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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon, Vol. 2'

Dennis King Published: October 28, 2013

This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:

“Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon, Vol. 2”

Just in time for Halloween, a quartet of hard-to-find, Z-grade horror flicks hits the video shelves with “Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon, Vol.2” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

These four low-budget fright movies from the 1980s and early ‘90s have long been gathering dust in the studio vaults, but now they’re available in a two-disc package to deliver a few snarky trick-or-treat laughs and to help knowing horror fans celebrate All Hallows Eve.

The package includes:

“The Dungeonmaster” (a.k.a. “Ragewar”), 1984. A demonic wizard challenges a brilliant young computer programmer to a battle of sorcery versus technology, with the life of the programmer’s girlfriend depending on the outcome.

“Cellar Dweller,” 1988. A 1930s horror comic-book artist dies a fiery death in his studio. Years later, the studio, now an arts academy, is home to a promising young female artist who inadvertently revives one of the dead cartoonist’s drawings depicting a monstrous murderer from the past. Features an appearance by old-school Hollywood star Yvonne De Carlo.

“Catacombs,” 1988. An ancient demon known as the Beast of the Apocalypse has been trapped beneath a monastery for 400 years. But when an American priest and a beautiful young teacher uncover the diabolical spell keeping the demon down, the unholy terror is released.

“Contamination .7,” 1993. When radioactive waste from a local nuclear plant turns trees into man-eating monsters, a newspaper reporter investigates and rallies villages to fight the carnivorous trees to the death.

“Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon, Vol. 2” is rated R and runs 325 minutes on two discs. It’s being released by Shout! Factory.

- Dennis King