Buy / Wait / Rent: January 2020 Blu-Ray Releases

by John Evans

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on Blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of January 2020!




Joker may not be a straight-up horror film, but this disc is going to sit very comfortably on any horror fan’s shelf. The film is easily one of the best movies of the year, and this one is worth picking up on its day of release.

The Lighthouse isn’t going to appeal to as wide of an audience as Joker, but it’s hands down the best horror movie of 2019. Check out my review by clicking this link to see if this one is for you, and pick up a copy if slow-paced, atmospheric, character pieces with a dash of dark comedy appeal to you.



Did you like Zombieland? Of course you did! Everyone liked Zombieland. If you liked it, you’ll like Zombieland: Double Tap: a perfectly good belated sequel to a zombie comedy from a time before zombie comedies were redundant and exhausting. Double Tap keeps things fresh by introducing some funny and interesting new characters and refreshing the storyline, while still maintaining the chemistry between the main characters that made the first movie a hit. Don’t be afraid to pick this one up.


The Addams Family re-entered the scene in 2019 with an animated reboot starring big names like Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Chloë Grace Moretz. It didn’t exactly set the movie world on fire, but there’s still enough here for Addams Family fans to enjoy this one as a rental.



Parasite is certainly more of a mishmash of the thriller, comedy and drama genres than a traditional horror film, but it generated buzz all over the world in 2019. Universal is taking advantage of the buzz with a higher-than-average release date price for this title, and that’s certainly a good reason for horror fans to hold off for a sale price.


Terminator fans owe it to themselves to see Terminator: Dark Fate and decide if it deserves a spot on the shelf alongside the classic films which came before it. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are more than worth the cost of a rental alone.


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