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Welcome to October, horror fiends! What better way to enter the guts of the Halloween season than with a release list containing 39+ entries? I’m going to attempt to touch on a lot of different points without boring you so here we go…

First: discrepancies. There are two titles which show as currently unavailable in any format on Amazon, but may possibly be located elsewhere: “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and Visions, featuring Isla Fisher and Jim Parsons. Additionally, there are some titles listed as having Blu-ray releases this week, with little information elsewhere regarding them. I’ve included their respective links in a small “Unverified” section at the end of the article. It also appears that the DVD for Amnesiac ended up being pushed back from September 1st to this week, so I have included it with that title’s Blu-ray release below. Lastly, I had seen reports of two movies, Scarehouse and The Bride, which were supposed to be out this week but have zero other details on them. Be on the lookout.

Burying the Ex is getting its Blu-ray release this week. You may recall that the DVD for this dropped in early August so if you’ve been waiting to watch it in hi-def, you can jump on it now.

If you’re a fan of Hammer Films, you have a couple of choices. You can purchase the Horror Classics, Volume One Blu-ray collection, or you can purchase each of the four movies contained within said collection on their own individual Blu-ray releases. Pretty nifty.

Another horror classic making its way to Blu-ray this week is 1976’s Burnt Offerings, featuring the late, great Karen Black, Bette Davis and Burgess Meredith.

1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula is getting two releases this week. One is a release of the Blu-ray with an Ultraviolet download included. The other is the Supreme Cinema Series, which contains the Ultraviolet download as well as clear case packaging, an intro from Francis Ford Coppola and a 24 page booklet with rare photos – a must have for any serious collector.

Other titles of note this week: Insidious 3, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Season 2 of “Penny Dreadful” and We Are Still Here.

Whew… and that’s not even half of the releases due out this week. If I haven’t already touched on something that piques your interest, there’s probably something else listed below that’s up your alley. See you next week for 28 more releases, and as always, pleasant viewing!



MOVIES

Alleluia (2015)

Alleluia (2015)

Starring:

Laurent Lucas, Lola Duenas, Stephane Bissot, Edith Le Merdy, Anne-Marie Loop

Synopsis:

Based on notorious real-life “lonely hearts killers” who make victims of their romantic liaisons, Alleluia is a dark and fascinating love-story-gone-wrong from Belgian horror maverick Fabrice du Welz. Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry and Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver and I’m So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she’s left completely smitten.

Michel tries to swindle what he can out of the one-night stand, but his latest victim has other plans. Basking in the rush of new love, she frantically pursues him, witnessing the true depths of his depravity and offering herself as an accomplice in his seductive crimes. Having truly met their match in each other, the unhinged lovers embark on a deadly odyssey amplified by wild sex, unbridled jealousy, and passionate forays into the dark arts. This smart and gory shocker breathes new life into the lovesick horror genre to serve up a chilling tale of white-hot desperation and terrifying devotion.

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Amnesiac (2015)

Amnesiac (2015)

Starring:

Wes Bentley, Kate Bosworth

Synopsis:

Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed after an accident, suffering from memory loss. He begins to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife and soon finds himself a prisoner in the house.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) (Blu-ray + UltraViolet)

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) (Blu-ray + UltraViolet)

Starring:

Winona Ryder, Tom Waits, Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves

Synopsis:

Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins star in director Francis Ford Coppola’s visually stunning, passionately seductive version of the classic Dracula legend. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Coppola returns to the original source of the Dracula myth, and from that gothic romance, he creates a modern masterpiece. Gary Oldman’s metamorphosis as Dracula who grows from old to young, from man to beast is nothing short of amazing. Winona Ryder brings equal intensity to the role of a young beauty who becomes the object of Dracula’s devastating desire. Anthony Hopkins co-stars as the famed doctor who dares to believe in Dracula, and then dares to confront him. Opulent, dazzling and utterly irresistible, this is Dracula as you’ve never seen him. And once you’ve seen Bram Stoker’s Dracula, you’ll never forget it.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Supreme Cinema Series

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) Supreme Cinema Series

Starring:

Winona Ryder, Tom Waits, Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves

Synopsis:

Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins star in director Francis Ford Coppola’s visually stunning, passionately seductive version of the classic Dracula legend. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Coppola returns to the original source of the Dracula myth, and from that gothic romance, he creates a modern masterpiece. Gary Oldman’s metamorphosis as Dracula who grows from old to young, from man to beast is nothing short of amazing. Winona Ryder brings equal intensity to the role of a young beauty who becomes the object of Dracula’s devastating desire. Anthony Hopkins co-stars as the famed doctor who dares to believe in Dracula, and then dares to confront him. Opulent, dazzling and utterly irresistible, this is Dracula as you’ve never seen him. And once you’ve seen Bram Stoker’s Dracula, you’ll never forget it.

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Burnt Offerings (1976)

Burnt Offerings (1976)

Starring:

Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

Synopsis:

A couple, their son and an old aunt rent a mansion for the summer and find it’s haunted.

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Burying The Ex (2015) (Blu-ray)

Burying The Ex (2015)

Starring:

Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario, Oliver Cooper

Synopsis:

It seemed like a great idea when all-around nice guy Max (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek) and his beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Ashley Greene, Twilight Saga) moved in together. But when Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare, Max knows it’s time to call it quits. There’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal, freak accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as Max is thinking about moving on with what could be his dream girl, Olivia (Alexandra Daddario, “True Detective”) – Evelyn has returned from the grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means transforming him into one of the undead.

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Children of the Night (2014)

Children of the Night (2014)

Starring:

Ana Maria Giunta, Toto Munoz, Lauro Veron

Synopsis:

A secluded colony of child vampires come under attack from vengeful villagers in this darkly funny horror tale by Argentinean filmmaker Ivan Noel. A journalist visits a secluded orphanage where children suffer from an unknown skin disease. She soon learns that they are in fact not children, but vampires aging from 4 to 120 years old and who have been bitten at an early age and forever remain in that physical state. They are led and protected by a strange and deeply religious ex-nurse whose destiny in life is to find these lost souls and raise them in her sanctuary. Through religious teachings, nocturnal rituals and the occasional visit to local towns for fresh human blood, she keeps them safe – that is until a cultish band of men from a nearby village plot to destroy the refuge. Now the children, headed by the 90-year-old grandson of Count Dracula, must defend their way of life.

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Curve (2015)

Curve (2015)

Starring:

Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears, Penelope Mitchell, Madalyn Horcher, Drew Rausch

Synopsis:

Julianne Hough (Safe Haven) stars in this horror-thriller as a young bride-to-be who deliberately crashes her car off a deserted highway in an attempt to escape from a charming, predatory hitchhiker, played by Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex). When the plan backfires, trapping her in an overturned vehicle, she defends herself against a terrorizing psychopath—only to uncover a shocking truth that fuels her fight for survival.

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Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)

Dead Rising Watchtower (2015)

Starring:

Jesse Metcalfe, Keegan Tracy, Virginia Madsen, Dennis Haysbert

Synopsis:

Based on the videogame created by Capcom. When a mandatory government vaccine fails and a full-scale zombie epidemic ensues, a news reporter and three other survivors are trapped inside a quarantine zone. The team must use everything they can find to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and evade becoming part of the undead horde.

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Dracula Has Risen From Grave (1968)

Dracula Has Risen From Grave (1968)

Starring:

Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing, Barry Andrews

Synopsis:

Playing Bram Stoker’s infamous vampire for the third time, Christopher Lee goes fang-to-cross with the forces of good in this atmospheric, stylish film, in which each night brings the threat of death.

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Eaters (2015)

Eaters (2015)

Starring:

Marcelle Bowman, Robert Dean, Tristan Parrish Moore, Jonathan Haltiwanger, Hannah Risinger

Synopsis:

Five friends embark on an epic road trip, but when one friend disappears at a rest stop, their search brings them face to face with a violent biker gang. After a narrow escape from death, their nightmare goes from bad to spine-chilling when they find themselves being stalked in an abandoned town.

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The Falling (2015)

Falling, The (2015)

Starring:

Maisie Williams, Maxine Peake, Monica Dolan, Greta Scacchi, Florence Pugh

Synopsis:

Lydia (Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones) and Abbie are best friends experiencing a sexual awakening at an English girls school. Following a tragedy, a mysterious fainting epidemic threatens the stability of all involved.

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Final Girl (2015)

Final Girl (2015)

Starring:

Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Alexander Ludwig, Francesca Eastwood

Synopsis:

Every night, four boys trick a young, blonde girl into meeting them in the forest for a date with the intention to hunt and kill her. One night, Veronica (Abigail Breslin) is selected and when the hunt begins, the boys soon realize that they messed with the wrong girl.

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters

Synopsis:

Peter Cushing is Baron Frankenstein, whose experiment has gone dead wrong in Hammer Studios’ fifth Frankenstein saga. Featuring Freddie Jones as the scientist’s pitiable new creation.

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Ghostline (2014)

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Starring:

Zach Gold, Burt Culver, Andrea Bensussen, Justin Little, Mark Benjamin

Synopsis:

After installing a landline in their new home, Tyler and Chelsea begin to receive “unknown caller” phone calls from Ellen, an unstable woman who insists that Tyler is her ex-boyfriend, Eric. Mysteriously, the calls are coming from a ghostline, from which one can make phone calls without having a specific number. When neither the police nor the phone company can resolve this harassing headache, things become become hellish as they’re now exposed to terrifying paranormal activity inside the house. Ignoring a warning to steer clear of the ever-dangerous Eric, the couple enacts a plan to prove to Ellen that Tyler is not the man she’s after. Their final strategy backfires with deadly consequences in a shocking finale that will haunt you long after the film is over.

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Gravy (2015)

Gravy (2015)

Starring:

James Roday, Sutton Foster, Sarah Silverman, Jimmi Simpson

Synopsis:

It’s Halloween night. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements invades a Mexican cantina and forces the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what’s on the menu… and who will survive until morning!

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Hidden (2015)

Hidden (2015)

Starring:

Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind, Heather Doerksen, William Ainscough

Synopsis:

301 days have passed since Ray (Alexander Skarsgård – “True Blood”), Claire(Andrea Riseborough – Birdman, Oblivion), and their daughter, Zoe (Emily Alyn Lind –The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Revenge) found refuge underground. With nothing to distract them from their own fear, they hold onto hope for a normal family life above the surface someday. What looms above the cement prison they call home? The one thing they know for certain is that there is something terrifying and strange that threatens their fragile existence, and it is coming for them.

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Honeyspider (2015)

Honeyspider (2015)

Starring:

Mariah Brown, Frank Aard, Rachel Jeffreys, Joan Schuermeyer, Samantha Mills

Synopsis:

It’s Halloween in 1989 and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester. Her friend Amber persuades Jackie to come to the annual Monster Mash party on campus after her shift at the local movie theater. As murder plays out on the silver screen during the theater’s Horrorthon, Jackie begins to fall under a strange spell, all while a mysterious stranger watches her every move. As the night unfolds, Jackie slowly unravels. Everyone around her is turning up dead. Jackie finds herself helplessly trapped as the night comes to a shocking and gruesome end.

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How to Kill a Zombie (2015)

How to Kill a Zombie (2015)

Starring:

Bill McLean, Benjamin McLean, Hannah Elaine Perry, Sheri Collins, Donald Libby

Synopsis:

Mack and Jesse are a father-son survivalist team in the making. A sudden outbreak of zombies centers on an office building, trapping the occupants. Mack and Jesse happen upon the scene on their way to their underground bunker. Against Mack’s better judgement, they stop to try to help. The situation becomes grim as zombies breach the building and the office workers are picked off. Mack and Jesse lead the remaining group to safety as they plow through the zombie infested garage in the company van.

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Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

Insidious Chapter 3 (2015)

Starring:

Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell

Synopsis:

The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. A twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further.

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The Invoking 2 (2015)

Invoking 2, The (2015)

Starring:

Allen Lowman, Andrew Fleming, Meghan McNicol, Chara Gannett, Jessica Fratus

Synopsis:

Although hundreds of disturbing paranormal events occur every year, most of these chilling encounters go unreported… until now. Bear witness as hapless victims experience the unspeakable terror of confronting demonic forces, murderous poltergeists and other evil entities that are dead set on claiming their souls. Descend into an abyss of waking nightmares as these bloodthirsty, malevolent spirits seek to possess their prey and drag them—kicking and screaming—to hell.

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June (2015)

June (2015)

Starring:

Kennedy Brice, Casper Van Dien, Victoria Pratt, Eddie Jemison, Lance E. Nichols

Synopsis:

Nine-year-old June (Kennedy Brice, “The Walking Dead”) has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. And though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes, a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It’s only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily and Dave (Casper Van Dien, Starship Troopers), that it looks as if things might finally work out – except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul. Unless June can defeat the demon within, her new family – and mankind itself – are destined for destruction.

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Last Shift (2015)

Last Shift (2015)

Starring:

Joshua Mikel, J. LaRose

Synopsis:

It’s rookie officer Jessica Loren’s first night on duty and the last shift at a transitioning police station. As she waits for a hazmat crew to pick up bio-hazard waste, Jessica realizes she’s not alone when she comes face to face with Paymon, The King of Hell.

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Monsters Among Us (2015)

Monster Among Us (2015)

Starring:

Various

Synopsis:

Monsters. Ghosts. Zombies. From horror movies to Halloween, we see the creatures that go bump in the night everywhere, but where did they come from? The primal fears of our ancestors fueled the stories that lived on through legend, page, and screen. Join us as we peer into the histories of some of the most prevalent creatures in pop culture, including vampires, werewolves, zombies, and ghosts. Come and meet the Monsters Among Us, if you dare.

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The Mummy (1959)

Mummy, The (1959)

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne, Felix Aylmer

Synopsis:

Christopher Lee wraps on the moldy gauze bandages to become the tormented Kharis, an avenger stalking the hills of Victorian England to track down desecrators of his beloved’s Egyptian tomb.

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Nocturna (2015)

Nocturna (2015)

Starring:

Estella Warren, Jonathan Schaech, Mike Doyle

Synopsis:

It’s Christmastime in New Orleans and children are mysteriously disappearing, stolen from their homes, taken off the street, dozens have vanished without trace. Detective Harry Ganat and his partner Roy Cody have found a young girl in the home of a murdered swamper and she leads them to the den of her captors…the Molderos, a group of merciless vampires who feed on the blood of children. The detectives lives are spared by a troika of ancient vampires; Brisbane, Dimitri and Lydia all seductive creatures who despise the Molderos as well. In exchange for protecting the detectives from their new enemies, the trio of ‘friendly’ vampires offer them a deal find the hidden lair of their mutual enemies and their lives will be spared and the other stolen children will be returned to them unharmed. But finding and killing the Molderos is not going to be easy, Harry soon finds himself questioned by the police, hunted by the Molderos at night and caught in a deadly love triangle between Lydia and her ancient master, Brisbane.

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Old 37 (2015)

Old 37 (2015)

Starring:

Kane Hodder, Brandi Cyrus, Jake Robinson, Bill Moseley

Synopsis:

Two brothers use their father’s old ambulance to intercept emergency roadside 911 calls and take their victims on a ride they will never forget.

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Pod (2015)

Pod (2015)

Starring:

Larry Fessenden, Lauren Ashley Carter

Synopsis:

After receiving a cryptic message from their war veteran brother, Ed and Lyla travel up to their isolated family lake house to hold an intervention. But the terror that they encounter is far beyond anything that they could have possibly anticipated.

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Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)

Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No! (2015)

Starring:

Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo, Frankie Muniz

Synopsis:

When a mass of Sharknadoes threatens America s East Coast, chainsaw-wielding hero Fin must again risk his life to save his children on spring break. But as he fights his way south, the sharknadoes merge and grow bigger than ever before.

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The Stranger (2015)

Stranger, The (2015)

Starring:

Lorenza Izzo, Cristobal Tapia Montt

Synopsis:

In this supernatural thriller, a mysterious man arrives in a small town seeking his wife, but his unwelcome presence and what he finds instead soon plunges the community into a bloodbath.

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Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Starring:

Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford, Linda Hayden, Peter Sallis

Synopsis:

This entry in Hammer Studios’ cycle of hemogobbling Victorian-era horror showcases why Hammer became the name in Gothic terror. Christopher Lee again dons his cape to become Evil Incarnate.

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Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015)

Tremors 5 Bloodlines (2015)

Starring:

Jamie Kennedy, Pearl Thusi, Brandon Auret, Ian Roberts, Natalie Becker

Synopsis:

The stakes are raised for survivalist, Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Ass-blaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) engage in a battle of survival against the fiercely aggressive Ass-blasters and Graboids. Discovering the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their killer mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror–far more than they bargained for.

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Visions (2015)

Visions (2015)

Starring:

Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Parsons, Joanna Cassidy

Synopsis:

Leaving her hectic city lifestyle behind, young mother-to-be Julia joins her husband David at their beautiful new vineyard home only to be plagued by terrifying noises and visions of a sinister hooded figure. No one else hears or sees these hallucinations, not even David, who grows increasingly worried about his wife’s well-being.

Desperate to prove her sanity, Julia hunts down a local medium who reveals the haunted history of the vineyard in which she now resides. As she desperately pieces together past events to keep a future horror from occurring, Julia uncovers a dark conspiracy that puts her life and the life of her unborn child at risk.

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We Are Still Here (2015)

We Are Still Here (2015)

Starring:

Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham, Andrew Sensenig

Synopsis:

After the death of their college age son, Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) relocate to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son’s spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) to help them get to the bottom of the mystery.

They discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family.

An altogether new take on the haunted house genre that deftly mixes human drama and comedy, We Are Still Here is a couple’s terrifying journey through darkness and loss set against the freezing New England winter.

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TELEVISION

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (Season 4)

American Horror Story Freak Show

Starring:

Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Synopsis:

Step inside American Horror Story: Freak Show, the terrifyingly twisted reincarnation of TV’s most shockingly original series. Jessica Lange leads an extraordinary, award-winning cast that includes Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson and Michael Chiklis. Lange plays Elsa Mars, the proprietor of a troupe of human “curiosities” on a desperate journey of survival in the sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida, in 1952. Her menagerie of performers includes a two-headed, telepathic twin (Paulson), a take-charge bearded lady (Bates), a vulnerable strongman (Chiklis) and his sultry, three-breasted wife (Bassett). But the strange emergence of a dark entity will savagely threaten the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.

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“Penny Dreadful” Season Two

Penny Dreadful Season Two

Starring:

Timothy Dalton, Simon Russell Beale, Reeve Carney

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COLLECTIONS

5 Movie Poltergeist Collection

5 Movie Poltergeist Collection

Starring:

Richard Egan, Corbin Bernesen, Cassi Prena, Ayal Stern, Kim Raver

Movies:

Closets

After having his family stolen from him by a supernatural being, Jonas Littleton is desperate to get them back. As he tries to track down the demon and recover his family, he uses his paranormal investigation business to exact his revenge.

3:00 AM: Inspired by a True Story

Every night at 3:00 a.m., Kenny gets a visitor, so he and his friend, Michael, decide to wait for the ghost’s arrival. Flickering lights, changing clocks and strange visions prove this is no hoax. But have these boys gotten themselves into something much more dangerous than a little paranormal fun?

Haunting Sarah

The children of identical twins Erica and Heather (Kim Raver in a dual role), Sarah and David, have always been best friends. But when David is tragically killed and Sarah is convinced his spirit is still present, their families descend into a life of haunting turmoil and, ultimately, danger.

The House That Would Not Die

Ruth Bennett and her niece, Sara, have just moved into a stately old home Ruth inherited from a distant relative. Invited to a dinner party by their handsome new neighbor, they meet a woman who wants to perform a séance in their home. At first Ruth is hesitant, but after a few days, she and Sara begin to hear strange noises and see bizarre things. When the séance produces even more unexplainable occurrences, they start to research the house’s history—with frightening results. If they ever want this to be their home sweet home, they’ll have to battle its dark past…and answer the call of the spirits.

Evidence of a Haunting

From demonic spirit infestation to menacing poltergeists, the Supernatural Phenomena Research Society covers a lot of territory. Tackling the paranormal problems of people across the country, this six person team faces the eerie afterlife with vim and vigor. But when they encounter their most difficult case yet in the tunnels below a community college, evil may finally overcome these ambitious investigators.

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Dark Spirits Includes 4 Bonus Movies

Dark Spirits Includes 4 bonus movies

Starring:

Viastina Svatkova, Lucia Siposova, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Jessica D. Fulling, Christopher Reeve

Movies:

Dark Spirits

Startled by the vividness of a violent dream—one in which her estranged sister, Tereza, is murdered—Eva tries to warn her sibling of impending danger. Her premonition is confirmed when Tereza mysteriously dies, leaving Eva distraught and packing her bags for another city. But the dreams don’t stop there. Overcome by these visions, Eva spirals into a dark existence. If she can’t find an explanation, she may become the next victim in this heart-stopping supernatural thriller.

Ominous

A family heads to a cabin in the woods for a week of relaxation. But their trip will be anything but peaceful…especially with a paranormal presence lurking close by.

Evidence of a Haunting

When the Supernatural Phenomena Research Society encounters its most difficult case yet in the tunnels below a community college, evil may finally overcome these ambitious investigators.

Death Dreams

When Crista Westfield’s deceased daughter reveals the secrets of her death from beyond, Crista realizes her life—and her husband (Christopher Reeve)—may not be what she thought.

3 A.M.: Inspired by a True Story

Every night at 3:00 a.m., Kenny gets a visitor, so he and his friend, Michael, decide to wait for the ghost’s arrival. Flickering lights, changing clocks and strange visions prove this is no hoax. But have these boys gotten themselves into something much more dangerous than a little paranormal fun?

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Horror Classics, Volume One

Horror Classics, Volume One

Starring:

Various

Movies:

The Mummy

Christopher Lee wraps on the moldy gauze bandages to become the tormented Kharis, an avenger stalking the hills of Victorian England to track down desecrators of his beloved’s Egyptian tomb.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Peter Cushing is Baron Frankenstein, whose experiment has gone dead wrong in Hammer Studios’ fifth Frankenstein saga. Featuring Freddie Jones as the scientist’s pitiable new creation.

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave

Playing Bram Stoker’s infamous vampire for the third time, Christopher Lee goes fang-to-cross with the forces of good in this atmospheric, stylish film, in which each night brings the threat of death.

Taste The Blood Of Dracula

This entry in Hammer Studios’ cycle of hemogobbling Victorian-era horror showcases why Hammer became the name in Gothic terror. Christopher Lee again dons his cape to become Evil Incarnate.

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Fearsome Facts – Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

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Sir Christopher Lee returned to portray the charismatic count of Transylvania in Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) for the first time since taking on the iconic role in 1958’s Horror of Dracula – an eight year absence. 

And while Lee endured a love/hate relationship playing the Carpathian Count over the years, the actor reluctantly tackled the role a total of 10 times for the Silver Screen. Three of those performances came outside of the purview of Hammer Horror, but this list is dedicated to the first Hammer Dracula sequel to feature the return of Christopher Lee in the lead role.

Now, here are 5 Things You May Not Know About Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

5. Dracula: Speechless

Dialogue never played a crucial part in Christopher Lee’s portrayals as Count Dracula, but this film is the epitome of that contentious notion. Lee doesn’t utter a single word during Dracula: Prince of Darkness’ 90 minutes of run time. In interviews over the years, Lee said that he was so unhappy with his lines that he protested and refused to say them during the filming process. “Because I had read the script and refused to say any of the lines,” Lee said in an interview at the University College of Dublin.

However, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster insisted that the original script was written without any dialogue for Dracula. There was even a theory that circulated for a time which postulated that Hammer could not afford Lee’s growing salary, so the studio decided to limit the Count’s screen time. Did this lead to the demise of Dracula’s dialogue? Regardless of whom you want to believe, Dracula is the strong, silent type in Prince of Darkness. 

4. Double Duty for Drac

Hammer Film Productions doubled down, so to speak, on the production and post-production aspects of Dracula: Prince of Darkness. First, the studio filmed the vampire flick back-to-back with another project titled Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966). In doing so, Hammer used many of the same sets, actors – including Francis Matthews and Suzan Farmer – and crew members to shoot both motion pictures.

Second, Dracula: Prince of Darkness was featured in a double billing alongside the film The Plague of the Zombies (1966) when it screened in London. Insert cheesy cliche: “Double your pleasure, double your fun with Doublemint Gum.” 

3. Stunt Double Nearly Drowned

Dracula: Prince of Darkness introduced a new weakness in the wicked baddie, but it nearly cost a stuntman his life. During the film, it was revealed that running water could destroy Dracula. Wait, what? Apparently, leaving the faucets on at night not only prevents frozen pipes, but blood-sucking vampires, too.

All kidding aside, it was during the climactic battle scene in which Christopher Lee’s stunt double almost succumb to the icy waters on set. Stuntman Eddie Powell stepped in as the Count during that pivotal moment, as Dracula slipped into the watery grave, but Powell was trapped under the water himself and almost died.

2. Lee Loathed What Hammer Did to Stoker’s Character

Christopher Lee’s return to Hammer’s Dracula franchise was a stroke of genius on the part of producers, but Lee was more than a little reticent when it came to initially voicing his dislike for playing the iconic role. As mentioned above, a lot of speculation swirled around the lack of dialogue given to Lee in the Prince of Darkness script. And if you don’t count the opening flashback sequence, which revisits the ending of Horror of Dracula (1958), Count Dracula doesn’t appear on screen until the 45-minute mark of the film.

Dracula’s lack of character, and presence, began to affect Lee particularly when it came to signing on to play the character in the three films following Prince of Darkness. Indeed, the lack of meaningful character development led to Lee initially turning down Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Scars of Dracula (1970). Lee said in countless interviews that he never got to play the real version of Count Dracula created by Bram Stoker, at least via Hammer Studios. This was a true disappointment to the late actor.

But Hammer guilt Lee into taking on the role over and over again, because the studio claimed to have already sold the aforementioned films to the United States with Lee’s name attached to the projects. Hammer informed Lee that if he didn’t return the company would have to lay off many of their workers. The tactic worked, since Lee was friends with many of the Dracula crew members. Fortunately for fans, Lee kept coming back for blood.

1. Faux Pas

Outside of the character of Dracula only appearing on screen for the last half of the movie, Dracula: Prince of Darkness had even more pressing issues that unfortunately survived all the way to the final cut of the film. One of the most appalling of these occurrences happens during the picture’s climatic confrontation. Watch the skies above Dracula and you will see the trail of a jet-engine plane staining the sky.

Another faux pas occurs in this same sequence when Dracula succumbs to the icy waters. Watch closely as the camera’s long shot clearly reveals the pivots holding the ice up underneath Chris Lee. Finally, watch the dead girl who is being carried during the opening funeral sequence. She is clearly breathing and quite heavily at that.

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Which Dracula: Prince of Darkness moments did you find the most interesting? Were there any obscure facts you would have enjoyed seeing make our list? Sound off on social media!

 

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Carnivore: Werewolf of London Howls on VOD

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Joining the ranks of The Curse of the Werewolf, An American Werewolf in London, The Company of Wolves, and Dog Soldiers, Carnivore: Werewolf of London is the latest in a long series of fantastic British werewolf movies. Directed by Knights of the Damned’s Simon Wells, the film focuses on a couple trying to save their relationship by taking a vacation in a remote cottage, but rekindling their old flame soon proves to be the least of their worries as they learn that something with lots of fur and lots of teeth is waiting for them in the surrounding woods.

Carnivore: Werewolf of London stars Ben Loyd-Holmes, Atlanta Johnson, Gregory Cox, Molly Ruskin, and Ethan Ruskin, and is available to purchase now on Google Play, Amazon Video, iTunes, and Vudu, although it doesn’t appear to have received a physical release as of yet.

More information about Carnivore: Werewolf of London is available on the film’s official Facebook account, along with a ton of production photos.

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John Carpenter … NOT DEAD!

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We currently live in a world of false alarms. Within the last several days we’ve suffered everything from warnings of doomsday to Rotten Tomatoes accidentally celebrating the passing(!) and career of the very much still alive John Carpenter.

That’s right, kids; earlier today RT tweeted, “John Carpenter would have been 70 years old today! We celebrate his birthday by looking back at his five favorite films.” The tweet… has since been deleted.

We are here to tell you… John is very much alive! Alive and well, even. Carpenter himself responded on Twitter by alerting the site that “despite how it appears, I’m actually not dead.

This is great news indeed. One of horror’s best and brightest is still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Now then, let’s take this time to celebrate the man’s birthday PROPERLY by talking about our favorite films of his. Speaking personally for myself…

Prince of Darkness is a movie that both unnerves and scares the hell out of me. One of Carpenter’s most thought-provoking works is just as frightening now as it was when we first received that grainy transmission as a dream from the year…

Tell us your favorite Carpenter movie in our comments section below.

…and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN!

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