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There's not to many genre fans that I know that don't love Gilliam's 12 Monkeys. A great little mind twist of an apocalyptic film. Now being re-released on Blu-ray, we get to see the movie in high def glory and full digital surround. Should be an easy catalog title for the Blu-ray owners out there.

We covered Polanski's Repulsion in Episode 38 of the Bloody Good Horror Podcast. Now Criterion has gotten their hands on it and given it the treatment they are known for. A decent film that may be an acquired taste. If it is up your alley, Criterion disks are always top notch in picture quality and extra features.

Tired of being bullied by their school nemesis, Mark and James decide its time to teach him lesson. What best way to teach a bully a lesson? Blackmail a serial killer into butchering the boy for you! Acolytes seems to be trying awfully hard to be edgy in this era of school violence but who knows, may turn out good!

Bubby's been a bad boy all his life. So bad, his mother has convinced him that the air outside is poisonous and has kept him locked inside his entire life. When his father comes back out of the blue, Bad Boy Bubby is forced out into the real world and to face his fears. Originally released in 1993, Blue Underground now brings this cult flick to us in Blu-ray, adding another title to the cult catalog releases for the format.

Troma Retro brings us the 1986 post Vietnam movie, Combat Shock. With a strong cult following and many comparisons to Lynch's "Eraserhead", one thing everybody agrees on is that the movie is very brutal and very depressing. If you're a fan of surrealism and being sad, this should be right up your alley.

Necessary Evil. The Edgewater Mental Hospital as a dark secret. The only person who has a chance of uncovering said secret is investigative journalist Deborah Fielding. Filled with talk of genetic testing, necrophilia, and all sorts of spooky stuff, her night in the hospital should prove to be a spooky one. If nothing else, because she's spending the night there with none other that Lance Henriksen and Danny Trejo.

Daniel is a pill addict and not a very happy one. As his drug addled life begins to deteriorate around him, he begins to be visited by murderous visions and oddball spirits that decide to visit him in his home. Popskull is said to be another surrealistic film in the vein of "Eraserhead", but that opinion I believe is provided by the studio itself, so take it with a grain of salt.

To borrow from the product description; "The Splatter Classic and Midnight Movie Cult Phenomenon Slime City is Back! Now watch all three shocking films by NYC cult director Greg Lamberson plus the outrageous new rock-n-roll zombie icon "mini-movie" Johnny Gruesome starring Misty Mundae". With as good known as they claim this to be, I can't say I've ever heard of it before. But with Misty Mundae in the credits, I'm on board! Be sure to expect ultra low budget and tiny perky boobies galore!

How about a little giallo to spice up your DVD shelf? Once again I crib from the product description for Torso, because I can't do it justice; "A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation to dismember at the hands - and blade - of the lecherous maniac" Euro sleeze, perverted murderers, blood and guts. Honestly, what more do you need?

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