New this week from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are the Resident Evil films in new Blu-ray editions.
"Something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents, a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees. To contain the leak, the governing supercomputer, Red Queen, has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain (Michelle Rodriguez - The Fast and the Furious, Girlfight), Alice (MillaJovovich - The Fifth Element) and Matt (Eric Mabius - Cruel Intentions) must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity. To do so, they must get past theRed Queen's deadly defenses, face the flesh-eating undead employees, fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker, a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slain victims."
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
"After narrowly escaping the horrors of the underground Hive facility, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is quickly thrust back into a war raging above ground between the living and the Undead. As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, led by Valentine (Sienna Guillory, Love Actually) and Carlos (Oded Fehr, The Mummy Returns), enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of Dr. Ashford, the creator of the mutating T-virus. It's a heart-pounding race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood- thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers, mutant canines andthe most sinister foe yet. Written and produced by the visionary director of Resident Evil, Paul W.S. Anderson (AVP: Alien vs. Predator) and directed by Alexander Witt, RESIDENT EVIL: Apocalypse is a superior sci-fi suspense sequel."
"Milla Jovovich is back in the third chapter of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise! This action-packed horror film is set in the Nevada desert and filled with intense special effects and more zombie terror! Las Vegas means fun in the sun. Well? at least the sun is still there. Except for a few rusting landmarks, it looks pretty much like the rest of the desert - or the whole country, for that matter. The crowds are now flesh-eating zombies: the mass undead, the oozing, terrifying sludge of what remains. Here, the newly upgraded Alice, along with her crew (Oded Fehr, Mike Epps, Ali Larter, Ashanti) will make a final stand against evil - with one goal: to turn the undead dead again."
"After a one-woman assault on the Umbrella Corporation's fortress, Alice's (Milla Jovovich) superhuman abilities are neutralized. Now, fleeing the Undead masses created by the T-virus, Alice reunites with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and her brother, Chris (Wentworth Miller). Together they take refuge with other survivors in an abandoned prison, where a savage zombie mob stands between them and the safety of "Arcadia." Escaping these bloodthirsty mutants will take an arsenal. But facing off with Albert Wesker and the Umbrella Corporation will take the fight for survival to a new level of danger."
"The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus is spreading across the globe, transforming ordinary people into legions of undead. Headed for extinction, the human race has just one hope: Alice (Milla Jovovich). She’s on a mission, fighting her way through cities and across continents, all inside Umbrella's prime research facility. Old friends become new enemies as she battles to escape and discovers that everything that she believes may not even be true."
Nw this week from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead, directed by Luca Boni and Marco Ristori, and starring Andrew Harwood Mills, Dan van Husen, Aaron Stielstra, and Lucy Drive.
"Set during the height of World War Two, Allied soldiers fight against a bloodthirsty army of the undead created by the Nazis using genetic experimentation on prisoners of war and people with mental disorders. Alongside the carnage of the trenches and terror of combat, the oncoming Allied soldiers are now faced with battling an ever-expanding and near indestructible hoard of zombies. They have just one night to save their own lives and escape the soulless grip of their lifeless enemy, or face becoming part of the zombie army themselves."
New this week from Anchor Bay is Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season.
"Last season, 'Fear the Walking Dead' explored a blended family who watched a burning, dead city as they traversed a devastated Los Angeles. In Season 2, the group aboard the Abigail is unaware of the true breadth and depth of the apocalypse that surrounds them; they assume there is still a chance that some city, state, or nation might be unaffected some place that the Infection has not reached. But as Operation Cobalt goes into full effect, the military bombs the Southland to cleanse it of the Infected, driving the Dead toward the sea. As Madison, Travis, Daniel, and their grieving families head for ports unknown, they will discover that the water may be no safer than land."
New this week from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is Dead Rising: Endgame, directed by Pat Williams, and starring Jesse Metcalfe, Keegan Connor Tracy, Jessica Harmon, and Dennis Haysbert.
"After narrowly escaping a zombie quarantine, Chase (Jesse Metcalfe) can’t shake the guilt of having left a trusted colleague behind. Now, as he heads back into the quarantine to expose the architects of the outbreak, he will uncover a secret more evil than he could have imagined. With mass annihilation looming, Chase—along with a group of dubious allies—slices, hacks and bludgeons his way through the zombie hordes that plague the abandoned city. Our heroes will have to confront their most gruesome nightmares in order to save millions of innocent lives, including their own. Also stars Dennis Haysbert, Billy Zane, Marie Avgeropoulos (“The 100”) and Keegan Connor Tracy (“Once Upon a Time”)."
New this week from Lionsgate is the Vestron Video Collector's Series edition of Return of the Living Dead 3, directed by Brian Yuzna, and starring J. Trevor Edmond, Mindy Clarke, James T. Callahan, Sarah Douglas, and Kent McCord.
"In RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD: PART II, the chemical Trioxin turned people into flesh-eating zombies. Now, the government is trying to control these unstoppable cannibalistic killers in RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3. When a young man uses the chemical to bring his girlfriend back to life after a motorcycle accident, she is driven to eat the only thing that will nourish her... human brains! She tries to stop her own feeding frenzy but a chain reaction has already begun, as hordes of undead are unleashed from their graves!"
Special features include:
Audio Commentary with Director Brian Yuzna
Audio Commentary with Star Melinda Clarke and Special Effects Supervisor Tom Rainone
Ashes To Ashes – A Conversation with Director Brian Yuzna and Screenwriter John Penney
Living Dead Girl – An interview with Actress Melinda Clarke
Romeo Is Bleeding – An Interview with Actor J. Trevor Edmond
Trimark & Trioxin – Interviews with Production Executive David Tripet and Editor Chris Roth
The Resurrected Dead – Interviews with Special Make-up Effects Designers Steve Johnson and Chris Nelson
New this week from Gravitas Ventures is Amigo Undead, directed by Ryan Nagata and starring Randall Park, Josh Fadem, and Steve Agee.
"Amigo Undead is the story of Kevin Ostrowski as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged, underachieving brother Norm on a camping trip. They're accompanied by several of Norm's unusual friends. When one of these friends dies accidentally, the decision is made to bury him out in the desert with some very unforeseen supernatural consequences."
New this week from Lionsgate is Daylight's End, directed by William Kaufman, and starring Johnny Strong, Lance Heriksen, Louis Mandylor, and Farah White.
"Years after a mysterious plague has devastated the planet and turned most of humanity into blood-hungry creatures, a rogue drifter on a vengeful hunt stumbles across a band of survivors in an abandoned police station – and reluctantly agrees to help them defend themselves and escape to the sanctuary they so desperately need."
New this week from Arrow Video is the 2-Disc Special Edition of Bride of Re-Animator, directed by Brian Yuzna, and starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, and Kathleen Kinmont.
"The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) – would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.
It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life – starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?
With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations – including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider – Bride of re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Gordon’s original cult classic."
This special edition includes:
- Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version, approved by director Brian Yuzna
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
- Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Carl Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
- Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
- Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
- Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Carl Buechler
- Getting Ahead in Horror archive making-of featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
New this week from Kino Lorber is The Astro-Zombies, directed by Ted V. Mikels, and starring Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, and Tura Satana.
"Newly Re-mastered in HD! A film that has it all… a mad astro-scientist (John Carradine, House of the Long Shadows) reviving corpses at his laboratory; two gore-crazed, solar-powered killer robot zombies; a bloody trail of girl-next-door victims; Chinese communist spies; deadly Mexican secret agents led by the insanely voluptuous Tura Satana (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and intrepid CIA agent Wendell Corey (The Killer is Loose) hot on their trail and trying to figure it all out! This cult favorite was written, produced and directed by cult legend, Ted Mikels (One Shocking Moment, Blood Orgy of the She-Devils) melds into a high-powered fusion the films of Ed Wood, Russ Meyer and George Romero with undead cannibal gore chills… hot-pants sexploitation thrills… '60's sci-fi mumbo-jumbo and Cold War espionage intrigue."
New this week from Alpha Video is Zombie Armageddon: I Heard the Darkness, directed by Tye Wilson, and starring Allen Thatcher, Lee Ellis, and Brad Davis.
"A mysterious epidemic has turned half of the country's population into zombies. Scientists work around the clock to find a cure. The Eastern seaboard is sealed off to prevent further spread of this gruesome contagion. A few brave soldiers caught in the contaminated zone struggle to keep hordes of the undead from feasting upon the flesh on the living. Sergeant Daniels, separated from his unit, comes into possession of a vaccine that can fight the disease. Desperate to get it to civilization, he finds himself under fire from his own men. Daniels is about to learn the shocking truth behind the plague that has turned the land of the free into a kingdom of rotting corpses…"
New this week from FilmRise is Zombie Resurrection, directed by Jake Hawkins and Andy Phelps, and starring Simon Burbage, Eric Colvin, Jim Sweeney, Danny Brown, and Jade Colucci.
"Fifteen months after the apocalypse, a group of survivors is forced to take refuge in an abandoned school, where they encounter a mysterious zombie with the power to bring the undead back to life."
New this week from FilmRise is How to Kill a Zombie, directed by Tiffany McLean, and starring Bill Steven McLean, Ben McLean, and Hannah Elaine Perry.
"Mack and Jesse are a father-son survivalist team in the making. A sudden outbreak of zombies centers on an office building, trapping the occupants. Mack and Jesse happen upon the scene on their way to their underground bunker. Against Mack's better judgment, they stop to try to help. The situation becomes grim as zombies breach the building and the office workers are picked off. Mack and Jesse lead the remaining group to safety as they plow through the zombie-infested garage in the company van."
New this week from Maverick Entertainment Group is Not Another Zombie Movie, directed by Donte Williams and Black Jack Johnson, and starring Black Jack Johnson, Jay Davis, and Will Cummings III.
"Franklin and Mike find themselves trapped in the undead-infested Cyrene City, where they must attempt to lead a group of unconventional survivors to safety. As they join forces with the likes of a pregnant woman, a moronic arms dealer, and a mentally challenged man, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombie mayhem. While this uprising of zombies has overwhelmed the city, Mr. Roberts, the CEO of R2 Pharmaceuticals, has sent in a team of mercenaries known as the S.I.E.G.E into Cyrene City to recover the only known antidote for his own financial gain."
New this week from Approbation Comics is Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #24.
"The Pink, Part 2 of 2
The alien symbiote turns Jamie into the crafty, sadistic, and murderous entity calling itself "The Pink." With her sister minions, "The Purple" (Paige) and "The Red" (Brittany) at her side, scientists Cheryl and Karen have an uphill battle to survive long enough to make a serum that could bring everyone back to normal!"
Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #24 was written by Bart Alex Thompson, and illustrated by Pramit Santra and Russell Vincent Yu, with a cover by Kevin Wallace.
New this week from MPI Home Video is Night of the LIving Deb, directed by Kyle Rankin, and starring Maria Thayer, Ray Wise, Michael Cassidy, and Syd Wilder.
"After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but can't remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door...into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life is trusting them with your heart."
New this week from Wild Eye Releasing is Walking Dead in the West, directed by Paul Winters, and starring Jarod Anderson, Greg Bronson, Kiera Crouch, and Matt Derdivanis.
"A New Frontier of Fear. The Arizona Territory, the 1870's. Marshal Frank Wilcox, along with a Buffalo Soldier from the U.S. Army, must galvanize a group of survivors to fight back when the living dead rise and seek the flesh of the living. It's a world gone mad and a battle against the unthinkable. Joined by an Apache Chief and an outlaw prisoner, the group must learn how to survive in a time where the dead walk."
Fear the Walking Dead returns tonight with its mid-season premiere at 9pm ET on AMC.
Fear the Walking Dead returns with its mid-season premiere in one week on Sunday, August 21st, at 9pm ET on AMC.
New this week from Shami Media Group is The Zombie King, directed by Aidan Belizaire, and starring Edward Furlong and Corey Feldman.
"Samuel Peters once an ordinary man, dabbles within the laws of voodoo to bring his wife back from the grave, he soon encounters the God of malevolence 'Kalfu', where he makes a pact with him to destroy the underworld and bring chaos to earth; in return he will become 'The Zombie King' and walk the earth for eternity with his departed wife. Seven days before the rise of the Dark Moon, Samuel Peters (The Zombie King) calls upon Kalfu to raise seven of the recently departed, where their souls must be held on earth for seven days. With the ever growing horde of zombies, they begin to completely wipe out a countryside town. Once the Government get wind of what is going on, they set a perimeter around the town area and employ a shoot on sight policy. Trapped within the town, the locals and unlikely bunch of misfits fight for their lives, and the remaining humans soon realise that they have to unite in order to survive. Seeking sanctuary in a local church, they discover a bizarre disturbed priest where he gives them the knowledge of 'The Zombie King'. Can our hero's unravel the clues in time and survive or will The Zombie King and his horde of zombies rise on the night of the dark moon?"