The Salvation Group, creator of the Redemption, Sacrament, Jezebel, and Purgatory film labels, is planning to bring to Blu-ray a number of cult films in the coming months, including Martin Campbell's The Sex Thief (1974), Jean Rollin's Zombie Lake (1981), and Jess Franco's Oasis of the Zombies (1982). Below are the titles that have been already announced for release:
Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Golden Eye) directs this sexy 1970s comedy following the exploits of a masked man (David Warbeck) who seduces his willing victims - and the two bungling policemen who can't seem to catch him. The ribald crime romp, which marked Campbell's directorial debut, also stars Jennifer Westbrook, Gloria Walker and Michael Armstrong (who also co-wrote the screenplay). Street date: January 22.
In a small lakeside town, young women are disappearing without a trace. The superstitious locals blame "The Lake of Ghosts", because of the lake's haunting past, but the town's mayor (Howard Vernon) seems reluctant, or powerless to take any action. When another woman is found dead near the lake, with her throat ripped out, a reporter comes to town and soon discovers that the lake harbors a terrible secret dating back to World War II. It is then a group of local Resistance fighters take action against a troop of Nazi zombie soldiers invading their town, as they have come back from the dead. And now, whenever the waters at Zombie Lake are disturbed, the dead will rise. Directed by Jean Rollin. Street date: February 26.
Robert, a student at an English university, receives word of his father's unexpected death and returns home to Africa. While reading his father's dairies, Robert learns of the obsession that led to his death: $6,000,000 in Nazi gold that remains buried at an oasis in the Sahara desert, protected by the restless, rotting souls who died protecting it. Using his inheritance, Robert bands together with three fellow students to wrest the unclaimed fortune from the dunes of the dead. Directed by Jess Franco. Street date: February 26.
This sexual cocktail of Austin Powers-type kitsch is based on a story from the popular sixties magazine Zeta. Following a game of strip poker, blonde bombshell Ann Olsen (Yutte Stensgaard from Hammer's Lust for a Vampire) learns that Special Agent James Word (Robin Hawdon) is investigating Public Enemy No. 1, Major Bourden (James Robertson Justice). With the assistance of the nerdy Swyne (Carry On regular Charles Hawtrey), Bourdon is investigating a race of sexy, scantily clad super women, led by the shapely Zeta (Dawn Addams). It seems that attractive young women are being abducted from Earth and then brainwashed into serving Zeta, all wearing kinky, fetishistic outfits. Bourdon's plan is to track down Zeta and her seductive sirens and become their new ruler. Directed by Michael Cort. Street date: March 19.
Two strangers who wreck their cars on a rural highway during a storm take refuge in a mansion. A doctor (James Harris), who has left an unconscious woman, Susan (the striking Rita Calderoni), in his car walks in to discover depravities behind every door when Susan suddenly appears, dressed in a flowing gown and acting as if they were old friends. The next morning, Susan wakes up in his car and enters the mansion to find a leering aristocrat, his snaggle-toothed servant, and the doctor dressed as a count and acting like a decadent dilettante. It's as if the two exist in parallel universes, confronted with ghost versions of one another in a portal to the past controlled by a devilish hedonist. Director Luigi Batzella deftly combines the weirdly stylized horror and out-and-out exploitation for a film dripping in eerie mood and nightmare imagery and the handsome production is unexpectedly compelling and unsettling. Directed by Luigi Batzella. Street date: March 19.
In this Gallic gala of forbidden love, two curious young women (Joelle Coeur and Gilda Stark) on a trip in the countryside end up in a seemingly abandoned house that's also occupied by some jewel thieves. The gals are tied up and held captive by the crooks, who think they've stolen some of the loot.Directed by Jean Rollin. Street date: March 19th.
Note: Also planned for release are: Jean Rollin's La nuit des traquées a.k.a The Night of the Hunted (1980), starring Brigitte Lahaie, Vincent Gardère and Dominique Journet, and Les raisins de la mort a.k.a The Grapes of Death (1978), starring Marie-Georges Pascal, Félix Marten and Serge Marquand.
The Zombie Lake cover is pretty ridiculous, considering the zombies in the flick look nothing like that. Then again, Redemption does have a time-honored tradition of misrepresenting the films it puts out with their cover artwork...
Oh dear, I haven't even seen either of the zombie flicks and I know they're all wrong! The other Franco blu-rays from Redemption seem to have had decent covers. I assume they're trying to trick zombie fanatics into getting these...
My point is that it seems like Redemption is actually trying to trick folks into buying it that would never otherwise, and will likely hate it - folks who are fans of modern direct-to-vid zombie flicks like War of the Dead. It doesn't seem much different to me than what Asylum does with slop like Transmorphers & Abraham Lincoln Zombie Whatever. I had sort of thought that Kino was above that. Here's hoping this is just a dumb move on Redemption's part & not a dumb AND desperate one.