VHS insanity, two Italian horror classics and cult Japanese extreme cinema from Arrow Videos this February.

Arrow Video’s February films include Doctor Herbert West behind bars, an extraordinary and unmissable shock rock doc, a duo of demonic horror favourites produced by horror maestro Dario Argento in dazzling UHD, and a dark and disturbing gem from Japan. As well as that, Arrow are announcing a pair of hair-raisingly good Blu-ray exclusives for March…

The lineup includes handsomely packaged limited editions, fascinating audio commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes, alternate versions of the films, new essays on the filmmakers, reversible sleeve artworkcollectable booklets and fold-out posters.

First in February, Arrow Video presents Beyond Re-Animator, with Jeffrey Combs (The Frighteners), everyone’s favourite mad doctor, returning for the second sequel to Stuart Gordon’s undisputed 1985 splatter classic Re-Animator. Once again helmed by gore guru Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, Society) with memorably imaginative make-up effects by Screaming Mad George (Society, The Guyver), Beyond Re-Animator breathes new life into the hit horror franchise. The special edition Blu-ray is packed with archival features and comes with an illustrated booklet.

Next in February comes The El Duce Tapes, a mesmerising and unmissable documentary, culled from VHS footage of the jaw-droppingly offensive Shock Rock band The Mentors, focusing on their infamous lead singer, “El Duce,” put together by the team behind The Nightmare and Room 237 and the editor of Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist. Incendiary and tragicomic (midway between The Decline of Western Civilization and Crumb), it has been hailed as “Essential Viewing” by CineVue and called “Dark and Irresistible” by director John Carpenter – The El Duce Tapes will chew you up, spit you out, and leave you floored. 

Next up, Demons 1 & 2, two tales of terror synonymous with Italian 80s horror, produced by Dario Argento, the famed horror maestro responsible for such classics as Suspiria and Deep Red, and directed by Lamberto Bava (Delirium, A Blade in the Dark), son of the legendary Mario Bava. Arrow Video is proud to present brand new 4K restorations of both classic films, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror. There is also a stunning Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray release.

Finally in February, Shogun’s Joy of Torture, from the outrageous imagination of cult director Teruo Ishii (Orgies of Edo, Horrors of Malformed Men). Ishii’s notorious portmanteau of Edo-era excess signalled a change in direction for a director until then regarded for his crime and yakuza films, setting the ball rolling on the run of grotesque historical anthologies for which he is now best remembered. Vehemently denounced by the critics of the day, Shogun’s Joy of Torture set a new benchmark for the depiction of sex, sadism and depravity in Japanese exploitation, with Ishii staging his elaborate torture methods with an unmatched verve and inventiveness.

Arrow Video – February 2021 – New Releases

Beyond Re-Animator

On Blu-ray, 1 February

Finally being held accountable for his catastrophic experiments in re-animating the dead, Dr Herbert West finds himself incarcerated at a maximum-security penitentiary. With the arrival of a new prison doctor who happens to be an enthusiastic student of West’s work, the medical deviant is afforded the opportunity to resume his grisly studies – this time on his fellow inmates, with predictably hair-raising results.

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The El Duce Tapes

On Blu-ray, 1 February

In the early 90s, aspiring filmmaker (and General Hospital co-star) Ryan Sexton lugged a giant

camcorder into some of the seediest clubs and the filthiest apartments in Hollywood. There he

filmed hour upon hour of VHS footage of the irrepressible, outrageous “El Duce,” infamous lead singer of the notorious Shock Rock band The Mentors. 30 years later, this dusty stockpile of long forgotten – and unseen – footage illuminates what El Duce’s  wilfully offensive act and controversial views might tell us about 21st century America.

For more information and images please visit: LINK

Demons 1 & 2

On Limited Edition Blu-ray, 22 February

In 1985’s Demons, a motley assortment of unwitting filmgoers accept invitations to a screening at the mysterious Metropol theatre. However, as the brutal slasher film unspools, the horror breaks free from the constraints of the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering demons, intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe. Then, in 1986’s Demons 2, Hell comes direct to the living room as bloodthirsty demons descend on a luxury apartment block, devouring the residents and propagating their deadly plague.

For more information and images please visit: LINK

Demons 1 & 2

On Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray, 22 February

In 1985’s Demons, a motley assortment of unwitting filmgoers accept invitations to a screening at the mysterious Metropol theatre. However, as the brutal slasher film unspools, the horror breaks free from the constraints of the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering demons, intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe. Then, in 1986’s Demons 2, Hell comes direct to the living room as bloodthirsty demons descend on a luxury apartment block, devouring the residents and propagating their deadly plague.

For more information and images please visit: LINK

Shogun’s Joy of Torture

On Blu-ray, 22 February

Three shocking tales of crime and punishment based on true-life documented cases set during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. The first tale sees the beautiful Mitsu (Masumi Tachibana) going to horrifying lengths to tend to her older brother Shinzō (Teruo Yoshida), a carpenter injured in a work accident, but the law catches up on them and metes out a terrifying retribution after they violate the ultimate taboo. In the second, unfettered passions in a Buddhist nunnery are not allowed to go unpunished after abbess Reihō (Yukie Kagawa) and her attendant Rintoku (Naomi Shiraishi) encounter a virile young monk from a neighbouring temple. In the closing segment, a sadistic torturer (Fumio Watanabe) attempts to show a tattoo artist (Asao Koike) how to depict convincing expressions of faces of pain in his work by allowing him to sketch a selection of Europeans as they are tortured for entering Japan with the aim of spreading Christianity.

For more information and images please visit: LINK

Bonus Announcement – Sneak Peek at March 2021…

As a special bonus announcement, at the end of March, Arrow will be releasing a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook (and Limited Edition Steelbook with slipcase) of John Landis’s beloved horror classic An American Werewolf in London as a Zavvi Exclusive (with the slipcase version a DiabolikDVD exclusive in the US). This mouthwateringly collectable edition will feature fantastic new artwork by Gary Pullin, a double-sided poster, a collectable booklet, and more extras than there are hairs on a wolfman’s snout!