Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for January 17, 2017

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Horror releases for January 17 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the film title to go to the Amazon listing page; purchase to support this site!

Train to Busan [Blu-Ray]

“TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak, trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to the Safe Zone…which may or may not still be there.

Bonus Features
Behind the Scenes
That’s A Wrap
Trailer

Language: Korean (original)
English (dub) Available
Subtitles: English”

Ouija: Origin of Evil [Blu-Ray]

“It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale in 1967 Los Angeles. A widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.”

Review here

Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 [Blu-Ray]

“Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who’s half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.”

Slumber Party Massacre II/Slumber Party Massacre III [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

“Get ready for a killer, driller double thriller!
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II

The only sane survivor of Slumber Party Massacre, Courtney (Crystal Bernard) dreams of the drill murderer returning. She can’t shake the horrible feeling that she and her friends will be viciously tormented and brutally butchered. Again and again the nightmare returns. Dazed, Courtney loses control. And her nightmare crosses into reality. No one believes her, until it’s too late. The driller killer returns, reincarnated as an evil rocker. He methodically stalks them; then violently gores them to death…one by one.
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE III

Seven California co-eds are dresses to kill…and a murderer is, well, dressed to drill. He’s an insomno-maniac looking for luscious bods to bore and it looks like he’ll find them at the Slumber Party Massacre. The Driller Killer is back in Part III of the classic horror fest. This time Jackie, Diane and Martia are three high school girls who love a good time. When they party, they bust out of their bikinis and break out the brews: but the driller killer’s out for a thrill with his drill…and he’s ready to kill!”

Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy [Arrow Video Blu-Ray]

“After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of ”V-cinema” in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one’s place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the ”Black Society Trilogy” was the beginning of Miike’s mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director’s finest works.

Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, Shinjuku Triad Society follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina, Outrage) struggling with private issues while hunting a psychotic criminal (Tomorowo Taguchi, Tetsuo the Iron Man) who traffics in children’s organs. Rainy Dog, shot entirely in Taiwan, is about an exiled yakuza (Dead or Alive s Show Aikawa) who finds himself saddled with a son he never knew he had and a price on his head after the Chinese gang he works for decides to turn on him. Ley Lines moves from the countryside to the city and back, as three Japanese youths of Chinese descent (including The Raid 2’s Kazuki Kitamura) seek their fortune in Tokyo, only to run afoul of a violent gang boss (Naoto Takenaka, The Happiness of the Katakuris).

Three of the most dramatically moving films created by the director, the ”Black Society Trilogy” offers clear proof that Miike’s frequent pigeonholing as a specialist in bloody spectacle is only one aspect of his filmmaking career, and taken as a whole, the films are among the finest works ever to deal with the way violence and brutality can unexpectedly destroy even the most innocent of lives.

2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition digital transfers of all three films
Original uncompressed PCM stereo audio
Optional English subtitles for all three films
New interview with director Takashi Miike
New interview with actor Show Aikawa (Rainy Dog, Ley Lines)
New audio commentaries for all three films by Miike biographer Tom Mes
Original theatrical trailers for all three films
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films”

12 Monkeys: Season Two

“12 Monkeys, starring Aaron Stanford (James Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer), Barbara Sukowa (Dr. Katrina Jones) and Todd Stashwick (Deacon), follows the journey of James Cole, a man from 2043 sent back in time to stop a malevolent organization known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys from destroying the world. Joining forces with Dr. Cassandra Railly in the present day, Cole must untangle a conspiracy that’s been spun throughout centuries. As Cole, Dr. Railly and their unlikely allies get closer to discovering the truth, they will learn that there are not only deadly consequences for mankind… but time itself.”

Resident Evil: Afterlife [4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray]

“After a one-woman assault on the Umbrella Corporation’s fortress, Alice’s (Milla Jovovich) superhuman abilities are neutralized. Now, fleeing the Undead masses created by the T-virus, Alice reunites with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and her brother, Chris (Wentworth Miller). Together they take refuge with other survivors in an abandoned prison, where a savage zombie mob stands between them and the safety of “Arcadia.” Escaping these bloodthirsty mutants will take an arsenal. But facing off with Albert Wesker and the Umbrella Corporation will take the fight for survival to a new level of danger.”

Ouija/Ouija: Origin of Evil

“Disc 1 – Ouija:
Digital Copy of Ouija (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
The Spirit Board: An Evolution
Adapting the Fear
Icon of the Unknown
Disc 2 – Ouija: Origin of Evil:
Digital Copy of Ouija: Origin of Evil (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
Deleted Scenes
The Making of Ouija: Origin of Evil
Home Is Where the Horror Is
The Girl Behind Doris
Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer/Editor Mike Flanagan”

Il Lago di Satana [Raro Video Blu-Ray]

“A tale of demonic reincarnation reminiscent of Mario Bava s Black Sunday, Revenge of the Blood Beast (Il lago di Satana, aka The She Beast) stars Barbara Steele as Veronica, a British tourist who is stranded in a remote village with her husband Philip (Ian Ogilvy) while honeymooning in Transylvania. They meet a descendent of legendary vampire-hunter Count von Helsing (John Karlsen), who reveals that the town is haunted by a satanic curse. A mysterious car accident plunges Veronica into a nearby lake, but when her body is removed, it resembles that of the legendary Witch of the Lake. Reawakened from her slumber, the blister-faced hag, armed with sickle and claws, rises from the makeshift morgue and unleashes her vengeance upon the descendants of those who executed her, centuries earlier. While the bumbling Soviet authorities stumble over themselves to solve the murders, Philip join forces with von Helsing to capture the witch and put an end to the dreadful curse. Director Michael Reeves (Witchfinder General) mixes gruesome thrills with dark comedy (courtesy of character actor Mel Welles as a devious hotel owner), to make Revenge of the Blood Beast an especially playful entry in the Euro Horror genre.

Special Features: Featurette by Nocturno (a documentary on the making of the Film)
A fully illustrated booklet | New HD transfer | New and improved English subtitle translation”

Mountain Devil

“Based on true events that occurred in the Appalachian Mountains, Mountain Devil recounts the frightening events of the night Frank Peterson and his friend spent the night in a secluded cabin stalked by something they could not explain. With only a few clues and journal entries we try to piece together the shocking events, and try to shed insight into one of the greatest mysteries of out time.”

Hellboy II: The Golden Army [Blu-Ray]

“The fate of mankind hangs in the balance in Hellboy II: The Golden Army when a ruthless prince awakens an unstoppable army of creatures and wages war with the human world. It’s up to Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his team of paranormal outcasts to face off with the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil! Prepare to be taken by the visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro) into a fantastical world with imaginative creatures and thrilling fight sequences unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!”

Resident Evil: Apocalypse [Blu-Ray]

“After narrowly escaping the horrors of the underground Hive facility, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is quickly thrust back into a war raging above ground between the living and the Undead. As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, led by Valentine (Sienna Guillory, Love Actually) and Carlos (Oded Fehr, The Mummy Returns), enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of Dr. Ashford, the creator of the mutating T-virus. It’s a heart-pounding race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood- thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers, mutant canines andthe most sinister foe yet. Written and produced by the visionary director of Resident Evil, Paul W.S. Anderson (AVP: Alien vs. Predator) and directed by Alexander Witt, RESIDENT EVIL: Apocalypse is a superior sci-fi suspense sequel.”

Wolf House

“Six friends on a camping trip think they have discovered, and killed, a sasquatch. But what they have actually unleashed is something more evil, more ancient and more deadly than they could ever imagine – an army of supernatural terrors that will hunt them until none of them remain.”

All I Need

“A young woman wakes, bound and gagged in a dirty motel room filled with other young women. She’s the only one that wakes up. A man takes a new job to provide for the daughter his estranged wife keeps from him. It pays well, but increasingly causes him to question his morals, especially after the “work” brings him face-to-face with this woman’s predicament, and the killer who’s set it all in motion.”

Bubba the Redneck Werewolf

“Get ready to howl at the moon with laughter as Bubba the Redneck Werewolf (Fred Lass) and a host of riotous hillbillies fight to save their town of Broken Taint from the forces of evil! Pre-Werewolf Bubba (Chris Stephens) is a nightshift dogcatcher and local laughingstock who longs to win back the heart of his high school sweetheart, Bobbie Jo (Malone Thomas). But when the Devil (Bubba comic-creator Mitch Hyman) comes down to Florida, Bubba signs a deal to make himself a bad-ass, only to wake up the next morning permanently transformed into the most a monstrous Werewolf. In order to save his town and be the hero he longs to be, Bubba will have to navigate a country crock of malicious bikers, cryptic hobos, gaseous gypsies, and even a zombie hoard – all leading up to a climactic duel with the dark prince himself. Bursting with belly laughs, satire, and gore-galore, Bubba the Redneck Werewolf is a jubilant dark comedy that could be described as the hillbilly stepchild of Young Frankenstein and Shaun of the Dead. Based on the comic book series of the same name, Bubba boasts a deft merging of practical special effects and CG visual flourishes. Bubba himself is brought to life by the ground-breaking makeup design of Michael Davy, resulting in a fun-loving werewolf with an unprecedented range of comedic facial expressions. The film is directed with its tongue firmly in-cheek by Brendan Jackson Rogers (Flashback); and Bubba’s rockin’ soundtrack is provided by rockabilly band The Blast-Offs and composer George Shaw (Tabletop, the Geekie Awards). Never before has a Werewolf this lovable been responsible for so much violence! You’ll want to drink a beer or twenty with Bubba over and over again!”

Laundry Man [Blu-Ray]

“One day, a police patrol is called to investigate a strange smell in a building that is situated in a neighborhood where there is quite a lot of chemical activity. Just before they arrive at the site, the driver can barely avoid a collision with a young woman, who crosses the street. The woman, Laurie, is covered in blood and her entire body is wrapped up in barbed wire. She tells the cops that she was kept prisoner and was able to escape. But, many others were not as lucky. The story is partly based on the crimes committed by American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as on the crimes committed by the Belgian-Hungarian pastor Andras Pandy, in combination with the dangers that occur on different chat sites on the internet.”

Resident Evil [Blu-Ray]

“Something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents, a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees. To contain the leak, the governing supercomputer, Red Queen, has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain (Michelle Rodriguez – The Fast and the Furious, Girlfight), Alice (MillaJovovich – The Fifth Element) and Matt (Eric Mabius – Cruel Intentions) must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity. To do so, they must get past theRed Queen’s deadly defenses, face the flesh-eating undead employees, fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker, a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slainvictims.”

Resident Evil: Extinction [Blu-Ray]

“Milla Jovovich is back in the third chapter of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise! This action-packed horror film is set in the Nevada desert and filled with intense special effects and more zombie terror! Las Vegas means fun in the sun. Well? at least the sun is still there. Except for a few rusting landmarks, it looks pretty much like the rest of the desert – or the whole country, for that matter. The crowds are now flesh-eating zombies: the mass undead, the oozing, terrifying sludge of what remains. Here, the newly upgraded Alice, along with her crew (Oded Fehr, Mike Epps, Ali Larter, Ashanti) will make a final stand against evil – with one goal: to turn the undead dead again.”

Resident Evil: Retribution [Blu-Ray]

“The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus is spreading across the globe, transforming ordinary people into legions of undead. Headed for extinction, the human race has just one hope: Alice (Milla Jovovich). She’s on a mission, fighting her way through cities and across continents, all inside Umbrella’s prime research facility. Old friends become new enemies as she battles to escape and discovers that everything that she believes may not even be true.”

Normal

“Jim – a lonely, troubled young man who works as an apartment superintendent, is replaying his tortured past. Through a series of flashbacks, we not only learn of his dark secrets, but also what it means to be normal. The answers he finds in his journey will shatter not only his perceptions of the past, but also his fragile grip on reality.”

24 Hours to Die

“12 strangers are held against their will as each of them must go along with the rules if they are to get the cure for a killer virus which infects them all.”

The Snuff Tape Anthology

“Me and my girlfriend have killed dozens of people over the last years, worthless pieces of filth that won’t be missed by anyone. We also captured some of our murders on video for a small group of like-minded people. But killing started to get boring, and so I decided to make my last dream become reality and have my girlfriend video tape it. For ages, I have been dreaming of inflicting actions of hatred and lust on a corpse, and then getting buried next to this last victim. So I kidnapped a 21 year old whore yesterday. I will kill her, bleed her, then let her ripen for four months, in order to commence with my final masterpiece. These are the videos leading up to my last, most depraved act. There is no dialogue in any of these shorts, which tell this story of madness through the actions of the killer. They consist of the following shorts: Snuff Tape 0 – Black & Died (4 min) Snuff Tape 1 – Red (6 min) Snuff Tape 2 – Red & Yellow (10 min) Snuff Tape 3 – Dead, Red & Brown (24 min) Snuff Tape 4 – Dead Fast Food (8 min) Snuff Tape 5 – Final Extreme Suicide (11 min) Snuff Tape 6 – Organ Trade Autopsy (6 min) Snuff Tape 7 – Gore (20 min) The Lost Snuff Tape – Dead Body (7 min) The Bluray includes a series of extras plus the bonus short Paraphilia. Bonus features include: Paraphilia Short Film, Trailers, Music Videos, Behind the Snuff Doc”

Space Clown

“A filmmaker documents the weird, violent, and surreal torments of an extraterrestrial clown who has landed on earth to inflict pain and suffering on humanity.”

Souleater

“The inhabitants of a small Florida town are mysteriously disappearing. A hardcore biker arrives in search of his missing daughter. He learns that a malignant force from another dimension — a Souleater — is causing the disappearances, and teams up with a burned-out sheriff and a defrocked priest to battle the creature and its zombie-like minions.”

 

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