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June 2022 New Horror and Thriller Movie Releases

June 3rd

Crimes of the Future

As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, celebrity performance artist Saul Tenser publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin, an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed. Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.

In theaters

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As a serial killer stalks the city, a young actress who just moved to town with her boyfriend notices a mysterious stranger watching her from across the street.

In theaters

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At the start of the pandemic, an indulgent and self-deluded livestreaming improv musician abandons L.A. for London, steals her ex-band mate’s car, and makes the wrong decision to give a ride to an elderly woman who is not what she seems.

Available on VOD

Unhuman

The dead will have this club for breakfast. Blumhouse Television and EPIX bring you the story of a high school field trip gone bloody awry. Seven misfit students must band together against a growing gang of unhuman savages. The group’s trust in each other is tested to the limit in a brutal, horrifying fight to survive and they must take down the murderous zombie-creatures… before they kill each other first.

Available on VOD

The Overnight

A weekend getaway turns into a living nightmare when a young couple visit a creepy hotel that’s home to a demon.

Available on VOD

June 10th

The Righteous

A burdened man feels the wrath of a vengeful God after he and his wife are visited by a mysterious stranger.

Available on VOD

June 13th

All About Evil

A mousy woman inherits an old movie house and starts making a series of grisly shorts, but her fans do not realize that the murders in the films are all real.

Available on VOD

June 15th

Wrath of God

Convinced the tragic deaths of her loved ones were orchestrated by a famous novelist she worked for, Luciana turns to a journalist to expose her truth.

Available on Netflix

June 16th

Mad God

Follow The Assassin through a forbidding world of tortured souls, decrepit bunkers, and wretched monstrosities forged from the most primordial horrors of the subconscious mind. Every set, creature, and effigy in this macabre masterpiece is hand-crafted and painstakingly animated using traditional stop-motion techniques. MAD GOD is a labor of love, a testament to the power of creative grit, and an homage to the timeless art of stop-motion animation. Ready your eyes. Ready your spirit. Prepare to meet your maker.

Available on Shudder

June 17th

The Lake

A small country girl finds a mysterious egg in a field and and brings it to her town Now a giant nine-meters monster rises from the lake causing havoc just to find her egg.

Available on Amazon Prime

The Good Neighbor

A nightmarish evening unfolds for neighbors David and Robert when they accidentally hit a woman on her bike and flee the scene. While David is increasingly plagued by feelings of guilt, Robert shows no remorse and becomes overbearing and possessive. When David meets Vanessa, the victim’s sister, he submits to a reckless passion and underlying sense of redemption before realizing Robert will do unspeakable things to protect their secret.

Available on VOD

June 23rd

Revealer

Tensions rise when a stripper and religious protester are trapped together in a peep show booth and must come together to survive the apocalypse in 1980’s Chicago.

Available on Shudder

June 24th

The Black Phone

Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

In theaters

Harmony

Sophia, a wounded soldier, suspects the medical facility the military placed her in isn’t really for her recovery, but something far more devious. Codenamed Harmony, the facility is in fact a government program to create telepathy.

Available on VOD

Abandoned

Abandoned follows the sharply intense lives of Sara (Emma Roberts), her husband Alex (John Gallagher Jr.), and their infant son as they move into a remote farmhouse, which harbors a dark, tragic history. As their home’s past is revealed, the mother’s fragility escalates to a state of psychosis that jeopardizes her own safety and that of her newborn son.

Available on VOD

June 28th

The Passenger

Strangers who are sharing a ride have their trip interrupted when the driver hits a woman who’s hiking in the dark of night. They decide to help her but quickly learn that something is wrong and they shouldn’t have let her in.

Available on VOD

Cryo

Sometimes the real nightmare is being awake. Five scientists awake from a cryogenic sleep and find themselves trapped in an underground facility. With no memory of who they are or how long they’ve been asleep, they begin to realize they may have been part of a scientific experiment gone wrong. After a series of strange events, the scientists find themselves being hunted. They do not know who is hunting them or for what reason, but the scientists begin to suspect that one of them may be the killer.

Available on VOD

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Nothing Underneath/Too Beautiful to Die Blu- Ray Review

Label: Vinegar Syndrome

Format: Blu Ray

Right off the bat I have to say this is one of the few double packs I’ve seen that’s done right. It has a reversible cover, allowing you to display whichever one you like. Both covers look great and the standardized packaging of Vinegar Syndrome films is much appreciated as always.

As fot the films themselves, Nothing Underneath is a must see Giallo starring Donald Pleasance while Too Beautiful to Die is a pretty jarring and forgettable film. The prints look ok, but they’re nothing special. My main issue with the presentation is the sound. The sound mixing (especially in Too Beautiful to Die) isn’t good at all. I found myself constantly turning the volume up when the dialogue was too quiet to hear and turning it down after a musical track blew out my ear drums. It’s not ideal and for context I did try it out on two different players.

I would say the special features section is ok. Nothing that really stands out, but there are a lot of interviews with the writers, composer and stars. You also get a commentary by the Giallo centric podcast The Hysteria Continues! as well as one by film critic and historian Rachel Nisbet on Nothing Underneath. Nisbet returns for a commentary on Too Beautiful to Die, but it’s basically just that and an interview with the director. Too Beautiful to Die definitely drew the short straw when it comes to special features.

Let’s get down to brass tacks on this one. No, it’s not the most impressive release, but if you like Nothing Underneath this is the best way to own it. Without labels like Vinegar Syndrome, some of these obscure titles would be unattainable. We’re lucky to have them at all and anything extra can be viewed as icing on the cake. This is a must own for fans, even if it’s not quite up to the standards set by other labels.

Film Quality/Restoration: 6 (due mainly to the sound mixing).

Special Features: 7

Artwork/Packaging: 9

Final Verdict: 7

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May 2022 New Release Horror and Thriller Movies

May 6

The Twin – Following the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the life of one of their twins, Rachel and her husband Anthony relocate to the other side of the world with their surviving son in the hopes of building a new life. What begins as a time of healing in the quiet Scandinavian countryside soon takes an ominous turn when Rachel begins to unravel the torturous truth about her son and confronts the malicious forces attempting to take a hold of him.

Available on Shudder and VOD

Thar – A veteran cop sees the chance to prove himself when murder and a stranger’s grisly torture plot shake the walls of a sleepy desert town.

Available on Netflix

Escape the Field – Six strangers suddenly awaken in a remote, endless cornfield. Stripped of their possessions, they are left with only six items: a gun with a single bullet, matches, a lantern, a knife, a compass, and a flask of water. As mysterious sirens blare in the distance and traps appear at every turn, the group realizes it’s been plunged into a cat-and-mouse game with an unseen evil, and survival depends upon solving a diabolical and deadly puzzle.

Available on VOD

May 10

Shepherd – When a deadly secret rots the mind of a grieving widower, the decision to work alone on a deserted island morphs into a terrifying race to save his sanity and his life.

Available on VOD

Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2 – When Chris Rhymer and her young son, Jeremy, are forced to relocate to a small, rural community, they have no idea of the past terror that their presence will re-awaken.

Available on DVD

May 12

The Sadness – The city of Taipei suddenly erupts into bloody chaos as ordinary people are compulsively driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things they can imagine. Murder, torture, and mutilation are only the beginning. A young couple is pushed to the limits of sanity as they try to reunite amid the violence and depravity. The age of civility and order is no more.

Available on Shudder

May 13

The Innocents – Four children become friends during the summer holidays, and out of sight of the adults they discover they have hidden powers. While exploring their newfound abilities in the nearby forests and playgrounds, their innocent play takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen.

Available on VOD

Firestarter – A girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers fights to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her.

In theaters and on Peacock

Homebound – A young woman arrives at the home of her new husband’s estranged family to find the children behaving in increasingly unnerving ways.

Available on VOD

Monstrous – Laura, traumatized by an abusive relationship, runs away from her former husband with her seven-year-old son Cody. But in their new, idyllic and remote sanctuary, they find they have another, bigger and more terrifying monster to deal with.

Available on VOD

May 16th

Vampir – A man from London comes to a small remote village in Serbia to look after the cemetery. He starts to have nightmarish visions and suspects the friendly villagers have a more sinister intention with him.

Available on VOD

May 19th

The Found Footage Phenomenon – This documentary tracks the origins of the found footage technique and how it transformed with technological changes throughout the last few decades. The Found Footage Phenomenon features interviews with integral found footage directors whose films impacted the horror genre like no other sub-genre has, around the turn of the millennium.

Available on Shudder

May 20

Men – In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to find a place to heal. But someone or something from the surrounding woods appears to be stalking her. What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears.

In theaters

Torn Hearts – A promising up-and-coming country duo seek out the secluded mansion of their idol Harper Dutch a former country music star and Nashville royalty turned recluse. What starts out as a friendly visit devolves into a twisted series of horrors forcing the friends to confront the lengths they will go to realize their dreams.

Available on VOD