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Body Horror

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Body Horror, pioneered by director David Cronenberg, is the gruesome horror subgenre that celebrates mutilation, dismembering and a general degeneration of the body itself. At Fopp we’re celebrating the best the genre has to offer with DVDs from £5 and Blu-ray from £8!

Audition


director  Takashi Miike
starring  Ryo Ishibashi · Eihi Shiina · Tetsu Sawaki
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Takashi Miike directs this Japanese horror. Seven years on from the death of his wife, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides it is time to remarry. A friend suggests that he might seek out potential spouses by holding auditions for a non-existent video project and this leads him to meet Asami Yamasaki (Eihi Shiina), a 24-year-old dancer who captivates him immediately. Aoyama begins seeing her on a regular basis, and thinks that she really might be the woman for him, but his friend Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) becomes suspicious, and after some investigation discovers the young woman is not at all who she claims to be…

The Autopsy of Jane Doe


director  Andre Ovredal
starring  Brian Cox · Emile Hirsch · Ophelia Lovibond
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch star in this supernatural horror directed by Andre Ovredal. When a violent murder leaves behind an unidentified body, father and son coroners Tommy and Austin Tilden (Cox and Hirsch) are tasked with finding a cause of death for the local sheriff by the next day. Forced to work through the night, Austin cancels plans with his girlfriend Emma (Ophelia Lovibond) in order to help his father with the mysterious corpse. However, not long after starting their examination, a number of disturbing phenomena occur which leave Tommy and Austin facing a desperate fight to survive the night. The cast also includes Olwen Catherine Kelly, Parker Sawyers and Michael McElhatton.

Basket Case Trilogy


director  Frank Henenlotter
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Triple bill of horror features. ‘Basket Case’ (1981) follows the adventures of Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck), a man who checks into a New York hotel carrying a mysterious basket. Little do onlookers know that it contains his hideously deformed brother Belial – the Siamese twin he was separated from at birth – and that the pair have come to claim gruesome revenge on the doctors who botched their separation. In ‘Basket Case 2’ (1990) Duane and Belial find refuge with Granny Ruth (Annie Ross), who acts as a surrogate mother to a variety of mutants. All is well until a sneaky journalist attempts to flush out the Bradley brothers and their new friends turn nasty. ‘Basket Case 3 – The Progeny’ (1991) follows the brothers on a road trip in the Deep South. By this time, Belial has become father to his own monstrous sons and sets out to exact terrible revenge when the newborn infants are kidnapped by a pair of deputy sheriffs.

The Beast Within


director  Philippe Mora
starring  Ronny Cox · Bibi Besch · Paul Clemens
language(s)  English
format  Blu-ray

 

1980s revenge horror based on the novel by Edward Levy. Stranded alone on a roadside one night while waiting for her husband Eli (Ronny Cox) to retrieve a tow truck for their broken down car, Caroline (Bibi Besch) is attacked and raped by a beastly figure. Years later, their teenage son Michael (Paul Clemens) ends up in hospital with a mysterious illness which the doctors think may be genetic. As Michael’s biological father is Caroline’s attacker, she and Eli are forced to investigate the events of that terrible night. While they attempt to discover the identity of the rapist, a series of unexplained murders takes place. It becomes apparent that Michael’s real father was tortured and killed by a local man and has now returned inside of his son to seek revenge…

Brain Damage


director  Frank Henenlotter
starring  Rick Hearst · Gordon MacDonald · Jennifer Lowry
language(s)  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Meet Elmer. He’s your friendly neighborhood parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag: when young Brian comes under Elmer s addictive spell, it s not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite friend s preferred food source brains! Featuring late TV horror host John Zacherle as the voice of Elmer, Brain Damage boasts some of the most astonishingly bad taste gore gags ever realized.

The Brood


director  David Cronenberg
starring  Oliver Reed · Samantha Eggar · Art Hindle
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Cult horror directed by David Cronenberg. Frank Carveth (Art Hindle)’s wife Nola (Samantha Eggar) is being treated at an institute run by the eccentric psychologist Dr Raglan (Oliver Reed), who is known for using bizarre techniques to break down defensive barriers in the psyche of his patients. After Nola’s parents are brutally killed and his daughter returns from a visit to her mother covered in bruises, Frank comes to suspect that his wife and Raglan are up to no good. What he discovers is stranger still: a group of cloned midgets, apparently spurred on by Nora’s psychopathic rages, are responsible for the attacks. Since no one else will believe him, it is up to Frank to try and put an end to the violence…

existenz


director  David Cronenberg
starring  Jude Law · Jennifer Jason Leigh · Ian Holm
language(s)  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Visionary director David Cronenberg (Videodrome) challenges the boundaries of reality in sci-fi thriller eXistenZ, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh (Annihilation), Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley), and a stellar supporting cast including Ian Holm (Alien), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Christopher Eccleston (28 Days Later) and Sarah Polley (Splice). During a closed-door demonstration of her new virtual reality video game, brilliant game designer Allegra Geller (Leigh) survives an attempt on her life by a crazed assassin. On the run with Ted Pikul (Law), a young marketing trainee who falls into the role of bodyguard, Allegra convinces Ted to join her in her game, eXistenZ. As the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur, the real-life dangers they sought to escape start to merge with their virtual world.

From Beyond


director  Stuart Gordon
starring  Jeffrey Combs · Barbara Crampton · Ken Foree
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Cult 1980s sci-fi horror in which a scientist gets more than he bargained for when he turns on his latest invention. Dr Pretorius (Ted Sorel) and his assistant Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs) have worked long and hard at a machine known as ‘The Resonator’, designed to expand the human consciousness and awaken something approaching a sixth sense. However, the machine has awoken something far more horrifying: a dimension of deadly creatures ready to wreak havoc on the human race, beginning with Pretorius…

Hellraiser


director  Clive Barker
starring  Andrew Robinson · Clare Higgins · Ashley Laurence
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Clive Barker’s screen adaptation of his novella ‘The Hellbound Heart’. Sexual profligate Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) opens a Chinese puzzle box and discovers the entrance to Hell, where the resident Cenobites led by Pinhead (Doug Bradley) rip the flesh from him. When Frank’s brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife Julia (Clare Higgins) then move into Frank’s house, a skeletal Frank appears to his sister-in-law and asks her to supply him with corpses for his regeneration. The cast also includes Ashley Laurence, Simon Bamford and Robert Hines.

Ichi the Killer


director  Takashi Miike
starring  Tadanobu Asano · Nao Ômori · Shin’ya Tsukamoto
language(s)  Japanese  Subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

Deranged, perverse and teeth-gnashingly violent, this is a typical Takashi Miike film, replete with brutal sadism and copious blood spilling. Anjo, the boss of a Yakuza clan, has made off with all the clan’s money, and the gang begin a merciless and bloody campaign to track him down, led by sado-masochism addict Kakihara who is suffering withdrawal symptoms from Anjo’s incessant cruelty and violence. The main culprit emerges as Ichi, a mysterious psychopath with a dark childhood secret, who works for a retired Yakuza as an unstoppable killing machine. Kakihara is thrilled to have found a sadistic substitute for his departed boss, and is desperate to experience Ichi’s ultimate brutality, even if it means death.

 

 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers


director  Don Siegel
starring  Kevin McCarthy · Dana Wynter · Larry Gates
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

When multiple residents of a Californian backwater begin to suffer from identical frenzied delusions, Dr Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) suspects the town is in the grip of a new kind of epidemic. But his investigations soon reveal the terrifying truth, uncovering not a medical emergency but an extra-terrestrial invasion that threatens mankind’s very existence. Directed by Don Siegel (Dirty Harry), this 1950s classic brings the fear of the unknown to the streets of America. A milestone of the science-fiction genre and a critique of post-war American society, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers remains an enduring and suspenseful classic.

The Possession


director  Ole Bornedal
starring  Natasha Calis · Kyra Sedgwick · Natasha Calis
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick star in this supernatural horror film produced by Sam Raimi. Shortly after the divorce of her parents (Morgan and Sedgwick), teenager Em (Natasha Calis) buys an elaborately carved antique box at a yard sale. As her behaviour grows increasingly bizarre in the weeks that follow, her father is forced to seek out the help of his ex-wife in a desperate attempt to end the curse that appears to be consuming the body and soul of their daughter.

Rabid


director  David Cronenberg
starring  Marilyn Chambers · Frank Moore · Joe Silver
language(s)  English
format  Blu-ray

 

When Rose suffers terrible injuries in a motorcycle crash, she is taken to a nearby clinic run by Dr Keloid for experimental skin-graft surgery. At first, the revolutionary procedure proves successful, but it soon leaves Rose with a strange orifice protruding from her armpit and an insatiable thirst for human blood. Hell-bent on satisfying her bloodlust, Rose leaves a trail of insane and uncontrollably aggressive victims, as the unknown virus engulfs North America in an orgy of frenetic violence.

Raw


director  Julia Ducournau
starring  Garance Marillier · Ella Rumpf · Rabah Nait Oufella
language(s)  English
format  Blu-ray

 

French horror and debut feature from writer and director Julia Ducournau. The film follows Justine (Garance Marillier) as she heads off to college to study veterinary science. Being a strict vegetarian, she is shocked to find out about one of the student initiation rituals of eating a raw rabbit kidney. Desperate to try and fit in, Justine completes the ritual but immediately becomes unwell and vows never to touch meat again. However, when the college doctor suggests fasting to get over her sickness, Justine suddenly becomes aware of a strange and powerful yearning to consume raw flesh. The cast also includes Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella and Bouli Lanners.

Scanners


director  David Cronenberg
starring  Jennifer O’Neill · Stephen Lack
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Controversial horror auteur David Cronenberg gained his first international success with this conspiracy thriller, featuring a notorious exploding head sequence. A group of psychics, nicknamed ‘scanners’ for their ability to read minds, realise they can also induce massive brain haemorrhaging in their subjects by locking into their nervous system. A ‘good’ scanner is sent out by doctors to track down the psychics who are using their powers for evil purposes.

The Skin I Live In


director  Pedro Almodovar
starring  Antonio Banderas · Elena Anaya · Jan Cornet
Language(s)  Spanish  Subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

Pedro Almodovar directs this revenge tale based on Thierry Jonquet’s 1995 novel ‘Mygale’. Antonio Banderas stars as Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon whose attempts to cultivate a new form of human skin have led to years of experimentation on a live woman, Vera (Elena Anaya). But as the story of Vera’s past emerges, it becomes clear that Robert has a questionable agenda of his own as he manipulates her face and body for his own purposes.

Slither


director  James Gunn
starring  Nathan Fillion · Elizabeth Banks · Michael Rooker
language(s)  English
format  DVD

 

Edgy horror from director James Gunn. The sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America – quaint and gentle, peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived, and is growing. No one seems to notice as telephone poles become clogged with missing pet flyers, or when one of town’s richest citizens, Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) begins to act strangely. But when farmers’ livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young woman goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and his team, aided by Grant’s wife Staria (Elizabeth Banks), uncover the dark force laying siege to their town and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth.

Society


director  Brian Yuzna
starring  Billy Warlock · Concetta D’Agnese · Ben Slack
language(s)  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Brian Yuzna directs this 1980s horror starring Billy Warlock, Devin Devasquez and Evan Richards. Bill Whitney (Warlock) is just a normal teenager growing up in Beverly Hills, California. Surrounded by the rich and famous Bill is soon introduced to a surreal lifestyle of partying, paranoia and perverse behavior. Things turn even stranger when Bill is shown a video of his family getting up to some unusual activities at a party. Can Bill put aside his morals to become an elite member of Beverly Hills society?

Street Trash


director  Jim Muro
starring  Mike Lackey · Bill Chepil · Vic Noto
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Cult American horror comedy directed by Jim Muro. In Brooklyn, New York a bad batch of old wine is being sold to homeless people and causing whoever drinks it to melt. Cop Bill (Bill Chepil) is determined to uncover the reason behind the mysterious deaths but first he must contend with a sociopathic Vietnam veteran named Bronson (Vic Noto) who is using some of the hobos as his own personal army.

The Stuff


director  Larry Cohen
starring  Michael Moriarty · Andrea Marcovicci · Garrett Morris
language(s)  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Low budget US horror written and directed by Larry Cohen. When a strange white substance comes bubbling up out of the Earth, it is discovered to be extremely tasty and marketed as a replacement for ice cream. However, after a fast food company starts selling the substance in supermarkets, it soon becomes apparent that it is actually a deadly supernatural entity which eats people from the inside out and turns them into crazed zombies. With the country in crisis it is left to former FBI agent David ‘Mo’ Rutherford (Michael Moriarty) to find the goo’s origins and destroy it.

Tetsuo - The Iron Man/Tetsuo 2 - Bodyhammer


director  Shin’ya Tsukamoto
language(s)  Japanese  Subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Double bill of the Japanese sci-fi cinepoems about mutations, both physical and psychological. In ‘Tetsuo – The Iron Man’ (1988) an office worker hits a metal fetishist with his car and then inexplicably begins to sprout metal shards from his body. Keen to understand the strange things that are happening to him, he journeys deep into a strange parallel world where humans perform DIY body alterations and women are fitted-out with replacement robotic arms. ‘Tetsuo 2 – Bodyhammer’ (1992) follows an unassuming office worker who suffers an extreme reaction when his son is kidnapped by members of a skinhead cult. His anger is such that he begins to mutate into a metallic killing machine capable of unleashing almost infinite violence upon anyone who opposes him.

 

 

The Thing


director  Larry Cohen
starring  Kurt Russel · Wilford Brimley · Keith David
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Horrow-meister John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) teams Kurt Russell’s outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Once unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.

 

 

under the skin


director  Jonathan Glazer
starring  Scarlett Johansson · Jeremy McWilliams · Lynsey Taylor Mackay
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Scarlett Johansson stars in this sci-fi thriller adapted from Michel Faber’s novel by director and co-writer Jonathan Glazer. Disguised as a human, extraterrestrial Laura (Johansson) comes from her home planet in search of earthly beings to send back to her employer. Arriving in Scotland she seeks out lonely hitchhikers to seduce, but can she keep her true identity hidden forever? The film also stars Paul Brannigan and Antonia Campbell-Hughes.

 

 

VideoDrome


director  David Cronenberg
starring  James Woods · Debbie Harry · Sonja Smits
language(s)  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Sci-fi horror written and directed by David Cronenberg. Looking for new thrills, cable TV programmer Max Renn (James Woods) stumbles upon an S&M satellite channel called ‘Videodrome’, which seems to depict real people being killed and tortured. His kinky girlfriend, Nicki (Deborah Harry), is somehow involved in the station and, as Max becomes more addicted to the violence it depicts on the screen, the boundary between real life and television disappears amidst a host of increasingly bizarre hallucinations and body transformations.

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