Horror releases for November 8 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click each film’s title to go to the Amazon page; every film you buy helps support this site.

Lone Wolf and Cub [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray]

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“Based on the best-selling manga series, the six intensely kinetic Lone Wolf and Cub films elevated chanbara to bloody new heights. The shogun’s executioner, Itto Ogami (Tomisaburo Wakayama), takes to wandering the countryside as an assassin—along with his infant son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) and a seemingly infinitely weaponized perambulator—helping those he encounters while seeking vengeance for his murdered wife. Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed action sequences as well as its tender depiction of the bonds between a parent and a child.”

Bubba Ho-Tep [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness) “gives his greatest and most entertaining performance to date”, (Premiere) as an aging and cantankerous “Elvis”, in this “zinger-filled crowd-pleaser”, (The Hollywood Reporter) from writer-director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, John Dies At The End)! When mysterious deaths plague a Texas retirement home, it’s up to its most sequined senior citizen to take on a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy with a penchant for cowboy boots, bathroom graffiti and sucking the souls from the barely living!”

Night Has a Thousand Desires [Mondo Macabro Blu-Ray]  UPDATE: Release delayed

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“In this surreal and sensuous mystery/noir, Lina Romay (The Female Vampire, Lorna the Exorcist) plays Irina, a partner in a male-female mind reading act. At night she experiences vivid and charged dreams which end in murder. It seems that the people whose minds she reads are being killed off one by one.

In the 1980s, after the death of the Spanish dictator, Jess Franco returned to his native country and made a series of films in which he was given almost total freedom. Night Has A Thousand Desires is one of the most artistically successful of these films. It’s filled with familiar Franco touches – artful cinematography, atmospheric locations, naked women, an avant garde soundtrack – and it features one of Lina Romay’s most committed performances. This world Blu Ray premier includes a number of exclusive extra features.

Special Features:

Interview with writer Stephen Thrower
Eurotika! Documentary on Jess Franco”

The Initiation [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

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“HERE S TO BEING YOUNG… STAYING YOUNG… AND DYING YOUNG.

Marking TV star Daphne Zuniga s debut in a leading role, The Initiation ranks amongst the finest of the college-based stalk-and-slash flicks now finally restored in glorious High-Definition!

Kelly s new sorority has a special initiation ritual in store for her an after-hours break-in of her father s department store. But what begins as a night of harmless college fun turns sour when, once inside the enormous mall, Kelly and her fellow pledges find themselves locked in for the night… with a deadly intruder stalking the corridors.

Arriving in 1984, The Initiation might have been late to the slasher party, but, alongside the likes of The House on Sorority Row and The Mutilator, it remains one of the stronger entries to emerge in the latter days of the slice-and-dice boom.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues
Brand new interview with actor Christopher Bradley
Brand new interview with actress Joy Jones
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver”

Private Vices Public Virtues [Mondo Macabro Blu-Ray]

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“Loosely based on the famous Mayerling Incident, the film is set in a Central European kingdom towards the end of the 19th century. Bored by his very proper wife, the youthful heir to the throne spends his time in amorous dalliances on his sprawling country estate, which operates like a kind of proto hippy commune.

A mysterious Circus of Truth arrives, the champagne is spiked, the party turns wild, and it culminates in death and tragedy. Much misunderstood, the film caused a sensation when it screened at the Cannes film festival in 1976. Today, this overlooked masterpiece of European art cinema can finally be appreciated as one of the most original films of its era. There really is nothing else like it in world cinema. This first Blu-Ray edition, uncut and restored from the original negative, comes with a host of exclusive special features.

Special Features:

Interview with cast member Pamela Villoresi
Interview with film historian Michael Brooke
Interview with writer Giovanna Gagliardo
Trailer”

Escape from Pleasure Planet

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“Princess Blair Williams’ erotic vacation is rudely interrupted when a renegade alien force, led by her arch enemy Aria (Erika Jordan), attacks Pleasure Planet. A quick escapes lands her in even more hot water as the Princess and her busty bodyguard crash land on Earth in this steamy Sci-Fi sex comedy. Directed by Terrance Ryken; Stars Erika Jordan, Blair Williams, Veronica Vain, Vanessa Cage. Includes bonus trailers.”

American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock [Unearthed Films Blu-Ray]

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“A man finds himself trapped and used for medical experiments in an abandoned mental facility. He doesn’t understand why or how he got there, but the surgical tortures allow him to experience a new level of pain, sadness and reality he has never felt before. As the levels of maniacal mutilation enfolds, he finds himself down the rabbit hole. Grasping onto anything, the tormented finds a way out. Clutching onto what every human being is desperate for…little does he understand, his ending is all of our endings.”

The Hospital 2

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“Five years after the brutal events that befell Skye and Beth inside Old Saint Leopold’s Hospital, the two survivors continue to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives. Bonus features include: Trailer”

Amigo Undead

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“Amigo Undead is the story of Kevin Ostrowski as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged, underachieving brother Norm on a camping trip. They’re accompanied by several of Norm’s unusual friends. When one of these friends dies accidentally, the decision is made to bury him out in the desert with some very unforeseen supernatural consequences.”

The Void Vol. 1

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“The Void is a multi volume anthology series featuring some of the best award winning short films from the Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres, Including: Dystopia St., Dextrocardia, A Dark Night at the Wrong House, Carrier Crow, Status Change, 300,000 Kilometers Per Second, A Birds Nest and Fairy Knowledge.”

Halloweed

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“A comedic blend of murder, mystery and marijuana. Trying to escape the infamy of a serial killer father, Trent Modine and his goof-ball stepbrother Joey, both seeking a new start, find refuge in the small town of Mooseheart. Joey, a complete stoner in a town known for its good weed and stories of the Candy Corn Killer, is a disaster waiting to happen. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long before the family name catches up. Trent and Joey must figure out how to sort through a string of cliché murders that so happen starts right as they arrive.”

Bleed

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“It seemed perfect – a new marriage, a new house, and a child on the way. But when Sarah and Matt invite their friends to celebrate, an innocent ghost hunt turns deadly as they explore the remains of a burned-out prison. The ill-fated group encounters horrors of this world and beyond. No one is safe – not even the unborn.”

Adaline: The Conjured

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“Young artist Daniela inherits an old house from an aunt she never knew existed. After moving in, she has a series of bizarre nightmares about Adaline, a girl who used to live in the same house a century before. Adaline could see into the future, predicting the death of her two sisters. When the premonition came true, Adaline was cast out, branded a witch by the villagers. Adaline’s work in this world is not yet finished as she reaches out through nightmares and leaves cryptic prophecies hidden in the attic. Her restless spirit walks throughout the house and becomes more agitated as doom approaches…”

Gorgasm

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“Tara, a psychotic call girl, has a strange obsession with giving men the ultimate climax. Chase is a detective out to stop her killing spree.”

Across the River

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“The story revolves around an ethologist working in the remote woods, trapping animals and mounting cameras on them so that he can monitor their behavior remotely. The resulting recordings lead him to a remote village, the site of an ancient curse, where he is trapped due to heavy rain fall raising the level of the river and flooding out the only access… Bonus features include: Interactive Menus, Movie Trailer”

Shock-O-Rama

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“When popular horror actress Rebecca Raven (M. Mundae) gets the axe from the ‘B’ movie studio that made her a household name, she travels to the country for some rest and relaxation…and a bloody confrontation with a flesh-starved zombie hungry to bite off more than it can swallow. Meanwhile, the frantic studio executives must rummage through past productions to find a sexy new star for their next film, and they come across two fright flicks that may offer a solution. Mechanoid features tiny, killer aliens – on the run from intergalactic police – that crash-land in a New Jersey salvage yard and battle its pissed-off proprietor with a 50-foot-tall creature borne of scrap metal and junked parts. In Lonely Are the Brain, an over-sized, under-stimulated hunk of evil gray matter experiments on beautiful young women for the sole purpose of experiencing human sensual pleasure. Does either film star the next “Rebecca Raven,” who could soon be nothing but zombie left-overs?”

Bloody Blacksmith

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“A group of history students are promised a reward if they can find the ancient tools of legendary blacksmith, ONE-EYED EARL YARDLEY, who murdered the townspeople of a remote rustic village in the 1800s. Legend says his ghost still stalks these haunted grounds. Bonus features include: UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT with director’s commentary.”

Plan 9

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“Plan 9 is the story of Nilbog, a small town with a big story. The begin of an invasion! However, instead of lasers, space ships, and epic force, these aliens have a different plan for the inhabitants of Earth. To resurrect their dead as their own army set with but one goal… To wipe out all mankind! Only the towns folk on this Halloween night stand in the way of total domination. From the police department, to those trapped in a convenient store, and even those trying to stay alive in the streets, this night will decide the fates of all who walk the planet and thought they were the top of the food chain. Bonus features include: Mini Doc – short interviews witht eh cast from the film, Bloopers & Outtakes, Film Competition – Two shorts hosted by the real John Johnson. , Criswell Predicts. 5 Episodes of a web series that leads up to the first scene of the film., Teaser Trailer – shot two years before the film was made , Plan 9: Super 8 – DP shots behind the scenes on a Super 8 camera, Commentary Track – Director and cast discuss the film.”

Spaghettiman

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“After being unjustly fired, Clark Kant runs head-on into a rough job market. Despite his connections, he has no marketable skills in this fast-paced 21st century economy. In a drunken stupor, Mr. Kant unwittingly eats a bowl of radioactive pasta… and it awakens within Clark the power to shoot spaghetti from his hands. After an intense period of training, he does what any real superhero would do: fight crime and earn money doing it.”

Warrioress

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“Two powerful female warriors must journey across a post-apocalyptic land to fight a ritual duel, and fulfill an ancient prophecy.”

Canada’s Most Haunted 4: Paranormal Horrors of the True North

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“Canada has a rich and colorful history which has resulted in a variety of paranormal phenomena from coast to coast. Outdoor enthusiasts hiking the Bruce Trail in Ancaster, Ontario often find themselves at the remains of a once great mansion. Known as the Hermitage Ruins, visitors encounter two very different spirits on a regular basis. The first is a coachman who hung himself on the property and still carries the severed noose around his neck. The second apparition is a woman who once owned the mansion and loved it so much that she refused to leave even after it burned down. The Espirit is Montreal’s hottest nightclub. While it has had many names over the years, one thing has remained constant – it’s ghostly apparitions. During the latest renovations, many workers witnessed a large ball of light floating towards them, and even passing through them. Others saw the ghost of a woman, with a horrific scar running the length of her pale torso. The War of 1812 was a definitive moment in Canadian history, inflicting thousands of casualties. One fight in particular left an impression on Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Battle for Lundy’s Lane was so grueling; it claimed hundreds of lives in mere hours. At Drummond Hill Cemetery three such ghostly casualties remain; forever on duty watching the gates. Prepare for an exciting thrill ride to some of Canada’s most haunted locations.”

Crazed

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“A pulsating tale of justice from the dark alleys of Harbor City, crazed vigilante cop Ronan Pierce is out to avenge the loss of his family to the evil Luna Cartel. Responsible for both his daughter’s death and his wife’s abduction, the Cartel enslaves thousands of young women from around the world and harvests organs from its other victims. Pierce delivers horrific punishment to an assortment of psychotic criminals on his way to bloody justice.”

Dead Silence

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“A reporter falls afoul of a man possessed by the spirit of an executed murderer.”

Outpost 11

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“Set in an alternative past where steam power still rules the world, Outpost 11 is the story of three soldiers manning a remote listening post in the Arctic Circle. One day the warning light goes off unexpectedly and their world is plunged in to chaos. Albert, Mason and Graham must fight the isolation, madness and arctic spiders to survive.”

Blood Factory

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“The Blood Factory brings you a collection of blood soaked horror films. Too scary for DVD. This is the first Volume in the Blood Factory series which will be available just in time for Christmas for those who are looking for alittle blood in their stocking this year. This series in not designed for the weak at heart. If you would rather see a killer on a murder spree than Santa delivering presents then this is the DVD for you. The Blood Factory brings you a collection of 3 blood soaked horror films. Don’t Turn Around Five friends learn the hard way that sometime it just doesn’t pay to talk to strangers in director Jeremy Isbell’s gruesome tale of murder and mayhem. They were only trying to help when they answered the desperate calls of a stranger in need, but by the time they realized the trap had been set it was already too late. As the night goes on, the blood begins to flow, and a murderous ghost rises from the grave to deal out death to any living soul who dares to turn their heads and face that darkness that lurks in the shadows. Angus Valley Farms The gruesome, blood-soaked direct-to-video slasher picture Angus Valley Farms concerns a now-defunct cattle ranch in eastern Oklahoma where a spate of brutal slayings occurred, years prior. As the story opens, the very name “Angus Valley Farms” has become synonymous with carnage and horror – something of a contemporary urban legend. A group of student filmmakers travel to the site to shoot locations and reenactments for a documentary of the events. In the process, these innocents unleash an eviscerating horror that transcends their most depraved nightmares. Jeremy Isbell directs from his own original script; the film stars Isbell, Zuriel Noveskey, Tosha Jennings, Sara Shoulders, Travis Azbill and Nicole Bassinger. Madman The real monsters in life are human. One of those monsters is the notorious Madman, responsible for 39 murders in Tulsa, OK… and law enforcement is still looking for the killer.”

S.N.U.B!

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“A junior minister in the British Government discovers a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear device in London. Putting self-preservation first, he flees with a young American political advisor to a re-commissioned Secret Nuclear Underground Bunker – S.N.U.B. They find themselves entombed in the bunker with a disparate group of individuals caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The terrorist bomb is found, but attempts by bomb disposal experts fail to prevent it exploding, destroying central London and contaminating the surrounding countryside. As a result of the blast a group of dangerous convicts break out from a local high security prison, but are contaminated with radiation and start to mutate. The mutants infiltrate the bunker and one by one the occupants endure a horrible, grisly death. Eventually one of the survivors escapes from the bunker to make contact with the outside world and a rescue helicopter is organised. But inside the S.N.U.B. the mutants are closing in.”

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