ARROW ENTERS THE VOID
IN JUNE, ARROW UNLEASHES A GASPER NOÉ DOUBLE BILL, TRANCERS TIMES SIX, CAMPUS CARNAGE, SLASHER MAYHEM AND MORE!
Key highlights this JUNE on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include two films from controversial auteur GASPER NOÉ, an hypnotic indie horror debut, six - yes SIX TRANCERS films and a pair of gory horror masterworks, classic western DJANGO, LUCIO FULCI, VINEGAR SYNDROME and AGFA craziness, and much more...
In June, two films from Gaspar Noé, the arch provocateur of New French Extremity. First up, he blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction in Lux Æterna, his ode to the suffering and sacrifices involved in the creation of art, starring French cinema icons Charlotte Gainsbourg (Ismael’s Ghosts, Antichrist) and Béatrice Dalle (Betty Blue, Inside) as the lead actress and the director of an experimental film about witches. A powerful, hypnotic assault on the senses like no other, it cements Noé’s position as one of the most incendiary voices in cinema today. Also showing is ENTER THE VOID, a hallucinatory meditation on life, death and rebirth, shot entirely in the first person, with Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta (The Limits of Control) as American siblings eking out a shared existence in Tokyo, struck by tragedy. Described by Noé himself as a “psychedelic melodrama”, ENTER THE VOID offers viewers an immersive cinematic experience like no other.
June sees the premiere of THE RIGHTEOUS, a brooding occult horror with echoes of Bergman and Pasolini, that insinuates its way beneath the skin by way of an intelligent script, taut direction, and strong performances. Set amongst the bleak and forbidding landscapes of Newfoundland, crisply captured in tenebrous monochrome, and featuring robust performances from all its cast members, writer and actor Mark O'Brien (Ready or Not) pulls no punches as he confronts grief, guilt, faith and atonement in his remarkable directorial debut. This sombre supernatural chiller builds to a memorable crescendo, and signals the emergence of a major new filmmaking talent.
Also in June, ARROW presents a pair of Italian cult classics - the definitive spaghetti western, DJANGO, with Franco Nero (Keoma, The Fifth Cord) giving career-defining performance as a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. Director Sergio Corbucci (The Great Silence) upped the ante for sadism and sensationalism in westerns, depicting machine-gun massacres, mud-fighting prostitutes and savage mutilations; and Sergio Martino’s sensational serial killer slasher favourite TORSO, starring Suzy Kendall as college student in peril.
ALSO SHOWING: Lucio Fulci’s superb horror The Psychic; terror in the corridors in the 80s slasher gem Hell High, and blood on Aisle 8 in the gruesome supermarket shocker Intruder; reggae crime classic The Harder The Come, and much more…
JUNE RELEASE CALENDAR
New Titles – From June 1
● Trancers II
● Trancers III: Deth Lives
● Trancers 4: Jack of Swords
● Trancers 5: Sudden Deth
● Trancers 6
● The Psychic
● Hell High
New Titles – From June 3
● Lux Æterna
New Titles – From June 10
● Enter the Void
● The Righteous
New Titles – From June 13
New Titles – From June 17
● Blood Dolls
● The Harder They Come
New Titles – From June 20
New Seasons this June
From June 1:
The Art of Cult
Here at ARROW we have been championing Cult for over twenty years. We love everything that’s interesting and alternative in film and TV and we think you will too. We’re going to show you what you’ve been missing. We’re going to show you that Cult is not just horror, it’s about alternative storytelling and iconic film-making. It’s about viewing that challenges you and that is not like what anyone else is offering.
So, dig into The Art of Cult and see the spectrum of what Cult is, what it can be, and what it means to us. This carefully curated collection will contain some familiar faces and work from legendary directors, but you will also see that we aim to keep you on your toes too with entertainment from all over the world that is as likely to straight up shock, surprise or delight you as it is to boggle, blow or expand your mind.
Titles include: Children of the Corn, The Hills Have Eyes, The Stylist, Ringu
The Trancers Collection
JACK DETH IS BACK. AND HE’S NEVER EVEN BEEN HERE BEFORE.
Featuring all six films in the franchise, come along with ARROW and time-travelling 23rd-century cop, Jack Deth, on a mission to put a stop to the zombie-like Trancers in the sci-fi action six-pack: The Trancers Collection.
Titles include: Trancers, Trancers III: Deth Lives, Trancers 5: Sudden Deth
From June 6:
The Vinegar Syndrome Collection
We love Vinegar Syndrome. You can tell from the fact that we have (so far) got four volumes of their films up on ARROW. To make your lives (and your ability to watch all of these brilliant and bonkers movies) easier, we have collected together the contents of all four individual volumes here, in the best place ever, THE VINEGAR SYNDROME COLLECTION.
Vinegar Syndrome restores and distributes genre and underground films, mostly those produced between the 60s and 80s, to ensure that these kinds of movies - that would typically be neglected or at the back of the line when it comes to film preservation - aren’t lost to the passage and ravage of time and the dreaded “vinegar syndrome”: the chemical reaction that destroys celluloid film.
Now you have a one-stop-shop on ARROW for all of their screw-loose slices of saved-from-slaughter celluloid that makes it easy peasy to mainline all the underground genre films that will have you questioning your sanity that you can take: THE VINEGAR SYNDROME COLLECTION.
Titles include: Avenging Angel, The Passing, Star Time, Sweet Sugar
From June 10:
I Think You Should Leave
We all want to be hospitable. We don’t want to come across as rude. We don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. But, sometimes we’re prisoners of our own manners and our politeness can turn deadly. And end... badly.
We’ve all been there. You’re invited to stay with an old weird friend and you should have said “Thanks, but no thanks” and bailed. You realise too late that the kid you were going to let stay with you because his whole previous family died mysteriously is obviously evil. You take one look at the clearly murder-friendly house you inherited, the castle full of suspiciously seductive people with pointy teeth, or the small town full of rednecks your car runs out of gas in and should have said “You know what? I’ll get a hotel”. Or maybe a stranger or two turned up at your doorstep, or some killer gnomes crashed your birthday party, and you found yourself wishing you had just politely, yet firmly, asked them to turn around and move on.
Well, next time you are invited to go somewhere you don’t think you should, or someone suss is playing on your kindness to outstay a welcome or take advantage of your civility, remember our advice - before someone ends up getting hurt or ends up getting put in the ground: “I think you should leave.” This is a season where nobody heeds that advice and look what happens to them.
Collection includes: The Righteous, The Bloodhound, Two Thousand Maniacs, Shiver of the Vampire
From June 16:
Should Have Seen it Coming
Sometimes, no matter the strength of the psychic's powers, they can't stop something awful from happening or even foresee their own impending doom. When you can see the future with the power of your mind though - and you still manage to end up putting yourself or your friends on the butcher's block - you really Should Have Seen It Coming.
Titles include: Dark August, The Premonition, Death Has Blue Eyes, Psychic Killer
From June 20:
The AGFA Collection
With three volumes of AGFA films, as well as an AGFA Selects, you can probably tell that we are massive fans of the American Genre Film Archive here at ARROW.
To save you searching three places for an AGFA movie, and to show off just how many of them we have, AND to celebrate everything they do and how much we love them, welcome to The AGFA Collection - a singular season of all our crazy cult crackers from the Texan preservers of the legacy of genre movies.
Titles include: Bat Pussy, Who Killed Captain Alex, She Mob, The Zodiac Killer
JUNE TITLES - IN DEPTH
JUNE 1: TRANCERS
Jack Deth is a cop from the bleak Los Angeles of the future in 2247. He's become obsessed with chasing Whistler - an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert people into zombie like creatures known as Trancers. Whistler has managed to escape through time travel and is loose in 1980s L.A. but Deth is on his trail.
JUNE 1: TRANCERS II
Los Angeles, 1991. It's been six years since Jack Deth wiped out the last of the zombie-like Trancers - Jack has rebuilt his life with new wife Lena and his old buddy, Hap. Now Jack's got a strange feeling in his gut - and Jack's sixth sense proves him right when he discovers a Trancer at Hap's place. Jack's vacation is over. He's back to Trancer-hunting and must find the source of the Trancers.
JUNE 1: TRANCERS III: DETH LIVES
Jack, beginning to get his life back, is time-jacked back to 2247 to save Angel City from a new wave of Trancers. His mission - find the origin of this new wave of Trancers and end it. Jack learns that the new Trancer program is government sponsored. With R.J. and Shark, a crystal powered cyborg, Deth will have to find a way inside the Trancer program and shut it down - for good!
JUNE 1: TRANCERS 4: JACK OF SWORDS
Jack is back to the future. Having since lost Lena, he finds he's lost his other wife Alice to Harris. While heading out for another assignment, something goes wrong with the TCL chamber. Jack finds himself in a whole new, more dangerous dimension and runs across a different version of the zombie-like Trancers who have total control of this new planet.
JUNE 1: TRANCERS 5: SUDDEN DETH
Welcome Jack back for another round with the Trancers; he must find his way home from the other-dimensional world of Orpheus, where magic works and the Trancers are the ruling class. However, Jack's quest to find the mystical Tiamond in the Castle of Unrelenting Terror may be thwarted by the return of Caliban, king of the Trancers who was thought dead.
JUNE 1: TRANCERS 6
Jack Deth is back - travelling back in time and into the body of his own daughter, Josephine, on a mission to save her life and save the world from the most lethal Trancers yet. Jack/Jo must adapt and survive being a girl while avoiding many assassination attempts by more powerful and dangerous zombie-like Trancers than he's ever faced beforeÖthe saga continues!
JUNE 1: TORSO
A sex maniac is prowling the streets of Perugia, targeting the picturesque university town's female students. Alarmed at the plummeting life expectancy of the student body, Jane (Suzy Kendall, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and her three friends elope to a secluded country villa - only to discover that, far from having left the terror behind, they've brought it with them!
JUNE 1: THE PSYCHIC
The Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci, returns to the giallo genre to direct his fourth horrifying whodunit, The Psychic. Jennifer O'Neill (Scanners) stars as Virginia, a psychic since childhood, who has become tormented by terrifying recurring waking visions and soon discovers that they are actually petrifying previews of deaths to come. The Psychic, aka Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes' score also features the piece of music Seven Notes in Black used by Fulci fan Quentin Tarantino in Kill Bill Vol. 1.
JUNE 1: HELL HIGH
Teenage kicks take a decidedly dark turn in director Douglas Grossman’s Hell High – a twisted tale of delinquency pushed to its horrifying extreme, where Class of 1984 meets I Spit on Your Grave!
When high school football hero Jon-Jon (Breaking Bad’s Christopher Cousins) quits the team, he winds up falling in with a group of outcasts led by the sadistic Dickens (played to unhinged perfection by the late Christopher Stryker). With a willing new recruit in tow, the gang’s youthful hijinks soon spiral into a night of abject horror when they decide to play a cruel prank on the home of their teacher Miss Storm – who, unbeknownst to the youngsters, harbors a dark and tormented past.
JUNE 3: LUX ÆTERNA
Gaspar Noé, the arch provocateur of New French Extremity responsible for Irreversible and Enter the Void, blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction in Lux Æterna, his ode to the suffering and sacrifices involved in the creation of art. French cinema icons Charlotte Gainsbourg (Ismael’s Ghosts, Antichrist) and Béatrice Dalle (Betty Blue, Inside), playing themselves, star as the lead actress and the director of an experimental film about witches. But as preparations for the shoot get underway, the increasingly chaotic production slowly unravels as egos and bitter resentments rise to the surface, threatening to derail the entire enterprise. Shot over just five days and largely improvised by the superlative cast, Lux Æterna is a powerful, hypnotic assault on the senses like no other, cementing Noé’s position as one of the most incendiary voices in cinema today.
JUNE 10: ENTER THE VOID
Eight years after the controversial and shocking Irreversible, director Gaspar Noé cemented his reputation as the enfant terrible of New French Extremity with perhaps his most challenging film to date – a hallucinatory meditation on life, death and rebirth, shot entirely in the first person. American siblings Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) and Linda (Paz de la Huerta, The Limits of Control) eke out a shared existence in Tokyo – he by dealing drugs, she by working as a stripper. However, tragedy strikes when a deal turns sour and Oscar is shot by the police. As his lifeless body lies on the floor of a public toilet, his soul floats high above the neon-drenched Tokyo streets, observing the effect of his death on his sister and reliving the events in his life that brought him to this juncture. Described by Noé himself as a “psychedelic melodrama”, Enter the Void boasts mesmerising cinematography by the award-winning Benoît Debie (Climax, Spring Breakers) and a hypnotic soundtrack of experimental and electronic music. Powerful and transcendent, it offers viewers an immersive cinematic experience like no other.
JUNE 10: THE RIGHTEOUS
A brooding occult horror with echoes of Bergman and Pasolini, The Righteous insinuates its way beneath the skin by way of an intelligent script, taut direction, and strong performances. Writer and actor Mark O'Brien (Ready or Not) pulls no punches as he confronts grief, guilt, faith and atonement in his remarkable directorial debut.
A former priest, Frederic Mason (Henry Czerny), anguished by the tragic death of his young daughter, finds himself wrestling with his religious convictions when a mysterious young man (Mark O’Brien) appears wounded on his doorstop in need of assistance. After he and his wife Ethel (Mimi Kuzyk) welcome him across the threshold and into their household, Frederic sees an opportunity for redemption in this mysterious and troubled lost soul, who might just be an emissary from God, or maybe the Devil...
Set amongst the bleak and forbidding landscapes of Newfoundland, crisply captured in tenebrous monochrome by cinematographer Scott McClellan, and featuring robust performances from all its cast members, THE RIGHTEOUS is a sombre supernatural chiller that builds to a memorable crescendo, and signals the emergence of a major new filmmaking talent.
JUNE 13: INTRUDER
Ace check-out girl, Jennifer, has a deranged ex-boyfriend who's fresh out of prison. When he appears outside, weird things start happening. The phone lines are cut, and the night crew starts dying...one by one, in the most gruesome ways imaginable. An ex-cop is trying to find out who the killer is and what possessed him to start the bloody rampage. But is it the ex-boyfriend...or is it someone or something else?
JUNE 17: BLOOD DOLLS
Virgil is an eccentric freak...a brilliant billionaire whose mask conceals a horrific secret. He finds amusement in his personal ‘house band’...four beautiful rock and roll girls-in-a-cage who play on command. He’s also a ‘biological inventor’. His latest creations, the BLOOD DOLLS! They are obedient little creatures with deadly features who will seek his revenge on those who wronged him.
JUNE 17: THE HARDER THEY COME
Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.
JUNE 20: DJANGO
In this definitive spaghetti western, Franco Nero (Keoma, The Fifth Cord) gives a career-defining performance as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. After saving imperilled prostitute Maria (Loredana Nusciak), Django becomes embroiled in a brutal feud between a racist gang and a band of Mexican revolutionaries... With Django, director Sergio Corbucci (The Great Silence) upped the ante for sadism and sensationalism in westerns, depicting machine-gun massacres, mud-fighting prostitutes and savage mutilations. A huge hit with international audiences, Django's brand of bleak nihilism would be repeatedly emulated in a raft of unofficial sequels.
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