role of Ash, the handsome, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed department store clerk from S-Mart’s housewares division.

Demonic forces time warp him (and his Oldsmobile) into England’s Dark Ages, where he romances a beauty (Embeth Davidtz, The Amazing Spider-Man) and faces legions of the undead. Can Ash save the living from the evil dead, rescue his girlfriend, and get back to his own time?

Sam Raimi (Darkman, Drag Me to Hell) directs this outrageously hilarious third chapter in his Evil Dead Trilogy.





From the director of Poltergeist and the co-writer of Alien comes a thrilling sci-fi adventure of explosive action and pulse-pounding suspense! With mind-blowing special effects by Academy Award winner John Dykstra (1977 Visual Effects, Star Wars), Lifeforce is a gripping mélange of genres that’s "so bizarre, it s fascinating", (Leonard Maltin)!

A mission to investigate Halley’s Comet discovers an even stranger phenomenon: an alien spacecraft! Following a deadly confrontation, the aliens arrive on Earth, where their seductive leader begins a terrifying campaign to drain the lifeforce of everyone she encounters. Her victims, in turn, continue the cycle, and soon the entire planet is in mortal danger. And when the mission’s sole survivor (Steve Railsback, The Stunt Man) sets out to destroy her, he comes face to face with the most charming (and horrifying) being he’s ever known.

Will he be able to destroy the lovely vampiress...or will he become yet another victim of her fatal charm?





Severely shaken after a near-fatal encounter with a serial killer, TV newscaster Karen White (Dee Wallace, E.T.) takes some much-needed time off. Hoping to conquer her inner demons, she heads for "the Colony, ", a secluded retreat where her new neighbors are just a tad too eager to make her feel at home.

Also, there seems to be a bizarre link between her would-be attacker and this supposedly safe haven. And when, after nights of being tormented by savage shrieks and unearthly cries, Karen ventures into the forest to find answers, she makes a terrifying discovery. Now she must fight not only for her life...but for her very soul!




Based on a work by Neil Gaiman, Worlds collide when Enn, a shy teenager in 1970s London, meets the beautiful and rebellious Zan at a party. They set in motion the ultimate showdown between their rivaling worlds and test the limits of how far they will go for true love.




An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, MARVEL STUDIOS' THE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR brings to the screen the ultimate showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos.





In Season 4, James Cole and Dr. Cassandra Railly set out on an epic quest, traveling further back in time than they've ever been before.

According to legend, their only hope lies with a weapon capable of stopping the witness for good. But they'll soon discover that in order to win the final battle and save time itself, they will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.




For his tenth feature, Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Twelve Monkeys) adapted Mitch Cullin s celebrated cult novel Tideland, a work he once described as Alice in Wonderland meets Psycho through the eyes of Amélie.

To escape her unhappy life in a remote part of Texas, nine-year-old Jeliza-Rose dreams up an elaborate fantasy world. But the reality of having junkie parents played by Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski) and Jennifer Tilly (Bound) and the influence of her eccentric neighbours begins to encroach, turning her daydreams ever darker.

A rich slice of Southern Gothic blurring whimsical fantasy with unsettling reality, Tideland is among Gilliam s most personal works indeed, with its shifts between the amusing and the macabre, expressive camerawork and striking special effects, the film could be the very definition of Gilliamesque!





In 1972, director Massimo Dallamano (Colt 38 Special Squad, The Night Child) broke new ground in the giallo genre with the harrowing What Have You Done to Solange? Two years later, he followed up with an even darker semi-sequel the chilling What Have They Done to Your Daughters?

A teenage girl is found hanging from the rafters of a privately rented attic, pregnant and violated. Hot-headed Inspector Silvestri (Claudio Cassinelli, The Suspcious Death of a Minor) and rookie Assistant District Attorney Vittoria Stori (Giovanna Ralli, Cold Eyes of Fear) are assigned to the case, the scope of which grows substantially when they discover that the dead girl was part of a ring of underage prostitutes whose abusers occupy the highest echelons of Italian society.

Meanwhile, a cleaver-wielding, motorcycle-riding killer roars through the streets of Brescia, determined to ensure that those involved take their secret to the grave.

Also starring Mario Adorf (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and Farley Granger (Strangers on the Train) and featuring an insanely catchy score by Stelvio Cipriani (Death Walks on High Heels), What Have They Done to Your Daughters? is a fast-paced, brutal and unforgettable thriller from a director at the peak of his creative powers.
















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