DVD & Blu-ray Releases: August 26, 2014

By: Sean Brickley

Well, I guess the beginning of the Halloween movie release schedule has pretty much hit us full force this week, fiends.  Just wait until you see everything I’ve got listed for the next few weeks.  It’s enough to make you scream… with joy!  This week sees the Blu-ray release of 1973’s Legend Of Hell House as well as the DVD release of all three seasons of the 1980s revamp of the The Twilight Zone.  The Walking Dead: Season 4 is also shuffling out on DVD and Blu-ray this week.  And those are just three of this week’s 25 total releases.  In total, we have 21 movies, 2 television series and 2 collections.  Check back for next week’s list which is even longer than this week’s list.  Pleasant viewing!



Movies:

Aftermath (2012)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

William Baldwin, Edward Furlong, Andre Royo

Purchase:

DVD

Blu-ray

Synopsis:

The devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse is now reality and nine desperate strangers find themselves clinging to life in a farmhouse cellar, while radioactive fallout descends on the darkened world above. These would-be survivors face the nightmare of dwindling supplies, poisonous air and the greatest threat of all – the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in. With each dying day, their choice becomes clearer – stay and let the makeshift shelter become their tomb or face the unknown terrors of the world outside. Starring Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason, Aftermath takes a hard look at how far humans will go to survive. And it isn’t pretty.


Blood Glacier (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

At a climate observation station high in the German Alps, a group of technicians preparing for a visit from the Environment Minister discover a mysterious red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier. A result of the ice s melting due to climate change, the now-spreading glacier blood soon comes into contact with local wildlife, causing changes in the fauna that are at first curious but soon become deathly horrifying. Now the isolated team must use every tool at their disposal to defend themselves from the ever-growing horde of biological monstrosities attacking them in this most desolate of environments. Harking back to classic creature features, director Marvin Kren’s Blood Glacier combines stylish filmmaking with imaginative practical effects to produce a true rollercoaster ride of terror.


Bongo Killer Clown (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Bobby Max, Puneet Prassad, Lauren Riley Newt Wallen

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

A young doctor and his girlfriend have survived Bongo the killer clown. They are about to be married and go to spend a weekend with friends at their new home in the country. Bongo is about to terrorize them and resort to violent, cannibalistic means to get revenge for them incarcerating him at the asylum. Two girls, on a psychiatric ward wander in a locked unit where they meet Dr. Stiller who is tending to a “” patient”” in isolation. They have heard horrible tales about a killer being housed at the hospital. He tells them a story about how he, his fiance Kate and Dr Noori, survived an attack by the maniac called Bongo at the asylum. After Bongo killed some staff he disappeared. He and his fiancé went to their new home to celebrate and forget the events of that horrible night. But, an unexpected guest showed up that night and since then Kate has been in a coma. The girls realize, Bongo is lurking nearby and hope they can escape. The images in this film are mind boggling. You will never look at clowns the same way again.


Dysmorphia (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Dennis Haskins, J. D. Fairman, Shawn C. Phillips

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

Siblings find their dead uncle’s secret stash VHS tapes. The tapes feature sick solicitors, gruesome dares, patricide, demonic technology, monstrous fruit and many more horrors. As they eagerly watch each of these shocking, bizarre, comedic and bloody movies, little do they know that they are conjuring something very ghoulish and gruesome. In the tradition of horror anthologies like V/H/S.


The Forbidden Girl (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Peter Gadiot, Jeanette Hain, Jytte-Merle Böhrnse

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

Toby, a troubled young man who lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident begins to put his life back together again. After spending years in a psychiatric institute, he takes a job as a tutor for a beautiful woman, Laura, who lives in her aunt’s lonely mansion. But Toby’s memories and this strange new environment quickly devolve into something supernatural when he decides that his student is possessed. Creepy and unexplainable occurrences drive him from the house but the seemingly innocent young woman draws him back with a powerful, seductive temptation. At the height of his ecstasy, Toby realizes that there is a paranormal connection between the women of the house and it may be too late to save himself from eternal slavery in a hellish underworld.


House of Mirrors (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Brian Shotwell, Josette Pacino

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

A successful music executive receives a phone call from a stranger who claims to have evidence that could destroy his life.


Jersey Shore Massacre (2014)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella

Purchase:

DVD

Blu-ray

Synopsis:

When Teresa and the girls leave their N.J. salon for a weekend of sun and sin down the shore, they’re blindsided by bizarre events that send them from the sands of Seaside Heights to a secluded house deep in the N.J Pine Barrens. Frightened by stories of the legendary Jersey Devil, the local Piney’s and a giant dim-witted neighbor, the girls return to Seaside and hook-up with five fist-pumpers. Later they converge at a Seaside bar where they re quickly ejected for a dance-floor brawl. With nowhere to go, the group retreats to the Pine Barrens for the night. Blinded by lust, they remain unaware that their long-standing debt to humanity is about to be settled – with their lives. One by one, the body count soars as retribution is exacted at the hands of a mentally-deranged killer with much more than just an axe to grind.


The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Format(s):

Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Roddy McDowall, Pamela Franklin

Purchase:

Blu-ray

Synopsis:

It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It’s Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call the Mt. Everest of haunted houses. It’s already destroyed one team of researchers. Now this brave quartet ventures in for another try at unraveling its secrets. But before they succeed, they must suffer through madness, murder and everything else that the spirits who dwell here have in store for them. Yet learning the truth just might drive them all insane. An ingeniously devised ghost story, The Legend Of Hell House will thrill and delight veteran horror fans from the first creaking door to the very last slithering shadow.


Morbid (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Brandon Magouirk, Richard Chilton, Ryan Grooms Olivia Hiers

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

In this low budget 80s slasher homage, a small Tennessee town becomes the playground to a sadistic, masked killer. But with the town’s sheriff and locals more worried about the big high school football game than getting to the bottom of the murders, a detective from out of town must rush to save the lives of a group of teens throwing a party in the middle of all the mayhem.


My Fair Zombie (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Sacha Gabriel, Lawrence Evenchick

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

A Musical Comedy with GUTS! In an alternate Edwardian England infested by zombies, a professor of phonetics attempts to teach a zombie woman to be a proper English lady with hilarious and gore soaked results! Very loosely based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.


PMS Cop (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Mickey Stone , Cindy Means , Daniel Skinner , Heather Hall , Elaine Jenkins Megan Dehart

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

PMS Cop follows the story of police officer Mary Collins, who is informed by her commanding officer that she needs counseling, after being caught on camera brutally beating a clown rapist. Her therapist quickly concludes that she suffers from extreme PMS and enrolls her in a drug trial for the new menstrual wonder drug Corybantic. Mary responds positively until a devastating incident throws her into a monstrous drug-induced killing frenzy. Soon everyone who comes into contact with the PMS Cop realizes it IS her time of the month.


The Possession of Michael King (2013)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Shane Johnson, Julie McNiven, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko, Dale Dickey

Purchase:

DVD

Blu-ray

Synopsis:

Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn’t believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3), Tomas Arana (Gladiator), and Julie McNiven (Mad Men) co-star in this intense supernatural spine-tingler from the producers of White Noise and The Haunting In Connecticut.


Pot Zombies 2 (2012)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Frederic Doss, Greg Ingram, Billy Blair

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

Marijuana smokers turn into zombies with the “munchies” for human flesh when a strain of radioactive pot infects the stoners of America. A hilarious warning sign of what may come from the legalization craze sweeping the nation.


President Wolfman (2012)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Ashley Ann, Anthony Jenkins, Casey Robinson Marc Evan Jackson

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

Meet John Wolfman – politician, single parent and werewolf. A man whose (hairy) hands are definitely full. Not only is he trying to stop his opponents from selling the US to China (by way of the controversial CHIMERICA Bill), but also solve a series of grizzly murders in the capitol. Add to this a crazed Mad Scientist, Smokey the Bear, a Miss Teen Beauty Pageant and a race against time to save his 8 year old son Bobby Wolfman from a murderous Vice President, and you have a movie that will keep you howling. Made entirely from recycled, stock & public domain footage with a newly scripted, scored & re-voiced soundtrack with enhanced visuals & post production. You’ve simply never seen anything like it before. From the makers of Pervert! and Sex Galaxy.


Revelation Trail (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Daniel Van Thomas, Jordan Elizabeth

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

In late nineteenth century America, a frontier holy mans life is destroyed as a gruesome power consumes the land. Standing between ruin and salvation, the man, known only as The Preacher, must find his purpose in the fight against the mysterious undead. Joined by the town Marshal, a man with his own set of demons, he faces the risen dead and the evils of the living on a journey to nowhere.


Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum (2012)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Sasha Ramos, Erin Cline, Emily Rogers

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

It should have been just a normal day of sex, fun, alcohol, hormones and debauchery for Tabitha and Mimi, two over privileged twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause.

But that so-called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party. As the alcohol begins to wear off and the body count rises, all hell breaks loose and there is no going back!


Scare Zone (2009)

THIS WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 28TH.

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Neil Brown Jr., Arian Ash, Simon Needham, Justin Smith, Jordan Woods-Robinson

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

A first rate horror/thriller/comedy that will have you screaming for more. Scare Zone is Oliver’s pride and joy. Sure, it’s just another strip-mall Halloween Horror House, but as always, he’s put his heart and soul into it for the last two years. This year the theme is ‘Scare Zone III: the Psyco-Splatter Raw-topsy Slaughter Dungeon’ where he’s created an entire creepy Victorian maze featuring all of his best scenarios: the Living Amputation, the odiferous Toilet of Terror, the Vampire Bride (featuring Bat-Baby), and of course a final encounter with the chain-saw wielding Pumpkin Carver. The attraction is open for three nights only, and Oliver has brought back his old staff, including ex-con Spider, eager bride-to-be Summer, and the enigmatic Goth princess Claire. A bunch of newbies are also on board, including earnest young Darryl, who immediately finds himself bewitched by the creepy Claire. But this dysfunctional ‘scream team’ will need to work together while someone or some-thing is out to make the horror house attraction REAL. Filmed at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights sets.


Shock: My Abstraction of Death (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Lucia Batassa, Nancy de Lucia, Peppe Laudisa Yuri Antonosante

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

A pair of twisted tales from two filmmakers that are quickly emerging as the next generation of Italian Horror directors. Episode One: Celeste and her husband rent a country house for the holidays. An earthquake recently destroyed part of the small town, and the house seems to have been recently renovated … but with much haste. Often alone in the house, Celeste begins to experience horrible visions that seem to emerge from the cracks in the walls. As her mind begins to slip away,she continues to see and hear things that can’t be explained, especially to her skeptical husband. Episode Two: Yuri and Max have been friends for a lifetime, spending their evenings drinking and discussing their lives. But this particular evening will be their last. The following morning Yuri receives a call from the local hospital where he learns that last night, at the home of Max’s home was burglarized and his mother was violently killed. Max, the only survivor of the invasion, finds himself in a state of shock, and without a family. Yuri decides to allow Max to move in with him, at least for the holidays, but Max begins to have horrible visions.


Sonno Profondo (Limited Edition) (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Daiana García, Silvia Duhalde Luciano Onetti

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

After murdering a woman, a killer that is traumatized from his childhood memories, gets a mysterious envelope slipped under his door. The hunter becomes the prey when he finds out that the envelope contains photos that show him killing the young woman. Filmed in the style of Italian giallo films.


Wes Craven Presents: Don’t Look Down (1998)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Billy Burke, Terry Kinney, Megan Ward, Angela Moore, William MacDonald

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

Sisters Carla and Rachel go to the mountains with Carla’s husband Mark (Billy Burke) for vacation. While being photographed by Mark, Rachel leans against a fence and it breaks. Carla runs to help her sister, but she loses her grip and Rachel falls to her death. Haunted by Rachel’s memory, Carla’s terror of heights becomes so extreme she must seek help. When the other participants in her Acrophobic group begin dying one by one, Carla realizes that she’s battling a killer as well as herself.


Zombex (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Malcolm McDowell, Corey Feldman, Sid Haig, David Christopher, Lew Temple

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

This is the story of a post-Katrina New Orleans as it deals with a second disaster, a zombie apocalypse. Gone is the depression and post traumatic stress of the hurricane, thanks to the revolutionary new anti-depressant called Zombex manufactured by a nefarious corporation. Are citizens of The Big Easy on the path to happiness, or is Zombex working its dark magic? Unfortunately, the city plunges in to madness. Only this time, instead of deadly water filling the streets, NOLA is flooded with the walking dead.



 

Television:

Twilight Zone 80s The Complete Series

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Bruce Willis, Bud Cort, David Faustino, Frances McDormand, Giovanni Ribisi

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

Includes All Three Season From The Classic 80s TV Series!

Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans. The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Martin Landau and many more! — in compelling tales of intrigue by such noted writers as Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke and Theodore Sturgeon. This collection contains all 3 seasons (65 episodes) from the classic ’80s TV series.


Walking Dead Season 4

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, David Morrisseym Steven Yeun, Josh Stewart, Emily Kinney, Scott Wilson

Purchase:

DVD

Blu-ray

Synopsis:

In this highly anticipated new season, we see Rick and the group of survivors fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr., The Wire).



Collections:

8 American Horror Stories

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Various

Purchase:

DVD

Synopsis:

All the freaks are coming out of the woodwork for this American Horror Story-inspired collection. In eight flicks filled with the strange and the scary, clowns, critters and the darkest of demons team up for FX-style thrills.

Movies:

Secrets of the Clown
After the brutal murder of his best friend, Bobbie slowly becomes convinced that a sinister clown is responsible for his death.

Killjoy
When an outcast is bullied to death, a killer clown exacts revenge in his honor. His name is Killjoy and he thinks murder is a laughing matter.

Killjoy 2
On a wilderness rehabilitation trip, a group of at-risk youth find themselves in the home of a voodoo woman where Killjoy’s spirit is summoned.

The Devil’s Daughter
Half-sisters Isabelle and Sylvia vie for control of their father’s Jamaican plantation. In an effort to drive Sylvia away, Isabelle uses voodoo to play off of her superstitions.

The Devil’s Hand
A man wanders into a curious little shop, unaware that the store owner is a high priest who uses voodoo dolls to force people into joining his cult.

Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen
Warlock Will Spanner investigates a series of ritualistic murders while trying to battle his own dark past.

The Dead Sleep
Paul Wells’ spirit is forced to witness the mistakes he made in his life and their effects on his family. Now he must break the rules once again…or he won’t be the only one dead.

Backwoods Bloodbath: Curse of the Black Hodag
Bonding over the death of a classmate, a group of college kids head out to the woods for a weekend away…but what starts out as a booze binge turns into a bloodbath.


Blood-soaked Double Feature

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garofalo, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, Geretta Geretta

Purchase:

Blu-ray

Synopsis:

Includes two jaw dropping Italian shockers now available as a Double Feature bluray: Hell of the Living Dead and Rats: Night of Terror.

Extras:

1. Bonded By Blood – Interviews with Co-Writer/Co-Director Claudio Fragasso and Stars Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garofalo, Ottaviano DellAcqua & Massimo Vanni
2. Hell Rats Of The Living Dead – Interview with Director Bruno Mattei
3. Theatrical Trailers
4. Poster & Still Galleries

 

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