Jake West Selects

Jake West Selects

Jake West is the director of numerous horror feature films – Doghouse, Evil Aliens, Midnight Peepshow (The Black Rabbit segment), Razor Blade Smile, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, ABC’s of Death (S for Speed) and the documentary features Video Nasties: Censorship Moral Panic & Videotape, Video Nasties: Draconian Days and Mancunian Man, The Legendary Life of Cliff Twemlow.

“Putting together this list of my recommended ARROW favourites has been a bloody delight…. but also presented me with a massive dilemma. I haven’t felt such indecision to pick since the heady and good old ‘nasty’ days of browsing lurid VHS video covers In a proper independent video shop! And now I find myself back in a beautifully arcane store with a superlative horror and cult film section…how the hell do I pick favourites out of a selection this great?

So, after hours of browsing the endless treats on offer, I’ve somehow managed to boil it down. So if you also aren’t quite sure what to pick, then here’s my cross-section recommendations of stone-cold classics; video nasty gorey mayhem: retro thrills and some bizarre mind-expanding cult delights that range from brutal to hilarious, and classy to trashy. I love ‘em all! So if you’re looking for guidance or just want to take a chance you really can’t go wrong with any of these...”

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Jake West Selects
  • Basket Case

    1982 • United States • Directed by Frank Henenlotter

    The feature debut of director Frank Henenlotter (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker), 1982's Basket Case is a riotous and blood-spattered "midnight movie" experience, now presented for the first time ever in 4K.

    Duane Bradley seems like a pretty ord...

  • Hellraiser

    1987 • United Kingdom • Directed by Clive Barker

    Hedonist Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) thinks he has reached the limits of earthly pleasure. But a mysterious puzzle box will take him further than he can possibly imagine, opening the doors to a dominion where pain and pleasure are indivisible and ...

  • Deep Red

    From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red - arguably the ultimate giallo movie. One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street be...

  • Switchblade Sisters

    1977 · United States · Directed by Jack Hill

    THE WILDEST GIRL GANG THAT EVER BLASTED THE STREETS!

    From Jack Hill, legendary director of Spider Baby, Coffy, Foxy Brown, and The Swinging Cheerleaders comes another iconic cult classic, Switchblade Sisters!

    Lace (Robbie Lee), the leader of inner c...

  • The Navigator

    1988 • Australia • Directed by Vincent Ward

    Cumbria, 1348 - the year of the Black Death. Griffin, a young boy, is plagued by apocalyptic visions which he believes could save his village.
    Encouraging a small band of men to tunnel into the earth, they surface in 1980s New Zealand and a future bey...

  • Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

    1988 • United States • Directed by James Signorelli

    She’s back! Elvira, Horrorland’s hostess with the mostest, finally busts out on ARROW with her big screen debut, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark!

    Having just quit her job as a Los Angeles TV horror hostess, Elvira receives the unexpected news tha...

  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

    1972 • Italy • Directed by Emilio P. Miraglia

    An age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty and Franziska following the death of their grandfather Tobias. Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first... and are...

  • C.H.U.D.

    1984 ・ United States ・ Directed by Douglas Cheek

    From the subterranean depths it crawls! Finally making its long-awaited debut on digital, director Douglas Cheek's cult '80s favorite C.H.U.D. is the ultimate underground movie experience.

    In downtown Manhattan, a police captain's hunt for his m...

  • Re-Animator

    1985 · United States · Directed by Stuart Gordon

    A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

  • Killer Nun

    1979 • Italy • Directed by Giulio Berruti

    Aging blonde-bombshell Anita Ekberg ('La Dolce Vita', 'Pick-up Alley') gives a full-bodied performance as a sex-crazed sister with some seriously bad habits in the lurid cult classic 'Killer Nun'. One of the most notorious 'nunsploitation' films, 'Killer...