Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for January 12, 2015

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Hotel Transylvania 2

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“In this all-new monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne, and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp!”

Sinister 2

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“The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.”

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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

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“Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.”

Howl [Blu-Ray]

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“On a dark and stormy night the last train out of London comes to a sudden halt deep in the middle of a forest. After the driver ventures out to investigate and never returns, the passengers are in a state of panic – particularly after seeing the driver’s mutilated body outside the carriage. Realizing there’s something dangerous lurking in the forest, a ticket-collector, Joe (Ed Speleers), tells the passengers to make barricades to secure themselves in the carriage, but soon the deadly creature is stalking the besieged train and smashing through their defenses, picking them off one-by-one. Joe rallies his ‘pack’ of passengers to fight back. During a vicious battle they manage to kill the creature, revealing it to be a hideous mutated fusion of human and wild animal – a werewolf. However, celebrations are cut short when they hear more howls coming from the forest…”

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance [Cinema Epoch Blu-Ray]

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“The long awaited sequel to the cult classic! It’s 25 years later, and Detective Frank Washington is forced to team up with his long estranged partner Joe Marshall to solve a series of assassinations. Special Features: Audio Commentaries with Mathew Karedas, Mark Frazer and Gregory Hatanaka moderated by Dave Robinson, Trailer, Still Gallery, Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes Featurette”

Painkillers

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“A squad of marines sent on a classified mission deep in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan finds the mysterious item they were sent for…but it’s not what they were expecting. The next thing they know, Major Cafferty (Tahmoh Penikett, Battlestar Galactica) and the surviving squad members wake-up in a military medical facility with no memory of what happened or even who they are. Using an experimental drug, doctors try to “reboot” the soldiers’ memories, but one by one they fall prey to bizarre hallucinations and homicidal fits of rage. Only through snatches of resurfacing memories does Cafferty begin to question the true motives of the hospital staff and discover the shocking, deadly reality behind the otherworldly artifact they found.”

Uncle John [Kino Lorber]

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“Uncle John is a dark morality tale that opens on a cold and mysterious murder. What follows is an unexpected, genre-bending journey between two seemingly disparate stories that ultimately converge in this tense and chilling psychological thriller.

Dutch (Laurent Soucie), a small town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John (John Ashton, Beverly Hills Cop), a kind and well-liked pillar of his rural community, is not a suspect but has everything to do with it. Rumors and theories about Dutch’s fate spread throughout the town, including one from Dutch’s rambunctious younger brother Danny (Ronnie Gene Blevins, Joe) who believes John is at the heart of the mystery.
Meanwhile, John’s nephew Ben (Alex Moffat) leads a decidedly urban existence as a hip Chicago motion graphics designer. His confused and budding relationship with his coworker Kate (Jenna Lyng) takes them on an impromptu adventure north to see the town he grew up in.

They arrive just as Danny’s suspicions begin to mount, forcing John to navigate both worlds in an attempt to keep the disappearance unsolved.

Special Features: Explaining Micro-Budget Filmmaking To Your Mother, Extra Scenes, Trailer, 5.1 Surround”

Contracted: Phase 2 [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“Picking up immediately after the events of the first film, this riveting sequel follows Riley (Matt Mercer, Contracted), now infected and running out of time, as he attempts to find out more about the virus and its mysterious host. As he digs deeper into its origins, Riley attracts the attention of a detective (Marianna Palka, Good Dick) who doubts his innocence, and BJ (Morgan Peter Brown, Absentia), who holds the key to the virus (and perhaps the destruction of mankind as we know it) leading to a blood-soaked finale you have to see to believe. Hang on to your barf bags, buckle up, and get ready for the genre ride of the year!”

Mosquito-Man

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“Jim Crawley (Michael Manasseri) is having a really bad day. He gets fired from his job, his car is towed and impounded and he discovers his wife is having an affair with his arch enemy. To make matters worse, Jim gets abducted by an evil scientist (Ricky Wayne) who is conducting illegal human testing on a vaccine against a deadly mosquito borne virus spreading across the planet. It turns out that years of exposure to nuclear radiation and mosquito DNA don’t mix well…Jim transforms into a half man/half mosquito hell bent on revenge….”

The Alien Files: 4 Out-of-This-World Movies

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“Night Skies
(2007) – Color – Rated R

Demons at the Door director Roy Knyrim draws inspiration from one of the most high-profile UFO sightings ever recorded for this fact-based sci-fi thriller that recreates the infamous Phoenix Lights case. On March 13, 1997, community leaders, law enforcement officials, and countless everyday citizens in the southwestern United States witness a phenomenon that simply couldn’t be dismissed by even the most hardened of skeptics. Jason Connery, Ashley Peldon, A.J. Cook, and Gwendoline Yeo star in a film that draws on transcripts taken during hypnotherapy sessions to explore precisely what happened to six strangers stranded on a forgotten road during that fateful close encounter.

Alien Hunter
(2003) – Color – Rated R

For the NASA-funded research team stationed at the most desolate reaches of Antarctica, it’s another routine day – until the communications satellite picks up a mysterious signal coming from a strange object lodged several meters beneath the ice. Suspecting it may not be from earth, the lead scientist immediately places a call to Julian Rome (James Spader), an old friend formerly employed as a cryptologist for the U.S. Government’s SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program.

Catching the next flight to the South Pole, this former Alien Hunter is soon led to the unidentified object which is still encased in a large block of ice. After constructing a makeshift decoder, Rome quickly cracks the complex mathematical code, only to discover the message is an alien warning. Now it’s a terrifying race against time to prevent the total annihilation of the planet in this pulse-pounding sci-fi thriller.

John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars
(2001) – Color – Rated R

Natasha Henstridge (Species) is Melanie Ballard, a headstrong police lieutenant on Mars in the year 2025. Humans have been colonizing and mining on the red planet for some time, but when Ballard and her squad are sent to a remote region to apprehend the dangerous criminal James Desolation Williams, played by Ice Cube (Friday), they discover that he’s the least of their worries. The mining operations have unleashed a deadly army of Martian spirits who take over the bodies of humans and won’t stop until they destroy all invaders of their planet.

The Day The World Ended
(2001) – Color – Rated R

A woman trying to help a disturbed child discovers his nightmarish fears are all too real in this sci-fi horror opus. Dr. Jennifer Stillman (Nastassja Kinski) is a child psychologist from New York City who takes a job working at an elementary school in a small Nevada community. Jennifer is seen as an unwelcome outsider by most of her neighbors and colleagues, but she does strike up a rapport with Ben (Bobby Edner), a troubled young student. Ben is haunted by fears he has a hard time talking about, and she learns that his mother died under unexplained circumstances — a matter his father (Randy Quaid) is equally reticent to discuss. As Jennifer struggles to get to the bottom of Ben’s traumas, she learns that a monster from another world and a terrible secret the town has been trying to hide are both parts of the puzzle. The Day the World Ended was loosely adapted from Roger Corman’s 1956 film of the same name, which was the first monster movie the B-movie icon made for American-International Pictures; this version was created as part of the made-for-cable Creature Features series.”

Silent Retreat

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“Six members of a media company go on a weekend business retreat at an isolated lodge in the woods. When one of the members goes missing, they discover that the lodge was formerly a private mental institution that had been shut down after allegations of unethical behavior. One by one, they fall victim to the dark secrets buried at the lodge. This is no vacation… this is a SILENT RETREAT!”

Hands of the Ripper [Synapse Films]

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“As a young child Jack the Ripper’s daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.”

Queens of Scream: 4 Movie Thrill-Fest

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“Vacancy

(2007) – Color – Rated R

Starring: Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Ethan Embry

When David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox’s (Kate Beckinsale) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they are forced to spend the night at the only motel around, with only the TV to entertain them – until they discover that the low-budget slasher videos they find in their room were all filmed in the very room in which they’re sitting. With hidden cameras now aimed at them – trapping them in rooms, crawlspaces, underground tunnels – and filming their every move, David and Amy must struggle to get out alive before they end up the next victims on tape.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

(1997) – Color – Rated R

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe

Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar star with Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Johnny Galecki in this terrifying tale of a body that just won’t stay dead. After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. Exactly one year later, the dead man returns from his watery grave and he wants more than an apology.

When A Stranger Calls

(2006) – Color – Rated PG-13

Starring: Katie Cassidy, Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Tessa Thompson

Have you checked the children?

To Jill Johnson, it was the perfect babysitting job. The parents were away. The fridge was stocked. The children were tucked into bed. But then the phone rings and an ominous voice asks, Have you checked the children? Locked in with the lights out and the curtains drawn, a panicky Jill phones the police, who trace the calls – only to inform her they’re coming from inside the house.

The Cave

(2005) – Color – Rated PG-13

Starring: Lena Headley, Cole Hauser, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian

Deep in the Romanian forest, a team of scientists stumbles upon the ruins of a 13th-century abbey. On further inspection, they make a startling discovery – the abbey is built over the entrance to a giant underground cave system. Local biologists believe the cave could be home to an undiscovered ecosystem, so they hire a group of American cave explorers to help them investigate its depths.”

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