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10 of the best Arrow Video Blu-ray releases in 2022

Whether you want to drown in gore or discover the arthouse, these Arrow Blu-rays are the ideal addition to your collection

Like a mafia don running for Senate, Arrow Video has spent the past decade getting respectable. Long the prime purveyors of gory slasher flicks and exploitation romps, the decades old horror imprint has branched out into provocative arthouse fare, long-forgotten Czech New Wave masterpieces and even films that dip their toe into the mainstream. 

But just like that mafioso, this team of cineastes can still revel in a bit of the old ultraviolence. And if this year’s release schedule of Blu-Rays is anything to go by, it’s deftly balancing the buckets of gore it cut its teeth on with the seedier end of the art world. 

Horror hound? Cine-snob? No matter your predilection these are some of the finest films Arrow has on its release slate in 2022. 

Enter The Void: Limited Edition

Format: Blu-Ray

Whether you think director Gaspar Noe is the world’s leading enfant terrible or a purveyor of pointless juvenilia, he's one of the most distinctive filmmakers alive today. France’s king of avant-garde schlock hit the peak of his cult fandom with Enter The Void, the tale of a disembodied spirit wafting through a neon-drenched city, all shot from a first-person perspective. It’s an actively infuriating watch, but no one could claim it was unoriginal. 

Enter The Void: Limited Edition will release on Monday 30 May and is available to pre-order now

Candyman: Limited Edition

Format: 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray

After the well-received 2021 remake of Candyman, flurries of people are revisiting Bernard Rose’s original to see how it compares. What they’ll find is a film that, like all of Rose’s work, takes an exploitation premise and transforms it into a multidimensional, probing and downright terrifying tale of racism in the past and the modern day.

Candyman: Limited Edition will release on Monday 23 May and is available to pre-order now

Wild Things 

Format: Blu-Ray

In a film industry which has grown increasingly squeamish about sexual content, Wild Things feels like a lecherous uncle creeping through your bedroom window. Starring Matt Dillon, Denise Richards, Neve Campbell and Kevin Bacon, this erotic thriller sizzles with sleaze and eroticism. It's also utterly ludicrous, but underrate it at your peril. As a neo-noir it’s crammed with a rollercoaster’s worth of twists and turns, and should be at the top of every discerning film lover's 'guilty pleasure' list. 

Wild Things: Limited Edition will release on Monday 23 May and is available to pre-order now

Girls Nite Out

Format: Blu-Ray

This wouldn’t be an Arrow Video round-up without some full-blown trash, so let’s welcome exploitation-slasher nonsense Girls Nite Out to the fold. Tone deaf, excessively violent and all-round troubling, this tale of American co-eds on a campus-wide scavenger hunt is the kind of campy fodder that Arrow made its name with. Long may it continue to unleash these blood-stained 80s relics onto an unknowing public. 

Girls Nite Out will release on Monday 16 May and is available to pre-order now

Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer

Format: 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray

Controversial on its release in 1986, this real-life account of mass murderer Henry Lee Lucas has lost none of its capacity to shock. Grungy, brutal and disturbing, John McNaughton never quite surpassed this uncompromising journey into the mind of psychopath. 

Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer: Limited Edition is available now

The Hills Have Eyes

Format: 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray

Long before Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream, Wes Craven was pushing the envelope in indie film with The Hills Have Eyes, a grungy and tension-splattered story of a group of friends chased the desert by freaky-looking cannibals. Craven was still finessing his filmmaking style with this one, but its exploration of psychopathy and the human condition make it a rough gem. An imperfect sign of things to come for the grandfather of modern horror. 

The Hills Have Eyes Ultra HD is available now

Death Screams

Format: Blu-Ray

A relatively unknown low-budget slasher, Death Screams is a classic slice of schlock, unravelling the age-old yarn of high school sweethearts slashed to pieces by a maniacal killer. Expect a savage body count, generous peeks of nudity and a blood bank's helping of gore. 

Death Screams is out now

Robocop

Format: 4K Ultra HD

Despite having its reputation tarnished with a slew of shoddy sequels, Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop remains an overlooked satire of modern American values. Peppering gallows humour through a bleak dystopian landscape, this tale of a cyborg policeman cleaning up the city one perp at a time is deeper than its comic book surface. 

Robocop: Limited Edition is out now

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Format: 4K Ultra HD

Kenneth Branagh’s having something of a renaissance with Belfast and his star-turn in Death On The Nile, so there’s no better time to revisit his adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a star-studded chiller featuring Robert De Niro and Helena Bonham Carter. Taking its cues from the original novel, as opposed to its 1930s Universal iteration, this isn’t as faithful to the book as it’d have you believe, but it is a lot of fun. 

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is out now

Coach To Vienna

Format: Blu-Ray

Banned before it could be released in 1966, Kočár do Vídně’s Coach To Vienna is a gruelling meditation on the horrors of war. The film sees a Czech widow abducted by two German soldiers and forced into ferrying them across the border as the Second World War stumbles to an end, but this woman isn't all that she seems. Exploring the degradation of the soul in wartime, this is a masterpiece that, despite languishing in censorship hell for almost 20 years, has endured as a stirring anti-war tract. 

Coach to Vienna is out now

Attribution/author: Kevin Fullerton

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