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Twins of Evil (NR) (Blu-ray)

Synapse Films

Synapse Films continues its run of releasing the best long-forgotten genre classics, most notably in its Hammer Horror Collection line. Hammer Films was the No. 1 studio for inventive, gory and bosomy gothic horror in the '60s and '70s. Twins of Evil was Hammer's follow-up to its astoundingly popular The Vampire Lovers and Lust for a Vampire, loosely based on the Carmilla novels by Sheridan Le Fanu. A pair of twin orphan girls are sent to live with their ultra-puritan uncle, and rebellion ensues, thanks mostly to the erotic sway of local vampire Count Karnstein. Synapse's special edition Blu-ray is a true collector's piece for fans of these classic British genre works. — Louis Fowler

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Cinematic Titanic Live: Rattlers (NR)


Finally! After an interminable wait, the cast and crew of Cinematic Titanic (made up of the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000) are back with their most hilarious B-movie riff yet, a raucous take on the 1976 nature-gone-amok atrocity Rattlers. The film finds a milquetoast herpetologist and a vapid photographer tracking down, in the most half-assed way possible, the cause of the deadly behavioral changes in the titular Southwestern snakes. As with most of these Cinematic Titanic riff-jobs, the quips and one-liners are the real stars, begging for constant use of the pause button so you don't miss the next joke over the sound of your own laughter. — Louis Fowler

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Scalene (NR)

Breaking Glass Pictures (releases July 31)

Scalene stars Justified's Emmy-winning Margo Martindale as the mother of a special-needs son who gradually comes unraveled when an act of violence throws her parenting into question. Hanna Hall stands out as a college-age caregiver whose concern for the boy's safety morphs into a bizarre obsession, while Adam Scarimbolo does troubled Jakob justice and shades the character just enough to wonder how exactly events got to the heated pitch of the opening. But the true star is Martindale. Her character, Janice, comes into focus only when the whole story is told, and she makes Janice's journey one of surprising intrigue and tragedy. — Justin Strout

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