Arrow Video’s North American assault on the senses continues courtesy of US distributor MVD Entertainment Group with September and October’s picks guaranteed to get film collectors and genre fans snapping up each of these new releases. Carlo Lizzani’s 1967 spaghetti western Requiescant is first up. Coming to Blu-Ray/DVD September 22, the film is a somewhat obscure revenge tale also known as Kill and Pray. Next up is the 1985 slasher flick, The Mutilator, one of those films you’ll be watching from halfway under the couch if you’re squeamish. I haven’t seen this one since it came out back then, so it’ll be interesting to find out if it still get me like it did in that dingy theater I caught it in.
Go blindfold the kids and family pet(s) now. Below the jump are some flicks not for the kiddies at all!
A double shot of Meow Mix meets murder most foul is up next with Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci. These two films (Matrino’s Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key and Fulci’s The Black Cat) are a pair I’ve yet to see. So I’m really looking forward to finally doing so. It’ll be via a review screener, but those of you looking for this at retail will get it in the gorgeous box set shown above.
Grim tidings of the more extreme variety arrive in October with Tenderness of the Wolves (October 20), the 1973 horror film from director Ulli Lommel loosely based on the evil deeds done by real-life serial killer/cannibal Fritz Haarmann. Everyone I know who’s seen this says it’s a tough film to watch, but I do like well made films that challenge the viewer no matter where they take them. Imagine a hybrid of Fritz Lang’s M, Sweeney Todd (without the great songs and no laughs at all) and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and you get the general idea of what to expect.
Which brings me once again to Walerian Borowczyk’s The Beast and Immoral Tales, both hitting retail on October 11 as separate Blu-Ray/DVD releases. I’ve seen the former and not the latter, but I’ve an idea of what to expect. Let’s just say that if you liked the director’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne and can handle something a lot stronger in terms of explicit content, you’ll want to give these two flicks a spin.
Remember, the weather starts getting cooler around October anyway. So if you’re going to be socked in at home staying warm on a weekend, you may as well do so with something interesting to watch, I say.