DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Nov 24, 2015

by Lynn Sorel

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Nov 24, 2015




Christmas Horror Story, A [Blu-ray]

Starring: George Buza, William Shatner


Synopsis: It’s the season of joy, peace, and goodwill… unless you live in Bailey Downs. Last Christmas Eve, two teens came to a grisly end in a school basement. Now, one year later, a new set of horrors has come to town. As three friends explore the site of the massacre, a malevolent spirit is determined to keep them there forever. One of the first cops to the scene of the bloody murders has new complications as his seven-year-old son exhibits terrifying and violent behavior. And when a local family seeks reconciliation with an estranged aunt for the wrong reasons, they suddenly find themselves running in terror from Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus. Not even St. Nick is immune to the terror as he fights back against a horde of zombie elves. This is destined to be a holiday no one will ever forget….






Ghost Story [Blu-ray]

Starring: Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, John Houseman


Synopsis: Four of Hollywood’s most distinguished statesmen (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and John Houseman) join forces against a paranormal nemesis in Ghost Story, based on the terrifying novel by best-selling author Peter Straub. 



In a peaceful New England town, the four lifelong friends who make up the Chowder Society come together each week to regale each other with tales of terror. But when one of the elderly gentlemen experiences a family tragedy, it becomes apparent that a buried secret from their youth has arisen to remind them of the sins of their past. Soon, they will learn they have never been forgiven… and a supernatural vengeance awaits them all. Craig Wasson, Patricia Neal, and Alice Krige also star in this chilling and atmospheric telling of one of horror’s greatest stories.


Special Features Include:

-Audio Commentary by Director John Irvin

-Interviews with Author Peter Straub, Actress Alice Krige, Screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, Producer Burt Weissbourd, and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor

-Vintage Theatrical Trailer, TV and Radio Spots

-Photo Gallery






The Mask 

Starring: Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker


Synopsis: After the shocking death of a disturbed patient, psychiatrist Dr. Allan Barnes (Paul Stevens) comes into possession of the ancient tribal mask that supposedly drove the young man to his doom. When Barnes puts on the mask, he is assailed with nightmarish visions of monsters, occultists, and ritual torture. Believing that the mask has opened a portal to the deepest recesses of his mind, the doctor continues to explore this terrifying new psychic world even as the mask reveals a latent violence in Barnes’ nature that threatens those closest to him.


Shot in Toronto on a shoestring budget, THE MASK (retitled Eyes of Hell for its American release) claims the distinction of being the first feature-length Canadian horror movie. Director Julian Roffman turns the act of wearing the anaglyph 3D glasses into part of the theatrical experience: when Barnes’ voice intones the immortal words “Put the mask on, now!,” the audience puts on their glasses to witness the doctor’s visions, a riot of psychedelic imagery rendered in bright, blazing color. Premiering at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, this edition of THE MASK was digitally restored by the 3-D Film Archive from the best surviving 35mm film elements.


ONE NIGHT IN HELL (3-D Animated Short): From internationally award-winning animation studio and production company Unanico Group, and visionary rock musician Brian May, a 3D phenomenon of 1860s Paris is unleashed on the 21st century. ONE NIGHT IN HELL is a devilish and spectacular animation short that tells the story of one skeleton s journey into a stereoscopic Hell. The film features exclusive new music from Brian May & the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and has a Dolby Atmos track.



Special Features: 3-D sequences provided in both stereoscopic (3-D television required) and anaglyph formats (red/cyan glasses not included), Newly restored Electro-Magic Sound (optional 5.1 Surround during 3-D sequences), Audio commentary by 3-D film historian Jason Pichonsky, Making-of Documentary, Four trailers and TV spots, 3-D Setup Video (for monitor calibration), Films by visual consultant Slavko Vorkapich: 9413: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra (11 min.), Abstract Experiment in Kodachrome (2 min.), Montage Sequences (6 sequences, 12 min. total)






Blood And Lace (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]

Starring: Milton Selzer, Melody Patterson


Synopsis: She searched through the dark corridors of the unknown, only to find… the unbearable. 



Available for the first time on a home entertainment format, the 1971 cult favorite Blood and Lace is a twisted tale of horror frequently cited as a precursor to the slasher films of the late 70s and early 80s. 



After her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, teenaged Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is suddenly orphaned. She is sent to a home for children run by the enigmatic Mrs. Deere (Gloria Grahame, 1952 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner for her role in The Bad and The Beautiful), in spite of the concern that Ellie will be the newest target of her mother’s killer. But as terror strikes again and again, it becomes unclear who might be the bigger threat to Ellie’s life: the mysterious murderer with a hammer… or her sadistic new caretaker. 



With borderline insane plot twists, and some unexpected performances by two faces familiar to fans of classic sitcoms: Vic Tayback (“Mel” from Alice) and Len Lesser (“Uncle Leo” from Seinfeld), this little-known horror gem is a jolting, terror-filled thriller you’ve got to see to believe.


Special Features Include:

-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith

-Alternate Opening Title

-Original Theatrical Trailer






Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (with optional RiffTrax) [Blu-ray]

Starring: Bruce Dern, Pat Priest, Casey Kasem, Albert Cole, John Bloom


Synopsis: What do you get when a mad scientist grafts the head of a maniac onto the body of a giant? A true cult classic that the Los Angeles Times calls “lots of fun”! When a brilliant yet obsessive surgeon is cast out by the medical community, he takes science to a shocking new level – by grafting the head of one man onto the body of another. But his terrifying two-headed creation escapes the lab and goes on a rampage! Cult director Anthony M. Lanza (The Glory Stompers) directed the original 2-headed monster classic featuring a script by James Gordon White (The Hellcats) and James Lawrence (The Loners) and a stellar cast that included Bruce Dern (Coming Home), Pat Priest (TV s The Munsters) and broadcasting legend Casey Kasem (American Top 40). This special edition is re-mastered in HD and features audio commentary by the RiffTrax® trio and ex Mystery Science Theater 3000 legends, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.


Optional RiffTrax Commentary by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett | Interview with Screenwriter James Gordon White | Radio Spot | Trailers






Reichsfuhrer SS [Blu-ray]

Starring: David B. Stewart III, Angelina Leigh, Chuck Maher, Martin Slamon, John Martineau


Synopsis: The Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler was Adolf Hitler’s most loyal henchman and one of the most feared men of WWII. Surprisingly, he had only one problem… He had no stomach for murder! When the Reichsfuhrer-SS becomes physically ill during the execution of Russian POW’s on the Eastern front in 1941. Ruthless, careerist SS General Hans Shellenberg rats Himmler out to the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. Hitler tests his loyal Heinrich forcing him to commit the murder of a Polish prisoner named Danuta with his own hands. Thus awakening the Monster within him that will horrify the world for generations to come! Himmler may please his Fuhrer in 1941, but what awaits him after he commits suicide in 1945 is nothing less than Hell itself. See what happens when Himmler meets Erebus, the gatekeeper of Hell! See the nightmarish suffering that awaits the infamous Nazi leader who murdered millions! This Blu-ray is also Loaded with Bonus Features Including: A Full Motion Menu, Deleted Scenes, Before and After Effects Reel, Scene Selection Page, Alternate Credits, Audio Commentary, Movie Trailers and Two Versions of the Movie, the Unrated Directors Cut and the Theatrical Version.





The Badger Game [Blu-ray]

Starring: Augie Duke, Patrick Cronen, Jillian Leigh, Sam Boxleitner, Sasha Higgins


Synopsis: It’s the twisted indie hit that’s been hailed as fun (Ain’t It Cool), intense (Horror News) and excellent all around (Indyred): When a young woman discovers that her wealthy boyfriend is married, she and three friends hatch a kidnapping-and-extortion scheme known in criminal circles as a badger game to teach him a lesson and score an easy $2 million. But they’ll soon learn certain games can quickly spin out of control…and that one seemingly perfect crime is about to go horribly wrong. 


Augie Duke, Patrick Cronen, Jillian Leigh, Sam Boxleitner and Sasha Higgins star In this award-winning comedy/shocker written and directed by Josh Wagner & Thomas Zambeck that Icons Of Fright calls a rare treat of a thriller, packed to the gills with drama, terror and tension! 


Special Features:

Audio Commentary with Writer/Directors Joshua Wagner and Thomas Zambeck, and Composer London May

Audio Commentary with stars Augie Duke, Jillian Leigh, and Sasha Higgins

Cast and Crew Interviews from the premiere in Downtown LA






Big Bad Wolf [Blu-ray]

Starring: Clint Howard, David Naughton, Richard Tyson, Kimberly J. Brown


Synopsis: During a perilous game of cat-and-mouse with a bloodthirsty werewolf, Derek Cowley (Trevor Duke-Moritz, “Kick-Ass 2”) and his friends find a terrifying secret about the monster they must defeat to survive. Featuring a cunning and sadistically funny breed of werewolf unlike you’ve ever seen in any form of media.,






Haunting At Foster Cabin

Starring: AnnaMaria Demara, Kati Sharp, Grant Alan, Jamie Strange, Michelle Nunes


Synopsis: Sorority Sisters accidentally unleash an unholy entity. To save mankind, they must battle evil and each other.







Subspecies (20th Anniversary Editoon)


Starring: Anders Hove, Michelle Mcbride, Laura Tate, Angus Scrimm, Irina Movila


Synopsis: Deep within the heart of Romania, a suppressed evil from the past has come back to haunt the present, and three young beauties have stumbled onto its path…Michelle and Lillian are two American students who have joined their friend Mara in Romania for their studies of the ancient myths and legends of Transylvania. But Myth turns into reality when the women become the object of desire of Radu, an evil vampire obsessed with making them his consorts. Radu creates an army of hellish creatures of the night-a Subspecies-to help him carry out his plan. What he underestimates are the powers of his brother Stefan, a good vampire who has fallen in love with Michelle and wants to save them all from the wrath of his brother. At the same time, Stefan discovers that Radu has murdered their father, King Vlad, and is trying to take control of the kingdom. Radu wants to break the centuries-old tradition established by the king so that vampires would only feed on animals rather than humans in order to survive. In the final showdown of good versus evil, Stefan must fight his wicked brother and the new vampires Radu has created, in his effort to save his loves and the lives of all in the kingdom. Bonus features include: Commentary, Trailers








Starring: Paul E. Respass, Jim Barile, Charlotte Bjornbak, Char Frost


Synopsis: Ed Kunkle is a convicted felon tormented by his own demons. Eve Adams is a single woman trying to cope with a tragic loss. Bodie Jameson is a homicide detective looking for answers. All three lives will intertwine with disturbing, deadly consequences.





Edgar Wallace’s The Racetrack Murders/House in the Woods (Double Feature)

Starring: Michael Gough, Ronald Howard


Synopsis: It’s a double-dose of mystery and horror! THE RACETRACK MURDERS: Mystery at the track! A well-known thoroughbred is slain by a rival horse owner. Soon jockeys are being murdered by a mysterious killer. Scandals, blackmail, and drugs abound in this fine Bryan Edgar Wallace krimi thriller. THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS: When a mystery novelist moves into an old house to complete his latest chiller, he discovers that the scary events in his book are coming to life. Stars British horror star Michael Gough (HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM, KONGA), Ronald Howard, and Patricia Roc. Both films are presented in 16×9 enhanced widescreen transfers (1.66:1 aspect ratio). Total running time: approximately 150 minutes.







Ray Harker

Starring:  Jeremy Isbell, Kevin Ponder


Synopsis: After a murder rampage at a hotel party Ray Harker begins to haunt the visions of the town’s priest. He torchers the priest’s mind and draws him deeper into the madness of a killer. When Ray Harker comes to town nobody will be left alive.







Apocalypse Female Warriors

Starring: Len Kabasinski


Synopsis: After WWIII has devastated America, a small band of female warriors attempt to survive long enough to make it to the last city left. The problem is dictator Rollins doesn’t want her city overpopulating so she sends out her team of mercenaries to hunt and eliminate any “survivors” in the wastelands. The females, along with the help of a man out to avenge the death of his family, fight their way to the city combating mutated scavengers, wasteland renegades, and the city’s own mercenaries along the way!








Star Leaf

Starring:  Julian Gavilanes, Russell Hodgkinson, Richard Cranor, Tyler Trerise, Shelby Truax


Synopsis: Star Leaf is a sci-fi thriller about three friends who search for a forest of extra-terrestrial marijuana hidden deep in the Olympic Mountains and find much more than they bargained for. Starring Russell Hodgkinson and Julian Gavilanes of Sy-Fy’s Z-Nation, the adventure begins when Tim (Tyler Trerise) introduces his girlfriend Martha (Shelby Truax) and his Afghanistan war buddy James (Gavilanes) to the legendary Star Leaf, anticipating an out-of-this-world high and the chance to cure James’s PTSD. Things start to get strange when a forest ranger (Richard Cranor) mysteriously shows up at their late-night campfire with tales of alien visitors and odd animal behavior in the forest. And when Tim and Martha break the Star Leaf code of conduct, the evil aliens guarding the plant begin to stalk them. Reality, memory, and fantasy blur for James, whose flashbacks of the war mix with his sense of the current danger. Heedless of James’s warnings, Tim and Martha walk into a trap, and James must fight for all their lives against his own inner demons and even larger forces from beyond. Bonus features include: Behind the Scenes Video, Bloopers, Deleted Scenes




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