DVD & Blu-ray Releases: February 17, 2015

By: Sean Brickley

Now that we’ve gotten all of that romantic crap over and done with from this past weekend, let’s get back to what matters most: scary movies.  There are a total of 19 releases this week, fiends.  2 of those releases are collections, so check those out at the bottom of the list.  This week sees 1989’s Phantom Of The Opera (Robert Englund) finally getting its Blu-ray release date. Also this week, depending on who you talk to, the V/H/S: Viral DVD and Blu-ray releases are either the best thing to come out this week or the absolute worst.  For you wrestling enthusiasts, I’ve come to the conclusion that the V/H/S series is like the John Cena of the horror world.  You either love those movies or you hate them with a passion and feel the need to repeat just how much you can’t stand them as often as possible – there is no in between.  Outside of that, there is a whole slew of movies that came out in the past year or so, so be sure to check them all out.  As always comrades, pleasant viewing.



MOVIES

90210 Shark Attack! (2015)

Starring:

Judson Birza, Donna Wilkes, Braden Bacha, Jeffery Decker, Rachel Rosenstein

Synopsis:

A group of entitled Beverly Hills oceanography students arrive at a mansion in Malibu, to study the local ocean waters. However, someone… or something, has other, more murderous intent, as the Students begin to disappear, one by one, murdered by some flesh-shredding entity, leaving wounds similar in nature to a shark attack. But how is that possible, when the nearest ocean is a half-mile away?

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DVD


 

A Darker Fifty Shades: The Fetish Set (2014)

Starring:

Bill Oberst Jr., Sarah Nicklin, Glenda Galeano, Tomiko, Julia McAlee

Synopsis:

Four beautiful women attend a fetish convention hoping to make some easy money, but find themselves thrown into a dark, underground world of obsession and murder when a deformed, sadistic serial killer (Bill Oberst Jr.) sets his sights on the quartet. Now, their friendship and personal limits will be torn apart as they struggle to survive the most brutal weekend of their lives.

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All Saint’s Eve (2015)

Starring:

Sean Whalen, Marc Macaulay, Katrina Darrell, Bingo O’Malley, Mere Davis

Synopsis:

An evil preacher in the late 1700’s leads an angry church mob to murder a farmer and his family in order to steal his land. In his dying breath, the farmer incites an evil curse and vows vengeance. One fateful Halloween night, the curse is accidentally unleashed and a group of teenage friends must now fight to stay alive and solve the ancient mystery before the whole town is doomed for eternity.

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Altar (2014)

Starring:

Olivia Williams, Matthew Modine, Antonia Clarke

Synopsis:

Altar follows one family as they move into a timeworn, dilapidated country mansion in order to restore it to its former splendor. But, in the process, they awaken the ghosts of the house s original inhabitants whose curse still looms darkly over the haunted estate. What follows is a hair-raising ordeal of spectral apparitions and demonic possession that threatens to destroy the lives of Altar’s desperate protagonists in this early realm and beyond.

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Animal (2014)

Starring:

Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Jeremy Sumpter

Synopsis:

When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves trapped in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, blood thirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival.

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The Casebook of Eddie Brewer (2012)

Starring:

Ian Brooker, Peter Wight

Synopsis:

Eddie Brewer, a “psychic investigator,” explores the mysterious past of an old Georgian house. He soon discovers that voices from the past are yearning to be heard. It will take all his will to stop him from losing his sanity.

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DVD


Hillbilly Horror Show (Vol. 2) (2015)

Starring:

Bo Keister, Scott Geiter, Rachel Faulkner, Tamara Glynn

Synopsis:

Hillbilly Horror Show: Volume 2 keeps this horror anthology series rolling, starting with the darkly hilarious short, HELP WANTED, which is guaranteed to make you rethink searching for a new job. Next up, we explore the war between vampires and angels in the slick action-horror flick, BLOODTRAFICK (Winner – Best Actress, Grace Huang – HollyShorts Film Festival). For the third short, we find a ghostly, modern day western called THE DEED. Look close, because that cowboy seems awful familiar. Finally, Volume 2 caps off with the chilling horror-fantasy, ROSE WHITE. Trust us when we tell you that this fairytale doesn’t have a happy ending! Once again, our favorite hillbillies, Bo & Cephus, are along for the ride, providing plenty of laughs in between, and their SMOKIN’ hot kissin’ cousin Lulu is back too!

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DVD


 

A Killer Conversation (2015)

Starring:

Ryan Hunter, Melanie Denholme, Rudy Barrow

Synopsis:

Having accidentally invited an armed burglar into his house who is quick to tie him up; Karl has to come to terms with the fact that his days might be numbered. But he hasn’t completely run out of options yet. Presently, his best bet is Pauline, his ex who just popped by to make up. But there are a few problems – mainly Pauline is a stuck-up bitch more interested in finding a tennis partner than helping the man she once loved, and Karl isn’t one to forgive her past mistakes; many of which he is finding out about right now. And what’s the burglar doing while Pauline and Karl hash things out? Oh, he’s a polite and patient man – but he’s got a gun, and he intends to use it. Will they be able to overcome the burglar, and how might a certain sex tape put everything in jeopardy?

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The Last House on Cemetery Lane (2014)

Starring:

Vivien Bridson, Lee Bane, Georgina Blackledge

Synopsis:

A screenwriter staying in an old manor house in West Wales discovers that it’s haunted by malevolent spirits.

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Malignant (2015)

Starring:

Gary Cairns, Brad Dourif, Nick Nicotera, Sienna Farall

Synopsis:

A grieving man, Allex (Gary Cairns), falls victim to a rogue scientist (Brad Dourif) who uses deadly methods to cure addictions. Unaware that he’s become the latest experiment, Allex passes out from drinking and wakes up to find stitches across his chest and a gruesome video showing a murder. Now he must confront the scientist and overcome his terrifying treatments… or face the ultimate horror.

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DVD


Massage Parlor Of Death (2015)

Starring:

Michelle Kaveet

Synopsis:

Ruby, an unlicensed massage therapist, has a nasty habit of killing her clients in the most horrific ways. Using the blood of her victims, Ruby attempts to resurrect the deranged spirit of her long-dead lover. But will her newly-hired hooker “employee” throw a wrench (or more) into the mix? You’ll have to find out in Massage Parlor Of Death… where there are NO HAPPY ENDINGS!

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Motivational Growth (2013)

Starring:

Jeffery Combs, Adrian Digiovani, Ken Brown, Danielle Doetsch

Synopsis:

Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold, a smooth talking fungus who was born of the filth collecting in a corner of Ian’s neglected bathroom, works to win Ian’s trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. With The Mold’s help, Ian attracts the attention of a neighbor he’s been ogling through his peephole, Leah, and he manages to find a slice of happiness despite his unnatural circumstances. But Ian starts to receive strange messages from his old and broken down TV set that make him realize that The Mold may not be as helpful as it seems to be, and strange characters combined with stranger events cast Ian’s life in the shadow of an epic battle between good and evil that Ian is only partially aware of.

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Mutantis (2014)

Starring:

Darren Bolk, Patrician Rosa, Megan Mundane

Synopsis:

This homage/parody of 70’s monster movies features buckets of gore, cheese, sleaze, and all the bad wigs and dubbing you’ve come to expect from the makers of Isle of the Damned. When an unscrupulous scientist drags his stepchildren out into the forest to use them as bait in the hopes of luring out a big foot, not even the team of hillbillies he hired can contain the horror they find: the horror of Mutantis! Only the adventurer Dr. William Fury may be able to stop the beast, but hope dwindles fast once Dr. Fury realizes that the monster is not only intent on murder but procreation as well. Could this be the end of the world as we know it? For the answer watch, Mutantis!

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Phantom Of The Opera (1989)

Starring:

Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Bill Nighy

Synopsis:

A sandbagged New York soprano dreams she’s being chased by a slasher in Victorian London.

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Blu-ray


 

Scalped! (2015)

Starring:

Robert Herrick, Tony Senzamici, Amanda Elizabeth Sawyer

Synopsis:

Scalped! is the story of a young white woman named Ana Sharp Claws who is happily married to an Indian Chief’s son. All is peaceful until a pack of cut-throat ex-cons fresh from prison disrupt their happy home. Her friends, husband and son are all murdered and she is raped and humiliated. After being rescued by a former Indian Fighter named Barfly, she vows revenge to kill these evil men. Ana’s plan is to pick them off one at a time and provide slow and painful deaths. The characters are memorable, the effects gruesome and the story will keep you riveted.

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Twilight Hunters (2015)

Starring:

Caitlin McIntosh, Jason Contini, Carlos Antonio Leon

Synopsis:

A taut reinvention of vampire lore, Shadowland opens in modern day North America, where construction workers uncover an old stone cross and what appears to be a wooden stake. They remove the stake from the ground, allowing Laura (Caitlin McIntosh), a slumbering vampire, to revive and rise from the earth. Beaten and weak, Laura is unable to speak, remember who she is, or even the fact that she is a vampire! As Laura attempts to make sense of the strange new world around her, she begins to remember not only an idyllic human life in 1897 but the handsome Lazarus (Carlos Antonio Len), a mysterious lover who may not have had her best interests in mind. Soon Julian (Jason Contini), a world-weary vampire hunter employed by the church, begins tracking Laura, but as he closes in for the kill he learns that things are not what they seem.

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V/H/S Viral (2014)

Starring:

Carrie Keagan, Justin Welborn, Jessica Luza, Emilia Zoryan, Emmy Argo, Randy McDowell, Michael Aaron Milligan

Synopsis:

A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.

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COLLECTIONS

Blu-ray Horror 4-pack

Starring:

Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heard, Kevin J. O’Connor, Wes Studi

Movies:

Deep Rising – (1996) – Color – 106 minutes – Rated R

Starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heard, Kevin J. O’Connor, Wes Studi

Buckle up for edge-of-your seat excitement with the explosive hit DEEP RISING, an unstoppable high seas action thriller that moves at full scream ahead! When a band of ruthless hijackers invade the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, they’re shocked to discover the passengers have mysteriously vanished! But that doesn’t mean they are alone! Something terrifying is lurking just out of sight: a deadly force from the unexplored depths of the ocean that begins to snatch the horrified intruders one by one! Treat Willliams (The Devil’s Own) and sexy Famke Janssen (Goldeneye, Rounders) lead a group of survivors who must overcome incredible odds in their breathtaking battle to escape the doomed ship alive!

The Puppet Masters – (1994) – Color – 109 minutes – Rated R

Starring Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Julie Warner

Here’s the edge-of-your-seat thriller that delivers unrelenting suspense and nonstop action! Donald Sutherland leads a team of top-level government agents who make a chilling discovery extraterrestrial beings have landed on Earth and are quickly taking control of the residents of a small midwestern town manipulating their bodies and minds like puppets!

When A Stranger Calls – (1979) – Color – 97 minutes – Rated R

Starring: Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst,Tony Beckley, Rachel Roberts, Ron O Neal

A terrified young baby-sitter…an incessantly ringingphone…and whispered threats set the stage for one of the most suspenseful thrillers ever filmed. Carol Kane stars as the baby-sitter who is tormented by a series of ominous phone calls until a compulsive cop (Charles Durning) is brought on the scene to apprehend the psychotic killer. Seven years later, however, the nightmare begins again when the madman returns to mercilessly haunt Kane, now a wife and mother. No longer a naive girl, though still terrified, but prepared, she moves boldly to thwart the maniac s attack in scenes that culminate in a nerveshattering conclusion.

Happy Birthday To Me – (1981) – Color – 110 minutes – Rated R

Starring: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracy Bregman, Lisa Langlois

Get ready for a taut mystery-shocker that will keep you at your wit s end and at the edge of your seat. Popular high school senior Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson) survives a freak accident, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. As she attempts to resume a normal life, something terrible is happening – her friends are ruthlessly murdered one-by-one. Will she be the next victim or is she the killer? The terrifying truth is finally uncovered at Virginia s 18th birthday party and you re invited!

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Blu-ray


End of the World – Post Apocalypse Triple Feature

Starring:

Adrian Grenier, Ben McKenzie, Scott Mescudi

Movies:

Goodbye World

When a mysterious cyber-attack cripples civilization, James and his old college friends retreat to a remote country home. Together, they must cope with an uncertain future while defending themselves against desperate outsiders who will do anything to survive.

Bloodrayne

Half-vampire, half-human, Rayne hides in the shadows slaughtering vampires and those that get in her way. In 1943 Europe, during World War II, Rayne faces her greatest foe, a growing army of undead Nazi soldiers led by Ekart Brand, a top Nazi official turned day-walker. Rayne must team up with a group of resistance fighters to defeat Brand and his vampire army before they reach Berlin to grant Hitler immortality.

After The Dark

Faced with an impending nuclear apocalypse, a group of twenty college students must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The decision quickly becomes deadly as each in the group turns against each other in a desperate fight for survival.

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