We're moving into the second quarter of 2017, and just like 2016 before it, this year is shaping up to be another gleeful monetary drain for every genre movie collector. We've got a ton coming this month alone -- cursed kids, haunted houses, adaptations that are about to get another adaptation, bunny men ... it's a good life.
Here's a handy video counting down my picks for the Top Five classic sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural horror movies getting a new Blu this month. When you're done with that, get a look at the complete list of everything else coming out this month and their extras.
Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)
April 4, Scream Factory
"Invasion of the Bee Girls is the best schlock soft-core science fiction movie since The Vengeance of She," claimed film critic Roger Ebert. And who wouldn't be terrified by the very thought of watching these lovely bee-hived beauties love their chosen mates to death? A government inspector, that's who. And now he alone must stop their lust for killing before he becomes one of the Queen Bee's honeys! This bee-witching tale stars a pair of bee-uties: Anitra Ford (The Big Bird Cage) and Victoria Vetri (When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth).
Special Features: New High-Definition Film Transfer from the Internegative; Theatrical Trailer; Photo Gallery; Radio Spots
Psycho Circus: Triple Feature
April 4, Mill Creek
The Creeping Flesh (1973) - Color - 94 minutes - Rated PG
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones unleashing a malevolent being on the scientist's family and friends.
Brotherhood of Satan (1971) - Color - 92 minutes - Rated PG
Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri
A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.
Torture Garden - (1967) - Color - 93 minutes - Not Rated
Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith, Peter Cushing, Robert Hutton
A collection of three horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show.
Cathy's Curse (1977)
April 11, Severin
After a terrible car accident twenty years ago that killed his father and sister, a man returns to his family home with his wife and daughter. The daughter takes up residence in her deceased aunt's room and, after finding some of her possessions, becomes possessed by her spirit. Soon strange happenings and mysterious deaths begin to occur in the household as the possessed girl lashes out at those around her.
Special Features: New 2K remaster; Director's Cut of the film; Alternate U.S. cut of the film; Tricks And Treats – An Interview with Director Eddy Matalon; Cathy & Mum – Interview with Actress Randi Allen and Costume Designer Joyce Allen; Audio Commentary on U.S. Cut by BirthMoviesDeath critic Brian Collins and Filmmaker Simon Barrett; Introduction to Cinematic Void Screening at American Cinematheque by BirthMoviesDeath Critic Brian Collins; Theatrical Trailer
April 11, Full Moon Features
A group of survivors try to avoid the battles of World War III. When they try to escape to the quiet lands, they encounter something much more deadly.
Special Features: New 2K scan color correction/restoration from the original camera negative; New commentary from director David DeCoteau; Photo Gallery
Dark Waters (1993)
April 11, Severin
It has been acclaimed as "visually amazing" (Videoscope), "deeply disturbing" (BBC Radio One), "a must-see for serious horror buffs" (Film Review) and compared to the works of Bergman, Bava and Argento. Now experience the modern Nunsploitation masterpiece from co-writer/director Mariano Baino as you've never seen or heard it before. When a young Englishwoman attempts to discover her mysterious connection to a remote island convent, she will unlock an unholy communion of torment, blasphemy and graphic demonic depravity.
Special Features: New HD scan from the original 35mm negative; Audio Commentary with Writer and Director Mariano Baino; Lovecraft Made Me Do It Featurette; Let There Be Water Featurette; Controlling the Uncontrollable Featurette; Deep Into the Dark Waters Featurette; Director Intro; Deleted Scenes; Silent Blooper Reel With Audio Commentary by Director Mariano Baino; Short Films of Mariano Baino: Dream Car, Caruncula, Never Ever After, Making of Never Ever After
The Other Hell (1981)
April 11, Severin
At the peak of his '80s excess, Italian sleaze maestro Bruno Mattei – using the alias 'Stefan Oblowsky' – stunned audiences with The Other Hell, a raging Nunsploitation shocker about a series of brutal murders in a depraved convent. And while his cinematic legacy may remain controversial, Mattei here delivers a surprisingly stylized yet undeniably blasphemous orgy of stabbings, stigmata, Satanism, sexual violence and graphic savagery that ranks among his very best. Franca Stoppi, Carlo De Mejo and Franco Garofalo star in this "filthy nugget" (Mondo Digital) – written by the notorious Claudio Fragasso (Troll 2) and featuring a score 'borrowed' from Goblin – newly transferred from a 35mm print discovered behind a false wall in a Bologna nunnery!
Special Features: Audio Commentary with Co-Director/Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso, Moderated by Freak-O- Rama's Federico Caddeo; Sister Franca: Interview with Actress Franca Stoppi; To Hell And Back: Archive Interviews with Director Bruno Mattei and Actor Carlo De Mejo; Trailer; Reversible Cover Art
House: Two Stories (1986, 1987)
April 11, Arrow
Step inside, we've been expecting you! At long last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two installments of hit horror franchise House on Blu-ray for the first time.
In the original House (1986), William Katt stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his aunt's creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he's found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house's monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas ...
Meanwhile, House II: The Second Story (1987) sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse's mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who'll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it!
Special Features: Brand new 2K restorations of House and House II: The Second Story, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; The House Companion limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material
House Features: Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley; Ding Dong, You're Dead! The Making of House, a brand-new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder; Stills Gallery; Theatrical Trailers
House II: The Second Story Features: Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham; It's Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story, a brand-new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder; Stills Gallery; Theatrical Trailer
Lurking Fear (1994)
April 11, Full Moon Features
Infinite Evil ... The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there are only a few people left, including a local priest and a woman traumatized by the death of her sister. But when John Martense turns up to claim his illicit family fortune with bad guys in pursuit, the last stand becomes a lot more complicated. What everyone is not aware of are the humanoid creatures lurking underneath the holy grounds!
Special Features: New scan restored from the original 35mm negative and remastered in widescreen with 5.1 surround; Audio Commentary with director C. Courtney Joyner; Making of Lurking Fear; Videozone segment, Deleted Scenes Reel; Full Moon Trailers
The Vampire (1957)
April 11, Scream Factory
The patients are sick … but the doctor is a real sicko! When a small-town physician (John Beal) accidentally swallows experimental bat serum pills, he's soon up to his Hippocratic Oath in bloodthirsty desire! Transformed into an undead fiend, the doctor finds himself sucked into a dark and sinister world – where he must save patients by day… and suck their blood by night!
Special Features: New High-Definition Film Transfer from a Fine Grain Print; Original Theatrical Trailer
Contamination .7 (1993)
April 18, Shout Factory
Evil waits in the woods. When a young woman returns to her small hometown, she'll find that one thing has changed a great deal: A local company has been dumping radioactive waste from their nuclear plant … and the spill is turning the local trees into man-eating plants! As the body count rises, a group of townspeople determined to find the root of this problem instead find themselves fighting for their lives!
Contamination .7 has many names. It's also known as Creepers, The Crawlers and Troll 3. The film is directed by Fabrizio Laurenti (Witchery) and stars Mary Sellers (Ghosthouse, Stage Fright).
Special Features: New High-Definition Film Transfer from the Interpositive; Trailer
Donnie Darko (2001)
April 18, Arrow
Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.
Described by its director as "The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick," Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast including pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katharine Ross, and ER star Noah Wyle and an evocative soundtrack of '80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. This brand-new 4K restoration, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films, allows a modern classic to finally receive the home video treatment it deserves.
Special Features: Brand new 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director's Cut from the original camera negatives produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of both cuts; Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; Audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal on the Theatrical Cut; Audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval on the Theatrical Cut; Audio commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith on the Director's Cut; Deus ex Machina: The Philosophy of Donnie Darko, a brand-new documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures on the making of Donnie Darko, containing interviews with writer-director Richard Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick, director of photography Steven Poster, editor Sam Bauer, composer Michael Edwards, costume designer April Ferry, actor James Duval and critic Rob Galluzzo; The Goodbye Place, Kelly's 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films; The Donnie Darko Production Diary, an archival documentary charting the film's production with optional commentary by cinematographer Steven Poster; 20 deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly; Archive interviews with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala and cinematographer Steven Poster; Three archive featurettes: They Made Me Do It, They Made Me Do It Too and #1 Fan: A Darkomentary; Storyboard comparisons; B-roll footage; Cunning Visions infomercials; Music video: "Mad World" by Gary Jules; Galleries, Trailers, TV spots; Exclusive collector's book containing new writing by Nathan Rabin, Anton Bitel and Jamie Graham, an in-depth interview with Richard Kelly, introduction by Jake Gyllenhaal and contemporary coverage, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials; Limited edition packaging featuring new artwork by Candice Tripp
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
April 18, Shout Select
In the not-so-distant future, strong-willed and beautiful Kate possesses a precious commodity that most women have lost and most men want to control: fertility. In a brain-washing bootcamp that turns fertile women into surrogate mothers for social-elite men and their infertile wives, Kate thinks she's made out well when she's assigned to an eminent party leader. But when she learns that he's sterile, she's faced with the impossible choice: produce him an heir or die.
The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
April 18, Kino Lorber
When was the last time you were afraid? Really afraid? Brace yourself for the ultimate transplant: the human soul! The devil is in the music in this sleek and scary piece of movie necromancy - when a failed musician-turned-journalist (Alan Alda) interviews a reclusive aging pianist (Curt Jurgens), he doesn't realize he's being interviewed himself ... to be the vessel for the Satanist's dying soul! Back in a youthful body, the pianist plans for a long life in the spotlight, but when the journalist's wife (Jacqueline Bisset) realizes her husband's twice the man he used to be, she prepares to make his new life a living Hell! Television veteran Paul Wendkos (Cannon for Cordoba) directs this cult horror classic, based on a novel by Fred Mustard Stewart with a screenplay by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle). The stellar cast includes Barbara Parkins (Valley of the Dolls), Bradford Dillman (Chosen Survivors), Pamelyn Ferdin (The Beguiled), and William Windom (The Farmer's Daughter).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Bill Cooke; Audio Commentary by actress Pamelyn Ferdin, moderated by filmmaker Elijah Drenner; Trailers
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)
April 18, Arrow
In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, director Emilio P. Miraglia melds the giallo's trademark twisty whodunit storytelling with gothic chills, concocting a gripping horror/thriller hybrid. Troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave ...
Special Features: Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations; Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio); Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack; New audio commentary by Troy Howarth; Exclusive introduction by Erika Blanc; New interview with critic Stephen Thrower, Exclusive interview with Erika Blanc; The Whip and the Body archival interview with Erika Blanc; Still Rising from the Grave archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi; Original Italian theatrical trailer; Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)
April 18, Arrow
In The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first ... and are Kitty and Franziska next?
Special Features: Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation; Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio); Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack; New audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman; Exclusive interview with actress Sybil Danning; New interview with critic Stephen Thrower; Archival introduction by production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi; Dead à Porter archival interview with Lorenzo Baraldi; Rounding Up the Usual Suspects archival interview with actor Marino Masé; If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today archival featurette with Erika Blanc, Lorenzo Baraldi and Marino Masé; My Favorite ... Films archival interview with actress Barbara Bouchet; Alternative opening; Original Italian and English theatrical trailers; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Star Slammer: The Escape (1986)
April 18, Kino Lorber
Two women who have been unjustly confined to a prison planet plot their escape, all the while having to put up with lesbian guards, crazed wardens and mutant rodents.
Tales from the Hood (1995)
April 18, Scream Factory
Stack, Ball and Bulldog arrive at a local funeral parlor to retrieve a lost drug stash held by the mortician Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III). But Mr. Simms has plans for the boys. He leads them on a tour of his establishment, introducing them to his corpses. Even the dead have tales to tell and Mr. Simms is willing to tell them all. And you better listen – because when you're in the 'hood, even everyday life can lead to extraordinary terror.
Special Features: New Welcome To Hell: The Making of Tales From the Good, featuring Interviews With Director/Writer Rusty Cundieff, Producer/Writer Darin Scott, Actors Corbin Bernsen, Wings Hauser, Anthony Griffith, Special Effects Supervisor Kenneth Hall and Doll Effects Supervisors Charles Chiodo and Edward Chiodo (56 minutes); Audio Commentary with Director/Writer Rusty Cundieff; Vintage Featurette; Original Theatrical Trailer, Original TV Spots, Still Gallery
Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)
April 25, Arrow
A team of archaeologists led by Dr John Fielding (John Merivale) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki.
Special Features: Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations; Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc), Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack; New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark; New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films; From Quatermass to Caltiki, a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on Caltiki; Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master, an archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa; The Genesis of Caltiki, an archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi; Archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa; Alternate opening titles for the US version; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
From Hell it Came (1957)
April 25, Warner Bros Archives
Beware Tabonga! On a remote South Seas island, no one is safe from this hideous and unique monster. Tabonga is part man, part tree, all doom. Formerly an island prince, he was unjustly put to death by a witch doctor. Now he's returned to life with roots, branches and a vengeance. Against natives. Against visiting American scientists who investigate the tree's radioactive green sap. Against anyone unwise enough to expect a tree to stay put. A macabre medley of creature feature, Polynesian kitsch and Atomic Age cautionary tale, From Hell It Came is the killer-tree movie you woodn't want to miss!
I Bury the Living (1958)
April 25, Scream Factory
Through a series of chilling coincidences, the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery. This chilling tale is co-produced and director by cult filmmaker and father to Empire/Full Moon founder Charles, Albert Band.
Special Features: New High-Definition Film Transfer from a Fine Grain Print; Original Theatrical Trailer; Photo Gallery
Man of La Mancha (1972)
April 25, Shout Factory
Imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, author Miguel de Cervantes and his servant must perform his most celebrated story for his fellow inmates: the tale of Alonso Quijana, a man who has lost his mind … and found his purpose. Renaming himself "Don Quixote de La Mancha," he sets out for a musical adventure unlike any other.
The Screaming Skull (1958)
April 25, Scream Factory
When widower Eric (John Hudson) bring his mentally fragile new bride Jenni home to the palatial estate of his first wife, strange things begin to happen. Jenni is certain she is being tormented by Eric's former wife, who died under mysterious circumstances. But no one else seems to hear the ominous screams or see the rolling skull that comes knocking at the front door. Much like master showman William Castle, the producers of the film promised a free burial service for anyone who died while watching the film. Of course, this never happened ... OR DID IT?
Special Features: New High-Definition Film Transfer from a Fine Grain Print; MST3K Episode; This Film May Kill You: The Making of The Screaming Skull; Theatrical Trailer; Still Gallery
The Vampire Bat (1933)
April 25, The Film Detective
An excellent cast featuring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas and the immortal Dwight Frye headline this macabre tale of vampire attacks in a small village. Does a troubled man-child with an affection for bats have something to do with it? Or is it a local scientist who appears to know quite a bit about vampirism? Director Frank R. Strayer spins a thrilling tale from Hugo-nominated screenwriter Edward T. Lowe and will have you craving more films from the first golden age of horror!
Special Features: New Melvyn Douglas Featurette with his son, Gregory Hesselberg; Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sam Sherman