On August 19, ARROW turns subscribers over to the mercy of the animal kingdom, with a selection of films that pits man against beast. The rats reign supreme in Ben (US/CA) and Willard (US/CA), then in Night of the Bloody Apes (US/CA), a mad scientist who transplants a gorilla’s heart into his dying son, saving his life but transforming him into a monstrous, ape-like creature who embarks on a rape and murder spree before being brought to justice by a luchadora.
In The Beast in Heat (US/CA), the SS pursue their inhuman treatment of captured partisans in efforts to force them to betray their comrades, while Fraulein Krast, a sadistic biologist, concentrates her efforts on the womenfolk with refined tortures and humiliation, leaving them to the mercy of a sex-crazed half-man, half-beast she has created with experimental injections. And as advancing Allied forces approach the village, Krast herself becomes a victim of her own fiendish rituals.
In Meridian (UK/US/CA/IRE), Catherine returns to her family castle in Italy after her father’s death and gets caught in a love triangle between a man and a creature of the night. With the help of her nanny and a ghost of a young girl, Catherine discovers a curse that threatens their lives.
The carnage continues with August 19th’s Season: Tooth and Claw (UK/US/CA/IRE).
Snapping teeth, deadly stingers, razor-sharp claws, leathery wings, furry death grips and even slimy trails all over you – the animals of the ARROW menagerie are gross and deadly, and Tooth and Claw is a curated Season full of all of the critters that you’d least like to meet vying for your attention and probably the meat off of your bones too.
Rampant apes, gnawing rats, flapping blood-sucking bats, slithering constricting snakes, brutal bears, hungry sharks, caustic jellyfish, killer crocs — and even a chihuahua with a seniority complex — it’s dangerous out there, so best to just stay inside with us and watch everyone else get ripped apart… when animals attack!
Titles include: Sting of Death, Mighty Peking Man, Meridian, Reptile House.
August 26 tops off the month with four films exclusively for North American subscribers: the psychological cat-and-mouse duology Running Out of Time, featuring hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-sang (Lau Ching-wan, Black Mask, Mad Detective) in a race against time against master criminals. They are joined by the necrophiliac nightmare The Corpse of Anna Fritz and the gristly slasher Dead Kids.
For the final August Season, ARROW turned over the curation to restoration heroes Vinegar Syndrome, giving them the keys to Arrow’s vaults to put together a collection of their favourite films on the service. So, here is Vinegar Syndrome co-founder Joe Rubin with a half-dozen of his top picks: all now showing on ARROW. Take it away, Joe!
“From the bounty of riches offered here, I’ve selected a few favourites, Each of these films is not only a standout in its genre, but a masterful piece of exploitation/horror filmmaking.”
Titles include: The Witch Who Came from the Sea, The Child, Toys are Not for Children, The Baby.
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