DVD & Blu-ray Releases: October 18, 2016
This week’s releases includes Bates Motel: Season 4, a special Limited Collection Edition Waxworks Compilation, along with several new blu-ray editions of older horror films, including Child’s Play, Salem’s Lot and Bride of Re-Animator. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
Bates Motel: Season Four
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore
Synopsis: As Norman (Freddie Highmore) continues to spiral out of control, Norma’s (Vera Farmiga) desperation to help her son amplifies. Growing increasingly fearful of him, Norma goes to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. As Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) finds himself drawn back into their lives, he must ask himself just how much further he is willing to go to protect Norma. Watch all 10 spine-chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted in Bates Motel Season Four.
Disc 1 – Bates Motel Season Four:
Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Disc 2 – Bates Motel Season Four:
Teen Wolf: Season 5 / Part 2
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Posey, Holland Roden
Synopsis: A somewhat awkward teen is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it.
Independence Day Resurgence [Blu-ray]
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman
Synopsis: Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
Salem’s Lot (1979) (BD) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Lance Kerwin, David Soul, James Mason, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres
Synopsis: A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
Waxworks Compilation [Blu-ray]
Starring: Zach Galligan, Jennifer Bassey, Joe Baker, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Johnson
Synopsis: LIMITED COLLECTION EDITION – one run only!
NEW Vestron Video Collector s Edition packaging
UNRATED VERSION of WAXWORK never before on Blu-ray
A MUST HAVE for any cult classic collector
Restored and remastered
WAXWORK much anticipated UNRATED VERSION
Starring Zach Galligan (GREMLINS franchise)
Packed with amazing special features including: A 6 part Making of, audio commentary, theatrical trailer, stills gallery and more!!
WAXWORK SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary with Anthony Hickox & Zach Galligan – NEW Featurettes:”The Waxwork Chronicles” (Parts 1–6) – NEW Vintage “Making of” Featurette Theatrical Trailer Still Gallery WAXWORK II: LOST IN TIME SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary with Anthony Hickox & Zach Galligan – NEW Theatrical Trailer Still Gallery
Child’s Play [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]
Starring: Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon
Synopsis: The “chills come thick and fast”, (Los Angeles Times) in this riveting, jolt-a-minute thriller about an innocent-looking doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer who refused to die. From the director of Fright Night, Child’s Play comes complete with “excellent special effects”, (Leonard Maltin) and a slew of special features that make this Blu-ray your “friend to the end! “,
In this “clever, playful thriller”, (The New York Times), only six-year-old Andy realizes that Chucky is responsible for a spate of gruesome murders, including that of his unsuspecting babysitter. But the real terror takes hold when the deranged doll becomes determined to transfer his evil spirit to a living human being… Andy!
Body Snatchers (1993) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Gabrielle Anwar;Terry Kinney;Billy Wirth;Forest Whitaker;Meg Tilly;Reilly Murphy
Synopsis: A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.
The Pit (1981) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Sammy Snyders, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smith, Laura Hollingsworth, Richard Alden
Synopsis: Brand New 2K Restoration! Jamie wouldn t kill anyone… unless Teddy told him to! Twelve-year-old Jamie (Sammy Snyders, Tom Sawyer of TV s Huckleberry Finn and His Friends) is one creepy kid… he has a perverse obsession with sex, his only friend is an evil teddy bear, and he’s the only one who knows about the hole in the forest where he feeds raw meat to a ravenous pack of mutant troglodytes. Jamie will teach everyone a lesson: the kids who teased and bullied him, the mean old lady down the street, even his pretty new babysitter. Soon they – and his entire town – will face the flesh-eating horror of The Pit! The one and only directorial effort by Lew Lehman with a script by documentarian Ian A. Stuart and featuring a wonderful cast that includes Jeannie Elias (Nomads), Sonja Smith (Videodrome) and Richard Alden (The Sadist).
Bonus Features: Interview with Star Sammy Snyders | Interview with Star Jeannie Elias | Interview with Screenwriter Ian A. Stuart | Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jason Pichonsky | Trailer
Return of Dracula [Blu-ray]
Starring: Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn, Virginia Vincent, John Wengraf
Synopsis: “For those who like their vampires with that certain European panache, The Return of Dracula is sure to thrill. Francis Lederer (Terror is a Man) stars as the titular Count this time using the pseudonym Bellac Gordal as he travels from his Transylvania home to the United States. In the guise of being a distant relative on vacation, The Count takes up residence at the home of the Mayberry family in sunny California.
Quicker than you can say I like my stake rare, The Count … er … Gordal is up to his old nocturnal tricks and comes under the scrutiny of young Rachel Mayberry (Norma Eberhardt, Problem Girls) whom Gordal has set his sights on, which may be her undoing.
The Return of Dracula, directed by Paul Landres (The Vampire) from Pat Fiedler s script, co-stars Ray Stricklyn (The Lost World), Virginia Vincent (The Hills Have Eyes), John Wengraf (The Pride and the Passion), Gage Clarke (The Bad Seed), Jimmy Baird (The Black Orchid) and Greta Granstedt (They Never Come Back).”
Special Effects [Blu-ray]
Starring: Zoe Tamerilis, Eric Bogosian, Brad Rijn, Kevin O’Connor
Synopsis: “From the writer & director of It s Alive, Larry Cohen s Special Effects casts a satirical eye on Hollywood, viewed through the prism of the thriller film genre. When the fresh-faced Oklahoma country boy Keefe (Brad Rijn, Smithereens) comes looking for his wife Mary Jean (Zoe Tamerlis, Ms .45), a wannabe actress, he soon discovers the seamy side of Tinsel Town when Mary Jean is found dead and he s the prime suspect.
With a few swipes at Hollywood archetypes (Eric Bogosian as Christopher Neville, a once-revered Wunderkind director; Zoe Tamerlis as Mary Jean look-alike, Elaine, a budding actress who isn t beyond manipulating the situation for her own benefit), Special Effects offers chills, thrills, shrieks, and a few laughs along the way.
Written and directed by Larry Cohen, Special Effects also stars Kevin O Connor (Let s Scare Jessica to Death) and Richard Greene (TV s Mad Men) in supporting roles.”
What We Become (Bluray / DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Mille Dinesen, Ole Dupont
Synopsis: The Johansson family (mom, dad, their rebellious teenage son, and young daughter) are looking forward to a quiet summer in their idyllic suburban town. But in the blink of an eye, things go from blissful to berserk when a horrifying plague tears through the community. After a string of grisly deaths, the government puts the neighborhood on lockdown. But one thing soon becomes terrifyingly clear: you can’t quarantine the apocalypse. This nightmarish, blood-soaked shocker establishes sharply drawn, recognizably real characters: and then watches what happens when they’re put through the wringer to survive.
Starring: Caroline Munro, Christian Stamm, Verónica Bacorn, Marta Flich, Anthony Rotsa
Synopsis: Faithful to the sexy, twisted 1974 cult classic by Joseph Larraz, VAMPYRES is an English-language remake pulsating with raw eroticism, wicked sado-masochism and bloody, creative gore. Victor Matellano (Wax, 2014; Zarpazos! A Journey through Spanish Horror, 2013) directs this tale set in a stately English manor inhabited by two older female vampires and with their only cohabitant being a man imprisoned in the basement. Their lives and lifestyle are upended when a trio of campers come upon their lair and seek to uncover their dark secrets, a decision that has sexual and blood-curdling consequences. Infused with eloquent and atmospheric cinematography, impressive special effects makeup from master Colin Arthur (THE NEVERENDING STORY, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY) and starring screen genre icon Caroline Munro (THE GOLDEN VOAYAGE OF SINBAD, AT THE EARTH’S CORE, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MANIAC, SLAUGHTER HIGH), VAMPYRES remains faithful to the original while creating its own neck-biting, sexually violent tale. ”
Legion (2010) / Priest (2011) – Set [Blu-ray]
Starring: Paul Bettany
Synopsis: Legion (2010) / Priest (2011) double feature
Bride of Re-Animator, The (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Fabiana Udeino, Claude Earl Jones, David Gale
Synopsis: The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead III) would prove that there was a good deal more life (and death) left in the story of Dr Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.
It has been eight months since the bloody massacre at the Miskatonic medical school. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?
With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence of Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations, Bride of Re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Stuart Gordon’s original cult classic.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version, approved by director Brian Yuzna
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Carl Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Carl Buechler
Getting Ahead in Horror archive making-of featurette
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
Starring: Meegan Warner, Sondra Kerr Blake, Sean Martini, Chanel Celeya, Barry Jenner
Synopsis: When aging, sickly Birdie scares off her last caretaker, granddaughter Mallorie must move into her large Victorian home to take care of her. Mallorie soon finds herself sleepwalking and envisioning spirits. With no luck finding a proper caretaker to replace her, Mallorie is forced to confront her family’s darkest secrets before the evil presence in the house overtakes her sanity completely.
Starring: Tucky Williams, Christian Brooker, Dave Haney
Synopsis: Witness this terrifying tale of depravity, cannibalism and torture! Set in a small town in the backwoods of Kentucky, HILLBILLY BLOODBATH (aka Red River) tells the tale of Roland Thatcher: a family man, a business man, a man of God …and a man who doesn t take kindly to strangers. When a group of city kids sets up camp on the outskirts of his property, they spark a chain of events culminating in bloodshed, dismemberment and mass murder. As a local, fledgling reporter inches closer to the Thatcher property, the shocking truth about Roland and his ‘family’ may finally emerge. Shocking, suspenseful, and relentlessly gruesome – HILLBILLY BLOODBATH is the final word in gut-munching hillbilly horror! The DVD features nearly 70 minutes of extensive bonus features, including trailers, Making of documentaries, deleted scenes, and much more.
Stephen King’s It (BD) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O’Toole
Synopsis: In 1960, seven outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.
Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye (BD) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King
Synopsis: A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.
Pan’s Labyrinth (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Doug Jones
Synopsis: In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.