Horror Horizon – Horror Releases for October 18, 2016

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Horror releases for October 18 on Blu-Ray and DVD. Click the title to go to the film’s Amazon listing; buy to support this site!

Indepence Day: Resurgence [Blu-Ray]

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“Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?”

Salem’s Lot [Blu-Ray]

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“A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.”

Stephen King’s It [Blu-Ray]

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“In 1960, seven outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.”

Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye [Blu-Ray]

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“A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.”

Teen Wolf: Season 5 Part 2

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Episodes 11-20 of Teen Wolf season 5.

Pan’s Labyrinth (Criterion Collection Blu-Ray)

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“An Academy Award–winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan’s Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro. Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender performance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi López), a sadistic captain in General Francisco Franco’s army, hunts down Republican guerrillas refusing to give up the fight. The violent reality in which Ofelia lives merges seamlessly with her fantastical interior world when she meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child’s imagination and threatening the innocence of youth.”

Bates Motel: Season Four

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“As Norman (Freddie Highmore) continues to spiral out of control, Norma’s (Vera Farmiga) desperation to help her son amplifies. Growing increasingly fearful of him, Norma goes to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. As Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) finds himself drawn back into their lives, he must ask himself just how much further he is willing to go to protect Norma. Watch all 10 spine-chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted in Bates Motel Season Four.”

Trilogia de Guillermo del Toro [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray]

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Contains  Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth.

Waxwork/Waxwork II: Lost in Time [Vestron Video Blu-Ray]

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“Vestron Video has been a leader in providing the most unique and wide-ranging selection of films. We honor the spirit of Vestron Video by presenting the Vestron Video Collector s Series – a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features. –Lionsgate

Welcome to the WAXWORK…the mysterious place where every picture tells a horror story. The private midnight showing is about to begin with the scariest bunch of drips you’ll ever meet! Gremlins star Zach Galligan co-stars in this comedy of terrors with Deborah Foreman (MY CHAUFFER), Miles O’Keefe (TARZAN), Michelle Johnson (BLAME IT ON RIO), David Warner (TIME AFTER TIME) and the special effects of Bob Keen (ALIEN HELLRAISER)! Inside the wax museum, a group of teenagers are aghast at the hauntingly lifelike wax displays of Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and other charter members of the horror Hall of Fame. Each display is perfectly grotesque, yet each is missing one thing…a victim! Admission to the Waxwork was free, but now they may pay with their lives. One by one, the students are drawn into the settings as objects of the bloodthirsty creatures. They are now part of the permanent collection. No movie you’ve ever seen before can hold a candle to WAXWORK. –Lionsgate

Welcome to the WAXWORK…the mysterious place where every picture tells a horror story. The private midnight showing is about to begin with the scariest bunch of drips you’ll ever meet! Gremlins star Zach Galligan co-stars in this comedy of terrors with Deborah Foreman (MY CHAUFFER), Miles O’Keefe (TARZAN), Michelle Johnson (BLAME IT ON RIO), David Warner (TIME AFTER TIME) and the special effects of Bob Keen (ALIEN HELLRAISER)! Inside the wax museum, a group of teenagers are aghast at the hauntingly lifelike wax displays of Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and other charter members of the horror Hall of Fame. Each display is perfectly grotesque, yet each is missing one thing…a victim! Admission to the Waxwork was free, but now they may pay with their lives. One by one, the students are drawn into the settings as objects of the bloodthirsty creatures. They are now part of the permanent collection. No movie you’ve ever seen before can hold a candle to WAXWORK.”

Child’s Play [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“The “chills come thick and fast”, (Los Angeles Times) in this riveting, jolt-a-minute thriller about an innocent-looking doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer who refused to die. From the director of Fright Night, Child’s Play comes complete with “excellent special effects”, (Leonard Maltin) and a slew of special features that make this Blu-ray your “friend to the end! “,

In this “clever, playful thriller”, (The New York Times), only six-year-old Andy realizes that Chucky is responsible for a spate of gruesome murders, including that of his unsuspecting babysitter. But the real terror takes hold when the deranged doll becomes determined to transfer his evil spirit to a living human being… Andy!”

Body Snatchers [Blu-Ray]

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“A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.”

The Pit [Kino Lorber Blu-Ray]

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“Brand New 2K Restoration! Jamie wouldn t kill anyone… unless Teddy told him to! Twelve-year-old Jamie (Sammy Snyders, Tom Sawyer of TV s Huckleberry Finn and His Friends) is one creepy kid… he has a perverse obsession with sex, his only friend is an evil teddy bear, and he’s the only one who knows about the hole in the forest where he feeds raw meat to a ravenous pack of mutant troglodytes. Jamie will teach everyone a lesson: the kids who teased and bullied him, the mean old lady down the street, even his pretty new babysitter. Soon they – and his entire town – will face the flesh-eating horror of The Pit! The one and only directorial effort by Lew Lehman with a script by documentarian Ian A. Stuart and featuring a wonderful cast that includes Jeannie Elias (Nomads), Sonja Smith (Videodrome) and Richard Alden (The Sadist).

Bonus Features: Interview with Star Sammy Snyders | Interview with Star Jeannie Elias | Interview with Screenwriter Ian A. Stuart | Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jason Pichonsky | Trailer”

The Return of Dracula [Olive Films Blu-Ray]

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“For those who like their vampires with that certain European panache, The Return of Dracula is sure to thrill. Francis Lederer (Terror is a Man) stars as the titular Count this time using the pseudonym Bellac Gordal as he travels from his Transylvania home to the United States. In the guise of being a distant relative on vacation, The Count takes up residence at the home of the Mayberry family in sunny California.

Quicker than you can say I like my stake rare, The Count … er … Gordal is up to his old nocturnal tricks and comes under the scrutiny of young Rachel Mayberry (Norma Eberhardt, Problem Girls) whom Gordal has set his sights on, which may be her undoing.

The Return of Dracula, directed by Paul Landres (The Vampire) from Pat Fiedler s script, co-stars Ray Stricklyn (The Lost World), Virginia Vincent (The Hills Have Eyes), John Wengraf (The Pride and the Passion), Gage Clarke (The Bad Seed), Jimmy Baird (The Black Orchid) and Greta Granstedt (They Never Come Back).”

Special Effects [Olive Films Blu-Ray]

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“”From the writer & director of It s Alive, Larry Cohen s Special Effects casts a satirical eye on Hollywood, viewed through the prism of the thriller film genre. When the fresh-faced Oklahoma country boy Keefe (Brad Rijn, Smithereens) comes looking for his wife Mary Jean (Zoe Tamerlis, Ms .45), a wannabe actress, he soon discovers the seamy side of Tinsel Town when Mary Jean is found dead and he s the prime suspect.

With a few swipes at Hollywood archetypes (Eric Bogosian as Christopher Neville, a once-revered Wunderkind director; Zoe Tamerlis as Mary Jean look-alike, Elaine, a budding actress who isn t beyond manipulating the situation for her own benefit), Special Effects offers chills, thrills, shrieks, and a few laughs along the way.

Written and directed by Larry Cohen, Special Effects also stars Kevin O Connor (Let s Scare Jessica to Death) and Richard Greene (TV s Mad Men) in supporting roles.”

What We Become [Scream Factory Blu-Ray]

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“The Johansson family (mom, dad, their rebellious teenage son, and young daughter) are looking forward to a quiet summer in their idyllic suburban town. But in the blink of an eye, things go from blissful to berserk when a horrifying plague tears through the community. After a string of grisly deaths, the government puts the neighborhood on lockdown. But one thing soon becomes terrifyingly clear: you can’t quarantine the apocalypse. This nightmarish, blood-soaked shocker establishes sharply drawn, recognizably real characters: and then watches what happens when they’re put through the wringer to survive.”

Ghost Team

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“A paranormal obsessed man mounts his own investigation into the beyond with his depressed best friend,misfit nephew,a cable access medium and an overeager security guard.”

Vampyres [Artsploitation Films]

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“Faithful to the sexy, twisted 1974 cult classic by Joseph Larraz, VAMPYRES is an English-language remake pulsating with raw eroticism, wicked sado-masochism and bloody, creative gore. Victor Matellano (Wax, 2014; Zarpazos! A Journey through Spanish Horror, 2013) directs this tale set in a stately English manor inhabited by two older female vampires and with their only cohabitant being a man imprisoned in the basement. Their lives and lifestyle are upended when a trio of campers come upon their lair and seek to uncover their dark secrets, a decision that has sexual and blood-curdling consequences. Infused with eloquent and atmospheric cinematography, impressive special effects makeup from master Colin Arthur (THE NEVERENDING STORY, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY) and starring screen genre icon Caroline Munro (THE GOLDEN VOAYAGE OF SINBAD, AT THE EARTH’S CORE, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MANIAC, SLAUGHTER HIGH), VAMPYRES remains faithful to the original while creating its own neck-biting, sexually violent tale. ”

Serial Killer 1 [Kino Lorber]

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“Franck (Raphae l Personnaz) is an eager rookie homicide squad inspector. When a woman is found with her throat cut, he shrewdly unearths parallels between previously unrelated cases. Before he knows it, Franck is caught up in an eight-year obsessive hunt for Serial Killer 1, a man whose very existence is questioned by others. Loosely based on the investigation into real-life murderer Guy Georges, aka the Beast Of The Bastille (whose lurking disorder is deftly captured by Adama Niane), the story milks suspense from the procedural aspects of the manhunt, the false leads, dead ends, and the stifling bureaucracy of a police force hindered by dwindling budgets and a knee-jerk insistence on outdated, traditional methods.”

Bride of Re-Animator [Arrow Video 2-Disc Blu-Ray]

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“The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead III) would prove that there was a good deal more life (and death) left in the story of Dr Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.

It has been eight months since the bloody massacre at the Miskatonic medical school. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?

With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence of Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations, Bride of Re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Stuart Gordon’s original cult classic.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: 

 

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version, approved by director Brian Yuzna
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna
  • Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Carl Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
  • Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
  • Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel
  • Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Carl Buechler
  • Getting Ahead in Horror archive making-of featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin”

Legion/Priest [Blu-Ray]

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Both films on Blu-Ray.

The Caretaker

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“When aging, sickly Birdie scares off her last caretaker, granddaughter Mallorie must move into her large Victorian home to take care of her. Mallorie soon finds herself sleepwalking and envisioning spirits. With no luck finding a proper caretaker to replace her, Mallorie is forced to confront her family’s darkest secrets before the evil presence in the house overtakes her sanity completely.”

The Witches of Breastwick 1 & 2

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“Producer Jim Wynorski (House on Hooter Hill, The Breastford Wives) offers up a hot double feature with a two heaping helpings of soft-core sensuality in these ultra-sexy thrillers starring Monique Parent, Glori-Anne Gilbert and Julie K. Smith. David Carter is haunted by a recurring dream-turned-nightmare in which three mysterious women seduce him in an orgy of steamy eroticism, and then kill him at the moment of climax. David and his wife Tiffany (Monique Parent) are able to locate the forested landscape he has seen so vividly each night, but they also stumble upon an isolated home inhabited by three luscious witches Lola (Julie K. Smith), Rebecca (Glori-Anne Gilbert), and Felicia (Stormy Daniels). This special double feature DVD includes the exciting sequel ”Witches of Breastwick Part 2” plus bonus features.”

Monster House

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“Even for a 12-year old, D.J. Walters has a particularly overactive imagination. He is convinced that his haggard and crabby neighbor Horace Nebbercracker, who terrorizes all the neighborhood kids, is responsible for Mrs. Nebbercracker’s mysterious disappearance. Any toy that touches Nebbercracker’s property, promptly disappears, swallowed up by the cavernous house in which Horace lives. D.J. has seen it with his own eyes! But no one believes him, not even his best friend, Chowder. What everyone does not know is D.J. is not imagining things. Everything he’s seen is absolutely true and it’s about to get much worse than anything D.J could have imagined.”

Hotel Transylvania

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“Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!”

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!”

Hillbilly Bloodbath

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“Witness this terrifying tale of depravity, cannibalism and torture! Set in a small town in the backwoods of Kentucky, HILLBILLY BLOODBATH (aka Red River) tells the tale of Roland Thatcher: a family man, a business man, a man of God …and a man who doesn t take kindly to strangers. When a group of city kids sets up camp on the outskirts of his property, they spark a chain of events culminating in bloodshed, dismemberment and mass murder. As a local, fledgling reporter inches closer to the Thatcher property, the shocking truth about Roland and his ‘family’ may finally emerge. Shocking, suspenseful, and relentlessly gruesome – HILLBILLY BLOODBATH is the final word in gut-munching hillbilly horror! The DVD features nearly 70 minutes of extensive bonus features, including trailers, Making of documentaries, deleted scenes, and much more.”

The Toho Godzilla Collection Vols. 1 and 2

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Godzilla Vs. Destroyah / Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla / Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah / Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1992) / Rebirth of Mothra / Rebirth of Mothra II

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