By: Sean Brickley
This week brings with it 28 new horror releases on DVD and Blu-ray, including:
26 Movies, 1 TV Series, 1 Collections
21st Century Serial Killer (2012)
Notable Names: Henry Weintraub
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DJYK3IS
Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and other notorious killers have sparked Aaron’s desire to become REALLY famous. So, he figures he can achieve his dream by becoming a SERIAL KILLER. When a real killer arrives in town, Aaron sees his chance to learn. Will his dreams come true?
Apartment 1303 (2012)
Notable Names: Mischa Barton, Rebecca De Mornay, Michele Taverna
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DPH7Q8O
Janet leaves her troubled home for a high-rise apartment, despite warnings about the apartments dark and haunted reputation. Soon after moving in, Janet inexplicably dies, falling out the window of her thirteenth story apartment. Her sister Lana (Mischa Barton) moves in to the apartment, determined to reveal the truth behind her siblings bizarre death. What Lana finds is far more frightening and unexplainable than she had thought possible. Before she knows it, Lana gets pulled into a cycle of supernatural horror as she struggles to escape the apartment before she becomes its next victim.
Arise of the Snake Woman (2013)
Notable Names: Veronica Ricci, Andrew J. McGuiness, David Palmieri
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00D7D73M0
Ancient legend tells of Lamia, the beautiful queen and adulteress whose lover was put to death. After being transformed into a snake, she murders and enslaves the innocent until the gods turn her to into a stone statue.
When a thief steals the statue of Lamia, all hell starts to break loose in an L.A. strip club when the blood from his gunshot wound transforms the statue into a serpent, who in turn bites the star performer. One by one, the other dancers are turned into her slaves as the customers become blood sacrifices for a midnight ritual that will allow her to roam the Earth forever!
Black Eve (2010)
Notable Names: Veronika London, Ryan M. Andrews
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DSAUGW6
After a group of friends throw a wild Halloween party at a closed-down department store, a woman named Chris wakes up the next morning to discover that all of the other guests have been murdered! Blessed with psychic abilities, Chris uses her gift to retrace the final steps of the murdered guests. As she travels from room to room – discovering more and more dead bodies her fear mounts. Can she piece
together the events of the party before she is the next victim?
Bloody Homecoming (2012)
Notable Names: Jim Tavaré, Rae Latt, Brian C. Weed
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00D9EJFX2
A group of seniors anxiously prepare for Homecoming night in the sleepy town of Winston. Three years after a tragic accident left a student dead at the annual dance, they find themselves haunted by a deadly visitor from their past. Unable to bury old demons, it looks like it’s finally payback time, and someone’s out for blood. Before the night is over, the halls will run red as they are stalked, staked and butchered by a relentless, savage killer bent on revenge. They must stop whoever is hunting them, or this year’s dance is going to be a killer.
Notable Names: Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles, Richard Gilliland, Jamie Smith-Jackson
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DW5IKNE
A scientist experiments with mutated insects freed by an earthquake, making matters worse.
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
Notable Names: Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant, Caroline Munro
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DW5IJXK
A caped crusader on horseback hunts vampires with his sidekick, new girlfriend and magic sword.
Notable Names: Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci, Emily VanCamp
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DW5IJYE
Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.
Notable Names: Ashton Leigh, Mara Hernandez, Aaron Boltz
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00DWG5GTY
What if you had to wake up on the same day over and over? What if that day was the day your family was murdered? Could you stop it?
Dark Minds (2013)
Notable Names: Erica Derrickson, Jami Tennille, Kevin DiBacco
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00DWG5GQ2
Haunted by horrific nightmares, Beverly seeks professional help to keep her sanity. She is desperate to find a way that will separate her nightmares from reality.
Jennifer Foxcroft is a professional psychic that has helped the local police solve open case crimes in the past. She has a track record with the local detectives and solved a national case that had huge media attention a few years back. Dr. Fenton is a psychiatrist that is also a psychic but no one knows that he has psychic abilities. While Jennifer uses her abilities to help solve crimes and fix the patients she has, Fenton is using his abilities to molest young girls and have sex with them under hypnosis. The bridge between the two is Beverly, a confused 20 something that is searching for answers and still grieving over her parents death. While Jennifer tries to help Beverly, Fentons goal is to seduce her. The two paths cross when Jennifer finds out that Fenton has been destroying the Innocence of young girls for years. Jennifer sets out to stop Fenton from hurting Beverly and anyone else. It’s an emotional battle of wills that all takes place in the unnavigable maze we call the mind.
Dead Dreams (2011)
Notable Names: Christian Potenza, Corey Sevier, Josh Koffman
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00CHT046C
Carl finds himself in a deserted motel suffering from memory loss. He is visited by a mysterious man that he comes to know as the Sandman. As Carl learns more about the life he has recently forgotten, he is forced to face the worst kind of evil: seeking vengeance against a psychopathic serial killer who has brutally murdered his wife.
Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition) (1978)
Notable Names: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, John Carpenter
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00DOB3N56
For this very special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas went back to the vaults to present this legendary terror classic as never before, including creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Academy-Award® nominee Dean Cundey (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Apollo 13, the Back to the Future trilogy).
Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) in her debut role. Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance, Halloween II, IV & V, Fantastic Voyage), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis).
I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Notable Names: Jemma Dallender, Yavor Baharov, Joe Absolom, Aleksandar Aleksiev
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DMUFXOS
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00DMUFYZQ
From the makers of the critically acclaimed 2010 Remake comes a new terrifying ordeal that will shock the world once again. Katie, a beautiful girl on her own in NY, is trying to make it in the cutthroat world of modeling. When Katie innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into an unthinkable nightmare of rape, torture, and kidnapping. When a twist of fate finally frees her from her captors – beaten, battered, bruised, and broken, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive her ordeal, but to ultimately find the strength to exact her brutal revenge.
Notable Names: Jo Hartley, Seamus O’Neill, Alex Chandon
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00AKIP9XA
Four young urban offenders and their care workers embark on a community service weekend in the strange, remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which is proud to keep itself to itself. Visiting the local pub, The Dirty Hole which serves home-made (and suspiciously hairy) pork scratchings, they quickly realize they ve made the wrong holiday choice. A minor incident with some local inbred youths rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare for all involved and its just a case of who will survive, and what will be left of them?
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Notable Names: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00E1HIX5M
A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.
Paranormal Ghost Hauntings at Turn of the Century (2013)
Notable Names: William Burke
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DJYK4YG
Ghostly encounters abound as a team of psychics contact the spirit world and are rattled to the core by the events that unfold in this bone-chilling collection of paranormal encounters. Witness the terrifying tales of Mary Gallagher, a 1800s-era prostitute decapitated by a rival; the old Fiddlers’ Green pub haunted by the ghost of a heartbroken maid who committed suicide; Kentucky’s sprawling Waverly Sanitarium, ravaged by the dreaded tuberculosis plague, and more!
Prince Of Darkness (Collector’s Edition) (1987)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, John Carpenter
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00D7AM6WU
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00D7AM5XU
Master of horror John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this terrifying battle between mankind and the ultimate evil.
A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open it, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all of humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable horror of them all. Terror mounts as the team must fight to save the world from a devilish fury that has been contained for over seven million years.
Psycho II (Collector’s Edition) (1983)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Richard Franklin
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00D7AM5WQ
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00D7AM5U8
Anthony Perkins makes a terrifying homecoming in his roles as the infamous Norman Bates, who, after years of treatment in a mental institution for the criminally insane, has come home to run the Bates Motel. Vera Miles returns as the woman who is still haunted by her sister’s brutal murder and the ominous motel where it all occurred many years ago. Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia and Dennis Franz co-star in the terrifying sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film.
Psycho III (Collector’s Edition) (1986)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Anthony Perkins
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00D7AM6CU
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00D7AM698
The Bates Motel is once again the site of something evil as the rehabilitated Norman attempts to help a disturbed young woman, Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid, Mommie Dearest), who has left the convent because she can’t find any proof that God exists. Maureen bears a striking resemblance to one-time Bates Motel guest Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) which puts Norman on edge. At the same time, a nosy reporter is snooping around town looking into Norman’s past. Suspense, terror and black comedy worthy of the master himself are in hearty supply in the most shocking Psycho of them all!
Ringu 0: Birthday (2000)
Notable Names: Yukie Nakama, Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Asô, Takeshi Wakamatsu
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00E1HIXD4
In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest…
Notable Names: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DW5IM14
A mysterious video kills whoever views it, unless that viewer can solve its mystery.
Ringu 2 (1999)
Notable Names: Miki Nakatani
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DW5IK3Y
Reiko takes Yoichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads..
Silent But Deadly (2011)
Notable Names: Jason Mewes, Jordan Prentice, Stephen Scott
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DFBVJVK
Introverted loner Thomas Capper (Jason Mewes, Clerks I and II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats) prefers the company of his beloved goat, Liza, to that of people…and he d do anything for her. When a Hollywood film crew starts shooting on location in the countryside of his small town, the cooperative and mild-mannered Thomas a man of very few words lands a gig as the director s assistant. But when Liza ends up as lunch for the crew, he embarks on a merciless killing spree to avenge his dearly departed pet s death … and has a few choice words for his victims.
Notable Names: Faye Sewell, Thomas James Longley, Shaun Troke
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DENJICG
Six friends plan a weekend getaway to “Camp Happy Dream” despite the campsite being plagued by a deadly urban legend. As legend has it, a machete-wielding park ranger named Sparrow, brutally murdered two people in fit of jealous rage, and is said to continue to roam the forest to this day. The friends’s disbelief in this urban legend is soon changed when strange happenings begin to occur to each of them…
Tam Lin Aka the Devil’s Widow (1970)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Ava Gardner, Ian McShane, Roddy McDowall
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00E21D8M0
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00E21DCBM
They called her the Devil’s Widow she drained them of their manhood and then of their lives! Legendary Hollywood goddess, Ava Gardner (One Touch of Venus) delivers a mesmerizing performance in director Roddy McDowall’s wickedly suspenseful tale of decadent young thrill-seekers and the sinister seductress who holds them spellbound. Amid the dawn-to-dusk revelry at the fabulous country estate of wealthy and sophisticated Mrs. Cazaret (Gardner), the impulsive Tom Lynn (Ian McShane, TV’s Deadwood) discovers that being the life of this party could have murderous consequences. The top-notch cast includes Stephanie Beacham (TV’s The Colbys, Dynasty), Cyril Cusack (Fahrenheit 451), Richard Wattis (The Importance of Being Ernest) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous). Acting great Roddy McDowall’s one and only directorial effort. Beautifully shot in scope by Billy Williams (Gandhi).
Format(s): VHS, DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/VHS Combo
Notable Names: Lawrence Michael Levine, Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener
VHS Link: http://amzn.com/B00DQRHN2W
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00DI012O2
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00DI012QA
From the innovative minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes V/H/S/2, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find a collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance.
Hannibal: Season One (2013)
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Notable Names: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, David Slade, Guillermo Navarro
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00CWIMVDW
Blu-ray Link: http://amzn.com/B00CWIMY3O
FBI Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) hunts the most notorious serial killers. Graham is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: he can think like his prey, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. What he doesn’t know is that his new partner is the most notorious serial killer of all. While pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) teams Graham with a highly respected psychiatrist – a man with a taste for the criminally minded: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, toying with him and playing a game all his own, while they work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer. Like only Lecter can, he twists Graham’s mind, daring him to question everything he knows about others…and himself.
Satanic Double Feature: The Devil’s Wedding Night (1973) / The Witches Mountain (1972)
Notable Names: Mark Damon, Sara Bay
DVD Link: http://amzn.com/B00FA2DE4W
Movies: The Devil’s Wedding Night / The Witches Mountain