DVD & Blu-ray Releases: October 4, 2016

by Lynn Sorel

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: October 4, 2016

This week’s releases include TV seasons of American Horror Story: Hotel, Preacher and Penny Dreadful. As for movies we have The Purge: Election Year and The Wailing, along with new special editions of several horror classics. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.

American Horror Story: Hotel [Blu-ray]


Starring:  Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

Synopsis: Check in to the fifth season of the deliciously diabolical series from creators Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk, starring a killer cast that includes Lady Gaga – in her Golden Globe®-Winning role as The Countess – along with Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Matt Bomer, Denis O’Hare and Sarah Paulson. A string of grisly murders is traced back to the sinister, sensuous Countess (Gaga), an infamous resident of the stylish Hotel Cortez in downtown Los Angeles. American Horror Story: Hotel is a visually stunning, visceral feast. Come explore the hidden corridors of this fiendishly entertaining show with accommodating extras.

Bonus Features:
Disc 1:
**Checking In
**Chutes and Ladders

Disc 2:
**Devil’s Night
**Room Service
**Room 33
**An Invitation to Devil’s Night

Disc 3:
**Ten Commandments Killer, The
**She Wants Revenge

Disc 4:
**She Gets Revenge
**Battle Royale
**Be Our Guest
**The Cortez: An Era of Elegance Gone By

Dexter: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]


Starring:  Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Synopsis: Dexter Morgan is a Forensics Expert, a loyal brother, boyfriend, and friend. That’s what he seems to be, but that’s not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a Serial Killer that hunts the bad.

Preacher (2016) – Season 01 [Blu-ray]


Starring: Dominic Cooper, Tom Brooke, W. Brown, Ian Colletti

Synopsis: Based on the hit comic book series, PREACHER is the edgy story of Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. With his fearless sidekicks, Tulip and Cassidy, he embarks on a wild, dark journey that is unlike any other.

Special Features

-Instantly stream or download
-Includes redemption instructions in packaging. Offer expires 12/31/2019. Select devices only. Special features not included. US only.

*Includes Uncensored Special Features

Constantine: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]


Starring: Matt Ryan, Angelica Celaya, Charles Halford, Harold Perrineau

Synopsis: A man struggling with his faith is haunted by the sins of his past but is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

Penny Dreadful: The Final Season [Blu-ray]


Starring:  Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Synopsis: What if the only way to battle our demons is to surrender to them? Welcome to the darkest and most thrilling season of PENNY DREADFUL yet. Confronting new horrors in dangerous new lands, Ethan Chandler, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Sir Malcolm, the Creature and the ravishing but deadly Lily must each face – and embrace – their own most truly monstrous selves. But for the beautiful and tortured Vanessa Ives, accepting her demons could exact a terrible cost and plunge the world into unending darkness.

The Purge: Election Year (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)


Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson

Synopsis: It has been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night – the 12 hours of lawlessness. This year, the annual ritual comes at the eve of a heated presidential election with the nation deeply divided between those who are pro-­ and anti-­Purge. As head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), Leo’s mission is to protect her during her controversial and contested run for president. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of Washington, D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
Special Features
Digital Copy of The Purge: Election Year (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Deleted Scenes
Inside The Purge
Character Spotlight: Leo

The Wailing [Blu-ray]

Starring: Kwak Do Won, Hwang Jung Min, Kunimura Jun

Synopsis: In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals – suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers – unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.
Over six years in the making, director Na Hong-jin s meticulously crafted follow-up to the globally acclaimed THE YELLOW SEA and THE CHASER (his third to premiere at the Festival de Cannes) smashed box office records upon its debut in South Korea, where fans are already making return viewings to catch new clues and debate what s sure to be the most talked-about ending of 2016.

The Beginning of THE WAILING

Language: Korean (original)
Subtitles: English

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens


Starring: Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, David Hasselhoff, Tommy Davidson

Synopsis: Five years after the wave of sharknados that wracked the east coast, our heroes are living a quiet life in the middle of the country — as far away from sharks as possible. But all mankind should know by now, there is no escaping…

Stephen King’s It (BD) [Blu-ray]


Starring: Tim Curry, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Olivia Hussey, Richard Masur

Synopsis: Stephen King’s It (Combo/T-shirt)

The Purge: 3-Movie Collection


Starring: Ethan Hawke, Frank Grillo, Lena Headey, Carmen Ejogo, Elizabeth Mitchell

Synopsis: The Purge If you could commit any crime without consequences, what would you do? From the producer of Paranormal Activity and Sinister, comes an inventive thriller that dares you to survive the most dangerous night in America – The Purge – when all crime is legal for 12 hours. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, and begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. The Purge: Anarchy The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy takes it to the streets for the country’s yearly 12 hours of anarchy, when all crime is legal. This new story follows an unlikely group of five strangers over the course of the night. As they fight to survive a night fraught with impossible decisions, these strangers will find out just how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other. The Purge: Election Year It has been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night -­ the 12 hours of lawlessness. This year, the annual ritual comes at the eve of a heated presidential election with the nation deeply divided between those who are pro-­ and anti-­Purge. As head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), Leo’s mission is to protect her during her controversial and contested run for president. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of Washington, D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.

Special Features
Disc 1 – The Purge:
Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge

Disc 2 – The Purge: Anarchy:
Behind the Anarchy

Disc 3 – The Purge: Election Year:
Deleted Scenes
Inside The Purge
Character Spotlight: Leo

Fender Bender [Blu-ray]


Starring: Makenzie Vega, Steven Michael Quezada


He stalks the streets. Remorseless. Brutal. Bloodthirsty. When his prey is at its most vulnerable, he appears. And when night falls and all is quiet… he strikes. Prepare for the next driving force in horror… Fender Bender.

Seventeen-year-old Hilary has just received her driver’s license… only to have her first accident shortly thereafter. Innocently exchanging her personal information with the remorseful stranger behind the wheel, Hilary returns home for a quiet evening with friends. But when the man she so readily handed all of her information to reveals himself to be something much darker and sinister than she could imagine, Hilary finds herself in a head-on collision with terror.

From writer/director Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier), Fender Bender is an intense crash-and-slash thriller that brings you back to a time when the boxes on the shelf at your local video store beckoned you with masked, knife-wielding maniacs and a twisted sense of morals.

The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) [Blu-ray]

Starring: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Thorley Walters, Vanda Godsell

Synopsis: Their target: Humanity. Their mission: Total Annihilation! The world has just been decimated by an unstoppable, merciless army of killer robots, and millions of innocent souls have been wiped out! Only a handful of survivors have managed to escape the deadly alien apocalypse, and they must endure a non-stop struggle to save themselves from destruction, and somehow find a way to defeat the marauding death machines… before the entire human race becomes extinct! Legendary Hammer director Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula) directed this Sci-Fi thriller written by Harry Spalding (Chosen Survivors) under the pseudonym Henry Cross and starring Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price and Thorley Walters.

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith | Animated Photo Montage | Trailers

Vamp (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]


Starring: Grace Jones, Chris Makepeace, Robert Rusler, Gedde Watanabe, Dedee Pfeiffer


Two fraternity pledges head to a seedy part of town to find some entertainment for their college friends but are faced with bloodthirsty vampires!

Keith (Chris Makepeace, Meatballs) and AJ (Robert Rusler, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy s Revenge) want to make the right impression at college and so they devise a plan to get them into the best frathouse on campus. They head to the After Dark Club where they want to find a stripper for a party their friends won t forget, instead they find themselves among vampires led by Kinky Katrina (Grace Jones, A View to a Kill)!

Almost certainly an influence on From Dusk til Dawn, Vamp is superbly designed by many of Grace Jones own award-winning collaborators and features stunning effects by four-time Oscar winner Greg Cannom (The Lost Boys, Bram Stoker s Dracula). Delivering laughs and scares in equal measure, with the added bonus of vampy sex appeal, Vamp is a comedy horror romp with real bite!

High Definition digital transfer
Original mono audio
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
One of those Nights: The Making of Vamp – a brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Richard Wenk, stars Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer, Gedde Watanabe
Behind-the-scenes rehearsals
Blooper Reel
Image gallery
Dracula Bites the Big Apple (1979) – Richard Wenk s celebrated short film
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

First pressing only: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Cullen Gallagher

Chosen Survivors (1974) [Blu-ray]


Starring: Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Diana Muldaur

Synopsis: They are mankind’s last hope… and the terror has only just begun! After a devastating global nuclear holocaust, a carefully selected group of 11 citizens are sent deep into the bowels of Planet Earth, where they will remain until it is safe to return to the surface and start re-populating the world! But something else is lurking in this subterranean refuge…a deadly, rampaging of inhuman terror that won’t stop until it has exterminated them all, one by one! TV veteran Sutton Roley (Combat, Mannix) directed classic Sci-Fi thriller starring Jackie Cooper (Superman II), Alex Cord (The Brotherhood), Richard Jaeckel (The Dirty Dozen), Bradford Dillman (The Enforcer), Pedro Armendariz Jr. (Chisum), Diana Muldaur (McQ), Lincoln Kilpatrick (The Omega Man) and Barbara Babcock (Back Roads).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith | Trailers

Daughter of Dracula (1972) [Blu-ray]


Starring: Britt Nichols, Anne Libert, Alberto Dalbés, Daniel White, Howard Vernon

Synopsis: In the early 1970s, cult filmmaker Jess Franco inspired by the Hammer horror films being made in the UK revisited the iconic monsters of yesteryear, placing them in the castles and crypts of the Spanish countryside, and bracketing the thrills with scenes of frank eroticism. Daughter of Dracula was inspired by Sheridan LeFanu s Carmilla (which was also the source of Hammer s lesbian vampire trilogy), but as one might expect, Franco s version was unlike any treatment the story had yet received. When the nude body of a murdered woman washes onto the beach, a police inspector (Alberto Dalbés) and a reporter (Fernando Bilbao) focus their attention on the castle of Count Max Karlstein (composer Daniel White) and his niece (Britt Nichols, The Demons), a beautiful woman who appears to be wrestling with an ancestral curse.

Bonus Features: English Subtitles, Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas, Alternate safe footage (less sexually explicit), Original heatrical trailer

All Through the House [Blu-ray]


Starring: Ashley Mary Nunes, Jessica Cameron, Melynda Kiring, Jennifer Wenger, Johanna Rae

Synopsis: All Through the House

“All Through the House” is an 80s-style slasher film featuring a deranged Santa Slayer who rips through the town of Napa, California for some yuletide-terror. Fifteen years ago, a peaceful Christmas neighborhood was engulfed by fear when five-year-old Jamie Garrett was mysteriously taken from her bedroom, never to be seen again. Now, on Christmas break, Rachel Kimmel comes home from college to find her neighborhood struck again by a reign of terror. A violent killer is hiding behind a grisly Santa mask, leaving a bloody trail of slaughtered women and castrated men to the steps of the Garrett house. Rachel finds herself in a horrifying nightmare as she discovers the twisted secret behind the mask.

Blu-ray features surround sound, the official “All Through the House” trailer, audio commentary and English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired.

The Mind’s Eye [Blu-ray]


Starring: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos

Synopsis: Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use. The Mind’s Eye is “a mind-bogglingly gory film that has heart, soul, and suspense, but is above all, unbelievably fun to watch.” (Modern Horrors)

Special Features
A Look Into the Eye of Madness Featurette
Commentary with Writer/Director Joe Begos
Producer’s Commentary featuring Joe Begos, Josh Ethier, Graham Skipper and Zak Zeman



Starring: Brian Nagel, Lauren Elise, Andrew Staton, Katie Keene, Jeff Denton

Synopsis: A group of friends get stranded in a seemingly abandoned town and find themselves stalked by a violent gang of psychopaths dressed as clowns.

I Know What You Did Last Summer, When a Stranger Calls, Vacancy – BD Triple Feature [Blu-ray]


Starring: Various

Synopsis: 3 movie pack

Satanic [Blu-ray]


Starring: Sarah Hyland, Justin Chon

Synopsis: A van full of young college students visit old Satanic Panic-era sites in Los Angeles. They end up following the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. Only this “victim” turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped.

Shining, The (BD) [Blu-ray]


Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson

Synopsis: Shining, The (Combo/T-shirt)

Gremlins/Gremlins 2 (2pk/BD) [Blu-ray]

Starring: Various

Synopsis: Gremlins Collection (Combo/Funko)

Krampus 2: The Devil Returns


Starring: Richard Goteri, A.J. Leslie

Synopsis: The monster Krampus has returned to continue to punish the bad children in a small Pennsylvania town. It’s up to a team of current and former police officers to end the cycle of the Christmas Devil

Planet of the Sharks


Starring: Brandon Auret, Stephanie Beran

Synopsis: As Seen on Syfy! In the near future, glacial melting has covered 98% of earth’s landmass. Sharks have flourished and now dominate the planet, operating as one massive school led by a mutated alpha shark. The human survivors live in terror of the predators, and it’s up to a few survivors to take down the alpha shark and make the seas safe again.

Ice Sharks


Starring: Kaiwi Lyman, Edward DeRuiter

Synopsis: As Seen on Syfy! A new breed of aggressive, ravenous sharks cracks the frozen ocean floor of an Arctic research station, devouring all who fall through. As the station sinks into frigid waters, those alive must fashion makeshift weapons or suffer the same fate.

They’re Watching


Starring: Jay Lender, Micah Wright

Synopsis: From writer/directors Jay Lender & Micah Wright (CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS) comes the batsh#t insane (Bloody Disgusting) shocker of the year: when the popular TV reality show Home Hunters Global shoots an episode in a remote Eastern European town, the crew discovers that a house with old world charm means a total wreck… that superstitious villagers can make for a very uncomfortable production… and that the local legend about a monstrous witch may hit closer to home than they realize. Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives), Kris Lemche (Ginger Snaps), David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries), and Dimitri Diatchenko (Chernobyl Diaries) star in this cracked-out, trippy horror tale (Chicago Daily Herald) that Cinema Slasher calls Incredibly fun…delivering one of the most chaotic and unpredictable finales in recent memory!

Special Features:
Animal Style
Cellar Reveal
The Frog Man
Strudel Mania
They re Listening

House of Manson


Starring: Ryan Kiser, Devanny Pinn

Synopsis: An unflinching chronicle of the life of Charles Manson, the ex-con who was able to amass a dedicated following of young people in the late 1960s. The era of peace and love was ultimately brought to its knees following his orchestration of the notorious Tate and LaBianca murders, which sent a shockwave throughout the world. To this very day, Manson remains a fascinating figure to today’s youth.

Hostel, Hostel II, Hollow Man, Hollow Man 2 – BD 4 Pack [Blu-ray]


Starring: Various

Synopsis: 3 movie pack

Midnight Horror Collection V.1


Starring: Justin Welborn, Ashley Watkins, Larry Joe Campbell, Cathy Baron, Glenn Plummer

Synopsis: For those who love bloody slashers, this four-film Midnight Horror Collection delivers epic maniacal killers to the screen and puts visions you would rather not think about too much in your head. If you are planning a trip into the great outdoors, you might want to give that idea a review.

5FC: Harrowing Horror (5pk)


Starring: Various

Synopsis: 5 Film Collection: Harrowing Horror Collection (DVD)

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