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ARROW GETS FREAKY
IN JULY, ARROW LETS LOOSE SORORITY BABES, CANNIBAL WOMEN, CASTLE FREAKS, FASSBINDER RARITIES AND MORE!
Key highlights this JULY on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include a selection of gloriously trashy films from Full Moon; the annual visit to Camp ARROW; a glut of gore and grue with a season of films from the mind of the legendary horror writer H.P. LOVECRAFT; more from the prolific Rainer Werner Fassbinder; a FULCI horror masterwork, wuxia classics and much more...
In July, a pair of fantastically-titled exploitation cult classics: SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, David DeCoteau’s comedy horror starring scream queen Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons) and a murderous imp; and CANNIBAL WOMEN IN THE AVOCADO JUNGLE OF DEATH, starring genre favourites Shannon Tweed (Cold Sweat) and Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) as well as TV star Bill Maher, in a raucous B-movie feminist take on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Also in July, ARROW present a pair of adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft films: in CASTLE FREAK, Re-animator and From Beyond stars Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton are reunited to come face to face with terror when they travel to Italy to move into a castle they’ve inherited. - discovering it is haunted by a relentless blood-thirsty creature; LURKING FEAR is set in the town of Leffert's Corners, plagued by unearthly beings for decades. When small-time thief Blake Adams (Siren’s Kiss) turns up to claim his illicit family fortune hidden in the town cemetery and with bad guys in pursuit, getting his inheritance might be a lot more complicated.
Also in July, ARROW presents Rainer Werner Fassbinder Vol. 3, bringing together a collection of lesser-seen works from various stages in the career of the enfant terrible of the New German Cinema, wrote, directed, produced and starred in over 40 films in his short but prolific life, before passing away of a drug overdose in 1982 aged just 37. Featuring high definition digital restorations prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, the films include Satan’s Brew, Rio Das Mortes, Fear of Fear, and The Niklashausen Journey.
ALSO SHOWING: Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece of metaphysical horror The Beyond; martial arts mayhem from Chinese film director and actor, King Hu, and much more…
JULY RELEASE CALENDAR
New Titles – From July 1
Raining in the Mountain
The Fate of Lee Kahn
Legend of the Mountain
A Touch of Zen
New Titles – From July 8
New Titles – From July 15
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
New Titles – From July 22
Mother Kuster’s Trip to Heaven
The Niklashausen Journey
Gods of the Plague
The American Soldier
Rio Das Mortes
Fear of Fear
New Titles – From July 29
New Seasons this July
From July 1:
The King Hu Collection (UK/US/CA/IRE)
Chinese film director and actor, King Hu, a.k.a. Hu Jinquan, is famous for helming many 'wuxia' ("martial arts heroes") movies. Stories of honourable heroes battling the forces of evil with stunning swordplay and high-flying martial arts that laugh in the faces of physics and gravity, King Hu's work on these kinds of films in the 60s and 70s elevated the spectacular genre to new technical and artistic heights.
We very proudly present three of King Hu's films that will leave you with a massive smile on your face - right before your jaw hits the floor: The Fate of Lee Kahn, Raining in the Mountain and Legend of the Mountain, plus A Touch of Zen for those in the UK and Ireland.
Titles include: The Fate of Lee Kahn, Raining in the Mountain, Legend of the Mountain
From July 8:
Welcome fearless viewer to Lovecraftian, a season of films we found scrawled on a post-it note in the back of a Necronomicon holding open a fire exit at the Miskatonic University. All within are based on or take inspiration from the Rhode Island writer who was christened “Howard Phillips” - but is known across the cosmos by genre lovers as “HP” Lovecraft.
If it’s gothic horror, fantasy and/or science-fiction stories that will fill you full of cosmic dread and the sense that ordinary life is but a thin shell over a reality so alien and abstract that merely contemplating it will damage your sanity then you’ve come to the right place!
Titles include: Castle Freak, Lake Michigan Monster, Lurking Fear, Bride of Re-animator
From July 15:
Bodies of Water
With the weather heating up you may be tempted to cool off with a refreshing dip in your nearest expanse of clear, cool aqua. Not for long though, because we are here to give you the fear RE: any and every stretch of H20 imaginable, from being drenched in the spine-tingling tension of J-horror classic, Dark Water, to the modern mental monochrome mania of man versus monster in Lake Michigan Monster.
There’s all-out aquatic action either featuring James Earl Jones, in Blood Tide, or featuring heaps of ultraviolence, in Island of Death; a lagoon containing the prince of darkness himself, in Lake of Dracula; and just for funsies, and to not entirely begin you on the path to aquaphobia, there’s the zany sex-comedy musical about a woman who falls in love with the creature in her lake, Underwater Love (UK and Ireland only). Think Shape of Water but absolutely bonkers. So come get shocked and soaked in our Bodies of Water season!
Titles include: Island of Death, Lake of Dracula, Dark Water, Blood Tide
From July 22:
The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection Vol. 3
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the enfant terrible of the New German Cinema, wrote, directed, produced and starred in over 40 films in his short but prolific life, before passing away of a drug overdose in 1982 aged just 37. Rainer Werner Fassbinder Vol. 3 brings together a collection of his lesser-seen works from various stages in his career, featuring high definition digital restorations prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.
Gods of the Plague portrays a newly released ex-con as he reacquaints himself with Munich’s criminal underworld to plan the robbery of a supermarket. In Rio Das Mortes, two feckless young friends, Michel and Günther, embark on a hare-brained scheme to look for lost treasure in Peru, against strong opposition from Michel’s fiancée.
Unseen between its first television broadcast in 1970 and its rediscovery in 2002, The Niklashausen Journey chronicles the journey of a young peasant in the 15th century and his quest to overcome social injustice, in Fassbinder’s allegorical critique of the student movement. The American Soldier sees Fassbinder continue to pursue the cinephilic homage to classic Hollywood crime films of his feature debut, Love is Colder than Death, in a tale of a German-American Vietnam vet turned small-time hoodlum who finds himself on the wrong side of the law in Munich, where he grew up.
Titles include: Satan’s Brew, Rio Das Mortes, Fear of Fear, The Niklashausen Journey
From July 28:
Welcome to Camp Arrow, a definitely-safe camping ground for Cult film fans that is 100% is not haunted or stalked by a wronged and possibly hideously deformed former camper or counsellor, where nothing can possibly go wrong. So pitch your tent or pick your bunk in one of our luxury flimsy cabins, kick off your gore-encrusted hiking boots, take a seat around the campfire and hit play on one of our tales of youngsters getting into deadly trouble by bedding down somewhere they shouldn’t - this is most probably not foreshadowing of any kind.
Also, our keenest campers can take their Camp ARROW viewing to the next level with just-for-fun imaginary merit badges in Movie Projection, Cosmozoology, Self-defence, Orienteering, Horse Riding and Intensive Driving by checking out our The Dark of the Matinee, Gamera, Shawscope, Out Of Your Element, Westerns and Poliziotteschi collections.
Titles include: The Prey, The Hills Have Eyes, Girls Nite Out, Trapped Alive
JULY TITLES - IN DEPTH
JULY 1: RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN
During the Ming Dynasty, a Buddhist abbot charged with protecting the sacred scroll of Tripitaka prepares to name his successor. An aristocrat and a general arrive at his secluded mountaintop monastery promising to help in his search, but are in fact scheming to secure the scroll for themselves. As they set about recommending corrupt successors, rival bands of martial artists lie in wait to steal the precious artifact. Soon, the monastery is transformed into an epic battleground for the scroll, with each player caught in a web of betrayal. Called a "remarkably photographed caper heist [featuring] intriguing battles of wits and minds" (Far East Film Festival), RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN is also the peak of legendary director King Hu's (A TOUCH OF ZEN) infusion of Buddhist spiritual principles into the legacy of martial arts cinema.
JULY 1: THE FATE OF LEE KAHN
In his follow-up to the critically-acclaimed A Touch of Zen, trailblazing Chinese filmmaker King Hu brings together an all-star female cast, including Hong Kong cinema stalwart Li Li-hua and Angela "Lady Whirlwind" Mao, in this lively martial arts adventure. When Lee Khan, an official working for Mongolian Emperor Yuan of the Yuan Dynasty procures the battle map of the Chinese rebel army, Chinese resistance fighters, aided by an undercover girl-gang within Khan's ranks, strive to corner him in an inn. Featuring stunning action sequences choreographed by Jackie Chan's "kung fu elder brother" Sammo Hung and a generous mix of intrigue and humor - THE FATE OF LEE KHAN is a legendary wuxia masterpiece. New 2K restoration.
JULY 1: LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN
A travelling scholar, intent on translating a Buddhist sutra, loses his way in the mountains. Time and space collapse around him as he continues his journey, encountering ghostly visitations amid a haunting fantasia of colour, light and landscape. King Hu rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s as a superb director of wuxia, a prevalent genre in Chinese-language film and literature built on ancient lore of swords, sorcery and chivalrous heroes. Legend of the Mountain comes from the director’s later period, when his artistry, specifically his landscape compositions, was at the height of its powers. The film’s astonishing nature scenes, shot on location in the Korean countryside, are reminiscent of Terrence Malick, while the reflective blend of myth and history is all Hu’s own.
JULY 1: A TOUCH OF ZEN
Widely regarded as the greatest martial arts epic of all time, A TOUCH OF ZEN won awards worldwide (including at Cannes), smashed box-office records and had an incalculable influence on the genre as a whole.
An unambitious painter named Gu (Shih Jun) lives with his mother in the vicinity of an abandoned mansion rumoured to be haunted. In actuality, the mansion has become a hiding place for the warrior Yang (Hsu Feng) and her own mother, both taking refuge following the assassination of their loyal minister father by the wicked eunuch Wei of East Chamber. After the eunuch sends an army to pursue the escapees, the group fortify the mansion with traps and false intimations of the terrifying ghosts within. But even after, things take yet more unsettling turns…
Famed for its iconic set pieces, including the central bamboo forest battle, A Touch of Zen is one of cinema’s truly peerless action sagas and the precursor par excellence of such modern wuxia films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers.
JULY 1: DRAGON INN
A quintessential entryway into the highly stylized, tightly choreographed wuxia genre of martial arts cinema, Dragon Inn was a global breakthrough for the form’s greatest practitioner, King Hu. Its influence remains incalculable, from its annihilation of traditional expectations of what kind of role an actress should inhabit (also chipped away at by Hu’s previous masterpiece Come Drink with Me), to the formation of many of the genre’s archetypes – such as the Eunuch, the Swordswoman, and the Family of Murdered Loyal Officials – that are still recognizable in the martial arts films of today.
It’s the middle of the Ming Dynasty. The powerful eunuch Cao (Pai Ying) has killed the Loyal Minister Yu, and Yu’s children are exiled to the border, whereupon Cao undertakes efforts to massacre the remnants of the family. As Yu’s children take refuge in the Dragon Gate Inn, Xiao the righteous swordsman (Shih Jun) and the surviving loyalists of Minister Yu engage in a series of battles to the death against the forces of the blood thirsty eunuch.
After having returned to the spotlight in 2003 as the backdrop for Tsai Ming-liang’s modern classic Good Bye Dragon Inn, Hu’s film is again resurrected by way of the dazzling new restoration presented here.
JULY 8: LURKING FEAR
The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there are only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatized by the death of her sister. But when small time thief John Martense turns up to claim his illicit family fortune hidden in the town cemetery and with bad guys in pursuit, getting his inheritance might be a lot more complicated.
JULY 8: CASTLE FREAK
John (Jeffrey Combs), Susan (Barbara Crampton) and their daughter come face to face with terror when they travel to Italy to move into a castle they’ve inherited. They soon discover it is haunted by a relentless blood-thirsty creature. When mutilated bodies turn up, John must uncover the family’s dark secret to save his family from the sadistic being.
JULY 8: THE BEYOND
When jaded New Yorker (Catriona MacColl) inherits a New Orleans hotel, she calls on composed local doctor (David Warbeck) to contain the inexplicable and increasingly gory accidents that are plaguing the building and its grounds. But soon the Gates of Hell themselves open under the hotel, rendering their fight futile as the dead emerge to walk the earth in Fulci’s masterpiece of metaphysical horror: The Beyond.
JULY 15 : SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA
They are no freshmen in the college of love, and they're about to graduate to madcap mayhem when a sorority prank goes crazy. Out to steal a trophy from a local bowling alley, the kids accidentally unleash The Imp - a sadistic little spirit with a diabolical sense of humor. He creates demons and loves sexy women. He's inviting you to come along and die laughing - just like everybody else.
JULY 15: CANNIBAL WOMEN IN THE AVOCADO JUNGLE OF DEATH
The U.S. government, eager to protect the nation's avocado supplies, recruits feminist professor Margo Hunt to make contact with the Piranha Women, an all-female tribe who believe men are only good as a source of food.
JULY 22: SATAN’S BREW
A famous poet who hasn't written a word in two years unconsciously plagiarizes the work of Stefan George, while dealing with several mistresses, his dim-witted brother, and a murder investigation.
JULY 22: MOTHER KUSTER’S TRIP TO HEAVEN
Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her annoying daughter-in-law thinks otherwise. The point, we soon find out, is moot: Mr. Kusters has murdered the personnel director at the soap factory where he works before committing suicide.
JULY 22: THE NIKLASHAUSEN JOURNEY
Can a small group of people start a proletarian revolution, asks the "Black Monk" in a leather jacket. The medieval shepherd, Hans Boehm, claims to have been called by the Virgin Mary to create a revolt against the church and the landowners. The "Black Monk" suggests that he would have more success if he dressed up Johanna and had her appear as the Virgin Mary
JULY 22: GODS OF THE PLAGUE
A man is released from prison and finds the society on the outside less than appealing. With several women as well as the police on his tail, he sets out to find an old friend.
JULY 22: THE AMERICAN SOLDIER
Ricky returns to Munich from Vietnam and is promptly hired as a contract killer in Fassbinder‚ subversive and experimental gangster movie.
JULY 22: RIO DAS MORTES
Michel and Guenther, working in dead-end jobs, are obsessed with going to Peru to find buried treasure, using a map of the Rio das Mortes. Michel's girlfriend, Hanna, humors their plan, but really just wants to get married.
JULY 22: FEAR OF FEAR
Based on a story by Asta Scheib, FEAR OF FEAR features Fassbinder favourite Margit Carstensen (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant) as the young mother plagued with feelings of anxiety and depression as she is left to spend her hours alone surrounded by her judgemental in-laws while her husband spends his days at work.
JULY 29: DOCTOR MORDRID
They are two beings from another dimension; two sorcerers with immeasurable powers. One has sworn to destroy the Earth; the other has vowed to protect it. Bound by hate and a mystical amulet that holds the powers of life and death, the immortal wizards will meet for the last time. Now, their battle takes on majestic proportions as Mordrid and Kabal begin their final conflict… to the death!
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