DVD & Blu-ray Releases: April 5, 2016

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: April 5, 2016


 

Parasyte – Maxim Collection 1 [Blu-ray]

Starring: Brittney Karbowski

 

Synopsis: It’s the ultimate nightmare. One minute Shinichi Izumi is a normal teenager asleep in his bed. The next he’s been infected with a deadly parasitic organism determined to devour his brain and turn his body into the planet Earth’s new apex predator. But Shinichi partially foils the attack and, instead of being consumed, finds that the creature known as Migi has taken the place of his right hand. Now forced to share the same body, the two must become unwilling allies. Migi isn’t the only one of his kind, and unless human and parasyte work together, they’ll both be killed as abominations. Prepare yourself for a horrifying new world where the survival of the fittest and the survival of the human race are no longer the same thing. Monsters lurk behind every corner and every face as the human race becomes prey in PARASYTE – THE MAXIM!

 

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Parasyte – Maxim Collection 1 [Blu-ray]

Starring: Brittney Karbowski

 

Synopsis: It’s the ultimate nightmare. One minute Shinichi Izumi is a normal teenager asleep in his bed. The next he’s been infected with a deadly parasitic organism determined to devour his brain and turn his body into the planet Earth’s new apex predator. But Shinichi partially foils the attack and, instead of being consumed, finds that the creature known as Migi has taken the place of his right hand. Now forced to share the same body, the two must become unwilling allies. Migi isn’t the only one of his kind, and unless human and parasyte work together, they’ll both be killed as abominations. Prepare yourself for a horrifying new world where the survival of the fittest and the survival of the human race are no longer the same thing. Monsters lurk behind every corner and every face as the human race becomes prey in PARASYTE – THE MAXIM!

 

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Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli (4-Disc Limited Edition Boxset) [Blu-ray + DVD] (includes Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight)

Starring: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simon Andreu

 

Synopsis: Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early 70s, Luciano Ercoli s Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril.

 

In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.

 

Returning in Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss – forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone.

 

Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli s Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma s early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).

 

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

 

Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight

Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)

Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks

Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS

 

Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas

Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi

Newly-edited archive interview with director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro

Master of Giallo brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks on High Heels and offers up his thoughts as to what constitutes a good giallo

An interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani

Original Italian trailer

Original English trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT

 

Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas

Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi

Extended TV version of the feature [105 mins]

Crime Does Pay brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks at Midnight and a career script-writing crime films

Desperately Seeking Susan a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

 

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The Hallow [Blu-ray]

Starring: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton

 

Synopsis: A family moves to a remote house in rural Ireland and finds themselves in a fight for survival with an ancient evil living in the secluded woods.

 

Special Features Include:

-Audio commentary with director Corin Hardy

-“Surviving the Fairytale: The Making of “The Hallow””

-Behind-the-Scenes: “The Story”

-Behind-the-Scenes: “Influence”

-Behind-the-Scenes: “Practical F/X”

-Director’s storyboards gallery

-Director’s sketchbook gallery

-“The Book of Invasions” original illustrations gallery

-Creature concepts gallery

-Theatrical Trailer

 

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Hammer Film Collection – Volume Two – 6 Films

Starring: Peter Cushing, Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Donald Sutherland, Julie Ege

 

Synopsis: Don’t Make a Sound or Turn Around!

 

 

For more than four decades, Hammer Films unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination!

 

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

Starring: Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn

Peter Cushing reprises his famous role as Baron Victor Frankenstein in this horror classic. Rescued from the guillotine by his devoted dwarf Fritz, the Baron relocates and becomes Dr. Stein. Under the guise of charity work, he continues his gruesome experiments, this time transplanting Fritz’s brain into his latest creation: a normal, healthy body.

 

The Snorkel (1958)

 

Starring: Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller, Grégoire Aslan

 

Paul Decker arranges the perfect murder of his wife. Lightly drugging her into unconsciousness, he then seals the room and fills it with gas appearing to be a suicide while he hides beneath the floorboards using a diving snorkel to breath air from the outside. But he didn’t plan for his suspicious stepdaughter in this kill or be killed thriller!

 

Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)

 

Starring: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis

 

A serious and horrifying chiller about a small town terrorized by an elderly child molester luring young girls into his mansion with sweets, but no official will stop the perverse man because of his powerful family until it’s too late.

 

Maniac (1963)

 

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse

 

While vacationing in France, an American artist becomes romantically involved with an older woman, Eve, while also attracted to her teenage stepdaughter, Annette. Pulled between them, a plot is hatched to free Eve’s husband from jail but Eve has a different plan in mind.

 

Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

 

Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Donald Sutherland

 

Young Pat Carroll (Powers) goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead). There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son. 

 

 

Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

 

Starring: Julie Ege, Tony Bonner, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Robert John

 

Set in the Stone Age, this singular film has almost no dialogue – the people speak in grunts – but it is strangely effective. Focused on a tribe of cavemen, a pair of twin brothers become rivals for leadership of the tribe following the impact of a devastating earthquake.

 

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Creep

Starring: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass

 

Synopsis: Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: “$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.” Low on cash and full of naivete?, he decides to go for it. He drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef (Mark Duplass), his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heart- felt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef is not who he says, and his intentions are not at all pure. The directorial debut of Patrick Brice and produced by Jason Blum (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, INSIDIOUS) and Mark Duplass (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED), CREEP’s intense interplay between its two protagonists upends expectations at every turn.

 

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Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

Starring: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli

 

Synopsis: Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe s classic tale The Black Cat , Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, from director Sergio Martino (Torso), weaves the key motifs from Poe s gothic yarn into one of the most sensual films from the Golden era of giallo.

 

Luigi Pistilli (Milano Calibro 9, A Bay of Blood) plays writer Oliviero, an abrasive drunk who amuses himself by holding drunken orgies at his grand country manor much to the displeasure of his long-suffering wife (Anita Strindberg). But this decadence is soon rocked by a series of grisly murders, in which Oliviero finds himself implicated.

 

Notable for giving screen starlet Edwige Fenech her first bad girl role, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, with its many unexpected twists and turns, is just as bewitching as its title would suggest.

 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

 

Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative

Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD mono audio

English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

Through the Keyhole a brand new interview with director Sergio Martino

Unveiling the Vice making-of retrospective featuring interviews with Martino, star Edwige

Fenech and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi

Dolls of Flesh and Blood: The Gialli of Sergio Martino a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the director s unique contributions to the giallo genre

The Strange Vices of Ms. Fenech film historian Justin Harries on the Your Vice actress prolific career

Eli Roth on Your Vice and the genius of Martino

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

 

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#Horror

Starring:  Chloe Sevigny, Timothy Hutton, Balthazar Getty

 

Synopsis: You’ve got followers… cyberbullying goes offline. #Horror follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real. Chloe Sevigny (American Horror Story, American Psycho) leads an ensemble cast that includes Timothy Hutton (American Crime, The Dark Half) and Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Taryn Manning. This chiller, inspired by a shocking true story, is written and directed by actress/designer Tara Subkoff (The Cell, The Last Days Of Disco).

 

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Cherry Tree [Blu-ray]

Starring: Naomi Battrick, Anna Walton

 

Synopsis: Faith s world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her new hockey coach, Faith has no idea that Sissy is the head of a witches coven that has resided in her home town of Orchard for centuries.  Using the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a bloody ritual, the witches can bring the dead and dying back to life, and when Sissy offers to cure Faith s father, she lures the young woman into a dangerous deal that will leave her fighting for her life.

 

CHERRY TREE is the sexy, gory and haunting new film by David Keating, the critically acclaimed director of Wake Wood.

 

 

Special Features:

Making of, Trailer

 

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The Black Cat (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

 

Starring: Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck

 

Synopsis: From Italy s own Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci (Zombie, The Gates of Hell) comes The Black Cat a gruesome reimagining of the classic Edgar Allan Poe tale starring Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and Mimsy Farmer (The Perfume of the Lady in Black).

 

When a young couple goes missing in a sleepy English village, Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck, The Beyond) is brought in to assist on the case. But what starts off as routine investigation turns into a murder inquiry when the couple are found dead in mysterious circumstances.

 

Fusing a classically gothic atmosphere with the decidedly more visceral elements that are the hallmark of Fulci s films, The Black Cat is a too-often overlooked and underrated entry in the Italian master filmmaker s canon.

 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

 

Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative

Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD mono audio

Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

Brand new audio commentary by filmmaker and Fangoria editor Chris Alexander

From Poe into Fulci: The Spirit of Perverseness film historian Stephen Thrower on Fulci s Poe-tinged classic

In the Paw-Prints of The Black Cat a look at the original Black Cat locations

Frightened Dagmar a brand new career interview with actress Dagmar Lassander

At Home with David Warbeck an archive interview with the Black Cat star

Original Theatrical Trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

 

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Exit 14

Starring: Tom Sizemore, John Schneider, Laura Flannery, Ashton Leigh

 

Synopsis: Laurie (Laura Flannery) a good-natured college student embarks on a spring break vacation with her friends Faith (Ashton Leigh), Joey (Anthony Del Negro) and her boyfriend Mick (Jamie Nocher) when they get off on the ghostly Exit 14 where they befriend a mysterious store clerk (Tom Sizemore) and are haunted the ghost story he shares with them.

 

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Hoarder, The

Starring: Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper, Andrew Buckley, Charlotte Salt, Emily Attak

 

Synopsis: Ella (Mischa Barton, “The O.C.”) sneaks off one night to snoop through her fiancée’s storage unit on the seedy outskirts of town. But deep in the lower levels of the warehouse, Ella and a half dozen storage unit customers discover there’s more than old furniture and memorabilia being locked away here. A relentless psychopath has started his own “collection,” and unless Ella and the others can survive the blood-soaked rampage of the Hoarder, and find a way out of the maze-like building, they’ll never see the light of another day. Also starring Robert Knepper (“Prison Break”); Valene Kane (“The Fall”), Charlotte Salt (“The Tudors”) and Andrew Buckley (“The Extras”).

 

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Ava’s Possessions

Starring: Jemima Kirke, :Louisa Krause

 

Synopsis: Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. As Ava struggles to reconnect with her friends, get her job back, and figure out where the huge blood stain in her apartment came from, she is plagued by nightmarish visions the demon is trying to come back.

 

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Anguish

Starring: Ryan Simpkins, Annika Marks, Karina Logue

 

Synopsis: A teenage girl is finally old enough to understand that the cause of her psychological problems is a supernatural gift that’s allowing a spirit to force itself inside her. The girl must decide whether she wants to keep fighting or succumb.

 

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Lake Fear

Starring: Shanon Sneddon, Jori Gill

 

Synopsis: Four girls go to a cabin in the woods, which is inhabited by evil. This cabin then ensnares them in a labyrinth of macabre as they must battle their way out.

 

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The Entity

Starring: Rodrigo Falla, Daniella Mendoza, Carlos Casella

 

Synopsis: A group of students working on a university video project find an old film hidden in the archive room of a cemetery. After watching it together, one-by-one they begin meeting untimely deaths at the hands of a demonic spirit that has cursed them. Seeking to break the ancient spell, their investigation leads them to the grave of a woman who was cruelly killed during the Spanish Inquisition. Facing certain death, the survivors must confront the spirit, if they are to escape with their lives.

 

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10-Movie Fear the Dead Collection

Starring: Marc Lawrence, Ben Kingsley, Bill Paxton, Mark Hamill, Burt Culver

 

Synopsis: To Survive 

Jonathan, a lone drifter, begins to take on responsibility for a group of apocalypse survivors. But will the dangers of the empty countryside kill his chance at love and family? 

 

Slipstream 

Matt Owens, a bounty hunter, kidnaps a fugitive from a law officer (Mark Hamill). To avoid detection, Owens flies into a post-apocalypse slipstream. Now he’ll have to face the law, a religious cult that holds the winds sacred, and the unknowns of the slipstream… 

 

Rise of the Undead 

The nation has collapsed, leaving a room full of strangers filled with dread and uncertainty. Venturing into the apocalyptic world without a plan, the group soon realizes they aren’t the only ones who have survived—there are zombies everywhere. 

 

The Devil’s Messenger 

The devil (Lon Chaney Jr.) sends his right-hand henchman to Earth to execute a final, apocalyptic plot: detonate a 500 megaton bomb, destroy all of mankind, and fill the chambers of hell with tormented souls. 

 

Night Train to Terror 

An unsuspecting rock band boards a train bound for nowhere, while two illustrious presences, God and Satan, swap macabre tales and discuss the fate of the train’s passengers. 

 

The Invaders: Genesis 

In this post-apocalyptic world, Officer David Orwell sets off on the run after he discovers that he’s fighting for a corrupt and deadly system. 

 

Farm 

The rural life of two brothers is upended by a deadly secret in this apocalyptic zombie thriller. 

 

Population 2 

Alone in a post-apocalyptic world, Lilith clings to the memories of love and betrayal of her past life. 

 

The Rising Dead 

Survivors of “The Plague” are surrounded by zombies in a tropical destination, relying solely on the fearlessness of their leader, John Blake, to keep them safe. 

 

Rabid Rage 

When Josh’s friend, Danny, is diagnosed with cancer, Josh feels that he needs a fun-filled trip to the woods. So, before he begins his first round of chemotherapy, Danny and a group of buddies head off to camp and party. But the party is over before it even starts when they encounter an aggressive zombie-like man, foaming at the mouth.

 

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The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund

Starring:  Lee Bane, Tiffany Ceri, Judith Haley

 

Synopsis: In this terrifying true story, something beyond comprehension is happening to wife and mother Anna Ecklund. Once a mild mannered churchgoer, she is now prone to bouts of violent rage with a particular anger toward religious imagery. Desperate to find a cure for Anna’s disturbing behaviour, her family calls on doctors and psychiatrists to provide a diagnosis. But when no rational explanation can be found, local priest Father Riesinger teams up with Vatican investigator Father Lamont to evaluate the case. Realising that Anna is inhabited by a malevolent entity, the priests take her to a nearby convent to perform an exorcism. But all hell breaks loose and a brutal battle between good and evil begins.

 

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From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl

Starring: Jenna Dwuer, Sarah Howett, Elke Berry

 

Synopsis: The Outrageous Ozploitation Wrestling-Horror Mash-Up Starring Champion Kick-Boxer Sarah Howett (TV’s Gladiators) 

After watching her Daddy die in the ring, Charlie vows to become a wrestler in his memory. But when Charlie stumbles across a secret IT department threatening to unleash hordes of zombies upon the earth, she has no choice but to take a stand and show these corporate bullies and their zombie slaves how to FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!

 

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The Tell-Tale Heart

 

Starring: Peter Bogdanovich, Patrick John Flueger, Jacob Vargas, Damon Whitaker, Rose McGowan

 

Synopsis: A haunting account of a tormented man, haunted by the heart of a man he murdered, who continually re-admits himself into a medical facility, in a futile attempt to escape from his pending madness. Set in contemporary New Orleans, The Tell-Tale Heart is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story of the same name.

 

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Half-life Horror From Hell Or Irradiated Satan Rocks The World!

Starring: Sarah French, Jimmy Snuka, Christian Hess

 

Synopsis: On the eve of a huge televised metal concert, a mysterious glowing monster is savagely attacking the citizens of a small town. But what connection does this creature have to the old nuclear plant, and the band, Irradiated Satan, and the local crime boss, and… the Mayor? How deep does this weirdness go? A low-level crook and his hot, recreational drug enthusiast hippie chick friend, aim to find out! With the help of the drunken town Sheriff and an eccentric Native American Shaman, they’ll encounter Satanic priests, Voodoo hoodoo, scheming incestuous step-siblings, and a radioactive menace; as they seek to uncover the truth, and save the very fabric of society as we know it!

 

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Shopping Tour

Starring: Tatyana Kolganova, Satu Paavola, Tatyana Ryabokon

 

Synopsis: A group of Russian tourists go on a shopping spree to the neighboring Finland – only to be attacked by the Finnish cannibals. We focus on a middle-aged woman and her teenage son who is shooting the film, as we watch it, on his cell-phone. Bonus features include: Interactive menus/trailer

 

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25 Horror Movies

Starring: Vincent Price, William Joyce, Anthony Perkins, Woody Harrelson, Sean Patrick Flaherty

 

Synopsis: Vampires, zombies, serial killers, gore—and more! Everything your nightmares have ever imagined in this 25-movie Horror Collection. Starring horror greats Anthony Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price and many more. Check under the bed and leave the lights on!

 

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Paranormal Encounters Collection: Vol. 2:…

Starring:  Nigel Bennett, Robert Loggia, Barbara Steele, Matt Frewer, Dan Aykroyd

 

Synopsis: If it’s paranormal, you’ll find it in this collection of 45 haunting supernatural thrillers, reenactments of true stories, and movies about possession, abandoned insane asylums and bizarre experiments. When you are looking for a touch of the dark side, you can rely on this mix of television series episodes and terror movies for fearsome entertainment.

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30 Nightmare Movies V.2

 

Starring: Paul Le Mat, Vincent Price, Maxwell Caulfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen

 

Synopsis: Warning, this collection is designed to inspire nightmares of epic proportion. Gather all of your horror-movie-watching friends together for binge-worthy fun with these 30 films because no one will want to be alone when the lights go down. You will have anything but a peaceful snooze.

 

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Lynn Sorel
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Lynn Sorel has been writing for Horror News Network since September 2014. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @gothicmermaid13. Read her full bio on our About Us page.
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